The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 7/23/2007
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Ureess closes

Company shuts down

Freeport operation

after five months

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Five months
after former prime minister Per-
ry Christie officially opened
Pegasus Wireless Corporation,
it appears that the company has
shut down its operation in
Freeport despite initial assur-
ances by the CEO that the busi-
ness was "profitable."
For the past three weeks,
there has been no sign of Pega-
sus CEO Jasper Knabb, who
leased a 20,000 square foot
warehouse facility for a wire-
less manufacturing plant.
While on Grand Bahama
over the weekend, Marco City
MP Zhivargo Laing, Minister
of State in the Ministry of
Finance, said government is
concerned about the current sit-
uation at Pegasus.
"I know nothing about what
is happening with Pegasus oth-
er than what I have been able to
glean through the press myself,"
he said on Friday.
The manufacturing facility is

now closed -.office furniture
and equipment have been
cleared out, telephone service
has been disconnected, and
the staff of 80 has been sent
From the beginning there was
much scepticism about Mr
Knabb, who was strongly criti-
cised by the FNM before the
election for conducting an
employment recruitment exer-
cise at the law office of a PLP
attorney, and before being
granted a business licence frbm
the Grand Bahama Port
Former prime minister Per-
ry Christie had commended Mr
Knabb and his company for
pumping millions into the
Freeport economy, and provid-
ing jobs for Bahamians.
Mr Knabb, who reported that
he has manufacturing plants in
China and Taiwan, had
announced that he was relocat-
ing his headquarters to
At the February opening of
SEE page 11

Next year's Carifesta event is no
longer to be held in the Bahamas
THE government announced that next year's Carifesta event will
no longer be held in the Bahamas.
According to a government statement, at the request of the
Bahamas during the Barbados meeting of CARICOM heads last
week, the Caribbean Community agreed that Carifesta scheduled
to be held in Nassau in 2008 will instead be hosted by Guyana next
The Bahamas will host Carifesta in 2012, the statement said.

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New Providence on Saturday, the west experienced dry weather and plenty of sun.
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)

Government in talks
with Port Authority over
Grand Bahama economy
Tribune Freeport
ment has started talks with
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority to reverse Grand
Bahama's economic woes.
Zhivargo Laing, Minister
of State for Finance, said
the economic plight of
Grand Bahama is a major Z ZHIVARGO
Laing, Minister of
SEE page 16 State for Finance

Man, 30, is accused of having
sexual intercourse with girl, 13
Tribune Staff Reporter
A 30-YEAR-OLD Haitian male is in police
custody today accused of having sexual inter-
course with a 13-year-old girl, also of Haitian
The incident, which occurred sometime around
9.30pm Saturday, is reported to have happened
in a small home on Comfort Street just off
East Street.
According to reports, a relative of the girl
arrived home and caught the 30-year-old male -
who rents one side of the home and is alleged to
be "a family friend" on top of the 13-year-old
attempting to have intercourse.
SEE page 11

PM: PLP mainly
to blame for
downtown Bay
Street conditions
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE former PLP government
is mainly to blame for the unsight-
ly conditions that plague down-
town Bay Street, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said.
Mr Ingraham, who was speak-
ing at a Chamber of Commerce
gala ball over the weekend,
described Nassau's touristic cen-
tre as looking "grubby" with
many of the store fronts and busi-
nesses being "dingy and grimy".
"There is no doubt that the
City of Nassau is in urgent need
* of transformation," Mr Ingraham
said. "Transformation of our city,
if properly executed, will add a
new dimension of significant pro-
portions.to tourism and to busi-
ness generally. I am aware of the
effort directed toward the study
of the feasibility of transferring
commercial shipping from down-
town Nassau.
SEE page 11

Attorney calls
for govt to
release Baker's
Bay information
Tribune Staff Reporter
A LOCAL attorney is call-
ing on government to make
public all documents and nego-
tiations between the last PLP
administration and the Baker's
Bay developers on Guana Cay.
-Fred Smith, lawyer for the
Save Guana Cay Reef Associa-
tion (SGCR), said he is
"pleased" that government is
committed to bringing a Free-
dom of Information Act to par-
liament as early as the end of
the year.
However, he told The Tri-
bune in an interview that gov-
ernment does not need this type
of legislation for Bahamians to
know all of the details of this
controversial development.
"The FNM does not have to
wait to engage in government
in the sunshine," he said.
The people of Guana Cay,
Mr Smith said, voted over-
whelmingly for the FNM. Yet
despite several written solicita-
SEE page 11

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Locals protest as new Atlantis

club enforces entry charge

BAHAMIAN customers of
the new Atlantis night club
Aura are upset at what they say
is a new $100 cover charge,
claiming that the high price vio-
lates the laws ensuring locals
fair and equal access to hotel
However, Atlantis said the
cover charge does not break the
law, that the policy reflects
those in place at night clubs
around the world, and that the
company is not discriminating
against Bahamians in any way.
According to the company,
non-hotel male guests are
charged $50 on Wednesdays
and Thursdays, and $100 Fri-
days through Sundays. For non-
hotel female guests there is a
standard $20-charge, five days a
week. Entry for all Atlantis
property guests is complimen-
Hotel staff told The Tribune
that these regulations were
always in place, but had not
been strictly enforced since the
club's opening earlier this year.
Sources claim that in the last
week, an order came down
from hotel senior management
that the charges were to be
strictly enforced from now on.
One frequent customer said
that Bahamians should consider
the high price an insult, espe-
cially as it is the locals who

bring the majority of business
to the club.
The customer claimed that
on many nights, two-thirds of
Aura's regular clientele are
Bahamians, and that they spend
more money on average than
hotel guests.
A wealthy Bahamian cus-
tomer, who said he spends at
least $500 every time he goes
to Aura, said that if he were
asked to pay a cover charge, he
would leave the club on princi-
ple. "I'm not sure what they are
trying to do, but it can't be a
good business decision.
"They have to realise that the
majority of people spending big
money in that club on a given
night are Bahamians. I go in
there and spend hundreds on a
bottle of vodka that would cost
me $30 in the shop, meanwhile,
their guests go in, buy one rum
punch and that's it. And yet it's
me they want to charge $100?
They will find their VIP section
empty very soon."
Responding to the criticism,
Ed Fields, senior vice-president
at Atlantis in charge of Public
Relations, explained that "there
is no distinction between
Bahamians and visitors only
Kerzner property guests and
non-Kerzner property guests."
"While club management
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access charges during the open-
ing period of Aura, supply and
demand, and other business
decisions over time will deter-
mine when a fee is applied or
relaxed," he said.
Mr Fields said that this is
common practice in clubs
throughout the world, "particu-
larly when the nightspot is so
popular and there are capacity


"Hotel guests pay for the
right to use the facilities in their
room rates, and therefore are
always given first priority and
better prices for access," he said.
However, some customers
said they believe that the high
price tag contravenes the Hotel
Encouragement Act, which
states that if a hotel is to get
concessions, it must give free
and fair access to Bahamians.
Responding to this claim, Mr
Fields said that "the obligation
of hotels developed under the
Hotels Encouragement Act is
that the hotel and its facilities
shall be open to the general
"This is not to say that there
are not areas of the hotel facil-
ities that are reserved for regis-
tered guests of the hotel, or are
available on different terms to
non-guests. Any member of the
public may register as a hotel
guest, pay the appropriate room
rate, and have full use of the
facilities as a guest," Mr Fields
This practice, he added, is in
contrast to a hotel where the
general, public may not have
access, such as accommodations
restricted to members of a club
or their guests.
Club Aura has also come
under criticism from local cus-
tomers who claim that there are
non-Bahamian bouncers man-
ning the doors.
"Why (would) Atlantis need
wosk*ermits for bouncers as
if .there are no qualified
Bahamians to stand at the door

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of a club," one customer said.
Mr Fields responded to this
criticism by stating that those
customers may be confused
about the role of the three assis-
tant general managers, all of
whom manage the door of
"Atlantis does not employ
foreign bouncers at the door of
Aura, nor at any other door for
that matter. As a pointof fact,
the entire Aura security team
is comprised of Bahamian

nationals, and they are led by
a Bahamian security manager,"
he said.
The three assistant managers
who manage the door of the
club, Mr Fields explained, "are
experienced and seasoned VIP
managers who are familiar with
our US clientele, and are par-
ticularly familiar with the
patrons and operations of the
world-famous Pure, in Las,*
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OIn brief

Man jailed
A MAN, 30, was sentenced
to 12 months at Her
Majesty's Prison on Friday
after pleading guilty to a mar-
ijuana possession.
According to court dock-
ets, Dwayne Lockhart on
Wednesday, July 18, was
found in possession of a
quantity of marijuana which
authorities believed he
intended to supply to anoth-
er. According to the prose-
cution, Lockhart was found
in possession of 26 grams of
marijuana. Lockhart was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel at Court
eight, Bank Lane Friday.
denies drug
A 23-YEAR-OLD man
charged with possession of
marijuana with the intent to
supply to another was
arraigned in Magistrate's
Court on Friday.
Sanchez Miller was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel at Court
eight, Bank Lane,.yesterday
on a marijuana possession
It was alleged that on
Thursday, July 19, Miller was
found in possession of a
quantity of marijuana which
authorities believed he
intended to supply to anoth-
er. Miller pleaded not guilty
to the charge and was granted
$2,500 bail. According to the
prosecution, Miller was found
in possession of 10 grams of
marijuana. The case was
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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007, PAGE 3


0 In brief

Police seize


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FREEPORT The police
search is on for the capture of a
man who led DEU officers on a
chase that resulted in the
seizure of a box of ammunition
in Freeport on Saturday
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming, press liaison officer,
reported that sometime around
6.25pm, officers of the Drug
Enforcement Unit were on
mobile patrol on Weddell
Avenue in the vicinity of the
car wash when they observed a
young man acting suspiciously.
When the officers stopped
and started to get out of their
vehicle, the male suspect, who
was wearing a white t-shirt and
dark coloured trousers, fled on
While giving chase, the offi-
cers saw the suspect throw a
white plastic supermarket bag
underneath an abandoned vehi-
cle. One of the officers retrieved
the bag and discovered that it
contained a box with 50 Win-
chester .9mm Luger bullets.
Although the suspect was
able to elude officers, Supt Rah-
ming said the man is known to
police and a search has been
He said the ammunition was
taken to the Criminal Records
Office for processing.

Woman faces
fraud and

A WOMAN was arraigned in
Magistrate's court on Friday on
fraud and conspiracy charges.
It was alleged that
Dieudonne Merone of Flamin-
go Gardens, being concerned
with another on Monday, July 2,
conspired to commit fraud.
It was also alleged that on the
same day Merone obtained
from Ms Vanria Farrington,
i .is fu-ther alleged tha t"
(y;-fJu jlt,'-Meron
co-ceried :wiFt another. .
conspired to commit fra;f. It
is further alleged that on that
same day Merone obtained
from Ms Vanessa Darville cash
in the amount of $2,500.
Merone, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Susan
Sylvester at Court 11, Nassau
Street, pleaded not guilty Fri-
day to the charges. The prose-
cution objected to bail as it
seeks to find out whether
Merone has any previous
charges. The matter was
adjourned to July 23, which is
when the magistrate is expected
to rule as to whether Merone
should be granted bail.

Man appears
in court on

A 29-YEAR-OLD man of
Comfort Street was arraigned
in Magistrate's Court on Friday
on a marijuana possession
It is alleged that Don Pratt
on Thursday, July 19, had a
quantity of marijuana which
authorities believed he intended
to supply to another. Pratt, who
was arraigned before Carolita
Bethel at Court eight, Bank
Lane, pleaded not guilty to the
charge. According to the pros-
ecution, Pratt was found in pos-
session of 18 grams of marijua-
na. Pratt was granted $7,500
bail. The case was adjourned to
January 29, 2008.

The B

Hubert Ingraham announces

vision for future of business

AT the annual Chamber
of Commerce Ball, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
announced that his govern-
ment plans to make the
Bahamas a more efficient
centre in which to do busi-
Prime Minister Ingraham
said that for too long busi-
ness persons have been hold-
ing onto old business prac-
tices and habits, almost nos-
talgically refusing to recog-
nize that "we live in techno-
logically sophisticated times."
"In the public sector anti-
business regulations, some in
place since colonial times,
have proven to be many-
headed monsters. And, in
the private sector some cling
to the apron strings of pro-
tectionism even after success
has demonstrated their abil-
ity and capacity to play and
win in competition with the
big boys.
"My Government believes
that important components
of moving with the times
include: Making the
Bahamas a more technolog-
ically sophisticated country;
making the Bahamas a more
competitive and hence, pro-
ductive country; and making
the Bahamas a more efficient
centre in which to do busi-
ness. As a governing party
we are committed to pro-
grammes for institution
building, infrastructural
enhancement, fiscal disci-
pline, investment and
improvement in education
and technical and vocational
training, adoption of new
technologies, and support for
business growth and devel-
"We are conscious that a
slow or non-responsive pub-
lic sector will overwhelm
efforts at modernization in
the private sector, to the

detriment of Bahamian busi-
ness and hence to the detriment
of Bahamian economic and
social advancement. Inefficien-
cies, some imposed by govern-
ment regulation or practice,
hamper business productivity
in our country today. A reduc-
tion of bureaucratic obstacles

for domestic and international
business will therefore, on my
watch, once again be a govern-
mental priority," he said.
Mr Ingraham said that the
business of tourism has changed
dramatically with governments
around the world engaging in
activities geared towards mak-
ing tourism, the building of
tourism infrastructure, and
experience, their top priority.
This development, he said, cre-
ates a challenge for destinations
such as the Bahamas a
mature tourism destination -
to retain its market share.
"The Bahamas has tradition-
ally been the first place for off-
shore vacations for Americans
due to the following: Our prox-
imily to the east coast of the
US, making us accessible and
affordable; our currency being
on par with the US dollar, and
the wide acceptance of US cur-
rency. We speak English; we
are familiar to most Americans,
who have heard of the Bahamas
or know someone who has
vacationed in the Bahamas.
"Recently, however, we expe-
rienced a decrease in US visi-

tors. This decline in USA origi-
nating traffic to the Bahamas is
due in part to the implementa-
tion of the Western Hemisphere
Transport Initiative (WHTI)
which requires US citizens be
in possession of a passport to
facilitate re-entry to the United
States. This initiative has espe-
cially affected first-time trav-
ellers, group travellers (meet-
ing/convention/incentive), and
families. We expect that this US
initiative will have a dampen-
ing effect oh our tourism busi-
ness for some time to come.
"WHTI has created for the
Bahamas a levelling of the com-
petitive framework, meaning
that a critical advantage of the
Bahamas over the rest of the
Caribbean has been lost. Ero-
sion of this advantage when
coupled with the introduction
of low-cost, low fare airlift pro-
vided by carriers like Jet Blue



and Spirit Airlines makes the
wider Caribbean much more
accessible and affordable to the
US consumer. Today, more
than ever, we are challenged by
a string of new economic reali-
ties the liberalization of trade
regimes, the rapid development
of new technologies and the
proliferation of large trading
blocks which create special
challenges for business.
"Our economy is dominated
by trade in services not in mer-
chandise; for 50 years, the
Bahamas has competed, and
competed successfully, in
tourism and in financial ser-
vices. During this period we
moved deliberately away from a
concentration on the produc-
tion and export of primary
products and entered the new
arena of services first in
tourism and then, in interna-
tional finance," he said.

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Malcolm Adderley's silence is golden

APPARENTLY Elizabeth MP Malcolm
Adderley's silence about which side of the House
of Assembly he would prefer to sit has his PLP
colleagues in a flutter.
There are many warning signs suggesting that
the MP might have quietly jumped the PLP wall
and is now resting comfortably in the FNM fold.
Firstly, it's the silence. After several weeks of
rumours, Mr Adderley remains like the cat that
stole the canary. A knowing smile on the lips, but
no confession from the mouth.
Then there is his absence from party func-
tions. It is claimed that party colleagues had
hoped to "collar him" at a special function giv-
en recently for former PLP MP Melanie Griffin.
But, like Macavity the mystery cat, Mr Adderley
was not there.
The tell-tale sign that loomed largest was
when readers scanned the Ingraham govern-
ment's recently released list of boards to dis-
cover that Mr Adderley, of all the prime minis-
ter's men, was the only member of the Christie
government still heading a board. He was con-
firmed as chairman of the Gaming Board for
yet another term.
SOn Friday a Tribune reporter was told by a
"PLP insider" that former prime minister Perry
Christie was "furious with Mr Adderley's deci-
sion to stay on as chairman of the gaming com-
mission after other PLPs were being stripped
of their posts following the party's defeat at the
The PLP insider confessed that Mr Adder-
ley's silence on the matter "speaks volumes".
The party fear that the wolves have snatched
their lamb from the fold they have given up
hope for his survival as a PLP.
As a preliminary to his budget debate Mr
Adderley frankly confessed that "the last five
years sitting on the back bench was rough." *
Now, he is in the driver's seat, obviously
intending to give his unappreciative party col-
leagues their own heartburn. He's probably
enjoying every minute of it.
Here is an educated man, a lawyer, a man of
ambition with the capacity to serve. For five
years he was passed over for positions in which,
given a chance, he could have excelled. He was
denied that chance.
He would have been a good Speaker of the
House, but that went to Oswald Ingraham, a
nice gentleman, but not educated for the posi-
tion. Mr Ingraham struggled for five years to
the best of his ability, while Mr Adderley's burn-
ing disappointment smouldered in his breast.
Then there was the position of Attorney
General, a post in which he would have been a
natural. Instead the position was given to anoth-
er minister who was already burdened with a
full-time ministry. As a result this minister
excelled at neither. When it was decided to take
the extra burden of the attorney general's office

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from him and give it to another, the appointing
angel again passed over Mr Adderley's head.
He was eventually appointed chairman of
the Gaming Board but only as an after
thought, a postscript, so to speak. The job went
first to former Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gibson,
who was forced to resign when he and former
MP Keod Smith decided to turn the Cabinet
office into a boxing ring, flinging each other
about like wrestlers.
Even the manner in which this appointment
was made added to the resentment in this ambi-
tious man's soul.
And now it was his turn to announce to the
House his future direction.
After congratulating the new Speaker -
North Eleuthera MP Alvin Smith and pre-
dicting that he would make "a good Speaker", he
congratulated Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
for winning the government from his PLP party.
"Elizabeth wishes you well," he told Mr Ingra-
ham. But his special congratulations went to his
"good friend, and homeboy" Agriculture and
Fisheries Minister Larry Cartwright. They are
both from Long Island. "We sat side by side for
five years," he told Mr Cartwright, who last year
abandoned the PLP for the FNM. "We had a
good time. I wish you well, Mr Minister."
Significantly there was no commiseration
with his beaten party, or his fallen prime minis-
ter. But everyone within earshot of his voice
should have understood his message when,
adopting the battle cry of an earlier PLP minis-
ter who had defected to eventually help found
the FNM, he joyfully announced:
"My soul is dancing. I rise with joy in my
heart. In fact in the words of a great Bahamian,
Cecil Wallace Whitfield, my soul is dancing, sir.
Yes, Mr Speaker, my soul is dancing because
God is good. The people of Elizabeth are good,
my wife, my children, all those gallant and decent
foot soldiers who stood by me, Mr Speaker,
who strengthened me, sir, they wished me well.
When tremendous odds were carefully and skil-
fully stacked against me. Oh, they are God's
people and they are all good, and I love each and
every one of you, Elizabeth Elizabeth I love
Mr Adderley's soul was indeed dancing. His
joyful voice resounded as did that of Cecil Wal-
lace Whitfield on the night he led the Dissident
Eight from the House and forever broke the
shackles of a suffocating, intimidating and vic-
timising PLP government under the late Sir
Lynden Pindling.
Mr Adderley was saying farewell to his PLP
colleagues. If they didn't understand his message,
it is because they have not yet loosened their
body armour of arrogance. This is the same
armour that has insulated them from acknowl-
edging that in deed and in fact, they lost the
2007 election.

Sir Arthur Foulkes

knows the

difference between

opinion and fact

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I MUST set the record
straight once and for all. In
1965 as a very young boy in
my mid-teens, a good friend,
Livingstone Malcolm, who
knew of my disposition living
in Bain Town, helped me to
get a job at Bahamian Times,
where I first met the then
Arthur Foulkes.
He was a member of the
PLP and later became a Min-
ister in the first Pindling Gov-
ernment. He was a member of
the now famous Dissident
Eight. Needless to say Sir
Arthur will forever be an inte-
gral part of our history.
Therefore it is safe to say
that I have known Sir Arthur
for forever and a day. I stood
over his shoulder many a days
and evenings while he wrote
his many commentaries.
God has certainly blessed
him with a talent that has been
and is still respected national-
ly and internationally. His
integrity as a journalist has
been unquestioned until now.
I have tremendous respect
and admiration for his mind,
oratorical skills, journalistic
ability and his common sense
approach to many of life's
challenges. I rely heavily on
his. opinion and I know for
sure there are countless
Bahamians who share my sen-
I was pleased to see that the
Rt Honourable Hubert Ingra-
ham saw the wisdom in
appointing Sir Arthur as
Deputy to the Governor.
According to the Constitu-
tiori Article 34 (1) When the
Governor General
(a) has occasion to be absent
from the Bahamas for a period
which he has reason to believe
will be of short duration; or
(b) is suffering from illness
that he has reason to believe
will be of short duration, he
may, acting in accordance with
advice of the Prime Minister.
by instrument under the Pub-
lic Seal, appoint any person in
the Bahamas to be his deputy
during such absence or illness
and in that capacity to perform
on his behalf such of the func-
tion of the office of Governor-
General as may be specified
in that instrument.
Sir Arthur is deserving of
such an honour and I believe I
speak for many others when I
say that I hope he will be
called upon to act in that
capacity again.

