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Volume: 103 No.123

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007



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FNM leader says PLP

desperately trying to

hold onto power

Tribune Staff Reporter
FNM leader Hubert Ingraham
energised his party's supporters
at a massive rally at RM Bailey
Park late last night.
Mr Ingraham said that the PLP
is desperately trying to hold onto
power by trying to "hog up" every
- rally site throughout New Provi-
dence. However, he urged FNM
supporters to stay vigilant, and to
turn out in massive numbers to
the party's following rallies as well
as they did last night and at Clif-
ford Park last week.
"It's wonderful to be back at
RM Bailey! This place holds so
many wonderful memories for
FNMs. They didn't want us to
gather here; they fear the energy
that we have always generated
here. So they placed the circus
here in advance of the Dissolu-
tion of Parliament; we went to
Clifford Park instead.
"They didn't believe we could
turn the green hillside red. We

did. The largest crowd ever gath-
ered for such an event. A virtual
red sea! And it was a peaceful,
friendly crowd. We had a mar-
velous time, just as we are having
here tonight. Tonight we're over-
flowing and we will fill to over-
flow whatever site they see fit to
let us have for our rallies.
"On Saturday, two days from
now, we'll rally on Clifford Park.
Yea, I know I said Saturday. And
that is the day I meant. You see
ZNS, the 'people's television sta-
tion', has been carrying the PLP
rallies live. We requested that the
same thing be done for ours. ZNS
says yes, only two days are avail-
able. So come out in your tens of
thousands to Clifford Park on Sat-
urday, ie day after tomorrow for
8pm sharp. Monday is the other
day ZNS said they can give us.
The other four days Tuesday
through Friday, are for other peo-
ple," he said.
Last night, ZNS noticeably did
SEE page nine

Immigration officer claims suspension
followed bosses' suspicion of her
being involved in corruption allegations
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN IMMIGRATION officer claims that she has spent almost two
years on suspension because her bosses suspect her of being behind alle-
gations of a massive corruption scam within the department.
Speaking out about the anger and hardship she has suffered over this
period, the officer claims she was wrongfully accused of being involved
in corruption herself in a retaliatory move to discredit her.
The officer said she believes her lengthy suspension is a "punish-
ment" by senior officials who assume she was the author of an April
2005 letter sent to the press, police, members of parliament, and lead-
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FNM supporters make their way to last night's rally. The rally crowd eventually flooded out from RM Bailey Park towards the old
National Insurance Building on Robinson Road and police had to close the road to incoming traffic. A police officer on the scene was
unable to give any estimates as to crowd numbers, but said it was the largest he'd ever seen.

Outrage as ZNS

rebroadcasts PLP rally

exploded last night in Fox
Hill between FNM and PLP
supporters. Guns were fired
and the resulting chaos left
rocks and bottles scattered
all over the shaken commu-
Residents called The Tri-
bune late last night, having
run from the mayhem, con-
cerned for their safety.
The fight began when the
two groups of supporters
came together, after being
on motorcades travelling in
converging directions.
Pitch fights resulted
between the hundreds of
supporters, with motorists
trying to reverse off Fox Hill
Road onto such side streets
as Springfield Road, for fear
of property vldamage and
physical harm.
A woman who witnessed
thle event said:
"We saw all the rocks and
bottles and we had to run.
And then we heard gun-
"The whole FNi and the
PLP were fighting." she
SEE page nine

FNM supporters were out-
raged last night by the PLP's
decision to rebroadcast their
Tuesday rally on ZNS, rather
than showing the FNM's mass
rally at R M Bailey Park live.
"I thought they said ZNS was
booked up, and that's why the
FNM had to be on cable. Now

come to find out they had the
spot free, and just repeated
what they had on the other
night," one supporter com-
Calling the decision petty and
an obvious political stunt, a vot-
SEE page nine

Claims that talkshow host

displayed political bias
TALKSHOW host Steve McKinney displayed "gross" and "irre-
sponsible" political bias during his lunchtime television show yesterday,
it has been claimed.
Several members of the public contacted The Tribune and called into
Mr McKinney's live programme to complain about what they said
was biased content.
One young man said he was disturbed and angered by Mr McKin-
ney's decision to hang up on another young caller, who criticised
Prime Minister Perry Christie.
SEE page nine

Police warn against vigilantism

after country's latest murder

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE yesterday strongly
warned against people taking jus-
tice into their own hands after
grieving family members of the
country's latest murder victim
indicated that the brutal death



may be avenged by civilians if
officers "do not do their job."
Relatives of Wellington John-
son, the year's 28th murder vic-
tim, and residents of Lower
Bogue, Eleuthera, contacted The
Tribune yesterday expressing
SEE page nine

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Man charged in
connection with
armed robbery
that ended
in fatal chase

A MAN, charged in connec-
tion with an armed robbery that
ended in a fatal high speed
chase on Monday, was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
Marcian Major, 30, of
Alexandria Boulevard was
arraigned before Magistrate
Marilyn Meeres in Court 5,
Bank Lane, yesterday. Police
escorted the accused, who was
on crutches and had a cast on
his right arm, to court shortly
after 3 pm yesterday. Inspector
Clifford Daxon was the prose-
According to court dockets,
on Monday, April 16, Major
being concerned with another
and armed with a handgun
robbed Ricardo Gardiner of a
wallet containing $130 cash, a
1999 green Chevrolet Tahoe, a
Dell computer and monitor, a
Motorola cellular phone, a sil-
ver Tag Hauer watch, a Geneva
watch, a Sony digital camera
and a black Remington model
12 gauge shotgun, altogether
valued at $21,435. Gardiner was
also charged with receiving the
SEE page nine

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Ingraham: PLP govt have abused

investment policies left by FNM

Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie and his PLP govern-
ment have abused and mis-
managed the investment poli-
cies left in place by the offi-
cial opposition, FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham said last
Mr Ingraham said the FNM
left in place a new law that reg-
ulated the sale of Bahamian
land to international persons.
This law, he said, served the
Bahamian economy and the
people well. However, since
then the PLP has rolled out
the "red carpet" and sold more
land in two years than the
FNM did in its 10 years in
"Now, when we point out to
them that they have abused
the law and the system; used
the law to sell the birthright
of Bahamians; blocked access
to land for thousands of ordi-
nary Bahamians by selling
thousands of acres of crown
land to foreigners to build
homes for other foreigners -
they again say it is our fault.
Now, Mr Christie, having
bragged about the more than
$1 billion in land sales to for-
eigners, approved by his gov-
ernment, tells us that he does-
n't agree with that law for
which he voted in Parliament
and under which his govern-
ment approved all those land
sales to foreign persons.
"So why did they approve
the sales? And more impor-
tantly why, in five years in
office, with an overwhelming
majority in Parliament, did Mr
Christie's government not
repeal that law? Why did they
not enact a law with which
they agree! I'll tell you what I
think. I think Perry Christie
and his lazy government have

[ ABOVE: FNM leader
Hubert Ingrahamn
RIGHT: FNM supporters
make their way to last
night's rally.
(Photo: Tim Clarke/
Tribune staff)

used or better said, misused
- the law left in place by us as
the carrot for those fabled
'anchor projects' that he is so
fond of talking about.
"You see those anchor pro-
jects are really massive upscale
gated-residential develop-
ments for foreigners. Perry
Christie encouraged foreign
developers of gated-residen-
tial communities to use the
provisions of the FNM enacted
law to market Bahamian real
estate on the international
"Now that the full extent of
the damage biting created by
his misguided economic policy
is being revealed, he looks for
someone else to blame. There
is no one else to blame. They
have been in charge for five

years. The mess created is
their own," he said.
Indeed, Mr Ingraham said
that most of the interest
expressed in the Bahamas
since 2002 was the direct result
of the investment policies put
in place by the FNM between
1992 and 2002.
Mr Ingraham listed some
major touristic resorts that
were attracted by the FNM,
such as Kerzner International
on Paradise Island; Sandals,
Breezes, Four Seasons and
Grand Isle in Exuma and oth-
er developments in the cays,
Grand Bahama, Abaco,

Eleuthera, etc.
"They were and are good
policies; but they are being
mismanaged and abused by
this government and that has
got to come to an end. After
14 years in operation, we think
it is time to review the Inter-
national Persons Landholding
Act, particularly in light of the
concerns of Bahamians about
the quantity of land being sold
to foreigners, especially beach-
front and ocean front land.
"And so we will review the
Act. You can rely on us to do
just that. They have failed to
do so in five years. Come May

Ingraham: Christie is

'wrong man for the job'
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry Christie is "the wrong man for the job",
FNM leader Hubert Ingraham said last night at the party's massive
rally at RM Bailey Park.
"I am glad that Perry Christie has engaged on the question of
trust," Mr Ingraham said.
"You the people of the Bahamas know how trustworthy he is. He
continues to tell us that he is the right man for the job. We know
better. Perry G Christie is the wrong man for the job. Firstly, he is
not a democrat; he and his government have stifled dissent; cen-
sored information; and shrouded the business of government in
secrecy. They can not be trusted.
"Secondly, he and his government have neglected to look after
the people's business. Community health clinics run out of vaccines
for your children and important medication for the elderly for the
many suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes. They can not
be trusted.
"Our schools have not opened on time on one single occasion in
five years. Not one new school has been commissioned, not one, in
five years. They can not be trusted.
"They waited until the closing days of their single five year term
in office to bring their promised national health bill to parliament.
They did not bring the bill into effect. They made no regulations
which they would have had to do to make the law effective.
"They never intended to bring the national health programme
into effect during this term in office. It was all a show. They
promised that last time. Now they have the nerve to talk about
trust," lie said.

2, vote FNM and bring good
reliable, honest and trustwor-
thy government back to the
Bahamas," he said.
Mr Ingraham said the FNM
will correct the problems left
in place by the PLP when they
regain leadership of the coun-
try, beginning from day one.
"We are ready with policies
to strengthen our economy, to
promote Bahamian ownership
and wealth and to create new,
high quality jobs for increased
numbers of Bahamians. We
will reduce bureaucratic obsta-
cles standing in the way of
domestic and international
businesses. We will enact an
omnibus Business Licencing
Act to provide for a single
licence for all businesses,
except for the provision of
financial services, insurance
and professional services, gam-
ing and allied building trades.
"We will reduce real prop-
erty tax on commercial prop-
erties. We will exempt new
home-owners from the pay-
ment of Real Property Tax for
a period of five years following
upon the completion of a new
owner-occupied residence.
This will assist young persons
and others building a home for
the first time in their lives.
FNMs, Bahamians every-
where, we have your interests
at heart. We want to make
your lives and the lives of your
families better.
"That is why when we
return to office we will pro-
vide for: The transfer of loans
or mortgages between bank-
ing institutions at no cost to
the customer; the right of bor-
rowers to choose lawyers to
do their home mortgage and
business loan legal work; the
right for borrowers to use the
insurance company of their
choice in relation to home and
business mortgages. And, we
will require all vehicles to be
insured against full third party
risk providing financial
compensation for bodily harm
as well as property damage for
which the driver of the vehicle
is determined to be legally
liable," he said.

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PAGE 2, FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

SIn brief,

calls for
return of
voter cards

FREEPORT The Parlia-
mentary Registration Depart-
ment in Freeport is asking
persons who have collected
voter cards that do not bear
the department's official seal
to return them for stamping.
According to reports, some
persons discovered that their',,'
voter's cards did not have the
seal imprint after picking
them up from the various dis-
tribution centres in Grand
The same problem has
been reported in New Provi-
dence, where voters have
been told to go to the depart-
ment's offices on Farrington
Road anytime before the elec-
tion is held.
The department did not.'
know how many voter's cards'
may have been collected with- -
out the seal, which is usually
imprinted on the photograph.."
In a statement issued to
The Tribune on Thursday,
deputy parliamentary corn-'
missioner Alexander Williams -
said any voter's card that does
not have the seal should be "
presented to the Parliamen-
tary Registration Department '
in the National Insurance
Building, or any distribution
center to have the seal
He also notified the public
that there is no merit to the
rumours that persons who do
not have the seal on their
voter's card will be barred
from voting.

National Trust
its AGM
BAHAMAS National -
Trust members have .been
invited to attend the annual
general meeting on April 26.
The BNT asked members
to note that in order to be eli-
gible to vote at the meeting,
their membership must be in
good standing for at least 30
Notice of any motion pro-
posed to be made at a general
meeting by any person not a
member of council must be
sent to the secretary of the
Trust 14 days beforehand -
by April 12.
Such notices must be signed
by a proposer and two secon-
ders that are members. -
At the meeting, nine Trust
members will be elected to
the council.
If any member wishes to
make a nomination regarding .
these positions, they must do
so in writing to the Trust's -.-
headquarters in Nassau at
least 30 days before the meet- .
Nominations must be
signed by a member in good
standing and endorsed by two
additional members, also in
good standing, the trust said. -, -
The nomination should be
accompanied by a written
confirmation form the nomi- .
nee that they are willing to ,.,
serve as well as a brief curric-
ula vitae.
"Please make a special
effort to attend this annual
meeting as your contributions
and support will ensure the
continued success of the
Bahamas National Trust,"
said the BNT in a statement.


FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007, PAGE 3



0 In brief

GB lack of fire
station and
health care

Neko Grant said that the PLP
continues to neglect the needs
of Grand Bahama, which has
been without a fire station and
new health care facility.
Mr Grant, who was speaking
at an FNM rally in Freeport,
said the fire station that was
destroyed by the hurricane
almost three years ago has not
been replaced.
"Today, Freeport, the
nation's second city, is without a
fire station. They have no
respect, or care for our fire-
fighters, or the good people of
Grand Bahama," he said.
The Lucaya MP said that the
PLP's promise to build a health
care facility within a year has
not come to fruition.
Mr Grant said the PLP can-
not be trusted with housing and
education on Grand Bahama.
He said a scandal involving
housing will soon be revealed
regarding the alleged use and
abuse of supplies and the kick-
backs for contracts.
Mr Grant criticised Minister
of Housing Neville Wisdom
regarding his handling of such
".Just recently, the minister
was questioned about staff of is
ministry being involved in com-
mercial activities in government
"He shuffled and jived, as he
did with the bleachers and
referred the reporter to the per-
manent secretary, again
attempting to blame a civil ser-
vant, for a decision he would
have made," he said.
The FNM MP also talked
about the government's failure
to build a new school on Grand
He said that the PLP has not
built one new school in the past
five years while the two public
high schools remain over-
According to Mr Grant, the
schools that were built to
accommodate 900 students have
an enrollment of 1,700.
He said the FNM left the plan
for funding provisions in place
to build a'junior high school
over five years ago.
"This lousy government did
nothing for five years. Just
recently they signed a contract.
I invite you to go to the see and
see what happened since the
signing," Mr Grant said.
Mr Grant said the FNM gov-
ernment has a proven record of
accomplishment in the
Bahamas, from 1992 to 2002.
The FNM, he said, construct-
ed 12 new schools, including
two new high schools, two new
primary schools and one spe-
cial needs school in Grand

Nottage to
open first
research day
at UWI

SENATOR Dr Bernard Not-
tage and officials of the Uni-
versity of the West Indies' clin-
ical programme will open the
first annual Research Day, facil-
itated by the research unit of
The opening will take place at
the School of Nursing on the
grounds of the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital at 8.30am today.
The minister will address 300
doctors, students and other
invited guests.

holding ball
at Sandals

THE board of directors of the
Kingdor Parkinson's Founda-
tion invited the public to join
them at the seventh annual gala
ball, "Celebrating Women of
Substance and Style".
The event will be held on Sat-
urday, April 21 at Sandals Roy-
al Bahamian Resort and Spa on
Cable Beach.
The black tie event will fea-

ture a silent auction, beginning
at 6.45pm.
For ticket information, call
Mavis Darling-Hill at 322-7477
or 326-5291.


Christie promises jobs and

infrastructure in Eleuthera

Tribune Staff Reporter

MAKING significant
promises to the people of
Eleuthera, Prime Minister
Perry Christie officially
launched the campaign of the
PLP's North Eleuthera can-
didate Chrisfield Johnson at
a rally in Harbour Island on
Wednesday night.
Addressing hundreds of
Harbour Islanders, Mr
Christie assured them that
Eleuthera's economic
"famine" is over and that they
will soon see the creation of
more jobs, improved infra-
structure and the upgrading
of essential facilities.
One of the biggest
announcements of the evening
came when Mr Christie
declared that government is
planning to build a new $70
million-power plant in Gov-
ernor's Harbour which will in
the near future supply all of
Eleuthera, including Harbour
Island, with electricity.
To help overcome power

supply challenges in the mean-
time, the prime minister said,
government will replace Har-
bour Island's two defective
generators with two tempo-
rary plants.
This exercise is expected to
take place within 90 days, he
The prime minister further
announced that his govern-
ment is now ready to pave the
roads in North Eleuthera, the
road to Current Island and the
roadways in the Current itself.
The PLP, he said, is now

also ready to fix the dock in
Harbour Island and pave the
car park at Three Island Dock --
a contract which also includes
Preacher's Cave.
"All in all contracts have
already been signed to make
the gateway to Harbour Island
look like what it is: The major
gateway to the major tourist
destination on the island of
Eleuthera," he said.
Mr Christie further promised
that roadways leading to the
Bluff from the airport as well
as the environs of the dock and

festival site at the Bluff will be
improved and dramatically
"A commercial centre will be
established at the Bluff Dock
for Bahamians in the touristic
trades like straw and souvenirs
and the like," he said.
The prime minister also gave
an update on the work on the
new state-of-the-art causeway
at the Glass Window Bridge.
He said that work on the pro-
ject is about to begin and that
engineers are coming to Nas-
sau to make their presentation
on the new causeway.
The project, he said, will go to
lender by the end of June and
responses should come in
"From August, the new hur-
ricane proof causeway will take
about one year to build.
When that is finished, the
new causeway at the Glass Win-
dow Bridge will provide "a safe
and sound infrastructural addi-
tion to the sparkling must-see
sight for islanders and tourists
alike at an estimated cost of $16
million," he said.

The prime minister also reit-
erated that the government's
anchor development policy has
produced a $700 million dollar
investment at Royal Island and
will create a "dynamic" project
at Cape Eleuthera.
"The commitment of your
Progressive Liberal Party gov-
ernment to return Eleuthera to
its glory days has begun to pay
"Royal Island will bring its
positive impact not only to you
here in the north, but to the
entire island of Eleuthera and
beyond," he said.
The prime minister said that
Eleutherans had left home in
large numbers to seek employ-
ment and business opportuni-
ties elsewhere in the Bahamas.
Mr Christie said told the Har-
bour Islanders that their island
has had a sustained and posi-
tive impact on the economy and
the quality of life in North
Eleuthera generally.
"As you are all aware, many
had come to rely on the eco-
nomic activity generated by the
economy here in Harbour.

FNM candidates releases manifestos on GB

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FNM candidates on Grand
Bahama released their indi-
vidual manifestos. which out-
line their promises and
pledges to residents through-
out the island.
Candidates Neko Grant,
Ken Russell, David Wallace,
Zhivargo Laing, Kwasi
Thompson and Vernae Grant
officially made public their
documents during a press con-
ference on Thursday at FNM
The documents will be dis-
tributed to households on
Grand Bahama so that voters
will get an opportunity to see
the candidates' proposals and
plans for the Lucaya, High
Rock, West End/Bimini, Mar-
co City, Pineridge and Eight
Mile Rock constituencies.
The manifestos also address
pressing concerns and issues
in Grand Bahama pertaining
to the economy and employ-
ment, immigration, crime,
infrastructure, land ownership,
access to beaches, the envi-
ronment, education, health,
and youth development.
Former economic minister
Zhivargo Laing, the candidate
for Marco City, said that
Grand Bahama has suffered
economic hardship for the
past five years.
He reported that the
island's unemployment rate
increased from 6.4 per cent to
11 per cent.
"We have had the number
of unemployed persons
increased from 1,660, in 2002,
to 2,300 from the last statistical
data given by the Department
of Statistics. And that number
would have been as high as
3,000 had not hundreds of

* ZHIVARGO Laing M KEN Russell

Grand Bahamians had to
leave this island to go and seek
employment elsewhere." he
"So, in other words, the
number of unemployed per-
sons on this island could have
increased to as high as 70 per
cent more than what it was
five years ago."
Mr Laing said people are
unable to pay bills, school fees,
medical expenses, rising cost
of food, fuel, and electricity.
"We pledge in these docu-
ments to address Grand
Bahama's economic situation.
We have done it before and
we will do it again," he said.
When the FNM was elected
in 1992, Mr Laing said, it met
16.8 per cent unemployment
in Grand Bahama.
He said the FNM had cre-
ated 5,000 jobs and attracted
$800 million in investment to
the island.
When the FNM is elected
on May 2, Mr Laing said the
people of Grand Bahama will
be able to follow the candi-
dates' pledges as they fulfill
High Rock MP Ken Russell

said that the PLP government
has neglected to address infra-
structural issues in Grand
The FNM. he said, plans to
restore sea wall deficiencies
along the southern coastline
from East End to West End to
protect homes during the hurri-
He also criticised the govern-
ment for signing works con-
tracts during election time.
Mr Russell said the FNM also
intends to construct a modern
fire station in Freeport, which
has been without one since the
Pineridge candidate Kwasi
Thompson said youth develop-
ment is another major issue that
the FNM will address in Grand
He announced plans for a
youth mentoring programme, a
youth empowerment in busi-
ness programme, a youth
employment assistance pro-
gramme, and public library pro-
Mr Thompson said the FNM
will also seek to upgrade and
complete the sports complex,
which has not had any improve-

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ments made to it in the past five
"The election is about issues
it not about name calling and
negative attitude. We are not
frightened of putting our plan
out in each constituency and
showing each voter that we
have the better way and the bet-
ter plan," he said.
David Wallace, the candidate
for West End/Bimini, said there
will be separate manifestos for
West End and Bimini.
Speaking on the issue of
healthcare, Mr Wallace said
that the FNM pledges to con-
struct a new community health
clinic in Freeport to address
healthcare demands at the Acci-
dent and Emergency section of
Rand Memorial Hospital.
He also said that Bahamians
will be placed first in ownership
of crown land.
Eight Mile Rock candidate

Vernae Grant said efforts must
be taken to reduce overcrowd-
ing in education.
She also highlighted the need
for proper nutrition in schools.
Lucaya MP Neko Grant said
the FNM has lived up to its
commitment in manifesto 1992
and has proven that it has the
capability of revitalising Grand
He stated that the FNM was
instrumental in establishing the
Grand Bahama Act, which
allowed the creation of thou-
sands of jobs, the construction
of schools, a state-of-the-art
judicial complex, a major resort
property, major industrial devel-
opments, and a sports complex.
David Thompson, FNM elec-
tion co-ordinator for the north-
ern Bahamas, said leader
Hubert Ingraham will release
the party's manifesto at a later

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Shameful behaviour of PLP 'half truth'

PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie talks of
what he calls the FNM's programme of "lies,
more lies and still more lies."
But there is another kind of lie that we
would like to discuss in this column today.
That lie is called a "half truth". And for us it is
a lie that is even more reprehensible than the
straightforward unadulterated "bold faced
The late Sir Lynden Pindling was a master
of the half truth. He would make a statement
that no one could fault because as far as it
went, and anyone knew, it was the truth. But
it did not go far enough. By not telling the
whole truth his listeners got the wrong impres-
sion of a situation. In other words, they got the
wrong end of the stick. It was the end of the
stick that Sir Lynden intended them to get. By
divulging only half of the facts, they had, by
omission, been told a horrendous lie.
Although we wrote extensively on this mat-
ter in July last year, we shall repeat much of
what we said then again today because the
PLP have rhade the subject very much a part-
of their election campaign. It goes to the heart
of why a person should either trust or distrust
Opposition leader Hubert Ingraham or Perry
It's called "double-dipping" an insidious
smear campaign, created and managed by the
PLP to sully Mr Ingraham's reputation. Any-
one who could concoct and deliberately carry
out such a despicable campaign against anoth-
er person deserves no one's vote.
In his first speech in the new House on June
16, 2002, Mr Ingraham dealt with,.rumours
that had already started to circihlate about the
"pension settlement of a retired prime minis-
ter (which Mr Ingraham then was) and sums
payable to that person upon re-election as a
member of Parliament."
Mr Ingraham made it clear on that occasion
that although he was entitled to an MP's salary
of $28,000, he would not accept it as he was
already receiving it as a part of his pension. To
take twice, he said, would be to "double dip,"
which he had no intention of doing.
"I entreat the government, therefore," he
told the House, "to move a simple amend-
ment to the appropriate legislation so as to
exclude me from any entitlement to pay as
an MP or to suspend payment of the MP por-
tion of my pension for so long as I serve in par-
liament as an MP and receive a salary for
doing so." Such an amendment had been made
by other Caribbean parliaments when a prime
minister was defeated and later returned as
parliamentary leader of the Opposition. But,
not so in the Bahamas. This was too good a

propaganda tool to use against Mr Ingraham
- politicians were not about to let it slip so
easily from their manipulating hands.
All was quiet for three years until Foreign
Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell took to the
podium early in 2005 and accused Mr Ingra-
ham of "double-dipping", in other words being
paid a parliamentary salary twice. This was
not true. In fact it was a lie.
Mr Ingraham got a letter from the Trea-
sury, and a similar letter from the Financial
Secretary, Ministry of Finance, to prove that
what Mr Mitchell had claimed was indeed not
true. The letters stated that for a period of
three years, Mr Ingraham had in fact been
paid no parliamentary salary. According to
the Treasurer their records had been searched
for the period May 2002 to May 2005. During
that period it was found that a parliamentary
salary was paid to Mr Ingraham for "'the
month of May 2002 only" when he was still
prime minister. But from that date, when he
ceased to be prime minister, to May, 2005 "no
other parliamentary salary payments were
made to him."
Instead of being a gentleman and apolo-
gising to the public for misleading them, Mr
Mitchell remained silent. However, to turn a
lie into a truth, Mr Ingraham discovered that
while he was out of town, the Treasury had
been instructed to transfer a lump sum for
the unpaid years to Mr Ingraham's bank
account. The Treasury has refused to accept its
However, every month when the Treasury
cheque for a parliamentary salary is sent to Mr
Ingraham's account, Finco writes a letter
informing the Treasurer that Mr Ingraham
has instructed the bank not to deposit the
funds to his account. And as Finco will not
cash the Treasury cheque to allow the attempt-
ed payment to enter Mr Ingraham's bank
account, the funds are still in the Treasury.
Contrary to what some of these slippery politi-
cians would have the public believe, the sec-
ond parliamentary salary is neither in Mr
Ingraham's bank account, nor in this pocket.
And the lump sum deposited to his account
when he was out of town and which the
Treasury refuses to take back remains there
And so Mr Ingraham is certainly not "dou-
ble dipping," although government is trying to
make the public believe he is.
We could never support or vote for any par-
ty whose leaders could play such a low down.
dirty game all in the name of politics. And
we are surprised and disappointed that Prime
Minister Christie would have any part in this.


