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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 10/16/2007
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* By NATARIO McKENZIE
PARTIES involved in the elec-
tion court battle over the
Pinewood Gardens constituency
were cautioned yesterday to
refrain from making any public
statements on the matter which
may obstruct or prevent the
impartial administration of jus-
tice, as the case is now before
ih co uri;
Be !L.r the election court mat-
ter got underway yesterday, the
judges in the case, Senior Justice
Anita Allen and Justice John
Isaacs, issued a brief statement
reminding the parties involved as
well as the press on the rule of
sub judice.


"The rule is that when there is
an action pending in the court it
ought to be tried in the ordinary
course of justice, fairly and impar-
tially. It follows then that you may
not do anything which may
obstruct or prevent the due and
impartial administration of jus-
tice," said the statement, which
was read by Justice Allen.
The statement continued. "In
particular you may not publish,
statements which attack, deter or
frighten witnesses. You must not
publish statements which scan-
dalize the judges in this Court or
abuse any of the parties to these
SEE page eight


Man in court over

murder on Eleuthera
N By NATARIO McKENZIE
A MAN accused of the brutal
murder of an elderly woman on
Eleuthera just over a week ago
was arraigned in Magistrate's. -
Court yesterday.
Daron Pyfrom, 31, of Rock
Sound, Eleuthera, was arraigned -.
before Magistrate Carolita
Bethel at court eight Bank Lane
yesterday charged with the mur-
der of Mrs Sylvia Cates. "-
It is alleged that the accused
sometime on Sunday, October 7,
while at Rock Sound, Eleuthera,
being concerned with others 2
SEE page 12


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BUSINESSMAN and com-
munity leader Michael Fowler,
42, died at his home yesterday
at 12.30pm, five weeks after he
was hit by a vehicle on West
Bay Street.
Mr Fowler died shortly after
being released from Doctors
Hospital earlier yesterday
morning where he had been re-
admitted for tests for low blood
pressure late last week.
The owner of Olde Town
Oyster Bar, Mr Fowler was
married to the former Sophie
Wong and the couple has one
daughter, Isabel.
On Sunday, his wife had e-
mailed close friends with the


"good news" that Mr Fowler
was doing better and would be
discharged from the hospital on
Sunday morning.
He had "appeared" to be
SEE page eight


Dame Marguerite
Pindling expected
to leave hospital
in 'several' days
* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
A POLICE guard is stationed
outside the Intensive Care Unit of
the Princess Margaret Hospital
where Dame Marguerite Pindling
is being treated for acute abdom-
inal pain.
Doctors expect Dame Mar-
guerite to make a full recovery
with a predicted release within
"several" days.
Although reports have circu-
lated that the widow of the
"father of the nation" Sir Lyn-
den Pindling was suffering from
SEE page eight


Shooting

suspect is on
bail accused
of murder

1 By TANEKA THOMPSON
and BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporters
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
bdean@tribunemedia.net
ONE of the men wanted for
questioning in the attempted
murder of Lori Francis is cur-
rently out on bail accused of
murder, The Tribune has
learned.
This revelation comes as fam-
ily and friends of the business
woman, who was shot in her
face at close range last week,
believe the attack was an
"inside job".
Chief Superintendent Glenn
Miller confirmed that Doder-
ick Charles Smith, 24, is on bail
charged with the May 13, 2006
SEE page 12

Privy Council explains
dismissal of case
filed by men accused
of drug trafficking
THE Privy Council yesterday
delivered its reasons for dismiss-
ing "with costs" a case filed by
seven men accused of drug traf-
ficking.
Trevor Thomas Roberts,
Devroy Moss, Sheldon Athelston
Moore, Lionel Deal, Linden
Deal, Shanto Curry, and Gordon
Newbold filed the case against
the former minister of foreign
affairs, the superintendent of the
prisons, and the former attorney
general of the Bahamas.
The appellants, who are all list-
ed as citizens of the Bahamas,
were arrested in the early hours
of June 23, 2004 following a
request by the United States for
their extradition on suspicion of
having committed drug trafficking
offences.
SEE page eight

CORRECTION
ON page two of Thursday's
Tribune, under the headline
"Activist calls for ban on
sodomy" a photo was printed
above the caption: "Clever
Duncombe".
The individual in the photo
is not Clever Duncombe and
was placed there in error.
The Tribune apologises for
any inconvenience this may
have caused.


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New anti-government website launched


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
A FOREIGNER who has
lived in The Bahamas sporadi-
cally for 30 years is launching
another website to warn inter-
national investors and potential
homeowners of the perils of
investing in the country, The
Tribune has learned.
Harald Fuhrmann; managing
director of Bahamas Consult, is
a German-born traveller and
former journalist who lives in


German investor to warn of dangers to homebuyers


eastern New Providence.
He is calling for government
agencies to stop selling
"untruths" to potential investors
through international advertis-
ing campaigns.
At a press conference yes-
terday, Mr Fuhrmann elaborat-
ed on reasons for the launch of
his website called Bahamas
Homeowners, which will, in his
words, disclose the truth about


the country that is normally
glossed over in international ad
campaigns.
The mission of the website,
which launched on Thursday, is
to "serve non-Bahamian home-
owners and first-time home-
buyers by helping them make
more informed decisions."
There is a small fee for mem-
bership to the website which
will include message boards for


members to discuss problems
they incur while investing in the
country.
According to him, foreign
investors without real Bahami-
an experiences are astonished
at discrepancies between the
picture perfect advertisements
and the "real dangers" in The
Bahamas.
The website is designed to
offer potential consumers infor-
mation about the "perils" of
buying a home in The Bahamas.
The website will also serve as
a meeting ground for foreign
investors and homeowners who
have been misled or "ripped
off" by unscrupulous Bahamian
lawyers and business persons,
he said.
Mr Furhmann, who has
launched several anti-Bahamas
websites in the past, criticised
the Bahamian marketing
machine, saying advertising
material leaves out the rising
crime rate in the country, rainy
months and hurricanes, high
insurance rates, and bad quality
water and electricity.
Despite his harsh criticism,
Mr Fuhrmann said he does not
"hate" the country he has visit-
ed for over three decades. He
claims his criticism should be
seen as constructive and a start-


ing point to move the country
forward in a better light.
When asked why not simply
move out of the country he lam-
basts, Mr Fuhrmann replied: "I
would love to move my hip, as
Bahamians say, and never come
back but until responsible peo-
ple in the political area talk to
me and come to a solution I
won't leave."
The website, Bahamas Home-
owner, can be accessed at
www.bahamashomeowner.us.tc.


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By CALVIN FORBES
FREEPORT- A well-known
Freeport doctor has claimed he
and his business partners lost
$200,000 when a raging fire dev-
astated a building that once
housed their lucrative practice.
Canadian-trained chiroprac-
tor, Dr Brian Blower, said he
has lost more than $10,000 in
revenue since fire destroyed
his and his partner's suites
inside Evergreen Business Cen-
tre at Coral Road more than
two months ago.
Although investigations are
still underway by police and fire
officials, Dr Blower believes the
fire could have started in a sec-
tion housing a computer com-
' pany.
That company was wiped out,
he said. "But because there is a
firewall separating them from
us, we did not have the kind of
damage the other tenants have.
S "We suffered considerable
S heat and smoke damage to our
laboratory," he said. "In addi-
tion, most of the equipment also
got affected by heat and smoke.
"We have been able to save
our files. But as far as that
building is concerned, I under-
stand that it has been con-
demned by civil engineers at the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-


"Personally," he said, "I have
lost more than $10,000 in rev-
enue as a result of the fire. The


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owner of the building, who is
also a doctor, said the building
is insured, and that damage
could be as high as $200,000."
He said in the meantime,
clients ha e sympathised with
his plight.
Dr Blower, who has two chil-
dren living in Freeport,
explained that he has been
working with a staff of four.
However, he pointed out that
"we are having a tough time
finding an appropriate place to
relocate:"
He was born in Vancouver,
British Columbia. and practises
pain management and sports
medicine.
A chiropractor for about 30
years, 10 of which were spent
practising medicine in Grand
Bahama, Dr Blower said he has
had to move from "place to
place" because he cannot find
adequate space in the so-called
booming real estate market in
Freeport.
"It is frustrating to know that
after searching for weeks and
having to move around, there
is ao suitable location here." he
lamented.
"I have even offered to pay
more in rent than I have been
paying at Evergreen Business
Centre.
"This is a specialised field that
I am in. My colleague has left to
go on his o,.n because, as you
know, the bills do not stop com-
ing because you had a fire. As a
matter of fact, I have a family to
take care of, and I cannot con-
tinue running a medical prac-
tice like this.
"Hopefully, we should be ful-
ly operational by the end of
October," he said.

TROPICA


OIn brief

Email scam
sparks
government
warning
BAHAMIANS were
warned to beware of e-mail
scams yesterday after anoth-
er flurry of bogus cash offers
were sent from West Africa.
The latest amount $1.6
million apparently came
from Bouake in Cote
d'Ivoire. It was supposedly
from a businessman's widow
who wanted the money to go
towards "propagating the
word of God" and building
an orphange.
However, business sources
in Nassau warned that such
scams are aimed at obtaining
people's bank details with the
aim of milking funds.
.Most s6ams of this kind
originate in Nigeria. They
often feature fictitious politi-
cians who have died intestate
leaving vast sums of money.
A business source said:
"It's best to just click off
these letters when they show
up on your computer screen.
Don't feel tempted to reply."

Ministry
announces
building
relocation
THE Ministry of Lands and
Local Government has relo-
cated from the Gold Circle
Building (Pilot House) on
East Bay Street to the Nation-
al Insurance Board (NIB)
Building on Robinson Road.
Office hours are from 9am
to 5pm, Monday through Fri-
day.
Telephone numbers are as
follows:
Reception Local Gov
ernment 397-2524.
Local Government Depart-
ment 397-2519.
Consumer Protection -
397-2524/2517.
Mailboat Service 397-
2524/397-2529.
Public Relations Unit --
397-2524/397-2525.

West End
home totally
destroyed
by blaze
FREEPORT Firemen on
Grand Bahama are continu-
ing their investigations into
the cause of a fire that
destroyed two homes at West
End on Sunday.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said firemen received a report
around 12i.0am on Sunday o a
house fire on Bayshore Road.
When firemen arrived at
the scene, a single storey
wooden house was already
engulfed in flames. The blaze
had also spread to an adja-
cent six-room wooden house
occupied by Fredric Swann.
Supt Rahming said it took
firefighters about one hour
to extinguish both fires.
No one was injured.
The first house, which is
owned and occupied by 55-
year-old Israel Laing, was
completely destroyed.
The second house owned
by Millicent Rolle sustained
extensive damage to the roof
and back section.
None of the buildings was
insured. Although arson has
been ruled out, firemen are
still trying to determine the
cause of the fire.


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OIn brief

New PLP
to enter
running for
chairman
NEW PLP member Omar
Archer is seriously consider-
ing running for the chair-
manship of the party, The
Tribune has learned.
Mr Archer, a former BDM
officer and candidate,
announced that he was joining
the PLP earlier this year.
His announcement follows
former minister of transport
Glenys Hanna-Martin's con-
firmation that she will be con-
testing the position.
Former PLP senator
Paulette Zonicle has said that
she is also in the race.

Four in court
after drugs
and firearm
are seized
FREEPORT Four persons
were arraigned in Freeport
Magistrate's Court in connec-
tion with the seizure of a
firearm, ammunition and illegal
drugs at a house in the Lin-
colnshire Green Subdivision.
Appearing before Acting
Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen
Jones were Lamont McPhee,
28. and Corey Stubbs, 19, of
Manton Lane; Louchaino
Major, 31, of Hanna Hill, Eight
Mile Rock, and Randolph
Coakley, 33, of Fox Hill.
They all pleaded not guilty to
possession of an unlicensed
firearm, ammunition and a small
quantity of dangerous drugs.
The matter was adjourned
to April 15, 2008. The four
defendants were each granted
$10,000 bail with one or two
sureties.


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
AGENTS from the Federal
Aviation Administration are
currently conducting a multi-
point inspection of the security
at the Lynden Pindling Inter-
national Airport, The Tribune
can reveal.
In the past three years, the
airport has come under intense


US agents to visit Lynden Pindling International


criticism, especially from US
authorities, for unsatisfactory
security standards.
Former US Ambassador
John Rood said there was no
improvement in security at the
airport during his two and a half
years in office. During that time,
the airport suffered numerous


alleged breeches, most notably
in connection with "baggage
handlers" extraditions.
Since taking office in May
2007, the FNM has pledged that
co-operation between the
Bahamas and US authorities
regarding security at the airport
will be better under the new


Man stabbed outside radio station


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
A CAR cleaner was stabbed in
front of the 100 jamz radio studio
yesterday, leading two employees
to set off in pursuit of the assailant
down East Bay Street.
The victim, know to staff in
the area as 'Mr Reid' was
reportedly telling the assailant
that his behaviour in the busi-
ness area was unacceptable,
when the man became enraged.
Eyewitnesses told The Tri-
bune that the men were stand-
ing on the stairs of the 100 jamz
office complex, when the
attacker picked up a glass bot-
tle, broke it and proceeded to
slash Mr Reid in the arm.
"It looked like a chunk came
out of his arm," said one witness.
When The Tribune arrived on
the scene, the railing in front of
the building was covered in blood.
Two passers-by reportedly
stopped the attack.
When two male employees
came outside to investigate the
commotion, they said they saw
the man hiding next to the
building, and the chase began.
The pursuit led down
Dowswell Street and to East Bay


Street, where the man got away.
After the pursuit, the two
men flagged down a police
patrol car, reported the inci-
dent, and the officer then went
in pursuit of the man.
The Tribune was unable to
confirm if the man was caught
up to press time.
The alleged attacker is
reportedly well-known to work-
ers in the area as a vagrant.
Mr Reid was taken across the
street to the Prince Margaret
Hospital for treatment. Witness-


es said that they do not think his
wounds were life threatening.
This is the second stabbing
near The Tribune in as many
months. On September 5, a
vagrant was stabbed multiple
times and left bleeding in the
road just in front of the building
that used to house the ministry
of education on Shirley Street.
He and another vagrant
reportedly got into a fight under
a tree where persons congre-
gate just in front of the Jamz
radio complex:


Search abandoned for American pilot


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
US officials have suspended
their search for an American
pilot who is believed to have
crashed near Stirrup Cay in the
Berry Islands on Saturday after
searching more than 20,000
square miles.
The Coast Guard officially
ended their search for Harris Sul-
livan, 68, of Port Richie, Florida
at 7.52am yesterday morning.
Mr Sullivan and his single
engine plane were reported
missing to the Coast Guard by
the US Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) when


radar and radio contact was lost
with the aircraft at around 11am
that day.
Mr Sullivan was the only pas-
senger onboard the aircraft that
was en route to West Palm
Beach from Pindling Interna-
tional Airport.
Three helicopters reportedly
joined the search, as well as a
Coast Guard ship.
One of the search aircraft
found an orange life raft on Sat-
urday night 15 miles southwest
of Mr Sullivan's last known
location which was eventually
identified as being from his
plane.
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Grand Bahama, told The Tri-
bune that Coast Guard officials
had informed him that Mr Sul-
livan had made the turn towards
Stirrup Cay to avoid bad weath-
er in the area.
"That was their last commu-
nication with the pilot," said Mr
Snisky.


