The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 9/26/2007
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One student is

beaten, another

is reported as

being stabbed

A C C Sweeting High School
student was stabbed and anoth-
er badly beaten by a gang of
youths yesterday afternoon,
according to unconfirmed
Police acknowledged that one
student was beaten, but did not
mention the alleged stabbing
The incident took place after
school at the bus stop at the cor-
ner of Gregory Street and Far-
rington Road.
Sources claimed that the two
boys were. standing at the bus
stop when they were attacked
by a group of youths from an
unknown school, some of whom
were armed with brass-knuck-
The source said the beating
victim's shoulder was dislocated
and that both victims had to be
taken from the scene by ambu-
If this information is correct,
the incident is the latest in a
series of student-on-student
attacks this year that has left
victims in hospital some with
serious stab wounds.
The police emphasised that
the incident did not take place

at the school, as earlier rumours
held, but added that they are at
an early stage in the investiga-
tion and not in a position to
release further details.
When contacted earlier in the
day, Minister of Education Carl
Bethel also denied the claims
that violence erupted at the
He said he had been
informed by the director of edu-
cation who had spoken to the
principals of both C C Sweeting
junior and senior high school -
that no violent incident had tak-
en place.
It seemed that Mr Bethel had
not yet been made aware of the
incident that occurred just out-
side the school grounds.
Critics of the government
have been joined by a num-
ber of teachers in their
protest against the decision
to remove police officers from
the public education system,
as school violence has surged
since the opening of the
school year at the beginning
of this month.
SEE page 11

Firefighters tackle light blaze

SEVERAL fire engines last
night rushed to a site close to
Tonique Williams-Darling
Highway where smoke could be
seen rising into the sky.
According to the Fire

Branch's control room, "light
smoke development" was
reported as coming from an area
close to Penn's lumber yard.
Fire services did not antici-
pate any structural fire.




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Jitney overturns with students inside wanted men

in custody
Tribune Staff Reporter
,. POLICE have taken into cus-
tody one of the nation's most
wanted men who was being
sought for questioning in rela-
tion to the murder of a Grand
Bahama pastor last year.
t .Angelo Rahming, 25, of Eight
... Mile Rock, Grand Bahama, was
taken into custody by Flying
Squad officers around 11.55 pm
Monday in an apartment in
Baillou Road South, at the
z intersection with Cowpen Road.
SEE page 11
Trial of
Pastor nears

senior and SC McPherson
Junior high %%erc luckN to escape
with only minor injuries after
their chartered jitney bus
flipped over on Carmichael
Road yesterday afternoon when
it was hit by another vehicle.
Speaking at the site of the
accident yesterday, Chief Supt
Hulan Hanna told the media
that the crash, involving a hired
route 16 bus and a white Nissan
vehicle, occurred at around

Mr Hanna explained that the
collision happened when the
female driver of the white Nis-
san failed to stop at a stop sign
and subsequently slammed into
the bus.
The jitney carrying the school
children was travelling north on
Carmichael road when upon

reaching the intersection of
High Street and East Avenue
it was suddenly hit by the Nis-
After hitting the school bus,
the Nissan car swerved and
slammed into an apartment
complex close to the road.
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE high-profile trial of
Bishop Earl Randolph Fraser
is nearing a close as both pros-
ecution and defence rested their
cases in the Magistrate's Court
yesterday after the prosecution
called its final three witnesses
to the stand.
Bishop Fraser, of Pilgrim
Baptist Temple and a former
member of the National Child
Protection Council, was charged
with unlawful sexual intercourse
with a dependent in April, 2006.
SEE page 11

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This is the first major
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Tribune Staff Reporter
THE case of the six missing
boaters in Bahamian water -
two of whom have since been
found may be a "potential
crime on the high seas," the Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation told
the American press yesterday.
One of the American boaters
who was found by the United
States Coast Guard on Sunday
near Cay Sal in the Bahamas, may
also be wanted in connection with
a Wal-Mart robbery, the Associ-
ated Press reported yesterday.
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Four tourists held up at gunpoint

as spate of robberies continues

Tribune Staff Reporter
FOUR American tourists
were robbed at gunpoint yes-
terday in western New Provi-
dence, during a spree of armed
robberies across the island.
At around 10am yesterday
two men and two women visi-
tors were held up at gunpoint
by two men one armed with a
handgun in a parking lot in
the West Bay Street area,
according to police reports.
The men reportedly robbed
the tourists of cash and person-
al items, and the suspects were
said to have escaped from the
scene of the bold daylight rob-
bery in a white Honda vehicle.
This incident was followed by

another armed robbery and
armed home invasion in the
West at around 12.45pm. A
male resident of Coral Drive,
West Bay Street, was reported-
ly at home with a handyman,
when two men entered the res-
idence and ordered the men
upstairs, demanding money
from a safe.
The culprits reportedly tied
up and gun butted the men,
before making their escape
from the house..
These armed robberies in the
West, were followed later in the
day by two more in the central
commercial part of the island.
At around 2.28pm the gas sta-
tion at Kemp and Parkgate
Roads was robbed. Two men in
a white Nissan Sunny pulled up
to the location, with a man

entering the station with a gun,
stealing cash and phone cards.
At 3.41pm, the Centreville
Medical Clinic in Palmdale was
also robbed. Two men report-
edly entered the establishment -
one aimed with a shotgun forc-
ing patrons to lay on the floor.
The men proceeded to rob the
establishment and patrons of
cash before fleeing on foot.
For the year up to the end of
August, armed robberies are up
47 per cent as against the same
period last year. For this sev-
en-month period, some 524
armed robberies were report-
ed, nearing the total number of
548 for all of ,2006.
"As the public is aware we
have put out a number of units
and we have increased police
visibility," Chief Superintendent

Hulan Hanna said, acknowl-
edging the high rate of armed
robberies, and discussing police
responses to it.
Despite these efforts, Mr
Hanna said too many of these
perpetrators are falling through
the "cracks".
"What has been happening
to our .advantage is that we are
getting these people after the
fact," Mr Hanna said. "And so
we are charging them when we
pick up one or two persons, we
are charging them with several
armed robberies through good
police work and good informa-
tion from the public."
Mr Hanna was disappointed
that the police have not as yet
been'able to prevent more of
these crimes, though he said
that all efforts are being made

to increase police presence in
the "hotspots" where these
crimes are occurring the most.
"We are concerned when any-
one is robbed. But when a visi-
tor is robbed there is the poten-
tial for that person to take that
information that unpleasant
experience out of the jurisdic-
tion and to give the country and
the country's economy a black-
eye," Mr Hanna said, stating
that police are putting emphasis
on.securing tourist areas. And,
according to Mr Hanna, there
is not a widespread problem
with crimes against tourists.
Police investigations are con-
tinuing into these four armed
robberies, and at this stage of
the investigations, there is no
report as to whether any or all
of the crimes are related.

Boaters warned unreported spills could lead to legal action

BOATERS were warned yes-
terday that they could face legal
ramifications for failing to
report even the smallest oil spill
during refuelling.
Suggesting a possible corre-
lation between oil pollution and
seafood poisoning, a govern-
ment safety expert said the
majority of spills in Bahamian
waters continue to go unre-
Spills occur during the refu-
elling of boats "up to 90 per
cent of the time," according to
Brent Williamson, safety and
environment manager at the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
He urged marine officials to
take a hard line against persons
who pollute the environment.
Speaking yesterday on the
legal aspects of pollution con-
trol, Mr Williamson was among
presenters at the Ministry of
Maritime Affairs and Labour's
Oil Spill Seminar at the British
Colonial Hilton.
Other topics for discussion

safe handling and storage
of oil
environment marine pro-
the environmental impact
of oil spills
contingency planning/train-
ing for marine spills
The seminar w'as a part of the
Ministry's activities in celebra-
tion of World Maritime Day.
Mr Williamson said that
unreported spills are "an injus-
tice to the entire community".
"Time and resources are of
the essence. The quicker you
can report the matter to the
officials the quicker they can
have someone there to investi-
gate the issue. They may need
additional resources. It could
be out of your scope. We have
to be very careful. Our envi-
ronment is so fragile."
There is an official form from
the Ministry of Maritime Affairs
and Labour that must be filled
whenever a spill is spotted, he
"In an oil spill it is not your
job to determine whether it is

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too small or even too large," he
said. "At the end of the day you
are talking about sensitive
areas; you are talking about
legal ramifications.
"If you don't report it, instead
of having something that can

be easily contained, because of
wind, it has drifted into -ome
marina where you are faced
with tremendous expenses," he
Mr Williamson said the inves-
tigations launched as a "esult of

reports help to minimise "the
potential for these things hap-
pening again. We learn from
each incident."
He estimated that that nine
out of 10 people refueling their
boats have some overflow.
"Could you imagine the cumu-
lative effect of that foolish-
Mr Williamson pointed out
that edible marine products are
stored in Nassau harbour, Pot-
ter's Cay and the Western
"There is no evidence of this
but, when you look at where we
keep our food products, and
look at bouts of food poison-
ing, is there a correlation'?
"1 encourage officers every
time they see it to put a stop to
it. If the boat is registered with
the Port Department under
the Boat Registration Act for
commercial use, you can
always make official com-
plaints. Persons can have their
licences revoked if deemed
necessary by the Port Author-

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Karen could
be powerful -
but unlikely to
hit Bahamas
yesterday kept a close eye on
the season's latest tropical
storm as it continued to swirl
in the open Atlantic.
Although Tropical Storm
Karen the 11th named
storm this year is not
expected to threaten any
land, meteorologists at the
National Hurricane Centre in
Miami are remaining vigilant
as the system could change
its path unexpectedly.
At press time last night,
Tropical Storm Karen was
located around 1.,515 miles
east of the Windward Islands
after forming at around 5am
The storm was moving
west-northwest near 15 mph,
with top sustained winds at 40
mph. The system was expect-
ed to turn to the north before
reaching Ihe Lesser Antilles.
The tropical storm is
expected to reach hurricane
strength with top winds of at
least 74 mph.
Computer forecasts show
the system moving west-
northwest during the next
several days over very warm
Given the size of the sys-
tem, there is a concern Karen
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three other potential storm
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near the French island of
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system was expected to occur
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rains experienced in the
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Karen could
be powerful -
but unlikely to
hit Bahamas

Prison officer denies shopbreaking

Tribune Staff Reporter

AN officer at Her Majesty's
Fox Hill Prison was yesterday
arraigned before the court on
charges of shopbreaking and
stealing over $1,700 worth of
plants. .
Corporal Mario Dean, 35, of
Kenniston Gardens, off Soldier
Road, appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez yes-
terday afternoon to face charges
of breaking into and stealing
from Floral Distributors Limit-
ed on Collins Avenue.
Dean is also charged'with
damaging the store's security
sensor valued at $400.
It is alleged that the corporal
- who appeared in court dressed
in his civilian clothes while

concerned with another, broke
into the florist shop sometime
between Saturday, September
22, and Sunday, September 23,
to commit a felony.
It is further alleged that Dean,
while concerned with another,
stole flowers valued at $1,719.
The prison officer is accused
of stealing 15 packs of dendro-
bium valued at $675; 12 packs of
red ginger tropical bouquets
valued at $78; 16 packs of trop-
ical amazon roses valued at
$400; 15 packs of spray roses
valued at $127; 25 packs of ger-
beras valued at $125; six packs
of asiatic orange lilies valued at
$120; 14 packs of carnations val-
ued at $140, and six packs of
hypericum valued at $54.
Court documents also allege
that sometime between 6.41pm
on September 22 and 12.25pm

on September 23, Dean, while
concerned with another, inten-
tionally damaged one of the
store's security sensors.
Dean pleaded not guilty to
all charges.
Presented with the choice of
having the matter heard before
the Supreme Court or the Mag-
istrate's Court, the prison officer
chose the lower court.
Chief Magistrate Gomez set
bail at $3,000 with one surety.
Dean's lawyer, Mario Gray,
asked the court to release his
client on his own recognisance
because his client was a public
officer and this was his first
charge. This request, however,
was denied.
Dean is scheduled to return
to court on October 16. The
matter will then be heard in
Court 6, Parliament Street.


CORPORAL MARIO Dean Was charged in court yesterday with
shopbreaking and stealing

LAWYER Debra Opri is
suing Larry Birkhead for
alleged defamation, claiming
he is trying to destroy her
She said Birkhead's
alleged attempts to discredit
her had nothing to do with
her controversial legal bill,
but "what I knew and what
might be exposed publicly."
With the recent publica-
tion of TV journalist Rita
Cosby's book, Blonde Ambi-
tion, Birkhead's attacks had
escalated to include "false
and malicious allegations"
that she was the source for
the book, Ms Opri said.
"My message today to Lar-
ry Birkhead is...I have had
enough. My primary concern
has always been for a child
named Dannielynn, which is
why I will donate the pro-
ceeds from the defamation
action to the 'Center for
Missing and Exploited Chil-
"It is my belief and my
strong conviction that no
child should be exploited in
any manner."
Ms Opri represented Mr
Birkhead during the early
stages of his custody battle
in Nassau, when he was chal-
lenging Howard K Stern over
paternity of Anna 'Nicole
Smith's daughter, Dan-
They later parted compa-
ny, with Birkhead complain-
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an excessive legal bill.

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New warehouse owner says building was approved

Tribune Staff Reporter

RESIDENTS of a historic
Bahamian community are dis-
turbed by the construction of a
commercial warehouse on land
which they claim is not zoned
for such development.
They claim that the ware-
house, in its early stages of con-
struction, should never have
been approved by the Depart-
ment of Town Planning and will
have a negative impact on the
community's well-being and
property values.
However, the owner of the
property, Dennis Pinder of
company Executive Coffee and
Foods also a resident of the
area has emphatically denied
these suggestions.
He claims his development
should be no cause for com-
plaint as he has received gov-
ernment approval for all aspects
of it.
"It is done properly, it is done
legally, it was stamped and
approved by the ministry.
Before I bought the land I
checked to see if it could be
used for commercial property
and they (Town Planning) told
me 'yes it could be'."
He described suggestions that
it is not zoned appropriately as
"ridiculous" adding that the area,
on Shirlea Road already has sev-
eral commercial properties built
on it, including warehouses.
The business owner
expressed exasperation with
what he deems to be a select
group of residents' unwarranted
and costly obstructions to his
property development plans.
Residents however, including
Fredericka Sands, a nurse at the
College of the Bahamas, and
Nicolette Bethel, the govern-
ment's Director of Culture,
have spoken out against the
development, declaring it to be
much too large and having the
potential to disturb the com-
munity by creating traffic "con-
gestion, as well as air and noise
pollution via its' planned air
conditioning and generator
Dr Bethel, in a letter object-
ing to the warehouse sent to
Works Minister Earl Deveaux
this month described the area
as "a unique area which has his-
toric significance."
She said she was "at a loss to
understand how the plans for
the warehouse were approved"
taking into consideration the
The two were among a group
of 45 residents who signed a
petition against the building in
the summer of 2006.
Mrs Sands yesterday claimed

that Director of Town Planning
Michael Major admitted earlier
in the summer when work first
began on the property that
approval for the project was giv-
en without his knowledge.
She alleged that Mr Major
"admitted...that obviously that
site was not visited prior to
approval otherwise it would not
have been approved for several
Subsequent to this admission,

the group of residents have had
hearings with the Town Plan-
ning Committee and the per-
manent secretary of the Min-
istry of Works, both of whom
they claim assured them that
work would be halted on the
project until deliberations on
the part of the committee about
the matter were concluded,
claimed Mrs Sands.
Such deliberations would take
into consideration whether the