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The main reason for mak-
ing these comments are
because a lady, Nicki Kelly,
who seems to believe she is far
superior than any other human
being intellectually and other-
wise, seems to have some axe
to grind about Sir Arthur
being appointed to head BIS.
Frankly I cannot think of any
Bahamian alive who is more
deserving of such a position.
This conclusion has been eas-
ily arrived at because Sir
Arthur's record as a journalist
far surpasses most, if not all.
Back in the days, while still a
staunch member of the PLP,
Sir Arthur was trusted and
allowed by the father of jour-
nalism in the Bahamas, the
late Sir Etienne Dupuch, to
edit The Tribune. Sir Etienne
must have been convinced that
Sir Arthur knew the difference
between opinion and fact.
Sir Etienne also must have
known that Sir Arthur would
perform professionally and not
allow his political opinions to
influence the execution of his
duties as an editor. I wonder if
the concerns are about Sir
Arthur as a person or Sir
Arthur as a journalist. Does
Sir Arthur as a Bahamian
deserve to make a living,
regardless of his politics?
I am reminded that Paul
Adderley and Dame Mar-
guerite Pindling acted as
Deputy to the Governor Gen-
eral, but did not give up their
political involvement (PLP)
and Mr Adderley did not give
up his livelihood. Why should
Sir Arthur be prevented from
practising his art, or have to
give up his livelihood because
he was deputy to the Gover-
nor General for four days.
This is insane to even con-
template, much less utter. Still,
while acting in that capacity
for that very short period he
did in fact drop his column in
The Tribune.
Bahamas Information Ser-
vices is a Government agency.
PLP and FNM professionals
work there. What is wrong
with a very intelligent, capa-
ble, professional FNM female
working at BIS? Sharon Turn-
er is an exceptionally gifted
Bahamian lady who brings
much to BIS. Why should she
not be given an opportunity
Steve McKinney, who was
blatantly biased and totally
unfair to the FNM on ZNS
during the election and is a
known PLP, is still working
there. How does Nicki Kelly

explain that? Does she want
only PLP appointees to be
hired at BIS.
I expect Nicki Kelly, who is
the chief police for violators
of the Queen's English to nit-
pick and search through this
letter for grammatical errors
rather than the facts. But
Bahamians are not fools, we
know a genuine comment
when we hear one. We have
mother's wit. This speaks vol-
Don't shoot the messenger,
because he has been insulat-
ed with Teflon, the very strong

July, 2007.
(The post of Deputy Gover-
nor General does not exist in
the Bahamas' constitution. If
for any reason a governor can't
function or is absent from the
country, he may, on the advice
of the prime minister, appoint a
person to act for him during
the period of his absence. If he
is absent several times during
his appointment, he does not
necessarily have to appoint the
same person to act for him. So
it is creating a myth to contend
that the Bahamas has a consti-
tutional deputy governor gen-
(Sir Arthur was appointed
to act for four days this year
during the absence from the
country of Governor General
Arthur Hanna. Not being a civ-
il servant, there was no reason
for him to stop writing his
weekly column in The Trtbifne.
However, being the meticuous
person that he is, Sir Arthur
decided that for the week in
which he acted, he would not
write his column.
(Since then Sir Arthur has
been appointed to head
Bahamas Information Services,
an agency of the government.
Again, as he is not an estab-
lished civil servant, there is no
reason for him to stop writing
for The Tribune. However,
although he is on contract with
the government and there is no
rule prohibiting him continu-
ing his private writing, he has
decided to discontinue his col-
umn during the contract peri-
(Sir Arhur's last column was
published in The Tribune on
July 11. It was in that column
that he announced that it would
be his last, because of a gov-
ernment appointment. His
appointment was announced
that week. And, if he chooses,
at .the completion of.his con-
tract, he will return to the
columns of The Tribune. -

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oIn brief

event held
to aid local

Former Royal Oasis workers

unite to claim redundancy

THE Delta Sigma Theta
sorority, a non-profit organi-
sation whose essential pur-
pose is support and assis-
tance, is sponsoring the Tiny
Trotters basketball event.
The Tiny Trotters are the
smallest basketball team in
the world.
This event will be held at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasi-
um on July 25 and 27. The
"Tiny Trotters" are a group of
dwarfs all under three feet who
will take on average height
people and put on an amazing
show. They will be flown in
from all parts of America.
Also during the basketball
event, there will be a dunk
contest and the sisters of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
will put on a mini-step show.
This event will not only be
exciting and fun, says Allison
Ferguson of the Delta Sigma
Theta Incorporated, but will
also be benevolent, as the
proceeds will be presented to
the AIDS Foundation and
Cancer Society. The funds
will help persons suffering
from AIDS and Cancer.
Mrs Ferguson encourages
the public to come out and
support the event because it
is for a very worthy cause.



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employees of the Royal Oasis
Resort have started to organ-
ise themselves as a group in an
effort to seek the remainder of
monies owed them in redun-
dancy payments, which were
initiated by the former govern-
ment in 2005.
Ceva Seymour, a former front
desk duty manager at the resort,
organised and held a meeting
on Thursday evening for all of
the former hotel workers at the
Kipling Building.
A large number of workers
attended the meeting and
signed a letter authorising Ms
Seymour to work on their
behalf to access to their files
from the hotel in order to assist
them in getting what money is
owed them.
"This meeting is the begin-
ning. We are here trying to get
the staff together to see how we
can properly go about receiv-
ing the money due to us from
the Royal Oasis, which was
recently sold.
"As you can see we are very
frustrated about the situation
and we want some word as to
when we will get our money.
And if we have to go to Gov-
ernment House to demonstrate

we will to do that because it has
been too long now."
Ms Seymour said that they
have had no further word from
anyone about their money,
since May 2005 when the for-
mer government first initiated
About 1,000 hotel workers
lost their jobs in September
2004 when the Royal Oasis
Resort closed because of being
severely damaged by Hurricane
The former PLP government
stepped in to assist the displaced
workers by paying out some $5
million in redundancy pay-
ments. About $1.2 million is still
owed the workers.
In a deed of assignment
signed with the government on
May 24, 2005, employees who
earned $10,000 or less per year
received all of their money,
while those who earned $11,000
and over per year, were paid
half 6f their money.
Mrs Seymour said the former
employees have grown weary of
the many announcements con-
cerning the sale of the resort.
"Everyday we hear that the
resort is sold; that the resort is
not sold. Things are tough and
some workers have lost their
homes we need our money.
"We need to know what is
happening to the rest of the

money that is owed to us; we
want to know what is happening
with the situation, but no one
is talking with us.
A former employee, who
identified himself only as Kevin,
said the situation is unaccept-
"Here we are, three years
since the hotel closed and we
have not gotten all that is due to
us. We have families, bills, and
other financial obligations, and
it seems as if nobody cares
about us," he said.
Mrs Seymour said that gov-
ernment must ensure that the
situation does not occur again
with the new owners of the
In May, the Harcourt Group
announced that it had entered
into a contract to purchase Roy-
al Oasis and expressed an
eagerness to begin work to
restore the resort.
During that time, Harcourt
had stated that it would not be
responsible for any past debts
amassed by the prior owners,
or other companies previously
involved with the Royal Oasis.
Zhivargo Laing, Minister of
State for Finance, said that dis-
cussions are going on between
the Prime Minister's Office and
the principals of Harcourt in
respect of their agreement.
"I suppose in due course

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Harry Potter fans flock to bookstore

for the release of final instalment

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side Logos Bookstore in Har-
bour Bay, anxious to be one of
the first through the doors to
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anticipated Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows.
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ter and the Halfblood Prince."
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to approach, the fans gathered
in groups throughout Logos,
purchasing food and drinks and
discussing details from the pre-
vious books, as well as their pre-
dictions for the final act of the
beloved series.
For the younger fans, tables
were set up with Harry Potter-
themed games.
Ten seconds to midnight,
members of the Logos staff start-
ed the countdown and at 12.01am
the first customer received his
copy of "Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hallows" to cheers from
the bookstore crowd.

* JK Rowling reading at the moonlight launch of her book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
at The Natural History Museum in London on Friday.

As soon as they received
their copies, most of the Potter
fans hurried from the store,
eager to begin their, in many
cases, all-night reading sessions.
As predicted, the last instal-
ment of the Harry Potter saga
broke sales and publishing
Within 24 hours the book
became the fastest-selling novel
in publishing history.

UK publisher Bloomsbury
estimated that three million
copies were sold in the first 24
hours, almost a million more
than the last Potter book.
Scholastic, the US publisher
of the books, released a record-
breaking 12 million copies of
the book on Friday night.
The first six books are still on
the UK's all-time bestseller list
and three have made it to the

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US bestseller list since 2001.
Since the release of the first
novel, Harry Potter and the
Philosopher's Stone in 1997,
the books have gained
immense popularity world-
wide, making Ms Rowling the
highest-earning novelist in lit-
erary history.
The books have spawned an
entire franchise of movies, video
games and other merchandise.

Nurse rewarded for dedication

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Nurse Yvonne
Clarke received red carpet
treatment on Friday for having
been selected by the Public
Hospital's Authority as the
overall winner of the Employee
of the Year 2007/2008.
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assigned to the West End Clin-
ic, was chauffeured in a white
limousine around 10.30am to
the Rand Memorial Hospital,
where employees rolled out the
red carpet, and showered her
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number of prizes, including a
$3,000 cheque, an in-service
scholarship award to complete a
Bachelor's degree programme,
a five-piece dining room set,
and two round-trip tickets to
Orlando, Florida.
Ms Clarke has been
employed with the Grand
Bahama Health Services since
1978, initially as a trained clini-
cal nurse. She became a regis-
tered nurse, and was later pro-
moted to nursing officer.
Mr Brown commended
Nurse Clarke for her "hard
work and dedication" in the
nursing profession and provid-
ing quality health care in Grand
Bahama. She was also recently
recognized at Government
"1 was not surprised when I
looked at the list of persons who
had been identified as the run-
ners up for employee of the
year, he said.
"Ms Clarke has come from a

very long way... (in the nursing
profession) and her achievement
is a clear indication that she was
determined and focused, and.as
a direct result the community
can speak to her dedication and
hard work," he said.
"She is most deserving of it;
she is a nurse at heart and I
think it is so important
that...you know that she is
somebody who is going to pro-
vide you with quality health
Mr Brown said that the in-
service scholarship award is an
all expenses paid award that will
allow Ms Clarke to complete a
course of'her choosing.
"W'ehope it wouldd 'b in
nursing a three-year' Bache-
lor's degree programme that
will cost in the area of $50,000
to $60.000 which we will cover,
and provide her with an
allowance as well, so that she
will have no difficulties," he
Ms Clarke thanked the
Employee Recognition Com-

mittee for selecting her as a
nominee from among the 3,500
health care workers in the coun-
"I feel privileged, honoured,
and humbled of having been
selected as the employee of the
year," she said.
"I believe that hard work
pays off and this is a prime
example. I also believe that
once your steps are ordered by
the Lord, then you know that
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to pray for
"SILENCE the violence" is
an 18-hour peace meditation
and eucharistic adoration, that
will be held from 6am to mid-
night at St Francis Xavier
Cathedral, West Hill Street, on
This day of prayer for peace
in the land will include the
exposition of the Blessed Sacra-
ment, two masses at 7am and
10.30pm and a 10-minute guid-
ed meditation every hour on the
hour, beginning at 8am.
The public is invited to par-
ticipate in this 18-hour prayer
vigil to end violence in the

Turks considers
opening its
casinos to
wealthy locals
A MEASURE before the
Turks and Caicos Islands' legis-
lature would allow residents to
gamble in the British territory's
two casinos for the first time if
they have enough money to
spend; according to Associated
For now, islanders are barred
from entering the casinos. The
proposal scheduled for debate
Monday in the House of
Assembly would allow those
earning more than $50,000
annually to bypass the restric-
tion and apply for membership
at the gambling halls.
The government of Premier
Michael Misick, who backs the
measure to boost tax revenue,
has argued that allowing the
vast majority who earn less than
that amount would threaten the
Caribbean territory's social fab-
ric. The average annual income
is roughly $10,000.
Religious groups opposed to
allowing any locals to place
wagers staged street protests
this week, declaring the mea-
sure would ruin families by pro-
moting vice in the archipelago
of 22,000 people.
"We believe that by opening
this door (it) would provide a
temptation for persons to
destroy their lives," said Pedro
Williams, leader of the Provi-
denciales Ministers' Fellowship.
Casinos that cater only to for-
eigners are found across
Caribbean, where sectors of
socially conservative island soci-
eties regard them as agents of
moral corruption.

Preval says
US-Haiti drug
operations to
said Friday that Haiti and the
United States will continue joint
offensives against drug traffick-
ing, which he described as the
biggest threat to his impover-
ished Caribbean country,
according to Associated Press.
Preval's comments were his
first public remarks since US
Drug Enforcement Adminis-
tration agents and Haitian
authorities launched a forceful
crackdown on suspected drug
traffickers in two coastal towns
earlier this week.'
The agents arrested a Hait-
ian businessman allegedly tied
to cocaine traffickers but failed
to capture their main target, for-
mer rebel leader and presiden-
tial candidate Guy Philippe,
who is believed to be in hiding.
Preval said the operation
resulted from meetings he held
recently with DEA Adminis-
trator Karen Tandy, and said
more actions are planned.
"These aren't operations we
want to advertise. We're not
going to say what the next step
is but there will be other steps,"
Preval told reporters during a

joint press conference with vis-
iting Canadian Prime Minister
Stephen Harper.
He called drug traffickers
"the single biggest destabilising
factor facing weak countries like
Haiti," which has only a few
thousand poorly paid police and
a notoriously corrupt judicial


Accident victim on road to recovery

IN ABACO they call it
"jigging for jacks."
"Jigging" was something
Chad Thompson, 22, had
done "a hundred times or
more," said his elder broth-
er, Timmy.
But on the afternoon of
June 14, "jigging", or trawl-
ing, almost cost him his life.
Today, after much surgery
at St Mary's Medical Cen-
tre in Palm Beach, doctors
are still working to bring his
reattached right leg back to
Chad is at last coming
along well, said brother Tim.
"At the moment infection is
his greatest enemy."
A month before, Chad
had graduated from Eckerd
College in St Petersburg,
Florida, which he had
attended on a soccer schol-
arship. He was in Abaco to
work with his father,
Richard Thompson of Hope
Town, for the summer while
deciding on his future.
Late on the afternoon of
June 14, he dropped off
friends at the Marsh Har-
bour dock in his 20ft Mako.
He then headed back to
Elbow Cay and home.
But it was still early in
the evening, it would be
some time before nightfall,
and the jacks were biting.
"So," said brother Tim,
"he decided to go for a
quick fish. He went up near
Tillow Cut something he
had done more than a hun-
dred times."
It was about "sevenish"
in the evening, said Tim.
Although it was still light
Chad wanted to get home
before dark.
"For some reason," said
Tim, "Chad did a complete
circle in the boat before
speeding up to return home.
As he was doing this
manoeuvre, he bent down
to adjust something, proba-
bly his line, when a wave
from the wake of his own
boat slapped the boat's side,
jarring it. He lost his balance
and fell overboard."
Tim explained that when
a boatman lets go of the
wheel of such a small boat,
the wheel keeps turning and
the boat speeds around in
"When Chad surfaced he
saw the boat coming straight
at him,"' said Tim. "As it
bore down on him, he used
all his might to push it out of
the way of his body, but he
didn't get his legs out of the
way in time. His right leg
was severely chopped sev-
eral times below the knee.
There was a major gash on
the top of his left foot."
Bleeding, and dragging a
severed leg, Chad swam to a
small, deserted island. He
dragged himself high up on
the honeycomb rocks and
started to yell for help.
"It was incredible,"
remarked Tim. "I don't
know how he did it. You
should have seen the punc-
ture marks in his hands from
dragging his body pretty
high up over the sharp
Caretakers at nearby
Cuby Jack Cay, heard his
shouts and sent a mayday
over the VHF to Hope
Town's Fire and Rescue Ser-
In the meantime, Dr
Daniel Peters of West Palm
Beach, a specialist in infec-
tious diseases, was driving
by in his boat with his girl-
friend. Dr Peters also heard

the cries for help. He jumped
overboard and swam to the
small island. He took a paddle
from Chad's boat, which by
then had beached itself on the
island, and turned it into a splint
for Chad's leg. He tore up a
towel and shirts to fasten the
splint and make a tourniquet to
stop the bleeding.
Fire and Rescue volunteers
arrived in their speedboat. A
surfboard from Chad's boat was
turned into a stretcher to carry
him down over the sharp rocks
and onto the speed boat that
took him to Marsh Harbour,
where he was put on the back of
a truck and taken to the gov-
ernment clinic. By then he had
lost a great deal of blood and
was drifting in and out of con-
Because of bad weather in
Nassau there was difficulty get-
ting a plane to fly him to the
Princess Margaret, and so a pri-
vate pilot of Cherokee Air vol-
unteered his five-seater to fly
him to Palm Beach. The doc-
tor doubted Chad would live
past Grand Bahama.
Nevertheless, the plane's
seats were removed, and Chad
was loaded onto the small air-
craft through the cargo
entrance. Laura Thompson, a

The bone of his right leg was
"chopped up in several places,"
said Tim. "The doctors were not
sure his leg could be saved, but
promised to do everything pos-
sible to save it."
The bone of his left foot was
badly damaged and two of his
toes had to be pinned back on.


But it was his right leg that
was the major problem. It was
still hanging. Even after the first
week it could not be closed
because it had to be irrigated
at least five times. A dye test
was done to check the major
arteries, which would determine
whether there was any hope to
restore the leg. Two of the three
main arteries were in perfect
condition. Although, there was
slight damage to the third it
could be repaired. There was
still hope for the leg.
But muscle was needed for
the bone to heal. And there
was no muscle. Abdominal
muscles had to be transferred
to the leg. The arteries, veins,
muscles were now together,
the leg was closed and the plas-
tic surgeon was called in. A
skin graft was taken from

played for Eckerd College. It's
a game he will never play again.
A successful cookout was
held at Hope Town on Wednes-
day to help defray Chad's med-

ical expenses. And a $100-plate
fund raising dinner will be held
at the Nassau Yacht Club at
7.30pm on August 11 to assist
his medical fund.

THE Iamilo of Chad Thompson has organised a fund rais-
er to be held on August 11 at the Nassau Yacht Club.
The event will begin at 7.30pm and will include a full buffet
dinner, and red or white wine for the evening.
The will be a raffle, a silent auction and music. Ticket are
$0l i.
The family said that an) donations of funds or prizes for the
action. or additional donations to go towards Chad's medical
expenses would be greatly appreciated.
They asked that donations be made to the Chad Thompson
Medical Fund at the Royal bank of Canada (RBC) on Mack-
e\ Street. account number: 718-265-2.
Anyone is interested in supporting this effort is asked to call
357-4705 or email Chad's brother Timmy at
timbo333@gmail.com to reserve tickets. I
As space restrictions mean there are only a limited number
ol tickets available. interested persons are asked to contact the
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trauma nurse in the US Navy,
who was in Abaco for the 90th
birthday of her uncle, Capt
Leonard Thompson, learning
of her cousin's accident, arrived
at the airport to accompany him
on the flight to Palm Beach.
Also on the plane was Chad's
father. The best they could do
was keep him stable. A doctor
friend was alerted in Palm
Beach. An ambulance awaited
their arrival. Chad was in the
ambulance when the para-
medics were stopped by US
Immigration ordered that the
barely conscious man be taken
out of the ambulance and into
the Immigration office so that
they could get a fingerprint. No
matter how hard the Immigra-
tion official tried he couldn't
get the print. Finally a para-
medic spoke up. He told Immi-
gration that if they did not
release their patient immedi-
ately his life would be on their
hands. Time was of the essence.
The medics had to get him to
hospital immediately. Eventu-
ally Immigration took his pass-
port, and waved the ambulance
Chad was wheeled into St
Mary's operating theatre at
about midnight, where Dr
Cooney and his team operated
on him for the next seven hours.

Chad's thigh and transferred
to the leg. Four rods stick out
on either side of his right shin.
A bone simulator is now being.
used to speed up the healing
Chad has had to undergo
general anesthetic so often that
the doctors say he can't take
any more. "It is too stressful to
the body," said Tim. A local
pain killer will be used for all
other procedures. The high
dosages of antibiotics that he
has been on since the accident
have had to be reduced. They
had started to affect his kidneys.
"However," said Tim, "now
that the dosages have been
reduced his kidneys are return-
ing to normal."
Chad hopes to be out of hos-
pital within the month, but
there is another restriction. If
he flies too soon, he runs the
risk of a blood clot.
And so today, he is at St
Mary's Clinic, his right leg ele-
vated with four rods jutting out
of his shin.
"Infection is his greatest ene-
.my now," says his loyal brother.
"The doctor said that if he
were not such a healthy young
man, the outcome could have
been worse," said Tim of his
younger brother, who, not so
long ago, was on the Bahamas'
national soccer team, and

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Bahamas Film Festival helps

Bahamians 'picture the dream'

THE Bahamas Film Festival
wrapped up three days of
intense activities with an awards
ceremony at Arawak Cay.
Organizers wanted to give
more Bahamians an opportuni-
ty to see what persons in film
are doing in this country or as
Celi Moss, President of the Fes-
tival would say "Picture The
Awards were presented to
deserving persons in various

Event ends with

awards ceremony

categories. Some awards were
given posthumously, like the
one given to Bahamian screen

legend Calvin Lockhart.
Calvin left The Bahamas
when he was only 18 years old,

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and did what many African
Americans had never achieved
up to that point, that is land
major roles in Hollywood films.
He appeared in such films as
Halls of Anger, Cotton Comes
to Harlem and was the original
Biggie Smalls in the movie Let's
Do It Again, from which the
late rap artist Christopher Wal-
lace got his name. He worked
closely with another Bahamian
legend, Sir Sidney Poitier, with
whom he co-starred in a num-
ber of movies and under whom
he was also directed.
Calvin in an interview just
before his death spoke fondly
of Sir Sydney's hand in his
career. He also spoke of his
desire to build a film studio in
Grand Bahama to ensure that
Bahamian students got an
opportunity to study acting
before travelling abroad. His
widow, Jennifer Miles Lockhart,
who flew to Nassau to be a part
of the festival, is working dili-
gently on making that dream
come true.
Making dreams come true is
what another award winner has
done most of his life. James
Catalyn, has assisted many bud-
ding young actors in realising
their dream of acting, directing
and script writing. It was for this
reason that the festival was
named in his honour. He was
elated. One of his favourite
phrases is "I would like to
receive all of my flowers while I
am alive."
Another award winner who
definitely was alive and kicking
was comedian Anthony Ander-
son who was given a Rising Star
Award. Anthony, whose career
is just exploding right now could
be seen in the blockbuster hit,
"Transformers", that is now
showing in theatres. Among his
movie credits are Big Momma's
House, Barbershop, Hustle and
Flow, and, yes, even serious
roles such as Shakespeare. He is
very grateful for persons out-
side-of the United States to
recognize his work, and
expressed deep gratitude to the
Committee for choosing to hon-
our him. He has pledged to do
everything humanly possible to

empower young filmmakers like
Celi Moss to fulfil their dreams
of exposing other young per-
sons to this dynamic industry.
He appears to already be in
love with The Bahamas, having
recently been here to the open-
ing of The Cove on Paradise
Island. When asked about the
possibility of a second home in
Nassau, Anthony who travelled
here with his entire family says
" I am already looking."
He got to see much of Nassau
during the three days he spent
here, including visiting children
from The Golden Isles Con-
stituency, on a tour conducted
by The Member of Parliament
for that area and Minister of
Culture, Charles Maynard.
When quizzed about the
opening movie for The Film
Festival, Balls Alley, he said, "I
thoroughly enjoyed it, although
I thought I was seeing a gang-
ster movie, I was not aware that
it would have had so many
jokes in it."
Kudos to the writers, direc-
tors and the actors. They were
very believable. Here are the
entire results of The Bahamas
Film Festival.
The Awards go to:
Best short film: Full Circle -
Bahamas Filmmakers Guild.
Best music video -Utah
Taylor Walk Away.
Best TV Show The Coun-
sellors Bahamas @ Sunrise.

