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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 5/25/2007
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Guest 'suffering from

depression' falls from

twentieth floor of

the Royal Towers


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
TRAGEDY struck at the
Atlantis resort yesterday when
a Canadian guest fell to his
death from the twentieth floor
of the Royal Towers, despite
his family's best efforts to talk
him down from the balcony of
his room.
According to sources at the
hotel, Sean William Steffler of
Ontario, may have been dis-
tressed regarding a domestic
situation gone wrong back
home.
Chief Supt Glenn Miller con-
firmed that 'the man was known
to have been suffering from
depression "due to some inci-
dent" prior to his arrival in the
country on May 19.
The 22 year old, who was vis-
iting the resort with his family,
was found dead on the ground
below his room in the East


tower. His fall occurred at
around 6.30am, according to
police press liaison officer Wal-
ter Evans.
A statement released by
Atlantis said that the resort is
working with Bahamian
authorities in their investiga-
tions into the man's death.
"Our thoughts and prayers
are with the young man's fam-
ily.
"As always, the safety and
well being of our guests is a
priority.. We will continue to
cooperate fully with the
authorities, and.do all we can
to assist the family," said the
resort.
It is believed that the young
man may have been brought
to the Bahamas by his parents
who felt it would help him
recover from stress at home.
Asst Supt Evans said that
police do not suspect foul
play.


65-year-old wrestles

weapon from gunman
A 65-YEAR-OLD man put up a fight last night after he was
held up by a gunman near the corner of Wulff Road and
Collins Avenue, eventually wrestling the weapon from his
assailant.
According to police, the pensioner was walking near Colum-
bus Primary School when the armed robber approached and
demanded cash.
After reaching for a pouch he had in his possession, accord-
ing to Assistant Supt Walter Evans, the man began to hand it
over to his attacker.
SEE page 11


S THIS replica plane. advertising the Breitling watch range that "as recently launched in-
the Bahamas. turned heads in Rawson Square yesterday. However. according to a cp~ler to
."The Tribune, the plane was later moved into the road, holding up Iraffic in the'process. -
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BEC contains another

oil leak at Clifton Pier
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr "Steps were taken in accor-
Chief Reporter dance with our oil response plan
to contain the release and com-
THE Bahamas Electricity mence the clean up. The Cor-
Corporation yesterday moved portion, in keeping with its
quickly to identify the source plan to better protect the sur-
of and contain another oil leak rounding environment, has tak-
occurring at its Clifton Pier en steps to extend the contain-
Power Station. ment booms in the Clifton
The corporation said that the Bay," it said.
source was immediately identi- For the past week officials
fied and isolated and it has tak- have been trying to determine
en steps to extend the contain- the source of an oil spill that
ment booms in Clifton Bay to has been threatening the coast-
mitigate against the spread of SEE page 11
oil in the area. SEE pa 11


Man in'court over the

stabbing death of woman


A 24-YEAR-OLD man
accused of stabbing a woman
to death outside a local restau-
rant and bar was arraigned in
magistrate's court yesterday
on a murder charge.
Decoyo Ferguson, of Ash-
ley Street, was arraigned
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez at Court One,
Bank Lane.
Ferguson is accused of the
stabbing death of 32-year-old
Cleopatra Gibson, a mother
of six.


According to court dockets,
Ferguson, between May 19
an'i 21 caused the death of
Gibson.
Ferguson was not repre-
sented by an attorney at his
arraignment. Inspector Althea
Porter appeared for the pros-
ecution.
The victim was reportedly
stabbed outside the Fountain
of Youth Restaurant and Bar
on East Street.
SEE page 11


FNM vice chairman: all civil servants are
discouraged from seeking to victimise PLPs


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter


GOVERNMENT discourages all FNM
civil servants from seeking to victimise PLP
colleagues, the FNM vice chairman said
yesterday.
Responding to a Tribune editorial, which
reported claims that a number of "mis-
guided" FNM supporting civil servants had
been "flexing their muscles in victory" by
seeking to have certain PLP supporting col-
leagues ousted, Johnley Ferguson stressed


that he has heard of no such reports, but
said the government opposes such behav-
iour.
"Mr Ingraham made it clear when we
came into office that the government is for
everybody," said Mr Ferguson. "He also
made it clear that there are persons who
may have to be moved for whatever rea-
son."
As to whether he knew for certain that
incidents of that kind were not occurring,
Mr Ferguson said: "I would not say yes, I
wouldn't say no."


He said he is aware that a number of
known FNMs in the civil service were fed
up, having had a "rough" time in the run up
to the election.
"There were areas I believe where there
were FNMs who were pushed before the
last election, they were told certain things by
the PLP and some of them may now feel
like it's their time to retaliate but I'm saying
we all have to discourage not only the
SEE page 11


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* THE widow of Butch Kerzner Vanessa Kerzner, along with their two children Kailin and Tai,
broke ground yesterday at St Anne's School for a new swimming pool


* ST Anne's principal Cynthia Wells


* By ASHLEY THOMPSON
THE groundbreaking cere-
mony for a new swimming pool
was held by Kerzner Interna-
tional and St. Anne's School
yesterday.
The ceremony was also a
tribute to the late Howard
'Butch' Kerzner, former CEO
of Kerzner International, who
died in a helicopter accident last
October.
A few months before his
death during his last official
visit to the school, Mr Kerzner
generously donated a quarter


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* VANESSA Kerzner speaks to the kids at Saint Anne's School
for there new Pool.


of a million dollars for the con-
struction of a new state-of-the-
art swimming pool. He
believed that the school
deserved their own pool, as the
swim team managed to place
second in the Anglican
Schools' swim competition
even without one on the
grounds to use for their prac-
tices.
Students expressed their
enthusiasm with an loud round
of applause when this
announcement was made the
At this last visit, Mr Kerzner
also expressed the need to


"dream big and aspire to great-
ness" to the students. He want-
ed the students to remember
that money and wealth would
be attained after they achieved
their goals, so not to seek mate-
rial possessions.
The pool. project is now
expected to cost about $600,000.
The remainder of the funds will
be taken out of the Butch
Kerzner Memorial Fund.
Gunite Pools is responsible
for the project.
The ceremony was attended
by various persons, including
Mr Kerzner's widow Vanessa


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and their children; Archbish-
op Drexel Gomez; Laish Boyd,
Bishop Coadjutor, Anglican
Diocese of the Bahamas; Bar-
rie Farrington, senior vice-pres-
ident of administration; George
Markantonis, president and
managing director, Kerzner
International; Nan Palmer,
chief operating officer, Kerzn-
er International; Ed Fields,
senior vice president public
affairs; other executives from
Kerzner; and St. Anne's school
principal Cynthia Wells, along
with other school representa-
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WHO executive meet


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A SENIOR Bahamian health
official is in Geneva, Switzer-
land, today representing the
Bahamas at the 121st session of
the executive board of the
World Health Organisation.
Bahamian chief medical offi-
cer Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis
flew to Europe earlier this week
to take part in the session,
which began on Wednesday and
ends tomorrow.
The board is made up of 34
people, each technically quali-
fied in the field of health, who
have all been designated by
their respective elected nations.
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Its primary functions are to
advise the World Health
Assembly the supreme deci-
sion-making body of the World
Health Organisation to effect
its decisions and generally facil-
itate its work.
The Bahamas was elected by
the World Health Assembly to
serve on the executive board
during the 60th session of the
Assembly, which took place
between May 14-23.
Each elected country has a
three-year term on the board,
and designates a health official
to represent their country.
During the 60th session, the
assembly discussed a number
of key health issues facing the
global community today.
The assembly approved the
largest-ever budget for the
organisaton and adopted a
record number of resolutions
on public health issues and on
the technical and administra-


tive work of WHO.
Other discussions and reso-
lutions passed centred on con-
cern about the number of
deaths still caused by malaria,
the need for increased invest-
ment and efforts towards health
promotion and the harmful
effects of alcohol.
Dr Dahl Regis has previously
served on the Strategic Advi-
sory Group of Experts (SAGE)
of the WHO Department of
immunisation, vaccines and bio-
logicals, being the first Bahami-
an to have been invited to do so.
She also serves as a member
of the WHO steering committee
on immunisation safety and on
the independent review panel
for the Global Alliance for Vac-
cines and Immunisation
(GAVI), at UNICEF in Gene-
va, Switzerland.
She was appointed chief med-
ical officer in the Bahamas Min-
istry of Health in 1997.


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31-year-old

denies

theft of

goods

A 31-YEAR-OLD resident
of Dorsette Alley was arraigned
in magistrate's court yesterday
on a theft charge.
It is alleged that on Thurs-
day, May 17, while at Ardastra
Gardens, Chippingham Road,
Anthone Ferguson stole from
Zhizhen Zheng a pink and
white handbag valued at $50
and a silver Sony digital cam-
era valued at $250.
Ferguson pleaded not guilty
and was granted $3,500 bail.
The matter was adjourned to
September 17.

Man faces

charge of

firearm

possession

A MAN was arraigned in
magistrate's court yesterday
charged with possession of a
firearm as well as resisting
arrest.
According to court dockets,
Jeffrey Johnson, 44, of Potter's
Cay, on Monday, May 21, was
found in possession of a hand-
gun with intent to endanger the
life of Sergeant 684 Hanna. It is
further alleged that, on the
same day, Johnson resisted law-
ful arrest by the officer.
Johnson was arraigned before
Magistrate Susan Sylvester at
Court 11, Nassau Street. He was
remanded to Her Majesty's,
Prison and will return to court
on May 31 as prosecutors check
his antecedents.

Baptist
society
stalwarts to
be honoured
STALWARTS of St John
Native Baptist Society of
Churches are to be honoured
at a special banquet this week-
end.
Former Prime Minister Perry
Christie, now opposition leader,
will be guest speaker.
The banquet is to be held
tomorrow at Sandals under the
auspices of Bishop Michael
Symonette, the general super-
intendent, and the Rev Hilda
Symonette.
St John Native Baptist Soci-
ety of Churches has been estab-
lished since 1835. It currently
comprises 65 churches through-
out the Bahamas.
Bishop Symonette has him-
self been pastor of St James
Native Baptist Church for 42
years, during which time he has
also been leader of the society.

Couple are
charged with
defrauding
immigrants
* DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo.
DOMINICAN authorities
have charged a couple with
defrauding would-be US immi-
grants in a scam run out of their
Santo Domingo home, prose-
cutors said Wednesday, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Carlos Mena Perdomo, 58,
and Dulce Disla Frias, 51, are
accused of swindling US$36,000
from an ex-Lebanese soldier on
promises to get him a U.S. visa.
Prosecutors said the man seek-
ing the visa was acting in good
faith and will not be charged.
Police searching the couple's
house found passports from 20
different countries and stamps
from the Guatemalan and
Cuban embassies, said Luisa


Matos, a spokeswoman for the
Santo Domingo prosecutor's
office.
Mena Perdomo was sen-
tenced to three months in
prison awaiting trial. Disla Frias
was ordered to pay a guaran-
tee that she would report regu-
larly to the court and was
barred from traveling abroad.


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PM pledges to




modernise law




enforcement


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham yesterday pledged
to modernise the penal and
correction systems in the
Bahamas and help reduce the
country's recidivism rate.
His remarks came during
the official opening of the 22nd
annual meeting and confer-
ence of the Association of
Caribbean Commissioners of
Police, held at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.
"The fear of crime contin-
ues to dominate too much of
the lives of Caribbean people,"
the prime minister declared.
"If we are to preserve our
way of life and if we are to
continue to thrive as premier
tourism destinations, preferred
jurisdictions for the delivery
of international financial ser-
vices, and as the host for other
economic activity, then law
enforcement agencies must at
all times have the essential
tools to do an effective job,"
Mr Ingraham added.
In the Bahamas the escalat-
ing murder rate, which now
stands at 33 for the year, and is
on track to reach an all-time
high of more than 80 homi-
cides, is a local example of Mr
Ingraham's assertion.
Though pledging to provide
police with resources needed
to fight crime, the prime min-
ister acknowledged the
resource limitations many
regional law enforcement
agencies face.
"All of you are faced with


* JOSEPH Carter, president of the International Association of
Chiefs of Police


* AN officer bears the Bahamian flag at the start of the
ceremony
(Photos: BIS/Patrick Hanna)


* HUBERT Ingraham addresses the delegates


the fact that the Caribbean
region is characterized by far-
flung, small populations and
limited financial resources.
This alone presents a special
challenge for law enforcement:
a fact forcefully brought home
to us in the Bahamas an
archipelago," he said.

Threat

"The threat to our countries
posed by illicit drug traffick-
ers and the associated smug-
gling of guns and other con-
traband, and the increase in
traffic in undocumented immi-
grants, stretches the resources
of law enforcement to their
limits," Mr Ingraham added.
Well-funded criminal groups
required Caribbean law


enforcement agencies "to
recognize the imperative of
collaboration and co-opera-
tion."
The week-long conference,
which began last Tuesday,
brings together police chiefs
from around the Caribbean.
The 20-year-old organisation
has 24 members and Police
Commissioner Paul Farquhar-
son is the current president.,
The organisation has as its
main aims collaboration and
co-operation in the develop-
ment and implementation of
policing strategies, systems and
procedures in the region; the
professional and technical
skills development of police
officers throughout the region:
and proactive measures to pre-
vent crime and improve police
community relations.


BTC spends $353m on installing

GSM technology in Family islands


M BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The
Bahamas Telecommunication
Company has invested $353
million in capital telecommu-
nication development in the
past five years, according to
BTC president Leon Williams.
Mr Williams said that it is vital
that the country remains on the
cutting edge of technology.
"BTC certainly has its chal-
lenges, and we are doing
everything possible within our
means to be able to meet those
challenges," he said on Tues-
day in Freeport.
Mr Williams said deploy-
ment of the new GSM cellu-
lar network in the Bahamas
has been very challenging for
the company in terms of cost,
especially in the Family
Islands. The company has
spent $114 million in the last
two and a half years on GSM
deployment.
He added that the cost of
deployment of a single dial


tone on the GSM network for
the company in the Family
Islands ranges from $960 in
Grand Bahama to $4,200 per
line in Mayaguana.
However, BTC rates remain
the same throughout the coun-
try, at $15 a month.
Mr Williams said that more
than $35 million was spent in
New Providence alone for
GSM, while $14.1 million was
spent in Abaco, $1.1 million in
Bimini and $6.1 million in Exu-
ma.
He said that BTC is man-
dated and committed to its
obligation to provide the same
service offered in New Provi-
denc and Grand Bahama to
the rest of the Family Islands.
"While others can cherry
pick and find profit sectors in
the Bahamas where they
deploy their technology, we
are expected to go across this
country to provide service at
an affordable rate."
Mr Williams said it is cru-
cial that BTC is in a position to
make the Bahamas competi-


tive with other countries in the
region.
"It is important for us to
recognize in a competitive
environment, where today,
particularly in the Caribbean,
tourism and financial services
are commoditised, that the
Bahamas must stay on the cut-
ting edge of technology." he
said.
He said it is also important
that businesses in the Bahamas
are kept up-to-date on new
technology, and encourage
Bahamians to learn about new
services and products at the
Grand Bahama Technology
Trade Show on May 26 to 29
at Our Lucaya Resort in
Freeport.
"Bahamian residents expect
perfection, and they deserve
perfection when they are pay-
ing for services. But, even in
a country like the US where
trillions are budgeted for tech-
nology deployment, major
telecommunication companies
are still experiencing problems
with the network," he said.


