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Title: The Tribune.
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 9/3/2007
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Andros after young male dies

following 'confrontation'

Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE were forced to send
reinforcements to Andros yester-
day morning after officers shot
and killed a young man in cir-
cumstances that are as yet
Reports indicate that a man in
his mid-twenties died after a
"confrontation" with police in
Lowe Sound.
Last night, residents of Conch
Sound seven miles away -
named the victim as Kenneth
'Kenny' Russell, a construction
worker who was born and
brought up in the community,
where he lived with his mother,

Relatives told The Tribune that
they were calling for a full inquiry
into the incident and that they
were planning to brief lawyers
The victim's uncle, Bill Pratt,
said: "Kenny was a very soft-spo-
ken guy and very nice to get along
with. He was his mother's baby,
her youngest. She was devoted to
A Conch Sound source said:
"People here are very shocked
about it. They are really upset.
Kenny was an easy guy. As far
as I know, he didn't bother any-
It was around 3am, as officers
from the mobile patrol unit
Andros were on duty at the Club
SEE page 12

millionn worth of

illegal drugs seized
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Drug enforcement authorities on Grand Bahama
seized $3 million worth of illegal drugs at Freeport Container Port on
Chief Supt Basil Rahming said 120 kilos of illegal drugs were dis-
covered in a 40-foot metal container on the storage bay at the container
He said a joint interdiction team led by Drug Enforcement Unit offi-
cers went to the Port around
3.30pm. They searched a contain-
er with a shipment of evaporated PLEASE note that,
milk. PLEASE note that,
In the shipment were two large due to the Labour Day hol-
black nylon bags, each of which iday in the US, the USA
contained 60 kilos of suspected Today is not included in
cocaine. They weighed a total of today's Tribune.
300 pounds. The USA Today will,
Supt Rahming said the contain- however, return to tomor-
er had arrived at the port earlier row's edition of the
Bahamas' best selling
SEE page 13 newspaper.

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Senior Sports
in Osaka, Japan
OSAKA. Japan: The
men's 4 x 400 metre relay
team of Avard Moncur,
Michael Mathieut, Andrac
Williams and Chris Brown
brought the curtain down on
the 11 th World Champi-
onships with the silver medal
last night at Nagai Stadium.
Their season best time of
two minutes and 59.18 sec-
onds was short of stopping
the I Jnited States of Ameri-
ca's completion of a sweep
of all four relays. The Amer-
ican team of IaShawn Mer-
rill, Angelo Taylor, Darold
Williamson and Jereimy
Wariiner claiinecdtle gold in
a world leading liime of
Poland captured the
bronze, nipping .laniica al
the line.
The Bahamans ended up ill
ninti place overall in the
medal standings with three -
a gold from Donald Thonias
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NJo iin iiils ol hidl
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istry of Public Service, allegedly
on a directive from Mr Ingrahaml
I lis dismissal was "dirty, nasty
and cruel (and) orchestrated" by
Mr Neymour. he claimed yester-
day. speaking out about the mat-
ter for the first time.
Mr Butler also lays blame at
the feet of WSC chairman
Michael Barneiltt attorney and
former candidate for Fort Char-
lotte, for allegedly being aware of
What he considered Mr Nev-
mour's wrongful actions and not
ultimately standinge up for what
is right" despite having "respond-
ed negatively" to certain actions.
taken b\ Mr Neymnour at the
In thle letter, Mr Butler makes
a litany of claims against lMr Nev-
minour and his conduct as minister
.of state. It was his opinion that he
SEE page 15

Tribune Staff Reporter
ousted former general manager
of the Water and Sewerage Cor-
potration, will today present a let-
ter to Prime Minister lHubert
Ingraham calling for him to pro-
tect his fIundamental rights in the
face of what he has termed a
"'conspiracy" against him by Min-
ister of State for Public UItilities
Plhenlon Nevinmor.
Ilc claims that his reinstate-
nlent is the only wiav the matter
can he "successfIlly concluded",
particularly taking into consid-
eriation the actl that the Ingrn-
hailm administration \\as elected
to power on a "platfolllrm of trust."
Mr Butler was fired from the
corporation on August 23. just
over two months after lie was
seconded ticre from the Mil-

Two dead, 197
in custody after
Haitian vessel
docks on Long
Island beach
Long Island Times
Haitians are dead and 197 are in'
the custody of Defence Force and
Immigration officials after their
vessel docked on a beach on the
southern side of Long Island in
the Benzie Hill area on Saturday.
Cramped to capacity on a 30-
foot crude vessel, the almost 200
illegal immigrants were found on
Long Island over the weekend.
US Coast Guard spotted the
vessel about 30 miles north of the
Ragged Island chain late Friday
evening but had to abandon their
search until the following morn-
Petty officer Kendall Ripley
of the US Coast Guard said they
located the vessel around 3.30pm
on Saturday in the Benzie Hill
area, where some of the immi-
grants were 'making their way
towards land.
The wooden vessel appeared
to be abandoned rather than ship-
wrecked. as there were no visi-
ble signs of damage, according to
SEE page 15

Minister: Abraham
Butler's removal
was in accordance
with the law
Tribune Staff Reporter
ABRAHAM Butler's
removal as Water and Sewer-
age Corporation general man-
ager was "in accordance with
the law" and he was appropri-
ately compensated, said Min-
ister of Works Earl Deveaux,
who has responsibility for the
WSC. yesterday.
"I have no problems saying
that I am compelled to sup-
port the decision made by the
board and the minister for the
reasons that they stated for the
separation (of Mr Butler from
WSC)," said Mr Deveaux.
Mr Butler was terminated
from his position as general
manager on August 23. He has
described the loss of his job as
SEE page 15

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Sir Jack Hayward faces lawsuit .In
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over alleged fraud of owners

Edward St George, confirmed
50 per cent owners of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority on
Wednesday, are now suing Sir
Jack Hayward and others for

allegedly attempting to fraud-
ulently deprive them of their
In the latest twist in the
ongoing litigation, lawyers for

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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE estate of the late

in numbers

Xeinry Higgs appointed Senior Vice President, Administration,
at Family Guardian

Patricia Hermanns, President & CEO of Family Guardian,
has announced the appointment of Kerry Higgs, PhD,
to the position of Senior Vice President, Administration.
In this new position, Dr. Higgs will be responsible for
the overall provision of shared services at Family Guardian,
comprising human resources and organizational planning,
information technology services and facilities management.
Dr. Higgs brings to Family Guardian over 20 years of consulting
and directorial experience in human resources, counseling,
training and development. For the past 10 years she has held
senior positions in human resources in the banking sector
and her responsibilities have included management of
HR operations in both The Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Dr. Higgs holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and
Psychology, and a Masters and Specialist of Education degree
in counseling and education. In 1995 she eared her doctorate
degree in counseling.
Family Guardian welcomes Dr. Higgs in her senior management
role at the company.



the St George estate have
issued the suit against Sir Jack
Hayward, ousted GBPA chair-
man Hannes Babak and ten
other defendants.
Listed as plaintiffs in the
action are Lady Henrietta St
George, James Fitzroy, Earl of
Euston and Christopher Caf-
ferata, as executors of St
George estate.
They allege that, after Mr St
George died, Sir Jack breached
the "quasi-partnernship agree-
ment" Mr St George had with
Sir Jack prior to the former's
That agreement, entered into
in 1982, essentially outlined how
Mr St George was to be enti-
tled to a 50 per cent holding in
the GBPA.
According to the statement
of claim, following Mr St
George's death and a disagree-
ment with the executors of his
estate around October, 2006,
"Sir Jack Hayward fraudulent-
ly gained or purported to gain
control of (the companies
which own the port) and ran
them as if they were companies
majority owned by him and
asserted that he was beneficial-
ly entitled to 75 per cent rather
than 50 per cent of the shares in
The statement of claim fur-
ther alleges that Mr Babak was
involved in this breach to the
extent that he "induced" and
then "assisted" Sir Jack in doing
so, "with knowledge of the con-
Sir Jack and others have
"conspired to injure" and
"caused loss by unlawful
means" to the St George estate
as a result of the breach of con-
tract, claim the defendants.
It was Sir Jack's claim to 75
per cent shareholdings of the
GBPA that was dismissed by
Justice Anita Allen in the

Supreme Court on Wednesday.
The full list of defendants
named in the action are Sir
Jack, Fiduciary Management
Services Limited, Campbell Sec-
retaries Limited, Interconti-
nental Diversified Corporation,
Mr Boxall, Mr Harris, Richard
Hayward Sir Jack's son Fro-
bishers Investments Limited,
Seashell Investment Limited
and Mr Babak.


This comes shortly after
counsel for the estate obtained
an injunction against Sir Jack
selling his shares on Thursday,
as his lawyer, Roy Sweeting,
had said he was in the process
of doing.
The estate has alleged that
"confusion" would result if Sir
Jack Hayward was permitted to
sell his 50 per cent stake in
Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) and Port Group Ltd
to a third-party buyer.
Furthermore, they claim that
any sale should not occur with-
out "government approval."
Fred Smith, attorney for the
St George estate, and Damien
Gomez, representing Caroline
St George, argued that Sir Jack-
's shares should be frozen until
costs in the case involving his
failed claim to 75 per cent
GBPA ownership were paid,
and, until the court decided
whether he should be ordered
to sell his stake to the St George
It is understood that Hannes
Babak, the ousted GBPA chair-
man, and Sir Jack's son, Rick,
have been trying to raise financ-
ing to buy Sir Jack's stake. Any
such move is likely to be
opposed by the St George
estate, which is especially hostile
towards Mr Babak.

SIR JACK Hayward pictured with
Hannes Babak last year



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be held
hosted by
Blue Hills MP
STUDENTS and parents
in the Blue Hills constituency
are invited to attend a "Back-
to-School Jamboree" this Sat-
urday at the Christ C6mmu-
nity Church Grounds on Bel-
lot Road off Faith Avenue.
The event is being hosted
by MP for Blue Hills Sidney
Collie and the Residents for a
Better Blue Hills Community
in collaboration with Christ
Community Church.
Mr Collie will officially
open the event at 4.30pm.
Back-to-School Jamboree
2007 will feature a reading
corner and a specially
designed motivational speak-
ers forum which will include
such topics as "sexual pres-
sure" and "staying healthy,
wealthy and wis- during the
school year".
In addition Chief Superin-
tendent of Police Hulan Han-
na will speak on the topic
"dumping the violence".
Music and entertainment
will be provided for what
organizers say promises to be
a fun filled afternoon.

Chavez says
he could
govern until
Chavez said he could contin-
ue governing until 2027 if vot-
ers do away with re-election
limits because he needs more
time in office to establish a
socialist economic model in
Venezuela, according to
Associated Press.
He has previously said he
could stay on as president
until 2021 if his proposed con-
stitutional reforms which
among other changes would
eliminate presidential term
limits, letting him run as
many more times as he wants
- are approved.
Government opponents
have attacked the reforms,
accusing Chavez of seeking
to stay in power for decades
like his close friend Fidel Cas-
tro of Cuba. Chavez denies
the charges and says a new
constitution is necessary to
move Venezuela toward
socialism and help the coun-
try's poor.
"I need more time in the
presidency to finish this. We
are only beginning," he said
Sunday on his weekly radio
and television programme.
"Maybe until 2020 or 2027.
I'd be old if I'm still alive."
His proposals would also
extend presidential terms
from six to seven years, and
empower neighbourhood-
based assemblies called
"communal councils."
The reforms were initially
approved last week by the
National Assembly. Final
approval is expected within
two or three months, and the
changes will then be submit-
ted to voters in a referendum.

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stabbed in

the face

A POLICE officer was
stabbed in the face on Friday
night in the Palmetto Avenue
The incident occurred when
the officer whose identity has
not been released by police -
was in the process of trying to
make an arrest, according to
police reports.
As the officer approached the
suspect, the man allegedly pro-
duced a sharp object and
stabbed the officer in the face.
The officer was taken to
Princess Margaret Hospital for
treatment. His injuries are not
Police are still searching for
the suspect.

Man faces

charge of



A 24-year-old Pinewood Gar-
dens man was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court Friday on
an armed robbery charge.
According to court dockets, it
was alleged that on August 26
Byron Ferguson of Pinewood
Gardens, while armed with a
cutlass, robbed Darnell Fergu-
son of $100 cash and a gold
neck chain valued at $200.
It is further alleged that on
the same day, the accused inten-
tionally caused harm to Darnell
The accused, who was
arraigned in court six on Par-
liament Street before Magis-
trate Renee McKay, was not
required to enter a plea to the
He was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison. The case was
adjourned to Monday, Novem-
ber 26.

Borders visit
poor Haitians

HAITI'S troubles over the
years have attracted scores of
UN peacekeepers, aid workers
and diplomats. The latest
arrival? Clowns.
No kidding.
Clowns Without Borders, a
group that brings comic relief
to conflict-torn areas around
the world, visited the impover-
ished country's largest slum Fri-
day, entertaining patients at a
hospital that only a year ago
was seeing several gunshot vic-
tims each day, according to
Associated Press.
"It's great that we can come
and bring a little happiness to
people after all the suffering
here," said Alba Sarraute, one
of three clowns who performed
magic tricks and passed out bal-
loons ti'sick adults and children
at a Belgian-run Doctors With-
out Bo'ders clinic in the Port-
au-PrinCe slum of Cite Soleil.
Patients sat up in their beds
and grinned as the clowns went
from room to room, playing a
saxophone and cracking jokes.
The clowns, all from Spain,
are visiting Haiti for 11 days at
the invitation of the Spanish
Embassy and UNICEF. Mem-
bers of group came to Haiti last
year but could not enter the
slum because of clashes
between street gangs and UN
"The people have really wel-
comed us. It's a pleasure," said
Sarraute, as smiling children
gathered around her and
Clowns Without Borders was
founded in Spain in 1993 to
uplift people in volatile areas
"by bringing humor and laugh-
ter," according to the group's

Web site. The group also has
sent clowns to Sierra Leone, the
Palestinian territories and the
Haiti is still recovering from a
2004 revolt that toppled former
President Jean-Bertrand Aris-
The country has seen a reduc-
tion in street violence and grad-
ual return to order under Pres-
ident Rene Pieval.

School repairs completed for

$23.5m, says Education Minister

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government has com-
pleted its summer school repair
programme at a cost of $23.5
million, and Minister of Edu-
cation Carl Bethel has declared
that public schools across the
country are all scheduled to
open on time today.
Mr Bethel discussed the gov-
etnment's school summer
repair programme yesterday
at S C McPherson School
accompanied by Public Works
Minister Earl Deveaux and
officials from their respective
The repairs to S C McPher-
son cost some $1.67 million
and include 16 new classrooms
and an administrative block.
The additions to the campus
will accommodate an addi-
tional 6(X) students, making the
junior high school the largest
campus in the country.
Mr Bethel thanked contrac-
tors Randy Penn and Arthur
Brown for their work at the
school, and commented on the
need to create enough class-
room spaces in southern New

With the large sum invested
in the school's infrastructure,
Mr Bethel urged students to
take advantage of the opportu-
nities afforded them.
"We the government have
invested very heavily this year
in seeking to give you tile best
possible environment in which
to learn. We ask that stuclents
do their very best. We ask that
they respect the school proper-
ty," he said.
'FThe decision to build addi-
tional classrooms for the school
and others in alt Island, Exu-
ma, ( irand Bahama and Acklins
was made on June 25, accord-
ing to Mr Deveaux, whose min-
istry is responsible for $6 mil-
lion of the national school repair
costs, while the Ministry of Edu-
cation provided $17.5 million
from its budget.
Government High School
repairs created the most chal-

Pro\ idence to keep up with the
population shift to the area.
Taking a shot at the former
P'Ll' government, Mr Bethel
remariked that the classroom

lenges for the government, Mr
Deveaux said, as it had been
".very poorly maintained" and
had systemic problems in elec-
trical and plumbing equipment.
Mayaguana Primary School
at Pirate's Well also presented
challenges, the minister said.
Leaking roofs, bathroom
repairs and exposed electrical
lines were some of the faults
contractors had to repair, cre-
ating difficulty due to the dis-
tance of the island from Nas-
Principal of the S C McPher-
son, Antoinette Storr, was com-
mended by the permanent sec-
retary of the Ministry of Edu-
cation Elma Garraway during
her remarks regarding the
school's results in the BJC
The school is ranked fourth
nationally including private
schools for its performance.

expansion to S C McPherson
completed by his government
in just eight weeks "was not
planned to be met prior to the
second of May."