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government than it was under
the PLP.
However, concerns linger
about the Customs Warehouse
located near LPIA, and the vul-
nerability of the main airport
itself.


Also, passengers often remark
that the baggage collection area
of the international arrival sec-
tion leaves much to be desired.
Not only are passengers faced
with what one recently described
as "dreary surroundings", but
baggage from a number of flights
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What can we do about global warming?


THIS YEAR opened with the prediction
that some islands in the Bahamas could be
submerged by the year 2030 due to global
warming.
This week someone remarked in jest that
those of us who felt we were secure on our
hillside locations in New Providence could
soon have a beach at our front door.
However, despite the jesters, this is no
laughing matter.
This week State Minister for Finance
Zhivargo Laing is in Georgetown, Guyana,
for a three-day Commonwealth Finance
Ministers meeting, which is focusing on cli-
mate change.
In May the director of the Caribbean
Community Climate Change Centre said
that the implications for the region were.
"frightening".
The fourth assessment of the Interna-
tional Panel on Climate Change showed
that the Caribbean agricultural, health and
tourism sectors could be seriously affect-
ed.
It strengthened previous predictions that
small islands in particular are vulnerable
to the effects of global warming. According
to Ulrie Trofz, science adviser to the
Caribbean Climate Change Centre, the
whole region has.a -'lw-capacity-to adapt"
to the predicted changes.
At the conference at the end of April
when the report was presented, regional
politicians were criticised for folding their
arms instead of getting actively involved in
helping to fight the damaging trends.
The document warned of inundation and
erosion of beaches from rising sea levels,
damage to coral reefs because of warming
waters and more frequent incidences of the
debilitating ciguatera fish poisoning.
Drought threatens the quality of the soil
as there will not be enough rain to flush
out the earth's rising salt levels. This will
also affect fresh water supplies and dry up
agricultural lands.
So not only will areas like the Bahamas
be destroyed as tourist destinations, but
agricultural economies in the region could
be wiped out.
It predicted that conditions favourable to
diseases such as malaria, dengue fever and
cholera are expected to increase.
In a report published this month the Pan
American Health Organization recorded
630,356 dengue cases so far this year 11


per cent more than for all of last year. Of
those, 12,147 were of the severe haemor-
rhaging type and 183 persons died. The
Organization expects dengue cases in the
hemisphere to top one million this year.
Recently, the US Centre for Disease
Control and Prevention issued a dengue
outbreak notice for Puerto Rico, Guade-
loupe, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua and
Brazil.
According to a Reuters report published
October 5 "changing weather patterns as
well as increased tourism and migration
have raised its prevalence, according to a
Pan American Health.Organization. report
released this week."
The Bahamas cannot continue to stand
on the sidelines looking in. There are many
small ways in which Bahamians can start
to change their lifestyles and become more
conscious of their surroundings. For exam-
ple, last week we drove behind a jitney
belching clouds of toxic smoke., so thick
that it affected visibility. How did this bus
escape the inspection of the traffic author-
ities?
And what do the police do when they see
vehicles, which should not be on the road,
continuing to operate and pollute the atmos-
phere?
Today we all have to be aware of the
dangerous future we face if we do not play
our part no matter how small in keep-
ing our environment pollution free.. The
chimneys daily belching sulphur smoke from
BEC's engines at Clifton need serious
scrutiny, and, if we are to have an attractive
Bay Street, thoughtful consideration should
be given to having a vehicular-free town
centre.. One only has to look at the grime-
covered store fronts to realise that no mat-
ter how many coats of paint cover them,
the grime will build up from car exhausts,
especially from large buses. One can only
imagine-the damage done to man's lungs.
from breathing this polluted air they are
probably as dark as the store fronts.
At least it will be one area downtown in
which everyone will be able to enjoy a
breath of fresh air. And no one should com-
plain of having to walk a little distance to
catch a bus after all exercise is what all
Bahamians need today. So just chalk it up to
a healthier life style, and the satisfaction of
knowing that we are contributing in a small
way to combat global warming.


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you're it


EDITOR, The Tribune.
FIRST of all I must give
credit to Dr. Earl Deveaux,
Minister of Works in the new
FNM government, for releas-
ing the details of the 'inde-
pendent auditors' report on
contracts issued by the for-
mer PLP government.
According to the report in
The Tribune, of Thursday,
October 4, 2007, some 75 per
cent of the contracts were not
.put out to bid as required,
and "in many cases, contrac-
tors appear to be selected
according to considerations
other than competitiveness
and merit, and staff and
senior management recom-
mendations for competition
and selection of bidders are
being overruled. "
Damning indeed.
Now we turn to The Tri-
bune of Saturday, October 6,
2007, and Mr. Bradley
Roberts, former Minister of
Works in the recently oust-
ed PLP regime, declared
"that there was no competi-


live bidding for governmen-
t's recent school summer
repair programme."
Also damning.
Now the old Bahamian
proverb that when youthrow
a rock into a pack of dogs,
the one that yelps is the one
that got hit seems appropri-
ate, but Mr Roberts makes
as valid a point as Dr.
Deveaux, if he is correct.
So remembering the days
of the old school yard, Dr.
Deveaux tagged Mr. Roberts
as 'it' on Thursday and Mr.
Roberts tagged Dr. Deveaux
as 'it' on Saturday.
I stand to be corrected, but
I seem to recall similar
'debates' occurring when the
PLP lost in 1992. and when
the FNM lost in 2002. It just
that the proponents wore dif-
ferent colours on each occa-
sion.


Obviously the PLP does
not seek advice from these
quarters, but if they did,
here's what I would tell them:
"My brother. If I were in
your shoes, I would apologise
to The Bahamian taxpayer for
the way you dealt with con-
tracts when you were the Min-
ister responsible. You should
then tell the Bahamian peo-
ple that should the PLP
become the government of the
day in the future, you will all
work assiduously to ensure
that this never happens again.
Not only that, but you will
present an Opposition Bill to
Parliament that allows for the
prosecution of any and all
Cabinet Ministers or MPs
who should do such a thing in
the future. "
Of course that all requires
effort, so I guess we will have
to settle for more games of
tag.
RICK LOWE
www.weblogbahamas.com
Nassau,
October 8, 2007.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
QUITE clearly we are a nation of morons I
think, and the most moronic of us would
appear to be among the "Christian" leader-
ship of our nation.
Our national attention has been harnessed
now on that miniscule segment of our society
known as "gay" people, ostensibly because the
Old Testament tells us that such is an ungodly
lifestyle.
Why our "Christian" leadership feels that
that massive segment of our society, who pro-
create children outside of marriage, by the
thousands and perhaps tens of thousands each
year, is not an ungodly lifestyle that should be
prayed and marched for and frowned on. is
absolutely beyond me.
A quick Internet search indicates that the
Holy Bible references marriage at least five
hundred times, in both the Old Testament and
the New, and indeed our Christian Marriage
Rite tells us that marriage is a Sacrament,
ordained by God, for the procreation of chil-
dren.
The Bible does not tell us anywhere to pro-
create like the beasts of the field or birds of the
air or fishes of the sea, yet our Bahamian
"Christian" leadership, by its public silence,
seems to feel that thousands of bastard children
are not a societal problem.


Can we not put two and two together and fig-
ure out that the serious crime that we face
today is a direct result of children growing up,
over the last twenty to thirty years without
fathers, without family? And that the anger
that drives much of this anti-social behaviour is
likely due to these children having to look after
one another while Momma is out making their
next sibling. And why does Momma breed so
indiscriminately, is it because she is building her
financial base of distributed income called child
support? How godly is that? Sex for money!
The Gay's are not the problem in our society
today it is you, the self professed "Christian"
leadership of the nation, which in my opinion
selectively choose the popular issues to fight
and ignore the real issues that should be fought.
A sign on the East West Highway says it so well
"Older men, stop having SEX with our young
girls". What an admonishment, on a public
highway, in a "Christian" country.
Get a grip on yourselves Christian Council
and Father's rights activists and if you have
time to talk and write and get on soap boxes,
deal with the real issues facing this country
today. Yeah, the real hard ones.
BRUCE G RAINE
Nassau,
October 8, 2007.


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Response to the BHRN's gay defence


As The Tribune
continues to cover the
debate between church
leaders and human
rights advocates, Pastor
Lyall Bethel writes in
response to comments
made last week by Fred
Smith of the Bahamas
Human Rights Network


first let us publicly
F applaud the work Mr
Fred Smith for his efforts in try-
ing to help the voiceless and dis-
enfranchised. This is a good
thing and worthy of public recog-
nition and applause. The Church
too is about defending the voice-
less and defenseless.
Around the world the
Church's impact on society in the
last century has been profound
even if unannounced. Mission-
ary statesman Herbert Kane has
enumerated a plethora of infor-
mation on the Church's response
to social issues. He writes, "Sin-
gle-handedly and with great
courage they attacked the social
evils of their time: child marriage,
the immolation of widows, tem-
ple prostitution, and untoucha-
bility in India: foot-binding, opi-
umi addiction, and the abandon-
ing of babies in China; polygamy,
the slave trade, and the destruc-
tion of twins in Africa."
In all parts of the world the
Church has opened schools, hos-
pitals, clinics, medical colleges,
orphanages, and leprosaria. It
has provided help and suste-
nance to the dregs of society cast
off by their own communities.
At great risk to themselves and
their families [our missionaries]
have fought famines, floods,
pestilences, and plagues to bring
help and hope to poverty strick-
en nations. They were the first to
rescue unwanted babies, educate
girls, and liberate women.

A nd in the Bahamas the
. Church has fed and
continues to feed tens of thou-
sands of persons, house, clothe
Sand.even provide shelter for
many..a hurting family. Many a
broken family has been coun-
selled and restored, prisoners
have been given a new lease on
life, orphaned children have been
given homes,;educational institu-
tions have been established and
countless children have been edu-
cated. I could go on but I think
the point has been made.
Hence, while Mr Smith has
done some commendable work
in our community, he ought not
to become self-deluded and
believe that he alone 'is the
champion of the defenseless, Nor
should he attempt to redefine
human rights as including sexual
orientation as he seemingly
attempts to do in this published
news story.
He writes "Our constitution
very clearly protects freedom of
association, and it says that every,
person is entitled to the funda-
mental rights and freedoms
whatever his or her political
opinions, creed or sex and it is
only subject to respecting the
rights of others." But our reading
of his reported statement left us
under the impression that he
wanted the reader to conclude
that the word "sex" here had to
do with "sexual orientation"
rather than gender.
The Church affirms the
rights of all persons
including homosexuals

n case Mr Smith missed it,
the Bahamas Christian
Council affirms the personhood
of all persons, including homo-
sexuals, to enjoy the rights
afforded all of us as citizens of
the Bahamas. So please do not
misrepresent what is happening
here! The homosexual has the
same rights as everyone else in
the Bahamas. What the homo-
sexual is asking for is special
rights and special protections.
Hence while we do affirm his
personhood, we do not affirm
the right of any group to REDE-
FINE marriage for us all.
Redefining marriage is not a civ-
il right!
Sexual Orientation is NOT a
Civil Right needing Protection

THE phenomenon of defining
homosexual behaviour as a
minority group is disingenuous.
Traditionally, minorities have
been defined by race, creed,
colour, or national origin. One
legal expert writes, "the three cri-
teria that distinguish minority
groups that have hithetto been
accorded special legal protections
are economic deprivation, politi-
cal powerlessness, and immutable
(unchangeable) characteristics.
Homosexuality, in its convenient


guise of 'sexual orientation,' fails
every known standard defined
through these criteria." Let's
examine the evidence;
Examining the Criteria for
Civil Protection for Minorities
As to economic deprivation,
the Miami Daily Business
Review reports that homosexu-
als have "extraordinarily high
disposable income, and are a
very attractive target for adver-
tisers." The Review reports Sim-
mons Market Research Bureau
findings that 21 per cent of
homosexuals have household
incomes exceeding $100,000; 31
per cent have personal income
exceeding $61,000: 61 per cent
have a four-year college degree
compared with the US mean of
18 per cent: 17 per cent hold
masters degrees compared with
four percent of the US popula-
tion as a whole. They are not
economically disenfranchised in
the US or here in the Bahamas.


Around the
world the
Church's impact
on society in the
last century has
been profound
even if
unannounced.


With regard to political pow-
erlessness, nothing could be fur
their from the truth in the gay
community in the US. The top 11
homosexual activist groups spent
approximately $36 milTion in 1999
fighting for homosexual "rights."
according to the Washington
Blade. Openly homosexual politi-
cians have'held various US polit-
ical offices in Congress including
Rep Tammy Baldwin (D Wis),
Rep Barney Frank (D Mass),
and Rep Jim Kolbe (R Ariz).
According to the Blade, 118 open-
ly gay candidates ran for federal,
state, and local office in the 2000
US elections 43 of them as
incumbents. And it is rumoured
that many homosexuals inhabit
the former and present Houses
of Assembly here in the Bahamas
With reference to immutable
characteristics a comprehensive
examination of genetic claims
for homosexuality in the
Archives of General Psychiatry
concludes, "There is no evidence
at present to substantiate a bio-
logic theory."
In short, homosexuals fail all
the criteria for them to be seri-
ously considered as a minority.
At best they could be considered
a special interest group. If we
allow a group to define them-
selves as a minority solely on the
merits of behaviour, are we not
opening the door for things like
incest between consenting adults;
polygamy, bestiality or any oth-
er grouping that define them-
selves as an oppressed minority
based on their behaviour?