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P E 4 FRIDAY MAY 25 2007


EITORIALETE S T HEEITOR


ON MONDAY, May 21, The Tribune pub-
lished an aerial photograph of an oil spill off
Clifton.
Apparently a member of the public had
brought the matter to the attention of the
Port Authority a week earlier, but when it
appeared that nothing had been done to con-
tain it, The Tribune was notified. As our
information came on a weekend we could
get no details about the spill, but we could
and did get a photograph.
No one likes an oil slick in their back-
yard, but such a contaminant becomes even
more threatening when as a tourist resort
the country's livelihood depends on visitors
who are attracted to our islands because of
the clear waters and beautiful beaches. Not
only did the oil slick threaten the reefs in
the area, but it was also in the vicinity of a
dive resort that is an important asset to our
tourist industry.
But the apparent indifference with which
it was treated by government employees was
alarming. There are emergencies that demand
immediate solution. Questions can be asked
later. Here in the Bahamas our government
agencies operate in reverse. It seems that
they must investigate and ask questions first
to determine where to pin the blame, then
they hold a conference to convince the culprit
of his responsibility to take action.
Our photograph showed that a consider-
able amount of oil had spread hundreds of
feet out from the coast along the Clifton pier
area in the location of the BEC power plant.
When The Tribune called a BEC official on
Monday morning he told our reporter that
the first he knew of the spill was when he
opened that morning's Tribune. This means
that, despite the problems that BEC has had
with oil leaks in the past, there is no routine
monitoring of what is escaping from their
plant or tankers.
The official told our reporter that an
immediate investigation had been started to
determine the source of the spill not, mind
you, to contain the oil and clean it up imme-
diately, but rather to discover which of the
several private companies in the area could
be blamed.
In today's Tribune it is reported that BEC
has moved quickly to identify the source of
the spill and is now taking steps to extend the
containment booms in the Clifton Bay area to
stop the spread. Almost a week has been
wasted in determining the source of the spill,
only now is something being done to contain
it.
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"Steps were taken in accordance with our
oil response plan to contain the release and
commence the clean up," the press statement
said, adding: "The Corporation, in keeping
with its plan to better protect the surrounding
environment, has taken steps to extend the
containment booms in Clifton Bay."
If they really had a plan to "better protect
the surrounding environment" they would
have been the first to have been aware of
their problem because obviously BEC is
the culprit and would have had it under
control a week ago.
And then there is the case of a mother
who claims that her three-year-old daughter
is ill because of a generator that Water and
Sewerage has located in her back yard. In
other words her family is daily breathing tox-
ic fumes. Despite her complaints nothing can
be done about it, because two government
departments are too busy finger-pointing.
And the fact that this foreign object plant-
ed in her backyard is threatening the health
of her small child, seems to concern no one.
The mother was shocked when on com-
plaining to an official at the Department of
Environmental Health she was told that if
she is making a complaint against another
government ministry she "couldn't say any-
thing about that."
Apparently, the generator located less
than 15 feet from the family's home was
meant to be temporary. The mother was told
that the generator, which powers a water
pumping facility, would not be necessary if
BEC had completed the electrical infra-
structure in the area. However, according to
Water and Sewerage's general manager, the
developer of the private subdivision did not
deposit the necessary funds to pay BEC for
its work.
The mother said that she took her child's
serious health problems to three ministers
in the PLP government. Each promised
action, but not one did anything.
Meanwhile while two government depart-
ments and a developer squabble over who is
going to pay the bill, a Bahamian mother is
condemned to watch the slow death of her
child. This is really shocking.
This country is in urgent need to an inde-
pendent Ombudsman, with the power to light
a fire under the chairs of some of these indif-
ferent government managers.
If it were the child of anyone of them, this
subdivision would have been electrified and
the noxious fumes from the "temporary" gen-
erator would have been history.


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Indifference of gov't departments


and a series of awards however
suddenly we the PM and his
gang know better and down-
grade this, why? If the police
are in the community they can
provide extraordinary intelli-
gence and recognition of who
lives where and what illegal
activities are going-on? So we
move the Police from Commu-
nity Policing. Those who break
the Law are laughing, Tommy,
and saying thanks?
Yes we are also going to
move the Police from the
schools so we have sold out
to the druggies who have
already taken over our six-sev-
en-eight-nine year olds selling
them grass and other things at
the schools.
17-days in and we ain't got a
clue what are the portfolios of
the Ministers!
I voted red for rational, think-
ing governance not shooting
from the hip irrationally and
without any sense.

CYNTHIA
WILLIAMS
Nassau,
May 19, 2007.


EDITOR, The Tribune.

17-DAYS into the FNM
Government and many of us
who voted Red are already see-
ing Red and are a little anxious
as it seems those who sit in Cab-
inet are talking irrationally and
irresponsibly just 17-days in.
Didn't Mr Ingrahan, say that
a lot of the contracts would
have to be cancelled as the
Treasury could not honour
them? Implying no money?
Surely Tommy 'T' heard that
and also the ridiculous state-
ment that he, Mr Ingraham as
Minister of Finance had to sign-
off on a special $45 million
Bond issue to meet Bills....The
laugh is on him as that was
Gazetted pre-May 2nd. You see
Editor talk is easy facts don't
lie!
Now Tommy went on a pho-
to-op to show he was doing
something rather than sitting in
his office, and finding out pre-
cisely what is going on in this
considerable area of responsi-
bility National Security and
Immigration.
Mr Tommy the way to start is
to prosecute all of us who
employ illegal workers that
will simply break the market
and no more illegals will come
our way.
No we will continue on our
merry way rounding the illegals
up on their pay days and
allegedly taking their monies
and then releasing them.
Well Minister Tommy: what
will the promised pay raises for
the Police Defence Force The
Prison and to come next week
when he visits Immigration cost
the tax-payers?
Mr Ingraham when back in
1996-97 purchased those two 60
metre Patrol Craft stopped the
deepening of Coral Harbour's
harbour as the cost was over
$10,000,000 but suddenly he
says we are going to do that!
Minister of Tourism is fan-
tastic...the new Minister is rush-
ing everywhere with a solution
of everything seemingly with-
out even meeting for a second
with our US-Marketing Con-
sultants. Great the next we will
hear that we have switched the
marketing and Public Relations
Consultants and are going back
to 'hopping and shipping in the
Islands' (Hon Brent's idea of
marketing) but he forgot the
obvious...no airline from the US
'hips and hops' our islands
except for Bahamasair!
The proposed New S-W Port
what a gaffe here...obvious the
contribution cheques blinkered


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artists to show off their brilliance

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THIS open letter is addressed to the new Minister of Culture and his
boss, the Prime Minister and I am writing to you as President of the
Nassau Music Society.
Some years ago there was an effort by the Government to raise
funds to build a Concert Hall or modem Performing Arts Centre in
Nassau to allow Society's like ours to showcase both Bahamian and for-
eign artists at their best, but nothing happened. The Government
then bought the old Shirley Street cinema and it was thought that
this was going to be either rebuilt or upgraded to a world class standard
as a concert hall, but so far no action. This issue has been worrying the
Nassau Music Society for sometime as although we use Government
House Ballroom, St Paul's Church Hall at Lyford Cay and other
venues none of them is ideal.
However last Saturday when I listened to the Bahamas Concert
Orchestra playing a concert at the Rainforest Theatre, Cable Beach
Casino that it really hit home that Nassau has no suitable venue for
them. Jo Ann Connaughton has put together an orchestra of 60 play-
ers of Bahamian musicians both young and old and a sprinkling of expa-
triates quite remarkable who played very well. The Rainforest
Theatre is probably the only stage that could accommodate a group that
size. The seating arrangement is poor, the acoustics are poor and the
noise of the slot machines in the background is disturbing.
Please, Mr Minister, consider the building of an appropriate Hall
either by building a new building, renovating the National Centre for
the Performing Arts or rebuilding the Dundas Centre for the Per-
forming Arts as a very crucial project for your Government during the
next five years. There are a lot of very talented Bahamian musicians and
artists and they do not get a fair chance to show off their brilliance with
the facilities we have today.
PATRICK THOMSON,
President,
Nassau Music Society
Nassau,
May 2007.


It's a Family Affair


A little anxious





17 days into the





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the obvious rational decision
but then we won and that was
what I wanted and 68,542 others
wanted.
Mr Ingraham: protocol
requires a Cabinet decision to
be countered by a Cabinet deci-
sion not a proclamation from
you at a press conference. Have
you cancelled the already
Gazetted Compulsory Purchase
Orders on the land running par-
allel with the BEC transmission
cables?
The Steve McKinney issue
had egg all over the PM's
face...surely PM knew that
under the FNM before 2002 Mr
McKinney was under contract
to ZNS?
Community Policing well I
have to ask; Who is in-charge?
The PM? Tommy 'T'? Ken
Russell? Surely it is obvious that
the RBPF/Police must be part
of this...this programme has
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Dominican
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Three stadiums and possible



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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Santo Domingo
YOU want some New
York in your Caribbean? Try
the jackhammering, traffic-
snarling mess that will some-
day be the Dominican
Republic's first subway,
according to Associated Press.
The streets of Santo
Domingo are being ripped up
because President Leonel
'Fernandez, who was raised
in Manhattan, dreams of
turning this city into a "little
New York." The subway pro-
ject itself is pure New York:
Loud, controversial and over
budget.
Fernandez has promised
the first 9 miles of the
' Caribbean's first subway sys-
tem will be built before his
re-election bid next May.
Critics say he is wasting a for-
tune better spent on address-
ing poverty, hunger and elec-
trical shortages in this nation
of 9.2 million.
For the son of a single
mother who worked two jobs
to support her children on
the Upper West Side, Fer-
nandez aims to fulfill an
Immigrant's dream: To bring
the prosperity of the land his
mother migrated to back to
the country she loved.
Some 600,000 Dominicans
live in and around the Big
Apple the heart of a dias-
pora that sends home billions
of dollars (euros) in remit-
tences each year. *
Fernandez was brought to
New York when he was a
boy, part of the wave of
Dominicans seeking oppor-
tunity during a turbulent time
under dictator Rafael Trujil-
lo, his 1961 assassination and
a subsequent US invasion.


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build three softball stadiums in
Freeport and the government
is also considering building two
additional schools on Grand
Bahama.
Carl Bethel made this
announcement yesterday dur-
ing a whirlwind tour of the
schools in Freeport.
The new Minister of Educa-
tion, Youth, Sports and Culture
said that one of his first priori-
ties was the "prompt and expe-
ditious completion of the New
Junior High School in the Her-
itage Subdivision in Freeport".
In the longer term, he said
that the construction of two
additional schools will be con-
sidered, one of which would be
another junior high school, the
other a smaller scale high school
in the eastern end of Grand
Bahama to avoid the long com-
mute of students from Sweet-


* By ASHLEY THOMPSON
DISGRUNTLED former
Buena Vista Restaurant
employees have yet to receive
compensation after being let go
last year, they claim.
In September, 2006, employ-
ees of the restaurant were asked
to take a month's vacation dur-
ing renovations.
When they returned in Octo-
ber, they say they were told to
take another week off as repairs
to the freezers and generator
had not been completed.
This week, the employees say
they were called and asked to
come in to a meeting with their
employers, where they were
informed that the building was
in the process of being sold and
their services would no longer
be required.
Owner Darrell Rolle, and
general manager Stan Bocas,
assured them that they would
be compensated for their years
employed, according to the


ing's Cay.
The day began with a meet-
ing with the bereaved families
of the three primary school stu-
dents who recently passed away
at the very beginning of Mr


employees.
A group of employees say
they approached the Hotel
Catering and Allied Workers
Union, expecting the union to
represent them while Buena
Vista was being sold to ensure
they received compensation.
The union acknowledged that
negotiations had been taking
place for the sale of the build-
ing, but denied any knowledge
of the building actually being
sold and could not give them
any other information.
The employees say they were
paying union dues up until this
time and are upset that the sale
went through without the union
knowing about it.
The employees asked a,wyer
Obie Ferguson for consultation.
He helped create a propqsial for
compensation for the workers,
which was later submitted to
Mr Rolle. As far as the employ-
ees are aware, Mr Rolle has not
responded to their request.
Mr Ferguson then took the


Bethel's term in office.
Following this, Mr Bethel
gave brief remarks to students
participating,in the Primary
School General Knowledge
Competition, offering advice on


* MINISTER of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Carl
Bethel and a contingent from the Ministry of Education view
plans for the new junior high school in the Heritage Division of
Freeport, Grand Bahama. They are joined by Deputy Speaker
of the House of Assembly, Kwasi Thompson.


issue to the Labour Board. Over
the past seven months, three
separate meetings were set up
between Buena Vista's former
employees, the Labour Board,
Mr Rolle and Mr Bocas to dis-
cuss compensation for employ-
ees for their years of service.
Mr Rolle called the day
before each of the first two
meetings and cancelled. The
third meeting was to be held
yesterday, and again he did not
show up.
The ex-employees are frus-
trated, as some of them have
been employed by Buena Vista
for 35 years and are upset at
not being able to receive com-
pensation they say was
promised.
Now they must wait for
another date, when a fourth
meeting can be set up with the
Labour Board, Mr Rolle and
Mr Bocas, to discuss the situa-
tion.
Mr Rolle was not available
for comment.


Jazz Under The Stars line-up named


The College of the Bahamas
has announced the line-up for
its Jazz Under the Stars Festival.
The College held the Jazz
Under The Stars concert last
year and, due to its success, is
planning another concert pro-
gramme for June 15-16 this
year.
Performers for June 15, Fri-
day JAMZ, include Nikki
Gonzales, who brings her
Brazilian rhythms to the event
and the 30-member New
Washington Orchestra of the
famed Duke of Ellington
School of the Arts.
Saturday's gala concert fea-
tures Bahamian Tino Richard-
son and the Bahamas Jazz Pro-
ject; Tenth World and
renowned percussionist 'Bujo'
Kevin Jones; vocalist Alyson
Williams; saxophonist Philip
Martin and keyboard player
Marcus Johnson. Each of these
artists brings a range of music
for their audiences.


'Bujo' Kevin Jones and Tenth
World captivates audiences
using a mixture of African and
Latin rhythms with R and B and
cool jazz. The music consists of
improvisation and emphasises
percussive beats.
Alyson Williams, a native
New Yorker, brings her R and
B and gospel singing to the
scene. She and Marcus John-
son, a smooth jazz pianist, pro-
duced her latest album, It's
About Time.
Philip Martin is a known
musical prodigy. His use of
smooth jazz along with other
genres of music show listeners
his unique talent.
Marcus Johnson will be a
repeat performer at the concert
after appearing at last year's con-
cert and the first Bahamas Jazz
Festival. His music is a mesh of
jazz, hip-hop and R and B.
This variety of artists and
their different musical styles
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caterer, Alexandra and Com-
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an African-inspired smorgas-
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there will be an assortment of
hors d'oeuvres.
For those with general admis-
sion tickets there will be a cash
food bar. Throughout the night
there also will be a cash bar
available.


how to answer questions and
sharing store about his person-
al experience as a former
debater.
Later, Mr Bethel met with
the staff of the Freeport divi-
sion of the Ministry of Educa-
tion, Youth, Sports and Culture
at the Hilton Outten Conven-
tion Centre.
During his address, Mr
Bethel said: "The purpose of


education is to equip students
with the tools to become pro-
ductive members of society".
He said that in order to do
this effectively, the efforts of
the four portfolios under his
care must work in tandem, and
vowed to harmonise the
approach to Education, Youth,
Sports and Culture to ensure
that there is no duplication of
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PAGE 6. FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007


F LOALNEW


Defence Force


team goes on


training with US


forces in Belize


A 32-MEMBER team from
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force led by 22-year veteran
Senior Lieutenant Freddie
Brown, Contingent Comman-
der, and Platoon Commander
Sub Lieutenant D. Small,
returned from Belize following
an intense 12-day Tradewinds
2007 training programme.
This year it was hosted by the
Belize National Coast Guard,
who also assisted the United
States Coast Guard with admin-
istrating the training events. A
total of 545 marines and sol-
diers from 14 Caribbean coun-
tries, and over 400 US service
members were involved this
year.
They benefited from training
focused on disaster relief,
marksmanship training, crowd
and riot control, martial arts (a


first for the programme), civil
affairs and maritime operations
vital to the transnational inter-
operability and co-operation
between civil, military and
police organizations involved.
Six instructors were provid-
ed by the RBDF, including
Senior Lt F Brown (Civil
Affairs), Petty Officer Geoffrey
Miller (Civil Affairs), Leading
Seaman Perry Colebrooke
(Marksmanship), Leading Sea-
man Steven Farquharson
(Marksmanship), Leading Sea-
man Ricardo Stuart (Martial
Arts), and Leading Seaman
Anthony Rolle (Martial Arts).
Stuart and Rolle both returned
home with a gray and green belt
respectively for martial arts.
Most of the RBDF troops
took part in ground phase
training held at Price Barracks


* ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force team in Belize, along with US Armel Forces. The 32-member
team was part of Tradewinds 2007, hosted by Belize.
(Photo: RBDF)


and Hattieville Gun Range. The
maritime phase took place at
the Princess Hotel and the
Coast Guard Station in
Ladyville, and included train-
ing in areas such as small boat
handling, engineering and the
handling of hazardous material.


