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Title: The Tribune.
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Language: English
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Publication Date: 10/8/2007
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Body found in

Eleuthera home

Tribune Staff Reporters
POLICE are investigating a bru-
tal murder on the island of
Eleuthera where a 65-year-old res-
ident was discovered in her home
with cuts about her body suggest-
ing a knife attack and bruises on
her face indicating an attack with a
blunt instrument.
Rock Sound resident Sylvia
Cates' lifeless body was discovered
at 8.23 Saturday morning, wrapped
in a quilt in the bedroom of her
home, where she lived alone, Chief
Supt Glenn Miller confirmed. Her
two brothers-in-law made the grue-
some discovery.
Concern for her safety arose
when persons discovered an aban-
doned car in the Green Castle set-

According to Billy Cates, the
brother of Mrs.Cates' deceased
husband, the vehicle appeared to
have overturned several times in
the bushes.
When another relative, who
checked to see if Sylvia's vehicle
was outside her house, found it
missing, the alarm was raised.
Billy Cates and his brother, Ker-
mit, then decided to enter her
home to check on her.
Once inside her bedroom they
found her in the blood-stained
"It looked like she gave them
quite a struggle," he said.
Mrs Cates was described by her
brother-in-law as being a "good
person, a charity person," to the
extent that she had recently been
presented an award by the police.
SEE page 14

Christie speaks out on

Albany develop ment
Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER prime minister Per-
ry Christie yesterday spoke out
on the Albany development,
responding to claims that his gov-
ernment gave the developers con-,
cessions to which they were -not
entitled under the law.
In an exclusive interview with
The Tribune, Mr Christie also
revealed that the controversial
clause in the agreement with the
developers that states that south-
west Bay Street will be diverted
SEE page 14

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Young man

dies in traffic

its fifth traffic fatality for the year
with a young man dying following
a car-motorcycle collision in Eight
Mile Rock Saturday evening.
At about 9.30pm, Raymond
Timothee, 27, of Jones Town was
driving his white 1992 Toyota
Corolla west on Queen's Highway
in Jones Town. He was on his way
On reaching a junction, he
began making a right turn towards
the comer, when suddenly a red
and white Honda XR 650L trail
motorcycle driven by 29-year-old
Kamis Dames of No. 72 Maliboo
Reef, darted out in front of him.
Mr Dames was travelling east
on Queen's Highway at a very fast
rate of speed and without any
lights on, according to police, when
he hit the front left side of the Toy-
SEE page 14

Former minister defends the
decision to negotiate contracts

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Works Minister
Bradley Roberts yesterday, said
that demand from the general
public and a shortage of avail-
able contractors played a signifi-
cant role in the former govern-
ment's decision to negotiate,
rather than put out to bid, many
contracts awarded.
Mr Roberts stated that while
he "wouldn't deny" that "under
normal run of the mill circum-
stances" putting contracts out to
bid would be "the most desir-
able" method of awarding con-
tracts, a high demand from the
public for projects to be com-
pleted and a shortfall of contrac-
tors led to the decision to not put
all jobs out to bid but to negotiate
"We're not dealing with a nor-
mal situation here: when you
have so many areas of the public
demanding this, demanding that

(it needs) immediate attention,"
said Mr Roberts.
He was speaking at a press
conference held yesterday at
Gambier House, where he was
accompanied by opposition
leader Perry Christie, Dr Bernard
SEE page 14

Police 'raid'
party attended
by gay and
lesbian tourists
gay and lesbian tourists.left
the Hard Rock Cafe Satur-
day night feeling "unneces-
sarily harassed" after 30
police officers "raided" the
establishment and pho-
tographed patrons.
The event was sponsored
by Ebony Pyramid Enter-
tainment a Bisexual, Gay,
Lesbian and Transsexual
African American group that
organises an annual cruise to
the Bahamas.
The organization threw a
party at the Hard Rock Cafe
Saturday night, a patron told
The Tribune, which featured
exotic dancers. Shortly after 1
am six officers, wearing bullet
proof vests, some armed with
guns and one with a camera,
entered the establishment.
The woman on stage at the
time was wearing a skin
coloured bikini.
The officers took the
dancer off the stage and inter-
SEE page 14

2006 Audit: anecdotal
evidence of alleged
corruption in ministry
Tribune Staff Reporter
Audit into the Ministry of Pub-
lic Works in October 2006
reported that there is anecdotal
evidence of alleged corruption
among building control tech-
nical officers, some of whom
may be "seeking payment" for
the issuing of licences.
The explosive audit was per-
formed by the British Crown
Agents of behalf of the Audi-
tor General's Office. Excerpts
from the executive summary
of this document were tabled in
the House of Assembly last
Wednesday by Public Works
Minister Earl Deveaux, con-
demning among other things,
the contracting process of the
ministry. The report reveals
many other serious inadequa-
cies within this institution.
"The department has
received its share of com-
plaints, particularly from exter-
nal professionals that have
some interface with the depart-
ment's function," the reports
states. "Importantly, there is
SEE page 10

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Housing teams to establish cost

of fixing homes built under PLP

THE Ministry of Housing
has employed two teams in
Grand Bahama and a number
of teams in New Providence to
calculate and budget the exor-
bitant costs of rectifying elec-
trical and structural problems
in homes built under the pre-
vious administration, said
Housing and National Insur-
ance Minister Kenneth Russell.
Mr Russell revealed that
thus far, the teams are working
diligently toward solutions for
32 houses in Grand Bahama
and 60 houses in one subdivi-
sion in New Providence.

In its Manifesto 2007, the
government pledged to under-
take a programme to correct
deficiencies in construction and
access to utilities in low and
medium income government
subdivisions developed by the
former administration.
Mr Russell said reports to
the Ministry of Housing by
home owners indicate that
most of the 843 government
homes built under the'previ-
ous government are in dire
need of critical repairs, adding
that in some cases, roads still
needed to be paved and street

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The Housing Minister also

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revealed that impending legal
cases between the government
and Bahamians who purchased
'homes through the Ministry are
being resolved out of court in
the offices of the Ministry of
Pointing out that conflict res-
olution in this area is far from
being completely rectified,
Minister Russell said the teams
appointedfor this task will
make every effort to tackle as
many of the problems the Min-
istry of Housing encounters by
the end of next year.
To guard against future

problems of shoddy workman-
ship in government subdivi-
sions, Minister Russell said
Government will award con-
tracts only to those contractors
with companies that have
reserve funds to complete con-
struction projects from begin-
ning to end, without depend-
ing on stage payments from the
Housing Ministry to buy their
construction materials and pay
their staff.
"I want to avoid leaving a
legacy of inferior workmanship
and unsatisfied home owners,"
he said.

o In brief

Story about
woman is
THE Ministry of National
Security clarified and correct-
ed an article yesterday that
appeared in the Friday, October
5 edition of The Tribune, under
,the heading, "Anger at release ,
of 'illegal' worker."
The article reported that a
Guyanese national, who had
been working in the country
illegally, was picked up by the
Immigration authorities and
detained at the Detention Cen-
tre. The article further stated
that a "senior government offi-
cial" interceded and caused her
to be released, in spite of her :
owing the Department $6,000.
The article claimed that
Immigration officials were furi-
ous over what they said was the
summary release of a Guyanese I'
woman who has allegedly been
working illegally in Nassau for
up to six years., .
The woman was picked up on
Tuesday. along with a Haitian '
man, and sent to the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre. How-
ever, intervention bya senior civ-
il servant secured her immediate
release, causing extreme anger
in the Immigration Department,
sources told The Tribune.
The Ministry confirmed that
last Tuesday at about 3.25pm, a
Guyanese national was picked
up by a team of immigration
officers on routine inquiries and ;
following initial questioning was
taken to the Detention Centre.
Subsequently, it was deter-
mined that the person in ques- !q
tion had an expired work permit jd
and an application pending with 3
the Immigration Department. ?
The person was released from the
Detention Centre, aroundl0pm.
"The Ministry wishes to state
that the person in question has 1
not been in The Bahamas for
six years, as stated in the article.
She arrived in The Bahamas in ;
2005, and held a valid work per-
mit which expired in February 0
of 2007. Her subsequent appli-
cation for employment was
made to the Department of
Immigration in a timely man-
ner. She has no outstanding fees
with the Department.

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0 In brief

Carpenter dies
after falling
from scaffold,
to the shore
A 20-YEAR-OLD carpenter,
who lost his footing on a scaf-
fold in Freeport Saturday, fell
into the ocean, and swam to
shore, dropped dead as he was
telling his colleagues of his
Edwin Green, of Lawrence
Close Apartments, a carpenter
employed by B & L Construc-
tion Company, was working at
Lucayan Harbour when the
accident occurred at about
11.20am Saturday.
Green was on the job with
fellow workers at the new Pier
One Restaurant now under con-
struction at the harbour. While
standing on a scaffold working
on the suffix at the roof of the
two-storey structure, he sud-
denly lost his footing, accord-
ing to eyewitnesses, and fell, hit-
ting the balcony floor at the sec-
ond and first storeys, before
plunging into the sea below.
Green then swam to-the
wharf side, climbed up out of
the water and, walked towards
his colleagues who had run to
help him. As he began speaking
to them about his ordeal, he
suddenly collapsed.
Police and EMS personnel
were summoned to the scene as
fellow workers attempted to
unsuccessfully revive him. He
was taken to Rand Memorial
Hospital's Trauma Section,
where he was pronounced dead
on arrival.
The supervisor at the jobsite
is a relative of Green.
Police do not suspect foul
play,, however, an autopsy will
be performed to determine the
cause of death,,Chief Supt. Basil
Rahming reported.

raise umbrellas
in Hong Kong
at rally to
demand full


THOUSANDS of people
marched through Hong
Kong's-streets Sunday to
demand theiight to pick
their city's leader and legis-
lature and hoisted ellow
umbrellas to form the year
2012- their target year for
full democracy, according to
Associated Press.
The demonstrators chant-
ed "One person one vote,
the only way to go" and
"Universal suffrage in 2012"
as they marched to govern-
ment headquarters.
"We need t have a good
political envirppment in
order to sustain our eco-
nomic development," said
one of the participants, 51-
year-old businessman
Michael Hui.
The former British colony
returned to Chinese rule in
1997 but Was promised a
wide degree of autonomy
under a,".ne country, two
systems"oformula. Beijing
has ruled out full democracy
for the territory before 2008.
As it stands now, Hong
Kong residents don't have
the right to vote for the ter-
ritory's leader, known as the
chief executive. An 800-
member election committee,
considered partial to the
Chinese government, makes
the selection.
Only half of the local leg-
islative assembly's 60 law-
makers are also directly
The rest are picked by
special interest groups, such
as businesses and labor


The ',une wants to hear
from ~ple who are
m news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps

you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

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Former Kerzner employee claims he was dismissed

after filing an internal copnplaint against owner

Chief Reporter
A FORMER employee of
Kerzner International plans to
take the resort before the Indus-
trial Tribunal claiming he was dis-
missed by the company after fil-
ing an internal complaint against
owner Sol Kerzner for verbally
abusing him.
Dwite Williams, a former
employee of the One and Only
Ocean Club, claimed that after
filing the complaint against Mr
Kerzner, managers at the com-
pany intentionally placed several
hurdles in his way to frustrate his
employment there.
However, both hotel union and
Kerzner International officials
said that Mr Williams was
relieved of his position for rea-
sons totally unrelated to the
interaction he had with Mr
"I spoke to Mr Williams but at
this point it must be said that he
was fired for something relating
to his attitude, but I cannot
answer something that is his opin-
ion. What Mr Williams has to
understand is that his conduct has
to be suitable whether he is in a
situation (that he feels is unfair)
or not. We have an industrial
agreement that speaks about
behaviour patterns and if you fail
to do those things, it will result
in these types of situations," Roy
Colebrooke president of the
Hotel Catering and Allied Work-
ers Union said.
A release from Kerzner Inter-
national to The Tribune said that
while it does not, in general, dis-
cuss issues involving labour dis-
putes, Mr William's dismissal
and the altercation with the
resort's owner were totally unre-
"The individual in question was
terminated as a result of actions
completely unrelated to any inter-
action he may have had with Mr
Kerzner," the statement said.
According to Mr Williams'
complaint on September 7 his
supervisor placed one of the land-
scaping golf carts in the pathway
by the landscaping shed that leads
to the tennis courts when Mr
Kerzner pulled up in another golf

cart that was being driven by a
"My supervisors told me to
move the golf cart to the side so
that Mr Kerzner could pass. As I
approached the golf cart Mr
Kerzner started to use obscene
language towards me while I just
"At this time the butler started
to proceed and Mr Kerzner told
him to stop and Mr Kerzner told
me that my attitude does noth-
ing for the property or the guest.
I did not say anything to Mr
Kerzner because I was too
shocked," Mr Williams said in his
According to the former
Kerzner employee, the owner had
asked him "What is your f_ prob-

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Straw vendors making demands

BAY STREET is in urgent need of an
imaginative designer who can raise it from its
crumbling pavements, and turn it into a cen-
tre that will attract crowds of enthusiastic
At the moment it is so depressing that
even Bahamians avoid contact if they can
find the items they are shopping for in the
various malls. Bay Street's once eye-catching
tourist attraction the Straw Market has
become the greatest blight on the scene. It is
no longer the straw market that poets once
wrote about, and visitors enjoyed strolling
Tourists were always tempted by the local
souvenirs on the shelves to stop, browse and
Many visitors were fascinated just to stand
and watch vendors, plaiting their own prod-
ucts at their stalls, happy to pause in their
work for an exchange of pleasantries.
The government now wants to reinvigorate
Bay Street, not only for the good of all
Bahamians, but to lure visitors who are now
being tempted away by more attractive and
less expensive Caribbean resorts. To do this
it wants to temporarily remove the straw
market to a new site, preferably in the cheap-
est possible way so that it can use all funds
allocated for a new market for that purpose,
rather than spending too much of it on refur-
bishing a temporary site. But the straw ven-
dors say no. Apparently, they have squatters
rights. It seems that the Bay Street project is
to be held to ransom by 605 vendors.
"We have every right ... every right by
law to remain where we are until the other
market is built," declared Straw Vendors'
Coalition president Telator Strachan.
This is certainly news to us as it will be
to most Bahamians. When did straw vendors
purchase and pay taxes for a piece of Bay
Street property? As far as we understand
they have always been subsidized by the
Bahamian public. No other Bahamian busi-
ness person has such favourable treatment.
These vendors have always been wooed
and pampered by politicians, especially.PLP
politicians who courted them for their votes,
and loud vocal support. In return the ven-
dors strutted their stuff as though they owned
the government, and when they whistled for
help, they expected the politicians to come
running from the Cabinet office to the market
place. And, the sorry fact is that many of
them did. So don't blame the vendors. They

were encouraged in their highfalutin' notions
that not only did they own a Bay Street plot,
but that their MPs would dance and prance
and cater to their needs.
This is not to say that the vendors are to be
written off. They are born of a breed of hard
working women, who in their day played an
important role in contributing to the tourist
Over the years they carved out a good in
many cases a lucrative living for them-
selves and their families. Many of today's
leaders were educated from the proceeds of
products created by the busy, deft fingers of
mothers twisting plait.
Some of these women the "old school"
still exist in the market, but they are so few
that they are overshadowed by the crude
roughness of the new breed. These are the
ones who have lost public sympathy for their
plight. And what makes their case even
worse, they no longer make or sell Bahamian
- A recent study by the Nassau Institute
concluded: "The entrepreneurial skills of the
vendors are unquestionable, and many of
them are successful in their own right. How-
ever, one has to consider that their opera-
tions are subsidized by the government and
these benefits are not provided to all retailers
serving the tourist market.
"Selling 'knock-off' products and copies of
videos is illegal in most countries. We should
ask ourselves if tax dollars should be used
to support this activity."
It has been suggested that government
locate a downtown site and sign over its own-
ership in fee simple to the vendors for $1.
The vendors would then raise the funds to
construct their own building. They would
quickly realise $23 million for a straw market
is out of the question. It would then be their
responsibility to pay their business taxes, pro-
vide their own utilities, provide their own
janitorial service and take on all the respon-
sibilities including keeping the rats at bay
that every Bahamian has to shoulder when
he goes into business.
These vendors, who are now making so
much noise, and holding up progress, would
then realise how much they have been pam-
pered. They would quickly yearn for the
"good old days."
But if they say they own their spot on Bay
Street, give them their deeds and make them
responsible for all that that ownership entails.

Police should

not be stationed

in our schools

EDITOR, The Tribune.
AGAIN thank you for allow-
ing me space in your invaluable
column. There are many com-
mentators asserting the position
that the government should
post police officers in our
schools. This is a topic which
unfortunately has the potential
to foster political sophistry.
However it is asserted here that
this move, putting police offi-
cers in schoolyards, should not
be taken lightly or politically.
Even with the current spate of
violent incidences, one cannot
find any justification for such a
Police officers should not be
stationed in schools or school
yards. In fact they should not
even be specifically assigned to
a school. It should be made
specifically clear that police offi-
cers may increase their patrols
or presence in certain areas or
at certain times, if need be; but
no government should allow'
itself to be placed in a position
whereby the police are assigned
to a specific classification of per-
sons. This is grossly contrary to
public policy.
We suggest that for the police
to be placed in this position
exposes the police force to a
responsibility that is primarily
parental and to a lesser extent
educational. There are just too
many negatives that flow from
decisions such as these. Even
the present excuse that this
would only be a short term
exercise fails to lessen the seri-
ousness of what is being sug-
gested by proponents.
Firstly decisions like this reek
of authoritarianism, there is no
need to usurp the powers of
school administrators and place
them into the hands of the
police department. Some
boundary lines should not be
crossed; I fear that this one is
about to be.
The question begs: Where'
does the police authority start
and end, where does the school
authority start and end? Where
does the police statutory duty
begin and end? Should the
police be responsible for all chil-
dren generally or will they be
responsible for each individual
child? Meaning, what recourse
would a parent have against the
police for falling to protect a
specific child, at a specific time
during a specific altercation? To
this writer it appears that this
can turn into a floodgate issue.
The second tier of this prob-
lem is finding out if the police
force owe a duty of care to
school teachers, administrations

and/or students? As it stands it
is difficult to ascertain what clas-
sification of persons the police
will be mandated to protect.
Will it be the 'good people'
against the 'bad people'? Fur-
ther it is difficult to assess what
remedy the 'good' class of per-
sons have against the police for
failing to protect them? There-
fore, it is not just and reason-
able to impose this onerous bur-
den on the police.
Our society knows most of
the answers to our problems
concerning trouble making
school children but we lack the
will to solve these problems for
fear that our laws will condemn
those close to us. It is the same

reason why to this present day
writing bounce cheques is not
considered a crime. ,
In short we must enact laws
that punish parents of delin-
quent minor children. See
Parental Liability, California
Civil Code 1714.1 (2003) Civ-
il liability of parents for minor's
acts of wilful misconduct result-
ing in death, personal injury or
property damage.
Agreeably there may be
some constitutional issues
regarding this form of Act but
at least the greater good will be
achieved when parents finally
realise that their neglect, negli-
gence, silence oracquiescence
towards their delinquent under
aged child will not go unpun-
September. 2007.

A response to call

for gay lifestyle ban

EDITOR, The Tribune.
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and every-
one who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not
love does not know God, for God is love." I John 4:7 S (New King
James Version).
TO OUR fellow citizens of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas:
This is an open letter of love in response to the recent headlines
calling for an anti-gay lifestyle ban.
It is disappointing and hurtful that far too great a percentage of
our society continues to expend its collective energy on institu-
tionalising the marginalisation, dehumanisation, and criminalisation
of some of our fellow human beings. The result offihisirijithjtion-
alised negativism is causing the foundation of our socJitvy.tocLum-
The Christian Council has proposed to form a committee to
advocate for anti-gay legislation. The energy of the Council would
be much better served if it ceased to divide its attention so that it
is distracted from the actual pervasive social ills that are terrorising
our society.
It cannot be gainsaid that we ought to be concerned about the
notoriously escalating murder rate and the apparent apathetic
attitude toward both our children's education and the high rate of
high school student violence. Additionally, we are vulnerable to high
incidences of incest, rape, domestic violence, and broken fami-
lies. Anti-communal value systems, materialism, and the general
erosion of the "love thy neighbour" foundation that underscores
Christianity plague our nation now more than at any other time in
our history.
Mr Duncombe, Bishop Hughes, and Minister Bethel, where do
these issues fall in your list of priorities?
We stand united with our brothers and sisters who seek to live
in a society of Truth, Freedom, and a Christ-like love pf our fellow
human beings, both here and the world over.
October 3, 2007.