Building hope and a

bridge away from crime

Holowesko Foundation supports grassroots
video initiative at The Hope Center

Crime. By all accounts it is a rag-
ing epidemic, the blight of our
nation, and many are now warn-
ing that our beloved Bahamas is
on the verge of a "descent into
chaos." Just a4, we struggle to
come to grips with unprecedented
and truly staggering crime statis-
tics. new ones are released paint-
ing a grimmer picture. We are
now told that in the ten. short
months of 2007. violent crime has
risen by nearly 30%0, rape by
53%. and armed robbery by 47%.
This week we witnessed the 55"'
murder of the year.
Obviously, serious national initia-
tives are urgently needed. But so
too are simple. grassroots ones.
Each of us must play a part in
healing our nation and collec-
tively defining a peaceful way
forward. No contribution is too
small; no result too insignificant.
Fotssurely, if an effort saves just
one young Bahamian from a life
of crime that efTort has succeeded.
The Hope Center (THC) was built
, on that foundation. In practical.
home-grown ways TI IC works
each day to save one young man
after another from a life of crime.
Its Director. Carlos Reid. a
speaker at the recent National
Assembly on Crime, accurately
points out that a rapidly growing
gang culture is behind most of the
Explaining one reason for the
growth Reid says, "'Our youth
have no voice, very few opportu-
nities, and virtually no outlet for
energy, creativity, or simple ex-
"Young people want a voice, they
want and need to be heard, they
are calling out to be noticed."
Said Reid, "When mainstream
society fails to respond, gangs fill


the void and give youth the op-
portunities to be noticed that they
so crave."
The Hope Center is working on a
positive response to youth's clar-
ion call to be heard. With a
$5,000 donation from The
Holowesko Foundation. TIHC has
purchased state-of-the-art video
production and editing equipment.
Now, in partnership with local
television and cable companies,
the young men at THC are captur-
ing on video stories that speak to
issues important to youth today.
"These are stories about young
adults, filmed and produced by
young adults, "said Reid.
There are several benefits to
THC's video initiative. First, the
program builds self-esteem and
career opportunities for those
behind the camera and in the edit-
ing room. Secondly, the segments
give a voice to those on whom
they focus, highlighting the
thoughts, ideas, struggles, and
achievements of Bahamian youth
today. Thirdly. the wider televi-
sion and cable audiences will be
seeing positive, home-grown mes-
sages, stories of hope and
achievement from among their
peers. "These will not be about
some teenager in Chicago who
got out of the hood," says Reid.
"Our stories will be about young
adults here, in Bain Town or
South Beach. We want those
watching to feel immediately con-
nected to the story and say to
themselves, "'well if he can do
that, I can too."
The Holowesko Foundation is
proud to be a part of THC's video
initiative. The program will need
on-going support from individuals
and corporations. For more infor-
mation please contact Carlos Reid
at 325-2946.

warehouse would have to be
downscaled, suggested the nurse.
In the meantime work at the
site has continued unabated.
Mr Pinder yesterday alleged
that the objections to his ware-
house are emanating from sev-
eral residents who had wished
to purchase the land he is now
Furthermore, he stated that
he only received one request to
halt work. This, he said, was in a
mailed letter received on
around August 30th with a
belated request for him to have

stopped work for a period ear-
lier that month.
He countered that a majority
of residents refused to sign the
petition against his development
and that he is a "good neigh-
Yesterday, Works Minister
Earl Deveaux said that he was
not aware of any commitment
made as yet to give a "stop
order" to Mr Pinder.
Attempts to reach Mr Major
and other Town Planning Com-
mittee members were unsuc-





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Belgium's latest identity crisis

AMERICANS are used to the map of
Europe being redrawn, but most thought that
was just for the former Communist countries of
the East. Therefore headlines such as "Political
Impasse May Break Up Belgium" come as a
shock. We thought Western Europe, especial-
ly the little cluster of a half-dozen or so monar-
chies in the northwest corner, were immune
to such political turmoil. After all, isn't this the
age of European integration, not disintegra-
tion? And isn't Belgium's capital, Brussels.
more or less the capital of the new Europe'?
But then even Julius Caesar found the Bel-
gians difficult brave, to be sure, but prick-
ly. So did Belgium's many masters, the Span-
ish, the French, the Austrians, the Dutch, and
the Germans. The word sabotage is said to
come from the habit of throwing a wooden
shoe, a sabot, into the gears of a windmill
when Spain was the occupier.
In the nursery room of Europe, Belgium
has been fought over like a favourite toy -
fiom ancient times, through the campaigns of
Marlborough, the Battle of Waterloo, the First
World War ("In Flanders fields the poppies
blow"), right up to Bastogne where General
Anthony McAuliffe said "nuts" to the Nazis
when they demanded the surrender of the
101st Airborne.
Ever since Belgium won its independence in
1830, there has been tension between Fran-
cophone, Catholic Wallonia in the south, and
Protestant Flanders in the north where people,
speak a Dutch dialect. Today, the more pros-
perous Flemings find it annoying to support
the lagging Walloons, and this has goaded
Flemish nationalism.
The immediate crisis seems to be that since
elections in June, Belgians have been unable
to form a government. If the recount in 2000
had gone on longer in the United States, per-
haps we would have been thinking in terms of
the United States of Red America, and the
Blue Republic.
The problems of nations without a state
continues to rile even the modern, industrial-
ized world. Scotland.now has a separatist gov-
ernment in Edinburgh. Scotland may not be
ready to leave the United Kingdom, but the
Scottish Nationalists will continue to nag for an
independence referendum, and have promised
to make the life of the parliament in West-
minster miserable.
The Welsh nationalists are not as well estab-
lished as the Scots, but the feeling in England
is growing that England should have its own

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nationalism and let the Celtic fringe go-its
own way, if that's what it wants. Before Gor-
don Brown became prime minister there were
polls that showed that the English would just
as soon rather not have a Scot at 10 Downing
In North America, Quebec separatism has
died down recently, but there were times when
independence referendums roiled Canadian
Some years ago, when today's head of
Canada's liberal party, Stephane Dion, was
the minister in charge of keeping Canada
together, he saw that Flemish and Quebec
nationalism both based on language and
culture had the same fatal weakness.
It was that the major city in both Quebec
and Flanders spoke the wrong language.
Although French is commonly spoken in
Montreal, there were too many English speak-
ers in the city to fit comfortably into an inde-
pendent, Francopnone Quebec. Likewise.
Brussels is a French-speaking town in the nmid-
dle of Flanders. It would be extremely difficult
for an independent Flanders to handle Brus-
sels, he thought. Yet an independent Flan.
ders without Brussels was inconceivable.
When separatism was at its height in Cana-
da, Dion suggested that if Quebec were to
have a referendum on independence, Mon-
treal should have a separate referendum on
whether it should stay in Quebec or go with
Federal Canada. He also suggested that maybe
the aboriginal natives in northern Quebec.
whom he knew to be pro-federation, ought
to be given their chance to choose. This. of
course, infuriated the separatists.
Dion also told me that having referendum
after referendum until the separatists got their
way was unfair. Maybe the rules should be
best of two out of three, or five out of seven as
in baseball's World Series?
Maybe Brussels should be given a choice, or
be left out altogether to become a federal dis-
trict for all of Europe, as Washington, D.C., is
for the United States.
And then why shouldn't the district of Lim-
burg, let's say, have its own referendum if the
Beglians decide to split?
My bet is that Belgium will not go the way
of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Divorce
in Western Europe is too expensive. And what
about the children?
(This article was written by H.D.S. Green-
way, correspondent for The Boston Globe- c.

Time for the

PLP to get

it together

EDITOR, The Tribune
n' IS nearly five months since
the outcome of the May 2, 2007
general elections and many of
the PLP parliamentarians are
still in shock. Their continuous
hullabaloo is atrocious. Their
propensity is to incite hostility.
They make the most preposter-
ous statements. Amnesia is in
full control of their minds, they
have completely forgotten hap-
penings of the past and they
promulgate unnecessary lies.
Their acrimonious and obnox-
ious behaviour is evidence of
their many nightmares because
they are the opposition. They
daydream of power and make

false representations bigotedly
on behalf of the Bahamas. They
have absolutely convinced
themselves that they are still the
government of the day. "What a
Members of Parliament are
given the title honourable, they
need to live up to this name and
lead by example.
The PLP members of Parlia-
ment of whom I speak are in
the same category as the few
students who are troublemak-

ers exhibiting havoc on school
campuses. These MP's know.
exactly who they are, so whom-
soever the cap fits, let them
wear it.
One suggestion to some of
the chaos in the country, would
be to put the troubled PLP
members of Parliament togeth-
er with the rude unruly student
and their parents in a confined
area and let them lock-horns,
or put them all in straight jack-
ets until they regain their sens-
es. It is obvious they need soli-
tary confinement.
September 23 2007

Right to abandon price control

EDITOR, The Tribune
Hubert Ingraham "The
truth of the matter price con-
trol doesn't work"
The headline above is a
quote from Hubert Ingraham,
Prime Minister of The Bahamas,
said to be made at the recent
CARICOM com.org/> Summit in Port of
Spain, Trinidad.
He is reported to have gone
on to say that, "It doesn't work
anywhere else in the world."

"We in The Bahamas tell our-
selves that we are able to con-
trol prices but we are not."
Finally a politician has seen
the light!
For far too long politicians
the world over use the fallacious
argument that price controls
help the so-called "small man",
when studies have shown the
exact opposite is the case.
You can bet the Opposition
will attempt to make political
mileage on this one, but Mr.
Ingraham is absolutely correct.

So, three cheers for a politi-
cian that finally has the guts to
speak the truth on what could
be a highly charged matter.
Now it's up to The Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce and
other like-minded organizations
to keep the pressure on until
the Price Control Act is
removed from the statutes.
September 23 2007

Ban on sea turtles going too far

EDITOR. The Tribune
On Wednesday. September
19. 2007 on Page 2 of The Fri-
bune, there was an article about
" Save the l'urties". which I
found very amusing.
I would like to know what
they are basing their theory on.
God put cows, sheep, goats.
chickens, lobsters, groupers tur-
tles and all of the other living
things which we eat on planet
earth so that man would be able
to survive.
Just because some of these
miserable fanatics do not like
to eat turtle it is no reason for
any Government to ban other

people from enjoying what they
consider a delicacy.
When will these same people
start a campaign to stop the
killing of the other living things
which we eat, and try to make
us all become vegetarians,
(mind you I love vegetables and
I could survive).
, As for the number of Green
Turtles in the Bahamas, these
people apparently do not go in
the water.
If you did an honest survey
of all the fishermen and divers
in the Bahamas you would find
that there are more Green Tur-
tles here today than at anytime
in my life. (1 am 58 years old).

Also Hawksbill Turtles are
here in abundance.
It is our duty as adults to
make sure that we leave a bet-
ter and more plentiful Bahamas
for our grandchildren than what
we found, but it has to be done
in a sensible manner and not at
the whims and wishes of a
bunch of fanatics.
I am a conservationist (not a
fanatic) and 1 try every day to
make sure that I educate those
I come in contact with what our
earthly duties are.
Spanish Wells
September 22 2007

Some questions about the lionfish

EDITOR, The Tribune
THERE has been much dis-
cussion recently on the subject
of Lion Fish. I have myself
encountered them in surprising
numbers on my occasional pot

hunting forays at various dive
sites on the north side of Nassau
and Rose Island.
In his recent letter to the edi-
tor Dr Percentie had obviously
researched his subject well, the
theory on how the fish came
here being that they were
released from private aquari-
ums, or more implausible,
blown over here by a hurricane.
A fact that perhaps has been
overlooked is that we have right
in our midst one of the world's
largest saltwater aquariums con-
taining species of marine- life
from all over the world and
whose systems cycle millions of
gallons of water a day from and
back to the ocean.
I'm not suggesting that this is

the reason for the appearance
of Lion fish but it would be
interesting to know whether or
not their circulatory system is
fitted with biological filters, and
if so when were they installed,
to prevent fertilized eggs and
larvae of their captive species,
many of which could be present
in microscopic form, from being
introduced into our waters? It
would also be interesting to
know whether or not a similar
but much smaller facility now
closed for many years was ever
home to the Lion fish?
Food for thought.
September 17 2007

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THE regional meeting of
crisis centres of the
Caribbean opened last night
with a ceremony at the Wyn-
dham Hotel on Cable Beach.
The ceremony took place
from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
The meeting is being held
under the theme: "Creating
partnerships to confront sex-
ual violence in the
The mistress of the cere-
mony was Kathy Ingram and
she introduced the "Parade
of Flags" by the Bahamas
Girl Guides Association.
The Bahamas national
anthem was performed by
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force Band and Bahamas
Children's Choir.
This was followed by an
invocation by Christian
Council president Bishop
John Humes.
Bahamas Crisis Centre
director Dr Sandra Dean
Patterson then introduced
the guests.
Remarks were brought by
Minister of State in Ministry
of Health and Social Devel-
opment Loretta Butler-Turn-
er and the key note speaker
Attorney General and Min-
ister of Legal Affairs Senator
Claire Hepburn.


of date in

World View

THERE was a typographi-
cal error in Sir Ronald
Sanders' World View column
on Monday, under the head-
ing: "Guyana's 9/18 ruling rais-
es expectations for future oil
wealth". The date of the ruling
was 9/20 not 9/18- Thursday,
September 20, not 18.
On Thursday, September
20, a Law of the Sea Tribunal
unanimously decided on a
maritime boundary between
Guyana and Suriname, neigh-
bours on the South American
Atlantic coast and members
of the Caribbean Community
and Common Market (CARI-
Guyana's president sees
the award, which is legally
binding on both countries, as
"very favourable to Guyana."
"9/20 was in the words of
President Jagdeo 'a good day
for Guyana.' If oil wealth
comes in the future, good
governance could give bet-
ter days for Guyanese and
for other CARICOM coun-
tries which could benefit
from an improved Guyana
economy," wrote Sir Ronald.


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THE effort to combat the
growing threat of lionfish is now
receiving international funding.
It was announced yesterday
that Marine and Environmental
Studies Institute at the College
of the Bahamas has been select-
ed by the Disney Wildlife Con-
servation Fund (DWCF) for a
$12,000 award for its work on
the invasive Indo-Pacific lion-
fish in the Bahamas.
Specifically, the funds will go
toward ecological research and
the establishment and manage-
ment of an online information
network for the National Lion-
fish Response Team.
The Bahamas faces signifi-
cant challenges in the manage-
ment and protection of marine
resources over the 1,200 kilo-
meter-long archipelago.
Well-known stresses on the
marine environment include
over-fishing, pollution and cli-
mate change.
The college noted in a state-
ment that threats posed by inva-
sive marine species, however, are
less familiar to both scientists and
the general public alike but are
becoming increasingly significant
"due to globalisation and its con-
comitant rises in the rate and
magnitude of biological invaders".

Biological invaders, also
referred to as "invasive species",
are non-native species that
become established in a new
environment and proliferate and
spread in ways that may notice-
ably impact native populations,
species or entire ecosystems.
"The recent introduction of
the Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois
volitans) to the western Atlantic
Ocean is of special concern to
the Bahamas due to the
unknown but potentially
adverse effects of lionfish on
native fisheries and the ecology
of Bahamian coastal systems.
"Furthermore, the venomous
nature of lionfish may present a
human safety risk to unin-
formed beach goers, divers, and
commercial and recreational
fishermen," the statement said.
The Marine and Environ-
mental Studies Institute at
COB, in collaboration with the
governmement's Department
of Marine Resources, is creating
a long-term national lionfish
response plan that entails a
partnership between both local
and regional government and
non-governmental agencies.
The plan focuses on:
ecological research
invasion management and


policy development
educational initiatives to
understand the implications of
the establishment of lionfish in
the Bahamas
COB president Janyne Hod-
der noted that the college is
"pleased to be a partner in a
project that has the potential of
protecting the precious natural
environment of this country.
"By virtue of our mission to
teach, to carry research and to
offer service to the nation, we
are particularly suited to ensur-
ing the development of sustain-
able solutions to the problems

of the nation.
"This particular project also
builds on talent and capacity
which already exists at the col-
lege and we are grateful to the
talent and dedication of Dr Kath-
leen Sullivan-Sealy and her col-
leagues at the Marine and Envi-
ronmental Studies Institute."
The College of the Bahamas
was selected from more than
260 applications -reviewed by
scientists, veterinarians and oth-
er animal experts.
The organizations range from
large national groups to small
community efforts, from Africa

to Florida, and in total received
more than $1.5 million in awards,
bringing the DWCF total to
more than $11 million in conser-
vation projects supported.
"Our company has a com-
mitment to the environment
that dates back to Walt Disney
himself," said Jerry Mont-
gomery, senior vice president
of conservation and environ-
mental sustainability for Walt
Disney Parks and Resorts.
"Protecting wildlife and wild
places through the Disney
Wildlife Conservation Fund is a
key component of our mission."
The Marine and Environ-
mental Studies Institute at the
College of The Bahamas is a
multidisciplinary research unit
committed to building nation-
al capacity in long-term envi-
ronmental research, monitoring
and information management.
This research unit is focused
on special issues related to the
sustainable use and manage-,
ment of marine and other nat-
ural resources.
By collaborating with Bahami-
an government ministries and
international research institutions,
the institute aims to engage in
projects that meet critical infor-
mation gaps at the national level.

