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Title: The Tribune.
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Publication Date: 10/2/2007
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Volume: 103 No.259




Fathers' rights champion

wants homosexuality to

be outlawed
A CALL was made yester-
day for the gay lifestyle to be
outlawed in the Bahamas, with
reinstatement of anti-homosex-
ual legislation that existed up
until 1991.
Fathers' rights champion
Clever Duncombe said he and
his group want parliament to
rescind pro-gay laws passed 16
years ago.
This would make it illegal
even for gays to practise their
lifestyle in private, driving
homosexuality underground.
Mr Duncombe said: "It used
to be a criminal offence prior
to 1991, but parliament elected
to take time from their busy
schedule to appeal to the gay
community without any public
His comments came only a
week after the Bahamas Chris-
tian Council set up a sub-com-
mittee specifically to fight the
gay agenda.
The committee, headed by
Pastor Lyall Bethel of Grace
Community Church, was
formed after the Rainbow
Alliance called for a gay TV
channel in the Bahamas.
Christian Council president
Bishop John Humes said that,
with so many vices rampant in
the country, it was wrong for a
gay TV channel to spread the
homosexual lifestyle.
He said such a lifestyle was
not in accordance with God's
law, adding that the Alliance's
call was part of an ongoing pro-
gramme by gays to promote
their lifestyle around the world.
He said there should be
"checks and balances" to keep

the gay agenda under control.
In calling for the gay channel
in early September, Alliance
spokesperson Erin Greene
made it clear the channel was
not pornography, just program-
ming, with sitcoms, education,
news and information directed
towards the gay community.
She said such a channel
would not compromise the
country's moral fabric, claim-
ing popular shows revolving
around criminal activity could
also be defined as against God's
Yesterday, a Bahamian lay
preacher said no Christian could
ever accept the gay lifestyle
because it was expressly forbid-
den in the scriptures.
He said it would be impossi-
ble to get a Bahamian Christian
to agree to legal support for
SEE page 10


U.S. ARMY Blackhawk
helicopters take off from the
airfield at the Police Training
College marking the official
change of command of the
OPBAT (Operation Bahamas
Turks and Caicos) George
Town division from the
Army to the D.E.A. (Drug
Enforcement Administra-
tion) yesterday.

Tribune Staff
AFTER twenty-one
years of participation, and a
relationship that has led to
the seizure of 93,808 kilo-
grams of cocaine and
1,430,900 pounds of mari-
juana, valuing some $3 bil-
lion since 1986, the US
Army has handed over
command of Operation
Bahamas and Turks and
Caicos (OPBAT) base in
Exuma to the US Drug
Enforcement Administra-
tion (DEA).
To mark the occasion,
three US Army Blackhawk
helicopters formerly sta-
tioned at the Hawk's Nest
base at George Town -
flew their final mission yes-
terday at the handover cer-
emony at the Police Col-
lege, Oakes Field. The cer-
emony brought together
law enforcement officials
from the US, the Bahamas
and the Turks and. Caicos
Islands, and the change of
command comes as the US
Department of Defence is
SEE page 11

Claim that murder victim
may have died in drive by/
execution-style killing

Tribune Staff Reporter
GEORGE Oliver, the 57th
murder victim of the year may
have been the victim of a drive
by/execution-style killing, The
Tribune was told.
Currently, the police have no
idea of a possible motive into the
death of the CV Bethel senior,
who was the country's latest
shooting fatality.
However, according to a rela-
tive of the deceased, George had

to be known to his killers because
of the gruesome manner in which
he was killed.
According to Derek Oliver,
George was on his way to his
grandmother's house when he
was allegedly shot in the back.
It is believed that the deceased
was shot a second time in his
stomach, and then the third and
final shot was to the head.
"The family is really in the dark
as to what happened. This boy
wasn't really involved in any gang
SEE page 10

THE Ministry of Lands, Local Government and Consumer
SWelfare Division is encouraging consumers to dispose of any
toothpaste produced by the Gilchrist and Soames company of
The company, that provides toiletry products for the hotel
industry, has issued a worldwide voluntary recall of its toothpaste
manufactured in China by the Ming Fai International Company.
In a press release yesterday, the ministry said that the company
is now notifying its hotel clients in the Bahamas where the tooth-
paste was distributed to discard their inventories.
Hotel guests who may have received the recalled toothpaste are
asked to safely dispose of it.
SEE page 10

Allegations that
dead people 'voted'
reportedly part
of rejected bid to
amend election
court petition
Pinewood election court petition
that have reportedly not been
allowed, included allegations that
dead people "voted" in the 2007
"The case for Pinewood begins
on October 15, 2007. There is evi-
dence that on May 2007 dead
people, non-citizens, imperson-
ators and non-residents all vot-
ed. This must come to light and
we have every intention of ensur-
ing through the courts that it nev-
er happens again," read a state-
ment from a source close to the
This statement comes after the
FNM posted last Friday on its
website that the Court rejected
Mrs Maynard-Gibson's request
to amend her initial petition by
adding additional grounds to the
challenge. The initial petition by
the former Pinewood MP alleges
that some 266 people voted in the
May 2nd election who were not
eligible, as they were not resi-
dents of the constituency for the
six months required by law.
The rejection of the effort to
amend the petition, the FNM
claimed, indicates the weakness, of
the PLP's case.
"The FNM remains confident
that it will prevail in all petitions
and saw the last minute attempt
by Mrs. Maynard-Gibson to
amend her petition as a recogni-
tion by her that her present peti-
SEE page 10

Reggae star
testifies in
court against
local promoter
REGGAE artist Leshorn
Whitehead, better known as
"Chuck Fender", appeared
in court yesterday to testify
against local Alpha Sound
promoter Trevor Davis.
It is alleged that Fender
was at the home of a friend
when a group of men
attacked him.
Davis has been charged
with assault and armed rob-
bery in connection with the
The matter continues on
November 20,2007.

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Atlantis: we're not to

blame for lionfish

Tribune Staff Reporter
ATLANTIS has denied
that its aquarium system is
responsible for introducing
the venomous predatory lion-
fish into the waters of the
The lionfish also known as
the turkey fish, dragon fish and
scorpion fish is currently
threatening grouper and craw-
fish populations in the
Bahamas, officials at the Min-
istry of Agriculture and
Marine Resources reported

Resort moves to quash rumours

Marine biologist and vice
president in charge of all of
Atlantis' aquariums Michelle
.Liu yesterday refuted growing
rumours that the source of the
outbreak may have been the
lionfish tank at the Atlantis
She explained that before
Atlantis could gain import per-
mits for their lionfish facility,
the resort had to prove to.the
government that it would not

introduce this species of fish
into the local environment.
"As a result," she said, "the
lionfish system was designed
and is operated as a closed
and or partially closed system,
and all effluent water is dis-
charged through a destruct
chamber. The chamber is
filled with chlorine so that any
organic matter is oxidised
before it is discharged to the

"Water tests are performed
daily by our lab staff to ensure
that the disinfectant levels are
properly monitored and main-
tained within acceptable lim-


According to the minister
responsible for fisheries Larry
Cartwright, the predatory fish,

which is native to the tropical
"Indo-Pacific region" has no
natural predators, and current-
ly numbers in "the hundreds"
throughout the Bahamas.
"The spawn of crawfish, juve-
nile fish, baby conchs, anything
they come across they eat it,"
Mr Cartwright said.
"This is a very poisonous fish.
We are encouraging divers to
dive with their wet suits in case
they come into contact with it,"
he said.

M, Cartwright added that it
has been brought to his atten-
tion that these fish are now
found in the hundreds along the
shore of Andros,.and are feed-
ing particularly on baby
He said that his ministry is
currently appealing to fisher-
men throughout the country
to spear and kill any lionfish
they come across in order to
help curb the growing popula-

Still no new Bahamas cases of dengue fever

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas has had no
new cases of Dengue Fever and
no additional measures are
being taken locally despite
reports that the disease is
spreading rapidly in Latin
America and the Caribbean
The Associated Press report-
ed over the weekend that
reported incidences of Dengue
are reaching near record levels
this year in many Latin Ameri-
can and Caribbean countries in
one of the worst outbreaks since
World War II.
Over 200 people have died
and thousands more have been
debilitated this year alone by
the agonising joint pain which is
symptomatic of the mosquito-
borne disease.
Yesterday, Melanie McKen-
zie, director of the department
of environmental health ser-
vices, said that while the depart-
ment continues to carry out
measures to mitigate against the
disease as part of their "effec-

tive dengue fever programme",
recent reports of increased out-
breaks in other countries have
not caused major alarm.
Ms McKenzie said she could
not remember "off the top of
(her) head" when the last case
of Dengue fever was reported in
the Bahamas, but said it had
Been a "long time."
She said department staff
continue to go into communi-
ties on a regular basis to check
around homes for the condi-
tions that allow the mosquitoes
which carry dengue to thrive,
such as standing water that
might collect in old containers.
At its most serious, dengue
fever is characterized by a sud-
den onset of fever, accompa-
nied by a severe headache, mus-
cle and joint pain and a bright
red rash.
Abdominal pain, nausea,
vomiting and diaorrhea can also
take place.
So far this year, 630,356
dengue cases have been report-
ed in the Americas with 12,147
cases of hemorrhagic fever and
183 deaths, according to the Pan
American Health Organisation.

Human rights group:

immigration push must

not be a one-off

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Human
Rights Network said it hopes
recent efforts on the part of the
Department of Immigration to
deal with residency and citizen-
ship applications are not a "one-
off shot".
The group further urged the
government to "fix" the system
so that backlogs will not occur
in the future.
"What we are concerned
about is not how many applica-
tions they would have dealt
with, but that the machinery is
fixed. So that any applicant -
because it is a constitutional
right would have their appli-
cation considered reasonably,
fairly and in a timely fashion,"
Elsworth Johnson, president of
BHRN, told The Tribune.
Mr Johnson said that the
organisation which has spo-
ken out before in favour of
measures being taken to make
the immigration department
more responsive to those who
apply for residency or citizen-
ship said he was encouraged
by the results of the recent
audit, but believes there is more
to be done.
On Friday Vernon Burrows,
director of the department of
immigration, revealed that to
date almost 2,000 applicants
have been approved for perma-

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nent residence and/or citizen-
ship since the launch of the
department's audit scheme in
In addition, he said there
were more applicants for whom
the department hopes to have
decisions for "very shortly".-
after a process of sorting
through documents is complet-
The audit scheme was spo-
ken of by the government as an
effort to "expedite the regular-
isation" of all applicants who
had a legitimate claim to status
in the country.
Mr Johnson said that the
organisation realises that there
are shortfalls in the department
which need to be addressed if
timely processing is to become
the normal state of affairs.
"We appreciate that they are
short staffed, they are over-
worked and some of them are
underpaid and the facilities and
the conditions they are called
to work under is not the best
and so we understand... that
would hamper the smooth pro-
cessing of these applications."
The president said that the
government should ensure that
recent action is not just a post-
election gimmick but that
efforts are made to permanent-
ly enhance the system.
He explained that while in
the US a level of communica-
tion exists between applicants
and immigration officials that
is not to be found in the
Bahamas, and urged the depart-
ment to do more in this regard.
"When someone makes an
application you will, one: have
the courtesy to respond to them,
two: in responding to them say
that 'listen, this application is
gong to say either six months,
one year, even three years to
process'. If you do it in the US,
that's what they tell you," he
On Thursday, Mr Burrows
said that the audit has allowed
the department to update their
applicants database. "Now we
know where to find them and
how to find them," he said. "So
we feel as though after a deci-
sion is made we will be able to
contact them really easy."


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Man charged
with causing
death by
A 33-YEAR-OLD man
appeared in court yesterday
in connection with a murder
Marvin Sears of Fowler
Street was arraigned in Mag-
istrate's Court yesterday,
charged with the shooting
death of Marcus Horton.
Sears was arraigned before
Chief Magistrate Roger
Horton, of West Street,
was killed on February 19
this year in the Poinciana
area of Coconut Grove.
Sears, who is represented
by lawyers Murrio Ducille
and Tamara Taylor, was not
required to enter a plea to
the charge. Inspector Clifford
Daxon is the prosecutor.
The accused was remanded
in custody. The case was
adjourned to October 31 and
transferred to court six on
Parliament Street.

Youth faces
charge of
A 19-YEAR-OLD man
was arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday in connec-
tion with the alleged rape of a
17-year-old girl.
According to court dock-
ets, it was alleged that Kevano
Knowles of Seawall Manor
off Gladstone Road, commit-
ted the offence of rape on
Monday, September 24.
Knowles was arraigned
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez.
He was not required to
plead to the charge and was
granted bail in the sum of
$10,000 with one surety.
The matter has been
adjourned to October 18 and
transferred to court nine on
Nassau Street.

Boaters get
warning after
two rescues
BOATERS are being
asked to exercise extreme
caution on the high seas dur-
ing adverse weather after two
Bahamian registered boats
had to be assisted by the
Defence Force at the west-
ern harbour entrance of New
On Sunday evening at
around 9pm, The Jimmy
Rock Odessy was attempting
to leave Nassau Harbour
when it ran aground. On
Monday at 5am, a 20-foot
sand barge with two persons
onboard ran aground in the
same area.
Both vessels had to be
assisted by Defence Force
officers, and the two persons
aboard the barge needed
medical assistance.
"Boaters should pay partic-
ular attention to the local
weather forecast when sailing.
This is to avoid the loss of life
and equipment," the Defence
Force said in a statement.