Debunking the Civil Rights
argument

Attempts by homosex-
uals to align and com-
pare themselves with the plight
of American blacks who
endured the cruelties of slavery,
apartheid, and the racial dis-
crimination of Plantation Amer-
ica are morally repugnant. Even
Human Rights activist Rev Jesse
Jackson challenges the compar-
ison that gay "marriage" is a civ-
il rights issue by explaining that
"gays were never called three-
fifths human in the Constitution
and in that they did not require
the Voting Rights Act to have
the right to vote."
In a 1999 Wirthlin Worldwide
poll of more than 1,000 Ameri-
cans, 75 per cent of the respon-
dents said that "homosexuals
have nor suffered the same kind
of legal injustice (such as not
being able to vote, get an edu-
cation, or earn a living) as black
Americans have. Or as one pro-
tester put it. "giving marriage a
gay make-over is not a civil rights
issue. Sex preference is not skin
color. San Francisco is not Selma.


OPINION



OPINION


Marriage is not a lunch counter
or a seat on a bus."
We expected a well-reasoned
and fair response from the man
who is the head of the Bahamas
Human Rights Network. This
response was smoke and mirrors
a distraction to beguile the pub-
lic away from the real issues. Mr
Smith should recognize that a part
of the worldwide homosexual
agenda is to get the public to
affirm their lifestyle. As one
homosexual admitted in the Octo-
ber 1987 homosexual rally on
Washington: "We are no longer
seeking just a right to privacy and
a protection from wrong. We also
have a right as heterosexual
Americans already have to see
government and society AFFIRM
our lives" (Emphasis added). Mr
Smith, Bahamians have no inten-
tion of affirming the homosexual
deathstyle!

A nd while Mr Smith
blathers on about "our
not wanting our Christian nation
to hound gays or any other seg-
ment of our society like the
Spanish inquisition did to the
Jews and other Christians in the
15th century" the fact of the mat-
ter is that homosexuals are
attempting to provoke and
silence the Church. Part of the
homosexual agenda is to turn
people from Christianity. One
homosexual spokesman said.
"The teaching that only male-
female sexual activity within the
bounds and constraints of mar-
riage is the only acceptable form
should be reason enough for any
homosexual to denounce the
Christian religion."
So while he is content to mis-
represent Christian protesters as
"right wing religious fundamen-
talism and extremism", homo-
sexuals in San Francisco are
mocking the Christian faith with
a poster of the Last Supper pro-
moting the Folsom Street Fair
that replaces the bread and wine
with sex toys and depicts Jesus
Christ and his disciples as half-
ai k ed Ihon)i sexual i sado-
masochists. I could go on but
again our point is made.
As for the misdirection of
"ubiquitous discrimination" -
that is so, and will remain so
until Christ returns! But Mr
Smith should know that the
"Church" is pro-human rights
and has put to two successive
governments (PLP and FNM) a
humane way of dealing with the
Haitian situation in a 10 Point
Plan put forth by Pastors Cedric
Moss, Allan Lee and myself. He
is free to request a copy from us.

Christian Nation or Not?

finally, Mr Smith made it
clear that he would like
to debunk this concept that the
Bahamas is a Christian nation.
Good luck to him. The majority


of our people, 80 to 90 per cent,
consider themselves Christians
and democratic. They do not con-
sider themselves Muslim, Hindu
or Buddhist, although they respect


their rights to practice their faith
here. The framers of our consti-
tution wanted our democracy to
reflect Christian ideals because
they believed (as do the majority
of us) that they best guarantee
the freedoms we enjoy.
Thanks for your space and an
opportunity to respond to Mr
Smith's assertions.

Pastor Lyall Bethel, on
behalf of the Committee to
respond to the Gay Agenda


Sources:
Philbin, Marcia. "Branching
Out." Miami Daily Business
Review, October 06, 2000, p.A13.
Chibarro, Lou. "Budgets Up,
Donors Down." The Washing-
ton Blade. June 11, 1999.
Byne, William and Bruce Par-
sons. "Human Sexual Orientation:
The Biologic Theories Reap-
praised." The Archives of Gener-
al Psychiatry, 50. 1993, pp.228-39.
Wirthlin Worldwide poll of
1,013 respondents, July 23-26, 1999.
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Meeting focuses on climate change


* ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
GEORGETOWN, Guyana
- Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing was in George-
town yesterday for the annual
Commonwealth Finance Min-
isters Meeting, which will focus
on climate change.
The meeting started Monday
and will end Wednesday.
Addressing journalists on Sun-
day, deputy secretary general of
the Commonwealth Ransford
Smith said that an important
stage has been reached in terms


Commonwealth finance ministers urged to face problem


of an "emerging consensus" over
the existence and problematic
nature of climate change.
"Finance ministers, who
quite often are our prime min-
isters, are critical to the debate
over solutions to climate
change," he said.
Of the 53 countries repre-
sented in the Commonwealth,
46 are defined as "developing",
and amongst that number are
32 "small states" countries
which studies have warned are


particularly vulnerable to the
ravages of global warming -
noted Mr Smith. Many in this
category are defined as small
island states, like the Bahamas.
Also on the conference agen-
da is discussion of ongoing trade
negotiations set to conclude this
year, including the Economic
Partnership Agreement and the
DOHA round, as well as reform
of the currently "untidy" inter-
national aid architecture, said
director of the Commonwealth


Economic Affairs Division, Dr
Indrajit Coomaraswamy.
"There's a whole lot of mon-
ey out there, but is the system fit
for the purpose? Can we ratio-
nalise this assistance?" he said.
The meeting is also intended
to aid Commonwealth finance
ministers in their preparation
for the upcoming IMF and
World Bank meeting in Wash-
ington and therefore a review
of issues pertaining to those
institutions is anticipated.

Bahamas 'needs strategy

against money-laundering'


A NATIONAL strategy
against money laundering and
the financing of terrorism
must be created for the
Bahamas, Attorney General
and Minister of Justice Claire
Hepburn said yesterday.
Mrs Hepburn, who officially
opened the national seminar
on the Prevention of Money
Laundering and Terrorism
Financing at the British Colo-
nial Hilton, called for a co-ordi-
nated international approach
to combat, and shut down such
criminal organizations.
"The inescapable reality is that
as a small nation, the Bahamas


does not have.all of the necessary
resources on its own to tackle
the global menaces of money
laundering and the financing of
terrorism problems.
Mrs Hepburn said it is antic-
ipated that this national strat-
egy will provide the relevant
parties with measurable goals
and outcomes.
"More importantly, it will,
amongst other things, assist in
developing clearly identified
'national goals' which is critical
if the Bahamas is to sustain its
reputation as an internation-
ally recognized well-regulated
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charges of
forgery
and fraud
A 46-YEAR-OLD Yellow
Elder Gardens man was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
last Wednesday in connection
with 21 fraud related charges.
Spurgeon Scott of Graham
Drive appeared before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel on seven
counts of each of the following
charges: forgery, uttering a
forged document and fraud by
false pretences.
It is alleged..the offences.
tookm place between Friday,
May 4, and Friday, May 27.
It is alleged that he forged
First Caribbean International
Bank cheques and obtained
cash from the First Caribbean
branch on Madeira Street.
It is alleged that Scott uttered
the forged cheques and
obtained $10,500 cash in total.
Scott pleaded not guilty to the
charges and chose to have a sum-
mary trial in Magistrate's Court.
He was granted bail in the
sum of $15,000 with two
sureties. The case was
adjourned to April 30 for trial.

Youth denies
charge of
marijuana-
possession
AN 18-year-old man was
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
on Wednesday accused of pos-
sessing one pound of marijuana.
Benjamin Burrows was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel and charged
with possession of marijuana
with intent to supply.
Court dockets state that Bur-
rows was found with the drugs
on Tuesday, October 9.
Burrows pleaded not guilty
to the charge and was granted
$7,500 bail. The case was
adjourned to May 5, 2008.

Pair cleared
of marijuana
possession-
TWO men were acquitted of
drug charges on Wednesday
after a magistrate ruled that the
prosecution had not made a
case against them.
Dwayne Henderson, 38, and
James Rahming, 44, were acquit-
ted of the charges yesterday by
Magistrate Carolita Bethel.
The charges stemmed from a
drug bust in November 2006 at
Pigeon Cay in the Ragged
Island chain when police seized
14 bales of marijuana.
The magistrate, however,
ruled that the.prosecution had
made a case against Michael
Swaby, 48, on charges of con-
spiracy to possess marijuana
with intent to supply as well as
conspiracy to import marijua-
na with intent to supply.
Swaby's case was adjourned
to Monday, October 15 at 2pm
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Activists reject Abaco game preserve


Animal rights and environ-
mental groups say they were
stunned by the Bahamas Agri-
culture Industrial Corporation's
announcement of the creation
of a game preserve in Abaco.
Several groups have issued a
statement saying they unequiv.
ocally oppose the attraction on
the basis that it facilitates a
"cruel, inhumane practice"
which has the potential to
"wreak havoc on our national
biodiversity and is not wel-
comed in the Bahamas".
"This proposition is in direct
contrast to the tide of change
being observed internationally
where, increasingly, countries
are showing their disdain and
disfavour at any acts of violence
perpetrated against defenceless
animals," the statement said.
"Instead of importing people to
kill and maim animals, why not
import people who will shoot
wildlife with cameras on well
run eco-tours?'
The organizations who reject
the plan include: Advocates for
Animal Rights (AFAR), the


THE Humane Society of
Grand Bahama has announced
that its next major spay and
neuter clinic will be held from
November 12 to 16 in Pinder's
Point.
The effort is being undertak-
en in partnership with the Kohn
Foundation's (TKF) Bahamian
Animal Rescue Committee
(BARC).
"Thanks to the generosity of
the Church of the Good Shep-
herd, the clinic will be held at
their parish hall. The goal is to
sterilise at least 250 dogs and
cats during the five days of surg-
eries," said a spokesperson for
the society.
The surgeries will be free to
pet owners, and the clinic will
again include an educational ini-
tiative.
The project, called BARC-
-ANEW (Bahamian Animal
Rescue Conmittee Animal
Neuteing Education'and Wel-
fare.) will include between three
and five similar clinics in various
locations on Grand Bahama
over the next three years.
"So far this year this project
has allowed us to sterilise 330
animals in addition to the 325
surgeries done by Grand
Bahama vets through our ongo-
ing voucher programme, the
spokesperson said. "The goal is
to sterilise as many owned ani--
mals as possible, while simulta-
neously providing educational
opportunities and initiatives to
promote responsible pet own-
ership and compassion for all
animals."
Among the volunteers will be
HSGB board member and local
veterinarian Dr Owen Hanna,
who is providing local support,
consultation and assistance, to
the seven US veterinarians, and
nine experienced US veterinary
technicians and assistants, who
have agreed to donate a week


Groups unite to condemn 'cruel, inhumane practice'


Bahamas Humane Society,
Friends ot Abaco Animals,
Earthcare (Grand Bahama) the
Humane Society of Grand
Bahama, Arkwild, and reEarth.
The statement said the
proposition is in direct conflict
with the perception of the
Bahamas as an eco-friendly des-
tination "where an abundantly
biodiverse environment is nur-
tured and protected".
"We are also concerned that
this proposal might introduce
foreign species into the
Bahamas with no analysis of
how these species might affect
our own fauna and flora.
"In the Bahamas where there
is insufficient research in gen-
eral, we seriously need to
understand the environmental
impact of mass releases of
gamebirds and other animals
into our forests. The release of


huge quantities of birds into a
habitat could conceivably be
larger that the existing bird pop-
ulation. Clearly, this cannot be
good for biodiversity."
The statement pointed out
that game hunts often result in
some animals being maimed or
hurt.
"We are alarmed that the
Bahamas government should
adopt a lenient view towards
such a cruel and inhumane
treatment of animals, given the
link between cruelty to animals
and cruelty to humans. Accord-
ing to the Humane Society of
the US, 'research on this con-
nection has received increased
attention for the past decade
and there is now a significant
body of work in social science.'
"Given our increasing homi-
cide counts annually, our
responsibility as a country,


should be to foster practices
that would decrease the violent
element in our society, and not
actually foster: or encourage it,"
the statement said.
It also pointed to the likeli-
hood that such a "shooting
range" will increase the num-
bers of guns entering the coun-
try, which will cause even more
strain on an already "maxed
out" police force.,


"Our concern is that a facility
like this will also substantiate
the poor attitudes towards ani-
mals in the Bahamas society
already. Furthermore, that
hunting practices will desensi-
tise an already callous public to
cruel acts upon animals.
"By allowing a facility like
this to exist in the Bahamas we
open to the door to interna-
tional criticism and focus in a


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of their time and expertise to
help alleviate the serious pet
over-population problem on
Grand Bahama.
The society will again wel-
come Dr Robin Brennen of
New York City. team leader
for this clinic; Dr Leo Egar of
Phoenix, Arizona, and Dr
Bridget Barry of Ithaca, New
York.
Dr Corinna Barry, of Rhode
Island, will also be participat-
ing in this clinic. Dr Barry was
instrumental in organising and
operating the HSGB's distem-
per vaccination campaign in
2006, working tirelessly for over
six weeks according to the soci-
ety
Funding for the clinic is being
partially provided by the Pega-
sus Foundation by the anony-
mous donor who funded the
January clinic.
"We are still facing a shortfall
for this clinic and would appre-
ciate the support of local com-,
panies and individuals," said the
society's spokesperson.
"Fundraising for these clinics is


ongoing, and it is hoped that
the local community, who ben-
efit directly from this project,
will participate and contribute."
The society pointed out that
Grand Bahama could promote
itself as one of few animal
friendly Caribbean islands, and
that the positive impact on
tourism alone could be tremen-
dous and garner international
recognition.
The spokesperson said that
residents must make appoint-
ments with the Humane Soci-
ety to have their pets sterilised
for free.
The HSGB said it can make
arrangements for to pick-up and
bring them home anyone who is
unable to bring their pets to the
clinic site at the Church of the
Good Shepherd.
It said volunteers are still
needed to assist in many areas,
and that school administrators,
teachers, civic groups and inter-
ested individuals are welcome
to contact HSGB and make
arrangements to visit the clinic
for educational tours.


