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Justice Jon Isaacs 'produced
serious miscarriage of justice'
in drug extradition case


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE London based Privy
Council has heavily criticised
Justice Jon Isaacs for produc-
ing "a serious miscarriage of
justice" in the drug extradition
case of Lemuel Gibson.
The US government had
been seeking the extradition of
Gibson with his co-accused
Samuel Knowles and Frank
Cartwright -from it-u Bahamas
to stand trial on tirug charges
in Florida.
However, the extradition has
to this date not taken place as
Justice Isaacs granted the three
men their habeas corpus appli-
cations and released them.
The Privy Council, in giving
its majority judgment yesterday,
declared that Justice Isaacs'
conclusion was "astonishing".
"Indeed no court has since
suggested that it could possibly
be supported. Their Lordships


readily acknowledge that it pro-
duced a serious miscarriage of
justice," the Privy Council stat-
ed in its judgment.
Even in a dissenting judg-
ment delivered by three Lords
in this case, Justice Isaacs' ruling
was most severely criticised.
"No one now suggests that
this extraordinary pedantry
could be justified or that it did
not produce a serious miscar-
riage of justice," Lord Hoffman,
Lord Carswell and Lord Mance
stated.
According to court docu-
ments, Gibson together with
his co-accused Knowles and
Cartwright were indicted by a
federal grand jury in Southern
Florida on charges of conspira-
cy to import and distribute large
quantities of cocaine and mari-
juana into the US.
In January 2001 the US
requested the three men's extra-
SEE page 10


Viktor Kozeny appears
in Supreme Court
* By NATARIO McKENZIE


CZECH-born investor Viktor
Kozeny appeared in Supreme
Court yesterday as his defence
began making submissions over
a habeas corpus application, chal-
lenging the request for his extra-
dition to the United States.
Last September Magistrate
Carolita Bethel approved
Kozeny's extradition to the US
where he is wanted to face


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SEE page 10 CZECH-born investor
Viktor Kozeny


THIS car crashed into a house on Nassau Street after the driver reportedly lost control on Sunday night. A female passen-
ger was taken to hospital following the accident.


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Probe into cause Sears questions minister over
of construction
workers' illness morgue refrigeration system


at school site
* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
GOVERNMENT is awaiting
the results of a probe into the
cause of illness among construc-
tion workers employed at the site
of the T G Glover school.
The ministry of works
approved American company
GES' removal of samples by
means of "deep core boring" on
the Horseshow Drive site three
weeks ago so that a report on the
source of the ailments can be gen-
erated, according to Works Min-
ister Earl Deveaux.
The last of the soil samples
were taken away this weekend,
said Mr Deveaux, and the inves-
tigation is being carried out in
conjunction with Chief Medical
Officer Merceline Dahl Regis.
GES were reportedly already
in the Bahamas working with
BahaMar. Mr Deveaux said that
while the Department of Envi-
ronmental Health had carried out
tests in the area previously, these
were only taken from superficial,'
SEE page 10


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
FORT Charlotte MP Alfred
Sears asked the Minister of
Health to explain to the House
of Assembly yesterday how the
refrigeration system in the
morgue in Grand Bahama
could break down and not be
corrected for over 24 hours -
Crown land to be ava
investors at conc
CROWN LAND will be made
available to Bahamian investors at
concessionary rates for business ven-
tures, particularly in the Family
Islands, Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes told the Senate yesterday.
Giving his contribution to the upper
chambers' debate on the Speech from
the Throne, the FNM senator said
that making crown land available to
Bahamians is only one of the initia-
tives his government is pursuing which
will lead to the empowerment of local
*investors.
"We can only transform this econ-
omy by ensuring that individual
SEE page 10


causing bodies to decay beyond
a condition that they would be
suitable for viewing at a funeral.
Mr Sears' mother, who
recently died, was one of the
bodies of which the MP spoke.
Mr Sears said that finding his
mother in that. state caused
"tremendous anguish and trau-
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By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
TENSIONS continue to esca-
late in Inagua, as Morton Salt
managers reported yesterday
that three of their 2006 F-150
trucks were set on fire following
a "temporary" three week layoff
of 52 employees.
According to a statement
issued yesterday from Morton
Salt, the trucks, which are typi-
cally used by supervisors, were
found with punctured gas tanks
and cut gasoline lines with
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Police officials believe that
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Minnis plans to outsource garbage



collection in bid to clean up Nasau


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Government is making
plans to "outsource" garbage
collection in some areas to pri-
vate companies in a bid to
clean up Nassau's litter prob-
lem.
Yesterday, Health Minister
Dr Hubert Minnis said he
believes the move is necessary
if declining tourism numbers
are to be turned around, as 50
per c6nt of visitors polled by
the Ministry of Tourism com-
plained of what Dr Minnis
termed "straightforward nasti-
ness" in New Providence.
Currently the government


owns 11 dump trucks. At any
given time, only seven or eight
of those are in operation, while
two or three are "non-func-
tional," according to Dr Min-
nis. While the government has
ordered five more, some more
immediate solution must be
implemented to address the
complaints, he said.
. "Despite working 24 hours
a day, seven days a week, they
can't keep up," Dr Minnis
claimed.
"Should we wait for nine
months (the length of time it
will be before the new vehicles
arrive) or should we deal with
the problem? And therefore
the solution right now would


be to outsource it, so we can
concentrate on certain areas
and clean up the place once
and for all," he said.
The health minister, who has
responsibility for solid waste
collection and disposal,
explained that New Providence
will be divided into "zones",
with certain of those zones out-
sourced in a bid to put a dent in
the garbage build up.
Dr Minnis said that, in light
of the importance of tourism
to this country's economic well
being, along with his own per-
sonal investigations into the
seriousness of the problem, it
would be "inhumane" of him
to allow the problem to con-


tinue to mount.
The minister said that he had
informed staff to get the con-
tracts out to bid "as soon as
possible." A two to three week
bidding process will then be
carried out before contracts are
awarded and the private com-
panies take to the streets to
clear up the garbage.
In this way tourism could be
"saved", along with jobs in
related industries, such as con-
struction.
"Tourism is our lifeblood,"
said Dr Minnis. "It provides 70
per cent of our employment,
directly or indirectly, and
around 40 per cent of our
GDP."


Numerous Nassau residents
have also contacted The Tri-
bune in recent years to com-
plain about the mounting prob-
lem of uncollected garbage,
and the knock on effect it can
have on sanitary conditions in
residential and business areas.
Some locals claim their rub-
bish is collected on a very
inconsistent basis, with up to
three weeks allegedly passing
between garbage collections in
certain areas.
One Village Road resident,
in a letter to the editor last
week, said that overflowing
refuse had led to an infestation
of "flies, maggots and rats"
around his home'


Bethel calls for more partnerships between business and education


THE business community has
been asked to join in the effort
'to reform the struggling public
education system.
Minister of Education Carl
Bethel called for partnerships
between private sector entities
and the government, noting that
businesses are searching for
graduates who are trained, able
to perform and predisposed to
becoming contributing mem-
bers of society.
"It is for these reasons, the
development of the public/pri-
vate partnership arrangements
through the Ministry of Educa-
tion is vital. We have to have an
educational system that meets
the developing and the ongoing
.ever-changing needs of this
dynamic society," Mr Bethel told
business leaders at the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce "Meet
the Ministers" forum.
Mr Bethel noted that there is
only one plumber operating on
the rapidly developing island of
Great Exuma. He said it is situa-
tions like this that have caused
the educational system to be
expanded to make technical
trades more available to.students.
"The move has been to
expose all students, even acad-
emically gifted ones, to some
element of technical and voca-
tional training. The idea is to


bring everything up to the same
level," Mr Bethel said.
"That is why the technical
and vocational subjects are in
the BGCSE exams now,
because it is an attempt to give
certification and validity, not
only to the academic side but
to technical and vocational sides
as well."
Mr Bethel mentioned several
other challenges the education
system is currently facing: "The
failure to have built schools at
all over the past several years is a
critical situation, particularly in
the southwest New Providence,'
.where we are taking urgent
remediation steps at this present
time, to address the shortfall in
schools by having to add class-
rooms for the time'being.
"But more fundamental than
that is a significant portion of
schools have reached the end
of their useful lives," Mr Bethel
said. He said these schools
include the prefabricated build-
ings constructed during the sec-
ond great expansion in educa-
tion in the mid-1970s, which had
a 25-year lifespan and are now
in their 30th year of existence.
As a result, he said, there is
going to have to be a massive
reinvestment i school building
in the comninghtie %ears.
;Minister BMrihlisaid another


* MINISTER of Education, Sports, Youth and Culture Carl
Bethel spoke on the challenges facing his ministry at the first
ever Minister's Forum held by the Chamber of Commerce.
(Photo: BIS/Patrick Hanna)


"critical issue" facing education
is the question of adapting the
curriculum to produce students
who are comfortable in their
learning environment, and com-
fortable with what they are.
learning.
He said the education system
needs to be able to handle stu-
dents who are challenged in the
classroom, so that they are not
shunted to the side and allowed
to graduate with little or no
skills.


.The minister said greater
emphasis is being placed on
identifying students with
speech impairments, learning
difficulties and those who
learn in a different way than
others. He said they will be
given extra services to bring
them up to the same level.
Mr Bethel also admitted
that some "deep issues" exist.
in terms of curriculum devel-
opment.
He"explained that the
exams students must take
before graduation are based


upon' the application of knowl-
edge. "What I mean," he said,
"is in the old way of training,
they just memorised. They
memorised the six wives of
Henry the Eighth, they mem-
orised the date of the Battle of
Hastings, they memorised the
day when the Eleutheran
Adventurers came.
"They were not taught to
apply that knowledge in a
meaningful way. But thinking
in education changed. The
curriculum and the method of
teaching have not caught up
with where the exam is," Mr
Bethel said.
He said the FNM govern-
ment has fulfilled three of its
promises significantly
increasing the number of
scholarships available to
Bahamians for tertiary level
education; resuming the pay-
ment of one half of the inter-
est of the education guaran-
teed loans and investing "mas-
sively" in the repair and refur-
bishment of school buildings.
"The task of repairing
schools greatly exceeds what
you can imagine the cost of
and the extent of it," he said.
"At last count, 159 active
works of renovation and con-
struction are going on, and in
some schools there are two or
three separate projects going,
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48-year-old

in hospital

following

shooting

A 48-YEAR-OLD man was
shot in the groin on Sunday
night and is listed in serious but
stable condition at the Princess
Margaret Hospital.
According to police chief
superintendent Hulan Hanna,
a 24-year-old man has been
arrested and is in police custody
in connection with this matter.
The victim, Carl Lopez, was
reportedly in the area of Farmer's
market, Baillou Hill Road south,
sometime around 7.40pm.
Officers responded to a
report of the shooting and dis-
covered Mr Lopez, who
informed them that he had been
accosted by a young man who
discharged several shots in his
direction, hitting him in the
"lower body area".
The suspect reportedly escaped
the scene in a red Daewoo.
Officers later took a resident
of Sunshine Park into custody.
He is reportedly helping the
police with their inquiries.
Mr Lopez's condition is
described as serious but is not
believed to be life threatening.
Also sometime around 8pm
on Sunday, an 18-year-old resi-
dent of Pinewood Gardens was
arrested in the Yellow Elder
area in connection with the dis-
covery of three live rounds of
- ammunition.
An individual is expected to
be brought before the courts
sometime this week in connec-
tion with this matter, police said.

Lifting finance
rules could
double trade
with Cuba

CUBA
Havana

AMERICA'S trade. with
communist-run Cuba could
double if the U.S. lifted limits
on financing agricultural sales
,to the island, the US Interna-
tional Trade Commission says
in a report released this week,
according to Associated Press:
"All agricultural commodity
sectors would likely benefit
from the lifting of the financ-
ing restriction," said the 180-
page report released Thursday.
Under an exception to the 45-
year-old US embargo on Cuba,
American producers can sell
food and agricultural products
to the Caribbean nation on a
cash basis. A separate excep-
tion allows sales of US medi-
cines and medical supplies to
the island.
American farm producers
complain the transactions were
slowed beginning in 2005 by
new US rules requiring them to
receive payment from Havana
before shipping their goods.
The commission's report was
welcomed by the USA Rice
Federation, which opposes the
financing rules and supports leg-
islation to lift US trade and trav-
el restrictions on Cuba.
"The United States was the
principal supplier of rice to
Cuba before sanctions were
imposed, and will be again once
they are removed," said Mar-
vin Lehrer, USA Rice senior
consultant for Cuba.
Havana says it has spent
more than $2.2 billion on Amer-
ican farm products, and related
costs since 2001, when it began
taking advantage of a US law
allowing the deals.

Regular
Bahamas
visitor passes
away

LONG time visitor Fosdick
of Ann Arbour, Michigan died


on Friday July 20.
Mr Fosdick, was a regular
winter resident in the Bahamas
for more than 30 years, stayed
in the Carefree apartment com-
plex on Cable Beaclr.



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Man faces
charge of
robbing cell
phone booth
A MAN accused of rob-
bing a cell phone booth was
arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
Lewis Alexander Williams,
27, of Pinedale, appeared in
court 11 on Nassau Street
yesterday on the charge of
armed robbery.
It was alleged that on Sat-
urday June 9, while armed
with a handgun, Williams
robbed Erold Joseph of $300
cash as well as $300 worth of
assorted of cellular phone
cards property of the Talk-a
Lot phone card booth on
East Street South.
Williams was not required
to plead to the charge and
was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill.
A preliminary inquiry is
scheduled to take place on
October 26.

Man accused
of firearm and
marijuana
possession
A MAN, 32, of Rocky Pine
Road was arraigned in Mag-
istrate's Court yesterday on
weapons and drug charges.
Antonio Adams appeared'.
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at court eight in Bank
Lane.
It is alleged that on Friday,
July 20, Adams was found in
possession of a black Block
.9mm pistol.
It is also alleged that on the
same day, he was found in
possession of 40 9mm bullets
and a quantity of marijuana
which authorities believed he
intended to supply yo anoth-
er.
The prosecution is claim-
ing that Adams was found in
possession of 335 grams of
marijuana.
Adams pleaded, nt guilty
to the charges and-was grant-
ed bail in the sum bf $15,000.,
The matter was adjourned
to February 19, 2008.

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* LAW Enforcement officials making a final count of the suspected drugs discovered aboard a
Bahamian-registered vessel on Sunday night. The illegal drugs were discovered during a routine
search of the vessel by marines assigned to the Harbour Patrol Unit of the Defence Force.



Three arrested




after police find




huge drugs haul


* LAW Enforcement officials
loading suspected drugs into a
vehicle at the Harbour Patrol
Unit facility on Sunday night.


