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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: October 27, 2008
Copyright Date: 2008
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Husband and wife held

hostage by gunmen


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net,
FREEPORT A deadly
home invasion has left a hus-
'band dead and a, ile trauma-
tised after they were held
hostage by gunmen early Sat-
urday morning in their Coral
Reef Estates home.
The incident occurred before
4am when residents were awak-
ened by gunshots at a home sit-
uated in the area known as
Coral Reef Phase III Section.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said the man's death pushes this
year's homicide count to 11 on
Grand Bahama..
Mr Rahming reported that
police discovered the man's
body on the floor inside the
house. An adult woman and
child were also inside, but
unharmed, he said,.
The incident has left residents
in the quiet Coral Reef sub-divi-
sion in shock.


' Many residents, some still
dressed in sleeping attire and
robes, came outside to see what
was happening.
When The Tribune arrived,
police had secured the crime
scene by cordoning off the area
with .crime scene tape.
Residents standing in t he area
told The Tribune that gunmen
had killed a man named "Buck-
et". According to residents, the
house was equipped with sur-
veillance cameras.
Police had not officially
released the man's identity up
to press time on Sunday:
Mr Rahming said the duty
officer received a call around
4am from someone who report-
ed that several males had forced
their way into a residence at the
Coral Reef sub-division.
When police arrived at the
residence,. the.male victim was
lying on the floor with gunshot
injuries.
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DAYS AFTER waves were continually crashing against the sea wall at
Long Wharf, the stone is.beginning to crumble away, destroyingthe
waterfront walkway.


Police Force
detection rate
drops to 61%
SBy TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
DUE to a series of "back-to-
back" unsolved murders the
Royal Bahamas Police Force's
detection rate has dropped to
about 61 per cent,. Chief Supt
Glenn Miller told The Tribune
yesterday.
As of October last year, the
RBPF boasted a murder detec-
tion rate of about 80 per cent of
SEE page 12


THE DEPARTMENT of
Social Services is not paying
'its employees money owed for
overtime, citing economic
woes as the reason for the
dock in pay, it has been
alleged.
A social services worker
told The Tribune that the
department's employees have
been working overtime ever
since Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham launched his new
social services plan to better
assist poor Bahamians during
SEE page 12


Franklin



Butler Sr



dies age 70


* By MEGAN REYNOLDS
Tribune Staff Reporter
FRANKLYN Augustus But-
ler Sr died suddenly on Friday
morning after spending the
evening at a friend's retirement
party with his son.
The loving family man,
visionary businessman and son
of political icon Sir Milo But-
ler is thought to have died of a
heart attack. He was 70.
His son Franklyn Butler Jr,
26, was with his father the night
before he died and said he had
been in good spirits, celebrat-


ing friend Stephanie Saunders'
retirement at Montague Gar-
dens in East Bay Street, Nas-
sau.
"My father was" always a very
wacm..welcoming person," Mr
Butler Jr said. "He %was some-
- body who wpuld extend him-
self particularly in those kind
of circumstances to get to know
people and he always enjoyed
himself."
It was not until Friday
evening that Mr Butler Jr and
his aunt, who shared a home
SEE page 12


BPSU 'gives out over $100,000 in
emergency loans' to union members
By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE Bahamas Public Service Union
(BPSU) has given out over $100,000 in
emergency loans in the past four months
to union members affected by the down-
turn in the economy, BPSU president
John Pinder said yesterday.
Mr Pinder said his members have
appealed to the union for tuition loans,
SSEE page 11.

Shooting spree: no

suspects in custody


. By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@
tribunemedia.net
POLICE have no suspects
in custody for a "shooting
spree" in two areas which left
one man dead and two men
clinging to life in hospital.
Another man shot in the left
arm has been released from
hospital, police said.
The deceased has been
identified by police as Jebbron
Percentie, 40, of Coconut
Grove. He is the country's


64th murder victim of the
year.
Head of the Central Detec-
tive Unit Chief Supt Glenn
Miller said investigators are
still trying to determine a
motive for the shootings,
which police believe were
committed by the same gun-
man.
"The investigation is ongo-
ing we don't have anyone in
custody as we speak but we're
certainly looking at some good
intelligence which we are
actively pursuing and we are
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Mitchell calls for EPA





implementation unit


0 By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
GOVERNMENT should
immediately appoint an Eco-
nomic Pattnership Agreement'


Fin Thru tread


(EPA) implementation unit to
provide the public with a
"greater understanding" of the
trade agreement and how the
country will benefit from its poli-
cies, PLP MP for Fox Hill Fred
Mitchell said yesterday.
He added: "This should be a
matter of priority for the Min-
istry of Finance. It may well be
that the ultimate solution to this
is to revert to the decision of the
PLP before it left office to create
a fully funded Department of
Foreign Trade so that the coun-
try will not be caught short as it
was under the FNM in October,
2007, unable to,cope with the
potential changes to the foreign
trade regimes."
Thl PLP's spokesman on for-
eign affairs and trade added that
Barbados had already
announced the formation of such
a unit and the Bahamas ought
to act quickly to do the.same.
The controversial agreement,


which met much local resistance,
was signed on October 15 by the
Bahamas along with 12 other.
CARICOM member states. The
Bahamas signed a goods only
portion of the pact and has six
months after date of signing to
provide the European
Union, (EU) with its services
agreement.
Opponents argued that the
trade agreement will not create
any significant benefits for The
Bahamas and would eliminate
the need for current immigration
controls.
Last week, while addressing
the Rotary Club of East Nassau
at East Villa, Mr Mitchell said
the agreement is a further nec-
essary step to inte ate the
Bahamas into the woffd econo-
my, adding that the,country's
economy is already "significant-
ly internationalised and open".
"We were living a fiction in
many ways that we could wrap


ourselves in a Cocoon;-and pro-
mote economic policies that
would on the surface appear to
be helping Bahamians but in the
end, many of them did more
damage," said Mr Mitchell.

ProfeSsionals
"Indeed, one wonders what all
the hullabaloo was about with
these multilateral trading agree-
ments, arguably coming from
those professionals who benefit
today, the greatest from the pre-
sent internationalised: economy
of The Bahamas. The arguments
in favour of isolationism seemed
'short-sighted and unbalanced.
One wondered whether or not
the critics of this agreement actu-
ally read the EPA agreement
itself."
On the immigration argument,
Mr Mitchell said the EPA is clear
that present immigration poli-
- cies would stay intact, even after


,the country signs on .to the ser-
vices aspect of the agreement,
". .(The) EPA critics argue
that signing on to these agree-
ments would obviate the need
for the present immigration con-
trols...The EPA is clear that the
immigration strictures would still
apply even after we settled on to'
the services'side of the agree-
ment," he said.
Guyana whose President
Bharrat Jagdeo initially opposed
the EPA signed the agreement
on October 21 after two addi-
tional clauses were added.
The clauses allow for a manda-
tory five-year review of the trade
deal and for the revised treaty
of Chaguaramas to take prece-
dent in the case of a breach in
the agreement, according to .
international reports.
Haiti did not sign on October
15 but reportedly plans to sign
the agreement before the Octo-
ber 31 deadline.


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Driver insults Haitian woman



and refuses to let her on bus


* By LLOYD L ALLEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
A BUS driver who nearly
hit a Haitian woman and
hurled derogatory insults at
her about her nationality
refused to let her on the bus
claiming: "You have no busi-
ness in this country anyway!"
The woman now claims
that, though she has gone
through all the-necessary
steps in acquiring residency,
she can't understand why so
many Bahamians treat
Haitians like 'dogs'.
Josette Giffrare, 43, said


she was attempting to take a
route 21 to attend a job inter-
view when the bus driver
intentionally pulled off while
she was stepping into the bus,
and was literally inches away
from rolling over her.
Mrs Giffrare said although
she only received minor
injuries, she wanted to
know what caused the inci-
dent.
She said the driver told
her: "Y'all need to catch the
next bus in the back because
I off.",
Mrs Giffrare replied by
saying he should have at least
closed his bus door which
would have prevented her


from attempting to board the
bus.
The mother-of-four said
although she approached the
driver in a fairly calm tone,
she can't understand why he,
along with other Bahamians,
seem to have a negative atti-
tude to Haitian people.
Nicolette Bethel, director
of culture and anthropolo-
gist, said the economic and
cultural shifts affecting both
Bahamian and Haitian peo--
ple could lead to violence.
Although the cultures of
Haiti and the Bahamas are ;
intertwined, Dr Bethel
added: "People are not con- :
scious of this, Bahamians


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believe that Haitiaiis are
totally foreign, totally alien,
and totally unlike us, but that
is a myth.
"Here in theBahamas we
have a big gap between the
myths and reality, and, we
don't have any mechanisms
which would enable us to
integrate, the two. ,
"With the fraternalism that
white people had for black
people in the past, black
Bahimians don't even have
that for Haitians. We need
to call this racism." '
She says when you take the
model of racism and "strip it
of anything t.aXwas huynas
rising in it," tletsnd would'be .
reflective of the conditidos
tany Haitians experiencein
te Baham4s. I .
"We.are lying to our-
selves," Dr Bethel said, "It's
not just that we have this gap
between the two cultures, but
also that we can maintain this
gap, because nobody, ever
admits this gap is there."
Dr Bethel said the only res-
olution to this problem is. t6
open the dialogue between
the two cultures.


T ROPICA


PAGE 2, MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008


THE TRIBUNE






MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008 1998, PAGE 3


In brief

Guns and
drugs seized

by police over
weekend
GUNS and drugs were
taken off the streets of
Nassau this weekend by
police investigating two
separate incidents.
Marijuana wrapped in
106 foil packets and 19
packets of cocaine were
found when officers from
the Southern Division exe-
cuted a search warrant at a
home in Key West Street,
Engleston. "
When officers arrived at
the property a man ran
from the scene, and was
seen dropping something
outside.
A .357 handgun and
three live rounds of ammu-
nition were retrieved by
officers when they arrived
just after 9pm on Saturday.
Inside a .380 handgun,
seven live rounds of'ammu-
nition were found in addi-
tion to the drugs.
A 26-year-old man has
t been arrested in connec-
tion with the incident and
is in police custody.
In a separate incident
mobile police officers
responding to calls about a
party in Pinewood Gardens
stopped two young'men
acting suspiciously.
Asst Supt Walter Evans
said officers searched the'
men and found a 17-year-
old in possession of a .40
handgun with seven live
rounds of ammunition.
A .9mm handgun and
one live round of ammuni-
tion was found on a 20-
year-old man.
Mr Evans said: "Both
men were arrested and are
in police custody. They are
both from Pinewood Gar-
dens."
The search and arrest
took place shortly after
S_, midnight on Sunday morn-
mg.


Palin Speaks

out in Florida
TAMPA, Fla.
REPUBLICAN vice presi-
dential nominee Sarah Palin had
a pointed message Sunday for
Barack Obama: This thing isn't
over yet.
Palin said the Democratic
presidential nominee was act-
ing as if he's already won the
election and had already written
his inaugural address, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
"Barack Obama and I both
have spent quite some time on
the basketball court," Palin told
a raucous crowd of more than
5,000 at the convention center.
"But where I come from, you
have to win the game before
you start cutting down the net."
Nine days before the election,
Palin was making another push.
to sway voters'in the battle .
ground state of Florida, where
polls show Republican nominee,.
John McCain trails Obama in
the fight for the state's 27 elec-
toIal yotes. The Interstate 4 cor-
ridor between Tampa to Orlan-
do, where Palin was concen-
trating her efforts Sunday, is
where most of the state's unde-
cided voters live. It takes 270
Electoral College votes to win
the presidency.
"You kinda get the feeling
thtthe Obama campaign
thir tkthis whole election
proc-f just a formality," she
saS 4.,hey've overlooked,
though^ minor detail of earnm-
ing yurcOTfdence and your
trust nd'winning your vote.
ndjudging from the media
cov eraed)oes seem the coro-
nati a' eadyset," Palin said.
.bebw's campaign saiid the
claj. that .he has written an
inaii? addres'iis "complete-
ly faJl.Spokesman Bill Bur-
toh sa the reference to an
address came from aNew York
Tihes report Satiurday that for-
mer White House chief of staff
John D. Podesta'had written a


draft inaugural speech for Oba-
. ma'and included it in a recent
bobk. Burton said Podesta
wrote it as a sample address, not
for Obama but for whoever
becamethe nominee.
Palin continued her criticism
of an Obama economic plan
that she says amounts to social-
ism, characterizing him as
"Barack the wealth-spreader."
She vowed that McCain would,
allow people .to keep more of
their money, and accused Oba-
ma of not telling the whole truth
about what she said are his plans
to redistribute wealth.


school 'once it's declare(


MINISTER OF HEALTH Dr Hubert
Minnis and a team of senior health
officials visited the school on
Thursday..


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Teachers at
Eight Mile Rock High will
return to their classrooms once
the school is officially declared
safe by experts at the Depart-
ment of Environmental Health,
according to BUT president
Belinda Wilson.
"We are requesting to have
documents to prove it is safe
to go in, and once that has hap-
pened the teachers are pre-
pared to teach while their
health issues are being
addressed," she said.
Ms Wilson travelled to
Grand Bahamas this week to'
meet with EMR teachers to


Health screenings will begin today
for those at Eight Mile Rock High


hear their concerns. She said
teachers are very worried about
their health and the ongoing
environmental issues at the
school.
Teachers have complained
of experiencing dizziness, short-
ness of breath and vomiting at
the school, she told the media.
According to reports, other
health issues include excessive
coughing, skin irritation, respi-
ratory problems and pink eye.
Minister of Health Dr
Hubert Minnis and a team of
senior health officials visited
the school on Thursday. He

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FIFTEEN NEW inductees were officially welcomed into the National Hall of Fame on Saturday in a gala
banquet at the British Colonial Hilton.
The new inductees were cross section of Bahamian sport representing 11 sporting disciplines.
The picture above includes Governor General Arthur Hanna and Minister of Sport Desmond Bannister
(front, centre) and the inductees.
SEE SPORTS SECTION


noted that health screenings
will begin on Monday for
teachers and students.
Dr Minnis said he is also
aware of the numerous envi-
ronmental issues at the school,
including the bat, rodent,
pigeon and mould infestation
in classrooms, as well as ongo-
ing septic problems at the
school.,
He said a proper assessment
will be conducted by officials
at the Department of Environ-
mental Health. /
PTA president Troy Garvey
was pleased that the minister
came to visit the school. -
"Today is a good day," he
said. "We are pleased that the
minister came here to look into
the health issues and what is
happening down here."
Mr Garvey said that his son,
a student at the school, has
been diagnosed with 'a very
serious bacterial infection.
"Teachers can't teach in this
environment and students cer-
tainly can't learn this way, and
we want to get the problems
resolved," he said.


Safe

Ms Wilson said the union has'
been aware of concerns at
EMR High and has spoken to
the Minister of Education,
about it.
"He sent the Minister, of
Health to meet with us. The
entire teaching staff, students,
and the PTA will be at the..,
school at,8am'on Monday to '
hear from the experts, if it is
clear to occupy the school," she
said.
Ms Wilson said the Ministry
of Education had agreed to
cover the cost for health screen-
ing of teachers and students.
She explained that it is
important that individuals are
screened to ensure that they
are in good health.
The BUT president noted
that teachers have agreed on a
shift system during health
screening.
"Once it is safe to come on
campus teachers will be'in the
classrooms and students will be
receiving their education.
"We definitely would hope
that on Monday we will be able
to see all of the persons who
.can give us the answers we
need we mean environmental
experts, plumbing contractors
and persons who can say it is
safe for persons go into the
school," said Ms Wilson.


