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Title: The Tribune.
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Volume: 103 No.206 MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007 PRICE 750

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Nation in peril as third

of students are found

'illiterate', 80% fail maths

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas is facing a social
failure "of immense conse-
quences" due to the crisis in the
nation's education system, a study
has shown, with "functional illit-
eracy on a large scale" placing liv-
ing standards and the economy in
A presentation to an education
conclave last week by the Coali-
tion for Education Reform, the
employer and trade union-spon-
sored group dedicated to reform-
ing the Bahamian education sys-
tem, said this nation had to act
urgently to end "the horror
movie" that the schools and edu-
catioO system had become.
J Barrie Farrington, giving the
presentation on the Coalition's
behalf, said of the consequences of
the Bahamian education crisis:
"The overwhelming and critical
national problem that we address
is functional illiteracy on a large
The Coalition's members
include the Nati6nal Congress o4

Trade Unions, the Bahamas
Hotel, Catering and Allied Work-
ers Union, the Chamber of Com-
merce, Bahamas Hotel Employ-
ers Association, Bahamas Hotel
Association, Bahamas Employers
Confederation and Nassau
Tourism and Development Board.
Its latest research found that
80 per cent of graduating students
at poorly performing New Provi-
dence high schools failed mathe-
matics in 2006, with more than
one-third also deemed to be illit-
erate as a result of their English
language scores.
The Coalition took the analy-
sis contained in its previous 2005
and March 2007 reports a step fur-
ther, evaluating the exam and aca-
demic performance of 2006 grad-
uating Bahamian students using
the four-point grading scale
employed by teachers to evaluate
classroom performance, not just
the BGCSE scores.
High schools, Mr Farrington
explained, used the grades 'A', 'B',
'C' and 'D' to grade classroom
SEE page 14

Reports of threats against

Defence Force officers in Inagua
Tribune Staff Reporter
FOR the second time in two weeks, a police team has been dis-
patched from New Providence to Inagua this time to follow up on
reports of Defence Force officers being threatened with "serious bodi-
ly harm" or even death by a group of Inagua residents, according to
New Providence based police received a call from Inagua police offi-
cers yesterday about the threats, apparently made at around 2.30 or 3
o'clock that morning at an Inagua nightclub, according to Chief Supt Glen

SEE page 14

Senior Sports Reporter
RMO de Janeiro: The men's
4 x 400 metre relay team of
Andrae Williams, Avard
Moncur, Micha'el Mathieu
and Chris BroWn battled
through the rair, two shaky
baton exchanges' and a stiff
challenge from;their oppo-
nents to cap off a fantastic
showing for the Bahamas at
the XV Pan American
They clocked three min-
utes and 01.94 seconds to win
the gold on Saturday night to
bring the curtain down on
what has been described as
the country's best showing in
the quadruple games as the
SEE page 14

Sir Nicholas Nuttall

dies at the age of 73
PROMINENT environmental .
activist and marine conservationist, Sir
Nicholas Nuttall, 3rd Baronet, died in
London early yesterday morning fol-
lowing a long illness.
He was 73. .
His wife, Eugenie, Lady Nuttall and
children were at his bedside. '
A long time permanent resident of
the Bahamas, Sir Nicholas was in the
forefront of a number of important
marine conservation initiatives and ."
environmental causes.
He was well known throughout the
islands and in local schools where he
frequently gave talks on the fragile 0 SIR Nicholas
marine environment and endangered Nuttall
His agitation was chiefly responsible for the introduction of
a closed season for grouper fishing in the Bahamas.
SEE page 14

Police come under fire after car chase

Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO police officers nar-
rowly escaped serious injury,
or death, early yesterday morn-
ing after a car chase ended
with the occupant opening fire
on their police vehicle.
The same could also be said
of a 30-year-old man who,
hours later, was fired on out-
side his homeby "persons
In the first matter, Corporal
25/18 Rolle and Corporal 830

Johnson from Elizabeth
Estates station were patrolling
at 1.55am Sunday on Indepen-
dence Drive, near Abundant
Life Road, when they saw a
black Nissan Maxima drive
through a red light.
"They went in pursuit to
stop it for a traffic violation,
but the vehicle sped off, lead-
ing to a chase in the Marathon
area," said Chief Supt Glen
"The car then came to a stop
and a male came from that
vehicle and opened fire on the

police vehicle causing damage
to the rear glass and the side
glass window."
No one was injured in the
attack, and the suspect man-
aged to escape the area,
according to Mr Miller,
It was later discovered that
the vehicle driven by the gun-
man had been reported stolen
on Thursday.
According to police, the 30-
year-old resident was pulling
up outside his house at around
SEE page 14

Three armed

robberies in

six hours
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are looking into
whether three armed robberies
committed over a six-hour period
on Saturday are linked.
The first incident took place at
around 4.05pm. A 27-year-old
cashier employed at a conve-
* nience store on Market Street
alerted police after she and a
security guard on the premises
fell victim to an armed man who
robbed the store of around $2000,
according to Chief Supt Glen
The man was described as
being of dark complexion, of
medium build and wearing dark
clothing. He fled the scene in a
white Nissan Sentra, however the
victims were unable to ascertain
the licence number.
Finding this vehicle is now a
significant line of inquiry for
police following up on two later
incidents which took place, con-
firmed Mr Miller.
These include a robbery at
around 11.45pm that day in which
a 38-year-old man, a resident of
Washington Street, and his girl-
SEE page 14

AG voices


over witness

Chief Reporter
ATTORNEY General Claire
Hepburn said she was "surprised"
at the number of extraditions before
the attorney general's office,
"extremely concerned" about the
increasing incidences of witness tam-
pering and doubtful that the
Bahamas will see the hanging of con-
victed murders in the near future.
Mrs Hepburn made the statement
yesterday during her appearance on
"Tell It Like It Is", hosted by Sean
McWeeny on Gems 105.9.
Calling it one of the major and
most "worrying" causes of backlogs
in the court system, witness tamper-
ing, Mrs Hepburn said, has become
a serious concern for her office.
"Police have challenges in terms
of getting witnesses because there is
a new phenomenon now where wit-
nesses are being bought off or threat-
ened so you can have a very strong
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A STRONG tropical wave
off the central Bahamas could
develop into the season's third
named storm: Chantal within
48 hours if the storm continues
to organize.
Preceding this system were
Andrea and Barry which both
developed in June but never
became a tropical system,
although they each had tropi-
cal storm force winds.
The storm that could become
Chantal will continue to move
slightly north of due west.
If this course holds, the storm
would approach the Lee-
ward/Windward Islands in
about three days.
Its future course will depend
on factors now developing.
Steering currents might take
it east of Florida, but the sub-
tropical jet stream that could
prevent it from strengthening
is itself retreating and weaken-
Thus, the storm has a good
chance of further organization.
Water temperatures rise as the
system approaches the
Waters of 80 degrees or more
promote organization and
strengthening of tropical sys-
The National Hurricane
Center calls this system an
"investigation area".

* THIS NOAA satellite image taken yesterday shows an area of
cloudiness to the north-east of the Bahamas

Hurricane researchers have
started downsizing their esti-
mates for a very active hurri-
cane season, most forecasters
still expect there to be more
than 10 named storms this year.
Incidently Hurricane Chantal
was the third named storm and
the first hurricane of the 1989
Atlantic hurricane season. The
storm made landfall near High
Island, Texas, causing flash
floods that killed thirteen peo-
A tropical wave formed north
of Trinidad and Tobago crossed
the Caribbean Sea with no
development and entered the
Gulf of Mexico. Based on satel-
lite data and ship reports, the
system was designated a tropical

depression on July 30 north of
the Yucatan Peninsula as it
moved northeastward towards
the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Chantal became a tropical
storm about 575 miles (920 kin)
southeast of Texas on July 31
and strengthened into a cate-
gory 1 hurricane later that day.
Chantal reached a minimum
barometric pressure of 986 mil-
libars before making landfall on
August 1 near High Island,
Texas. After landfall, Chantal
weakened to a tropical depres-
sion and disintegrated over
The remnants of Chantal
then moved northward over the
Great Plains and was tracked
northward over New York.

HIV victim claims Social Services

is discriminating against her

AN HIV positive New Prov-
idence resident is claiming that
she is the victim of discrimina-
tion at the hands of the Depart-
ment of Social Services.
The woman, who asked for
her name to be withheld, told
The Tribune yesterday that
Social Services workers have
started denying her food
coupons because of her con-
"I was getting the coupons
fpr along time. recently regis-
tered again and after the usual
three-week process, 1 went for

my appointment with them
(Social Services) and the
coupons are usually there after
two days. When I went to pick
the coupons up, they said there
was nothing there for me," said
the woman.
Although she has lived with
the virus for over 10 years, the
woman said she never told
Social Services but they found
out abdut a year ago.
"I really think they are deny-
ing me because of my situation,
there is no other reason why
they are denying me, because I

used to get the coupons before."
Not working because of her
illness and with only a bag of
sugar and grits in her cupboard,
the woman said she came to
The Tribune in search of an
answer and to tell the public
what she claims is really going
on at the Department of Social
The Tribune attempted to
contact t.he Q.e p.art. t._9.
Social Services for cotmnient ohil
the matter, but the phone lines
were not answered up to press.
time yesterday.

*In brief

Young man
is found

pany employee apparently
drowned while at work at
that facility in West Grand
Bahama on Saturday.
At about 5.52pm, the duty
officer at the Police Dispatch
Centre in Freeport, received
a call from a staff member at
Paradise Cove Resort in
Deadman's Reef, who
reported that one of their
divers Lavar Carey, 22, of
Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock -
was found floating underwa-
ter by the resort's proprietor.
As a result, Eight Mile
Rock Division and Central
Detective Unit officers, with
EMS personnel, were dis-
patched to the location.
Upon arrival, the resort's
owner, Barry Smith, pointed
out Carey's body lying on the
beach. He said that Carey,
who had been employed as a
diver for the past year, had
gone out as usual in a boat
around 5pm to collect the
dive marker flags and floats
and bring them ashore.
When he failed to return
within 20 minutes, fellow staff
members became concerned
and Mr Smith along with
them, got into a boat and
went looking for him.
Mr Smith said they found
the boat that Carey had gone
out in, but did not see him
anywhere. After searching
the area offshorefor about 30
minutes, Mr Smith said he
found Carey floating motion-
less, underwater.
He was rushed ashore where
CPR and other resuscitative
measures were administered,
but he failed to respond.
EMS personnel then took
him to the trauma section at
the Rand Memorial Hospi-
tal, where the duty doctor
pronounced him dead on
arrival at 6.35 pm.
Foul play is not suspected,
"however, an autopsy will be
performed to determine the
exact cause of the young
man's death.

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in Havana.

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007, PAGE 3


0 In brief

Straw market
to begin
this week

will begin this week in an effort
to clean up the straw market
site. officials from the Depart-
ment of Environmental Health
told The Tribune.
Officials from the Depart-
ment met with straw vendors
on Thursday evening to detail
plans for a straw market
cleanup programme.
"The treatment starts this
weekend. It's a three week
process we're going to be
using a tracking powder, live
baiting (and) traps," said Mel-
ony McKenzie, Director of
Environmental Health, on Fri-
day. According to Ms. McKen-
zie, the clean up efforts for the
straw market will begin as soon
as the treatment project is com-
Deputy Director Winston
Sweeting said that the clean-up
process will take place between
August 19-23 and will entail a
"washing down" of the area,
"rat proofing" and "scrubbing
of floors."

Police look for
in connection
with murder

Bahama businessman is want-
ed by police for questioning in
connection with the murder of
Freeport businessman Kon-
stantino "Konky" Vardaoulis.
Lester Eugene Adderley, a
26-year-old American Bahami-
an, and owner of the Hit Facto-
ry, is wanted by police for ques-
tioning into the shooting death
of the 31-year-old businessman
on April 12.
In a wanted bulletin issued
by Grand Bahama Police on
Thursday, Adderley, who was
born in Florida, is described as
being of brown complexion with
brown eyes.
He is about five feet, six inch-
es tall and of slim build. His last
known address was No 455
Hawaii Avenue, Freeport.
Mr Vardaoulis, a well known
resident of Freeport, was the
owner of the Grand Bahama
Food Company and the Chick-'
en Farm.
According to police reports,
he was shot multiple times by
an unknown assailant just as he.
arrived at his home on Bahama
Reef Boulevard.
Mr Vardaoulis had just pulled
up at the electric gate at his
home in his vehicle when gun-
shots were fired at him.
Two persons have since been
charged in the Magistrate's
Court in connection with his
Police say Adderley is con-
sidered armed and extremely
dangerous and should be
approached with caution.
Anyone who has information
concerning his whereabouts is
asked to contact police in
Grand Bahama at 350-3106,
352-9774 or 5, and 911.

Virgin Islands
extends ban
on fishing
for conch

Charlotte Amalie

Virgin Islands said Friday they
will close the territory's waters
to conch fishing for the rest of
the year because of concerns
about overfishing, according to
Associated Press.
The shellfish a staple of
Caribbean diets is normally
off-limits to commercial fishing
from July through September,
but the Department of Natural
Resources extended the ban to
help stocks replenish.
Significant poaching could
further delay the start of the
season.Fishermen who dive for

conch off St. Croix, one of three
islands that make up the US ter-
ritory, have produced harvests
exceeding sustainable levels
since 2000, according to depart-
ment spokesman Jamal Neilsen.
Much of the meat is sold in
Puerto Rico, where it fetches
up to US$14 per pound.


Cuban envoy believes relationship

with the Bahamas has improved

Tribune Staff Reporter

CUBAN Ambassador Felix
Wilson-Hernandez due to
leave the Bahamas for the last
time as Ambassador on
Wednesday said he is very
happy that the Bahamian gov-
ernment has decided to keep
its embassy in Cuba open.
In a parting interview with
The Tribune yesterday, Mr
Wilson-Hernandez, who has
represented Cuba in the
Bahamas since September
2001, said that by having a
Cuban embassy in the
Bahamas, and a Bahamian
embassy in Cuba opened in
2005, Cuba and the Bahamas
"added a little portion to the
overall relationship."
The embassy had been a
talking point in the election
season, during which then
Opposition leader Hubert
Ingraham said that if his party
took power, it would immedi-
ately downgrade the embassy.
Since that time, Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister
of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette surprised some by
stating the Ingraham adminis-
tration "intends to continue"
providing for a Bahamian
embassy in Cuba.
Mr Wilson said he believes
this is a good thing for the two
countries, both in terms of
helping Bahamians in Cuba,
and in adding to the Bahamas'
relations with other countries.
Noting the number of
Bahamian students in Cuba -
82, with 27 graduating this year
- as well as "increasing trade
relations" between Bahamians
and Cubans, travel to take part
in health programmes, and the
fact that there are also some
Bahamians imprisoned in the
country, Mr Wilson stated that
the Bahamas having an
embassy in Cuba is "helpful in
all of these things."
He added that by having a

diplomatic presence in Cuba.
this country also has an oppor-
tunity "to be close with other
countries which first the
Bahamas does not have rela-
tions, that have representation
in Cuba. or with which the
Bahamas does have relations.
but does not have embassies."
Over 15,000 people travelled
to Cuba last year from this
country. Mr Wilson-Hernan-
dez said. While he could not
say how many of those were
Bahamians, he said it certainly
suggests a "considerable link."
Four hundred were Bahami-
ans travelling to Cuba between
February 2006 and March
2007, to participate in the free
eye treatment programme
offered by the communist
country. The overall response
to. that experience, he said, has
been "very, very positive."
On Saturday, Mr Wilson-
Hernandez introduced several
journalists, as well as other
Bahamians, to the new charge
d'affaires, Gustavo Veliz, who

will be in charge of the
embassy in the interim period
between his departure and the
arrival of a new ambassador.
The new ambassador may
arrive around mid-August.
Mr Wilson-Hernandez said
that although he believes the
Bahamian people now have a
more "truthful" perception of
Cuba compared to when he
arrived, there are still many areas
the new ambassador will be able
to work on. including strength-
ening ties in education, health,
agriculture and business all
sectors in which he says Cuba
has much to offer the Bahamas.
Reflecting on some signifi-
cant moments during his
tenure, such as the dentist dra-
ma, which saw two Cuban den-
tists detained in the
Bahamas as they sought to
reach the US eventually
being freed by the Bahamian
government to travel on to the
US, despite the Bahamas gen-
eral policy of returning
migrants to the country from

Gustavo Veliz

whence they came, the ambas-
sador said that the Bahamas was
put in a "difficult" position by a
politically charged US policy.
He added that Cuba respects
the Bahamas' government deci-
sion to allow the dentists to con-

tinue to the US, rather than
being returned to their native
land, noting diplomatically that
"in the same way we respect
other countries' decision we
would like other countries to
respect our own decisions."