THREE men are in police
custody after the discovery of
suspected illegal drugs onboard
a boat.
The men were apprehended
by the harbour patrol unit of
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force on Sunday evening near
East End Point in New Provi-
dence.
"During a patrol of this area
at 7.30pm, marines assigned to
the patrol craft HMBS P-114
stopped a 22-foot open motor
craft along with its occupants
for a routine boarding search,"
said the Defence Force in a
statement released yesterday.
"A search of the vessel uncov-
ered a quantity of packages of
suspected illegal contraband
aboard the craft."


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search of the vessel was con-
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"In maintaining its mandate,
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WHILE THE MEDIA and his party col-
leagues try to entice Elizabeth MP Malcolm
Adderley to the telephone so that he can tell
them in plain, simple English his intentions
for his political future, Mr Adderley had
already done so by allegory as a prelude to his
recent contribution to the budget debate.
Young reporters did not understand his
allusions to the past. They did not understand
his subtle innuendoes, .the fact that he was
playing a game of cat-and-mouse with his
political colleagues and inwardly laughing at
their discomfort. Consequently, what he said
was not published. If they had understood
they would have known that their questions
about his future had already been answered.
Mr Adderley described his hopeless situa-
tion during the election campaign by telling the
story of a leaking little dingy, pushed into a
raging ocean with a captain who didn't know
how to sail. It was only his loyal foot soldiers
of the Elizabeth constituency who stood by
him, supported him and brought him safely to
shore, while colleagues watched from the
seashore hoping the small boat would founder.
This is how Mr Adderley told in allegory his
hopeless situation as a PLP contestant for the
Elizabeth constituency in the May 2 election.
Mr Adderley won the seat and was returned to
the House, but apparently without the sup-
port of his political party."
"Mr Speaker, in May of this year I was put
out to sea in a small dingy called the motor
vessel SS Elizabeth," Mr Adderley told the
Speaker. "Sir, I ain't no island boy. I have
roots in the great island of Long Island. Mal-
colm, Sr came from Burnt Ground north."
He said his mother's family came from the
other end of Long Island South End around
Mortimers.
Mr Adderley said that when he was a young
man at SAC he could manage to run the
member for Clifton and the member for Bain
Town should remember those days, he said. "I
could manage to run, but you know my
strength was never swimming. So you know I
must have been in trouble in this small dingy.
"This dingy had holes from front to back,"
he continued. "It had no sail; it had no motor;
it did not even have a rudder, but, far away
from Elizabeth I was lost at sea. At the time
the sea was raging, the waves were blowing
and there were those on the shore who were
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SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

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July 8, 2007, spoke of indepen-
dence and the benefits and curs-
es of such an attainment, both
of which we are accessible. At
first glance around the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium you see
noticeably missing the popula-
tion of "white Bahamians."
Incidentally though, the Deputy
Prime Minister of the Bahamas,
a white Bahamian, himself, was
present, however, his wife was
not present.
On the contrast, the Prime
Minister brought his wife and
other family members as did
other Cabinet Ministers. Simi-
larly, at the flag raising cere-
mony and cultural show on Clif-
ford Park this same "white"
population was again missing.
The inclination of thought is
that the "white Bahamian"
would not have any other affil-
iation with this country, the
Bahamas, other than for the
economic gains that they have
achieved and continue to
achieve at the expense of the
black citizenry, and their clever
prospect of attaining the lead-
ership of this country once
again. While the Bahamas was a
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EDITOR, The Tribune
Many speak profoundly of
the morning on July 10, 1973
when the tide of the ordinary
Bahamian life changed in a
minute, through independence.
Others comment on the endless
years of struggles which were
compiled in the years of colo-
nialism and slavery and now we
are free to make our own deci-
sions and speak for ourselves
in the councils of the world.
This year we are celebrating
our forebears. It is a known fact
that many of the forebears of
our country are men and
women of colour who fought
against the rigours of oppres-
sion to uplift the masses of
Bahamian people who were
silenced because of their hue.
It was a small few who rose up
amidst the odds, and travelled
to other countries and in some
aspects worked in the attain-
ment of civil liberties of
coloured persons in other coun-
Stries, like the United States.
Though the whole process was
exigent, they used the exposure
gained from these experiences
to return to their small country
to assist in achieving liberties
that the average black person
only dreamed.
Dr Myles Munroe, in a sober-
ing message at the Indepen-
dence Ecumenical Service on


ruling "white" class controlled
the economy and the leadership
of the country, thus, they fed
the monster of oppression of
the black class who depended
solely on them for their liveli-
hood and maintained loyalty to
them so that they could eat and
their family would be safe.
It is no secret that this minor-
ity "white" class is slowly and
discreetly planning their resur-
gence again. Prime Minister,
Hon Hubert Ingraham recently
named the remainder of the
Board Chairmen to include
Barrie Farrington, who has had
previous affiliations with the
United Bahamian Party (UBP),
the preceding white ruling par-
ty of the Bahamas who blatant-
ly disrespected, exploited, and
demoralised black Bahamians.
We recognize that many of
these appointments had to be
made, though they may be
regarded as iniquitous because
if the "white" merchants funded
the Free National Movement's
campaign, then they are to be
rewarded, to the compromise
of promises made by Mr Ingra-
ham, himself. Is our country
going, forward, upward,
onward, or are we going back-
wards?
ABAGAIL CARTWRIGHT
Nassau
July 13, 2007.


Elizabeth, there were times when they became
discouraged because of the cries of those from
Elizabeth..But those who stood on the shore
looking from without... Yes, sir, it was not
an easy voyage.
"At one point the crew cried out, 'Cap-
tain, Captain, what should we do, sir? What
should we do, sir?' I could only turn to them
and in a cool and collected voice said: 'It ain't
long now! There's no turning back!'
"As a result, sir, we went in the raging
storm. And I am back, Mr Speaker, I am back,
ready, willing and able to perform at my very,
very best. The last five years sitting on the
back bench is rough, you know,
"And as a former teacher, 1Mr Speaker, I
sound like a rude boy who is being punished,
but that's neither here nor there. But, never-
theless, sir, my experience over those years
... has prepared me for greater service in the
future in this country. If it was not for your
commitment (Elizabeth), your love and loyalty
I would not have been here to serve. Eliza-
beth, you have shown this country your
endorsement of me as the one you wish to
carry your message. I will be your ears, I will
be your eyes and believe you me, I'll be your
mouth in and out of these honourable halls,
believe you me. Elizabeth, when the storm
was raging the mv SS Elizabeth was put out to
sea and there were those who stood on the
shore wishing that it would not reach the
shore. You stood to the left, you stood to the
right, you stood to the front and back of me,
sheltering me. The more the winds and the
rain blew, you even refused to let me get wet,
you held my hand on the wheel, keeping it
steady as we weathered the storm together.
You, Elizabeth you kept my spirit high you
told me don't worry our dingy is going to
make it to shore."
Before the sun set that evening they had
arrived safely on shore.
Mr Adderley was returned as the MP for
Elizabeth, without, according to this story,
help from his political party the PLP.
As he spoke to the House, he said his soul
was dancing. These were the parting words
of Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield, who said that
not only was his soul dancing, but that at last
it was free, when he, a cabinet minister, walked
out on Sir Lynden and the PLP. Was it with
these same words that Mr Adderley was now
saying farewell to his political party a par-
ty that had for five years suffocated his ambi-
tion to serve?


EDITOR, The Tribune
I WOULD like to say what a
wonderful paper The Tribune
is and I enjoy reading it every-
day. As a lover of history I
especially enjoy your Days
Gone by section which is fea-
tured regularly is your fine
pages. I would like to make a
suggestion for your Days Gone
By section.
How about covering the dif-
ferent Beauty Contests over
the years. In the 1960's, 1970's
and the 1980's the Pageants
were big glamorous events. In
the 1960's it took the form of a
dinner dance. There was Miss
Bahamas started in 1961 were
the winners went to Miss Uni-
verse starting in 1963. There
was Miss Jaycee Bahamas in
1966 in which the winner
Dorothy Cooper Horton
became the first Bahamian to


compete in Miss World and
then in 1968 the Miss Interna-
tional Bahamas contest was
formed and the winners
went to Miss World. A few
years later the name was
changed to Miss Common-
wealth Bahamas.
Some of the Bahamas' most
elite women entered the con-
test and only finest of people in
the society were selected as
judges. The pageant always
included top notch entertain-
ment and over the years many
prestigious out of town guests
and international celebrities
attended.
Leonora Rodgers-McCart-
ney, the first runner-up in the
first Miss Bahamas contest in
1961 later took over the crown
from Brenda Major-Barry went
on to win the Miss Pam of
Tourism contest in Haiti com-
peting against girls from The
Caribbean, Central and South
America, Canada, USA among
others. In 1972 Miss Bahamas
Deborah Taylor Meade of
Bimini placed 1st runner-up in
the Miss Tourism Caribe con-
test in Venezuela, Miss Com-
monwealth Bahamas 1979 Deb-


orah Major-Frazier was 2nd
runner-up in the Miss
Caribbean World contest in
Trinidad. Miss Bahamas 1980
Linda Teresa Smith Holowesko
won the Miss Amity Award at
the 1981 Miss Universe pageant
in New York City USA, Miss
Bahamas 1981 Ava Marilyn
Burke Thompson won the Miss
Photogenic Award at the 1982
Miss Universe pageant in Lima
Peru. Miss Commonwealth
Bahamas Jody Weech of Bimi-
ni made the top 10 at Miss
World in 1992 winning the title
Miss World Caribbean and Miss
Bahamas 2000 Nakera Simms
won the Miss Congeniality
Award at Miss Universe 2001
in Puerto Rico.
I think people would be inter-
ested to see clips from the
pageants of yesteryear. You
could maybe go from year to
year or something. It is just a
suggestion. Keep up the good
work. All the best in the future.
A LONGTIME LOYAL
FAITHFUL TRIBUNE
READER
Nassau
July, 2007


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EDITOR, The Tribune
JUDGE Anita Allen should recuse herself.
During the just concluded general election campaign we had
occasion to refer to Algernon Allen who openly showed his support
for the PLP. It will be remembered that Mr Allen as an FNM can-
didate was defeated by a "rookie" politician in the 2001 General
Elections. He subsequently went into hibernation and thereafter we
did not hear from him.
As the 2007 General Elections campaign took off Mr Allen
emerged along with other disenchanted former FNM politicians and
threw his full support with the PLP.
The FNM under the outstanding and capable leadership of Mr
Hubert Alexander Ingraham, emerged as the winners of the Gen-
eral Elections. We have since had published several reasons why the
PLP lost and we stated "when the PLP embraced those individuals
whom we would categorise as 'FNM rejects', that was a mistake
and....those individuals galvanised the FNM supporters".
At the first town meeting prior to the 2001 general elections
when a distinguished panel presented their views concerning the
proposed referendum, Archbishop Gomez expounded on "per-
ception" and was quite convinced that the referendum would fail.
In the present matter, the election court cases, we submit the fol-
lowing Judge Anita Allen is undoubtedly a very capable Judge
and is highly respected, however, we are of the view that she
should recuse herself as one of the two Judges. /
/
FRED D PHILLIPS
Nassau
July, 2007.


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o In brief

Canadian PM
lauds security
improvement
in Haiti
* HAITI
Port-au-Prince
CANADIAN Prime Minister
Stephen Harper on Friday
praised Haiti's improved securi-
ty climate but said people in the
impoverished Caribbean nation
still face "enormous challenges",
according to Associated Press.
Wrapping up a weeklong tour
of Latin America and the
Caribbean, Harper toured the
notorious Port-au-Prince slum of
Cite Soleil, which had been con-
trolled by armed gangs until UN
peacekeepers launched a fierce
crackdown earlier this year.
"It is apparent that the people
who live there feel increasingly
secure," Harper told reporters
during a joint news conference
with Haitian President Rene
Preval.
Despite the improvements,
Harper said "you see how diffi-
cult life is for most people" in
Cite Soleil, considered the poor-
est neighborhood in the Amer-
icas and where people live in
rows of dirt-floor, bullet-scarred
hovels with no electricity or run-
ning water.
"There are enormous chal-
lenges that people face," said
Harper, who was making his
first visit to the country.
Haiti is still struggling to
recover from a crippling 2004
revolt that toppled former Pres-
ident Jean-Bertrand Aristide
and prompted the deployment
of a 9,000-strong U.N. peace-
keeping force.

Police find
car of Swiss
professor in
killing probe
* JAMAICA
Kingston
A SWISS professor's sport-
utility vehicle was rcovgred"
Friday by police investigating
his possible slaying, according
to Associated Press.
The body of Peter Vogel, a
60-year-old zoologist, was found
Thursday gagged with his hands
and feet bound inside his home
on the University of the West
Indies campus in Kingston.
Sgt Radcliffe Levy said police
recovered Vogel's Suzuki
Vitara, which was missing from
his home along with a comput-
er and television.
The university said it has
assigned additional guards to
patrol the residential area of its
Mona campus at night. It said a
back door of the professor's
home was open, but there was
no sign of forced entry.
Vogel, who came to the Uni-
versity of West Indies in 1985,
specialised in the study of birds
and amphibians, including the
Jamaican iguana.

Cases of West
Nile virus
confirmed in
Puerto Rico
* PUERTO RICO
San Juan
TWO human cases of West
Nile virus have been confirmed
in Puerto Rico, and one other
probable case is awaiting final
lab tests, health officials said
Friday, according to Associated
Press.
The West Nile virus, which
was first reported in the US
Caribbean territory in 2004, was
detected when the infected peo-
ple donated blood, Health Sec-
retary Rosa Perez Perdomo
said. Since the virus can be
spread through transfusions,
blood banks screen for the mos-
quito-borne virus.
The two infected islanders,
whose identities were not dis-
closed, were Puerto Rico's first
human cases of West Nile this
year.
Government epidemiologist
Enid Garcia Rivera said the two


people from an unspecified area
on the Caribbean island's east
coast, where several birds have
recently tested positive for West
Nile, have not shown any symp-
toms of the disease.
West Nile is transmitted
through the bite of a mosquito
that has picked up the virus by
feeding on an infected bird.
Health officials say the virus
typically causes symptoms such
as fever, nausea, headache and
muscle aches in about 15 per
cent of those infected, and that
the large majority experience
no symptoms.


