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Title: The Tribune.
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Language: English
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Publication Date: 9/18/2007
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Airport contracts

'will be awarded in

transparent manner'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THERE will be absolutely no
corruption when it comes to
awarding contracts for redevel-
opment of Lynden Pindling
International Airport, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
vowed yesterday.
Speaking at the-presentation
of the Project Design Report
by executives of the Vancouver
Airport Services (YVRAS) at
the police conference centre,
Mr Ingraham stressed that con-
tracts will be awarded in a com-
pletely transparent manner
which leaves no room for any

Alleged real
estate fraud
victim warns
home buyers
Tri' une Staff Reporter
A SINGLE mother-of-
two claims she is the victim
of real estate fraud and
wants to issue a warning to
potential home buyers in
The Bahamas.
Ebony Edgecombe claims
she was swindled out of
$15,500 by an unscrupulous
development company that
SEE page 10

form of corruption.
"We expect to have a very
transparent tendering process
and to have very objective cri-
teria for the award of contracts.
We want to assert that we wish
to build these facilities in Nas-
sau without even a scent of cor-
ruption anywhere," he said.
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Police division launches
plan to deal with
community concerns
MP seeking test case to
sue over government
Haitian migrants are
captured in Bimini

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The Bahamas
again on 'Majors
List' of illicit
drug producing/
transit countries
THE Bahamas has again
been placed on the "Majors
List" of illicit drug-producing
or drug-transit countries,
according to an annual report
issued by the White House yes-
During press briefing at the
US Embassy in Nassau yester-
day, US narcotics officials said
the report indicates that,
although a country has been
placed on the list, it is not nec-
essarily an adverse reflection of
its government's counter nar-
cotics efforts or level of co-oper-
ation with the US.
The Bahamas is one of 20
countries placed on the list for
the upcoming fiscal year, 2008.
Others on the list include
Afghanistan, Bolivia, Brazil,
Burma, Colombia, the Domini-
can Republic, Ecuador,
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sale of counterfeit Viagra in
the United Kingdom has net-
ted five people who were con-
victed of a multi-million dollar
conspiracy to sell fake pills to
customers in the US, UK and
According the The
Guardian of London, this is
the largest ever counterfeit
drugs case in the UK.
Thousands of customers
bought the tablets for up to
$40 each but many complained
they had no effect or caused
The pills were manufactured
in China and Pakistan, smug-
gled into Britain, repackaged
and sold online to customers in
the US, UK and Bahamas.
Earlier this year former
Minister of Health Dr Bernard
Nottage said it was suspected
that some Bahamian pharma-
cists were believed to be
involved in the international
trade in counterfeit drugs.
The minister asked doctors
to keep in mind that the
Bahamas was being used as a
conduit for fake drugs bound

for the US and elsewhere from
other parts of the world,
including the UK and Asia.
He said there were allega-
tions that at least on Bahamian
physician is prescribing phar-
maceuticals through the Inter-
Current legislation does not
permit them to be either regu-
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Bernard Nottage had said it was
suspected that some Bahamian
pharmacists were believed to be
involved in the international
trade in counterfeit drugs.

Jamaican woman
claims she was beaten
by immigration officers
A JAMAICAN woman is
claiming that she was the vic-
tim of a brutal beating at the
hands of immigration officers.
Donna Whyms, 45, who has
been living in the Bahamas for
more than 12 years, said that
her 10-year-old daughter wit-
nessed the humiliating incident,
which allegedly occurred
around 1.30am on Sunday.
Mrs Whyms told The Tribune
yesterday that, after she was
dropped off from work at her
home on Bernard Road early
Sunday morning, she caught a
ride with a friend to pick up
some money from another
Mrs Whyms said the friend
was not home, however, and
she subsequently had to walk
"I was very scared because it
was late and I was walking very
fast." she said. "When I was
passing Success Training Col-
lege there was this big white

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Police division launches plan to

deal with community concerns

Tribune Staff Reporter
division of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force is taking the lead
in reclaiming neighborhoods
from crime and says it is
already seeing results.
The division has unveiled a
strategic plan for fighting crime
and creating stronger relations
between the community and the
police that is the first of its kind
in the Bahamas.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune at the South Beach Police
Station yesterday, Commander
of the Southeastern Division
Superintendent Stephen Dean
outlined the process of creating
the plan for the year 2007/2008.
"Initially we did a SWOT
(strengths weaknesses opportu-
nities and threats) analysis of
the area which tells us what we
need to do. Too often police
departments go into areas with
strategies, but the community
is not involved.
He added that within the past
two months, his division has
held around eight community
meetings to assess public con-

SUPERINTENDENT STEPHEN Dean and the management team for
the neigbourhood policing programme hold a group meeting

cerns and hear suggestions.
Under the newly implemented
Neighborhood Policing Pro-
gramme of the RBPF, Mr
Dean's division created goals
identifying how best the division
can police the area, with com-
munity involvement being the
cornerstone of the strategic plan.
These goals are:
crime reduction
developing strong commu-
nity partnerships

professional development
of police staff
increasing trust and confi-
dence of all staff within the divi-
increase divisional account-
quality service
ensure safe and efficient
travel for vehicles and pedes-
trians on streets and sidewalks
prevent youth crime and

Progress in these areas will
be monitored and evaluated on
a quarterly basis.
Mr Dean said that meeting
the goals will ensure a level of
trust with the public.
"This strategic plan now
forces us to be accountable to
members of the public.
"Community leaders will
have access to this, they will be
able to judge us by the perfor-
mance indicators."
He said that through the
meetings, officers learned that
the main concern of the public
was the delivery of service by
the Southeastern Division.
To address this, a customer
service area was developed at
the police station. Touted as the
"first of its kind"; it will respond
to public complaints and rein-
state trust in the police force,
Mr Dean said.
Located in the reception area
of the South Beach Police Sta-
tion, the new section offers the
public a place to report crimes
as well as get information and
advice from police officers.
It also serves to create an
open, participative style of com-
munication between the public
and police officers, with officers
performing "follow-ups" with
persons who submit reports.
Staff will also have access to
ongoing training, which includes

a one-day certificate programme
in customer service training.
Since the implementation of
the initiatives, the southeastern
area has seen a reduction in a
number of crimes. Mr Dean
said: "We were plagued with a
lot of armed robberies, particu-
larly of cell phone booths. We
have seen that there are almost
no more robberies along that
When asked how the neigh-
borhood policing strategy dif-
fered from the Urban Renewal
Programme implemented by
the former administration, Mr
Dean replied: "This is early, in
its infancy stages, but you will
find that we will be doing core
policing in this initiative."
He said that before, "we
might have been picking up the
slack for other agencies with
some of the things that we were
doing. Now we can just focus
just strictly on policing matters
and do more referrals."
However, he added that one
political term was not sufficient
time to fully evaluate the value
of the Urban Renewal scheme.
"I'm not sure five years was
enough time to say how suc-
cessful Urban Renewal was.
Another 10, five years had it
gone along, we would have real-
ly seen the results to determine

External influences

'may threaten values'

BAHAMIANS may be los-
ing their values as a result of
outside influences according to
Minister of National Security
I'ommy Turnquest.
Mr Turnquest said this was
one of the many issues dis-
cussed at the National Assem-
bly on Crime, held September
14 and 15.
"The view was expressed in
the assembly that a national
consensus ought to be devel-
oped on an enduring set of val-
tes that is specific to us, and
which can be embraced by all
Bahamians." Mr Turnquest
Members of the church, judi-
ciary, specialists and profes-
sionals from the media, civil
society and law enforcement
agencies engaged in a free-flow-
ing dialogue during the two-day
assembly, with a goal of com-
ing up with practical and proac-
tive proposals on how to
decrease the rising crime rate.
Mr Turnquest noted that
many external and other cul-
tural influences compete for the
attention of Bahamians, espe-
cially the young people.
"Television and the Internet,
in particular, bring into our
homes round the clock enter-
tainment and communication,
some of which seriously counter
the Christian and other values
and standards we have set for

ourselves." he said.
He said young people are
increasingly becoming indistin-
guishable from what they watch
and listen to, and this has raised
questions about the value sys-
tem and cultural identity of the
"While many recall the val-
ues, morals and ideals on which
our country was built, seeming-
ly, we are not all on.the same
page about what these values,
ideals and morals are, or should
be," Mr Turnquest said.
At the same time, the minis-
ter said, it was considered
important to take into account
that the Bahamas is increasing-
ly becoming a multicultural
society containing diverse ethnic
and cultural minorities.
Therefore, he said, the
Bahamas must seek to be an
"inclusive society" so as to
guard against the fallout that
would result from creating a
permanent underclass.
Mr Turnquest said the assem-
bly also recognized the influ-
ence of the media and the role it
plays in shaping public opinion.
Crimes such as murder are
always sure to make it on the
news, he said.
"It was considered that the
media could and should be used
for better socialisation of our
children and young people, and
that greater care and attention
should be given to what comes
into out country as entertain-
ment," he said.
Also discussed was the cost
to government and society of
crime prevention and criminal
Mr Turnquest said the assem-
bly agreed that criminality was a
definite drain on the Bahami-
an economy and would be for
years to come.
He added that there are
human resources challenges
within the judiciary.

SIn brief

Woman still
waiting for
resolution over
alleged assault
A WOMAN who claims
she was assaulted by a police
officer over two years ago
says she is disappointed there
has not yet been any resolu-
tion to the matter.
Odell Newton, of Rupert
Dean Lane, said she wants
the officer who slapped her in
August, 2005, to face disci-
plinary action and cover her
mounting medical bills.
A doctor's report issued by
the Public Hospitals Author-
ity indicated that Mrs New-
ton received a soft tissue
injury to the left side of the
The report also indicated
that she was complaining of
numbness on that side of her
Mrs Newton told The Tri-
bune that she made a com-
plaint against the officer at
the Police Complaints and
Corruption Unit shortly after
the incident.
She produced a letter from
the branch indicating that the
matter was being investigat-
ed. However, Mrs Newton
says, nothing has happened
"I am very disappointed in
the system because it's been
two years since I made my
complaint to the corruption
unit and I still have no word
as to when the officer is going
to be held accountable for
what he did to me in August,

Hangun and
after chase
While in the Bozine Town
area around 10am last week
Thursday, CDU officers
reported seeing two men in
an abandoned house.
The men reportedly fled
upon seeing the officers, who
gave chase. h.
The men were not caught;.
however, the officers found a
.380 handgun with seven live
rounds of ammunition in the

Student who
was stabbed
remains in
THE student stabbed dur-
ing an incident at C I Gibson
Senior High School last week
continues in hospital but is in
fair condition, police report.

Laundry is
robbed of cash
and tokens
by gunman
SHORTLY after 12am on
Friday, a gunman entered
Super Wash on Prince
Charles Drive and robbed
that business of cash, phone
cards and a number of
machine tokens.
The robber escaped on
foot, police say.

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Bahamian and
16 Haitians
entering US
with 16 Haitian nationals were
arrested in Florida over the
weekend, suspected of trying
to enter the US illegally.
Two of them, the man from
the Bahamas and another
from Haiti, made it to shore
and were held by the Martin
County Sheriffs Office.
They were later turned over
to US Immigration and Cus-
toms enforcement officials.
The Sheriff's Office said it
has identified the Bahamian
According to The Treasure
Cost Palm News, eyewitness-
es spotted a man about 200
yards off shore in a life vest.
About two hours after he
jumped into the water Friday
morning, the man in the life
vest was plucked from the
waves, and he and the other
suspected undocumented
immigrants, from the broken
down boat, were captured by
local and federal law enforce-
ment officers.

gives donation
for boxing
THE government has
made a donation to aid in the
funding of an international
boxing tournament to take
place in October.
Minister of State for Youth
and Sports Byran Woodside
presented the Pan American
Caribbean Boxing Organisa-
tion (PACBO) with a cheque
and expressed the govern-
ment's support for the tour-
PACBO is comprised of
three local organizations -
the Amateur Boxing Federa-
tion of the Bahamas, the
Bahamas Boxing Commis-
sion and the Pan American
Caribbean Boxing Federa-
The tournament will be
held October 4 to 7.
The minister said PACBO
will serve as an international
union encouraging a confed-
eration of "all the various
national federations and
sporting bodies to support
each other technically,
administratively and even
PACBO's aim of present-
ing six to seven events per year
is expected to boost regional
visibility of boxing profes-
sionals, both male and female.
It is also expected to
enable developing countries
to promote competition with
athletes from Europe, Asia,
and Africa.

Antiguan AG
to make
JUSTIN Simon, the attor-
ney general and minister of
legal affairs of Antigua and
Barbuda, will deliver the pre-
sentation address at the
eighth graduation ceremony
of the Eugene Dupuch Law
School on Saturday, Septem-
ber 22.
The ceremony will be held
at Sandals Royal Bahamian
Resort at 7pm.
Twenty nine students,
including 27 from the
Bahamas, one from the
British Virgin Islands and
one from Barbados, will
receive their Legal Educa-
tion Certificate from the
chairman of the Council of
Legal Education, Ms E Ann
Erica Ferreira, who earned
the Certificate of Merit, will
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Airport services

firm outlines plans

for modernisation

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE new Lynden Pindling
International Airport will not
only serve as first class gateway
to the Bahamas, but will also be
able to accommodate jumbo jets
and feature one of the most mod-
em baggage transportation sys-
tems in the western hemisphere.
This was revealed yesterday
by executives of the Vancouver
Airport Services (YVRAS).
After five months of prelimi-
nary assessments and studies,
YVRAS yesterday presented
government and public sector
officials with its Project Defini-
tion Report (PDR), which estab-
lishes a preliminary design, cost
estimates, financing approaches
and a time-line for the transfor-
mation of the airport.
At the special presentation
held at the police conference
centre yesterday, Craig Rich-
mond, CEO of the Nassau Air-
port Development Company
(NAD) said that the report for
the airport's redevelopment
makes provisions for the 3.5 per
cent increase in passengers
expected by 2020 and offers
easy expansion options for the
LPIA should that number be
exceeded in future.
Stanis Smith, president of the
design and consulting company
Stantec, contracted by YVRAS,
explained that of the physical
structure of the current airport,
only the US terminal building
can re-used.
"All else needs to be re-
done," he said
Mr Smith explained that dur-
ing the redevelopment all other

buildings and areas of LPIA will
be progressively demolished.
For the convenience of pas-
sengers, Mr Smith explained
that there will be only one US
security check-point and bag-
gage will be taken at the check-
in counter.