Venezuela's Chavez says constitutional

reform will respect private property
* CARACAS, Venezuela
PRESIDENT Hugo Chavez assured private property owners their
rights will be guaranteed in Venezuela under a pending constitution-
al reform, as long as proprietors and investors respect the law, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
"Some citizens continue arguing in a dogmatic manner that social-
ism negates private property. No, our socialism accepts private prop-
erty," Chavez said in comments published Sunday on the Web site of
Union Radio. "It's only that this private property must be within the
framework of the constitution."
He did not elaborate, saying only that he would present his reform
proposal to lawmakers in the coming weeks. Few details have emerged
from a special executive committee that Chavez has appointed to
draft a proposal for overhauling the country's charter.
Government opponents accuse Chavez a close ally of Cuban
leader Fidel Castro of steering this oil-rich South American nation
toward Cuba-style communism. Many wealthy Venezuelans fear sec-
ond homes, yachts or other assets could be seized as he advances his
Bolivarian Revolution, a movement named after South American
independence hero Simon Bolivar.
Chavez denies copying Havana's economic model, countering that
Venezuela's forthcoming socialist reforms will broaden the concept of
ownership while gradually undermining the influence of capitalism.
Under one initiative, state-financed cooperatives will operate under
a new concept of "collective property" in which workers would share
profits, but details of the plan have yet to be revealed.
The state-run Bolivarian News Agency quoted Chavez as saying pub-
lic school textbooks should be rewritten to curb what he perceives as
the influence of capitalist ideals and U.S. cultural domination.


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The Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas announces the issue of a further
offering of Bahama Registered Stock totalling BS100.000 Million. Applications will be received
by The Banking Department begiming at 9:30 a.m. on 17th July, 2007 and will close at 3:00pm on
24th July, 2007. Alloations will commence at 9:30 a.m. on 25th July, 2007 and will cease at
3:00pmn. on 26th uly, 2007. Application for the Stock subscription must be applied for in units of
BS100.00. The details of the Issue are as follows:

Rate of lsterest Name of Stock Amount Price
__B$ BS
5116% Above Prime Rate BaamasRegisteredStock 2027 10,000,000.00 100.00
9/16% Above Prime Rate BahamasRegistered Stock 2035 30,000,000,00 100.00
19/32% Above Prime Rae Bahamas Registered Stock 2036 30,000,000.00 100.00
5/8% Above Prime Rate BahamasRegistered Stock 2037 30,000,000.00 100.00
S_......... .... 100,000,000.00

The first interest payment will be on 26th January, 2008. Thereafter, interest will be payable
on 26th January, and 26th July of each year until the Stock is repaid. Application forms may be
obtained from The Central Bank of The Bahamas' offices in Nassau and Freeport, The Public
Treasury or any of the following banks:-

1.) Bank of The Bahamas International
2.) FirstCaibben International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
3.) Finance Corporation of Bahamas Limited
4.) Commonwealth Bank Limited
5.) Royal Bank of Canada
6.) Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited
7.) Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited
8.) Citibank N.A.

Bank drafts should be made payable to The Central Bank of The Bahamas., Also
wire transfers via Real Time Gross Settlement and Cash are accepted. Subsribers for
amounts in excess of $1,000,000.00 may provide authorization from their Bank for



PAGE 8, MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007

Anderson was given a Rising
Star Award.
(AP FILE Photo)

Best Commercial Khari
Albury Pure Night Life Com-
Best Actor Ricardo Forbes -
Full Circle.
Best Actress Raquel Hor-
ton Balls Alley.
Minister of Culture filmmak-
ers "Lifetime Achievement "
Award James Catalyn.
Minister of Culture Film-
makers "Lifetime Achieve-
ment" Award Calvin Lock-
Minister of Culture Film-
makers "Rising Star" Award -
Anthony Anderson.


MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007, PAGE 9

Event held to bid farewell

to departing ambassador


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* DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette, right, presents a
gift to Cuban Ambassador Felix Wilson Hernandez at a farewell reception held in his honor at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Gardens on Friday
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Cuban Ambassador Felix Wilson Hernandez
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* By Sir Ronald Sanders
( T writri'r is a business con-
u.\!tanrt and former Caribbean
dlipl>inm t).

THE United States has
become the principal
beneficiary of the migration
Irom (Caribbean countries of its
best educ tied people. But the
I'S is not the only developed
country that has benefited from
the (Caribbhcan's investment in
the education Lt its people:
Canada. Holland and the Unit-
ed Kingdom are also beneficia-
The figures lor migration of
secondalar and tertiari educated
people a;e ligh for every
Caribbean coiunny. The most
recent study shows that Suri-
name led the field for migra-
tion of tertiary educated peo-

pie at 89.9 per cent followed by
Guyana at 85.9 per cent,
Jamaica at 82.5 per cent, Haiti
at 81.6 per cent, St Kitts-Nevis

If remittances
were not being
received the level
of poverty, crime
and social
instability in many
countries would
be worse than it is.

at 71.6 per cent and Antigua
and Barbuda at 70 per cent.
Of the Commonwealth

Caribbean countries, only the
Bahamas and St l.ucla weil le
below 40 per cent.
By the same tokien.. iiia
Caribbean cLuntries profit fi'rmi
large remitlanccs sent back ito
the region by its people who
live abroad. In fact, in relation
to its Gross National Pioduct
(GNP), the C(aribbean area is
the largest recipient in Ihe wollId
of remittances. The largest sin
glc source of such remlittalncesis
the United States.
Of the C'olnliiil i' Ncallh
Caribbean coun)tiies. Ji licai
gains most I(oin remittances. In
2003, remittances to Jamaica
represented a whopping 18 per
cent of its GNP. higher than aid
and higher than loieigi i:icst
ment. (Gumaia. (Grilendida iid
Barbados followed iNthi uontili
butions to their (CNP ol G S I pci
cent 5.3 per cenit ,id -4 pti
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these reiniltances are
vitally impo t a t to
ecely (aribbean country. T'hecy
help to keep ie country stable
b' ciisui nig the sui ival ol
unemlployed or low paid work
eCs, paying for housing of per
sons who might otherwise be
hi, oeless. circulating capital in
the economy and inl stnome cases
1uyling Ifood a d liillC ines l
No couiilii) ctild altiied niot
It receive thci n ittlli an es
which inay be eveln higher thanl
illieial cailcil.iions ,siit remilt
tlincesl alL oll iitl .t tl thlliough
the banking .ysltein oi even
thCough thle imone liailnsi colt
pailes: somiie e rliand delivered
by friends alnd relatives travelling
bet weei cn Collli ies.
It lenilittalices were not being
eiNcCve'd the level of poverty,
criie iiand social instability in
many Caribbean countries
would be worse than it is.
Tlhe cl eo govc r in mcillts.
undoubtedly, welcome the
Nonetl heless, Caribbean
countries aie facing a dilemma
over the migration of their best
trained and educated people
Simlply pt. It is this: while
countries welcome the signifi-
cant and irreplaceable contri-
bution that remittances make
to their social welfare and polit-
ical stability, they devote large
sums of money on the educa-
tion of their people only to see
, 1 ,, T lii iili i 1 iiiln 'i 'iliia e
to d veloped countries, and
they lose people who are need-
ed to help make businesses
more productive and profitable.
Even government S suffer from
the loss of skilled and qualified
people \\hose technical skills
are need in a itange of areas,
including in lorlmulating and
unplvmenting fiscal and trade
And a solution does not boil
do it: t i i( -[l1ting thie miLiela
Lioii idt qiuti lield alld skilled peo-
ple .\In suchtll decltsioll by a gov-
crnnient would be alln infringe-
mlent of basic humian rights. It
iOUld I luC l ..... l] d ,i oItII, -lnt
xitlhlli couintiihc. and probably
lead to a host of illegal activities
lto mlligration
Ih t .., ... l. ', could l.ike
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are exported in return for for-
eign exchange earnings and eco-
nomic growth, a reality would
be that people are trained for
export to the work force of
industrialized nations and their
remittances would constitute
the earnings that Caribbean

countries receive.

ndeed, Caribbea
tries are accust
exporting people to job
the Panama Canal w
painstakingly dug, mu
back-breaking and of

The economy
would questic
whether the c
of production
justified by th
amount of me
received in re

labour was perform
Caribbean people who
to the job opportunity
were other significar
ments of people to th
States Virgin Islands
refinery was built their
course, after the Secon
War. large numb
Caiibcan people
Britain to fill the br
able-bodied people to

a range of tasks in transporta-
tion, construction and health
services. In all cases, the migrant
workers sent money back home.
The difference with the pre-
sent problem is whereas in the
past the labour that was being
exported was largely unskilled,
the current migrants are highly
trained at great cost to their
Caribbean countries of origin,
and the loss of their knowledge
reduces the capacity of the
Caribbean to compete in the
global economy.
So, the economists would
question whether the cost of
production -- the amount of
money spent educating people
for work in the developed
nations is justified by the
amount of money received in
Whatever the Economists
conclude, the fact of life is that
people move away from eco-
nomic, social and political con-
ditions that trouble them. In
part, these conditions across
Caribbean countries are push-
ing skilled people away from
their homelands.
It is also a reality that people
are pulled to industrialized
nations by better circumstances
such as well-paid jobs, employ-
ment that matches their skills
and training, and good social
conditions such as health care.

clearly Caribbean coun-
tries have to come to
an coun- terms with two realities.
omed to First, every country in the
is. When region has to improve condi-
as being tions to keep more of its skilled
ch of the people at home. This means
ten fatal health and modern education
facilities have to be improved
and the environment for invest-
lists ment and business has to be
)n And, second, it has to be
"ost accepted that some skilled peo-
ple will continue to migrate
i is however much conditions in
te their home countries get better.
Of course, many more will
)ney migrate if the domestic condi-
*mit- tions do not improve or if they
If the brain drain is regarded
as a reality, then there may be
i i' "; mrit iii seeing it at ainxp6rt
industry, and a-ase should be
med by made to the ingstrlisedcun-
mingated tries who gaii to coinribTute
y. There meaningfully to education and
nt move- training in the Caribbean.
e United This would take the full bur-
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FROM page one

"Should this effort move to lirution two distinct
elements must exist: One, demonstrating the suc-
cessful transfer of the container and cargo ports
from downtown Nassau, and the other, detailing a
comprehensive proposal for the re development of
downtown Nassau, including the business plan for
the downtown Business Impiovement District and
the governance structure for a new Port Operation.
"We must not wait until a proposed new port is
built before we address matters contributing to the
deterioration of our city centre. Time is not on our
side. Downtown Nassau is not quite as bad as we met
it in 1992 but it is dirtier and less attractive today
than it was when I was last in office. This fact is but
one of the several realities bequeathed to us," he
Mr Ingraham said that he does not accept that the
location of cargo shipping along Bay Street is a suf-
ficient excuse for the scruffiness that today typifies
the country's principal city. Many port cities around
the globe, he said are also clean and attractive cul-
tural centres, shopping havens and magnets for
"But along Bay Street too many shop and office
fronts are dingy and grimy. Unbecoming advertise-
ments clutter sidewalks and deface our city centre.
Damaged sidewalks are not being repaired. Trees
and shrubbery meant to soften the landscape of
Nassau are being neglected. In many cases the Gov-
ernment is a major culprit.
"The Adderley Building has been permitted by
the government to sit as the central eyesore in the
centre of the city for too long. But the Adderley
Building is not alone. A number of derelict buildings

FROM page one

Police chief superintendent
Glen Miller, in charge of the Cen-
tral Detective Unit, said that
when the family member entered
the room, the 30-year-old male
was already on top of the minor.
"He was on top of her, and all
attempts seemed to be in progress
to have sexual intercourse with
her," he said.
Although it is believed that the
encounter was not forced, police
are taking the matter very seri-
ously noting that any sexual
assault on a minor is cause for
Also from the weekend, a man
just released on bail on a murder
charge, is expected to be
arraigned before the court today
for a number of armed robberies.
According to CS Miller, the
man, who was arrested and
charged with the November 10,
2005 murder of Larry Luis, was
granted bail in April this year.
He is accused of committing a

Downtojri Bay Street
dot the main and idce ,,Irc"i-. il 1 ur cll \ cc icltri
And, straw vendors have been lll oi ,ix \c;alO in
hot. pooll ventilaint l k It in.uiI I'c 1 l d W ,.
rary relic Iollowing thlie dcsi it I oIn ol it Sl i w,
Market by fire in 2 t(H). 'Iii I g L I \' inusl itlstS ,us I. id
agree steps to enhalri t i I 111 1 nl it Inw It.
A part of these tliscusioins M IngI.iI, n high
lighted might include tIhe. tie rcstricttlns or tihe
movement of cargo th, oiplph ,.:ilv streets. ill)nt wilh
identitying .1suii bl ieiions Ioil hbus depots in
the downtown aira lai n (1 rl \ (I'd;I
"We co iinenI -L(I w'.ik .. lhs i p. I,;c it, IViMai
2002 and .,iit ul.u] IiIs.i.,. 1in ,ontinueu l IC L t. in
We need nol rleiiivn lll I1 wieel to make priIgrl.ss ill
this area. With Ireg. o i Ity shop fronts I litte (thit
it is amazing whai a poi washer and a little paint
can do. I take this opportunity to highlight the mat-
ter because many of you are the owners and opera-
tors of businesses in our city centre. And I rImind
you that legislation enacted in 1999 provides for
access to customs duly and real properly tax con-
cessions for the irstoration of historic properties in
the Bahamas.
"The restoration of style and ocauty to our city
centre has become so cliticall to our competitive
position that it should now hb. addressed with some
urgency. Perhaps consideration may now be given to
extending this concession to Bay Street properties
for a limited period to facilitate this restoration. It is
for us, and very particularly for those of you engaged
in business and commerce to turn our setbacks into
opportunities," he said.

Man, 30, is accused of having

sexual intercourse with girl, 13

number of robberies of cell phone
"We suspect him for a number
of other matters as well." Mr
Miller said.
Also, police reported that a
Cable Beach home was broken
into at approximately 10.30pmn
Saturday by three armed men.
The inhabitant, a 31-year-old
man, was tied up, and robbed of
$1,300 in cash and an assortment
of jewellery. The public is asked
to be vigilant in the West Bay
Street area, including Cable
Beach, and the Old Fort bay area,
and be wary of persons "lurking
around" or pretending that their
vehicle has broken down and they
are in need of assistance.
A firearm arrest was also
reported from the Carmichael
Division. Police, acting on infor- '
mation, arrested a man with a

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FROM page one
his company, Mr Knabb had promised to donate a computer lab to
Hugh Campbell Primary and to Bishop Michael Eldon High School,
as well as 10 full scholarships a year for the next five years to the
College of the Bahamas.
During an interview earlier this year with The Tribune, Mr
Knabb reported that Pegasus Wireless was profitable and had
earned $100 million in revenue.
While entertaining questions from the press at the Mifiistry of
Finance offices in Freeport in the International Building, Minister
Laing said "the government certainly would have an interest in
knowing what is happening" at Pegasus.
"I should make whatever inquiries I could make about it because
we are talking about Bahamians who have been employed at Pega-
sus, who now seem to be in an uncertain situation insofar as their
employment is concerned.
"But, I imagine the person who should be in a position to offer
more information would be the person who was a key facilitator of
employment at Pegasus, and who is the attorney for Pegasus, who
is Pleasant Bridgewater," he said.
However, last week when asked by a reporter about the status of
Pegasus and the whereabouts of her client, Ms Bridgewater said she
did not know as she was not involved in the day-to-day operation
of the company, and'only acted in a legal capacity as the attorney
for the company.

Baker's Bay information
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tions to Zhivargo Laing, Sidney Collie, Attorney General Claire
Hepburn and to the prime minister demanding the deals related to
Guana Cay be made public, "they have yet to make public disclo-
"As far as I am concerned the FNM is now worse than the PLP
as far as Guana Cay is concerned," Mr Smith said. "They have been
is office for enough time to have disclosed all of these documents,
and they are keeping them secret. It is hypocritical of the FNM to
promise freedom of information.., and to continue to deny the
Bahamian citizens of Guana Cay the right to know what hap-
pened in their community under the PLP's watch," he said.
Mr Smith also questioned whether the FNM govenunent has giv-
en a new crown grant for more land to the developers despite the
continued objections of groups such as SGCR, who reject the phi-
losophy of giving foreigners vast quantities of Bahamian land.
When contacted by The Tribune, Mr Laing, the minister of state
for finance, said that he is not aware of any additional land giants
to the Baker's Bay developers, and that his government is corn
mitted to following the commitment in their Manifesto to make
public the negotiations related to these types of developments.

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How long is a lifetime? Or why short


".Jluvticc. lIthourglh he'sc p inted
lined, is to the weaker side
iii lint'd. "
Medieval Proverb

I'1HI turn of events in recent
ccks has brought to the fore a
latter of extreme importance in
lie l d lin istration of justice in
o ,i young g nation the appro-
piiate punishment for the com-
Initial of that most serious of
rime.in murder specifically
hlie imposition of the sentence
of' "lifetime."
This matter --b\ its nature
ailvavs very contentious- takes
Min e\ en more gravity in the light
of the very high incidence of
murder in oui nation at this time.
I o., there can be not a shadow
of a doubt that the fact that
ileicadv. there have been more
Ithan 40 murders in this little
nation of just 340,000 souls, is a
c.usc for concern most grave,
,specially as ours is a nation.
according to the preamble of its
institutionon. "to be established
upon the principles atf Democ
' Ic\. Christianity and the rule of
l.i\v "
It is submitted, therefore. that
the appropriate punishment for
murder, with a view to reversing
Shi most disturbing trend, is the
main challenge facing us at this
time. The purpose, then of this
,ontribution is to examine the
liemendously significant theo-

logical, moral and legal ramili-
cations of the pursuit ol this most
worthy goal. Before taking on
this daunting endeavour, how-
ever, it is essential to critically
examine two outstanding issues:
to wit, the principle of respect
for life, and the recent ruling of
the Privy Council with regard to
capital punishment.

The Principle of
Respect for Life

The basic principle, from a
moral and theological perspec-
tive, in any discussion on the
appropriate punishment for mur-
der. is that of respect for life.
Foi, according to Biblical teach-
ing, life is extremely precious
precisely because it was created
by God, and as such must be
treated with utmiosi respect: yea
reverence The ground itl this
principle is the Docl inc of C're-
atlon (Genesis 1-2: Psalms 8 and
24; John 1:1-18: Col. 1: 12-20).
Thus, the principle of respect
for life is incorporated in the
major theological treatises of the
church on its varied manifesta-
.tions. Indeed, whether one turns
to the Summa of St Thomas
Aquinas --the basis of Catholic

'Theology: ''The Institutes" Of
John Calvin Presbyte ian, and
to some extent Baptist Theology;
the- "Forty: Four Sermons of
John Wesley --Methodist The-
ology: "Tlhe I'hirty-Nine Arti-
cles" of Richard Hooker
Anglican-Episcopal Theology ---
the principle of respect for life,
indeed, of the sacredness of life,
is uncompromisingly decreed.
Moreover, it is germane to
point out that at the core of vir-
tually all religions, especially
Hinduism and the primitive reli-
gions of Africa and the Americ-
as, there is a profound respect
for life in all its varied forms.
God alone is the Creator of Life,
and as such it is the duty of
humankind to exercise utmost
respect lor it, which up until this
time, is known to exist only on
this "celestial hall" known as
planet earth."
Since life was created by God,
there is strong prohibition
agciinst the taking of the life of
another in Biblical teaching.
Thus, the Sixth Commandment
decrees, "You shall not murcdei"
(Exod. 20:13, Deut.5:17. RSV).
Jesus, in the Sermon on the
Mount, penetrates further, warn-
ing against the harbouring of

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* JUST how long should 'life' in prison be?

anger, the source of murder. You
have heard that it was said to
those of ancient times, "You
shall not murder" but I say to
you if you are angry with a
brother or sister, you will be
liable to the council, and if you
s.iy "You fool, you will be liable
to the hell of fire." (Matt. 5:21-22
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the First Epistle of John admon-
ishes, "All who hate a brother
or sister are murderers, and you
know that murderers do not have
eternal life abiding in them." (I
John 3:15, RSV).
Murder, then, is to be taken
most seriously, and so punish-
ment for it cannot be taken light-
ly. As.this writer pointed out in
another article, "Let us bear in
mind that murder is the only
crime or sin for which restitution
is not possible." If you commit
any of the other sins prohibited
in the Ten Commandments -
gross disrespect for, theft, adul-
tery, covetousness, perjury then
you can take steps to make
amends as Zacchaeus did upon
his .conversion (Luke 19:1-10).
But, if you take another person-
s life deliberately, there is
absolutely nothing you can do to
restore it. It is not surprising,
therefore that murder is strong-
ly prohibited, yea, condemned
in the Ten Commandments, the
Sermon on the Mount and the
Epistles, the three major sources
of moral instruction in Holy
It goes without saying, then,
that murder is strongly con-
demned in the theological.state-.
ments of the Church, and this
has been the case throughout the
It is submitted, therefore, "that
the hard line" against murder
taken by Evangelist Dr Rex
Major and the members of Fam-
ilies Against Murder (FAM) is
vested with strong sanction in
the Bible, and in some "schools
of Theology". (There is no need
to discuss this complex theologi-
cal issu: here).
Here, however, it is germane
to point out especially in this
'-Age of Religious Pluralism"
that Christianity is, by no means,
alone, in this regard. For, sever-
al years ago, an historic sympo-
sium was held in Chicago when
representatives of the world's
major religions, including the
"Abrahamic" religions Judaism,
Christianity and Islam, and the
Eastern religions Buddhism,
Hinduism, Siksism, Shintoism,
etc came together to discuss
moral principles which they held
in common. High on this list was
the principle of respect for life,
and a corresponding prohibition
of murder. It is the consensus,
then of all the religions of
humankind that murder, that
most heinous of crimes must
be condemned, to be avoided at
all costs, precisely because life
must be regarded with awe and
utmost respect.

The Ruling of
the Privy Council

We come now to examine the
recent ruling of the Privy Coun-
cil with regard to capital punish-
ment. As is very well known that
august body, the final legal
authority of our young nation,
recently ruled that the "manda-
tory" imposition of the death
penalty in the case of murder is
unconstitutional. Now, evidently,
there are many amongst us who
appear to be labouring under the
impression that the operative
word, in this ruling is "unconsti-
tutional." This is simply not cor-
rect. Rather, it is submitted that
the operative word is "manda-
Concisely, the Council has
ruled that the incompatible of
capital punishment as the one
and only penalty to be decreed in
the case of murder is incompati-
ble with the constitution of our
beloved Bahamaland.
The effect of all this is to
greatly expand the discretionary
powers of judges in the case of
murder. Heretofore, once a per-
son was declared by the jury to
be guilty of murder, then, the
judge had absolutely no alterna-
tive but to pronounce the death
sentence upon him/her.
Now however, when an
,Iccusid person has been found
guilty of murder, after due inves-
tigation by the Police and careful
exatnination of all ihe relevant

several options open to him:

1) The judge may impose the
death penalty.
2) The judge may decree the
murderer should be sent to
prison "for life".
Evidently, the Privy Council,
in line with contemporary trends
in the European Union, is mov-
ing in the direction of the aboli-
tion of capital punishment.
Unless the Prosecution has a
very strong case, it may be advis-
able to go for "manslaughter"
rather than "murder".
All this, of course, helps to
place the essence of our discus-
sion here in sharp perspective as
discussion of the highly contro-
versial subject of "the pros" and
"cons" of capital punishment
outside is the ambit if our pur-
pose here.
Neither need we be detained
by what constitutes "manslaugh-
ter" and the appropriate punish-
ment for same. The bone of con-
tention here, surely is the sec-
ond alternatives what consti-
tutes "a lifetime sentence." Con-
cisely, how long is a lifetime
when decreed by a judge in a
murder case?