Healthy living



programme is



launched at Rand

* By DENISE MAYCOCK ability for this year's new and guidelines they can follow.
Tribune Freeport Reporter healthy initiative. "We are seeking to partner
"This week, we are getting with the Grand Bahama Can-
FREEPORT The number set by further advertising, com- cer Society, GB Diabetic and
of hypertensive and renal municating and continuing the the GB Heart associations, as
patients coming in to the Rand registration of the programme well as with various institutions
Memorial Hospital is increas- in Grand Bahama ... so that such as health spas and clubs,
ing on an almost daily basis, it when the minister says go at and gyms," she said.
was revealed yesterday. the end of this week, we will be Ms Clarke also noted that a
In the effort to combat the ready to begin our 100-day number of activities will be
poor lifestyle choices that can milestone in Grand Bahama. implemented, including a
lead to these illnesses, hospital "This effort challenges not 'water day', 'fruit day', 'read
officials announced plans for only the community, but the the label day', a healthy lifestyle
the launch of the 100-day community health leaders to exhibition and a health walk.
Healthy Lifestyle Challenge get in the trenches and active- Ms Kemp said that dietitians
on Grand Bahama. ly work alongside with the indi- will conduct nutrition screen-
At a press conference held viduals and groups toward ings by looking at the BMI
a' the Rand, hospital adminis- changing the practice of the (body mass index) healthy
trator Sharon Williams intro- way we live for a healthier weight status for height.
duced committee members for future," she said. They will look at social his-
the new health initiative, which Nursing officer Yvonne tory, family and past medical
will be officially launched by Clarke, co-ordinator for history, and also carry out a
Minister of Health Dr Hubert Healthy Lifestyle, said that nutritional assessment.
Minnis. preliminary work is underway "We will teach people the
Betty Kemp, dietitian at in Grand Bahama, where they skills necessary to select foods
Grand Bahama Health Ser- are looking for groups to reg- that will make for a healthier
vices, said: "Everyday within ister for the 'healthy dozen diet, and teach them how to
the hospital here we are greet- club' challenge. read food labels. They will
ed by a whole lot of newly dis- She said the groups can con- understand the caloric intake
covered hypertensive patients, sist of any number of persons, from food, what the salt con-
and more and more everyday and each group member must tent is, and what the dietary
we are seeing a whole lot of fill out a registration form. fiber content is of the food
renal patients, to persons with Once persons are registered, they eat," she said.
kidney disease, resulting from they will undergo a screening Ms Kemp said that it is
uncontrollable hypertension process conducted by healthy important that persons drink
and diabetes." lifestyle committee members. lots of water, and downsize
Ms Williams said that a 10- Participants will be issued a their food portion size to avoid
member committee has been healthy dozen club passport overeating, which is the main
appointed with the responsi- which consists of health tips cause of obesity.
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CABLE Bahamas has
boosted Bahamian culture with
an investment in young actors
through its Cable Cares pro-
gramme.
The company said it con-
tributed "a significant dona-
tion" to Track Road Theatre's
Drama Rama summer camp
this year.
The organisation has been a
leading contributor to the sum-
mer camp in all three years
that it has been held.
"The latest donation was
enough to sponsor 10 of the
25 young actors enrolled in
Drama Rama," said the com-
pany in a statement. "The
camp introduces children
from age five to 16 to stage
acting and set design. The stu-
dents will present four origi-
nal skits in the camp's closing
show on July 26 at Worker's
House."
The show, entitled "Hear
Me Out," will focus on posi-


* PICTURED (from left) receiving a donation for the camp
from Keith Wisdom, director of public affairs at Cable
Bahamas, are Track Road Theatre representatives Matthew
Kelly, Ebony Johnson and Demetra Rolle


tive ways to resolve conflicts
within Bahamian society. It is


scheduled to begin at 8pm on
Thursday.


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Two hundred new slips are




added to landmark marina


ALICE Town, Bimini A
landmark marina that host-
ed the rich and famous has
been reconstructed and
expanded.
The new Browns Hotel
and Marina officially com-
missioned 200 slips on Sat-
urday with Tourism and
Aviation Minister of State,
Branville McCartney, who
hailed it as "a big step" in
the revitalisafion of this leg-
endary community.
Accompanied by director
of civil aviation Cyril Saun-
ders and Tourism and Avia-
tion's Under Secretary Lor-
raine Armbrister, Mr
McCartney used the occa-
sion to meet with stake-
holders in Bimini's tourism
and aviation affairs.
"I listened attentively to
the concerns of Biminites,"
said Mr McCartney. "I
heard from hoteliers and
investors, local and interna-
tional.

Prospers

"It is our desire to do the
very best we can to ensure
that Bimini prospers to the
fullest, even surpassing its
internationally renowned
past glory.
"We all appreciate the
confidence Stanley Levine
and Bimini Heritage have
expressed in Alice Town's
renewal. We look forward
to the completion of the
project. assisting where we
can."
The site of the new
Browns Hotel and Marina
has a long history. Big game
fishing pioneer Harcourt
Brown, of Bailey Town,
Bimini built the original
Browns Marina in 1933. The
wooden dock was made of
planks salvaged from the old
Bimini Rod and Gun Club.


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N MR MCCARTNEY takes part in the ceremonial ribbon cutting official opening Browns
Hotel and Marina's 200 new slips. Pictured from left are Bimini Heritage director Bruce Oiu4.
Kathryn Orosz. Minister McCartne). Stanle. Levine. President Bimini Heritage: and Greg
Roberts of Big John's.
(Photo: Mendell Rolle


The new Bro\wns is the
centre piece of plans to revi-
talise downtown n Alice
To"n. NMr Levine, president
of Bimini Heritage, said he
%\as inspired b .,his "passion
and love tor Bimini. for the
Bimini people, and the
Bimini culture." A lawyer-
businessman. he has been a


frequent visitor to the island
for many years
-This is the culmination
of a lot of %work and a lot of
vision., he said. "We are
ver\ mindful of the history
and heritage of Bimini.
"*As -we mo\e on to the
future %with new buildings
and the amenities that are


going to eo with it lor ith.
community this dJ\ Iill be
recorded. I hope. as a turn-
ing point tor the i .iltalh.t-
tion of Alice To\' n. and that
the glory da\s arr. rL oi1m1 It,
be here acain and it i, Lo'ini
to be-for and ilh t hi the .i -
m unity."
The first marin, in the
harbour, the ne%% Bro'\\n
%ill feature lu\ur\ boutiquc-
style lodging and 17 one.
two and three-bedroom con-
dominium hotel apartmicinti
The marina slips will be cun-
nected to their adjacent
properties by a 300-foot
boardwalk.

Historian

The original Browns was
one of the first to offer
dockage to big game fisher-
men in the Bimini, recalled
local historian and poet
Ashley Saunders.
"It was here at Browns
Marina where Ernest Hem-
min'gway, the greatest
American writer of the 20th
century, docked his boat
Pilar when he visited Bimini
for the first time in 1935.
"In fact," Saunders
explained, "the first section
of Hemmingway's book
'Islands in the Stream' was
set in Bimini much of it writ-
ten right here at Brown's
Marina.
"Hemmingway loved to
fish and hunt and at Bimini
he was the first to land a
tuna that was not mutilated
by sharks. He was always


STANLEY Levine (centre), president of Bimini Heritage
shows Tourism and Aviation Minister of State Branville McCart-
ney (left) what the new Browns Hotel and Marina will eventu-
ally look like. Also pictured is Kathryn Orosz.
(Photo: Mendell Rolle)


landing big fish and those
big fish were brought right
here at Browns Marina.
"As he wrote about these
catches and about Browns
Marina, the publicity attract-
ed other anglers here.
"Bimini became the play-
ground for the rich and
famous."
Civil rights leader Martin
Luther King, Jr, reportedly
penned his famous 'I have a
dream' speech here; the
international media pursued
US congressman Adam
Clayton Powell here; it was
here world records in game
fishing were set and broken.
"Bimini has always been
in the vanguard of tourism
in the Bahamas," said Mr
McCartney.
"Investors, domestic and
international, believe in


Bimini. The government
believes in Bimini.
"Bimini is set to surpass
its past glory. And it is my
duty to ensure that no stone
is left unturned in the ful-
fillment of that quest."

Tourists

Biminites, he said, are piv-
otal in this mission. "Noth-
ing can happen here with-
out your co-operation," he
told them. "I encourage you
to tap into the more than
$1.5 billion tourists spend in
our country every year.
"Continue to polish this
jewel of Bahamaland so that
it can sparkle even brighter
in the sunshine of this new
dispensation," Mr. McCart-
ney said.


BIMINI vendor in the new
Craft Centre, Cleola Hanna, fits
Tourism and Aviation Minister
of State Branville McCartney
with a straw hat.
(Photo: Mendell Rolle)

E TOURISM and Aviation
Minister of State Branville
McCartney met with Bimini air-
port security staff. Pictured
from right are director of civil
aviation Cyril Saunders, Mr
McCartney, undersecretary Lor-
raine Armbrister, Antionette
Stuart of the Bimini Tourist
Office, and security personnel
Letesha Kelly and Khenra
Williams.
(Photo: Mendell Rolle)


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0 In brief

Anguilla
delays talks
on autonomy
from Britain
* ANGUILLA
The Valley
ANGUILLA'S chief minis-
ter on Friday postponed talks
aimed at seeking greater inde-
pendence from Britain, saying
the tiny island's inhabitants
need more time to understand a
constitutional reform process,
according to Associated Press.
Osbourne Fleming's
announcement came days
before Anguilla's leaders were
to negotiate with officials from
the UK Foreign arid Common-
wealth Office to review the ter-
ritory's status.
He said the island's 13,000
inhabitants need more time to
learn about the constitutional
reform process.
"There are serious implica-
tions for this move and we need
to address them collectively
before the British team arrives
here," Fleming said. "The peo-
ple have not been fully
addressed."
He did not say when the
negotiations would take place.
Earlier Friday, about 200
islanders marched to the office
of the London-appointed gov-
ernor to deliver a petition call-
ing for a referendum on a new
constitution.
UK officials have said
Anguilla may propose any con-
stitutional change, but Britain
'would retain the power to pre-
serve good governance, judicial
independence and ensure com-
pliance with international oblig-
ations.


INSIGHT

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Insight on
Mo days


FNM's commitment to ZNS




independence is reiterated


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE final transition of ZNS
into an independent public
broadcast station and the pass-
ing of a Freedom of Informa-
tion Act will be just two of
many hallmark achievements
Bahamians can look forward
to under the FNM government,
Labour and Maritime Minister
Dion Foulkes said..
Addressing the Senate yes-
terday evening, Mr Foulkes, in
his contribution to the Speech
from the Throne debate, out-
lined his government's plans
for deepening democracy in
the Bahamas.
"Just as the FNM did in our
last term in government, we
will significantly enhance the
democratic freedoms of the
Bahamian people," he said.
Leading up to the election,
Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing said that trans-
forming ZNS into an indepen-
dent and educational television


* DION Foulkes


station was among the many
goals of the FNM.
In addition to future plans,
for ZNS and the introduction
of the Freedom of Information
Act, the FNM will also broad-
en local government in the
Family Islands and New Prov-
idence, Mr Foulkes said.
In terms of social develop-
ment, the'senator said, his gov-
ernment has proposed "a dra-


matic increase in educational
funding and understands that
education is one of the primary
tools for social development."
"Our renaming of the Min-
istry of Social Services as the
Ministry of Social Develop-
ment signals our commitment
to a bolder, more comprehen-
sive social policy for the coun-
try," he said.
The new social policy, he
explained, will include innova-
tive approaches to youth devel-
opment, urban renewal, and
the quality and delivery of
social services.
"We will (also) seek a greater
national consensus on national
health insurance and respond
accordingly," he added.
Another field that the FNM
will be concentrating on, Sena-
tor Foulkes said, will be that
of environmental stewardship
"We have no doubt that the
FNM did more in 10 years for
the natural environment than the
PLP did in 30 years in office. But
that does not mean that we can


Police investigate apparent drownings


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Police in the
northern region are investigat-
ing two separate apparent
drowning incidents over the
weekend one near Bimini
and the other just off Abaco.
An American diver was pro-
nounced dead around 2pm on
Sunday follow wing a diving expe-
dition in altersrs about five miles
off Moore's Island. Abaco.
Chief Suprintendent of
Police Basil Rahming report-
ed that the victim was identi-
fied as 41-year-old Ralph
Giampaolo Pomeroy, a resi-
dent of Miami. Florida, and
Little Harbour. Cherokee
Sound, Abaco.
Mi Rahming said the inci-
dent occurred sometime
around 1pm when four per-
sons, including the victim, were
engaged in a diving expedition


in waters off Snake Rock.
While diving, Mr Pomeroy
reportedly experienced some
difficulties and had to be assist-
ed to the surface. He was placed
aboard the expedition vessel
and ferried to the mainland.
He was rushed to the Marsh
Harbour Government Clinic,
where he was pronounced dead
at 2pm by the local doctor.
The body has been flown to
New Providence, where an
autopsy will be performed to
determine the cause of death.
Foul play is not suspected at
this time, police say.
Officers are also investigat-
ing an apparent drowning at
Cat Cay off the coast of Bimini,
where the body of Haitian
worker was discovered float-
ing on Sunday evening ....
According to reports, the
body of 37-year-old Dieuseial
Lorfils, a Haitian expatriate
worker at Cat Cay, was found


around 5pm on Sunday on the
northeastern end of the island
by a fellow employee.
Lorfils, of Latortue, Haiti,
had just ended his work day
and had reportedly left the job
site.
His body was pulled ashore
and the police were immedi-
ately notified of the incident.
Supt Rahming said officers
were dispatched by boat from
Bimini.
He said they found no visible
injuries were seen on the body,
which was pronounced dead
by a doctor on Cat Cay.
The body was transported to
North Bimini and taken to the
government clinic, where
arrangements were made to
transport it to Nassau so that
an autopsy can be performed
to determine the cause of
death.
Mr Rahming said foul play is
not suspected at this time.


rest on our green laurels. There is
much more to do," he said.
Mr Foulkes reiterated that the
government has committed itself
to sustainable development and
a strong "green" agenda in the
Speech from the Throne.
"This must include making
the government more energy


efficient, pursuing more renew-
able energy sources for the
country, enhancing the nation's
capacity for environmental pro-
tection, arresting various forms
of pollution. and educating a
new generation about the envi-
ronmental treasures of our
Bahamaland," he said.


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Tribute to Dr. Anthony Regis
Lecturer-UWI Clinical Programme, Bahamas
















The UWI Clinical Programme and the wider UWI
Falculties of Medicine in Barbados,
Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago share in the loss of
Dr. Anthony Regis, a dedicated and beloved teacher,
colleague, and friend. Our profound sympathy goes
to his wife Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis, his children,
grandchildren, relatives and friends.

May his soul rest in peace.