Bahamas police officers attend FBI training workshop

OFFICERS from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force attended
an FBI workshop where they
learned about internet and com-
puter forensics.
They also attended lectures
on DNA, prosecution of mur-
der cases, violent crime appre-
hension, explosives and cellu-
lar phone forensics.
The event, hosted by the
International Homicide Inves-
tigators Association (IHIA) was
founded during a 1988 Violent
Criminal Apprehension Pro-
gramme (ViCAP) international
homicide symposium sponsored
by the Federal Bureau of Inves-
tigation at Quantico Virginia.
This symposium brought
together an elite group of pro-
fessionals from around the
world that represented all dis-
ciplines involved in death inves-
The IHIA is now the largest
and fastest growing organisa-
tion of homicide and death
investigation professionals in
the world and has representa-
tion from every state of the
United States, as well as Bel-
gium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark,
Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Nor-
way, the Republic of China,
Malaysia, Cambodia, Northern
Ireland, South Africa, the
Philippines, Australia, St Kitts
and Nevis, Barbados, Mexico,
Antigua Holland, Great Britain

and now the Bahamas.
Representing The Bahamas
were Detective Sergeant James
Colebrook, commanding offi-
cer of Crime Scene Investiga-
tion (CSI) and Detective
Sergeant Charles Ambrose
Knowles, officer in charge of
the Homicide Squad.
The opening address focused
on police officers who have fall-
en prey to homicides themselves.
It touched on the case of a
commander of the Mexican
Police Department who attend-
ed the last symposium in New
Orleans and had to return to that
city, where he was gunned down
while leaving a church service.
The 14th meeting of .the
IHIA was held in Las Vegas at
the Hilton hotel and covered a
wide area of homicides that
occurred in Mexico and the
United States.
These included the West
Nickel Mines Amish School
shooting in Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania where five stu-
dents were shot and killed and
five survived gunshot injuries.
The assailant Charles Roberts
shot himself.
Also discussed were shooting
death of a family of four in Flori-
da and the Waco, Texas cult siege
in which 80 civilians and four law
enforcement officers died.
The symposium covered
areas such as supporting victims

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rorism, detecting clues in homi-
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Women in tourism saluted

TOURISM director general
Vernice Walkine paid tribute
to Bahamian women who eicel
in the industry as World
Tourism Day approaches.
"Tourism opens doors for

women" is the theme of the
day, which will bhe observed
September 27.
The Ministry of Tourism will
mark the occasion by organising
a circuit of speakers thatwill

make public addresses in
schools and other locations.
Other events include a spe-
cial cleanup effort in the down-
town area.
The women who Ms
Walkine praised include past
Bahamas Hotel Association
presidents Nettica Symonette
and Barbara Hanna Cox and
past Caribbean Hotel Associ-
ation president Berthia Parle.
Ms Walkine, the first woman
director general of tourism in
the Bahamas, acknowledged
that few posts at the highest
levels of tourism are held by
women at the m.oment.
However, she pointed out
that women have the skills and
instincts that can advance their
"Travel and tourism is real-
ly an industry that is based
largely upon human emotion,"
she said. "Travel and tourism
is one of those things that we
engage in because we want to
have fun. We want to feel
good. It's about achieving an
"Women have a natural
ability to feel what it is that
another human being is feel-
ing, and therefore has a nat-
ural ability to reach out to
Many women can be found
in front-line positions of
tourism, ensuring that visitors
feel especially welcomed. Ms
Walkine pointed out.
She said front-line tourism
roles are very important
because they place workers in
direct contact with customers,
but many women have ambi-

Major events for this

year's World Tourism

Day in the Bahamas
Tourism professional speaker circuits
Around 7,000 students will hear from 65 industry pro-
f-ssionals on the theme, "Tourism opens doors". Most of
L encounters will be in-class to allow for more inter-
Speakers include Ministry executives, linguists, biolo-
gists, UWI and CHMI instructors, Bahamas Hotel Asso-
ciation. 'embers, musicians and entrepreneurs.
* Tourism product tours and school display competition
A World Tourism Day School Display Competition was
officially judged on Monday, September 24 and the winners
will receive complimentary product tours.
The tours were donated by Stuarts Cove, Happy Trails
Stables, Dolphin Encounters, Majestic Tours, Tropical
Travel Tours and Atlantis Aquaventure.
' Pirates of Nassau, Ardastra Gardens, Black Beard's Cay
have offered discounted tours to all school students.
Each of the four school districts will be awarded three
tours for the best tourism display.
* Tourism clean-up campaign
The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation in partnership
with the Department of Environmental Health and Uni-
versity of West Indies will clean up designated areas in the
downtown area on Wednesday, September 26 from 10am
to 1lpm.

said, the tourism industry will
see many more women in posi-
tions of great responsibility in
the Bahamas.
Thursday, September 27 is
designated World Tourism
Day by the United Nations.
The Ministry of Tourism's
Youth Awareness Unit has co-
ordinated a number of events
to enhance student awareness
of the many opportunities that
are available in the tourism
business. Participating islands
include Grand Bahama, Exu-
ma; Bimini. Andros and Abaco.

Conference planned for PLP women to redefine their role

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Women's Branch of the
PLP is holding a three day con-
ference this week to redefine
the purpose and image of one of
the oldest units of the party.
Dr Madlene Sawyer, chair-
man of the New Providence
women's branch, told The Tri-
bune that the direction or dri-
ving purpose of the organisa-
tion may have become blurred

or less defined since the strug-
gles for women's right to vote
and majority rule.
"We really need to redefine
what kinds of things we have
an interest in what issues that
we are to be standing for." she
Issues such as the quality of
health care in the country, the
state of the educational system,
increased crime and violence
against women and children are
all issues central to women Dr
Sawyer noted, and ones for

which the female perspective
should be heard.
The role of women in poli-
tics will also discussed in the
conclave.,Dr Sawyer said she
would like to see more women
involved in politics through the
women's branch, and c\ un
more female representation in
front-line national politics gen-
Currently, ot the 41 seats in
the House of A,,,scmbly onl\
tive are held by women l)i
Sawyer remarked And with






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women representing more
than 50 per cent ol the popu
lation, this imbalance in front-
line politics doesn't allow the
female perspective to be heard
in the political arena as it
should, she said
"'This is an extremely critical
time for the party and all arms
of the party And we're going
to step totiwird to look ai our
sel\es, look at the part and
redefine the direction on
which we iceed to be taken,"
she said.
Party Leader Perry Christie
is set to speak at Friday night's
session. A recognition pre-
sentation will also be made to
Dame Marguerite Pindlmng tor
her efforts in the women s
movement in the party '
Rachel Turnques-Ci will be recognized hN the PLP
women as Outstandinw Entre
preneur ot the I teal
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Rachel s Bouitqut on Lincoln
Blvd: she is the president of
Garment Unlimited, a com-
pany that manufactures com-
mercial and industrial uni-

forms: and she is the opera-
tor ollhc Souse House restau
On Saturday,. workshops
will be conducted and speak-
ers wii inK ude, College of the
Bahamas Professor Felix
Bethel, Dr Sandra De)an Pat
terson and Delnihii artlict.
S lit- col(dait\ will be held
at the Cable Beach Resorts
on Friday and Saturday with a
church service teing held at
Mount Horeb Baptist Church
in Sandyport on Sunday.


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Chavez plans to
meet French
in Paris
said he will visit Paris soon to
meet French President Nicolas
Sarkozy, as the Venezuelan
leader seeks to broker a deal
for Colombia's leftist rebels to
trade hostages for guerrilla pris-
oners, according to Associated
Chavez, speaking during his
weekly broadcast Sunday, said
he hopes to build on Venezue-
la's already strong relations with
France under newly elected
Chavez has been trying to
negotiate the release of
hostages held by the Revolu-
tionary Armed Forces of
Colombia, or FARC, including
former Colombian presidential
candidate Ingfid Betancourt, a
dual French-Colombian citizen.
"Sarkozy, with whom I've
spoken twice by phone, told me,
'Well, I'll wait for you in Paris.'
And I'm going to Paris,"
Chavez said, without specifying
a date.
He said his vice-president vis-
ited France over the weekend
for talks. The French president,
who is New York for the open-
ing of the United Nations Gen-
eral Assembly, said Chavez
would visit in November.
"Mr. Chavez will come to
France in November. I had him
on the phone three or four
times in the past two weeks,"
'Sarkozy said Monday.

Cruise line
resumes stops
to British
Virgin Islands
San Juan.
A CRUISE line agreed Mon-
day to resume stops in the US
Virgin Islands after authorities
pledged to ease immigration
delays that frustrated.disem-
barking passengers, according
to Associated Press.
Princess Cruises, which can-
celed 10 port calls to St. Thomas
in the 2007-08 season because of
the delays, said it was satisfied
by the pledge and would not go
through with.a plan to substi-
tute other islands on the itiner-
ary of its 14-day "Grand
Caribbean Adventure".
The package tour is marketed
in Britain and the delays pri-
martly affected non-US citizens
who must present immigration
documents upon arrival in the
territory. Princess said some
passengers missed excursions
because of the wait.
A US Customs and Border
Protection spokesman said the
agency prompted by a request
from the territory's governor -
agreed to add an unspecified
number of inspectors to the port
during visits by the line's Sea
Princess, which typically holds
up to 2,000 passengers.
Keith McFarquhar, the agen-
cy's assistant director for bor-
der security in Puerto Rico and
the Virgin Islands, said it was
common for the US to add per-
sonnel when requested.



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tions to move to higher man-
agement positions.
"In terms ol moving into the
management of tourism, it is
really a function of our ability
to stay focused," she said.
Ms Walkine said that more
and more women around the
world arn demonstrating that
that they have the will to move
to those positions.
Shc said she has no doubt
that the Bahamas and the
Caribbean will follow the same
In the coming years, she





* In brief

new tourism
San Juan

JAMAICAN officials plan
to open a tourism training
school as part of a campaign
to reverse a downturn in vis-
itors to the Caribbean island,
including from the key US
market, according to Associ-
ated Press.
"The (tourism) industry
has been on a dangerous,
downwards spiral over the
last six months." newly
appointed I'ourism Minister
Ed Bartlett said in a state
Jamaica has seen a 12 per
cent drop this year in visitors
from the United States,
which accounts for the bulk
of the island's tourism.
Other Caribbean islands
are reporting similar slumps,
according to the Caribbean
Tourism Organization
Experts have.cited new pass-
port rules and a sluggish US
economy as possible expla-
Despite the overall decrease
in Caribbean tourism, a recent
survey of Carlson Wagonlit
Travel Associates
- named Caribbean cruises as
the No 1 international desti.
nation for Carlson customers.
Cancun, Mexico, was No
2 on Carlson's list, followed
by Rome, Mexico's Riviera
Maya, and Mediterranean
While 50 per cent of those
surveyed said their
Caribbean bookings were up
this year compared to last
year, 18 per cent said they
were down, and 32 per cent
said they were even.
Carlson spokesman Steve
Loucks said affordable pric-
ing for Caribbean cruises.
resulting from competition
among the cruise lines for
passengers, "is the prevail-
ing reason why Carlson asso-
ciates may have seen an
increase to the region."
' Among those agents who
reported fewei Caribbean
bookings, two-thirds said
they thought new passport
requirements had con-
tributed to the decline. Oth
er reasons cited were prices,
a sense that travelers are
"looking for something new
and different" (including
vacations that are more
"exotic" or "active" than a
stay at the beach). hurricane
threats, and an increase in
European bookings.
The survey was conducted
July 24-August 17 among
390 Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Associate agents, owners and
Meanwhile, Air Jamaica, in
conjunction with the Jamaica
Tourist Board, is running a
fall sale through October 5,
for discount airfare and hotel
stays through December 14.

Registrar General's Office must

be more efficient, says Bannister

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT- The Registrar
General's Office must become
more efficient according to
Desmond Bannister.
The minister of state for legal
affairs was speaking at a meet-
ing with staff of the Registrar's
Freeport office during an annu-
al staff retreat at Our Lucaya
Mr Bannister said the Regis-
trar General's Office plays a
very important role. but also
faces many challenges.
"The Registrar General
brings in over $32 million a year
in revenue. This is more than
motor vehicle taxes; more than
gaming taxes; more than bank
and trust company fees or insur-
ance company fees.
"Despite this. very few peo
pie in our society understand
your importance to the revenue
of bur country. and even fewer
people appreciate how impor-

Many challenges for staff ahead, says minister

tant your work is for mainte.-
nance of a well ordered
Bahamian society.
"And so we have to be able
to motivate our people so that
they can look at the way they
provide service and continue to
serve the public in the manner
the public would wish to be
served," he said.
"We are here today ... having
a retreat for staff members and
it is important for members of
the staff of RG's office to
appreciate how important they
are to this community," said Mr
The Registrar General's
Office provides essential ser-
vices such as the registering of
companies, recording of land
title, issuing of marriage licens-
es, birth certificates and death
The minister said it is impor-

tant for staff to play a bigger
role in delivering these services
to the public.
Mr Bannister said the retreat
is designed to get workers away
from the workplace and into an
environment more conducive
to motivation
"The office is not closed here
in Freeport because we brought
in staff members from Nassau
to man the office while the
workers here are on their
retreat," he said.
Mr Bannister said the pur-
pose of the retreat is to foster a
spirit of togetherness among
team members, in an effort to:
provide the opportunity for
staff to renew I heir con'minitmeni
to the Regisirar (Gencial's
reaffirm the importance of
staff viewing themselves as an
integral part of the department

encourage them to continue
to strive for excellence and
bring value to the performance
of their duties
encourage the development
ol a sustainable relationship

Antiguan AG address law

NEW lawyers were told that
there is a great deal of power in
the hands of those who follow
the profession.
Justin Simon, the attorney
general and minister of legal
affairs of Antigua and Barbu-
da, told graduates of the
Eugene Dupuch law school
that they must be aware of
this power, pointing out that
"even a prime minister can-
'not undermine the authority
of the Court of Appeals or

that of a chief justice once
that matter has been
Speaking on September 22
at the Sandals Resort on
Cable Beach, Mr Simon also
told the graduates to keep
abreast of the traditions and
changes in West Indian legal
education and the game of
Attorney General Claire
Hepburn, and Minister of State
for Legal Affairs Desmond