SHow long is "life-time?" Well,
there can be not a shadow of a
doubt that the answer, from a
Biblical and theological per-
spective, is clear, straightforward,
and unequivocal and unambigu-
ous. For, the relevant text is:
"The days of our years are
three score years and ten; and if
by reason of strength they be
fourscore years, yet is their
strength labour and sorrow; for it
is soon cut off. -Psalms 90:10
Or as it is rendered in mod-
ern translation:
"Seventy years are given us!
And some may even live to
eighty. But even the best of these
years are often emptiness and
pain; soon they disappear and
we are gone." (The Living
Lifetime, then, from the Bibli-
cal and theological perspective
is 70 years.
What is very significant here is
the plain fact that despite the
major advances in medical sci-
ence in recent years, resulting in
the elimination of many diseases
which brought much suffering
and death in the past, the aver-
age life .expectancy of
humankind is about 70 years,
give or take a few years. In the
nations of the developing world,
for instance, it is often much less,
And in some developed nations,
it is more. But, by and large, the
Psalmist is correct in suggesting
that the average life span of
humankind is in the region of 70
Taking this as our yardstick,
then, when a person has been
found guilty of murder, and is
sent to prison for a life time, then
it means that he/she should
remain there until age 70.
It is submitted, therefore, that
incarceration for lifetime from a
Biblical perspective means noth-
ing other than remaining in
prison until one reaches the age
of 70 years or death, whichever
comes first.

Lifetime: Legal Perspective

It is germane now to discuss
the reasons for the imposition of
a lifetime sentence in the case of
murder. This has to be seen
against the backdrop of the three
classical theories for the punish-
ment of criminals. These include:

The retributive

1. "Retribution" (derived from
the Latin words "re" and
"tribuo") literally means "to give
back". It is based on the instinc-
tive gut feeling that a person who
has committed some particular
crime ought to be punished. In
the teaching of the Old Testa-
ment it means "an eye for an
eve" and "a tooth for a tooth"
a;n l:..i. .L:23.-L7). In the final
analysis, it is the only justification


sentences for murder are unjust

for capital punishment the con-
tention that since a persons has
taken life of another, then his/her
life should also be forfeited.
2. The Deterrent Theory
According to this theory a per-
son must be punished in such
manner that, others seeing how
he/she has suffered, will refrain
from doing the same thing. Cru-
cifixion, recognized as the most
cruel form of capital punishment,
was practised by the ancient
Romans as a means of prevent-
ing their subjects from rebellion
against Caesar. Anyone who
entertained thoughts about
revolt against the power of
Rome would certainly think
twice after witnessing the agony
of the slow excruciating death
by crucifixion.
3. The Reformative Theory
According to this punishment
it should be inflicted in order to
reform the person, to ensure that
he/she decides to reform, to do
better and thus prove to be an
asset rather than a liability to
society. There can be no doubt
that this is the most positive of
the various theories for the
imposition of punishment.
Known also as "rehabilitation", it
is the approach which is advo-
cated by most contemporary
social workers.
Besides these three classical
theories which have been identi-
fied by moral philosophers, there
is another which is relevant in
the case of the treatment of per-
sons who commit murder the
protection of society. Once a per-
son has been judged guilty of
committing this most serious of
crimes, then it may be argued
that he/ she be incarcerated or
be remanded in a place of deten-
tion for a very long time. During
this period, persons in society
have a sense of safety and secu-
rity, knowing that the murderer
has been put away for a long,
long time!
Since, as has been pointed out,
the theory of retribution is that
which may be used to justify cap-
ital punishment, it is germane to
consider the others in relation
to imprisonment for life.
Applying these, then to the
appropriate punishment of mur-
der, it can be stated that a person
should be incarcerated for such a
long time so that others who
countenance murder "think
twice" before committing this
serious crime.
!.' Moreover, this time should be

long so that he/she may serious-
ly consider the seriousness of the
deed. And so repent or be sorry
and deeply grieved and so
resolve to do better.
For instance, several years ago
in Scotland, the possibility of the
reform/rehabilitation of a per-
son by means of imprisonment
was dramatically demonstrated.
A man was convicted of murder
and was sent to person. While
serving time there he was sound-
ly converted. Upon being
released from prison, he contih-
ued serious study of the Bible
and Theology, eventually
expressing a sense of call to serve
as a Minister of the Gospel. Nat-
urally, his offer prompted lively
debate on the part Christians
there for there were many who
had reservations about accept-
ing him to serve as a minister of
the gospel. On the other hand,
there were many others who
were convinced that he had
experienced a genuine conver-
sion and were prepared to have
him serve as their pastor.
Yes, rehabilitation is possible
even for someone who commits
murder! It is salutatory to bear in
mind that John Wesley, the
founder of Methodism, under
God shared the Gospel with a
condemned man on his way to
the gallows. This prisoner repent-
ed, received Christ as Saviour
and went to the gallows "rejoic-
ing in the Lord."
What, then can we say about
the meaning of "lifetime" in a
judicial context. Well, it has
always been the understanding
of this writer that "lifetime",
from a legal perspective, means
25 years in prison, with the pos-
sibility of a reduction to no less.
than 20 should the convicted per-
son demonstrate behaviour most
exemplary during incarceration.
(This certainly was the way in
which "lifetime" was understood
by all the officers who worked
with him while serving as Super-
intendent of the Boys Industrial
School from (1993-1997).
Now, taking into considera-
tion the classical theories of pun-
ishment discussed above, it is
submitted that this is reason-
able/and just. For while it falls
"far short" of the Biblical "three
score and ten", it is certain that
such a period is sufficient to
deter others from contemplating
murder, and for the person who
has committed this most serious
crime to reflect profoundly about-

it and to seek to do better. Con-
cisely, in terms of the deterrent
and rehabilitative/reformative
theories, 25 years is justified.
You see, if the period of incar-
ceration is not very long, then,
the punishment administered los-
es its efficacy as a deterrent to
crime. Indeed, how can we claim
to be serious about "sending a
strong message" to would be
criminals if the impression is con-
veyed that somehow a person
can commit murder and get a
"short sentence" in prison (i.e.
less than 25 years)?
Nor does such a comparative-
ly short time provide enough
incentive for the person to be
truly penitent and seek to do bet-
Concisely, short prison sen-
tences for murder can be justi-
fied neither on the ground of the
teaching Bible nor the classical
"secular" theories of punish-
Indeed, when we consider the
imposition of "light sentences"
for murder, the question
inevitably arises, "Where does
one draw the line?" One need
only apply the principle of reduc-
tio ad absurdum to see how inef-
fective short or light sentences
in the case of murder may prove
to be. Does it mean that a young
man can commit murder, serve
for a short time in prison and
then be released while still com-
paratively young? What punish-
ment is to be administered if he
commits murder again? Is he to
be given yet another short period
of incarceration? Ridiculous!
In the light of the foregoing, it
is submitted that when a person
charged with the most serious of
crimes, murder, receives a "life-
time" sentence, it should be for
such a long period of incarcera-
tion that persons in society (espe-
cially the relatives of the mur-
dered) feel safe and satisfied that
he/ she is being "locked away"
for a long time, that those who
contemplate murder would think
twice before doing so and that
the murderer would have time
to reflect upon his action, repent,
feel sorry and resolve to do bet-
Short sentences then for mur-
der (again it is emphasized that
this means less than 25) cannot
be justified. A short period in
prison for murder is in clear vio-
lation of the principle of respect
for life, one which is lih6~d' com-
mon by all the greatieligions.

Indeed, it cheapens life, which
must always be respected, being
the Creation of God, something
which humankind can take but
can never give back. Moreover, it
makes a mockery of the tradi-
tional theories of punishment
deterrent and reform/rehabilita-

tion. As such they should not be
To sum it up: it is submitted
that 25 years, with the possibility
of a reduction to 20 for exem-
plary behaviour, should be the
clear understanding when "life
time" is decreed for murder.

Should anyone think that this is
harsh, then it must be pointed
out that, from a strictly Biblical
perspective, it is lenient.
Twenty-five years in prison,
then, for the committal of mur-
der, is at once reasonable and

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in Miami until Tuesday night,"
passenger Lisa White said by
White, a geology professor
at San Francisco State Univer-
sity who was traveling on
American Airlines Flight 905,
said the airline was unable to
book her an earlier flight.
"I know of the problems, I
heard about the airline crash in
Sao Paulo," she said. "But I'm
not nervous, I assume they'll
eventually get it together."
An Airbus 320 operated by
TAM Airlines crashed Tues-
day at Congonhas airport in
Sao Paulo, killing all 187 people
aboard and at least four on the
The air force blamed the
radar outage on an electrical
failure and said it is investigat-
ing whether sabotage was to

blame. The failure came just
hours after President Luiz Ina-
cio Lula da Silva announced
measures to shore up the coun-
try's ailing aviation system.
Brazilians have been suffer-
ing flight delays and cancella-
tions since Septembpr, when a
Gol Airlines Boeing 737
crashed in the Amazon rain-
forest killing 154 people. The
Gol plane collided with an
executive jet, which was able
to make an emergency landing.
Four air traffic controllers,
as well the executive jet's two
American pilots, face criminal
charges in connection with the
The accident touched off
months of delays and canceled
flights, as air traffic controllers
held work slowdowns and stop-
pages to protest precarious con-
Brazil is one the last coun-
tries in Latin America to main-
tain civilian flight controllers
under military authority, and
work stoppages are seen as
paramount to treason.
Many Brazilians suspect the
radar outages which have spo-
radically stalled domestic air
travel are actually veiled work
stoppages giving rise to the
suspicion of sabotage.
Even so, experts say there is
also ample reason to believe
the radar failure was simple
equipment malfunction.
Congressional hearings in the
wake of the Gol crash have
shocked many travelers by
revealing Brazil's airports to be
seriously underfunded, under-
equipped and stretched to the
"There have been warnings,
warnings, warnings about the
need to do something about the
communications systems, about
the runways that are not get-
ting the proper attention,"
Brazilian aviation consultant
Elias Gedeon said. "The gov-
ernment didn't understand the

importance of this. This is very
bad for Brazil."
Gedeon says the problems
stretch back at least five years.
Spending on aviation safety
has averaged about
US$250 million a year since Sil-
va took office in 2003,
about half of what was spent in
Gedeon said another prob-,
lem is that the government has ,
doled out top aviation posts to ;
political appointees with little
or no expertise in the field.
On Friday night, even Silva
recognized there were prob-
"Our aviation system, in spite,:
of the investments we have
made in expansion and mod-
ernization of almost all Brazil-
ian airports, is passing through
difficulties," Silva said.
The government recently'
spent millions to renovate the
terminal at Sao Paulo's Con-'
gonhas airport, the site of Tues- '
day's accident, but tarmac
improvements were saved for
last and the runway was
reopened before the renova-.'
tion could be completed. The
short, slippery runway had long
been flagged by pilots as dan-
Still missing are a series of;
grooves that will provided
incoming airplanes better grip ,
in rainy conditions an.
improvement many think could
have saved the doomed TAM
Outside Sao Paulo's cathe-
dral on Sunday, Amaury
Guedes, a 72-year-old retired
flight attendant, summed up the
feelings of many Brazilians.
"It was a tragedy waiting to
happen because the planes kept
growing, the wide bodies, and
the runways were never extend-
ed to handle them," Guedes:
said. "There are just too many
passengers, and infrastructure
hasn't kept up with the
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PRIME minister Hubert
Ingraham announced that his
Canadian counterpart is com-
mitted to continuing negotiations
for a free trade agreement and
partnership with CARICOM, to
increasing scholarship offerings
to CARICOM nationals and to
providing financial aid to less
developed CARICOM countries.
Mr Ingraham, who is the
incoming chairman of CARI-
COM, returned to New Provi-
dence on Friday night from a
meeting of heads of CARI-
COM with Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper in St
James, Barbados.
Mr Ingraham, who assumes
the rotating chairmanship of
CARICOM in January 2008 for
a third time, said Canada wish-
es to re-engage with the region.
"Prime Minister Harper com-
mitted to continuing Canada's
efforts to assist Haiti and to
assist in the re-establishment of
a CARICOM office in Haiti.
He also spoke to the need for
Canadian consular services in

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wishing to study in Haiti," Mr
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"CARICOM Heads accept-
ed an offer by Mr Harper to
host a summit with Caribbean
countries in Ottawa, Canada
next year," he added.
During an address to CARI-
COM delegates and the Barba-
dos business community fol-
lowing his meeting with heads
of the Caribbean Community,
Prime Minister Harper empha-
sised the trade foundation upon
which CARICOM and Canada

have to build, pointing to over
$60 billion in direct Canadian
investment in the region.
In addition to expanding
trade relations, the Canadian
prime minister also pledged his
country's commitment to
launching a Caribbean Institu-
tional Leadership Development
Programme to assist in provid-
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Dr. Anthony "Tony"
Christopher Regis, 62

of #4 Bonney Way,
off Johnson Road
and formerly of
Trinidad and
Tobago, will be held
on Wednesday 11:00
a.m. at Calvary
Bible Baptist
Church, Collins Ave.
Pastor Allen Lee
Swill officiate.
Interment will be
made in Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.

He is survived by his loving wife of
thirty-one (31) years, Dr. Merceline Dahl-
Regis; sons, Jason and Deon; two (2)
daughters-in-law, Laila and Heather; four
(4) grandchildren,Teurea, Ayaan, Gabriel
and Nasir; five (5) brothers, Vernon Regis,
Kenneth Regis, Cyril "Baba" Regis, Cecil
"Tet" Regis and Arthur "Bunny" Regis;
six (6) sisters, Utid Johannes, Sylvia Des
Etages, Joyce Regis-Spencer, Pearl Regis,
Carol Russmann and Iva Sampson; (11)
eleven nephews and their wives, (9) nine
nieces and their husbands, mother-in-
law, Marguerette Dahl; aunt-in-law,
Katherina Wesseling; brothers-in-law,
Dr. Anthony Dahl, Donald Dahl and
Werner; sisters-in-law, Dr. Iva Dahl, Ann
Smith, Georgette Butler, Loma and Edna
and their families; and a host of other
relatives and friends including, the staff
and students of the University of West
Indies School of Medicine (Nassau), and
the staff of the Princess Margaret

Friends may pay their last respects at
Bethel Brothers Mortictans, #44 Nassau
Street, on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to
6:00 p.m. and on Wednesday at the
Church from 10:00 a.m. until service

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Strengthening the link between

democracy and development

(This editorial by U.S. Sec-
retary of State Condoleezza
Rice expresses her views on
the recently held White House
Conference on the
Americas. The Editorial was
published in The Miami Her-
ald on Sunday, July 15.
(Several Bahamians partic-
ipated in the Conference on
the Americas, including Jeff
Lloyd, Dr. Sandra Dean-Pat-
terson, Mrs. Camille Bartlett,
Rick Lowe, and Pastor Clint
Kemp. Jeff Lloyd willfeature
them on the first half of his
show, "Real Time Talk"


Monday, several hundred cit-
izens of the Americas -
members of civil society, faith
groups and non-governmen-
tal organizations from nations
across our hemisphere -
joined President Bush here
for the White House Confer-
ence on the Americas.
The goal was to strengthen
and expand the consensus
behind democracy and free
markets that defines nearly
our entire hemisphere today.

A dream long denied
That this event was even
possible speaks to how close
the men and women of the
Americas are to realizing the
founding promise of the New
World: that all people, not
just elites, deserve the oppor-
tunity to make a break with
the past and begin life anew
- to replace poverty with
prosperity, injustice with dig-
nity, oppression with free-
To be sure, the pursuit of
this vision in our hemisphere
has been long and imperfect.
For indigenous people and
minorities, the dream of a,
better life was long denied
and is still too often deferred.

US Secretary of State

Condoleezza Rice reflects on

Conference on the Americas

But over many centuries,
the people of the Americas
have overcome slavery and
colonialism, military caudil-
los and communist revolu-
tion, and we have built a
common commitment to
political and economic free-
As Monday's conference
made clear, the ties that bind
our hemisphere touch every
sphere of human interaction.
More than any region in the
world, the nations of the
Americas are an alliance of
peoples united through
enduring connections of trav-
el, trade, tourism, and family.

A better life
The main challenge now
and the focus of Monday's
conference was to strength-
en the link between democ-
racy and development. Peo-
ple in the Americas have
worked hard to build democ-
ratic institutions and free
market economies, and now
they want their governments
to help them achieve oppor-
tunity, prosperity and a better
We must not confuse this
impatience with democratic
capitalism for a rejection of
it. The citizens of the Ameri-
cas do not want to choose
between democracy and
development. They want
both. Witness the 11 elections
in our hemisphere last year,
in which voters overwhelm-
ingly chose leaders who are
committed to governing
democratically, to expanding
free markets and free trade,
and to delivering on their

people's high hopes for social
Under President Bush's
leadership, the United States
is doing its part to help, and
there is no partisan price tag
attached to our partnership.

Ideologically blind
Our vision of social justice
is ideologically blind. Where
governments in our hemi-
sphere are committed to
democracy and working to
meet the basic needs of their
people, they are finding a
friend in the United States.
They are finding an ally in
their quest to expand access
to housing and healthcare, to
educate their people and to
create jobs.
None of this is possible
without economic growth,
and the citizens of the Amer-
icas know this. That is why
they are electing leaders who
will fight for free trade. Here
it is we, not they, who face a
critical test. Some of our
strongest democratic allies -
Panama, Peru and Colombia
- have made strategic com-
mitments to us through their
trade agreements. These are
commitments made by demo-
cratic leaders, reflecting the
deepest aspirations of their
The agreements we have
negotiated are good and fair.
Walking away from them
now means walking away
from the millions of people
in these-countries who believe
that trade and investment are
the key to their prosperity
and well-being. It means
walking away from our com-

mitment to fight poverty and
promote opportunity, and the
consequences would be felt
in the region for years to

Not giving up
This debate is about much
more than domestic econom-
ics; it is about our foreign pol-
icy. Put simply: Does the
United States support our
democratic allies in the
Americas, or not? Do we
believe in our own principles,
or not? The citizens of our
hemisphere are not giving up
on democratic capitalism, and
we cannot afford to give up
on them.
We should be absolutely
clear of the consequences for
doing so. There are some in
the Americas today who
believe that authoritarian rule
is the only path to sustainable
development and social jus-
tice. If the United States does
not stand with the true
democrats of the Americas,
who want to better their peo-
ple's lives not dominate them,
then we will demonstrate
exactly what the new Ameri-
can autocrats are arguing -
that freedom cannot deliver
real benefits and that democ-
racy is a road leading only to
false hopes and empty
It is this kind of archaic
prejudice that, for centuries,
the people of the Americas
have sacrificed so much to
disprove and overcome. That
is why democratic moderniz-
ers across the world have
always looked to this hemi-
sphere for inspiration in their
own struggles. It was true in
past centuries, and it is true in
this century.
By making democratic
development work in the
Americas, we show the world
that it is possible anywhere.
We give hope to impatient
patriots in places like Zim-
babwe and Burma, Iraq and

N U. S. SECRETARY of State Condoleezza Rice

Afghanistan, and sadly still
in Cuba, who long to begin
their own journey toward lib-
erty, prosperity and social jus-
tice. The promise of the New
World may have begun in this
hemisphere, but it is a uni-

versal vision spanning the
globe and it is why the Amerz
icas will always matter.

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FROM page one

concern and priority for the- government.
"We met wi-th Sir Albert Miller (Grand Bahama Port
Authority CEO) today, and; I believe that arising out those
talks that Grand Bahama does have a solid and good medium
and long term prospect," he said on Friday at the Ministry of
Finance office, in the Kipling Building.
"The immediate future continues to be a matter of sonie
challenge, but I believe that the medium and long term picture
for the island looks good," said Mr Laing.
Mr Laing, the MP for Marco City, said Grand Bahama is the
second most significant economic sector of the Bahamiia
economy, and the island wifh the second largest population
He said government is very sensitive about the economy
needs of the island.
"We are trying to be very responsive to business propose
and requests that come out of Grand Bahama.
"I want to note that one of the things that government
seeking to do in Grand Bahama, is to cause a number of ma
ters which now have to go to Nassau for final approval, S
authority, or processing, to actually be done in Grand
Bahama," he said. i
Mr Laing explained that'the objective is to reduce the
turnaround time for matters to be dealt with in Grand
Bahama. He also gave an assurance that he would be avaib
able on a regular basis as Minister of State to attend to sor
of those matters. p c '
He noted that the Ministry of Finance is projecting $
billion in government revenue by the 2007/2008 fiscal budget
The ministry has the responsibility for managing the InduS
tries Encouragement Act, Hotel Encouragement Act, and t.le
Tariff Act. It is also responsible for business licences ai
evaluation, timeshare matters, and government guarant,
loan schemes, which are mainly referred to Nassau for co:
"We want to put ourselves in a position where many of
those matters can be dealt with properly and substantial
here in Grand Bahama," he said.
"The economic plight of Grand Bahama is our major coii
cern. The extent to which Grand Bahama's economy is n4t
doing well drives demand for social relief, and that ther-
fore, drives the demand for greater social expenditure. ,
"So really, it is the economy of Grand Bahama that is t0
principal concern, and moving it forward. Beyond that.,'
really is now for us to try to ensure that whatever we in thb
Ministry of Finance do here in Grand Bahama that adminr-
istratively we can be effective and efficient in doing it."
In an effort to ensure greater efficiency, Mr Laing toured the
various government departments department of statistic1
treasury department, customs, and department of public ser.?
vices for which he is responsible, to assess facilities and to
speak to the heads of those departments to get a sense 6f
their needs, issues, concerns, and initiatives.
"We want to be able in assessing those things to make finate
cial resources available in the budget...so that we can improve
for the benefit of the residents of Grand Bahama, how they are
able to access, utilise, and be served by the various agencies for
which we have responsibility," Mr Laing said.

