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* By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net.
A NUMBER of public ser-
vants will be out of employ-
ment at the end of September
because of improper hiring
procedures before the general
elections in May, a union offi-
cial claimed yesterday.
According to John Pinder,
President of the Bahamas
Public Services Union
(BPSU), 40 persons employed
as public servants with the
Ministry of Education, Youth,
Sports and Culture have
received letters from govern-
ment informing them that
their services will no longer
be needed as of September 30,
2007.
Mr Pinder told The Tribune
yesterday that he has received
numerous complaints from
civil servants who claim they
have been unduly dismissed
by the FNM administration,
however he said many of them
were not hired under proper
protocol.
According to Mr P.inder,
these civil servants were hired
"on delegated powers from
the permanent secretary"
shortly before the general
elections without going
through the proper govern-
ment channels for financial
clearance.
He added: "It is unfair...
to say the (FNM) government
is firing these people when


they were never hired in the
first place."
According to Mr Pinder.
none of the public servants
being terminated has been
able to provide the union with
a letter of employment. He
revealed that as far as he
knew, 28 persons stationed at
the Ministry of Youth seem
to have been hired on :i
month-to-month basis for ""i,
SEE page nine

Claim that
former BDM
candidate has
joined PLP
POLITICAL sources claim
that Omar Archer, the
Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment's former secretary gen-
eral and election candidate,
has joined the PLP.
Although formal confirma-
tion is expected to come
today, sources close to the
matter said last night that Mr
Archer is already a card car-
rying member of the opposi-
tion.
The decision was reported-
ly taken after a series of dis-
cussions with attorney Paul
Moss, who joined the PLP
earlier this year.
One source said Mr Archer
made the decision after hear-
ing PLP leader Perry Christie
say that he is "the bridge to
the future."


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* By R PERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net
WHILE not impossible, for-
mer Minister of Housing Shane
Gibson said it would be
extremely difficult and could
he "considered a miracle" for
there to be a decrease in the
cost of government housing.


A price reduction, he said,
would not meet consumer
demand and would produce an
inferior product.
"What is virtually impossible
is a lower price for the same
quality," Mr Gibson told The
Tribune.
When he was minister, Mr
SEE page nine


Family of man killed in confrontation

with police meet with commissioner


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE family of Kenneth 'Kenny' Russell of
Andros, who was shot and killed during a con-
frontation within a; police officer on Sunday morn-
ing, met yesterday with (Commissioner of Police
Paul Farquharson, who informed them that the
"chips will fall where they may" in the wake of
the death.
Yesterday afternoon, Mr Farquharson con-
firmed to The Tribune that having spoken with


the officer involved he has given instructions
to acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Regi-
nald Ferguson to put him on administrative
leave, according to the "usual process."
Bill Pratt of Conch Sound Kenny's uncle -
with Kenny's mother, Alma. and other family
members, said that in the meeting with the Com-
missioner lie offered his condolences to the fam-
ily and said a full investigation will be launched.
According to Mr Farquharson, he assured
the family that the investigation will be con-
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Suicide attempt
by man accused
of murdering
four school boys
* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net
THE man accused of murder-
ing four school boys in Grand
Bahama attempted for the third
time to take his life in Her
Majesty's Prison's Maximum
Security Unit.
It is reported that this is Far-
rington's third attempt at ending
his life.
Cordell Farrington, also sen-
tenced to death for the murder
of 22-year-old Jamal Robins, cut
his wrists in an attempt to commit
suicide before 3am Sunday,
according to prison officials.
Officers, who found Farring-
ton while on routine patrol at the
Maximum Security Unit, discov-
ered that he had "converted a
device" into a sharp object to cut
himself.
Farrington was taken by ambu-
lance to the Princess Margaret
Hospital whete he was treated
for the self inflicted wound and
released some four hours later.
He was returned to Her
Majesty's Prison without incident.
On August 18, 2006 an eight-
man four-woman jury unani-
SEE page nine

Lawyer claims
'shoddy' police
work led to acquittal
of man charged
with boy's murder
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
LAST week's acquittal of a
43-year-old man who was
charged with the murder of a
nine-year-old boy was the result
of "shoddy" police work and
highlights the need for new leg-
islation, a prominent lawyer said
yesterday.
Nine-year-old Devaughn
Knowles died in 2004 as a result
of a brutal rape. The man orig-
inally charged with murder,
Earl Darville. walked free last
week after Justice Stephen
Isaacs refused to accept an
alleged confession as evidence.
Darville claimed that the con-
fession had been beaten out of
him by police.
Shocked by the ruling, police
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Save Guana Cay group expresses oln brief
STwo charged

S with robbery
solidarity with Albany protestersat Domino'ser
Pizza


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE Save Guana Cay Reef
Association has "extended its
sympathies" to those who are
complaining about the Albany
mega project.
They asked New Providence
citizens who may feel "margin-
alised" to remember that they
"do have rights" which they can
call upon in the face of powerful
investors.
"Each brick that goes up in a
development, each road that is
to be changed, each tree that is
to be cut, every mangrove that's
going to be uprooted: permits
are required and persons affect-
ed privately or publicly can take
action they can challenge the
office of the prime minister,
they can get judicial review and
they can protect their rights,"
said Fred Smith, lawyer for the
organisation.
According to the attorney,
the SGCRA "hopes that the
people of New Providence can
now empathise with the 150
Bahamians in Guana Cay who
have complained bitterly under
the PLP administration prin-
cipally of a lack of consultation
for the Bakers Bay develop-
ment," adding that the "people
of Guana Cay stand with" those


calling for consultation in New
Providence.
"That has been at the epi-
centre of the dispute in Guana
Cay, that Perry Christie and his
cabinet secretly negotiated the
heads of agreement and foist-
ed it upon the people of Guana
Cay, or in other words, they
dropped anchor on them," he
said.
The FNM government
recently organised several town
meetings, attended by Albany
and South Ocean developers,
for the public to be apprised of
the projects, raise issues and ask
questions, in light of the fact
that the former government dis-
closed few details about the pro-
jects.
Albany's Heads of Agree-
ment was signed in November
2005, while the South Ocean
project has been agreed upon
in principle but has yet to be
formally signed off on.
Mr Smith claims that there is
a need for expanded local gov-
ernment, as promised in the
FNM's election manifesto, in
order for the people of New
Providence to "one day have
some say in what happens on
their very small island that is
getting much smaller as a result
of these plantation develop-
ments."
Nonetheless he admitted that


such provisions in the out
islands have not necessarily aid-
ed islanders in this sense, as
they have often been overpow-
ered.
Some locals and environ-
mentalists have been opposed
to the Baker's Bay Develop-
ment in Guana Cay since 2005.
It has been accused of damaging
the environment through the
clearing of trees and mangroves,


disturbance of turtle nesting
grounds, and potentially ruin-
ing nearby reefs as a result of
run-off from a proposed golf
course. among other concerns.
However, the developers
insist that they are following
stringent environmental guide-
lines and in some cases exceed-
ing what is required from the
project in terms of environ-
mental protection measures.


Yesterday Mr Smith empha-
sised that he is not against
developments such as Albany
in southwest New Providence
going ahead, but merely feels
strongly that "it should not hap-
pen in isolation to those who
are most affected."
The attorney's ire is not only
reserved for the former gov-
ernment that approved the con-
troversial Bakers Bay project
without public consultation, but
also increasingly towards the
current administration, which
he says is yet to "make good on
the promise" that they would
disclose certain information
about the project and reserve
remaining Crown land for
Bahamians.
"As far as I am concerned the
FNM is now worse than the
PLP as far as Guana Cay is con-
cerned. It is hypocritical for the
FNM to promise 'freedom of
information'...and to continue
to deny the Bahamian citizens
of Guana Cay the right to know
what happened in their com-
munity under the PLP's watch."
Minister of state for Finance
Zhivargo Laing told The Tri-
bune in July that he is not aware
of any additional land grants to
the developers, and added that
his government is committed to
making public the negotiations
related to these developments.


TWO men have been
charged in connection with a
robbery-at Domino's Pizza
last week.
According to court dock-
ets, it was alleged that on
Thursday, August 30, while
armed with a handgun,
Michael Gardiner, 21 of Dan-
nottage Estates and Gerald
Davis, 21, of Kemp Road
robbed Tabia Thomas of
$2,392.20 in cash, the prop-
erty of Domino's pizza on
East Bay Street.
The men were also 'charged
with receiving the money and
with possession of an unli-
censed firearm was well as
possession of ammunition.
According to court dock-
ets, the men were allegedly
found in possession of a silver
Taurus .40 pistol with a
brown handle as well as two
live round of .40 mm bullets.
Davis was represented by
attorney Shaka Serville.
Both men were not
required to plead to the
charges and the case was
adjourned to December 3.
The men were remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison.

Cuban exile
plans to sell


Union officials 'satisfied' with regularisation of civil servants Guevara's hair'


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

UNION officials are satisfied
that government is making a
concerted effort to regularise
civil servants. The Tribune has
learned.
This statement came from the
president of the Bahamas Pub-
lic Services Union (BPSU).
John Pinder yesterday.
According to Mr Pinder, after
several meetings with govern-
ment officials he feels confident
that the concerns his union
members feel are pertinent will
be looked at in a timely manner.
Mr Pinder could not confirm
that a union meeting was sched-
uled for today as one source


claimed, however he stated that
he had several meetings last
week with Minister of Health
Dr Hubert Minnis and Prime
Minister Hubert ingraham
regarding employee concerns.
As reported previously by
The Tribune. field workers at
the Department of Environ-
mental Health were threaten-
ing industrial action if their
working conditions did not
improve. One angry employee
claimed that, like a number of
her co-workers, she was
employed with the department
for years but was paid on a
weekly basis and not 'regu-"
larised."
The employee also claimed
that field workers were made
to clean up potentially "haz-


ardous" material without being
provided proper equipment.
"There really is no burning


issue there," Mr Pinder said yes-
terday, in regards to union con-
cerns at the Department of
Environmental Health. "There
were some concerns but I met
with the minister (of health) and
I think we had a very go-,d
meeting with the minister .r
Friday and a number of the c'n
cerns that we had \v "e
addressed in that meeting."
He added that the main cc" -
cern of BPSli xwas hie -egui ;.'
station of all public sc:% ants. as
well as "ensuring (field ,work-
ers) have the right equipment .
and the right complement of
staff.
According to Mr Pinder. in a
meeting on August 29, the
BPSU supplied the prime min-
ister with the names of public


servants employed at the
Department of Environmental
Health. Ministry of Works, and
Ministry of Education, as they
are "the buik of the people who
are still not established work-
cis."
Mr Pincier added that as far
as he knew, government wili
first focus on regularising those
workers who have been in the
public sector for "five years or
more" and continue from there.
A target date has been set for
October 1. Mr Pinder said, to
address the various issues the
BPSU set forth.
The Tribune made several
attempts to contact Dr Hubert
Minnis. the Minister of Health,
but he could not be reached for
comment up to press time.


Tourists flood Bimini for Labor Day weekend


BIMINI was "packed solid"
over the US Labor Day week-
end, resort managers reported.
A representative of Bimini
Bay Resort said that according
to local Customs and Immigra-
tion officers, 2,366 tourists vis-
ited the tiny island and the
resort accounted for around
1,500 of them.
"Labor Day weekend 2007
was a heightened time for
Bahamas travel," said the resort
in a statement. "Bimini Bay
Resort welcomed MarineMax


boat owners as well as vaca-
tioners from around the world
who took advantage of the
Caribbean weather and upscale
amenities at the resort."
The statement said the tourist
numbers "only further illustrate
Bimini Bay Resort's contribu-
tion to the island's growth in
tourism.
"The continued rise of visi-
tors to the Bahamas is putting
the island of Bimini back on the
map as a premier boating desti-
nation and ideal vacation spot


and second home investment,"
it said.
The statemiLeiit quoted Jim
Sumeriine. ai home owNner at
Bimini Bay. as saying: "Bimini.
Bahamas is truly paradise. The
convenience of living 48 miles
from a tropical island is one of
many reasons why we pur-
chased a second home at Bimi-
ni Bay Resort."
Over the past couple of years,
the statement noted, the island
has seen "a transformation" and
is attracting tourists and boaters


from around the world.
"Bimini pi'ovidcs gu.:;' with
beautiful niles ofi eacnes and
laid-back island life. but wins
over many visitors because of
its close proximity to South
Florida.
"Both the ease of crossing the
Bahamian Channel and clear-
ing with onsite customs and
immigration at the resort make
for a perfect and memorable
Labor Day weekend getaway
in the Bahamas."
The statement said faniiies


especially enjoyed celebrating
;he holiday at the hayfront
event tacimiy whele a variety of
activities were offered includ-
ing visor and flip-flop decorat-
ing. canvas bag art, jewellery
making. along with music and
food.
Sumeriine continued: "This
has become *he place where ,--
spend all our vacations; we have
even made great friends here
as well. Before purchasing our
home in Bimini. I had never
been to the island for a vaca-
.ion now we come eight to 10
limes throughout the year."
Bimini Bay's statement said
hii resort wiill continue to con-
ribute to ihe rising growth of
tourism to Bimini.
"Guests of the Bahamas can
look forward to fishing tourna-
ments and holidia events that
arc being planned in Bimini for
2008. Bimini Bav looks forward
'o breaking more records in :nie
futuree as it continues to expand
with the Conrad Hotel, casino.
spa. Robert Trent Jones, Jr-
designed links golf course and a
second private island."


* MIAMI

A FORMER CIA opera-
tive and Cuban exile plans to
auction what he says is a lock
of Che Guevara's hair.
snipped before the Argentin-
ian revolutionary and friend
of Fidel Castro was buried in
1967. according to Associated
Press.
Gustavo Villoldo, 71. was
involved in Guevara's cap-
ture in the jungles of Bolivia,
according to unclassified US
records and other documents.
He plans to auction the hair
and other items kept in a
scrapbook since the joint
CIA-Bolivian army mission
40 years ago.
"It's time for me to put the
past behind and pass these
on to someone else," said Vil-
loldo. also a veteran of the
ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion
of Cuba.
The scrapbook also holds a
map used to track down Gue-
vara in Bolivia. photos of
Guevara's body. intercepted
messages between Guevara
and his rebels and a set of
Guevara's fingerprints taken
before his burial.
It's hard to predict how
much the collection will net
at auction because there is
nothing comparable on the
market, said Tom Slater.
director of the Americana
department at Heritage Auc-
tions of Dallas, which will put
the collection on the block
Oct. 25-26.
"We cannot iecaii ever
having seen artifacts relating
to Che's dramatic career and
death appearing on the auc-
tion market, and we expect
this offering to excite broad
bidder interest," Slater said.
The Cuban government
announced in 1995 that its
anthropologists had uncov-
ered Guevara's remains from
Bolivia, and re-interred them
in Cuba without doing DNA
testing. Villoldo and other
exiles and experts say the
body is still in Bolivia.


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OIn brief

Ministry
plans to make
lunch menus
more healthy
CARL Bethel announced
in a national address on ZNS
on Sunday night that the Min-
istry of Education plans to
make changes to lunch menus
at schools in an effort to "cul-
tivate a society less addicted
to fatty and greasy foods and
the carbonated fizzy sodas
and soft drinks",
As part of this effort, said
Mr Bethel, a standardised
lunch menu will be intro-
duced for all school lunch
vendors.
Furthermore, pre and pri-
mary school children will no
longer be permitted to pur-
chase "sugar-laced water
coloured fruit drinks on
school premises."
"With this goal in mind,
lunch vendors in our pre and
primary schools will be
restricted to the sale of water
and fruit juices only," he said.

Man charged
with raping
20-year-old
woman
A MAN was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday
in connection with a rape alle-
gation.
According to court dock-
ets, it was alleged that on
Wednesday, August 22,
Prince Clarke, 39, of
Pinewood Gardens raped a
20-year-old woman.
Clarke was arraigned
before Magistrate Renee
McKay at Court Six in Par-
liament Street.
He was not required to
enter a plea to the charge and
was granted bail in the sum of
$10,000 with two sureties.
The case was adjourned to
December 3.