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MP has no authority for his claims

POOR Mr Obie Wilchcombe has certainly
got his "knickers in a twist" over a business
decision that makes good sense in the First
World, but takes on cloak-and-dagger pro-
portions in the narrow confines of his PLP
The newspapers announcing a practical,
common sense business arrangement between
The Nassau Guardian, its Freeport News and
The Tribune had hardly hit the streets when
Mr Wilchcombe was heading for a podium
in Grand Bahama to-yell at the top of his
lungs for a boycott of all three publications.
According to him, their business merger was
a threat to free speech.
We don't know whose free speech it was
threatening as his bombastic nonsense, illus-
trated by photographs, took up most of Sat-
urday's page 3 in The Tribune. As for Satur-
day's Freeport News one would have been
tempted to think' it was a PLP publication.
Not only did the lead article dominate its
front page with a report of the PLP's town
meeting in Marco City, but its entire page
three, with photographs, was devoted to the
Now Mr Wilchcombe, PLP MP for West
End and Bimini, and himself a former broad-
caster, wants to make Bahamians believe that
their voices will be stifled. How can he justi-
fy telling such lies to the Bahamian people?
He would be justified in his assumptions, if
all three publications had banned all PLP
news from its columns as the PLP tried to
do to the Opposition when it controlled the
airwaves. He could then have complained -
and would have been within his rights to do
so. But to judge us by his own practices when
he was news director of ZNS is unworthy of
any honest newsman.
If those days have faded from his memory
we would refer him to The Tribune of June
30, 1990 and an article headed: "Scathing
attack on ZNS News Director". That News
Director was none other than Mr Wilch-
combe, today's self-appointed protector of
our people's free speech.
In that article then Opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham complained that Radio
Bahamas' Northern Service "cheated the lis-
tening public by withholding facts of the elec-
tion returns long after poll workers and half of
Freeport knew the results."
Mr Ingraham was complaining about the
way News Director Wilchcombe and his spe-
cial projects manager had reported the returns
of the Marco City by-election in which lawyer
David Thompson, FNM, defeated Grand
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Gray of the PLP.
It was an interesting article. After assessing
Mr Wilchcombe's broadcast commentary and
the emotive words chosen for the occasion,
Mr Ingraham concluded that "apparently
Obie learned propaganda before he mastered
English, and that is a terrible waste of public
And the stifling of a free voice over gov-
ernment controlled radio ZNS was so bad in
1992 that Fred Mitchell, who headed his own
political party at the time, took himself to
Miami to broadcast a political advertisement
over WINZ 940am to ask Bahamians in south
Florida to urge their families in the Bahamas
to vote for the Opposition, and oust Pindling's
PLP government.
What these men don't seem to understand
is that we are in the newspaper business. A
newspaper, if it wants to sell its product, has
to report the news all the news that's fit to
print. If the public felt that we were with-
holding news, they would stop buying our
newspapers. So, regardless of what these pet-
ty politicians say, we are not suicidal.
There are those who have told us: Oh,
don't pay any attention to that -it's only
politics. But, we do pay attention to what
politicians say in public we are not inter-
ested in their spineless, mealy-mouthed peace
overtures behind closed doors. It is what they
say in public that matters, because if they will
be dishonest with their constituents, they are
not worthy to represent them in parliament.
The PLP would not be satisfied with The
Tribune even if they were given space on
every page of our newspaper. All they want is
to get into this column, and they will not get
in this column until they stop playing poli-
tics with the Bahamian people and tell them
to their faces what they whisper behind their
backs. In this. column we judge a politician
on his public performance. We are not inter-
ested in those who like to straddle the fence
so that they can be accepted in all camps.
And, in case they have forgotten, this
newspaper was founded by our grandfather
104 years ago to champion the rights of the lit-
tle man, the man without a voice and with
no outlet to express his feelings. We are not
here to protect the politicians. Part of our
mission is to protect the people against politi-
cians who would hoodwink them out of their
birthright for their own selfish ends.
The Tribune has not, and never will forget
its mission no matter how loudly a petty
politician shouts from his podium. We are
here, "bound to swear to the dogmas of no


EDITOR, The Tribune.
TOWERING levels of vic-
timisation, hatred, jealousy
and hypocrisy is so over-
whelmingly amongst our lead-
ers and individuals in high
places in our country until
they have become accepted
and the norm. Backstabbing,
throat cutting, and undermin-
ing can be heard coming from
all levels of individuals who
have had that experience in
our society. Yet we are
encouraged and expected by
The Ministry of Tourism offi-
cials to be friendly and nice
to visitors and tourists; while
they themselves don't practise
any type of courtesy amongst
our owned people.
With the exception of edu-
cation and health, tourism is
perhaps the most importation
ministry in our country, but
certain employees and offi-
cials at the. Ministry of
Tourism, particularly those in
the "events strategy and spe-
cial projects" department,
don't seem to care about that.
They seem to spend most of
their time putting heads
together pondering how they
ought to hurt and victimise
Bahamian citizens who have
contributed and continue to
contribute to the development
of Tourism in this country,
rather than putting that same
energy into improving the
"Tourism Product."
Of course, the concept of
"Junkanoo Summer Festival"
accompanied with '"A Walk",
through History" is a brilliant
one; and they ought to be
commended for it, but criti-
cised as well because it was
poorly implemented: Firstly,
the individuals who were
dressed in historical costumes
were like a needle in a hay
stack" because it wasn't
enough of them for the tourist
to even notice them.
However, the musical and
entertainment aspect of the
Summer Festival was very
good; and Mr Fred Ferguson
did an excellent job in organ-
ising all the bands and musi-
cians, including my band. But
some smart member from the
JSF Committee waited until
Mr Fred Ferguson went on
vacation to hand me a letter
informing me that I was cut
from the programme because
my band was too big and the
Ministry of Tourism can't
afford to pay a big band. Iron-

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ically, that same smart person
from the Junkanoo Summer
Festival Committee replaced
my band with the same sized
band; and to add insult to
injury, the band must have
been from Trinidad, because
as I walked along Bay Street I
heard the song "Tiny-winy"
playing and it immediately got
my attention, because when I
was contracted to perform at
the Junkanoo Summer Festi-
val, one of things was stressed
to me by Mr Fred Ferguson
was, strictly Bahamian music.
Therefore, I decided to wait
for the duration of the song
to hear whether the shop
nearby was playing a CD
through their big speaker, but
immediately following that
song was: Feeling Hot Hot
Hot then Dollar wine, Swing-
ing Engine, What Are We
fighting for? Interestingly
though, 45 minutes went by

and not a Bahamian song was
played. And what made the
entire entertainment so
pathetic, all of these songs
were being played with a Steel
Pan melody on the threshold
of our 34th Independence cel-
The scariest thing in this
whole fiasco in my opinion is
these Ministry of Tourism offi-
cials don't know how danger-
ous they are, because they are
willing and prepared to
destroy, rearrange and upset
the entire Summer Festival
just to victimise me. And, in
the process of victimising me,
their decision affected three
Free National Movement sup-
porters who are members of
my band.
Perhaps those individuals at
the Ministry of Tourism who
victimised me were only fol-
lowing instructions from their
political leaders.

July 25, 2007.

Responding to Punch

'dinosaur' comment

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE Punch this week, while reporting the news of
the merger of the printing and distribution of The Tribune
and the Guardian, referred to Mrs. Carron as a
In an eloquent letter earlier in the week, the Nassau Institute
referred to the debt that the people of this country owe The Tri-
bune for the excellent job they have done over the years, not
only in reporting the news, accurately and fairly, but occasion-
ally jogging our memories about past events that have shaped
this country.
Like thousands of others who look forward to The Tribune
each day, I turn first to the editorial.
I am amazed at the information seemingly at her fingertips
and the fact that she can produce such eloquent and powerful
editorials day after day, week after week.
When I read the comment in the Punch I thought of the state-
ment that Sir Winston Churchill made to the Canadian Parlia-
ment in 1942, when he referred to the French generals who pre-
dicted, after the fall of France, that "in three weeks England will
have her neck wrung like a chicken" Sir Winston said to Par-
liament "some chicken, some neck!"
So, to the writers of the Punch, I say "Some dinosaur!"
How fortunate the Bahamas would be if we had a few more
like her.
July 26, 2007.
Ii i


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

The UWI Clinical Programme and the wider UWI
Faculties 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, grandchil-
dren, relatives and friends.

May his soul rest in peace.

Professor Howard W. Spencer
Director, University Coordinator

Concerns with

Ministry of

Tourism officials
ffi al


PAGE 4, MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007


QIn brief

Man held
after stolen
car crashes
at bend
A 28-YEAR-OLD man is
being questioned by police in
connection with a stolen vehi-
cle. which crashed into bush-
es early Saturday afternoon
and was damaged beyond
At about 12.30pm Satur-
day Tyrone Hayes of Hanna
Hill. Eight Mile Rock,was dri-
ving a white 2003 Oldsmobile
Intrigue r/n 39086, north on
Coral Road in the vicinity of
the Grand Bahama Sporting
Complex. As he attempted to
negotiate the curve before
reaching the Grand Bahama
Highway, the car skidding off
the road into the pine forest
and knocking down several
. trees before coming to a stop,
wrapped around one of them,
Grand Bahama Police Chief
Superintendent Basil Rah-
ming reported.
The vehicle, which was
extensively damaged from the
crash, then caught fire.
Motorists passing in the area,
stopped and quickly pulled
the driver from the burning
car. An ambulance was dis-
patched to the scene and took
Hayes to the trauma section
at the Rand Memorial Hos-
pital, where he was treated
for relatively minor injuries.
He was then arrested and tak-
en into custody by Traffic
Police and questioned about
the vehicle.
A woman of Deadman's
Reef had reported to the
police that her white 2003
Oldsmobile Intrigue car No.
39086, was stolen from the
parking lot of the Quantum
Medical Centre, on Thursday.

Haiti study
has promise
for anaemia
in children
developed a powder that
helps prevent and treat iron
deficiency among young chil-
dren and, when mixed with
other food, helps combat mal-
nutrition, a serious health
problem in poor countries,
according to Associated Press.
According to a study in the
Journal of Nutrition, when the
powder, called Sprinkles, was
added to children's food in
Haiti, anaemia was reduced
by half and the children were
protected from becoming
anaemic or relapsing during
the next seven months.
In rural Haiti, where at
least two out of every three
children under three years
old are anaemic, a food aid
programme was developed
that included cereals fortified
with iron and other micronu-


Campaigner's plea

on Guana Cay land

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Lawyer Fred
Smith said Guana Cay residents
want immediate confirmation
from the FNM government that
no Crown grant and no trea-
sury lease have been issued to
the developers of Bakers Bay
on Guana Cay.
"Unless the government pub-
licly declares that they have not
given this Crown land away, the
Save Guana Cay Reef Associa-
tion will have to mount a vigor-
ous public campaign against the
FNM government for breach-
ing the trust that was placed in it
by the Bahamian voters on
Guana Cay," Mr Smith said on
Mr Smith, who spoke on
behalf of the SGCRA, said he
was very pleased to learn that
the FNM government was mov-
ing to ensure that Crown lands
went to Bahamians.
He stressed that there is no
reason why foreigners should
receive over 150 acres of Crown
land over Bahamians who have
been asking for Crown land for
decades on Guana Cay.
"It is discriminatory for the
PLP government to have agreed
to give all that Crown land away
to the foreign Baker's Bay
development, and none to the
Bahamian," said Mr Smith.
"Yes, there are times and
places where it (Crown land) can

be used for development pur-
poses. But if 150 acres of Crown
land is left on Guana Cay. how is
it that all 150 acres goes to a for-
eign private developer for prof-
it, and not for the people of Gua-
na Cay?" he asked.
Mr Smith said that that is not
the intended purpose of Crown
land. He noted that Crown land
is public land which is held by
the government in trust for the
Bahamian people.
The SGCRA is strongly
opposed to the Baker's Bay pro-
posed resort development at Gua-
na Cay. It believes that the devel-
opment is too large and would
severely jeopardise the fragile
environment of the small cay.
Mr Smith said that no Crown
grant has been made of the
property in Guana Cay to Bak-
er's Bay as representation was
made to the Court of Appeal
on behalf of the developers in
April 2007.
"We expect Crown property
to be reserved for Bahamians,
particularly in a small island
where there is no further pri-
vate or public land to be given
away to the citizens.
"We now call on the FNM to
deliver on its pre-election promis-
es to the people of Guana Cay.
"The citizens of Guana Cay
voted overwhelmingly over
90 per cent in favour of the
FNM and they expect the FNM
to make good on their promis-
es," he said.

During his contribution in the
Senate. Labour Minister Dion
Foulkes stated that Crown land
will be made available to Bahami-
an investors at concessionary rates
for business ventures, particular-
ly in the Family Islands.
Mr Smith said: "The people
of Guana Cay, the Bahamian
citizens of Guana Cay want
immediate confirmation from
Mr Foulkes, and from the Min-
ister of Finance and the Prime
Minister that no Crown grant
and no treasury lease have been
issued to the developers of Bak-
ers Bay on Guana Cay."
He said that Crown land
should be reserved for future
generations of the 200 Bahami-
an citizens of Guana Cay.
He believes that government
should not enter into heads of
agreement where it gives Crown
land away virtually for free to a
foreign developer who then
leverages it for millions of dol-
lars for development.
"Why give it to foreigners
instead who will then sell it for
.the $1 to $4 million, and you
then give them hotel, business
license, customs duties, and real
property tax exemptions."
Mr Smith believes that
Crown land on the beach
should be given to Guana Cay
residents for the development
of small bed and breakfast busi-
nesses, and other small busi-
nesses that would be more
appropriately scaled for the cay.

Fishing tourney at Bimini Bay

BIMINI Bay Resort and
Marina hosted the 21st annual
Latin Builders Association of
South Florida fishing tourna-
ment where about 150 boats and
yachts and nearly 1,100 guests
travelled across the gulf for a
weekend of relaxation at Bimini
Bay Resort and Marina.
"The tournament was such a
riveting success that we will
beginra'tradition of holding
future LBA tournaments at
Bimini Bay Resort and Mari-
na," said LBA Tournament
Director, Ernesto Portuondo.
"This first-class resort and mari-
na has brought life back to our
beloved Bimini."
According to the Bimini
Tourism Office, the island of
Bimini experienced record-
breaking numbers over the
three-day period totalling 1,097
tourists who travelled by air
and sea to the island. When
compared to the same week-
end in 2006, numbers dictate
a 50 per cent increase in
tourism. Local vendors profit-
ed from the surplus of visitors,
including the town's golf cart
rental and the straw market
which had its opening during
the weekend.
"The-island hasn't seen num-
bers like this since July Fourth
weekend of 2006," said Acting
Manager of the Bimini Tourism
Office, Antoinette Stuart. "We
are really starting to see the
revitalization of Bimini."
Bimini Bay Resort has con-
tinued to shine, hosting nearly
20 events and tournaments to
date which has benefited the
economy of the island. Guests

N BIMINI Bay Resort and I
Marina is packed with boats
during the annual LBA Fish-
ing Tournament
(PRNewsFoto/Bimini Bay
Resort and Marina)

enjoy staying in beautifully-
appointed condominiums and
treehouses as well as appreci-
ate upscale amenities such as
the resort's Infinity Pool and
Grill and best restaurant on the
island, Casa Lyon.
"Bimini Bay looks forward
to breaking more records in the
future as it continues to expand
with the Conrad Hotel, casino,
spa, Robert Trent Jones, Jr-
designed links golf course and a
second private island," said a
company statement.
A longtime favourite for big-
game fishing and yachting
enthusiasts, Bimini is back in
the spotlight with the opening of
Bimini Bay Resort and Mari-


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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007, PAGE 5


Potcake shooting raises spectre of

Bahamas violence against animals

REFLECTING on the cur-
rent uproar following Atlanta
Falcons quarterback Michael
Vick being indicted on dog
fighting charges, it is clear that
Bahamians do not have to go
outside New Providence to find
individuals who enjoy being cru-
el to animals.

On Sunday a man in the Yel-
low Elder district shot a pot-
cake who was in her own yard.
As a result the dog's ear was
almost ripped off. She was tak-
en to the Bahamas Humane
Society where she was operated
on and is recovering.
Two youths were also report-

ed to have visited the same Yel-
low Elder home the next day.
stole the brother of the first pot-
cake and deliberately tied him
up in a fenced yard containing
two Pit Bulls which viciously
tore into the defenseless ani-
mal. Near to death he escaped
and crawled toward home

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where he was found by his own-
er huddled and terrified under a
parked car. With the help of a
caring friend, and with great dif-
ficulty. his blood soaked.
bruised and lacerated body was
retrieved and taken to the
Bahamas Humane Society
where he immediately received
treatment for his terrible
injuries and shock, and was giv-
en antibiotics and painkillers
then hospitalized. Unfortunate-
ly. he did not respond to treat-
ment as his injuries were so
extensive, so he was euthanised
to save him unnecessary pain
and suffering.
Chief Inspector Stephen
Turnquest of the Bahamas
Humane Society (BHS) said
that "in cases like this we need
witnesses to come forward to
support our investigation with a
view to bringing these vicious,
dangerous people to court. As
well as animal cruelty there are

obviously matters of trespass
and illegal firearms use here."
He said that "any informa-
tion will be treated in the
strictest confidence, but if citi-
zens don't stand up against this
worst kind of antisocial behav-
iour, this type of person will
continue walking our streets
and next time it may be a per-
son on the receiving end of their
brutal assaults".
The devastated family mem-
bers who own the dogs are
responsible people who gave a
loving home to two needy.
friendly dogs and they cannot
understand why these inhuman,
unprovoked attacks on their
harmless pets took place.
BHS executive director
Kevin Degenhard said: "After
a lifetime of working in the
field of animal welfare we nev-
er get used to this type of gra-
tuitous, thuggish cruelty. We
are all too aware, in part of our

community, there is a mindset
out there which places no \,title
on animals or their \ei\ real
needs. We only ha\e to tollo\\
the trail of publicity about tihe
dog fighting allegations made
against NFL stall Michael \'lik
to see comments on the Intci
net showing most people see
dog fighting for what it is. ihe\
see it as a barbaric relic hoiin
the uncivilised dark ages, but
some comments glamorise and
hero worship individual,,
alleged to be associated \\ith
dog fighting.
"We should be very con
cerned that anyone in a mod
ern, caring society wants to do
this sort of thing for kicks as it
shows they have no compassion
for God's creatures and proba
bly little more for people. We
need the support of witness,
because for evil to prevail it
only takes good people to do
nothing." he said.