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Ingraham stresses need

to reform civil service

Chief Reporter
an "encumbered civil service"
will not only stifle government
effectiveness and responsive-
ness and choke private sector
initiative, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham said Saturday
at the eighth annual Public Ser-
vice Awards Banquet.
While congratulating those
receiving awards, the prime
minister highlighted his gov-
ernment's commitment to
reforming the public service.
Mr Ingraham pointed out
that change and improvement
in the delivery of public services
are essential and in many
instances, overdue.
"But change is difficult, some-
times threatening to those who
take comfort from doing the
same thing in the same way
regardless of results. We have
more than our fair share of that
in the Public Service. And so,
while we have begun to make
some important changes in our
system of public administration
there is much to be done," he
While admitting that the slow
pace of modernisation in the
public service has been disap-
pointing to many persons he
said that if he and his colleagues
were committed to change in
1992, today, 15 years later, they
are "married to the idea".

PM uses Public Service Awards to

criticise delay in modernisation

"Today, we live in an Infor-
mation Age; our economies are
described as information
based. It is clearer today than
ever before, if we are to keep
pace, compete and succeed in
Today's globalized economy we
must ensure that we use infor-
mation technologies efficiently
and, very especially, we must
ensure that our public entities
adopt best practices in the use
of information and communi-
cation technologies," Mr Ingra-
ham said.


While this will be no comfort
to those in the Public Service
married to the formulations,
practices and processes of the
last century, Mr Ingraham said
that the service will have to
"carry them along with us
because clearly, bureaucratic
delays in an encumbered civil
service will not only stifle gov-
ernment effectiveness and
responsiveness, it will choke pri-
vate sector initiative."
"We have once again taken
up the charge for reform in the

public service and in doing so
we are determined to convince
all public officers that things do
not always have to remain the
way they are, or have been," he
The prime minister said he
was disappointed with the time
it has taken for the government
to introduce machine readable
passports to permit on-line
access by the public to a myriad
of government services, or to
remove once and for all the
multiple stickers on the wind-
shields of motor vehicles for
inspection and licensing pur-
"I bristle at the delay in
implementing modern archive
and retrieval systems so as to
introduce efficiencies into all
government application
processes for business
licences, for building permits,
for immigration permits and
certificates, for company for-
mation, for land registration,
for the administration of a
deceased person's estate, for
customs clearance and for that
matter, for the processing and
payment of gratuities and pen-
sions to retired persons such as

some of you," he said.
Mr Ingraham said that the
same can be said about the
waiting time at some of the clin-
ics and at Out Patients Depart-
ments at the major hospitals.
"Each, individually, may be
minor matters, but they create
major headaches when they are
dealt with inefficiently; one
more headache for a public
which is tired and fed up with
repeat visits to a single office
to collect a document, certifi-
cate, permit or letter," Mr
Ingraham said.


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Chief Reporter
THERE are "significant hic-
cups" in the system application
processes for Crown Lands that
appear to "defy logic", and a
system of environmental assess-
ment that has gone "seriously
amiss", Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said Saturday at the
eighth annual Public Service
Awards Banquet.
The prime minister told those
present that if the public service
is to become more efficient and
effective it must achieve and
maintain expected and required
standards of service. .
"When I last held this office I
recall businessmen commenting
on some of the negatives of
'doing business' in the
Bahamas. Leading the list of our
shortfalls were the following:
Inadequate use of computer
technologies, weak project time
management, deficient business
ethics and poor personal cus-
tomer service. And these, they
maintained, applied to service
in both the public and private
sectors at that time," Mr Ingra-
ham said.
He said that he did not know
whether that list would be very
different if compiled today.
"Clearly we are not yet using
information and communication
technologies available to mea-
surably reduce processing time
for applications, or to speed up
response time to our clients -
the public," the prime minister
Having spent the last five
years as a private sector practi-

ROSEMARY NIXON-MARTIN is named Public Officer of the Year at the
8th Annual Public Service Week Awards Ceremony, held at the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Conference Centre in Nassau on Saturday night.
Pictured left to right are Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Sir Arthur
Foulkes, Deputy to the Governor General, Mrs Nixon-Martin and
Minister of State for the Public Service, Zhivargo Laing.

tioner, Mr Ingraham said that
he can share his frustration in
having fairly routine applica-
tions processed through a num-
ber of government offices
notwithstanding the fact that he
was a former Prime Minister
and sitting Member of Parlia-
ment and most likely received
preferential service.
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ouana Cay campaigners launch new

legal battle against Baker's Bay



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S'C' Sc- olId ;a|e lc llil

si only opposed to the dcevel-
pmen't of 150 acres of Crown
.. nd on that island by lorcign
t ..--.-.

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Sd as defendants in the cast
I,.I p. t press colifel nce ;al
i. \ ii t i in Fi eer'm t I .,:
1-'sda\, Mr Smith \varnei
a:. : ll collinUnitieI s lKiL
; '. C':y ;e cb iiie sC\L'i .l\
S cl'd hb .lahI scale dc'cl
,'nts such as Bakci s Ba\.
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v apn "llh n\ RI. i I
Supporter Salah lKi KIN
,,.;l piesenlt.

i 111^ ;1 t 1 about G uanla
< ,, ,i' i:: 'i fight oi iite fuinre
,<1 the i t3ilir.nKias!" said Mf
Siiith "\What is happening in
H;ilui;i ('iv is on(e of the more
ibusi' e Cexamiples of what is hap-
iiiin_ all cwver the Bahamas."
Si'c (;uana Cay is an associ-
.nlion oif Bahamians and foreign
'esidcntis who are dedicated to
pirsciv ing their unique heritage
,and culture, the land and
niil li c wlviironiiient, promot-
i.. [itspect for locals to be
responsible tor their island and
saving Crown Land for future
generations of Bahamians.
Guana Cav is international-
i, Icc-gnii ieia as a unique
marine and land environment.
It boasts one of the most pic-
liiresque and pristine tradition-
al old Bahamian communities
i,; l Ah.a\cos. About 150 resi-
.Iniis liv on the island.
iI. Feol lary 2005, the PLP
cabinett signed a Heads of
\r'.'e'imitent \wilh Baker's Bay
-- a fortegn real estate devel-
opei aiiiowini a tax free $500
million hotel, residential, golf-
iiiL aniti llm'iia project at Gua-
Ina C ay.
l. its fijsi judicial review case,
N ( 'kA v. s able to obtain an
iiiliiicuon -- alter several
,appeals in itic courts in the

THE SAVE Guana Cay Reef Association is launching a new Judicial
Review in the Supreme Court. Lawyer Fred Smith (far right) made the
announcement on Wednesday. Also seen from left are Sarah Kirkby of
Freeport, and Guana Cay residents, Anthony Roberts and Troy Albury.

Bahamas -- from the Privy
Council in London, stopping the
development until the trial.
At the trial in October, 2006,
acting Supreme Court Justice
Norris Carroll ruled that the
Heads of Agreement were valid
and allowed the development
to continue. Save Guana Cay
appealed and is waiting for a
Court of Appeal decision.
On September 29, the Freeport
Supreme Court ordered that
Save Guana Cay and Aubrey

Clarke could issue a new judicial
review case to sue the Govern-
ment, and Hope Town District
Council, the local government
district for Guana Cay, and the
Bakers Bay developers.
Mr Smith said that at the
Court of Appeal hearing Gov-
ernment and the developers
argued that even if the Heads of
Agreement were invalid they
had received all necessary per-
mits from the government, and
were therefore not relying upon

the Heads of Agreremeni as
auithoi'iiy (o pie-'ceed
"After pr-essure iorr. i he
Court of the Appeals, the devel
opers two years later have pro-
vided copies of the permits they
say were necessary to proceed
with the development For two
years, the PLP and the FNM
have kept the details of this
development secret'from their
own Bahamian citizens, prefer-
ring instead to conspire with the
foreign developers, and permit-
ting the rape and destruction of
the environment, as they have
done in Bimini and elsewhere,"
he claimed.
Mr Smith said the new case
challenges all of the so-called
permits that were issued to Bak-
er's Bay.
The defendants in this action
are the Queen, the Di-citoi of
Physical Planning, the Prime
Minister, the Town Planning
Committee, the Minister of
Maritime Affairs and Labour.
the Minister of Public Works
and Transport, the Commis
sioner of Police, the Water and
Sewerage Corporation, the
Hope Town District Council.
the Attorney General, and the
Developers, Passerine at Abaco
Limited, Passerine at Abaco
Holdings Limited. Bakers Ray

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Save Guana Ca i claims tlha.
lhe defendants did iot have law
[ul authority to gi',: lh peintils
that contrary' to lav1 tIl.C citi/'.ns
oi Guana Cay wxcl iit .i ,' niisull-
ed, and that in any en',int ginait
ing the peIndils '.%i' ir ilio il
and contrary to llaic y t i' lilu-
lion because they dlimtiininiat
against Bahaini;'os ;diii rcsidi lilt
who have to paIy C(. iti ois dulij,
while the developcis ;Iiid tlhii
buyers invest and iiwnvi x fac:
Save Culana ('a;iv iao c:thiii':
that Crown and Tr'asuri laid is
only for public p posesl aild i'fo
Bahamians. It is noll spl)losed lto
be given away to foi ciin dcv'el
opers, for theii pir fit. l,ix 'i-f .
Mi Smith said tl he issciali
i.'ln tinues to ask l i itliscii i N
..iid w ill shm i I s) t,n
anolth injuiiicti)n
'"W e will go I I ',i .
Council again i ic.ci ,'aii \
"The lnghisi sc.n.i 11 ha'i c:
little mi ,ri i 'spp ct fii 1 .cial iJid
enviroimcnttal ligls ihm ur
own count.ti" hlie id.

i okers demonstrate as union chiefs pledge to seek settlement with GB Power Company

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until a settlement for
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long as it takes until the issue is
The men are calling on exec-
uti\ves in the Fn"' t : Company,
and the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, ano the Prime Min-
iter to assist in bringing about
some resolution in the matter.
'n l'hursday e small group
of workers led by union offi-
ci;l! carried out a fourth
demonstration in front of the
!'ort Authority building in
(I nIlto,,n, Freeport.
I he Power Company
employs about 130 Bahamians.
I! it now unde, the new owner
sltp i! Mairubeni, a Japanese
c 'ii I'. n W which' t centl
-, "' Y j- .. -- -" -

acquired the shares from
Mirant, the former owners.
Labour relations between the
union and the former owners
were somewhat strained over
the last two years after negotia-
tions for a new labour contract
With the new change in own-
ership, Mr Edwards said that
the union is now concerned and
focused on seeking a reasonable
severance package for workers.
"Because of the number of
people involved and the kind
of dollars that are involved we
are talking about a substantial
amount of money between the
two unions which is probably

the reason why the company
wants to resist," he said.
He stated that a fair and rea-
sonable process must be engaged
to determine settlement and re-
engagement of employees.
"I think the way the company
has managed itself over the last
10 years has really made it a
sour grape in this community
,with the employees."
Mr Edwards said that labour
relations have deteriorated sig-
nificantly in the company since
the death of Mr Edward St
George, who was the first to
step in to mediate whenever cri-
sis and disputes arose between
workers and management in the

Port Authority and the Power
Lawyer Fred Smith, the attor
ney for the St George family,
said that ii is impossible lir
Lady Henrietta Si Geoigc to
"It is not her role and it has
not been her role in the past.
And although she is very chadr-
itable person and would like to
help, it is really a matter for the
new Japanese company to han
dle." he said.
Contrary to Mr Smith's
comments, Mr Edwards
thinks that Lady Henrietta,
has a very strong influence
and .can help bring a speedy

solution to tie matter.
"The shares in ICD Utilities.
which is partly owned bh
Mairubeii aiind the public. is
controlled i>\. the St uiniii g
estate. T hiic uhi iii-i, C (_n11,ll s
those which gi\e tlheim the o ci-
:iding power and authority.
"And so, therefoi.c. ve don't
see Man uheni as that solution.
We see the Por tA\iiuliiiits i'
the licensed auihotil\, and she is
a part of the Port Autho'lity and
owns the inext bulk of shares in
the GBPC. And she hiasto step
forward in terms ot giving direc-
tives to finding a reasonable and
speedy solution 1o this iii: '
he said

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British Inquest jury

coming to Paris to

retrace Princess

Diana's fatal path

A DECADE after Princess
Diana and her boyfriend Dodi
Fayed were killed in a Paris car
crash, a British coroner's jury
comes to the French capital this
week to retrace the lovers' fatal
path in an attempt to put to
rest the dark suspicions sur-
rounding their deaths, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Although the events leading
up to the deaths have already
been dissected in two lengthy
investigations, the visit Mon-
day and Tuesday marks the
first time an inquest jury has
left Britain.
There are concerns over
swarming paparazzi similar to
those who pursued the couple
in their final moments. Where
the 11-member jury will stay is
top secret, and their exact itin-
erary while the court is "in ses-
sion" in Paris will not be
divulged in advance.
It is known, however, that
they will visit the Place de I'Al-
ma by the underpass where the
Mercedes crashed and the Pitie
Salpetiere Hospital where
Diana died.
"It is very difficult to con-
duct this sort of visit where you
are leaving the protection ...
offered by your own legal sys-
tem," said a spokesman for the
inquest, who asked not to be
named in keeping with British
procedure. "All of a sudden,
we are about to walk down
streets in Paris with no legal
authority over those people
around us."
Under British law, inquests
are held when someone dies
unexpectedly, violently or of
unknown causes.
Diana, 36, and Fayed, 42,
were killed along with their dri-
ver, Henri Paul, when their
Mercedes crashed in the Pont
d'Alma tunnel shortly after
midnight on.Aug. 31, 1997.
Bodyguard Trevor Rees was
badly injured but survived.
The group was heading from
the Ritz Hotel to Fayed's pri-
vate Paris home near the Arc
de Triomphe. Dodi Fayed's
father, Egyptian-born billion-
aire MoHamed al Fayed, has
said it was their engagement
Whether Diana and Fayed
planned to announce their
engagement the next day -
and whether she was pregnant
with Fayed's child are ques-
tions the jury must try to clear
Mohamed al Fayed claims
the couple was murdered in a
plot directed by Prince Philip,
Queen Elizabeth II's husband,
to keep a Muslim out of the
royal spheres.
The inquest, headed by Lord
Justice Scott Baker, is to deter-
mine when, where and how
they were killed. It opened last
Tuesday and was expected to
last no more than six months.
A French investigation con-
cluded that the car was travel-
ing at an excessive speed and
the driver had a blood alcohol
level more than three times the
legal limit. Tests showed the
presence of two prescription
drugs, including the antide-
pressant Prozac, in his system.
A British investigation left
it to the coroner's inquest to
assign blame. Neither the
French nor British investiga-
tions have blamed paparazzi
pursuing the speeding car for
the crash.
Some British press reports,
however, have seized on
footage showing the driver
waving in the direction of pho-
tographer Jacques Langevin,
who was at the back of the
hotel with several colleagues.
The reports have concluded
that Paul may have tipped off
photographers about the cou-
ple's plan to leave the hotel
from its service entrance.
The wave, captured on one
of the hotel's 43 security cam-
eras, was among dozens shown
to the jury in London.


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Cruise ships to make

new calls to F

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Norwegian Cruise Lines
and the Ministry of Tourism announced
the return of the cruise ship to Grand
Bahama beginning next month with the
first of 32 planned cruises to the island.
The introduction of these new calls to
Freeport is expected to bring 84,000 pas-
sengers and inject millions in visitor
spending in the economy here between
2007 through 2009.
Colin Murphy of NCL and Tourism
Minister Neko Grant made the announce-
ment on Saturday at the Ministry of
Tourism offices in the Fidelity Building in
Raymond Jones, the executive in
charge of port facilities, as well as various
stakeholders in the tourism industry,
including a senior police official, taxi and
tour bus operators were present.
NCL will call on Grand Bahama on

32 planned cruises to Grand I

December 27, and will return again on
January 3, 2008 to begin its scheduled
calls to the island.
Mr Murphy said NCL started planning
for the new deployment two months ago
following a visit to Grand Bahama by the
invitation of the Ministry of Tourism.
"Our decision to return (to Grand
Bahama) was based on the positive
response of the government, and the
Freeport Harbour Company as well as
the experience, the culture, the cuisine,
and most of all the people of Grand
Bahama who we came in contact with,"
he said.
It has been agreed that 32 calls will be
made at Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay, and
Grand Bahama Island. NCL's newest
ship, the Norwegian Gem, will make 28 of
these calls sailing out of New York.

The new ship has a ca
approximately 2,800 ]
crew of 1;150. It of
restaurants, and a fo
Mr Murphy said the
firms NCL's long stand
its relationship with th
began some 40 years a:
He noted that NCL \
cruise lines to call at t
was the first in the inc
include a private isla
their itineraries to Gre
the Berry Islands son
cruise lines have since
Minister Grant said t
to Grand Bahama is w
the island, and the i
tourism in Freeport.


"It signals the beginning of a more
Baham a robust future for the cruise industry and.
related businesses on Grand Bahama.
he said. Mr Grant said NCL is expected
carrying capacity of to deliver 38,000 passengers in the short
passengers and a term (first.season) to GBI, Nassau, and
fers 11 bars, 12 Great Stirrup Cay.
>ur lane bowling He indicated that revenue calculations
based on an estimated per passenger
deployment reaf- spent of $58 with 73 per cent going on
ng commitment to shore is peggedat $101,616 in GBI alone
e Bahamas which in 2007.
go. Mr Grant reported that estimated pas-
was the first major senger spending on GBI in 2008 from
:he Bahamas, and Norwegian Gem is pegged at $1,541,176,
lustry to own and with a similar figure of $1,541,176 the fol-
nd experience in lowing year (2009).
eat Stirrup Cay in "This represents a significant direct
nothing that other dollar injection into Grand Bahama's
emulated, economy.
the return of NCL "It does not, however, take into
welcomed news for account the potential for indirect eco-
revitalization of nomic spin-off and or new job creation as
a result of NCL's return," he said.

BNCA looks out for interests of artisans and craftsmen

Bahamas Information
ARTISANS and craftsmen
now have an opportunity to join a
national association that will look
out for their best interests.
Dr Melanie Thompson, Presi-
dent of the Bahamas National
Crafts Association (BNCA), says
the aim of the body is to first and
foremost assist artisans and crafts-
men with finding resources to
produce Bahamian-made prod-
"I do not know if you have
tried purchasing some of the
products from the local artisans,"
Dr Thompson says. "You proba-
bly questioned why it was so cost-
ly. It is costly because most of
them use local resources and the
prices for these resources are kind
of hefty."
Dr Thompson says that the
association tries to help find raw
materials at cheaper prices.
"I think I have done a very
good job in finding resources
where we can get, for instance,
bag handles, the feet for the bags
and things like that," Dr Thomp-
son said.
The Association, established in
2006 during the ninth annual
Bahamas Arts Festival, is the
brainchild of Donnalee Bowe,
Bahamas Agricultural and Indus-
trial Corporation's (BAIC) hand-
icraft development and marketing
The Association will have its
second annual general meeting
just before the three-day Festi-

val, which will be held October
Dr Thompson says that during
the meeting, individuals will be
brought in to talk about trends
and designs..
"Bahamians have been labelled
as copycats," she explains.
"When a Bahamian sees some-
body doing something, they love
to go and do the same thing. So
they flood the market. Hopefully,
we will get across the message
that we do not need to copy any-
one's designs."
Dr Thompson is vice president
of Atlantic College, and has been
interested in working with crafts
since childhood.
This interest led her to com-
plete shell and straw craft courses
offered by BAIC. In addition to
her work her at the College, she is
also a practising artisan.
Dr Thompson says that while
there are other craft associations
throughout the Family Islands
and New Providence, BNCA acts
as the national association of The
Many of the other craft associ-
ations have already joined the
BNCA and others are in the
process of coming under its lead-
Dr Thompson notes that once
more of the local associations are
on board, the BNCA will be
doing a lot of "interesting things".
The Association is already
addressing problems artisans and
craftsmen experience in finding
raw materials.
Dr Thompson has already
found relief for persons com-

plaining of the shortage of shells
in Nassau. A supplier of shells
from one of the Family Islands is
sending them to New Providence.
In addition, during a recent trip
to Long Island, Dr Thompson
and Ms Bowe discovered addi-
tional sources of straw for plait-
Dr Thompson says that previ-
ously one person on that island
virtually had a monopoly on straw
resources, therefore one of the
benefits of being a member of the
BNCA is having access to new
innovations and/or solutions to
longstanding problems facing arti-
The BNCA has plans to agi-
tate for an outlet where artisans
can display authentic Bahamian
"I think in all fairness to the
straw vendors, when we talk
about foreign made products, the
point we are missing here, is that
if you go back in time and back to
the old straw market, you will

remember that everything that
was sold, was basically made by
persons working in the straw mar-
"But some of the big business-
men who saw what was happen-
ing, went out and bought foreign
made products. They returned to
the straw market and sent out
fliers saying "listen here, you do
not have to go hurt yourself, and
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selling, but that is what is selling
because that is what you have to
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Department of Social Ser-
vices on Grand Bahama
announced several activities
in recognition of Older Per-
sons Month, which has as its
theme: "Addressing. the
Challenges and Opportuni-
ties of Aging: Empowering
Older Persons."
Assistant Director at the
Ministry of Social Service,
Mrs Lilian Quant Forbes
pointed to recent UN statis-
tics cited by Loretta R Turn-
er, Minister of State for
Social- Development, which

indicate that persons 60 a
nd over are the fastest
growing population in the
Mrs Turner also pointed.
out that experts, policy mak-
ers, economists and health-
care providers are conjectur-
ing broadly about how this
demographic wave would
affect our society.
Quoting the Minister's
recent remarks on Older Per-
son's Month, Mrs Forbes
said, "Underlying these
opinions is the fact that
senior citizens deserve the
best quality of life our nation
can afford because we reap
the benefits of their contin-
ued contribution."