The overall goal of
Tradewinds 2007 is to allow the
United States Coast Guard and
partnering Coast Guard nations
to have standardised operating
procedures in areas such as
boarding which will make it
possible for the USCG, which


exercises significant presence in
the Caribbean, and other
Caribbean nations to be able to
work together.
Tradewinds rotates annually
among the regional participat-
ing nations. Last year it was
held in The Bahamas.


Now Ragged Island



draws the youth


* By TRIBUNE STAFF
MORE and more young
Bahamians are considering
Family Island life as an escape
from crime and congestion in
Nassau, it was claimed yester-
day.
The noise and dirt of the cap-
ital are encouraging growing
numbers to rethink their prior-
ities, said Ragged Islander
Myron Lockhart-Bain.
And with the "good life" pos-
sible on some islands on an
income as low as $200 a week,
it's bound to become more
alluring as Nassau becomes
increasingly overcrowded, he
said.
For Mr Lockhart-Bain and
his wife, Charlene, island life is
much to be preferred over the
stresses and strains of urban liv-
ing. And they feel more
Bahamians would be attracted
to it if the government ensured
the basics were in place.
"Whenever I find myself in
Nassau for a few days, I get
stressed," said Mr Lockhart-
Bain, "Nassau is so congested
and people develop wrong atti-
tudes there.
"The problem is that capital-
ism is all about taking advan-


tage of any given situation. On
the island, you have to adapt to
island ways and develop a dif-
ferent outlook."
On Ragged Island, he said,
people have time to think. And,
of course, there are fewer
threats to people's well-being.
"In Nassau, you have to be
self-preserving," said Mr Lock-
hart-Bain, "You have to watch
all the time what's going on
around you. If you don't, you
are in trouble."
The way he tells it, there's
certainly much to be said for
the simple life, especially if you
are the kind of resourceful per-
son who is creative and at ease
in your own company.
On Ragged Island, people
have to be mutually supportive.
But they also get a chance to
live life their way, with none of
the pressures of high-flying
careers and keeping up with the
neighbours.
For instance, Mr Lockhart-
Bain is now tilling a plot of land
next to his home to grow okra.
tomatoes, bananas and other
foodstuffs which will keep his
larder stocked for part of the
year.
And he goes out fishing at least
twice a week, not only to feed his


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family, but also to send fresh fish
to his mother in Nassau.
Apart from the weekly mail-
boat, and the occasional passing
yacht, Ragged Island is pretty
much cut off from the rest of
the Bahamas.
But its tiny population likes
the peace and quiet and cares
little for the materialistic life.
With only five or six utility
vehicles and four trucks on the
island, there is nothing resem-
bling the morning traffic jam on
the Eastern Road. And the
nearest they get to bright lights
in Duncan Town, the island
capital, are flashes from occa-
sional electrical storms.
If there is one ongoing annoy-
ance in Ragged Island, it's
water. Most of its rain falls in
May, and residents try to catch
and conserve as much of it as
they can.
"Otherwise, we're in a state
of droughtt" said Mr Lockhart-
Bain.
But he said island life had
much to commend it once peo-
ple were able to make adjust-
ments and get used to it. He pre-
dicted that more young Bahami-
ans would begin to appreciate
the advantages as city life
became more intolerable.
"There's no doubt this is the
future of the Bahamas," he said.
In a world full of turbulence,
there's much to be said for
enduring peace. Ragged Island
offers peace and quiet in abun-
dance, he added.



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Guyana
declares
flood alert
after rains
GUYANA
Georgetown
GUYANA declared a
flood alert following two days
of heavy rains that inundat-
ed coastal areas and parts ot
the capital, according to Asso-,
ciated Press.
Agriculture Minister
Robert Persaud said the gov-:
ernment is closely monitor-
ing flood control gates and
has purchased more pumps
to help drain floodwaters.
"The ministry is making
every effort to ensure that all.
pumps are operable and
floodgates are opened on
time," Persaud said.
There were no initial,
reports of damages or
injuries. '
Most of this South Ameri-
can nation's coastline lies.
nearly 6 feet below the
Atlantic Ocean and flash
floods are a constant threat
during rainy seasons.


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-3oIn brief

-Judge seeks
more facts
Jon slavery
lawsuit

MIAMI
.. A FEDERAL judge said
.,,,Thursday he needs more
,, ,facts before deciding whether
,US courts have jurisdiction
over a lawsuit from three
J uban men, who say
%',Havana's communist gov-
..--.ernment forced them into
virtual slavery to pay off a
debt to a Curacao shipbuild-
ing company, according to
Associated Press.
Among the key issues is
whether the arrangement was
intended to circumvent the US
economic embargo by allow-
4 -ng Cuba to profit from work
..done in Curacao on Ameri-
~ia,,,n cruise and merchant ves-
_.,,,els, Senior US District Judge
James Lawrence King said.
King postponed ruling on
a motion to dismiss the law-
uit filed by Curacao Dry-
.,jdock Co. to give lawyers for
t"4he three Cuban men time
.,,- collect more evidence.
-0,,, Curacao is a self-govern-
,,,ing Dutch island in th. Less-
er Antilles off Venezuela's
coast.
.. The three Cuban men,
--.-who all now live in Florida
;:- Alberto Justo Rodriguez,
F,jFernando Alonso Hernan-
,,,4)ez and Luis Alberto
Casanova claim they were
... among hundreds of men
I "forced by Cuba to work at
L"'ACuracao Drydock and
threatenedd with prison or
:ivworse if they refused.
They say they worked 112-
hour weeks at hard labor,
"-were watched by armed
'""Cuban guards and were
''rced to watch videotapes
"'8f long speeches by Cuban
SPresident Fidel Castro.
The arrangement was
7-Tuba's way of paying off a
debt for a drydock installa-
.tion the company had built
"wIsome years earlier near
Havana, lawyers said.
The Cuban Interests Sec-
tion, which represents the
Castro government in Wash-
iggton, did not return a tele-
phiore,call seeking comment.


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* By TRIBUNE STAFF
PIRATES of the Caribbean
III opens in theatres today, two
years after Disney filmed por-
tions of sequels II and III on
Grand Bahama.
During their stay the "Cast
and Crew Charity Golf Classic"
raised money towards items for
the Grand Bahama Children's
Home, and the purchase of ten
computers for the youth of
Grand Bahama.
David Croucher led the event
and worked in the costume
department of Pirates alongside
Academy Award winner Pen-
ny Rose.
David was also a repeat crew
member on most of the James
Bond films and became known
for organising special charity
events to raise funds for
whichever community they hap-
pened to be working in through-
out the world.
He usually did this by means
of a golf tournament, since golf
was one of his loves. While he


was not able to work on the last
James Bond film, Casino
Royale, which was filmed in
Nassau at the same time that
Pirates of the Caribbean II/III
was being shot on Grand
Bahama, he still ran the event
he is now famous for. Many
came together on one of the
coldest days of that year to
sponsor, play and enjoy a day of
golf, and an evening of fun.
Unfortunately, David
Croucher died suddenly in Sep-
tember, 2006, less than a year
after leaving Grand Bahama.
He was a kind, warm, bubbly
man and would often hug peo-
ple and say "I love ya" quite
freely, even with persons he had
only met a few times. He had a
way of making people feel at
ease, and shone with his spirit of
giving.
David never got to find out
where the computers ended up.
They were earmarked for a hur-
ricane-ravaged area of Grand
Bahama, but no facility was
ever in good enough repair for


* Pirates of the Caribbean II/IH costumer David Croucher
holding a safety pin, one of the tools of his trade.


the computers until this year.
In January the Mt Zion Bap-
tist Church in Eight Mile Rock
asked for a few computers for
their Christian Education Cen-
tre. Since this centre is open to


the community, as well as a
nearby school, caretakers of the
computers felt this would be a
suitable place for them.
Then on May 14 the rest of
the computers finally found


their home at the only YMCA
in The Bahamas. A few local
crew members and event vol-,
unteers came out for the pre-
sentation, as well as a visiting
crew member from California,
Mr Robert George.
Seven new Dell computers,
along with a few printers, were
given to the YMCA to enhance
afterschool programmes as well
as generate support for the
upkeep of the computers by
way of a Cyber Caf6, which will
be open to the public.
Use of the Internet and the
computers will be charged at a
nominal fee.
Word from David's col-
leagues is that the James Bond
Golf Society in the UK has
commissioned a silver cup to be
competed for annually as part
of a fun-filled "Dave Croucher
Day", the sort of event David
would have enjoyed so much.
As David's friend and close
colleague Kenny Crouch says:
"His laughter and his compas-
sion are sadly missed."


GH...........................ns investigatehospitality industry
GHS interns investigate hospitality industry


EIGHT seniors from Gov-
ernment High School took part
in a five-week work study at
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa
Resort and Offshore Island
learning the inner workings of
the hospitality industry.
Twelfth-grade students Crys-
tal Bell, Ashley Miller, Tehellia
Ferguson, Kevin Lewis,
Appolonia Greene, Lavonia
Cartwright, Elijah Hanna,
Deshawn Sturrup and Rashad
Miller were placed in areas such
as the butler's pantry, the
kitchen, restaurant, laundry,
housekeeping and entertain-
ment departments.
For five consecutive Satur-
days, the students worked
directly with managers, super-
visors and team members in
their respective areas, where
they were able to see the details


that go into satisfying the needs
of guests.
Ashley and Crystal, who
worked in Spices restaurant,
said they were amazed at how
knowledgeable a waitress had
to be, not only about the restau-
rant but also about the resort.
Rashad, who worked in the
entertainment department, said
guests would ask him about the
island. "Social studies paid off
for me," said the student, who
added that he was able to con-
fidently answer questions posed
to him by guests.
Sandals' public relations man-
ager, Stacy Mackey, applauded
the students on a great job.
"As they will be graduating
soon, the work experience
demonstrated to the students
that they must be well-versed
in not only the area or field that


they work in but also areas out-
side the one in which you work.
"While the company trains
team members in skills pertain-
ing to their work responsibili-
ties, we also provide training
that would place them in a posi-
tion of empowerment when
answering questions or giving
information."
Ms Mackey noted that,
before the work study began,
she encouraged the students to
read the newspapers, watch and
listen to the local and interna-
tional news, as well as converse
with peers and persons not
familiar to them.
This, she said, would build
the students' confidence and
help them to shed some of their
shyness. "They must have taken
my suggestion seriously because
they all performed well and got


* FRONT row: Deshawn Sturrup, Tehillah Ferguson, Ashley
Miller, Elijah Hanna, back row: Jeremiah Nixon, Stacy Mackey,
public relations manager, and Crystal Bell.


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THE CONSTRUCTION TWO (2) TRANSFORMER
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THE RIBUE FID~yMAY 5, 007,PAG 9


Time for the PLP to accept defeat


T HE FPLP's plin to chal-
lenIge tih election
results in court, as questions
continue to w\hirl about their
conduct during the election, is
noi only preposterous but
proves that many PLPs are sore
losers.
Indeed, that party's inability
to accept their thrashing at the
-,' polls is indicative of their per-
.'F-ception that they are divinely
ordained to govern the
Bahamas.
SFollowing the election,
instead of conceding to obvious
defeat, former Prime Minister
Perry Christie shuffled around
for 24 hours as rumours that the
"' official results were flawed
gripped the country and almost
Ignited riots.
For the entire day (May 3),
citizens of the Bahamas were
left speculating, assuming and
guessing who actually won the
-election because of baseless
rumours that the FNM had
lost.
Further, Mr Christie and top
' brass of the PLP idly sat around
, while hordes of rowdy PLP sup-
porters swarmed Gambier
House and other PLP premises
to celebrate a victory that they
(Christie and company) knew
they had failed to secure.
Last Sunday, while hosting
an internet chat, Mr Christie
declared that the PLP would
vigorously contest certain con-


stituencies in election court. The
leader of (he opposition and his
party secln incapable of accept-
ing the reality: that they were
given the heave-ho by the
Bahamian people.
It appears that they are still
so traumatised that they were
sacked that they would prefer
to continue to beat a dead
horse, instead of gracefully


accepting defeat and analysing
why they became the first one-
term government in Bahamian
history.
As it relates to Senate
appointments, in accordance
with article 39 (4) of the Con-
stitution, the Upper House must
be fairly constituted to reflect
the balance in the House of
Assembly. While the PLP's


YOUNG MAN'S VIEW

ADR I A N G IBSON


argument that political balance
must be established, that is, a


set the election date and con-
trolled when and where the
FNM would be able to hold and
air rallies. The ball was entirely
in their court, so to legally con-
test the election results after an
electoral spanking is a fruitless,
pricey misadventure and stalling
tactic that will only appeal to
diehard PLP hopefuls who must
again brace themselves for the
sequel to their election night-
mare.
According to news reports,
the PLP is set to contest five
seats: Pinewood, Blue Hills,
Golden Isles, Sea Breeze and
Marco City. While each of these
seats was won by fewer than 70
votes, which, according to PLP
strategist Valentine Grimes is
"too close for comfort", we
must bear in mind that the
FNM could launch a similar


9-7 divide in the Senate (in
favour of the FNM), the Oppo-
sition leader can only single-
handedly appoint four senators
and the other three can only be
appointed after consultation
with the prime minister.
Essentially, the three unfilled
senatorial posts can be filled by
independent senators, who are
not necessarily associated with
the PLP or FNM. However, this
is not likely to happen.

I admit that one or two
seats lost by the PLP.(eg
Blue Hills) could be challenged.
However, the spectacle arising
from the PLP's proposal to dis-
pute the election results in elec-
tion court is astounding.
Before the election, the PLP
was the governing party and,
in truth, they commanded the
government's election machin-
ery, seemingly gerrymandered
to fix the boundaries in their
favour.
They divided constituencies,


challenge for the MICAL and
Fox Hill seats.
Mr Grimes, who himself was
at the centre of Election Day
controversy, claimed: "The Pro-
gressive Liberal Party is of the
view that there were persons
who were not allowed to vote in
areas that they should not have.
So, based on the information
we have, we believe that there is
a reasonably high chance of suc-
cess."


C considering that the
PLP was the govern-
ment at the time, Mr Grimes'
remarks are nothing short of
farcical.
Before the election, the PLP
was accused of wrongdoing and
of using bully tactics to intimi-
date people. Further, allegations
that the PLP used fake ballots
and added illegitimate ballots
to the count of some con-
stituencies continue to raise
questions about the number of
seats that they did win.
Considering the blatant elec-
toral infractions, the new PM
should immediately mount
investigations and set about
prosecuting all offenders!
It is bizarre that the PLP
would now flip the script and
contend that voting irregulari-
ties occurred in certain con-
stituencies-when they were the
government of the day! By fil-
ing motions in the courts, Mr
Christie is giving PLP support-
ers false hope.
And, while the PLP is rushing
to election court, why won't
they explain why 41,000 "sam-


pie" ballots were ordered a
week before the election for
what they say were training pur-
poses'?

The PLP may merely be
wasting time and mon-
ey on an expensive legal team
that they seem to have assem-
bled on a wing and a prayer and
with the hope of forcing Mr


It appears that the PLP are still so
traumatised that they were sacked
that they would prefer to continue
to beat a dead horse, instead of
gracefully accepting defeat and
analysing why they became the
first one-term government in
Bahamian history.


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tion.
After some time, Mr Ingra-
ham should call their bluff and
hold a snap election that could
potentially reduce their parlia-
mentary numbers, silence the
naysayers and truly send those
persons that are seeking to-sub-
vert the nation's healing process
after a gruelling campaign to
bleat in the political abyss.
It is unlikely that the PLP's
challenge of the election results
will lead to the FNM's victory
being over-turned.
THE FNM SHOULD:
SIGN THE UN'S
ANTI-CORRUPTION
CONVENTION

he five-year tenute of
the former government
was riddled by scandal, fights
and serious allegations of-vic-
timisation and corruption.'-
At a mass rally on November
21, 2006, Prime Minister Hilbert
Ingraham told a crowd thi.t he
found it "very revealing" that
the Bahamas had not signed or
ratified the United Nations
Convention Against Corrup-
tion, which was entered into
force in December, 2005.
Mr Ingraham promised to
deepen democracy and further
bolster the Bahamas' demdcra-
tic institutions. Corruption
undermines democracy and
retards economic development!
Now that the FNM is in pow-
er, it is hoped that they will
move with haste in signing and
ratifying this important con-
vention and, in turn, make ro-
visions of the convention law in
the Bahamas.
If the new government signs
on to this convention, it will
compel ministers and other
public servants to be niore
accountable and, in the case of
elections, ensure that future
elections are free from corrjup-
tion.
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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007, PAGE 11


Mother claims generator left in





backyard has made daughter sick


* BEy ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
4 MOTHER has claimed that
her.thrce-year-old daughter has
become sick as a result of gov-
crnment agencies' complacency
abopit a generator put "in her
backyard" by Water and Sewer-
ages.
Fontella Rolle was shocked
when she tried to speak with an
official at the Department of
Environmental Health, but was
tolc'that if she was making a
complaint against another gov-
erntnent ministry she "couldn't
say anything about that".
However, The Tribite's inves-
tigations have revealed that the
mother's difficulties could be due
to the law relating to private
developers not being enforced.
Ms Rolle's daughter was
recently diagnosed with asthma,
and suffers from headaches and a
constant cough. according to her
mother.
From birth, despite her moth-
er's pleas and best efforts, the


child has been exposed for years
to fumes from what was sup-
posed to be a temporary genera-
tor located less than 15 feet from
her home.
And Ms Rolle claims she has
been informed by a Water and
Sewerage official that the gener-
ator, which powers a water-
pumping facility, would be
unnecessary if the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation had complet-
ed electrical infrastructure in the
area.