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ripped her ear off





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PAGE 6, MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007

9. p

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quest to promote the people
and culture of the Bahamas.
Kerzner International present-
ed a major donation to the
Ro6ts Junkanoo Group on
Tuesday. July 24. The cheque
donation, which was presented
by Kerzner International's
Senior Vice President of Public
Affairs. Ed Fields, marks 16
years that the resort company
has sponsored Roots.
"Junkanoo is our most impor-
tant cultural expression," Mr
Fields said, "and Kerzner Inter-
national is more than pleased
each year to not only join in the
celebrations, but assist the
Roots Junkanoo group in their
involvement in the Boxing Day
and New Year's Day parades.
We are certain that the funds
will go a long way in assisting
the group in defraying the vari-
ous costs associated with par-
ticipating in this major cultural
"Of course, it goes without
saying how proud we are with
the success that Roots achieved
last year, having won the Box-
ing Day Parade. To have con-
tributed to that success, demon-
strates that perseverance pays
off. Roots have shown their
commitment over the years,
despite not always coming out
on top and we have and will
continue to support their
efforts," said Mr Fields.
According to group leaders,
the donation will be used to

cover material expenses for con-
struction of a new Junkanoo
shack and to supply the basic
essentials for the coming sea-
son. They also confirmed that in
addition to the new shack, a
youth centre is also in its devel-
opment stage. This project will
serve as a consistent training
ground for new initiates and
veterans interested in perfect-
ing their craft.
Vincent King, Deputy Group
Leader commented,
"Junkanoo is a very powerful
tool. The community consists
of many young teenagers seek-
ing to explore different
avenues to express themselves,
and our goal is to influence
exceptional citizens that have a
strong passion for our Bahami-
an culture."
Kishlane O'Brien, Roots
Group Secretary said, "Roots
has always been at the forefront
of Junkanoo, like any other
entity there is always room for
improvement. We've learnt
over the years, methods and
ways to do things better. We've
captivated the high points and
we've nurtured the small points
and we fostered it into this
beautiful flower that we now
call the Roots Junkanoo
Ms O'Brien also stated that
she and her team are "very
appreciative for the continuing
sponsorship and look forward
for many years of involvement
with Kerzner International."

* PICTURED from left to right deputy group leader Vincent
King; executive lead builder and designer. Trevor Lloyd: Ed
Fields, Kerzner's senior vice-president of public affairs; group
secretary Kishlane O'Brien and group treasurer Mark Bastian.
(Photo: Joshua Yentis/ Blue Wave Imaging).

GB Power Company

names top employee

* LEFT to right: Timothy Borkowski, president and CEO of
Grand Bahama Power Company, Tanya Russell, GBPC
Employee of The Year 2006/2007 and Richard Rolle Employee
of The Year 2005/6.

TANYA Russell, payroll
assistant at Grand Bahama
Power Company was named
Employee of the Year for 2007
at the company's annual thanks-
giving church service, held at
the Freeport Seventh-Day
Adventist Church.
Mrs Russell, an 18-year vet-
eran employee, has worked in
various capacities before being
promoted to her current posi-
tion of payroll assistant. Nomi-
nated by her peers for Employ-
ee of the Third Quarter in 2006,
Tanya was described as a cheer-
ful and helpful professional who
goes above and beyond the call
of duty to assist others. She was
highlighted for her hard work
and dedication to the Company.
Timothy Borkowski, presi-
dent and chief executive officer
of Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany, said that "Tanya is an out-
standing example as a model
Employee and we are all proud
of her and glad she is a part of
our team."
Russell was described as a
"dedicated employee who can
be called upon to do whatever is
needed for the overall good of
the human resources depart-
ment. She interacts very well
with other employees and truly
cares about meeting their
needs." said her supervisor. Evis

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and forMB:allNifa
who passed away on Thursday July 19th, 2007
after a long illness. He was the son of Mrs. Betty Fox
and step-son of Mr. Errol Fox. He is survived by two
children Aaron and Jessica Fox, Mr. & Mrs. Brent Fox,
nephews Jason and Ryan Foxand other relatives in
England. Dean was best remembered in Nassau as
a lawyer in the firms of Higgs and Johnson, Roberts,
Isaacs & Co and Fox & Simms Co. He was born
February 26th, 1950 in Toronto Canadaand attended
high schools at Queens College, Nassau and Kingswodd
School, Bath England. Later he graduated from The
Inner Temple Law School in London England. He was
called to the British Bar and later to the Bahamas Bar.
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Each year Dolphin Encounters'
Seaventure Camp attracts hun-
dreds of children throughout the
Bahamas. All programmes are
designed to help children discov-
er the many secrets of marine
mammals and the delicate ecosys-
tem. For four weeks, campers are
immersed in behind-the-scenes
action. learning how to feed and
care for a dolphin, witnessing spe-
cialised training techniques and
studying the all-natural environ-
ment in which these mammals
live. Campers also get an insid-
er's look at the world-class facili-
ty, and a chance to participate in
exciting programmes in a safe,
clean environment.
"You can't find a better class-
room or teachers. What better
way to educate our kids on our
marine life than by placing them
right in the middle of our dol-
phins' home," said Annette
Dempsey, Assistant Director of
Marine Mammals.
"They're spending time with
some of the leading marine life
professionals in the country, and
parents feel good knowing that
their kids are in expert hands and
are safe during the summer
Over the years, Dolphin
Encounters has played host to
hundreds of campers and the
numbers keep growing.
"Our camp programmes have
really become a phenomenon
unto itself," said Ms Dempsey.
"You have kids who count the
days until we start our summer
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once you've seen all that we have
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Five-year-old camper Bianca
Smith says she chose to do the
Dolphin Encounter summer pro-
gramme because she heard it was
"very good."
"I know other kids who did the
camp and they had a lot of fun.
I've learned so much already. I
learned about echolocation and
why sea lions have whiskers, and
why we should conserve it's all
very interesting stuff," she said.
Albury Higgs, an eight-year-old
student from St Andrew's School,
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about echolocation and why it's
important to be nice to animals
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animals and we need to protect
them," she said.
Dolphin Encounters offers sev-
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on marine life and the environ-
In Flippers, Flukes and Blow-
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Dolphin Encounters' special
marine mammals and focus on
exciting activities that teach them
about their friendly ocean friends.
In Under Da' Sea, young people
discover some of the unique traits
that make each ocean animal so
special. Creature Feature, lets chil-
dren discover a new animal every
day and they learn to play and act
out how the animals live.
Marine Mammal Mania is filled
with new animals and cool activi-
ties, including meeting a dolphin.
In Aqua Explorers, campers
take an amazing close look at the
creatures that make their home
in the world's coral reefs. Chil-
dren get face-to-face with ocean
friends while snorkeling in the
What do lobsters, jellyfish and
starfish all have in common? They
have no bones. In the No Bones
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and on an exciting snorkeling
In Habitat Adventure, children
unearth a new habitat and wit-
ness the animals that live there.

As a special treat, the young peo-
ple go on a wild creature safari in
search of the cool inhabitants of
Blue Lagoon Island. A camp
favourite is the Walk on the Wild
Side programme w which allows
participants to take part in a wild
\% eck of adventure while e meeting
some special friends the Atlantic
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seals and ian.latee, s. Celitc
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first hand how the\ di\e and com-
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when it comes to our summer
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Ranaldo Smith, Educational
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respect for our environment and
to teach them unique conserva-
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speak for themselves. The kids
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THE most famous meerkat.
at least to children, is "Timo-
ne" from the "Lion King".
Timone. the cartoon charac-
ter. is based on the real life
meerkat who resides in Cali-
fornia at the only private
refuge for meerkats.
At Ardastra Gardens &
Zoo there are a total of six
meerkats and although they
may not be as famous as Tim-
one, they are certainly just as
Meerkats are from the
southern part of Africa. which
is dominated by the Kalahari
Desert...a very harsh environ-
ment to live in. Temperatures
in the summer months can
reach highs of about 1150F.
To cope with such extreme
temperatures, the Meerkat's
fur coat has a great ability to
act as both insulation to keep
heat in, and an exhaust system
to prevent them from over-
These little mammals have
outstanding vision. They have
a dark band around their eyes,
which reduces any glare from
the sun. As a result, meerkats
have the ability to see a preda-
tory bird as they look directly
into the sun. However, their
ability to see things close up is
not as good.
In the wild, the meerkat
community is typically called a
"gang" and can have up to 40
members. They spend most of
the day foraging for food
which includes termites,
worms, crickets, grasshoppers
and small rodents. Usually,
there is a meerkat acting as a
Sentry, watching for danger as
the others look for food and,
understandably so, he is usual-
ly the meerkat that is best fed,
at the time.
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TV Marti still tough to see in Cuba

FEN months ago. the US
vio5ernment launched a new

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A US State Department draft
report circulated last month
called the jet -a best practice"
to beat the Cubans' jamming
efforts and said the Sill million
start-up cost Nwas "a big invest-
ment but appears to be paying
off." with viewership on the rise.
But more than two dozen
Cubans immigrants N\ ho recent-
ly arrived in Florida paint a very
different picture. In inmer\ie\ss
with The Associated Press. the\
said while the US government s
Radio Marti is heard through-
out the island. IV MNaiti can
rarely be seen. I he I V opera-
tion costs L'S taxpayers more
than $20 million a i\sca
"1 s:i\N it during a da\ with
cery good climatological nmdi-
Iu. ls but itr .ili h., ,ame
-'liiouuih. said Luati Kiiamos.
h,,iul d i, c. d 'o f I nii (lit June
Ii.' uin Haana. I huse outside
iA Ilavana -ouldn't see it at all.
Thi- i jui. mc iat, ir tcism
ot -\ 1ta f .ihin iia be.n
accused o1 fsIing miased, some-
times mismanaged and often
boring. The station remains in
sinL with the -ietws of Miami's
most hardline Cuban merican
poulitica leadohjp artd e forts
by soie menmbeis ot C(ongress
to put the 17-year-old station out
of business ha\e never gotten
\ei, tat But (N Rseps Bill
Delahunl. D-Mass. Charlie
Rangel. D NTi and Jeff Flake,
R-Ariz arc pushing for hearings
on the Marti stations toi the fall.
and congressional investigators
began reviewing management of
the Martis last munth.
Still, the station is one of the
Miami Cuban exile communi-
ty's few tangible victories during
its 48-year struggle to overthrow
Fidel Castro's government, and
many Cuban-Americans are
loathe to criticise it public.
Half a dozen current and tor-
mer Marti journalists, as well
as several experts who support
the Marti mission, expressed
concern to the AP about the
quality of the current program-
ming and a top-down manage-
ment style that swiftly punishes

* ALBERTO Mascaro, chief of staff for the Office of Cuba
Broadcasting. which oversees TV Marti. talks to a reporter in
Miami, Friday. June 22, 2007
(AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

dissenters. All refused to speak
on the record because they said
the feared losing their jobs or
other retribution.


Since 2005, several employ-
ees have sent repeated unsigned
letters to Secretary of State
Condoleeza Rice criticising the
management. Among their con-
cerns is the State Department
report's reliance on a January
poll showing the number of
Cubans viewing Marti on the
island increased with the plane's
launch. The man whose com-
pany commissioned the poll,
veteran Spanish-language
media consultant Herb Levin,
helped found Radio Marti and
has had several other contracts
to improve Marti programming.
"I don't care about the per-
ceptions. I know the quality of
work we do, and the standards
we apply to the work we per-
form," Levin said.
The recent State Department
report found the station suf-
fered from a lack of communi-
cation between management
and employees and that ethical
standards needed to be
reviewed, but it said overall
morale had improved in recent
years under current Director
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TV and Radio Marti. hopes the
State Department's conclusions
will eventually translate into
more confidence in the broad-
The station has made strides.
It added a weekly programme
called "Voces." which focuses
on the black civil rights struggle
in the US and human rights
struggles worldwide, as well as a
satire about a Cuban immi-
grant's culture shock. More
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But the few recent arrivals
who had seen the TV broad-
casts said the mostly news and
commentary formats still mir-
ror what the Cuban government
stations offer.
Watching American TV
broadcasts is illegal in Cuba.
Those interviewed said that if
they did watch banned pro-
grammes, they preferred the
commercial channels from Mia-
mi via contraband satellite dish-
es. Some of those stations even
use personalities who once per-
formed on the Cuban govern-
ment's four TV channels.

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seat when he did not seek a
mandated extension for time
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Developers sign contract for

excavation, site preparation

MON'IANA Holdings
Ltd deelopers of the
i1,pale 9J00-aLic nautical-
neme resort and residential
community in Rum Cay. this
,eek signed a substantial
,-onLract with a local heavy
equipment company for
xtLavation and site prepare
aI6 i.
;Deputy Director General
I- tourism David Johnson.
iiAison for Family Island pro-
jeCts, was on hand for the
contract signing and
applauded Montana Hold-
' The Ministry of Tourism
nas had as one of our prima-
ry goals increasing the bene-
iits to the local community
though the development of
.urism-related projects," Mr
J(ahnson said.
r"This contract signing
kIday between Montana
Holdings, developers of Rum
Cay Resort Marina in the
southern Bahamas, and
Spurtree Trucking & Equip-
mnent Services Ltd, an estab-
li.hed Bahamian company
with all Bahamian owner-
ship, is an excellent example
Jflsynergy between investors
and local business."
lEstablished in 1999,
Spurtree has participated in
numerous private and public
works projects, including
Lynden Pindling Internation-
a Airport, Sir Milo Butler
F highway. Tonique Williams-
L arling Highway and spent
in arly one year in a major
c Lan-up campaign following
F hurricane Floyd.
One of the largest projects
e er undertaken in the Fami-
I Islands, Rum Cay Resort
Sarina will transform the
, cepy island into a low den-
, y village community with
marina condominiums,
o eanfront villas, private res-
i ences, a beach club, eques-
t ian centre, tennis courts
a id yacht club which is
e pected to be the hub of
1l id-back activity. Rock
I esorts will manage its con-
d>) hotel.
, Marina plans call for envi-
r mental safeguards to
S aliy it as a Blue Flag
a arina.

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designated charity. The Bahamas
Heart Association. Linda LaFleur is
shown receiving a "Cans for Kids"
cheque from Brendalyn on behalf
of The Bahamas Heart Associa-
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The Toastmasters gather for

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FOR only the second time
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Division I of Toastmasters
International, held a national
induction ceremony. Held at
historic Government House,
scores of toastmasters gath-
ered for the occasion which
will no doubt be one of the
highlights of the 2007-2008
The induction was a signifi-
cant event as it was a procla-
mation that officers of each
club are dedicated to serving
their members.
Toastmasters is a non-profit
educational organization that
operates clubs worldwide for
the purpose of helping mem-
bers improve their communi-
cation and leadership skills.
The Bahamasis part of Toast-
masters District 47 which
includes 350 clubs throughout
Florida and The Bahamas. It is
the largest toastmasters' dis-
trict in the world.
Phenton Neymour, Minister
of State for Public Utilities, in
his keynote address noted
the importance of organiza-
tions like toastmasters in soci-
"I believe toastmasters can
propel our youngsters to
greater heights. I challenge
you to become more active in
communities, therefore men-
toring a broader cross-section
of young Bahamians as com-
munication skills are desper-
ately needed in our society,"
said Mr Neymour.
Additionally, Division Gov-
ernor, Toastmaster George
Taylor challenged leaders to
find the courage. to lead. He
said the organization is seeking
to develop leaders for a glob-
alized economy.
"I want you to break bound-
aries and exceed horizons this
year as we lead the way to

PINNING CEREMONY Area 60 Governor Marilyn
Johnson, is shown pinning Club 1600's Vice-President of Pub-
lic Relations, Toastmaster Ernesto Gongora during the nation-
al induction ceremony.
(Photo by TM Hadassah Hall)

NEW OFFICER Area 12 Governor Joyce Rahming is
pictured pinning a new executive officer during the national
induction ceremony held at Government House.

communication and leadership
excellence," said Mr Taylor.
Governor General Arthur
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being inducted to be diligent

(Photo by TM Hadassah Hall)

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for a reward.
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and encouraged them to strive
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The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) invites applications from suitably qualified persons
to fill the position of Assistant General Manager Human Resources and Training. The successful
candidate will report directly to the General Manager. Candidates should have a minimum of
15 years post graduate, relevant experience, at senior management level.
Overview and Objectives
The Assistant General Manager Human Resources and Tralhing will be responsible for
understanding the human capital needs of the corporation and optimizing the human resource
value provided to the organization. The objectives include:

Preparing the current workforce for success in a cost-effective manner
Anticipating and fulfilling the short and long term human resource needs of BEC
Developing and maintaining the programs required to identify BEC's top performers
and weakest performers
Effectively communicating the vision of BEC both internally and externally
Key Accountabilities and Measures:
Develop and maintain employee records, in a confidential manner, that include all
information necessary to support the training, manpower planning, succession planning,
compensation, benefits, and performance evaluation programs for BEC
Manage employee training to support business productivity and continuity
Administer employee benefits in a cost-effective manner
Provide employee relation services to keep the workforce productive and motivated
Develop and maintain the manpower plan and succession plan
Assist the organization with employee needs analysis and recruitment
Monitor the implementation of collective bargaining agreements, including reviewing
recommendations for engagements, promotions, transfers, discipline, dismissals
Assist the Labor Compliance Officer in industrial relations matters and participate in the
collective bargaining process
Create and manage BEC's public relations program and improve the impression of BEC
with customers, investors, and governmental authorities
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Cuban Ambassador's

farewell courtesy call
CUBAN AMBASSADOR Felix Wilson Hernandez made a fare well courtesy call on Brent
Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, on Friday, July 20, at the Min-
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BEC is pleased to inform these customers that the
generation problem that had resulted in power
outages in both Eleuthera and Harbour Island
July 4th 5th, 207*- nw under control and power
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As the repairs net completion, BEC assures
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look forward to eve further improvements in their
service. While this4vo#.,s ongoing, there could be
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wants to assure all customers that' e
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even better service to t .