US churches say
televangelist
should be
suspended
* ATLANTA

A US group of black and
Hispanic churches is calling
for the minister husband of
evangelist and gospel singer
Juanita Bynum to be sus-
pended from the ministry
because of allegations he beat
his wife, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Thomas Weeks III, known
to his followers as Bishop
Weeks, was charged with
aggravated assault and mak-
ing terroristic threats follow-
ing a confrontation last
month that police say left
Bynum badly bruised. Weeks
and Bynum are estranged.
The Washington-based
National Black Church Ini-
tiative said Weeks' Global
Destiny Ministries is not part
of its network, but that it con-
siders the charges against him
harmful to the entire Christ-
ian church.
The coalition, which works
to address racial health dis-
parities and problems in black
families, sees Weeks' alleged
actions as "morally wrong
and reprehensible." Domestic
violence, the group said, is a
root cause of the failure of
black families and marriages.
The coalition said it wants
him to apologise to his wife,
his church and the Christian
family, and to seek coun-
selling.
Police say that during an
August 21 argument outside a
hotel, Weeks, 40, choked
Bynum, pushed her to the
ground and started to kick
and stomp on her. A hotel
employee intervened and
pulled Weeks off her, police
said.
Bynum, 48, is a former
hairdresser'and flight atten-
dant who became a Pente-
costal evangelist, author and
gospel singer. Her ministry
blossomed after she preached
at a singles event about
breaking free of sexual
promiscuity. Among her
books are "No More Sheets:


The Truth About Sex" and
"Matters of the Heart."
Her album "A Piece of My
Passion" had been listed in
the top 10 gospel albums by
Billboard magazine for sev-
eral months. She also preach-
es through televised sermons.


TROPIC

EXERIATR


Gomez attends the consecration of




bishops who left Episcopal Church


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
AS the tension over the ques-
tion of homosexuality increases
within the Anglican church,
Archbishop Drexel Gomez last
week preached at the consecra-
tion of two bishops who defect-
ed to an African congregation
because the US Episcopal
church has accepted gays.
In this latest chapter in the
dispute over homosexuality
within the Anglican Commu-
nion, Bill Atwood of Texas and
Bill Murdoch of Massachusetts,
chose to be consecrated in the
All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi
by Archbishop Benjamin Nzim-
bi.
The two bishops left the US'
Episcopal Church after it
allowed the consecration of the
openly gay Bishop Gene Robin-
son of the Diocese of New
Hampshire.
Both will remain under the
jurisdiction of the Kenyan con-


gregation, but will be preach in
the US.
Observers considered the
event to be a "rebel consecra-
tion" and a further sign of the
widening chasm within 70-mil-
lion strong worldwide Anglican
Communion.
Speaking at the consecration
in Kenya, Archbishop Gomez
reiterated that homosexual rela-
tionships go against God's will,
the BBC reported.
"The gospel of our Lord is
clear in its teaching and must
take precedence over our cul-
ture," he said.
Last month Archbishop
Gomez said that he believes
that the Anglican church will
likely not exist in its current
form beyond 2008.
Earlier this year, the Anglican
Church issued an ultimatum to
its US province, demanding that
they ban any further consecra-
tion of gay clergy and blessings
of same-sex unions.
The US Episcopal Church
has until September 30 to state


its stance on these issues and
produce proof that it will adhere
to the church's traditional prac-
tices as it concerns homosexu-
ality.
Archbishop Gomez said that
12 African Anglican provinces
already put out a statement say-
ing that they could not attend
Lambeth in July, 2008 a con-
ference of the worldwide Angli-
can communion which takes
place every 10 years if those
bishops who consecrated the
openly gay Bishop Robinson
are invited.
"We don't know who is going
or coming, but if there is a large
group who will not attend it will
change the structure and signif-
icance of the Lambeth Confer-
ence.
Archbishop Gomez said that
if bishops of the Council of
Anglican Provinces in Africa
and their 12 Primates do not
show up to the conference, it
means that half of the bishops
representing two-thirds of the
communion will not be there.


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TWO men were arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday,
charged in connection with
death of Charles Ferguson who
was shot and killed in front of
the nightclub Cocktail and
Dreams last week.
Raphael Neymour, 21, of
Dennis Court in Yellow Elder
Gardens and Arthur Cam-
bridge, 22, of Comfort Street
were arraigned before Magis-
trate Guillimina Archer at
Court 10 in Nassau Street yes-
terday. Neither of the men was
represented by lawyers.
According to court dockets, it
is alleged that on Thursday.
August 30, Neymour intention-
ally caused the death of Charles
Ferguson. Neymour was noP
required to enter a plea to the
charge.
Arthur Cambridge was
arraigned before Magistrate
Archer on a separate charge of
abetment to murder in connec-
tion with the death of Fergu-
son.
Court dockets alleged that on
the same day, Cambridge pur-
posely aided and abetted in the
murder.
Both Neymour and Cam-
bridge were also arraigned on
two counts of possession of an
unlicensed firearm.
In the first count, it was
alleged that on Thursday,
August 30, the two men were
found in possession of a black
Lugar .9 mm pistol.
A second count alleged that
on the same day they were
found in possession of a chrome
and black .44 special revolver.
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alowe@tribunemedia.net

COMMON hairstyles
favoured by many of those of
African heritage including
braids, chemical relaxing and
close shaves can increase a
person's chance of going bald
or catching blood borne infec-
tions, research has found.
A study of nearly 2,000 indi-
viduals in South Africa found
that one in seven schoolgirls and
a third of women were suffering
from "traction alopecia", hair
loss thought to be caused by
excessive and prolonged pulling
of the hair, according to 7The
Times of London.
Hair loss was found to be
more common amongst chil-
dren whose hair had been
chemically relaxed or "straight-
ened".
One in five children with
relaxed hair had traction alope-
cia, against just one in 20 of


21-YEAR-OLD YELLOW Elder Gardens resident Raphael Neymour
(back left in the white and lime green stripe shirt)and 22-year-old
Arthur Cambridge of Comfort Street otuside court yesterday


on August 30. the men were
found in possession of six live
rounds of. 9 mm ammunition.
The men were not required
to enter pleas to the weapons


and ammunitions charges.
They were remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill, and
the case was adjourned to
December 10.


those with natural hair.
Among adult wonmn, hair
loss was more likely among
those who had either "'relaxed"
hair or braided natural hair, in
comparison with natural hair
without braids.
It was most common of all in
those whose hair was relaxed
and also had extensions, such
as braids or weaves.
Researchers suggested that
this may be because the chemi-
cals used on hair make it less
able to withstand "traction"
such as is caused by adding
extensions to tihe hair.
Men were also said to suffer
from the frequent close-Ihaved
haircuts that are popIlar among
black mien., as Ihcse cani
increase their chances of con-
tracting a skin disorder known
as "acne keloidalis nuchalc"
which can cause pimplles, scar-
ring and hair loss at the back
of the head.
""To achieve the shortest
possible haircut, electric shavers


are often dug into the scalp,"
noted a researcher, Dr
Nonhlanhla Khumalo.
One in t10 men surveyed had
that disorder, the University of
Cape Town study found.
Additionally, the shaving can
increase the risk of blood borne
infections, as they can cause
accidental cuts and bleeding.
Dr Khumalo also suggested
that the possible transmission
risk of HIV or hepatitis for
those who have these kinds of
haircuts needs to be quantified.
The study, published in the
British Journal of Dermatology,
outlined the dangers of exces-
sive Ireatment or scraping of
hair of any type.
The study found that a fur-
ther 7 per cent of women aged
over 50 years had central cen-
Irifugal cicarit cial alopecia per-
manent hair loss that spreads
from the centre of the scalp.
While hair relaxers are thought
to play a part in this, the exact
cause is unknown.


Two men charged with



shooting at nightclub


Common hairstyles



may increase baldness



or risk of infection


III


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2007, PAGE 3


THE TRIBUNE





THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 4. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2007


,IT 0 -AL 0RTOHEDITOR


THERE HAS TO be a new approach to
education in this country if the millions of dol-
lars being invested in our children are to bene-
fit them and the nation.
As one educator put it: "Bahamians have
to get it out of their heads that everyone is into
books." There are many young people who are
not into books, will never be into books, but
should graduate with at least a basic education
so that they can function in life.
These youth should be directed into trades
with enough education to be able to write out a
bill for goods supplied, give a receipt for goods
received, read directions to put a piece of equip-
ment together, and write sufficiently well to
order supplies, and keep their accounts. To do
this they don't have to read Shakespeare, or
even know that the Bard was from Avon to
make an honest living, and provide for a fami-
ly.
However, in our present educational system
they are forced to follow the school curricu-
lum, in which they neither have an interest nor
an understanding. And so, not to look foolish
before their classmates, they become disrup-
tive. They are the class clowns. They can't learn
and they make certain that no one else will
learn.
This situation is unfair to both sides, and
'D' plus more often D minus- will continue
to be their exam results. These non-academics
should be removed early from the classroom
and sent to a trade school, where, in addition to
a manual skill, they can learn the basics of read-
ing, writing and simple arithmetic.
Our schools need more psychologists and
social workers, so that problem children can
be spotted early as early as two and three
years old when they are already disrupting the
classroom with prolonged tantrums. Already
these children show signs of major problems
that experts can help them overcome if detect-
ed in time.
However, many of these young people carry
their unsolved problems into the junior schools,
where they continue to be disruptive in the
classroom. They move on up into high school,
where by now they are knife-wielding menaces
carving a path to HM Prison, Fox Hill but not
before an ostentatious graduation and a slip of
paper testifies that they were in the classroom in
body, but not in mind, and can neither read
nor write.
As many teachers have said, they just cannot
teach and deal with disruptive children at the
same time. These children have to be removed
from the classroom so that those with ability will
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examinations.
But said one teacher, she has learned after
many years experience with these children that
it only hurts them further if they are demeaned,
screamed at, or beaten. They need special treat-
ment, which the classroom teacher cannot give.
In her opinion children are disruptive
because they do not know what's going on.
They are hurting and are determined to hurt
others.
Although there are programmes to try to
rescue these young people particularly young
men- it is almost too late.
For example, there is the Ministry of Edu-
cation's National Youth Service programme,
designed to work with young men between the
ages 12 to 24. who because of their academic
deficiencies have behavioral problems and
take to the streets with clenched fists ready to
fight their way through life. These young people
are taken from their poor environments and
sent to the camp at Andros.
Then there is the YEAST programme, an
outreach arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of
Nassau, which tries to empower youth with
skills training.
These programmes are not only needed, but
they do much good. However, in many cases
they are too late.
Yesterday a young woman was telling us
about three of her classmates at a government
school. She said they were the class clowns.
They were always fighting, respected no one
and refused to take instructions or obey rules.
All three went into the YEAST programme,
which she described as a "boot camp." Of
course, they did not like it, she said. They had to
follow a rigorous regime, which went against the
grain because they did not know what it was to
be disciplined.
She believed the programme helped one of
the young men. She was not too sure about the
second one. However, one day she picked up
The Tribune, and there on the front page was
the picture of her third troublesome classmate.
He had been charged with murder.
If only these young people could have been
detected in kindergarten and given early guid-
ance and, where necessary, psychiatric treat-
ment, the: community could be spared from
non-productive citizens and the crime rate
would be lower.
The confused child, who hurts in kinder-
garten, often ends up the hardened criminal
nursing his hurts behind prison bars. It is now up
to our educators and our society to help turn this
around.


The Tribune Limited
NULLIUSADDICTUSJURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
I SMELL a rat!
Last April the PLP gov-
ernment gave the Romora
Bay developers on Har-
bour Island approval to
build 30 condo units and a
dock 250 feet in length.
The developers were
unhappy with that decision.
They wanted a whole lot
more. Enter the FNM gov-
ernment and they get
exactly what they asked
for, namely 40 condo units,
not to exceed two stories
in height, and a full service
marina with 40 dock slips.
In support of their deci-
sion, the FNM government
stated that the island's
natives were squarely
behind the project and that
opposition came only from
a few expatriate winter res-
idents. Not so. Last March
some 200 registered
Bahamian voters living on
Harbour Island submitted
a petition to the then PLP
government opposing the
project. And many more
expressed their opposition
at a series of town meet-
ings.
The FNM government
also stated that it was
unfair to keep the Romora
Bay developers waiting.
Well, what of the thou-
sands of registered
Bahamian voters who have
been kept waiting? We
have been waiting for years
for improvements to the
island's infrastructure. The
electrical supply is inter-
mittent at best. Electrical
spikes and brownouts
wreak havoc on our appli-
ances. Our water is brown
and foul smelling. And
when the power is off, we
have no water. The gov-
ernment cannot supply
existing demand. Another
condo/marina development
will only make a bad situa-
tion worse.
I implore the FNM gov-
ernment to reconsider their
decision.
A scaled back develop-
ment is the only right
choice for Harbour Island.
The number of condo units
should be reduced to 30 or
less and the height restric-
tion expressed in feet, not
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The dock should be
restricted to no more than
250 feet in length. We
don't need another full ser-
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Island. As it stands, the
two existing marinas are
under utilized. Moreover,
stating the capacity of the
dock in terms of number of
slips is like writing a blank
cheque to the developers,
one which they will no
doubt cash. A dock slip to
accommodate a mega yacht
currently sells for more


than one million dollars.
Which explains why having
a large full service marina
is so important to them.
Harbour Island is under
assault by greedy develop-
ers out to make a killing at
our expense. If they are
allowed to have their way,
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quaint island home, cele-
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Please don't let that
happen on your watch!

CONCERNED
'BRILANDER
Harbour Island,
August 31, 2007.


The purchasing of


non-Bahamian products


EDITOR, The Tribune.
WHY do we continue to allow all investors to continue to
purchase non-Bahamian products when qualified Bahami-
an-made goods are available?
Parking in the Hilton parking lot yesterday I walked past
two 40ft containers, one had the door open so you could see
the merchandise and to my shock it was filled with new
mattresses made in Florida.
Editor, I believe there are at least three Bahamian owned
and highly qualified mattress manufactures, the Barnett
family for one and I know there is another in Freeport and
one other in Nassau.
Why was the Hilton allowed to purchase what obviously
is available locally is a good question?
Mr Rodgers from Nassau Glass has a factory which pro-
duces plastics electrical conduit but few local contractors use
it and certainly few of the major development and refur-
bishment projects are I understand his clients.
Why?
Government is the worst offender as they purchase little
or nothing in support of local industry be it bleach, toilet
and paper towel (paperpak), etc, etc.
How many hotels purchase their bathroom necessities
from paperpak whose products meets any standards unless,
of course, you wish and want to be picky?
We are so crazy that in the past we gave concessions to
manufacturer one to produce cardboard boxes and guess
what then gave permission to a canner to produce
cardboard boxes or even import them exempt of customs
duty.
Many have said for years we had better decide that we
cannot for the future rely on Tourism (one reason is simple
we cannot produce an educated person who can qualify to
work in the industry and that is more than a reality) we
cannot continue this madness of supporting South Florida
and foreign or protect the new elite like the minority UBP
did in the past.
We need to be secure for energy but we refuse
to see what is going on to the detriment of us, the cus-
tomers.
We have the highest priced fuel in the Caribbean, the
wholesalers and retailer gets the highest profit margin and
no one knows what the real cost of BEC's fuel is and
whether we are being taken advantage of through BEC's
fuel surcharge?
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Jamaica's

first woman

PM faces

tight race

* JAMAICA
Kingston

JAMAICA'S first female
head of state faced being ousted
in elections Monday after only
18 months in office because of
violent crime and a sputtering
economy that forces many to
abandon their homeland for
jobs abroad, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Several polls give a slight
edge to the Jamaica Labor Par-
ty, led by Bruce Golding, over
Prime Minister Portia Simpson
Miller's People's National Par-
ty, which has been in power
since 1989.
Small lines formed outside
polling stations as they opened
under sunny skies. Well-armed
soldiers in combat fatigues and
police in body armor guarded
against violence that marred
elections in the 1970s and 1980s.
Buses provided by political
parties carried voters to polling
stations, and those inside leaned
out windows to exhort others
to vote.
Germane Reid, a 26-year-old
guitar player, waved a small
Jamaican flag as he headed into
a school in western Kingston to
cast a ballot for the Labor Party.
"We really need a change.
The country is really rough,"
Reid said, citing a lack of job
opportunities.
But in another part of the
city, ruling party supporter
Tony Brown, 43, said Simpson
Miller "is doing a lot. Give her a
chance to finish."
All 60 seats are up for grabs
in the House of Representa-
tives, and a ruling party win
would give the PNP an unprece-
dented fifth consecutive term.
The parties do not have stark
ideological differences and have
duelled mostly over which can
do a better job of reviving the
economy, improving schools
and reducing one of the world's
highest homicide rates.
The PNP campaign has
revolved around the prime min-
ister's personality and inspira-
tional rise from poverty.'
"She's a good woman," said
Clinton Simpson, a 47-year-old
fisherman who was talking pol-
itics with a friend in Port Royal,
just outside the capital. "I
believe she's a better person
and I hope she is going win."
But his friend, 73-year-old
fish merchant Roy Smith, said
it's time for a new course.
"If you are in power for 18
years and we are not going any-
where, I say to myself the peo-
ple want change," Smith said.
Monday was the first general-
election test for Simpson Miller,
who became prime minister by
winning a vote among ruling
party delegates to succeed P.J.
Patterson, who retired in March
2006. Once wildly popular, her
support has waned due to com-
plaints that she responded poor-
ly to Hurricane Dean two
weeks ago and a perception that
she did not fare well in a debate
with her rival.
Golding says many Jamaicans
question her competence.
"People are factoring into
their consideration not just
which leader but which team
they feel is capable of managing
their affairs," he said in an inter-
view with The Associated Press.
Golding has promised to
streamline government bureau-
cracy and attract foreign invest-
ment. He also says he will elim-
inate secondary school fees -
something the ruling party insists
the country cannot afford.
Simpson Miller defended her
record in a taped television
address that aired Sunday, say-
ing the party has increased
access to health care and helped
reduce unemployment to below
10 per cent so that migration is
now "at an all-time low."
"Good things are happening,
but we are still challenged by
violence and poverty," she said.
"I know we can overcome these
challenges and build a quality
society."
Authorities say that several
recent killings were politically


motivated, possibly attempts to
intimidate voters in constituen-
cies where the race is close.
Both sides urged their support-
ers to he peaceful.
"Violence can only hurt. It
cannot help you or anyone
else," Simpson Miller said in a
radio broadcast.