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PAGE 4, MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008


IEIOIAULETT S T HEEITOR


OVER THE weekend a financial expert com-
mented that he had never "seen anything like
this before." He was, of course, referring to the
world's financial collapse.
"This involves the entire world, which is
crumbling in financial ruin," he said. He scoffed
at those who look to Mr Ingraham to do. some-
thing about it something to protect the
Bahamas from the sufferings of a world of which
it is a part.
"The truth is;," said our friend, "we have
never seen anything like this before and no one
knows what to do about it."
As the Bahamas'spends more than it earns -
and those earnings have dropped almost
overnight with investors slowing down or stop-'
ping their various projects government is
even more limited in what it can spend to get the
economy moving. Fortunately our foreign
reserves are still high. It is understood that for
every dollar that the Bahamas spends it must
-earn 85 cents in foreign currency to support
that spending.
As the Bahamas is an open society, it is com-
pletely depefident on its imports for its food,
clothing, building materials, everything that is
required to maintain our present standard of liv-
ing. Therefore, our capital account must be
strong to meet these expenses. This account is
fed by the foreign investor who buys land, devel-
S.. ops large projects, creates employment for
..hamianOepay& government for its utilities,
and provides salaries, pensions and health care
.-f& its workers-.This direct investment is the
main source of.revenue for government's capi-
tal account.
How has the world's credit crunch affected
this account?
Well, as a result of the world recession no
one wants to call it by,its real name yet, but we
might as well face the bleak facts the foreign
investment that fed this account was shut off
almost overnight.
In addition, tourist arrivals are daily shrinking,
thus contributing to the reduction-of the coun-
try's reserves, and government's ability to con-
tinue its programmes without borrowing.
Kerzner International has suspended all its
operations, BahaMar stopped theirs, including
all plans for the immediate future. Lehman
Brothers collapsed, leaving machinery stand-
ing idle on Rose Island and the future of the
Ritz Carlton resort in question.
Projects throughout New Providence and
the Family Islands are hanging in suspended
animation, leaving our capital account almost as
bare as Mother Hubbard's cupboard.
In other words with investment drying up,
there will not be a sufficient surplus from the


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capital account to finance the deficit in the
country's current account.
The only project seemingly proceeding
unhindered is the Albany development, which
obviously had its funding intact before the boom
was lowered and the lending banks closed their
doors.
. With jobs evaporating, Government plans to
move forward with construction plans to create
employment while at the same time improving
the island's infrastructure, environment' and
services.
However, to do this it will have to face major
borrowing. It is estimated that at least $150 to
$200 million will have to be borrowed to carry
out building programmes that will create jobs.
New Providence's road improvement pro-
gramme, the contract for which has been signed,
will start immediately.
Already $100 million has been secured for
this project. Before the end of the year work will
start on the Nassau Street court house.
* That will be another $6 million investment.
Renovations have started on the courts, and
the Garden of Remembrance will get a much
needed facelift. A new court complex, which
when completed will house the Supreme Court,
is planned for. the Buena Vista grounds on
Delancey Street.
Dredging will start on the harbour, and plans
are well underway for the removal of the con-
tainer port from Bay Street to Arawak Cay. Itis
estimated that from start to finish this project
'will take about 18 months. .. '.. -....
And, of course, there are plans between the
public and private sector for the complete trans-
formation of Bay Street, the renovation of the
warehouse on Prince George dock for the local
craft market, and the building of a new straw
market.
It is now obvious that the only tourists who
will be travelling in the foreseeable future are
the wealthy.
These people are unlikely to be attracted to
Bay Street in its present 'condition.
It is important that a new, exciting and attrac-
tive Bay Street be created that will provide
jobs for many Bahamians shopkeepers, taxi
drivers, straw vendors, and boatmen. This
should take priority.
And so while the finance wizards sort out the
world's financial problems, Bahamians will be
put to work to rebuild a Bahamas that will be
the gem of the Caribbean and be ready to wel-
come tourists as soon as business starts to flow
again.
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EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please allow me a little of the
valuable space in your newspa-
per to pay tribute to another.
Bahamian sports legend who
has passed on, and I speak of
none other than Donald "Nine"
Rolle.
We both grew .up in the
Kemp Road area of New Prov-
idence and were friends from
our pre-teen years. It all started
when "Nine" wanted to borro
nry new Union Jack roller
skates and I refused his request
and stated that I would rent
them to him but he could not
borrow them. After our negoti-
ations, I agreed to let him use
the skates for a nominal fee of
6p (six pence).
Using only two straps of
black rubber from a discarded
bicycle inner tube and with bare
feet, "Nine" donned the skates
but had difficulty maintaining
his balance and fell repeatedly.
This was more than I had bar-
gained for not only did I
"earn" 6p that day, but got free
entertainment as well. This
rental agreement was in effect
for several days afterwards and
"Nine" got progressively bet-
ter. Within a matter of two
weeks, not only was he able to
successfully negotiate Pinder
Hill on Kemp Road, but he was
leaping over two 55 gallon
drums that were lying side-by-
side. In a month's time, in addi-
tion to skating both forward and
backward, he was also carving
out elaborate patterns on the
ground and became reputed as
one of the fanciest roller skaters
"out east".
It is said that the only differ-
ence between men and boys is
the size and cost of their toys
and naturally, "Nine" was the
first among his contemporaries.
to own an automobile. He als
developed a reputation as an
excellent fisherman, casting his
bait from the docks and rocks
on Montagu Beach and in the
lake behind that historic hotel.
He was an exceptional pool
shooter, which proved to be a
good source for "pocket mon-
ey" and no one in the area who
was in their right mind would
challenge him to a game of
pool.
He honed his tennis skills by
playing with the father/son team
of Percy and Anthony
Munnings and not many would
recall his athletic prowess, but I
can remember attending the
Track and Field meets at St
Augustine's College with him.
While the meet was in progress'
"Nine" would stage his ow
high jump competition on the
sideline, daringpersons to jump
against him and quite often he,


wearing street clothes, would
jump higher than the athletes
in the official competition. On
weekends, we would stage our
own track meets in the sand at
Montagu and again, "Nine"
would be the one to beat.
Employment opportunities
sent me to Grand' Bahama and
while working at the Jack Tar in
West End, my friend "Nine"
would come and visit. On one
occasion, he had been playing
on the Tennis Court for two
days and created such an
Impression with both the Man-
agement and guests that he. was
offered the job as the Resident
Pro. As impressive as the offer
was, he simply said, "Man, I
can't stay in Grand Bahama!"
As his good fortune would have
it, he went back to Nassau and
almost immediately took up the
sport of golf and the rest, they
say, is history.
Donald "Nine" Rolle became
a trailblazer for Bahamian pro-
fessional golfers and even tried
to get me to play the game, but
I simply did not have that kind
of patience. On a subsequent
trip to Grand Bahama, I made
the mistake of suggesting that
he give up the sport of golf, but
in a very dignified way, as he
presented me with my first set
of clubs as a gift, he politely
said, "It's too late now, I'm
heavily into golf." This sport


afforded him the opportunity
to travel extensively, both in
competition and as a Goodwill
Ambassador for his country.
In addition to the sport of
golf,, perhaps his second love
was politics. Here again he ,was
fiercely loyal to what he strong-
ly believed and lent his support
to whatever cause that his polit-
ical affiliation demanded of him.
He truly had a heart of gold and
was a true, genuine friend. in
every sense of the word.
"Nine" came to Freeport two
months before his demise to
attend.a party and would not
rest or be at ease until my wife,
Anne and I arrived. He pulled
me aside into our own little cor-
ner as we reminisced about old
times and the fact that I decided
to make Grand Bahama my
home. He declared his inten-
tion to make a trip to Cuba
upon his return to Nassau and
we can resume our talks when
he got back to The Bahamas. I
drove him back to his hotel and
my wife and I walked him to
his room. We all said "Good
night" but five short days later,
someone told me that my life-
long friend, Donald "Nine"
Rolle had passed away.
"Nine" was a colourful char-
acter who was full of life he
did not merely exist, he lived. I
will miss my friend greatly.
Thanks for all of those good
memories: Rest In Peace.


F GEORGE "PECAS"
CURTIS
Nassau,
October 15, 2008.


Court ruling was incredible
EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT WAS with incredulity that I recently read that a Supreme
Court Justice had ordered that court appointted liiidiatbrs'
fees be paid from funds held in trust by the c'm'pany n-` ii-
dation.
I am sure that this ruling was read throughout the world,
and, it is not difficult to see that it can be the start of the death
knell for trust and related services in the country. This could not
have come at a worse time given the state of the global econo-
my and the difficulties which our number one industry, tourism,
is experiencing.'
I hope that this ruling is being appealed and that the news of
an appeal being lodged also reaches the far corners of the
world.
Also, at a time when the judiciary is under fire, in many
instances unjustifiably, it is indeed unfortunate that the Court of
Appeal should have apparently thrown judicial temperament to
the wind in dealing with the matter of Tanya Cash as reported
in your newspaper on October 13, 2008. Regardless of what Mrs.
Cash .may have done it is not in the best interest of justice and
. indeed the decorum of the court for a litigant, particularly an
unrepresented one, to be eviscerated in that manner. This kind
of incident makes it difficult for right minded persons to defend
the judiciary.
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Nassau,
October, 2008.








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South African born sailors lost
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Canary Islands to play safe, and
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cockpit, and the pair carried on.
They enjoyed wave surfing at
15 to 17 knots before the wind
died down to a light breeze, and
their speed slowed to just eight
knots.
"And then we hit a sleeping
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a car accident. Thank goodness
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and hopefully the whale was only
woken up, and just suffering a
slight headache."
As they reached the southern
ocean, the brothers quickly
learned the dangers and the joys
of new territory when the roaring
winds made their speed shoot
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Police walk-about in north-eastern division pays off


OFFICERS from Wulff Road
police station recovered a rusty
dagger and stolen Nissan Sunny
during a walk-about in the heart
of the north-eastern division.
Led by Supt Matthew Davis,
ASP Kimberley Taylor and Insp
Frankiemae Mather, police
teamed up with Kemp Road
Urban Renewal officers and oth-
er government and community
workers to learn first-hand of res-
idents' social and environmental
concerns. They visited St James
Street, Apache Alley, Culmers
Alley, Whites Sub-division, Sut-
ton Street (west), Lyon Road,
Shirley Street, and Balls Alley
along with Kolamae Pedican of
Kemp Road Urban Renewal Pro-
gramme.
Many residents welcomed their
presence and indicated that they
would like to bond further with
the police and social workers.
The residents' major concerns
included unkempt properties,
dilapidated buildings, abandoned
vehicles, stray animals, broken
water pumps and garbage
As a result of the walkabout, a
silver Nissan Sunny stolen vehicle
was recovered at the rear of St
James Native Baptist Church.
The car was towed to ISD and
the incident forwarded to CDU
stolen vehicles section. Addition-
ally, a rusty dagger was retrieved
from'the hood of an abandoned
vehicle on Lyon Road.
Several residents also volun-
teered to be a part of the Spotters
Programme, an anonymous group
of residents who have committed
to work hand-in-hand with police.
Pamphlets outlining the admin-
istration's goals and contact infor-
mation were given to residents.
Government and community
representatives also spoke to res-
idents about various breaches of
the law and gave verbal warnings.
Also taking part in the walka-
bout were Kenyatta Johnson of
Kemp Road Urban Renewal;
Janevar Burns and Phillip Rah-
ming of Building
Control; Rueben Rahming,
deputy chairman of the North-
eastern Consultative Committee;
Pastor Dale Moss, secretary,
North Eastern Pastors' Alliance,
and Rita Thompson, represent-
ing the Kemp Road community.
Sgt 2367 Bowleg, Sgt 233
Williams, Sgt 1928 Greene, P/C
2513 Pratt, W/PC 2754 Jones and
R/C 716 Butler also participated.
They were assisted by Sgt 1793
Dean and Mr Lorenzo McKen-
zie of the Research and Planning
Unit.

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Police find
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POLICE on Thursday discov-
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bushy area of the settlement of
Gordons, Long Island. The ille-
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taped package. In New Provi-
dence, officers of the Drug
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around 7pm acted on a tip and
found a blue and white bucket
containing eleven and a half
pounds of marijuana in a bushy
area off Baillou Hill Road
South. No-one was arrested in
connection with either matter.
Officers discover
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CENTRAL Detective Unit
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discovered an unlicensed shot-
gun with three live rounds of
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B BAIC chairman encourages


support for Bahamian farmers

* By GLADSTONE, o cies including the police and
THURSTON i defence forces, the Simpson Penn
Bahamas Information and Willimae Pratt Schools
Services .TI Princess Margaret Hospital,.anc
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Bahamas Agricultural and
Industrial Corporatioh (BAIC)
executive chairman Edison Key
uged government agencies to
access their fruit and vegetables
from Bahamian farmers.
BAIC, he said, was calculating
the amount, cost and point of
access of food products used by
government agencies and depart-
ments. "To the extent that they
are not doing so, we want them to
support 'Bahamian farmers and
save the country on hard curren-
cy during these uncertain eco-
nomic times," said Mr Key, a for-
mer large-scale farmer.
The executive chairman was.
the keynote speaker at BAIC's
Farmers Empowerment Work-
shop held last weekend in North


BAIC executive chairman Edison M Key (third right) and his team inspect
farm equipment at the government's centre in North Andros.


Andros. He was joined by gen-
eral manager Benjamin Rahming,
deputy general Don Major, assis-
tant general manager Arnold
Dorsett, BAIC board secretary
Joyce Treco and other officials.
Senior agricultural officer
Stephen Adderley, thq Ministry
of Agriculture and Marine
Resources' extension officer for
North Andros, conducted work-


shops on crop scheduling, order-
ly planting and harvesting.
Mr Key told farmers he was
pained that "many millions of
dollars is spent importing food
.that we can produce and in some
cases are producing right here in
the Bahamas.
"It is time some of those mil-
lions start flowing directly into
your pockets. And so we are tak-
ing steps to make that a reality."
He said spreadsheets have
been sent to government agen-


on fruit and vegetables used
there. "We want to know from
where they are accessed, and how
much is paid for them," said Mr
Key. "I bet that would amount
to hundreds or thousands if not
millions of dollars each year."
With the assistance of the
Inter-American Institute for Co-
operation on Agriculture (ICA),
.BAIC has started pasture restora-
tion in North Andros for livestock
rearing. "We are looking for per-
sons serious about raising live-
stock," said Mr Key. "We want to
introduce them to practices that.
will result in a quality product.
"We have on order from Costa
Rica, IICA's headquarters, trail-
er-loads of pineapple slips, cas-
sava sticks, and banana and. plan-
tain suckers. These will be dis-
tributed free of charge to farmers
throughout the islands.


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RESORT AND MARINA

Only forty-eight nautical miles east of Miami, Florida, situated on the North end of North Bimrnini Bahamas- Bimini Bay Resort & Marino complex
rests on over 740 acres of pristine Bahamian beaches. Long known as a paradise for anglers and divers alike, Bimini Bay Resort offers a
plethora of options for the most discriminating traveler. Bimini Bay Management Ltd. owns and operates Bimini Bay Resort & Marinoa.


Bimini Boy. Resort & Marno seeKl to hire professional individuals for the following positions:


HEADCHEF
This individual will be responsible for day-to-day operation of
the kitchen; to train, supervise and work with all cooks and
culinary staff In order to prepare, cook and. present food
according to hotel standard recipes.
Successful candidate must have managed a quality resort
kitchen with international cuisine, in excess of eight hundred
(800) rooms. Foreign language, (Spanish) is an attribute
and musI have at least 5 years experience and a culinary
degree.


DIRECTOROF
ACTIVITIES
This position is responsible for managing the Pool, Beach, Kids
Activities Centec Water Sports areas and services provided to
guests, including special events for incentive groups making
it fun, rewarding In a safe. efficient drd-cost effective manner
that will result in a positive guest experience. Candidate
must plan, direct ana manage all daily events & activities
for the resort, ensuring that rules Ond safely policies are
implemented and carried out. Ability to train and .organize
outside vendors.
Cruise Line or Resort, Fishing Excursions & Kids Summer Coramp
experience Is a must.


SYSTEMS
ADMINISTRATOR
Responsible for the ongoing mointenorce ,3r, ,ipeioiio 0 Ir. ,
all of the Information Technology implemernlec Ii, rouqh-out
the resort. The position is responsible for Me loil,'c,. op-ation,
support, and security of the technology oncd data that,
support and enable the business operation' Corandidate must
have experience in the following systems Ncriel Nei.a)rks
PMS, Opera Fidelio. Time & Attendance and f.micros

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN
RESOURCES
Responsible for short and long learn, planning and
managementrof the HumanorPesocurcesi jnc ii n Recotrn'er rJ
Ihe department's buagel and morioge expen'rSes, .A-iii';
approved budget conslroints. MOaor areas of respors.liti
management include. but ore nol lin'iited to, emplc.e,nitl
wage and solory odministrolion. benefits. training ermplo, eei
labor relations, organizaolional development and payroll.
Work closely with General Manager & Opeotiiorns Director in .
implementing. ochie.'ing and mainloaininqg the hotel's goals
arind objectives. Participate in tolol hole n onagement
as a member of the hotel Execulive Corrmirlee. Training
experience inclusive of custorrer service is a must.


we offer an excellent benefits package and competitive compensolion For full cornieraotii
all interested applicants should forward a copy of their resume to the attention of
MANAGER OF HUMAN RESOURCES
at gbullard@biminiboyresort.com or fox to (242) 347.2312


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floor space will be available January, 2009 in
newly constructed building at the corner of
Marlborough and Cumberland Streets. Two
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H ave you ever
.Lnoticed clothing
sales that advertise "seconds"
at greatly reduced prices? The
"second" quality merchandise
may exhibit flaws like uneven
seams and pulled stitches, and
capitalises on the slightly low-
er quality in exchange for a
lower price.
Much like those "mark
downs," a home being offered
for sale with obvious flaws
also invites a lower price.


Homebuyers, like other savvy
shoppers, quickly become
aware of needed repairs, and
then begin scrutinising the
home for other defects;
If you plan to sell your
home and expect to receive.
full price, be certain that all
needed repairs are completed
before, the "For Sale" sign
appears out front. If you don't,
expect to receive about $2 less
for each $1 in needed repairs.
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asking a BREA agent for


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through your home as a buyer 0,
would, making notes of all
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apparent defects that attract
attention. This could range


from a cracked windowpane
to carpet in need of replace-
ment. No matter what the flaw
may be, if it attracts attention,
it also becomes a point on
which the buyer may negotiate
a lower sales price.
Your BREA agent can
guide you further by providing
marketing tips to make your
home more attractive to buy-
ers. Remember that by offer-
ing a "first quality" home, you
may expect to receive the best
price.