Professor -Hvard W. Spencer
Director, Ui'e rsty Coordinator


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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2007, PAGE 9


Weekend police operation


SEARCHES CONDUCTED IN AREA SURROUNDING SPORTS CENTRE
OVER the weekend the
polke conducted an operation :
in ihc area surrounding the
Queen Elizabeih Sports Cen-
ire. %\here an 18-eajr-old man '
"i shot and killed earlier thi '
month .
Olhcers searched a number .
oL pL rsons and vehicles on tihe ;
sLjene T u persons ere 4 :
arrested in connection Vilh
e disco., r o a small
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three %ere arrested in con- ,'
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arrested in connection ith
the discolen of irnitalion fie-
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the disco\cr. of kniEws and
ih!ree for immigration pur-
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15 motorbikes off the street
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sears

questions
FROM page one
ma" to himself and his family.
"I immediately contacted
the pathologist at the Rand
Hospital, Mr Jacardi and
asked him about the condi-
tions at the morgue. He
promised to check into it and
get back to me. Shortly there-
after a Mr Capalito called me
and informed me that there
had been a malfunction at the
morgue.
"I called the Minister of
Health that very evening, my
parliamentary colleague, and
advised him of this shocking
state of affairs, and asked him.
to investigate the matter and
let me know the outcome. He
promised to ask Mr Hubert
Brown to investigate the mat-
ter and he would get back to
me. In the past five days I
have not heard from the Min-
ister of Health," he said.
Mr Sears then asked for the
Minister of Health, Dr Hubert
Minnis to explain to the
House of Assembly how the'
refrigeration system in the
morgue could break down for
more than 24 hours without
it being discovered and recti-
fied.
Mr Sears also asked why a
request for assistance-was not
made to the private funeral
homes all of which had
adequate and functioning.
morgue facilities.
Dr Minnis stood following
Mr Sear's statement and said
that Mr Sears was "exagger-
ating" the circumstances sur-
rounding the incident with the
Rand Memorial Hospital's
morgue.
Dr Minnis said that the
freezer had a leak of freon
that was immediately discov-
ered.
"It was immediately
repaired and the Rand
morgue is completely func-
tional," he said.


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or surface, samples.
The "deep" specimens are now being
analysed to determine what may have
caused the outbreak, and what remediation
efforts should be carried out.
Mr Deveaux would not say when the
results of the probe might be back. He
mentioned, however, that it is possible that
the death of Dr Dahl Regis' husband last
week may potentially cause some delays.
The Horseshoe Drive site has become a
source of political contention since the
May 2nd election.
Officials from the Ingraham-administra-
tion have suggested that the site of the
school may be a toxic waste hazard.


Kozeny in court


FROM page one

bribery and money laundering
charges. Kozeny, 44, was
released from Fox Hill prison
on $300,000 bail in April.
Yesterday Kozeny's defence
team led by Clive Nicholls, QC,
appeared before Supreme
Court Justice Jon Isaacs and
began making their submissions
over a habeas corpus applica-
tion.
Mr Nicholls firstly outlined
the grounds on which Kozeny
was seeking relief. Mr Nicholls
asserted that following Kozeny's
committal hearing, the magis-
trate made several errors in her
ruling. He also stated that the
proceedings should be stayed
on the grounds that it was an
abuse to the court process. Mr
Nicholls also said that Kozeny
should be discharged on the
grounds that in all circum-
stances it would be unjust to
extradite him in considering the
amount of time that has passed
since the offences were report-
edly committed. He also con-
tended that Kozeny should be
discharged because the accusa-
tions made against him were
-not made in good faith with the
intent of justice.
In his submissions Mr
Nicholls noted that Kozeny is


wanted by US authorities for
violating the Foreign Corrupt
Practices Act which makes
bribery of a foreign official an
offence. Mr Nicholls argued
however that Kozeny was nei-
ther a US resident nor citizen.
Mr Nicholls further argued that
the requesting state has not
established that Kozeny has
committed an offence under US
law.
He also noted that the
Bahamas has never made itself
a party to a convention affecting
trans-national bribery.
Viktor Kozeny was arrested
at his Lyford Cay home on
October 5, 2005 just a few hours
before being indicted on a long
list of bribery and money laun-
dering charges by the US Dis-
trict court in Manhattan.
Kozeny and his co-accused
Frederic Bourke Jr and David
Pinkerton have been charged
in the United States with con-
spiracy to violate the Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act. US
authorities claim that Kozeny
and his co-accused bribed senior
government officials of the for-
mer Soviet Republic of Azer-
baijan in an effort to gain an
unfair advantage during the pri-
vatization of the state-owned
oil company. Czech authorities
also want Kozeny to face fraud
charges.


FROM e one


Illness probe
In a May 3rd letter from the operations
manager of E R Hanna construction com-
pany to the Ministry of Works, the man-
ager called on the government to fully
inspect the site and provide them with a
report of the findings, after workers suf-
fered skin rashes and various stomach ail-
ments, including cramps and vomiting, over
a period of months while working on the
site.
In a statement in June, Education Min-
ister Carl Bethel indicated that the school
would not be ready for September and it is
uncertain if the school will be built on the
same grounds because of the toxic


FROM page one

edition, which following their arrest, was
granted by Attorney General of the
Bahamas.
Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Jthie'2001
committed the three men into custody to
await extradition.
The US based their extradition request
principally on evidence which was given in
an affidavit from an accomplice of three
men, Herbert Hanna.
In the affidavit, Hanna gave a damning
account of the three men's involvement in
the conspiracy.
"Thousands of pounds of cocaine were
found, millions of US dollars of cash," the
Privy Council said in its judgment.
However, Supreme Court Justice Isaacs
ruled that the committal orders for the three


Privy Council
men were void because Magistrate Bethel
made a mistake in allowing the affidavit to
be .admitted as evidence.
Justice Isaacs stated in his ruling that
Magistrate Bethel "erred in law when she
held that the evidence of Hanna was direct
evidence and, hence, admissible as evidence
of the applicants' upon the form of words
used by Mr Hanna in his affidavit as a pre-
lude to giving his detailed account of the
conspiracy: 'I am a source of information for
the US Drug Enforcement Administra-
tion...On August 9, 2000, I provided the
following evidence.'."
Justice Isaacs said that this was evidence
of what Hanna had informed the authorities
about, but not evidence of the facts con-
tained in the information, the Privy Coun-


KEMP'S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED
22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas



HELEN ELIZABETH INEZ REES, 85

of Eastern Road,
Nassau, The Bahamas
.,A passed away at her
home on Friday, 20th
July, 2007 after a short
r illness.

,. Daughter of the late
. I e Dr. A Hugh Johnson
and Mrs Dora Agnes
Johnson, she is survived by her husband
Colyn Lewellyn Rees of Marsh Harbour,
Abaco; three sons, Colyn Thomas Albert
Rees, Robert Alday Rees and William James
Alexander Rees; three daughters-in-law,
Melanie Rees, Kimberly Yvette Rees and
Donna Elizabeth Rees; six grandchildren,
William James Alexander Rees II, David
Jonathan Rees, Adam Robert Rees,
Christopher Colyn Rees,.Michelle Elizabeth
Rees and Emily Carolin Rees, and four
cousins, Renee Lowe, Janet Brown, Peter
Thompson and Jimmy Thompson and many
special friends.

A private family interment service will be
held at the Western Cemetery, Nassau Street.

Instead of flowers the family request that
donations be sent to the Bahamas Humane
Society, P.O. Box N-242, Nassau, The
Bahamas in memory of Ms Helen E.I. Rees.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
1 imited
\I


cil stated., .
The US launched a successful appeal
against Justice Isaacs' ruling and the Coun
of Appeal and Gibson was eventually re,
arrested.
The -Privy, Council yesterday ruled that
although Justice Isaas'.judgment could nqt
possibly be supported, the US had rio legg,
right to appeal the judgment in the Court 9
Appeal.
"There can be no getting away from thel
fact that this appellant is wrongly impris-
oned through the misunderstanding or mis-i
application of the law by the Court of
Appeal with regard to rights of appeal
under the Bahamian legislation then in
force.
"According to law, the Court of Appeaij
had no jurisdiction to entertain the USAis
appeal, however meritorious that appeal1
was," the Privy Council ruled. I


KEMP'S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED.
22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas





MRS. OLIVE BEATRICE MORE -


David Moree, Sr.;


of Windsor Estates,
Nassau, The
Bahamas will be
held at Glad Tidings
Tabernacle, Kemp
Road, Nassau on
Tuesday, 24th July,
2007 at 4:00 p.m.

Mrs. Moree is
survived by her
husband, Captain
two children, David


Jr. and Marilyn Moree; adopted daughter,
Yvonne Roberts; adopted son, Woodrow
Barnett; two daughters-in-law, Sally and
Anne-Marie Moree; three grandchildren,
Claire, Donald and Beth Moree; four
nieces, Sadie Lowe, Irene Thopson,
Juanita Eldridge and Maria Sampey;
three nephews, Charles, Rudolph and
Harry Hall. Other relatives and friends,
including Ena Braynen, Elva Sweeting,
Mike and Helen Martinborough, Etoile
Cartwright and caregiver, Millicent
Scott.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau,
N.P., The Bahamas.


Crown land
FROM page one
Bahamian stakeholders and stock owners, small business
people and larger scale entrepreneurs have access to the
opportunities they need to create their own wealth, secure their
unique dreams and advance the common good," he said.
Mr Foulkes said that if "we are serious about greater
Bahamian ownership and management of this economy, one
of these goals must be an emphasis on ongoing training, pro-
fessionalism and civility."
"In this speech we rededicate ourselves to ensuring that
greater shares of the dynamic engines of our economy -
tourism, financial services and maritime affairs are managed
and owned by a more educated, healthier and productive
people," he said..
The senator emphasised that Bahamians must vigorously
identify and cultivate the linkages between these and other sec-
tors.
As an example he named luxury yachting as an opportunity
for a successful business venture.
"High end yachters, who wish to sail our waters and visit our
islands, should not only find here a pristine natural environ-
ment. They should also find a financial services and mar-
itime industry climate which encourages them to register,
insure, berth and repair their yachts in the Bahamas.
"On their dining room tables should be fresh fruit, vegeta-
bles, seafood and other foods purchased from Bahamian
farmers and fishermen," he said.
Scores of Bahamians, Senator Foulkes said, are about to
become greater owners of the country's economy because of
the policies the FNM government is initiating through the
Speech from the Throne.
"The FNM is committed to a fairer national investment pol-
icy and a more balanced playing field for Bahamian investors
and entrepreneurs.
"Towards this end we will streamline the licensing process
for various industries, simplify the Government Loan Guar-
antee Programme for small and medium sized businesses
and review the tax structure payable on undeveloped Bahami-
an real estate held by foreign persons," he said.


i Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026



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 Church,
Collins Ave. Pastor
Allen Lee will
V s 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, Lorna 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
Hospital.

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. There will be no viewing at
the church.


concerns.
Prior to the release of the letter from
the construction company by Mr Deveaux,
former minister of works, Bradley Roberts
alleged that the current government's stop-
page of work on the site is simply an
attempt to "demonise the Christie admin-
istration...and to put fear in the minds of
parents, teachers, students and the public
without a shred of plausible evidence."
Mr Roberts put the health concerns
down to an "'infestation of monkey
tamarind" in the area, covered over during
the excavation of the site.
However, yesterday Mr Deveaux has
described this claim as a "farce", and yes-
terday said he can state "categorically"
that monkey tamarind is not at the source
of the problem.


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In early July, defending his governmen-
t's stoppage of work on the school in the
face of criticism from Mr Roberts, Mr
Deveaux said that his government would
have been "irresponsible to have ignored
what the contractor had to say."
He added: "To suggest otherwise is noth-
ing but callous disregard for the workers at
the site and thousands of Bahamian chil-
dren who would attend that school."
Mr Roberts, however, has stated that
since portions of the old T G Glover school.
were located on the site for many year,
with students using the vacant section for
sporting activities, "logic would
dictate...that evidence of the same (prdb-
lems) would have manifested itself over;
these years a long time ago" if the site
were a toxic hazard. /


Morton Salt

FROM page one

Sunday that a guard was alerted by an
employee who noticed a fire in the park'
ing lot near the vehicles. The employee,
called the security guard and used a fire
extinguisher to put the fire out. I,
"Executives, including our safety
manager Mr Etienne Farquharson and
the police have inspected the scene. T,7,
police are now investigating the matter
and we are hoping to receive a prelinm,-
inary report soon. Once we find the.
person or persons who are responsible,
they will be prosecuted to the fullet,
extent of the law," Mr Moultrie said.-,,
Mr Moultrie added that Mort9,
Bahamas fully expects that back pay
for 2005, 2005, and 2007 will be district
uted by the end of the week. )
On July 11, 2007, Morton signed, a
new bargaining agreement with tle
Bahamas Industrial, Manufacturers and
Allied Workers Union. The temporal.
layoffs are an accepted part of the newy,
industrial agreement, which recognize
the company's right to lay off employees
during times of excessive rainfall ai,
other natural disasters. D'
According to the statement froxi
Morton, all 52 employees received the
required two weeks notice of lay-offg
which began on July 16,2007.
These workers are expected to return
to the plant on August 7, 2007. Mortqo
Bahamas Ltd produces an average p9
1.2 million tons of salt annually for
export.






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Venezuela's Chavez says constitutional



reform will respect private property
res 4 t poet


*VENEZUELA
,Caracas
-PRESIDENT Hugo Chavez
assured private property owners
their rights will be guaranteed in
Venezuela under a pending
constitutional reform, as long
as proprietors and investors
respect the law, according to
AJsociated Press.
"Some citizens continue argu-
ing in a dogmatic manner that
socialism negates private prop-
erty. No, our socialism accepts
.ivate property," Chavez said
inhcomments published Sunday
61 the website of Union Radio.
fat'ss only that this private prop-
erty must be within the frame-
Wbrk of the constitution."
'i$Ie did not elaborate, saying
ofily that he would present his
iAform proposal to lawmakers
iff the coming weeks. Few
40tails have emerged from a
-ecial executive committee
it Chavez has appointed to
draft a proposal for overhaul-
ig the country's charter.
',Government opponents
a cuse Chavez a close ally of
Cuban leader Fidel Castro of
steering this oil-rich South
knerican nation toward Cuba-
kfrle communism. Many
wealthy Venezuelans fear sec-
diod homes, yachts or other
assets could be seized as he
i8vances his Bolivarian Revo-
ution, a movement named after
South American independence
fIro Simon Bolivar.
5fChavez denies copying
favana's economic model,
countering that Venezuela's
forthcoming socialist reforms
Will broaden the concept of
ovnership while gradually
fiidermining the influence of
capitalism.
Under one initiative, state-
financed cooperatives will oper-
rte under a new concept of
Collective property" in which
workers would share profits, but
details of the plan have yet to be
revealed.
18The state-run Boliv'ar'ianY"
News Agency quoted, Chavez
% saying public school tef:-"
6boks should be rewritten to


curb what he perceives as the
influence of capitalist ideals and
US cultural domination.
"We must hurry up with the
revision of the texts because
they accuse us of indoctrination.
Well, yes, because this is an ide-
ological war," he said. "From
McDonald's, from Superman
comes the ideology that
destroys people and erases cul-
ture."
Speaking during his weekly
radio and television program
"Hello President" on Sunday,
Chavez also announced an ini-
tiative to slash the salaries of
Venezuela's top public servants.
"I'm going to begin a fight
against thd mega-salaries,"
Chavez said, adding that no
public servant should make
more than US$7,000 a month.
Most Venezuelans make mini-
mum wage roughly US$250 a
month ..
Reducing the pay of top gov-
ernment officials has become a
popular move in Latin America.
The presidents Nicaragua,
Bolivia, Peru and Costa Rica
recently cut salaries, including
their own, in response to wide-
spread criticism.
In his typically wide-ranging
television program, Chavez also
said Castro recently warned him
to take precautions against pos-
sible US-backed assassination
attempts.
He said Cuba's 80-year-old
"Maximum Leader" gave him
a copy of former CIA Director
George Tenet's recently pub-
lished memoir and told him:
"'Read it, Chavez, because that
is the most perfect killing
machine ever invented and I'm
a survivor ... I survived more
than 600 (assassination)
attempts.'"
"The CIA is everywhere,"
said Chavez, who has repeated-
ly warned that US President
George W Bush could order
him killed.
US law has forbidden assas-
sination attempts since the
21970s, and Washington denies
the US government has
attempted to kill Castro since
then.


