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Title: The Tribune.
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Publication Date: 5/21/2007
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Volume: 103 No.150


MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007


Christie says

Opposition will

also pursue seats

in the Senate


Concern at oil slick off Clifton Pier


Tribune to

help raise

funds for

new dialysis

unit at PMH


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE PLP has decided which
constituencies it will contest and
will soon be pursuing those
seats "vigorously" in the elec-
tion courts, former Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie stated yes-
terday on his party's website.
Hosting an internet chat yes-
terday afternoon, Mr Christie
adamantly denied that he will
be stopping down as PLP leader
now that his party has lost the
government.
As it concerns the possibility
of contesting certain con-
stituencies in election court, Mr
Christie said that the PLP has
now been advised which seats to
go after.
"The outcome of those seats
are matters which will be before
the courts soon, so we would
not be wise to discuss our strat-
egy here. However, we have
been advised by our legal team
as to which seats represent the
best chances of winning and we
will pursue those ones vigor-
ously through the courts," he
said.
The opposition leader said he
could not comment in detail on
the seats in question laecause
the PLP did not yet want to
reveal its strategy, but he added
that "the outcome of those seats
are matters which will be before
the courts soon."
Mr Christie further said that
PLP is ensuring that it will get
the correct number of Senate


seats in correlation to the num-
ber of constituencies won by the
party.
"We feel that the constitution
of this great country of ours is
very clear on the composition
of the Senate and it dictates
who ought to get those seats.
That matter is being forcefully
dealt with as we speak."
Mr Christie said that four
PLP senators will receive their
instruments of appointment
today. "The process to deter-
mine the remaining three is
ongoing and the matter has not
been settled," he said.
Speculation has also been
growing in the weeks since the
general election that Mr
Christie may not choose to lead
the official opposition in the
next five years.
There have suggestions that
anyone from the former Minis-
ter of Health Dr Bernard Not-
tage to former Tourism Minis-
ter Obie Wilchcombe were
being considered as successors
to Mr Christie.
However, Mr Christie yester-
day put all these speculations
to rest.
"There is absolutely no truth
to the rumour that I am step-
ping down now that we have lost
the general election," he said.
In response to the question
on the website regarding the
identity of the person who will
lead the PLP in years to come,
Mr Christie said that his party
"as always" continues to groom
its future leaders.


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Christie condemns

plans for future of

Urban Renewal
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
OPPOSITION leader Perry Christie yesterday
decried the FNM government's plans for the
Urban Renewal Programme as one of the
"greatest disappointments in this administra-
tion so far."
Hosting a special online chat on the PLP's
website yesterday afternoon, Mr Christie
described the FNM's announcement of the


SEE page eight


Former PM claims

PLP victims of

race propaganda
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
FORMER Prime Minister Perry Christie
strongly asserted yesterday that at no time dur-
ing his tenure did any white Bahamian, or non
Bahamian, express any level of discomfort with
respect to the racial climate of the country.
Mr Christie said he believed that race was
used in "the most wicked fashion" to shore up
the support of white Bahamians for the FNM.
SEE page eight


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* MARK Roberts and Robert
Carron shake hands to seal
the deal on their partnership
to raise funds for new dialysis
machines
YOU have likely seen one of
the many articles in the news-
paper discussing the old age and
poor condition of the dialysis
machines that now service the
growing number of kidney fail-
ure patients at Princess Mar-
garet Hospital.
The number of patients that
need dialysis four hours per day,
three times per week is push-
ing the dialysis centre to its
capacity. When one machine
breaks down, it causes delays
for patients and undue stress
for staff members.
The Tile King, FYP, The Tri-
bune and its affiliated radio sta-
tions, and The Princess Mar-
garet Hospital Foundation have
partnered to raise funds to buy
new dialysis machines.
SEE page eight

Haitian dies

in house fire
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 63-year-old
Haitian man died in a house fire
at Lewis Yard, early Saturday
morning.
Grand Bahama police are
continuing their investigations
into the cause of the fire.
The body of Marcell
Matthew was discovered in an
apartment unit by firemen, who
were summoned to a fire at a
blue and white wooden apart-
ment complex, opposite the
Church of the Good Shepherd
in Lewis Yard.
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PLP complains at




suspension of




Straw Market work


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
PLP chairman Raynard Rig-
by yesterday demanded that
the government explain why it
had halted construction of the
straw market.
Mr Rigby claimed this was an
"act of betrayal and the grossest
of witch-hunting by the FNM."
"During the campaign the
FNM leader was all over the
country talking about how the
PLP could not complete the
construction of the Straw Mar-
ket in five years. Just weeks
after the election the FNM uni-
laterally decided to stop all
work on the Straw Market and
have put into jeopardy the
future of hardworking straw
vendors," he said.
However, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham's office has
said that, in keeping with "the
principles of good governance,"
the FNM administration is open
to an objective and transparent
basis to review all plans left
incomplete by the former
administration.
The prime minister's office
emphasised that the final deci-
sion on this or any other plans
left incomplete by the PLP
administration would be made in
the best interest of the Bahamas,
having regard to their "econom-
ic and financial viability".
Mr Rigby said the PLP gov-
ernment signed a contract for
the construction of the Straw
Market in February for the sum
of $23 million. -
The PLP chairman said that
the government had an obliga-
tion and a duty to inform the
Bahamian people as to the rea-
sons why it had decided to stop
all construction work on the
Straw Market.
"It also owes a duty to the
straw vendors to include them


* RAYNARD Rigby


in a decision and to get their
views. As Bahamians, they are
entitled to know all of the
facts," Mr Rigby said.
He said this government, by
its actions, had sent a clear mes-
sage that it did not intend to
honour the agreements and
contracts entered into by the
previous administration.
"This is bad for The
Bahamas. It has frightened for-
eign investors. And it has called
into question the legitimacy of
the contractual arrangements
entered into by vendors with
the government. Never before
has this occurred after a gener-
al election," he said.


The PLP chairman said that it
confirmed that the FNM is ful-
ly prepared to attempt to undo
all the good done by the
Christie administration.
"This approach is wrong for
The Bahamas and all it will do
is to further divide this country
and our people along political
lines. I have never heard of any
government failing to honour
the contractual obligations of
another administration.
"It is wrong and it sends a
disturbing message. It is a dan-
gerous precedent that the FNM
is setting and they better stop
now or else this country will suf-
fer," he said.


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PAGE 2, MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007


THE TRIBUNE








THE TRIBUNE


MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 3


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o In brief

Florida may
look to the
Bahamas for
sand shortage

MIAMI officials may be
looking towards the Bahamas
in an attempt to find other
sources to replenish its beaches'
dwindling sand supply.
For nearly three decades, city
officials have pumped sand
from the ocean floor back on
to the beach, but now the sand
is running out.
Since all of Florida is facing a
sand shortage, leaders are now
considering going overseas for
the commodity to places like
the Dominican Republic or the
Bahamas. They're hoping to
start importing it later this year.
Beach re-nourishment costs
the state $30 million every year.
Florida state senator Dennis
Jones successfully introduced
legislation that called for a pub-
lic inventory of all offshore sand
sources.
Sandy beaches absorb wave
energy during hurricanes,
diminishing damage to proper-
ty.

Scientists say
no-fishing
zones help
coral recover
SCIENTISTS at a Bahamian
marine reserve said Saturday
that no-fishing zones can help
threatened coral reefs by giv-
ing microscopic larvae room to
grow while fish devour seaweed
that competes for space, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Marine scientists working at
the Exuma Cays Land and Sea
Park, a 176-square-mile reserve
southeast of Nassau, said yotmg
coral colonies flourished in
areas where algae-nibbling par-
rotfish were protected.
"Parrotfish seem to be a real-
ly important part of the recov-
ery and the health of these
reefs," said Daniel Brumbaugh,
chief coordinator of the
Bahamas Biocomplexity Pro-
ject research team.
The multicolored fish with a
beak-like mouth helps contain
seaweed and algae, which
crowd out young colonies of
coral that replace others killed
by bleaching or storms. Parrot-
fish have been the primary graz-
ers on Caribbean reefs since dis-
ease wiped out most long-spine
sea urchins in the early 1980s,
Brumbaugh said.
Lead scientist Peter Mumby
of the University of Exeter said
the team's findings were the
first evidence that coral a shel-
ter built up by millions of tiny
animals can be helped to
recover where parrotfish are
protected and swim in great
numbers.
Coral reefs around the world
are being destroyed by com-
mercial fishing, development
and warming waters from cli-
mate change, prompting scien-
tists to warn that up to half of
these marine ecosystems could
disappear by 2045.

Remains of
Haitian
migrants are
returned

* HAITI
Cap-Haitien
THE remains of dozens of
Haitian migrants who perished
when their boat capsized off the
Turks and Caicos Islands were
returned to their homeland Sat-
urday and buried in a common
grave, angering relatives who
were not given a chance to iden-
tify their loved ones, according
to Associated Press.
Family members clutching pho-
tographs of victims wept as the
59 bodies wrapped in black bags
and marked "John Doe" or "Jane
Doe" were unloaded from a
cargo ship in Cap-Haitien's sea-
port, two weeks after one of the
deadliest disasters to hit Haitians
in years. Officials said the bodies
were badly decomposed and
could not be readily identified.
More than 160 migrants were


aboard the overcrowded sloop
when it capsized May 4, flinging
them into choppy, shark-filled
waters.
The bodies of 61 migrants
were recovered and more than
a dozen are missing and pre-
sumed dead. Two bodies were
buried in Turks and Caicos.


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Appeal for assistance after




spate of armed robberies


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are seeking public
help in solving two armed rob-
beries in both cases witness-
es were able to note the
licence plate numbers of the
suspects.
The first occurred at 6.30pm
on Friday. Assistant Supt Wal-
ter Evans said an employee of
a company in Oakes Field was


robbed at gunpoint when he
tried to deposit a large sum of
cash at a bank.
The employee was deliver-
ing a cash deposit bag to First
Caribbean's Oakes Field
branch when he was robbed.
The suspect was wearing a
dark hat and handkerchief
over the lower half of his face.
After committing the crime,
the man fled in a Honda vehi-
cle with the licence plate num-


ber 26405.
The weekend's second
armed robbery happened
shortly after midnight on Sat-
urday in the Golden Gates
community.
A man was walking in the
area when he was held up by
two gunmen, who fled in a
light-coloured Nissan vehicle
with the licence plate number
8014.
Asst Supt Evans said the


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Children nearly drown off Long Wharf


TWO children narrowly
escaped drowning when they
tried to go swimming off Long
Wharf yesterday.
Police said the children a
boy of about eight and a girl of
seven almost drowned off


the wharf shortly after mid-
day.
They were both rushed to
Princess Margaret Hospital.
Press liaison officer Asst
Supt Walter Evans told The
Tribune last night that the girl


was still in serious condition
and the boy critical.
Up until press time the boy
was still being cared for in the
Intensive Care Unit and the
girl was recuperating in the
children's ward.


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The Tribune Limited
,NULLIUSADDICTUSJURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M. G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Democracy needs to be protected


IN 1945 Supreme Court Justice Robert
Jackson, chief prosecutor for the US at the
International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg,
told the court that "the wrongs which we seek
to condemn and punish have been so calcu-
lated, so malignant and so devastating, that civ-
ilization cannot tolerate their being ignored
because it cannot survive being repeated."
On November 20, 1945 the military leaders
of Nazi Germany went on trial after World
War II for crimes that were described as
"inconceivable." The legal principles decid-
ed were revolutionary and "for the first time
the world declared that national sovereignty
and government authority 'following
orders' could not excuse what would
become known as crimes against humanity.'"
Bahamian elections can in no way be com-
pared to what took place at Nuremberg, but
the principles remain the same and can be
applied to many situations where people's
rights are threatened. Here in the Bahamas
democracy is healthy. Where else in the world
is citizen participation in elections as keen as
in this country? Bahamians have also matured
to the point that, despite pressure, they are
prepared to fire unsatisfactory governments.
As someone observed yesterday how could
anyone-.have predicted that a grandchild of
this nation's first Bahamian and black -
governor general could have won predomi-
nantly white Montagu. But on May 2 this year
Loretta Butler-Turner did just that. Not only
did she win Montagu, but she won it with the
greatest number of votes received by any can-
didate in this election. Yes, the Bahamas has
come a long way. We can now hope that race
will no longer be an issue.
However, all of these achievements could be
lost and with it our precious democracy if an
example is not made of those who so openly
attempted to thwart the law and deny Bahami-
ans a free and fair election.
Although Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
said the FNM would take no complaints to
the election court, we certainly hope individ-
ual complaints will be investigated and if found
to be valid, prosecutions will follow.
In other words if what we have been told
actually took place, the acts were so blatant,
defiant of the law and bold that our democracy
"cannot tolerate their being ignored because it
cannot survive their being repeated."
The Penal Code makes provision for pun-
ishment of anyone who intimidates a voter


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"by threat of evil consequence to be caused to
him" if he fails to vote for a certain candi-
date. In every election there have been whis-
pers of intimidation, but none quite so open as
in this election when loss of jobs, pension
increases and housing for government workers
were threatened. This was especially prevalent
in certain Family Islands.
There are rules against civil servants elec-
tioneering for candidates, and using govern-
ment vehicles and materials to do so. This
prohibition is openly broken with an "I-dare-
you-to-do-something-about-it" attitude. This
will' only end if examples are made of the
offenders. It happens in every election, but
nothing is done about it. This election should
make history by ending it with stiff penalties.
There are also laws against offering and
accepting valuable consideration in return for
a vote.
We are told of an incident in a certain Fam-
ily Island when several voters went to the
headquarters of the FNM to discover how
much was being paid for a vote. They made it
clear that they were available to the highest
bidder.
The public is still awaiting an explanation as
to why what ostensibly was supposed to be
sample ballots were being delivered at a
polling division on election day.
In the distant past when The Tribune had a
printing department, we were often contract-
ed to print a small number of sample ballots
for training purposes well before an election.
They were always printed on cheap paper -
often newsprint with the word SAMPLE on
the back. There could be no mistaking what
they were.
One or two sample ballots were discovered
at different polling divisions in this election.
Were these from the order of 41,000?
Of course, the PLP is notorious for being
disorganised and leaving everything to the
last minute, but it would seem strange that
an order for 41,000 sample ballots pre-
sumably 1,000 for each of the 41 polling divi-
sions would be ordered only a week before
an election for training remembering that
they had to be delivered to constituencies as
far away as Inagua and Mayaguana.
Bahamians want an explanation. They will
not accept silence on this one. They also want
election reform to ensure that all future elec-
tions will be as free as humanely possible from
corruption.


The lessons





learnt from





the election


EDITOR, The Tribune
ALL human beings like a
very good fight between two
great contenders. However
there can only be one champi-
on. First I would like to say con-
gratulation to the FNM.
Even though the PLP lost,
the results show that they could
have easily won the govern-
ment. All of that happened
even though there was inade-
quate financing, bad manage-
ment and poor public relations.
From a distance, it appears as if
the party depended on Perry
Christie to win the election sin-
gle handedly.
When I sit back and analyse
the PLP performance during
this election, I am baffled. First
of all why choose a slogan, "No
Turning Back" when the major-
ity of the population was born
after independence and do not
know or care about anything
prior to that period. So what if
the Bay Street and Eastern
Road boys did not donate any
money this time to the PLP and
gave all to the FNM. What is
evil about that? It is their mon-
ey, their preference and their
prerogative. As the sitting gov-
ernment you have leverage to
obtain enough donations from
other sources.
The PLP's greatest asset was
its record of performance and
its vision for the future. A slo-
gan and campaign should have
been centred on those issues.
Mr Christie constantly said that
he was running on his record.
The only question I have for
him is: Where is the record?
There is nowhere one could go
and find in an organised fashion
a list of the PLP government's
record of performance. I sent
several messages to the PLP
webmasters to prominently dis-
play the record on their web-
site, but I was ignored. I even
called the party Chairman Ray-
nard Rigby and told him the
same, but he gave a quick and


lackadaisical response that gave
me the impression that I was
bothering him. While I was
campaigning for the PLP, I was
shocked at the number of peo-
ple who said that the govern-
ment did nothing. I now believe
that they honestly believed that
was the case. I had to spend a
lot of time educating them
about the true reality of things.
However, there was nowhere
for them to find out on their
own.
One of the biggest reasons
why the PLP lost is because the
emperor surrounded himself by
too many people who refused
to tell him when he was naked.
They told him what he wanted
to hear and he accepted it. Most
of the candidates took on the
same spirit and started cam-
paigning late. They refused to
acknowledge the wave. They
had this arrogant attitude that
God gave this country to the
PLP. On the other hand the
FNM was energized and hun-
gry. The PLP even brought in
foreign consultants who ana-
lyzed things from a bird's eye
view. Instead they should have
listened to the workers on the
ground that was getting many
rejections. From last year sum-
mer the FNM started cam-
paigning. By the time the elec-
tion date was set many FNM
candidates or workers would
have visited the voters about
four or five times. I know
because that was my experience
and I heard many PLP sup-
porters all over say the same.
On the other hand many PLP
candidates waited for the
boundary report before they
started campaigning. By this
time it was too late. As a direct
result of that they never got to
cover all of the boundary areas


and never saw many voters.
Another major problem was
the break down of the election
machinery. For a party that has
been around so long and con-
tested so many elections, one
would wonder if this was a new
party trying to find its way
around. Where was the Chair-
man? Where were all of the
senior men in the party? Why
did no one combat all of the lies
and propaganda that were being
played on the air waves, news-
papers and podiums?
Two other things that played
a role in the defeat and caused
many PLPs to vote FNM this,
time is the fight and the han-
dling of CB Moss. It would have
been a simple process to fire
the two fighting members of
parliament. They ended up
resigning anyway. If the Prime
Minister had fired them, it
would have taken away the
issue of leadership. Bahamians
only perceive one to be a leader
in politics is when he fires some-
one. How is it possible not to
give Sidney Stubbs a nomina-
tion and give the brawlers a
nomination? Even without the
fight both of them in my opin-
ion were very questionable
characters either in their per-
sonal lives or in the party. The
issue with CB Moss took away
the issue of trust. After that no
one could talk about how
Hubert did Tommy. CB Moss
was promised the nomination,
earned it and should have
received it. He has since demon-
strated that he did have support
and with the party machinery
behind him would have won by
a landslide.
It is often said that both the
PLP and FNM are basically the
same. Therefore the Bahamian
people do not have anything to
lose. May God continue to bless
this great country.
RUDOLPH DEAN
Nassau
May 4 2007


The apparent clairvoyance


of your letter writer Bodie


EDITOR, The Tribune
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Baptists'
convocation
to be held at
auditorium
THE Association of the
Bahamas Baptist Union are
meeting in convocation from
Sunday, May 20, to Thurs-
day, May 24, at Enoch Back-
ford Memorial Auditorium.
Delegates will converge on
New Providence from Grand
Bahama, Bimini, Eleuthera,
Long Island and Exuma under
the theme, "A Changeless
Christ In A Changing World."
The conference was
opened yesterday when the
superintendent, Rev Dr C W
Saunders gave the annual
charge to the Conference.
History was again docu-
mented in the association
when the "Burning of the
Mortgage" of the Enoch
Backford Memorial Audito-
rium came only one year
after the dedication of the
multi-purpose centre was
held last year during the
114th annual session.
A night of recognition will
be held tonight at 7pm when
all districts will participate in
various tributes to Dr Saun-
ders. The week-long confer-
ence continues with day and
night sessions.
The women, under the
leadership of president Helen
Ferguson, will be celebrating
tomorrow and the youth
department, under the lead-
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A COURT hearing over the
death of toddler Paul Gallagher
nearly five years ago has been
postponed for the second time
in two months.
Two-year-old Paul died after
being hit by an unmanned
speedboat which mounted the
beach where he was sleeping in
August, 2002.
Following almost five years
of campaigning, charges were
brought against boat driver
James Bain and craft owners
Clifford Nottage and Evange-
less Williamson in January.