Scotiabank sponsors physicians to attend the Scientific

Assembly of the American College of Emergency Physicians


Scotiabank is sponsoring
three doctors from the Acci-
dent and Emergency Depart-
ment of the Princess Margaret
Hospital to attend an interna-
tional conference.
The Scientific Assembly of
the American College of
Emergency Physicians Con-
ference is scheduled for Octo-
ber 26 to 30 in Chicago, Illi-
nois.
The Accident and Emer-
gency doctors at PMH are
undqr constant pressure to
react appropriately and deliv-
er quality care in every con-
ceivable type of medical emer-
gency, Scotiabank noted.
"Emergency medicine
physicians are therefore
required to have an in-depth
knowledge of almost every
field of medicine to assist
them in managing each patient
and providing the best possi-
ble standard of care," said the
bank in a statement.


Dr Sarah Friday, chief of
service at Accident and Emer-
gency, expressed gratitude to
Scotiabank for its contribu-
tion.
"This seminar will enhance,
refresh and advance the physi-
cianis as they continue to serve
the people of the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas," said
Dr Friday.
The American College of


Emergency Physicians holds
an annual scientific assembly
where emergency doctors
from across the globe attend a
week long educational semi-
nar.
Internationally recognized
doctors present on a variety
of topics including the latest
case management techniques,
literature reviews and best.
practice guidelines.


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Shooting spree:


no suspects


in custody


FROM page one

sure at the end of the day it is going to lead to something very
positive in this," said CSP Miller.
He added that police have no evidence at this point to
determine if the victims knew the assailant or if the shootings
were linked to gang or drug violence or some form of retal-
iation.
The first incident occurred around 11pm Thursday, when
witnesses said a hooded gunman about 5ft 6in tall dressed
in blue jeans approached a group of -men outside the High
Noon Club on Wulff Road and opened fire.
Bullets hit two of the men in the neck and Percentie was
struck in the abdomen. They were all rushed to hospital
and at 6am Friday, Percentie died of his injuries.
The other men,. listed in critical condition, are still in hos-
pital.
Later that evening, a gunman dressed in dark clothing
approached a 28-year-old man. near his home on Shady
Tree Street and shot him in the left arm. He was taken to
hospital where his condition was serious but not life-threat-
ening. He has since been released.
Police said the same type of handgun was used in both inci-
dents.


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This person represents the Image, products & culture of the
company to the customer, providing the best skin and
makeup expertise in the industry. Responsibilities include,
but are not limited to service and sales, advising and teaching
clients custom-fit skin care and'makeup application, maintaining
store environment and operations and assisting with ,
administrative duties. Prior cosmetic sales and/or service
experience and artistic ability a plus.

,.COUNTER MANAGERS
This person manages a counter team to achieve daily
counter goals, i:e., responsible for driving and building retail
sales. The candidate has strong leadership skills, is self-reliant
and has the ability to manage others for retention, sales and
service. Management experience Is a plus. Strong selling,
planning and communication skills are necessary.

RETAIL STORE MANAGER
This person manages the total operation of their assigned
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hiring, training and development of their employees,
generation of sales through their team, maximizing profits and
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3fotin ?#'


BPSU 'gives out over $100,000'


FROM page one

uniform purchases and in some cases for
utility payments.
As the country continues to feel the
impact of rising food, electricity and gas
prices due to international oil prices coupled
with a softened tourism and construction
sector, the BPSU is also feeling an eco-
nomic pinch.
Higher operating costs are limiting the
amount of emergency funding and some of
the union's accounts are in arrears, Mr Pin-
der told The Tribune.
"Because we're not a lending institution
and we are not a credit union, we have this
$500 emergency loan in place and believe
you me in four months time we lent out
$125,000 worth of $500 emergency loans.
Now in some cases, some persons had some
real emergencies that we might have (lent)



Police Force detection i
FROM page one

the country's homicides, CSP Miller said.
However, the head of the Central Detect
remains optimistic that the force will c
unsolved cases soon.
He said: "The (detection) rate, based on
couple of. (murders) we had that are not
think bring it down to about 61 per cent, son
around there. It was higher than that but be
the last four or five (murders) we had back-tc
Grand Bahama and (in New Providence
brought the RBPF's detection rate down.
"That's going to be improved soon becau
looking at some very positive things and we
(solve) some cases in respect to that. Cert
going to improve we had some very recent
that we're making some very good progress
Up to press time last night the country's
count stood at 65.
A Grand Bahama man, identified by neigh
'Bucket', was the latest homicide victim. Rep(
that he was the victim of a deadly home i
He, along with his wife, were reportedly held
in their Coral Reef Estates home by gunmen
urday morning.
Police discovered his body on the floor in
house. His wife and child were unharmed, po
The suspects, reportedly clad in dark clothing
scene.
On Thursday, Jebbron Percentie, 40, one
men shot by an unidentified gunman while
outside the High Noon Nightclub on Wul
was rushed to hospital where he died of his i
Police believe the gunman, who was on the
to press time last night, is also responsible for
ing of another man late Thursday night. T
handgun was said to be used in both incident
The recent murders of police officer Rome
and fitness instructor, Paul Whylly are still u


as much as $800, but the thing about it is
even though the cost of living has increased
to them operational expenses have
increased to the union.
"It puts us in a position where we are
notable to lend as much as we used to lend,
we have one or two of our accounts in
arrears we are operating overdrafts that's
not a good business practice. But when your
members come crying and they really need
help sometimes you have to try to do your
best and assist them," he said.
While government provided the civil ser-
vice with a salary increase of $62.52 a
month, Mr Pinder said this does not reflect .
the rise in the cost of living over the past
two years. He added that when union mem-
bers are faced with rising household costs
and stagnant income, many stop paying
monthly union dues.
To counteract this and-entice new mem-
bers, union executives are planning to lob-

rate FROM page one
with her brother, realized he
passed away.
But the family are sure the de'
Christian and vestryman at St Al
Church in Blue Hill Road has g
tive Unit to a better place.
lose the His son said: "One of the thing
took very seriously was his relat
i the last ship with his family and his C
solved, I When I was a child we spent- m
mewhere mornings praying together and
cause of telling us that we must keep our
o-back in on the ground and understand s
t)" have of the traditional values I am sur
got from his parents."
ise we're Franklyn Butler Sr was commi
hope to to providing financial stability tc
mainly it's parents and nine siblings during
t matters father's political career, taking
on." first job at the public treasury be
s murder going into the family business, f
distributors Milo B Butler and S
ibours as He went on to also be director
orts state Commonwealth Bank, a position
invasion. held for around 20 years, and di
I hostage tor of Bahamas Supermarkets
early Sat- Abaco Markets, as well as der
chairman of'the Bahamas Agri
inside the tural and Industrial Corpora
)lice said. undef Hubert Ingraham's i
, fled the administration.
"My father had a passion for
of three country, there is no doubt at
standing that," Mr Butler Jr said. "Bu
ff Road, always had time for his family."
injuries. Mr Butler Sr is also credited'
loose up bridging the racial divide in Nas
r a shoot- as a young man, always strivin
he same set an example to black families
its. showing they could achieve wha
1 Dames er they wanted with hard work.
unsolved. "I think he prided himself on
ing to cross the divide that st


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by foodstores and other businesses to pro-
vide discounts for members.
"The unions are now trying their best to
strategise as to how we can cause our mem-
bers to see the importance of being
unionised...and the only way we can do that
is to pass savings on to them. And so
presently we are trying to put a database
together (so) we can approach more busi-
ness establishments, for more increases in
(union discounts) for the necessities."
While the union's emergency loan pro-
gramme has a cap of $500 he said in
extreme cases the amount was increased
to $800. Repayments for the loans are salary
deducted and negotiated at a very low inter-
est rate, said Mr Pinder.
The second largest trade union in the
country, the BPSU has about 5,000 mem-
bers of all categories employed in the vari-
ous government ministries, boards and cor-
porations throughout the Bahamas.

Franklyn Butler Sr
had back then," his son remarked.
vout Minister of State for Social Ser-
gnes vices Loretta Butler-Turner said Mr
gne Butler Sr was her favourite uncle,
one her confidant, who she had spoken
gs he to just the night before he died.
tion- She said: "He was an absolutely
od. outstanding, patriotic Bahamian.
aany And because he was a communica-
him tor he left many things in place that
feet we can just emulate."
ome Franklyn Butler Sr is survived by
re he four sons and. a daughter, seven
grandchildren and five siblings. His
itted funeral will be held on Sunday,
o his November 2, at St Agnes Church.
g his In lieu of flowers, donations can be
his sent to the Franklyn A Butler Birth-
fore day Fund at the College of the
food Bahamas.
ons.
M dr ofe
in e h Man dead after
rec- i .
and home invasion
puty -
icul-
tion FROM page one
first
this police revealed that the culprits
out gained entrance to the house and
t he accosted the man. After a lengthy
, conversation with the victim, gun-
with fire was heard.
ssau Mr Rahming said the suspects,
g to who were wearing dark clothing, fled
s by the scene.
Itev- -Anyone with information that can
assist police is asked to call the Cen-
try- tral Detective Unit at telephone 350--
ood 3106. or 7.

-- Social Services Dept

not paying money
owed for overtime

FROM page one

hard times.
However, when an employee
received his cheque he noticed
that overtime pay and time and a
half was missing.
Yesterday Minister of State for
Social Development Loretta But-
ler-Turner expressed her grati-
tude to staff who have bLn work-
ing longer hours since the imple-
mentation of the expanded social
relief scheme, but added there
has been no policy change regard-
ing overtime pay.
She added that those workers
will be compensated for their
overtime work but could not
specify when.
"The reality is I know they
have been working extremely dili-
gently and many of them have
been working late into the night.
I am aware that there is going to
be overtime payments for those
people (who are) almost work-
ing around the clock. But I cannot
comprehensively speak on the
matter at this time," she told The
Tribune late last night.
The employee said he took the
matter to the Public Service
Workers Union in hopes that
they would be able to help him
.,' settle the payment matter, but he
was told by a union member that
& he should take what he could get.
W The prime minister unveiled a
i. ~ new social assistance plan early
this month that increased the dol-
lar amount allotted to applicants
for many of the services offered
by the department.
The worker said lines for assis-
tance have been out the door
since this plan came into effect
j- .' and thus work hours increased
for employees.
However, he said, a contract
was offered for him to sign that
would require him to work extra
hours without extra pay.
h Yesterday Minister Turner dis-
puted this, saying she was not
aware of employees of the depart-
ment being asked to sign a con-
tract of that nature at this point.


According to the employee,
officials at the department said
because of the current economic
situation they would not be able
to offer overtime pay.
The worker also accused peo-
ple in managerial positions at
social services of being rude and
impatient with individuals apply-
ing for help from the government.
He said during these hard times
it is like they are kicking them
while they are down.


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ALL THAT piece, parcel or lot of land situate in the
Subdivision called and known as Yamacraw Shores
Subdivision having the number (99). Single Family
Residence. Property size: 8,221 sq. ft. Building size:
2,596 sq. ft. Three (3) Bedrooms & Two and a half (2
1/2) Bathrooms.
Colinaimperial Insurance Ltd. will sell as mortgagee
under power of sale contained in a Mortgage dated
28th day of September, A.D., 2004


ALL THAT piece, parcel or lot of land situate in
the vicinity of Johnson Road in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence and
having the Number 5 in the Valentine's
Extension Number 2 Subdivision.
The Subject Property consist of the following
accommodations:- (3) 1 Bed Room Apartments
each with Living Room, Dining Room and
Kitchen. (2) 2 Bed Room Apartments each
with-Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen.
Colinaimperial Insurance Ltd. (. jrmerly Imperial
Life Financial) will sell as mortgagee under
power of sale contained in a Mortgage dated
30th. Day of November, A.D., 1990, stamped
and recorded in Volume 5548 at Pages 90 to
114.


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ALL THAT piece, parcel or lot of land
situate in the Subdivision called and
known as Vista Marina Subdivision
having the Lot number seven (7) in
Block number sixteen (16) situated in
the Western District in the Island of
New Providence. Residential Property
size: 10,500 sq. ft. Building size: 4,970
sq. ft. The subject property is a four
bedroom, two bathroom single storey
dwelling.
Colinaimperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly
Colina Insurance Company) will sell as
mortgagee under power of sale
contained in a Mortgage dated 30th
day of July, A.D., 2003.


ALL THAT piece, parcel or lot of
land situate in the Subdivision
called and known as Centreville
having the number twenty-two
(22) in Block number fourteen
(14). Commercial /Residential.
Property size: 10,500 sq. ft.
Building size: 3000 sq. ft.
Colinaimperial Insurance Ltd.
(formerly The Manufacturers Life
Insurance Company) will sell as
mortgagee under power of sale
contained in a Mortgage dated
21st day of December, A.D., 1990
stamped and recorded Volume
5554 at pages 563 o r78.


ALL THAT piece, parcel or lot of land
situate in the Subdivision called and
known as South Beach having the
number thirty (30) in Block number five
(5). Single family residence-Property size:
6,364 sq. ft. Building size: 2,133 sq. ft.
Three (3) Bedrooms &Two (2) Bathrooms.
Colinaimperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly
The Canada Life Assurance Company) will
sell as mortgagee under power of sale
contained in a Mortgage dated 28th day
of March, A.D., 2001 stamped and
recorded in Volume 8157 at pages 395
to 417.


ALL THAT piece, parcel or lot of land situate in
Section Three (3) of the Subdivision called and
known as Sea Breeze Estates having the
number Seventeen(17) in Block Number
Thirteen (13).
The Subject Property consist of the following
accommodations :- (3) Bedrooms, (2)
Bathrooms, Kitchen, Living Room, Dining
Room and Utility Room.
Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd. (formerly
Imperial Life Financial) will sell as mortgagee
under pogo of sale contained in a Mortgage
dated 19 day of September, A.D., 1984
stamped and recorded in Volume 4154 at
Pages 357 to 377.


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on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. The Iraqi Cabinet canceled a meeting to discuss the U.S.-Iraqi security pact Sun-
day.It was the latest setback to U.S. hopes to.reach a quick agreement on a deal that would extend the pres-
ence of American forces beyond the end of this year.


* By QASSIM ABDUL-
ZAHRA
BAGHDAD
The Iraqi Cabinet canceled a
meeting to discuss the U.S.-
Iraqi security pact Sunday, say-
ing proposals for amendments
to an earlier draft were still
being submitted, a government
adviser said.
It was the latest setback to
U.S. hopes to reach a quick
agreement on a deal that would
extend the presence of Ameri-
can forces beyond the end of
this year.
Sadiq al-Rikabi said Sunday's
extraordinary meeting was can-
celed because "proposals are
still arriving." The Cabinet rou-
tinely meets on Tuesdays.
The government planned to
send new proposals to the
Americans for changes in the
draft, which has been negotiat-
ed since early this year.
But the draft has faced oppo-
sition from a number of critics
who consider the deal an
infringement on national sov-
ereignty, especially a provision
that would continue to give the
U.S. the right to prosecute
American soldiers and contrac-

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tors for most offenses.
The pact would replace the
U.N. mandate providing a legal
basis for foreign forces in Iraq
that expires Dec. 31.
Iraq's Cabinet decided last
week to ask for changes after
key Shiite lawmakers warned,
the deal stands little chance of
approval in its current form.
The decision also raised
doubts that the agreement can
be ratified before a new Amer-
ican president is elected Nov.
4.
Al-Maliki has said he won't
submit the agreement to parlia-
ment unless the Cabinet over-
whelmingly approves it.
If the Iraqi parliament fails
to approve the draft before the
U.N. mandate expires on Dec.
31, there would be no legal basis
for the U.S.-led military mis-
sion. That could force Iraq and
the U.S. to ask the Security
Council to extend the mandate.
The proposed security pact
called for all U.S. combat forces
to be removed from Iraqi cities,
by June 2009 and for all forces
to leave the country by the end
of 2011, unless both sides agree
to an extension.
Also Sund-:a; awmake
said Iraq's long-'stalled oil a64
gas law has finl5y'been sentl'
the Cabinet to parliament for
discussion.
The move sets the stage for a
new public debate over how to
manage the country's vast oil
wealth, which Iraq needs to
finance the reconstruction of
the country, even as world oil
prices have been falling.
Abdul-Hadi al-Hassani, the
deputy chairman of the parlia-
mentary committee on oil, gas
and natural resources, said the
panel is reviewing the bill to
prepare it for the full legisla-
ture.
"We started working on it


today," al-Hassani told The
Associated Press in a phone
interview Sunday. He did not
'say when it will be put to the
floor.
Iraq's Cabinet endorsed the
bill in February 2007 but dis-
putes later emerged between
the Kurds and central govern-
ment, mainly over who has the
final say in managing oil and
gas fields.
Since then, the measure has
gone through four versions.
Meanwhile, rare thunder-
storms hit swaths of the country
over the weekend.
The rain was welcomed by
many, but it also flooded many
streets and turned sidewalks
into mush drawing new com-
plaints about the government's
failure to provide basic services
despite recent security gains.
"It is shameful that the capital
should be in this miserable sit-
uation because of rain in spite
of all that we heard about
municipality projects to be done
for Baghdad's roads and sewage
systems," said Hamid al-Aza-
mi, a 45-year-old store owner
in the neighborhood of Aza-
miyah. "The municipality ser-
vices are taking care of minor
things like cleaning gardens at
squares in Baghdad and planti-
ng roses and neglecting the
most important thing of rebuild-
ing the capital's damaged infra-
structure, he said.
Other Iraqis, particularly
farmers, welcomed the rain
after months of drought.
"It was so dry last year that I
wasn't able to harvest anything,
but thanks to God the rain this
.year will bring blessings with
it," said Karim Eysa, a 60-year-
' old farmer in Bashiqa, near the
northern city of Mosul. "I iave
a family to feed and sheep also
will have enough grass to feed
on."


