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Volume: 103 No.185




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Country no longer

in top fifteen of

destinations favoured

by Americans

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas has dropped
off a list of the top 15 countries
where Americans would choose
to vacation "if money were no
Whereas the Bahamas
ranked a low 14th in last year's
poll, it was most notable this
year for having, along with
Jamaica and Brazil -, countries
previously ranked joint 15th -
totally disappeared from the list
of desirable destinations.
The poll's findings are in line
with recent discouraging pre-
dictions and analyses made by
Caribbean, and specifically
Bahamian tourism industry
Last week, director general
of tourism Vernice Walkine
admitted that the Bahamas'
number one industry is facing
a "rough" period an admis-
sion backed up by dwindling
tourism numbers.
The country suffered one of
the Caribbean's highest per-
centage declines in stopover
tourist arrivals during the first
quarter of 2007.
Americans placed Australia
top in the poll for the 11th
year in a row followed by
Italy, Britain, France and Ire-
land. 2,362 U.S. adults took part
in the survey, carried out by
Harris International.
A statement released on the
poll notes that the top four des-
tinations are all English-speak-
ing. This is an attribute which, in
reality, may work in the

Bahamas' favour as a tourist
destination for those travelling
from the U.S. when other fac-
tors, such as its proximity and
the availability of relatively
cheap airfares, are taken into
As evidenced by the coun-
tries ranked top in the poll,
European destinations did well,
garnering 50 per cent of the
votes of all those who partici-
pated. However, Europe is very
expensive currently for Ameri-
cans due to the weakness of the
U.S. dollar versus the pound
sterling, meaning that in reality,
the frequency with which
Americans travel to those des-
tinations may not reflect their
Overall, only 11 per cent of
adults who took part in the poll
chose the Caribbean or the
Americas as their preferred des-
tination if money were not a
However, within the
Caribbean and near the
Caribbean region things are not
looking too rosy for the
Bahamas either, in light of
recent predictions made by
leading online travel companies
which indicate that American
tourists are likely to choose
Cancun over the Bahamas as
their favoured beach vacation
Frank Comito, Bahamas
Hotel Association's executive
vice president, noted the US'
Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative (WHTI) requiring all
SEE page eight


$3m of marijuana discovered on speedboat Earl Deveaux
/_Jdenies trying
to create
alarm over
school site

Tribune Staff Reporter

* DEU officers seized a speedboat that was anchored 15 miles off southern New Providennce
containing 15 bales of marijuana. Officers are shown offloading the boat.
(Photo: Tim Clarke/Tribune staff)

Tribune Staff Reporter
THREE Bahamians and
almost $3 million worth of mar-
ijuana are in police custody
today after Drug Enforcement

Unit officers searched a speed-
boat in which men were seen
"sleeping" on top of the drug
bails in the early hours of yes-
terday morning.
The seizure of 54 packages of
marijuana from the anchored

vessel at around 4.30am on
Tuesday is the third significant
contraband seizure in two
According to authorities, the
SEE page 11

PUBLIC Works Minister
Earl Deveaux has denied claims
that his government is trying to
instil fear in the public regard-
ing possible toxic contamina-
tion at the TG Glover school
Mr Deveaux responded in a
press release yesterday to a
challenge made by former PLP
works minister Bradley Roberts
to produce evidence that the
site was contaminated, or to
allow work to continue on the
Mr Roberts charged earlier
this week that the FNM's halt-
ing of the work on the site is
nothing more than an effort to
"demonise the Christie admin-
istration" and workers at the
ministries of works and educa-
tion, without "a shred of evi-
dence to support their outra-
geous allegations."
SEE page eight

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One fire at PLP HQ was

arson, say investigators

Tribune Staff Reporter
OF the three fires at the PLP
headquarters in the last six
weeks, the first is a case of
arson and the two others are
"possibly" electrical related,
fire officials report.
Fire Chief Superintendent
Jeffrey Deleveaux and his sec-
ond-in-command Assistant

Superintendent Walter Evans
revealed this yesterday while
briefing the media on the status
of the investigation.
The first fire at the PLP HQ
was on May 25th when some-
one allegedly used a flammable
liquid to set fire to the struc-
ture, causing damage to the
entrance door of the facility.
SEE page nine

Police at Urban Renewal
offices in smaller numbers

Tribune Staff Reporter
EFFECTIVE from yester-
day, all Urban Renewal offices
throughout New Providence
and Grand Bahama are once
again manned by a comple-
ment of police officers.
Asst Commissioner of Police
Marvin Dames announced that
police "will have officers (at

the Urban Renewal centres)
because we feel it is extremely
essential, but we will not have
the officers there in the number
and at the ranks we once had,"
he said.
This announcement comes
as heavy criticism is being lev-
elled at government for remov-
ing police officers from the
SEE page 11

Correct To

The Point to

be printed
OBSERVANT readers of the
column To The Point will have
noticed that the one published
yesterday was published previ-
ously and was republished yes-
terday due to a technical error.
The column that should have
been published yesterday will
now be published on Thursday.

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT An American
pilot is in hospital in Freeport
with second degree burns after
his small plane crashed in the
pine forest in East Grand
Bahama Tuesday morning.
Pilot John Zakryk, 67, of
Plantation, Florida, walked
SEE page nine

Tribune Staff Reporter
CONCERNS have escalated
that fake toothpaste is being
sold in stores in this country
that contains a chemical found
in antifreeze or dangerous bac-
The government's consumer
affairs unit has "scheduled some
SEE page eight

POLICE have been called in
to quell the threat of serious
unrest brewing in Inagua as a
result of the dispute between
Morton Salt and its employees,
it was claimed.
Late last night in a press
release the Bahamas Industri-
al Manufactures and Allied
-Workers Union (BIMAWU)
revealed that a group of Strike
SEE page 11

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says Ingraham' s

leadership could

advance cause

WHILE stating that they
understand the "peculiar"
position of the Bahamas with
regard to CSME, CARI-
COM officials say they
believe Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham could con-
tribute much to advancing
the movement.
This statement was made at a
CARICOM heads of govern-

ment meeting in Barbados this
At the meeting, regional
leaders were also told that indi-
cations were that the CSME -
18 months on from its imple-
mentation in those countries
that have signed on is not cur-
rently providing equitable mar-
ket opportunities to the extent
that had been hoped.

According to CARICOM
.spokesman and Barbadian pre-
mier Owen Arthur, not all par-
ticipating nations are receiving
an even share of the benefits
and only a few states are pro-
viding a market for workers.
According to Mr Arthur,
Trinidad and Tobago appear
to have benefited most out of
all nations signed onto the

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT A man want-
ed for questioning in connec-
tion with a murder investiga-
--tion in New Providence was tak-
en into police custody in Grand

Ryan O'Neil Wood of Gor-
don Avenue was being sought
by police for sometime in rela-
tion to a murder in the capital.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming said he was appre-
hended by officers on Sunday
at about 1.10am near a popu-
- lar night club in the Interna-
. tional Bazaar.

He has been flown to New
Providence and handed over to
officers of the Central Detec-
tive Unit in Nassau.
Grand Bahama Police have
also-located a-$30,000 stolen
vessel, which was discovered
abandoned along the road side
in the Lucaya area.
According to police reports, a

* EDWIN Caningtou, Secretary General of CARICOM
(Photo: AP/BIS, Vandyke Hepburn)

The Bahamas has exercised
its right to stay out of CSME,
despite being a member of
Denzil Douglas, prime min-
ister of Kitts and Nevis, said
however, that while provisions
have been made to allow for
the CSME without the
Bahamas, it is important that
whenever the people of this
country are willing to give their

government a mandate to sign
onto CSME, the door will be
Meanwhile, outgoing chair-
man Ralph Gonzalez and sec-
retary-general Edwin Carring-
ton said that they believe Prime
Minister Ingraham's leadership
experience could contribute to
making CSME as fair 'and
equally beneficial for all par-
ticipating nations as it was
designed to be.

Skybus to run flights from Nassau to Midwest US

SKYBUS announced yester-
day plans to offer low cost
flights from a city in the mid-
western United State to Mexi-
co and the Bahamas.
With Director General of
Tourism Vernice Walkine

expressing concern last week
about low cost carriers gravi-
tating toward destinations oth-
er than Nassau and Paradise
Island, it is hoped that the new
offer will boost tourist arrivals.
Planning to operate non-stop
services between Columbus,
Ohio and Nassau as well as

Cancun, Mexico Skybus
hopes to begin flights on Octo-
ber 1, after it has filed an appli-
cation with the US Department
of Transportation to fly new
routes six days a week.
If approval is granted, Sky-
bus will be the only airline that
offers regularly scheduled non-

stop service between Colum-
bus, Ohio and either of these
With approval, the carrier
will use a 144-seat, or 156-seat
Airbus A319-100 aircraft for
the runs.
Skybus said the Department
of Transportation's approval will

enable the carrier to continue
to develop a variety of services
throughout North America.
The carrier said in its appli-
cation that the plan will greatly
serve the public interest by pro-
viding substantial competition
to other airlines serving Can-
cun and Nassau from the US.

concerned citizen spotted the
vessel around 9.30am on Sun-
day near the bridge on West
Beach Road, which leads to
Taino Beach.
-Donna LaFleur of Lan-
caster Close, Bell Channel,
had reported to police that
so.ti me between 11.30pm
d oni ne 29, and 12.30am on
Jui 30, her 22-foot white
SL'ro speedboat, named
Sea Probe, was stolen from
the private dock in front of
her home.
The vessel was equipped
with a Yamaha outboard

engine. It also contained
$1,500 worth of equipment,
including a GPS system, VHF
radio aiid eight fishing rods.--- -
The vessel was reportedly
retrieved by police and
returned to Ms LaFleur in
good condition and all equip-
ment completely intact.
Chief Supt Rahming''
thanked the public and the
local media for their help in
the matter.
He said police are continu-
ing their search for the culprit
or culprits responsible for
stealing the vesseL

In brief

Man shot by
police is
charged with
FREEPORT The man shot
by police in connection with a
housebreaking incident in
Freeport was arraigned in
Freeport Magistrate's Court on
Etienne Nelson, 36, of Coral
Reef Estates, was charged
before Deputy Chief Magistrate
Helen Jones with housebreak-
ing and assault with a deadly
t is alleged that around
8.10pm on June 27, Nelson
broke into the residence of the
late Preston Stuart on Madioca
Beach, Tyne Bay. It is also
alleged that the accused on the
same date, assaulted a police
officer with a deadly weapon.
Nelson pleaded not guilty to
the charges. The matter was
adjourned to August 30. He was
remanded to Fox Hill Prison.

Police keep up
search for
man wanted
after stabbing
POLICE say they are still
searching for a man in connec-
tion with the repeated stabbing
of his girlfriend during an argu-
ment on Monday.
According to police press liai-
son officer Walter Evans, the
man, wanted for questioning in
the police investigation, is still at
laThe 18-year-old woman is in
hospital where her condition is
listed as serious.
According to reports, around
5am on Monday, the woman
was walking in the area of Mar-
ket Street when there was an
As a result, the woman was
stabbed multiple times.
New head of
College of the
Bahamas board
BASWELL Donaldson has
been appointed by the govern-
ment to head the board of the
College of the Bahamas.
Mr Donaldson is a former
governor of the Central Bank
and is the current chairman of
Commonwealth Bank.
Mr Donaldson attended Fisk
University, the University of
Minnesota and Columbia Uni-
He has also served as-
Bahamas Ambassador to the
United States..
Mr Donaldson succeeds
Franklyn Wilson in this post.

Attorney is
new chairman
of Education
Loan Authority
ATTORNEY Lowell Mor-
timer is the new chairman of
the Education Loan Authority.
Mr Mortimer was educated
at Lincoln's Inn in Britain, Tem-
ple University in the US and the
University of the West Indies.
He is also a former teacher
and has'served as Acting Stipen-
diary and Circuit Magistrate and
Acting Registrar General.
He currently heads the law
firm of Mortimer and Co.

bites into
drug flow
Santo Domingo
incoming suspected drug flights in
the past two years has forced
Haiti and the Dominican Repub-
lic to face up to the fact that the
..slan--dtfie share i-a major -rins--.
shipment point for cocaine bound
to US and European consumers,
according to Associated Press.
An estimated 94 tons of
cocaine was sent from Venezuela

over the Caribbean to the island
in the six months ending in
March of this year, when US
Dominican and Haitian forces
launched "Operation Rum
Punch" to counter the surge.
Officials say it has already scared
off some airborne smugglers.
About a third of the cocaine
from Colombia now passes
through Venezuela and then the
two-nation island of Hispaniola,
where it is put aboard private
planes and boats or given to
smugglers boarding commercial
flights to Europe and the Unit-
ed States.

Man wanted in connection with murder

is held by police in Grand Bahama


announces that

Annual General Meeting

f Shareholders

will be held on the 11th of July,

2007 at 6 p.m.

at British Colonial Hilton

Hotel in Nassau




0 In brief

Young man
in court
on firearm
A YOUNG man was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
yesterday charged with posses-
sion of a firearm with the intent
to endanger the life of anoth-
It was alleged that on Tues-
day, June 26, Kareem Knowles,
19, of Fox Dale Subdivision,
was found in possession of a
12 gauge MV05299 shotgun
with the intent to put Dinika
Mackey in fear for her life.
Knowles, who was arraigned
before Magistrate William
Campbell at court nine in Nas-
sau Street yesterday, pleaded
not guilty to the charge and was
granted bail in the sum of
The case was adjourned to
October 22.

Man faces
charge of
A 55-year-old man accused
of indecently assaulting a
woman was arraigned in Mag-
istrate's Court yesterday.
It is alleged that on Saturday,
June 16, Wilson Bain of Kim's
Crescent indecently assaulted
Jennifer Rasmussen.
Bain, who was arraigned
before Magistrate William
Campbell at court nine in Nas-
sau Street, pleaded not guilty
to the charge.
Bain remains on $1,000 police

Man charged
with rape of

A 29-year-old Winton Mead-
ows man has been charged and
arraigned in connection with
the alleged rape of a 21-year-
old woman.
It was alleged that Alvardo
Carey committed the offence
on Friday, March 23 of this
Carey, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Susan
Sylvester at court 11 in Nassau
Street on Monday, was not
required to enter a plea to the
He was remanded into cus-
tody until Thursday, when he
is expected to return to court
for a bail hearing.

Youth faces
charge of
assault on girl

A 19-YEAR-OLD man of
Jelly Bean Drive, accused of
indecently assaulting a 15-year-
old girl, was arraigned in Mag-
istrate's Court on Tuesday.
It is alleged that Keron Felix
Daxon indecently assaulted the
girl on Sunday June 24.
Daxon, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Susan
Sylvester at court 11 in Nassau
Street, pleaded not guilty to the
He was granted bail in the
sum of $5,000. The case was
adjourned to October 22.



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Still no clue as to cause of

mysterious bird deaths

HEATH officials in the
Bahamas are still baffled as to
what has caused the death of a
number of seabirds on the
southeastern coast of Grand
However, the Ministry of
Health has been able to rule
out the avian flu as the cause of
While the cause of death
remains undetermined, the
ministry said that postmortems
have indicated empty stomachs
and general emaciation among
the birds.
% These findings are similar to
reports coming form the east
coast of Florida where similar
sightings of dead and weak-
ened sea birds have been
Floridian officials have esti-
mated that at least 100 dead

birds have been washed up on
hundreds of miles of beach.
The birds have been seen
from St Augustine to the north
down to Martin County to the
NBC has reported that the
Florida Wildlife Commission
has received non stop calls
about dead or dying birds since
the weekend. Most of the birds
are shearwaters, which nor-
mally fly farther out over the
As is the case in Grand
Bahama, Florida Wildlife offi-
cials have said that initial
results show the birds may
have starved.
It appeared the birds were
injured and some reported they
had broken legs or wings, but
officials said those injuries
probably were caused by tum-

* SEAGULLS take flight
(AP Photo/El Paso Times, Victor Calzada)

bling in the surf after they were
already too weak to fly.
Experts believe that recent
storms and wind may have

tired the birds and blown them
inland, away from most of their
normal food sources.
The department was not able

to confirm initial reports origi-
nating from Grand Bahama
detailing large number of dead
seabirds, as most of the reports
indicated that the birds were
sighted at sea.
A veterinarian officer dis-
patched to Grand Bahama con-
firmed the discoveries of a num-
ber of birds on the southeast-
ern coast of that island.
Specimens collected were
found in various conditions
ranging from carcasses in
advanced states of decomposi-
tion to weak and emaciated live
Members of the public are
cautioned against the handling
of carcasses of dead and weak-
ened birds or any animals for
that matter particularly when
the cause of illness or death is
not known.

Family warning on Miami travel

robbed in Miami is warning
travellers to the city to be on
alert at all times.
A woman resident of New
Providence, who asked for her
name to be withheld, told The
Tribune that while on a rou-
tine shopping trip to Miami last
week, she and her family were
targeted by an American cou-
ple who allegedly robbed them
of more than $4,000 worth of
The woman victim believes
an African-American male,
thought to be in his early 40s,
followed the family as they
shopped in various stores at a
popular mall in the Hialeah
area, waiting for the right time
to commit his crime.
The family of four, who were
travelling in two separate vans,
left the shopping mall and

headed towards a busy flea
market on Northwest 42nd
Avenue in Hialeah, where the
alleged theft occurred.
Thinking that her merchan-
dise was safe in a locked rental
van, the victim and her niece
left the car unattended in the
flea market's paid parking lot
for around half an hour.
According to the victim, she
returned to her car to find the
back windshield shattered and
her van "cleaned out".
Parked directly behind her
car she saw a couple sitting in a
15-seater "cream coloured
Ford van with dark tints".
The victim claimed that
when he saw the family return,
the alleged thief screamed that
he "didn't do it" and ordered
his female companion to "ram
the car" of the Bahamian trav-
ellers in an effort to escape.
She said her husband tried.
to detain the man until police

arrived on the scene, but he
was unable to do so.
"It all happened so fast," she
told The Tribune yesterday.
"We were struggling so hard
(to detain the thieves), we did-
n't even get to see their licence
As the summer months are a
prime vacation time for
Bahamian families, who spend
large amounts of money in the
state of Florida, the victim said
she wanted Bahamians to be
aware of the possible dangers.
"Keep your guard up and be
your brother's keeper," she
Press liaison officer Assis-
tant Superintendent Walter
Evans, told The TribUne that
the RBPF is planning to issue
"general advice to Bahamian
shoppers" on safety and pos-
sible risks when travelling to
the United States in the coming

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Often with busy schedules and hectic lives the significance of certain
annual events in our community goes unnoticed by average citizens.
In some ways these activities occur in the background of our society
- known and supported by the few, but virtually under the radar to
the rest of us. And yet, their significance does not simply exist; it
grows, in fact, and leads to a time when the event deserves national
recognition and support. Such is the case with the annual "Peace on
da Street" basketball tournament.

