The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 10/17/2007
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Nw housing corr ion claims

Govt homes allegedly

'given' away under

PLP administration

Tribune Staff Reporter
A DEPUTY director of a
government department, is
among those on a list of per-
sons who were reportedly "giv-
en" government homes under
the former PLP administration,
The Tribune can reveal.
In some cases, the homes,
which were not paid for, had
been lived in for up to four
years to date. Applicants were
given the keys and told to
come back later to handle the
paperwork. But the deals were
never completed because they
were never passed by the hous-
ing board.

justice' fears
after shooting
and robbery
Tribune Staff Reporter
THERE is a strong possi-
bility of "vigilante justice" if
the two men wanted for
questioning in connection
with the vicious shooting of a
mother-of-two are not found
by police, The Tribune has
According to a source
with close ties to the family,
SEE page 10

The dicrepancies came to
light after the. FNM govern-
ment took over. Records dis-
closed that some residents
were living in homes that had
yet to be given final purchase
"That shows you the level of
corruption that the PLP had
going on," said a political
Also, the alleatioe s suggest
that certain former govern-
ment employees facilitated
such deals in return for "sexu-
al favours". 6
Documents from the Min-
istry of Housing confirm that in
some cases, applicants have
SEE page 10

Call for review
of policies
for release of.
violent offenders
Tribune Staff Reporter
A PASTOR is calling for the
government to review its poli-
cies for releasing violent offend-
ers, claiming many criminals are
released early due to major
.holes in the system.
Rev Glenroy Bethel of Royal
Ambassador Ministries in
Grand Bahama told 'The Tri-
bune that he is planning to hold
a press conference in Nassau
later this week to direct nation-
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AN ABANDONED building on Collins Avenue is pictured covered in graffiti. Police say they remain concerned
about the "blight" of graffiti in areas of New Providence. While officers are doing all they can to tackle the
problem having brought a number of persons before the courts in the last few years Chief Superintendent
Hulan Hanna admitted yesterday that the problem persists. While some offenders grow out of the practice of
defacing property, they are often replaced by younger offenders. Mr Hanna said that the police recognize that
it is a community issue and that they will continue to address it with a number of initiatives.

Anti-gay campaigners
slam ministry apology
Tribune Staff
paigners hit out yes-.
terday at an apology
issued by the Ministry
of Tourism and Avia-
tion to the lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and
transgender (LGBT)
tourists who were affected by a police raid of
their October 6 party at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Bahamian Fathers for Children Everywhere
activist Clever Duncombe said that the com-
ments by Tourism Director General Vernice
Walkine were utterly "ridiculous and absurd".
"Why would you want to apologise to those
tourists if they were breaking the law?" Mr Dun-
combe asked.
On Tuesday, a formal apology from Ms
Walkine expressed "regret" that the LGBT
group's visit to the Bahamas "included an inci-
SEE page 10




. THE FORMER head of the Rainbow
Alliance has hit back at Pastor Lyall Bethel,
stating that his comments regarding homosex-
uals are "geared towards engendering more
fear" and less understanding within the com-
"Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender peo-
ple are struggling against patriarchal religious
ideologies in countries all over this planet. Lyall
Bethel is speaking from a very specific histori-
cal and ideological location: the Judeo-Christian
church," said Helen Klonaris in a letter respond-
ing to Pastor Bethel's opinion piece in Tues-
day's Tribune.
Just as the Church has been slow to recognize
the full humanity of women, Ms Klonaris said -
citing the example of churches that will not
ordain female priests "the Church has been
slow to recognize the full humanity of its lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and broth-
Ms Klonaris took strong issue with Pastor
SEE page 10

Arrest warrant
issued for accused
man in election
fraud trial
Tribune Staff Reporter
A WARRANT of arrest
was issued for Wilfred Swain
in Magistrate's Court Eleven
yesterday after he failed to
show up in his election fraud
Attorney for Mr Swain, Ian
Cargill, told Magistrate Susan
Sylvester that he was informed
that Mr Swain is in hospital
suffering from food poison-
ing, which is why he did not
appear in court yesterday.
SEE page 10


case may be

thrown out

of court
Tribune Staff Reporter

THE ELECTION court case
for the Pinewood constituency
may be thrown out of court as
senior justices contemplate
whether to "strike out" the peti-
tion of PLP Senator Allyson
During day two of the elec-
tion court proceedings yester-
day, Senior Justice Anita Allen
informed the court that an "oral
decision" would be rendered on
Friday, October 19, when it will
be decided whether the pro-
ceedings will continue.
This comes in response to the
motion filed by counsel for
Pinewood MP Byran Woodside
to have Mrs Maynard-Gibson's
petition ousted.
SEE page 10

THE Public Hospitals
Authority has announced that
the 919 ambulance emergency
service number is out of order.
A PHA official told The Tri-
bune last ,night that the public
should use two alternative num-
bers 323-2586 or 323-2597 -
when reporting an emergency.

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Man who broke into bank jailed

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN with 20 previous
convictions pleaded guilty and
was sentenced to three years in
prison yesterday after being
caught by police breaking into a
Anthony Smith, 40, also
know as Anthony Penn and-
Anthony Rolle, was sentenced
to the three year term in Her
Majesty's Prison by Magis-
trate Susan Sylvester in Court

'I was high' says apologetic criminal

Smith was caught by police
officers from the Echo Unit on
July 22 this year under a desk in
the BIE Bank and Trust on
Charlotte Street.
The officers investigated the
scene after noticing a broken
window in the building.
When asked what he had to
say after entering his guilty
plea, Smith said that he had

wished to plead guilty on pre-
vious occasions, and told
Magistrate Sylvester that he
was "sorry" to be in front of
her court for yet another mat-
Magistrate Sylvester, in con-
sidering his sentence, noted that
from 1983 to the present, Smith
has 20 previous convictions and
since 1991, Smith has been con-

victed 10 times for shop-
Smith told the court that he
has had a drug problem for 20
years and on the night of this
crime, he was "high".
Smith, who was incarcerat-
ed in 2000 for one year for
shopbreaking and again in
2002 for four years, told the
court that he has taken sev-

eral courses at the prison in
an effort to rehabilitate him-
self. And Smith also apolo-
gised to the court for this lat-
est crime.
Magistrate Sylvester told
Smith, who appeared alone in
court, that she has to consider
his background in sentencing
him, and also said that she had
to incarcerate him for this
The fact that he pled guilty,
the magistrate said, is the only
thing he going for him in this
I She then read the sentence.

AN Abaconian whose family
feared he would commit suicide
because of his cell conditions at
Fox Hill Prison has been "uplift-
ed" by The Tribune's efforts on
his behalf, it was claimed yes-
Close friend Jeanne Kemp
said 33-year-old Trent Albury
was delighted to hear that his
plight had been spotlighted in
the press. "He seems to be feel-
ing much better his morale is
higher," she said after her reg-
ular Monday visit.
Mr Albury, who has been
held for 11 months to face US

extradition proceedings, is due
to appear before court again on
November 24 in the hope of
securing bail.
Last week, Ms Kemp and his
mother Lucille Albury
expressed deep concern over
Mr Albury's depression.
They feared he would com-
mit suicide because of his con-
tinuing detention in "inhuman"
cell conditions, sharing a 10 ft
by 6ins space with two other
But a visit from his father,
Frederick Albury, from Abaco,
also "brightened" him up,

according to Ms Kemp, making
the family feel much better
about his mental state.
Mr Albury's plight was spot-
lighted in an INSIGHT article
which called attention, once
again, to harsh conditions at
Fox Hill Prison.
Mr Albury was arrested in
November, 2006, after fleeing
Florida, where he had been con-
victed of manslaughter follow-
ing a fatal road accident seven
years ago.
His lawyer, Murrio Ducille,
is seeking bail, arguing that the
offence is non-extraditable.

Passport incentive programme launched with US pharmacies

THE Ministry of Tourism has
announced a new passport
incentive programme aimed at
US tourists.
A partnership between the
Bahamas and 6,500 CVS phar-
macies throughout the United
States, the promotional pro-
gramme provides a dollar dis-
count on passport photos taken
at CVS pharmacies and will
take place throughout the entire
month of October.
In joint partnership with the
Sheraton Resort, customers of

CVS will also receive a free
night of accommodation at the
Sheraton in Cable Beach, Nas-
sau, under the "Fourth night
free package".
A Ministry of Tourism
spokesperson said the CVS and
Sheraton partnerships increase
awareness of the Bahamas and
adds to the Ministry's ability to
soften the effects of issues such
as the Western Hemispheric
Travel Initiative (WHTI), which
requires US citizens to present
valid passports in order to fly

out of and into the United
"We are taking advantage of
every opportunity maintain our
market share during this tran-
sition to new travel require-
ments for US citizens," the
spokesperson said. "It is
encouraging, however, that US
citizens have applied for pass-
ports in record numbers, and
our CVS partnership is
designed to continue to encour-
age them so that they would
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entry for US citizens and legit-
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viding standardised documen-
tation that enables the
Department of Homeland
Security to quickly and reli-
ably identify a traveller."
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into full effect at the begin-
ning of this month, is already
being cited as a factor is the
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Primary Care Services said the
standardisation of the care of
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Regis and
Kelly to
host shows
at The Cove

THE popular talk show duo
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa
are scheduled to host four live
shows from the Bahamas next
"Live with Regis and Kelly"
will be broadcast, from Atlantis'
new The Cove resort on Par-
adise Island from November
27 to 30.
PRNewswire reported yes-
terday that this will be the sec-
ond trip to the Bahamas for
the show, which last visited
Atlantis in 2002.
"The shows we produced
from Atlantis five years ago
were great fun, and the back-
drop of the resort was absolute-
ly gorgeous," executive pro-
ducer of "Live with Regis and
Kelly" Michael Gelman said in
a statement.
"We're very excited to have
the chance to return again this
year. It's a spectacular location,
and now there are lots of won-
derful new things for us to do,
both on land and in the water."
Chairman of Kerz4er Inter-
national Sol Kerzner also wel-
comed the talk shows hosts
"We are thrilled to have
Regis and Kelly back at
Atlantis. Since they were here
last time, Atlantis has grown,
adding exhilarating water expe-
riences, including a water park
and dolphin interaction.
"We know our stunning
beaches will be the perfect
backdrop for Regis and Kelly
to bring some much needed
sun into their viewers' homes,"
he said.
There will be a "Live at the
Atlantis" giveaway during the
week of October 22 to 26 which
will offer viewers the chance
to win trips to Atlantis.