Bannister also attended the cer-
Ann Henry, chairman of the
Council of Legal Education,
along with Mariam Samaru,
principal of the Eugene
Dupuch Law School, present-
ed the Legal Education and
Merit Certificates to the grad-
uates, who were also award-
ed other recognition prizes
from top law firms in the
Erica Ferriera received the

highest Merit Award as well as
Most Outstanding Student over
two years, followed by Anthony
Issa, who received Most Out-
standing Year One student
award and the award for Best
Performance in Remedies,
Legal Drafting and Interpreta-
tion as well as Landlord and
Tenant Law award.
Graduates were told to prac-
tise good ethics and a deep
sense of fairness as the profes-
sion is a fraternity, exposing one

between the management and
team members
In an effort to improve con-
ditions for workers and cus-
tomers, the government has
relocated the Registrar Gener-
al's Office from its cramped
office space in the Regent Cen-
tre in downtown Freeport.
The new facility, in the Fideli-
ty Building on Poinciana Dri-
ve, features new furniture and
office equipment.
A few weeks ago, workers
expressed some concerns about
the installation of the new fur-
niture and equipment.
"The brand new facilities and
furnishings are quite appropri-
ate," said Mr Bannister. "I think
when they were initially assem-
bled they were not assembled
appropriately, but it is quite effi-
cient now.
"There is still some difficulty
with the building in terms of
leaks and a few minor prob-
lems, but other than that, the
new facility is quite nice," he


to other attorneys.
.They were also reminded to
have a social conscience and to
give. back to the community
because mercy is a companion
of privilege and justice is for all
- not just for those who can
afford it.
The ceremony closed with a
reminder to the new lawyers
that their job entails the pro-
motion of social justice and the
strengthening of the rule of

Need for legal administrators addressed

EUGENE Dupuch Law
School graduates are taking part
in programmes that aim at deal-
ing with the current shortage of
administrative legal profession-
According to Erica Ferriera,
winner of the "Most Outstand-
ing Student Over Two Years"
for this year's graduating class,
students can sign up for a 10-
week internship at the Attor-
ney General's Office in
Freeport and various law firms
throughout Nassau and
She said these programmes
are geared toward the training
of court research clerks. senior
management personnel and
other legal functionaries.
Ms Ferriera said they are also
designed to give students a well
rounded education and assist
them in. building relationships
with legal professionals
throughout the West Indian
This is just one of many
opportunities open to students
of the Eugene Dupuch Law

School, school officials say.
While studying at the law
school, students concentrate pri-
marily on Bahamian law and
persuasive provisions of the
higher courts of neighboring
Qualified students may
choose between a six month'
inversion programme if they
have a law degree or a five year
complete programme which is
only offered here in the
fhe L.I.B programme is for
three years and Bar School is
for two.
Ms Ferriera said that students
arc given access to a Caribbean
Law Clinic where they can
develop and practice research
The clinic allows students to
encounter cross border prob-
lems and enables them to gain
insight on U S state and federal
law as they interact with other
law schools in America.
Institutions like the Hugh
Wooding Law School in
Trinidad and Tobago and Nor-

man Manley Law School in
Jamaica are part of the network
of regional schools recognized
by the Council of Legal Educa
tion, chaired by E Ann Henry.
The Eugene Dupuch Law

School holds its classes at the
Hotel Training School on
Thompson Boulevard and its
administration office is in the
Parliamentary Registration
building on Farrington Road.

The Legal Aid Clinic is locat-
ed at the VB Munnings building
on Thompson Boulevard and
the Eugene Dupuch Law
Library is also on Thompson

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Reversing the decline of education

"Well into the 20th centu-
ry...Bahamian education was
both backward and socially
skewed. Many black Bahami-
ans remained illiterate and only
an exceptional few, whose par-
ents could spare them and afford
the fees, aspired to any form of
secondary education." -
Michael Craton and Gail Saun-
ders, Islanders in the Stream.

Although church-based
schools have been
around since the 1700s, it was
the need to educate large num-
bers of emancipated slaves that
led to the first "Board of Public
Instruction" in 1836.
By the beginning of the 20th
century there were half a dozen
public schools on New Provi-
dence and 38 in the out islands
(as well as a few private
schools) teaching about 8,000
pupils in all. But over the past
century, our education bureau-
cracy has exploded.
This year alone the govern-
ment will spend $265 million on
scores of public schools (and
the College of-the Bahamas) to
educate more than 50,000 stu-
dents. Yet experts say this mas-
sive investment is producing a
growing underclass of function-
al illiterates who are virtually
That's the startling verdict

that is consistent with the
research commissioned by a
respected private sector group
called the Coalition for Edu-
cation Reform. This alliance of
key labour and business leaders
has been calling for dramatic
education reforms over the
past three years, but public offi-
cials don't seem to be listen-
Why that should be the case
remains a mystery wrapped in

Allowing students
who have failed to
meet performance
standards to pass on
to the next grade
eventually rewards
minimum effort
with a lavish prom.

an enigma, since the Coalition
includes not only the Chamber
of Commerce, but also the
National Congress of Trade
Unions and the Nassau Tourism
Development Board.
Their initiative was triggered
by "the crippling shortage of
qualified Bahamians to fill
jobs". And their first (22-page)

report was issued in 2005 -
during a national education con-
ference'. But Coalition leaders
- including Barrie Farrington
of Kerzner International and
the late hotel union president
Pat Bain were unsuccessful
in efforts to meet with govern-
ment ministers and officials to
discuss their findings.
Now, Tough Call has
obtained a preliminary version
of the Coalition's latest report,
which reveals even more evi-
dence of the crisis in our public
At the start of the current
school year, Education Direc-
tor Lionel Sands gave a brief
report which glossed over many
of the problems we face. He
promised that schools would
analyse their exam results along
with feedback from the com-
munity "to identify weakness-
es, develop a plan, and sub-
mit documented evidence of
improvements at the end of

U nder the heading
"Education Officials
Fired Up", a Ministry press
statement explained that this
"school district improvement
initiative is designed to improve
student performance, enhance
the learning environment and
foster partnerships with all
stalk-holders in the communi-
We believe they meant stake-
holders, but the point is that the
Coalition represents some of
the most important stakehold-
ers in the nation. They are the
businessmen and unionists who
actually run the economy yet
they can't get a hearing from
our politicos to discuss infor-
mation that is absolutely vital
to our survival as a modern
"The overwhelming and crit-
ical national problem is func-
tional illiteracy on a large scale,"
says Coalition chief Barrie Far-
rington. "What we are looking
at is a societal failure of
immense consequences. It is a
real nightmare; a horror
Partly, this is because the
technical to and fro about
BGCSE exam results obscures
the basic problem. Since this
exam is taken by every high
schooler regardless of ability,
it's only natural as education
officials point out for the
nationwide results to reflect a
low average grade on an eight-
point scale. That overall grade
has fluctuated between a D-

and D+ ever since the exam
was introduced in 1993.

Another point to con-
sider is that the
BGCSE does not pass or fail
students. It tests what they
know and can do, using eight
grades: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and

Looking at the two
most important
subjects, 56 per cent
of students from
public schools who
take the English
language exam
"fail", and 82 per
cent of public
school students
who take the math
exam "fail"."

But that's not the whole pic-
ture. Individual high schools
in the Bahamas use a four-
point grading system based
on classroom participation as
well as test results to deter-
mine whether a student gradu-
ates with a diploma. Under this
system an E is considered a
failing grade, and when it is
applied to the BGCSE results
for schools on New Provi-
dence, a clearer image of the
state of Bahamian education
Under this standard pass/fail
system, four points are awarded
for an A, three points for a B,
two points for a C and one
point for a D. The F grade gets
a zero in the determination of
whether a student earns a
diploma. Unfortunately, the
Ministry of Education does not
aggregate this school gradua-
tion data, but it was recently
.reported that more than half of
the 400 students at C V Bethel
High School one of the best
in the public system flunked,

The Coalition's latest
report applies this four-
point grading system to the
BGCSE data, with exams writ-
ten at the E, F, G and U level
scoring a zero and representing
a failing grade. According to
their preliminary report, "for
all 93 public and private schools
and for all exams in 26 subjects'
in 2007, 6 per cent of exam tak-
ers got an A and 36 per cent
got an F and an F clearly
means failure as it appears to
the high school principal."
Looking at the two most

important subjects, 56 per cent
of students from public schools
who take the English language
exam "fail", and 82 per cent
of public school students who
take the math exam "fail"."
According to the Coalition,
"this is unacceptable. Everyone
in business, science and engi-
neering agrees that an under-
standing of basic math is critical
to a range of both low-tech and
high-tech jobs...from carpentry
to computer system mainte-
nance, the management of a
small business and even
the management of one's per-
sonal finances."
The second issue addressed
by the Coalition is male disen-
gagement from education, and
there can be no confusion here.
Boys and girls enter school in
roughly the same numbers, but
only 39 per cent of the 23,000-
plus BGCSE exams in 2006
were written by boys. And boys
earned lower grades on aver-
age meaning that girls got
almost twice as many As, Bs
and Cs.
"The overwhelming and crit-
ical national problems are
the extremely high failure rates
in high school English and
Mathematics and the disen-
gaged male," the Coalition says.
"The BGCSE data support this
conclusion. Not facing this issue
merely causes the problem to
grow year after year."

n its 2005 report the
Coalition suggested 14
strategies to begin reforming
public education. Their latest
report highlights six of them:
Restore order and civility in

Reforms cannot
be implemented unI
ess the Department
of Education itself is
and allowed to
operate free of
political control.

the classroom The reality of
teaching in the public system is
that resolving classroom con-
flict replaces learning and good
teachers leave; which diminish-
es the system. The Education
Act, the School Standing
Orders, and the Manual for
Administrators and Teachers
are long on expectations and
short on responsibilities and
Decentralise school manage-
ment Principals must be able
to manage their "education
business" by controlling bud-
gets to optimize teacher and stu-
dent performance. That means
providing a proper physical
environment, rewarding good
teaching, and being able to hire,
fire and discipline teachers and
other employees.

Compensate good teachers
Given their responsibilities
relative to other public ser-
vice employees, teachers are
underpaid and work in poor
conditions. While there are
good teachers in the public
school system, there is a grow-
ing concern that some are poor-
ly trained, mis-utilized or under-
motivated. Annual performance
reviews rate teachers on a five-
point scale, and it is reported
that virtually all receive an
"Above Average" or "Out-
standing" score.
Eliminate social promotion
Allowing students who have
failed to meet performance
standards to pass on to the next
grade eventually rewards mini-
mum effort with a lavish
prom. Social promotion
destroys discipline and cripples
the learning process. Finding
the means to end or greatly
modify this practice is a gigantic
Deal with the disengaged
male Any discussion of the
education crisis must consider
the consequences of the single
female-headed family unit, and
the related disengagement of
the average father from parent-
Within this environment boys
fall behind academically. One
solution is the establishment of
an all-male primary and sec-
ondary school to help shape the
culture of the student.
Restructure education -
Reforms cannot be imple-
mented unless the Department
of Education itself is reengi-
neered and allowed to oper-
ate free of political con-
trol. Budgeting, incentive and
management systems that are
'widely used in the private sec-
tor must be applied to a
decentralized school system.
And public schools should be
able to adopt the proven ele-
ments that are conducive
to learning in the private
school system.
"Today there is a large edu-
cation bureaucracy, a strong
union and inflexible laws that
govern employment," the Coali-
tion says. "The bureaucracy,
union and the politicians must
be convinced that their long-
term self-interest can best be
served by their support of edu-
cation reform; and they
. must take the necessary steps
to make it happen."
We should be embracing the
public-spirited .efforts of this
group of highly credible busi-
ness and labour leaders, but the
political response (from both
major parties) has been noth-
ing short of a cold shoulder.
Somehow the country must
awaken to the need to make
hard decisions. If we don't, we
can expect lower economic
growth and increased social
What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-
dia.net. Or visit www.bahama-






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The Grove Vacinity, West Bay

Street. Any INFO, contact George


Cell: 535-7741

Work: 326-1295

Home: 325-5431




formally of Hope Town Abaco
passed away at PMH on Sunday 23
Sept 2007.

Funeral service will be held at
Ebenezer Methodist Church at 4:00
P.M. Saturday 29 Sept 2007.

She is survived by her loving husband Capt. Anton Brown, son
Capt. Michael Brown and wife Brenda, daughters, Brenda Albury,
Jennifer Pinder and husband Bobby and Jane Forsythe and
husband Chris, Predeseased by son Ronnie and daughter Sherry,
Grandchildren Michelle, Donna, Stuart, Julie, Leigh, Linda,
Candice, Bruce and Timmy. Nieces Rosie Moree and husband .
Jack, Sue Denhart, Patricia Russell, Rena Russell, Marsha
Stewart, Nancy Gallager, Susie Brown, Anne Lawlor and husband
Jim, Elizabeth, Debbie Brown and Angela Sweeting; nephews
Lennis Lightbourne Jr. Andre and Robert Lightbourn Danny and
Lester Albury, Ian Brown, Peter Brown, and Geoffrey Brown Sr.
and wife Janet; sisters-in-law, Dorothea Brown, Barbara and
Sylvia Brown.

SMany other relatives including Joan Albury, Shirley Higgs, Shiela
Kanitsch, Clara Malone nd wonderful friends.





Prospective Judges

Applicant must be 2lyrs or over



Please PRINT LEGIBLY all information in the spaces provided below and answer all questions and provide documentation including a
passport photo as requested or application may be subject to outright rejection

All information given by applicants will be subject to follow up background investigations and checks.


Full Name (Ms./Mr./Mrs.)

Maiden name





nick names


Date of Birth
P. O. Box
Employer's Address


Country of Birth
Sex Nationality


Have you resided in the Bahamas for more than five years? (If NO please state previous reside
Have you ever judged a Junkanoo Parade? (If YES please give years) of parade)
a. Do you currently participate/rush with any Junkanoo group?. If yes, name Group
b. Have you participated/rushed with any Junkanoo Group before If yes, name group
c. Are you an avid supporter of any Junkanoo Group? If yes, name group
d. Do you have any relatives and/or close friends who participate with any Junkanoo Group?
If yes name persons and groupss)_
e. Do you presently have any personal affiliation wi th ANY Junkanoo Group? (If YES please
f. Do you have any religious reason that may prevent you from judging a parade? (if YES pl
g. Do you work on Boxing Day and/or New Years? (If YES please state which)
h. Why do you wish to be a judge?

name the Group
ease explain)

Have you ever participated in any Junkanoo parade(s) before? (If YES please give the year and name of the group)
Explain how "integrity" relates to a iudae and the parade

C. Given the above, are you confident that you are able to Judge a parade fairly and in an unbiased manner, based solely on your training and the presentation and performance of the groups during
the parades? Yes or No
Do you see Judging of Junkanoo Parades as a National contribution and civic duty? Yes or No
Do you know of any reason that would disqualify you for being allowed to Judge any parade? Yes or No

Please note this section is for insurance and medical emergency purpose ONLY
Do you have any medical conditions) that might prevent you from judging? (EG: asthma, heart condition, diabetes, hypertension, optical, hearing, etc.) If YES please explain and list any medication
that you take for that condition.

Are you allergic to any specific medicine? (If yes please list)
I understand that I may be liable to take a medical examination to determine my abilities in areas related to my ability to judge the parade and agree to the same.
1. Name Relationship
Telephone _(W) (H) (C)
2. Name Relationship

Telephone ___(W) __ .(H)


I, declare that the information I have provided in this application is true and correct. I further agree that I am of sound mind and body and pledge to be sober during the parade and to abide by all of
the rules, regulations and assignments set forth by JCNP or its assigns. I further understand and accept the full responsibility for the completeness and accuracy of the information that I have herein
provided, and accept full and complete responsibility for the same. If any of the information is found to be false and or misleading, either prior during or after a parade that I have Judged, I
render my self incapable of judging again in the future, and agree to stand liable for any such act, and that any and all scores tendered by me will be discarded.