They are all charged with
manslaughter through negli-
gence, while Williamson faces
an additional charge of perjury.
The trio were released on bail
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According to a UK newspa-
per, the hearing, attended by the
youngster's parents Paul and
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18 after the Crown Prosecution
lawyer asked for more time to
collect and collate evidence.
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adjourned for a second time.
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he does not have any evidence
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celled its gay family cruise July
12 visit to Bermuda because it
feared a repeat of an incident in
the Bahamas in 2004 when chil-
dren on board were upset at
dockside anti-gay chants by reli-
gious groups.
According to a gay rights
website, a pastor in Bermuda
has spoken out about the recent
gay cruise cancellation saying
the church had missed a "great
opportunity" to show what
good Christians they are.
Rev Wilbur Lowe, pastor of
the Mount Zion AME church,
felt the controversy over the
Rosie O'Donnell gay family
cruise was handled poorly by
United by Faith, an organisa-
tiop representing 80 churches
in Bermuda.
United by Faith chairman
Andre Curtis, who had offered
to bus the cruise goers to church
and "have the pastors pray for
them", called the cancellation
"victory for God".
Rev Lowe said: "I don't think
they (United by Faith) have
represented the religious com-
munity well.
"I think there is an awful lot
of support for the cruise even
within the church," he told the
Royal Gazette.
Rev Lowe did not go the
whole way in endorsing the
cruise.
"I don't support the homo-
sexual lifestyle, but that does
not give anyone cause to hate
someone or treat someone dif-
ferently," he said.
It is still a big step for an
island which, according to Inter-


* ROSIE O'Donnell


national Gay and Lesbian Trav-
el Association executive direc-
tor John Tanzella, has "a repu-
tation for being anti-gay and
hence gay travellers avoid
spending their vacation money
there."
Mark Anderson, a1'a drag
queen Sybil Barrington, self-
styled Queen of Bermuda, said:
"I think it's wonderful. It's a
step in the right direction and it
should have been this way from
the beginning. This is a new mil-
lennium and people should be
open-minded and not so judg-
mental," he told the Royal
Gazette.
Rev Lowe is concerned the
Bermudian public blames the
churches for the cruise not vis-
iting the island and that Rosie
O'Donnell's people see the
church as "a bunch of Chris-
tians that hate them."
The responsibility, however,
he believes falls on the church-
es to right the wrongs because
"we are the people who claim to
be on a higher spiritual vein."
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utive of O'Donnell's company,


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to do that (meet with Rev Lowe
and the churches). I'm always
available to talk to anyone.
Especially if it's a church group
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Premier Ewart Brown defend-
ed the cruise's visit to Bermuda
(before it was cancelled) saying:
"If we discriminate against a
cruise ship, then we would have
to send a homosexual detection
unit to the airport."
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2004 and her success was docu-
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* By ATHENA DAMIANOS

THE Minister of Nation-
al Security, Tommy
Turnquest, needs to clarify his
remarks which suggest a
restructuring of the Community
Policing Programme is at hand.
His comments, as reported
by the press, are ambiguous.
The programme presently falls
under the umbrella of the
Urban Renewal Project and is
community-based. In the past,
Community Policing operated
out of East Street police head-
quarters and was semi-active.
The project is perhaps the
one achievement the PLP gov-
ernment can lay claim to after
five years of drifting like a ship


without a rudder.
The perception that Commu-
nity Police are sitting in offices
and not pounding the beat, in
my experience, simply isn't true.
And what higher level of ser-
vice can the police offer than
preventing crime from taking
place as opposed to responding
to crime that has taken place?
Removing police from the
communities they know so well
would condemn hundreds of
youngsters to The Streets of the
Lost which are devoid of love,
rules and discipline, the ingre-
dients that are so tragically miss-
ing in many inner city homes.
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Community Police, headed by
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of the underprivileged and, in so
doing, prevent crime.
Using tough love, Insp Math-
er, and Const Brooks and Bur-
rows not only serve as surro-
gate parents to needy children,
many of whom would otherwise
be on the street, they help shape
the lives of potential criminals.
They provide a buffer in
domestic situations where dis-
putes are settled at knifepoint
and not through dialogue.

M s Mather turned up
M at my workplace one
day two years ago with half a
dozen graffiti artist/urchins who
had repeatedly defaced our
office building. The boys apol-
ogised, painted our walls and
won our hearts.
They turned out to be
delightful young people with
too much idle time on their
hands and no parental supervi-
sion.
They roamed The Streets of
the Lost, little troublemakers
who would have probably
grown into big troublemakers,
had the Community Police not
been stationed in their area and
lifted them from the dark world
they were drifting towards.
They're part of a growing
group of youngsters in the area
who have swapped their spray
paint cans for textbooks and
pens.
During after school hours,
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may be the first meal of the day
and are mentored to. There've
been musical lessons, a chil-
dren's choir has been formed
and several sports clubs are in
their infant stages.
In the summer, field trips
such as historic tours, reef dives,
dolphin swims, picnics and
sporting events take place with
the quiet support of Nassau
business people (you know, the
ones who were maligned by the
PLP in the run-up to the gener-
al election). Trips include 'pick-
ing top' in the brush to make
plait for straw hats and clever
Christmas tree ornaments.
Even in August, when most
summer camps are over, the
Community Police of Kemp
Road are busy keeping the chil-
dren off the streets and away
from temptation.
Nearby, the Church of God
on Shirley Street runs a pro-
gramme for teenage girls who
fall in the high-risk category for
anti-social behaviour, unwanted
pregnancy and AIDs.

S pme may argue that this
is an area for the
Department of Social Services.
In many respects, it is. Howev-
er, both should continue to
work hand-in-hand.
Without the weight of the law
in this vicious society the rape
capital of the world social
workers are unable to handle
the frequent outbreaks of vio-
lence domestic and otherwise.
And besides, Social Services'
hands are full dealing with the
rampant cases of incest and
abuse that happen behind the
walls of the decrepit homes in
these depressed communities.
The Kemp Road Community
Police intercept drug dealers
trying to recruit students to sell
drugs in school in exchange for
lunch money and later, drugs.


N KEMP Road youngsters return home from a field trip with
the Community Police in the summer of 2006


The Sugar Daddies don't cruise
the streets as boldly as they
used to looking for school girls.
It takes a uniform to deal with
these matters.
Yes, there've been failures.
But there've been many success
stories.
This wouldn't be possible if
the police didn't work in and
know their communities. They
would be outsiders, regarded
with suspicion, and not trusted
members of the community
they serve.
Not only does Community
Policing prevent crime, it builds
a bridge between the police and
the community, whilst teaching
youngsters to respect the police
- something sadly missing in
today's Bahamas.
Community Policing is prac-
tised in Britain and the United
States, as well as other coun-
tries.
It's not peculiar to the
Bahamas. There are successful
models to draw from and build
upon.
The British Home Office
describes Community Policing
as 'a radical change in police
approach.'
"It is this simple: the needs
and concerns of citizens should
always be integral to the way
policing is conceived, managed
and delivered,' The Home
Office says.
You think Community Polic-
ing has failed because of the


record murder rate in the
Bahamas?
Take it away and see what
happens when this generation
reaches adulthood.
The truth is, we're reaping
the seeds sown several decades
ago and each successive gov-
ernment has failed to deal I
mean really deal with the
issue. The time to take decisive
action was in the 1970s when
Interpol ranked the Bahamas
as a world leader in murder and
rape on a per capital basis.
We're sitting on a time-bomb.

N assau needs more
good Bahamian police
and it needs non-Bahamian
police as well who don't have
personal relationships here. The
Force is stretched thin.
But don't take the police out
of their communities to fill the
void.
With all the hard work and
long hours put into its develop-
ment, it would be a shame if
Community Policing was dis-
mantled under its present struc-
ture.
It would open the floodgate
to more juvenile delinquents
with strange names like "Slug-
ger Dog,' 'Eyes Done' and 'Bks'
who'd lose their security blan-
ket in the turmoil of their inner
city lives and perpetrate the
vicious cycle of violence in the
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Sir George Alleyne, chancel-
lor of the University of the West
Indies, has voiced his support
for the College of the Bahamas
as it moves towards university
status.
Sir George was paying a cour-
tesy call on Carl Bethel, Minis-
ter of Education, Youth, Sports
and Culture.
The chancellor congratulated
Minister Bethel on his recent
Cabinet appointment. He
remembered the Bahamas and
Bahamians fondly, having visit-
ed before to serve on various
councils.
He attended the UWI with
Dr Cecil Bethel and taught


many Bahamians on the UWI
campus.
He communicated his confi-
dence in The Bahamas' active
participation with the UWI by
the current administration as
had been done in the past.
Sir (ieorge said that will be
very supportive of the College
of The Bahamas moving
towards university status and
has full confidence that this
will enhance relations
betwec n the UWI and The
Bahanus.
He noted that many Bahami-
an students have gained their
tertiary education at the UWI
and he welcomed the proposed


University of The Bahamas
since the need for tertiary edu-
cation cannot be supplied by
UWI alone.
Sir George felt also that the
movement and interaction of
Bahamian students with those
in the Caribbean would only
help to build stronger relations
in the region.
Mr Bethel offered a warm
welcome to Sir George and
said the chancellor had demon-
strated a level of commitment
and service that is exemplary
in his works with Pan Ameri-
can Health Organisation
(PAHO) and the AIDS epi-
demic.


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Bahamian students had bene-
fited from a UWI education,
but admitted that he wished
they would be more forthright
in finding a collegiate voice to
articulate and strengthen rela- /l/he miOeines
tons and solidarity in the O
region. ofo ouaeso
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assured Sir George that the p fec o From Mom, Wince I
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Society speech contest

GIA Burrows, a student of
Temple Christian High School,
walked away as winner of the "
first Cancer Society Speech
Competition, taking home a
laptop computer, scholarship
prize, trophy and certificate.
tiaG who was entering a ..


speech competition for the first
time, captivated her audience
and triumphed over seven oth-
er competitors. The teenager
did a superb job and no doubt is
among the creme de la creme of
youth speakers in the country.
However, the talent of all
speakers was very impressive,
allowing students to express
their views on the topic, 'The
Impact of Cancer on Bahamian
Society.'
The Cancer Society of The
Bahamas is particularly con-
cerned with the poor health and
lifestyle choices that are made
by far too many of the younger
generation. This resulted in
what was historically adult-
onset chronic conditions becom-
ing prevalent among the popu-
lation.
To counteract this trend, the
society, under the leadership of
president, Terrance Fountain,
has made the decision to estab-
lish a presence in schools, with a
view to encouraging behav-
ioural changes that can reduce
the students' future risk of
developing cancers.
To this end, the society, in
conjunction with Healing Com-
municators Toastmasters Club
7178 and Diamonds Interna-
tional, held its inaugural speech
contest on May 10 at The Can-
cer Society of The Bahamas.
Second place winner was
Patrice Duncombe of C R
Walker High School and
Johnathon Fielding of St
Andrew's. They also won lap-
top computers, scholarship
prizes, trophies and certificates.
Other participants included
Lavanda Brown, Government
High School; Lizinga Rolle, Jor-
dan Prince William High
School; Rashando Gibson,
Westminster College; Ryan
Collie, Mt Carmel and Francis
Poitier, Queen's College.
The competition coincided
with Cancer Awareness Month.


* GIA Burrows, a student of Temple Christian High School,
won ith First Cancer Speech Competition. Shown here from
left are: Diamonds International representative Sandra
Ferguson-Rolle; Miss Burrows; Terry Fountain, president of
the (iiiacer Society of The Bahamas, and Suncher Johnson, pres-
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Urban Renewal


FROM page one Urban Renewal programme
responded favourably to this
adjustments for the pro- announcement, which was
gramme, "a gutting" of the also greeted with applause by
Urban Renewal initiative, senior police officers.
"It is probably not practical Dr David Allen, a former
to expect a political party to chairman of the commission
carry this project forward. As on Urban Renewal, supported
you know, Urban Renewal Mr Turnquest's decision on
requires numerous branches this matter.
of government for its success," He said that, with the coun-
he said. try's growing problem with
During his first official vis- crime, more officers needed
it to the police force, the new to be out on the streets, rather
Minister of National Security than "sitting in an office."
Tommy Turnquest last week Observers have said that,
announced that, although under the Urban Renewal
community policing will con- programme, many officers had
tinue under the FNM, it been carrying out what is
would not necessarily be with- essentially non-police work.
in the same structural frame- Dr Allen, in an interview
work of the Urban Renewal with The Tribune last week,
Programme. said that some of the Urban
"He indicated that Urban Renewal work could be done
Renewal will continue, but by trained community out-
emphasised that it is impor- reach workers, who are then
tant that the police deal required to communicate with
wi,th community policing the police.
and other aspects of the However, Mr Christie on
programme "are dealt with the PLP website said his party
elsewhere." would "initiate aggressive
"Police who are trained to community action to ensure
do police work, must do police that the community registers
work," Mr Turnquest said. its strong disapproval of the
Key persons within the government's actions."






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FROM page one
Organisers of this drive are
seeking the support of the pub-
lic and corporate sponsors to
raise $164,000. Each dialysis
unit costs $20,500 complete -
purchase price, delivery to
Princess Margaret Hospital,
installation, training of staff
members and one year of tech-
nical support.
Thelma Rolle and Mr
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an independent and. not-for-
profit organisation, will be col-
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cial donations in a separate
Dialysis Machine Acquisition
account.
All donations should be in
the form of a cheque made
payable to The Princess Mar-
garet Hospital Foundation with
a note for The Dialysis Machine
Fund.
Your contribution will help
one of the many hundreds of


patients that rely on these
machines for life. Upgrading
this facility is imperative and
these new machines are the first
step.
"At The Tribune we believe
in being our brother's keeper,
whether it is keeping the public
informed about what is hap-
pening in the country through
our newspaper, raising funds for
children to have a happy Christ-
mas through our Santa Claus
Christmas Committee, or pro-
grammes that we successfully
executed in the past like the
Adopt-A-Cop Programme.
"We now join Mr Roberts in
his noble effort to purchase new
dialysis machines for Princess
Margaret Hospital, and implore
other civic-minded citizens and
residents of The Bahamas to
join this campaign," said Robert
Carron, chief operating officer
of The Tribune.
"I am pleased to be a part of
this step forward to assist in the
growth of the dialysis unit at


the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal. Our goal in this drive is to
replace eight old dialysis
machines with eight more mod-
ern and efficient units. As has
been reported in the media, the
facility is in need of expansion
and modernisation so this effort
is but a small contribution to
the larger project," said Mark
Roberts.
"Businesses should realise the
importance of having sufficient
equipment to service the grow-
ing number of dialysis
patients. Upon a visit to the
unit, I noticed an employee of
Best Buy and he was in for his
four-hour treatment.
"As a valuable member of a
business team, he needs to get
in, get his treatment and get
back into the working commu-
nity. If the machine was down
for unscheduled maintenance,
his appointment would have to
be rescheduled, wasting pre-
cious time and money. A strong
dialysis unit at PMH is valuable


for the community in all
respects.
"With the help of Thelma
Rolle from the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital Foundation, Dr
Ada Thompson of the Kidney
Foundation and Robert Carron.
of The Tribune Media Group,
our goal will likely be met with-
in the next four to six months,"
he added.
Larry Roberts and Bahamas
Realty were the first contribu-
tors to the campaign. They
donated funds to pay for 25 per
cent of the first dialysis
machine.
Tile King, FYP and an anony-
mous donor also donated funds
that are the equivalent of 1 1/4
machines. This is a great accom-
plishment for a campaign that is
in its infancy.
All donations should be in
the form of a cheque made
payable to The Princess Mar-
garet Hospital Foundation with
a note for The Dialysis Machine
Fund.


Former PM claims PLP victims of race propaganda


FROM page one
"I remain convinced that this
strategy, though beneficial in
the short term to those who per-
petrate it, is detrimental to the
future best interest of this coun-
try," he said.
The opposition leader made
the statement yesterday in
response to a question posted
during an internet chat on the
PLP's website where one per-
son said: "I will admit, that dur-
ing this last election I was not
100 per cent comfortable. The
emphasis that was placed on
race I found to be somewhat
questionable. You see, while I
agree that the majority of PLP's
reflect the makeup of our
nation and are black, we do


have many white members and
I am proud to say that I am one.
"However, I was made to feel
at times, watching and listening
to the various rallies that I was
not really wanted. In fact, I was
asked by some young people,
how I could support the PLP
when they were so against my
kind. Mr Christie, we must edu-
cate our people young and old
alike as to the history of our
great party and nation and let
them know that while some of
us may have skin of a much
lighter shade than others we are
all the same under that skin".
In response Mr Christie
claimed that the party has been
the "victim of propaganda when
it comes to the issue of us play-
ing the race card."


The former prime minister
told the person who posed the
question that he was "truly sor-
ry" that he felt uncomfortable at
times while listening to PLP ral-
lies.
He pointed out that the party
had Gary Sawyer, its candidate
for South Abaco who is a white
Bahamian. The party also had
many white supporters, he said.
"We knew very early on dur-
ing the campaign that the FNM
was prepared to use the race
card against our party at every
opportunity. They found it con-
venient to do so whenever we
were critical of their deputy
leader, Brent Symonette.
"I was specific in my expla-
nation to the Bahamian public
that our criticism of Mr Symon-


ette had absolutely nothing to
do with the colour of his skin
but with the ethical lapse he had
made during his time in Gov-
ernment," the former prime
minister said.
The PLP, Mr Christie said,
has demonstrated its commit-
ment to the establishment of a
new Bahamas in which all
Bahamians, black and white are
able to live in prosperity, peace
and happiness.
"This was evident during my
tenure as Prime Minister. I
made a very special effort to
ensure that all Bahamians felt
that they had a stake in this
country and the international
investment community and
local business men can attest to
this," he said.


Haitian dies in house fire


FROM page one
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming, press liaison officer,
reported that police received a
report of a fire around 2.48am
on Saturday.
He said when firemen
arrived on the scene, the fire
had completely engulfed the
western half of the complex.
Persons who were occupy-
ing the eastern half of the com-
plex had been awakened by the
smoke. They attempted to res-


cue Mr Matthew, but were dri-
ven back by the flames.
Mr Rahming said the fire
was extinguished and confined
to only one half of the complex
that was being occupied by Mr
Matthew.
He said that it appeared that
the victim was
unsuccessful in his attempt to
escape the fire, and was discov-
ered by firemen at the door
inside the burnt apartment.
Fire personnel and crime
scene officers are


continuing investigations to
determine the cause of the fire.
In other crime news, Grand
Bahama Police arrested a man
wanted for questioning in con-
nection with a serious criminal
matter in Freeport.
According to reports, the
arrest occurred at about 1.10pm
on Friday when Central Detec-
tive Unit officers on mobile
patrol spotted the suspect in a
gold coloured Buick Century
that had stopped in the middle
of the street on Frobisher Drive.


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with a man standing in the road,
was confronted by officers who
immediately recognized him as
a suspect wanted by police.
The man was asked to get
out of the vehicle by officers,
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While searching the suspect,
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PAGE 10. MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007


Tony Blair and the Caribbean


M By Sir Ronald Sanders
(The writer is a business con-
sultant and former Caribbean
Diplomat).

N the public mind, the
overriding assessment of
the interest shown by British
Prime Minister Tony Blair in
the Caribbean is probably that
he chose Barbados for vacations
with his family.
It would not be a fair or whol-
ly comprehensive assessment.
Blair did try to be helpful to
the region but it has to be
recalled that on trade matters,
the UK's membership of the
Europeap Union (EU) severely
limits its scope for individual
action. The EU speaks for all
of its 25-member countries.
Further, during the Blair


years, issues affecting vital
Caribbean exports bananas
and sugar in particular -
became subject to World Trade
Organisation (WTO) rules as
other countries challenged the
preferential terms under which
these Caribbean exports
entered the EU market. There
was nothing that the British
government could do to influ-
ence decisions of WTO panels.
But, the Blair government did
agree to establish structures to
improve communication and
consultation between itself and
Caribbean governments. No
previous British government
had done so.
As Blair prepares to leave
office in June, there are lessons
to be learned by Caribbean gov-
ernments in their dealings with
the British administration and
new actions that they might


consider taking to bolster the
relationship.
Unquestionably, when he
came to office in 1997, Tony
Blair was concerned with domes-
tic issues and with the larger
international canvas, particular-
ly Britain's place in the EU.
The Caribbean was of little
interest to him. This was obvious
in two early instances: first, he
failed to meet formally with
Caribbean leaders in the mar-
gins of the Commonwealth
Heads of Government confer-
ence which his government host-
ed within months of assuming
office. Then, he could not find
time to meet the then Prime
Minister of Jamaica, P J Patter-
son, when he visited Britain.
Caribbean High Commis-
sioners in London of whom I
was one at the time -.and
British parliamentarians of


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Caribbean origin let it be
known in clear terms that they
and Caribbean governments
were very annoyed over what
appeared to be a downgrading
of the Caribbean relationship.