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* By MICHELLE FAUL
KIBUMBA, Congo

Rebels seized an east Congo
army base and the headquar-
ters of a refuge housing some
of the world's last mountain
gorillas, in heavy fighting Sun-
day that sent thousands of
civilians fleeing, U.N. officials
and rebels said.
An unknown number of sol-
diers, rebels and civilians were
killed in the renewed fighting
in North Kivu province,
according to civilians who said
the onslaught began around 2
a.m. Government troops raced
down the road north from the
provincial capital of Goma to
reinforce a counterattack Sun-
day morning.
One tank careened into a
group of fleeing civilians and
killed three teenage boys,
civilians said.
Associated Press reporters
who watched the fathers bury-
ing their sons in a cabbage
patch outside Kibumba could
hear bombing from army
tanks about 12 miles (20 kilo-
meters) from Rumangabo
army camp.
Sunday's attack marked the
second time rebels have seized
the Rumangabo base since
Aug. 28, when rebel leader
Gen. Laurent Nkunda went
on the offensive chargifig that
government troops had bro-
ken a January cease-fire
agreement.
More than 200,000 people
have fled their homes since
then, joining at least 1.2 mil-
lion displaced when the con-
flict began in 2007, the United
Nations said.

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"There's heavy fighting. A
lot of people have been killed
-rebels, soldiers, civilians.
We're lucky we got away,"
says Jean-Baptiste Bushu
Mbusho, a builder who works
for the Italian aid agency
AVSI.
U.N. peacekeepers from
India who tried to investigate
the accident involving the
three boys were instead
turned away by angry civilians
hurling stones.
Such attacks have become
common, with civilians accus-
ing the U.N. peacekeeping
mission the biggest in the
world with 17,000 troops -
of not fulfilling its mandate to
protect the population.
The U.N. force has failed to
halt the fighting in the vast
region of rural hills and
forests, and both sides in the
combat also accuse the United
Nations of siding with the oth-
er.
On Wednesday near
Kibumba, a hurled rock
smashed the nose of a deputy
commander in the Indian
force.
"He has had,gtwo major
surgeries," U.N: spokes-
woman Sylvie van den
Wildenberg said.
"He will be disfigured for
the rest of his life."
The Uniited Nations
deployed a rapid reaction
force on Sunday and appealed
to both sides to cease fire at
least to allow civilians to
escape.
"But nobody is listening to
us and they keep fighting,"
van den Wildenberg said.
Nkunda's fighters, who
claim to be protecting the
region's Tutsi minority, have
occupied parts of Virunga
National Park for nearly a
year, but attacked the head-
quarters for the first time Sun-
day.
Park Director Emmanuel
de Merode called the seizure
of the headquarters "unprece-
dented, even in all the years of
conflict in the region."
More than 50 park rangers
fled into the forest and were
Making their way on foot to
Kibumba, he said in a state-
ment.
"The conflict on the ground
is chaotic and dangerous, and
we cannot allow our rangers
to become targets," he said.
The park is home to 200 of
the world's 700 remaining
mountain gorillas, Which are
considered critically endan-
gered.


Ten mountain gorillas were


killed last year, including two
Silverbacks, causing an inter-
national outcry.
Meanwhile, many of the
civilians who have been dis-
placed are malnourished and
some are dying of hunger, the
U.N. World Food Program
said Friday.
The Geneva-based agency
is seeking $46 million in dona-
tions for food aid needed to
sustain refugees through
March. The fighting has also
jeopardized aid deliveries, and
the U.N. .agency said some
contractors were refusing to
go to certain areas.


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Sand snatchers shrink


* By DANICA COTO
Associated Press Writer
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
(AP) Ahh, the Caribbean.
Sun, surf. But where's the sand?
It is disappearing at alarming
rates as thieves feed a local con-
struction boom.
Caribbean round grains,
favoured in creating smooth
surfaces for plastering and fin-
ishing, are being, hauled away
by the truckload late at night.
On some islands not much big-
ger than Manhattan, towns and
ecologically sensitive areas are
now exposed to tidal surges and
rough seas.
In Puerto Rico, thieves once
mined the dunes in the northern
coastal town of Isabela, said
Ernesto Diaz of the Depart-
ment of Natural Resources. But
now they are stealing the beach-
es of the tiny island of Vieques
-52 square miles where the


US military only i. scnily halted
its controversial bombing prac-
tice.
Among the hardest hit is
Grenada, where officials are
building a $1.2 million seawall
to protect the 131-square-mile
island. Large-scale sand thefts
have exposed north-coast towns
to rough seas, said Joseph
Gilbert, the minister of works
and environment.
One of the region's largest
sand thefts targeted Jamaica,
where nearly 100 truckloads
were swiped from private prop-
erty in the northwest, exposing
protected mangroves and a
limestone forest to wind and
waves.
Roughly 706,000 cubic feet of
sand were taken in late July,
enough to fill roughly 10
Olympic-sized pools, said
Jamaica Mines Commissioner
Clinton Thompson, who sus-
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involved&
"I was surprised at the
amount," he said. "This one
could not have been stolen
without persons knowing about
it."
Police have refused to com-
ment on their investigation.
Illegal sand mining in the
Caribbean began in the 1970s,
when people with shovels stole
small amounts for construction
because most homes were built
with wood. But the thefts
increased as builders switched
to concrete homes and have
only gotten bigger with the rise
in construction of resorts and
hotels built, ironically, for
tourists drawn by the
Caribbean's immaculate beach-
es. An estimated 80 new hotels
and resorts are expected to
open in the Caribbean through


2012, according to Smith Trav-
el Research.
Some islands offer local quar-
ries or designate certain beach-
es for mining, but large-scale
nighttime thefts persist despite
police patrols. Front loaders and
other heavy equipment are now
used instead of shovels to steal
sand, which sells for nearly $200
for one cubic yard.
"If we continue to mine the
beaches the way we've been
doing, we will have no sand to
boast about. Just sea and sun,"
Gilbert said.
No one knows how much
sand in all has been carted
away, but the islands of Tortola,
Anguilla and St Vincent are
now vulnerable to flooding, said
Gillian Cambers, associate
researcher at the University of
Puerto Rico. Up to two-thirds


of sand dunes in Tortola and
Nevis have been decimated, she
added.
On Grenada's 13-square-mile
Carriacou island, population
6,000, the beach is shrinking by
three linear feet every year from
illegal sand mining, Gilbert said.
In Barbuda, illegal sand min-
ers dug a 23-foot crater that
damaged a freshwater aquifer.
Saltwater seeped in, and drop-
pings from cows and donkeys
contaminated the exposed
aquifer, which is now unusable,
said local environmentalist John
Mussington.
Hurricane damage also has
bumped up demand for sand,
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with the ..estinians for
lJerusalem, whose eastern sector
the 1 1.. claim as capital
of their hoped-for state. She
also refused to promise Shas
the hundreds of.,, ..... of dol-
lars it demanded for social wel-
fare and its religious seminaries,
aides said.
Shas has been a key member
of the outgoing coalition, and
without the party's support, it
would be difficult for Livni to
maintain a parliamentary
majority.
could ask another
politician to try to form a gov-
ernment. but as leader of the
largest party in parliament.
Livni is the only '. i .. with
a realistic chance of forming a
coalition.
She could have ruled with a
narrow parliamentary majori-
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Livni has been serving as
chief ., negotiator
with the I i i. since ill
wCere ..... ''- relaunched last
November at a U.S.-hosted
summit. The sides had hoped
to reach a .,1 ,I peace accord
bv the end of the year, though
both Olmert and Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas
now .11 that target unrealistic.
An aide to Abbas warned the
Israeli political turmoil could
threaten peacemaking.
.. is precious. The next
few months will be wasted
because of new elections and
the U.S. elections," Nabil Abu
Rdeneh said.
Before Livni's coalition-
building efforts faltered, opin-
ion polls had given her and
Netanvahu even odds on tak-
ing power. Some voters might
be impressed by her tough
stand against Shas, or bv any
breakthroughs in negotiations
that might emerge before the


A cease in, that has nearly
ended rocket barrages on i. ,. I1
from the Gaza .1, i' since June
could also play in her favor if
the truce is extended beyond
its December deadline.
But any resumption of the
attacks from Gaza could hurt
Livni. And her failure to muster
a government could hurt her
political .It ',,.iiii
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ing Netanyahu's 3-year tenure
as prime minister in the 1990s,
and his positions have not soft-
ened since.
i I quit Ariel Sharon's gov-
ernment because he opposed
S. .. I. 2005 withdrawal from
the Gaza Strip and opposes
ceding sovereignty over any
plart of east Jerusalem. which
Israel captured in the 1967
Mideast war.
', iestinians claim east
Jerusalem as capital of their
hoped-for state and insist on


shared sovereignty over the
city.
The move to elections could
i',.. Abbas and Ohnert to
redouble their efforts to achieve
a peacemaking 1,'i' i (hliiI. .'l
Last month, Olmert said
i 1.l would have to give up
nearly all of the West Bank and
east Jerusalem if it wants peace
with the Palestinians. He also
said Israel would have to relin-
quish the Golan Heights, like-


wise captured in 1967, to obtain
peace with Syria,
A meeting between Olmert
and Abbas, which had been
scheduled for Monday, was
postponed until further notice
because of the Israeli political
upheaval, Abu Rdeneh said.
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ther hobbled by the dueling
Palestinian governments in the
West Bank, which Abbas rules,
and the Gaza Strip, controlled


by the Islamic militant Hamas
since a violent June 2007
takeover.
On Sunday, Hamas called on
Palestinians to resume talks on
healing their political rift.
"The call for early elections
, and Livni's failure to form a
coalition government in Israel is
a slap in the face to those who
still dream of negotiations,"
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Zuhri said from Gaza City.


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TURMUS AYYA, West
I ,,.i (AP) The olive har-
vest was off to a bad start for
Said Abu Aliya branches
torn from the Palestinian
farmer's trees lay scattered on
the ground, along with bright-
green olives.
He blamed Israeli settlers in a
nearby ,,i. '..i ... 1i' and Israeli
soldiers 1'. 'li.L is a buffer
while he and his family picked
the '. ,, 1,1 crop.
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wouldn't be able to enter our
lands because the settlers would
attack us." said the 47-year-old.
; ... m any I' ,1 i. nL .. I. the
I .1 harvest of some 10 million
trees used to be a joyful ritual
steeped in tradition. But the
West Bank s olive groves have
increasingly become a target of
extremist Jewish settlers who,
1I.I. ip by hilltop, seek to
expand their control over land
they say they were .. by

Just in the first two weeks of
this season, farmers say.
assailants beat a 03-year-old
olive picker, slashed another
man's car tires, tried to chase
I !. out of several
groves and stole or damaged
some of the crop. In one inci-
dent .... : on video, four
settlers punched and kicked a
r I. '.'. i and a
foreign activist in an olive grove.
C ., ,i the farmers'
problems, more trees are hard-
er to reach because they ,
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and their .
camps.
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the military and police are doing
a better job than in the past, but
have failed to protect crops or
Sii.. vigilantes to justice.
This week 1L, ,L i, rt in -'' .
dent Mahmoud Abbas com-
plained that the ''. I., .' I
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whether Israel is serious about
peace with I....- i 1 Israeli
' '. 1,. Minister Ehud I iI
denounced those attacking
farmers as *i, .i- ., but said
troops are making a major
effort to protect farmers. I nr-
military said soldiers have been
briefed about the *r-.rtrce
of the harvest, jeeps patrol trou-
ble areas and ..... are given
to rule on .. "' I .-' -
putes.
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have destr. i ,. of
I ... 1 ', trees along
roadsides to protect ... i
i' stone throwers.
still l--'T n that
settlers are . . .... rein
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the settlers who wei.- r
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were .. .
.police arrested three
helping with the harvest
for entering a "closed military
area."
A settler leader, Yitzhak
Shadmi .. reports of

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Growing numbers of Israelis
and foreigners are ii,,. n_ o
the grov- i, h.lp, ih_ f ,rmners.
Yaakov i, i .. ;I 1 ... i Coali-
tion 1.1J'I 'ii .uie West Bank
trips i. .. ,,In.i. I-.- ., I, .. last
year.
.I .0 i t .i o f r'.il.., tI -,n ,-'n .
take part in the harvest, with
students given time off to help
and professionals returning to
their villages.. -1 oil is a food
t-ipfe. and even the leftovers
Il i 1. he oil presses are used as
fuel.
The economic ,- are
relatively modest about $100
m, 11. n from an expected 21,000
tons of olive oil this year but
the extra income reaches some
f1 "'-,' families. For some, it's
...- -J..' money, for others
4n,'Iih to i- .1,-, a wedding or

Near the village of Burin,
Amneh Abdel Qader sat on a
tarpaulin under a tree, as her
son, daughter-in-law and three
grandsons combed the branches
with 1, niJdhIiJ rakes. The olives
tumbled onto the tarp, and the
70-year-old sorted them, the
plumpest for eating and the rest
for oil.
"We used to bring a radio
and have fun. I.'- and enjoy
ourselves," Abdel Qader said.


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"But from the day they came,"
she said, referring to Israeli set-
tlements near her village, "we
can't relax anymore."
Burin's farmers can only
reach lands near the settlements
of Yitzhar and Bracha with spe-
cial coordination from security
forces. Farmers say they're
aIll. .... to visit those areas only
twice a year, for planting and
'.1 ii; r and that they need
more access to hang traps for
olive flies, prune branches and
clear underbrush.
Israel's Civil. ..h'inir I iii,
the branch of the i,.l1l ., ry deal-
ing with the Palestinians' day-
to-day life, denied any quota on
visits, but a senior official said
the idea is to keep settlers and
farmers away from each other.
"You can smell the fuel in the
air," the official said on condi-
tion of anonymity, in line with
'i,. ,, ; J i. ';i ,ni "W e don't
want to have a situation where
tl. olive harvest is setting off

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.... , i r, n i i i n, the m ili-
tary.
In the village of Naalin this
month, near Israel's separation
barrier, ''..r.'-- r ff.:, ',,-. fired tear
gas and stun grenades as vil-
:z ,,-iJ volunteers tried to
reach a grove. The army had
given a .. rrci for the Naalin
harvest but apparently not
briefed the-border police, said
'. "r Arik Ascherman of Rab-
bis for Human Rights. Several
Israelis were injured and three
detained, he said.
The Palestinian ,ih harvest
: 1 about 5 to i11 percent short
of its potential every year
because of settler violence and
Israeli restrictions, estimated
Palestinian economist Samir
I'{ ...l:r Israel requires permits
for .i ...Ir- who have land in
the roughly v'' percent of the
West Bank -. '_.- ... up on the
"Israeli" side of the barrier.
Eighty percent of the people
who used to work these lands
no longer get permits, according
to U.N. monitors.
Mohammed Jabareen, may-
or of the. .,., of Taibeh,
which has 250 dunams (60
acres) of land beyond the bar-
rier, said landowners have
received !... r'-'-.. but not all of
the workers needed for the har-
vest. The army says it's issuing
extra t. .Ilii. during the har-
vest.
I Some are .'- i. t impr ve
output by teaching ;.'. -. .
to grow premium oils for
r Industrialist J -f cn
.l.,... .- has invested in a pre-
mium oil storage facility with
steel vats, even 'h -.u h busi-
ness prospects are uncertain.
"To me," he said, "the olive
tree is a symbol of r I.' "

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP)
A former congressman was
freed in a military operation
Sunday after eight years of cap-
tivity in the hands of leftist
Colombian rebels, authorities
and a family member said.
Oscar TulioLi/cano, (62. was
rescued e rly Sulnday in a rural
part of Choco province in west-
ern Colombia, said Henrv
Murillo. governing secretary of
Caldas province, where the ex-
lawmaker was originally
abducted.
Martha de Lizcano wept
upon being told of her hus-
band's rescue.
"It's been-eight years of great
suffering," she told local media
outlet Caracol.
Colombian police and mili-
tary did not release details of
the operation to free Lizcano
from the Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
A press conference with
Defense Minister Juan Manuel
Santos to give the details of res-
cue was scheduled for later
Sunday in the city of Cali.
Lizcano was transported to
Cali for a medical examination
since his health is delicate,
Cesar Velassquez, a spokesman
for the president's office, said in
a telephone interview.
Lizeano, aln economist, was
abducted on August 5, 2000, in
the village of Riosucio in Cal-
das province, northwest of tlhe
capital, Bogota.
At the time of his kidnap-
ping, he was a Conservative
Party's representative in Con-
gress.
His freeing follows the July 2
high-profile military rescue of
former presidential candidate
Ingrid Betancourlt from tlhe
hands of the FARC.
Military intelligence agents
freed 15 rebel-held hostages-
including the Freneh-Colom-
bian Betancourt -- by p;::ng
as aid workers on a mock
humanitarian mission that
rebels were told would ferry
their hostages by helicopter to
another camp for talks on a
prisoner swap.
The hostage rescue was a
major blow to1 latin America's
last remaining major rebel
arllly.
In April, the IARC had
released a so-called "proof-f of-
life" video of Lizcno in which
the pleaded with Venezuelan
President Hlugo Chavez to do
"the utmost to get us out of
here because we are rotting inl
the jungle."