Police hunting for two men


following attempted robbery


FREEPORT Grand
Bahama Police are investigat-
ing an attempted armed rob-
bery that occurred on Tuesday
evening at Bahama Terrace.
At about 10.55pm on Tuesday,
James Lombardi, 61, Alfred
Quinn, 50, and Theresa Lombar-
di, residents of Mayfield Beach &
Tennis Club, Bahama Terrace,
arrived home andwere suddenly


held up by two men armed with a
handgun and a knife.
The gunmen held them at bay
and demanded cash.
However, when the two male
residents began cursing the cul-
prits and attempted to attack
them, the armed bandits pan-
icked and fled the scene on foot
without getting anything.
One of the suspects was


described as 6'1" tall of slim
built, dark complexion and
wearing a black shirt and
trousers. The second suspect
was also described as being
about 6' tall, slim built, dark
complexion, and wearing a
white shirt and dark trousers.
Supt Rahming said police are
presently searching for the two
suspects.


negative way. With the global
awareness of conservation and
animal welfare issues growing
steadily, how will the Bahamas
be viewed in the global mar-
ketplace when tourists realise
they have been beguiled, fooled
and conned into believing that
we ARE a nation that protects
its living resources?"' the state-
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"Our hope is that eventually
an enlightened awareness will
replace the ignorance that
entertains the proposal for a
hunting facility allowing the
slaughter of confined animals
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proceedings and you may not
publish statements speculating
oh the outcome of this case, cal-
culated to influence the public
regarding the issues and there-
by prejudicing the fair trial of
this matter."
The statement concluded,
"The Court is given extensive
powers to deal with any breach
of the rule and we are fully pre-
pared to use that powel it and
whenever necessary to punish or
prevent any breach."
Lawyer Michael Barnett, who
is representing the Free Nation-
al Movement's Byran Woodside,
Minister of State for Youth and
Sports, was the first to make sub-
missions yesterday. Mr Wood-
side's victory in the Pinewood
Gardens constituency is being
challenged by the Progressive
Liberal Party's Allyson Maynard
Gibson. Leader of the Opposi-
tion in the Senate, who lost to
her seat by 64 votes according
to the results of the May 2 gen-
eral election. Mrs Maynard-Gib-
son is contending that that there
were numerous person who vot-
ed in the Pinewood constituency
in the May 2 general election.
who were not eligible to vote.
Mr Barnett yesterday sought
to have the court strike out Mrs
Gibson's petition. In his submis-
sions Mr Barnett noted that in
the first petition, the petitioner
alleged that at least 266 persons
voted and did not meet the resi-
dential requirements to be eligi-
ble to vote as constituents of
Pinewood Gardens. Mr Barnett
also submitted that there is noth-
ing in the petition which con-
plains about an election official.


Election
Mr Barnett further submitted
that although 266 persons were
listed on a previous petition,
that has now been changed to
159. He noted that of the original
list there were only 98 names
retained from the original list.
Mr Barnett argued that the par-
ticulars of a petition cannot be
used to add or amend the
grounds of a petition. He point-
ed out that the Court states that
the number of persons listed can
be reduced but not increased and
that new names cannot be creat-
ed. According to Mr Barnett the
petition also raises a complaint
against the Parliamentary Com-
missioner who is not a party to
the petition.
Dawn Lewis, who appeared.
for the second respondent, listed
as the returning officer, told the
court that she supported the
application of the first respon-
dent which was to strike out the
petition. She also argued that the
61 new names were not permis
sible as it would constitute an
amendment to the petition. She
also submitted that the particu-
lars in the petition should par-
ticularize what is contained in
the petition but she claimed that
in Mrs Maynard-Gibson's peti-
tion the particulars highlighted
new allegations against certain
voters.
Gail Lockhart-Charles of Mrs
Maynard-Gibson's legal team,
rebutted the assertions of her
counterparts saying that the peti-
tioner has scrupulously complied
with all the statutory require-
ments to bring the petition. She
also submitted that the list of


.particulars does ino and cannot
amend the petition. She also sub-
mitted that it is the responsibili-
ty of election officials to ensure
that elections are conducted fair-
ly. She told the court that elec-
tion officials are the ones whose
duly it is to ensure which per-
sons are eligible to vote in the
'iist place.
While tihe courtroom was
packed on the inside, a number
of PLP and FNM supporters
stood outside the court dressed
in the respective party shirts and
cheered as the respective repre-
sentative left the courtroom.


Privy Council

FROM page one

They were taken to the Magis-
trate's Court, where they were
informed that they had been
arrested pursuant to a provision-
al warrant issued by a magistrate
in light of that request.
Their application for bail was
refused, and they were remanded
to Her Majesty's Prison to await a
preliminary inquiry.
The appellants sought, among
other matters, that the Extradi-
tion Order of 1994 which was to
give effect to the Extradition
Treaty in the domestic law of the
Bahamas, "are of no binding
force and effect and are a nullity".
'Also, the appellants sought a
declaration that as the Treaty had
not been laid before Parliament
and its terms approved prior to
the Bill which became the 1994
Act, the Treaty, and the Act were
both unconstitutional, "null and
void, and of no effect."
"They sought a further decla-
ration," the ruling read, "that they
were hindered in the enjoyment
of their freedom of movement
without their consent by reason of
their remand in custody and that
their detention was unlawful in
contravention of articles 25(2)(d)
and (e) of the Constitution of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas".
However, Lord Bingham of
Cornhill, Lord Hope of Craig-
head. Lord Rogci of Earlsferry,
Baroness Hale of Richmond, and
Lord Brown of Eaton-under-
Heywood ruled that the appel-
lants' attorney "Mr Glinton's"
arguments had "no merit".
"There has already been an
inordinate delay in these cases,
due to the time that disposing of
the arguments has occupied at
first instance and on appeal. They
(their lordships) respectfully
agree with the Court of Appeal
that the committal proceedings
should continue as expeditiously
as possible." the ruling read


Community leader

FROM page one
making a strong recovery from
the accident on September 10
in which he was knocked down
early in the evening as he was
returning to his parked car near
SuperClubs Breezes following
a Rotary Club meeting. Mr
Fowler was President of the
Rotary Club of New Provi-
dence.
He was also a member of the
SExecutive Board of the Nassau
Tourism and Development
Board and served on numerous
committees as well as being
active in the Men's Group of
his church.
Shock waves, condolences
and tributes followed news of
his death yesterday. Director-
General of Tourism Vernice
Walkine was among those who
were stunned by the sudden-
ness of his death.
"I am so sad. I am so very
sad," she said. "Michael was a
positive influence at these
(NTDB) meetings, always with
a ready smile and always willing
to take on any assignment that
would advance the cause of the
Board."


Dame Marguerite
FROM page one
den Pindling was suffering from
"pancreatis", her doctors would
not confirm or deny this with The
Tribune yesterday.
"She was admitted for acute
abdominal pain ... the family
doesn't want any elaboration.
they don't want any details dis-
cussed," said Dr Conville Brown,
Dame Marguerite's cardiologist.
Pancreatis is a rare disease
caused by the inflammation of
the pancreas. In severe cases of
the disease, bleeding of the gland
may occur, resulting in tissue
damage, infection, or cysts.
Speaking on behalf of the Pin-
dling family, Dr Brown added
that although Dame Marguerite
was a public figure, she was not a
public servant and therefore some
aspects of her life should remain
private.
She was admitted to the Inten-
sive Care Unit of PMH last
Thursday evening. Her condition
is reportedly "stable" and
"improving".
She was married to former
prime minister Sir Lynden Pin-
dlingfor 44 years andcis actively
involved in a number of local
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SUPREME

COURT



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00409

Whereas GEORGE DUNDAS SWAIN of the
Settlement of Murphy Town, Abaco, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, the Eldest Son has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
letters of administration of the Real and
Personal Estate of ARLINGTON SWAIN
a.k.a. SHELTON SWAIN a.k.a.
WELCHIER SWEYN, late of the Settlement
of Murphy Town, Abaco, one of the Island of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 21 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
ROBATE DIVISION
18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00494

Whereas STEPHANIE MCKENZIE of
Montell Heights in the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration with the
Will annexed of the Real and Personal Estate
of IV AL MCPHEE late of Montell Heights
in the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiation
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Rbgistrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
18TH OCTOBER, 2007

2007/PRO/npr/00495

IN THE ESTATE OF ELIZABETH MAUD
BASSETT, 'late of Woodgate Cottage, 30
Horton Road, Slapton, Leighton Buzzard,
Bedfordshire, England in the United Kingdom,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
SHANNELLE SMITH of Ruby Avenue in
the Western District of the Island of New


Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-
At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant of
Probate in the above estate granted to DAVID
WILLIAM HOLBERTON SQUARE and
PHILIPPA ANNE HOLBERTON
THORNE, the Executors of the Estate, by the
High Court of Justice, The District Probate
Registry at Newcastle upon Tyne, on the 20th


day of January 2003.

Nicoya Neilly
(For) REGISTRAR


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00496

Whereas ALLAN J. BENJAMIN of
Dowdeswell Street and Dunmore Lane in the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has
made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
SReal and Personal Estate of PAUL COLLIN
CULMER late of Trinity Way, Stapledon
Gardens in the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar




COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00497

Whereas SHARON ELIZABETH
BULLARD SAWYER of No. 4 Jasmine
Gardens in the Southern District of the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the -Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of ANDREW JOHN
BULLARD late of Spikenard Road in the
Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00498

Whereas-GENEVA DORSETTE ROLLE of
Sunlight Village in the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of DWAYNE
GARFIELD WELLS late of Sunlight Village
in the Island of New. Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at.the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00499

Whereas WILLIAM PILCHER of the Eastern


Road in the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate


of ROBERT DEAL late of Lucien Road in
the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00500

Whereas KIRKWOOD ROGER CLARE of
Queens Highway, Palmetto Point in the Island
of Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas, for letters of administration of the
Real and Personal Estate of ALFREDA
ESTINE THOMPSON (nee) SWEETING
late of Ethel Street, Ridgeland Park East in the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OFTHE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00503

Whereas FLORENCE ANDlRSON nee
- KNOWIES pf. P-ach. S-trei .jihe Eastern
district, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the
Only Child has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of ZELDA ALBURY a.k.a. ZELDA
SELENA KNOWLES ALBURY, late of
Yamacraw Beach Estates, Eastern District, one
of the Island of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications
will be heard by the said Court at the expiration
of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


PROBATE DIVISION
18TH OCTOBER, 2007

2007/PRO/NPR/00505

IN THE ESTATE OF JOYCE ALISON
SMOSS, late of Runtley Wood Farmhouse,
Sutton Green, Guildford, Surrey, England,
Deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the
expiration of fourteen days from the date hereof,
application will be made to the Supreme Court
Sof The Bahamas in the Probate Division by
DOLL Y P. YOUNG of Nassau East North in
the Eastern District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the
Resealed Grant of Probate in the above estate
granted to DAVID WILLIAM MOSS and
PETER JONATHAN MOSS, the Surviving
Executors of the Estate, by the High Court of
Justice, The District Probate Registry at
Winchester, England, on the 11th day of May
1978.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar










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WHEREAS, the University of the West Indies School
of Clinical Medicine and Research, The Bahamas,
formerly the Clinical Training Programme Bahamas was
established on 27th May, 1997 by agreement between
the University of the West Indies and the Government
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas;

AND WHEREAS, the Mission of the University of the
West Indies is to propel the economic, social, political
and cultural development of West Indian Society
through teaching, research, innovation, advisory and
community services and intellectual leadership;

AND WHEREAS, the Mission of the Faculties of Medical
Sciences is to recruit and train capable and committed
students as health care professionals who will be able
to meet the health needs of the people they serve, but
particularly those of the Caribbean, and wh9 will strive
for professional excellence throughout their careers in
a constantly changing world;

AND WHEREAS, the Mission of the School of Clinical
Medicine and Research,, The Bahamas, is also to
facilitate the improvement of the health of the people
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas through clinical
research that will produce valuable knowledge for the
prevention and management of diseases, and the
formulation of health policies and programmes;

AND WHEREAS, the University of the West Indies
School of Clinical Medicine 'and Research, The
Bahamas, has set aside a week to celebrate the IOth
Anniversary of the Medical Programme under the
theme "Improved Health in The Bahamas through
Teaching and Research the University of the West
Indies 10 Years and Beyond";

NOW THEREFORE, I, Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime
Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do
hereby proclaim the week beginning Sunday, 14th
October and ending on Saturday 20th October, 2007,
as UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES SCHOOL
OF CLINICAL MEDICINE AND RESEARCH, THE
BAHAMAS, WEEK".


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I
have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal this 5th day of
October, 2007.



Hubert A. Ingraham
Prime Minister


MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER OF HEALTH
& SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

I wish to congratulate the University of the
West Indies (UWI) School of Clinical Medicine
and Research, The Bahamas on achieving
the commendable milestone of 10 years as
an institution having positively influenced the
growth of tertiary education and training in
medicine in The Bahamas.

I wish to acknowledge the achievements of
the institution from its initial establishment in
1997 as the University of West Indies Clinical
Programme, Bahamas to your most recent
expansion in August, 2007 as the University of
the West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and
Research, The Bahamas under the umbrella of
the University Centre located on UWI Mona
Campus in Jamaica. This initiative signals
a shift from a health care oriented system
to one inclusive of academia and research.
This expansion as an academic and research
institution inclusive of training signifies the
emphasis placed by this institution on building
expertise with research and development as
cornerstones.

I would also like to congratulate Professor
Howard W. Spencer on his appointment as
Dean of The School and the UWI Coordinator
for The Bahamas. I wish to applaud the work of
Directors, Faculty and staff, past and present
who were instrumental in guiding this institution
through the stages to its present designation.
Your dedication and untiring efforts in time and
talent must be acknowledged. I have every
confidence that you and your competent staff
will continue to play an active and important
role in the direction and future achievements
of the UWI School of Clinical Medicine and
Research.

Congratulations on fulfilling in part the
Mission of the University of the West Indies,
which is "To propel the economic, social,
political and cultural development of West
Indian Society through: teaching, research,
innovation, advisory and community services
and intellectual leadership." I anticipate that
the evolvement of the Clinical Programme to
the School of Clinical Medicine and Research
will certainly propel the development of The
Bahamas through teaching, research and
innovation.

The Honourable Dr.Hubert A.Minnis, M.P


I extend warmest congratulations to the Dean and
staff of the UWI School of Clinical Medicine and
Research in The Bahamas on the occasion of the tenth
anniversary of the School. In 1997, the UWI made
a decision to expand its clinical teaching facilities to
The Bahamas. The then, UWI Clinical Programme
Bahamas, began with sixty-three students, fifty from
India and thirteen Caribbean nationals. To date, more
than two hundred students have graduated from this
programme. This year our enrolment comprises
sixty undergraduate students and thirty-three students
enrolled in postgraduate programmes, most of whom
are from The Bahamas and the Caribbean. I wish
them the very best in their studies.