Inquest continues into man

admitted with serious burns

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE chief forensic patholo-
gist at the country's major pri-
vate medical facility testified
yesterday at the inquest into the
death of Christopher Esfakis,
who died at Doctor's Hospital
on April 22, 2002 after being
admitted several days earlier
suffering from burns to his
The coroner's court previ-
ously heard how Mr Esfakis had
entered the hospital on Friday,
April 19, to be treated for burns
he suffered when he set his shirt
alight during a party at his
During yesterday's session,
Dr Govinda Raju, consultant
forensic pathologist with Doc-
tor's Hospital since October
2002, testified that upon an
examination of 42-year-old Mr
Esfakis after his death he found
him to be 5 foot 11 inches tall
and weighing approximately 190
He had first degree burns on
"most parts" of his body, and
his lips and face were swollen,
with his lips and nostrils "oozing
brownish coloured fluid".
He said that the autopsy also
revealed numerous organs, includ-
ing Mr Esfakis' kidneys, brain and
lungs, were "congested".
Upon cross-examination, Dr
Raju explained that such con-
gestion would come about
whenever there is obstruction
to the blood flow of the patient
as a result of a lack of oxygen.
Questioned as to whether he
meant a reduction, he said that

by "lack" he meant a total
absence of oxygen.
Queried as to whether he
could say when and for how
long such an obstruction would
have been in evidence, Dr Raju
said he could not.
He said that the cause of
death was given in the first
place as "cardio respiratory
arrest, acute pulmonary condi-
tion due to an aerial obstruc-
tion as a result of the inhalation
injury" and secondly as a result
of the patient's burns.
Cardio respiratory arrest is
the cessation of heart function,
explained Dr Raju.


Under cross-examination, Dr
Raju revealed that the kind of
fluid seen emanating from Mr
Esfakis's body after his death
can occur not only in cases
where patients are effected by
sepsis, but also in cases of
drowning, fluid overload, drug
poisoning or decomposition.
Under questioning Dr Raju
admitted that he gave the unde-
finitive response that Mr
Esfakis' state "could be" as a
result of Sepsis as he did not
have knowledge of the state of
Mr Esfakis's body prior to his
death, such as his body weight.
Additionally, he said that a
burn injury by itself could also
cause swelling.
When affected by Sepsis, he
said, a body's weight difference
may be up to 10 per cent of that
person's usual body weight.
Dr Raju testified that the flu-
id found oozing from Mr

Esfakis' lips and nostrils was a
"similar" fluid to that found in
his abdominal cavity. Queried
whether by "similar" he meant
it was "the same", Dr Raju said
Sister of the deceased Diana
Esfakis then took the stand. She
testified that she had been the
person to identify her brother's
body in the morgue.
Under cross-examination, Ms
Esfakis testified that when she
had last seen her brother
"healthy" on the Friday after-
noon before the evening he was
admitted to the hospital, he
stood at around 5 foot 11 inch-
es tall, and would have weighed
around 135 pounds.
She said she spoke with her
brother in the hospital on Sat-
urday morning at around
11.30am and he "told (her) he
was perfectly fine" and was suf-
fering from some slight burns.
"He was cheerful and happy,"
she said.
She went on to state that
when she saw him on Sunday
morning in the hospital he
appeared as a "swollen mass of
flesh" with his "face oozing".
"If my sister-in-law had not
been by the bed I would not
have known it to be my brother,
she told the court.
When she saw his body in the
morgue after his death he
appeared "swollen beyond
recognition" and "pussy". She
said his face was "totally dis-
torted" and his chest "looked
like a barrel."
Magistrate Campbell took
issue with a line of questioning
about how swollen his chest was
as he asserted that Ms Esfakis

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had admitted that her brother's
chest was covered by a sheet,
therefore meaning that she
could not see it directly.
Queried as to how many days
had passed between Mr Esfakis'

death and the time when she
saw his body in order to identi-
fy it she said she was "not sure"
but it was "pretty soon after."
The inquest continues
throughout this week.

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Christie concessions unfair to Bahamians?

INVESTORS ARE an important part of
the economic success of the Bahamas, so are
our tourists, and so are this country's citi-
zens. Each must appreciate the importance
of the other. They must understand how each
fits into this jigsaw puzzle called the Bahamas.
They must appreciate that it is a puzzle of
many discordant parts, which if harmonised,
like music, can be transformed into a success-
ful symphony.
If one group feels that it is being pushed
out, or taken advantage of by the other group,
then there will be conflict.
It is usually accepted practice that a con-
tract entered into by one government will be
honoured by the next. But what happens when
one government in its anxiety to attract foreign
investors, for example, makes its concessions
so generous that it offends and even threatens
the future of its citizens? What happens when
the concessions are more than even the law
In August, Vincent Peet, former minister of
financial services and investment in the
Christie government, said that Prime Minister
Ingraham's decision to review the Albany pro-
ject, based on concerns that the developers
were receiving too many investment incen-
tives, sent the wrong message to potential
"One has to be concerned about the mes-
sage sent to investors, those who are here and
those who want to come." Mr Peet said. ..
This is true. It is most unfair to an investor
to be promised certain concessions, only to
have them withdrawn by a succeeding gov-
ernment. However, there is another side to
the story when one learns that some of those
concessions were extended to areas not nec-
essarily provided for under, for example, the
Hotel Encouragement Act. It is understood
that in the case of the Albany project these
particular issues have now been resolved.
It is incredible that the problems investors
are now having and which are causing much
understandable bitterness and disillusionment
among many of them were caused by a
government that in 2002 campaigned on the
promise that the Bahamas would be protected
for Bahamians. It told the Bahamian people -
the majority of whom swallowed their lie,
hook, line and sinker that the Ingraham
government was giving this country away to
As the details of the Christie government's
agreements are now coming to light, many
Bahamians are horrified to discover that the
chief auctioneer in that giveaway has been
the very government that had pointed an

accusing finger at the Ingraham administra-
This has been as unfair to investors as it has
been to Bahamians.
The recent town meetings over the Albany
concessions have highlighted Bahamians'
When Bahamians feel threatened, when,
instead of being regarded as partners in this
great tourism enterprise, they are made feel
inferior in their own country, when they
believe they are being pushed to the wall'and
treated as second class citizens, then the body
politic is in trouble, as is also a shortsighted
What is most important now is that a strict
set of guidelines be formulated as to what
concessions an investor can expect when he
decides to do business in this country. The
guidelines of his rights must be set in stone, so
that no government can legitimately go behind
closed doors and negotiate any special deals.
For example can stamp tax concessions be
reduced without an act of parliament? And
having been reduced for an investor, can the
investor then pass on his tax concessions to
another investor to whom he sells property
within his own real estate complex to lower the
second investor's building costs, while the
Bahamian gets no concessions to build either
his own home or business?
Was the Acquisition of Land Act designed
for the use of government only when it was
essential to acquire land for the improvement
of the whole body politic, or can it now be
exercised by government to acquire a person-
's land by forced acquisition to benefit a pri-
vate investor'?
And what is the policy on marinas and cit-
izens beach rights?
There are many other areas where strict
policies have to be formulated to ensure that
governments are fair to both investor and cit-
At present neither one is getting a fair
break, and the Bahamian, in particular, is feel-
ing aggrieved because he believes that the
foreigner is being allowed to come in and walk
all over him.
And yet where would the Bahamas be with-
out the foreign investor? His developments
provide the construction jobs, his hotels
employ thousands of Bahamians, his global
ideas keep the Bahamas' wheel of fortune
But government has to find the formula
that will ensure that no future government
will inherit what the Ingraham government
became burdened with on May 2, 2007.

The problems

with creating

a new capital

EDITOR, The Tribune.
BEFORE I sat to my com-
puter to respond to BAIC
Chairman, Edison Key I
checked my diary as to what
phase the moon was yester-
day as without doubt Mr Key
had to have been influenced
by something strange to talk
about moving the capital.
Any cost analysis between
refurbishing Nassau and mov-
ing and building from square
one a new capital is without
any doubt totally prejudiced
in favour of refurbishment of
the existingcity. A new capi-
tal would cost billions.
There is a modern example
where a government decided
to move a capital Brazil
which in the late 50's created
Brazilia and ask anyone if it is
a capital Monday though Fri-
day and then a cemetery over
the weekend.
Mr Key, how do you want

to compensate the thousands
in the civil service who will
have to transfer and how will
their mortgages be satisfied?
Imagine if we did create the
capital in Andros, as Mr Key
suggests, but we sleep on
New Providence imagine
the traffic to the airport and
out to Clifton to catch the
Andros- morning ferry?
Sorry, Mr Key, dead on
Why are we making it so
difficult to obtain a compre-
hensive agreement to refur-
bish downtown Nassau and
its waterfront?
Deliberate self interests are
desperately trying to kill the
concept which is far from new
- the Checci report back in
Sir Stafford's days concluded



EDITOR, The Tribune.
AFTER years of doubt I have come to believe that there is a
God. Let me tell you why. I heard just Neil Ellis croaking on
the radio the other day a barely audible message about Mt
Tabor and its growth.
The pastor is clearly suffering from acute damage to his vocal
chords after years of abusing them shouTing and yelling at his
congregation to repent, ask forgiveness and put lots of money
into his pockets via the church collection plates.
He and so many other preachers obviously believe that it's not
what you say but the volume with which you shout it that is most
However, the good Lord is clearly getting his own back and
all those other self-appointed apostles, prophets, deacons and
deaconesses who torture their throats and mistreat their breath-
ing passages when thundering out their sermons and orgasmi-
cally exhaling all over their sheep-like followers should take
He on high could permanently mute their voices just like
Rev Ellis'.
Clearly all the posturing and contorted facial expressions
that show they are hurting with goodness are no good. The
Lord is making it clear that screaming at and bullying your
congregation is not the way.
Rev Ellis will have to whisper his message from now on and
let's hope the others will follow suit and maybe, just maybe give
us something worth listening to.
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that this was imperative to
happen and that is almost 40
years ago! Can't we read and
The container-shipping
docks have to be relocated
whether the Symonettes
Bethells or the Kellys like it
South-west Port, Clifton
might not be the best loca-
tion but somewhere between
South Beach and Clifton a
suitable location has to be
found and we have to go
ahead with the proposal.
Prime Minister: be strong
and demonstrative on this
and do not give into the
forces that do not wish this.
A natural to follow will be
that the area between
Arawak Cay and the new
Paradise Island bridge and
back to Shirley Street will be
declared a Development
Zone and if the owners of
those properties wish to take
advantage of what I would
offer, very, very attractive
incentives they will develop
the area superbly without
governments' footprint
except the usual town plan-
ning and zoning.
The EDWA plan created a
far too large government
foot-print and was not what is
basically required, especially
in the style, design and the
architectural vernacular. It
simply was not Bahamian and
there was no excitement.
Mr Key is totally wrong as
has been proven in many
cities and towns where ratio-
nality prevailed and refur-
bishment and development
took place and a fabulous
, renovation, renaissance
One thing for sure is that
seeming few understand who
are the customers of Bay
Street, today and what is
required to cause the new
There has been far too
much talking and no action
40+ years after the Checci
report and still we look at
ourselves wondering how we
are going to torpedo advance-
ment with the appropriate
and required refurbishment
of Bay Street down to
the new Paradise Island
Prime Minister make the
decision and put the incen-
tives in place, not open-ended
conditioned to development
occurring within five-six years
and you will see the private
sector react positively I
still believe the property
owners have a love for mon-
Of course if we follow Mr
Key I presume we will ask
Disney to design the new City
of Nassau and operate it like
an artificial, man-made
amusement park.
I prefer the original, unique
city which simply needs some
love and care.
September, 2007.



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election fraud case have
amended the charges
against a 50-year-old defen-
Wilfred Swain of McCul-
lough Corner was arraigned
shortly after the May 2 gen-
eral election, charged with
forgery of a ballot paper and
to removing a ballot paper
from polling division 12 in
the Farm Road constituency
during the election.
Swain is represented by
lawyers Fayne Thompson
and Ian Cargill.
The charges were yester-
day changed to possession
of a counterfeit document,
uttering a fraudulent docu-
ment and fraudulently tak-
ing a ballot paper out of a
polling station.
Prosecutors also called
two witnesses parliamen-
tary commissioner Errol
Bethel and the polling sta-
tion's presiding officer.
The prosecutors said they
intend to call seven witness-
es in the case.
The matter is before Mag-
istrate Susan Sylvester.
Calvin Seymour and Shavon
Bethel are prosecuting.
The case was adjourned
to October 16 at 1pm.



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MINISTER OF State for Culture Charles Maynard (seated centre) poses with senior government officials, junkanoo group leaders and stakeholders, during the ceremony for
the issuance of seed money

Govt says junkanoo seed

money for all groups ready

THE government says that all
the seed money for all groups
competing in this year's junkanoo
competitions is ready.
Minister of State for Culture
Charles Maynard said the FNM
administration is "proud to
announce" that "at this early
stage in the year", not only is seed
money available to New Provi-
dence competitors but also to all
Family Island groups.
"All of the monies are now
available for junkanoo nation-
wide and we expect that, within
another two weeks, we would
have the seed money for the

Junior Junaknoo parades," Mr
Maynard said.
"We are trying to be ahead of
the game this year and ensure
that everything goes smoothly
from the part of not only the
junkanoo groups, but also the
organisation of the parade, in
terms of the various aspects of it
that the Bahamas government is
responsible for, and, by exten-
sion, the National Junkanoo
Committee. And, of course, the
aspects of the parade that the
Junkanoo Corporation of New
Providence would be responsible

Robberies investigated
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Grand Bahama Police are investigating two sepa-
rate robberies that occurred over the weekend.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming reported that the first incident took
place around 5.50am on Saturday in the community of Hunters,
where a man reported being held up by an armed assailant.
Cyprian Patrick, 52, of Hunters, reportedly told officers at Port
Lucaya Police Station that he was sitting down on a bench in Pom-
pey Yard, near E&J Liquor Store when a man whom he knows
approached him.
The assailant, who was armed with a broken bottle, accosted Mr
Patrick and robbed him of $5 cash, then fled on foot.
Police confirmed that they are searching for another resident of
Hunters for questioning in connection with the incident.
Supt Rahming said officers at Port Lucaya station received anoth-
er robbery report around 3pm on Saturday in the Lucaya area.
Ronald Russell, 67. of Sea Breeze Lane, told officers that he was
held up and robbed while on the Lucayan Beach.
Mr Russell said he had bought some souvenirs from a stall on the
While walking through a foot-path that leads from the beach onto
Seahorse Lane where his car was parked, he said that he
was attacked by a young black man whom he saw earlier sitting on
the beach in the area of the souvenir stall.
The culprit reportedly robbed him of $20 cash, fled along the
beach and disappeared.
Supt Rahming said the suspect is described as being about five
feet, five inches tall, of slim build and dark complexion.
He was reportedly wearing light coloured trousers and a sleeve-
less white shirt. Police say the matters are under investigation.