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Associated Press Writer
KHAR, Pakistan (AP) -
Troops fought Taliban militants
in separate battles in northwest-
ern Pakistan on Sunday, killing
11 in an insurgent stronghold
overlooking the Afghan border,
an official said.
Jamil Khan, the No. 2 gov-
ernment representative in Bajur,
said eight fighters died and sev-
eral others were, injured when
helicopters and artillery shelled
several areas Sunday morning.
Three more insurgents died in
a gunbattle at a checkpoint in
Tang Khata, a village supposed-
ly under the control of security
forces, Khan said. Khan said
there were no troop casualties
in either battle.
U.S. officials have praised the
two-month offensive in Bajur, a
tribally governed region consid-
ered a possible hiding place for
Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida
No.2 Ayman al-Zawahri.
Pakistan's army launched the
offensive after officials declared
it a "nmega-sanctuary" for Tal-
iban and al-Qaida militants who
had set up a virtual mini-state
and were funneling fighters over
the mountainous border into
Afghanistan.
On Saturday, the military
escorted reporters to Loi Sam, a
strategic town captured earlier
a- in the week from militants.
S The town sits on the intersec-
tion of roads linking Bajur with
the Afghan border and several
neighboring areas of Pakistan.
o Military commanders say its fall
E will severely disrupt militant
E operations.
The operation has caused
severe hardship for residents in
the already impoverished region.
Almost 20),(XX) people have fled
the fighting, many to rough
camps in Pakistan and
Afghanistan.
Loi Sam and villages along the
road from the main town of
Khar have been devastated by
fighting and army shelling. Crops


have been left to die untended in fighting. Officials say the victims
the fields. Despite the civilian will be compensated. Pakistan's
exodus, the army said Saturday government has pledged to flood
that 95 noncombatants as well the border regions with devel-
as some 1,500 militants and 73 opment aid in an attempt to dry
troops had died so far in the up support for militant groups.







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* $55-$60m construction
costs for the Balmoral
development

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A REAL estate development
projected to generate $100 mil-
lion in sales revenues is "antic-
ipating" obtaining all final Min-
istry of Works and subdivision
approvals "in the next 30 days",
its Bahamian developer telling
Tribune Business that he and
his competitors must focus on
"adding value" for clients.
Jason Kinsale; a principal in
Balmoral Development Com-
pany, developer of The Bal-
moral community that is tar-
geting the young professional
market, said the fact the devel-
lopment had obtained construc-
tion financing from Royal Bank
of Canada showed the debt
markets were still open for good
projects.
"I think that Royal Bank of
Canada is probably the most
stringent lender of the three
Canadian banks here, and for
them to endorse our develop-
ment is pretty comforting," Mr
Kinsale told Tribune Business.
"Obviously, you look at your
business plan and think it' ,
great, but v hen the bank v'gst it,
that's the true test."
BISX-listed FINCO, Royal
Bank's mortgage lending arm,
will be providing prospective
homeowners at The Balmoral'
with financing. "Right now,
we're anticipating having final
approval [from the Ministry of
Works] in the next 30 days, and
will be launching on November
10, taking site reservations," Mr
Kinsale explained.
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ments until we have final sub-
division approval. The subdivi-
sion itself will be bonded. We've
already pushed through the
roads, which is permitted.
We've just not started the infra-
structure yet until we get every-
thing approved."
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condominiums, plus 70 single
family lots, would cost "some-
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million to construct".'
The target age group demo-
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26-45 years-old, with The Bal-
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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
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politicians
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cate its distribution
business model, in a bid
to create desperately-
needed jobs and revive
the Grand Bahama
economy,
Tribune Business can reveal that Obie
Wilchcombe, MP for West End and Bimini,
and Pleasant Bridgewater, ex-Marco City


* Wilchcombe and Bridgewater in 'advanced talks' to
lease Associated Grocers warehouse with opinion to buy
* Pair aim to create 50 jobs 'immediately',
and stimulate Grand Bahama economy ,
* City Markets operator also interested in facility
* Major 'opportunity cost' for Bahamas
with Florida firm's withdrawal


MP, are "hoping to immediately hire 50 cers, who no longer have any need for their
people" once a lease agreement is com-
pleted with Florida-based Associated Gro- SEE page 8B


Bahamas attorney targeted in 'murder for hire' scheme


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A BAHAMIAN. attorney
was targeted in a kidnapping
and murder-for-hire plot over
the same alleged $175 million
investment scam that has result-
ed in two Canadians being
charged for trying to kill a
Freeport-resident businessman.
The alleged role played by
the attorney, whose name is
known to Tribune Business but
cannot be disclosed for legal
reasons, was contained in an
affidavit filed to support the US
government's case against the
two accused by an Immigration
and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) agent.
Nicholas Djokich, 57, of Cal-


$ 100m worth

of Freeport

investments

suffer delay

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE court injunction, and
subsequent stay on its discharge,
that prevented Roddie Fleming
from acquiring the Hayward
family trust's 50 per cent stake
in the Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) holding
company has prevented some
$100 million in investment cap-
ital from flowing into Freeport
at a time when it is most need-
ed, the British banker's consul-
tants said.
Rob Millard, director of inter-
national business at Grand
Bahama-based Global Fulfill-
ment Services, told Tribune
Business that his company had
taken a conservative 'back-of-
the-envelope' look at where
Freeport might be now if the
Fleming purchase had been
completed before the injunc-
tion was imposed some 15
months ago in August, 2007.
"We looked at money that
would have come into the
island, to Bahamian businesses
and been spent hard cash,"
Mr Millard told Tribune Busi-
ness. "It's about $100 million."
The 'assessment, which
look d at where Mr Fleming
and the GBPA "would be" if
their purchase had gone
through immediately, examined
a number of areas at the heart
of the UK banker's proposed
business plan for Freeport's
future growth and development.
"the Skills Centre was right
SEE page 7B


Accused alleged he played key role in $175m investment scam


gary, and Eginardo Deangelis,
72, of La Salle, Quebec, alleged-
ly hired someone who turned
out to be an undercover US
immigration agent for $40,000
to kidnap and kill Richard
Devries, a Canadian attorney
and businessman living in
Freeport.
Yet the affidavit from ICE
agent Derek Dunn alleged that
the attorney, who is a Bahamian
national, played a key role in
managing a company at the cen-
tre-of-the-claimed investment-
scam.
Mr Dunn alleged: "Djokich
extensively discussed the basis
for his dispute with Devries and


[his partner, William Lenz]. He
indicated that he and others
invested money with a company
that Devries and Lenz owned,
and that they were guaranteed
that they would not lose money,
and that their investment capital
would always stay in a specified
account.
"He stated that it was a scam,
and that Devries and others,
including a director of the
investment company named
[the Bahamian attorney] were
trading with his money and'con-
tinued to take new investment
money from him long after they
had lost his initial investment.
"He stated that Devries owed


him a minimum of $170 million.
Djokich provided some docu-
ments to the undercover agent
to support his claims about the
wrongdoing of these various
individuals."
The affidavit then alleged:
"Djokich indicated that after
Devries was dealt with, there
were others he wanted to attend
to in a similar way, including
Lenz, [the Bahamian attorney],
a 'Frenchman', who was sup-
posedly involved in Devries'
swindle, a man in- Der ait
named William Donahue; and
an unnamed man in London."

SEE page 7B


* Chairman says,,2008,
figure 'nowhere near
claim and in line with
$10m projection ,
Auditors give
November 14 as audit
completion date. '

By NEIL HARTNELL *
Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMAS Supermarket
chairman has "emphatically"
denied rumours sweeping tl4
capital markets and grocery
trade that its net loss for fiscal
2008 will De as high as $18 mi-
lion, telling Tribune Business t
was "nowhere near" that figr
ure. .'
Basil Sands, who heads tb
immediate holding company fr
the 12-store City Markets chain,
said that while he could not dis-
.cuss actual figures as the 2008
financial year audit was ongo-
ing, the net loss was "certainly
not $18 million".
"As I said at the Annual
General Meeting (AGM) [for
fiscal 2007], it's' going to be
around $10 million," Mr Sands
told-Tribune Business. "The
audit is not finished yet, so I
don't want to start speculating
as to exactly what the number
might be, but it's nowhere near
$18 million. I don't want any
speculation as to major, major

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THE TRIBUNE


600,000 greeting cards for Bahamas visitors


rt By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

I'tlE Ministry of Tourismn will be
sending some 600,000 birthday and
anniversary cards to visitors as part of
its plans to put the message out that it
is better to vacation in the Bahamas.
Speaking at the third annual Exuma
Business Outlook conference, tourism
minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace
said the Ministry intends to use the
vast amount of information it receives


from its exit surveys to promote the
Bahamas.
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that
starting last Friday, the Ministry was
starting to send its visitors birthday
cards and anniversary cards, with
offers and incentives to return to the
Bahamas.
The minister pointed out that one
business category that has remained
fairly consistent for the Bahamas,
despite the global economic down-
turn, is the destination weddings and


honeymoons market due to the long
lead time involved in planning those
events.
The Ministry of Tourism is also
launching a massive e-mail campaign,
where it will be sending persons A,B,C
or D messages with special offers if
they make a trip to the Bahamas.
And the minister himself will be
personally promoting the number of
international companies which do
business here.
"I've got a list of all of them, and


will be contacting them to encourage
them to have their business's meet-
ings and events here. We have all this
information and we need to use it.
Why aren't we partnering with our
banks and companies, to encourage
them to have their affiliates come to
the Bahamas?" Mr Vanderpool-Wal-
lace asked. -
Noting the current economic cli-
mate and the decline in tourism arrival
numbers, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said
there were still persons interested in


travelling and who were travelling,
and the Ministry needed to target its
efforts to attract those persons.
He added that the Ministry's biggest
success measurement will be in the
number of persons willing to recom-
mend the Bahamas as a destination
to their family and friends.
"Every single day that goes by, ane
we have people who are not willing
to recommend the country to othei
people, then we have failed," Mr Van-
derpool-Wallace said.


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13 By RoyalFidelity Capital
Markets *
IT was a moderate trading
week in the Bahamian stock mar-
ket, with investors trading in six
out of the 24 listed securities. Of
these, two saw their stocks
advance and four declined.
EQUITY MARKET,
A total of 57,091 shares
changed hands, representing a
,slight decline of 3,615 shares or 6
per cent versus last week's trading
volume of 60,706 shares.
'oninonwealth Bank (CBL)
and Cable Bahamas (CAB) were
the only two advancers of the
week. Some 11516 shares in
CBL traded, rising by $0.01 to
end the week at $7.28. CAB saw
trading in 5,000 of its shares, its
stock also gaining by $0.01 to


close at $14.15. FOCOL Hold-
ings (FCL) was this week's vol-
ume leader, with 22,000 shares
trading. Its share pride decreased
by $0.19 or 3.65 per cent, ending
-at a new 52-week low of $5.01.
Colina Holdings (Bahamas)
(CHL) followed with 16,575
shares, its stock declining by $0.02
to also end at a new 52-week low
of $2.83. FAMGUARD Corpo-
ration (FAM) declined the most
this week, its stock dropping by
$0.26 or 3.23 per cent on a volume
of 1,000 shares. Freeport Con-
crete (FCC) also decreased this
week to a new 52-week low of
$0.36, declining by $0.04 or 11.11
per cent with 1,000 shares trading.
BOND MARKET
No notes traded in the Bahami-
an market this week.


COMPANY NEWS
Earnings Releases:
RND Holdings (RND)
released its unaudited financial
results for the first quarter ended
May 31, 2008. RND reported a
net profit of $63,300 versus a net
profit of $9,700 for the same com-
parative period in 2007.
Gross margin stood at
$383,900, representing an increase
of $15,700 or 4.28 per cent. Total
operating expenses declined by
$28,300 or 10.3 per cent to
O$Ni' 1. versus $274,800 in 2007,
due primarily to a decline in
salary expense.
For the most recent quarter,
earnings per share stood at $0.01
versus $0 in comparison to the
prior year. .
RND said the company's short-
term iraiLi g is to focus on its


two core businesses of commer-
cial real estate rentals and the
TicketXpress business in order to
maximise their total earnings
potential.
Total assets and liabilities stood
at $11.8 million and $4.7 million
respectively.
Investment Tip
Putting Market Volatility
into Perspective
Any sharp decline in the stock
markets is often accompanied by
dire newspaper headlines, with
words of turmoil or crisis. But a
'more accurate word would be
'normal'.
The average investor will like-
ly benefit from a brief timeout to
reflect and figure out what to do
next. The international markets,
particularly the US, have seen sig-
nificant volatility over the last few
months. While market declines
are bound to be unsettling,
volatility is a normal part of
investing.
From a local perspective, a
review of FINDEX, an index of
Bahamian publicly traded com-
panies, shows that fluctuations
are simply par for the course.
Even significant declines are not
unusual. There have been
declines in the history of Bahami-
an stocks since records began dur-
ing the 1994 to 2007 period.
This includes the 2000-2002
bear market, which was the most
severe dow'nturn yet. Market
declines have been followed by
even greater recoveries. In other
words, the stock market moves
in short-term cycles, but the long-
term trend is up. In fact, the
FINDEX has posted an average
annual return of 16 per cent over
the 14 years ending December
31,2007.


The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 868.09 (-8.82%) YTD


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE


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


$1.71
$0.89
$7.64
$11.80
$14.60
$3.49
$14.15
$7.28
'$2.83
$11.60
$2.21
$2.77
$7.80
$2.37
$0.36
$5.01
$1.00.
$12.00
$8.20
$11.00
$10.00


CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
CHANGE


$-0
$-0
$-0
$-_

$- .
$+0.01
$+0.01
$-0.02
$-0
$-0.36
$-
$-0.26
$-
$-0.04
$-0.19
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-


0
0
0
0
0
0
5,000 "
11,516
16,575
0
0
0
1,000
0
1,000
22,000
0
0
0
0
0


3.01%
4.71%
-20.50%
0.00%
0.00%
-4.64%
17.43%
-13.64%
-10.16%
-20.55%
-56.15%
17.87%
8.33%
-10.57%
-53.25%
-3.28%
0.00%
-7.34%
13.10%
0.00%
0.00%


DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:
Consolidated Water Company BDRs (CWCB) has declared
a quarterly dividend of $0.013 per share, payable on November
7, 2008, to all shareholders of record date September 30, 2008.
FOCOL Holdings (FCL) has declared a quarterly dividends
of $0.006 per share, payable on November 11, 2008, to all share-
holders of record date October.31, 2008.
PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERINGS:
FOCOL Holdings (FCL) announced that it will be extend-
ing the deadline of its private placement offering. The pre-
ferred shares will be paying a dividend rate of prime + 1.75 per
cent, payable semi-annually.


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Minister reassures over FAA airport audit concerns


* Ey CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
TOURISM and Aviation
Minister, Vincent Vanderpool-
Wallace, has reassured the avi-
ation industry that his ministry
will do everything in its power
to ensure the Lynden Pindling
International Airport (LPIA)
retains its Category 1 status fol-


lowing its upcoming Federal
Aviation Administration
(FAA) audit in February 2009.
If the Bahamas does not pass
this audit and is downgraded to
a Category 2 status, it would
mean that while the FAA
would allow flights from LPIA
into the US, it would not allow
this country to expand airline
routes into and from the US.
This is something that would
have a detrimental affect on the


Ministry of Tourism's plans to
increase affordable airlift and
boost declining tourism arrival
numbers. -
It was early 2001 when the
FAA last cited the Bahamas for
failing to comply with interna-
tional standards for oversight
of its airline industry, and gave
the Bahamas a Category 2 rat-
ing (dQwn from Category 1),
saying it fell short in several
areas.


Speaking at the third annual
Exuma Business Outlook cbn-
,ference, Randy Butler, presi-
dent of private airline Sky
Bahamas, said LPIA was about
to undergo a new FAA audit.
He expressed concern that giv-
en the current state -' ",e air-
port, it was very lik 'uld
not make Catego 'us
when it came to ai as
safety inspections ai, pera-
tions.


I ExullmaI see~s doub*JiOIEIU 1, in hme(oreclosp11 re


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
EXUMA has suffered from
an almost doubling in the home
foreclosure rate and a decrease
in the population, causing the
president of.the island's Cham-
ber of Commerce to demand
to propel its economy forward.
Reginald Smith told persons
attending the island's third
annual Exuma Business Out-
look conference that the rate
of foreclosures had almost dou-
bled, and many residents who
had returned to the island for


employment have left either
due to a lack of work or the
high cost of living on Exuma.
"It is visibly slow," he said of
the Exuma economy, pointing
out that the island has lost the
Delta. Airlines Atlanta to
Georgetown direct flight, and
was dependent on a single ship-
ping carrier to service the island
from the US.
Still, Mr Smith said he would
like to see the island trans-
formed and launched as the
next hot destination in the
Bahamas, with a new and
improved Georgetown.
He noted that in the past
most of the tourism marketing


has centred on the develop-
ment of New Providence/Par-
adise Island and Grand
Bahama. However, he pointed
out that Exuma was able to
attract a different type of clien-
tele.
Mr Smith said that if this was
to be achieved there also need-
ed to be improved training of
employees to change and
improve the way of doing busi-


ness.
"It's not enough to want a
job; we have to want a way of
life," he added.
Mr Smith said Georgetown
desperately needed a new and
improved port area, and called
on the Government and rele-
vant authorities to invest as
much as possible and to a
greater degree in George-
town.