Founded nearly a dozen years ago by Carlos Reid and Youth
against Violence "Peace on da Street" is more than an athletic
tournament. As its name implies, its goal is to promote peace among
neighborhoods. Year after year it has presented an effective method
of reaching out to our nation's youth, discouraging violence and
encouraging healthy interaction in place of destructive altercation.

The timing, need, and success of the "Peace on da Streets"
tournament could not be more critical. Unabated violence and crime
have reached unprecedented levels in our country. Incredibly, by
early June the nation's murder count for the year climbed to 38,
compared to 24 murders reported in the same period in 2006.

Believing passionately in the potential of alternative programs
to help reduce crime and violence among youth, Reid, Youth
against Violence, and the annual "Peace on da Street" Basketball
tournament organizers highlight the impact the tournament has had -
on participants and non-participants since the first jump ball in 1995.
Says Reid: "Sports especially basketball kept many of us out of
trouble in our youth. There were numerous meaningful programs
that you could be a part of. Our tournament aims to bring those
opportunities back for today's young people. The tournament has a
message that our youth hear and respond to: there is hope, there is a
better way, and people do care about your welfare and your future."

With more participants than ever before, plans to expand into the
Family Islands, and a pledge from ZNS television to cover this
year's championship games live, "Peace on da Streets" is well
on its way to becoming a national event of great significance and
deserving of recognition and support from all of us

The llth annual edition of this much anticipated summer
tournament begins on Independence Day 10 at the Sir Kendal Isaacs
Gym and continues until a champion is crowned on July 14th The
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Bahamas tourism market declining

AS THOUGH the Bahamas hasn't enough
concerns about its falling tourism industry,
today's Tribune publishes a report that our
islands have now been dropped from the list of
the 15 most desirable vacation spots for Amer-
Accustomed to being among the elite 15,
the warning signs came last year when the
Bahamas was ranked a low 14 in that year's
poll. This year with Jamaica and Brazil -
countries tied for fifteenth place in the past -
it has fallen from view.
In fact the poll shows that it is bad news for
all of the Caribbean area. Only 11 per cent of
all adults polled selected the Caribbean and
the Americas as their destination of choice, if
money were no consideration.
Although Europe is more expensive the
poll asked those participating to make their
choice as "if money were no object" 50
per cent of poll participants opted for a Euro-
pean vacation. And in our own region the
Bahamas was edged out as the favourite beach
destination by Cancun.
Recently Mr "Sandy" Sands, vice presi-
dent of administration and external affairs of
BahaMar, whose hotels have lost much of its
European clientele because more than 300 of
its rooms have been taken off the market for
renovations, was confident.
"The fall-off in visitor numbers," he said, "is
not a worrisome concern." He expects the
numbers to pick up as the product and the
experience that the Bahamas provides out-
weighs that of its competitors.
We don't know if Mr Sands was still con-
sidering the Bahamas in its regional context.
However, Frank Comito, executive vice pres-
ident of the Bahamas Hotel Association, was
far more realistic.
"Before we talked about the industry as a
regional market, now we are seeing a global
tourism game," he said.
And this is what all Bahamians have to
understand. America is the backbone of the
Bahamas' tourist market, now Americans are
testing new destinations.
What the Bahamas has to understand is
that it is no longer a big player in a small pond
with islands like Jamaica as its competitor.
This country is now a very small player in a
very large ocean. This recent survey has shown
the attractiveness of Europe, Cancun and even
as far away as Australia, which leads in pop-
But what of Dubai, which has plans to give

them all even Disneyworld a run for
the almighty dollar?
A report, written on June 19 by Ali Khalil,
out of Dubai had this to say:
"Widely touted as the Middle East's very
own Orlando, Dubailand, a cluster of mega-
billion-dollar projects, is gradually emerging
across the desert sands of the booming Gulf
"Faced with a dwindling wealth of oil, Dubai
has taken on a new challenge of larger-than-
life projects in line with its ambition to become
the region's main business and leisure hub.
"Initially planned to cover an area of two
billion square feet, Dubailand, billed as the
'world's most ambitious tourism, leisure and
entertainment project,' is expected to be a
sprawling three billion square feet. This would
make it larger than the entire city of Orlando,
Florida home to Walt Disney World, Uni-
versal Resort, Sea World and a variety of oth-
er attractions and hotels.
"'Dubailand is going to be a city within a
city,' said Mohammed al-Habbai, chief exec-
utive officer of Dubailand, a subsidiary of the
government-owned Tatweer.
"Already primed as a holiday destination, it
is fast executing plans to build a host of new
hotels, golf courses, malls and leisure facilities
in order to more than double the number of
tourists to 15 million' by 2015."
On June 18 Dubai also announced "its 100-
million-dollar purchase of the Queen Eliza-
beth 2, one of the world's most majestic cruise
liners, which it plans to turn into a luxury
floating hotel berthed at one of the palm
It was revealed in the Senate last month
that the Bahamas could have had the Queen
Mary 2, but our harbour was not large enough
to accommodate her.
Senator Dion Foulkes revealed for the first
time that the Cunard Line, the company that
owns Queen Mary 2 the largest passenger
liner ever built offered to dredge Nassau
harbour at its own expense to accommodate
the Queen. We still do not know why the PLP
government did not accept this offer.
All we do know is that Dubai has the
Queen Elizabeth 2 and knows where its future
is headed.
For the past five years the Bahamas gov-
ernment, mesmerised by its 5 million tourism
figure for 2005 seemed unable to accept the
fact that this country was fast losing market


to claims on

my father

EDITOR, The Tribune.
IN YOUR June 15, 2007
issue, you published a letter
from one Richard Johnson Sr.
Certain assertions by Mr John-
son in his letter made me recall
a verse from Psalm 40:11 (NIV)
that my dear departed mother,
Nurse Naomi Christie at times
quoted, "May your love and
your truth always protect me."
In his submission to you, Mr
Johnson perpetrated a bold and
vicious lie that I challenge here
today. I have no concern if Mr
Johnson needs to ingratiate
himself to our new Prime Min-
ister, H-Ion Hubert Ingraham,
but I will not allow him to do so
by creating a malicious story
that my deceased father, Glad-
stone L Christie would have
remotely conveyed to him or
anyone else that his son Perry
Gladstone Christie was not
"Prime Minister material", but
Mr Hubert Ingraham was. My
father knew Mr Ingraham per-
sonally and would have given
him credit for some of his more
admirable traits hard work,
fearlessness, perseverance. He
and I would have discussed Mr
Ingraham on many occasions,
relative to Perry's own political
Mr Johnson's inane and dis-
honest representations relative
to Gladstone L Christie goes
-against the grain of everything
my father believed and com-
municated to his children and
grandchildren. He was a stern,
demanding man, who was
always questioning whether we
were doing enough, (studying,

working hard and saving/invest-
ing our money) to fully realise
our potential to be productive
citizens of the Bahamas. He
believed that we all had the
innate ability to be whatever we
wanted to be and generously
backed us with his hard-earned
money from driving a taxi.seven
days a week, to ensure that we
had the educational foundation
to do so.
When Perry was a young
teenager he was expelled from
the Government High School
and told an academic career was
not suitable for him, his greatest
support came from my father
who admonished him to "show
them you can learn" and the
rest is history. In 1987, as polit-
ical fate would have it, Perry
found himself against the pow-
erful PLP machinery in a tradi-
tional PLP stronghold. My
father never doubted his ability
and tenacity to win and never
waived in his support and
My/father proudly attended
Perr 's ceremony appointing
him Leader of the Opposition
in 998. Madame Editor, you
k' dly printed in your October
1999 issue a specially com-
issioned article, "Gladstone
Christie: A Chocolate Dandy
Life," which in part stated,
"about his more famous son
the Hon Perry Gladstone
Christie, who today is Leader

of the PLP, Mr Christie wears a
father's pride of accomplish-
ment." My father died in 1999
and regrettably was unable to
see his son assume the Prime
Ministership of the country in
2002. There is no question that
had he lived, he would have
been Perry's proudest sup-
porter (after my mother) in the
lead up to the 2002 election,
exhorting him to do what it
takes to win. If my father was
alive and alert today in 2007, he
would beseech Perry to hold
close to his heart Proverbs.
24:10, "if thou faint in the day
of adversity, thy strength is
In essence he would expect
his politician son to appreciate
and adopt that the ultimate
measure of a man is not where
he stands in moments of com-
fort and convenience, but where
he stands at times of challenge
and controversy. Whether in
education, politics or life, los-
ing (failure) was not an option
that my father allowed us to
readily and easily accept.
Gladstone L Christie had few
,friends in whom he confided.
Mr Johnson (who I do not
know) was certainly not one of
them. I therefore urge him to
refrain from transmitting dis-
tasteful lies and tales to the
Bahamian public that impact
negatively on the solemnity of a
special father/son relationship. I
thank you for your time and
June 18 2007

The nightmare of British

Airways and lost luggage

EDITOR, The Tribune

To Whom It May Concern:
Living in the Bahamas I trav-
el back and forth, and my air-
line of choice has always been
British Airways. The last three
times I have travelled with my
family, including a baby, British
Airways lost our infant car
On the first occasion arriving
in Nassau, I was told if the seat
would not be found within two
weeks it would be replaced. To
my concern about what to do
for the ride home or for that
matter the next two weeks, I
was told that it was none of
their concern. I was never con-
tacted by anyone about this

again, and after numerous
unsuccessful calls on my part I
finally after two weeks drove
back to the airport, two hours
round trip, and after a long dis-
cussion I eventually searched
through a mountain of luggage
to find my car seat buried
On the second occasion arriv-
ing in Frankfurt, no car seat
again. After a long flight we
stood in line with a crying infant
for just over two hours, when
we finally got a loaner for the
ride home. It was exchanged for
our seat three days later.
On our return flight in Sep-
tember arriving in Miami, again
no car seat. After getting the
run-a-round for over two hours,

I finally got to talk to some kind
of manager who handed me a
$80 debit card and told me to go
and buy a seat. I now had to
leave my tired wife and child at
Miami International Airport at
10 o'clock at night, drive in a
city unfamiliar to me and s rch
for an open store that sold t.ir
I am at a loss for words in,
describe my outrage. Our next
flight is this coming Wednes-
day, June 13, 2007. We already
dread the thought of arriving in
Frankfurt and having to go
through the same ordeal again.
June 10, 2007.

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Bad losers abound

EDITOR, The Tribune
IF I could hazard a guess over
incidents occurring over this
very rainy weekend, and the
profile of a possible culprit, I
would say that someone is try-
ing hard to make believe that
the incidents are politically
inspired. This makes no sense
for supporters of a winning
team, does it?
Just as the reported letter
which was sent to a young Tri-
bune reporter which was intend-
ed to implicate the new Gov-
ernment was found to be sus-
pect or bogus, so do these inci-
dents smack of a plan to smear
peace-loving Bahamians.
At least they provide oppor-
tunities for a ZNS interview to
make unfounded accusations.
Because in a similar situation
when Mr Tommy Turnquest's
office was subjected to the same
fate, he did not make accusa-
tions against his opponents.
That happened at the height of
the campaigns.
What I found shocking was
the alleged remarks by a leading
official in opposition that they
will not cooperate with the gov-
ernment, and moreover they
will disrupt and plan to defeat
any new legislation by the gov-
ernment. What lesson is that for
the society at large or school
children seeking to learn our
Recently, when the Democ-
rats won control in the US
House of Representative and
the Senate, President Bush con-

gratulated the Speaker, and
pledged to work together for
the good of the nation.
This is the case in First World
countries and most former
British colonies. One wonders -
whether these people are famil-
iar with the sports of Tennis,
Baseball, Golf, etc, where,
opposing parties "shake hands"
at the end of the tournaments
and move on. At the Olympic'
Games where countries from
around the world compete for
the top medals, the contenders,
including The Bahamas, can
retain the sportsmanlike atti-
tudes at the end of the compe-
titions no matter which coun-
try wins. Instead, in The
Bahamas today, there are some
who revert to the behaviour of
younger days whereby a child
took his "marbles" if he dil not
win the game of shooting mar- -
During the recent cam-
paigns, out of curiosity, and to
see whether the mega crowds
were real, I attended a couple of
the rallies of one particular
group, and found them to be
peaceful and upbeat. The
crowds were in a festive mood
but still courteous and well
While one must not neglect
to do proper checks, one must
nottrule out the possibility of a
possible scam to implicate inno-
cent people.
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Poet to teach
at National
Art Gallery

Frustration over long waiting

lines and times at US Embassy

BAHAMIAN poet and
scholar Christian Campbell will
teach an intensive poetry work-
shop at the National Art
Gallery for poets who are seri-
ous about developing craft and
publishing in local and interna-
tional journals.
The course, known as The
Poetry Shack, will focus on mas-
tering many aspects of the craft
of poetry, such as traditional
poetic forms, metaphor, tone
and diction.
"Like the junkanoo shack,
this space will serve as a cre-
ative laboratory in which we will
translate our visions, engage
with multiple traditions, build
and innovate," said Mr Camp-
The group will meet every
Sunday for three weeks. Each
session will be two hours. The
dates are: July 15, 22 and 29.
Interested persons should
contact: runksphd@yahoo.co.uk
for further details.

US Embassy to
be closed for
anniversary of

IN observance of the 231st
anniversary of the indepen-
dence of the United States of
America, the US Embassy will
be closed on Wednesday, July 4.
The embassy will resume nor-
mal business operations on
Thursday, July 5 at 8am.

Chavez insults
Catholic leaders
for questioning
reform process
insulted Roman Catholic lead-
ers Tuesday after they ques-
tibned the openness of
Ven'ezuela's constitutional
reform process, calling them
"liars" and "perverts", accord-
ing to Associated Press.
"It saddens me to see these
bishops from our Catholic
Church lie," Chavez said in a
nationally televised broadcast.
Chavez said the country's
Catholic Bishops' Conference
had demonstrated ignorance by
suggesting earlier this week that
proposals for the reform, which
are being drafted by a special
committee appointed by the
president, are being kept from
the public.
"For the love of God, if you
do it due to ignorance, reflect. If
they do it for perversion, they
better take off the robe," said
Chavez, a former paratroop
commander who has repeated-
ly clashed with church leaders
since he took office in 1999.
"They are either ignorant, per-
verse or perverts."
Chavez often uses personal
insults to ridicule his critics,
including US President George
W Bush, former Mexican Pres-
ident Vicente Fox and outgo-
ing British Prime Minister Tony
The committee preparing a
blueprint for the constitutional
reform has not publicly
announced any of the proposed
changes, prompting criticism
from groups who say they have
been excluded. Members of the
committee say they took an
oath of confidentiality and can-
not divulge details until their
recommendations are presented
to lawmakers for consideration.
"We don't think the constitu-
tion should be changed in a lab-
oratory or within closed groups,"
Archbishop Ubaldo Santana,
president of the bishops' confer-
ence, said earlier this week.
"Rather, it should be something
that involves the entire country."
The church wields tremen-
dous influence among Venezue-
la's 27 million inhabitants, most
of whom are Catholic.
Chavez rejects allegations
that he is a threat to democracy,
but he has raised concerns by
saying he wants to be president
until 2021 or beyond, and
proposing indefinite re-election
as part of the forthcoming
reform. Venezuela's National
Assembly, controlled by
Chavez's allies, is expected to
begin reviewing the proposals
next month.


BAHAMIANS are again
complaining about long lines
and waiting times at the US
Embassy in Nassau despite
newly initiated schemes by the
embassy to create a more effi-
cient visa application system.
In February, the US
Embassy introduced appoint-
ment "scratch cards" and last
year eliminated the use of
paper applications in an effort
to help "save time when apply-
ing for a visa".
A representative from the
embassy remarked that he is
"surprised" that Bahamians are
complaining of long wait times,
stating the embassy had "good
statistics" on reduced waiting

A MIDDLE school teacher
was rescued off the coast of
Florida early Monday morn-
ing after reportedly jumping
off a Carnival Cruise ship
headed for the Bahamas.
The ship was on its way to
Freeport, according to a state-
ment from the cruise line, on
one leg of its 60-day journey.
US Coast Guard officials
reported that 29-year-old Scott
Durbin of Rockville, Texas
jumped from the Carnival Lib-
erty cruise ship around
11.35pm on Sunday, falling 36
feet into the water.
Durbin is a sixth-grade sci-
ence teacher at Robert Frost
Middle School, according to
Montgomery County Public
Schools spokesman Brian
Edwards. Durbin has taught
at the school since 2002.
According to the Carnival
statement, a security officer
on board the ship witnessed

time for people applying for
non-immigrant visas since the
new initiatives were put in
Consul General at the US
Embassy, Virginia Ramadan,
expressed her sympathies for
those who suffered "a bad
experience" while applying for
a visa, but explained, "Since we
instituted scratch cards in Feb-
ruary, our appointment wait-
ing system has been shorter."
She told The Tribune that
"what happens is that many
people, anxious to get in, come
early and can't be let in until a
designated time."
For instance, if an applicant
has a scheduled appointment
for 11am, but arrives at the
Embassy at 8am, they won't be

the jump and informed the
"Upon learning of this situ-
ation, the ship's command ini-
tiated search and rescue pro-
cedures and notified the U S
Coast Guard," the statement
The ship's crew threw life
rings and jackets into the
water when the man went
Less than an hour later, at
12.22am, Durbin was found
and rescued by a nearby Coast
Guard cutter and taken to a
local hospital for examination.
Luis Diaz, a Coast Guard
spokesman, said the man was
treated by emergency medical
services at the Coast Guard
station, but officials did not
know whether Durbin suf-
fered any injuries.
The search is still on for a
passenger who disappeared
from the Freedom of the Sea

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allowed into the waiting area
until the time of their sched-
uled appointment, which may
be the reason some people
have to stand outside the
embassy on long lines.
According to Ms Ramadan,
if a person shows up to the
embassy at their appointed
time, they are ushered into the
waiting area without delay.
The Consular Section wait-
ing room, which was renovated
and expanded last year, can
hold around 50 applicants at a
time, with an average waiting
period of one hour from point
of entry until they are inter-
Sources at the embassy
revealed to The Tribune that
before appointment cards were

Ministry of Health

launches 100-day

disease campaign

Minister of Health and
Social Development Dr
Hubert Minnis has launched
his ministry's 100-Day Chal-
lenge as means of "tackling
head-on" the growing number
of cases of chronic, non-com-
municable diseases in the
Dr Minnis said CNCDs have
become a "growing burden"
on the country's healthcare sys-
"These lifestyle diseases as
they are commonly called -
diabetes, high blood pressure,
-coronary heart disease and
cancers are also contributing
to poor quality of life and eco-
nomic hardship for a signifi-
cant proportion of our popula-
tion," he said.
Dr Minnis noted that the
most recent report of the Chief
Medical Officer stated that 45
per cent of deaths in 2003 were
due to CNCDs, with hyper-
tension as the leading cause of
death in women.