32-25


Firefighters called to tackle




huge blaze in business centre


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT ire Safety
Week in Freeport got off to
an unexpected start early
Monday morning when fire-
men were called to the scene
of a raging fire at the Ever-
green Business Center in
Freeport.
According to reports, fire
broke out sometime around
12.30am in an unoccupied unit
of the building complex on
Coral Road.
It is believed that two of the
units were destroyed by fire.
However, the flames were
extinguished by firemen
before the blaze could spread
to the medical clinic, which is
situated at the southern end of
the building.
Dr Kevin Bethel of the
Family Wellness entiree a
tenant in the building along
with staff of Dr Jerrvy's Chi-
ropractic Centre, conmmend-
ed the firemen for their
valiant effort in tackling and
extinguishing the fire.
He said he was also
impressed with the effective-
ness of the firewall partitions
that were installed in tlhe
building.
"All the firefighters did an
excellent job they worked
really hard (to put the fire


oul.) Hut, luckily the building
was bull with firewalls
between each unit so it slowed
Ihe fire down enough for the
firemen to stop it before it
reached the clinic," he said.
Firemen held an official
opening ceremony at Police
Headquarters in observance
of Fire Safety and Awareness
Month on Monday at 11am.
Fire officials have launched a
week of activities to sensitise
the public of fire safety.
Dr Bethel said that he
received a phone call from his
receptionist that the building
was on fire around 12.35am
on Monday.
"By the time I got down
there it was already on fire.
It started at the (northern)
end of the building where the
computer store was located,"
he said.
"The way the fire was rag-
tig I thought for sure the
building was going to go," said
l)r Bethel.
Although the clinic did not
sustain any fire damage, Dr
Bethel reported that every-
thing inside is covered in
black residue.
"So, even though we didn't
have any lire damage, it was
bad enough with the smoke.
And we will have to move
somewhere else temporarily
because with a full crew clean-
ing up it is going to take a few


THE DEVASTATION at the Evergreen Business Centre after a blaze which Freeport firefighters tackled on
Monday. Tenants say firewalls between each unit prevented more than two units being destroyed


weeks," he said.
Dr Bethel believes that fire-
wall partitions should be
installed in residential homes.
"1 know it is fire safety week,
and 1 am thinking that firewall
partitions could be installed in a


regular house. If you put one
or two of those, depending on
how big the house is, it could
really save the house from burn-
ing to the ground.
"They can be put up in dif-
ferent sections of the house


because I saw that it definitely
worked here in this case," he
said.
Fire officials are still investi-
gating the cause of the fire and
assessing the cost of the dam-
age.


Firefighters are praised for dedication


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT The Fire
Services play a critical role in
saving lives in dangerous situ-
ations said MP Kwasi Thomnp-
son, who commended firemen
here on Grand Bahama for
the remarkable job they have
been doing over the years.
Mr Thompson, the MP for
Pineridge, was speaking at the
opening of Fire Safety and
Awareness Month on Mon-
day morning at Police Head-
quarters.
Mr Thompson assured fire
fighters of the government's
commitment to building a
new fire station here on the
island. He noted that efforts
are to begin soon on identi-
fying a suitable property in
Freeport.
"I commend you for your
perseverance for functioning
so well in your temporary
location at the old mobile
compound," he said.
"Minister for National
Security Tommy Turnquest
addressed a critical concern
of the Fire Services in Grand
Bahama. In fact, it was the
first item he addressed when
he spoke to the specific needs
in Grand Bahama.
"He confirmed with respect
to the new fire station, a
review of this matter together
with identification and pro-
curement of suitable property
will be undertaken shortly. I
am confident and firmly
believe that this government
will address this long out-
standing need," he said.
Under the theme, 'Don't
Hide, Go Outside', fire offi-
cials have launched a week
activities to sensitise the pub-
lic of fire safety.
Officers will hit the road on
Tuesday, September 4, with
community walkabouts and
distribution of fire safety lit-
erature and smoke detectors
in various communities.
An evacuation drill will be
held on Wednesday, Septem-
ber 5, at the Home Centre. A
town meeting will be held at
Pinder's Point on Thursday,
September 6, and officers will
take part in a Drill display on
Friday, September 7.


panics and corporations on
Grand Bahama.
"Let me say to the Grand
Bahama Fire Services, that your
effort and all of your hard and
dedicated work is greatly appre-
ciated. We, in Grand Bahama
are forever grateful for the
many lives and property you
have saved.
"And the truly remarkable
part is that you have done it in
less than ideal situations. You
have truly been examples that


our young men and women can
look up to," said Mr Thomp-
son.
"I encourage you to contin-
ue to hold fast to two princi-
pals. That is: courage and
strength. Courage is that thing
that inspires a man to do the
extraordinary; that thing that
causes you to run toward the
fire when everyone else is
running from the fire. It caus-
es a person to risk life, defy
death, uncaring of reputation.


comfort and privilege.
"Continue to face every chal-
lenge with courage. I know you
are ordinary people, but you do
an extraordinary job. Second-
ly, continue to be strong offi-
cers. There are many pressures
you face some we can't even
imagine, and it takes a strong
officer to overcome.
"You must continue to rise
above your challenges because
lives depend on it," said Mr
Thompson.


The week will climax on
Saturday, September 8. with a
Fun Run Walk at ham at Fire
Service Headquarters, where
a Souse-out and Steak-out will
be held.
Inspector Floyd Bastian,
officer in charge of the Fire
Services, urged the public to
support firemen as they
observe fire safety week in
Grand Bahama. Mr Thomp-
son said that it is essential to
promote public awareness -
to help members of the public
help themselves with fire pre-
vention and fire fighting.
He encouraged all residents
in Grand Bahama participate
in the events planned this
week.
The Pineridge MP praised
firemen for a job well done
so far this year in saving two
lives, as well as extinguishing
a fire that threatened the
sports complex.

Achievements

He also mentioned other
significant achievements by
firemen over the years, includ-
ing their quick response time
to a fire in 2005 at Cool 96
radio station that saved valu-
able equipment.
Mr l'hompson also com-
mended firemen for saving a
family five at Lewis Yard, in
October, 2005, and for train-
ing employees at various com-


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achievements at championships


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THE nation's political leaders
have praised the achievements
of Bahamian athletes at 11th
IAAF World Championships in
Japan,
"Bahamian athletes have
once again performed with dis-
tinction in a top international
arena where the best in the
world compete and have
brought great pride and joy to
our nation," said Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham in a state-
ment. "They have proven once
again what we have always
known: that Bahamians are
indeed a talented people.
"My colleagues and I join the
entire nation in celebrating the
achievements of our team at the
World Championships in Osa-
ka, Japan, and we extend to
them our heartfelt gratitude and
congratulations." Mr Ingraham
said.
The prime minister went on


to congratulate Donald Thomas
for his "stellar performance" in
winning a gold medal in the
high jump, noting that it is the
first time the Bahamas has won
gold in a field event.
"We congratulate Derrick
Atkins for bringing home silver
from the 100 meters track event.
His was an exciting perfor-
mance amongst the world's
fastest runners.
"We congratulate our men's
relay team, Avard Moncur.
Michael Mathieu, Andre
Williams and Chris Brown, for
also bringing home silver from
the 4x400 meters relay race.
This is an event that demands
the highest level of team work
and precision.
"We congratulate all the oth-
er members of our contingent
who performed so well in
Japan. We must bear in mind
that to qualify for inclusion at


the level of the World Cham-
pionships is in itself a great
achievement." Mr Ingraham
said.
iHe also congratulated the
parents of the athletes, the
coaches, the sports officials and
sporting associations and the
financial contributors who
helped make the Bahamas' par-
ticipation possible. "My col-
leagues and I will in short order
announce plans for a suitable
celebration of this national
achievement." he said.
"These successes, achieved
by voung, energetic and dedi-
cated Bahamians are important
demonstrations to other
Bahamians of their generation,
and of succeeding generations.
that all things are possible when
we work hard to achieve our
goals, when we strive to be the
best that \e can be, \\hen we
discipline ouLsecles individual-


Sly, and when we learn to col-
laborate with others to achieve
our individual and national
objectives."

Jamaica

Mr Ingrahamin also congratu-
lated Jamaica for inning a
gold. six silver and Ithree bronLze
medals.
"Our achievements have
focused positive international
attention on our countries and
on the region. We have demon-
strated that in a highly compet-
itive world we can compete suc-
cessfully despite our smallness
and our limited financial
resources once \we make the
best of our human resources."
he said.
Opposition leader Perry
,Chrit ic, cx.lended "v\ ; III Cst
congliratulalio~i, 1i lthe Cenlie


athletic team on behalf of him-
self and the Progressive Liberal
Party, and especially to Donald
T'hoinas, Derrick Atkins,
Nathaniel McKinney. Avard
Moncur, Michael Mathieu.
Andre Williams. and Chris
LBrown.
"The brilliant and inspired
performances of our athletes
have resulted in the best-ever
o\crall medal standing for the
Bahamas in the World Cham-
pionships : we finished in 9th
place which put us third in the
hemisphere behind only the
United States and Jamaica but
ahead of Cuba.
"For a developing country of
only 300,000 people this is an
outstanding accomplishment of
which all Bahamians should feel
immensely proud. It demon-
strates once again the depth and
diversity of the talent within our
nation. It also shows how per-


p


sonal discipline, methodical
preparation, and the yearning
after excellence can elevate our
youth to the highest levels of
success on the world stage."


Financial Intelligence Unit launches website


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launched on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, at FlU headquarters in
Norfolk House, Frederick Street. From left are Edward Smith, deputy
director, FlU; Anthony Johnson, director, FIU; and Wayde Watson.
deputy national co-ordinator for information technology, Ministry of
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British American

Insurance president

addresses Rotary

Club of Nassau


President and C'EO of
British American Insur-
ance Chester Cooper was
lie guest speaker at the
August 28th meeting of the
Rotary Club of Nassau.
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East Bay Street. His sub-
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up, over time, with patience.
diligence and persistence." Mr
Cooper said. He proceeded to
tell the story of British Amer-
ican and its 87-vear history.
A truly Bahamian entity. Mr
Cooper said British American
Insurance grew into a house-
hold name. known and
respected for their honesty.
integrity and trust.
The company was recently
acquired by a Bahamian
owned entity BAB Holdings
Limited, and rebranded British
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throughout life. Achieving competence in listening, speaking, / eadinig, critical thinking, writing

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Pertmancnt secretary at the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture




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o In brief

'Confusion' at
Port Authority
if Sir Jack
sells stake


Volunteer arm of Lyford Cay




Foundation picks beneficiaries


i;


THE late LdN\aid *L
George's estate has alleged that
"confusion" would result if Sir
Jack Hayward was permitted to
sell his 50 per cent stake in the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) and Port Group Ltd
to a third-party buyei, as they
obtained a Supreme Court
injunction freezing his shares
and blocking any sale on Fri-
day.
Fred Smith, attorney for the
St George estate, and Damien
Gomez, cepi cscling Cal liiie
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
estate.
It is understood that Hannes
Babak, the ousted GBPA chair-
man, and Sir Jack's son. Rick,
have been attempting to raise
financing to buy Sir Jack's stake.
Any such move is likely to be
opposed by the St Geoige
estate, which is especially hostile
towards Mr Babak.

Florida woman
gives birth
to five boys
and one girl
* ST PETERSBURG, Florida

II was a Labor Day week-
end for the record books at a
Florida'hospital, where a
woman gave birth to the state's
lirst set of sextuplets, ac Lid-
ing to Associated Press.
The five boys and one girl,
weighing between 2 and 3
pounds each, were born Satur-
day night to Karoline Byler, 2)
of Wesley Chapel.
Five of the babies, who were
born more than two months
early, were listed in stable con-
dition Sunday at neighboring
All Children's Hospital in St.
Petersburg, Dr. Roberto Sosa
said at a news conference. He
said a medical team was still try-
ing to stabilise one of the boys.
"The babies are still develop-
ing," Sosa said. "We are just
trying to do what Mothei
Nature would do... We are cau-
tiously optimistic that every-
thing will turn out all right."
The proud father, Ben Byler,
described the birth as "amazing.'
"Thanks to the Lord above."
he said. "If everyone could lust
keep us in their prayers."
The boys were named Brady
(hristopher, Eli B3enjamin,
Ryan Patrick, Jackson Robert
and Charlie C(raig. lihe girl is
MacKenzie Margaret.
"We saw them all and it's
quite an experience," said grand-
father Jack Kiewra. "I'm very
pleased everything went well.
We have six new healthy grand-
babies and my daughter is line."
The Bylers said they used fcr-
tility drugs after their daughter.
Zoe, 4, asked for a sibling.