Abaco community angry at

condition of primary school

THE Sandy Point. Abaco,
community is reportedly furi-
ous at the state of the James
A Pinder Primary School in
the face of government
promises that everything
would be in order for the newt
school year.
With school due to open
today, a concerned parent in
Abaco sent The Tribune pho-
tos showing the state of disi e-
ThewauudaciiiLa c repotl ed
vly pr.Wi.4d.zU,,.would yf1i
the scloeyAta.u,o brand iae-w,".
building, A'cc& ding tbo'lpi,
press reports. Mills' Construc-
tion Company was to begin
work in August. 20t)0.
Work was to include ieCpaiis
to windows, the roof and
doors. An administrator's
block, bathrooms, an eating
area, a staff room, a classroom
and a computer lab were also
to be added.
However, teachers report-
edly returned to school last
Monday to a construction
debris-filled yard. classrooms
with no electricity, incomplete
plumbing in bathrooms, unfin-
ished perimeter walls and fenc-
ing, low-pressure water, no
chalkboards, and no air-con-
ditioning units.
A source told The Tribune
that parents had not been
informed of any postponement
of the school's reopening.
Minister of Education Carl
Bethel, when asked by The
Tribune yesterday about .lames
Pinder School, said the incom-
plete repairs were part of the
government's ongoing scJhool
upgrades, rather than the sum-
mer repair programme, which
he has proclaimed as complete
"There are alternative
arrangements that have been
made for those affected classes.
There are some church halls


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VIEWS OF the interior and exterior of the James A Pinder Primary
School in Sandy Point, Abaco

that are being made available
to the students and the teach-
eis." Mr Belhel said.
-There are a number of'
wolks anid construction that
have commenced in a number
of schools throughout the
Bahamas which just appear to
lag VCwe met them that way.
We are seeking.lo move things
along," Mr ,Bethel added.
The minister made these

remarks at S C McPherson
School when addressing the
media onl the completion of the
governmental's summer school
repairs, which cost $23.5 mil-
Public Works Minister Earl
Deveaux, who was also pre-
sent at the event, said repairs
to James Pinder School should
he completed within two

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NEVILLE WISDOM, a former PLP cabi-
net minister, has urged more discipline in the
schools. He wants stiffer penalties introduced
in both public and private schools to control
the knife-wielding, disruptive thugs who think
nothing of assaulting their teachers. These
young persons have no place in the classroom.
We agree with Mr Wisdom. The whole
country needs more discipline. Society is now
suffering from the problems created by many
of the misfits who were "graduated" from
these schools in the eighties.
We shall never forget the complaint of a
teacher, who has now left the profession, who
felt she was wasting her time with the young
students in her class. They had no interest in
learning. She commented that in the end she
was baby-sitting, not teaching. The education
of the few who were interested was being
jeopardised by those who wished they were
anywhere but in the classroom. And so no
one benefited. Not only did the teacher hal i
to keep an eye on an unruly class, but sne
also had to watch her handbag from many of
"Fagan's boys"-- young thieves. Thev had no
respect for anyone's property.
This was the report about a church-spon-
sor'ed school. One can only imagine what is
happening in the government schools.
No wonder businessmen -- especially in
the foodstore trade complain that employ-
ee theft pushes up the cost ofl living.
At the end of 2004. a businessman told
The Tribune that "some businesses have to
budget 23 to 30 per cent tor pilferage and
thieving." He said he was referring to internal
theft. "While customers might steal the odd
packet of biscuits or chewing gum, it's the.
employees who are responsible for big-scale
That was three years ago. The situation is
probably worse today as many of the schools
continue to turn out D average students, some
of whom can barely read. Really it is not fair
to anyone. It is not fair to students who attend
school for an education, but are held back by
disruptive elements in the class. It is not fair to
businesses that are expected to employ these
misfits misfits who expect to carry their
indolence into the work place, where they
know if they are disciplined or fired, they can
run to the union for support. It is also unfair to
society, which is suffering from a class of
under-achievers and trouble-makers.
In a hard-hitting speech to the Bahamas
Institute of Financial Services in October,
2005, former Central Bank Governor Julian
Francis warned that the economy was on a
"path that will not succeed" because of polit-
ical pandering to voters, unrealistic unions
and a belief by Bahamians that they are owed

a living without effort.
"'We have to be very careful in the
Bahamas," said Mr Francis at the time, "not to
allow politicians to cause us to lose our way. It
is politicians who pander to the desires of the
electorate. This is one of the major contribu-
tors to thlie Bahamas losing its competitive-
ness and I think it's a cycle that we have to
work out how to stop."
The late Sir Lynden Pindling was one of the
great panderers during his 25-year administra-
tion. This is one of the reasons the country is
saddled today with so many unreasonable union
contracts. During many industrial disputes when
Sir Lynden felt the ground slipping from
beneath him, it seemed -from the outcome of
the negotiations- that he must have pushed a
blank sheet of paper across the table and said:
"Write!" And by Jove they wrote. Some of
what was written made no business sense.
Sir Lynden's pandering even broke down
discipline in the classroom. This is a story we
nave told in this column before, but it bears
repeating. It wais told us by a very angry head-
I he headmaster had disciplined a male stu-
dent \\ ho no teacher could control because
of his disruptive behaviour. The situation dete-
riorated to the point where the headmaster
had to suspend the unruly student. What a
mistake. The parents lodged a complaint with
Sir Lynden and the next day, the prime min-
ister's chauffeur-driven car rolled up to the
school. Out stepped the offender, a wide grin
creasing his face. He walked past the head-
master, gave him a high-five, and continued to
his class.
The young man might have won that skir-
mish, but the last we heard of him he had lost
the battle he eventually collided with the
law. And the law had the last say.
Much has been done over the years to
weaken the family structure, to destroy Chris-
tian values, to equate success with money in
the bank, no matter how obtained, and to
encourage Bahamians to believe that no mat-
ter what they do or do not do, whether they
produce or not, life owes them the best jobs at
exhorbitant salaries. As Mr Francis pointed
out if we keep this up "one day we'll be out of
the game."
The trouble starts in the home, it is then
passed on to the schools. If we can't control
the home, then we have to weed it out in the
schools. Already we have lost too much time
pandering to parents who have lost control,
and children who are headed for the jail house
unless someone steps in. Eventually to keep
the economy buoyant businesses will be forced
to rely on foreigners because too many of its
native sons have failed.


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More discipline needed in schools

on the coast.
Today, the FNM claims they
are faced with a contract signed
by the PLP that they feel they
may have to honour. 'I he
FNM, like the PLP, has also
stated publicly that they are
concerned about beaches and
coasts for Bahamians. This
means the government also has
a contract with the Bahamian
people that they should hon-
The Tiger Woods/Ernie Els
proposal to cut through the
beach is not taking into consid-
eration the best interests of The
Bahamas and in my opinion, if
they persist, it shows no respect
for the country.
Over the years, government
has been given sufficient infor-
mation showing the negative
effects of canals on
beaches. Cutting through beach-
es and denying the public access
to the entire length of the beach
for a private developer is no

longer acceptable in The
Bahamas and in my opinion
should be stopped immediately.
It is my view that the gov-
ernment should amend the
Albany agreement to exclude
the canal.
I know the government is in
a difficult position; however, I
trust that a decades long agree-
ment with Bahamians regard-
ing the beaches and environ-
ment is as binding as the agree-
ment with the foreign develop-
I would like the public to
know that I have re-submitted
to the new government the
canal information that was pre-
viously requested by the former
I request the canal/marina
clause(s) be removed from the
Albany agreement, and from
any other agreements that call
for cutting canals through
I am sending a copy of this
Feedback to government as

August 31 2007

Albany Estates is a crunch issue for FNM

EDITOR, The Tribune

THE Albany Estates. South
Ocean project -- will this pro-
posal be the Waterloo of the
Ingraham Government as the
close-by Clifton/Waterous canal
lot proposal was prior to 2002?
There cannot be a single
investor in these 700 islands
who is not watching and listen-
ing and hoping and keeping
their fingers crossed.
I read in a newspaper a com-
ment attributed to Minister
Deveaux where emotionally he
tried to suggest that it is com-
mon if not usual that residents
will walk the beach from Ade-
laide to South Ocean and onto
Clifton Minister stay neutral
Sir Tommy and Lynn made the
mistake in 2002 with the Clifton
We all know that 10 feet high-

er than high water mark is pub-
lic property so we can walk yes
thL question is \ licthei go\ Li i
iiient is willing to give-a\ay ouii
right in this case in favoui ml ,a
Marin a' Essentially if the mal
na is designed for minega yachts it
will be impractical to build ai
bridge. The FNM Manifesto
says what on beach access'?
1Two marinas within a mile or
so of each other draws an ob\ i-
ous question has the change
in the wa\e movement been
evaluated is there any chance,
any chance, that this would
cause beach erosion'? I would
certainly prefer one marina not
the two. Surely South Ocean
and Albany can co-operaite
here'? Develop South Ocean.
Viewing the sea from the
public road and the diversion
of Carmichael Road? Was it not
under the FNM. Hon Frank

Watson that the Frenchman Mr
Chalopan obtained the approval
niiio public wor\-ks to build the
pilk \\all'" Anyway a driver
,on the road could not see the
catcr anyway -- what will
change except that there will be
a diversion? What is the com-
pensation to allow Albany to
di\ ert the public road'? To them
this is essential so it has a "high-
,alue" and the public must be
appropriately compensated, yes
in kind no problem but true val-
ue compensation.
Drop the ball on this one Mr
Prime Minister the election out-
look for you and the FNM will
be back to zero as in 2002. The
FNM made promises, remem-

August 23 2007

Room for improvement at City Markets

EDITOR, The Tribune

I THINK we all recognize
that it is not easy operating a
business, especially in the con-
sumer sector in The Bahamas
so when one is overall satisfied
with a service it should be
recognized although that com-
pany may still need to improve.
I doubt for my personal
choice but my mother always
shopped City Market so 1 do

and wish to thank the various
branches that I shop at for their
service and the company for
their various things they offer
to keep their customers hap-
I have a daughter who this
year has children going to grade
school for the fist time and we
realized a year ago that this was
going to be expensive so we
saved our City Meat stamps. 1I
gave mine I had sa\ ed and miv
sisters did thel same and Imi
daughter had hers and she was
able to save substantially at
SandV's using lthe stamps alnd
\\we have some over getting her
uniforms complete
I recently went to John S
Georcge and \\as surprised that
llthe s.ciii to halil dioppedt
accepting the stanips because I
amll sure they used to ireceic\e
hundreds if' not thousands of
them Hoping the pox\cis ot

City Meat will replace them
before we get too close to
Christmas as everyone saved
using their stamps for gifts and
Since the Americans left I
have been disappointed with
the new products, they are not
to the standard of what the
Americans gave us and for
some reason the replacement
products are a lot more expen-
sive. Why can't you give us bet-
ter specials where we really can
Why you can't buy 1 per cent
ftesh milk at City Meat is
beyond me.
An\ way on the whole I must
say thec\ are trying their best
but as \my teachers us ,t to
s,\... .ltonl fol improvement!

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

After attending three town
meetings regarding the Albany
and South Ocean projects, it is
evident that manly people are
concerned about cutting
through the beach and diverting
the coastal road for the exclu-
sive benefit of a private devel-
I was surprised to learn that
the agreement calls for cutting a
deep channel through one of
the longest continuous beach-
es in New Providence to accom-
modate 200-foot mega-yachts.
The channel will also extend
across the shallow banks to
reach deep water further out to
Over the past three years, a
group of concerned citizens has
been working with the previous
government to provide them
with detailed information out-
lining the negative effects of
canals on the beach and coast.
Despite assurances from gov-
ernment that their policy was
not to cut canals through beach-
es, it appears they signed the
Albany agreement knowing the
negative effect canals have had






Cash family to take legal dispute

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A CHILD'S grenade-
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Associated Presss.
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a Royal Caribbean spokes-
Some passengers were told
to go back onto the ship as
the terminal was evacuated,
one passenger told The Mia-
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"It's entirely blocked off,"
Illinois resident Bonnie
Knight said. "Not a soul in.
Not a soul out."
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is the world's largest cruise
ship. It can hold 4,300 pas-
sengers and 1,300 crew mem-
bers, and was returning from
an eastern Caribbean cruise.

Over 30 ships
in military
exercise near
Panama Canal

US Navy warships held
maneuvers Sunday near the
Panama Canal in an exercise
being billed as one of the
largest multinational military
training events of the year,
according to Associated
More than 30 ships began
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waters near the canal, to
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are being hindered right, left
and centre."
Mrs Cash said ordinary
Bahamians were being blocked
from justice all the time. As a
result, most gave up. "But we
are not giving up," she added,
"We are going to fight this to
the end."
The Cash case reflects grow-
ing unease, even among somiu
lawyers, about the state of the
court system.
One attorney told The Tri-
bune: "Everyone is suing every
one else in this town, yet noth-
ing ever gets settled. The whole
thing is just one big mess of
loose ends that will never get
"Most attorneys work on the
basis that if they stall long
enough, plaintiffs and witnesses
will go away. Billing clients is
the only bit that works proper-
ly and is done efficiently."
Another attorney said he
steers clear of the courts as
much as he can. "I'm trying to
gear my practice into other
areas, where I don't have to
appear before judges and mag-
istrates," he said.

Mr Cash claims he was
unfairly dismissed after his
wife and other parents com-
plained about poor conditions
at the school, where two of.
their children were pupils. Sev-
eral other allegations includ-
ing defamation and breach of
constitutional rights have
sprung from their original
The couple claim to have suf-
fered hardship since Mr Cash's
dismissal, agnl say the Baptists
have besmirched his name to
the extent that his career has
been affected.
A recent judgment in their
favour, handed down by Justice
John Lyons who awarded
'damages and interest of $26,000
- has been dismissed as "deriso-
ry" by the couple.
"But this is not about mon-
ey," said Mrs Cash, "It is about
justice for ordinary Bahamians.
It is a crying shame we can't get
justice in our own country."
The decision to go to the
Privy Council came after the
Court of Appeal last week
refused to hear an appeal
against Justice Lyons' award.

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Two local
hotels were targeted by armed
gunmen over the weekend on
Grand Bahama, according to
The first incident occurred in
the Lucaya area around 5:50am
at the Victoria Inn Hotel, where
armed men held up and robbed
the front desk clerk.
According to Chief Superin-
tendent Basil Rahming, James
Campbell, 60, a night auditor,
telephoned the Port Lucaya
Police Station and reported that
two masked men robbed the
establishment situated at Mid-
shipman Road..
When officers arrived, Mr
Campbell told them that two
dark men, one armed with a
shotgun and the other with a
knife, entered the resort and
demanded cash.
After robbing the resort of
an undetermined amount of
cash, the culprits fled the scene
on foot.
Mr Campbell described one
suspect as six feet tall, of thick

THE battling Cash family are
taking their five-year legal fight
to the Privy Council to expose
what they call "major prob-
lems" in the Bahamas court sys-
"We are doing this on behalf
of all Bahamians and all for-
eigners living here," Mrs Tanya
Cash told The Tribune yester-
"It is evil what is going on in
our country, so we are going
outside the Bahamas to get jus-
Tanya Cash and her husband
Greg have decided that the
London court is their only hope
in their long stand-off with the
Baptist education authorities in
"It will give us a chance to
expose the many very disturb-
ing aspects of this case," Mrs
Cash said. "We intend to make
sure that everything comes out
- every single thing."
Mr and Mrs Cash have sev-
eral issues before the courts, all
stemming from Mr Cash's dis-
missal as coach from Jordan
Prince William High School in

build with braided hair and
wearing a camouflage outfit.
The second suspect was about
five feet eight inches tall, of slim
build and wearing a long white
T-shirt and dark trousers.'
About 10 minutes later,
police received another report
around 6am on Saturday in the
Freeport area of an attempted
armed robbery at the Island
Palm Resort on East Mall Dri-
ve and Explorers Way.
Mr Rahming said uniformed
and plain clothes officers went
to investigate and spoke with
Mr Oswald Wilson, a night
auditor, and a female security
officer, Carmella Johnson on
duty at the resort.
Ms Johnson said two men
entered the lobby area and
ordered her to lie on the floor.
She said one suspect was
about five feet seven inches tall,
of slim build and brown com-
plexion. The man is believed to
be about 20 to 25 years old and
was wearing a long white T-
The second man, armed with
shotgun, was about six feet two
inches tall and of thick build.

Court officials demanded a
$1,500 security deposit and said
the couple must "purge their
contempt" in another court
However, Mrs Cash said the
rebuff was just another blocking
tactic by the courts to prevent
them getting justice, as they had
never been in contempt.
"This can't go on," she said,

Serious traffic accident leaves man dead

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 21-year-old
Freeport man died early Sun-
day morning following a seri-
ous traffic accident on Saturday
evening on Coral Road.
The death of Allan Thomp-
son Jr, of Spinney Road, is clas-
sified as the fourth traffic fatal-
ity for the year here on Grand
Chief Superintendent of
Police Basil Rahming, press liai-
son officer, said that an acci-
dent occurred at at 9.55pm on
Saturday at the intersection of
Coral Road and Ponce-De-
Leon Drive.
According to reports, Horace

Clark, 51, of East Mall Drive,
was driving a-Bahama Rock
Company Ford F-150 truck
license plate number BV-5601,
and Allan Thompson Jr was dri-
ving a red Toyota Windom
license plate number 35981.
Preliminary investigations
conducted by Traffic Police
indicate that Thompson was
travelling north along Coral
Road. On reaching the inter-
section at Ponce-De-Leon Dri-
ve he slowed down to make a
right turn when Clark failed to
stop and collided with the Toy-
ota Windom.
Supt Rahming said that
Thompson was driving a right-
hand drive vehicle and received
the full brunt of the "forceful"

impact. His passenger, Carlos
Jamieson, 37, also of Spinney
Road, was injured.
Traffic Police cordoned off
the area from vehicular traffic
to allow firemen access to the
wreckage as both vehicles were
extensively damaged.
Thompson, who was trapped
in the wreckage, was freed by
firemen using the Jaws of Life.
However, a dog in Clark's truck
was fatally injured at the scene.
Thompson sustained multi-
ple severe injuries. He was
rushed by ambulance to the
Rand Memorial Hospital,
where he died around 12.10am
on Sunday.
Clark and Jamieson were
both treated for their injuries

and later discharged from hos-
The Coral Road and Ponce
De Leon Drive intersection is a
very busy and challenging
causeway in Freeport. Numer-
ous accidents have occurred at
the intersection, which is situ-
ated near two large residential
subdivisions to the east and

With the re-opening of school
on Monday, motorists are being
cautioned to drive with due care
and attention.
Mr Rahming said: "As traffic
police continue with their inves-
tigation into this accident, dri-
vers on Grand Bahama are
urged to be alert and attentive
while using the public roads and
to obey all posted traffic signs."

The man was wearing a cap
with a white cloth wrapped
around his face, and a dark
coloured outfit.
The men then jumped over
the .counter and attempted to
enter the night auditor's office,
but he locked the door and pre-
vented their access. The two
raiders then fled on foot from
the premises without any money.
Officers of the Central Detec--
tive Unit are conducting inves-
tigations into the incidents.

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their Eighth Annual Public
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Retirees Week.
The week of celebration is
planned for September 30 to
October 6 under the theme
"Promoting Quality Service
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Chairwoman for the Public
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of all public officers and gov-
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THE wife of talk show host
Jeff Lloyd died suddenly over
the weekend after suffering a
massive stroke.
Bernadette Lloyd, 48, the
mother of five daughters,
sought medical help after
complaining of a severe
headache last Thursday.
She died at 3.40pm on Sat-
urday at Princess Margaret
Mr Lloyd, executive direc-
tor of the YEAST Institute.
told The Tribune: "Although
she had health problems in

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recent ears, this was very sud-
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Mrs Lloyd, of Palmetto Vil-
lage, Marathon Estates, came
home complaining of a
headache last Thursday after
undergoing dialysis treatment,
then suffered a massive stroke
later that evening.
Mr Lloyd said: "She had
been undergoing dialysis for
nine years and had been a suf-
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rare condition for which there
is no known cure, for 18


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Standing left to right are Debbie

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Back in 1999 the Depart-
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ed to honour public officers
who had retired with 25 years

She suffered end stage renal
failure in early 1998, and had
been a dialysis patient ever
Mrs Lloyd was predeceased
by her father, Charles Cooper,
in 2005 and sister Frances Vio-
let Newton in 1998.
The funeral service will be
held on Friday at St Francis
Xavier Cathedral (11am).
Archbishop Patrick Pinder
will officiate, with Monsignor
Preston Moss delivering the

or more of service to their
country and that an annual
event would be held to single
out those individuals and
thank them foi their years of
The celebrations will get
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thanksgiving, followed by an
appreciation dinner on
Tuesday October 2]. It will
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"Public officers, friends and
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eighth Annual Public Service
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Works Minister gives the go-ahead

for road work and sea walls

* ByBahamas Information
FREEPORT Works and
Transport Minister Earl
Deveaux has given the green
light for construction of a sea
wall and road work in the set-
tlements of Williams and Rus-
sell Town.
Mr Deveaux spent two days
touring Grand Bahama getting
a first-hand view of the type of
work that needs to be carried
out there. The new FNM gov-
ernment had halted some repair
work to study contracts issued
by the previous administration.
Bradley Roberts, then Min-
ister of Works under the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party govern-
ment, had back in February
awarded contracts totalling
nearly $2 million for the con-
struction of seawalls in certain
sections of Grand Bahama.
Accompanied by Lucaya MP
Neko C Grant, Mr Deveaux
took several ministry technical
advisers to the island.
His announcement concern-
ing road repairs and sea walls
construction at Williams and
Russell Town was greeted
enthusiastically by residents.
The minister told reporters
that he had promised Mr Grant
to "meet him here so that we
could agree on the timing of the
work and he can add any addi-
tions he wants to the scope of
works, so that when we are
done it will accommodate some
of the touristic features that he
wants integrated with it."
With respect to the road work
and seawalls, Mr Deveaux said:
"We are going to mobilise the
contractor to do the road work
and the seawalls immediately.
"This project really was just
awaiting a review of the scope
of works and an indication from
the officers and the contractor
when is a timely start date.
"The Member of Parliament
and I had agreed to look at it
because he had some ideas that
needed to be in included in the
works, so we are ready to roll
on this one," he said.
Mr Deveaux said the current
proposal, which involves a touris-
tic aspect, is to build a seawall, re-
nourish the beach and build a
boardwalk with improved park-
ing, landscaping and also accom-
modation for walkers.