Completed applications should be submitted to the
Ministry of Culture, Morro Castle, Attention Mrs. Joan Henderson on
or before Fridav. September 28. 2007






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"An Evening

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Pat Rahming


Film Festival to

expand into

classroom work

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Rahming was
born in Grants
Town, Nassau
and studied- at ,
Government High
School and McGill
University. He has
recorded two
albums and three
singles over past 22
years, including two
Timothy Award
winners. He is the
recipient of the
Bahamas Musician
and Entertainers Lifetime Achievement Award and has
written two books of poetry Reflections and
Thoughts in Black & White. Mr. Rahming has also
penned a book of essays and letters The Nai've
Agenda. An architect by profession, he is presently the
principal of Patrick Rahming & Associates, He's the
founding president of the Bahamas Writer's Association
and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of West
Nassau. His hobby is discovering life.

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THE Bahamas International
Film Festival announced yes-
terday that it will be expanding
its popular Kid's Film Work-
shop into classrooms through-
out New Providence.
The move is being made "in
an effort to educate and inspire a
new generation of film makers,"
said the festival's organizers.
Leading the way, Delores
Ingraham, principal of C C
Sweeting Senior High School,
has included her school in the
workshop, followed by C V
Bethel Senior High, Uriah
McPhee Primary School and St
Anne's High School.
The Royal Bank of Canada
(RBC) is collaborating with the
4th annual Bahamas Interna-
tional Film Festival (BIFF) and
the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel to bring the programme
to schools.
Leslie Vanderpool, BIFF
founder and executive director,
announced at a press confer-
ence yesterday that the British
Colonial will host a weekend

workshop on Saturday, Decem-
ber 9 and Sunday, December
10 prior to the beginning of the
school initiative.
She also noted that the Hilton
will be screening family films
from BIFF's 2007 programme
during the workshops.
"BIFF is committed to
encouraging Bahamians to
express themselves through
film," Ms Vanderpool said.
"Students are excited by the
filmmaking process and some
dream about breaking into the
film industry. BIFF plans to
provide every opportunity and
platform to make those dreams
a reality."
RBC will be sponsoring the
school workshops, which will
serve as an innovative mobile
film studio and are intended to
heighten awareness of the pos-
itive impact of media literacy.
The workshops will cover
filmmaking, music sound track
production, claymation (sculpt-
ing with clay) and comic book

There will be two pro-
grammes per day at each par-
ticipating school with 15 stu-
dents in each.
The initiative was made pos-
sible by the Director's Cut,
which creates initiatives for
learning with interactive media
and literacy programmes as well
as sound studio workshops
throughout Canada.
Ms Vanderpool paid tribute
to Mrs Ingraham, acknowledg-
ing her commitment to children
and pointing out that C C
Sweeting Senior High is the first
school to launch the programme
within the public education sys-
"We are thrilled that BIFF's
vision for the Bahamas youth
includes the development and
implementation of media based
literacy," said Bryan Goldmintz,
co-founder of the Director's
BIFF 2007 begins on Thurs-
day December 6 and runs
throughout Thursday, Decem-
ber 13.

Lucky family of five picks

up new car from KFC

TEN hopeful finalists gath-
ered at the KFC restaurant in
Oakes Field, each one expecting
to drive away in a new Nissan
Almera courtesy of the
Colonel's Great Giveaway pro-
The lucky key was chosen by
Anthony and Hilda Cooper of
Plantol Street.
Each of the finalists repre-
sented one of the 10 KFC
restaurants in New Providence,
and were cheered on by family,
friends and a host of KFC
The Cooper family, whose
entry was chosen from the
Mackey Street KFC, showed up
in full force with dad and mom
Anthony and Hilda, and their
children: Brandon, age 12;
Cameron, age eight; and Kris-
ton, age seven.
After waiting with eager antic-
ipation, MORE 94 FM's Fat
Back invited finalists, one by
one, to try the key they chose.
Hilda Cooper insisted that
her husband, Anthony, sit in the
driver's seat to start the car.
Upon realising that their key.
was the lucky one, the entire
Cooper family screamed with
"For a minute I thought our
key wasn't the one," said Mr
Cooper. "You see, the steering
wheel was locked so the engine
wouldn't turn over at first."
However, upon trying a sec-
ond time, the wheel unlocked
and the engine began to purr.
The Cooper family realized that
they were the winners of the
second of seven Nissan Almeras
being given away by KFC.
"It is always very exciting for
the KFC family to share these
moments with our customers.
We aim to please them with
excellent food, served hot, fresh
and fast. And then we reach
beyond that to give them even
more reasons to continue their

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KFC OPERATIONS director Lorenzo Barigelli, KFC area manager Debra
Miller and the Cooper Family

loyal patronage," said Tracey
Cash, KFC marketing director.
Over the next 10 weeks, KFC
will give away five more brand
new Nissan Almera cars with a
discount on comprehensive
insurance from Star General
Insurance Company.
Tracey C('ash reminded cus-
tomers that it is very easy to
enter. "Just purchase any com-
bo or more at KFC. Make sure
you get the receipt so you can
write your name, telephone
contacts and the answer to a
trivia question on the back and

drop it into the box provided.
Then simply wait for a KFC
representative to call you with
the good news that you, like the
Cooper family, are a finalist."
She added that all entries
from the current drawing are
now thrown away and only the
entries from the next two weeks
will be eligible to win the third
Nissan Almera which is on
display at Sanpin Motors on
Thompson Blvd.
The car will be awarded on
October 3 at the South Beach




Trial of pastor nears completion

FROM page one
The alleged victim, a minor
during the period in question,
was entrusted into the care of
the Bishop by her mother for
counselling, the prosecution told
the court.
Fraser is represented by
lawyer Wayne Munroe, while
Inspector Don Bannister
appeared for the prosecution
before Magistrate Marilyn
Meeres in Court 5, Bank Lane.
The prosecution asked Mag-
istrate Meeres for another
adjournment to accommodate a
"crucial" and "pivotal" witness
to the Crown's case who was out
of the country yesterday.
Magistrate Meers told Insp
Bannister she was against anoth-
er adjournment for witness tes<,
timony, but she would decide
after hearing the prosecution's
final witnesses.
Esther Miller, sergeant of the
Criminal Records Office and a
crime scene investigator, was the
first witness called yesterday. She
testified that on April 11, 2006,
she received instructions from
the Central Detective Unit
(CDU) to photograph the home
and office of the accused.
She said that she and a team

of officers were dispatched to
Fraser's office at Pilgrim Baptist
Church where she photographed
the entire office which included
a walk-in closet, a second small-
er closet, a kitchen, and a secre-
tary's office.
With the aid of an ultra-violet
light, she told the court she
perused the office for evidence
of bodily fluids. As a result, she
collected three samples, one
from an area near a western win-
dow, the second near an eastern
wall, and'the third sample was
near the walk-in closet, she said.
When asked by the prosecu-
tion if she could conclusively say
what type of fluids were
retrieved from the Bishop's
office, she said no, she could riot.
She then testified that she left
the scene to photograph the
defendant's two-storey home in
Eastern Estates.
During cross-examination, Mr
Munroe asked the witness if she
measured the area from which
the fluid samples were retrieved.
She answered no.
Mr Munroe then asked her if
she did not think it was signifi-
cant to determine with a mea-
suring tool if there was sufficient
space between the furniture for a
young girl to lie on the floor with

a man between her pubic area.
Ms Miller answered that she
did not think it was significant
to measure as she thought there
was sufficient space for the act
Mr Munroe mentioned.
Det Corporal Sheria King, a
forensic scientist stationed at the
RBPF Forensic Science Section,
testified that on May 9,2006, she
received three .pieces of a
maroon carpet, two tubes of
blood, and one plastic cup for
She told the court that she
detected semen on the carpet
samples which were collected in
her presence at the Bishop's
office in April, 2006. Where
semen was present it was recent-
ly deposited, she said.
She stated that she forward-
ed the carpet samples for DNA
analysis along with the blood
samples and the plastic cup.
During cross-examination,
Detective King explained that
by "recently deposited" she
meant the semen was deposited
three days prior to the collection
of the carpet samples. After
prompting by the defence, she
repeated that the carpet samples
were retrieved on April 11, 2006.
Crime manager of Carmichael
Police Station, Det Inspector

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Diamonds International signs with USA Today

FROM page one
"The Tribune and USA
TODAY are going to be a valu-
able resource when it comes to
reaching the millions of tourists
who visit our shores in the
"DI was quick to realise the
advantages that USA TODAY
could afford them in our room-
to-room daily distribution to
hotels," said Tribune sales exec-
utive Michael Bethell.
"This is the beginning of a
number of new products that will
be aimed at this segment of the
market," he added.
Marketing manager at Dia-

monds International (DI),
Anthony Smith, said the com-
pany has been in the luxury jew-
ellery business for over 20 years
and is confident that the alliance
between Diamonds Internation-
al, USA TODAY and The Tri-
bune will meet their marketing
Mr Smith said he expects DI
to receive great benefits through
being highlighted in USA
TODAY, a well-known, highly
respected and widely read paper.
He said the company is
always open to new and creative
ideas for conveying to the public
the benefits of investing in dia-
monds from Diamonds Interna-

Mr Bethell thanked DI for
their confidence and said he
looks forward to a mutually ben-
eficial relationship.
USA TODAY is currently
delivered room-to-room to
Atlantis, Ocean Club, The Cove,
Hilton, Sandals, Comfort Suites,
Sheraton, thus ensuring that
clients receive their news, sports,
business and advertisements in
their hands.first thing in the
The Tribune, the Bahamas'
"number one" newspaper in cir-
culation, and USA TODAY --
"America's newspaper".

One of most wanted men in custody

FROM page one
According to police, acting on
information, officers moved
towards the apartment the sus-
pect was believed to be in and
made themselves known to occu-
After doing so, the suspect
allegedly went to the back door
of the residence, where he was
met by police and taken into cus-
tody without incident.
After the suspect was secured,
officers searched the home and
another man was found who was
also taken into police custody,
according to Chief Supt Hulan

Hanna. The name of this person
was not released by officials.
Rev Troy Seymour, a resident
of Pinedale, was killed in
November last year on his 37th
birthday in the Hanna Hill area
of Grand Bahama.
Rev Seymour was an associ-
ate pastor at Mount Zion Bap-
tist Church for nearly two years,
and also worked as a delivery
driver for KFC restaurants.
According to reports, Rev
Seymour was making a delivery
on the morning of his death at
around 9am when he was run off
the road by a car, and pursued
for more than 100 yards on foot

by an assailant.
Rev Seymour is then said to
have run into a nearby home
seeking refuge followed by his
assailant where he was stabbed
and shot to death.
Residents called police after
hearing gunshots in the area of,
Bayshore Road, Hanna Hill, and ,
police report that the assailant
took the moiley bag from the
victim after he was killed.
The killing was classified as
the 46th homicide of 2006. Rev
Seymour left behind three chil-
dren, two of whom were young
adolescents at the time, and the
third an infant.

Marcell Hamilton, was the pros- Mr Munroe also argued that-
ecution's final witness. She stat- the DNA evidence and forensic
ed that on April 13, 2006, the testimony provided by the pros-
day after he was arrested, she ecution were irrelevant, based
questioned the accused about his on Detective King's testimony
alleged sexual encounters with that the semen samples were
the alleged victim, deposited on the Bishop's car-
Ms Hamilton testified that pet in April, 2006, inconsistent
during this interview, the accused with the prosecution's charges,
asked for a cup of water which which allege that between July,
he drank throughout the inter- 2005, and February,. 2006, the
view. This plastic cup was saved accused had sexual intercourse
for forensic testing, she said. with the alleged victim against
Mr Munroe objected, stating her will.
the DNA evidence was irrele- Mr Munroe contended that
vant as a prior prosecution wit- the prosecution exceeded the
ness testified that the semen statute of limitations on the sex-
found in the Bishop's office was ual offence, stating that, due to
deposited in April, 2006, months the statute, the prosecution could
after the prosecution alleges the not charge Fraser after Novem-
sexual relationship ended. ber, 2006.
After hearing the witness tes- During the prosecution's sub-
timonies, Magistrate Meeres mission, Insp Bannister asked
denied the prosecution's request the court to take the alleged vic-
for another adjournment to tim's testimony as the truth,
accommodate further forensic because she had no reason to lie.
testimony. He argued that, despite vigor-
During his submission, ous cross-examination, the vic-
defence attorney Wayne Munroe tim remained forthright and was
discredited the testimony of the violated by a person holding a
alleged victim and her family, position of trust.
citing numerous conflicts and "If you can't trust a pastor,
inconsistencies between the tes- who can you trust?" Insp Ban-
timonies of the accuser and her nister asked. He also rebutted
grandmother, the defence's assertion that the
Describing the charges against statute of limitations on the
his client as "duplicitous", he charges were exceeded.
appealed to Magistrate Meeres Last year, when charges were
not to ask Fraser to answer filed against Fraser, he main-
before the court because of the trained his innocence to his con-
prosecution's "conflicting" evi- gregation and appealed for his
dence. church's support. He pleaded not
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guilty to the charges.
If convicted, he could face a
maximum of seven years for the
first offence, and a maximum of
14 years for the second offence.
Insp Bannister told The Tribune.
The trial continues on October
23, when Magistrate Meeres is
expected to make her ruling.



FROM page one
Nine students sustained
minor injuries in the accident
and were taken by ambulance
to Princess Margaret Hospital
for treatment. The driver of
.the Nissan was also injured
and taken to hospital.
The driver of the jitney was
yesterday afternoon "shaken
up", but uninjured, Mr Hanna
At this point, Mr Hanna
said, it is difficult to say if
speed was factor in this acci-
Police are now in the
process of questioning all wit-
nesses to the accident.
Mr Hanna explained that
the jitney was hired by the
schools to offer transporta-
tion to students who do to not
wish to walk home because
of safety reasons.

FBI: missing boaters case may be crime

FROM page one
Earlier this week the Coast
Guard found two of six missing
American boaters, whose fish-
ing vessel was found 100 miles
south of their destination of
The two men, Guillermo
Zarabozo of Hialeah and 35-
year-old Kirby Archer of Straw-
berry. Arkansas were found in a
life raft 11 miles southwest of
Anguilla Cay, an area close to
Cay Sal. According to Miami
news reports the two men had
hired the charter boat. The
charter boat captain and his
three crew members are miss-
Defence Force Chief Petty
Officer Ralph McKinney told
The Tribune that the two pas-

sengers were then rescued by
an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter.
Both men have now been
taken into FBI custody and
Archer has been identified as a
fugitive accused of robbing a
Wal-Mart in Batesville,
Archer is reportedly accused
of stealing $92,000 from the Wal-
Mart where he worked as a cus-
tomer service manager.
Arkansas authorities have
been searching for Archer since
January this year.
US Coast Guard officials
reported that Archer and
Zarabozo had paid the crew of
a Miami Beach charter boat to
drop them off in Bimini.
However, when the boat was
found near Cay Sal there was
no crew on board.

"It's a potential crime on the
high seas," FBI spokeswoman
Judy Orihuela told the Agence
France Press.
In a press release the US
Coast Guard said that the 47-
foot vessel "Joe Cool" left Mia-
mi on its way to Bimini on Sat-
urday. The six boaters on board
were reported missing by fami-
ly members when they failed to
return to port in the Miami
Beach Marina that c evening.
The Global Positioning Sys-
tem on board the "Joe Cool"
made several erratic move-
ments and began heading south
about halfway into their voy-
age, the Coast Guard reported.
Up until press time last night,
captain Jake Branam, Kell.
Branam, Scott Campbell an<
Sammy Cary were still missing

Further school violence

FROM page one
The issue was the subject of a
number of protests by teachers,
some of whom said they now
fear for their own safety and for
that of their students.
The school policing programme

was launched by the former gov-
ernment, but was scrapped by the
FNM earlier this year in favour
for a strategy in which security
officers are better trained and
police patrols are concentrated in
the areas surrounding schools -
where officers say most violent

incidents take place. ,
One of the sources noted that
this latest incident, far from
being a blow to the government,
is a vindication of their new
strategy as the incident took
place just outside C C Sweet-
ing and after school hours.