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FROM page one

participation and tests, with all
other grades below "D" receiving
an "F" for failure and no points.
On the eight-point BGCSE
grade rating from 'A to U'. the
peak grade was shown as a 'C',
gained by 27 per cent of the 5,700
students who wrote the exams in
summer 2006. Yet the average
grade 'D" was "not acceptable",
even though it masked the true
scale of the educational woes in
the Bahamas.
The Coalition report, in con-
verting all the 23,598 BGCSE
exam scores to the four-point
grading system, eliminating the
SE', 'G' and 'U' designations and
combining them into an 'F, found
that in all 93 Bahamian private
and public scores some 34 per cent
of students -just over one-third of
all exams achieved an 'F'.
The Coalition report said:
"That low level of academic per-
lormance is frightening. But one
can get a better feel for the prob-
lem by looking at individual
schools, critical skills and the
extremes in academic perfor-
mance....... Not just the average."
Then, the Coalition used the
four-point grading system to com-
pare the BGCSE results achieved
in 2006 by pupils from a large, low-
scoring New Providence high
school to those obtained by stu-
dents at a high-performing school.
At the large, poorly-perform-
ing New Providence high school,
no student obtained an 'A' in Eng-
lish Language and 61 per cent
gained 'Fs'.
"The peak was an 'F' and the
average grade was an 'F'," the
Coalition said. "According to the
BGCSE test scores, this 'F' was
made up of four pieces 26 per
cent 'Es', and 35 per cent 'Fs','Gs',
and 'Us'.......Over half of the stu-
dents in the low scoring school
that earned an 'F' ane illiterate."
On maths, in the poor-per-
forming school, no student

achieved an 'A' in maths. while
90 per cent got an 'F' which
was also the average grade for the
Mr Farrington added: "Accord-
ing to the BGCSE exam scores,
this 'F was made up of four pieces
- 10 per cent 'Es' and 80 per cent
'Fs', 'Gs' and 'Us'. All we can def-
initely say is that, according to the
2006 Mathematics Syllabus, 80 per
cent of all students failed maths."
The Coalition urged that the
Bahamas end social promotion,
which allows students to move up
a grade even though they have
failed to meet performance stan-
"Students can flow through the
system with a minimum of effort if
they simply attend school and
avoid committing a felony. The
expected reward for such perfor-
mance is a lavish prom and a
diploma, or now possibly a 'cer-
tificate'," the Coalition said.
"Social promotion destroys dis-
cipline and cripples the learning
process. Finding the means to end
or greatly modify this practice now
is truly a gigantic problem."
A dysfunctional Bahamian
society, where a large number of
households were headed by a sin-
gle parent woman, and the
absence of positive father-figure
role models, was causing Bahami-
an boys to fall behind in school
compared to girls. Some 35 per
cent fewer boys than girls took
BGCSE exams, and 50 per cent
less received 'A' and 'B' grades.
The Coalition said classroom
disorder was a significant barrier
to learning, with teachers in the
public school system suffering
from 'burn out' and spending too
much time preventing conflict.
The Education Act, School
Orders and manual for adminis-
trators and teachers was inade-
quate, the Coalition said, with the
ability to teach and manage in
schools undermined by policies

stating that students can only be
expelled if they commit a felony,
with only the Minister of Educa-
tion able to do this when the child
in question is 16 years old.
Teacher compensation also had
to change, as this was not con-
nected to measurements of stu-
dent performance. The Coalition
said teacher pay was "based sole-
ly" on seniority and the number of
training courses taken, while many
teachers did not have any degree
qualifications in their chosen field.
Teacher performance reviews,
the Coalition said, graded teachers
on a scale of one to five, "and it is
reported that virtually all teach-
ers receive a 'Four' rating,
described as 'above average' or a
'five', described as 'outstanding'.
The Coalition also called for
the creation of an All-Male pri-
mary and secondary school to
reverse the decline in male acade-
mic performance, and urged that
the organisational structure of
Bahamian education be changed
to eliminate "political meddling".
See Tribune Business for more.


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The silver medals came from
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friend, were targeted by two
dark males, who both had
cloths tied around the lower
portions of their faces.
After approaching the
couple, one of the males
threatened the man with a
handgun. They took his girl-
friend's handbag, which con-
tained her passport, along
with other personal items.
No shots fired, according to
information police received.
Around half an hour later,
a 65-year-old man was get-
ting into his vehicle after vis-
iting his son in the area of
East Court, Centreville,
when he too was approached
by two men. On this occa-
sion, neither man had made
any attempt to disguise their
"Their description seems
to fit the earlier description
so we are wondering if it
may be the same persons
wandering around," said Mr
The man was robbed of $7
cash, as well as around $400
worth of jewellery. Again,
no shots were reported fired.
Asked whether the police
had any leads in relation to
these attacks, Mr Miller said:
"Our team is out now trying
to see if they can track down
this vehicle (the white Sen-
tra)," adding "while in the
first incident there was only
one man, there was also a
Sentra, and another person
could have well been in
No vehicle was seen in the
second or third incidents, but
Mr Miller said police are
considering the possibility
that it may have been parked
out of sight of the victims.

FROM page one
case but you can't move forward
because of unavailability of witness-
es," she said.
The attorney general pointed out
that while the last administration
passed legislation with relation to
witness protection, the "machinery"
to mobilize such a programme has
not been put in place as yet.
"What I realize is ~pgulatioqn are
not put in place:;We may have to
send witnesses abroad which is not
unheard of already in the Bahamas.
It is a very serious and worrying
problem. It is because a number of
the offences are somehow drug relat-
ed. Some innocent people who are
around and witness an offence taking
place are caught up in the circum-
stances of the case," Mrs Hepburn
More prevalent than the intimi-
dation of witnesses, she said, is pay-


3.50am when his vehicle was fired on. Other than causing damage
to the rear and front passenger windows, the man was unharmed,
said Mr Miller.
The senior police officer said that police are following up on
reports from the victim that the attack may have stemmed from an
argument he had with his girlfriend earlier that evening. Threats
were made against him following that argument, he claimed.
According to Mr Miller three nine millimetre spent cartridges
were collected by police at the scene, which indicate that the 30 year
old was attacked by either a fully automatic weapon or a semi-auto-
matic pistol.

FROM page one
The threats were considered
serious enough to warrant action
from New Providence police.
Yesterday afternoon Mr Miller
could not yet report on the status
of that team's investigations in
Inagua, but said an update may
be available shortly.
He said it was too early to say if
the threats could be linked to the
alleged beating of an Inagua man
by a group of Defence Force offi-
cers in December of last year.
The team also will be following
up on concerns about unrest aris-
ing from the labour dispute
between Morton Salt line staff and

Threats reports
"There are a number of things
going on up there, the Morton Salt
issue and now this. so we wanted
to make sure we send good people
up there to investigate these mat-
ters," said Mr Miller.
Last week, a team was sent to
the island after three Morton Salt
company vehicles were damaged
in an attempt to set them on fire.
In early July, the company tem-
porarily laid off 54 employees,
according to reports, making up
around 60 per cent of the compa-
ny's line staff. This follows years of
unrest over labour issues.

Sir Nicholas Nuttall

FROM page one

Sir Nicholas was also the founder and driving force behind BREEF,
a non-profit organization for the protection of the marine reef system
of the Bahamas.
He also took a leading part in the environmental movement to
keep Clifton free from commercial development.
Born in Leicestershire, England on September 22, 1933, Sir Nicholas
was the only child of Sir Edmund and Lady Nuttall.
At the age of eight he became the 3rd Baronet Nuttall following his
father's death in the Second World War.
Educated at Eton and Sandhurst, Sir Nicholas continued the military
tradition joining the Royal Force Guards and later commanding the
Guards Independent Parachute Company attaining the rank of full
Sir Nicholas emigrated to the Bahamas in 1979. In 1983 he married
the former Eugenie McWeeny. They had one child, Alexander.
Sir Nicholas had five other children from previous marriages: Har-
ry, Nicholas, Tamara (who predeceased him), Gytha and Amber.
Funeral services will take place at Lowesby, Leicestershire on
August 9. Interment will follow in the family crypt.
A memorial service will be held in Nassau at a later date to be

Attorney General
ing off witnesses.
"We had a case before the court
where a witness did not turn up who
was critical to the case and he, after
a warrant was issued, was found and
brought back to the court and he
told an interesting story of being
paid by the defendant not to turn
up to court," the attorney general
The attorney general said that at
the moment the court is dealing with
one extradition matter and others
are pending.
"The extraditions surprised me.
The number of extraditions we see is
unbelievable. I remember when
extraditions were few and far
between, but now extraditions are
almost a daily occurrence," Mrs
Hepburn said.
With the high number of murders

this year there has been a clamouring
from the public for the enforcement
of the death penalty.
Mrs Hepburn said that as attorney
general her position is that whatever
is the law her office is obliged to see
that it is enforced.
"I really don't see hanging in our
context not with the law as it is now.
The difficulty is that although hang-
ing is on the books and the Privy
Council recognizes that it is consti-
tutional to sentence someone to
death, the fact of the matter is I don't
see it happening because the fact of
the matter is, it is no longer manda-
tory so it means that when anyone is
convicted of murder you have to
move on to the sentencing phase,
then the whole issue is done all over
"Even on the sentencing phase,
if a convicted person is sentenced to
hanging that sentence then needs to
be appealed," she said.


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Illiteracy 'horror movie

undermining economy

Tribune Business Editor

Eighty per cent of
graduating stu-
dents at poorly
performing New
Providence high
schools failed mathematics in
2006 with more than one-third
also illiterate, a study has
revealed, showing that the edu-
cation "horror movie" threat-
ens to totally undermine the
Bahamian economy.
A presentation to an educa-
tion conclave last week by the
Coalition for Education

* Study shows 80 per cent of 2006 BGCSE candidates failed maths at poor-performing schools, based on four-point grades
* 'Functional illiteracy a major drag' on economy and living standards, leaving Bahamas as high cost, inefficient economy
Over one-third illiterate after failing English

Reform, the employer and
trade union-sponsored group
dedicated to reforming the
Bahamian education system,
described "functional illiteracy
on a large scale" as "the over-
whelming national problem."
J Barrie Farrington, giving
the presentation on the Coali-
tion's behalf, said of the conse-
quences of the Bahamian edu-

cation crisis: "The overwhelm-
ing and critical national prob-
lem that we address is func-
tional illiteracy on a large scale.
"What we are looking at is a
societal failure of immense con-
sequences. It is a real night-
mare, a horror movie... a dan-
ger hovering over our future.
Not facing this issue merely
causes the problem to grow.

"Whether we like it or not,
our relatively high standard of
living is the direct result of our
success in international tourism
and financial services. Yet we
now appear as a high cost and
inefficient competitor whose
functional illiteracy is a signifi-
cant economic drag and a cause
of increasing social instability."
The Coalition took the analy-

sis contained in its previous
2005 and March 2007 reports a
step further, evaluating the
exam and academic perfor-
mance of 2006 graduating
Bahamian students using the
four-point grading scale
employeO by teachers to evalu-
ate classroom performance, not
just the BGCSE scores.
High schools, Mr Farrington

explained, used the grades 'A',
'B', 'C' and 'D' to grade class-
room participation and tests,
with all other grades below 'D'
receiving an 'F' for failure and
no points.
Then, the Coalition used the
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SEE page 11

Rum Cay developer sells 20 per cent stake

Tribune Business Editor
THE developer behind the $700 mil-
lion Rum Cay Resort Marina has seem-
ingly sold a 20 per cent stake in the com-
pany for $13 million,, helping to finance
the deal in return for $7 million in loan
facilities from a Delaware-based telecom-
munications hbldiing company.
Montana Holdings chairman, John Mit-
tens, signed the deal in January 2007 that
allowed Integrated Data Corporation, a
company created from a firm that emerged
from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
in 2002, which is now listed on the Nasdaq
pink sheets, to acquire 1,120 shares in the

company developing the Rum Cay Resort
The deal worked out between the two
valued Montana Holdings, after allowing
for debt, at $65 million or $11,615 per
share, a figure based on its land holdings.
Apart from owning the 890-acre site for
the Rum Cay project, the Rum Cay Resort
Marina developer also owns 550 acres of
land at Pigeon Creek in San Salvador for
another potential resort development plus
Rum Cay's Sumner Point Marina.
Documents on the deal, posted on the
Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)
website due to Integrated Data Corpora-
tion being listed on the Nasdaq, reveal
that at January 23, 2007, Mr Mittens ben-

eficially owned 1,966 shares of Montana
Holdings' issued 5,956 ordinary shares,
and in total controlled some 3,933 shares
or 70 per cent of the company's equity.
The contract for purchasing the shares
reveals that "John Mittens or his associates
promise to facilitate the purchase by Inte-
grated Data Corporation of not less than
20 per cent of Montana Holdings.
"Until such time as government
approval is obtained for the transaction
or until such time as Integrated Data Cor-
poration directs, John Mittens, the chair-
man. and majority shareholder of Mon-

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Baha m as
needs" to
complete the
and rationali-
sation of its i
financial ser-
vices regula-
tory regime, a' n MOREE
leading attor-
ney told The Tribune, as it was
key to enhancing the sector's
competitiveness through
reduced costs and enhanced
Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, said the Bahamian
financial services industry had
enjoyed "no significant
growth" over the past 25 years,
and despite having stabilised

after the post-2000 'blacklist-
ing' needed to develop more
innovative products and
respond more rapidly to mar-
ket needs.
"We've got our challenges,"
Mr Moree told The Tribune.
"I have long said we have had
no significant .growth in the A
industry over the last 25 years,
it's been around 15-20 per cent
of GDP, and advocated that
we could significantly increase
"We can grow the business if
we're more innovative in the
development of our products
and if we're much more
responsive to the demands of
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. Keith Davies confirmed to
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it down and prevented any
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He explained that the
exchange and its broker/dealer
members, chiefly Fidelity and
CFAL, agreed on Tuesday that
they would not institute 'in-
office' trading procedures,
which sees the brokers execute
trades in BISX's offices.
However, BISX's on-line
trading system was still down
on Wednesday, forcing in-
office trading on Thursday,
when some "30-plus" trades
were executed by the brokers.
There were no trades executed
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We're utilizing it given the
technical difficulties we're hav-
ing. Right now, we are testing,
diagnosing, and determining
what to do. We are evaluating
it and making determinations
on which direction to go."
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low volume business.
Craig Tony Gomez, the
Bahamas Financial Services
Board's (BFSB) deputy chair-
man, told The Tribune that
while the Bahamas may have
lost a "substantial part" of its
then-IBC business following the
2000 financial law amendments,
"many of those businesses were
not good for the jurisdiction".
"Now the industry is better
regulated and cleaned up," said
the accountant and partner in
Gomez Partners & Co. "The
clean up was necessary."
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas last week released a
report that indicated private sec-
tor and government revenues
generated by the IBC industry
had fallen from $75 million in
2000 to $51 million in 2004, a
$24 million loss, with the number
of annual IBC incorporations
and volumes also down.
However, Mr Gomez said he
agreed with the report's sugges-
tion that the Bahamas needed
to promote the use of its IBCs as
active investment vehicles, or
companies that did real business,
as opposed to their traditional
role as passive holding vehicles
for assets such as bank accounts
and real estate.
"The Investment Funds Act,
which was amended to ensure
the promotion of investment
funds, is the kind of direction
this jurisdiction wants to go in,"
Mr Gomez said. "What we must
concern ourselves with moving
forward is that investors and
international intermediaries
know the Bahamas has a prod-
uct to offer that is'a well-regu-
lated product, and something
their portfolio needs."
Mr Gomez said IBCs could
generate significant revenue for
the Bahamas as part of a much
wider structure, such as struc-
tured products and transactions,
or if they were used for invest-
ment funds and trust products.
Here, revenues generated
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"As a standalone entity hold- While the Bahamas may have
ing a bank account or real estate, lost revenues and business from
what benefits does it bring to its IBC industry, Mr Moree said
the Bahamas apart from the fees the product remained important.
for the service provider?" Mr Even though 'ring fencing' had
Gomez asked. been removed by the OECD as
The post-2000 legal changes a criteria for identifying so-called
had also introduced more trans- 'tax havens', the amendments to
parency and disclosure into the Bahamian IBC law had for the
BC business, Mr Gomez added, first time allowed Bahamians to
and while service providers own IBCs.
might "initially" have sustained Because it was one of the first
severe losses in terms of rev- to amend its financial laws, Mr
enues and clients, the product's Moree said the Bahamas had
use in structured transactions gone further than other nations
held the potential of bringing in in eliminating 'bearer shares'.
more money. Rival jurisdictions had 'immo-
Brian Moree, senior partner bilised' them, ensuring they were
at McKinney, Bancroft & Hugh- held by a custodian, usually the
es, said the Bahamas' IBC busi- registered office that had incor-
ness had been "severely impact- porated the IBC for the client.
ed by the 'blacklisting' and new "We opted for a radical
legislation enacted to secure the amendment to basically remove
Bahamas' removal from the and cancel bearer shares, where-
'blacklist'. as other jurisdictions made
amendments a little later than
JUlISdiCti-OnS we did and opted for something
a little less radical by immobi-
"We were one of the first lizing these bearer shares, having
jurisdictions to reconfigure our them held by a custodian," Mr
IBC business, and we did expe- Moree.said. "To some extent,
rience a significant diminution those jurisdictions may have a
in our IBC business which has small competitive advantage on
been validated by the report us with respect to certain types
from the Central Bank. of clients. But we have weath-
"I don't think our IBC busi- ered the storm and demonstrat-
ness has ever recovered to the ed two things; that our financial
state it was in prior to the 2000 services sector is sufficiently
'blacklist'. Having said that, I developed and mature, and a lot
believe our IBC business has more resistant than people
gone from, in many respects, feared. We have gone through
being a high volume, low margin major challenges and emerged
business to a high margin, low as a strong, reputable financial
volume business." services centre."
Mr Moree added that. while Mr Moree said that through
the Bahamas could not compete the response of its institutions
with the likes of Panama and the and executives in adapting to the
British Virgin Islands on the vol- post-2000 regulatory regime, the
ume of IBC incorporations, Bahamas had shown it was "not
IBCs remained an important a fly-by' night, immature juris-
product for structured company diction, but have developed an
and trust transactions. entrenched block of business
Such structures were larger with an expert cadre of profes-
than the IBC itself, ensuring it sionals and institutions.
remained "a very important "The signs are that they
product" and that the Bahamas [OECD and FATF] will contin-
had to keep its laws competitive. ue to try and pursue their tax
IBCs, Mr Moree said, were cost objectives, so we must remain
fiiPgw ,cR in ,M.vilant. But at least we have sta-
attract,' an onerous reporting tbilzeid the industry and emerged
regime", while they could also as'W strong and competitive juris-
switch jurisdictions and re-domi-.' diction."