The scope of works will also
now include improvements to
the local cemetery.
"We are going to refine those
proposals and ensure that the
landscaping and the boardwalk
become a part of the road
improvement and natural
defence system for the area,"
he said.
Mr Deveaux said one thing
he would like to see happen is
that the wetland be included in
the consideration and that his
ministry have a coastal engineer
on contract to ensure that.
"By that I mean do we make
a hard solution or soft solution
that will accommodate nature.
We won't stop the sea ever but
in the event you have a hurri-
cane, we want the water to be
able to come in and get out
quickly because it is more the
pounding of the waves and the
settling of the water that ends
up hurting families.
"When the water rushes in,
and if it settles somewhere, that
is good. If the water rushes in
and it has to rush back out it
does as much damage going as
it does coming, and that is one
of the things we want the

coastal engineers to help us
"And so the boardwalk will
have to be designed in such a
way that it takes into account
tidal surges. It is a really good
feature! It is very beautiful and
is widely used by the public. 1
think the addition of good park-
ing and touristic enhancement
would add immeasurably to the
area," he said.
The minister feels that most
of the work in the Williams and
Russell Town area should be
completed by the end of the


With respect to his visit to
Grand Bahama, the minister
said they had a number of con-
tracts in Grand Bahama that
they had reviewed, and that
they also had under construc-
tion, including a 16-classroom
block being constructed by two
local firms.
"We wanted to see how well
that contract had advanced and
to get an idea of the scope of
work that we had executed for
the school repair programme.
"All the hurricane-damaged
roads from Freeport to
McClean's Town we saw and
seawall construction in
McClean's Town, High Rock,
Holmes Rock Cemetery, and
the Eight Mile Rock Cemetery
to get a feel for how much we
have to budget and where we
were in terms of the progress
of the work.
"We also looked at the stag-
ing point for Water Cay and
overall it has been a very suc-
cessful visit from that point of
view," he stated.
On Thursday, Mr Deveaux
had a full schedule of meetings
with officials from the Road
Traffic Department, Ministry of
Works, the Grand Bahama Taxi
Union, Road Traffic Authori-
ty, Grand Bahama Bus Drivers
Union, Grand Bahama Tour
Association as well as visiting
the Grand Bahama Cruise Ship
Mr Grant was especially
excited about the ongoing work
in Williams and Russell Town.
"We are all aware that the
damage that we are viewing
today took place in September,
2004, almost three years ago. 1

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WORKS AND Transport Minister
Earl Deveaux with Tourism
Minister Neko Grant, going over
plans for repairs to the road and
seawall and construction of a
boardwalk. From left: Roland
Bevans and Philmore Watson,
both Ministry of Works; Mr
Deveaux, Mr George Hutchinson
and Livingston Forbes, both
Ministry of Works; Mr Grant; and
Ann Russell. local government
representative for Williams and
Russell Town.

promised the good people of
Williams and Russell Town sev-
eral months ago that if elected
we would fix it for them.
"And today 1 want to express
my sincere thanks to mv col-
league. Minister Earl Deveaux,
the Minister responsible for
works, who is present and had
made a commitment that this
project would begin immedi-
ately and'bring relief to the
good people of Williams and
Russell Town. who have been
patient and who have been
faithful to me," he said.
Talking about the touristic
aspect of the project, Mr Grant
said that "it is one that 1 had
planned for Williams and Rus-
sell Town since 2001, six years
ago. And as the good master
would have it, I am now in a
position to have it implemented
-and in a timely fashion.
"The touristic benefits that
will be brought to Williams
and Russell Town as a result of
this project are far-reaching
and I expect that the residents
of this fine community will
take full advantage of it," Mr
Grant said.

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Africa, Caribbean and Pacific:

only themselves to blame

* By Sir Ronald Sanders
(1ic writer is a lbusie'ss exec-
utive and former Caribbean

E economic Partnership
Agreements (EPAs)
between the European Union
(EU) and African, Caribbean
and Pacific (ACP) countries
that were due to be concluded
by the end of 2007 are now in
varying degrees of trouble.
The deadline of December
31st was set in the year 2000 in
the Cotonou agreement which
gives 77 ACP countries prefer-
ential access to EU markets and
which replaced the Lome Con-
vention signed in the early
Without this preferential
access for products such as
bananas and sugar, many of
these countries would have suf-

feared economically and sever-
al of them would not have been
able to sustain iYeacelul and sta-
ble societies.
The EU was, allowed to
extend preferences under the
Cotonou deal only on the basis
of a waiver by the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) which
insists on reciprocity in trade
and disallows preferences
except for specifically identified
least developed countries.
The WTO waiver expires at
the end of 2007, hence the dead-
line to complete the negotia-
tions of the EPAs and sign them
by year end.
All might have been well, but
three things happened to cause
alarm in all of the regions with
which the ElU is negotiating.
The EU did not stick to its
commitment under the Coto-
nou agreement to ensure that
the EPAs contained a strong
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not only trade in goods but also
services and the right of FlU
investors to compete with lotal
companies for government coil
tracts: and it sought to link the
aid it would give to the liberal
isation of ACP markets.
Representatives of several
ACP countries had expressed
their unease with the introduc-
tion into the negotiations of
matters that had been rejected
by developing countries at the
global trade negotiations (the
Doha round) that have been-
paralyzed in the WTO. Many
governments feel that the ELI is
bringing through the backdoor
into ACP countries the issues
they failed to get on the table at
the WTO.
But, because they clearly
have more power in bilateral
negotiations with ACP coun-
tries than they have in the wider
community of developing
nations that would include
Brazil. India and China, the EU
Commissioners are flexing their

T he,,M l niatives by the
EU andil in some cas-
es, the way in which they were
handled rankled govei n
ments in ACP' county ies where
many non-governmental organ-
isations have already been vocal
that, in their estimation, the
EPAs would be more harmful
than helpful to the populations
of many ACP nations.
Several Eastern and South
ern Atiican nations ha\
announced that the\ are pik

pared to sign only parts of the
Economic Partnership Agree-
ments (EPAs) that relate to
market access and develop-
South Africa has been par-
ticularly strong in resisting EU
pressure, so much so that the
head of political, economic, and
trade sectors of the European

Several Eastern
and Southern
African nations
have announced
that they are
prepared to sign
only parts of the
(EPAs) that
relate to market
access and

Commission's delegation to
South Africa, Jorge Peydro-
Aznar, publicly criticised South
Africa's unwillingness to engage
on issues such as opening its
economy to EU services and
competition for government
Speaking for the South
Africa's Department of Trade
and Industry, a trade official is
reported to have blamed the
EU if the deadline for complet-
ing the EPA is not met. He
argued that the EPA talks
should be confined to the
urgent matter of "trade in
goods." rather than seeking to
introduce "second-generation"
issues that have not even been
full canvassed and understood
at a multilateral level.
And, the Et Conunissioners
have not been above making
threats to reduce aid to regions
which do not sign on to the
EPAs by year end.

According to an IPS
report, the EU Com-
mission told governments of the
Pacific countries that 48 per
cent of funds for a regional
finance programme for 2008-13
would be "re-programmed" if
they did not sign the EPA on
time. The Commission also

If they reduce
tariffs, they
have to increase
income taxes,
company taxes
and value added
taxes placing a
bigger burden
on their
populations and
making their
local businesses
less competitive
warned that it tie acidic coun-
tries restricted a signed EPA to
trade in goods only, the region-
al funding would be cut by a
further 25 per cent:
The Pacific countries reacted
with anger. Fhe Vanuatu Trade
Minister James Bule is report-
ed to have written to the Euro-
pean Commissioner for Devel-
opment, Louis Mitchell, stating
that the 14 Pacific countries
"will not accept the European

Commission imposing this type
of linkage" between aid and
For many of these countries,
including those in the
Caribbean, there are profound
difficulties in the EPAs as they
are being advanced by the EU.
Tariffs on imported goods
remain a vital source of revenue
for some governments. Tariff
reductions mean less govern-
ment revenue to fund vitally
needed infrastructure and for
providing social services to their
communities. If they reduce tar-
iffs, they have to increase
income taxes, company taxes
and value added taxes placing a
bigger burden on their popula-
tions and making their local
businesses less competitive
globally (as in the case of
tourism) and locally against
imported goods.

n many small countries in
the ACP grouping, it is
widely felt that local companies
still require a period of transi-
tion in which tariffs on import-
ed goods gives them time to
make their operations better
able to compete with goods
from outside.
There is also concern that if
these companies collapse,
unemployment will increase
while the purchase of import-
ed products increases employ-
ment abroad.
And the South Africans are
right in asserting that trade in
services, government procure-
ment and competition have not
been sufficiently well studied to
allow ACP countries to nego-
tiate in an informed manner.
It is now uncertain what
agreements will be signed by
year-end. But, ACP govern-
ments are well aware that they
will be judged by their people
on the effects on these EPAs.
However this ends up, the
ACP countries have only them-
selves to blame for their weak-
ness in these negotiations with
the EU.
For, despite strong efforts
from the Caribbean, they nego-
tiated as six different groups,
persuaded by the EU to break
from the tradition of joint and
unified negotiations that had
benefited them in the Lom6
Convention and the Cotonou
The ACP still have time
before year-end to unite and to
cause the EU to listen.
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Registrar of Supreme Court

sworn in as Acting Justice

DONNA NEWTON (Acting Registrar), Anita Allen, Acting Chief Justice Guveir oi Geneial Anliut Haiina,
Justice Estelle Gray Evans (Acting Justice) and her husband. Chief SupI Shallnondo' hIadins

ESTELLE Gray Evans, Reg-
istrar of the Supreme Court
was sworn in as an Acting Jus
tice of the Supreme Court by
Governor General Arthur Han-
na on Friday.
Mrs Evans was called to the
Bahamas Bar in December, 1988.
She worked as an associate attor-

ney with Callendeis and (o.,
Freeport, unmil Deceinbei 1994.
She jiiied thc ( )tl I o thl
Judiciary in January.. It95', and
served as deputy registial ot the
Supreme courtt north iIn
region ul until A I' tl, ,'9i i n
she was seconded to Nes Pi ,
idence and appointed project

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Supreme ('oul in March. 2004.
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TO mark the 30th anniver-
sary of his admission as counsel
and attorney of the Supreme
Court in October, 1976, Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall on
Thursday presented an "Oar
Mace" to the Supreme Court
The "Oar Mace" was
designed by Gilbert Elliston.
vocational instructor at the
Hopedale Centre, known tor
his design of the Supreme Coui I
Coat of Arms for the main
courtroom and the design of the
mace of the College of The
Estelle Gray- Evans, regis-
trar, who assumed duties as a
Supreme Court Justice on Sep-
teinber 1, and Mrs Donna New-
ton, who will act as registrar,
accepted the mace on behalf of
the courts.
The "Oar Mace" originated
in the admiralty jurisdiction in
England in the 15th century and
is especially symbolic for the
Bahamas because the country
has one of the largest marititic
registries in the world.
It is also significant as the
Bahamas is an archipelago and
small vessels are used as a
means of transportation and
communication, the oar being
used as a means of propulsion
and steering.
Measuring 60 inches in
length, the Oar Mace is ren-
dered from a single length of
mahogany and the Coat of
Arms of the Bahamas appears
carved in relief on one face of
the blade, with the logo of the
Supreme Court displayed on
the other face.
The judicial oath "to do right
to all manner of people after
the laws and usages of The
Bahamas without fear or
favour, affection or ill will,"
appears in gold lettering around
the edge of the blade.
Sir Burton said that a mace is
essentially nothing more than a
large club reinforced with or
manufactured entirely of metal.
It was one of the most ancient
weapons of war.
"While it was not wholly
replaced by more efficient
weapons as society developed,
when carried by persons
responsible for protecting the
king's person, the mace easily
evolved into a symbol of
authority in its own right. The
functional battle mace thus ced-
ed its prominence to the cere-
monial civic mace," Sir Burton
As a ceremonial object, the
mace, crafted from a variety of
materials, sometimes highly
ornamented a process which
historians fix, in Europe, as

commencing in the 13th centut-
I soon ingiLated in various
stiles and size. froni the Ro\al
Courts. to parliaments, cities
boroughs, universities, military
commanders and courts. In,
e cry instance howevesci it \\ as
intended to symbolise and ver-
ify the authority of the office
holder before whom or hN
w horn ti was cal I led
Ihe Mace of tihe Supiciute
Court has been in use toi so
long that al present no practi
tionc can recall w- hen the ( ourt
had no mace and the records of
when the present Mace was
procured have yet to be located.
The Royal Mace composes a
brass hemisphere.t, mitmoumntd
entirely by a crown, also of
brass, the whole being attached
to a 63 inch long wooden staff
coloured black. Its design
required that, in procession. it is
carried upright in the manner
of a processional cross in litur-
gical processions. It is borne by
the Head Bailiff. who is also the
Deputy Provost Marshal of the
Court, the Provost Marshall
(who is the Commissionei of
Police) being the Court's "sher-
iff" or the officer charged with
enforcing the jtidgments of llhe
"No longer in the best condi
tion, the Royal Mace will he
repaired as needed, rather than
replaced, since the appropriate
ness of a Royal Mace as one of
the symbols in use in ltihe
Bahamas will be overtaken by
inevitable constitutional reform."
Sir Burton said. "In short, this
Royal Mace, which symbolizes
that the Court dispenses just ice
in Her Majesty's name. will oiinl
continue in use foi so long as
The Bahamas remains one of
her Majesty's dominions.
"To mark the 30th anniver-
sary of my admission as counsel
and attorney of the Supreme
C(outrt in October of 197( 1
commissioned the production
of an -Oar Mace lot presenta-
tion to the ( o00t it t is anlici-
pated that the Oar Mace will
be used in conjunction with the
existing Royal Mace for tlie
foreseeable future."
The "Oar Mace" appears to
have become associated with
the exercise of the admiralty
jurisdiction in England and it
was even routillnely displayed at
public cxcculions ordered in
adiliralty sessions lor tautlical
crimes andI piracy. The arche-
typal oar mace, hle ( )Oar Mace ol
the High Court of Admniralty in
London, served as a prototype
for oar maces Ifor Ihe Vice-
Admiralty Coui ts elsewhere in
the British Isles, as well as tile
Colonial Vice-Admiralty courts
and increasingly spread across
the globe.

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We will honour the commitment

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* By Bahamas Information
PRIME Minister Huberl
Ingraham said the Governmen'I
will honour the agreement with
Ginn Resorts and will ensure
that it is beneficial to the devel-
oper and Bahamians, according'
to Associated Press.
The Prime Minister's state-
ment followed an hour-long
presentation by Ginn principals
on the proposed multi-billion
dollar development for West
End. Grand Bah,,ina. at inu,

Conference Room iol Pollt'
Headquarters on Tuesday.,
August 28.
"'The (GoverCnl elll has anll
agreement el\\ ith G1n 11 ,
imnpol tant that llhe' ( iovemiicnt
follows its ski' lh t ilke hbalgaih
(and) make (Oinn hoinouit it
side of the bargain." Mr Ingra-
ham said.
Cabinet ministers. permanent
secretaries, senior civil servants
and high-ranking members of
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force were informed of tilhe
oia )lo {At. ,s i c lopuii..ii in \\ c,2,

I nd. ( irand Bahama. at a (Cab
inet meeting held outside ot lhe
('hurchill Building
"I wanted to make sure all
p lti l,- o who aM e involved inll
making decisions lol the Gov
einictil aIe familiar with the
projecl and voulld collnmit ilheml-
selves to being responsive,'and
to the request thai (linn is iak-
ing. the Prime Minister said.
He also said that Ginn has
bought additional land, which
was not included in the origi-
nal leads ol Ag'r.eniut ill with
Ih< ( rt in e II II i i l : l n ki it

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PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham (fourth from left) enjoys an early morning walk yesterday on "the
Cable Beach strip. From left to right are Michael Barnett, chairman of the Water and Sewerage "Corpo-
ration; Anthony Rolle, former Cabinet Minister and MP; the Prime Minister's aide, Inspector Ken Taylor;
House Speaker Alvin Smith; Michael Dean; and Dr Hubert Minnis. Minister of Health and Social Ser-

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day, IlJecenbei v 9,20l(r (t ilnn
has acquired the extensive
Sammons Holdings at West
Fnd. comprising '1,95 i/ ai
ol laiid.
S I hey \vouldt le otCoiilit Ito
us for whatevel ai1 a iie
ments they wish to make for
the Old Blahama Bayi prop-
crty 1Mhat woutild give us ait
opporl'unllty to ensuIt l that
polices are agreed to." the
Prime Minisici said.
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I It s, i mtia I' V l II i h ii N'ii sell
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itoiusamdlCs ol arC liCs ledCd
un their lie pioel o pit) eed
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parlSoi s itl iI. mMade tluild
the ellil' busing less ioclCi .is
tindetsic oid. He said that his
goal is to generate pernia
nent employment through
the type of environment
being created at the project.
The development, pegged
at an estimated $4.9 billion
,lllto] Il on) cil, un1 r- h
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clubhouses, two largoie mari-
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swimming pools and \ aiet
park facilities, tennis coim-
plexes. beach clubs and spas.
various commIercial under-
takings and retail businesses
to be operated by Bahami-
ans; and tInther amlcnities.

Methodist College

teachers pay visit

to Pelican Bay

PICTURED AT the school, (1-r) are: Renee Russell, deputy
headmistress, St Paul's School; Randall Deveaux; Lynn Glinton,
headmistress, St Paul's; Felton Bain, and Mrs Duncombe.