OLDER PERSONS MONTH The month of October is being observed as Older Persons Month.
Above members of the planning committee for Grand Bahama are pictured as they announced the
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the value on the security and
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According to Assistant
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this year's activities are:
To make the public
aware of the challenge and
opportunities individuals
experience during the aging
To encourage the full
enjoyment of economic,
social and cultural rights of
older persons and the elimi-
nation of all forms of vio-
lence and discrimination; and
To recognize and applaud
the contributions made by
older persons.
Senior Welfare Officer at
the Department of Social
Services in Grand Bahama,
Ms Dorothea Gomez out-
lined a number of events in
celebration of Older Persons

Month on Grand Bahama.
The activities started on
Friday with a Mass at the
Pro-Cathedral of Christ the
King Anglican Church at

Following the Mass, the
gathering moved to the Fos-
ter B Pestaina Centre where
the elderly persons were
entertained with a cultural
show featuring Opie and
The Boys, the Quadrille
Dancers, and George and
The Boys.
During the week of Octo-
ber 8th to 11th with the assis-
tance of the various media
houses, the Committee has
planned a series of profiles
on Senior Citizens Homes in
Grand Bahama.
The objective there is to
bring public awareness to the
existence of these homes.

On Wednesday, October
17, the Committee has
planned a Submarine Ride
and Movie Day for the senior
On Friday, October 19, a
Gerontology Clinic with take
place at the Eight Mile Rock
Clinic where the elderly
would be educated on health
and hygiene and self-defence.
On Thursday, October 25,
that same programme
will be duplicated in High
Ms Gomez also confirmed
that a high point of the
month long celebration will
be a Forum and Health Fair,
sponsored in conjunction
with the National Insurance
The Fair, schedule for
October 30, will take place
at the Foster B Pestiana Cen-
tre and is designed to edu-
cate older persons concern-
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sharply divided over Sunday's
referendum on a free trade pact
with the United States a
measure supporters say is key to
national prosperity, but critics
fear could hurt farmers and
small businesses, according to
Associated Press.
Costa Rica is the only one of
the six Latin American signa-
tories to the trade deal, known
as CAFTA, that has yet to rati-
fy it. The pact is in effect in the
Dominican Republic,
Guatemala, Honduras,
Nicaragua and El Salvador.
With polls showing Costa
Rica is poised to be the first
country to reject the U.S.-Cen-
tral American free trade agree-
ment, U.S. officials and Costa
Rica's president appealed for
voters to back the deal.
On Saturday, the White
House said if Costa Ricans vote
against joining the agreement,
the Bush administration will not
renegotiate the deal and it urged
people to recognize the treaty's
The pact would "expand Cos-
ta Rica's access to the U.S. mar-
ket, safeguard that access under
international law, attract U.S.
and other investment and link
Costa Rica to some of the most
dynamic economies of our
hemisphere," White House
press secretary Dana Perino
said in a statement.
U.S. officials also suggested
they may not extend trade pref-
erences now afforded to Costa
Rican products and set to expire
next September.
President Oscar Arias said a
'no' vote would affect industries
in this Central American nation
of 4.5 million people, and called
it an "important tool for gener-
ating wealth in the country."
Arias, who won a Nobel
Peace Prize for helping end
Central America's civil wars in
the 1980s, also said rejecting the
pact would threatened trade
benefits that help Costa Rica's
textile and tuna industries.
But critics of the pact object
to its requirements that Costa
Rica open its telecommunica-
tions, services and agricultural
sectors to greater competition.
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ivriter is a business exec-
said former Caribbean

IE Heads of Government
arc56bcountries will decide
aonth in Uganda who
dia ethe next Secretary-
eaeif the Commonwealth.
Though the Common-
Isislittle known by the
rahqiblic in the United
spi2atin America and
pVr3t is an important
gtion to its now 51 mem-
eated whose population
saprthirty percent of the
Itpeople and span every
tled to be known as the
ShXtCommonwealth com-
giBjtain and its domin-
Qaiinda, Australia, New
"daSd South Africa. But
hdfindependence of India
G, itibecame simply the
*la voluntary association
atlries, the Common-
lisconsists mostly of
nR kri many of its former
imidgls and colonies in
aiuli South America,
qi1sbta, the Caribbean and
zause of the preponder-
1small states in the Com-
catth and the culture of
tyuqfanembership regard-
isib~br power, one writer
dly'described it as "the
jydbf sovereign mice and
eigneelephants coming
itLga equals".
lidtheless,. the Common-
ihIhas done extremely
vionkboth within its own
aidain the wider interna-
thbe political level, the
iseaian played a key role
idigpto end Apartheid in
LAir ba and establishing
'aoity government. It
1Bwimilar role in Zim-
:vwidh, through no fault
fit.omonwealth, turned
.s itegovernment, under
la3tfiRobert Mugabe,
idtke democratic princi-
bietich the Common-
ndlation to the world
mq3the Commonwealth
domad a staging post for
hiaad poor members to
AImsnsus on crucial mat-
,fbOethe annual meetings
A ttaenational Monetary
ahiluWorld Bank, and it
eradrt number of high
ttldioe on aid, trade and
adeiatithat advised inter-
a~bconomic cooperation
lSB0si and 1990s.
riter Secretary-General,
dilath Ramphal, said of
bni~rionwealth that it
otan'egotiate for the
.bbtit can help the world
t 'iate'.
s llerhaps that role that
vartr~cting aspirants to
sa ofl Secretary-General
hI*idmes vacant in March
#h8W)ls incumbent, Don
iitbdof New Zealand,
ridfide after two terms.
rtf are, what one high
'bmnionwealth official
cibed as, "two and a
mttailers" for the job:
shbi*hinee, Kamalesh
iddlurrent High Com-
izte the United King-
lta8b nominee, Michael
bnwh'd is the country's
aMiilister; and Mohan

Kaul, the Director-General of
the Commonwealth Business
Dr Kaul, a national of both
India and Britain, has proposed
himself and, at the time of writ-
ing, there is no information that
any government has put for-
ward his candidature.
Both the Indian and Maltese
candidates have been lobbying
governments for their support.
At the moment, it looks like a
two-horse race with the edge
in favour of Mr Sharma who
has reportedly been assured of
the support of Asia, the larger
and more influential states in
Africa, such as South Africa,
and the United Kingdom.
Malta has a special place in
the hearts of small states. It was
one of the leading countries in
the formulation of the Law of
the Sea which extended the
exclusive economic zone for
island territories and it boasts
an Islands and Small States
Institute at the University of
But while these national cre-
dentials recommend a Maltese
candidate to other small states,
more is necessary. Both the
candidate and the competition
will bear analysis before a final
decision is made.
Dr Frendo is presently the
Chairman of the Common-
wealth Ministerial Action
Group (CMAG) a Commit-
tee of nine Commonwealth
countries, formed in 1995 at the
level of foreign ministers, to
police the implementation of
common Commonwealth com-
mitments to'democracy and
human rights.
He holds this position, in
which he has been active over
last six months, by virtue of
Malta's position as Chairman-
in-Office of the Common-
wealth, a role that falls to the
host government of the last
heads of government meeting.
In his career, Dr Frendo has
been oriented to the European
Union (EU) of which Malta is a
member state. He specialised
in European Community Law;
represented the Maltese
National Parliament as a mem-
ber of the European group that
formulated the text of a Treaty
on a Constitution for Europe;
and chaired the Maltese parlia-
mentary delegation to the
European Parliament.
His published writings have
also predominantly been about
European Affairs.
On the other hand, there is a
widespread view that it is "Asi-
a's turn" to be Secretary-Gen-
eral. So far, the post has been
held by a Canadian, Arnold
Smith; a Caribbean, Sir Shri-
dath Ramphal; an African,
Emeka Anayaoku; and a Pacif-
ic representative, Don McKin-
This view gives the Indian
candidate Kamalesh Sharma a
head start which is strength-
ened by his previous jobs as
India's Permanent Representa-
tive to the UN offices in Gene-
va where he was the spokesper-
son for developing countries in
UNCTAD, and as Permanent
Representative to UN in New
York, where he chaired the
Working Group on Financing
for Development.
India itself has emerged in
the last few years as a new eco-
nomic power-house. Having
long played a leading role in
the non-aligned movement, it
is now a force to be reckoned

* SIR Ronald Sanders

with in the World Trade Organ-
isation (WTO).
India's position is also now
significant in other Asian coun-
tries and Africa, and it has
become a donor to countries in
the Caribbean and the Pacific.
This is a role that is likely to
grow in the coming years as
both the Indian government
and Indian entrepreneurs
explore global economic oppor-
The Commonwealth's future
in world affairs will rest on the
choice that heads of govern-
ment make next month. For the
Secretary-General will need to
give the Commonwealth intel-
lectual leadership, purposeful
vision and a will to continue to
help the world negotiate the
myriad challenges it now faces
of global warming, terrorism,
and a widening divide between
rich and poor.
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O N September 26 Larry
Smith in his "Tough
Call" column wrote about
"Reversing the decline of edu-
cation." He reported on a pre-
liminary second report of the
Coalition for Education Reform;
and posted his column on
bahamapundit.com. Gordon
Mills, the Editor, Office of Com-
munication, College of the
Bahamas, responded to Mr.
Smith's article and criticized the
Coalition's ideas. His full
response is posted on "bahama-
pundit", but his major points
appear as follows:
Point 1. The Coalition for
Education Reform advocates an
elitist solution by suggesting the
restoration of "Old" Govern-
ment High. Their proposal is "an
old chestnut", "a mirror of old
stuff or privilege", "a love affair

with the way things used to be."
Response. This is simply an

Attendance at the
proposed All Male
Lab School would be
on merit; and
admission would
require written
commitments to
academic excellence
and a code of
behaviour by both
Parent and Student.

erroneous statement. The pro-
posed All Male Primary and Sec-

ondary School is described in
detail in Appendix C, pages 18-
19, of the June 2005 Bahahmian
Youlh: Tihe Ilntappcd Resource
report as posted on bahiamlasenl-
ployers.org. It is based on the
Knowledge Is Power Pro-
gramme, a national network ol
57 free, open-enrolment, college-
preparatory public schools in
under-resourced communities
throughout the United States
More than 80 per cent of KIPP
students are low-income and
more than 90 per cent are
African American or Hispan
ic/Latino. Nationally, nearly 80
per cent of KIPP alumni have
matriculated to college.
Attendance at the proposed
All Male Lab School would be
on merit; and admission would
require written commitments to
academic excellence and a code
of behaviour by both Parent anc

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Student. Failure to fulfil those
commitments would mean a
return of the student to another
public school. The objectives are
high expectations, much more
study time, a positive and coop-
erative attitude and respect for
both teachers and other stu-

oint 2. The real core of
the problem is the out-
dated and unsuitable curriculum
that is a relic from old grammar
schools and is relevant to only 25
per cent of the population.
Today's failing students need a
curriculum based on today's
technological world, a world of
CDs, DVDs, cell phones and
other hand held
devices...physics could come
alive with a study of electronics.
Response. This is another
erroneous statement. The Coali-
tion contends that "the prob-
lem" is very basic. The forth-
coming Coalition report will
show that "56 per cent of stu-
dents from public schools who
take the (BGCSE) English lan-
guage exam "fail", and 82 per
cent of public school students
who take the (BGCSE) math
exam "fail." This level of acade-
mic achievement produces grad-
uates who are unprepared to
learn job skills.
The Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation is a very large fun-
der of education reform in the
U.S. For instance, it has given
$130 million to New York City
alone. Bill Gates states -
"If you don't know how to
read, it doesn't matter how cre-
ative you-are. More than a third
of the people with high school
diplomas have no employable
skills." He and his Foundation
would like to push technology:
but he feels that schools are
flunking the basics. He states
"When we gave up on phonics,
we destroyed the reading ability
of those kids." (Parade Maga-
zine, Miami Herald, September
23, 2007.)

oint 3. "Of course, stu-
dents do need to learn
accurate writing, reading and
numerical skills."
Response. This Point is not a
criticism but an "understated
assumption" that alludes to an

issue contained in the above
quote of Bill Gates. Such a com-
ment is the by-product of the
heated conflict over the best
method of reading instruction
that arose in the 1980s and
The English language is
indeed complex and is based on
the idea that letters represent
sounds. Some words are com-
posed of single letters that alone
represent specific sounds and
together comprise a single word.
However, the same letter may
represent different sounds when
preceded or followed by other
letters. There are "literally
dozens of rules that are 75 per
cent or more reliable." This
body of knowledge is referred
to as "phonics" or "language
skills". However, single words
have limited meaning; and whole
sentences, paragraphs and sto-

Retraining teachers
and the constructing
an education model
that is relevant and
meaningful to
students can take
them and the
country forward.

ries can have great meaning.
"Whole Language" is an
instructional philosophy that.
became very popular in the
1980s and 1990s being actively
promoted by the Education
Departments of virtually all
major universities. It was based
on the theory that one did not
learn from small chunks of
knowledge but by "experiment-
ing with stimuli and respons-
es"...by frequent reading, inde-
pendent reading, free interpre-
tation of text and free expres-
sion in journals. Whole language
considered grammar, spelling,
capitalization and punctuation
as not being linked directly to
understanding and "true litera-
cy"; and these skills were at best
relegated to mini-lessons embed-
ded in other lessons.
The problem with the Whole
Language movement was the
statistically significant drop in
reading scores on the National
Assessments of Educational






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2006 Audit: anecdota

evidence of alleged

corruption in ministry

FROM page one
reputational or anecdotal evi-
dence of questionable behaviour
among build control technical
officers, suggesting that they are
seeking payment for issuing
licences. This is potentially
extremely damaging to MOW's
(the Ministry of Works) image
and credibility."
Despite "blowing the whistle"
on this alleged activity, the report
does not list the number of offi-
cers who may be involved in this
practice, or the amount of "pay-
ment" they may have sought
from citizens or contractors.

This alleged corruption in t
Ministry of Works, comes
there is a reinvigorated inve,
gation into the Ministry of Ho
ing. A series of articles by.T
Tribune in which contract
alleged bribery and influen
peddling among other qu,
tionable activities in this m
istry, has already led police
investigate these claims.
To offset the inspection pre
lems in the Ministry of Put
Works (MOPW), the report si
gested that authorities imp
ment the following recommend
Introduce a written appoi
ment book with clear record
time requests received, to av<
disputes about delay.
Produce duplicate copies
the sign-off by BCO buildi
control office) with homeowi
given a copy.
Maintain a permant
record trail to identify insp
tors who attempt to raise n
issues on each site.
The report further critic:
the current fee structure by
building control office, wh
has not changed in 15 years, a
is currently based on the squ;
footage of a building.
"There has been talk i
some time of revisiting the
system to one based on estil
ed value or one utilising ti
based extra inspections as a(
tional fees," the reports sta
"However, there has been
analysis of whether fees
appropriate and proportion
to the cost (man hours of eff,
of carrying out the service
even whether they are cove
their costs."
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Progress in the U.S in the 1990
This drop occurred at a tinr
when huge investments wei
being made to improve the qu;
ity of education for everyone,
Two large scale national studi(
in 1998 and 2000 found th.
"phonics instruction of varyir
kinds...contributed positively 1
students' ability to read. Bol
panels also found that embe,
ded phonics and no phonics col
tribute to lower rates (
achievement from most popul;
tions of students."
Mr. Mills appears in Point
as a Whole Language advocal
making a reluctant and perha)
even a dismissive concession
the importance of language ski
in the early years of schooling
point 4. The BGCS
Core Exams tests st
dents at a "C" grade le
el or lower; and these studer
are precluded from taking tl
Extended Exams that test at tl
"A" and "B" level.
Response. This Point fails
separate two distinct issues.
a.) Is the two test system
valid? The "Core" exam tes
skill levels of "C" through "I
on the eight point scale, and tl
"Extended" exam tests skill le
els "A" and "B". One cann
answer the validity quest
without an informed evaluatic
of the system.
b.) Is the system proper
administered? Clearly a scho
administrator that does n
encourage students to aim hig
er and take the Extended Exai
as the critic suggests, is failih
in his/her duty. It is not a tt
design problem but an admin
tration problem.
Point 5. Retraining teacher
and the constructing an educ
tion model that is relevant a;
meaningful to students can ta
them and the country forward(
This is the one point raised
Mr. Mills that is truly common
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isation on Grand Bahama paid a courtesy call on Parliamentary
Secretary at the office of the Prime Minister in Freeport Sen-
aior Katherine Forbes-Smith on Thursday morning.
I'he month of October is being observed as Toastmasters
Month in the Bahamas. Senator Smith used the occasion to
touch on her youthful involvement with the organisation and
how it helped her in the field of journalism.
Pictured from left to right are: TM Vincent 1 Marshall, Vice
President, Members Club #1425; TM Allison Levarity, Area
Treasurer; TM Glen Rolle, Area Governor; Senator Forbes-
Smith; TM Shamine Johnson, Assistant Area Governor; TM
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Edris Wilson, Member Club 1425; and Khambrel Farrington,
v ice President, Public Relations Club # 1425.

State TV: 28 people killed in crash
involving train, bus in eastern Cuba


A BUS collided with a tram
q in eastern Cuba, killing at least
28 people and injuring anoth-
aii e 7/3, including 15 in critical
,.; ,7 condition, state media report-
S.' ed Sunday, according to Asso-
;::; cited Press.
i, Authorities were still inves-
tigating the cause of the crash.
iici which occurred around mid-
S day Saturday in the province
"u,:.. ol Granma, about 00'() miles
-,': !r'i east of Havana, according to a
b,' ', statement read on state tcle-
Cuba's State media, which
::,ty pically shy away ro0m
: r ,! reporting extensively alout
,; any kind of bloodshed, pro-
f,-vided only sketchy details and
not even Granma Province s
\'. digital newspaper. la I)nea-
jagua, carried news of the acci-
,' dent.
I he Communist Youlh
Snc'.'spaper Juvcnlud Rebulde
had only a short story Sunday
reporting that thOe collision
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town of Veguita, in Yara
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the eastern city of Santiago to
the coastal city of Manzanillo
collided with a bus traveling
from Bayamo to the
coastal community of
The train dragged the bus
to the bridge, where the bus
f1ll below.
Buses are scarce and often
overloaded with passengers in
rural Cuba, where large trucks
are also often commonly used
as public transportation.
In June a truck transporting
passengers in the same region
flipped over, killing 11.
Railroad crossings in rural
areas commonly suffer from
visibility problems, are often
marked only with a small sign
and do not have automated
gates and signals.
State media said dozens of
local residents assisted with
rescue e:florls or donated
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Cultural Weekend

By Bahamas Information
THE stage has been set for
the thirteenth International Cul-
Stural Weekend during which
Foreign residents will showcase
,dance, food, entertainment,
clothing and other indigenous
--aspects of their culture.