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Volatility returns to stock market

Associated Press
NEW YORK Wall Street's huge
plunge this past week showed that
investors had finally become vulner-
able to major economic problems
and the struggles of the housing and
lending industries and that they
had also developed a new respect for
risk that had been absent in the stock
market for some time.
Worries about the housing mar-
ket, available credit to finance take-
overs and the overall economy -
concerns that had little lasting
impact on stocks in the past finally
had investors selling on Thursday
and Friday.
In the often contrarian view of

Wall Street, analysts feel this sudden
downturn might be just what the
market needed to carry it higher.
"What we saw was a convergence
of fears that created its own momen-
tum, especially because of housing
and credit tightening," said Joseph
Quinlan, chief market strategist at
Bank of America. "But, I think that's
healthy, it puts a good base under the
market that will help us push higher."
Trading next week should help
analysts and investors determine if
this past week's slide was the begin-
ning of a correction, defined as a 10
percent dip for stocks. The Standard
& Poor's 500 index, the market index
market professionals watch because
of its broad swath of companies, only

dipped 233 percent on Thursday,
then shed 1.60 percent Friday.
But Quinlan and other investment
advisors believe this time around the
market might not need an overall
double-digit drop to constitute a cor-
rection. It might actually be realized
through drops in key sectors, such as
housing and financial.
Financial stocks are often seen as
the group that is out in front when
markets move broadly higher, and
the sector this year has been particu-
larly hard hit. Faced with fears of a
broader implosion from a slowdown
in subprime and corporate lending,
companies like Goldman Sachs and
Citigroup have taken a tumble.
For instance, the AMEX Securities

Broker/Dealer index is down about 5
percent this year but has fallen 14
percent from its peak in June. Gold-
man Sachs, the nation's biggest
investment bank, is down 6nly 3 per-
cent year-to-date but has plunged 18
percent from its market peak.
While a correction is a possibility,
what appears certain is that Wall
Street has returned to the kind of vol-
atility that was commonplace in the
The NYSE composite index,
which represents only New York
Stock Exchange-traded companies,
has has had 27 sessions so far this
year where it has swung by more
than 1 percent in either direction.
There was a total of 34 cases in all of

Go back to 1997 and there were 63
sessions of 1 percent swings, fol-
lowed by 70 in 1998 and 77 in 1999.
Brett Hammond, chief investment
strategist for TIAA-CREF, said this
kind of volatility isn't a sign of some
kind of market implosion. Instead, it
could present opportunities for
savvy investors. "There's more of a
chance to make smart stock picks
that you can take advantage of," said
Hammond, whose financial organiza-
tion manages private pension funds.
"This is something that markets do. I
think the jury is still out over if what
we've just seen is a fundamental
change or not, but in reality this is
really just a return to normalcy."


SEA CHANGE: A worker stands by the site of the Puerto Los Cabos marina in San Cabo, MexFo. To
build the project, developers carved out ~ huge chyuk of an estuary. Activists accuse the marina's
developers of violating environmental laws.

Baja seeking a balance

Los Angeles Times Service
- In a rocky, dun landscape domi-
nated by saguaro and prickly pear,
the estuary of the San Jose River is
an oasis-like explosion of green.
Lined with tall reeds, the river
- or at least some of it flows
year-round into the Pacific. Even
those parts of the riverbed that are
usually dry hold a life-giving trea-
sure: Dig into the soil a few feet and
you hit turquoise-colored ground-
water. Two hundred species of
birds call the wetland home.
But population growth in the
Los Cabos region is placing the rich
marsh under assault, environmen-
talists say. To build the newest big
tourist project, a marina called
Puerto Los Cabos, developers
carved out a huge chunk of the
estuary. "This is the most impor-
tant wetland on the southern half
of Baja, and it's the most important
source of fresh water," said Norma
Sanchez of Angeles del Estero
(Angels of the Estuary), an envi-
ronmental group. "Why doesn't
anyone care to save it?"
Only a narrow berm of earth
separates the marina from the
ocean; once the berm is removed,
boats will be free to enter. Environ-
mentalists are fighting to stop the
project, which eventually is to
include hotels and golf courses.
They argue that the excavation
of the marina probably has already
contaminated the area's freshwater
aquifer, a charge the developers
dispute. The full project could fur-
ther affect the ecosystem.
"They are planning hotels,
beach clubs and condominiums,"
Sanchez said. "These and other
developments will completely sur-
round the ecological reserve"
established to protect the estuary,
she added. Representatives of the
project's Mexican developers,
Grupo Questro, said they have
complied with all environmental
A hydrological study recently
commissioned by the company
found that the estuary would not be
contaminated by the marina pro-
ject, spokesman Agustin de la Barra
said. The water pressure from the
fresh-water aquifer is simply too


great to allow ocean water to pene-
trate, De la Barra said.
The company website proclaims
the marina "the area's most ambi-
tious development project in a gen-
eration." The marina will accom-
modate 500 boats, "including
luxury mega-yachts," the site says.
The controversy over Puerto
Los Cabos points to what is an eter-
nal commdrum in this region: How
to accommodate legions of tourists
whose dollars are essential to the
local economy without destroying
the natural beauty that draws them.
"Our beaches are free of pollu-
tion, and that is a plus for our
state," said Marco Gonzalez, the
representative in Baja California
Sur state for Mexico's federal Sec-
retariat of the Environment and
Natural Resources. "Unfortunately,
all of this new development has
proceeded very quickly."
New hotels, spas, golf courses
and condominium complexes dot
the coastal highway between here
and Cabo San Lucas, 20 miles to the
southwest. The growth has left
state and local officials far behind
in their environmental planning,
Gonzalez said. Developers paid a
fee of about $460,000 to ameliorate
any environmental impact. Gonza-

lez said that if the project were
found to be in violation of environ-
mental regulations it could be
halted and the builders forced to
restore the area to its natural state.
It remains unclear when the nearly
complete marina might open.
Gonzalez said he did not think
the outstanding issues were of
"serious concern."
Mexican environmental activists
couldn't disagree more.
In May, Greenpeace Mexico
announced that San Jose del Cabo
officials had received more than
10,000 letters from Mexico and
abroad urging the city to protect
the estuary and block the marina's
Greenpeace accuses the devel-
opers of violating a number of envi-
ronmental laws. Greenpeace activ-
ists staged a sit-in outside Grupo
.Questro headquarters here in May.
The activists said they ended their
protect after the developers agreed
to delay the opening of the marina
until more studies were completed.
Sanchez, of Angeles del Estero,
* said environmentalists have yet to
review Puerto Los Cabos' latest
hydrology report. But she believes
much damage already .has been
done to the San Jose del Cabo aqui-
fer and the estuary and not just
by the Grupo Questro project.
"Here in Mexico we treat our
watershed as an afterthought and
not as an essential part of the eco-
system," Sanchez said as she drove
a reporter through the estuary,
much of which is occupied by
orchards, roads and grasses as tall
as two-story buildings.
The city's treated sewage flows
into the wetland too, though the
treatment plant sometimes strains
under the demands of the growing
population. Last year, a breakdown
at the plant sent a foul odor over
the city for several days.
It was a bitter reminder, San-
chez said, of how the tourist indus-
try and the environment are linked.
De la Barra of Puerto Los Cabos
said much of the damage currently
visible to the estuary was inflicted
by Hurricane Juliette, which passed
through the region in 200L
"It knocked down palm trees
and it wiped out most of the river,"
he said.


BP cites progress

year after shutdown

Associated Press
PRUDHOE BAY, Alaska It sits,
still unused, on supports about 7 feet
high and it lies 4 miles long.
And depending on who's talking,
this new section of transit pipeline on
Prudhoe Bay the nation's largest.
producing oil field is either a daily
reminder of past maintenance
neglect or it represents a decades-
long commitment to the future of
North Slope oil production.
It's been a year since the pipeline
shutdown and few have forgotten the
event that sent oil prices inching
toward $80 per barrel, stirred fears of
escalating gas prices and sent compa-
nies searching for other supply
Some nerves remain frayed with
state and federal lawmakers still
questioning how BP failed to ade-
quately address concerns raised by
-its own employees, argaingthat-BP
placed profits ahead of safety and
proper care.
The company says it understands
the criticisms remain fresh, but
argues progress is strong with new
accountability practices in place and
a $250 million pipeline upgrade on
schedule for completion next year.
"We are the operator and we take
accountability for what happened,"
said Tony Brock, BP Exploration
Alaska's technical director.
"We'd like to be seen as a com-
pany in North America that is trusted
and respected," he said. "I would say
we've got a long way to go before we
can make that request, so we will
establish that over time."
BP has a 26 percent stake in the
field it shares largely with Conoco-
Phillips and Exxon Mobil, which hold
36 percent interest each.
Federal and state lawmakers,
watchdog groups and Wall Street say
they are pleased with progress, but
still seek answers to what truly led to
the leaks and a 10-week long partial
shut down that began Aug. 6, 2006.
On that day, BP began reducing
Prudhoe Bay operations after discov-
ering its second leak in six months,
ultimately cutting the field's daily
production by about half At the time,
it was producing more than 400,000
barrels of oil per day, or about 8 per-
cent of the nation's production.
By mid October the company had
returned to the level before the shut-
down. By then about 13 million bar-
rels of oil had been kept from the
market. Since last year's shutdown,
Brock says changes to BP's manage-
ment structure have removed
bureaucratic layers and helped the
integrity of the company's opera-
tions. This means getting to problems
quicker before they become serious
and enhanced communication with
front line employees.
David Totemoff, a 30-year
employee who was in Prudhoe Bay
when the first barrel of oil was being
shipped in the summer of 1977, said

the work environment has changed
from last year when public criticism
wore thin with some of the proud
work force.
"What we see now is a way better
positive deal for all of the people
working here," he said "We've had
lots of ups and downs, but it's easier
to ask questions and raise issues.
"Last year was tough because I
didn't know how to take some of the
stuff that was said, knowing all the
work we do up here."
Additionally, BP chose to replace
16 miles of the transit line rather than
continually doing patchwork.
So far, 8 miles have been built but
none of it will be used until the entire
line is complete. For now, bypass
lines serve as temporary conduits to
the field's gathering centers where
oil, natural gas-nd water are sepa-
rated before being shipped on an
800-mile tranit-Alaskan pi-p
Stheraldez Marine Ter -in 4
"I think by putting in new facili-
ties, this is a good statement what we
are doing is we are going to be here
producing oil for another 50 years,"
said James Fausett, a 25-year
employee who serves as BP's area
manager for Prudhoe Bay.
Upgrades and management
changes are half the battle for BP.
Federal and state lawmakers still
are dogging the company and that
scrutiny could spill over to the com-
pany's partners, Exxon Mobil and
In recent committee hearings, leg-
islators in Alaska and Washington,
D.C., have questioned whether cost-
cutting measures were a higher prior-
ity than maintenance and safety.
"I'm very, very unhappy; in fact,
I'm downright mad," said state Rep.
Carl Gatto, a Republican who
co-chairs the House Resources Com-
mittee. "Is this neglect? Absolutely.
Does it go all the way to criminal? I
have trouble with that, but I don't
have trouble saying it's egregious."
Gatto said he has requested more
information from BP, Exxon and
ConocoPhillips about the decisions
made behind the lax maintenance
practices that led to the leaks.
He and other lawmakers also are
struggling to decide whether BP
should be allowed to deduct a por-
tion of the $250 million new pipeline
costs under the state's new petro-
leum tax laws. A bill to prohibit
deductions on repairs to poorly
maintained facilities is currently
stuck in an Alaska state House com-
Failure thus far to pass the mea-
sure has bill backers, including
Republican Gov. Sarah Palin, and
critics questioning the appearance of
a longtime cozy relationship with oil
companies. For now, the state is
assembling a team of inspectors and
engineers dedicated strictly to over-
sight; it also has set aside $5 million to
inspect all of the state's oil and gas
facilities over the next several years.

new oil transit
pipeline runs
across the
tundra to a
flow station at
the Prudhoe
Bay oil field on
Alaska's North



he U iami eralb MONDAY, Y30,2007

MiamiHerald.com I THE MIAMI HERALD




put all

eggs in



Associated Press
When a business is in its
first years of existence, it's
very tempting for an entre-
preneur to put every possible
cent toward building the
company, often at the
expense of a personal finan-
cial portfolio. Years later,
many owners are still neglect-
ing their own finances, believ-
ing the investment they've
made in a now-successful
company is all they need.
Financial advisors vehe-
mently advocate against this
very common practice, which
can include tapping an own-
er's home equity to fund a
company. Focusing all your
financial resources on a busi-
ness can jeopardize retire-
ments and children's educa-
tion funds and leave a family
struggling in an emergency.
Bob Doyle, president of
Doyle Wealth Management in
St. Petersburg, is sympathetic
to the fact that a business can
be so engrossing that an
owner can make personal
financial decisions that aren't
the most prudent he noted
that he's a small-business
owner himself
"Our largest asset is proba-
bly the value of our business,"
he said. "But I have a 401(k),
IRAs, investment accounts."
Doyle likened an owner's
pouring all his or her funds
into the business to owning
only one stock. "Just as I


wouldn't put all my money in
Exxon Mobil stock, I wouldn't
put all my money into Doyle
Wealth Management," he
He also warned against
raiding retirement accounts,
which many owners do rather
than trying to borrow from
family and friends or when
bank loans aren't available. If
the busi-
ness goes
south, so
do retire-
ment sav-
ings not
to mention
the fact
that the
NOGUERAS ment will
take a big
bite out of early retirement
account withdrawals, charg-
ing hefty taxes and penalties.
Many small business own-
ers do realize they need to
focus on their personal as

well as business finances,
although it can be a struggle
at first to do both.
Over the last six months,
Alex Nogueras has raided his
savings and pulled equity out
of his home to finance Ergo-
Tools a firm that makes
ergonomic garden tools for
seniors with a green thumb.
Nogueras, who runs the
start-up out of his home near
Tamiami Airport, said he's
plowed about $50,000 into
the company, which has yet
to generate revenue.
"Like a lot of start-ups, you
incur debt and then hope to
work yourself out of it," he
explained. "It is either that or
give up ownership of the
On hold are IRAs, 401(K)s,
a steady income and many
other financial safety nets
that most of us take for
granted, but Nogueras admits
he can't neglect his personal
finances forever. "The major-

ity of profits will have to get
rolled back into the business,"
he said. "But I have to get paid
in some way even though it
is minor to start getting
things paid off."
Kathy Sacks, who owns
Sacks Public Relations in
Phoenix, recalled being ner-
vous when she and her hus-
band Brian used their home
equity to help fund the maga-
zine they started when they
were in their 20s.
"We broke all the rules -
you're not supposed to put
your personal finances on the
line and we did," she said.
The strategy did work for
the couple, as they were able
to sell their magazine at a nice
profit. But that success also
encouraged them to keep
breaking some of the rules;
they each have a business
now and are treating the com-
panies, which also include
Brian's media business biz-
SanDiego, as investments

rather than diverting money
into more traditional portfo-
lios. Their home, however, is
no longer tied to the firms.
"I know there's risks asso-
ciated with thi," Sacks said.
But, she added, "we just feel
like, given the experience of
having sold our first business,
we see value in investing in
the business, building it and
selling it or coming up with
some other exit strategy." -
Despite such success sto-
ries, advisors still caution
against putting everything
into the business as poyle
put it, "just like they wouldn't
take money from a 401(k) to
buy a high-flying Internet
start-up." He noted the high
failure rate among start-ups
- and, the Sept. 11 2001, ter-
rorist attacks showed that any
company can suddenly
become vulnerable.
Miami Herald business
writer Jim Wyss contributed to



Willy Gary is juries' 'billion-dollar man'

Miami Herald Staff
At age 60, Willie Gary still
likes striking images.
His private jet, Wings of
Justice II, has gold-plated
bathroom fixtures. His website
tells you this. He'll tell you
personally he has garages
filled with Rolls Royces and
Bentleys and a 50-room water-
front mansion "with 14 bath-
rooms, three kitchens, a movie
theater and an elevator."
He sports a diamond-stud-
ded Rolex and matching ring,
and if you ask, he'll tell you
he's wearing a $10,000 Briani
More traditional attorneys
may view all this as a vulgar
display of wealth, but when
asked for an explanation, Wil-
lie Gary smiles and offers,
uncharacteristically, one
word. "Marketing."
Operating out of Stuart,
Fla., far from the legal capitals
of America, Gary has learned
how to stand out and attract
clients winning hundreds of
millions for a beer distributor,
a small funeral home, a sports
complex, a poor family whose
relatives were electrocuted.
A sign in his office dubs
him The Giant Killer, and at
five-foot-eight, even with all
the wealth he has amassed, he
still regularly tells juries that
he's David fighting Goliath.
He's won verdicts of $240 mil-
lion from Disney, $139 million
from Anheuser-Busch, $500
million from the Loewen
funeral home chain.
In most cases, he works on
contingency fees he gets
paid only if the client wins.
But earlier this year, he won
an extremely unusual decision
in Broward County, Florida:
His case against Motorola
ended in a hung jury, but a
judge stillordered Motorola to
pay Gary and associates $20
million in fees. What particu-
larly outraged Motorola's law-
yers was that, in one court
document, Gary said his time
was worth $11,000 an hour.
"Willie is a master for cre-
ating unique situations," said

attorney Bruce Rogow, who
worked with Gary on a case in
which they won an $18 million
judgment against a Florida
newspaper. "I've practiced
with the greatest lawyers in
the country, and nobody is like
Willie. He has a special
instinct for a good case. He has
a unique ability to put together
a team of people who work
tirelessly and loyally for him,
and he knows how to talk to
The Miami Herald sought
comments from a half-dozen
attorneys who had opposed
Gary in the courtroom. Some
didn't return phone calls. Oth-
ers refused to speak or said lit-
tie. One, Faith E. Gay, repre-
senting Motorola, said simply:
"We disagree with him, but
he's a likable man."
Spokesmen for the business
community say the Goliath-
sized awards Gary has
obtained are an indication that
something's wrong with the
system. An international tribu-
nal called the $500 million
Loewen verdict grossly exces-
sive and a "miscarriage of jus-
Barney Bishop, president of
the trade group Associated
Industries of Florida, says he
has "tremendous respect" for
Gary. "He's a very accom-
plished lawyer." But the huge
sums he gets for his clients
"are symptomatic of the prob-
lems of our legal system. It's a
On a recent summer morn-
ing, when a reporter visited
Gary at his waterfront home,
he was shown to the table in
an eat-in kitchen as big as
many one-bedroom apart-
ments. Gary arrived just a tad
late, wearing his Briani suit,
saying he had just finished two
hours on the treadmill.
Though he turned 60 this
month, he's given no thought
to retirement
"I don't think I'll ever stop,
but I don't have to carry the
load anymore. We have 250
people working for us."