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Mr Maynard was speaking at
the ceremony for the handing out
of seed money, held yesterday at
his ministry.
Also present were the director
of culture Dr Nicolette Bethel,
undersecretary in the Ministry of
Culture Carmen Gomez, chair-
man of the National Junkanoo
Committee Phil Cooper, acting
chairman of the Junkanoo Cor-
poration of New Providence Les
Johnson, group leaders and cul-
tural stakeholders.
Mr Maynard said that these
junkanoo officials must work as a
team to ensure that there is a
"problem-free" junkanoo season
He also said his ministry is
putting in place a "proper work-
ing relationship" with the
Junkanoo Corporation of New
Mr Maynard's comments come
on the heels of several problem-
atic junkanoo seasons under the
former government, which saw
everything from delays, to dis-
putes over the official results, to
outrage over the renting of
bleachers for $1 million by for-
mer Minister of Culture Neville
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Bacardi to rededicate Golden

Isles park at community event

BACARDI & Company
Limited has announced major
upgrades and renovations to
\delaide Park.
The company said in a
statement issued yesterday
that the effort is part of its
ongoing commitment to the
tiahamas and to the residents
of the Golden Isles con-
'he renovations will be
Showcased to the community
it a rededication event sched-

uled for Saturday, October 6
at 2pm.
The new Adelaide Park
(commonly known as Bacardi
Park) which is located near the
entrance of the Bacardi facility,
features a newly renovated full
size basketball court and play-
ground equipment, plus a bus
shelter decorated with native
"The people of the Golden
Isles constituency are very
deserving of this park and we

intend to continue our com-
mitment to be a good corpo-
rate citizen to them for many
years to come," said Felix
Mateo, facility director.
Charles Maynard, member
of parliament for the area and
minister for culture, will report-
edly take centre stage at the
rededication event when he
presents the children of Golden
Isles constituency with back-
to-school supplies.
Mr Maynard has donated

school supplies to the children
of this area on many occasions,
the company's statement not-
It also said that need for a
recreational park and bus shel-
ter to meet the needs of the
growing community was first
identified by Frank Watson,
former member of parliament
and deputy prime minister,
who represented the area dur-
ing the first FNM administra-

"Bacardi, headed at the
time by Francisco Carrera-Jus-
tiz, brought Mr Watson's
vision to life in 1995 when
Bacardi committed resources
to create a community envi-
ronment enjoyed by both chil-
dren and adults," the state-
ment said.
"As part of its commitment
to the park, Bacardi also has
Plans to create a walking path
and install additional play-
ground equipment," it added.

National Public Service Officer of the Year nominees announced



MINISTER OF State for Finance and the Department of Public Service
:hivaigo Laing views nominees for the award with other public officials

TWELVE persons have been
nominated for the National
Public Service Officer of the
Year 2007/2008 award.
Their names were revealed
by Minister of State for the Pub-
lic Service Zhivargo Laing yes-
terday at the Mall-at-Marathon.
"The Department of Public
Service, as the agency charged
with providing the human
resources with the requisite
skills, competencies, talent
and aptitudes to deliver the
aims and objectives of the
government of the Bahamas,
saw the need to introduce this
awards programme. Mr Laing

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"The primary objective of
the programme is to seek to
highlight the exemplary and
meritorious performances and
work ethics of those out-
standing officers in the public
service, who perhaps other-
wise would not be accorded
any recognition."
He added that the recogni-
tion of outstanding public ser-
vants is intended to "engen-
der commitment and dedica-
tion to excellent quality ser-
vice and to reflect the contri-
butions made by public ser-
vice employees".
The awards scheme is one
io the highlights of the eighth
annual Public Service Week
and Recognition of Retirees.
Profiles and photos of the
nominees will be exhibited at
the Mall until the awards cer-
emony, which will be held on
Saturday. October 6 in the
conferencee Room at Police


I'he chairman of the judg-
ing panel is Dr Leon Higgs..
director of higher education
and lifelong learning at the
Ministry of Education.
Other members of the pan-
el include: Dr Richard Pin-
der, worship pastor at
Bahamas Faith Ministries;
Beverly Saunders, vice presi-
dent of training and develop-
ment at Kerzner Internation-
al; Mark Wilson, retired per-
manent Secretary and Win-
ston Rolle, past president of

the Bahamas Chamber of
The nominees for the Pub-
lic Service Officer of the Year
2007/2008 are:
Rosemary Nixon-Martin,
assistant secretary at the Min-
istry of Works and Transport
Ernest Rolle, labour offi-
cer at the Ministry of Mar-
itime Affairs and Labour
Sheree Chea-Minnis,
senior sorter/dispatcher at the
Ministry of Lands and Local
Joy Thompson, senior
data entry operator at the
Department of the Public Ser-
Sharine Syomonette-
Charlton, assistant secretary
at the Ministry of Housing
and National Insurance
Eleanor Smith, senior
executive secretary at the
Governor-General's Office
Kennise Burrows, assis-
tant secretary in the Office of
the Attorney General and
Ministry of Legal Affairs
Pauline Williams-Rolle.
chief clerk at the Ministry of
Education, Youth, Sports and
Raquel Stubbs, clerk at
Cabinet Office
Monique Clarke, senior
executive secretary at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Linda Lockhart Sweeting,
executive secretary at the
Ministry of Health and Social
Deidre Hepburn, senior
probation officer at the Min-
istry of Health and Social

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Preval says

should be

tried in Haiti


THE president wants an
exiled former dictator brought
to trial in Haiti over a fortune
allegedly taken from state cof-
fers, instead of pursuing the case
overseas, according to Associ-
ated Press.
President Rene Preval said
his government was building a
legal case for a Haitian court to
decide whether Jean-Claude
"Baby Doc" Duvalier must sur-
render millions of dollars frozen
in Swiss bank accounts.
"The trial should be done in
Haiti," Preval told reporters at
Port-au-Prince's airport upon
returning from the UN General
Assembly in New York. "A
problem in all these cases is we
always look outside. These cases
should be treated at home first,"
In speeches last month from
Paris, Duvalier broke a long
silence and apologised to
Haitians for "wrongs" commit-
ted under his 15-year regime.
The address came amid a qui-
et campaign by loyalists to see
Duvalier return from exile in
France and possibly re-enter
politics under the banner of his
small National Unity Party.
Preval, a former anti-Duvalier
activist elected to a second term
in power last year, said the for-
mer dictator owed "reparations"
and vowed the state would
"ensure that justice is done."
Acting on a request from
Preval's government, Swiss
authorities have frozen several
Duvalier-linked bank accounts
containing 7.6 million Swiss
francs (US$6.3 million) money
many Haitians believe was stolen
from public funds. Duvalier has
denied illegally taking money.
Duvalier's representatives in
Haiti have repeatedly declined
to comment.
Duvalier was named presi-
dent for life at 19 following the
1971 death of his father, Fran-
cois "Papa Doc" Duvalier. An
estimated 60,000 people were
killed during the 29-year father-
and-son dictatorship, and many
others were forced into exile.

USA grants
15,000 of
20,000 visa
quota to Cuba
THE United States issued only
about 15,000 of the 20,000 emi-
grant visas it had agreed to issue
to Cubans during the last fiscal
year, American authorities said
Monday, and they blamed
Cuban officials for the shortfall,
according to Associated Press.
Cuban authorities have not
allowed the American mission
to fill 11 job openings, all typi-
cally held by .Cuban citizens, on
the section's 45-member bina-
tional staff, said Sean Murphy,
consul general at the US Inter-
ests Section in Havana.
Havana limits the number of
Americans it allows to work at
the mission, so a majority of jobs
are performed by Cuban citi-
zens who legally must be hired
through a Cuban government
employment agency with the
approval of their government.
"It has been impossible this
year to maintain the rhythm of
work" of past years because of
insufficient personnel, Murphy
said, adding it is the first time
since the two countries signed
migration accords in 1995 that
the United States has failed to
meet the 20,000-visa quota out-
lined in that agreement.
Havana filed a formal protest in
August after the US State Depart-
ment acknowledged it would not
meet the quota. It accused Wash-
ington of violating accords aimed
at ensuring safe and orderly migra-
tion, while US officials blamed
Cuban restrictions.

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Livestock farmers say they are unable to

sell produce because of foreign imports

LOCAL livestock farmers
claim they are unable to get
their produce into local food-
stores while lesser quality
imported meats are being sold
to consumers.
"Major foodstores are just
bringing in fresh ham that is
the shoulder and the leg cut -
which they are able to get in the
United States at 30 to 40 cents
per pound. They are not buy-
ing the local carcasses which is
the whole pig because it would

cut into their profit margin," a
livestock producer told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
He added that the customs
restrictions on the importation
of meat do not protect local
"Mutton is duty free, beef is
duty free pork is duty free. We
don't produce sufficient chicken
in the country to stop the
import but there is a duty on
"We don't produce sufficient

beef to stop the importation and
we don't produce enough pork
but they aren't buying any from
us," the producer told The Tri-
"We are informing the con-
sumers that the pork they are
eating is not locally grown pork.
They don't even have a choice
because they don't know of it.
"Locally produced pork is
better. In the United States
when you buy pork chops in
some food stores it's five dol-

lars a pound. They are giving
away the parts they can't sell,"
the farmer said.
Local producers claim that
they are experiencing a drastic
reduction in their incomes and
are discouraged over the fact
that their produce is being over-
looked for foreign imports.
They called on consumers to
demand that their local super-
market give them the option of
buying Bahamian produce.
Local pork sells for $1.40 per

The livestock farmers said
that they have appealed with
minimal results to the Depart-
ment of Agriculture and the rel-
evant government agencies for
their "consistent help with this
vexing problem".
"Bahamian farmers are
today being punished, severely
punished, for their painstaking
and costly efforts to increase
local food production. The
Bahamian live-stock farmer has

been reduced to the role of
professional mendicant having
to beg government agencies
wholesalers, store keepers, any-
body to purchase their grown
quality product with little
effect," the farmers said in a
They said that this is happen-
ing despite the fact that
Bahamian pork products are on
par or better than foreign pork
products presently being offered
for sale to Bahamian families.

Lyford Cay Foundation sponsors

athletes for Special Olympics

THE Lyford Cay Foundation
is sponsoring young Bahamian
athletes to compete in the 2007
Special Olympics summer
games in China.
The Shirley Oakes Butler
Charitable Trust, which is
administered by the foundation,
is helping make it possible for
three local competitors to join
7,500 athletes and tens of thou-
sands of volunteers and specta-
tors from every continent for
what Special Olympics head-
quarters has described as the
largest sporting event to take
place this year.
Through their donation of
$15,000, the foundation and the
trust are sponsoring all of the
expenses of Tschantre Bain,
Treniece Bell and Deron
Forbes, including airline tick-
ets, accommodations, food, uni-
forms, travel gear, equipment
and training.
The games are being held in
the city of Shanghai, the Peo-
ple's Republic of China from
October 2 to 11.
"We feel very privileged to
be able to assist these extraor-
dinary athletes and to support
them in their efforts to make
their country proud," said Suzy
Robinson, chairperson of the
Lyford Cay Foundation's gifts
and grants committee.
The Summer World Games,
which take place every four'
years, are always a major high-
light in the special athletes' cal-
endar, said Basil Christie,
national chairman of Special
Olympics (SO) Bahamas.
"Participation in these games
is something that all of our ath-
letes get very excited about, and
we're extremely grateful to the
Lyford Cay Foundation for
being a major contributor to our
team," he said.
SO Bahamas is sending a
total of 32 athletes and 10
coaches to China. They will take
part in swimming, track and
field, basketball, bocce and ten-
The three athletes being
sponsored by the foundation
and trust are all current or for-
mer students of the Stapledon
School for the Mentally Chal-
Tschantre, 18, is in the grad-
uating class. He has been a spe-


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cial olympian for six years,
describing the programme as
"his life."
He plays basketball every day
and says he feels like a hero
when he trains and competes
with his friends. He said knows
what Michael Jordan experi-
ences when he makes a perfect
shot: "You feel like you are a
winner in life, like you can do
Tschantre said he is happy to
be part of the team that hopes
to beat Mexico, Jamaica and
China to win the gold medal for
the Bahamas in Shanghai.