A central component in the
design for the new airport will
be the area for aircraft parking,
Mr Smith explained.
The Stantec president
announced that the new LPIA
will boast some 33 positions for
aircraft, which include spaces
for four wide body aircraft -
such as the Boeing 747 jumbo
jet 12 narrow body aircraft
and other US and domestic
ground-loading aircraft.
Since each aircraft gate costs
around $3 million to $5 mil-
lion, Stantec has sought to min-
imise the number of gates.
Mr Smith explained that
although Nassau receives three
types of flights US, interna-
tional and domestic they all
have different peak times.
For this reason, he said,
"swing gates" can be created.
Swing gates can accommodate
different types of flights at dif-
ferent times.
This method, Mr Smith said,
will significantly reduce costs
and decrease the walking time
for passengers to and from the
Another important feature
at the new LPIA will be the
total separation of arriving and
departing passengers a mea-
sure which soon may be a

requirement by the US for secu-
rity reasons, he said.
Mr Smith further said that his
company's preliminary facility
design report calls for only a min-
imal number of stairs, escalators
or elevators, as the terminals will
have ramps wherever possible.
As for the visual theme, Mr
Smith said that the Bahamas
has more to offer than just sun,
sand and sea it also has cen-
turies of history and numerous
different cultural influences
which will be incorporated into
the "look" of LPIA.
Mr Smith said that the design
will include dramatic architec-
ture which will include sloping
wave-like roofs and gardens
throughout the airport.
Because of the climate, he
said, it is impractical to use a
great deal of glass as is done in
many other first-class interna-
tional airports. Therefore only
50 per cent of the terminals at
LPIA will be constructed out
of glass, he said.
All terminals will include
numerous retail and food and
beverage establishments, he
For the centrepiece of the US
outbound terminal, Mr Smith
said the preliminary design
envisions a re-imaging of the
famous Queen's Staircase with
the use of limestone and a cas-
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Tribune Staff Reporter
ACTIVISTS connected to
the PLP are planning a demon-
stration on the grounds of the
Ministry of National Security in
protest over the government's
decision to remove police offi-
cers from the nation's public
During a.press conference at
his law firm on Frederick Street
yesterday, attorney Paul Moss
along with former BDM mem-
ber Omar Archer invited con-
cerned members of the public as
well as representatives from the
Bahamas Union of Teachers to
"stand in solidarity" with them
outside Minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest's
office in the Churchill Building
on Wednesday morning at
In light of the highly publi-
cised incidents of violence
which occurred at C I Gibson
and A F Adderley high schools
last week, Mr Moss argued that
officers need to be re-instated at
public schools which are
"hotbeds" for violence.
A statement released by Min-
ister of Education Carl Bethel
on Saturday explained the gov-
ernment's initiatives for
addressing school violence,
which do not include the re-
instatement of police officers:
"In the 2007 manifesto we com-
mitted to removing uniformed
police officers from being per-
manently stationed on school
"We firmly believe that uni-
formed police should not be sta-
tioned on school premises," the
statement says.
The statement also outlined
the government's "school secu-
rity initiative" which entails the
hiring of 22 school security offi-
It is noted that these security
officers were former auxiliary
police officers under the previ-
ous school policing scheme.
These security officers will
also be subject to additional
training by the RBPF, the state-
ment said.
However, Mr Moss feels that
these security officers will not
be effective in stemming the
violence seen in the public
school system.
"It makes no sense to me.
The security guards, unless they

are going to wear police uni-
forms, are not going to be given
the same kinds of respect as
police officers," Mr Moss stated.
"We cannot afford for there to
be loss of life before the gov-
ernment reverts to having police
in the schools."
Mr Moss advised the families
of the students who were
stabbed last week to file law-
suits against the government for
"gross dereliction of duty in
providing a safe environment
for students to attend schools."
Messrs Moss and Archer also
accused the government of
"being bankrupt of ideas" to
combat violence on school cam-
puses and argued for the need
for conflict resolution courses
to be included in school cur-
riculum, as well as closed cir-
cuit cameras on school campus-
Yesterday, ZNS reported that
teachers at the C 1 Gibson High
School refused to hold classes
for a second day since the stab-
bing incident last week.
They said they will continue
to do this until additional secu-
rity measures are put in place by
the government.

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PLP activists plan

protest over

police in schools






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Haitian work still available

APPARENTLY Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell,
regards the civil service as an extension of social
During the 2006 Budget debate Mr Mitchell,
then public service minister, said he hoped that
the moratorium for hiring public servants -
introduced in 2001 would be lifted this year,
particularly for entry level jobs that required no
academic qualifications.
He said that due to the moratorium many
public service departments were left "wanting
badly for personnel." There were schools in
need of janitors and ministries in need of general
workers, he claimed.
His ministry had identified 1,238 posts, which
he said had been authorized by parliament, but
not yet funded.
He said that these extra bodies would not
increase the established strength of the public
service. "It is not anticipated that any extra
funding will be needed," he said.
He said government would first look for jobs
that were already funded and established, but
were left vacant by retirement, death, dismissal
and resignation.
It seemed the public was being invited to
stretch its incredulity to the point of accepting
that there were 1,238 vacant jobs available in the
public service through attrition, which, to fill
them, would cost the taxpayer not a penny
more. He assured the public that adding this
number would neither increase the established
civil service strength nor increase its budget.
Mr Mitchell said the country had to put in
place special policies to assist young people
who were out of work. He said that public ser-
vice jobs are by far the most popular in the
country, and that government had a social oblig-
ation to offer training opportunities and support
structures to its people.
Of course, they are the most popular jobs -
once on the civil service list an unqualified per-
son is set for life. Many of them abuse the sys-
tem. We recall articles that The Tribune pub-
lished several years ago after an investigation
into this type of mindless hiring. We found
many not only slacking on the job, but being
paid although often failing to report for work.
One such person comes immediately to mind.
He was meant to be a security officer at one of
the schools. Instead we discovered him selling
fish at Potters Cay dock. He was being paid to
watch over children: Instead he was watching
over fish. This is how the Public Treasury is
If there are so many unemployed and
unskilled Bahamians on the market why aren't
they filling the jobs that Bahamians relegate to
Haitians? If these persons would offer their

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services on the open market, with a willingness
to give an honest day's work for an honest day's
pay, then maybe Haitian labour would not be in
such demand. But as long as politicians believe
it's their obligation to pander to these work-
ers' easy-street inclinations, with the taxpayer
underwriting their upkeep, then the need for
Haitian labour will continue to grow..
The only obligation government has to itS
people is to give them the opportunity to get a
good education so that they can earn a living;
and to create an "open society fuelled by a mar-
ket-driven economy" in which there will be
many jobs open to their skills. If a person blows
his chances, then there is no reason why he
can't start all over again by doing "Haitian
work" and climbing to the top by embracing
every opportunity to acquire skills that will pull
him out of his rut.
Not having taken advantage of the education
taxpayers' money has provided for them, it is
now up to them to start at the bottom and work
their way to the top not expect the taxpayer
to fund them to their grave. This is the message
that teachers have to get across to their stu-
dents at an early age the importance of a
good education. And those who are not acade-
mically inclined have to be identified and placed
in a trade school so that when they enter the job
market they will not be among Mr Mitchell's
unskilled who go on the dole under the guise of
a civil servant.
It is passing strange that this programme
was to be introduced in an election year. and
stranger still that it went into effect shortly
before the elections were called even stranger
that the unskilled persons were hired on short-
term contracts.
The PLP have denied that this late addition
to the civil service was an election ploy to secure
votes. Rather, they claim, the hiring filled an
urgent need in the service. Because of the short
terms of the contracts, it would seem that the
need was only temporary. The newly employed
were not established civil servants.
Really no matter what the PLP now say, Mr
Mitchell, their then public service minister, let
the cat out of the bag when he declared:
"A moratorium (on hiring in the public ser-
vice) was put in place by Mr Ingraham when he
left the government the last time. The PLP fool-
ishly followed that policy and ended up out of
government with the number one complaint
from the electorate being lack of jobs. not crime
or immigration as it was in the summer of 2006."
In fact there are no lack of jobs. However.
the lack comes in because there are certain jobs
that Bahamians won't do "suh, das Haitian

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE Royal Bahamas Police
Force continues to perform with
distinction in spite of bashing it is
receiving from media sources
such as the talk show hosts and
their guests and callers on certain
radio stations. There is talk about
recruiting foreign or British
policemen; making the Commis-
sioner of Police an elected office;
corruption; police brutality, the
use of deadly force or excessive
force; promotion of officers
known to be of certain political
party supporters, criticism of the
Police Complaints Unit. In addi-
tion to the foregoing the police
are faced with ongoing problems
with the court system and the
granting of bail. In fact one of the
suspects in a most recent murder
is out on bail for a similar murder.
I continue to be close to the
force and I find it amazing that
the senior and junior ranks con-
tinue to perform with distinction.
completely ignoring their critics,
who in most instances offer noth-
ing constructive and fail to recog-
nise the vast accomplishments of
the police in the present crime
trend. A 70 per cent detection
rate would be the envy of most
police forces in the region. Our
courts are overloaded with cases
and our prisons are overcrowd-
There is a genuine concern
about the deterioration of disci-
pline and the presence of corrup-
tion. The latter has plagued law
enforcement organizations for
decades and could only he eradi-
cated if the public will assist to
expose the corruption.
In the force there is a place
known as the Police Control
Room where there is a duty offi-
cer. who is responsible for receiv-
ing and responding to complaints
from the public. No police offi-
cer on a station should say to any
member of the public: "I don't
have a car to send." The officer
must refer the matter to the duty
officer, who will find a car to
send. The Force is very fortunate
to have in the Police Control
Room Inspectors and Sergeants.
who are very knowledgeable of
their duties, the law, police pow-
ers. the streets and a host of oth-
er information needed for polic-
ing the island. Those officers are
there to give directions to the
mobile units and other policemen
on the streets and in the stations.
A few years ago 1 visited the
Police Control Rooms in Chicago
and Detroit. I saw for the first
time technology, known as the
"Automatic Vehicle Locator" it
consists of a large map of the
cities on which every police vehi-
cle could be seen moving on the
streets. The movement and loca-
tion is indicated by a light on the
map. The AVL as it is called
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determine, which police vehicle
could respond more rapidly to
any situation where police assis-
tance is required. This equipment
would be an asset to the police
force in its quest to provide the
public with a three to five minute
response for help.
The AVL would keep the
patrol vehicles in the areas that
they are detailed to patrol and
not leaving to make personal vis-
its as is sometimes the case. Police
officers today are trained in what
force should be used in making
arrests. The law is very clear on
the powers of arrests and the use
of force. There is no force when
the person being arrested sub-
mits, there is the use of force by
hands to restrain the person
applying self-defence and meth-
ods of restraint, the baton for self-
defence and finally deadly force
with a firearm, which is the last
resort when the officer's or vic-
tim's life is in danger. There is
another method of force being
used by many police and law
enforcement agencies. It is the
tasser gun, which is used effec-

tively by law enforcement offi-
cers.to restrain violent persons.
Our police force is aware,of this
new weapon and should consider
acquiring a consignment.
Police officers should be sent
abroad for training in the use of
the tasser or have the manufac-
turers of dealers come to The
Bahamas to train police officers
here. It is my opinion that this
weapon would reduce the need
for deadly force being used in
many instances.
I have faith in our police force
and encourage other residents
and Bahamians to support our
police force.
Recently on a talk show the
guest and the host agreed that
the public has lost faith in the
police. I know for a fact that com-
munity policing has drawn the
public closer to the police. Just
ask any detective where he is get-
ting his information about guns,
drugs, murder suspects, robbery
suspects and the whereabouts of
wanted criminals, even when they
flee the island or the country. The
public has faith in their police
force. The critics should take note
that the force continues to excel.

September 3, 2007.

A steep price increase

EDITOR, The Tribune.

BAHAMIANS are complaining that our tourists are not spend-
ing any money and, in fact, appear to be leaving us all together for
fresher or should that read cheaper?-- pastures. It is not very
difficult to find out why.
Today I visited the Tourist Centre on Prince George Wharf, I
wanted to purchase six of those conch bowls and matching spoons,
which cost $10 per set, less than a year ago, to carry with me when
I go on vacation tomorrow to England to visit old friends, these
bowls would make ideal gifts for my friends.
1 found the kiosk but I noticed the price had increased to $12, well
expenses have risen! However when I selected a larger bowl, the
same size as I had purchased early this year, I was rudely advised
that only the small ones were $12 the bigger ones were $15!
Now costs for any manufactured product will tend to go up
because the price of the raw material increases, but, really are
these particular manufacturers telling us that the conch are now
charging for their own shells?
Please a 50 per cent increase for the waste of our insatiable
"appetite" (sorry) for the edible conch animal is, I suggest, just a tad
steep! Needless to say I walked away and I would hope every oth-
er Bahamian will as well, just like our tourists, God bless them!

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Six people
over firearm

FREEPORT Several per-
sons were arrested by police in
connection with a firearm and
ammunition seizure operation
which resulted in the confisca-
tion of three guns over the past
several days.
Chief Superintendent Basil
Rahming said that at about
9.30pm on Sunday, September
16, the Eastern Division and
Central Detective Unit officers,
acting on information, executed
a search warrant on a house on
Samoa Drive in Royal Bahamia
While conducting a search of
the premises, officers allegedly
discovered and seized a 12
gauge pistol-grip Maverick shot-
gun, five 12 gauge cartridges, a
.9mm Beretta semi-automatic
pistol loaded with 11.9mm bul-
lets, one blue bullet-proof vest
and one camouflage vest along
with a brown ski mask.
As a result, three men aged
37,28, and 20, and three women
aged 56 and 14 and 35, were
taken into custody at the Cen-
tral Detective Unit.
They are currently assisting
officers with their investigation
into this matter.

