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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 8/3/2007
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Volume: 103 No.210

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Individual accused

of corruption 'given

a better contract

just before election'

Tribune Staff Reporter
ed to the Ministry of Housing
who was repeatedly fingered by
contractors for alleged corruption
was given even more responsibil-
ities just before the new govern-
ment took office, it has been
While the new housing minister
Kenneth Russell said he was not
aware of an increase in responsi-
bilites, he did confirm that the
individual in question had his con-
tract renewed with a better finan-
cial package in the run up to the
This revelation came after a
source leaked two letters to The
Tribune, dated November, 2006,
and February, 2007, purporting
to be from two separate contrac-
tors to senior ministry personnel

listing their claims against the
individual in question.
The source said the letters were
handed to him by a ministry offi-
cial who is frustrated that the indi-
vidual has not yet been removed.
Despite contractors' sugges-
tions that the individual's activi-
ties were costing contractors and
the government, and contribut-
ing to the shoddy workmanship
on low-cost government homes,
Mr Russell confirmed that this
person was given a better finan-
cial package when his most recent
contract was renewed by the for-
mer government.
However, although Mr Russell
said he was not aware of the two
letters, he said the person in ques-
tion has received a termination
letter since the new government
took office. The termination of
SEE page 11

Second aircraft

crash in two days
A SECOND light aircraft has crashed in the space of two days after
it experienced "technical problems" shortly after taking off from
North Eleuthera airport yesterday morning.
Few details were available about the incident up to press time yes-
terday, other than that the pilot was a foreign Harbour Island resident,
and the crash forced the closure of the airport for over three hours. The
pilot was "lucky to be alive," according to one source.
On Tuesday, a Bahamian pilot and two British citizens were hospi-
talised after the Piper Aztec plane they were on experienced engine fail-
ure shortly after take off from Lynden Pindling International Air-
port, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in bushes in the
Gambier area.
Since that incident, Minister of Aviation Neko Grant announced that
his ministry would heighten checks on all small aircraft operators.

* 42-YEAR-OLD Rolly Adderley outside of court yesterday.
(Photo: Tim Clarke/Tribune staff)

Maynard-Gibson hits Residents want govt t(
back over advertisement bulldoze Haitian slun
N By BRENT DEAN BAHAMIANS living near a Haitian slum se
Tribune Staff tlement in Nassau want the new government
Reporter_ take firm action and bulldoze the shacks.
Concerned residents in Joe Farrington Roa
PLP Senate leader ". believe continued slackness in confronting the prol
Allyson Maynard-Oibson lem could lead eventually to social unrest.
ashed out at illcgcd F[NM A woman who lives a few hundred yards from th
'lies" regardin th advr- Joe Farrington Road slum says her life is being

tisement publishl d i n the i il
press this week.
Mrs Mla nirJ(ib on
made the relmalrk L, st\,_,r-
dclay during her cOiltnbt-
lion to the Siem 1 J' bitJ l
oin the amendminn t lthe U PLP Senate
Airport AulhilnIv Aclt. leader Allyson
which allows' pn11ik cnti- Maynard-Gibson
ties to manager the [1 curitv
and fire services at the airport.
The advcrliscmcnt in question., she said. "was not
SEE page 11

made unbearable by the smoke and stench comir
from the community.
And she has warned that anti-Haitian hatred
could mount if the problem is allowed to go on.
"For the past three days we've had to smell bun
ing garbage non-stop." she told The Tribune ve
"Now it smells like sewage on top of this. M
neighbour mentioned that the government said the
would clean it up. but we see more work being dor
on shacks and there is still no sewage system."
Yesterday, Minister of Immigration, Tomm
SEE page 11

'No need

for foreign

officers' in

crime fight
Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE the current level of
crime and an ever-increasing mur-
der rate, Bahamian police say there
is no need to bring in foreign law
enforcement to help them patrol
the streets.
Chief Supt Burkie Wright,
speaking as a guest on the More 94
radio show Real Talk Live, said
that, although foreign police offi-
cers were successfully utilised in
the past, Bahamian police today
are fully equipped to handle all
challengesin the fight against
Mr Wright said that "times have
changed" and that the import of
officers from other jurisdictions
would not help alleviate the prob-
lems Bahamian police are facing
With the number of murders
SEE page 11

PLP supporters
protest alleged
Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Progressive
Liberal Party supporters staged
a demonstration on Thursday
in Freeport to protest the
alleged victimisation of Bahami-
ans here on Grand Bahama.
o A small group of protesters
led by Freeport businessmen
Patrick McDonald and Patrick
Davis demonstrated around
noon in front of the Govern-
to ment Office Complex on the
id They are claiming that since
b- the general elections Bahami-
ans have lost contracts, and oth-
ie ers continue to lose their jobs in
ig civil service under the FNM
ig government.
The PLP has claimed that
,d some $90 million in government
contracts have been either sus-
;n- ended, or cancelled by the
s- FNM government after the
Iv The FNM government has
y stated that the contracts are
e*c under review.
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Company asked to clear Sandyport debris

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Sandyport Develop-
ment Company is being asked
to clean up rocks, pieces of met-
al, broken conch shells, boul-
ders and other debris it is
alleged to have dumped onto
the nearby beach.
A concerned resident said the
debris was put there when an
excavator allegedly operated by
Sandyport deposited tons of

sand that it had dredged from
the canal which bisects the
beach last year.
The fact that sand dredged
from the canal is being returned
to the beach by Sandyport is a
move only initiated after resi-
dents agitated over a period of
years to both the company
and the government after they
noticed the beach was losing
massive quantities of sand.
However, the local man said
yesterday that having "obtained

a solution" to the erosion prob-
lem that he claims the canal and
subsequent dredging created,
another problem the dump-
ing of debris along with the sand
- has flared up.
He said that the beach, which
had recently begun to "restore
itself" from its more eroded
state, has now again been
"damaged extensively" by the
miscellaneous debris, which
covers 100 to 200 feet and is -
almost three weeks on start-
ing to sink into the sand,
despite efforts on the part of
locals to clear it.
According to coastal engineer
Keith Bishop, a member of the
United States Army Corps of
Engineers (USACE) "no
dredge spoiled material should

ever be return to a beach." He
pointed out that sifting sand is a
very simple process.
The Sandyport Development
Company was given permission
to cut a canal through the Dela-
porte beach by the government
in the late 1980s.
Since that time, the canal has
required intermittent dredging
to remove sand that has col-
lected in it, making it problem-
atic for Sandyport boat owners
to enter and exit the canal-side
, The issue of damage being
done to Sandyport beach, which
forms the coastline adjacent to
the community, has been a
focus of frustration for some
locals for several years.
Last year, a source claimed

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that the beach was being per-
manently eroded by the dredg-
ing of the canal, as sand contin-
ued to be washed into it, and
was then being taken away from
that site.
However, in October, presi-
dent of SDC Garth Buckner
described these assertions as
being "without a single point of
truth" blaming the erosion
instead on a sea wall attached to
the nearby Delaporte commu-
He denied that "any possible
antagonism" could arise from
his company's activities.
Meanwhile, a significant por-
tion of the local resident's ire
is also directed at the govern-
ment, who, he claims, were
warned of the possibility that
the debris may end up on the

beach if no action was taken on
their part to ensure Sandyport
cleaned the sand that it had left
sitting next to the canal for
almost a year.
He believes potential dam-
age to the environment could
be avoided if the terms of per-
mits granted were made public
- as would be the case if this
country had a Freedom of
Information Act thus enabling
those in the community to hold
permit-holders accountable if
they breach those terms. He is
calling on the new government
to provisions for such informa-
tion sharing.
Attempts to reach Sandyport
general manager Lawrence
Glinton, or Mr Buckner for
comment were unsuccessful yes-


* A BULLdozer is seen depositing sand on the beach

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0 In brief

accused of
stealing from
work bailed

Commissioner: rogue officers

won't be tolerated on force

* 58-YEAR-OLD-Joeann
Neely was charged with
stealing 95,000 from BEC
yesterday in court.
(Photo: Tim Clarke!
Tribune staff)

A WOMAN charged with
stealing nearly $100,000 from
the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration by reason of her
employment was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Joeann Neely, 58, of East-
wood Estates was arraigned on
the charge of stealing by rea-
son of employment before Mag-
istrate Susan Sylvester at court
11 in Nassau Street.
It is alleged that between
Monday, February 5 and
Wednesday February 27, 2007
she stole cash in the amount of
$95,928.43 from BEC by reason
of her employment.
Neely pleaded not guilty to
the charge and was granted bail
in the sum of $45,000 with one
surety. The case was adjourned
to November 19.

Man charged
with firearm
and intent
' A 35-YEAR-OLD man of
Melvern Road was arraigned in
court yesterday on weapons
According to court dockets, it
is alleged that on July 29, Mar-
vin Burrows was in possession
of a handgun with the intent to
endanger the lives of Richard
Rolle, Keplin Johnson, Oneil
Smith and Wilford Cadet.
Burrows was not required to
plead to the charges and was
remanded until Friday, when
he will return to court for a bail

US Virgin
Islands to
scrap tax on
San Juan
A TAX levied on cars, furni-
ture and other personal items
shipped to the US Virgin
Islands from the maifiland was
ruled unconstitutional by a fed-
eral judge, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
US District Judge Harvey
Bartle III has ruled that a 4 per
cent tax the US territory
imposed on imported items
worth more than $1,000 violat-
ed the US Constitution's com-
merce clause, which regulates
trade between states and terri-
The case stems from an April
complaint filed by a St. Croix
resident who protested a $2,365
"personal use" tax the territo-
ry's government levied on two
cars and floor tiles he shipped in
from Virginia.
The US Virgin Islands gov-
ernment is appealing the judg-
Immediately after Bartle's
ruling, a lawsuit was filed
against the three-island
Caribbean territory by several
thousand inhabitants who pre-
viously paid the tax for items
they imported.
If the lawsuit is successful,
residents could be refunded and
possibly collect up to 12 per-
cent interest, attorney Jeffrey
Moorhead said Wednesday.
The territory has collected
more than $3 million from the
tax since it was introduced four
years ago, said Gizette Thomas,
director designee for the islands'
Bureau of Internal Revenue.


IN response to the contin-
uing allegations of police
brutality and corruption,
Police Commissioner Paul
Farquharson assured the
public that he will not toler-
ate any rogue officers on his
During an exclusive inter-
view at police headquarters,
Commissioner Farquharson
expressed his stance on offi-
cers who operate outside the
confines of the law.
"There's no room in this
organisation for rogue
policemen. Full stop," the
commissioner told The Tri-
bune. "I am not tolerating it,
I am not going to let officers
take advantage of members
of the public. Police brutali-
ty is a no-no."
These statements came
after the story of Desmond
Key, a victim of alleged
police brutality, was pub-
lished and caught the
nation's attention.
Desmond, 27, is currently
in the intensive care unit of
Princess Margaret Hospital.
His grandmother, Verona
Bastian, told The Tribune
that he is "brain dead" as a
result of the alleged attack.
Irate callers flooded the
airwaves of a popular talk
show this week with their
accounts of alleged police
brutality and corruption,
with some asking for an inde-
pendent body to investigate
these claims to ensure impar-
However, the commis-
sioner reassured The Tri-
bune that all investigations
at the complaints and cor-
ruption unit are investigated
fairly: "As far as police com-
plaints are concerned, they
'are conducted very openly
and transparently. The chips
will fall where they may -
there is not any cover up, no
hiding place for officers who
go outside the law.
"I think I've said this over
and over before, and you will
see the results in the courts."
The commissioner
referred to the recent case
of Constable Tarquin Kelly
and District Constable
Jonathan Hall who were
arraigned in court on armed
robbery charges last month.
He said he will continue
to bring accused officers
before the courts. "No offi-
cer, no one in this country, is
above the law," he said.
According to statistics pro-
vided by Supt Macktavaus
Daniels, from January to
June 2007, 43 officers were
brought before the RBPF tri-
bunal accused of a number
of offences. The penalties for
the offences varied from for-
mal reprimands and salary
deductions to dismissals.
Programmes are in place
within the force to counsel
officers with temperament
issues, the commissioner
said. There is another
scheme in place to provide
further training that assists

officers in managing issues like
behaviour and temperament.
however Commissioner Far-
quharson noted the programme
did not take place this year.
"Police work is such that if
you are executing the law there
are bound to be complaints,
sometimes the nature of the
work (demands) sufficient force
to bring prisoners, who in many
cases are very violent, into the
police domain," he told The Tri-
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members of the public, if they
know of officers being corrupt,
come forward and provide the
Commissioner Farquharson
stressed that assistance from the
public is instrumental in suc-
cessfully investigating any alle-
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CARIFESTA IS NOT a beach party. It is
not even Junkanoo. And, whether they like it or
not the Bahamas' cultural community has no
say as to when or where it will be held.
Government was severely criticised by the
Arts community last week because Carifesta
will not be held in the Bahamas next year as
planned. They claimed that the cancellation of
Carifesta was not only an insult to them, but an
embarrassment to the community, especially
government's "excuse" that the Bahamas is not
up to "handling" the festival. They were also
miffed because government did not consult them
before deciding to cancel. They claim it showed
total disrespect for the arts community.
"It is a complete embarrassment to our peo-
ple," said a musician. "What are we now going to
do? If Guyana can do it then why can't we?"
The truth is the Bahamas is not up to han-
dling the festival next year. Too much has to
be done in such a short time to get Nassau up to
standard unless, of course, we don't mind
being totally embarrassed by showing off our
mediocrity as a host country.
The Bahamas did not cancel Carifesta,
CARICOM did. Caricom cancelled because the
Christie government had not even signed the
agreement to hold the festival here before it
was voted from power in May this year.
We are told that it had not even started what
Caricom stipulated had to be completed within
12 months, 18 months and two years. And so it
was Caricom that decided the Bahamas couldn't
"handle" it.
Caricom didn't have to consult the arts com-
munity, common sense told its members that if
the Christie government had wasted two years
doing nothing, the Ingraham government could
not be expected to pick up the pieces and com-
plete the mammoth task in one year. Carifesta is
a Caricom-sponsored project and there is no
reason for it to consult Bahamians on its deci-
And if Guyana can do it why can't the
Bahamas? asked the musician. Guyana can host
the festival because as of today, Guyana, just
having hosted World Cup Cricket, has its pavil-
ion in place, new hotel rooms and accommoda-
tion for 40,000 visitors. So Guyana is ready. The
Bahamas is not.
Just two months before the World Cup was to
start, Kingston Mayor Desmond McKenzie
called Jamaica's readiness for the cricket match-
es a "national disgrace." He described Kingston
as "dirty" and "filthy". Is this what we want said
about the Bahamas if we don't have enough
time to prepare? Just take a walk down Bay
Street and see if today it fits that description.
"What are we going to do?" asked the musi-
cian. If Bahamians want the festival to be a suc-
cess they will start preparations now to host it in
2012 that's what they will do.
Carifesta started as a festival of music. By
2004 Caricom decided that it wanted to raise
Carifesta to a higher level to embrace all the
arts and crafts and promote it as a showpiece to
entice visitors to the islands of the Caribbean.
Last year Trinidad was the first to host Carifes-
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success it should have been because of insuffi-
cient planning.
And so in 2005, Caricom looked to the
Bahamas. Here was a nation it thought that
could pull it off at the level the planners envis-
aged. And so the Bahamas was chosen. That
was three years notice. To do the job that need-
ed to be done, the Christie government should
have started work immediately. However, other
than agreeing to host it and sending a delegation
to Carifest 9 to participate and a group of tech-
nicians to review what was already in place, the
Christie government did the usual nothing!
It was decided that Arawak Cay and Fort
Charlotte would be the major staging sites, but
up until May 2, no steps had been taken to pre-
pare the areas.
We no longer have a stadium. In preparation
for the 30,000-seat sports stadium the Chinese
promised to build, the Christie government start-
ed demolition in July last year of the Andre
Rodgers Baseball Stadium, and the Churchill
Tener Knowles National Baseball Stadium.
When the Chinese flew a team in two months
later to start work on the stadium, it was dis-
covered that they had no building permit, nor
was the site ready.
A concrete wall still had to be demolished, and
towering light posts had to come down. So much
for forward planning and coordination of pro-
On September 21 last year. The Tribune
reported that plans for the new stadium had
been submitted by architects in China to the
Ministry of Works for review. "We are only
waiting on a building permit, but there are still
some challenges we are facing," The Tribune
reporter was told. The major challenge was the
language barrier.
However, we understand that at the end of
that review the Christie government asked Chi-
na to consider putting a canopy over the stadium.
So back to China went the blueprints for a
canopy to be added. The plans were returned to
the Bahamas shortly after the Ingraham gov-
ernment won the May 2 election this year. So,
even if it would have been needed, this stadium
could not have been used for the festival. For
more than a year local sports events have been
hampered. The Bahamas can't even host the
Bahama Games but its arts community still
has aspirations for Carifesta!
As for accommodation, with the future of
Baha Mar and its Cable Beach resorts still in lim-
bo, no one yet knows what hotel rooms will be
available. This certainly will not be known before
next year.
And so when all things were considered, hard
decisions had to be made about the Bahamas. It
was decided that the Bahamas as a Carifesta
venue should stand down for another five years.
If the Bahamas hopes to put on a spectacular
event by then, the arts community and all others
concerned in the preparations, would be well
advised to stop arguing and start working.
Already too much time has been wasted by inac-
tivity. In the end this was the reason Carifesta
was cancelled.