He has competed in two oth-
er international tournaments
and hopes to make many new
and lifelong friends in China.
Treniece, 15, is an llth grade
student at Stapledon. The
Shanghai games will be her first
international competition and
she will take part in three track
and field events: the standing
long jump, the 25-metre dash
and the 50-metre dash.
Treniece won gold medals in
these events at the most recent
SO national championships held
in Nassau. She said she expects
to win more gold in Shanghai,
and wants to learn all about
how special athletes from other
countries benefit from the SO

Deron, 19, said he is looking
forward to winning medals in
each of his events at the games:
the 50-mietre freestyle, 25-metre
backstroke and the individual
medley relay.
A longtime member of SO
Bahamas, Deron has partici-
pated in tennis and basketball
competitions. and won medals
in swimming and track and field
at this year's national champi-
This will be his first interna-
tional competition.
The Ly.ford Cay Foundation
is the country s largest private
educational and philanthropic
organisation. To date. it has
awarded around $15 million in
scholarships to thousands of
Bahamians studyingoverseas
and at the College of the
Bahamas, and $9.6 million in
grants to 171 local charities.
The Special Olympics is an
international nonprofit organi-
sation dedicated to empower-
ing children and adults with
intellectual disabilities to
become physically fit, produc-
tive and respected members of
society through year-round
sports training and competition.
It serves around 2.5 million peo-
ple in more than 165 countries.
The Bahamas chapter has
nearly 300 athletes aged eight
to 60 in New Providence, Grand
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YOUTH Minister Carl
Bethel criticised the media for
focusing on the growing vio-
lence and lawlessness among
young Bahamians.
He said that despite the
recent accomplishments of
Bahamian athletes, there con-
tinues. to be far too much
emphasis on the negative activ-
ities of the nation's youth.
"If you were to judge by the
news headlines, it would seem
that all our young people are
doing is stabbing each other,
fighting, or engaging illegal
activities," said Mr Bethel.
"This is a false picture that is
generated and perpetuated by
banner headlines and a failure
by the media and our society,
as a whole, to look to the posi-
tive side and to give praise to
the thousands of young
Bahamians, who. everyday,
study hard, go to church, par-
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To help to change this trend,
Mr Bethel said the communi-
cations department of his min-
istry will work various arms of
the government to produce a
series of positive news items,
dir cted at showing wider

Bahamian society the positive
achievements of Bahamian
youth on a sustained basis.
Mr Bethel was speaking at
National Youth Month's nation-
al ecumenical service, held at
the Kendal G L Isaacs Gymna-
sium, on September 30.

The event was the first official
one for the National Youth
Month activities. Also bringing
remarks was Minister of State
for Youth and Sports Byran
The minister said that the
Bahamas, with the assistance of
his ministry, must do more and
will do more to recognize the
"unsung heroes" and hard-
working students and youth.
"Every month should be
National Youth Month," he
said. "Everyday should be a
day for some positive news sto-
ry about the achievements of
our many young students, our
athletes, our beauty queens, our
community activists."
The minister pointed to the
National Youth Month's theme,
"Celebrating Youth ... Champi-
ons for Change," and encouraged
the young people in attendance to
continue to strive for their goals.
"Yes, you can do it and our
job is to help you to do it," Mr
Bethel said.

Catholic board of education

to teach African Diaspora

THE Catholic Board of
Education has announced that
it will include the African
Diaspora in its social studies
"Because of our commit-
ment to ensuring that our edu-
cational product is relevant in
its alignment with current
world views that empower the
individual and promote
human dignity and because
we are committed to the edu-
cation of the whole child, the
Catholic Board of Education
has decided to include in our
social studies curriculum a
component on African stud-
ies that will expose our stu-
dents to the experience of the
Diaspora and various aspects
of West African culture," a

release from the CBE said.
The development of this
programme is part of the
CBE's commemoration of the
200 year anniversary of the
end of the trans-Atlantic slave
The first step in this initia-
tive was taken during the
2006-2007 school year. It
involved the promotion of an
African Bahamian cultural
experience in the fine arts
The CBE will showcase the
results of this endeavor in a
combined concert under the
theme "Journey to Freedom"
on October 25 at Loyola Hall
beginning at 6pm.
There will also be an art exhi-
bition, food display and tast-
ing, which will begin at 7pm.
The CBE said tickets are
priced at $10 adults and $5
students and will be on sale at
all of the primary schools in
New Providence and Aquinas
The production committee
for "Journey to Freedom" is
made up of the following per-

Andrew Campbell artis-
tic director
Elizabeth Morrison -
assistant artistic director
Chairman Major and
Wanda Farquharson stage
Corlette Jones and
Andrea Johnson rehearsal
Wayne Kellingbeck and
Tamara Lindo backstage
The following schools will
showcase their talents:
St Bede's
St Cecilia's
Our Lady's Sts
St Thomas More
Xavier's Lower School
Aquinas College
The Catholic Board of Edu-
cation Committee on the
Bicentenary of the Abolition
of the Trans-Atlantic Slave
Trade is made up of:
Joan Rolle
Andrew Campbell
Elizabeth Morrison
Katrina Cartwright

Kim Smith
Agnes Adesanya
Jerome Agboyi
John Sosu
They invited the whole
community to come out and
celebrate with them.
This year marks the 200th
anniversary of the abolition
of the trans-Atlantic slave
trade in British territories,
which took place in 1807.
It is now believed that with-
in a 400 year period up to,115
million persons were taken
from Africa as slaves.
In 2001, at the Durban Con-
ference, the African slave
trade was condemned as a
crime against humanity.
The slave trade saw the eco-
nomic expansion and mass
accumulation of the wealth of
the West.
The consequences of slav-
ery are still evident in persons
of African descent even today
and many persons believe that
Western philosophy may
have, unfortunately, bred a
congenital inferiority in per-
sons of the Diaspora.

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students to practise safe sex

MISS UNIVERSE Riyo Mori addresses the youth rally and urges students to practise safe sex as part of the
fight against HIV/AIDS

KERZNER INTERNATIONAL'S communications co-ordinator
Davinia Whitlock-Bullard with Miss Bahamas Universe Trinere Lynes

mothers that are pregnant and
have HIV/AIDS to take the
anti-retroviral drugs and not to
breast feed their baby.
"I like to think of myself as a
Samurai. Some people think
Samurai means warrior yes
that means a warrior, but it
actually means to serve. So as a

female Samurai, I am serving
by teaching and learning about
this disease," she said.
Miss Bahamas urged the stu-
dents, "not to carelessly ignore
one of the biggest problems of
our time."
Camille Barnett, president of
the AIDS Foundation, said: "I

am very pleased to be able to
hold this event which has been
organised by my students at the
College of the Bahamas, and of
course with the assistance of
Kerzner International we are
able to make this happen. And
it is exciting to have Miss Uni-
verse here again."
Mrs Barnett expressed con-
cern that young people often
feel they are immune to
Reva Sharma was among
scores of COB students who
participated in the event. "Any
way that we can get (the mes-
sage) out I think it is good that
we do." Ms Sharma said.
She also expressed great con-
cern about the ongoing dis-
crimination against persons with
HIV/AIDS in the Bahamas.
The students were enter-
tained by the lively performance
of local artist Ken Moss, better
known as 'Heed' who per-
formed the song, 'Raw' which
urges listeners to practice safe
sex and never take a persons
word about their HIV status.
Also performing was the LW
Young Junior High School Band.

ABSTINENCE and safe sex
were the messages heard by hun-
dreds of school students as reign-
ing Miss Universe Riyo Mori
spoke in Nassau during a mas-
sive youth rally on HIV/AIDS.
She was joined by Miss
Bahamas Universe Trinere
Lynds, along with Kerzner
International, the AIDS Foun-
dation of the Bahamas and local
health officials.
The event, held on Septem-
ber 28 and jointly organised by
Kerzner International and the
AIDS Foundation, was designed
to convey hard hitting messages.
These included graphic images
of persons infected with
HIV/AIDS, a question and
answer period and special enter-
tainment which focused on the
dangers of the disease.
The rally was held at the
National Centre for the Per-
forming Arts.
In her address, Miss Universe
informed the students that only
Africa suffers more than the
Caribbean from the scourge of.
She said that AIDS has been
the leading cause of death since
1994. The 20-year-old native of
Japan noted that there are 14
million people living with AIDS
and that about 8,000 people die
"About three million people
died of AIDS in 2006. New
infections are concentrated
among young people ages 15 to
34 years-old."
She added that 330,000 peo-
ple have HIV in the Caribbean

- a significant portion of whom
are children.
Insisting that there is hope,
Miss Universe noted that
between 1994 and 2005 there
was a decrease in the HIV rate.
"With you we can end this

dreaded disease ... Safe sex is a
must, always use condoms, do not
use drugs, do not use needles."
She urged persons who find
themselves exposed to infected
blood to get medical attention
right away. She also urged young


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wish to be registered as Professional Engineers in accordance with the
Professional Engineers AcQ~ 2Ql4..in this.regard Application Forms,
Completion Instructions, and other pertinent registration documents
can be accessed and downloaded as necessary from the Board's website
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FROM page one
Anti-gay initiatives are noth-
ing new in the Bahamas. Gay
cruises have met stout resis-
tance in the past and the movie
Brokeback Mountain, about
two gay cowboys, was banned
from local cinemas.
The Bahamas Anglican dio-
cese has also been in the fore-
front of the drive against gay
Homophobia was reported to

Gay lifestyle
be rife in Nigeria earlier this
year with the promotion of an
anti-gay marriage bill.
Legal restrictions in the bill
were so draconian that activists
warned of a mass gay exodus
from the country.
"The climate is becoming
intolerable," said Davis
Maclyalla, head of Changing
Attitude Nigeria. "Unless the

FROM page one MuPder victim

of Village Road,
Nassau, The
Bahamas and
formerly of Hope
Town, Abaco, The
Bahamas, will be
held at Shirley
Heights Gospel
Chapel, Mount
Royal Avenue,
Nassau, on
Wednesday, 3rd
October, 2007 at 3:00 p.m.

"He had to know these peo-
ple. You don't shoot a person
twice afterwards like that.
"This boy had just left his
aunty's house 'cause his grand-
mother called him to do some-
thing for her.
"He probably had just got off
the bus and these guys shoot
him," he said.
Last nighi police chief super-
intendent Hulan Hanna report-
ed that their investigation is
"going well" into this latest
homicide. He reported that they
are questioning a number of
individuals in connection with
the matter, but at this point, still
have no idea of a possible
At the time of death, George
was wearing a CV Bethel shirt, a
pair of blue trousers, black
socks, and black shoes. He was a
part of a group of three other
"young men" who were seen
walking together when the first
shot was reported to have rang

government tones down its lan-
guage and cancels the bill, we
are going to see a flood of
refugees as people flee for their
He told of increased attacks
on people merely thought to be
gay and of Nigerian homosexu-
als trying to arrange safe pas-
sage to "liberal" countries like
In Singapore, an extensive
revision of penal law this year
did not include elimination of

Victorian anti-gay laws inherit-
ed from British colonial days.
Under those laws, it is an
offence for any male to "com-
mit an act of gross indecency".
Ministry officials said most Sin-
gaporeans wanted to retain anti-
gay legislation.
In Britain itself, ahti-gay laws
were in force until the 1960s
with many prominent homo-
sexual figures having to keep
their lifestyles under wraps for
fear of prosecution.

FROM page one Toothpaste
Gilchrist & Soames decided to
recall the product after independent tests showed some samples of
the toothpaste manufactured in China contained diethylene glycol,
or DEG. DEG is a poisonous chemical that is a solvent and used
in antifreeze.
"Once we learned from the Food and Drug Administration
about the possibility of tainted toothpaste, we stopped shipping
toothpaste to our hotel clients and quarantined all of our "Made in
China" toothpaste," the company said.
After conducting five rounds of independent testing of-the
toothpaste, the company found the presence of DEG in some
samples at levels exceeding FDA guidelines f'om one of the Chi-.
na suppliers.
The FDA is not aware of any reports of poisonings from tooth-
paste containing DEG.
However, the agency is concerned about potential risks from
chronic exposure to DEG and exposure to DEG in certain popu-
lations, such as children and individuals with kidney or liver disease.
DEG in toothpaste has a low but meaningful risk of toxicity and
injury to these populations.
Toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed, but the FDA is con-
cerned about unintentional swallowing or ingestion of toothpaste
containing DEG.
Because of the small size of Gilchrist & Soames toothpaste
tubes the risks may be reduced.
Nevertheless the ministry said yesterday that they strongly
encourage consumers to dispose of this toothpaste.

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MRS DORIS BULLARD, surrounded by family
and many friends, celebrated her ninetieth birth-
day at her East Street south home Sunday after-
noon. Mrs Bullard, who was on the staff of The Tri-
bune for 53 years, joining under the late Sir Eti-
enne Dupuch publisher from 1919 to 1972 -
and continuing under his daughter who succeeded
him, worked in almost every department of the
During those years Mrs Bullard headed many of
The Tribune's departments, retiring in March, 1998
as Chief Librarian.
Here she is shown with Tribune publishers, Roger
and Eileen Carron, and members of her immediate
Mrs Bullard is seated in the centre with two of her
great grand nieces, (1 to r) Brianna Brennen and

or anything like that. This boy
was a good boy," Mr Oliver said.
Reportedly, the shooter, or
shooters involved in the killing,
may have driven up and opened
fire on the 12th grader shortly
after he got off the bus from
visiting his aunt's house in front
of the Town Centre Mall, Mr
Oliver said.

Election court

FROM page one
tion is likely to fail," the FNM
statement said.
However, The Tribune has
learned that the full range of
claims, including that "dead
people, impostors, non-citi-
zens and non-residents", may
still be heard before the court
during the case.
The court is expected to
give its written ruling regard-
ing the amendment to the
petition later this week, with
the official trial set to begin
on October 15th in front of
Senior Justice Anita Allen
and Justice Jon Isaacs.
Byron Woodside defeated
Mrs Maynard-Gibson by
64 votes in the May 2
This trial is the first of three
that will challenge the right of
the Ingraham administration
to govern the country the
others being for the Marco
City and Blue Hills con-
The FNM is represented by
Michael Barnett and Michael
Scott in the case, while the
PLP is said to be represented
by Philip 'Brave' Davis and
Gail Lockhart-Charles.
However, some sources
have indicated that foreign
Queen's Counsel (QCs) have
also been retained by the
Maynard-Gibson camp.

22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas

Miss Daisy Isabell Sands, 84

Brother Mark Lacey and Dr. Sam Mikhael
will officiate and interment will follow in
Ebenezer Methodist.Cemetery, East Shirley
Street, Nassau.

