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Volume: 103 No.125 MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007 PRICE 750

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outline agendas
Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH only 11 days left until
the election, the FNM and PLP
have launched their long-await-
ed manifestos, laying out the
directions the parties will take
with regard to key political
issues should they be elected to
government on May 2.
The 2007 FNM manifesto -
which Mr Ingraham said the
party would "begin right
away...to make a reality", should
it be elected outlines forth-
coming policies on issues rang-
ing from the economy, educa-
tion, health', tourism, the admin-
istration of justice, local gov-
ernment and "standards in pub-
lic life."
That manifesto is presented
under the title, "The Free
National Movement Manifesto
'07: Dedicated to Restoring
Trust in Government."
Meanwhile, copies of the
PLP's offering entitled an
"Agenda for Action" were
handed out at a launch ceremo-
ny at the British Colonial Hilton
last night.
The 43-page FNM document
which will be available in print
and on CD was published on
the party's website at 2pm,
Shortly after opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham teased sup-
porters at Saturday night's mass
rally in Clifford Park with some
brief outlines of the document's
Details of the PLP manifesto
were not distributed to The Tri-
bune up to press time yesterday.
However, at the party's platform
launch, Prime Minister Perry
Christie described the document
as one which "rests upon con-
SEE page 14

FNM chairman Desmond Bannister said his party's rally in Clifford Park on Saturday night was the biggest political event he has ever witnessed. Speaking to The Tribune on Sun-
day, Mr Bannister said: "Last night was the most people that I have ever seen in one place in the Bahamas." He said that every person he has spoken to about the rally was astonished
by the size of the crowd.
Asked if he believed the FNM has now gained momentum over the.PLP, he said: "The momentum has been in favour of the FNM for quite some time. We knew that we would have
huge crowds. We did not bus anybody into the rally like they (the PLP) do, and we still had bigger crowds than them." However, the governing party also held a mass rally on Clifford
Park over the weekend, and supporters in attendance said they were overwhelmed not just by the size, but also by the enthusiasm of the huge PLP crowd. SEE PAGE TWO

Sea tragedy Candidate'in

victim 'begging' plane crash'

Tribune Staff Reporter
ONE of the victims of the 2003
Sea Hauler/United Star tragedy
has been reduced to begging on
the streets.
Last month, Mr Cedric Hart
told The Tribune that he and his
family were about to be evicted
SEE page 14

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plane, piloted by Freeport busi-
nessman Jeff Butler, crashed-
landed at Cat Cay on Friday.
It is believed that FNM can-
didate for West End/Bimini
David Wallace was among three
passengers onboard at the time.
No-one was injured.
Police in Bimini received a
report at about 2.03pm that a
white Piper Navajo, registration
number C6JBB, en route from
Grand Bahama to Bimini, expe-
rienced difficulties with the
landing gear.
The aircraft later landed on
its belly.
Police are investigating.

Wilchcombe: I
don't need to
buy votes to
beat opponent
Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Responding
to allegations made against the
PLP concerning vote-buying
activities in Grand Bahama,
West End MP Obie Wilch-
combe says he has no reason to
buy votes to beat FNM candi-
date David Wallace.
Mr Wilchcombe, who was
speaking Friday evening at a
PLP rally in Freeport, said he
will not reject people who are in
need, or need his help.
SEE page 10

IN A front page story in Fri- iK .t .I a1Nii
day's Tribune headlined: "Man
charged in connection with armed robbery that ended in fatal chase,"
it was incorrectly stated that Ricardo Gardiner was charged with an
offence. Mr Gardiner was not charged with any offence, but was
rather the alleged victim of the incident. It was Marcian Major, 30,
of Alexandria Boulevard, who was charged in connection with the
incident. Major appeared in Magistrate's Court on Thursday and was
charged with armed robbery and receiving a number of items. The
Tribune apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Senator claims police told

PLPs to take off tee-shirts

Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP Senator Philip Galanis
claims several police officers
in Grand Bahama told PLP
supporters to take off their
PLP tee-shirts or face being
Mr Galanis told The Tri-
bune that he intends to file an

official complaint with police
against the officers involved
in the alleged incident.
He made the allegations
while denying claims that PLP
members were "buying votes"
in Grand Bahama.
On Saturday, The Tribune
reported that the PLP was
being accused of buying votes
in Grand Bahama. where it
SEE page two

Gay rights group claims FNMs
expressed 'homophobic sentiments'
about PLP candidates, supporters
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Rainbow Alliance of the Bahamas has alleged that some FNM
candidates expressed "homophobic sentiments" about PLP candi-
dates and supporters at their mass rally on Saturday night.
Erin Greene, spokesperson for the local gay rights group, said the
remarks were met with cheers from the crowd and that none of the
commentators or speakers sought to condemn the statements.
Ms Greene was responding to an Amnesty International press
SEE page 10

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Latest rally
FROM page one
The Tribune attempted to contact PLP
chairman Raynard Rigby for his view on
which of the crowds were larger.
The calls were not returned, however
the chairman issued the following state-
ment yesterday evening:
"Convinced that the PLP is winning the
war of numbers at mass rallies, the FNM
has no set about to shamelessly engage in
the politics of deception.
"This wicked attempt to distort the truth
did not work in 2002, nor will it work on
May 2. They can shorten and narrow Clif-
ford Park all they want with barricades,
field marshals, trailers and stage manipu-
"The PLP will continue to allow raises
to have a sense of spontaneity. We will
not micro-manage where our supporters
should or should not stand.
"We are completely confident that the
level of support at our raises is indicative
of a resounding endorsement of the PLP
on May 2."
0 PLP supporters pack Fort Charlotte
on Friday (Photw Franklyn G Ferguson)


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DR NOTrAGE speaks to residents of Black Point, Exuma on Friday. Dr Nottage said plans were i
already complete for a new mini-hospital in Exuma, so that expectant mothers don't have to travel to
New Providence.
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

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for MP for Exuma, and Prime Minister Perry Christie.
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

Senator claims police told

PLPs to take off tee-shirts

FROM page one
was alleged that large sums of money were distributed to res-
It was further alleged that residents were asked to produce
their voter's card and made to swear on the Bible that they
intend to vote PLP, before receiving sums of money from
members of the PLP.
According to reports, some residents were paid between
$500 and $2,000.
One FNM candidate said the PLP campaign workers were
reportedly giving money to residents at a PLP headquarters on
Thursday evening.
The FNM candidate claimed that a police car was parked in
the area, and a senior police officer and two other oll riC ,
were also present.
Chief Inspector Noel Curry told The Tribune that the police
had not received any reports, and are not aware of such activ-
During a press conference at the FNM's headquarters on Fri-
day, FNM candidate David Wallace spoke out against the
alleged vote-buying activities.
"It is unfortunate that the PLP is trying to coerce persons
with money, and we condemn them for resorting to such des-
perate tactics," Mr Wallace said.
Mr Wallace said the FNM intends to file an official report
with police concerning the situation.
But yesterday. Senator Galanis told The Tribune that the alle-
gations were "absolutely and completely untrue."
Instead, he claimed that some police officers have been vic-
timising PLP supporters in Grand Bahama.
He said: "Several police officers have told PLP supporters
who were wearing PLP tee-shirts that if they did not take their ,
shirts off they would arrest them on May I and they would not
be able to vote.
"I intend to make a formal complaint tomorrow and we
have the names of these officers and we are going to give
them their names and ask them to take disciplinary action
against the officers and any other officers who try to do this +.
despicable behaviour," Mr Galanis said.

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007, PAGE 3


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0 In brief




land policy

NO-one gave away more
Bahamian land than Hubert
Ingraham, charged Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell on Friday at the
PLP's mass rally.
Mr Mitchell told the crowd
that he had to put a stop to the
lies being told about the PLP's
land policies.
"This same Hubert Ingra-
ham is the ont who repealed
the PLP's Immovable Proper-
ties Act to make it possible for
all his rich friends to sell away
Bahamian land to their hearts'
content," Mr Mitchell said.
According to him, the PLP
bought back hundreds of acres
of land in the Clifton area from
the private sector for $18 mil-
lion for the "heritage" of the
Bahamian people.
And he said that in Harbour
Island the PLP bought land that
the National Trust wanted to
sell and placed it in public hands
for the Bahamian people.
"In Mayaguana, there is no
giveaway of Bahamian land. We
have invested in a joint venture
company with a developer and
the land is therefore still owned
by the Bahamian people, but it
will be developed in their best
interests. We bought back 220
acres of private land in West
End and it now belongs to
"In Winding Bay in Abaco,
land there is owned in a joint
venture between the govern-
ment and the Winding Bay
developers. It is not sold into
private hands. That is a big lie,"
said Mr Mitchell.
He also accused the FNM of
spreading lies about the Baha
Mar project.
He said the project promised
to create as many as 8,000 jobs
and that the PLP would be able
to work out any foreseeable
problems associated with the
"And never mind the unusu-
al style of these developerss .qof
negotiating ig .. The fact is
our young gpople .ieed work
and we ha"e to keep the jobs
coming," Mr Mitchell said.
"The land does not part from
the Bahamian people if the
company does not perform. If
they do not perform and do
what they say they are going to
do, the land still belongs to the
Bahamian people."
Mr Mitchell told supporters
that the FNM are "masters of
deceit" and that they were try-
ing to attribute to the PLP what
they themselves were guilty of.
"The PLP bought back the
land and saved it for the
Bahamian people," he said.

Five dead
after plane
crashes on
way to Andros

FIVE people were killed
when a small plane, en route to
the Bahamas, crashed off the
coast of Fort Lauderdale on
Saturday mQrning.
All occupants of the Piper
Aztec died when the plane -
headed for Andros went
down 17 miles out to sea short-
ly after 9.20am.
The deceased Glen
Quackenbush, who owned and
piloted the plane, Troy Taylor,
Michael Gross, Michael Levof-
sky and Mark Santa were all
Florida residents, federal
authorities told Associated
Debris from the wreckage of
the plane was spotted by a res-
cue helicopter, according to
Coast Guard Petty Officer Jen-
nifer Johnson.
It is not known yet what
caused the plane to go down,
according to federal aviation
Taylor, 42, the son of retired
Miami-Dade Police Director
Fred Taylor, and vice president
of Crystal Image Graphics in

Hallandale Beach, was on his
way with his friends for a fishing
trip in Andros. His mother said
that it was the first time that he
was going out of the US to fish.

Christie claims economy handling

approved by international agencies

Tribune Staff Reporter
The PLP has received an
"A" grade from international
rating agencies for managing
the economy so successfully,
claimed Prime Minister Perry
Christie on Friday night.
The prime minister told the
sea of yellow placard-waving
supporters that the Bahamas
had made tremendous
progress under the PLP over
the past five years.
Referring to the recent PLP
rally in Exuma, the prime min-
ister told the crowd that he had
message to deliver from that
He said: "I wish you could
have been there. I wish you
could have been there to see
for yourself just how ready all

of Exuma is for May 2. 1 went
to Exuma to deliver a message
but the people of Exuma gave
me a message, too. And the
message they gave me to bring
back is simply this: we've come
too far to turn back now."
He said the PLP had been
getting the same message all
over the country.
Mr Christie said voters
would have to face a "big
choice" on May 2.
"And here's the choice: do
you want to go forward or
backward?" asked Mr Christie.
According to him, over the
last five years, the PLP has
made a lot of progress and
they are determined to keep
this country moving forward
so that it can work better for
every Bahamian.
He said: "Economic growth

has surged to new heights. Job
creation is way up. Unemploy-
ment is way down. The inter-
national rating agencies have
given your PLP government
an 'A' grade for managing the
economy so successfully.
"We have brought Family
Island economies back from
the dead, and in just five years
we have made it possible for
more Bahamians to own their
own low-cost homes than the
FNM was able to do in its
entire 10 years."
On the other hand, he said,
the FNM represents the past.
"And let us not forget that
they had their day! They had
their time! They had 10 long
years and they didn't get the
job done. That's why there can
be no turning back!" shouted
Mr Christie

(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

PLP candidate claims Grant sign damaged by tourist

Tribune Freeport Reporter
date for Lucaya Constance
McDonald criticised Lucaya
MP Neko Grant for accusing
PLP supporters in the press for
destroying his campaign sign
last week.
"It is irresponsible for any-
body in this campaign to blame
another party, and it is unfor-
tunate that the newspapers are
just anxious to try and make
the governing party look bad,"
she said on Friday.
Ms McDonald said it is
unfortunate that one of Mr
grant's sign was damaged and
defaced. But, she said, it does
not justify front-page coverage
in the local newspaper.
Mr Grant's election sign,
which was placed at the junc-
tion of Adventurer's Way and
the Mall Drive, was defaced fol-

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lowing a mass PLP rally, which
was held last week in the area.
Ms McDonald, who is a first-
time PLP candidate, said that
campaign signs are defaced
and vandalised all the time.
She claims that Mr Grant's
sign was accidentally damaged
by a tourist.
"The sign that Mr Grant was
talking about, I had a report
that there was an accident in an
SD car driven by a tourist that
damaged that sign," she said.
The sign in question, how-
ever, did not sustain physical
damages consistent with a car
accident. The only portion of
the sign damaged was the pho-
tograph of Mr Grant.
Ms McDonald said acts of
vandalism should be reported
to the police and dealt with by
the police.
"The PLP decries and
denounces any and all forms
of violence or vandalism, any-

where, anytime, and in any cir-
cumstances. We expect our
supporters to act ...peacefully
throughout thi campaign.
"And if persons believe that
acts of vandalism are happen-
ing then they should report the
matter to the police so they
can conduct proper investiga-
tions, and then after that hap-
pens a report can be made to
the public without prejudging
the issue," she said.
"It is irresponsible for any-
body in this campaign to blame
another party, and it is unfor-
tunate that the newspapers are
anxious to try and make the
governing party look bad. So
therefore, they will irresponsi-
bly make a report about the
party doing different things,"
she said.
Ms McDonald said the press
must be responsible in its
reporting by obtaining
response from both sides.

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PLP try to silence FNM rallies

THE PLP appears to be running scared in this
election. We are alarmed at the lengths to which
they are going to try to smother the voice of
opposition. And, of course, democracy -dies -
when opposing voices are silenced.
Government's actions could not have been
more obvious than last Thursday when the FNM
was told that air space on ZNS, the govern-
ment owned radio station, was not available
for their RM Bailey rally that night. It had
already been booked by the PLP, the Opposi-
tion was told. And what did the PLP have to
offer? A repeat of their own rally, broadcast
live the evening before. It was an obvious
attempt to keep Bahamians glued to their tele-
vision sets watching an old PLP rally in the
hope that they would not attend the FNM rally
that night.
But Bahamians don't like unfairness. This
probably accounts for the record-breaking
turnouts that the FNM are having at their rallies.
Reporters who have covered rallies for both
sides, say that not only was the FNM's Saturday
night rally at Clifford Park larger than the PLP's
at the same site, but it was the largest rally they
have ever seen. These reporters are young, and
so these rallies could possibly be the'largest
they have seen in their lifetimes, but it is when
older, politically seasoned Bahamians' mouths
drop open and eyes come out on stalks in
credulity at the mammoth turn-outs, that one
sits up and takes note.
SBahamians aiFbbviiuisly dreattiiitibumfbers ,
to the PLP's efforts to shut out the Opposition.
The managers of the Broadcasting Corpo-
ration know that the FNM hold*'ttir tables in
New Providence on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
But they have told the FNM that they can have
air time only two nights before the election -
Saturday night, which was broadcast live, and
the Golden Gates rally, which will be broadcast
on Monday. The FNM have adjusted to accom-
modate the station's schedule.
We know a Bahamian woman, who up until
recently was a political fence-sitter. But no
longer. She is so angry with politicians, who
she claims have done nothing for the poor, that
she was not going to vote. She was neither PLP
nor FNM. According to her, one party was as
bad as the other. We encouraged her to at least
get her voter's card, listen to the speakers at the
various rallies, and then make up her mind.
Both parties launched their campaign with a
rally on the night of April 11 the FNM at
Clifford Park and the PLP at the Queen Eliza-
beth's Sports Centre. Both drew large crowds.
The next morning we were faced with a very
angry lady. She had wanted to hear what Mr

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Ingraham had to say, also what Mr Christie had
to say. It was then that she was going to judge
how she would vote, if at all. Mr Christie's ral-
ly was broadcast over ZNS. Mr Ingraham's over
"Do you know," she said, "Mr Ingraham
and Mr Christie mounted their podiums at the
same time. It was as if they had their watches
set. All night I had to keep switching stations,
from one to the other. I wanted to hear what
both of them had to say. I wanted to know what
they were going to do for us poor people who
can barely afford to eat, prices are so high."
As time passed and she realized this was a
PLP gimmick to prevent the FNM message get-
ting to the people, she knew where she was
going. She's still fed up with politicians, but
what the PLP are doing "just ain't fair," she
said. She is not alone in her disgust. So if this is
the PLP's little game, it looks as though it is
The sight of posters for Dr Jacinta Higgs,
candidate for Fox Hill, and Opposition Leader
Hubert Ingraham seem to be driving the PLP
A truck, driven by a man well known to Dr
Higgs, with young boys on the back, followed
Dr Higgs' workers who were putting up her
posters. As fast as the posters went up, the chil-
dren were positioned to tear them down. The
report was taken back to Dr Higgs' headquar-
ters and one of her supporters went out with a
'I*mcant'eti and photographed the young people.
Two of the :photos are published on page 7 of
today's Tribune.
On another occasion a young lady went to Dr
Higgs in disbelief. She told Dr Higgs that her
opponent, Mr Mitchell, was up and down the
street in Fox Hill demanding that all opposition
posters come down. If true, this is surprising
especially from a man, who, when himself in
opposition, almost daily bombarded our edito-
rial desk with statements in defence of democ-
racy and a people's right, not only to know, but
to be free to express themselves.
Does Mr Mitchell remember August, 1992
when he challenged the broadcast rules of the
Pindling government? These rules were also
an attempt to shut off the voice of opposition.
To which Mr Mitchell replied:
"The law is unfair, unconstitutional and the
penalties are draconian. We consider this law an
affront to our right to express ourselves freely.
It is also an unfair attempt to throttle the oppo-
sition to Pindling within the country."
It would be interesting to know: Who is this
man, Fred Mitchell, and what does he really
stand for?


support fo

Prime Min

EDITOR, The Tribune.
AS I sit and write this letter,
I am baffled as to why Alger-
non Allen would stoop so low
in his support for Perry
Christie trust me it's only
Christie and not the party.
Algernon Allen's action must
be embarrassing for his family
and in particular his wife, Ani-
ta Allen, and his sister,
Pauline Allen-Dean.
I am convinced the only rea-
son he is with Christie is
because he is probably after
something and, in my opinion,
he will kiss as far up as he can
to get it.
I can't even stand to watch
him on TV, he just look so big
and stupid, imagine me tak-
ing my legal work or anything
for that matter to him? No
I want Bulgie to go down
memory lane and remember
the days he spoke from our
rallies about "the do nothing
Christie", how could he for-
get, ain't nothing change with
Christie except he is probably
now doing something for
Bulgie. That same cow busi-
ness he had to beat the PLP
with is what we will use on
In everyone's life there is a
past and Algernon's is excep-
tional in that regard so he
should stop while he is ahead.
What's up with him refer-
ring to my leader as big head?
Suppose someone was to refer
to his son as "chip out lip",
would he like it? Hubert is
someone's son, brother, hus-
band, father and friend and
we don't like it one bit. I'm
not,g9ing to talk about drink-
ing and beating, some people
don't even have to drink to
beat...talk that!
I hear that Bulgie is can-
vassing with some of the PLP
candidates, if he had done that
when he was in Marathon he
would have been in a better
position today, but no, he let
his extended family run his
campaign, resulting in his loss
and as a result he is now kiss-
ing up.
Yes, let him stay with them
because he can't come in
Marathon. I understand he is
sending messages to us, his
former constituents, he is too
shame to face us. My brother
stay out 'cause you ain't wel-
come anymore. The FNM has
sent us a real gentleman and a
scholar and Dr Deveaux will

put to rest the one who we
now call "pinstripe", "bowtie",
"50 per cent".
Bulgie, you used to be
someone I looked up to, I
don't anymore, you have
grown children and a very
young child, you should con-
duct yourself in a more
respectable manner.