Mr Butler said a number of
the areas that need addressing
would require laws and regula-
tions being put in place. He .
added that many of the regula-
tions at LPIA are simply out of
date and irrelevant for 2008.
Mr Butler said, for example,
that domestic passengers were
paying the facility user fees to
fund security measures cur-
rently only implemented in the
international terminals.
The FAA looks at whether a
country has properly qualified
inspectors, accurate mainte-
nance records and safety checks
among other things
Following Mr Butler's
remarks, Mr Vanderpool -Wal-
lace gave his assurance that the
Ministry of Tourism was aggres-
sively doing what needs to be


done.
He said: "All the things that
you talked about to make sure
that we don't go back to cate-
gory 2, I signed off on them at
4am this morning."


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Opportunities still remain in



tourism, says restaurant owner


M By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
.Reporter
DESPITE concerns about the
decline in tourism, there are


tremendous opportunities to
expand Exuma's tourism offer-
ing to target the five-star clien-
tele the Four Seasons Emerald
Bay Resort attracts to the
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told persons attending the third
annual Exuma Business Out-
look conference that despite the
"gloom and doom" reports, he
has 'had one of his best sum-
mer's ever simply by providing
what the customer wants.
Mr Bowe explained that
there were still wealthy persons,
who will not be affected by the
current economic climate, and
who desire and will pay for a


consistent, good quality prod-
uct.
"That means that you have
to be open when they want to
come. I can't understand why
all the restaurant owners on
Exuma would decide to take
vacation, at the same time and
close up. What are people sup-
posed to eat if everyone is
closed? L-am opened 363 days of
the year, closed only on Good
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is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not -be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within -twenty-eight days from the 27TH day of
OCTOBER 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


added.
Mr'Bowe said his business
was able to sustain itself
through a slow season because
he was able to cater to an
increasing European clientele.
"The one thing I have learnt
about the Europeans is that
when they come to eat, they are
interested in dining, and so they
will eat a very large meal, unlike
the Americans who want a
quick bite. Europeans are not
interested in eating sandwich-
es, but a group of them will buy
a roist pig and spend all day
eating, so they spend a lot
more," he explained.
Mr Bowe said that Septem-


ber and October ha'e always
been the slower, tourism
months, and said persons in the
industry needed to ensure that
when times were good they put
aside something to tide therm-
selves over during the slower
periods.
In talking to- his guests, Mr
Bowe said Exuma could cer-
tainly benefit from exclusive
coffee shops, cafes and cigar
bars.
He also touched on the idea
of village tourism and provid-
ing the visitor with an authentic
experience, again something he
said tourists would pay for with-
out question.


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key Freeport




marinas


THE receivership order for
two key Freeport-based mari-
nas has been extended until
November 2008, to allow time
for the parties and their attor-
neys to obtain all documents
relating to the case.
The case involves Scandina-
vian investor Preben Olsen and


his New Hope Holdings com-
pany, which has been placed in
court-appointed receivership -
at least temporarily after his
main financial backer alleged
they defaulted on repaying $23-
$24 million worth of loans.
Attorneys acting for Ameri-
can investor Tony Gonzalez, of


Gonzalez & Co, obtained a
Mareva Injunction to freeze the
New Hope's assets, which
included the Port Lucaya Mari-
na and The Lucayan Marina,
plus the Grand Bahama Yacht
Club and significant parcels of
surrounding land.
It is understood they are
alleging that he lent $23-$24
million, secured by two promis-
sory notes, to Mr Olsen and
New Hope Holdings to -finance
the acquisition of the Port
Lucaya Marina and associated
properties, but this has not been
repaid. They are also claiming
he financed other obligations
of New Hope Holdings.
Yet Mr Olsen and his own
attorneys will vigorously con-
test both the default allegations
and seek to overturn the injunc-
tion at the earliest possible
opportunity.
Tribune Business under-
stands that Mr Olsen's side is
alleging that responsibility for.
any loan repayment default lies
squarely with Mr Gonzalez.
They are claiming that he failed
to live up to several obligations,
one of which was to provide
New Hope Holdings with $12
million in working capital over
and above the initial purchase
price to fund its operations. ,
This, Mr Olsen is alleging,
never happened, and without
that capital New Hope ended
up defaulting. Essentially, the
core allegation in their argu-
ments rests on the claim that
any responsibility for the loan'
default lies with Mr Gonzalez
himself.


Bernadette Gibson, C.Ped, owner of Foot Solutions at Sandyport became a Board
Certified Pedorthist on October 1st. 2008.
The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics (ABC) is
the national certifying and accrediting body for the orthotic, prosthetic and Pedorhic
professions.
Pedorthics is the design, manufacture modification of pedorthic devices, to prevent
or alleviate foot problems caused .by disease, congenital defect,overuse or injury. An
ABC Certified Pedorthist, is an individual who has studied foot anatomy, pathology
and biomechanics, shoe construction and modification, foot orthosis fabrication and
materials, footwear fitting and patient/practice management
Foot Solutions has helped thousands of people overcome a myriad of biomechanical
conditions since it opened its doors in April 2006. "We find solutions for.people whose
feet hurt," said Bernadette. consequentlyly, we also help a lot of people who have knee,
joint and back problems," she said.
Foot Solutions, with more than 250 franchise locations, is the world's largest franchiser
focused on custom shoe inserts, specialty footwear and technology driven health and
wellness products.





EMPLOYME T OPPORTUNITY
HEAD ENGINEER

Large private estate in Nass seeking a Head Engineer capable of
effectively managing the estate. Candidate must have certification/
experience in engineering and| be able to maintain all equipment on the
estate. Previous experience working with large private estate, small luxury
hotel or embassy essential. Applications and resumes should include
reference from previous three employers. Send resume, certificates and
references to:
HEAD ENGINEER
P.O. BO1, N-7776 (SLOT 193)
NAS AU, BAHAMAS


(CAREER OPPORTUNITY.


__,,a.
4CALE3LE" BAHAMAS

Project Consultant
Fiber Optic Civil Engineer

The. position of Project Consultant/Fiber Optic Civil
Engineer requires an experienced engineering manager
with a proven track record required to plan, direct and
coordinate all design and construction activities associated
with the enhancement of current as well as new structures
associated with Tier IV telecommunications building utility
infrastructures. The successful candidate must be a highly
motivated person with the requisite skill set to manage
multi-disciplined teams.

Core Resposibilities Include:
-The planning, coordinating and managing of all design and
construction activities associated with building structures
required for telecom facilities.
-The specifying and coordinating of the installation of
uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), DC plants, -power
synchronization systems.
-The installation of fibre optic cables required to link data
facilities and to provide a level of redundancy to ensure that
the integrity of the system is not compromised at any point
due to equipment failure or damaged fibres.
Additional responsibilities would be to manage all projects
personally or through subordinate supervisors, consultants
and contractors to ensure that both prescribed timeframes
and budget parameters are met. Responsibilities also
include ensuring that all aspects-of the construction project
under their responsibility from ground works and
foundations to final finishes are completed within cost and
time constraints and to specification.
Cable Bahamas Ltd.'s strategy is to hire experienced staff
to work in-house, side by side with local work force to
ensure the transfer of knowledge during the design,
construction. and implementation of a world-class telecom
facility.



CZA3 BI9LE BAHNAMAS

Resumes to be submitted by October 31st, 2008
to the Director of Human Resources or Sent via
e-mail to rbadderley@ cablelbahamas.com.


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THE TRIBUNE


$100m project eyeing 30-day final approvals


nity options in the young, pro-
fessional, fist-time buyer mar-
ket we are targeting," Mr Kin-
sale said. "I feel we have a sig-
nificant niche." The family lots
will be priced at $250,000.
The town homes were set to
have an average price of
$350,000, he added, which stood
up well alongside the $500,000


Legal Notice

NOTICE


CEDAR CONES LTD.

---


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





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


PARK ROW HOLDINGS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 20th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice

NOTICE


OPPORTUNITIES DRAGON LIMITED





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




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


price sought by Sandyport and
the $550,000 average in Nautica.
In addition, The Balmoral
would handle the town home
construction for the buyers.

Develop

Mr Kinsale said The Bal-
moral would develop 36 town


home units to start with, and
added: "We're not in a rush to
sell these things. Our last pro-
ject sold out quickly, and I think
this one will, too. We have a
five-year build-out plan on the
town homes.
"The response to date has
been tremendous. The interest
has been stimulated by word of


Legal Notice

NOTICE


BRUYERE ROSE LTD.





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





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE
POLYTEC INVESTMENT
HOLDING LTD.





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




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE


ORANGE HILL GROUP LTD.





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





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


mouth and people driving by.
It's been very strong, and we're
still fielding calls from people."
The Balmoral will encompass
the Sandford Drive property
formerly known as High Tor,
which is located just to the east
of the US Ambassador's resi-
dence. Mr Kinsale and his part-
ners acquired it from the Tom-
linson family, one of whose
members was the former Cana-
dian Ambassador to the
Bahamas.
When completed, the project
will include the Mark Knowles
Tennis Academy, a "totally ren-
ovated" 17,000 square foot club-
house (the existing High Tor
property), a pool, children's
pool, children-friendly outdoor
playsets, games room for adults,
entertainment room, and super-
vised children's room with com-


puters.
"The home will be a private
club similar to Old Fort Bay,"
Mr Kinsale said, "which will be
available to residents as well as
non-residents. What we're try-
ing to provide is where you can
come with your family in a con-
trolled, secure environment."
As for the key to success in
real estate development, Mr
Kinsale added: "You really
have to add value. That's our
motto not to get too greedy
and add as much measurable
value as you can.
"The customer is going to get
a little more savvy, and our
clients are very demanding.
There's always been a shortage
of available land here, and that's
what's saved us" from experi-
encing similar turmoil to the US
property market.


Legal Notice
NOTICE


WHITE VALLEY LILLIES LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 20th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


HILLTOP BILLOWS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 2nd day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,

Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


LAVINIA ALPINE CORP.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced
on the 20th day of October 2008. The Liquidator
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau,
Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


BURNT OAK LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



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

Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


FROM page 1B


end home buyers at price
points Mr Kinsale believes com-
pare favourably with competi-
tive developments in western
New Providence.
"There's not really a lot out
west in terms of gated commu-


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MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008 PAGE 7B


$00m worth of Freeport investments suffer delay


FROM page 1B
at the top," Mr Millard said of
Mr Fleming's proposed entre-
preneurial and workforce skills
training academy.
Adding that the Skills Cen-
tre had been identified by
Grand Bahama business and
community leaders as being
among the island's most press-
ing needs, Mr Millard said: "We
would have liked to have the
Skills Centre completed by now.
What we would have anticipat-
ed right now'is for the entre-
preneurial and skills training
centre to be up and running in
temporary premises, much like
Ross University is doing. The
centre itself would have been
half-built."
Given that the Skills Centre's
construction costs were esti-
mated to be $30 million, Mr
Millard said a 50 per cent build-
out would have meant some $15
.million being pumped into the
construction industry and wider
Grand Bahama economy by
now.
As for other projects, Mr Mil-
lard said Fleming had hoped the
new non-US international ter-
minal at the Grand Bahama
International Airport would
also have been half-built by
now, opening up the island to
European business and leisure
travellers.
While Hutchison Whampoa,
Port Group Ltd's 50/50 partner
in the Grand Bahama Interna-
tional Airport Company, had
pegged the proposed terminal's
construction costs at $23 mil-
lion, Mr Millard said he and
Fleming felt it was more than
that, based on similar airport
investments elsewhere in the
Caribbean.
Global Fulfillment Services
had previously projected the
non-US international terminal
would cost between $75 million
to $100 million to construct.
Taking the bottom figure, and
dividing that by two, indicated






















FROM page 1B

ICE had been tipped off
about the plot by an informant,
who had allegedly been
approached by Djokich and
asked whether he was "willing
to travel to the Bahamas to kid-
nap Devries and force Devries
to wire transfer as much of the
money as possible back to him.
"Djokich told the informant
that after the money was wired,
he did not mind if the informant
took Devries fishing and he
never came back."
The informant was given a
photograph of Devries and his
home address in a gated com-
munity in Freeport, which ICE
investigators found to be accu-
rate. Devries was alleged by Mr
Dunn to have been- a principal
in several investment compa-
nies, including entities called
Koan Investment Corporation.
ICE agents were also provid-
ed with the documents Djokich
gave the informant, including
the claim that his company,
Astral Enterprises, entered into
an investment agreement with a
company called GSF Ltd. That
agreement, in turn, was based
on a contract between Mr
Devries' Koan Investment Cor-
poration and GSF Ltd.
The agents also obtained
copies of investment agree-
ments between GSF lAd, which
the Bahamian attorney alleged-
ly managed, and Koan Invest-
ment Corporation.
The .,ll,:-.d plot to kidnap
and kill Mr Devries started in
Montreal, included multiple
meetings in Boston and an
August I1, 2008, meeting at a
Starbucks in Williston where
the ICE agent was given a
$10,000 cash down payment, it


was alleged.
The last meeting was on
October 15, 2008, at a restau-
rant at Logan Airport in
Boston, where Djokich alleged-
ly met with the undercover
agent to finalise the details of
the killing, which was to take
place in Florida.
The agent allegedly asked
Djokich, the only suspect pre-
sent, to clarify that he wanted
the target killed.


that a further $37.5 million in
construction spending could
have been pumped into Grand
Bahama by now.
Emphasising that the poten-
tial investment had not been
lost, but simply delayed, Mr
Millard said Fleming would also
have hoped to progress to a 20
per cent build-out on Phase
One of its international financial
centre plans.
"That's probably another $15
million worth of construction
that would have happened," he
said, adding that Mr Fleming's
plan to focus the centre on
international commerce and
capital markets could not be
better timed given the current
global turmoil and search for
more transparent, better-regu-
lated jurisdictions.
Tied into the international
financial centre plans was the
need to address the "huge
shortage" of upscale housing
for high net worth individuals,
financial executives and their
families on Grand Bahama.
If Mr Fleming and the GBPA
had managed to construct 100
units targeted at this market, as
they had intended to do before
the injunction, Mr Millard said
that priced at $250,000 each,
another $25 million in con-
struction spend would have
been generated.
And if 50 new, high income
families had been attracted to
Grand Bahama within that time


period, Mr Millard said they
would have each spent an esti-
mated $7,500 per month on
items such as rent and school
fees. That translated into
$375,000 per month, or $2.25
million over six months.
Impacts

Mr Millard added that his cal-
culations only looked at direct
spending impacts, and did not
account for the secondary or
money multiplier effects as each
dollar of spending circulated
within Freeport. The impact, he
added, would have been "far-
reaching".'
"I've seen such a deteriora-.
tion in the island. This place is
in agony," Mr Millard said. "If
Mr Fleming had been here in
August, 2007, he would have
been able to alleviate the cash
flow problems, provide more
funding to Ginn, and provide
guarantees to Bahamian retail
banks to help businesses not
able to access credit. With an
extra $100 million coming into
the island, businesses would not
,have to lay people off."
He added: "He's [Mr Flem-
ing] not 1 per cent less deter-
mined to complete this deal
than he was a year ago. We're
going to see that money [$100
million] at some point in the
future.
"But instead of being in the
pre-planning stages, we would


NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.46 of 2000)
BLACKTHORN
BLUEPRINT MEDIA ENTERPRISES LIMITED
IBC No 99,272 B
In Voluntary Liquidation
NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 (2)
(a) of the International Business Companies Act No 46 of 2000,
Blueprint Media Enterprises Limited is in dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the above-named Company is
required on or before the 25th August 2008 to send their name,
address and particulars of their debts or claim to the Liquidator of
the Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made such claim is approved.

, Mrs. Rosana Hollins of Suite 2B, Mansion Huse, 143 Main Street,
Gibraltar is the Liquidator of Blackthorn Consultants Limited.


























Action #:
2003/CLE/gen/01974


Judgment Creditor:
Premier Importers Limited


Judgment Debtor:
Alexander Smith
1999 Ford F150 Lariat



Action #:
2006/CLE/gen/00770


Judgment Creditor:
Premier Importers Limited


Judgment Debtor:
Beverley E. Lewis
2001 Ford Explorer Sports Trac


i
Vehicles can be viewed from 7:30am
to 4:30pm at Premier Importers,
St Albans Drive.


Rids must be in writing on or
before November 16th, 2008.
Contact 322-8396 @ extn. 232
for any additional information.


be very much finished with the
first tranche of projects, and be
picking up speed. Absolutely
critical is the nature of the
GBPA as a regulator. That reg-
ulator, to attract the kind of
capital he's looking at, has to,
be absolutely beyond reproach,
have the highest standards of
corporate governance and no
conflicts of interest, in that per-
sons working in the regulator
cannot be owning businesses or
investments.
"That's the prime reason why
Fleming wants to buy 100 per
cent of the GBPA, as not every-
one is aligned with that aspira-
tion."
Mr Millard added that Mr
Fleming would also have want-
ed to complete by now the
strategic environmental assess-


ment for all Grand Bahama,
plus feasibility studies for the
proposed oil refinery and liq-
uefied natural gas (LNG) ter-
minal.
Tribune Business recently
revealed that Supreme Court
Justice Neville Adderley lifted
the stay on the order to dis-
charge the injunction preventing
Mr Fleming from proceeding
with the $100 million purchase
of the 50 per cent Interconti-
nental Diversified Corporation
stake held by Seashells Invest-,
ments, an investment vehicle
owned by the Sir Jack Hayward
family trust.
When asked what was hap-
pening now, Mr Millard said: "I
just know they're busy with
their due diligence, and hope-
fully there will be an announce-


ment soon."
However, the muddy waters
at the GBPA would not neces-
sarily be any clearer in terms of
ownership, as even if the pur-
chase went through, Mr Flem-
ing would find himself as a 50/50
partner with the late Edward St
George's estate. The estate has
made it clear it does not want to
work or partner with Mr Flem-
ing.
Meanwhile, Mr Millard said it
was "absolutely critical" for
Freeport to cement its econom-
ic competitiveness now given
that the long-term scenario was
"not promising at all" given the
likelihood that the US and
Cuba would normalise relations,
opening up the latter to Amer-
ican tourists at some point in
the future.