He said this situation is not
unique, as statistics from the
World Health Organisation
(WHO) list chronic diseases
such as heart disease, stroke,
cancer, chronic respiratory dis-
eases and diabetes as the lead-
ing cause of mortality in the
world, representing 60 per cent
of all deaths.


Given these "alarming"
global and national statistics,
his ministry decided to launch
the 100-day challenge under
the theme: "Healthy body,
mind and heart: let's dokur
part" to build upon the
Healthy Lifestyle Initiative that
was established in 2005.
"During the 100 days of
challenge, the Ministry of
Health and Social Develop-
ment, in partnership with the
Public Hospitals Authority,
private sector health organisa-

tions and other non-govern-
mental agencies and the media,
have organised a number of
activities designed to educate
and to mobilise the entire
country to transform this read-
ily available knowledge into
action," Dr Minnis said.
Some of those activities
include the launch of Wellness
Wednesday on Wednesday,
July 9. On that day and each
succeeding Wednesday,
employees and employers
throughout the Bahamas will
be asked to join forces and par-
ticipate in corporate
wellness activity such as
Walk the Stairs day, Water
Day or Read the Label Day.
The Ministry will also facili-
tate the formation of Healthy
Dozen Clubs, which will be
open to churches and church
groups, neighbourhood groups
and workplaces, whose mem-
bers will be encouraged to
meet on a regular basis to
engage in activities that will

cruise ship last month.
The passenger has not been
found and although the search
is still on, experts believe that
there is little chance of finding
the man alive.

implemented, applicants would
bombard the Embassy with no
assurance of being seen by an
embassy official at all.
Bahamians have also claimed
that there are discrepancies in
the requirements for non-immi-
grant visa photographs. "We
do know that it has caused con-
sternation," Ms Ramadan said.
She explained that pictures
must have a white background
and that "shady" pictures,
where parts of an applicant's
face cannot be seen, are reject-
She advised visa applicants
to become aware of the
requirements before they arrive
at the embassy, to avoid unnec-
essary delays.
The US Department of State

website has posted guidelines
that clarify the photo require-
ments, some of which are:
"The applicant should not
look down or to either side,
and the face should cover
about 50 per cent of the photo
area. The photograph should
be in colour and must be taken
against a white or off-white
background. Photos with dark,
busy, or patterned backgrounds
will not be accepted."
Photbs in which sunglasses,
headgear, or anything else is
obstructing the view of the
applicant's face are also not
According to published
reports, about 35,000 non-
immigrant visas are issued in
the Bahamas each year.

* DR Hubert Minnis

improve their individual and
collective health status.
The participants will be able
to record their progress in the
Passport to Better Life, which

also contains 12 tips for healthy
living and incorporates princi-
ples of the National Dietary
Food Guide Drum.

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Teacher rescued after

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A growing consensus on climate change

AS WE enter the 20C
you-know-what se;
son with 14 name
storms and seven hurricane
predicted a science journal
named Chris Mooney has put
lished Storm World, a boo
linking hurricanes with the ba
tle over global warming.
Mooney grew up in Ne
Orleans, the city that wa
smashed by Hurricane Katrin
recently, and is the Washingto
correspondent for Seed Mag;
zine. His new book present
a scientific history of our cu
rent understanding of hurr
canes and asks if we are makir
these dangerous storms eve
bigger monsters than the
already are.
His starting point is that since
the Earth's atmosphere
warming, and since hurricane
draw their power from the he;
energy stored in tropical ocea
waters, warmer seas should (a
else being equal) produce moi
intense storms.
This has enormous implic;
tions particularly for us i
the Bahamas because strong
hurricanes cause dramatically
more destruction than wea
ones when they hit lanm
Although that might soun
obvious at first, the fact is thE
the amount of damage increa
es at a faster rate than win
"It has been estimated
that a land-falling Catego-
ry 4 or 5 hurricane, with
maximum sustained winds
greater than 131 miles per
hour, causes 64 times as
much destruction as a Cat-
egory 1 storm (with winds
from 74 to 95 mph) and
256 times as much as a
mere tropical storm (winds
up to and including 73
mph)," Mooney says.
"If we're really making
the deadliest storms on
Earth still deadlier, it will
represent one of humanity's al
time greatest foot-shootin
episodes. Short of a collapse
the Greenland or West Antar
tic ice sheets, it's hard to imaj
ine many hypothesised man
festations of global warmir
niore likely to shock the publ
-or generate a call to action."

a- -lobal warming has
,d been high on the sci-
es entific agenda since 1988, when
st the Intergovernmental Panel on
b- Climate Change was set up by
)k the World Meteorological
t- Organization and the United
Nations. But only in more
w recent years has it become a
is topic of heated dinner table
ia conversation, with former US
n vice president Al Gore's docu-
a- mentary film, An inconvenient
ts Truth, helping to feed the pop-
r- ular interest.
i- The IPCC brings together
ig thousands of scientists from all
,n over the world to make period-
.y ic assessments of the state.of
climate science. Their latest
ce report was issued in February,
is and its conclusions were
es reached by consensus under the
at leadership of Dr. Susan.
in 'Solomon of the US National
ll Oceanic and Atmospheric
re Administration.
The IPCC does not conduct
a- its own research, it sifts and
in evaluates the existing peer-
ig reviewed literature to sum-
ly marise the best available scien-
k tific knowledge on climate
d. change. In fact, experts say
id this process is one of the most
at ambitious, comprehensive,
s- heavily reviewed, and authori-
id tative knowledge-gathering

This warming trend
can set off long-term
changes in the
Earth's climate that
threaten both humai
societies and natural

11- enterprises ever undertaken.
ig The February assessment con-
of firmed the "unequivocal" warm-
c- ing of the climate system, as is
g- now evident from increases in
ii- global average air and ocean
ig temperatures, widespread melt-
ic ing of snow and ice, and rising
* global average sea level.

The report also said it
was "likely" -mean-
ing a greater probability than
66 per cent that rising tem-
peratures were a factor influ-
encing the intensity of tropical
As Mooney outlines in his
book, more powerful hurricanes
are one of the assumed conse-
quences of global warming,
"although specific weather
events can never be 'caused' by
a statistically averaged change
in global climate over time,
even if they are precisely the
kind of events that should grow
more common as global warm-
ing sets in."
Global warming is caused by
a buildup of greenhouse gases
(like carbon dioxide) in the
atmosphere which help to trap.
the sun's heat. Most scientists
believe that this buildup is the
result of human activities such
as the burning of vast quanti-
ties of fossil fuels during the
industrial era: "The warming
trend over the past 50
years (0.13 degrees Celsius
per decade) is nearly twice
that for the last 100 years,"
the IPCC says.
This warming trend can
set off long-term changes
in the Earth's climate that
threaten both human soci-
n eties and natural ecosys-
tems. But when scientists
began talking about cut-
ting greenhouse gas emis-
sions, they implicated the
fortunes of some of the
world's most powerful
vested interests. And before
long, the petroleum and auto-
mobile industries had organised
to combat the global warming

O ne of their core,
weapons was to cre-
ate doubt about'the validity of

the science itself the same tac-
tic used by the tobacco industry
for decades when scientific
research pointed to adverse
public health consequences
from smoking. And for a while,
the climate change sceptics were.
powerful voices to the point
of influencing George W
Bush to reverse his 2000
campaign pledge to cut
greenhouse gas emissions.
But the pendulum has
swung recently with the S4
collection of new scientific
data, to the point that even P
ExxonMobil acknowl- t(
edges that greenhouse gas-
es from smokestack and i1
tailpipe emissions are fac-
tors in global warming. For
years, ExxonMobil had 2
funded think tanks that
questioned the science t
and whether policies to
address global warming e
would be cost-effective.
For example, the Heart-
land Institute, an influen-
tial libertarian think tank based
in Chicago, says that "environ-
mental scares are frequently
unsupported by sound science
and are often launched to fur-
ther an anti-corporation, anti-
free market agenda. Activists
use junk science to stampede
the public into fearing chemi-
cals in the air, food, and water,
and the possible consequences
of poorly understood phenom-
ena such as climate change."

The massive destruction
caused by Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita ini 2005
focused public attention on the
relationship of tropical cyclones
to global warming. And some
well-known climate researchers
concluded that warmer seas
were indeed fueling stronger
storms, although sceptics say
Sthis is part of a natural cycle.
According to Kerry Emanuel

of the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, "There is some
evidence that hurricane inten-
sity is increasing. Records show
an upswing of both the maxi-
mum wind speed and duration
of hurricanes worldwide. The
energy released by the average
hurricane (again, considering
all hurricanes worldwide) seems
to have increased by around 70
per cent in the past 30 years or
so, corresponding to about a 15
per cent increase in maximum
wind speed and a 60 per cent
increase in storm lifetime."
A big chunk of Chris

The climate chang<
ceptics were
Powerful voices -
o the point of
influencing George
V Bush to reverse h
000 campaign pledge
o cut greenhouse g

Mooney's book details the bat-
tles in American scientific and
political arenas over whether
the unusually active hurricane
seasons of 2004 and 2005 were
"asportent of global warming's
meteorological onset". Indeed,
the Bush administration went
so far as to censor government
scientists, editing their pro-
nouncements on climate change
and hurricane intensity to
reflect the official "party line".
Mooney reports that,
although the Atlantic was less
active, globally "2006 like
2005 and 2004 featured.many
incredible hurricanes. That
includes what may have been
the strongest southern hemi-
sphere storm ever observed,
and what is officially the
longest-lived intense storm. The
records set were yet again con-
sistent with though still not
proof of a global warming-
induced intensification of hur-
ricanes. They didn't make you

certain, but they certainly made
you wonder."
o the scientific consen-
sus is beginning to shift
towards those who see
evidence that global warming
will produce an upward trend
in the destructive power of trop-
ical cyclones. Taking into
account rising coastal popula-
tions, this could lead to a sub-
stantial increase in hurricane-
related losses in this century,
experts say.
And the consensus is really
all we have to go on, Mooney
says: "We can't pick win-
ners not unless the.
broader scientific process,
e in which they all partici-
pate (or the bulk of them)
together in a conclusion
they strongly and collec-
tively accept. On' global
warming itself, that has
happened already. On
global warming and hurri-
canes, it hasn't."
Lis For a world that has
,e endured the Bush Admin-
istration's two-term
as obstruction of any interna-
tional action to address
global warming issues, it is
interesting to note that cli-
mate change now looms
larger than any other envi-
ronmental threat in the mind of
the American public.
A recent poll conducted by
the Washington Post, ABC
News and Stanford University.
reported that a third of Ameri-
cans cite global warming as the
world's biggest environmental
problem double the figure
from just a. year before. And
the same poll found that 7 out
of 10 Americans want the gov-
ernment to take more action on
global warming including
regulating private industry.
With both the Bush admin-
istration and the Kyoto climate
treaty rapidly drawing to a
close, the focus is on the devel-
opment of new opportunities
for international co-operation
on global warming.

*Storm World: Hurricanes,
Politics and the Battle Over
Global Warming by Chris
Mooney. Harcourt Publishers,

Inepdependence celebrations to mark

the oioneers of Bahamian culture

- BERT Cambridge M SIR Etienne Dupuch

SL W Young

THE Ministry of Culture
yesterday announced the names
of pioneering Bahamians to
honoured in the celebrations to
mark the 34th anniversary of
Also revealed was the official
schedule of the celebrations,
which will be held this year
under the theme: Celebrating
our Forebears.
"It is important to celebrate
us," said a spokesman for the
Independence Committee. "We
, don't do a lot of it, and tend to
celebrate everything that is not
..j, us".
It is for this reason that the
-, forefathers of the nation have
been chosen as the focus of this
year's celebrations, as they
. shaped Bahamian society,
a. affected the average Bahamian
i and,created a. foundation for
.. independence.
The 12 men to be celebrated
are: Robert Melville Bailey,
.. Leon Walton Young, Cleveland
Harrington Reeves, Stephen
Albert Dillet, Dr Claudius
Roland Walker, Timothy Gib-
son, Donald Webster Davis,
Alfred Francis Adderley, Dr
, Cleveland Wilmore Eneas Sr,
* Charles Rhodriquez, Sir Eti-
enne Dupuch, Thaddeus
% Augustus Toote, and Bert Cam-
V Events begin on Thursday,
* July 5 and continue until Fri-
p day, July 13.
, At 8.30pm, the E Clement.
' Bethel National Arts Festival
4 will be held at Arawak Cay.
* This festival will showcase the
* talent of youths from all over
. the country who have previous-
ly won art, dance, drama, and
music competitions.
Rawson Square will host
activities for National Pride Day
, from 9.00am to 6.00pm. The
* morning starts with a ceremo-
nial flag raising. Other events
, include a performance by the
*, Royal Bahamas Defence Force
Band, the Ministry of Touris-
m's Walk Through History cam-
. paign, and other cultural per-
formances. Free samples of
Bahamian food will also be pro-
" vided for the public.
At 8.30pm The "YouthWay"
, celebration for the youth will
* take place at the College of the

Bahamas Band Shell.
Dance, music, and poetry
performances will take place in
an attempt to address concerns
that the youth of the nation feel
alienated by events surround-
ing independence.
Events include the annual
Independence Beat Retreat,
performed by the Police Force
Band in Rawson Square at 5pm
and Youth Services at 7.30pm at
the Convention Centre on Joe
Farrington Road and at
Bahamas Faith Ministries.
An ecumenical church ser-
vice will be held at Sir Kendal
Isaacs Gym at 3pm.
As cultural events tend to
dominate the independence cal-
endar, the committee stressed
the importance of this event,
"as religion is central to the
country's culture".
Bishop Humes and Reverend
Patrick Paul spoke of how this
event would allow the commu-
nity to come together and pray
for a turn around in crime.
At 9pm celebrations begin at
Clifford Park. There will be a
reenactment of the first inde-
pendence, a cultural show, an

military inspection, a flag raising
ceremony, and at midnight, a
fireworks display.
At 12.15am a concert featur-
ing the "big name performers"
will be held at Arawak Cay.
To end the morning, there
will be "The People's Rush
Out" from Rawson Square to
Arawak Cay at 4.30am.
The committee said they
would like for everyone to come
out and enjoy this opportunity.
This junkanoo experience will
not be a group competition, but
an expression of pride for the
.* Friday
The most emphasised activity
is the final event on the calen-
dar a rake 'n scrape concert at
Botanical Gardens on Friday,
July 13.
"We are redeeming Friday
the 13," said Dr Nicl ette
Bethel, the director of culture
and a member of the commit-
The concert will feature tra-
ditional an.d contemporary
artists, including the'Lassie Doh
Boys, Ronnie Butler, and KB.
Persons are encouraged to
dress in island style clothing as
there will be awards and gifts
for those who are dressed the

* TIMOTHY Gibson

There will also be rake 'n
scrape dancers, and the floor
will bpen up for competitions
throughout the night. Tickets
cost $20 beforehand, and $25 at
the door.
It is hoped that the "positive
vibes" that the concert is
expected to generate will carry
forward to the upcoming Car-
ifesta 10, which the Bahamas is
hosting in August 2008.
This is part of a plan to
devote each month leading up
to Carifesta to a different cul-
tural event. The rake 'n scrape
concert is the event for July and
the grand opening of the
Junkanoo Museum is the event
scheduled for August.
Assistant Superintendent of
Police Steven Adderley assured
the public that officers will be in
place at all of these events.
A zero tolerance policy will
be in place and persons caus-
ing any disturbance will be
arrested, he said.

N DR Cleveland Eneas

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We're in denial about rising crime


I READ with utter disbe-
lief a statement by the
superintendent of prisons that
the country's crime level is not a
cause for concern.
Where is Dr Elliston Rah-
ming living?
Dr Rahming, according to
published reports, said the
crime situation, isn't at crisis
The average Bahamian, the
criminologist said, can go
about his daily duties without
stressing over whether he'd
make it home safely. While he
"regretted" the murder rate -
42, or double the world norm
on a per capital basis Dr.
Rahming predicted the level
will begin to trend downward
because murders tend to occur
in cycles.
He pointed to the domestic
nature of most crimes, and not-
ed that a number of murders
are between acquaintances.
"How do you anticipate
someone who asks someone
else, for instance, to go for a bag
of Chinese rice and he doesn't
bring it and he gets stabbed and
he dies? That's a values ques-
tion more so than a deficit in
law enforcement question. "
Is Dr. Rahming suggesting it's
okay to have an extraordinary
number of murders as long as
they're linked to a deficient val-
ues system and poor anger man-
agement, and are not premedi-
How can this be? Murder,
after all, is murder.
Every killing whether it's
the little Fox Hill girl who was
struck by a bullet in a drive-by
shooting or the double crossing
drug peddler causes enormous
A mother, father, brother, sis-
ter and other loved ones are
shattered. Children are trau-
matised. Grief doesn't just go
So to rationalise the cause of
murder doesn't justify the prob-


Then, too. there's the
impact violence has on
tourism our economic lifeblood.
And with a five per cent drop in
stop-over visitors during the first
quarter of the year. this is a real
cause for concern.
The U.S. State Departmen-
t's travel website has a lot to
say about the Bahamas.
Some kind soul in State said
the Bahamas has a "relatively
low crime rate" obviously, he
wasn't looking at figures on a
per capital basis.
But then he goes on to warn
visitors to exercise caution and
good judgment.
Although most crime takes
place in non-tourist areas, crime
and violence have moved into
more upscale tourist and resi-
dential areas, the State Depart-
ment tells the world.
Criminals, it says, also target
restaurants and nightclubs fre-
quented by tourists. The most
common approach for criminals
is to offer victims a ride, either
as a "personal favour" or by
claiming to be a taxi, and then
robbing and/or assaulting the
The State Department pro-
vides links to various other
pages. Here's where it really
gets hairy.
One of the reports, posted in
2004 (imagine if it were cur-
rent!), says crime and violence
have increasingly moved into
more affluent tourist and resi-
dential areas.
And it advises:
Valuables should be left in a
safe place or at home. Do not
leave belongings unguarded on
the beach while swimming.
Passports and other valuables
should be left in hotel safes.
Walking at night on seclud-
ed beaches alone or in small
groups is not advised. Visitors
found alone or incapacitated
have been targeted for rape,
robbery, and assault.
Know your drinking com-

YO URL -Rm--


panions and be accompanied by
friends when in clubs, bars,
walking, or in a taxi at night.