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This same man, who you
speak of in such a derogatory
manner, will on May 2, once
again become leader of this
great little country.
Bahamians, and Marathon
in particular, it ain't long
now......it's just a matter of
time before people make the
right choice and vote in an
FNM government.

April, 2007.

The pluses of


EDITOR, The Tribune.
WHY certain political leaders are so naive'as to the
pluses of persons who will nominate as Independents?
It seems both leaders of the FNM and the PLP, Rt
Hon Hubert Ingraham and Rt Hon Perry G Christie
have very short memories that not so long ago after
they were expelled from the PLP both nominated and
ran as Independents and in both cases, owing to the
perception that they would be more friendly to the
FNM, the FNM did not oppose them in their con-
The PLP in 2002 did not run a candidate against the
Hon Pierre Dupuch, nor did they run a candidate
against the Hon Tennyson Wells, nor against Larry
Cartwright in Long Island, but today it seems because
there could be an improved chance of one or two inde-
pendents winning certain seats the politicians are doing
their best to go even to the extent of getting those per-
sons somehow out of the country before nomination
......A rawwarningAto4he government PLP daily'we
hear new evidence in the Anna Nicole case that has to
be disquieting to Rt Hon Perry'Cliristie as the worst
scenario that could possibly occur would be that the
FNM or the news service will drop a bombshell right on
the eve of the election day from which they could never
Possibly the best advice would be to ensure that you
know the whole truth surrounding any perceived or
otherwise have many disturbed nights between now
and the day. A polygraph test might be well advised on
your candidate known to be close to the Anna Nicole
I endorse Independent candidates simply because
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Reports of
action causing
airport delays

Pindling International Airport
suffered serious delays in receiv-
ing their baggage Saturday as
Nassau Flight Services employ-
ees continued to carry out indus-
trial action over pay, according
to unconfirmed reports.
An anonymous source who
contacted The Tribune at 3pm
on Saturday said passengers
who had arrived on 11am flights
still had not received their lug-
This followed action on Fri-
day by Nassau Flight Services -
which includes baggage han-
dlers, ticketing, ramp and clean-
up agents, as well as account-
ing staff after the government
broke a promise to implement
proposed salary adjustments for
the employees.
These adjustments had been
recommended by the Hay
Group an independent con-
sultancy company which con-
cluded that the workers at NFS
are significantly underpaid.
The bosses at NFS had
agreed to the adjustments, sign-
ing an industrial agreement with
the union last year. However,
this year's increases never
Initially, reports were that
while Friday's action caused a
disruption of airport proce-
dures, everything was again
"running smoothly" by the
afternoon. However, it appears
that the weekend was again
beset by delays as a result of
NFS actions.
NFS workers first walked out
for an hour on April 2, causing
a significant slowdown at the air-
At that time, Airport and
Allied Workers Union president
Nelerene Harding said that dur-
ing a meeting with Minister of
Transport Glenys Hanna-Mar-
tin, the minister had promised
the salary dispute would be
resolved in a day or so.
Since then, Ms Harding said
on Friday, a government econ-
omist had reportedly refused to
accept,the, fay Group report,
.Attempts to contact union
officials yesterday were unsuc-

Man arrested
after police
find gun and

ON Friday night, officers
from the Central Detective Unit
arrested a man and took him
into police custody after dis-
covering three bullets and a 2.40
And on Friday night, the
police said that CDU officers
received a tip from a member of
the public.
As a result, officers travelled
to a car wash on Carmichael
Road, where they searched the
area and found a black shot
gun, a ski mask and a bullet
proof vest.
The police said they are ques-
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used for a weekend cookout.
Blue, yellow and black
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Charles Drive, where PLP
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"This property is a private
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Harald Fuhrmann.
"Over the weekend there
was a cookout there which
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The ground-floor apartment
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Now the investor, who has
owned the property for 15
years, said he wants Mr Treco

and his supporters out of the
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the front entrance.
"The question of the colours
was discussed, but I never
gave an answer," said Mr
Fuhrmann. "The point is that
this property should never
have been used as an office."

He has asked police if per-
mission was sought to use the
property for a weekend cook-
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parked outside as PLP sup-
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becue on Saturday.
"I feel very uncomfortable
about the whole situation,"
said Mr Fuhrmann. "I never

* THE decorated property on Prince Charles Drive

expected this to happen."
A message left for Mr Treco

was not returned up to press
time yesterday.

THE Bahamas is among a
list of island nations cited by a
new study for having a fishing
industry that is unsustainable.
An article printed yester-
day in the Edmonton Jour-
nal stated that according to
the study, nine such fisheries
industries have already col-
lapsed and many more are in
Canadian Press writer
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report as saying that the dis-
appearance of marine
resources as a result of over-
fishing is a likely outcome in
most island, nations around
the world.
"The study of 49 island
countries from the Philip-
pines to the Bahamas says
catches are on average 64 per
cent above sustainable levels,
and in nine of those countries
fisheries have already col-
lapsed," he wrote. "The study
says an area four times the

size of Australia's Great Bar-
rier Reef would be needed to
support current levels of fish-
ing in these island countries.
and by 2050 would require an
area 12 times that size."
Wallace quoted Simon
Fraser University biologist
Isabelle Cote as saying that
a collapse of the fishing indus-
tries in these countries is
unavoidable unless the
demand for fish is reduced.
Cote said: "If you take a
fisherman out of his boat and
give him a different job so he
can make money, then he's
still going to spend that mon-
ey on buying fish ..."
According to the article,
the results of the study"were
reached with the assumption
that the health of reefs will
remain constant.
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(The writer is a business
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TO paraphrase Sir Walter
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him did not burn as the West

Indies cricket team played an
opponent his soul would be
Over the last few weeks as
the Cricket World Cup
(CWC) tournament has been
played in the West Indies, the
chests of West Indians all
over the world have swelled
with pride that their small
countries have successfully


hosted the tournament
despite the enormous chal-

lenges involved.
This feeling of pride was
wonderfully captured by the
writer, poet and sugar indus-
try executive, Ian McDonald
in an insightful article enti-
tled, "Give Credit", about the
new cricket stadium in
Guyana when he said:
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enthused by the overall suc-
cess that was achieved against
so many odds and obstacles
and should we not praise to
the full those who worked
tirelessly to bring off this
astonishing endeavour -
building the Stadium, getting
the infrastructure done,
cleaning the city and sur-
roundings, securing the event,
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first time and joined the bus-
tle and enthusiasm of the
filled to capacity crowd. The
friendliness of the volunteers
and staff at every turn was a
great help."
Significantly, Ian McDon-
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scudding overhead could not
lessen or dampen for me the
greatness of the occasion or
the feeling of exhilarating
While the hopes of West
Indians were lifted with
expectation that the West
Indies would do well and
might even win the tourna-
ment as they used to .do, the
only burning in the hearts of
West Indians came not from
the flame of pride but from
the blister of disappointment
as their team gave one miser-

able performance after anoth-
er eventually being knocked
out before the semi-finals.
The West Indian team
seems to have lost the under-
standing that winning at
cricket against the teams of
places such as England and
Australia; India and Pakistan;
South Africa and New
Zealand is integral to West
Indian self-respect. It proves
that West Indians can be vic-

torious over others bigger and
more powerful than our-.
selves. Such victory gives the:
West Indian a reason for self-r
belief and for pride in a world
in which West Indians are;
West Indians do not expect
to win every game, but they,
do expect the team to got
down fighting.
So while West Indians
everywhere would have-
shared Ian McDonald's feel-'
ings about the West Indian
team performance, many
would also have shared his
sentiments about the effort'
to be ready to host the CWC
games in Guyana, Antigua,
St Kitts, St Lucia, Grenada,
Trinidad, Jamaica and Bar-
All the host countries,
spent a great deal of
resources trying to ensure
that West Indians everywhere
could hold their heads high
in terms of the quality of the.
stadia in which the games
were held; the appropriate-
ness of accommodation at,
which visitors stayed; and the
warmth of the reception with-
which visitors were received.
This joy in this effort will
be dampened by a recent
report of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) which,
says that "the long term net
impact of CWC is unclear in,
light of the associated fiscal
costs". According to the?
IMF, "the net effect of the,
CWC could well be negative
in light of its heavy fiscal costs
and the already high public,
debt burdens in the region."'
The IMF analysis even,
before the games are over,
and the revenues counted -
may well prove to be. correct.,q
And, while all the. govern-
ments had made optimistic
statements about the rewards,
that would be reaped from'
CWC, they were careful to'
locate the benefits in the:
future particularly from'
tourism that would result
from the publicity generated
by television images.
In reality, tourism should
not try to live off the televi-,
sion coverage of CWC for
when people are making deci-
sions about holidays while.
some might remember the
spectacular images of the
Caribbean, other factors such,
as the competitiveness of
costs of accommodation and,
flights will play a far more;
important role in their holi-
day choice.
It may well be that, at thee
end of the day, the main ben-,
efit of CWC to the West
Indies is that they proved
they were capable of hosting'
it and hosting it well. There is
good reason for pride in this'
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West Indians all over the world
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successfully hosted the
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0 In brief

Two arrested
over alleged
TWO men were arrested at
Lynden Pindling Airport on Fri-
day in connection with the
alleged discovery of $50,000
worth of cocaine.
, According to the police
report, the discovery was made
is a result a joint effort between
officers of the Airport Police
Station and US Customs.
Several persons were alleged-
ly attempting to travel from
Nassau to Fort Lauderdale, the
police said, adding that two and
a half pounds of cocaine was
found in the underwear of two
persons in the group.
, The police also report that on
Friday at around 8am a con-
cerned citizen turned over a
weapon that was found near a
The weapon turned out to be
a 9mm handgun that contained
one live round of ammunition.

Police arrest
man carrying
quantity of
ON Friday morning the
police in Crooked Island report-
ed seeing a man in his mid-thir-
ties acting in a suspicious man-
The police said that officers
searched the man and found a
small amount of marijuana in
his possession.
The man was arrested and
taken into police custody.

Police discover
AK-47 and
in bushes
: SENIOR police officers are
very concerned after the dis-
covery of an AK-47 assault rifle
as well as a clip for the weapon
on Thursday afternoon.
Officers from the Drug
Enforcement Unit and East
Street South police station, act-'
ing on a tip around 3pm, trav1
elled to a bushy area in south-
west-New Providence and found
the weapon wrapped in a towel.
No arrests have been made.
Police are investigating the mat-
ter and credit the public's assis-
tance as investigations continue.
Five pounds
of marijuana
in truck
POLICE arrested a 35-year-
old Faith Avenue man on
Thursday after allegedly dis-
covering five pounds of mari-
juana in a vehicle.
While near Hamilton Street,
off Carmichael Road, police
saw a man exit a black 1988 sil-
ver and black Dodge Ram.
The man reportedly ran when
he saw the officers. They gave
chase and captured him.
Officers found a knapsack
containing two brown-taped
packages of marijuana.
The drugs are estimated by
police to have a street value of
over $5,000.
Loyalists in
Haiti call for
return of
HAITIANS danced in the
streets to celebrate the over-
throw of dictator Jean-Claude
Duvalier, heckling the tubby,
boyish tyrant as he was driven
to the airport in a black limou-
sine and flown into exile in
1986, according to Associated
Most Haitians hoped the
rapacious strongman known as
"Baby Doc" had left for good,
closing a dark chapter of terror
and repression that began under
his late father, Francois "Papa
Doc" Duvalier.

But now, a handful of loyal-
ists are campaigning to bring
Duvalier home from exile in
France, launching a foundation
to improve the dictatorship's
image and reviving Duvalier's
political party in the hopes that
one day he can return to power
However, hatred for the for-
mer regime runs so deep in
Haiti that it is highly unlikely
the 55-year-old would ever be
voted into power. Victims of
the Duvalier regime are offend-
ed even by the suggestion.

PLP supporters seen defacing posters

ED! Young PLP supporters -
too young to vote are
caught in Fox Hill destroying
FNM posters of Opposition
Leader Hubert Ingraham. On
one pole a poster of Fred
Mitchell, PLP Fox Hill candi-
date, is pasted over the poster
of Mr Ingraham. In the second
photograph a youngster, wear-
ing his yellow PLP tee-shirt,
and watched by his young
friends, also in their yellow
shirts, stands on tip-toe to rip
down Mr Ingraham's poster.
This photograph of the
destruction of posters was tak-
en in Fox Hill on Saturday,
April 14.
Dr Jacinta Mackey-Higgs,

FNM Fox Hill candidate, has
also complained that her
posters have been removed.
Mr Mitchell, said Dr Higgs,
recently issued a public state-
ment at Faith Mission Church
of God demanding that Dr
Higgs remove her poster from
the Old Society Hall building
on Fox Hill Parade.
She said that before the
renaming of the National
Insurance Building in Fox Hill,
PLP workers were ordered to
cover Dr Higgs' poster.
The Fox Hill Constituency
manager made a verbal com-
plaint about the PLP's instruc-
tions at the Fox Hill Police Sta-
tion. Although the poster was
not removed, it was reported

that plants were strategically
placed so that Dr Higgs' poster
could not been seen during the
renaming ceremony.
Dr Higgs said that the fol-
lowing Saturday before the
ceremony commemorating the
abolition of slavery one of
Mr Mitchell's campaign work-
ers approached Dr Higgs
about removing her poster
from the Old Society Building.
Dr Higgs said that she gave no
one permission to either
remove or cover her posters.
Her posters were not removed.
However, a few days later
Mr Mitchell's poster was erect-
ed next to Dr Higgs' poster at
the site of the Old Society

FNM and PLP supporters 'used

stones and bottles in fight'

Higgs calls for calm after

violence erupts in Fox Hill

Tribune Staff Reporter

truck" and launching them at
the opposition party support-

STONES and bottles were "The Fox Hill FNM sup-
used as weapons during a riot porters feverishly fought in
which broke out between PLP defence with every resource
and FNM supporters in Fox they could find," said Dr Hig-
Hill on Thursday night prior gs.
to the FNM's mass rally, FNM At this point, said the can-
candidate Jacinta Higgs didate, the situation escalat-
claims. ed, as a man, described as
The candidate spoke out being "a dark-skinned medi-
over the weekend about the um-built male about 5ft 9ins
evening's events which wearing a yellow PLP t-shirt"
delayed her arrival at the par- emerged from a light coloured
ty's mass rally to appeal to all vehicle and appeared to place
FNM supporters to "refrain a firearm in the waist of his
from reprisals in any form" if pants.
they are confronted by PLP "At this point, people
supporters. became fearful for their safe-
An off-duty police officer ty," said Dr Higgs.
was struck in the thigh by a "A man in plain clothes
rock, and was forced to fire a identified himself as a police
shot into the air to disperse officer and instructed the
the rabble who were involved FNM truck to drive off, to
in the ten to fifteen minute which the driver complied. At
altercation which reportedly this point, the riot became
erupted near Blueberry Hill much more intense and the
and Esso Gas Station., -, offi er y* struck with as
"Several vehicles '-,qn the back s'ie of his right
wvere...struck with stones atd- 'dippedrtlfig.ft. I : f;
bottles. Bystanders were run- "He drew his weapon and
ning, children screaming, and discharged one round in the
rocks and bottles flying," said air. This caused both parties to
the FNM candidate, describ- cease their riotous actions and
ing the scene. disperse from the area. The
Dr Higgs explained how a road was filled with broken
white truck with PLP sup- glass and a lot of stones," she
porters, travelling south, said.
crossed the path of a convoy The candidate said the
of vehicles filled with FNM events, which she described
supporters, heading north on as a "vicious attack by PLPs
Fox Hill Road, at around on Fox Hill FNM supporters"
6.30pm. appeared to be "deliberate".
"The PLP supporters threw "Dr Jacinta Mackey Higgs,
a liquid substance on the FNM candidate for Fox Hill,
truck with FNM supporters, appeals to all FNM workers
shouting 'Out the fire'. The and supporters, when con-
disc jockey on the PLP truck fronted with a similar situa-
spoke on the mike and tion, to refrain from reprisals
requested the PLP support- in any form, and to walk away,
ers to stop throwing water on even if it means giving up their
the FNM truck. Subsequent- rights," said a statement from
ly, the FNM supporters retal- the candidate.
iated by throwing liquids at Fox Hill incumbent Fred
the truck with PLPs," she Mitchell did not return calls
said. relating to the incident up to
Immediately after, a young press time.
man jumped from the PLP Yesterday, Assistant Supt
truck and threw a large stone Walter Evans said that no-one
at the truck full of FNM sup- had been detained in connec-
porters, claimed Dr Higgs. tion with the mini-riot.
FNM supporters retaliated, Meanwhile, he said police
leaping from their vehicle and "discouraged" such behaviour,
doing the same. and called for all party sup-
PLP supporters continued porters to be "mature" and
to fight, taking bottles and responsible in the election
rocks "from the back of their run-up.


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BNGIS Centre to conduct national spatial data collection exercise

MONDAY to FRIDAY 7am 4pm I ]

A TEAM of 15 persons, led by officials
from the Bahamas National Geographic
Information Systems Centre (BNGIS), will
visit Abaco over a two-week period to con-
duct the Centre's first national field data col-
lection exercise.
They are expected to begin full-scale data
collection activities on Monday, April 23.
The exercise will facilitate part of the Cen-
tre's mandate under the Land Use Policy and
Administration Project (LUPAP), Compo-
nent 2, to build the country's digital infor-
mation resources and is expected to lead to
the better collection, management and shar-
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of Financial Services and Investments and
the Department of Marine Resources, will
accompany the BNGIS officials to Abaco.
Local Government officials from Andros
and Abaco will be on site to assist in the data
collection exercise