Mr Blair is nothing if
not a consummate
politician. Recognising that the
Caribbean vote in the UK was
critical to some marginal seats,
and that those voters might
become upset with the Labour


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that a UK/Caribbean Forum be
established under which the
British and Caribbean Foreign
Ministers would meet every two
years to consult and take action
on mutually agreed matters.
Later, he agreed that in the
years in between the meeting
of Foreign Ministers, the British
and Caribbean Heads of Gov-
ernment would meet around the
time of Commonwealth Heads
of Government Conferences.
He has been faithful to the com-
mitment to hold these meetings,
and the UK/Caribbean Forum
has met religiously every two
years since 1998.
Ironically, on the very day
that UK and Caribbean officials
met to make further proposals
to deepen the institutionalized
relationship between the UK
and the Caribbean, an event
took place in New York that
would engage a great deal of
Mr Blair's attention and, ulti-
mately, lead to loss of support
for him in Britain.
I was among a group of
British and Caribbean officials
who met at the British High
Commissioner's residence in
Barbados on the morning of
September 11, 2001 as terrorists
flew two hijacked airplanes into
the twin towers in New York,
beginning the saga that led to
the invasion of Iraq and what is
called "the war on terror".
The bewildered officials, who
together watched the dreadful
scene on television and worried
about what sort of new world
had suddenly been fashioned,
somehow managed to agree a
means by which the British and
Caribbean Heads of Govern-


The problem
the region faces
is that its trade
with Britain is
almost of no
importance to
the UK economy


ment could communicate direct-
ly with each other prior to mul-
tilateral meetings to advance
the concerns of each other.
These included meetings of the
EU and the G7.

It has to be said that the
Caribbean enjoys no such
structured and predictable rela-
tionship with any other coun-
try, and the UK has no such
relationship with any other
region in the developing world.
And, they were formed under
Tony Blair's watch.
Additionally, the British gov-
ernment established in London a
Caribbean Advisory Group -
subsequently re-named the
Caribbean Board made up of
persons with Caribbean and
British experience to advise the
UK government, through the
Foreign Office, on matters relat-
ed to the Caribbean area and the
Diaspora in the UK. Again, as
pointed out by Dr Peter Clegg, a
UK academic with considerable
knowledge of the region, "there
is no other region-specific advi-
sory group" in the FCO.
These, then, were opportuni-
ties and structures for the
Caribbean to influence British
government policy that were
created under Tony Blair's pre-
miership. And, where he gave
undertakings to lobby for the
Caribbean as he did on the
level of compensation payable
by the EU to the Caribbean
after the price paid for sugar
was reduced he fulfilled his
promise.
At a very personal level, he
committed to holding a
Caribbean Investment Confer-
ence in London which he
opened along with Barbados
Prime Minister, Owen Arthur,
in November last year. If the
Conference failed to deliver on
its potential, this was not due
to lack of British government
effort but to poor attendance
by Caribbean governments
(only Antigua, Barbados, Belize
and Guyana sent Ministers).

So, even despite the con-
siderable and fatal


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engagement with Iraq that fol-
lowed 9/11 and his personal
involvement with President
George W Bush in this' tragic
episode, Mr Blair did find time
for the Caribbean.
The agenda of the engage-
ment, in my view, has been far
too one-sided. The UK/
Caribbean forum has focused a
disproportionate attention on
drug trafficking and security


If the
Conference
failed to deliver
on its potential,
this was not due
to lack of British
government
effort but to
poor attendance
by Caribbean
governments


issues. This is not to say that
though these issues are impor-
tant to the UK, they are not
important to the Caribbean -
they are, but more so are the
development issues especially
human resource development,
funds to help in changing the
structures of economies and
infrastructural development.
However, it is the Caribbean
that should have done more to
forcefully advance its own cause
through the submission of well
researched and intellectually
rigorous papers.
The problem the region faces
is that its trade with Britain is
almost of no importance to the
UK economy UK exports to
the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) countries is 0.5
per cent of its total exports and
its imports from CARICOM
are 0.2 per cent of its total
imports.
. What is more, apart from
drug trafficking and illegal
immigration, the Caribbean


Tony Blair did
make an effort
for the
Caribbean
despite his wider
preoccupations;
the Caribbean
may not have
done enough to
take advantage
of the
opportunities
it was given.


holds only three potential inter-
ests for Britain which the
Caribbean has not exploited.
These are: Caribbean voters in
the UK and their potential
impact on British elections; the
safety of the region as a desti-
nation for UK tourists; and the
alliances that Caribbean coun-
tries develop with countries that
might worry the EU or the
EU/US alliance.
The Caribbean should devel-
op positions and implementable
policies on these issues with
which they could engage the
British government.
Tony Blair did make an effort
for the Caribbean despite his
wider preoccupations; the
Caribbean may not have done
enough to take advantage of the
opportunities it was given. More
should now be done as the reins
of power change hands in
Britain.

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TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF

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Bidders are required to collect packages from
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Nassau, Bahamas

Marked: Tender No. 638/07
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3. Grades must be submitted to the Program Administrator at the Bank within three weeks at the end of each
semester.
4. The candidate must be willing to work twelve (12) hours per week (part time) and four (4) months per year
(full time) at the Bank during MAY, JUNE, JULY, AUGUST and any other month (or parts thereof) whilst
pursuing full time studies at COB.
5. The candidate cannot be an immediate family member of a person employed at the Bank.
6. The candidate should choose course electives after consultation with the Program Administrator at the
Bank.
7. The candidate will report to and consult with the Program Administrator who is responsible for supervision,
work assignments, advice, release of payments and all other administrative and supervisory details.
8. The candidate must be "drug free" throughout the entire four (4) year contract period.
9. The candidate should register for and successfully complete twelve (12) credits per semester as a full time
student.
10. The candidate cannot be employed by a third party during the four (4) year period.
11. The candidate must become PC literate by the end of year one of the program.
C) BENEFITS
Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited will pay for the following costs whilst the candidate is enrolled as a student at
COB:
1. Tuition and fees at COB up to $2,500.00 per annum.
2. A Housing Allowance of $1,700.00 (year one), $1,800.00 (year two), and $2,000.00 (year three).
3. A Transportation Allowance of $1,500.00 (year one), $1,500.00 (year two), and $1,600.00 (year three).
4. A Book Allowance of $1000.00 per annum.
5. Allowance for Miscellaneous expenses of $800.00 per annum (year one) and $1,500.00 per annum (year
two).
6. Health Insurance (provided the candidate submits to a medical examination by the Bank's medical doctor
prior to commencing Apprenticeship Program)
7. Special Allowance for candidates from the Family Islands $3,000,00 (year one). $3,200.00 (year two), and
$3,500.00 (year three).
D) COVENANTS
1. No consideration will be given to the sex, race or religion of the candidate during the selection process.
2. The Bank shall have no obligation towards the candidate with regards to employment or scholarships at the
end of the four (4) year contract period.
E) PROGRAM OUTLINE
The Apprenticeship Program has a duration and contract period of four (4) years as follows:
YEAR 1: Full time study at COB and part time employment per paragraph B) 4.
YEAR 2: Full time study at COB and part time employment per paragraph B) 4.
YEAR 3: Full time study at COB and part time employment per paragraph B) 4.
YEAR 4: Full time employment with the Bank at an entry-level job at the Bank's discretion.
In lieu of salary, the Benefits as per Paragraph C are paid during the first three years of the program. During
the fourth year, a salary will be paid in lieu of tuition, fees and allowances (adjusted for cost of living increases).

NOTE: Students who are currently enrolled in COB are not eligible.



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* THE popular celebrity broth-
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Breezes this weekend.
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.STUDENTS and teachers of
I31aridge Primary School joined
The Tribune and the Bahamas
Environmental Education Pro-
gramme of the Ministry of Edu-
'cation in planting a Lignum
lVjtae tree on its campus.
The Tribune and BEEP have
partnered to observe Earth Day
:2007 by planting the national
tree on various primary school
campuses on New Providence.
While doing so, the partners
hope to assist the respective
:schools in drawing attention to
- Environmental issues.
Mrs Angela Russell, princi-
pal of Claridge Primary School,
welcomed the tree. "Our
school has a proud tradition of
being g environmentally aware.
,.e have completed various
'tieautification projects that
transformedd this campus into
-6ne with pockets of green
._spaces; we also have a water
feature. Our thriving fruit and
vegetable garden has won
awards.
"Every opportunity we get,
the teachers and I speak to the
:need for our students to be
.-mindful of their roles in keeping
:our environment clean and
.attractive. The best way to
*ensure students learn this les-
son is to demonstrate this prin-
ciple and involve them.
"The students are intricately
involved in all of our beautifica-
< tion and environmental efforts,
from planting and tending to the
Fruits and vegetables in our gar-
den, to collecting litter from the
school grounds. Your kind dona-
tion of a Lignum Vitae tree adds
to our efforts."
Sean Moore, marketing man-















CLARIDGE Primary School
environmental awareness assem


* ANGELA Russell, principal of Claridge Primary School and Mi
Allyson Mycklewhyte, gardening club chairperson, tend to the
Lignum Vitae tree


ager of The Tribune, com-
mended the teachers and stu-
dents of Claridge Primary.
"Your celebration of Earth Day
was well done. It's a pleasure
to view the attractive green
spaces at this school.
"Portia Sweeting of BEEP
and I are happy to present this
Lignum Vitae tree to you.
We're certain that you'll take
good care of it as you've done
with the other plants that you've
tended. The green spaces on
your campus are a model for
what can be achieved in every
community of this country.
"We need to became more
active in protecting tree cover
where possible, and doing our
part to reduce the amount of
waste we produce, and, of
course, when producing waste,
discarding of it properly."


I students perform at the special
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* VENEZUELA
TENS of thousands of
Venezuelans marched Saturday
to support a TV station aligned
with opponents of President
Hugo Chavez, whose govern-
ment plans to kick the channel
off the air next week by not
renewing its licence, according
to Associated Press.
The protesters set off from
four different points of the cap-
ital, converging downtown in
the biggest show of support yet
for Radio Caracas de Televi-
sion, or RCTV, a network that
has been critical of Chavez's
government.
RCTV is due to go off the air
at midnight May 27, when the
government says its license
expires. The channel and its
supporters argue Chavez is try-
ing to silence criticism, while
the government says it will be
replaced by a public-service sta-
tion and that freedom of expres-
sion is being respected.
"If (Chavez) shuts down the
channel, he's crazy," said Rafael
Velasquez, a 27-year-old con-
struction worker who traveled
150 miles to attend the protest.
"I don't think it's fair. He has to
ask the people whether they


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* DEMONSTRATORS march in support of opposition-aligned*
television station, Radio Caracas Television, RCTV, in Caracas
on Saturday
(Photo: AP/Fernando Llano)


want it or not."
The march was organized by
the channel and 26 opposition
political parties.
In a speech to protesters,
RCTV chief Marcel Granier
urged the Venezuelan president
to heed the words of South
American independence icon
and Chavez hero Simon Boli-
var: "He who rules must listen;
the people are speaking."
Founded in 1953, RCTV is
Venezuela's oldest private net-
work and broadcasts a mix of
news, talk shows, sports, soap
operas and a version of "Who
Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
"RCTV is a stronghold of lib-
erties, of democracy, of telling
the truth," said Eladio Lares,
host of RCTV's.version of the
popular game show.
Chavez contests that, accus-
ing RCTV and other opposi-
tion-aligned private media of


supporting a failed 2002 coup
against him by broadcasting car-
toons and movies instead of
covering street protests that aid-
ed his return to power.
Government supporters also
accuse RCTV of biased cover-
age that has glossed over
improvements in medical care,
education and other social pro-'
grams introduced by the Chavez
administration.
Granier has said RCTV has,
the right to keep broadcasting
until 2022 and challenged the
government's decision in court.
Venezuela's Supreme Court
on Thursday dismissed the first
of a series of legal challenges
by RCTV to remain on the air
but left open the possibility for
the channel to seek redress.
through other legal means.
But on Friday, Chavez ruled
out any possibility that RCTV,
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INTEGRATION NEW


DEMONSTRATORS wave Turkish flags and hold Ataturk posters during a pro-secular rally in
Samsun, Turkey on Sunday
(AP Photo/Murad Sezer)



Turks stage huge



secular rally in



Black Sea port


N TURKEY
Samsun
THOUSANDS of flag-wav-
ing Turks demonstrated in this
Black Sea port city Sunday
against the Islamic-rooted gov-
ernment, which they fear is
undermining Turkey's secular
system, according to Associat-
ed Press.
The demonstration in Sam-
sun the latest in a series of
nationwide protests was sig-
nificant, as the city was where
Turkey's secular founder,
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk,
launched the country's war of
independence against occupy-
ing powers after World War I.
Massive anti-government
demonstrations have also been
held in Ankara, Istanbul and
Izmir.
On Sunday, crowds gathered
* in Samsun's central square and
.'.* chanted "Turkey is secular and
*' will remain secular!" Protesters
carried Turkish flags and
posters of Ataturk.
Organizers said they expected
participation to be lower than
previous protests. An AP pho-
tographer estimated there were
about 20,000 protesters in Sam-
sun. More than one million peo-
ple attended the demonstration
last week in the Aegean city of
Izmir.
The demonstrations began in
early April to pressure Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo-
gan's government against nom-
inating Foreign Minister Abdul-
lah Gul as presidential candi-
date, over fears that the party
S would expand its powers and
govern unchecked.
Secular opposition parties
then boycotted the presidential
voting process in Parliament,


creating a political deadlock and
forcing Gul to abandon his bid.
The deadlock, along with
increasing pressure from the
public and the military, led
Erdogan to call for early parlia-
mentary elections, which are
scheduled for July 22. Parlia-
ment also passed an amendment
to allow the president to be
elected directly by the people,
rather than by Parliament, which
is currently dominated by mem-
bers of Erdogan's party. Presi-
dent Ahmet Necdet Sezer has
yet to endorse the amendment.

Challenge

Parties from Turkey's frac-
tured secular opposition have
been scrambling to unite to
challenge Erdogan's party at
the polls.
The main opposition Repub-
lican People's Party, led by
Deniz Baykal, agreed this week
on alliance terms with the
Democratic Left Party. And
two small parties True Path
and Motherland combined
forces to form the new Democ-
rat Party earlier this month.
On Sunday, Baykal and
Democratic Left leader Zeki
Sezer attended the Samsun
demonstration together in a
show of unity, drawing applause
from the crowds.
"We are here to cry out loud
that we are against Shariat
(Islamic law)," protest organiz-
er Turkan Saylan said.
"And we are against military
coups!" she said, referring to a
statement by the military last
month that threatened inter-
vention to preserve Turkey's
secular system.
Erdogan spent time in jail in


Future British


PM is heckled


over Iraq war


0 LONDON
GORDON Brown, due to
take over as prime minister in
June, was heckled Sunday by a
protester urging him to pull
British troops from Iraq,
according to Associated Press.
Brown was speaking at a
Labour Party event when a
woman chanted: "Gordon
Brown get the troops out."
She was escorted from the
room.
About 60 anti-war protesters
had gathered outside the venue
in Coventry, about 100 miles
north-west of London. Labour
was holding a campaign meet-
ing as it tries to decide on a new
deputy leader.
Brown, who will take over as
prime minister when Tony Blair
steps down on June 27, said he
understood the war in Iraq was
a "divisive and difficult" issue.
But he said he stood by the deci-
sion to join the US-led invasion.


"The number of troops that
started off was 44,000 and there
are now just 7,000 and that
number continues to go down,"
Brown said. "I am going to go
out to Iraq and look at the situ-
ation and see what is happening.
"I believe that what we need
to do is to combine what we are
doing at a security level with
economic development."
Brown has not outlined what
his specific policies on Iraq will
be, though he has indicated that
he wants to devote more time
and resources toward the cre-
ation of jobs and basic services.
"There are too many people
in Iraq who don't have a stake
in the economic future of the
country, too many people
unemployed, too many people
who are not seeing services
developed ... and therefore too
many people who don't feel loy-
alty to the regime," he said
when he launched his leader-
ship bid in early May.


1999 for reading a poem at a
political rally which the courts
deemed was challenging
Turkey's secular system, and
many of his party's members,
including Gul, are pious Mus-
lims who made their careers in
the country's Islamist political
movement.
Erdogan rejects the label
"Islamist," however, and says
he is committed to Turkey's sec-
ular traditions. His government
has done more than most pre-
vious governments to advance
Turkey's European Union
membership bid.
Turkey's secularism is
enshrined in the constitution
and fiercely guarded by the judi-
ciary and by the powerful mili-
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hundreds rally


in Moscow to




protest TV 'lies'


* MOSCOW
HUNDREDS of demonstra-
tors gathered outside the Russ-
ian capital's main broadcast
facility on Sunday to protest
what they called lies and cen-
sorship on TV channels that are
either controlled by the state or
under its influence, according
to Associated Press.
The peaceful rally of about
300 people came amid growing
concerns about media freedom
in Russia. The issue was high-
lighted over the past week by
the resignation of journalists
from the Russian News Service
broadcast agency to protest a
reported policy requiring that
50 percent of their stories show
the Kremlin positively, and by
the order for the Russian Union
of Journalists to vacate its office
in a state-owned building.
"We are extremely disturbed
and unsettled and we are calling


for a protest against lies on tele-
vision, against vulgarity and
unprofessionalism on television,
against political censorship on
television," Grigory Yavlinsky,
leader of the liberal Yabloko
party, told the crowd outside
the Ostankino broadcast com-
plex in northern Moscow.
Ostankino houses the offices
and studios of many television
channels and includes the 540-
meter broadcasting tower that is
Europe's tallest freestanding
structure.
As Russia heads into a par-
liamentary election in Decem-
ber and presidential elections
in March, government influence
over news media appears to be
at its strongest since the Soviet
era ended.
Analytical programs on Rus-
sia's main TV channels are
increasingly infrequent and less
likely to express criticism of the
Kremlin. The state runs one of


the country's three major TV
networks and has a direct con-
trolling stake in another, along
with owning the two of the
largest radio networks.
NTV television, the third
major TV network once noted
for its criticism of the Kremlin
and independent reporting on
the war in Chechnya, has been
taken over by the state-con-
trolled natural gas monopoly
Gazprom, which also owns the
newspaper Izvestia.
Nightly news broadcasts
increasingly feature lengthy
footage of President Vladimir
Putin speaking to officials and
reports on the activities of the
two deputy prime ministers seen
as possible successors to him
when his term runs out next year.
"We consider that this is
extremely dangerous for the
future of our country. We con-
sider that in the 21st century,
such television leads the country


* WITH Moscovites enjoying sunny and hot, 78F, weekend in the foreground, Kremlin critics
and human rights activists participate in a march organized by the liberal opposition party Yabloko
to protest what they call the strangling of democracy in Russia near the Ostankino broadcasting
tower, Moscow on Sunday


into degradation," Yavlinsky
said.
Last week, journalist Artyom
Khan told The Associated Press
that he was one of eight core-
spondents of the Russian News
Service to leave or submit their
resignations since new manage-
ment took over. The service
provides news for its own sta-
tion as well as others, including
Russian Radio the nation's
biggest radio broadcaster, with
an audience of 7.4 million daily.
Khan said his news editors
told him that his report last
month on pro-Kremlin protests
outside the Estonian Embassy


in Moscow had a "pro-Eston-
ian accent" and was "unprofes-
sional." The protests were held
over Estonia's decision to move
a Soviet war memorial from the
capital's downtown area to a
cemetery, angering many Rus-
sians in the country.
Editors also refused to air
material he produced on a
Moscow march by the Krem-
lin's political foes in April,
which was broken up by club-
wielding riot police, Khan said.
"I can't say that the new pol-
icy is anti-Western or anti-
American, but it is clearly pro-
Russian," Khan said. "You have


(AP Photo / Ivan Sekretarev)

to convey the line of the party
of power."
Mikhail Baklanov, the Russ-
ian News Service's former edi-
tor-in-chief who was fired in
April by the new managers,
confirmed that a number of his
colleagues had quit.
"People left because there
was no chance to work profes-
sionally," he said. "They
weren't able to do what jour-
nalists do. They were told that
the first news item must be pos-
itive and the last news must be
positive, while negative news
must amount to no more than
50 percent" of the report.