The School is an excellent example of partnership
between the UWI and our contributing governments,
in this case the Government of The Bahamas.
Administrative and teaching facilities are provided
by the Government of The Bahamas on the Princess
Margaret Hospital compound and they also provide
human and other resources to support the School.
This support is pivotal to the success of our
programmes and my heartfelt thanks are extended
to the Government of the Bahamas for their ongoing
support.

Leadership of the School has been of the highest
calibre beginning with Professor K. Alan Butler
in 1997, through Professor Renn Holness and Dr.
Anthony Regis to the current Dean of the School,
Professor Howard Spencer who also served as Acting
Director in the early years. Professor Spencer is
also overall Coordinator of all the UWI programmes
currently being delivered in The Bahamas. Together
with a dedicated staff consisting of full time
Lecturers, Clinical Tutors, Associate Lecturers and
Administrative staff, our leadership has delivered on
the mission of the UWI to advance the development
of our Caribbean region through our teaching and
research.

There is a very exciting week of activities planned
for the Anniversary and I wish the Dean, staff
and students the very best as they celebrate their
achievements and plan for even more in the future.


E. Nigel Harris
Vice Chancellor


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Two leaders call on PM Hubert Ingraham







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EWART BROWN, Premier of Bermuda, called on Prime Minister Hubert PRIME MINISTER Absalom Themba Dlamini of the Kingdom of
Ingraham at the Cabinet Office in Nassau. Following the meeting Swaziland called on Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham at the Cabinet
between the two leaders, Dr Brown sat in on the afternoon session of Office in downtown Nassau Wednesday.
the House of Assembly.



New Checkers Cafe to open


MORE than 150 guests,
including numerous dignitaries
and business leaders, are
expected to be on hand when
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette officially
opens the newest Checkers
Cafe, a restaurant and drive-
through on Carmichael Road,
on Thursday.
The event, which includes
performances by the Royal
Bahamas Police Pop Band and
the Uriah McPhee School
Band, marks more than the
opening of a restaurant, accord-
ing to Gus Cartwright.
It symbolises a Bahamian
business's success and growth
spawned by the right mix of
ingredients tasty food, plenty
of it and value for money, giving
Bahamians a hearty helping of
the food they grew up with, he
said. The newest restaurant is
the company's third
"In Nassau. where we are sur-
rounded by fast food restau-
rants and foreign franchises
have become part of our daily
routine, the regulars who count
on heaping portions of real
home-style cooking at Check-
ers Cafe are all the proof you
need that Bahamians appreci-
ate real Bahamian food."
Cartwright said.
"We opened the first restau-
ranton Mackey Street in 1989
,iththe belief that i` w-v.ep.


DPM to officially open restaurant


prices low by serving cafeteria-
style and eliminating gratuity,
customers would appreciate the
value along with the good, solid,
true-true Bahamian food."
SA few years later, the Free
National Movement built its
national headquarters next
door. From that point on, poli-
tics and pie at Checkers were
inseparable.
I But most of the customers
.w re and are working folk who
fill up on hearty breakfasts,
native dishes with peas 'n' rice,
coleslaw and Sandra Cartwright's
baked goods banana cake,
coconut tarts, cheesecake, raisin
bread, rum cake, chocolate cake.
She's baked 20 cakes and
desserts a day six days a week
for 18 years some 12,000
cakes, pies, breads and tarts.
With close friend George
Cartwright as partner for many
years, his wife, Sandra by his
side, and recently, daughter
Nadia Sumner working in the
business, Cartwright has driven
the food phenomenon that has
grown to locations on Mackey
Street, Robinson Road and
Carmichael Road serving thou-
sands of meals a day.
Now, with the third genera-
tion of Cartwrights in the


kitchen, the recipe for steady
success has come despite or
perhaps because of the fami-
ly's resistance to current trends
of pre-measured, pre-packaged
portions of food, they say, that
"tastes nothing like Mama used
to make for Sunday lunch after
church."
There will be plenty of that
piled-high chicken with maca-
roni and cheese and more when
the new 10,000-square foot


Checkers Caf6 celebrates Octo-
ber 18 with the kind of festivi-
ties normally associated with
the unveiling of a resort's
newest gourmet addition.
Dr Rex Major, Mrs Janet
Bostwick, and Bishop Simeon
Hall are also set to participate
and the first take-out order,
bean soup, will be sent as a sym-
bolic surprise to a special friend
who is unable to attend.
The new restaurant that
replaces an older one on leased
property on Carmichael Road
will be open from 7am to 730
pm daily and the drive-through
until 9pm.


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This brother of ours said that there.
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heaven.

And so it was with the life that was
lived by Deron Bethel.

As fate would have it, this young
man's life was needlessly and
brutally taken away from him.

Today his family, neighbours and
Friends are still trying to find out
Why he died the way he did.

They are convinced that their child,
their neighbour and their freind was
robbed of a gift that God
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East Shirley Street,
Nassau on Wednes-
day, 17th October,
2007 at 4:00p.m.
Reverend Charles A. Sweeting,
Reverend Gerald Richardson and
Reverend Jay Simms will officiate and
internet will be in Ebenezer Methodist
Cemetery, East Shirley Street, Nassau.

Mr. Johnson is predeceased by his
wife, Alice Patricia Johnson and is
survived by a brother-in-law, Barry
Kemp and many other relatives and
friends including, Lavania Thompson.

Instead of flowers the family
request that donations be sent to
Ebenezer Methodist Church, P.O.
Box SS-6145, Nassau or the Chris-
tian Life Church, P.O. Box EE-15063,
Nassau in memory of Earl W. Johnson.

Relatives and friends may pay their
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FROM page one
caused the death of Mrs Cates. Mrs Cates,
65, was found, wrapped in a quilt in the
bedroom of her home, where she i ved
alone. Her husband, Leroy 'Ray' Cates:, a
local preacher, died from cancer five ears
ago. Mrs Cates was discovered by two of
her brothers-in-law with cuts about her
body suggesting a knife attack, along with
bruises on her face that may have resulted
from multiple strikes from a blunt instru-
ment. Concern reportedly arose for Mrs
Cates' safety when a vehicle was discov-
ered abandoned some distance from her
home in the Green Castle settlement, hav-
ing overturned several times, eventually
coming to rest in nearby bushes. Mrs
Cates' death is the 59th homicide for the
year.
Pyfrom has also been charged with
armed robbery. It is alleged that being
z concerned with others sometime on Sun-
W. day, October 7, he robbed Mrs Cates of
Sher Isuzu Rodeo. The accused has also
Si been charged with breaking and entering
t, Mrs Cates' home. Pyfrom who is repre-
sented by lawyer Murrio Ducille was not
S m required to plead to the charges.
E I fHe was remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill. The case was adjourned
to October 29 for a report and fixture date.
THE FAMILY of murder victim Mrs Sylvia Cates couldn't Some 25 witnesses are listed on court dock-
hold hack tearm v sterdav outside of court. ets.


FROM page one
murder of Herbert William
Munroe, which occurred at
Bethel's Electronics Satellite
Television, Infant View Road.
Mrs Francis, a 47-year-old
mother of two, employed with
Holiday Industrial Builders
International Limited was criti-
cally injured while attempting
to leave the parking lot of the
John F Kennedy branch of the
Royal Bank of Canada last
Thursday. In addition to Smith,
police are also looking for
Travado Taylor, 19.
A Tribune source revealed
that some of Mrs Francis' fam-
il members know the men the
police are see-king to help them
in their in\ cstigations. However,
police could not confirm
whether the victim knew her
attackers.
"I think it was a set up,"
Howard Neely, one of Mrs
Francis' co-workers, told The
Tribune yesterday. "I hear they


Shooting
ain' had on no mask." He
believed that whoever attacked
her "knew she had that money
on her."
Police reports indicate that
Mrs Francis was carrying a sub-
stantial amount of cash after
having made a withdrawal from
a company account to meet
payroll later that day.
Her assailant and a male
accomplice fled the scene after
pocketing the cash, it was
reported.
Mr Neely said that he, and
many of Mrs Francis' co-work-
ers are calling for the hanging of
the whoever is responsible for
the shooting of the woman he
describes as his "sister."
It was reported that Mrs
Francis was on life support after
undergoing surgery last week.
When The Tribune visited Mrs
Francis in the Intensi\e Care
Unit of Princess Margaret Hos-
pital yesterday she was attached


to a respirator.
With visible scarring on the
right side of her jaw, she was
unable to speak because of the
breathing tube in her throat.
However, she appeared alert,
responsive and in good spirits
despite her ordeal.
"She's doing a hundred per
cent better than how she was
when I last saw her," Verona
Bastian, her mother-in-law told
The Tribune yesterday. She
believes that Mrs Francis was
targeted because of the large
amount of cash she was carry-
ing..
Mrs Bastian is also the grand-
mother of Desmond Key, the
victim of alleged police brutali-
ty. Mrs Bastian said she is grate-
ful for the public's prayers and
support in the recent tragedies
afflicting her family.
Although police are in pur-
suit of the men suspected of
being involved in this shooting.
Chief Supt Miller confirmed
that no one is in police custody
at this time.


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BTC 'unreasonably delayed'





telecoms consumer choice



Regulator backs rival SRG on Abaco interconnection dispute, finding.its business and competition stymied


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
he Bahamas
Telecommunica-
tions Company
(BTC) "unreason-
ably delayed" con-
sumer choice and the benefits of
competition for Bahamian busi-
nesses and residents on Abaco by
refusing to interconnect with its
fixed-line rival, Systems
Resource Group (SRG), the
telecommunications sector regu-
lator has ruled.
In its October 8 decision on the
Abaco interconnection dispute,
the Public Utilities Commission
(PUC) ruled that within 42 days
from its decision, BTC must pro-


vide SRG with two T1 intercon-
nection SS7 trunks that will
enable the latter to interconnect
with BTC's telephone network at
its Marsh Harbour exchange.
The ruling stipulates that calls
will terminate at BTC's Marsh
Harbour exchange, with inter-
connection between its fixed-line
voice services network and that of
SRG's to happen at either Alta
Vista, a two-storey building locat-
ed 50 feet from BTC's exchange
or "any other technically feasible
point of interconnection" deter-
mined by SRG. All this is to hap-
pen within 21 days of the October
8 decision.
The PUC has finally delivered
its verdict on a complaint first
filed m ore than two-and-a-half


years ago by SRG, trading as
IndiGo Networks, on March 22,
2005.
IndiGo, which is BTC's only
legal competition for domestic
and international fixed-line, voice
calls, had alleged that BTC.had
failed to provide circuits that
would allow the two companies to
interconnect their respective
phone networks in Abaco.
Interconnection is vital in the
telecommunications industry,
because it allows phone calls orig-
inating on one network say by
an SRG customer to be seam-
lessly transferred on to another
network'and answered by a BTC
customer, with calls terminating
on the latter's network.
The failure to provide inter-


connection for SRG, and the pro-
tracted nature of the dispute, has
meant that its IndiGo Networks
brand has been unable to.provide
telecoms service to Abaco and
attract customers there.
In turn, this has denied Abaco
businesses and residents the ben-
efits of reduced prices, improved
service and greater consumer
choice that would flow from the
competition provided by IndiGo,
something the PUC was quick to
pick up on in its verdict.
In its ruling, the PUC effec-
tively said that BTC had abused
its market position as the 'domi-
nant' operator in fixed-line volce
services to deny IndiGo inter-
connection in Abaco, something
analysts are likely to view as part


of a larger attempt to squeeze the
'upstart' new entrant out of the
market and preserve BTC's mar-
ket share.
"BTC's transient behaviour is a
clear demonstration of its Domi-
nant position in the market for
interconnection services, in that it
has materially affected the terms
of SRG's participation in its Aba-
co service area as a result of
BTC's control over essential
interconnection facilities and
BTC's use of that position in that
market," the PUC ruled.
"During the period of this dis-
pute, SRG has not been able to
connect any customers in Abaco,
and any customers it might have
had would not have been able to
communicate with BTC's cus-


tomers in Abaco or elsewhere, or
access the services offered by
BTC.
"As a consequence, competi-
tion and consumer choice have
been unreasonably delayed."
The PUC said BTC had effec-
tively breached two conditions in
its licence, plus sections of the
Telecommunications Act and
Telecommunications Sector Pol-
icy, by failing to comply with
SRG's first Abaco interconnec-
tion application on December 23,
2004, as required. Had it done so,
the interconnection could have
been completed in early 2005.
The PUC ruling noted that

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Mall at Marathon in


Phase 3 expansion


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
CONSTRUCTION has begun
on the Mall at Marathon's Phase
III expansion, which will include
a 50,000 square foot open-air
expansion of retail space featuring
at least 25 stores, plus a Benni-
gan's Grill and Tavern and a Ken-
tucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restu-
rant.
Bob Stevenson, Mall at
Marathon's general manager, told
The Tribune yesterday that the
mall has now started its third
phase expansion, which is visible
to all motorists on Marathon
Road and shoppers. Construction
is taking place on the open area
of land located near to the Galle-
ria Cinemas.entrance and parking
lot.
The expansion will include a


Move to feature 25
stores, plus KFC and
Bennigan's restaurants

6,400 square foot Bennigan's,
expected to be open by year's
end, and a 3,200 square foot KFC
outlet, which is expected to be
open by summer of next year.
Mr Stevenson said Bahamian
architects firm Bruce LaFleur and
Associates Ltd, and JP2 Archi-
tects out of Baltimore in the US,
have been commissioned to
undertake the preliminary design
and schematic work for the open
air expansion.
He added that in addition to
the two restaurants, the mall's

SEE page 5


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BANK of the
Bahamas Internation-
al's managing director
yesterday said the
implementation of its
new banking software
solution could
enhance its short-term
efficiency by up to 50
per cent, providing the
"fundamental corner-
stone" for planned
growth involving the
launch of new prod-
ucts and services.
Paul McWeeney said the bank had "suc-
cessfully mir.iicd" to the i-flex software solu-
tion over tlie weekend of October 1, 2007,
marking the culmination of an 18-month
process that involved all Bank of the Bahamas
International staff.