Ms Carolann Albury, Director of the
BNGIS Centre, said the exercise is a "signif-
icant" part of the facility signed between the
Government of the Bahamas and the Inter-
American Development Bank (IDB) for the
development of Geographic Information Sys-
tems (GIS) databases or Geographic Profiles
of the islands of Abaco, Andros and Great
She said the visit to Abaco is the first in a
series of field surveys designed to not only
collect data on various aspects of the island
and its inhabited cays, but also provide fur-
ther hands-on training to officers located on
the selected islands.
"Early on in the project preparation phase,
it was determined that data collection on the
Family Islands was a necessary requirement
for improved land use planning, especially
in this environment where our islands are
experiencing varying degrees of develop-
ment," Ms Albury said.
"Abaco, Andros and Great Inagua were
chosen as the three islands to begin the
process of building the country's information
resources in order to address the lack of dig-
ital data required for mapping, managing and
monitoring economic development and to
expand the use of GIS to the Family Islands,
which in turn will allow Local Government
officials on these islands access to modern
tools which will assist them in better manag-

graphic Profiles Coordinator for the Land Use Pol- '
icy and Administration Project, Component 2
(LUPAP 2) (standing) goes over final details of the
upcoming field data collection exercise that will be
conducted in Abaco beginning Monday, April 23,
2007. The field visit to Abaco is being viewed as
significant for GIS in The Bahamas as it will mark
the first time a multi-agency GIS data capture exer-
cise will be conducted.
(BIS photo: Patrick Hanna)

ing the country's natural resources," she
The team, led Mrs Valrie Grant-Harry, the
IDB consultant and Geographic Profile Coor-
dinator for the LUPAPA 2 Project, will be
outfitted with modern tools such as Trimble
hand-held units, digital Global Positioning
Systems (GPS) cameras, laptops "and other
devices" to help them accomplish their mis-
They are expected to collect data on many
aspects of the island and some of its cays,
including roads, docks, marine habitats, fish-
landing sites, ecologically sensitive areas,
tourist attractions, water bodies, green spaces,
proposed development sites, public cemeter-
ies, utility poles, landfills, post offices, clinics
and schools.
"The LUPAP field surveying and spatial
data collection activities encompass a wide
spectrum of and surveying and facilities map- -
ping, using advanced digital surveying tech-
nologies and computer software systems.
"This data collection exercise is very impor-
tant for building networks for improved data '
sharing for better land use and planning while -
simultaneously building local capacity to use
modern tools such as GIS and GPS," Ms.
Albury said.
Team leader Mrs Grant-Harry said the field
visit is "Significant for GIS in The Bahamas as
it is the first time that a multi-agency GIS
data capturing exercise will take place.
"This shows cooperation and collaboration
among government agencies," Mrs Grant- h
Harry said.
"This is exactly what is needed to achieve a
successful National Spatial Data Infrastruc-
ture which will result in increased data shar-
ing, reduction in the duplication of effort,
,cost savings and a great transference of
knowledge and information." "'
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appears to have
finally exposed himself as a
closet PLP and a great politi-
cal turncoat.
Mr Allen is one of several
former FNMs including
Pierre Dupuch, Tennyson
Wells, Sir Arlington Butler,
Lester Turnquest, Ashley
Cargill and Anthony Miller -
who have snuggled up to
Prime Minister Perry Christie
and the PLP for what seems to
be various self-serving rea-
sons, and are doing all in their
power to persuade the
Bahamian people into think-
ing that Mr Christie is a better
national leader than FNM
leader Hubert Ingraham.
For the most part, these
men are former FNM mem-
bers of many years,
whose personal animus and
sour grapes towards Mr Ingra-
ham has driven them into the
arms of the PLP seemingly
forgetting the stance that any
political pArty should be
greater than one man.
A brief look at the political
history of these 'FNMs for
Christie' would reveal that
several of them may not be
acting on principle, but rather
on personal interest, egocen-
tricity, starry-eyed aspirations,
personal animosity and resent-
ment. These men all seem
intent on quashing Mr Ingra-
ham's executive ambitions in
the next general election.
Algernon Allen, the politi-
cal relic, has now taken to giv-
ing emotionally charged,
polarising speeches at PLP ral-
lies, which could be seen as
an impetus to incite violence
between supporters of both
major political parties.
Mr Allen has become a
main attraction with his off-
beat performances at PLP ral-
lies before thousands of PLP
supporters who thunderously
applaud his antics and
detestable vernacular.
Algernon Allen, a former
Minister of Social Services and
Housing, and Youth, Sports
and Culture under the FNM,
is being paraded throughout
the Bahamas and has been
seen putting up "the crab"
(PLP symbol) and hugging
and kissing the prime minis-
ter as if he had just found dia-
monds. Mr Christie should
know that even Judas kissed
Jesus, and that Mr Allen's
kisses could be the kiss of a
political death.
At a recent rally, Mr Allen,
in an emotionally-charged
speech, told PLPs that Hubert
Ingraham had taken over the
FNM. He referred to the par-
ty as the HIP Hubert Ingra-
ham's party and urged vot-
ers to kick the hip!
Algernon Allen, who was
fired from his ministerial post
by Hubert Ingraham in 2001,
has been out and about, telling
Bahamians across the
Bahamas that Mr Ingraham is
untrustworthy and has assert-
ed that the "forces that are
driving (FNM leader) Hubert
Ingraham do not have the
interest of the people at
At a recent rally, Allen fur-



their stated: "I hold no bitter-
ness towards Mr Ingraham, I
simply want to present a case
why this kind, compassionate
man, Perry Gladstone
Christie, should once again be
elected by a mighty shout to
lead our country as we reject
the other fellow."
Yeah, right, who does Mr
Allen think that he's fooling?

B eyond being fired, a
look at Allen's histo-
ry would reveal that he (like
Tennyson Wells) is a dis-
pleased would-be leader who
was rejected by FNMs in their
convention of 2001, when he
sought a leadership post. Mr
Allen, like several other dis-
gruntled former FNMs, has
implied that the election of
then leader Tommy Turn-
quest and Dion Foulkes
(deputy) may have been
rigged. It is widely believed
that Algernon Allen and oth-
ers blame the turnout of that
election on Hubert Ingraham
and his supposed meddling to
garner support for Turnquest
and Foulkes.
Furthermore, after the
FNM was crushed at the polls
in 2002, Mr Allen was
nowhere to be found and nev-
er assisted in the reorganisa-
tion of his party.
In the case of Tennyson
Wells, he too aspired to lead
the FNM. Following his con-
vention defeat, Mr Wells dis-
sociated himself from the
FNM and successfully
ran as an Independent in
For the past five years. Mr
Wells has been a parliamen-
tary thorn in Mr Ingraham's
side, appearing to have struck
a political deal with the PLP
and has been referred to by
Mr Ingraham as "the opposi-
tion to the opposition".
Following Mr Ingraham's
re-election to .the leadership -
post at the FNM's convention
in 2005. Ingraham stood up in
the House of Assembly and
expelled Mr Wells, stating: "I
declare that he (Mr Wells) is
no longer an FNM". Before
this point, Mr Wells had
repeatedly asserted that he
was an FNM.
Both the PLP and Mr Wells
have denied making a deal
about the upcoming elections,
especially since questions
arose as to why a PLP chal-
lenger was not nominated to
contest the Bamboo Town
The PLP's refusal to nomi-
nate a candidate in Bamboo
Town led Mr Ingraham to
publicly conclude at a recent
FNM rally that, in Mr Wells'
case, you could only be PLP
or FNM inferring that since
Wells was no longer an FNM,
he was a PLP! Last week Fri-
day, I can personally attest to
observing a crowd of PLP sup-
porters at Wells' headquar-
There are other members
of the group of discontented
FNMs that were either fired


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simply enjoying the crumbs
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Indeed, it is obvious that
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wonder why, and surely, it is
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Algernon Allen, who now
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FCBeadership, like David Grand Balm
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bate, the stupid
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d Wallace."
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le FNM claimed
P was giving out
f money on Thurs-
lay to residents in

They clainied that residents
were asked to show their vot-
ers cards and then made to
swear on t lie Bible to vote PLP
in the May 2 general election.
There have been reports
that some residents received
$500 and others as high as
$2,000. Vote-buying is against
the law in the Bahamas. The
FNM has said that it intends


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to file an official report with
police concerning alleged vote-
buying in Grand Bahama.
Mr Wilchcombe said that
FNM candidates were always
crying and complaining about
something. He said initially
they complained about elec-
tion signs being taken down,
or destroyed, and now they are
accusing the PLP of buying
"Well, I can tell you tonight,
I want the record to reflect
that I have no reason to buy
any votes. But if helping peo-
ple is buying votes then I
guilty, I dead guilty because I
will be guilty all my life for
helping people," said Mr
"I was doing it before I was
an MP, and I will do it now...
and as long as I have life in my
body." Mr Wilchcombe said
that he had been helping peo-
ple in his constituency and oth-
er parts of the Bahamas

throughout his term.
"The Bible tells us to feed
the hungry, clothe the naked,
give to the poor, give drink to
the thirsty, and visit those who
are sick, and in prison.
"If I see one Bahamian in
need, I will help that Bahami-
"I have always reached out
to the Bahamian people and I
have always reached out to
care for those who were having
difficulty, and no-one will ever
stop me from helping people.
"I will never stop, that is my
personal mandate. I will never
see anyone who needs help
and I don't give it to them. If
they need it I will give it to
them. If I can help somebody I
will do that," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said the
FNM will not stop him from
helping Bahamians who are in
He then criticised an FNM
candidate for luring voters

with a cooler of beers in Grand
"Well, my friend weren't
you buying votes when you
were in Jones Town with a
cooler full of beers and you
had a voters' list with you and
talking to residents. And, then
you have the nerve to go and
talk foolishness, but you will
not stop me. No-one decides
what I do.
"I don't care what foolish-
ness you say when you see
people outside of the Jones
Town headquarters coming to
see me. I will help the Bahami-
an people. I will help my con-
stituents, and I don't apologise
for it. That is my life," said Mr
Chief Inspector Noel Curry,
officer-in-charge of the West-
ern Division, said that the
police have not received any
reports, and are not aware of
any vote buying activities in
Grand Bahama.

6ay rights group claims

FROM page one

release condemning the violence against homosex-
uals in Jamaica.
Last week, Amnesty International said it strong-
ly condemned recent episodes of violence against
perceived gays in Jamaica. The organisation said it
was particularly concerned by reports of mob vio-
lence against homosexuals, who are targeted because
of their appearance or behaviour.
On Sunday, April 8, 2007, a crowd allegedly sur-
rounded a church in Mandeville, Jamaica, and hurled
objects through a window at the back of the church.
The attacks were directed at those attending a funer-
al for a homosexual.
On April 2, 2007, another crowd reportedly threw
stones and bottles at a group of costumed men who
were dancing in the carnival procession in Montego
According to reports, the crowd was angered
because the men were supposedly gyrating in a sex-
ually suggestive manner and demanded that they
leave the stage.
According to eye-witnesses, the men were
attacked, chased and beaten by the mob of around
30 or 40 people. At least one had to be hospitalized
with injuries.
Amnesty International condemned the attacks
and called on Jamaican authorities to ensure that a
full and impartial investigation of the cases takes
place, and that those responsible for the incitement
of violence and public beatings be brought to justice.
Yesterday. Ms Greene told The Tribune: "The

increase in violence towards homosexuals in Jamaica
is of great concern to homosexual communities
throughout the world including the Bahamas. What
is more troubling is the blatant lack of response
and action from the Jamaican government, and the
Caribbean community." #
She said that RAB is calling on the Bahamian
government to challenge the Jamaican government
to comply with its obligations outlined clearly in
the International Covenant on Civil Rights and
Political Rights, the American Convention on
Human Rights and the Jamaican constitution.
She also said that the Amnesty International
statement is relevant to the struggle of gays in the
According to Ms Greene: "Recent statements at
a political rally injecting homophobic sentiments
concerning political candidates and supporters is
most unfortunate and indicates that even in the
Bahamas we are not immune, as the remarks were
met with cheers from the crowd and none of the
commentators or speakers sought to condemn the
malicious and dangerous statements and instead
described them as mischievous humour."
She said: "RAB calls on the Bahamian govern-
ment to take the necessary steps to ensure the erad-
ication of violence against gays in the Bahamas, by
promoting a culture of honesty, integrity and
accountability, promoting a culture that respects
diversity and differences and by initiating, passing
and enforcing anti-discrimination legislation."
The Tribune contacted the Free National Move-
ment for a response to the allegations, but they
refused to comment.

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"FIDEL: 80 More Years,"
proclaim the good wishes still
hanging on storefront and bal-
cony banners months after
Cubans celebrated their lead-
er's 80th birthday, according to
Associated Press.
Fidel Castro may be ailing,
but he's a living example of
something Cubans take pride
in an average life expectancy
roughly similar to that of the
United States.
They ascribe it to free med-
ical care, mild climate, and a
low-stress Caribbean lifestyle,
which they believe make up for
the hardships and shortages
they suffer.
"Sometimes you have all you
want to eat and sometimes you
don't," said Raquel Naring, a
70-year-old retired gas station
attendant. "But there aren't
elderly people sleeping on the
street like other places."
Cuba's average life expectan-
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and 79.43 years for women,
compared with 75.15 and 80.97
respectively for Americans.
Most Cubans live rent-free,
and food, electricity and trans-
portation are heavily subsidised.
But the island can still be a
tough place to grow old.
Homes that were luxurious
before Castro's 1959 revolution
are now falling apart and many
cramped apartments contain
three generations of family
members. Food, water and
medicine shortages are chronic.
But most prescription drugs
and visits to the doctor are free
and physicians encourage pre-
ventive care.
"There's a family doctor on
almost every block," said Luis
Tache, 90 and blind from glau-
coma but still chatty and up on
thile news.
Tache lived in New York for
six straight summers starting in
1945. paying $8 a month for a
furnished apartment at 116th
Street and Broadway. An Eng-
lish teacher, lie retired 30 years
Sitting in a rocking chair in
his breezy living room in
Havana's Plava district, Tache
said Cuban communism "is both
good and bad", while the high
cost of living in capitalist soci-

eties "must be very stressful".
A relaxed lifestyle, which
prizes time spent with family
over careers, helps keep Cubans
healthy, Tache said.
"It's bad for production, bad
for the nation," he said. "But
it's good for the people."
The government runs resi-
dence halls for seniors with no
family to care for them, though
space is severely limited. Com-
munity groups make sure older
people look after one another.
"It's a very happy society.
There aren't so many worries
and problems and that helps,"
said Alida Gil, 57, leader of a
community group in Old
Havana known as "Circle of
Grandmothers 2000."


Shortly after 8am every
weekday, Gil leads two dozen
elderly women through 40 min-
utes of calisthenics on the win-
dowless, water-damaged ground
floor of a state-owned building
adorned with photos of Castro
and his brother, Raul.
Raul Castro, 75, took over in
July after the president under-
went intestinal surgery. Officials
offer increasingly upbeat

(AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

reports about his progress, but
his condition and ailment
remain state secrets.
One of Fidel Castro's per-
sonal physicians, Dr. Eugenio
Selman, in 2003 helped launch
the "120 Years Club," an orga-
nization of more than 5,000
seniors many 100 or older -
from several countries includ-
ing the United States. They
hope to reach the 120-year
mark through healthy diet,
exercise and a positive out-
Selman has not spoken pub-
licly since Castro fell ill, but had
previously suggested the presi-
dent could live to 120. Whether
Castro is a member of the club
is unclear.
Gerardo de la Llera, who still
practises medicine at 77, is the
club's vice-president. He said
the oldest member was a 122-
year-old woman who lives in
the eastern Cuban province of
Granma, but he did not know
her name or exact birthrate.
Cuba has a history of claiming
very old citizens whose ages
have not been authenticated.
The government says it wants
Cuba to become the world
leader in life expectancy, vying
with the 82-year average for
Japan and Singapore.


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Concern over

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following crash


CONCERN about Bahama-
sair maintenance procedures
and a notorious "slope" at Gov-
ernor's Harbour airport have
been raised in the wake of Fri-
day's crash landing in
Airline officials remained
tight-lipped about the incident
over the weekend, but insiders
called for more independent
"oversight" in Bahamasair
mechanical inspections.
The cause of Friday's crash
landing, when the nosewheel
collapsed on a Bahamasair
Dash-8 turbo-prop plane arriv-
ing from Nassau, is still under
No official statement has yet
been released by the company,
which is noted for its clean
record as it relates to crashes.
In addition to what may have
caused the incident, questions
have been raised about how the
company's flight schedule may
be affected by the plane being
taken out of service.
An anonymous Bahamasair
employee suggested that other
planes could be chartered by
the company to fill gaps in its
flight schedule.
Police at Governor's Har-
bour airport said that damage
was caused to the left landing
gear, left wing, left engine and
left rear tail section of the Dash-
8 plane after its landing gear
collapsed upon touchdown.
A taxi-driver at the scene
reported that the plane was left
resting "half on and half off"
the runway following the land-
ing, with its left wing touching
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Last night, Bahamasair insid-
ers raised questions about air-
craft maintenance and suggest-
ed there should be more rigor-
ous "genuinely independent"
oversight of inspections.
"Most of those doing inspec-
tions are retired Bahamasair
personnel," said one source.
"There is a lack of objectivity
because there is no separation
of responsibilities."
A second source said: "We
need an outside inspection body
to make sure all the procedures
are followed. The airline should
be made to comply with regu-
lations regardless of whether it
is a government entity."
Another issue, he added, was
the notorious runway slope at
Governor's Harbour. "If you're
sitting at one end you can't see

the other. There is also the issue
of animals wandering across the
runway. Garbage is left on one
side and dogs try to get to it."
There were also claims that
emergency services at Gover-
nor's Harbour were inadequate.
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said Bahamasair had a tremen-
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Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA), will be holding
a half day seminar exclusively for the Real Estate Industry
on Friday, 27th April 2007 at the British Colonial Hilton.

The seminar will begin promptly a 9:30 a.m. and conclude
at 12:30 p.m.

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What makes a Real Estate Broker or Developer a
"Financial Institution";
The Compliance Commission's Registration Process;
A review of the risk-based on-site examination
When and how to file a suspicious transaction report;
Impact or recent amendments on the Real Estate
BREA as a Self-Regulatory Organization and much,
much more.

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participation from all Real Estate Broker and developer

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FNM and PLP outline agendas

FROM page one

"When you read our Agenda
for Action, when you study it,
you wj# see that what we are
presenting to the Bahamian

people in this election is a clear,
comprehensive and compelling
programme for the continued
development of our nation in
all its spheres," he told those in
Mr Christie said the mani-
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we continue our mission of ser-
The prime minister noted
what the party had already
achieved during its time in
office, including improved infra-
structure, a stimulated econo-
my, and the introduction of
Urban Renewal.
"Yes, we have done a great
deal in just five years! But that's
all behind us now. It's the future
that's calling us now," said Mr
He added that, upon studying
the party's "Agenda for
Action", voters will see that
"there are so many crucially
important things that set us
He claimed that the PLP
platform is the only one that
includes "innovative and viable
strategies, and real hope" for
combating crime.
"Our Agenda for Action also
sets out an exciting and viable
programme for expanding job
creation, deepening the eco-
nomic empowerment of
Bahamians, expanding home
ownership, and continuing with
a land policy that protects
Bahamians against the short-
sighted land sell-off to foreigners
that the FNM made possible,"
he said.

The PLP leader also warned
voters, stating that National
Health Insurance will "never see
the light of day" under the
Meanwhile, speaking at the
FNM mass rally on Saturday -
the first FNM rally to be broad-
cast on ZNS Mr Ingraham
built up to revealing what his
party's manifesto addresses by
seeking to tear down claims
made by the PLP about suc-
cesses during their term in
The opposition leader stated
that many of these purported
accomplishments were either
not as impressive as the FNM's
achievements in the same areas,
or were riding off the back of
policies the FNM had put in
place before 2002.
Mr Ingraham also sought in
advance of the manifesto's
release to remind the crowd of
his party's record while in office
of enacting "progressive legis-
lation", such as instituting a min-
imum wage, and freeing the air-
"This government claims to
be progressive and liberal but it
has failed to enact a single piece
of progressive social legislation
in five years," he claimed.
Mr Ingraham indicated that,

in formulating the document,
the FNM had "listened long and
hard...to your legitimate fears
and your concerns, to your inter-
ests and your aspirations.
"We have consulted widely
among every segment of our
society and we have prepared a
programme to restore trust and
to improve the quality of life for
all Bahamians," he stated.
According to Mr Ingraham,
major issues in this election are
"crime, immigration, education,
health, economic empowerment
and access to land."
Notably, the manifesto high-
lights a commitment by the
FNM to affordable health insur-
ance for all.
"Having promoted national
health insurance as a carrot in
the last campaign, Mr Christie
seeks to use it to propel him
back to office a second time,"
said Mr Ingraham on Saturday.
"He speaks with a contrived
and insincere sense of urgency
about the dire need for a nation-
al health insurance scheme," he
"Take it from me; no more
dillying, no more dallying with
this government. You will get
effective national health insur-
ance when you return an FNM
government to parliament. The

Victim of sea tragedy 'begging'

FROM page one

from their home due to his inability to work because
of his severe injuries from the collision at sea.
Mr Hart said the Ministry of Social Services
promised to assist his family. However, he said, he
has so far received no assistance from government.
On Wednesday, social activist and independent
candidate for Golden Gates Clever Duncombe told
The Tribune that Mr Hart was in the downtown
area attempting to seek assistance from passers-by.
"When I saw him I almost came to tears because
I thought their situation had been remedied some-
what, but their situation has actually gotten worse,"
Mr Duncombe said.
Mr Duncombe also criticised the government
for "neglecting" the victims of the 2003 sea tragedy.
"And the PLP out there giving out all this mon-
ey around election time to buy votes instead of
directing some of that money to help these peo-
ple," Mr Duncombe said.
A wreck commission convened in 2004 to look
into the collision found both the government and the
boat captains liable.
It was also determined that the collision oFccrred

partly because of blunders by the Port Department,
and the Bahamas Maritime Authority, which has
the overall responsibility for establishing a system to
ensure safety at sea.
This week, victims of the tragedy demanded that
government compensate them before the May 2
general election or they would stage a huge protest
to damage the PLP's political campaign.
Paul Rolle, head of the Bahamians United for
Justice group, which represents the 25 victims, told
the media that most of the victims have been evict-
ed from their homes and their livelihoods drasti-
cally affected as a result of injuries sustained in the
In December, 2006, the survivors ofthe accident
tried to get the media's attention by blocking the
path of House of Assembly members as they entered
the lower chamber.
The Sea Hauler and United Star collided in the
early hours of the morning of August 2, 2003. Four
passengers were killed. Sisters Brenda Smith-Ellis,
40, and Brennell Smith-Leslie, 29, were crushed to
death by a fallen crane.
Also killed were 38-year-old Livingstone Sey-
mour and 14-year-old Lynden Riley. Twenty-five
persons were also injured.