Polls suggest at least half of French approve of new Cabinet


* PARIS
AT least half of French
respondents in two polls pub-
lished Sunday said they approve
of conservative President Nico-
las Sarkozy's new Cabinet,
according to Associated Press.
Fifty percent of those polled
for the weekly Le Parisien
Dimanche said they were satis-
fied with last week's choice of
Prime Minister Francois Fillon
and 15 ministers; 22 percent
were dissatisfied. The rest had
no opinion.
But in a separate poll for the
Journal du Dimanche weekly,


69 percent of respondents said
they were satisfied at least
partially and 30 percent were
at least somewhat dissatisfied.
One percent did not respond.
In the JDD poll, Economy
Minister Jean-Louis Borloo was
the most popular Cabinet mem-
ber, followed by Foreign Min-
ister Bernard Kouchner a left-
ist who crossed the political
divide to join Sarkozy's team -
and Justice Minister Rachida
Dati, who has Algerian and
Moroccan roots.
Sarkozy.who was inaugurated
Wednesday. appointed Fillon a
day later and the Cabinet on Fri-


day, and has promised an array
of reforms for a country suffer-
ing from economic malaise, trou-
bles integrating its ethnic minori-
ties and a sense that its power
in the world is waning.
The telephone poll of 1,001
adults by CSA-CISCO agency
for Le Parisien Dimanche was
conducted Friday, while the
JDD poll was carried out by
phone among 981 adults by
OpinionWay on Friday and Sat-
urday. No margin of error was
given for either survey but for
polls of that size would be about
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Egypt arrests 14 of Muslim Brotherhood


* EGYPT
Cairo
POLICE arrested 14 mem-
bers of the banned Muslim
Brotherhood as part of Egyp-
t's ongoing campaign against
the country's strongest opposi-
tion group, the interior ministry






k Ii


and the group said Sunday.
according to Associated Press.
The interior minister said in
its statement that the group was
arrested Saturday for holding a
secret organizational meeting
in Sharqiyya Province, located
some 50 miles northeast of
Cairo.


But the Brotherhood claimed
in a statement posted on its offi-
cial Web site that they were
simply attending a course on
making shampoo.
The Brotherhood has been
banned since 1954 but has con-
tinued to operate and is Egypt's
most powerful opposition


movement. Its lawmakers, who
run. as independents, hold 88
seats in the 454-seat parliament.
The Brotherhood advocates
implementation of Islamic law
but says it wants democratic
reforms in Egypt, where Presi-
dent Hosni Mubarak has had a
quarter century of authoritarian
rule.
The government accuses the
group of seeking to take over
the country and passed a series
of constitutional amendments
in March that further curtailed
the Brotherhood's ability to
participate in politics.
Nevertheless, the group
announced that it would field


up to 20 candidates in June elec-
tions for the upper house of par-
liament, known as the Shura
Council.
The Brotherhood issued
another statement Sunday say-
ing that 15 members had man-
aged to complete their registra-
tions for Shura Council elec-
tions. Five others, whose nomi-
nations have been blocked by
the interior ministry, are appeal-
ing to the administrative court,
the statement said.
Registration ends Sunday for
the Shura Council elections,
which are scheduled for June
11.
More than 300 Brotherhood


members, including leading fig-
ures, students and bloggers,
have been arrested in a crack-
down since December, when
Brotherhood students carried
out a military-like parade. That
prompted government accusa-
tions that the movement was
forming an armed wing, pro-
viding students with combat
training, knives and chains.
The group denies forming a
militia.
A military trial of 40 top fig-
ures from the group on terror-
ism and money laundering
charges began late last month,
one of the largest such tribunals
in years.


* EGYPTIAN relatives of detained Muslim brotherhood members react at a Cairo Supreme
Administrative Court last Monday after it overruled a rare ruling by the lower court that the
president's order to try 40 Muslim Brotherhood of top figures before a military court was not valid
(AP Photo/Hossam Ali)



Zimbabwe paper reports harassment

over photo of assaulted lawyer


ZIMBABWE
Harare
A PHOTOGRAPHER
working for the independent
Standard newspaper was threat-
ened by police after he pho-
tographed the wounds of
lawyers assaulted by police, his
newspaper said Sunday, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
A marketing executive for
the paper also was detained for
publicly criticizing the arrest of
a street vendor by police who
accused him of being a lawyer,
the paper reported.
Davison Maruziva, editor of
the weekly Standard, called the
harassment part of "the state's
terror crusade."
The Standard last Sunday
published a dramatic front-page
picture of welts and bruises
inflicted in an assault on attor-
ney Beatrice Mtetwa, head of
the Zimbabwe Law Society,
when police broke up a gather-
ing of lawyers in Harare the
previous week.
The Standard said Boldwill
Hungwe's alleged crime was
photographing "the results of
the savage beating" of Mtetwa, a
prominent human rights lawyer.
Hungwe was accused of
unspecified offenses under secu-
rity laws carrying the penalty of
imprisonment or a fine, but he
". was not charged with any offense.
The paper said deputy editor
Bill Saidi recently received a
bullet in the mail after publish-
ing a cartoon showing baboons
poking fun at an army officer's
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* SOMALIA
Mogadishu
A BOMB detonated in
Mogadishu near the mayor's
vehicle convoy Sunday, leaving
at least two civilians dead, the
mayor said. His bodyguards
shot and killed a suspected
insurgent who had been in a
tree near the explosion, accord-
ing to Assocoiated Press.
Mayor Mohamed Dheere
was unharmed in the blast, but
said several wounded civilians
had been taken to a hospital for
treatment.
The convoy had been
approaching a secondary school
in the Somali capital when
bodyguards in the first vehicle


noticed a suspicious object on
the road ahead and stopped,
Dheere told reporters.
The device then detonated,
but damaged none of the cars.
Dheere, who had been in the
third car, said none of the cars'
occupants had been hurt.
"The remnants of the Islamic
courts are behind this explo-
sion," Dheere said, referring to
the Council of Islamic Courts,
which seized control over much
of southern Somalia last year
before being driven out by gov-
ernment troops backed by
Ethiopian soldiers.
"My guards killed a man who
was apparently controlling the
bomb on a tree," the mayor
said. "He jumped and tried to


snatch a gun from a soldier, and
he was shot."
On Thursday, a bomb
exploded as Prime Minister Ali
Mohamed Gedi's convoy was
on its way to the capital's air-
port, but no one was injured
and no vehicles were damaged.
At the end of April, the gov-
ernment declared victory in bat-
tles against clan rivals and
Islamic insurgents, who have
vowed to run an Iraq-style guer-
rilla war unless the country
becomes an Islamic state.
The battles in Mogadishu
between March 12 and April 26
alone killed at least 1,670 peo-
ple. Since February, 400,000
Mogadishu residents have fled
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Two shot dead and



bomb injures 11 in



southern Thailand


S;- THAILAND
Pattani

SUSPECTED Muslim insur-
gents in southern Thailand
fatally shot two Buddhist civil-
ians and wounded a third Sun-
day, while a bomb wounded 11
persons including five police-
men, police said, according to
Associated Press.
The casualties were the lat-
est apparent victims of an
Islamic separatist insurgency
in Thailand's three southern-
most provinces the only
provinces with Muslim majori-
ties in Buddhist-dominated


Thailand. More than 2,200
people have died as a result
of the unrest since January
2004.
One of Sunday's fatalities was
a 22-year-old driver for a con-
struction company in Pattani
province, said police Col.
Thawan Narawong. His attack-
ers shot him at his work site
then set fire to his body and the
truck he had been driving, the
police officer said.
In Yala province, a gunman
on the back seat of a motorcy-.
cle shot a 51-year-old woman
and her 17-year-old son as they
were riding her motorcycle to a


rubber plantation, police Lt.
Col. Somporn Toharb said.
The woman was pronounced
dead at a hospital while the her
son was seriously wounded, he
said.
Police said they believed the
attacks were part of an effort
by insurgents to scare Buddhists
into fleeing the region.
The bombing took place at a
grocery shop in a market in
Narathiwat province's Waeng
district, said police Lt. Thosphol
Saingam. He identified the
wounded as five policemen, two
defense volunteers and four
civilians.


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* THAI police officers and charity workers carry the body of a 22-year Buddhist man who was
shot at his work site then set fire to his body and the truck he had been driving in Pattani province,
southern Thailand on Sunday
(AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)


Candidates break tie in Philippine local elections with coin toss


N PHILIPPINES
Manila
TWO candidates in a north-
ern mountain town broke a rare
tie in last week's elections by
tossing a coin, a refreshing show
of sportsmanship in country
where poll disputes are often
settled with violence, officials
said Sunday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
After a count of last Mon-
day's ballots, local elections offi-
cials discovered that Bryan
Byrd Bellang and Benjamin
Ngeteg had tied for the final of
eight seats on the council in
Bontoc town in Mountain


province, elections supervisor
Mary Umaming said.
"I asked them if they wanted
to break the tie by tossing a coin
or drawing lots, and somebody
in the crowd wondered if I was
cracking a joke," Umaming told
The Associated Press by tele-
phone.
"I said those options were in
the rules, and they agreed to
flip a coin," she said.
Bellang, who chose heads,
won the toss, which was held
Tuesday in the local town hall.
The candidates then sealed
the agreement with a hand-
shake, and the crowd erupted
with applause, Umaming said.


Election ties in the Philip-
pines are rare, and many are
unaware of the two options for
resolving them under official
rules, Umaming said.
Provincial elections supervi-
sor Dennis Dimalnat hailed the


peaceful resolution of the tie in elections last Monday were
Bontoc as a refreshing exam- marred by widespread violence.
pie. Police initially reported that
"I hope others would see the more than 130 people had been
beauty of this kind of peaceful killed since January in election-
resolution," he told The AP. related violence, but later low-
The congressional and local ered that toll to 41, saying they


were investigating whether the
other deaths were linked to the
polls.
Bontoc, a resort town known
for its mountainside rice ter-
races, is about 175 miles north
of Manila.


Indonesian fisherman

catches ancient fish

off Sulawesi island


INDONESIA
Jakarta
AN Indonesian angler caught
a fish once thought to have dis-
appeared along with the
dinosaurs and held it in a quar-
antined pool until it died 17
hours later, a biologist said Sun-
day, according to Associated
Press.
The coelacanth fish was
thought to have become extinct
65 million years ago until one
was found in 1938 off Africa's
coast. The discovery of the so-
.called "living fossil" ignited
worldwide interest.
Several other specimens have
since been found, including one
in 1998 in waters off the Indone-
sian island of Sulawesi, where
Justinus Lahama also hooked
his 4-foot, 50-kilogram fish ear-
- 'ly Saturday.
S" The fisherman pulled it from
waters near Bunaken National


Marine Park, which has, some
of the highest levels of marine
biodiversity in the world and is
a popular diving spot for
tourists, marine biologist Lucky
Lumingas said.
Lumingas classified the fish
as Coelacanth Latemeria, a
powerful predator with highly
mobile, limb-like fins. It is usu-
ally about 5 feet long and
weighs around 45 kilograms.
Unlike most other fish, it gives
birth to live young rather than
laying cggs.
Lumingas, who works with
the local Sam Ratulangi Uni-
versity, said it was "extraordi-
nary" the fish survived for 17
hours in a quarantined pool.
"The fish should have died
within two hours because this
species only lives in deep, cold-
sea environment at a depth of at
least 200 feet," he said, adding
that his university would close-
ly study the carcass.


Alert level raised as

Philippine volcano shows

more signs of activity


_ _LBBAG __ ,_e L, I


* PHILIPPINES
Manila

PHILIPPINE scientists raised
the alert level on a restive vol-
-cano Sunday after detecting
increasing signs of activity that
could be a precursor to a new
bout of explosive eruptions,
officials said, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
The 5,149-foot Mount Bulu-
san in Sorsogon province, about
240 miles southeast of Manila,
has been showing signs of
unrest since coming back to life
in March 2006 with on-and-off
ash and steam explosions.
Since it ejected ash on May
12, the mountain's northeastern
slope has swelled slightly and
abnormally high numbers of
earthquakes have been record-
ed, prompting authorities on
Sunday to raise the public alert
level from one to two on a five-
step scale, the Philippine Insti-
tute of Volcanology and Seis-
mology said in a statement.


The alert upgrade indicates a
shift from "low-level volcanic
activity" to a "moderate level
of volcanic unrest," said Crispu-
lo Diolata, an official at the
institute. An alert level of five
means a life-threatening erup-
tion is in progress, Diolata said.
"The high level of seismic
activity and the observed infla-
tion indicate increasing volcanic
unrest," the institute said in its
statement. "The current activi-
ty may lead to more explosive
eruptions."
Villagers were warned not to
venture into a 2.5-mile "perma-
nent danger zone" around the
volcano.
The Philippine archipelago
lies on the Pacific Ocean's
"Ring of Fire," where volcanic
activity and earthquakes are
common.
In December, typhoon-trig-
gered mudslides along the
slopes of nearby Mayon volcano
buried entire villages, killing
more than 1,000 people.


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India's 5-year-old marathoner is




barred from 500 kilometer walk


* INDIA
Bhubanhtwar
A 5-YEAR-OLD Indian boy
whose long-distance running
last year sparked protests from
rights activists, has been barred
from going on a proposed 500
kilometer walk, an official said
Sunday, according to Associated
Press.
Budhia Singh's 11-day walk
from Bhubaneswar in the east-
ern state of Orissa to Calcutta,


the capital of West Bengal state,
had been scheduled to begin
June 6, his coach Biranchi Das
announced last week.
"The child welfare commit-
tee ... has formally decided to
impose a ban on Budhia Singh's
proposed Bhubaneswar-to-Cal-
cutta walk. The committee felt
the walk may have an adverse
impact on the child's health,"
committee chairman, Rabi
Shankar Mishra, said.
"Use of a child, be it for a


marathon run or a walk
amounts to torture and we are
here to stop that," Mishra
added.

Exhaustion

Last year, Singh attempted to
run a 70-kilometer marathon,
but doctors stopped him after
65 kilometers when he showed
signs of extreme exhaustion.
Afterward, doctors found


Singh to be undernourished,
anemic and under cardiac stress,
and the Orissa state govern-
ment banned him from running
until he is older.
The boy's coach has also been
summoned to appear before the
committee, Mishra added.
"The committee's decision is
most unfortunate. They are
unnecessarily harassing Bud-
hia," Das told reporters Sun-
day.
Das has insisted that he is
looking after the best interests
of the boy, whose father died
when he was seven months old.
His mother, unable to support
him, was about to sell him to
another villager for 800 rupees
(US$18) when the family met
Das two years ago. Das has said
he has raised Budhia as his son.


* BUDHIA Singh runs along with soldiers in Bhubaneswar, in
the eastern Indian state of Orissa, in this May 2, 2006 photo
(AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout, File) I
f


Sri Lankan military claims it

killed 541 rebels in four months


* SRI LANKA
Colombo
SRI Lanka's government
claimed Sunday to have killed
more than 500 Tamil rebels in
the past four months and lost
only 44 of its own soldiers in
fierce fighting that has com-
pletely shattered the island
nation's peace process, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
A military spokesman, Brig.
Prasad Samarasinghe, said 541
rebels have been killed in fight-
ing in two northern districts,
Mannar and Vavuniya. Both lie
along the frontier separating
government and separatist rebel
territory and have become flash
points in the deepening conflict.
There was no way to inde-
pendently verify the military's


claim, and diplomats and mem-
bers of a Nordic cease-fire mon-
itoring mission that remains in
place have said they believe
both sides routinely inflate the
number of casualties they inflict
on the other.
The Tamil Tiger rebels, who
almost always dispute govern-
ment accounts of battles and
death tolls, did not immediate-
ly offer comment.
The rebels have been fighting
since 1983 for a separate home-
land for Sri Lanka's Tamil minor-
ity, a predominantly Hindu ethnic
group that has faced decades of
discrimination by the majority
Sinhalese, who are predomi-
nantly Buddhist and dominate
the government and military.,
More than 65,000 people
were killed before a 2002 cease-


fire, brokered by Norway, tem-
porarily quelled the fighting.
But violence has escalated in
the past 18 months, resulting in
more than 5,000 new deaths
since December 2005, accord-
ing to the Nordic monitors.
Despite the violence, the
internationally backed cease-
fire remains officially in place
with each side insisting they are,
only responding to the other's
aggression.
The latest reported deaths
came Saturday in the northern
Jaffna peninsula, which is con-
trolled by the government but
surrounded by rebel territory.
The defense ministry said that
soldiers caught rebels trying to
sneak through the government's
defensive lines and killed three
of the insurgents.


Pakistani police arrest married couple for
lying about gender of transsexual husband


* PAKISTAN
Lahore
POLICE arrested a wife and
her husband a woman who
underwent gender reassignment
surgery 16 years ago and
accused them of lying about the
husband's gender to a court in
eastern Pakistan, according to
Associated Press.
The case which casts a rare
public spotlight on the taboo
subject of transsexualism in this
conservative country came to
the attention of the authorities
after the bride's father appealed
to the High Court in the city of
Lahore to annul his daughter's
wedding, saying it was against


Yulwoeho o ever tl.


Islam for two women to marry.
Police arrested Shumail Raj,
31, and Shahzina Tariq, 26, on
Sunday, said Aslam Tareen, a
senior police officer.
The court ordered earlier this
month that Raj and Tariq, who
married last year, be arrested
and produced before it for mak-
ing a false statement about Raj's
sexuality, Tareen said.
Raj earlier claimed in a sworn
statement before the court that
he is a man. But a court-
appointed panel of doctors lat-
er declared him a woman.


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Raj told the court-appointed
doctors that he underwent gen-
der reassignment surgery 16
years ago after he .noticed
changes in his voice and began
to grow facial hair, Ejaz Bhatty,
the head of the panel of court
appointed doctors who exam-
ined Raj said earlier.
Raj's breasts and uterus were
removed in the sex-change
operation, Bhatty said. Howev-
er, Bhatty added that there was .
"all the evidence" that supports -
Raj to be a woman, including.
the absence of a penis.