VV-L)t-I .At o' I IlVlt-ri o, 2007, PAGE 11

New series of stamps commemorates

diamond anniversary of Elizabeth II

The BAHAMAS Postal
Department has issued a spe-
cial series of stamps commem-
orating the diamond anniver-
sary of Queen Elizabeth II and
Prince Philip.
The royal wedding between
Elizabeth and Philip (born
Prince Philip of Greece and
Denmark) took place on
November 20, 1947 but the
stamps were issued from Sep-
tember 12.
The couple are second
cousins once removed; they are
both descended from Christian
IX of Denmark. Queen Eliza-
beth is his great-great-grand-
daughter through her paternal
great-grandmother Alexandra
of Denmark, and the duke is a
great-grandson through his
paternal grandfather George I
of Greece.
Prince Philip had renounced
his claim to the Greek throne
and was simply referred to as
Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten
before being created Duke of
Edinburgh prior to their mar-

As a Greek royal, Philip is a
member of the house of
burg-Glticksburg, the Danish
royal house and a line of the
House of Oldenburg. Mount-
batten was an anglicisation of
his mother's titular designation,
Their marriage was contro-
versial. Philip was Greek Ortho-
dox, with no financial resources
behind him, and had sisters who
married Nazi supporters.
Elizabeth's mother was
reported in later biographies to
have strongly opposed the mar-
riage, even referring to Philip
as "the Hun".
After their wedding, Philip
and Elizabeth took up residence
at Clarence House, London. At
various times between 1946 and
1953, the Duke of Edinburgh
was stationed in Malta as a serv-
ing Royal Navy officer.
Lord Mountbatten of Burma
had purchased the Villa Gwar-
damangia (also referred to as

the Villa G'Mangia), in the
hamlet of Gwardamangia in
Malta, in about 1929. Princess
Elizabeth stayed there when vis-
iting Philip in Malta.
Philip and Elizabeth lived in
Malta for a period between
1949 and 1951.
Malta is the only other coun-
try in which the Queen has
lived, although at that time Mal-
ta was a British Protectorate.
On November 14, 1948, Eliz-
abeth gave birth to her first
child, Charles.
Several weeks earlier, let-
ters patent were issued so that
her children would enjoy a
royal and princely status they
would not otherwise have
been entitled to. Otherwise
they would have been styled
merely as children of a duke.
The couple had four children
in all.
Though the Royal House is
named Windsor, it was decreed,
via a 1960 Order-in-Council,
that those descendants of
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince

Philip who were not Princes or
Princesses of the United King-
dom should have the personal
surname Mountbatten-Wind-

In practice all of their chil-
dren, in honour of their father,
have used Mountbatten-Wind-
sor as their surname, or in
Anne's case, her maiden sur-

Both Charles and Anne used
Mountbatten-Windsor as their
surname in the published banns
for their first marriages.

Scotiabank helps hearing impaired with books

At the age of eight, a young
hearing-impaired student
enrolled was at the Centre for
the Deaf and was unable to
It was about the same time
that the school received the
"Reading Milestones" series of
books designed especially for
the deaf. Today, according to
her teacher, this student is a
super reader motivated to
read and learn new things.
This is just one of the success
stories coming from the school's
grade four teacher, Francine
"I am thrilled that we
received the series of books.
They have propelled the stu-
dents to push themselves and I
am proud of their success.
"This has even sparked
friendly competition among the
classmates to see who is the best

"We are ever so grateful to
Scotiabank for understanding
our children's need and for gra-
ciously helping them to suc-
Andrea Myers, the bank's
assistant manager for market-
ing and public relations, said:
"We want to ensure that our
children have the same oppor-
tunities as those who are not
"I listened to some of the stu-
dents read the stories and learnt
of their progress since they
started reading from the Read-
ing Milestones series, and I felt
extremely proud that Scotia-
bank has made such a tangible
difference in these children's
According to a ScotiaBank
statement, Reading Milestones
is recognized as the most suc-

cessful alternative, language-
controlled programme designed
to take readers to about the
fifth-grade reading level.
"It is especially effective for
students with hearing impair-
ments and language delays and
is also widely used with others
who have special language and
reading needs, including indi-
viduals with learning disabili-
ties," the bank said.

IN THE picture,
Ms Myers and
Ms Mckenzie listen
as young Vanae
Smith (seated) reads
and signs in the
company of her
classmate Johnette
Seli, who read earlier.

Fidelity helps Kids Up! with summer programme

EDWARD Strachan, man-
ager of Fidelity Financial Cen-
tre on Wulff Road, presented

Jackie Lightbourne of Kids Up!
with a cheque to help toward
their special summer pro-

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a resident of North
Palmetto Point,
Eleuthera, will be held at
St. Margaret's View
Cemetery, North
Palmetto Point, on
Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Officiating will be Rev.
Godfrey Bethel, assisted by Brother Jason
Thompson. Interment follows.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Knowles;
five children, Henry and Franklin Knowles,
Francina Micklewhyte, Theresa Culmer and
Desiree Knowles; grandchildren, Zina, Frankeya
and Charles Knowles, David and Danika
Micklewhyte, Onan and Syntyche Culmer; sons-
in-law, David Micklewhyte and Charles Culmer;
daughter-in-law, Suzanne Knowles; sisters, Clearie
Gardiner, Freda Lawrence, Francina Hanna,
Christine Major (pre-deceased Sudie Knowles-
Cooper and Marina Sands); brothers-in-law, Henry
Lawrence, George Sands and Ronald Thompson;
sisters-in-law, Rev. Ada Sands, Naomi Galloway,
Diana and Nora Thompson.

Other relatives, Katrea Saunders, Clearie Bethel
and family, Mary Williams, Gerald Culmer, Jahzara
Taylor and Muslin; numerous nieces and nephews,
cousins and friends.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by
Demeritte's Funeral Home.

gramme for inner city youths.
The programme accommo-
dates 70 boys between the ages
of six and 12 all from two inner-
city urban neighborhoods.
Children growing up in these
areas are considered 'at risk'
because they adopt anti-social
behavior as early as their teens
and the KIDS UP! programme
seeks to instill the ability to
make better choices.
Managed by 16 staff of the St
Andrews Kirk, it was created.
in 2003 in response to the Com-
mission on Prison Reform
report which identified certain
inner city areas as a breeding
ground for future prison

Said Edward Strachan,
"Fidelity is impressed with the
success of the KIDS UP! Pro-
gramme and we will continue
to support the organisation. The
effort and dedication of the
KIDS UP! Team really must be
Over the past year, Fidelity
has made donations to more
than 20 different charitable
organizations including the
Bahamas IHeart Association,
the Scout Association of the
Bahamas, the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and the Bahamas
Alliance For The Blind and
Visually Impaired.

Minister applauds volunteers?

for adult literacy programme

MINISTER OF Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture
Carl Bethel with education and
adult literacy stakeholders during
his Ministry's National Literacy
Services Recognition of
Volunteers Luncheon on
September 23. From left, in the
front row, are honoree Rosemary
Butler, permanent secretary
at the Ministry Elma Garraway,
honoree Dr Beverly Strachan,
Mr Bethel, honoree Deborah
Ferguson, honoree Natasha
Turnquest and senior education
officer at NLS Annette Dorsett.
In back row are, from left,
honoree Alexandine Collie, the
event's guest speaker Dr
Wayne Thompson, and
director for higher education
and lifelong learning at
the ministry Dr Leon Higgs.

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Former dictator apologises for his 'wrongs'

EXILED dictator Jean-
Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier
apologized for "wrongs" com-
mitted under his rule and urged
supporters to rally around his
fringe political party during a
rare address delivered on Hait-

ian radio over the weekend,
according to Associated Press.
The comments marked
Duvalier's first public address
in years and come amid a quiet
campaign by his supporters to
see their leader returned from
exile in France.
In a speech recorded from
Paris, Duvalier said history will

be the judge of his 15-year dic-
tatorship, which is widely
blamed for killing and tortur-
ing opponents and pilfering the
national treasury.
"If, during my presidential
mandate, the government caused
any physical, moral, or economic
wrongs to others, I solemnly take
the historical responsibility... to

request forgiveness from the peo-
ple and ask for the impartial judg-
ment of history," Duvalier said.
Duvalier's regime came to an
abrupt end on February 7, 1986
when he fled the country during a
popular uprising, and he has been
notably quiet during his years in
exile. He did not say if he if would
seek to return to his homeland.





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Employers urge Act change

to allow worker fingerprints

* 'Clocking in' scams add 'thousands of dollars on to payrolls in the Bahamas', possibly 'tens of thousands of dollars' per week

BECon chief says employment laws need amending to account for new technology and biometric recognition of workers

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Tribune Business Editor

Bahamian employers are
recommending to the
Government that the
Employment Act be
amended to provide for
biometric fingerprint recognition of
employees, with The Tribune yester-
day told that "thousands of dollars"
per week were being added on to
company payrolls due to time card
and 'clocking in' scams.
Brian Nutt, the Bahamas Employ-
ers Confederation (BECon) presi-
dent, said: "One of the recommen-
dations coming from employers, as

far as any amendments to the
Employment Act are concerned, are
to put provisions in allowing for the
recognition of individuals based on
Currently, the Employment Act
2001, which was passed by Parliament
under the first Ingraham administra-
tion, outlaws the use of fingerprints by
all Bahamian employers, apart from
those in the casino industry.
It stipulates: "No employer shall,
as a requirement for employment or
continued employment, require any
person to furnish a set of his finger-
prints or take a lie detector test."
Failure to comply with this cur-
rently leads to a $5,000 fine, but Mr

Nutt said: "I think we have to recog-
nise that technology has advanced to
the stage where fingerprints are a very
common means of recognition.
"In order for the Bahamas to stay
up to date with the technology, we
need a provision to allow for biomet-
rics to be used for businesses that rely
on fingerprinting as a means of recog-
He pointed to the fact that laptop
computers were now being made to
require their users to provide
thumbprint recognition, as a means
of ensuring that only authorised per-
sonnel were able to use them.
Mr Nutt said time card and 'clock-
ing in' scams, involving workers clock-

ing or punching in time cards for their
friends who do not turn up for work,
or clocking in and then leaving the
workplace at 9am, only to return just
before 5pm to 'clock out', were "a
major and widespread problem".
"It is a major problem and has been
a major problem," Mr Nutt added.
"Many companies in the construction
industry hire people to act simply as
timekeepers to ensure people show
up for work and mark them as being
In some cases, companies had to
hire security guards to stand by the
time clock and watch employees clock
in and out. These security guards were
often also used to guard the time

cards themselves, the BECon presi-
dent added, so that employees did
not have access to them and %were
unable to abuse them.
"It is a widespread problem," Mr
Nutt said. "Businesses have to hire
extra people or assign extra duties to
existing staff to keep it under con-
"I'm sure that this'is something that
adds thousands of dollars on to pay-
rolls in the Bahamas. I would not be
surprised if it's in the tens of thou-
sands of dollars on a weekly basis."
The issue of biometric fingerprint

SEE page 4

Abaco realty

vendors get 90

per cent asking

price average

Tribune Business
THE real estate market in
Abaco has not seen any nega-
tive impact as a result of the
'subprime' mortgage crisis in
the US, a Bahamian realtor say-
ing her company's sales data for
2007 had shown sellers had, on
average, received 90.14 per cent
of their asking price .
Margo Albury, head of the
Abaco Property M,4anagement
and Vacation Rental division at
HG Christie, said real estate
sales were going "incredibly
While, she acknowledged that
the housing market in the US
had experienced tremendous.
challenges, the fallout had not
seemed to impact the Abaco
market much at all.
Ms Albury said that accord-
ing to the informal percentages
she compiled with Kathleen
Albury, HG Christie's Abaco
sales manager, from the com-
pany's internal database, 2007
sales indicated that "the average
percentage of sellers received
90.14 per cent of their asking
"The lowest percentage
recorded was 74 per cent, and
one going as high as 9 per cent
above the asking price. Approx-
imately 29 per cent of the prop-
erties used to determine these
averages sold for full asking
price," she added.
Ms Albury said that the
makeup of persons purchasing
homes in Abaco through H.G.
Christie from January to Sep-
tember 2007 was 57 per cent
from the US; 21 per cent from
the Bahamas, with a good num-
ber from Nassau and other
islands; 14 per cent from the
United Kingdom; and 8 per cent
from other countries such as
"Several years ago, I have
noticed, businesses would vir-
tually shut down in September
and October," Ms Albury said.
"However, in the past couple
of years I am seeing that we are
starting to have visitors even
during these supposed slow
"Many businesses have opted
to stay open, and with that the
visitors are still arriving. I have
even had several visitors tell me
that they prefer this time of year

as the islands are quieter and
there is much more availability
for boat rentals, house rentals,
and vehicle transportation.
"I have often found that the
prospective purchasers that we
see during this time are very
serious and qualified buyers
and take this opportunity to
enjoy the peace that Abaco has
to offer during these months."
She added that H G Christie
still receive a number of
inquires from Bahamians who
are looking to purchase homes.
Overall, she said more and
more people were choosing to
purchase second homes or rent
houses for vacations.
Ms Albury added that a year
ago, HG Christie decided to
enter the property management
and vacation rental business to
great success.
"While the company has
done this for a number of years
in other Islands throughout the
Bahamas, this.was a first for our
area and with it, of course, there
were some challenges," Ms
Albury said S
"Since the homes that we rep-
resent are mostly high-end
homes, service is our number
one priority both to the owners
and our visitors who rent those
"Our rental rates in the Great
Abaco Club range from as low
as $2,900 to $5,500 per week.
We also have homes on Pelican
Shores starting at $1,200 per
week and than on Eastern
Shores at $1,500 per week. This
past June was the first in the
history of the Great Abaco
Club that we had 90 per cent
occupancy in the rental homes,"
Ms Albury added.
"Our average prospective
purchaser in Abaco is able to,
even in declining economic
markets and while perhaps
affected they are not crippled
by dwindling housing values
found in other markets through-
out the world.
"In fact with so much atten-
tion focused on the United
States real estate environment,
not much focus has been on
other areas of real estate
throughout the world. With the
British Pound as strong as it
currently is and with the num-
ber and availability of more and
more international flights, our
investors are taking notice of
Abaco as an investment par-

Regulator probes CLICO's over

70 per cent affiliate exposure

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN regulators
yesterday told The Tribune
they were investigating why
CLICO (Bahamas), the life
and health insurer, had more
than 70 per cent of its total
assets tied up in loans to a
wholly-owned subsidiary,
whose major investment was
in the increasingly shaky Flori-
da real estate market.
CLICO (Bahamas) financial
statements for the year ended
December 31, 2006, revealed

* Registrar's office 'looking into' situation that has seen
Bahamian life and health insurer concentrated in loans
to subsidiary exposed to shaky Florida real estate market

that the company had some
.$68.302 million of its $97.216
million total assets invested in
loans to CLICO Enterprises
Ltd, its wholly-owned Bahami-
an incorporated subsidiary.
This caught the attention of
Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas),
CLICO Bahamas' external
auditors, who while not quali-

fying their audit opinion, were
concerned enough in their July
31, 2007, sign off to "draw your
attention" to the heavy expo-
sure the company has to CLI-
CO Enterprises Ltd.
This has now caught the
attention of Bahamian regula-
tors, too. Pauline Sherman, act-
ing Registrar of Insurance in.

the wake of Dr Roger Brown's
retirement, told The Tribune:
"That's a matter we are cur-
rently dealing with and looking
into as the regulator."
She added that she was
unable to detail any conclu-

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National Trust defends

$1.2m donation from


Bay developers

Tribune Business Reporter
T he Bahamas National
Trust's (BNT) executive
director defended that
organisation's acceptance
of a $1.2 million donation from the
developers of the controversial Bak-
er's Bay Golf & Ocean Club on Great
Guana Cay, saying it did not sanc-

tion or oppose developers acting
Speaking at the Abaco Business
Outlook, Eric Carey said that while
he had received numerous e-mails,
calls and letters condemning the
donation, the Bahamas National Trust
did not feel there was anything amiss
in the gift.
He explained that the offer by Bak-
er's Bay was made in good faith as a

sign of the development's corporate
responsibility, and that the BNT had
seen the company's environmental
management plan and was confident
the developers were trying to act
responsibly as they completed its
"We do not oppose or sanction a

development which is trying to do
right," he told the Abaco audience.
The Bahamas National Trust had
come under fire for its acceptance of
the money, with the Save Guana Cay
Reef Association questioning its
The $1.2 million donation by Bak-
er's Bay comes in two parts. Initially,
the BNT will receive $200,000 a year
for three years to assist with the man-

agement of the country's national
parks, with special emphasis on pro-
jects around Abaco.
Mr Carey said the BNT would like
to create National Parks that are tru.-
ly first class, with observation and
educational materials similar to what
is found in a first-world country.
In this way, both Bahamians and
visitors could benefit from visiting the
parks all over the Bahamas, he added.