FNM knows how to deliver."
Other issues which the FNM
proposes to address include a.
shortfalls in the judiciary and
the facilities relating to the
administration of justice; edu- ,
cation and health infrastructure;
protecting citizens' access to ,'
land and introducing elected .
local government in New Prov- "
Another concern noted at
several points in the document is
that of the need for increased
government accountability to
the public.
The manifesto states that the
party will "be accountable to *
the people through regular pub- *
lic reports on the state of the
country, and by ensuring media
access to information."
This will be enforced by the
introduction of legislation pro-
viding for freedom of informa-
tion. Such legislation is already
in place in many western
democracies, such as the UK
and the US, and is something
which members of the press and
public have called for in the
Bahamas for some time.
Further accountability will
come in the form of openness
on behalf of the government
with regard to agreements with.
international investors, and
through the imposition upon all
Members of Parliament of "sev-
en general principles of con-
duct," according to the docu-
These will demand that min-
isters exhibit selflessness, integri-
ty, objectivity, accountability,
openness, honesty and leader-
ship during their tenure in office.
Later that evening, Prime
Minister Christie was to describe
Hubert Ingraham and deputy
leader Brent Symonette as a
"bridge to the past."
"And when you boil it all
down, the choice in this election
is this: do you want to keep
moving forward, or do you want
to go backward?" he said.
Before yesterday, some com-
mentators had questioned the
late release of the party's mani-
festos coming just over a week
before the election complain-
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parties had little of substance to
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THE Bahamas Public Service
Union is awaiting the result of a
compensation study which should
make it easier to agitate for the pay
raises of workers who make lesser
salaries then their counterparts in
government corporations.
BPSU president John Pinder said
the result of the study should be
ready by June, a few months behind
the original targeted date of Febru-
Speaking to a seminar hosted by
the Institute of Internal Auditors
last week, Mr Pinder said that the
purpose of the study is to compare
the level of responsibilities and JOHNPINDER
salaries of workers in government
offices to government corporations.
He explained that in the past, it (FILE photo)
was felt that employees in govern-
ment corporations could be paid more because they worked in
for-profit entities despite the fact that their counterparts may be per-
forming more tasks with a greater level of responsibility.
For example, Mr Pinder said that it was unfair that the Auditor
General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas should have a
ceiling on his salary significantly lower than the Auditor General of,
for example, BTC. Mr Pinder pointed out that the Auditor General
has to audit the entire accounts of the country's economic activity
whereas the auditor of a company is just responsible for those
Mr Pinder said that he was not trying to diminish the work of any-
one or the salary that they receive. Rather, he said the point is to
ensure that underpaid government workers who have significant
responsibility are paid on a similar level to their counterparts.
He said that, once the report is out. the union will be using the
information to agitate for pay increases for their workers.

Financial services

sector attracts 38

per cent of tourism

business travellers

THE Bahamian financial ser-
vices industry boosts this
nation's gross domestic prod-
uct (GDP) by an extra 2.2-3.4
per cent through its spin-off
benefits for industries such as
construction and real estate,
with a study on the sector's eco-
nomic impact estimating that it
attracts 38 per cent of the
tourism industry's business trav-
eller guests.
An economic impact assess-
ment of the financial services
industry's value to the Bahami-
an economy, conducted by
Oxford Economics and com-
missioned by the Bahamas
Financial Services Board
(BFSB), estimated that spin-off
benefits to the tourism indus-
try through te extra business
travellers it attracted boosted
the Bahamian economy's GDP
by between 1-1.4 per cent.
For other industries with
close ties to the financial ser-
vices industry, the sector boost-
ed the real estate industry's con-
tribution to GDP by between
0.8-1.2 per cent; construction by
0.1-0.2 per cent of GDP; and
investment and efficiency gains
in other industries by between
0.3-0.6 per cent.
The Oxford Economics sur-
vey said that while it was diffi-
cult to quantify the economic
benefits the financial services
industry generated for other
sectors of the Bahamian econo-
my, through spending by both

Industry boosts
construction, with
3,500 Bahamian
property purchases
by its clients adding
5-7.5% to real estate

the financial institutions and
their employees, "there are
good reasons to believe that the
financial services industry does
generate such 'catalytic' or
spillover effects".
A survey of BFSB members
indicated the impact was "sub-
stantial", Oxford Economics
found, with the international
financial services industry's
presence generating an addi-
tional 160,000 room nights for
Bahamian hotels per year, a fig-
ure representing two per cent
of all visitor nights.
This resulted from high-net
worth clients of the Bahamian
financial services industry vis-
iting Nassau to meet their
account managers, and the fig-
ures were based on the results
obtained from a survey of
BFSB members. The 37 respon-
dents indicated that their visi-
tors stayed for between three


Two PLP election
candidates were
prime movers in
attempts to set up
a company to
develop cruise ports through-
out the Bahamas, documents
seen by The Tribune have
revealed, although the plan
appears not to have come to
Captain Jackson Ritchie, the
candidate for Clifton, and Gary
Sawyer, who is seeking the
South Abaco seat, were in
2003 proposing the creation of
a company called Bahamas
Cruise Ports Development
Company, which would joint
venture on the project with the
Hotel Corporation of the
An August 1, 2003, e-mail
from Captain Ritchie to Mr
Sawyer, and Sir Baltron Bethel
and Stunce Williams of the
Hotel Corporation, summa-
rized a meeting held between
the two parties the previous
The e-mail stated that Sir
Baltron, the Hotel Corpora-
tion's vice-chairman and man-
aging director, had advised the
duo "that the Hotel Corpora-
tion is willing to enter into a
joint venture with a group of
Bahamian businessmen,
including Mr Gary Sawyer, Mr
Jackson Ritchie and others, to

develop new ports of call for
cruise ships in the Bahamas.
"The Hotel Corporation is
prepared to be a minority
shareholder and will be able
to provide land and some cash
for the project.
"Major cruise lines, such as
Carnival Cruise Lines and
Royal Caribbean, will also be
invited to participate. The
majority shareholders will be
the group of private Bahamian
businessmen, headed by Mr
Sawyer and Mr Ritchie."
Bahamas Cruise Ports
Development Company would
have been the entity incorpo-
rated to carry out the project,
with the e-mail stating that the
first two cruise ports were ear-
marked for the "spoil island"
at Guana Cay, Abaco, and
Clarence Town in Long Island.
The Abaco one was sup-
posed to have been ready in
summer 2004, and Clarence
Town a year later, with other
locations to be developed after
these two were up and run-
ning, but none of this has ever
happened at least not yet.
Following the July 31, 2003,
meeting, the Bahamas Cruise
Ports Development Company
was supposed to provide Sir
Baltron with the identities of
the persons and companies
that would be involved with it;
potential users of the port facil-

ities; and the capital cost for
the projects.
The company was also
required to spell out "what
exactly is- required from the
Hotel Corporation and the
Government of the Bahamas.
This would include the lease
on the Spoil Island at Guana
Cay, and the lease on the three
cays at Clarence Town and sur-
rounding Crown Land on the
main island. The amount of
funding needed from the Cor-
poration will also have to be
Both Captain Ritchie and
Mr Sawyer described them-
selves as multi-millionaires in
their candidacy declarations,
with Captain Ritchie, in par-
ticular, having strong cruise
and shipping links through
heading his own business,
Global United. That company
provides in-port agency ser-
vices to the major cruise lines,
such as Carnival and Royal
Caribbean, and handles cus-
toms brokerage, transporta-
tion, shipping and other ser-
It is unclear why the
Bahamas Cruise Ports Devel-
opment Company venture has
not progressed, given that
there is a clear need for the
Bahamas to intensify efforts to
maximize economic benefits
and per passenger spending -

which has been declining over
the past decade from the
cruise industry.
One possible explanation
could be that Carnival and
Royal Caribbean have shown
minimal interest in using the
proposed new ports, which
might spread the industry's
economic benefits much wider
in the Bahamas, talking pas-
sengers directly into Bahamian
The e-mail mentions that
Captain Ritchie will contact
Carnival and Royal Caribbean
to "ascertain to what degree
they wish to participate in the
project, and also what com-
mitment they are prepared to
give to using the new facili-
The major cruise lines prefer
to use their own private island,
such as Coco Cay and Half
Moon Cay, where they control
all the activities, excursions and
attractions that take place, dic-
tating to Bahamian operators
what the mark-ups and mar-
gins will be, and keeping the
profits for themselves.
However, Captain Ritchie
has not given up on the pro-
ject, given his more than year-
long attempt to acquire Dis-
covery Cruise Line, which sails

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Almost 800 Bahami-
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abroad on training
courses by the banking sector
over the past five years, data
from the Central Bank of the
Bahamas has revealed, with
the industry spending more
than $12 million on staff train-
ing over that period. Some $5.8
million of that sum came from
the international financial ser-
vices, or offshore, sector.
The data was contained in
an assessment of the Bahamian
financial services industry's
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vices industry. Out of the last
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banking sector is nearly twice
as large as in the domestic
banking sector", something
that was reflected in higher
profits and wages for employ-
Out of the total $850 million
in gross domestic product
(GDP) generated by the finan-
cial services industry in 2004,
about $190 million or 38 per
cent of this came from the
international financial services
industry. On the revenue side,
the financial sector generated
$113 million in total direct rev-
enues for the Government in
2004. Broken down, the largest
chunk of this came from $30.5
million in import duties, while
another $24.2 million came
from National Insurance
Board (NIB) contributions on

employees' behalfs.
Other revenues were $15.7
million in International Busi-
ness Company (IBC) fees; $8.1
million in property taxes; $11.3
million in business and Cen-
tral Bank licence fees; $1.4 mil-
lion in company registration
fees; $2.5 million in work per-
mit fees; $8.1 million in other
banking fees; and $11 million
in other indirect fees.
And through it6s suppliers,
related industries and spend-
ing by financial services indus-
try employees, a further $87
million in taxes was generat-
ed, with about half of these of
$44 million coming from
import duties.
Together, this meant that
$200 million or 19 per cent of
government tax revenues in
2004 were generated by the
financial services industry. The
remainder of this sum came
from $14 million in stamp tax-
es; $6 million in both property
taxes and business and profes-
sional licence fees; $12 million
from stamp duty on imports:
and $2 million from motor-' -
vehicle taxes.

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Stock exchanges vie for new listings

* Competition is fierce as U.S.
stock exchanges try to capture
new listings and fend off
international competitors.
Associated Press
NEW YORK With the surging
market for initial public offerings
expected to pick up even more
momentum this year, U.S. stock
exchanges are actively campaigning
to win these new listings.
The Nasdaq Stock Market and
New York Stock Exchange said the
first quarter turned out to be one of


Don't let

your past

sink your


N Whether you are considering
leaving your job, or advancing
your current position, focus on
realistic goals and don't be held
back by your past experiences.
McClatchy News Service
Q: I want to know if I should tell
my boss that I'm looking for another
job. My company's business is decreas-
ing, our pay has been slashed, and
recently one of my co-workers was
laid off. I've always been able to talk
openly with my manager, but lately his
personality has changed.
What should I do?
A: Honesty is commendable, but
complete disclosure is often foolish.
If the higher-ups learn that you
may be leaving, they will start consid-
ering how to get along without you.
You then might find yourself at the
top of the next layoff list.
Also, some managers unfairly
view employee departures as per-
sonal betrayal. Should you change
your mind and decide to stay, your
boss might never forgive you.
So keep your job search informa-
tion to yourself. Politically intelligent
people never tell anyone at work that
they intend to leave until they have
already secured a new position.
Q: I'm afraid that my new boss
may have developed unrealistic expec-
tations about my abilities. Let me
explain why. I worked for three differ-
ent managers in this company who all
put very favorable comments in my
personnel file. Then I was assigned to
a new supervisor, "Ms. Jones."
Eighteen months later, Ms. Jones
eliminated my job with no explanation
and said I was being laid off. I imme-
diately applied for two vacant posi-
tions and was hired by "Mr. Smith."
After Ms. Jones heard about this, she
said, "Mr. Smith will soon find out that
you don't walk on water."
When I told the HR manager about
this remark, she said that my previous
managers' glowing appraisals create
the impression that I can do anything
and everything. I asked if these com-
ments could be removed from my per-
sonnel file so as not to give people the

the best on record for IPOs since the
dot-comn boom in 2000. There were
64 flotations that raised $12.1 billion
during the period.
This followed a huge year for
IPOs in 2006, when 236 deals raised
$60 billion, according to the account-
ing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Many analysts believe the balance of
2007 might be even more active than
last year, when public offerings
raised 28 percent more money than
in 2005.
The NYSE and Nasdaq are doing
everything in their power to capture
more business and fend off interna-

tional competitors who also hope to
grab the IPOs. The Nasdaq has even
reintroduced a program to prep IPO-
hungry executives.
"We partner with companies as
they go through the process of trans-
forming into a public company, and it
can seem really daunting for some of
them," said William O'Brien, the
Nasdaq's senior vice president for
new listings. "Getting new listings
has a trickle-down effect on our
entire business, it's something we
take very seriously."
That's one reason the Nasdaq
hosted earlier this month what it

called an "IPO Boot Camp" in New
York. About 100 executives from 61
companies attended the one-day con-
ference, which offered panels on
everything from how to form a board
of directors to selecting a banker.
O'Brien believes the Nasdaq can
help make it easier to go public with
a little bit of hand-holding. And, to
show how important the Nasdaq
views new listings, this was the first
time the exchange held the seminar
in about a decade.
The total number of Nasdaq IPOs
for the quarter, 42, were the most
since the same period seven years

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OLD EUROPE IN NEW CHINA: Attempting to recreate fully the feel of Great Britain in Songjiang, China,
even the security guards don the red uniforms of the Queen's Guard in a community called
Thames Town.





Washington Post Service
SONGJIANG, China The ding-dong from the
neo-Gothic church next door signals to Wu Yuqing
that it's time to wake up. On her way to the grocery
store each day, she walks past the Cob Gate Fish &
Chip shop and bronze statues of Winston Churchill,
Florence Nightingale and William Shakespeare. Tall
men decked out in the red uniforms of the Queens
Guard nod hello.
The place looks a lot like a small town on the
Thames River, but Wu's new home is actually in a sub-
urb of Shanghai.
As China's modernization continues to pull hun-
dreds of millions of people from farms to cities and
suburbs, a construction boom has given rise to a vast
landscape of foreign-looking settlements. These real
estate developments are the latest manifestation of the
technique that has fueled China's economic boom:
making copies.
In Nanjing, there are Balinese retreats and Italian
villas. In the southeastern city of Hangzhou, there are
Venice and Zurich. In downtown Beijing, everything is
about Manhattan, with Soho, Central Park and Park
"Many people in China today associate the exotic
with wealth. They buy into these developments to dif-

ferentiate themselves from ordinary people," said
Tino Wan, a manager of ERA Real Estate in Shanghai.
Shanghai's plan is among the most ambitious, call-
ing for a ring of satellite developments modeled after
different parts of Europe, including German, Czech,
Spanish and Scandinavian districts, in addition to the
one that looks like London, known as Thames Town.
Between now and 2015, about half the world's new
construction will take place in China, with as much as
6 billion square feet of space expected to be added
each year. All over the country, block-like concrete
edifices and empty fields are giving way to flashy
architectural developments that promise to give the
new middle class a taste of places most of them have
never seen.
Some traditionalists, however, have lamented the
trend, blaming it for the destruction of older, Chinese-
style homes and attacking the craze as a form of "self-
Yu Renze, 74, a retired government administrator
from Shanghai, said she didn't understand the appeal
of the Western-style developments and that she would
not allow her family to live in them, even if someone
gave her a house. "We're not foreigners," she said.
But Ren Bing, general manager of Venice Aquatic

ago. The exchange had 73 new list-
ings during the quarter, including
exchange traded funds and other
exchange-traded financial products.
Meanwhile, the New York Stock
Exchange recorded 75 new listings
during the first quarter, up from 30 in
the year-ago period. That number
includes six IPOs, with the balance
coming from spin-offs and ETFs. The
NYSE's listing standards are gener-
ally more stringent than the Nasdaq.
Robin Weiss, a senior vice presi-
dent for NYSE Group who handles

Women on

the road




* Hotels and airlines have
prioritized creature comforts as a
result of women travelers, but
safety remains a concern.
New ',ork Tnmes Service
It isn't easy to astonish Kathleen
wbo.is usually oh the road'%-
w ray wrote the book on
women and business travel
But the results of a recent Web
seminar on travel safety that she
helped organize among 500 female
business travelers did just that.
"Ninety-eight percent of them said
they had their personal safety com-
promised on a business trip within
the last 45 days," said Ameche, the
author of The Woman Road Warrior:
A Woman's Guide to Business Travel
(Agate, 2005). "Ninety-eight percent!
That number is staggering. In 2007
we still have that issue?"
It has been noted that the growing
number of female business travelers
has had significant effects on the
travel experience. Women are a big
part of the reason that a typical hotel
room, whether midlevel or luxury,
has better bedding, lighting, room
service, closets, work spaces and
overall design.
Unlike men, women tend to notice
the details and share them with
friends and colleagues. So hotels are
going to be hearing more about
"We do take notes and we talk,
and we do make most of the buying
decisions in business and personal
travel," said Ameche, who encour-
ages women who travel to network
with one another.
"The hotel experience got a lot
better over the years," she said.
"They improved the creature com-
forts of the room, and now we're talk-
ing a lot more about food service and
healthy eating. Obviously, they have
to go a little further on safety, but
they're listening."
Among the biggest complaints


Chief executive maintains a healthy Humana

* Humana's chief executive
defends the money he gets from
the government and pushes for
consumer choice in healthcare.
While UnitedHealth Group strug-
gles to emerge from a scandal con-
cerning outrageous compensation
packages, Humana Chief Executive
Michael McCallister floats along
practically under the radar.
He has spent more than 30 years
at the company, slowly climbing the
ranks until becoming chief executive
in 2000. He earns a mere $5.8 million
a year far below the $1-billion-plus
that William McGuire amassed as
CEO of UnitedHealth before the

company admitted to backdating
options and reducing earnings by $1.5
billion for a'12-year stretch.
McCallister has been a cheer-
leader for bringing more healthcare
information to consumers and for
expanding the company. Its Medi-
care program, originally focused on
the South and Midwest, is now in all
50 states. Revenue last year climbed
48 percent to $21 billion.
In the past two years, Humana has
solidified itself as the No. 1 Medicare
health maintenance organization in
Florida by purchasing the CarePlus
HMO and the CAC Clinics in South
Florida. Its 2006 profit of $487 mil-
lion was up 64 percent from the year
before, at least in part because of
hefty payments from Medicare.