T'IMFWORKS, a \oluntecr
pIo granlume of the Lyord ( 'a
lFoundation, has chosen Spe-
cial Olympics Bahamas, the
School for the Blinld and the
Annual Reading Fail as its
beneficiaries for 2007-200t8.
Established in 2004 on the
principle that the time and
skills of people can be as valu-
able as their money. T'ime-
Works serves the Bahamian
community by mobilising a
diverse group of individuals
S i \ tolunleerisni and civic
e, ig ,emienl.
"Basically, our goal is to
Imatch up talented people with
projects that will warm their
hearts," said Suzv Robinson,
chaiipeison of the L\ ford ( 'a\
t ollndat on s t (ilts and
( ranl s (.'omn ntletic \\ which
opelisees thie iintiatl c.
Ms Robinson e\plained
that TimeWorks seeks to
*make volunteerilig c.i a.d
fun by taking care of all of1 t11
details incliidint ildemiiti\ h
areas of gClenuine need. cire;e
ing t iable ploJecCs, i.ntcl ci .
ilig 11111 ihth (i )I i 11 111m 111.i it
'ro date 'TimeWorks h;1s
provided more than 3.1)1(
nmani hours to 14 local ion-
profit organization, including,
the Kidst l'p' after l schooll proI
gramme Adelaide I'inlal \
School, and the Womncii st ri-
sis Centie.
This \< ii. the i t i\ ,linlce,
will kick off their season onl
Saturday, September 8 by
assisting with 'Bocce l-amilv
Fun UDaav. n \even cl held ainl
ally by Special ()lvmipics
Bahamas. TinmeWorks \\ill
help the athletes get to the
game site. selve food alld
drinks, and generally take part
In the camaraderie
Bocct. is a clompelictlc
game of skill ssinllar to bow) Is.
and one of thle Specical

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flMEWORKS COMMITTEE member Kylie Nottage speiins some
quality ti'e in 2006 with two you'ngstets at the KidsUp! after school
pronr'piiine for tinrlrprivileQed children


"I\ mpltians l.pl L" Im "'pLoilnI.
I Thist di N 'i I rakILII: a ni lv
fol volunteers and lamil\'
memieilS, Io tget ins\olvted inl
, lll' co'nip 'l il ion w\ illh olir
ilhl tleC "i i l i011 b .1\ i-0 .
said B;asil Christie. national
chlailinu ol Special Ol\ nmipics
Bahmlniit.
In Nox\emlier. TilmeWorks
\\Ill spruce uip the )plt:ygrounLi
;i t il'e ,s I ol lor he Wlind at
tile ximl iltion Al i\ ihead-
iilaner' ion Mackev Street.
PCI'll 'iminai\ plans call tor'


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IN 2005, TimeWorks toOK elderly residents from three homes to an
outing and picnic at Aroastra Gardens Zoo and Conservation Centre


.,imtiiig aiid ic tlibisin I thlie
s\\in i set pillliin \\wt'ds indl
planting small item.
And next spring, the gIoupL
\\111i pail with Ilhe Sunrise Rolarv,
t lubi ) \ i l 'i slp I '. i, p 'l n It'
fronl one ol the local clhltlren I
holmes to IatCllcl lthe ;annual;
read ing fair. t, i' hliIld ; tile
Sollege ol tlie Iahalianiis. I ilw
e\ V nt. \\nichl \\ ll IctliiuieL
atilhor's leadiniL illIm 11ilien o)\\ 11
\ w orks, pit,\. L iii li1 ei. lc\ ,i
ever levt l.
limew\\orks' spo >nsos include.


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IIMEWOHKS VOLUNTEERS refurbish the playground at Adelaide
Pimaiy Sinoo eplier this yeai


PICICI btIaI I '. I s ti. I lie Roy-
li! B iank o1 t .tiahu i o ain1 Iclllm-
pleton tl l hi.i l ,, i\. \ i.sol'i I these
c' ollOlations Iel|'c p iil onll V b\
piot\ iLing lina lnci;l l istlnce.
i' il htl, l' ........1 i.to i l their
t'iiilol.L''- int \olunlteeitC ,.
\\ e cc tiiltl\ .i' l' ci lc
thleii cash d it.ii ius. .L.d \\e
also appirecialc lteir ,I lfors to
inlfornm -theil slall labonul oti plo-
ji'cts amnd ltheii e1tlihsi.isinl about
having their eni'ployes ini olved
in comnniin .n1rt\'ice," 'aidt Ms;
Ribinson


She said that with Time-
\Woi ks. everybody benefits "If
you'vee ever been involved in
\vlunteerism, you know that
you get just as much out of it,
if not more, than those you
seck to help. At the end of
the day, when you have
offered your services and you
,ee the impact that they have,
it just makes you feel good,
and you know that you've
done something that, just
ma\be. has changed some-
hodv's life."


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Felix weakens to

Category four, takes

aim at the Central

American coast

* SAN PEDRO SULA,
Honduras

IlHURRICANE Felix
churued toward C'entral
America on Monday, send-
ing enorllouis waves crashing
to shore as the Category 4
storm drew strength from the
\ alim waters of the
(aribbean. Forecasters said
it could hit the coast with cat-
astrophic winds shortly after
daybreak T'uesday, according
to Associated Press.
As Felix headed west with
145 mph winds, tourists
jammed the airports and
locals stocked up on food and
plywood or moved to higher
ground. The storm was pro-
jected to reach Honduras on
Tuesday and then slam into
Belize, where many residents
were still cleaning up from
last month's Hurricane Dean.
We are ready to face an
eventual tragedy," said Dou-
glas Fajardo, fire chief on the
Caribbean resort island of
Roatan.
Honduras evacuated 2.1000
people from its coast and
island resorts, including some
7(X) tourists, as winds and surf
picked up Monday. Some
waves were crashing 15 feet
higher than normal, but there
was no rain vet.
"'The tourists, they're evac-
uating. We're staying here,"
said Estella Marazzito, who
works at a Roatan real estate
company.
In Belize, residents stocked
up on water and food, and
nailed boards over windows.
Many who live in low-lying
areas moved -to higher
ground. And many were still
cleaning up from last month's
Hurricane Dean, which
caused an estimated $100 mil-
lion in damage, mostly to
agriculture, in Belize alone.
"I stopped cleaning debris
and trees from my yard.
Might just get messed up
again." said Wayne Leonar-
do.
Felix seemed likely to
make landfall at the Hon-
duras-Nicaragua border,
along the remote Miskito
Coast, which was already
being pounded by heavy rain
Monday. Honduran lawmak-
er Carolina Echeverria said
officials were still trying to
find enough gas to fuel boats
evacuating people in the
region, where isolated Miski-
to Indians speak a mix of
Spanish and creole.
Honduran authorities also
cleared vendors from markets
prone to flooding in the high-
land capital of Tegucigalpa,
more than 100 miles inland.
In Belize City, skies grew
increasingly cloudy and winds
kicked up as people boarded
up the windows and lined up
at gas stations. Tourists
claimed the remaining seats
on flights to Atlanta and Mia-
mi.
"I just wish they had more
airplanes to take care of
everyone who has to leave,"
said Mitzi Carr, 48, who cut
her weeklong vacation short
on the island of Hatchet Caye
and was still waiting for a
flight home to Atlanta.
Felix, which briefly reached
category 5 status Monday, is
the second Atlantic hurricane
of the season following last
month's Hurricane Dean,
which killed at least 28 people
as plowed through the
Caribbean and then slammed
into Mexico as a Category 5
storm.
This is only the fourth year
since 1886 that more than one
Category 5 hurricane was
recorded in an Atlantic sea-
son, according to the U.S.
National Oceanic and Atmos-
pheric Administration. Only
31 Category 5 hurricanes
have been recorded in the
Atlantic since 1886, and eight
of them have formed in the
last five seasons.
At 2 p.m. EDT Monday,
Felix's winds had dropped
slightly from a peak of 165
mph.
And while it remained a
fearsome hurricane, it had a


very small wind field, with
hurricane-force winds extend-
ing 30 miles from its center.
Felix was centered about
305 miles east of Cabo Gra-
cias a Dios on the Nicaragua-
Honduras border, moving
west at about 21 mph, the
U.S. National Hurricane (en-
ter said.
lThe storm was projected to
slash across Guatemala's
Peten region and southern
Mexico, then emerge in the
southern Gulf of Mexico, an
area dotted with major oil
drilling platforms.


Support for artisans' quest to retake





market from 'cheap, fake imports'


* By GLADSTONE THURSTON
Bahamas Information
Services

NORTH ANDROS BAIC execu-
tive chairman Edison Key has thrown
his support behind artisans here in
their quest to retake the market from
"cheap, fake imports."
"The millions of tourists who visit
our shores each year say they don't
want fake, foreign imports," said Mr
Key. "They want something authen-
tically Bahamian.
"And, from what I see here in
Andros, I am impressed. I can say that
we are well on our way, You have my
support."
Mr Key, the MP for South Abaco,
was the guest speaker at the gradua-
tion ceremony for Androsian artisans
who completed the BAIC course in
straw and shell craft. It was held at
Love at First Sight, on the banks of
Stafford Creek.
Using ingredients gathered from the
beaches and woods, they crafted fash-
ionable handbags, broaches, necklaces,
earrings, hair accessories, lamps, mugs.
portfolio holders and other items.
Trainers for straw craft were Eldira
Miller and Myrtle Munro, and April
Martin for shell craft. BAIC's Handi-
craft Development and Marketing
Department is headed by Donnalee
Bowe. Alphonso Smith is the domestic
investment officer for North Andros
and the Berry Islands.
Mr Key drew rousing rounds of
applause, even from Andros' opposi-
tion members of parliament Vincent
Peet (north) and Picewell Forbes
(south), as he expressed his confidence
in the viability of Andros as the leading
player in the development of the
Bahamas. He was repeatedly referred
to as a "down home boy".
"We now have at least 200,000
tourists moving through the Marsh
Harbour (Abaco) area annually," he
said. "If you produce the straw we will
sell it for you.
"We have many projects that are
coming on stream in Abaco. It is just a
matter of a short time we are going to
bring this whole thing together.
"God works in mysterious ways. It
may be that I am the instrument that
can make the difference, along with
Mr Peet and Mr Forbes, to move
Andros in the right direction. And I
am prepared to do my very best."
Hyacinth Hanna, president of the
North Andros Handicraft Association,
under-scored artisans' concern that
souvenir outlets "have become over-
crowded with foreign items, most of


which are found in other Caribbean
islands.
"-When tourists come to our islands
they are looking for things linked to
the Bahamas." she said. "Through the
efforts of BAIC we are read. willing
and able to supply and even own liO
straw markets, and be proud to label
our products 'Made in Andros.'"
rhe results satisfied Development
and Marketing manager Ms Bowe.
"We are very pleased with the craft-
work that is being produced in Andros
as a result of the progrannmes we have
done down here," she said.
"We see a lot of excitement. We see.
a lot ot enthusiasIm. We arc looking
forward to Andros moving to greater
heights as swe w\\ork with them niore
to develop the industry.
'We ai e trying to garner a share of
the local market. \k\ welcome o\tc
four million touliists to our shores each
year. We would like at least half of
them to take back with them at least
one authentic Bahamian-made item."
she said.
The BAIC courses in straw and shell
cialt have bcen olcered at .'i locations
throughout the islands.


HYACINfH HANNA of Blanket Sound pressed casuarinas seeds and shells into
formation for these figurines.


BAIC official pays courtesy call on Red Bays


AGRICULTURAL and Indus-
trial Corporation executive chair-
man Edison Key paid a surprise
courtesy call on handicraft devel-
opment Cacique award winner
Amelia Marshall at her studio in
historic Red Bays, North Andros
during a tour of the area last
weekend.
"I so happy to see yinna," she
said in broad Andros dialect.
Red Bays is known for a unique
style of weaving the top stem of
palm thatch into sturdy baskets,
bags, hats, fans and other house-
hold items the art of which has
been passed down through the
generations.
This style is practiced nowhere
else in the Bahamas. Ms Mar-
shall's work has been featured
internationally.
"How long have you been
doing this?" asked Mr Key, the
Member of Parliament for South
Abaco.
"From since flour was penny a
pound," she replied sending his
entourage into laughter.
Though bent with age, Ms Mar-
shall maintains an independent
lifestyle while mentoring her
brood, constantly around her, in
the fine art of Red Bays' handi-
craft.
Situated to the north of Nichol-
l's Town on the southern side of
the island, Red Bays was settled
by descendants of the Black Semi-
noles of Florida and runaway
slaves who arrived in the early
1800s.
Today, comprised of a mere
500 souls, Red Bays continues to
survive against all odds, with fish-
ing, farming and handicraft cre-
ation being its mainstay.
For the most part, Red Bays'
artisans sell from their homes. In
an effort to give their products
more exposure, BAIC is con-
structing a set of stalls on Red
Bays Park opposite the primary
school.
"Artisans here are very talent-
ed but their goods are not being
properly displayed, so people do
not really see what they can do,"
said domestic investment officer,
Alphonso Smith. "Once we can
move them out of their houses


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BAIC EXECUTIVE chairman Edison Key and his team are shown around
Red Bays Primary School by Principal Michelle Bowleg (left), as they
prepare for the new term.


and into these stalls, their sales
will increase 100 per cent."
':ach of trhe 12 ly eight feet
stalls will house two vendors. Mr
Key inspcctcd (thcm during the
tour. He was accompanied by his
wife Katie: 1.\AIC s Ilindicrafl
Development and Marketing
Department maiiagerC, Donnalcc
Bowe: Bahamnas s'Nional t'rai
Association president, I ir Mclanic
Tho11pson and cmlall t'ralincis.
"I his is thle Imlsi la Ml'ln lllg
place I have seen so ;Iu,' s;id Mr
Key. "What I like iahloil Rid l3ays
is that it takes mi1c i:ck in Iiic (o
when I wais a hov i An laco, lhec
waiy peopleIliCed. e.V ilyl)t\ li.i
a fruit lot; evcrvlybody had ai I t i,
and they fished and they could
survive on their own.
"What I see in Red Bavs toda;i
tells me these people i;lc Illlce
self-sufficient than any place I
have been in the Bahamas."


As most of the artisans are in
Iheir senior years. Mr Key sug-
gcsted that a school be set up in
Red Bays to teach these skills to
the broader population.
"Most of the airtisans I se'' aic
older people and soon. tIhey iiyav
he gone from us," he said. "If we
doln' Irv I pIr'eservIe this no\ ;ind
train soiiC young ipeopile it wouldd
be goIeC Iorever."
I Ic illutdcdl to plains for handi-
clIll Mand faIrmcrs nmarkcis nl Alha-
co, the iiorlli o which is reprc-
s'niltd by Prime Minister I Iubcer
ll Lil a llll l.
"'Wilh isla;iLIds like AhaIco coml-
illl til slCalIl hcal \V III I LII IS1ll ,
. I see the connection beliw\cen
Red Bays and Marsh lharbour.
You do it here, ship to Ahbaco,
Maid voU sell it Ilhe'l.
Mi K' c also toiu cd Ilh Redl
Bays Ii lnary School auilt mct
people in their homes.


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FROM page one

Gibson said he had more than
two dozen proposals where
persons offered to assist in
reducing the cost of construc-
tion either through a system
or through a proposal to con-
struct the homes themselves.
Housing and National
Insurance Minister Ken-
neth Russell has expressed
concern over the cost of
housing under governmen-
t's programme before, but
now as minister he is inves-
tigating ways to reduce the
cost of building materials
which, he says, is the cause
of the high price-tag.
"The price of building
material has sky-rocketed.
After (hurricanes) Frances
and Jeanne alone the price
of steel went up 200 to 300
per cent. We just need to
find new ways of construct-
ing houses," Mr Russell
said.
About seven years ago,
Mr Russell said, he had
researched the possibility
of bringing pre-fabricated
housing into the Bahamas
as a way of reducing the
price tag, but that is no
longer possible.
"The company that made
that back then no longer
makes it now. But I have
found some new material
that we're going to look at
in the hopes that it will
bring the cost of housing
down," the minister said.
While he was unable to
predict what the cost of
housing will be in the
future, Mr Russell said that
generally government is at
the mercy of market prices.
"If you want to build
something and you can buy
material where it would
allow a house to be erected
in three months instead of
six, that alone will cut the
price down because you
would decrease your labour
cost by 50 per cent,'" he
said.
Mr Gibson said that
when he was minister there
were many proposals of
alternative methods of con-
struction and only Gold
Rock out of Grand
Bahama actually delivered.
"But, of course, Mr Rus-
sell criticised their system. I
hope this is not the one he
is referring to. It is
extremely difficult if not
impossible to give the same
quality, concrete-based
house," he said. -
The Golden Gates MP
said that the Department of
Housing already pays
below market rate for the
construction of homes.
"I also thought when I
was there I could reduce
the cost through system
building, but you give up
too much of what the con-
sumer wants and generally
the system houses go up
faster, but are more expen-
sive," he said.
Mr Gibson also pointed
out that the $118,000 price
tag on government housing
was on the more expensive
end and included more
than the cost of construc-
tion of the house.
The price, he said,
included but was not limit-
ed to such things as BEC
connection, life insurance
premium and fill for low-
lying areas in the event that
roads and lots are brought
up to the same level.
In the price are also
included a contingency
funds for defective work
and cost over run; extra
funds to complete work
when contractors have to
be terminated; unforeseen
increases in cost of material


and labour if the work goes
on longer than anticipated,
and one per cent of mort-
gage for the mortgage
indemnity insurance.
"Some of these items are
rolled into the contingency .
amount and does not stand
out on its own and some of
the items are added on at.
the stage when it reaches
Bahamas Mortgage Corpo-
ration and some at Depart-
ment of Housing stage,"
the Golden Gates MP said.