Move to lower operating costs and provide 'cornerstone'
for new product launches and expansion


Praising the dedication and hard work of
Bank of the Bahamas International staff, Mr
McWeeney said of i-flex: "What it will ensure
is that our client base and shareholders will be
tremendously better off.
"The system has the capacity to improve
on efficiency by 50 per cent in the.short-term,
and even greater in the long-term."
Mr McWeeney said that among the benefits
.of the i-flex system, which he termed "a com-
prehensive banking solution" and one that
had been the "best selling" banking software
application worldwide for three years in a
row, were that "the employees will be freed-up
to do customer-oriented functions".
He added that there would also be
"improvements in the operating costs of the
bank, and that in turn will hopefully trans-
late into more efficient and less costly oper-


eating procedures for our customers, and
improvements in shareholder value in the
long-term".
Vaughn Delaney, Bank of the Bahamas
International's deputy managing director for
human resources and information technology,
said the bank had implemented two i-flex
solutions FlexBranch, which is used by tellers
and customer service staff in consumer inter-
actions, and FlexCube, which is used for back
office processing.
Mr Delaney added: "This is a very, very
significant change for the bank, as well as the
sector, because at this moment I'm pretty sure
we're the only commercial bank or retail bank
operating on this platform [in the Bahamas].


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Assist with the standardization of all legal documentation
where necessary. Where needed provide guidance to external
counsel on the form of documentation necessary.

Manages costs and service levels, external legal expense
and progress of litigation.

Applicants are requested to submit their resume with a cover
letter via email by October 24th, 2007 to :
deangelia.deleveaux@FirstCaribbeanBank.com

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for their
interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.


West Street, Nassau, Bahamas
invites you to attend a
two-part lecture by

PERICLES MAILLIS
on
THE HISTORY OF THE
CHRISTIAN CHURCH


Financial
Focus
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congratulate the Ingra-
ham administration for
tabling in the House of
Assembly the package of Heads
of Agreements (HOA) that,
have been entered into by the
Government recently.
The public has an absolute
right to know the conditions
precedent, and the amount of
investment incentives, con-
tained in such agreements. I
know that members of the press
were provided with copies of
these documents, but it would
be extremely useful if 'weekend
analysts' such as myself could
access them from a central web-
site and offer our analytical con-
tribution for the benefit of the
public.
If the Bahamas is to reach its
full potential as a nation, agree-
ments and documents on behalf
of the people must become pub-
licly available in a timely man-
ner. Governments must become
accustomed to standing on their
record, and being judged by that
precise record. For example, if
you are prepared to enter into a
HOA, then surely you must be
prepared to defend it.
There is a growing movement
among democratic nations to
pass Freedom of Information
(FOI) legislation, which guar-
antees citizens access to key
government information. To
date, more than 70 countries
around the world have imple-
mented some form of 'freedom
of information' legislation. Fur-
ther, there are at least another


FROM AN ORTHODOX
CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE
PART I: WEDNESDAY, 17TH OCTOBER, 2007
PART 2: WEDNESDAY, 24TH OCTOBER, 2007
Father Theophanis Kolyvas
Community Centre
WEST STREET
For athar InlornnM~onm please c Maria Chiman
359-2349 or e-mail:
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Central to the right to hold
an opinion and to freely express
it is the right to seek and obtain
relevant information. There-
fore, the purpose of FOI legis-
lation is typically to encourage
more open and accountable
governance by establishing
within a legislative framework a
right of access to official records
and information.
Legislation relating to FOI
Usually defines the right to
information as a basic human
right, as spelled out in interna-
tional human rights law. Hence,
the enactment of such legisla-
tion provides the people with a
general statutory right of access
to information held by public
authorities.
It should be noted that the
'right to know' has existed in
Sweden since 1766, in the US
since 1966, in France since 1978,
in Canada, Australia and New
Zealand since 1982, in the
Netherlands since 1991 and in
the United Kingdom since 2000.
Our regional counterparts with
FOI statutes include Bermuda
and the Cayman Islands (by
virtue of being dependent UK
territories), Trinidad and Toba-
go, Jamaica, Dominican Repub-
lic and Belize.
Features of FOI Legislation
FOI legislation usually sets
out the right of every person to
obtain access to certain cate-
gories of official documents. It
provides minimum standards
for the maintenance and preser-
vation of records by public
authorities. The legislation usu-
ally incorporates a procedure
for obtaining access to certain
information, and stipulates a
time limit for the public author-
ity to notify the applicant of
approval or refusal of his
request. Also, FOI legislation
usually includes the right to
request correction of records.
Balance
However,. notwithstanding

SEE page 6


We're on your side!


two dozen countries with such
legislation pending. These laws,
which are also described as
'open records' or 'sunshine'
Slaws, set rules on access to infor-
mation or records held by gov-
ernment bodies.
Thomas Blanton, in the
July/August 2002 edition of For-
eign Policy, had this to say on
the topic: "Making good use of
moral and efficiency claims, the
international freedom-of-infor-
mation movement stands on the
verge of changing the definition
of democratic governance. The
movement is creating a new
norm, a new expectation, and
a new threshold requirement
for any government to be con-
sidered a democracy.."
History of FOI Legislation
On December 10, 1948, the
General Assembly of the Unit-
ed Nations adopted and pro-
claimed the Universal Declara-
tion of Human Rights. Article
19 of that document specifies
that everyone has the right to
freedom of opinion and expres-
sion; and that this right includes
freedom to hold opinions with-
out interference, as well as to
seek, receive and impart infor-
mation and ideas through any
media regardless of frontiers.


Vacancies are open to Bahamians only.


ANNUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH


Vacancy For'The Position Of:






Core responsibilities:

Conceptualize, design and prepare brochures, flyers and
other promotional material
S Coordinate the use of artistic and graphic material
S Plan and illustrate marketing concepts
S Submit rough layouts of art and copy for approval
S Prepare finished copy and art by operating typesetting,
printing, and similar equipment
S Research and recommend new enhancements, software
upgrades, or services that will simplify, contain (or reduce)
costs and increase efficiency.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

S Ability to design layouts for printed and graphic material.
S Ability to create technical illustrations, designs, layouts, and
electronic presentations and publications for commercial
print.
S Bachelor's Degree in Visual Communication or formal
training in graphic design, website/page design, photo media
and general publication techniques; or five years experience.
* Familiarity with PC and Mac operating systems.
S Expertise in QuarkXPress 6.0, Macromedia Freehand MX,
Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and
Microsoft Power Point.
S Computer Literacy is in the operation of current word
processing, database management, graphics, website and
spreadsheet programs.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and
life insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than 19th October 2007 to:

c/o The Tribune
DA#14102
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas


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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2007, PAGE 3B


THF TRIBUNE


The Spirit of



a 52,000 seat



increase for



Grand Bahama

AIRLIFT seat capacity to Grand
Bahama could increase by up to 52,000
annually as a result of Spirit Airlines' deci-
sion to begin daily service to Freeport from
'Fort Lauderdale on December 13, 2007,
the minister of tourism said yesterday.
Neko Grant said the connection to
Grand Bahama through Spirit's Fort Laud-
erdale hub, which would act as a gateway
for the airline's other markets such as New
York, Chicago. Atlantic City. Detroit.
Washington, D.C., Boston. Orlando, Tam-
pa, Los Angeles, Myrtle Beach and
Atlanta. could ultimately bring in up to
50 per cent of the island's stopover visitor
numbers. The planned Spirit Airline flight
will depart Fort Lauderdale at 11.55am daily, and arriving in
Grand Bahama at 12.40pm. The return flight will depart Grand
Bahama daily at 1.30 pm, arriving in Fort Lauderdale at 2.14 pm.
Mr Grant said: "We are confident that the entry of ultra low-
cost Spirit service into the Grand Bahama market will stimulate
incremental tourist traffic due to Spirit's sustained strategy of low
airfares."


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PENSION PLAN ADMINISTRATOR
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Design and amend plan rules and trust deed documents as appropriate
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~ Process daily pension activities
Prepare and provide clients with relevant and timely reports
~ Assist with preparation of client presentation material
Assist with member enrollment sessions and annual meetings
Provide assistance for retirement seminars
Meet/Speak with plan sponsors as necessary
Perform bank reconciliation for pension bank accounts
~ Liaise with bank, group administrators and investment dept as necessary
Other functions as may be directed by supervisor
Qualifications & Experience:
~ Bachelor's Degree in Banking and Finance or other related fields mandatory
Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) certification an asset
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~ Series 7 or other Mutual Fund experience mandatory
Requisites:
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point
~ Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Self-motivated and able to work independently & meet deadlines
Resumes with accompanying certificates should be forwarded via email to
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Family Guardian thanks all applicants.
.However, only those short-listed will be contacted.
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Leading Law firm is seeking to employ a highly
qualified legal assistant. The successful candidate
should possess the following skills and experience:

Ability to perform confidential secretarial-.
related functions in support of a Partner
Ability to meet changing work demands and
deadlines in a short time frame
Excellent time management and problem
solving skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities and
work with minimum supervision
Good communication and interpersonal
skills necessary to communicate with clients,
attorneys and staff -
Assist in scheduling appointments, meetings
and travel itineraries
5-7 years secretarial experience (legal
experience an asset)
Knowledge of Microsoft Office and shorthand


National money



laundering strategy



set for February 08


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
The National Strategy
on the Prevention of
Money Laundering
is expected to be
implemented by February 2008
if all the revelant templates can
be collected, it was revealed yes-
terday.
The Financial Intelligence
Unit (FIU) held a half-day sem-
inar on the National Strategy
yesterday, and its director,
Anthony Johnson, said it had
hoped the policy would have
been done completed between
November and December 2007.
Mr Johnson said, though, that
the FIU was still in the process
of collecting the Strategy Tem-
plates from Bahamian financial
institutions, describing these as
vital in creating the policy.
"We had wanted this to be
done by November/December,


but now we are committed to
February 2008," Mr Johnson
said. He explained that writing
the document will not be an
easy process, because each tem-
plate will have to be methodi-
cally analysed.
The FIU has encouraged all
Bahamas-based financial insti-
tutions to submit their tem-
plates so they can be part of
the policy input.
FIU staff explained that the
National Strategy, which is
being adopted by a number of
countries and based upon the
recommendations of the Finan-
cial Action Task Force (FATF),
will provide a means to ensure
ongoing compliance with inter-
national standards.
It will provide relevant par-
ties/stakeholders with a set of
measurable goals and outcomes,
and be sufficiently flexible to
allow for future amendments to
the 40 FATF recommendations,
plus a further nine it published
to counter terrorism financing.


"The current anti-money
laundering/counter-terror
financing regime is multifaceted,
and can be further enhanced
through a coordinated national
effort which assesses risks/vul-
nerabilities," Mer Johnson said.
He added that a well co-ordi-
nated plan will reduce costs by
reducing duplication of effort.
Attorney-General Claire
Hepburn, who opened the sem-
inar, said: "It is anticipated that
this National anti-money laun-
dering/counter-terror financing
strategy will provide all of the
relevant parties with measur-
able goals and outcomes. More
importantly, it will amongst oth-
er things assist in developing
clearly identified 'national
goals', which is critical if the
Bahamas is to sustain its repu-
tation as an internationally-
recognised, well regulated finan-
cial services jurisdiction. "If we
are to have any measurable suc-
cess in the fight against money
laundering and the financing of


terrorism, we need to realise
that there must be a collective
approach and effort by all of
the relevant stakeholders. It is
not sufficient that we promote
international and regional coop-
eration: We must at the same
time promote strategic partner-
ships among the key players
within our country."
Mrs Hepburn said the Gov-
ernment will consider if any
changes to the Anti- Terrorism
Act need to made. She added
that an Umbrella Group or
committee needs to be estab-
lished, which can review and
make recommendations to the
Government on anti-money
laundering/counter-terror
financing matters at a policy lev-
el, using statistics and data pro-
vided to them.
Presently, Mrs Hepburn said
an ad-hoc committee known as
a 'task force' carries out these
functions and is comprised of
representatives from various
government agencies.


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Julius Bair

Julius Baer Group, the leading dedicated Wealth
Manager is seeking candidates for the position of:

ASSISTANT CLIENT ADVISOR
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES:
Executing various client instructions (wire
transfers, forex, stock exchange orders, Fids,
loans, etc.)
Sending daily advices to clients
Sending financial information to clients
Printing of valuations and regular similar
tasks
a Answering clients requests

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:
Excellent verbal and written communication
skill;
A commitment to service excellence
Team player/ Proficient in Microsoft tools
Series 7 or equivalent
EXPERIENCE:

Minimum 3-5 years experience in Private
Banking in related field
EDUCATION:,

A Bachelor's degree with concentration
in Finance, Economic, Accounting or
Business Administration

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The ability to speak a second language
would be an asset

We offer a very competitive compensation
and benefits package, a stimulating work
environment and the opportunity to make a
significant contribution to our business while
expanding your career.