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Cable's SRG



Both Ingraham government and Christie administration refuse to give regulatory

approval for deal, sources say, due to need to maximise BTC's privatization value

Tribune Business Editor
T he Government
has blocked
Cable Bahamas'
planned acquisi-
tion of Systems

Resource Group (SRG), The
Tribune can reveal, fearing that
if the purchase was approved it
would fatally undermine the
sales price it could receive
from the Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company's (BTC)

Numerous well-placed busi-
ness community sources,
speaking to this newspaper on
condition of anonymity, said
both the former PLP adminis-
tration and Hubert Ingraham's
FNM government had effec-
tively said "No way" when the
question of providing regula-
tory approval for Cable
Bahamas' acquisition was
A high-level source in the
former Christie government
said of the proposed deal:
"There was an application sub-
mitted [to the Government]
and it was opposed. Our
administration was attempting
to sell BTC, and when you're
trying to sell an asset that has a
monopoly as quite a significant
part of its assets, that would
have been a significant factor."
The Tribune understands
that the Ingraham administra-
tion's position on Cable
Bahamas acquiring SRG,
which under the brand name,
IndiGo Networks, is BTC's
only legal competitor in fixed-
line voice telephony, is the

same as the Christie govern-
ment's given that it, too, is
committed to BTC's privatisa-
The Cable Bahamas' appli-
cation to acquire SRG is
understood to still be before
the Government, but due to
the opposition is going
nowhere fast.
When contacted by this
newspaper, Zhivargo Laing,
minister of state for finance,
replied: "It's not anything that
I can comment on right now."
He directed The Tribune to
the Office of the Prime Minis-
ter and Mr Ingraham, given
that such a deal would be a
policy matter requiring the
Prime Minister's attention.
The move by Cable
Bahamas to acquire SRG is
unlikely to come as a surprise
to many in the Bahamian
telecommunications industry
and the business community,
since some form of alliance or
merger between the two has
been thought likely since at
least 2002.
The purchase would enable

Cable Bahamas to marry its
cable television monopoly,
'number one' position in the
Internet market and infra-
structure and data services with
SRG's telephony licences,
leaving the BISX-listed com-
pany well-positioned to com-
pete with a privatized BTC.
Cable Bahamas has made no
secret of its ambitions to move
into traditional telecommuni-
cations in the Bahamian mar-
ket, its former chairman, Philip
Keeping, openly stating in the
company's 2002 annual report
that the firm wanted to bid for
a cellular licence.
However, it is an almost 100
per cent certainty that the
Government will not approve
any Cable Bahamas-SRG tie-
up for as long as it is attempt-
ing to privatise BTC. A
merged Cable Bahamas-SRG
would present formidable com-
petition to a privatized BTC
and its purchaser, able to bun-
dle a wide range of telecom-
munications products in one
package for consumers.
As a result, BTC's value to

potential buyers in any priva-
tization exercise would be
fatally undermined, due to the
high level of competition Cable
Bahamas-SRG would repre-
sent. To compensate for the
competitive threat, BTC bid-
ders would want to pay as low
a purchase price as possible,
not something the Govern-
ment would want as it attempts
to maximise the state-owned
incumbent's value.
The Government is current-
ly reviewing an agreement in
principle the former adminis-
tration reached to sell a 49 per
cent stake in BTC to Bluewa-
ter Telecommunications Hold-
ings for $260 million. Approv-
ing a Cable Bahamas-SRG
deal at this time would, in the
Government's eyes, effectively
destroy any deal with Bluewa-
ter at that price.
Under the terms reached by
the Christie government, Blue-
water was to pay $220 million
up front, a further $35 million

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Tribune Business Editor
AN investment advisor with
more than $350 million in client
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tion rate" when it was bought
out from a foreign-owned insti-
tution, with the firm now work-
ing to modernise its informa-
tion technology (IT) platforms
by September 2007.
Kenwood Kerr, chief execu-
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Tribune Business Editor
THE developer behind the
$600-$700 million Rum.Cay
Resort Marina has acquired
that island's only existing mari-
na, Sumner Point, for a 'sev-
en-figure' sum, The Tribune
has learnt, enabling it to tar-
get high-end 'super yachts' as
well as fishing nuts.
John Mittens, Montana
Holdings's British chairman,
confirmed the developer had
acquired the Sumner Point
Marina from US investor Bob-
by Little. Although he declined

to say what the purchase price
was, it is understood that Mr
Little will receive a sum
upfront plus a percentage of
any future real estate sales.
Mr Mittens told The Tri-
bune: "He [Mr Little] owned
the marina down there, and he
approached us. It's a marina
that has docks and a number of
rooms, so we were immediate-
ly presented with a logistical
base, restaurants and places
for people to stay. We took
advantage of the offer."

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PM speaks at awards banquet

* PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham delivers the keynote address
during the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce's awards banquet
at Sandals resort Saturday night. See stories on pages 11 & 13
(Photo: Fellpd Major/Tribune Staff)

Developer acquires

Rum Cay marina

Toshiba Makes
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No 'seven-storey' Ritz-Carlton

approval seen, says minister

Tribune Business Reporter
W works Minister Earl
Deveaux said he has not
seen any approval for
developers to build a seven-storey
Ritz-Carlton resort complex on Rose
Island, given concerns about the visu-

al and environmental impact it would
have on the island.
Answering a question on the sub-
ject during a 'Meet the Minister
Forum' sponsored by the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce, Mr Deveaux
said he was not aware under which
Act the Town Planning Act, the
Subdivision Act or any Act that such

a design would be approved. He said
that such an approval has not reached
his desk, and.once the "rumour" does,
he would be in a position to act.
Recently, Russell Miller, the newly-
appointed vice-president and general

manager for the Ritz-Carlton,
declined to comment on the proposed
design, only saying that the develop-
ers had met with a number of per-
sons to discuss their plans all with
positive results.
The Ritz-Carlton was initially
expected to open in 2009. According
to the developers, it will include a

luxury resort, private residences and a
sheltered marina. When completed, it
is expected to provide a collection of
more than 400 dwellings.
The rumoured seven-storey struc-
ture has raised concerns and criticism
by persons who feel the project is too
large for Rose Island and is "un-
Bahamian in design".

* By Fidelity Capital
TRADING activity was very
brisk in the Bahamian market
this past week as 138,997
shares changed hands. The
market saw nine out of its 19
listed stocks trade, of which
three advanced, one declined
and five remained unchanged.
Volume leader for a second
consecutive week was FOCOL
Holdings (FCL) with 52,250
shares changing hands,
accounting for 37.6 per cent of
the total shares traded.
The big advancer for the
week was'Abaco Markets
(AML), up $0.06 or 3.75 per
cent to close at $1.66. On the
down side, FirstCaribbean
International Bank (Bahamas)

(CIB), dropped $0.02 or 0.14
er cent to close the week at
14.61. For the week, the
FINDEX gained 0.35 points,
to close at 829.24.
Focol Holdings Limited
(FCL) FCL announced that
its Board of Directors had
approved a four-for-one stock
split for all its ordinary shares
with a record date of July 30,
2007. Shareholders with one
ordinary share at the close of
trading on BISX as of July 30,
2007, will be entitled to four
ordinary shares on that said
FCL's share price closed
today at $20, with a last trade
price of $19.50.

The Bahamian Stock Market

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Reaction to subprime loans fallout seen as overblown

Associated Press
NEW YORK Wall Street shud-
dered when two hedge funds man-
aged by Bear Stearns buckled from
exposure to subprime loans, but
economists say investors' reactions
might be overblown.
At first, the news this past week
seemed alarming. Shareholders of
Bear Stearns found out Tuesday that
two of its hedge funds were rendered
practically worthless by wrong-way
bets in complicated mortgage securi-
ties. Then, a few days later, several
top U.S. banks said they've added to
reserves to withstand loan defaults
expected in the second half of the
But there were calming words
from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben

Bernanke, who said during congres-
sional testimony that while there will
be significant losses from the sub-
prime market, he still views them as
bumps along the road. And econo-
mists agree that losses from sub-
prime mortgages won't likely trigger
a systemwide credit crunch.
"There's a chance investors have
been overreacting," said John Lon-
sky, chief economist at credit-rating
agency Moody's Investors Service.
"You don't want to be too cavalier
about the difficulties with subprime,
but you also need to realize it is going
to take more than a subprime melt-
down to trigger a recession and send
your broad equity markets 10 percent
or 20 percent lower."
Recurring concerns about the fall-
out from bad subprime mortgages at

times unnerved Wall Street this past
week even as the Dow Jones industri-
als crossed the 14,000 mark for the
first time. They also prompted buy-
ing in the Treasury market as bond
investors sought quality.
Those tracking the subprime mar-
ket believe the current turmoil
shouldn't have been completely
unexpected. After all, in 2006 some
$600 billion of subprime loans were
extended by banks trying to cash in
on the housing boom. The decline in
home prices caused tens of thou-
sands of home loans to go bad.
But, that doesn't mean all sub-
prime loans are in jeopardy. In fact,
Bernanke said Tuesday he expects
losses in the range of $50 billion to
$100 billion as a worst case scenario.
And, that's not a massive amount

for banks to grapple with considering
they've set aside billions of dollars to
cover the possibility of losses to their
mortgage portfolios. Meanwhile,
these same banks stand to benefit -
buying up troubled loans and repack-
aging them as investments, such as
collateralized debt obligations.
"All the Wall Street shops are
really licking their chops to get at
these loans," said Guy Cecala, pub-
lisher of Inside Mortgage Finance, a
trade publication. "They'll set up
entire divisions that will do nothing
but buy non-performing loans and
resecuritize them."
He also points out that the big
Wall Street banks Goldman Sachs,
Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch & Co.,
Lehman Brothers and Bear Steams -
"can afford to write off loans." Fur-

their, they've already made millions
of dollars from underwriting securi-
ties that back the loans and will
continue to do so.
For instance, Bear Stearns does
not expect its earnings to take a hit
because of the collapse of the hedge
The nation's biggest banks -
including Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase
& Co., and Bank of America also
raised their loan loss provisions.
And, even if there are losses, ana-
lysts believe these financial institu-
tions will end up in much better
They are better positioned to han-
dle troubled loans and investments.
And, they've also shed some of the
riskiest parts of their portfolios and
raised borrowing standards.



Antigua fights U.S.

Web gambling ban


The most powerful tool for a'
marketer is word of mouth. Add
Web 2.0 to that tool, and it's word
of mouth on steroids.
At least that's how Christine
Arnholt sees it. She's vice president
of marketing services for Carnival
Cruise Lines, which recently
launched two highly interactive
features on its website to draw in
visitors and get them talking.
One of those is Funship
Island.com, an interactive virtual
tour of a Carnival ship and land
activities that launched two weeks
ago. In the first day, Funship
Island.com attracted more than
200,000 unique visitors, with many
of them spending more than an
hour on the site, Arnholt said.
She wouldn't share how much
Carnival had invested in online fea-
tures or if the company would be
shifting more advertising dollars to
the Web, but she said the new fea-
tures were already one of compa-
ny's strongest marketing tools.
Making use of such features as
blogs, podcasts and other user-gen-
erated content, more businesses
are incorporating Web 2.0 ele-
ments as marketing tools. A study
by GfK Roper Consulting released
in late June revealed that compa-
nies are spending more money to
reach online eyes. Internet adver-
tising revenues are at an all-time
high, up 26 percent from the same
time last year.
It's part of an effort to target the
younger online audience that
invests more time online. The
study reports younger consumers
upload more, with 57 percent of
Generation Y's total online popula-
tion regularly putting content on
online communities or social net-
working sites and 22 percent regu-
larly uploading to photo, music and
video sharing websites like You-
Tube and Flickr.
So does this mean companies
should spend a majority of their
advertising budgets on reaching
Internet users?
"We know that broadband users
are spending more time on the
Internet than narrowband users,
and less time watching television

Internet advertising revenues are at an all-time high,
up 26 percent from the same time last year.

than non-Internet users do," said
Hetty Fore, vice president at GfK
Roper Consulting. But she said that
doesn't mean all businesses should
jump into Web 2.0.
"It gets down to why are you
doing it, and who are you trying to
reach," Fore said.
She said investing in it just for
the sake of marketing while not
being genuinely dedicated to the
idea of Web 2.0 is "a road map for
But using Web 2.0 can work -
that is, if it's done right.
Burger King and its Miami
advertising agency, Crispin Porter
+ Bogusky, know how to do it right.
Last week Burger King launched
Simpsonizeme.com, where visitors
can upload photos of themselves to
find out what they would look like
if they were a character in The
Simpsons. That in and of itself isn't
exactly Web 2.0, but it was Web 2.0
viral marketing when users took
their Simpsonized photos and
shared them on social networking
profiles. It's part of the promotion
for The Simpsons Movie hitting the-
aters Friday.
In the first three days of Simp-
sonizeme.com's launch, the site
received more than 16 million hits,
and more than 700,000 photos
were "Simpsonized," according to
Burger King spokeswoman Robin
Chung. Visitors were uploading an
average of three photos each and
spending about 12 minutes on the
"We provide a forum where
they can be entertained and have
fun, and that's the most effective
way to get people engaged with our
brand," said Tiana Lang, media and
interactive manager for Burger
Lang said Burger King has
increased spending to market in
digital mediums, and that's exactly
what advertising agencies are
noticing with their major clients.
"I do think the whole video
experience piece is going to be
more and more of a requirement
online because people are willing

to buy more and more online but
they want to understand, get a bet-
ter feel of exactly what it is that
they're buying." said Susan Kid-
well, vice president at Avenue A I
Razorfish, an interactive marketing
and technology services agency in
Fort Lauderdale. In the past year,
her firm's clients have increased
spending on online digital media to
$542 million, which is up by 30 per-
cent from 2005 and up 73 percent
from 2004.
The Fort Lauderdale office has
been working with Carnival Cruise
Lines in the creation of FunshipIs-
land.com and CarnivalConnec-
tions.com, a social network space
for people who want to plan Carni-
val vacations and write reviews.
Travel agents were contacting
Carnival, saying people were ask-
ing to go to Funship Island, as if it
were a real place. As word of the
Funship Island spreads virally,
there's talk in Kidwell's office of
actually buying a virtual island in a
virtual world, such as Second Life
or Weblo.com, and calling it Fun-
ship Island.
And that's not all. John Heald,
Carnival Freedom's cruise director,
began a blog in March and it has
become so popular that there is a
"bloggers cruise" scheduled for
Jan. 19, 2008, for fans of his blog,
which recently attracted more than
a million visitors.
Later this year, CarnivalConnec-
tions.com is planning to grow into
more of a social networking tool
where cruisers can upload photos
of their trips. But when it was first
launched in February, Carnival was
concerned about the cruise
reviews, Kidwell said.
"Just like every brand, every-
body is so worried that someone
might say something negative out
there, right? Well there are plenty
of places to say something negative
about your brand. So thinking that
you're going to stop that is kind of
goofy, quite honestly," Kidwell


Cox News Service
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua and Barbuda
- Pat Campbell was fresh out of high
school with good grades when an
Internet gambling firm offered her a
job with an unexpectedly attractive
"They were offering over $1,000
per month, and that was entry-level,"
said Campbell, 30, who wound up
turning down the offer to pursue her
studies and a career in journalism
instead. "For a job without a college
degree, that's very good money in
A dozen years later, Campbell is
glad she didn't take the job. After a
boom in the late 1990s that saw more
than 100 Internet gambling firms cre-
ate about 3,000 jobs on this eastern
Caribbean island, a crackdown by
authorities in the United States the
world's largest market for gambling
- led to severe cutbacks.
Tiny Antigua and Barbuda pop-
ulation 70,000 fought back by fil-
ing a case against the United States
with the World Trade Organization,
sparking a David-vs.-Goliath conflict
that has put a global spotlight on the
explosive issue of wagering via the
U.S. lawmakers opposed to Inter-
net gambling liken the industry to
crack cocaine, warning that online
wagering opens an unfettered avenue
to addiction-prone gamblers.
Congress outlawed Internet gam-
bling in a bill signed by President
Bush last year, sending shock waves
through a fast-growing industry that
takes in an estimated $12 billion a
Even though Internet gambling
remains legal across much of the
globe, stock prices of European firms
that offer online wagering plunged.
Meanwhile, U.S. authorities stepped
up their crackdown by arresting
directors of the firms who crossed
American soil.
In Antigua,
where authori-
ties turned to
financial services
and Internet
gaming in the
1990s to diversify
their economy
after hurricanes
devastated the
tourism industry,
the U.S. crack-
down has been a
stinging blow.
Employment '
in the sector ILLUSTR
once 10 percent
of all jobs on the island has
dropped by 80 percent to about 600,
while the number of Internet gam-
bling firms has dwindled to fewer
than 40. Since 1999, revenues for the
firms plummeted from nearly $1 bil-
lion to about $130 million, while
license fees paid to the government
fell from $90 million to $20 million.
"There's no other sector here that
can absorb these workers," said Kaye
McDonald, director of gaming for
Antigua and Barbuda's Financial Ser-
vices Regulatory Commission. "With
the amount of Americans who con-
tinue to gamble, prohibition really
doesn't work. We have adopted strin-
gent regulations to protect the play-
ers, and that seems to me a better
Antigua won its dispute with the
United States before the WTO,
which ruled that America violated


the international trade body's rules
by blocking the island's access to U.S.
gamers. Instead of complying, Ameri-
can officials stunned many observers
by announcing they would rewrite
U.S. commitments to WTO agree-
Antigua has responded with the
only weapon allowed under WTO
auspices, laying a claim for $3.4 bil-
lion in sanctions against the United
States. While some doubt the tiny
island has the clout to enforce the
sanctions, other nations have lined
up with claims, saying they have also
been unfairly blocked from the U.S.
Antigua's lawyer, Mark Mendel,
says the dispute with the United
States has been "maddening" because
so many forms of gambling from
horse tracks to Indian casinos and
lotteries are allowed in America.
"The U.S. position has been com-
pletely hypocritical," he said. "I've
seen one study that says no U.S. citi-
zen lives more than two hours' drive
from a casino."
Mendel also points to a recent
study showing Internet gambling is
no more addictive than other forms
of wagering.
Christine Reilly, executive direc-
tor of Harvard's Institute for
Research on Pathological Gambling
and Related Disorders, said the study
found that only 1 percent of several
hundred European Internet gamblers
suffered excessive losses.
"It's just a beginning, but right
now it really doesn't seem more dan-
gerous than other forms of gam-
bling," she said. "But... new technol-
ogy makes people nervous."
American gambling firms, mean-
while, have been cautious on the
emotional issue of wagering over the
Internet. While limited online gam-
bling is allowed within state boundar-
ies in some places in the United
States, the American Gaming Associ-
ation has called
for more study.
"We feel
S there's a vac-
/ uum of knowl-
edge," said
Holly Thomsen,
a spokesman for
the group,
which repre-
sents the major
U.S. gaming
firm. "We need
a thorough
study looking at
all the issues to
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protect children
and problem gamblers and to see if it
can be effectively regulated."
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., has
introduced a bill to make some forms
of Internet gambling legal, but the
measure is only in the hearings stage.
American officials have had little
comment on the WTO dispute with
Juan Millan, one U.S. trade lawyer,
told reporters the U.S. decision to
rewrite its WTO commitments
instead of complying with the ruling
"will ensure ... the original U.S.
intent of excluding gambling from
the scope of U.S. commitments."
Rewriting those commitments
could take years, during which
nations like Antigua will continue
pursuing sanctions against the
United States.
The eventual outcome of the dis-
pute is unclear.


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Court ruling

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McClatchy News Service
I'll show you mine if I can
see yours.
Paychecks, of course.
Yeah, right. In many work-
places, that's not likely to hap-
pen. What people get paid is a
taboo topic.
Courts have said that
bosses can't bar employees
from talking about their com-
pensation, but that doesn't
stop workplaces from writing
confidentiality clauses into
their employee handbooks.
And, as much as we're curi-
ous about what the other per-
son makes, there's often a nat-
ural reluctance to pry. We
want to know, but in some
ways we're afraid to know.
We're not sure what it would
do to our psyches if we find
we're paid less (or possibly
more) than those we consider
our peers.
The U.S. Supreme Court in
May roiled the pay-is-confi-
dential waters. It ruled in a 5-4
opinion against a woman who
hadn't filed her lawsuit within
the 180-day statute of limita-
tions from when her first pay-
check showed evidence of sex-
based pay discrimination.
Because she didn't know
what her male peers made
until years later, and because
she didn't want to rock the
boat too hard, the plaintiff had
waited until she retired to file
her discrimination claim. The
court majority said it was too
late; she had no legal standing

to complain.
Although the ruling fol-
lowed the letter of the law, the
court minority said it wasn't
realistic. Given that pay fig-
ures are held so closely to the
vest, it's unlikely that pay-
check disparities can be dis-
covered within someone's first
few months on the job.
Employer groups, such as
the U.S. Chamber of Com-
merce, were happy with the
decision. It protects employ-
ers from getting hit with a
slew of pay disparity com-
plaints that reach back over a
career, they said.
Employee-oriented organi-
zations called it a severe weak-
ening of civil rights.
"Victims of pay discrimina-
tion who did not initially know
of pay disparities or were
afraid to file a complaint now
will have no effective remedy
against discrimination, even
when it continues," said Mar-
cia Greenberger, co-president
of the National Women's Law
The court threw the ball to
Congress, saying any remedy
- to alter the statute of limita-
tions at issue in this kind of
case or to clarify the intent of
the law would have to come
from legislative change.
Meanwhile, we have a high
court opinion that says you
have to find out pretty much
on the spot if you suspect pay
And we have ubiquitous
company policies that say to

keep pay information private.
And we have many workers
who really don't want to
expose their pay information
to others.
For some workers, compen-
sation sites like Salary
.com can give salary ranges for
their jobs and industries, but

that information won't be spe-
cific enough for most employ-
ees to know whether they're
paid on par with their peers.
So, if you don't know, can't
ask and they won't tell, how
could you know if you're the
victim of pay discrimination?
Solutions, anyone?


Does Web 2.0 always work successfully?