Claim that civil servants will





be laid off by end of month


BPSU PREINTJhnind


FROM page one

days" by the former administration,
and that many of the terminations
were simply a result of short-term
contracts expiring.
"... I think it was really unfair
for the politicians to send those per-
sons into the public service in the
way in which they did it.
"They knew full well that these
persons, even if they were hired on
delegated powers by the permanent
secretary, (needed) financial clear-
ance," Mr Pinder said.
Former Minister of Education,
Youth and Sports Alfred Scars
refuted the assertion that there were
"rush hires" before the election fto
political reasons.
In an interview with The Tribune
yesterday, he said that in 2006, the
Ministry of Education performed a
"needs assessment" and based on


this assessment hired statf in seg-
ments from October 2006 to April
2007.
"The Department of Education
carried out a needs assessment, and
based on that needs assessment a
cabinet paper was prepared for Cab-
inet, and the needs assessment had
nothing whatsoever to with the elec-
tions, absolutely nothing.
"I guarantee you if these people
are let go. you will find people are
hired because the need exists for
janitors, security, and for clerical
staff," Mr Sears said
"If the Minister (of Eduuation)
maintains that they were hired on
the eve of the election.. what he s
engaging in is political mischief
because the files clearly demonstrate
the needs assessment that was
done," Mr Sears explained.
Mr Sears also argued that these
new hires had all the proper paper-
work in place under protocoJ from


the former permanent secretary:
"The persons who were engaged.
they received letters from the per-
manent secretary. At that timelthe
department of public personnel was
trying to process ... a backlog.
"So as a result of that, you had all
of the different categories of appli-
cations for establishment clear-
ance... being backlogged."
Creswell Sturrup, the former per-
manent secretary for the Ministry
of Education, would not comment,
telling The Tribune yesterday that
he was no longer "in the Ministry
of Education."
Attempts were made to contact
Carl Bethel, the Minister of Educa-
tion, Youth, Sports and Culture,
however he declined to comment
until he was able to fully assess the
situation. He told 7'ie Tribune that
a formal statement from his min-
istry should be expected later in the
week.


Lawyer claims 'shoddy' police work led to acquittal


FROM page one

and legal sources accused Jus-
tice Isaacs of failing to hear evi-
dence to counter the defendant's
claim.
However, Paul Moss, attorney
and social activist, told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the blame in
this case lies with the police and
not Justice Isaacs, whose hands
were tied by the law.
"I believe from knowing
Stephen Isaacs as a prudent judge
he did what the law provided what
he must do he had no choice." he
said.
Mr Moss said that the police
officers investigating this case
should have done their jobs and
brought other evidence to the
table, including forensic evidence,


instead of just a confession.
He also criticised the alleged
practice of police beating confes-
sions out of suspects.
"Police cannot try to coerce,
force or extricate some kind of
confession frorg a suspect. The fact
is that the police need to do their
duties, that means having all of the
forensics, all. the surrounding cir-
cumstances that would point to a
conviction and not simply rely on
someone's confession." he said.
Mr Moss said that in his view
police brutality in the Bahamas is
to the point where it is routine for
persons to say that confessions
were beaten out of them.
In every country, Mr Moss said.
such a claim would lead to the
immediate release of the accused.
"In other countries such things
always result in the dismissal of


Family of man killed in confrontation

with police meet with commissioner

FROM page one

ducted "very transparently and professionally."
The family is no"w being advised bh la\\ier Mario Gray, who was also
present at the meeting.
Mr Pratt said: "I feel like we have a pretty strong case." In his
opinion "the police department at the time didn't have no reason for
any force."
"We feel (that) if the people give a full account of what they've seen
or heard there shouldn't be aivy difficulties." he said.
Mr Russell, aged in his mid-twenties, was shot following what police
sources called a "confrontation" between police and a group of young
Andros men and women in the early hours of Sunday outside Club
Cabana in Lowe Sound.
On Sunday, police said that the circumstances were as yet unclear and
they were awaiting a fuller account of the matter. Yesterday. Chief Supt
Hulan Hanna, director of public affairs, said he had no new informa-
tion to offer on the case.
Conch Sound residents contacted were largely united in their sen-
timents on Sunday, several telling The Tribune that Kenny was not a
person to cause trouble.
Yesterday, Mr Pratt said that having spoken with Kenny's friends
who witnessed the shooting, there was very little disturbance prior to
shots being fired. "There wasn't actually any words exchanged. not in
a violent way." said Kenny's uncle.
The victim's uncle said that the Commissioner encouraged him and
his family to find persons in the area who may be able to offer state-
ments to the police on the incident.
Mr Pratt said he felt the matter was so far being handled appropri-
ately, but added that he and his family felt the police overplayed the
threat of unrest in the community in the immediate wake of the inci-
dent.
"We weren't happy with the way they portrayed it as if the people in
Andros were so angry that they had to send in police," he said.
"Mind you we were angry," he added, later admitting that the fam-
ily did have to make efforts to disperse a crowd that had gathered
around the clinic where Kenny was taken.
On Sunday, Chief Supt Glenn Miller and Hulan Hanna noted that
reinforcements from another Andros station as well as the Central
Detective Unit were sent to the island, and contact was made with MP
Vincent Peet, in an effort to quell any unrest.
A police vehicle was reportedly damaged in the wake of Kenny's
death, according to Chief Supt Hanna.
According to Mr Priat, his sister, Alna, who is Kenny's mother, is try-
ing to remain "strong" and has yet to "break down" in the wake of her
youngest son's death. Kenny lived with his mother.

Five injured in collision


FIVE persons were rushed by
ambulances to the Trauma Sec-
tion at the Rand Memorial Hos-
pital, after suffering varying
degrees of bodily injuries in a
two-vehicle collision, late Mon-
day afternoon.
The accident, which occurred
around 5.15 pm at the intersec-
tion of East Mall Drive and
Adventurers Way, involved a
white 2006 Suzuki C('rrier van
No. T5535, owned by Pure
Springs Water ('onmpany and dri-
ven by Antone Alexander Bllatch,.
37, of Waterfall )rive and public
bus No. GB 219. a white 22005
Mitsubishi l'S31 00)i, driven by
Jonathan Tlhompson. 47. ol I'aw
cett Lane.
Both vehicles were extensively
damaged as a result of the impact.
The injured passengers,
Romaine Cooper. 45, Angese
Marc, 48, Vetlle Riler, 64,
Stephanie Marc and Shannell


Black, 19, were all treated and
later discharged from hospital.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming, press liaison officer in
Freeport, said that preliminary
investigations revealed that
Thompson was proceeding south
on the Mall in his bus and upon
reaching the intersection with
Adventurer's Way, was rammed
on the left side by the water van,
which was travelling west on
Adventurer's Wav. According to
Mr Rahming the bus drovee right
across the s s sign without slop-
ping."
IIe said that "in view ol the
fact that a fatal accident just
recently occurred on the streets of
Grand Bahama under very simi-
lar circumstances, Traffic Police
are once again urging drivers to
obey all posted traffic control
signs and to exercise extreme cau-
tion and care on the public
roads."


the defendant and it really puts
the onus on the police to make
sure what they are doing is proper
to the extent that they are not cut-
ting corners to get a confession
simply because they have a belief
that the person is the culprit," he
said.
Mr Moss said that police offi-
cers should be able to produce evi-
dence which shows a suspect is
indeed guilty, rather than
beating statements out of an indi-
\idual.
"It's not su prlsing to me that
this matter came to a head and to
the extent that the judge was con-
strained to direct the jury to dis-
miss (the defendant), simply
because this (use of violence) is
what is rank and rampant in the
country and until our police force
understand that this cannot be tol-
erated I'm afraid that they will con-
tinue to be so," he said.
Mr Moss further said he contin-
uies to be stunned at the manner in


which police conduct their investi-
gations. criticising the methods as
out-dated.
The attorney especially criticised
the fact that in many cases police
do not use recording devices when
interrogating a suspect or allow
the person to have a lawyer


FROM page one
mously found Farrington guilty
of the July 2(002 murder of
Jamai Robins. whom he had
met at Sandilands Rehabilita-
tion Centre the previous year.
The murder took place at an
apartment at Mallory Lane.
Freeport. Some of Robins'
remains were found in an area
off the Grand Highway in
Grand Bahama.
Farrington led police to the
locati on.
At the tleul a pathologist
revealed that the victim had


present.
"These are things which are fun-
damental to the administration of
justice, so the onus clearly has to be
on police. Legislation nceds to be
brought so police can understand
how to conduct an interview." he
said.



Suicide attempt

died as a result of blunt lorce
trauma to the head.
Farrington is also accused of
the murder four Grand Bahama
school boys: Mackinson Colas.
12: Junior Reme. 11: DeAngelo
McKenzie. 13: and Desmond
Rolle 14. The bo\ s disappeared
between May and September
2003.
Prosecutors hope to try Far-
rington for these murdeli some
time this \ear.


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Nicaraguan president asks US for




help in fighting drug trafficking


* NICARAGUA
Managua
NICARAGUAN President
Daniel Ortega said he has asked
the US government to send
Central America at least US$1
billion in additional anti-drug
aid, according to Associated
Press.
The former US foe and San-
dinista leader said Saturday he
sent a formal request for the
funds to buy helicopters, boats,
radar equipment and anything
else necessary to fight drug traf-
ficking in the region.
He added that US officials
"reacted positively and said
they would send a delegation
to analyse the idea of coopera-
tion and establish the rules of
the game."
A US Embassy spokesman
refused to comment Saturday
on Ortega's speech.
The United States actively


opposed Ortega's presidential
campaign last year, and has
closely watched as the leftist
leader has walked a fine line
between seeking close ties
with both the United States
and some of its strongest crit-
ics, including Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez and
Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadine-
jad.

Colombia

The United States already
offers Colombia troops and
money in its war on drugs under
the US$5 billion Plan Colom-
bia. Mexico's government is
also negotiating a drug-fighting
aid package with Washington,
but details have yet to be
announced.
Ortega criticised the United
States for being heavy-handed
at times with aid, and said any


help should not impact a
nation's sovereignty. Two weeks
ago, Ortega said he did not trust
the US Drug Enforcement
Administration because its
operations mask "unexpected
interests" and "terrible things."
The DEA has co-operated with
Nicaragua's army and the police
since 1990.
Ortega said that if the United
States "has the luxury of spend-
ing more than US$400 billion
on the war in Iraq, it can give
US$1 billion to Central Ameri-
ca."
Colombian trafficking organ-
isations smuggle the majority
of their drugs through Central
America and Mexico to reach
the US market.
In the 1980s. US aid went to
Contra rebels trying to over-
throw Ortega, whose commu-
nist Sandinista government was
seen by the US government as a
threat to the region.


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NICARAGUA'S PRESIDENT Daniel Ortega, left, decorates Denis Membreno with the grade of Brigadier
General at a ceremony marking the 28th anniversary of the Nicaraguan army at a military base in Ciudad
Sandino, on the outskirts of Managua on Saturday


Red Cross mounts mission to



recover 11 dead Colombian



politicians held by rebels


COLOMBIA
Call

THE International Commit-
tee of the Red Cross said a mis-
sion is under way to recover the
bodies of 11 former regional
lawmakers killed this summer
a while held captive by Colombi-
C a's largest rebel group, accord-
m ing to Associated Press.
S In a statement released Sat-
[ urday, the Red Cross did not
divulge details such as where
the mission would go or how
long it would take, but said for-
U. mer Presidential Candidate
LA PERDOMO, wife of Juan Carlos Narvaez, a lawmaker who was Alvaro Leyva will accompany
pedtbyiebels and died in captivity, speaks during an Interview its team to retrieve the remains.
day. Leftist rebels say they will hand over the remains of 11 law- The legislators were kid-
that were killed last June 18, more than 5 years after they were napped five years ago from the
ped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces.of Colombia Valle de Cauca provincial par-


Colombian army reports


0 soldiers killed, 5 missing


in clash with guerrillas


liament by the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia, or
F-\RC. The rebels say they died
June 18 in ie 'cr'ossfire when
an unidentified group attacked
the cmp \here; :hecv v,:-c
rcing hnelo. 'hiie the overn i-
ment accuses thel gicrriiias of
executing the hostages.
The Red Cross said it had
"received information from the
FARC about the location of the
cadavers of the former law-
makers" and that all "the par-
ties concerned" have guaran-
teed the safety of its recovery


team.
Families of the legislators
ha\e been waiting for the bod-
ies to be returned since learning
of their fate at the dnd of June,
ahse a-- 'he finai stages."
Fanioia Peidonim, inc widow of
une of the hostages, told Cara-
col Radio. "It seems we are
close to receiving the dead bod-
ies and being reunited with our
loved ones."
Once returned, the bodies
will be examined by forensic
specialists to determine how
they died.


The lawmakers were among
dozens of high-value hostages
- including ex-presidential can-
didate Ingrid Betancourt, a
French-Colombian dual citizen,
and tlhrie '.S defence contrac-
;ors -- x horn te rebels want to
swap for imprisoned rebels.
Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez travelled to Colombia
this week in a bid to help facili-
tate a breakthrough. Both
Bogota and the FARC agree in
principle to an exchange, but
have long differed on the
details.


* COLOMBIA
Bogota
TEN soldiers were killed and
five more missing following a
clash with leftist rebels in a
high-altitude mountain pass, the
Colombian army reported.
according to Associated Press.
Army chief Gen Mario Mon-
toya said the fighting between
troops and guerrillas belong-
ing to the Revolutionary
Armed Forces of Colombia, or


FARC, started before dawn
Sunday on a craggy mountain-
side 11,480 feet above sea lev-
el, near the western town of
Pijao.
Helicopters and reinforce-
ments were sent in but there
had been no combat since mid-
day, Montoya said. He did not
give details about the five miss-
ing soldiers, and there were no
reports of rebels killed.
The army said in a statement
that the FARC is concentrat-


ing in the strategic Andean cor-
ridor to attack civilian popula-
tions in the western states of
Tolima and Quindio.
The FARC has been trying
to overthrow Colombia's gov-
ernment for almost a half-cen-
tury and currently has an esti-
mated 15,000 combatants.
Sunday's attack was the dead-
liest against Colombia's securi-
ty forces since a roadside bomb
killed 10 soldiers on patrol in
southwest Colombia in May.


Stepped-up checks mean longer lines at

US borders with Canada and Mexico


* WASHINGTON,

STEPPED-UP inspections at
the Canadian and Mexican bor-
ders have led to lines nearly as
long as they were after the Sep-
tember 11 terrorist attacks,
according to Associated Press.
The longer lines of people
driving into the United States
from Mexico or Canada, some
returning US citizens, have
appeared over the past month
or two at several ports of entry.
The wait to cross became so
long this month at Blue Water
Bridge, which connects Port
Huron, Mich., with Point
Edward/Sarnia, Ontario, that
the Ministry of Transportation
in Ontario set up portable toi-
lets along the road.
"Many motorists have
become stranded in the lineups,
not expecting such a long delay.
Not since 9/11 have the back-
ups been so common," said
Garry McDonald, president of
the Sarnia Lambon chamber r
of Commerce, which requested
the toilets.
Border residents and busi-
nesses blame new rules that
require US citizens to show\ dri
very's licences, passports or oth-
er photo ID. They say there is
not enough staff to inspect the


documents, collect information
and do additional vehicle
checks.
At the Peace Bridge con-
necting Buffalo, NY, and Fort
Erie, Ontario, time to inspect a
vehicle rose from 54 seconds
last year to about 75 seconds
this year, said Ron Rienas,
Peace Bridge general manager.
People wanting to travel to Buf-
falo to shop or dine are deterred
by the long lines, he said.
"Obviously something hap-
pened, some sort of policy
directive that has resulted in
longer processing times," Rien-
as said. "We've inquired, but
the response we've gotten is,
'We've always done these kinds
of checks."'
Previously, US citizens could
declare their citizenship, declare
any goods they were bringing
back with them and be waved
through unless the inspector felt
the need to do further checks.
At the Detroit Windsor Tun-
nel, average total crossing times
have also increased. In January,
it took 15 minutes to cross into
the United States at the tunnel.
So far in August, the average
monthly time has been 23 min-
utes, said Neal Blitsky, presi-
dent and general manager of
Detroit Windsor Tunnel LLC,


the tunnel's private operator.
In late July, hours-long waits
were reported to reach a US
border station in Derby Line,
Vt, while there was no backup
to cross into Canada.
Veronica Callaghan, who
runs an industrial real estate
business in El Paso, said many
of the border community's res-
idents are accustomed to see-
ing lines grow, but in the past
three to four weeks, the waits
have seemed longer as more ID
checks occur.
Delays on the southern bor-
der prompted an angry letter to
Homeland Security Secretary'
Michael Chertoff from the Bor-
der Trade Alliance, a US asso-
ciation of border businesses,
chambers of commerce, acade-
mic institutions and others.
Three of the group's leaders
alleged Customs and Border Pro-
tection had adopted a policy at
Chertoff's direction to "check and
enter" at least 60 percent of US
citizens' driver's licenses. They
asked him to end the practice.
The US plans to require all
citizens to show a passport or
other photo ID deemed accept-
able by the Homeland Stecitril'
Department when they re enltei
this country beginning January
30, 2008.