She was pre-deceased by her parents,
William Clarence and Daisy Emmiline
Sands, her sisters, Anniewade, Ruth and
Shelia and her brothers, Kingsley, Bill and

She is survived by her sister, Katherine and
sisters-in-law, Ann and Ellen; nephews,
Donald, Jack and Clarence Jr, nieces, Daisy,
Kim, Rachel, Jennie, Sueleeann and Sophia;
cousin, Lorna Smith and numerous grand
nieces and nephews, relatives and friends.
Special thanks to her caregivers, Shirley,
Netta, Cynthia and Tony. Special thanks to
Dr. Christine Chin for her kindness during
Isabell's stay in hospital.

Arrangements by Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Nassau,
The Bahamas.


Pryia Armbrister. Seated on the floor is her nephew,
Peter Humes, who as a young boy in the fifties had
a Tribune delivery route.
In the second row are Tribune publisher Eileen
Carron, grand nieces, Davinia Thompson and Patria
Thompson, and grand nephew, Robert Coakley.
In the third row are Father Rudi Cleare, a priest
in the Orlando diocese, Mr Roger Carron, nieces
Patricia Coakley and Pamela Thompson, grand
nephew, Andrew Thompson, nephew Earl Thomp-
son, and Msg. Preston Moss, Mrs Bullard's former
parish priest and family friend. As a young school
boy, Monsignor Moss also had a Tribune paper
Mrs Bullard's birthday was also celebrated at
the 10am mass at St Joseph's Church when she was
given a standing ovation by the congregation.

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A U.S. Army pilot briefs Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, front, Charge d' Affaires of the U.S.
Embassy Dr. D. Brent Hardt, back, and Minister of Public Safety and Home Affairs for the Turks & Caicos
Islands Galmo Williams, centre, as they prepare for a ride in one of the D.E.A. 412 Belle helicopters during
the OPBAT (Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos) George Town Change of Command ceremony on Mon-
day, Oct. 1, 2007 at the Police Training College airfield.

MEMBERS OF the U.S. Army say farewell to Bahamian D.E.U. (Drug Enforcement Unit officers as they pre-
pare to leave the Bahamas in Blackhawk helicopters at the close of the OPBAT (Operation Bahamas Turks
and Caicos) George Town Change of Command ceremony between the U.S. Army to the D.E.A. (Drug Enforce-
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recalling Army assets to meet
obligations for the wars both in
Afghanistan and Iraq.
OPBAT began in 1983 bring-
ing together multiple US agen-
cies including the DEA, the
Coast Guard, Customs, the State
Department and the Depart-
ment of Defence in collabora-
tion with law enforcement in the
Bahamas and the Turks and
Caicos, at a time when 70 per
cent of the cocaine entering the
US passed through the
The US Army joined OPBAT
in 1986 to expand the capacity of
the initiative in relation to traf-
ficker activity. In his address at
the ceremony, US Embassy
Charg d',Affaires Brent Hardt
noted that the inclusion of the
Army at the time, was not
intended to be permanent.
"Their assignment, I am told
was to have been temporary. But
their effectiveness in meeting
OPBAT's requirements and the
broader success of OPBAT in
meeting the drug trafficking
challenge, led the months to turn
into years and the years into
decades," he said.
Significant concerns have
emerged in the Bahamas since

former Defence Secretary Don-
ald Rumsfeld announced the
removal of the Blackhawk heli-
copters in 2006, as these
resources were needed in the US
war on terrorism. However,
along with the DEA taking com-
mand of the Hawk's Nest base
from the Army, the US has pro-
videcj new aircraft to compen-
sate for the removal of the
Three new DEA 412 Bell
Helicopters and a RU-38 fixed
wing plane will join the OPBAT
mission, with US officials debut-
ing two of these helicopters at
yesterday's ceremony.
Speaking of the success of
OPBAT, Dr Hardt said:
"In fact OPBAT has proven
to be one of the most successful
and longest operations of drug
law enforcement anywhere in
the world. As a result of the
efforts of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force, the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force, the
DEA, the Army, the US Coast
Guard and US Customs and
Border Protection, we have
turned the tide by reducing the
cocaine flow from 70 per cent in
the early 1980's to 10 per cent
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest thanked the
US Army for its more than 20

years of support for OPBAT
and expressed confidence in the
,continued success of the pro-
gramme, despite the changes.
Mr Turnquest warned, howev-
er, against complacency in the
fight against drug trafficking as a
result of the success of OPBAT
thus far.
"Drug abuse and illicit traf-
ficking has left in its wake chron-
ic abusers. It threatens to over-
whelm our judicial system, has
contributed to the crowding of
our prisons and has challenged
the value system that has under
girded Bahamian society
through the centuries," he said.
"The trafficking route through
the Bahamas may be unattrac-
tive now, but we cannot allow
ourselves to be lured into a sense
of false security. Nor can we con-
sider the significant accomplish-
ments of OPBAT in the war
against drugs as a victory."
Senior officials from the US
government and the Turks and
Caicos at the ceremony included,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secre-
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harm environment'

SBy NEIL HARTNELLSalvador reassures over
Tribune Business Editor Potential San Salvador investor reassures over

SAN Salvador residents yes-
terday expressed concerns
about the impact a potential
resort development may have
on the island's eco-sensitive
Pigeon Creek area, saying
efforts to obtain information on
the proposed project have met
with a wall of silence from var-
ious government agencies.
Jermaine Johnson, proprietor
of Lagoon Tours (Bahamas),
which takes tourists on eco-
tours and diving trips in the
Pigeon Creek area, said "85 per
cent of our ecosystem depends"
on it, being an important area
for bird nesting and fish breed-
Mr Johnson, who is vice-pres-
ident of the San Salvador Living
Jewels Foundation, a group
dedicated to preserving the
island's culture and heritage,
said islanders had resubmitted
to'the new FNM government a
proposal to turn the Pigeon
Creek area into a National Park
administered by the National
Trust, having not received any
reply to a similar proposal sent
to the previous Christie admin-

plans for resort development at Pigeon Creek,

regarded as island's 'most ecologically

sensitive area' responsible for 85% of ecosystem

"Our greatest fear is that
these developers will come in
here and start tearing down, and
even if they stop we've still
lost," Mr Johnson said.
"Nothing is being said. There
have been no Town Meetings.
Nothing has been submitted to
the Local Government. I'm call-
ing the government agencies in
Nassau and they're not telling
me anything."
However, an investor in the
company that has acquired 550
acres at Pigeon Creek and is
planning the resort develop-
ment, yesterday told The Tri-
bune that the developers were
especially sensitive to the envi-
ronmental aspects of any devel-
John Mittens said the devel-

opers had not applied for any
government permits or
approvals, as they were still
planning the layout of their pro-
ject, which will include a small,
boutique hotel, spa, low-density
residential component, and
small, non-commercial marina
that would be for resort clients
The project would target
high-end, upscale clients, and
not include "hundreds and hun-
dreds of homes" as that would
be "totally inappropriate".
"We're looking at land plan-
ning at the moment, and when
we think there is something that
looks good and is sensitive to
the cn ironnli nt we will go to
the Government and ask them
for their views," Mr Mittens

said, "then start the long jour-
ney that includes all the
approvals and the BEST Com-
Mr Mittens is the main
shareholder behind Montana
Holdings, the company behind
the $700 million Rum Cay
Resort Marina project on Rum
Cay. Yet he said yesterday that
Montana Holdings and Rum
Cay was a totally separate ven-
ture from the Rum Cay pro-
"What development does go
forward at Pigeon Creek will
be hugely sensitive to the envi-
ronment," Mr Mittens added.
"You'd have to be crackers to
smash the environment.
SEE page 3B

50% Port owner

pledgeS 'no sale'

Admits talks could result

in share sale to Fleming, as

first revealed by Tribune

Tribune Business Editor
THE trustee for the compa-
ny that owns 50 per cent of the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty (GBPA) and its Port Group
Ltd affiliate has given an
undertaking that "it will not
sell, encumber or in any other
way dispose" of that stake.:
pending the outcome of the
ownership dispute between the
late Edward St George's estate
and Sir Jack Hayward.
Robert Lotmore. Butter-
field Bank (Bahamas) man-
aging director, said the bank
provided the corporate direc-
tors, entities called Montague
East and Sterling East, for
Seashells Investments, a
British Virgin Islands-domi-
ciled company that holds a 50
per cent stake in Cayman-
based Intercontinental Diver-
sified Corporation (IDC).
This, in turn, owns the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd,
Mr Lotmore acknowledges
in his affidavit that Fleming
Family & Partners, the asset
management and private invest-

ment house, "has expressed an
interest in purchasing the shares
of Seashell, and it is possible
that the ultimate arrangement
with Flemings will be for the
sale of the shares in Seashells.
"Fleming is aware of the lit-
igation in the Bahamas and
this acuon, and if they did pur-
chase the shares Seashell
would have to comply with
an. order made by the court."
The Ha)wards and St
George estate are due back
be fore Supreme Court Justice
Anita Allen on October 23,
S2007, for a hearing on the for-
mer's application to set aside
the injunction preventing any
sale of shares in the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd.
Meanwhile, IDC has filed
an application attempting to
overturn Justice Allen's order
that the GBPA and Port
Group Ltd pay a dividend to
the two feuding owners, on the
grounds that any dividend
should be paid by it not by
Port Group Ltd direct to the St
George estate and Seashells.
SEE page 8B

Title issues thwart

investment plans

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Bar Associa-
tion's president yesterday
backed plans to end the practice
of unregistered land, adding
that problems with the deeds
recording system and an inabil-
ity to obtain evidence of clear
title to property had thwarted
investment plans by several of
his clients.
Wayne Munroe,:a partner in
Lockhart & Munroe, told The
Tribune that he would welcome
an end to the practice of unreg-
istered land, where land trans-
action documents were kept by
private individuals and never
lodged with the Registry's deeds
recording system.
Doing away with this would
leave Registry records as the
sole documents to be relied.
upon by title searchers and
attorneys when constructing
chains of title, and remove
potential breaks in such chains
caused by individuals who kept
private conveyancings and nev-
er lodged them with the Reg-
"There are persons who have
been advocating for a system of

Bar chief backs plans to end

unregistered land and create

'more certainty on title'

registered land for quite some
time now," Mr Munroe said. "It
simply makes title a lot more
The Bar president added that
he wanted to "see more details"
on the options proposed for
reforming the land recording
system by consultants on the
Inter-American Development
Bank (IDB) funded project,
such as switching from a name
indexing system to a Parcel-
based index or Title Registra-
tion system.
Mr Munroe said reform of
the land deeds recording sys-
tem had been a "priority" for
the Government and the
Bahamas for 17-18 years now,
straddling different administra-
tions and making it a non-polit-
ical issue.
He said: "When I was called
to the Bar in 1990, it was said to
be a matter under urgent

review, and now we're in 2007,
going on 2008."
SEE page 8B

Chamber chief calls for end

to 40-year Haitian embargo

Says costs of Haitian fruit and
vegetables 'much greater' because
produce has to go to Miami first,
rather than shipped direct here

Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president yester-
day urged the Government to
scrap a more than 40-year-old
embargo that prevents the

.direct importation of Haitian
fruits, vegetables and plants
into this nation, charging that
this adds "'significant costs" to
the final price paid by Bahami-
an consumers for such projects.
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LAST week, I had the
opportunity to attend
the third and presumably final
Town Meeting on the Albany
and South Ocean development
projects. I had previously heard
lots of comments about the var-
ious Town Meetings from
attendees, plus read the press
reports about these develop-
ments and their potential
impact on the Bahamian econ-
omy. At the end of it all, three
issues from the programme
stood out for me which, for the
record, provided some new
information, some clarification,
and a high degree of entertain-
I. Have the Projects been

Very early on in the
telecast, Earl
Deveaux, minister of public
works and apparent moderator
of the meeting, indicated that
the previous government had
signed a Heads of Agreement
with Albany (and, it appears,
South Ocean as well) and that
the current government appar-
ently will honour those agree-
ments. With that said, I asked

myself: "What is all the fuss
about? This is a done deal."
It is very rare indeed that a
new government would renege
on an agreement of this nature
executed by it predecessors
unless there were very egre-
gious provisions that are not.in
the best interest of tlhe nation.

It is very rare indeed
that a new government
would renege on an
agreement of this
nature executed by it
predecessors unless
there were very
egregious provisions
that are not in the best
interest of the nation.

The minister went on to say that
the Government wanted input
from stakeholders in the pro-
posed development. At the end
of the day, public opinion ema-
nating from the 'town meetings'
will only affect peripheral issues
at best.