0: Some experts say the govern-
ment is paying insurers 10 to 12 per-
cent more per person than the seniors
cost traditional Medicare. How do
you reply to Democratic leaders who
say you're getting too much?
A: Well, we're being paid exactly
what Congress intended. The inten-
tion of the Medicare Modernization
Act was several-fold. One was to give
drug coverage to seniors. That ...
exceeded everyone's expectations.
Costs were lower than anyone
expected. The second was to contrib-
ute new products to Medicare -
PPOs and things that those of us in
the private sector have been dealing
with for many years. ... A private
fee-for-service Medicare, which ...

provides an opportunity for people
like us to put in a lot of programs -
case management, disease manage-
0: Medicare's administrative costs
are about two percent, while Humana
and other insurers run 15 to 20 per-
cent. What do you say to those who
believe traditional Medicare is more
A: Well, that's almost funny, but I
hear it all the time. Traditional Medi-
care is a claims paying model. The
system pays claims and tries to stop
fraud. That's all they do. It's a rela-
tively cost-free process and also
doesn't bring any value-added. We're

OLD TIMER: Chief Executive
Michael McCallister has been
with Humana for more than 30

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Recreating Europe in China


City in Hangzhou, said these
theme complexes should not
be disparaged. "Even many
Americans in America also
prefer to buy non-American
things," Bing said. "It doesn't
mean people are denying tra-
ditions their ancestors have
passed down." Indeed, Wu
said she has no desire to leave
her country even though she
likes the comfort and ambi-
ence of her new four-bed-
room townhouse. "It's like I'm
living abroad, but it's still
China and everyone still
speaks Chinese," said Wu, 45,
an investor.
If not for the street signs


with Chinese characters in
Venice Aquatic City, it would
be difficult to place where in
the world you were exactly.
Gondolas ply canals just
below Hu Jun's new apart-
ment. Her view includes por-
ticos with flowers and half-
moon bridges. "St. Mark's
Plaza" is a five-minute stroll
In all, the eight-square-
mile Venice Aquatic City will
house 4,500 residents in villas,
townhouses and high-rises.
Hu Jun, 53, a retired
accountant, saw an advertise-
ment in the local paper and
immediately ran to the sales
office. "It's just like being
abroad, like living in Venice,"

Hu said. "I haven't been to
Venice. 1 really want to go. I
have seen it on TV."
She closed on a $50,000
two-bedroom, one-bath apart-
ment within a week. Six of her
friends have also purchased
apartments in the compound,
Hu said. "To buy here is to go
to a higher-level class."
Bing, the property's gen-
eral manager, said he and his
team hoped to create the fla-
vor of a small European town
- Venice was the main model
of course, but he said the
community also drew ideas
from Dijon, France, and Hei-
delberg, Germany.
"For regular people, this
development fulfills their

fairy tale desires," he said.
James Ho, director of
Henghe Real Estate, which
developed the downtown area
of Thames Town, also talks
about efforts to create an
escape. Shanghai's Thames
Town is not an exact replica
of anything in Britain but fea-
tures a mishmash of hundreds
of years of architecture, from
Gothic to Tudor.
"At the beginning we were
afraid to build such a classic
project," Ho said. "So we p.id
a lot of attention to detail."
Some buildings were built
and razed and then built again
because they did not look
authentic enough. Workers
took three trips to Britain to


about safety are hotel clerks
who address a female guest by
name and announce her room
number at check-in. "That
drives women crazy,"
Ameche said. "There are
issues that need addressing
about where you put us on a
floor, like next to the elevator.
We're telling them, just be
cognizant of us."
Much of the recent growth
in business travel among
women comes from small
businesses. Women own
nearly 10.4 million businesses,
employing nearly 13 million
people. And many of these
women are frequent travelers
who approach life on the road
differently from men.
"Women and men have dif-
ferent management styles,"
according to a report by the
Center for Women's Business
Research. "Women empha-
size relationship building and
are more likely to consult
with experts, employees and
fellow business owners."
Hotels took the major ini-
tiatives in designing travel
marketing specifically for
women. In 1995, Wyndham
Hotels, with American Air-
lines as a partner, began a
marketing program called
Women on Their Way.
Earlier this month, Ameri-

JUST LIKE ON TV: Hu Jun saw an ad for Venice Aquatic
City in Songjiang and had to live there. 'I haven't been to
Venice,' she said. '1I have seen it on TV.'

learn different roof tiling,
stone molding and other tech-
niques. In the end, they were
so skilled at old techniques,
Ho said, that the team was

asked to help work on a new
Thames Town-like develop-
ment in Britain.

can Airlines, encouraged by
the Wyndham program's suc-
cesses, introduced a website
for female travelers,
www.AA.com/women. It is
the first airline to do so.
Besides a booking system,
the site offers advice from an
advisory panel of seasoned
female travelers and will soon
offer tips and experiences
from customers. According to
American, 48 percent of its
passengers are women.
"We think the market is
right for it," said Peggy Ster-
ling, American's vice presi-
dent for safety, security and
environmental. issues.
"Women clearly have very
strong purchasing power."
Mary Sanderson, director
of corporate communications
for American, added, "Ulti-
mately, if American taps that
resource and is able to come
up with a broader level of
women travelers, it goes
directly to the bottom line."
Besides a dedicated web-
site, American has upgraded
its Admirals Club airport
lounges to add children's
playrooms and more spacious
bathrooms and private show-
The new lie-flat seats it is
installing in business-class
cabins of its long-haul 767-300

and 777 fleets allow women
more private space and have
features that take into
account things like where to
store a purse in the seat for
security and easy access.
The new American website
includes offers from Wynd-
ham Hotels. There are numer-
ous links to safety tips, advice
on combining business and
leisure travel and other
American, Sterling said,
has made a special effort to
involve its own female execu-
tives and workers, including
flight attendants, in the web-
site and in networking. The
response had been enthusias-
tic, Sterling said.
That's encouraging,
Ameche said. Like many other
female frequent business trav-
elers, she has noticed "issues"
with the way women are
treated by some flight atten-
dants on airlines in general.
: "We've traditionally been
treated almost as second-class
citizens, which I've never
been able to figure out," she
said. Opening the network
wider can only help, she said.
"It would be nice;" she
added, "if we could work
together better as we start to
become a collaborative



Humana exec runs a

healthy organization

Don't let past sink future


wrong idea, but she said no.
Now I'm worried that Mr.
Smith, my new boss, may be
expecting too much of me. I
don't want to disappoint him
or lose another job. How can I
lower expectations without
seeming unprofessional?
A: So you want to take the
good stuff out of your person-
nel file because it's too posi-
tive. Now there's a problem
I've never heard before.
Don't try to redefine your

successful work history just
because you couldn't please
Ms. Jones. Your track record
clearly indicates that her
reaction was an anomaly, so
forget about her and start pre-
paring for the future.
To avoid disappointing
your new manager, you need
a clear understanding of his
expectations. Ask Mr. Smith
how he defines "success" in
your job, then clarify the spe-
cific goals and objectives for
your job position.
If you feel ill prepared for
any aspect of this new role,

figure out what you need to
get through the learning
curve. Agree with your boss
on a development plan and
meet with him regularly to
assess your progress.
If you're as good as your
former bosses say, you should
be fine. The unfortunate
encounter with Ms. Jones has
temporarily shaken your self-
confidence, but a few suc-
cesses will bring it back.
Marie G. McIntyre is a
workplace coach and the
author of 'Secrets to Winning
at Office Politics.'


Exchanges vie for listings


domestic listings, said the
exchange takes a more global
approach to bringing compa-
nies public. With the acquisi-
tion of Paris-based Euronext,
the NYSE now has two plat-
forms in which companies
can access capital.
"We consider this to be a
competitive environment
from a global perspective, and
competition is healthy," she
said. "And, we will benefit of
having merged with Euronext,
and now can accommodate a
listing no matter where it
Companies looking to go
public have increasingly
turned to Europe and Asia, in
part to sidestep a tougher reg-
ulatory environment in the
United States. European
exchanges raised $82 billion
from 653 listings last year,

while the greater China
region raised $62 billion
through 140 IPOs, according
to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In some ways, the prolifer-
ation of foreign markets was
inevitable as they grow more
sophisticated, and pose a big-
ger competitive threat to their
U.S. counterparts.
For instance, the Toronto
Stock Exchange recently
announced a plan to increase
the number of U.S. companies
that list there. Part of the rea-
soning is that the Toronto
exchange trades in the same
time zone as most American
The Toronto exchange is
also hoping to capitalize on
executives who want to go
public, but might harbor con-
cerns about how much money
it will cost to comply with the
U.S. regulatory system.
"Being a public company

should be a cost benefit," said
Richard Nesbitt, the Toronto
Stock Exchange's chief execu-
"I'm not maligning the
approach of the United States,
but Canada has the same
investor protections where
the benefits exceed the costs."
Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson has encouraged the
Securities and Exchange'
Commission to loosen restric-
tions on public companies, a
move that could encourage
more to list on U.S.
Paulson last year backed
the Committee on Capital
Markets Regulation, which is
seeking to refine parts of the
Sarbanes-Oxley accounting
and disclosure requirements
that have discouraged some
executives from the public


an entirely different thing.
We're introducing case man-
agement, disease manage-
ment, nurse lines for people
to call, predictive modeling. I
can give you two-and-a-half
pages of things we do. Yes, we
do spend more than tradi-
tional Medicare, but we are
trying to get some new tools
to help with the long-term
Medicare bankruptcy prob-
lem, and yes, that's going to
cost something.

Q: People in South Florida
get far more benefits from a
Medicare HMO than do
seniors in Minneapolis, where
the average senior in tradi-
tional Medicare costs half as
much each year as a senior in
Miami. Is that fair?
A: Well, the people in Min-
neapolis may not think that's
fair, and that's part of the
debate about Medicare. . .
But South Florida's a good
market for managing produc-
tivity. We get a lot of benefits
in cost management here, so
this has been a great market.

Q: What can be done to
lower healthcare costs?
A: It would be building out
a technology so you have a
data perspective that gives
you a robust ability to know
what's really going on. When
I'm in Washington and I
spend a lot of time there I
have a very short agenda: Our
federal government has to
work in concert with the pri-
vate sector to get healthcare
connected. The rest of the
economy is seeing incredible
productivity gains from this:
Quality goes up, prices go
down. Virtually everyone has
this except healthcare.

McCallister has been a cheerleaderfor
bringing more healthcare information to
consumers and for expanding the company.

Information moves trans-
parency around price and
quality. Consumers are given
the power to drive those
things. I'm very much an
advocate that consumers
need to take charge of health-
care not insurers, not doc-
tors, not hospitals. They have
to take increasing responsibil-
ity for their decisions and the
financial implications. In the
old model, they just threw
themselves at the whims of
the system.
The consumer's going to
be better off in my opinion, if
they're part of a larger sys-
tem, where they get the bene-
fit of the buying power of
Humana or someone else.
There's nothing fundamen-
tally wrong with a bigger
buyer getting a better price.
But I think consumers are
quite capable of finding the
best service at the best price.
They do that elsewhere in
their life. There's no reason
why they're not smart enough
to do that in healthcare.

Q: We're the only major
industrialized nation without
universal health coverage.
What can be done about that?
A: It would take a combi-
nation of government and the
private sector. The govern-
ment could potentially do it
just by themselves, but I don't
think that's very likely.
There's a significant portion
of the uninsured who choose
to be uninsured. They're
offered insurance at work and
they choose not to take it....
It really is outrageous that

we have that many uninsured
people. That's driven first and
foremost by the cost of
healthcare, and that's cer-
tainly not getting any better.
But at the end of the day I
think we're going to have
work cooperatively between
the government and the pri-
vate sector to see what we can
offer up to that population.
There's no simple answer.


Age: 54
Current job: Chief
executive of Humana,
the health insurer.
Job description:
From Louisville, Ky.,
headquarters, he over-
sees 22,000 employees
offering insurance pro-
grams that cover more
than 11 million lives. In
2006, the firm earned
$487 million on $21.4 bil-
lion revenue, making it
the fourth-largest health
Experience: Virtually
all of his career has been
with Humana. He joined
the company in 1974 and
worked his way up.
Education: Bachelor's
degree in accounting
from Louisiana Tech,
master's in business
administration from
Annual income:
$5.8 million in 2006.


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years of professional experience Cruise Ships. In addition, I-
in the industry and has taught demonstrated his pastry ai
baking and pastry courses to all on television shows inctudi
levels of students from beginners the two highly acclaimed p
to seasoned professionals since television series Cooking S
1978. Chef Bo (as his students call of the CIA, and Cooking at
him) currently holds the position Academy, as well as NBC's
of Department Chair of the Baking Show and the locally produ
and Pastry Programme at the Bay Cafe. Chef Bo's celebr
Professional Culinary Institute in cookbook The Professiona
Campbell, California. He graduated Chef, has now been revised
from the Confectionery Association Fourth Edition, with the exi
School of Sweden and holds a material divided into a two
degree as a Master Confectioner. set, Fundamentals of Baki
He has worked in both small shops and Pastry and The Advan
and large retail and wholesale Professional Pastry Chef.
operations in the United States

Executive Producer Patricia Glinton-Meicholas
Show Producer Roscoe Dames "Mr Jazz"
Catering by Alexandra (Alexandra Maillis Lynch)

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Official Airline of Jazz Under the Stars
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ACCA900 01 ACCA FOR BEGINNERS I 6:00pm-8:00pm Mon/Wed 7-May 10 wks $250
ACCA901 01 ACCA FOR BEGINNERS II 6:00pm-8:00pm Mon/Wed 7-May 10 wks $275
ACCA902 01 ACCA FOR BEGINNERS III 6:00pm-8:00pm Tues/Thurs 8-May 10 wks $300
BUSINESS _______________
CUST900 02 SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SER. W/S 9:30am-4:30pm Thurs 29-Mar 1 day $170
CUST900 01 SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SER. W/S 9:30am-4:30pm Thurs 31May 1 day $170
BUSIO00 01 CREDIT AND COLLECTIONS I 6:00-9:OOPM Thurs 10 May 8 wks $225
sUS1901 01 CREDIT AND COLLECTIONS II 6:00-9:OOPM Tue 8-May 8 wks $250
COMP901 01 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 6:00pm-9:30pm Mon 7-May 9 wks $450
COMP901 02 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 1:30pm Sat 5-May 9 wks $450
COMP9)2 01 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II 6:00pm-9:30pm Thurs 10May 9 wks $550
COMP941 01 QUICKBOOKS 6:00pm-9q00pm Tues 8-May 6 wks $330
COMP953 01 PC UPGRADE & REPAIR 6:00pm-8:00pm Mon/Wed 7-May 9wks $500
COMP960 01 EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT 9:30am-4:30pm Thurs .....31May day $170
COMP930 01 WEB PAGE DESIGN WORKSHOP 930am-4:30pm Thurs 14-Jun 2 days $550
FLOR800 01 FLORAL DESIGN I 6:00pm-9:00pm Thurs 10May 10 wks $225
FLOR801 01 FLORAL DESIGN II 6:00pm-9:00pm Tues 8-May 10wks $250
FLOR802 01 FLORAL DESIGN III 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 7-May 10 wks $300
DEC0800 01 INTERIOR DECORATING I 6:00pm-9:00pm Wed 9-May 10 wks $225
ENG 900 01 EFFECTIVE WRITING SKILLS 6:00pm-9,:00pm Tues 8-May 6 wks $225
FITNESS _______
MASG900 01 MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS I 6:00pm-9:00pm Thurs 10May 10wks $465
MASG901 01 II 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 7-May 10wks $620
HLTH800 01 GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR I 6:00pm-9:00pmn Wed 9-May 10 wks $400
MGMT900 01 HUMAN RESOURCE MGMT I 6:00pm-9:30pm Thurs 10May 9wks $250
MGMT901 01 HUMAN RESOURCE MGMT II 6:00pm-9:30pm Mon 7-May 9 wks $300
SEW 800 01 BASIC FREEHAND CUTTING I 6:00pm-9:00pm Mon 7-May 10wks $225
SEW 802 01 BASIC FREEHAND CUTTING II 6:00pm-9:00pm Thurs 10May 10 wks $250
SEW805 01 DRAPERY MAKING I 6:00pm-9:00pm Tues 8-May 10 wks $225
ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 (242) 328-0093/328-1936/302-4300 ext
5202 or email: persdev@cob.edu.bs
All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time).
CEES reserves the right to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course materials.
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Computer Offerings Summer 2007


Course Descrip


tion: 'Thi ;^n istr the bggipner who knows very little about computers
"aid doesot ur'riderstand how: it works. This course covers the major
3' ":" h'- '' ilt i s,,ifhextesi6 hands on practice of various software using:
"(lyfMQ JdWo 6e'- W&id Pr6esgihg (ii) Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (iii)
Microsoft Access Database Management.

Monday, 7"h May 2007
Saturday, 5th May 2007
9 weeks
CEES Computer Lab

6:00pm 9:30pm Section 01 (CEES)
10:00am 1:30pmSection 02 (CEES)


Course Description:


This course covers the major advanced concepts with extensive hands on practice
of various software using: (I) Microsoft Office Word Processing (ii) Microsoft
Excel Spreadsheet (iii) Microsoft Access Database Management.
Computer Applications I
Thursday, 10 May 2007
6:00pm 9:30pm
9 weeks
CEES Computer Lab

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft
PowerPoint. It focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint presentations.


'Thursday, 31" May 2007
9:30am 4:30pm
1 day
CEES Computer Lab


Course Description:


Course Description:


This course is a hands-on introduction to technology systems for use in information
environments. The course will cover the following topics: Basic Hardware,
Operating Systems, Troubleshooting and Repairs.
Monday 7th May 2007
6:00pm 8:00pm Monday & Wednesday
9 weeks
BHTC Computer Lab

This course is designed to train new and existing small business entrepreneurs
(fewer than 20 employees) how to organize and manage their accounting
activities using QuickBooks Pro software. Students will learn how to set-up
their company files, chart of accounts, budget, customers, vendors and employees.
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
6:00pm 9:00pm
6 weeks
CEES Computer Lab

Course Description: This course, which targets persons who would like to create their personal web
pages will cover Web page creation, Web site management, and HTML. Specific
topics will include Formatting, Graphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and
hosting of web pages.


Participants must be computer literate and have a basic knowledge of word-
Thursday, 14'" & 15"' June 2007
9:30am 4:30pm
2 days
CEES Computer Lab

ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-coordinator at Tel: (242) 302-4300 ext 5201 5202 5205 or email
fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time). When submitting
application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages of your passport. CEES reserves the right to
change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course


International Conference

Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Telling the Story
The College of The Bahamas
February 21-23, 2008
Nassau, The Bahamas

Call for Papers

The College of The Bahamas will host the Conference: "Abolition of The Trans-Atlantic
Slave Trade: Telling the Story, February 21-23, 2008 at the Oakes Field Campus, Nassau.

Abstracts of approximately 200 words are invited on the following topics:
0 Language and Oppression
* Religion in Slavery: Agent Provocateur or Opiate?
* Slavery and Human Sensibility
* Power and Enslavement
* Kinship across the Diaspora
* Identity: Culture, Race and Gender
* Enslavement and Liberation: Pedagogy
* Liberation: Ideologies, Contexts and Dynamics
* Liberation: Simple Past or Present Continuous?

Please send abstracts as an attached Word file to Jessica Minnis, Chair of the Conference
Committee at abolitionconference@cob.edu.bs no later than Friday, August 31, 2007.

Conference Structure

The conference will feature 20-minute papers from all disciplines, followed by 10-minute
discussions, presented in concurrent and plenary sessions. Panel and poster proposals
will also be considered. Such proposals should be as complete as possible.

Submissions (an electronic copy) should be directed to:
Jessica Minnis
Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus ,
PO Box N4912
Nassau, Bahamas
E-mail: abolitionconf@cob.edu.bs

Deadline for Submission: Monday, December 31, 2007.
Accommodation for Non-Resident Delegates

Information will be forthcoming.


Three Days:
Day Rate:
Late Registration Fee:
Student Rate:
Student Day Rate:

$ 75.00

For information on the availability of student subsidies, please contact:
Vice President Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations
Tel: (242) 302 4455

Rejftration is open and online at http://www.cob.edu.bs/abolitionconf.php.