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Panama kicks off canal





Expansion project with




explosion and ceremony


PANAMA'S PRESIDENT Martin Torrijos, left, shakes hands with
former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Panama City on Sunday


* PANAMA
Panama City

PANAMA blasted away part
of a hillside next to the canal
on Monday, marking the start
of the waterway's biggest
expansion project since it
opened 93 years ago. according
to Associated Press.
Amid applause and the
release of thousands of balloons,
Panamanian President Martin
Torrijos celebrated the start of
two wider sets of locks being
added to both sides of the canal.
Former US President Jimmy
Carter attended the ceremony
along with several Latin Amer-
ican leaders, including Colom-
bian President Alvaro Uribe.
"We are witnesses to an


exceptional and unique act,"
Torrijos said moments after the
explosion.
The US$5.25 billion expan-
sion is expected to double the
50-mile canal's capacity and
lower the price of consumer
goods on the East Coast of the
United States by allowing wider
vessels to squeeze through with
more cargo.
About two-thirds of the cargo
that passed through the canal
is headed to or from the United
States. China is the Panama
Canal's second-largest user.
The waterway now moves
four per cent of the world's car-
go. The new locks, approved in
a referendum nearly a year ago,
are expected to be ready for use
between 21114 and 2015.


The Panama Canal Authori-
ty, the autonomous government
agency that runs the canal, is
borrowing up to US$2.3 billion
between 2009 and 2011 to help
finance the project. It expects
to pay that back by increasing
ship tolls an average of 3.5 per
cent a year.

Revenue

In addition to benefiting
international trade the new
locks are expected t< generate
more revenue for the canal and
Panama's government, which is
*tII Lrlinlg to pay back more bil-
lions in debt and battle poverty
that affects some 40 per cent of
the population.


"I'm proud of the grand plans
for this expansion," said Carter,
who signed the 1977 treaty with
Torrijos' father, strongman
Omar Torrijos, that led to the
US handover of the canal to
Panama on December 31,1999.
Under Panama's control,
canal accidents and the time
needed to transverse the canal
are down, while revenues have
increased.
US President Theodore Roo-
sevelt arranged for Panama's
independence from Colombia
in 1903 to build the canal. By
some accounts, more than
25,000 people died during
American and French efforts to
build the engineering marvel,
which opened on August 15,
1914.


Mexican president blasts US for deportations



and promises to fight for immigrant rights


* MEXICO CITY

PRESIDENT Felipe
Calderon blasted the United
States in his first annual state-
of-the-nation address for immi-
gration policies that have divid-
ed families and slowed the
amount of money sent home bv
Mexicans living north of the
border, aIccorldinlg to Associat
ed Press.
The criticism earned
Calderon a standing ovation
Sunday during the speech.
which was delayed a day and
moved to the National Palace
to avoid a confrontation with
opposition lawmakers.
"We strongly protest the uni-
lateral measures taken by the
US Congress and government
that have only persecuted and
exacerbated the mistreatment
of Mexican undocumented
workers," he said. "The insen-
sitivity toward those who sup-
port the US economy and soci-
ety has only served as an impe-
tus to reinforce the battle ... for
their rights."
He also reached out to the
millions of Mexicans living in
the United States, many illegal-
ly, saying: "Mexico does not end
at its borders. Where there is a
Mexican, there is Mexico."
Calderon called on the coun-
try to create a foreign policy
that ensured there was "more
Mexico in the world, and more


of the world in Mexico." And
he said the United States and
Mexico need to work together
to develop "the region's enor-
mous potential".
"We need to create a strong,
winning Mexico that is sure of
itself," he said. "Mexico's chal-
lenge is being able to strengthen
its international position."
Since taking office in )Decem-
ber, Calderon has maintained
strong ties with the United
States, but he also has not shied
away from criticising his pow-
erful neighbor.
He has often denounced US
immigration policy, including
stepped up workplace raids and
deportations that have divided
many families, sometimes forc-
ing US-horn children to build
new lives in Mexico.
In one of the most high-pro-
file cases, illegal immigrant Elvi-
ra Arellano was deported
recently to Mexico after spend-
ing a year in a Chicago church
to avoid being sent home. Her
8-year-old son Saul, who is a
US citizen, flew to Mexico on
Friday to be reunited with his
mother and said he plans to stay
indefinitely, helping her fight to
return to the United States.
Calderon addressed the
nation from the National Palace
after opposition legislators still
angry over his narrow electoral
victory last year vowed to pre-
vent him from delivering the


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IN THIS handout picture released by Mexico's Presidency Office, Mexico's President Felipe Calderon arrives
to the National Paace to give his state-of-the-nation address in Mexico City on Sunday


speech in Congress, as Mexican
tradition dictates.
Following intense negotia-
tions between both. sides,
Calderon turned in his report
at Congress' podium Saturday
evening, although the leftist
lawmaker presiding over the
session, Ruth Zavaleta, refused
to receive the thick stack of


papers.
Mexico's Federal Electoral
Tribunal declared Calderon the
winner of the July 2006 race
nearly a year ago, rejecting left-
ist candidate Andres Manuel
Lopez Obrador's claims that
Calderon's narrow victory was
fraudulent.
Calderon's predecessor.


\icente Fox, was also blocked
last year from making his state-
of-the-natlin address in Con-
gress after leftist lawmakers
stormed the stage and refused
to give him passage. The law-
makers claimed Fox unfairly
aided Calderon's win. which
Fox denied. Both are members
of the conservative National


Action Party.
Calderon opened his speech
Sunday by saying he wanted to
change the state-of-the-nation
address to allow for more com-
munication between the presi-
dent's office and Congress. But
he left open whether next year's
speech would also be in the
National Palace.
Lopez Obrador refused to
recognize Calderon's eventual
victory and declared himself
leader of a parallel government.
But he has largely disappeared
from the public eye amid sharp
divisions within his leftist
Democratic Revolutionary Par-
ty.
Calderon. meanwhile, has
garnered some of the highest
approval ratings in Mexico's his-
tory.
He said Sunday that Mexico
has created 618,000 new jobs
since January and needs to do
more to close the giant gap
between the rich and the poor.
He also promised not to let up
in his nationwide crackdown
on drug gangs who control
large swaths of Mexican terri-
Story.
"We can close our eyes to the
reality, and because we are
afraid or irresponsible, let
organised crime take over our
streets," he said. "Or we can
decide to fight and defeat crime
with all the risks and costs that
implies."


Kirchner allies lose one governor's


race and close fight in another


ahead of presidential vote


* ARGENTINA
Buenos Aires

PRESIDENT Nestor Kirch-
ner's allies lost one governor's
race but held a slight lead in
another Monday in tests of the
ruling party's strength ahead of
next month's presidential elec-
tions, according to Associated
Press.
.Hermes Binner was elected
Argentina's first Socialist Par-
ty governor on Sunday in San-
ta Fe province. With 99'per
cent of the vote tallied Mon-
day, Binner had 49 per cent of
the vote to 39 per cent for
Kirchner's former Foreign


Minister Rafael Bielsa.
But in the central province of
Cordoba, Kirchner-backed can-
didate Juan Schiaretti held a 37
per cent to 36 per cent lead over
Luis Juez of the Social and Civic
Front with 78 percent of the
vote counted.
Schiaretti, who ran on Kirch-
ner's Front for Victory coali-
tion ticket, claimed victory a
day earlier, but his rival bitterly
protested that the vote count
was being manipulated.
"We are going to demand a
recount," said Juez, the mayor
of the provincial capital of Cor-
dobal
Kirchner's wife, Cristina Fer-


nandez, is running on behalf of
his centre-left coalition to suc-
ceed him as president in elec-
tions on October 28. Seven
recent polls indicate she is like-
ly to get at least 45 percent of
the vote, avoiding a runoff.
Fernandez has united a broad
coalition of leftist Peronists,
supporters from Argentina's
centrist Radical party and sev-
eral smaller parties against a
divided, feuding opposition.
Kirchner's party and allies
have won six gubernatorial elec-
tions this year, but his foe took
the mayoral race in the capital
of Buenos Aires and three gov-
ernorships.


SOCIALIST CANDIDATE Hermes Binner addresses to supporters in Rosario, some 300 kilometers north
of Buenos Aires on Monday after winning the Santa Fe province governor's race


Hundreds of Argentines protest in Uruguay against wood pulp plant


* URUGUAY
Fray Bentos

HUNDREDS of Argentine
environmentalists crossed into


Uruguay on Sunday to protest a
huge wood pulp plant near the
border they say will pollute a
river that feeds Argentine farms
and tourist sites, accordinli to


Associated Press.
The Botnia cellulose plant,
which is to start operations later
this year, has generated nearly
two years of protests and accu-


stations between the neighbours.
Uruguay denies the plant will
pollute Argentina and says it is
key to the small nation's eco-
nomic development. Argcnti-


na's governmentt has sided with
the environmentalists and says
the mill violates a river pi otec-
tion treaty.
On Sunday, 1Uiruluayan riot
police manned roadblocks and
newly built security fences
around the plant near the
I irugiia lRiv\er. which serves as
a sliared I order. No incidents
\vwer rleporltd is lihe cair protest
caravan \\'was kepl inmore than a
mile a\V'ay fIrom lithe plant.
A\rgcillitie Iprotestcrs have spo-
rl'dica;lly Ilockaded three cross-
lbon r l ridgcs. bIIut this is the
fist time lthev cIntIcd Ur igulay.
At US$1.2 billion, the plant
being built by the Finnish con-
sortium of Ov Metsa-Botnia


AB and Kymmene Corp is the
largest foreign investment in
this South American country.
Uruguay says it will turn fast-
growing eucalyptus trees 'into
so much wood pulp that overall
Ulruguayan exports should grow
by 10 percent annually.
Daniel Alcaide, the Argen-
tine consul in Frav Bentos, said
the protest caravan was being
conducted "in a peaceful man-
ner" and estimated about 100
cars with 300 demonstrators had
entered Uruguay by midday.
Protesters charge the plant,
which makes the raw ingredi-
ent for paper, will irreparably
damage farmlands, citrus crops
and tourist areas all around.


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deal


'by the wee.


s end'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
n investment
group headed
by a Bahami-
an banker is
hoping to
agree in principle its acquisi-
tion of the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios by week's end. 77e 7Tri-
bune was told yesterday, with
attorneys for the two parties
now working to resolve th few
outstanding issues that remain.
Owen Bethel, president of
the Nassau-based Montaque
Group, who put the investment
group together, said: "'Themre
has been a meeting of minds,
and it is just a few issues being
ironed out from a legal per-
spective. Once that is done,
which we hope is by the end
of this week. we should be in
good standing."
Mr Bethel and his fellow
investors are attempting lo


acquire the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios from the chairman of its
holding company. Ashby Cor-
poration, who is Nashville-
based investment banker, Ross
Fuller.
The two sides had agreed a
deal in principle earlier this
year, believed to be for a price
around $14 million, only for
the deal to fall apart amid
mutual recriminations from
both sides.
However, the two parties are
now back at the negotiating
table after Mr Fuller failed to
attract any rival offers that
matched Mr Bethel and his
Bahamas Filmlnvest Interna-
tional group.
It is thought that Mr Fuller is
come under increasing pres-
sure to conclude a sale given
the weight of the Bahamas
Film Studios' debts and numer-
ous legal actions outstanding
against the facility.
The Bahamas Film Studios is


understood to owe $9.95 mil-
lion to United Insurance, the
insurance firm that underwrote
a loan from lirstCaribbean
International Bank (Bahamas)
that financed construction of
the studios' water tank, and
paid up to cover the bank's
exposure. A further $1 million
in debts are believed to be
owed to Grand Bahama-based
companies that supplied prod-
ucts and services to the
Bahamas Film Studios.
On the legal front, Paul
Quigley, one of the Bahamas
Film Studios' three founding
partners, has a legal action out-
standing in which he is claim-
ing $1.3 million in compensa-
tion a claim that is under-
stood to have risen to $2 mil-
lion over sums owed to him
after he was removed from the
project.
In addition, Bahamian engi-
neer Keith Bishop and his
company, Islands by Design,


have attached a lien to the
Bahamas Film Studios' sale,
alleging they have not been
paid $80,000 for an Environ-
mental Impact Assessment
(EIA) they performed.
The Tribune has been
informed by sources close to
developments surrounding the
Bahamas Film Studios that the
Government will not approve
the purchase by Mr Bethel and
his group unless all the debts
and legal actions surrounding
the facility are settled, and an
action plan is presented for
doing so.
Mr Bethel yesterday moved
to reassure that any acquisi-
tion agreement would cover
such debts, telling The Tri-
bune: "We feel that we have
addresses adequately the out-
standing debts, and that we will
look to resolve them expedi-
tiously after the Government
approval is given.
"We want to stress it could


not be otherwise prior to gov-
ernment approval because we
want to know we have their
agreement to take charge of
the facility."
While negotiations with Mr
Fuller inch forward, Mr Bethel
said Bahamas Filmlnvest's
plans to revitalise the now-
closed Bahamas Film Studios,
which hosted the filming of
Pirates of the Caribbean II and
III, had not changed and
involved an ultimate invest-
ment of $80-$90 million.
If successful with the pur-
chase, the investor group
would seek to first get the
water tank operational again,
then build-Out and complete
the film studio facilities,
including a sound stage.
'Then, Bahamas FilmInvest
would move to the project
components initially contem-
plated by the Bahamas Film
Studios founders, including a
resort and residential develop-


ment, plus theme park that
also included a "celebrity
sports facility".
Responding to government
concerns that Bahamas FilmIn-
vest only had $30 million in
committed capital, when an
$80-$90 million investment was
needed, Mr Bethel said the
group had told the previous
administration that the first
sum was "adequate to com-
plete the studios and the water
tank".
Once that was completed,
Bahamas FilmInvest would
look to raise additional capi-
tal and bring in management
expertise for the hotel, theme
park and residential options.
The Bahamas Film Studios'
closure, and failure to build on
the two Pirates films, has neg-
atively impacted the Bahamas
Film Commission's efforts to

SEE page 7


Abaco Markets


$1.3m profits


'vindication of


shrink to grow'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
ABACO Markets yesterday
released more evidence that'
its turnaround programme is
on track, with net half-year
profits standing at $1.3 million
compared to a $2.8 million loss
in 2006 and sales, gross mar-
gins and expenses all trending
in the right directions.
Gavin Watchorn, the BISX-
listed retail group's president.
described the half-year figures
and $507.000 net income for
the three months to July 31,
2007, as a "vindication" of the
company's strategy, the results
having been produced largely
through better buying and a
reduced inventory shrinkage.
The $507.000 net profit for
the quarter to July, the second
period in a financial year that
ends on January 31.2008, com-
pared to a net loss of $973,000
for the same period in 2006.


Double-digit sales
and gross margin
rises, plus expenses
reduction, shows
retail group turn-
around headed in
right direction

Even when discontinued oper-
ations were stripped out, as
Abaco Markets had not yet
disposed of its Turks & Caicos
Cost Right store and former
Solomon's SuperCentre in
Freeport, the 2007 figure
looked extremely healthy in
comparison to a $668,000 loss
the previous year.