One such issue seems to be
whether the developers will
spend $2.5 million on develop-
ing a public beach at Caves
Point, or whether those monies
will now be spread among a
series of community projects.
By all accounts it appears as
though both projects, if suc-
cessfully completed, will revi-
talise the entire southwestern
corridor of New Providence
and have a meaningful impact
on the entire Bahamian econ-
omy. Notwithstanding, the
positive economic impact,
though, my concerns on issues
such as beach access and
potential environmental dam-
age remain.
Among the feedback I
received was that some of the
presentations by the develop-
ers bordered on being conde-
scending at times. Such attitudes
do not readily endear foreign
developers to the Bahamian
people, nor do they assist in gal-
vanising support for one's pro-
I. Hedge Fund financing

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The last owner of South
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a traditional hedge fund may
be an appropriate funding vehi-
cle for a long-term investment
such as a major destination
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frame. Without getting too
technical, suffice it to say that
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m. Availability of the Heads
of Agreement

Iwas extremely pleased to
hear the Minister say that
the Heads of Agreement for
these projects were available
for viewing at the Ministry of
Public Works. He further indi-
cated that when the House of
Assembly reconvenes, these
Heads of Agreement will be
tabled, thus making them public
In an. article published in
October 2004, I wrote: "At the
end of the day, the public has a
right to know what is being pro-
posed and what is being
approved. I would like to sug-
gest that all Heads of Agree-
ment, which are approved by
Parliament, be posted on a
SHouse of Assembly website.
Once documents are tabled in
the House they should be post-
ed within 24 hours.
"Indeed, citizens are entitled
to have their views factored into
mega projects that include
Crown Land grants, re-routing
'of major roads, national eco-
nomic development policy and
environmental concerns." Even
though it is some three years lat-
er, it is gratifying to see that we
are moving in the right direction.
A final question is whether
there will be 'permanent iesi-
dency' or other rights attadced
to the purchase of these very
'high end' homes and resi-
dences, as has been done in the
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'Caution' urged on Haiti investments

Tribune Business Editor
JOINT ventures with Haitian
businesses are the best route for
Bahamian entrepreneurs and
companies to access that com-
pany's emerging market, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's president yesterday urg-
ing caution when it came to
investing in the Bahamas'
southern neighbour.
With the political environ-
ment starting to stabilise, Dion-
isio D'Aguilar said Haiti with
its 8.5 million population, and
three million expatriates in the
US, Dominican Republic and
the Bahamas was an emerg-
ing market that merited serious
consideration by Bahamian.
companies, especially given the
strong links between the two
nations resulting from the
Bahamas' 50,000 strong illegal
and legal Haitian community.
Acknowledging that Haiti still
had a long way to go, especially
on infrastructure, with the coun-
try's national electricity
provider only able to provide
electricity for about five hours

Joint ventures, franchises seen as best

access route into southern neighbour

per day, Mr D'Aguilar said: "If
you can figure out how to tap
into 8.5 million people, like Dig-
icel has done, you can make a
lot of money.
"It's time for us to take
advantage of the opportunities
out there. Haiti's got major
infrastructural problems. It's not
an easy place to do business in
now. But it's an emerging mar-
Some $200 million was due
to be spent on infrastructure
improvements in Haiti over the
next five years, Mr D'Aguilar
added, while the maintenance
of law and order had.improved.
He said he did not feel afraid
moving around Haiti, and for-
eigners were observed walking
the streets at night.
The Chamber president

pointed out that concrete blocks
were made in Haiti at a price
of $0.25 per block, while a box
of 12 mangos was sold at $4.50,
attractive price points for
Bahamians seeking to establish
wholesale import operations
bringing Haitian goods into the
Aside from this, joint ven-
tures and investment by
Bahamian firms in Haiti pro-
vided other avenues to access
that market, but Mr D'Aguilar
urged: "I would go in cautious-
ly at first. 1 would personally
see if I could do it in conjunc-
tion witrh someone who knows
the lay of the land, knows how
business is conducted in that
Bahamian companies were
unlikely to place huge amounts

of capital investment into Haiti
upfront, and were likely to be
cautious, establishing contacts
on the ground in the country
and getting to know how busi-
ness was done there.
Franchising was another area
of opportunity for Bahamians
when it came to trade and
investment with Haiti, Mr
D'Aguilar saying that "we have
a little bit of expertise" in the
fast food industry.
He added that while in Haiti
on the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's trade mission last
week, he was approached by a
Bahamian living there in his
capacity as president of Super-
wash, the laundromat chain,
who inquired about whether he
could establish a Superwash
franchise in Haiti.

Contractors are urged to

exploit Haiti possibilities

Tribune Business Editor
Bahamian contractors "could
really take advantage of con-
struction opportunities in
Haiti", the principal of
Bahamas-based construction
firm who went on Chamber of
Commerce trade mission to that
nation, said yesterday.
Odley Aritis, of Top Builders
International, said Bahamian
contractors could exploit their
expertise in constructing homes

and commercial buildings to the
standards demanded by this
nation's stringent building codes
to win business in Haiti.
Mr Aritis said: "I say to my
fellow contractors that we could
really take advantage of con-
struction opportunities in Haiti.
"There are three million peo-
ple in Port-au-Prince. There is a
building code in force which is
never used. People do what
they want to do, because there
is no building inspections.
"Our building regulations are

'We'd be crackers

to harm the


FROM page one
"The fact is that Pigeon
Creek is a very sensitive area,
and quite possibly will be made
into a National Trust area.
That's the beauty of the place,
and we would be moronic to
damage in any way that beauti-
ful area.
"You can reassure people on
San Salvador through my com-
ments that we will be as sensi-
tive as possible. The creek is an
absolute joy. It is full of'marine
life. We'd be crackers to destroy
it or harm it in any way."
Mr Johnson said persons
associated with the project had
been regularly visiting San Sal-
vador over the past three weeks,
and on one occasion had sought
to hire one of his boats and
some of his guides to show them
around Pigeon Creek.
'He added that some four
miles of mangroves in Pigeon
Creek had been bulldozed, an
allegation emphatically rejected
by Mr Mittens as "absolutely
not true".
He added that anyone claim-
ing to have seen mangroves cut
down must have seen "a
mirage", although the develop-
ers had cut some pathways and
taken cars to the site to provide
surveyors with access.
Mr Johnson questioned
whether there was a need for
another major resort develop-
ment on San Salvador, which
already has Club Med, with
most of the 1200-strong island's
working population already
gainfully employed.
Yet Mr Mittens told The Tri-

bune yesterday: "Whenever I
go over there, I meet people
saying: 'Please start, please
start'. If you fly to San Salvador
and ask people whether they're
happy with Club Med, every
time people ask us when we're
going to start."
Mr Johnson said he was not
against further investment in
San Salvador, but said the island
needed niche, boutique resorts
that matched the island's infra-
structure and population size.
He pointed out that San Sal-
vador had already carved out
its market niche through Club
Med and its history, being the
first place Christopher Colum-
bus had landed at in his epic
voyage across the Atlantic.
"Eighty-give per cent of our
ecosystem, birds and fish,
depend on this area," Mr John-
son said of Pigeon Creek. "It's
the only tidal body of water on
the island. It provides all our
fisheries, all our conchs.
"Our ecosystem is self-sus-
taining. It's not like Andros or
Exuma which get replenished
by the Tongue of the Ocean
currents. If our groupers go,
there's no more groupers. It's
the most ecologically sensitive
area in San Salvador."

tougher than Florida. We could
take advantage, go down there,
show them how to build and
make lots of money."
Bahamian contractors had
easy access to potential inter-
preters, Mr Aritis said, given
the Haitian population in this
He added that the developer
of a gated community in Haiti
had asked him to go back to
build 10 homes, and said: "For
all the contractors out there
Haiti is the place to go. The

Government is prepared to give
out property to stimulate devel-
Dionisio D'Aguilar, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce president, pointed out,
that the cost of building a 2,000
square foot middle class home
in Haiti was $60-$70,000, includ-
ing the cost of land purchases.
The Haitian middle class, he
added, was 500,000 strong, mak-
ing it larger than the entire pop-
ulation of the Bahamas.

Crime now a fact of life

in the Bahamas, says

Chamber president

Tribune Business Editor
Crime has "become a fact
of life" when doing business
in the Bahamas, the Chamber
of Commerce's president said
yesterday, his business having
been robbed four times in 13
days in September 2007.
Dionisio D'Aguilar, presi-
dent of Superwash, the laun-
dromat chain, said: "It's kind

of become the way business is
done here. I guess it's become
a fact of life."
He added that 10 years ago,
if called by the police to inform
him his business had been
robbed, his first reaction was
"Oh, my God." Now, while
still concerned, with first
thoughts being to check no
staff member was hurt, Mr
D'Aguilar said his reaction
was slightly less dramatic.

To encourage investment in
Haiti, Mr D'Aguilar said the
authorities had developed a
Code of Investment, featuring

incentives for foreign compa-
nies and developers that includ-
ed a 15-year exemption from all
taxes, including income tax,
automatic work permits and no
exchange controls.
All investment applications
submitted would receive a
response within 30 days of their
submission, and once approved,
all foreign businesses would be
treated as equally as Haitian



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the owner in fee simple in possession of the said piece
parcel or lot of land and had made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act,1959, to
have the said piece parcel of lot of land investigated
and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the
Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.
Copies of a diagram or plan showing the position
boundaries shape marks and dimensions of the said piece
parcel or lot of land filed in this matter may be inspected
during normal working office hours at the following places:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
House, East Street, Nassau, The Bahamas; and
2. The office of Arthur D. Hanna & Co., 10
Deveaux Street, Nassau, The Bahamas, attorneys for
the Petitioner;
NOTICE is hereby given that any such person
having drawn a right of dower or an adverse claim or a
claim ribt recognized in the petition shall within Thirty
(30) days after the appearance of Notice herein filed in
the Registry of the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau
aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned
a statement of his, her or its claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement
of his, her or its claim on or before the said Thirty (30)
days herein will operate as.a bar to such claim.

Attorneys for the Petitioner
10 Deveaux Street
Nassau, Bahamas

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Blake Road
Ph#:525-7857, 327-1660
Starting Saturday, 13 October
Wednesday, 17 October

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BFSB unveils Student

of the Year finalists

Doctors Hospital Health System



Whereas there are sufficient funds to provide a cash dividend
to the shareholders of Doctors Hospital Health System, and

Whereas the Directors have determined that after the
payment of such dividends the Company will be able to meet

all of its continuing obligations and provide adequate funds
for reinvestment in the business,

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors "has
declared a dividend of $0.02 per share to be paid to
shareholders of record on October 8, 2007.-The payment

date shall be October 15, 2007.

Health For Lif


THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) has
announced the names of the
five finalists for the annual
Financial Services Student of
the Year award.
They are:
La'Nelle Anita Deleveaux:
BBA Accounting
Shanika L. Meronard: BBA
Rowena Moncur: BBA -
Banking and Finance (Option
II Private Banking/Trust
Nadine R. Taylor: BBA -
Gabrielle Wright-McKenzie:
BBA Economics & Finance
The student award is spon-
sored jointly with the College
of the Bahamas (COB), the
Professional Industry Asso-
ciation Working Group and
the Central Bank of the
The focus is on disciplines
such as economics, banking and

finance, law, accountancy, and
computer information systems.
BFSB's ongoing Financial

Centre Focus (FCF) pro-
gramme seeks to integrate
the industry with the wider
community, and its various
initiatives address issues
such as the challenges
impacting the sustained
growth and development of
the industry. -
The 2007 FSI Student of the
Year will be announced at
BFSB's Awards Banquet on
October 27, when the BFSB
will also announce the Execu-
tive of the Year, Professional
of the Year, Achiever of the
Year, and the Financial Ser-
vices Development and Pro-
motion Award.

NOTICE is hereby given that OWEN HENRY of MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 2ND day of OCTOBER
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.






The Ministry of Works & Transport and Knowles Construction &
Development Company Ltd. wish to inform the public that the road
improvement works on Milo Butler Highway from Tonique Williams -
Darling Highway to Carmichael Road will commence on 1st October, 2007.

The Public is advised to observe the construction signs pointing out the
temporary traffic management.
Please drive with care and caution in the construction zones.

We apologise for any inconvenience whilst we endeavor to improve the
road network in New Providence.



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STEP address sets 'Precedent'

Thompson, attorney and
partner in Higgs &
Johnson's private client
group, last week
addressed Society of
Trust and Estate
Practitioners (STEP)
Bahamas members and
others on The Use and
Abuse of Trust
Trust precedents are a
feature of today's trust
industry, but they can
create traps for the
MsThompson looked
at how precedents
should be used, how
they should be properly
adapted and when legal
advice should be taken
before making
amendments to 'boiler
plate' documents.




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The developer of a prestigious oceanfront residential development on
Grand Bahama is seeking persons with the following
experience, qualifications and expertise:

" Must have a minimum of five years sales experience-but willing to learn from an
industry leader
* Must have two years experience selling high-end homes
* Knowledge of the Caribbean, United Kingdom and United States markets very
* Computer skills necessary to operate a customer relation management system
* Needs to possess excellent verbal and written skills and professional appearance
* Individual must be a team player and able to work with all levels of management
* Two years of successful post secondary courses required

Interested persons should submit their resume to:

The Office Administrator

Email: eknowles@hll-bs.com



NOTICE is hereby given that JULIEN SAINTILUS OF
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of
September, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act

2000, the dissolution of KANAB GINGER CORP. has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolition has been

issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the



Legal Notice



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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act

2000, the dissolution of GRAND MILLENNIUM LTD.

has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the



Pricing Information As Of:
Friday. 28 Seotember 2007

1.78 0.54
11.74 11.00
9.55 7.51
0.85 0.70
3.74 1.52
2.14 1.20
11.00 955
3.15 1.80
16.20 11 60
17.22 4 70
2.76 2.20
6.40 5.54
12.80 11.51
14.75 13.82
6.10 5.18
1.00 0.54
8.49 7.10
10.05 852
10.00 10.00
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. Johnsoit
Premier Real Estate

14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings
41.00 41 00 ABDAB
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
055 0 40 RID H0,ldlr...
5.2Ah.Hi 52wk LG fj n. Narre

S 6 1 3 581-l4 C...n, .3 .r .3 aeirh,.l F Ih,..
3.3402 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund
2.8869 2.4606 Colina MSI Preferred Fund
1.2698 1.1923 Colina Bond -uno
11.6581 11.1622 Fidelity Prinic Incume Fund
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 DUo 02 1,000 00
52wk-HI Higholt closing prico In loat 52 wookn
62wk-Low Lowest closing price In Iast i52 wooksa
Previous Close Previous day's wuighted pricu for dally volulno
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume
Change Change in closlng price from day to day
Dally Vol. Number of total sharou traded todny
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effectlvo Date 818/2007


C F A L"

0.000 17.0 0.00%
0.400 7.6 3.45%
0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.020 17.7 2.35%
0.060 13.6 1.61%
0.040 42.0 1.87%
0.240 11.0 2.18%
0.080 15.1 2.54%
0.680 13.6 4.20%
0.050' 54.6 0.82%
0.000 8.3 0.00%
0.240 7.8 3.81%
0.570 16.7 4.45%
0.470 15.8 3.19%
0.133 16.7 2.17%
0.000 N/M 0.00%
0.200 17.6 2.76%
0.580 10.1 5.77%
0.600 8.6 6.00%
DIv $ P/E Yield

1.125 1.485 13.9 10.17%
0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
-0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
1.125 1.485 12.6 10.17%
-0.030 0 000 N'M 0 00'


S- 21 September 2007
" 30 June 2007
"* 31 August 2007
"" 31 July 2007

1.60 1.60 0.00 0.094
11.60 11.60 0.00 1.527
9.55 9.55 0.00 0.733
0.85 0.85 0.00 0.048
3.73 3.73 0.00 0.275
2.14 2.14 0.00 0.051
11.00 11.00 0.00 2,000 0.996
3.15 3.15 0.00 8,362 0.208
16.20 16.20 0.00 1.190
6.11 6.00 -0.11 0.112
2.35 2.35 0.00 0.284
6.30 6.30 0.00 0.804
12.80 12.80 0.00 0.768
14.75 14.75 0.00 0.934
6.10 6.10 0.00 2.000 0.364
0.70 0.70 0.00 -0.415
7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411
10.05 10.05 0.00 0.991
10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167

Bid S


I 60

NA ~.,
I ~t'.