Businesses do have to
relinquish a little control for it
truly to be a Web 2.0 product,
which can sometimes back-
fire. The Washington Post
temporarily shut down the
comments on its ombuds-
man's blog in January after
the page was flooded with
personal attacks and filthy
language. Captain Morgan
Rum had a blog, written by
someone posing as the com-
pany's mascot Captain Mor-
gan, who took breaks from
swashbuckling to post party-
ing tips. Designed to be viral
marketing, it was shunned by
the blogosphere for being
fake and was taken offline.
And Dell's public relations-
run blog was hit with hostile
comments when there were
notebook battery problems.
Andy Marken, president of
Marken Communications in
Santa Clara, Calif., said too
often business executives
want to jump into the blogos-
phere because they see it as a
cheap marketing tool. But
when talking with his clients,
he makes a point of sharing
stories of what can go wrong

and letting them know they
must be prepared to deal with
negative opinions.
"People do respond, and
you have to respond back and
you can get feedback that you
may not want to receive and
the rest of the world sees it,"
Marken said. "And you have
to be quite confident in your-
self and your company and
your products, but also have
the ability to listen to what
people say."
Having a blog that is 100
percent "rah-rah-rah" is
pointless, Marken said. If
executives address problems
and respond to negative feed-
back, it improves the compa-
ny's credibility.
"It's valuable for a presi-
dent or any senior manager to
reach out to the marketplace
and talk to them in an unfil-
tered manner, but it cannot be
a part-time thing," Marken
When one cruise reviewer
posted an angry comment at
because the ship went to an
unscheduled port to avoid a
storm, other cruise reviewers
defended Carnival, Kidwell

"As a brand it is so much
more powerful to have people
say, 'Wow, it was a great
experience. And, yes, they
took me to another port, but I
loved that port just as well,'
versus corporate marketing
coming out and saying it,"
Kidwell said.
Another company that is
letting users add value to its
site is Coral Gables-based
beauty product seller Ban-
ler.com, which launched in
2005 and has discussion
forums and blogs by company
executives. But the next step,
which is expected to be
launched next month, will let
users create their own pro-
files, listing their favorite
products and venting on those
they don't like and they
don't have to be products sold
on Banler.com.
"We want to be a real
source of information on skin
care and health and beauty
products, and the best way to
do that was to create a com-
munity," said Robert Garcia,
Banler's chief information
And having customers do
the marketing will give the
business a boost, said Robert

Roque, Banler's chief execu-
"It drives traffic to the
site," Roque said. "That's the
bottom line, getting eyeballs
to the site."
The Web 2.0 elements
seem to be doing something
right for Banler
.com, which is growing 15 per-
cent to 20 percent in the num-
ber of shipments each month,
Roque said. The company
said its annual revenue is
$5 million to $7 million, and it
is selling about 550 items, add-
ing 300 more in the next
"We tapped into some-
thing interesting here, and
we're sinking our teeth into
it," Roque said.
They are not the only ones
taking a bite. Pompano Beach-
based Onstream Media has
been creating digital media
services for businesses for
more than 14 years, with cli-
ents that include AOL, Coca-
Cola and Disney.
Chief Executive Randy Sel-
man said helping businesses
add user-generated content is
the hottest part of his busi-
ness now.


Chinese army of

2.3M? Ha! But

fear that shrimp

Summertime and the
grocery shopping is easy.
Fresh apples. Bright toma-
toes. Green beans that posi-
tively glow. A verdant cornu-
copia of American farmers'
At least,
that's the way
it used to be.
And the fact ,
that I primar- i
ily exist on GREGG
Diet Coke and FIELDS
Doritos is fields@fiu.edu
beside the
What I'm trying to say is,
fresh fruits and vegetables are
good for you, and our coun-
try's amber waves of grain
provided them. I always buy
them despite a tendency to
distrust food not stamped with
an expiration date.
But the old rules about food
shopping have been changed
in recent years. With the rise
of the free trade movement,
economists reasoned, it'd be
much cheaper to buy our food
from abroad. Same with
By purchasing daily staples
from low-wage countries,
Americans can focus on high-
end work like software design
and pouring lattes. Several
economists have won Nobels
for promulgating this theory.
I've always been a bit skep-
tical of the "free trade in food"
movement. That's partly
because I found the economic
benefits to be a bit spotty.
A couple of years ago, I
purchased a tiny plastic carton
of blackberries. It was $4.99,
for something that grew wild
along the highways and used
to be, literally, free for the
The berries were grown in
a country I once visited. It was
a memorable flight home:
Chugging Kaopectate, writhed
in abdominal pain, begging the
flight attendant to Taser me
into unconsciousness.
Putting the berries in the
cart, I desperately hoped that
the packing company didn't
irrigate with water from my
Over time, as has often hap-
pens with free trade, produc-
tion started drifting to China. I
felt relieved. China was a big
country, desperate for a place
on the world stage. The food
handling standards were sure
to be high.
But recent news events
have been less than reassuring.
It started with a warning on
pet food. Animals across
America had dropped dead
after eating products imported
from China.
Yes, I admit to a fleeting
fantasy of leaving a bowl out
for the unleashed dog that
thinks of my yard as a canine
And fortunately I was pro-
tected personally because my
cat, Sox, dines only on a U.S.-
made dry mix that costs $30 a
But most interesting was

the Chinese response to the
American outcry. I'm para-
phrasing, since I don't speak
Mandarin, but I believe it
translates to: "What's the big
Soon, the concerns started
taking a human dimension.
Chinese toothpaste, it turns
out, could be contaminated.
This had the potential to
produce some interesting
scenes in American life. Imag-
ine a mother complaining to
her child: "Are you brushing
your teeth again? Don't you
know that's dangerous? Go to
your room!"
The reports left me unset-
tled, so I drove to the library
to do some research.
The first search yielded an
article about how Chinese
tires were believed to be
prone to blowouts and a U.S.
importer wanted them
recalled. That was scary. And
it presented an immediate
issue: Exactly how was I to get
And pity the poor Chinese
consumer. In one part of the
country, I learned, babies had
died because their alleged
powdered milk had no nutri-
tive value. Which presents the
obvious question of, if it
wasn't powdered milk, what
was it?
Driving away from the
library slowly, ever mindful
of a popping noise from the
wheel wells I stopped at my
favorite waterfront restaurant
for a shrimp cocktail. After
ordering, I perused other sto-
ries I'd printed out. One of
them said some Chinese sea-
food had been banned due to
potential safety problems.
I looked at my plate and
pondered: How exactly does
one determine the national
origin of a shrimp? All crusta-
ceans look alike to me.
Another report said a Chi-
nese bread maker producing
for the domestic market
bulked up his buns with
ground-up cardboard. Person-
ally, I've long suspected a
pizza place near my house of
the same thing.
Perhaps I was being alarm-
ist. But as someone once
pointed out, it's not paranoia if
they're really out to get you.
Recently came the news
that China had executed the
head of its food and drug
safety program. They didn't
say how, but the smart money
is betting they made him brush
his teeth after eating a seafood
salad, then drive home at a
high speed. The poor guy
didn't stand a chance.
It made me wonder: Free
trade creates wealth, but at
what price? Perhaps I could
write a precautionary cook-
book called Chinese Food in
Sickness and in Health.
Gregg Fields, a former
Miami Herald business writer,
is coordinator of the master's in
business journalism program at
Florida International Univer-
sity. He can be reached at



MiamiHerald.com I THE MIAMI HERALD



Carnival not


any cruise


Tribune Business Reporter
Tourism Minister Neko Grant said
Carnival Cruise Lines is seeking
to expand its cruises to the
Bahamas, rather than pull out any
of its existing fleet, despite reports reaching
this newspaper that the company was set to
redeploy its Fantasy ship in November 2007.
Mr Grant told Tribune Business that he
had met with top Carnival executives last
Wednesday, when they indicated they want-
ed to add the Bahamas to the itineraries of
more of their ships.
This comes despite reports circulating that
Carnival was set to withdraw its Fantasy ship
from the Bahamas.
This 2,100-passenger capacity vessel sails on
three-day cruises to the Bahamas, calling in at
Freeport and Nassau, before returning to
Miami. It calls in Nassau twice a week, on
Tuesday and Friday.
The Fantasy's loss would be a further blow
for the Bahamas' already weakening cruise
industry trade, following swiftly behind Roy-
al Caribbean's decision to redeploy three
ships from this market to other areas after the
former government failed to dredge Nassau
Harbour and expand Prince George's Wharf
to accommodate larger cruise ships.
Cruise industry sources suggested that Car-
nival was considering redeploying the Fanta-

sy in November 2007 to Asia, following a
refit, with company employees just waiting to
receive firm dates.
However, Mr Grant said Carnival was a
great friend of the Bahamas, and had not
indicated to the Government any desire to
remove its ships from calling into the







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Trust (Bahamas) client adviser
has passed the US securities
Series 7 exam after training for
it with the Nassau-based Nas-
tac Group. Zakiya Curry, who
has worked with Julius Baer
Bank & Trust (Bahamas) for
two years, can now apply for
registration with the Securities
Commission of the Bahamas.
M She is pictured here with
Reece Chipman, the Nastac
Group's managing director.

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and Technology (BEST) Commission,
Office of The Prime Minister

is seeking persons with
Engineering, Botany, Marine Biology, Terrestrial
Ecology, and Urban Planning qualifications to fill
in-house consultancy positions.
Please contact The BEST Commission for more details at
The BEST Commission, Office of The Prime Minister
P.O. Box N-3730
Nassau Court, West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: 242-322-4546 or 242-322-2576
Fax: 242-326-3509
Interested persons should apply in writing before July 30th, 2007. All applicants should be
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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007, PAGE 5B







90%-plus client retention

FROM page 1

which is celebrating its one-year
anniversary after being formed
from a management buyout of
SG Hambros (Bahamas) invest-
ment advisory business, told
The Tribune that the company
was seeking to make its IT plat-
form "more current, more mod-
He said Providence Advisors
planned to enhance the IT plat-
form for its core pension admin-
istration and investment man-
agement businesses, providing a
more integrated solution that

would allow "clients to have
Internet access from remote
areas to look at their portfo-
"All of which we expect to
have ready by September," Mr
Kerr said. "We're looking to
modernize and make the IT
platform more efficient."
He added that the IT upgrade
would also enhance report writ-
ing for clients and internal
reporting and management.
Providence Advisors has now
been based in the Goodman's
Bay Corporate Centre for 10
months, and has a full-time staff
of 10 with three contractors. Mr
Kerr said of the company's first-

year as a standalone entity: "It's
going well. I think we've met
our expectations.
"Our objectives were in the
first instance, as far as our core
business, dealing with the hotel
industry pension funds to bring
that business on board. It was a
transparent, seamless assimila-
tion of that business, from one
operating entity into the next,
where clients did not see any
interruption in service level or
service quality. I think we were
able to do that."
Mr Kerr added: "The second
objective was to acquire from
SG the pension administration,
and the administration and

management of certain Bahami-
an dollar trusts, which I think
was done quite successfully.
"We were able to retain or
achieve a better than 90 per
cent client retention on the
change from one company to
the next, which I think is
remarkable for us. We've done
everything in accordance with
the rules."
Providence Advisors holds a
Class One broker/dealer licence
with the Securities Commission
of the Bahamas, enabling it to
execute trades for and on behalf
of clients on the Bahamas Inter-
national Securities Exchange
(BISX), but Mr Kerr said the
company had chosen to stick
with its core, niche business, and
not offer brokerage services to
the Bahamian retail market.
"We're sticking to our core
competencies, which are the
delivery of pension administra-
tion services, and the invest-
ment management of Bahamian
dollar trusts, high net worth
individuals and pension funds,'
plus corporate advisory on a
select basis," Mr Kerr said.
"Once we have economies of
scale, we'll look at the retail
end, but it's not our primary
focus. We're not going to go
outside our niche. There's a lot
of things we're looking to do;
we're looking to grow organi-
cally. We are looking at estab-
lishing certain international
relationships with global pen-
sion consulting firms and global
money managers so we can
expand the service menu to
include foreign currency man-
Mr Kerr said Providence
Advisors manages 25 large insti-
tutional relationships, having
attracted new clients during its
first year in business.
"I think we have a business
that is in excellent shape. The
shareholders are committed to
the success of the company, so
the future is bright for us," Mr
Kerr said. "We're looking to

establish some strategic
alliances internationally. We
have one or two things in the
wings that we will announce at
the appropriate time."
"The market has embraced
us, primarily from our institu-
tional corporate client side.
We've been able to secure some
noteworthy corporate clients.
We have met the criteria in
terms of capital and the profes-
sional capabilities of our staff."
Mr Kerr said Providence
Advisors had experienced little
difficulty in establishing itself
in the highly competitive
Bahamian investment advisory
market, where it competes
directly with Fidelity Capital
Markets and CFAL, both com-
panies backed by larger parent
organizations. Competition is
likely to increase as companies
such as British American Finan-
cial aim to expand beyond their
traditional business models into
this market.
Yet Providence Advisors
started from a strong base given
that it took over the adminis-
tration and investment adviser
roles to the Bahamas Hotel
Industry Management Pension
Fund and Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Industries Pension Fund
- the two largest pools of insti-
tutional investor money in the
Bahamian capital markets. The
two are also shareholders in
Providence Advisors.
Mr Kerr said: "Our experi-
ence has been unique, because
we had a captive client base that
was a part of the shareholders
of the company, and that put
us in a better position than a
company starting afresh.
"For us, as a new market
entrant, our experience has
been different. That is com-
pared to someone starting
afresh, because the barriers to
entry are higher in terms of
establishing client. relatfiqnshi

and going out and acquiring
clients from existing firms."
When it came to future
growth areas and opportunities,
Mr Kerr pointed to the Bahami-
an pension fund industry, with
the increasing need for retire-
ment planning and an ageing
population creating ready
demand for licensed, experi-
enced and reputable investment
management and administra-
tion firms.
With some 65 per cent of the
Bahamian population still clas-
sified as being relatively young,
but the demographics set to
change quite sharply in the next
30 to 40 years, Mr Kerr said he
supported calls by CFAL and
Larry Gibson, a Tribune colum-
nist and senior executive at
Atlantic Medical, for the
Bahamas to enact pensions leg-
"It is self-serving, but I think
it is required that some kind of
pensions legislation be put in
place to provide coverage of
persons who do not have the
proper financial habits, so that
in retirement they have rela-
tively comfortable lifestyles,"
Mr Kerr said.
"But these service providers
must be qualified, either by the
Securities Commission or some
other regulator, so that they
have the proper capital, skill
sets, expertise and personnel so
you can measure and police
them, and they can be held
Mr Kerr said there were also
opportunities for Providence
Advisors to leverage its invest-
ment management and pension
fund administration assets on
one side, with corporate advi-
sory work on the other.
This, though, had to "make
sense" and be suitable for a
client's risk profile. "That way
you can extract synergies rather
than work at the beck and call
of the market when it comes to
buying something," Mr Kerr
i d. I.

Bahamas Islands Resorts & Casinos Co-Operative Credit Union Ltd.
"Partners To Financial Freedom"

Would the members listed below please contact Bahamas Islands Resorts &
Casinos Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. (BIRCCCU). formerly Paradise Island
Resort & Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. (PIRCCCU) urgently at 242-394-0331.

Adams, Leilame M
Archer, Natasha A
Armbrister, Portia
Arnett St., Philip
Bain, Rodney L
Bain, Rowena I
Bain, Ticoyo
Bannister, Destiny
Bannister, Jermaine
Bethel, Donnalee D
Bowe, Jamal R
Brown, Bruce E
Cartwright, Hazel C
Colebrooke, Gerald
Comarcho, Theo Kend
Cooper, Lavon
Cunningham, Dereck
Curry, Montez
Darling, Inslee
Davis, Agnes
Dean, Keisha
Demeritte, Trevis
Deveaux, Lucymae
Duvalier, Verline
Evans, Raquel M
Farquharson, Evange
Farrington, Patrice
Farrington, Taurus
Farripgton, Torrien
Ferguson, Charlene
Forbes, Deohaphain
Forbes, Helen
Ford, Thomas
Gibson, James H
Gibson; Shorna
Glinton, Jacqueline
Goodman, Jacquel
Gray, Don J

Griffin, Bradely
Hanna, Novell
Hanna, Vanrea A
Harrison, Shereen
Hepburn, Johnson, LI
Higgs, Derica
Johnson Jr, David
Johnson, Aaron A
Johnson, Dominique
Johnson, Sharon
Kelly, HIlda
Knowles, Kent
Knowles, Patrice I
Lockhart, Leslie A
Mackey, Florence
Major, Philip
Mather, Karen V
McDonald, Latoya
McPhee, Lincoln
McPhee, Marvin
Miller, Cara S
Miller, Frank
Miller, Shane
Moss, Alize O.
Moss, Sandra
Moultrie, Charles
Munnings, Verlene
Nesbitt, Carmetta D
Paul, Darren
Paul, Deran D.
Pierre, John H
Pinder, Damian T
Pinder, James
Pitt. Richard
Pratt, Lashan Norel
Rahming, Dwight
Roberts, Ernest
Roker, Priscilla M

Rolle, Ingrid
Rolle, Stephen John
Sands, Garth L
Sands, Jamal
Sands, Shawn C
Seymour, Kimberely
Seymour, Lamont
Seymour, Samantha
Shakespeare Dor
Shepherd, Karen
Simms, Larado O
Smith, Charles H
Smith, Paulette
Smith, Pompey, Gina
Stanisclas, Randolp
Strachan, Edmond
Strachan Lakeisha
Strachan, Louise
Strachan, Paul B
Strachan, Vernessa
Stubbs, Christine D
Sweeting, Alcind
Symonette, Lamont R
Symonette, Noish
Thompson, James
Thompson, Michael A
Thompson, Shantel
Thompson, Shavonne
Tinker, Kyle
Touissiant, Wilnae
Tumulari, Phani
Williams, Bradley R
Williams, Keno Lope
Wilson, Greco
Woodside, Michelle
Wright, John
Young, Cecile A

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) wishes to
inform its valued customers and the general public; that BTC will
be conducting a Trenching and Duct Laying Exercise for a period of
6 weeks.
Beginning July 23rd until September 1t, 2007 between the hours
of 7pm to 7am, pedestrians and motorist traveling on Kemp Road
and Shirley Street to Navy Lion Road, may experience increased
congestion due to the Trenching and Duct Laying Exercise.
BTC encourages everyone to proceed with caution when traveling in
this area or to use alternate routes.
BTC apologizes for any inconvenience this exercise may cause,
but assure the public that once completed, customers will
experience superior quality with their telecommunication service.

wrenchingg and Duct Laving

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Director, Corporate Banking -

Bahamas OPCO

Graduate status with minimum of 7 years experience in the
Ability to work effectively within and across complex matrix structures.
In-depth understanding of Corporations business, financing solutions,
issues and challenges.
A solid record of results, in business development, relationship
management and leading relationship management teams.
Focused and motivational leadership skills to galvanize a team to work
collaboratively and effectively for customer value and profitability.
High level of understanding of the markets, geographic, macro economic
and global factors impacting our client base.
Superior ability to interpret complex corporate client needs and to
assemble innovative value-adding solution that achieve Client objectives.

General Responsibilities (not all inclusive):

Deliver planned targets by aggressively growing the book of profitable
business and increase the relative contribution of the Corporate Banking
to overall business profitability.
Enhance and strengthen the reputation of FirstCaribbean International
Bank and the Corporate Division in markets by developing and
maintaining an external network of key stakeholders, prospects,
community involvement, and playing a key role in'the business
community at large.
Effectively lead and mentor the team of business development and
relationship managers who originate and provide business solutions
to clients in the corporate and commercial markets in the Bahamas


Salary commensurate with management position at the FC Level 11
(Note: 1 11 job levels)
Benefits- attractive salary, six weeks vacation, preferred loan rates,
employee share purchase plan, variable incentive pay (bonus), medical
scheme, pension benefits.

Applicants are requested to submit their resume with a cover letter
via email by July 23rd 2007 to:
Deangelia.deleveaux @ firstcaribbeanbank.com

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for
their interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.


PAGE 6B, MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007


Consumers feel

pinch from food

price increases

Tribune Business
Bahamian consumers
have been urged to
exercise patience and
understanding as global mar-
ket conditions continue to dri-
ve up the cost of dairy prod-
ucts, making it essential for
retailers and wholesalers here
to raise their prices and main-
tain profit margins.

Clifford Fernander, a Super
Value buyer, said dairy food
prices are currently the highest
he has seen for years.
He added that a combina-
tion of factors, namely the
drought in the US, the cost of
the feed for animals and the
crisis in the global diary mar-
ket, had driven these prices.
Mr Fernander said that until
these factors were minimised
or eliminated, this Bahamas
will continue to experience
increased prices for staple

dairy products as it imports
most of its food products.
"There is nothing that we
can do. This is definitely not a
case of the supermarkets being
greedy, we would not ever
place that kind of burden on
our customers unnecessarily,"
he said.
Mr Fernander added that as
dairy products are a bread bas-
ket item, there is a lid on the
prices supermarkets can charge
due to government price con-
trols, but retailers are now at
the very top of that ceiling.
For example, in some cases,
a gallon of Fieldcrest milk can
sell for $6.99. Mr Fernander
said that due to the fluctuation
in prices, retailers can see two
different price points for diary
products within a month.
These prices affect all dairy
products, including cheese,
butter and soy milk, and are
expected to continue at least
until October or possibly
November, Mr Fernander said.
Another factor impacting
the rising cost of food are the
costs associated with US secu-
rity regulations imposed after
September 11, 2001, he added.
Mr Fernander said the US
Department of Homeland
Security has imposed many
security requirements with
regard to container use and
shipping, all at a cost. Coupled
with the global fuel situation,
this has led to an increase in
food in general.
For example, Mr Fernander
said poultry prices have also
sky rocketed, meaning that the
days of purchasing chickedtfor
$0.99 a pound are gone.
He added that the increase
in food prices is similar to the
burdens Bahamians face at the
gas pumps, and said that really
all they can do is sit tight and
hope the market stabilises.
According to media reports,
an acute drought in Australia
and in some parts of the US
has led to a shortage of milk
powder. The combination of
the two factors alone has led to
a surge in wholesale milk

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1. Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Fund
SUMMARY: The Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Fund has two primary responsibilities: to
develop The College of The Bahamas Alumni Relations Programme and to plan and deliver a
successful Annual Fund fundraising program. The incumbent will have direct responsibility for
creating The College of The Bahamas' Annual Fund Programme. The Director of Alumni Relations
and Annual Fund will implement preliminary plans for The College's Annual Fund and will have direct
responsibility for soliciting leadership level Annual Fund gifts. The successful candidate will be
someone with strong interpersonal, communication (both orally and written) and organisational skills
who enjoys the challenge of engaging people on a one to one level. Reporting to Mather Leigh
Inc., strategic counsel to The College of The Bahamas in the operation of alumni relations and
development. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is a graduate of The College and
who wants to serve their alma mater and will enjoy working with others to build a new Alumni
Relations and Development Department at The College/University of The Bahamas.
Annual Fund
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strategic plan for the COB Annual Fund.
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6. Segments Annual Fund prospects tq.deterrin-e leaderbip level donors and general Annual
Fund donors.
7. Conducts face to face, telephone and email solicitations of leadership level Annual Fund gifts.
p. Engages and supports the'COB'Aldmni Association's participation with leadership level gift
9. Maintains electronic/database records of alumni solicitations and contact (email, face to face,
telephone, etc).
10. Designs and implement the Staff & Faculty Fund as part of the Annual Fund Programme.