At a press conference on
Thursday, October 4, Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs Brent Symon-
ette acknowledged the "fantastic
work" of the International Cul-
tural Committee over the years.
"All of you have worked hard
and we wish you well and we
trust the event would be bene-

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countries showcased," he said.
The International Cultural
Weekend set for October 21-22
at the Botanical Gardens, Chip-
pingham, between 10am and
5.30pm, will feature nationals
from 33 countries. A special
African Village comprising
Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal
and Tanzania will be on display.
For the first time, St Kitts
and Nevis will be participating.
The Greek and Danish com-
munities are returning after a
few years' absence.
A Booth Decorating Com-
petition will be held on the Sat-
urday, during which the acting
Minister of Foreign Affairs will
declare the Cultural Weekend
opened at noon. A colourful
parade of nations and presen-
tations of awards to the region-
al booth competition winners

DEPUTY PRIME Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette, who serves as National Chair-
man for the International Cultural Committee, second from right, speaks at the International Cultural Com-
mittee's press conference on Thursday, October 4. Shown from left committee members Janice Miller;
James Catalyn, chairman; Mr Symonette; High Commissioner to Caricom Leonard Archer.

will also take place. Overall
booth competition winners will
be presented during the clos-
ing ceremonies on Sunday.
The annual event was first
held on October 24, 1995, in
commemoration of the 50th
anniversary of the founding of
the United Nations. The
Bahamas' contribution to the

celebrations was the formation
of the International Cultural
Committee and the staging of
the first cultural weekend Octo-
ber 21-22, 1995.
Entertainment will be pro-
vided by the Royal Bahamas
Police Force and Royal
Bahamas Defence Force bands,
followed by cultural presenta-

tions by various countries.
Over the years the committee
has staged successful art shows
at the Central Bank of The
Bahamas and other cultural
events, including food-tasting
fetes at residences of the Amer-
ican Ambassador, the British
High Commissioner and at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Turtles hatch successfully at Baker's Bay

Sea turtle nesting season has
come and gone this year, with
turtle nests on the Atlantic
Beach of Baker's Bay Golf and
Ocean Club reportedly faring
well once again.
The resort said that this nest-
ing season, consistent monitor-
ing efforts by on -ite environ-
mental staff and security con-
firmed that turtles hatched from
three nests along the beaches
of its property.
On September 20, around 97
loggerhead turtles hatched from
a turtle nest, marking the first
documented successful turtle
nesting and hatching at Baker's
Bay for the 2007 nesting season.
Days later, 84 loggerhead turtles
and 58 green turtles hatched from
the remaining two turtle nests.
"This was a joyous occasion
for the environmental team to

once again experience the emer-
gence of these unique and mag-
nificent creatures and their jour-
ney to the sea," said Dr Liv-
ingston Marshall, senior vice pres-
ident of environmental and com-
munity affairs for Baker's Bay.
During the turtle nesting sea-
son in 2006. turtle hatchling
tracks observed in the vicinity of
a known turtle nest were a clear
indication that turtles had
hatched the night before.
However, this year due to fre-
quent rain, all turtle hatchling
tracks had already washed away
by the time daily surveys ofthe
beaches were carried out. This
meant the only indicators of tur-
tle emergence were minor dis-
turbances in the sand at the sur-
face of the nests.
Baker's Bay said that more
in-depth analyses confirmed

that turtles had indeed hatched
- "demonstrating that consis-
tent efforts to protect sea turtles
and their nesting habitats at
Baker's Bay were paying off".
Further scrutiny of the nests
also revealed that there were a
few remaining turtle hatchlings
still struggling to make their
way to the sea. These hatchlings
were removed from the nests
and released.
Historically, beaches on Great
Guana Cay, including that of
Baker's Bay, have been utilised
as nesting grounds by female'sea
turtles. In the event that nesting
and hatching of turtle eggs does
prove successful, sea turtle hatch-
lings only have a one in a thou-
sand chance of survival due to
predation and susceptibility to
dehydration. Coupled with
human activities such as.over fish- .

ing, destruction of nesting and
feeding habitat, and water and
shoreline pollution, these incred-
ible creatures are endangered and
are in decline worldwide.
In an effort to ensure the sur-
vival of these species for future
generations, Baker's Bay con-
tinues to implement its Sea Tur-
tle Protection Plan as an inte-
gral part of its general environ-
mental stewardship efforts, and
more specifically as part of the
development's environmental
monitoring programme. Proto-
cols established include envi-
ronmentally sensitive beach
maintenance such as removal
of marine debris; sea turtle habi-.
tat restoration that is restora-
tion of sand dunes and native
vegetation and.daily checks
of beaches for evidence of turtle
nesting activities.



The Bahaas Bectricity Corporati6n is seeking prequalification applications
from.companlep interested in tendering for the performance of a detailed engi-
neer itfivigation and study of its dual fuel pipeline from the Clifton Pier
Station to its Blue Hills Power Station as well as its HV Power Transmis-
S :The study will involve a route survey for both lines and an engineer-
t. l gallon in the case of the fuel pipeline.

Engineering Firms wishing to prequalify for this project will be required to submit
comprehensive details to allow the following areas to be evaluated: -

i) Past experiencrand performance record & technical competence
of the company o similar projcts..
1 ttOfmpany to undertake the project with respect to
4( cla resources available to perform the work.

d from Mrs. Delmeta Seymour, Administration Office,

rhe preqlualiflcation documents must be accompanied by an
.'P1 If applying from outside the Bahamas and B$50 if
pyilti the Bahamas to cover preparation costs.

Proposals areto be returned to the BEC Executive Offices on or before
Thursday, October 18, 2007 by 4 PM
and addressed to:

Kevin Basden,
General Manager
Executive offices
Bahamas EleAtrclty Corporation
Nassau, Bahamas


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BAIC and COB to host business lecture series

* By Bahamas Information
THE Bahamas Agricultural
and Industrial Corporation
(BAIC) and The College of The
Bahamas will present a five-
week business empowerment
lecture series beginning Octo-
ber 11.
Edison Key, MP for South
Abaco and Chairman of BAIC,
said at a press conference on
Friday that the lecture series
is a part of the Corporation's
mandate to promote, encour-
age and facilitate business
development in The Bahamas.
"The purpose of these semi-
nars, which are free of charge to
the public, is to provide poten-
tial, budding and existing entre-
preneurs and businesspersons
with broad exposure to proven
successful business strategies,
best practices and real life busi-
ness experiences.
"These interactive seminars
will give entrepreneurs and

business persons tools that will
enhance their knowledge and
elevate their business acumen.
as well as create a sustaining,
dynamic and successful cadre
of individuals equipped for the
global arena," said Mr Key.
The lecture series will start
Thursday, October 11, at The
College of The Bahamas at
7pm. All sessions will be held
Thursday at the lecture theatre
and the Michael Eldon Centre
at the College.
Mr Key said some of the top-
ics to be covered are business
planning and forecasting, fund-
ing and venture capital,
accounting and marketing,
information technology, cus-
tomer service, government reg-
ulations and leadership.
"There will be a segment dur-
ing each session for testimonials
from successful business per-
sons," he said. "These semi-
nars will enhance the capacity of
entrepreneurs and business per-
sons to benefit from the many

investment projects throughout
The Bahamas."
There also will be two round-
table discussions for farmers
and other agri-business entre-
preneurs and experts.
Mr Key said the roundtable
sessions will facilitate a window
through which agri-business
participants can enter the glob-
al arena.
"At these roundtable ses-
sions, we will discuss and
attempt to enhance linkages
between agri-business and oth-
er sectors, like tourism, the
export markets, and the like,"
Mr Key said.
"Farmers and other agri-busi-
ness personnel," he added, "will
also be able to meet policy mpk-
ers, wholesalers and other
stakeholders who will help to
forge a new direction in agri-
culture in,The Bahamas, as we
promote sustainable local agri-
culture and marine production
and consumption: strengthen-
ing agri-business."

BNT welcomes back warblers

EACH year in the Fall mil-
lions of neotropical migrants
leave their northern breeding
grounds and fly south for the
winter. These neotropical
migrants are birds that breed in
North America during the spring
and early summer and spend the
winter in Mexico, the Caribbean
and Central and South America.
There are more than 200 species
of neotropical migrants, includ-
ing some of our most beautiful
songbirds, as well as shorebirds,
waterfowl and some raptors such
as hawks and vultures.
Many species of neotropical
warblers are experiencing pop-
ulation declines mainly because
of the loss and fragmentation
of breeding, wintering and
migratory stopover habitats.
Research on neotropical win-
tering grounds has revealed that
as with breeding habitat, many
species require specific habitat
types during winter months.
Males and females of many
species, individually, defend
their own winter foraging ter-
ritories and return to these same
territories year after year, this is
called "site fidelity". The con-
tinuing loss of habitat in the

neotropics has a grave impact
on over winter survival of birds
and decreases the probability
of successful migration and
breeding the following spring.
The Bahamas is important for
a number of neotropical
migrants, but the most impor-
tant winter visitor we have is the
Kirtland's Warbler. The endan-
gered Kirtland's warbler (Den-
droica kirtlandii) breeds exclu-
sively in small areas of Michi-
gan, and winters almost exclu-
sively in the Bahamas from
October to May, frequently in
short bush vegetation. However,
little has been known about the
bird's wintering habitat require-
ments or needs. In 2001, The
Kirtland's Warbler Training and
Research Project was estab-
lished on Andros to provide
field experience and training for
Bahamian biologists, while
examining the winter habitat
requirements of the bird.
In 2002, the project was moved
to Eleuthera. Although more
than 200 bird species have been
recorded on the island, only 200
Kirtland's warblers--which are
secretive and difficult to see -
have been recorded in the whole

of the Bahamas in the last 150
years. Prior to this project, only
28 had been seen on the island;
afterward, more than 30 warblers
in 12 new locations were found.
Through dedicated research
and conservation efforts on the
birds' breeding grounds, popu-
lations have increased from
approximately 170 pairs in the
1970s to more than 1,400 breed-
ing pairs in 2005. However, if
the success on the breeding
grounds is to continue then habi-
tat protection for this endan-
gered species needs to become a
priority in the Bahamas.
On Saturday, October 6, the
BNT celebrated Migratory Bird
Day to celebrate the safe arrival
of our winter visitors when mem-
bers of the BNT's Ornithology
group, and those who wanted to
learn more about these first "fre-
quent flyers" to the Bahamas,
took a walk to look for migrato-
ry birds in The Retreat Garden.
A short talk was also given on
some of the warblers that spend
the winter on our islands.
For more information call
The Retreat, BNT headquar
ters at 393-1317 or e-mail

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He said that in his "wildest
dreams" he could not imagine why
anyone would have taken the life
of the mother of six. "We don't
know where to put ourselves real-
ly," he said.
Mr Miller said that at this junc-
ture it is not certain what the
motive was for the country's 59th

FROM page one
The force of the impact resulted
in the motorcycle becoming
embedded in the Toyota, smashing
out the front windshield and the
rider being catapulted into the air,
landing some distance away on the
Both vehicles were extensively
Police and Emergency Medical
Services personnel were called to
the scene, where a very large
crowd had gathered.
Mr Dames sustained severe,
multiple injuries and was taken to
the Trauma Section of the Rand

murder, but it is suspected that
Mrs Cates was killed during the
robbery of her home.
At this point police are keeping
the details of their investigation
close to their chests, but the fact
that this killing occurred on an
island that has no violent crime
has not escaped them.

Man dies
Memorial Hospital, where he
',received emergency medical treat-
'ment and was detained. Around
'4.30am Sunday he died of his
Mr Timothee escaped without
'injury. '
STraffic and Eight Mile Rock
police are continuing their investi-
gation into the accident.
Grand Bahama police are urg-
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in Eight Mile Rock and any set-
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FROM page one Former minister

Nottage, Fred Mitchell, Melanie
Griffin and Philip Davis.
He said that often, because of
the massive "economic expan-
sion" under the Christie govern-
ment, big contractors 'simply did
not offer bids for government
jobs as their hands were already
"Yet still the government had
to get its agenda across and get
the various projects underway,
that is a reality, and the present
administration is enjoying the
fruits of the Christie administra-
tion and I'm sure they're find-
ing the same thing as well."
He was strongly supported by
Mr Christie, who said that in all
instances where contracts were
not put out to bid the govern-
ment would be able to "explain
(why) and conclude that people
got value for money."
During the conference the
party members called into ques-
tion the audit made public by
Works Minister Earl Deveaux
in the House last week and
accused the minister of "guerril-
la tactics" in his presentation of
its contents.
Dr Bernard Nottage said that
the party intends to call upon the
Public Accounts Committee to
review the audit so that an
"objective" overview of its con-
tents can be ascertained.
The audit, done on behalf of

FROM page one

to allow for the project was significantly
impacted by the fact that the Christie admin-
istration had also anticipated the removal of
the downtown shipping facilities to that area.
This fact would have required a 300-foot
canal to be cut through the road in any case,
said Mr Christie, therefore making a diversion
inevitable whether it was desired by the devel-
opers or not.
"It was a difficulty for me, the same diffi-
culty that I had with respect to people's tra-
ditional rights in the case of Bahamar, but it
became easier for me once we, based on
advice (from town planning company EDAW)
made that decision (to move the port).
"So once we decided that we had no choice,
whether you like it or you don't like it...the
road would be closed to allow for that," he
With the implementation of this plan for
the port now less of a certainty, Mr Christie
said that the road issue is now a "difficult
decision" that Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham will have to bear.
Responding to allegations made by Mr
Ingraham in the House of Assembly that not
all concessions and incentives granted to
Albany were legal, Mr Christie said that the

the Auditor Gqneral by the
British Crown Agents before the
FNM came to power found that
three quarters of all "high val-
ue" contracts issued by the for-
mer government were not put
out to bid.
It said "serious concerns" are
raised by its findings, which
determined that as a general rule
"contractor selection (was) not
being done in an open, transpar-
ent or fair manner."
Mr Roberts, however, denied
that there was any impropriety
involved in the manner in which
contracts were awarded, claiming
that he "did the public's work
with the utmost integrity."
Mr Roberts sought to play
down the significance of the
report as a whole. "(It) is at best
an internal administrative docu-
ment done by contracted agents
and I am advised does not hold
the same weight or stature" as
the "sacred" Auditor General's
annual report, he said.
What he described as defi-
ciencies in the manner in which
the audit was conducted were
also noted.
The former works minister
emphasised that it is particularly
"hypocritical" of the government
to criticise the method of'con-
tractor selection used by the PLP
in the instances referred to in the

report as the FNM government
also failed to put contracts out
to bid when it issued "over 23
million dollars worth of school
related contracts...without com-
petitive bidding."
lle said that the.Christie
administration "did not invent
the practice of negotiated con-
tracts" but that in fact it also took
place under the previous gov-
Mr Roberts, Mr Christie and
Dr Nottage pointed out that
there is a defined "process" fol-
lowed even when competitive
bidding does not occur which
requires deliberation by senior
ministry officials, and for con-
tracts of over $250,000 a deci-
sion from the Cabinet.
The former works minister
claimed that the "selective and
tendentious" quoting by Mr
Deveaux from the report is part
of an "unwise and destructive"
effort to justify the cancellation
of contracts "legally entered into
by" the former administration,
and "to paint the previous
administration in a negative
In doing so, Mr Deveaux has
"deepened disunity in the coun-
try, disrupted the lives of con-
tractors and their dependents,
and retarded progress," he

Perry Christie
"written advice that I got (was that) we were
conforming with law and policy as it exist-
Additionally, he said that the "tremendous
social benefits" that he felt his government
got the developers to agree to providing -
such as beach re-nourishment, and the cre-
ation of an "environmental park" as well as
the overall anticipated economic impact jus-
tified such financial perks.
"I also knew that there could be a philo-
sophical challenge to a gated community
attracting exemptions Ingraham is making
a philosophical challenge he said: 'That's a
Lyford Ca\. you don't give a Lyford Cay con-
cessions. people can afford to build their
homes on their own'.
"What I'm saying is that where I depart
from him is that we were having a one-of-a-
kind connection: South Ocean never worked,
his government tried. Pindling's government
Tried, my government tried this time we
had a ...chance of making it work out there."
With "stars" like Tiger Woods, Joe Lewis
and Ernie Els "calling Albany their home",
Mr Christie said the intention is to make "this
island like the South of France".
Mr Christie suggested that Mr Ingrahan

Police 'raid'

FROM page one

rogated her for two hours,
refusing to let her put her
clothes on, the patron claimed.
Immigration officers were
also called in to investigate the
-immigration status of the
During the course of the
incident more officers arrived
until there were 30 in total
"'Generally it was an effort
to harass and menace the peo-
ple rather than investigate
anything," the patron told The
Approximately 600 gay and ,
lesbian tourists arrived on the
ship. At the time of the inci-
dent, eyewitnesses said, there
were 200 of them in the club.
Chief Superintendent Glen
Miller told The Tribune yes-
terday that while he was
unaware of the actual iici-
dent, there are many police
units monitoring the various
night spots in Nassau on
"During the nights there
are units doing occasional
checks of night spots so it
would not be unusual (if offi-
cers suspect something unto-
ward) for something like this
to occur," he said.

has now been able to reduce the concessions
made available to the developers at this stage
because the developers began investing large
amounts of money in the project from the
point when the former government signed
the agreement.
"The successive government came and
blackmailed them," he said.
Mr Christie took issue with state"ntsr;,
made by Mr Ingraham in the House last eek `
which indicated that he was concerned a1but
the environmental impact of the develop-
ments. :, .
He declared that being aware of the envi-
ronmental assessment and environmental
management plan ensured by the previous
government, Mr Ingraham's statements were
Mr Christie added that the Albany and
South Ocean developments must be seen also
in terms of being part of the "overarching.
plans for the country to move forward" that
have informed the decision on the part of
YVRAS, the Canadian company which now :
manages the airport to plough "$300-400 mil-
lion" into upgrading the airport.
"The amount of people that would be nov-
ing through New Providence as a result of
the Albany and South Ocean developments is
directly linked to the scope and scale of the
project at the airport," he said.






Invitation for Proposals

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited (BTC)
is soliciting proposals from qualified suppliers for the provision
of a Direct Top-Up Pre-paid Mobile Solution.

Interested parties may obtain further information, including
eligibility to participate as of Wednesday, September 12, 2007
from the BTC Public Relations Department, John F Kennedy
(JFK) Drive, Nassau, Bahamas.

Any queries should be directed to Ms. Eldri Ferguson at (242)
324-9900 or (242) 424-2532 or eferguson@btcbahamas.com.

Please respond to this RFP by no later than 4:00 p.m., October
22nd, 2007, addressed to:

Mr. Leon Williams
President & CEO
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited
P. O. Box N-3048
John F. Kennedy Drive
Nassau, Bahamas

Proposals will be opened at 12:00 noon, October 23,
BTC, JFK Drive.

BTC reserves the rightto reject any or all proposals.

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DOMINIQUE STRUYE, Ambassador Designate of the Kingdom ot Belgium (rignt) presented nis Letters OT
S Credence to Sir Arthur Foulkes, deputy to the governor general at Government House on Thursday

HEALTH AND Social Service Minister Dr Hubert Minnis held a press conference to announce Oral Health
Month on Friday, October 5, at his Ministry headquarters on Meeting Street. From left are Dr Minnis,
Vinnette Gaitor, business manager, Thompson Trading Co; Candice Minott, business account manager,
Colgate-Palmolive Caribbean; and Dr Mitchell Lockart, director of oral health.

Costa Rica votes on US free trade deal

San Jose
COSTA Ricans were sharply
divided over Sunday's referen-
dum on a free trade pact with
the United States a measure
supporters say is key to national
prosperity, but critics fear could

hurt farmers and small business-
es, according to Associated Press.
Costa Rica is the only one of
the six Latin American signatories
to the trade deal, known as CAF-
TA, that has yet to ratify it..The
pact is in effect in the Dominican
Republic, Guatemala, Honduras,
Nicaragua and El Salvador.