I IN this picture released by Miraflores Press Office, .... .. .. A '
Oenezuela's President Hugo Chavez looks at a map during his
weekly broadcast "Alo Presidente" in Caracas on Sunday
(AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office)


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Ritz-Carlton


developer


leases old


Yacht Club

By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
THE proposed Ritz-Carlton Resort
for Rose Island has leased the old Nas-
sau Yacht Club on East Bay Street,
with the intention of converting it into
an arrival and departure lounge for
guests going to the property.
Russell Miller, the resort's general
manager, yesterday confirmed that the
Ritz-Carlton has taken the lease on the
building directly across from the Har-
bour Bay Shopping Centre's East Bay
Street entrance.
The developers plan to conduct
extensive renovations and turn it into
the gateway for guests to be ferried to
and from the multi-million dollar Rose
Island resort.
Mr Miller told The Tribune that the
East Bay Street property has some 40
rooms, which will in the first instance
be converted into suitable housing for
construction workers, with six offices
for management.
I Eventually, the property's rooms will
be converted into 20 suites and rented
out, he explained.
Sources had also told Tribune Busi-
ness that the Ritz Carlton was looking
to acquire parking space at the Nation-
al Centre for the Performing Arts on
Shirley Street for employee parking.
When fully operational, the Ritz-
Carlton resort will employ between
600-800 full-time staff, who will need to
be ferried across to Rose Island and
back in three trips per day, given the
three shifts worked by resort workers.
Ritz-Carlton is also understood to
.. be seeking to build a two-storey park-
ing lot on part of the National Centre
for the Performing Arts' parking lor,
similar to the parking deck Kerzner
International has built for its employees
on Paradise Island.
However, Mr Miller said yesterday
he could comment on that issue.
The Ritz-Carlton's plans are similar
to those that Kerzner International had
initial contemplated. The Atlantis and
One & Only Ocean Club owner had
looked at constructing employee park-
ing on Shirley Street where the Thomp-
son Trading building is, then bussing
employees over to Paradise Island, but
never followed through with its plans.


'Double





tourism


-digit'





Decline


* Hotel chief says numbers 'a wake-up call' for Bahamas, as can no longer assume it leads Caribbean
Cruise arrivals slump 17 per cent in April, with Nassau/Paradise Island off 20 per cent
Tourist arrivals fall 15 per cent and 11 per cent in April and May


* By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
Total tourist arrivals to the
Bahamas slumped by
alarming double-digit
numbers during April
and May 2007, falling by
15 per cent and 11 per cent respec-
tively, statistics that showed this
nation's competitive advantage in its
key industry is neing rapidly eroded.
Ministry of Tourism showed that
total arrivals to Nassau and Paradise
Island during April 2007 were down.
significantly by 16 per cent, while total
arrivals to Grand Bahama fell by 11


per cent and the Family Islands saw a
14 per cent decrease.
Particularly alarming were the
decline in cruise ship arrivals for that
month, with the number of cruise vis-
itors to the Bahamas in total down by
17 per cent, and those to Nassau/Par-
adise Island down by 20 per cent (see
story on page 5).
For the five months ending on May
2007, the number of higher spending
air arrivals to the Bahamas were down
by 7 per cent. Air arrivals to Nas-
sau/Paradise Island were down by 9
per cent; Grand Bahama by 5 per cent;
Cat Island by 19 per cent; Exuma by 7
per cent; Inagua by 22 per cent; and


San Salvador 10 per cent.
Combined air and sea arrivals to
May 2007 were down by 6 per cent,
with Nassau/Paradise Island experi-
encing a 6 per cent decline; GraAd
Bahama down by 13 per cent; and the
Family Islands off by 2 per cent.
On the cruise visitors side, cruise
arrivals in total to May 2007 were
down by 5 per cent. Nassau/Paradise
Island was off by 5 per cent; Grand
Bahama was down 15 per cent; and
the Family Islands were down on 2006
by 17 per cent.
Russell Miller, the Bahamas Hotel
Association's (BHA) president, said
the visitor declines were a wake-up


call for the Bahamas, adding that
Bahamians can no longer assume they
have a competitive advantage over
other Caribbean countries.
Mr Miller said: "We have to wake
up and realise that there is real com-
petition out there, and we have to pay
attention to these indicators that peo-
ple are coming here, not enjoying their
stay and choosing not to return."
While he acknowledged that the
Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
(WHTI) was partly responsible for the
decline, a larger effect was that other

SEE page 5


Government 'unlikely' to appeal Home Centre ruling


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Government is
"unlikely" to appeal the
Supreme Court ruling per-
mitting Freep6rf Concrete's
Home Centre retail outlet to
bring in its in entry entirely
bonded, the minister of state
for finance saying yesterday
that a "lawful arrangement"
could be worked out to pro-
tect government revenues.
"The matter is still being
reviewed and it is unlikely
that an appeal will happen,"
Zhivargo Laing fold The Tri-
bune yesterday, when ques-
tioned on the issue.
"We're satisfied there can
be an arrangement between
the Government, the Grand


Bahama Port Authority and.
businesses in Freeport that
will be able to ensure compli-
ance with the law.
"Once that working
arrangement is taking place,
we're satisfied nothing unto-
ward would be adversely
impacting on government rev-
enues arising out of
Freeport."
Mr Laing indicated that the
Government did not want to
implement measures or take
any action that might damage
the still-fragile Freeport econ-
omy, which is still trying to
recover from the 2004 closure
of the Royal Oasis and loss
of 1300 jobs. *
His comments are likely to
delight' Port Authority
licensees, especially whole-


ZHIVARGO LAING
sales, as the absence of an
appeal will clear another
obstacle to them being able
to bring in their inventory
entirely bonded, without hav-


ing to pre-pay customs duties.
Insisting that any solution
and definitive policy on bond-
ed goods and 'over-the-
counter' bonded goods sales
"has to be compliant with the
law", Mr Laing added that the
Government wanted "to be
sure to facilitate business
development and growth" in
Freeport.
"We're not interested in
being a hindrance to business
growth and development in
Freeport; we want to assist
business development and
growth in Freeport," the min-
ister of state for finance
added.
It also appears that the
Government has being listen-
ing to calls by licensees, most
notably Chamber of Com-


merce president Christopher
Lowe, for there to be a tri-
partite meeting between
GBPA licensees, the GBPA
and the Ministry of
Finance/Customs Department
to work out standard policies
and procedures for the bond-
ed goods regime's operation -
to the mutual satisfaction of
all concerned.
Mr Laing said the Govern-
ment planned to meet with
the GBPA and licensees
"sooner rather than later" to
address this issue, and hoped
"within the next two weeks"
to hold the first meetings that
would to the development of
just such a standard policy.

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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THERE are potentially 60
bidders for the six specialist
retail kiosk concessions at Lyn-
den Pindling International Air-
port that have been put out to
tender, The Tribune was told
yesterday, with the volume of
passengers passing through the


airport projected to grow by an
average 3.2 per cent per annum
between now and 2015.
The Nassau Airport Devel-
opment Company (NADC),
which is now responsible for all
operations at Lynden Pindling
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Today's column is
inspired by the arti-
cle Can America
Compete by Geof-
frey Colvin, which appeared in
the July 25, 2005, edition of
Fortune Magazine.
The thrust of the article is
that even though the US is still
the world's biggest and
strongest economy by far, long-
term it is losing this position
of economic dominance to
emerging economies such as
China and India (both of
whom now have a population
of one billion).
Big business is and has
been borderless for a long


time now, and while globalisa-
tion creates market opportu-
nities for US companies there
are also negative side effects.
For instance, companies such
as Coca-Cola, Proctor & Gam-
ble and Texas Instruments are
said to "already do most of
their business and employ most
of their workers outside of the
US". If the trend continues
unfettered, clearly it has enor-
mous implications for job cre-
ation and wage levels within
the US.
The author further states:
"For American workers, glob-
alisation is a radically dicier
proposition far more so than


most of them realise. The fast-
changing economy is exposing
vast numbers of them to glob-
al labour competition, and it's
a contest millions of them can't
win right now."
Why can't American
workers win?
Three factors are cited for
this state of affairs: The first is
that the world economy is
based increasingly on infor-
mation, bits and bytes that
have to be analysed, processed
and moved around. Examples
include software, financial ser-
vices and media.
Second is the cost of han-
dling those bits and bytes. That
is, computing and telecommu-
nications. Wide swathes of eco-
nomic activity can be per-
formed almost anywhere, at
least in theory.
Finally, low-cost countries -
not just China and India, but
also Mexico, Malaysia, Brazil
and others are turning out
large numbers of well-educat-
ed young people who are fully
qualified to work in an infor-
mation-based economy. China
will produce about 3.3 million
.college graduates this year,
India 3.1 million (all of them
English-speaking), the US just
1.3 million. In engineering,
China's graduates will number
more than 600,000, India's
350,000, America's only about
70,000.
What can America do?
The author has three main
recommendations to reverse
America's eroding competi-
tiveness, which simply put are:
1. Fix the education system.
2. Reform immigration poli-
cies to favour highly skilled
workers.
3. Regain the lead in Inter-
net access and technology.
Education System
"The No. 1 policy prescrip-
tion, almost regardless of
whom you ask, comes down to
one word: education. In an
economy where technology
leadership determines the win-


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ners, education trumps every-
thing. That's a problem for
America. Our fourth-graders
are among the world's best in
math and science, but by ninth
grade they've fallen way
behind," Mr Colvin wrote. As
Bill Gates says: "This isn't an
accident or a flaw in the sys-
tem; it is the system."
"For most in the broad mid-
dle class or below, a top-notch
K-12 education is a world
away." Does this sound famil-
iar, Bahamas?
Immigration Reform
"Second, a prescription
urged just as widely is immi-
gration reform," wrote Mr
Colvin. "A critical element of
America's economic domi-
nance has been its attraction
for the world's brightest, most
ambitious people, but today's
immigration laws favour fami-
ly reunification far above tal-
ent, intelligence or credentials.
If Albert Einstein wanted to
move in today but had no US
relatives, he would have to get
in line behind thousands of
poorly educated manual
labourers who did."
Technology
"Thirdly, incredible as it
seems, America's InfoTech
infrastructure is no longer
world-class. America ranks
only 12th globally in the num-
ber of broadband connections
per 100 inhabitants," Mr
Colvin said.
"Looking more closely, the
situation is even worse. South
Kdrea is not only more wired
(No. 1 globally) but its con-
nections are far faster and are
available not just through wires
but also through virtually every
cell phone."
Implications for
the Bahamas
What does all this have to
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do with the Bahamas? Well, it
is often said that when the US
sneezes, the Bahamas get
pneumonia. This begs the larg-
er question: What happens if
the US gets much sicker?
Education
It is a well-known fact that
our educational system needs
much work. A national aver-
age score of D+ in our BGCSE
examinations will take us
absolutely nowhere. We can-
not even open our public
schools on time because
required repairs haven't been
completed. We must imple-
ment a long-term national
effort to improve our compe-
tencies in English, maths, sci-
ences and foreign languages.
The Bahamas is a service
economy, the sort that are far
more vulnerable to globalisa-
tion because, increasingly, ser-
vice-based industries are high-
ly portable. Our challenge is
not only to fix our educational
system, but to also provide sig-
nificant levels of ongoing train-
ing to ensure quality and com-
petitive service for the prices
charged, especially in the
tourism and financial services
sectors.
Immigration
The whole issue of immigra-
tion policy is one that requires
a bipartisan approach, with
clearly defined and articulat-
ed positions. The US grants
H1-B visas, which allows high-
ly-skilled workers to work in
the US for a period of six
years. While the US has cut
back drastically on the amount
of H1-B visas issued since 9/11,
it is an approach that we can
look at.
However, if we go this route
there must be checks and bal-
ances to prevent abuses, such
as careful scrutiny of educa-
tion and experience creden-
tials.
The current Ingraham
administration, to my knowl-
edge, has not yet made any
pronouncement about the lev-
el of foreign investment
expected into the Bahamas
within the next five years.
Under the Christie adminis-


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tration, very large numbers
were touted, numbers as high
as $20 billion. If investment of
that magnitude were to flow
into the Bahamas during the
next five years, we would
require thousands of new,
trained workers in a very short
period of time.
While no political party
would like to admit it, the
Bahamas would have to bring
in thousands of skilled workers
from abroad. Wouldn't it be
better for all if there were both
short-terms plans (to regulate
the inflow) and long-term
plans (to get Bahamian work-
ers fully trained) in place and
clearly articulated?
Technology
Interestingly enough, we
may not be too far off the
mark when it comes to broad-
band Internet access (elec-
tronic access to international
communications). In checking
with Cable Bahamas, it is esti-
mated that there are roughly
90,000 households in the
Bahamas, of which about 35
per cent have high speed
broadband access.
This penetration rate, I am
told, is the highest in the
region, exceeding both Canada
and the US, which are esti-
mated to be 30 per cent and
25 per cent respectively. More
importantly, broadband is
available to more than 92 per
cent of Bahamian households.
When you add the availability
of DSL and other technolo-
gies, you can readily see that
we have something in place
that we can easily build upon.
However, notwithstanding
this, we must continue to
expand this Internet broad-
band access penetration even
further, and get as many of our
citizens as possible computer
literate and regular users of
the Internet as an educational
and training tool.
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NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
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Company in the Bahamas.
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BUSINESS


he i i TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2007 INTERNATIONAL EDITION