T he U.S. Embassy in
Nassau in 2003
explained that crime and drug
trafficking have '"increased to
such a level that it is necessary
to officially inform younger
tourists about the bad condi-
tions they may encounter in the
island nation."
The American Embassy men-
tions theft, armed robbery,
physical attacks, kidnapping and
murder of tourists as potential
risks. "Widespread drug traf-
ficking and dangerous posses-
sion of arms are increasing even
on the so-called out islands."
In the last year the U.S.
Embassy had received several
reports of sexual assaults,
including assaults against teen-
age girls. Most assaults have
been perpetrated against intox-
icated young women, some of
whom were reportedly drugged.
Pretty heavy words for a
country where we shouldn't be
unduly alarmed.


The fact is, the Bahamas
is in crisis and has been
for some time.
Well-known psychiatrist Dr.
David Allen pulled the matter
into perspective with his fol-
lowing observations.
Drawing from a 2007 United
Nations report, Dr. David Allen
The Bahamas' murder rate
is 21 per 100,000 per year
(while) the worldwide average
is nine.

Our physical assault rate is
1,697 incidents per 100,000 per
year, while the worldwide aver-
age is 10, so we're 160 times the
worldwide average.
Rape on average is 133 inci-
dents per 100,000 per year; the
worldwide average is 16, so
we're almost about eight times

Is Dr. Rahming
suggesting it's
okay to have an
number. of mur-
ders as long as
they're linked to a
deficient values
system and poor
anger manage-
ment, and are not

The murder rate year to
date is almost double the 2006
But according to Dr. Rah-
ming, we're not in crisis. What
sort of lopsided logic is that?
The frightening thing is the
absence of a plan to restore law
and order in the country.
People are getting tired of the
political blame game. They
want action.
Let's face it; the political par-
ties don't have a viable, across-
the-board plan for reducing
crime to the irreducible mini-
mum. Such a plan would
involve a well thought out, mul-

ti-pronged approach targeting
a problem that's almost three
generations in the making. The
political parties have not shown
the political will, vision or ener-
gy to deal with the matter.
Crime became a problem in
the 1970s and escalated to an
alarming level in the 1980s
when drug lords ruled
supreme. They felt so confident
and protected that the Colom-
bian flag flew over Norman's
Cay, Exuma. People in high
places received huge unidenti-
fiable deposits in their bank
accounts. Suitcase deposits
became the norm. The
Bahamas became known as "A
Nation for Sale."

When the crackdown
finally came as a
result of pressure from Uncle
Sam, the trade dried up quite a
bit, but the island was flooded
with weapons. Ex-dealers
turned to armed robbery to sup-
port their lavish lifestyles and
crack addicts resorted to petty
theft to feed their habit.
By then, excessive material-
ism had taken root, even pene-
trating the Church and high
political circles.
The value system collapsed
along with the family unit.
Crime's continued into the
2000s. Drug trafficking appears
to be on the upswing again.
Both the FNM and PLP gov-
ernments have appointed com-
missions to look into crime and
anti-social activities. Remem-
ber the Consultative Commit-
tee Report on National Youth
Development? The National
Commission on Crime report?
The report on prison reform?
These were extremely com-
prehensive and a tremendous
amount of work went into them.
How many of the recommen-
dations have actually been
implemented on a sustained
And so, when Dr. Rahming
says "we" will find a way as a
society to deal with crime, one
wonders just how he thinks this

will be achieved.
Dr Rahming predicted the
murder rate will begin to trend
"downward because murders
tend to occur in cycles.. .That is
. just the way society perpetuates
Tell that to the man who was
murdered while going to his fac-
tory to soak pigeon peas one
Sunday, leaving behind a wife
pregnant with their first child.
Tell it to the nurse who was shot
to death in Princess Margaret
Tell it to the man who was
murdered in cold blood after
he stopped to buy bird seed for
a boy whose father was killed in
a car accident. Tell it to the
woman who was stabbed to
death in a store in Freeport. To
the businessman killed in front
of his wife on Valentine's Day.
To the visitors who were raped
and murdered on Paradise

Y es, Dr. Allen, Bahami-
ans are in denial.
The judiciary, the public edu-
cation system and the family
unit are in a shambles. Corrup-
tion's endemic. Traffic laws are
barely enforced. Anarchy rules
on the roads. The National
Word starts with "F" and I
don't mean "fish." Alcohol laws
aren't enforced.
Those of us, who can afford
to, live behind bars while the
criminals are on the loose.
Some months back I tele-
phoned the police in the middle
of a hot pursuit to tell them one
of the crooks they were after
was in the bush in our neigh-
The police wouldn't track
him because the bush was 'too
t'ick.' They wouldn't bring dogs.
They didn't stake the area out.
The crook waited until they left
and simply walked out of the
bush with a bundle over his
Don't worry. Be happy.
Commentary based on pub-
lished reports.

Earl Deveaux denies trying to Bahamas falls off poll of

create alarm over school siteI

FROM page one ments, including cramps, vom- key tamarind but that is not I nited States travellers
To this Mr Deveaux The company consequently practise," he added.
responded that his govern- asked the government in the Mr Roberts has publicly chal-
ment's decision to halt work letter to fully inspect the site lenged the FNM to publicise the FROM page one ing to Mr Comito. Canada's popularity diminished,
on the site came after a letter and provide them with a report scientific report done on the site, Meanwhile, other industry and it stepped down in the
was sent to the ministry by the of the findings, which he claims the government US citizens travelling to and commentators have blamed the ranking from seventh to
contractor ER Hanna Con- "We would have been quite has already received, from the US to have pass- state of the downtown area and eleventh.
struction Company, revealing irresponsible to have ignored However, Mr Deveaux's ports, as probably the "top the airport for leaving a bad Other destinations which
worker illnesses. what the contractor had to say, statement indicates that the factor" depleting figures. impression on tourists. made it into the top 15 were
A Lopy ot the letter sent to and to suggest otherwise is noth- report has not yet been con t- Howevei, loss of room inven- Aside from the Bahamas' Germany, New Zealand and
fhe director of public works, ing but callous disregard for the pleted. tury during hotel renovations, decline in Americans' percep- Greece.
dated May 3rd, was also pro- workers at the site and thou- "We suspended work at the and a relatively soft market- tions, other notable changes in Up to press time an antici-
vided to the media by the Min- sands of Bahamian children site and we caused an initial ing campaign compared to the poll include the climbing of pated response from the Min-
istry of Works. who would attend that school," examination of the soil. Then other countries have not Japan from eleventh to seventh, istry of Tourism had not
In the letter the operations the Works Minister said. we decided to cause a deeper helped matters either, accord- and Spain from 12th to 9th. arrived.
m manager of ER H anna coe into the site and we are ...................................................................................................................................................................................- "M r. R oberts and his col- probe into the site and we are
pany said that for four months, leagues in the former adminis- still awaiting the report of the
workers at the site experienced tration may be content to toxicologists from that exami-
rashes and various stomach ail- attribute the problem to mon- nation," he said. D nl g j f4 h 4

* .~ .. .. '.

FROM page one
checks" into the reports, an offi-
cial said.
The latest reactions come as
Bruce Elliott, a Nassau man,
produced for The Tribune a
tube of toothpaste which has
some of the characteristics
which Colgate, the company
whose brand name is being used
on the tubes, said could identify
the product as counterfeit.
However, there have been
conflicting statements from
Robin Hood the store where
Mr Elliott claims he bought the
toothpaste as to whether
checks had determined whether
the store was stocking the fake,
and potentially hazardous, ver-
Mr Elliott came forward after
statements made on Monday by
a representative from Bahamian
distributor Thompson Trading
and Co. expressing concern that
the product may have reached
these shores.
On the packaging of the tube
purchased by Mr Elliott were
several of the words which Col-
gate-Palmolive, when denying
they produced the product, said
would identify a fake.
Mr Elliott's toothpaste was
listed as containing "100 ml" of
paste a size that Colgate
claims it does "not import for
the US market." Additionally, it
said it was manufactured in
South Africa a place from
which Colgate again claims it
does not import toothpaste for
the US market.
It has not yet been deter-
mined whether such labelling
on a tube of Colgate toothpaste
bought in this country, and not
in the U.S., would mark it out as

Significantly, however, gen-
eral manager at Robin Hood,
Philip Allen, admitted that the
company does buy its Colgate
products from a vendor in the
Other words which some
tubes are said to have printed
on them, according to the com-
pany, include "SOUTH AFRL-
CA", "isclinically", and "South
African Dental Assoxiation."
The tube purchased bly Mr
Elliott did not have these mis-
spellings on it.
No illnesses have yet been
reported in the US as a result of
the toothpaste entering the mar-
ket, and initially, an FDA
spokesman Doug Arbesfeld
said last week that the risk to
consumer's health was "low."
Since this time, however,
counterfeit Colgate has been
found in Canada containing
reportedly high levels of "dan-
gerous bacteria."
The bacteria are said to pose
a significant health risk to chil-
dren, or anyone with a weak-
ened immune system.
Contacted by The Tribune,
Sidney McKenzie at the gov-
ernment's Consumer Affairs
Unit said that his department
had scheduled some checks at
food stores, in light of reports in
The Tribune this week.
Mr Elliott claims he bought
the tube after seeing a news
report on U.S. television about
the toothpaste, which was first
detected in that country several
weeks ago. He said he was curi-
ous to see if the counterfeit
product had reached the
An employee at Robin Hood
on Harrold Road said yester-
day morning that based on
Tuesday's article their company

had pulled all Colgate items
from the shelves. She said that
some counterfeit items were
However, later in the day a
manager at the store, Raq
Tyler, said that all of their
items had been checked and
no counterfeit products were
to be seen. Mr Tyler speculat-
ed that Mr Elliott's purchase
must have been a "one in a
Meanwhile, general manag-
er, Philip Allen said that. "from
what I was told ours wasn't
from that particular batch" but
suggested another manager,
Gina Culmer, may know more.
He claimed however that
despite "pretty much knowing)
we're sure" their product is not
the fake version, they are still
checking their stock "to make
definite sure" and are seeking
advice from Colgate about the
Mr Elliott claimed that he
purchased his tube of counter-
feit toothpaste on June 18th. If
true, this means at least two
weeks have passed in which
consumers could have been
buying the toothpaste. In addi-
tion, it would have been an
attractive buy for many as it was
allegedly priced more cheaply
than authentic Colgate tooth-
paste, at $1.89. At City Market
on Harrold road Mr Elliott
claims he found only authentic
Colgate, priced at around $3.
In the U.S., the fake product
was found for sale in discount-
type stores.
Attempts to reach Sidney
Collie, the minister with respon-
sibility for consumer welfare,
were again unsuccessful yester-
day as he was said to be in Cab-





E KERMIT Mackey; Barbados team in the background

Bahamian cuisine

is savoured at

Caribbean contest

A BAHAMIAN team of
chefs did their nation proud at a
regional competition held in
Florida. ,
Taste of the Caribbean 2007,
held last week in Miami, served
up the talents of 13 Caribbean
culinary teams, who earned the
praise of the judges responsible
for assessing the competitors'
respective performances.
On Monday, national teams
from Anguilla, Bahamas, Bar-
bados, Bonaire, the British Vir-
gin Islands, Curaqao, Grenada,
Puerto Rico, St Martin, St Vin-
cent and the Grenadines, Suri-
name, Trinidad and Tobago,

and the US Virgin Islands, com-
peted simultaneously in a live
kitchen environment, preparing
their own unique Caribbean
menus based on a mystery bas-
ket of ingredients.
The Bahamian team walked
away with a silver team medal
and a special culinary award for
best use of certified Angus
In addition, Derrek Joseph
won a special bartender award
for the most creative rum drink.
At a special awards breakfast
following the first round of com-
petition, Rick Crossland of
Bahama Breeze, head judge for

the culinary competition and
sponsor of the event, took the
opportunity to draw attention to
the high points of the cooking
competition and urged competi-
tors to continue on the same path.
"Continue to embrace and
showcase the unique dishes,
ingredients and methods of
preparation that make your
island's cuisine distinctive," said
Mr Crossland. "Continue to
incorporate artful and colour-
ful presentations with your
demonstrated understanding of
portion size and nutritional bal-
In addition to the skills

* EMMANUEL Gibson, executive sons chef at One & Only Ocean Club and Kermitt Mackey in
the background

demonstrated, Mr Crossland
lauded the initiative of many of
the teams, which bring students
and apprentices to the compe-
tition as a learning experience.
Taste of the Caribbean was-
established in 1987. It strives to

promote the development and
refinement of contemporary
Caribbean cuisine.
The event was held in con-
junction with the Caribbean
Hotel and Tourism Conference,
in Miami, hosted by CHA and

American Express.
Sponsors included Choice
Hotels International, Foster's
Group, Interval International,
The New York Times and
Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown
& Russell.

Pilot in hospital with second degree burns after plane crash

FROM page one
away from the burned wreck-
age of a single engine Cessna
plane, whichcrashed around
9.05am about 50 miles east 6.
Police and emergency rescue
officials searched the area and
discovered the wreckage around
Chief Superintendent of
Police Basil Rahming reported
that an employee of Burmah
Oil Terminal discovered Mr
Zakryk several miles away from
the wreckage, walking through
the pine forest, apparently try-
ing to find the main road.
Mr Rahming said police were
notified of a plane crash around
9.05am by Air Traffic Control at
Grand Bahama International
He said officials had reported
that an airplane had gone down
in east Grand Bahama about 50
miles east of Freeport.
According to reports, Mr
Zakryk had left Treasure Cay
International Airport on Abaco
shortly after 8am on his way to
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

While flying over east Grand
Bahama, the plane lost altitude
and crashed in the pine forest.
Mr Rahming said a team of
police officials, along with EMS
Spersonriel, proceeded to the'
scene, where it was raining.
While searching in the pine
forest for about an hour, they
discovered the wreckage of a
single engine white Cessna 210
with brown stripes and regis-
tration number R/N 221R.
"The aircraft was broken
apart as a result of the impact
with pine trees and was also
burnt extensively," said Mr
The pilot was not at the crash
site at the time, but was later
discovered, several miles away.
He was taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital, where he
was treated for bodily injuries,
including second degree burns
to the right arm, and cuts and
bruises to his face. According
to Freeport police he was to be
airlifted to Jackson Memorial
Hospital, Miami, at 6 o'clock
yesterday evening for further
The matter is under investi-

gation by officers of the Civil
Aviation Department, who are
in Grand Bahama.
Civil Aviation officials are
also investigating a craLg d-
, .ing that occurred on Suny at
the Treasure Cay International
A Piper Aztec aircraft R/N'

N84128, piloted by Henry Quin-
tana, 63, of Miami, Florida,
crashed landed at the airport in
Abaco after his plane experi-
enced a power failure.
Mr Quintana was flying over
the eastern end of Grand
Bahama, heading towards Trea-
sure Cay when the aircraft lost

power. and propellers during the crash
He was able to glide the landing. Mr Quintana and three
plane down, but could not other passengers, including his
release the landing gear due to wife and another couple from
power'loss. The plale-laTed'" "-Miami, were not injured.
on its belly and slid several Iun- -The National Transportation
dred feet before stop i .-'! ,Safety Board in Washington,
The plane sustained exten- '"C, will investigate the acci-
sive damage to the underbelly dent.

One fire at PLP HQ was

arson, say investigators

FROM page one
"There was an attempt, and
arson is suspected in that," Mr
Evans said.
"There weje items that sup-
port the whole concept that
there was an arson attempt," he
added without going into detail
as to what evidence led fire offi-
cials to this conclusion.
The public was only made
aware of this by PLP leader
Perry Christie at his party's
thank you rally on May 26th.
The second fire on June 2nd,
which is believed to have origi-
nated in the ceiling of the front
porch, almost destroyed the
building and led police to call in
fire experts from the Broward
County Sheriff's Department.
This fire was followed by
another small fire on June 7th
originating from the same area
as the major fire after power
was restored to the building.
Regarding the major fire on
June 2nd that nearly destroyed
the building, Mr Deleveaux
announced that the samples
taken by the US experts have
revealed that "no ignitable liq-
uids were found on the items
Mr Deleveaux also told the
media that the work of the for-
eign investigators is now com-
pleted. And, so far, these sam-
ple results are the only contri-
bution to the investigation from
the Florida experts that local

fire officials are releasing.
Mr Deleveaux added that the
initial investigation at this time
does "not suggest that this mat-
ter was of a suspicious nature."
Yet, the fire chief maintained
that the investigation is not yet
Though senior fire officials
suspect that the second and
third fires are "possibly" elec-
trical in nature, neither Mr
Deleveaux nor Mr Evans would
provide evidence to the public
as to why they have this suspi-
Mr Evans merely said that
there are "tell tale signs" that
have led police to this .suspicion,
while Mr Deleveaux said the
building was "secured" at the
time'of the fire indicating that
investigators did not find evi-
dence of forced or suspicious
However, after one unsuc-
cessful arson attempt, and no
proof that the public can exam-
ine to determine whether the
second and third fires were
indeed electrical, controversy
will continue to cloud these
"The police are doing every-
thing right now to wrap this
matter up as soon as is practi-
cable," Mr Evans said.
"We want to bring this matter
to closure," he emphasized.
No suspects have been
charged regarding the arson
attempt on the building.