Only May 2nd

knows the answer

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE 2007 General Elections
came upon us like judgment
day. Many in the country expected
an announcement sooner rather
than later and some are already
complaining that the time chosen
to announce the impending election
may have been inappropriate for
religious reasons. For some persons
considering the Government's mis-
steps, this is merely another screw-
up added to the long list of blun-
ders that have spanned their five-
year term in office.
Exactly five years to the day
Bahamians will have full opportu-
nity to demonstrate their response to
the Rt Hon Perry G Christie and
the Progressive Liberal Party's lead-
ership by voting for or against them.
Former Prime Minister, the Rt
Hubert A Ingraham, during his vis-
it to South Andros on Wednesday,
April 4th, 2007, declared publicly
that "without a shadow of a doubt,"
the Free National Movement will
be the next government of the
Many voters have drawn com-
parisons between these two political
giants and their performance and
have concluded that Mr. Ingraham is
much more capable of handling the
job of leadership of this country than
Mr Christie. Of course, some
describe Mr Ingraham as a dictator
and this has resulted in many per-
sons walking away from him and
the Free National Movement, but,
after considering the mockery of the
leadership of the Progressive Lib-
eral Party by many of the party's
Members of Parliament, many are
prepared to tolerate Mr Ingraham's
leadership as he seems to be more in
control and, during his tenure as
leader, his subordinates more disci-
South Andros, just as it were five
years ago, has to decide between
three candidates, ie the incumbent
Independent Member of Parlia-
ment, Mr Whitney Bastian; Mr
Picewell Forbes, who is running on
behalf of the Progressive Liberal
Party (PLP); and Mrs Majorie
Nairn-Johnson, the prospective can-
didate for Free National Movement
Mr Bastian has done an excellent
job representing the concerns of the
people of South Andros during his
tenure as Member of Parliament
from May 2002 to April 2007. This
fact has been publicly acknowledged
by representativess of both major
political parties, including Mr
Picewell Forbes during an interview
on the Qadio talk show, Immediate
Response. and the Rt Hon Hubert
Ingraham during his visit to South
Andros on April 5th.
Under Mr Bastian's representa-
tion much of the roads and the run-
way at the Congo Town Airport
have been repaved (even though it
was a rather shoddy job): the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company introduced the Digital
Subscriber Line (DSL) Internet,
ViBE telephone. Global Systems
for Mobile (GSM) Communication
services (even though the internet
never stays up); the roof of the Con-
go Town International Airport was
repaired (even though it still leaks
profusely): renovation works were
done at both primary schools (at
one school proper bathroom facili-
ties are under construction and have

been under construction for almost
one year); the South Andros High
School was re-wired (but the elec-
tricity at the school still doesn't func-
tion properly); the hiring of security
.personnel to guard the Congo Town
International Airport and the rein-
stallation of the runway lights at this
facility (they were destroyed during
the repaving of the runway in 2003);
the activation of the local Depart-
inent of Fisheries Office; the imple-
mentation of the local Department
of Environmental Health Services;
and the list goes on. While many
may argue that these things were
done by the PLP Government, the
fact of the matter is that all of them
happened during Mr Bastian's rep-
resentation of the people of South
However, there are many who
take issue with what is perceived to
be vendetta style politics on the part
of Mr Bastian. It is alleged that Mr
Bastian personally challenged the
employment of a number of public
and civil servants throughout the
constituency of South Andros and,
in the case of police officers, sought
to have them transferred or dis-
missed from the Force for not sup-
porting him or having opposing
political views. Editorials in a very
unpopular newspaper that was cir-
culated throughout South Andros,
allegedly attributed to Mr Bastian,
and persons involved in his cam-
paign, have gone to great lengths to
discredit and destroy the reputation
and character of Mr Picewell Forbes
and many South Androsians who
support him. Some persons are of
the view that Mr Bastian has been
an Independent Member of Parlia-
ment long enough and now needs to
make a choice to be a part of one of
the major political entities while oth-
ers are convinced that no major
political party will allow Mr Bast-
ian to affiliate with them as a candi-
date or political representative
because of his alleged drug-tainted
Mr Picewell Forbes, the former
popular radio host and executive of
the Broadcasting Corporation of
The Bahamas (ZNS). is making
inroads in his political campaign. Mr
Forbes is intelligent, articulate, ener-
getic and humorous. These attrib-
utes coupled with his pleasant per-
sonality qualifies him as the ideal
politician. Many are convinced that
Mr Forbes has a pervading influ-
ence that will greatly benefit his
political stride and subsequent rep-
resentation of the people of South
Andros if he were successful in his
bid to be elected. However, this
remains to be seen.
A lot of voters in the South
Andros District are disgruntled with
Mr Forbes because they say that
during his tenure at ZNS he never
really cared about South Andros.
They note that during festivals held
on the island it was difficult to get
Mr Forbes to come to South Andros
to support these events or host them
on radio unless exorbitant amounts
of monies were paid to and for him
and his entourage. Representatives
of the Smith's Hill Day Festival
Committee noted that when sup-
port was given to them by Mr Bast-
ian' in the form of financial and
material donations, Mr Forbes, who
was invited to host a portion of the
event, left bills behind that had to be
paid by the Committee. (Of course.

according to information received
this has since changed with Mr
Forbes giving a considerable dona-
tion to the Smith's Hill Day Festival
Committee; however, the argument
remains that Mr Bastian's donation
was still greater than his). Still, oth-
ers insist that they are convinced
that Mr Forbes is really only in this
race to secure an income and ride on
the wings of parliamentary prestige
as he was never genuinely con-
cerned about the people of the
South Andros Constituency.
Majorie Nairn-Johnson is the first
female candidate ever to run in the
South Andros Constituency.
According to sources she is a
staunch businesswoman and she
presents herself as a very level-
headed, secure individual. During
her first public address in The Bluff,
South Andros, on April 5th, she
gave the audience an eye-opening
view of just how much of a visionary
she really is and the majority of the
attendees who heard her were quite
impressed. Many are of the view
that she has struck a cord with the
women of this Constituency and, at
present, this attribute is considered
her greatest asset. The constituents
of Mangrove Cay are more familiar
with her because of her involvement
in the construction of a church edi-
fice in Mangrove Cay. Further, a
number of persons were careful to
note that South Andros has already
had three male representatives and
they see Mrs Nairn possibly the
next, and only female, representa-
tive for the South Andros Con-
stituency in the House of Assembly
- as a breath of fresh air.
Unfortunately, Mrs Nairn-John-
son came in on the tail end of the
campaign. A lot of voters feel that
she has not made sufficient contri-
bution to this community and she
is not doing a very good job of mak-
ing her presence felt and getting her
footprint embedded in Andros soil.
A lot of voters are well acquainted
with the other two candidates, but
they insist that Mrs Nairn-Johnson
has not been around and does not
stick around long enough to famil-
iarise herself with the people of this
community. As far as residents are
concerned if Mrs Nairn-Johnson is
in anyway serious about making a
dent in this election it will require a
lot from her, especially major door-
to-door legwork throughout the set-
tlements of South Andros."- "
To be or not to be the next Mem-
ber of Parliament for the South.
Andros Constituency on May 3,
2007 that is the question for South
Androsians to ponder, consider and
determine at the polls on May 2,
2007. The country is focused on the
leaders of the two major parties.
Will voters ignore concerns about
Mr Christie's lackluster leadership
and usher him back in to office on
what many consider as his and his
party's ruined record? Or will voters
join the enthusiasm of the "sea of
red", while ignoring complaints
about Mr. Ingraham's dictatorial
style of governance, to usher the
Free National Movement back to
What effect will the mountain of
scandals, shenanigans and blunders
allegedly perpetrated by members of
the Government have on the out-
come of the election results? Only
May 2nd really knows the answer
to these questions.
The rest of us will just have to
wait and see.
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Embassy flag
at half mast
after Virginia
THE flag at the US
Embassy in Nassau was fly-
ing at half-staff yesterday as
the Embassy joined US fed-
eral government agencies
worldwide in mourning the
victims of Virginia Polytech-
nic Institute and State Uni-
versity (Virginia Tech), killed
in a shooting incident at the
school on April 16.
The shootings claimed the
lives of 32 faculty members
and college students at the
Virginia Tech campus in
Blacksburg, Virginia.
US Charge d'Affaires, Dr
D Brent Hardt said that the
incident has saddened the
entire Embassy family and
the thoughts and prayers of
the staff go to the families of
the victims.
The Embassy's flag will
remain at half-mast until sun-
set on Sunday, April 22.

Two men
arrested over
drugs and
FREEPORT Two young
men were arrested following
the alleged discovery of drugs
and firearm ammunition in a
According to Chief Super-
intendent Basil Rahming,
DEU officers were on mobile
patrol in the Mack Town
area around 11.45am on
Tuesday when they reported
seeing a young man acting
suspiciously in a Chevy Cav-
During a search of the
vehicle, police reported find-
ing illegal drugs, including
suspected cocaine and mari-
juana hidden in a condom
box. They also discovered a
gun clip for a .9mm handgun
containing 15 live .9mm bul-
Inquiries led to the arrest
of the two men, a 29-year-old
and 20-year-old, both resi-
dents of Lewis Yard.

RM Bailey to
hold 20th
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reunion steak-out on Satur-
day, April 21, from noon to
5pm at R M Bailey Park on
Robinson Road.
The organizers will be ask-
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Police patrols are increased

following campaign violence

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE patrols of party
headquarters and campaign
sites will be increased through-
out New Providence and the
Family Islands in response to
several incidents of pre-election
violence, Chief Superintendent
Hulan Hanna said yesterday.
Mr Hanna issued several
advisories, including one to per-
sons who are co-ordinating ral-
lies. "We are encouraging them
to make a general appeal to
their supporters and the gener-
al public at large to allow a
sense of reasoning and calm to
prevail during this period run-
ning up to the election and the
aftermath," he said.
"Secondly, we want to say
again to organizers that in the case
of persons vending at your rallies
to encourage them to serve their

items, particularly beverages, in
cups as opposed to bottles."
In a message to party sup-
porters, Mr Hanna stressed that
common sense must prevail.
"Bahamians must respect the
right of others to differ. They
must also respect the rights of
others to be verbal in their dif-
fering views.
"We want to say to the gen-
eral public to avoid acts of heck-
ling, intimidation, name calling,
and degrading statements that
are likely to incite violence and
anti-social behaviour as they are
going to and leaving rallies,"
Mr Hanna said.
He also sent out a warning to
supporters who flaunt party
"They must understand that
if an opposing side is having its
rally and you have parapherna-
lia on your vehicle or you are
wearing party colours and

logos, if you go into those areas
it is highly likely that you are
going to antagonise others. If
you do not have to go into these
areas then do not go in these
areas. If you have to, then try to
move through without making
any comment or responding to
any remarks made by persons
generally," Mr Hanna said.
He said the police have
already taken the position that
they will have increased police
patrols visiting all of the head-
quarters and campaign sites
throughout New Providence
and wherever applicable in the
Family Islands.
"We are encouraging organ-
isers and leaders of parties to
encourage party faithfuls, those
who have the time and the
know-how to do basic security
work to organise a shift system
to man some of these election
headquarters and as the police

visit these areas we can actually
engage these persons and
attempt to determine if things
are OK," Mr Hanna said.


In other words, he said, the
police are encouraging all
responsible persons to come
together and assist them in
ensuring that the remaining days
before the election are safe.
On Tuesday night, a single
gunshot was fired through a
window in an unoccupied PLP
strategy centre sometime dur-
ing, or after, the party rally.
Shattered glass and broken
blinds littered the floor of the
conference room, located in the
law office of Valentine Grimes
on East Bay Street.
The PLP member who dis-
covered the bullet hole spoke

to The Tribune on condition of
anonymity. He said that nor-
mally the conference room is
crowded with party members
hard at work on the campaign
late into the night.
However, because of the ral-
ly Tuesday night, the last sup-
porter left the office at 4.30pm.
The bullet hole was discovered
at 9am the next day when PLP
members returned to work.
Police are also investigating
a possible case of arson at the
campaign headquarters of Sen-
ator Tommy Turnquest.
Thus far in their investiga-
tion, police have discovered that
a flammable substance was used
in four separate areas at the
back of the building.
The fire was extinguished, but
the office was destroyed with
minor smoke and water dam-
age being done to the remain-
der of the building.

ON Wednesday a report was
received by the Bahamas
Humane Society that two dogs
had been found tied to a tree
at the high water mark by a
canal near South Beach on New
BHS Chief Inspector Stephen
Turnquest responded immedi-
ately and summoned the sup-
port of the Animal Control Unit
who attended the scene with
Having arrived near the
South Beach swimming pool,
the rescuers walked through the
bush and found two young male
dogs tied to a tree standing on a
hot rocky surface in the full sun.
"As they were approached,
the dogs were stressed and
frightened, and their primal
canine instinct to protect their
territory, even within the con-
fines of a tight tether, resulted in
snarling and barking from the
terrified and exhausted ani-
mals," said BHS in a statement.
"It transpired they had first
been seen there on Sunday,
then again on Monday but the
first the BHS knew about it was
when they received the report
from a concerned member of
the public on Wednesday at
Chief Inspector Turnquest
said that the dogs were rescued
within one hour of the first
report being received.
"All the signs point toward
intentional abandonment of
these dogs in a manner which
would cause untold suffering,"
he said. "These poor dogs
appear to have been out there
enduring three days of hot sun-
shine with no shade, no food
and no water. They were in a
perilous situation as they could
have died of thirst, strangled or


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BHS executive director Kevin
Degenhard said: "It defies
imagination that any human
being could intentionally sub-
ject animals to this sort of suf-
fering, especially when every-
one knows the BHS has a shel-
ter on the island.
"If anyone knows who did
this, please come forward and
report the person responsible
to us immediately. All enquiries
will be in the strictest confi-
"This is another sad example
of the inadequate deterrent of
the current law and this adds to
the ongoing frustration of suc-
cessive administrations not
updating the law to protect ani-
mals in this country. A $150 fine
is derisory and simply encour-
ages animal cruelty to prevail."
Chief Inspector Turnquest,
an officer of 30 years experi-
ence, said he is grateful for the
support of the Animal Control
Unit officers who helped on this
occasion and is happy to report
that these two small dogs are
recovering well under the care
of the BHS team at their shelter
in Chippingham.
Mr Degenhard issued an
appeal to the public, saying:
"If anyone reading this feels
the same sense of outrage at
the callous treatment of these
poor dogs that we feel please
come to our Animal Fun Day
in the Botanic Gardens on Sat-
urday, May 26, to support the
BHS initiative to encourage
young Bahamians to improve
animal welfare standards in
this country.
"We are encouraging respon-
sible animal ownership and this
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simultaneously to ensure the qual-
ity of life' of present generations
and to secure the well-beitig of
generations to come: education is
crucial to attaining that future."

- Learning for a Sustainable
Future -- Annual Report 1999

B AHAMIANS are privi-
leged to live in one of
the most beautiful countries in

the world. The education of all
members of our society is vital in
order to keep it this way.
Preserving, conserving and
restoring the environment and its
resources must be given top pri-
ority by all sectors of our society,
as it is critically important to the
protection of our biodiversity, the
health of our nation and to the
economic stability of the
Bahamas and other Caribbean
Small Island Developing States.
Realising that our environment
and national resources can only
be preserved through initiatives
and strategies geared toward sus-
tainable development, the Min-
istry of Education, Science and
Technology through its Science
and Technology Unit, has
designed and initiated the
Bahamas Environmental, Educa-
tion Programme (BEEP) to
ensure that this goal is achieved.
This initiative envisions "a
school populace of environmen-
tally knowledgeable, skilled and
dedicated citizens who are will-
ing to work individually and col-
lectively toward affecting dynam-
ic changes in the management of
the environment."
It has been said that: "in the
end, we will conserve only what
we love. We will love only what
we understand. We will under-
stand, only what we are taught."
(B Dioum)
BEEP's Objectives are:
To raise the awareness of the
teachers and administrators to the
important need for environmental
education (EE)
To develop curricular activi-
ties and programmes of environ-
mental instruction
To enable facilitators to
become more efficient in the
delivery of environmental instruc-
*To make available scholar-
ships in Environmental Science
*TFo provide opportunities for
all children to use the environ-
ment as a teaching tool and to
train them to be responsible envi-
ronmental stewards.
To establish liaisons with oth-
er government agencies and
NGO's to assist with the provi-
sion of resources for the success-
ful implementation of BEEP.

In meeting these objectives,
officers of the section have
conducted workshops and semi-

nars for teachers, students and
community members in all school
districts throughout the Bahamas.
These sessions included topics
such as: vector control, solid
waste management, "reuse, recy-
cle, reduce," our marine environ-
ment, environmental stewardship,
healthy and productive ecosys-
tems, composting, impacting of
leaching on water table, impact
of use of insecticides and pesti-
cides, impact of erosion on beach-
es and farm lands, types and func-
tion of mangroves, and coastal
Various components of envi-
ronmental education are inte-
grated into the science curricula
at both primary and secondary

The environmental
decisions we make
today will determine
the kind of earth on
which future
generations live.

In an effort to make environ-
mental sustainability a popular
idea among students, the ministry
has: convened children's envi-
ronmental summits, staged envi-
ronmental education exhibitions,
established community beautifi-
cation exercises during Heritage
Month, executed beach clean-ups,
formed school-based science envi-
ronmental education clubs,
increased community-based envi-
ronmental projects, and partici-
pated in environmental science
projects and essay competitions
locally, regionally and interna-
Both the Fresh Creek Primary
School on Andros and the Hope
Town Primary School in Abaco
have participated successfully in
international programmes and
Curriculum developers, teacher
trainers and students have attend-
ed meetings, seminars and work-
shops throughout the Caribbean
region, in the US, Europe and
Canada to enhance their knowl-
edge, understanding and skills for
the role that each has committed
themselves to play in the promo-
tion of environmental steward-
The success of BEEP has been
enhanced by an extensive net-
work of local, regional and inter-

national partners that have pro-
vided technical and/or financial
resources for activities that fall
under the programmes' various
These include: development of
resource materials, curriculum
development, environmental
awareness, preparation, planning
and training of technical staff,
provision of scholarships (to
teachers and students) and
strengthening of partnerships.

Thhese partnerships con-
tinue to provide support
and guidance toward the growth
and development of BEEP.
Through their commitment, a sus-
tainable future in a healthy
Bahamas will become a reality
for all citizens of this nation.
"With their continued zeal in
passing on the message and the
practices of environmental stew-
ardship to residents in communi-
ties throughout the Bahamas, our
dream of a healthy, sustained
Bahamas will be realized," said a
"Through our endeavours, we
encourage them to embrace their
roles as environmental stewards
by developing an appreciation
and love of the environment; fos-
tering environmental awareness
and individual responsibility;
influencing responsible thinking
and behaviour in regard to envi-
ronmental issues by all stake-
holders and giving environmental
issues prominence."
As the Bahamas population
embraces this role, it will become
better prepared to effect positive
change; demonstrate more proac-
tive approaches to environmental
issues; and execute networking
and information exchange exer-
cises using contemporary and tra-
ditional media.
The environmental decisions
we make today will determine the
kind of earth on which future gen-
erations live. It is imperative that
activities which impact the envi-
ronment be considered with this
in mind.
Since such choices are made
my all levels of society, we must
work individually and collective-
ly to build capacity, and to ensure
that safe and productive environ-
mental practices are undertaken
at every level of society.
Environmental stewardship is
the responsibility of ALL of US!
If not us. who? If not now,

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007, PAGE 7


Feeble Fred is set to walk the plank

S INCE his election in
2002, Fred Mitchell has
come to be seen as a peripatet-
ic political jack-in-the-box, who
seems set to walk the plank on
May 2.
Mr Mitchell has been disas-
trous as foreign minister, having
apparently dropped the ball on
several pertinent issues affecting
the cQuntry's standing in the
world and without any major
achievement on his watch.
As the election approaches,
Mr Mitchell now finds himself
on the run from a formidable
opponent, particularly since he
has spent so much of his time
jet-setting to almost every inter-
national forum while seemingly
ignoring the people of Fox Hill.
Following the PLP's election
victory, I was among several
college students in Felix
Bethel's political science class
who thought Mr Mitchell had
the merits to become a future
prime minister-I was wrong.
In the early going, King Fred-
dy fell from grace when he
attempted to commit the
Bahamas to CSME without
properly educating and con-
sulting the Bahamian people.
The opposition to Mitchell's
doomed foreign affairs experi-
ment was overwhelming and he
caved in to the pressure.
Mitchell's loss of credibility and
slide downhill began when he
tried to ram CSME down the
throats of thousands of object-
ing Bahamians.
Today, Mr Mitchell holds the
title as the biggest spending For-
eign Minister in the history of
the Bahamas, running up well
over a million dollars in travel
expenses, particularly as it
seems that he thought that there
was no meeting in the world
that he should skip. In the eyes
of many Bahamians, Mr
Mitchell flies more than birds
and has aptly earned the
moniker "Flyaway Fred".

L ast year, the MP for
Fox Hill severely chas-
tised the media, launching
assaults on journalists who
dared to criticise him or his gov-
ernment. What's more, the
manure pile on the Internet-
the former Fred Mitchell

Uncensored website -that is
believed to be a proxy website
that represents Mr Mitchell's
interests, levelled scurrilous and
libellous attacks against The Tri-
bune, myself and several other
Of late, it appears that Fred
Mitchell has developed a spe-
cial liking for The Tribune's
managing editor John Marquis.
Before being elected to the
House of Assembly, Mr
Mitchell used The Tribune as a
vehicle to speak out against pre-

As a member of
the government,
condemns and
disapproves of the
very newspaper
that helped to
make him

vious administrations (pre-
2002), however, as a member of
the government, he vociferous-
ly condemns and suddenly dis-
approves of the very newspa-
per that helped to make him.
I am told that a former news
editor at T77(' Tribune noted that
after Mitchell's success at the
polls, he radically changed and
became unavailable, particular-
ly since he had previously inun-
dated The Tribune with press
releases and statements on an
almost, daily basis.
This same Fred Mitchell
became a leader of the pack
that attempted to gag the press.
However, Mr Mitchell and oth-
ers should know that long after
they have been relegated to
political oblivion, the presses
will still be rolling! In 1978,
Fred Mitchell was appointed as
the political commissar at ZNS.
Mitchell's uncompromising
political outlook to news report-
ing aggravated many people
and led to outright antipathy,
even to the point of allegations
of sexual scandal being raised
in Parliament.
Under Mr Mitchell, who fan-
cied himself a journalist, ZNS



became a partisan, propaganda
apparatus for the ruling party,
with Mitchell himself threaten-
ing to "destroy" his critics.

T he nasty blog that
spews a weekly dose of
verbal diahorrea and is widely
thought to be written by the for-
eign minister or representatives
of his interests, has become
known to repeatedly launch
scatological attacks that are
without merit.
Before Mr Mitchell became
a minister, he wrote a blog that
he claimed as his own, and con-
sistently took potshots at people
with opposing views, referring
to them as "Uncle Toms".
Mr Mitchell claims he is not
the author of the present site,
but it uses the same jargon. To
the writer of that website, any
column that exposes the gov-
ernment's or Mitchell's faults is
supposedly overseen by a white
slave driver-or, as they say,
our white masters.
In that writer's twisted mind,
any column that exposes the
PLP's blunders is either anti-
black or anti-Bahamian or some
other rubbish.
Fred Mitchell's former web-
site reflects much of the racial-
ly charged and biased claptrap
that Mr Mitchell uses in the
public domain eg, his recent
rant that a vote for the FNM in
the upcoming general elections
is a vote for the UBP and would
signal the return of the UBP via
the "UBP heir" (undoubtedly
a reference to Brent Symon-
ette). It seems that Mr Mitchell
has a serious inferiority com-
plex and an unfathomable nar-
cissistic tendency-apparently,
he must think that Bahamians
are as dumb as nails!

A few weeks ago,
Mitchell's website
urged readers not to read the
The Tribune. Yet. from all indi-


cations, Fred Mitchell not only
reads The Tribune religiously,
but published articles are ref-
erenced in the website's weekly
diatribe. Is this their way of
encouraging illiteracy and
dumbness among the elec-
Over the years, Mr Mitchell
has come to be seen as a self-
serving, ostentatious opportunist
who has politically worn out his
welcome because of his petu-
lant behaviour. Fred Mitchell is
a political carpetbagger, who left
the PLP, formed his own outfit,
burnt a lot of bridges politically
and eventually crept back to the
PLP. Mr Mitchell has long been
considered a featherweight,
punching above his weight level
both locally and internationally.
Recently, a memo purport-
edly from the Department of
Public Service surfaced, and in
what appears to be an attempt
to muzzle free speech and for-
bid the freedom of association
civil servants warned that public
servants should not participate
in any political activities. Well

Mr Mitchell has
come to be seen as
a self-serving,
opportunist who
has politically
worn out his wel-
come because of
his petulant

blow me down! Is this China or
the Kremlin'?
When a brazen memo,
allegedly originating at the
Department of Public Service, is
attempting to take away the
democratic and constitutional
rights of Bahamians. the per-


sons behind it can only be
thought of as being citizens of a
perverse universe.

And yes, Mr Mitchell, I
serve the public in
more ways than one, and I will
not be intimidated or prohibited
under any circumstances from
utilizing my democratic, consti-
tutionally protected right to free
speech. Furthermore, Fred
Mitchell does not need to be
reminded that he is the
"biggest" public service of all,
though he seems to have for-
gotten this and looks set to
answer for his poor service soon.
During the National Health
Insurance debate, Mr Mitchell
illogically stated that any oppo-
sition to his government's legis-
lation would show that persons
raising these concerns are
against poor people.
If Mr Mitchell is so support-
ive and confident in NHI, why is
it that he bypasses the local hos-
pitals and travels to the US to
have his medical tests done at
the world-renowned Mayo Clin-
In January, legislation passed
in the US requiring all Ameri-
can citizens returning to the
states from the Bahamas and
the Caribbean region to have
passports was enforced.
Although the country had two
years to prepare for the imple-
mentation of these new require-
ments, Mr Mitchell, as foreign
minister, seemed to have
dropped the ball as there were
unaddressed questions about
whether the country's tourism
market and economy could
remain buoyant, concerns about
whether the country had con-
ducted an effective promotion-
al campaign and whether or not
more could have been done
with regard to foreign relations.
Another ministerial flop for
Mr Mitchell was when he
appeared to have dropped the
ball on the EPA negotiations
with the European Union. Mr
Mitchell's dismal performance
as foreign minister, in this
instance, could possibly lead
to Bahamian goods that are
exported to Europe suddenly
losing their duty-free status.
Indeed, as foreign minister,
it seems that Fred Mitchell




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fell asleep at the wheel!

R recently, FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham
accused Fred Mitchell of giving
out government jobs like East -
er eggs to children. It appeals
that the public service could
once again being politically
prostituted and used as a vote
catcher, particularly since the
moratorium on hiring was sud-
denly lifted right in time for the
electoral showdown.
Last year, South Andros MP
Whitney Bastian said of the
indiscriminate, politically dri-
ven hirings in the public service:
"The government has said
there has been a freeze on hir-
ing for some time but the freeze
is on hold only for certain per-
sons. So the challenge is to cre-
ate opportunities other than
jobs from the government'
Amen to that!
In an address to the UN
General Assembly this year, Mr
Mitchell jumped on his high
horse and lectured member
countries about signing on to
Kyoto and cleaning up their
environment. This was some-
what laughable. Mr Mitchell
should clean his own backyard
before lecturing others on how
to clean theirs, particularly since
late garbage collection, improp-
er waste management, the burn-
ing of tyres, smoky and improp-
erly maintained vehicles, and
derelict vehicles are environ-
mental and atmospheric haz-
ards that we have failed to
Now that Mr Mitchell has
gone from doing the Junkanoo
in a straw hat to performing the
chicken dance in the streets of
Fox Hill on nomination day, just
when is he going to enlighten
the electorate as to what hap-
pened to the missing visas?
To use the words of comi.
Robin Williams: "Some politi-
cians are like diapers, in that
they should be changed fre-
quently and for the same rea-
It appears that Mr Mitchell
will be sent packing on May 2. If
Fred Mitchell is fired on Elec-
tion Day, he will indeed need
to call the fire engine!
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national emergency manage-
ment programmes and escalat-
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This year's event will also see
the departure of eleven-year
conference consultant, Bob
Sheets, meteorological expert
and former director of the
National Hurricane Centre and
the appointment of Max May-
field as the new Bahamas
Weather Conference organiser.
Mr Mayfield is the immedi-
ate past director of the Nation-
al Hurricane Centre.
Filling in for Minister of
Tourism Obie Wilchcombe,
permanent secretary in the min-
istry Colin Higgs brought
remarks at the official opening.
Speaking to over 100 meteo-
rologists from the United States,
Europe and Asia, Mr Higgs not-
ed that the annual conference
helped to place the Bahamas
on the world map and created
an awareness of the unique
geography and topography of
the archipelago.
"A hurricane conference
hosted by a Ministry of Tourism
was a tough sell in the earliest
days," Mr Higgs said, noting the
prevailing opposition stem-
ming from the belief that,
"tourism officials don't know
anything about the weather
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know anything about tourism."
However, he said, there is
indeed a crucial link between
the two. "This greater aware-
ness of our islands and care in
reporting has benefited our
economy . With your help,
people around the world now
have a much better understand-
ing of who and what we are."
Mr Higgs also used the occa-
sion to recognize the contributions
provided by Bob Sheets as the
Weather Conference consultant
for the past 11 years. "Dr Sheets
helped us to overcome our chal-
lenges and establish a conference
that we believe is rightly regarded
as one of the most valuable gath-.
erings of its kind," he said.
Some of the presenters at this
year's conference were: Dr
William Gray, from the Depart-
ment of Atmospheric Science at
Colorado State University, Trevor
Basden, senior director of Mete-
orology at the Bahamas Met
Office, Michael Milnes, deputy
director at Florida Office of Insur-
ance Regulations and Franklin
W Nutter, president of the Rein-
surance Association of America.
This year's conference also sees
the return of VODcast sessions
introduced last year at the con-
ference on Grand Bahama. This
year's VODcasts can be accessed
via www.bahamaswxconfer-
ence.com or through iTunes.

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Europe and Asia .
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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007, PAGE 9


Police warn



FROM page one

anger and disbelief that a
woman, suspected of being
involved in the case, was
released from custody just
hours after the crime was com-
Several witnesses claimed
that the suspect should still
be held for questioning.
One of the victim's family
members said she is now
afraid of what kind of action
her relatives might take to
avenge Mr Johnson's death
if fhe police do not handle
the case to their satisfaction.
The relative said the fami-
ly was especially incensed
after the released suspect
contacted Mr Johnson's
father yesterday and had the
"aetdacity" to apologise to
him for his son's brutal
"It's ridiculous. He (Mr
Johnson) died a senseless
death, he died as the result
of A fit of rage. And now that
woman is calling him and
driving around-smiling as if
nothing happened. How do
yqu think that makes (Mr
Johnson's father) feel?" she
Speaking with The Tri-
bdne, Chief Supt Hulan Han-
na said that if a person or a
grdup of persons in this case
take the decision to resort to
vigilantism "then they do it
at their own risk; they do it
knowing full well that they
will be arrested by the police
and will be charged."
"We understand that when
there is a tragic loss people
go into tremendous grief,
they go into anger, but none
of these emotions will help
the situation if they don't get
a hold of their emotions and
deal with this thing level-
headed and allow the police
to io our job in an objective
and lawful manner," he said.
Mr Hanna explained that
during the course of any
investigation, police find it
necessary to detain individu-
ali :and sometimes release
them again.