Boat reported
stolen is
recovered in
North Abaco

THE 380-foot red and white
Contender sport fishing vessel
named 'Floorit', which had been
reported stolen on Thursday,
was recovered by police at
North Abaco following a high
speed sea chase over the week-
Police have detained two
men, a 21-year-old resident of
Mount Hope, Abaco, and a 17-
year-old resident of Fox Town
in connection with the incident.
Supt Rahming said that offi-
cers spotted a vessel suspected
of being stolen at around
6.30am in the:area of Grand
Following a chase, the occu-
pants docked the vessel behind
the Reflection Night Club and
fled on foot.
Officers at the Marsh Har-
bour Detective Unit are con-
ducting an investigation into this

Two charged
were charged in Freeport Mag-
istrate's Court on Friday in con-
nection with the discovery of a
Jermaine Lightbourne, 25, of
Abaco Drive, Hawksbill, and
Seneca Brown, 26, Bruce
Avenue, pleaded not guilty to
possession of an unlicensed
firearm before Acting Magis-
trate Stephana Saunders.
It is alleged that the men
were found in possession of a
.9mm pistol on September 13.
The men were represented
by attorney Brian Hanna.
They were granted $5,000
bail with two sureties and the
matter was adjourned to March
24, 2008.



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MP seeking test case to sue

over government dismissals

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE MP for Fox I lill says
he is searching for a test case
to sue the FNNM gIovernment
over the termination of con-
tract workers.
The workers in question
have captured headlines in
recent weeks with the PLP
alleging that the FNM is on a
political witch-hunt to remove
anyone they believe is associ-
ated with the opposition.
The contract workers in
question, 41 of which were
recently terminated by the
government from the Ministry
of Education, have a (30 diay
notice clause in their contracts,
former Public Service MNinister
Fred Mitchell noted on Sun-
day at a press conference on
the Gems radio station. I-le
said this allo\\s either party to
terminate the agreiemen t with
"The question is when is it
appropriate for the govern-

Mitchell says PLP government acted properly

ment to exercise that partic-
ular clause," Mr Mitchell
said. "Certainly, it must not
have been in the contempla-
tion of the parties. And cer-
tainly we argue that it is the
legitimate expectation of
someone who is hired, and
who is working properly -
who turns up to work, who
has the skills and is doing his
work it is certainly not con-
templated that that clause
would be used for political
reasons to terminate some-
one's contract.
"So in our view, the use of
this clause has been inappro-
priate and it is something that
can be successfully challenged
in the courts. And a number
of us are searching around for
an appropriate case to test
this." Mr Mitchell added.
"What we want the courts

to pronounce on is just on this
specific clause. ('an you exer-

cise this 30 day clause, just on a
whim'? Was it meant to do that,
or was it meant to be exercised
only in circumstances where
there is cause," Mr Mitchell also
said, acknowledging that the
contracts are not explicit on this
Mr Mitchell also responded'
to criticisms of the hiring poli-
cies of the PLP government
issued by John Pinder, head of
the Public Service Union sev-
eral weeks ago.
"It is extraordinary," Mr
Mitchell said, "that a union
leader does not defend the
keeping of people in the public
service, as opposed to saying
that it is okay to fire them no
matter what the reason is."
Mr Mitchell explained that
people were taken on by the
public service on a month-to-
month basis until their paper-

work with the Public Service
Commission could catch up,
noting that the commission can
take up to a year to officially
take on workers; while in the
case of those that need to be
vetted by police, this too can
add delays the official hiring
There was no "sloppiness" in
the hiring of these workers, the
former public service minister
"The PLP, in bringing per-
sons on to the public service
acted on advice from the public
service department; acted prop-
erly on that advice; went to the
cabinet; got the authority, and
there was also the financial
clearance which is required
from the Ministry of Finance so
that the figures are there, the
budgeted figures are there," he

COB recruits media expert for updated curriculum

A MEDIA expert has
moved to the Bahamas to
teach in the journalism and
communication department of
the College of the Bahamas.
Daniel Henrich, a media
strategy consultant and writer
of media related blogs, is now
involved in the updating of the
college's curriculum to reflect
modern trends in media use.
"It is essential that high edu-
cation keep pace with tech-

nology changes and use," Mr
Henrich said, "and even
attempt to project what skills a
freshman will need when she
"'This is the hard part. No
one in 2004 would have pro-
jected the decline in newspa-
per circulation, nor the rise of
broadband connections
around the world.
"As a department, we are
concerned that our students

(mostly Bahamian) will have
the skills to work in the media
and are committed to this con-
cept of interactive communica-
tion looking at places of inter-
section in skill sets so our stu-
dents can be effective commu-
nicators in the Bahamas and
internationally," MNr Henrich
said. "In 20)0. we will offer a
BA in this area."
Mr Henrich also announced
the (Conference on Interactive

Communication, slated for late
March 2008 in Nassau.
"Our rationale is that tradi-
tional journalism has changed
in the world. The era of the
newspaper reporter writing only
for the daily newspaper and
broadcast news announcer
researching and writing for the
local TV or radio station is over
with the advent of the internet.
"Now, added to changing
media habits of the youth, the

skill set needed for the future
journalist has changed in the
world and will have impact on
Bahamian media," he said.
Conference topic areas for
invited papers /workshops
include: interactivity and jour-
nalism; research in the interac-
tive world; the social aspects of
interactivity and production:
writing skill sets needed for the
future journalists; interactivity
in the Bahamian context.

Haitian migrants are captured in Bimini

Three suspected illegal
immigrants all men were
taken into custody by police
at Bimini over the weekend.
According to police, a 40-
year-old Haitian man was dis-
covered at South Bimini and
two Honduran men. aged 38
and 27, were discovered -at
North Bimini.
Police officers were
patrolling South Bimini when
they discovered the Haitian
man in the vicinity of the
Bimini Sands Resort around
3.05pm on Friday.
They reported thal at the
time, he had no docuimenta-
tion authorising him to be in
the Bahamas.
His detention follows that

of 17 Haitians who were dis-
covered hiding under a tent in
thick bushes about a mile from
the airport on Sunday, Sep-
tember ).
The man was handed over
to Bahamas immigration offi-
cers for further investigation.
Police at North Bimini
spotted txwo men around
12.45am on Saturday Sep-
tember 15, in the vicinity of
the BTC office.
The men we re reportedly
walking when police ques-
tioned them about their sta-
tus in the Bahamas.
According to the officers,
Dred Ivan Lopez. 27. and
Ron\ Ford Paisano, 38, of
Honduras, has no documen-

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Government accused of failing

to enact child protection bill

Tribune Staff Reporter
A LOCAL child rights
activist plans to take legal
action against the government
for its failure to enact the pro-
posed Family and Child Pro-
tection Bill that was drafted in
May last year.
Clever Duncombe, of
Bahamian Fathers for Children
Everywhere, expressed his
organisation's frustration over
the government's seemingly
"lax" attitude towards enact-
ing laws that protect the rights
of children.
"Animals have more rights
in developed countries than
children (presently) have in
The Bahamas," Mr Duncombe
claimed in an interview with
The Tribune.
"I've had enough of the
amount of talks that we've

been getting from successive
"We intend to take action,
by dragging the government
before our courts, just to bring
proper legislation in place to
protect children."
Describing the country's cur-
rent child protection laws as
"antiquated", "archaic", and
"discriminatory", Mr Dun-
combe asserted that politicians
are only concerned with
winning the next election, and
turn a blind eye to poignant
issues plaguing oppressed chil-
In Chapter 97 of the Chil-
dren and Young Person's Act,
Part II, Section 17. it states a
person may face a fine not
exceeding $250 or imprison-
ment for one year or both, or,
upon conviction before the
Supreme Court, to a fine not
exceeding $1,000 or imprison-
ment for three years or both

for ill-treatment, neglect or
abandonment of a child.
The proposed child protec-
tion bill would call for stiffer
penalties for those found guilty
of child abuse or neglect.

In addition to having the
Family and Child Protection
Bill enacted into law, Mr Dun-
combe's organisation wants the
government to issue an "amber
alert" against sex offenders.
He called for a registry for
sex offenders, electronic mon-
itoring bracelets for sexual
offenders released on bail, and
mandatory psychological eval-
uations of offenders when they
are reviewed for parole.
Mr Duncombe also
explained that, in 1991, the
Bahamas became a signatory
to the United Nations Inter-
national Child Emergency
Fund (UNICEF) 'Convention
of the Rights of The Child'.
According to UNICEF's
website, the convention is a set
of guidelines created in 1989
to protect the rights of chil-
dren worldwide.
Despite The Bahamas'
attachment to the convention,

Mr Duncombe argued that the
country's child protection laws
are in blatant defiance of the
articles of the convention,
highlighting the need for the
bill to be passed.
Mr Duncombe listed alarm-
ing statistics, stating that about
520 cases of abuse against chil-
dren are reported annually in
The Bahamas.
Last year 292 and 164 cases
of child neglect and physical
abuse against children were
reported, respectively. There
were 119 reported cases of sex-
ual offences against children
last year.
Mr Duncombe said he and
members of his organisation
are in contact with lawyers and
plan to file a motion against
the government in the coming
The Tribune made several
unsuccessful attempts to secure
a ministry comment.

Centre for elderly in 'desperate' need of support

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama Home and Daycare for
the Aging is in "desperate"
need of support according to
the home's administrator
Agatha Thompson.
"We are really at a low point
in terms of supplies, repairs, and
financial assistance," said Mrs
Thompson who added that
she is now faced with a "seri-
ous decision" regarding the
future of the facility.
In an effort to assist, the
Home Centre with the aid of
Discovery Cruise Line held a
raffle to raise funds for the
Ray Simpson, president of
the Home Centre, said his
team was pleased that Discov-
ery decided to donate two
round trip tickets to Fort

Home Centre customers who
made a purchase of $50 or more
were entered into a raffle draw-
ing for the chance to win a free
trip onboard Discovery.
The official drawing was held
on Friday and the organizers
announced that the lucky win-
ner was Ellena Munroe.
Mr Simpson also presented
Mrs Thompson with a supply
of towels, sheets, mugs, and a
$250 cheque for the home.
Patrice Henfield, a represen-
tative for Discovery, said the
cruise line is pleased to assist
deserving charitable organisa-
"On behalf of Discovery, we
very pleased to offer two round
trip tickets onboard our vessel
that goes daily to Fort Laud-
erdale, and we congratulate Ms
Munroe as the winner of Fri-
day's drawing," she said.
Agatha Thompson said the
home will observe its 17th
anniversary in October. The

facility can accommodate 20
elderly patients.
"We presently have 18 peo-
ple in house and many of them
are patients with medical
issues. We provide home care,
clean beds, hot meals, med-
ication. and ensure that
patients meet their appoint-
"We have been forced now
to also take on the role as hos-
pice care providers to persons
needing severe medical atten-
tion, which is very costly in
terms of staffing, materials and
supplies. So we are really at a
desperate point right now and
we have to make some serious
decision as to what we have to
do," she said.
"At this time we are really at
a crossroad in terms of dona-
tions since the recent hurri-
Mrs Thompson thanked Dis-
covery, the Home Centre and
the entire community for sup-

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Home Centre president Ray Simpson (right) looks on as Patrice Hen-
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DANIEL Lowe, general manager of Home Centre (left), Agatha Thomp-
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Home Centre president Ray Simpson (right) looks on as Patrice Hen-
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porting the fundraiser.
The Home Centre. presented

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some of the biggest hits
by Marley and his band,
The Wailers, including "I
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ing Verizon to sell cuts of
the songs for use as cus-
tomised ringers on its
mobile phones.
The Marley estate
objected, saying Verizon
failed to get permission
from the singer's family
before making use of his
music and likeness on its
Web site. The estate
threatened to sue for
trademark infringement.
"This is really between
Universal and the Marley
estate," said Nancy Stark,
a spokeswoman for Veri-
zon Wireless.
On Monday, Verizon
took down the songs to
give Universal Music and
the Marley estate time to
work out the dispute.
Verizon reversed that
action Thursday, after
Fifty Six Hope Road
Music Limited, the com-
pany owned by Marley's
family, put out a state-
ment noting that the
wireless carrier had ceded
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Union and ministry discuss

Shortage of court reporters

MINISTER OF State for Legal Affairs Desmond Bannister met with
officials of the Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) on Friday,
September 14. From left are Eugene Poitier, deputy permanent
secretary, John Pinder, BPSU president; Minister Bannister and
Steven Miller, BPSU secretary general.

Minister of State for Legal
Affairs Desmond Bannister has
met with Bahamas Public Services
Union officials to discuss the
severe shortage of court reporters.
They also examined the ben-
efits for expatriates contracted

to work as court reporters.
According to Mr Bannister,
a total of 50 court reporters are
needed to service all the courts.
Presently, there are only 13 con-
tracted reporters and 18 civil
servants employed as reporters.

The Public Service Commis-
sion is currently processing
applications for 17 reporter
The Attorney General's
Office said it plans to work
closely with the union to get

young Bahamians to consider
court reporting as a career path.
The government also wants
to re-establish a new local train-
ing programme, similar to the
one recently abandoned by the
College of the Bahamas.

Fishermen will be consulted over

season changes, pledges minister

NO new closed season on
marine resources will be imple-
mented without first consulting
with fishermen, Minister of
Agriculture and Fisheries Larry
Cartwright has pledged.
The minister was speaking at
a town meeting in Grand
Bahama, where he sought fish-
ermen's input on a number of
proposed changes to the Fish-
eries Act, including the creation
of new closed seasons for
species such as conch.