SEE page 2


'Conflicts' prevent Securities


Commission Board':


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Government has yet to
appoint the Securities Comn-
mission's Board some four
months after taking office, the
minister of state for finance
yesterday telling The Tribune
that the administration was
"having some challenges"
because so many candidates
were ruled out by potential
conflicts of interest.
Zhivargo Laing said the


Government wanted to select a
Board whose directors had
knowledge and expertise in the
areas regulated by the Securi-
ties Commission, namely the
Bahamian capital markets and
investment funds industry.
However, many of those
approached to date by the
Government to serve on the
Securities Commission's Board
were ruled out by potential
conflicts of interest, because
they held private sector jobs
related to the securities indus-


naming-


try and industries supervised
by the regulator.
Mr Laing told The Tribune:
"We have been having some
challenges in trying to identify
persons who were not already
in areas of business dr work
that would conflict with the
Securities Commission. That's
been a great challenge.
"People you want to be on
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Abaco Markets $1.3m profits




'vindication of shrink to grow'


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on a dark four-year period of
heavy losses, raising the
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For the half-year, net profit
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at $860,000, compared to a
$612,000 loss the prior year,
while sales were up 10 per cent
to $42.5 million, as opposed to
$38.7 million in 2006.
Gross margin dollars were


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up 15.9 per cent to $12.8 mil-
lion, while expenses as a per-
centage of Abaco Markets'
group sales stood at 27.5 per
cent as opposed to 28.8 per
cent for the 2006 half-year.
Mr Watchorn told The Tri-
bune yesterday: "We're
pleased. I think it's a vindica-
tion of the strategy we came
up with 15 months ago
['shrinking to grow'], and a
reflection of a lot of hard work
by a lot of people."
He added that a major dri-
ver behind the sales growth
experienced during the first
half was the relocated Cost
Right store in Freeport, now
based at the Mall, while the
Nassau-based Solomon's
SuperCentre and Cost Right
outlets had also produced
"double digit growth".
Mr Watchorn attributed the
sale growth and gross margin
increase to better buying, Aba-
co Markets having been able
to achieve "better consisten-
cy, better selection. We've
done a better buying job over
the last six months or so".
Abaco Markets has invest-
ed $1.5 million from its opera-
tional cash flows to increase
inventory levels and drive
sales.


Mr Watchorn added:
"There's a lot of talk about
increased prices in buying, but
there's a lot of deals still there.
You've just got to look for
them, fight for them.and switch
vendirs if yu have to."
The Abaco Markets presi-
dent added that the company
had reduced inventory shrink-
age during the first half of its
current year by 10 per cent
compared to 2006, loss and
damage to goods having been
tackled by improved ware-
house management, improved
buing of perishable goods, the
implementation of in-store
anti-theft policies and better
monitoring of incoming prod-
uct.
This had also boosted gross
margin dollars, along with an
increasing amount of higher
margin general merchandise
and clothing being included in
Abaco Markets' product mix.
Cost Right's Freeport store
was also not selling clothing
during last year's comparative
period, unlike 2007.
"The increase in gross mar-
gin dollars reflects the focus
on our buying, a related
increase in higher-margin gen-
eral merchandise and clothing
sales, and the resolution of


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Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 at the main auditorium
of the Fortis Bank, located 1 rue de la Chancollorie in
Brussels.

Registration will commence at 9:00 a.m. in anticipation of
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2. Overview of SRC Litigation Settlement Terms
3. BDO Arbitration Update
4. Asset Summary
5. 2006 Financial Statements
6. Review of Third Party Appraisals and Estimated NAV
7. Cashflow Projections
8. Status of Re-Listing
9. Future Plans
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some buying challenges that
negatively impacted margins
the prior year. In addition, the
policies and procedures intro-
duced over the past 18 months
to minimise our inventory loss
and damage are delivering
improved results," said Mr
Watchorn.
"The sustained progress
reflects the success of our core
market strategy and, having
completed the 'shrinking to
grow' stage characterized by
the divestment process, we
have now moved on to build-
ing our company by improv-
ing the customers' experience,
thereby increasing sales and
net margin dollars.
"The key now is a continued
focus on improving our cus-
tomers' experience from
improved product availability,
selection and quality to
improved service. We are tack-
ling this with more aggressive
and strategic buying and better
management of the related
logistics of distribution and
improved efficiencies through-
out all areas of our opera-
tions."
Mr Watchorn said Abaco
Markets next task was "to
build a platform to start to
grow the company again".


He told The Tribune: "I
think the light is there. We've
just got to keep doing what
we're doing. The company's a
lot more stable, and we've got
more time to focus on grow-
ing the business, rather than
dealing with problems all the
time. We can look for growth
and profitability."
He was backed up on this
assertion by Abaco Markets'
chairman and chief executive,
Craig Symonette, who said:
"While the third quarter is tra-
ditionally the weakest quarter
for Abaco Markets, we are
actively preparing our stores
to ensure a successful Christ-
mas season."
"It's an exciting and long
anticipated new stage for
Abaco Markets, where we
have moved from crisis man-
agement to rebuilding for the
future. Of course, we remain
focused on our operations and
maintaining this consistent
progress, as it is this progress
and the steadily improving
results, delivered by a com-
mitted team, that are position-
ing our company to emerge
stronger and more profitable
for the benefit of our share-
holders, employees and cus-
tomers."


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FROM page 1

For the quarter to July 31,
2007, Abaco Markets saw
group sales rise by 12.9 per
cent to $21.94 million, com-
pared to $19.45 million the pre-
vious year, while gross margin
dollars rose 30.5 per cent to
$6.7 million.
Meanwhile, expenses as a
percentage of Abaco Markets'
group sales fell to 27.3 per cent
compared to 29.1 per cent the
previous year.
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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Abaco Markets'
president yester-
day indicated to
The Tribune that
the retail group's turnaround
had continued into the third
quarter with sales in the last
*back-to-school' shopping
week traditionally the busiest
retail selling week bar Christ-
mas up 14 per cent over the
previous year.
Gavin Watchorn said: "We
had a very good week last
week. We were ahead by dou-
ble digits across the group over
last year. 1 think it was 14 per
cent ahead of last year.
"We're doing a much better
job of planning our seasons.
The product is coming on time,
and customers are liking what
we're doing."
Meanwhile, Mr Watchorn
said Abaco Markets had iden-
tified a location at the western
end of Carmichael Road for a
Domino's Pizza outlet that will
open in early 2008, a move to
serve the growing market
developing as a result of pop-
ulation movement and growth
in that part of the island. That
market is currently not served.
"We hope to get the building
by November, but realistically
hope to open by the first quar-
ter of next year." said Mr
Watchorn of the proposed
Domino's Pizza outlet.
"Our demand has out-
stripped our capacity, and
we're not able to serve people
as we should. We need to get a
new location, realign delivery


routes, reduce delivery times
and that will lead to more sales
for us."
Mr Watchorn said the BISX-
listed retail group was pro-
ceeding with the renovation
and expansion of Cost Right
Abaco into a full club model.
approval having been received
for the store's licence to be
changed to allow the sale of
general merchandise appli-
ances, electronics, housewares
and clothing plus a full selec-
tion of groceries, chilled and
frozen products, and other
foodstuffs.
The Abaco Markets presi-
dent said this project was
"moving ahead very well. A
lot of the equipment has been
shipped or will shipped out
shortly". Once that was com-
pleted, the meat refrigerators
will be installed, while the gen-
eral merchandise and clothing
has been ordered. Mr
Watchorn saying everything
would be in place in time for
the Christmas shopping sea-
son.
The installation of the meat
refrigerators would begin dur-
ing the first week in October,
Mr Watchorn said, with the
final phase of Cost Right Aba-
co's upgrade taking place next
year with the utilisation of
10,000 square feet of ware-
house space for product.
Abaco Markets is also plan-
ning to make the next $535000)
repayment on its preference
share debt on September 30.
2007, having decided to make
the repayments quarterly
rather than just one lump sum
at year-end.


14%


Mr Watchorn said this was
preferable to letting the repay-
ment sum accumulate in the
bank, and Abaco Markets lose
on the interest rate spread,
helping to boost cash flow. The
$535,000 payment is to cover
two quarters, he explained,
with future payments being
done on a three-month basis
and standing at around
$270,000.
Mr Watchorn added that
"based on a profitable 12
months". Abaco Markets
expected to resume dividend
payments to its shareholders
next summer, probably in
June/July 2008.
He added that the compa-
ny's focus now was on reducing
its overdraft over the next few
months, with minimal capital
spending planned for the rest
of the year and liquidity also
set to build up.
Craig Symonette, Abaco
Markets chairman and chief
executive, added: "These ini-
tiatives improving our cus-
tomers' experience in our loca-
tions, the renovations of Cost
Right Abaco into a full club
store and the new Domino's
location are all extremely
positive moves to build a solid
platform for growth for our
group in a strategic manner
that supports our core busi-
nesses.
"We are confident that the
measures we have taken are
setting the appropriate stage
to rebuild our company for
consistent returns on share-
holder value and a positive
experience that our customers
can count on.


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SUPREME

COURT

SUPREME COURT
P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00398


Whereas, ARTHUR KENNETH PARRIS, JR., of the
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
Personal Estate of ARTHUR KENNETH PARRIS,
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.

Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
P.O. Box N-167
New Previdence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00399


Whereas, ELEANOR ZORINA MUSGROVE, of No.
42, Charlotte Ridge, Western District in the Island of
,e.ww Pjrovidence, 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.

Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
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.

Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00404


Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the Real and Personal Estate of EDWARD
MANSFIELD WILSON MAJOR, 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.

Sign
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(for) Registrar




SUPREME COURT
PO. BOX N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas

Probate Division
2007/PRO/NPR/00405

IN THE ESTATE OF ROXANNE M. COSTELLO, late
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.
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Probate Division
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IN THE ESTATE OF CHARLES DEMARS BARNES,
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
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P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
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
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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.

Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
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,
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.

Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



SUPREME COURT
P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00413


Whereas, SHENELLA SCAVELLA FERGUSON, of
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
MAURICE McPHERSON FERGUSON, late of Carib
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.

Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00414


Whereas, FELIX NATHANIEL STUBBS, of Hill View
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.

Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



SUPREME COURT
P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
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.


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


Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


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SUPRE
RO
New Providence, Tt
COMMONWEALTH OF THE
THE SUPRE
PROBA1
No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00425


Whereas, MICHAEL PETERSON T
Rosewood Street, Pinewood Gardens
of New Providence, one of the Isle
Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
application to the Supreme Court of Th
for Letters of Administration of the Real
Estate of BURKLE MICHAEL TURN
Balfour Avenue in the Island of New
one of the Islands of the Commonw(
Bahamas, deceased.

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

Sign
Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


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

Probate Division
2007/PRO/NPR/00427

IN THE ESTATE OF LUCIAN T. JONES a.k.a.
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.

Signed
K. Mackey
(for) REGISTRAR



SUPREME COURT
PO. BOX N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas

Probate Division
2007/PRO/NPR/00428

IN THE ESTATE OF BREWER DIXON a.k.a.
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
1964.

Signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) REGISTRAR


SUPREME



COURT





:ME COURT SUPREME COURT
.Box N-167 PO. Box N-167
he Bahamas New Providence, The Bahamas
SBAHAMAS COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
-ME COURT THE SUPREME COURT
FE DIVISION PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00429
URNER, of
in the Island
minds 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.
lications 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.

Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


SUPREME COURT
P.O. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

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.

Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



SUPREME COURT
PO. Box N-167
New Providence, The Bahamas
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

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.

Sign
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


Commission



eyes year-end



conclusion to



Act reforms


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Tihe Securities Comn-
mission of the
Bahamas is hoping
to conclude indus-
try consultation on proposed
reforms to the Securities Indus-
try Act by year-end 2007, its
executive director telling The
'Tribune vestLrday that the
amendments" first draft would
be released shortly.
Hillarv Deveaux said: "We
have completed a review inter-
nallv, and we are almost set to
provide' them to the public for
consultIation."
Once feedback is received
from the capital markets sector
and other interested Bahani-
ans, tlhe Securities Commission
will discuss it internally, see
what suggestions can he incor-
porated iHn tie legislation,
redraft the proposals and pre-
sent them to its Board, then
release ihe revised amend-
ments for a final round of pub-
lic consultation
Mr Devcaux said: "Obvi-
ously. there'll he a timeline on
the different stages, but we're
hoping to get ii done before
the end of the veai."
He added of the revised
Securities Industries Act's
importance: "1 think it will be
extremely important because


it will provide more trans-
parency.
"It will give the Commission
more empowerment in the
area] of enforcement, and in
dealing with contraventions of
the legislation it will tighten up
the disciplinary and enforce-
ment process."
Time has exposed a number
of flaws and weaknesses in the
existing 1999 Securitiies Indus-
try Act, and the extent of the
necessary repairs requires new
legislation rather than amend-
ments to the existing laws.
The new Act is intended to
bring the Bahamas into com-
pliance with the 30 principles
laid down by IOSCO, the
international securities regula-
tor, and deal with initial public
offerings (IPOs) in the prima-
ry and secondary markets.
While the Securities Com-
mission will retain primary
responsibility for capital mar-
kets regulation, the Bahamas
International Securities
Exchange (BISX) will super-
vise its listed issuers through
BISX Rules.
The new Act will deal with
the Commission's indepen-
dence from government,
minority shareholder protec-
tion, director independence,
corporate governance and
timely disclosures of material
information.


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THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2007


'Conflicts'


prevent Securities


Commission Board's naming


FROM page 1

Board have to have knowledge
of that area, and many of those


people actually participate in
areas related to securities. So
we've bene trying to identify
suitable persons for it."
Currently, the Securities


is pleased to announce that
VINCENT A. PEET, ESQ.
has returned to these Chambers as
Partner and Attorney-at-Law

Formerly MNinister of Immigration-May 2002 to Feb 2006
and Minister of Financial Services-Feb 2006 to Mlay 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
Facsimile: (242) 322-8056
Email: vincentpeet@ coralwave.com


Commission is functioning
with a chairman in the shape of
former Ernst & Young
(Bahamas) country managing
partner, Phil Stubbs. Yet it
does not have a fully consti-
tuted Board of Directors, and
there have been some concerns
that its absence could slow
down the Securities (ommis-
sion's work in several vital
areas.