THE MARKETS
STOCKS, MUTUAL FUNDS, 6-7C
DOW 30 13,943.42 +92.34 A
S&P 500 1,541.57 +7.47 A .
NASDAQ 2,690.58 +2.98 A
10-YRNOTE 4.96 +0.01
CRUDE OIL 74.89 -0.90 Vt


Buyouts


AUTO WORKERS


help


stocks


rebound
BY TIM PARADISE
Associated Press
NEW YORK Stocks
rebounded Monday after a fresh
round of buyout news offered
evidence that Wall Street's pen-
chant for dealmaking hasn't dis-
appeared.
Better-than-expected profit
news from Merck also boosted
the mood on Wall Street, help-
ing it partially recover from a
steep sell-off Friday that was
triggered by some weak earn-
ings reports and worries about
souring subprime loans.
The stock market pushed
those concerns aside Monday
after Transocean, the world's
largest offshore drilling con-
tractor, and rival GlobalSantaFe
said they agreed to merge.
The turnaround from Fri-
day's retrenchment demon-
strates the market's resiliency,
but also raises questions of
whether the short-lived nature
of most of this year's pullbacks
means stocks are rising on a
rickety foundation, said Ted
Aronson, a partner at Aronson
Johnson Ortiz in Philadelphia.
Like many investors, he sees
retreats as a healthful break for
ascendent markets.
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 92.34, or 0.67 per-
cent, to 13,943.42, thanks in large
part to a 6.75 percent rise in
Merck's shares. At times during
the session, the Dow was up
more than 100 points.
Broader stock indicators also
advanced. The Standard &
Poor's 500 index rose 7.46, or
0.49 percent, to 1,541.56. The
technology-heavy Nasdaq com-
posite index showed more mod-
est gains, rising 2.98, or 0.11 per-
cent, to 2,690.58.
Bonds fell, with the yield on
the benchmark 10-year Trek-
sury note rising to 4.96 percent
from 4.95 percent late Friday.
Bond prices move opposite
yields. The dollar was mixed
against other major currencies
after hitting a new record low
against the euro and a new 26-
year low against the British
pound. Gold prices fell.
Light, sweet crude fell 90
cents to $74.89 per barrel on the
New York Mercantile Exchange
on suggestions that OPEC may
increase its output.
Wall Street applauded Mon-
day's buyout news, because cor-
porate tie-ups tend to signal
that companies are bullish
about the economy.
While the merger news
helped convince Wall Street
that stocks have further room to
run even after hitting fresh
highs last week, earnings news
again commanded some atten-
tion.
American Express, which
like Merck is a Dow component,
reported a stronger-than-ex-
pected second-quarter profit.
The credit card issuer ended
the regular session up 15 cents
at $64.66 but slipped in after-
hours trading as revenue fell
short of Wall Street's forecast.
Declining issues outnum-
bered advancers by about 8 to 7
on the New York Stock
Exchange, where volume came
to L52 billion shares.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies fell 0.82, or
0.10 percent, to 835.62.
Overseas, Japan's Nikkei
stock average rose 0.01 percent,
while Hong Kong's Heng Seng
Index rose 032 percent and the
often-volatile Shanghai Com-
posite Index rose 3.81 percent.
Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.60
percent, Germany's DAX index
rose 0.88 percent, and France's
CAC-40 advanced 0.87 percent.


JERRY MENDOZA/AP
SHOWING SUPPORT: United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger walks with retirees outside
the UAW/GM Center for Human Relations in Detroit, Monday. Below, Gettelfinger, left, and Ford
Executive Chairman Bill Ford open their contract talks at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Mich.



UAW says strike possible


as contract talks begin


BY TOM KRISHER
Associated Press
DETROIT The president of
the United Auto Workers said
Monday his union is not in the
mood to make concessions during
contract talks with U.S.-based
automakers who say they need
cost cuts to stay in business.
The comments came after the
traditional handshake between
officials from the UAW and Gen-
eral Motors, the nation's No. 1
automaker. The ceremony offi-
cially kicked off negotiations
between the sides.
At least on the surface, it
appears that the union and GM are
far apart as they try to ink a new
national contract before a Sept. 14
deadline. Ford also will seek con-
cessions. Its talks opened Monday
afternoon with a handshake cere-
mony in Dearborn. Ford Executive
Chairman Bill Ford and Chief
Executive Alan Mulally exchanged
handshakes across a conference
room table with UAW President
Ron Gettelfinger and Vice Presi-
dent Bob King.
Bargaining with Chrysler
started last week.
GM, which lost about $2 billion
last year and still isn't making
money in North America, clearly
will put concessions on the bar-
gaining table.
"We know that these are going
to be difficult contract negotia-
tions," Diana Tremblay, GM's
chief negotiator, said after the
handshake at a GM-UAW human
resources building along the


Detroit River.. "We know that we
need to make some changes to
make the business sustainable
over the long term."
But Gettelfinger said the union
is not in a concessionary mode,
and he also said a strike still is pos-
sible despite the precarious finan-
cial positions of the Detroit Three.
He has said that the union will try
for a pattern contract with one
that extends to the others, but he
said a target company has not been
selected.
"That just depends on the tone
of the negotiations," Gettelfinger
said.
Earlier, Gettelfinger smiled and
shook hands with GM Chairman
and CEO Rick Wagoner, while
Tremblay shook hands with UAW
Vice President Cal Rapson. All
four had to lean across a table to
complete the handshake.
This year's auto talks have
taken on a more urgent tone


because the Detroit Three lost a
combined $15 billion in 2006 and
are in the midst of shrinking them-
selves and rolling out new vehicles
in an effort to better compete with
Japanese automakers. Industry
analysts have said reducing labor
costs is critical to the companies'
survival.
* Analysts say Ford likely will
seek deeper concessions than the
other two automakers, perhaps
temporary wage cuts.
Gettelfinger wouldn't say
whether the UAW would treat
Ford differently than the other
automakers due to its massive
debt load and losses.
"They've got a lot of cash, by
the way. That's not an issue for us
right now," he said.
Gettelfinger also said this year's
talks are about defending Ameri-
ca's middle class and are not lim-
ited to wages and benefits in the
auto industry.


BANKING


Barclays'



ABN Amro



bid raised



with help



from Asia
BY TOBY STERLING
Associated Press
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands Bar-
clays will raise its offer for ABN Amro
to $93.1 billion, with help from two
Asian financial partners, in the face of a
rival bid led by the Royal Bank of Scot-
land, the British bank said Monday.
Barclays' new offer, about two-thirds
in shares and the rest in cash, comes to
$4932 per ABN Amro share up from
its earlier all-share bid worth $46.74.
The bid still falls below the RBS-led
consortium offer of $53.01 per share that
values ABN at $97.8 billion.
Either takeover would be the largest
in the history of the financial industry.
"The latest installment in this major
banking tug-of-war has yet again
thrown into doubt the identity of the
eventual winner," said Richard Hunter,
head of U.K. equities at Hargreaves
Lansdown Stockbrokers. He said RBS
still has the advantage.
ABN Amro said it a statement that it
had received Barclays' revised offer and
"welcomes the opportunity for share-
holders to consider two competing pro-
posals on a level playing field."
The bank's management endorsed
the earlier Barclays bid, and sold its U.S.
arm LaSalle Bank of Chicago to Bank of
America for $21 billion in what was seen
as a poison pill measure to frustrate
RBS, which also wanted LaSalle.
ABN shareholders objected to the
sale that was never put up for a vote,
but the Dutch Supreme Court approved
the sale last week and it is expected to
close before the end of the year.
Barclays shares rose 3 percent to
$15.09, while RBS shares fell 0.1 percent
to $12.51 increasing the value of Bar-
clays' bid slightly, and fractionally low-
ering that of RBS, which is more than
90 percent in cash.
ABN Amro shares rose 0.7 percent to
$50.93.
Barclays said it had struck a deal
with China Development Bank and
Temasek Holdings of Singapore,
whereby the pair will immediately buy
$5 billion of new Barclays shares, and an
additional $13.5 billion if the ABN Amro
bid is successful.
ABN Amro also said it planned a
$5 billion stock buyback to match the
amount of its shares issued to Asian
investors.
If the deal goes through and CDB
takes up its full share of $13.5 billion, the
Chinese government would have a 7.7
percent stake in Barclays-ABN.
Associated Press writer Robert Barr in
London contributed to this report.


MERGER


Transocean deal creates


oil-drilling heavyweight

BY JOHN PORRETTO of the combined company, said the '
Associated Press deal will allow the company to keep
HOUSTON The world's largest pace as the industry expands and to


offshore drilling contractor got big-
ger with Monday's announcement by
Transocean that it will combine with
GlobalSantaFe, creating a company
able to drill globally from shallow to
ultra-deep waters.
Analysts largely applauded the
coupling and said more combinations
could be forthcoming. The shares of
both companies rose.
The deal, announced jointly by
both Houston-based companies,
includes a $15 billion cash payout to
shareholders of both the world's larg-
est contractor, Transocean, and
GlobalSantaFe. Shareholders of both
companies will also get shares in the
new company, which will retain the
Transocean name and trade on the
New York Stock Exchange under
Transocean's symbol "RIG."
The value of the new company
will be about $53 billion, including
debt. The $15 billion for the cash pay-
out to shareholders will be funded
through a bridge loan due one year
after closing.
Transocean Chief Executive Rob-
ert Long, who will continue as CEO


"assure us of a leading presence in
almost every major offshore drilling
province in the world."
GlobalSantaFe CEO Jon A. Mar-
shall will serve as president and chief
operating officer of the combined
entity, while GlobalSantaFe Chair-
man Robert Rose will be chairman.
The two companies will be equally
represented on a new 14-member
board.
Marshall said the combination
gives the new Transocean a broader
customer base, particularly with
state-owned national oil companies,
which control almost 90 percent of
global oil reserves. It also will give
Transocean greater exposure in the
growing and lucrative deepwater
drilling market.
The combined company will have
a global fleet of 146 rigs, including
harsh-environment jackups for shal-
lower waters and ultra-deepwater
drillships. Oil companies are heading
for deeper waters worldwide as the
competition to find new sources of
hydrocarbons intensifies.
"We like it," Dan Pickering of


TED JACKSON, POOL/AP FILE, 2006
TAKING A LOOK: Officials, including Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, Rep.
Bobby Jindal and Secretary of the Interior Drew Kempthorne, tour
Transocean's Discoverer Spirit drilling ship in the Gulf of Mexico.


Pickering Energy Partners wrote.
"Bigger is better in commodity busi-
ness like offshore drilling, and [the]
biggest guy just did some smart
stuff."
Under terms of the deal, Transo-
cean shareholders will receive $33.03
cash and 0.6996 shares of the com-
bined company for each share of
Transocean they own. Shareholders
of GlobalSantaFe will receive $22.46


cash and 0.4757 shares of the new
company for each share of Global-
SantaFe they own.
Transocean shares rose $5.99, or
5.5 percent, to close at $115.96 after
rising to a 52-week high of $120.88,
while GlobalSantaFe shares rose
$3.59, or 4.8 percent, to $78.33 after
reaching a 52-week high of $81.19.
The deal is expected to close by
the end of 2007.


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KYODO NEWS/AP
BACK ON TRACK: Workers process piston rings Monday,
at Riken's plant in Japan, near the epicenter of the
magnitude 6.8 earthquake on July 16.


Carmakers are ready


to resume operations

From Herald Wire Services

Carmakers Mazda and Honda (HMC) and more than half
of Toyota's (TM) shuttered assembly lines will restart at
least some production over the next two days because a key
parts supplier damaged by a major earthquake resumed oper-
ations Monday.
Factories of Toyota and other major automakers have been
shut because of damage sustained at piston-ring maker
Riken's plant in Kashiwazaki, in north-central Japan, near the
epicenter of the magnitude 6.8 earthquake on July 16.
Riken restarted production of some auto parts after work-
ers replaced damaged equipment and restored the factory's
gas and water supplies, a company spokeswoman said on
condition of anonymity, citing protocol.


* EUROPEAN UNION
OFFICIAL: TRADE PLAN
REQUIRES SACRIFICES
EU Trade Commissioner
Peter Mandelson told Euro-
pean Union governments
Monday that a draft agree-
ment floated last week "dis-
tributed the pain fairly" with
cuts to agricultural tariffs
that Europe can accept.
The deal unveiled by the
World Trade Organization's
chief agriculture and manu-
facturing mediators calls on
the United States to reduce
its trade-distorting farm
subsidies to a level of
between $13 billion and $16.4
billion as part-of a new
global trade pact.
The European Union
appeared to have largely sat-
isfied the trade body's
demands for liberalizing its
farm markets.

* DOW JONES BID
BANCROFTS DISCUSS
NEWS CORP. DEAL
Members 6f the Bancroft
family, the controlling
shareholders of Dow Jones
(DJ), gathered in Boston on
Monday to consider a $5 bil-
lion bid for The Wall Street
Journal publisher from
Rupert Murdoch's News
Corp. (NWS).
Family representatives
were seen entering a Hilton
hotel in downtown Boston,
including Leslie Hill and
Christopher Bancroft, both
of whom are also board
members of the New York-
based company. The Ban-
crofts are expected to get a
full briefing on Murdoch's
proposal, and then take sev-
eral days to decide.

* CELLPHONE
RESEARCHERS: PHONE
SUSCEPTIBLE TO HACK
Hackers could take con-
trol of an iPhone if its owner
visits a doctored website or
Internet hotspot, security
researchers reported.
The vulnerability of the
vaunted device, Apple's
(APPL) first cellphone, is
only theoretical for now.
There are no reports of
criminals actually taking
advantage of the security
glitch to remotely access an
iPhone.
But if it were exploited,
hijacked iPhones could be
very useful to the same
gangs that take over per-
sonal computers and use
them to disseminate spam,
said a security analyst.


ACQUISITION
CERBERUS BUYS UNITED
RENTALS FOR $4B
Private equity group Cer-
berus will acquire United
Rentals (URI) for about $4
billion in cash, the equip-
ment rental company said.
Including about $2.6 bil-
lion in assumed debt, the
transaction is valued at $6.6
billion.
Shares of United Rentals,
one of the largest players in
the construction-gear rental
industry, have risen more
than 16 percent since April
9, the day before the com-
pany said it might put itself
up for sale. United Rentals
.. -_jumped 61 cents,.or. almost.
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CONTRACTOR
HALLIBURTON 2Q
INCOME DOUBLES
Halliburton's (HAL)
profit more than doubled in
the second quarter, getting a
$933 million lift from the
separation of former subsid-
iary KBR (KBR). But even
without that gain, the results
still beat the consensus Wall
Street forecasts for the oil-
field services contractor.
Earnings of $15 billion for
the April-June period, which
amounted to $1.62 per share,
compared with income of
$591 million, or 55 cents a
share, in the year-ago
period, Halliburton said:
ReveAue in the quarter
rose 20 percent to $3.7 bil-
lion from $31 billion a year
ago. The company said sales
rose worldwide, particularly
in the Eastern Hemisphere.