Interested candidates should forward a copy
of their resume by October 31st, 2007 to the
attention of:


BY HAND:
Personal & Confidential
Resident Manager
Ocean Centre,Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-4890
Nassau, Bahamas


BY MAIL:
Personal & Confidential
Resident Manager
P.O. Box N-4890
Nassau, Bahamas


BTC 'unreasona


delayed'


telecoms


consumer choice


FROM page 1


SRG initially applied to BTC for
the two interconnection trunks at
the Alta Vista site in Marsh Har-
bour, and submitted a sketch plan
showing the location and precise
point of circuit location.
"Despite much correspondence
between them from December
23, 2004, until November 10,
S2006, SRG has not yet been able
to achieve interconnection of its
network with BTC's network at
any point of interconnection any-
where in Abaco, although alter-
native'-sites '"were proposed by
both parties," the PUC found.
SRG sent follow up letters to
its original application on January
25, 2005, and February 7, 2007,
eventually obtaining an e-mailed
response by BTC's Alfred Phillips
on February 14, 2005, that the
state-owned incumbent should be
able to provide Abaco intercon-
nection in "a month and a half".
Between February 24 and
March 9, 2005, e-mails between
the two companies produced
nothing more than BTC asking
for an updated drawing on the
interconnection point, the PUC
found.
Then, on March 15, 2005, and
April 18, 2005, SRG sent more
letters to BTC but received no
reply, prompting the filing of the
complaint with the PUC on
March 22,2005.
BTC replied to the PUC that-
SRG was proposing an intercon-
nection point "at the base of a
power pole in a remote location".
where neither company had exist-
ing facilities, and to accommo-
date its rival's request it would
have to construct facilities at this
location and Alta Vista. Instead,
it suggested the BTC exchange
at Marsh Harbour as an alterna- .
tive . . '


SRG said it only wanted BTC
to provide circuits from the
Marsh Harbour exchange to Alta
Vista, nor build facilities for it,
but on June 13, 2005, Mr Phillips
wrote to BTC to explain "the rea-
sons why it was technically unfea-
sible for BTC to interconnect
with SRG at Alta Vista".,
As a result, SRG then suggest-
ed the Cable Bahamas facility at
Marsh Harbour as an alternative
point of interconnection on July
19, 20o5, prompting more letters
and e-mails.
Agreed
BTC then apparently agreed
to this interconnection point on
September 22, 2005, but "did
nothing" to implement it.
Then, on October 28, 2005,
BTC said it was no longer pre-
pared to interconnect with SRG
at the Cable Bahamas facility
because that location was not "in
the best interest of the security
and integrity of BTC's network".
It added that SRG was expected
to pay $150,000 or 50 per cent of
the $300,000 costs of carrying its
equipment and fibre to the Cable
Bahamas site.
On December 2, 2005, BTC
offered to provide interconnec-
tion at its technical centre in
Marsh Harbour, but SRG
declined the offer five days later
on the grounds that "both opera-
tors might lose their networks if
housed in one building during
potential natural disasters, and
because of the strained relation-
ship between the parties".
. SRG ultimately proposed a
new interconnection point at a
two-storey building (Jones Com-
munications offices) 50 feet south
of BTC's Marsh Harbour
exchange, but BTC "roundly
rejected" this in a July 11, 2006,
letter "on the basis that BTC was
awaiting the outcome of its dis-
pute filed on September 23,2005,
against SRG alleging that SRG
was illegally bypassing BTC's net-
work".
However, the PUC said it "dis-
missed that dispute on October
20, 2006, on the grounds that
BTC had 'failed to identify any
contractual and/or statutory
breaches sufficient to underpin
their dispute'."
BTC argued that its main rea-
son for refusing to interconnect
with SRG was that the latter was
'unlawfully' bypassing its net-
work, and it needed to act to pre-
vent loss of revenues.
Yet the PUC noted that this
was not an issue until SRG wrote
to BTC on July 11, 2006, some
18 months after SRG's original
request. BTC also failed to pro-
vide the PUC with a copy of its
letter of refusal. *
Rejecting this ground of BTC's
argument, the PUC said the
'bypass' issue which deals with


the fact that only BTC is current-
ly licensed to provide a gateway
for interconnecting Bahamas-
originating and terminating calls -
just related to New Providence,
with the regulator "puzzled" by
some of BTC's contentions.
The. PUC also ruled that Alta
Vista was technically feasible as
an interconnection point, and that
it was "unreasonable" for BTC
to try and determine where
SRG's interconnection should be.
Nor was the Abaco interconnec-
tion issue bound up with any
"exclusive rights" pertaining to


BTC.
The PUC ruling on the Abaco
interconnection is the latest one
in a slew of legal actions embroil-
ing BTC, SRG and the telecoms
regulator, as the twin competing
forces maintaining BTC's value
and restricting competition to
maximise the privatization price,
and liberalising telecoms to
reduce prices and improve ser-
vice for Bahamian businesses and
consumers plays out.
A Tribune affiliate has a pas-
sive stake in SRG that is less than
10 per cent of its share capital.


Legal Notice
NOTICE

THE BLUE SKY HIGH LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
23rd day of August 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., PO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


BAIKAL SLOPES INC.




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
the dissolution of BAIKAL SLOPES INC. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


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COUNSEL & ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW
NOTARIES PUBLIC
Choncer> House
No 21 Do>,deswell Street
PO Box N.8199
Nassau The Bahamas

is pleased to announce that

Senator the Honourable
Jerome Kennedy Fitzgerald LLM., MSc.
Barrister-at-Law J

has joined the firm as Managing Partner,
effective October 1st, 2007


Tel. 242-356-6108, 242-328-6950 I Fo. 242-356-6109 I E rinnl choncel~lak,@baielnei.bs
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is presently considering applications for a

SECURITIES ADMINISTRATOR




The position is open to candidates with the following minimum requirements:

Qualifications:
Two (2) years experience in a Securities Administration and Settlements
Department in an international banking institution
PC Literacy (MS Word, Access, Excel)
Knowledge of securities markets and instruments (bonds, equities,
options)
Experience with mutual funds administration
S A Bachelor's or Associates digrei with concentration in Finance,
Accounting or Business Administration

Personal Qualities:
Excellent organizational and communication skills
A commitment to service excellence
Ability to meet deadlines with minimum supervision

Benefits provided include:
Competitive salary and performance bonus
Pension Plan
Health and Life Insurance


ONLY PERSONS WITH SECURITIES TRADING AND ADMINISTRATION
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THE TRIBUNE
















Living standards




face hit from


productivity issues


i By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
r he lack of qualified
Bahamians could
place the entire
Bahamian standard
of living in jeopardy, a PLP sen-
ator warned yesterday.
Senator Michael Halkitis told
the Bahamas Human Resources
Development Association that
if not addressed, the problem
could become critical and lead
to a decrease in productivity


that would then be felt through-
out society.
A greater emphasis needed
to be placed on human resource
development as opposed to
merely filling positions, he said.
Mr Halkitis advised managers
that more collaboration was
needed between educators and
potential employees to ensure
students have the necessary
skills required to benefit the
workplace.
"There is a great deal of
emphasis placed on the nation-
al average when the stan-
darisied test results come out,


and people get on talk shows
and in the papers, and then it
dies down until the same time
the next year, but do we know
the amount of persons who
drop out of school. Reports
come out, but do we read
them?" he asked.
Mr Halkitis said that having a
strong workforce was vital, par-
ticularly if the current tourisrh
arrivals figures continued their
downward trend.
"We would be in for a bumpy
ride," he said.
"A lot of the time, we think
that we can fall back on to


tourism, but if WHTI or bad
weather continues to be a fac-
tor, then we really need to take
a look at what it is going on,
because radical surgery may be
required."
Mr Halkitis said the Bahamas
was poised to see more compe-
tition from the Caribbean, par-
ticularly in the aftermath of the
European trade agreement and
the islands which depended
heavily on trade with them are
likely to up their tourism efforts.
His comments came at a one
day leadership seminars for
BHRDA members.


Mall in Phase



3 expansion


FROM page 1


a new shoe retail concept called
'Catch 22',and an upscale Men's
Shop called 'The Edge'.
t' 1


management has a waiting list of Second
store owners who wish to rent in
the new facilities. Mr Stevenson said: "The sec-
Mr Stevenson said the mall ond phase development of the
was constantly expanding, as this mall, which consisted of over
year it was able to add a number 100,000 square feet of space, was
of new businesses in its existing completed in 2001. Now the Mall
space, including a Twin Brothers is 99 per cent leased, with over
Daquiri and Seafood, Starbucks, 120 shops and kiosks in opera-
Radio Shack,.Bijoux.Terner, and, tion and-a. waiting listof quality ..,
One, St.p Beauty .Supply. .It,iA.. retailers needing additional shop. '
scheduled to open later this year,!" space."


PROCLAMATION
RT. HON. HUBERT A. INORAHAM
PRIME MINISTER
WHEREAS, functional movement is central to the health and
well being of individuals:
AND WHEREAS, physical therapists provide services to '
individuals to assist them in developing, maintaining and
restoring maximum move, nent and functional ability throughout '
their life span;
AND WHEREAS, physiotherapy is important to individuals in
circumstances where movement and function are threatened
by ageing, injury, disease or environmental factors;
AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas Association of Physiotherapists
wishes to increase the public awareness of the availability of
physiotherapy services dnd ot The Bahamas Association of j
Physiotherapists as a body;
AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas Association of Physiotherapists
wishes to bring together physiotherapists to participate in a
week of activities and to celebrate the work of physiotherapists;
NOW THEREFORE, I, Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim the
week beginning Sunday, 14th October, 2007 and ending
Saturday, 20th October, 2007 as "PHYSIOTHERAPY WEEK."
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have
herniate set my Hand and Seal this
10th day of October, 2007.

.. r "^i mn
Hubert A. Ingrahal-
PRIME MISTER

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IN THE ESTATE OF MER-
RILL M. STENBECK late of 867
Cedar Swamp Road in Oyster Bay,
in the State of New York one of the
United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all
persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estate
are required to send the same duly
certified in writing to the Undersigned
on or before the 19th day of Novem-
ber, 2007, after which date the Execu-
tors will proceed to distribute the assets
having regard only to the claims of
which he shall then have had notice.


AND NOTICE is hereby also given that
all persons indbted to the said Estate are
requested to make full settlement on or
before the date hereinbefore mentioned.


HIIGGS & JOHNSON
Attorneys for the Executors
Chambers
P.O. BOX N-3247
Ocean Centre
Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas


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Legal Notice

NOTICE
Cristobal S.A.

(In voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 17th day September, 2007. Creditors having
debts or claims against the above-named Com-
pany are required to send particulars thereof to
the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-10378, Nassau,
Bahamas, on or before 26th October, 2007. In
default thereof they will be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Aiain Kunz
(Liquidator).


Vacancy For The Position Of:





Core responsibilities:

Acts as Relationship Manager to high net worth clientele by
liaising with clients to determine needs and resolve issues,
providing answers and communication wherever necessary.
Performs maintenance and records management on existing
portfolios by liaising with attorneys and insurance companies to
prepare legal documents or obtain security.
Performs constant follow up on delinquent and watch-list accounts,
and institutes proper procedures regarding the collections of bad
and doubtful ones.
Advises the Credit Risk Consultant of any issues that may have
a material effect on the credit portfolio.
Prepares credit proposals by conducting comprehensive financial
and non-financial analysis, collecting and checking required
documents.
As lending cap varies, designs and implements marketing initiatives
aimed at attracting targeted business accounts.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

* Bachelor's Degree and five or more years of banking experience.
* Strong accounting and financial skills to analyze financial
statements.
Strong analytical capabilities to assess and make reasoned
judgments on the viability of a credit candidate.
Detailed knowledge of business operations in many industries to
analyze credit worthiness, economic and statistical theory, and
to understand banking activity and business trends.
* Core knowledge of specific legal documents to ensure security
is legitimate.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and
life insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than October 19th, 2007 to:

DA14102
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas


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'right to information laws' can
include:

Cabinet and other highly
sensitive documents
Defense, national security
and law enforcement docu-
ments
Documents subject to legal
professional privilege
International relations doc-
uments


LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (4) of the International Business Companies
\ct. (No. 45 of 2000), CENS CORPORATION is in
dissolution. ADAN ARTURO ILLUECA HERRANDO is
the Liquidator and can be contacted at with address 52St.
No.17, Bella Vista, Panama city, Republic of Panama.
All persons having claims against the above-named com-
pany are required to send their names, addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the
11th day of November, 2007.




ADAN ARTDURO LLU BEANDO
Liquidator



LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act, (No. 45 of 2000), CLICHY CORPORATION is in
dissolution. ADAN ARTURO ILLUECA HERRANDO is
the Liquidator and can be contacted at with address 52St.
No.17, Bella Vista, Panama city, Republic of Panama.
All persons having claims against the above-named com-
pany are required to send their names, addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the
11th day of November, 2007.


4 f1R

ADAN ARTRO IILUICAmRRNDO
Liqidator



LEGAL NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION

International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
(No. 45 of 2000), EVANSVILLE HOLDING CORP. is in
dissolution. PANAMERICAN MANAGEMENT SERVICES
(BAHAMAS) LTD, is the Liquidator and can be contacted at
Marlborough & Queen Streets, PO. Box N-10429, Nassau,
Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-named
company are required to send their names, addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the
1 th day of November, 2007.




Panamerican Management
Services (Bahamas) ltd.
Liquidator


the overall benefit of FOI leg-
islation, there must be a clear
acknowledgment in such laws
that there must be limits on
access. For instance, access to
information legislation must
also take account of laws relat-
ing to privacy and the necessity
of exempting certain categories
of information from public
access. Exempt categories of
documents common to most


Documents affecting per-
sonal privacy
Documents relating to trade
secrets
Documents containing
information of national eco-
nomic interest
Documents containing
material obtained in confidence

Conclusion
If we are truly desirous of
deepening democracy in the
Bahamas, while at the same
time making a key contribution
to the core objectives of democ-
racy, then it is clear that two
very tangible inputs to this goal
would be the creation of the
Office of Ombudsman (a topic
that I have written on several
times) and the passage of Free-
dom of Information legislation.
These two actions will let the
world know that we are serious
about democracy and not just
giving 'lip service' to the con-
cept whenever it is convenient.

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Char-
tered Financial Analyst, is vice-
president pensions, Colonial
Pensions Services (Bahamas),
a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Colonial Group International,
which owns Atlantic Medical
Insurance and is a major share-
holder of Security & General
Insurance Company in the
Bahamas. The views expressed
are those of the author and do
not necessarily represent those
of Colonial Group Internation-
al or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-
house.com.bs


PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, ALIETTA PETITI-
HOMME of Central District of New Providence one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas intend to change my name
to ALIETTA PETIT-HOMME. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.


Sales/Purchasing Agent's Position
Available for Immediate Placement
Local wholesale food-distribution is currently
seeking to employ a Sales/Purchasing Agent with at
least five years experience to specialize in seafood
sales.

All interested candidates are asked to submit
their names to fax number 393-4814.



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Salesperson

We are looking for an energetic and professional

person to sell generators, golf cars and oil. We

will train. Good attitude a must.



Contact Harbourside Marine.