FLYING HIGH: Willie Gary, a master of self-marketing, poses with his Bentley and Boeing
737, Wings of Justice II, which has gold-plated bathroom fixtures.

One of 11 children, growing
up in migrant worker commu-
nities, picking string beans,
sweet corn and apples, he has
often talked about the rigors of
his childhood, and the
reporter hoped to start by
exploring new ground on his
present cases. But a casual
mention of football caused
him to launch into a lengthy
Having no money for col-
lege, he had hoped to get a
football scholarship after grad-
uating from high school in
Indiantown. He went first to
Bethune-Cookman in Daytona
Beach, but the coach told him
he was too small at 197
"The last thing I wanted to
do was to go back to the
streets of Indiantown, back to
the sugar cane fields."
Instead, without a scholar-
ship offer, he went to Shaw in
Raleigh, N.C., a few days
before the start of school For
a week, he swept the floors of
the locker room until a player
was injured and the coach let
him play defense in a scrim-

"Seven or eight times, back
to back, I got to the quarter-
back. I'm going through guys
who weigh 280 pounds. This
was my last shot! Nobody was
going to stop mel I won a spot
in life, because I didn't quit."
This too is an anecdote that
Gary frequently tells journal-
ists. And like all the others, it
drives home the point that he
always wants to make: He's
David who can beat Goliath.
As the signs blare in his law
office: Dream Big Dreams.
Refuse to be Denied.
That's, a theme he uses in
speaking to poor kids, because
he also believes in giving back.
His foundation has a national
television campaign, "Educa-
tion Is Power," urging chil-
dren "to stay in school and be
the best they can be." He's
donated $10 million to his alma
mater, Shaw University in
North Carolina, picking that
number because a school offi-
cial once gave him $10 he
needed to submit with his

"Ten for 10," explained
Gary, always searching for the
simple slogan to drive home
his point.
After getting a law degree
at North Carolina Central, he
moved to Stuart 30 minutes
away from his mother and
married Gloria, his childhood
Soon, he started his own
law firm. "He didn't have a
choice," said Gloria, who had
come into the kitchen in her
workout sweats and sat down
beside him. "He tried to inter-
view with a few lawyers
around town, but he was the
first black lawyer here, and
they weren't willing to give
him a chance. It was a blessing
in disguise.... He wasafraid,
but you have to do what you
have to do."
In his first big case, he rep-
resented the widow of a truck
driver who died in an accident
after his truck was hit by a car
driven by a wealthy woman.
"Even as a young lawyer, I had
the presence of mind to go
visit her [the widow] in North

Carolina. She was an old lady.
I needed to know her life story
so I could tell the jury. ...
. "I'll never forget. She lived
on a farm, on a hill. She fixed
food for me. There were leaks
in the roof, and she said, 'If...
'" He paused, searching.
"Charlie," said Gloria.
"Charliel 'If Charlie were
here, he'd fix that roof and the
grass had grown up out in
back. And Charlie would mow
the grass.... And late in the
afternoon, I'll never forget.
The sun was going down, and
she heard the sound of an air-
horn, from a truck in the dis-
tance. Boom, boom boom. And
she said to me never before
or since have I ever been faced
with this 'Mr. Gary, is that
my Charlie coming home?'"
He is of course repeating
his closing argument: "Mem-
bers of the jury, what can I
say? Because I knew Charlie
was never ever coming home
again.... How can you value
her loss? You can't bring him
back.... I asked for $250,000.
That was big money back
then. And I got it from an
all-white jury."
This trial took place in the
mid-1970s, and he was suing
"the matriarch of the city, the
richest family in Putnam
County, which was near Polk
County, where the Klan was
running rampant."
So how did he do it? "I
didn't even know I was sup-
posed to be afraid. I went in
there like I was just a lawyer
like anybody else."
That truck driver trial -
and many others to follow -
has given Gary an image that
he's a folksy guy who knows
how to say magical words that
compel jurors to do what he
When a reporter repeated
that idea to Gary, he winced.
"It's more than that. There's a
lot of work." During a trial, he
usually doesn't get to bed until
5 aim. "You have to have a
work ethic that's second to






The Orange County Register
Someone is always starting
a business, in good times and
bad. But interest in entrepre-
neurship is on the rise, accord-
ing to a recent survey.
The percentage of job hunt-
ers who decided to create
their own jobs by starting a
business surged by 29 percent
in the first three months of
2007 compared with the same
period a year earlier, said the
outplacement firm of Chal-
lenger Gray & Christmas. That
conclusion was based on inter-
views with 3,000 people
looking for work in all indus-
tries around the country.
The number of start-ups
has been steadily climbing
since the second quarter of
2006, when self-employment
dropped to a four-year low of
6.2 percent of job seekers.
"The startup rate has
increased by an average of 19.7
percent each quarter since,"
Chief Executive John Chal-
lenger said.
Challenger speculated that
job seekers are worried that
the current mergers-and-ac-
quisitions frenzy will result in
layoffs. But that's not the moti-
vation for some people who
started businesses during the
first quarter.
Opportunity is by far the
strongest motivator for U.S.
entrepreneurs, according to
the Global Entrepreneurship
About one in eight U.S. cit-
izens between the ages of 17
and 65 are trying to start busi-
nesses, and 90 percent of
those are people who spotted
an opportunity rather than
being forced into self-
employment because they
can't find work.


Realtors uncertain

about impact from

US housing decline

Tribune Business
B ahamian realtors
told The Tribune
that it remains
unclear just what
impact the downward spiral in
the US real estate market will
have on the demand for prop-
erty and second homes in this
nation, although currently the
market is fairly stable.
Carmen Massoni, of Cold-
well Banker Lightbourn Real-
ty, said US trends often take 18
months to reach the Bahamas,
so it may be a while before it is
fully know what impact the US
real estate slowdown will have
on demand for Bahamian real
She added that Bahamian
real estate agents were seeing a
slight decrease in second home
purchases in the Family Islands
in the mid to high-priced
range, which she described as
being between $1 million to $4
However, Ms Massoni also
pointed out that July and
August were typically slower
months, which could explain
any decline.
Typically, she said the high-
end market is not impacted by
US slowdowns because per-
sons in that niche will be able
to afford property regardless
of what is happening in the
Ms Massoni said the
Bahamian market is of a dif-
ferent nature, and business in
the $300,000-$100,000 pidper-
ty range continues to do well,
although it was becoming more

difficult to find property in that
price bracket.
One realtor, who asked that
his name be withheld, told The
Tribune that the Bahamian
market has reached a peak.
"Demand is high and supply
is limited," he said. The realtor
added that every economy was
judged by the level of con-
struction being done.
"Things are good, although I
wish that there was more land
in New Providence. Sooner or
later, the trend will be to pur-
chase land in the Family
Islands, although there are eco-
nomic challenges," the realtor
They predicted that the
Bahamian market will remain

very strong unless the economy
is impacted bN a major external
event, such as a dramatic
tourism decline or a terrorist
The realtor added that he
was still able to sell to Ameri-
cans purchasing second homes
in the Bahamian market.
"Mostly they are interested
in purchasing on the Family
Islands, and if they are looking
in New Providence then they
want a gated community," he
He added: I don't think
that it is that bad. I think that
when they have one little drop

SEE page 13

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Friday, August 3, 2007

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FROM page 1

time and service delivery. Mr
IvLce added: "'\\ e desperate-
ly need to complete the ratio-
nalization of our regulatory
structure with whatever the
Government decides, whether
it's one 'super regulator' or the
'Twin Towers' model. That is a

process we desperately need
to complete as quickly as pos-
The Bahamas is perceived
by many to have too many reg-
ulatory agencies with overlap-
ping responsibilities, which
sometimes results in duplica-


tion of effort and institution,
and service providers having.
to deal with two bodies i athi
than one. costing time ai.
Apart from the Ceni .
Bank of the Bahamas.. ihct.i
the Securities ('ommisuio ,'
the Bahamas. w which eguiait.
investment funds and the c i.
ital markets: the Rcgistia;
Insurance for the insuima,
industry; the Inspector o
Financial and Corporate Se:
vices Providers (the Regisl; -
General); and Complian.
Commission, which regulate '
non-traditional financial se;
vices providers such as re.!
estate agents, who hold fuid:
on behalf of clients.
This structure is seen a
being too unwieldy, with funt:
ing dispersed between a variety
of organizations. As a result
regulatory consolidation ha
been on the table for several
years, having also been calle
for by international agenci,
such as the International Mor,
etary Fund (IMF).
Two models are under con
sideration. They are meign.,
all financial services regulate,
into one, creating a 'super re-
ulator', or the 'Twin Tower,
model, which would invoi,>
leaving the Central Bank (th,
best resource) as a standaloni
regulator, while consolidatmn
all the others into one.
Mr Moree said of regulator;\
consolidation: "It's desperate.
needed for a host of rea, on'.
but most importantly to con
trol the costs, eliminate
bureaucratic duplication and
inefficiency, and to allow busi
ness in this country to be con
4ucted in a more efficient man
qer without having to deal with)
two or three regulators.
"There's this big bureaucrat
cy that permeates most busi
ness processes because the:i.
are too many regulators. W,
must stay competitive, cut co,
and eliminate bureaucracy ano
red tape. We ve got to c(,im
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* Recommends corrective courses of action by researching
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of company-wide systems, policies and procedures.

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* CPA or Chartered Accountant license plus a strong
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* Complete knowledge of auditing, accounting, and risk
management with experience applying skills in an internal
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* General knowledge in systems organization and design to
consult on appropriate system, policy and process decisions.
* Working knowledge of advanced audit software tools.
* Strong oral and written communication skills, in particular
to convey audit compliance terms and impacts to an
executive/Board level, and to prepare reports and

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental
and vision) and life insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than August 17th,
2007 to:
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c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas .



P;,,E 6B, MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007

Financial services regulatory

reform 'desperately' needed



used Bahamas

firm to hide


Tribune Business Editor
A United States
faces between
seven to nine
years in prison after pleading
guilty to defrauding 4,500 US
real estate agents and apprais-
ers in an insurance scam, which
involved transferring $1.349
million in ill-gotten proceeds
to his Bahamian company's
Nassau bank account.
Mark Haukedahl pleaded
guilty in the US District Court
in Ohio to conspiracy, on
charges that he operated two
bogus organizations, the Amer-
ican Real Estate Association
and the Noble Group, which
falsely held themselves out as a
real estate trade association.
They claimed that if realtors
paid membership dues add
fees to Haukedahl's organisa-
tions, they would receive cov-
erage from an Errors and
Omissions insurance policy
issued by Midwest Insurance
Company, a foreign shell com-
pany he had set up.
Yet no insurance policy
existed, and Haukedahl and
his fellow scammers used

membership dues and fees to
pay small amounts on the
claims made on the Errors and
Omissions policy, and then
failed to pay the full amount.
The US government indict-
ment against Haukedahl
alleged: "It was further part of
the conspiracy that defendant
Mark S. Haukedahl and his
coconspirators created and
used a Bahamas corporation
called Modem Security Hold-
ings, and created and used a
Bahamas bank account for
Modem Security Holdings, to
receive proceeds of the fraud
scheme defendant Mark
Haukedahl transferred and

caused to be transferred from
bank accounts in the United
The US government alleged
that Modem Security Holdings
was incorporated in the
Bahamas on January 18, 1996,
and a bank account in its name
was opened with the then-Bar-
clays Bank in Nassau.
It was alleged that some
$1.349 million "in proceeds
from the fraud" was trans-
ferred from a Chicago bank to
the Bahamian Barclays Bank
account in Modern Security
Holdings' name, "each such
transfer of funds being a sepa-
rate, overt act".
There is nothing to suggest
that Barclays Bank did any-
thing wrong in the affair.




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Interested persons should apply no later than August 17th,
2007 to:
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c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas


CORAL HARBOUR BASE (RBDF) The Royal Bahamas Defence Force is
presently conducting a Recruitment Exercise. Applications can be obtained at
the Ministry of National Security 3rd Floor of the Churchill Building, Rawson
The deadline for submission of Applications is 13th August 2007.
Applicants Should:
* Be a Bahamian Citizen
* Be between the ages of 18-25 years
* Possess a minimumof (5) BJC's or equivalent including Math and English
with 'C' passes or above.
Obtain two Character references and a Police Character Certificate.
Applicants are required to be successful in all the following:
A Psychometric Evaluation
Recruitment (written) Examination (Math, English and General Knowledge)
Physical Fitness and Swimming Tests
Vetting Assessment and Medical Examination
Interview Assessment
Emphasis for recruitment will be placed on candidates with:
Strong Character and leadership qualities
Desire to maximize potential in a disciplined environment
Willingness to spend time at sea
Willingness to conduct tour of duty at satellite base on a Family Island or
outside the Bahamas.
Good Academic background
Proficiency in a second language
Proficiency in a musical instrument

Interested persons may contact:
Lieutenant Commander Gaye Major
Personnel & Recruiting Officer
Defence Force Headquarters
P.O.Box N-3733
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A vacancy exists in the Public Relations Department of The Grand Bahama
Port Authority, Limited for one (1) Graphic Designer. This position is responsible
for planning, designing, developing, and producing GBPA Group's visual media
for commercial and internal uses.
A degree in Visual Communications or formal training in graphic design,
including print design, website/page and multimedia design, photo media and
general publication techniques; or minimum five years of professional experience
in these areas. Additional training or experience in communications, public
relations or marketing, complemented by computer training or a relevant
combination of academic qualifications, or equivalent in relevant professional
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information dissemination processes, complemented by familiarity with
best practices.
Knowledge of production of printed materials and experience working
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Please submit a resume, portfolio of work, relevant supporting documentation
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P. 0. Box F-42666
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Email: personnel@gbpa.com
On or before July 31, 2007

extra tourists
traveled to
Bimini between
July 12-15, 2007, as the island's
Bimini Bay Resort and Marina
played host to the 21st annual
Latin Builders Association of
South Florida (LBA) fishing
Some 150 boats and yachts,
and nearly 1,100 guests trav-
elled across the Bahamian
channel from Florida for a
weekend of relaxation at Bimi-
ni Bay Resort and Marina.
"The tournament was such a

riveting success that we will
begin a tradition of holding
future LBA tournaments at
Bimini Bay Resort and Mari-
na," said LBA tournament
director, Ernesto Portuondo.
"This first-class resort and
marina has brought life back
to our beloved Bimini."
According to the Ministry
of Tourism's Bimini Office,
the island experienced record-
breaking numbers over the
three-day period totaling 1,097

tourists, who travelled by air
and sea to the island. When
compared to the same week-
end in 2006, this was a 50 per
cent increase.
Bahamian vendors profited
from the surplus of visitors,
including the town's golf cart
rental and the straw market,
which had its grand opening
during the weekend.'
"The island hasn't seen
numbers like this since the July
4 weekend of 2006," said act-
ing manager of the Bimini
Tourism Office, Antoinette
Stuart. "We are really starting
to see the revitalisation of
Bimini Bay Resort has host-
ed nearly 20 events and tour-
naments to date. Guests can
enjoy staying in condomini-
ums and treehouses, as well as
appreciate upscale amenities
such as the resort's infinity
pool and grill and best restau-
rant on the island, Casa Lyon.
Bimini Bay looks forward
to breaking more records in
the future as it continues to
expand with the Conrad Hotel,
casino, spa, Robert Trent
Jones, Jr.-designed links golf
course and a second private

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Primary Responsibility: Environmental Education Programme


* Assist with the development and implementation of
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* Develop and implement public education programmes
Manage Discovery Club BNT's youth environmental
education programme.
* Establish and oversee Clubs on New Providence and
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* Create Annual workplan
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* Conduct Coordinator Training
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Experience and knowledge of the Bahamian Natural
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A genuine liking for and interest in children
Appreciation of outdoors
Good writing and communication skills
Strong computer skills
Willing to travel within The Bahamas
First Aid and CPR certification
Camping experience a definite plus

Benefits include competitive salary commensurate with
qualifications and experience, and group medical insurance.

Applications must include cover letter, resume, writing sample,
and three letters of reference. Applications should be mailed
to Bahamas National Trust, Human Resources Manager, P.O.
Box N 4105 or email:bnt@bahamasnationaltrust.org by
August 24, 2007.

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Pelican Bay at Lucaya is seeking to employ an:

Experienced Chief Accountant/

Senior Accountant


Preparation of daily and monthly work papers related hotel
Provide support for the Accounts Receivable and Payable
Assist in the preparation of monthly financial statements and


Ability to multi task to meet various deadlines
Strong PC skill
Knowledge of J'uickbooks accounting system
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BS in Accounting and a minimum of 3 years of accounting
experience which should include financial statement


PAGE 8B, MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007

Congratulates its Physicians
on being honored during the
recent Cadeuccus Ball held on Friday June 29th, 2007 at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa

The Princess Margaret Hospital congratulates all Physician's on

being honored during the recent Physician's Month Caduceus Ball

held on Friday June 29th, 2007 at the Sandals Royal Bahamian

Resort & Spa.