Man charged
i4 connection
with armed
Nthat ended

in fatal chase
FROM page one
Gardiner was not
required to plead to the
charges and was denied bail.
He was informed by the
magistrate that he could
apply to the Supreme Court
foi .bail. Major told the mag-
istrate that there were per-
sons in jail who wanted to
kill him. The magistrate not-
ed-his concern and said she
wduld inform prison offi-
cialt so that he could be put
in another area. A prelimi-
na m inquiry is set to take
ple on August 13.
High speed police chase
en led in tragedy Monday
af"rnoon when two sus-
pected robbers reportedly
los control of a stolen jeep
which overturned in bushes
off, Westridge Highway.
Oqe of the suspects was
fo nd dead at the scene
after the jeep flipped into
thr' air several times and
landed in bushes. The sec-
ontt suspect survived the

Qutrage as ZNS


| PLP rally

FROM page one
er iwho considers himself

independent said he was
appalled by the blatant mis-
use of ZNS to censor the
FNM's rally.
The caller said he felt a
mature government would
no( be afraid to allow both
sides to have their say.
FNMs also criticised the
PIP for organising a motor-
cade at the same time as the
opposition's rally last night.
Speaking with The Tri-
buthe, one party official said
thb motorcade was clearly
designed to block the roads
and prevent FNM supporters
from making their way to the

Claims that talkshow host

displayed political bias

FROM page one

"There's an election campaign
going on a public radio show,"
said the man.
"This is a young man who's
going to vote for the first time
and Steve McKinney hung up
on him ... this is the height of
foolishness!" he exclaimed.
The man said Mr McKinney's
biased broadcasting is unaccept-
able considering that ZNS is a
publicly funded broadcasting
He said Mr McKinney is
"sending the wrong message to
the electorate" and his actions
need to be protested.
"He is abusing his position.
It's the public's money that's
paying for this and he's abusing
his position by using his show to
campaign for the PLP," he said.
He called on ZNS manage-
ment to "put their foot down."
Other callers criticised Mr
McKinney for broadcasting seg-
ments of the PLP's mass rally in
the middle of his show.
One frustrated young woman,
Devon Collie, said: "He's show-
ing pictures of the PLP rally, I
don't think that's fair. I don't
think he needs to be there if he's
going to be doing something like
"Trust me, there's a lot of
people now who are angry who
probably don't know who to call
or who to go to," said one man
who called The Tribune.
A number of those who called
into "Immediate Response" sug-
gested that Mr McKinney should
be taken off air until after the
election if he continues to dis-
play such overt bias.
During yesterday's show, Mr

McKinney raised the question
of whether FNM Deputy Leader
Brent Symonette was sending a
"subliminal message" by paying
his $400 retainer fee on nomi-
nation day with Bahamian $50
notes bearing the image of his
father, Sir Roland Symonette.
He also repeatedly pointed
out that Mr Symonette's father
was the leader of the UBP.
Although Mr McKinney
maintained that he was merely
raising the question, not making
any statement, several angry
callers said they felt it was clear
that he was sending a political
When contacted for comments
on the matter, Mr Symonette
said that Mr McKinney has lost
all sense of impartiality.
"It's a sad state of affairs when
the government uses its own
controlled TV and radio stations
to carry on a totally unbalanced,
very biased, racially motivated
attack," he said.
Mr Symonette said he chose
to use the bills bearing his
father's image because he is
proud of his father's achieve-
"Yes he was human, yes he
made mistakes, but he did a lot
of good things for a lot of peo-
ple, and I am proud to have
nominated using $50 bills with
his face on them," he said.
The deputy leader said the
PLP is using ZNS in a desperate
attempt to maintain control of
the governance of the country.
Yesterday, Mr McKinney said
he had no comment to make in
response to these assertions,
stating only that if people have
an issue with his show they can
contact him live on the pro-

PLP, FNM supporters

in brawl in Fox Hill

FROM page one

The witnesses The Tribune spoke to said that the battle lasted for
about ten minutes and it took a while for the police to respond to
the large number of combatants.
This violence comes after Tommy Turnquest's headquarters
was nearly burned down in a crime the police have ruled as arson.
Mr Tumquest said after the fire that he thinks that someone polit-
ically opposed to him is responsible for the act.
A bullet was also fired into a strategy centre for the PLP off East
Bay Street sometime after their supporters left for their rally. The
building, which is the law office of Valentine Grimes, was covered
in shattered glass and broken blinds.
A prominent PLP usually works in the room where the shot
was fired. If there had not been a rally, to take them from the
building early, serious injury could have resulted.
A man at the PLP rally on Tuesday was also bashed in the head
leaving him covered in blood with a gaping wound.
Small scale political violence appears to have become a part of
this election campaign. There is no indication that these acts have
been centrally organised. However, overly enthusiastic supporters
appear to be too stimulated by the rhetoric of the two political lead-
ers, who have been life-long friends.
Press liaison officer Inspector Walter Evans was unavailable for
comment yesterday. An officer from the Fox Hill Police Station
refused to comment on the matter.






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not air the FNM rally. The pub-
licly owned TV and radio station
opted, however, to rebroadcast
the PLP rally from Tuesday night
in its entirety.
Despite this Mr Ingraham said
that the FNM will be holding
another rally on Monday, April
23, at the Golden Gates Shopping
"They are frightened you know;
desperately seeking to hold on to
power. Today they are holding a
motorcade; intended I suppose,
to make it difficult for some of
our supporters to make it through
the cluttered streets of the city
and increasing the chances for
encounters and hence conflict
between PLP and FNM support-
ers. Well they can 'hog-up' the ral-
ly sites; they can delay our arrival
at our rally sites; they can inun-
date the airwaves with lies; and
they can spew spite. They can call
my name all day.
"I am focused on getting the
job done. Bush crack and they
gone! You must not let their noise
distract you from the truth. You
must stay focused as well; focused
on rolling them out of office. So,

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come May 2 vote vote early
and vote FNM," Mr Ingraham
Mr Ingraham also quipped that
since he has exposed the PLPs lie
about the $20 billion in foreign
investment they stopped repeating
"They used to say 'So said, so
done'. But since people conclud-
ed that the 'emperor was naked'
they now chant 'no turning back'.
That's good, 'cause they ain't com-
ing back! 'All for me, baby' was
their mantra in the 1980s; it's still
their mantra today.
"You know Perry Christie got
up at his party's rally at the Car-
nival site on Tuesday to announce
that after selling the Bahamian
people's land on Cable Beach -
Bay Street from Goodman's Bay
to the end of the median; the
median, the Office of the Prime
Minister and the Ministry of
Finance, the Police Station and
the Straw Market at Cable Beach;
the water bearing lands near our
golf course and the golf course,
that he was buying land back from
foreign persons.
"He got it wrong. We want him

to stop selling our land to foreign
persons! And if he wants to buy,.
something back he should buy:
Mayaguana back. After all, he
only gave away 10,000 acres of
our land on Mayaguana. You
know foreign land sales during the
FNM's nine-year watch was of the
order of $605 million. Under the
PLPs' one term watch such land
sales amounted to $1 billion. And
that figure is only up to December
last year. I don't have the num-.
ber for this year yet.
"We thought that the old dra-
conian Immovable Properties Act,
put in place by the last PLP Gov- ,
ernment was detrimental to the'
country's economy. So we--
repealed it within four months of
coming to office. That's what
responsible government's do. If a'
law is offensive; not serving.the
desired purpose you either amend
it or you repeal it.
"The law we enacted, properly
administered, is what resuscitat- ,,
ed the Bahamian real estate mar-
ket in the years following 1993.-
Mr Christie voted for our new law, 'I
you know. Now Mr Christie says"'.
our law was wrong. If that is so,.,,
why hasn't he done anything
about it in five long years?" he ,


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Shirley Street, on Saturday at
11:00 a.m. Officiating will be
Pastor Martin Lotyley, assisted
by Canon Lamuel Been, Fr.
Bernard Been & Evangelist
Glenville Roberts. Interment
follows in Woodlawn Gardens,
Soldier Road.
Left to mourn, children, Betty
Ann, Dexter, Anthony and Derek;
grandchildren, Brent and Charisse
Ferguson, Rhys, Shavonne, Toriano, Kareem, Yolanda, Tiffany,
Demetria, Tonya, Shannelle, Markeisha, Anthonique, Cerys,
Macaro, Derek, Jr. and D' Angelo; brother, McArthur Adams;
stepbrothers and stepsisters the children of the late Richard and
Wminifred Robinson of Turks and Caicos Island and Mary Simons;
stepdaughters, Linda Taylor, Delores Joiiv and Deborah Greene;
stepsons, Donald and Glenville Roberts, Louis Smith, Norman
Bastian, Lenford Collie and Aulden "Smokey" Smith; daughters-
in-law, Marilyn and Paulette; sisters in-law, Geneva Jolly and
Rhoda Adams 6 great grandchildren: Nieces and nephews Canon
Lamuel and Cynthia Been, Earle and Betty Taylor. Patsy, Harold
and Barbara Taylor, George and Mercedes Williams, the children
of the late Eugenie Wilson, Miriam Adams, the children of the
late Adolphus Adams, Imogene Adams, the children of McArthur
Adams, Warren and Beatrice Adams, Dawn Ferguson, Kendal
and Lucille Jones, the children of the late Clarence Jolly, the
children of Clarence Jolly, Jr., the children of Simeon Jolly,
Ellen Howell, Samuel and Judy Knowles, the children of Eric
Jolly, Sr. deceased, the children of Princess Sweeting, deceased,
the children of the late Evelyn Swan, Holten and Rhynie
Williams, the children of the late Clement Williams and George
Williams, deceased and all of their families; cousins, George
Selver and family, the late Trixie Missick and family, Llewelyn
Simons and family, Beverley Bums and family, the children of
Anthony and Rosa Simons, Mildred Clarke and family, Mary
Forbes and family, Ella Missick and family. Jane Durham and
family, Bobby and Anita Fulford and famiiv, Osvaldo Ariza and
family, William Greene, Thelma Cumberbatch, Rev Father
Curtis Robinson, the children of Florence Seymour Forbes,
Eliza Seymour and family, Cynthia Nguyen, Agatha Butterfield,
the Spencer family. Evelyn Thompson and family, Sally
Hutchinson and family. Sandra Garland and family, Carol Simons
and family, Jennifer Turnquest, Albert Grant and family, Patricia
Smith, Enola Morris, Prince Rolle and family, the entire Williams,
the entire Drs. Albray and Rosita Buttertield, lanthe Williams-
Scott, Adams, Fulford, Hawkins. Missick, Ewing and Swann
families, the Gardiner, Gray, Forbes. Seymour, Basden, and
Smith, and Duncanson families and the people of the Turks &
Caicos Islands; friends. The Hon. Brent Symonette and Craig
Symonette, Jenny Basden, Janet Williams, Katrina Brown, Iris
Bonaby, Katrina Livingstone, Madlyn Forbes, Curleen Williams,
Pauline Hinds, Veronamae Woodside, Veronica Wells, Almetta
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Mizpha, Pauline and Rose Lunn, Franklin Norton, Murrio
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Delancey. Deville Pinder, Alco Williams, Michael Taylor. Cyril
Newbold, Eva Whymns, Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, Ona
Glinton, Marion Williams, Etoy Cartwright, Eloise Albury, and
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We catch up on the election

activity over the past week

Peet launches campaign with rally

MP for North Andros and the
Berry Islands Vincent Peet offi-
cially kicked off his' campaign
last week by staging a mini ral-
ly and block party at his head-
quarters in San Andros.
According to the PLP, more
than 2,500 turned out to hear
from Golden Gates candidate
Shane Gibson, Golden Isles
candidate Michael Halkitis and
surprise guests Algernon Allen
and Prime Minister Perry
Mr Gibson told the crowd
that the PLP is a champion of
the working people.
"What has the FNM ever
done for the workers of this
country? Do you remember

how hard we in the labor
unions had to fight with them to
get any and everything?" he
Mr Halkitis said the PLP has
done more for the common
people than any other govern-
ment before it and he urged lis-
teners to give Vincent Peet their
support so that their "record of
achievement" could continue
for the next five years.
Former FNM minister, Alger-
non Allen, who came up to the
podium doing his trademark
dance "the kanga maranga"
claimed that the "forces" that
are driving the FNM do not
have the interest of the people
at heart "certainly not in the

way Perry Christie does".
The PLP candidate for the
area, current representative
Vincent Peet, told the crowd
that they need only look at the
record of the PLP over the last
five years and at his personal
record as their servant and the
choice would be clear.
Mr Peet said the PLP is ded-
icated to helping all Bahamians
achieve their dreams, even
those who do not support the
He told the crowd that "the
economic pie still has a few
slices left with Andros' name
on it and that Androsians need
to prepare themselves for what
is to come in our second term."


Christie attacks FNM's

history on land sales

Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie defended his govern-
ment against accusations of
overselling Bahamian land to
foreigners at the PLPs mass ral-
ly on Tuesday night.
Mr Christie said he was seek-
ing to set the record straight, as
the country needs to know who
to trust when it comes to "'this
whole issue of land".
"I have to deal with this
because the FNM propaganda
machine, led by Hubert Ingra-
ham's mouth, is still trying to
fool you into thinking that if
you elect the FNM, they will
become the best protectors of
our precious Bahamian land.
Well, to that, I say, 'yeah, right.
like the way they did it when
you elected them the first time'.
"Do you remember what
they did'? Some of you first-time
voters may be too young to
remember because it was back
in 1993 so let me give you a
quick lesson in history tonight.
Let me tell you what the FNM
doesn't want you to know on
this whole issue about land pol-
icy and the ownership of land
by non-Bahamians.
"It all about trust, remember,

Y Christie addresses the crowd at Tuesday night's rally
I 'il ?Q 'W '

and trust is all about truth, so
here's the truth so you can
decide who to trust. When the
FNM came to power they
repealed the Immovable Prop-
erty Act. That was the law the
PLP had put'in place t'o regulate
the ownership of land by non-

Bahamians," he said.
Mr Christie said that under
that act, the government was
able to keep close tabs on
whether foreign persons were
buying too much land in areas
where there wasn't enough land
available'for Bahamians.

(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)
"Because of that act, the gov-
ernment was also able to cur-
tail land sales to foreign land
sharks and speculators who
were not interested in develop-
ing property at all: who only
wanted to buy it to sit on it until
they could sell it at a profit to
somebody-else. Well, the rea-
son why we were able when
the old Immovable Property
Act was still in force the rea-
son why we were able to cur-
tail land sales to foreigners was
that no foreign person could
buy any land anywhere in the
Bahamas unless he first got the
permission of the Foreign
Investments Board.
"That's the way the law was
set up under the PLP, before
the FNM took over. But do you,
the first-time voter, do you want
to know what happened when
Hubert Ingraham came to pow-
er? Do you know what this
same man who now says that
he is so concerned about all the
land that foreigners are able to
get in the Bahamas, do you
know what he did? Well, let me
tell you what he did.
"Ingraham swept away all the
controls we had put in place.
He repealed the Immovable
Property Act. He scrapped it.
Tore it Up. Threw it in the
garbage. Instead, he brought in
a new Act called the Interna-
tional Persons Landholdings
Act. Under that Act, Mr Ingra-
ham and his FNM government
made it possible for foreign per-
sons, including foreign land
sharks and speculators, to buy
land anywhere they wanted as
long as it was under five acres,"
he said.
However, Mr Christie said
that all those "under-five-acre-
deals" added up over time.
"Let us therefore be clear
about this: it was the FNM's
new land policy and it was the
FNM's new land law that
opened the floodgates to for-
eign ownership of Bahamian
land without the government
having any say in the matter.
As a result, under Mr Ingra-
ham's 10 year watch, a vast
amount of precious Bahamian
land, all over our country,
passed into the hands of foreign
land speculators without the
government being in a position
to even question it. much less
prevent it.
"And yet this same Hubert
Ingrahalm now, wants you to
believe that he is the man you
should trust \\lien it coincs to
sa ini l;I fB f:in ii,' i'''
lions of Bahamnians,." lie said.


We remember Viveca
A personality almost
larger than life
Outgoing, flamboyant,
large and in charge
Happy, a life lived without strife

We remember Viveca
.i Vivacious,
'IF a star in her own right
Too soon she had to
spread her wings
And from us all take flight

We remember Viveca
And although she may be gone
She'll with us forever be
As the memories linger on.

James Catalyn Er Friends
Onike Archer, Rose Barrett, Clhystal Bethell,Stephanie Braynen, Ena Campbell, Keva Cartwright,
Peggy Culmer, Stanya Davis, Geneen Evans, Quetelle Ferguson, Cardea Hanna, Antoinette
Knowles, Betty Knowles, Valerie Lynes, Aja Moss, Shornelle Nesbitt, Rachel Rolle, Janet Thompson,
Eric Adderley, Jevon Butler, Neil Cleare, Andrew Cany, Blaize Duling, Carl tony Forbes, Chigozie
Ijeoma, Valentine Maura, Conrad Maycock, Lowell Mortimee, Celi Moss, Kennedy Ston, Graham
Thordarson, Dwain Wallace, Omar Williams, Tyrone Miller & James Catalyn.


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Foulkes presents manifesto for Crooked Island
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FNM candidate for MICAL
Dion Foulkes kicked off his
election campaign this week by
presenting the party's manifesto
for Crooked Island at a meet-
ing at the Colonel Hill High
According to the FNM, more
than 150 people attended and
the featured speakers included,
Maurice Moore, Vernon
Symonette and Sir Arthur
Speaking of the FNM's
record in Crooked Island and
Long Cay, Mr Foulkes noted
that the party introduced elect-
ed local government, paved all
of the roads, electrified
Crooked Island and Long Cay,
provided telephone lines for
homes, provided digital com-
munication, and upgraded the
primary and high schools.
He then asked constituents
to look at what current MP
Alfred Gray has accomplished.
"He said in five years he would
cause to be built a 30-room hotel,
employing 250 people. Oh, by
the way, he also promised this
to Acklins and Inagua. Of
course, nothing happened there
either," Foulkes said.
He said Mr Gray also

promised but failed to imple-
ment door-to-door delivery of
mailboat freight and provide
health care insurance for all.
"The FNM is going to do
that." Mr Foulkes said.
"They promised to provide
water systems to each settle-
ment. Cripple Hill and Long
Cay are still waiting for their
"They promised to improve
the deep water channel at the
Cove and-at Lovely Bay. Dion
Foulkes and the FNM will do
"They promised to construct
a new mail boat dock at
Landrail Point.
"Alfred and the PLP
promised to construct a new air-
port terminal building at
Colonel Hill.
"They promised to provide

Crown Land to all who
expressed a desire.
"They promised to provide a
police station at Landrail Point.
They promised to construct a
fish house at Landrail Point and
Colonel Hill.
"They promised to provide
direct flights to and from Miami
twice weekly.
"They promised to provide a
resident doctor for the island.
They promised to construct a
new dock at the Sound, Cab-
bage Hill.
"They promised to reduce or
eliminate customs duty," he
"Alfred Gray and the PLP
did not deliver on any of these
promises. I don't believe they
were serious about some of
them in the first place," Mr
Foulkes said.

* PHOTO L to R- David 'Boy' Cunningham, Deputy Chief Councillor; Sir Arthur Foulkes; Mau-
rice Moore; Kendal 'Jit' Culmer; Dion Foulkes; George Godet; Vernon Symonette; Bradly Moss.
Sitting- Kermit Mackey, Regina Knowles, and John Thompson. Back row- Curtis O'Brien.

Ingraham predicts 'tsunami' PLP defeat

Tribune Freeport

for Grand Bahama, he said.
"We believe Grand Bahama
could be the wonderful indus-

trial capital that it is intended to
' be. We have no doubt we can
create full employment on

Grand Bahama."
He promised that Grand
Bahama will be greatly reward-

ed for it faithfulness to the
FNM, and asked residents for
their support in bring the Mar-

co City, Pineridge and West
End/Bimini constituencies back"
to the FNM. 'A ,

FREEPORT Opposition
leader Hubert Ingraham is con-
fident that the FNM will win
the general elections and pre-
dicted that the PLP will experi-
ence a "tsunamic" defeat on
May 2.
The PLP's days are num-
bered, Mr Ingraham told thou-
sands at a mass rally on Grand
Bahama on Saturday.
"Exactly what happened to
the FNM last time is going to
happen to the PLP, he said.
They are going to scrap to put
together an opposition group
in the house next time because
it is going to be like a tsuna-
Mr Ingraham said that the
election is about leadership. He
said the PLP lacks good leader-
ship and Bahamians have not
yet experienced anything tan-
gible from the billions of dol-
lars of projects announced by
the government.
"Nobody in the PLP has
been able to demonstrate that
they could deliver for this
country," said the former
prime minister. "They promise
all manner of things. In fact,
when we hear them talk it
hurts your head a billion
here, a billion there, a billion
everywhere except on the
ground, or somewhere where
you could feel it."
Mr Ingraham claims that in
the last year, the PLP govern-
ment has done many things to
damage the country.
He said communities have
deteriorated, family values have
been damaged, and respect for
law has virtually disappeared.
He also stated that drug traf-
fickers and other criminal types
have been given almost free
reign in the country.
Mr Ingraham said he believes
that many of the FNM's votes
will come from police, Defence
Force and immigration and cus-
toms officers who will vote on
April 26.
He claims that seven out of
every 10 votes from those offi-
cers will go to the FNM.
"They (the PLP) could give
as many stripes as they like on
the backs of policemen ain't
no sense calling me sergeant
and corporal and ain't no mon-
"The policemen want more
money, better conditions, and
they know where to get that -
from the FNM," he said.
Mr Ingraham also said that
teachers, nurses, civil servants,
and hotel workers in Nassau
and Freeport are voting for the
"When you hear the returns
on May 2 you will put your
hands on your mouth and say,
'oh gee.' We will win, and win
big this time.
"The other side is scared. I
empathise with my brother, Per-
ry, who lost his voice for talking
a lot.
"But nobody is paying any
attention to him no more. You
heard him talk or five years and
he ain't tell us nothing, he ain't
do nothing, and it is time for
him to go," he said.
Mr Ingraham said when the
FNM is returned to office it will
accomplish in a short time what
the PLP couldn't do in five
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Christie claims Mayaguana 'on brink'

of launching southern Bahamas


Minister Perry Christie declared
that Mayaguana is on the verge
of becoming the catalyst, for the
economic expansion of the
entire southern Bahamas.
He was speaking at a ground-
breaking ceremony for the new
7,300 foot runway and airport
terminal building in the Abra-
ham's Bay area.
The infrastructural upgrades,
and eventual resort and resi-
dential development on this the
vast and barren island, are a
part of the 50/50 joint venture
agreement between the gov-
ernment and the I-Group.
Mr Christie declared to the
crowd of enthusiastic residents
and supporters that intervention
is critically needed in Mayaguana,
as "there was a real threat of the
civilisation in these parts of the
Bahamas actually dying." He cit-
ed census statistics that revealed
in 1980,464 resident lived on the
island; in 1990,312 people; and in
2000, just 259 people remained
in the often forgotten locale.
The prime minister also took
the opportunity to dispel what
he suggested are "wicked lies"
being told about land giveaways
to foreigners regarding this

N THE groundbreaking ceremony for the runway and airport

Mr Christie emphasised that
the development is a 50/50 joint
venture, where the I-Group has
financed the infrastructural
upgrades such as the runway
expansion and airport terminal.
The prime minister explained
that the I-Group was required
to pay cash for land acquired,
and that the land will only trans-
ferred to a joint venture com-
pany with the government,
when certain developmental
markers are achieved.
The partnership also allows
the government to guarantee
the pace of development, and

to ensure that the development
is in the best interest of Bahami-
ans, according to Mr Christie.
The prime minister used the
occasion to deliver a veiled con-
demnation of the leadership of
the FNM, who have criticised
the agreement.
"One day, when I am in the
twilight of my own life, I shall
look back at this occasion and
wonder why those who would
aspire to take my place would
see the need to cause Bahami-
ans to look with disfavour on a
development that is so trans-
forming to the lives of people of

* JUNAID Yasin shows Prime Minister Perry Christie plans for a terminal airstrip

this island," he said. Junaid Yasin, executive vice- The overall project is pro-
Thus far, chairman of the I- president of the Mayaguana jected to value $1.8 billion and
Group Stephen Roy said, the Company told The Tribune that is to include a 25-unit upscale
company has spent in excess of the next stage of the develop- boutique resort at North Beach,
$20 million on the project. And ment will be the construction a 100-lot residential community,
work on the runway and termi- of revenue generators such as utility services and roadways,
nal is scheduled to be complet- several marinas, sub-divisions an integrated golf course and
ed by December of this year. and the resort. designated nature preserves.

* A JAZZ trio from summer of 2006 with Vincent Knowles on
'bass, Pat Boston on keyboards, and the legendary Ralph
Munnings on the sax

* TONY Macaroni's Conch Experience at Taino Beach. The
place has grown and has a whole new look since the hurricanes
of a few years ago.

Jazz on the Beach is five years old

JAZZ enthusiasts take note -
Jazz on the Beach in Grand
Bahama is celebrating its first
anniversary with a special cele-
bration which will see many of
the year's best performers
return to the stage at Tony
Macaroni's Conch Experience
on Taino Beach this Sunday.
"After one year we have
proven we can bring live enter-
tainment back to Grand
Bahama, and we have done

that. I'd like to thank the local
residents, visiting tourists, and
faithful patrons who have sup-
ported me over the year," said
Tony "Macaroni" Hanna.
Jazz on the Beach has seen
many memorable performances
since its inception in April 2006,
including the likes of Veronica
Bishop, Shelly Carey, Dudley
Caprone, Ralph Munnings,
Steven Colebrook, Joe ox, 'at
Boston and Nat Cambridge.

And this is not to mention
visits from Jazz artists from
around the world, along with
the occasional poetry readings,
acting skits, dance perfor-
mances, jugglers and even mar-
riage renewals.
"You never know what will
happen each Sunday!" say the
show's organizers, who claim
that "If you haven't been out,
you have been missing out."
Where else can customers

and enthusiasts on Grand
Bahama "enjoy the view and
fresh air, the great food from
Cacique Award winner Antho-
ny Hanna, as well as hear live
music?" they asked.
Tony "Macaroni" Hanna said
he would like to thank all that
have participated in the experi-
ence so far.
"A big thank-you goes out to
the entertainers, and there have
been many each one has been

* TONY Macaroni holding a conch, one of his main ingredients
and the one he is most famous for

a part of the creation and suc-
cess of Jazz on the Beach. There

is much, much more to come,"
he said.

Marlin Marine getting

ready for tournament

Big money prizes are up for
grabs in this year's Marlin
Marine fishing tournament in
aid of the Bahamas Air and Sea
Rescue Association.
"Everyone with a boat should
come and enjoy this tournament
and festivities, it's for a good
cause," said the organizers of
the 13th annual event.
The tournament will kick off
on May 19, and continue until

Immigration officer makes

FROM page one

ers of both the government and the oppo-
sition, which laid out extensive claims of
corruption against numerous senior
members of the department of immigra-
Shortly after this letter surfaced, a
police investigation was launched into
the claims.
Mrs Armbrister-Sweeting responded
to the police's inquiries into the matter
by stating that although she was not the
author of the letter, she did indeed sup-
port many of the allegations within it.
"They asked me if I'd be willing to
speak if it went to a commission, and I
said yes, if I have to," said the suspend-
ed veteran officer.
It was soon after this that she was
delivered a letter of suspension claiming
that she must remain off work pending
the outcome of an investigation into
whether she was involved in a work per-

mit scandal involving a Canadian man.
Mrs Armbrister-Sweeting's name was
cited in a story, produced in the press in
June 2005, which alleged that a Canadi-
an man had illegally obtained a work
The officer adamantly denies any
wrongdoing in this matter. "He only said
he knew me," she said, adding that the
Canadian was subsequently deported.
Almost two years on, Mrs Armbrister-
Sweeting is still suspended, with no out-
come reached on the investigation into
her alleged activities.
"At no time have I been contacted by
anyone," she said in a letter to former
Minister of Immigration Shane Gibson in
November 2006.
The suspended officer believes she is
in fact being personally victimised for
airing her honest opinion on corruption
in the force.
John Pinder, president of the Bahamas
Public Service Union, agrees, stating that
any investigation into Mrs Arnibrisi'i

Sweeting should have been concluded
within a year at the most.
"They are definitely in violation of
the industrial agreement. She cannot
have been in that position for more than
a year," said Mr Pinder.
Mr Pinder said that persistent attempts
to reach senior immigration officials to
seek a resolution to the matter have been
He added that Mrs Arimbrister-Sweet-
ing is not the only officer in this position
following the release of the scathing 200)5
Mr Gibson had personally stated that
he felt Mrs Armbrister-Sweeting should
be returned to work if she has not been
charged after two years, said Mr Pinder,
but one senior official refused to accept
her, declaring her a "national security
Mr Pinder said that Mr Gibson sub-
sequently suggested that she could re-
enter service in any government min-
istry othel 1h;n iunnigration.