Health staff
workshop ,
HEALTH workers from the
public and private sector across
the Bahamas met in the first
of a three-day National Tuber-
culosis Programme Workshop
The workshop is designed to
bring further standardisation
to the National Tuberculosis
Programme by ensuring that
practitioners in the healthcare
system at all levels are follow-
ing the guidelines instituted in
the National Tuberculosis Plan
insofar as standardised care,
laboratory services and services
provided by private and public
health physicians are con-
Acting director of nursing
Mrs Marcelle Johnson said the
workshop comes at a signifi-
cant time.
Mrs Johnson pointed out the
Bahamas has come a long way
in the treatment and care of
tuberculosis since 1962 when
the new Chest Wing was com-
pleted at the Princess Margaret
Hospital and when many early
cases resulted in the death of
many persons.
Mrs Johnson said the suc-
cesses in the treatment and
care of tuberculosis are due in
large measure to modern med-
icine, the commitment of physi-
cians and nurses who treat per-
sons with tuberculosis and the
launch of the DOTS (Direct
Observe Therapy Short-
Course) Programme.
She noted that the DOTS
programme, which calls for
healthcare providers to go into
the homes of infected persons
and monitor patients taking
their medicine, is the most
"inexpensive, effective and suc-
cessful strategy for controlling
"As a result of this pro-
gramme we have seen a signif-
icant decrease in the number
of TB cases," Mrs Johnson
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Pair deny
of undersize
and son were charged in the
Eight Mile Rock Magistrate's
Court in connection with the
alleged discovery of under-
sized crawfish.
Talbot Johnson, 53, of
Wood Cay, Abaco, and his
27-year-old son, Talbot John-
son Jr, of Haddock Street,
Caravel Beach, pleaded not
guilty to possession of a
quantity of undersized craw-
fish without proper authori-
It is alleged that on Octo-
ber 16, the men were found
in possession of 25 under-
sized crawfish at the boat
ramp in the vicinity 6f the
BTC office in Eight Mile
They were released on
$1,000 bail each with a surety.
The matter was adjourned
to February 2008.

Man faces
and firearm
S FREEPORT- A 23-year-
old Freeport man has been
charged with several offences
including attempted armed
robbery and firearm posses-
Dorian Armbrister, 23, of
No 14 Cornwall Drive,
appeared in Freeport Magis-
trate's Court before Acting
Deputy Chief Magistrate
Helen Jones.
It is alleged that on Octo-
ber 1.1, Armbrister, being
concerned with another and
armed with an offensive
weapon, attempted to rob the
Wreck Bar.
He was not required to
enter a plea to-the armed
robbery charge.
Armbrister was also
charged with being found in
possession of a Mossberg 410
shotgun without holding a
special license; possessing a
Stevens 940 shotgun without
holding a special license;
being found with a shortened
smooth bore shotgun with-
out proper authorisation, and
possessing six shotgun car-
tridges without proper autho-
He pleaded not guilty to
these charges and was
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison until January 28 for
preliminary inquiry.

passes away

DEPUTY Prime Minister
and Minister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette yes-
terday expressed "deep sad-
ness" over the death of Mr
Shoichi Yamada, honorary
consul of the Bahamas to
Mr Yaimada died at
10.30am on October 10, in
Keio University Hospital,
Tokyo, Japan.
He served the Bahamas as
honorary counsul since
August 5,2004.
Mr Yamada was well
known in the shipping indus-
try and was a director of
Dockendale Shipping Com-
pany, which has its head
office in Nassau.
He is survived by his wife
Kasuko, two sons and one
A book of condolence will
be opened on the third floor
of the Dockendale Shipping
Company located in Dock-
endale House, West Bay

Rita Cosby insists phone tape

with Lincoln Bain is genuine

TV reporter Rita Cosby has
denied categorically that a
phone tape which she claims
"exposes" Nassau activist Lin-
coln Bain has been doctored.
And she said the tape pro-
vided further corroboration of
accusations made in her best-
selling book about Anna Nicole
Smith that Howard K Stern
and Larry Birkhead had been
videoed in a compromising act.
Ms Cosby, a former MSNBC
reporter who is now engaged in
a head-to-head verbal war with
Mr Bain, has been accused by
the founder of Controversy TV
of telling lies in her book and
then trying to line up sources
to support her cause.
He has alleged that she cited
two Haitian nannies who
worked for Anna Nicole Smith
as sources for her claims with-
out actually seeing or talking to
But Ms Cosby released a tape
this week on which Mr Bain is
heard admitting that one of the
nannies called Nadine saw a
video featuring Stern and Birk-
head in a compromising act.
The call reportedly took place
on September 8.
Now Mr Bain is claiming the
tape was "doctored" and that
Ms Cosby is trying to "cover
her tail" in the face of a $60 mil-
lion libel action by Stern filed in
a New York court.

Author claims recording

further backs up her story

The escalating row between
Ms Cosby and Mr Bain has
been providing gripping prime
time television in the United
States all week.
But Ms Cosby, an Emmy
Award winner with a host of
exclusive interviews to her cred-
it, has so far declined to appear
on the inajor networks while
Mr Bain and Nassau attorney
Ms Elizabeth Thompson both
representing the nannies have
been interviewed by several top
However, Ms Cosby told The
Tribune: "The tape recording
Mr Bain as claiming that one
nanny saw the video is not doc-
tored. And, of course, the con-
tents provide further corrobo-
ration of my case."
Last week, Mr Bain mounted
a "sting" operation in Nassau
in a bid to expose Ms Cosby's
.alleged attempt to bribe the
nannies to swear affidavits supi
porting her claims.
But she has denied offering
them money and says it was Mr
Bain who raised the subject of

She has also laughed off Mr
Bain's claim that she tried to
seduce him in an attempt to get
him on her side. "Give me a
break," she said, "have you seen
Meanwhile, Stern and his
lawyer Lin Wood have
launched a court bid to clear
shelves of Ms Cosby's book,
Blonde Ambition.
They want her publisher,
Great Central, to withdraw the
book, which both have
described as a pack of lies.
Ms Cosby says, however, that
she and her publisher stand
behind the book "100 per cent"
and that the nannies were not
her only sources for the allega-
In a further twist in the nev-
er-ending Anna Nicole saga,
Florida attorney Richard Mil-
stein has set off a legal storm
by charging $200,000 for ser-
vices as temporary guardian of
Anna Nicole's daughter, Dan-
Mr Milstein was in Nassau
earlier this year when Anna
Nicole's funeral was held at

Mount Horeb Church at Sandy-
He has filed papers in
Broward County state court
seeking $198,493, nearly all that
remains in trust for Dannielynn.
The bill includes $94,572 for
work by him billed at $475 per
hour and $97,224 for work by
other attorneys and paralegals
in his firm with rates from $155
to $495 hourly.
Milstein represented Dan-
nielynn's interests in a Fort
Lauderdale court and also
helped organise Ms Smith's

"This representation required
the guardian ad litem to devote
significantly all of his profes-
sional and personal time and
attention to the interests of
Dannielynn for a period in
excess of two weeks," Milstein
said in his petition.
Stern and Birkhead have
opposed his claim, saying he
used other legal professionals
without the court's permission.
Opposing attorneys have
described the bill as "ridiculous"
and television legal experts said
it should be halved and then
subjected to close-scrutiny.

Three fishermen rescued by US Coast Guard

Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER being lost a sea for
three days, three Bahamian
fishermen were successfully res-
cued by the US Coast yester-
day morning off the coast of the
Fort Lauderdale.
The three men Dwanye
Archer, 26, Simeon Thomas, 42,
and Orlando Strachan, 26 -
whose boat went missing on
Sunday after experiencing
engine trouble, were spotted at
10.50am yesterday about two
miles off the coast of Fort Laud-
Receiving the report of a
sighting of the three' missing
men, the US Coast Guard
launched the cutter Gannett
and an aircraft to rescue the
men and bring them back to
Speaking with The Tribune

yesterday, US Coast Guard liai-
son officer Lieutenant Com-
mander Michael Fredie said
that the men were in good
health and that arrangements
were being made to return the
three friends to the Bahamas
and their families.
The three men, who own a
boating and fishing company in
New Providence, had been on a
fishing expedition aboard the
43-foot vessel Don Celeste
when on Sunday afternoon the
boat's engine suddenly cut off.
The men then boarded a 15-
foot skiff which was aboard the
Don Celeste, to get parts to
repair the boat.
However, the skiff started
drifting away from the Don
Celeste and soon the three fish-
ermen were lost at sea.
Lt Commander Fredie said
that the US Coast Guard was
contacted by the Bahamian
Defence Force on Sunday and

immediately launched the
search for the men.
The strong water currents in
the area, however, made the
effort a difficult one and the
skiff was actually outside of the
search area when it was even-
tually discovered, Lt Comman-
der Fredie said.
One of the rescued men,
Simeon Thomas, told the Sun-
Sentinal yesterday that he
counted about five freighters
which passed by their small ves-
sel, but that he and his friends
were not able to get anyone's
attention during the two days
at sea.
"I was praying to reach the
land. It was pretty lucky. Day
and night we had water coming
into the boat," he said.
Fellow fisherman Orlando
Strachan said that the experi-
ence of the last three days is not
one he wants to go through

Grand Bahama judged worst

destination by cruise lines

Tribune Freeport Reporter
Bahama is ranked as the worst
cruise destination by some
major cruise lines including Dis-
ney and Carnival, the govern-
ment has revealed.
Minister of Tourism Neko
Grant and Vernice Walkine,
director general of tourism, said
cruise ships do not want to
come to Grand Bahama any-
more because passengers are
not receiving satisfying vacation
experiences when they come to
the island.
"Disney (Magic) said Grand
Bahama is not the place where
they want its passengers to go. It
does not matter what happens
before they left Orlando what
they experience in Grand
Bahama ruins everything," said
Mr Grant.
Ms Walkine said that both
Disney and Carnival have
refused to include Grand
Bahama again as a destination
on its cruise itinerary.
"Disney said it is not coming
back to Grand Bahama ever...
because their guests have the
worse experience here on the
whole itinerary. Carnival said the
same thing we rank the lowest
in terms of satisfaction for all
their ports of call," she said.
Mr Grant and Ms Walkine
were in Grand Bahama on
Monday for the official launch-
ing of the 'My Bahamas.. .Let's
Make it Better Again' campaign
here on the island.
A tourism town meeting was
also held Monday evening at
the Foster B Pestaina Hall in
Freeport for various stakehold-
ers in the tourism industry.
Mr Grant assured residents
that the ministry's team here is
working tirelessly to attract
more visitors to the island.
"During the past four months,

the government has placed the
economic recovery of Grand
Bahama Island very high on its
list of priorities," he said.
As a result of the ministry's
efforts, Grand Bahama is
expected to experience a signif-
icant boost in tourism in
December with the rettirn of
Norwegian Cruise Line and the
introduction of a new daily air
service by Spirit Airline.
Minister Grant stressed that
Bahamians must also do their
part to ensure visitor satisfac-
tion on Grand Bahama.
"We are now competing in an
environment where more than
2,000 destinations around the
world are offering sun, sand and
sea vacations for cruise ship pas-
sengers and vacationers who
prefer a land-based stay, he said.
"In order to successfully com-
pete in a global environment, it
is imperative that we make it
better in the Bahamas again,"
he said.
Mr Grant revealed that the
ministry has segmented the
island into five areas: East
Grand Bahama, including Deep
Water and Sweeting's Cay;
Freeport/Lucaya; South Grand
Bahama, including Williams
Town, and Mack Town to Pin-
der's Point; Eight Mile Rock,
and West Grand Bahama.