Office of Research, Graduate Programmes & International Relations
In conjunction with the Offices of Academic Affairs and Outreach

Summer Research Workshop Series 2007
30th April- 11th May 2007
Gerace Research Centre, San Salvador

An Exceptional Opportunity for Building Research and Writing Skills
Participants Completing Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Summer Research Workshop Series 2007 is designed to build research capacity'through the
honing of critical research and writing skills as well as grant writing. In addition, the inclusion
of the module on marine pollutants provides a forum in which College/University faculty can
work in concert with governmental and non-governmental agencies on national issues.
Participants will select two of the following three modules:
Module I--Essentials of Technical Writing-(36 hours = 3.5 CEUs)
Facilitator: Dr. Padma T Venkatraman, Coordinator of Graduate Diversity, University of
Rhode Island
This modules in scientific writing has three main goals: (1) to show participants how to write a
technical manuscript (including, but not limited to a scientific research paper, a proposal to a
funding agency, or a thesis or dissertation) and to make informed choices about its content,
structure, and style; (2) to show how to use the English language to communicate the desired
message clearly, unambiguously, and efficiently, and (3) to show how to use the language to
communicate the message to the widest possible audience.
Module II-Principles of Grant Writing (36 hours = 3.5 CEUs)
Facilitator: Nancy B. Bell, Ph.D., Research Image (a worldwide research infrastructure service),
Marble Falls, TX
The goal of Principles of Grant Writing is to enhance the faculty-initiated grant application. The
objectives are to: 1). Determine the grant application requirements, review criteria and organization
required by the RFP; 2). Write integrated goals, hypotheses, objects, and outcome measures for
a scholarly project; 3). Match budget requirements and limitations to the project scope; 4). Prepare
a project summary and project plan draft; 5). Evaluate project design for innovation, importance,
feasibility, and significance; 6). Use tools to streamline and organize the application preparation
process; and 7). Evaluate studies involving human and animal subjects for appropriateness.
Participants will work in groups on interactive assignments to explore academic and scholarly
multidisciplinary strengths for possible future collaborations.
Module III-Introduction to Marine Pollution (3.5 hours = 3.5 CEUs)
Facilitator: Dr. Rainer Lohmann, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Oceanography,
University of Rhode Island
This module is an introduction to marine pollution emphasizing geochemical aspects of the
sources, transport, fate and effects of pollutants in the coastal marine environment. The pollutants
include oxygen-demanding waste, petroleum, metals, synthetic organic and radioactive/solid
wastes. Risk assessment and specific case histories will also be used to evaluate the environmental
impact of the pollutants.
EXPLANATION OF CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
Contact Hours per Module = 21
Group Contact/Session Collaboration = 5 per Module
Preparation/Individual Work = 10 hours per Module
TOTAL per Module = 36 (3.5 CEUs per Module)
Targeted Audience: The College of The Bahamas faculty, staff and representatives of government and non-
government organizations
Estimated number of participants: 10-15 persons per module
$820.00 per internal participant (Includes workshop fees--$300--plus room and board at GRC)
$1,015.00 per external participant (Includes workshop fees--$300--plus and room and board at GRC)
Participants will he actcomniodaitd i (t GRCn 1 jirst corn first served basis (till ronis are double occupancy.
Overflow will bI refi'rred to Riding Rock at $145 per night, doubh'le occqiianc'.

For further information and registration, please contact:
Dr Linda Davis, Vice President, Research, Graduate Programmes & International Relations
Tel: (242) 302 4315
E-mail: ladavis@cob.edu.bs
Mr Shan Higgs, Senior Clerk
Tel: Tel: (242) 302 4455
E-mail: shiggs@cob.cdu.bs

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Part-time Instructor in College Prep Geography (New Providence Campus) Candidates must be able to
teach Geography at the College Preparatory/BGCSt level. Candidates must have at least an earned
Bachelor's Degree in the subject area, a Teaching Certificate and five years of teaching experience at the
level of BGCSE in the subject area.
Part-time Instructor in College Prep Mathematics (New Providence Campus) Candidates must be able
to teach Mathematics at the College Preparatory/BGCSE level. Candidates must have at least an earned
Bachelor's Degree in the subject area, a Teaching Certificate and five years of teaching experience at the
level of BGCSE in the subject area.
Part-time Instructor in College Prep Biology (New Providence Campus) Candidates must be able to teach
Biology at the College Preparatory/BGCSE level. Candidates must have at least an earned Bachelor's
Degree in the subject area, a Teaching Certificate and five years of teaching experience at the level of
BGCSE in the subject area.
Part-time Instructor in College Prep Chemistry (New Providence Campus) Candidates must be able to
teach Chemistry at the College Preparatory/BGCSE level. Candidates must have at least an earned
Bachelor's Degree in the subject area, a Teaching Certificate and five years of teaching experience at the
level of BGCSE in the subject area.
Part-time Instructor in College Prep Agriculture (New Providence Campus) Candidates must be able to
teach Agriculture at the College Preparatory/BGCSE level. Candidates must have at least an earned
Bachelor's Degree in the subject area, a Teaching Certificate and five years of teaching experience at the
level of BGCSE in the subject area.
Part-time Instructor in College Prep History/Social Studies (New Providence Campus) Candidates must
be able to teach History/Social Studies at the College Preparatory/BGCSE level. Candidates must have
at least an earned Bachelor's Degree in the subject area, a Teaching Certificate and five years of teaching
experience at the level of BGCSE in the subject area.
Part-time Instructor in College Prep Civics (New Providence Campus) Candidates must be able to teach
Civics at the College Preparatory/BGCSE level. Candidates must have at least an earned Bachelor's
Degree ip the subject area, a Teaching Certificate and five years of teaching experience at the level of
BGCSE in the subject area.
Part-time Instructor in College Prep English Language (New Providence Campus) Candidates must be
able to teach English at the College Preparatory/BGCSE level. Candidates must have at least an earned
Bachelor's Degree in the subject area, a Teaching Certificate and five years of teaching experience at the
level of BGCSE in the subject area.
To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by April 30, 2007. A complete
application packet consists of an application Letter, a College of The Bahamas' Application Form
a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment)
and the names and contact information of three references addressed to:
The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poinciana Drive
P. 0. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

Part-time Instructor in Accounting for Beginners I. II & III (New Providence Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach Accounting at the introductory to advanced level. Candidates must
have at least an earned Master's degree or equivalent (e.g. CPA CA) in the subject. A teaching certificate
is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in Introduction to Business I & II (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Introduction to Business at the introductory to advanced level. Candidates
must have at least an earned Master's degree or equivalent in the subject. A teaching certificate is
,Part-time Instructor in Business Etiquette (New Providence Campus)
.Candidates must be able to teach Business Etiquette at the introductory to advanced level. Candidts
must have at least an earned Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the subject. A teaching certificate is
Part-time Instructor in Human Resource Management I, II (New Providence Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach Human Resource Management at the introductory to advanced level.
Candidates must have at least an earned Master's degree or equivalent in the subject. A teaching
certificate is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in Computer Applications 1, II (New Providence Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach computer courses at the introductory to advanced level. Candidates
must have at least an earned Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the subject. A teaching certificate is
Part-time Instructor in Credit & Collections Procedures and Control I & II (New Providence Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach Credit & Collections Procedures and Control at the introductory to
advanced level. Candidates must have at least an earned Master's degree or equivalent in the subject.
A teaching certificate is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in Superior Customer Service Workshop (New Providence Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach Superior Customer Service /Course Workshop. Candidates must have
at least an earned Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the subject. A teaching certificate is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in Information Technology I & II (New Providence Cam us) Candidates must be able
to teach Information Technology I & II at the introductory to advanced level. Candidates must have at
least an earned Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the subject. A teaching certificate is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in QuickBooks (New Providence Campus) Candidates must be able to teach QuickBooks
at the introductory level. Candidates must have at least an earned Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the
subject. A teaching certificate is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in PC Upgrade and Repair (New Providence Campus) Candidates must be able to
teach PC Upgrade and Repair at the introductory to advanced level. Candidates must have at least an
earned Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the subject. A teaching certificate is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in Effective PowerPoint W/S (New Providence Campus) Candidates must be able to
teach Microsoft PowerPoint at the introductory to advanced level. Candidates must have at least an
earned Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the subject. A teaching certificate is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in Web Page Design Workshop (New Providence Campus) Candidate must be able
to teach Web Page Design at the introductory to advanced level. Candidates must have at least an earned
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the subject. A teaching certificate is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in Interior Decorating I & II (New Providence

ampus) Candidates must be able to teach Interior Decorating at
the introuctory to advanced level. Candidates must have at least
an earned Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the subject. A teaching
certificate is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in Floral Design I, II & III (New Providence
Campus) Candidates must be able to teach Floral Design at the
introductory to advanced level. Candidates must have at least a
minimum of five years working experience in the area.
Part-time Instructor in Effective Writing Skills (New Providence
Campus) Candidates must be able to teach Effective Writing at the
introductory to advanced level. Candidates must have at least an
earned Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the subject or related
area. A teaching certificate is desirable.
Part-time Instructor in Basic of Freehand Cutting I & II (New Providence
Campus) Candidates must be able to teach Basic of Freehand
Cutting at the introductory to advanced level. Candidates must have
at least five years working experience in the area.
Part-time Instructor in Drapery Making I & II (New Providence
Campus) Candidates must be able to teach Drapery Making at the
introductory level to advanced level. Candidates must have at least
a minimum of five years working experience in the area.
Part-time Instructor in Bath and Kitchen Accessories (New Providence
Candidates must be able to teach Bath and Kitchen Accessories
at the introductory level to advanced level. Candidates must have
at least a minimum of five years working experience in the area.
Part-time Instructor in Basic Car Maintenance (New Providence
Candidates must be able to teach Basic Car Maintenance at the
introductory to advanced level. Candidates must have at least an
earned Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the subject.

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by April 30, 2007. A complete
application packet consists of an Application Letter, a College of The Bahamas' Application Form
a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment)
and the names and contact information of three references addressed to:
The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poinciana Drive
PO. BoxN-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


(New Providence. Bahamas}

Lean Mastery
Human Resource Management
Business Administration
Administrative Skills
Supervisory Skills
Public Accounting
Project Management
Professional Management
Executive Leadership Skills
Writing & Research Skills
The Legal Environment
General Legal Principles
Employment Law
Company Law
Banking & Trust Law
Real Estate Law
Real Estate Management
Insurance Management & Sales
Insurance Law
E-business Practice & Management
Hotel Front Office Management
Accounting For Non-Financial Managers
All candidates must have earned Masters' Degrees from a recognized accredited Institution in the
relevant area or its equivalent.
To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by April 30, 2007. A complete
application packet consists of an Application Letter, a College of The Bahamas' Application Form
a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment)
and the names and contact information of three references addressed to:
The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamns
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poindan Drive
P O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas



Library and Media Services

Librarian Technical Services

The position falls in the area of TechnicIl Services. The incumbent should bTe'dynamic,
innovative individual With a strong commitment to s~ice Witin"a diverse community.
The Librarian will demonstrate successful administrative.expe ce in a library, sound
understanding of emerging technologies and the ability, to use them within the library
setting and commitment to developing a strong integrated library service within the
academic environment.

The duties of the Librarian will include management of the Unit, leadership in short
and long range planning to enhance and expand library services, development and
promotion of library resources and services, personnel supervision, initiation and
management of appropriate emerging technologies, and liaison with relevant internal
and external groups.

The Librarian should possess a Master's degree in Library and Information Science
from an accredited institution, and a minimum of two years, post Masters professional
library experience. The incumbent will demonstrate strong communication and
interpersonal skills that engender an excellent customer friendly environment. Evening
and weekend work on rotation, library research, service to the community and library
instruction will also be required.

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by April 30,
2007. A complete application packet consists of an application letter, a College
of The Bahamas' Application Form, a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of all
transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment) and the names and
contact information for three references addressed to:

The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poinciana Drive
P. 0. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

Please visit the College's website at for more information about the institution
and to access the College's Employment Application Form.

Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute


1. Bahamian Cuisine COOK 806 May 17 6 weeks Thurs. 6:00-9:00pm $225.00 $10- $12per week CHMI Main 15
2. Gourmet Cooking 1 COOK 823 May 14 6 weeks Mon. 6:00-9:00pm $200.00 S20 per wk CHMI Main 15
3. Gourmet Cooking 11 COOK 824 May 14 6 weeks Mon. 6:00-9:00pm $225.00 $20 per week CHMI Main 15
4. Cake & Pastry Making I COOK 813 May 15 5 weeks Tues/Thurs 6:00-9:00pm $225.(K) $10-$Sperweek CHMI Larder 15
5. Cake& iPastry Making II COOK 814 May 15 5 weeks Tues/Thurs 6:00-9:00pm $250.00 $10- $1S perlwek CHMI Pastry 15
6. Bread Making COOK 810 May 14 6 weeks Mon. 6:00-9:00pm $200.00 $5 $10 perweek CHMI Larder 15
7. Cake Decorating I COOK 817 May 14 5 weeks Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00pm $225.00 $10- $15 per week CHM Larder 15
8. Cake Decoration 1I COOK 818 May 14 5 weeks Mon/Wed 6:00-9:00pm $225.00 S10-S 15 per" w CHM[IPastry 15
_____ ___Kitchen

For further information please contact the Industry Training Department of the
Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute at 323-5804, 323-6804 or fax 325-8175.



STEMM delegates complete environmental management seminar

Tribune Business Reporter

DELEGATES of the Sustain-
able Entrepreneurial Tourism
and Marketing Project (STEMM)
have completed a week-long

environmental management sem-
inar designed to assist tourism
stakeholders in improving their
environmental performance while
increasing their competitiveness.
Racquel Brown and Mechelle
Best, the two course facilitator
for the week, explained to 7he

I'ribunre that their role was to
help tourism enterprises find
ways to become environmentally
conscious while increasing their
popularity and maximising prof-
Ms Brown explained that it is
not possible to do the same things

The Grand Bahama Power Company, Limited invites qualified candidates to apply for the
position of Planning & Scheduling Engineer in its Generation Department.
This position reports to the Director of Generation, but works closely with the Maintenance
Manager, Planning and Scheduling Supervisor and the Operations Department.
The successful candidate will be expected to:
Provide technical and engineering support.
Formulate and implement improvements to software and hardware for the plant's Planning
& Scheduling systems including computerized maintenance management system (CMMS),
and outage scheduling and tracking programs systems.
Train personnel in the use of systems so as to enhance productivity and efficiency
Conduct onmthe-job training of employees.
Provide daily coordination and upkeep of the Plant CMMS and Project Management
Keep abreast of new and evolving technology in the electric power industry.
Prioritize, plan, and schedule routine repairs and corrective maintenance activities.
Prioritize, plan, and schedule preventative maintenance activities.
Prioritize, plan, and schedule predictive maintenance activities including vibration
analysis, lube oil analysis, boiler mapping, boiler tube metallurgical analysis, infrared
thermography transformer condition monitoring, etc on selected equipment.
Prioritize, scope, plan, and schedule periodic overhauls, inspections and major
maintenance activities.
Maintain records of maintenance history and inspection reports.
Initiate re-design engineering requests to eliminate recurring equipment failures or high-
maintenance requirements.

BS Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent.
Proven Leadership skills
A sound Engineering background with an understanding of computers and their
A sound Engineering background with an understanding of computers and their
A willingness to cross train in lateral jobs
Applications with supporting documentation including a clean Police Certificate should be
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in the same way that has been
previously done if tihe country's
natural resources are to be pre-
She pointed out that while the
Bahamas has benefited financial-
ly by the massive number of
developments, it has come at a
cost to the environment.
"You have more and more
people coming here, so you are
doubling the waste you produce,
the water you consume, the ener-
gy you produce and all of that
has an impact."
She said these areas have been
done as a matter of course, but
with no real focus in the past.
According to Ms Best, this
would also increase the country's
competitive edge.
She said that while the
Bahamas primarily attracts US
visitors, strong eco-friendly and
focused tourism sites can be a
huge draw to the European mar-
ket, a tal Cge audience of the Min-
istry ol Tourism because they
tend to stay longer and spend
more money.
Europeans are more sensitive

to the environment aind nailre
tourism, she explained.
Conservation efforts can be as
simple as asking guests to reuse
linens, change to eco-friendly
appliances, to larger measures
such as changes to sewerage sys-
The PA consulting group over
the past decade has become a
leading international consulting
company assisting hotels, attrac-
tions, resorts and destinations to
improve environmental perlor-
mance and achieve the Green
Global 21 (GG) certification of
their Environmental Manage-
ment Systems (EMS).
STEMM is a co-operative
effort between the Bahamas
Hotel Association (BHA). The
Ministry of Tourism, The
Bahamas Antiquities Monurnienis
and Museums Corporation and
the Caribbean Alliance for Sus-
tainable Tourism with support
from the Inter-Anierican Devel-
opment Bank. MultilatCeral
Investment Fund (IDB MilF).
The STEMM is a new business
management and mnarkeling ini-

liative that will target small and
medium-size entrepreneurs
(SME's) in tourism that have not
fully benefited from the tradi-
tional approach to management
and marketing that is typical of
larger business and properties.
The project emphasises opera-
tional, environmental and mar-
keting competitiveness. The focus
will he on SME's attractions and
activities in four key tourism sub-
sectors that include: accommo-
dations, marinas, heritage and
cultural attractions (sites and
events,) and nature/eco business
activities (eg nature trails, botan-
ical parks, hone fishing, kayak-
ing, reef dive and other marine-
related tours
The progranime is intended to
improve the competitiveness of
seven pilot island destinations
(Ahaco, Andros, Cat Island,
Elcuthera,* Exuma, Grand
Bahaima and Nassau).
Once the project is completed,
STFMM participants will be able
to go into liild and share their
knowledlc wilh smaller tourism
enterpi isis around the country.

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Lot of land with a combined area of 11,500 sq.ft. being Lots #22 & 23 Kim Crescent in Baillou Dale Sub-
division off Baillou Hill Road. The property is comprised of an 198yr old single family residence consisting
of 2,000 sq.ft. with 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, living, family, dining, kitchen and laundry rooms. The
building is enclosed and landscaped with a grass lawn, flowering plants and fruit trees.
Utilities: Electricity, Water and Telephone.

For conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact,
Credit Risk Management Managing Director's Office
at: 356-1685 or 356-1608

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management Managing Director's Office.
P.O. Box N-75 18. Nassau. Bahamas
to reach us before April 27, 2007


Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post Emergency
Medical Technician Basic, Corporate Office, Public Hospital Authority.

Applicants midst possess the following qualifications:-

A minimum of two (2) subjects at the B.G.C.S.E. level at grade "C" or above, or equivalent
(including Mzth, English, Science); good oral, writing and reading skills: Certification
as an emergency Medical Technician, Basic with three years relevant experience; Must
be able to conimunicate and interact with members of the public and other public safety
and health professionals during times of extreme stress, while maintaining composure.


1. Obtains certification equivalent to US National Registry EMT-Basic.

2. Maintains certification in Basic Life Support (BLS); Pre-hospital Trauma Life Support
(PHTLS); American Heart Association (AHA) and Cardio Pulmonary Recitation
(CPR) for the Professional Rescuer.

3. Registered and licensed with the Health Professions Council (Bahamas).


Responsible for providing timely pre hospital care to patients who require emergency
medical assistance; Secure scene and maintains safety.


1. Responds immediately to emergency calls.

2. Secures the scene of an emergency situation and maintains safety.

3. Performs basic life support and other medical assistance until the patient arrives at
the hospital.

4.. Completes required reports related' to patient care and provides electronic, verbal and
written report to medical staff.

5. Communicates with hospitals and dispatch center using various radio / telephone

6. Ensures that all emergency equipment are in the ambulance at all times.

7. Prepares ahd submits an inventory of supplies at the end of each shift.

Letters of Application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three (3)
references should be submitted, no later than lIth May, 2007, to the

Human Resources Director, Public Hospitals Authority,
P.O. Box N-8200
or 1st Floor Corporate Office, Dockendale House, West Bay Street.