With polls showing Costa
Rica is poised to be the first
country to reject the US-Central
American free trade agreement,
US officials and Costa Rica's
president appealed for voters
to back the deal.
On Saturday, the White House
said if Costa Ricans vote against

joining the agreement, the Bush
administration will not renegoti-
ate the deal and it urged people
to recognize the treaty's benefits.
US officials also suggested
they may riot extend trade pref-
erences now afforded to Costa
Rican products next year.
President Oscar Arias said a

'no' vote would affect industries
in this Central American nation
of 4.5 million people, and called
it an "important tool for gen-
erating wealth in the country."
Arias, w ho won a Nobel Peace
Prize for helping end Central
.America's civil wars in the 1980s,;
also said rejecting the pact would

threatened trade benefits that
help Costa Rica's industries.
But critics of the pact object
to its requirements that Costa
Rica open its telecommunica-
tions, services and agricultural
sectors to greater competition.
They also fear it will mean a
flood of cheap US farm imports.

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Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN employers
have recommended that the
Exceptions Orderto the Fair
Labour Standards Act be rein-
stated as part of the Employ-
ment Act, a move that if
approved would exempt specif-
ic worker categories from cer-
tain provisions in the Act, such
as the standard hours of work
and overtime pay.
As part of their proposed
package of amendments to the
Employment Act, which will be
discussed at the upcoming
October 22 conference that also

* Want Order in Fair Labour Standards Act included in Employment Act, exempting
managerial/supervisory staff from standard hours and overtime pay provisions
* Seeking to add fighting, drugs, alcohol and sexual harassment as grounds for summary dismissal
* Concern on including redundancy as,grounds for unfair dismissal, fearing it will provoke trade
disputes rise
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involves Bahamian government
and trade union representatives,
employers are urging that he
Exceptions Order be reinStat-
ed as part pf the Act to exempt
supervisory and managerial ptaff
from the provisions relating to

overtime pay and standard
hours of work.
Brian Nutt, the Bahamas
Employers Confederation's
(BECon) president, told The
Tribune: "What employers are
looking to do is reinstate an

Exceptions Order that is similar
to the Exceptions Order that
existed under the Fair Labour
Standards Act.
"We have made that recom-
mendation, and although we've
made a few minor changes in

our Exceptions Order, it fol-
lows almost verbatim the
Exceptions Order in the Fair
Labour Standards Act."
He added: "Although we've
put it on the table, we're not at,
the point where, we've got

reaction from the unions and
the Government on that. The
exact terms of the Exceptions
Order have yet to be deter-
SEE page 12B

'Recipe for disaster'

Tribune Business Editor
The absence of transparency
and competitive tendering for
government works contracts is a
"recipe for disaster", the
Bahamian Contractors Associ-
ation's ( BCA) president
warned, as it could result in sub-
standard work, defective build-

* Contractors Association head expresses concern
on problems with government works bid and ten-
dering process; says proposed Bill's licensing sys-
tem could help 'i
* Ministry to hold October 20 workshop in bid to
alleviate difficulties

ings and cost overruns that ulti- Stephen Wrinkle told The relating to the tei
mately bled the Bahamian tax- Tribune that the BCA had
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Royal Bank/Fidelity tie-up

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Auditors: Just one contract

given 'open competition'

Tribune Business Editor
SENIOR management in
the Department of Public
Works estimated that 85 per
cent of public construction
contracts were negotiated
with a sole company rather
than put out to competitive

Ministry of Works audit expresses
concern on mobilisation payments,
potential government liability exposure

er concerns over the extent
of government exposure and

Ministry Of Public Works and
Utilities, carried out by UK-

tendering or bidding, a mobilisation payment prob- based Crown Agents between
damning auditors report has lems.
found, while identifying oth- The ful audit repor-onthe SEE page 8B

close' to gaining all approvals

Royal's RBTTT deal likely to create
'more Bahamas jobs, not less'

Tribune Business Editor
THE merchant banking tie-
up between Fidelity Bank &
Trust International and Royal
Bank of Canada is "very close"
to obtaining all the required
regulatory approvals from
Caribbean supervisors, Royal
Bank's head of banking for the
Caribbean region told The Tri-
Ross McDonald said: "We're
still working hard to come to
an arrangement with them. We
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The Government last week
reaffirmed the approvals in
principle given by the former
Christie administration to the
developer behind the $867
million project to revitalise
the still-closed South Ocean
Golf and Beach resort, bring-
ing that project closer to
Sources familiar with the sit-
uation confirmed to The Tri-
bune that Cabinet last Tuesday

reaffirmed the April 30
approval in principle that RHS
Ventures and its principal,
Roger Stein, had received from
the PLP government just before
it demitted office,
The approvals deal with
issues such as the diversion of
the existing south-west Bay
Street road that runs through
the South Ocean'site away from
the proposed resort and resi-
dential complex, plus the devel-
oper's casino rights.
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...to a public information session on the plans for
developing a world-class airport in the Bahamas. The
Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) is holding
this meeting at Holy Trinity Activities Centre, Trinity Way,,
Stapledon Gardens on the 18h of October 2007, starting at
7:00 pm. Topics to be covered will include:

* The condition of existing facilities and projections for
future growth
* Space and passenger flows
* The design and scope of the project
S The layout of the aprons, gates, terminals, roads and
* Innovations, including gardens, swing gates, separation
of incoming
i, and outgoing passengers and sustainable design
Our mission to incorporate a distinctive Bahamian'
sense of place,
and your input on how this should be achieved

Please come out to listen to our presentation, ask
questions and make your views known. We welcome
your input and support as we endeavour to build the most
efficient, friendly and beautiful airport in the Caribbean.

Please direct any inquiries to 702-1001. Refreshments will served.

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It was an active week in the
Bahamian market, with 99,987
shares changing hands. The
market saw 12 out of its 19 list-
ed stocks trade, of which three
advanced, three declined and
six remained unchanged.
Volume leader for the week
was Freeport Oil Holdings
Company (FCL), with 30,000
shares being traded and
accounting for 30 per cent of
the total shares exchanged.
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
(BAB) was the big advancer for
a second week, increasing by
$0.31 or 14 per cent to close at
$2.45. The big decline for the
week was FirstCaribbean Inter-
national Bank (Bahamas)
(CIB), which lost $0.10, to close
the week at $14.65.
The FINDEX increased by
0.20 points or 0.02 per cent,
week-over-week to close at
Bahamas Property Fund

(BPF) -
BPF released its financial
results for the first half of the
year. Net income for the six
months ended June 30, 2007,
was $1.2 million compared to
$1.3 million for the same period
in the prior year, a decline of
Rental income for the peri-
od declined by $196,000 in com-
parison to the prior year, while
bank interest increased by
For the second quarter, net
income was $562,000, which was
less than the first quarter's


results by $61,000, due primari-
ly to lower rental revenues and
higher interest charges.

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The NAV per share of BPF
stood at $12.60 per share com-
pared to $11.49 in the prior year.

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A diverse portfolio contains a variety of investments depend-
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Ideally, you should diversify with a mixture of conservative
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As you move closer to retirement, re-evaluate your portfolio
and move your riskier investments to less risky investments.

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Divdem/AGM Note:

BOB has declared dividends of $0.16 per share, payable on October 8, 2007, to all share-
holders of record date October 1, 2007.
DHL has declared dividends of $0.02 per share, payable on October 15,2007, to al
shareholders of record date October 8, 2007.
Consolidated Water Company has declared dividends of $0.013 per BDR, payable on
November 7, 2007, to all shareholders of record date September 30. 2007.
CBL will hold a Extraordinary General Meeting on October 17,2007, at 5pm at Super-
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- Design and amend plan rules and trust deed documents as appropriate
~ Ensure pension records are current and accurate
- Process daily pension activities
~ Prepare and provide clients with relevant and timely reports
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PERMIT and building
inspection fees charged by the
Buildings Control Department
need to be revised to reflect ser-
vice costs, external auditors
have recommended, as during
the 2006 first half it earned just
$612,547 in fees from just over
$343 million worth of building
applications submitted and
The report, by UK-based
Crown Agents, found: "Fees are
unchanged in 15 years and cur-
rently based on square footage.
However, this does not neces-
sarily reflect the true complexi-
ty or cost of the service."
The audit report pointed out
that a 5,000 square foot, single-
storey building would require
five inspections by the Building
Control Department, but a three-
storey building of the same size
would need at least a minimum
of four additional inspections,
meaning that square footage was
not reflective of costs.
During the 2006 first half, the
Building Control Department

Department earns just $612,547

in fees from construction

applications worth $343m

in 2006 first half


Building Control

urged to increase

its permit fees

dealt with 1,753 building appli-
cations that were submitted and
another 1,008 that were
approved. The total value of
applications received was just
over $343 million, but the
Department earned only
$612,547 in permit fees.
During the same time peri-
od, some 798 new buildings
worth a collective $105.297 mil-
lion were completed, while 761
properties valued at $126.146
million were started.
The audit report said: "There
has been talk for some time of
revising the fee system to one
based on estimated value or one
utilising time-based extra inspec-
tions as additional fees. How-
ever, there has been no analysis

of whether fees are appropriate
and proportionate to the cost
(man hours of effort) of carrying
out the service or even whether
they are covering their costs.
"It is recommended that the
department conducts an analysis
of the cost of its service, and
ensures that in the medium term
an appropriate and proportion-
ate fee structure is put in place."
Crown Agents suggested that
the Government might want the
Building Control Department
toaoperate as a standalone, qua-
si-governmental agency, with
the objective of maximising effi-
ciency, delivering better public
service and "providing the
appropriate return to the Gov-
ernment in terms of revenue".

....................................Bay Street sales and profits flat
Bay Street, sales and profits flat

Tribune Business Reporter
BAY Street merchants say
they are braving the tradition-
ally slow period between the
summer and start of the Christ-
mas season, pointing out that
initial fig .-res are suggesting
sales and profits will be similar
to that of last year.
Speaking for the John Bull
Group or Companies, Inga
Bowleg said the trend they are
currently seeing is pretty much
in line with expectations; they"
bad for this time of year.

She added that while the state
of downtown Nassau was always
a concern each individual store
was doing what it could to ensure
their property wasup to standard.
Collectively, the stores under
the umbrella of the Nassau
Tourism and Development
Board (NTDB) are working
with the Government to address
concerns about the area.
Ms Bowleg said John Bull
used the traditionally slower
pre-Christmas season to plan a
special reward for their loyal
Bahamian customers. The first
annual GirPs Night Out event

last month was considered a
success as it allowed invited
guests a fun evening of fashion
show prizes, as well as a pre-
view of new merchandise.
The Seventeen Shop also
reported that while there was a
slowdown, they expected similar
However Billy Lee, the pro-
prietor of a souvenir based store,
noted that they were seeing less
tourists, particularly cruise pas-
sengers, than in the past year.
He said that while the state of
downtown miaybe 'facItor, there e
might be a number of reasons.

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Tribune Business Reporter
SMALL Bahamian business-
es are suffering from a compre-
hensive lack of planning in all
areas of their operations, a con-
sultant told The Tribune. Mark
Turnquest, head of Mark Turn-
quest and Associate Companies
and the
Small Business Resource
Centre, told The Tribune that

there are several areas which,
in his role as a business advi-
sor, he has seen persons struggle
A lot of times, he said, per-
sons create valid plans in a sin-
gle area of business, but lack
the synergy and coordination
of having a comprehensive plan
to address all aspects of their
"I feel that there are three
goals when people enter into

business that prove difficult,
including human resources and
training of employees. This is
most particularly when it comes
to the role of succession into
higher positions,"Mr Tunrquest
Another area where there is a
lack of planning is in the area of
marketing, with many compa-
nies not taking the time to prop-
erly promote their services and

Another major area of con-
cern is financial planning,'Mr
Turnquest said, because a lot
of companies often find they do
not have significant cash flow
to meet their business obliga-
tions or deal with their emer-
Mr Turnquest said: "Busi-
ness owners must participate
in the development of their
business plans because, at
the end of the day, they will

be solely responsible for
implementing their business
strategies in an effective and
efficient manner."
He also highlighted a grow-
ing need for companies to
take the social responsibility
of providing some financial
security for their employees
He said that as a method of
growth and employee incentive,
some sort of pension plan and

or retirement savings mi'st be
"I do think that we have to
move towards pensions, partic
ularly once an employee has
reached a certain maturity with
the company for example.
after five years a ceil tai
amount is set aside," Mr 'lTur
quest said.
He added that employees and
employers should facilitate sav
ings plans.

China focusing on product safety, says Ambassador

Tribune Business Reporter
The People's Republic of
China is committed to ensuring
the products it manufactures
are of high safety and quality
standards, its ambassador to the
Bahamas said in the aftermath
of a recent massive recall of toys
in the US.
Li Yuanming explained at a
special forum on doing business
in China that its economy was
growing at a rapid pace, with

foreign trade totaling US $1.7
trillion last year.
With all of this taking place,
Mr Yuanming said that the
country's challenge wasto
ensure its products were up to
standard and remain at low
His comments come in the
aftermath of the recall of more
than one million Mattel toys
manufactured in China, which
had been discovered to contain
The increase in manufactur-

ing has also led to an obvious
increase in the amount of ener-
gy which is used, something
Chuina is seeking ways to min-
ismise, the ambassador said.
Also speaking at the Forum
was Jingshen Chen, the eco-
nomic officer in the Embassy
of China.
Mr Chen reminded the audi-
ence that the most important
piece of advice in conducting
business with Chinese distribu-
tors is to have the contract in

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position will be on a consultancy basis for a period of 7 9 months:

Derivatives System Implementation Project Business Analyst
at UBS Bahamas
Specifically, the Business Analyst will work with vendor resources, local resources, and
management to:
Get training and train others on the selected application's functionality
STest existing application functionality
Adapt current business processes to the new system
Identify functionality gaps
Work with global resources as necessary to integrate into UBS environment
Identify opportunities for process improvements
Create functional specifications for vendor and internal resources
Provide initial testing of vendor enhancements.
Design and develop data extracts for reports and interfaces
Assist in development and testing of data migration plan
Assist users in UAT
Minimum Requirements:

BA/BS in finance, accounting, math, engineering, or computer science
Broad experience (5+ years) in Private Banking and/or Investment Banking
Solid foundation of traditional banking products and backoffice processing, specifically:
Equities, Fixed Income, Mutual funds, Foreign
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Exchange traded options, FX and Bond Options
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He explained that while most
merchants will request a full
payment at the time of the
order, this is something that is
not recommended.


Rather, he said persons
should be prepared to place a
deposit of around 30 per cent
of the total order.
Mr Chen further said that
there were number of miscon-
ceptions that persons have
regarding business in China,
namely that dealing with the
manufacturer is always the
cheapest route to take.
He said this may not be the

case, and that Chinese prices
are automatically always cheap-
er. He explained that the price
will always depend on the qual-

ity of the product.
The special forum was hostc(l
by The Bahamas- China Frielnd
ship Association.

Residential real estate developer is seeking a guest relations coordinator. This
person will meet and greet prospective buyers and will assist the sales team. The
successful candidate will possess the following experience and qualifications:

* Successfully completed high school, with C+ or above in all major subjects.
* Excellent communications and administrative skills
* Goal-oriented team player.
* Flexible schedule (weekdays/weekends/holidays as schedule).
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* Professional appearances and demeanor
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* Previous experience in the hospitality industry, preferred.

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Potential GBPA investor:

Let's look forward, not back

SAYING it is time to look
forward, not back Fleming
Family & Partners, the prospec-
tive investor in the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA), said yesterday it was
time to look forward in
Freeport, not back, and was
excited about the opportunity
to work with Bahamian part-
ners in developing the city into
a thriving community.
"We are excited about the
future of Grand Bahama, and
fully believe that no other island
in the region can compare to it
for the untapped potential it has
for complete and economically
diverse development," said
Geoff Richards, of Fleming
Family & Partners.
Mr Richards, speaking from a
conference room in Vaduz
where he had been attending a
meeting with European finance
ministers, spoke after the late
Edward St George's estate
offered an olive branch from in
the battle for ownership and
control of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority to Sir Jack Hay-
ward and his family. Some
observers said the 'branch'
came with thorns.
Mr Richards refused com-
ment on those articles, saying:
"The court will decide what it
will decide. We do not feel it is
appropriate for us to comment
on those matters at all. Legal
matters are meant to be decided
in a court of law, not the court
of public opinion. Fleming Fam-
ily & Partners is actively sup-
porting the resolution of all the
litigation in a fair, equitable and
reasonable manner in the inter-
ests of Freeport and its stake-
holders because our interest lies
in the future of Grand Bahama,
which we believe has the great-
est untapped potential in the
region. It is time to look for-
ward, not back."
Fleming Family & Partners,
an asset management firm that
focuses on emerging markets,
has a record of successful part-
nerships investing in 44 coun
tries. In each case, it aims to

develop strong cominlmIt itics
with a diversified economic
base, and its reputation for
working in paitneiship will
governments to promote local
interests is strong.
Mr Richards said he saw
Hutchison Whampoa's con-
tainer purt and transhipment
facilities in Freeport as central
to trade oppo tunitiet,s~l'r
wants to expand the economic
base and lifestyle beyond ship-
ping and tourism, while extend-
ing ownership to Bahamians
through a share offering and
sustaining ihe illteic. t and
investment ol GB PA
"We believe the landscape,
infrastructure, political and
social climate are ideal for true
partnership that will benefit
Grand Bahama and the
Bahamas," said Mr Richards.
Looking forward to success in
their bid to acquire GBPA
shares. Fleming Family & Part-
ners proposes to transform tlhe
Grand Bahama economy,
bringing in financial services

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and fund managers. A
spokesman said five of the
world's leading banks have
expressed an interest.
They plan to re-affirm and
help re-develop active and
sports tourism, touting Grand
Bahama's golf courses, diving,
boating, tennis, jogging, biking
and other attractions that could
mushroonrrWihtl"eapital invest-
iment and international promon
One proposed project that
distinguishes their vision most

from others is a city built
around a university and
research centre; a heart-of-the-
neighbourhood portrait they
paint. And they plan to work
closely with existing licensees
in all they do.
Fleming Family & Partners
is looking at establishing a uni-
versity, medical research cen-
tre and hospital with the acade-
mic and research environment
encouraging an influx of per-
sons who want to make Grand
Bahama their home

"In whatever we do, from the
days Robert Fleming created
the original Fleming Bank in
Scotland, we take the long-term
perspective on building wealth
for our clients by building com-
munities wherever we go," said
Roddie Fleming, Group Deputy
Chairman, who is spearheading

the project.
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FROM page oe Fidelity and Royal Banic
S., annotmnced in April that the lat-
ill have some minor regulat-: ter had acquired a 50 per cent
Sapprovals in BarbadOs [to stake in Fidelity's Fidelity Mer-
t]. chant Bank & Trust investment
"We have substantially banking arm, which will be
ceived all the approvals from renamed Royal Fidelity Metr:,
e Bahamas, and at this stage I chant Bank & Trust, creating a
ink we're very close." joiit vetiritb between the two.

gaining all approvals

The deal is an attempt to
marry Fidelity's investment
products, regional knowledge
and presence in markets such
as the Bahamas and the Cay-
man Islands, with Royal Bank's
r.regional reach, client base anid
balance sheet,
That client base and balance

The developer oaprestigious 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
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Knowledge of the Caribbean, United Kiigdom and UnitedStates markets very
Computer skills necessary to.operate a customer relation management system
required .
Needs to possess excellent verbal and written skills and professional appearance
Individual must be a ream player and able to work with all levels of management
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Men and Women of intellectual and academic excellence who have a degree or equivalent qualification
with at least upper second class honours (or above) are encouraged to apply.
Candidates who wish to undertake post-graduate study in business, management, economics, and other
related fields should have taken, before applying for the scholarship, the Graduate Management
Admission Test (GMAT) or the .Graduate Record Examination (ORE).