Halliburton shari
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$37.74.

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BY JOHN DUNBAR
Associated Press
WASHINGTON The top
executives at the nation's two
satellite radio companies
detailed pricing plans Monday
that they said would let cus-
tomers choose which channels
they want to receive if the two
firms are permitted to merge.
XM Satellite Radio and Sir-
ius Satellite Radio announced
the $4.7 billion merger last
February. The combination
requires approval from anti-
trust regulators and the Fed-
eral Communications Com-
mission.
The pricing plans
announced Monday range
from $6.99 per month for 50
channels offered by one ser-
vice to $16.99 per month
where customers would keep
their existing service, plus


"chose from the best" of chan-
nels offered by the other ser-
vice.
That means a customer
could subscribe to both the
Major League Baseball chan-
nel on XM and the National
Football League channel
offered by Sirius, on the same
radio.
CURRENT PRICING
Currently, the price of a
monthly subscription for both
companies is $12.95, and there
is no channel choice, or "a la
carte" option.
A combination of Sirius and
XM, which broadcast to a
combined 14 million subscrib-
ers, faces steep regulatory
challenges, however. When
the companies received their
licenses from the FCC to begin
offering subscription radio


service via satellite, they
agreed not to merge.
The companies must prove
to the Justice Department that
the deal is not anticompetitive.
They must also prove to the
FCC that a merger would be in
the best interest of the public,
which owns the airwaves the
two companies use to deliver
their signals.
Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin,
in a speech at the National
Press Club in Washington on
Monday, said the United
States is in a "revolutionary
age of audio entertainment"
and that the companies must
compete with a whole range of
products that weren't around
when the licenses were first
issued.
He said the companies
compete with free services,
including portable digital


RETAIL



Wal-Mart starts


music players, cellphones that
download music, digital radio
and the "800-pound gorilla"
that is terrestrial radio.
STRONG OPPOSITION
The National Association
of Broadcasters opposes the
merger, calling it a "govern-
ment-sanctioned monopoly."
Spokesman Dennis Whar-
ton said in a written statement
that policymakers "should not
be hoodwinked" by the
announcement. He said the "a
la carte" option would require
customers to buy new radios
and he said that nothing in the
past has prevented either com-
pany from offering an a la
carte option before.
If a merger is approved, the
combined company would
offer a total of eight different
packages.


'aggressive'



discount plan


BY ANNE D'INNOCENZIO
Associated Press
NEW YORK Wal-Mart
Stores, the world's largest
retailer, said Monday it is cut-
ting prices on more than
16,000 items starting this week
in a bid to turn around sales
for the critical back-to-school
season.
The price cuts, which range
from 10 percent to 50 percent,
will be backed by a new ad
campaign on how to save
money as gas prices remain
high and kids head back to
school. The cuts are deeper
and involve even more items
than in the year-ago period
and top the 11,000 items dis-
counted right before last
year's holiday season kicked
off, according to Melissa
O'Brien, a company spokes-
woman.
Wal-Mart has been playing
up its low prices since late last
year after getting hurt by a
focus on trendy merchandise
in an effort to get affluent cus-
tomers to buy more than just
groceries. While the upscale
strategy worked in electronics,
such as $1,000 flat-panel TVs,
it failed in horne furnishings
and apparel, resulting in slug-
gish sales since last fall.
AVERAGE
So far this fiscal year,
Wal-Mart has averaged a
same-store sales gain of a mea-
ger 1 percent, compared to
rival Target's 4.1 percent
increase, according to Thom-
son First Call.


Same-store sales are sales
at stores open at least a year
' and are considered a key indi-
cator of a retailer's health.
In April, Wal-Mart's same-
store sales dropped the
weakest performance since it
began publishing monthly
Sales in 1980.
Last year, Wal-Mart's same-
store sales averaged a 2.1 per-
cent increase, while Target
had a 4.9 percent increase.
STRATEGY
Wal-Mart did enjoy some
improvement last month when
it posted a better-than-ex-
pected same-store sales gain
of 2.4 percent, indicating that
its more aggressive discount
strategy may be resonating
with shoppers.
"We'll provide families sav-
ings where it counts, and con-
tinue to work closely with key
suppliers, reduce packaging
and lower shipping costs as we
steer this program through fall
and beyond," Bill Simon, chief
operating officer, Wal-Mart
Stores U.S., said.
Under Wal-Mart's new
pricing plan, $1 will be able to
buy 4 wide ruled notebooks, 2
bottles Elmer's glue (4 oz.) and
a 24-pack of crayons. A $50
budget will be able to pur-
chase a week's worth of school
clothes, and $80 will buy two
pair of prescription glasses at
the Wal-Mart Vision Center.
The price cutting campaign
comes as Wal-Mart has also
been making changes to its
merchandising team. The


JIM MONE/AP
SAVINGS: In hopes of turning around sales for the
back-to-school season, Wal-Mart has cut prices from
10 percent to 50 percent.


company said on Friday that
Claire Watts, a top Wal-Mart
apparel merchant, has
resigned. The'executive had
been behind the failed make-
over to trendy items from low-
price basics.
As part of the changes,
Wal-Mart. promoted Dottie
Mattison, formerly chief mer-


chant for Walmart.com, to
senior vice president oversee-
ing women's apparel, jewelry,
shoes and accessories as well
as product development. Mat-
tison will be based in the com-
pany's trend office in New
York City.
Wal-Mart share rose 6
cents to $48.12 in trading.


MERCK, SCHERING-PLOUGH


Drug partners post 2Q profit gains


es rose BY LINDA A. JOHNSON
to Associated Press
TRENTON, N.J. Phar-
maceutical companies Merck
kLS & Co. and Schering-Plough
BLEAK partners in a lucrative choles-
terol drug joint venture,
OOK posted hefty jumps in second-
expects quarter profit Monday and
rest of handily beat analysts' expecta-
ne DVD tions.
)s the Merck, which again raised
the most its 2007 earnings forecast, got
n plan to a pat on the back from Wall
ying Street, with its shares jumping
ock- nearly 9 percent at one point.
)recast But Schering-Plough, whose
Los profit more than doubled, saw
any's sec- its initial 2 percent rise in
share price fizzle and ended
had- the day flat, leaving analysts
Sunday puzzled.
unveiled "I'm not sure what's leading
plunging to the weakness" in Schering's
to end stock, said analyst Joseph
at $17.27, Tooley of A.G. Edwards &
another Sons. "It was a good quarter
1 trading. for them."
Likewise, he said, the trend
has been positive for pharma-
p late ceutical companies reporting
ec dig. vomioe so far in the quarter, with the
87 1.31 16554 exception of Pfizer, which saw
U71 16435
20 +.53 16100 profit plunge 48 percent.
53 -.02 15036 "By and large, we've seen
10 +.18 148069
43 14554 good solid performances, and
.88 -.12 14494 9
.72 14438 certainly stronger than
.9 -.08 14093 expected performance by
14 -.00 14012
.77 3856 Merck and Schering," Tooley
.69 -2.42 13675 said.
on Business Merck & Co. reported its


ALI-







MEL EVANS/AP
REVENUE: Schering-Plough said its second-quarter profit
more than doubled compared with a year ago, as


revenue climbed 13 percent.

profit jumped 12 percent as
revenues from six new medi-
cines and strong growth of key
older ones offset losses to
generic competition and
another charge for its massive
Vioxx litigation.
Merck shares rose $3.31, or
6.8 percent, to $52.33.
Merck earned $1.68 billion,
or 77 cents per share, com-
pared with net income of $1.5
billion, or 69 cents per share, a
year earlier. Excluding a $172
million restructuring charge,
net income was 82 cents a
share. Revenue rose 6 percent
to $6.11 billion.
Analysts polled by Thom-
son Financial expected a profit
of 72 cents per share on reve-


nue of $5.77 billion.
Morgan Stanley analyst
Jami Rubin called it "yet
another blowout quarter."
"The company is progress-
ing well in the five-year plan it
set for itself in December of
2005," J.P. Morgan Securities
analyst Roberto Cuca wrote.
Tooley said he remains
impressed with Merck's cost-
cutting progress and growth in
both the top and bottom line
- despite the comparison to a
year ago, when Merck still had
quarterly Zocor sales of about
$1 billion.
Merck took a charge of $210
million to boost to $810 million
its reserve for defending
against lawsuits over Vioxx,


the painkiller it pulled from
the market in 2004 after
research showed it doubled
cardiovascular risks. The com-
pany expects the reserve to
cover legal costs through
2008.
Merck raised its 2007 profit
forecast to between $3 and-
$3.10 per share, excluding
15-20 cents for restructuring
and layoff charges, and raised
its sales forecast by about $1.1
billion.
At Schering-Plough, net
income jumped 118 percent to
$517 million, or 34 cents per
share, from $237 million, or 16
cents per share, a year ago.
Excluding charges related to a
licensing payment and the
planned acquisition of Orga-
non BioSciences by year's end,
the company would have
earned 41 cents per share.
Sales grew 13 percent to $3.18
billion, mainly on the strength
of Vytorin and Zetia. The joint
venture brought it $490 mil-
lion in equity income.
Analysts expected a profit
of 35 cents per share excluding
one-time items on sales of
$3.07 billion.
Despite the profit jump and
the company beating analysts'
expectations, Schering-Plough
shares slipped 19 cents to
$31.30 after rising as high as
$32.50 earlier in the session. Its
52-week high is $33.81.


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Carnival and Royal Caribbean





pull outs hit arrival figures


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
CRUISE passenger arrivals
to the Bahamas dropped signif-
icantly during the months of
April and May 2007, with the
pull out of several Royal
Caribbean cruise lines ships and
the pull out by Carnival's Fan-
tasy vessel having a major
impact.
According to the latest sta-
tistics released by the Ministry
of Tourism, cruise arrivals
declined overall by 17 per cent
in April, with Nassau/Paradise
Island as the first port of call
decreasing by 20 per cent.
Grand Bahama cruise arrivals
declined by four per cent, and
the Family Islands by 17 per
cent.
In May, cruise arrivals to Nas-
sau/ Paradise Island as a first


M CRUISE ships and other vessels in Nassau harbour


port of call increased by three
per cent.
However, overall, the
Bahamas saw a decline of 10
per cent in its cruise arrivals,
with Grand Bahama experienc-
ing a massive decline of 36 per
cent and the Family Islands
experiencing a decline of 17 per
cent.
The May year-to-date figures
revealed that, overall, the num-


bers were down by five per cent,
the same percentage for Nas-
sau/Paradise Island. Grand
Bahama decreased by 14 per
cent and the Family Islands saw
a minimal drop of one per cent.
According to the ministry, the
numbers were down because
most of the cruise ships brought
in fewer passengers than in
2006.
Carnival brought in fewer


passengers to Nassau/Paradise
Island, and the Bahamas lost
the benefit of its Fantasy ship,
which usually called overnight
in the port of Nassau.
In addition, other cruise ships
did not call into the Bahamas
or may have only visited their
private islands. Grand Bahama
also missed the benefits of
yachters and boaters.
In May, the ministry noted
that more passengers were on
ships calling in Nassau, which
offset the decline in some ships
calling with fewer passengers.
The ministry noted that
despite the fact that the Carni-
val's Fantasy had been pulled
out in November 2006, Carnival
still managed to bring in more
passengers in May than the
same period in 2006.
Further, Royal Caribbean
did reduce the number of ships
that come to Nassau/Paradise
Island in May 2007. The Explor-


'Double-digit' tourism decline


destinations were stepping their game up.
"I just got back from Cancun last night,
and they have rebounded significantly from
the hurricane. The overall experience from
the airport experience, the service level,
were outstanding. They have not returned
to the levels that they were before: they
have exceeded it," Mr Miller said.
He added that Cancun was also benefit-
ing from a $30 million marketing blitz.
One area of concern from the WHTI was
the impact it would have on group travel.
The April statistics confirmed what Bahami-
an hotels had also said that Spring Break
travellers to this country have significantly
dropped.
Just this weekend, during his keynote
address at the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce banquet, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham noted the effect that WtTll
would have on Bahamian tourism:
"WHTI has created for the Bahamas a


levelling of the competitive framework,
meaning that a critical advantage of the
Bahamas over' the rest of the Caribbean
has been lost," Mr Ingraham said.
"Erosion of this advantage, when cou-
pled with the introduction of low-cost, low
fare airlift provided by carriers like Jet Blue
and Spirit Airlines, nmakes the wider
Caribbean much more accessible and
affordable to the US consumer."
The Ministry of Tourism data showed
April air arrivals to islands such as
Eleuthera, Abaco, and Bimini remained
positive, rising by 3 per cent, 1 per cent and
3 per cent respectively. Andros island saw
air arrivals rise as well by I per cent.
However, air arrivals to the country's
two main cities were down by double digits,
on Nassau/ Paradise Island by 11 per cent
and Grand Bahama 12 per cent. Cat Island
saw the largest decrease in air arrivals for
April, falling by 35 per cent, followed by the


Berry Islands at 26 per cent, Exuma at 16
per cent, San Salvador at 15 per cent and
Cat Cay by 14 per cent.
In May, the Ministry reported that air
arrivals to Andros were up by 59 per cent,
to Cat Cay by 31 per cent, the Berry Islands
by 14 per cent and that again Long Island
was able to begin rebounding from its air-
port troubles.
However, overall air arrivals for the
month were down by 9 per cent.
Nassau/Paradise Island remained in the
negative double digits of 12 per cent, slight-
ly behind the 15 per cent drop in Exuma.
Grand Bahama declined by 3 per cent,
Abaco by 4 per cent, Bimini by 3 per cent,
Cat Island by 12 per cent, the Ministry said.
Year-to-date air arrivals showed that
Abaco, Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimini,
Cat Cay and Eleuthera were up. Long
Island saw a massive increase of 121 per
cent. ...


er of the Seas, the Navigator of
the Seas and the Voyager of the
Seas did not go to the Bahamas
at all, regardless of port of


entry.
The pull out by Royal
Caribbean had the biggest
impact on Grand Bahama.