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already here, a date should be
agreed (eg 1990), immigrants'
proving they were here prior to
that date should be allowed to
stay, and receive working papers.
A valid identification should be
carried on them at all times,
while the others should be asked
to leave by a given date as regu-
lar raids would be carried out
and if found there should be stiff
penalties enforced followed by
repatriation. The Government
would need to address the chil-
dren born to Bahamians with a
foreign parent as a different mat-
ter, maybe a panel should be cre-
ated (setting guidelines to be fol-
lowed) to hear the cases and
make decisions with regards to
Examples of Immigration Offi-
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facilitate in allowing these ille-
gal immigrants to enter The
Bahamas or process under the
table papers should be dealt with
severely. A rotational process of
workers should be implemented
between Government Ministries
to help with this problem.
Some suggestions here might
appear harsh, but the only way to
deal with this issue that's crip-

pling our beloved Bahamaland
is to be stern. We cannot allow
our country to be brought to its
knees just to be called a nice.
country. It's past time we seri- -,/
ously address this issue because ,
the problem is already out of.,:
hand. Haitians, Jamaicans.
Asians, Cubans, Africans or
whatever nationalities should
receive notification (via their
radio stations, newspapers or any
other form of public notification)
of the new steps taken by The
Bahamas to curb this problem.
Actual situations that occur after
implementation should be made..7
public so illegal immigrants can.s
see The Bahamas means busi-.,
ness when dealing with this mat-
As far as criminals within the
country are concerned stiffer
penalties should be implement-':
ed. Forget the human rights asso-
ciation or whatever they call
themselves. Hanging should be
put back on the books if it was
taken off, everybody is talking,
but not enough is being done.
The God-fearing public is being
attacked and innocent lives are
being taken. The end result is
the criminals are increasing in
numbers. We either have to take
a stand or be stood upon.
July 2007.

EDITOR. The Tribune.
PLEASE allow me space in
your paper to address the issue
on crime in our beloved
The rate of crime has escalat-
ed to an unacceptably high level
due to many factors: single par-
enthood, technology, greed, lack
of role models, availability of
guns, drugs and the list goes on.
However the main issue in my
opinion is the high level of illegal
immigrants in the country. This
problem, (illegal immigrants),
affects every single facet of our
society and all forces will even-
tually come tumbling down.
Here are some of the other
areas affected by this:
Too many children in our
classrooms resulting in less atten-
tion to our Bahamian children,
therefore the grade levels are
down, more illiterate children
graduate and are sent out on the
Too much strain on our hospi-
tals and clinics as a result of over-
crowding and depletion of med-
icines and pharmaceuticals,
therefore the attention to deserv-
ing Bahamian patients are
reduced. Consequently errors are
made by overworked doctors
and nurses and other personnel
in these health care facilities.
This has a direct impact on the
Bahamian tax payers who fund
the free facilities.,
Jobs are given to these illegal
immigrants who receive mini-
mum pay compared .to the pay
Bahamians would receive,
increasing the unemployment
rate in our country. Jobs like gar-
dening, house cleaning, baby-sit-
ting, childcare, construction
workers and the list goes on,
therefore in most cases, a large
portion of the monies they
receive goes out of the country to
their place of origin reducing the
foreign reserves of our country.
Food for thought, why are
there hardly any illegal immi-
grants in Long Island compared
to Abaco and Nassau?
My suggestion of what the
Government needs to do to try
and get a handle on this, we need
to address this in two parts. The
first would be to address new
illegal immigrants coming in and
secondly to deal with those
already here.
To address the first part of the
problem, the Government
should allocate a lot more of the
budget for the patrol of our
waters, by increasing manpower
(a completely new department
of officers), surveillance equip-
ment, and boats as a regular
every day mission, with a co-
ordinated effort of the USA
Coast Guard. Legislation should
also be passed to enforce hard
labour and other forms of penal-
ty to illegal persons trying to
come into our country. This
would discourage the attempts
made to come to our shores.
Repatriation alone is considered
a joke to those persons because it
would only be a matter of time
before they try to enter illegally
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EDITOR, The Tribune.
THERE is no doubt that our judiciary is in serious trouble, and has.
been for a long time.
The length of time it takes for cases to be tried, is not acceptable.
Too many cases get started eventually, and then there are hiccups
which stifle completion, and then sometimes persons die, and resolu-
tion did not take place before they Departed In Despair and Disgust
One suggestion I have for the Bar Council, which I am sure is the
watchdog for all matters relevant to the judiciary is as follows:
I. Make it mandatory for all (each and every) lawyer in this country,
who is a member of that fraternity, and whose reputation is unblem-
ished and has been practising for more than 10 years, that they must be
prepared to serve for at least three consecutive months but not more "
than five months cumulatively out of 18 months, as a judge of the
Supreme Court.
2. All lawyers, who have been practising for five years must be pre-
pared to serve as Magistrates.
3. All lawyers who have been practising for more than 20 years, must
be prepared to serve as a Judge of the Appeals Court.
I do feel that it would help to eliminate the huge backlog of cases. Of
course, my tenure gauge may not meet the requirements of the exec-
utive or the judiciary, but for God's sake, start somewhere. Why can't
the legal heavers get together and solve the long outstanding problem? .
It is time the police used qualified prosecutors.
A function such as this would be noteworthy for the Bar Council,
thus earning its place in society, rather than being pontificators for the
camera and media.
I am sure every lawyer is complaining about the long delays, not to
mention the clients, who suffer from the archaic systems and ineffec-
tive results originating from the former. It would be wise, prudent
and noteworthy and inextricably honourable (as the Bar Council
should be), if the said Bar Council would be kind enough to revisit their
constitution and modify it to include these ideas therein.
Your positive action, and not inaction, is awaited (ASAP)
June 10, 2007

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Cuban is
hunger strike
San Juan
A HUNGER strike by Cuban
migrants detained at the US
Navy base in Guantanamo Bay
entered its third day Wednes-
day though one participant was
hospitalized with pneumonia,
according to an exile group
monitoring the protest, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
The Miami-based group,
Democracy Movement, said 22
Cuban men were on hunger
strike at the Migrant Operation
Center at the base in southeast
Cuba. A US official said, how-
ever, that there were 17 strikers.
The hospitalized man remains
on strike, said Ramon Saul
Sanchez, president of Democ-
racy Movement.
The protesters are among 44
Cubans who were captured at
sea by the US Coast Guard but
could not be returned to Cuba
because authorities determined
they had a credible fear of per-
secution. They have been
detained at Guantanamo -
some for more than two years -
while the US seeks to settle
them in a third country.
Sanchez said they began the
strike to protest their conditions
and the length of their confine-
ment. He and other exiles want
them settled immediately in the
United States, where some have
US Immigration and Customs
Enforcement spokeswoman
Barbara Gonzalez said all the
hunger strikers are monitored
by military doctors and in stable

Smugglers bring
US-bound Cubans
and violence to
Mexican coast
THE vast majority of Cubans
sneaking off the island now
enter the United States through
Mexico after US relatives pay
thousands of dollars to organ-
ised crime networks that scoop
them off Cuba's westernmost
tip in souped-up speedboats,
according to Associated Press.
The Mexico route is more
dangerous than a direct, 90-mile
voyage from Cuba to Florida,
but there is less chance the US
Coast Guard will intervene.
Nearly 90 percent of all undoc-
umented Cubans who make it
to America now come overland
rather than reaching US shores
by boat, according to US Cus-
toms and Border Protection.
From the Mexican coast,
Cubans then travel up to the
US border, where unlike other
undocumented migrants, they
are welcomed in under US law.
Some 9,296 Cubans arrived in
the United States from Mexico
between October 1 and July 22,
more than double the 4,589 who
crossed or were picked up by
the Coast Guard in the Florida
Straits during the same period.
The Mexico route is now so
popular that US immigration
officials call those who follow it
"dusty foot" Cubans, a play on
Washington's "wet-foot/dry foot"
policy that lets, Cuban migrants
captured on US soil stay in
America, but sends those picked
up at sea back to the island.

23 children
after orphanage
destroyed in fire
(AP) A fire swept through a
St Maarten orphanage early
Wednesday, leaving nearly two
dozen children homeless in the
Dutch Caribbean territory.
There were no injuries.
Staff at the orphanage in
downtown Philipsburg carried
the 23 youngsters, who included
several infants, to safety after
the blaze was sparked at dawn,
according to firefighters who
extinguished the flames.
Government officials in St

Maarten, which shares a
Caribbean island with French-
controlled St Martin, are scram-
bling to find temporary hous-
ing for the children since the
only other facility for orphans is
filled to capacity.
Authorities are investigating
the cause of the fire.



Police will still have authority

at airport under amendment

THE government's pro-
posed amendment to the Air-
port Authority Act will not
affect the police's control over
airports in the Bahamas, FNM
Senator Katherine Smith said.
She noted that a discussion
took place in the House of
Assembly around whether the
word "delegate" is an appro-
priate way to describe what
will happen to airport security
and fire services if they are
contracted out as the amend-
ment allows for.
"The overall responsibility
of security is vested in the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas," she
assured fellow senators. "This
amendment does not change
that responsibility.
Senator Smith was speaking
yesterday in the Senate, where
she seconded the Bill to
Amend the Airport Authority
"I am sure all would agree in
this place today that any move
to enhance security measures
at Lynden Pindling Airport is
not a matter of choice, but a
matter of necessity and nation-
al significance. In this regard
Madam President, the amend-
ment will allow the Airport
Authority to contract the func-
tion. of airport security and fire
services," she said.
Senator Smith said that the
bombings of September 11,
2001 affected travel to US
cities, and that the Bahamas
must therefore upgrade all
aspects of the operation and
management of the Lynden
Pindling Airport to an accept-
able international standard for
the benefit of both Bahamians
and visitors.
She noted that in Grand
Bahama, there is an example
of an effective airport security
programme with the use of pri-
vate security.
"The airport in Freeport
operates like no other in the
Bahamas, as. a result of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement
and the Grand Bahama Port
Authority," she explained.

Government will still have responsibility for security, says senator

"The Grand Bahama Inter-
national Airport has been able
to put certain security mea-
sures in place that has resulted
in them receiving good reviews
from the United States Trans-
portation Security Adminis-
tration (TSA) which deals
specifically with airports with
flights destined to the US, and
in the case of the Bahamas,
because of our pre-clearance
facilities at Nassau and Grand
Senator Smith noted that
despite the private security, the
airport in Freeport continues

to have substantial involve-
ment of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force in manning access
points to the "airside" of their
She said police officers vet
all personnel employed by the
Airport Authority, tenants and
airlines, and that uniformed
police are always present along
side security officers to moni-
tor the loading and unloading
of aircraft as well as during
routine patrols.
"I am told that even in
Freeport at a private facility,
if the Royal Bahamas Police

* SENATOR Katherine Smith

force determines a breach has
occurred they can call for a lock
down of that airport," she said.
Senator Smith noted that the
FNM's "Trust Agenda" outlines
the government's intentions as
it relates to security, crime and
the role of the Defence Force as

well as police, prison, customs
and immigration officers in an
effort to create a safe Bahamas.
"What we do at Lynden Pin-
dling Airport is a continuation
of our 'Trust Agenda' with the
Bahamian people," she said.

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their internet service,
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numerous occasions for
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to do with failures in inter-
net connectivity.
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moment with getting
online. In my e-mail from
them, everything is
blocked! I only get e-mails
by luck, and sometimes
they are repeated in excess
of 15 times. There are e-
mails that are being
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khem last month's bill.
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an engineer, but he has not
arrived yet! Cable
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mum that people will
"They must accept that
they cannot charge people
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And they should apologise
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do better.
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because they have been
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maybe the government
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them that 'if you can't per-
form, we will find another
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n concluding, Mr
Kelecom lamented:
"The cable company say
it's a problem because of
the rain, but could you
imagine if they were in
England or some other
country where rain falls in
some areas up to one
meter. It isn't even close to
that here and they talking
about rain. If this poor ser-

but we must know that the
forward progression of a
society can only occur
through its people's
educational upliftment
and their pursuit of busi-
The Bahamas govern-
ment must broaden its per-
spective on investment,
looking outside of the
tourism box, and encour-
aging more competition.
Industries such as farming,
fishing and mining (arago-
nite) or other light indus-
tries, can all have a great
impact upon the Bahamian
economy if more resources
are invested in them.
Further, by enticing
those foreign investors who
promote environmentally
sound projects, the
Bahamas would take an
enormous step towards
being a developed country.
In Holland, I am told
that the research and
development industry is
After a product is effec-
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oped, it is out sourced to
countries such as China
where cheap labour allows
for these goods to be mass
Why shouldn't reputable
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the Bahamas to carry out
research and development
Why has the Bahamas
not seriously delved into
the technological arena
encouraging and giving
concessions to local busi-
ness people and also by
luring in foreign, techno-
logically adept companies
to operate-and I don't
mean Pegasus?
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Tribune, on a noble move
in agreeing to a joint oper-
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Mr Kelecom's com-
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the feelings of many
Bahamians towards Cable
Happy Emancipation
Day Bahamas!

This August 1st, the
Bahamas commem-

"I have personally
had to call the
cable company
on numerous
occasions for
assistance, usually
having to do with
failures in internet

orated the emancipation
of the slaves in 1834 and I
celebrated my 23rd birth-
day. I am currently on
vacation in Holland, and
travelling to Belgium and
Germany for a few
weeks-in nearly a week, I
have seen some of the most
picturesque, mind-boggling
The diversity of the peo-
ple and industries in the
countries only solidify, for
me, the notion that the
Bahamas must begin
exploring other economic
avenues and industries to
truly become a first world
This week, as we cele-
brate emancipation, the
Bahamas can still be seen
as a modern day planta-
tion, where many Bahami-
ans are merely trained to
serve, rather than become
entrepreneurs or envisage
innovative ideas of their
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Healthy lifestyle programme is

launched in Grand Bahama

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT The 100 Day
Lifestyle Challenge kicked off
on Wednesday in Grand
Bahama, where persons will
make an effort to change the
way they eat, exercise, and
monitor their health.
In an effort to reduce the
alarming number of deaths in
the country associated with
lifestyle diseases, Minister of
Health Dr Hubert Minnis has
launched a nationwide chal-
lenge to tnotivate individuals to
improve their health through
group activities.
Sharon Williams, administra-
tor of the Rand Memorial Hos-
pital, said that hypertension,
heart disease, diabetes and can-
cer are leading lifestyle related
She said Dr Minnis reported
that 45 per cent of deaths in
2003 were due to chronic non-
communicable diseases, with
hypertension as the leading
cause of death in women.