GRAND Bahama Island, -
Some 40 teachers and faculty
members of St Paul's
Methodist College were given
an overview of the operation
uI Peli.mn Ba\ at kLucava by
the rt!&ort's human resources
director Mrs Judy Duncombe.
This took place during
teachers orientation at the
school on Wednesday.
Pelican Bay has adopted St
Paul's and its former head boy
Welton Bain and former
deputy head girl Randall
Deveaux worked for two
months at the resort during
this year's summer break.

The teachers and faculty
have planned a reception at
Sabor Restaurant and Bar,
Pelican Bay for Saturday.
Pelican Bay was recently
named seve-nth best resort in
the Caribbean in Expedia
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Only one other resort in thq
Bahamas Atlantis was on
the regional top list.
Pelican Bay at Lucaya fea-
tures 93 one-bedroom suites
and an 89-room inn. Both the
suites and the hotel hold the.
prestigious "Small Treasure"
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Man shot in chest and killed by police

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"In the immediate aftermath
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residents and local MP Vincent
Peet in an effort to quell any
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about it. He was born and grew
up here. I knew him since he
was a little boy."
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mannerly young man, always
Young people from Conch
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to Lowe Sound to enjoy them-
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area's liveliest nightspots.
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ters, Royanne, is a police offi-
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heard that a group of young
people from Conch Sound,
including Kenny and his
cousins, drove to Lowe Sound
for a goombay festival.
While they were there, an
altercation broke out-"between
the police and some other
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Minister participates in The Tribune's

observance of International Literacy Day

k. ARL IiTill-l Minister ol l-ducaltin.,
Voutih, Sports andil ('uluIe, was at R;alio
I-louse on .August 30 2007 to record Ihe pub
lii setr ice .innounCee1CIent for I 'The 1 riibui ii
observanLn ol International l.LeLIC\ Ih\
Minister Bethel believes that "to live pro-
ductively and to experience real growth.
you must have and seek to master literacy
Scan D. Moore, marketing manager lot
The Tribune said, "It's a pleasure to wel-
come Minister Bethel to participate in The

I iie s l ic, olse,'l\ nII c ol Internattio nail I itci
ac\ [1)ai (l i obisei\anci e of l.ieLiae l tliy
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contribute in a meaningful way to educa-
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enough to simply report on the condition of
oul ediailtionl system.
"We suppoIit tihe creation of quality learn-
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bune on Friday September 7, 2007 for a mes-
sage from Minister Bethel in a special section
commemorating International Literacy Day
This special section is produced by The
Tribune's Newspaper in Education Literacy
Programme and is sponsored by The College
of The Bahamas.

Hurricane Felix skirts Dutch islands

and spins toward Central America

HURRICANE Felix strength-
,ened into a dangerous Category 4
:.storm Sunday as it toppled trees
and flooded homes on a cluster of
Dutch islands before churning its
way into the open waters of the
'Caribbean, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Felix lashed Aruba, Curacao
and Bonaire with rains and heavy
winds, causing scattered power
outages and forcing thousands of
tourists to take refuge in hotels.
But residents expressed relief it
did far less damage than feared as
the storming's outer bands just
grazed the tiny islands.
"Thankfully we didn't get a
very bad storm. My dog slept
peacefully through the night,"
said Bonaire medical administra-
tor Siomara Albertus, who waited
-out the storm in her home.
Felix. packing maximum sus-
tained winds of 140 mph, was now
-.expected to spin over the open
waters of the central Caribbean,
before skirting Honduras' north-
ern coastline on Tuesday and
plowing into Belize on Wednes-
day as a huge. hurricane capable
.of major damage.
The storm forced tens of thou-
sands of tourists and residents on
the three Dutch islands to remain
in their homes and hotels, stocked
up with water, flashlights and
emergency provisions.
: In Curacao about a dozen
honii;i in i lo-\\lying arca were
11oot .d d In Aruba. there was little
Mvisible damage, although at least
,,one catamaran snapped off its
mooring and a house was dam
aged by a downed tree. A north-
ern settlement had a temporary
power outage.
Many Bonaire residents had
prepared foi the worst, installing
storm shutters and hauling their
boats ashore, but the storm's
winds left little damage.
Felix became the second
Atlantic hurricane of the season
on Saturday evening, following
Hurricane Dean. which lcft at
least 20 dead in the Caribbean
and carved out a destructive
swath that stretched from St.
Lucia to Mexico.
At 5 p.m. EDT, the storm was
centered about 440 miles south-


THIS SAIELLITE image provided by NOAA and taken at 17:45 EDT
Sunday Sept. 2 2007 shows Hurricane Felix as it churns across the
central portion of the Caiibbean Sea.

east of Jallmaica and was Matning
west-northwest at about 20 mph,
the hurricane center said. Alter
passing Curacao and Aruba, the
storm Wixas expected to spill o er
the open waters of the central
Caribbean Sea.
Felix changed directions con-
stantly after nightfall anid vwob
bled. making tihe stol 111 s tnplipac
hard to niedi < Uiiaa n II ( io\
Liza.mc Rii.iiads i i, dimld said at
a news conlerenicc. "elli\ is plt\
ing witlh us. she said.
On Saturday. Felix brought
heavy rains anild tlug w\\ind,, to
i(. enadI i N as tiopi-i l s nintI up
ping luot .lj .i 1 '- ', Ihom ,
and t desCii is I L I '.
venue. No1. linH k ,, .
ed and the (it. iiuo,, go in
lenitI \\ Ns sill .is'a L.,,! IlLh d ilM
age Sunday
The goeroinmeni ol tilh' ( :i\
lniin lsl tnd> i 1 I' t l
storm watch loi ( ,ii >\ ilhl.
the wealthy Biir ish ici]ii'ir\'s
main island A ,.\ach e l iic'ns thai
tropicLt11 si i in iiidolldli is. i.iotl
bcgitn alieelig tiie. tIPl, slt tlhili
36 hours.
Jamaica's government also
issued a tropical storm watch. The
island wa:s battered h\ lHuricane
Dean on Aug. I')
In Belize. I Csidi lt' stlocked up
on water and food, and nailed
boards ovci their \\iLIdows to pro-
tect against the hurricane's howl-
ing winds Many in low-lying
areas sought higher ground.
Things were mrne calm in

Honduras, where authorities were
keeping a close eye on the storm
but hadn't started evacuations.
Along the country's northern
coastline, tourists were still loung-
ing by the pool and enjoying the
On Honduras' Roatan Island,
home to luxury resorts and pris-
tine reefs, the weather was nor-
mal and guests "were simple. enjoy-
ieg their vacations., Mayan
Piineess Beach Resort & Spa
employee Arturo Rich said.
Rebecca Waddington, a mete-
tiologist at the hurricane center,
ad\ ised employees of oil plat-
I nms in the Gulf of Mexico to
m,,nitor Felix's progress and said
the store in could reach the area in
Iour to five days.

Drugs are


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on Saturday aboard the MSC
Manaus from Guayaquil.
Fcuadoi. and was destined for
Valencia. Spain.
At (his time, police have no
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Jamaican election 2 weeks after storm

HUIRRI'AN Delan h it
.amaica lx\\o weeks ago. but the
slo Iii lingels as a political folce
that mnay help oust the couln-
try's fits woimain prime rninistel
in Mlolnda \'s gnciL'ial elections
iand end lie pil" s I narm tly 20-
\ear hold nil m \\l. c n iotlin
III A\ .','( li'Id iPt('\\.
The Ito()i]ni .i, I"lecomic a new\\'
factor in what was already
expected 1 to be a tight lace
between P'rime Minister Portia
Simpsoni Millc 's People's
National PaiI\ t >and the .Jamaica
I labor l'Part\x. Ictl b\ tri ng ricI
I:nwmaker Bruice Goldinrg.
Both sides are critical of the
other's reaction to Dean. But
at least one influential poll -
taken a x\eek after the hurri-
cane when thousands of people
still had no power or water and
,?reets were littered with debris
suggests the prime minister
offeredd more.
Shlie poll for The Gleaner
newspaper. conducted by US
pollster Bill Johl 'in. found 42
per cent would \ ote for the
011pposition .11 P C'OiiCpa'red with
''< per cent flor t(I plilie minis-

SUPPORTERS OF presidential candidate and leader of the opposition Jamaica Labor Party, Bruce Golding,
attend a campaign rally in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday

ter's party. The poll had a mar-
gin of error of 3 per cent. A day
before Hurricane Dean, the
same polling group had both
sides tied at 40 per cent.
"There's a tide going toward

the JLP," said Johnson, who h lii
worked inl Jamaica ; or 'i :s.
The storm killed tih' ct, IW
pie, tore roofs Irom ihoustnsids
of lionies, knocked i n l'\\' r
lines and trees ain ,l '

iiiu h ofI tlhe banana crop. For
shrill' mi\eir has only returned
in lh |1ilst couple of days.
\V Il'rs hax c complained that
Siop- Imn Miller was missing in
, 1n" "i, lie hnight0 of the hurri-

cane, issuing only a vaguely
worded statement declaring a
state of emergency that was
announced over the radio by a
government spokesman who
took no questions. She's also
been criticised for waiting too
long after the storm to address
the nation about the damage
and the rescheduling of the
August 27 election, and over
the timing and manner of aid
distribution to storm victims.
"1I love my prime minister but
she does not possess the
strength that she needs, the
leadership qualities," said Carl-
ton Powell, a 44-year-old West
Kingston resident supporting
the opposition.
Simpson Miller's supporters
dismiss the criticism as politi-
cally motivated. A party
spokesman, Raymond Price,
said the prime minister was in a
bunker on the night of the
storm, monitoring the situation
with emergency officials and
only spoke to the nation when
she had solid facts to present.
He noted that with the power
out many people did not have
access to radio or TV.-
Price faulted Golding for call-
ing in to radio programmes to
give updates on damage around
the cotintry and f4r running TV
ads in the days after the storm
that congratulated emergency
services agencies but criticised
the government.
"The sense of many
Jamaicans was that it was a vul-
gar political show to make those
hourly broadcasts," Price said.
Simpson Miller declined
requests by Associated Press for
an interview.
Golding said the shelters did
not have adequate supplies and
the government did not have
enough roofing and other mate-
rials on hand. He said Simpson
Miller's administration botched
the post-storm aid effort bN
making cash grants of about

US$30 available to everyone in
the country's public assistance
and pension programs, even
those unaffected by the storm.
"They took this scattershot
approach which was in a sense a
misallocation of resources and
gives rise to the feeling that it
was really intended to do some-
thing quickly before disaffec-
tion set in bhelue the election."'
Golding said.
"The response was disap-
pointing because we have had
many dress rehearsals," he
added. "We have had hurri-
canes before."
This will be Simpson Miller's
first test in a general election.
She became prime minister by
winning a vote among ruling
party delegates to succeed PJ
Patterson, who stepped down
after 14 years in March 2006.
Simpson Miller, known in the
island as Sista P oi Mama P.
was wildly popular when she
became prime minister, with an
approval rating of more than 75
per cent. She hugged con-
stituents. spoke plainly\ and she
has an inspiring life story horn
in rural poverty, growing up in a
Kingston ghetto and rising to
the country's top officO
But her appro al ratings
declined ove the past year amid
a scandal over a political dona
tion from a European company.
a perception that she did not fare
well in a debate with Golding. a
scarcity of jobs and the lack of
progress in reducing Jamaica s
staggering homicide rate
among the highest in the world.
Johnson said the storm could
be the final tipping point for
Simpson Miller. hut added that
it's not necessarily her party's
'" Here an axiom that the par-
tx in povwei cannot gain from a
hurricane or natural disaster."
lie said. "because for everyone
\ou help there mc lfi\e people
that ou ildidn !. '

German TV station says

two Cuban boxers were

approached by men

posing as its reporters


A GERMAN television sta-
tion confirmed Saturday that
two men working for a boxing
promoter posed as its reporters
to gain access to two Cuban
boxers who had abandoned the
Pan American Games, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Public TV network ZDF said
the two impostors gained
accreditation by using falsified
papers to speak to two-time
defending Olympic ban-
tamweight champion Guiller-
mo Rigondeaux and world
champion Erislandy Lara.
"We've known about this for
a while, we have investigated it,
also legally," ZDF spokesman
Walter Kehr told Associated
Press. "That they worked for us
has been shown to he false."
German boxing promoted
Arena said at the time it had
signed the two fighters to fi\ e-
year contracts.
The two boxers have since
returned to Cuba after setting
off an international incident on
July 22 at the Pan Anms in Rio
de Janeiro. Brazil. when

Rigondeaux failed to attend a
weigh-in and I .ar did not show
for his fight.
['he fighters ha\e been
dropped from the (Cuba nation-
al team and the country's box-
ing federation, fearing more
defection attempts, refuses to
attend the world championships
in Chicago.
After Rigondeaux and Lara
had become the latest to try and
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psychological methods and
many millions of dollars to lurI
Cuban boxers.
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signing contracts \\ ith Arenra.
seeking asylum in Brazil or
inquiring about a visa lo G(er-
many in the 11 days aller the\
went missing fotm thc games.
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German mlaga Iine Def
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acted unethically and requires dis-
ciplinary action.
He said that from the time he
was first appointed to the corpo-
ration on June 1 Mr Ncvmour
appeared to seek to "handicap"
him in his efforts efforts to carry out his
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always "demonstrated consis-
tently distinguished performance"
in his career in the public and pri-
vate sectors.
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Neymour allegedly sought to
deny him certain privileges after
he did not promote two female
employees recommended by the
Mr Butler contends that Mr
Neymour "wanted these ladies
promoted without regard to the
policies and procedures of the
corporation" and was not pleased
to see him refer the requests for
their promotion to the Compen-
sation Committee rather than
dealing with it directly.
Days after, Mr Neymour
allegedly sent Mr Butler a letter
suggesting that he turn over a cor-
poration vehicle being used by
his office to Mr Barpett for him to
utilise as chairman and that "any
allowances received during the
time I had the car...should be
deducted from my pay."
"It is important to note that
several of my subordinate offi-
cers are in possession of corpora-
tion vehicles and the attack by
Minister Neymour was without
foundation," he said.
Mr Barnett later refused Mr
Butler's attempt to comply with
the demand and said that as CEO
of the company Mr Butler was
entitled to the car, claimed Mr
Butler. "He also responded neg-
atively to Mr Neymour's attempts
to question the GM about his
car" and other work-related mat-
The Tribune was unable to
confirm these claims with Mr Bar-
nett yesterday as, when pressed,
he said simply: "Let's not get into
Asked why Mr Butler would
have been removed so soon after
being directed to the post, Mr
Barnett said: "I didn't put him
According to Mr Butler, Mr
Neymour's behaviour reached a
stage where Minister of Works
Earl Deveaux is said to have
sought a meeting between Mr
Neymour, Mr Barnett, permanent
secretary Mr Colin Higgs and
himself to "explain to the minister

Letter to prime minister

of state the procedures for mat-
ters to be followed regarding the
Water and Sewerage C(orpora-
I however, before this occurred,
Mr Butler was fired at Mr Bar-
nett's office.
Mr Butler said he was "in a
state of shock" after being termi-
nated. He alleges that when he
expressed his disappointment in
Mr Barnett, Mr Barnett told him:
"Minister Neymour made the call
and it's just politics."
Mr Barnett allegedly told the
former GM that he was being
fired for a "political reason", and
that this was because "a couple of
executives" in the corporation are
not prepared to co-operate with
Yesterday Mr Barnett denied
that he had told Mr Butler it was
political or that it was Mr Ney-
mour's decision.
"Mr Butler knows it was not
done for any political reasons.
And we didn't do anything that
the PLP did not do he was
moved from the corporation
because they felt he was not the
best for the corporation and we
took the same view."
Mr Butler had been seconded
from the WSC after two years to
spend 16 months at the Ministry
of Public Service prior to being
reappointed GM at WSC in June.
Since re-entering the WSC in
June, Mr Butler had sought to
"reorganise" the executive eche-
lons of the WSC, which he
described as an "incestuous net-
work" of close relatives.
"In the letter, he gives the rela-
tion of many senior managers to
each other, and said that such a
structure was "unhealthy" and
made it "extremely difficult to
take this public utility to the next
Mr Barnett told Mr Butler that
the decision was agreed upon by
the government and the board of
directors. However, up to the
point at which he was terminated,
there had not yet been a meet-
ing of the board, Mr Butler
Mr Barnett, however, brushed
off this assertion yesterday, stat-
ing: "I had met with the board of
directors and we had made the
Mr Butler notes in the letter
that terminations would normal-
ly need to be preceded by at least
one warning, with specific
grounds for dismissal, which may
include a breaking of the con-
tract, he noted.
"The termination is a blatant
disregard for due process," he
claimed. He has vet to receive a

cheque or compensation state-
Mr Butler is seriously con-
cerned about how he will meet
his financial obligations, including
supporting his daughter, who is
studying medicine in the US.
The day after his dismissal, an
anonymous letter was sent to The
Tribune signed by "Concerned
Staff and Union Members of the
Water and Sewerage Corp" call-
ing for Mr Butler's reinstatement
or "all hell will break loose."
Mr Butler said yesterday that
he would not wish WSC staff
members to take industrial action
over the matter as it would be a
"disservice to the general'pub-
"Lawlessness is destroying the
foundation of the Bahamian soci-
ety and we as people must main-
tain the respect for law which is
the cornerstone of a free and
well-ordered society," he added.


FROM page one

in the men's high jump and a sil-
ver from Derrick Atkins to go
along with the men's relay team
Minister of State for Sports,
Byran Woodside, who headed the
Bahamian delegation of officials
and spectators to the champi-
onships, said all Bahamians
should be proud of the accom-
plishments of the 17-member
"Overall, this team was an
exceptional one, but obviously
there's room for improvement,"
he stressed.
"I believe we have seen the
closing of the curtain for some of
our female athletes, who have
done us proud.
",But at these championships,
we went into a new era where we
must now talk of golden men.
Oftr young men have done excep-
tionally well, starting with Der-
rick, then Donald and now the
men topping off the icing on the
cake with the silver in the 4 x4."
As the games came to a close,
Woodside said the focus would
now be placed on the grand cele-
brations for the team in October
when he expected that all of the
athletes will be coming home to
join in the festivities.
The games came to a close with
Japan passing the flag on to Ger-
many, which will host the 12th
championships in Berlin from
August 13-23, 2009.