The real security expert is you

THERE are many players
participating in loss prevention
and security services, but the
key team member, of course, is
you. This point is important,
as many times the so-called
'experts' attempt to persuade
you otherwise. When one con-
siders the numerous authori-
ties who present themselves, it
is critical to the success of any
programme whether com-
mercial or residential to know
who the participants are and
what role they perform.
This discourse is an attempt
to assist you in better under-
standing who's who in security.
The Customer
This is the person or group
who is interested in buying
security-related products and
services. This person is you or
your company. Really and tru-

ly, you are the primary expert
among the specialists as it
relates to security that is spe-
cific to your needs and budget.
Unfortunately, it is here
where the customer does not
realise the important role and
power they possess, allowing
the so-called experts to come
in and confuse the effort.
How can a stranger come
into your business or home and
dictate what security require-
ments you need? You must
have a plan!
Enter the Consultant
I highly recommend this per-
son, because he or she is not
attached to any service
provider. This means the advi-
sor cannot be sent to represent
the company selling the ser-
vice. This would create an
obvious conflict of interest.

He or she must actually vis-
it your site, sit with you to
obtain a feel for what you
want, and balance it with what
you need. Many times it is the
fear of crime that dictates our
desires, not necessarily the
reality of crime and the risk
associated with it.
Many efforts to reduce loss
are usually implemented with
only the outside threat in mind,
whereas any company doing
business today will admit that
internal loss events cost them
the most.
Guard Service Provider
This is the entity that seeks
to put a guard on your proper-
ty to protect your assets. There
are many of them out there
who would do anything to
secure .your confidence, but
painfully very little to keep it.

After acquiring an agreement
from you, in many instances it
is the last sight of them, unless
something happens.
In the Bahamas, very little
has been done about the qual-
ity of service being provided
guard companies. In fact, more
has been done to regulate
conch vendors and jet ski oper-
ators than guard service
providers. Sadly, the industry
has been allowed to run wild.
Is this to say there are no
quality providers in the mar-
ketplace? Of course not. How-
ever, their high level of ser\ ine
is many times lost in a sea of
unprofessional and unethical
Security Guard/Officer
This is the person who the
service provider sends to rep-
resent you. Make no mistake-,



The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

the guard standing at your
door represents you.
What is the basic require-
ment for guard service in the
Bahamas? Did you know that
only Bahamian citizens are eli-
gible to work as guards in the
Bahamas? No other nationali-
ty can become a security guard
or work as a security guard.
H'-,v maniv hours are the
gtardis working a .;vekJday. as
a matter of fact? Do you want
a guard who cannot read or
write? Do you want someone
who is on their last legs. is
overweight and has poor
hygiene? Remember, in most
instances the hired guard is the
first and last impression that
persons will have of your busi-
Alarms and Intrusion
In the last few years the elec-
tronic security market has seen
many developments. Technol-
ogy has fast-tracked this indus-
try, leaving many consumers
I remember attending a
security convention 10 years
ago and being blown away by
the numerous variables avail-
able by combining these sys-
tems with computers.
Today, almost everyone has
access to this, with detection
not dependent on manual
supervision. Nevertheless, the

principle is the same, as acti-
vation caused loud, audible
alerts. But let us consider how
many of us pay any attention
to car alarms, outside of: 'Can
someone please turn that noise
Closed Circuit
Television (CCTV)
This i" a hot topic ir the
Bahamas it music be remeim-
bered that this is only a tool,
not the 'be all and end all'. For
the most part, CCTV is only
used as an investigative tool.
Its prevention attributes are
not fully maximised unless the
system is being monitored and
reviewed. This is important
because many persons are sold
on the fact that a camera is
watching 24 hours a day, but
forget about who is watching
the camera.
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president of Preventative Mea-
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asset protection training and
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emergency and crisis manage-
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Bahamas, e-mail
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Bank team with Rhode

Island on economic ties

The Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce
and Bahamas
Development Bank
(BDB) have signed a Memo-
randum of Understanding
(MOU) with a Rhode Island
organisation "to promote joint
economic cooperation" in
tourism and financial services.
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Rhode Island Economic
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tions to also promote econom-
ic cooperation in education
and micro, small and medium
business support, training and
The cooperation aspects of
the agreement will see the
Chamber and BDB link with
their Rhode Island counter-
part for "promotion of trade
and investment", and build on
the relationship between Col-
lege of the Bahamas (COB).

Rhode Island and other US
universities "to foster research
and exchange".
The BDB, Chamber and
Rhode Island "initially agreed
that the specific areas which
hold the most promise for con-
structive interchange and
potential economic benefit in
the current economic and soci-
etal conditions are business inn
ovation, marine-related tech-
nologies, oceanography, finan-
cial services and tourism".

PHILIP SIMON, executive director, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce (seated left) and Darron Cash, Bahamas
Development Bank chairman (seated centre) sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the Rhode
Island Economic Development Corporation.

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Employers urge Act change to

allow worker fingerprints

FROM page 1

recognition for Bahamian
workers and other potential
amendments to the Employ-
ment Act are likely to be dis-
cussed by the Government's
Tripartite Committee (Tri-
FOR), comprising employers,
trade unions and the Govern-
ment, at an October 22 con-

Mr Nutt said that when the
Government was consulting on
the Employment Act, he was
"'quite surprised" that they had
sought to exclude fingerprint-
ing as this was still a form of
evidence heavily relied on by
the courts in trial situations.
Speculation at the time, Mr
Nutt said, was that the Gov-

ernment was afraid that if
'employers stored records of
employee fingerprints, these
could be stolen and used to
implicate innocent parties in
all manner of crimes.
Yet biometrics had "become
very important tool in busi-
ness" for employee recogni-
tion globally, Mr Nutt
explained, saying that these
machines did not store images
of worker fingerprints.
Instead, biometric machines
matched the shape of an
employee's fingerprints, hands,
eye vessels and retinas to a
mathematical algorithm or
code, rather than storing them.

(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 LAKESHORE TRADING LIMITED has
been completed, a Certificate of Dissolhtion has been issued
and the Company has therefore been, struck off the Register. The
date of completion of the dissolution was September 11, 2007.

O GrahuaM.Fralkel

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IN THE MATTER OF a piece-parcel or lot of land contained
by ad measurements seven and three hundred and forty one
hundredths (7.341) acres and situate on the northern side of the
Queen s Highway approximately 2880 feet southeast of the
Deadman's Cay Airport Road at the settlement of Deadman's Cay
in the Island of Long Island. The Bahamas.
IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Emma V. Wells
and Richard E. Wells.
IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act 1959

The Petitioner in this matter claims to be the owner in fee simple
possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described and the
Petitioner has made an application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and
the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in the
Certificate of Title granted by the Court in accordance with the
provisions of the said Act.
Copies of the Plan may be inspected during normal office hours
(1) The Registry of the Supreme Court.
(2) The Administrators Office at Clarence Town, Long Island.
(3) The Chambers of the undersigned.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower or
-right to dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in the
Petition shall before the 29th day of October, A.D.,2007 from the
publication of the notice inclusive of the day of such publication
file Notice in the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau in the Island
of New Providence aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a statement of his or her claim in the prescribed form
verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. The failure of any
such person to file and serve a statement of his or her claim within
the time fixed by the Notice aforesaid shall operate as a bar to such
Dated this 6th day of September, A.D., 2007
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As a result Mr Nutt said
there was "no danger" of
unscrupulous persons obtain-
ing copies of employee finger-
prints because there were no
'stored images to seize.
The Employment Act s
existing provisions are also
open to interpretation, with Mr
Nutt saying: "Right now in the
Bahamas, there are a number
of business places that use bio-
metric hand devices that do
not record fingerprints."
The- use of biometric hand
devices for employee recogni-


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tion had "created a bit of a
stir" when first introduced, the
Department of Labour getting
involved after trade union
complaints were made.
Yet the BECon president
said that "when they were
shown that fingerprints were
not part of the biometric
design, these were shown to be
in compliance with the
Employment Act The hand
reader is a recognized biomet-
ric device that is recognized by
Bahamian law".
It is not clear how the trade
unions will react to the
employer's proposed finger-
print amendments, as both
Obie Ferguson, president of
the Trades Union Congress,
and John Pinder, head of the
National Congress of Trade
Unions (NCTU), did not
return The Tribune's calls
seeking comment.
Among the .businesses most
likely to be impacted by 'clock-
ing in' scams, Mr Nutt said,
were those that were "spread
out", such as construction sites,
hotels, and large warehouses
and retail stores.
One senior hotel industry
executive, who requested

anonymity, told The Tribune
yesterday: "It's still a problem
in the hotel industry, and at
one point a few years ago it
was a major problem.
"But it is an issue considered
a major breach and grounds
for termination. There has
been enforcement by employ-
ers that has cut down on this
Terrence Knowles, Flame-
less Electrical's Vice-president
and general manager, and
immediate past president of
the Bahamian Contractors
Association, said he
"endorsed" BECon's move on
the fingerprint amendment to
the Employment Act.
He added that while he had
no information on the eco-
nomic impact of such 'clock-
ing in' scams, they "definitely
occur" and had a "pretty sub-
stantial impact".
All Bahamian construction
companies had developed poli-
cies and practices to deal with
it, as it was "a significant prob-
lem in our industry", especial-
ly among sub-contractors and
sub-trades who had more than
one job on the go at any one

NOTICE is hereby given that SAMUEL GUSTAVE of EAST
STREET, P.O. BOX N-720, NASSAU, 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
fr6m the 19TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

GRAND BAHAMA, 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 19TH day of
September, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Software Applications
Specialist/Personal Assistant.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Transportation required.
Please email resume to:

NOTICE is hereby given that HENRY METELLUS 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 19TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


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 26TH day of SEPTEMBER
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Home Store

To all of our loyal customers
We have closed our Sandyport
location and have relocated to
Caves Village.
We will open 1st October, 2007
Our one day

Blowout Opening Sale!

6th October, 2001

50-75% off selected items
our numbers have
remained the same.
Come in and see.








Regulator probes CLICO's over

70 per cent affiliate exposure

FROM page 1

sions the Registrar of Insur-
ance might draw from its
inquiries, as these would "have
to be advanced to ministerial

level", and could not comment
When contacted by The Tri-
bune, Shelley Toney, CLICO's
senior representative in the
Bahamas, said she was unable
to comment on the company's

She promised that she would
get someone else to call this
newspaper back to answer its
questions, but no one ever
replied before press deadline
last night.
Ms Toney, though, acknowl-
edged that the Registrar of
Insurance was "aware of the
Numerous insurance execu-
tives contacted by The Tribune
yesterday described the heavy
CLICO (Bahamas) exposure
to its subsidiary as "unbeliev-
able", and questioned how reg-
ulators could have allowed the
situation to happen, especially
as investments in Florida
would have required foreign
exchange control approval
from the Central Bank of the
Bahamas and other approvals.
The major concern is the
concentration of CLICO
(Bahamas) investments, some
83 per cent of its total $82.322
million in investment assets, in
one area.
Most life insurers, in match-
ing assets to liabilities and
seeking to obtain the greatest
return possible on surplus
assets, invest in a wide variety
of investment tools and options
as a means of diversifying and
spreading risk, minimising

exposure to one single area as
this could caused major prob-
lems if things 'go south'.
CLICO (Bahamas) strategy
appears to be the exact oppo-
site, with minimal diversifica-
tion, and the fact that Clico
Enterprises main exposure is
in real estate may heighten
concerns, as real estate is more
illiquid and difficult to sell eas-
ily if the company needs to.
meet a substantial claim or lia-
For instance, Colina Hold-
ings (Bahamas), one of CLI-
CO (Bahamas) main competi-
tors, had at year-end 2006
spread its investments into 42
per cent fixed income instru-
ments. 5 per cent equities, 20
per cent mortgages, 20 per cent
policy loans, 9 per cent invest-
ment property and 4 per cent
short-term cash.
During 2006, CLICO
(Bahamas) advanced $14.46
million to Clico Enterprises,
compared to $16.669 million
the year before. At year-end
2005, CLICO (Bahamas) had
$53.761 million invested with
its subsidiary, meaning regula-
tors must have been aware of
the looming situation.
CLICO (Bahamas) earned
$8.364 million from the Clico
Enterprises investment in 2006,


Pricing Information As Of:


52wk-HI 52wk-Low


Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Focol (S)
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate




Ask $

0.00 585 1.527
0.00 0.733
0.00 0.048
0.00 0.275
0.17 1,000 0.064
0.00 0.996
0.00 1,500 0.208
0.00 500 1.190
0.03 0.112
0.00 0.284
0.12 2,100 0.804
0.00 0.768
0.00 0.934
0.02 1,327 0.364
0.00 -0.415
0.00 0.411
0.00 0.946
0.00 1.167
tLaS Price VVeekl Vo. EPS $
Last Price WeeklI Vol. EPS $

0 000
Div $




14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 1.125 1.485 13.9 10.17%
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 Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%

41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41 00 43.00 41 00 4 -150 2 750 C 0 6 701,,
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.6Q 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%

52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTDo Last 12 Months D.i .'Seld ,.
1 3576 1 3084 Colina Money Market Fund 1.357552"
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"***

BIL*, -LL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02= 1 00000 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 rr.onmin di.ends ..id0 ea ry clusiif price, fiA. KE'
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 21 September 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 June 2007
Today's Close -Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. -Trading volume of the prior week *"-31 August 2007
Change Change in dosing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths 31 July 2007
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1,1994 = 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007

compared to $4.293 million the
year before.
Yet despite owning Clico
Enterprises Ltd as a wholly-
owned subsidiary, its results
are not consolidated in CLI-
CO (Bahamas) financial,
instead being consolidated in
the figures of its ultimate par-
ent, C. L. Financial, which is
based in Trinidad & Tobago.
CLICO (Bahamas) also
owed C. L. Financial and its
subsidiaries $22.474 million at
the balance sheet date, repre-
senting funds largely advanced
to the Bahamian company for
investment into Clico Enter-
This indicates the Trinidad
parent is using CLICO
(Bahamas) as an investment
throughput/gateway and a
'cash cow' for its Florida real
estate project, which is owned
by C. L. Financial.
CLICO (Bahamas) finan-
cials detail that Clico Enter-
prises' "major investment" was
tied up in Wellington Preserve
Corporation, a Florida real
estate development project,
that was seeking to develop a
residential community on
593.43 acres in the West Palm
Beach community.
Other investments made by
Clico Enterprises, after a loan
agreement was signed between
it and CLICO (Bahamas) in
2006, are in Grand Bahama
Millworks, a Freeport-based
hardware, lumber, and build-
ing supplies store, and Shabis-
co, a Haiti-incorporated bak-
The loan agreement
between CLICO (Bahamas)
and Clico Enterprises involves
.the former making cash
advances to the latter at a 1
per cent per annum interest
rate, and no fixed maturity
CLICO (Bahamas) manage-
ment valued Wellington Pre-
serve at $100.5 million, a sum
"considered sufficient to sup-
port Clico Enterprises liability
to the company".