He noted that each commu-
nity segment has. established its
own tourism committees that
have conducted town meetings
or tourism invention to help in
the delivery of unique and
authentic experiences to visitors.
Mr Grant said the government
is committed to working with
partners to upgrade communi-
ties, and increase the promotion
of heritage tourism through the
promotion of authentic activi-
ties and products.
It is hoped the campaign,
which will include a number of
public initiatives, would sensi-
tise residents of the important
role they must play in tourism.

M o rd J,



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IN THIS column on Monday we discussed
China's presence in the Bahamas.
We quoted from an article, "To China with
Love all strings attached", published on the
web by Barbados' Democratic Labour Party.
The presence of Chinese labour in that
island and the fear by the locals of being
exploited by the Asian giant is giving them
cause for concern.
However, there was a sentence in that arti..
cle that we found intriguing. Said the writer.
"'Caribbean people have been sidetracked in
believing that because these Chinese workers
work 12-hour days that they are more pro-
ductive than indigenous Caribbean workers."
If 'Bajans believe this then they are seri-
ously deceiving themselves. It is only com-
monsense that if one person works 12 hours he
will produce more than another person work-
ing eight hours. However, taken hour for hour
the average Chinese labourer will outstrip the
average West Indian who can be counted on to
take a few minutes off to fold his arms and rest
his chin on his hoe.
The Chinese as a general rule are a consci-
entious, hard-working people. They are smart
and they are crafty. And if anyone can turn a
sow's ear into a silk purse, the Chinese can. It
was often said especially during the eighties
here in the Bahamas that one should keep
an eye on the small Chinese community. It
was claimed that if you saw the Chinese start to
quietly fold their tents and move on it was
time for you to pack your bags and get out. In
the tension-filled years under the Pindling gov-
ernment especially in the eighties -- there
was quiet rumbling in these quarters. And it
was these rumblings that influenced the deci-
sions of several Bahamians to leave town. It
was believed that when a situation deteriorat-
ed to the point that the Chinese could not turn
a profit, then it was a waste of time for anyone
else to try.
In the article the writer scoffed at the fact
that the Chinese labourers, who lived in sub-
standard conditions in their isolated com-
pounds in Barbados, developed an "enclave
mentality" and shunned "contact with citizens
only venturing outside to sell vegetables grown
around the construction site."
The point that this writer missed was the
very activity that distinguishes the Chinese
from the West Indian. The Chinese labourer
used his spare time and his small plot of ground
to turn his idle hours into profit he planted,
nurtured and sold vegetables. The average



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West Indian, after a hard day's work, would
have probably slung a hammock between two
coconut trees and chilled out until sunset.
We saw the stark contrast between the Chi-
nese and other races more than 40 years ago
when for a short time we were in Singapore
and Malaya. The Chinese Malay was domni-
nant. He held the best positions in all sectors of
society. He was better off than his Malayan
counterpart. At the time there was sporadic
kidnapping of wealthy Chinese. For exam-
ple, our Chinese friends went everywhere in a
bullet proof car.
Of course, there was jealousy between the
two peoples. But even to an outsider the rea-
sons were immediately obvious. The Malay
was a happy-go-lucky person, much like the
Bahamian. By the very nature of things, it was
obvious who would be the dominant force in
the community.
Today the world is changing. As barriers go
down, no government will be able for long to
protect its people against their own indolence,
lack of ambition and D-minus school grades.
Everyman is in charge of his own destiny And
if he doesn't aim very high. his arrow will not
travel very far.
As a child we remember Sir Etienne saying
that within a couple of generations a brown
race from the East would ruie the world He
was referring to China. Like Napoleon. he too
believed that when this sleeping giant wak-
ened, the world would tremble.
China is on the move and we shall all have to
"The Elephant and the Dragon" is a new
book on the market. It describes the "rise of
India and China and what it means for all of
It recounts the "metamorphosis" of China
"from farmland to factories" with its siren
song of "seemingly inexhaustible supply of
people willing to work for low wages (which)
has lured companies from the other side of
the globe." As a result "the nation increasingly
dominates manufacturing in industry after
"China now exports in a single day more
than it sold abroad during the entire year of
1978, when China began opening its econo-
my, and that has returned China to global
power and reshaped the lives of workers in
China and around the world."
As the world turns, Bahamians will have to
adapt. The world is not going to stop and wait
for us to catch up.

Monopoly of

BTC badly

needs to go

The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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(Hon.) LLD., D.Litt.

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Calls are dropped after every
five seconds. We still cannot
get signals on East/West High-
way, Prospect Ridge, Airport
road and some parts of the
Eastern Road, just to name a
The GSM system is the sewer
of phone systems. It has never
been properly installed. it
appears that Bahamians have
been outsmarted because they
have not got value for their
money. To put it mildly BaTel-
Co, in my opinion, has ripped us
BaTelCo has promised relief
since last year but a promise is a
comfort to a fool.
On the same note of being
ripped off, Cable Bahamas is
lousy They hoodwinked us by
pretending to add more chan-

nels in an upgrade package, bh
what they in fact did was give i
several stations as many as fol /
times. They simply did not ad
any new stations we paid f,/
one thing and got another. i
far as I am concerned this
false advertising.
I mentioned these two cor\
portions because Bahamians/
have been duped by arrange-J
ments that give a monopoly
to companies. Competition
causes the merchant to be
more efficient and careful how
they interact with the con-
I call on the authorities to
seriously consider breaking the
monopoly on BaTelCo and
Cable Bahamas. This is the only
way that Bahamians would get
more bang for their buck. A
monopoly creates hogs, "All for
me baby".
October 2007

EDITOR, The Tribune
I shall be much obliged if you
would place the attached letter
in your newspaper's editorial
column, in the hope that some-
one at B'C m( ignl read i anid
pass it on the lOM
October 8 2007
The General Manager.
Bahamas Felecommunica-
tions Company Limited,
JFK Drive.
New Providence.
By telefax 326 7474
Dear Sir:
Re Out of Order Telephone

EDITOR, The Tribune
THERE is and has been
much ballyhoo about the so-

Having telephoned your
repairs department on Wednes-
day, Thursday and Friday of last
week. and having had no
response to date, I shall be
much obliged if you will per-
sonally instruct someone to find
out what the problem is with
this telephone and have it
repaired as quickly as possible,
The Prime Minister clearly
has good reason to comment
publicly on the ineffective,
unproductive and totally inept
conduct of this Company and
there is little doubt that it is this
very ineptitude that has and will
continue to make it an unat-
tractive business proposition to
any and all would be investors.
I shall be much obhged, sir, if
you will use your best efforts to

called victimisationn" of work-
ers within the public service by
the enlightened and God-fear-
ing FNM administration.
Allow me to say, off the bat,
that there is not a single "vic-
timisation" bone in the Rt Hon
Hubert A Ingraham, MP, PC. I
have been privileged to know
this extraordinary man for the
past several decades. During
this time, at great personal sac-
rifice and quality time away
from his immediate family, Mr
Ingraham has been doing yeo-
man's service for and on behalf
of a grateful nation.
The current administration
must rationalise the hiring of
workers in the public service
sector. For many long years, the
actual numbers of civil servants
have been acknowledged, by all
and sundry, as being top heavy
and almost unmanageable.
In fact, with some 20 to 25
per cent of the available work
force being government
employees, most international
financial agencies and institu-
tions have warned us, repeat-
edly, that public sector spending
on workers is far too high for a
country our size.
The FNM is all about good
governance and accountability.
It was foiner one term Minister
of Foreign Affairs and Public
Sector, Frederick Audley
Mitchell and his cronies in the

resolve, what is very likely, a
simple problem with this tele-
phone line.
Yes, I am fed up to the back
Your faithfully,
October 8 2007
Fax copy: Office of The
Prime Minister 327 5806
Fax copy: Office of the
Deputy Prime Minister, and MP
- St Anne's Constituency 326-
(We hope that by now Mr
Raine has caught the attention
of BTC and has his telephone
back in working order. ED)

defunct PLP who held a so-
called "freeze" on public sec-
tor employment, or so they say.
It was only when the hand-
writing was on the wall and
general elections were loom-
ing that Mitchell, et al, started
to hire personnel for short and
indeterminate periods of time.
This was, I submit, all an elec-
tion gimmick which has come
back to haunt the defunct PLP
with a vengeance.
The exercise, which is cur-
rently being conducted, is not
necessary, in law, but on a
humanitarian and Christian
basis. At the end of the same, I
have absolutely no doubt that
scores of these same persons
who now cry victimisationn"
will be hired, after the proper
protocol is observed.
Ingraham is a fair and just
man, regardless of what some
of his voluminous detractors
may attempt to say. There is
not a single case of'victimisa-
tion which anyone, who is sen-
sible, can prove with hard evi-
dence. The FNM and its
enlightened leadership are dif-
ferent from the defunct PLP
and its hapless and disorientat-
ed leadership. To God then, in
all of these things, be the glory!
September 2007

EDITOR; The Tribune
BATELCO is the worst telek
phone company in the world
Never before in the history of
the Bahamas has telephone ser-
vices been so bad. Regardless
of how much Mr Leon
Williams, the styling profiling
President and CEO of BaTelCo
talks about expansion, he would
do better if there was one iota
of improvement.
Bahamians watched in
amazement while BaTelCo
spent millions of dollars on
advertising that could have been
better spent to upgrade the
obsolete equipment that must
have been acquired in a fire
sale. I have visited Jamaica
many times and am quite con-
fused how good the phone sys-
tem and how inexpensive it is
across the board.
. It is preposterous and down-
right frustrating having to dis-
continue a call four or five
times in one conversation.