The scholarships:are intended to cover the expenses of travel, living and study and include:
(a) approved air fare to the United Kingdom by the most direct and economical route and return
on expiry of the scholarship (a scholar's dependents are:optreligible);
(b) a persona maintenance allowance o 737 per month; (915 per month fotliose studying
at institutions in the London Metroiolitan area)
(c) approved tuition and examination fees;
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(e) an initial arrival allowance, incorporating an initial clothing grant for scholars from tropical
(f) a grant for expenses for approved study travel within the UK or overseas;
(g) a grant towardns *t gksi or h se scholar 'fqr whom a case has been made for fieldwork
outside the UnifedKingdom. This shall not normally exceed one economy class return airfare
to the fieldwotk location:
(h) a paid rid-trm fre their home country for scholars on three year doctoral awards. Scholars
for whom fieldwork fares pre provided to their home country shall not be entitled to a mid
term fare home.nor'seholaft who have claimed (or intend to claim) spouse or child allowances
for more than 12 months during their award;
(i) formarried scholars selected for awards exceeding one academic year, a marriage allowance
of 209 per inoithi' p iybl provided that the haisband and wife are residing together at the
same addressi:in iteUnitbKin. It is not paid when a husband or wife of the scholar
is also a recipieno fin award. For such married couples accompanied by their children, a
child allowance is payable at the rate of 123 per month for the first child and 97 for the
second and third child under the age of 16, provided they are residing with their parents;
Irrespective of the length bf the award, a scholar who is Widowed, divorced or a lone parent,
will receive 'an llowince id respect of the fi~t accompanying child and child allowances for
the second sadird i accotiinying children.
Further details, application forms and Prospectus may be obtained from the Scholarship and Educational
Loan Division of the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture or Commonwealth Scholarship
and Fellowship Plan international website www.csfl-ondlne.org. Applications should be returned to
reach the Scholarship and Educational Loan Division, Ministry of Education, P.O. Box N-3913, no
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sheet is ultimately likely to
become much larger following
last week's announcement that
Royal Bank is poised to acquire
the Royal Bank of Trinidad &
Tobago (RBTT) Group in a
$2.2 billion deal that will ulti-
mately see the two combine
their Caribbean retail banking
The acquisition is expected
to close in nine months' time,
in mid-2008, creating a retail
banking operation that covers
18 Caribbean territories, with.
some 130 branches and $13.7
billion in assets serving 1.6 mil-
lion clients. It will have 6,900
Mr McDonald said it was
"too early to say" what role
Royal Fidelity would have to.
play in the enlargement of Roy-
al Bank's Caribbean footprint
and how it might integrate with
the RBTT deal, adding that
Royal Bank had to talk to both
parties once the respective
arrangements were finalised to
see "how do we make these
things work for everybody".
Royal Bank's current region-. ':
al head office is in the Bahamas,
with some 705 or 50 per cent of

the balk's current Caribbean-
wide workforce of 1400 based
here. The bank's Bahamian
operations generated in 2006
more than $30.5 million in
salaries and benefits.' and saw
them purchase $10.874 million
worth of goods and services
from Bahamas-based suppliers.
RBTT has some 5,400
employees, mostly based in
. Trinidad & Tobago, and with
plans to move the combined
RBTT-Royal Bank retail oper-
ations headquarters there once
the acquisition.was consum-
mated, there had been fears that
Royal Bank would switch its
regional headquarters from the
Bahamas and there could be job
losses here.
SMr McDonald, though, dis-
pelled such speculation, saying
there were no plans to move
the regional headquarters from
the Bahamas. He added: "I
don't anticipate job redundan-
cies in the Bahamas. It will con-
tinue to be an important region-
al centre. There will probably
be more jobs than less."
Prior to the RBTT deal, some
40 per cent of Rdyal Bank's
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Mr McDonald said the RBIT
acquisition would be described
by some as "a marriage made in
heaven", as there were rela-
tively few geographical over-
laps between the two compa-
nies' operations and branch net-
Combining the two would
give the enlarged group a pres-
ence in all the English-speak-
ing Caribbean markets, with
only one or two minor overlaps
in the eastern Caribbean and
Barbados to be eliminated.
Rather than refer certain things
to Canada, as they had in the
past, Mr McDonald said Royal
Bank's Bahamian and
Caribbean operations would
now be able to refer them to
RBTT's Port-of-Spain head-
quarters, which had "a whole
bunch of functions" they did
Rather than trying to cut
costs and make the business
more efficient by eliminating
overlaps and streamlining, Mr
McDonald said the absence
of such overlaps meant the
focus of the RBTT acquisi-
tion, once completed, would
be to grow revenues and the
"This is not about getting
costs out of the business," Mr
McDonald said. "There's none
to get out. It's about how to
drive the revenues and make
the business more efficient,
more successful going forward.
It's a once-in-a-lifetime trans-
action, and all stakeholders
"Whether it's customers,
shareholders, employees or the
companies, they are absolutely
thrilled by the whole opportu-
nity going forward."
He added that the RBTT
acquisition was expected to
close in nine months, once all
regulatory approvals from
Canadian and Caribbean bank-
ing and securities supervisory
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'Recipe for disaster'

FROM page one
for government works and
building construction contracts
when they met Earl Deveaux,
the minister for works and
transport, last week.
He added that Mr Deveaux
and the Ministry of Works were
planning to hold a one-day sem-
inar on October 20 for con-
struction industry professionals
"to discuss issues relating pri-
marily to government bid work,
how the bid process should be
handled from the Government
perspective, and how contrac-
tors should pre-qualify and
The extent of the problems
relating to the bid process for
government works contracts,
although no surprise to anyone
in industry or the Government,
were highlighted last week
when Mr Deveaux read the
summary from an audit report

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LEFT TO right, Lambert Knowles, senior engineer, Ministry of Works, Brent Burrows, BCA, Godfrey Forbes,
BCA, Ministry of Works, Earl Deveaux, Terrance Knowles, BCA, Robyn Ogilvie, BCA, Stephen Wrinkle, presi-
dent BCA, Dennis Attfield, BCA, Caldwell Pratt, deputy director, Ministry of Works.

Works was experiencing in the
tendering process.
The Bill, as currently draft-
ed, would require all Bahamian
contractors seeking and con-
tracting for work with the pub-
lic to be licensed and possess a
valid licence, safeguarding resi-
dents and businesses from dis-
reputable, unqualified compa-
nies who may perform shoddy
workmanship. Consumers
would be provided with an
avenue of recourse, and the Bill
proposes to create three tiers
for licensing small, medium
and large contractors.
There will also be specialised
licences for the likes of electri-
cians and plumbers, and the sys-
tem in the Bill's existing draft is
designed to give contractors
leverage based on the size, scale
and complexity of buildings and
structures they previously con-
Mr Wrinkle said the licens-
ing aspects could work "hand-
in-hand" with Mr Deveaux's
aims, adding: "They will have
some measure, through the
licensing, to attract competent
"The capability of the con-
tractor will correspond to the
scope of the works for the pro-
ject. The minister sees that as
consumer protection." IAO










of the Ministry of Works that ernment procurement and who ive when it came to passing the
was performed by the UK- was doing the work......... proposed Contractors Bill to
based Crown Agents. "We're very disappointed regulate the Bahamian con-
The Crown Agents audit that's the way the bid process struction, as it would require all
"raises some serious concerns" went. It wasn't even a bid contractors to be licensed
on the contracting process, with process, it was allocation of according to their capabilities,
an analysis finding that "more work. specializations and expertise.
than three quarters" or 75 per "We're extremely concerned He added that the minister
cent of the Ministry of Works' that the capability of the con- felt this would dovetail nicely
high-value contracts were being tractor was not matched to the with the Ministry of Works'
awarded without any competi- scope of the work. It's a recipe attempt to create a list of
tive bidding by multiple con- for disaster. A person could Bahamian contractors and their
struction firms, build a school not having the competenoe/abilities, helping it
As a result, Crown Agents required licence or expertise, to match these with the require-
said contracts were being and the end result is that you ments of public works projects.
awarded other than on com- have a building that is defec- "The BCA and the Ministry
petitiveness and merit, and the tive." of Works are trying to get
"quality, timeliness and value The Crown Agents audit everyone in the industry into
for money of contracted works pointed out that the absence of the frame of mind that it has to
has been compromised". As a a competitive tendering and be regulated. The aim is to cat-
result, the auditors concluded bidding process meant that it egorise these builders," Mr
the Ministry of Works "cannot was difficult to obtain value for Wrinkle said.
credibly claim to be managing money when using the Bahami- "It was a very positive meet-
public finances correctly", an people's funds. ing and we were very well
Mr Wrinkle told The Tribune Among the problems likely received by the minister. He
that during last week's meeting to result were that a contractor was very supportive of our Con-
with Mr Deveaux, he had was selected who did not have tractors Bill, and the passage of
informed BCA representatives the financial resources to man- the Bill. He realized there is an
that "his goal is to get the Gov- age a contract and procurement extreme deficiency in the regu-
ernment bid process to a trans- of supplies; there would be lation of the construction indus-
parent level and equal playing delays in completion and sub- try, both from the construction
field", although no details were standard work; a lack of value; point of view and the consumer
provided on the strategy for and a direct loss of funds when standpoint."
achieving this. contracts had to be terminated Mr Wrinkle said the Con-
Mr Wrinkle added: "We after mobilization payments tractors Bill, which is currently
knew the Government has been..,wase aadwtI..._ ...-.... ...--with the-Attorney Geaneal's
experiencing problems, and we Mr Wrinkle, meanwhile, said Office, sought to prevent some
had several coiceris on go'v& '-'ifDjti;at f 'r'shfpo`rt- p- 'fftl piftl6ms the M. of

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The successful candidates must have a university degree, and possess or
be enrolled in either the Series 7, CSC, or UK equivalent. The individuals
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EFG offers an attractive compensation plan that includes salary, benefits
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Interested and qualified applicants must submit applications by October
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Auditors: Just one contract given 'open competition'

FROM page one
September 25, 2006, and Octo-
ber 20, 2006, assessed active
public works projects that had a
value of $250,000 or above.
Some 193 projects existed at the
audit date, and Crown Agents
focused on a sample size of 67
or 35 per cent of the total, as
the margin for error was rela-
tively small. .
Out of these, Crown Agents
found that seven contracts were
tendered according to Inter-
American Development Bank
(IDB) procedures; 13 were
issued "using limited competi-
tive tendering"; just one was

tendered on an "open competi-
tion basis"; and 46 were negoti-
ated with just one firm.
In a footnote to their main
report, Crown Agents found
that out of all projects worth
more than $250,000 that were
active, some 68.6 per cent were
contracted via negotiations
with just one company, rather
than through competitive ten-
dering. It added that if the IDB
contracts were removed, as
these were issued according to
IDB procedures that were
monitored by the bliik, the
percentage rose to 75.6 per
Noting that the Department



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of Public Works did not cen-
trally record tender and con-
tract award information, Crown
Agents said more open tender-
ing should occur for projects
worth over $250,000.
They added: "Logic would
dictate that the proportion of
negotiated contracts would only
increase for lower value con-
"The major finding when
looking at contracting was the
high incidence of 'negotiated
contracts in contravention of
the pretimption contained
within government financial
regulation and instructions that
contracts should only be let
after a competitive procurement
"This competitive approach
is no longer being followed, and
negotiated contracts have
become the norm rather than
the exception. Department of
Public Works senior manage-
ment put the use of negotiated
contracts at 85 per cent. Our
own analysis suggests a figure
of a minimum 76 per cent nego-
tiated contracts."
The Crown Agents said the
ultimate result of relying on
negotiations with just one com-
pany was the failure to obtain
value for the Bahamian peo-
ple's money and taxpayer dol-
lars. Often, such talks resulted
in reducing initial bids to val-

ues close to
Works' own
"many files
on a contract
cantly higher
without an ex
higher costs".


Often, the
for negotiatil
just one firm
petitive tend
pressures and
to be complex
possible, but C
such a process
essarily adi
delay" when d
works and es
"We accel
examples of
Family Island
of competitive
not be optimi
lack of effect
(on a less po
Crown Agent
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some contra
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the Ministry of negotiated contracts are just as
a estimates, but likely on New Providence,
show agreements where these considerations
:ual figure signifi- would not apply.
than the estimate "Instead, the reason for
explanation for the negotiating an award or other-
wise making changes to the list
of bidders selected is on the
SSUreS basis of directives, often over-
ruling the recommendations of
staff and senior management at
main justification the Department of Public
ng contracts with Works/Ministry of Works. This
and avoiding com- we have termed as interference
ering, were time with the expected procurement
the need for work process for other considerations
-ted as rapidly as than the competitiveness or
Lrown Agents said merit of the contractor."
s would "not nec- The strong hint from the
d a significant Crown Agents report, unsur-
irawings, scope of prisingly, is that many public
timates were also works contracts have been
awarded on the basis of politi-
pt that there are cal, family and friendship con-
projects in the nections, the Bahamian taxpay-
Is where the norm er losing out in many cases.
e tendering might The use of Letters of Intent
um for reasons of when awarding contracts also
tive competition came in for criticism, Crown
pulated island)," Agents finding that many such
:s found. documents contained wording
acknowledge that that indemnified the contractor
icts are directly against costs for the work exe-
le Family Islands cuted, and materials purchased
asons, which is a for the project.
ment beyond the The audit report concluded:
audit. However, "This indemnification is far too
iese cases should wide and, potentially, could
tion and, in any leave the Department of Public
dence shows that Works liable for all costs arising
from execution, including those
costs for which the contractor
would have liability under a
"The risk is that this would
apply regardless of whether the.
contractor is negligent or in the
event of incidents for which the
contractor should be insured,
such as accidents or death."
When it came to mobiliza-
l) tion payments, which are pay-
ments made to contractors to
enable them to hire workers
and equipment to start the job,
above-named Crown Agents found that the
enced on the standard procedure for such
ator Is Argosa payments 10 per cent of the
contract value for New Provi-
hamas. dence, and 20 per cent for the
Family Islands was being
applied "erratically" and did
not reflect the size of the com-
"We saw evidence of 20 per
cent payments for New Provi-
dence projects with no justifi-
cation for the higher percent-
age other than perhaps the
contractor had requested," the
audit report said, saying such
advances should be more
closely related to the scope of
work, bills of quantity and cash
flows anticipated from the con-
In addition, the audit report

said mobilization payments
were not being secured with
bank guarantees, something
"normally considered unac-
ceptable with public funds."
Crown Agents noted work at
the Thomas A Robinson Stadi-
um for the CAC Games, which
was started by a company called
Electro-Telecom even before it
had a contract, since "they
clearly were aware they were
going to receive a'contact and
thus saw little value in waiting
for official permission to pro-


The audit report also referred
to the Government's efforts to
recoup a $104,000 mobilisation
payment for a project in
Mayaguana that was never car-
ried out by the company that
won the contract, and the 2006
school repair contract for Yel-
low Elder Primary School.
This contract was awarded
to TTC Construction, the report
said, on a negotiated basis
despite the company's initial
estimate for the works being
$711,000, some 70 per cent high-
er than the Ministry of Works
estimate of $415,000.
Work commenced after an
agreement was reached at the
Ministry's price, and TTC
received a 20 per cent mobi-
lization payment, despite, the
report said not having worked,
for the Ministry for more than a
year and possible never and
the project being on New Prov-
The audit report questioned
why TTC was awarded a con-
tract without competitive bid-
ding, supposedly because of
time pressures, when a smaller
contract for repairs at the
same school in the same time-
frame went through a tender
process. f
Crown Agents said the
Ministry's contractor registra-
tion system had lapsed, mean-
ing selection was less stringent
and assessment of a contrac-
tor's financial capability "rudi-
mentary", often being left to
technical officers who formed
impressions based on infor-
mal discussions with col-
Companies were often
inserted into bid lists as ten-
ders "go up the management
chain", the audit report found.
It added: "This lack of trans-
parency is unacceptable for
public procurement and can
lead to inappropriate or unfair
selection, and possibly even

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45 of 2000,
the Dissolution of BELAN LIMITED has been completed,
a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company
has therefore been struck off the Register. The date of comple-
tion of the dissolution was 4th day of October, 2007.





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Pricing Information As Of a L"
Thursday, 4 October 2007 -Cr

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Dlv S PIE Yield
1.78 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.5 .65 0.00 550 0.094 0.000 1 0.00%
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1,000 1.502 0.400 7.7 3.45%
9.55 7.51 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 400 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.048 0.020 17.7 2.35%
3.74 1.55 Bahamas Waste 3.73 3.73 0.00 7,000 0.275 0.060 13.6 1.61%
2.58 1.20 Fidelity Bank 2.58 .2.40 -0.18 1,500 0.051 0.040 47.1 1.67%
11.02 9.55 Cable Bahamas 11.00 11.00 0.00 1.000 0.996 0.240 11.0 2.18%
3.15 1.80 Collna Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 5,000 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
16.25 11.91 Commonwealth Bank 16.25 16.25 0.00 1.190 0.680 13.7 4.18%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.06 6.11 0.05 0.112 0.050 54.2 0.82%
2.76 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.35 2.35 0.00 0.284 0.000 8.3 0.00%
6.40 5.54 Famguard 6.30 6.30 0.00 0.804 0.240 7.8 3.81%
12.80 11.51 Flnco 12.80 12.80 0.00 0.768 0.570 16.7 4.45%
14.75 13.82 FirtCaribbean 14.75 14.75 0.00 0.934 0.470 15.8 3.19%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 6.10 6.09 -0.01 30,000 0.364 0.133 16.7 2.18%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Corlcrete 0.70 0.70 0.00 -0.416 0.000 NIM .00
8.49 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76
10.05 8.52 J. S. Johnson 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.991 0.580 10.1 5.77%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 .0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Dlv $ P/E Yield
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 1.125 1.125 13.9 7.71
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 NIM 0.00
1.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.234 1.485 13.9 10.50%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 NIM 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.3585 1.3087 Colina Money Market Fund 1.358531
3.3402 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.3402***
2.9215 2.4687 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.921539"**
1.2698 1.1923 Collna Bond Fund 1.269803"**
11.6581 11.2129 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.6581"***
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 1.O000 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NYKE
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 28 September 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price -30 June 2007
Today s Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week ** 30 Septmber 2007
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mthe ** 31 July 2007
Daily Vol. Number of total shams traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007.