May 20.
Participants will be able to
try their luck to win the top
prize a Sea Doo personal
watercraft with a trailer, valued
in excess of $12,000, or $10,000
in cash.
In total, over $30,000 worth of
winnings are on offer.
"Come on, join the tourna-
ment, have some fun and show
BASRA you care! The fish are


However, Mrs Armbrister-Sweeting
said she does not want to submit to being
-- as she sees it unjustifiably punished
for expressing her honest opinion on
"They want me to go through poli-
tics. I don't want that. 1 want justice,"
said the gazetted officer. "This is per-
sonal because they think I lifted the
shroud (on corruption)," she added.
Meanwhile, the officer and her family
are suffering. "I have been in and out of
the doctor's with the stress of this," she
said, adding that for a while she could
not pay her electricity bill having to
apply to the Police Credit Union Board
for emergency funds or her children's
school fees.
There has even been an arson attempt
on her home since she spoke out, she
But the mother is adamant. "If I'm
guilty of something, then charge me
before the courts!" she said.
She said she expects further victimi-


biting, it will be a close and
exciting tournament," the
organizers said.
BASRA watches after all
boaters, Bahamian and foreign,
year upon year, so let's give
something back," they said.
All those interested in par-,
ticipating are encouraged to
pick up an application form
from Marlin Marine or BAS-
RA, both on East Bay Street.


station for speaking out, but she feels she
has to state her case nonetheless.
"What else can they do to me?" she
John Pinder said that he is willing to
take the matter to the courts on Mrs
Armbrister-Sweeting's behalf. "We will
do all that we can to ensure that she is
compensated," said the union president.
Several messages left for senior immi-
gration officials, including one who The
Tribune was told "deals with the press",
were not returned yesterday.
Attempts to reach Commissioner Paul
Farquharson to determine the status of
the investigation into the letter's allega-
tions, or into Mrs Armbrister-Sweeting.
were also unsuccessful.
Newly appointed Assistant Commis-
sioner Ellison Greenslade said he was
not informed of either situation by his
predecessor upon taking charge of the
crime portfolio, however, he said he
would seek information from his col-

* PROCEEDS from the tournament are going to BASRA

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PAGE 14, FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

FRIDA'. APRIL 20, 2007




Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

BPSU president: Bahamas

suffering productivity loss

Public service union boss says current operating

hours not conducive to workforce requirements

Tribune Business Reporter
f the Bahamas ever intends
to move into first world sta-
tus, it must change the hours
of business to reflect the
diversity of the workforce.
Bahamas Public Service Union
president John Pinder said the coun-
try is suffering a loss of productivity
because current hours of operation
are not conducive to the requirements
'of the workforce.
His comments came at a half-day
seminar on Maintaining Industrial
Harmony at Work and Report Writing
sponsored by the Bahamian Chapter
of the Institute of Internal Auditors.
' In the public service, he said pro-
ductivity drops to 30 per cent between
2.30-4.30pm because many parents
have to make the school pick-up.
Coupled with that is the fact that
there are private sector establish-
ments that public servants need to
access that are only available between
the traditional 9-5 hour.
Therefore if a public servant has to
do a business transaction and a school
run, given the tremendous amount of
traffic in the Bahamas, it would be
virtually impossible for them to do
everything they have to do in a single
lunch hour.
Similarly, he added, the govern-
ment needs to extend its hours of
operation to accommodate the pri-
vate sector employees who need to
access government offices.
"It is ridiculous that you cannot
pick up a passport at 7 o'clock after
you get off," he said.

"We have

no strategic


and do not

value time."

-John Pintle r

Mr Pinder noted that one of the
biggest problems currently plaguing
the public service is the lack of con-
sultancy and the amount of time it
takes to get things done.
"We have no strategic planning and
do not value time," he said.
Mr Pinder said this inefficiency is
obvious when you consider that many
promotions, even those partially
approved by department heads, are
still not approved in a timely matter.
He said that if an application reach-
es the Department of the Public Ser-
vice with any portion of it missing,
and has to be returned to the govern-
ment office, it can further delay the
process by two to three years. He
added that if there needs to be

SEE BPSU, page 9

* BAHAMAS Public Service Union president John Pinder speaks to members of the media
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We must do more

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Rotarians told

Tribune Business Reporter
THE Bahamas needs to do more to generate wealth for its cit-
izens, and reposition itself as an efficient and competent nation
if it does not want to fall behind and face potential ruin.
Former Central Bank Governor Julian Francis told Rotarians
at the West Nassau Rotary Club's weekly luncheon meeting
that, although the country has been able to attract wealthy
investors to Bahamian shores, the country has been unable to find
suitable ways to harness wealth in this country for Bahamians.
Mr Francis compared this stage of development to what
occurred in the 16th-18th centuries when Europeans came to the
Caribbean islands and created mass wealth, which was not trans-
lated to those countries.
Mr Francis said it is imperative that the country now take an
objective look at the real needs and demands of the economy.
According to Mr Francis, one of the best ways to address
this concern of wealth generation is through education.
He said that the education system in the country is critically
bad. Not only should there be more funds allocated in the bud-
get for education, but there needs to be the very best resources
of the country.
"We have not done that," he said, "We have treated it like it is
a non-issue."
Mr Francis also indicated that the country is lacking in basic
essential things. For example, considering the close proximity of
the Bahamas to the US, he said, it was a disgrace that it took more
than 20 years to address the condition of the Lynden Pindling
International Airport for visitors and Bahamians alike.
He also said that Barbados had Internet services five years
ahead of the Bahamas as an example of how we often lag behind.
Infrastructure and the civil service are also areas that need to
be addressed. He also pointed out that simple things like Black-
berry roaming capabilities for international businessmen coming
here also needed to be looked at.
"The truth is, it is very critical and if we don't do something
about it, we will find that we will be left behind and that is a fact."
Mr Francis said that Bahamians have to demand these things
from their politicians rather than relying on them blindly to
make the choices for them.

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We must speed

up on 'relaxing'

' exchange controls

Tribune Business Reporter

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Mr Francis noted that the country
has often questioned the neccessity
of exchange controls, but has been
convinced for a long time that relax-
ation of exchange controls was a
good thing for the Bahamas but had
been in the process of slowly phas-
ing it out.
"I believe that we may be phasing
it out too slowly," he said. "I think I
can tell you that we can be reason-
ably satisfied that we can manage to
phase out major negative damage to
the economy of the Bahamas."
His comments came during a lun-
cheon meeting of the West Nassau
Rotary Club where he also dis-
cussed the proposed changes to
B1SX with The Tribune.
"1 have not fully studied them yet,
but based on the early look I have
had on them, I have no difficulty. I
believe that they are absolutely
going in the right direction.'

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:reports and a pullback in Chi-
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industrials edged higher to a
record close for the second
straight day.
While a mix of profit reports
pushed and tugged at stocks
Thursday, investors also
watched markets abroad, where
stocks fell following word that
economic growth in China's
first quarter jumped.
The Dow rose 4.79, or 0.04
percent, to 12,808.63 its sixth
straight gain. On Wednesday,
the Dow reached fresh trading
and closing highs, perhaps sig-
naling a recovery from a late
February pullback that was in
- part triggered by a selloff on the
Chinese market.
Broader market indicators
dipped Thursday. The Standard
& Poor's 500 index fell 1.77, or
0.12 percent, to 1,470.73, a day
after the S&P hit a 6 1/2-year
high. The Nasdaq composite
index fell for the third straight
session, slipping 5.15, or 0.21 per-
cent, to 2,50535.
Bond prices fell after three
straight sessions of gains fol-
lowing the release of decent
economic data and some robust
earnings reports.
China's sometimes volatile
Shanghai Composite Index tum-
bled 4.5 percent Thursday.
Stocks in Europe fell Thurs-
day, though at more modest lev-
els than in Asia.
Japan's Nikkei stock average
fell L67 percent. Britain's FTSE
100 closed down 0.14 percent,
Germany's DAX index declined
0.54 percent, and France's
CAC-40 slipped 0.12 percent.
Another one of the 30 stocks
that make up the Dow industri-
als, Altria Group, said its first-
quarter profit fell 21 percent as
it saw weakness in domestic
cigarette sales. Altria fell 68
cents to $69.40.
Intel was the biggest gainer
in the Dow, rising 46 cents, or
2.2 percent, to $21.81, after an
analyst upgrade.
In other economic data
Thursday, the Labor Depart-
ment said weekly applications
for unemployment benefits
slipped by 4,000 to 339,000
after hitting a two-month high a
week earlier. Weekly figures
can be volatile and the overall
unemployment rate remains
low. Investors appeared uncon-
cerned by a report from the
Philadelphia Federal Reserve
that showed a weaker-than-ex-
pected increase in regional
Light, sweet crude settled
down $1.30 at $61.83 per barrel
on the New York Mercantile
Gold prices edged lower,
while the dollar slipped against
the euro and the British pound.
The euro is near an all-time
high against the dollar and the
British pound is trading at 26-
year highs versus the U.S. cur-
Declining issues outnum-
bered advancers by about 2 to 1
on the New York Stock
Exchange, where consolidated
volume came to 2.94 billion
shares compared with 2.93 bil-
lion shares traded Wednesday.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies fell 5.06, or
0.61 percent, to 81932.

* Owner of the most-used
Internet search engine, Google
said first-quarter profit rose as it
Increased advertising sales
Associated Press
first-quarter profit rose 69 percent,
maintaining the online search lead-
er's penchant for blowing past ana-
lyst estimates.
The Mountain View-based com-
pany said-Thursday that it earned $1
billion, or $3.18 cents per share, dur-
ing the first three months of the year.
That compared with net income of
$592.3 million, or $1.95 per share, at
the same time last year.
If not for expenses incurred for
employee stock compensation, Goo-
gle said it would have earned $3.68
per share. That figure topped the
average estimate of $3.30 per share
among analyst surveyed by Thomson

Quarterly revenue reached a new
company high of $3.66 billion, a 63
percent increase from $2.25 billion
last year.
After subtracting advertising com-
missions, Google's revenue totaled
$2.53 billion. That amount was about
$40 million above analyst estimates.
Google has now beat analysts' esti-
mates in all but one of 11 quarters
since its ballyhooed initial public
offering in August 2004.
The scintillating performance has
helped elevate Google's market value
to nearly $150 billion, despite a 6 per-
cent decline in the stock price since
the company's last earnings report.
As usual, Google's financial fire-
power flowed from its ubiquitous
search engine, which has become the
hub of the Internet's largest advertis-
ing network. Google delivered
225.9 billion advertising links during
the first quarter, an 85 percent
increase from 1223 billion at the same
time last year, according to data com-

BEATS EXPECTATIONS: Google employees work inside the company's
sales and engineering office in Santa Monica, Calif. The company
said Thursday that it earned $1 billion during the first three months
of the year.

piled by online research firm Niel-
Google is expected to become an
even more dominant force with last
year's $1.76 billion acquisition of
online video leader YouTube and its
recently announced $3.1 billion deal

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GROWING: A billboard advertisement for cars, above, hovers over passing traffic on a road in Beijing.
The first three months of 2007 showed the fastest growth rate for China's economy since the
second quarter of last year. Below, laborers work on a new residential compound in Beijing,

As China's growth sizzles,

inflation worries build

* China's economy rose
11.1 percent in the first quarter
and inflation hit its highest level
in more than two years, which
may prompt authorities to take
measures to cool growth.
Associated Press
BEIJING The signs of a surg-
ing economy are everywhere:
flashy luxury cars, glitzy shopping
malls, expensive restaurants and
construction cranes in many neigh-
For most Chinese, this is a good
thing. It means more jobs, higher
incomes and rising affluence. But
China's leaders, fearful of acceler-
ating inflation and the risk that all
this investment could collapse in a
debt crisis if borrowers go bank-
rupt, are trying to apply the brakes.
How well they succeed is taking
on an increasing global importance,
as a slide in stock prices in Asia and
then Europe on Thursday demon-
strated. The reaction came after
Beijing reported its economy
expanded in the first quarter a siz-
zling 11.1 percent from the same
quarter a year ago and that inflation
was the highest in two years.
Stocks later stabilized in the
United States unlike the panic
selling on Feb. 27 that sent the Dow
Jones industrial average plunging
416 points in the worst one-day
rout since the Sept. 11 attacks. But
the "China effect" on investors
around the world remains palpable,
due in large part to just how impor-
tant trade with China has become
for most nations.
On Thursday, the State Council


in China vowed that it would take
steps to keep the economy from
overheating. It has said the same
thing several times in the past year,
to little avail. The economy keeps
exceeding growth expectations
even though interest rates have
been increased three times in the
last year and curbs have been
imposed on investments in real
estate, the auto industry and other
The latest evidence that the
restrictions haven't taken hold: Bei-
jing reported Thursday that fixed-
asset investment countrywide grew
a stunning 23.7 percent in March.
But the real shocker for inves-
tors was the news that the con-
sumer price index in March rose 3.3
percent, its highest since hitting 3.9
percent in February 2005. China
has said it wants to keep inflation
under 3 percent for the whole year
after it increased 1.5 percent in

"If this type of fast growth con-
tinues, there is the possibility of
shifting from fast growth to over-
heating. There is that risk," Li Xia-
ochao, spokesman for the National
Bureau of Statistics, said at a news
China's Cabinet also quickly
stepped in after the announce-
ments. A statement posted on the
council's website said the govern-
ment will work to "reduce the
country's large trade surplus, limit
rapid growth in house prices and
maintain basic price stability."
While China's leaders want
rapid growth to reduce poverty,
they also are trying to slow an
investment boom in real estate and
other industries where they worry
that overspending on unneeded
factories and other assets could
ignite inflation or a debt crisis.

to buy Internet ad distributor Doub-
Google shares rose almost 5 per-
cent in after-hours trading after clos-
ing at $471.65, down $436 in regular
trading on the Nasdaq stock market






* Merrill Lynch, the world's
biggest brokerage, said
first-quarter profit rose
31 percent, led by the fastest
trading gains on Wall Street.
Associated Press
NEW YORK Merrill Lynch's
first-quarter profit soared more than
30 percent, the nation's largest retail
brokerage said Thursday, thanks to
strong revenue from investments and
takeover activity.
The results surpassed expecta-
tions, and cemented the notion that
major financial companies have
emerged unscathed from the stock
market's turbulent first quarter, the
cooling U.S. economy and troubles in
subprime lending.
Excluding a charge incurred last
year related to a change in account-
ing and retirement policies, Merrill
Lynch's profit climbed 31 percent in
the first quarter from the same period
a year ago.
The New York-based company
reported net income of $2.11 billion,
or $2.26 per share, after preferred
dividends. This was up from $432
million, or 44 cents per share, a year
ago, when it recorded $1.2 billion in
one-time compensation expenses.
Excluding those expenses, the com-
pany earned $1.61 billion, or $1.65 per
share, a year ago.
Analysts surveyed by Thomson
Financial had forecast first-quarter
profit of $L97 per share on revenue of
$9.06 billion. Merrill Lynch said reve-
nue rose 24 percent to $9.85 billion.
The quarter's sales were the sec-
ond highest ever, after the third quar-
ter of 2006, when Merrill Lynch said
it benefited from a one-time gain
related to buying asset manager
The company said underwriting
deals still in the pipeline are also at
record levels.
Merrill Lynch said sales from
mortgage-related activities declined,
but revenue from activities related to
U.S. nonprime mortgages, in aggre-
gate, made up less than 1 percent of
overall sales in the past five quarters.
Return on equity, which measures
profitability, was 23.3 percent -
higher than 5.1 percent in the year-
ago first quarter, but lower than 25.6
percent in the fourth quarter.
Shares slipped 55 cents to close at
$90.11 Thursday on the New York
Stock Exchange, as investors
shrugged off Merrill Lynch's robust
earnings. It has beat estimates in 11 of
the past 16 quarters.


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REVENUE! Southwest's revenue rose 8.9 percent, to
$2.2 billion from $2.02 billion.

Southwest's profits

rise on fuel hedging

From Herald Wire Services

Southwest Airlines (LUV) said its first-quarter profit
rose by half on record revenues, but income would have
fallen by 4 cents per share without gains from derivatives that
hedge future fuel costs.
The low-cost carrier said it earned $93 million, or 12 cents
per share, compared to $61 million, or 7 cents per share, a year
Excluding the derivatives gains, the company said its "eco-
nomic net income" was $33 million, or 4 cents per share,
down from $64 million, or 8 cents per share, a year ago.
The most recent results matched the forecast of analysts
surveyed by Thomson Financial.
Revenue rose 8.9 percent, to $2.2 billion from $2.02 billion.

Ex-CEO guilty of insider trading

Associated Press
DENVER Joe Nacchio, a
former AT&T executive
tapped to transform Qwest
Communications into a major
telecommunications competi-
tor, was convicted Thursday
of 19 of 42 insider trading
charges after one-time top
executives described his
relentless drive to meet reve-
nue projections without
revealing financial risks.
A U.S. District Court jury
deliberated six days before
concluding on 19 counts that
the former Qwest chief execu-
tive illegally sold stock when
he knew the company faced
financial challenges and relied
heavily on one-time sales to

meet revenue targets.
Judge Joe Nottingham set a
July 19 sentencing date for
who is free
on $2 mil-
lion bail.
Each count
carries a
penalty of
up to 10
years in
prison and a
$1 million NACCHIO
Nacchio's wife and son
broke into sobs as the verdict
was read.
With the decision, the eight
men and four women on the
jury turned away Nacchio's
claim that he believed in the

company's future despite con-
cerns voiced by business man-
Nacchio, 57, was accused of
selling 2.5 million shares of
stock for a total of $101 million
in the first five months of 2001
based on inside information
that Qwest faced financial
The criminal case stemmed
from a years-long government
investigation into an account-
ing scandal at Qwest Commu-
nications International, a Den-
ver-based primary telephone
service provider in 14 mostly
Western states.
Federal regulators have
said Qwest falsely reported
fiber-optic capacity sales as
recurring instead of one-time

revenue between April 1999
and March 2002. The practice
allowed Qwest to improperly
report about $3 billion in reve-
nue, which helped pave the
way for its acquisition of for-
mer Baby Bell U S West, regu-
lators have alleged. Qwest
later restated about $2.2 billion
in revenue.
A civil fraud lawsuit is still
pending against Nacchio, for-
mer President Afshin Moh-
bebbi and other one-time
executives, alleging they
orchestrated a financial fraud
that led to the scandal. The
Securities and Exchange Com-
mission is seeking repayment
and civil penalties, with the
amounts to be determined at


Bank of America (BAC)
said first-quarter earnings
rose 5 percent, helped by
growth in fee income
despite a challenging credit
environment, buts its reve-
nue was shy of Wall Street
The results which sev-
eral industry analysts char-
acterized as good, but not
great didn't impress
investors, who sent the
bank's shares down 91 cents,
or L8 percent, to $50.91 on
the New York Stock
Bank of America said its
net income climbed to
$5.26 billion, or $1.16 per
share, from $4.99 billion, or
$L07 per share, a year ago.
Revenue grew 3 percent
to $18.42 billion from
$17.94 billion last year.

D.R. Horton (DHI), one
of the nation's largest home-
builders, said that profits
plunged 85 percent in the
January-March quarter, and
its chief executive said the
weak housing market would
continue into 2008.
Investors took the news
in stride. Shares of Horton
fell just 3 cents, to $23.01, in
trading on the lew York
Stock Exchange.
Horton said net income
for the first three months of
2006 fell to $51.7 million, or
16 cents per share, from
$352.8 million, or $1.11 per
share, a year ago.

Advanced Micro
Devices (AMD) reported a
greater-than-expected loss
in the first quarter as the
chip maker continued to
struggle amid a fierce price
competition with larger
rival Intel Corp.
AMD said it lost $611 mil-
lion, or $11 per share, in the
first three months of the
year. That compares with a
profit of $185 million, or
38 cents per share in the
same quarter a year ago.
AMD reported $1.23 bil-
lion in sales, a 7 percent
decline from the $1.33 billion
it rang up last year.

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UnitedHealth Group
(UNH), the nation's second-
largest health insurer, said
its first-quarter profit rose
4 percent, but the results
were hampered by pay-
ments related to its stock
options problems and weak
enrollment in Medicare-re-
lated programs.
UnitedHealth shares
plunged fell $216, or 4 per-
cent, to $52.05 on the New
York Stock Exchange.
The Minnetonka, Minn.-
based insurer said it earned
$927 million, or 66 cents per
share, during the quarter
that ended March 31, up
from $891 million, or
63 cents per share, during
the same period last year.
Revenue of $19.05 billion
rose 8 percent from
$1758 billion during the
same period last year.
The results included
8 cents per share of
expenses related to pricing
problems with stock options
from prior years. Not count-
ing those expenses, Unite-
dHealth would have earned
74 cents per share.
Analysts surveyed by
Thomson Financial were
expecting profits of 71 cents
per share on revenue of
$1937 billion.

Sony's (SNE) European
video-game unit is cutting
jobs to grow more competi-
tive, a company spokesman
said Thursday, as the just-
launched PlayStation 3
machine struggles against
rival offerings from Micro-
soft (MSFT) and Nintendo
(NTDOY.PK) that beat it to
the market.
AllSofly Computer
Entertainment employees
in Europe totaling about
1,900 people have been
told about the plan to cut
jobs, but specifics, such as
the number of cuts and
which jobs will be affected,
have not been decided, said
Satoshi Fukuoka, the
spokesman in Tokyo.
The company has no
plans to trim jobs in Japan or
North America, he said.
Japan's top business
daily, The Nikkei, reported
that Sony will be slashing up
to 160 jobs.


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PROFIT: Schering-Plough said its first-quarter profit rose 55 percent to easily beat Wall Street expectations.

Drug makers post strong profits

Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. Higher
sales and double-digit profit
jumps posted Thursday by
three top pharmaceutical com-
panies indicate the industry is
rebounding from struggles
with generic competition,
weak pipelines and other
On the heels of other recent
upbeat reports, New Jersey
drugmakers Merck and Wyeth
both reported first-quarter net
income jumped 12 percent,
and neighbor Schering-Plough
saw its profit skyrocket 55 per-
cent, all on strong sales of
their medicines, rather than
one-time gains.
Wyeth and Schering-
Plough both beat analysts'
expectations and Merck
matched the analysts' consen-
sus only because it sharply
increased its own profit fore-
cast a week ago.

Since last Thursday, drug-
makers Johnson & Johnson, Eli
Lilly, Abbott Laboratories,
Roche Holding, Genentech
and Gilead Sciences all turned
in strong results, with several
beating analysts' forecasts.
"Things haven't been very
rosy in healthcare land over
the past four to five years,"
said analyst Linda Bannister of
Edward Jones, leaving inves-
tors overly pessimistic and
depressing share prices. Now,
she said, "the whole industry
is doing much better than
expected," with both revenues
and profits higher than antici-
In trading on the New York
Stock Exchange, Merck shares
rose 46 cents to close at $5035,
while Schering-Plough jumped
$2.45, or 8.6 percent, to $31.
Wyeth shares, though, fell 67
cents, or 1.2 percent, to $55.66,
possibly because approval of a
key new drug for depression

and menopause symptoms has
been pushed back by at least
several months.
Bannister said drug compa-
nies are benefiting from
increased sales to senior citi-
zens previously without drug
coverage and now insured
under a Medicare program
that began last year. Also,
seniors previously getting
drug coverage from Medicaid
have switched over to Medi-
care plans, which generally
require lower rebates on drug
prices from manufacturers,
boosting profit margin.
Merck, the Whitehouse Sta-
tion-based maker of Fosamax
for osteoporosis and Singulair
for asthma and allergies,
posted net income of $1.7 bil-
lion, or 78 cents per share, up
from $1.52 billion, or 69 cents
per share, in the same quarter
a year ago.
Excluding a charge of 6
cents per share, or $186 mil-

lion, for its ongoing restructur-
ing program, Merck matched
the recently increased average
forecast of analysts surveyed
by Thomson Financial.
Kenilworth-based Scher-
ing-Plough, which also sells
respiratory treatments and
Remicade for inflammatory
disorders such as rheumatoid
arthritis, posted net income of
$543 million, or 36 cents per
share, up from $350 million, or
24 cents per share, a year ear-
lier. Sales grew 17 percent to
$2.98 billion.
Madison-based Wyeth,
which makes Protonix for acid
reflux and Enbrel for arthritis,
saw net income rise to $1.25
billion, or 92 cents per share,
from $1.12 billion, or 82 cents
per share. Revenue climbed 11
percent to $5.37 billion as sales
of Enbrel and infant vaccine
Prevnar, for meningitis and
blood infections, jumped by a
third or more.


Newspapers weather rocky quarter

Associated Press
CHICAGO Media com-
panies announced lackluster
earnings during their latest
quarter as declining revenue,
profit and circulation figures
dealt the newspaper industry
its latest financial blow.
Gannett, Tribune, New
York Times and Media Gen-
eral all reported lower earn-
ings Thursday, as classified
advertising dwindled and
overall online revenue growth
began to slow, analysts said.
At Chicago-based Tribune,
interactive revenue grew 17
percent to $60 million. That
segment grew 30 percent dur-
ing the first quarter in 2006.
"The big problem and the
big red flag for newspaper
companies is that the slowing
in online revenue growth
means that their ability to
make up that print loss is erod-
ing very quickly," said Ken
Doctor, a media analyst for
Newspaper publishers have
been struggling for years as
readers turn to the Internet for
their news and advertisers -
particularly classified adver-
tisers follow them. That
trend has continued. During
the latest quarter, classified
revenue at Tribune and Media
General fell 14 percent, while
dipping nearly 12 percent at

New York Times and 3 per-
cent for Gannett.
Meanwhile, profit at online
search leader Google surged
69 percent to $1 billion, or
$3.18 cents per share, in the
first quarter. Quarterly reve-
nue climbed 63 percent to a
new company high of $3.66
The Mountain View, Calif.-
based company's financial
firepower flowed from its
ubiquitous search engine,
which has become the hub of
the Internet's largest advertis-
ing network. Google delivered
225.9 billion advertising links
during the first quarter, an 85
percent increase from 122.3
billion at the same time last
year, according to data com-
piled by online research firm
Michael Simonton, newspa-
per analyst at the credit rat-
ings service Fitch Ratings said
an 8 percent drop in print ad
revenue at Gannett's flagship
USA Today was a cause for
"It could reflect that sophis-
ticated national advertisers
are rethinking their media
mix, looking to the Internet or
outdoor instead of print," he
Gannett, the nation's larg-
est newspaper publisher, is

often considered an industry
bellwether. Its first-quarter
earnings fell 11 percent, to
$210.6 million, or 90 cents per
share. The result surpassed
Wall Street expectations by a
penny, according to Thomson
Financial. Overall revenue at
the McLean, Va.-based com-
pany slipped 1 percent to $1.87
Gannett owns 23 television
stations and several radio sta-
tions along with its nearly 90
daily newspapers.
New York Times' first-
quarter profit fell 26 percent
to $23.9 million, or 17 cents per
share from a year ago. Reve-
nue for the quarter dipped 2
percent to $786 million, beat-
ing Wall Street's estimate of
$784.9 million. Analysts pre-
dicted first-quarter net income
of 18 cents per share.
The New York-based com-
pany owns its namesake news-
paper and The Boston Globe
as well as more than a dozen
other daily newspapers.
Media General, which pub-
lishes The Tampa Tribune,
Richmond Times-Dispatch,
and Winston-Salem Journal,
posted a quarterly loss of $6.5
million, or 27 cents per share,
compared to a profit of $6.7
million, or 28 cents per share,
a year ago.
Revenue rose 5.9 percent to
$230.4 million. Excluding the

impact of four NBC stations
that Richmond, Va.-based
Media General acquired last
summer, total revenue
decreased 3.2 percent. Ana-
lysts forecast a loss per share
of 26 cents and revenue of
$236.4 million.
The company had a 20 per-
cent dip in print real estate
"We are deeply disap-
pointed that this year started
out much weaker than we had
anticipated," said Chief Execu-
tive Marshall Morton.
Tribune, the nation's No. 2
newspaper publisher, reported
a loss of $15.6 million, or 6
cents per share, after paying
preferred dividends. That's
after a profit of $100.7 million,
or 33 cents per share, last year.
Quarterly revenue dropped
4.3 percent to $1.21 billion.
Publishing revenue slipped 5.5
percent to $931 million and
broadcasting and entertain-
ment revenue dipped by $1
million to $283 million.
Tribune shares fell 21 cents
to close at $32.48 in trading
Thursday on the New York
Stock Exchange, while Gan-
nett shares slid 71 cents to
$57.66. New York Times
shares fell 66 cents to $23.90,
and Media .General fell 57
cents to $38.52.