Dr. Alexya Dorsett-Williams
Most Distinguished Senior House Officer Award
/lq/ i 4

SDr. Ferdinand Eugenio
Most Distinguished Registrar Award

Dr. Olga Stokes
Physician Researcher of The Year

Dr. Percival McNeil Dr. Preethi Rajanna
Most Distinguished Physician Award Most Distinguished Intern Award

Dr. Austin Davis Dr. Homer Bloomfield
Most Distinguished Service Award Community Service Award

Dr. Earl Farrington Dr. Patrick Roberts
(wife in photo) Medical Pioneer Award for Pediatrics
Medical Pioneer Award for Surgery

Dr. Steve Lochan
Clinical Researcher of The Year

Dr. Sebastian Peter
Physician Researcher of The Year Award

Dr. C.M. Bethel
Medical Pioneer Award for Medicine

Dr. George Sherman
Medical Pioneer Award for Gynaecology &

Congratulations to our winners

Thank you for your unselfish service to improving the delivery
of Healthcare in our community.


MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007, PAGE Y/

PAGE 10B, MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007


Rum Cay developer sells 20 per cent stake

FROM page 1

tana Holdings, shall continue
to hold in trust such equity on
behalf of Integrated Data Cor,
portion and to Integrated
Data Corporation's order".
The $13 million purchase
price was settled by a $3.88
million cash payment to Mr
Mittens and his associates, who
also received a further $6.12
million through being issued

with 3.06 million in ordinary
shares in Integrated Data Cor-
poration effectively a stock
The remaining $3 million
balance was accounted for by a
$3 million loan from Montana
Holdings to Integrated Data
Corporation the former
financing the partial acquisi-
tion of its shares which bears
an interest rate of 3 per cent
per annum and is payable on
the fifth anniversary of the deal


to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 23RD day of JULY, 2007 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

Bahamas Geness 1ge Center

Raffle which

was schedule


July 28, 2007 has been Postponed.

All tickets sold will, be honored

on the new date. For information

call: 394-0734.

Legal Notice

(No45 of2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in. accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Busineis Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
ENIGMA HOLDINGS INC. has been dissolved and struck off the
Register according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the
Registrar General on the 19th dAy of July, 2007.

Colin Walker
16-18 rue de la PeUisesie*
1211 Geneva,

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
EBUN LIMITED has been dissolved and struck off the Register
according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 19th day of July, 2007.

Colin Walker
16-18 rue de la Pellsserie
1211 Geneva,

Legal Notice

(No.45 of 2000)

In Volunardy liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
GLOBS LIMITED has been dissolved and struck off the Register
according to the Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 17th day of July, 2007. .

Coln Walker
16-18 rue de la Pelisserie,
1211 Geneva,

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or before.
In return. Integrated Data
Corporation agreed to make
available to Montana Holdings
a $6 million loan facility to
finance the Rum Cay Resort
Marina's construction, plus a
further $1 million loan facility
to finance Montana's "pro-
posed development of a semi-
autonomous floor and wall tile
production facility", which it
is understood will use stone
from the Rum Cay Resort
Marina presently being exca-
The loan terms and condi-
tions had to be approved by
Matrix Securities and HBOS.
the UK bank formed from the
merger between Halifax and

Bank of Scotland. The two
companies are understood to
be the major financiers of the
Rum Cay Resort Marina pro-
Explaining the decision to
stray from its telecommunica-
tions background, Integrated
Dat Corporation said in one
of its IDC filings: "IDC's
growth strategy is toward
investments in resort real
estate development. On Janu-
ary 23. 2007, the Company
entered into a Sale and Pur-
chase Contract with John Mit-
tens, a private individual and
majority shareholder of Mon-
tana Holdings Ltd a private
limited company registered in
the Bahamas.

"Under the terms of this
Sale and Purchase Contract.
the company acquired a 20 per
equity interest in Montana
Holdings through the purchase
of 1,120 shares of the 5.600
outstanding shares of Mon-
tana Holdings common stock.
Montana Holdings currently
owns a resort development
project, Rum Cay Resort Mari-
na, on Rum Cay in the
The tie-up between Mon-
tana Holdings and Integrated
Data Corporation may seem
odd, but that is to ignore Mr
Mittens' background in
telecommunications. As a
radio and satellite engineer, he

Pricing Information As Of:

1.83 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.66 1.66 0.00 0.000
12.05 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.527
9.41 7.49 Bank of Bahamas' 9.40 9.40 0.00 0.733
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -0.013
3.65 1.48 Bahamas Waste 3.65 3.65 0.00 0.279
1.49 1.20 Fidelity Bank 1.48 1.48 0.00 0.064
10.75 9.10 Cable Bahamas 10.75 10.75 0.00 0.949
2.35 1.80 Colina Holdings 2.35 2.35 0.00 0.281
15.10 10.89 Commonwealth Bank 15.10 S4 15.10 0.00 1.152
6.32 4.55 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.83 5.54 -0.29 0.112
2.76 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.31 2.31 0.00 0.281
5.40 5.54 Famguard 6.20 6.20 0.00 0.694
12.70 11.50 Finco 12.70 12.70 0.00 0.787
14.70 12.80 FirstCanbbean 14.65 14.65 0.00 0.977
20.01 11.15 Focol 20.00 20.00 0.00 1.657
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.64 0.64 0.00 0.415
9.65 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411
9.90 8.52 J. S. Johnson 9.90 9.90 0.00 0.946
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid S Ask S Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $

founded Interoute Telecom-
munications, a company that
connected 70 cities in 17 coun-
tries with fibre optic telecom-
munications cables.
Besides, both companies
have a common shareholder,
Integrated Technologies &
Systems, which holds more
than 10 per cent of their stock.
Mr Mittens is currently in
Europe and could not be
reached for comment, but
recently told The Tribune that
the Rum Cay Resort Marina
project was attracting great
interest among investors and
financiers and that he might
have "a big announcement"
when he returned to the
"It's just a moving feast. We
have opportunities all the
time," Mr Mittens said. "I
think Rum Cay's a hot project.
I think people prefer to invest
in developments that have
their environmental studies
and subdivision approvals, and
all hurdles are out the way. It's
a question of putting a spade in
the ground, rather than embry-
onic projects."
Among the financiers that
Montana Holdings has talked
to, sources said, were a New
York-based venture capital/pri-
vate equity firm, Nolita, and
The Carleton Group.
There have been a number
of recent changes behind the
scenes at Montana Holdings,
with Tim Perkins, its construc-
tion director, Garry Dunn,
commercial manager, and Jim
McColl, utilities manager, all
having resigned from the Rum
Cay project.
Mr Mittens confirmed they
had left the company, but
pointed out that staff came and
went in most businesses, and
"in the past few months eight
new people" had been hired.
Mr Perkins declined to com-
ment when contacted by The
Tribune, referring this news-
paper to Mr Mittens.
The Montana Holdings
chairman also confirmed that
the marina construction con-
tract had been "reassigned".
Through separate sources, The
Tribune has learned that the
.contract was taken away from
the previous contractor, Heavy
Marine & Foundation, with
Montana Holdings calling in
the performance bond. Heavy
Marine & Foundation, though,
is vigorously disputing the rea-
sons for doing this, though, and
denying that it had failed to

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10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.20 0.034 0.000 11.8 0.00%
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0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 0.021 0.000 26 2 0.00%
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2.7399 2.4415 Cohna MSI Preferred Fund 2 739935'
1.2576 1 1820 Colina Bond Fund 1.257576....
11 6049 11.0691 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11 6049.--
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30 June 2007
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BSI Trust Corporation (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, was incorporated
in 1997. Owned by BSI Lugano, BSI Trust is a subsidiary dedicated to providing
specialist trust and fiduciary-services to individual and company clients.

Applications are presently being accepted for


Reporting to the Managing Director, applicants for the position of Trust Manager
must be a qualified STEP member (or equivalent) and demonstrate at least 5
years of effective management abilities, together with an understanding of the trust
company's regulatory framework and external environment.

Personal qualities:-
Excellent organizational, communication and computer skills (Word, Excel and
trust administrative systems) Goal-oriented, self-motivated, positive attitude and
outlook Commitment to quality, service excellence and customer satisfaction
Flexibility in work hours

Manage diverse portfolio of trusts and companies Liaise with BSI Group account
officers and legal department in establishing suitable structures Control day-to-day
administration ,..

If you have the qualities we are looking for, we offer an attractive remuneration
package, with all the associated benefits you would expect of our company and
one that reflects your qualifications and experience. For those with a desire to
develop a long-term career with a progressive and dynamic company, we believe
we have the opportunity to match your expectations.

Resumes should be faxed to #702 1253 or mailed or delivered to the offices of
BSI, addressed to :-
Personnel Officer
BSI Trust Corporation (Bahamas) Limited
Bayside Executive Park, West Bay St. & Blake Road
P. O. Box N -7130
Nassau, Bahamas

Only applicants having the above attributes will be contacted.



MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007, PAGE 11B


compare the BGCSE results
achieved in 2006 by pupils from
a large, low-scoring New Prov-
idence high school to those
obtained by students at a high-
performing school
Its research found that 15 per
cent of all exams written by stu-
dents from the high-performing
school resulted in 'As', while
only 3 per cent of pupils
achieved an 'F' based on the
tour-point grading system The
average was a 'C'.
Yet at the large, poorly-per-
forming high school, only 2 per
cent of students gained an 'A',
while an astounding 70 per cent
of exams written achieved only
an 'F' grade. "The peak was an
F' and the average grade was
an 'F'," the Coalition wrote.
The difference in English and
Maths were especially stark, the
Coalition found. In English, 11
per cent of students at the high-
scoring school gained an 'A'
based on the four-point grad-
ing system, with only 1 per cent
gaining an 'F'. "Both the peak
score and the average score was
a 'C'," the Coalition found,
some 51 per cent of exam takers
gaining a 'C'.
Yet at the poorly-performing
New Providence high school,
no student obtained an 'A' in
English Language and 61 per
cent gained 'Fs'.
"The peak was an 'F' and the
average grade was an 'F'," the
Coalition said. "According to
the BGCSE test scores, this 'F'

was made up of four pieces -
26 per cent 'Es', and 35 per cent
,Fs',. 'Gs', and 'Us'........Over
half of the students in the low
scoring school that earned an
"F' are illiterate."
Mr Farrington said: "All we
can definitely say is that accord-
ing to the Grade Descriptors
Manual, over half the students
shown in the graph as an 'F',
that is those earning a BGCSE
*F'. "G' and 'U' are illiterate.
"They constitute the largest
group of those taking the
exams, and they can neither
understand 'basic facts, ideas
and opinions', nor present
-them with a degree of coher-
ence'. This group is truly illit-
The Coalition said the situa-
tion "is even more discourag-
ing" when it came to maths.
The high scoring school saw 20
per cent of students taking
BCGSE maths gain 'A' grades
based on the four-point grad-
ing system, with only 1 per cent
failing. The average grade was a
Yet in the poor-performing
school, no student achieve an
'A' in maths, while 90 per cent
got an 'F'- which was also the
average grade for the school.
Mr Farrington added:
"According to the BGCSE
exam scores, this 'F' was made
up of four pieces 10 per cent
'Es' and 80 per cent 'Fs', 'Gs'
and 'Us'. All we can definitely
say is that, according to the 2006

Legal Notice.


(a) UPPERLAKE INVEST CORP is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
27th July, 2007 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola,

Dated this 30th day of July, A D 2007

:' ." VerduroAssociated Ltd.

Legal Notice



(a) TARSUS LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
27th July, 2007 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola,

Dated this 30th day of July, A.D. 2007

Verduro Associated Ltd.

Commonwealth Brewery Ltd is seeking to hire
a the following:

Packaging Manager. Applicant
should possess a Bachelors degree in
Engineering or Bio-Chemistry or Physics
with at least five years experience
managing a packaging line.

Blender. Applicant should possess a
diploma in brewing and distilling with
a minimum of five years experience in a
middle management position.

Warehouse Administrator.Applicant
should possess at least three years
warehouse experience.

Each applicant must have the ability to
manage people effectively and be proficient in
Microsoft Word and Excel. The ideal candidate
must have good written and oral communication
skills, should be a self motivated person who
takes initiative.

Kindly fax resumes to the Human Resource
Manager at 362-4793

Mathematics Syllabus, 80 per
cent of all students failed
The Coalition analysis said
this meant the 80 per cent of
students from the poor per-
forming school in question
could not count, they could not
calculate a percentage or multi-
ply a "third grade skill", and
did not know the difference
between squares, cubes, circles
and spheres.
Mr Farrington said on the
Coalition's behalf: "Everyone
in business, science and engi-
neering agree that an under-
standing of maths is critical to a
range of low-tech and high-tech
jobs from carpentry to com-
puter system maintenance.
"A maid, in working in a
modern hotel, must operate a
device that tracks her work
throughout the work day so that
the main desk can fill the rooms
with guests or be alerted to a
"The cashier no longer just
receives cash. She must be able
to multi-task. The technician
must be able to read the safety
warnings and follow operating
instructions that change. In the
automobile industry, for
instance, that happens every
'new model' year.
"These observations relate to
basic maths, and do not address
what one can do if one is profi-
cient in higher maths."
What the Coalition's patient
research is showing, in a non-
political or partisan way, is that
the Bahamian education system

is failing to produce enough
graduates with the skills that
are increasingly being demand-
ed by this country's employers
in a knowledge and technolo-
gy-driven global economy.
In the case of many Bahami-
an high school graduates, they
lack even the basic English and
Maths skills, effectively creat-
ing in the past what has been
termed as an 'army of unem-
ployable illiterates'.
When all this is added up, it
serves to undermine the
Bahamas' economic competi-
tiveness and threaten the rela-
tively high standard of living
and per capital income that its
people enjoy. Ultimately, if
Bahamians do not step up to
the plate, companies will have
to employ ever-increasing num-
bers of expatriate workers, leav-
ing Bahamians marginalized
and effectively 'second class cit-
izens' in their own country.
The Coalition report, in con-
verting all the 23,598 BGCSE
exam scores to the four-point
grading system, eliminating the
'E', 'G' and 'U' designations
and combining them into an 'F',
found that in all 93 Bahamian
private and public scores some
34 per cent of students just
over one-third of all exams -
achieved an 'F'
"An 'F' clearly means 'fail-
ure' as it appears to the high
school principal," the Coalition
report said. "Failure means that
on leaving school you do not
get a diploma; it is not just a
grade designator between an


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personality and good communication skills.

We are interested.

Call 324-5370 Pre-Interview
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Spaces Limited


Over 7 years experience(preferably in hospitality or high-end
residential design) with a bachelors Degree in Interior Design from
an accredited school.

* Select all FF&E items and document all design for turn-key
cottages (including FF&E Specifications)
* Make all interior material and finish selections
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(co-ordinate 6 man installation crew and 6 man carpenter crew)
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Experience organizational and project management skills
Exceptional communication skills both graphically and verbally
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* AutoCAD knowledge is aplus
* NCIDQ Certificate holder plus

Resume should be sent to Nick Sims, Development Department,
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, P.O. Box AB-20571, Marsh Harbour,
Abaco or fax#242-367-2930 or 242-677-3849

'E' and a 'G'. The peak grade in
the distribution is not a 'C' but
an "F'.
"That low level of academic
performance is frightening. But
one can get a better feel for the
problem by looking at individ-
ual schools, critical skills and
the extremes in academic per-
formance....... Not just the
On the eight-point BGCSE
grade rating from 'A to U', the
peak grade was shown as a 'C',
gained by 27 per cent of the
5,700 students who wrote them
in 2006. Yet the average grade
'D' was "not acceptable", even
though it masked the true scale
of the educational woes in the
The Coalition dealt with the
root causes of the educational
crisis, namely social promotion,

which allows students to mo\\
through the school system -"* itt
a minimum of effort of thev
simply attend school and a\ oi'
committing a felony. Th,
expected reward for such pei
formance is a lavish proni: ,
diploma, or no\\ possible. ci-
"Social promotion destio\r
discipline and cripples the lea.n
ing process. Finding the mean.,
to end or greatly modify thi.
practice now is truly a eianti
The Coalition also said thaW
Bahamian boys fell behind cdui
cationally due to the inclcask
in single parent families amn
absence of positive male rol,
model fathers. Some 35 per cei:
fewer boys than girls took
BGCSE exams, and 50 per cen;
less received 'A' and 'B' grades



LOM SecurAies (Bahamz) Limited is 3 f1ranci3i servic4s company
relocating tc, Nassau. With headqu3rters in Ueimuda and subsidiaries
based in Grand Cavn,.in and London we offer investment Virategiii to
''3'11ifjed cjantilie.
I'Ve nie 5epking an ndividuif to a;! as j Charteted Financial Analyst in
out WASSAU office. Qoal!Ned cindidmes will possess the following!
Knowlr!dge of the investniert industryt inciuding broket-dealers
wiih a '"inirruin of three e:!ls experience
Ptoficient in usp. of NIS Offici, (Word. Excel, Access)
... Strong written irid organizationol skillt (detail oriented)
Securities intitistry license OR an accounting designation or
equivalent is 1eq0!ed
The qf,neral tesponsibilitios. of th, oosition wHI he:
... Niniketino will 15,istiim; nol%- (JwM %%,;In account documentation
Buying, selliny zind troding in sl:)cXs. hvnd,. and any other seau.
rit;Ls 1,,)t clients
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111justry stlndards of good pfactice
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procedures and tie financial markets.
If you art interested in this position, please deliver or eniall your fissurne
prior to Augum 3, 2007 S,nd to:
The Gurivril Managef. Co LOMl Slicorities Ltd.
Milleomium Houso. Fz,,t Mill Drivv., P 0, Rox F4219$-350
I'meport, Grand Baham.i, B,,tininas
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Kingsway Academy, an Interdenominational,
Evangelical, Co-Educational Christian Day School,
invites applicants from qualified and experienced
candidates for teaching positions at the Elementary aid
High School levels (grades 7 through 12).