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Japanese conglomerate set to buy Grand Bahama Power

Marubeni holds out promise of wider Bahamas investment beyond electricity

A JAPANESE conglomerate
is set to become the new 55.4 per
cent majority owner of Grand
Bahama Power Company, hav-
ing signed an agreement to pur-
chase Mirant Corporation's
Caribbean operations for a com-
bined purchase price of $1.082
billion, and announced its inten-
tions of expanding its interests in
the Bahamas beyond the power
Marubeni Corporation, which
has interests in industries rang-
ing from agriculture and fisheries
to chemicals, minerals, real estate
and metals, will acquire the 50
per cent interest that Mirant holds
directly in Grand Bahama Power
through its wholly-owned sub-
sidiary, Mirant Grand Bahama
Ltd, plus the 10 per cent stake it
holds in BISX-listed ICD Utili-
The BISX-listed entity holds
the remaining 50 per cent interest
in Grand Bahama Power on
behalf of Lady Henrietta St
George, who owns just over 50
per cent of ICD Utilities, and oth-
er Bahamian shareholders.
Marubeni will thus purchase the



remaining 5 per cent of Grand
Bahama Power via BISX, boost-
ing the exchange's trading vol-
The $1.082 billion purchase
price, which includes $350 mil-
lion in debt, power purchase
obligations of $153 million, and
estimated working capital, is
designed to leave Mirant with net
proceeds of $565 million after
net transaction costs of $14 mil-
lion are paid.
Marubeni's purchase of Grand
Bahama Power will have to be
approved both by the Grand
Bahama Port Authority (GBPA)
and by the Government's Invest-
ments Board in Nassau. Central
Bank of the Bahamas exchange
approval will also be needed, but
that is a formality once Invest-
ments Board approval is received.
None of these approvals is like-
ly to present an obstacle to
Marubeni, which will also need
the approval of Lady Henrietta,
as she has the right of first refusal
on Mirant's stake should it put
this up for sale.
Marubeni, in announcing the
deal, which will also see it acquire

an 80 per cent stake in the
Jamaica Public Service Compa-
ny, and obtain minority stakes in
power producers in Trinidad &
Tobago & Curacao, said it looked
"forward to developing long-term
and strategic relationships with
the government partners in the
Caribbean" and to "growing its
relationship/investment beyond
the power sector".
The temptation to become a
major power player in the
Caribbean seems to have been
too much for Marubeni, which
enjoyed close contacts with
Mirant after its partner, Tokyo
Electric Power Company,
acquired the US energy produc-
er's Philippines operations last
The Caribbean sale, expected
to close in mid-2007, will enable
Mirant to complete the disposal
of all its international operations,
leaving it to focus on its core busi-
ness in the US.
Marubeni's involvement and
support for Grand Bahama Pow-
er is likely to be welcome, as it
has the financial muscle and elec-
tricity know-how and expertise

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Alexiou, which was advised by
Royal Bank, that attempted to
acquire the Mirant stake.

Marubeni will finance the deal
with its own equity and debt from

to cope with events such as the
2004 hurricane season, which cost
the company $12 million in terms
of lost revenue and damage
repairs. Mirant's decision to sell
Grand Bahama Power and its
Caribbean operations as one
transaction, rather than split them
up and sell them off as separate
assets, in a bid to maximise the
purchase price made it extremely
difficult for Bahamians to partic-
ipate in the process given the
sums involved.
Businessman Franklyn Wilson,
chairman of RoyalStar Assur-
ance, Arawak Homes and Sun-
shine Insurance, was part of a
consortium featuring Colina
chairman and attorney, Emanuel-

Minimum five years multi-unit restaurant management.
Minimum five years drive thru unit operations.
Minimum five years build out/openings of units.
Minimum five years training/purchasing for multi units.
*e roven record of positive financial/operational growth & control
Knowledge of menu compilation and layout
Knowledge of food cost/labour costs and analysis.
Knowledge of setting up and running a food commissary.
Strong BOH and FOH training and skdlls.
Must be willing and able to work in the trenches.
Knowledge of marketing a definite plus.
Food service and handling certification a definite plus.
Excellent Organizational and communication skills.
Exceptional knowledge of Microsoft Office programs and POS systems.
Tertiary education is essential.
Minimum five years multi-unit responsibility for daily restaurant administrative and financial data
auditing, computing and reporting.
Five years experience in daily, weekly and monthly restaurant environment payable and receivable
accounts entry and auditing.
Total proficiency in the monthly, quarterly and yearly compilation of budgets, P&L statements, bal-
ance sheets and cash flow reports.
Exceptional knowledge of all Microsoft Office Systems and the ACCPAC Business Reporting Sys-
Exceptional direction, communication and organizational skills.
a Tertiary level education in accounting or related field.
Salary based upon experience and productivity.-. -
Please e-mail resumes to: Managitng Director at cvktWisbarrobahamas.com

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9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.

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Construction and Miscellaneous Supplies
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PaulM.Rolle Study: Every 100 financial jobs

X creates 100 for other industries

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111 Shirley Street

Thursday, April 26

Friday, April 27

Saturday, April 28

We regret any inconvenience this

will cause to our customers.

SPENDING by employees of
the Bahamian financial services
industry sustains almost 2,000 jobs
in this nation's retail and whole-
sale industries and $50 million in
output, a study on the sector's
economic impact has found, with
every 100 financial sector jobs
creating a further 100 jobs in oth-
er industries.
The assessment of the Bahami-
an financial sector's economic
impact, conducted by Oxford
Economics on behalf of the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board (BFSB), found that the
employment impact from supply
chain spending by financial insti-
tutions on goods and services,
plus spending by staff employed
in the sector, meant that for every
100 financial'industry jobs, anoth-
er 100 jobs were created else-
And the study found that
again, due to indirect and induced
spending by Bahamian financial
institutions and their staff respec-
tively, for every $1 million of out-
put generated by the financial ser-
vices sector, a further $0.6 mil-
lion in "value added" output was
created in other sectors of the
Among the industries that ben-
efited most from these effects, the
Oxford Economic study found,
was the Bahamian real estate
industry, as almost $90 million in
economic activity was generated
from spending by financial ser-
vices institutions and their
Oxford Economics said: "The
main beneficiaries of the indirect
and induced value added impacts
of the financial services sector in
the Bahamas are the real estate
and other business services sec-
"In the real estate sector, the
induced effects are far more pro-

Real estate, retail and wholesale, accountancy, legal services, health
and construction main beneficiaries of financial sector's spending

nounced than the indirect effects,
though both are large. This
reflects the fact that, in addition
to the real estate transactions of
the financial services industry
itself, its employees and those
supported down the supply chain
to the financial services sector
also make extensive use of real
estate services.
"As we have seen, these
employees are relatively well
paid, and as a result they devote a
relatively high proportion of their
income to high-end or luxury
goods and services services like
real estate."
Other industries to enjoy a
major output boost as a result of
the financial services industry's
presence, the survey found, were
retail and wholesale at around
$55 million; some $45 million in
health spending by financial ser-
vices workers; around $43 million
was spent on other business ser-
vices; around $30 million was
spent on both accounting and
legal services by financial institu-
tions; and $25 million was inject-
ed into hotels and restaurants,
plus the construction industry.
On the financial services indus-
try's employment contribution,
Oxford Economics said: 'The
main employment impacts are
focused in the wholesale and
retail sector, though the impacts
on real estate, construction and
other business services employ-
ment are also large as is the
employment in the ancillary
industries of legal services and
"The impacts on retail employ-
ment come largely via the
induced effects, as well-paid
financial sector employees spend
money in shops in the Bahamas."
Spending by Bahamas-based
financial institutions and their
employees generated almost
1,500 jobs in other business ser-
vices, the study found, along with
about 800 accou8ntancy jobs and
almost 500 in the legal services

Other industries enjoying a
financial services-related employ-
ment boost were construction,
with about 1100 jobs, while the
health and hotels and restaurants
industries saw an employment
impact of just under 1,000.
The aim of the BFSB study is
to provide some hard, quantita-
tive data on just how much the
Bahamian financial services
industry contributes to GDP, out-
put and employment in other sec-
tors of the economy outside its
direct contribution, which is well-
In doing so, the objective is
likely to be to underscore both
to the Bahamian people and the
Government how much the finan-'
cial services industry means to
this country and its relatively high
standard of living in the
Caribbean, and how much poorer
this nation might be if it was not
here to purchase services and
underwrite jobs especially the
higher-paying ones.
Rather than treat the financial
industry as a 'distant sector' with
no impact on the
'average Bahamian on the
street', the survey is part of the
BFSB's plan to bring home its
relevance to all Bahamians. The
Oxford Economics study, for
instance, compared its 15 per cent
direct GDP impact to the tourism
industry's 21 per cent GDP
The Oxford Economics study
found that the Bahamian financial
industry's total indirect econom-
ic impact, measured in terms of
value-added to other industries
and GDP, was $171 million in
2004, accounting for 3 per cent
of GDP. Some 1.1 per cent of that
3 per cent figure went to account-
ing and legal services.
Total indirect employment
impact amounted to 2,890, some
1.8 per cent of total employment,
meaning that total direct and indi-
rect jobs created by the sector
came to 12,191.
On the value added.by finan-

cial sector employee spending,
the Oxford Economics survey cal-
culated this as being worth $344
million in 2004, or 6.1 per cent of
GDP. This spending generated
6,499 jobs, or 4.1 per cent of total
The indirect spending by finan-
cial institutions, and spending by
their employees, generated 50 per
cent and 80 per cent respectively
of the value-added to other indus-
tries' outputs and employment.
Together, the financial sector's
direct, indirect and induced
impacts in 2004 created 18,690
jobs, or 12 per cent of total
Bahamian employment, and $1.4
billion or 24 per cent of GDP.
It will come as no surprise that
the survey identified the Bahami-
an financial services industry as
providing the 'plum', high-end
and high paying jobs. Average
salaries in the international finan-
cial services industry stood at
$67,000 in 2005, reflecting their
specialised, highly-skilled work
on behalf of wealthy, high-pay-
ing clients, with fees linked to
assets under management and
Combined with the domestic
banking sector, the study found
that in 2004 average salaries in
the banking sector were $48,000,
double the average salary of
$24,000,as determined by the
Department of Statistics. Insur-
ance sector salaries, standing at
$42,000, were on average 75 per
cent higher than the national
For other industries, the aver-
age salaries were:
Real estate and other busi-
ness services $27,000
Communications services -
Manufacturing $22,000
Transport services $25,000
Hotels and restaurants -
Retail and wholesale -
$18,000 .'. !
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Manager II (Human Resources)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the post of Manager
II, Human Resources, Grand Bahama Health Services, Public Hospitals Authority.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:-

Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Management or equivalent and at
least three (3) years post qualification experience in Human Resource Management.
Computer skills a must.

The Manager II will report to the Manager I, Human Resources and as a part of
the Human Resources team at the Grand Bahama Health Services, will share
Responsibility for the day-to-day administration of Human Resources transactions
iand services in support of the organization.


,1l. Processes all recommendations in connection with:

; Pensions/gratuity benefits
~ Promotions
'S Disciplinary actions
Reassessments of salaries
Reemployment and renewal of contracts
Salary progression
Resumption of duty after study leave and un-coding of increment month.

2. Researches all matters of complaints from assigned areas, prepares
documentation and submit recommendations for consideration.

3. Reviews Human Resources systems and makes recommendations for update

4. Assists with annual Budget preparation of Personal Emoluments.

5. Liaises with the Payrolls Unit in connection with matters relating to salary
adjustments and financial clearance.

6. Participates in the recruitment and selection process, as well as, completes
background checks on prospective employees.

Opportunities will also be given for the involvement in Human Resources Strategic

Letters of application, resume, documentary evidence of qualifications and three
(3) references should be submitted, no later than 11th May, 2007 to the
Director of Human Resources, Public Hospitals Authority,
P.O. Box N-8200
or 1st Floor Corporate Office, Dockendale House,
West Bay Street (serving officers must submit their application
through the Head of Department)

P.O. Box, F-42654
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Telephone: 242-373-9550 Fax: 242-373-9551

An elegant romantic oasis of (183) Suites, spacious Deluxe, Superior
and Garden Pool View guest rooms, (3) swimming pools, famous Ferry
House Restaurant, Sabor poolside dining overlooking the lovely Lucayan
Marina for your enjoyment.


PELICAN BAY AT LUCAYA is seeking to employ dynamic energetic .
and enthusiastic people who enjoy working in the Hospitality Industry
for the following positions;


If you have extensive experience in Hotel Reservations Sales Systems,
then this is a great career opportunity for you. You must have the

At least three (3) years experience in supervision and training of
reservations sales staff.
Knowledgable of (HIS) Epitome System preferred.
Knowledgable of constructing Rates, Packages, Promotions,
Advertisements, Reservations.
Knowledgeable of Yield Management.
Must possess good written and oral communication and computer
skills, along with strong attention to detail organizational skills
and follow through.
Flexible work hours required for this position.
Minimum qualification required; Associate Degree in Business
Administration or equivelant.

E-mail hr@pelicanbayhotel.com deadline is April 27, 2007.

Pelican Bay at Lucaya is owned by Sundt AS, a private
investment company based in Norway. Pelican Bay is the
only investment that Sundt AS has in the Bahamas. Sundt
AS also the majority share holder of Pandox, which is a
specialized European hotel owning company, that at the
moment owns 38 hotels in Europe (8650 rooms). Pandox'
hotels operate under well-known brands such as Scandic,
Hilton, Radisson SAS, Crowne Plaza, Choice or are
independently managed.


PAGE 10B, MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007, PAGE 11B


Christie and Ingraham:

NHI implementation

top priority

Tribune Business Reporter
BOTH Prime Minister Perry
Christie and former Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham pledged
that the implementation of
National Health Insurance and
economic empowerment for
Bahamians are their top priori-
ties at their parties' respective ral-
lies at the weekend.
Speaking to PLP supporters on
Friday, Prime Minister Christie,
who at a previous rally had vowed
to increase the stamp tax exemp-
tion for first time home owners
from $250,000 to $400,000, said
his party has done an A-plus job
in increasing economic stability
for Bahamians.
"Economic growth has surged
to new heights. Job creation is
way up. Unemployment is way
down. The international rating
agencies have given your PLP
government an 'A' grade for
managing the economy so suc-
cessfully. We have brought Fam-
ily Island economies back from
the dead, and in just five years
we have made it possible for
more Bahamians to own their
own low-cost homes than the
FNM was able to do in its entire
10 years."
Mr Christie also made a huge

case for National Health Insur-
ance, promising that if re-elect-
ed the PLP will make the plan a
reality in their second term of
"Let's be clear about this: we,
in the PLP, are irrevocably com-
mitted to making National Health
Insurance a reality in our next
"But let's also be clear about
something else, the FNM has not
made the same commitment.
That's because down deep they
really don't believe in National
Health Insurance."
Mr Christie said he will not
rest "until every Bahamian has
access to high-quality, affordable
health care, including major med-
ical care, under a properly fund-
ed, well-regulated scheme of
National Health Insurance."
However, in his address to
FNM supporters on Saturday, Mr
Ingraham vowed that under his
rule, the country would get
"effective national health insur-
"As I said in the House of
Assembly, health care is creating
great financial challenges for
many-Bahamians the many
without any private insurance,
others with inadequate private
insurance coverage; and most
especially those with little or inad-
equate means.



Corporate SeMces Administrator
An established Law Firm is accepting applications
for an Administrator in their Corporate Services
The successful applicant must possess the following:

Detailed knowledge of Bahamian IBCs.
Two (2) years experience in the specified field.
Computer literacy
Client focused approach with' strongg interpersonal
Ability to multi-task and thrive in a demanding
Be a team player.

Remuneration & benefits are commensurate with
experience and qualifications. Qualified candidates
may send application to:

Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4875
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax 502-5092



International Business Companies Act 2000

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137
(8) of the international Business Companies
Act, 2000, Notice is hereby given that the
above-named Company has been dissolved
and struck off the Register, a Certificate
of Dissolution has been issued by the
Registrar General on the 3rd day of April,

Anthony B. Dupuch

Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in disolution, which commenced on
the 18th day of April 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


"And so, health insurance for
all is our objective. And we
understand that will require that
more money be found to fund
health care for all our people.
We'll cause that to happen. That
is what 'effective national health
insurance for all' means in our
Mr Ingraham also vowed that
"to strengthen our economy, pro-
mote increased Bahamian own-
ership and wealth," the FNM
would increase the minimum
wage, eliminate exchange con-
trols, reduce bureaucratic obsta-
cles for business and establish a
small- and medium-sized enter-
prises Facilitation Centre to serve
as a one-stop agency to assist with
business plans, funding and fol-
He also dismissed Mr Christie's
A-plus grade, saying that the lev-
els are not as good as they were
when the FNM was in power. He
further said that his recent visits
to the Family Islands do not sug-
gest that those residents are ben-
efiting from any surges in the

Dr. Beverton Moxey is pleased to
announce the location of his medical
practice on Montrose Avenue and
Arundel Street. Dr. Moxey completed
his Internal Medicine Specialty
training at the University of Virginia
School of Medicine Roanoke-Salem
Program where he also served as Chief
Resident. His practice encompasses
comprehensive medical and critical
care for adults including but not
limited to annual physical, disorders
of Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus,
elevated cholesterol and acid reflux.

Dr. Beverton Moxey
Internal Medicine Specialist
Diplomate American Board Of Medicine

Dr. Moxe returned home in 2005 ariE
is currently an Acting Consultant in t -
Department of Medicine at Prince :
Margaret Hospital. He also serves as-
Clinical Instructor for the University of
The West Indies School of Medicine-
Bahamas campus. Dr. Moxey is au-
Attending Physician on the medical
staff of Doctors Hospital and is a
participating health care provider in the
hospital's multi-specialt sessional
clinic. Please call our office today to
schedule your next appointment or
consultation with Dr. voxey

Bahamas Health & He~aligMdci eir

The Caribbean-Atlantic 21st Century Learning
Conference is being held on May 4th at the New
Providence Community Centre (Blake Road)
Nassau, Bahamas.

At this conference you will have the opportunity to acquire the latest; information about Brain
Based Learning, how neuroscience research has been used to improve language, reading and
comprehension skills inn student and how Fast ForWord has had a positive impact on the lives
of struggling readers around the world.
The Key Note speaker at this conference will be Ms. Sherrelle Jiggitts Walker, Chief Education
Officer of Scientific Learning Corporation of Oakland, California. Ms. Walker \vill host a
workshop entitled 'Brain Based Learning',
Contact: Jennifer Alexiou at The Speech Clinic
Tel: 394-8588 Email: fastforward@bercon.bm
If Paying by Credit Card call: 1-441-238-7534
U.S. Dollar Bank Draft or Money Orders accepted

Job Openings

Esso Tigermarket located at East Street and
Soldier Road is seeking suitable candidates for
deli, convenience store, and pump attendant

Persons must be pleasant and courteous.

Interested persons should contact Tel. 325-5488
to make an appointment to be interviewed.

We're drivers too.




Bernard Road Complex
Bernard Road

Shops 1, 2, 3 1,470 sq.ft. each (Ground Floor)
Shops 4 & 5 1,870 sq.ft. each (Ground Floor)
Office 1 & 2 1,870 sq.ft each (First Floor)
*Ample parking spaces
*Fully equipped stand-by generator
*For more information, please call 396-0000

Bahamas Co-operative League Limited
Bahamas Co-operative League
Insurance Brokerage Limited

will be relocating
to our new office complex at

Russell Road
(Oakes Field across from COB campus through
the corner of McDonald's-we're right next door)
On Monday April 23, 2007

Ournew telephone number is


We look forward to serving you
at our new location.



Equity Side No.00028

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THOSE pieces parcels and lots of land
being portions of the original Crown Grant to W.W. Narin and situate
on the eastern and western side of the Main Queen's Highway North
of North Victoria Hill in the vicinity of an area known as Palaris on the
Island of San Salvador one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 (Chapter 393)
Statute Law of The Bahamas revised edition 2001


BRUCE NIRO, The Petitioner claim to be the owner in fee simple in
possession of the pieces parcels or lots of land hereinbefore described
and have made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act to have the
title to the said pieces parcels or lots of land investigated and the nature
and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to
be granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
Copies of a diagram or plan showing the position boundaries shape
marks and dimensions of the said pieces parcels or lots of land may be
inspected during normal working hours at the following places:
(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court Bitco Building, East Street in
the City of Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas.
(b) The Chambers of Messrs. Davis & Co., British Colonial Hilton,
Centre of Commerce, 4th Floor Suite 400, #1 Bay Street, Nassau, New
Providence, The Bahamas, Attorneys for the Petitioner
NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons having a right of
Dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition
shall within thirty (30) days after the appearance of the Notice herein
file in the Registry of the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau
aforesaid and serve on the Petitioners or the undersigned a statement
of his claim in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed
Failure of any such person to file and serve a statement of claim within
thirty (30) day herein will operate as a bar to such claim.
Dated this 2nd day of April, A.D. 2007
British Colonial Hilton
Centre of Commerce
4th Floor Suite 400
#1 Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas

In association with:


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
Mathematics' Physics
French and Spanish or Literature
English language and Literature
Food and NutritioniNeedlework/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
SHigh 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.