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New Ginn boss: April forecasted

'busiest month in resort's history'

T he newly appointed
general manager of
Ginn Resorts' $4.9
billion "flagship"
Caribbean development, Ginn
sur Mer, says this month was
forecasted to be "the busiest
month in the resort's history."
In a written statement from
management, Bob Van Bergen
noted that the resort's suc-
cesses to date are a result of
the staff's dedication and hard
"We want to make note of
the resort's successes, particu-
larly in March. Definitely, it's
as a result of the dedication of
all of our hardworking staff
and we're very optimistic
about the future. April is fore-
casted to be the busiest month
in the resort's history," he
Mr Bergen's responsibilities
include management of the
2,000 acre resort community
and "oversight of operations"
at the adjacent Old Bahama
Bay resort in West End, Grand
According to a written state-
ment from management,
March was "a banner month"
for the resort, formerly known
as the Old Bahama Bay Resort
& Yacht Harbour. Last mon-
th's revenues exceeded the
2006 March figures by more
than 40 per cent, said the state-
"Ginn officials are thor-

"We want to make note of the

resort's successes, particularly in

March. Definitely, it's as a result of the

dedication of all of our hardworking

staff and we're very optimistic

about the future...

oughly enthused about the
resort's' accomplishments thus
far. The success of Old
Bahama Bay is evident. Rev-
enue is way up over last year
and things are looking bright as
we transition under Ginn," he
Official ceremonies to mark
the opening of 24 new guest
luxury suites at Old Bahama
Bay, raising the number of
rooms from 49 to 73, are
scheduled for later this month,
said the statement.
"The 73-room resort and 72-
slip marina in West End,
Grand Bahama, saw increases
in food and beverage, lodging
and marina. Guests at the lux-
ury beachfront hotel have the
choice of over-sized deluxe
rooms or two-bedroom suites
wvith custom-designed furnish-


International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

Registration Number 126,895B.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 132 (2) of the International Business Companies
Act (No. 45 of 2000) EXCLUSIVE RESORTS GIVI,
LTD., is in Dissolution.

Any person having any claim against EXCLUSIVE
RESORTS GIVI, LTD.is required on or before the 20th
of May, 2007 to send their name, address and particulars
of the debt or claim to the liquidator of the company, or
in default thereof he may be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such claim is approved.

GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of

GSO Corporate Servicesltd.


International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

Registration Number 126,894B

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
132 (2) of the International Business Companies Act
LTD. is in Dissolution.

Any person having any claim against EXCLUSIVE
RESORTS GIVIV, LTD.is required on or before the 20th
of May, 2007 to send their name, address and particulars
of the debt or claim to the liquidator of the company, or
in default thereof he may be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such claim is approved.

GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of

GSO Corporate Services Ltd.

ings, beachfront terraces and
breathtaking ocean views.
"The resort has an interna-
tionally recognized 'Blue Flag'
marina with on-site customs
and immigration facilities.
Marina guests have access to
all of the resort's services and

- Bob Van Bergen

amenities, which include casu-
al and line dining venues, an
oceanfront heated swimming
pool, meeting facilities, mas-
sage services, a fully equipped
fitness center and complimen-
tary water sports," said the


International Butsiness Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

Registration Number 130,104B

l(n Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 132 (2) of the International Business Companies
Act (No. 45 of 2000) EXCLUSIVE RESORTS OR-I,
LTD. is in D)issolution.

Any person having an\ claim against EXCLUSIVE
RESORTS OR-I, LTD.is required on or before the 20th
of May., 2007 to send their name, address and particulars
of the debt or claim to the liquidator of the company, or
in default thereof he may be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such claim is approved.

GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of

GSO Corporate Services Ltd.


International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

Registration Number 126,893B

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
132 (2) of the International Business Companies Act
LTD. is in Dissolution.

Any person having any claim against EXCLUSIVE
RESORTS GIVIII, L'D.is required on or before the
20th of May, 2007 to send their name, address and
particulars of the debt or claim to the liquidator of the
company, or in default thereof he may be excluded from
the benefit of any distribution made before such claim is

GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of

GSO Corporate Services Ltd

I~--~ --


International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

Registration Number 126,892B

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
132 (2) of the International Business Companies Act
LTD. is in Dissolution.

Any person having any claim against EXCLUSIVE
RESORTS GIVII, LTD.is required on or before the 20th
of May, 2007 to send their name, address and particulars
of the debt or claim to the liquidator of the company, or
in default thereof he may be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such claim is approved.

GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of

GSO Corporate Services Ld.


International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

Registration Number 142,643B

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
132 (2) of the International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000) FREEMONT LTD. is in Dissolution.

Any person having any claim against FREEMONT
LTD.is required on or before the 20th of May, 2007
to send their name, address and particulars of the
debt or claim to the liquidator of the company, or in
default thereof he may be excluded from the benefit of
any distribution made before such claim is approved.

GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley
Street, Nassau, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of

GSO Corporate Services Ltd.


International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

Registration Number 142,642B

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
132 (2) of the International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000) RETAIL INVESTMENTS LTD. is
in Dissolution.

Any person having any claim against RETAIL
INVESTMENTS LTD.is required on or before the 20th
of May, 2007 to send their name, address and particulars
of the debt or claim to the liquidator of the company, or
in default thereof he may be excluded from the benefit
of any distribution made before such claim is approved.

(iSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas is the Liquidator of RETAIL

GSO Corporate Servfax Ltd.





to forecast economic activity
over the next three to six
The latest reading reverses
two consecutive months of
declines. Despite the increase,
the index is still below its most
recent high of 138.6 in January
2006 and the year-ago level of
138.5 in March 2006.
The reading tracks 10 eco-
nomic indicators. Six of those
readings were positive in
March: initial unemployment
claims, weekly manufacturing
hours, real money supply, ven-
dor performance, building per-
mits, and manufacturers' new

Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice


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



UBS (Bahamas) Ltd., a leading global wealth manager, is
seeking to employ an experienced professional to join their
team as:

Portfolio Specialist

The main tasks of this position are:

Monitor and implement global investment templates and
systems for wealth management clients;
Execute trades and control procedures for portfolio
managed client base across fixed-income, equity and FX
Implement Portfolio Management policies, procedures
from head office;
Market portfolio management services to prospective and
current clients.

The successful candidate will have:
Minimum three years experience in portfolio management
or product specialist function in a wealth management
Bachelors Degree in Finance or Economics, further
education is a plus (e.g. Series 7 or CFA);
Strong analytical skills;
Fluent in Portuguese and English.

Interested persons meeting the above criteria should apply in
writing, on or before April 27th, 2007 enclosing a full resume
with cover letter to:

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

orders for consumer goods and
The negative contributors
were stock prices, consumer
expectations, interest rate
spread and manufacturers' new
orders for non-defense capital
In other economic data, the
Labour Department said week-
ly applications for unemploy-
ment benefits slipped by 4,000
to 339,000 after hitting a two-
month high a week earlier.
The decline in jobless claims
was significantly smaller than
the expected drop of around
20,000. But economists said the
data signaled the labour mar-
ket remains generally sound
even with economic growth
slowing over the past year.
Economists have said that as
long as the labour market
remains steady and there are
jobs available, consumers may
continue to feel optimistic. Con-
sumer spending has been one
of the pillars of the economy's

growth, though there are con-
cerns that higher gas prices and
the slumping housing market
may undermine spending.
"What we're seeing is slowing
growth and that the economy
is losing steam," said Ken Gold-
stein, labour economist for The
Conference Board.
But he said the drop of 0.3
per cent in the index of leading
indicators over the last six
months is not big enough to
indicate the economy is in any
real danger.
The mixed economic news in
recent months suggest the econ-
omy "could go one way or the
other," Goldstein said.
"The winds are not all blow-
ing in one direction. Who
knows? Maybe after Labour
Day, we might be talking about
an economy picking up steam,"
he said.
Negative contributors to the
most recent index of leading
indicators, such consumer
expectations, should rebound


N-4013, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20th
day of April, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice


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

next month in response to
recent gains in the stock market,
said Gary Bigg, an economist
with Bank of America.
"It's kind of an encouraging
report in the sense that the pos-
itive contributors were from the
business sector," Bigg said.
Still, he said the reading indi-
cated fairly sluggish growth for
the remainder of the year.
The market was essentially
flat as investors juggled eco-
nomic data, divergent earnings
reports and a pullback in Chi-
nese stocks.
China reported Thursday that
its economy surged 11.1 per
cent in the first quarter and
inflation increased at its fastest
pace in more than two years.
The jump stirred speculation
that Chinese officials will raise
interest rates again amid wor-
ries that its economy was over-
The Dow Jones industrials

edged higher, but broader mar-
ket indicators dipped. The Stan-
dard & Poor's 500 index fell
1.77, or 0.12 per cent, to
1,470.73, and the Nasdaq com-
posite index slipped 5.15, or 0.21
per cent, to 2,505.35.
The Conference Board report
also comes amid a mixed batch
of earnings reports this week
that revived concerns that prof-
it growth was slowing.
Merrill Lynch & Co. said
first-quarter profits soared from
a year earlier, when the nation's
largest retail brokerage booked
a charge related to compensa-
tion expenses.
Dow component Merck &
Co. said its first-quarter profit
jumped 12 per cent as the drug
maker saw higher sales and sold
off some products. But another
Dow stock, Altria Group Inc.,
said its first-quarter profit fell
21 per cent as it saw weakness
in domestic cigarette sales.

NOTICE is hereby given that PATRICK SIMON OF
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20TH day of
APRIL, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that RICARDO LEE SAINTIL OF
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20th day of
April, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas..

The Public is hereby advised that I, EUGENE OMAR
JAMES LUBIN of Malcolm Allotment also of the Southern
District of the Island of New Providence, intend to change
my name to EUGENE OMAR JAMES DAVIS. If there are
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box SS-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.

Legal Notice



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

AP Business Writer
United States economy should
expand only slightly in coming
months as it continues to lose
steam, a gauge of future growth
showed yesterday.
But a resilient labour market
indicates the economy remains
generally healthy, economists
The Conference Board said
its index of leading economic
indicators climbed a tepid 0.1
per cent to 137.4 in March, as
expected. The index is designed




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Legal Notice


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


given that in accordance with

Notice is hereby

Section 138 (8) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000, the dissolution of
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.




d'O cators r 0.1 per cent
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Google's 1Q

profit rises 69 per

cent to blow past

analyst estimates

AP Business Writer

Google Inc.'s first-quarter
profit rose 69 per cent, main-
taining the online search lead-
er's penchant for blowing past
analyst estimates. *
The Mountain View-based
company said Thursday that it
earned $1 billion, or $3.18'
cents per share, during the first
three months of the year. That
cr-'oared with net income of
S32.3 million, or $1.95 per

share, at the same time last
If not for expenses incurred
for employee stock compensa-
tion, Google said it would have
earned $3.68 per share. That
figure topped the average esti-
mate of $3.30 per share among
analyst surveyed by Thomson
Quarterly revenue reached
a new company high of $3.66
billion, a 63 per cent increase
from $2.25 billion last year.
After subtracting advertising
commissions, Google's rev-


NAVONNE ADAIR ANDRE late of Ramsey, North
Oaks in the State of Minnesota one of the United
States of America, deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claims or demand against or interest in the
above Estate should send same duly certified in-
writing to the undersigned on or before 27th April,
2007 after which date the Executor will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which he shall
then have had notice AND all persons indebted to
the above Estate are asked to settle such debts on or
before 27th April, 2007.

Attorneys for the Executor
P.O. Box AB-20405
Bay Street, Marsh Harbour
Abaco, The Bahamas

Kingsway Academy is seeking applicants for teaching
positions in the following areas:

Physical Education Teacher
Music Teacher
Teacher for grades 1 through six

Religious Studies/Christian Values
Mathematics/Information Technology
French and Spanish or Literature
English language and Literature
Food and Nutrition/Needlework/Art
Male Physical Education
Business Studies (Accounts and Office Procedures)

High School applicants should be qualified and willing
to teach to the BGCSE, S.A.T. II, and AP level with at
least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent, with 6 years
experience at High School level in the particular subject
area along with a Teacher's Certificate. A Masters Degree
in education, in teaching and learning or the content area,
would be an asset.All successful candidates should have
-the following:
* An Academic Degree in the area of specialization
* A Teaching Certificate
* Excellent Communication Skills
* A love for children and learning
* High standards of morality
* Be a born again Christian

Letters of application together with a recent color
photograph and detailed Curriculum Vita (including
the names and addresses of at least three references,
one being the name of one's church minister) should be
forwarded to:

Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Kingsway Academy Business Office
Bernard Road
Nassau, Bahamas

Salaries would be commensurate with qualifications and
Deadline for applications is Friday May 4, 2007.

enue totaled $2.53 billion. That
amount was about $40 million
above analyst estimates.
Pleasant earnings surprises
have become routine as
Google has established itself
as the most profitable and
perhaps most powerful busi-
ness on the Internet. Google
has now beat analysts' esti-
mates in all but one of 11 quar-
ters since its ballyhooed initial
public offering in August 2004.
The scintillating perfor-
mance has helped elevate
Google's market value to near-
ly $150 billion, despite a six per
cent decline in the stock price
since the company's last earn-
ings report.
As usual, Google's financial
firepower flowed from its ubiq-
uitous search engine, which has
become the hub of the Inter-
net's largest advertising net-
work. Google delivered 225.9
billion advertising links during
the first quarter, an 85 per cent
increase from 122.3 billion at
the same time last year,
according to data compiled by
online research firm
Nielsen/NetRatings Inc.
Although Google has been
trying to develop other rev-
enue channels beyond the
Internet. online advertising
continues to produce virtually
all of its profits. Google is
expected to become an even
more dominant force with last
year's $1.76 billion acquisition
of online video leader
YouTube Inc. and its recently,,
announced $3.1 billion deal to
buy Internet ad distributor
DoubleClick Inc. Google
shares rose almost five per cent
in after-hours trading after
closing at $471.65, down $4.36
in regular trading on the Nas-
daq stock market Thursday.

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5 Scotiabank*

Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. is seeking the services of:



As the Real Estate Manager, you are a member of a highly specialized team
providing project management, leasing/property acquisition and other real estate
solutions for the Bank. You have knowledge of design, construction, leasing and
property transactions, and local business practices. You are capable of working
in a highly cross-functional environment, managing tight time lines and conflicting
priorities. Excellent oral and written communication skills, in addition to self-
initiative, resourcefulness, and strong organizational abilities are required. Must
be detail and results-oriented with strong human relations skills. The ability to
work flexible hours and travel frequently within the North Caribbean is required.

Key accountabilities for this role:

Over $1 OOM Major Projects Work with the Senior Project Manager to: provide
timely, value effective, design and construction strategies; manage a portfolio of
real estate projects; hire and manage a team of design and construction experts;
negotiate and execute agreements and contracts; undertake other special projects
as assigned; co-ordinate and provide timely and informative feedback on the
status of projects.

Leasing and Property Acquisition Work with the Senior Leasing Manager to:
manage both leased and owned properties to ensure timely, value effective branch
and office space strategies; undertake due diligence review of market and property
conditions, appraisal valuations and the assessment of alternative opportunities;
negotiate and execute real estate transactions and documentation; provide research

Under $100M Minor Projects Manage a portfolio of assigned projects; obtain
and expedite approvals; and manage outside consultants and contractors.

Other Accountabilities Manage response for all emergencies; provide support
for maintenance and facility management issues.


* A university degree and/or equivalent work experience in the real estate
* Experience in the financial industry would be an asset.
* Working knowledge of design, construction, leasing and property
transactions, and business practices.
* Excellent and proven negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
* Working knowledge of Spanish or other languages would be an asset.
* Knowledge and experience with personal computers and software.

The Scotiabank Group is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications
from all interested parties. We thank you for your interest,.however, only those
candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Qualified candidates only should submit application in writing, marked Private
and Confidential, by Wednesday April 25, 2007 to: Manager, Manpower &
Succession Planning, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd., Main Branch, P.O. Box N-
7518, Nassau, Bahamas or e-mail scotiabank.bs

C F A Lt"-
Pricing Information As Of:
Thursday, 19 April 200 7
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1,784.91 / CHG 0 00 / %CHO 00.00 / YTD 108.72 / V 3% 08.4"
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1 85 0 --4 ,I tL. a.: ,:, 1.1 ,r..>, i >-," t i," .,-,,, 0 ) 82 0 8)00 N t ,.0 0,:,N
12.05 10.70 Bahamas Property Fund 11.59 11.59 0.00 1.689 0.400 6.9 3.45%
9.00 7.10 Bank of Bahamas 9.00 9.00 0.00 0.737 0.260 12.2 2.89%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0 85 0.00 0.265 0.020 3.2 2.35%
2.50 1.26 Bahamas Waste 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.243 0.060 10.3 2.40%
1.49 1.12 Fidelity Bank 1.30 1.30 0.00 0.170 0.050 7.6 3.85%
10.41 9.00 Cable Bahamas 10.41 10.41 0.00 0.915 0.240 11.4 2.31%
2.20 1.67 Colina Holdings 2.10 2.10 0.00 0.078 0.040 26.9 1.90%1
14.26 9.99 Commnonwealth Bank 14.26 14.2G 0.00 1.084 0.680 13.2 4.776%,
6.26 4.22 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.95 4.99 0.04 0.118 0.045 41.9 0.91",I
2.88 2.40 Doctor's Hospital 2.43 2.43 0.0c 0.295 0.000 8.2 0 00%,
6.21 5.54 Famnguard 5.94 5.94 0.00 0.522 0.240 11.4 44 04".'
12.49 10.99 Finco 12.49 12,.491 000 0.779 0.570 15.7 4 5,Q",,
14.70 11.50 FirstCaribbean 14.61 14.61 0.00 0.977 0.500 15.0 '3.10";
17.11 10.42 Focol 17.11 17.11 0.00 1.644 0.510 10.4 2.98".,
1.15 0.50 Freeport Concrete 0.50 0.50 0.00 -0.432 0.000 N/M 0 00,.
10.20 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.532 0.100 13.6 1 38",
9.10 8.52 J. S. Johnson 9.05 9.05 0.00 0.588 0.570 15.4 6 30",
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43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.001o
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.770 1,320 8.3 9 04%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%'
BISX Listed Mutual Ftind9 '
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.3368 1.2841 Colina Money Markit Fund 1.336817"
3.1424 2 7451 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.1424-"
2.6492 2.3294 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.649189"
1.2386 1.1643 Colina Bond Fund 1.238600"**
11 .1i.t ^ 1>.i t. ~-. Fi .1 1 ,l| Pnrr,.:. Ir,.-.:.,Te Fund 11.4467"**
FINDEX. CLOSS 795.96 / YTD 07.26% / 2U6B 34.47%
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(c) Currency risk (Contiued),

Private Investment Bank Limited
(Incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas)

Consolidated Balance Sheet
As of31 December 2006
(Expressed In United States dollars)

Notes '2210

Due from banks
Loans and advances
Derivative financial instruments
Accrued income and prepaid expenses
Property and equipment
Other assets and receivables

Due to banks
Due to customers
Denvative financial instruments
Accrued expenses and other liabilities

Share capital
Additional paid-in capital
Retainedi earnings

3 & 7 78,659,239
7 130,589,890
7 31,211,447
3.7 & 8 3.249,883
7 124,269
4 & 7 1.484,326
5 & 7 1.700.633


3&7 164,999

7 65,387,774
7 158,565,654
3. 7 & 8 3,185,986
3&7 734,183

6 3,000,000
6 12,000,000


4. Property and Equipment

I January 2001
31 December 2005
S Ace.. mllrlld DIr rtdlt on:
(Note 10) I Janualy 2005
De preclulic,
31 December 2005
73.079.415 Clsinl Nat Ieak Vialue 205
42.628,193 co.l
1,675,113 I January 2701
102,502 A linoIn
1,501,722 c1 2006
600,241 Accna.litnd Deprnttllloi
I January 2006
160,010,392 Deplciallion
31 December 2006

Clollng Not Book VIluI 2006








IMarohDs 2 _7

Notes to Consolidated Balance Sheet
For the Year Ended 31 December 2006

1. Incorporation and Principal Activities

Pnvate Investment Bank Limited (the Bank) is incorporated under the Companies Act,
1992 of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (The Bahamas) and is licensed under the
Banks and Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000 to conduct banking and trust business,
including the provision of portfolio management services, from within The Bahamas. The
Bank however, limits its activities to the provision of private banking services, whilst the
trust business is performed by its wholly owned subsidiary PIB Trust Company Limited
(the Trst) The Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Banque de Patrimoines Prives
Geneve BPG SA (the Parent Company), a Swiss bank. All balances with the shareholders
of the Parent Company, the directors and offices, of the Bank, the Parent Company and the
Bank's subsidiaries are disclosed as being with related parties.

The registered office of the Bank is located at Devonshire House, Queen Street, Nassau,
The Bahamas.

The Bank's other wholly owned subsidiary. Miremont Investment Management Ltd.
(Miremont). an Intemational Business Company incorporated under the laws of The
Bahamas, serves as the investment manager of Mirernont Alternative Strategies Ltd., an
investment fund incorporated in the Cayman Islands that invests in hedge funds.

The Bank and its subsidiaries are referred to as the Group.

2.. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of this consolidated balance
sheet am set out below. These policies have been consistently applied to all the years
presented, unless otherwise stated.

(a) Basis ofpreparation

The Group's consolidated balance sheet is prepared in accordance with
International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The consolidated balance
sheet has been prepared under the historical cost convention, except for certain
assets and liabilities that are recorded at fair value, in accordance with IFRS. The
preparation of the consolidated balance sheet in accordance with IFRS requires
the use of certain critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to
exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Group's accounting policies.
Actual results could differ from those estimates,

(b) Principles of Consolidation

Subsidiaries am all entities (including special purpose entities) over which the
Group has the power to govern the financial and operating poliis generalfly
accompanying a shareholding of more than one half of the voting rights. The
existence and effect of potential voting rights that are camtly exercisabl or
convertible are considered when assessing whether the Group controls another
entity. Subsidiaries are fully consolidated from the date on which control is
transfened to the Group. They are de-comolidated from the date on which control
ceases. Inter-company balances are eliminated on consolidation. The
accompanying consolidated balance sheet includes the accounts of the Bank, the
Trust and Miremont.

(c) Translation of Foreign Currencies

(i) Functional and presentation currency

Items included in the consolidated balance sheet amre measured using the
currency of the primary economic environment in which the Group operates
("the functional currency"). The consolidated balance sheet is presented in
United States dollars, which is the Group's functional and presentation

(1i) Balances

Monetary assets and liabilities in currencies other than the United States
dollar are translated at rates of exchange prevailing at the year-end.

(d) Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents consist of demand deposits due from banks less demand
deposits due to banks.

(c) Loans, Advances and Provision for Impairment

Loans and advances are carried at the principal amount outstanding plus accrued
interest less any provision for impairment and uncollectibility. All outstanding
loans and advances are originally granted by the Bank and are recognized when
cash is advanced to the borrowers. All loans and advances to customers are
adequately collateralized by investment securities and deposits held by the Bank on
behalf of the borrowers. Accordingly, the Bank has not established a provision for
impairment or uncollectibility with respect to loans and advances.

(f) Property and Equipment

Property and equipment are stated at historical cost less accumulated depreciation.
Historical cost includes expenditure that is directly attributable to the acquisition of
the items.

Subsequent costs are included in the asset's carrying amount or are recognized as a
separate asset, as appropriate, only when it is probable that future economic benefits
associated with the item will flow to the Group and the cost of the item can be
measured reliably.

Land is not depreciated and is shown at fair value, based on periodic, but at least
every 5 years, valuations by external independent valuers.

Depreciation on other property and equipment is calculated using the straight-line
method to allocate their costs over their estimated useful lives, as follows:

Building 10 years
Computer Hardware and Software 2-5 years
Furniture & Equipment 5 years
Vehicles 5 years

(g) Valuation of Derivatives

Derivatives comprise forward currency contracts that are carried at estimated fair
value based on the forward rate for the remaining period to maturity at the balance
sheet date.

(h) Fiduciary Accounts and Assets under Administration

No account is taken in the consolidated balance sheet of fiduciary accounts or assets
and liabilities of clients administered by the Group, other than those assets and
liabilities which relate to the banking services provided by the Group for their

3. Related Party Balances

(a) Balances at 31 December 2006 with the Parent Company for the year then ended
arc as follow:

Due from banks -demand

Receivable from derivative financial instruments

Due to banks demand

Payable on derivative financial instruments

2006 2005
$ $

190,411 2,81

558,548 602 %5

157,206 633,219

_2,623 348 _jL075 _5

L.njd nlIIdIn| & Eq.lpmn l Vilkkl

341.900 91.100 961.12: 15,982 2.34
101 139_062 102.061 201
1 9 .919 I O 9.0168 0 I.M63 1. 0 0 "5,9 2 2 ,63

158.10 584,09 73.$15 97
_____ 100200 56.909 6.100 1t6
116.0i0 941,79_ 79.68) 1.13

19,901 974118 ll _230a 6,297 1,50

399.913 1.090.168 1,063,190 s5.982 2.63
1 H941 59.905 18
399.91 1,0901 1,185,131_ K5.887 2.82

116.00 941.,791 79.60 1.,13
109,600 75,942 13,700 19
225,650 1.017.740 93,315 1,33

399,915 167,391 52,502 1.,4

In 2005, professional fees and stamp laxes related to the purchase of lhe Bank's premise
2004 were paid and added to the cost of the land and building on a pro rata basis.

i l

5. Other Assets and Receivables

Included in other assets and receivables is $1,488.055 (2005: $Nil) of costs that the Ba
seeking to recover from certain customers' accounts, The Bank is awaiting the conclusil
legal proceedings in the Bank's favour to recover these costs from the customers' acco
At 31 December 2006. no provision for loss has been made for these recoverable costs.

6. Share Capital and Additional PakI-in Capital

2006 2005
$ S
Share capital:
Authorized, issued and fully paid-up
3,000,000 ordinary shares of $1S each 3,000,0(00 3,000,000

Additional paid-in capital represents the excess of the issue price for the Bank's shares over
their par value and any contributions received from the Parent Company for which no shares
have been issued.

7. Use of iianaclill Instruments

By their nature, the activities of the Bank are principally related to the use of financial
instruments, including derivatives. The Bank accepts deposits from customers at fixed rates
and for various periods and seeks to cam a better return by consolidating short-term funds
and investing for longer periods in making collateralized loans to customers and placing
bank deposits, whilst maintaining sufficient liquidity to meet all claims that might fall due.

The Bank also enters into forward currency contracts as part of its client related activities and
manages the risks of these positions by taking offsetting positions with the Parent Company.

(a) Interest rate risk

The Bank takes on exposure due to the effects of fluctuations in prevailing levels of
market interest rates on its financial position and cash flows. The Board of Directors
sets limits on the level of mismatch of interest rate rmpricing that may be undertaken
which is monitored daily. The table below summarises the Bank's exposure to interest
rate risks. Included in the table are the banking assets and liablitie a carrying
amounts categorized by maturity dates, as all cintractsreicW opon matuity.

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Dind 76940,70 2,3644.49 75,.69,23
.Tir 116.977516 12.274.616 1.37.6SI 3o00.000 130.519.a0
L_ iad Wdacel 23,9577,34 7,233.913 ___ ___' 313211.447

2172n9,910 WA522U,539 1.037.600 30,,.000 3J645.i4 4 W
'-D-W 164,99 164.999
Demnnd S3 46,0 0 11,440, 63,3.774

l14,en31) 1 J3 1.14371 1 41 |
IP rol estr idnesi6 (3,p 131)f... 6....99764M W) '3.14

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As a031 o ao 200MS'
D72202.951 176,464 73.079,415
-.'T s 394,.742 3.0,041 67.I al 19.600 40,4230,20
Ls.W.d tn a 32.022929 10,064 42A

139.120.622 14'M 12 673 976,l1 5 n4 H6.13)1
Du 0 haalt
2D4o .o7d 4637 646
D-to- 46,614,721 24.774 3 71,S3.470
*T- 5.66.7601 300174234 117 ,11 S 9 66 .107,

106.91052,3 7007,224 5 a ", 34.7.4 13M7f.f10I
Imanial3nlrMr ni ty.5 32.210,337 9W.630.1 123,116 _____ _. ( In.063.013

*The conviponds ngfium have bes used t confoan n wi th charges in danticaso n th cmwr yew.

The table below summarises the effective average interest rate by m jor currencies for
banking assets and abilities.

Ai0 (31 nDc mr 2 00b
DIe from hMi. lme 5131 3 1071 1302 4759
Lans am adjvmaes 6S34 4379 3 100
Dul o acusoman.s ra -4463 12570 1.44 4.123
A.r031 D-n0.7I. M0S
D.elfntbelks.i-c 3047 2042 0637 4.72
Loeanand arive 4767 3.334 2.113
Due to ocuolom- nme 2.169 1371 0.600 4.093

(b) Credit risk

Credit risk arises from the potential for failure of a counterpart to perform according
to the terms of the contract. The Bank's exposure to credit risk is primarily in the
form of demand balances with banks, time deposits with banks and, loans and
advances to customers. The Bank only places demand and time deposits with high
quality international financial institutions including the Parent Company. l1b loans
and advances are ashort-term and are collatorized by assets managed by the Bank on
behalf of its customers. The Bank also uses other methods, such as credit monitoring
techniques, including collateral and credit exposure limit policies.

The table below sets out the total credit risk and significant concentrations of assets
and liabilities by geographical location of the counterpart.