He said the government has
no intention of "taking the
bread out of anybody's mouth
and we know that we can't have
all of the seasons closed at the
same time."
Mr Cartwright said that the
Bahamas faces a difficult situ-
ation, as crawfish, conch,
stone crabs and turtles all
spawn during the summer
He said the suggestion was
put forward that if there is to

be a closed season for conch, it
would be around July when
fisherman are getting their
boats ready for crawfishing.
Mr Cartwright told the audi-
ence that a new closed season
would only be created if there is
a need, and on the advice of
According to Mr Cartwright,
the Fisheries Act is outdated
and there are many things that
need to be changed.
He noted that some new reg-

ulations were added to the Act
in January of this year, but there
was also mention of the need
to look at how these new regu-
lations would affect the various
sport fishing tournaments that
take place in the northern
"We are right now amending
the fisheries regulations to
include the tournaments and to
revisit the catch, the bag limits
that were proposed in January

"Again, if you have any sug-
gestions on that please let us
have them through your mem-
ber of parliament, your local
government persons or the fish-
eries officers," he said.
He also used the occasion to
remind fishermen that there
are some rules and regulations
attached to bone fishing in the
Bahamas, including that it is a
"catch and release species"
which cannot be put up for

Mr Cartwright was on his first
official visit to Grand Bahama.
He spent two days on the island
meeting with farmers, fisher-
men, visiting the Bahamas Agri-
cultural and Industrial Corpo-
ration offices and property,
meeting with straw and handi-
craft vendors, as well as with
officials at the Grand Bahama
Port Authority, South Riding
Point Holdings Limited and the
Grand Bahama Chamber of

GB fishermen accuse Americans of illegal fishing

MANY Grand Bahama fish-
ermen feel Americans are the
biggest violators of the coun-
try's fishing laws.
They shared this opinion with
Minister of Agriculture and
Fisheries Larry Cartwright dur-
ing a town meeting in McCleans
Town over the weekend.
Mr Cartwright assured those
in attendance that the govern-
ment is working on solving all
illegal fishing problems.
Members of the audience said
that American fishermen usu-
ally have the latest technology,
and as south Florida is only 50
miles away, theycan come and
go as they please and are free to

exploit the country's marine
resources as they wish.
Mr Cartwright admitted there
are too few fisheries officers,
but said the government is
working to fix this.
He added that the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force is
increasing its presence in the
northern Bahamas and is estab-
lishing a base on Grand Bahama.
The Minister for Housing and
National Insurance Kenneth
Russell who is the MP for High
Rock, confirmed that the base is
being established at the old
police compound at Peel Street,
and that Defence Force officers
have been working on the facil-

ity for several weeks.
Mr Cartwright noted that the
Defence Force is in the process
of buying several go-fast boats
that can be used by fisheries
officers both in the northern
and southern Bahamas.
"The United States govern-
ment has also provided some
extra craft for us and the
Defence Force is also buying two
new aircraft, so we will have
aircraft surveillance as well.
"We believe that what we
have in mind right now, and the
plans we have in place, we are
going to lick this whole situa-
tion of the poaching on the
Great Bahama Bank or the Lit-

tie Bahama Bank or where ever
it is taking place," he said.
Mr Cartwright added: "We as
a country, as a nation are not to
the point where we can say exact-
ly where our limitations, our
boundary are, between us and
the United States, between us


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and the Turks and Caicos
Islands, between us and Hispan-
iola and between us and Cuba.
"There are certain areas out
there that maybe classified by
some as neutral zone. The
Americans may be saying, 'well
that's ours because we are


allowed to fish 200 miles off-
shore', and you know if you go
200 miles off Florida where you
are going to end up."
He said the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs is currently working
towards an international agree-
ment in an effort to rectify this.


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Hypertension highest

in region in Bahamas

PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham and Health and Social Develop-
ment Minister Dr Hubert Minnis discuss matters

PRIME MINISTER Ingraham chats with chief PMH surgeon Dr Duane PRIME MINISTER Ingraham sits down for an interview with Julian
Sands prior to Dr Sands' presentation at the CARICOM summit Rodgers, anchor at the Trinidad and Tobago television station CNews
(Caribbean News Media Group)

and Tobago The Bahamas has
the highest incidence of hyper-
tension in the Caribbean.
This was revealed by prime
minister of St Kitts and Nevis
Dr Denzel Douglas'at CARI-
COM's summit on chronic non-
communicable diseases
During his key-note address
to the summit, DrDouglas, lead
head of government for health
in CARICOM's quasi-cabinet,
presented figures to support the
claim and added that the possi-
ble cost of treating diabetes and
hypertension in the Bahamas
was projected at $76.7 million
back in 2001.
Dr Douglas called for a num-
ber of measures to be taken by

PRIME MINISTER Ingraham greets and congratulates newly elected
Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding at the summit

Lifestyle changes critical in

stopping number one killer .

the region as a whole, includ-
ing the establishment of a
mandatory standard for meals
in public eating places and the
elimination of trans fats from
Caribbean diets.
Dr Sands, a cardiovascular
surgeon and chief of surgery at
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal, was one of three specialists
in the Bahamas' delegation to

the regional summit.
In the Ministry of Health's
2005 study on CNCDs "Iden-
tifying determinants to the
Bahamas' burden" findings
showed that 70.6 per cent of the
population was either over-
weight or obese.
This is a risk factor that can
either cause or worsen other
diseases such as heart disease,

hypertension and diabetes.
Another significant risk factor
in the development of CNCDs
is a lack of physical activity.
The study revealed that 63.8
per cent per cent of the popula-
tion engaged in activities dur-
ing their leisure time that do
not require physical activity
such as reading or watching

CARICOM HEADS sit for a group photo at the CARICOM Summit on
chronic non-Communicable diseases in Port of Spain

Scotiabank surprise $5000 donation to Ranfurly Home raffle

WHEN organizers of the
Ranfurly Home "Love That
Child" annual raffle decided to
Stimulate ticket sales in front of
SScotiabank's Bay Street main
branch they never imagined the

response they would get.
No one expected that Scotia-
bank would sell enough tickets
to make a $5,000 donation to
the Ranfurly Home particu-
.lady as the bank had already

given the home an annual dona-
tion for 2007.
Patron of the raffle, Dame
Marguerite Pindling and presi-
dent of the home's board of
director's Remelda Moxey were

thrilled and surprised when
Debra Wood, the bank's senior
manager for marketing and
public relations presented them ,
with the cheque. i ..
"The decision to again help r .--r
the Ranfurlv Home was easy -':
because the home does a lot for *
tiabank is focused on enhanc-
ing the lives of all children in .
the Bahamas, including the
under-privileged. We are com-
mitted to making tangible dif-
ferences in their lives, so we
seized the opportunity to help
the Ranfurl, Home "Love That -
Child." Mrs Wood said. .
Mrs Mloxev added, "This is a
pleasant and welcomed surprise.
It costs us quite a bit to keep the
facility operational and we are
extremely grateful to Scotiabank PICTURED LEFT to right are Clem Foster, vice-president of the
for all the support that they have Ranfurly Homes board of directors; Mrs Moxey; Mrs Wood and Dame
provided us with over the years." MargueritePindling

Chavez vows to close or take

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threatened on Monday to take
over any private schools refus-
ing to submit to the oversight
of his socialist government, a
move some Venezuelans fear
will impose leftist ideology in
the classroom, according to
Associated Press.
All Venezuelan schools, both
public and private, must submit
to state inspectors enforcing the
new educational system. Those
that refuse will be closed and
nationalised, Chavez said.
A new curriculum will be
phased in during this school
year, and new textbooks are
being developed to help edu-
cate "the new citizen," added
Chavez's brother and education
minister Adan Chavez in their
televised ceremony on the first
day of classes.
Just what the curriculum will
include and how it will be
applied to all Venezuelan
schools and universities remains
But one college-level s\yllabus
obtained by T'he Associated
Press shows some premedical
students already have a recolm-
mended reading list include ng
Karl Marx's "l)as Kapital" and
Fidel (astro's speeches, along-
side traditional subjects like
biology and chemistry.
The syllabus also includes
quotations from Chavez and
urges students to learn about

slain revolutionary Ernesto
"Che" Guevara and Colombian
rebel chief Manuel Marulanda,
whose leftist guerrillas are con-
sidered a terrorist group by
Colombia, the US and Euro-
pean Union.
Venezuelan officials defend
the programme at the Latin
American Medical School one
in a handful of state-run col-
leges and universities that
emphasize socialist ideology -
as the new direction of
Venezuelan higher education.
"We must train socially mind-
ed people to help the commu-
nitv. and that's why the revolu-
lion's socialist program is being
implemented," said Zulav Cam-
pos, a member of a Bolivarian
State Academic Commission
that evaluates compliance with
academic guidelines.
"If they attack us because
we're indoctrinating, well yes,
we're doing it, because those
capitalist ideas that our young
people have and that have
done so much damage to our
people must be eliminated,"
(Campos said.
Now some critics worry that
primary and secondary school-
children \will be indoctrinated
as \well.
Chavez's efforts to spread
ideology throughout society is
"typical of communist regimes
at the beginning" in Russia,
China and Cuba and is aimed
at "imposing a sole, singular
vision," sociologist Antonio
Cova said.

But Adan Chavez said the
goal is to develop "critical
thinking," not to impose a single
More than eight years after
President Chavez was first elect-
ed, the curriculum at most
Venezuelan schools remains
largely unchanged, particularly
in private schools commonly
attended by middle- and upper-
class children.
Anticipating criticism, Chavez
noted that a state role in regu-
lating education is internation-
ally accepted in countries from
Germany to the United States.
Every such system has its
heroes, and in Venezuela, Chavez
supporters and opponents cele-
brate Simon Bolivar, the inde-
pendence fighter whose armies
liberated much of South Ameri-
ca from colonial Spanish rule.
Many Venezuelans disagree
that Bolivar was such a leftist.
But when Chavez says all
schools must comply with the
"new Bolivarian educational
system", he means they must
submit to oversight of a socialist
government making revolu-
tionary changes.
After all, previous Venezue-
lan educational systems carried
their own ideology, Chavez said.
Leafing through old texts from
the 1970s during his speech, he
pointed out how. they referred
to Venezuela's "discovery" by
"T'hey taught us to admire
Christopher Columbus and
Superman," Chavez said.



The troubling state of illiteracy in

the Bahamas of the 21st century

* By The Nassau Institute
A CAREFUL reader of The
Tribune cannot help but be
alarmed about illiteracy in the
Bahamas. This is especially true
after reading Arthurlue Rah-
ming's article in the "Literacy
Supplement" about "becoming
literate about literacy". She put
the problem into a solid per-
Furthermore, The Tribune
reader cannot help but be
alarmed by the paper's July
30th page-one article that had
the headline "Crisis in Educa-
tion Nation in peril as third
Sof students are found 'illiterate',
80 per cent fail maths." The
paper quoted J Barrie Farring-
ton of the Coalition for Educa-
tion Reform as saying that as a
result of its illiteracy the
Bahamas was facing a social
failure of immense conse-
And the Coalition's "Bahami-
an Youth: The Untapped
Resource" published in June
2005 is still the definitive work
on this subject; but it did not go
so far as to say that "Illiteracy is
a cultural 'ting'".

H however, there has
been extensive analy-
sis in the U.S. on the alarming
differences in the academic per-
formance between Asian and
Anglo-Americans and between
Anglo and Afro-Americans.
These two gaps are of roughly
equal magnitude and signifi-
With regard to the latter,
three authors are worth noting:
Orlando Patterson, a Black
sociologist at Harvard Univer-
sity, in "Taking Culture Seri-
ously: A Framework and an

Afro-American Illustration"
pulled together the work of a
number of others and observed
1. "The test score gap
between Afro-Americans and
Euro-Americans is indeed
important in explaining later
occupational status and income,
although what it is measuring
is not so much intelligence as
learnable cognitive and educa-

tional skills.
2. "This test-score.gap is only
partly explained by the class or
social background of students.
The still substantial income dif-
ference between Afro-Ameri-
cans and Euro-Americans
explains, at best, almost one
point of the large ethnic gap in
students' test scores. And when
all socioeconomic background
factors are considered, such as
wealth and occupation, no more
than a third of the ethnic gap is
3. "The answer in a nutshell is
culture...Cultural beliefs and
practices affect the child at least
from the moment of birth and
perhaps sooner. Even the par-
ents' expectations of the unborn
child and their teachers, and
other sources of influence in the
culture signal what is -important
to the growing child, and these
messages have both short-and
long-term impact."

John U. Ogbu, a black
anthropologist from the
University of California Berke-
ley, is best known for his study
of black American students in
Shaker Heights, the upper-mid-
dle class suburb of Cleveland,
Ohio. Shaker Heights had suc-
cessfully prevented Black and
Jewish residency until the 1960s
when it became the "model of a
voluntarily self-integrated com-
munity that discouraged 'White
flight,' and promoted diversi-
ty...about one third of the com-
munity was African American."
"The school system was (and
still is) one of the best in the
nation." The community's pride
in its excellence in education
was reflected in its motto: "A
community is known by the
schools it keeps." However, the

disparity in academic achieve-
ment was glaring; for instance,
in one high school graduation
class of 400 students evenly
divided between blacks and
whites, 156 of the whites gradu-
ated with honours while five
blacks did so.

his was reported.in a
newspaper article in


unequal distribution of educa-
tional resources.

any Bahamians may
Find these comments
_ t disturbing and they may ques-
tion their relevance to the

1997 and that publicity caused
the school board and commu-
nity leaders to commission John
Ogbu to do an eight-month
ethnographical study.
Professor Ogbu observed and
documented what he had seen
elsewhere with black students,
namely, "disengagement from

of its demise. Black Ameri-
cans too often teach one
another to conceive of racism
not as a scourge on the wane
but as an eternal pathology
changing only in form and vis-
ibility, and always on the verge
of getting not better but

There has been extensive
analysis in the U.S. on the
alarming differences in the
academic performance
between Asian and Anglo-
Americans and between Anglo
and Afro-Americans.

academic work, inability to
focus on the task at hand, blam-
ing teachers for their failure,
and having low academic expec-
tations of themselves."
He concentrated on "the
beliefs and behaviours within
the minority community" that
caused the disengagement and
the resulting poor record of aca-
demic achievement. These
beliefs and behaviours includ-
ed the "Norm of Minimum
Effort" and excuses like "It's
not cool to show you're smart",
"I'm bored with uninteresting
courses", "Motivate me if you
want me to learn," etc.

ohn H. McWhorter, a
young black linguist at
Berkeley, wrote Losing the
Race while John Ogbu was
doing the Shaker Heights study.
McWhorter contends -
"Black America is currently
caught in certain ideological
holding patterns that are today
much, much more serious bar-
riers to black well-being than is
white racism, and constitute
nothing less than a continuous,
self-sustaining act of self-sabo-
tage." He then identifies the
three major manifestations that
create an "ideological sea of
1. The Cult of Victimology
treats "victimhood not as a
problem to be solved but as
an identity to be nurtured...
[It] encourages the black
American from birth to fixate
upon remnants of racism and
resolutely downplay all signs

2. Separatism "encourages
Black Americans to conceive
of black people as an unofficial
sovereign entity, within which
the rules other Americans are
expected to follow are sus-
pended out of a belief that our
victimhood renders us morally
exempt from them."
3. Anti-intellectualism is a
tendency founded "in the roots
of the culture of poverty and
disenfranchisement" that "has
now become a culture-internal
infection nurtured by a distrust
of the former oppressor." He
demonstrates that it is the root
cause of the notorious lag in
black students' grades and test
scores regardless of class or
income level and not the

Bahamas. But...they can be a
useful reference in an examina-
tion of Bahamian culture as it
affects learning. This in turn will
help determine what education
reforms shall be implemented
or whether they are likely to be
effective. '.

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The disparity in academic
achievement was glaring; for
instance, in one high school
graduation class of 400 stu-
dents evenly divided between
blacks and whites, 156 of the
whites graduated with honours
while five blacks did so.