Two dead, 197 in custody

after Haitian vessel docks

on Long Island

FROM page one found hiding in the local dump,
which is situated in the Benzie
Hill area.
Officer Ferguson of the Drug By early afternoon, those cap-
Enforcement Unit (DEU), who tured were transported to the
worked alongside the US Coast Community Centre in Clarence
Guard. Town, where they were fed and
Within 30 minutes of landing, given clean clothes to wear by
the officers had rounded up people in the community.
about 47 immigrants with the But the work had just begun
help of local police. And after as residents started bringing in
additional searches, a total of 78 more Haitians in groups rang-
immigrants were transported ing from as little as two to as
from the area via bus. many as 14 at a time. Among
Many of the immigrants those captured was a pregnant
motioned for water, and used woman
the blade of one of the backhoes Around 9.30pm Saturday the
to gain shelter from the swelter- count had risen to 130, and by
ing sun. Sunday morning the Communi-
Those captured walked for ty Centre was accommodating
over a mile, having trekked almost 200 immigrants.
through a low water area before The health team felt as if they
coming to the hilly tree saturated now had a crisis on their hands,
side of the land. as a number of the immigrants
A number of them were also had upper respiratory tract infec-

FROM page one

a "dirty, nasty and cruel" exercise "orchestrated"
by Minister of State for Public Utilities Phenton
He had previously been general manager 16
months prior, but was seconded to another gov--
ernment department under the PLP government.
In a letter which Mr Butler said he will present
to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham today, he is
appealing to be reinstated on the grounds that his
removal was unjustified.
However, Mr Deveaux said yesterday he felt
that "in the interests of the new board, where the
corporation needs to go, that a healthy clean slate
is in order."
Mr Deveaux noted that when Mr Butler had
originally left the WSC under the PLP, "he left
an organisation that was in turmoil because of
fights between himself and the chairman that
included many of the management staff and the
According to Mr Deveaux, Mr Neymour sug-
gested that when Mr Butler returned to his post as
general manager, he was "a':nost on a mission to
take revenge and would not wait and be guided
with prudence."
While Mr Butler said that he had been sent to
the WSC on a directive issued by Prime Minister
Ingraham, something which caused him to question

tions, with signs of fever, coughs,
night sweats and lethargy.
Immigration officials came to
Long Island yesterday to assist
local officers with the process-
ing of the immigrants and the
transportation of them back to
Senior Immigration Officer
Peter Joseph said the Defence
Force will dispatch possibly two
vessels to transport the
immigrants from the island,
while searches continue as
there are more reports of sight-
At about 6pm yesterday,
there were 142 men, 48 women
and seven children captured and
detained at the Community Cen-
tre, Clarence Town, Long Island.
The total number of Haitian
nationals on-board the vessel,
including two that were found
dead, is now 199.

Minister of Works
why Mr Neymour was not "co-operating with the
directive of the prime minister," Mr Deveaux con-
tended that Mr Butler was merely "returned to
his substantive position" by Mr Ingraham after he
was found working in the Office of the Prime Min-
ister when the new government came to power.
"Mr Abraham Butler had an ongoing feud with
Mr Demeritte (former WSC chairman). The then
minister resolved the issue by appointing an exec-
utive chairman and sending the general manager to
another place in the government.
"When we took office the general manager of
the Water and Sewerage Corporation was in the
investment authority in the Office of the PM, and
the worst thing that the prime minister could be
accused of is returning the general manager to his
substantive position."
Mr Deveaux said that since Mr Butler had
returned to his position as general manager of
WSC, it had transpired that he, new chairman
Michael Barnett and Mr Neymour were "incom-
"In pursuance of where they need to go they
agreed to offer him a separation package," he said.
Meanwhile, a ministry source suggested that Mr
Butler was not performing adequately in his posi-


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Venezuela frees Colombians convicted

in alleged 2004 plot against Chavez

San Antonio
MORE than two dozen
Colombian prisoners arrested
thrice years ago in an alleged
plot against President Hugo
Chavez were freed in a good-
will gesture he hopes will help
facilitate a prisoner exchange
in ('Colombia, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
The 27 Colombians who
boarded a bus Saturday to
return hony after being par-
doned by Chavez were among
more than 100 men accused of

plotting to stage a rebellion and
assassinate the Venezuelan
In a speech in Caracas,
Chavez said he expects to meet
soon with a high-ranking rep-
resentative of the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia, or
FARC, to arrange a possible
exchange of hundreds impris-
oned guerrillas for about 45
prominent rebel-held hostages.
Among those being held by the
rebels are three US defence con-
tractors and former presidential
candidate Ingrid Betancourt, a
French-Colombian citizen.

The Colombian government
and the FARC have voiced sup-
port in principle for the swap
but have long argued about how
to achieve it.


Chavez acknowledged step-
ping into a difficult role, but
said he hopes to eventually
"move toward a peace accord
in Colombia."
"Nothing is impossible when
you put your heart into what
you do," Chavez said. "If I had

to go to the gates of hell to try
achieve the humanitarian
accord in Colombia, I'd be will-
With Chavez's pardon, "a
beautiful message is being sent
to the world," Justice Minister
Pedro Carreno said at a cere-
mony for the freed Colombians

in the southwestern town of San
Authorities say the men
arrested on a ranch near Cara-
cas in May 2004 were wearing
military uniforms and were sus-
pected of belonging to a Colom-
bian paramilitary group. Chavez
said they planned to attack the

presidential palace.
Those who were freed had
been convicted of military
rebellion. The pardon was
granted to 41 Colombians in all,
including 14 who reportedly had
already gone free. Dozens of
others also were released pre-

COLOMBIAN PRISONERS, arrested three years ago in an alleged plot against the Venezuelan government,
hold up a Colombian flag at a military base in San Antonio, Venezuela on Saturday after being pardoned by
President Hugo Chavez.

The real Caribbean pirates

come alive in new book



LONG John Silver of "Trea-
sure Island" fame, hobbling
along on a peg leg with a talking
parrot on his shoulder, set the
mold for Hollywood's image of
a pirate, according to Associat-
ed Press.
Then came Captain Hook,
thirsting for revenge against
Peter Pan for cutting off his right
hand and forcing him to wear an
iron hook. Jack Sparrow, por-
trayed by Johnny Depp in the
"Pirates of the Caribbean"
movies, updated the image of the
swashbuckling pirate with spe-
cial effects and the supernatural.
and his rum-soaked, deadlocked
But those looking to exam-
ine the true-life figures of the
Golden Age of Piracy might
turn instead to the likes of
Samuel Bellamy, Charles Vane
and Edward Thatch, sometimes
known as Edward Teach but
known best as Blackbeard.
The exploits of those three
pirate leaders, along with Wood-
es Rogers, the ex-privateer who
hunted them down, are detailed
in Colin Woodard's The Repub-
lic of Pirates, a history of the
rough-and-tumble period from
1715 to 1725 when buccaneers
ruled the seas, disrupting trans-
Atlantic commerce.
Operating from sanctuaries in
the Bahamas and the Carolinas,
pirate crews were largely com-
prised of ex-sailors in revolt
against tyrannical conditions ont

merchant and naval ships. They
struck at will at British, French
and Spanish vessels from New
England to South America and
captured treasure, along with the
imagination of the public at large.
"Pirates were folk heroes at
the time they were alive. Large
numbers of ordinary people
looked upon them as heroes
and bought their arguments that'
they were Robin Hood's men."
Woodard says. "'They were pop-
ular then, and in a sense it nev-
er stopped."
Today they're as popular as
ever, thanks in large part to the
Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
the first of which hit the big
screen in 20013. The white-on-
black .Jolly Roger, meanwhile.
has gone mainstream. \ ith even
professional sports teams pick-
ing up on the theme: the Pitts-
burgh Pirates. Oakland Raiders
and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"You see the skull and cross-
bones everywhere on flags,
on T-shirts and on bumper
stickers," Woodard said. "What
people are responding to is the
fantasy image of the pirates."
In Maine. Eastport has made
a splash with its annual pirate
festival, to be held Sept. 7-9,
boosting tourism while provid-
ing a link to the pirates and pri-
vateers who were active offt'
Maine three centuries ago. Fes-
tivities feature a Pirate Ball, a
Pirate's Beach Party and a
Pirate Ship Race. There's also a
Pirate & Wenches Pageant.
"The appeal is just the free

life of a pirate, the romance,"
organizer John Miller said.
"The reality of getting hanged
on the gallows doesn't enter
into it."
That carefree image of sail-
ing the seas while singing "Yo
Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum"
from Robert Louis Stevenson's
Treasure Island carries a cer-
tain appeal in today's world,
where people are working
longer hours and are tethered
by pagers and cell phones.
"It's like, 'Ah, to be free of all
the bonds and constraints of the
modern era. To go out there
and live our own lives on our
own terms' that's the image
that people are responding to,"
\Woodard says.
Even today. pirates continue
to ply their trade. In recent
years., they have been active off
the Horn of Africa and in the
Pacific and Indian oceans.
While researching the pirates
of yore, Woodard found that
many of the classic images from
pirate tales and movies don't
ring true. He found no evidence.
for example, that pirate captains
ever dispatched captives by
making them walk the plank.
Likewise, he's skeptical that
pirates made a habit of digging a
hole and burying their treasure.
And so far as Woodard
knows, the trademark "arrrgh"
was first uttered by actor Robert
Newton in his 1952 portrayal of
Blackbeard the Pirate.
But some celluloid pirate
images, such as Jack Sparrow's
-flambovant mode of dress with
his dark kohl-rimmed eyes, may
not be off the mark.
"One of the things they liked
to do when they captured a ves-
sel was immediately raid the
wardrobes of the wealthy pas-
sengers anvwear the stuff like
war trophies," Woodard says.
"They had a flair for finery."
The wooden legs and eve
patches that are typical of pirate
movies mav have had a basis in
fact. le said, as cannon blasts
and hand-to-hand battles
between merchant crews and
boarding parties look their toll.
"'lt was a dangcrous'occulpa-
tion." lie notes.
Pirates also consumed prodi-
gious amounts of rum, wine and
whiskey,. Woodard said. His book
details nunierous incidents in
which pirate cre\\s would attack a
ship when their own stocks of
booze had run perilously low.
Ilis biggest surprise, he says,
was the alliance between the
('aribbean pirates and the Jaco-
bite movement that took root
in Britain in the hope of restor-
ing the Stuarts to the throne.
" 'hat was the most mind-bend-
ing clement. It seems so unlike-
ly and so strange." Although
solme pirates could be cruel and
sadistic, the author offers a gen-
erally sympathetic portrait of a
subculture that oftenii practiced a
rough democracy, treated its
captives in a civil manner and
displayed racial tolerance at a
time when the slave trade was a
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Profitable standalone Bahamas

marinas 'exception, not the rule'

* Concerns on proposed taxes, BEST's 'too stringent' 90 per cent, 24-hour flush rate

Hotel industry response to draft government marina policy warns construction,

operation costs in Bahamas 100 per cent more than in Florida

Proposes creation of Bahamas Marina Industries Board

Tribune Business Editor

based marinas
are loss-makers
as standalone
operations and only generate
operating profits as part of
larger tourism developments,
hotel executives have warned,
with construction and opera-

tional costs "as much as 100
per cent" above those faced by
rival marinas in Florida.
In its position paper on the
former Christie administra-
tion's proposed marina policy,
the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion's (BHA) Marina Policy
Task Force said data provid-
ed by existing Bahamas-based
marina operators showed "it
is the exception rather than the

rule that marinas associated
with resorts can be extremely
"As a standalone facility,
they typically operate as a loss
to the developer. Tied to a
resort and other marina sup-
port services, they begin to
generate operational profits,
but are not extremely prof-
The position paper was for-

mutated in response to the
draft marina policy issued for
consultation and feedback by
the former PLP government,
under the auspices of the Min-
istry of Energy and the Envi-
ronment. Since the change in
government, it is unclear what
the FNM plans to do on this
subject, the marina issue now
understood to come under
Dion Foulkes at the Ministry

of Labour and Maritime
The former government felt
the Bahamas was earning "a
very small portion of the
potential" economic benefits
accruing from the expanding
Bahamian marina and boating
industry, its 2,000 cays and
100,000 square miles of ocean
proving attracting to yachts-
men and boaters.

As a result, the marina poli-
cy suggested a number of taxes
and fees that could be levied to
ensure the Government
derived a greater share of the
marina industry's benefits via
tax revenues.
Praising the former govern-
ment for advancing a draft

SEE page 2

All roads must lead to

Albany, despite diversions

IT'S never easy being an
investor in the Bahamas. First
you have to contend with the
Government approvals process,
and all the red tape, costs, time
and indecision that beckons.
Some feel like they are dealing
with a foreign language, given
the number who have, over the
years, contacted Tribune Busi-
ness to ask us to interpret what
the Government means or
wants. Despite having some
experience in these matters, we
have to confess it often seems
foreign to us, too.
The latest investors to be put
through the wringer, albeit in a

slightly different fashion, are
the developers behind the $1.3
billion Albany Golf & Beach
Club. Having taken some two-
and-a-half years to negotiate a
Heads of Agreement with the
Christie government, which, it
has to be said, did well in
extracting numerous social-
related commitments that will
benefit Bahamians, they finally

SEE page 5

Nassau city's revival

key to wealth spread

Real estate buyers to generate 84

Tribune Business Editor
RESIDENTIAL real estate buyers, who
will be responsible for generating almost
84 per cent or $1.09 billion of the Albany
Golf & Beach Resort's $1.3 billion value
through their purchases and home con-
struction, will not receive any customs or
stamp du:y exemptions under the Heads
of Agreement signed with the former
Christie administration.

A copy of that
November 9 deal,
which has been
obtained by The
Tribune, backs the
developers asser-
tions that Albany's
residential home-
owners would not
receive any tax
exemptions on con-
struction materials

Life and Health Insurance

per cent of Albany's value

But getting no tax concessions

and furnishings for their properties, the
Heads of Agreement saying "exemptions
will not extend to private residences and
other components of the project which are
not part of the luxury hotel and its ancillary
and support facilities".

SEE page 4

Tribune Business Editor
DOWNTOWN Nassau must
be revitalized if the Bahamas is
to maximise the benefits from
multi-million dollar tourism
developments and spread their
impact among Bahamian-
owned businesses and their
employees, the Nassau Tourism
and Development Board's
(NTDB) chairman told The Tri-
bune, as he and other execu-
tives prepare to give a presen-
tation on solutions to Bay
Street's problems to Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham this

Charles Klonaris, who is also
co-chair of the Nassau Eco-
nomic Development Commis-
sion (NEDC), said that unless
Bay Street and downtown Nas-
sau's product matched that
being offered by Atlantis, and
possibly the likes of Baha Mar
and Albany, visitors to those
locations would not be enticed
outside of those destinations to
spend money and spread wealth
among Bahamian businesses.
"It can't go on like this," Mr

SEE page 11

Laing: We will not sacrifice

the wider economy for EPA

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government will not
sacrifice the best interests of
Bahamians and the wider econ-
omy by rushing to sign the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agreement
(EPA) to preserve duty-free
access to the European Union
(EU) for several export indus-
tries, the minister of state for
finance told The Tribune. He

added that it would take "eight
to 12 months" for this nation to
develop a policy encompassing
all trade matters.
Zhivargo Laing implied that
while the Government would
do what it could to preserve
duty-free market access to the
EU for the Bahamian seafoods
industry and Polymers Interna-

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m By Fidelity Capital
t was an active trading
week in the Bahamian
market as over 86,000
shares changed hands.

The market saw 12 out of its
19 listed stocks trade, of
which six advanced, one
declined and five remained
Volume leader for the
week was Focol Holdings

Company (FCL), with 46,538
shares changing hands and
accounting for 54 per cent of
the total shares traded.
The big advancer for the
week was Colina Holdings
(Bahamas) (CHL), whose
share price increased by $0.30
or 10.71 per cent to close at
$3.10. On the down
side, Freeport Concrete
Company Limited (FCC) lost
$0.05 or 6.67 per cent to close
at $0.70.
The FINDEX gained 5.25
points during the the week to
close at 847.53.


FIN released its unaudited
financial results for the quar-
ter ending July 31, 2007, post-
ing net income of $5.03 mil-
lion. This represents a decline
of $524,000 or 9.43 per cent
over the equivalent period
last year. Total assets as at
July 31, 2007, stood at $701
million versus $633 million in
In related news, FIN has
declared dividends of $0.13

per share, payable on Sep-
tember 11, 2007, to all share-
holders of record date Sep-
tember 4, 2007.

Colina Holdings
(Bahamas) (CHL) -

FOR the 2007 second quar-
ter, CHL posted a net loss to
ordinary shareholders of
$798,000 or -$0.03 per share,
versus net profit of $1.3 mil-
lion for the same period last


CHL's management has
cited unusually high medical
claims, which were $5.5 mil-
lion over the same period last
'year, as the primary cause of
the loss.
Total revenue was $40.7
million, representing a
decline of $78,000 or 0.19 per
cent, while total benefits and
expenses increased by $1.9
million or 5.02 per cent to
total $41.4 million.
Total assets as at June 30,
2007, were $457.5 million,
representing an increase of
$2.9 million or 0.63 per cent
when compared to year-end

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Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) has declared dividends of $0.02
per share, payable on August 31, 2007, to all shareholders of
record date August 17,2007.

FINCO has declared dividends of $0.13 per share, payable
on September 11, 2007, to all shareholders of record date
September 4, 2007.

Consolidated Water Company has declared dividends of
$0.013 per BDR, payable on November 7,2007, to all share-
holders of record date September 30, 2007.

RND will hold its Annual General Meeting on September
12, 2007, at 6pm at The British Colonial Hilton, Number
One, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

Profitable standalone

Bahamas marinas are

'exception, not the rule'

FROM page 1

marina policy and seeking con-
sultation, the BHA position
paper warned that while the
Government might be attract-
ed to seemingly-high prices for
the initial lease of marina slips
as a revenue-raising mecha-
nism, all was not as it seemed.
"That value is tied to high
developmental costs for the
marina and accompanying
aspects of the development,"
the BHA position paper
warned. "Simply, the cost of
construction and operation in
the Bahamas can be as much
as 100 per cent above that in
Florida and elsewhere in the
"Revenues realized from the
lease of slips are intended to
support the huge upfront con-
struction and development
costs. Without them, the
investment revenue would not
flow and all the ensuring eco-
nomic benefits would not
"It should also be recognized
that the industry is more sea-
sonal in the Bahamas than in
Florida, as boaters from there
are reluctant to travel far from
home during winter and the
busier period of hurricane sea-
Commenting on a proposed
investment incentive regime
for marina developments
throughout the Bahamas, the
BHA said the benefits con-
tained in the Hotels Encour-
agement Act should be applied
to this sector also.
It suggested that the amount
of investment incentives grant-
ed, and their duration, be tied
to the amount of investment
by the developer and projected
economic activity. The BHA
also suggested providing cus-
toms and stamp duty exemp-
tions for materials, equipment
and supplies required to help
marinas seeking Blue Flag cer-
tification mitigate the costs.