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Officers join

RBDF after

course US0


SUB Lieutenants William
Sturrup and Valentino Rolle
are the newest addition to the
Officer's Corps of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force.
Both officers have returned
home after successfully com-_
pleting the Officer Candidate
School programme in New Lon-
don, Connecticut.
The rigorous 17-week Coast
Guard course, sponsored by the
International Military Educa-
tion Training Programme
(IMET), was conducted at the
United States Coast Guard
Academy, from February 15
through June 13.
The course is designed to
educate and train officer can-
didates, to ensure that they
posses the moral, intellectual
and physical qualities for com-
missioning, and the leadership
potential to serve effectively.
The course curriculum included
' academics, leadership and man-
, agement, nautical science, health
' and physical readiness, customs

and courtesies, military traditions
and Coast Guard history.
The academic aspect of the
course gives the officer an overall
view of the Coast Guard. It also
exposes them to maritime law
enforcement, military .eiquette,.
the unified code of military jus-
tice, effective writing, communi-
cation skills and first aid.
The nautical science aspect
included a two-week tour of
duty aboard the US Coast
Guard Cutter "Eagle", where
the officers-were required to
-apply the knowledge of pilot-
ing, maneuvering boards, rules
of the road, ship handling, celes-
tial navigation, shipboard com-
munication, tides and currents,
nautical nomenclature and the
compass system.
The craft made patrols from
New London, Connecticut to
San Juan, Puerto Rico and con-
ducted several exercise drills.
Additionally, both officers
attended a two-day training ses-
sion in fire fighting and dam-

* SUB Lieutenant William Sturrup
(Photos: RBDF/Leading Seaman Jonathan Rolle)

age control at the US Naval
Base in New Port, Rhode
The leadership and manage-
ment section assesses the offi-
cer's leadership abilities, man-
agerial and conceptual abilities.
Evaluations are based on per-
sonal conduct, military aptitude,
situational awareness and lead-
ership positions.
They were also responsible
for various administrative duties
during their tenure at the
school. Sub Lieutenant Rolle

served in numerous roles,
including officer of the day, pla-
toon executive leader and dam-
age control assistant officer.
Both Sub Lieutenant Sturrup
and Rolle represented the
Bahamas and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force at the
Armed Service International
Ball in Washington, DC, where
they also visited the White
House and the Pentagon.
The health and physical fit-
ness programme plays a major
role in preparing the officers to

* SUB Lieutenant Valentine Rolle

maintain physical fitness, men-
tal alertness and a healthy life-
Sturrup was selected as the
first executive officer of his pla-
toon, and also the health and
physical readiness section
leader. He was voted into the
"Honour Make" as the compa-
ny guide, a significant accom-
A 1984 graduate of the AF
Adderley Senior High School,
Sub Lieutenant Rolle joined the
Defence Force in January 1987

as a marine recruit, and suc-
cessfully worked his way to the
rank of leading seaman.
He was a assigned as a mem-
ber of the Defence Force Band
prior to attending the Officer
Candidate School,
Sub Lieutenant Sturrup
joined the Defence Force in
August 1990 as Marine Recruit
after graduating from Mangrove
Cay High School in Andros.
He was assigned to the train-
ing department prior to being

Asia-Pacific countries see effects of climate change on health

Kuala Lumpur
RISING temperatures are
contributing to more landslides
in Nepal, dengue fever cases in
Indonesia and flooding in India,
threatening to put an even

greater strain on health systems
across the Asia-Pacific region,
according to Associated Press.
Health officials from more
than a dozen countries, ranging
from tiny Maldives to China,
met Tuesday in Malaysia to out-
line health problems they are

experiencing related to climate
change. They discussed ways to
work together to limit the
impact in a region expected-to
be hit hard by flooding, drought,
hbet waves, and mosquito- and
waterborne diseases.
The World Health Organiza-

tion estimates climate change
has already directly or indirect-
ly killed more than one million
people globally since 2000.
ore than half of those deaths
have occurred in the Asia-Pacif-
ic, the world's most populous
region. Those figures do not

include deaths linked to urban
air pollution, which kills about
800,000 worldwide each year,
according to WHO.
"We're not going to have a
magic bullet to fix climate change
in the next 50 years. We need to
motivate an awful lot of people

to change their behavior in a lot
of different ways," said Kristie
Ebi of WHO's Global Environ-
mental Change unit, a lead
author of the health chapter in a
report by the Intergovernmen-
tal Panel on Climate Change, a
UN network of 2,000 scientists.

Police back at Urban Renewal offices Police tackle Inagua unrest

FROM page one

'Urban Renewal centres in the
wake of the country's latest
Last Thursday, David Rolle
* became the year's 42nd homi-
cide when he died on the steps
of the deserted Nassau Village"
'Urban Renewal office.
Relatives of the deceased said
they believed that Mr Rolle's
death could have been prevent-
ed if the centre had been open.
, Speaking as a guest on More
.94's Real Talk show yesterday,
'Asst Commissioner Dames
announced that a complement
, of officers is now returning to all
Sthe Urban Renewal centres, but-
in lesser numbers than were sta-
'tioned there before.
"We will have officers there
Because we feel it is extremely
'essential, but we will not have
'the officers there in the num-
ber and at the ranks we once
had," he said.
: Mr Dames told The Tribune
that police assigned to the new
'neighbourhood or community
,policing initiative will work out
'of the Urban Renewal centres,
but will not have the leadership
of the programme.
"They will be complementary
,to the other agencies," he said.
I This move of officers back to
'the Urban Renewal centres
,comes in the same week that
'Minister of National Security
Tommy-Turnquest praised the
reassignment of officers to
;police stations.

In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Tmuquestaidthathe-
relocation of officers away from
Urban Renewal offices to police
stations will allow the officers to
focus on the "swift detection and
apprehension" of criminals.
However, speaking on the
radiir-show--yesterday, Mr
Dames said that the police force
still has not completed its
restructuring process as it
relates to Urban Renewal
Given the fact that Urban
Renewal now comes under the
Ministry of Housing, he said, the
police's role and responsibility in
the programme has to be refined.
Mr Dames emphasised that
in no way will the Urban
Renewal project be disbanded.
He explained that Urban
Renewal is made up not only
of police officers, but also of
social workers and representa-
tives from various relevant gov-
ernment agencies.
" ."Every Uttbn Renewal office
in New Providence and Grand
Bahama will have representa-
tion of police officers, whose
function and responsibility it
will be to work in concert with.
the other representative agen-
cies there, to continue the work
they have started," he said.
Mr Dames said that it has
been proposed that police rep-
resentation at the different
Urban Renewal centres will
come under the command of
the divisional police comman-
ders in the respective areas.
"There will be an officer, an

inspector who will oversee from
the-station along with other offi-
cers under his remit, We will tie
it into the existing neighbour-
hood policing strategy," he said.
As it concerns the particulars
of the latest murder, Mr D*aes
said that at the time o-pr
Rolle's death, the officers b
-had previously manned the
Urban Renewal centre in Nas-
sau Village were assigned to the
police station in that area.,
He explained that their
assignment to the station was
never intended to be permanent.
Mr Dames also said that he
does not believe that any Urban
Renewal office on the island
would have been open or
staffed at the time of night that
the murder occurred.
The assistant police commis-,
sioner said that it is his belief that
although Mr Rolle was killed in
front of the Urban Renewal Cen-
tre in-Nassau Villagerthe-murder
could have been committed any-
where in New Providence.
"Obviously someone was out
for Mr Rolle," he said.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune this week, Minister Turn-
quest said that politics should
be taken out of the situation.
,"Anytime someone is killed
it's a concern, but the govern-
ment isn't to blame. There are
strategies in place (to fight
crime), but they will not hap-
pen overnight.
"Police can't be everywhere.
Police have work to do," Mr
Turnquest said.

$3m of marijuana discovered on speedboat

FROM page one
boat was "full to the brim"
with the packages, with no
attempt having been made to
conceal the contraband.
' Two vehicles, thought to have
been waiting on the shore in
southern New Providence to
Receive the offloaded drugs,
have also been impounded by
Two people waiting with
those vehicles fled the area, and
police are currently-coffducting
investigations into their where-
' According to Asst Supt Wal-
ter Evans, the detection of these
vehicles may have come as a
result of information obtained
by DEU officers once aboard
the speedboat.
The drug bust comes days
after police found cocaine with
an estimated street value of $3
million onboard a sailboat off
the coast of Eleuthera. Two
French Canadian men were
charged yesterday in connec-
tion with that incident.
' Weeks before, the largest sin-
gle cash seizure, made in
Bahamian enforcement history
was recorded when $7 million
cash, with weapons and millions
of dollars worth of drugs were

uncovered inside a storage facil- He added that committed and
ity in Grand Bahama. determined offices are dedicat-
Despite the sensational size ed to acting on whatever infor-
and unusual frequency of these nation they gather, or are pro-
hauls, senior officers in the vided with.
DEU are not publicly willing to "'Once information comes in
jump to any conclusions about we act on it, sometimes we are
the heightened rate of appre- successful sometimes we are
tensions. not, it appears to me that we
Pushed on what may be dif- have been successful over
ferent whether new strate- (recent weeks)." However, he
gies by the DEU, or an escalat- did not confirm whether this
ing drug trafficking problem means authorities are being giv-
none has suggested that much en more information.
i-h-as edi~a ga -- -- ASP-Collie said that the pub-
Commander of the DEU, lie, and the work of officers on
Raymond Gibson, told The Tri- "the streets" who garner intel-
bune on Monday that he put the ligence from informants, are
seizures down to the partnership key to the unit's success.
between Bahamian and exter- "Whatever information we
nal authorities, such as the US. get, we work it, and at the end
While yesterday, ASP and of the day this is the result,"
Deputy Director of the DEU, said the deputy commander,
Basil Collie, noted that drug traf- adding that it can take "quite a
picking is a "dynamic enterprise." bit" of time and effort to devel-
At times you have situations op information to the point
where there appears to be a where it results in a seizure.
flow and then there is an end," ASP Evans again thanked the
he said. public, stating that by stopping
"We are unable to say these drugs flowing into the
whether there's an increase in Bahamas crime overall, in this
drug trafficking, the only thing country and beyond, can be
we can say is that for the past reduced.
couple of days we have been Those individuals held are
extremely successful in going expected to be brought before
after the drug traffickers and in the courts to be arraigned
fact seizing their contraband." before the week's end.

FROM page one
Force officers arrived on the
island on Monday anticipating
"uproar" in the community.
Employees are "very upset"
the release said, over a letter

received yesterday by the union's escalating and may get out of
president advising that employ- hand," the statement continued.
ees will be laid off for three The union is accusing man-
weeks. agement of making "no attempt"
"This has caused tempers ,to,., o cut costs in other areas of the
rise, and the community is.very company, before they made the
upset. It apeair as if things are "drastic decision to layoff staff.'

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grounds including costing, prioritizing aWdrecommending
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I Qualifications and Experience:

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Chevron Bahamas Limited is proud to announce the selection of Armando Vegas, Texaco Retail
District Sales Manager, as the Gold recipient of the company's 2006 "Customer First"
programme, an internal Chevron Corporation programme recognizing employees for achieving
outstanding results on surveys conducted throughout the entire Texaco retail network for the
Latin American region.
"Customer First" is a programme by which the company measures the customer's experience
and uses the learning to continuously improve its image and service across the retail network
and focuses on four specific areas: Forecourt (approach and fuelling area); Store and Restrooms;
Customer Service Delivery Forecourt; and Customer Service Delivery Store.
As a reward for Mr. Vegas' great achievement with ensuring that the company's vision of being
#1 in the hearts and minds of our customers, he received an all expense paid trip to Buenos
Aires, Argentina this year. "I am grateful to have been recognized with this prestigious Chevron
award and would like to thank all of the Texaco retailers in The Bahamas for their supportsaid
Mr. Vegas.
"We are all very proud of Mr. Vegas' excellent performance and recognition and I'm sure that
Texaco customers in The Bahamas appreciate his commitment to providing great quality
service," said Mr. Wolahan, Texaco's General Manager Retail Caribbean.
Armando has been employed with Chevron for the past 5 years and has held various positions
during that time including Retail Pricing Specialist Latin America Marketing; Pricing Specialist
- North America; Retail Business consultant EastTexaco/West Louisiana; Special Assignment in
supply and trading North America and COCO Retail business consultant Houston. He has
served in his current capacity since January 2006.
Outside the organization, Armando enjoys running, travelling and spending time with his
He is married to Maria Elvira Camargo and the proud father of two children, 5 year old Armando
Leon, and 2 year old Emilia.

About Chevron Bahamas Limited in The Bahamas
Chevron Bahamas Ltd. has a 50 year legacy in The Bahamas, 21 service stations and a solid roster of
Commercial and Industrial customers. It is a Chevron Corporation company, which markets its
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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


intervene in

Port ownership


Association seeks appointment of public trustee, as it expresses

concern that government has yet to grant its incorporation

Tribune Business Editor
rand Bahama
Port Authority
( GBPA )
licensees have
moved to inter-
vene in the legal battle raging
over its ownership, filing an
ex-parte application with the
Supreme Court for the
appointment of a public trustee
to safeguard the GBPA's
assets until the dispute is set-

The summons, filed with the
Supreme Court on June 21 by
attorney Maurice Glinton, on
behalf of the Freeport Proper-
ty Owners and Licensees Asso-
ciation, adds a new twist to the
saga surrounding the legal bat-
tle being fought between the
late Edward St George's estate
and Sir Jack Hayward over the
latter's claim to 75 per cent
ownership of the GBPA and
its Port Group Ltd affiliate.
Mr Glinton yesterday told


The Tribune that the applica-
tion for the appointment of a
public trustee to safeguard the
GBPA's productive, for-profit
assets for the benefit of
licensees and the wider
Freeport community was made
when attempts by Sir Jack to
overturn the court-appointed
receivers, Clifford and Myles
Culmer, were at their height.
He told The Tribune yester-
day that the intention behind
the Association's intervention,
and application for injunctive

relief, had been intended to
ensure everything at the
GBPA was preserved "in
place" until the Originating
Summons. it had filed previ-
ously seeking declaratory
relief and ans answers to sev-
eral issues surrounding events
at the Port Authority was
"Everyone is hell bent on
deciding other issues. The real
issue is the ownership of the
productive assets, and whether
they could have been split off

from the Port Authority," Mr
Glinton said.
The application has yet to
be heard by the Supreme
Court, and it is unclear what
will happen to it given that the
GBPA and P6rt Group Ltd
receivers have been confirmed
in their posts at least until the
trial on Sir Jack's 75 per cent
claim is heard on July 25-27,

SEE page 8

Questions on

BORCO sale

Customs 'discriminated' against

Freeport Concrete's Home Centre

Tribune Business
THE Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) is likely to
press any buyer of the
Bahamas Oil Refining Com-
pany International (BORCO)
to restart the facility's long-
mothballed oil refining capac-
ity, as questions swirl around
the potential implications for
its sale of a previous commit-
ment given by PDVSA that
was never fulfilled.
Sources familiar with the sit-
uation told The Tribune that
the state-owned Venezuelan
oil company had given a com-
mitment when it acquired
BORCO in the late-1980s that
it would' restart oil refining
capabilities at the Grand
Bahama operation, but it nev-
er fulfilled this despite strong
pressure from the late Edward
St George.
This has led to some ques-
tioning whether any purchaser
of BORCO via the 'beauty
contest' sales process current-
ly underway is aware of this
commitment, and whether a
buyer would inherit.
As a result, they suggested

that some buyers might think
they were just acquiring an oil
and petroleum products tran-
shipment/bulk storage facility,
not realising they might inher-
it a commitment to invest hun-
dreds of millions of dollars in
constructing a new refinery.
This, in turn, could have impli-
cations for the sales process,
sources suggested.
It is unclear whether this
commitment would carry over
to a new buyer, some believing
this unlikely, or whether it
would expire with PDVSA's
Other contacts, though, told
The Tribune that the commit-
ment given by PDVSA had
been watered down to an
'undertaking' to restart refin-
ing, after Mr St George came
under pressure in the early
1990s to moderate his stance
from then-newly-elected Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham and
Grand Bahama-based FNM
Up until that point, sources
suggested, Mr St George and
the Port Authority had been
reluctant to grant BORCO a

SEE page 6

Tribune Business Editor
THE Comptroller of Customs acted
"unreasonably" in demanding that
Freeport Concrete's Home Centre pay
$738,644 in duties or erect an outside
warehouse to store bonded goods before it
could open, the Supreme Court ruled,
describing this as "discriminatory" in a
verdict that gives legal backing to over-the-
counter bonded goods sales in Freeport.
The 65-page ruling by Justice Isaacs
implied that the Comptroller of Customs
was exceeding his lawful powers and
authority by attempting to impose condi-
tions not included in the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement, the verdict also disagreeing

Court finds tax collector acted 'unereasonably' and exceeded its
powers, breaching Hawksbill Agreement, in ruling that givesTegal
backing to over-the-counter bonded goods sales

with the Custoins Department's defini-
tion of 'consumable goods' under the
The Judge ruled: "I am satisfied that
the Customs Department's decision to
impose two pre-conditions upon the
Applicant for the opening of the [Home
Centre] superstore were unreasonable in
the circumstances of this case.
"Further, there is no authority [vested]
in the Comptroller to bar the opening of a

licencee's store, provided the licensee has
satisfied all other requirements for the
operation of a store.'
As a result, he issued an order quashing
the Customs Department's demand for
the $738,644 in upfront duties, also order-
ing that Customs be prevented from "pro-
hibiting, interfering with or otherwise"

SEE page 7

Bahamas must show

'efficient' regulation

Tribune Business
THE Bahamas must demon-
strate that it is "efficiently" reg-
ulating and administering its
capital markets and wider
financial service industry to
maintain its international rep-
utation, the Securities Com-
mission saying yesterday it will
"certainly" publish the pro-
posed new Securities Industry-
Act for market consultation
this summer.
Hillary Deveaux, the Com-
mission's executive director,
said the capital markets and
investment funds regulator was
now "reviewing the draft that
we believe will be the one that
goes out to the industry" for
feedback, saying this would be
distributed "soon".
Mr Deveaux said time had
exposed a number of flaws and
weaknesses in the existing 1999
Securities Industry Act, and
the extent of necessary repairs

required new legislation rather
than amendments to the exist-
ing laws.
"What happened with the
bringing into force of the 1999
legislation, we uncovered
enough deficiencies to say that
rather than transform the cur-
rent legislation by amend-
ments, it was necessary to
repeal it and bring into force a
new Securities Industry Act,"
Mr Deveaux said.
"We have to demonstrate to
the international community
we are administering this leg-
islation and regulating the
industry in an efficient man-
ner. our reputation depends
upon it."
Mr Deveaux said of the pro-
posed new Act: "I think it will
bring the transparency to the
market and ensure the Com-
mission ensures there are fair,
transparent and equitable deal-
ings in the industry.

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Accountability key to

firm's asset


lacy among busi-
ness managers is
that security, or
loss prevention, begins and
ends with the security officer at
the gate. These managers feel
security is the responsibility of
the uniformed security service,
and any losses can be attrib-
uted to performance failures
on the latter's part rather than
the administrative or operat-
ing departments.
This is far from the truth, as
the asset protection depart-
ment has no responsibility for
auditing the internal control
systems, and is usually only
brought into the picture after a
major loss event has already
occurred. Theft investigations
may be less productive, as var-
ious groups unite to protect
their own interests. Even
though some employees may
face the corporate equivalent
of capital punishment, which
is termination of employment,
the underlying conditions that
led to the dishonest acts will
remain. Perhaps theft will not
occur in exactly the same way
next time, but the losses and
their negative impact on
employee morale and compa-
ny profitability will continue.
The Changing Context
Of Operations
Today's modern business
enterprise has fundamentally
changed many traditional
checks and balance. For exam-
ple, the dependence on infor-
mation technology and data-
base systems has brought with
it significant changes in inter-
nal controls and loss control
techniques. Essential business
information is concentrated in
fewer hands, and the potential

risk of major losses has been
significantly increased. Data
manipulators or 'hackers' have
a greater capability to steal
from a company on a grand
scale, without ever carrying an
ounce of contraband past a
perimeter security control
point. The reduced ability to
deal with such matters on a
human scale makes it impera-
tive for the security depart-
ment to recognize its depen-
dence upon the other elements
within the company and adapt
itself accordingly.
Exclusive reliance on elec-
tronic surveillance and control
systems may create more secu-
rity problems than it resolves.
Some employees may even
sabotage such electronic sys-
tems in protest. For example, a
few drops of epoxy on a stick
can disable most card access
control systems with insert or
aperture-type readers.
Quite often, these employ-
ee actions are not motivated
by hostility towards the com-
pany or an attempt to steal. At
one time or another we have
all witnessed (or perhaps
engaged in) an animated
monologue by an individual to
a vending machine which just
swallowed some coins without
delivering a product. Verbal

abuse often shifts to physical
attack, and there are numer-
ous vending machines that
bear the marks of angry blows
delivered by dissatisfied cus-
A fundamental change is
needed in how the asset pro-
tection department is per-
ceived. But a major. obstacle
to overcome is the reluctance
of management to evaluate the
department in anything other
than statistical terms losses
reported, cases solved, etc. A
year is considered good when
reported losses are lower than
the prior year, although that
may be the least important cri-
terion in evaluating an asset
protection program.
For starters, there may not
even be a mandated loss-
reporting system covering
inventory shortages or other
forms of mysterious disap-
pearances. Most important, the
statistics., collected may not
address a dishonest environ-
ment developing in the work-
place. Altering production
numbers to 'make the boss
look good' is only a short step
away from altering other
records to cause valuable
materials to first disappear on
paper, then disappear physi-
cally as well.