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


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

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

The successful candidates should have the following:

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

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

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

Deadline for applications is Tuesday July 31, 2007.

Legal Notice



(a) LICANTO TRADING LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the
27th July, 2007 when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General,
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola,

Dated this 30th day of July, A.D. 2007

Verduro Associated Ltd. :






AUGUST 2ND, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00361
Whereas JOYANNE WILSON nee JOSEY of the
Southern District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Widow
has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of KEITH WILSON late of Butler's
Street, Eastern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

AUGUST 2ND, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00343
Blackbeard's Terrace, Eastern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney by Deed of Power of Attorney for
the Widow has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, forletteirsof administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of GERALD AUGUSTUS
BARTLETT, JR., late of Brigadoon, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

AUGUST 2ND, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00344
Whereas SANDRENA C. BENJAMIN of Coral Lakes
in the Western District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for letters of administration with the
will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate of
the Island of Great Exuma, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days
from the date hereof.
Nicoyo Neill
(for) Registrar

AUGUST 2ND, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00345
Whereas AVA NEELY of Carmichael Road in

the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of RODNEY NEELY late of Shirley Street in
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.
Nicoyo Neilly
(for) Registrar

AUGUST 2ND, 2007
Hermitage Road, Onancock in the State of Virginia,
one of the States of the United States of America
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by NADIA A. WRIGHT of Sunset
Drive in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed
Certificate/Letters of Qualification in the above estate
HIGGINS and W. REVELL LEWIS III, the Administrator
C.T.A. and Co-administrators C.T.A. of the Estate, by
the Accomack County Circuit Court, on the 28th day
of October, 2005.
Nicoyo Neilly
(for) Registrar

AUGUST 2ND, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00347
Whereas MARY E. JONES of Mars City in the Count
of Madison in the State of North Carolina, one of the
States of the United States of America has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of OWEN URBAN JONES late of Mars City in
the Count of Madison in the State of North Carolina,
one of the States of the United States of America,
Notice is herby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.
Nicoyo Neilly
(for) Registrar

AUGUST 2ND, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00348
Whereas PORTIA RENA LEWIS of Harbour Island,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of PADDY COLYN LEWIS
late of Harbour Island, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days
from the date hereof.
Nicoyo Neilly
(for) Registrar

AUGUST 2ND, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00351
Road, Danottage Estates Eastern District, New
JR., of No. 9 Chancery Lane, Winton Estates, Eastern
District, New Providence, both of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorneys by Deed
of Power of Attorney for the Daughter has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of HARRY WOODROW COOPER late of the
Eastern Road, Eastern District, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
deceased. -
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

AUGUST 2ND, 2007
PO. Box 756 East Stroudsburg in the County of Munroe
in the State of Pennsylvania, one of the States of the
United States of America, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by MELISA AURINTHIA
THOMPSON-HALL of Faith Gardens in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Letters
Testamentary in the above estate granted to SHIRLEY
J. GORRELL, the Executrix of the Estate, by the
Register of Wills of Monroe County, Pennsylvania, on
the 1st day of March 1984.
Nicoyo Neilly

AUGUST 2ND, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00352
Whereas TROY ALFRED GRAY of Williams Town,
Exuma, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, the Widower has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
RENAMAE GRAY late of Williams Town, Exuma, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such application will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of days 21
from the date hereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

AUGUST 2ND, 2007
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00353
Whereas JOYCE WELLS of Hillside Park, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Widow has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of WILLARD WELLS late of Hillside Park,
Eastern District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

AUGUST 2ND, 2007

In the Estate of MARGARET MARY GREEN, late of
Leichhardt, in the State of New South Wales, Australia,
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, on its
of the Western District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Probate'in the above estate granted to CATHERINE
STEWART MCGREGOR, the Executrix, by the Probate
Court of New South Wales, at Sydney, Australia, on
the 25th day of August 2005.
K. Mackey

AUGUST 2ND, 2007
late of 629 Neptune Avenue in Ocean County in
Beachwood in the State of New Jersey, one of the
States of the United States of America, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of

fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by MICHAEL CRAIG ROBERTS of
the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Letters
Testamentary in the above estate granted to STEVEN
R. SATTLER, the Executor of the Estate, by the State
of New Jersey, Ocean County Surrogate's Court, on
the 8th day of June 2001.
Nicoyo Neilly

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AUGUST 2ND, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00356
Street in the Island of Harbour Island, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of CHARLES CASH
(a.k.a.) CHARLES REGINALD CASH late of Bay
Street in the Island of Harbour Island, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date hereof.
Nicoyo Neilly

AUGUST 2ND, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00358
Whereas EPHRIAM NOTTAGE (a.k.a.)
HOLSTON FERGUSON of Visa Marina Subdivision
in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Personal
20230 N.E. 2nd Avenue in the City of.N. Miami
Beach in the State of Florida, one of the States of.
the United States of America, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.
Nicoyo Neilly

AUGUST 2ND, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00359
Fortune Village in the Island of Grand Bahama,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
with the will annexed of the Real and Personal
Estate of BURTON HARRY TOWER late of 6800
Fleetwood Road, Fairfax County in the State of
Virginia, one of the states of the United States of
America, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.
Nicoyo Neilly

AUGUST 2ND, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00360
Bight in the Island of Eleuthera one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of JOSEPH DELANCY late of Wemyss
Bight in the Island of Eleuthera, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date hereof.
Nicoyo Neilly

Impact from




FROM page 5

in percentage, they call foul, but the real estate
market will always be a booming economy
because real estate always appreciates."
Abigail Rahming, a realtor at A and E
Investments Company, recently told Tribune
Business that at present real estate sales in
the Bahamian market were very strong.
"The market is on an upswing, and if you
check last year's prices compared to now, the
trend is that they are going up by 5 per cent,"
she said.

According to the Associated Press, sales of
new homes in the US fell in June by the largest
amount in five years, as the US housing indus-
try continued to struggle with its worst down-
turn in 16 years and the median home price
also fell.
The US Commerce Department reported
that sales of new single-family homes dropped
by 6.6 per cent last month to a seasonally
adjusted annual rate of 834,000 units.
The decline was more than triple what had
been expected, and was the largest percentage
drop since sales fell by 12.7 per cent in Janu-
ary. Sales are now 22.3 per cent below the lev-
el of a year ago, the Associated Press said.

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FROM page 1
ing system, as the broker deal-
ers were required to maintain a
record of all orders that were
placed., and when each one was
done. As a result, last Thurs-
day all trades were executed
in the order in which they had
been received, and as no trades
happened on Tuesday or
Wednesday, no investors were
materially disadvantaged to the
gain of others.
Mr Davies told The Tribune:
"Over the weekend, we will be
working very hard and deci-
sions will be made, so that it's
back to business as normal for
Monday. I am satisfied that
with the technical people we
have and our suppliers, we will
be in a position to have busi-
ness as normal.
"Since 2000 to now is about
2,900-plus days, and we have
been down five times. That's
0.17 per cent. We have 99.8 per
cent reliability on up-time, and
that's a world class standard."


"Where Our Quality & Experience Shine!"
Specializing in:
Roofing, Home Maintenance, Painting & Varnishing,
Pressure & Mildew Cleaning, Roof Painting, Water
Proofing, Plumbing, Window Cleaning, Drywall
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Laminate Floor, Tiling, Repair E"
Cracks to Concrete Walls r


"U 1ciiE

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

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

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person or
persons having dower or right of dower or an Adverse
Claim or Claim not recognized in the Petition shall
on or before 21st day of September A.D.2007 file in
the shall on or before Supreme Court of the City of
Nassau in the Island of New Providence, The Bahamas
and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a
Statement of his Claim aforesaid non compliance
with this Notice will operate as a bar to such claim.

Nassau, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

NOTICE is hereby given that WILFRED CADET
the Minister responsible for Nqtionality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 23RD day of May, 2007 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




In accordance with Section 3 of the Public
Holidays Act,

(Chapter 36), the following day will be observed
as Public Hoilday:-
Monday, 6th August, 2007 Emancipation Day

On the said day, all public offices, banks and shops
throughout The Bahamas must be kept closed,
except that shops may open:-

(a) for the sale of food, cooked or prepared for
Consumption on the premises;

(b) for the sale of drugs, medicines or surgical

(c) for the sale of ice;

(d) for the sale of bread, fresh and frozen fish,
fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, butcher's
meat and fresh dairy products, unit the hour
of ten o' clock in the morning;

(e) for the sale of any article required for the
burial of a dead body, or in the case of
illness of any person or animal, or in any
other emergency;

(f) for the sale of petroleum products;

(g) for the sale of fresh water;

(h) for the sale of newspaper and periodicals.



MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007, PAGE 13B


Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of SUMMERHILL HOLDINGS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of ALVARDO HOLDINGS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of CHISELHURST INVESTMENTS
PTE. LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.


Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of RICHWIN ASSETS LIMITED
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice



distribution for

Tommy Bahama

Tribune Business
Pat Paul, a renowned
Bahamian men's
clothing retailer, has
expanded his signa-
ture Atlantis store by becom-
ing the exclusive Bahamian
provider of the popular leisure
clothing line, Tommy Bahama.
Sitting down with Tribune
Business last week, Mr Paul
said the alliance was perfect
because the brand lends itself
to resort and island living with
both Bahamians and tourists.
"It fits into our lifestyle, and
with Atlantis being the upscale
property which doesn't require
a jacket or suit, a guy can wear
Tommy Bahama and look
smart casual. The fabric lends
itself to the islands," Mr Paul
Having been in business
since 1975, Mr Paul said the
Tommy Bahama brand has far
exceeded his expectations to


"I have never seen anything
like this. I have never seen an
item walk out without you con-
vincing someone to purchase
it. Somehow, I feel useless,
because in some ways you do
not even have to sell it," he
Mr Paul said that having the
brand here in the Bahamas
was a major draw, because so
many visitors recognized it.
"Branding is a promise, and

Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of RUMSTON INVESTMENTS
PTE. LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.


Family Divsin

nee BRENNEN Mndent


TAKE NOTICE that a Petition has been filed in the Supreme
Court by your husband Philippe Andre Bernard Hattab for

AND that it has been ordered that service of the said Petition upon
you be effected by this advertisement.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that you must within
fourteen (14) days from the publication of this advertisement
inclusive of the day of such publication, acknowledge service of
the Petition by completing a prescribed form of
Acknowledgement of Service and Memorandum of Appearance
which may be obtained on request from the attorney whose name
and address appear below, otherwise the court may then, without
filther notice to you, proceed to hear the Petition and pronounce
judgment, notwithstanding your absence.


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Attrseys for the Petitioer

they market the brand very
well," he said. "We gd 100 per
cent with Tommy Bahama
because everything in their
production fits our lifestyle.
We started nine months ago
and we cannot keep it in the
store. Somehow they market
it so well it is somewhat of a
cult following."
Mr Paul added that Tommy
Bahama was a medium-priced
clothing line. He also exclu-
sively offers the Paul and
Shark, Canali and Zenga lines.
"Zenga Sport is leisureware
also, but it is a different market
which is not competing with
Tommy Bahama, while Paul
and Shark is geared toward
yachtsmen and lends itself to
water proof material and
caps," he said.
"Canoli is more tailored
jackets and suits with some
shirts, trousers, foot wear,
leather goods and swim ware."
Given the success of the
exclusive lines, plans are under
way to expand and create a
second Tommy Bahama out-
let in the proposed second
Marina Village, scheduled to
be built in the current Hurri-
cane Hole Shopping Plaza, he
Having been a successful

businessman for many years,
Mr Paul offered this advice for
Bahamians interested in enter-
ing the retail business:
"One thing when you come
into the business; you have to
have confirmed in your mind
that you want to go after a cer-
tain market, and you cannot
be deterred. If you set out the
market, the price structure,
that is what you have to go
with and even down the road,
if you can see that the market
is changing and the demo-
graphics are changing, then
you move with that," he
"But the thing is you should
never get discouraged, even
when the market starts to
decrease. You have to just
hang in and wait and steer
yourself until things turn
upward. The other thing, too,
is you have to love what you
Mr Paul said he loves the
changes of the seasons for
clothing, and the fact that in
Atlantis, he is able to meet
people from all over the world.
"You are in every different
part of the world per day. I
always wanted to be interna-
tional and Kerzner gave me
that opportunity," he said.


Honest, Passionate. Efficient, Personable,
Individuals to fill the following positions:

Room Attendants
Public Area Attendants
Laundry Attendants
Maintenance helpers

Bus person

!Qpa Thorapist
Nail Technicians
Q4pa Roeoptionist

All applications are appreciated but only
qualified individuals will be considered.
Our email address is admin@marleyresort.com
or you may fax it to (242) 327-1662 or mail it to
SP-63148. Nassau, Bahamas


Legal Notice


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 22nd day of July 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of XIGFILERSTON INVESTMENT
LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
off the Register.


PAGE 14B, MONDAY, JULY 30, 2007





Partly sunny, a t- Mostly cloudy. Intervals of clouds Partly sunny. A couple of showers Times of clouds and
storm In spots. and sunshine, and a t-storm. sun.
High: 88* High: 91 High: 91 High: 910
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elevation on the human body-everything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the ow for the day.



lL 7F 7F/24C

Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday
High .............................................. 93 F/34' C
Low ................................................. 79' F26 C
Normal high .................................. 88* F/31* C
Normal low .................................... 750 F/246 C
Last year's high ................................ 93" F/34' C
Last year's low .................................. 82' F/28 C
As of 2 p.m.yesteday ............................... 0.00"
Year to date ............................................ 35.85"
Normal year to date .............................. 24.53"

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S 907 p.m. 3.1 2:42 p.m. 0.1
1mi 9.27a.m. 2.8 3:22 a.m. 0.0
9.50 p.m. 3.1 3:30 p.m. 0.0
Wue.j 0:12 am. 2.9 4:02a.m. -0.1
0.34 p.m. 3.0 4:19 p.m. 0.0
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11:20 p.m. 2.9 5:11 p.m. 0.1

Surise...... 6:36 a.m.
Saiset...... 7:56p.m.
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Moonrise .... 8:41 p.m.
Moonset .....7:03 a.m.

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Shown Is today's weather. Temperatures are today's
highs and tonight's lows.

Today Theoday
High Low W High Low W
Albuquerque 87/M0 6M18 t 90324O W8 t
Anchorage 70/21 56/13 pc 70/21 56/13 sh
Atlanta 90/W 72/22 t 91/32 M241 pa
Atlantic City 86/30 67/19 t 88/31 67/19 pc
Batimore 8M 070/1t 9= em It
Boston 84/28 68/20 t 82/27 68/20 pc
Charleston, SC 88/31 73/22 t 91/32 74/23 t
Cleveland 83/28 62/16 s 87/30 66/18 s
Denver 89/31 61/16 t 95/35 61/16 pc
Honolulu 89/31 76/24 pc 89/31 76/24 pc
ontow"93am375&23 94Ow478I4 t t



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Las Vegas 106/41 82/27 t 107/41 87/30 t
Lftft cock MW 32 t 904 7M- t-
Los Angeles 81/27 66/18 pc 82/27 66/18 pc
Memphis 95/35 76/24 t 96/35 75/23 pc
Minneapolis 93/33 70/21 s 93/33 71/21 s
New Orleans 90/32 76/24 t 90/32 77/25 t
Oklahoma City 90/32 71/21 t 89/31 71/21 t

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W High Low W

Phoenix 106/41 84/28 t 103/39 86/30 t
Portland, OR 77/25 56/13 s 85/29 58/14 s
St. Louis 92/33 70/21 s 95/35 73/22 s
San Antonio 91/32 76/24 t 92/33 77/25 pc
San Francisco 72/22 56/13 pc 73/22 57/13 pc
Tallahassee 90/32 74/23 t 93/33 75/23 t
Tucson 100/37 77/25 t 93/33 75/23 t

Washington, DC 87/30 71/21 t



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BudHalifaxpest 75/23 58/14 t 75/23 561/16 shpc

68/2... 0 57/13 sh 63/17 5412 r
CaJerlro 1em0 75/23em s 102/38 76/24 s
Comali W5 77/m t,,-491M s
Calgary- 73/22 08/8s 70V21 41118 s

CK n 89/31 8 7M e 9883 79/K
Caracas 84/28 72/22 sh 84/28 70/21 c

Caaim m *WY SS 73M 740 s

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Halifax 7K/3 5&/14 t 75/23 61/16 sh
idlia%4M8WI 973M t0 772
Helsinki W820 57/13 sh 63/17 54/12 r

slamabad 104/40 82/27 pt 105/40 87/30 s
Jerusalem 86/30 65/18 s 84/28 63/17 s

Kingston 89/31 79/26 pc 87/30 79/26 t
London 68/20 52/11 pc 72122 50010 pc
Madrd 66n/3 84 s 935448 t.
Manila 90/132 75/23 t 91/3? 77/25 pc
Monterrey 93/33 73/2 t 101/38 75/23 s
Moscow 77/25 59/15 c '72/22 52/11 t
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San Salvador 85/29 72/22 t 84/28 72/22 c
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Ta 82"npC ftA
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Tuesday: SW at 8-16 Knots 1-3 Feet 4-7 Miles 886 F
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Tuesday: SW at 10-20 Knots 1-2 Fet 4-7 Miles 86 F
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Tuesday: SW at 10-20 Knots

1-3 Feet 4-7 Miles 86* F

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Thank You Bahamas!
Just a few who celebratedbiank of The Bahamas Internationa's
Ai Customer Appreciation Day.
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Revolutionizing The Way You Bank
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Head Office Nassau: (242) 397-3000
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