Aa of31 Dcember 2006
Due from tbank
D Oem 7 21,130,578
-Time 130,529,890
Lo sndi dvancs 17_273s751

Don Io hbak
Do- d 157,679
Dmand 2,542,3

Credr cnsninnts 5.733412

Ai 0f313D5t .mbr,200-
Du.fam banik
*DOTad 46,125.790
'Time 40,421,M26
Lo an d dances 15 738800

Due. tbanU
'- Demnd 634,746
DetAowd 7.114,492

CedCil or 5559,403

CAstrm d-

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S s S

49,509.233 319,428


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*1nc cuirsposlig fig uies liv been adjusted In conform wth calngc$s i classlfican

Also, nintey-lwo percent (2005: nincty-six percent) of the total In
from five customers (2005: six customers) and the individual b
these customers (2005: three customers) exceed 25% of the Hank'

(c) Currency risk

Thi Bank lakes on exposure due to the effects of fluctuations
currency exchange rates on its financial position and cash flows.
sets lrintts on the level of exposure hy currency and in total for o
are monitored daily. The table below sinlanses the Ban
currency exchange rate risk Included in the table are the Bank'
liabilities at carrying amounts, calcgonz.ed by currency.

(l) As at 31 lDccclmbr 20106, accused expenses and other liabilities include $68,770
(21)05 SNil) for tonitiiiission to be paid to a director for introducing new clients to
Ira G1ai

Other Tot)
3 5

ut "NO clp car onr .

Tolf asesA
5 tmat Oeb wk

7.110 A45a lneer eq .. ...

4.324 LIAmT

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t004.25 344,6

1 l0.119005 1i.554


I A"333 070060

115210 1,2114
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11401u 6 .1 am

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1l,273,4% 12MIRM ) (ilg7) 21].142

1^ 3M26.133 l {.'



.19,4691 .

*The conaspondini fig us ha been aljusta d lo confornn wth chamu in c-lifielion iato n the c year.

(d) Liquidity risk

This is the risk that the Bank does not have the necessary liquidity to meet its contractual
obligations. The Bank manages its liquidity by matching liabilities with assets of similar
maturity periods. The table below analyacs assets and liabilities of the Bank into
relevant maturity groupings based on the remaining period at the balance sheet date to
the contractual maturity date.

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711,0930 71.659.239
116.,77.5sM 12.274,616 1.37A"8 00AN % 13t9.IM
22.W434 7 7391 _________ 31211.447
21- 3 1 3 7M 300J 240.460576

65,7.774 65.37.774
144.433.4S2 13 .73 1.181.61 300.0 51X.5.6

---Uaj04 O."OA 1145.7811) ____ 16J42,149

34.I.,742 3.965,041 6073,16 5.S00

13.997A%6 14,70JI2 7316 73.


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*n c.rro.l oaing Alam rsl o tnses a4..dl to ram e .4th.te ncltasa0tior i I. 9l.al yr

(e) Fair Value of Flmame il Iastrumnna

The non-derlvative firsancial instruments utilized by the Bank aither short-term t in
nature or have inWtet rates that matically read to market on a periodic basis.
Accordingly, thor ehdmnted hair values a msignlific ly different fen their
canryng values.

L Derlvatir Flaseial lamsser m

The Bank et into forward currency on ta solely as part of its elientrlated adding
activities. Forwan currency contract are contract to purchase and sell foreign currencies
at specific rates of exchange on specific dates in the future. Risk arises from the potential
inability ofr county parties to person under the items of the contracts (credit risk) and fSns
fluctations in the foreign exchage rate markete riak). Te Bak mnar es the market
risks of client-rmelated poitioa by takin og o(fetmting potideos with he Parm t Cesompany,
resulting in minimal market expose. The credit risk of the diar-related pusiti is
managed by applying uniform credit tlarisrds maintained for all aclve with credit risk.
Collateral held generally includes cash, cash equivall arnd nkarkte aurnties.

As of the reporting dte, the Bank had coetactral comnitmns under open fward
currency contracts as follows:

2006 20M0
S $
Cornmimimnts to purchasefwand currencycontracts 421,372542 399,86,141

Commitments to sel forward currency contracts 421.308,646 399.806,917

The. cntract amounts of these instruments rofleci the extent of the Bank', involvement in
forward currency contracts and do not represent the Bank's risk of loss due to counterpart
non-performance. The credit risk is hlmited to those contracts with a positive fair value of
$3.249,883 (2005: $1.675,113).

9. Coetdgeat LIblthy

During 2001, the Bank loamed a cuatoor $12.5 million to purchase certain abot-lerm debt
instruments that wento into defabu in 2002. The balance of the loan as of 31 December
2006 is $13.4 million (2005: $12.7 million) and based on a court order the Bank has
blocked the usaomer's temn deposit of $S2 million and a fiduciary term deposit of $11.7
million as collateral for the loan. The customer has claimed that neither the loan nor the
debt instruments purchased with the loan proceeds was authorized and has commenced
legal proceedings against the Bank alleging breach of contract or alternatively negligence
and/or breach of statutory duty under the Securities Industry Act and Regulation 1999. The
proceedings are at an advanced stage but no date for trial has been set. The management of
the Bank and its legal counsel am of the opinion that the Bank will successfully defend the
matter at trial and ultimately there will be no loss to the Bank.

10. Correspoadlag Figures

The following reclassifcations ofthe corresponding figures have been made to confini
with changes in classifications in the current year.

From To Amount

Aceoed interest on Accrued expenses Due to customers
customer's deposits and other liabilities Timr 28,935

Acoed inleret on Acorted income and Due from banks
bank deposits prepa expw m as -Tims 30,940

P1O B1 -910

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To the Shareholders of Private investment L... ....

78,659,239 We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of Private Investment Bank
6 130,539,0 Limited as of 31 December 2006 and a summary of significant accounting policies and other
'2522 explanatory notes.

Mangeoets Reapobibiitlyfor the FinanScial WM -m
M 6,74 Management is responsible foe the prepanin and fair presentation of this balance sea in
L35,129 63,397I.74 acCordnnc with International Finacial Reporting Standrds. This re toni bility include:
1A 580designing, implementing and maintaining intemal control relevant to the proesti and fair
2 224142 presentation of financial statements that a roe ffrom material misstatement whether due to
fraud or error, selecting anrd applying appeopslsa acCountaing policiesI and msking accounting
J9 s estimates that amre asonable in the circumstances.

Auditors' Responslibility

00-1,'Our responsibility is to express an opinion on thi balace sheet hnad on our audit. We
a conducted our audit in accordance with International Stanisdas on Auditing. Those stotadards
require that we comply with ethical requirement a rad plas and perrfrm the audit to obtain
.reasonable assurance whether the balance sheet is free from mamaterial misstatement.

73.079.415 An autdi involves performin procedures to obtain audit evidence about the counts and
4o0 4231 disclosures in the financial statemienls. The procedures selected depend on the auditors'
193 judgment,including the assessment of the risks of material misstatement of the financial
,1 M19 1141 statements, whether due to fraud or error. In making those risk assessments. the auditors consider
internal control relevant to the entity's preparation and lir presentation of the financial
634.746 statement in order toi design audil Iprocedures that a re appropriate in the circumstances, but not
for the purpose of expeas ing an opinion on the effectiveness of the entity's intersal control. An
3.500.747 71M54,470 andit also includes evaluating the appropriateneas of accounting policies used and the
7.,15257 6.107,59 reasonableness of accounting estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall
10.77o64 3,07, 01 presentation of the financial statements.

72000 7141. 9We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient and appropriate to provide a
basis for our audit opinion.
on in the curTenl yef,
plans ad advances are due i miria
balances due from two of hi our opinion, the accompanying consolidated balance sheet presents fairly, in all material
' capital. respects, the financial position of Pnvate Investment Bank Limited as of 31 December 2006, in
accordance with Intemrnational Financial Reporting Standards.

Emphasis ofMater
in the prevailing foreign ,, b.p c s e efotf
The i oatI of Directors Without qualifying our opinion. we emphasis that the accompany ing b nce sheet does not
vernight position, which comprise a complete set of financial statements it accOrTaswccwilh In tematinal F inancial
k's exposure to Iorcage Reporting Stasdatrds. Informa.ion onresults of opron cash ow and change equity i
's conisollnlild assets and necessary to obtain a complete understanding of the financial position perfo dance d changes
it, financial position of Private Investment Bank Limited.

^ia),"o.,d~ 'Is

Chartered Accounitast

Nassau, Bahamas
15 March 2007 I

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PIB Trust Company Limited
(Incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas)
Balance Sheet
As of 31 December 2006
(Expressed la United States dollars)

Noe 2006 2005
s s

Cash at bank Parent Bank
Prepaid expenses and receivables
Furniure and equipment, net
Invetment in absidimaes

Accrued expns and other liabilities
Share capital
Authorized, issued and fMlly paid
1,000,000 ordinary shares ofpar value S1 each
Retained Mea



1.092.108 1.15070

38.050 53,375

1,000,000 1.000,000
54.058 97.325
1.4054058 1.097.325
1.09%.10 1150.700 ,




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Notes to Balance Sheet
For the Year Ended 31 December 2006
1. Incorporation and Principal Activities
PIB Trust Company Limited (the Company) is incorporated under the Companies Act, 1992
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and is licensed under the Banks and Tnrust
Companies Regulation Act, 2000 to conduct tmt business from within The Baham s. it is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Private Investment Bank Limited (the Parent Bank), a company
also incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The Company's
ultimate parent company is Banque de Patrimoines Prives Geneve BP SA, a Swiss bank.
The registered office of thI Company is located at Devonshire House, Queen Street Nassau,
The Bahamas.
2. Summary of Significant Accountig Poliiees
The principal accounting policies applied in the preparation of this balance sheet a set out
below. These policies have been consistently applied to all the years presented, unless
otherwise sated.
(a) Basis of preparation
The balance sheet has been prepared in accOrdance with Intmernational Financial
porting Standards (IFRS). The balance sheet has been preparedunder, the historical
cost convention. The preparation of the balance sheet in confotnny with IFRS
requires the use of certain critical accounting estimates It also requires manaement
to exercise its judgement in the process of applying the Company's accounting
policies Actual results could differ from those estimates.

(b) Foreign currency translation
Items in the balance sheet of the Company are measured using the currency of the
primary economic environment in which the entity operates ('the functionil
currency) .
The balance sheet is presented in United States dollars which is the Company's
functional and presentation currency.
(e) Faraitara and equipment
Furniture and equipment are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation. Historical
cost includes expenditure that is directly attributable to the acquisition of the items.
Subsequent costs are included in the asat's canying amount or are recognized as a
separate asset, as appropriate, only whe it is probable that future economic benefits
associated with the item will flow to the Company and the cost of the item can be
measured reliably.
Depreciation is calculated on a snaight-line basis to write-off the assets over their
estimated useful lives which range fhom three to five yes.
(d) Assets under administration
No account is taken in the balance sheet of asset held or liabilities incurred by the
Company as custodian trustee or nominee
(a) Cus ad cu eqalvalmts
Cash and cash equivalent represent deposits held at call with the Parent Bank.
3. Prepaid Expaseas ad Realvables.
20"$ 20M
s s

Prmaid M exm
Fees receivable

4. layvtmtt Sbdddaries

9.125 8.348
21.93 6 1
31,061 16,908

The Company owns 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Pine Limited and Teak
I.inted which re stated at cost. These companies me used primarily fo nominee uspoes
sad m otherwise inactive.
5. Fair Value of Ftnahual Iastrumeirs
Financil instruments sed by the Company include recorded assets and liabilities. The
Company's financial instruments are hot-tm in nature. Accordingly, the estimated fair
value is nrt significantly different from the casrying value for each major category of the
Company's recorded assets and liabilities.


To the Shareholders ofPIB Trust Company LimIted
We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of PIB Trust Company Limited as of 31
December2006 and a summary of significant accounting policies and other explanatory notes.
Manager 's Responsibilityfor the Financial Stalements
Management is responsible for the prepaation and fair presentation of this balance sheet in
accordance with International Financial Reporring Standards. This responsibility includes:
designing, implementing and aunin g intemal control relevant to the preparation and fair
Presentation of financial statemnnta that are free hom materialeisrs atement, whether due to fraud
or error selecting and applying appropriate accounting policies; and making accounting estimates
that are reasonable in the circumstances.
Auditors' Responsibilrty
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this balance sheet based on our audit. We conducted
our audit in accordance with Internatmional S.tandards on ruling. Thoe standards mrequire that we
mpl with ethical requirements and plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance
whether tpo e sht i free material misstatement
An audit involves performing procedure to obtain audit evidence about the amounts and
disclosures in the fianial ststo meas The procedures selected depend n the auditonr judgment,
including the ofMatemtof the risofateramistatement of the fnciastatements, whether
due to fraud or error. In making thos risk assesimoent, tihe atltoeconsider. intna n control
relevant to the entitys preparationand fair presentation of the financial statements in order to
design audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of
expressing an opinion on the effectiver of the entity's internal cn1. An audit o includes
evaluating the APPropriarim of accounting policies used and the reasonablenem of accounting
estimasts made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial

stCharteredAccon ta s.
We believe that the audit evidence we have obtained is sufficient ad appropriate to provide a
basisor our audit opinion.
In our opinion, the accompanying balance sheetdpresen fairly, in all Me"aia cts, th
finanial ition of PI8 Trust Company Limited as of 31 Deceaenr 200 in accerde with
SInternational Financial Reportin Standard
Emphasis of matter"
Without qualifying our opinion, we empbasise that the ccompmying balance shee does not
comprise a Complete et of financial sttements in accordance with
necessary to obtain a complete Unders.,tad.-ng of the financial p. pahmqsmno l e a
in financial position of PIB Trust Company Limited.

Nassu, Bahamas
IS March 2007

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Hilton, under its
Club Liaison
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Gemology 101 class for club
members giving them an
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knowledge of fine diamonds
and other precious stones.
A renowned team of jew-
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Laing, Kevin Hanna and
Manoj Sakhrani, conducted

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retroactive payments for the
promotions that time-frame is
further extended.
In fact, he said, applications
for promotions are still pend-
ing from 2003 in the public ser-
, -vice.
He said that in order for

the seminar. Remarkable
prizes were won during the
evening as the 'best students'
competed for the fabulous ten
prizes jewellery donated by
Diamonds International and
prizes offered by the Hilton.
The top winners of the night
were Ancilla Stuart, Bahama-
sair; Delerease Sully, UBS
Bahamas; Camille Dorsette,
Scotiabank and Dr Kay Bain
of Dr Kay Bain and Associ-

there to be industrial harmony,
there has to be communication
and consultancy between gov-
ernment and its workers (via
their respective union). How-
ever, unions will continue to
aggressively agitate against
policies or actions rammed
down their throats.
Mr Pinder added that the
public perception.of "just let.

Club Liaison is a
reward/point accumulation
programme which rewards a
select group of representatives
of corporate accounts who are
responsible for booking guest
rooms at any of the Hilton
International properties
throughout the Americas.
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be used for revenue.
For example, he said that
when the government has to
use money to make repairs for
public buildings which mem-
bers of the public may have
seen happening and turned a
blind eye, that expenditure has
to be taken from other sources
which will impact those same
persons in the form of revenue




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Famous Hand

South dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.


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The bidding:
South West North East
2 2 W Pass 4 V
4 4 Pass 5 + Pass
Opening lead king of hearts.

This deal occurred in a team-of-
four match between Austria and
Hungary played in Vienna way back
in 1937!
Certainly the North-South hands
justified a grand slam in spades, but
at both tables the contract was only
six spades. Even the small slam
would have failed but for an extraor-

dinary safety play invoked by both
At each table, the opening lead
was a heart, and at each table
declarer played the king of spades at
trick two followed by the deuce of
diamonds at trick three!
West won the diamond with the
seven but was helpless. Whatever he
returned, declarer would ruff a dia-
mond in dummy with the ace, return
a trump and finesse the nine, then
draw East's trumps and claim the
Not many players would lead a
low diamond at trick three. Probably
most declares, after taking the ace of
hearts and king of spades, would
have played .the ace of diamonds,
planning next to ruff a diamond high
in dummy and thus make seven. But
East would have ruffed the ace of
diamonds, and South would have lost
the slam, regardless of how he pro-
ceeded from then on.
It is a great tribute to the bridge
played in those days that both declar-
ers allowed for a 5-0 diamond break
and protected against it. They were
each willing to sacrifice a 30-point
trick to ensure a slam worth 50 times
as much as the trick they were will-
ing to give away.









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letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
Q 0.-._nine-letter word. No plurals.
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Solution tomorrow.

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8 MightHarryhavelooked odd In lai
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10 Ukeamiser'swad(5) 4 A
13 She's company for a boy (4) st
14 Fruitl sethe sole 5 Pr
possibility here (4) 6 Sl
15 Given a start in fife(4) 9 Fm
16 Able to go In that pc
round hole (3) 11 Be
17 Uke transport to Lima, 12 FlRi
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19 Capital place to play sh
solo? (4) 15 Th
21 JustthemanfortheWorldHealth 16 St
Organisation? (6,3) 18 So
23 The road from Llanelly (4) go
24 There'snobodylike a 20 Th
good woman (4) 21 Po
26 Agreement number mu
500(3) 22 Ar
27 That's the Orientforyoul (4) 23 Ar
29 Possibly sell obsolete measures 50
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certain ways (4) thi
32 Face a laid-backcouple (4) 28 Thv
33 Posed asa potter (5) re
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Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 1, Custer 7, Accident 8, Ball 10, Dea-Co.-n 11,
Re-peal 14, Reg 16, Nerve 17, Ever 19, Tosca 21,Title 22,
Re-ply 23, Rode 26, Enter 28, Rib 29, Asides 30, Depart
31, Eve-N 32, Test case 33, Passes
DOWN: 1, Cur-dle 2, Tracer 3, Rain 4, Silence 5, N-ewer
6, Stale 8, Bare 9, Log 12, Pea 13, A-void 15, Ho-ty 18,
Veins 19, Tip 20, S-ly21, Ter-e-nce 22, Red 23, Rip-EN-s
24, O0-ban 25, Extras 26, Earth 27, Tips-y 28, Rev 30,

a recent survey, hundreds were
culated (5)
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id off (3,2)
t i stand the test, possibly (4)
bit of fancy decoration on the
age? (5)
aise a prelate, historically (4)
owto make fuss about a soldier (6)
ime either some children or parents
assess (6)
ing Indisposed, the Italian left (3)
er fond offish (5)
he lost only one pound he'd be
ort (7)
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he's In flower (3)
our as a complaint at
od service? (6)
hey may take a healthy dip (5)
lp, you'll observe, Is built rather like
um (3)
ilmal on toast? (3)
e they passionate about a match of
0 overs? (6)
it all schooldays are for
e young (3)
e ad, misprinted, Is much
sented (5)
kickers money? (5)
ew a comedy's ending as
ummy (5)
any have a wrath that Is terrible (4)
hen soft, may fall pleasantly to
e ear (4)

Yesterdayis easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Stacks 7, Commerce 8, Saga 10, Beaten 11,
Secure 14, Net 16, Ropes 17, Eggs 19, Rapid 21, Mogul
22, Debit 23, Rill 26, Nomad 28, Red 29, Amends 30,
Baboon 31, Opal 32, Travesty 33, Steers
DOWN: 1, Stable 2, Crates 3, Scan 4, Imperil 5, Group 6,
Cedes 8, Sang 9, Get 12, Cod 13, Repel 15, Magic
18, Groom 19, Rob 20, Put21,Meddled 22, Dan 23,
Rebate 24, Idol 25, Lances 26, Nasty 27, Medal 28, Rap
30, Boys

4 Ambled (6)
7 Art form (8)
8 Game bird (6)
10 Clan (5)
13 Source (4)
14 Sparkling water (4)
15 Loaned (4)
16 Implore (3)
17 Binds (4)
19 Rip (4)
21 Sauce (9)
23 Desire (4)
24 Damage (4)
26 Was seated (3)
27 Level (4)


Give out (4)
Woman's name (4)
Coarse (5)
Begins (6)
Romantic (8)
Arrival (6)

1 Prices (5)
2 Disgusting (5)
3 Just (4)
4 Carriage (5)
5 Plunder (4)
6 Religious festival (6)
9 Decayed (6)
11 Argue (3)
12 Conductor's stick (5)
13 Dwelt (7)
15 Guided (3)
16 Racket (3)
18 Purpose (6)
20 Go In (5)
21 Feline (3)
22 Males (3)
23 Served (6)
25 Offtter (3)
28 Call (5)
30 Organised sound (5)
31 Fraction (5)
32 Gaelic (4)
33 Crustacean (4)





ARIES March 21/April 20
A close friend has a plan in mind to
introduce you to romance. Play
along, but only if you're comfortable
with the idea of a blind date.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
A loved one is disappointed by a
recent decision you've made. Don't
take it too much to heart. Explain to
him or her that this is the right choice
for you right now.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
You've been a little too free with
your funds as of late, Gemini. The
truth is, you don't'always have to
dress to impress. Real friends will.
care more for your personality, than
your fancy clothes.
CANCER June 22/July 22
Having completed a dreary project,
you're no doubt feeling better emo-
tionally and physically. Go out and'.
celebrate your victory while it lasts.
It's back to the grind next week.
LEO July 23/August 23
It's important to remember that oth-
ers can't always drop what they're
doing whenever you have a prob-
lem, Leo. Be as patient with your
friends as they are with you.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
This is a good week for you to travel,
Virgo. Whether it's a weekend get-
away, or a drive around town, the
open road is good for your spirit.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Quit worrying, Libra. You'll no
doubt shine when the higher-ups
come to town to judge your perfor-
mance at work. A lucky find leads to
new romance.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Try asking instead of demanding,
Scorpio. You're more likely to get
what you want if you use sugar
instead of vinegar. A special someone
is being less than honest with you.
You're feeling footloose and fancy-
free this week after some weeks
under the weather. Go ahead and
enjoy yourself you've certainly
earned it. Business opportunities
arise on Tuesday be cautious!
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
You're feeling like a bit of a work-
horse lately, Capricorn, but it really
is your own fault. If you never
speak up, the boss will never tire of
walking all over you.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
How many times have you planned
the party, Aquarius? You're tired -
let someone else take the lead every
now and again.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Stand up for yourself in an argu-
ment with a romantic partner. Take
time out to call distant relatives on
Saturday. There is important family
news to share.

Teimur Radjabov v Murtas ,
Kazhgaleyev, World Cup 2005.
Radjabov, 18, is a teenager with a
strange obsession. He hails from
Baku, the Azed city which
produced Garry Kasparov. The
all-time number one encouraged
the rising youngster, but friendship
changed to acrimony after
Radjabov won their game at
Unares 2003 and was
controversially awarded the
brlliancy prize for what Kasparov
thought an unsound attack. When
Radjabov's form deteriorated in
2004, he blamed his poor results
on Kasparov blocking his
invitations to elite tournaments.
Come 2005, and the great man
announced his retirement from
chess to pursue what most
observers consider a forlorn bid to
win the 2008 Russian presidency.



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and scale the chess heights, but he
failed to make the last 16. Here his
little-known opponent has launched
a strong attack, and Black' next
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Earth Day:

Who cares

about the



I WANT to make a few
things clear right off the bat: I
am not a tree-hugger by any
stretch of the imagination.
I would much rather be
inside with the air conditioner
cranked sitting in a comfort-
able chair than to risk the dan-
gers of being bitten by tiny
flying insects in order to
'relax' and 'connect with
I don't care about the envi-
ronment because I am an
activist; I care about the envi-
ronment because God cares
about the environment.
From the very beginning
we see that God was deeply
pleased with what He had
made, so pleased that he took
time to say "it is good". As
the Apostle Paul puts it,
"since the creation of the
world God's invisible quali-
ties his eternal power and
divine nature-have been
clearly seen, being understood
from what has been made".
I want to ask a simple ques-
tion as a way of reflecting on
Earth Day in our Bahamas:
How can a 'Christian Nation"
not be leading the charge to
celebrate, protect, nurture and
care for God's creation?
In our Bahamas, we have
been blessed with the richest
of natural beauty. Beaches
and shorelines so stunning
that people fly from around
the globe to soak it in. But
sadly many of these beaches
and coastlines, right here in
Nassau, are littered with piles
of beer bottles, soda cans, old
mattresses, rusted out washing
machines, burned out cars,
fast food wrappers and the
occasional broken flip flop.

You can drive right now to
beaches along the southern
side of New Providence and
see piles and piles of trash lit-
tering the coast heading into
the sea. It seems like we don't
have a high value on caring
for our environment.
Why don't we, in the
Church, see this as a spiritual
Maybe the Church is not
interested in environmental
issues because of passages like
this one from Genesis ""Let
us make man in our image, in
our likeness, and let them rule
over the fish of the sea and
the birds of the air, over the
livestock, over all the earth,
and over all the creatures that
move along the ground."
Maybe we feel that since
we are meant to 'rule over'
the earth we have the right to
treat our environment any
way we see fit.
With more and more glob-
al attention being placed on
environmental issues and
responses coming from all
places on the map, it is impor-
tant for our country to reflect
on both the economic and
spiritual dimensions of these
From a purely financial
standpoint, as a country that
survives off of tourism, we
should make the choice to
cleanup and care deeply for
our natural resources. If we
look even deeper at some of
the biblical ideas about cre-
ation, we can also see that
from a spiritual point of view,
caring for our environment
can be an act of deep and
meaningful worship as well.
If God's original idea was
for human beings to 'rule
over' His creation, where do
we get the idea that we should
care deeply about it? Part of
the answer is found in looking
at the way Jesus talked about
what it means to 'rule over'.
In Mark 10, Jesus says:
"You know that those who
are regarded as rulers of the
Gentiles lord it over them,
and their high officials exer-
cise authority over them. Not
so with you. Instead, whoever
wants to become great among
you must he your servant, and
SEE page two

What does global..

climate change mean

for the

SEALEY and Nicola Smith,
The Marine and
Environmental Studies
Institute, College of
The Bahamas
GLOBAL climate change is
something that we all contribute
to and that affects us all. It has
been called the "most pervasive
and truly global of all issues
affecting humanity" and there is
now a general consensus through-
out the scientific community that
it is indeed occurring.
Nowadays, climate change is
just as popular a topic in the day-
to-day conversations around tlhe
dining-room table as it is in the
more august realms of the scien-
tific and moral discourses that
occur in a university auditorium.
Despite the common use of the
term, much confusion still
abounds due to a lack of under-
standing on how climate change is
defined by politicians and scien-
The purpose of this article is
to therefore clarify the nuances
in the various definitions of cli-
mate change and to outline the
role of The Bahamas as a con-
tributor to climate change
through greenhouse gas emissions
and the potential consequences
of this global phenomenon for
the country.
In order to truly comprehend
the concept of climate wi ,.ie it is
necessary that one is able to, first,
distinguish between weather and
climate; and second, recognize
that different groups of people
define climate change differently.
We directly experience the weath-
er. It is the "fluctuating state of
the atmosphere around us" and
refers to a specific event or a brief
period of time such as a thunder-
storm or a cold front.
In contrast, climate is the long-
term average of weather for a giv-
en area over a particular tinic-

span. Climate can only be deter-
mined by considering numerous
weather events and is usually
associated with the geography of
a region.
To determine the weather fore-
cast for Nassau on a particular
day, one might listen to the mete-'
orological report on a local radio
station or refer to the weather
section of a newspaper. To deter-
mine the climate of The


global climate conditions.
According to the FCCC, climate
change is the alteration of the
Earth's climate in response to
human activity in addition to nat-
ural climate variability over time.
The subtle difference in the
above definitions of climate
change thus lies in the defining
group's willingness to directly
assign human culpability to
observed climatic changes. For

methane, nitrous oxide and chlo-
rofluorocarbons (CFCs) since
the industrial revolution have
directly attributed to this grad-
ual, planet-wide warming effect.
Many people assume that a
small island developing state
(SIDS) such as The Bahamas
does not contribute significantly
to GHG emissions because of our
small population, relatively low
per capital energy consumption
when compared with more devel-
oped nations such as the United
States and Canada and lack of
major industries. Generally
speaking, the above assumption is
The First National Communi-
cation on Climate Change for
The Bahamas reports that "the
country's contribution to green-
house gas emissions is low by
global standards."
However, The Bahamas is not
without blame for the current
state of global climatic affairs.
Electricity generation via the
combustion of fossil fuel prod-
ucts and the transportation sector
are the two most significant
sources of GHG emissions for the
Yet, we rarely use solar energy
for water heating, have virtually
no use of solar energy or any
other form of renewable energy
for that matter for electricity
generation, and the vast majority
of us are guilty of driving our cars
when walking, hiking, carpooling
or taking the jitney are viable
The Bahamas stands to suffer
consequences disproportionate to
its global contribution to climate
There arc numerous potential
impacts for the country, includ-
ing expected increases in rainfall
for the northern parts of The
Bahamas while the southern
islands will likely experience more
drought-like conditions. The two
leading threats to the country are

a rise in sea level and an increase
in the frequency and severity of
storms. Globally, it is predicted
that the melting of glaciers, ice
caps and ice sheets in addition to
the thermal expansion of water
will result in an average rise in
sea level of 19 inches by 2050.
The Bahamas is particularly
vulnerable to these changes
because it is situated within the
hurricane belt and approximately
80% of its landmass is within 1.5
meters (5 feet) of sea level. This
means that low-lying, coastal
areas of The Bahamas will expe-
rience more flooding, property
damage and threat to human life
during surges associated with
more frequent and intense tropi-
cal storms and hurricanes when
the effects of rises in sea level will
be most noticeable.
Furthermore, higher tempera-
tures and rising sea levels will
threaten our ground water sup-
plies by making them more sus-
ceptible to evaporation while
increased flooding associated with
storm activity will amplify the risk
of salination and contamination
of freshwater lenses.
The debate is over: global cli-
mate change is occurring. As a
small island developing state
(SIDS), The Bahamas contributes
little to this global phenomenon
in terms of total greenhouse gas
emissions but the adverse conse-
quences of climate change for the
country are enormous.
As Bahamians, we must reduce
our effect on global climate
change by lowering our per capi-
ta energy consumption and
investing in renewable energy
Moreover, The Bahamas needs
to prepare for the potential
impacts of a warming planet by
practicing good coastal zone man-
agement and ensuring future
water security by continuing
investments in desalination tech-

Bahamas, one would need to
refer to an atlas or a local guide
book, where they would discover
that The Bahamas lies in the bor-
der region between the sub-trop-
ical and tropical belts.
The Intergovernmental Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC) gen-
erally defines climate change as
any shift in climate over time. In
IPCC' usage, no distinction is
made between climatic changes
due to natural variability which
has been occurring for millennia
throughout the Earth's geologi-
cal history or human activity.
The IPCC does, however,
acknowledge in a report as recent
as February 2007 that global cli-
mate change is occurring and that
there are both human and natur-
al drivers of this phenomenon.
In contrast, the Framework
Convention on Climale Change
(I ''CC ) explicitly highlights the
IeC olt ol human actions in shaping

the purpose of this article, climate
change refers to the definition
provided by the FCCC.
One aspect of climate change
includes global warming or the
gradual warming of the earth's
surface temperature over the land
and in the oceans due to human
Globally, mean temperature
rose by about 0.6 degrees Celsius
over the last century, a rate of
increase that has not been
observed in 10,000 years. Local-
ly, The Bahamas has experienced
an increase in the mean daily
maximum temperature for July
at a rate of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit
(2 degrees Celsius) per 100 years,
and more recently at a rate of 4.8
degrees Fahrenheit (2.6 degrees
Celsius) per 100 years.
Human-induced global increas-
es in the abundance of atmos-
pheric greenhouse gases (GHGs)
- namely carbon dioxide,

"The Bahamas stands

to suffer consequences

disproportionate to its

global contribution to

climate change."