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A Contemporary Approach to Administration for Productivity and
Effective Management in Public and Private Entities
The School of Social Sciences of The College of The Bahamas in-
vites members ot the public and private sectors to join our College/
University community ac change agents of the Twenty-Iirst Century.
working in partnership for national development.
Individuals. This is your chance to ready your thinking and skills to
seize 21st century opportunities and be someone who is proactive
and makes things happen
Employers Discover ways of creating first class resources to in-
crease your organization's ability to compete in a rapidly changing
global economy.
Prospective students and participants have these options.
* Pursue the BA Degree in Public Administration
* Participate in seminars/workshops and short courses [with cer-
tificate of attendance]
Programmes are conducted in a progressive environment which
takes into consideration:
* Needs of individuals through small group interaction
* 'Bottom line' of organizations through exposure to planning-
strategic and long-range and total quality management
* Major contemporary issues of organizations: e g training needs
occasioned by the challenges of globalization
* Issues relating to sustainable development
* Public/Private Sector Partnerships [PPPs]


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It of Fame Induction and Luncheon
day, November 23, 2007 at 12:30 p.m.
tish Colonial Hilton, No. 1 Bay Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

:kets available for a donation of $;p

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Tel(242) 302-4359

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One-Day Symposium for Library Personnel

October 11, 2007 8:30am 4:30 pm
The Michael Eldon Complex,
Oakes Field Campus, Thompson Boulevard, Nassau, Bahamas

Come and hear from Cheryl Peltier-Davis of Nova Southeastern University library Nicholas
Cop of Nicholas Cop Consulting, Gainesville, Florida, and Juan Felipe Longas of ProQueLt
Topics/Issues: The current state of Caribbean and Bahamian libraries and much more. Participnts
will have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and skills:
Find out what is the latest in technological development that you can initiate that will enhance
the services you provide for your patrons. .
Develop the necessary skills and knowledge to make your services relevant for today's
generation and the next.
Register today Family Island Library Workers are especially invited to attend
Registration Cost: $50.00 per person (includes lunch and coffee break).
Kindly complete the attached Registration Form and fax it to 302 4531 or deliver the form along with
payment to the Libraries and Instructional Media Services at The College's Oakes Field Campus.
For further information contact:
Tel: 302 4552 and 302 4550
E-mail: bwalker@cob.edu.bs or wiohnson@cob.edu.bs

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September 14 GERMAN FILM Slide show by Dr. Irene Moss, Director, ILCI Munnings Room 2
Friday 6:30 PM
September 28 CHINESE FILM Presented by Professor Xian Xianwen Munnings Room 2
Friday____________________________ ______________
October 26 SPANISH FILM Presentation: Foreign Lang. Dept.: Assistant Munnings Rom 2
Friday Professor Guadalupe del llierro Higueras
October 6 OKTOBERFEST Organized by I. Moss with all relevant COB Band Shell
Saturday Departments: Communications. Security, etc. 6 11
November 8 FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING Slide show by I. Moss, F. Leger on guitar, J. Munnings Room 2
Thursday Mereus on vocals and other musical friends 7 PM
November 14 THE HOLOCAUST a movie presentation Mr. Absil holocaust survivor UWI Dining Room
Wednesday and lecture 7 PM
December 4 JUNKANOO ART- designing and pasting Presentation and demonstration by Henry Moss Jr.; Munnings Room 2
Tuesday costumes WORKSHOP slide show by I. Moss 6-8
December 13 MERRY MULTI-CULTURAL Organization & musical direction: I. Moss Munnings Room 2
Thursday CHRISTMAS ILCI, Foreign Lang.Dept. members and COB '7 PM
January 9 Wed CHINESE NEW YEAR Presentation by Professor Xu Xianwcn Munnings Room 2, 7PM
January 19 DRUMFEST A drum summit regrouping Video of Montreal TAM TAM JAM by I. Moss Band shell
Saturday members from all the Junkanoo teams Director: TBA 2 PM
February 7 PANEL DISCUSSION: Tourism and Panel members from Tourism, Immigration. COB Munnings Room 2 or BTC
Thursday Languages and private tourism businesses Lecture Hall? 7 IPM
February 19 FRENCH FILM ASTERIX Presentation on Roman history background by Munnings Room 2
Tuesday Professor Stephen B. Aranha 7 Pm
March 1-15 IRISH PUB NITE -to be announced With Montreal Band SWIF'l YEARS UWI Dining Room
March 21 Fri VICTOR HUGO- Beyond LES MIZ Lecture and slide show by I. Moss Munnings Room 2
April 10 HAITIAN FILM Slide presentation: Assistant Professor Frenand Munnings Room 2
Leger, Foreign Languages Department
April 16 AN EVENING OF BAHAMIAN MUSIC Slide show on Bahamian Musicians and TBA
Friday Guests: The DICEY-DO SINGERS Entertainers by 1. Moss
May 6 MAIFEST Slide Show by I.Moss; participation of German- Munnings Room 2
Tuesday speakers in Nassau & L'CI students
May 23 CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENING Piano solos by I.Moss; Cello / piano duets by II. Munnings Room 2
Friday Peloquin & I.Moss; guests TBA
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This workshop is designed to provide participants with an
overview of the fundamentals of superior customer service.
it focuses on customer value, retention and relationship
building and employee motivation.

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

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

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

This course will cover Web Page Creation, Website
Management and HTML. Persons who enjoy fiddling with
computers and would like to create their own web pages are
encouraged to attend. Specific topics will include Formatting,
Graphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and hosting of web

Date: Thursday & Friday, 18th & 19th October, 2007
Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
Tuition: $550.00

ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-00931 328-1936 or e-mail
perdev@Qob.edu.bs. All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time). When
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change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course Materials.





The Key to Global Understanding

FALL 2007 Beginning September 24th

Mon/Wed: 6 7:30 PM

Tues/Thurs: 7:30 9 PM

Mon/Wed: 5 6:30 PM

Tues/Thurs: 6 7:30 PM

Tuesday: 1 2 PM

Thursday: 1- 2 PM

These are directed conversation and practice "brown bag"
sessions bring your own lunch!
10 consecutive sessions: $100 ($50 for COB Students)

Mon/Wed: 6:30 8 PM

Mon/Wed: 7:30 9 PM

Tues/Thurs: 6 7:30

Mon/Wed: 6 7:30 PM

Tues/Thurs: 6 7:30 PM

Registration: Sept 3 Oct. 12

Munnings Building (next to KFC at COB Roundabout):
Room 16
3 hours per week for 10 weeks, total course hours: 30 hours
$ 250.00 per course (except for Advanced French and
Spanish Conversation Group)

TELEPHONE: 302-4584 or 302-4587
E-MAIL: ilci@cob.edu.bs


Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The College of The Bahamas
Counselling and Health Services

is coming your way

Employers, bright young students and other
interested persons have the opportunity to
meet for mutual benefit.

Individual Booths Available for Organization

Benefits to employers/organizations:

> Exposure to hundreds of the best-trained college
students in The Bahamas/Access to prospective

> A direct opportunity in becoming a stakeholder in
preparing COB students for their future endeavours

> Exposure to high school students seeking career

> A complete 8' x 10' booth for display purposes

> Signage on all print advertisements

Ms. Norma Turnquest, Advisory Committee
Executive Secretary
Career & Placement Counsellor, COB
at Tel: 242-302-4445
Fax: 242-302-4448, nturnquest@cob.edu.bs






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Office of Academic Affairs

Faculty Advertisements 2008

School of Communication and Creative Arts
Assistant Professor in Music (New Providence Campus)
The successful candidate must be able to teach traditional; theory and harmony, piano skills, music history and analysis
up to the bachelor level and must possess skills in choral work. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the
subject area and tertiary level teaching experience. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in the subject area,
a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and choral work experience will be considered.
Assistant Professor in Journalism and Communication (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach courses in all or most of the following areas: reporting, photojournalism, video production,
communication and business writing and should have experience with curriculum and programme development. The ideal
candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience.
However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at
the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.

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Candidate must be able to teach Spanish at the beginners,intermediate andadvanced levels. The ideal candidate will have
a doctoral degree in the subject or a related area, native speaker competence, tertiary-level teaching experience and the
ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least
a Master's degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level, native
speaker competence and the ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level will
be considered. A teaching certificate or equivalent and experience in teacher training are desirable.
Assistant Professor in Foreign Languages (French) (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach French at the beginners, intermediai.and.advanced levels. The ideal candidate will have
a doctoral degree in the subject or related area, native speaker competence, tertiary-level teaching experience and the ability
to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least a
Master's degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level, native
speaker competence and the ability to teach language, literature and culture courses up to the bachelor degree level will
be considered. A teaching certificate or equivalent and experience in teacher training are desirable.
Assistant Professor in Foreign Languages (Haitian CreolB) (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Haitian Creole at the beginners and intermediate levels. The ideal candidate must have
at least a Master's degree in the subject or a related area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level,
native speaker competence and should be able to develop courses in Haitian culture. A teaching certificate or equivalent
and the ability to teach French language and literature courses are desirable.
School of English Studies
Assistant ProfessorCollee Composition and Literature (New Providence Campus)
The idealcandidatewill have doctoral degree in English, tertiary-level teaching experience and the ability tb teach college
composition and literature courses up to the bachelor degree level. However, candidates with at least a Master of Arts
degree in English, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and the ability to teach college
composition and literature up to the bachelor degree level will be considered. The ideal candidate will have a background
in Composition and Rhetoric as well as in Post-colonial literature and/or literary theory. A background in creative writing
or experience in a writing lab setting would be an asset. Teacher training is preferred.
School of Social Sciences
Assistant Professor in History (New Providence Campus) ...- .... ........
Candidate should display competence in the field of African and African Diaspora History and should also expect to teach
courses in Caribbean History, United States History generally, African American and Atlantic History. Familiarity with
the historical experience of persons of African descent in Latin American Societies would be an asset. The successful
candidate should anticipate working as a team player with colleagues who are committed to expanding the consciousness
of students with particular, although not exclusive, reference to the historical experience of peoples of African descent.
Applicants should possess an earned Doctoral Degree in History. A relevant Master's Degree candidate will be considered,
provided the applicant is committed to pursuing a Doctoral degree.
Duties and Responsibilities include:
* Student advisement
* Programme and course development
* Providing services to the College/University of the Bahamas and the wider Bahamian society: and
S On-going research and a commitment to publication.
Assistant Professor in Psychology (New Providence Campus)
Candidate should demonstrate a commitment to promoting cultural diversity and international education; the ability to
teach a broad range of psychology courses; expertise in social and industrial/organizational psychology, statistics and
research methods (qualitative and quantitative methods), and/or biological (physiological) psychology is preferred.
demonstrated strength and/or potential for excellence in teaching; strong evidence of professional psychology engagement:
capacity to contribute to the development of a nationally relevant line of scholarship: ability to create and enhance
partnerships with community agencies and organizations.
Duties and responsibilities will include:
* Teaching courses across the curriculum, along with specialty courses in the applicant's area of expertise
* Student advising, supervision of service-learning experiences and coordinating senior capstone practicum
* Assisting with programme administration, curricular development and evaluation
* Providing services to the programme, the university and wider communities
* Scholarship that is consistent with the programme and institution's focus
Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Psychology however strong Master's Degree candidates will be considered.
Lecturers in Law (New Providence Campus)
Candidates should have at a least a first degree in Law, with no less than an Upper Second Class Honours or equivalent.
Possession of a postgraduate degree and some experience as a legal practitioner is desirable. The curriculum includes all
branches of Common Law and courses pay special attention to the place of Law in Commonwealth Caribbean jurisdictions.
The ideal candidates should be competent in at least three of the basic or core Common Law subjects including, but not
limited to, Law and Legal Systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean; Criminal Law; Legal Writing and Research; Law
of Torts; Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutional Law; and Law of Contract. Experience in teaching in a semester system
would be an asset. The successful candidates will be expected to pursue individual and departmental research interests
and to publish in reputable law journals.
School of Business
Associate/Assistant Professors Accounting (Northern Bahamas Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics, Advanced Accounting,
Accounting Theory, Management, Cost, Fund and Tax Accounting up to the bachelor's degree level: Knowledge of
computerised accounting would be an asset. Professional certification or experience is desirable. The successful candidates
should have an advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred).
Assistant Professor in Management (New Providence Campus)
Candidates must be able to teach a full range of Management courses both at the introductory and Masters Degree level.
A minor concentration in Marketing would be an advantage and knowledge of the Bahamian economy is desirable. Teaching
Experience in College / University. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level
teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in the subject
area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.
Assistant Professor in Computer Information Science (New Providence Campus)
Candidates must be specialize in Networking, Programming and have a strong Programming background ( VB.Net, C#,
C++, ASP, PHP, Java) MS certification background, teaching experience in College / University. Background as Consultant
or System Analyst would be an asset. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level
teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in the subject
area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.
Assistant Professor Accounting (New Providence Campus)
Candidate must be able to teach Financial and Intermediate Accounting, Business Mathematics, Advanced Accounting,
Accounting Theory, Management, Cost and Fund Accounting, Individual and Corporate Taxation, at the Bachelors and
Masters Levels. Knowledge of computerized accounting would be an asset. The ideal candidate will have a doctoral
degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professional experience. However, candidates with
at least a Master's degree in the subject area, a minimum offive years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some
professional experience will be considered.
School of Sciences & Technology
School of Sciences and Technology
Mathematics (New Providence Campus & Northern Bahamas Campus)
candidates must be able to teach Mathematics at itroductory through final year levels. The ideal candidate will have a
doctoral degree in the subject area, tertiary-level teaching experience and some professionalexperience. However, candidates
with at least a Master's degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and
some professional experience will be considered.
Assistant Professor Biology (New Providence & Northern Bahamas Campus)
Ideal candidates must have at least a PhD. in Biology with specialization in Marine Science or Zoology or Botany and
must be able to teach biology at introductory through final year levels. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree
in the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience
will be considered,
Assistant Professor Chemistry (New Providence & Northern Bahamas Campus)
Ideal candidates must have at least a PhD in Chemistry with a specialization in Organic Chemistry. He/she must also be
able to teach Chemistry at introductory through final year levels. However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in
the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience at the tertiary level and some professional experience will
be considered.
Assistant Professor Physics (New Providence Campus)
Ideal candidates must have a PhD in Physics. He/she must be able to teach Physics at introductory through final year levels.
However, candidates with at least a Master's degree in the subject area, a minimum of five years' teaching experience
at the tertiary level and some professional experience will be considered.
Assistant Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences (New Providence Campus)
Ideal candidates must have at least a PhD in Pharmacy and professional experience, as a pharmacist. The candidate will
be expected to coordinate a new pharmacy programme and to teach content area as well as professional courses at the
Bachelor's Degree level.
School of Education

As.iiit ,(,.l. IiScience Education (New Providence Campus)
i~"i(Mifi stil s!a\ rT a Ph 1 in Science Education with a minimum of 3 years of school teaching; however, consideration
\x il! also he given l or persons within a Master's Degree in Science Education or Biology or Chemistry or Physics plus 5
years ol Iw'.il nC apri cnce along with a Teacher's Certification or Diploma in Education. Candidates will be expected
to teach r:i.cn a L. s.,cnce i.. IIi.I.l..., to prospective teachers, assist with teaching General Science courses, assist with
supervlioi, ot site'nil-leacheis and assist with curriculum development of science education courses/programmes.
Assistant I ',rlessol Art Education (Veit' Providence Campus)
Candidai siild h a Ph D. in A Education with a minimum of 3 years of school teaching; however, consideration
will also ir ,i, en lo. persons witll a Master's Degree in Art Education plus 5 years of teaching experience along with a
Teacher s t'v i iili. ii or Diploma in Education. Candidates will be expected to assist with teaching Art courses, assist
with sui erV'isior o1lf dludel-teachers and assist with curriculum development of art education courses/programmes.
School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
Assistant 'Professors -Nursing (New Providence Campus)
Te hsucc'relei,)d lt c; cii'\\il be required to-teach in the bachelor degree programme. Responsibilities will include
classroom as \\cll :is clinical supervision of students. Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills and a commitment
to excellence ii integrating teaching, clinical practice and research. Applicants should have a well-rounded clinical nursing
experience .a11 should be able to teach at least three of the following areas:' Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical-Surgical
Nursing. Psichnal ic Nursing, Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Management/Leadership,
SIlcaltll As,;csuInlct, Nut ,irg 1 hleories, Transcultural Nursing and Nursing Research. The successful candidates must be
registcld v, i' llwr No ingl ('ucil ol Thie Conmmnonxealth of The Bahamas. A doctoral degree in the subject area is
prelerri:l lion\\', ,!. ':ruitld:li,' w~li at least a Master's degree in Nursing and teaching experience at the tertiary level will
be coIs 'tl'cd
In ALL coase. pireflience 1 ill be given to candidates with strong academic backgrounds, teaching and research
Salary 'Scale b'or, isistnt Professors

.llaster's Degree
Doctorate Degree

$39,460x $900 $61,960
$42,160 x $900 $ 69,160

Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute
Chef( Vein Purouvi'ntl/'ir Ca'turris)
Applicants sitiiod h a ble to tc;ch a variety of cooking and culinary courses to future Chefs and should master the culinary
flindanicrirai ai(io posses a passion for cooking and teaching as well as a love to share their knowledge and experience.
The imin ricnneiqi extent for this position is a Bachelor's degree in culinary or hospitality management. Additionally,
the successful .ippliint 1h1Iould Iha\e at least three of the following designations: C.C.E., C.C.A., C.E.C. or C.M.C.; and
National Resltaurant As.\vciation (NRA) Sanitation Certification (ServSafe). Individuals with a minimum often (10)
years eixpo-:'e i:' p'ruressive responsibilities and teaching experience will be considered.
Salary rialc. Instructor $27,110x $650 $40,110
Library and Instructional Media Services
Librarians (New Providence Campus)

The positions are in thie areas of Public Services.and the Law. The incumbents should be dynamic, innovative individuals
with a strong commitment to service within a diverse community. The Librarians will demonstrate successful administrative
experience n a library, sound understanding of emerging technologies and the ability to use them within the library setting
and commintente to developing a strong integrated library service within the academic environment.

The duties of each Librarian \v ill include: management of his / her Unit / Branch, leadership in short and long-range
planning to expand and diversify library services, development and promotion of library resources and services, budget
and personnel management, initiation and management of appropriate emerging technologies, and liaison with relevant
internal and eCter nal groups.
The Libiailral, l nitsi possCes Masters Degrees in Library and Information Science from accredited institutions, and a
niiniimull i l, o a\ ea, o I master s professional library experience. The position of Law Librarian also requires that the
Libiaaian he hc i'kkit o ,. hIk\ degree All incumbents will demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills
that e .edek i : c\i\c'e l"i i'tomcir ihendl) environment and professionalism. Evening and weekend reference service
(: on .( '.. '. ,. s eri\ce to the community and library instruction will also be required.
Sa!l'a ?S.: ,,r',rt- )'.o'e w "?-1 x$750- 47,710

1 I eisu;.- oiiidt i ailln. a.nlhi'.ionl materials must be received by October 31,2007. A complete application packet
colnis s of:
* .1 il ;pilili .lionl! l'tteri
Sollere ol lie Ith Ianlis' Application Form
,A lAtnlied (rlrriculiiuin vita
L. copies of all transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment)
S I lihe names and coniiacti information for three references
The Director
Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
Thompson Boulevard & Poincianna Drive
P. 0. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

The College of The Bahamas is the national institution of tertiary general education of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas. The institution grants certificates, diplomas, associate degrees, and a growing number ofBachelor's degrees
to nearly 4,000 students located around the Bahamian archipelago. It has extensive links with tertiary instiutions in
the Caribbean and North America and its credits are accepted by more than 200 colleges and universities in those
regions and in Great Britain. It is poised to embark aggressively upon a major expansion of its programme offerings,
its research activities, and its physicalfacilities, and to incorporate distance teaching methodologies into its repertoire
of strategic/'itr 'Irliver;'i inviruiction, all with a view to seeking a charter as a university.
Please isit the College's website at www.cob.edu.bs for more information about the.institution and to access the College's
Employment 'Application Form.


The 2007 Meet the Writer Series

Brings you

-, v .

'J-- a;i

. B

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Reading her Poetry

UbLaImsL Instmutoanal Media
Sohol of Elnglsh Studies
Te: 302-4381
ChapterOns: Tel: 397.2650

At Chapter One Bookstore. 16th October 2:00-3:00 pm

Marion Bethel. a Bahamian. is an attorey-at-law and a noted
poet In 1993 her collection of poems, Guanahani My Love, was
published by Casa de las Amencas and won that year's prize. Her
work has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, The Caribbean
WNrler Moving Beyond Boundaries and other noted literary jour-
nals. Ms Bethel is teaching Creative Writing part-time at

The College of The Bahamas this semester.

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A --*.at Pnf-ccn,^^ in Frpian ;/wi




Lot Eight (8) of the Cancino Tract, bound to
the east the Queen Highway Some Six
Hundred (600) Feet North of a public road
known as the Village Road.

Twelve acre of raw land located immediately
south of Wemyss Bight, Eleuthera.

For conditions of sale and any other
information, please contact:

Credit Risk Management Collection Unit
at 1 (242) 502-0929 or 1 (242) 356-1608
Interested persons should submit offers in
writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit RiskManagement -
Collection Unit
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
to reach us before November 9, 2007

Serious enquires only

Employers try to 'reinstate'

worker Exceptions Order

FROM page one
The Fair Labour Standards
Act was repealed in 2001 when
the Employment Act was
passed by Parliament during the
former Ingraham administra-
tion. Yet the Exceptions Order
that had been attached to it
appeared to disappear into a
'black hole', as it was dropped
completely from the new
Employment Act.
Mr Nutt told The Tribune
that "a great deal of confusion"
existed over whether the Excep-
tions Order was still in effect,
some saying it still stood until
placed under the Employment
Act, while others argued that it
must have been repealed when
the Fair Labour Standards Act
was repealed.
SMr Nutt said he agreed with


Lot #30 comprising 8,237 sq.ft. and situated 186 ft. eastwardly from
the Main Eleuthera Highway in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,
North Eleuthera Bahamas.