SSafe &


I I -'Ne r

Tracing Potential
A recurring pattern in many
theft investigations is the
degree to which the established
control systems have been cir-
cumvented or ignored by line
and middle management
supervisors. In many cases, it
can be convincingly argued
that employees have been so
well trained in how to 'beat the
system' by their own supervi-
sors that it is just a modest step
for them to apply the same
techniques for their own per-
sonal gain.
For example, in one case,
major losses from a locked
storeroom occurring over an
extended period of time were
traced back to a second-shift
supervisor, who had devised a
tool to open the door to the
storeroom in order to fulfill
production needs. On a rou-
tine basis, he sent an employee
to the area to get stock items
necessary for the job.
In time, all the employees
learned how to enter the
locked storeroom, and some
began to remove items for
their own personal use or for
sale if they had an outside mar-
ket value. The supervisor, an
individual with a high sense of
personal integrity, was shocked
to learn of the role he had
played in the theft when it was
finally uncovered.
Every department has
unscheduled emergencies at
one time or another, which
require some degree of 'walk-
ing around the system'. How-
ever, these do-it-yourself short-
cuts are often later used by
unscrupulous employees for
their own'personal gain,to the
detriment of the employer.
ThigEija need for'greater per-
soari1iccountability by all
em. p ees for Imaterial and
equipment that are furnished
to them. But minor losses are
often not reported to security
in a timely manner, if at all.
The identification of com-
pany property is a problem in
itself, and is usually honoured
more in the breach than in the
practice at the line supervisor's
level. This oversight leads to
unreported 'borrowing'
between employees and

Documenting Losses

Effectively documenting
losses requires a degree of for-
mality that is not usually found
in most security programmes.
The supervisor is required to
do more than make a brief ver-
bal report, and must com-
pletely document the loss and
forward the report to the asset
protection department through
the next level of supervision.
A copy of the loss report must
accompany any purchase
request for replacement tools

departments, the development
of the impression that the com-
pany does not know or care
how such matters are handled
and an 'every man for himself'
attitude. New materials and
equipment are ordered, and
that is the end of it in most cas-
Developing a Loss
Prevention Environment
It is in this area that the
unique skills of the profes-
sional asset protection manag-
er can be effectively used.
Rather than wait for the losses
to occur, management should
actively work to create a cli-
mate in which every employee
accepts personal responsibility
for the integrity of the work
Supervisors should be
instructed to report every
instance of a mysterious dis-
appearance to the asset pro-
tection organisation, and high-
er levels of supervision should
not approve the purchase of.
replacement equipment or
tools unless they have been
assured the supervisor has for-
mally reported the loss.
Security, like safety, should
become a performance mea-
sure of the supervisor. Just as
the safety .engineer provides
safety support, so should the
professional asset protection
manager provide security sup-
port. But the ultimate respon-
sibility for internal security in a
department must rest with the
line supervisor. Whenever such
a direct line of accountability
exists, many of the so-called
'mysterious disappearance'
losses suddenly cease.


TradeInvest Asset Management Ltd., a private wealth
management company seeks to employ a

Responsibilities include

Setting up and maintaining a complex multicurrency general ledger.
Preparation of quarterly management accounts and IFRS compliant
statements. -

Monitor and record securities transactions. Liaise with brokers, trustees,
administrators and banks as necessary. Preparation of portfolio valuations
and reconciliations.

Liaise with external auditors in relation to the annual audit.

The ability to develop accounting practices and procedures as required.


CPA, ACCA or CA qualification.

Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

3 years post qualification experiences with a public accounting firm.

Knowledge and experience in accounting for mutual funds, private placements
and derivative transactions.

TradeInvest offers a competitive salary, group medical, annual bonus and a
provident pension fund.

Interested persons should apply before July 13, 2007 as follows:

Vice President, Finance
Tradelnvest Asset Management Ltd.
Lyford Manor, West Building
West Bay Street
P. 0. Box N 7776 (Slot 193)
Lyford Cay, N.P., Bahamas

Or by e mail to dfawkes@tradeinvest.com


or materials.
As cumbersome as this sys-
tem may appear on the sur-
face, it is designed to motivate
supervisors to exercise the kind
of tight controls within their
respective departments that
will avoid the necessity of filing
lengthy reports, which will go
against their department's per-
formance record. Again, pre-
vention is the goal, not the
detection and apprehension of
the offender after the loss has
occurred. The asset protection
manager will have the oppor-
tunity to make a favourable
impact upon the internal con-
trol system in a manner which
could never be' achieved during
the course of a typical internal
theft investigation.
In every workforce there is a
group of employees who would
not steal under any circum-
stances. At the other end of
the spectrum there is a group
of employees who will attempt
to steal under any circum-
stances. Between these two
-groups there is-a large-group of..
basically honest employees
who, if sufficiently tempted,
may cross the line into dishon-
An effective asset protection
program must have at least two
elements the first, to deter
theft by educating the employ-
ees, and the second to imple-
ment internal controls to stop
theft. The basically honest
employee will respond to the
educational effort. The
employee who is determined
to steal must be dealt with
through detection, investiga-
tion,, termination of employ-
ment, and possibly criminal

NB: GamaliNewry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention and
asset protection training and .
consulting company, specialis-
ing in policy and procedure
development, business securi-
ty reviews and audits, and
emergency and crisis manage-
ment. Comments can be sent
to PO Box N-3154 Nassau,
Bahamas or, e-mail

Invites applications for the position of

* Group Marketing Coordinator
Money Transfer Services

Responsibility for assisting in the strategic planning, development
and execution of marketing programmes for the suite of products
and services offered by Fidelity's Money Transfer Services Division,
including the Western Union money transfer service currently in The
Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Turks & Caicos Islands. Position is based
in The Bahamas.

S Develop annual and long-term marketing programmes.
Manage development and execution of the following: advertising
and promotions, public relations, merchandising, field marketing,
direct marketing and events programmes, including creative
development and media planning.
Work closely with Western Union and product partners to plan and
coordinate joint marketing.
Monitor industry trends to help guide the development of
marketing programmes.
Conduct business analyses of promotions and other initiatives to
determine effectiveness.
Manage marketing budgets effectively.

BA in Marketing, International Business or related field required.
Minimum of 3 years marketing experience with consumer
packaged goods or consumer financial or other services company,
preferably with international exposure.
Experience in developing and implementing marketing
programmes, including advertising creative, media planning,
promotions management, direct marketing, merchandising, public
relations and market research.
Fluency in Creole required, and knowledge of Spanish desirable.

Solid strategic and analytical thinking skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams to achieve business
Solid PC skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
Ability to travel
The person will report directly to the Vice President.
Competitive compensation package will include salary, benefits and bonuses.
Send resume no later than July 12th, 2007 to:
The Director Human Resources

51 Frederick Street
P.O. Box N-4853
Fax 326.3000
e-mail: careers@fidelitybahamas.com



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to stocks

Associated Press
NEW YORK Wall Streel
advanced Tuesday ahead of the
July 4th holiday as investors
drew confidence from a small-
er-than-expected dip in factor)
orders and new merger-and-ac-
quisition activity.
The market was relieved tc
hear from the Cominerce
Department that U.S. factories
saw demand dip in May by just
.0.5 percent; most analysts bad
predicted a decline of more
Than 1 percent.
Takeover news gave the
market an extra boost. M&A
activity involving Kraft, Wen-
dy's and Canadian miner Teck
Cominco helped the stock mar-
ket extend Monday's steep
gains, but most analysts aren't
taking this week's movements
too seriously, given that trading
volumes are low. The stock
market closed early at 1 p.m.
"Historically, the two days
leading up to the July 4th holi-
day have been positive for the
equity markets," said Michael
Sheldon, chief market strategist
at Spencer Clarke. Investors
shouldn't breathe a sigh of relief
just yet; the few days after July
4th are often negative, he said,
and the market's recent choppi-
. ness is expected to continue
after that.
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 41.87, or 0.31 per-
cent, to 13,577.30, adding to
Monday's 126.81-point gain.
Broader stock indicators also
climbed. The Standard & Poor's
500 index gained 5.44, or
0.36 percent, to 1,524.87, and the
Nasdaq composite index lifted
12.65, or 0.48 percent, to
Bonds fell after the better-
than-anticipated factory orders
data. The yield on the bench-
mark 10-year Treasury note
rose 5.04 percent from 4.99 per-
cent late Monday.
The financial sector helped
lead stocks higher Tuesday,
with Merrill Lynch and
JPMorgan Chase each rising
more than 1 percent and
Goldman Sachs Group climbing
2.5 percent.
Airline stocks also jumped
Tuesday, after Continental
reported stronger-than-ex-
pected growth in June unit reve-
nue. Continental climbed 11.1
percent; American Airlines par-
ent AMR Corp. rose 4.8percent;
and US Airways rose 7 percent.
A barrel of light sweet crude
rose 32 cents to settle at $71.41
on the New York Mercantile
Exchange. Though the average
U.S. retail price of a gallon of
gasoline has fallen below $3,
Crude futures have been trading
at 10-month highs.
: The dollar rose against most
Other major currencies, except
Sthe British pound, which has
Sstrengthened.to 26-year highs
versus the U.S. currency. Gold
prices slipped.
Advancing issues outnum-
bered decliners by about 5 to 3
on the New York Stock
Exchange, where consolidated
volume came to 1.52 billion
shares down from 2.50 billion
Shares Monday, which was a
full day of trading.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies rose 3.14, or
0.37 percent, to 848.20.
Overseas, Japan's Nikkei
stock average rose 0.02 percent.
SBritain's FTSE 100 rose 0.75 per-
C ent, Germany's DAX index
added 1.16 percent, and France's

CAC-40 rose 0.71 percent..


Kraft offers $7.2B for Danone unit

BY ASHLEY M. HEHER emphasis on international opera- tive Irene Rosenfeld said at an early ,

dAsUaoiaeU Press
CHICAGO The Oreo cookie is
about to get company.
Kraft Foods, which makes the
ubiquitous American snack,
announced Tuesday it offered to pay
$7.2 billion for the cookie and cereal
division of french food giant Groupe
If approved, the deal would give
America's biggest food and beverage
company an even larger foothold
around the globe as it tries to turn-
around its finances. It would also
bring brands that are famous in
Europe, such as LU, Petit Dejeuner,
Tuc and Mikado, under the Kraft
"Today's announcement does
indicate that Kraft is determined to
be more aggressive in pursuit of its
portfolio restructuring, with an

tions," Andrew Wood, a European
food analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein
wrote in a research note.
Danone said its board is consider-
ing the bid, received Monday, on an
exclusive basis.
Shedding the cookie division
would allow Danone to concentrate
on its dairy products and water unit,
said Danone Chief Executive Franck
"The offer of Kraft Foods repre-
sents a strong strategic and industrial
opportunity for the biscuits and
cereal products business," he said.
Executives at Northbrook-based
Kraft trumpeted the deal as a way to
increase their presence in China,
Eastern Europe and areas of the
developing world.
"This proposed acquisition makes
great sense for Kraft," Chief Execu-

morning news conference from Paris.
But Kraft shares fell more than 2
percent on news of the offer, with
some analysts saying the company
was paying too much.
"Although the acquisition of Dan-
one's Global Biscuit operation mod-
erately improves Kraft's international
margin profile, business mix, and
European scale, on balance we have a
negative view of the transaction,"
Morgan Stanley analyst David Adel-
man wrote in a research note.
While about three-quarters of the
Danone units' business is in Western
Europe, Kraft would double the size
of its business in China if the deal is
approved. It would also improve the
scale of Kraft's snacks portfolio while
giving its so-called legacy labels, such
as Oreo, Chips Ahoy! and Ritz crack-
ers, a boost in emerging markets.


FIERY CELEBRATION: The U.S. fireworks business is booming as cheap bottle rockets, Roman
candles and sparklers from China flood the market. Above, spectators watch fireworks over the
East River and the Triborough Bridge from Astoria Park during a weekend Fourth of July
celebration in the Queens Borough of New York.



The Wall Street Journal

LIUYANG, China Across this sprawling, upwardly mobile
country, towns proudly proclaim they are what they make. Wenzhou
calls itself China's Shoe Capital. Datang, a bit more modestly, lays
claim to Sock City. And then there is Liuyang Fireworks Capital of
the World.

Most of the fireworks set off by
Americans from the lowly New
Year's firecracker to the mighty
Fourth of July mortar originate
in Liuyang, a county nestled into
the red hills and bamboo forests of
Hunan. Local lore has it that Li
Tian invented firecrackers here-
abouts 1,400 years ago, and today
statues of Inventor Li outnumber
those of Chairman Mao. China's
Ministry of Commerce estimates
that the country produces 75 per-
cent of the world's fireworks;
Liuyang says it makes 70 percent
of that accounting for more
than half of the globe's explosions-
for-fun-and-pageantry market.
"In every family, at least one
person works with fireworks com-
panies," says 30-year industry vet-
eran Yu Shunan, owner of Liuy-
ang's Jiahua Fireworks
Manufacturing Co., which exports
more than half its output to the
United States. Some 210,000 peo-
ple, 60 percent of Liuyang's popu-
lation, work at home and at 1,500
factories cutting paper, forming
cardboard tubes, twisting wicks
and most risky of all stuffing
gunpowder into enough fireworks
to fill 29 million cases annually.
Liuyang's cheap bottle rockets,
Roman candles and sparklers are
helping drive a trend in the United
States toward do-it-yourself fire-
works shows. The U.S. fireworks
business is booming, with 45 states
now allowing the legal sale of at

least the most basic devices, says
the American Pyrotechnics Asso-
ciation, a Maryland-based trade
group. U.S. fireworks sales are
growing despite fewer large-scale
public events, such as the annual
Macy's Fourth of July show in
New York City, which have gotten
harder and more expensive to
organize because of a "a crazy
quilt of regulations" after the Sept.
11, 2001, terrorist attacks, says Julie
Heckman, the association's execu-
tive director.
Backyard shows have been the
biggest growth area for the U.S.
fireworks industry: Revenue is up
50 percent since 2000 to $900 mil-
lion last year, according to the
At a time of rising concern
about Chinese-made products
from toothpaste to pet food, fire-
works from China have registered
relatively few problems. Even as
U.S. imports have soared, injury
rates by some measures have
declined and most of those inju-
ries have come from misuse rather
than defects. Before fireworks are
sent to the United States, distribu-
tors rely on testing by a Maryland-
based, industry-supported group,
American Fireworks Standards
Laboratory, to test them in China.
"The products coming out of
China are better than they've ever
been," says John Rogers, the lab's
executive director.
When the organization started

BIG PRODUCER: China's Ministry
of Commerce estimates that
the country produces
75 percent of the world's

testing in 1994, some 35 percent of
the fireworks in China were
rejected for not meeting U.S. gov-
ernment and voluntary industry
safety standards. Last year, its 50
contract inspectors rejected only 7
percent of the fireworks in the
40,000 lots tested. While every
fireworks recall since 2004 has
involved Chinese-made products,
the products involved amounted
to far less than 1 percent of total
annual imports, according to the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission website.
In Liuyang, town elders trace
fireworks to Mr. Li, a Tang
Dynasty farmer who made some-
thing pop when he was fiddling
with concoctions he hoped might
scare bad spirits off his land. "This
was the first firecracker in Chinese
history," says Xiao Jixian, director
of Liuyang's China Fireworks Cul-
ture Museum.

Foods announced a bid Tuesday
to acquire the biscuit division of
French food company Groupe
Danone. Above, a man takes
biscuits in a Paris supermarket.



home sales

index near

6-year low

Associated Press
WASHINGTON Pending sales of
existing homesdropped to their lowest,
level in almost six years, a real estate
trade group said Tuesday, demonstrat-
ing the persistence of the housing
The 3.5 percent decline in May, com-
pared with the previous month, follows
a drop of 3.4 percent in April and a 4.5
percent dip in March. It leaves the
National Association of Realtors' index
at its lowest point since September
Lawrence Yun, the association's
senior economist, said turmoil in the
mortgage market is weighing on home
sales, as lenders pull back from riskier
mortgages to borrowers with weak
credit histories.
"Some transactions are being post-
poned from mortgage market disrup-
tions," Yun said. While mortgage appli-
cations are increasing, some of that is a
result of buyers seeking alternatives to
subprime financing, he said.
The association's index of pending
home sales fell to 97.7 in May, from a
downwardly revised figure of 101.2 in
April. The May figure is 13.3 percent
lower than the May 2006 reading of
The index stood at 89.8 in September
2001. An index reading of 100 is equal to
the average level of contract activity in
The realtors association index is
based on a national sample representing
about 20 percent of existing home sales.
It is considered an indicator of how
sales will perform in the coming weeks
because it measures home purchases in
which a sales contract has been signed,
but the deal has not yet been closed.
Pending home sales rose in the West
and Northeast, the association said, but
fell in the South and Midwest.
The drop in pending sales follows a
report from the association last week
that showed actual sales of existing
homes also fell in May, to the lowest
level in four years, while the median
home price dropped for a record 10th
consecutive month.
Sales of existing single-family homes
and condominiums dropped by 0.3 per-
cent to 5.99 million units in May, the
slowest sales pace since June of 2003,
the trade group reported June 25. The
median price of a home sold last month
dropped to $223,700, down 2.1 percent
from a year ago.
Sales of new homes have also contiml-
ued to lag, dragging down the stocks of
homebuilders such as KB Home, Toll
Brothers and Pulte Homes.
Shares of all three companies, as well
as others in the sector, fell Monday after
they were downgraded by a Citigroup
Last Thursday, KB Home reported a
36 percent drop in revenue and a loss of
$148.7 million, or $1.93 per share, for its
second quarter ended May 31. The com-
pany took a pretax charge of $308.2 mil-
lion to reflect the decreased value of
unsold homes on its books and for walk-
ing away from deposits on land it no
longer wants to buy.