September 4, 2007
Mr. Michael Reckley
Vice President, Hotel Management Pension Fund
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Dear Mr. Reckley,

The reason for this letter is to respond, also share concerns, views, recommendation and
suggestion for the Bahamian Government, Minister of Labor and Members of the Hotel Pension
Management Fund. First, to clarify the discrimination policy, if the Hotel Managenrent Pension
Fund excludes people from receiving pensions because of this reason, numbers of years
employed at the hotel from not collecting pensions and others are able to collect pension based
on number of years employed. This is simply, clearly discrimination! My case is about this
matter. I strongly suggest that the Government have an independent accounting auditing firm
to audit the Hotel Management Pension Fund to bring about transparency not secrecy to inform
and assure members that they have the right to know how much money is in their pension fund
now. This system is presently in place in most American Pension Fund companies to protect
members' money and ensure it is there when it is time to collect a pension. I encourage any
members of the Hotel Pension Fund whose story is similar to mine to step forward and share
their story with the Tribune and other newspapers to draw attention to this policy problem that
needs to be changed and addressed now. If everyone had to wait until age 65 to receive their
pension then I would not be looking to receive mine like others were able to do in receiving all
of the money saved in their pension fund after their tenure with the hotel. (This was a check
payment of all money saved),

In order for change to happen you must be prepared to fight for it to happen. I am the voice for
the voiceless and David against Goliath, the Hotel Management Pension Fund. I will continue to
inform and educate the Bahamian people about this-matter; The fight continues.

Yours respectfully,

Pedro Smith





Five convicted

over counterfeit

Viagra sold in

Bahamas, US, UK

FROM page one

lated or deterred.
According to The
Guardian, a trial at Kingston
Crown Court heard the
products were almost iden-
tical to the real thing, with
carefully forged packaging,
logos and patient informa-
tion leaflets.
The court heard that only
an expert who knew exactly
what to look for would be
able to spot the counterfeit
and the medicines contained
around 90 per cent of the
normal active ingredient
found in the authentic
tablets but regulators said
customers were put in dan-
ger because of other possible
Salesman Gary Haywood,
58, student Ashwin Patel, 24,
and businessman Zahid
Mirza, 45, of Ilford, were all
found guilty last month of
taking part in the conspiracy.
Two other defendants
have not yet been named.
The court was told that
the Medicines and Health-
care Products Regulatory
Agency (MHRA) was
aware of problems with fake
Viagra on the market in
America but did not believe
the tablets had been smug-
gled into the UK.
A chance seizure of thou-
sands of tablets alerted the
MHRA to a massive manu-
facturing and supply ring.
The prosecutor, Sandip
Patel, told the court: "This
was an inquiry which would
in due course prove in its
breadth and depth unparal-
leled in the history of the
"The geographical spread
was global and the financial
rewards were immense."
A spokesman for the
MHRA said: "There is no
such thing as a safe
counterfeit. For all we know
they could have been
made in someone's garden

FROM page one

has shut down operations and
"run off" with her money.
According to her, in October
last year she approached what
she thought to be a reputable
development company to buy
her first home.
During her first visit, she
claims she gave the owner of
the company a manager's
cheque for $10,000 as a partial
down payment for a house and
lot package in the Westwinds
She was given a sales agree-
ment that same day which indi-
cated that the necessary docu-
ments and infrastructure would
be carried out immediately, she
She made an additional pay-
ment of $5,000 in January and
$500 in April this year to the
development company. Ms
Edgecombe told The Tribune
that she and the agent, who was
listed as the 'vendor' on the
sales agreement, developed a
close friendship, and that she
trusted the company whole-
She was told that construc-
tion would begin on her condo-
minium in May this year, but
this never occurred, she said.
When she questioned the sales
agent over the delay in con-
struction, she claims that she
continued to get "the
runaround" from the owners.
"I went to them in May and
said, 'What's the hold-up on this
plan?'" Ms Edgecombe told
The Tribune. According to her,
she had a meeting with the own-
er's sister, who assured her
"everything was fine" and the
company was waiting on plans
from the Ministry of Works.
It wasn't until last month, two
months before the condomini-
um was scheduled for comple-
tion, that Ms Edgecombe began
to get very suspicious after she
heard negative rumours about

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Dansbuary Alexander Hudson, 77
of Palmatto Village, who died
on Wednesday September 12th
2007, will be held at Calvary
Bible Church Collins Ave. on
Wednesday September 19th
2007 at 2:00pm. Pastor Allen
SH', Lee. Dr. Ed Allen, Pastor
Frederick Arnett, Pastor Thomas
Albury and other ministers
He is survived by his wife of
forty-seven years, Valerie
SHudson; sons, Nate and
Donovan Hudson; daughters,
Da-Niele Hudson and Tanya Hepburn; son-in-law, Darin
Hepburn; daughter-in-law, Sandra Hudson; grandchildren,
Da'mon, Gabriel, Duran, Kellise. Ariel. Donn-Aleighia and
Daniel Hudson, Antonia and Asher Hepburn; sisters, Valdarine
Smith and Erenie Pons; brothers, John and David Hudson,
sisters-in-law, Jennifer and Melissa Hudson, Sylvia Knowles,
Dale Williams, Rita Sweeting, Doreen and Christine Major,
Sandra Cartwright, Stacy Bullard and Alexine Gomez; brothers-
in-law, Alberto Pons, Allan Knowles, Glenn, Rex and Falcon
Major and Charles Sweeting; nieces, Paula Farrington, Genevieve
Coverly, Shirley and Rochelle Archer, Bridgette Sands. Jocelyn
Malcolm, Michelle Brennen, Genevieve Smith, Jennifer McPhee,
Rosalyn Neely, Ruby Kerr, Amaryliss Storr, Terrilyn Blake,
Tammy Hollaway, Claudia and Crystal Cartwright, Kim Foster,
Felecity and Suzette Knowles, Jewel and Jade Major, Gem
Dickens, Jasmine Rodgers. Demetria, Tiffany, Marie and Rose
Major, Minette Cartwright, Michell Stubbs, Kim Redeil and
Keri Taylor; nephews, Leonard and Trevor Archer, Michael,
Gary, Ricardo and Randy Smith, George, Marvin, Don, Rock,
Richard, Robert, Mark, David, Jonathan and Stefan Hudson,
Brian Pons, Clint and Allan Knowles, Andre, Marcus and Tony
Major, Nest Williams, Philip, Barry and Bryan Sweeting; cousins,
Oletta Carrol, Gerald and Patrick Roberts, Rosmund Williams,
Faye Culmer, Samuel Hilton, Freddie Archer and Hannah
Brooks;. host of other relatives and friends including, The Archer,
Moss, Roberts and Johnson families, Louis Hanchell and family,
The entire Abaco Community, Judith Thompson and family,
Stunce Willimas and family, Herbert and Marjorie Treco and
family, Marlene Miller, Betty Bethel and family, Calvary Bible
Church family, Grace Community Church family, Miriam
Finlayson, The Patton family, Sherice Scott, Palmetto Village
Community, The Nixons, Arabella Turnquest and family, Taylor
family, Moncur family, Stubbs family, The Brethren Assembly,
The Reef Restaurant, Glenda Hepburn, Staff of A.G. Electric,
Intamico Shipping and Super Value.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Christian
Counselling Centre P.O. Box SS-6106. Nassau, Bahamas in
memory of Dansbuary Hudson.
Friends may pay their last respects at Pinder's Funeral Home
Palmdale Ave., Palmdale on Tuesday September 18th, 2007
from 5:00pm until 7:30pm.

the company, she said.
"I say ain' no way in hell a
duplex could be finished in two
months, I say it look like they
playing' games," she said. She
also claimed that she told the
agents that she wanted her
money back if construction did
not begin on her home.
According to Ms Edgecombe,
this was the last time she spoke
with anyone in the company,
alleging that they shut down
their offices a month ago.
She reported the incident to
police two weeks ago. They
informed her they had several

complaints lodged against the
development company in ques-
tion, she said.
After performing a back-
ground check on the sales agent,
she told The Tribune she dis-
covered that the down payment
for the property in question was
refunded to the development
company by another real estate
firm eight months ago howev-
er, she never received a refund
for the $15,500 she deposited
with the company.
She now believes the real
estate agent has fled the country
in an effort to escape refund-

Jamaican woman claims she was

beaten by immigration officers

FROM page one

vehicle with police officers. I was very excited when I saw
them because I know they help people. They asked me if 1
was okay and I told them 'no' and that I needed to get a ride
home," Mrs Whyms said.
One of the officers asked her where she was from, she
added. She told him she was from Jamaica and an officer then
told her to come over.
"When 1 got over to the bus there was an immigration
officer there. One of the officers asked me if I was straight.
I said yes, sir," she said.
She told The Tribune that the officer asked her if she was
married here. She told him 'yes' but that she and her husband
were separated. The officer then asked to see her documents
and she told him she had them at home.
According to Mrs Whyms, at that point the immigration
officer swore at her, saying, "Why y'all f...ing Jamaicans
don't stay home, y'all need to leave this country. I'm tired of
y'all, y'all need to get out of this country."
Mrs Whyms said the officer instructed her to get inside and
that they would take her to get her papers.
Mrs Whyms claimed that, while inside the bus, she tried to
use her cellphone to make a call but she was told she could
not do so.
She said she was followed inside her apartment by nine or
ten officers. Whyms said that she immediately retrieved her
documentation and gave it to the immigration officer.
"There was a reserve officer who was looking at some
hats I have. I told her. Miss, could you please put the hat
down, I already gave my documents," Mrs Whyms said. At
that point, she added, an officer pushed her.
"The officer pushed me in my head, pulled my wigs off and
started pounding me, saying y'all f....ing Jamaicans, y'all
need to get out of our country," Mrs Whyms said.
She told The Tribune that at this point another officer
intervened, all the while her 10-year-old daughter was watch-
ing. Mrs Whyms claimed that, while the officers were leaving,
she told them that they would have to speak with her attor-
One officer then said "lock her up, lock her up," she
claimed. "It was amazing," Mrs Whyms added.
"All of them rushed up and on me," she said. Mrs Whyms
claimed she was stomped in her stomach while she screamed
that she was innocent.
She claimed that she was dragged inside the bus, cuffed and
taken to Wulff Road Police Station and arrested for assault
and disorderly behaviour.
Mrs Whyms claimed that she had already spoken with
her attorney and plans to take legal action.
"That was terrible and indecent. I was treated like an ani-
mal in front of my daughter," Mrs Whyms said.
Contacted for comment, police press liaison officer ASP
Walter Evans noted that, since the incident originated from
an immigration matter, it would be best to contact immi-
gration officials. However, The Tribune was unable to do
this up to press time yesterday.



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ing her down payment.
"It's so hard to trust people
now," she told The Tribune. "I
had my money on fix...that's
what have me so discouraged.
Right now I feel like I going
crazy, for that woman to do a
dirty trick like this."
Ms Edgecombe intends to
pursue legal action against the
development company. She

now regrets trusting the com-
pany so earnestly, and wants to
warn others who may be
susceptible to real estate
"Do a background check on
developers and real estate
agents before you give them
your money, or go to a lawyer
and do your business there,"
she said.

The Bahamas again on

'Majors List' of illicit drug

producing/transit countries
FROM page one

Guatemala, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nigeria, Pak-
istan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
According to US narcotics officials, Burma and Venezuela are
countries that are not co-operating with the US in its counter nar-
cotics efforts.
US narcotics affairs officer David Foran said the Bahamas has
been placed on the list again, mainly because of its location and
geographical make-up.
"The Bahamas is on this list primarily because it sits between the
South American producers of cocaine and the North American con-
"In order to get it from position A, the place of production, to
point B, the place of use, one of the main routes is obviously
through the Caribbean and the Bahamas being on the doorstep of
the US is going to be in that," Foran said.
He noted yesterday that it is difficult to determine just how much
cocaine is, in fact, passing through the country.
"It's a little hard to get a handle on exactly how much is coming
through but we think that there is a very slight increase in the
amount of cocaine that is attempting to be transited through the
Bahamas based upon what we know is going into Hispaniola."
Foran lauded the work of Bahamain police and Defence Force
for their co-operation in the counter narcotics efforts.
"Today co-operation of the Bahamian police and Defence Force
continues unabated. They are doing a tremendous job working
with us to try to reduce and counter the flow of drugs through this
area to the US," Foran said.
"From a historical point of view, in the late seventies and early
eighties 70-plus per cent of US-bound cocaine was coming through
the Bahamas. The current estimates are that somewhere in the area
of 10 per cent of US bound cocaine is coming through the Bahamas
and I think that speaks to the efforts of the police, the Defence
Force and the government under the leadership of both parties
determination that the Bahamas not be seen as a place for the tran-
sit of drugs," Foran said yesterday.

FROM page one

The prime minister said that,
when developing countries
undertake large-scale develop-
ments, there are always sugges-
tions and sometimes evidence
of untoward dealings.
"We want to ensure that does
not happen here in the
Bahamas," he said.
Executives of the LPIA's
management company YVRAS
yesterday presented govern-
ment and public sector officials
with their Project Definition
Report (PDR), which included
proposals for construction of
new terminals, for design of the
airport's interior and technical
While YVRAS executives
yesterday said that they expect
the redevelopment project to
be completed by 2012, Mr
Ingraham said that government
hopes to move up that date by
one year.
"At the moment the project-
ed completion for all of the
works at the airport extends at
least a year beyond that, which
is acceptable to the government,
and so we would need to have
discussions about the extent to
which we can speed up the pro-

'No Corruption'
ject to comply with our prede-
termined date of October, 2011,
for all works to be completed,"
he said.
Describing the redevelop-
ment of the airport as an
"urgent project", the prime
minister said his government is
seeking to move on a very tight
Mr Ingraham said he hopes
to move towards a schedule that
will enable government to give
an okay for an agreed set of
designs by the end of the first
week of November this year,
If that schedule is followed,
he said, government will be able
to make arrangements for fund-
ing of the project by-July next
year, for a general contract to
be awarded by October next
year, and for the first of the new
terminal facilities to be avail-
able for use by October, 2010.
Although YVRAS yesterday
gave no estimates as to the final
cost, it is believed the redevel-
opment bill could be $400 mil-
It was emphasised, howev-
er, that there will be no gov-
ernment loans or guarantees for
the project.