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e-mails due to spam crisis


* Six-seven month woes cost Batelnet clients and play havoc with Bahamas businesses sending data to clients and suppliers
* Episode undermines .bs domain name's economic value
* BTC hopes new technology to rapidly identify spammers will alleviate problems


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Major interna-
tional Inter-
net servers
such as AOL
and Comcast
are automatically blocking e-
mail messages sent from the
Bahamas Telecommunications


Company's (BTC) Internet
Service Provider (ISP) because
Batelnet is being used by for-
eigners to transmit huge vol-
umes of Spamm' or junk mail,
The Tribune can reveal.
The situation, which has
been ongoing "on and off" for
the past seven months, is like-
ly to have cost BTC significant
Internet business and has


played havoc with Bahamian
businesses that rely upon its
Batelnet service to transmit
data and communicate with
international clients and sup-
pliers.
One irate Batelnet customer
showed how both AOL and
Comcast servers had rejected
legitimate e-mails he had sent
to friends and colleagues in the


US, as a result of both
providers deciding to block all
e-mails from BTC's ISP to pre-
vent their own networks
becoming deluged and over-
run with spam.
An e-mail sent to a Comcast
e-mail address on Friday, May
18, said: "Failed. Message
could not be delivered to the
domain Comcast.net. Failed to


accept the sender." And an e-
mail sent to an AOL sub.-
scriber by the same Batelnet
customer on May 7, 2007, was
also returned to him with this
explanation: "Failed. Message
could not be delivered to the
domain aol.com. Error while
sending data."
The Batelnet customer told
The Tribune that "some of the


largest Internet servers totally
reject all messages originating
at BTC. What is going on?
"Initially, it seemed that only
certain servers refused mail
from Batelnet. For a while in
late 2006, the matter seemed
to improve slightly. Now I find

SEE page 11


June 1 deadline for

Kerzner's Hurricane

Hole Plaza takeover


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

International
will formally
take over
ownership of
Paradise
Island's Hurri-
cane Hole
Plaza on June
1, 2007, The EKERZNER
Tribune can
reveal, with all
existing retail businesses due
to vacate their premises by
February 2008 following the
Atlantis owner's acquisition.
All retailers currently oper-
ating from the Plaza recently
received a letter from the ven-
dor's attorneys, Alexiou,


Alexiou's law firm
confirms sale, with
retailers given notice to
leave by February 2008

Knowles & Co, giving them
notice of the dates they will
have to vacate their existing
outlets by.
Sources close to the situa-
tion said the food store in the
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza has been told it will have
to leave by the end of Novem-
ber 2006. All other retailers
bar one have been informed
by their Kerzner landlords that
they wilPhave to leave by the

SEE page 9


Oasis purchase

'to save Freeport

downtown' area


Large banks urged to back Disaster Recovery Centre


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A NATIONAL Disaster Recovery Cen-
tre between 6,000 to 12,000 square feet in
size would cost between $2.4 million to
$3.6 million to build, with its proponents
arguing the proposal would be kick-start-
ed if two to four large Bahamas-based
bank and trust companies committed to
using and leasing space in it.
Andre Knowles, Cable Bahamas region-
al sales director, said the estimated con-


struction costs would be $300-$400 per
square foot, but pointed out that "the larg-
er the facility, the cheaper it is to build".
He indicated that the National Recovery
Centre's size would depend on client
demand, and the more clients that com-
mitted to using it, the lower construction
costs per client would be, generating
economies of scale.
Mr Knowles told a Bahamas Institute of
Chartered Accountants (BICA) seminar
that operating costs for the proposed facil-
ity were about 20 per cent per annum of


construction costs, an estimate that "may
be a little bit high". These costs were
required to pay for the National Recovery
Centre's support and security staff, main-
tenance and replacement of hardware.
Clients would be charged $60-$100 per
square foot, a charge that Mr Knowles
said would compare favourably with the
fact that any Bahamas-based financial
institution serious about disaster recov-

SEE page 10


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
HARCOURT Development
Company's $33 million pur-
chase of the Royal Oasis will
"save downtown Freeport", a
Grand Bahama-based attorney
told The Tribune, with plans
for the resort to target the US
convention market seen as
generating "potential year-
round tourism revenues" for
the island's economy.
Fred Smith, attorney and
partner with Callender's & Co,
praised Harcourt, which is also
involved in developing the
Bahamia subdivision and con-
dominiums at Suffolk Court,
for its commitment to devel-
oping the Freeport and Grand
Bahama community, as well as
its investment projects.
"Harcourt is definitely show-
ing all the other investors and
development companies how


Convention market
targeting holds out
'year-round'
tourism potential
it is supposed to be done," Mr
Smith said. "It's dramatically
different. This kind of devel-
opment and commitment to
the community by Harcourt
will create thousands of jobs
and many opportunities.
"It will increase the tourism
we are so badly needing in
Freeport It will act as a stim-
ulus for the International
Bazaar and all the restaurants
and bars in the downtown
community. It will save down-
town Freeport.
"I urge the Port Authority
and the FNM government to

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NOTICE
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THE BAHAMAS SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS

CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO ATTEND

THE MONTHLY LUNCHEON
ON
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2007

TOPIC:
"OPPORTUNITIES FOR BAHAMIAN ENGINEERS TO
CHAMPION THE WORK OF THE BAHAMAS
NATIONAL TRUST AND ITS PARTNERS"
GUEST SPEAKER:

Mr. Eric Carey

Executive Director
The Bahamas National Trust

PLACE:
GRAYCLIFF RESTAURANT
West Hill Street

Time: 12:00 pm
Donation: $25.00 per person

If possible please confirm your attendance by email
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Prospective candidates must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil
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and construction quality control.
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* By Fidelity Capital
Markets
Some 52,499 shares
changed hands in the
Bahamian market
this past week. The
market saw 10 out of its 19 list-
ed stocks trade, of which four
advanced, two declined and
four remained unchanged.
Volume leader for the week
was FirstCaribbean Interna-
tional Bank (Bahamas) (CIB),
with 21,270 shares changing
hands and accounting for 40.52
per cent of the total shares
traded.
The big advancer for a sec-
ond consecutive week was
Bahamas Waste (BWL), up
$0.07 or 2.59 per cent to close
at a new 52-week high of $2.77.
Year-to-date, BWL's share
price has appreciated by 58.29
per cent to $2.77 versus $1.75
at the end of 2006. On the
down side, Consolidated
Water Company's BDR share
price fell by $0.06 or 1.15 per
cent to end the week at $5.14.
For the week, the FINDEX
declined by 6.32 points, to
close at 791.57.
COMPANY NEWS
Consolidated Water Com-
pany (CWCO) FOR the 2007
first quarter, CWCO posted
net income of $3.5 million, rep-
resenting an increase of 17 per


The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 791.57 YTD 6.67%


CHANGE VOLUME


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE


cent compared to $3.1 million
for the 2006 first quarter. Total
revenues grew by 38 per cent
to $12.7 million.
Retail revenues were rela-
tively unchanged at $5.1 mil-
lion, while bulk revenues rose
by 39 per cent to total $5.2 mil-
lion.
Gross profit stood at $5.3
million or 42 per cent of rev-
enues for the 2007 first quarter,
versus $4.8 million or 52 per
cent of revenues for the 2006
first quarter.
Operating expenses
increased to $2.3 million, up
$200,000 over the same peri-
od last year. Total assets grew
by $4.2 million to total $143.2
million as at March 31, 2007.
In related news, CWCB has
declared dividends of $0.012
per BDR, payable on August
8, 2007, to all shareholders of
record date June 30, 2007.



Oasis

purchase

'to save

Freeport

downtown'

area

FROM page 1

do what is necessary to make
the deal happen quickly. The
people of Grand Bahama
returned an FNM government,
and whatever the FNM can do
to energise and create an econ-
omy in the downtown area
would be fantastic."
Mr Smith said that based on
the work he had seen Harcourt
do in the Bahamia subdivision,
and at Suffolk Court, the Irish-
headquartered property devel-
oper did not appear to bbe sole-.
ly interested in short-term
profits, were taking, their
develocii4tal responsibilities
"seriously" and looking to
marry their investment with
community building.
Mr Smith said Freeport
needed long-term developers
who "buy-in" to the city and
its community, adding that
Harcourt's beautification and
maintenance efforts at
Bahamia, with kerbing and
paving put in, showed they had
pride in the community and
provided a model for other
developers to emulate.
Christopher Lowe, the
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce president, said of
the Royal Oasis deal: "I think
it's fantastic that we finally
appear to be making some
headway on that property. I
don't think it's going to be a
quick fix; I think it's going to
be more of a long-term benefit
once it gets up and running.
"Hopefully they are a long-
term solution for that property,
and I like the fact they are tar-
geting the US convention mar-
ket, as it has enormous poten-
tial for year-round revenues
and arrivals."
Mr Lowe said the largest
200 annual conventions in the


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DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:
Bahamas Waste (BWL) will hold its Annual General
Meeting on May 23, 2007, at 6pm at The National Tennis
Centre, Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Oakes Field, Nassau,
Bahamas.
J. S. Johnson & Company will hold its Annual General
Meeting on May 30, 2007, at 6pm at the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, Number 1, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
FOCOL Holdings will hold its Annual General Meeting
on May 30, 2007, at 10.30 am at FOCOL Holdings Ltd Cor-
porate Office, Queens Highway, Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Cable Bahamas will hold its Annual General Meeting
on June 4, 2007, at 6pm at British Colonial Hilton Hotel,
Number 1, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.



International Markets

FOREX Rates
Weekly %Change

CAD$ 1.0885 -1.95
GBP 1.9744 -0.31
EUR 1.3506 -0.13

Commodities
Weekly %Change

Crude Oil $64.88 4.02
Gold $662.10 -1.50


International Stock Market Indexes:
Weekly %Change

DJIA 13,556.53 1.73
S & P 500 1,522.75 1.12
NASDAQ 2,558.45 -0.15
Nikkei 17,399.58 -0.88


US often booked up 3,000-
5,000 hotel rooms for the dura-
tion, and required convention
centres of more than 500,000
square feet. There were just
five to six main convention
destinations in the US such
as DenveXr, Las Vegas, Dal-
las, Houston and Atlanta.
"The bottom line is that
they're booking them three to
five years in advance," Mr
Lowe said. "They are literally
thousands of conventions in
the US every year. Many are a
lot smaller, but it's a year-
round market."
Grand Bahama, Mr Lowe
said, would be an ideal con-
vention destination for US
conferences, because apart


ALL SUMMER

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393-6112 or 556-3308


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from the proximity to the US
and US convention tax break,
the existence of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement enabled
convention organizers to bring
their material in and out of
Freeport without incurring
import and export taxes.
"It would be a hell of an
alternative economy, and a
longer running one as well if
we could get it right," Mr
Lowe said. He added that if
the Royal Oasis was converted
to attract major conventions
to Freeport it would create
spin-off opportunities for office
suppliers, caterers, Internet
Service Providers (ISPs) and
a whole host of Bahamian-
owned businesses.





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within five minutes walk from beach. Gross floor area 961 sq. ft.

For conditions of sale and any other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
At: 509-0929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas


Interested person should submit offers in writing addressed to:
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Ehe jBia i era MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007 INTERNATIONAL EDITION



WALL STREET



Private equity industry enters era of change


BY JOE BEL BRUNO
Associated Press
NEW YORK Cerberus Capital
Management's planned takeover of
Chrysler Group marks a power shift
on Wall Street as private equity firms
transform not only their image, but
how and why big deals get
done.
By making bigger and more com-
plex deals, buyout shops are thinking
more like Wall Street investment
banks, broadening their strategy
from the days when they were
known for buying up companies,
slashing costs and then putting them
back on the market.
With Chrysler, Cerberus is talking
about rejuvenating an ailing brand,
not about its exit strategy.
"Private equity must now become
real about the business of running
businesses," said Peter Morici, a pro-


fessor at the University of Mary-
land's Robert H. Smith School of
Business. "The days of buy, strip and
sell are numbered."
In the past, these financial firms
gravitated toward well-known names
like Hertz, Sealy, Toys 'R Us, and
Neiman Marcus large companies,
but not of the size and scope that
we're seeing these days.
BIG PRICE TAGS
The deals announced so far this
year include some massive price tags:
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and
Texas Pacific are paying $43 billion
for energy provider TXU. Other
deals include the $27.9 billion KKR-
led takeover of credit card processor
First Data, and the $25.6 billion acqui-
sition of student lending company
SLM by private-equity firm J.C.
Flowers & Co. and three other inves-


tors.
And, this past week, Warburg Pin-
cus agreed to pay $3.7 billion for
Bausch & Lomb.
All told, private equity firms have
racked up more than $370 billion in
global buyouts this year and are on
pace to eclipse last year's record of
$730 billion, according to financial
data provider Dealogic.
John Snow, the former Treasury
Secretary who is now Cerberus'
chairman, has made it clear the firm
wants to revive the Chrysler brand.
Cerberus is paying Daimler-Chrysler
$7.4 billion for a controlling stake in
the U.S. automaker, and is arranging
$62 billion more in financing for its
overhaul.
It also fits into Cerberus' overall
strategy in the auto industry, where it
controls a number of companies. The
firm already owns a 51 percent stake


in GMAC Financial Services, among
other investments. It is also the midst
of a $1 billion takeover of parts sup-
plier Tower Automotive and has
been in talks to buy a controlling
interest in bankrupt another parts
supplier, Delphi.
That is an important shift, analysts
said. Before, it was common for pri-
vate equity firms to manage a portfo-
lio of completely diverse companies.
Now, many are forming their portfo-
lio of companies around specific sec-
tors with a goal to become true
industry players. "We don't buy with
the intention to pursue an exit,"
Snow told The Associated Press in an
interview. "We buy with the inten-
tion, with the clear intention, to help
turn the company around, help it
achieve its potential."
That's different from the slash-
and-burn tactics private equity firms


have used in the past. Even Cerberus
has been reproached for its handling
of a few deals.
CRITICISM
Cerberus bought Vanguard Car
Rental, which operates the Alamo
and National Brands, out of bank-
ruptcy in 2003, and was criticized for
moving the corporate headquarters
and cutting hundreds of jobs. It
wasn't long after the 2004 acquisition
of Mervyn's department store that
Cerberus shuttered 80 locations and
exited two major markets.
Another factor that private equity
faces is that Wall Street has become
wary when buyout shops bring some
of their companies public. The num-
ber of IPOs have surged to levels not
seen since the tech boom in 2000,
which means investors can be more
selective about what they buy into.


ENERGY


2-i-


CRAIG WHITLOCK/WASHINGTON POST SERVICE
ILLUMINATION: Hans-Joerg Koch manages the Espenhain plant and its 33,500 solar panels. Last
year, about half of the world's solar power was produced in Germany.



GERMANY'S SOLAR


SOLUTION


CLOUDY GERMANY EMERGES AS A
POWERHOUSE IN SOLAR ENERGY

BY CRAIG WHITLOCK
Washington Post Service

ESPENHAIN, Germany When it opened here in 2004 on a
reclaimed mining dump, the Geosol solar plant was the biggest of its
kind in the world. It is so clean and green that it produces zero
emissions and so easy to operate that it has only three regular workers:
plant manager Hans-Joerg Koch and his security guards, sheepdogs
named Pushkin and Adi.


environmental benefits. German
firms that manufacture photovol-
taic panels and other components
have prospered under the energy
act and now employ 40,000 people.
An additional 15,000 people work
for companies in the solar-thermal
business, which make heating sys-
tems for homes and businesses.
Matthias Machnik, an undersec-
retary for the German ministry of
the environment, acknowledged
that Germany can't hope to com-
pete in the long term with perpetu-
ally sunny nations in generating
solar power, but it hopes to expand
its exports of solar technology and
become the leader in that field.
"Unless climate change acceler-
ates, we only have a certain amount
of available hours of sunshine,"
Machnik said.
Last year, German exports
accounted for 15 percent of world-
wide sales of solar panels and other
photovoltaic equipment, according
to industry officials. German firms
hope to double their share of the
global market, which amounted to
$95 billion last year and is growing
by about 20 percent annually, said
Carsten Koernig, managing direc-
tor of the German Solar Industry
Association, a trade and lobbying
group. "It's been very important to
create the necessary market in Ger-
many," Koernig said. "We not only
want to master the German market,
but to conquer the world market as
well."
For now, the technology


remains expensive and barely reg-
isters as a fraction of total energy
production less than 0.5 percent.
The government hopes to increase
that figure to 3 percent by 2020.
Industry supporters, however,
say there are other factors that
favor solar production in the long
term.
One is that other forms of non-
fossil fuel energy are falling out of
favor. The government has decided
to phase out all nuclear power
plants by 2020. And while Ger-
many is also the world leader in
wind power, a popular backlash is
building against the towering wind
turbines that are criticized as eye-
sores. In Espenhain, officials have
warm words for their solar plant,
owned by the Berlin-based com-
pany Geosol.
The facility was constructed on
land that had served as a dumping
ground for millions of tons of coal
dust produced by nearby mines
since the 1930s. The property had
been rendered unusable for agri-
culture or other purposes.
Two decades ago, the region
was part of communist East Ger-
many and known for that coal
industry, which employed 8,000
people.
"This region was known as the
dirtiest in all of Europe," said Juer-
gen Frisch, mayor of Espenhain.
"The solar plant came at a very
good time for Espenhain. It's
helped to change our image."
Unlike the coal mines, the solar
plant makes almost no noise, save
for the low thrum of a few outdoor
air-conditioning units that cool the
electrical transformers. The plant,
with 33,500 solar panels, sits on a
37-acre site off a rural road.
On a tour of the property, Koch,
the manager, acknowledged that
eastern Germany is not the ideal
site for collecting the sun's rays.
Contrary to popular expectations,
however, the solar panels work fine
on drizzly days, he said, although
they generate only a quarter to half
the usual output of electricity.


The plant is part of a building
boom that has made gloomy-skied
Germany the unlikely global leader
in solar-generated electricity. Last
year, about half of the world's solar
electricity was produced in the
country. Of the 20 biggest photo-
voltaic plants, 15 are in Germany,
even though it has only half as
many sunny days as countries such
as Portugal.
The reason is not a break-
through in the economics or tech-
nology of solar power but a law
adopted in 2000. It requires the
country's huge old-line utility firms
to subsidize the solar upstarts by
buying their electricity at
marked-up rates that make it easy
for the newcomers to turn a profit.
The law was part of a broader
measure adopted by the German
government to boost production of
renewable energy sources, includ-
ing wind power and biofuels. As
the world's sixth-biggest producer
of carbon-dioxide emissions, Ger-
many is trying to slash its output of
greenhouse gases and wants
renewable sources to supply a
quarter of its energy needs by 2020.
Since the Geosol plant was built,
it has been eclipsed in size by six
other German solar plants, includ-
ing the new world's-largest, the
Solarpark Gut Erlasee in Bavaria,
which has more than double the
capacity.
German officials readily
acknowledge that they are embrac-
ing solar technology not just for its


EMPLOYMENT


Some high-tech



manufacturing



jobs go unfilled


BY THOMAS J. SHEERAN
Associated Press
CLEVELAND Michael Starr
was laid off in mid-career from his
factory job and found himself back in
the classroom to upgrade his skills -
for a new high-tech manufacturing
environment struggling to find
workers.
Working in industry today "is not
like the old days: get a hammer and
fix it," the 45-year-old said.
Starr was laid off Jan. 15 from his
sheet-metal working job in suburban
Medina. He has enrolled in a Lorain
County Community College pro-
gram to take courses in computers,
math, machining, industrial blue-
print reading, advanced computer-
ized numerical controlled milling
and job-search and study skills.
When he showed up in class, "I
was terrified, like training an old dog
new tricks," he said.
The nation has shed 5 million
manufacturing jobs in three decades,
but higher-skill factory jobs like
Starr's goal increasingly go unfilled
as employers deal with applicants
with poor reading and math abilities
and a bad attitude about blue-collar
work.
The National Association of Man-
ufacturers says the skill shortages
have hurt production and the ability
to meet customer demands. And the
pattern is likely to persist as the
nation sheds old-style manufactur-
ing to compete in a global economy.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New
York, in a report last year, predicted


a continuing trend
of lower-skilled
jobs lost to foreign
competition and
automation and
giving way to a
smaller number of
higher-skilled
manufacturing
jobs. "There is a
stereotype that
manufacturing is a
dead-end type of
career, but that is
opposite the
truth," said Ronald
Bullock, who runs
the family-owned
Bison Gear and
Engineering Corp.
in St. Charles, Ill.,
outside Chicago.
The company,
which makes elec-
tric motors for res-
taurant, medical


AT SCHOOL: Adarr
watches a CNC
produce a part i
at Max S. Hayes
in Cleveland.


and packaging equipment, has used a
quick-response, custom-made sys-
tem it does the work fast and to
detailed specifications for each job'
- to regain business lost to lower-
wage Mexico and China. Now the
expanding company has trouble
finding workers who can read and
do the math required for entry-level
$10 hourly jobs with healthcare ben-
efits and future raises.
The picture is similar across
much of the nation's industrial base,
with the Bureau of Labor Statistics
reporting a consistent increase over
three years in the rate of vacant
manufacturing jobs, going from the
1.5 percent range to about 2.5 per-


cent, or one in 40 jobs vacant.
The New York Fed report said
the manufacturing share of the
nation's work force has dipped from
20 percent in 1979 to 11 percent, with
new manufacturing openings
increasingly requiring fewer work-
ers but higher skills, including math,
communications, computer use and
team work.
The problem likely will worsen
with baby boomer retirements. The
Manufacturing Advocacy and
Growth Network (MAGNET) orga-
nization in Cleveland estimated
800,000 manufacturing jobs in the
Midwest will be vacated by retire-
ments in the next six years. Laid-off
workers often lack the skills needed
in newer, high-tech jobs.
Hiring problems include job seek-
ers with poor education some-
times high school graduates who
can't read at an eighth-grade level -
an indifference to work issues such
as showing up every day and the
feeling that manufacturing is dirty
work without a future.
There are indications that high-
tech investments have created man-
ufacturing jobs. The nation's manu-
facturing job sector grew by 4.5 per-
cent, on average, in 2006, while the
U.S. economy expanded 3.1 percent,
the National Association of Manu-
facturers said.
In a 2005 report, the association
said skill shortages "are broad and
deep" and had affected 80 percent of
the more than 800 companies it sur-
veyed. The findings remain consis-
tent for 2007, the
group said.
Adam Fekete, 17,
hopes an innovative
high school pro-
gram in Cleveland
will give him the
21st century skills
needed to become a
third-generation
blue -collar
employee working
in manufacturing
and computers.
Fekete is one of
118 students
enrolled in a manu-
facturing program
MARK DUNCAN/AP at Max S. Hayes
n Fekete High School in a
machine gritty Cleveland
neighborhood
n the shop where small, high-
High School tech plants sit
alongside locked
factories.