Drive to cut number of deaths through activities

"The minister further report-
ed that 52 per cent of deaths in
2004 were due to lifestyle dis-
eases, and hypertension was
again the leading cause of death
in women," said Ms Williams.
"As you can see by those sta-
tistics, we are destroying our
own health by our (poor)
lifestyle practices, and this com-
mittee's focus is turning around
those lifestyle practices for more
positive healthy lifestyles," she
Nursing officer Yvonne
Clarke said that registration of
persons interested in joining a
"healthy dozen" club has start-
She explained that under the
initiative, persons may form a
group of no more than 15 per-
sons to participate in these
clubs. The groups can be
formed from persons who
already share a connection, for

example through the workplace,
neighborhood, gym, spa or
The groups must register with
the Healthy Lifestyle Secretari-
at at the Grand Bahama Health
Services. A team leader must
be selected from among the
members to motivate, encour-
age, and monitor the progress of
the group.
Ms Clarke said groups may
register on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days at the Hawksbill Clinic,
Eight Mile Rock Clinic, High
Rock Clinic, and at the clinic in
West End between 2pm and
Persons may also register at
Total Body and Wellness Gym
and at Curves Gym.
Once registration is complet-
ed, members will receive a
package which contains tips on
diets, stress, exercise, and
healthy living. All persons in

the group will be screened and
given a healthy lifestyle pass-
port, which outlines 12 healthy
dozen tips.
Ms Clarke said that as an
incentive and reward to persons
who take part, the first 500 reg-
istered will receive a free intro-
ductory week at Curves, or a
discount on membership at
Total Body and Wellness Gym.
Ms Williams asked employ-
ers on Grand Bahama to
encourage their employees to
participate in the challenge by
forming groups.
"It is better ... to have a
healthy employee within any
organisation, as it saves a lot in
terms of fewer days off from
work by staff that is sick, and it
builds a healthy and more pro-
ductive staff," she said.
Ms Clarke said the advantage
of joining the programme is that
it provides a screening to all

Tourism minister opens religious convention

Tribune Freeport Reporter

Minister Neko Grant was in
Grand Bahama on Wednesday
evening for the opening of a
major religious convention.
The event is known as the
Empowerment Island
Encounter Conference and is
hosted by Dr Jamal Bryant, a
well-known religious leader in
the United States.
The conference, which is
being held at the Westin at Our
Lucaya Resort, is expected to
bring thousands of visitors to
the island over four days and
provide a. boost to the econo-
my of Grand Bahama which
has been suffering under a
downturn in tourism for the
past five years.

Addressing the conference
opening, Mr Grant stated that
the Ministry of Tourism is ded-
icated to religious tourism and
has established a unit to facili-
tate religious travellers to the
"We are one of the few coun-
tries in the entire world to have
a unit dedicated on a full-time
basis to facilitating the visits of
religious travellers," he said.
"It is indeed my pleasure to
be here tonight amongst so
many people of faith, all of
whom have come to participate
in this first Empowerment
Encounter to be held on the
island of Grand Bahama.
"On behalf of the govern-
ment ... welcome to the islands
of the Bahamas. In particular, I
wish to acknowledge Dr Jamal
Bryant, founding pastor of Bal-

timore's Empowerment Tem-
ple for his inspirational leader-
ship that has impacted the
hearts and lives of many," Mr
Grant said.
He said that the Bahamas has
been blessed by God as a place
of rest and relaxation, where
the soul can be refreshed.
"We have been given some-
thing to share with the world,
and we are extremely pleased
that you have decided to be
here with us for this very impor-
tant conference.
"The Empowerment Island
Encounter could not have come
at a better time. This year, we
celebrate 200 years of the abo-
lition of the Atlantic slave trade.
"It was in 1807 that the
British government put a legal
end to the trade of human cargo
to the Western Hemisphere

from West Africa, from where
the majority of Bahamians are
descended. So, we look for-
ward to what will be said here
on the issue of empowerment."
Mr Grant assured that con-
ference participants can expect
a comfortable and enjoyable
experience during their stay in
Grand Bahama.
"You will see in the Bahami-
an people a genuine concern for
you and your well-being. This is
true with regard to all our visi-
tors, but especially the religious
groups who spend time with us.
"Between your teachings and
spiritually uplifting sessions, I
urge you make some time to
walk barefoot along one of the
many white sand beaches on
Grand Bahama and enjoy the
beauty of this paradise where
God lives," he said.

* DR Hubert Minnis

registrants and an assessment
of their health.
"If we notice that there are
any persons that are at risk we
will be contacting those persons
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Written by Marc Talbert
Illustrated by Betsy James

STORY SO FAR: Nick and his best
friend, Clay, have decided how they will
make enough money for a world record.

Lights! Camera! Action!

S TILL on his back, his bloody jeans
half off and binding his knees,
Clay frantically pushed himself headfirst
across the floor with his feet, looking like
a giant inchworm that had been attacked
by a humongous bird. As the footsteps
clumped closer, he hissed at Nick. "Do
something! I don't want my mother to
see these jeans!" He struggled toward
his closet, inch by inch.
As Nick turned toward the door, the
clumping footsteps stopped. He turned
on his brightest smile, hoping that would
keep Clay's mother from suspecting any-
thing was wrong. He slipped into the
door's opening, trying to look casual.
Instead of Clay's mother, Nick found
himself smiling at Jazz, who stood just
outside the bedroom, holding a filthy T-
shirt, an enormous pair of gardening clogs
over her own shoes.
Nick's smile vanished. "Jazz! What
are you doing? You scared the pants off
"Yeah!" Clay said, hobbling behind
Nick, pulling up his jeans. He took the
shirt from Jazz and studied it. His anger
disappeared. "Wow! This is disgusting!,
Thanks!" He popped it over his head.
"Let's get a move on."
Nick hesitated. Clay had been so scared
about his mother seeing the jeans. "I
don't know about this," he said.
"About begging?"
"Yeah. We aren't poor. And you dress-
ing up like that is, I don't know, like cheat-
Clay frowned. "No, it isn't. What about
being a hobo for Halloween? Or a witch?
Is that wrong?"
"Well, no. That's different!"
"No it's not," Clay said. "Come on.
Before my mom really gets home."
If what they were doing was all right,
why was Clay so spooked? Nick won-
They quickly finished their posterboard
signs and crept downstairs. They col-
lected the grocery bag and sneaked out-
side, hiding the bag by the garbage cans
next to the garage.
"One more thing," Clay said. He
stooped, grabbing a handful of soil. He
rubbed it on his hair and face and then

shook his head like a dog. "How do 1
"Filthy," Nick said. Jazz nodded enthu-
siastically. "Only shouldn't you smell as
bad as you look?" Nick reached for a
garbage can lid. "What about rubbing
some of this .."
"No way!" Clay snorted. "Come on.
We're losing money just standing here
flapping our lips."
As they walked toward the neighbor-
hood mini-mall, Clay stayed behind Nick
and Jazz so that he was shielded from
people staring. Several people gaped
anyway, making big detours around them
on the sidewalk.
When they got to the mini-mall's park-
ing lot, Nick turned to Clay, taking his
sister's hand. "We'll go over there, by
the Scudsy-Sudsy Laundromat." He
Clay nodded. "I'll stand by the front of
Jerry's Super-Duper Grocery." Clay
smiled. "Lights! Camera! Act ion!"
Nick watched as ClaN walked through a
line of parked cars. Clay's sneakers

looked too new and expensive for a
homeless pel son. Nick wlnde,(ied if it
would ruin Clay's luck and if he should
tell him to go hareloot.
Naw. he said to himself. He wanted to
make more money than Clay. anyway.
He turned to Jiazz. "Readys'"
She nodded. "Yep!"
There was a line of benches in the front
of the Laundromat. where people sat
while their clothes were washing or dry-
ing. T'lhe benches were emnpt- qo Nick
walked to one' in the middle. Ile helped
Jazz stand on it Ind t Lu I1 d the sign right-
side up loI h -i to hold. Nick glanced
toward Jerrys Supci Duper. Clay was
holding up his sign. I rom this distance.
Clay looked like he could really he home-
Several people walking into or out of
the Scudsy Sudsy glanced their way. hut
nobody stopped. "Lel's move closer to
the dool." Nick said. helping Jazz to the
ne.\t I ih'lih
A dt r n Ni \ park d Li, lic nt to th"k.
beLgm !ho l,:ik Nick lie ti d to look. It

was a mutt, small with scooped ears of dif-
ferent sizes. The moment it saw Nick
staring, it began to snarl and lunge toward
the windshield.
"Nobody's going to want to hear jokes
around that!" Nick bared his teeth at
the dog and shook his head.
The dog paused and then shot to the
side of the car. It seemed to scramble up
the passenger window, hooking its paws
on the top where the window was open.
With a mighty growl-bark, it heaved up
and squeezed over the glass. It fell in a
heap on the ground and scrambled to its
feet, tail straight up, mouth open and
eyes squinted.
With a furious bark, it came for Nick
and Jazz.
(Continued next Friday)
Text copyright 2001 Marc Talbert
Illustrations copyright 2001 Betsy James
Reprinted by permission of Breakfast Seri-
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FROM page one

Turnquest said that while he had not heard these
particular complaints before, he felt that the matter
was perhaps more for Works Minister Earl
Deveaux, or Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis,
to respond to as he said that "many people would be
surprised to find that these people are here legally",
therefore removing the matter from the purview of
his ministry. This "general" claim, he said, was
based on checks done by immigration in various
Haitian communities. He admitted, however, that it
may not "necessarily" be the case in this instance.
He added: "In terms of shacks and so on, that's a
building control, building permit issue, and that's at
the Ministry of Works, and there ought to be some
policing of that if that's going on.
"Whether they are persons born in the Bahamas
to non-Bahamian parents or whether they are non-
Bahamians on work permits or the like, (they are
here legally). But that does not give them the right
not to follow our building codes and our other laws
in terms of sanitation and so on and when those laws
are breached, whether it is building control or envi-
ronmental health people, it needs to be dealt with."
Asked whether his government in general had
any particular policies in place to deal with these
growing communities, Mr Turnquest said: "Yes,
absolutely." However, he failed to mention any
specific details.
The Joe Farrington Road site has been a flash-
point for anti-Haitian feelings before. Two years
ago, neighbours suspected that human bodies were
being burnt there, claiming they never witnessed any
Haitian funerals.
Now they are asking why both the PLP and FNM
governments feel Haitians have a right to live out-
side the law.
"Haitians live in their own world in the bush,"
said one source, "Both governments have allowed
them to do as they please, follow no rules or law,

FROM page one

The $8 million school con-
tract at Heritage, which was sus-
pended for review by the FNM
government, was initially
awarded to Building contractor
Patrick McDonald.
Mr McDonald, who has been
given other contracts for school
repairs, feels that he and other
Bahamians are being victimized
by the government.
He said on Thursday: "Based
on what has happened from
since the general election, we
feel it is necessary that we take
this kind of action because it
can't be right that one set (of
people) is allowed to live and
another set (of people) must
The protesters some wear-
ing brown paper bags on their
heads to hide their faces car-
ried placards calling for an end
to political victimization.
"We are prepared to-stand
up and make our voices heard
until this discriminatory prac-
tice is put to rest, said Mr
McDonald. -
"The people with bags on
their heads (here today) are civ-

Haitian slum
pollute our land, and stink up the air.
"If these people were made to live in homes like
the rest of us, they would be more 'Bahamian' and
fit in with the rest of society, become part of the
country they choose to move to."
The source added: "Instead of turning parts of
our country into Haiti, they should be more
Bahamian, try to fit in. Then they would be less
"Our homes have gone down in value because of
the slums they create in the bush. How are we to
feel anything but anger towards them?"
Bahamians affected by the settlement want the
government to remove the shacks.
One said: "I'd really like to walk outside and
take a deep breath of fresh air. I would like to run
my water and have no sewage smell."
Nassau's slum problem mirrors Aba-
co's difficulties with the Pigeon Pea
and Mud settlements in Marsh
There, thousands of Haitians
- many of them illegal immi-
grants live in congested
shacks on two sites in the
centre of the island capital.
For many years now, Aba-
conians have been pressing
for government action.
But the slums still exist, .hav-
ing survived a succession of dev-
astating fires.

of Immigration

PLP supporters
il servants, and they are afraid
to show their faces for fear that
they could be next.
"Many persons have lost their
jobs and the numbers are
increasing everyday ... and it has
to stop," he said.
Businessman Patrick Davis
said that the cancelling of con-
tracts and the termination of
Bahamians in recent weeks by
the FNM was "senseless."
"We are here today to sup-
port those who have been
wronged; who were victimized
and cast aside by this FNM gov-
"We believe that just one per-
son who is victimized, is one too
many. We are marching today
not only for Patrick (McDon-
ald) and for those who are
afraid of showing their faces,
but for those teachers and oth-
ers who have been fired.
"We cannot stand by and
allow people to be victimized
and taken off their jobs and to
not be able to provide for their
families," said Mr Davis.
Mr Davis said residents are

FROM page one

his contract has not yet taken effect, he said.
In the two documents seen by The Tribune, both
contractors allege that their issues with the individ-
ual in question are shared with others to whom they
have spoken, or worked alongside.
In one, a contractor claimed that his livelihood was
being threatened by the individual, alleging that
money was being extorted from him on numerous
occasions as he went about constructing homes.
The individual, he alleged, also threatened him
with the loss of his government contract if he did not
comply a claim that corroborates statements
made by other contractors who came to The Tribune.
The builder further described how, on the other
hand, another contractor he worked alongside was
able to leave a home he was contracted to build
with much work undone because he allegedly paid
off the individual in advance.
This also echoed claims made by other contractors
in the past.
In addition, the builder claimed in his letter of
complaint that the individual constantly used tactics
to "discourage me and other contractors to leave in
disgust and would simply bring in (contractors he
knew) tp complete (the work) and rip off contractors
and the government."
Under contractors' agreements with the govern-
ment, if they leave work unfinished, causing other
builders to be brought in, money would be extract-
ed from a $5,000 retention payment to pay those
builders. If no work was left "undone" the original
contractor would receive the $5,000.
The contractor alleged that the individual
appeared to be seeking to gain access to these funds
by trying to remove him from the job and insert
persons he knew to continue the work.
"He realized that he could get more from my
contract if he could succeed in removing me from the
contract and allowing contractors (he brought in) to
finish the work," the contractor alleged.
He goes on in his letter to tell the senior official
that the individual "is unfit" for his responsibilities,
and in his opinion "motivated by greed and wicked-
When asked yesterday if he had seen the letter, or
heard such claims against the official, Mr Russell said
he had not, adding, when questioned, that the senior
official to whom it was addressed had never men-
tioned such a letter to him. I

facing tremendous economic
hardship in Freeport as Grand
Bahama struggles economically.
He called on government to
exercise "more wisdom and
greater tolerance" in their gov-
ernance of the country, espe-
cially when dealing with
"Remember that we are all
Bahamians. We had three
major hurricanes here and there
are still a number of people who
haven't recovered from that
"It is just senseless for the
government to cancel contracts
and carry out terminations at
this time it shows that the
government does not care about
the average Bahamian."
Mr Davis said that the protest
is not politically motivated.
"We protest victimization and
we want to show support for
Bahamians who have been vic-
"This not a political thing -
it is not about the PLP. As a
matter of fact, we don't come
out here as PLPs; we come out
here as Bahamians who are
standing up for those who have
been wronged," he said.

New twist in

housing row
In the November letter, addressed to a different
senior ministry official, another contractor described
how the same individual, after the contractor's team
had completed the allocated number of houses for
the government, failed to notify him that some addi-
tional work needed to be done on houses he had
The civil servant then went ahead and brought in
the same builders named in the first contractor's
letter to do this work.
In the process, the second contractor claims that
a total of over $5,000 was taken out of his retention
payment in one day to pay these workers before
any effort was made to contact him about the mat-
"(The individual) said that he sent me a letter
which I have yet to receive and he has failed to pro-
duce a copy to date. (The individual) has all of my
contracts, therefore there is no reason why I was not
He added: "If I was notified, those items would
have been taken care of."
Instead, the contractor lost out on over $5,000
which was collected by the official's chosen con-
He called on the senior official to whom the letter
was directed at that time to "look into this matter as
I feel I have been taken advantage of."
The claims are the latest in a string of allegations
relating to some employees working in the Ministry
of Housing brought to the attention of The Tribune
since summer last year.
In November, following publication of some of
these allegations, along with other discrepancies
uncovered by this newspaper, former Minister of
Housing Neville Wisdom called for police to launch
an investigation into the ministry.
Two weeks ago, after months of silence, Police
Commissioner Paul Farquharson claimed that police
had not found enough evidence to charge anybody.
It was suggested that, while contractors were per-
haps willing to come forward to the ministry or the
press with their allegations, they were more wary of
bringing them to the police.
Members of the PLP have accused this newspaper
of "manufacturing" a housing scandal.