Problem
Godfrey Sherman, general
manager at Water and Sewage,
claims the problem runs deeper.
Mr Sherman said that, in this
area, the developer did not leave
the necessary funds in place, as
stipulated by law, in case of
unfulfilled obligations -- as
turned out to be the case in this
instance.
"BEC has a proposal to elec-
trify it, but we're trying to figure
out who will pay for it." said Mr.


BEC contains oil leak

FROM page one
line around Clifton.
To date no update on the source of the oil leak has been issued
by any government agency or private company.
D'wayne Curtis, chief public analyst with the environmental
monitoring and risk assessment division and member of the oil spill
committee, said he is concerned that the spill was not brought to the
attention of his division which is mandated to investigate any sig-
nifi ant oil spill until the aerial photographs of the large oil slick
in frnt of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation compound were
published by The Tribune.
generally, whenever there is a spill of any significance, the infor-
mation would be referred to that committee and an investigation
carried out and a report would be generated.
Mr Curtis said that the Port Department should be the first
department to be notified, and added that, according to news
reports, "this appears to have been done."
BtC deputy general manager Anthony Forbes said Monday
that-the corporation had started an investigation into the source of
the pill, which was first brought to the attention of The Tribune last
week. This followed a statement noting that the corporation was not
necessarily responsible.
However, yesterday BEC promised to increase its effort to avoid
releases and, if they should occur, to immediately take the neces-
saryaction to mitigate them.


. She rman, in light of the devel-
oper allegedly defaulting on his
legal obligations.
He said the corporation, hav-
ing taken residents of the area
on as customers, may have to
"pick up the slack."
Mr Sherman noted that under
the Private Roads and Sub-divi-
sions Act. "developers are oblig-
ed to do certain things but
whether they actually do them is
another story."
He added that the generator
was necessary as the only alter-
native was to deal with the pump-
ing system by tanker trucking -
or. as he called it. "the old days of
dumping your slop bucket out-
side."
Slowever, questions are raised
as to whether the Ministry of
Works in fact demanded such
nionyev prior to allowing devel-
opment to get underway.
Meanwhile, Fontella Rolle's
daughter has been to the doctor
six limes this year, and having
tested negative for allergies, her
doctor indicated some other fac-
tor may have been instrumental
in inducing the illness.
Ms Rolle blames the genera-
tor. which was put in place short-
Iv a after she moved into her Lake
('unningham home.
She is forced to keep her win-
dows and doors closed in an
attempt to block out the heavy
diesel fumes. but even with these
measures taken, she finds the
emissions enter her home
through her air-conditioning
units.
Now the mother is in despair at
various government entities' per-
ceived disregard towards her
family's plight -- and the fact
that a lawyer recently advised her
she would need to drum up
$20.()00 to take legal action over
the matter.
"Nobodv seems to care," she
said. Various former ministers,
including Shane Gibson. Neville
Wisdom and Bradley Roberts,
allegedly promised action, but
none was forthcoming.
Consequently, Ms Rolle's des-
peration has reached such a peak
that she has even switched off
the' enerator on a number of


occasions, causing problems with
the sewerage system, in the hope
that this will inspire the commu-
nity to come together to address
the need for proper infrastruc-
ture.
For this, Ms Rolle has alleged-
ly been threatened by an official
at Water and Sewerage that she
could face arrest. However, the
mother says that such action does
not concern her, if only it would
cause the problem to be
addressed.
"My daughter is getting sick,"
she said, pointing out that med-
ical bills are mounting. "I feel
helpless that my child is
dying...that's what's happen-
ing...it's poisoning her system,"
she said.
The mother said she feels she
has nowhere to go. "I wanted to
move, to rent the place, but no-
one wanted to rent it because of
the generator. I thought about
selling it but I can't sell it to any-
one with that there. First it has
devalued our property, second
we'll just be killing that family -
doing to them what it's doing to
us."

Commitment
In the meantime, Mr Sherman
said that between Water and
Sewerage and BEC a commit-
ment has been made to install
the necessary infrastructure.
"We're trying to get a co-ordi-
nation between a number of util-
ities and ministries to get some
things done but at the same time
some of these developers who
made obligations have not done
what they're supposed to have
done."
Yesterday, Charles Christie -
the individual named both by Ms
Rolle and Mr Sherman as the
site's developer claimed only
to have been involved with the
real estate side of the deal, with
no responsibilities for any infra-
structural development.
He gave the name of another
company that he claimed were
behind developing the area, but
no listing was found under its
name in the phone book.


Director of Environmental
Health Services Mellany McKen-
zie said she was "certain" that
no-one from her department
would have brushed Ms Rolle off
in such a way as was claimed.
She said she believed she was
familiar with Ms Rolle's situa-
tion and was checking to find out
if her department carried out an
investigation into the matter.
Director of Public Works,


Melanie Roach, and permanent
secretary in the Ministry of
Works did not return phone calls.
BEC general manager Kevin
Basden was unavailable, and
deputy general manager Antho-
ny Forbes declined to speakon
the matter.
Attempts to contact Minister
of State for Public Utilities in the
Ministry of Works, Phenton Ney-
mour, were unsuccessful.


FROM page one 65-year-old

However, a struggle broke out as the pouch was handed over
and, in the process, the pensioner got possession of the weapon.
His attacker fled the scene with the pouch. Asst Supt Evans
could not say how much, if any cash it contained.
The man later turned in the weapon to a local police sta-
tion, and it was found to be a .22 handgun.
No one was injured during the struggle. Police investigations
are continuing.

Man in court over stabbing death


FROM page one
The incident reportedly
took place between 11.30pm
on Saturday, May 19, and lam
on Sunday, May 20.
Ferguson was told by the
chief magistrate that he was
not required to plead to the

FROM page one


murder charge and that a pre-
liminary inquiry would be held
into the matter.
The case was adjourned to
Monday, June 18, and trans-
ferred to Court 11 Nassau
Street.
The accused was remanded
to Her Majesty's Prison.


FNM vice chairman


FNM but also the press and other media that kind of activity
wherever we hear it or see it," he said.
The editorial also addressed the question of whether there were
civil servants who may have due to their party affiliation been
"trying to make his or her minister look bad."
It read: "Civil servants should understand that they are there to
implement the policies of the government in power," noting that
"too often" it has been claimed that partisan affiliations have
affected the functioning of a government employee.
To this, Mr Ferguson responded that the government has "no
facts, no established information, that there are persons who are try-
ing to sabotage the programme of the government," but added that
where this type of behaviour is in evidence, "the government will
deal with it through the normal procedure of the general orders",
speedily and effectively.
Under the previous PLP administration, several former ministers
complained that they felt that some senior civil servants were
working against them.


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MEMBERS of the 205th
anniversary committee of
St Matthew's Anglican
Church did a site inspec-
tion of the Eastern Parade
as they gear up to host the
Great Fair to be held on
Saturday, June 23.
Kim Outten-Stubbs,
chairperson for the 205th
anniversary of Christian
witness in the Bahamas,
made the appeal to
the wider Bahamas to join
in the celebration as
St Matthew's moves into
celebration mode for


the anniversary.
The Great Fair promises
to be a spectacular event
as it will offer food dishes
and treats from around The
Bahamas, marching bands,
community choirs, plus
a pet and antique car
show.
Junkanoo groups will
descend on to Eastern
Parade and compete for a
grand prize presenting
their best banners depict-
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take part in the 2007 Scripps
National Spelling Bee begin-
ning on Wednesday, May 30, in
Washington DC.
The bee will feature top
spellers from across the US, as
well as competitors from
Europe, Guam, Jamaica, Puer-
to Rico, the US Virgin Islands,
The Bahamas, American
Samoa, Canada and New
Zealand.
The 286 champion spellers,
ranging in age from 10 to 15,
will be competing for the
Scripps National Spelling Bee
Championship, to be deter-
mined during the semi-final
and championship rounds of
the competition on Thursday,
May 31.
The national competition will
be held in the Independence
Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt
Washington.
The purpose of the National
Spelling Bee is to help students
improve spelling, increase
-vocabularies, learn concepts
and develop correct English
usage that will help them all of
their lives.
The programme is open to
students who have not reached
their 16th birthday on or before
the date of the national finals
and who have not advanced
beyond the eighth grade by
February 1, 2007. The spellers
have qualified to compete in
the national competition by
winning locally sponsored
spelling bees in their home
communities.
The Scripps National
Spelling Bee is the nation's
largest and longest-running
educational promotion. The
competition is administered on
a not-for- profit basis by The E.
W. Scripps Company in Cincin-
nati and 280 local sponsors.
The majority of these local
sponsors are daily and weekly
newspapers.
The spelling bee is primarily
an oral competition conducted
in rounds until only one speller
remains. Preliminary and quar- *
terfinal rounds including a 25-
word multiple-choice test will
be held on Wednesday, May 30.
The semi-final and champi-
onship rounds will be held on
Thursday, May 31.
The National Spelling Bee
word panel has compiled a list
consisting of more than 1,000 "
words that will be used in the
national competition.
Cash prizes for competitors
range from $50 to $20,000 for
the national champion. All
spellers receive a commemora-
tive watch; the Samuel Louis
Sugarman Award, which con-
sists of a $100 EE US Savings
bond; Webster's Third New
International Dictionary,
Unabridged, on CD-ROM
from Merriam-Webster; a $20
gift certificate from Franklin
Electronic Publishers; and an
iQuest handheld from
LeapFrog.
The national champion also
receives an engraved loving -
cup, a $5,000 cash award from'
Franklin Electronic Publishers,
a $5,000 cash award from
LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., a
$5,000 scholarship from Sigma
Phi Epsilon Educational Foun-.
dation; a $2,500 US Savings
Bond, a reference library, a
$5,000 cash award and 50 refer-
ence works to the school or
library of the champion's
choice from Merriam-Webster;
and reference materials valued
at more than $3,800 from Ency-
clopedia Britannica.
Live coverage of the cham-
pionship rounds will be provid-
ed by the ABC Television Net-
work from 8pm to 10pm EDT,,
on Thursday, May 31. Good
Morning America anchor,
Robin Roberts, will host the
ABC broadcast.
Semi-final rounds of the bee
will air live earlier in the day on
ESPN from 10am to 1pm EDT.
SportsCenter anchor, Chris
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Potential Esso sale to French oil




giant is 'rumour going around'


* By CARA BRENNEN- BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
top official for Esso
Standard oil in the
Bahamas said yester-
day that he had no
,.knowledge of a
potential sale involving local service
stations to a French oil conglomer-
ate.
Keith Glinton, country manager for
Esso Standard Oil in the Bahamas,
told The Tribune that, while he was


aware of stories surIfacing on the
Internet that 'Total SA, the fourth
largest oil company in the world, sub-
mitted a bid to acqui re Esso's
Caribbean operations, he had not
been informed of such a deal and was
unaware of any sale.
"I know that there is that rumour
going around, and I can't speak to
where that would have originated
from, but what I can sav is that no-one
from Total SA or Esso has
approached me and informed nme of
that, so I am unaware of such a sale or


deal."
According to Trinidad and
Tobago's Newsday online edition, the
French integrated energy giant Total
SA, the fourth largest oil company in
the world, is bidding to buy Esso's
Caribbean operations in a $400 mil-
lion deal which would see the com-
pany buying some 200 service stations
throughout the Caribbean and the
Bahamas.
The article quoted "a leading
Jamaican pump retailer," who said:
"As far as I understand, Total will be


picking up some 200 gas stations in
Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Haiti, the East-
ern Caribbean and the Bahamas for
US$400M.
"A player like Simpson Oil may
partner with one of the larger opera-
tors and throw in a bid, but there is no
doubt that Total is seeing something
in the Caribbean that other opera-
tors are not."
Total's business includes the entire
oil and gas chain from crude oil and
natural gas exploration and produc-
tion to power generation, transporta-


tion, refining, petroleum refining,
petroleum product, marketing and
international crude oil and product
trading. The company is also a large-
scale chemicals manufacturer.
The Tribune attempted to reach
Total SA officials in France and the
United States, but did not receive an
answer up to press time.
This comes on the heels of whis-
perings that, following the FOCAL
deal in 2005/2006, other oil compa-
nies might consider splitting their
wholesale and retail divisions.


Employment generated by travel, tourism projected

to grow at 3.8 per cent a year over the next 10 years


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
EMPLOYMENT generated by the
Bahamian travel and tourism industry will
grow at an annualized rate of 3.8 per cent
over the next decade to 2017, the 18th
fastest rate in the world, with the industry
responsible for creating 80 per cent or one
in every 1.3 jobs in the Bahamas by that


time.
The statistical projections. produced by
the World Travel and ToLurismi Council
(WTTI'C), show how important it is for the
Bahamas to maintain its tourism sector
competitiveness given that this nation will
become ever-increasingly reliant on it.
The WTTC projected that travel and
tourism, directly and indirectly, will gen-
erate 100,000 jobs or 67.9 per cent of total


employment in the Bahamian economy
in 2007, or one in 1.5 jobs. This made the
Bahamas the sixth most-reliant nation in
the world on tourism to produce the bulk
of its employment, just behind Antigua
and Barbuda, Aruba and Anguilla.
The total number of jobs produced by

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its Western Union money transfer business from six to 21 loca-
tions in the Bahamas, announcing that 12 extra sites would be '-
rolled out through Bahamas Supermarkets' City Markets
stores through a sub-agency agreement. Shown (L-R) from
Bahamas Supermarkets are Peter Gourdie, human resources
director and Raymond Rolle, IT specialist, with Alfred Stew-
art, Fidelity executive director, and Peter Smith, Fidelity
vice-president, money transfer services.
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Internal or external

auditor should 'test

the suitability' of a

licencee's Business

Continuity Plan


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Small Bahamian banks and
trust companies expressed
concerns about who would be
responsible for testing their
Business Continuity Plans
(BCPs) due to the fact that
many lacked specifically-des-
ignated internal auditors,
requiring the industry regula-
tor to adjust its policy.
Karen Rolle, an executive
with the Central Bank of the
Bahamas' bank supervision
department, told a Bahamas
Institute of Chartered
Accountants (BICA) seminar
that the banking industry reg-
ulator adjusted its BCP guide-
lines so that external, as well
as internal, auditors were able
to test these plans.