Alumni Relations
1. Participates in the development of short and long range strategic planning activities to realize
alumni engagement goals and objectives.
2. Develops and oversee the implementation of the College/University Alumni Relations Programme
including alumni events, alumni publications, alumni communications, alumni events calendar,
alumni special projects and the annual fund.
3. Provides strategic guidance and counsel to the College/University Alumni Association on the
development and delivery of its programs and integration with the College/University Alumni Relations
4. Oversees the successful execution of key alumni events, receptions, homecoming and reunion
class programs which builds loyalty and promotes the College in the lives of its graduates. Logistical
support for events is provided through the Office of Communication.
5. Engages senior management in furthering the advancement of alumni relations goals and assists
in educating faculty and staff in respect of the roles they can play supporting alumni and development
6. Maintains a lost alumni tracking programme to re-engage alumni with The College.
7. Develops and keep current the College's web presence and web, print and email communications
to alumni.
8. Provides a face and contact point for College/University alumni.
9. Works in collaboration with the Communications Department provide content for and co-produce
the Alumni Magazine.
10. Works in collaboration with the President and the senior team to plan and deliver high quality
and strategic alumni events which serve to strengthen fundraising efforts, alumni engagement,
University transition and The College's profile within key constituencies.
* Ability to plan and execute a range of strategic events.
* Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic leadership,
faculty, prospects, donors; and volunteers in a wide range of roles.
* Ability to exercise good judgment and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects,
volunteers, and others.
* Ability to work effectively within a team environment.
* Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing events and other complex
activities in support of College/University objectives.
Willingness and availability to travel and to work extended hours as necessary.
Bachelor's degree
* Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills
* Demonstrated ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
* Exceptional analytical skills and experience in managing a program requiring analysis and
strategic planning
* Demonstrated ability to organize work and to manage competing priorities and deadlines
* Demonstrated proactive work ethic and ability innovate, set and meet goals
* Proven accuracy and attention to detail
* Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint, Access
* Database maintenance and data entry experience
* Prior event planning experience a must
* Demonstrated tact, diplomacy and discretion
* Excellent computer skills expected
* Ability to meet deadlines with minimum supervision.
* Willingness to work extended hours and on weekends and holidays if required
* A team player and overall pleasant disposition
* Commitment to confidentiality
* Demonstrated ability to network in a professional or personal setting
* Be a self-starter and able to work independently
* Previous experience in fund raising, sales or marketing
* Exceptional IT skills and a proficiency with databases
* Good knowledge of The College
2. Development Associate, Alumni Relations & Development
With a view to attaining a charter as a university by 2008, the College has embarked aggressively
upon a major expansion of its programme offerings, research activities and physical facilities and
is incorporating e-learning methodologies into its repertoire of strategies for delivering instruction.
To underpin this transition to university status, The College is embarked upon a drive to increase
its funding from private sources through the establishment of the Alumni Relations & Development



Working out of The Office of the President, in a team under the direct supervision of Mather Leigh
Inc., the Development Associate provides support for all COB fundraising activities. The Development
Associate position is a 'traineeship' that provides a comprehensive foundation of experience for
those wishing to build a career in higher education advancement. The Development Associate
participates in all fundraising activities including prospective donor research, prospect cultivation
activities & events, donor information/record management, donor stewardship, donor correspondence
and special events. The successful candidate will be someone with strong organisational skills who
is a good communicator both verbally and in writing and who enjoys team work. This is an excellent
opportunity for someone who is also creative and who will enjoy working with others to build a new
Alumni Relations and Development Department at The College/University of The Bahamas.
1. Supports and ensures delivery on a select segment of COB fundraising activities.
2. Provides support and assistance on the process of identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and
stewarding major donors and prospects including individuals, corporations, and foundations,
through strategy based visits and other forms of direct personal contact.
3. Provides support to the maintenance of the prospect pipeline.
4. Assists the Director of Development in educating faculty and staff in respect of the roles they
can play supporting development generally.
5. Supports the management of a select cohort of volunteers and strategic support in their cultivation
and solicitation of major donors and prospects. Coordinates volunteers' activities to ensure their
integration into The College's vision and goals.
6. Helps to maintain the prospect management database and other institutional resources to ensure
appropriate management of donors, prospects, alumni, and volunteers in coordination with
College objectives.
7Y-enducts research to identify prospects and works with the Director-of Development to create
strategies to match prospects' interests to the priorities of The College.
8. ,'fnducts preliminary research to identify prospects in support of: briefing note preparation and
I prospect identification.
9. Assists in the implementation of programmes and activities designed to increase the visibility
of the AR&D Office and The College to internal and external constituencies.
10. Represents COB at various community and business meetings, including externally to funding
11. Supports the Director of Development to build and maintain donor and prospect files in support
of prospect pipeline and prospect moves.
12. Conducts internal and external research/fact gathering in support of funding proposal development.
13. Provides follow up support on internal requests for fundraising support from AR&D Office.
14. Provides support on production fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
15. Provides coordination and support on donor/prospect events.
16. Maintains list of donations received for Council reporting purposes.
17. Assembles donor kits for events and meetings.
18. Other duties as assigned
19. Works with the Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Fund to directly assist with the solicitation
of leadership level annual fund gifts and on the interface between special and major gift fundraising
and the alumni population.
20. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
* Ability to conduct research, gather data, analyze information, and prepare effective, accurate,
and timely reports and other documents to support development objectives.
* Demonstrated mastery of major business and prospect research databases and general database
software such as Microsoft Excel with concomitant database management skills.
* Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic leadership,
faculty, prospects, donors, and volunteers in a wide range of roles.
* Ability to write proposals, solicitations, correspondence, reports, and other materials in support
of development activities independently;
* Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to
development activities, and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects, volunteers,
and others.
* Ability to work effectively within a team environment.
* Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing events and other complex
activities in support of development objectives.
* Willingness and availability to travel and to work extended hours as necessary.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.
They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills
required of the Director of Development.
* Bachelor's degree
* Prior fundraising, sales or marketing experience a must
* Demonstrated ability to plan and strong communication skills
* Excellent computer skills expected
* Ability to meet deadlines with minimum supervision.
* Demonstrated ability to network in a professional or personal setting
* Be a self-starter and able to work independently
* Proven track record in fund raising, sales or marketing Excellent interpersonal and communication
(written and verbal) skills
* Demonstrated ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
* Demonstrated ability to organize work and to manage competing priorities and deadlines
* Demonstrated proactive work ethic and ability innovate, set and meet goals
* Proven accuracy and attention to detail
* Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint, Access
* Database maintenance and data entry experience
* Willingness to work occasional extended hours and on Weekends
* A team player and overall pleasant disposition
* Commitment to confidentiality
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.
They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills
required of the Director of Alumni Relations & College/University Events.
Please visit our website at www.cob.edu.bs for more information about The College and to access
The College's Employment Application Form.
Interested candidates should submit a CollegelUniversity of The Bahamas Employment
Application, a Comprehensive Resume and up-to-date transcripts, along witthree wor
references no later than July 31, 2007 to:
The Director, Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, N. R,
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The College of The Bahamas Alumni Association

Hall of Fame


What We Are About
FAME The Alumni AssociationHall ol Fame was established in spring of 2001 by the
)ERS Executive Board of the Association. The purpose is to recognize annually a COB
alumna/alumnus who is making significant contributions to the development of The
Bahamas. It is envisioned that honourees will play a major role in the fundraising
efforts of the Association.
On May 11, 2001, the Alumni Association named Bishop Neil C. Ellis, Pastor,
Mount Tabor Full Gospel Church as its first inductee. Subsequently named were
Larry Gibson, a financial services expert (2002); Laura Pratl-Charlton, a pharmacist/
Ellis -2001 entrepreneur (2003); Tanya'McCarlney, an attorney and a former member of
the Senate (2004), Vernice Walkine, Director General of Tourism (2005) and
Superintendent of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Keith Bell (2006).
Each honouree is presented with a 36" Silver European Cup, which symbolizes his
or her outpouring of inspiration that causes others to thirst for "knowledge, truth
S2002 and integrity", the values promoted by The College of The Bahamas and reflected
Sin the institution's motto.

Hall of Fame Award Criteria:
What It Takes to Be Nominated and
Become a Member of The Hall of Fame.
lthe Alumni Association ol Ihe College of The Bahamas views induction into its Hall
irton; 2003 of Fame as its highest honour. It is a designation extended to individuals whose
lives are the hallmark of The College's motto "Knowledge, [iuth, Integrity."
1To be considered for the Alumni Association Hall of Fame, nominees must
Have distinguished themselves as students, academically and socially, while at
The College of The Bahamas
rney 2004 Be among the best in their chosen fields of endeavour, displaying scrupulous
conduct that stands as an example to others.
Be a leader and relentless worker whose success benefits co-wolkers, those they
supervise or employ and the community in general
Excel in civic outreach and make a contribulion to society that is easily visible
within their fields and Ihe wider scope of Bahamian life
Exhibitslrenglh ofcharacterthat translatesgenerallyinlo coinmunitystrengthening,
ine 2005 personifying their alma male's mollo "Knowledge, Tiuth, Integrity."
as i Be nominated.

The Hall of Fame Award Nomination Form
may be obtained from
The Office of Alumni
Administration Block
Oakes Field Campus
Or may be downloaded from www.cob.edu.bs
All nomination forms, along with a current portfolio and phologiaph,
must be submitted by Monday, 31st July, 2007.
For moire information, please call thle Oflice of Aluimni at 302-4365/6.
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All candidates must have earned degrees from a recognized accredited
institution in the relevant subject area plus five (5) years of teaching
experience and must be available to teach on evenings and weekends.

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received
by July 31, 2007. A complete application packet consists of an
application letter, a College of The Bahamas' Application Form,
a detailed curriculum vita, copies of all transcripts (original
transcripts required upon employment) and the three confidential
references addressed to:

The Director
Human Resourced
The College of The I~hia~s
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poinciana Drive
P. 0. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

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

Parents' Evening

Tuesday, 14tk August, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, 22nd August, 2007

8:00a.m. 1:00p.m.

Advisement & Registration

Wednesday, 22nd August, 2007

at 1:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Advisement, Registration & Bill Payment

Thursday, 23rd August, 2007 and

Friday, 24th August, 2007

at 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

Venue: COB Band Shell

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007, PAGE 9B


-. -

Government blocks Cable's SRG purchase

enable it to immediately enter
the fixed-line telecoms market
and go head-to-head with BTC
in another market. With SRG
effectively acting as its tele-
coms subsidiary, it could bun-
dle fixed-line services, cable
TV, Internet and data services
in one a formidable proposi-
tion. SRG's services could also
be delivered over Cable's
Bluewater's plans for BTC
include offering Bahamian

Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of July 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., PO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of July 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., P.O.Box N-7757s, sj bphamas.


A well-established merchandising conmany
is seeking the immediate service of a


The ideal candidate must have the following
skills and experience:

Sound knowledge and experience with
paint and paint accessories
Self motivated
Good Communication skills
Committed to team work
Positive attitude
Customer service driven
Ability to work with minimum

jMinimum Requirements:
Recent Police Record
Three (3) References

Salary and benefits commensurates
with experience.

Interested persons should submit a current
resume and cover letter by fax to the Human
Resources Department. Fax Number

\el appreciate all applicants interests; however,
only those under consideration will be
cont act ed.

consumers just that some-
thing known as 'triple play',
which involves the deliver of
telephone, Internet and cable
TV services through one line.
Therefore, by acquiring
SRG, Cable Bahamas will be
perfectly positioned to go
head-to-head with a Bluewa-
ter-owned BTC. Bluewater has
also made no secret of its plans
to use the Bahamas as a
'launching pad' for Caribbean
expansion, taking it into direct
competition with the telecoms
interests controlled by Colum-
bus Communications, Cable
Bahamas' largest and control-
ling shareholder with a 30 per
cent stake.
Another factor behind the
Government's refusal to per-

mit the Cable Bahamas pur-
chase of SRG is that doing so
could raise the barrier to new
market entrants, preventing
new companies from entering
the Bahamian telecoms mar-
ket. BTC and a combined
Cable Bahamas-SRG would
present two giant competitors
in the context of the Bahamian
market, making it difficult for
new companies to compete
and attract customers, with the
two acting as an effective
Because Cable Bahamas is
owned by a Barbados-domi-
ciled company, which is con-
trolled by Canadians, chiefly
the BISX-listed firm's current
chairman, Brendan Paddick,
any purchase of SRG would

Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of July 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., PO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of July 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of July 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of July 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


FROM page 1

after five years when the cel-
lular monopoly was ended, and
a final $5 million in the sixth
year. James Smith, former min-
ister of state for finance, said
Bluewater was "taking quite a
big risk" in purchasing BTC at
that price.
From Cable Bahamas' per-
spective, acquiring SRG would

require Investments Board and
National Economic Council
(meaning the Cabinet)
Foreign exchange control
approval from the Central
Bank of the Bahamas would
also be needed, while the Pub-
lic Utilities Commission (PUC)
would have to support the
change of telecoms licence
ownership from SRG to Cable
From the SRG side, selling
to Cable Bahamas would
enable its shareholders to
enjoy a return on their initial
investment. The company has
been frustrated in its efforts to
compete with BTC by the
Government, which has done
everything possible to 'box in'
SRG to preserve the value in
its own operator, allowing lib-
eralization and deregulation to
proceed at a snail's pace.
In addition, many observers
believe the Public Utilities
Commission (PUC), the sec-

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to the Minister responsible fQr 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 23RD day of JULY, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

Legal Notice.



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of July 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of July 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp.
Inc., PO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


tor regulator, has been rela-
tively weak and ineffectual,
and failed to combat BTC's
anti-competitive behaviour -
refusing to interconnect with
SRG in Abaco a prime exam-
ple due to government pres-
SRG's main shareholder?
include Abaco Markets' vice-
chairman and Paint Place
chairman, Frank Crothers, who
in mid-2003 held almost a 50
per cent stake in the compa-
Other investors include Dr
David Allen, ex-KMPG senior,
partner and now Templetonr
Capital Advisors' chief finan-
cial officer, Gregory Cleare,
and ex-Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) executive,
vice-president, Barry Malcolm,
A Tribune affiliate holds a pas-
sive stake in SRG of about 10,
per cent. q
Anthony Butler, Cableo
Bahamas president, was,
unavailable to comment when
contacted by The Tribune,'
despite two voice mail mes-
sages being left. Paul Hutton'-
Ashkenny, SRG's president,
did not return calls seeking
comment either, despite.
detailed voice mail messages
being left.
Cable Bahamas and SRG,
have worked on deals together
before, the latter selling to thef
BISX-listed firm its Bahamas,
On-Line Internet Subscriber)
base in August 2004 for a sum'
believed to have been about
$2 million. Those funds&
enabled SRG to finance the;
build-out of infrastructure for
its fixed-line telecoms service,


PAGE 10B, MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007



MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007, PAGE 11B

PM: Business clinging

to outdated practices

STribune Business

T oo many Bahamian
companies are hold-
ing on to outdated
A business practices,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
fold guests attending the Cham-
ber of Commerce awards ban-
quet at the weekend.
SDelivering the keynote
address, Mr Ingraham noted that
attitudes toward the conduct of
business in the Bahamas today
could benefit from a sensible,
matter-of-fact shift. "Too many
of us have, for far too long, held
on to old business practices and
habits, almost nostalgically refus-
ing to recognize that we live in
technologically sophisticated
times," the Prime Minister said.
Mr Ingraham added that pub-
lIc sector anti-business regula-
tions, some in place since colo-
nial times, have proVen to be
mhany-headed monsters.
"And, in the private sector,
some cling to the apron strings of
protectionism even after success
has demonstrated their ability
and capacity to play and win in
competition with the big boys,"
he said.
! If the Bahamas was to move
forward, Mr Ingraham said it
must move with the times, which
includes making it a more tech-
oologically sophisticated coun-
try; making the Bahamas a more
competitive and productive
country; and making the
Bahamas a more efficient place

* BURTON Wallace (centre) was presented with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce's Entre-
preneur of the Year award on Saturday night at Sandals resort. He is shown with Chamber pres-
ident Dionisio D'Aguilar and Prime Ministei Hubert Ingraham

in which to do business.
"As a governing party we are
committed to programmes lor
institution building. infraslruc-
tural enhancement, fiscal disci-
pline, investment and improve-
ment in education and technical
and vocational training, adop-
tion of new technologies, and
support for business growth and
development, the Prmne Minis
ter said.
"We are conscious that a slow
or non-responsive public sector
will overwhelm efforts at mod-
emisation in the private sector, to
the detriment of Bahamian busi-
ness and to the detriment of
Bahamian economic and social

Mr Ingrahamn .idded that inef-
ficiencies, some imposed by gov-
ernment regulation or practice,
hamper business productivity inI
the Bahamas today.
"A reduction of bureaucratic
obstacles lor domestic and inter-
national busIness will therefore.
on my watch, oinle again he a
governmental priority," the
P. 3 n1 t 'VI il'iAti.l Mlli
The 3jth annual Bahmas
Chambc! 'i, (l Illierce gala
awards banquet was held in the
ballroom of the Sandals Royal
Bahamian resort on Saturday.
The Entrenpreneur of the
Year award for up-and-coming
businessmen went to Burton
Wallace of the Movi Company,

to: Felipe Major/Tribune Staff)

an atldiovisal and advertising
The Businesspesons of the
Yeai WieC (Chcsier Coop(ler and
John Wilson Ilth princials of
BAB Holdings. the companN
that recently acquired ol British
American Financial (the former
British American Insurance
Company) through a manage-
Ilent buy till
Bank ol tile Bahanas Inter
national won the ward for Busi
ness of the Y ear. and a special
Lifetime Achievement award
was presented to David and Nan-
cy Kelly the owners of Kelly's
House and Home, a company
celebrating its 801h anniversary)
of operations in the Bahamas.

The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited invites applications from qualified
individuals for the position of Manager Investment Services.

The position requires experience in analyzing international financial markets and managing the
investment portfolios of high net worth individuals and companies.

Diverse product knowledge is expected relating to both the investment and trust fields in several
international jurisdictions. The position requires interaction with top international investment managers
and carries responsibility for formulation of investment policy for the Trust Company and its clients.

Candidates must have a proven track record of sales in investment products. Strong client relationship
skills, analytical and communication skills as well as familiarity with PC Software are essential.

Applicants must have the CFA designation, a University Degree in Economics/Business Administration
and a minimum of 10 years of International Portfolio Management experience and should have held a
management position in the offshore trust sector.

Interested persons should submit applications in writing marked Pr'iate and Confidential to:

Manager Operations
P. O. Box N-3016
Nassau, Bahamas

Applications should be received no later than Friday, 27th July, 2007.

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In INDEX: CLOSE 1.834.01 / CHG -00.62 / %CHG -00 03 / YTD 157 82 / YTD % 09 42
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.83 0.54 Abaco Markets 1 66 1 66 0 00 0 000 0 000 N/M 0.00%
12.05 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11 60 11.60 0 00 1527 0.400U 76 3.45%
9.41 7.49 Bank of Bahamas 940 940 0 00 :300 0 733 0 260 128 2.77%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0 d5 0.85 00 0 0 13 0.0)20 NM 235%
3.65 1.48 Bahamas Waste 3.65 3.65 000 0.2/9 060 13 I 1 1.64%
1.49 1.20 Fidelity Bank 1 48 148 0 00 0064 U 020 23 1 1.35%
10.74 9.00 Cable Bahamas 10.60 1060 000 0.949 0240 11.2 226%
2.35 1.80 Colina Holdings 2.35 2 35 O U 0.281 0 080 18 340%
15.10 10.60 Commonwealth Bank 15 10 b 0 U0 Z.OUU) I i-2 6o0 i., I 4.50%
6.32 4.34 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.93 5.90 0 03 o0 .z 0 050 53.0 0.84%
2.76 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.30 2 31 0 ( 1 11.563 0 2b' 0.000 8 2 0.00%
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12.70 11.50 Finco 1.7 12.70 0 00 160 0787 0.570 16.1 4.49%
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20.01 11.15 Focol 20.00 20.00 000 45.850 1657 0520 12.1 2.60%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0 64 0.64 O 00 0.415 0.010 1 5 0.00%
8.65 7.10 ICD Utilities 7 25 7 25 0 00 0411 0 200 176 276%
9.90 8.52 J. S. Johnson 9.90 9 90 0.00 0 946 1I 580 10 5 586%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1 167 0 600 8t 6.00%
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l52wk-.H 52w.kLow Symboil B.a .i Lin Pr,..z ,.ieI., :.I EP3 I Div$ P/E Yield
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The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified individuals for the position
of PRINCIPAL, St. John's College, beginning
September, 2007.

The applicants must have a Masters Degree in
Education from a recognized University, with at least
(5) years accumulative administrative experience.
The applicant must also be computer literate.

Only qualified applicants need apply.

For further details and Application Forms, please
contact the Anglican Central Education Authority on
Sands Road at Telephone (242) 322-3015/6/7.

Letters of Application submitted with copies of Degree
Certificates, Curriculum Vitae, three references, and
three passport photographs, must be addressed to:

P.O. BOX N-656

The deadline for Application is Friday, August 3, 2007.





The Quieting Titles Act 1059 Chapter 367.

ALL THOSE pieces parcel or lots of land comprising
portions of Lots 9, 23 & 92 and being of admeasurements
29,002 square feet and being portions of the MarshHarbour
Crown Allotments located on the Southern shoreline of
Marsh Harbour and being bounded clockwise as follows:
NORTHWARDLY by Bay Street and running thereonOne
Hundred and Twenty and Eight Hundredths (120.08) feet
more or less WESTWARDLY by land belonging to the
Petitioner and running thereon Seventy-five (75) feet
NORTHWESTWARDLY by property of the Petitioner
and running thereon irregularly for Seventy and Fifteen
Hundredth (70.15) feet more less WESTWARDLY by
property said to be the estate of the late George Archer
and running thereon irregularly for One Hundred and
Thirty-five and Fifty-eight Hundredths (135.58) feet
more less SOUTHWESTWARDLY by the property of
Cynthia Smith and running thereon Eight-six and Sixty-
two Hundredth (86.62) feet EASTWARDLY by parcel of
private property and running thereon Fifty-six and Ten
Hundredths (56.10) feet SOUTHWARDLY by the said
private property and running thereon for Ninety-nine
and Twenty-two Hundredths (99.22) feet EASTWARDLY
by land of the Estate of E. I. Lowe and running thereon
One Hundred and Ninety-one and Seventeen Hundredth
(191.17) feet which said piece parcels or lots of lands have
such shape marks boundaries and dimensions as are
shown on the diagram or plan filed with this Petition.

(a) The Registry of The Supreme
Court, Freeport, Grand
Bahama Commonwealth of
The Bahamas.

(b) The Chambers of V. Alfred
& Company, 21A Kipling
Building Freeport GrandBahama,

(c) The Administration's Office
Marsh Harbour, Abaco,
The Bahamas

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person
or persons having dower or right of Dower or an
Adverse Claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before the 28'h day of August, A.D. 2007
file in the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or
the undersigned an Adverse Claim; Non compliance
with the NOTICE will operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated this 20' day of June A.D. 2007.

Freeport, Grand Bahama
The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner



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ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being of
admeasurements 5,914 square feet and situate in the
Golden Gates 2 Subdivision and being Lot No. 384
and being bounded NORTHWARYLY by a forty (40)
feet wide Road Reservation and running thereon Eighty
(80) feet SOUTHWARDLY by Lot No. 385 and running
thereon One Hundred (100) feet WESTWARLDY by a
portion of Lot No. 383 and running thereon Sixty (60)
feet EASTWARDLY by a Forty (40) feet wide Road
Reservation and running thereon Forty (40) feet which
said piece parcel or lot of land is shown on the plan filed
herewith and is thereon colored RED.
owner in fee simple in possession of the said lands
and has made application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of
the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said
lands investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined in a Certificate of Title to be granted by
the Court in accordance with the provisions of the
said Act. A plan of the said Lands may be inspected
during normal working hours at the following places.