FROM page 1

regularly between Florida and
Grand Bahama. A major com-
ponent of his plan, once the
acquisition was completed, was
to extend Discovery's ports of
call throughout the Bahamas,
including to his native Long
No announcement has been
made as to whether Global
United has completed the Dis-
covery acquisition, though, as
sources familiar with the situ-
ation have told The Tribune
that the company was having

difficulty raising financing for
the purchase. *,
Global United has expanded'
rapidly over the past three
years, Mr Ritchie's original
business, Tanja Enterprises,
having acquired both the Unit-
ed Shipping and Global busi-
One further link between Mr
Ritchie and Mr Sawyer, apart
from the fact they are both
representing the same party in, -
the general election, is that
they share the same accoun-
tant and corporate adviser -'/,
PLP Senator Philip Galanis. .j


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team as:

Portfolio Specialist

The main tasks of this position are:

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systems for wealth management clients;
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managed client base across fixed-income, equity and FX
Implement Portfolio Management policies, procedures
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current clients.

The successful candidate will have:
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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


The Petition of Mavis Clarlton, Executrix of the Estate
of Trevor Dorsett late of Port Nelson, Rum Cay one of
the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas is in
respect of the following parcel of land:
land containing 293,427 acres situate on the
Josiah Tallnall (1-76) approximately 2300 feet
west of Cotton Field Point in the vicinity of
Munroe Beach on the Southern Coast of Rum
Cay in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Copies of the filed plan may be inspected during the
normal hours at:-
(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court,
Ansbacher House, East Street North,
Nassau, Bahamas, and;

(b) The Chambers of The Law
Partnership, International House, No. 1
Virginia Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

Notice is hereby given that any person having right to
dower or any adverse claim not recognized in the Petition
shall before the 31st day of March, 2007 file in the Registry
of the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a statement of such claim. Failure of any
such person to file and serve a statement of such claim
and requisite documents on or before the 31st day of
March, 2007 will operate as a bar to such claim.
The Law Partnership
Attorneys for the Petitioner
International House
No. 1 Virginia Street
Nassau, Bahamas

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Probate Division

will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date hereof.
N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
April 26, 2007

late of Sumter County in the State of South
Carolina, one of the States of the United States
of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
DWAYNE A. GIBSON of the Eastern District
of, the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized. Attorney in
The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant
of Letters Testamentary in the above estate
granted to STEPHEN J. BLACKBURN II the
Executor of the Estate, by the State of South
Carolina, County of Sumter, on the 6th day of
March, 1987.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

Probate Division
2007/PRO/npr/001 87

P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
April 26, 2007

Hillsdale in the State of Michigan, one of the
State of the United State of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
Avenue in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-
law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Letters
Testamentary in the above estate granted to
ERICA BYRNE, the Executrix of the Estate,
by the State of New Jersey, Bergen County
Surrogate's Court, on the 25th day of May

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

April 26, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/npr/00189

Whereas, ELAINE L. EWING of Freeport on
the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has
made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of WALTER EWING
SR. (a.k.a) WALTER A. EWING (a.k.a.)
ALBERT EWING late of Matthew Town on the
Island of Inagua, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications

Probate Division

RO. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
April 26, 2007

414 Lake Shore Drive in the City of Lake Park,
Palm Beach County in the State of Florida, one
of the States of the United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-
Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Letters of
Administration (single personal representative)
in the above estate granted to HUBBARD
KNOX the Personal Representative of the
Estate, by the circuit Court of Palm Beach
County, Florida, Probate Division, on the 18th
day of April, 2006.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

Probate Division

P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
April 26, 2007

late of 48 Hasker Street, London in the United
Kingdom, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
WILLIAM P. HOLOWESKO of East Lyford Lane
in .the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-
Law, the Authoried Attorney in The Bahamas
for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Letters of
Administration in the above estate granted to
and DARREN TUOHY the Personal
Representatives of the Estate, by the High
Court of Justice, Principal Registry of the family
Division, on the 23rd day of October, 2003.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

April 26, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/npr/00196

of Turnquest Lane in the Eastern District of the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has
made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of RUBY KNOWLES-
DARVILLE (a.k.a.) RUBY DARVILLE (a.k.a.)
on the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration

of 21 days from the date hereof.

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

Probate Division

P.O. BOX N-167
Nassau, The Bahamas
April 26. 2007

late of 622 Bascom Avenue in the City of
Pittsburgh in the County of Allegheny in the
state of Pennsylvania, one of the States of the
United States of America,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
ADAM D.R. CAFFERATA of the City of Freeport
on the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in
The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant
of Letters Testamentry in the above estate
granted to FREDERICK DIETZ JR. and
RAYMOND T. DIETZ the Executors of the
Estate, by the Register of Wills of Allegheny
County, Pennsylvania, on the 6th day of April,

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

April 26, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/npr/00202

Whereas, CYRL GEORGE BAKER of Garden
Hills Estate in the Southern District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of FLORINE
JUANITA BAKER late of 1249 Fifth Avenue in
the City of New York, in the State of New York,
one of the States of the United States of
America, deceased.

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

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar

April 26, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/npr/00203

Whereas, JOANNE HEPBURN of Second
Street, The Grove on the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of HERBERT
GEORGE BOWLEG late of Second Street, The
Grove on the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

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

N. Neilly
(for) Registrar



PAGE 14B. MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007


The Public is hereby advised that I, VISTORIA MARIA
MINNIS of Nassau,Bahamas intend to change my name
to PERALEE ANN MINNIS. 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.

The Public is hereby advised that I, DANIEL TAVAR
CHRISTIAN SAWYER of the Settlement of Dunmore Town,
*Harbour Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas intend to change my name to DANIEL
TAVAR CHRISTIAN MAJOR. 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

NOTICE is hereby given that ALAIN NOEL OF
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
; for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of
APRIL, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


STropical Companies are in search of highly motivated sales persons
N and stock room helpers for a number of vacancies. If you love
working with tourist or have at least one year's experience in retail
sales, are computer literate and have a good work ethic

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
KEYCREST LIMITED has been dissolved and struck off the Register
according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar Gen-
eral on the 20th day of February, 2007.

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TOURISM, from 1

to seven nights, staying at loca-
tions such as the Lyford Cay
Club, Atlantis, the One and
Only Ocean Club, British Colo-
nial Hilton and Baha Mar's
With Ministry of Tourism fig-
ures indicating that about 10
per cent of all visitors to the
Bahamas come on business
travel, financial services visitors
were estimated to account for
38 per cent of this visitor group-
"The impact on tourism rev-
enues is likely to be even more
pronounced, since the majori-
ty of visitors who come to make
use of financial services in the
Bahamas are high-end tourists,
most of whom stay in high-end
hotels,:' Oxford Economics
found. "The catalytic impact on
tourism export revenues alone
is sufficient to boost Bahamian
GDP by around 1-1.5 per cent."
The BFSB member survey



Pricing Information As Of:
Thu rd-a, 19 Anril 200 7

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-07282 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.689 0.400 6.9 3.45%
0.737 0.260 12.2 2.89%
0.265 0.020 3.2 2.35%
0.243 0.060 10.3 2.40%
0.170 0.050 7.6 3.85/e
0.915 0.240 11.4 2.31%
0.078 0.040 -26.9 1.90-/9
1.084 0.680 13.2 4.77%
0.118 0.045 41.9 0.91/o0
0.295 0.000 8.2 0.00%
0.522 0.240 11.4 4.04%
0.779 0.570 15.7 4.58%
0.977 0.500 15.0 3.40%
1.644 0.510 10.4 2.98%
-0.432 0.000 N/M 0.010%
0.532 0.100 13.6 1.38%
0.588 0.570 15.4 6.30%
1.269 0.795 7.9 7.95%

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14.30 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 1.234 1.125 12.6 7.71%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
01 SJ 0 20 RND Holdings 0 45 0 55 0 20 0 021 0 000 26 2 0 009 '
. .. 5. "- .
3.00u 8..0C0 A.BDAB 41 00 43 00 41 00 2 220 0000 194 000'.
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%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.3368 1.2841 Colina Money Market 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 4467 107674 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.4467.....
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52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid Buying price of Coilna and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity -13 April 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week *- 31 March 2007
Change Clange In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol Number of total shares traded today ( NAV Net Asset Value --31 March 2007
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamllgs FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100 -31 March 2007
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The National Insurance Board (NIB) invited suitably qualified accounting firms to submit a proposal to
serve as independent auditors for the audit of the National Insuranc Fund's consolidated financial state-
ments, for the fiscal year ending Decemeber 31, 2007, subject to renewal for an additional two (2) years.
The financial statements are to be completed in April of the following year.

The 2005 Annual Report can be accessed at www.nib-bahamas.com

The proposal should include, but not be limited to:

1. General information on the firm and its local and/or international affiliates.

2. The qualifications and experience of the principals of the firm, including comments regarding other
professional staff members' skills and competence.

3. Information on the firm's audit experience in other financial institutions similar in size or nature of the

4. The approach and time -line that will be adopted for the audit and related services that the firm can
provide the NIB.

5. Comments with respect to the firm's independence.

6. Estimates of fees and billings.

Proposals should be addressed to:

The Director
Clifford Darling Complex
Baillou Hill Road
Nassau, Bahamas

and marked Proposal to Serve as Independent Auditors," to arrive at the Director's office no later than
4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2007. The NIB reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.

Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate
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also indicated that foreign
clients of the Bahamian real
estate industry had made over
3,500 real estate purchases in
the Bahamas over the past five
years. Oxford Economics said
that even conservatively assum-
ing that 10 per cent, or 70 per
year, of these transactions were
directly attributable to financial
services, "this boost the value
added of the real estate services
sector by five per cent to 7.5 per
cent, contributing around a fur-
ther 0.8 per cent to 1.2 per cent
to total Bahamian GDP".
The survey indicated that
around 9,000-12,000 foreign
clients of the Bahamian finan-.
cial services industry owned real
estate in the Bahamas, and con-
servative assumptions again
indicated that 900-1200 of those
owners might have been attract-
ed by the financial services
These real estate owners used
construction, plus repair and
maintenance services, to con-
struct, expand and repair their
properties, boosting construc-

tion sector output by 2-2.6 per
cent per annum.
"Moreover, 70 per cent of
financial services companies
responding to our survey state
that the provision of their ser-
vices has led their customers to
increase their investment in the
Bahamas," the Oxford Eco-
nomics report said. "Sixty-three
per cent state that they help
their customers to make better
investment choices in the
"And 26 per cent state that
the provision of their services
encourages entrepreneurial
activity on the part of their cus-
tomers. Among a range of high-
ly uncertain estimates, these are
the most uncertain, but it is pos-
sible that the impact via this raft
of effects contributes between
0.3 per cent and 0.6 per cent to
Bahamian GDP."
The Oxford Economics study
estimated that the Bahamian
financial services industry had a
total economic impact of
between 26.2 per cent and 27.4
per cent, directly generating

nearly $850 million or 15 per
cent of GDP in 2004.
Out of this sum, some $500
million came directly from the
banking industry; $220 million
from insurance; more than $30
million from financial and cor-
Sorate services providers; and
90 million from investment
advisers, fund administrators
and capital markets activities. '
And for 2004, financial ser-
vices supported some 22,000
jobs in the Bahamas, account1'
ing for 13 per cent of the work-
force. Direct employment cre-
ated by the industry was some'
9,300 in 2004, amounting to,6.;
per cent of employment. -'
Oxford Economics said that
share was lower than the fina~i-
cial services industry's share'of
GDP as the sector's average
productivity per employee was
higher than for other industries.
Of direct employment, bank-
ing was responsible for 4,36
jobs, insurance 3,580, financial
and corporate services providers
354, and 1,001 in other finan
cial services professions.


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20 Mount that, backing, you get your
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vegetable freak? (6)
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Contract Bridge

By Steve Becker

Insurance to the Nth Degree

East dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
*105 2
VA 73
QJ 10 8 3
*A 6
A. in 0 '7

VQ 106

The bidding:
East South West North
Pass 1 NT Pass 3 NT
Opening lead six of spades.

You sometimes hear it said that
the best players seem to see through
the backs of the cards. They don't, of
course, but in a very high percentage
of deals they do play as though they
were looking at both opponents'
For example, take this deal where
West led a spade against three
notrump. East's queen won the first
trick, his spade return was ducked to
West's jack, and a third spade was
taken by the ace as East discarded a
low club.
Declarer had no chance to make
the contract without utilizing the dia-

mond suit, where a straightforward
finesse was available. But instead of
crossing to dummy to attempt the
finesse, South played the ace of dia-
monds at trick four, caught West's
king and wound up making five
notrump! Had he tried the finesse, he
would have gone down one!
The question that naturally arises
is how could South possibly have
known that the king would fall on the
ace? The answer is that he didn't
know the king was singleton, but he
did know that taking a diamond
finesse was the wrong play.
Declarer reasoned that if West
had the guarded king, the contract
could not be made, since West would
cash his two remaining spades for
down one. South' therefore had to
assume that either East had the king
of diamonds or West had the single-
ton king.
The ace-of-diamonds play
catered to both possibilities. Had
East held the guarded king of dia-
monds, all that South's safety play
would have cost him was the extra 30
points he could have scored by tak-
ing a finesse.
But when it is considered that los-
ing a finesse to the singleton king
could cost declarer 960 points 700
points for the rubber, 160 for making
five notrump and 100 points for
going down one 30 points was a
very small premium to pay for avoid-
ing an unnecessary risk.








words in
the main
body of

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from the letters shown here?
In making a word, each letter
S^ may be used once only. Each
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nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 13; very good 20;
excellent 27 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.


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workers on board (8)
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3 Our frantic cries brought round the
envoys (8)
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5 And, with an awful og outside,
6 Who's got the hot chestnuts? (5,5)
a 7 Vice In the film Industry (5-2)
8 He's very keen, so I sent a runabout
to gel (10)
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a quarter now (6)
D 19 Mean to speak sharply to,
on return (3)
21 Speak your mind? (5,3,4)
22 Turned back holding, goody-goody, a
weapons (6)
23 Don't be taken in by-are wearing
phoney blindfolds (3,7)
24 They have had to, dear,
spasmodically, from way back (3,4,3)
25 Spot is the name (3)
28 Register the bag and the wallet (8)
29 Teasing while ones playing one's
shot? (8)
30 When one has a meal, about to sit
ad back and order (8)
31 Extend a section of the
) racecourse (7)
33 Examination it takes a very good
fiddler to pass (5)
34 Run tito the young woman
a yank (6)
ACROSS: 1, Store 6, Lemur 9,
Erected 10, Crate 11, Vista 12, Greet
13,Tacilly 15,Oul 17, Icon 18, Leaves
19, Valet 20, Repeal 22, Slur 24, Ass
25, Fastens 26, Libel 27, Sepia 28,
Minim 29, Aniseed 30, Smart 31,
DOWN: 2, Tarmac 3, Retain 4, Ere 5,
Scary 6, Leveret 7, Edit 8, Untrue 12,
Gloat 13, Tiara 14, Coops 15, Ovule
16, Tsnrs 18, Legal 19, Valiant 21,
Esteem 22, Stride 23, Unripe 25,
Feast 26, Liar 28, Men

9 Large tropical
reptile (9)
10 Abides (9)
12 Darts line (4)
13 Handwriting (6)
14 Female voice (7)
15 Of Norway (9)
17 Watchful,
heeadful (9)
18 Wild, disorderly (7)
19 Rapscallion (6)
20 Competent (4)
23 Separate from
others (9)
25 Detect something
suspidous (5,1,3)
26 Prayer ending (4)
27 Reaping tool(6)
29 Of the heart (7)
32 Disliked by many (9)
34 Throttles (9)
35 Judas (7)
36 Room for
manoeuvre (6)
37 Ring of
light (4)
38 Sretches(9)
39 Game bird (9)

1 Large sherry
glass (8)
2 O's native
language (6,6)
3 Cookies (8)
4 Plan or project (6)
5 Cowboy
hats (8)
6 Narrow escape (5,5)
7 Make ready (7)
8 Variety (10)
11 Jeweled
headdress (5)
16 Runs away to wed (6)
19 Regret (3)
21 Pub game (3,9)
22 Former British coin (6)
23 Figurines (10)
24 Speed up (10)
25 Prosecute (3)
28 Indefatigable (8)
29 Pirates (8)
30 Client (8)
31 Steal the show
from (7)
33 Musical
Instrument (5)
34 Cleans with
a brush (6)

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APRIL 23 |
ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
You must look for compromises,
Aries, otherwise you'll be butting
heads with everyone who crosses your
path. Cool your temper to get through
the week.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
You may not be getting the support
you need on the work front, bu( there
is no point in making a scene about it,
because that will only add fuel ito the
fire. Ride it out; it won't last looig.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
You may be a bit impulsive this
. week, Gemini, but it's not necessar-
ily a bad thing. Spontaneity is some-
times needed to break up the. hum-
drum. Enjoy living.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
It's likely to be an emotional' week
for you and loved ones, Cancer. Rely
on each other as a support group, and
you'll be able to rally through this
tough time together. *
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
You will find plenty to laugh and be
happy about this week, but not
everyone will share your positive
view of the world, Leo. Don't let
them get you down.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 24
This is not a good time to take risks
with money, Virgo. You may'think
that because you've been frugal you
can let loose. Reconsider, and con-
tinue to watch your pennies.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
You may get irritated this week by
people who can't make up their
minds about things, Libra. Rather
than getting flustered, why not help
them solve their problems?
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Don't let your disappointment over
something that goes wrong egrly in
the week ruin the rest of' your
plans, Scorpio. Stop sulking, and
get over it fast.
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/fc 21
Not everyone agrees with the pro-
ject you've chosen to focus on,
Sagittarius. But that's ndt for
everyone to decide. Contiirpe to
do what you think is best.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/J*n 20
Before you get involved with.some-
thing you believe will have (.bene-
ficial effect on your career, do the
research. It .may not be ail it's
cracked up to be, Capricorn.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Don't take anything you liar at
work too seriously, Aquarius rWhat
you'll discover is it's mostly "gossip
and deliberate. Tune out the negative
and focus on your work. ,
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 2)
Someone close to you will make life
difficult for you this week, Pisces.
Don't be too concerned it'gfor no
apparent reason.

O y e gonrOd

Charmaine (US) v Telsys (Russia),
instantchess.com 2006. If your
opponent's king strays too far up
the board with the queens still
on, watch out for tactical tricks.
Black (to move) looked up
against it in this position from
an internet game. He is already a
pawn down, and If his attacked
queen moves, then Nxc5 whips
off a second pawn leaving White
well en route to the point. But
the WK at e3 has advanced into
action too quickly, the monarch
should have remained at a safe
square like g2 awaiting more
exchanges. Black saw his chance
and launched a tactic which
guaranteed a draw and
produced a surprise victory
when White panicked under
pressure. What was Black's
saving move?

Chess solution 8316L.Ng4+! If now2fxg4 Qh6+
3 Kd3 (3 g5 Qxg5+*4Kd3 Qd8+ issnmiar)Qd6+and
White must alow 4 Ke3Qh6+with repeated mos
since 4 Kc37?cxb4+bknders thequeen in theactal
game White did worse by 2 Kd37 Qd+ 3 Kc3 cb4+
and wins.
Mensa quir Mind.
One possible wonrd ladder solution OA, cats
caps cape, cope, hope, HOPS








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N(Better enforce standards of conduct
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