"The Central Bank is rec-
ommending that an industry
partner, such as an internal or
external auditor, test the suit-
ability of a licencee's Business
Continuity Plan," Ms Rolle
said.......
"Many of our smaller
licencees, there main concern
had to do with who would be
actually responsible for test-
ing. Many of our smaller
licencees don't have a dedi-
cated internal audit function,
so we made it possible that
the testing function be given
to the external auditor for
testing of the Business Con-
tinuity Plan."
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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that LICIA LINA VALE MAZZONI
OF DEBDEN DRIVE, P.O. BOX F-40091, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, Is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH
day of May, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


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0 By MARK A PALMER
E Commerce is like a
foreign language
when you first
encounter it. There
is so much that you need to get
right. And there are so many
things that people keep getting
wrong. Make sure you avoid
the seven common mistakes:
1. The first major mistake
concerns Planning It is amaz-
ing how little time goes into
the planning stage. Try to
avoid the following common
mistakes:
Avoid Poor Business
Focus You need to be clear
how eCommerce will add val-
ue to your business. Is it going
to be an adjunct to your exist-
ing bricks and mortar busi-
ness? Will it fit in with your
existing business objectives?
Make sure that the bricks and
mortar and virtual world don't
conflict.
Avoid Unrealistic Targets
- Whether you want to
increase sales, open your busi-
ness to new markets, or cut
cQsts, make sure that your tar-
gets are achievable, or they will
demoralise you. Make them
just hard enough to challenge
you.
Avoid Poor Site Specifi-
cation Make sure you under-
stand what you are trying to
achieve. If you want your web-
site to bring in additional sales,
make sure that it integrates
with your back office functions,
that it will be reliable and that
you will be able to scale it as
your business grows.
Avoid Poor Cost Analysis
- Just like bricks and mortar
businesses, be realistic about
the costs of running your web-
site. Factor in content and
technology maintenance, host-
ing, updating, support, and
training of your staff.
2. The second major mistake
concerns Usability You
would be amazed how many
websites out there are difficult
for visitors to use. Make sure
you get feedback from people
outside the website develop-
ment community, such as
potential users, existing clients,
friends and family.
Avoid creating an Over
Developed Site Don't use a


reneur will make


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,.: Sense


sledgehammer to crack a nut.
Be sensible and get your
designer to create a site that
will be easy for your visitors
to use. Use the 3 Click Rule
that visitors can get where they
want from the home page
within three clicks.
Avoid Slow Download
Speeds You don't need large
bandwidth sucking images or
flash effects. Keep it sensible
so that the user has a good
experience.
Avoid Poor Browser Sup-
port Make sure your site sup-
ports the main browsers, Inter-
net Explorer, Firefox,
Netscape and don't forget
Safari for Mac. You would be
surprised how many sites don't
support all the major browsers.
3. The third major mistake
concerns Content The quali-
ty of your content will be
important to ensure your visi-
tors purchase on your site.
Good content will make your
site "sticky" and keep visitors
coming.
Avoid Out of Date Con-
tent Keep content up to date.
Just as visitors will expect shop
windows to change, visitors will
also expect your site to change,
otherwise they will not keep
coming back. Uninteresting
content, or sites with little con-
tent, tendto turn off visitors.
Avoid too much clutter -
Make sure- that your fonts are
large enough to read, and that
your text is not too bunched
up. Make break it up with
headings and bullet points.
Avoid Inaccurate Content
- Make sure your prices, prod-
uct descriptions, and contact
details are accurate, as this will
put off visitors from using your
site.
Avoid Broken Links -
Make sure that all your tabs
and links lead to the pages they
are supposed to. Nothing frus-
trates visitors more than bro-
ken links. Repair these as bro-
ken links will reflect badly on
you.


4. The fourth major mistake
concerns Shopping Cart Issues
- Research indicates that up
to 3/4 of shopping carts are
abandoned by visitors due to
the following issues.
Avoid a Long Check Out
Process Don't try to capture
too much customer informa-
tion at the checkout stage.
Keep the information you
want to capture at a minimum.
Avoid Incomplete Infor-
mation make sure you pro-
vide stock availability and
delivery costs at the beginning
of the checkout process and
not at the end, as nobody likes
nasty surprises.
Avoid Lack of Flexibility -
Make it easy for your customer
to change quantities, amend
orders, delete and add prod-
ucts and go back to shopping.
Avoid Confusion Make
sure visitors know what you
want them to do next. Have
"Next Step" buttons and
advise your visitors at which
stage of the checkout process
they are at.
5. The fifth major mistake
concerns Customer Service -
You would be surprised how
poor customer service is on the
web. Once a site has your mon-
ey, many do not respond in a
timely manner and many do
not at all.
Avoid Lack of Contact -
Ensure you have an address,
telephone numbers, and peo-
ple for visitors to talk to.
Avoid Lack of Feeback -
Try to respond promptly (with-
in 24 hours) to e-mail
enquiries. When people order,
make sure you confirm orders
immediately by e-mail and if
possible give them a tracking
system to follow the progress
of their orders. Offer money
back guarantees to remove risk
of purchase.
Avoid Late Delivery -
Make sure your delivery times
are realistic and this will
remove a lot of irate customer
service calls.
6. The sixth major mistake
concerns security Issues Fail-
ure to address security could
lead to a lack of confidence in
your site if it goes down and
becomes unavailable to your
customers.
Avoid Poor Security.
Make sure you use software
products to stop hackers get-
ting into your system such as
firewalls, anti-virus software
and password protection.


Avoid Lack of Contin-
gency Planning. Make sure you
back up your data off site in
case things go wrong, so that
you have business continuity.
7. The final major mistake
concerns Marketing No mat-
ter how good your site, or your
product, if visitors don't visit,
then you have failed in your
primary aim to sell your prod-
uct.
Avoid Poor Marketing
Planning Make sure you pre-
pare a marketing plan that
utilises the correct marketing
techniques for your circum-
stances. What is appropriate
for someone selling a $99
health product may not be rel-
evant to somebody selling a
$15 snoring aid. Be realistic
with your budgets and allow
sufficient funds to generate the
sales you need.
Avoid Inappropriate Mar-
keting Techniques Don't
spam your customers as this
will get you in trouble with
your ISP or hosting service and
could cause your site to be tak-
en down.
And finally, make sure you
measure your marketing
efforts. There are many useful
tools on the Internet that will
help you track your visitors,
your advertising returns and
analyse where your visitors are
coming from, how long they
spend on the site and what
pages they visit. Google Ana-
lytics is a free service and you
should spend time on their
website getting to know how
it works.
eCommerce is a tricky area -
to get right. Don't be an
'antiprenetiir' and ignore these
seven pitfalls, which often trap
the unwary. There is much you
will need to get right to suc-
ceed. So, in order to avoid the
trap of 'antipreneurship', make
sure that you spend sufficient
time on this area, as it will pay
large dividends for your future
business success.
NB: This column is avail-
able as an eBook at
www.antipreneurship. com
Mark draws on 20 years of
top level business, marketing
and communications experi-
ence in London and The
Bahamas. He is Chief Oper-
ating Officer of www.ezpze-
mail.com, currently lives in
Nassau, and can be contacted
at markalexpalmer@mac.com
Mark Palmer. All rights
reserved


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Employment generated

by tourism projected


to grow at 3.8 per


cent a year over

the next 10 years

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$6.763 million by 2017.

tourism, directly and indirectly, Capital
was projected to rise to 144,000
by 2017, while over the same Projected capital investment
time 10-year period the num- in the Bahamian tourism
ber of direct jobs produced by industry during 2007, as a per-
tourism is slated to rise from centage of total investment in
28,000 (25.9 per cent of total the Bahamian economy, was
employment) to 55,000 jobs or 39.8 per cent, enough to tank
30.8 per cent of total employ- this nation 10th in the world
ment. under the WTTC. The total
figure-was $791.4 million, and
Visitors by 2017 was forecast to reach
$1.44 billion some 43.9 per
Spending by visitors to the cent of total capital investment
Bahamas in 2007 was projected in the Bahamian economy.
to account for 69 per cent of And when it came to gov-
total exports by this nation's ernment spending on the trav-
economy in 2007, making the el and tourism industry, as a
country the fourth most reliant percentage of total govern-
on the world on tourism to ment expenditure, the
generate exports. Bahamas again was ranked
And when it came to the 17th, the sector attracting 13.9
Bahamian economy's gross per cent of public funds or
domestic product (GDP), in some $133 million.
2007 tourism was projected to By 2017, this is forecast to
account for 53.6 per cent or increase to $228.3 million or
$3.499 billion, figures that 14.4 per cent of total Bahami-
would rise to 62.8 per cent or an government spending.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that GIANCARLO MAZZONI OF
DEBDEN DRIVE, P.O. BOX F-40091, FREEPORT, GRAND
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day
of May, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


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AirProd 77.33 -.54
AkamaiT 42.52 -1.07
Akzo 80.13 -.33
Alcan 84.39 -1.50
AlcatelLuc 13.74 -.16
Alcoa 40.21 -.16
Alcon 136.95 +.89
AIIgEngy 51.90 -1.32
AllegTch 108.92 -3.92
Allergan 123.16 +1.36
AlliData 77.55 +.04
AlliBem 89.02 -133
Allianz 21.65 -.27
Aldirish 60.05 -1.19
Allstate 61.51 -.66
AlItel 68.52 -.33
AlteraCp If 22.45 -.45
Altrias 70.47 -.92
Alumina 24.65 -.98
AmBevC 64.32 -2.07
AmBev 64.97 -1.74
Amazon 69.35 +35
AmbacF 91.31 -2.94
Amdocs 37.08 -.64
Ameren 52.29 -1.26
AMovilL 57.52 -1.50
AMovilA 57.29 -1.97
AmCapStr 46.44 -.70
AEP 47.37 -1.53
AmExp 64.02 +.03
AmIntGp If 71.54 -37
AmStand 57.93 -.68
AmTower 41.37 -.35
Ameriprise 61.05 -.48
AmeriBrg 50.65 -.51
Amgen 54.57 -.17
Amphenol s 34.55 -.72
Anadark s 47.76 -1.08
AnalogDev 35.39 -1.00
AngloAm 28.53 -.88
AnglogldA 42.01 -1.02
Anheusr 51.28 -.07
Aon Corp 42.52 +.05
Apache 77.56 -.84
ApolloG If 48.84 -.38
Apple Inc 110.69 -2.20
ApIdMatl 19.03 -.14
ArcelorMit 57.42 -1.15
ArchDan 35.07' -.87
ArchstnSm 51.13 -.02
Assurant 58.69 -.80
AstraZen 53.38 -.06
AustNZ 119.20 -3.14
Autodesk If 44.74 -.77
AutoData 48.72 +.08
AutoZone 126.01 -.32
AvalonBay 115.74 -2.64
Avaya 13.45 -.35
AveryD 63.21 -.82
Avon 36.94 -.60
BASF 121.30 -.45
BB&T Cp 42.13 -.28
BCE gn 36.26 -.10
BG Grp 77.28 -.60
BHP BilILt 49.60 -2.16
BHPBil plc 46.59 -1.82
BJ Svcs 29.84 -.44
BMC Sft 30.67 -.77
BP PLC 67.25 -.89
BT Grp 64.49 -.14
BakrHu 81.00 -1.62
BcBilVArg 24.96 -.25
BcBrades s 2434 -.88
Bncoltau 42.92 -1.73
BcoSnCH 18.27 -.16
BcSanChile 48.39 -1.00
BkofAm 51.05 -.30
Bklrelnd 89.12 -1.78
BkMont g 64.46 -.44
BkNY 39.84 -.34
BkNova g 49.31 -.52
Barclay 56.48 -.57
Bard 84.06 -.04
BarrickG 29.00 -.76
Baxter 56.96 -.19
BayerAG 70.06 -.33
BearSt 147.55 -4.80
BectDck 77.16 +.12
BedBath 40.45 -.36
Berkley 32.75 -.20
BerkHa A 109100 -400
BerkH B 3623 -17
BestBuy 46.67 -.86
Biogenldc 47.91 -.22
Biomet If 43.62 +.01
BlackD 91.81 -.39
BlackRock 146.28 -1.09
BlockHR 23.04 -.37
Boeing 97.42 +1.85
BostProp 107.62 -2.60




Name Last Chg
StarfldReso 1.36 +.10
LundinMng 12.75 -.24
BkMontreal 70.07 -.13
EasternPlat 2.36 -.12
Goldcorpinc 24.37 -.87
YamanaGldo 13.84 -.49
SaskWheatPI 9.42 -.03
GammonLakeo 14.24 -.86


WidelyHeldStocks
Last Chg Name Last Chg Name


BostonSci 15.77 +.06
BrMySq 30.03 +.03
BritATob 65.85 +.55
BritSky 50.50 -.51
Broadcom 30.20 -1.10
BrkfldAs gs 62.98 -2.01
BrkfldPr s 25.09 -.46
BrkfldPrp 39.12
BungeLt 78.55 -1.17
BurlNSF 90.93 -1.13
CA Inc 25.57 -2.27
CB REIlis 36.37 -1.00
CBOT 187.77 -4.73
CBS B 33.04 -.20
CH Robins 51.00 -1.15
CIGNA 163.04 +.21
CIT Gp 59.56 -.38
CNA Fn 48.96 -.64
CNH Gbl 43.71 -.55
CNOOC 91.57 -2.66
CPFL En 52.97 -1.40
CRH 49.86 +.95
CSX s 44.12 -.13
CVS Care 38.29 +.19
CablvsnNY 35.96 +.19
CadbyS 55.54 +.29
Cameco gs 49.71 -1.61
Cameron 67.86 -2.09
CampSp 39.05 +.07
CIBC g 97.69 -.87
CdnNRy g 52.81 -1.15
CdnNRs g 64.42 -1.56
CP Rwy g 69.98 -1.11
Canon s 58.19 -.10
CapOne 78.56 -1.21
CardnlHIth 71.97 -.33
Carnival 49.57 -.16
CarnUK 50.44 -.49
CarolinaGp 77.04 -1.46
Caterpillar 75.43 -.60
Celgene 63.70 -1.74
Cemexs 34.86 -.47
Cemig s 36.58 -1.00
ChesEng 34.64 -.60
Chevron 79.97 -1.43
ChiMerc 512.25 -7.14
ChinaLfe s 46.61 -1.62
ChinaMble 45.87 -1.03
ChinaNet 51.22 -1.71
ChinaPet 100.30 -2.31
ChinaTel 52.75 -1.38
ChinaUni 14.89 -.25
Chubb 53.93 -.45
ChungTel 19.01 +.01
CinnFin 45.83 -.63
Cisco 25.40 -.57
Citigrp 54.93 -.08
ClearChan 38.30 +.10
ClearCh 29.50 +.47
Clorox 65.98 -.88
Coach 48.61 -.65
CocaCE 22.90 +.07
CCFemsa 39.59 -1.27
CCHellen 45.46 +.46
CocaCI 51.24 -.09
CogTech 74.94 -1.23
ColgPal 66.44 -.39
Comcast s 26.86 -.47
Comc sp s 26.56 -.46
Comerica 62.57 -.86
CmcBNJ 34.17 -.16
CVRD s 42.13 -1.81
CVRD pf s 35.16 -1.38
CompsBc 69.28 -.30
CompSci 55.79 -.26
ConAgra 25.56 -.11
ConocPhil 75.19 -1.52
ConsolE s 47.03 -.30
ConEd 48.36 -1.37
ConstellEn 88.83 -3.32
Coopers 51.63 -.18
Corning 23.98 -.62
Costco 56.30 +.28
CntwdFn 40.00 -.93
CoventryH 59.01 -.40
CredSuiss 74.58 -1.10
CrwnCstle 35.29 -.79
Cummins s 86.10 -1.39
DJIA Diam 134.39 -.81
DR Horton 23.58 -.05
DTE 52.33 -1.19
DaimIrC 88.33 -2.63
Danaher 70.15 -1.08
Danone 31.20 -.26
Darden 44.90 -.03
Dassault 57.86 -1.26
Deere 113.04 -2.60
Delhaize 97.91 -.71
Dell Inc If 25.89 -.37
DeutschBk 154.18 -3.57
DeutTel 17.81 -.14
DevDv 58.64 -1.02
DevonE 76.27 -1.56
Diageo 85.16 -.23
DiaOffs 91.74 -1.50
DirecTV 23.05 -.48
DiscHoldA 22.84 -.36
Disney 35.84 -.64
DollarG 21.57 -.03
DomRes 86.87 -2.32
DonlleyRR 42.21 -.55
Dover 49.28 -.47
DowChm 44.86 -.52
DuPont 51.34 -.77
DukeEgys 19.42 -.52
ETrade 22.63 -.62
E.ON AG 51.79 +.02
eBay 32.71 -.17
EMC Cp 16.30 +.25
ENI 70.16 -1.09
EOG Res 75.82 -1.70
EKodak 25.50 +.09



Name Last Chg
BCE Inc 39.33 +.07
Crystallexo 4.86 -.32
Sherrittlntl 15.30 -.70
WestEnergy 5.26 +.03
Coalcorp5yro .14 ...
Nexen Inc 32.08 -1.02
A MllagroEnergy .14 +.01
ZarlinkSemi 2.10 -.15