Tel: 393-0262. Fax resumeto 394-7659


Pricing Information As Of: C F A L'"
Monday 15 October 2007
BILS LISTED & TRADED BSeCLURITiE -VlsiTI W .BSIi XBAiAMAaCOM FOR MOIP DATA & INFORMATION
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.911.43 / CHG -01.21 I%CHG -00.06 /YTD 235.24 / YTD % 14.03.
* I-t. 2-, Lc.ss 5,"L's:ur.I Pre.IOus Close Toda,'s Close Change Dali, .ol EPS 0DI, P'E Y'lid
1.66 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.65 1.59 -0.06 1.850 0.094 0.000 16.9 0.00%
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.7 3.45%
9.55 7.56 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 456 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 1 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.048 0.020 '17.7 2.35%
3.74 1.60 Bahamas Waste 3.70 3.70 0.00 0.275 0.060 13.5 1.62%
2.60 1.20 Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.60 0.00 0.051 0.040 51.0 1.54%
11.02 9.55 Cable Bahamas 11.00 11.00 0.00 0.996 0.240 11.0 2.18%
3.15 1.80 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
16.30 11.91 Commonwealth Bank 16.30 16.30 0.00 1.190 0.680 13.7 4.17%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.57 6.38 -0.19 0.112 0.050 59.4 0.75%
2.76 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.35 2.35 0.00 0.284 0.020 8.3 0.85%
6.40 5.54 Famguard 6.32 6.32 0.00 0.804 0.240 7.9 3.80%
12.80 11.51 Finco 12.80 12.75. -0.05 1,000 0.768 0.570 16.6 4.47%
14.75 13.85 FirstCaribbean 14.65 14.65 0.00 0.934 0.470 15.7 3.21%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 6.09 6.09 0.00 0.364 0.133 16.7 2.18%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.70 0.70 0.00 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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%
1000 10 00 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ .Div $ PiE Yilel
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
8 00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00625 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
1, 9d 0 20 RND Holdings 0 35 0 40 0 20 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
dollna Over-The-Counter Securities
A 1 r., .I I4 C'C BD-B 1 1(A 4 3 ,'11 l 4 -15 2751) 1' 0, .
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.234 1.485 13.9 10.50%
n 5 0 40 RND Holdings 045 0 55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BIX Listed Mutual Funds
-' ".K-, .52* .K'Lcr Fund Name N.A .,'TD: LIa 12t 1 t lorn5 DI.. I Viel,3
1.3585 1.3087 Colina Money Market Fund 1.358531*
3.3829 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.3829**"
2.9215 2.4687 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.921539***
1.2741 1.1970 Colina Bond Fund 1.274052***
11 6 P1 11 2129 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11 7653***
FINDEX: tLOOE 847477:./ Y'D 1B9.8% / 2006 34.47%
,.,i r- .1. .... :. EI -r :- ; 1 -...fe 1 1 lmill-.:"lr. - -r >- 11S.1' -' n I L, .. ... I I Ft- .! .
52wk-Hi Hlighest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina end Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna 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
Todays Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 30 September 2007
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths *" 31 July 2007
Dlily ,ol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
Ulv $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
TO TRADp CALL- QOL4,NA 2,42,0W,7Q o,,10 U.;'aAT j'Iu 30 .-' .


the Bahamas International
S"should be able to announce fair-
ly soon" some alliances it had
been negotiating with other
Caribbean-based financial insti-
tutions.
On the i-flex platform's imple-
mentation, Mr McWeeney said
the migration from the previous
software solution had been "suc-
cessful", adding: "The major ele-
ment of the transition to the new
system was really cleaning up the
database."
Benefits

To "gain the benefits" from the
new system, Mr McWeeney said
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional had to carry out its first
ever data filtration, filtering the
existing database to ensure that
the data uploaded to i-flex was
of the highest quality.
"That was a major element of
the entire exercise,' he added.
"We're happy to say the upload-
ing of the data was accompanied
by no major errors. The conver-
sion itself was extremely success-
ful."


Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional's staff were now 'bedding
down' the i-flex system, and
although there had been some
"slight customer quality issues",
Mr McWeeney said the new sys-
tem was working smoothly.
Mr Delaney added that i-flex
would help the bank to integrate
future new products into its sys-
"tem more quickly, and said staff
had adapted well to the new sys-
tem, having to deal with govern-
ment pay day and union pension
payments in the first week of
operation.
During the transition weekend,
Mr Delaney said the bank had
warned its customers that its
ATM network would be down
from 5pm on Friday until 9am on
Monday morning, but the work
was completed ahead of time to
allow the network to be back on
by 9pm on Sunday night.
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional will ultimately adopt the
second phase of i-flex, which will
take the bank "to a whole new
level" by converting data on
transactions into detailed report-
ing information.


FROM page 1


"We felt it was necessary
because we're preparing for the
future, and this platform will us to
do just that, in terms of efficiency,
applications and integration in
the long run."
Mr McWeeney said: "All the
expansion plans we have on
paper are in line of sight now we
have this system..... This is a fun-
damental cornerstone of a new
growth platform. Going forward,
we will introduce new products
and services.
"The bank is still in an expan-
sion mode, and [with i-flex] we
can use the existing staff comple-
ment to fill those places" that will
become available as Bank of the
Bahamas International gears up
to open new branches in Miami,
Cat Island and on Carmichael
Road.
Mr McWeeney said the bank
hoped to open its Miami branch
"fairly soon", adding that all reg-
ulatory approvals were in place
and that it hoped to obtain the
occupancy certificate this week.
The Cat Island branch was
scheduled to open in November,
while the Carmichael Road
branch was "expected to be open
a year from now" in the shopping
plaza to be constructed by a
Benchmark (Bahamas) sub-
sidiary.
Mr McWeeney said Bank of


INFORMATION, from page 1


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ANGELA MARIE GRANT of
GAMBLE HEIGHTS, BLUE HILL SOUTH, P.O. BOX N-
-555790, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as citizen ofThe Bahamas, andthat any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RICARDO DECIUS of
HONEYCOMB STREET, P.O. BOX CR-54091, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason, why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 9TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELTON JOSEPH of
48 FOSTER STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.



PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, LORENZO CALVIN
RAZEL ADDERLEY of Nassau East North, New Providene,
Bahamas intend to change my name to LORENZO KESHON
DEVEAUX-MORRISON. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JENNEFER ALCIDE of
COOPER TERRACE, KEMP ROAD, P.O. BOX
N-7147, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 9TH day of OCTOBER,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and


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Pass Pass 4 6
Opening lead four of clubs.
The ability to visualize how the
opponents' cards are divided has a
great deal to do with how well
declarer fares in many hands. Con-
sider this deal where South distin-
guished himself in the play and
brought home a well-deserved slam.
South made a very reasonable
decision when he overcalled East's
four-club bid with six diamonds. It
was not what could be characterized
as a scientific bid South had no
way of knowing,whether he would
make six diamonds, seven diamonds


S CRYPTIC PUZZLE


ACROSS
9 With the treatment, fellow, I get
perfect results (8)
10 Save your local(3)
11 Stop when you deliver a
reprimand (4,2)
12 Hard to get a island seat (6)
13 Countersone's threats (7)
14 Leave over, twit! (4)
15 A quite dazzling intelligence? (10)
17 When back from Reno, revamped the
act (2,6)
18 The prevailingwind (7)
19 As wellasbeing ittleshort of
luxurious (4)
21 Slop turning round in, to see the
scores (6)
24 It means "anaesthetised for head
surgery" stupid (4,4,3,4,2)
27 It may make you getlsea-sick, too
(2,4)
29 Performed and is accomplished (4)
30 Takes one's time; the car is coming at
half past (7)
33 How can you say that? I've invited
you repeatedly! (4,4)
35 Would one be unwilling to do so? (10)
36 Home-and that's not to be argued
about! (4)
37 Provides warmth when we lake a
rest-break outside (7)
38 Getting money, reinvent yourself? (7)
40 Because yes, yes, Italian is spoken
there (6)
41 "Rum do,"you stutter, in return (3)
42 Flatter a laughing-stock: pure farce
(6,2)


DOWN
1 Wrapped up, what the lad goes on in
the early morning? (5,5)
2 The catalogue does have a leaning
towards (4)
3 Reportedly, all eschewed by diners in
Warwickshire (8)
4 Hepaintedever more frantically
when loveless (7)
5 Not many worth insuring? (8,3)
6 Tht's where the missing letter's
gone (10)
7 Small-and that's how it might make
you feel (6)
8 Car,a new ca: I droppedit, bossy-
boots (8)
10 Counts on getting tips (5)
16 A beggar messing aboulin the
rubbish (7)
20 Pretend to put the large
denomination note back (3,2)
22 Having a smoker move beside one is
irritating (7)
23 Continued working in a private
capacity? (9,2)
25 Do the same to prove, perhaps,
you're not heartless? (6,4)
26 Disconnecting when leaving (7,3)
28 Not qultesoclean(8)
31 Showing persistence, yet somehow I
can't break into (8)
32 In case you've broken a bone in,
blame iton (7)
34 Involve two-thirds of the men by the
end (6)
35 "Said when"is old-fashioned (5)
39 After he piled it on, did the same (4)


CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

ACROSS: 4, S-olac-E 7, Wet paint 8, Orator 10, Grabs 13, Co.-Ed 14, Solo 15, Golf
16, Hew 17, Ra-l-n 19, I-go-R 21, Resettled 23, F-Is-h 24, Rile 26, GIp 27, Twos
29, Spa-n 32, Foal 33, Hell-O 34, Recent 35, Complain 36, Stitch
DOWN: 1, Twigs 2, Steal 3, Bass 4, St-O-ol 5, L-O-ad 6, C-love-r. 9, Refill 11,
Roc 12, Bores 13, Co-ntr-ol 15, Gie 16, Hod 18, Ashton(-Under-Lyne) 20, G-ees-e
21, Rip 22, 'T-is 23, Fi-ne-st 25, Pal 28, Watch 30, Pleat 31, Nouns 32, Felt 33,
Hips


S EASY PUZZLE


ACROSS
9 Mishap (8)
10 Cigarette deposit (3)
11 Public speaker (6)
12 Cleaning cloth (6)
13 Raised platform (7)
14 Log boat (4)
15 Karate, say (7,3)
17 Hairstyle (8)
18 Persongivingevi-
dence (7)
19 Magician's slick (4)
21 Landed property (6)
24 N 1(8,9)
27 Toforce (6)
29 Touch down (4)
30 Catches fire(7)


33 Make higher (8)
35 Just, impartial (4-6)
36 Untidy state (4)
37 Regard (7)
38 Spud (6)
40 Public road (6)
41 Appropriate (3)
42 Beginners (8)
DOWN
1 Job (10)
2 Clenched hand (4)
3 Backs off (8)
4 Everlasting (7)
5 Foot specialist (11)
6 Seize arbitrarily (10)
7 Macaw, say(6)


Battle (8)
Valuable
commodity (5)
Upper garment (4,3)
Foreign (5)
Stress (7)
Meteor,
Informally (7,4)
Eradicate (10)
Simple (10)
Egg-based dish (8)
Strategy (4,4).
Handguns (7)
Unquestionable
truth (6)
Nation's warships (5)
Ulliputian (4)


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EASY SOLTIONS
ACROSS: 4, Tomato 7, Pullover 8, Assets 10, Erase 13, Bits 14, Rash 15, Tale 16,
Bet 17, Open 19, Amid 21, Strangled 23, Dose 24, East 26, Sin 27, Awry 29, Acid
32, Aces 33, Glade 34, Apache 35, Distress 36, Remedy
DOWN: 1, Upper 2, Pleas 3, Tome 4, Trail 5, Mess 6, Titled 9, Steals 11, Raw 12,
Shots 13, Banners 15, Tea 16, Bid 18, Preach 20, Metal 21. Son 22, Gay 23,
Dimple 25. Rid 28, Weedy 30, Caber 31, Dense 32, Ache 33 fr"t.


or go down one but it seemed, on
balance, that six diamonds was a
good shot
West led the four of clubs, obvi-
ously a singleton. South won with
the ace, cashed the A-K of diamonds,
and exited with the diamond three!
West was pleasantly surprised to
win a trick with the tump jack, but
his joy was short-lived. It didn't mat-
ter what he did next. A heart return
would give declarer two discards on
the A-K of hearts; a spade return
would give declarer access to
dummy and produce the same result
So South made six diamonds
because he was clever enough to lose
a trump trick that he didn't have to
lose. He would have gone down one,
assuming correct defense, had he not
played the hand the way he did.
The unusual play in thetrump suit
was sure to succeed. Declarer real-
ized that West would be forced to
lead a spade or a heart after winning
the trump trick, because West could
not have another club. Even if West
was smart enough to play the J-8 of
diamonds on the A-K, he could still
be thrown on lead with the four.
In effect, East's opening four-club
bid boomeranged, not so much
because it made the slam easy to bid,
Sbut because it pointed the way to the
winning line of play.


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21once only. Each must contain



the centre letter and there must &
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once only. Each must contain a
the centre letter and there must pS -w S
be at least one nine-letter word. 0S '
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Good 22; very good 33; excellent
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TUESDAY,
OCT16
ARIES March 21/April 20 "
A lot of people are depending on you
this week, Aries. Consider what is
best for everyone involved even i -
you must make some compromises. ;
TAURUS April 21/May 21
You have a lot on your mind,*
Taurus. If you're nervous, talk to a
trusted friend. Things will quiet
down by Thursday, leaving you.
plenty of time to enjoy ybur week"
end. Have fun!
GEMINI May 22/June 21
Try to take it easy this week, Gemini:'
You've been busy for quite a while- -'
Now that you have a break, enjo0e"-
yourself. Be supportive of a close :
friend who asks for your advice.
CANCER June 22/July 22 :
That special someone has a surprise:.
for you. Don't accept it if you're.
having second thoughts about the-'
relationship. Think about what yoi.
really want.
LEO July 23/August 23
You get caught in the middle of a dis-
agreement between colleagues eady' f:
in the week. While you don't want to:
get involved, lielp these co-workers.':-.
work toward a compromise.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
During the day this week, co-work-,
ers need your help with a project," ;
and a loved one monopolizes your:'. "'
time during the evening. But don't .
worry, the weekend is yours alone. '
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23 : '
While you like to be in charge, that's' ;
not how things work early in the week.
Let someone else take control when it
comes to a business problem. Pay '":
attention, and learn from the situation.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Don't be possessive when it comes
to that special someone. He or she
truly cares for you, but he or she
also needs some time alone. A close:
friend asks you for financial advice.
SAGfTRARIUS -Nov 23Dec 21
While you need to show your authority
at work, don't be harsh. Show yourco- :
workers some compassion. A friend ':
asks a favor of you. Getting involved
will cause you a lot of problems.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
When it comes to a heart-to-heart
talk with a loved one, be blunt. That *
special someone has an important
question for you. Be truthful with "
him or her.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Don't try to force your views onto
others, Aquarius; They are entitled
to their own opinions. A family
friend drops by unexpectedly. Don't
rush him or her out the door.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Don't take a loved one's harsh
words to heart. He or she is going
through a rough time and just needs
to vent a little.


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Kharitonov, USSR Young Masters
1977. Both players were
contemporaries of Garry
Kasparov, and years later the
all-time number one was
looldng for aides In his world
title campaign against Anatoly
Karpov. He remembered
Viadlmirov's studious approach
and enlisted him as a trainer
cum researcher, but the Job
ended in tears. Vladimirov was
publidy shamed and dismissed
when Kasparov declared that
his coach had been selling
opening secrets to the Karpov
camp. Vladimirov denied
everything and still does, but
the damage was done. Though
he has since been Asian
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