2F r ay

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007


What is...


EARTH DAY started on April 22,1970 after Senator Gay-
ford Nelson encouraged people across the United States to
unite around environmental causes and take action. Senator
Nelson was determined to "forcibly thrust the issue of environ-
mental quality and resources conservation into the political dia-
logue of the nation." What does a movement that started in
the United States, and consequently spread around the world has
to do with The Bahamas? It provides another opportunity to us
to focus on the beautiful gift the environment of these Bahama
Islands is to us citizens, residents and visitors. Earth Day also
provides an opportunity to recognize that the job of being active,
conscious stewards of the environment should not only be left to
the Bahamas National Trust, the Nature Conservancy, BREEF,
The Bahamas National Pride Association, The Ministry of Ener-
gy and the Environment, and other local environmental groups.
These groups work tirelessly to safeguard the treasures of
Bahamian land and sea for future generations, however, there are
practical steps that all of us can take on a daily basis to do our
part. Let's be conscious of making Earth Day everyday.

FROM page one
who ever wants to be first must
be slave of all. For even the Son
of Man did not come to be
served, but to serve, and to give
his life as a ransom for many."
If we are meant to 'rule over'
God's creation then God desires
for us to do it in the same way
that He rules over our lives in
Jesus comes to us as a servant
and through His nurture and
care for us we begin to allow
Him to become Lord over our
lives as well.
This is an intimate picture of
the way that we are to 'rule
over' God's creation. We are to
care for it with the same level
of compassion as God does and
find ways to nurture and tend
to it much like a gardener would
tend to his treasured garden.
The littering in our country sug-
gests that we have gone way
passed not caring about creation
and might be speeding towards
taking God's good gifts for
granted. Isn't this a spiritual
issue in our minds?
When the church begins to
care about the environment as
much as God cares about it,
then we will see a huge improve-
ment in the way that our natur-
al resources are nurtured and
cared for.
We may even see a reduction
in the unnecessary piles of trash
-,but even more importantly we
might learn a bit more about
how deeply God cares for us as


His children. To reflect God's
love through the ways that we
care for our environment is a
powerful expression of active
worship that both honors God
and reveals His true nature to
the rest of the world. This Earth
Day instead of thinking, "Who
cares about the environment
anyway?" lets go outside and
clean up a bit of His beloved
creation as an act of worship and

Join NPCC at a beach
cleanup service on Sunday April
29th at 10:30 am in Coral Har-


Green and

Pristine Campaign

Director of Department
of Environmental Health
THE Clean Green and Pris-
tine Campaign launched by
the Department of Environ-
mental Health as part of the
Solid Waste Management Pro-
gram has as its goal the pro-
motion of environmental stew-
ardship. The programme is
designed to raise awareness of
solid waste management prac-
tices which adversely affect
the environment. This cam-
paign hopes to change behav-
ior and thus create a cleaner
The program incorporates
public-private partnerships,
community initiatives, involve-
ment of all sectors of the soci-
ety, interagency collaboration,.
enforcement and promotion.
A clean Bahamas provides not
only economic benefits but
also gives us pleasure, a sense
of well being and protection
from diseases.

* Inadequate storage ot
household garbage
( Uncovered bins, insufficient
bins )
* Trucks with uncovered
* Pedestrians who do not use
garbage bins
* Motorists who throw waste

THE Clean, Green and Pristine Campaign aims to change behaviour that leads to scenes like this
in the Bahamas

out of their windows
* Inadequate dumpsters at
* Illegal dumping
Research by keep America
Beautiful indicates that the
main reasons people litter are
* It's somebody else's
People terl that it is okay to
litter on property that they do
not own. This is why people
litter streets, park.s. and
* Somebody else will
pick it up

The general belief is that
some one gets paid to do so.
Wake up Bahamas. Your
money can be better spent.
Cleanup after yourself.
* Everybody else is doing it
Once litter is already there -
where there is illegal dumping
- people feel it is okay to add
a little more. It is not.

The Bahamas Government
spends hundreds of thousands
of dollars picking up litter both
from roadsides and from areas
of illegal dumping. This is your
money and should be spent

creating better streets, com-
munity parks and other
improvements to infrastruc-
ture. Remember clean com-
munities attract more busi-
nesses than dirty ones
* Throw litter in a bin
* Place extinguished cigarettes
in ashtrays or trash cans
* Use garbage bins with lids
* Close lids on garbage bins
* Put a litter bag in your car
* Cover the back of trucks
that contain waste

practice makes perfect



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HAVE \ou ever noticed
ho\\ much cooler II is in a grove
of trees. or e'en ho\\ much
more comfortable \ou k(ld Iust
hearing the sound ot the tuind
ruling in the leaves? Besides
the aetheric pleasure they gi\e.
trees can impro e our qualmt\
of life in oiher \i a\s a, % ell
S Bc.au-c llit\ use cjihon
dio\,ide n i h'. lle ,1\\. I Iree, ca n
offset and even reduce C02
emissions. If you plant three
trees on the southeast and
southwest sides of your home.
you can cut your air condition-
ing bills as well as clean up the
air and cool the globe. Accord-
ing to American Forests, the
nation's oldest citizens' conser-
vation organization, there are
at least 100 million spots
around our homes and in our
towns and cities suitable for
trees. When trees shade houses,
buildings and pavement from
the sun, they help cool down
the "heat islands" that build up
around pavement and other
dark surfaces. "Nature's air
conditioners" also help clean
up he air, by filtering airborne
particles with their leaves and
Choose at least a 5-to-6-
foot tree grown to nursery stan-
- Select a site with enough
room for roots and branches
to reach full size. Avoid over-

Planting three trees around
your house can block incom-
ing sunlight by as much as 70)
percent and reduce air-condi-
tioning cost by 10 to 50 per-
Awnings, overhangs and
shutters mounted on the south,
east and west sides of your
house will save you $100 to
$150 each year thereafter in
cooling costs.
Tree-filled neighborhoods
can be up to 9 degrees cooler
than unshaded streets.
TREES and the forests they
create play a critical role in
maintaining the health of our
environment. Their root sys-
tems prevent erosion and
thereby protect water quality.
Their leaves filter the air and,
through the shade they cast,
reduce global warming. The

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50 and 10X) acres of tropical rain
forest -- an area the size of ten
city blocks -- are destroyed
ever minute. At that rate,
there will be no intact tropical
forest left within one hundred
years. Forests in North Ameri-
ca, particularly the. ancient
forests of the Pacific Northwest,
are also under stress.
Many offices and individuals
have already begun to address
deforestation issues at home
and abroad by recycling paper
and by buying recycled paper

Here are a few other actions
you ini ht consider to minimize
your need for wood:
Hire eco-conscious
carpenters or contractors.
A growing number of con-
struction suppliers are using
wood salvaged from other con-
struction projects, particularly
in applications that will be hid-
den from view when the con-
struction is complete. Other
contractors are opting for lum-

ber that is "sustainably" har-
vested from forests, so that the
trees are removed from the for-
est selectively, without destroy-
ing the entire forest ecosystem.
Consider alternative
building materials.
Agricultural by-products
such as wheat straw, coconut
palm and bamboo have
become viable materials for
home and office construction.
* Try paper alternatives.
Some consumers and com-
panies are turning to kenaf, a
paper-like product derived
from the fast-growing hibiscus
cannabinus plant. The plant
produces 3-5 tons more fiber
per acre than comparable trees
that are harvested for paper
production, and require 15-
25% less energy during the pro-
duction process.
Use computer technology for
Instead of printing out mem-
os or letters on stationary, use
electronic mail to get your mes-
sages across.

The Nature

Conse rvancy.

Protaec-lig ,iure. Preserving life.

The following trees are on the Protected
Tree list in The Bahamas:

(Guapira discolor)

Lignum vitae
(Gualacum sanctum)

Black Ebony/ Bullwood Mahogany/Madiera
(Pera bume ifolia) (Swiefenia mahagoni)

(Caesalpinia vesicaria)

(Gochnatia ilicifolia)

Caribbean Pine
(pinus caribaea
var bahamensis)

(Lysiloma sabicu)

The value of trees to a community

The following are some statistics on just how
important trees are in a community setting:

The net cooling effect of a young, healthy
tree is equivalent to ten room-size air condition-
ers operating 20 hours a day. -U.S. Department of
Landscaping, especially with trees, can
increase property values as much as 20 percent. -
Management Information Services/ICMA
One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon
dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is
enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people. -
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Trees properly placed around buildings can
reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and
can save 20 50 percent in energy used for heat-
ing. -USDA Forest Service
Shade from trees could save up to $175 per
year (per structure) in air conditioning costs." -Dr.
Lowell Ponte
Trees can he a stimulus to economic devel-

opment, attracting new business and tourism.
Commercial retail areas are more attractive to
shoppers, apartments rent more quickly, tenants
stay longer, and space in a wooded setting is more
valuable to sell or rent.-The National Arbor Day
Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10
percent to a property's value. -USDA Forest Ser-
The planting of trees means improved water
quality, resulting in less runoff and erosion. This
allows more recharging of the ground water sup-
ply. Wooded areas help prevent the transport of
sediment and chemicals into streams." -USDA
Forest Service
In laboratory research, visual exposure to
settings with trees has produced significant recov-
ery from stress within five minutes, as indicated by
changes in blood pressure and muscle
tension." -Dr. Roger S. Ulrich Texas A&M Uni-

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007 .- r hi


Coral reefs are the life

blood of the

Bahamas Reef
Environment Educational
Foundation (BREEF)

EACH time that I fly over
the Bahamian chain, I am awed
by the sight of the beautiful
landscape that we are privileged
to call home.
Certainly the color blue orig-
inated here ranging from the
palest aquamarines to the deep-
est royal blues. These calming
blues are punctuated by darker
tones, many of which represent
our resplendent coral reefs.
The Bahama chain with its
700 islands and cays covers an
area of 259,000 square kilome-
ters of which only one tenth is
land. This extensive archipelago
spans a distance equal to that
from Puerto Rico in the North-
ern Caribbean to Trinidad &
Tobago in the South.
It is evident therefore that
The Bahamas depends heavily
on its coastal resources. Coastal
ecosystems play or have played
a tremendous role in Bahami-
an life; historically, today and
in the future.
The Bahamas boasts over
3100 square kilometers of coral
reef, representing 14% of the
reef area in the Wider
Caribbean, a region that extends
from the United States to
Venezuela. Coral reefs are one
of the most ecologically diverse
and productive ecosystems sup-
porting a staggering array of
aquatic plant and animal life.
This wealth provides eco-
nomic and environmental ser-
vices to Bahamians. Its fish,
conch and crawfish provide an
essential source of protein, pro-
vide employment and generate
revenue in our Fishing Indus-
try. In 2006 the fisheries sector
contributed 90.8 million dollars
to the economy or 1.5% of the
Tourism on the other hand
generates about 50% of the
GDP; it is an industry that is


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inextricably linked to the health
of our reefs.
Tourists are 'Hip to Hop to
the Bahamas' for a 'Bahamven-
tion' because 'Its Better in the
Bahamas' ...Why you ask? It is
because we are a proud people,
proud of our rich heritage and
proud to showcase our fabulous
beaches and beautiful crystal
clear waters that are teeming
with fish.
We also boast of majestic
coral reefs that support it all. In
short our Tourism industry is
dependant on the status of our
reef and neighboring coastal
ecosystems. The fact that we still
have relatively pristine ecosys-
tems in a world where the envi-
ronment is rapidly degrading is
why tourists chose The Bahamas
as a destination.
In recent times we have been
plagued by more frequent and
intense hurricanes. 2005 is writ-

ten in history as the most active
hurricane season to date.
The entire Bahamian popu-
lation lives on or near the coast
and are thus, often heavily
impacted by these potentially
devastating storms.
Coral reefs help to protect our
shoreline from erosion and
flooding during storms by acting
as a stumbling block for incom-
ing waves, reducing their energy
before they reach our shores.
One has only to drive along
the West Bay Street to see the
s\ en mile barrier reef serving
us in this way. It has been esti-
mated that "the cost associated
with the destruction of just one
kilometer of reef, ranges from
$137,000 to $1.2M over a 25 year
This takes into account losses
due to flooding, and damage to
infrastructure, such as roads,
docks and buildings. Hurricanes

Frances and Jeanne cost $551
M or 10% of the country's

Corals are colonies of animals
called polyps that can only sur-
vive in clear, shallow tropical
Corals contain algae that need
sunlight. They provide the corals
with food and oxygen and give
them their color.
Corals expel their algae and
become "bleached" when they
are stressed. This can kill the
corals and makes them more
susceptible to disease.
Our beautiful white sand
comes from the natural erosion
of corals and calcareous algae. A
single adult parrotfish makes
about 1 tonne of sand per year
by feeding on corals.

Since we all live near or on
the coast our activities affect
coastal ecosystems. Worldwide
reefs are threatened by human
activities, any activity that
decreases water clarity, alters
nutrient content and severely
impacts biodiversity threatens
the health of reef systems.
While development is neces-
sary to provide housing and
infrastructure for our citizens,
residents and tourists, unregu-
lated, insensitive development
will threaten our livelihood.
Run-off from coastal con-
struction sites, dredging,
removal of coastal habitat
including, beach dunes, seagrass
and mangroves, that filter sedi-
ment from the land, puts pres-
sure on the reefs.
These activities increase the
amount of sediment which
reduces the amount of light
reaching corals, affecting the
ability of their algae to photo-
synthesize. The introduction of
sewage and other nutrients into
our waters further impact corals
because they thrive in nutrient-
poor water.
High nutrient levels promote
algal growth, smothering the
reef. In 1983 a large scale die-off
of Diadema (black long spined
sea urchin) occurred, heavily
impacting reef systems through-
out the region.
The threat of overfishing is
yet another hazard facing our
reef systems. In the Bahamas
few species are targeted by both
commercial and recreational
fishers, this may result in eco-
logical imbalance as occurred
with the Diadema die off where
the reduction in the number of
Diadema caused a proliferation
of algae which in turn smoth-
ered the reef.
This along with unusually
high nutrient levels result in
reefs that are dominated by
algae instead of corals. These
damages are then further cOm-

pounded by destructive fishing
methods such as blasting and
the use of chemicals, non-com-
pliance with fishing regulations,
destruction from anchors and
trampling of coral by swimmers.
The organisms in ecosystems are
adapted to deal with natural
threats such as, storms, preda-
tion and disease but not against
the additional threats that result
from our activities.
We live in a technological
world with an ever increasing
demand for energy, most of
which is supplied by the com-
bustion of non-renewable fossil
fuels. Scientists are now gener-
ally in agreement that the emis-
sion of resulting greenhouse gas-
es is bringing about an unprece-
dented rate in Climate Change.
The increasing sea surface
temperatures that have occurred
as a result have impacted reefs.
Reefs thrive within a narrow a
temperature range.
Exposure to abnormally high
temperatures cause corals to
expel their algae so that their
white calcium carbonate skele-
tons are visible. This phenome-
non is called 'Coral Bleaching'
and has been occurring with
increased frequency over the
last 20 years. Bleaching stresses

algae making them susceptible.
to disease, if corals are unable to
recover, they die destroying the ,,
backbone and thus reducing
productivity of the reef system.
All is not lost, the Bahamas is
fortunate, our extensive marine
area provides and incredibly
productive resource and our
reefs are some of the healthiest
in The Caribbean region.
However, reefs near high
populated areas are in decline
.impacted by commercial fish-
ing, destruction of coastal habi-
tat and pollution both marine
and land based.
We need to act now to pre-
serve those areas in which that
are still excellent examples of
productive reefs. We can sup-
port the implementation of
Marine Protected Areas, devel-
op local expertise for manage-
ment of our natural resources,
encourage scientific research
and monitoring of our coastal
ecosystems and carry out devel-
opment is a sustainable manner
so that we can continue to reap
the benefits of our reefs well
into the future.

(Photos by
Stuart Cove's Fin Photos)

4F rthda FRIDAY, APRIL 20 2007





that day




IN THE early 1970s I was a
fresh-faced college student
totally absorbed with counter-
culture politics and the new
enviromentalism in America.
We grew our hair, wore tat-
tered clothes, spoke in ways that
horrified the old folks, liberated'
ourselves sexually, and ridiculed
the straightjacketed behaviour
of the previous generation. This
cycle of cultural rebellion
peaked in 1970.
And that was when Earth
Day happened. A grassroots
inspired "national teach-in on
pollution and ecological prob-
lems", it involved tens of mil-
lions of Americans across the
country, all passionately protest-
ing corporate and governmental
abuse of the environment.
Together with our scepticism
of big business and big govern-
ment, my generation shared a
new and very emotional interest
in nature. That first Earth Day
in 1970 marked the beginnings
of a mass movement to curb
pollution, conserve resources,
protect wilderness and cherish
We saw planet Earth in its
totality for the very first time.
From that point on, not only
did environmentalism become a
mass movement, it became a
spiritual cause. You might even
compare it to religion, some-
thing of which we have plenty
of experience with here.
It also had a positive impact.
By the mid-1970s, the US had
enacted a series of ground-
breaking laws including the
Environmental Policy Act, the
Clean Air Act, Clean Water
Act, Pesticide Control Act and
Endangered Species Act. And a
host of environmental groups
had sprung up to work for polit-
ical change.
These measures did -not just
add red tape. They actually led
to 'cleafler water, cleaner air,
new national parks and pro-


IRA EINHORN, a leading force in the 1960's hippie establishment, leads the April 1970 celebration of EarthDay in Philadelphia.
Einhorn was the guru of non-violence, drugs, and free love.
(AP Photo/Temple University)

tected areas, coastal zone man-
agement and much more.
In the Bahamas with our
tiny population and many
islands scattered over a hun-
dred thousand square miles of
ocean teeming with marine life
- we were only dimly aware of
the pressures building around
us. Back then our environment
seemed so latrg and so healthy
that we didn't need to worry

too much about it.
Today the Bahamas National
Trust is struggling to deal with
the massive challenges of public
education, public access and
supervision for the 700,000 acres
of protected territory under its
control. Activists are trying to
stop insensitive developers from
destroying the very assets th&y
like to promote. And successive
governments are wrestling with

the urgent need to slow the
gradual destruction of our
conch, grouper and lobster fish-
eries from over-harvesting.
In his book Collapse, Profes-
sor Jared Diamond looks at
how cultures throughout the
world have responded to envi-
ronmental pressures. And he
gives several examples of soci-
eties that have destroyed the
environment they depended

upon, including nearby Haiti.
From this wide-ranging
review he distills a dozen of the
most serious environmental
problems facing the world
today. At the top of the list is
the destruction of natural habi-
tats or their conversion to
human use. And the world's
most important habitats are
forests, wetlands, coral reefs and
the ocean bottom.

. Deforestation, for example,
was a major factor in the col-
lapse of all of the past societies
considered in his book. And as
most people know, wetlands are
essential for the existence of
commercial fisheries. Coral
reefs are the marine equivalent
of tropical rain forests and if
current trends continue, about
half of our remaining reefs will
be gone within 20 years.
Other problems include the
decline of wild species, soil ero-
sion, depletion of freshwater
resources, ceilings on the use of
fossil fuels, the costs and haz-
ards of chemical pollution, the
damage caused by introduction
of alien species to places where
they are not native, major dis-
locations that can be expected
from global warming, and the
impact of population growth -
meaning resources consumed
and waste put out.
So what does all this mean
for the Bahamas? Should we
really let people fill in wetlands,
strip our beaches of sand, cut
down all our trees, level our
hills, pollute our water reser-
voirs, turn our open spaces into
toxic garbage dumps, kill every
living thing in the ocean and
turn our communities into ugly,
unhealthy and congested slums?
It is hard to imagine anything
more important than the air we
breathe, the water we drink, the
food we eat, and the spaces we
live in. It all adds up to quality
of life and surely we all want
to enjoy a better quality of life.
That is what Earth Day is all
about. It is really a matter of
salience communicating infor-
mation and providing guidance
that is relevant to public con-
cerns, and not simply regurgi-
tating fact sheets or depicting
the capture of dolphins as an
ecological catastrophe.
It just makes good sense to
work with the environment
rather than destroying it -
because the future belongs to
all of us.


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The following ideas are ways families can become more

actively involved in caring for our environment. The eight

coupons can be distributed as weekly assignments for

students and their families, as part of their study on the

environment. Teachers may want to have the students bring

in the results of the family assignments to share with the rest

of the class.

I Activity # I .r Environment- I
i Exercise for Clean Air A 1rmily Affar I
Get out and exercise for the family and the environment. As a family. discuss how many times a
day or week the family requires transportation to and from various places. Make a list of these,
places and how you get there. Now, discuss altemattle types of transportation you could use.
Some of these might be: ride your bikes to the store, school. train station, etc.; walk instead of
drive; carpool to school and to "\ork: take public tianportation; ec. Make a family effort this
week to change your transportation habils jand keep a list of how ,ou did this.
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Actv it # 2 Ourr Environment-
Cxercise for Clean Air A Fami, A ffair ,
Clear your home this week of all hazardous household materials. As a family, clean out those
closets, cabinets, your garage and basement of all old and/or unlabeled hazardous household
materials. Things like paint cans, oven cleaner, old batteries, weed killer, drain opener, toilet-
bowl cleaner, oil cans, paint thinner, cleaning chemicals, etc. should be sorted, labeled, stored
in a safe place, and'or disposed of through your city's hazardous waste disposal program. Make
a list of all of the hazardous household materials you found and what you did with each one.
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Activity #: ur E nv-onmcnt-
Recycle it] A mt-l, AA n, I
This is recycle week. When grocery shopping this week, make an effort to buy only those products
that are in recyclable containers. Be sure to look for the recycling symbol on the containers. If you
don't ahlreud have them, set up recycling bins in your home for plastic items, aluminum, glass, and
newspapers. Find out where you can Ltake your recyclable items if you don't have a service that picks
them up for you. Reponrt back to clas-. what you recycle at home and how you recycle it.

Act ivity +: Our E."'-"'"'"-1 '
Lights Out! A Fn, Affair
This is energy efficiency % eek. As a family, decide on three things the entire family can do to con-
serve energy this week They m.ay be things like turning lights off when not in the room, adjusting
thermostats and being more aware of how you use household appliances. Create an energy con-
servation contract for the family to follow this week and make a list of how many different ways
you can do things differently around the house to conserve energy.
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Activityj .. Our F n.vironment-.-
I after, Water ELverqwhere! A fmilt) Ali)air

This is water conservation Meek. Discuss as a family and write down the many ways your family
uses water every day Be sure to include dislihashers. laundry, baths, cooking, etc. Review thislist
as a family and decide on fie ways the family can conserve water this week. Write your results
down at the end of the week.

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Adapting to global warming
INUIT hunter Meeka Mike drives across the arctic horizon
in search of a polar bear on Frobisher Bay near Tonglait,
Nunavut Feb. 4, 2003. As scientists work to establish the
impact of global warming. Inuit hunters are being forced to
adapt to a v..iminnng .A\lIIC ()OccilA .ind inliliII polar i ec c.ip.
i.\P Plh,, hr, if lI/,nt,

Activity #5: 1O r n..,,inmcnt--
I lean-Up Hike A ramil, Affair

Collect the family and head out for the nearest bike path, park, forest preserve, beach, etc. for a
bike ride or walk with the family. Be sure to bring plastic trash bags with you. As you hike or
ride, look around you and stop to pick up litter and trash left behind by others. Think about a prize
for the family member who collects the most litter. Tell others where you % ent and what you did.
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| Activit #: -,- n, i,,nment--
I ecological Fcnic -\ F I, Affair
Take a picnic with the family-an ecological picnic Agree pn a place that the entire family wpuld
Slike$to go for a picnic. Plan your picnic using a minimum of disposable items Make a list of the
I kinds of things you can take on your picnic that would create the east amount of trash. Was there
I anything you chose not to bring? ,

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SActivitj#5: 0\5, nmet--
O office A: 1 I- /\ f air
Mom and Dad and possibly other family members may work in an office. As a family, or with a
parent, visit the office and make a list of ways the office is helping care for our environment. You
may be able to offer suggestions on changes that can be iiade thail are enM ironmentally friendly
such as: white paper recycling, recyclable toam coffee cups. aluminum soda can recycling bins,
recycling copy machiiic ir,, cartridges, etc. Make a lists ofl'hat you find and your suggestions.
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For the next week you will be actively participating in Energy Conservation. Think of ways you can make a differ-
ence in helping to conserve energy around your home. Below is the "The Oath For Conservation and your "Energy
Contract". Recite the oath and create your contract in the presence of your teacher or other witness. On the contract,
you will write your personal goal which will be bound by both your signature and that of your witness. For that
week, keep notes on how you were able or unable to honor the goal of your contract and why. You may want to
share your contract with your family.


"In o -rdr t tO COI,,TIC' mnore aware' of the uses and abuses of enefrgy' aind in order to
become more- ware of the impact our requirements for cnercr have on our cnviron-
ment. I will pledge upon m!i contract a personal goal which I will uphold for I week.


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(Picture courtesy of the Island School)

Eco-tips for enjoying the beach

1. Keep the beach clean, sand in place, dtegi dingi lbilal.
Pick up after yourself -- and 1
recycle, reduce and reuse. Help 3. Dispose of pollutants like
organize or join a beach clean- automotive oil d and antiileeze I LI IL .

up day to remove trash and
debris that can harm humans
and wild life.
2. Follow marked paths to
the beach, if available, rather
than walking across sensitive
sand dunes and other natural
shoreline areas that provide
food and shelter for wildlife.
The beach is a living ecosystem
on which many plants and ani-
mals depend. Foot traffic
erodes the sand and wears
down vegetation that holds

responsibly. lRefralin lloni ising
pesticides and fertilizers in your
yard. These seep into the water
table and wetlands. Even if you
live far from the coast, renem-
ber that your everyday actions
affect what runs into the ground
water resources and wetlands,
eventually ending up in the
4. Get involved in local
development and land use
issues, and make your voice
heard. Building roads, hotels

C onservatncy.

Frlo i> r.- l, '*.i:,irp, PreP .rvir R in~

and housing developments in
coastal areas often destroys
coastal habitat and pollutes the
ocean and coastal wetlands --
ultimately reducing fishery pro-
5. Educate yourself, your

friends and family on iho\\
human actions can affect tlh
coastal environment. I e aii
about marine sea life and ilt,
habitat. Find out how human
actions like beach dredging and
sand mining can harm reels inJ
other fish habitats.