Eaton 91.45 +.42
EchoStar 47.21 -1.66
Ecolab 42.96 -.75
Edisonint 57.26 -1.81
EIPasoCp 15.56 -.33
Elan 19.01 -.09
ElectArts 46.62 -1.59
EDS 28.19 +.08
Embarq 63.40 -.59
EmersnEl s 47.02 -.14
EEIChile 43.86 -.23
Enbridge 34.22 -.38
EnCana 60.12 -1.42
Endesa 53.61 -.25
Enel 56.76 -.54
EngyTEq 39.75 -.06
EngyTsfr 59.21 -1.31
Enersis 17.90 -.16
ENSCO 58.04 -1.90
Entergy 110.94 -3.47
EntPrPt 30.50 -1.31
EqtRes 50.29 -133
EqtyRsd 46.37 -.30
EricsnTI 37.96 -.32
EsteeLdr 46.97 -.07
EverestRe 105.83 -.16
Exelon 73.75 -2.94
Expedia 24.70 -.54
ExpdIntl s 42.88 -.79
ExpScripts 99.52 +.96
ExxonMbI 82.28 -.71
FPL Grp 62.83 -1.90
FannieM If 64.75 -.88
Fastenal 42.40 -.24
FedExCp 105.92 -.14
FedrDSs 38.16 -.43
Fiat 27.58 -.70
FidNInfo 50.10 -.12
FifthThird 42.59 -.24
FirstData s 32.62 +.02
FirstEngy 68.47 -2.65
Fiserv 52.37 -.60
Flextrn 11.27 -.07
Fluor 100.59 -1.94
FEMSA 115.04 -3.69
FordM 8.49 -.27
ForestLab 52.44 -.56
FortuneBr 78.82 -.02
FosterWh 95.24 -3.74
FranceTel 30.08 -.16
FrankRes 133.46 -1.63
FredMac 66.38 -1.51
FMCG 72.29 -1.46
FresenM 47.17 -.77
Fujifilm 41.44 -.02
Gannett 58.08 -.31
Gap 18.29 -.08
Garmin s 60.87 +.74
Genentch 77.64 -.02
GenDynam 78.61 -1.20
GenElec 37.38 -.22
GnGrthPrp 55.70 -1.94
GenMills 60.17 +.01
GnMotr 30.47 -.96
GenuPrt 49.60 -.40
Genworth 35.92 -.38
Genzyme 62.16 +.09
Gerdau 20.91 -.93
GileadSci 82.33 -.24
GlaxoSKIn 52.59 -.73
GlobalSFe 66.93 -1.02
GoldFLtd 17.25 -.38
Goldcrp g 22.49 -.83
GoldmanS 225.68 -2.86
Goodrich 58.04 -.49
Goodyear 34.15 -.44
Google 474.33 +.36
Graingr 84.81 -1.33
GrantPrde 54.71 -2.73
GpoSimec 13.25 -.67
GpTelevisa 29.15 -.99
HDFC Bk 80.44 -1.63
HSBC 92.52 -.20
Hallibtn s 35.90 -.79
Hanson 106.46 -.08
HarleyD 62.61 -1.22
Harman 117.95 -.24
HarrahE 85.38 -.13
HarrisCorp 49.21 -.77
HartfdFn 103.42 -2.11
HIthCrPr 31.15 -.24
HealthNet 57.99 +.19
Heinz 46.68 +.30
HellnTel 15.11 -.33
Hershey 51.91 -.11
Hertz n 20.69 -.06
Hess s 59.07 -1.39
HewlettP 45.40 -.23
Hilton 33.54 -.84
Hitachi. 72.17 +.91
HomeDp 38.95 +.17
Honda 34.32 +.31
HonwIllntl 55.99 -.55
HostHotls 23.31 -.44
HuanPwr 41.31 -1.62
HudsCity 13.14 -.08
Humana 63.30 -.02
HutchTel 31.60 -.12
IAC Inter 34.39 -.33
ICICI Bk 46.23 -.29
IMS HIth 31.60 +.35
ING 43.79 -.81
iShJapan 14.34 -.07
iShDJDv 74.19 -1.03
iShSP500 151.34 -1.30
iShEmMkt 123.85 -3.05
iSh EAFE 79.68 -.77
iSR1KV nya 88.06 -.97
iShR2K nya 82.00 -1.00
ITT Corp 65.80 -.10
ITW s 52.46 -.78
ICI 42.89 -.08


ImpOil gs 45.87 -.96
ImpTob 83.65 -.58
IndoTel 43.09 -1.79
Infineon 15.02 +.23
Infosys s 48.56 -.88
IngerRd 48.36 -.10
Intel 21.97 -.70
IntcntlEx 142.16 -6.31
IntCtlHtl rs 26.55 -.16
IBM 103.95 -1.63
IntlGame 40.60 -.80
IntPap 38.49 -.47
IntlPower 90.33 -2.38
Intuit s 30.36 -.46
Invesco 23.85 -.43
Ipsco g 156.77 -.22
JPMorgCh 51.59 -.40
JacobsE s 54.69 -1.60
JohnJn 63.48 +.09
JohnsnCtI 107.60 -3.47
JnprNtwk 23.52 -.19
KLA Thc 53.53 -.18
KPN 16.69 -.17
KT Corp 23.40 -.47
Kellogg 53.35 +.22
Keycorp 35.65 -.29
KeySpan 41.35 -.12
KimbCIk 70.62 -.23
Kimco 42.83 -1.02
KindME 54.08 -1.35
KindMorg 107.20 +.25
Kohls 73.98 +.17
Kookmin 88.20 -1.91
KoreaEIc 21.91 -.21
Kraft 33.44 +.12
Kroger 29.28 -.24
Kubota 38.94 +.39
Kyocera 96.56 +.29
L-3 Corn 92.80 -1.05
LG Philips 20.30 -.19
LSI Corp 8.09 -.16
LabCp 78.59 -.30
LafargeSA 42.88 -.10
LamRsch 52.44 +1.62
LVSands 77.79 -2.31
LeggMason 100.28 -1.61
LehmanBr .73.28 -.86
LeucNatl s 33.86 -.51
Level3 5.67 -.17
LibGlobA 37.76 -.13
LibGlobB 37.27 -.34
LibGlobC 35.60 -.12
LibtyMlntA 23.54 -.50
LibtMCapA 116.19 -1.51
LIllyElI 59.19 -.21
Limited 26.05 -.41
LincNat 72.15 -.95
LinearTch 35.49 -.30
LloydTSB 45.91 -.59
LockhdM 96.21 +1.85
Loews 50.49 -.47
Lowes s 32.06 +.27
Luxottica 33.50 -.84
Lyondell 35.90 -1.35
M&T Bk 110.98 -1.88
MBIA 66.81 -2.14
MEMC 55.88 -1.78
MGMMir 76.76 -1.64
Magnal g 88.07 +.77
Manpwl 90.20 +1.84
Manulif gs 36.57 +.03
Marathon 117.00 -.84
MarlntA s 44.23 -.87
MarshM 32.95 -.08
Marshals 48.49 -.36
MartMM 148.37 -1.51
MarvellT sif 15.50 -.52
Masco 30.40 +.16
MasterCd n 138.98 -1.15
Matsush 20.71 +.06
Mattel 28.81 +.10
Maxim If 30.16 -.77
McDerml s 72.42 -3.03
McDnlds 50.96 -.61
McGrwH 70.01 -.39
McKesson 62.53 -.33
MeadWvco 33.90 +.20
Medlmun 57.30 -.07
MedcoHIlth 77.73 -.13
Medtmic 53.07 +.09
MellonFnc 42.67 -.36
Merck 53.75 -.60
MerrillLyn 92.61 -1.21
MetLife 67.37 -.39
Metso 53.98 -.87
Microchp 39.19 '-.67
MicronT 11.81 +.28
Microsoft 30.17 -.41
Millea s 38.80 -.41
Millicomlnt 82.43 -3.65
Mirant 45.73 -1.40
MitsuUFJ 11.48 -.10
Mitsui 385.40 +.45
MizuhoF n 13.95 -.07
MobileTel 52.90 -1.21
Mohawk 96.82 -1.62
MolsCoorsB 89.87 -.81
Monsanto s 59.82 -.67
MonstrWw 46.30 -.57
Moodys 69.91 -2.20
MorgStan 84.46 -1.29
Mosaic If 31.66 -1.26
Motorola 18.26 -.42
MurphO 58.31 -1.35
NCR Cp 51.94 -.19
NEC 5.04 -.06
Nil HIdg 78.03 -1.15
NIS Grp 4.66 -.10
NRG Egy 83.50 -2.14
NTTDoCo 17.14 -.08
NYMEX n 122.00 -3.68
NYSE Eur 82.99 -2.84


TorontoStockExchange
Name Last Chg Name Last Chg
StingrayReso 1.02 +.02 ThompsonCreekl7.11 -.15
LionoreMng 28.30 -.07 St AndrewRt .01 ...
ErpnMinrlso 1.46 -.02 EldoradoGId 5.90 -.34
TalismanEgy 21.62 -39 ChariotReso .95 -.04
AbitibiCons 2.59 -.11 NorOriono 5.45 -.17
SXRUraniumJ 16.12 -.60 FirstNickelo 1.37 -.10
RioNarceaGId 5.63 +.09 Alcan Inc 92.00 -.50
BreakwaterRes 2.29 -.03 Bk NS 53.51 -.43


1,550 1,54 0 ... .......


mLilSbrg 78.85 -1.75/




Name Last Chg
SthAmerGldo .07 +.01
PetroCanada 54.41 -.59
SunLifeFin 50.15 -.51
ISharesCDN60 80.13 -1.08
HudBayMnrls 22.70 -.37
YellowPgsUn 14.38 -.13
ThomsonCorp 46.11 -.85
CamecoCorp 53.84 -1.68


Name Last Chg
IvanhoeMines 14.10 -.65
BombdrBSV 4.69 +.01
RogersCommB 43.59 -.95
TeckComBSV 41.68 -1.72
EnCanaCorp 65.15 -1.36
TD Bank 70.74 +.21
EqnoxMnrlso 2.87 -.14
Royal Bnk 60.62 +.32


Interestrates

















PRIME FED
RATE FUNDS
YEST 8.25 5.23
PREV 8.25 5.23
WKAGO 8.25 5.23


Commodities







EllW


SNET IYR
TREASURIES YEST PVS CHG WK MO QTR AGO
3-month T-bill 4.77 4.77 ... A V 4.71
6-month T-bill 4.79 4.81 -0.02 A V 4.81
1-year T-note 4.97 4.97 ... A A A 4.97
2-year T-note 4.83 4.83 ... A A A 4.94
5-year T-note 4.78 4.78 ... A. A A 4.94
10-year T-note 4.85 4.86 -0.01 A A A 5.04
30-year T-bond 5.01 5.01 ... A A A 5.13

NET 1YR
BONDS YEST PVS CHG WK MO QTR AGO
Lehman Bros Bond Idx5.04 5.04 .. A A A 5.23
Bond Buyer Muni Idx 4.70 4.70 ... A A A 4.80
Lehman US Inv Grade 5.50 5.47 +0.03 A A A 5.63
Lehman US High Yield 7.41 7.41 ... V V 8.32
Moodys Bond Index 5.57 5.54 +0.03 A A A 5.90
Bank Index 116.79 117.67 -0.88 V V A 108.66
DJ Corp Bond 198.47 198.39 +0.08 V V A 185.67


COMMODITY CLOSE PVS. %CH. %YTD
Unleaded Gas (gal) 2.36 2.31 +2.16 +47.3
Crude Oil (bbl) 64.18 65.77 -2.42 +5.1
Gold (oz) 653.00 661.90 -1.34 +2.8
Platinum (oz) 1290.70 1307.00 -1.25 +13.3
Silver (oz) 12.85 13.04 -1.46 +0.4
Coffee (Ib) 1.13 1.12 +0.89 -10.5
Orange Juice (Ib) 1.56 1.57 -0.64 -22.5
Sugar (Ib) 0.09 0.09 ... -23.4


StocksRecap


Name Last Chg
Schwab 21.05 -.08
SeagateT 20.69 -.46
.......... ... SearsHIdgs 178.94 -.39
SempraEn 62.21 -2.31
ShawC g 40.23 -.87
Sherwin 66.69 -.71
Shinhan 116.25 -3.15
Shire 70.03 -.98
SiderNac 48.75 -1.58
Siemens 129.14 +3.75
SimonProp 101.16 -2.64
Nasdaq composite Smith&N 60.95 -.53
Close: 2,537.92 SmithIntl 53.75 -1.59
Change: -39.13 (-1.5%) Sodexho 73.87 -.99
.................. .... ..... SonyCp 56.52 -1.54
M A M SouthnCo 35.88 -.75
SthnCopp s 84.72 -1.69
SwstAirl 14.47 -.02
10 m Y SwstnEngy 45.19 -1.23
SQTR YTD SovrgnBcp 23.40 -.50
A +7.85% SpectraE n 26.01 -.24
A +12.63% SprintNex 22.05 +.18
A +12.42% SPDR 151.06 -1.38
A +7.37% SP Mid 162.12 -2.78
A +5.08% Staples 24.31 -.65
A +6.29% Starbucks 28.31 -.58
A +10.69% StarwdHtI 66.93 -2.26
A +4.59% StateStr 66.94 -1.04
A +6.48% Statoil 27.67 -.65
StoraEnso 19.07 -.13
Stryker 66.91 -.41
Suez 56.56 -1.04
Name Last Chg SunLfFn g 46.27 -.60
SunMicro 5.15 -.23
Nabors 34.47 -.89 Suncor g 85.38 -2.67
Naspers' 26.49 -.97 Sunoco 76.70 -1.67
NtAust 172.23 -3.89 SunTrst 88.47 -.36
NBkGreece 11.61 -.05 Supvalu 46.83 -.13
NatlCity 35.19 -.30 Swisscom 35.23 -.22
NatGrid 77.13 +.26 Symantec 19.27 -.33
NOilVarco 89.21 -3.54 Syngenta 37.35 -.38
NatSemi 25.63 -.24 Synovus 32.80 -.32
NetwkAp 31.76 -6.30 Sysco 33.17 -.05
NewellRub 30.89 -.01 TD Ameritr 19.02 -.03
NewmtM 39.45 +.07 TDK 89.80 -.49
NewsCpA 22.08 -.35 TJX 27.69 -.46
NewsCpB 23.39 -.51 TNT NV 44.00 -.44
Nexen g s 29.59 -.98 TXU Corp 67.40 -.31
NiSource 23.96 -.69 TaiwSemi 10.42 -.11
Nidec 14.87 +.05 TalismE gs 19.93 -.37
NikeB wi 54.47 -.35 Target 60.16 +1.56
NippnTT 22.97 -.49 TataMotors 17.46 -.14
Nissan 22.25 +.18 Technip 77.30 +.76
NobleCorp 88.85 -1.65 TeckCm gs 38.69 -1.38
NobleEn 61.88 -1.10 TelcNZ 27.61 -.49
NokiaCp 26.26 -.13 Telltalia 29.12 -.46
Nomura 20.13 -.29 TelltaliaA 23.50 -.22
7 M n .. .-.' T0elBrasH 38.03 -1.65
Norsk s 35.12 -.64 TeSPaulo 27.57 -1.09
Nortel Ifrs 25.64 -.46 TelefEsp 67.39 -.77
NorTrst 63.79 -.49 TelMexL 41.50 -.75
NorthropG 75.07 -.20 Telenor 57.99 -1.14
Novartis 56.08 +.23 TelData If 59.15 -.35
NovoNdk 103.20 -1.35 Telkom 92.01 -4.63
Nucor s 63.91 -.85 Telus g 59.24 -.59
Nvidia 33.14 -1.24 Templein 61.22 -.53
OcciPet s 53.93 -.68 Tenaris 46.27 -1.20
OffcDpt 34.75 -.65 Terex s 78.44 -1.56
Omnicom 103.42 -.98 Tesoro 115.94 -1.63
Oracle 18.75 -.41 TevaPhrm 39.92 -.48
Orix 132.75 +3.40 Texlnst 34.61 -.40
PG&E Cp 49.33 -1.08 Textron 106.27 -1.04
PNC 73.39 -.67 ThermoFis 53.84 +.40
POSCO 112.80 -2.58 Thomson 42.36 -1.05
PPG 76.56 -.80 3M Co 87.15 -.79
PPLCorp 43.33 -.98 Tiffany 52.61 +.19
Paccar s 8432 -2.01 T Cable n 3824 -17
ParkHan 96.88 -.27 TimeWarn 21.31 -.25
Paychex 39.89 -.33 Trchmrk 69.21 -.54
PeabdyE 52.94 -1.08 TorDBk g 65.16 +.08
Pearson 17.45 -.29 Total SA 74.95 -1.02
PennWst gn 34.66 -.44 TotalSys 33.27 -1.06
Penney 78.87 +.08 Toyota 120.32 -.06
PepsiBott 34.19 +.01 TrCda g 36.05 -.71
PepsiCo 68.45 -.24 Transocn 94.89 -2.30
STravelers 54.75 -.88
PetChina 126.30 -3.28 Turkcell 15.20 -.19
PetrbrsA 93.51 -2.98 1Trkcell 15.20 -.19
Petrobrs 106.02 -3.20 Tycolnt 32.82 -.36
Pfizer 27.28 -.06 Tyson 21.69 -.31
PhiILD 53.50 -1.39 UBS AG s 63.21 -.81
WILD 53 50 -1.39 UPM Ky 25.51 +.15
PhilipsEl 40.61 -74 UPM Ky 25.51 +15
PioNtrl 49.03 -.82 UST Inc 54.36 -.60
PitnyBw 47.51 -.16 UltraPt g 59.90 -1.54
S 4 UUniao 106.78 -5.13
PlainsAA 59.47 -1.48 UnilevNV s 29.74 -.09
PlumCrk 39.87 -.40 Unilever s 30.67 -.10
Polo RL 93.06 -.58 Unilevers 30.67 -.0
Polo RI 93.06 UnionPac 117.26 -1.64
PortglTel. 13.50 -.17 UnBnCal 61.15 -.14
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Argent (Peso) .3243 -.0001 -.03 .3252 -.0002
Brazil (Real) .5079 -.0047 -.93 .4611 +.0885
Britain (Pound) 1.9858 -.0003 -.02 1.9323 +.1141
Canada (Dollar) .9226 -.0008 -.09 .8815 +.0297
Chile (Peso) .001903 -.000006 -32 .001888 +.000029
Colombia (Peso) .000510 +.000002 +.39 .000434 +.000116
Dominican Rep (Peso) .0312 -.0001 -.32 .0296 +.0004
Euro (Euro) 1.3433 -.0025 -.19 1.3100 +.0660
Japan (Yen) .008238 +.000018 +.22 .008636 -.000636
Mexico (Peso) .092156 -.000565 -.61 .090718 +.003658
Uruguay (New Peso) .0418 -.0001 -.24 .0412 -.0000