Skills and Requirements

> Strong organizational skills along with excellent oral and written communication
ability
> Ability to plan, organize, direct, control, to achieve short-range and long-range
business development objectives in product markets
> Proficient in Quark, Corel Draw, Photoshop and Microsoft Office applications.
> Ability to work in a fast paced environment
> Ability to multitask
> Excellent interpersonal skills
> Strong leadership skills
> Professional appearance
> A desire and passion to get ahead
> Ability to work well under pressure


Minim um Req uire ients

> Bachelor's degree or equivalent MBA in marketing and management preferred
marketing or business administration
> At least 5 years of marketing experience in retail industry
> Proficient in Quark, and Microsoft Office applications


APPLY VIA EMAIL TO:
marketing gopportunity2008@gmail.com

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AIRPORT AUTHORITY

UNIFORM TENDER


Tenders are invited for a one [1] year contract for the making and
supplying of Uniforms for Security Officers, Screeners and
Firefighters of the Airport Authority as follows:


*Navy Blue Trousers with stripe down the side [male/female]
*Long Sleeve Navy Blue Jacket [male/female]
*Navy blue windbreaks with heavy lining A/A Logo Patch
*Rain coats with hoods A/A Logo
*Female skirt with stripe down the side
*White shirts [Iong/short]sleeve
*Shoulder Patch
*Shoulder Badges
Shoes [male/female]
Stockings
Socks
*Caps [male/female]
*Cap Badge

*Neck Ties
*Leather black belts 2" wide


*Samples of the uniforms may be inspected at the Security Offices
located in the former Police Station, LPIA between the hours of
9 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily Monday to Friday.


2. Tenders must be submitted in sealed envelopes addressed to
the Actg. General Manager, Airport Authority, Lynden Pindling
International Airport and must specify "TENDER FOR
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reject any envelope not properly addressed and/or not
specifying "TENDER FOR UNIFORMS". Faxed Tenders
will not be considered. The Authority also reserves the right
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FROM page 1B
86,000 square foot Bahamas
warehouse.
When contacted by Tribune
Business after this newspaper
was tipped-off about the talks,
Mr Wilchcombe confirmed that
he and Ms Bridgewater were in
negotiations to lease the prop-
erty and establish their own
logistics/distribution business,
in a bid to breathe new life into
a stagnating Grand Bahama
business environment.
Emphasising that no agree-
ment had been concluded, and
that Bahamians should not get
their hopes up just yet, Mr
Wilchcombe said: "We're try-
ing to find a way for Bahamians
to get jobs.


"It's a building that's sitting
there, with enormous potential
to serve a whole range of local
suppliers with food, toys and
appliances. We sought a meet-
ing with the owners to see if it
was possible to acquire it, and
play a role in reinvigorating the
Grand Bahama economy.
"We are in advanced negoti-
ations, and we have a lease
agreement in place, which we
are now formalising...... This
is an opportunity we are seeking
to create. We are not engaged
with anyone else on this. We
are colleagues, friends. We have
a lot of people who are not
working, and at the end of the
- day all Bahamians are going to
have to step in to play a role in
revitalizing the economy."


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WEDNESDAY. 29TH OCTOBER. 2008. 6:30 PM
Medical Association of the
Bahamas (WAB) House

The Bahamas Society of Engineers will hosts its
Annual General Meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday,
October 29, 2008 at M.A.B. House, Sixth Terrace,
Centerville (opposite Centeville Food Store)

AGENDA
I. REVIEW OF MINUTES OF THE LAST AGM
II. PRESENTATION OF THE ANNUAL REPORT
III. PRESENTATION OF THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL
IV. ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Members are requested to be present and are re-
minded to ensure that their fees are current if they
intend to participate in the business meeting.

Refreshments will be served immediately follow-
ing the meeting.

For additional details, please.contact Mrs. Grace
Sharma at 456-8408 or 364-3459, the Presioent at
302-1215, or any other member of the Executive. -:


Mr Wilchcombe said he and
Ms Bridgewater had been hop-
ing to conclude the deal with
Associated Grocers within the
next week or two. If they were
successful, they hoped "to
immediately hire 50 people.
"Over the next few weeks, as
we grow and expand opera-
tions, we hope to hire 200 peo-
ple," Mr Wilchcombe told Tri-
bune Business. "There are lots
of things we are looking at, and
are hoping to expand and go
beyond that.
"It's a building sitting there.
It's a good concept. They don't
have any further need for that
property. We can take it, broad-
en the market and reduce the
cost of living."
Sources close to the situation
had told Tribune Business that
Associated Grocers had been
seeking $12 million for an out-
right purchase of its Grand
Bahama warehouse, which cost
some $8 million to construct.
Rob Millard, the director of
international business at Grand
Bahama-based Global Fulfill-
ment Services, the consultant
to Roddie Fleming, also con-
firmed to Tribune Business that
the Associated Grocers ware-
house was "up for sale".
This newspaper was told that
apart from Mr Wilchcombe and
Ms Bridgewater, another inter-
ested party was the Trinidadian
conglomerate, Neal & Massey.
That company, through its pur-
chase of Barbados Shipping &
Trading (BS&T), is the largest
shareholder in BSL Holdings,
the buyout group which owns
a 78 per cent stake in Bahamas
Supermarkets, the holding com-
pany for the 12-strong City
Markets chain.
Given its role as City Mar-
kets' operator, the Associated
Grocers warehouse would hold
obvious attractions for Neal &
Massey. It could use the facility
as a means to reduce costs, and
thus consumer prices, for the
Bahamian supermarket chain
by bringing in product to
Freeport directly.
Not only would it assist cash
flow by storing goods in a bond-
ed Freeport warehouse until
they were needed, thus reducing
up-front import duty payments,
but the Grand Bahama ware-
house would also enable Neal &
Massey to avoid US import and
export taxes by not having to
ship product through Florida.
., And besides the Bahamas,
- -ithe warehouse could also fulfill
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MONDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2008, PAGE 9B


THE TRIBUNE


Top politicians are seeking to take over Freeport business


its original business model -
under Neal & Massey's care -
by supplying the company's oth-
er Caribbean supermarket
chains in Trinidad and Barba-
dos.
When asked about the $12
inillion purchase price, Mr
Wilchcomnbe told Tribune Busi-
ness: "We are not in that ball
park to purchase it immediate-
lv. We do have in our lease
agreement an option to pur-
chase it we are able to build a
business." He was unaware of
Neal & Massey's interest.
The former tourism minister
said he and Ms Bridgewater
wanted to conclude the agree-
ment with Associated Grocers
"in the shortest possible period
of time". The pair were ensur-
ing they did it "the right way"
through obtaining all the nec-
essary Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) permits and
approvals.
Arguing that Bahamians
could not "sit and wait" for for-
eign direct investment to kick
start the economy, Mr Wilch-
combe said this nation needed
to follow the lead of others in
creating a burgeoning Bahami-
an-owned small business sector.
Currently, "we let other people
run the economy".
"We want to step in and do
something in Grand Bahama,"
Mr Wilchcombe said. "That's
my home. We really want to do
what we can. We've got to help
ourselves and find ways in
which Bahamians get.involved
in creating business and job.
opportunities."
As for the Grand Bahama
economy's current health, Mr
Wilchcombe described it as
"very bad. It is the worst it has
ever been". He added that
"thousands" of his West End


constituents were without work,
despite looking for jobs.
If Mr Wilchcombe and Ms
Bridgewater are to succeed,
they will have to develop a
strong retail/wholesale customer
base and secure supply chain.
It is critical that the Associated
Grocers warehouse, which was
owned by its International Dis-
tributors of Grand Bahama sub-
sidiary, succeeds because it was
the first venture to take physical
form in the Sea/Air Business
Centre.
And, furthermore, it was very
much the prototype model for
the logistics/transshipment/dis-
tribution hub that Freeport
seems ideally suited for. Fail-
ure would send a bad message
to international investors and
businesses, with the Bahamas
losing the opportunity cost the
'what might have been' -
through Associated Grocers'
decision to exit.
Taat move, though, will come
as little surprise, given that
Calvin Miller, Associated Gro-
cers' president and chief execu-
tive, had said earlier this year
that the company was placing
the Grand Bahama warehouse
and business plan 'on hold tem-
porarily'. The sale move comes
almost one year after the ware-
house was officially opened,
with Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham in attendance.
Neither he nor Roy Deffler,
International Distributors' pres-
ident, returned Tribune Busi-
ness calls seeking comment, but
it is highly likely that the com-
pany lost patience with long
wait for the Government and
Port Authority to amend their
licence and let the Freeport
warehouse sell directly to major
Bahamas-based wholesalers and
food store chains.


The licence change was key
because the rationale for the
Freeport warehouse business
model had disappeared. It had
originally been designed as a
distribution/transshipment hub
that would allow Associated
Grocers to supply customers in
46 Caribbean and Latin Amer-
ican countries with product that
do not have to go through the
US, thus eliminating US
import/export taxes and addi-
tional supply chain costs from
the loading/undloading of con-
tainers.
However, Associated Gro-
cers has since developed its own
bonded warehouse in Fort
Lauderdale, next to the major
ports and shipping companies,
which allows it to avoid those
taxes any way. It then sought
to supply the domestic Bahami-
an market from the Freeport
facility, believing that it had a
strong argument, given the rise
in food prices and general cost
of living.
Mr Deffler had previously
told The Tribune that the
restriction preventing it from
selling any goods in the
Bahamas through Freeport
meant "the real positive impact
will sadly be missed" in Grand
Bahama, New Providence axid
other Bahamian islands.
He explained: "Most items
we procure from anywhere out-
side of the United States will
stop in Freeport. To supply any
retailer located in the Bahamas,
the product must then be sold
and shipped to Florida to our
parent company, Associated
Grocers. Associated Grocers
would then re-load the item(s)
back on a container destined to
a retailer located in the
Bahamas.
"This entire process adds


unnecessary costs to all retailers
of the Bahamas, and these addi-
tional costs are most certainly
born by you and I, the con-
sumer. All of our other retailers
throughout the Caribbean and
South/Central America will
benefit greatly, as we can dis-
tribute the product either direct-
ly from the manufacturer or
through our Freeport facility."
Speaking at the warehouse
opening, which took place just
over one year ago today, Mr Mr
Deffler had said: "Eventually,
our goal is to have.about 1.5
million square feet of ware-
house space and we could very
well become one of the eco-
'nomic engines for Grand
Bahama." He added: "We will
probably employ about 400 to
500 persons when we are all
done with the three phases of
construction."
He had previously told The
Tribune that a major invest-
ment by the Chinese electron-
ics/industrial conglomerate,
C1TIC, which had signed an
agreement with International
Distributors in June 2007, could
transform Grand Bahama into a
free trade zone rivalling the
Free Trade Zone in Panama.
CITIC had been planning to
construct warehouse and show-
room facilities at the Sea Air
Business Centre. on Grand
Bahama, the same site where
International Distributors is
located, turning the area into a
'buyers emporium'. Potential
purchasers and buyers would
be attracted from across the
Western Hemisphere to come
to Grand Bahama, where they
would view a variety of Chi-
nese-made goods.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, said he was
unaware that Associated Gro-


cers had put the warehouse up
for sale when contacted by Tri-
bune Business.
He denied that delays on the
government's part had con-
tributed to the move, saying
that the company's circum-


stances had changed so clearly
the business opportunity was
lost already".
Mr Laing added that the pro-
ject was under the Port Author-
ity's purview, rather than the
Government's.


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The rumour mill has not
stopped in relation to City Mar-
kets since Mr Sands announced
it was likely to incur an esti-
mated $10 million loss for the
year ended on June 30, 2008.
Anwer Sunderji, a Bahamas
Supermarkets director and
chairman/chief executive of
Fidelity Bank & Trust Interna-
tional, told Tribune Business in
an e-mailed reply to questions
sent to him: "The loss is within
a reasonable'range that the
company expected. We have
too many people with an agen-
da that are trying to destabilize
the company."
One source familiar with the
situation suggested to Tribune
Business that while the 2008
financial year net loss was
nowhere close to $18 million, it
was likely to be just slightly
more than the $10 million fore-
cast. That would place it at the
bottom of the $10-$18 million
range.
A Bahamas Supermarkets
shareholder, who requested
anonymity, added: "Anything
more than $10 million will be
bad news. $10 million is bad
enough."
Meanwhile, the Bahamian
wholesale/supplier trade con-
tinues to remain jittery about
its relationship with the. super-
market chain, especially given
its ongoing cash flow issues.
Mr Sands said he was unable
to comment on suggestions that


many wholesalers had placed
City Markets on a COD (cash
on delivery) or cash-in-advance
basis due to payment concerns,
instead directing this newspa-
per tp the company's operating
partner, Neal & Massey.
He confirmed that Sunil Cha-
trani, former chief financial offi-
cer at Barbados Shipping &
Trading (BS&T), now a Neal
& Massey subsidiary, had
replaced the departed Stephen
Boyle as City Markets' chief
executive on an interim basis at
least.
"I don't want to pre-empt
what they're doing," the
Bajhamas Supermarkets chair-
man said, when asked to com-
ment on Neal & Massey's plans
to turn the company around.
"I'm sure their doing their
best to get it on an even footing
again, and working very assidu-
ously to do that, as they've got
their executive committee in
place.
"They're the single largest
shareholder in the majority
shareholder [BSL Holdings], as
far as I'm aware."
As for when the 2008 finan-
cial will be released, Mr Sands
added: "I understand from the
auditors that the plan to finish
the audit by mid-November.
They plan to finish their work
by November 14."
Mr Sands had told the 2007
AGM that City Markets was
likely to incur "a significant loss,
possibly in their region of $10
million" for fiscal 2008, with
BSL Holdings, which holds 78
per cent of Bahamas Super-
markets' shares, injecting a fur-
ther $2.5 million in equity capi-
tal to boost cash flow and pay
down trade payables.
Acknowledging that
Bahamas Supermarkets'. finan-
cial performance had "been


very disappointing to say the
least" since the BSL Holdings
buyout group acquired the
majority 78 per cent stake in
Winn-Dixie in the summer of
2006, Mr Sands said the poten-
tial 2008 loss would result from
higher expenses many one-
time charges and a "sharp
decline" in gross profit on sales.
"Unless a large positive
change arises in the review of
accounting transactions," Mr
Sands said, the $10 million pre-
liminary, unverified loss would
be incurred.
"During 2007, and for much
of 2008, what did occur at City
Markets was a breakdown in
controls and procedures, par-
ticularly in the area of the
recording of goods received,"
he added.
"In 2007, our gross margin
eroded by some $5 million due
to shrink and control-related
issues. In the absence of timely
and accurate financial informa-
tion, this situation was not
remedied for 2008."
The focus was now on restor-
ing operational controls and
City Markets' financial books
and records, with a "crises man-
agement committee" formed to
oversee the company's opera-
tions.
Mr Sands conceded that City
Markets was "not out of the
woods", and that it would "take
at least two years to bring the
company's performance to sat-
isfactory levels" given the cur-
rent economic climate.
He added that "with hind-
sight", the Bahamas Supermar-
kets Board "could have acted
with greater speed and ques-
tioned management more
aggressively", in addition to
pushing BS&T for more
resources and greater involve-
ment.


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

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


Yesterday's
Kakuro Answer

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1 Deck for a thousand-
tcnner, possibly (8)
5 Hit back in the game (4)
9 Stories spun by
spinsters (5)
10 Numbers take charge in
stress (7)
11 A ruler puts an'amendment
that's out of this world (12)
13 They have beastly
laughs (6)


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3 Security man on board Is a
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Africa (6)
17 No, it isn't all a new 12
ceremony (12)
20 T e least economical car. 15
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21 Love to have a tea break 16
about five. Like an
egg? (5) 18
, 22 Polar ice resort (4)
23 I left priests in 19
churches (8)

Yesterday's Cryptic Solution
Across: 1 Set on fire, 8 Inapt, 9
Briefly, 10 Shrill, 11 Repeal, 12
Outright, 15 Offended, 18 Igloos, 20
Theory, 21 Persist, 22 Nitre, 23 Sea
shanty
Down: 2 Eerie, 3 Opener, 4 Full load,
5 Either r, 6 Takings, 7 Athletics, 11
Revoltng, 13 Tidiness, 14 Effects, 16
Nurses,, 17 Plasma, 19 Onset.