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Castro chats
with Chavez
in live call to


FIDEL Castro made his first
live appearance on Cuban air-
waves since falling ill 14 months
ago, sounding lucid and in good
humour as he exchanged praise
and jokes Sunday with the
Venezuelan president, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Castro's telephone call to a
television and radio pro-
gramme came minutes after
visiting Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez aired a new
videotape of their weekend
meeting in which he sang rev-
olutionary hymns to Castro and
called him "father of all revo-
"I am very touched when
you sing about Che," Castro
told Chavez during his hour-
long call to Chavez's "Alo,
Presidente" programme -
referring to revolutionary icon
Ernesto "Che" Guevara, to
whom the programme was ded-
"There is electricity in the
air," Chavez said, obviously
pleased with Castro's call.
Castro, who has not
appeared in public since falling
ill in July 2006, made his last
live media appearance in Feb-
ruary with a phone call to
Chavez's radio programme
broadcast from Venezuela. But
there was a half-hour delay
before that programme was
broadcast in Cuba.
On the videotape, reported-
ly made during a meeting of
more than four hours Saturday
afternoon, Chavez also gave
Castro a painting he said he
made while imprisoned in the
early 1990s after leading a
failed coup.
The dark-coloured painting
showed the bars of his cell and
a night scene beyond, with a
full red moon and a guard tow-
er in the distance.
Castro told him he needed
to sign his work. "No one
knows the merit that this has,
that you did this!"
Cuban state television was
broadcasting Chavez's pro-
gramme live from Santa Clara,
where the communist govern-
ment last week commemorated
the 40th anniversary of Gue-
vara's death.
Chavez toured the museum
below the towering statue of
Guevara, which also contains
a mausoleum housing Gue-
vara's remains.
Earlier Sunday, Cuban state
media released two new offi-
cial photos of the men together,
but provided no details about
the ailing Cuban leader's
In both the videoland the
photographs, Castro wore the
red, white and blue track suit
that has become his typical
dress during his convalescence.
Both men sat in bamboo chairs
at an undisclosed location.
Although Castro looks older
and his gray board has thinned
considerably, he appears lucid
and animated as he thumbs
through a copy of Guevara's
"Bolivian Diary" and the pair
discuss the revolutionary's life
and legacy.
Both men seemed mindful
that the leadership of Latin
America's left is being passed
from one generation to anoth-
er, with Chavez calling Castro
"the father of all revolutionar-
ies in this America" in the
"Our father, who is in the
water, earth and air," Chavez
said in an almost religious tone
that evoked the Lord's Prayer.
"You will never die," Chavez
told Castro. "You remain for-
ever on this continent and with
these nations, and this revolu-
tion... is more alive today than
ever, and Fidel, you know it,
we will take charge of continu-
ing to fan the flame."
The last official image of
Castro was a photograph
released late last month, show-
ing him looking more robust
than in some past pictures as
he stood and greeted Angolan
President Jose Eduardo Dos
Chavez has visited the 81-

year-old Castro several times
since the Cuban leader under-
went emergency intestinal
surgery in late July 2006 and
ceded authority to his younger
brother Raul.


Campaigners for press freedom

picket Commonwealth conference

Tribune Staff Reporter

The Bahamian delegation and
other international attendees
were met outside the entrance
to the Commonwealth Finance
Ministers Meeting by picketers,
protesting what they said was
an "attack on the freedom of
the press" by the Guyanan
Since November 2006 the
government information
agency (GINA) has withdrawn
all of its advertising from the
Stabroek News, one of three
newspapers in Guyana, and
the first independent print
media organisation.
The newspaper maintains
that the move is an attempt to
"use taxpayers money" to
punish it for editorials and oth-
er content that were critical of
the government of President
Bharrat Jagdeo.
The government claims that
the withdrawal was based on
economic considerations,
asserting that by advertising
in the paper the government
was not getting "value for
"We believe that if the gov-

ernment is going to continue
to argue that this is for eco-
nomic reasons, that they are
looking for value for money,
we say bring the evidence:
conduct a study, so we can see
that their position
is either right or wrong,"
said president of the Guyana
Press Association, Dennis
Chabrol, who was present at
the picket lines.
However, editor in chief
David De Caires said that
President Bharrat Jagdeo has
"resisted all attempts to arrive
at a rational solution," ignor-
ing the newspaper's calls for
an independent audit of all
newspapers' circulation in
order that the matter could be.
settled in a "fairly".
The newspaper's predica-
ment has received attention
from media outlets across the
Caribbean, and the Inter
American Press Association
(IAPA) in January expressed
concern that Mr Jagdeo's
administration has "joined the
list of governments that
manipulate placement of
advertising to punish critical
or independent news media."
On Monday, Mr De Caires
condemned the fact that the
picketers were being denied the

right to protest immediately in
front of the conference centre
where the finance ministers and
other delegates were meeting,
but were instead kept hundreds
of feet away from the entrance
by police.
"They've insisted that we dis-
play our placards 300 feet away
from the conference centre. I've
pointed out that we represent
no threat to security in any
shape or form. I've also pointed
out that I gave notice as
required under the Public
Order Act of our intention to
picket. I consider this a very seri-

ous infraction of our democrat-
ic right and I protest very strong-
ly against it," said Mr De Caires.
Mr Chabrol said that the
withdrawal and the polices'
refusal to allow picketers any
closer to the conference centre
was indicative of a reversion
back to tactics used against the
press by unelected leader
Forbes Burnham, who ruled
Guyana from the mid-1960s
until his death in 1985.
Government attempts to cur-
tail press freedom have also
become an issue in the Bahamas.
In June, opposition PLP MP

and attorney Philip "Brave" Davis
suggested during a speech in the
House of Assembly that punitive
action should be taken against
"biased" media organizations.
"Why should public funds.be
given to the media that fails, to
provide balanced reporting?"
he asked.
"If you are going to spend
public funds, there ought to be in
place a provision that the media
outlets ought to at least print the
other side. Or at least let both
sides be printed," he said.
Desmond Bannister, minister
of state for legal affairs, strong-
ly objected to Mr Davis' argu-
ment. asking him to clarify his
remarks, and stating, "that is a
very dangerous statement, and it
sounds as though you're speak-
ing of something that takes us
back to the kind of totalitarian
society that the Bahamas does
not want to be a part of."
Yesterday, Minister of State
for Finance Zhivargo Laing -
attending the CFMM in George-
town in place of Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham who holds
ininisterial responsibility for the
finance portfolio attended ple-
nary sessions on climate change
and the challenges it creates for
finance ministers, and the world
economic situation.

'We need to focus on deforestation, not aviation regulation'

Tribune Staff Reporter

- The Caribbean region is suf-
fering from a disproportion-
ate focus on the belief that
regulating the aviation indus-
try is the key to tackling cli-
mate change, according to the
president of Guyana.
Bharrat Jagdeo was speak-
ing to heads of governments
and delegates attending the
Commonwealth Finance Min-
isters' Meeting on Monday
"We must ensure that the
current limited focus of the
climate change debate does
not lead to deriving satisfac-

tion from small-scale solutions
which have a negligible impact
on averting the worst extremes
of climate change," said Mr
Jagdeo during his speech at
the opening ceremony.
Amongst those in the audi-
ence at the National Cultural
Centre in Georgetown were
Bahamas Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing, who
is heading the Bahamian del-
egation to the CFMM. The
meeting has been called under
the theme: "Climate change:
the challenge facing finance
Mr Jagdeo said that the
"excessive concentration on
the role of aviation in climate
change, which is already caus-
ing economic damage to the

tourism and agriculture indus-
tries throughout the develop-

ing world" is a particularly visi-
ble example of such "solutions".
"(In) the Caribbean, the'
tourism industry has started to
suffer from developed world
government policies which
involve the imposition of puni-
tive climate change taxes on avi-
ation to discourage flying," not-
ed the president.
He added: "This is a cruel
irony when for years the same
governments encouraged
Caribbean countries to urgent-
ly diversify into tourism to max-
imize the value from one of the
region's most competitive
Mr Jagdeo said he advocates
more attention being paid to
the issue of tropical deforesta-
tion and the major role that it

plays in contributing to climate
"Tropical deforestation con-
tributes 18 per cent of global
greenhouse gas emissions that
is about the same as the United
States, the equivalent of India
and China combined, and more
than the cumulative total of avi-
ation since aviation began until
at least 2025.
"In the next 24 hours, defor-
estation will release as much
carbon dioxide into the atmos-
phere as 8 million people fly-
ing from London to New
York," said Mr Jagdeo.
"Avoiding tropical defor-
estation represents the best val-
ue for money in mitigating
against future climate change,"
he asserted.

Top travel company

visits for conference

TOP tourism officials
embraced the world's leading
wholesale travel company as
an important partner in
Bahamian hospitality at the
weekend, when GOGO
Worldwide Vacations
launched its annual destina-
tion conference at Paradise
More than 400 travel agents
and guests from across the
United States have signed on
for the conference, which will
allow them to become more
familiar with the Bahamas.
As a result, they are expect-
ed to be more effective in sell-
ing Bahamas vacations and
increase visitors to the coun-
Archie Nairn, permanent
secretary in the Ministry of
Tourism, told the group that
Bahamians enjoy hosting the
five million guests who vaca-
tion in the country on average
each year.
However, he pointed out
that there is a special pleasure
in welcoming the GOGO
agents to the Bahamas.
"You are in fact our part-
ners in extending hospitality
to the millions of visitors who
enjoy the Bahamas each
year," he said to the agents'
applause. "And for that, I say
thank you very much. With-
out you ladies and gentlemen,
we would see fewer visitors
reaching our shores. We are
appreciative of the awesome
job you do in presenting our
country, the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas, to our con-
Mr Nairn said the agents'
presence in the Bahamas was
a demonstration of their com-
mitment to knowing the prod-

uct that.they sell.
"There is no better way to
become intimately familiar
with the product than to expe-
rience it firsthand," Mr Nairn
said. "We realise that much of
your time will be spent meet-
ing with suppliers, participat-
ing in site inspections and
attending product seminars.
However, we invite you to find
time to truly enjoy the envi-
ronment that you sell so well."
Bob Lawrence, regional vice
president of Caribbean mar-
keting for GOGO Vacations,
said GOGO has a long history
with the Bahamas.
"Going back, we have been
selling vacation packages to
the Bahamas for more than 40
years," Mr Lawrence said.
"When you think about that,
that is a long time and a lot of
experience in selling the
islands. We have seen tremen-
dous changes."
Mr Lawrence said he hopes
all the agents at the confer-
ence will use the event as an
opportunity to experience the
changes that have taken place
in the Bahamas over the years.
GOGO Worldwide Vaca-
tions has been in business for
over 55 years. The company
was created in the 1950s as a
sister company to the retail
operations of Liberty Travel,
The wholesale operation of
GOGO serves travel agents
directly and exclusively.
Today, GOGO is the travel
industry's largest privately-
owned wholesaler of vacation
packages, with over 40 branch-
es throughout the United
States where GOGO serves
and sells to over 18,000 travel
agencies worldwide..