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of every US gallon
sold from all its New Provi-
dence Shell-branded gas sta-
tions as part of the deal that
saw it acquire the latter's
Bahamian retail subsidiary
for a total consideration of
$53.96 million.
The details of the $0.02 per
US gallon payments, which
are passed on to Shell every
quarter, were part of the
trademark licence agreement
made when FOCOL Hold-
ings acquired Shell Bahamas
in mid-2006, and revealed in
the company's annual report.
To acquire the Shell trade-
mark and non-exclusive right
to continue using it at the gas
stations it took over as part
of the deal, FOCOL Hold-
ings paid Shell Overseas
Holdings an initial $4.08 mil-
lion fee upfront, in addition
to the per gallon payment.
The initial trademark
licence agreement expires on
January 15, 2010, but both
Shell and FOCOL Holdings


can agree to extend it beyond
this date.
FOCOL Holdings also dis-
closed that part of the agree-
ment to purchase Shell
Bahamas involved it entering
into a fuel supply agreement
with Shell, which will see the
BISX-listed firm purchase
minimum quantities of
350,000 gallons of 91 octane
index motor gasoline; 300,000
gallons of gas oil, 450,000 gal-
lons of light diesel oil and
138,000 gallons of commer-
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years after the deal again
expiring on January 15, 2010.
FOCOL Holdings said the
Shell Bahamas purchase
involved it paying a headline
price of $28.67 million, the
equivalent of the working
capital balance during early
negotiations, plus net non-
monetary assets.
The deal was financed by
$18.96 million in FOCOL's
own cash from operations
and retained earnings, a $10
million Royal Bank of Cana-
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preference share issue.
FOCOL's annual report
confirmed what The Tribune
had heard at the time, name-


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subscribed, concerns having
been expressed that the inter-
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per cent was at least 1 per
cent too low to make it really
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time.
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$20.76 million, the $4.24 mil-
lion balance had to be picked
up' by Colinalmperial Insur-
ance Company with a higher
rate bank loan. This was
because the insurance firm's
financial advisory affiliate,
CFAL, the former Colina
Financial Advisors, acted as
placement agent for the pref-
erence share issue and agreed


to underwrite any difference.
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working to revive Shell's
brand reputation and posi-
tioning in the Bahamian mar-
ket through its Sun Oil sub-
sidiary, as it has long been
recognized that it was run-
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and Esso.
Sir Albert Miller, FOCOL
Holdings chairman, said suc-
cinctly in the annual report:
"Shell's brand has not reflect-
ed its global stature in the
Bahamas since the 1970s.
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the more local decision-mak-
ing ability and faster
response that FOCOL Hold-
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THE TRIBUNE


Tired of living on tips, low-paid




workers turn to the courts


* By DAVID B CARUSO
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) Dan-
ger and exhaustion came with
the job in the decade Chen
Tianyun spent as a restaurant
delivery man in Manhattan.
Traffic threatened to squash
his scooter like a dumpling.
He survived an armed rob-
bery. Most weeks, he toiled 70
hours so he could send money


to his family in China.
And for his effort, he said
he was paid a salary of $550
per month about $1.81 per
hour.
Live on your tips, his bosses
told.him.
Stories like Chen's are a
dime a dozen in New York
City, where immigrants make
up nearly half the work force
and employers who ignore
labour laws have long been


able to count on a complicit
silence from labourers thank-
ful for a job.
But lately, many of those
arrangements have been
threatened by a simmering ser-
vice-industry rebellion.
In recent years, low-paid
workers around the country
have filed a growing number
of lawsuits seeking thousands
of dollars in back wages from
bosses they say failed to pay
the minimum wage or over-
time.
The complaints cover a wide
range of industries and work-
ers, from landscapers and
warehouse labourers, to shop
clerks and construction con-
tractors, but most share a com-
mon trait: They involve immi-
grants who have become bold-
er about going to court to
demand their proper pay,
regardless of their legal status.
Some of the business owners
being sued insist they treated
workers well, and are them-
selves being taken advantage
of by savvy activists and attor-
neys.
Federal lawsuits alleging vio-
lations of the Fair Labour
Standards Act have more than
doubled nationwide in recent
years, rising from 1,854 cases
in 2000 to 4,389 in 2006,
according to the Administra-
tive Office of the United States
Courts.
In New York, many of those
complaints have come from
workers who say that, for
years, they worked mostly for
tips.
Chen and fellow delivery
workers at the Saigon Grill, ad
small chain of Vietnamese
cafes, filed a lawsuit seeking.
back pay in March. More than
a dozen New York restaurants
have seen similar claims in the
past few months.
Grocery baggers at super-
markets in low-income neigh-
bourhoods have filed lawsuits


and complaints with state
labour officials over the past
year, claiming their only pay
were handfuls of coins offered
by customers that sometimes
added up to as little as $250 a
week.
In the South, the Southern
Poverty Law Center has filed
suits on behalf of Mexican and
Guatemalan forestry workers
- in the US legally on guest
worker visas who claim to
have been denied overtime
and effectively paid less than
minimum wage.
On the hurricane-ravaged
Gulf Coast, the SPLC and the
National Immigration Law
Center have brought similar
suits on behalf of foreign-born
workers who took construc-
tion and cleanup jobs, only to
find that they paid far less than
promised or, in some cases,
not at all.
Busboys who cleared tables
at Chinese buffets across New
Jersey have sued claiming their
daily wages consisted entirely
of tips minus kickbacks to
managers of as much as $20
per shift.
One of those workers, Tony
Tsai, 30, of Jersey City, said
the last straw for the staff at his
restaurant in Wayne, N.J.,
came when the boss threat-
ened to fine every worker $30
for not washing plates thor-
oughly.
"We couldn't take it any-
more," he said.
Other lawsuits have come
from workers at nail salons
and small retail stores, who say
they were never paid overtime.
"There will be more cases
in the next few weeks,"
promised Josephine Lee, a
waitress and organiser for a
union-backed campaign called
"Justice Will Be Served" that
has coordinated litigation
around New York.
"What we are saying is that
there have been rampant abus-


es, and they need to stop," she
said.
Attorney Michael S Weis-
berg, who represents the
Saigon Grill, said every work-
er at the company was paid at
least minimum wage, which in
New York is now $4.60 per
hour for tipped foodservice,
workers.
"They make a fortune!"
Weisberg said of the delivery
men, all of whom were fired
after filing their lawsuit, and
now picket the restaurant sev-
eral times a week. He accused
the workers, many of whom
are Chinese nationals in the
US illegally, of lying about
how many hours they worked,
and of unfairly turning on a
boss who offered jobs without'
asking too many questions
about a worker's immigration
status.
"Let them justify one salary
that is short!" Weisberg said.
Managers at some of the
grocery stores being sued over
their treatment of baggers
have said the Workers weren't
employees at all, and were
offering their services to cus-
tomers on their own time.
Still, more scrutiny could be
on the way.
This month, New York's
state labor commissioner, M
Patricia Smith, announced the
creation of a new Bureau of
Immigrant Workers' Rights.
The office will help coordi-
nate enforcement efforts, and
make sure bilingual investiga-
tors are dispatched to inspect
potentially unscrupulous
employers, said its new chief,
Deputy Labour Commissioner
Terri Gerstein.
"This administration is
strongly dedicated to protect-
ing all workers, regardless of
their immigration status, and
we will be taking a strong
approach to enforcement," she
said.
It's not clear that the surge


in litigation means there are
more violations taking place.
The US Labour Department
said the number of wage and
hours complaints it received
last year actually fell for the
second straight year, to 26,256
compared to 31,786 in 2004.
Some of the biggest states
also reported a decline in wage
violation investigations. Cali-
fornia opened 38,873 such cas-
es last year, compared to
50,127 in 2002. Texas looked
into 15,301 labour violation
claims last year, down from
20,138 in 2001.
So why the increase in law-
suits?
Labour attorneys said there
has been a proliferation over
the past six or seven years in
the number of lawyers who
specialize in wage and over-
time disputes, meaning more
cases can be handled without
government intervention.
"A few years ago there were
very few people were toiling
in this field," said David Bor-
gen, a labour attorney in Oak-
land, Calif.
A second could be a grow-
ing realisation, in some immi-
grant-rich cities, that workers
can go to court over a pay dis-
pute, regardless of whether
they are here legally or not.
Courts across the country
have, in fact, repeatedly barred
employers from trying to kill
suits by arguing that their
immigrant employees weren't
eligible to work in the US in
the first place.
In New York, attorney
Justin M Swartz's firm, Out-
ten & Golden LLP, was
involved in a $3.2 million set-
tlement with the Gristedes
supermarket chain in 2003
over pay for West African
delivery workers.
"I think workers, in general,
are becoming more and more
aware of their rights to be paid
properly," he said.


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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. 0. Box N.3229
Nassau, Bahamas

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007, PAGE 7B


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


2006
CLE/qui/No.825


IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of
land containing approximately Seven acres and Seventy-seven
hundredths of an acre situate in the Island or Cay known as
Frazer's Hog Cay one of the Berry Islands group in the said
Bahama Islands being Lot Numbers Fifty-five, Fifty-seven
and Fifty-nine in the plan of a Subdivision of a portion of the
said Frazer's Hog Cay.
AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Allan Lightboum

NOTICE
THE PETITION OF ALLAN LIGHTBOURNE in respect
of:-
ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land containing
approximately Seven acres and seventy-severr hundredths of
an acre situate in the Island or Cay known as Frazer's Hog
Cay one of the Berry Islands group in the said Bphama Islands
being Lot Numbers Fifty-five, Fifty-seven and Fifty-nine in
the plan of a Subdivision of a portion of the Frazer's Hog Cay
bounded Northwestwardly by a road Thirty-five feet wide
and running thereon Six hundred and Nineteen feet and Eight-
six hundredths of a foot Northeastwardly by Lot Number
sixty-one in the said plan and running thereon Five hundred
and ninety-seven feet more or less to the High Water Mark
Southeastwardly by the sea and running thereon Five Hundred
and eighty feet and Seventy hundredths of a foot and
Southwestwardly by Lot Number Fifty-three in the said plan
and running thereon Five Hundred and Thirty-five more or
less to the High Water Mark.
ALLAN LIGHTBOURNE claims to be the owner in fee
simple in possession of the following 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 his 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 Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.
Copies of the Petition and 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;
2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Buen
Retiro Road, off Shirley Street, Nassau, The Bahamas;
and
3. The Office of the Commissioner/Administrator, Justice
of the Peace or the Local Constable at The Berry
Islands, The 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 16th day of July, A.D.,
2007 file in the Supreme Court and Serve on the Petitioner
or the undersigned a Statemenroftis Claim in the prescribed
for verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and served a Statement of
his Claim on or before the 16th day of July, A.D., 2007 will
operate as a bar to such claim.
LOCKHART & MUNROE
CHAMBERS
35 BUEN RETIRO ROAD
NASSAU, BAHAMAS


Attorneys for the Petitioner


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Director of Rooms

The new, soon-to-be open, Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau,
The Bahamas is looking for a Director of Rooms. This is a
highly visible position within the hotel's management team.

The qualified candidate must possess at least 6 years hotel experience
in Front Office, Housekeeping and Guest Services with a minimum
4 years of management level experience in these areas. The major
areas of responsibility and management will include: Front Office,
Guest Services, Housekeeping, Security, Gift Shop, Health Club,
Recreation and Tennis. This position is responsible for short and long
term planning and day-to-day operations of the above listed areas.

The ideal candidate must be highly skilled in budget and expense
management, recruitment, training, customer service and has
a superior ability to supervise, motivate and develop staff. The
potential candidate should have excellent working knowledge of
Hotel Property management systems, Opera and must be a detailed
oriented team player, possess strong organizational skills, computer
literate (Excel a must), and possess excellent written, oral and
interpersonal skills. A Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required.
All qualified applicants should forward a copy of their resume' to
the Director of Human Resources at bbarnes@radissonbahamas.com
or forward to fax # 327-3037. All resumes will be held in the strictest
of confidence.








THE TRIBUNE


B FRIDAYMAY 25 2007


IrrAG o I ",' I I -5' -, _


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT No. 317
Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel
or lot of land being the western most moiety of Lot
Number Eleven (11) in the Coral Harbour Subdivision
situate in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas

AND

IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act,
1959 (Chapter 393) Statute Law of The Bahamas
revised edition 2001

AND

IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF
Emmanuel Van Johnson


NOTICE

EMMANUEL VAN JOHNSON, The Petitioner,
claims to be the owner in fee simple in possession
of all that piece parcel or lot of land hereinbefore
described and has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act to have the title
to the said piece parcel or lot of land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the
SCourt in accordance with the provisions of the Act.

Copies of a diagram or plan showing the position
'boundaries shape marks and dimensions of the said
;piece parcel or lot of land may be inspected during
;normal working hours at the following places:

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court Ansbacher
Building, East Street in the City of Nassau,
New Providence, The Bahamas.

(b) The Chambers of Messrs. Davis & Co.,
British Colonial Hilton, Centre of Commerce,
4th Floor Suite 400, #1 Bay Street, Nassau,
New Providence, The Bahamas, Attorneys
for the Petitioner.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons
having a right of Dower or an adverse claim or a
claim not recognized in the Petition shall within
thirty (30) days after the appearance of the Notice
herein file in the Registry of the Supreme Court in
the City of Nassau aforesaid and serve on the
Petitioners or the undersigned a statement of his
claim in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit
to be filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve a
statement of claim within thirty (30) days herein will
operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated this 24th day of April, A.D. 2007

DAVIS & CO.
Chambers
British Colonial Hilton
Centre of Commerce
4th Floor Suite 400
#1 Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner


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(AP Photo: Paul Sakuma)




Lawsuit against Best Buy



Nation's largest consumer electronics retailer accused

of denying deals found at company's Web site


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* By STEPHANIE REITZ
Associated Press Writer
HARTFORD, Connecticut
(AP) Connecticut's attorney
general has announced a law-
suit against Best Buy Compa-
ny Incorporated, accusing the
nation's largest consumer elec-
tronics retailer of deceiving cus-
tomers with in-store computer
kiosks and overcharging them.
The lawsuit, which will be
filed in Hartford Superior
Court, accuses Best Buy of
denying deals found at the com-
pany's Web site, www.Best-
Buy.com. Attorney General
Richard Blumenthal said store
employees charged customers
higher prices found on a looka-
like internal Web site.
"Best Buy gave consumers
the worst deal a bait-and-
switch-plus scheme luring con-
sumers into stores with
promised online discounts, only
to charge higher in-store


prices," Bhlmenthal said.
Calls seeking comment were
placed to the company.
Blumenthal opened an inveS-
tigation into the Richfield,
Minn.-based retailer in March.
About 20 customers com-
plained to his office after a
columnist for Tae Hartford
Courant reported the experi-
ence of one Connecticut man
who found a lapto, computer
advertised for $72999 on Best-
Buy.com, then wert to a Best
Buy store where ar employee
who seemed to check the same
Web site told him th; price was
actually $879.99. Previously, the
company confirmed that store
employees have access to an
internal Web site hat looks
nearly identical to 'he public
BestBuy.com site, bit the com-
pany's policy is always to offer
customers the lowest quoted
price unless it's specifically iden-
tified as a deal avaihble only
to online shoppers.