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Sales for GM, Ford drop

CLOVE FLAVORED: Martin King, left, president director of
Sampoerna, and Managing Director Angky Camaro
hope the new Marlboro Mix 9 clove cigarettes boost
sales in Indonesia.

Philip Morris seeking

to build cigarette sales

From Herald Wire Services

Philip Morris International launched a Marlboro ciga-
rette flavored with cloves in Indonesia on Tuesday, seeking
to boost sales in one of the world's largest tobacco markets as
smokers in Europe and the United States give up the habit.
The company, a unit of New York-based Altria Group
(MO), last year bought a controlling stake in local cigarette
manufacturer Sampoerna for $5.2 billion, the largest take-
over deal ever by a foreign investor in Indonesia.
Almost two-thirds of adult males in this country of 230
million people smoke and growing numbers of females are
joining them, analysts say.
Ninety percent of smokers choose cigarettes blended with
cloves called kretek. Their distinctive sweet aroma is ever-
present in cafes, offices and public spaces across the country.

China Unicorn (CHU),
the country's No. 2 mobile
phone carrier, said it has
started testing a music
download service offering
subscribers songs from 23
record companies. The tests
come as music and telecom-
munications firms try to
'raise sales and curb piracy
,by providing convenient
channels for consumers to
legally buy music.
I -The.triaLservice, called.
Xuan Qu in Chinese, allows.
subscribers to download
songs to mobile phones for
39 cents to 66 cents each,
said Tong Xiaoyu, China
Unicom's general manager
for value-added services.
The service protects
copyrights by preventing
users from transferring the
music to other mobile
phones or computers, he

Late payments on home
equity loans climbed to a
1/2-year high in the opening
quarter of this year, while
delinquencies on credit card
bills fell, painting a mixed
picture of how people are
managing their debt.
The American Bankers
Association, in its quarterly
survey of consumer loans,
reported that late payments
on home equity loans rose
to 2.15 percent in the Janu-
ary-to-March quarter. That
was up sharply from L92
percent in the final quarter
of last year and was the
highest since the late sum-
mer of 2005.

Software company SAP
(SAP) acknowledged that
one of its units made "inap-
propriate downloads" of
Oracle (ORCL) computer
code for fixes and support
documents, responding to a
lawsuit filed by its rival.
SAP said it never had
access to Oracle's intellec-
tual property, even as SAP
Chief Executive Henning
Kagermann vowed to keep
"all options open" to settle
the case.

Associated Press
Motors' U.S. sales plunged 21.3
percent in June and Ford
dropped 8.1 percent while
Toyota reported a 10.2 percent
sales surge compared with a
year ago. Despite the increase,
Toyota was edged out for the
month as the No. 2 U.S. auto
seller by Ford, according to
the June sales totals reported
Meanwhile, Nissan said its
U.S. sales rose 22.7 percent
and DaimlerChrysler AG's
sales dropped 1.8 percent, the
automakers said.
GM said it sold 320,668 pas-
senger vehicles in June, com-
pared with 407,513 during the
same period last year. The
declines for GM and Ford
came as they continued to
wean themselves from low-
profit sales to rental car com-
"Given the planned reduc-
tion in daily rental sales, we


European Union regula-
tors cleared the private
equity firm Cerberus Capi-
tal Management's plan to
buy most of the money-los-
ing Chrysler car division
from German parent Daim-
lerChrysler (DCX).
The European Commis-
sion approved the deal after
receiving no complaints
from rivals and identifying
no antitrust problems within
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for the $7.4 billion deal after
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Bank is expected to leave its
key rate steady this week as
unemployment drops and
inflation seems to be under
control in the 13-nation
region that shares the euro.
The European Central
Bank has raised rates about
once every quarter since
December 2005 in bringing
its benchmark rate to 4 per-
cent. In doing so it has man-
aged to keep inflation at bay
and growth from stalling.
Unemployment in the
euro zone is at a record low
of 7 percent; inflation
remains around the bank's
target of "close to but
below" 2 percent across the
13-nation region of more"
than 317 million residents.

The state of Alaska began
calling for applications to
build a natural gas pipeline
officials believe will ulti-
mately deliver trillions of
cubic feet of reserves to
market. Oil and independent
pipeline companies have
until Oct. 1 to submit an
application that must out-
line details such as the pipe-
line's route, the market it
will serve and how it will be
built and how the builder
will avoid cost overruns.
Gov. Sarah Palin warned
that the state and the nation
cannot afford to let Alaska's
natural gas supplies sit
untapped any longer.

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expected June would'be a
tough comparison to a year
ago," Mark LaNeve, GM's vice
president of North American
sales, service and marketing,
said. "Our retail performance
for the month was also below
the solid running rate we've
experienced for the first half
of the year, which we attribute
to a soft industry and lower
incentive spending than our
Toyota said it sold 245,739
Toyota and Lexus vehicles in
the United States in June,
compared with 223,018 a year
ago. For the first half of the
year, it sold 725,219 vehicles.
Toyota-brand passenger
cars recorded best-ever June
sales of 128,239, an 8.9 percent
increase over the same period
last year. It was led by the'
Camry, with June sales of
46,630, up 12.5 percent over
the same period last year.
Light-truck sales were up

11.9 percent, led by the rede-
signed Tundra full-size
Ford sold 246,415 vehicles
in the United States last month
including its U.S. and Euro-
pean brands compared with
268,179 during the same period
last year.
Ford reported daily rental
sales were down 39 percent
compared with a year ago. In
the first half of the year, rental
sales dropped 30 percent.
Ford has continued toward
its goal of reducing rental car
sales by 135,000 vehicles in
2007 from 2006 levels, drop-
ping such sales by 89,000 dur-
ing the first half of the year
and 22,000 in the month of
"It more than accounts for
the decline in Ford sales this
month," said George Pipas,
Ford's top sales analyst.
DaimlerChrysler sold a
total of 202,936 vehicles in the
U.S. last month.
Chrysler Group's passenger

vehicle sales, which include
the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge
brands, fell 1.4 percent com-
pared with June 2006, while
Mercedes sales fell 5.8 percent
during the same period.
DaimlerChrysler said
Chrysler car sales were up 55
percent because of an ad cam-
paign highlighting fuel effi-
ciency of its models. The com-
pany did not break out truck
sales, which offset the gain.
Jeep brand sales were up 19
percent, led by the new four-
door Wrangler, the company
Auto sales statistics show
the market was shifting
toward gas-thrifty compacts in
May in record numbers, and
some analysts were expecting
that to continue in June with
$3-a-gallon gas. Because of the
continued homebuilding
slump, truck sales were
expected to be down overall in

FACTORY: A truck
carries a cargo of
wood-that will be
processed at the
Finnish Botnia
company pulp
mill in Fray


Argentina at odds over pulp plant

r it

3sares WILI .ArgentLLIna. Wt ILt
$1.2 billion in Finnish invest-
ment, a sprawling new mill
will soon churn out a million
tons of wood pulp a year, ship-
ping it off as cellulose to be
made into paper products
Environmental objections
to the plant have dominated
international headlines with
stunts like last year's crashing
of a presidential summit in
Europe by a bikini-clad Argen-
tine beauty queen flashing a
"No to paper plants" sign.
Argentina's suit to stop
construction is pending before
the World Court at The
Hague, and bridge protests
over the Uruguay River have
cost $400 million in lost trade,
straining relations between
the leftist governments in


Argentina's suit to stop construction is pending
before the World Court at The Hague.

Montevideo and Buenos Aires.
But Uruguayans shrug off
the protests, hungry for eco-
nomic ripple effects they hope
will transform their mostly
agricultural nation into a more
industrial economy.
"When I see those trucks go
by, that's beautiful!" said
mechanic Nestor Andrada,
whose cinderblock repair shop
on the outskirts of this once-
bucolic town already has more
business than he can handle.
The Botnia pulp mill -
built by the Finnish -consor-
tium Oy Metsa-Botnia and
Kymmene Corp. is the larg-
est foreign investment ever in
this small South American
Once fully operational later
this year, it will turn thick,
heavy logs of fast-growing
eucalyptus trees from the Uru-
guayan river delta into so

much wood pulp that overall
Uruguayan exports should
grow by 10 percent annually.
Uruguayan GDP totaled
nearly $17 billion in 2006 and
is forecast to rise by 1.6 per-
cent when the plant begins
shipping cellulose in heavy
sheets from a port on the river
to paper-making factories in
China, Europe and the United
States, where it will be turned
into such things as cardboard,
napkins and writing paper.
Ripple effects already are
being felt in Uruguay through
the creation of some 7,800
direct and indirect jobs,
including more than 4,500
workers involved in the plant's
construction, according to
government statistics. Eventu-
ally, the. plant will employ 340
workers and support 6,000
other jobs, from forestry and
transportation to services such

as restaurants, banks and
repair shops.
The plant represents a real
turning point for President
Tabare Vazquez's efforts to
court foreign investment and
industry, said Riordan Roett, a
Latin America expert at the
Johns Hopkins University in
Vazquez is part of a small
club of market-friendly Latin
American center-leftists, such
as Brazil's Luiz Inacio Lula da
Silva and Chile's Michelle
Bachelet, whose economic
policies often irritate hardli-
ners in their own parties.
"Tabare Vazquez has
proven to be an astute, prag-
matic president. This invest-
ment will be the high water
mark of his presidency," Roett
"It will bring in new tech-
nology and skill sets for the
workers and, if successful,
prove to be a magnet for simi-
lar investments."

Billionaire hungers for Wendy's

Associated Press
major shareholder who has
pressured Wendy's Interna-
tional to increase stock value
said Tuesday that he is consid-
ering a purchase of the
nation's third-largest ham-
burger chain.
Billionaire investor Nelson
Peltz said his company, which
owns fast-food chain Arby's,
would be a "natural, strategic
buyer" for Wendy's, according
to a letter he sent to Wendy's
chairman, but that the com-
pany is blocking him.
Peltz, who runs the Trian
Fund, also revealed in the fil-
ing that he and his allies have
increased their stake to 9.8
percent of company shares,
from 8.4 percent.
Peltz' company Triarc con-
trols Arby's, which has more
than 3,000 restaurants.

Peltz said in the letter to
Wendy's chairman James
Pickett that he believes Wen-
dy's would prefer to sell itself
to anyone but Triarc.
"While Trian will support
the transaction that is best for
all Wendy's shareholders, we
believe that Triarc is a natural,
strategic buyer for the com-
pany and should be encour-
aged to participate in the pro-
cess," he said in the letter, part
of filing with the Securities
and Exchange Commission to
show how many Wendy's
shares Peltz owns.
Triarc, based in New York
City, said in the filing that it
was considering a bid on Wen-
It said it strongly objected
to the restrictive one-year
standstill clause Wendy's has
imposed that would require
Peltz to agree to refrain from
purchasing additional stock in
Wendy's or otherwise limit
holdings during that time

In the past year, Wendy's
has spun off its Tim Hortons
coffee-and-doughnut chain
and sold its money-losing Baja
Fresh Mexican Grill following
efforts by Peltz to boost the
company's shares. Peltz
gained control of three seats
on the company's board last
Wendy's would not talk
about the filing, saying in a
statement that the special

committee evaluating options
for the fast-food company
"will comment when it
believes comment is appropri-
Wendy's formed a commit-
tee in April to determine how
to boost its stock price, includ-
ing a possible sale.
Wendy's shares rose $1, or
2.7 percent, to $38.39 in after-
noon trading Tuesday. Shares
have been trading around $40
since it announced in April it
was studying options for the
company. Shares reached as
high as $67.19 last year just
before the Tim Hortons spin-
Wendy's, based in the
Columbus suburb of Dublin,
operates about 6,600 restau-
rants in the United States and
It trails McDonald's and
Burger King in the burger


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THE MIAMI HERALD I MiamiHerald.com


Morton Salt to

start lay-offs

in ten days

M orton Bahamas,
the Inagua-
based salt pro-
ducer, yesterday
told employees that lay-offs
will start in 10 days due to the
impact unprecedented rainfall
.levels have had on the salt har-
vest and company production.
The layoffs are expected to
last for a period of three
weeks. In a written notice to
employees Morton Bahamas
Ltd and its parent, Rohm &
Haas, said that over the past
several months Morton
Bahamas salt pans in Inagua
have received over 30 inches
of rainfall, negatively affecting
the growth of harvestable salt
cake and forcing the discon-

tinuation of the harvest.
"Over the past 15 weeks, the
company has carried a full
complement of employees at
40 hours per week, and has
been engaged in the critical
maintenance of the plant. For
the most part, the maintenance
work has been done. However,
harvesting is not expected for
another six weeks barring no
more significant rainfall," the
letter said.
The letter said the tempo-
rary redundancies were the
only option Morton Bahamas
had under the law and the last
contract with the union. Fac-

tors to be considered in tem-
porary employee reductions
include knowledge, training,
ability, skill, efficiency and
Affected employees will be
given the option to take their
annual vacation during the lay-
off period by filling out neces-
sary forms with the personnel
department. Affected employ-
ees will also continue to accrue
benefits during this period, but
they will not be eligible for
redundancy pay as the layoff
period is expected to be three
weeks and less than 45 days.
Morton Bahamas has also
offered to advance employee
loans against their accrued
vacation pay.

Bahamas must show 'efficient' regulation

FROM page 1
"One of our major responsi-
bilities is to ensure there is no
erosion of investor confidence
in the capital markets, particu-
larly the primary and sec-
ondary markets, and that
everything is above board and
no one favoured over anoth-
Mr Deveaux said the new
Act would bring the Bahamas
into compliance with the 30,
principles laid down by
IOSCO, the international secu-
rities regulator, and deal with
initial public offerings (IPOs)


in the primary and secondary
While the Securities Com-
mission would retain primary
responsibility for capital mar-
kets regulation, the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX) would
supervise its listed issuers
through BISX Rules.
The new Act will deal with
the Commission's indepen-
dence from government,
minority shareholder protec-
tion, director independence,
corporate governance and
timely disclosures of material

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NOTICE is hereby given that GIBSON METELLUS OF
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 4TH day of JULY, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSITA OCTAMA OF GRANT
STREET, FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 27TH day of JUNE, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship,, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau,

A US-based environmental consulting company seeks
a motivated and dependable person to perform
mechanical duties at an existing groundwater
remediation system located in Cable Beach.

Duties will include:
* Performing system operation and maintenance (O&M)
and will involve using on-site computer.
O&M will include cleaning and adjusting pumps
(pneumatic and electric), cleaning oil/water separator,
groundwater sampling, and recording data.
On-site training will be provided.
Basic computer and electrical knowledge, mechanical
aptitude, good communication skills and HS diploma
are required.
* Environmental or engineering degree is.a plus.
* Position will initially be part-time with potential for
full- time.
Applicants should send resume to: Denise Good at 440
Creamery Way, Suite 500, Exton, PA 19341 USA or
email dgood@gesonline.com



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licence after the PDVSA
takeover, the company having
purchased the 50 per cent
owned by Chevron.
However, Sir Albert Miller,
the Port Authority's chief
executive, hinted that the
organisation was likely to press
any buyer to restart refining at
He said: "I would expect
that anyone closing thatrtr-sg
action will come to talk to us
and the Government."
The BORCO refinery closed
in 1985 amid a global oil supply
glut, and one source told The
Tribune that when this hap-
pened nitrogen blankets were
placed on the refinery assets
to preserve them.
However, the source said
that after PDVSA took over
it removed these nitrogen blan-
kets, which allowed the refin-
ing assets to deteriorate and

made it impossible to restart
the plant.
This means a new one will
have to be built, something
Leslie Miller, former minister
of trade and industry, said
would require a $2 billion
investment and create 800 jobs.
"Edward St George wanted
to make sure they had a firm
commitment from PDVSA to
restart refining quickly," the
source said. "He wanted to get
the employment back. PDVSA
gave a commitment to the
- Government and Port Author-
ity, but never followed through
on that. Edward made a trip
to Caracas four or five years
ago to demand that they recti-
fy that."
The source added that of
BORCO's 500 acre site, some
208 acres had never been
developed. PDVSA was view-
ing this undeveloped land as
investment property it could
"sell for current market value"
and increase the final price
paid by any purchaser.