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"Further incentive consider-
ation should be given to the
southern Bahamas, which
should also include Sana Sal-
vador, to stimulate their devel-
opment," the BHA paper sug-
"Long Island should be giv-
en special consideration, as it is
a key southern point to stimu-
late marina activity in that part
of the nation and a key
north/south waterway point."
The BHA proposed the cre-
ation of a Bahamas Marina
Industries Board, whose cre-
ation could be supported by
resources from the STEMM
programme it was involved
with in conjunction with the
Inter-American Development
bank (IDB).
Funded by a voluntary 3 per
cent levy on dockage fees, the
Board would provide marina
members with marketing and
government policy support,
develop collective buying pow-
er on goods and services, aid
staff training and certification,
and develop a Bahamas certi-
fication programme for mari-
nas similar to the Florida Clean
Marina initiative.
In its revenue proposals on
the draft marina policy, the
Government had suggested
that marinas be charged by the
linear foot for their docks, and
for seabed leases, business tax-
es, use of Crown Land and.
overnight stays.
In its response, the BHA
agreed with the Governmen-
t's aim to strike a balance
between its revenue needs, the
marina industry's financial via-
bility. and environmental sus-
tainability. It backed' the sug-
gestion that the current fixed
linear foot charge for dock
space, standing at $6.32 and $2
per foot for commercial and
private slips respectively in
New Providence, and $6.15
and $1.95 per foot in the Fam-

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Authority Act 2002, charged with the responsibility of raising monies for the Education Loan Guarantee
scheme established under the Education Guarantee Fund Act 2001

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals to fill the position of Executive
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Associates Degree in Secretarial Science
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'Double digit'


across all businesses

drives Cable results

Tribune Business Editor
C able Bahamas
enjoyed "double
digit growth" across
all its business cate-
gories during the 2007 first half,
its chairman telling sharehold-
ers that 16.7 per cent revenue
growth translated into a $1.5
million or 18.3 per cent profit
increase to $10.313 million for
*the six months to June 30.
In his second quarter update
to investors, Brendan Paddick
said revenues generated by the
company's core cable television
business had increased by $2.9
million or 16 per cent during
the 2007 first half, growing from
$18.2 million in 2006 to $21.2
million this time around.
Cable Bahamas saw revenues
from its Oceans Digital premi-
um services grow by 57 per cent
during the 2007 first half com-
pared to 2006, while pay-per-
view revenues increased by "a
phenomenal" 113 per cent.
Mr Paddick said: "At the end
of June 2007, we had over
28,700 digital customers enjoy-
ing our services on over 36,300
set-top boxes, an average of
two boxes per customer.
"These results were due to
increased sales of the digital
set-top boxes in New Provi-
dence, Grand Bahama,
Eleuthera and Abaco. Our dig-
ital customer penetration now
stands at 38 per cent of our
basic television subscriber
He added that due to
increased customer interest in
high definition televisions and
high definition programming,
Cable Bahamas would intro-
duce a new offer to rent digital
video recorders (DVRs) and

high definition DVR set-top
boxes as part of its Oceans pro-
gramming package.
On the Internet side, Mr Pad-
dick said revenues had risen by
15 per cent or $1.4 million to
$10.9 million, compared to $9.6
million for the 2006 first half.
Total subscriber numbers had
risen from 32,188 as at June 30,
2006, to 37,758 a year later, a
rise of 17.2 per cent or 5,570
Aside from the core Internet
product, Mr Paddick said sub-
scriber numbers for the com-
pany's PC Wizard Online
Assistant Product had risen
from 723 at June 30, 2006, to
1,148 a year later, an increase of
59 per cent or 425.
The Cable Bahamas chair-
man said subscriber growth
"continues to be strong and
shows good potential for the
future" for PC Wizard, with the
company confident cross-chan-
nel advertising launched in May
2007 would further boost sub-
scriber interest and fuel
Caribbean Crossings, Cable
Bahamas wholly-owned sub-
sidiary, saw 2007 first half rev-
enues hit $4.7 million, a rise of
$0.9 million or some 25 per cent
over prior year figures.
Mr Paddick said: "Our data
business... remains very strong,
and our services are recognized
as a 'highly available and reli-
able' commodity with network
performance that is second to
none, and is accompanied by
superior quality service to our
"As a result, we continued to
generate excellent sales results
from our international telecom
carrier partners as well as from
the local business community.
"These customers either pur-

chased new circuits or had sig-
nificant upgrades: Monthly
recurring revenue (MRR)
reached $1.5 million for the
year compared to $1 million at
the end of June 2006, an
increase of $0.5 million or 50
per cent."
Overall first half results saw
Cable Bahamas' total revenues
hit just over $37 million, com-
pared to $31.7 million for 2006,
a rise of $5.3 million or 16.7 per
cent. Operating income grew
by $2.5 million or 15.7 per cent

to $18.4 million, compared to
$15.9 million.
Earnings per share (EPS) for
the first half increased 18.2 per
cent, up to $0.52 from $0.44 the
year before.
Meanwhile, Mr Paddick said
Cable Bahamas had invested
$9.7 million in capital spending
during the 2007 first half to
maintain and upgrade its sys-
tems and network, and had
paid out $2.4 million in divi-
dends to its shareholders some
23 per cent of net income.



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The Public Hospitals Authority, Princess Margaret Hospital, Congratulates the graduates
on successfully completing The Family Medicine Residency Training Program.

The Public Hospitals Authority hosted its 2nd Annual Employee Recognition & Long Service Awards Ceremony at
Government House on July 12th, 2007, under the theme: Public Hospitals Authority, GEMS: Reflecting Quality

In Celebration of five (5) years Post Graduate Training, The Princess Margaret Hospital, Family Medicine
Residency Training Program and the Department of Family Medicine would like to congratulate the following
residents on their past and recent successes in passing the following University of
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The customs duty and stamp
duty exemptions will only apply
to materials for the construction,
furnishing and completion of
Albany's boutique hotel, which
will be managed by Horst
Schultz's Capella Hotels &
Resorts, the marina, restaurants,
sports and swimming facilities,
restaurants, shops, fitness cen-
tre, etIucsti ian centre, golf
course and clubhouse. All those
properties receive a 10-year real
property tax break as well from
the moment the hotel is com-
All those facilities fall under
the Hotels Encouragement Act.
as do the condominium units

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around the marina, while con-
struction plant, trucks, barges
and cranes used to build the
boutique hotel and its associated
facilities can be imported/export-
ed free of customs duties.
Overall, the Albany Heads of
Agreement appear consistent
with many such investment
agreements signed by the
Christie administration and back
up many of the project develop-
ers' assertions about the devel-
The former administration
also appears to have obtained
much more from the Albany
developers in relation to associ-
ated community benefits, such







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Picture left to right Ms. Denise Baker-Smith, British American Financial, Ms. Sherry Bastian,
Vice President of the Cancer Society and Mr. I. Chester Cooper, President of British American

British American Financial is once again extremely pleased to support
this cancer awareness initiative, the 3V Annual Cancer Society Stride for
Life on Saturday the 29th September, 2007 at 6:00 in the morning which
commences at the Cancer Society Headquarters, East Terrace, Centreville
(2 doors South of ZNS).

British American Financial has sponsored Cancer awareness initiatives for
the past 10 years. It is our experience that early detection and prevention
is better and much less expensive than cure. We hope to support the
efforts of the Cancer Society for many years to come; in appreciation of the
overwhelming support that our community has given us over the past 87

The Cancer Society would like to thank British American Financial for
donating the monetary funds for the advertising of the Walk.

This Awareness Walk is to continue sending the message to the public that
there is hope, healing and life after being diagnosed with cancer. The Walk
will have participants who are survivors, person walking in memory of loved
ones and persons who wish to support the Society. Exciting Prizes will be
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and their families; educating the public about cancer so that it may be
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Tenders are invited from duly qualified and 'experienced companies for the
provision of a scanning, storage and retrieval of data in electronic format solution,
for the Financial Inteiligence Unit (the "FIU") a governmental agency
established by the Financial Intelligence Unit Act, 2000.

There are five (5) major elements expected from the proposed solution:

1. Security of Solution.
2. Storage and Retrieval of Imaged document.
3. Capturing of key information contained within documents and
associating the image with it.
4. Managing of Documents by case, and
5. Querying and Reporting of Information.

As part of the Tender process each potential bidder is required to sign a
Confidentiality Agreement before receiving the Bidding Documents. Failure
to execute the same will forfeit the potential bidder's opportunity to bid on
the solution.

Tender documents, which include Software Requirements Definition document
and other relevant information, can be collected between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00
p.m. Monday through Friday at the Reception Desk, Financial Intelligence
Unit, 3rd Floor, Norfolk House, Frederick Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.

Tenders must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked "Tender for The
Financial Intelligence Unit's Electronic Document & Case Management
System" airmailed or delivered to: '

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Ministry of Finance
3rd Floor Reception Desk
Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre
P.O. Box N-3017
Cable Beach, West Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

All Tenders must be received at the above address by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday
27"'th September 2007. All Tenders must be submitted in triplicate.

All persons who submit bids are invited to attend the opening of Tenders at the
Ministry of Finance, 3`" Floor, Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre, Cable Beach, West
Bay Street, Nassau, The Bahamas at 10.00 a.m., on Tuesday 2nd October

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as beach reclamation and
restoration and the various found -
dations to uplift Adelaide and
the Clifton
Ileritage Park, than it did
from other investors such as
Baha Mar.
The I leads of Agreement said
construction work on the first
phase of Albany was dCue to
begin in the 2007 first quarter,
but the project start was delayed
by the May 2 general election
and the Ingrahani administra-
tion's decision to review the orig-
inal deal, given concerns over
the level of investment incen-
tives granted, plus the re-routing
of southwest Bay Street and
beach access for Bahamians.
Christopher Anand. Albany's
managing director, told The Tri-

hune last week thai unless
Albany was given the 'go-ahead'
within the next seven weeks, the
developers would abandon the
project because they would be
unable to meet their consti uc-
lion completion deadlines and
various commitments they had
He added, though, that he
believed that Albany had
received about half the subdivi-
sion approvals it needed fiom
the Town Planning Committee,
and had submitted all necessary
drawings, models and render-
ings to the Ministry of Works,
Department of Physical Plan-
ning and other agencies to
obtain the required permits.
The Heads of Agreement,
representing the contract
between the Albany developers,
who are incorporated as Park
Ridge Securities, and the Gov-
ernment, state that the 565-acre
site will be built out at a density
of two units per acre, based on
gross acreage. As at November
9, 2006, the project was antici-
pated to include 400 single fam-
ily lots and 200 condominium
units, but some 50 per cent of
the site is required to be green
space, with 32.5 acres set aside
for conservation.
Albany's first phase, according
to the Heads of Agreement,
would involve the construction
of the boutique hotel, its size
ranging from a minimum of 10
luxury cottages with 30 bed-
rooms to 65 cottages with 160
bedrooms minimum. Other facil-

ities developed at the same time,
in a phase scheduled to last from
now until 2010, would be the
Ernie Els-designed 18-hole golf
course- beach club house, 20
beach club villas, fitness club,
marina able to cater to yachts
240 feet in length, shops and 75
single family residential lots.
During the first phase, the
Albany developers whose prin-
cipal shareholders are Mr Els
and fellow world-famous golfer
riger Woods, plus the Tavistock
Group, the holding vehicle for
worldwide investments made by
Lyford Cay billionaire Joe Lewis
- are scheduled to spend $117
million, according to the Heads
of Agreement.
Purchasers of the develop-
ment's property were expected
to bring the total spend to $335
million, meaning that real estate
sales and associated construc-
tion activity will produce $218
million or the lion's share of
Albany's value.
The second phase, according
to the Heads of Agreement, will
involve 325 additional residential
lots, 200 condo-style units that
may be incorporated as part of
the hotel, a 16-acre equestrian
centre with at least eight horses,
a golf course clubhouse and
commercial space around the
Servicing of the residential
lots, which will be priced
between $2-$20 million, will start
on June 2010 and be completed
by December 2013, with the con-
do units at the marina pre-sold

and completed by December
In this phase, Park Ridge
Securities was expected to spend
$94 million, with third party
property owners accounting for
$872 million, bringing total
spend to $966 million. Park
Ridge, therefore, will be respon-
sible for spending at a minimum
$21 million.
Under the Heads of Agree-
ment, the Albany developers
also committed to spend more
than $10 million on infrastruc-
ture, putting in a wastewater
treatment plant at the Airport
Industrial Park and a reverse
osmosis plant. Both these ven-
tures are supposed to be non-
profits, but if profits are gener-
ated a revenue-sharing agree-
ment must be worked out with
the'Water & Sewerage Corpo-
The Heads of Agreement also
outlines something called the
Rumpf Option, a contract
between the Albany developers
and South Ocean Estates, which
gives Albany the option to incor-
porate into its project 2.4 acres
of extra property and a building
situated on it.
The Heads of Agreement
have also required the Albany
developers to obtain a $1 mil-.
lion performance bond that the
Government can call in if any
damage occurs to the shoreline
or environment during the mari-
na construction.
A further performance bonds
has also been committed to by
the developers to cover costs to
the Government if it has to
move jetties from the marina
The Heads of Agreement,
though, give the developers the
right to operate Albany as a
"private members club", with
the general public only having
access to the facility as guests.
In addition, the developers
can apply for a real estate licence
themselves, implying that
Albany may sell much of the real
estate itself. The Heads of
Agreement commits the devel-
opers to listing properties with
Bahamian realtor s appro-
priate", while foreign realtors
must co-broke properties with a
Bahamian counterpart.
This implies, though, that the
estimated $209 million in real
estate commissions generated
during the first 10 years of
Albany's existence, with some
$94 million of that earned in the
first five and $114 million in the
next five, is unlikely to all find its
way into the hands of Bahamian

All roads must lead to Albany, despite diversions

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signed a contract with the Gov-
ernment on November 9.', 200(,
via a Heads of Agreemlent.
All seemed in order, until the
incoming lHubert Ingrahami
administration decided to
review the agreement and
throw it open to public consul-
tation, amid concerns that the
investment incentives being
received were too generous, and
issues over the southwest Bay
Street re-routing and beach
access for Bahamians arose.
Back to the drawing board the
investors went, along with the
time and money that the review
would cost them.
Don't get us wrong. The
Ingraham administration is ful-
ly within its rights to review all
the contracts and Heads of
Agreement entered into (many
hurriedly) by its predecessor to
see if the Bahamian taxpayer
and resident is getting a bum
deal or value for money. Such a
review has to be done quickly
and transparently, though, if it is
not to hinder the economy or
damage the Bahamas' reputa-
tion as an investors' paradise.
There is everything to suggest
the Ingraham administration
realizes this, too.
And Tribune Business can

also understand the concerncls ,ot
Bahamians, wanting to preserve
what little public beach and sea
access they enjoy at a time
when, increasingly, the best land
appears to be handed to foreign
buyers for pure speculation or
mixed-luse resIor deve lopment.
The re-routing of a major thor-
oughfare lto make way for
Albany's "private members
club", or 'exclusive gated com-
munity full of foreigners', as
many would see it, will also
leave a sour taste in the mouth
for many. Understandable, per-
haps, as are concerns about
Albany's size and how it fits in
with the overall development
plan for New Providence.
Yet there are sound reasons
why the Albany project should
go ahead, and Tribune Business
will attempt to outline some of
them here, ignoring the 'tele-
phone numbers' figures bandied
about regarding the project's
likely economic impact:
Not least is that the devel-
opers have a signed contract
with the Government via the
November Heads of Agree-
ment. They are not trying to ful-
fil their obligations, and if the
Government does not deliver it
could leave itself open to a
'Breach of Contract' lawsuit.
Mind you, there is form for a
Bahamian government to stall

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on honoring a Heads of"
Agreement signed by the for-
meir administration.
Just ask the Setai (iroup and
Am\nan Resorts what happened
to their Norman's Cay project
under the Christie administra-
If Albany dies, the reputa-
tion done to the Bahamas'
image as an investment desti-
nation could be incalculable,
given that the investors behind
Albany are world-renowned
golfers Tiger Woods and Ernie
Els, plus Lyford Cay-based bil-
lionaire Joe Lewis through the
Tavistock Group. If they can't
get an investment project going,
what chance has anyone else
Given Tavistock Group's
track record in developing
prime, upscale communities
such Lake Nona and Isleworth
in Florida, and its deep pock-
ets, they have the financial
wherewithal to deliver on what
they say they are going to do,
unlike many of the speculators
and 'flash in the pans' that have
descended on the Bahamas in
recent years to engage in land
The Tavistock Group's
deep pockets and ability to start
construction as soon as all per-
mits are in would give a much-
needed shot in the arm to an
economy that is biding its time,
amid uncertainty over the Gov-
ernment's direction and the
news that Bacardi is pulling out.
Mr Lewis's extensive interests
in the Bahamas, both as a resi-
dent and investor in New Prov-
idence Development Compa-
ny. mean he is committed to this
nation and will not walk away
when the going gets tough,
much like fellow resident and
Baha Mar chief, Sarkis Izmir-
lian and his family.
Albany will not use any
Crown or Treasury Land,
instead employing property
already owned by the develop-
ers and their affiliates. All
seafront property in the devel-
opment is privately-owned, and
not accessible to Bahamians
anyway. The developers them-
selves have given binding com-
mitments to enhance beach
access for Bahamians elsewhere
in New Providence. There are
no sea views from the road.
Without Albany and the
critical mass it will create
through an ability to attract

high-net-worth tourists and
guests to southwestern New
Providence, the South Ocean
resort will not survive, and will
deteriorate into oblivion. The
$867 million plan to redevelop
South Ocean by Roger Stein's
RHS Ventures, possibly the last
chance to save the property, will
not succeed without Albany,
whose Heads of Agreement
commit it to selling needed land
to the South Ocean project that
is presently owned by New
Providence Development
Group. Again, without Albany,
nothing will happen at South
Ocean or, for that matter, in the
whole of western New Provi-
dence. Any initiative will need
the support of New Providence
Development Group, and good-
will will be in short supply if
Albany does not proceed.
Access to the historical
Clifton Heritage Park and oth-
er sites will be maintained.

Ultimately, the lesson from
this episode, for both govern-
ment and investors, is to be
more transparent with the
Bahamian people. How can
they and Bahamian firms pre-
pare, train and make plans to
take advantage of opportuni-
ties presented by such develop-
ments if they do not know they
are coming or what they repre-
Who can forget the immor-
tal line in court documents
relating to the Guana Cay dis-
pute, where it was said that pub-
lic consultation would not take
place until the project was
approved by the Prime Minis-
ter's Office? The answer for the
Government is to stop hiding
behind a 'schoolboy' veil of
secrecy, stop treating the
Bahamian people as 'dumb
schmucks' and be upfront, in
addition to creating a National
Land Use Policy. The Town
Meetings held by the FNM are
a start, and represent a welcome
change, but are an 'arse back-
wards' way of doing things that
should have happened under
the former administration.
We'll be watching to see if
the Government delivers on its
transparency and access to
information promises. At the
same time, it is incumbent on
the government, Bahamian peo-
ple and, yes, this newspaper, to
hold the developers' feet to the
fire to make sure they do what

they say they are going to do
and deliver on their promises

as well. Then we can all build a
better Bahamas.

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The public is hereby advised that Timothy Daniel Perkins is no longer employed
with Montana Holdings Ltd, the Developers of Rum Cay Resort Marina and is
not authorized to conduct any business on the Company's behalf.