FROM page one

placed by me nor anyone associated with me. Madame pres-
ident, it was a lie. It had in quotes words that I never said."
Although the advertisement does not state explicitly that
it was placed by the FNM, it advises individuals on the list to
contact the FNM headquarters in Pinewood if they were enti-
tled to vote; and in one version, it says "Allyson Maynard-
Gibson says 'You are not entitled to vote.'"'
The advertisement also listed the names of the 266 people
who were alleged to have voted improperly in Pinewood,
based on Mrs Maynard-Gibson's election court affidavit
contesting the constituency results.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson raised the anger of the governing
party when she questioned the integrity of those who placed
the advertisement.
"And it was an FNM advertisement put in by cowards,
who are simply hiding, Madame President, hiding in closets
instead of coming out into the open. And it is a continuation,
Madame President, of lies started during the election cam-
paign...trying to confuse and hoodwink Bahamians," she
The PLP Senate leader challenged the FNM to cease and
desist from coercing the constituents of her former con-
"Stop asking people in Pinewood to come to your head-
quarters to swear lies in affidavits. That's called perjury," she
"Stop spreading malicious lies in Pinewood. The good,
decent people of Pinewood know better. Stop telling your
people in Pinewood that I sent them to you to ask questions,"
she said.
Continuing her attack, the PLP Senate leader challenged
the FNM to confront her openly and, "sign your name," to
such public statements, rather than circulating anonymous
Byran Woodside defeated Ms Maynard-Gibson by 64
votes in the last election, shocking the incumbent who won
the seat in the 2002 election by 1070 votes.
On Wednesday sources alleged to The Tribune that the
majority of names on the list that Mrs Maynard-
Gibson submitted to the courts are PLP supporters, sug-
gesting that she has little chance of overturning the election
The three FNM seats in question Blue Hills, Marco
City and Pinewood- are all held by FNM cabinet ministers,
and if all are successful, can give government back to the
PLP, though it is more likely that an election would be
called by the prime minister to avoid such an event.



'No need tor

foreign officers'
FROM page one
currently at 49 for the year, many callers into
the talk show advocated the introduction of
foreign officers to complement the Royal
Bahamas Police Force.
With the rise of crime becoming a growing
source of concern in the region, several coun-
tries in the Caribbean including St Lucia,
Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago last year
started to make use of the expertise of British
police officers within their respective nation-
al police forces.
The imported officers were given respon-
sibility for crime and intelligence, and in some
cases for developing anti-corruption pro-
The British officers also train some local
police officers.
Bahamian callers into the More 94 show on
Wednesday raised the concern that local offi-
cers are often too "buddy-buddy" with many
people in the community and could there-
fore be biased in dealing with potential crim-
inals from areas familiar to them.
Several observers noted that this would
not be the case with foreign officers.
However, Chief Supt Wright said that the
close-knit relationship between the police
and different communities had its advan-
He explained that during recruitment time,
members of the community assist police in
selecting potential new officers by recom-
mending those persons who appear to possess
the qualities required for police work.
Unfortunately, he said, some individuals
recommended to them, and who join the
police, turn out to be unsuitable.
"After joining the force, you begin to see
bad trends that they hid from us," he said.
After being recruited, Chief Supt Wright
said, Bahamian police officers receive exten-
sive training both in this country and abroad.
A significant success Bahamian police have
been able to record is the high detection rate,
Mr Wright said.
The detection rate stands at more than 79
per cent, he said.


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Government to be

'more strategic'

in investor talks

Tribune Business
will be
i" ore e
strategic in
w i t h
investors" to
ensure that E LAING
the benefits
from their projects and gen-
eral economic growth result
in improved living standards
and rising per capital incomes
for the average Bahamian,
the minister of state for
finance said yesterday.
Speaking to the Standard
& Poor's (S&P) report on
the Bahamas, which forecast
that average annual income per
person is expected to increase
by 21 per cent to $23,000 over
the next three years, Zhivargo
Laing said the Government was
focusing on ensuring the 'trick-
le down' economic benefits
trom major investment projects
were felt by the unemployed
and ordinary Bahamian work-
"That is where our policy
objectives have to be focused,"
Mr Laing said. "We don't just
want economic growth. We
want to make sure that growth
translates into positive experi-
eiincies for workers on the
ground in the country.
"We have to ensure that the
investment projects that re on
stl eam, the ones approved and
due to come on stream, and
new applications due to come
in, that these are projects that
will result in employment
"'We require that they pro-
vide meaningful and ancillary
benefits to Bahamian business-
es and professionals."
Mr Laing pledged that the
Government would be "more
detailed in our planning and

more strategic in our negotia-
tions with investors going for-
He added that the Govern-
ment would become more
focused on how such invest-
ment projects were monitored,
and the use of tools such as
business licence and immigra-
tion policies to spur business
and economic growth.
Mr Laing pledged that the
Ingraham administration would
employ "revenue gains" to edu-
cate, train and support Bahami-
an businesses on the ground.
IHe also promised "a more
co-ordinated policy framework"
that would combine the gover-
ment-sponsored venture capi-
tal fund, Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation
(BAIC), Bahamas Develop-
ment Bank and business loan
guarantee scheme to better
assist Bahamian entrepreneurs
and address "value-added
opportunities in the economy".
A study would be undertak-
en to identify such opportunities
for both Bahamian and foreign
investors, Mr Laing said, with
the Government looking to
channel support to those sec-
While the Government was
reviewing a number of invest-
ment projects approved under
the former Christie administra-
tion, Mr Laing said the main
reasons for this were to assess
whether the Government. could
afford to meet its commitments
"in light of the fiscal climate".
"The last thing we want to
do is have a project stall in mid-
stream because we do not have
the resources at are end," he
Mr Laing said many invest-
ment projects still had out-
standing issues to deal with,
including those related to their
Heads of Agreement, complet-
ing land purchases and other
techincal issues. This, he added,
had nothing to do with the new
administration's review.

Albany delay sends

'bad investor signal'

Tribune Business Editor
The Government's
decision to reassess
the $1.3 billion
Albany Golf &
Beach Club project has creat-
ed "uncertainty" among both
Bahamian and foreign investors,
a former Cabinet minister said
yesterday, expressing concerns
that it would also undermine
other projects such as the South
Ocean revitalisation and pro-
posed new port.
Vincent Peet, minister of
financial services and invest-
ments in the former Christie
government, said Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham's decision
to review the Albany project,
based on concerns that the
developers were receiving too
many investment incentives,
sent the wrong message to
potential investors in the
"One has to be concerned
about 'the message sent to
investors, those who are here
and those who want to come,"
Mr Peet said.
"This situation has to be
watched. We are very con-
cerned, because we left in place
a development plan. There
were clear understandings,
agreements had been signed,
and contracts executed between
Albany and Bahamians. Now
there's this delay and uncer-
tainty over whether all or part
of the Albany project will be
allowed to go ahead."
Mr Peet added: "We are con-
cerned about the direction this
is taking, and the message being
sent to investors, Bahamian and
Mr Ingraham told the House
of Assembly on Monday night
that he believed the Albany
developers had included a small
hotel component in the project
so that, under the Hotels
Encouragement Act, they could
access its Stamp Tax and cus-
toms duty exemptions for the

Ex-minister says re-assessment of $1.3bn project

creates 'economic uncertainty' and could undermine

wider plan for southwestern New Providence


much larger residential, real
estate component.
He also said the Albany pro-
ject, and re-routing of the road
that runs through the develop-
ment site and South Ocean
resort, could cut off access by
ordinary Bahamians to the
Clifton area-and beaches.
Yet Albany was just one part
of the 'jigsaw' that the former
government was constructing to
redevelop southwestern New
Providence, its go-ahead being
vital to the South Ocean hotel's
revitalisation and the possible
movement of all shipping facil-
ities from downtown Bay Street
to the port that was earmarked
for a location between Com-
monwealth Brewery and the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion's (BEC) Clifton Pier pow-
er plant.
Both the $867 million project
proposed for South Ocean by
RHS Ventures, and the new
port, are reliant on land that

would be conveyed to them by
New Providence Development
Company (NPDC). That com-
pany is a subsidiary of the Tavi-
stock Group, the holding vehi-
cle for worldwide investments
made by Lyford Cay billionaire
Joe Lewis, and which is one of
the principal investors in the
Albany project.
Therefore, transforming
South Ocean into a sustainable
resort that is profitable, the new
port and, by extension, the
revamp of downtown Nassau
and Bay Street, could be said
to hinge on the goodwill of the
Tavistock Group and New
Providence Development Com-
Without that, and their agree-
ment to sell land they own to
the other projects, South Ocean
and the new port will not hap-
pen. But such goodwill may be'
in short supply if Albany does
not proceed.
Mr Peet yesterday described
Albany as "critical" to the pre-
vious government's plans for
southwestern New Providence,
adding that the road diversion
and construction of a replace-
ment one through the centre of
the island had been predicated
on the port relocation plan.
"It was all inter-woven into
one massive development
meant to create well-paying
jobs, economic activity and
development in the west," Mr
Peet said. "It was agreed by all
before May 2 that this was the
way to go.
"This [Mr Ingraham's deci-
sion] impacts everyone, and
directly impacts the private sec-
tor and those who held con-
"Based on the response of the

Prime Minister, we do have a
concern. I wanted to find out
of the plans we had left in place
would be followed, and clearly
there's some doubt. It creates
uncertainty for investors, and
creates uncertainty for future
economic development."
Christopher Anand, Albany's
managing partner, told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the project
was designed "to help fulfil the
realisation of a comprehensive
redevelopment of southwestern
New Providence", and Albany
was "one component of sever-
"Albany represents one piece
of a comprehensive plan to
redevelop southwestern New
Providence, and we're excited
to be part of that project, as is
New Providence Development
Company," Mr Anand said.
He explained that Albany
had a hotel component that was
no different from many other
mixed-use resort projects tak-
ing place currently in the
Bahamas and the Caribbean,
with about 40 cottages sched-
uled to be placed in a rental
pool that would be managed by
former Ritz-Carlton chief exec-
utive, Horst Schulze.
Apart from Mr Lewis and the
Tavistock Group, the two other
major investors in the Albany
project are world-famous
golfers Tiger Woods and Ernie
If the Albany project failed
to proceed, given the reputa-
tion the two enjoy around the
world, there would likely be
serious repercussions for the
Bahamas' reputation and stand-

SEE page 6

Bahamas gains

'favourable rate'

terms from S&P

Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamian government
will be able to borrow at
"favourable" interest rates on
the international capital mar-
kets as a result of the credit
rating its sovereign debt
received from Standard &
Poor's (S&P), the Wall Street
agency, the minister of state said
Responding to the S&P rating,
Zhivargo Laing told The Tribune:
"It does two things. It says to the
international and national busi-
ness community that the eco-
nomic climate of the country, the
financial affairs of the country,
are such that they can have con-
fidence in operating in this juris-
"Secondly, those institutions
the Government might approach
for borrowing can have confi-
dence that borrowing is a clearly
acceptable risk, and we have a
creditworthiness that will allow
us to borrow at favourable rates."
S&P, in affirming the relative-
ly high 'A-' and 'A-2' long-term
and short-term ratings on the
Bahamas' ability to repay its gov-
ernment debt, also raised the
Bahamas' outlook from "stable"
to "positive".
When it came to the Govern-
ment's finances some five weeks
into the 2007-2008 fiscal year, Mr
Laing said: "Things are going
well. There are no surprises. Pro-
jections are holding, and things

are in good shape thus far."
When it came to the perfor-
mance for the 2006-2007 fiscal
year, which closed on June 30,
Mr Laing said of government
spending: "We expect it to be a
little ahead of the anticipated pro-
jections, but it's not significantly
out of whack."
On the revenue side for the
previous fiscal year, he added:
"It's very near the outturn pro-
jected. It was near enough to what
we had projected the outcome
would be."
The Wall Street credit rating
agency added that increased rev-
enues, coupled with contained
public spending, was expected to
cause the "general government
debt" to decline from 38 per cent
of gross domestic product (GDP)
in 2006 to 35 per cent in 2010.
The only concern, S&P said, was
the Bahamian economy's vulner-
ability to external shocks, such as
hurricanes and September 11-
type events.
The US economy's perfor-
mance was also critical for the
Bahamian tourism industry.
S&P forecast that economic
growth was expected to "pick up,
and stabilise" at 4 per cent over
the next three to five years, due to
tourism industry investment that
totalled more than $10 billion.
The Bahamas' average annual
income per person is expected to
increase by 21 per cent to $23,000
over the next three years, with
unemployment falling to 6.8 per
cent in 2010, S&P had said.

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Associated Press
NEW YORK Wall Street
had its second-straight late-day
rally Thursday, again propelling
the Dow Jones industrials up
more than 100 points after solid
readings on corporate earnings
and the job market calmed some
of investors' anxiety about a
tight credit market.
Trading was volatile again,
but not to the extreme seen
over the past week. The Dow
and the Nasdaq composite
mostly stayed in positive terri-
tory for much of the session.
Profits from companies like
Nokia came in better than
expected, and the Labor Depart-
ment said jobless claims rose
last week by a slightly smaller
number than economists pre-
The numbers all helped
steady a market that has seen
stability in short supply.
Analysts said the jobless
report in particular helped
stocks, as it indicated that the
labor market is holding up. The
figures were released a day
before the government's highly
anticipated July employment
report, to be issued before the
start of trading on Friday.
"Something that has kept
consumers spending is that
unemployment is very low,"
said Janna Sampson, director of
portfolio management at Oak-
brook Investments.
The Dow rose 100.96, or 0.76,
to 13,463.33. The Standard &
Poor's 500 index picked up 639,
or 0.44 percent, closing at
1,472.20, while the Nasdaq com-
posite index rose 22.11, or
0.87 percent, to 2,575.98.
Bonds were little changed,
with the yield on the bench-
mark 10-year Treasury note at
4.79 percent, the same as late
In other economic data, U.S.
factories saw demand for their
goods rise in June by 0.6 per-
cent, up from a 0.5 percent drop
in May but lower than expected.
Several major earnings
reports came in strong Thurs-
Profits at Lear surpassed
Wall Street projections, despite
a failed buyout bid led by bil-
lionaire investor Carl Icahn.
Shares picked up 78 cents, or
23 percent, to $34.15.
But not all company news
was positive Thursday: Nortel
Networks tumbled $1.25, or
5.8 percent, to $20.49 after
reporting quarterly results that
disappointed investors.
Also, Clorox plunged $4.49,
or 7.3 percent,. to $57.14 after
releasing worse-than-expected
projections for later in the year.
Crude oil futures rose
33 cents to $76.86 a barrel on the
New York Mercantile
Exchange. Crude is still trading
below Tuesday's record close of
$78.21. Gold prices rose.
Advancing issues outnum-
bered decliners by about 5 to 3
on the New York Stock
Exchange, where consolidated
volume came to 4.18 billion
shares, compared to 4.93 billion
on Wednesday.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies rose 6.07, or
0.78 percent, to 783.99.
In Asian trading, Japan's Nik-
kei stock average closed up
0.67 percent, Hong Kong's Hang
Seng index dipped 0.05 percent,
and China's Shanghai Compos-

ite Index rose 2.5 percent.
In European trading, Brit-
ain's FTSE 100 rose 0.80 per-
cent, Germany's DAX index
rose 0.81 percent, and France's
CAC-40 rose 0.49 percent.


RECORD-SETTER: Hybrid vehicles, led by the Toyota Prius, above, are on track to achieve record
U.S. sales after automakers sold 187,000 of the vehicles in the first six months of the year.



Associated Press
DETROIT Hybrid vehicles
are on track to achieve record U.S.
sales this year despite signs con-
sumer interest in hybrids is wan-
ing, an auto information company
An estimated 187,000 hybrids
were sold in the first six months of
2007, accounting for 23 percent of
all new vehicle sales, according to
J.D. Power and Associates.
Although a slowdown is expected
in the second half of the year, J.D.
Power is forecasting total sales of
345,000 hybrids for 2007, a 35 per-
cent increase from 2006 when the
current record of 256,000 hybrids
were sold.
The Toyota Prius continues to
be the best-selling hybrid model,
accounting for just more than half
of all hybrids sold. J.D. Power said
Prius sales got a boost this year
from incentives of up to $2,000 per
vehicle, which helped offset a
decrease in federal tax breaks for
Toyota and Lexus hybrids. Toyota
said that Prius sales were up
85 percent in the first seven
months of this year compared with
the same period a year ago.
Mike Omotoso, senior manager
of global powertrain forecasting
for J.D. Power, said the percentage
of people who say they're consid-
ering hybrids is dropping as buy-
ers realize the vehicles may not
save enough fuel to justify premi-
ums of up to $3,000.

ON THE WAY OUT: Honda has announced that it will no longer be
selling its Honda Accord Hybrid vehicle because of weak sales.