Agricultural development is

needed to improve economy

REDUCING the Bahamas'
$500 million per year expendi-
ture on food imports by just 20
per cent would radically impact
the Bahamas' overall economy
and agricultural strength, a
tourism director said on Monday.
Earlston McPhee, director of
sustainable development in the
Ministry of Tourism, pointed
out that the Bahamas is losing
an extremely high percentage
of its tourism earnings through
import purchases.
The retained earnings derived
from reduced food imports
alone would automatically
result in greater employment in
the agricultural field, he said.
"If only we can capture about
$100 million of that, one fifth
of that in local production, what
can it mean for jobs for
Bahamians'?" he asked the par-
ticipants in a small and medi-
um hotels workshop on agricul-
ture and tourism linkages.
"What can it mean for eco-

nomic activity? Studies have
indicated that roughly 90 cents
of every dollar that is spent in
the economy by our visitors go
right back out for import needs.
That is ridiculous. We are actu-
ally utilising our environmen-
tal resources, utilising our
human resources really to sup-
port another economy,"
The Bahamas has about
240,000 acres of land that can
easily be converted into agricul-
tural land, Mr McPhee told the
participants in the Sustainable
Tourism Entrepreneurial Man-
agement and Marketing
(STEMM) workshop at the
British Colonial Hilton. He also
pointed out that tourism has pro-
vided farmers with great demand
for agricultural produce since
around five million visitors are
joining the Bahamas' 300,000
residents as possible consumers.
Mr McPhee said he believes
Bahamians are not maximising
the opportunities presented by

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tourism, particularly since a
Commonwealth Secretariat pro-
ject had revealed that since the
1980s, .the Bahamas has been
able to produce exotic fruits
that can compete in quality with
the world's best suppliers.
Frank Comito, executive vice
president of the Bahamas Hotel
Association, pointed out that
Bahamian hotels are eager to
purchase high-quality Bahami-
an products. This was demon-
strated in the findings of a
recent Caribbean Hotel Asso-
ciation survey that included
Bahamian hotels, he said.
"One hundred per cent of the
Bahamian hotels that partici-
pated in the survey expressed
a desire to use locally produced
goods and services, up from 79
per cent who indicated that in
the region," he said.
Mr Comito reiterated the
BHA philosophy that Bahami-
an hotels will purchase goods
and services locally as long as it

makes economic sense to do so.
He said the quality of goods,
availability, packaging, reliabil-
ity, logistics, shipping patterns
and price are all factors in deter-
mining whether hotels will be
able to purchase local goods.


Irwin Stubbs, president of the
Bahamas Agricultural Produc-
ers Association (BAPA), said
he views stronger linkages
' between Bahamian farmers and
tourism enterprises as impor-
tant to reducing food imports.
He said the Bahamas should
also be focused on becoming
"reasonably self-sufficient" in
A crisis would quickly devel-
op in the Bahamas if food
imports were not allowed into
the country for any reason, Mr
Stubbs pointed out.
"Within three weeks the

country would have fallen apart
because we have not developed
the capability nor the desire nor
the wish to be reasonably suffi-
cient in producing stuff for our-
selves," he said.
Mr Stubbs said it is ironic that
Family Islands were more self
sufficient a half century ago. At
that time, he said, people knew
that they had to grow things for
themselves since they could not
expect supply shipments from
Nassau for several weeks
between voyages.
STEMM is a collaborative
initiative of the Bahamas Hotel
Association, the Bahamas Min-
istry of Tourism, the Bahamas
Antiquities, Museums and
Monuments Corporation and
the Caribbean Alliance for Sus-
tainable Tourism with support
funding from the Inter Ameri-
can Development Bank.
The STEMM workshop,
being held at the British Colo-
nial Hilton, ends today.

The Web Shop Horor

back for more laughs

forming Arts, Shirley Street
from November 1 through
November 4.
"It was amazing and very
gratifying to see Bahamians
embrace and enjoy this play,"
said writer and director,
Clarence Rolle. "There are so
many productions that never
find an audience, but I've
always believed that Bahami-
ans will support stories about
us that are produced with qual-
ity and skill. The Web Shop
Horror proved the theory."
Mr Rolle pointed out that the
play has attracted and enter-
tained audience members of all
backgrounds and levels of the-
atre experience. It has been a
hit with a variety of ethnic
groups and ages, he said.
In addition, it has even
attracted many people who are
not traditional theatre-goers, he
"A poll of the audience
revealed that more than 95 per
cent of respondents rated the
play as a nine or 10 on a quality
scale in which 10 is the high-
est," Mr Rolle said. "More than
that, we've had constant
requests since March to stage
the play one more time. Many
people wanted to see it a second
time, while others were never
able to get tickets. Some have
been hearing good reports from
those who saw the first run.
They all want to see it, and we
are pleased to be able to do it
once more before the end of
the year."

The Web Shop Horror was
first staged as an independent
production of Mr Rolle. For the
return performance, however,
Track Road Theatre has signed
on as its production company.
The Track Road banner
brings additional resources and
support services to the play,
resulting in even greater pro-
duction quality, Mr Rolle said.
Track Road Theatre, which
has produced some of the coun-
try's most memorable plays, is
in its ll1th year. Some of its past
productions include Diary of
Souls, The Hold Up, and Da
Market Fire.
"We are proud to add The
Web Shop Horror to Track
Road's list of productions," said
Matthew Kelly, chairman of
Track Road Theatre Founda-
tion. "We feel that this is a spe-
cial play that deals with a special
phenomenon in Bahamian cul-
ture. It resonates with the
Bahamians, which helps to
explain how it has been so wild-
ly successful."
Eight of the nine original cast
members will return for the
encore performance. They
include Deon Sinmms, who plays
the desperate taxi driver who is
down on his luck and Chaunte
Wildgoose, who plays the kind
hearted but sharp-tongued char-
acter called Mudda.
Jason Evans, known for his
improvisational comedy work
with Da Spot, replaces Andrew
Stuart as the pseudo-thug, Dou-
ble 0.

OIn brief

at Atlantis

THE third international
African Diaspora Heritage
Trail Conference opened at
the Atlantis Resort on Friday
with a round table discussion
on its future.
It was presided over by Dr
Ewart Brown, MP, Premier
of Bermuda and Minister of
Tourism and Transport.
He was joined by Michael
Missick, Premier of the Turks
and Caicos Islands, who con-
firmed their intention to host
next year's conference.
"I think the conference is
off to a fabulous start," said
Dr Brown, "and I think the
Bahamian hospitality has a
lot to do with it.
"We're looking forward to
some very important discus-
sions and just a great time
here in Nassau."
He welcomed Turks and
Caicos' interest to host the
conference as "real good
news." Also interested are
South Africa and Tanzania.
"Wherever it is it will be a
part of the Diaspora and
that's what this is all about,"
said Dr Brown.
It is important for various
countries to host the confer-
ence, he noted.
"It gives us the opportuni-
ty to travel and see what it is
like to be among the people
of a particular part of the Dis-
apora," said Dr Brov'n.
Recognising that there is
a growing worldwide interest
among persons of African
descent in tracing their ances-
try, Bermuda hosted the first
ADHT conference in 2002.
It was the objective such a
trail would link historic and
cultural sites throughout the
countries of the Diaspora.

fights for
of Haiti

thin his bones protrude
through his skin, a newborn
infant named only Rony stares
up at a dirty ceiling hour after
hour, frozen in his crib because
of a softball-sized tumour on
the back of his neck, according
to Associated Press.
Then an hourglass-shaped,
platinum-haired wpman flash-
ing a megawatt smile and
wearing diamond earrings and
designer blue jeans leans over
his crib in the steamy hospital
ward, locks her long arms
around the child and gently
pulls him toward her.
"They don't hold the chil-
dren much here," says Susie
Scott Krabacher, a former Play-
boy centrefold who over the
last 15 years has become an
unlikely patron savior for scores
of abandoned *Haitian babies.
Krabacher, 43, founded the
Mercy and Sharing Founda-
tion, an Aspen, Colorado-
based charity that has provid-
ed shelter, schooling and
health care to thousands of
children from the poorest
slums of this troubled
Caribbean nation. The chari-
ty, funded mostly through pri-
vate donors, runs six schools,
three orphanages, an aban-
doned-baby ward and a cer-
vical cancer screening center.
Krabacher chronicles her
unusual journey from par-
tying in Hugh Hefner's man-
sion to setting up Haiti's first
hospital ward for abandoned
babies in a memoir to be
released in October called
Angels of a Lower Flight
(Simon & Schuster).
The book, which is expect-
ed to be made into a Holly-
wood *film, details
Krabacher's childhood grow-
ing up poor in Alabama and
her wilder days at Playboy,
where she had a 10-year
career, including a May 1983
centrefold spread.

With her long blonde locks
and statuesque figure,
Krabacher cuts an odd figure
in the streets of Haiti's gritty
capital. She has been known
to waltz into the most danger-
ous slums wearing platform
boots and flowing skirts to ask
tattooed gang leaders to allow
her charity work to proceed
without being robbed.
Krabacher was made an
honorary Haitian citizen and
in 2004 was invited to Buck-
ingham Palace to receive the
Rose Award, presented by
the foundation established to
further Princess Diana's com-
mitment to the poor.

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US Embassy
to pay visit
to Freeport
THE US embassy is send-
ing a consular officer to visit
Freeport, Grand Bahama on
Friday. October 26.
In a statement issued yes-
terday, the embassy said the
officer will be able to accept
passport applications and
documentation for overseas
birth to US citizens.
Persons who wish to sub-
mit passport applications
(renewals, first time appli-
cants, replacement of lost or
stolen passports, or docu-
mentation of children born
to US citizen parents) were
asked to respond directly to:
acsn@state.gov to confirm an
The embassy asked that
applicants provide the fol-
lowing information: appli-
cant's full name (as on the
birth certificate): date of
birth, place of birth, sex,
social security number, pre-
vious passport, mother's full
maiden name, father's name
and telephone contact.