To meet the challenge of operating our growing business, we wish to recruit a:

Compliance Officer

Main responsibilities

Ideal profile

What we offer

- Planning, organizing the compliance function for the bank
- Developing and maintaining adequate policies and procedures
- Reviewing and managing the documentation of client files
- Liaising with regulators and compliance officer of the Group
- Several years of experience as compliance officer in private banking
- Knowledge of Bahamian and international compliance requirements
- Computer literacy with communication skills
- Motivated team player with pleasant personality
- Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision
- Ability to conduct the monitoring of credit risk clients is an asset .
- The opportunity to play an active role in the success of an innovative bank
- The chance to work within a dynamic and motivated team
- A salary which is commensurate with the job
- Competitive welfare benefits

Please send your resume and reference to: betsy.morris@syzbank..com
SYZ & CO Bank & Trust LTD. I Tel: (+1 242) 327 66 33
Bayside Executive Park I P.O. Box N -1089 1 Nassau, Bahamas www.syzbank.com

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Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate



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NOTICE is hereby given that ALBERT SAMUEL OF JOHN
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 27TH day of JUNE,.
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that MICHAEL ANTHONY HALL of
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 4TH day of July, 2007 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


Construction Project Manager

Minimum 5 years experience in construction
Working knowledge of timber and masonry
construction methods
Proficient in reading and understanding construction
Proficient in performing material take-offs and placing
material orders
Working knowledge of construction materials
Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Good communication skills

Warehouse Manager

5-10 years experience managing a large warehouse
Working knowledge of accounting aspect of Warehouse
Computer savvy including proficiency with Microsoft
Word and Excel
Solid day-to-day decision maker
Good Communication skills with both upper
management and labour
Working knowledge of construction materials

Resume should be sent to Nick Sims, Development
Department, The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, P.O. Box
AB-20571, Marsh Harbour, Abaco or fax #242-367-2930




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against the Freeport

Concrete Home Centre

FROM page 1

stopping the Home Centre
from importing and displaying
bonded goods.
Finally, the Customs Depart-
ment was also compelled to
allow the Home Centre to
S.mport into the Port area
"goods that were duty free for
sale and retail display.
The Tribune previously
revealed that the Supreme
Court had backed the Home
Centre, a subsidiary of BISX-
llsted Freeport Concrete, in
the dispute over its new super-
store, with the verdict effec-
tively giving legal legitimacy
,o over-the-counter bonded
:goods sales by Freeport-based
wholesalers to other Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) licencees.
Freeport Concrete, as the
applicant in-the judiciaLreview-
application before Justice
lsaacs, had defined the main
-isue as whether the Comp-
troller of Customs could pre-
Vent the Home Centre from
opening, and stop it clearing
4s containers at the retailer's
rmer Peel Street location and
report Harbour, unless it
ijet one of two conditions.
*The dispute centred on
Whether the Home Centre
.could display bonded goods at
retail, on the basis that they
were in full view of the pub-
lic, who were unable to pur-
chase them duty exempt.
Customs argued that if the
company displayed bonded
goods in its store, it must either
pay the $738,644 in customs
duties upfront, or provide an
enclosed warehouse to ,hold
the bonded stock'away from,
public view, before it would
allow the store to open.
Yet the Customs Depart-
ment saw the central issues as
Whether goods displayed at
- retail, and seen by the public,
should be classified as 'con-
sumable stores' and attract
duties under the Hawksbill
-freek Agreement.
It also wanted the Supreme
Court to rule when such duties
became payable before or
after the goods were sold and
whetherr the full duty amount
had to -be paid, or if instal-
ihents in an amount deter-
mined by the Home Centre
were acceptable.
Dealing with the definition
of 'consumable stores' under
the Hawksbill Creek Agree-

ment first, Justice Isaacs said
he felt "a certain disquiet"
when he looked at the Cus-
toms Department's interpre-
tation of the term, as "its
sweeping reach" goes beyond
what was contemplated in the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.
The Customs Department
had argued that bonded goods,
which the Home Centre is dis-
playing at eight feet or above
in its stores, fell under the def-
inition of 'consumable stores'
because they were on display
within the stores allowing the
public and companies who
were not Port Authority
licensees to see them.
Consumable stores attract
customs duties because they
are acquired for personal use,
or as gifts, rather than for use
ity licensees.
Using the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement as the basis for his
ruling, the judge found: "The
essential ingredient of 'con-
sumable stores' is personal use.
This,-to my-ind hasnothing
to do with how the goods-are.
housed and displayed.
."One can certainly appreci-
ate the concern of the Comp-
troller that bonded goods do
not find themselves in circula-
tion among the general public
without the requisite customs
duties being paid, but such
concern cannot authorise the
Comptroller to make demands
of importers within the Port
area unless the Agreement
allows it:.'.; 2 . . .
The judge added that defin-
ing bonded goods displayed in
the Home Centre as 'consum-
able stores' simply because
.they-could be'seri by the pub-
lic was also doomed to fail, as
the company could.hQuse the
goods in a sealed-off enclosure,
accessed by staff only, with this
built from perspex or another
transparent material. This, too,
could be seen by the public.
"The evidence in this case
discloses that the [Home Cen-
tre] superstore will segregate
bonded goods from non-bond-
ed goods by the simple expe-
dient of height," the judge
"While it may be said that a
determined shopper may scale
the shelves to retrieve an item
stocked at eight feet or more,
can it really be cOntended that
such items are made available

for personal use? The device
Proposed renders the articles
outside the usual traffic-of con-
sumers walking the aisles and
selecting items for purchase in
the store."
Justice Isaacs said the tests
used by the Customs Depart-
ment were also outside the
Customs Guide to the Hawks-
bill Creek Agreement, and he
pointed out that the Depart-
menTrsevidence did-not sug-
gest that bonded goods import-
ed by the Home Centre would
be used for different purposes
other than that for which they
were brought into Freeport.
Describing the Customs
Department's demand for duty
payments by the Home Centre
as "flawed", Justice Isaacs-
determined that where import-
ed goods were kept did not
determine whether they were
'consumable stores', as legal
_ case history showed they goods
were 'made available for sale'
whether housed in the store or
a warehouse.
Although the Department's
approach to duty-free goods
was understandable, wanting
to b-e able to inspeciaind regu-
late, them with ease, the judge
ruled: "The Comptroller's
effort to safeguard the customs
revenue of the Bahamas is
laudable, but he cannot act
outside his authority by
importing into the [Hawksbill
Creek] Agreement pre-condi-
tions that are not spelt out
The Agreement only man-
dated that Port Authority
licensees lodge a bond or sure-
ty with Customs, and the judge
ruled: "Government represen-
tatives are able to access
premises in the Port Area at
all reasonable--times-to-police
the licensees, and to ensure
that bonded goods are not
used for purposes unconnected
to the reason they were
imported, an access that may
be employed ad nauseum.
"The exertions involved in
providing the level of oversight
necessary to ensure no loss
inures to the Government's
revenues miiy place a-greater
burden on the Comptroller
and his officers, but without an
amendment to the Agreement,.
it is all that he has to ensure
compliance with the terms and
conditions of the obligation
entered into by the licensees,
and to control the flow of'
goods in the hands of
licenisees." .

Training Officer
Kelly's is seeking a fully-qualified andexrienced teacher to become a full-
time Training Officer for the 350 + employees inKelly'THouse & Home and
Kelly's Lumber. The position will demand an experienced and resourceful
communicator able to motivate adults with varying educational backgrounds
and qualifications, and capable of devising, developing and implementing
on-going in-house training and development programs, with their attendant
testing and evaluation procedures. Such programs will include, but not
necessarily be limited to: --
1. Orientation courses for all new employees
2. Customer Service courses for all retail employees
3. Computer familiarisation courses
4. Product-specific knowledge courses for all retail employees
5. Safety courses for drivers and warehouse/yard personnel
6. Supervisory courses for new and prospective supervisors
7. Personal development courses for career advancement
The successful applicant will also be expected to develop and maintain strong
links with other providers of on-going work-related courses in specialised and
technical areas. Previous experience in adult education would be an asset.
This is a middle management position for an experienced and qualified
professional educator, who is willing to demonstrate a long-term commitment
to Kelly's development and expansion. Benefits include medical, pension, and
profit-sharing plans, with remuneration package dependant on qualifications
and experience. .- ..
E-mail letter of application and comprehensive resume to
info@kellysbahamas.com with "Training Officer" as subject.

No phone calls please

Kelly's Home
o MalMoo.'
Tel. (242) 3934002 9y 9

The Home Centre had
alleged that Customs adopted
the posture against it because it'
feared being sued by Kelly's
Freeport, another Freeport-
based wholesaler. Customs did
not dispute this, and Justice
Isaacs ruled this was not a rea-
sonable basis for the Comp-
troller's actions.
In addition, the Home Cen-
tre had alleged that Customs
was deviating from its long-
time practice of allowing Port
Authority licensees to display
bonded items alongside non-
bonded items.
Danny Lowe, a Home Cen-
tre executive, had alleegd in
evidence that this practice had
been followed at two other
Port Authority licensees where
he had worked, Bahamas
Copier and Bellevue Business
Referring to an earlier ruling
by now-Court of Appeal Jus-
tice Lorris Ganpatsingh, Jus-
tice Isaacs ruled that while his
legal colleague had found there
was no basis in statute for over-
the-counter bonded goods
sales, it was an established
practice and nothing existed in
law to stop it.
Justice Isaacs said: "If other
licencees are accorded this
privilege, ought the [Home
Centre] to be deprived from
relying on it also? There can
be no selective application of
the practice, and for the Comp-
troller to single out the appli-
cant for different treatment
smacks of discrimination......
"Once it is established that
the practice exists, and I am
satisfied that it does, the appli-
cant may, in the circumstances
of this case resort to it to
ground the relief sought. That
is to say, to be treated no dif-
ferently to other similar estab-
lishments carrying on retail
business within the Port area."
The Customs Department,
in conjunction with the Attor-
ney General's Office, is still
deciding whether to appeal.
Attorney Gregory Moss, of
Moss & Associates, represent-
ed Freeport Concrete and the
Home Centre.


We are seeking an Investment Manager for an international
life science venture fund.

Dr. H. Coleman
Bahamas Internventional Cardiology Center

We are seeking an Investment Manager for an international
life science venture fund.

The General Partner of a Bahamas Limited Partnership is
seeking an Investment Manager to assist in the evaluation of
investment opportunities in international markets. The
Partnership invests in the life sciences field and is
particularly interestedinidentifyingnutritional products, dietary
supplements, medical foods and innovative approaches to
prevent chronic diseases.

The job is specialized and requires that the candidate have
a sound degree and post-graduate qualifications in a life
science-related field, such as pharmacology, biology or
medicine, an MBA or equivalent, and a minimum of
5 years' hands-on analytical and research experience,
preferably in a Venture Capital or Private Equity environment.
The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in the
development, moniiiirig 'aidd evaluation of investment
opportunities in the life sciences field with an international
,compaany.lii ht Englis pi eq jitte, elaggaes are
a plus. The candidate will be based at the company's office in
Nassau, and extensive is required.

A competitive salary package commensurate with experience
will be offered.

Please reply to IVC Americas S.A., P.O. Box N-7532, Nassau
or Fax: 225-1307 or email:hr.nassau@inventages.com
for the attention of HUMAN RESOURCES-Ref:IM

The deadline for applications is July 17, 2007

EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd

Desktop and Systems Engineer


BS in Computer Science or related field
3+ years administering and maintaining Windows 2000/2003 server environment
Experience in supporting Citrix systems
Experience with Ghost or similar application
Must be organized and able to deal with multiple situation environments
Must have strong troubleshooting and problem research skills
SAbility to establish, monitor and achieve goals with minimal supervision
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Ability to multitask .
Spanish a plus!

Windows XP/2003 Operating Systems, System Administration, LAN / WAN experience, MS Exchange, Citrix,
Antivirus, VPN, firewall, proxy, VolP, PBX, Ghost, SQL, Backup and Recovery

Responsibilities and duties:

Support and manage Windows servers, including domain controllers and Exchange server 2003
Support Citrix Metaframe and other Enterprise applications
Ongoing system administration of the Windows Server infrastructure services including Active Directory, DHCP, DNS, and
Support and manage Window XP desktops and laptops
Symantec Antivirus administration including client deployment
Create server documentation and generate reports for audit review
Manage network security systems for LAN/WAN and VolP P -
Troubleshoot network performance problems
Perform variety of tasks for remote connections
Provide technical support and guidance to local and remote users
Maintain and implement disaster recovery plan

Interested and qualified applicants must submit applications by July 16, 2007, to:
EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd.
Attn: Human Resources Manager
(Re: Desktop and Systems Engineer)
Centre of Commerce, 2nd Floor
One Bay Street
P.O. Box SS 6289
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax No. (242) 502-5428

.. ..-- ,,..,.,o u i ,4, 2007, PAGE 7B




Licensees intervene in

Port ownership battle

FROM page 1

The Association's applica-
tion sought the appointment
of a public trustee or custodian
trustee, who would take con-
trol of the GBPA, Port Group
Ltd, ICD Utilities and any
assets divested by the former.
In its earlier Originating
Summons, the Association was
seeking answers on whether
the sale of stakes in entities
such as the Grand Bahama
Development Company (Dev-
co), Freeport Power Compa-
ny, Sanitation Services, the
Freeport Harbour Company
and Freeport Container Port
breached the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement by not first obtain-
ing consent form 80 per cent
of GBPA licensees.
The Association was asking
the court to give the trustee
powers to take possession of
the three entities' assets and
any income derived from them,
and investigate the acquisitions
and ownership of shares in
Freeport Power by ICD Utili-
ties, the BISX-listed holding

company, Seashells Invest-
ments Ltd, and Intercontinen-
tal Diversified Corporation
The trustee, of the court so
ordered, would also investigate
"the services charges account
and the income generated
therefrom and collected by the
Port Authority and/or it
assigns from licensees".
An affidavit made in support
of the Association's applica-
tion by Chris Lowe, the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce's president, said a
March 7 letter from the
Deputy Registrar at the Reg-
istrar General's Office showed
that the Association's applica-
tion to be registered and incor-
porated as a non-profit asaso-
ciation had still not been grant-
ed by the Attorney General.
The Association first sub-
mitted its Memorandum and
Articles of Association to the
Registrar General and the
Attorney General on Novem-
ber 30, 2006, and Mr Lowe
alleged: "While it appears from
the Deputy Registrar's letter

that the licence application has
not been rejected, I fear that
the prolonged delay between
the making of the said appli-
cation in late November 2006,
and the recent receipt of the
letter communicating the rea-
son why the said licence has
not yet been granted by the
Attorney General, is but
another instance of the lack of
respect shown by the Port
Authority and the Govern-
ment to the interests that
licensees and property owners
in Freeport are striving to pro-
mote by the representative
action in support of the legal
framework of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement."
Mr Lowe alleged that
Freeport licensees and prop-
erty owners had "good cause
for alarm at the peril that the
actions of the warring princi-
pals [of the GBPA] pose for
the future of Freeport and the
wider Bahamian community".
He also alleged that public
trust had been "breached" as a
result of asset divestments by
the GBPA, which appeared to

have enriched Mr St George
and Sir Jack, the pair earning a
collective $80 million in extra-
ordinary dividends through
sales of stakes in Devco,
Freeport Power, Urban Ser-
vices and Freeport Container
Mr Lowe alleged: "What is
even more frightening is that
but for these disclosures now
being made for the purpose of
the ongoing litigation, licensees
and property owners and the
public at large would have had
no knowledge of how or when,
and to what extent, the Port
Authority's said productive
assets and capacities had been
appropriated and dissipated
over the period in question."
He alleged that the four
asset sales involved the sale for
private profit of assets held in
trust "for the proper adminis-
tration and development of the
Port Area, to be productive
assets and capacities integral
to the Port Authority that were
to be owned and controlled by
it" throughout the life of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.

* COURT-APPOINTED receiver Clifford Culmer



The Central Bank of The Bahamas Is proud to announce its Twenty-fourth Annual Art Competition and
Exhibition to be held from Monday, 5 November to 7 December, 2007. The Grand opening and Awards
Presentation will take place on Wednesday, 7 November, 2007 at 5:30pm.
The objectives of the competition are to identify, recognize and encourage young Bahamians who
demonstrate talent In the visual arts.
To qualify, participants must be citizens of The Bahamas age 26 and under, who are not involved In
commercial sales of artwork.
There are no restrictions as to the theme of works to be entered in the competition, however, works
reflecting aspects of Bahamian culture and of an experimental nature are encouraged.
Each artist must submit only three (3) works In any of the following media:
o Sculpture
o Drawing
o' Painting
o Print
o Collage
o Other pictorial presentation
Failure to present the required number of works may result in disqualification from the competition and

The entries must meet the following requirements:-
1. each entry must be the authentic work of the participating artist.
2. Repeat entries will not be accepted and artists are encouraged to submit original works completed
within the last year.
3. Artists must dehnbnstrate imagination in concept and In skillful use of materials.
4. Sculptures must be free standing or mounted on appropriate bases. There will be no restrictions on
size aid or material used. However, wood, stone and metal will be preferred.
5. Paintings and drawings must be properly presented and should be framed unless artist chooses to
omit it as part of creative process.

6. Two-dimensional irt works should be no larger than 30" by 40".
1. All art works selected for exhibition shall remain in the custody of the Bank for the entire period of
the exhibition, except for sold pieces which may be removed from the exhibition for distribution..
2. Artists are requested to Indicate whether they wish to sell their work and to submit a reasonable
suggested price for each piece. All sales by the Bank, on behalf of artists, will be considered binding.
3. All works must be collected within 30 days after the end of the exhibition works. Works not collected
will be suitably disposed of.
panel of Judges will select the award winning entries which will be eligible to receive cash prizes.
holarships will be awarded to deserving artists based on their overall presentation and the assessment by
SJudges. The scholarships will be tenable at the College of The Bahamas or any accredited College
side The Bahamas for the study of art.
Governor's Chuoice Award This will be presented to the artist of one piece selected by the Governor
of The Central Bank of The Bahamas.
Best Participating School The recipient of this award will be the school with the best overall
participation in terms of the quality of work.
Special Scholarship Award This award will be given, in addition to the usual scholarship awards, to
the deserving individual for completion of a two year Associate's Degree In Art at The College of The
Most Outstanding Sculpture Award This award will be presented to the sculptor exhibiting the
most promise.
Qualities such as originality of expression, creative use of materials and presentation are among some of
the criteria considered. The judges reserve the right to disqualify any entry where there is doubt as to
The Central Bank stipulates that award winning entries may become the property of the Bank. Participants
therefore enter this competition in agreement that the Central Bank be allowed to display winning pieces in
any forum including but not limited to the Central Bank's website. All other entries will be offered for sale
during the exhibition.

Entryorms may be obtained from the CENTRAL BANK OF THE BAHAMAS, or from the Bank's website
(centralbankbahamas.com) or from local news papers and in the Family Islands at the ADMINISTRATOR'S
All entries must be delivered to the Central Bank of the Bahamas no later than FRIDAY, 13 October, 2006.
1. All entries submitted will be Judged, however, only works of the highest quality and presented In accordance with the
guidelines will be exhibited. Works not exhibited will be stored only for 60 days after opening of exhibition.
The Central Bank of The Bahamas will not be responsible for works left beyond this period.
2. All sold pieces may be removed from the exhibition after 30 November, 2007.




Name of Artist:... .......... ..... ............... .... ...... ............. ........................
The (MrM/MWs) Ft'S Name Mdd Laf Nuame
Age of Artist:...... Date of Birth: .......................... Place of Birth :..............................................
(DD) (MM) ( '

A d d re s s : ................................................................................................................................
................................................................................................ PO Box: ............................... ..
TELEPHONE: .................................(H) .......................................(W) ..................................(C)
EM A IL: ...................... ... . .............. ............. ....................................... ............ ........
WEB ADDRESS:................ ........................................................... ..............................
ART STUDENT?.(ES(NO). IF YES WHERE? .....................................................................................
Name of Art Teacher: .............................................................................................................
1 ..................................................... .............................................. PRICE........
2 ............................................................................... ................. ....... PR IC E.........
3....................................................................................................... PRICE........
INDICATE MEDIA OF WORK: .................................................................................................
Should any of my entries be chosen for either of the awards available, I agree to allow the Central
Bank of the Bahamas to display that entry (those entries) in any forum including but not limited
to the Central Bank's website,

Signature:........................................................... Date..............................................



Kindly type or print please

Name of Artist (Mr/Ms/Mrs)
First Name: ........................................... initial: ......... Last Name: ............. .................................
TITLE OF WORK: ............................................................................. .......................................................
Suggested Price: ...............................................

Telephone Contact: .......................................... (H)................................................... (WORK/SCHOOL)
Signature: .............................................................................. DATE: ...................................................
Email Address: .......... ............................................. .............................................................
Name of Art Teacher: ....................................................................................................................
Name and Location of School: .........................................................................................................

Emergency Contact::
N a m e : ...............................................................................................................................................
Home Phone ............................. Work ...................... ................. Other .... .....................
Em ail: ......................... . ..............................................................................................................


RECEIVED: ..................................................................... DATE: ......................................

The Central Bank of The Bahama,
Twenty Fourth Annual Adrt Compelton & Exhbilon 2007
F"IPIW in I,


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