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, BitCo
Building, Nassau, The Bahamas.
(b) The Chambers of V. Alfred Gray & Company,
Suite #5 The Malcolm Building, Bay Street &
Victoria Avenue, Nassau, The Bahamas;

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person or
persons having dower or right of dower or an Adverse
Claim or Claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before 21st day of September A.D.2007 file in
the shall on or before Supreme Court of the City of

Nassau in the Island of New Providence, The Bahamas
and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a
Statement of his Claim aforesaid non compliance
with this Notice will operate as a bar to such claim.

Nassau, The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner

Developer ac

FROM page 1

Mr Mittens said that while
there were some "residual"
things to be settled with the
Sumner Point Marina pur-
chase, including a surveyor
dealing with the land bound-
"But the contract is going
forward, and there's no going
back as far was we're con-
cerned," he added, explaining
that the Sumner Point Marina
would target a different client
base to the Rum Cay Resort
Marina's own.
Meanwhile, Mr Mittens said
Montana Holdings had to date
spent an estimated $25-$26
million on its Rum Cay Resort
Marina project. "The big mon-
ey will start to get spent com-
mencing this year, when we
obtain all the confirmations
we're waiting for to proceed
in accordance with the Gov-
ernment's requirements. Then

we'll be off and running."
Montana Holdings is cur-
rently laying the concrete bases
for the new airport terminal
on Rum Cay, and after con-
sultations with government
"hopes to start construction
shortly thereafter". All mate-
rials for the airport construc-
tion were now on Rum Cay,
he added.
Up to 90 people have been
working on the Rum Cay
Resort Marina at any one time,
although that number had
reduced as the project waited
for Spur Tree to mobilize its
workforce. Montana Holdings
itself was currently directly
employing 30 persons.
Mr Mittens said "a large
contract had been awarded to
a Bahamian company", Spur
Tree, to construct two islands
within the marina at the Rum
Cay Resort Marina. These
would be the sites for the pro-
ject's "luxury" real estate, and

NOTICE is hereby given that WILFRED CADET
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 23RD day of May, 2007 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Vacancies for Teachersfor September 2007l

Kingsway Academy, an Interdenominational,
Evangelical,*Co-Educational Christian Day School,
invites applicants from qualified and experienced
candidates for teaching positions at the Elementary and
High School levels (grades 7 through 12).


Trained Physical Education Teacher for grades K-4
through grade 6


High School applicants should possess a Teachers
Certificate, at least a Bachelor's Degree in the
particular subject area and be able to teach to the AP
level. A Masters Degree in the content area or in
education for the subject area would be an asset.

English Language, Spanish
Business Studies (Office Procedures, Economics,
Information Technology

The successful candidates should have the following:

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

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

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

Deadline for applications is Tuesday July 31, 2007.


Montana Holdings had also
reassigned the separate marina
He added that the two
islands would cover nine acres
of the total 27 acres allocated
by Montana Holdings for the
Rum Cay Resort Marina's
Mr Mittens said surveying
was currently being done on
Rum Cay for the drilling out of
wells for the project's water
utilities, with Montana Hold-
ings also set to put out to ten-
der a contract to construct
accommodation on Rum Cay
for up to 450 workers.
In addition, Montana Hold-
ings was awaiting confirmation
from the Government and the
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion on aspects of its plans to
provide water to the resort
project and wider island.
Montana Holdings was look-
ing at a joint venture with the
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion, Mr Mittens said, and had
been offered certain incentives
as there was no existing water
producing or sewerage plant
on Rum Cay.


He added that Montana
Holdings was awaiting confir-
mations from the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC)
regarding plans for power sup-
ply to the development.
Meanwhile, Mr Mittens con-
firmed to The Tribune that
Montana Holdings had earli-
er this year acquired 550 acres
of land at Pigeon Creek in San
Salvador for another potential
resort development, the land
purchase having been
approved by the Government.
"We're going to address it
and apply for government
approval towards the end of
the year," Mr Mittens said of
the San Salvador possibilities.
"I just want to get Rum Cay
to a certain position, then
that's the rolling snowball.
"There's all sorts of consid-
erations on that and we
haven't started thinking abo4t
the possibilities. It's just an
exquisite piece of land that
came up, and we took advaqi-
tage of the opportunity. We
will focus on Rum Cay until
November, December, then
turn to San Salvador."



Road to City Dump after Premix
Email: ggongora@coralwave.com


A large company in the hospitality industry with
offices based both in the USA and The Bahamas is
looking for a Chief Operating Officer with strong
business skills; experience in the hospitality industry
a plus.


*.Business planning and development
* All operational functions for the business.
* Staff supervision, training and development
* Liaising with bankers, lawyers and accountants.


* Bachelor's degree in Business Management
* 10 years experience in Management.
* Computer literate: Knowledge of QuickBooks &
Microsoft Office.
* Strong organizational skills, including the ability
to prioritize, multi-task and work effectively with
no supervision
* Independent and self motivated
* Excellent communication, planning and analytical
* Experience managing a team

Salary commensurate with experience.

Please send resume to:
P.O Box CB-13335
Nassau, Bahamas



Rum Cay marina


PAGE 12B, MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007





Tax breaks


for 'grubby'

Bay Street

STribune Business

S Movement govern-
Sment will consider
S expanding tax con-
cessions for downtown buildings
in need of repair for the overall
enhancement of the Bay Street
area, the Prime Minister said
this weekend.
Delivering the keynote
'address at the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce awards ban-
quet, Hubert Ingraham said the
'issues facing downtown Nassau
'must be addressed immediately
because "time is not on our
"Downtown Nassau is not
P'uite as bad as we met it in 1992,
'ut it is dirtier and less attractive
'today than it was when I was
,last in office. This fact is but one
"of the several realities
,bequeathed to us. In short, Bay
iStreet looks grubby," the Prime
NMinister said.
' "And, I remind you that leg-
islation enacted in 1999 provides
'for access to customs duty and
Real property tax concessions for
the restoration of historic prop-
terties in the Bahamas.
* "The restoration of style and
beauty to our city centre has
,become so critical to our com-
petitive position that it should,






now be addressed with some
"I am pleased to advise, there-
fore, the Government of the
Bahamas would consider
extending tax concessions for a
limited period to facilitate the
restoration of downtown Bay
Mr Ingraham said it was
unfair to place all the blame for
downtown Nassau's problems
on the presence of the cargo
shipping facilities.
"I do not accept that the loca-
tion of cargo shipping in the city
is a sufficient excuse for the
scruffiness that today typifies
our principal city. Many port
cities around the globe are also
clean and attractive cultural cen-
tres, shopping havens and mag-
nets for tourists," the Prime
Minister added.
Mr Ingraham told business
owners that too many shop and
office fronts are dingy and
"Unbecoming advertisements
clutter sidewalks and deface our
city centre. Damaged sidewalks
are not being repaired. Trees
and shrubbery meant to soften
the landscape of Nassau are
being neglected," he added.
Mr Ingraham said the Gov-
ernment has been a major cul-
prit in allowing the Adderley

building to sit as the central eye-
sore in the centre of Nassau for
too long.
"But the Adderley Building
is not alone. A number of
derelict buildings dot the main
and side streets of our city cen-
tre. And straw vendors have
been left for six years in a hot,
poorly ventilated tent meant to
be a temporary relief following
the destruction of the Straw
Market by fire in 2001," Mr
Ingraham said.
"Together, we must discuss
and agree steps to enhance our
city centre now."
That discussion might include
the introduction of time restric-
tions for the movement of cargo
and heavy trailers and lorries
through downtown Nassau's
"We might seek to identify
suitable locations for bus depots
in the downtown area at an ear-
ly date. We commenced work
in this area prior to May 2002,
and some discussion has contin-
ued since then. We need not
reinvent the wheel to make
progress in this area," Mr Ingra-
ham said.
"With regard to dirty shop
fronts, I note that it is amazing
what a power washer and a little
paint can do. I take this oppor-
tunity to highlight the matter
because many of you are the
owners and operators of busi-.
nesses in our city centre."

* CHAMBER president Dionisio D'Aguilar (far left) and PM Hubert Ingraham presented I. Chester
Cooper (second from left) and John Wilson with awards for businessperson of the year
(Photos: Felip6 Major/Tribune Staff)


T: 242.328.3500 I F: 242.328.8008.1 www.gsolegal.com

GLINTON I SWEETING I O'BRIEN is seeking two qualified
Attorneys-At-Law to join the firm as Associates specializing in Real Estate
Law and Litigation, respectively.

Applicants should have strong academic records, particularly in
respect of their legal studies, be organized and diligent workers with sound
analytical and writing skills, and should have the personal skills
necessary for direct professional interaction with the firm's most
important clients. Two or more years experience is
preferred but is less important than ability and the right attitude.

Successful applicants will receive a highly competitive salary,
including full medical insurance and will participate in a generous
profit-sharing scheme. More importantly, the successful applicants will join
a thriving new practice in the early stages of its growth, and work in an
enjoyable and challenging environment while having the benefit of
careful and thorough training from experienced practitioners.

Interested applicants should deliver their curriculum vitas to our offices
in the Destinations Building, 303 Shirley Street, along with copies of all
degrees and certificates earned and at least two samples of written work
prepared by the applicants in either an academic or professional context.
All applications will be treated as confidential.



Human Resources Manager

Nassau, Bahamas

Bachelor's degree in related field (Mandatory) Masters Degree
5 10 years experience in Human Resources (HR). A broad
knowledge/experience base in several HR areas (e.g. consultation,
recruiting, employee relations, etc.)
Knowledge of employment law and industrial relations
PC skills: Advanced Excel and Word mandatory

General Responsibilities (not all inclusive):

/ Employee Relations Provide guidance to managers & supervisors
in supporting proactive HR plans, products or activities. The incumbent
will develop an understanding of the client's business and a relationship
with managers & supervisors and other staff within the client units
by maintaining a close consultative relationship
/ In consultation with the HR Head, provide input into strategies,
policies, procedures and new initiatives to ensure they are consistent
with overall Bank strategy and objectives
/ Provide operational management of on-going activities in the delivery
of services (compensation, HR administration), including the
supervision of some HR staff
/ Provide support to the HR Business Partner in all IR negotiations and
strategy development
/ Responsible for all entry-level recruitment including management of
requests from the business and the FirstStart Initiative
/ Provide guidance and counsel on hiring and discipline practices
/ Plans human resources activities and ensures they are carried out to
service standards


Salary commensurate with management position at the FC Level 6
(Note: 1 11 job levels)
Benefits- attractive salary, six weeks vacation, preferred loan rates,
employee share purchase plan, variable incentive pay (bonus), medical
scheme, pension benefit.

Applicants are requested to submit their resume with a cover letter via
email by July 23rd 2007 to: siobhan.lloyd@firstcaribbeanbank.com
FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for their interest.
however only those under consideration will be contacted.

Vacancies are open to Bahamians only.

:1 -1



A vacancy exists in the Public Relations Department of The Grand Bahama
Port Authority, Limited for one (1) Graphic Designer. This position is responsible
for planning, designing, developing, and producing GBPA Group's visual media
for commercial and internal uses.


A degree in Visual Communications or formal training in graphic design,
including print design, website/page and multimedia design, photo media and
general publication techniques; or minimum five years of professional experience
in these areas. Additional training or experience in communications, public
relations or marketing, complemented by computer training or a relevant
combination of academic qualifications, or equivalent in relevant professional

Required Skills:

Knowledge of multimedia materials, graphic design and other electronic
information dissemination processes, complemented by familiarity with
best practices.
Knowledge of production of printed materials and experience working
with printers.
Proven ability to design documents and reports of a variety of lengths and
formats and see them through to publication
Proven ability to understand and translate ideas into innovative and user
friendly products.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with the ability to work
as a member of a team, with short deadlines and under pressure.
Both Mac and PC literacy with specialization in the design and
implementation of website/pages and/or other electronic means of
information dissemination.
Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner, and to communicate
and to convey ideas.
Service-oriented attitude with tact, judgment and diplomacy.

Please submit a resume, portfolio of work, relevant supporting documentation
and qualifications to:

The Personnel Department
P. O. Box F-42666
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Email: personnel@gbpa.com
On or before July 31, 2007

MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007, PAGE 13B


PAGE 14B, MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007



STribune Comics






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Contract Bridge

By Steve Becker

A Fight to the Bitter End

South dealer.
North-South vulnerable.
+QJ 10
+AQ95 4 8742
V63 V85
*AJ97 *10852
+K84 +753
The bidding:
South West North East
1 V Dble Redble Pass
Pass 14 2V Pass
Opening lead six of hearts.
Let's say you get to four hearts
on the bidding shown and West leads
a trump. It's certainly not hard to fig-
ure out where the missing high cards
are. You're looking at 26 high-card
points, so there's a good chance that
West, for his double, has all the miss-
ing points.
It might therefore seem that you
mist lose two spades, a diamond and
a club and go down one. However, if

you give the situation further
thought, a ray of hope emerges. You
can probably endplay West if the
cards are divided the way you think
they are.
Accordingly, you win the trump
lead with the nine, play the jack of
trumps to the queen, lead the queen
of clubs and finesse. As expected,
West takes his king and returns a
club. You win with the ten and over-
take the jack with the ace as both
defenders follow suit.
You now have West over a barrel.
You carefully refrain from cashing
the nine of clubs and, instead, lead
the three of diamonds. West follows
low he would hand you the con-
tract if he went up with the ace -
and dummy's queen wins the trick.
You then return to your hand with a
trump, cash the club nine, discarding
a diamond from dummy, and exit
with the king of diamonds.
West wins with the ace, but is a
dead pigeon. If he returns a diamond,
you ruff in dummy and discard the
jack of spades, while if he returns a
spade, he likewise presents you with
your 10th trick.
The deal illustrates that if you
know where the opponents' high
cards are, you can sometimes convert
a losing cause into a winning one.


HOW-many words of |
four letters or more I
can you make from
the letters shown
here?In making a l
word, each letter may
be used once only. .
Each must contain the
centre letter and there
must be at least one
nine-letter word. No RI
plurals or verb forms
ending in "s", no words with initial capitals and no
words with a hyphen or apostrophe permitted.
The first word of a phrase is permitted (e.g. inkjet
in inkjet printer).

Good 12; very good 17; excellent 23 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.

A- aram --

1 Wild bears of the Scottish
uplands (5)
2 Possibly weak, take refreshment
as one gets lively (5,2)
4 Henry left the building (4)
S Superior fur fit for wear (6)
6 Measure a tiler could use (5)
7 Historic beard-singeing place (5)
9 Is he not formally in charge? (3)
12 Groups of boneheaded cheats,
possibly (7)
14 Perform a rhythmic monologue in
contrapuntal style (3)
16 There's nothing like it for miles
arour.d! (5)
17 It's OK to employ a leg man (5)
19 He may have matey junior officers (7)
20 Not natural accommodation (5)
21 City with an aviation centre (5)
23 Organise with hard-hearted
wild anger (7)
24 Anitem'oflitter(6)
25 Take to the interior (3)
27 Bikini, for instance (5)
28 Cleans, perhaps with a feather-light
touch (5)
30 Beaten in a wild
dance (5)
32 Improve the appearance of a guild
having no uniform (4)
33 A cold one is obviously less
than warm (3)

3 Something to exorcise or maybe lug
around the house (5)
8 Like the nose, it may need
blowing (5)
10 Maker of sails (5)
11 A United Kingdom bird (3)
12 Complain that the table's
wobbly? (5)
13 More than one girl Les is
mad about (7)
15 Cook with train oil? (5)
18 Rested on the bottom (3)
19 In the southeast, there's disgraceful
zeal for sordidnessi (6)
21 Something eaten out of a drinking-
vessel? (7)
22 Jumpy sort of year? (4)
23 A character to help with a
heavy heart (4)
24 Finders of jobs in sport (7)
26 I'd star, perhaps, in a DrWho
feature (6)
29 Normal spare part (3)
31 Could it make touts drunk? (5)
32 Badly used sort of car? (7)
34 Could be moving, strangely astir (5)
35 Initial news article by
grandma (3)
36 Censure stonily (5)
37 Almost a Hellenic word,
you'll admit (5)
38 Enid's shifty and sly (5)


cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 9, Over-board 10 Outnumber 12, Lad-(he)y 13,
Re-s-ign 14, Matters 15, Crime wave 17, Beef-eat-er 18,
Pre-cise 19, Bang on 20, Area 23, Bow window 25,
Out-strips 26, Lays 27, A-muse-d 29, Crib-bed 32, Op-
ress-or 34, Sun-flower 35, F-L-avour 36, Normia-L 37,
ree 38, Re-dressed 39, Attribute
DOWN: 1, Fools-cap 2, Dead give-away 3, Lace-rate 4,
Ad-V-ise 5, Loony bin 6, Stamped out 7, Curl-sey 8,
Cross-roads 11, B-L-eat 16, El-I-c-il 19, Bow21, Rainbow
trout 22, A-I will 23, Ball of fire 24, Dam-ask rose 25, Odd
28, Serenade 29, Contacts 30, Dar-ken-ed 31, Re-cover
33, P-laid 34, Strea-M

easy solutions
ACROSS: 9, Hilarious 10, Elaborate 12, Tame 13, Eskimo
14, Thimble 15, Astronaut 17, At a canter 18,Torment 19,
Arenas 20, Shut 23, Bewilders 25, Withstand 26, Core 27,
Tendon 29, Saunter 32, Authentic 34, Murderous 35,
Equator 36, Either 37, Cell 38, Resonates 39,
DOWN: 1, White ant 2, Flame-thrower 3, Constant 4,
Assist 5, Lemonade 6, Martial art 7, Logical 8, Celebrated
11, Ambit 16, Overly 19, Ass 21, Heart-to-heart 22,
Assume 23, Buccaneers 24, Electorate 25, Win 28,
Decrease 29, Sorcerer 30, Restless 31, Neptune 33,
Thugs 34, Mutate.

3 Stupid (5)
8 Legal (5)
10 Sudden terror (5)
11 Sticky substance (3)
12 Entire range (5)
13 Trap(7)
15 Darkness (5)
18 Tree (3)
19 Designate (6)
21 Down payment (7)
22 Norse god (4)
23 Russian ruler (4)
24 Get (7)
26 Voluntarily (6)
29 Before (3)
'31 Smithy (5)
32 Respire (7)
34 Synthetic material (5)
35 Term of respect (3)
36 Charred remains (5)
37 Cords (5)
38 Anxious (5)

1 Gestures (5)
2 Settler (7)
4 European capital (4)
5 Keyboard instrument
6 Cloth (5)
7 Vision (5)
9 Lettuce (3)
12 Weapon store (7)
14 Mountain (3)
16 Bush (5)
17 Rips (5)
19 Distinguish (7)
20 Personnel (5)
21 English port (5)
23 Treachery (7)
24 Gratify (6)
25 River (3)
27 Excite (5)
28 Wading bird (5)
30 Fragment (5)
32 Chief (4)
33 Gratuity (3)

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Hasllnger, British championship,
Swansea 2006. White was a
veteran grandmaster, Black (to
move) a rising young
Merseyside expert. The diagram
looked good for Haslinger, who
is a pawn up with centralised
pieces and, most important,
three united queen's side
passers. His simplest plan Is
c6-c5 followed by advandng the
pawn trio supported by Black's
pieces Induding the king. White
could hardly avoid being
crushed by this space Invaders
style plan, but Black instead
went 1...d3+ and both players
perked up. Each calculated the
sequence 2 Nxd3 Rxd3 3 Bxg7
Rxdl and thought It favourable.
Who was right?

aClemsokl i ack. Flay went Ld3+ 2 Nxd3
RId3 3 Bxg7 Rbms4Be5+ (4 Rxdl N7) Rd6 (the
move Whte overooked) anr Wht resigned since 5
BWd6+Kxd6leaves kn aght down without
Mn qui 27. Z = 1, Y= 2 etc. Theletter vakes are
then addedtogether.
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ARIES March 21/April 20o
Give into the demands ot friends this
week, Aries. Others may take
your time, but you enjoy it. Show ofl
your talents to a willing aulienqe
and you're sure to shine
TAURUS April 21/May 21
Look ahead and cheer up. Taurus.
The bad luck you've been facing is
bound to take a turn for the better
this week. Forgive the people wlto
have treated you unkindly. I
GEMINI May 22/June 21 ,
Your mind is in overdrive this week,
Gemiini. Wednesday proves a day (f
greatest revelation You've just dis-
covered your master plan for the rest
of the year and are ready to proceed.!
CANCER June 22/July 22'
Family members and loved onds
show their affections and vejt
their frustrations in strange ways,
Cancer. This week you're faced
with many challenges, but you'll
have help. Look to Virgo.
LEO July 23/August 23
Show some warmth to someone whb
is less fortunate, Leo. It's time to be
the hero rather than the villain. You'll
get a confidence boost and help some-
one in the process. Thursday is lucky
VIRGO -- Aug 24/Sept 22
You may think that the others
around you are clueless, but ask
for their help and you may b6
pleasantly surprised, Virgo. Take
some time for fun on Friday.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Fear is a thing of the past and curios1
ity takes over this week, Libra. Yoie
find that those you thought were
enemies really turn out to be friends'
A new job is on the horizon.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
It may sound corny, but a smile is
worth all the difference when dealing
with someone difficult this week;
Scorpio. Try a friendly approach
before you get defensive.
SAGITTIARIUS- Nov 23/Dec 21'
You've been feeling the pull of nos,
talgia lately, Sagittarius. Hook up
with old friends to see how they ard
keeping busy these days. You ma[
be surprised to find out how man{
changes have occurred.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
Live large this week, Capicom. You should
have no pioblem being tie life of tie party if
you only let loose and enjoy yourself'
Romnuance is a good possibility for the week,
end. Your perfect match is waiting,
AQUARIUS- Janl 2 Feb 18
Your truth may be elusive to many, but:
the right people re getting the mes-,
sage. You have many followers this'
week, Aquarius. who agree with youi
mission. Move forward with plans.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
A feeling of generosity washes over
you this week, Pisces and you share
the wealth with others. Whether;
treating someone to lunch or buying
a gift, you'll be thanked. I



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Agents' Choice Awards Winner 2007


We're absolutely overjoyed to accept the Canadian Travel Agents' Choice Awards for
"Favourite Hotel Chain".

We did it in style ...with more points than 2nd & 3rd place combined.

And got a bonus! ...voted "Favourite All inclusive"
for the 8th year in a row.

It's a wonderful moment for the entire dedicated Sandals team, and our Beaches Resort
sister brand, who proudly shares this award with us.

All the Bahamas can join us in celebrating because as always a Sandals victory, is one
for the Bahamas.



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