Pets thrown
to their
deaths in
Puerto Rico

ELVIA Tirado Polanco
says she reluctantly handed
over her black- and white-
spotted mutt to animal con-
trol workers after they threat-
ened that she would be evict-
ed from her housing project
for keeping a pet there,
according to Associated Press.
The workers promised to
take the small dog named
"Lucero" or "Star" to a
shelter. Days later, however,
Tirado was horrified to learn
that dozens of pets seized this
week in Barceloneta on Puer-
to Rico's north coast were
instead thrown to their
deaths from a bridge.
Several pet owners inside
the Antonio Davila Freytes
housing project, one of thiee
raided by animal control
workers Monday and
Wednesday, said they had
provided vaccinations and
lavished care on the cats and
dogs taken from their homes
and killed with strays.
The government circulat-
ed a letter inside housing pro-
jects this month warning that
violators of a no-pet policy
would be evicted. Mayor Sol
Luis Fontanez said the town
ordered the removal of the
pets, but he blamed the mas-
sacre on a contractor hired to
take the animals to a shelter.
Fontanez said he would
cancel the city's contract with
Puerto Rico-based Animal
Control Solutions and that
city lawyers were consider-
ing a lawsuit.
Company owner Julio
Diaz said he went to the
bridge when he heard of the
allegations, but denied that
the dead animals were the
ones his company collected.
He said he would present his
records as proof to city
authorities on Monday.
"I have the dead dogs in
my facility," he said Satur-
day. "I am a certified animal
control officer. I have been
doing this for nine years."
Puerto Rico's housing
department is' investigating
who is responsible for the
deaths, said Doris Gaetan,
of the department's office of
community relations. She
said regulations allow pets in
government-funded housing
projects if they are small and
do not pose a risk to others.

Boost to potential arrivals with

new route to Grand Bahama

Tribune Freeport Reporter
lines' new service between Fort
Lauderdale and Grand Bahama
will provide an additional 52,000
airline seats per year to the
island and significantly boost
tourist arrivals.
Michael Pewther, Spirit's
senior director of sales,
announced yesterday that the
airline will start daily jet airbus
services to Freeport on Decem-
ber 13.
Minister of Tourism Neko
Grant, tourism director general
Vernice Walkine, deputy direc-
tor general David Johnson and
other tourism stakeholders were
present for the announcement
at the Westin at Our Lucaya
Spirit flights will depart Fort
Lauderdale at 11.55am and
arrive in Freeport at 12.40pm.
They will leave Grand Bahama
International Airport at 1.30pm
and arrive at 2.14pm in Fort
The airline's new flights to
Grand Bahama are expected to
increase tourist arrivals from
several key US markets, includ-
ing New York. Chicago,
Atlantic City, Tampa, Orlando,

on days we know the flights are
going to be empty we will take
those dates and put them up for
$8 or $29 to create a buzz," he
"This particular fare caters to
spontaneous travellers but a lot
of our fare sales will give people
a little bit of time to actually
book them."
Spirit is the largest air traffic
carrier at Fort Lauderdale/Hol-
lywood International Airport.
The new flight to Grand
Bahama increases the airline's
destination count to 40 through-
out Central America, the
Caribbean, the United States,
and the Bahamas.
Mr Grant said he is confident
that the addition of the ultra
low cost Spirit services into
Grand Bahama will stimulate
tourist traffic due to the airline's
sustained strategy of low air-
"I look forward with eager
anticipation to the growth of
this new service," he said. "My
ministry is pleased to embrace
Spirit Airlines as a long-term
partner in the growth and devel-
opment of .the Bahamas
tourism. We welcome the
expansion of airlift to Grand
Bahama," he said.
David Johnson, deputy direc-
tor of tourism, said the chal-


lenge for Grand Bahama in the
last five years has been its fail-
ure to be competitive in terms
of attracting low-cost carriers.
He believes that Spirit's new
service to Freeport will make
Grand Bahama more competi-
tive in many more markets.
"This Fort Lauderdale ser-
vice will give us low fares not
only from Fort Lauderdale to
Grand Bahama, but also from
Grand Bahama via Fort Laud-
erdale to about 12 cities beyond
Fort Lauderdale.
"So this gives us more market

stability to compete and Spirit
talks to four million persons
each.day via e-mail with offers,
and Grand Bahama will now be
in that line-up with very attrac-
tive sales," said Mr Johnson.
He noted that Grand
Bahama can also expect some
Caribbean traffic as a result of
the new Fort Lauderdale ser-
"There is some demand for
persons coming from the
Caribbean over Florida to the
Bahamas and we are making
the Caribbean more accessible.
For instance, people from Pro-
vo (in the Turks and Caicos)
have relatives that live in Grand
Bahama ... now they can have
direct service from Provo to
Fort Lauderdale and into GB
at attractive fares."
When asked about the high
airport fees that presented chal-
lenges to airlines flying to
Grand Bahama over the years,
Mr Johnson said the ministry
and the Tourism Board are
making "solid progress" with
the airport company.
"It is an ongoing proccs and
I am personally very encour-
aged by their receptiveness to
work with us on ways in which
there is a win-win situation for
the supplier, the airport com-
pany and the island," he said.

Security expert urges companies to take

precautions to avoid violent crime

LAST week's shooting of a
woman outside a Nassau bank
has sparked more warnings
about the dangers of carrying
large sums of money without
proper protection.
Such crimes could be avoided
it companies took simple piece
cautions, security expelt Paul
Thompson said yesterday.
These could include the use of
armoured vehicles and the pay-
mient ot employees by cheque.
Mr Thompson's suggestions
came in the wake of a robbery
at the Royal Bank of Canada
on John F Kennedy Drive last
Thursday when a woman was

shot in the face.
The victim, named as Lori
Francis, is seriously ill in hos-
pital, having been shot while
leaving the bank with payroll
money after cashing a company
Mrit Thompson expressed
frustration that individuals, and
companies are still falling vic-
tim to criminals despite repeat-
ed precautionary advice.
"It must be very disappoint-
ing to police to discover that
people are still making them-
selves victims by not taking
advice frequently and freely giv-
en," he said.

It was clear that the bank
shooting occurred because no
consideration had been given
to crime prevention, he said.
"It was obvious to many per-
sons that cash was being drawn
on certain days and times by a
*sole employee, which made the
task of the criminal \very easy."
said Mr Thompson.
He asked why companies
were not either using armoured
vehicles or paying employees
by cheque.
"Target hardening" making
it more difficult to commit the
crime was one of the key prin-
ciples of prevention, he added.

Other ways of beating the
crooks were target removal -
making overnight safe deposits
at banks rather than using safes
or cash registers to store money
- and access control.
Mr Thompson also advocated
measures to reduce pay-offs'and
surveillance of valuables.
"The public must b6'come
more security conscious and
take reasonable precautions to
protect themselves and their
property," he said.
"Failure to co-operate with
police is giving the criminals the
upper-hand and eventually all
of us could become victims."

National Youth Council to hold first general assembly

IN an effort to increase the
level of participation by young
people in the government's
decision-.making processes, the
Bahamas has now joined
nations around the world in cre-
ating a national youth council.
The Bahamas National
Youth Council (BNYC), which
hosts its first general assembly
today, is the first non govern-
mental, non-partisan and non-
political umbrella body of youth
organizations in the country.
The council is designed to
provide an opportunity for
young people to elect their rep-
resentative at the highest level
of the youth governance struc-
In a press statement issued
yesterday, BNYC president
Tyson McKenzie said that he
believes that Bahamian youth
must seize the opportunities
that they have to be able to par-
ticipate in the decision-making
processes that are shaping their
"No longer should we sit back
and watch others make deci-
sions that will affect us in the

present and the long-term. As
young Bahamians, we must
realise that we are the true
engine that mobilises this great
country that we live in.
"We cannot say that we are
not included in the policy mak-
ing decisions if we do not make
ourselves readily available," he
The main objective of today's
general assembly is to unite
youth organizations in the coun-
try to promote awareness about
the national youth council,
spokespersons said.
"Additionally, the assembly
seeks to facilitate networking
'between youth, adults, society
and the government. The coun-
cil's aim is to also raise aware-
ness about the issues affecting
youth, to identify possible
strategies in addressing the.
issues affecting youth and to
facilitate unity amongst youth
organizations within the
Bahamas," the BNYC said.
At the conference, the BNYC
president is also expected to ini-
tiate negotiations between the
presidents of the Barbados

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Council and Tobago's Youth
Council to work towards the

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ships which will help in formu-
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ton DC. as well as Los Angeles,
Myrtle Beach and Atlanta.
Mr Pewther noted that Spirit
will be able offer special deals to
travellers for ultra-low airfares -
sometimes as low $8 going one
"We get lots of exposure that
way and save lots of advertis-
ing dollars. So you may get $8
going, but spend $59 coming
back and that is how we do it,"
he said.
"We are able to do this by
managing our inventory so that




Volunteers remove invasive


from beach to preserve ecosystem

A vo -. ..