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PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Publ' is hereby eIv'ised that I, NORMA
ANTHONY ZERV06 of 3 Twynrn Aentue PRO. Box
N-763. Nassau, Baha ts ntenci to change my name
to NOICWA ANIONIA ElRVOB. If there Ere my
ob)ections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objection to the Ch'ef Paseport Officer,
P.O. Box 1-742, lassau. BehErnas no later than thrty (30)
clays after the clde of puldl'cafon of thisnot'ce.



PUBLIC NOTICE
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N-8724, Nassau, Bahamas intend to change my name
to ALISA PEARL SOBEL COAKLEY. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
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FROM page 1

The minister said the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce, Port Authority and the
Government all seemed
amenable to resolving the issue.
"I think it is now time to
work out an arrangement that
will satisfy all parties on what
needs to be done, within the
ambit of the law," Mr Laing
said.
He received backing from Mr
Lowe, who told The Tribune
yesterday: "We look forward to
finally getting some progress
made with respect to a defini-
tive policy and their Hawksbill
Creek Agreement.
"It's been a long time com-
ing, but hopefully we can get
Freeport to become what it
should be."
The ruling by Supreme


Court Justice Stephen Isaacs
effectively allows the Home
Centre to bring all the prod-
ucts it is stocking at its West
Atlantic Drive store Into
Freeport duty-free, without
having to pre-pay duty on
goods before they are sold.
Prior to the ruling, the
Home Centre and all other
GBPA licensees, such as Kel-
ly's (Freeport) Dolly Madison,
Bellevue Business Centre and
Bahamas Copier, had to pre-
pay customs duties on the por-
tion of imported inventory
classified as non-bonded.
Therefore, Justice Isaacs'
judgement has major implica-
tions for the way in which Cus-
toms duties the Governmen-
t's main source of revenue -
are collected in Freeport, as it
opens the way for all licensees
to bring in their inventory
entirely bonded, with no pre-


Legal Notice



INTERNATIONAL B' I N COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

MAXPRO PACIFIC LT)D.
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in :'ncordaQnce with SecUtin 137 (41
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
MAXPRO PACIFIC UTD. is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 8th day of July,
2007.


Peter Pao
790, Portola Telr Los Angeles
LA90042
liquidator


payment of duty.
The whole controversy sur-
rounding the payment of Cus-
toms duties in Freeport stems
from the fact that the Customs
Management Guide to the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement,
the very foundation on which
the Bahamas' second city was
built, has never been set in
statute itself.
Result
As a result, all Port Authoti-
ty licensees have developed
their own methods for dealing
with bonded goods and the
issue of pre-paying and post-
paying duties to Customs,
Bonded inventory is tax-free
if sold to GBPA licensees for
use in their own businesses. On
post-paid items, the standard
practice that has evolved is for
licensees to go through with


Customs the items that were
sold upon which duty is
payable, and then submit the
required amount on a certain
date each month.
Customs. though. has fre-
quently sought to clamp down
when it comes to bonded
goods, fearing the Government
conceded to much in the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement
and that the bond is open to
too much abuse for example,
inventory brought in as bonded
by via Freeport and then
shipped directly to non-GBPA
licensees in Nassau, enabling
businesses to avoid duty pay-
ments.
Yet the courts have fre-
quently slapped Customs down
for exceeding its powers, or
exercising those it does not
have in an arbitrary fashion,
when it comes to Freeport and
bonded goods.


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SLLECE OF THE BAHA.MI

I isit our website at www.cob.edu.bs EDUCATING & TRAINING BAHAMIANS


The College/University Of The Bahamas



* Job Description: Director of Campus Life


Position Purpose
The Director of Campus Life develops designs and implements a range
of services to promote the social, cultural, fitness and recreational needs
of students at a College/University. These services include such functional
areas as: advising student government and other student organizations;
co-curricular activities which enhance students' practical and community-
service experience; activities which develop students' awareness and
appreciation of multi-cultural social conditions; activities which develop
students' leadership skills; and activities which support students' physical
fitness and recreational needs
Supervisory and Other Relationships
The Director of Campus Life works under the direction of the Vice
President Student Affairs.
The position is required to have extensive cooperative and collaborative
relationships with faculty, students, staff, the general public and with
professionals in peer organizations. The incumbent is expected to
represent the College/University in a positive manner and to collaborate
with academic and student services departments to contribute to retention
of students.
Major Accountabilities
The Director of Campus Life is accountable for providing services
conducive to positive experiences and development of students at the
College/University through effective performance in these essential
functional areas:
* Program planning and development
* Service delivery
* Development and supervision of staff
* Budget and fiscal management

Examples of Essential Duties and Accountabilities

The following examples of duties and accountabilities illustrate the
general of tasks assigned to the position but are not intended to define
the limits of required duties. Other essential duties may be assigned
consistent with the general scope of the position.

A. Program planning and development:
The Director of Student Activities is accountable for developing
programs which contribute to the retention of students and to
enhancing their social and academic experiences at the
College/University. The accountability includes such essential tasks
as:

1. Assessing the social, cultural and recreational needs of the
College/University's students;

2. Developing programs, strategies, events and activities to meet the
developmental, leadership training and recreational needs of the
College/University's students;

3. Reviewing and evaluating student activities and services to assess
their effectiveness and making needed changes;

4. Planning and implementation of Student and Parent orientation
programmes and activities.

B. Service delivery:

The Director of Campus Life Activities is accountable for the effective
functioning of assigned student services by directing and participating
in their delivery. The accountability includes (when assigned) such
essential tasks as:

1. Performing and supervising advisement to student organizations;
2. Supervising or arranging for supervision of events, training and
conferences to develop awareness and sensitivity to diverse
cultures including their publicity.
3. Supervising and participating in events and activities for enhancing
socialization, volunteerism and participating opportunities;
4. Supervising and participating in programs and recreational-
activities;

C. Development and supervision of staff:

The Director of Campus Life is accountable for providing an appropriately
qualified student activities staff and for assuring 'their effective
performance. This accountability includes such essential tasks as:

1. Recruiting and recommending appropriate qualified staff for the
College/University's student activities (unction within the constraints
of fiscal and compensation policy;

2. Providing for training and development of assigned staff to assure
their current and continuing competencies in their respective fields;


3. Providing leadership and direction to assigned staff;

4. Reviewing and evaluating performance of assigned staff, providing
guidance and coaching where needed, and conducting constructive
performance reviews with staff;

5. In collaboration with the College/University Human Resources
Director, providing fair and effective administration of
College/University human resources and labour policies.

D. Budget and fiscal management:

The Director of Campus Life is accountable for management of
financial resources and for the value of services achieved with
investments in equipment, system and human resources. This
accountability includes such essential tasks as:

1. Analyzing the resources needed to fulfil the organizational units
service obligations including development of cost and benefits
analyses and forecasts of student services requirements;

2. Preparing fiscally sound budgets including rationales for expected
results to be achieved from expenditures;

3. Monitoring expenditures compared to budgets and initiating needed
corrective action.

Professional Participation and Development

In addition to the accountabilities listed above, the position is required
to carry out the essential duties of:

Attendance and participation at convocation and commencement
ceremonies;

Service on assigned committees and task forces;
Attendance and participation at committee, staff, informational
and professional meetings. ..,

These may involve attendance at evening or weekend events.
The incumbent is required to maintain currency in the position's required
fields of professional expertise and competencies including required
computer skills and others bodies of knowledge required for job
proficiency.

The incumbent is required to maintain complete confidentiality of student
records and other materials of a confidential nature.

Qualifications

Incumbents are required to have demonstrated advanced knowledge
and abilities in the following areas:
Advisement of student organizations;
* Student activities including recreational activities and those orientated
toward providing for enhancement of students' cultural and leadership
experience;
Strong information technology literacy skills;
Supervising human resources;
Developing and managing operating budgets and plans
Effective oral and written communications
These skills and abilities typically are acquired through combination of
education, training and experience which may include a Bachelor or
Master's degree in an appropriately related field together with from two
to five years of experience in a related field; or a combination of education,
training and experience which would lead to the competencies required
for successful performance of the position's essential duties.
While a Bachelor's Degree is acceptable, a Master's degree in Higher
Education or related field is preferred.
Work Environment
Incumbents typically perform their work in offices, students centers and
athletics facilities. The work does not normally, involve significant
physical effort. However, incumbents may actively participate in physical
fitness and athletic training and they may accompany students on field
trips. Incumbents also may travel to regional or international meetings
and conferences.
The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poinciana Drive
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas
Deadline 27th July, 2007

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


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Paradise Fisheries



plans expansion


PARADISE Fisheries, the
seafood processor and whole-
saler, is planning to expand
through hiring more staff and
increasing its fishing boat fleet.
Anthony McKinney, Par-
adise Fisheries' president, said
in a statement that the expan-
sion was due to an expanding
client relationship with Baha
Mar's Cable Beach Resorts.
The Bahamian-owned firm,
established 17 years ago and
now employing between 80-
100 people, is proposing to add
new processing equipment and
expand its warehouse, too.


Paradise Fisheries supplies
Baha Mar with fish and other
seafood items, such as conch,
shrimp, stone crab, lobster tails
and scallops, along with spe-
cialty items such as Hilsa fish
(from India), halibut and
Chilean Sea Bass.
Other fish and items not
native to the Bahamas are also
imported and then processed
right here in the Bahamas for
distribution by Paradise Fish-
eries.
Mr McKinney said: "One of
our long-term goals is to put
greater emphasis on things


that are Bahamian, and to
grow and give quality service
that tourists and locals alike
enjoy."
He said of the relationship
between Paradise Fisheries
and Baha Mar: "Building rela-
tionships is important. There
may be other competitors, but
once a good relationship is
established, you will continue
to get good business".
"Competition is healthy for
our country. Our success
depends not only on growth
and products, but quality as
well."


* ANTHONY McKINNEY, president of Paradise Fisheries and Patricia Rahming,
sales associate, display the wide variety of products sold to Baha Mar


AIRPORT, from 1


management of Canadian firm,
Vancouver Airport Services
(YVRAS), is seeking to
announce the licence awards to
the chosen kiosk operators by
August 24, 2007, with the
licences taking effect from
October 1, 2007, at latest.
John Spinks, the NADC's
vice-president for commercial
affairs, told The Tribune yes-
terday that the company had to
increase the number of 'walk


through' briefings for potential
kiosk operators from two to
three due to the level of inter-
est.
"We had 55-60 packages
[requests for proposal] taken
out, and 35 to 40 people show
up for the briefings, so there's a
lot of interest," Mr Spinks said.
He added that YVRAS had
purchased some six 10 feet x 10
feet kiosks for the winning
licensees to use, but pointed out
that these could be separated
into 10 feet x 4 feet wall units or
shared with another operator.
Therefore, the ultimate num-


ber of specialty kiosk numbers
at the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport could be a
maximum of 12 and a minimum
of six once all licences are
awarded.
Some concern had been
expressed to The Tribune over
Clause 1.4 in the request for
proposal (RFP) document,
which stated that in addition to
the rent kiosk licensees paid to
the NADC, they could also
offer the airport operator an
"incentive payment" in a bid to
win the licence.
The clause stated: "In addi-


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- tion to rent, proponents may
offer a one-time lump sum
key/incentive payment to
induce NADC to select their
proposal."
There was concern that this
could lead to kiosk licences
being awarded on the basis of
'money talks', rather than a
potential operator's concept or
business plan, with the airport
not attracting those licensees
who were best for the job.
However, Mr Spinks
explained that the NADC's
evaluation committee would use
"a very specific set of evalua-
tion criteria" such as business
concept and theme; applicant's
background, management expe-
rience,.operations and market-
ing plan, and capital to deter-
mine who won the kiosk
licences.
The financial return each
licensees would generate from
paying NADC either a mini-
mum guaranteed rent per
annum or a percentage of gross
revenues (the minimum gross
revenue percentage on which
rents are to be based is 12 per
cent) would be taken into
account, but Mr Spinks
explained that "the only time"


the incentive payment in Clause
1.4 "comes into play" is if
NADC received two identical
concept proposals that could
not be separated.
If one applicant had offered
to make an incentive payment,
and the other had not, the for-
mer would win, Mr Spinks said,
as NADC seeks to maximise
revenues to fund the airport's
expansion and construction of
new terminal buildings.
He added that Clause 1.4 was
standard practice when it came
to leasing retail space in malls
and airports, both locations
being highly sought after by
retailers who were competing
for just a minimal number of
outlets.
"We're clearly looking to
maximise revenues," Mr Spinks
said. "It's a standard thing to
include in the retail mall busi-
ness, airport retailing, where
you have a large number of
retailer competing for a small
number of retail outlets."
In the RFP, the NADC said:
"Over the past 10 years, Nas-
sau Airport's average annual
passenger growth has been
approximately 2 per cent. Cur-
rent forecasts anticipate growth


will average around 3.2 per cent
through to year 2015."
Some 3.31 million passengers
are forecast to pass through
Lynden Pindling International
Airport during 2007, some 2.785
million of those being interna-
tional travellers.
By 2015, some 3.847 million
passengers will pass through the
main gateway to the Bahamas,
some 3.287 million of those
being international travellers.
And by 2030, those numbers,
according to the RFP, are pro-
jected to swell to 4.81 million
and 4.21 million respectively.
Of the six kiosks, two are for
authentically Bahamian-made
goods, such as arts and crafts,
while two more are for Bahami-
an souveniurs as well as those
two categories. For the final two
kiosks, some 25 per cent of the
merchandise they sell must be
authentically Bahamian.
The minimum base rent is
$2,000 per month for a kiosk,
or $3,000 per month with two
operators sharing a kiosk.
Applicants, though, can offer
to pay a higher minimum base
rent or higher percentage of
gross revenues upon which the
rent calculation will be based.


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GN 538





MINISTRY OF HEALTH & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT


GOVERNMENT NOTICE

Invitation for Tenders

The Government of The Bahamas is inviting tenders for the necessary
Service, Maintenance and Repair of Tractors and Mack Tandem Trucks for
the New Providence Sanitary Landfil.

Interested parties may obtain further information, including eligibility to
participate and may collect the bidding documents upon payment of a non-
refimdable fee of $100.00, as of Monday, July 234 2007.

The Department of Environmental Health Services
Farrington Road
Nassau, Bahamas

Telephone No: (242) 322-8037, Facsimile No: (242) 322-8073
Between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

The method of payment will be certified cheques or cash. Tenders are to be
submitted in triplicate (3) in a sealed envelopes) addressed to:

The Tenders Board
C/O The Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance and Planning
Cecil V. Wallace Whitfield Centre
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, N.P.
The Bahamas

No later than 20TH day of Augst 2007.

Tenders will be opened at 10:00a.m. on 21*t, August, 2007 at the office of
the Tenders Board, Ministry of Finance and Planning

The Government reserves the right to reject any or all Tendeos.


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