Observing it's a
dumbbell? (6)
Shoot nothing before the
rise, perhaps (5)
Showing touching
affection (8)
Orders for this month's
disturbances? (12)
Yet he enjoys some stand-
iog at meetings (8)
Rich fabric with an out-
standing design (7)
Students of the past,
perhaps (6)
Describing a boom In
unusual coins? (5)
Rigid forms of worship (4)


Yesterday's Easy Solution
Across: 1 Forthwith, 8 Owner, 9
Devilry, 10 Adroit, 11 Hanker, 12 Of
a piece, 15 Overseer, 18 Shanty, 20
Motion, 21 Crucial, 22 Smart, 23 Hot
potato.
Down: 2 Opera, 3 Tricky, 4
Wardrobe, 5 Hold-up, 6 Snooker, 7
Brotherly, 11 Hit-or-miss, 13 Airstrip,
14 Neutral, 16 Smooth, 17 Mascot,
19 Trait.


Across
1 Be too clever for (8)
5 Dull and
monotonous (4)
9 Sensation of cold (5)
10 A characteristic (7)
11 Changes of
fortune (12)
13 Stock of wines (6)
14 Keen discernment (6)
17 To and fro (4,3,5)
20 Progress (7)
21 Course for skiing (5)
22 Mentally slow (4)
23 Loud and grating (8)


Down
1 Formerly (4)
2 Insignificant (7)
3 Meat stock curry
soup (12)
4 To decline (6)
6 Circular (5)
7 Official approval (8)
8 Thing done and
irreversible (4,8)
12 Sheath for sword (8)
15 French painter and
sculptor (7)
16 Arrival (6)
18 Make trifling
objections (5)
19 Dexterous (4)


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In making a word, each letter,
may be used once only. Each
must contain the centre letter
and there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals
TOD Y'S TARGET
Good <; very good 32
excellent 42 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.
YESTERDAYFS SOLUTION
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Contract Bridge

by Steve Becker


Backup Plan


South dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
NORTH
*A3
V962
*Q65
+A8764


WEST
4854
VJ 10873
*92
*Q 105


EAST
*72
VQ54
*J 1084
+KJ 93


SOUTH
*KQJ 1096
VAK
*AK 73
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The bidding:
South West North East
2 4 Pass 3 Pass
3 Pass 44 Pass
4 NT Pass 5 V Pass
7*
* strong, artificial
Opening lead -jack of hearts.
Assume you, South, are declarer
at seven spades, and West leads a
heart. 1How would you play the hand?
Your only'possible loser is your
lburth diamond. Obviously, if the
opposing diamonds are divided 3-3,
you will be home free. But since a 3-
3 division is just slightly better than a
I-in-3 chance (36 percent), you have
cause for concern, and should there-
fore look lor a way to improve your
chances.


Your initial impulse should be to
try to establish dummy's fifth club.
When you project the play, however,
you realize that this is not feasible.
You can play the ace of clubs, ruff a
club, cross to a spade, ruff another
club, cross to the queen of diamonds
and ruff another club to establish the
last club, but there will then be no
way to reach it.
When the deal occurred, declare
arrived at this conclusion, but saw
that the club suit might be utilized in
a different way. Accordingly, after
taking the first trick, South cashed
the ace of clubs and rulTld a club,
-entered dummy with a trump and
ruffed another club. The purpose of
these plays was to place the burden
of guarding the remaining clubs on
just one defender. If that defender
also ha,! four or more diamonds, 13
tricks would be assured.
After ruffing the third club,
declarer drew'trumps and cashed his
high heart. At this point South held
the AK73 and 4 J, while dummy
had the Q65 and 4 87, East, in the
meantime, had been reduced to the
* K and .1084.
When declarer next cashed the
spade jack, discarding a club from
dummy. East had no safe discard. No
matter what lie did. South would
score the rest of the tricks. Observe
that the same would be true if West
rather than East had held the length
in both clubs and diamonds.


Tomorrow: Bidding quiz.
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Re: Last of the Big

Spenders (Credit crunch)


TWENTY years ago Eddie Minnis
wrote a song about the finance man, but
nobody listened!
Credit has indeed been the downfall of
many people and the merchants must
share a large portion of the blame. How
many flyers do we see with glossy pic-
tures of furniture and TVs and the cap-
tion: "Yours for only $75 per month!"
No price. No indication of the number of
months. No interest rate quoted. No indi-
cation of total interest payments.
The banks are also culpable, spending
as they do a lot of money advertising their,
credit facilities and credit cards. Do they
advertise interest rates and cost of bor-
rowing? Of course not!
Banks do not tell the punters that a
car loan of $30,000 for five years at nine
per cent (if you are lucky!) would cost
$7,365 in interest. Do people think about
that? Increase the rate to 12 per cent, and
the interest totals more than $10,000!
I believe there is a law in place obliging
car dealers to indicate the sale price on the
windshield of cars offered for sale, but
this is rarely honoured and I am sure,
never enforced.
Simple laws, properly enforced, could
do much to educate people. Minimum
deposits for credit transactions. A prohi-
bition against advertisements that offer
credit without disclosing, in at least 8pt
type, FULL details of the loan costs. This
would spread a lot of hardship around,
(car and furniture vendors would be hurt,
as\vould government, which collects very
substantial car taxes), but in the long term
the country as a whole would benefit.
Will it happen? Not a chance!
Kind regards,
Retired Banker

THE story about the couple who gave
up their home together so they could buy
a $36,000 car sounds too ridiculous to be
true, except that I know it happened
because I know the people involved. It
probably says better than anything just
how twisted and hopeless our values are.
As you say, a return to better days is long
overdue.
Dismayed Onlooker

I KNOW a 20-year-old who has a so-so
job with an insurance firm. I guess he
makes about $18,000 a year.
However, he sees a car as essential. He
sees a laptop computer as essential. He
sees a cellphone and its associated expens-
es as essential. He sees a DVD player as
essential. And he sees his trailbike, which
he uses at weekends, as essential. None of
these things is essential. He needs to get a
life.
JTT. Prince Charles


YOU write about distorted values.
How about this? My brother pays his girl-
friend's cellphone expenses, which can
run to hundreds a month. He's picking
up the tab while this airhead matters on
endlessly to her equally airheaded friends.


FEEDBA CK


Are guys crazy or what?
Darlene (not my real name)
I HAVE a relative in the UK who
retired early from banking because he
could no longer tolerate the way they did
business.
When he started out as a young banker
in the 1960s, the banks were all about
service, offering a trustworthy refuge for
people's hard-earned money. He began in
a tiny bank called District which, as years
went by, was merged with a bigger bank
which, in turn, was swallowed by an even
bigger one.
As this process went on, the emphasis
changed from attending to people's needs
to exploiting customers at all costs, using
the bank's strength to lead clients into
arrangements that were not always in
their best interests.
I have always felt that banks should be
under very tight regulations, and these
latest revelations confirm that belief.
Capitalist societies are all very well,
but they must be controlled, so that every-
one not just the greedy few benefit
from the generation of wealth.
T Welton (Expat)
Dear John,
I've missed your insightful columns
recently. Please, whenever you are going
to be away from The Bahamas for any
length of time, inform your devoted and
fanatical fans, inclusive of myself, that
you'll be away.
'The last of the big spenders' was one
of the best columns you have written in
recent times. Yes, here in this country we
have been living high on the hog for so
long that we think thqt it is automatically
something to which we are entitled by
God Himself.
The drug culture of the 70s and
80s ushered in an era where anybody and
everybody with a modicum of common-
sense of street smarts could pull in, legit-
imately or otherwise, big bucks with little
or no apparent consequences.
Living 'large', especially in the' profes-
sional, political and business classes,
became the accepted and expected norm
of the day.
With the arrival of 'hard times' in The
Bahamas and the world, Bahamians are in
for a relatively rough ride. Many will fall
by the wayside and the rest will be rele-
gated to picking peas out of shaving
cream. The politicians, across the board,
are clueless-and whatever they attempt
to do will be a mere reactionary and
immatory reflex.
Government bailouts for Bahamians
who are accustomed to living large, with


taxpayers' monies? Socialism or a stimu-
lus to the economy? Who are the eco-
nomic advisers to the FNM administration
and what are their qualifications? How
will we now be affected by the much cel-
ebrated and now executed European Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement (EPA)?
What will it cost The Bahamas, in terms of
legislation; Competition Commission and
Commissioners to comply with the neces-
sities that will come?
As a trained lawyer and an armchair
economist, I would strongly advise the
average Bahamian to take stock of his or
her current financial status. Cut back on
all unnecessary expenses; resolve to save
at least 25 per cent of whatever pay
cheque you may receive; eliminate all
'sweethearts'; cut back on trips over to
the USA and, of course, find ways and
means to increase your productivity and
efficiency on the job or in your business
place.
It must always be remembered, how-
ever, that tough times don't last but tough
people do. Ortland H Bodie Jr. survived
almost two decades of disbarment; surely,
I will thrive in this economic recession! To
God then, that Great Provider, in all
things, be the glory!
Ortland H Bodie, Jr

YOU are right. The financial crisis
could have many positive results, but only.
if it's long and really hard. People need to
live differently and to those who need
glossy things to show off, 1 say this: Grow
up.
'Ally' McDonald

DID you know there is a woman who
drives around Nassau in a high-priced'car
who actually has Louis Vuitton leather
upholstery with matching purse and hand-
bag? All this on an island where there is
nowhere to go and where the roads are -
as you so correctly pointed out "more
cratered than a Flanders battlefield.",
Jan, Oakes Field

THE couple who bought a car for
$36,000 will probably pay $46(.i i for it
before their 'hire purchase' arrangement
comes to an end.
. They can then sell it for $20,000, if
they're very lucky.
Net loss: $26,000. Doesn't make much
sense, does it?
Brian T, Nassau


Do know any examples of.,
irresponsible spending?
Fax 328-2398 or e-mail
jmarquis@tribunemedia.net


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strength disinfectants, deodorisers,
steamers and chemical foggers.g fo
Dougherty now uses some of the lat- M r Cla
est forensic sciences equipment. "We MueTr r CleanerS
have an expensive thermal imaging
camera. With infra-red rays we can see Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) until police were
traces of blood unseen by the human notified and the body was removed. It
eye. We can see where a body has lain took a week to get the house back to
on a concrete floor. In one case an old normal."
lady who lived in a terrible mess with.39 Says McNulty: "It was hard to
cats, died and was removed along with breathe, and so unhealthy, even through
33 of her pets. The thermal imaging my respirator, that I suffered from flu-
camera found six more dead felines in like symptoms for a week, had night-
the apartment." mares for a year and have never gotten
Joan is continually hiring new over it."
recruits: "Most are off-duty policemen, Sometimes the work is easy and well
firemen and paramedics. But we turn paid. Other times it's the roughest job
down more than 70 per cent, They like imaginable but even then murder clean-
the big money they can earn. (About ers earn about $400' an hour.
$200,000 a year) Many of them can Says Dougherty: "My most tragic
stand the sight of blood but a lot lose case was a 12-year-old boy who com-
control when they see vomit or a dead mitted suicide with a shotgun in his
pet. It's very hard work cleaning crime divorced mother's bedroom when he
scene areas while sweating in a hot haz- was home alone. I broke down and
mat suit, sucking in air in a respirator cried.
while trying to see through a fogged "The mother was totally distraught.
mask." In a suicide every survivor feels guilt
In just a few years Joan Dougherty whether it's deserved or not. What
has expanded from two employees to 18 could a 12-year-old boy be possibly
dispatched by radio from headquarters., thinking of to take his own life?
Don McNulty and his Kansas City "I see suicides every week. It is the
company, Bio Cleaning Services of most terrible and selfish of all crimes
America, has expanded into three because the person who dies also mur-
American states. ders the minds and hearts of the people
"This may be the least known and who love them for the rest of their
fastest growing of all businesses, "says lives."
McNulty. "Humans have to clean up Don McNulty described just two
after their dead. This is a new industry in days in April in Kansas City: "First, a
the modern world." man murdered his two children and
McNulty says people learn how to wife and a brother-in-law. Then he fled
make bombs on the internet and it's a to Nicaragua and killed himself there.
problem but the internet is also the Four days later a nearby man shot his
greatest place to help new industries live-in girlfriend and her seven year-old
form. "All our association members daughter, then their pet dog and finally
confer every day on the Internet." himself."
Some cases he remembers well. "My Says Joan Dougherty in Florida:
company murder-cleaned a rented "Some of my employees say they sense
Kansas City home in which five men the presence of souls around murder
were shot to death. Three were killed scenes. And, if the killer has not been
first. The killer lived in the house for two captured, they lock themselves inside
weeks with the bodies, then killed two a dwelling fearing he might return."
more men who came by before fleeing. Don McNulty founded a Trauma
A man was later arrested and is now Counselling Network to which anyone
awaiting execution on death row. involved in violent death is provided
"The landlord paid almost $3,000 free help. Many attending are police.
for the clean-up. The five bodies lay McNulty says he actually enjoys his
undiscovered for a week. And yet the work and finds it fulfilling.
home of a young man shot in the head "I talk to the family of the dead at
with a big .357 Magnum a week earlier the beginning. I hold them and cry with
took even more work." them and somehow he',, thr
America's murder cleaners have seen through the pain. When I go uome a,
it all, including bodies that lay undis- night I sleep soundly, knowing I did
covered for weeks and months on end. some good for those suffering so n'uch
Don McNulty says his worst case bad."
was just such an 'unattended'. Joan Dougherty disagrees. "We are
An 82 year-old man who lived by not trained grief counsellors. My people
himself d M4.in his bathroom near would go crazy if they got emotionally
Kansas Cilo--" oun, m-the-middie.of- i ..k.oLyed..I teachlhem to mind their
wminter.. . "-.. i. ._vopwn usinessWe hiav.jqb,.a terrible
"He lay dead for ten days with the job, but a job to do. Time will heal the
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Mopping up
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work for

thriving US

industry

* By RON LAYTNER
Copyright 2008
Edit Intemational
THE United States is facing so
many disasters its biggest banks
and brokerage houses going broke
.or being taken over, Texas hurri-
cane'losses, more than a million
homes lost to banks, killer torna-
does, crops drowned that more
and more troubled people are,
committing suicide or resorting
to murder.
That's why the strange US
Murder Cleaners industry is
booming.
Murder cleaning is a secretive
almost unknown American busi-
ness. The country has so many
guns and violent deaths that more
than 100 of its biggest cities have
murder cleaners at work.
The US is not the most dan-
gerous place on earth. America
with 300 million people has about
13,000 murders a year. South
Africa, with 47 million has 22,000.
We've all glimpsed murder
cleaners in the movies, pulling up
-in small, unmarked white vans in
films like La Femme Nikita and
Pulp Fiction.
They work for secret US gov-
ernment agencies and get rid of
bodies and 'all traces of those
killed in the line of national inter-
est.
In American real life gangsters
and serial killers still dispose of
bodies in the desert around Las
Vegas and in the Florida Ever-
glades. Most are never found.
But in every US city local gov-
ernment or federal coroners do
legitimate body removal. The
murder cleaners come in next to
remove all traces of what hap-
pened.
The American industry was
pioneered by Joan Dougherty, a
petite middle-aged woman living
inFort Lauderdale, 20 miles north
of Miami. Violent death has made,
her wealthy and successful.
"A relative was killed about
25 years ago. I asked the police
who would clean it up and they
told me 'You will. There's nobody
else that does such a job."'


ABOVE: Kansas City in Kansas
has five of these rather shocking
signs looking for work for murder
cleaners and Kansas City,
Missouri will soon have its own
signs, Owner Don McNulty
saysthe signs bring in business,
fulfilling a need.
RIGHT: Joan Dougherty founded
the Murder,Cleaner industry
some 20'years ago. "I just clean
and clean and never concentrate
on the entire subject of what I am
doing or I would go crazy," she
says. On the computer
screen behind her is a closeup
of a suicide note written in
blood on a wall.
Members of companies like
Joan Dougherty's AA Trauma
Cleaning Service of Fort Laud-
erdale, McNulty's American Bio
Cleaners of Missouri and Texas'
Houston Trauma Cleanup which
* is made up of off-duty police offi-
1 cers, do everything else.
They are part of the continent-
wide American Bio Recovery
Association with almost 100 mem-
bers.
The costs of restoring a site to
pre-murder or suicide averages
about $3,000. It must be protected
against diseases carried by blood
and air AIDS, hepatitis and
tuberculosis.
Blood saturated carpets, cur-
tains or furniture are cut up, bro-
ken down, put in plastic-lined con-
tainers, dated and disposed of
within 30 days at special bio haz-
ard dumps where the material is
incinerated.
"When we are finished no-one
will ever find a single drop of
blood or piece of human tissue,"
says Dougherty proudly. "We
make it safe for people to move
back in."
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ers will be also be fighting mould
and damage in saving homes that
were'under water.
Joan Dougherty and her col-
leagues in various American cities
enter crime scenes wearing 'space
like' level C protective suits made
of nylon with all ends taped over
and special rubber stockings inside
heavy rubber boots.
They wear a double set of rub-


ber gloves and breathe through a
full face respirator containing its
own oxygen supply.
"I just detach myself. My head
tells me I am just going in and
ck-.ining I would go crazy if I
focused on anything other than
that," Dougherty says. "I usually
go in these days to train new
recruits. Most of my time is spent
getting contracts and dispatching
crews to crime scenes." *


WHEN CALLED to this bloody crime scene, Murder Ulea
congealed dried mess of blood covering this bathroom.


Sometimes Joan and her
employees even bring new evi-
dence to police investigations.
"We often find spent bullets inves-
tigators missed hidden inside walls
or furniture. Murder weapons
such as knives sometimes


show up."
For as long as it takes, Mur-
der Cleaners scrub and sanitise
the crime scene using industrial
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