Executive

Hillarv I)'Dvc;nux the Secu-
rities ('Comissio s execuxCtive
director, declined (to comment
when contacted by Ihe Tri-


hbne about the situation. The
Securities Commission Board
is about the only one that has
not been fully appointed since
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's government took office
following its May 2 general
election win.
However, the problems the
Government has had in finding
persons to serve on the Board
who are not ruled out by
potential or perceived conflicts
of interest illustrates the diffi-
culties faced in both the public
and private sectors when il
comes to Board appointments,
as in the Bahamas such peo-
ple have to be drawn from a


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Monday, 3 September 2007
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES VISIT rWW BISXBAHAMAS COM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX- CLOSE 1.872 51 / CHG -00 53 / OCHG -00 03 / YTD 196 32 / YTD % 11 71
.' .- :r. .:u l "i F... : : ,.n.. Tr .J.- : ,-I l... n .......I i L.. i F E Yield
1.78 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.60 1 60 0 00 O 000 000 N/M 0.00%
11.70 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11 70 11.70 0 00 I 527 0.400 77 3.42%
9.50 7.50 Bank of Bahamas 9.50 9.50 000 0733 0260 13.0 2.74%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0 00 048 0 020 17.7 2.35%
3.74 1.50 Bahamas Waste 3 74 3 74 i 00 0 279 0 060 134 1 60%
1.62 1.20 Fidelity Bank I 62 1.62 010 0064 O 040 25.3 2.47%
10.80 9.40 Cable Bahamas 10 8ru 10.80 0 00 0 949 0240 114 2 22%
3.10 1.80 Colina Holdings 3 10 3 10 1)00 0.281 0 080 11 0 258%
15.22 11.25 Commonwealth Bank 15 22 1522 0 00 30,000 1.190 0.680 12 R 4.47,,
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 5 92 5 92 000 0.112 0.050 !'4 8 0.811/
2.76 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2 31 2 31 000 0 281 0 000 8 2 O 00"'
6.40 5.54 Famguard 6 05 6 05 O 00 0 804 O 240 7 5 3 97%"
12.77 11.51 Finco 12 7 12 77 0 00 0 787 0570 16.2 4 41"
14.70 13.50 FirstCaribbean 14.65 14 65 0.00 0.977 0.470 14.6( 3.21",
6.05 5.18 Focol (S) 6.05 6.02 -0 03 1.421 0.364 0 133 11 6 2 19
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.70 0.70 0.00 -0.415 0 000 N/M 0.00%
8.65 7.10 ICD Utilities 7 25 7 25 00 0411 0200 176 2.76%
10.01 8.52 J. S. Johnson 1001 10 01 0 00 0946 0.580 10.6 5 79%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10 00 10.00 0.00 1 167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
Fidelity. Over-Tn--Counc-r Secirililei
52l,.Hi .-.. *L .. ...c..:1 .1 k $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14.60 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15 R 16 00 1 125 1485 13.9 10 17%
10.14 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6 2 G 6i 00 000 0 480 NM 7 80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0 35 0 40 0 20 -0 030 0 000 N/M 0 0 00%
Collna Ov sr.The-Courtei Sc.lurilie
4100 l u1 0ABDAB i ..i . 1 4 450 2 750 9.0 6 70%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15 S) 14 00 1 125 1 485 12.6 10 17",
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0 5, 0.15 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Listed Mulual Fu.ndi
1 I l.l. _t '. i: llrnc r.1:.-. r.1 ,n.' .., .,,., I I ._ -i
3.3402 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.3402"*
2.7399 2.4415 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.739935*
1.2652 1.1886 Colina Bond Fund 1.265223"**
11.6581 11.1193 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.6581.-*
.i' FINDEX CLOSE 847.53 /YTD 14.21% / 2006 34.47%
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DI $ Dividends per share paid ,, theI Ilsl 12 month; N/M Not M l.OllIl IN
P/E Closing price divided by thle last 12 Ilmlonth j. ll lg8: I INII 1 ih I ) I lltlly 1i.'lh....t.. t)1 k I...i, J.llltllu. 1 I' 1,) h)tI
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small and relatively limited tal-
ent pool.

Government

Mr Laing yesterday told The
Tribune that the Government
had chosen "any number of
persons' as potential Securi-
ties Commission Board candi-
dates, only to have to rule
them out when, after contact-
ing them, they said the role
would present a potential con-
flict of interest.
"We expect to have the mat-


ter in hand soon," Mr Laing
said.
"We have a number of peo-
ple identified again. Hopefully,
they will pass the test.
"Obviously, when you don't
have a fully constituted Com-
mission, you are going to have
some work that is backlogged.
That is often what happens.
We've not heard that's the case
yet, but we don't want to take
that chance.
"We need to constitute the
Commission and are trying to
do so."


NOTICE

ATLAW TRUSTEES LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an Extraordinary Gen-
eral Meeting of the Shareholders of the above-named (' ompuany
duly convened uad held on the Third day of September, 2007
the following resolutions were passed.

RESOLVED that ATLAW TRUSTEES LIMITED
be wound up voluntarily.

RESOLVED that LYNDEN MAYCOCK be appoint-
ed the Liquidator for the purpose of such winding up.

Stated the Third day of September, 2007.


H & J CORPORATE SERVICES LTD.
Registered Office
For the above-named Company


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RICONSON CINCOL OF
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration /naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 28th day of AUGUST, 2007 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that SOPHIA CAJUSTE OF
MARSH HARBOUR ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration /naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 28th day of AUGUST, 2007 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.









Sti'- 1 S .- I S S *ff 1 li














NOTICE

ATLAW TRUSTEES LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY.GIVEN that an Extraordinary General Meet-
ing of the Shareholders of ATLAW TRUSTEES LIMITED is hereby
called to be held at Registered Office of the Company, Ocean Centre,
Nontagu Foreshore, East Bay Streeet in the City of Nassau on the
Fifth day of October, 2007 at 10.00 o'clock in the forenoon. The object
and purpose of said meeting is to have laid before the Shareholders of
the Company the accounts of the Liquidator, LYNDEN MAYCOCK,
sho\\ in the manner in which the winding up of the company has been
conducted, the property of the Company distributed and the debts and
obgliaions of the Company discharged, and also to hear any
explanation that may be given by said Liquidation.

Dated the Third day of September, 2007.

LYNDEN MAYCOCK
LIQUIDATOR
Of
ATLAW TRUSTEES LIMITED




Legal Notice

Notice

ATLAW TRUSTEES LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

rceditors having debts or claims against the above-nmued
('oiupany are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned c o P.O. 1ox SS-19084, Nassau, Balhamas on or
before the Tw curty -ifth day of September, 2007. In default thereof
they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by
lte liquidatotr.


I)alcd the l'hird dao of Septelhber, 2007

LYNDEN MAYCOCK
LIQUIDATOR
of
ATLAW TRUSTEES LIMITED


I


BUSINESS






. w,, U.u-J7, PAGE 7B


THE TRIBUNE_


Hotels see





traditional





September




slowdown


N By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
B ahamas-based
hotels are begin-
ning to see the tra-
ditional September
drop in arrivals, with at least
two properties reporting that
occupancy levels will be in the
50 per cent range following this
US Labour Day holiday week-
end.
Robert Sands, senior vice-
president of administration and
external affairs at Baha Mar
Resorts, said the company's


Cable Beach properties
enjoyed a good holiday week-
end, averaging in the high 80
per cent occupancy levels.
However, he said that trend
is expected to change by mid-
week, when occupancy levels
will begin to drift off.
"Traditionally, levels drop
to the 50 per cent area in Sep-
tember and we expect that to
be the case this year," he said
yesterday.
Mr Sands also pointed out
that the hotels were currently
in the midst of massive reno-
vations. "At the moment we
are renovating the second half
of the Sheraton resort, we are


redoing the Seaside Buffet
restaurant, all of the suites in
the Crystal Palace, and two
other rooms in the Wyndham,
so under those conditions, the
occupancy percentages are
pretty good," he added.
Mr Sands pointed out that
even without these factors, the
hotels would likely be experi-
encing similar numbers.
According to a spokesper-
son at the British Colonial
Hilton. the Labour Day occu-
pancy level was 55.52 per cent.
September is traditionally
the slow hotel period, as fami-
lies settle back into the school
routine after summer break.


Hope for Film Studios


deal 'by the week's


FROM page 1


attract other productions to
this natoon and all the eco-
nomic benefits they bring. This
makes its sale and revival all
the more imperative.
Mr Bethel said: "1 think
there continued to be inquiries
as to the Bahamas as a loCa-
tion, and more particularly for
water-based films.
"The water tank has been a
major feature of the Film
Commission's initiative in try-
:ng to get film productions
here. It's a major component
to attract films to the Bahamas
and add value."
Development of the sound
,iage and additional film facil-
ities would add further value to
both the Bahamas Film Stu-
dios and this nation's overall
attraction as a film location,
Mr Bethel said,and help the


creation of a Bahamian film
industry providing jobs rang-
ing from producers to seam-
streses and make-up artists,
provided a consistent supply
of productions came in.
And with initiatives seeking
to build on the Caribbean's
cultural heritage underway, Mr
Bethel added: "We are the one
location that has such a facility
as the Film Studios. It lends
itself that we can be a major
player in regional film produc-
tion and brings us a compara-
tive advantage in that field."
Under the incentive pro-
gramme used by the previous
government, Mr Bethel said
film production companies
received up to a 17 per cent
rebate on their spending in the
Bahamas in an effort to
encourage them to spend in
this economy.
And when it came to film
stars such as Johnny Depp pur-
chasing Bahamian islands and


end'


second homes, Mr Bethel
added: "The spillover effect
for the broader economy is
that the Bahamas is seen as an
attractive place for persons of
that ilk to get away and have
second homes."








INSIGH


MINISTRY OF FINANCE
PUBLIC NOTICE
TENDER FOR SALE OF VEHICLES


justcaill I 32 I e I today'.




MINISTRY OF FINANCE GN 571

NOTICE
THE INDUSTRIES ENCOURAGEMENT ACT
(CHAPTER 326)


It is hereby notified pursuant to Section Seven (7) of the Industries
Encouragement Act that the Minister is about to consider whether the
following products should be declared "APPROVED PRODUCTS" for
the purposes of that Act.

PRODUCTS RAW MATERIALS TO BE USED IN
MANUFACTURE

Wooden Doors, Shutters, Shelves, Chairs,
Desks, Tables, Benches, Specialty items Rough Saw Wood, Accessories (Nails,
and other furniture of the sort Hinges, etc.) and Glass and Plastic






Any interested person having any objection to such a declaration should give
notice in writing of his objection and of the grounds thereof to the Office of
Ministry of Financial Services and Investments, before the 11It day of
September, 2007, by letter addressed to :-
Financial Secretary
THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
P.O. Box N-3017
NASSAU, N. P.,
THE BAHAMAS
Financial Secretary
MINISTRY OF FINANCE


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Tenders are hereby invited for the purchase of One (1) or more of the
following vehicles:


Nissan Bluebird S/N JN1BCAU13ZO602067
Crown Victoria S/N 2FALP73W7VX183879


1997 Kia Clarius S/N KNAGC2223V5507617


Nissian AD Wagon S/N 3NITDAY10V-000680
Hyundia Accent S/N KMHVF31NPWU51192


1998 Chevy Lumina S/N 2G1WL52MOW9167058
1999 Kia Clarius S/N KNAGC2233X5527947


Nissan AD Wagon S/N 3NIDY05S5ZK004235
Ford Focus S/N 1FAFP34POYW325566


2001 Nissan AD Wagon S/N 3NIDY05S4ZK004677


The vehicles may be inspected at the Ministry of Finance, Cecil Wallace
Whitfield Building, Cable Beach, Monday Friday, between the hours of 9 .m.
to 4:30 p.m.

Tenders are to be submitted in sealed envelope (s) marked Tender for Sale
of Vehicles", addressed and delivered to"

Financial Secretary
Ministry of Finance
3" Floor, Cecil Wallace Whitfield Building
Cable Beach



No later than 5:00 p.m on 14' September 2007.

The government reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.


1996
1997


1997
1998


2000
2000


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MINISTRY OF FINANCE
NOTICE

THE INDUSTRIES ENCOURAGEMENT ACT
(CHAPTER 326)


It is hereby notified pursuant to Section Five (5) of the Industries
Encouragement Act, Chapter 301, that the Minister is about to consider
whether the manufacturer specified in the first column of the table below
should be declared an "APPROVED MANUFACTURER" in relation to
the products specified in the third column.

MANUFACTURER LOCATION OF PRODUCTS
FACTORY PREMISES

Russell Island, Spanish Wooden Doors, Shutters,
Bahamas Door & Shutter Wells, Bahamas Shelves, Chairs, Desks,
Ltd. Tables, Benches, Specialty
items and other furniture of
the sort


Any interested person having any objection to such a declaration should give
notice in writing of his objection and of the grounds thereof to the Office of
the Ministry of Finance, before 11th day of September, 2007, by letter
addressed to :-

Financial Secretary
THE MINISTRY OF FINANCE
P.O. Box N-3017
NASSAU, N. P.,
THE BAHAMAS
Financial Secretary
MINISTRY OF FINANCE


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PAGE 8B,TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 4, 2007


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
NEW PROVIDENCE


THE ACQUISITION OF LAND ACT

(Chapter 233)

DECLARATION OF INTENDED ACQUISITION


WHEREAS it appears to the Prime Minister, the Minister responsible for
the Acquisition and Disposition of Lands that the lands described in the
Schedules hereto are needed for a public purpose.


NOW THEREFORE Notice is hereby given by the Promoter, the Minister
responsible for Lands & Surveys, that the said lands are needed for a public
purpose, namely, construction or improvement of public roads and for uses
related thereto and that the said Promoter intends to acquire the said lands for
the said public purpose.


ALL PERSONS interested in the said lands shall within thirty (30) days
of the publication of this Notice in the Gazette or the posting of the same, state
in writing to the Promoter, whether by hand-delivery or by post at P. 0. Box
N-8156, Nassau, The Bahamas, the nature of their interests in the said lands,
the amount and particulars of their claims to compensation for such interests
and provide the relevant documents (if any) supporting those interests.


The Survey Plans of the said lands may be inspected at the Department
of Lands and Surveys situate at Bay and Armstrong Streets, New Providence
between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday.


Dated the 23 day of June A.D. 2007






Earl D. Deveaux
Minister Responsible for Public Works


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Schedule (Annexed)


Schedule

Corridor 13

All those certain lots pieces or parcels of land being Transportation Corridor
No. 13 Prince Charles Drive and shown on a plan by Mott MacDonald Drawing
No. 51735/HWY/WININP/13/RL4 on record in MP Files 5028 Vol. X in the
Department of Lands & Surveys situate on the Northern and Southern sides of
Prince Charles Drive Southeastwardly of the City of Nassau in the Island of
New Providence in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Abutting and
Bounding as described below:


Lands on the Northern side of Prince Charles Drive:


Portion of lands C35 College Gardens Containing by admeasurement 3,723
square feet or thereabouts.


Portion of lands C6 College Gardens containing by admeasurement 3,153
square feet or thereabouts,


Portion of Allotment 3 New Life Christian Centre containing by admeasurement
6,396 and 778 square feet respectively.


Portion of Allotment 2 containing by admeasurement 700 square feet or
thereabouts.


Lands on the Southern side of Prince Charles Drive:


Portion of lands C7 College Gardens containing by admeasurement 654 square
feet or thereabouts.


Portion of lands C34 College Gardens containing by admeasurement 924
square feet or thereabouts.


New Life Christian Centre
S sonr" T AEA .ACRSo
778 0.018


co PORTION OF ALLOT. 3
CU I ROMAN CATHO LLH CH
PORTION OF ALLOT.,, ,,"-, 8 EW\ L CI CHRISTIAN CENTRE RLMA "HR C35



.-..... .. r'" ....... ,,"'t -- S R 1607.46 .
312.92.. . C T-

PORTION OF ALLOR ,,A"Lf,"
PORTION OF ALLOJ 2 P \. ,. --
Portion of Allot. 2 ..
LOTS sa n AREA Amch 'S \
' N/A 700 0.016 COLLEGE &ARDENS ,


COLL[GL ~~PDFNS


Now or Formerly Roman Catholic Church
LOTS s n AEA A^LS
N/A 5.224 0 120


IOLIC CHURCH
5,224


(AsTHFun ^ CH URCH-


0 20 40 60 80 100 20
SCALE BAR DISTANCE IN FEET


SURVEYOR'S CERTIFICATE

I, Donald E. l'lcl:ni'son! .a ilrveyor licensed & registered in the Bahamas
hereby certify hu;at ice I.aillr.i .:urtvy were executed by me or under my
personal supervision, that bo;::: ihe plan & survey arc correct & have been
made in accordance with the Land Surveyor's Act, and the Land Surveyor's
Regulations, 1975 made thereundci


r.r 1-77 I Record Copy


lhenI Rev Dae) Drawn Desmptii on Ch'k'd Appd I tle Dra*n P.S-Smith
M I I l 1 MCapoial House i o orn fni or of th ( rn Ilnonw.. hlh o if Th Bahamas III ri 2001 P Dr wi.ny Created DJ IPM New Providence Road Impprovement Project Checke D. |. Francis
111 MacDonald cpial oo----e....
48 52 Andov.r Road Approved P. Mil
Wincheinr --Revised Land Acquisition sl
Hampshlre 5023 7B11 Mirnltry of Wurki & Iransportl r do r
United Kingdorr PO B N 8156 --- -- ---- -- Corridor 13 0 ft
Tel 44 (0)9,2 3 10 Ia au. ha o. Prince Charles Drive t t
Tel 44 (0)19b2 893 100 ,. R -- --u-
Fax 444 (0)1962 863 224 ra N Rev St*tus
Web motmnac corn - __- 51 735/HWY/WIN/NPI/13/RL4 P1 PRE


Now or Formerly Roman Catholic Church


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