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Montana Holdings Ltd the Developers of Rum Cay Resort Marina and is not
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PO. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00398

City of Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney by
Deed of Power of Attorney for Frances Theresa
Parris, Executrix, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration with the will annexed of the Real and
SR., late of the Eastern District, in the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

RO. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00399

42, Charlotte Ridge, Western piptrict in the Islandiof
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of FELIX MUSGROVE, SR., late of the
Settlement of George Town, in the Island of Great
Exuma, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00403

Whereas, HILTON GRAY, of Garden Hills, Southern
District in the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for Letters of Administration of the Real
and Personal Estate of ROCHELLE DENISE GRAY,
late of Garden Hills, Southern District in the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00404

Whereas, GLORIA MAJOR nee JOHNSON, of the
Settlement of Gregory Town in the Island of Eleuthera,
one of the Islands, of the Commonwealth of The

Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of EDWARD
Settlement of George Town, in the Island of Great
Exuma, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas

Probate Division

of Walton County in the State of Florida, one of the
States of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by LUTHER H. McDONALD,
of West Bay Street, Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law,
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining
the Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration in
the above estate granted to MEGAN F.
BRYNHILDSEN the Personal Representative of the
Estate, by the Probate Division of the First Judicial
Circuit of Florida, one of the States of the United
States of America, on the 9th day of January 2007.

Desiree Robinson

RO. BOX N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas

Probate Division

late of 311 East Morse Blvd. Building 1 No. 5 Winter
Park, Orange County, Florida, one of the States of
the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by EDWARD TERRY NORTH,
of Winton Highway, Eastern District of the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law,
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining
the Resealed Grant of amended letters of
administration in the above estate granted to
BARBARA B. PLOURDE the Successor Personal
Representative of the Estate, by the Circuit Court
for Orange County in the State of Florida, one of the
States of the United States of America, on the 3rd
day of October 2006.

Desiree Robinson

RPO. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00411

Whereas, ELIE ZEPHIRIN, of Cambridge Lane,
Western District in the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of DONNA DAMES
ZEPHIRIN, late of Cambridge Lane, Western District
in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00412

Whereas, ANGELA VICTORIA CURRY, of Johnson
Road, Eastern District in the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
RICHARD BASIL CURRY, late of Johnson Road,
Eastern District in the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00413

Carib Road, Eastern District in the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
Road, Eastern District in the Island of New
Providence, one, of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar.

RO. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00414

Drive, Winton Heights Estates, Eastern District in the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of BETTYE MARIE STUBBS, late of Hill View
Drive, Winton Heights, Eastern District in the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

RO. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00424

Whereas, IVA PAMELA McQUAY, of Dudley Lane
off Farrington Road, Western District in the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of EDWARD McQUAY, late of Dudley Lane
off Farrington Road, Western District in the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar





New Providence, TI
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00425

Rosewood Street, Pinewood Gardens
of New Providence, one of the Isla
Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
application to the Supreme Court of Th
for Letters of Administration of the Reala
Balfour Avenue in the Island of New
one of the Islands of the Commonw<
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such appi
be heard by the said Court at the exp
days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar

P.O. BOX N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas

Probate Division

,LUCIAN TINDALL JONES, late of 316 San Jose
,Drive in the Town of Dunedin, in the County of
Pinellas,-in the State of Florida, one of the States
of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by ADAM D. R. CAFFERATA,
of Poinciana House, West Mall and Poinciana Drives,
in the City of Freeport on the Island of Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed
Grant of Successor Letters of Administration in the
above estate granted to CONNIE J. AYERS, the
Successor Personal Representative, by the Circuit
Court of Pinellas County, Florida, Probate Division,
on the 27th day of July 2005.

K. Mackey

RO. BOX N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas

Probate Division

BREWER DIXON SR., late of the County of
Talladega in the State of Alabama, one of the States
of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration
of fourteen days from the date hereof, application
will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
in the Probate Division by TARA D. DORSETTE,
of Vista Condominiums in the City of Freeport, Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed
Grant of letters of testamentary in the above estate
granted to J. KELLY DIXION the Executor of the.
Estate, by the Probate Court in the Talladega County
in the State of Alabama, one of the States of the
United States of America, on the 28th day of May

Desiree Robinson



. Box N-167 PO. Box N-167
he Bahamas New Providence, The Bahamas

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00429
in the Island
hands of the Whereas, ANN SMITH, of the City of Freeport,
has made Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
ie Bahamas, Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
and Personal application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
IER, late of for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Providence, Estate of ERROL HUGH SMITH, late of the
health of The Settlement of Pinder's Point, Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.
locations will
iration of 14 Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21
days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

RO. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00430

Whereas, PATRICK JAMAKO BAIN, of #7 Laceby
Drive, Fortune Bay, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of PATRICK
SHERWIN BAIN, late of #2 Hillview Drive, Winton
Meadows, Eastern District, New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

RO. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00431

Whereas, ANDREW LEONARD DEAN, of #9 Sutton
Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of ERIC LEONARD DEAN, late of
Midshipman and Sutton Road, Freeport, Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21
days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar






not the rule'

FROM page 2

ily Islands, was "not the best
The BHA position paper
proposed a three per cent tax
on slip rental revenue, rather
than overall revenue, saying
this would be more "equi-
table". Yet it argued that
imposing a fuel surcharge was
" impractical", given the
already-high fuel costs and the
heavy tax burden imposed on
it currently in the Bahamas.
Seabed leases, which the
Government initially suggested
should incur a six per cent tax
before dropping the idea from
the policy, were something the
BHA said should not be seen
as a revenue source, as this
"would add significantly to
overall costs and discourage
marina investments".
The five-year rental renewal
suggested by the policy .was
also problematic", and longer
lease renewals were advocated
by the BHA to protect marina
developers and their clients.
Imposing a stamp tax on
dockominiums for lease trans-
actions, the BHA added, was
not right as no property was
conveyed. Instead, it was sug-
gested that the Government
levy a lease transfer fee of
around 3.5 per cent.
The BHA paper said the
Bahamas .Environment, Sci-
ence andt. cnology ( "$T
Commission's'marina flushing
standards, of a 90 percent
flush rate every 24 hours, was
too strict and "impossible" for
new marinas to meet.
It suggested that the primary
government agency responsi-
ble f( provingg and review-
ing proposed marina develop-
ments be the Department of

Physical Planning, with the
Docks Committee possibly
becoming a sub-agency of this
The BHA urged the Gov-
ernment not to .take the
Bahamas' position in the
worldwide marina industry for
granted, despite the country's
proximity to the US and vari-
ety of boating experiences it
could offer.
"The industry is highly com-
petitive, and despite it becom-
ing more difficult to build new
marinas in parts of southern
Florida, the industry's devel-
opment there continues," the
BHA paper said.
"Over 2,000 new slips are
under construction at this time
in Key West, Marathon, Mia-
mi, Fort Lauderdale, Palm
Beach County, Stuart and
Vero Counties. Broward
County has just authorised
approximately 5,000 addition-
al slips as part of its master
Five new marinas are being
planned in the Florida pan-
.handle, and the industry is
showing unprecedented
growth along the Gulf Coast
and eastern seaboard."
Meanwhile, in the Caribbean
large new marina develop-
ments had been completed or
were underway in St Thomas,
the Dominican Republic,
Antigua, St Lucia and Grena-
da, while there was the ever-
present -danger that.- Cuba
could opep~to US, tourists.at
any tiifie. ,,,
In its drain policy, the Gov-
ernment said the marina indus-
try was generating $25 million
in total revenues per annum
and 38,875 room nights per
annum, although the BHA
said more research needed to
be done to determine the sec-
tor's overall economic impact.


UBS Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd. a wholly owned subsidiary
of UBS AG invites applications for the position of:
Trust Administration- Head
As a member of Senior Management, the Trust
Administration Head will be expected to contribute to
the strategic, administrative and operational aspects of
the company.

Other Responsibilities include:
* Managing a larger team of trust administration
* Maintaining relationships with other UBS offices
worldwide in the capacity of Trust Administration
" Making independent operational and organizational
decisions with long term impact;
* Ensuring compliance with all aspects of UBS policies,
local laws and regulations;
* Ensuring efficient and high quality service;
" Results oriented Leadership;
* Direct relation and contact with clients.

* Seven years experience in Trust/Financial Services
with at least two to three years in a Senior
Management role;
* Relevant professional Trust qualifications and
Graduate degree in Law or Business;
* Proven leadership qualities;
* Previous work and experience in a global financial
organization is a plus.
The successful candidate will also be able to
demonstrate a strong ability to manage complex client
structures and the ability to meet tight deadlines.

Interested persons meeting the above criteria should
apply in writing, enclosing a full resum6 with cover
letter to:
UBS Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N 7757, Nassau, Bahamas





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Massage Therapy Essentials I
This introductory course gives you
the opportunity to learn basic tech-
niques of massage therapy. Major
topic areas will include Massage
Theory, Manipulations and
Techniques, Wellness Education
(Psychological and Physiological
Benefits), Indications and
Contraindications, Serving Special
Populations and Complementary
Bodywork Systems to include
Aromatherapy Essentials

Begins: Thursday 27 Septenter. 2007
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Duration: 10 Weeks
Tuition Fee: $465,00
Venue: Munnings 3uild ny',
The College of The Bahamas

Massage Therapy Essentials II
This is an advanced course for
learning techniques of massage
therapy and its many benefits.
Major topics include introduction
to hydrotherapy, spa and body
treatments, the basic facial,
aronmatherapy-fundamentals or
essential oils, relaxation and med-
itative methods, and hot stone

Begins: Monday, 24 September, 2007
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Duration: 10 Weeks
Tuition Fee: $620.00
Venue: Munnings Building*,
The College of The Bahamas

Group Fitness Instructor
This is an introductory course
for learning how to teach group
fitness and exercise classes.
Major topics of Jlscussion will
include: Basic anatomy and
physiology, choreography and
cueing, the five components of
fitness, nutrition, basic exer-
cise testing and how to teach
group exercise.

Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Duration: 10 Weeks
Tuition 4ee: $400 00
Venue: Munnings Building*,
The College of the Bahamas

*NOTE: The Munnings Building is situated next to KFC

International Conference

Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave

Trade: Telling the Storg
The College of The Bahamas
February 21-23, 2008
Nassau, The Bahamas


Call for Papers

The College of The Bahamas will host the Conference: "Abolition of The Trans-
Atlantic Slave Trade: Telling the Story, February 21-23, 2008 at the Oakes Field
Campus, Nassau.
Abstracts of approximately 200 words are invited on the following topics:
Language and Oppression
Religion in Slavery: Agent Provocateur or Opiate?
Slavery and Human Sensibility
Power and Enslavement
Kinship across the Diaspora
Identity: Culture, the Arts, Race and Gender
The African Diaspora's Gifts to the World
Enslavement and Liberation: Telling the Story through Teaching, Song,
Story and Preservation
Liberation: Ideologies, Contexts and Dynamics
Liberation: Simple Past or Present Continuous?

Please send abstracts as an attached Word file to Jessica Minnis, Chair of the
Conference Committee at abolitionconference(acob.edu.bs no later than Friday,
August 31, 2007.

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Conference Structure

The conference will feature 20-minute papers from all disciplines, followed by 10-
minute discussions, presented in concurrent and plenary sessions. Panel and
poster proposals will also be considered. Such proposals should be as complete
as possible.

Submissions (an electronic copy) should be directed to:
Jessica Minnis
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences
The College of The Bahamas
PO Box N4912
Nassau, Bahamas
E-mail: abolitionconf@cob.edu.bs

Deadline for Submission: Monday, December 31, 2007.
Accommodation for Non-Resident Delegates
Information will be forthcoming.


Three Days: $450:00
Day Rate: $150:00
Late Registration Fee: $125.00
Student Rate: $150.00
Student Day Rate: $75.00

For information on the availability of student subsidies, please contact:
Vice President Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations
Tel: (242) 302 4455

Registration is open and online at litt~://www.cob.edu.bs/abolitionconf.hp.



The Education I oan Authority is a quasi government corporation established under the Education Loan
Authority Act 2002, charged with the responsibility of raising monies for the Education Loan Guarantee
scheme established under the Education Guarantee Fund Act 2001

The Education Loan Authority invites applicants for the position of Accounts Administrator with
the responsibility of the daily administration of the student loan portfolio. This position will be
liasing with all stakeholders and as such the successful candidates must have good
communications skills and be a team player.

Associates Degree in Accounting or related field; PLUS
3 years of experience in accounting or related field
Working experience of Microsoft Office Software
Experience in banking would be an asset

The Salary range for the post is $24,000 x 600 $28,800 per annum

Interested persons are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and documentary evidence of
qualifications and three (3) references to:

Education Loan Authority
P.O. Box SS-19039
Nassau, Bahamas

Deadline: September 7, 2007
No telephone calls will be accepted

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The Ministry of Foreign affairs announces that application for the captioned
'cllo\\ ship at the Graduate and I undergraduatee levels are being accepted.

Applications will be accepted in the fields of study related to the OAS priority
development areas of Social Development and the creation of production employment,
education 1 economic diversification and .integration, trade liberalization and market
access, Scientific development and exchange & transfer of Technology, Strengthening
of democratic institution. Sustainable development of tourism, Sustainable develop-
ment and the environment, culture.

Candidates are required to be citizens or permanent residents in OAS member states,
produce transcript with a minimum GPA of 3.00, passport (3), current medical'
ccrtilicate, Tlucce (3) statements of Recommendations from Professors Lectures,
Copies ol A\cademic qualifications and copies of pages one through three together with
visa page of applicant's passport.

Applications can be completed electronically form the OAS web site at www.oas.org
and presented in triplicate at the Ministry along with the supporting documents. The
deadline for receipt of application is 21 September, 2007.

Additional information can be obtained by containing the Technical Assistance
Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at telephone number
356-5956/9. oi by enm.il to tc hnicalassictance@mfabahmas.org.

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Visit our website at www.cob.edu.bs

is pleased to announce that

has returned to these Chambers as
Partner and Attorney-at-Law

Formerly Minister of Immigration-May 2002 to Feb 2006
and Minister of Financial Services-Feb 2006 to May 2007
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Mr. Peet will head the Commercial, Litigation and
Corporate Practice areas of the Chambers.

Mr. Peet was admitted to practice 21st August,
1981 at the Supreme Court of The Commonwealth
of The Bahamas

#147 Shirley Street

P.O.Box N-3941

Nassau, N.P Bahamas

Telephones:(242) 322-2358


(242) 322-8056


Common Law & Equity Division
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of E



IN T HE MATTER of ALL THAT piece, parcel or lot of land containing
5,090 square feet of land being known as Lot Number Twenty-Four (24)
in Block Number Thirty-nine (39), Englerston Subdivision situate in the
Southern District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas as shown on the Nassau Master Plan of
the said Subdivision which Plan is filed in the Department of Lands and
Surveys in the City of Nassau in the Island of New Providence and demarked
by Auxiliary Plan and marked "E.A." filed herein and shown coloured PINK
The Petition of ETHLYN ADDERLEY formerly of Podoleo Street in the
Southern District of the said Island of New Providence but now of Pinewood
Gardens Subdivision in the said island of New Providence in respect of:-
ALL THAT piece, parcel or lot of land being Lot Number Twenty-Four
(24) in Block Number Thirty-nine (39), Englerston Subdivision situate
in the Southern Disctrict of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as shown on the Nassau
Master Plan of the said Subdivision which Plan is filed in the Department
of Lands and Surveys in the City of Nassau in the Island of New
Providence and demarked by Auxiliary Plan and marked "E.A." filed
herein and shown coloured PINK thereon.
ETHLYN ADDERLEY claims to be the owner in fee simple in possession
of the said land free from encumbrances and has made application to the
Supreme Court in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of
The Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have its title to the said land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the provision of the
said Act.
A plan of the said land may be inspected during normal office hours in the
following places:
(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court in the said City of Nassau;
(b) The Chambers of Cooper & Co, Cooplaw House, 210 East Street,
New Providence Bahamas, Attorneys for the Petitioner.
Notice is hereby given that any person having dower or a right of dower or
an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before
the 19th day of October, 2007 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the
Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his/her claim in the prescribed
form, verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such
person to file and serve a statement of his/her claim on or before the 19th
day of October, 2007 will operate as a bar to such claim.
Dated this 31st day of July, A.D., 2007
Attorneys for the Petitioner
210 East Street
New Providence, The Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner


The School of Education will be holding a

Teaching Practice Symposium

Thursday, September 6, 2007 @ 2:00 p.m.

in Lecture Theatre (4th Floor) of the Michael H. Eldon Complex

for all student teachers who will be participating in the teaching practice exercise

this semester (Fall 2007). At this meeting all matters related to Teaching Practice

will be discussed and students will receive confirmation of school placement.


Course Description: This course is for the beginner who
knows very lte about computers and does not understand
how they work. This course covers the major computer con-
cepts with extensive hands-on practice of various software
using: (1) Microsoft Office Word Processing (ii) Microsoft
Excel Spreadsheet (111) Microsoft Access Database
Pre-requisite None
Date Wednesday. 12 September, 2007
Time: 11 O0am -2 OOpm Section 01 (CEES)
Date Monday 10 September, 2007
Tune 6.00pm 9 00pm Section 02 (CEES)
Dale' Saturday. 15 September, 2007
Time: 10.00am -1 00pni Section 03 (CEES)
Duhbon. 12 weeks Venue CEES Coamourer Lar
Tuition. $450 00
Course Descnption. Ths course covers the major advanced con-
i.' .] I..". M ,'r., .. naU ,J j 1
Pre-requrse.: Computer Appitcatois I
Bft s Thirsday. 13 Seotember. 2007

Duration: 12 weeks
Fees: $550.00

Eue: CEES p Lab

This workshop is design to de pw paut:
Vie baslenmelst of Wrown Power'o "!
effective and dyruroc PowerPoint Peserlal
Pn-requisite: None
8ega: Thu y, 4 Octbe 2007
Time: 93eBm-4:3Dpn
V~ef9 CEES Compter Lab

Course Descnption This course covers basic concepts of Informat on
Technology. The course provides training i n e following areas:
Basic Hardware Proficiency, Application Features Proficiency.
Operating System Proficiency. Internet and Emaill Profidency.
Pie-requisite: None
Begins: Wednesday. 12 September, 2007
Time 6:00pnr 9 00pm Duration: 12 weeks
Venue: CEES Computer Lah Fees: $450.00
Course Description Tnis course covers the fundamentals of the
khcrosoft Excel spreadsheet. Tools that are needed for basic entry
and manipi!at:on of ceo!s and worksheets are presented.