"Toyota is realizing that. That's
why they're offering incentives,"
he said.
Hybrids also face growing com-
petition from other fuel-saving
technologies such as diesel and
ethanol. Omotoso predicts an
influx of diesel vehicles from
European automakers in the next
few years. Honda, which is discon-
tinuing the hybrid version of the
Accord sedan because of weak
sales, plans to introduce new die-
sel-engine technology by 2010.
Omotoso expects U.S. diesel sales
to top 500,000 in 2007.
Competition within the hybrid
segment also will intensify in the
coming years, giving buyers a lot
more options. There will be as
many as 65 hybrid models, more
than half of them trucks, in the

market by 2010, with projected
sales of nearly 775,000, J.D. Power
Later this year, a two-mode
hybrid system developed jointly
by General Motors, BMW and
DaimlerChrysler will begin
appearing in some trucks and
sport utility vehicles. The system
uses a computer to choose from
thousands of combinations of run-
ning on one electric motor, two
electric motors, a combination of
electric motors and the gasoline
engine, or shutting down some of
the gas engine's cylinders.
Omotoso estimated that the
system costs between $6,000 and
$10,000, so the manufacturers
could have a difficult time making
money on it unless consumers will
pay a premium.



banks leave

key rates


Associated Press
FRANKFURT, Germany The
European Central Bank held its bench-
mark interest rate steady at 4 percent
on Thursday as inflation in the 13
nations that use the euro remains rela-
tively tame.
Some analysts had said the bank
would act cautiously amid the global
market volatility that has been fed by
worries about the possible fallout from
an expanding subprime loan crunch in
the U.S.
ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet
said it remains integral for investors
and regulators to keep ahold of their
"composure" in such times.
"In the present episode we see a
reappreciation of risks," he said, saying
that could be interpreted as a "process
of normalization."
Global stock markets have zig-
zagged on persistent worries that a
deteriorating lending environment will
make it harder for companies to borrow
But Trichet who oversees mone-
tary policy for the area of 318 million
residents that accounts for more than
15 percent of the world's gross domestic
product said that such jitters were
not hurting the euro-zone economy, but
they should not be ignored.
. The ECB and its governing council
"think that this evolution in financial
markets deserves attention and we will
continue to observe" and to give "gr&at
attention" to how it unwinds, he said.
The euro edged up after the decision;
trading at around $1.3672 after the rate
verdict was issued, up from $1.3662 ear-
lier in the day and above the $1.3656 it
bought late Wednesday in New York.
Earlier Thursday, the Bank of Eng-
land left its key rate unchanged at
5.75 percent following last month's
quarter-point increase.
Bank of America economist Matthew
Sharratt said that "forward-looking
indicators of the housing market
together with current financial markets
jitters and the recent flooding in Eng-
land argue against a near-term rate
Forty-five economists surveyed by
Dow Jones Newswires had been unani-
mous that the rate would remain
unchanged this week. But 39 expected
to see the benchmark rate at 4.25 per-
cent by the end of the third quarter.
Inflation in the euro zone has been
within the ECB's guidelines of just
under 2 percent, easing to just 1.8 per-
cent last month from June's 1.9 percent.
Unemployment in both the 27-nation
European Union and the euro area held
steady in June at a record low of
6.9 percent.


Mattel chief: Recall

will cost firm $30M

Miami Herald Wire Services
Mattel, the world's largest toy-
maker, said a recall of one million
Chinese-made products will reduce
second-quarter operating income by
almost 50 percent and that it will
review the production methods of all
its contractors in China.
Withdrawing the toys that may
contain excessive lead levels, includ-
ing Sesame Street dolls, will cut
$30 million from Mattel's previously
reported operating income of
$63.5 million.
The discovery of lead might force
Mattel to find new sources of low-
cost goods and may further damage
China's reputation as an exporter,
following a recall of "Thomas &
Friends" wooden railroad toys, a U.S.
ban on Chinese toothpaste and scan-
dals involving tainted pet food and
diseased pork.
Before the recalls, Mattel had been
"a leader in toy-product safety," said
Bob Goldsborough, who helps man-
age $14.9 billion, including 43 million
Mattel shares, at Ariel Capital Man-
agement in Chicago. "Anyone who is
making anything in China is going to
have to dramatically increase the
level of product testing."
The company is recalling 967,000
Fisher-Price preschool toys sold in

U.S. stores since May, including
Elmo's Guitar, Dora's Talking House
and 81 other products, the U.S. Con-
sumer Product Safety Commission
said Wednesday.
"There can be no assurance that
additional issues will not be identi-
fied," the company said in a regula-
tory filing Thursday.
Mattel shares declined 40 cents, or
1.7 percent, to $23.18 in trading on the
New York Stock Exchange.
U.S. officials have raised alarm
about tainted products from China,
which produces 80 percent of the
world's toys, including seafood con-
taining harmful drugs, toothpaste
with an ingredient found in anti-
freeze and pet food containing a
chemical used to make plastic.
China said it would work with the
United States to improve product
China "attaches great importance
to product quality and food safety
and is highly responsible," said Wei
Chuanzhong, an official with the
General Administration for Quality
Supervision, Inspection and Quaran-
tine, one of China's product safety
"We want to cooperate with other
countries including the U.S. to
strengthen cooperation and commu-

EMPTY FEELING: This Target store in Phoenix pulled Fisher-Price toys
from its shelves after the recall announcement came from Mattel.

nication," Wei was quoted as saying
Wednesday on the administration's
However, Wei added that while
China would "not avoid our prob-
lems, we also do not agree to playing
up the situation regardless of the
Mattel, which also makes Barbie
dolls and Hot Wheels cars, said the
toys were made by a contract manu-
facturer in China that it didn't iden-
tify. The El Segundo, California-
based company said it's investigating
and plans to review manufacturing
procedures for all its products made
by vendors. About half of Mattel's
toys are made in company-owned

No injuries have been reported
from the recalled products, the CPSC
Toys "R" Us removed the prod-
ucts from store shelves and its web-
site a few days ago, said spokes-
woman Kathleen Waugh. The
company, the second-largest U.S. toy
seller after Wal-Mart, is examining
its safety and testing practices fol-
lowing recent recalls, she said.
Lead may be toxic if ingested by
children and can cause serious health
effects, the CPSC said. Consumers
should stop using the toys and con-
tact Fisher-Price to arrange a return.
They will receive a voucher for a
replacement toy of similar value, it

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EXPENSES TRIMMED: A Kodak technician shows image
sensors embedded on a silicon wafer at Eastman ,
Kodak, in Rochester, N.Y. The company has trimmed
expenses and improved margins.

Kodak swings to

2nd-quarter profit

From Herald Wire Services

Eastman Kodak (EK) swung to a second-quarter profit
despite lower sales and hefty restructuring charges as the
photography icon enters the final stretch in a drastic, four-
year digital makeover.
Kodak earned $592 million, or $2.06 a share, in the April-
June quarter, versus a loss of $282 million, or 98 cents a share,
a year earlier when it also took charges tied to its massive
overhaul. Its shares jumped $138, or 5.4 percent, to $26.93
Thursday. Sales fell 6.6 percent to $2.51 billion, from $2.69 bil-
lion. Digital revenue rose 3 percent to $1.46 billion but reve-
nues from film, paper and other traditional, chemical-based
products slid 17 percent to $1.04 billion.

Fiserv (FISV), a pro-
vider of information man-
agement systems and ser-
vices, is buying online
banking company Check-
Free (CKFR) for about $4.2
billion in cash, the compa- -
nies said.
Officials said there would
be cost savings from com-
bining the two companies
which serve banks and other
financial institutions, but did
not say how many, if any,
jobs will be shed. The two
companies employ a total of
27,000 people.

Viacom (VIA-B), a
media conglomerate that
owns MTV and Paramount
Pictures, reported slightly
lower second-quarter
results Thursday following a
tax gain in the year-ago
period. Results from its
movie business rose.
Higher DVD sales and
box office receipts led to a
20 percent gain in revenues
from movies.
Viacom, which also owns
Comedy Central, BET and
VH1, earned $434 million in
the three months ending in
June, versus $437.3 million
in the same period a year
earlier. Per-share earnings
edged up to 63 cents from 61
cents because fewer shares
were outstanding in the
most recent quarter.

NYSE Euronext (NYX),
the world's largest stock
exchange, reported second-
quarter profit more than
doubled on record trading
and a significant boost from
its European operations.
Profit for the three
months through June 30
rose to $161 million, or 62
cents per share, from $61
million, or 39 cents per
share, a year earlier.
Shares fell $1.89 to $75.09
in afternoon trading.

CVS Caremark (CVS),
the nation's largest phar-
macy chain, said its second-
quarter profit more than
doubled along with a near-
doubling of revenue due to
strong sales in both retail
and pharmacy services.
The company earned
$720.1 million, or 47 cents
per share, compared with
$334.4 million, or 40 cents
per share, a year earlier.
CVS Caremark shares
rose $1.25, or 3.5 percent, to
$36.79 Thursday.
Revenue jumped to $20.7
billion from $10.6 billion.

Nokia (NOK) reinforced
its position as the world's
top cellphone maker in a
strong second quarter,
reporting an increase in its
market share amid surging
growth in emerging mar-
Net profit for the April-
June period rose to 2.82 bil-
lion euros ($3.85 billion)
from 1.14 billion euros in
2006, the Finnish company
said. Sales grew 28 percent
to 12.6 billion euros ($17.2
billion) from 9.8 billion

Barclays (BCS)
reported a 14 percent
increase in net profit in the
first half of the year, driven
by a strong performance
from its investment banking
The bank, Britain's third-
largest by market capitaliza-
tion, saw profits rise to 2.63
billion pounds ($5.35 bil-
lion), from 2.31 billion
pounds in the first half of
2006. Net income rose 9
percent to 11.9 billion
pounds ($24.2 billion) from
10.97 billion pounds.
Barclays shares rose 2.3
percent to $14.08 in after-
noon trading on the London
Stock Exchange.


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$2.5B Delphi plan gets approval

Associated Press
NEW YORK Delphi took
a big step on its road to recov-
ery Thursday when a bank-
ruptcy court agreed to let
Appaloosa Management and
other investors inject up to
$2.55 billion into the struggling
auto-parts maker.
For their much-needed cash
infusion, the investors will
receive preferred and com-
mon stock in the reorganized
company. The decision
removes one of the last major
obstacles facing Delphi as it
works to emerge from Chapter
11 bankruptcy protection by
the end of the year.
"This was a huge milestone
today," said Robert S. "Steve"
Miller, executive chairman of
Delphi, following the decision.
"A lot of the heavy lifting is
Troy, Mich.-based Delphi
agreed to the deal last month
but needed approval from the
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the
Southern District of New York
before moving forward.
The former parts division
of General Motors, Delphi
spun off from the automaker

in 1999 and has struggled on its
own. It entered bankruptcy
protection in October 2005.
The company recently
secured concessions from its
largest union to cut costs by
slashing wages for longtime
workers from $27 per hour to a
range of $14 to $18.50 an hour.
It hopes to emerge from
bankruptcy by the end of the
"We'll get this company out
of Chapter 11 as quickly as pos-
sible so it can resume its busi-
ness in the real world," said
Tom Lauria, an attorney for
Appaloosa, following the deci-
Besides Appaloosa, the
investment group includes
Harbinger Capital Partners
Master Fund I; Merrill Lynch,
Pierce, Fenner & Smith; UBS
Securities; Goldman Sachs;
and Pardus Capital Manage-
Under the terms of the
agreement, Appaloosa and its
partners will buy $800 million
in convertible preferred
shares and about $175 million
of common stock in Delphi.
The investment group also
agreed to buy any leftover

AGREEMENT: Robert Miller,
Delphi chairman and chief
executive officer, said the
company has reached
agreements with four of
its six unions.

shares after a $1.6 billion rights
offering to existing common
Delphi struck the deal after
it scrapped an earlier agree-
ment, worth up to $3.4 billion,
involving Appaloosa and other
investors. That plan fell apart

when one of the key investors,
Cerberus Capital Manage-
ment, decided to pull out
shortly before it agreed to buy
an 80 percent stake in Chrys-
ler Group from DaimlerChrys-
The approval comes on the
heels of the deal between Del-
phi and the United Auto
Workers, which represents :
about 16,000 Delphi employ-
ees. That agreement, which
followed two years of conten-
tious talks, keeps some plants
once in jeopardy from closing
in exchange for the conces-
Miller said Delphi has now
reached agreements with four
of its six unions and is in dis- ,
cussions with the remaining
two, which he did not name.
He said the company
remains committed to achiev- a
ing a "consensual resolution."
Delphi's second-largest
union, the International Union
of Electronic Workers-Com-
munications Workers of
America, last month said it
planned to terminate its con-
tracts with the company and
said a strike was a "real possi-

works on a
station at the
pipeline near
Nesvizh, about
81 miles
southwest of
the capital
Minsk, Belarus.
Gazprom said
that it would
reduce natural
gas supplies
to Belarus by
45 percent as
of today if
Belarus fails to
pay for
previous gas



Belarus pledges to pay $460M gas debt

Associated Press
MOSCOW The Belaru-
sian president said Thursday
that his country would pay a
$460 million gas bill to Russia
in the next few days, possibly
with the help of Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez, as
today's deadline approached.
Gazprom said Wednesday
that it would nearly halve the
volume of gas Belarus receives
if it did not pay the debt. That
sparked fears Belarus could
siphon gas from pipelines tak-
ing 20 percent of Russia's gas
exports to Europe, and rekin-
dled bitter memories of
Gazprom's past disputes with
Ukraine and Belarus.
Alexander Lukashenko's
comments in Minsk suggested
another protracted dispute
was not likely.
"I gave the order for the
money to be taken from our
reserves and for the payment
of $460 million to be made,"
an angry Lukashenko told a
gathering of Belarusian offi-
cials. "Let them live in peace."
Gazprom spokesman Sergei

Kuprianov said Lukashenko's
comments "naturally give us
hope." A delegation from Bela-
rus pipeline operator Beltrans-
gas will continue negotiations
this morning in Moscow
before a 10:00 a.m. deadline,
he said. "This is sufficient time
to resolve the question," he
said in televised comments.
The gas standoff grows out
of a hard-fought deal signed in
the last minutes of 2006 that
obliged Belarus to pay $100
per 1,000 cubic meters of gas,
instead of $46.
The agreement allowed
Minsk to pay $55 per 1,000
cubic meters for the first half
of the year, but required pay-
ment of the balance of $456
million to Gazprom by July 23.
Lukashenko said Russia had
offered it a loan with an 8.5
percent interest rate to pay the
debt terms he described as
"The government of Bela-
rus has been negotiating with
Russia about this credit ... it's
getting humiliating," he said in
the speech before Belarusian
officials. "I told them not to go

there any more. We can get a
loan like that from any coun-
As part of the deal, Belarus
agreed to sell half of its
national pipeline company,
Beltransgaz, to Gazprom for
$2.5 billion. Gazprom has so
far paid $625 million of that,
but the money has been trans-
ferred to the Belarusian
Finance Ministry, rather than
being used to cover the bill.
Some observers have sug-
gested that Gazprom is hoping
to acquire further assets
against Minsk's gas bills.
"They want to privatize the
whole country," Lukashenko
Disputes over energy sup-
plies have pushed relations
between the traditional allies
to a new low, and Alexander
Lukashenko said he would be
turning to "good friends,"
including Venezuela's Chavez,
for help paying the debt.
On a trip to Belarus in June,
ChAvez called for a strategic
partnership with the ex-Soviet
nation, calling his Belarusian
counterpart a "brother-in-

arms," and lamenting the pres-
sure he said the United States
was putting on both Minsk and
Caracas. The United States
and other Western nations
have dubbed Belarus
"Europe's last dictatorship"
because of Lukashenko's
relentless crackdown on dis-
sent and free media.
"Yes we will return the
money, we will be left without
reserves, but our good friends
including Hugo Chavez have
promised to provide a credit
on favorable terms," he said.
He added that other banks
were also prepared to provide
loans, and the reserves would
be replenished in a month.
Venezuelan Finance Minis-
ter Rodrigo Cabezas touched
on the issue Thursday, but did
not offer specifics.
"On the subject of the loan
to Belarus, the (Finance) Min-
istry still does not know the
details. This is an issue that is
being handled by the Foreign
Ministry now," Cabezas said.
The Foreign Ministry did
not immediately comment on
the matter.