MORE than 40 volunteers
spent three hours on Orange
Hill Beach on Monday uproot-
ing invasive plants.
They replaced the plants with
native vegetation on a quarter
mile stretch of the beach as part
of "No invasive species week".
The beach was overrun with
invasive plants like scaevola,
which have been displacing and
suffocating local plants that
were attempting to grow up
beneath them.
Orange Hill Beach, which
was restored by the National
Coastal Awareness Committee
in April 2006, recently had its
sand dunes restored and native,
coastal zone safe plants, such
as sea grape, buttonwood and
sea oats were planted.
Most invasive species were
removed earlier but others were
left until the new plants took
Last week, student volunteers
from C V Bethel's Marine Sci-
ence Magnet Programme and
St John's High School filled
over 80 trash bags with plants
they removed.
The National Biodiversity
Committee launched the No
invasive species week campaign

last week in an attempt to cre-
ate awareness about these
destructive plants and animals.
Before removing the plants,
students were taken on a brief
beach walk and were told about
the importance of and threats
to the dunes, plant identifica-
tion (both native and invasive)
and the impact of invasive
Charlene Carey, Bahamas
Reef Environment Educational
Foundation (BREEF) environ-
mental educator said the spread
of invasive alien species is cre-
ating complex challenges that
threaten the country's beaches.
"When we remove the inva-
sive plants, we find that there
are native plants struggling
underneath," she said. "A lot
of-people don't know that
scaevola is an invasive plant.
Bahamians plant them because
they're so beautiful and they
grow really fast, but they're
damaging plants. We're
extr~rnely pleased that the stu-
dents are so interested in learn-
ing about these plants and are
actually working with us to get
rid of them. This is definitely
an educational experience for
them, and hopefully they will

take what they learn here today
back to their respective com-
munities and educate others on
these invasive species."
Dorinda Smith, an eleventh
grader at C V Bethel High
School said she had no idea that
scaevola was an invasive plant.
"This is a big surprise to me. 1
love the beach and I go on so
many and these plants are all
that I see. They grow so rapidly
and they don't look dangerous,
I think that's where the problem
lies," she said. "I decided to
come out here today because I
want to be a part of the solu-
tion. We love our beaches and
we want to make sure that they
are fully protected, so I'll put
on my gloves and take up every
one that I can."
Invasive species such as Mon-
key Tamarind and Casuarina
have also grown in abundance
over the years and continue to
threaten native species.
The National Biodiversity
Committee had a tree planting
ceremony last week to launch
the "One Million Tree Cam-

paign." Agriculture and Marine
Resources Minister, Larry
Cartwright planted the first tree
at the Doris Johnson High
There are six major invasive
plant species that can be found
throughout the Bahamas:
Brazilian Pepper, Melaleuca,
Casuarina, Scaevola (non-
native), Wedelia, and Mucuna -
commonly known as Monkey
Over 70 species are listed as
invasive in the Bahamas. Inva-
sive plants aggressively attack
native plants by out-competing
them for water and nutrients.
Because native species are
unable to adapt quickly enough
to respond to aggressive
invaders, they are eventually
destroyed. '
Some of the organizations
that participated in this year's
event include: the BEST Com-
mission, Ardastra Gardens Zoo
and Conservation Centre,
BREEF, the Department of
Marine Resources, the Depart-
ment of Agriculture, Dolphin

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Encounters, the Nature Con-
servancy, the Bahamas Nation-
al Trust, Atlantis and the Min-
istry of Tourism.
In order to combat invasive
species, Bahamians are encour-
aged to plant native species in
their yards and communities,

remove any invasive plant
species and replace them with
native species, landscape only
with native species instead of
exotics or invasives, not to
import invasive species as pets
and not to breed or feed inva-
sive species.

K.1 Potcake star's

owner to carry

on his legacy

THE life of potcake star
Amigo may have ended, but his
mission and legacy shall live on
according to his owner Frances
Ms Hayward said she was
"unbelievably touched" by the
outpouring of messages she
received over Amigo's passing -
only from people from the
Bahamas, but from all over the
US as well.
"It is so incredible to me that
Amigo, in his short lifetime,
was able to touch so many
hearts and I want to thank
everyone who responded in
such an incredibly kind way. It
was a great personal comfort
to me as I was devastated
beyond all description by his
She said that 'Amigo's Mis-
sion' that of "making the
world a better place for pot-
cakes" as well as all animals and
challenged beings by raising
awareness will be one that she
will spend her lifetime trying to
Ms Hayward announced the
formation of "The Friends of
Amigo Foundation" which she
will use to further these caus-
es, "which is what Amigo stood
for in his lifetime."
Ms Hayward spoke of
Amigo's incredible bravery as
he soldiered on in the face of
his illness, and how he dealt

with his 'three-legged status'
with such valour, never let-
ting it stop him or slow him
Even at the famed Animal
Medical Center, where staff
treat the cream of New York
Society's pets, Amigo was a star.
"When I walked him out for
what we all knew would be his
last visit, the doctors and nurses
lined up and all said 'good-bye
Amigo was originally found
as a starving, diseased potcake
pup whom Ms Hayward res-
cued and rehabilitated.
One must never forget, she
added, "that Amigo was just a
little stray potcake by the side of
the road, no different from so
many others that one tragically
encounters, and look at the
treasures that were discovered,
all of which would have been
lost, had he not been given his
Ms Hayward further stated
that "Amigo represents the
rich and unlimited potential
of our Bahamian Potcakes"
and said she "hopes that his
amazing accomplishments will
make us all more appreciative
of this precious breed whom
so many of us take for grant-
A memorial service for Ami-
go will be held on Grand
Bahama in the near future.

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IF YOU thought the
CSME was a tough call,
try wrapping your mind around
the Econ'omic Partnership
Agreement we are currently
negotiating with the European
This is supposed to govern
our relations with one of the
world's economic superpowers
for the foreseeable future. But
you could probably count on
two hands the number of
Bahamians who understand half
of what is going on.
One reason for that is
because our policymakers like
to do things in secret. Another
reason is that they themselves
often don't know much about
what is going on, and have no
real policy on which to base a
As Fred Mitchell, the former
minister who managed the
CSME debate pointed out:
"Most (Bahamian) trade mat-
ters are decided on an ad hoc
basis. Ultimately, the country
has to decide how and to what
extent... to integrate into the
world economy."
True. But that doesn't mean
we want Fred or one or two
others like him deciding
these things for us behind our
backs. We need to be up front
and fully informed about these
matters, because they have seri-
ous implications for all of us.

A prime example is the
32-member trade
commission that was appoint-
ed with much fanfare by the
PLP in 2002 to evaluate mem-
bership in the CSME. That
body was quickly sidelined after
its still undisclosed initial report
was handed to cabinet in 2003.
The question of why a review of
such an important national issue
should be classified top secret is
a subject for another time, but it
should be easy enough to draw
your own conclusions.
The new FNM administration
has reappointed this commis-

sion. And while the CSME
debate is over for the moment,
attention has been re-focused
on whether we should sign a
new deal with the European
Union by the end of this year -
in concert with CARICOM.
State Finance Minister Zhiva-
go Laing told Tough Call that
the government would continue
negotiations with the EU, "but
the lack of preparation over the
last five years and the short time
we have to come to terms with

the implications of the agree-
ment" meant that a deal was

T he EPA is aimed at
replacing something
called the Contonou Agree-
ment, under which the former
imperial powers of Europe
granted trade preferences and
aid to their ex-colonies in
Africa, the Caribbean and the
Pacific (known collectively as
the ACP countries). In case
you didn't know, talks on this
deal began over five years ago
and although the deadline is
December, we have yet to fig-
ure out what to do.
"These EPA's will be bind-
ing for a long time to come, and
they will affect the lives of every
man, woman and child in the
region," according to Sir
Ronald Sanders, a former
Caribbean diplomat who now
writes a syndicated column on
regional affairs. "Few know
what is actually being negotiat-
ed and agreed. It is therefore
anyone's guess how the private

sector and the trade union
organizations in the Caribbean
can make informed decisions
on the terms. Certainly, the

general public has no means of
doing so since the information
that exists on the detail of these
negotiations is very sparse."
The background is that seven
years ago the EU and ACP
agreed to maintain the existing
one-way preference system until
the end of this year, and then
replace it with a new Econom-
ic Partnership Agreement that
would be compatible with
World Trade Organisation
rules. Under the new agree-
ment, ACP countries would
have to give duty-free access to
"substantially all" EU exports
within a "reasonable time".
As Minister Laing pointed
out, in addition to open access
for EU goods, services and gov-
ernment procurement, "there
are the elements of competition
policy, intellectual property,
institutional issues and the like
to consider, which could have
significant economic implica-
tions for our welfare."

O nly a few Bahamian
products such as

Bacardi rum, crawfish and sty-
rofoam pellets produced by
Polymers International in
Freeport now benefit from
duty-free entry under the Coto
nou Agreement less than
$70 million all told, about hall
of that being seafood. But Bac-
ardi is quitting the Bahamas,
Polymers sells most of its o li
put to North Aunerica. And
there are few who believe that
Bahamian crawfishermen will
have trouble selling a high-
demand catch that is already
beginning to show signs of
Also to be considered is the
possible negative impact on our
financial services sector should
we be forced to accept measures
requiring the disclosure of tax
information on European resi.-
dents to EU officials.
As EPA critics have pointed
out, the poorest countries in the

ACP bloc already benefit from
duty-free and quota-free mar-
ket access for most of their
exports to the EU under spe-
cial WTO rules. And it is
unlikely that the more devel-
oped ACP countries (like the
Bahamas) will be any better aff
under the proposed new agree-

Accoding i1 i.m .,,
poverty i;;t.ip 'ntr-i Aimil
Interna;ioim l I h EPA
negoti! ions i plagued wih p.i i's of both
conieilt :Ind i tId, in
theiI ic rent foin v, ill not
deliver their de, t cpmienl
promise "

M eanwihilc. I red
Mitchell, insists that
we should sign on i llthe EPA
in ordei to ,iii i :m;e'" out
economy and "iumhil further
with CARICOM Hul accord-
ing to one W sI I anhil cominie-
il01 1 Ihe l i I is l, applio ch
Sseems l lo have Ieen oIn Iakni lle
suniad |im opositiion ,i gradual
trade liheb alisalion ,is a devel-
opment tool and Iiin il into a
trade negotiation ol the kind
that Furtope might h;ve with
China '
Officials had set D)ccenibc
1 7 as the date to sign the
(Caribbean EPA in Barbados.
But barring a major change in
Europe's approach experts say
this now seems unlikely. And
the Finan-ial Ti-,I, a ported
recently ihai tie: I U had
"backed awvav" f ,',i threats to

unilaterally end tide piefei
ence 1fo ACCi con' li-es this
year unless l he sis,- ca to the
new r'ade deals
The Europefans i -,a'. ten .v
are preps :reo io ':- i,: ,
death c co e-,,o -i.. ..-

I. ai < il t*;. \ I a j < i (it second
itage of tlks. Anti-EPA call-
paigners say lhai stage might
nevei conic. Here are already
calls Is ieAd the EPA talks
by two vcrus requiring the El I
to purslii" 'mntlher W I 0 waiv-

A i.d Ihis unsettled situ-
ti ion parallels the
position io l idel with the US.
whei bholth Internatlional Poly-
ine]i s and o ] Ilislihei en l enelil
Iron soimelling called the
Caribbean Basin Initiative. We
export abiull $100) million dol-
I,,l wiolfh of ,Poods to the UJnitl-
o 'l ales anniially. mainly craw-
1fish. ('ARI ( I)M cominlies as;
a wh"Ie "xpi, IilhoVil $2 bhillicin
a vcei to the US.
T'hic ('131 was a Cold Wai
perk sel up by the US in the
1980ys I provides one-way
duty fre i access to the Ameri-
can niarkt loht niost goods from
24 ( eniral American and
Caribbean countries, ineltiding
the 13ahaniias. And it also
breaks W 1I() rules. These ben-
efits ceSi niit September
unless tlh I s ccules another
waiver lj-n,, ,heu W ').
iHutt it :,.** a- ippcal that the
i, .r oni r, oas learnt a les-
op I trop -e r-e'-'.nt CSME
d. "'.le. ut ,oin to Mlinis-
tei Lain, it, nie, administra-
Lion is moving with "deliber-
ate haste to firm up a compte-
hensive trade policy for the
Bahamas. Principal among our
consideration going forward
will be WTO accession, a
process that we began in 2001
and whit h could ser\e as the
platform ifor launching our par-
ticipation in the global trading
And, he -..' s. the newly
appointed: l-,e olil mission
will play : ole in this