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a TRADING BACK OFFICE ASSISTANT.

Familiar with back office duties,
trading confirmation, SWIFT. Spanish
spoken would be a plus.

Proven knowledge of MS Office
products,

Please submit your resume to:
HR Manager
P.O. Box CB- 11903
Nassau, NP.





NOTICE


IN THE ESTATE OF NORMA LOUISE
PEARCE late of Coral Lakes, New
Providence, The Bahamas deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against or interest in the above
Estate should send same duly certified in writing
to the undersigned on or before 22nd June, 2007
after which date the Executor will proceed to
distribute the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which he shall
then have had notice AND all persons indebted to
the above Estate are asked to settle such debts on
or before 22nd June, 2007.

FITZGERALD & FITZGERALD
Attorneys for the Executor
P.O. Box CB-11173
Suite 212, Lagoon Court Building
Olde Towne Mall at Sandyport
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas


C F A. L"
Pricing Information As Of:
Thursday, 24 May 200 7
WNW''.''-t g c. .'1/od3'i 00.00 f YTD 98 .23 / YTD % 05.86
.2ws -H, .2wk.Loaw Securat Previous Close Today's Close Cnanre Da.i. ol ES IF_ I. i P Y.ela
I .5 0 54 Abaco MarKets t 18 1 1 8 C,00' 5,,J -': I82 0 600C N r.1 000u-.
12.05 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.548 0.400 7.5 3.45%
9.;30 7.10 Bank of Bahamas 9.30 9.30 0.00 0.737 0.260 12.6 2.80%
0.65 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.129 0.020 6.6 2.35%
2.77 1.30 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 1,400 0.245 0.080 8.6 3.81%
14.40 10.60 Commonwealth Bank 14.40 14.40 0.00 1.152 0.680 12.5 4.72%
6.26 4.22 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.24 5.04 -0.20 0.112 0.049 46 8 0.94%
2.76 2.40 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 3.500 0.234 0.000 10.3 0.00%
6s.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 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%
1(4.20 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.20 7.20 0.00 0.532 0.100 13.5 1.39%
9.110 8.52 J. S. Johnson 9.05 9.05 0.00 0.868 0.570 10.4 6.30%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real.Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
.5aw.H, 52i.k.Low S rr, r., Bid $ ASK $ LaSt Prtce We,61%, ,,. IEF i. D. F i P.E 'f.-I]
11.60 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 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%
-, 54 0 20 RND Holding6 0 45 0 55 0 20 0 i.J 0 I'00 .. -
C 0 0 u,,ABDAB 41 00 43001or,, .I ,0 J00 J i
11.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.234 1.125 12.6 7.71%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0 45 0.021 0 000 26.2 0.00%
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t2 kl-r-. 52*k-Low Funr. Name.o NA V YTD% Lasi 12 M.1,..Ins D. : Yieli
I 3390 1 2887 Clilna Mlor.e, t.Markel Fund 1 339837"
3.)827 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 109739 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 114992*...
a 20ooe 0 34.47%
i L .- hARE INDE 1s Dec . 00,. M 6ARKET TERMSj YIELD .a.1 I; :. ,r. .,1..-J J.'-. KE r ... NAV KY
52iWk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
5'2wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 18 May 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week -30 April 2007
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for Ihll lut 12 rnth11
Ddily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 30 April 2007
DI / $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
P/g Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index, Jianury 1, 1904 100 .. 30 April 2007
S..*... 30 April 2007


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Contract Bridge

By steve Becker

Sylvia Hits the Jackpot


West dealer.
Both sides vulnerable.
NORTH
*Q7
VKQ62

+A106 42


WEST
*AKJ 1062
V 109
*964
*K3


EAST
+853
VJ874
*72
+7875


SOUTH
+94
VA53
+AKQJ 103
+Q9
The bidding:
West North East South
1 + Pass Pass 5 +
Opening lead king of spades.
Sylvia had only the foggiest
notion of what constituted a finesse
when she started to play at the club.
Of course, there were other areas of
the gamp in which she was equally
ignorant, to put it mildly, but that did
not stop her from playing in the
expert game.
It would, of course, have made
more sense for Sylvia to play with
the less-competent players in the
club. But, regrettably, she was driven
from the start to master the game by
playing with only the best players,
regardless of cost.
You can judge how Sylvia (South)


played in those days by examining
the bidding and play of this hand.
Her five-diamond bid was clearly
correct in her view, since she felt she
had an excellent hand and saw no
reason to bid less than game. She.
considered the marvelous dummy
that came down to be no more than
her due.
West cashed two spades and
shifted to the ten of hearts. Sylvia
took the ten with the ace and, dimly
remembering something called a
finesse, led the queen of clubs. She
reasoned that if West had the king,
her queen would win the trick, since
she planned to play low from
dummy.
However, West covered the queen
with the king, forcing Sylvia to win
with the ace. Undaunted by this set-
back, she next cashed all her trumps,
retaining only the K-Q-6 of hearts in
dummy. On the last trump lead, East,
who at this point held the J-8-7 of
hearts and jack of clubs, had to make
a discard.
He could not spare a heart, so he
discarded the jack of clubs. Sylvia
was not absolutely sure her nine was
the high club, but she was sure
enough to lead it next, and when it
held the trick, she wound up making
five diamonds. Consciously or
unconsciously, Sylvia had executed
one of the rarest plays in bridge a
transfer squeeze!


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from the letters shown here? In
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contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
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ACROSS DOWN
9 A beginner in it, I take to table- 1 Learned it had got better (6,2)
turning (9) 2 Having done something he shouldn't
turning (9) the boy is upset(6)
10 Given the odd tip, are providing 3 The big one, child, is to accommo-
drink (8) date the horse (8)
12 Not a strict disciplinarian in class (4) 4 Call on, on finding a decrease in the
13 Raking less work in, isn't flush (6) numbers of (4,2)
14 Potentially there accommodation 5 Not so bad you can't offer it
around? (8)
for many in the refuge (7) 6 Makes it understood the gate's to be
15 The inference is, it's a discount (9) repaired, furious (4,6)
17 Faces up to and withdraws? (5,4) 7 When I'd see staggering about, from
18 Customary behaviour of a man with the sickness (7)
a bird (7) 8 Turning "The Globe" first into a
restaurant (6)
20 Travels by, as it happens (4,2) 11 As directed, I get off about
21 A stake would help (4) a stone (7)
24 Jeers at "private residence" (8) 16 Thanks for the toast (6)
26 Only after money and stuff (8) 19 Mere suspicion, you find (5)
28 Restrain from turning to look(4) 20 Jaw thawill drop when taken
29 Not going downhill to the building (6) 22 The turn of speed gets applause (5)
31 How the buoyant company was put 23 Meaning it's non-domestic (6)
on the market? (7) 25 Bypassing a process in the making
34 As a party, how it's going with peo- of clothes (7,3)
ple (9) 26 Speaking the line, as a prompt (3)
pIe (9) 27 Carries it off, with humour (7)
36 After blending, stir roughly in: it's 30 Is joking about making the flight
very good (5-4) safer (8)
38 Going along with the provision of 31 The roof's to be repaired the
identification (7) housetop it's old, indeed (8)
39 A good address (6) 32 Fearing I'd be out in the garden,
SA working (8)
40 What's getting the dog excited a 33 The oil ran out and made
pointer (4) a mess of (7)
41 I, having seen unleashing the dog in, 35 Telling the dope to get into bed (6)
become anxious (8) 36 A commotion when the four escape
again (6)
42 Kept talking, to disconcert the 37 Edits the announcements
fellow (7,2) people put in (6)
aESTrIEA'rsCHYRTCSOLUmONS YESERDAY'SEASY StLUlONS


ACROSS: 1, Glass 6, Match 9,WI-
shful 10, Asp-lc 11, S-pasm 12,0 D-
arts 13, Wipe out 15, Pod 17, Hell
18, Creamy 19, Sells(cells) 20, T.-
Hanks 22, Puc-E 24, Eat 25, Du-lla-
R-d 26, Sprat 27, Strap 28, Faith 29,
Lentils 30, Order 31, Y-E.im
DOWN: 2, Lass-i-e 3, Swlve-I 4, Sic
5, Wheat 6, Must-ers 7, Alps 8, Cust.
OM 12, D-UK-es 13, White 14, Pleat
15, Padua 16,Dy-fed 18,CL-out 19,
Skipper 21, Ha-TT-er 22, Please 23,
Crater 25, Dante 26, Sale 28, Fly


ACROSS: 1, Shame 6, Count 9,
Angular 10, Scald 11, Range 12,
Total 13, Discern 15,Ale 17, Acne
18, Merged 19, Carol 20, Eluded 22,
Else 24, Dot 25, Contend 26, Altar
27, Panda 28, Visor 29, Archaic 30,
Teems 31, Aster
DOWN: 2, Hectic 3, Malice 4, End 5,
Huron 6, Caramel 7, Oral 8, Negate
12, Tread 13, Dated 14, Snout 15,
Agilb 16, Edged 18, Motor 19,
Cellars 21, Locate 22, Ethics 23,
Snooze 25, Cache 26, Adam 20, Via


ACROSS
9 Building designer (9)
10 Foolish talk (8)
12 Group of
footballers (4)
13 Cause to
remember (6)
14 Latent, inoperative (7)
15 Lucky (9)
17 Unwilling (9)
18 Paying guests (7)
20 Walk sotly (6)
21 Rescue (4)
24 Set free (8)
26 At the very moment
that (2,4,2)
28 Unlock (4)
29 Heavy starchy
food (6)
31 Slim (7)
34 Religious building (9)
36 Old maids (9)
38 Treasure (7)
39 The state of being
rich (6)
40 Object of worship (4)
41 Pistol type (8)
42 Indirect costs (9)


DOWN
1 Remaining true or
loyalty (8)
2 Chocolate finger
cake (6)
3 Old soldiers (8)
4 Try very hard (6)
5 Boiled sweet (4,4)
6 Wild plants (10)
7 Draw towards (7)
8 Fruit (6)
11 Stammer (7)
16 Irregular (6)
19 Am ition (5)
20 Definite article (3)
22 Prize (5)
23 Hangs in the air (6)
25 Lotion for men (10)
26 Top card (3)
27 To make up (7)
30 American slate (8)
31 Ninepins (8)
32 Fidgety (8)
33 Book ol words (7)
35 Move unsteadily,
wobble (6)
36 Summer,
say (6)
37 Make beloved (6)


' Tribune

Horoscope


By LINDA BLACK


FRIDAY,
MAY 25
ARIES March 21/April 20
When it comes to a business decision'
early in the week, Aries, you have to be
patient. You're not the one in control
here, and pressuring the person who is
in will make you look desperate.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
Your stubbornness can be your
downfall when it comes to dealing
with loved ones this week. While
you should go after what you want,
don't ignore those close to you.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
You have an easy week ahead of you,
Gemini. So, enjoy yourself. Try to
relax, and have a good time. You cer-
tainly deserve it. Go out with a close
friend and have a lot of fun.
CANCER June 22/July 22
You become the center of atten-
tion when you share good news
with those closest to you early in
the week, Cancer. Don't be embar-
rassed, you deserve the spotlight.
A loved one asks for advice.
LEO July 23/August 23
Keep your opinions to yourself when
talking with co-workers early in the
week, Leo. These people won't appre-
ciate your point of view. Let them say
what they want.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
You're on pins and needles as you
wait for an important package this
week. Don't get yourself all worked
up over this. No matter what the
outcome, you're going to be okay.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Try to help close friends when they
get into an argument early in the
week, Libra. It will take some effort
on your part to get these two talking
again, but you certainly are up to it.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Don't let your ego get the best of you
when you receive accolades this
week, Scorpio. You deserve the
praise. But don't let the attention go
directly to your head.
SAGITARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
You have quite a lot of work to do
this week, Sagittarius, so don't get
distracted by those around you.
You need to stay focused if you
hope to accomplish anything. Set
your priorities, and work diligently.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
Don't back down when an acquaintance
challenges your authority. You are in con-
trol of this situation and you know that
you're doing the right thing. Your roman-
tic interest calls it quits, but you'll survive.
AQUARIUS-Jan 21/Feb 18 ,
Be careful when a friend offers you
an interesting opportunity this week,
Aquarius. This person isn't telling
you everything that you need to
know. Get all of the facts.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20.
Don't turn your back on a friend-who
is in trouble early in the week. While
you have a lot to do, this person
really needs you. So take the time to
help him or her.


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though his name provides a
challenge to chess journalists.
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at Corus C after a series of fine
wins, but a final round defeat
enabled his Polish rival to pass
him. The teenager makes his
moves fast, blitzing his
opponents as his attacking
instincts put him en route to the
opposing king. Today's position
is on th e that bishops of
opposite colour (WB on dark
squares, BB on light), which are
a strong drawing factor in the
endgame, aid the attacking side
in the middle game. Here at first
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PAGE 12B, FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2007




Internal or


external auditor



should 'test the


suita


of


a Business



Continuity Plan


FROM page 1


nature, and the Bahamas sit-
ting squarely in the middle of
the storm zone, Ms Rolle said
the ability of licencees to pro-
vide key services in the after-
math of a major disaster was
"not an option or a luxury, it's
an absolute requirement" for
maintaining public confidence
in the integrity of the Bahami-
an financial system and avoid-
ing systemic risk.
Business Continuity Plan-
ning was not just an issue for
individual licencees, "but the
reputation of this jurisdiction
as well", given that eight of the
world's largest 10 financial
institutions had established
operations in the Bahamas. Ms
Rolle added that Business
Continuity should rank along-
side all the other risks that
financial institutions sought to
manage on a daily basis, such
as liquidity risk, market risk,
credit risk and interest rate
risk, being one of the top issues
considered under the opera-
tional risk heading.
Where Bahamas-based bank
and trust company licencees
we're branches of a foreign


company, the firm's head office
Business Continuity Plan
would beoadequate for it, pro-
vided its provisions were in line
with the Central Bank's own
guidelines on Business Conti-
nuity.
Where a bank and trust
company licencee was a sub-
sidiary of a foreign institution,
subject to consolidated super-
vision, again the head office
plan was adequate if it was in*
line with the Central Bank
guidelines.
Testing
Testing a Business Continu-
ity Plan, to assess whether an
institution could recover criti-
cal services and data in the
event of a disaster,,was vital,
Ms Rolle said, because "having
an inadequate Business Conti-
nuity Plan is probably as bad as
not having one at all". Those
testing it needed to be the
team that would operate the
Business Continuity Plan in the
event of a major disaster.
The Central Bank would
review the Business Continuity
Plan in its on-site examinations
of licencees, Ms Rolle said, and
that ultimate responsibility for
it lay with the licencee's


management and Board.
If Bahamas-based banks and
trust companies selected their
primary disaster recovery site
as a foreign country, Ms Rolle
warned them to ensure that
the operations of their
Bahamian staff did not breach
local laws in those nations.
"The Central Bank must be
in position to continue regula-
tion and supervision of tem-
porarily relocated firms out-
side the Bahamas," she added.
All agency agreements that
Bahamian banks entered into
with third parties, which might
require the disclosure of infor-
mation, had to be approved by
the Central Bank first.
"Based on the feedback the
Central Bank has received
from the industry, Business
Continuity Planning is not a
new concept for licencees. It
may be a case of ensuring Busi-
ness Continuity Plans are
appropriately aligned with the
guidelines and the Central
Bank has given approval to the
plan," Ms Rolle said.
"The costs of not preparing
for operational disasters and
disruptions could be far-reach-
ing. It is often said that a busi-
ness that does not plan, plans
to fail."


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