Alleged real estate fraud victim

warns potential home buyers


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New Catmlic

bishop of

Being to be


this week
BEIJING church leaders
will ordain a new bishop this
week, a senior religious, offi-
cial said Monday, filling an
influential post that had
been closely watched to
gauge whether the govena-
ment would consult with the
Vatican on church appoint-
ments, according to Asoci-
ated Press.
Joseph Li Shan was.
approved by China's 59-
member Conference of Bish'
ops on Aug. 28 and am odi-
nation ceremony will be-held.
Friday, said Liu Baintan,,
vice chairman of the Chinese
Patriotic Catholic Associa-
Liu said there had' been no,
contact between China and
the Vatican about Li's
appointment "because the.
two sides have no diplomatic
But the Vatican-affiliated.
missionary news agency Asia.
News said Li may have
received the Vatican's.bless-
ing. The agency cited some
Chinese Catholic sources, as
saying Li received papal
approval, while adding that
other sources said they were
not aware of it.
Calls to the Vatican
spokesman in Rome were
not successful late Monday.
The Vatican says only it
has the right to name bish.-
ops and the question of their
appointment has been the,
main stumbling block in
resuming relations with the-
government in Beijing. Chir
na views papal appointments.
as interference in its interal
In July, Cardinal Tarcisio.
Bertone, the Vatican secre-
tary of state, called Li a
"very good, well-suited"
candidate for the post -
evidence of the Roman
Catholic church's efforts to,
compromise over the nomi ,,
nation of bishops.
He said then that the Vat-
can had not been officially
informed about Li's appoint-
ment but hoped Beijing
would seek approval from
the Holy See.
There have been growing
consultation between the
official church and Rome onm
appointments, with many
bishops named by China lat-
er seeking and receiving
- papal approval.
Earlier this month, Mon-
signor Paolo Xiao Zejiang,.
40, was ordained a coadjutor
bishop for southern Guizhou
province with the Vatican's
approval, even though the
Patriotic Association
claimed the appointment as
its own, Asia News reported
at the time.
Shanghai's auxiliary bish-
op, Joseph Xing Wenzhi,
was reportedly appointed in
2005 by tacit agreement
between Rome and the Bei-
jing authorities.
Li replaces Beijing Bishop
Fu Tieshan, who died in
April. Fu was chairman of
the Patriotic Association
and became acting chairman
of the Bishops' Conference
of the Catholic Church in
China in 20056. He also
served on an advisory body
to China's legislature, the
National People's Congress.
"We believe that he will
be a capable bishop," Liu
said, adding that Li was
"knowledgeable, devout and
kind to people."
China forced its Roman
Catholics to cut ties with the
Vatican in 1951 shortly after
the officially atheist Com-
munist Party took power.
Worship is allowed only in
the governmeat-controkled
churches, which recognize
the pope as a spiritual leader
but appoint their own priests
and bishops.
Millions of Chinese, how-
ever, belong to unofficial
congregations that are not
registered with the authori-

Earlier this month, a bish-
op who led an underground
congregation of Roman
Catholics and was repeated-
ly detained in China for his
loyalty to. the Vatican died
in police custody, according
to a monitoring group.
Bishop Han Dingxiang,
71, had been under house
arrest or other forms, of
detention for nearly eight
years. He died while being
treated for an unspecified
illness, the U.S.-based Cardi-
nal Kung Foundation said.
The group has long had
close contacts with China's
underground church mem-

Pictures s

ow a very

different 'Hog Island'

THE long while sweep of Cab- ... .
bage Beach h- o ult o the right
while three young brothers pre-. ,,. .
pare for a day spearing snapper. .
lh was a glorious midsummer .
day in 1952 when the then very ."-. : .' '
young photographer Roland
Rose, who was working with the
Bahamas Development Board,
decided to make a pictorial .
record, of this fishing expedition. -
He- and his younger brothers
Clist tra 9, Peter, 8, and Benjamin,
12,. lived with their parents .
Eilee and Walter Rose on the
then Hog Island at a property !M?.7. Y..
owned by the Killamn family of '..
Th boys' father, a horticultur- .....,... ..
alist trained, at Kew Gardens in
Londonr worked for the Killanms
as a sub-tropical gardening spe- I
"Looking back at these pho-
tograpbs, it makes you realise just .
how much Hog Island has.
"changed," Roland told The Ti-
bwtea' '^B te -
"O1n this. particular day, we :;
made a trek all the way down to : .
the cove at the end of Cabbage. ..., .
Beach,where the golf course now '"
is, and spent the day spearfish-
"Then we walked all the way
back weighed down with fish. We ..
caught grey and red snapper that ..
day, along with crawfish. It wasa a -
memorable occasion." ,. a .-
This.portfolio of beautiful pic- ..' ..- ,' p. '
tures captures the magic of life
on Hog island:- now Paradise
Island when only 25 people lived V-
there. There were no bridges to
link ttLh island with Nassau and .'
most social .activity revolved
arolUd. tLe Furcupine Club.
which Mr Rose described as
more exclusive than Lvfoid. M.
Swedish industrialist Axel .
Wenner-Gren. who owned most
of Hog Island, at the time, -
installed rough roads to get-.--- -----
around; his property. One is
showan ere.
He also dug narrow canals .
one of them, also illustrated -
which, caused: some Bahamians to
speculate on: his supposed Nazi
connections, -laiming the canals
were buiis o,'give shelter to ..er-
man U-boats. However, this
belief has, now been widely dis-
counted, as the, canals were too
narrow, too, she low and too
winding to accommodate any- -
thing as big as a U-boat.
"My family lived on Hog Island
for 12 years." said Mr Rose, -
"These pictures bring back many
happy memories."
Roand Rose, whose pho-
tographs. have promoted the
beauty of the Bahamas for more -
working as a freelance photogra- .- -
The three brothers pictured
here are also. still in the Bahamas
Benjamin as one of the coun-
try's.best-known, naturalists, hav-
ing become an expert on Grand
Bahama,'s cave structures; Peter
as, one of Freeport's best com-
mescial! fishermen. and Colin as
owner of a well-known Freeport
boat business, OBS Marine. P,..I I'
Roland said: "Very few people
ever got over to, Hog Island in ..
those days. Tourist boats would
go to Paradise Beach, but locals
were seldom there."
hn the late 1950s, Wenner-Gren
sold his portion of; the island to
American multi-millionaire Hunt-
ington Hartford, who.renamed it
Paradise Island. -
It then passed though several "
bandb. before beaom-ing the suc-'
eessfuiL Kerzner Itaernational -
resortiislune. of today.
-- ,-

.. .~..-~2

Ministry of Tourism prepares for

Caribbean Youth Congress meet

Minister of State for Tourism
and Aviation Branville McCart-
ney used a courtesy call by
junior minister of tourism
Rashad Rolle to assist in
preparing Mr Rolle to repre-
sent the Bahamas at the
Caribbean Youth Congress in
Puerto Rico this October.
The congress is a part of the
Caribbean Tourism Confer-
ence, which brings the 30 mem-

bers of Caribbean Tourism
Organisation together each year
for discussions on issues rele-
vant to regional tourism.
This October will mark the
30th conference, which will be
held under the theme, "The
next generation: learning from
the past, preparing for the
Rashad Rolle, who will rep-
resent the Bahamas as its junior

minister of tourism, attends
Doris Johnson Senior High
School and has ambitions of
becoming a lawyer.
He is also the winner of the
prized Most Outstanding
Speaker award in the Ministry
of Education's 2006 National
High School Debates.
Mr Rolle is also the third
place finisher in the 2007 Tex-
aco Road Safety debating

While at the congress, Mr
Rolle will debate with other
Caribbean students on tourism-
related issues.
A number of topics will be
discusses and recommendations
will be made to CTO's board
of directors. *
"There are countless thrilling
career options and opportuni-
ties in the tourism industry,"

Mr McCartney said. "We must
view tourism, which is our num-
ber one industry in the
Bahamas, as just that, an indus-
try, and we must take owner-
ship of the product.
"One can get sun, sand, and
sea anywhere in the world, but
the Bahamas has something
special. It's our people, our way
of life."
The Junior Minister of
Tourism programme was

launched in 2002.
That year, Stephanie
Lawrence, a 16-year-old
Queen's College student,
emerged as the first junior min-
ister of tourism after a compet-
itive three round bout.
The junior minister receives a
full two-year scholarship to the
College of the Bahamas, funded
by the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion, to pursue tourism and hos-
pitality studies.

Children celebrate at

back-to-school event

RBC is pleased to announce the opening of our new branch on Carmichael
Road. This new temporary location will house both RBC Royal Bank of
Canada and RBC FINCO under one roof, pending the construction of
RBC's new flagship location one block west of the temporary location on
Carmichael Road.

Royal Bank will offer a full range of banking products and services, while
RBC FINCO will offer a full suite of mortgage products and services.

Services include:

Business and Consumer Loans

Personal and Business Deposit Account Services

Single and Multi-family Residential Mortgages

24-Hour ATM

Foreign Exchange Services

Night Deposits a

Card Services

Royal Online" Internet Banking

and more!

Come see us at the corner of Carmichael Road and Turtle Drive. We look
forward to welcoming you to our new location soon!

RB(mlt ,

BAHAMIAN children were
treated to a spectacular magi-
cal plaii o'unid and magic show
before heading back to school.
courtesy of Fun Foods Whole-
sale, Lickety Split and Nestle
Ice Cream.
Highlight of The Nestle Mag-
ical Playground, held on R M
Bailey Park. was an hour-long
magic show where children and
their parents were invited on
stage to participate in magic
Children also enjoyed Nestle
Ice. Cream pops and treats,
Edy's Grand Ice Cream cones,
hamburgers, hotdogs, cotton
candy, popcorn, a Junkanoo
rushout by the One Love Sol-
diers, rides and games where
they were able to win prizes.
Residents of The Nazareth
Centre. Bilnev Lane Children's

Home. Elizabeth Estates Chil-
dren's Home and Ranfurly
Home.for Children were all spe-
cial guests.
Organisers appreciated that
money is tight for most parents
with back-to-school expenses
and so everything at the Nestle
Magical Playground was just
On hand were Nestle Ice
Cream representatives, from
left, Yohancy Kemp, sales and
marketing manager f, r Fun
Foods Wholesale, Valerie Cor-
nut; CEO of Nestle Ice Cream
Puerto Rico, Elias Munoz, busi-
ness manager, Nestle Ice
Cream, and Llewellyn Burrows,
CEO Fun Foods Wholesale.
All proceeds from the Nestle
Magical Playground are being
donated to The Hospital

Fe ast



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Fidelity considers

$20m bond issue

* BISX-listed bank 'waiting for regulatory approval' for possible

two tranche issue that will fund its growth and lending

Two more branch locations in New Providence sought,

as growth 'accelerates' in 2007 third quarter

New credit card product to launch in 90 days,

with card centre staff hirings ongoing

Tribune Business Editor
F idelity Bank
(Bahamas) is
mulling whether to
raise additional
capital through a
private placement $20 million
bond issue, The Tribune con-
firmed yesterday, as the retail
bank prepares to launch a new
credit card in 90 days to main-
tain its growth momentum.
Anwer Sunderji, the BISX-
listed commercial bank's chief
executive, said: "Our business
is growing strongly, and we are
seeking to fund our growth by
offering this bond to primarily
institutional investors. It's a pri-
vate placement, not a public
"We've'had great success
with our new product offerings.
Our mortgaged portfolio is
growing very strongly, and we
are seeking new funding to sup-
port the growth. The purpose
behind this offering is to raise
additional capital to support
"We have capital that far
exceeds the capital require-
ments of the Central Bank of
the Bahamas, or even the Basle
agreement. We're very pleased
with the financial strength of

the bank."
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) has
yet to make a final decision on
whether to go with the bond
issue, which would be in two
trenches Series A and Series
The first tranche would have
a maturity of 10 years, the oth-
er 15 years, and as a result
would attract a different inter-
est or 'coupon' rate, Mr Sun-
derji said, with the proceeds
used for general operational
purposes and lending.
He added that a draft offer-
ing memorandum for the bond
issue had been completed and
circulated to "one or two major
institutions", but Fidelity Bank

(Bahamas) was "waiting for
regulatory approval before a
formal launch"and a final doc-
ument had not been issued.
Mr Sunderji said: "We've
done a hell of a lot in the last
few months to grow our bank,
and we've seen some great suc-
cess this year.......
"We're very pleased with the
growth the bank has been
experiencing. We are exceeding
our targets for asset growth and
loan growth.
"It's accelerated in the 2007
third quarter. We're .iFt.ir. lici
new customers with our new
debit card, and are attracting
existing mortgage customers
who see the Money Back Mort-
gage as offering added value."
Mr Sunderji said Fidelity-
Bank (Bahamas) was now
"scouting for two more branch
locations in New Providence",
following the opening of its
branch in Marsh Harbour, and
had "got a new credit card
product that will be unique in
terms of the value added
proposition we are offering".
The new credit card is likely
to be launched in 90 days, and
Mr Sunderji added: "Our focus
is going to remain asset growth,
which is going to primarily
come from the core business
of mortgages, but also con-

summer loans, which are higher
yielding because they have a
higher interest rate.
"Our personal loan book is
nbt as big as we'd like it to be,
so we're changing the mix of
the business to increase the
proportion of personal loans
against the real estate loans we
have, and increase the net yield
on our loans.
"Our new credit card will
also help us, and will be out in
90 days. We're setting up a new
credit card centre, and hiring
people to staff and manage it."
Mr Sunderji said of Fideli-
ty's Visa debit card: "The deb-
it card is a major hit. It is huge-
ly convenient for people who
have chequing and savings
accounts, as they no longer
have to Write cheques. It's the
first one in the Bahamas, and
can be used globally at an-
The Fidelity Bank
(Bahamas) chief executive
added that the debit card was
linked to the Freedom Points
programme. which allowed cus-
tomers to redeem their accu-
mulated points with airlines for
travel purposes and with major
US department stores and