Pre-requisite. None
Begins Saturday. 29 September. 2007
Time 2Opmro 5:00pm
Venue: CEES Computer Lab

D Ojuaton weeks
Fees: S25000


Course Descnpion This course assumes no earcultar background
PRESENTATIONS Q ad takes t'e student forr the level of novice to an advanced lewe
Ciparits *th an ovemaw of Athorough grounding ri al of the fundamentals of document handling
! f scus .on de5to.'W," !rl ,.1crosoft Word is prsenled
PFtreqU-ti Sil one
Begis Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Durafon 1 dav T"me 11I 0oa"rn -2OOp Duration weeks
Fees: $160.00 Venue CEES Computer Lab Fees- S250 00

Course Description This course is a hands-on introduction to leno!-
ogy systems for use in infomation environments. The co 'se *':
cover the following topics: Basic Hardware, Operabng S.ystem
Troubleshooting and Repairs.
Pre-requisite: None
Begis: Monday & Wednesday, 17 Septernbe, 2007
Time: 6:00pm 7:30pmr Duration 12 weeks
Venue: BHTC Computer Lab Fees" 5500 00
Course Description: This course is designed to train new and exst'nq
small business entrepreneurs (fewer than 20 employees) ow to
organize and manage their accounting activities using QuickBooks
Pro software Students will ieam how to sel-u the:r npan" fcies
chart of accounts, budget cusiome.s vendors ad .e c'-,-e
Pre-requisite. None
Beg ns. Tuesday, 25 September. 2007
Time: 6:00pm -9.00pmr Duration: 6 ,eks
Venue: CEES Coruite' Lab Fees. S33" "'
Course Descnption. This coise wr.ch targets peirsis ,'o v.o'i,:
like to create heir persona! weh pagc wii co';ei Wet,! a;e C'taton
Web Site Manage'ment a.n HTIML Specif. lt pe s *' ltH
corv atao G'n0 cm Li nt ea cm'-or s a'. 1' es r no of
web pages
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Begns Thusdav & F a-v. 8t'ht Ocltoer-. 07
VTime 9 30ar- 4.30p.n D.irator s da' s
Venue; CEES Computer Lac Fees: S550 00

ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-coordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-1936 or email perdev@cob.edu.bs fees are includ-
ed with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time). When submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages
of your passport. CEES reserves the right to change Tuition, Fees. Course Content, Course Schedule and Course.



FALL 2007


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This workshop is designed to provide participants with an
overview of the fundamentals of superior customer service.
It focuses on customer value, retention and relationship
building and employee motivation.

Date: Thursday, 11 October, 2007
Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
Venue: Grovenor Close Nursing School
Tuition: $170.00

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an
overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint. It
focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint


Date: Thursday, 4 October, 2007
Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
Tuition: $160.00

This course will cover Web Page Creation, Wel~ite
Management and HTML. Persons who enjoy fiWdlina ,\,ilh
computers and would like to create their own web pt.':n(es n
encouraged to attend. Specific topics will include Foualtiing,
Graphics, NMiuline-;.i. Forms and Tables and hosting of wle

Date: Thursday & Friday 18th & 19th October. 201)7
Time: 9.30am 4:30pm
Venue: CEES Computer Lab. Moss Road
Tuition: $550.00

ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-00931 328-1936 or email
perdev@cob.edu.bs. All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time). When
submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages of your passport. CEES reserves the right to
change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course Materials.

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LAING, from 1
tional, and was moving as rapid-
ly as possible to develop an all-
encompassing trade policy, it
would not be 'held hostage' by
the January 1, 2008, deadline
for the EPA to take effect.
"We are not moving with a
view to completing the EPA
negotiations," Mr Laing said.
"We are moving with a view
to establishing for the Bahamas
a trade policy that responds to
every trade arrangement, and
we have to have adequate time
to do that.
"It will take time; I don't
know how much time. If it
allows us to complete the EPA
negotiations, fine. Over the next
eight to 12 months, we will be in
a position to complete our
Memorandum of Trade Regime
and establish the fundamental
issues in relation to trade policy.

That will put us in a much bet-
ter position to deal with any
trade arrangements."
He implied that the Govern-
ment would not be rushed
despite the upcoming EPA
deadline, with talks on the
agreement between the EU and
76 nations that make up the
African, Caribbean and Pacific
(ACP) group of countries sup-
posed to be concluded by Sep-
tember-October 2007.
Mr Laing's comments backed
up what The Tribune had been
told, namely that the new gov-
ernment's priority is complet-
ing the Memorandum of Trade
Regime and kickstarting the
long-stalled accession process
towards full membership in the
World Trade Organisation
(WTO), plus developing an all-
encompassing trade policy.
That is unlikely to please
Polymers International, which





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last week said a loss of duty-
free access to the EU markets if
the Bahamas failed to sign the
EPA would cost 15 per cent of
its annual sales, and might make
it reconsider its current third
phase expansion of its Freeport
plant. Apart from direct jobs at
Polymers, employees and truck-
ing companies and the Freeport
Container Port could also suffer
from any EPA-related fallout.
Likewise with seafood whole-
salers/exporters, such as Par-
adise Fisheries and Tropic
Seafood, who have warned that
loss of duty-free access to the
EU would make their products
uncompetitive on price, raising
costs by 8-12 per cent and jeop-
ardizing $60 million of annual
exports to France.
Mr Laing said he had con-
tacted Greg Ebelhar, Polymers
International's chief operating
officer, after the company told


The Tribune of its concerns to
assure him the Government was
proceeding as rapidly as possi-
ble on trade policy development
and, by extension, the EPA.
But the minister told The Tri-
bune: "I owe it to the country to
move in this fashion, because
these trade arrangements have
implications beyond mere eco-
nomics. We have to be certain
what we are settling on is not
inviting us to compromise our
economic future.
"We will try to preserve and
protect the interests of those
threatened if we do not con-
clude the EPA by December;
we will do as much as we can.
We have certainly taken note
of their concerns. But as we
indicated, these trade arrange-
ments have implications for the
broader economy, and all these
implications have to be taken
into account before we move."
Mr Laing also took a swipe
at the former Christie govern-
ment, which he said had failed
to move the WTO accession
process forward from where the
first Ingraham administration
had left it, or develop a coher-
ent trade policy, during five
years in office.
He said that during a meeting
with Dr Richard Bernal, head
of the Caribbean Regional
Negotiating Machinery
(CRNM), which is negotiating
the EPSA on the Bahamas' and
Caribbean's behalf, he had told
him that "ideally, if the
Bahamas had followed through
over the last five years", it
would have completed the
WTO accession process and
developed the trade policy sore-
ly lacking now.
"There's no question that we
have lost significant time by not
completing our application for
full accession to the WTO and
development of a trade policy
over the last five years," Mr
Laing said. "Had we been in
office, no doubt the matter
would have been examined and
considered. We will not make
that mistake again."
Responsibility for trade mat-
ters has bounced around
between government ministries,
starting with Leslie Miller and
the ministry of trade and indus-
try under the Christie adminis-
tration, before going to Fred
Mitchell and the ministry of for-
eign affairs after the 2006 Cab-
inet reshuffle. Now, it is under
the Ministry of Finance.
Among the Government's
concerns over the EPA's wider
implications are the fact that it

could contain hidden provisions
exposing the Bahamian finan-
cial services industry to tax
information exchange, although
this has been discounted by the
CRNM, which said CARICOM
countries had successfully resist-
ed its inclusion in the EPA.
Mr Laing listed other con-
cerns as intellectual property
rights and competition policy.
To comply with WTO rules, the
EPA has to be a two-way sys-
tem of trade preferences involv-
ing reciprocity, where the con-
cessions offered to Bahamian
exporters by the EU have to be
given in kind to EU imports
coming into this nation.
Other areas that are likely to
be impacted by the EPA are
government procurement, the
investment approvals process
and the National Investment
Policy that restricts certain areas
of the economy to Bahamian
ownership only and, potentially,
Immigration policy and the
movement of workers.
However; Mr Laing said the
"overriding" concern was the
fiscal impact, and the effects on
the Bahamian tax system, if the
Bahamas allowed in EU
imports duty-free to this nation.
This, he indicated, had poten-
tially wider ramifications down
the line if the Bahamas had to
negotiate a replacement for the
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) with the US.
This, too, would involve the
creation of a two-way prefer-
ences regime, and for Bahamian
exports to enter the US duty-
free, UWS goods coming into
this nation would also have to
be exempted from customs and
stamp duty. Since the Bahamas
imports about 90 per cent of its
products from the US, this
would undermine the Bahamian
tax regime in one fell swoop.
Customs duties in the 2007-
2008 fiscal year are projected
to account for 41 per cent of
total government revenues,
standing at $605.769 million.
Stamp tax on these imports is
projected to earn $199.751 mil-
lion, meaning that trade taxes
will account for $805.52 million
or 54 per cent of total govern-
ment revenues.
Mr Laing indicated to The
Tribune that the terms on which


NOTICE is hereby given that HULMAN MICHEL 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
September, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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
September, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Common Law and Equity Divison





LET ALL PARTIES attend before the Registrar of the
Supreme Court of the Commonewealth of The Baha-
mas in Chambers, Ansbacher House, East Street in the
City of Nassau, on Friday the 5th day of October A.D.
2007 at 11:00 o'clock forenoon or so soon thereafter as
Counsel can be heard upon the hearing of an application
on the part of the Plaintiff for a Judgement in Default
of Appearance pursuant to Order 13, Rule 2 (0.13, r.2).

Dated this 22nd day of August A.D., 2007



This Summons was taken out by Messrs. Ferreira & Com-
pany, whose address for service is Kemp Building, 39 East
Street North, Nassau Bahamas, Attorneys for the First

the Bahamas signs on to the
EPA could dictate the terms it
was able to obtain from the
WTO and any replacement for
the CBI.
Others, though are likely to
be dismayed at the Govern-
ment' stance, believing this
nation has the ability to reserve
its position and not sign on to
anything in the EPA that it
believes is not in its interest.
They are likely to argue that
missing the EPA deadline will
cost the Bahamas jobs, EU mar-
ket access and further reduce
the number of manufacturers,
exporters and foreign-exchange
earning industries based in this
However, Mr Laing said Bac-
ardi had told the Government
that the issue of duty-free EU
access was not a major, or even
a deciding factor, in its decision
to end rum production from the
Bahamas and close its plant by
April 2009.
Yet a Ministry of Foreign
Affairs briefing paper for the
former Christie Cabinet indi-
cated that if Bacardi's exports
were submitted to a $5 per gal-
lon customs tax by the EU, they
would become uncompetitive,
a situation the company has
warned would'cause it to shift
production elsewhere and close
its Bahamian plant, costing at
a minimum more than $13 mil-
lion in excise taxes and 180
Bahamian jobs.
Signing on to the EPA would
also mean the Bahamas could
lose $10-$14 million in annual
tax revenues through allowing
EU imports to enter duty free,
but it would be able to main-
tain duty-free access for its
exporters, and a $20 million
positive trade balance with the.
EU. Currently, the Bahamas
exports $66.315 million worth
of products to the EU, based
on 2004 figures, and imports
$42.93 million. Some $35 mil-
lion of the Bahamas' exports
are seafood products.
In turn, it is understood that
Polymers would suffer a $7 mil-
lion per annum or $500,000 per
month sales loss on its EU
exports, in addition to reducing
business at Freeport Container
Port and among trucking com-

., ...- L-vibrLH 3, 2007, PAGE 11B



s revival



key to wealth spread

FROM page 1

Klonaris said of Bay Street's
current condition, which
appears to be deteriorating on
an almost daily basis. He added
that the state of Nassau's city
centre had an impact on how
the Bahamas was perceived as a
destination and its overall
image, something that had
wider economic ripple effects.
"You have these huge devel-
opments coming on now Par-
adise Island, Baha Mar, Albany,
Lyford Cay and possibly South
Ocean," Mr Klonaris told The
Tribune. "We want to be
included, and if we're going to
get some benefits from these
beautiful developments then we
have to have a first-class city
that's beautiful and enjoyable.
The tourists will then come
downtown and the wealth cre-
Ated by their spending is going
fo spread."
Otherwise, Mr Klonaris said,
the wealth and benefits creat-
ed by tourist guests at these pro-
jects was "going to go into a
couple of pockets, and is not
going to spread too much.. It's
important the wealth and cre-
ation of wealth sits in the hands
6f the locals."
Reflecting on Solomon's
Mines decision to close four of
its stores, Mr Klonaris said it
was critical for Bahamians to
be enticed into returning to
shop in downtown Bay Street,
for otherwise downtown Nas-
sau's retail offering would lack
, Most of Bay Street's retail
offering consists of luxury goods
and jewellery stores, chiefly
catering to tourists, t-shirt,
liquor and souveniur stores.
Mr Klonaris said: "Take from
3ast Street going west. If you
ok at the type of merchandise
eing displayed, it's all the
ame and it's starting to have
n effect' -"

Until we get Bahamians to
come downtown and shop,
we're not going to have the
diversity to make it a complete
He added that he and other
NTDB executives, including
Frank Comito and Suzanne Pat-
tusch-Smith, had "just complet-
ed" work on a White Paper on
"what are the necessary solu-
tions for moving the city for-
ward. This would be presented
to the Prime Minister, and pos-
sibly Deputy Prime Minister
Brent Symonette, this week.
Mr Klonaris said he was
"pretty optimistic" that the
Government's response to the
proposals would be favourable,
adding: "We're going to find
out quickly government's posi-
tion on a lot of the issues that
have been sought out over the
years. We're going to be making
final recommendations and a
presentation. I think they will
be on board. It should be a total
"I think there is an under-
standing in the Bahamas that it
is not business as usual.
Our competition is not just
in this region, it's worldwide.
We need to spruce the product
up and get things moving. We
really need to improve the city."
The city of Nassau, Mr
Klonaris said, needed to have
"global heft", and if it became

one of the world's top destina-
tions it would help other indus-
tries such as financial services
by attracting top-level execu-
tives to relocate to this nation.
The NTDB chairman added
that the final report on the fea-
sibility of the proposed reloca-
tion of all shipping facilities
from downtown Nassau to a
new port, situated between
Commonwealth Brewery and
BEC's Clifton power plant in
southwestern New Providence,
would be submitted by Dutch
consultants Ecorys "in the mid
or latter part of September".
Ecorys' initial reports, Mr
Klonaris said, had been "very
favourable" on the southwest-
ern port's feasibility.
Mr Klonaris said of the new
port: "The location, I think, is
debatable, but the removal of
the container port is not a
debatable issue. It's something
everyone agrees has to happen.
It's just common sense."
Referring to the debate over
whether the shipping facilities
should be relocated to Arawak
Cay, rather than southwestern
New Providence, Mr Klonaris
added: "We have to be careful
in terms of how we look at these
costs." 0
A number of concerns, he
indicated, had been raised
about the extra transportation
and fuel costs that would be

The American Embassy in Nassau, The Bahamas has a re-
quirement for a qualified contracting firm to provide labour, equipment, and
materials to remove one existing steel underground storage tank (UST) and
install one new double wall fiberglass or double wall fiberglass reinforced
plastic (FRP) jacketed steel tank (for example Glasteel, Plasteel, Permatank
or equivalent). This construction effort is estimated at between $100,000
and $250,000 as per FAR 36.204 and needs to be completed no later than
December 31, 2007 in Nassau, The Bahamas. The new UST shall be ap-
proximately 9500 liter (2500 U.S. Gallons). The new tank installation work
will include all associated equipment for leak detection and monitoring and
all piping in accordance with the specifications to be provided. The embassy
can assist with duty-free entry for the tank and equipment associated with
this project once the contract is awarded and a qualified firm is selected.

All firms who respond to the solicitation must be technically qualified and
financially responsible to perform the work. At a minimum, cach Offerer must
meet the following requirements when submitting their proposal:
Be able to understand written and spoken English;
Have an established business with a permanent address and
telephone listing;
Have the necessary personnel, equipment and financial resources
available to perform the work;
Have all licenses and permits required by local law;
Meet all local insurance requirements;
Have the ability to obtain a performance and guarantee bond and a
payment bond, or to post adequate performance security, such
as irrevocable letters of credit or guarantees issued by a reputable
financial institution;
Have no adverse criminal record;
Have no political or business affiliation which could be considered
contrary to the interests of the United States
Have good experience and past performance records; and,
Identify specialized experience and technical competence required
to construction the work in accordance with this solicitation.

If a firm is interested in competing for this requirement, please provide a
written request for a copy of the solicitation by Monday, September 17th,
2007 to the Attention: Contracting Officer or Procurement Supervisor, U.S.
Embassy Nassau, 42 Queen Street, PO. Box N-8197, Nassau The Bahamas,
Telephone (242) 322-1181 ext 4277, Fax (242) 328-7838 Or via email at

incurred in shipping goods from
th,. southwestern port and dis-
tributing them around New
Yet Mr Klonaris said this
might result in cost savings if it
made transportation and distri-
bution more efficient, taking
lorries and container trucks out
of congested downtown Nassau.
"Huge costs savings", he,
added, might also result from
the larger shipping facilities that
were proposed at the port, as
this would enable the shipping
companies to bring in larger car-
go loads.




Department of Public Service
Vacancy for Trainee Air Traffic Controllers-

GN 577

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Bahamians to fill the
posts of Trainee Air Traffic Controller in the Department of Civil
Aviation, Ministry of Tourism and Aviation.

Requirements for the post:

0 Applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age, possess
a minimum of five (5) B.G.C.S.E passes at Grade "C" or above
or equivalent, including English Language and preferably
Spanish, Mathematics and Physics and have no speech, sight
or hearing defects. Successful applicants would be required to
pass a medical examination before appointment.

0 Successful applicants will be required to undergo a period of


Providing communication at the Flight Information Center;

Alerting emergency agencies in the event of known emergency
on or in the vicinity of the airport;

Alerting Search and Rescue on overdue, missing or unreported

Providing pre and in-fight briefing to pilots;

Receiving post flight briefing;

Providing Flight watch services for flights conducted in -
accordance with Visual Flight Rules;

Receiving and handling flight plans;

Operating the Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunications Network
Circuit (AFTN), for the transmission of flight plans, notices to
airmen and other aeronautical messages, providing air-ground

Notifying the supervisor of any unusual or emergency
conditions observed or reported;

Forwarding all Pilot's Report (PIREP'S) to the Meteorological
Forwarding all updated flight progress strips;

Posting and requesting information on aircraft requiring search
and rescue;

Assisting other Flight Information Centre (FIC) positions to the
extent possible;

Transmitting emergency messages without delay;

Notifying Supervisor of incoming emergency messages without

Securing daily air traffic movement.

The salary of the post is in Scale I, $10,700 x 400 $25,500 per
annum (July 2006 salary scale). Entry point will be commensurate
with qualifications.

Serving officers must apply through their Heads of Departments.

Interested persons may obtain application forms from the Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation, King and George Streets, Civil Aviation
Department, Crawford Street or the Public Service Commission,
Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting Street and Augusta Streets. They
must be returned complete with original qualifications and
documentary proof of relevant experience, to the Secretary, Public
Service Commission, Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting and Augusta
Streets no later than 7 September, 2007.

Public Service Commission

NOTICE is hereby given that CORNELIA COAKLEY OF
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 AUGUST, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas. I I





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