"This, in management's
opinion, there exists no impair-
ment on the ability of Clico
Enterprises to repay all liabili-
ties to CLICO (Bahamas) Ltd.
Management will continue to
monitor the current real estate
market environment in Florida
and make adjustments that
they see fit if future market
activity indicates that such
adjustments are appropriate,"
the CLICO (Bahamas) finan-
cials stated.
Adjustments may be need-
ed, given that existing condo
and home sales in Florida are
down by 24 per cent and 26
per cent respectively, as the
credit squeeze resulting from
the sub-prime mortgage fall-
out continues to bite.
CLICO (Bahiamas) said the
Wellington Preserve invest-
ment was valued based on a
selling price for lots available
for sale of $310,000, based on
an independent appraiser's val-
It added that this valuation
had not accounted for an
agreement reached with Sta-
dium Jumping Incorporated
that will see it relocate its
equestrian showgrounds to a
179-acre parcel within Welling-
ton Preserve, a deal that was
finalised in May 2007, which
was expected to enable the lat-
ter to close sales on 135 acres
at a $650,000 minimum selling
"Management's view is that
land values will appreciate
such that the company [CLI-
CO Bahamas] is expected to
be valued at more than twice
the present valuation," the
CLICO (Bahamas) financial
"In anticipation of this trans-
action, and the impact it will
have on the selling price of the
remaining lots, management
took the decision to remove
all lots from the market in
2006. Thus, there exists no
empirical evidence of future
sales being at the level used in
management's valuation."

NOTICE is hereby given that LAVANETTE LIBRUN 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 19TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


Equity Side

IN THE MATTER OF a piece parcel or lot of land contained
by ad measurements seventeen and six hundred and eighty
one hundredths (17.681) acres also known as "Silon Hole"
and situate on the southern side of the Deadman's Cay
Aerodrome at the settlement of Deadman's Cay in the Island
of Long Island, The Bahamas.


IN THE MATTER.OF the Petition of Emma V. Wells,
Rosena E. Pyfrom, Tennyson R.G. Wells, Iris L. Pinder,
Charles M. Wells and Richard E. Wells.


IN THE MATTER OF the Quieting Titles Act 1959


The Petitioner in this matter claims to be the owner in fee simple
possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described and the
Petitioner has made an application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
Titles Act 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and
the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in the
Certificate of Title granted by the Court in accordance with the
provisions of the said Act.

Copies of the Plan may be inspected during normal office hours

(1) The Registry of the Supreme Court.
(2) The Administrators Office at Clarence Town, Long Island.
(3) The Chambers of the undersigned.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower or
right to dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized in
the Petition shall before the 29th day of October, A.D.,2007 from
the publication of the notice inclusive of the day of such publication
file Notice in the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau in the
Island of New Providence aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner
or the undersigned a statement of his or her claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. The failure of
any such person to file and serve a statement of his or her claim
within the time fixed by the Notice aforesaid shall operate as a
bar to such claim.

Dated this 6th day of September, A.D., 2007

No.58, Shirley Street,
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas.

Attorneys for the Petitioners.

, ...-., vsLI.-LI Ls.oui ol-r I IVIULLIn LU, LUUI


The Public is hereby advised that I, LOUISE BEVERLEY
MAYCOCK of Tuckaway, P.O. Box SS-6907, Nassau,
Bahamas intend to change my name to LYNN
BEVERLEY MAYCOCK. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

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NOTICE is hereby given that DULAISSE GERVE OF
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 26TH day of September,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that JUAN CARLOS DELGADO
#2, P.O. BOX GT-2014, NASSAU, 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
26TH day of September, 2007 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.





Consolidated Balance Sheet (Unaudited) As of June 30, 2007

Stocks finish mixed

with tech shares gaining

as the investors weigh

strength of economy

AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) Stocks
ended mixed Tuesday as
investors grappled with con-
cerns about consumer spending
in some parts of the economy
while technology stocks showed
broad gains.
Stocks pared losses from ear-
ly in the session to trade largely
flat when investors tried to bal-
ance concerns about weakness
in the economy with hopes that
lackluster indications about the
health of the consumer and the
housing market could bolster
the case for lower interest rates.
Meanwhile, falling energy prices
appeared to lend some support
to stocks.
Traders weighed a series of
negative reports from compa-
nies whose fortunes are tied to
the health of the consumer.
Retailers Target Corp. and
Lowe's Cos. trimmed their
expectations for the year
because of slowing sales, while
homebuilder Lennar.Corp.
posted a fiscal third-quarter loss
and sharply lower revenues.
The latest economic reports
offered fresh evidence that con-
sumer sentiment is taking a hit
amid the worst housing slump in
more than a decade.
In the reports, the Confer-
ence Board said its Consumer
Confidence Index for Septem-
ber fell to its lowest level in
almost two years and the
National Association of Real-
tors reported sales of existing
homes fell for a sixth straight
month in August to the lowest
point in five years.
"There are still some mental
factors at play. The market has
leaped substantially off the
recent lows," said Steven Gold-
man, chief market strategist for
Weeden & Co. "We're consoli-

dating ahead of a seasonally
strong time, and there are still
lingering concerns about the
The Dow Jones industrial
average rose 19.59, or 0.14 per
cent, to 13,778.65.
Broader stock indicators were
mixed. The Standard & Poor's
500 slipped 0.52, or 0.03 per
cent, to 1,517.21, while the Nas-
daq composite rose 15.50, or
0.58 per-cent, to 2,683.45.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies fell 2.80, or
0.35 per cent, to 803.00.
Bonds prices rose, with the
yield on the benchmark 10-year
note falling to 4.61 per cent
from 4.62 per cent late Mon-
day. The dollar resumed its
decline against the euro the
fourth session in which it hit.
record lows. Meanwhile, gold
edged lower after a recent run-
A barrel of light, sweet crude
fell $1.42 to $79.53 on the New
York Mercantile Exchange. It
was the first time in more than a
week that oil closed below $80
per barrel; last week oil neared
$84 a barrel.
The markets moves followed
mostly negative economic news.
Not all findings were bad,
however. The Federal Reserve
Bank of Richmond, which
serves the District of Columbia,
Maryland, Virginia. North Car-
olina, South Carolina and most
of West Virginia, said econom-
ic growth picked up in Septem-
ber. Its manufacturing index for
the month came in at 14, double
the August reading of 7. A pos-
itive figure indicates growth,
while negative figures denote a
shrinking economy.
These reports take on even
more significance as Wall Street
speculates about what the Fed-
eral Reserve's next' move will
be after last week's half-point

interest rate cut. Data that show
the economy is continuing to
slow could bolster the case for
further cuts.
Lennar shares fell 96 cents,
or four per cent, t6 $23.22 after
it posted a loss of $513.9 mil-
lion for its fiscal third quarter as
the company saw sharply lower
revenue from falling home
prices and booked hefty charges
to write down land values.
Target and Lowe's cut their
sales forecasts for the year
because of uncertainty about
the upcoming holiday shopping
season. Target fell $2.95, or 4.6
per cent, to $61.35, while
Lowe's declined $2.04, or 6.7
per cent, to $28.51.
Some investors appeared to
regard technology stocks as less
at risk of seeing demand for
their products slump should the
economy falter. Apple Inc. rose
to another record, while
Research in Motion Ltd. hit a
52-week high. Apple traded as
high as $153.22, topping its ear-
lier trading high of $149.85, and
finished up $4.90, or 3.3 per
cent, to $153.18. Research in
Motion, meanwhile, rose to
$96.85 in trading above its
previous 52-week high of $96.35
and closed at $96.82, a gain
of $2.32, or 2.5 per cent.
Declining issues outnum-
bered advancers by about three
to two on the New York Stock
Exchange, where consolidated
volume came to 3.14 billion
shares compared with 3.12 bil-
lion shares traded Monday.
In European trading,
Britain's FTSE 100 closed down
1.07 per cent, Germany's DAX
index fell 0.24 per cent, and
France's CAC-40 finished down
0.89 per cent.
In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index
rose 0.55 percent and Hong
Kong's Hang.Seng Index fell
0.46 per cent. ,


FirstCaribbean is a major Caribbean Bank offering a full range of
market-leading financial services in Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Credit
Cards, Wealth Management, Capital Markets and Treasury. We are the largest
regionally listed bank In the English-speaking Caribbean with over 3,500 staff,
100 branches and banking centres, and offices In 17 regional markets, serving
800,000 active accounts. We are looking to fill the following positions:

* Oversees and manages Accounts Payable
regionally for all of FirstCaribbean, and
includes the development, implementation
and ownership of a fully integrated Accounts
Payable system
* Creates and administers, all Accounts Payable
procedures, controls, policies and.
implements changes where required while
working closely with Sourcing, Premises and
Human Resources
* Responsible for regional vehicle management

* Minimum of 7 years' experience in
progressively more responsible Accounts
Payable activities
* Minimum of 3 years' managerial experience
is required

* Experience in the banking sector, ideally in
the Caribbean or Latin America
* University degree in relevant discipline;
accounting designation, or equivalent
accreditation; Six Sigma experience will be
an asset
* Proven leadership and management skills
* Strong financial analysis and business process,
* Good negotiation and conflict management
* Excellent verbal, written, organisational,
communication and Interpersonal skills
supporting an ability to deal effectively with
all levels of management, staff and suppliers
* Experience in developing and implementing
Accounts Payable policies and processes in a
similar multi-location, regional environment
* Ability to speak Spanish an asset


* Develops and implements appropriate
sourcing strategies, policies and procedures
to support the Bank regionally
* Provides expert-level consultative advice and
ensures compliance with supply '*
management standards, policies and
procedures, and ethical practices
* Structures and negotiates supply agreements
and manages supplier relations and
* Selects, maintains and manages a supplier
base that is financially sound, technically
competent and strategically aligned; as well
as maintains metrics for process
improvement, supplier management and
management reporting
* Develops the team by sourcing intelligence in
key market sectors including international
* Ensures that commercial, financial and
service delivery risks are mitigated wherever
possible, and that all Sourcing activities are
compliant with current financial and risk
management policies

* At least 12 years' experience in progressively
more responsible diversified Supply
Management activities
* Minimum of 5 years' managerial experience
is required
* 5 years' experience in the banking sector,
ideally in the Caribbean or Latin America
* University degree In relevant discipline; ISM
or equivalent accreditation an asset
* In-depth knowledge and understanding of
supply management practices, contract law
andthe laws of competitive bidding
* Proven management abilities
* Experience in General Business, Operations
Management, and Supply Management
* Supply management experience at a
leadership level; strong financial analysis and
business process capability. Six Sigma
experience will be an asset
* Excellent negotiation, contracting and
conflict management skills
* Exceptional analytical and business problem
solving skills
* Ability to speak Spanish an asset
* Demonstrated success in leading
negotiations with suppliers to develop
win/win strategic relationships, and to
influence and manage competing interests in
a professional manner

We offer an attractively structured compensation and reward package as well as
performance bonus.
Address applications with detailed resum6 no later than 3rd October 2007 to:

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Te1:(21) to7170 I TIi RL 0 IIe

Cash on hand and at banks
Investment in securities
Mortgages, consumer and other loans
Property, plant and equipment
Receivables and prepayments

Customer deposits
Long-term loans
Other liabilities and accrued expenses

Capital and reserve attributable to the
'Bank's equity holders:
Share capital ordinary shares
Revaluation surplus
Retained earnings
Minority interest

$ 16,184,118
$ 168,441,025
S 133,960,559
$ 134,856,497

S 168,441,025

Share Capital Shar Capital
Ordinary Preference Revaluation Retained

$5, 001 '$1000,000 $OOO' 5,3l20 $10,289,639
<; *-* i*i :'i:-^ /i, )! .rj ai i nI.
15,000,000 -
s (10,000,000) -
evaluation 926.299 45,110

nce shars

Issuance of ordinary shares
Redemption of preference share
Property, plant and equipment r
Net Income
Dividends paid ordinary shares
Dividends paid/payable preference
As at 31 December 2006
As at 1 January 2007

Property, plant and equipment revaluation
Net Income
As at 30 June 2007

Cash flow from operating activities
Net income (before minority interest)
Adjustments for:
Net change in provision for credit losses
Net change in unrealized appreciation in
financial assets at fair value through profit or loss
Realized gains on sale of financial assets at fair
value through profit or loss
Operating income before changes in operating
assets and liabilities

Increase in mortgages, consumer and other loans
Increase in other assets
Increase in customer deposits
Decrease in other liabilities and acrrued expenses

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

Cash flows from investing activities
Purchase of government securities
Purchase of financial assets at fair value
through profit and loss
Sale of government securities
Sale of financial assets at fair value through profit and loss
Purchases of property, plant & equipment

Net cash flows (used in)/provided by investing actitivies

Cash flows from financing activities ,
Ordinary dividends paid
Preference dividends paid
Repayment of long-term loans

Net cash flows (used in) financing actitivies

Increase in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the year
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

For the
Six Months Ended

$ 538,780











$ 16,184,118


S 7,177,963
$ 149,866,273
$ 113,711,450
$ 116,820,525

$ 149,866,273.

Consolidated Statement of Income (Unaudited) For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)
6 Months Ending

Interest income
Interest expense
Net Interest Income
Non-Interest Income
Total Income
Salary and staff benefits
General and administrative
Total Non-Interest expense
Provision for credit losses
Total Expenses
Net income before minority interest
Attributable to:
Equity holders of the bank
Minority interest
Net income
Weighted average number of
common shares outstanding
Earnings per share


S 5,860,471


$ 5,076,253

1,630.227 1.780,065
5,288,515 5,058,331

S 2,169,973 S 1,934,058
2,127,968 1,617,199
414,666 243,604
4,712,607 3,794,861
37,128 225.214
4,749,735 4.020,075
$ 538,780 $ 1,038,256

538,780 1,012,305
S 538,780 $ 1,038,256
S 26,666,670 S 16,666,670

0.02 $




20,000,001 2,621,619 10,424,128



21,621,619 10,424,128 33,045,748

29,319) 29319
538,780 538,780

$20000,001 $ $S 292,300 S 10,992,227 S 33,584,528

For the
Six Months Ended

$ 1,038,256












S 11,448,414

(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity (Unaudited)
For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2007
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow (Unaudited)
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)




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'One shot'



getting island

brands correct

Tribune Business
The Ministry of
Tourism is engaged
in a branding exer-
cise to ensure that
each Bahamian island has a
unique identity that separates
it from the rest of the country,
the Ministry of Tourism's
director-general said.
Vernice Walkine said she
hoped that establishing a dis-
tinct brand identity for each
Bahamian island will be her
legacy whenever she demits
"The Bahamas is still per-
ceived as being just Nassau and
Paradise Island," she told per-
sons attending the fourth Aba-
co Business Outlook confer-
"Branding is the only way to
get. out of that. We have to
name each of them in the con-
text of a persona, and then we
can serve up a menu of island
Ms Walkine said the brand-
ing campaign, which involves
distinguishing the unique fea-
tures of all the islands, is going
somewhat slowly.
"It has to be done somewhat
rationally and reasonably. We
have one shot to do it and to
get it right," she explained.
Ms Walkine acknowledged
that the Bahamas' tourism
numbers were slipping, and
while this was attributable to a
variety of external factors, the

trend needed to be reversed.
"I need to put us in a posi-
tion, where the consumer
chooses us," she said.
Ms Walkine added that it
was time the Bahamas stopped
treating tourism as an indus-
try of last resort.
She said her ministry had

longed agitated for tourism
studies to be included in the
school curriculum to ensure
that the brightest and best stu;
dents were attracted to the
field. This was vital, MS
Walkine said, as other destil
nations were revamping them-
selves and popping up quickly.

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