SEE page 7


Emerald Bay hotel

buyer meets PM

Tribune Business Reporter
THE New York-based Fortress Investment Group LLC, the
potential buyer of Exuma's Four Seasons Emerald Bay resort,
yesterday met with Prime Minster Hubert Ingraham, reliable
sources confirmed, signifying that the sale's conclusion may be
Tribune Business was also told
that the Emerald Bay receivers,
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Tribune Business
THE Ministry of Lands
and Locl' Government is
planning an aggressive and
widespread consultation
process as it begins the
process of crafting reforms
to the Consumer Protection
Act, The Tribune was told
Sidney Collie, minister of
lands and local government,
said he was very concerned
about reports involving a number of renegade property
developers, business contractors and auto repair persons
who preyed on the most vulnerable members of Bahamian
society, such as single mothers and the elderly.
He particularly noted the case of an elderly man featured
recently in The Tribune, whose new landlady had allegedly
raised his rent from $50 dollars per month to $250 per month,
placing it completely out of his price range because he was
limited to only his pension of $230 per month.
Mr Collie said the rent increase, coupled with the apparent
condition of the home the man is renting, prompted him to
refer the matter to the Rent Control Division of his ministry.
The Tribune also learned of a case where a single mother
allegedly gave a developer $15,500 as a partial down payment
for a house and lot package, only for nothing to happen in
terms of construction starting.
"These are exactly the type of situations that need to be
addressed in the legislation that we are proposing," Mr Col-
lie said.
"We are also planning a major press conference to discuss
the issues that arise in consumer protection, and we are
about to launch widespread consultation with all of the var-
ious stakeholders so that we can get their views on this."
At present. Mr Collie explained his ministry was seeking
the views of a number of officials on how to ensure that
consumer protection standards were put in place and
"We are going to get their views and craft legislation,
which we will have to submit to the Attorney General, before
we take it to Cabinet and Parliament," he added.
Mr Collie said the Government will be examining legisla-
tion in the Caribbean with a view to codifying consumer
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The minister of state
for finance yester-
day said he would
"soon" make a pub-
lic statement on the Govern-
ment's position relating to the
Economic Partnership (EPA)
talks with the European Union
(EU), adding that he would be
"delighted to see" how the
Bahamas could protect its
export industries while exclud-
ing itself from the treaty's more
harmful provisions.
Zhivargo Laing reiterated
that the EPA went far beyond
the question of preserving
duty-free market access to the
EU for the seafoods industry
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While mindful of the fish-
eries industry's concerns, par-
ticularly the fact that it could
lose $35 million worth of annu-
al lobster exports to the EU,
and a total of $60 million in
fisheries exports if the
Bahamas does not sign the
EPA by December 31, 2007,
Mr Laing said the Government
would do its best to preserve
their duty-free market access
without compromising the
wider economy.
Mr Laing said: "I think to be
quite honest, the fisheries
industry are quite familiar with
what the Government's posi-
tion is, having met with us
recently. We spoke to them,
and explained what the dilem-
ma is and so forth.......
"I understand their concerns,
but I believe that in fairness
the Government's position on
the matter was made very clear
to them.
"We are mindful of their
concerns, and would love to
preserve what we can preserve,
but we have the broader posi-
tioqn to preserve to preserve
and protect the economy of the
Bahamas for the thousands of
people who call this place
Many observers believe the
Bahamas could protect EU
duty-free market access for the
seafoods industry and Polymers
International by signing on to
the EPA, yet reserving its posi-
tion on aspects of the agree-
ment that could prove harmful
to this nation's economy, thus
ensuring it is in a 'net win' posi-
Yet Mr Laing was sceptical
about this yesterday, saying: "If
they can point the way to doing
so, I would be delighted to see
it. My doors are open to hear
from them. Those who have
concrete proposals. I'd love to
hear from them."
He added that the Govern-
ment's decision on the EPA

did not involve a choice
between 'sacrificing' the fish-
eries industry's interests or
those of the wider economy,
but that the issue was broader
than that.
Mr Laing explained that the
Bahamas could not make a
decision based on the fact that
"a particular group of compa-
nies is caught up in that", hav-
ing wider issues to account for.
"The issue is that there is a
change in the trade relation
ship between the EU and
African, Pacific and Caribbean
(ACP) countries going forward.
We've been asked whether we
want to sign on to that new
agreement," Mr Laing said.
"Do you want to sign the
EPA with the EU and all that
entails? Are you going to sign
on to the EPA and all that that
entails? That is the question
for the Government. That's a
very, very large question, a
very big, important question
for the Bahamas."
With the Government's
interest in preserving jobs,
keeping businesses open and
expanding them, Mr Laing said
the need for caution on the
EPA issue was obvious, as the
Bahamas needed to be better
off on a net basis to justify
signing on.
The minister added that most
ACP countries were likely to
be "in no position" to conclude
talks with the EU and sign the
EPA by the December 31
deadline, leaving all parties to
work out "what life is going to
be like after" that date.
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would be represented at
upcoming meetings on the
EPA, and that it would remain
involved in the talks to help it
"make informed decisions" and
work out what the trading land-

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2007, said the Baha.nas must
decide within the next 45 days
whether to participate in the
EPA, with failure to do so like-
ly to cost its crawfish/lobster
industry more than $35 million
in lost revenues per annum.
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Bahamas decision not to sign
the EPA agreement would
mean the end of'duty-free
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would attract an MFN tariff
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Act regulations is 'priority'

Tribune Business Editor

ulations accompa-
nying the new
Domestic Insur-
ance Act is "a priority" for the
Government, the minister of
state for finance told The Tri-
bune yesterday, as it looks for a
new regulatory head who could
help the Bahamas exploit
"opportunities" in the global
external insurance market.
Zhivargo Laing said the
Government had not yet select-
ed a replacement for Dr Roger
Brown, the Registrar of Insur-
ance, who formally retired
from the post last Thursday.
"We are exploring some
options and that is as much as I
can comment right now," Mr
Laing said, when asked
whether the Government had
identified a new Registrar of
However, he.indicated the
Government was looking to
attract a Registrar with the con-
tacts, reputation, skills and
expertise that would help the
Bahamas make inroads into the
global external insurance mar-
Although he did not indicate
what these opportunities might
be, it is likely the FNM admin-
istration is focusing on niche
markets such as captive insur-
ance, offshore life insurance
and annuities. A revised Exter-
nal Insurance Act was also
being worked on under the for-
mer PLP administration before
it demitted office.
Mr Laing yesterday said the
Government was looking for
the "kind of person who could
give us some significant help in
that area. We believe the time '
is now to go after some things
in the international insurance

Government seeking new Registrar who can help exploit international insurance opportunities

Meanwhile, the Government
is also focused on enacting the
regulations accompanying the
Domestic Insurance Act, which
was passed under the former
Christie administration but has
never been implemented.
The Bahamian insurance
industry has since still been
operating under the almost 40
years-old former Act, as with-
out the regulations being in
effect, the new Act will have
no enforcement and sanctions
"The accompanying regula-
tions are the issue," Mr Laing
said. "They were in the Attor-
ney General's Office for some
time, and we're trying to move
this forward.
"We want to be able to have
the regulations in place to sub-
stantially regulate the indus-
The'regulations are still with

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the Attorney General's Office,
Mr Laing indicated, adding that
he would have to check on
whether they had to be passed
by both Houses of Parliament
or just published in the Gov-
ernment's Official Gazette.
"It is a priority for us to get
that sorted out," Mr Laing said.
"That we move forward to get
the kind of structure in place to
regulate the insurance indus-
try and provide us with oppor-
tunities in the sector.
"We believe there are oppor-
tunities in the external sector
that we can pursue."
James Smith, the former
minister of state for finance,
said the PLP administration
held off on bringing the new
Act into effect because of con-
cerns over whether the Regis-
trar of Insurance could effec-
tively administer it, acknowl-
edging that the regulator need-
ed to undergo a 'capacity build-

ing' exercise in terms of both
technical and human resources.
The new Act upgrades the
Registrar to an Insurance Com-
mission, but the private sector
has long harboured doubts
over whether it can effectively
regulate and supervise the cur-
rent sector.
Mr Laing said yesterday that
the Government had taken no
set position on regulatory con-
solidation in the Bahamian
financial services industry or
whether this might impact the
Registrar of Insurance's Office.
"We are committed to con-
solidating the various regula-
tory regimes," he added. "We
are moving towards seeing the
extent to which that can be
done. We are exploring a num-
ber of options."
Insurance industry executives
spoken to by The Tribune yes-
terdav said they would wel-
come regulatory consolidation
in the Bahamas, pointing out
that they faced too much
bureaucracy and red tape by
having to submit the same
reports and information to mul-
tiple regulatory bodies.
Chester Cooper, British
American Financial's president
and chief executive, said his
company faced such challenges,
having teo report to both the
Registrar of Insurance and the
Securities Commission of the
Bahamas due to its mutual
fund business.
Pointing out that regulatory
consolidation was a trend in
both the Caribbean and wider
world. Mr Cooper said the
same "makes quite good sense
for the Bahamas", as there was
"too much duplication we see
in having to do reporting".


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Major Marketing Corporation
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SOME MEMBERS of the 2007 Financial
Services Industry Student Award selec-
tion committee in advance of the inter-
views with candidates, the final step in
the selection process. L to R (seated)
are Anastacia Johnson, Association of
International Banks & Trust Companies;
Cyprianna Bethel, Central Bank of the
Bahamas. Left to right (standing) are
Richard Adderley, Insurance Institute
of the Bahamas; Joan Pinder, former
chair-School of Business, College of the
Bahamas; and Steve Davis, Bahamas
Association of Compliance Officers. Not
pictured are: Kristina Fox, CFA Society of
the Bahamas; Karen Lockhart, College of
the Bahamas; Sherika Brown, Bahamas
Association of Securities Dealers; and
Tanya Hanna, Society of Trust and
Estate Practitioners.

BFSB in initiative to

honour top student

THE Bahamas Financial
Services Board (BFSB) has
launched the process to recog-
nise an outstanding 2007 Grad-
uate from within the College
of the Bahamas (COB) School
of Business.
The criterion for initial selec-
tion is based on academic per-
formance as demonstrated by
GPA. Additional criteria
include COB and community
involvement, special interests.
further education, and
work/other experience.
The initiative has been a


joint venture between the
BFSB. the College of the
Bahamas, and the Central
Bank of the Bahamas since
2002. with the Co-ordinating
and Selection Committees
comprising representatives
from the three sponsoring
agencies plus the Professional
Industry Association Working
Group (PIAWG) a represen-
tative body for the various
financial services associations
in the Bahamas. The Student
Award programme is an inte-
gral component of the RFSHF's

ongoing Financial Centre
Focus (FCF) programme.
which addresses issues such as
challenges impacting the sus-
tained growth and develop-
ment of the industry: improve-
ments to the level of service:
and attracting and maintaining
qualified professionals.
I'hc finalists will be
announced within the next few
weeks, \\ith the Student of the
Year winner unveiled at the
BFSB's Annual Financial Ser-
\ices E excellence AwaIds Ban-
iluet in OctobeI


Picture left to right- Ms. Louise Riley, Member of The Cancer Society Living Beyond
Cancer Support Group, Ms. Gloria Hanna, Support Group Coordinator, Mr. Kennel
Mondesir, Senior Manager, Northwest Caribbean FedEx Express, Ms. Althea Scantlebury,
Support Group Member and Ms. Monalisa Brown, Support Group Member.

FedEx reinforces its commitment to the communities in which it

FedEx Express, the-world's largest express transportation company and global
logistic solutions provider, recently donated $2,500 to The Bahamas Cancer
Society, a non-profit organization that provides support to cancer patients and
their families in the Bahamas.

As part of the relationship between FedEx and the Cancer Society in The
Bahamas, this donation will be used to improve the quality of life of the persons
in the organization's care.

FedEx has a long history of supporting the communities in which it operates by
using its resources both operational and financial to positively impact the
quality of life of those less fortunate.

FedEx Express Latin America & Caribbean Division services more than 50
countries and territories throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and
employs more than 3,400 people committed to total customer satisfaction each
business day.

The Cancer Society would like to thank FedEx Express for donating the monetary
funds to assist with the Walk. The Awareness Walk is to continue sending the
message that there is hope, healing and life after being diagnosed with cancer.
The Walk will have participants who are survivors, persons walking in memory
of loved ones and persons who wish to support the Society. Exciting Prizes will
be given out!

The Cancer Society is committed to being of service to cancer patients and their
families; and educating the public about cancer so that it may be prevented,
diagnosed and treated in its early stages.

A position has arisen for a chartered accountant with 20-25 years
experience in the profession, or private sector, to assist in the
further development of a branch office in Marsh Harbour, Abaco.

The applicant must have good inter-personal skills and be able to
relate to a wide variety of clients in diverse business environments,
have a history of large scale development projects and experience
of international clients looking to set up business in the family
islands. He/she must be computer literate with a good working
knowledge of Excel and Word.

Applicants should apply in writing to:

ECA Application
P. O. Box CB-11651
Nassau, Bahamas

The Clifton Heritage Authority is seeking the services of persons to fill the
following positions at the Cliflon National Park:

Park wardens have significant responsibilities in visitor services, Resource
management and the provision of the interpretative services.

o Assists with monitoring the activities at the park to ensure the proper use of
the facilities.
o Assists with the facilitation of tours at the site, school programs and special
o Implements resource management techniques required to manage and restore
natural and cultural resources including exotic plant and animal removal,
native plant restoration, erosion control and prevention of historic structure
remains and archaeological sites.
o Properly uses herbicides and other chemicals in conjunction with the
maintenance team.
o Provides emergency assistance.
o Assist with ann other duties assigned.

o Nlii Minimum ol 3 BGCSE's or 5 BJC's
Have sound knowledge of security techniques.
o Police vetting is a requirement
o Trainable and preparedness to be trained.
o Graduate of the Bahamas Host Program is a plus

I to d a Oa nceaorker

Resl)posible lor the daily maintellnance and upkeep of
of the Clifton I Heritage Park

the grounds and facilities

Ensures the daily maintenance and upkeep of the grounds of the Clifton
Heritage Park, facility cleaning, facility repairs and maintenance, and natural
and cultural resource management as directed.
Removal ol debris and otler identified plants.
o Cleans and properly stoics all tools, vehicles and equipment.
" Constructs. maInlam;:; and Iepairs building and structures, including
plumbing, l ring and paintings

o Mininmuml o 3 .IJC's
o Abihtl) to operate general landscaping equipment
S['taimable and preparedness to be trained
Applications are available at the Authority's Office Colins Avenue.
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Bahamas and his London-
based PwC counterpart, Rus-
sell Downs, had taken the
resort property off the table.
Fortress Investment Group
last month entered into a 30-
day agreement of exclusivity
with PwC, at which time all
other offers were suspended.
According to the source, fol-
lowing the meeting, PwC took
the property off the table.
"This must mean that a deal
will be made, because even
when they had the offer from
The Petters Group Worldwide,
the offer was still on the table,"
the source said.
They further added that the
buyer will have their hands full,
considering the extensive
amount of infrastructure chal-
lenges that must be overcome
on Exuma. "So much work has
to be done," they said.
The Four Seasons property,
considered the model or
"poster child" of the Family
Island anchor investment pro-
jects, entered into receivership
after the ownership company,
Emerald Bay Resort Holdings,
defaulted on its loan repay-
ments in April 2007.
Since then several potential
deals have fallen through,
including offers from Petters
Group Worldwide, plus a com-
bined bid from the private
equity arm of Goldman Sachs
and Rockpoint. It is estimat-
ed that a potential buyer would
need to spend at least $7 mil-
lion to complete proposed
plans for the 23-acre marina.
Fortress Investment Group

NOTICE is hereby given that TANESHA JONES of
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
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and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 18TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MARC ALMONOR of
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should.send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 18TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.