Utilities: Electricity, Water and Telephone

For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit
offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management- Managing Director's
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas

SOfwshouldeachour-office on or before November 16, 2007

Lot of land with a combined area of 11,500 sq.ft. being Lots #22 & 23 Kim Crescent in Baillou Dale
Sub-division off Baillou Hill Road The property is comprised of an 18yr old single family residence
consisting of 2,000 sq.ft. with 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, living family, dining, kitchen and laundry
rooms. The building is enclosed and landscaped with a grass lawn, flowering plants and fruit trees.
Utilities: Electricity, Water and Telephone

For editions of the sale andy other inifobmior pljae ctnact:
Credit Risk Management Managing Director's Office at:
356-1685 or 356-1608

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management Managing Director's Office,
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
Offers should reach our office on or before November 16, 2007


Lot.#90-B comprising 22,376 sq.ft. and situated on the
western side of the main eleuthera highway and
approximately 2,219 ft. northerly of four-for-nothing road
in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,
North Eleuthera Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.

For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

SThe Manager, Credit Risk Management Managing Director's
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas

Offers should reach our office on or before November 16, 2007.

the second take, adding: "My
personal feeling is that if there is
no Fair Labour Standards Act,
how can the Fair Labour Stan-
dards Exceptions Order still
Explaining how the Excep-
tions Order had worked under
the previous statute, Mr Nutt
said: "The order basically
excepted certain categories of
workers from certain aspects of
the Fair Labour Standards
As before, BECon and
Bahamian employers are rec-
ommending that any Excep-
tions Order to the Employment
Act exclude supervisory and
managerial staff from the stan-
dard hours of work and over-
time pay aspects, since they are
expected to be on call and work
as and when required by their
Mr Nutt, though, said one
difference between the current
recommendation as it applied
to supervisory and managerial
staff was that it did not-deal
with minimum wages, unlike
the Fair Labour Standards
Act. This was because mini-
mum wages were now dealt
with separately under the Min-
imum Wage Act, unlike previ-
A second group of employ-
ees who employers are recom-
mending be included under an
Exceptions Order, and be
excepted from the standard
hours of work, day off and over-
time pay provisions in the
Employment Act, are the
spouses of employers, charity
workers, seamen and commer-

cial fishermen, farm workers,
ministers of religion and
Defence Force and police offi-
Mr Nutt said. "Our recom-
mended Exceptions Order for
the Employment Act does not
have any effect on the minimum
wage. It covers managers and
supervisors and exceptions from
"In essence, we're looking' at
two scheduled of employment.
.One is exemptions from the
standard hours of work and
overtime for managers and
supervisors in the first sched-
ule. The second schedule is for
exemptions from the standard
hours of work, day off and over-


Bahamian employers had
also previously sought to
include a third category of
employees under the proposed
Employment Act Exceptions
Order, namely salesmen,
agents and representatives and
contract workers who received
their wages as commission pay-
However, Mr Nutt said
BECon took this out because
it was felt such persons were
actually self-employed, and that
no employer/employee rela-
tionship existed.
The BECon president said:
"We have made submissions.
We are waiting for the unions to
present us with their complete
package. We got a few things
yesterday, but they promised to

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:

or P O Box N-3927

complete their package of rec-
ommendations and responses
by Tuesday morning [this
"The Employer Working
Group meets weekly on Tues-
day. We are meeting on Tues-
day afternoon, and that will give
us an opportunity to go over
that [package from the
Among other Employment
Act amendments being pro-
posed by employers are that
fundamental breaches of an
employment contract now
occur when a worker is guilty of
fighting of physical violence;
being in possession or under
the influence of illegal drugs;
drinking alcohol or being drunk
on the job; sexually harassing
Employers are also seeking
to reform the standard hours
of work definition, arguing that
averaging irregular hours of
work over a four-week period
is too limiting for companies
and industries competing at a
global level, and that instead
they should be averaged over a
period not greater than 13
The Employment Act cur-
rently requires employers to
inform employees about their
name and place or origin, infor-
mation that would be known
only to the workers and should
be passed from them to employ-
BECon wants to amend the
Employment Act so that job
applicants provide employers,
by law, with their name, Nation-
al Insurance Board (NIB) num-
ber, nationality and other iden-
tification document. The cur-
rent Act, while requiring
employers to provide informa-
tion to employees, makes no
statutory provision for the
Employers are also under-
stood to be concerned that
including redundancy as a
ground for unfair dismissal
encourages trade disputes by
encouraging workers who are
made redundant to go to the
Industrial Tribunal and court
system in the hope of obtain-
ing more compensation.
Among the suggestions put
forward by the trade unions,
although none have yet to be
finalized, are that commissions
be reflected in basic pay to
increase worker vacation pay;
that sick pay of seven days per
year be given to all Bahamian
workers whether they are full
or part-time; and the definition
of 'basic pay' remain open-end-




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Appraisal Report

of property known as

"Maxwell House"
Nassau, Bahamas
21 May, 2007

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management-Collection Unit
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us before November 9, 2007

Serious Enquires Only




South Ocean approvals are reaffirmed

FRO() page one
\\W'ile last 'lTuesday's events
i imoe a major potential obsta-
I the South Ocean project's
Si tdlc; it is less clear what
ill happen with the $1 3 bil-
lion Albany Golf & Beach
Resort, its proposed neighbour.
'I lie two projects aic designed
i, be complementary, and many
;:el that if Albany does not go
heada, the proposed South
()cean project will have trou-
ble succeeding with a resort des-
,nation that has had its prob-
ims in the past.
Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham last week indicated
that the Government had
problems with Albany receiv-
Ing the stamp duty and cus
!oims duty exemptions under
Slie lHotels Encouragement
,cl for its boutique resort, 200
condos that may be placed in
the hotel rental pool, and asso-
i ated resort facilities because
it was a 'private members

I hI Hotels Enconiurn
Act incentives, Mi Inm I'
said. only applied to Irem n I
facilities that will be op ''
gene il public, such a '
U CI III. \ llilc Id111 llll; I th I-.,
(nt veinment also hl l a..i)1(. '
about the sotllh-\\<'sI I ;I\a SI
re-routing for A': 'I\ :ii
proposed marina


The Tribune has since bh ,i
told that the Government st' c
lettci to the Albany dev' p
ers, who are headed by
Orlando-based Tavist,
Group, the holding conmpa\
for worldwide invest nm c
made by Lyford Cay-based I'.
lionaire Joe Lewis, to sec ,
what extent lthe \ti'e pl 'ut l
to open up the project l' ''i
component to the public Ih
developers had also been I
ing a government poi1 i
paper on Albany that was 'iir,
compiled by the Attornc\ .i

Lot#90-E comprising 16.521 sq fli :l1 s i;iit'I
of the main eleuthera highway and approxim!;tl'i
of four-for-nothing road in the SettlemenI
North Eleuthera. Bahlanma


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t0 lnoithelcily
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Infrastructures are in pla e.

For conditions of the sale and any ollie ,in Itor (, ion.
please contact: Credit Risk Management olk i,11 ilt
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608. Nassa ;r' ,,

Interested persons should submit ,Il; I i, ,,;r' ..., ,/d, ', ''d li:
Ihe Manager. Credit Risk Man:lt~ui I ,' "''I

P.O. Box N 75 18. N' s'. tl,
offers should reach ou0 o lUc *"

* n,' jit I; mr3 illy or rc,;,.goti-
;i!" C ri ". 11n 'is'- cts ol iliem ,
c'l ct;ll\ I1 i soic components
I, 1,ot n Io, 1,iiiphannce with exist-
ifl '! I r *lit v
). I lltL S ,thlll ()L.M I fl t.it, ill
aI pre'\ IM i' 1 rbulite interview.
Mr Sit i, i (Idge,.d that that con
sli ucti, i! i ,\k would start some
60 da\ ifli tie last permits.
licenccs andt approvals were
receive l l(hoiin lhe Government.


Out f Southl Ocean's total
capital investment budget of
$867 million, its Environmen-
tal Impact Assessment (EIA)
s;id soen $ ;09l million or 46 per
cent w< dld hl. spent on Ilie
lIdginF in; ls of the project,
xtil ;Ps ilht ls. IIIIIeshlIai s and
I < ecasii iug on the potential
I0 IIu1(II Inpliact by consultan-
I 1' ism (I.ionomics had pro-

jected that out of the total $738
million consii'uction costs,
spread over nine years, some
$541 million would go on hard
construction, while the remain-
ing 27 pci cent oi $179 million
would be earned from architec-
tural, engineering and planning
Some 29 per cent of the total
construction spend, or $158 mil-
lion, would be earned by
Bahamian contractors, the
Tourism Economics study pro-
Indirect spending by con-
struction companies as a result
of South Ocean contracts would
be worth $23 million, the study
projected, while spending by
construction employees would
inject another $36 million into
the Bahamian economy. Total
construction wages are project-
ed to be $81.7 million.
Over 20 years, the EIA noted
itha total visitor spending was
set to leach $5.3 billion once

the resort became operational,
with total person visits to South
Ocean striking 100,000 per year
by 2014. Visitor spending on
rooms, other accommodation,
transport and casino revenues
was projected to be $172 mil-
lion in 2011, the first year the
resort is fully operational.
The South Ocean project is
projected to create 2,235 jobs,
some 61 per cent or 2,235 of
which would be full-time
employees once South Ocean
became fully operational.
The proposed plan for the
$867 million South Ocean rede-
velopment would include a 500-
room four-star hotel, 100-room
five-star hotel, 48 fractional vil-
la units, 180 timeshare units, 73
second home lots, a 40,000
square-foot casino, 18-hole
Greg Norman golf course, 130
slip marina, about 35,000 square
feet of meeting space, a racquet
club, commercial space, spa and
other amenities.



Lot #90-H comprising 15,751 sq.fl. and ilit;1i;u .' ' I iLf lhe
main eleuthera highway and approxinimitell\ a .2 10 ou II
nothing road in the Settlement of Lower BR3(ie, N' I i' nls

Infrastructures a in plah,

For conditions of the sale and any oth'" ini1on0'', .r. I e :-coir (:
Credit Risk Managemen ( oll'ci ,i
Phone: 356-1685 or356 1608 N,!,., I.I ... ,

Interested persons should submit office in irlp ,,ti ,/\i Ii:

The Manager, Credit Risk Management lVian;'ri;n I o r
P.O. Box N-7518. Nassoi,. llb ,-o

Offers should reach our office on or ir'-,l . ,'n > ,. 20I'7



,ot #90-C comprising 21.430 sq.ft. and situated on the western
sde of thle main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
nrit irherly of (our-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,
North Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.

For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas

Intereted persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

I h!e Manager, Credit Risk Management Managing Director's
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas

f )erv \hould reach our office on or before November 16, 2007

*- -*


I lie Securities Commission of The Bahamas (the Commission), a statutory agency
responsible for the oversight, supervision and regulation of the investment funds,
secuI ties and capital markets in or from The Bahamas, invites applications from
qiuali -dl Bahlanuans lol the following position:

Officer: Policy and Research Department

*Monitoring of international developments and initiatives that impact the local financial
services industry
-Coileclion compilation and analysis ot industry data
*P'relpnition of statistical and analytical reports
S\ ssisting wvi h external publications
A* Fi;sling with updating of the Commission's website
'Maintenance ol Comnussion's Information and Resource Centre Provision of
admi 'i.s1. ..!ii vi support to the Department, including but not limited to maintaining
aL.', i rackinw, repo'1:- and the filing system for Department

Q icitations mind Experience:
T\'wu eats experience itl a financial setting
Utideigiadualte degree in finance, accounting, or economics
I* D)octinentl iito and the ability to find information
high degree of accuracy and the ability to compose clear, concise reports and analysis
Wo i mrg knowledge o.t the securities industry and the relevant legislation

I \cellent oral and written communication skills
Well dol eloped analytical and problem solving skills are essential

A competitive salary and benefits are being offered. To apply, please provide a resume to
the attention of

P ). BOX N 8347
1- x: 356 7530
I' Aia iltl i oac)scb.gov.bs

Applications should be submitted no later than
ct.ober 11 '. 2007



Lot #90-G comprising 18,926 sq.lfl ai :i(. i sit -n ir
side of.the main eleuthera highway and apI IJn ' y 2 '1" l.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in ',rc 1 *i, I r'i
Bogue, North EletJlier" d' .

Infrastructures ar.#' ; pl- ,,

For conditions of the sale and a;im oli- 'I ial tio,
please contact: Credit Risk MNl;in;gc' cl l,,ction I ii
Phone: 356-1685or356 160I Nr,,,. ::!>;, ,,

Interested persons should submit ojffi'rs in O., w(hIrevssi to:

The Manager, Credit Risk Managelnw'! \ ;o ii; l v, 'wor''s
Office P.O. Box N-7518, N;, ia. t Piv.,,r

Offers should reach our office on( (,i h(r .( i i-i,, i ,, i) I 7 t
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4 Conflict in making the first mine
closure (6)
7 Not easy money (4,4)
8 Motor no good in one German
setting! (6'
10 Frozen waserflows, wve' told! (5)
13 Instrument nothing more than a bow,
in a way (4)
14 Do they ensure their idol is cool? (4)
15 Bn ot spee paris! (4)
16 iinof-fill 3)
17 Clothes j lltui,, alujiia roundi l (4)
19 Sead m Iorer only one pound (4)
21 Chew a line in catsmeat (9)
23 Tax a personal assistant for Itie half
year (4)
24 She gets a bit moody when
left again (4)
26 Communication from a machine (3)
27 Streaming effect making you cross
when you've got flu (4)
2P Absent playing football (4)
32 A gum piodu:t in a Pacific island (4)
33 One team never in forefront (5)
34 A nasty clout when holding a cart-
opener cal be mystifying! (6)
35 Ensures an electrifying Imnusical
perforrna;ice? (8)
36 Notar animal sleleton t(6i

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 1, Pro-p up 7, Old-tirmer 8, W-asp 10, T-Hanks
11, O-lce 14, Key 16, Fat-Ed 17, Lees 19, PO-ser 21,
(in)Valid 22, Games 23, Blew 26, Pen-a-l 28, PO-E 29,
Unused 30, Ban-ne-i 31, Orbs (Bros)32, Spe-cine-n 33,
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1 Banter with very little substance (5)
2 The crime of a hard-hearted lad (5)
3 Experts able to crack a case (4)
4 She joined a bachelor in ancient
land (5)
5 Is it fashionable to be angry? (4)
6 Legendary cave man who
had a fling (6)
9 It's usual for a woman to have
11 Drinkdoggedy? (3)
12 Pointsto conveyin wrking (5)
13 Choose one for mother-the best (7)
15 One may do so in lassitude (3)
16 A crusty letter Irom Greece by new-
style mail (3)
18 Less than a houseful, but handy (6)
20 Titanic book? (5)
21 Does hel Ive life to the full? (3)
22 He's In a stem position (3)
23 Via man? (6)
25 Crazy about a piece from
"Amadeus" (3)
28 Sort ol key lor the kid? (5)
30 She has her charms but is
withholding many (5)
31 Cause of a rising (5)
32 A major division (4)
33 Chap joining Norm in France (4)

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Douses 7, Peculiar 8, Rope 10, Ironed 11,
Straps 14, Vet 16, Oasis 17, Lees 19, Giddy 21,
Relay 22, Catty 23, Moor 26, Stead 28, Tom 29, Metric 30,
Ruling 31, Abel 32, Clematis 33,
DOWN: 1, Denial 2, Stones 3, Sped 4, Custody 5, Midas
6, Cross 8, Rove 9, Pel 12, Ray 13, Piano 15, Filth 18,
Elite 19, Get 20, Day 21, Radical 22, Car 23, Molest
24, Omit 25, Rugged 26, Smack 27, Ether 28, Tub 30,


1. You are South, and the bidding
has gone:
South West North East
Pass 1 V Dble Pass
1 4 Pass 3 Pass
What would you now bid with:
+ K7653 V 842 + 73 4 J63
2. You are South, and the bidding
has gone:
North East South West
1 V Pass 3 4 Pass
3 V Pass 4 V Pass
4 NT Pass 5 Pass
5 NT- Pass ?
What would you now bid with:
+ Q74 T KQ2 85 + AKQJ9
3. You are South, and the bidding
has gone:
North East South West
1 4 2 + Pass 3
Dble Pass
pre-emptive jump-overcall
What would you now bid with:
4 K742 V Q852 + 8 + J1053

1. Four spades. You don't have
much of a hand, and partner's three-
spade bid is not forcing, but you
should nevertheless bid four spades.
Essentially, partner is saying that all
he needs from you for a game in
spades is one trick or a bit of distri-
bution. Your five spades to the king,
doubleton diamond and jack of clubs
are more than enough to justify a
four-spade bid. Partner may have

something like:
AQ92 V J AKJ84 4 AQ4
2. Seven hearts. Partner is trying
for a grand slam, since he could have
ended the auction by bidding six
hearts over five diamonds; therefore,
his five-notrump bid, asking for
kings, guarantees your side has all
four aces. There is no good reason to
respond six hearts, announcing two
kings, since partner might pass and
easily wind up with 13 tricks.
Instead, you should reason that he
will almost surely take all the tricks
with the aid of your solid club suit
Partner's hand might look something
A9 V AJ7653 AR4 4 73
3. Four diamonds. Partner's dou-
ble is for takeout, and, considering
your previous pass, you have a far
better hand than he has a right to
expect You should therefore feel
confident that there's a game some-
where (possibly even a slam), but
you're not in position to judge
whether the. best contract lies in
hearts, spades or clubs.
Instead of trying to guess which
tuit is most likely to produce the best
game contract, you can force your
partner to make the choice by cue-
bidding the opponent's suit. This
asks him to bid a four-card major if
he has one (he almost certainly has),
but even if he lacks a four-card
major, he will then have a sufficient
number of clubs to enable him to
rebid that suit, and you can then raise
him to game.










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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
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.

Good 24; very good 36; excellent
48 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.

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Deep Fritz v Vladimir Kramnik.
sixth game, Man v Machine,
Bonn 2006. Russia's world
champion Kramnik was 2-3
down to the computer program
after losing game two by a
horrible blunder but holding his
own in the other four
encounters. So in the final game
he decided to go for broke with
the unfavorable black pieces
because "the difference
between 3.5-2.5 and 4-2 is not
great, and this was my last
chance to tie the series".
However, Fritz got in first with a
surprise when it speedily
developed its rook in front of its
pawns to h3 where it eyes
Kramnik's h8 king. Black still
looks solid, but Deep Fritz's next
white move proved strong and
forced Kramnik into a lost



ARIES March 21/April 20
Although you may have your suspi-
cions, it would be wise not to voice
them. Old friends stop by to say hello,
and bring a new business opportunity.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
Everyone knows you're a hard
worker, Taurus. You have nothing to
prove this week. Take some time to
kick back and relax with friends or
family later in the week; you cer-
tainly deserve it.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
You've always known what you
want, Gemini. Others may try to stop
you this week, but don't let them.
The world is full of'opportunities this
week just pick one and go for it
with all of your might.
CANCER June 22/July 22
Don't be scared, Cancer. Risk is a
good thing, and this week is a good
time for you take some. Opportu-
nities abound if you look.
LEO July 23/August 23
Others will notice, and appreciate
your courage this week, so you'll
finally get the chance to show off
your leadership chops. Do so judi-
ciously, avoid showing off.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
There will be a lot of talk going on
around you this week. Try not to let it
distract you from your main objec-
tives. It's only gossip, anyway.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
It's one thing to have negative
thoughts, but it's quite another to let
everyone know what they are. Such
negativity can only harm you in the
end. Think positively.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Be patient just a while longer,
Scorpio. After Wednesday, others
will be more interested in hearing
your ideas. Don't take this as an
insult, they've just been busy. You'll
get your turn in the spotlight.
Have fun this week, Sagittarius.
Cutting loose will lead to some
important romantic, and perhaps
even business opportunities.
Carpe diem!
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
The holidays are approaching,
Capricorn, but something's been on
your- mind that's causing you to
dread the upcoming get-together.
Call your relatives and talk it out.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
All you want to do is go home this
week, Aquarius, but a host of social
obligations prevent you from doing
so. Try to enjoy yourself anyway.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
This is a good time for networking,
Pisces. Get out there and meet peo-
ple. It's a big world out there, and
you never know who's looking for
you, too.



ab ~ r

endgame to avoid worse. The
puzzle is (a) to find the program's
next tum and (b) to work out its
winning tactic If Black makes the
obvious responses on his first and
second plays.

Chess solution 8320: Ie5! dxe5 2 Rxe5l and f Bxe
Qxe5+ f64 Rxh7+ Kxh7 5 Qh5+ Kg7 6 Qxg6+ Kh87
Qh7 mate.




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