The program has a rigorous cur-
riculum, including calculus, chemis-
;tfry( _hics, robotics competitions
aha& .01ta is i'.:omputer-aided
desigot and drafting, computer
numerical control machining, robot-
ics and engineering welding.
Fekete and classmate Alexander
Story, 17, who wants to become an
engineer, did the computer program
in a laboratory filled with Dell com-
puters and busy classmates who
didn't need to be quieted.
Work in manufacturing? "Not too
many people wagf to do it," said
Story, 'Apofigures the lack of inter-
est among his pee will make it eas-
ier for him to make a mark.


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INTERNATIONALEDITION MONDAY, MAY 21,2007 4B


THE MIAMI HERALD I MiamiHerald.com


TRAVEL



More hotel rooms may temper rate rises


BY JANE L. LEVERE
New York Times News Service
With many new hotel
rooms planned in business
centers across the country in
the next couple of years, the
industry is clearly optimistic
that it will have little problem
filling them.
But some industry analysts
are not as sure. And the price
travelers pay for those rooms
will depend on who is right.
One, Steven E. Kent of
Goldman Sachs, who down-
graded his rating for hotel
stocks last fall from attractive
to neutral, said he was particu-
larly concerned that the sup-
ply of hotel rooms was grow-
ing faster than demand.
"This is the first time since
2002 that supply growth will
be greater than demand
growth, and this usually leads
to pricing pressure," Kent
said.
He said he did not expect
the cost of hotel rooms to go
down anytime soon but, he
said, the rise in rates would
slow.
"The bottom line for busi-
ness travelers," he said, "is
that they will continue to get
sticker shock when they walk
into a hotel. But they should
also know it's going to start to
moderate."
PriceWaterhouseCoopers
estimates that the average
number of rooms sold daily by
hotels in the United States will
increase by 1.4 percent this
year and 1.9 percent next year,
compared with increases of 4
percent, 2.8 percent, and 0.8
percent in the years 2004
through 2006, as calculated by


BY ARDEN DALE
Dow Jones
Small businesses are hot
prospects for buyers these
days.
Financiers with money to
spend are turning more fre-
quently to the mini-mart or
small trucking company as a
good investment. Among the
most avid buyers are private
equity funds flush with cash.
"There's no question that
small businesses are becom-
ing more frequent takeover
targets," said Joe Astrachan,
director of the Cox Family
Enterprise Center at Kenne-
saw State University and edi-
tor of the Family Business
Review. "Ten years ago, this
didn't happen at all."
Buyers have gotten far
more sophisticated about
gauging the risks of taking
over a small business, and as
a result are going after those
"all the way down into the
area of 100 employees or
fewer," Astrachan said.
But new buyers pose
some challenges as well as
opportunities for small busi-
ness owners looking to sell.
Along with capital, they may
bring performance contracts
that require owners to stay in
the business and keep it
growing. Moreover, buyers
may suddenly swoop in with
an offer unexpectedly -
which may require a more
rigorous approach to keeping
the business ship-shape.
Proof that the buying
spree has heated up is partly
in the growing ranks of busi-
ness owners and executives
seeking out advisors for a
review of their personal
finances, according to M.
Holly Isdale, managing direc-
tor and head of wealth advi-
sory services at Lehman
Brothers.
"There are bids being
made that may tip family or
closely held companies into
selling because the price is
right," said Isdale. "Execu-
tives are coming to us and for
a look at how their finances
are structured."
How small is small? Mom-
and-pop outfits continue to
fly under the radar of the
acquisition-hungry these
are the tiny corner grocery
or liquor stores whose own-
ers struggle to make ends
meet.


Smith Travel Research. It also
forecasts that the supply of
hotel rooms will jump 1.6 per-
cent this year and 2.3 percent
in 2008 and 2009. The last
time supply increased at least
this much was in 2002, just as
travel plummeted after the
Sept. 11 attacks.
PriceWaterhouseCoopers
further estimates that the
increase in revenue per avail-
able room will start to decline
this year.
It projects an increase of 5.6
percent in 2007 and 5.3 per-
cent next year. That compares
with increases of 8.5 percent in
2005 and 7.7 percent in 2006,
according to Smith Travel
Research.
Kent of Goldman Sachs had
a similar prediction. "Pricing
growth is going to decelerate,"
he said. "We don't expect it to
go negative."
Bjorn Hanson, a principal at
PriceWaterhouseCoopers,
agreed.
"Slightly more availability
of hotel rooms and lower rate
increases will be the trend for
the next few years," he said.
Although Marriott has
reduced its 2007 estimate for
growth in revenue per avail-
able U.S. room to between 6
percent and 8 percent, it mini-
mizes this decline and attri-
butes it to weakness in group
business in January 2007. It
says bookings for such busi-
ness are strong in the fourth
quarter of this year.
"Business travel seems to
be quite firm, and we continue
to see this for the rest of the
year into next year," said
Laura E. Paugh, senior vice


Prime targets are well-
oiled businesses with an
annual profit of at least
$150,000. Manufacturing,
trucking and garbage collect-
ing concerns are popular tar-
gets.
"It really depends on the
industry, but most deals are
being done with businesses
with around $250,000 or up
in annual profits," said Graf-
ton "Cap" Willey, a share-
holder and managing partner
of the Rhode Island offices of
Tofias PC, a regional
accounting firm, and chair-
man of the National Small
Business Association.
Common sense comes
into play. If an owner is
working more than 60 hours
a week and the business
brings in only a modest
profit, there's probably not a
queue around the block to
take it off his hands.
BIGGEST DRIVER
Private-equity funds are
the biggest driver of small
business takeovers these
days, though retired execu-
tives looking to get back into
action with companies to call
their own are also buyers.
"Buyout firms are raising
huge pools of capital," said
Isdale. "There's just so much
money going into buyouts."
A common modus
operandi for a private-equity
fund: Take a minority stake
in a business through a per-
formance-based contract
that grants representation on
the board of directors. A big-
ger share of ownership
results if the company
doesn't perform well, and a
buyout can follow.
Small business owners
who get into a deal with pri-
vate equity should remember
these arrangements may
exert uncomfortable pres-
sure. Often, a partner is
looking to turn around the
investment in two to five
years.
"We like to say that small
business owners are looking
for patient capital," said Wil-
ley. "Venture capitalists, by
their nature, aren't patient."
So it's important for busi-
ness owners to make sure
they have a good exit strat-
egy should things go wrong,
said Colin C. Blaydon, direc-
tor of the Center for Private


president for investor rela- ies. room at hotels it owns. At there were "still relatively
tions at Marriott International. Robert M. LaForgia, execu- urban hotels like the Waldorf- healthy supply and demand
She also said that Marriott tive vice president and chief Astoria in New York and the relationships" in urban mar-
estimated that industry supply financial officer of Hilton Hilton Chicago, he said, reve- kets in the United States fre-
in the United States would Hotels, was even more bullish. nue per available room may quented by business travelers,
grow roughly 2 percent this His company forecasts. 9 per- jump even higher. despite what he described as a
year, largely in suburban and cent to 10 percent growth this Joseph R. Greff, lodging "slowdown" in certain subur-
other markets outside big cit- year in revenue per available analyst for Bear Stearns, said ban domestic markets.

- . IRS


Is amending



a tax return
..-... ...'-' .. aod i d ea-



Hagood idea?


'There are bids being made that may tip
family or closely held companies into selling
because the price is right.'
M. HOLLY ISDALE, Lehman Brothers executive


Equity and Entrepreneurship
at the Tuck School of Busi-
ness at Dartmouth College in
Hanover, N.H. "Owners have
to make sure they're in con-
trol of their own destiny."
Ira Bryck, director of the
University of Massachusetts
Amherst Family Business
Center in Hadley, Mass., said
he sees numerous people
with small family businesses
who want to sell.
TRUE VALUE
People in that position
should consider a number of
things, said Bryck. Among
them is making sure the busi-
ness isn't bloated with vaca-
tion homes and other "toys."
These can make it hard to
tell the true value of the busi-
ness.
"When it comes time to
sell your company, which
often comes unexpectedly,
you have to throw all of that
stuff overboard and clean
house fast," said Bryck. "You
have to get rid of anything in
the business that's not a
value-added part of it."


Indeed, the element of
surprise is more often in play
these days, as private equity
funds get more aggressive.
"We're starting to see
more hostile takeovers," said
Isdale.
"It used to be that as a
senior vice president, I
would have a say, but now
takeovers are coming out of
the woodwork."
Understanding the real
value of the business is also
key. Small business owners
are "notoriously bad at judg-
ing the value of their own
business," said Astrachan.
Often, an owner thinks it's
worth a lot more or less than
it really is, he said.
"They also need to figure
out what value they derive
from the business that isn't
financial," said Astrachan.
"What's the thing they get
out of it that would be hard-
est to purchase? Lots of
times, the financial offer
might be great, but it just
wouldn't make up for what
the business adds to your
life."


BY JOYCE M. ROSENBERG
Associated Press
With income tax filing sea-
son behind them, many small
business owners have grate-
fully gotten back to the more
satisfying parts of running
their companies. Some, how-
ever, have discovered they
need to amend their returns.
Often, the reasons for
amending a return are in a
business owner's favor he
or she has forgotten to include
a carryover loss, or omitted
that tax year's allowable
depreciation on equipment.
But amendments obviously
can also be in the govern-
ment's favor, for example,
when a business forgets to
report some income.
Some of the same negative
speculation about extensions
of filing deadlines that they
make a taxpayer more vulner-
able to an IRS audit exist
about amending returns.
Accountants are split over
whether amending a return
increases the possibility that
the government will give it
even closer scrutiny.
Gordon Spoor, a certified
public accountant in St.
Petersburg, noted that filing an
amended return extends by
three years the amount of time
that the IRS is able to re-exam-
ine and question a return -
including the start of a full
audit. So, even if a business
owner files a return close to
the end of the initial three-
year period that the IRS has to
raise questions, the amend-
ment starts the clock ticking
all over again.
But Spoor doesn't see an
amended return as throwing a
taxpayer into audit jeopardy,
and says fear shouldn't stop a
business owner from filing
that new return.
"It is not going to attract all
the interest at the IRS service
center that day," Spoor said.
"They're overworked and
there are legitimate reasons to
amend a return."
But Jeffrey Chazen, a tax
partner at the accounting firm
Eisner LLP in New York, said
of filing an amended return, "it
doesn't mean there's anything
wrong with the return, but it
does mean another person
looks at it and says, 'This looks
funny, why is this person fil-
ing?' I always felt it increases


your chances of an audit."
If the mistake is in the gov-
ernment's favor, accountants
agree that the best course is to
file an amended return as soon
as possible, although it'll be
painful to have to pay more
tax as well as late payment
penalties and interest.
If you don't amend the
return, well, that's dishonest.
And it could cost you more if
and when the government
catches you, since penalties
and interest will be higher.
But if you own up to your
mistake and amend the return,
Spoor said the government
might be willing to waive
some of those charges because
you're showing them your
good faith.
The decision gets a little
more complicated when the
mistake is in your favor.
Accountants will generally
advocate going after any
money that's coming to you -
and, if it turns out you over-
paid your taxes, you'll get the
money back with interest
Spoor noted, however, that
depending on how much you'd
get back, you might want .to
consider if amending a return
is worth the time and money
you need to spend on prepar-
ing the return yourself, or hav-
ing a tax professional do it.
He also noted that if the
return with the mistake will
affect taxes in subsequent
years, then it can be critical to
amend it.
Small business owners who
attach their business returns
such as Schedule C to their
1040 forms will need to use
Form 1040X, Amended U.S.
Individual Income Tax
Return. The form and separate
instructions can be down-
loaded from the IRS website,
www.irs.gov.
Much of the form involves
calculations, but the second
page contains a section where
you must explain why you're
amending your return. You
must attach documents that
support your explanation.
The IRS says that if you're
claiming a refund as a result of
amending your return, you
generally must file Form
1040X within three years from
the date you filed your original
return or within two years
from the date you paid your
tax, whichever is later.


INVESTMENTS



Small firms are



tempting to



financial buyers


I


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THE TIBUNEMONDA, MAY21, 207,IPGES5


Government must 'lead'



on regulatory reforms


INSG '

Fo r thestories-- I


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

ernment has to
determine when a
single regulator will


be established, the Central
Bank of the Bahamas in-house
legal counsel said, adding that
while there is not a deadline
for this decision, when the
country is assessed by the
international community it will
take note of any action taken.
Rochelle Deleveaux,


addressing the Bahamas Insti-
tute of Financial Services week
of seminars, said that when
international bodies such as
the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) review the coun-
try's performance, they will
note the time that has passed
and what progress has been
mada on regulatory consolida-
tion and streamlining.
For some time there has
been talk of merging all the
regulators from five to two,
with enhanced powers to work
together. Among the models
assessed have been that of one
'super regulator', like the
Financial Services Authority
(FSA) in the UK, and the 'twin
peaks' model.
The latter would involve the
creation of two regulators. The
Central Bank would remain as
the regulator of banks and
trust companies, but all others
- the Securities Commission,
Registrar of Insurance, Com-
pliance Commission and
Inspector of Financial and Cor-
porate Services Providers be
merged into another, single
supervisory body.
Ms Deleveaux said the
industry has known for several
years that some action will
have to be taken on regulatory
consolidation, but acknowl-
edged that it will take Gov-
ernment and political initiative
to make the final decision.
Ms Deleveaux said that at
this stage, consultation with the
industry was absolutely essen-
tial.
"We have not had the wide
consultation and discussion,
which is needed, but the Gov-
ernment has to be the leader."
she added.
Ms Deleveaux said both the
Christie and Ingraham admin-
istrations are aware of the need
to move towards regulatory
harmonisation.
"It is now time to roll up our
sleeves and get to work. A
decision has to be taken7'"she
added.
Ms Deleveaux skidthere
needed to be an appropriate
transitional period and inte-
grated approach to ensure a
smooth change in the way
things were done when regu-
latory consolidation finally
happened.


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MICHAEL V. MALONE
Plaintiffs
AND
MERLE RODGERS
Defendant

ORDER FOR SUBSTITUTED SERVICE

Dated the 27th day of April A.D. 2007.
Before the Honourable John Lyons Justice of the Supreme Court
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
UPON THE APPLICATION of the Plantiff herein.
UPON READING the Afftidavit of Mr. Jack Davis.
UPON HEARING Mr. Ronald S.E.A. Ferreira Esq. Counsel and
Attorney-at-Law for the Plaintiff herein.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERD that the Plantiff have leave to issue
and serve any Pleadings, Judgements or Orders herein, Pursuant
to the Rules of The Supreme Court herein, Pursuant to the Rules
of The Supreme Court Order 61, rule 4 (0.61, r4) and such service
be effective by inserting and publishing an advertisement to the
above named Defendant, Merle Rodgers in a local Nassau daily
on two occasions one week apart.
AND that such advertisement so published shall be deemed to be
good and sufficient service of any such Pleadings, Judgements or
Orders on the Defendant, Merle Rodgers.
AND that the costs of this application be costs in the cause.
BY ORDER OF THE COURT
REGISTRAR
PENAL NOTICE

TAKE NOTICE that should you Merle Rodgers, Defendant fail to
obey the above Order you will be liable to process of Execution
to compel you to obey the same.

Dated this 17th day of May A.D., 2007
BY ORDER OF THE COURT
REGISTRAR
Ferreira & Company
Chambers
Kemp Building
#39 East Street, North
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorney for the Second Defendant


CONTACT: MONDAY-FRIDAY 9AM-5PM
325-6447/9 325-614 ., 311-7184 (aller 6prm)


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ON THE CAMPUS OF THE

COLLEGE: OF TIHE BAHAnnakAS

(JUST OFF TUCKER ROAD)


TO THE COLLEGE STUDENTS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC


MONDAY

FRIDAY

SUNDAY


- THURSDAY 7A.M.

- SATURDAY 7A.M.

- CLOSED


- 9 P.M.

- 10 P.M.


PHO E:,23 0609 2-24FAX:32-39.


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THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

STAFF VACANCIES
Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following positions:
CLERK II CEES
Applicants must possess an Office Assistant's Certificate, OR two (2) passes at B.G.C.S.E. level
in English Language and Mathematics at Grade "C", R.S.A. II or C.O.B Typing II for Typist I, and
R.S.A. II, AND at least five years of relevant work experience or an Associate Degree in the relevant
area.
Salary Grade: CSS-2 Salary Scale: $17,170 x $500 TO $25,670
COMPUTER OPERATOR I
The successful candidate will report to the Operations Supervisor and perform the following duties:
* Assist with maintenance of enterprise-wide data architecture
* Creation of adhoc reports for various departments and schools
* Assist users with problems assigned by the Help Desk
* Computer Lab supervision and maintenance
* Maintain register of all equipment maintained by the Management Information Services department
* Maintain software database
* Assist with mass data entry projects
* Commitment to systems databases and Network security
* Effectively interface with and respond to users.
* Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications/experience
Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems. Previous working experience in Database
maintenance using Access, AS/400, SQL would be considered. Experience in AS/400, PowerCampus,
ODBC, DB2/400 would be advantageous. Experience in a customer support environment.
Abilities should include initiative, independence, adaptability, a team player, strong interpersonal
and communication skills.


Salary Grade: DPS-3


Salary Scale: $19,490 x $500 $26,490


COMPUTER OPERATOR II


The successful candidate will report to the Operations Supervisor and perform the following duties:
* Assist with administration and maintenance of enterprise-wide data architecture
* Database administration of production SQL and Microsoft Access applications
* Physical and Logical database design, rebuilds, troubleshooting and performance tuning
* Analysis and resolution of end user and system reported problems
* Develop database monitoring and tuning strategies
* Monitor database and system backups
* Computer Lab supervision and maintenance
* Commitment to systems databases and Network security
* Effectively interface with and respond to users.
* Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications/experience
Bachelor degree in Computer Information Systems. Working experience in Database Administration
using Access, AS/400, SQL would be considered. Experience in AS/400, PowerCampus, ODBC,
DB2/400 would be advantageous. Experience in a customer support environment. Abilities should
include initiative, independence, adaptability, a team player, strong interpersonal and communication
skills.