'Ratatouille' wine label doesn't pass muster

Bloomberg News
The first movie-branded
wine, 2004 Ratatouille Bour-
gogne Chardonnay, won't
make its debut on retail
shelves after all. Walt Disney
and Costco Wholesale decided
at the last minute not to intro-
duce the $12.99 wine in Costco
stores this week.
Named for the Disney-
Pixar foodie flick Ratatouille,
the wine is a modest white
from the Macon region of Bur-
gundy, imported by Louisiana-
based D.C. Flynt M.W. Selec-
tions. The producer, Chateau
de Messey, bottled 500 cases
of its Macon Cruzille white
with a label featuring the mov-

ie's hero, a cartoon rat named
Remy with haute cuisine aspi-
The staff of the California
Wine Institute raised concerns
that the Ratatouille label with
a wine-drinking cartoon rat
would appeal to kids, particu-
larly given the wide exposure
of the movie. So the bottles are
still sitting in D.C. Flynt's
The wine institute's presi-
dent and chief executive offi-
cer, Robert P. Koch, sent a let-
ter to a Disney executive
informing him of the insti-
tute's advertising code, which
bars the trade group's member
wineries from using labels
with cartoon characters or

other figures "popular pre-
dominantly with children or
otherwise specifically associ-
ated with or directed toward
those below the legal drinking
Though Disney isn't a
member of the institute, the
letter urged it to reconsider
the label. The U.S. Alcohol and
Tobacco Tax and Trade
Bureau, which must approve
every wine label, apparently
had no such concerns, passing
the Ratatouille label through
with no comments, D.C. Flynt
said. And there are plenty of
cute labels featuring animals
that kids would find appealing,
like 3 Blind Moose or Toad
Hollow Winery's Beatrix Pot-

ter-like labels.
Still, since Disney was
never going to make much
money from the venture any-
way the licensing royalty on
6,000 bottles is minuscule
compared with the hundreds
of millions of dollars it will
earn this year from consumer
products the Burbank, Cali-
fornia-based company evi-
dently didn't want to be seen
as promoting underage drink-
So what will happen to the
"I honestly don't know,"
Flynt said. It won't be
dumped, but it won't be avail-
able at least not to the pub-

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The former and present
legal counsels for the
Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) testi-
fied in the Supreme Court yesterday
that in all their actions, neither Sir
Jack Hayward nor the late Edward
St George ever gave any impression
that their partnership was different
from a 50/50 joint venture.
Former legal counsel and president
of the GBPA, Willie Moss, told the

court she had maintained records for
the Port Authority but not for Inter-
continental Diversified Corporation
(IDC), the holding company that
owns the GBPA and its Port Group
Ltd affiliate.
In her position, she said she was
responsible for various legal docu-
ments and financial records, adding
that in her many years with the
GBPA, she could not recall anyone -
including Sir Jack suggesting that
the ownership and shareholdings were
different from a 50/50 split.
Mrs Moss said that Sir Jack always

thoroughly read what was brought
him to sign. "He would take you
through the ropes," she said.
The present GBPA legal counsel,
Carey Leonard, testified that he was
the person who discovered a letter
dated March 11, 1982, which alleged-
ly set out how Mr St George's share-
holding in IDC was to be increased to
50 per cent.
Mr Leonard said he recognized
both signatures on that letter to be
those of Sir Jack and Mr St George.
He said he came across the file while
doing some research after media

reports surfaced surrounding the own-
Recognising that the letter may
have some significance for litigation
already in process, Mr Leonard said
he forwarded copies to both families
and to their attorneys.
Mr Leonard noted that Sir Jack was
extremely meticulous when it came
to any documents placed before him
to sign.
He added that in his position as
legal counsel, he had to prepare a
number of documents which listed
Sir Jack and Mr St George as the ben-

eficial owners.
Mr Leonard said there were never
any circumstances which would cause
him to doubt that the men shared
anything other than a 50/50 joint own-
Sergeant Bowe from the Lucaya
Police Station on Grand Bahama tes-
tified that in investigating a complaint
filed by Caroline St George, Sir Jack
had written a sworn statement, saying:
"I told her that her statements were
damaging to me and my 50 per cent
The trial resumes this morning.

Port financial officer

backs estate's claims

THE Grand Bahama Port
Authority's (GBPA) chief
financial officer yesterday tes-
tified that both Sir Jack Hay-
ward and the late Edward St
George each had a 50 per
cent stake in its parent com-
pany, Intercontinental Diver-
sified Corporation (IDC).
Ian Barry, who told the
court he had been involved
with the GBPA since 1964,
said that although there was
no written agreement, it had
always been understood and
never disputed that both Sir
Jack and Mr St George each
owned 50 per cent of IDC,
which in turn owned the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
Sir Jack Hayward, however,
is arguing that he is a 75 per
cent owner of the parent com-
pany, and that the estate of
his late partner owns only 25
per cent.
Mr Barry was firstly ques-
tioned about Fiduciary Man-
agement Services (FMS) and
his involvement with that
company. Mr Barry told the

court he had been FMS secre-
tary, with responsibility for
managing the accounts and
portfolios of its clients, and
investing funds on behalf of
its clients.
FMS, according to Mr Bar-
ry, was set up as a in-house
trust company owned equally
by Sir Jack Hayward and Mr
St George, who were not only
shareholders of the company
but also its main clients.
FMS, said Mr Barry, invest-
ed money for the family and
friends of both Sir Jack Hay-
ward and Mr St George. Mr
Barry told the court that FMS
produced quarterly state-
ments, and that clients were
charged management fees,
which were levied semi-
annually, for the management
of their portfolios.
Mr Barry told the court
that shortly after Mr St
George's death in 2004, the
executors of the estate had
asked to meet with him and
go through Mr St George's
Mr Barry added that after
Mr St George's, death all div-
idends were declared by IDC

and spilt 50-50 between the
estate of Mr St George and
Seashells Investments, a com-
pany fully-owned by Sir Jack
He said it was always
understood that the divi-
dends would be divided 50/50,
and that Sir Jack did not raise
concerns about it. Mr Barry
told the court that both Sir
Jack and Lady Henrietta St
George had signed off on
documents which stated that
they were equal owners of the
GBPA, and no queries were
Mr Barry told the court
that he on October 3, 2006, he
was called to a meeting with
Sir Jack, who inquired as to
why he had brought certain
documents for him to sign,
showing the 50/50 ownership.
Mr Barry claimed that he
told Sir Jack that was always
the way the shareholding had
been. According to Mr Barry,
Sir Jack asserted that he
owned 75 per cent of IDC,
not 50 per cent. He told the
court he offered to sit down
with Sir Jack and his attorney
and discuss the matter, but

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I intend to request The Registrar to issue a replacement certificate. If this certificate is found, please
write to P.O. Box SP-60024, Nassau, Bahmas.

The Nature Conservancy's Northern Caribbean Program is seeking to fill the position of Office
Manager. The In-country Office Manager performs or oversees all financial and operational
transactions of the Northern Caribbean office. The Office Manager processes (or oversees) the
local payroll and ensures that all required tax withholding, payments and corporate contributions
to appropriate government agencies are made. S/he handles external vendor accounts and
payments, internal accounting transactions (reimbursements, petty cash, etc.), and prepares/
monitors the budget for the office's administrative operations. S/he manages in-country bank
accounts) and prepares monthly expense report for the Conservancy's Worldwide Office detailing
office income and expenditures. S/he works as needed with Regional Finance & Operations staff
and in-country external accounting advisors to ensure that operations comply with local legal, fiscal,
and labor requirements. S/he ensures that all office transactions comply with TNC's policies &
procedures and maintains appropriate and accurate files. The Office Manager is responsible for
office logistics and supervises/oversees maintenance, janitorial, reception, and security services
as well as coordinates all office related tasks such as purchasing supplies and office equipment.
S/he coordinates (or oversees) relationship with external travel agency (if any). S/he shall act as
the office liaison to the department of Technology and Information Systems. S/he shall also act as
office liaison to the department of Human Resources as well as carry out tasks related to personnel
administration including paperwork related to new hires or adjustment of an employee's of status,
new employee orientation, and time report management. The Office Manager is responsible for
maintaining efficient and effective operations of the office and for addressing all local compliance
issues stated in External Compliance Audits.

achelor's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, HR Management plus 3-5 years
related experience or equivalent combination. Non-profit accounting and U.S. government
grants accounting experience desirable.
Excellent verbal and written skills in English
Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word and Excel. Technical command of spreadsheet
programs, general ledger reports and other financial management tools.
Knowledge of current trends and legal requirements in financial, payroll and labor law.
Supervisory experience, including ability to set objectives and manage performance a plus.
Proven organizational and analytical skills and attention to detail.
Interested persons should apply in writing with full details, including resume and cover letter by
August 6, 07 to bahamas(tnc.orq.

they simply were not interest-
ed. Mr Barry claimed that Sir
Jack accused him of being
manipulated by attorney Fred
Smith, and promised to issue
a press release on the matter,
which he later did.
Mr Barry said that soon
thereafter he tendered his
resignation from IDC and
FMS respectively, and later
told Sir Jack that if he had
lost confidence in his abilities
he would resign form his posi-
tion as controller of the Port
Group of Companies.




Harbourfront Bar and Grill
East Bay Street

Shift ManagerslKitchen Managers

Please provide all resumes in writing
to the Director of Operations
Email to info@greenparrotbar.com
Or fax to 328-8381

Vacancy For The Position Of:

Core Responsibilities:

* Provides user support for the company's networked systems, by
investigating and performing resolutions to problems that are
* Performs routine installations, preventative maintenance and
repairs to hardware, operating systems and application installations.
* Troubleshoots system and application problems, including issues
and servers.
* Assists with documentation and maintenance of technical standards
and operations.
* Assists with the implementation of new technologies and
information systems and the decommissioning and disposal of
old technologies.
* Assist with the administration of the company's networked anti-
virus and data back-up systems by checking that these systems
are current and operate as scheduled.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

* Advanced knowledge various Windows operating systems to
provide help desk support and to troubleshoot end-user and back
office systems.
Sound knowledge of computer hardware to execute hardware
repairs and upgrades.
Basic knowledge of networking, especially protocols in use by
the company to troubleshoot and assist in rectifying network
Analytical and problem-solving skills to assess issues and technical
information, examine alternatives, and use judgment to provide
reasoned recommendations.
Must be open to new technology and ability to problem solve in
support of the network and central database systems.
Associates degree in a computer-related field, industry standard
network certifications required, plus two (2) or more years of
proven technical support and network systems experience.

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:
DA 8128
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

I II L I I L- %aIV

Port ownership was always

50/50, say the attorneys


Engineers 'push' for regulations

Tribune Business Editor

The Bahamas Society
of Engineers is
"pushing" to
receive the first
draft of the regulations that
will govern the profession, a

document it expects .to receive
soon, its president telling 7The
Tribune yesterday that these
rules would "protect the public
from sub-standard practition-
Cyprian Gibson said the
Professional Engineers Board,
established by law to help the

Bahamian engineering profes-
sion self-regulate itself, was "in
the process of drafting the reg-
ulations, and my understanding
is that we should get a copy of
the first draft shortly".
"That's something we are
continuing to push. We are
making some progress on the
regulations," he added. "From
the Bahamas Society of Engi-
neers standpoint, it's a major
issue and we're doing every-
thing we can to push it along.
"The regulations are impor-
tant because they govern the
conduct of persons who pur-
port to be professional engi-
neers. It's a mechanism to pro-
tect the public from sub-stan-
dard .practitioners."
Mr Gibson said that while
there were a number of laws
operating in the Bahamas with-
out accompanying regulations,
the ideal situation for the engi-
neering profession was to have

them in place, so that they
would not be open to inter-
Referring to the Pegasus
Wireless situation in Freeport,
Mr Gibson said the rapid clo-
sure of its wireless manufac-
turing plant just five months
after it had opened and loss of
100 Bahamian jobs was "an
issue that affects us all"
because it represented a tech-
nology sector investment.
He added that Bahamian
engineers and technology pro-
fessionals wanted to "be
involved as best we can" with
such projects, and urged for-
eign investors in the sector to
partner with Bahamians.
Again referring to Pegasus,
Mr Gibson said the Bahamas
was "going to have these chal-'
lenges where we have invest-
ment from the outside that
may not fit the bill for the

To deal with this, the
Bahamas needed to attract "a
good mix" of foreign and
Bahamian investment in its
technology industries if this
aspect of its economy was to
Suggesting that engineers
and technical professionals
should serve as ministers of
works and utilities, Mr Gibson
said the Bahamas Society of
Engineers had "a big push on
right now" to get more
Bahamians involved and inter-
ested in science and technolo-
gy matters.
He called for a "national
effort" to encourage science
and technology courses and
education in the Bahamas,
indicating that this would be
critical to this country devel-
oping a "core cadre of techni-
cal professionals, driving
research and development and
investment in the sector".

The Bahamas had not yet
developed a "critical mass" of
Bahamian engineers, Mr Gib-
son said, saying that invest-
ment in science and technology
should not only benefit engi-
neers but other associated pro-
fessions, such as architects,
contractors, artisans, plumbers
and carpenters.
Mr Gibson said the Bahama
Society of Engineers had met
with the College of the
Bahamas (COB) and Ministry
of Education to push for full-
time engineering and techni-
cal support programmes.
"We're not satisfied with the
engineering programmes being
offered locally. We need a lot
more," Mr Gibson said.
"Our market is cyclical. We
continue to push for sustain-
able opportunities for Bahami-
an professionals so they can
ride out downturns in the sec-

Albany delay sends 'bad investor signal'

FROM page 1

Legal Notice


Lindgren and Associates Inc.

Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant
to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 24th day of July, 2007.

Lynden Maycock
Lindgren and Associates Inc.

a firm selected by the Bahamian
government showed it would
inject a cumulative $1 billion in
extra gross domestic product
(GDP) into the Bahamian econ-
omy over its first 12 years in


The Tribune reported previ-
ously that the independent eco-
nomic study on Albany had
shown that 700 permanent, full-
time jobs would be created, with
another 400 "indirect and
induced" from entrepreneurial
ventures and spin-offs.
The study also forecast that
Albany would generate $400
million in property taxes for the
Government over the first 12
years of its life, generating $67
million in annual GDP from
operations in 2017 alone.
The development is planned
to include 300 single family
homes, a "cottage component"

and apartments based around
a marina. The price range for
the properties will lie between
$2-$20 million, with the aver-
age around $3-$4 million. The
total value of its home products
will be between $1.2 billion and
$1.5 billion.
As for South Ocean, some
$541 million in construction
spending has been forecast to
inject $217 million into the
Bahamian economy over a
nine-year period, generating
$105 million in wages and
employment for 877 workers.
Peak construction employ-
ment was forecast to total 1200
workers, with 1,358 full-time
jobs created when the
revamped resort opens for busi-
South Ocean was forecast to
produce $3.7 billion in GDP
impact over its first 20 years,
generating $1.5 billion in direct
wages and salaries for employ-

ing as a place to do business for
international investors.
A Heads of Agreement was
signed for Albany with the
Christie government in Novem-
ber 2006 and, unlike Baha
Mar's $2.4 billion Cable Beach
project, the developers are not
looking to renegotiate the
In addition, if Albany was not
to proceed, it would raise ques-
tions about whether contracts
would be honoured from gov-
ernment to government. These
questions have surfaced already,
when the proposed Aman
Resort for Norman's Cay made
no headway under the Christie
administration despite a Heads
of Agreement having been
signed for it in 2002 under the
first Ingraham administration.
Albany has been projected to
have a $1.4 billion value over
the active life of the develop-
ment, and an independent eco-
nomic assessment conducted by

Returning Students:

I Monday, August 13- 16, 2007

9:00am 7:00pm


Contact the Registrar Office for more information

New Students:
Registration o Monday, August 20- 24, 2007
9:00am 7:00pm

Date Time Programme

Monday-Thursday 9:00am-12:30pm Continuing students only
August 13-16, 2007 2:30pm-7:00pm Continuing students only

Monday 9:00am-12:30pm Barbering
August 20, 2007 Cosmetology
Facial Technology
Nail Technology
Women's Apparel Production 1 & 2
2:30pm-7:00pm All of the above

9:00am-12:30pm Auto Collision Repair
Auto Mechanics
Computer Repair
Tuesday Electronics
August 21, 2007 Air-conditioning & Refrigeration
Small Engines
Drawn & Painting Souvenirs Manufacturing
Shell Craft
Straw Craft
2:30pm-7:00pm All of the above

9:00am-12:30pm Carpentry
Ceramic Tile Laying
Wednesday Masonry
August 22, 2007 Commercial & Residential Painting
Commercial & Residential Drywall Installatior
Electrical Installation
Window Treatment & Accessories
2:30pm-7:00pm All of the above
Thursday 9:00am-12:30pm Computer Software Applications
August 23, 2007 Office Administration 1 & 2
2:30pm-7:00pm All of the above
15 Week Block Program
SConstruction, Nail Technician, Barbering and Facial
15 week programs are held Monday to Friday during
the day periods. These programs are suitable for August 20-24, 2007
Persons who prefer intensive modes of learning.
Professional Development E Home Improvement
Professional Development & Home Improvement
| Courses Registration August 31 October 5, 2007

Call 502-6300 for more information
Graduating Students:

Monday, September 10- Friday September 14. 2007
9:00a.m.-5p.m. -Graduation Regalia Distribution at BTVI Campus.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
6:00pm REHEARSAL FOR GRADUATION it Bahamas Faith Ministrie
Thursday, September 27, 2007
7:00pm GRADUATION CEREMONY at Bahamas Faith Ministries.