1.26980 t
I 1.6581

15.60 16.00
6.25 6.00
0.40 0.20

43.00 41.00
15.50 14.00
0 55 0.45

YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidelity
Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity
Last Price Last traded ovethe-counter price
Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV Not Auaet Value
NIM Not Meanlngful
FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamns Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100

TO TRADE CALL" COLINA 242-S02-7010 / FIDELITY 242-3"8-74PFi4q / p RMOREirT',WFMI't'. ATO~ N ':;

Legal Notice




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the'International Business Companies Act

2000, the.dissolution of TIMELESS CORPORATION

has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been





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LEFT TO right, Mark Richford (STEP director), Christina Beneby (STEP
director), Tanya Hanna (STEP deputy chairperson), Heather Thompson
(partner, Higgs & Johnson), C. Dianne Bingham (STEP chairperson),
Karen Haven (STEP director)

Commodities, Futures and

Foreign Exchange Broker

Minimum of 3 years experience within a regulated
financial institution

Good working knowledge of PATS trading systems.

Must hold recognized industry qualifications

University graduate preferred

Qualified applicants are invited to
forward their resume to:

trader @bahamas.net.bs
or P 0 Box N-3927



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, commencing the 6th day of November,
2006 and Craig A. (Tony) Gomez, of Baker Tilly
Gomez, The Deanery, No. 28 Cumberland Street, P.O.
Box N-1991, Nassau, Bahamas is appointed the
Liquidator of the said Company.

Dated this 1st day October, 2007

S.:'L ,v iquidator

Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act

2000, the dissolution of APOLDA POLA LTD. has been

completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued

and the Company has therefore been struck off the



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East dealer.
Neither side vulnerable.
S 10973'
+KJ2 4-
V984 VKQ5
*963 *K108752
+9742 +A1085
The bidding:
East South West North
1 1 + Pass 24
Dble 4
Opening lead three of diamonds.
This deal from the 1996 Reisinger
Teams final in New York City fea-
tures a brilliant play by Mike Kamil
of the winning squad.
Kamil reached four spades after
East opened one diamond and then
doubled two spades, implying length
in the unbid suits. This double, which
wasn't made at the other table,
played a key role in the outcome.
West led a diamond, and Kamil
assessed his prospects. If the spades
were divided 2-1, he could not be
defeated, as he would lose at most
one spade, one heart and one club.
But if West had the K-J-2 of spades,
the contract appeared doomed. How-
ever, Kamil spotted a subtle psycho-

logical ploy that might lure West into
a mistake if he held all three trumps.
Accordingly, Kamil took East's
king of diamonds with the ace and
immediately led a low spade toward
dummy! This unusual play gave
West food for thought.
As Kamil hoped, West had to con-
sider the possibility that East held the
singleton ace of spades. This would
be consistent with South's spade
play, as well as the bidding.
West then tried to visualize how
his side might score four tricks. It
seemed likely from East's double,
which implied length in hearts, that
South had only one heart. Declarer
was already known, from the play at
trick one, to hold the A-Q of dia-
monds, and he surely had either the
ace or king of clubs. If all this were
true, the defenders' only hope was to
score a club trick and three spade
tricks. That was exactly what Kamil
hoped West would think.
After agonizing for several min-
utes, West decided to play Kamil for
a hand such as 4 Q8654 V 3 AQ5
4 KJ108, so he played the deuce on
the first spade. One can only imagine
West's chagrin when dummy's nine
won the trick as.East showed out
Kamil then lost a spade, a heart and a
club to make his contract. Four
spades was defeated at the other
Alan Truscott, reporting the deal
in The New York Times, labeled
Kamil's play a "safety trap." His
teammates remember it fondly as the
"Kamil Coup."

HOW many words of four letters or more can you
make from the letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used once only. Each must
/ S leA-ritiE Abir. contain the centre letter and there must be at least
S rr \ =-== SAMM AM417 one nine-letter word. No plurals or verb forms
S ~ ~ 4AWH A I C ^9 PIJ ~ 9 4P ending in "s", no words with initial capitals and no
B .L7ES SA-AT 1 4 HI I A qT words with a hyphen or apostrophe permitted. The
first word of a phrase is permitted (e.g. inlket in
c* AN6 f % l6Yinlket printer).
Good,19; very good 26; excellent 37 (or more).
acid acne acted actinide antic cadet cadi candle
Scane caned cant canted cent ciliate citadel cite
cited clad clan clean cleat client dace dance
decal decant dialect dice eclat edict elicit enact
_ ___a____ _.. iced IDENTICAL incite incited indicate indict
Sitalic lace laced lance lanced licit nice talc

.CRYPTIC PUZZLE 1 2 3 4 15 1

4 Had a fling with a hotheaded Romeo
in town (6)
7 Trouble from the boiler? (3,5)
8 Is prosecuted forhaving published
10 Social gatherings in the woods,
perhaps (5)
13 Continued exercising a pet at the
weekend (4)
14 Equipment, note, for flying (4)
15 General helperwith the wrong
idea (4)
16, You may be invited to take one
sitting down (3)
17 A deposit put down, naturally (4)
19 Fat lad going round the end of the
pier (4)
21 Funnily enough, a farcical friend (9)
23 Piece of sugar in one's throat? (4)
24 Listen to this, maybe (4)
26 itmaybewildinYucatan (3)
27 Much Impressed when we appeared
in an advert (4)
29 Not much of a name (4)
32 Starting school, already have the
ability to read (4)
33 Lions getting free on the quiet, with
a bit of help (5)
34 Photographs the new growth (6)
35 Slow mover able to take a trol by
the river (8)
36 .Violin part for four players (6)

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 1, Pa-tch-y 7, Afforded 8, Sea-n 10, At-tack 11,
S-ample 14, Ate 16, Cater 17, Elbe 19, T-ill-y 21, Ros-l-e
22, Fence 23, Beeb26, Sells 28, Bar 29, Play up 30,.
D-anger 31, Otto 32, Creation 33, Ermine
DOWN: 1, Parade 2, Crea-te 3, Yank 4, Cora-ce 5, Ado-PT
6, Adde-R 8, Stab 9, Ace 12, May 13, L-edge 15, Disco
(very) 18, L-Eve-L 19, Ton 20, Le 21, Results 22, Fly 23,
Bantam 24, Er-go 25, Burgle 26, Spice 27, Lakes 28, Bat
JO. D-0-ne

1 Dense, tow-headed rustic (5)
2 Supporter with a proud walk (5)
3 Ruins something heavenly (4)
4 Bound to include the ringleader, as
In court (5)
5 A day off from the fire station? (4)
6 We overcame a wicked deed and
removed the unwanted (6)
9 Charms, but only for periods (6)
11 Like the service of a mouthpiece?'
12 Might it be less than some use In
your garden? (5)
13 Little fellow hiding the desire for
room (7)
15 A well-known name in hospitality (3)
16 Look into how someone might apply
leverage? (3)
18 How one MP takes parliamentary
business can be stunnngl (6)
20 Aland Jack may besuch boys,
being religious (5)
21 Reduce one's share (3)
22 Helpful backing In the media (3)
23 Form of halter you may see on
a horse (6)
25 Show willing (3)
28 Is sweatsuch a product? (5)
30 Bashful boyone has to finish
a crossword or (5)
31 A measure of mere chaos around
the vegetable centre (5)
32 Nolonger onthe market,
perhaps (4)
33 Hardly a long shot (4)

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Bluffs 7, Prevails 8, Solo 10, Amulet 11, Arcade
14, Met 16, Donor 17, Hood 19, Solid 21, Loved 22, Fated
23, Past 26, Debit 28, Bar 29, Edited 30, Merino 31, Aged
32, Two-faced 33, Entail
DOWN: 1, Breath 2, Fooled 3, Spot 4, Overdid 5, Divan 6,
Usher 8, Sumo 9, Let 12, Cod 13, Doves 15, Cover 18,
Owned 19, Sot 20, Led 21, Lateral 22, Fit 23, Parent 24,
Arid 25, Trowel 26, Delta 27, Bison 28, Beg
30, Made

4 Insect (6)
7 Type of coffee (8)
8 Seldom seen(6)
10 Eabt(5)
13 amse(4)
14 Coal rdge(4)
15 rded (4)
16 Sphere(3)
17 Uni of length(4)
19 Remedy (4)
21 Contestant (9)
23 Friends (4)
24 Hypocrisy (4)
26 Barrel (3)
27 Frozen (4)
29 paradise (4)
32 Old (4)
33 Coarse (5)
34 Yacht mooring (6)
35 Quieted (8)
36 Calm (6)

1 Drain (5)
2 Extra(S)
3 Sense (4)
4 Defeated
contestant (5)
5 um (4)
6 Safe (6)
9 Dance (6)
11 Novel(3)
12 Edible innards (5)
13 Spotted(7)
15 Marry(3)
16 Mineral (3)
18 Flag (6)
20 State (5)
21 Feline (3)
22 Father, informally (3)
23 Taste (6)
25 Cot (3)
28 Stop (5)
30 Fool (5)
31 Poor(5)
32 Assistant (4)
33 Ship's company (41








ARIES March 21/April 20
The past few weeks may have been
difficult, but by Wednesday, things
will start looking up. Now's the time1
to start making plans for the future.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
No matter how enterprising and
energetic you may be, Taurus, it's
about time you realize that you can't
do everything alqne. Friends will be
happy to help you this week.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
You've been working really hard
lately, Gemini. You've only to hang
in there a little while longer by
Friday, you'll be able to kick back
and relax with friends. In the mean-
time. try to get some rest.
CANCER June 22/July 22
You're going to feel pulled in two dif-I
ferent directions this week, Cancer,
and you'll have to'find a way to sat-I
isfy both sides. Choosing only onel
side will lead to all sorts of confusion.
LEO July 23/August 23 I
This week, you'll be able to see:
through the irrelevant nonsense and'
glimpse what's truly important. Al
former flame stops by to say hello!
later in the week.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
This week; avoid the negative emo-
tion of regret. Everything in life is a
learning experience. Realizing this
will make it easier to forgive yourself.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
This week, spend some time think-
ing about the direction your life
appears to be taking. Make time
for a family friend who needs your
advice. It will be appreciated.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Your desire to get ahead in the
world will be ignited this week,
but if you are sensible, you won't
rush into anything new. Think
ahead, but don't do anything yet.
Timing is everything.
You are coming to the end of a brief
but worrying period when your confi-
dence took a bit of a dive. However,
it returns this week and just in
time to tackle challenges at work.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
If you need help this week, let others
know. Don't expect others to guess
that .you are in trouble because even
though the signs may be obvious,:
there is no guarantee they will notice.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Your powers of persuasion will come,
in handy this week. Your mastery of
facts, along with your convincing way
with words, can win anyone over.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
It is time you started thinking less
about the good things in life and
more about your health. You've
been taking your physical well-
being for granted.

I~~~~- CHS.b 0oad-ade

From a game on
instantchess.com, 2007. Most
web chess is played at very fast
time rates. Five minutes for each
side to make all the moves is
quite normal, while bullet chess,
one minute each for the entire
game, is increasingly popular
and highly addictive. However,
bullet depends primarily on a
speedy internet connection plus
fast hand and eye reactions For
real success at bullet, you need
to be able to average around
one move per second. Well, I
can't do it, my best speed is
around 25 moves a minute. Five-
minute and three-minute games
are more like normal chess, and
as today's position shows the
test is for your instinct to spot
tactical opportunities. White (to
move) is a pawn up, but has to
contend with Black's double

threat of Qxd3 plus, less obviously
Bb4 + and if axb4 Re8 winning the
queen. At three minutes each for
the entire game, White couldn't
hang about Luddly for him, he
spotted a hidden and plausible
trap into which Black fell
headlong. Can you set the snare?

Chess solution 8426:10-0! Qxd3 2 Qxe7+ Rf77 3
Oxf7+1 Kxf7 4 Ne5+ and 5 Nxd3 wins a rook.