Salary Grade: DPS-4


Salary Scale: $20,940 x $600 $28,740


Interested candidates should submit a detailed resume and a cover letter of interest, giving
full particulars of qualifications and experience no later than May 25, 2007 to:
The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. 0. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION
AND EXTENSION SERVICES

Computer Offerings Summer 2007

EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
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.


Pre-requisite:
Begins:
Time:
Duration:
Venue:
Fees:


None
Thursday, 31st May 2007
9:30am 4:30pm
1 day
CEES Computer Lab
$160.00


WEBPAGE DESIGN WORKSHOP


Course Description:


Pre-requisite:
Begins:
Time:
Duration:
Venue:
Fees:


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-processing
Thursday, 14th & 15"th June 2007
9:30am 4:30pm
2 days
CEES Computer Lab
$550.00


ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-coordinator at Tel: (242) 302-4300 ext 5201
5202 5205 or email: www.cob.edu.bs, 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
The College of The Bahamas
Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute
Professional Pastry Workshops
May 16-25, 2007

Featuring Certified Master Pastry Chef
Bo Friberg of California




The College of The Bahamas advises of the following changes to the schedule of
Professional Pastry Workshops with Chef Bo Friberg, May 16-25, 2007:
Nassau
The Marzipan Workshop scheduled to be held Thursday, May 24th in Nassau will
now take place on Wednesday, May 23 at the Culinary and Hospitality Management
Institute on Thompson Boulevard.
Freeport, Grand Bahama
The Plated Desserts Workshop scheduled to be held in Freeport, Grand Bahama
on Wednesday, May 23rd has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 24 at the Best
Westin Resort.
Both sessions run from 8:30am to 12:30pm as previously announced.
The College regrets any inconvenience due to this schedule change.


COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES 2007

NORTHERN CAMPUS
THEME: "THE WAIT IS OVER WALK INTO YOUR SEASON"


EVENT
Honours Convocation
Graduation Rehearsal

Baccalaureate Service


Graduates' Award Breakfast

Commencement


DATE


Thursday, May 17, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007

Wednesday, June 6, 2007


Thursday, June 7, 2007

Thursday, June 7, 2007


TIME
7:00pm
6:00pm

7:00pm


7:30pm

5:30pm'


LOCATION
Northern Campus Grounds
Convention Centre,
Our Lucaya
Church of God of Prophecy
Community at Heart
Tabernacle, Coral Road
Salon II, Convention Center,
Our Lucaya
Convention Center,
Our Lucaya


COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES 2007
NASSAU
THEME: "THE WAIT IS OVER WALK INTO YOUR SEASON"


EVENT'


DATE


TIME


LOCATION


Honours Convocation
Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Rehearsal
Baccalaureate Service

Graduates' Dinner

Commencement
President/Alumni Reception


Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Thursday, May 31, 2007
Thursday, May 31, 2007


7:00pm
7:00pm
6:00pm
7:00pm

7:00pm

10:00am
Immediately Following


Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Rd.
BCPOU Auditorium, Farrington Road
Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Rd.
Golden Gates World Outreach Ministry
Carmichael Rd.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa,
Cable Beach
Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Rd.
Bahamas Faith Ministries, Carmichael Rd.


I Commencement Ceremony


EDUCATING 6 i A :,' Aic BA 4-MIANS


NOTICE.

All residents of South Andros interested
in taking the Single Phase Electrical course
with The College of The Bahamas, which
begins on 8 June, 2007 are asked to contact
Rev. Dorinda Dean at 368-2676
concerning registration.

All residents of North and Central
Andros interested in taking the
Journeyman Plumbing course with The
College of The Bahamas, which begins
on 8.June 2007 are asked to contact Rev.
Dorinda Dean at 368-2676 concerning
registration.






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President Janyne M Hodder is one of two persons who will
be honoured by Bishop's University of Lennoxville, Quebec,
Canada, where she served as Principal and Vice Chancellor
for nine years from 1995 to 2004.

At Bishop's Convocation on Saturday, June 9, 2007,
President Hodder will be awarded the Degree of Doctor of
Civil Law (Honoris Causa) in recognition of her stellar
contributions to the growth of the University. The other
awardee for the honorary doctorate will be an award-
winning novelist, historian and essayist, Mr Ronald Wright.

COB celebrates with our president this signal honour being
paid to her.





WELCOME TO CAMP CDI

JULY 2 -JULY 13, 2007
9:30AM -2:30PM (MONM F.)
(AE 5 -12 YRS OLD)




















FOR ADDITIONAL INFO,
PLEASE CONTACT
CAMPUS LIFE DEPARTMENT
302-4525/302-4592.
REGISTER NOW AS SPACE IS LIMITED


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Dinner Menu (Platinum Tickets)
Shredded Beef Quesadillas
With Sweet Pepper Jelly & Jalapeno Cream
African Fried Avocado Bites
With Tomato-Date Jam & Tamarind Vinaigrette
Cuban Ham Croquettes
With Mango Aioli
Bahamian Conch & Crab Cakes
With Voodoo Cocktail Sauce & Pepper Jelly
Cuban Roast Pork
With Cilantro Aioli on Plantain Rounds
Sirloin steak, Aji Amarillo & Mushroom Spring Rolls
With Chimichurri Sauce
Cuban Style Yucca Chips
& Garlic-Herb Monitor
Columbo & Banana Roasted Chicken Samosas
& Mango Salsa
Pumpkin & Black-Eyed Pea Accras
With Creole Sauce
Hors d'oeuvresTable (Gold Tickets)
Cuban Cream Cheese, Guavas & Crackers
Mozambiquian Potato & Fish Spread
Rum-Pickled Chillis & Toasted Naan Chips
An Assortment of Latino & European Cheeses
Selection of Fresh Tropical Fruit


NOTICE
All residents of North Eleuthera interested in taking the Single
Phase Electrical course with The College of The Bahamas, which
begins on 8 June, 2007. are asked to contact Tomacena Alburv at
Spanish Wells All Age School at 335-1732 or 333-4052 concerning
registration.


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UNDER THE STARS
FESTIVAL 2007


GALA CONCERT
Saturday June 16 2007 7:00 P.M.
The College of The Bahamas
Band Shell Poinciana Drive Oakes Field
Featuring


FABULOUS
GOURMET
CASH


MUSIC
DINING
BAR


TICKETS ON SALE AT
CHAPTER ONE BOOKSTORE and
in THE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATION, Block A
Oakes Field Campus


Gala Concert and Dinner $175
Includes Gala Concert and Dinner
Gold $80
Includes Gala Concert & Hors d'Oeuvres
General Admission $50
Student Admission (with COB ID) $25


For reservations,
sponsorship opportunities
and further information,
please catl
Office of Communication
at telephones
302-4304/4353/435414366


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


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A FAB CONCERT
Friday, June 15, 2007
7:00 p.m.
COB BandsheLL
Contact
Office of Communication
302.4304
Q 302.4366
302.4353


ROYAL SPONSOR
BRISTOL CELLARS
Tickets on sale at
CHAPTER ONE BOOKSTORE
Thompson Boulevard


I- G.I.I.A m IissIon:$0.B00eID .1


Hands-on demonstrations with
"Bujo" Kevin Jones
renowned percussionist


SESSIONS
Friday, June 15, 2007
10:00am to 12:00 noon
and
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Contact
Office of Communication
302.4304
302.4366
302.4353
Register now. Space is limited.


Bujo Kevin Jones
Drummers Clinic (2 hours)
Nicki Gonzalez
The Tricks & Traps of a Solo Career
(1 hour)
Phillip Martin
Pursuing your dream and a
professional career (1 hour)
Roscoe Dames
The Music Business
From The Islands to The World


For junkanoo artists, school and community bands
and music entrepreneurs
Workshop: $30.00 :: Students: $15.00.


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June 1 deadline




for Kerzner's




Hurricane Hole




Plaza takeover


FROM page 1


i'- 'end of January 2008, the
exception being the popular
.News Cafe, which has been
given until the end of February
2008.
It is understood that all
-Hurricane Hole Shopping
:Plaza tenants were told to pay
*their monthly rent to Giselle
'Pyfrom, Kerzner Internation-
al's in-house attorney, and
Kerzner directly, and that any
questions they had were to be
.directed to her.
The Tribune revealed that
"Kerzner International had
agreed a deal in principle to
'purchase the Hurricane Hole
Shopping Plaza earlier this
year. Subsequently, George
Markantonis, Kerzner Inter-
national ( Bahamas ) presi-
dent, told a Rotary Club meet-
ing that the company had
',indeed agreed to acquire the
-'Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza planning to completely
renovate it and convert it into
something similar to its Mari-
na Village complex.
Residential condos would be
added above the Plaza's new
retail offering, complementing
the Hurricane Hole marina,
which Kerzner International
,acquired two years ago from
SDriftwood and its financial
'backer, Lehman Brotherspri-
.vate equity arm.
It is unclear whether any of


the existing businesses in the
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza which include a food
store, a variety of tourist-type
souvenir stores, Gigi's Restau-
rant and the News Caf6 the
latter acting largely' as its
anchor property are included
in Kerzner International's
plans once renovations are
completed.
Several of the existing retail-
ers have privately voiced con-
cerns to The Tribune that they
would probably be unable to
afford the rental rates Kerzner
International is likely to
charge, the Atlantis and One
& Only Ocean Club owner
likely to be targeting interna-
tional, upscale retail brands,
thus pricing them out of the
market and forcing them to
look for new leasehold loca-
tions.
While Kerzner International
is likely to transform the Hur-
ricane Hole Shopping Plaza
into yet another superior prod-
uct, given its track record on
Paradise Island the deal is
likely to cause some concern
about the level of control and
domination it enjoys on the
island, as well as the fate of
'small, Bahamian-owned busi-
nesses.
No one would argue that
Kerzner International has been
good for the Bahamas and
transformed its economy, res-
cuing it from the moribund
state it had fallen into under
the Pindling administration,


but the removal of the exist-
ing retail tenants from the
Hurricane Hole Shopping
Plaza could create fears that
Bahamian-owned businesses
are being squeezed off Par-
adise Island.
The Hurricane Hole Shop-
ping Plaza has long been a tar-
get for Kerzner International,
not just because of its proxim-
ity to the marina and the fact it
would complement any
improvements there, but
because it also gives the com-
pany control of a swathe of
Paradise Island that stretches
from the north shore to the
south shore.
The purchase price paid by
Kerzner International has nev-
er been disclosed, although
some reports have suggested
it could be as high as $25 mil-
lion. Other observers, though,
believe it is likely to be in the
$15-$18 million range.
The sellers are a consortium
featuring attorneys Emanuel
Alexiou and Colin Callender.
Mr Alexiou. a partner in Alex-
iou, Knowles & Co, is also
chairman of A. F. Holdings,
the former Colina Financial
Group, while Mr Callender is
managing partner at Callen-
ders & Co.
The pair have worked
together on other business ven-
tures, among them the Pan Ed
Investments group that bought
a controlling 62 per cent stake
in the Nassau Guardian in Jan-
uary 2003.


UNCLAIMED VEHICLES AT
I AID LYNDEN PINDLING INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Nassau Airport
Developm.eil Company

The following vehicles have been in the vehicle compound at the Lynden Pindling International Airport for
over a year and remain unclaimed. Owners will have until May 31,2007 to claim and remove their vehicles
after which time the vehicles will be sold or scrapped. Anyone claiming a vehicle must contact NAD at the
address below prior to May 31, 2007, provide proof of ownership and pay towing and storage fees,

Anyone wishing to purchase any of the vehicles which remain unclaimed after May 31st are asked to
submit a sealed bid to the address below also by May 31st. Any sale of vehicle is based on 'as is' and
'where is' condition. Neither the Nassau Airport Development Company Limited nor the Airport Authority
assumes any liability or responsibility for the condition of purchased vehicles. Purchasers will have 48
hours to remove the vehicles from the compound.

Vehicles can be viewed between noon and 2:00pm on Wednesday May 23rd or Thursday May 24th at the
compound located beside the parking exit booth for Terminal 1 (domestic/international) parking.


MAKE & COLOUR
Black Nissan Sentra

White Chevrolet
Celebrity

Maroon Plymouth
Voyager Van

Gold Toyota Yaris

White Suzuki
Sidekick

White Toyota
Corolla

Grey Dodge

Blue Chevrolet S10


LICENSE #
License # 46537

License # 145716


License # 152373


License # 158125

License # 107103



License # 2111



License #43808

License # T 24519


REGISTRATION
No Disc

Lionel Wilson


No Disc


Rose Marie Sawyer

No Disc



No Disc



No Disc

James Morley


CONDITION & TIME UNCLAIMED
Very Poor- One Year

Very Poor- One Year


Fair Two Years


Fair- One Year


Poor Four Years



Very Poor -Damaged



Poor-Three Years

Fair One Year


Nassau Ai report Dev elopment Company Limited
Attn. Parking & Ground Transportation
P.O. Box AP-59229
Lynden Pindling International Airport
Nassau, Bahamas
TEL. # (242) 377-0209 FAX. # (242) 377-0294


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Register early for these rare development
opportunities in pastry making for professionals,
students, entrepreneurs and pastry enthusiasts!


Professional Pastry Workshop Series
Featuring Certified Master Pastry Chef Bo Friberg of California

May 16-25, 2007

All sessions 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.


NASSAU, NEW PROVIDENCE
Thursday, May 17
Plated Desserts
CHMI Main Kitchen
Professionals
Max. 24
Fees: $100.00 [Student)
$ 175.00 (BHA)
$200.00 [General Public)
Friday, May 18
Specialty Cakes
CHMI Main Kitchen
Professionals
Max. 24
Fees: $100.00 (Student]
$200.00 (BHA]
$225.00 (General])
Monday, May 21
Basic Cake Decoration
CHMI Main Kitchen
General Public
Max. 24
Fees: $100.00 [Student)
$185.00 (BHA]
$210.00 (General Public)
Thursday, May 24
Marzipan
CHMI Main Kitchen
Students
Max. 60
Fees: $100.00 (Student)
$250.00 (BHA]
$275.00 [General Public)
Friday, May 25
Advanced Petit Fours
CHMI Main Kitchen
Students
Max. 60
Fees: $100.00 (Student]
$225.00 (BHA)
$250.00 (General Public)


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FREEPORT. GRAND BAHAMA
Wednesday, May 23
Plated Desserts
Best Westin Hotel
Students, Professionals & General
Public
Max. 24
Fees: $100.00 (Student)
$175.00 (BHA)
$200.00 (General Public)
10% discount will be granted to
persons who register for three or
more sessions.
Session Details
* Materials willtt be provided
* Participants are to bring small
pastry tools
Continuing Education Units wil
be granted for all sessions.
CEU's accepted by the American
Culinary Federation


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CHEF BO FRIBERG is a certified
Master Pastry Chef with over 40
years of professional experience
in the industry and has taught
baking and pastry courses to all
Levels of students from beginners
to seasoned professionals since
1978. Chef Bo (as his students call
himl currently holds the position
of Department Chair of the Baking
and Pastry Programme at the
Professional Culinary Institute in
I Campbell, California. He graduated
from the Confectionery Association
School of Sweden and holds a
degree as a Master Confectioner.
He has worked in both small shops
and large retail and wholesale
operations in the United States


and Europe, and was Pastry Chef
for Swedish American Lines
Cruise Ships. In addition, he has
demonstrated his pastry artistry
on television shows including
the two highly acclaimed public
television series Cooking Secrets
of the CIA, and Cooking at The
Academy, as well as NBC's Today
Show and the locally produced
Bay Cafe. Chef Bo's celebrated
cookbook The Professional Pastry
Chef, has now been revised to its
Fourth Edition, with the expanded
material divided into a two-volume
set, Fundamentals of Baking
and Pastry and The Advanced
Professional Pastry Chef.


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ally favoured a location off
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway behind Furniture
Plus, as the National Recov-
ery Centre's site, due to its cen-
tral location, proximity to
major roads, and relatively
high ground away from flood-


ESSAY COMPETITION







The Ministry of the Public Service, will
host an Essay Competition as one of the
activities for Eight Annual Public Service
Week. The Competition is open to Junior
and Senior High School Students.

Students interested in participating should
_write a 250-300 words (Junior High),
and 450-500 words (Senior High), essay
on the topic: "The Public Service -
Promoting Quality Service in the
Workplace".


The deadline for entries, which should
be referred to the attention of Ms.
Antionette Thompson, Deputy Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of the Public Service,
is Friday, 22nd June, 2007.

A Dell Desktop 2400 computer with a
scanner, copier and printer will be
awarded to the winner'in each category.

The winners will be announced during
the Eight Annual Public Service Week
Awards Ceremony scheduled for 6th
October, 2007.


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

E' EMENTARY:

Physical Education Teacher
Music Teacher
Teacher for grades 1 through six

HIGH SCHOOL

Religious Studies, Christian Values
Mathematics, Information Technology
NMathematics, Physics
Physics) Biology
French and Spanish or Literature
English language and Literature
Food and Nutrition NeedleworkiArt
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
last a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent, with 6 years
experience at High School level in the particular subject
aiea along with a Teacher's Certificate. A Masters Degree
ini education, in teaching and learning or the content area,
NWould be an asset.All successful candidates should have
t1 e following:

An Academic Degree in the area of specialization
A Teaching Certificate
Excellent Communication Skills
A love for children and learning
High standards of morality
Be a born again Christian

Letters of application together with a recent color
photograph and detailed Curriculum Vita (including
tile names and addresses of at least three references,
ohe 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
experience.


BANKS, from 1


cry i-ould be spending at least
$1.00-$2,000 per month on
this.%
Construction would take
between 12-18 months, with
Mr Tnowles saying he person-


prone areas.
Disaster recovery and busi-
ness continuity planning have
become key issues for Bahami-
an businesses, especially
Bahamas-based banks and
trust companies, given the sys-
temic risk posed to the finan-
cial system from major disas-
ters.

Efforts

Efforts in these areas have
been given added impetus by
the $3.4 billion worth of dam-
age Hurricane Ivan inflicted
on the Cayman Islands in 2004,
a competitor financial centre
to the Bahamas This nation
also sits squarely in the zone
for hurricanes, which are
increasing in frequency and
severity, meaning that
Bahamas-based financial ser-
vices providers must have a
business continuity plan that
will enable them to keep their


by owner
Indigo- Gated Community. (Just West of Orange Hill)
Vacant residential lot
7200 sq. ft. Infrastructure already in place. Just down the hill is a beach.
Swimming pool and tennis court nearly completed.
$185,000.00
No realtor involved, so lowest price around.

Contact: Ms. Johnson 393-3725, 395-3368


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TO. JULIUS DARING
Nassamu,Bahamas


TAKE NOTICE that by Order of Mr. Justice Maynad, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court

dated the 19' day of April, A.D., 2007, it was ordered that personal service upon you of the

Sumo in this action which is scheduled to be heard before the said Justice on Wednesday the

6 day of Junre, AD,20W at 11l00 o'ock in thfe oenoon, in Chambes at the Supreme Court,

Supreme Court Building, GametLevarity Justice Cetr Mall Drive, Freeport Grand Bahama be

dispensed with and it was ordered that publiationonce in The Nassau Guardian and The

Tribune of this Notice and of the reciting Order, should be deemed good and sufficient service

upon you.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that should you fail to appear on the hearing at the time and

place stated above the Court may make such Order and such judgment against you as the Court

deems just,

LOCKHART & MUNROE
Attorneys for the Petitioner


key systems and functions
operational in the event of a
disaster. Other potential cata-
strophes include fires, such as
the 2001 Straw Market fire.
Mr Knowles said the idea
came from the work of the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board's (BFSB) business con-
tinuity working group, adding:
"It was deemed necessary that
we could come up with a
National Recovery Centre as a
viable alternative for disaster
recovery.
"It's in its infancy stage, but
it is a possibility, and a lot of it
relies on companies such as
yourselves."
Mr Knowles worked close-
ly on the National Recovery
Centre proposal with Larry
Glinton, of Pictet Bank &
Trust ( Bahamas ), who told
the BICA seminar that in the
event of a disaster, it simply
was not cost-effective and fea-
sible to relocate 20-30


Bahamas-based staff to anoth-
er country for two to three
months or longer. As a result,
bank and trust companies
needed to find an alternative
business continuity site in the
Bahamas.
"We need four large people
and we will go ahead," Mr
Glinton said. "The more peo-
ple we get, the larger the build-
ing and the costs will come
* down. We're really trying to
get this going. It's really impor-
tant for our jurisdiction.
"We need two to three
banks the size of Pictet, two to
three large clients."