Fall Semester Orientation
The Abundant Life Bible Church Hal
Date: August 10, 2007
Morning 9:30am-11:30am

Evening 6:00pm- 7:00pm _
Financial Aid
Financial Aid Office is open to students Monday through Friday 9:00am -5:00pm.

IndiGO Networks is ai developing telecommunications company based in Nassau, Bahamas.
The company has a 16-year history in offering innovative technology and telecommunications
solutions to businesses in The Bahamas. In 2004 IndiGO was granted the first and currently
only license to allow international and domestic voice competition with the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company. IndiGO Networks is currently in search of a highly qualified
individual to fill the position of Senior Network Engineer.

Senior Network Engineer

Job Description

Successful candidates should be highly energized and willing to take on the challenges of
a fast-paced network rollout. The Network Services team is tasked with the 7/24/365 OA&M
of an international telecommunications network. The successful candidate will be challenged
with a collection of objectives in the next year.


* 7/24/365 OA&M
* Administration and maintenance of all network hardware/software, NMS, custom monitoring
tools and an underlying Cisco telephony infrastructure
* Storage Management & System Backup/Restoral (NetApp/Symantec Netbackup)
* Ongoing administration of MMDS wireless network
* Monitoring and troubleshooting inter-carrTier switch-to-switch interconnection
* Creation and support of network management and maintenance scripts
* Creation and maintenance of Tier 1-3 support documentation
* Creation and maintenance of network diagrams
* Network and subscriber capacity planning


* Proficient in all aspects of network engineering: design, implementation, monitoring and
* Willing to follow assigned projects through to successful completion
* Willing to work hands-on 7/24/365 and participate in on-call schedule to resolve network
* Must be comfortable in a team environment
* Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant technical experience
* University degree
* Cisco certifications CCNP or CCIE highly preferred
* Previous telecom experience in a similar capacity maintaining a service providers network
* Extensive experience with Cisco routers, switches (LAN and WAN) required. Additional
expertise with VolP gateways, SS7 controllers, and BTS softswitch preferred
* Comprehensive knowledge of TCP/IP, EIGRP, BGP, OSPF, telecom circuits from DS-O
through OC-3
* Broad Knowledge of IP telephony (VoIP/VoN), softswitches, PSTN gateways, SS7,
* Fluent with data packet analyzers and IP packet analysis
* Excellent verbal and written communications skills. Experience writing OA&M
* Excellent troubleshooting and analytical skills

IndiGO Networks offers a highly competitive package of benefits. Salary is commensurate
with qualifications and experience.
Qualified candidates should submit their resumes in writing to:
IndiGO Networks PO BOX N-3920,
Attention: Network Services Manager
or via email to: careers@indigonetworks.com


;2' ..




Corporation to

lay 31,570 feet of

new water mains

in the capital

The Water and Sewerage Cor-
poration is planning to lay
31,570 feet of new water
mains in New Providence
during the 2007 second half, connecting
about 500 new homes to its water sup-
ply as part of the Phase 1 strategy to
replace old transmission and distribu-
tion mains on the island.
The plan aims to extend new mains to
areas previously without access to the
Corporation's supply, and during the
2007 third and fourth quarters it is
expected that 535 laterals will be laid.
The Corporation said yesterday that
as at July 31, improvement works were
completed at Bayberry and Casuarina
Drive in Imperial Park; at Sun Isles, CI
Gibson and Palmetto Way in Marathon;
Gamble Heights off Blue Hill Road;
Lawson and Linkford Streets in Dan-
nottage Estates; Ferguson Street in Fox
Hill; Pine Barren Road in College Gar-
dens; Sunset Drive off West Bay Street
at Ciera Close; and on Boilfish and
Bernard Roads. These works are
expected to eliminate or reduce prob-
lems such as leakage and low pressure.
"We have improved our water quality
through increased reliance on reverse
osmosis water. Now we are working to
ensure that our entire distribution sys-
tem is in the best condition to deliver
these benefits to our customers," said
Abraham Butler, the Water and Sewer-
age Corporation's general manager.
He added that customers returning to
the Corporation's supply during the


period of the improvement works
would receive special discounts on
reconnection fees.
The 2007 third and fourth quarter
improvement works also include
upgrades to the pumping stations at
Prospect Station and Windsor Well-
field, which are scheduled for comple-
tion by August 13. 2007.
Meanwhile mains renewals in
progress in Regency Park, Marathon
and Bamboo Town should be complel-

"We have improved our
water quality through
increased reliance on
reverse osmosis water.
Now we are working to
ensure that our entire
distribution system is
in the best condition to
deliver these benefits
to our customers."
Abraham Butler

ed by August 20 and October 13 respec-
tively. Works on the Bamboo Town
Phase 2 will continue until December 9,
and the completion of renewals and
extensions at Carmichael and Firetrail
Roads is expected by January 31, 2008.
While residents in these areas may
experience minimal disruptions, the
Corporation said the results will be bet-
ter water quality and better pressure.
Mr Butler said that within the next
four to six months, residents of New
Providence should see the start of the
multi-million dollar Phase II on the
New Providence Mains Renewals and
Extensions. -

Government Notice
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
Tender for Security Services

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
qualified firms to submit bids to provide security services
schools/facility in New Providence

Government High School
R.M. Bailey Sr. High School
C.R. Walker Sr. High School
C.V. Bethel Sr. High School
C.I. Gibson Sr. High School
C.H. Reeves Jr. High School
L.W. Young Jr. High School
H.O. Nash Jr. High School

invites suitably
at the following

C.C. Sweeting Jr. High School
C.C. Sweeting Sr. High School
S.C. McPherson Jr. High School
Thelma Gibson Primary
Columbus Primary School
Learning Resources Section

Tender Documents outlining the scope of services may be obtained from the
Physical Plant Section located on the 2nd Floor North East Wing in the
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture Headquarters, Thompson
\Boulevard, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tenders must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked "Tender for Security
Services" and delivered on or before Monday, 13th August, 2007 to:-

Tenders Board
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre
Cable Beach
P.O. Box N3017
Nassau, The Bahamas

The Tenders Board reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders.




The Town Court Management Company (hereafter "the
Company") invites offers for the purchase of ALL THAT Unit
Number C-47 of The Town Court Condominiums situate
on Nassau Street in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence being a two bedroom/one bath apartment unit
together with ALL THAT 1.35% share in the common property
of the Condominiums.

The company makes no representations or warranties with
respect to the estate of repair of the building situate thereon.

The company will sell under Power of Sale contained in a
Declaration of Condominium of Town Court Condominiums
dated 8th October 1979 which is recorded in Book 3189 at
pages 366 to 405.

TERMS: Ten percent (10%) of the purchase price at the time
of contract and the balance upon completion within
Thirty (30) days of contract.

This sale is subject to a reserve price. The Company reserves
the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers addressed to
the Attorney SSS, P.O. Box N-272, Nassau, Bahamas to be
received no later than the close of business on the 10th day of
August, A.D. 2007.

Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited
is presently considering applications for


The Private Banking Business Department invites applications for three (3)
suitably qualified candidates for the position of

Applicants should possess a degree (or equivalent) in Business
At lease five (5) years banking experience including trading, trade
reconciliation, custody business and securities markets
Marketing experience in either Europe, Latin America or North America
Existing client base with assets under management in excess of US$100
Candidates should have strong communication skills in English together
with at least one of the following languages: German, Spanish, Italian
and French
- Good computer literacy on PC and host software
- Must have solid analytical skills with keen attention to details
- Must have the ability to establish and maintain strong working
relationships with key personnel and work effectively in a team
Willing to travel extensively within the market area designated and
utilize a network of existing contacts and associates
Possess a confident and outgoing personality

Key Duties & Responsibilities will include:
Acquisition and development of new offshore clients
Marketing of estate planning, private banking and portfolio management
services to prospective clients along with additional services, such as, the
set-up of companies and trusts together with administrative procedures
Advising clients on products, services and investment opportunities
Management of accounts / relationships with clients originating from market
area countries.

Applications should be submitted:

Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas
or via fax 356-8148




- II






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inc*cuaIo js Icl

322-198 today

Legal Notice


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


Legal Notice


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

J .= J--. ,iqiu dator)r. - *'


Late of Dunmore Town, Harbour Island

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estate are required to send their
names, addresses and particulars of the debts or claims certified
in writing to the undersigned on or before the 13th Septmeber,
A.D., 2007 required, to prove such debts or claims, or in default
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before
such debts or claims are proved; after the above date the
Executor will distribute the assets having regard only to the
proved debts or claims of which he shall have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons indebted to
the said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or
before 13th September 2007.

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes
Attorneys for the Executor
Mareva House
4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Late of #7 Sampson Street, Nassau Village in the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estate are required to send their
names, addresses and particulars of the debts or claims certified
in writing to the undersigned on or before the 13th Septmeber,
A.D., 2007 required, to prove such debts or claims, or in default
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before
such debts or claims are proved; after the above date the
Executor will distribute the assets having regard only to the
proved debts or claims of which he shall have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons indebted to the
said Estate are requested to make full settlement on or before
13th September, 2007.

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes
Attorneys for the Executor
Mareva House
4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas


Review: Google Checkout

offers simple payment

option, but PayPal

far more versatile

AP Internet Writer
been a year since Google Inc.
launched its much-anticipated
payment service, and I've been
curious whether a company
known best for its search engine
can deliver a money service as
good as industry leader PayPal.
In many ways, I found Google
Checkout much easier to use. I
can pay for merchandise in few-
er steps and more easily under-
stand my account options.
But the ultimate test is

whether Checkout works with
the tasks for which I've been
using PayPal, and the answer is
Checkout works well as an
online wallet, a way to store
credit card numbers and
addresses so you don't have to
retype all that information each
time. PayPal functions more like
a bank account: You can do
much more, such as receiving
money, but the array of options
can be confusing and add steps
to the shopping process.
Both are free to set up and
make payments, and signing up

is easy.
With Checkout, you provide
at the outset an e-mail address
- through Google's Gmail or
any other provider along with
your credit card, billing and
shipping information.
PayPal requires only your e-
mail address and basic details
to start and asks for your credit
card or bank account informa-
tion later as needed. (Google
accepts payments via credit or
debit cards only, while PayPal
lets you withdraw funds from a
regular bank account.)
In terms of buying goods,
what I like about Checkout is
its consistency and simplicity.
The layout and process are
familiar whether I'm shopping
at the Web site for Starbucks
Corp., RadioShack Corp. or a
small outfit called Weloveipod.
I simply click on a "Google
Checkout" logo, sign in, review
my order and accept. There's a
pull-down menu at the review
stage where I can choose stan-
dard, express or other shipping
PayPal's look and feel vary.
and it's not as seamless as
Like Checkout, PayPal offers
merchants various ways to inte-
grate the service with their own
online stores. That's good
because sole proprietors will
have different needs from a
large merchant like Southwest
Airlines Co. or Toys "R" Us
Inc. But while the back end may
vary, Checkout manages to
make the front end appear con-
sistent to the customer.
It took seven steps conm-

* Bank of The Bahamas


In collaboration with the Education Gi'uwanteei Fund Loan Pr.:I, ,r of the Ministry of
Educdit.cr Bank of The Bahamas 'nlrr.aliona is pleased to advise that the ch: ,,
disbursement for ALL students in the Loan Program will take place at Holy Trinity
Activity Centre, Stapledon Gardens, beg .nirni, Monday, July 30,
2007 to Friday, August 10, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as

Sunaesbeinig itSDt

Monday, July 30, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007

---hs bgini


Returning Students AND Guarantors should be present and must bring relevan!
c-delf,.;iovL- n, (valid P is-p.-.rl and National Insurance Card).

* New Students AND Guarantors should be present and bring relevant identification,
(valid Passport, Marriage Certificate where applicable, National Insurance Card, current
job otftr and copy of a utility bill).

a Cheques will not be released until completion of all required documentation.


Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007

pared with Checkout's four -
to place a Starbucks order with
PayPal. First, I encountered a
PayPal screen where I must ver-
ify the information I have with
the payment service. I then had
to choose a shipping option sep-
arately and create a separate
account with Starbucks.
It's worse at Toys "R" Us. I
had to retype my billing and
shipping information even
though PayPal had all that.
But Checkout isn't accepted
where it counts. Google claims
tens of thousands of merchants
accepting Checkout, compared
with millions claimed by Pay-
Online auctioneer eBay Inc.,
which owns PayPal, doesn't
allow its auction sellers to accept.
payments from Checkout. And
some smaller merchants take
PayPal only (Some merchants
accept Checkout but not Pay-
Pal, but none are places I'd reg-
ularly shop at.)
Unlike Checkout, PayPal
sometimes lets you make one-
time payments without creating
an account, though the mer-
chant then gets your credit card
information to complete the
Normally, PayPal, like Check-
out, limits what it shares. Of
course, merchants will need
your name, shipping address
and sometimes your phone
Checkout will sometimes give
merchants your billing address
and the last four digits of your
credit card as well, while Pay-
Pal says it won't unless you use
the one-time option. On the oth-
er hand. PayPal shares your e-
mail address with merchants
that request it, while Checkout
lets you keep that private and
Google will forward receipts
and other important e-mails to
PavPal is better abroad. You
can buy goods from about 190
markets with PayPal Gompared
with some 140 for Checkout.
With PayPal. you can receive
money in about 50 countries,
while Checkout accepts US and
UK merchants only. And while
PayPal is offered in 17 curren-
cies, Checkout deals only with
dollars and pounds.
Most importantly, Checkout
won't let you receive money
with regular accounts you'd
need a special merchant account
and provide a Social Security
number or federal tax identifi-
cation number. I haven't used
PayPal often to receive money,
but it sure came in handy when
I've needed to.
Of course. PayPal's versatility
also leads to complications.
With Checkout, you either
have a regular account for mak-
ing payments only or a mer-
chant account for receiving pay-
PayPal offers three types of
accounts, all letting people send
and receive payments, but each
with different fees and restric-
tions. You also have additional
options within each account
type to boost your trust level.
For example, you can connect
a PayPal account with a regu-
lar bank account to lift spending
limits. But doing so makes sub-
sequent payments by credit
cards more cumbersome Pay-
Pal obviously wants to avoid
their higher processing fees.
With both Checkout and Pay-
Pal, consumers are charged
nothing to send money or make
'Merchants are charged based
onil transaction amounts.
Checkout's rates are much
easier to understand: It's two
per cent plus 20 cents per trans-
action; fees are waived through
the end of the year and beyond
that merchants can receive sub-
sidies by spending money on
Google search ads.
Withll PayPal. fees depend on
your account type, monthly sales
amounts and whether the buyer
is sending money from a bank
account or credit card.
Simplicity wins any day.
Unfortunately, until Checkout
is more widely adopted by mer-
chants and begins to let regular
accountholders receive money, I
must accept PayPal's complexi-
ties to fully engage in e-com-


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


TIME: 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
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Auto researchers say hybrid sales


for record-setting year

AP Auto Writer

vehicles are on track to achieve
record United States sales this
year despite signs consumer
interest in hybrids is waning, an
auto information company said
An estimated 187,000 hybrids
were sold in the first six months
of 2007, accounting for 2.3 per
cent of all new vehicle sales,
according to J D Power and
Associates. Although a slow-
down is expected in the second
half of the year, J D Power is
forecasting total sales of 345,000
hybrids for 2007, a 35 per cent
increase from 2006 when the
current record of 256,000
hybrids were sold.
The Toyota Prius continues
to be the best-selling hybrid
model, accounting for just more
than half of all hybrids sold. J D
Power said Prius sales got a
boost this year from incentives
of up to $2,000 per vehicle,
which helped offset a decrease
in federal tax breaks for Toy-
ota and Lexus hybrids. Toyota
Motor Corp. said Wednesday
that Prius sales were up 85 per
cent in the first seven months
of this year compared with the
same period a year ago.
Mike Omotoso, senior man-
ager of global powertrain fore-
casting for J D Power, said the
percentage of people who say
they're considering hybrids is
dropping as buyers realize the
vehicles may not save enough
fuel to justify premiums of up to
"Toyota is realizing that.
That's why they're offering
incentives," he said.
Hybrids also face growing
competition from other fuel-
saving technologies such as
diesel and ethanol. Omotoso

* UNSOLD 2007 Prius hybrid sedans sit on the lot of a Toyota dealership in Boulder, Colorado
(AP File Photo: David Zalubowski)

predicts an influx of diesel vehi-
cles from European automak-
ers in the next few years. Honda
Motor Co., which is discontinu-
ing the hybrid version of the
Accord sedan because of weak
sales, plans to introduce new
diesel-engine technology by
2010. Omotoso expects United
States diesel sales to top 500,000
in 2007.
Competition within the
hybrid segment also will inten-
sify in the coming years, giving
buyers a lot more options.
There will be as many as 65
hybrid models, more than half
of them trucks, in the market
by 2010, with projected sales of
nearly 775,000, J D Power said.
Later this year, a two-mode


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


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


NOTICE is hereby given that MARIO MORTIMER OF
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 3RD day of
AUGUST, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN RENE BELLOT OF
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 3RD day of AUGUST, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, JAYLISA
KERR of Stapeldon Gardens, Nassau, Bahamas
intend to change my name to NAJWA JAYLISA
FOX. If there are any objections to this change of
name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

hybrid system developed joint-
ly by General Motors Corp.,
BMW AG and Daimler-
Chrysler AG will begin appear-
ing in some trucks and sport
utility vehicles. The system uses
a computer to choose from
thousands of combinations of
running on one electric motor,
two electric motors, a combina-

tion of electric motors and the
gasoline engine, or shutting
down some of the gas engine's
Omotoso estimated that the
system costs between $6,000
and $10,000, so the manufac-
turers could have a difficult time
making money on it unless con-
sumers will pay a premium.