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Wall Street surges as credit worries

subside, hopes for interest cut grow

AP Business Writer

NEW YORK Wall Street
began the fourth quarter with
a huge rally Monday, sending
the Dow Jones industrial aver-
age to a record close. Stocks
were buoyed by a growing
belief that the worst of the cred-
it crisis has passed.
The Dow rose 191.92, or 1.38
percent, to 14,087.55, surpass-
ing its closing record of
14,000.41 set in mid-July. The
blue chi index rose as high as
14,115.1 to eclipse its previous
intraday high of 14,021.95 set
July 17.
While the beginning of the
new quarter was an incentive
for institutional investors to buy,
they also seemed to be moti-
vated by a sense that banks and
other financial companies gen-
erally weathered the recent
credit market upheaval. Both
Citigroup and Switzerland's
UBS AG issued third-quarter
profit warnings, but indicated
the current period might see a
return to normal earnings levels.
Meanwhile, the market was
optimistic that new economic
data might nudge the Federal
Reserve toward another interest

rate cut at its Oct. 30-31 meet-
ing. The Institute for Supply
Management said the manufac-
turing sector grew in Septem-
ber at the slowest pace in six
months; the trade group said its
index of manufacturing activity
registered at 52.0 in September,
below forecasts for a reading of
at least 52.5.
"People are getting more
confident' there is going to be
an October rate cut," said John
C. Forelli, portfolio manager
for Independence Investment.
"To some degree, it looks like
Citi kitchen-sinked the quarter,
and that from here going for-
ward will be calmer. That's
underpinning the financials"
Enthusiasm about acquisition
activity picked up after Nokia
unveiled an $8.1 billion offer to
buy navigation-software maker
Navteq Corp. The deal was seen
as a signal that corporations are
feeling comfortable in making
big moves despite recent mar-
ket turbulence.
Broader market indexes also
rose sharply. The Standard &
Poor's 500 index rose 20.29, or
1.33 percent, to 1,547.04, near-
ing its all-time trading high of
1,555.90, also reached in mid-
July. The Nasdaq composite

index rose 39.49, or 1.46 per-
cent, to 2,740.99; the tech-laden
index remains well below its
high of 5,048.62, reached in 2000
when it was bloated by the dot-
com boom.
The Dow finished a turbulent
third quarter with a 3.6 percent
gain, after the Fed eased
investor concerns over the cred-
it and housing markets by low-
ering key interest rates half a
percentage point.
Bonds moved higher Mon-
day, with the yield on the
benchmark 10-year Treasury
note falling to 4.55 percent from
4.59 percent late Friday. Fixed-
income investors, currently con-
cerned about the dollar's recent
weakness, interpreted the ISM
report as not necessarily por-
tending an interest rate cut,
which would further erode the
U.S. currency.
The dollar was mixed Mon-
day against other major curren-
cies, while gold prices rose.
A barrel of light, sweet crude
fell $1.42 to $80.24 on the New
York Mercantile Exchange.
This extended last week's
decline amid concerns that oil
market fundamentals do not
support recent high prices.
Arthur Hogan, chief market

analyst at Jefferies & Co., said
the biggest tipping point of the
day was financial stocks. For
the first time, Citi.- considered
a barometer for the banking
industry is gi\ ing some real
numbers about the errent of its
damage, he said.
"It tihe) are giving us worst-
case scenario, then market par-
ticipants are feeling that most
of the stuff \\e'e worred about
since July will remain con-
tainedi" he said. "Thas:tshe cel-
ebration the market is putting
on right now. and the take away
is thatithe black hole of not
knowing finally has some num-
bers around it."
Financial stocks from bro-
kerages to retail banks -
slumped during the third quar-
ter as uncertainty grew about
the extent of losses from the
credit and subprime mortgage
turmoil. Comments from Citi
Chief Execuutve Charles Prince
that he expects to "return to a.
more normally earnings environ-
ment" during the fourth quarter
put investors more at ease.
And, since analysts believe
financial must lead. aa broader
Wall Street advance, a rally in
bank and brokerage stocks was
greeted with enthusiasm Citi-

group shares rose $1.05, or 2.3
percent, to $47.72. Countrywide
Financial Corp., the nation's
largest home loan provider, rose
95 cents, or 5 percent, to $19.96
on the potential of an easing in
subprime loan jitters.
UBS, the largest Swiss bank,
rose $1.69, or 3.2 percent, to
$54.94 after warning it would
take a pretax loss of up to $690
million in the quarter and cut
1,500 jobs. Rival Credit Suisse
Group rose $1.66, or 2.5 per-
cent, to $67.99 after it said third-
quarter profit will .remain
healthy despite stormy .condi-
Homebuilding stocks -
another group that has been
hard hit in recent weeks -
spiked after several big players
in the sector were upgraded by
Citigroup. The.report said large-
cap builders with stronger bal-
ance sheets should benefit in
the coming quarters.
Lennar Corp. rose 62 cents,
or 2.7 percent, to $23.27; D.R.
Horton Inc. added 65 cents, or
5.1 percent, to $13.46; and Pulte
Homes Inc. was up $1.18, or 8.7
percent, at $14.79.
Hope that acquisition activity
would rebound from a sluggish
third quarter got a boost when

Nokia said it would buy Navteq.
The deal is the first announced
during the fourth quarter. Dur-
ing the third quarter, there was
$992.1 billion worth of deals
during the third quarter -
down 43 percent from the sec-
ond quarter, according to data
tracker Dealogic. -
Nokia rose 8 cents to $37.96,
while Navteq fell$1.52, or 2
percent, to $76.45. The stocks
.of acquiring companies tend to
fall after takeover announce-
ments amid concerns that a deal
might burden the purchaser
with debt.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies was up 19.31,
or 2.39 percent, at 824.76.
Advancing issues led declin-
ers by a 3 to 1 basis on the New
York Stock Exchange, where
consolidated volume rose to
3.26 billion shares from 2.92 bil-
lion shares on Friday.
Overseas, Britain's FTSE 100
rose 0.61 percent, Germany's
DAX index rose 0.77 percent,
and France's CAC-40 added
1.01 percent. In Asia, Japan's
Nikkei stock average closed up
0.36 percent, while the market
was closed in Hong Kong for a

Wheat futures extend rally while energy futures

slump and gold moves modestly higher

AP Business Writer

prices rose sharply Monday as
investors anticipated another
week of brisk U.S. export sales,
which have been running well
ahead of the average pace
despite record-high prices.
Other commodities fluctuated
amid the competing signals of
weaker-than-expected manu-
facturing data and the resultant
optimism for lower interest
rates, which could add pressure
to the slumping U.S. dollar. Oil
prices dropped more than $1 a
barrel but held above the $80
mark, while gold prices
advanced modestly. Industrial

metals largely finished higher.
The agriculture market,
meanwhile, kept its focus on ris-
ing wheat prices, which have
trekked relentlessly higher as
global supplies have shrunk.
Smaller-than-expected harvests
around the world this year have
left stockpiles depleted, even as
demand continues unabated.
That's brought an increasing
number of foreign buyers to the
U.S. market.
December wheat gained 13.5
cents to settle at $9.525 a bushel on
the Chicago Board of Trade, as
prices traded just shy of the record
$9.6175 a bushel seen Friday.
"There is a fair amount of
business in the pipeline," said
Richard Feltes, director of MF

Global Research in Chicago,
pointing to demand for wheat
from Morocco, Pakistan, Jordan
and South Korea. "These high
prices have not had a noticeable
impact on reducing demand."
Wheat sales are fast outpac-
ing the historic average just four
months into the marketing sear.
as buyers scramble to lock down
supplies. World wheat invento-
ries are headed for the lowest
level in nearly three decades.
"If we continue to sell at the
pace that we've sold over the
last three weeks, we would basi-
cally sell all the wheat the
USDA thinks we're going to
sell all year," Feltes said.
Wheat's run higher initially
lifted other agriculture product

prices, as well. Soybeans held:
onto a small gain at the close;
but with a healtlly harvest under
way, corn prices slipped' back.
December corn tell 4.5 cents&to
close at $3.6875 a: Bushlel.
November soybeans- fell 0;25
cent to $9.915ia bushel..
Meanwhile, economic news,
Monday bolstered the case for
lowerinterest rates, which in.rum
can underinine theU.S. dollar and
boost the allure of commodities-
to foreign buyers, who get more
for their money) in the U.S. market.
The Institute tor Supply Man-
agement said U.S. manufactur-
ing activity slowed in September
from the prior month, logging a-
weaker pace than economists
had expected. The trade group

reported its manufacturing
index registered 52 last month
compared with 52.9 in August.
The more sluggish growth.lift-
ed investor hopes for another
reduction in interest rates, fol-
lowing the Federal Reserve's
decision to slash key rates on
Sept. 18. The central bank
meets again Oct. 30 to evaluate
the economy, inflation and the
direction of interest rates.
The U.S. dollar recovered
slightly after tumbling.to a new
low against the euro. The 1.3-
nation currency bought a record
$1.4283 in early Asia trading.
Oil prices slumped for a sec-
ond session on Monday as
investors further reined in the
market's recent rally. Energy

futures typically peak in Octo-
ber, as demand for gasoline
wanes from summer levels.
Light. sweef crude for Novemr
ber delivery fell $1.42 a barrel to
settle at $80.24 on the New YNork
.Mercantile Exchange. No\ em-
ber gasoline fell 5.98 cents to
settle at $1.9813 a gallon.
Metals, bbth industrial and
.precious, finished mixed. Gold
for December rose $4.10 to .
close at $754.10 an ounce, while
silver slipped 6.5 cents to $13.855
an ounce. December copper
rose 5.15 cents to close at
$3.6915 a pound on the Nymex.
Nickel and aluminum prices
declined on the London Metal
Exchange, while copper, zinc,
lead and tin settled higher.

Chamber chief calls for end to 40-year Haitian embargo

FROM page one
'Dionisio D'Aguilar said the
embargo, which had been in
effect since 1965, forced Haitian
agricultural and plant products
to be shipped to Miami, rather
than directly to the Bahamas,
and then shipped to this nation
an unwieldy supply chain that
adds thousands of dollars to
freight costs and, in turn, con-
sumer retail prices.
Mr D'Aguilar said: "Unfor-
tunately, there is an embargo
imposed by the Bahamian gov-
ernment on the importation of
Haitian fruits, plants and veg-
"Yet the ridiculousness of
that regulation allows for them
to be shipped to Miami and
then imported to the Bahamas
at a much greater cost."
Mr D'Aguilar pledged that
the Chamber of Commerce
would investigate why the

embaro existed with the rele-
vant Bahamian government
He added: "I can't see the
sense in it. The goods are get-
ting hered anyhow. Why are we
making the goods go so cir-
cuitously to the Bahamas. Why
not bring them in right here?
"Why can't we remove this
regulation that has been in
effect since 1965? It's probably
just sitting there. No one's ask-
ing them to get rid of it because
the goods are getting here any-
Mr D'Aguilar said the embar-
go was probably enforced ini-
tially for health and safety con-
cerns, as Bahamians generally
regarded produce shipped from
the US as being safe.
"If the goods are generally
acceptable when shipped from
the US, why do they have to go
to Miami rather than come
here?" the Chamber president

The embargo, coupled with
the longer shipping route and
increased freight costs, added
"significantly" to the cost of
Haitianh-produced fruits and
vegetables for Bahamian con-
sumers, at a time when the
Bahamas wa seeking to lower
food prices.
Mr D'Aguilar added that sig-
nificant supply chain costs were
added just by having to offload
produce in Miami, unpack it,
repackage it, refrigerate it and
put it on a different vessel for
shipping to the Bahamas.
Direct shipping from Miami,
he added, "would significantly
reduce the costs of the items in
the Bahamas that could be pur-
chased in Haiti".
With Haiti's political and
security climate stabilising some
16 months after Rene Preval's
election as president, and the
United Nations (UN) present

on the ground in Haiti. MB
D'Aguilar said the trade. busi-
ness ands investment opportu-
nities for Bahamian businesses
there were "boundless for those
with the means and imagination=
to make them happen".
Apart from agriculture, an;
obvious investment opportuni-
ty in Haiti because of its fertile
land and abundant and! inex-
pensive labour supply,. Mr
D'Aguilar said there were great
opportunities for the Bahamas
to capitalise on its expertise in
tourism and financial services.
Pointing out tftat the com-
bined assets of Haitis four or
five existing commercial banks
totalled just $1.5 billion, about
the size of the Bank of the
Bahamas International; and:
Commonwealth' Bank. com-
bined, Mr D'Aguilar said' tihe
areas of remittances, lile and!
general insurance, commercial!
and residential mortgages, cred-

it cards and micro loans all pro-
vided possibilities for Bahamian
On the tourism front, Haiti
was targeting small, boutique
hotels as a way to grow and
exploit its tourism product, with
its rich history and culture.
Again, thjs was an area that
Bahamians had established
expertise in, Mr D'Aguilar said:
"The hotels in Haiti are run-
ning at very high occupancy lev-
els..... It is important to note
that there are no hotel chains
presently in Haiti, no Marriotts,
no' Hiltons, no.Westins, no
More importantly, for
Bahamian investors, there were
no Comfort Inns, Fairfield Inns,
Red Roof Inns and Budget Inns
at the lower end of the hotel
market in Haiti.
Mr D'Aguilar said the fibre
optic telecommunications cable
connecting the Bahamas and .

Haiti, which had been laid by
the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC) in col-
laboration with Haiti's national
carrier, had opened up further
As a way to tap into Haiti's
emerging market and its 8.5 mil-
lion-strong consumer popula-
tion, the Chamber president
said Irish-owned phone compa-
ny Digicel, which is based in
multiple Caribbean; countries,
hadset "a wonderful example".
Prior to its,arrival in Iaiti
one year ago. that nation had
two cell phqne proi ders, one
with 500.000 customers, the oth-
er with 300,1300 customers. Dig-
icel then eritered the market
and made phones accessible to
Haitians by selling them at low
prices, making money instead
on selling the phone cards. it
now has 1.8 million Haitian sub-

Title issues thwart investment plans

FROM page one you don't have any central the Registry, the Supreme ments, and one major invest-
index linking the land you're Court registry and the Regis- ment in Eleuthera is stuck years
Mr Munroe added of the researching tq land-that is the trar General's Department to later because of title issues.
problems with the current sys- subject of Quieting Titles do your research. "A lot of them lave moved.
tem: "It varies from the very action, to the sublime, where "I have had clients who had on to other land where they can
serious and systematic, where you just can't find the book in been pressing to do develop- get set up, or have left."

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pledges 'no sale'

FROM page one hear an application to
strike out the St George
And October 19 has estate's action for alleged
been set as the date at "oppression".
which Justice Allen will

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