Added

Mr Knowles added that
some form of private sector
consortium had to be formed
to drive the National Recov-
ery Centre idea ahead, and
bring the vision to reality. "If
we could get six to 10 clients
who need 1,000 or 500 square
feet, it starts to motor."
He added that the National
Recovery Centre could also
generate other revenue
streams, such as acting as a
drop-in facility for company
back-up security tapes.
Mr Knowles said 20 per cent
of respondents to a BFSB sur-
vey in 2005 had said they were
"very interested" in a National
Recovery Centre, but that
appeared to evaporate when


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questions regarding commit- ;
ment and financial support
were raised.
Mr Glinton said Bayside
Executive Park the Blake
Road complex from where
Pictet and Oceanic Bank &
Trust operated, had two gen-
erators and stores of 4,000 gal-
lons of diesel fuel and 55,000
gallons of reverse osmosis
water. .
He added that it was a "big
mistake, a huge mistake" for
Bahamian businesses to estab-
lish off-site recovery centres at
storage facilities, as they were
not built for that type of usage.
"It is my hope the Central
Bank will pressure people into
realizing that is not an accept-
able plan," Mr Glinton said.
The National Recovery Cen-
tre would be purpose-built,
with redundant systems a cen-
tral feature. It would allow '
business clients to keep their
key systems and data fully
operational in the event of a
disaster4 and would be built .
from reinforced concrete and "
steel.
The National Recovery Cen-
tre would feature Internet and
phone services from Cable
Bahamas the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC) and IndiGo Net-
works, and have two genera-
tors, two air conditioning sys-
tems, a reverse osmosis sys-
tem, and full security systems.


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Pricing Information As Of:
Friday, 18 May 2007
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES VISIT WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM FORMOFRE DATA & INFORMATION ,"
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.771.10 / CHG 00.00 / %CHG 0Q. OO/..YTD0.4.9- /YTD % 06.66
52.'. .-H. 2.'2 -LcO.. Se,:ur.I Pre..u. C-:I.,._e ToIa, .. e C.narge Daii, .'ol EPS 1 D.. P Y.ed
1. i:,.:-4 .a: 3 r.la Ma ,1e's 1 10 1 16 0 (0) .0 262 0 00.) N 0 005
12.05 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 690 1.548 0.400 7.5 3.45%
9.05 7.10 Bank of Bahamas 9.05 9.05 0.00 0.737 0.260 12.2 2.88%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.129 0.020 6.6 2.35%
2.77 1.29 Bahamas Waste 2.77 2.77 0.00 0.243 0.060 11.1 2.22%
1.49 1.20 Fidelity Bank 1.30 1.30 0.00 0.067 0.020 19.4 1.54%
10.42 9.00 Cable Bahamas 10.42 10.42 0.00 0.949 0.240 11.0 2.30%
2.10 1.67 Colina Holdings 2.10 2.10 0.00 0.245 0.080 8.6 3.81%
14.31 10.60 Commonwealth Bank 14.31 14.31 0.00 1.152 0.680 12.4 4.75%
6.26 4.22 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.01 5.13 0.12 0.112 0.049 44.9 0.98%
2.76 2.40 Doctor's Hospital 2.43 2.43 0.00 0.234 0.000 8.2 0.00%
6.21 5.54 Famguard 5.96 5.96 0.00 0.694 0.240 8.6 4.03%
12.49 11.25 Finco 12.50 12.50 0.00 0.779 0.570 16.0 4.56%
14.70 12.22 FirstCaribbean 14.37 14.37 0.00 0.977 0.500 14.7 3.48%
17.18 10.50 Focol 17.18 17.18 0.00 75 1.657 0.520 10.4 3.03%
1.05 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.54 0.54 0.00 -0.432 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.20 7.20 0.00 0.532 0.100 13.5 1.39%
9.10 8.5' J. S. Johnson 9.05 9.05 0.00 0.868 0.570 10.4 6.30%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 10 00 10 00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
S, .." Fidelity Over-The-Countrr Sde ur :.' -.
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $1 PIE Ylieli
14.60 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 1600 100 1.234 1.185 12.6 8.12%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0 54 0 20 RND Holdings 0 45 0 55 020 0.034 0.000 26.2 0.00%
""" Cottna Ovw-The-Counter SecuriUes :" "- ,
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.0 uo
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.234 1.125 12.6 7.71%
0 60 0 35 RND Holdinras n 45 0 55 0.45 0.021 0.000 26.2 0.00%
BISX Listed Mutual Fund .- ", :
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.3391 1.2867 Colina Money Market Fund 1.339101"
3.1827 2.8564 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.1827**
2.6629 2.3560 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.662852**
1.2443 1.1695 Colina Bond Fund 1.244286 "..
11.4992 10.9739 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.4992 ***.
SF- .-.,. FINDEX:- CLOSE 791.55 /"YTr i'
E', z0 OLL z'-A, *riDEd '0 ODr a. Z 0 f 3: .1-4RKtT TEA0M. ....Euu '10 ,. I :r.,r. T..iacr 3a 'a'de s, .KE.Y'f ce
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid S Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity 4 May 2007
Previous Close Previous days weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 30 April 2007
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value "* 30 April 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 earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index January 1, 1994 = 100 30 April 2007
"." 30 April 2007
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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2007, PAGE 11B ,


FROM page 1


week after week that I am
unable to send messages to
addresses @aol.com. All are
returned with a Postmaster
Failure Message that says:
"Message could not be deliv-
ered to domain aol.com.
Response 554."
He added: "The sip-sip has
been that US servers are fed
up with the huge volume of
spam that is originating on
Batelnet, so their junk mail
software is simply tuned to
reject everything from Batel-
net. It seems doubtful that
local users would originate
such volumes. Therefore, are
some foreigners finding it use-
ful to originate here and avoid
some tighter regulatory atmos-
phere elsewhere?
"Repeated written com-
plaints and request for assur-
ance from management at
BTC that the situation will be
resolved go unanswered. For
a variety of valid reasons, I
would prefer not to change my
server, but BTC service is
intolerable."
The problem is far from
being "sip-sip". Tellis Symon-
ette, BTC's vice-president of
wireless and broadband, con-
firmed to The Tribune that the
company's Batelnet ISP and
all its clients is currently
being blocked by AOL and
Comcast servers due to the fact
it is being abused by spammers
and junk mail senders.
Mr Symonette admitted that
"it has been difficult for us to
identify" the spammers using
BTC's ISP and associated
infrastructure.
He added that the company
was upgrading its Internet sys-
tem and within the next two
months "should have equip-
ment in place" that would help
it identify the culprits more


quickly.
Identifying the spammers
"as quickly as possible before it
becomes an issue" with other
ISPs, Mr Symonette said, and
then taking action to remove
them would ensure that other
international ISPs did not
block IP addresses using Batel-
net.
When told that Batelnet cus-
tomers had been complaining
about the problem since Octo-
ber/November 2006, some sev-
en months ago, Mr Symonette.
said it was an "on again, off
again" problem for BTC. As
soon as they identified one set
of spammers and blocked
them, another group would
start up or the one blocked
find a new way to misuse
Batelnet.
International servers would
unblock BTC as soon as the
company showed Batelnet had
taken action against spam, but
was reinstating the block once
spam started up again.
Mr Symonette said BTC
wanted to use "a proactive
approach in taking action at
the front-end here in the
Bahamas", but acknowledged
that the problems the 'block-
ing' by international servers
had caused to' legitimate Batel-
net customers were likely to
have seen some switch to oth-
er ISPs. He said he could pro-
vide no numbers though.
"AOL is cumiently blocking
e-mails from Batelnet's ISP,"
Mr Symonette said. "What is
going on right now is that we
are in active mode to have that
removed from AOL, and we
expect that to happen in anoth-
er 24 hours.
"As we identify people who
are spamming, we remove
them from the network or take
action against them. We then
write to them [AOL] in that
regard, to allow e-mails to go
through from BTC."
One BTC business customer


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with knowledge of the Marine Industry.
Must be self driven.
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is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 14th day of May, 2007 to the
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who has been disadvantaged
by the whole episode is the
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce's president,
Christopher Lowe, and the
Chamber itself. Mr Lowe said
he first began experiencing
problems with his Batelnet ser-
vice in October/November
2006, and "gave up" on BTC
after repeated efforts to con-
tact the company for an expla-
nation and assistance proved
fruitless.
Mr Lowe said of BTC:
"They've been blocked out
because they've been dragging
their feet. It's been going on
since October/November 2006,
and it just went to hell in Jan-
uary/February. AOL and
Comcast threatened to cut
them off late last year.
"It appears that they have
discovered they were a main
spamming pipeline, and while I
can understand that they are
trying to get control of their
service, the backlash is being
felt by their customers and is
unacceptable.
"They have gone to zero
reliability on their e-mail, and
a large number of their cus-
tomers are having to go to
third party servers such as
yahoo, g-mail and hotmail to
get service."
Mr Lowe said the whole
episode was undermining the
potential economic value to
the Bahamas of having its own
Internet domain name, '.bs'.
".bs is something we should be
proud of. It's our national iden-
tity on the Internet," he added.
"It is unique to the Bahamas
and has so much potential, but
they can't get e-mail straight.
"We at the Chamber made
numerous efforts to contact
them, but there has been no
satisfactory explanation and no
indication when the problem
might be solved. It's useless if
you want to communicate with
anyone else in the world."
Mr Lowe pointed out that
BTC was currently focusing on
the roll-out of new technolo-


gies, such as Blackberry and
Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP), but this episode
showed it had yet to get its
basic infrastructure right.
The Chamber president said
the Batelnet situation would
clearly impact any Bahamian
business relying on its e-mail
service, and could cause havoc
if a company was forced to
switch addresses.
"A lot of businesses have
gone to redundancy with
CoralWave, and are keeping
both services at any time either
one of them could be down,"
Mr Lowe said.
He said his problems with
Batelnet had involved e-mail
messages coming through to
him that were either wiped
completely blank, scrambled
or not associated with the
sender. He was also unable to
retrieve, forward or delete any
e-mails because the total mem-
ory capacity on his system was
used up.
This, though, is not the first
time that spamming has
impacted a Bahamas-based
ISP, as Cable Bahamas was
forced to take action against
problems impacting its Coral-
Wave system several years ago.
Again in that instance the
spam and junk mail were orig-
inated from foreigners.
BTC, though, appears to
have done nothing to commu-
nicate the problems to its cus-
tomers. One letter sent to BTC
by a Batelnet client on Febru-
ary 27, 2007, to which no reply
was received, said friends were
"receiving equaly unsatisfac-
tory service".
The episode is likely to
revive cals in some quarters
for BTC's privatization to be
speeded up. The new FNM
government is still reviewing
the $260 million offer by Blue-
water Communications Hold-
ings to acquire a 49 per cent
stake in BTC, a deal that was
agreed in principle by the for-
mer Christie administration
but never sealed.


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AOL, Comcast block BTC e-mails


COMMONWEAUH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Division


2007
CLE/qui/00241


IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959
AND
IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being,
Lot Number Sixty Three (63) situate approximately One Hundred and.
Ten (110) feet WVst of East Street Grant's Town in the Southern District
of the Island ofNew Providence oneofthe Islanis of tiheCommonwcalh'."
of The Bahaias anad bounded on the North by Lilly ofthe Valley Corner ..
and running theseoa Ninety-two and Forty-six Hundredths (92.46) Feet'
on the East by Lot Number 62 1/2 on the plan of Grant's Town the-. .
property of the Church of God and running thereon One Hundred and
Fifty-three and Forty-two Hundredth (153.42) feet on the South by Lot
Number Seventy-six. (76) on the plan of Grant's Town filed in the
Department of Lands and Surveys and running thereon Ninety-six and
Ninety-one (96.91) feet and on the West by Lot Number Sixty-two (62)'
on the said plan and nmning thereon One Hundred and Forty-one and
Thirty-nine Hundredths (14139) feet.
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of V.G. Clarke and Ross Davis
(Executors of the Estate of Cecil Alfred Kenny, Deceased)' :
NOTICE
THE PETITION OF V.G. Clarke and Ross Davis (Executors of the-
Estate of Cecil Alfred Kenny, Deceased) in respect of:-
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No. 63
situated on the southern side of Lily of the Valley Coer and
approximately 110 feet west of East Street in the City of
Nassau, on the Island of New Providence and bounded on the
North by a 30 feet wide road and running thereon 92.46 feet;
on the South by Lot Number 76 and running thereon 96.91
feet; on the East by Lot Number 65 the property ofThe Chrnch-
of God and running thereon 153-42 feet; and on the West by '
Lot Number 62 and running thereon 141.39 feet."'
V. G. Clarke and Ross Davis (Executors of the Estate of Cecil Alfred, ,
Kenny, Deceased) claim to be the owners of the unimcumbred fee simple
estate in possession of the said land and has made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section' "
Three (3) of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have their title to the said
land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Coast in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.
Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land may be inspected
during normal office hours in the following places:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North in the
City of Nassau, Bahamas; and
2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Boen Rctiro
Road, off Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right to dower
or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on
or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of
these presents, file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioners
or the undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified
by an affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of his Claim on
or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of
these presents will operate as bar to such claim.
LOCKHART & MUNROE
Chambers
#35 Buen Retiro Road
Off Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attmrys for the Petitimers


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ELIZABETH DOREEN,
CLARIDGE OF RUSSELL ISLAN P.O. BOX EL 27439,
SPANISH WELLS ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
regisrationthaturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registrat on/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the fat within twe ght days
from the 14th day of May, 2007 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



LEGAL NOTICE.

NOTICE

INTERNATIONALBUSINESS COMPANY NO. 70,945 (B)


MEGA SECURITIES LIMITED

The undersigned as Liquidator of the above named"'
Company, MEGA SECURITIES LIMITED, does hereby give.'
you notice that under Section 137 (6) of the International7
Business Companies Act (No-45 2 of 2000) that I have*
completed the winding up and dissolution of the Company
and I HEREBY REQUEST that the name of the Company
be struck off the Register and that a Certificate of Dissolution
be issued.

Dated this 18th day of May, 2007.


NOTICE



THE PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
ESTATE OF THE LATE CLIFFORD MCINTOSH
ARE ADVISED THAT A SUMMONS TO STRIKE OUT
THE COUNTERCLAIM OF THE LATE CLIFFORD
MCINTOSH IN SUPREME COURT ACTION NO. 793
OF 1994 C. L SIDE IS SET TO BE HEARD BEFORE
MR. JUSTICE MOHAMMED 2nd FLOOR SUPREME
COURT BUILDING, PUBLIC SQUARE, NASSAU AT
9-30 AM ON MONDAY 13TH AUGUST 2007. PLEASE
CONTACT ATrORNEY CAMILLE CLEAR ON
OR BEFORE WEDNESDAY IST AUGUST 2007.


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PAGE 12B MONDAYMAY 21, 2007


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DELTEC BANK & TRUST LIMITED

Invites applications for the position of

COMPLIANCE MANAGER


Responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

Maintaining and developing a robust compliance and control regime in Deltec to
ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, guidelines and internal
p'iuL. .. and procedures
D,. '. pin, administering and implementing a stringent compliance program that
n *nii i, and reports on key risk indicators
I[mpk Cil.ting a comprehensive self-testing program that is derived from risk

Reviewing KYC documentation for all new and existing clients
Advising and assisting with the training of staff in regulatory and internal policy
SinmpliIc equiremenrits
R-"',rlting to Executive Ma anigement, Board of Directors and Group Compliance
Ability to work independently and under pressure to meet deadlines
The successful candidate should have the following qualifications:

A thorough knowledge of all applicable legislation, regulations and guidelines
Minimum Bachelors degree in banking or finance along with either CPA, ABIFS
(formerly ACIB), or International Diploma in Anti Money Laundering and
Compliance (BACO)
Legal background would be an advantage
Minimum 3-5 years relevant experience in the Compliance field
Excellent written, oral and presentation skills

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Interested persons may submit resumes as follows:

Human Resources Manager
Deltec Bank & Trust Limited
P. O. Box N.3229
Nassau, Bahamas

Resumes may also be faxed c/o 362-4623 or emailed to anh@)deitecbankcom.

ABSOLUTELY NO TELEPHONE C LLS WILL BE ACCEPTED


Capital markets law



may not comply with



international practices


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
Legislation to regulate
the Bahamian capi-
tal markets and secu-
rities industry may
not be compliant with interna-
tional best practices and stan-
dards, the Securities Commis-
sion's executive director has
admitted, acknowledging that
there have been delays in bring-
ing forward amendments to the
Securities Industry Act.
Hillary Deveaux said the
Securities Commission hoped
to begin dialogue with the finan-
cial industry on amendments to
the Securities Industries Act
1999 before year-end.
"We thought we would be
able to bring it to the industry
by December of last year, but
we have had financial issues and
the anti-money laundering eval-
uation, which have caused us
some pain in getting the infor-
mation. We are now going to
put together the information to
advise the Ministry of Finance,"
Mr Deveaux said.
He added that the Securities
Commission will consult the
capital markets industry over a
three-month period, and hopes
the entire process can be done
before 2007 year end.
The guest speaker at the
Securities Dealer's Associa-
tion's annual general meeting,
(AGM) last Friday, Mr
Deveaux said the Securities
Commission is recommending
a number of amendments to
give the legislation "teeth".
He added that the Commis-
sion thought the current legis-
lation may not be compliant
with the International Organi-
sation of Securities Commis-
sions (IOSCO), which sets the
standards for the securities


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industry throughout the world.
For instance, he said there
was a provision in the Bahami-
an legislation which talks about
the appointment of the Securi-
ties Commission's Board mem-
bers. This allows the responsible
government minister to appoint
the Commission's chairman,
deputy chairman, members of
the Board, executive director
and secretary.
Yet it also says the minister
can dismiss these persons if
he/she wishes. Although this
was never done, it may suggest
the Securities Commission has
no independence.
"We've never had political
interference, but it is in writing,
and when IOSCO looks at this,
the principle of independence
is basically compromised here,"
Mr Deveaux said.
He added that it had become
very important to revisit the
Securities Industry Act, with a
view to repealing the 1999 leg-
islation and replacing it with
more effective legislation.
"First of all, it did not con-
form to what we were doing.
When you look at section four
of the Act, it talks about the
mandate, the policy position,
and missing from that is an
important one investor edu-
cation," Mr Deveaux said.
"We think that it is impor-
tant to include that. We are


talking about developing a cul-
ture in the Bahamas -the
investors, the judiciary and the
political directorate."
He also pointed out that the
industry was so dynamic that it
was essential that Bahamian
laws be amended to reflect any
changes.
"Regulators lag behind,
because the ingenuity and the
creativity comes from the indus-
try, and sometimes we have to
be careful that the industry does
not get to far ahead of the reg-
ulators," Mr Deveaux said.
Another reason was that Ini-
tial Public Offerings had to be
registered. "We register
prospectus, not securities," he
added of the current situation.
He also indicated that the
Securities Commission had had
major difficulties in enforcing
the Act due to a complicated
disclipnary process.
"If there is a contradiction of
the provision, there has to be
an advisory board for further
action. If they believe there are
criminal actions, they can refer
it to the Attorney General's
Office," Mr Deveaux said.
However, he said that after
the disclipnary committee
makes a determination, it has
to go.back to the Commission's
Board, and the disclipnary com-
mittee has members of the
Board on it.
Another point of concern
was the Securities Commission's
ability to exchange information
as needed with overseas regu-
lators.
"It is important for a juris-
diction like the Bahamas to be
committed to exchanging infor-
mation, because the country is
targeted by so many interna-
tional institutions such as the
OCED and the FATF," Mr
Deveaux said. "So we have to
be seen to be doing the right
thing."


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