Science and

the Bahamian


* By Bridgett Rolle-Hogg, Chair of School of Sciences and Technology
The College of The Bahamas

Economic benefits of our environment

THE Bahamas is an archi-
pelagic nation. Each of the
many islands and cays has its
own unique characteristics. In
and around the island of New
Providence, for example, it is
possible to explore a mangrove
swamp that plays host to visiting
North American birds, to visit a
powder-sand beach, to snorkel
with tropical fish, to dive with
sharks, to enjoy the green splen-
dour of the Botanical Gardens
and to explore the flora and fau-
na of the natural coppice.
Along the roadsides, sea
grapes, pigeon plums and coco
plums beckon us to taste their
delicious fruits. Other islands
boast their own special features
such as the blue holes of
Andros, the flamingo breeding

grounds of Inagua, the turtle
nesting grounds of Abaco, the
pink sands of Harbour Island
and the iguanas of San Sal-
The Bahamian waters are
home to international delica-
cies such as the Queen Conch,
Nassau Grouper and the Spiny
Lobster. Our islands have what
some might even call their indi-
vidual "island flavours".
Tourists are drawn by the
opportunity to explore the trop-
ical wonders of nature that are
so beautifully displayed in the
It is the natural environment
of the Bahamas, coupled with
the warmth of its people, which
makes our country a leader in
the world of tourism and makes

tourism our number one indus-
For many decades, the gov-
ernment and the people of the
Bahamas have relied heavily on
tourism to drive the national
economic engine. In addition,
rich aquatic resources and
seafoods have provided signifi-
cant levels of income for those
in marine related industries. In
recent years, it has become
apparent that our natural
resources are not unlimited.
Also there has been a growing
awareness that what we. as
Bahamians, do impacts directly
upon the natural environment
and, as a result, affects tourism
and other important social and
economic activities within the

* BRIDGET I Rolle-Ilogg

Please see page 12 Jfr a list of references used in this article

"hoiegrowin since 1975'

Before one can study the
effects of our activities, how-
ever, one must first understand
the composition and interac-
tions of the natural environ-
ment. This understanding is
developed through knowledge
via formal and informal learn-
ing processes. Within the local
educational system, all stake-
holders, especially the stu-
dents, may gain valuable
knowledge of and appreciation
for the natural attributes of our
Students need to be
exposed to essential scientific
theories and principles
through the study of biology,
chemistry, mathematics and
physics. Furthermore, they
should gain experience in nav-
igating the archipelago
through lessons in geography.
In addition, studies in the
English language and various
foreign languages will enhance
their capacity to interact with
those around them, and pro-

Scientific knowledge and
associated skills will help us to
identify and quantify problems
within our environment. They
will also assist us in finding solu-
tions to many of the problems
mentioned above. 'Scientific
research can serve to guide pri-
vate and public agencies, with
respect to identification of envi-
ronmental risks and their reduc-
tion and environmentally
friendly solutions. One exam-
ple of the role that scientists can
play is in reducing the negative
effects of large scale develop-
ments. Studies can assess how
the changes will impact the local
flora and fauna. These studies
can also help to identify solu-
In addition to providing
solutions, science activities
can also serve as the nucleus
for new income generating
opportunities. There are
numerous niches waiting to be
filled by new or improved
products, technology and

the environment

mote environmentally friend-
ly activities.
As persons become more
knowledgeable about the envi-
ronment, they are more likely to
appreciate that tourism, like so
many other things, serves as a
double edged sword. On the
one hand, it provides jobs and
economic stimulation while, on
the other hand, it draws heavily
on local resources, including the
environment. Persons who are
exposed to a strong science edu-
cation programme are vital in
helping the Bahamas to chart
an economic future that takes
into account the true cost of our
actions and seeks to reduce the
negative impact of our activi-
Some of the negative effects
of our actions locally include:
freshwater contamination
due to poor waste management
beach erosion due to con-
struction too near to the beach
.* inland flooding due to

processes. Our use of local
plants for medicinal and cos-
metic applications is minimal.
There are opportunities wait-
ing to be grasped. If persons
are encouraged to explore and
be creative, it is possible for
new businesses to be devel-
oped. Individuals can benefit
as well as communities, from
local inventions or novel uses
of existing products and tech-
nologies. Scientific endeavors
should lead the way both in
supporting our present indus-
tries and in promoting diver-
sification through develop-
ment of new industries.
The Bahamas has done well
so far. We have put protective
legislation in place. These
1. The Wild Bird Protection
Act 1952
2. The Fisheries Resources
Act 1977
3. The Physical Landscape of
The Bahamas Order ( re: pro-
tected trees) 1997

destruction of wetlands
shoreline degradation due
to illegal mining
increased non-biodegrad-
able waste generation from
hotels and guesthouses
*reduced biodiversity/
increased harm to the local flo-
ra and fauna due to indiscrimi-
nate land clearing and intro-
duction of invasive species
air pollution due to use of
fossil fuels in transportation,
electrical power generation and
improper waste disposal
reef destruction due to poor
boating and/or fishing practices
soil pollution due to indis-
criminate dumping of domes-
tic, agricultural and industrial
reduced conch, lobster and
grouper populations due to over
noise pollution due to
increased automobile activity
on inadequate roadways
freshwater shortages due to
wasteful practices

Most recently, a closed sea-
son for grouper fishing has been
put in place, as an effort to pro-
tect the grouper population dur-
ing the height of its reproduc-
tive season.
As a nation, we have also
made international agreements
to preserve and conserve. These
The Convention on Biodi-
versity 1993
The Ramsar Convention on
Wetlands 1997
However, if it is to advance,
rather than merely survive in
this century of globalization, this
nation will have to focus its
financial resources more on sci-
entific education and research.
If the Bahamas wishes to pre-
serve the natural resources
upon which a major portion of
our national economy is based
and which both residents and
visitors enjoy, science must be a
key element of national devel-

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"- earthda

FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007


Time to take some

responsibility for

this world of ours

reEarthBy Sam Duncombe

Tag you're it! Now its your
turn to take some responsibility
for environmental issues that
affect our lives daily. Taking
simple actions at home can
make a difference as far away as
Deforestation, global warm-
ing, and marine pollution are
all overwhelming in their own
right but if each of us would
take some small measure of
responsibility we CAN make a
Turning off unused lights, not
letting the water run, using
energy efficient lights/appli-
ances, driving less, inflating your
tires, filling the dish washer,
using recycled paper, buy mini-

mally packaged goods, carpool-
ing when you can, planting a
tree, insulating your water
heater, adjusting your thermo-
stat, using a push mower, taking
a short shower instead of a bath,
installing low flow shower
heads, line drying your clothes,
bring your own bags to the food
store, changing your AC fil-
ter, supporting local agriculture,
not using pesticides, keeping
your car tuned, purchasing for-
est certified products, saying No
to LNG installing alternative
energy where possible, being
kind to animals, policing your
own neighborhoods, consum-
ing less, and demanding more
from your member of Parlia-

ment are just some of the things
that you can do and the envi-
ronment would be in much bet-
ter shape.
Saving the Earth for future
generations is a moral respon-
sibility. A part of our children's
inheritance should include a liv-
ing viable planet. The air we
breathe, the water we drink, the
same resources that we con-
sume are resources that our
children must ultimately rely
upon in the future.
So let's make Earth Day
EVERY DAY take control
and make small changes that
our children and The Earth will
benefit from for generations to

* THIS undated file photo from the US Fish ahd Wildlife Service's Alaska Image Library shows'.a 0;,
polar bear. An environmental group is pressing ahead with efforts to declare Alaska's polar bears i ,
threatened under the Endangered Species Act, with the larger agenda of forcing the Bush ,11
administration to confront global warming. 0,b
(Photo: AP/US Fish and Wildlife Service) '-i

* AN unidentified marine biologist inspects coral reefs damaged by legal fishing practices in this
undated handout photo. In October marine scientists meeting on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali
warned that more than a quarter of the world's coral reefs had been destroyed by pollution, global
warming and poor fishing practices, including the use of cyanide.
(Photo: AP /NRM/EPIQ)

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* HOUSES in Petion-ville, Haiti, are seen sliding down a hillside as a result of erosion due to
deforestation on Friday, August 30, 2002. Haiti is the most deforested country in the Caribbean. "
Wood and charcoal are principle energy sources for households, bakeries, dry cleaning and other
businesses, and with unemployment estimated at 70%, trees are highly sought after commodities.''" i4
The erosion resulting from deforestation is estimated to cause the loss of between 6,000 and
15,000 hectares of land per year.. -
(Photo: AP/Daniel Morel) T

The importance of mangroves

to the Bahamian way of life,


MANGROVES are woody trees
and shrubs found mainly in coastal
brackish and saline areas, within
tropical and subtropical regions.
These plants play an important role
in sustaining our coastal environ-
ment. For example, their roots and
branches help to reduce high wave
energy, prevent shoreline erosion,
filter sediments and nutrients, and
absorb pollutants in the water
(Augustinus 1995; Thayer and
Sheridan 1999). In addition, man-
groves support a diverse ecosystem
that includes birds, fish, inverte-
brates and crustaceans that are eco-
logically, economically and cultur-
ally important. The three main
mangrove species found in The
Bahamas include Rhizophora man-
gle (red mangroves, shown in Fig-
ure 1), Avicennia germinans (black
mangroves, shown in Figure 2) and,
Laguncularia racemosa (white man-
Though mangroves provide
invaluable ecosystem services, they
are continuously threatened by var-
ious human activities that result in
the deterioration or complete loss
of the habitat's physical structure
and functioning capacity. This arti-
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practices, and coastal pollution
(sewage, fertilizers, and heavy met-
als discharge or runoff) that affect
mangrove communities.
Human Impacts to Mangroves
Coastal development which is
commonly seen in The Bahamas
and other tropical and subtropical
regions tends to occur near or with-

in mangrove communities (Figure 3
and 4).
As development occurs, man-
groves may be completely removed
and replaced by commercial and
residential infrastructure.
Aquaculture practices also
involve the uprooting of mangroves
to construct areas that can support
shrimp farming and farming of oth-
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well as aquaculture practices; such
actions also negatively impact man-
grove communities. For example,
as mangrove seedlings begin to
develop roots, they typically sink
to the bottom and anchor them-
selves on sediments to continue
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occurs, sediments become very
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not establish themselves and thus
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negatively affects mangrove pro-
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Freshwater diversions also alter the
natural flow of water resulting in
improper dispersal of mangrove
seeds, thus preventing seed estab-
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amounts adds excess nutrients to
the water which can cause an
increase in algal growth. As a result,
the air filled roots of mangroves.
may be blocked by algal over-
growth resulting in reduced oxy-
gen levels and thus disturb man-
grove growth (Hogarth 1999).
Excess nutrient loads also deteri-
orates water quality thus affecting
not only mangrove health, but also
the growth and development of ani-
mals such as finfish, shellfish and
shrimp that live in mangrove com-
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water (Hoff et al. 2002). Besides
excess nutrient loads, high concen-
trations of industrial waste dis-
charge or run-off consisting of met-
als like lead, zinc, and mercury, can
also prevent mangrove growth and
prohibit the successful growth and
development of animal larvae that
live amongst mangroves (Hoff et
al. 2002). Heavy metals taken up
in fish and shellfish can also be
passed on to humans that consume
them and result in serious health
problems associated with these tox-
ic metals. Additionally, lead and
mercury poisoning can lead to
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occupy space in .the water. They ,
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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

- rtfday

Transforming young minds

to ensure our nation's future,

* Dr Patricia Grant, Assistant Professor, School of Sciences and Technology
College of the Bahamas

THERE is an inherent non-
chalant mind-set about the
Bahamian people that in other
words can be described as
"don't worry, be happy".
It is human nature to just live
and not concern oneself with
things perceived as someone
else's problem. How fitting
then it is to have this conversa-
tion on Environmental Literacy.
The need for its inclusion or
more so, its awareness in our
day-to-day lives is imperative
to say the least. Although our
environmental knowledge is fed
to us via schools, billboard signs,
media (radio, television and the
more popular, world wide web),
or just by reading on one's own,
this periodic disclosure of infor-
mation still leaves us ignorant to
the real and tangible issues that
affect us on a personal level.
The Bahamas is unique in
that it is not burdened with
smokestacks billowing pollu-
tants into the air or offshore oil
wells with potential for leaks as
in the more industrially devel-
oped countries. However, our
islands remain inundated with
environmental threats that
affect the quality of our lives.
For instance, with no emis-
sion laws being enforced, the
combustible fumes from motor
vehicles, particularly those that
run on diesel, release danger-
ous life threatening fumes
(greenhouse gases) into the
atmosphere and reduce air
quality. Backyard burning of
refuse by residents without fear
of prosecution yet again adds
to the impurities in the air and
health concerns. Improper dis-
posal of oils, chemicals and
municipal waste (solid and liq-
uid) results in contamination of
soil and water resources.
These scenarios by themselves
may seem insignificant but col-
lectively they contribute greatly
to our environmental woes and,
on a grandeur scale, contribute
to adverse climate change that
today is so evident worldwide. It
would seem safe to say then,
that environmental literacy in
The Bahamas is seriously lack-
ing. Numerous environmental
infringements are probably com-
mitted on our islands every day
but does the average person
know, care or understand their
ramifications? Intensive educa-
tion and knowledge based cam-
paigns must be implemented to
address the importance of our
Bahamian environment and the
need to protect and preserve it.
Two environmental issues
now being addressed at The
College of The Bahamas
include energy alternatives and
waste management, particular
on the smaller Family Island
communities where, for the
most part, there are no proper
landfill systems in place. As
part of a Sustainable Island Liv-
ing Initiative, The College and
the Marine & Environmental

* ACTRESS and environmentalist ChinChin Gutierrez sings a
tribal song during the celebration of Earth Day and protest
against mining Friday, April 21, 2006 in suburban Quezon City,
north of Manila. The protesters opposed the ongoing large scale
mining which they claimed caused massive destruction to the
environment and thus became a threat to life itself.
(AP Photo/Pat Roque)

Studies Institute (MESI) have
implemented outreach educa-
tional programmes; on- and off-
campus projects: and inter-
island research projects that
address these and other envi-
ronmental concerns.
The BIG question then is how
do we "Save The Bahamas"? I
believe our future trendsetters,
builders, leaders, scientists, and
environmentalists, basically, our
children, are the key to this nec-
essary paradigm of new reason-
ing. Tapping into their minds at
a young age will ensure that good
environmental practices become
second nature and the future of
our beautiful Bahamaland
remains intact for prospective
Bahamians. IStudies by the
National Environmental Educa-
tion Training Foundation found
that environmental education
helps students learn, increases
their community-mindedness,
builds academic and character
skills and improves their read-
ing, math and science scores.
They also found that this learning
was most successful when stu-
dents learned "outside the box"
which, I believe, is where a child's
mind is most susceptible to a
transformation in their ability to
think without barriers. Through
various research-based projects,
workshops, seminars and lecture
series, The College of The
Bahamas continues to address
ways to maximize educational

* FOURTH grader Cecilia Alvarez decorates the feathers on a
egg carton peacock she was creating Wednesday, April 19, 2006,
during Earth Day activities at Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden
City, Kan.
(AP Photo/Garden City Telegram, Brad Nading)

instruction and exposure to envi-
ronmental issues not only for the
adult college student but for the
developing child during his or
her most formative years. 2Thc
Minnesota Office of En\ iron-
mental Assistance outlines a
valuable set of Environmental
Literacy Benchmarks from pre-K
to adult le\ els to help build en\ i-
ronmental literacy.


Recently (Feb. 22, 2007). a
One Day Science Workshop
hosted by The College and in
collaboration \\ith the Ministry
of Education (MOE), discussed
the topic of "'tlnrgv (Conserva-
lion .... Addressing Classroom
Challenges". Science lteictil l
from all levels ol the public
schools participated in discus-
sions on renew\\ able energies,
lheir potential use and cultural
impact on the country's *future
needs if addressed through vair-
ious stages of a student's edu
national training. A Teachet -
Rcsoulice Gluide \cw :' plovidLdI
for use in theoretical and labo-
ratory instruction and resulted
in educators who were better
intlorlin.d with increased subject
hlicrac\ and with an under-
standing and appreciation of the
impact of energy, its connectiv-
it\ to the world andti its applica-
bility to tile environment of The
Bahamas. The teachers were
very receptive, excited but most
importantly, motivated in this
exercise. They viewed it as ai
way to set the trend in our class-
rooms for developing thinkers,
doers, and great ambassadors
of change who will truly have
an impact on environmental lit-
eracy for future generations.
Similar work has been done
with the College's Poultry
Research Unit located at the
Gladstone Road Agricultural
Centre. Here The College of The
Bahamas liaises with schools oni
poultry husbandry projects and
in-class discussions with students
that teach them responsibility
and how to sustain and market
their goods. The idea is to have
these projects spring into other
initiatives and develop a new
generation of "outside the box"
thinkers and leaders.
Our government officials and
other leaders in the community
including health professionals,
contractors and engineers must
posse'., a well-rounded knowl-
edge and understanding of envi-
ronmental issues if they are to
be trusted in making well-
informed aind crucial de< visions
thal will impiacl Ilihe Bahlamas
and its status as an environ-
mentally friendly destination.
To "'Save The Bahamas", it
will require a community effort
that will enicolurage our youith
by supporting legislation that
protects our parks, lakes, shoire-
ines, nature centres inI the lik
and encourages then involve-
ment in environmental clubs
and similar organizations, after-

H BRANDON Clark weighs a
load of aluminum cans Friday
morning, April 21, 2006, at
Commercial Metals in
Independence, Kan.
Commercial Metals was
offering a special price for
metals brought in for recycling
in honor of Earth Day.
(Photo: AP/The
Independence Daily
Reporter, Nick Wright)
school projects, field trips to
local and inter-island sites of
environmental importance, sci-
enle fairs and other e\ ents pro-
mnoting environmental literacy.
We must engage each gencr-
alion by 'transforming young
minds to ensure our nation's
future". Environmental litera-
e\ is a nation-building exercise.

* A TALL shadow is cast over the world as a Ukrainian child
helps to draw, a chalk picture.of the earth during a public
environmental awareness project to mark international Earth '"'
Day, in the capital city of Kiev, Saturday, April 22, 2006. The '
writing reads in Russian "our world is unique".
(Photo: AP/Oded Balilth

National Parks for the

people of The Bahamas

The Bahamas National Trust
manages 25 national parks and
protected areas throughout the .
country, covering 700,000 acres of
land and sea.
This system of protected areas
achieves important conservation
and development goals for
Bahamians. These areas are held
"in trust" for the Bahamians of
today and tomorrow.
People are an important
component when planning
for the future of our national
parks. The Parks Partnership
Programme a partnership
between hce BNT, The Nat uire
Conservancy and the Bacardi
Family Foundation provides a
process for management planning
which includes consultation with
local stakeholders who use or live
adjacent to these important areas.
The Parks Dlepartment of the
BNT has worked extensively ill
Exuuima, Abaco, Andros and San
Salvador to make sure that people's
ideas and conternls regarding their
national park,' ar'c iuntoi poIliutc
into the management planning
The Bahamas Important Bird
Areas Prograumme (in conjunction
with Birdl,ife International with
tulndiilg provided by Ely u I'N P)
identities halnials that are Liitutal

for bird conservation. And local
people are trained to moniito iwcse
areas, not only for birds hbut to. he
general health of the enviul owi It.
The BNT has worked to ti .-ii
residents as Site Support Groups
for the Inagua National Park, the
Abaco National Park, and Harrold
and Wilson Ponds National Park.
For over 40 years, the Trust has
worked to build our national park
system. We join with all Bahamians
in celebrating the 37th Earth Dlay.
And we confirm our commitment
to work for sustainable use of
our natural resource's tor lnutilie
generations of Bahamians



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Ideas on how you can save ener:

the environment and money

No Cost Ways to Save Energy

Turn off lights, computers,
TV's, etc when hot in use it
does NOT use more energy to
turn them on again a short
while later.

Lower the temperature on
vouir water heater. It should be
set at "warm, so that a ther-
mometer held under running
water reads no more than 120

Use fans whenever possible
instead of, or to supplement air
conditioning. Fans cost less to
use than AC.

Switch to cold water wash-
ing of laundry and save up to
$75 a year in water heating
costs. Detergents formulated
for cold water get clothes just as

Do only full loads when using
the clothes washer or dish-

Turn off your A/C when
you're gone for more than 1

Only air-condition the rooms

you need-close vents and
doors of unused rooms.

Clean your air conditioner's
air filter every month. Normal
dust buildup can reduce airflow
by 1% per week.

Clean the entire air condi-
tioning unit once per year
according to the manufacturer's
instructions. The coils and fins
on the outside of the condenser
units should be inspected regu-
larly for dirt and debris that
would reduce airflow and thus

Activate "sleep" features on
computers and office equipment
that power down when not in
use for a while. Turn off equip-
ment during longer periods of
non-use to cut energy costs and
improve longevity. It does NOT
take more energy to start-com-
puter back up.

Trees give protection from
the hot sun and reduce air con-
ditioning costs. Plant trees on
the south, east, and/or west
sides of your home. Be sure to
shade the AC unit.

* ENVIRONMENTALLY friendly energy generation includes wind power...


*... SOLAR power...

Low-Cost Ways to Save Energy

Use compact fluorescent light
bulbs. Incandescent light bulbs
are outdated; 95 percent of the
energy used goes to heating the
bulb, adding unwanted heat to
your home. Replace your five
most used light bulbs with com-
pact fluorescent bulbs to save
$400 each year in energy costs.
These light bulbs use two-thirds
less energy and last up to 10
times longer.

Use dimmers, timers, and
motion detectors on indoor and
outdoor lighting.

Consider applying window
tinting to south, west, and east-
facing windows. These films
reduce heat penetration by up
to 55%, and also block UV
light, preventing fading of car-
pets and upholstery. Many of
the newer window films, espe-
cially the do-it-yourself low-
emissivity (low-e) film kits, are
nearly clear. For a simpler solu-
tion, close window coverings on
all windows but north facing

Install low-flow showerheads
and sink aerators to reduce hot
water use.

Warm air leaking into your
home wastes energy and mon-

ey. A handy homeowner can
seal up holes to the outside by
weatherstripping doors and
sealing windows and other gaps
along the home's foundation.

Add pre-cut pipe insulation to
exposed pipes going into your
water heater-it is cheap and
easy to install and the energy
savings should pay for the
improvements in just a few

Duct tape works well on lots
of things, but it often fails when
used on ductwork! Use mastic
(a gooey substance applied with
a paintbrush) to seal all exposed
ductwork joints in areas such
as the attic, crawlspace, or base-
ment. Insulate ducts to improve
your cooling system's efficiency
and your own comfort.

When buying new products,
especially a refrigerator or freez-
er, look for the ENERGY
STAR label, found on more
than 40 different products such
as TVs, furnaces, cell phones,
refrigerators, air conditioners
and more. They typically cost a
little more, but the added invest-
ment will repay itself quickly
with the high electricity rates in
the Bahamas.

Energy-saving home

improvement projects:

SolarLwater heating
(SWH) 5s a proven and
cost-eff4ctive method to
heat Water in the
Caribbean. Over 3 million
systems worldwide and
40,000 inthe Caribbean are
saving consumers millions
of dollars annually.

Air c~aditioned spaces
in hot climates should be
insulated to reduce heat
gain. Many Bahamas
homes do not have insula-
tion in attics or walls, lead-
ing to high cooling costs.
Adding R-15 insulation to
attic spaces can reduce air
conditioner use by 40%.
Radiant barriers, thin met-
al films, stapled to the
underside of rafters, reflect
or stop up to 97% of heat
radiation from entering
the attic ior home. Radi-
ant barriers are easily
installed and relatively
inexpensive. *

When buying a new AC
unit, look for a SEER
(Seasonal Energy Efficien-
cy Rating) of 13 or higher
on ccenlral systems and the

ENERGY STAR label on
room units.

Roof whitening reflects
the sun's heat, reducing air
conditioning costs by 25-
43%, according to one
study by the Florida Solar
Energy Center. If build-
ing a new roof, specify light
colored and reflective roof-
ing materials. On existing
homes, the existing roof
can be coated with an 'elas-
tomeric' paint. Be sure to
get a specialty paint specif-
ically designed for roof
whitening: normal latex
exterior won't work.

Install an ENERGY
STAR programmable ther-
mostat and save about $100
each year; it adjusts the
temperature automatically
for you.

When it's time to replace
your hot water tank, buy
the most efficient one pos-
sible. Consider a tankless,
on-demand system, which
eliminate standby losses
and last longer than tank-
style water heaters.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

rtday 11F

* Dr Marlene Jackson, Assistant Professor. School of Sciences & Technology
College of the Bahamas

ON Earth Day, it -
is appropriate to look :,
at the islands of The .
Bahamas and tourism -.
development and the ,
effects tourism has on A-', :
the natural environ-
ment of the archipel-
As the number one
industry on the
islands, tourism has
major impacts on ,'
coastal areas through-
out the country. .
Major resort devel-
opments change the
entire look of many U SANS
areas, Paradise Island ecotouri:
and Cable Beach
being notable exam-
ples. It is too late to
save Paradise Island and much
of New Providence but if the
country wishes to maintain its
Family Islands as refuges from
the hustle and bustle of the cap-
ital, then ecotourism offers one
possible solution.
Ecotourism is a form of
tourism that seeks to be both
environmentally and socially
conscious, focusing on the nat-
ural beauty (not human-creat-
ed) of the islands. It also seeks
to minimize the impact that the
tourists will have on the envi-
ronment by highlighting envi-
ronmentally friendly projects
such as, recycling to reduce
waste in landfill sites, energy
efficiency and reduced water
usage (of concern on all the
islands as fresh water is limit-
ed). It attempts to create eco-
nomic opportunities for local
communities rather than for off-
shore multinationals. It is, in
reality, a more holistic approach
to tourism, taking in both the
natural environment and the
cultural landscape.
Additionally, most eco-
tourism is associated with the
education of the tourists and
their exposure to the indigenous
not the transplanted. Tourists

Salvador is awash with opportunities
sin, such as Dripping Rock

who come to Paradise Island
experience an artificial
Bahamas, created by humans,
but one that does not give a true
portrayal of the natural
Bahamas. Imported flora and
fauna give an illusion rather a
true depiction.


The creation of new national
parks on the islands offers the
opportunity to exploit the nat-
ural beauty of the country for
tourism purposes. Specifically.
on San Salvador there is an
opportunity to forgo large
tourism development and
instead work towards smaller
projects that will take advan-
tage of some of the natural
offerings of the island; specifi-
cally, the coral reefs offshore,
blue holes, karst topographical
features and expansive beaches
(see picture). The island, like
many in the archipelago, is short
on fresh water, a problem that
would be exacerbated by any
resort development in the
future. Instead, a focus on
small, locally managed tourism
projects could exploit the beau-

- .' tl oI the island and
its historical signifi-
cance while offering
employment to local
One of the prob-
lems facing the devel-
opment of eco-
tourism within the
country is that by its
very nature it is small
scale, bringing in far
less income to the
state than resort
tourism and it is thus
less likely to attract
_ the attention of politi-
s for cians. However, it
does allow the coun-
try to meet its com-
mitments to the Con-
vention on Biological
Diversity. One of the three
basic goals of the Convention
is to promote the sustainable
use of biodiversity, by generat-
ing income, jobs and business
opportunities in ecotourism and
related business networks.
It further goes on to require
the consent and participation
of local people. Too often,
resort development meets the
income needs of the country as
a whole in the short term, while
neglecting local people and
their concerns. (The Bakers Bay
development is a good exam--
pie of local interests taking a
back seat to those of the devel-
oper). Long term sustainabili-
ty is seldom of interest to politi-
cians who see only as far as the
next election.
There have been numerous
success stories for ecotourism
projects. Those in Costa Rica
and the Amazon Basin of Brazil
are well documented. Less
known are those related to
Small Island Developing States
(SIDS) including The Bahamas.
In Barbados many hotels are
working to conserve water,
energy (use of compact fluores-
cent bulbs and through solar
hot water heating), and to

reduce solid daste through tLance ot the \\urld Wildlife
composting and redistribution Fund is educating visitors and E MARLENE Jackson
(old towels and sheets are given local children on how to con-
to local shelters, for example). serve and preserve the reef.
The hotels are given green cer- According to Mycoo (2006),
tification for their efforts in sustainable tourism attempts to the natural environment and
environmental protection. find a balance between conser- ecotourism is an opportunity
In Fiji, the Waisalima Beach vation of the natural environ- for promoting a more sustain;
Resort and Dive Centre is suc- ment and the development able tourism sector in the future
cessfully helping to preserve the needs of the state. To be sus- that meets not only the needs of
local coral reef and with the tainable, tourism within The the present generation but of
financial and scientific assis- Bahamas must seek to conserve those generations to follow.

Soles On Earth

I could be a gentleman or I could not
with no where open to pee
but in a parking lot

he invites us to join him,
to journey with him
to take our shoes off, soles on earth
instead we hawk and spit on it
on what is holy ground

must shed the leaves of language
leave the hog plums on the tree
to ripen, to pick
instead of euphony, cacophony
vehicles belching out noise
as they pull up, as they go by

someone to attach myself to
like a creeping plant,
like a climbing plant

someone to rely upon,
someone reliable to cling to
like a bean vine

to be able to blossom
to be able to bear fruit

blue skies cool red hot
hell fire sufficiently
for a lukewarm sinner
to withstand

sign of the cross I make
not to bless but to curse,
to cancel, to X out noises
as well as those who make them

sell my house, skip town
when I'm down

way I feel when music in cars passing,

toast and tea, oh taste and see

sea full of waves, end upon the beach,
splash against rocks

waves rocking, rocks steady

toast and tea, taste and see

as soon as one noise stops
another noise starts
in this lunatic asylum

music booming by
while I'm trying to live otherwise
upset by intrusive music
booming by my quietude
violating my solitude

Obediah Michael Smith, 2007




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