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31551: I3Ps
Pricing Information As Of: C F A L'"
Monday. 17 September 2007
BISX ALL SHARp INDEX CLOS I 1,891.67 I CHG 04.24 %CI -G 00.22 I/ Y'td 25lt.4 ?.TD % 12.86
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Previous Close Today's Close- Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.78 0.54 Abaco Markets 7 1.60 1.60 0.00 0.094 0.000 17.0 0.00%
11 74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.70 11.70 0.00 1.527 0.400 7.7 3.42%
955 7.50 Bank of Bahamas 9.54 9.55 0.01 4,200 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.048 0.020 17.7 2.35%
374 1.52 Bahamas Waste 3.74 3.73 -0.01 6,400 0.279 0.060 13.4 1.61%
1.62 1.20 Fidelity Bank 1.62 1.62 0.00 0.064 0.040 25.3 2.47%
11.00 9.40 Cable Bahamas 11.02 11.02 0.00 2,920 0.996 0.240 11.1 2.18%
3.15 1.80 Colina Holdings 3.10 3.15 0.05 13,200 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
15.83 11.50 Commonwealth Bank 15.64 15.83 0.19 3.185 1.190 0.680 13.3 4.30%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.72 5.62 -0.10 0.112 0.050 51.2 0.87%
2.76 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.32 2.32 0.00 10.000 0.284 0.000 8.3 0.00%
6.40 5.54 Famguard 6.18 6.18 0.00 0.804 0.240 7.7 3.88%
12.79 11.51 Finco 12.77 12.79 0.02 3,000 0.768 0.570 16.7 4 46'
14.70 13.76 FirstCaribbean 14.70 14.70 0.00 1.200 0.977 0.470 14.6 3.20%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 6.10 6.10 0.00 0.364 0.133 16.7 2,17%
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 0.00 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76%
10.05 8.52 J. S. Johnson 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.946 0.580 10.6 5.77%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securitles
i...l. l, i. ,.rL..I ,. 1 .. La iFi' e ".eeli i E. .F P .Ili3
14.'.' 14.25 bararrmas .upern ar.el 1 12 -1 *' Il, I .-
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdinas 0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
Collna Over-The-Counter Securities
41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.125 1.485 12.6 10.17%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Listad Mutual Funds
52 .pr H-. 5 .K.Lovtw Fur..J D. ,r.-..r i. '[ TrD L.15l 1 r.1r,ir,'. DI. i ll.1
'1 ",I-,_, 1 i 073 Colna .1o,-,i 1: r.r. 1i F.jr;,, I .., I 1. J
3.3402 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.3402*"
2.8869 2.4606 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.886936**
1.2698 1.1923 Colina Bond Fund 1.269803"*
11.6581 11.1622 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.6581.""
FINDEX CLOSE B63.81 I YTD 15.05%.12006 34,47'th ,1 ,j r;-. ,
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19Dec 02- 1,00.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV KEY
52wk-Hi Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Slling price of Collna and fidelity 7 Spto>li, h 2010/
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last trnded over-the-counter price 30 .lln 200/
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 31 AuuI .'200o
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mth "" 11, July 2007
Daily Vol. Number of tolal shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Baharas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 -100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/812007
TO TRADE CA.L: COLINA 242-502-7010 / FIDELITY 242-368-774 I F jrii tR ba (24i) 394-2803


All Franchise Holders:


In accordance with the Road Traffic Act
Statue Laws of the Bahamas, the inspection
of Public Service Vehicles will be carried
out in New Providence and the Family
Islands beginning Monday 1st October thru
Wednesday 31st October 2007.

Owners and operators of these vehicles must
ensure that the total numbers of vehicles
covered by their franchise are presented for
licensing and inspection. When and owner
or operator present fewer vehicles for
licensing and inspection that is covered by
his/her franchise, the Road Traffic Authority
Board in the absence of proof will assume
that he/she no longer needs the franchise,
which are not presented at this time. The
Authority therefore, requires his/her to show
cause why 90(1), which refer to the
revocation of franchise in the Road Traffic

Further all franchise holders must produce
documentary proof to show that their
franchise is operational at the time of
licencing and inspection.

Road Traffic Department



I --III I I I- i II I I I

Capo moves to


Bimini Bay resort critics

Tribune Business Editor
n environmental
groups yesterday
expressed outrage
that RAV
Bahamas, headed by Cuban-
American developer Gerardo
SCapo, is seemingly attempting
Sto silence critics of its multi-
Smillion dollar Bimini Bay
Resort & Casino by threaten-
ing to sue them for defamation
An August 30, 2007, letter
Sent to Dr Samuel Gruber,
head of the Bimini Biological
Field Station and a University
of Miami professor who has
been among the development's
most vocal critics, warned that
any failure by him to 'cease and
desist' from publishing nega-
tive comments about Bimini
Bay would result in legal action
- both in the Bahamas and the
The Fort Lauderdale office
of the Carlos Velasquez law
firm, acting for both Bimini B
ay and RAV Bahamas, warned
Dr Gruber: "Our investigation
has revealed that you have
been disseminating false and
disparaging information con-
cerning the Bimini Bay project.
"These false statements and
disparaging comments have
resulted in substantial eco-
nomic hardships and damages
to our clients."
The Velasquez letter said the
project had been approved by
the Bahamian government, and
met "all environmental require-
It added: "Please be advised
that we have been authorised
by our clients to seek all appro-
priate remedies to recover
Damages. As such, demand is
hereby made that you 'cease
and desist' from these actions.
.'Yourfailureto comply with
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FROM page 1

online shopping.
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas),
often seen as the smallest of
the six Bahamas-based com-
mercial banks, has been
attempting to establish a mar-
ket niche for itself by drawing
on the wealth management
Products offered by its majori-
Sty 75 per cent shareholder,
IFidelity Bank & Trust Inter-
national, and its affiliates.
In so doing, it is able to offer

this immediate request will
result in our clients seeking
injunctive relief and other dam-
ages recoverable under both
United States and Bahamian
The letter, and subsequent
response from environmental
groups, is the latest controver-
sial episode surrounding the
Bimini Bay project, which has
attracted the Hilton Hotel
group's luxury brand, Conrad,
as its operating partner.
In an open letter to Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham on
the threat of legal action by the
developers, Jeremy Stafford-
Deitsch, of Shark Trust UK,
blasted: "Gerardo Capo....... has
now resorted to threatening to
sue several individuals in an
attempt to silence criticisms of
his actions.
"Dr Gruber resigned from
the Bahamas National Trust
after many years of selfless ser-
vice in protest at what Mr Capo
is being allowed to do at Bimi-
ni. Since then Dr Gruber, as
the world-authority on the
region, has offered scientific
advice on the damage to the
environment that this mega-
resort will bring.
"In contrast, Mr Capo has
refused to release details of the
Environmental Impact Assess-
ment, Hilton Hotels have
refused any detailed commu-
nication and Mr Capo is now
threatening to sue individuals
to silence criticisms.
"We have not disseminated
false or disparaging informa-
tion concerning the effects the
Bimini Bay Resort and Casino
will have on Bimini (as Mr
Capo's attorney claims). We
have decades of scientific
research by numerous scien-
tists to fall back on unlike Mr
Capo, who claims that he is
striving to preserve precisely
the mangrove wetlands even as

a product range beyond tradi-
tional commercial banking
tools, bundling these with
wealth management and capi-
tal markets products.
Mr Sunderji said Fidelity
Bank (Bahamas) was "unique"
in its ability to bundle prod-
ucts, pointing to the Money
Back Mortgage, which offers
a combination of debt and
equity, Apart from being a
home loan, a portion of the
customer's monthly mortgage
payment is placed in a Fidelity
investment account, providing
a savings and investment tool.

NOTICE is hereby given that LUCIEN FRANCOIS of
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 11TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



(No.45 of 2000)


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of
2000), the Dissolution of TAGLE & CO. LIMITED has
been completed, a Ccrtificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
The date of completion of the dissolution was the 4TH day of
September, 2007.

Joneka A. Wright

he bulldozes them."
Mr Stafford-Deitsch
described Bimini Bay as "over-
sized, unsustainable and totally
unsuitable", covering the entire
northern half or north Bimini.
He also questioned whether
Mr Capo was claiming Crown
and Treasury land, supposed
to be held in trust for the
Bahamian people, as his own
by filling in the inter-tidal man-
grove areas and dredging the
sea floor.
Mr Stafford-Deitsch urged
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham: "Once again I urge you to
put an immediate halt to the
destruction of the ecology of
North Bimini and require Mr
Capo to restore [what] he has
already inflicted on this tiny
and special island.
"The international conserva-
tion and ethical tourism com-
munities are frankly appalled
at the unregulated and on-
going destruction, and alarmed
that there appears to be no
sense of urgency by the -new
government in which we had
placed such high hopes to
address this crisis."
Dr Gruber yesterday said
that Mr Ingraham, during his
first term in office in 1998,
issued an executive order pre-
venting RAV Bahamas from
dredging on the east side of the
North Sound.
Yet he alleged that this order
was rescinded by the former

Christie government when it
took office, giving RAV
Bahamas "carte blanche" on
construction of the resort.
Dr Gruber and the other sci-
entists also yesterday won
backing from campaigning
attorney Fred Smith, who is
representing the Save Guana
Cay Reef Association in its sep-
arate battle against Discovery
Land Company's Baker's Bay
Golf & Ocean Club develop-
Mr Smith said: "It is alarming
that developers will now stoop
to have US lawyers threaten
environmental critics of the
project in Bimini. These kind of
muzzling tactics have not suc-
"Dr Gruber is an eminent
scientist in the environmental
field, and speaks from first
hand knowledge of what is hap-
pening in Bimini."
Adding that he himself had
witnessed what was happening
in Bimini, Mr Smith said:
"There are huge environmen-
tal, social, political and eco-
nomic issues associated with
these anchor projects, and the
Bimini Bay project, like the
Guana Cay project and the
Ginn project and such others
throughout the Bahamas are
ripe for review by the FNM
"I once again call for the
FNM to live up to their pre-
election promises about full

NOTICE is hereby given that LINDA CAROL WALKER
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-eig.4i-d~ fro nthe- 11TH day of
September, 2007 to the vjinistr' espobillefor. Ntitiality.
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that SUSAN CARLA WALKER
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 11TH day of
September, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Information Technology
Headquartered in Bermuda, with offices in The Bahamas, Barbados, the
Cayman Islands, Guernsey. Switzerland and the United Kingdom, Butterfield
Bank offers a wide range of services to local and international clients.
An exciting opportunity currently exists for a results oriented self starter with
a record of professional achievements to join a dynamic Information
Technology learn.

Core Responsibilities
* Provide tier-1 end user support In support of business operations via the
internal Help Desk function.
" Assist with the preparation and maintenance of technical specifications
and related documentation.
" Proactively ensure all identified applications, hardware and general
equipment are monitored via operational tasks lists.
* Assist with technology projects and initiatives with use of analytical and
problem-solving skills to help identify, communicate and resolve issues to
maximize the benefit of IT systems investments.

Desired Qualifications
0 A degree in Computer Science or related discipline from a well
recognized university.
2 A minimum of two years professional IT experience, preferably in the
Financial Services Industry.
* I1 based training or qualifications (A+, MCP. or CCNA) from accredited
institutions will be advantageous,
a Proficient in computer systems and network management. Web-based
applications, client-server applications, and PC-based software
" Working knowledge of Microsoft Winlows Servers, Microsoft Windows
XP, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office.
* Strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving, and customer
service skills.
Closing Date: September 20, 2007

Human ResouI0es
Buttorfield Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3242
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 393 3772
E-mail: recruitmennt@butterfieldbank.bs
www.buttorfleldbank.bs A

and frank disclosure, and all
the documents under these
Heads of Agreement. We do
not need a Freedom of Ififor-
mation Act for the sunshine
government to let the sunshine
Mr Smith added: "Although

the Bahamas needs foreign
investment and development,
these kinds of anchor project
are bad news in almost every
respect for the Bahamas. This
is not the kind of.investment
that is good for the future of
the Bahamas."

Commercial Division



IN THE MATTER ef Section 93 of the
International Business Companies Act


N TICE is hereby given that on Friday the
6t day of October, A. D., 2006 a Petition
for the Winding Up of the above-named
Company by the Supreme Court was
presented to the said Court by Asphalia
Fund Ltd. whose registered office is located
at Lennox Paton, Fort Nassau Centre,
Marlborough Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.

AND that the said Petition is directed to be
heard before the Court at the Supreme Court
Building in the City of Nassau aforesaid on
Thursday the 11th day of October, A. D.,
2007 at 10:30 o'clock in the forenoon and
any Creditor or Contributory of the said
Company desirous to support or oppose the
making of an Order on the said Petition may
appear at the time of the hearing in person
or by his Counsel for that purpose; and a
copy of the Petition will be furnished by the
undersigned to any Creditor or Contributory
of the said Company requiring such copy
on payment of the prescribed charge for the

Mareva House
4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner

NOTE:- Any person who intends to appear
on the hearing, of the said Petition must
serve on or send by post to the above-named,
Notice in writing of his intention so to do
so. The Notice must state the name and
address of the person, or, if a firm, the name
and address of the firm and must be signed
by the person or firm, or his or their Attorney
(if any), and must be served, or if posted,
must be sent by post in sufficient time to
reach the Petitioner or its Attorneys ;. v t ,ter
than 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon of
Wednesday, the 10th day ofOcirber, A. D.,

Fidelity considers

$20m bond issue

SutLa,-u, .,tt P I iiVM~ER 18, 2007, PAGE 7B



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