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


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


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



This is to inform the General Public that all that private
thoroughfare or roadway known as Gun Point situate northeast-
wards of the Settlement of Spanish Wells at the northwestern
end of the Island of North Eleuthera will be closed to the Public
from 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, 18th August, 2007 to 6:00 a.m. on
Sunday, 19th August, 2007 to protect the right of ownership.

Everette Sands



Creditors having debts or claims against the
above-named Company are required to send
particulars thereof to the undersigned c/o P. 0. Box
N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or before 23rd August,
A.D., 2007. In default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made by the

Dated the 2nd day of August, A.D., 2007.

R. Brad Baggaley
13501 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77079, U. S. A.




(a) EXXONMOBIL .IOSE HOLDING LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
1st day of August, 2007 when its Articles of Dissolution were
submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is R. Brad Baggaley of 13501
Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079, U.S.A.

Dated the 2nd day of August, 2007.


Attorneys for the above-named Company

C F A. 1.
Pricing Information As Of:
Thursday 2 August 200 7
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1.844 44 / CHG 00 00 /%CHO 00.00 T
5 2 w k H i 5 2 v L ., .. --,, ;.., , -i T . ,- -, E t 2. E P S $ D iv S P IE Y ie ld
1.78 u.5.1 .-..cc., r.lar-t.e I ,-, I.-.u .1:1 0 000 ( 0000 N/M M.OM
12.05 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11 65 11.65 0.00 1.527 0.400 7.6 3.46%
9.41 7.49 Bank of Bahamas 9.40 9 40 0 00 0.733 0.260 12.8 2.77%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0 85 0,85 0.00 -0.013 0.020 N/M 2.35%
3.71 1.48 Bahamas Waste 365 3.71 0.06 5.152 0.279 0.060 13.3 1.62%
1.57 1 20 Fidelity Bank 1 57 1 57 0.00 0.064 0.020 24.5 1.27%
10.76 9.10 Cable Bahamas 10 72 10 76 0.04 10.840 0.949 0.240 11.3 2.23%
2.41 1 80 Colina Holdings 2 4 I 2 41 0.00 0.281 0.080 8.6 3.32%
15.12 10.99 Commonwealth Bank 15 12 15 12 000 1.190 0.680 12.7 4.50%
6.82 4.60 Consolidated Watle BDRs 682 682 0O00 0.112 0.050 61.0 0.73%
2.76 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2. I 2.31 O 00 0.281 0.000 8.2 0.00%
6.40 5.54 Faminguard 6 20 6.20 0.00 0.694 0.240 8.9 3.67%
12.76 11.51 Finco 12 76 12.76 0.00 0.787 0.570 16.2 4.47%
14.70 13.01 FirstCaribbean 14 65 14.65 0.00 0.977 0.470 14.0 3.21%
20.73 11.17 Focol 20 73 20.73 0.00 1.657 0.530 12.5 2.6%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.64 0.64 0.00 0.415 0.000 1.5 0.00%
8.65 7.10 ICD Utilities 725 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76%
9.90 8.52 J. S. Johnson 990 9.90 0.00 0.946 0.580 10.5 5.86%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10 00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Secuirlities ,
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1460 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14 60 15.60 16.00 1.234 1.185 12.6 8.12%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 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%
Colina Over-The-Countoie, Securities "
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 -1 2220 0000 194 O00%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14 60 15.50 14.00 1.234 1.125 12.6 7.71%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0 45 0.55 0.45 0.021 0.000 26.2 0.00%
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.3484 1 2998 Colina Money Market Fund 1 3,18410'
3.2920 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3I 2)21 "2
2.7399 2.4415 Colina MSI Preferred FunILd 2 39'1) 5'
1.2576 1.1820 Colina Bond Fund 1.257576 **'
11.6049 11.1193 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11 6049" ....
FINDEX: CLOSE 833.74 /YTD 12.35%1 / 200.3447%. ._
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 0 = 1 i000 00 MARKI I L IIMS_ YIELD lat 12 month dividrnds divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 w,- uk-, Bi S Buying price of Cohi,, and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing prico in last 52 wevks A,,k 5 alini pilce of Coll. and fidelity *-20 July 2007
Previous Cluso Pr dvi'ous d.y's weighted pricu [or dally volu .ioi I i l,' Last lu ded ov to tn t counter pr.ce
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volunio Wrkly Vol reading volume e o the prior week 30 JUln 2007
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A t.ompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value *" 31 My 2007
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Nvt Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamings FINDEX I he Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 100 .. 30 June 2007

TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 t FIDELITY 242-356-7764 / FOR MORE DATA fr






Tribune Comics

3 Strike at the wrong times (5)
8 Such English is used by educated
persons, I see (5)
10 To look at, he's as good as goldl (5)
11 Something to stick quietly in (3)
12 Wild romps at the
Albert Hall? (5)
13 They appear fairylike (7)
15 An understood line in
diplomacy (5)
18 A short period in
submarines (3)
19 It can act predatodly yet coo
deceptiwly (6)
21 At most, a generously proportioned
mother (7)
22 The missing letters (4)
23 Informed it's not new at the
West End (4)
24 It's a press issue (7)
26 Those flaming redheads (6)
29 Last year's pen? (3)
31 To go too far makes
them hooll (5)
32 Education for boys named
Leslie? (7)
34 How to turn when you can't run (2,3)
35 Very good piece of
photography (3)
36 Does i damage the ball? (5)
37 Like to do one's own fetching and
carrying? (2,3)
38 Food for the journey with an early
start (5)

ACROSS: 1, Wtan 6, Pooch 9,
Count-ER 10, Pi-lot 11, Lea-NT 12,
Tu-N-is 13, Tenners 15, Lea 17, -ris
18, Makers 19, Ocean 20, Empire
(State) 22, A-Ida 24, Ray 25, Sfilt-on
26, S-hut-S 27, Mas-AI 28, Felix 29,
Id-eal-ly 30, Wells 31, Osier
DOWN: 2, 0-fiver 3, Acorns 4, Not 5,
A-NG-U.S. 6, Pelican (crossing) 7, 0-
res. 8, Canter 12, Trice 13, Tiger 14,'
Nippy 15, Le-G-t 16, A-swan 18,
Mas+s-t- 19, Orchids 21, Manage 22,
Alleys 23, Do-Cl-le 25, SL-ray 26,
Sail 28, Flo

1 What to change when baby's
sleepy? (5)
2 Very slight little
fellow? (7)
4 When one is embraced by the
missus, it's heavenly (4)
5 Twins taking a beating (3-3)
6 Try the easy way to tour
Ponders End (5)
7 It's more than a little custom (5)
9 Yes right you're the guvnorl (3)
12 Piers do collapse at times! (7)
14 Volunteers a kiss
as payment? (3)
16 Double points for punctuation (5)
17 It's not a real beast,
old boyl (5)
19 Show courtesy to Bob? (7)
20 Perhaps also including five closely
grouped shots? (5)
21 Code for which there's a key (5)
23 Wherein things jump around amusing
the children? (7)
24 Annual noted flower (6)
25 'Tis different bul means
the same (3)
27 The miseries of
ruined lives (5)
28 Estate car wrecked during a race! (5)
30 In the best position, not contorted
during an operation (2,3)
32 If electn, it's a 50 amp thing (4)
33 Bread? Think nothing
of it (3)

ACROSS: 1, Sweat 6, Feast 9,
Contour 10, S;.; 1, (tlolls 12, Beats
13, Cordial 15, Ace 17, Epee 18,
Fester 19, Cheer 20, Stable 22, Halt'
24, Eat 25, Adviser 2G, Omits 27,
Spine 28, Adage 29, Unhinge 30,
Trust 31, Entry
DOWN: 2, Wallop 3, Accede 4, Foe
5, Steel 6, Further 7, Eros 8, Solace
12, Bathe 13, Cease 14, Resat 15,
Atlas 16, Error 18, Feeds 19,
Clement 21, Tamper 22, Hidden 23,
Ledger 25, Allic 26, Onus 28, Age

3 Desires (5)
8 Bad-tempered (5)
10 Metal fastener (5)
11 Aiso (3)
12 Tree (5)
13 Bulwark (7)
15 Class (5)
18 Anger (3)
19 Bounded(6)
21 Demonic (7)
22 College head (4)
23 Northern Briton (4)
24 Prolection (7)
26 Complained (6)
29 Spoil (3)
31 Handle (5)
32 Accomplished (7)
34 Sap (5)
35 Friend (3)
36 Keepsake (5)
37 Warehouse (5)
38 War-horse (5)


* Contract.Bridge

By Steve Becker

Bidding Quiz

You are South, both sides vulner-
able. The bidding has been:
South West North East
1 Pass 1 V Pass
1 4 Pass 1 NT Pass
What would you now bid with
each of the following four hands?
1. 4 KQ87 V AK 64 4 KQ762
2. + KQ952 V K7 6 + AQ874
3. 4 AK82 V Q95 J 4 AKJ93
4. 4 AQJ6 V -I K963 4+ AK853

1. Two notrump. In this sequence,
partner's one-notrump bid is some-
what ambiguous. It may range from a
six-point hand that cannot play one
spade to a hand of around 10 points.
Your two-notrump bid indicates a
semibalanced hand of about 16 to 18
high-card points (with a balanced
hand you would probably have
opened one notrump originally). It
invites partner to continue to three
notrump with suitable values.
A two-club bid over one notrump
'would misrepresent your distribution
and not reflect your extra high-card
2. Two spades. You must let part-
ner know that you have five spades
rather than just four. At the same
time, by rebidding your spades, you
tell partner that you also have at least
five clubs, since you would not have
opened one club initially with more
spades than clubs. Once partner

learns the nature of your hand, he has
numerous options available to him,
including bidding or trying for a
game in spades or clubs, passing two
spades, or taking a simple preference
back to three clubs.
3. Three hearts. Despite your hav-
ing only three hearts, you want to
urge partner to continue on to game
in either hearts or notrump. A two-
heart bid would be proper if you had,
say, two or three points less. Your
substantial extra values have to be
shown in some manner.
A jump to three clubs would fail to
show your moderate heart support
and would also fail to pinpoint your
singleton diamond.
4. Two diamonds. Although your
diamond holding is not particularly
strong, your distribution calls for
immediate clarification. Since you
bid clubs first, partner should regard
that suit as longer than the diamonds;
hence your distribution must be read
as 4-0-4-5.
The very fact that you bother to
show all three suits implies a fairly
strong hand. In cases of this type, it is
important to give partner as much
accurate information as possible so
that he can make the proper decision
for the partnership.
No jump-bid is made because,
after partner's initial heart response,
it is possible that there are not
enough values in the combined
hands to produce a game.

HOW many words of four letters or more can you make
from the letters shown here? In making a word, each letter
may be used once only. Each must contain the centre letter
and there must be at [east one nine-letter word. No plurals or
verb forms ending in "s", no words with initial capitals and rno
words with a hyphen or apostrophe permitted.
The first word of a phrase Is permitted (e.g. inkjet in inkjet
Good 10: very good 15: excellent 20 (or more). Solution Monday.
acre acrid admire aired amir arcade arced area areca
aria arid armed cadre camera camper caper card care
cared carp carped cedar cider cram cramp cramped
crape cream cried crime crimp crimped damper dare
dear diaper dire dram drama drape dream drip emir
mare mire mired pacer padre pair paired parade
PARAMEDIC pare pared pear perm pier pram price
priced pride pried prim prima prime primed race raced
raid ramp rape raped rapid read ream reap recap repaid
rice ride rime rimed ripe

1 Deadly (5)
2 Idealistic (7)
4 Aid in crime (4)
5 Very sad (6)
6 Temptress (5)
7 First performance (5)
9 Male cat (3)
12 Made (7)
14 Craft (3)
16 Female relative (5)
17 Chairs (5)
19 Emergency
worker (7)
20 Decree (5)
21 Sword (5)
23 Abraded (7)
24 Identify (6)
25 Short sleep (3)
27 Weapon-bearing (5)
28 European capital (5)
30 Apportion (5)
32 Quote (4)
33 Soft roll (3)





( Calvin & Hobbes )

't0o SOTS?




ARIES March-21/Aoril 20
Preparation is key this week, Aries.
Be ready to hit the ground running
when new opportunities arrive that
allow you to showcase your talents.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
Although it seems like you're facing
a tough decision, if you think about
it logically, the answer is clear. Do
only what feels right to you, Taurus.
You are the master of your own fate.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
If you feel like your life has lacked a
certain sparkle recently, Gemini,
now's the time to prepare for a
change. A new romance is on the
horizon, but you must act quickly to
take advantage of the opportunity.
CANCER June 22/July 22
This is a week to assess where you are
in life, Cancer. Are you doing all you
can to succeed? Make time to nurture
a new romance. Of course you're
busy, but the results are worth it.
LEO July 23/August 23
Events are important this week,
Leo, but not nearly as important as
your attitude. The tide is beginning
to turn in your favor, so stop whin-
ing and have a little fun.
VIR'GO Aug 24/Sept 22
Don't be too hard on yourself when
something doesn't go quite as you
planned it, Virgo. Focus your efforts
on moving on to new success.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
You'll be especially alert to patterns
and similarities in those around you,
Libra. Try to use this information to
your advantage. On Friday, an old
flame stops by to chit-chat.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Success is all about timing this
week, Scorpio. You may be full of
big ideas, but it's best to not do any-
thing about them just yet. Do what
you can to help a family member
with a personal problem on Tuesday.
The fears and doubts of the past few
weeks are starting to fade. Although
you may feel that you can take on
the world, don't get too cocky -
that's asking for trouble.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
Money matters come to the fore this
week. Now's the time to give some
thought to why your finances are
not as good as you'd like them to be
and what you can do about it.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
This week, you'll use what you
know to persuade others to go along
with your plans. Failure is just not
in your vocabulary this week.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Things have been going great for
you, Pisces. Be careful not to take
this for granted. Remember the peo-
ple who helped you get to where you
are today.



O -OSb Le -on OB

R Factor v Hoey,
instantchess.com 2007. Most
internet chess takes place at
high speed, with anything from
five minutes down to one
minute for each player to
complete all the moves. Of
course it can be frenetic and
blunder-prone, but many people
who have rarely tried blitz over
the board find they can develop
the fast reactions and tactical
awareness needed to beat both
the clock and the opponent.
Also, web games are ideal when
you have just a few minutes
available in the middle of office
hours and can utilise a fast
broadband connection. One of
the ways to improve, especially
at one-minute bullet chess, is to
ensure you have a fast optical
mouse and can co-ordinate your
wrist and finger action. In

a b
today's position Black's next turn
could have been defended if White
had been in a rational mood, but
as often happens in internet play
he chose the most obvious
response and was quickly beaten.
With these clues, can you work out
what happened?

Chess solution 8376: 1...Ra2! 2 Oxa2? (2 Rb2 or 2
Bb2 resists) Nf3B 3 Khl Qh3 and mates.
Mensa ouiz: a) 30 Divide the two-dioit number on















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