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We need to be up front and
fully informed about these
matters, because they have
serious implications for all of

It is unlikely that the moroc
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Govt homes

allegedly 'given'

away under PLP

FROM page one

applied as far back as Octo-
ber, 2003, and have had to
reapply for the same home
they are currently living in -
in June this year.
One house, a three-bed-
room, two-bathroom single
family dwelling home in
Yellow Elder Gardens was
valued at some $84,709 in
A second house, another
three-bedroom, two-bath-
room single family dwelling
in Jubilee Gardens, was val-
ued at $76,188 in Novem-
ber, 2003.
A three-bedroom, one-
bath, single family home,
also in Jubilee Gardens, was
valued at $73,518 in June,
An FNM government
source spoke out yesterday
on the blatant corruption his
party is uncovering under
the former administration.
"If Person A say they
wanted a house, they got the
house. They got the key the
next day, or the next week.
There was no due diligence
in reference to securing the
loan or making sure of the
eligibility and things like
that. They just got the keys.
"They were asked to fill
out the application long
after they had been living in
the homes. Of course, the
previous administration was
drop-kicked out of office,
and now these names have
been surfacing to get
approval for their applica-
tions that were put in long
after they moved in!"
Camile Johnson, the new-
ly-appointed permanent sec-
retary at the Ministry of
Housing, was out of office
when attempts were made
to contact her yesterday.
Minister of Housing Mr
Kenneth Russell was in
Cabinet and could not be

FROM page one
Bethel's assertion that homo-
sexuals are a minority, assert-
ing that he is using "so-called
legal expertise to support his
own homophobia."
"Gay, lesbian and bisexual
are terms used to describe a
range of sexual orientations
on a continuum of sexual ori-
entation that includes hetero-
sexuality. There are no defin-
itive studies proving that any
one of these orientations is
genetically determined,
including heterosexuality,"
she said.
In response to claims that
there is a gay agenda in the
Bahamas ten years ago by

Former head of gay group

certain members of the
Church, Ms Klonaris declared
that she and several others
decided to write one.
"We wanted an end to all
forms of discrimination
against gays, lesbians, bisexu-
als and transgender people,"
she said. "We wanted an end
to all forms of violence
against our communities. And
violence, we know, comes in
many forms: emotional, ver-
bal, physical, cultural, spiri-
tual and economic."
"As spokespersons for the
Alliance, myself, Erin Greene
and a few others, we have

been overt: we have stated
without apology that the lives
of gays, lesbians, bisexuals
and transgender people are
profoundly important to the
whole of our society; we have
stated that these orientations
are a normal and healthy part
of the diversity of human
being; we have stated that we
want equal protection under
the law; we have stated that
the Church, with all due
respect, cannot dictate to the
lives of all Bahamian citizens
- the Church is not the law,"
Ms Klonaris said.
The liberation of homosex-

'Vigilante justice' fears

after shooting and robbery

FROM page one

those close to Lorraine 'Lori' Francis,
the mother and industrial employee
who was shot in her face by armed
robbers last Thursday, are in an
"uproar" because of the ordeal.
This grief and shock could be a cat-
alyst to further violence, the source
"They better hurry and go find
those boys (before members of the
public) go after (them)."
While there is speculation that
authorities have a suspect in custody,
police say they are continuing to fol-
low leads on the case. So far no
breakthrough has been made and no-
one is in custody, Chief Supt Hulan
Hanna said yesterday.
Employed with Holiday Industrial
Builders International, Mrs Francis
had reportedly made a withdrawal
from the company's account to meet
the employee payroll later that day.
Police reports said she was
approached by an armed assailant in
the parking lot of the JFK branch of
Royal Bank. The assailant shot Mrs
Francis in her jaw before fleeing the
scene with a male accomplice and a
substantial amount of cash, police
As the matter unfolds, concerns
have been raised by the victim's co-
workers that the robbery and shoot-
ing may have been an "inside job".
The two men wanted for question-
ing have been identified as Travado
Taylor, 19, of Derby Road, and Dod-

erick Charles Smith, 24, of Yellow
Elder Gardens.
As reported first by The Tribune,
police confirmed that Doderick
Charles Smith is currently out on bail
on. the charge of the 2006 murder of
Herbert William Munroe.
Mrs Francis, who was shot in her
jaw from close range last Thursday, is
in "stable, but critical" condition in
the Intensive Care Unit of Princess
Margaret Hospital, family members
confirmed with The Tribune.
Despite undergoing surgery last
week a bullet is still lodged in her
neck from the shooting, the victim's
mother-in-law said in a telephone
interview yesterday. Reportedly, doc-
tors at PMH are hesitant to remove it
for fear it may worsen her condition.
However, family members report
that she has improved slightly since
she was rushed to the hospital six
days ago. Although not able to speak
due to the respiratory tube running
down her throat, she is able to com-
municate with family members
through writing notes, her mother-
in-law said.
"The swelling (on the victim's face)
had gone down quite a lot from when
I saw her on Friday, (so) I was a little
more satisfied," she added.
Family members continue to pray
for the victim of this brutal crime as
authorities seek help in finding the
culprits. Persons with information on
the whereabouts of the two suspects
are asked to contact their nearest
police station or the Crime Stqppers

uals is no reason for fear, and
"it is, in fact, in all of our best
interest (including heterosex-
uals) to embrace our sexuali-
ties, all the better to nurture
healthier relationships to our-
selves and with other human
beings," Ms Klonaris said,
adding that the liberation of
homosexuals will not open
the door to groups advocat-
ing incest and bestiality.
To refute this argument, Ms
Klonaris cited Bill Curtis,
director of the Gender Equi-
ty Center at UC Berkeley:
"This argument is a red her-
ring. Gay, Lesbian and Bisex-
ual people are asking for the
right to love and be with their
consenting adult partners

just like heterosexual peo-
ple. Bestiality and incest are
missing the consenting adult
portion and therefore not
anywhere near comparable
socially nor legally."
The recent upsurge in what
Ms Klonaris described as
"reactionary outrage" sur-
rounding gay rights issues is a
sign, she said, that the "GLBT
community is making greater
strides in its visibility". This
she added has led to a "back-
However, Ms Klonaris said
that this process and
engagement "is part of the
movement towards greater
understanding between us

Call for review of policies for

release of violent offenders

FROM page one

al attention into the irregularities of the country's legal and prison system.
Rev Bethel is also a spokesman for the family of Felix Mitchell, who was
reportedly killed in January this year at the hands of a man who attacked him with
a piece of plywood.
According to Rev Bethel, the person allegedly responsible for the attack was
arraigned and remanded to Her Majesty's Prison in Fox Hill until his date of pre-
liminary inquiry, which was slated for November.
Much to the shock of the Mitchell family, the alleged killer was seen carousing
his old neighbourhood in Grand Bahama a month ago.
"The family called the police (who) found him watching television in his house.
They locked him up again and reports came in that (his release) was a mistake."
This is just one of many examples, Rev Bethel said, of dangerous inefficiencies
within the prison system that the government attempts to cover up.
"The reason I want to hold this press conference is...we want a full investigation
into the (judicial) system. There are a number of families who feel that the justice
system has failed them," Rev Bethel said.

FROM page one

However, Magistrate Sylvester said
that his surator should have informed
the court of his condition, and this
was not done.
The surator, the magistrate said, is
not doing what she is supposed to do.
In order to have the warrant
quashed the magistrate told Mr.
Cargill that his client will have to pre-
sent a medical certificate for his illness
to the court.
The charges against Mr Swain were
amended at the last sitting of the tri-
al on October 1. Mr Swain was ini-
tially charged with forgery of a ballot
paper and fraudulently taking ballot
paper 146672 out of polling division
12 in the Farm Road and Centreville
constituency on May 2.

Arrest warrant
The forgery of a ballot paper was
subsequently dropped and the
charges of possession of a counter-
feit document and uttering a fraudu-
lent document were added to the
charge for removing the ballot from
the polling station.
He has pleaded not guilty.
Parliamentary Commissioner Errol
Bethel and the presiding officer at
the polling station in question, Cyn-
thia Wilson, both testified at the the
last sitting, and the prosecution is
expected to present seven witnesses in
the case. Calvin Seymour and Shavon
Bethel are prosecuting.
The witnesses at yesterday's
resumed hearing were relieved by the

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dent which involved the- Royal Bahamas Police
However, Mr Duncombe fired back, ques-
tioning Ms Walkine's right to issue such an
apology, especially on such a controversial top-
ic as homosexuality when "the majority of the
people of the Bahamas" are against such
"I don't know who gave her the moral author-
ity to issue this release," he said. In fact, Mr
Duncombe said, he is hopeful that a referendum
would be called on this issue so that it will be
officially announced that the Bahamas does not
condone the lifestyle, or even "gay tourism" in
the Bahamas.
"She spoke prematurely because the jury is
still out on this. But she is concentrating on the
mighty dollar, while our moral fabric deterio-
rates. What she is going to find out is that a big
campaign will be launched to have this legisla-
tion rescinded or to at least have the Bahamian
people vote on it to see if this is where we want
to go. So expect much more.
"And, I would encourage employees, or any
Bahamian out there, wherever they find these
public gay activities, to call the police. Because

FROM page one

Michael Barnett, counsel for
Mr Woodside, the Minister of
State for Youth and Sports,
argued that the case advanced
by the petitioner was not the
case brought forth in the origi-
nal pleading.
Mr Barnett argued that on
the first petition it was alleged
that at least 266 persons voted
who did not meet the residential
requirements. He added that
now the number on the petition
was changed to 159 persons,
and only 98 names remained
from the original list. He argued
for the court to view this as an
amendment to the petition, and
subsequently "strike out" the
Even if the petitioner's coun-
sel was able to prove that 159
people voted in the Pinewood
constituency without meeting
residential requirements, the
petition cannot succeed because
there is no complaint filed
against an election official, Mr
Barnett told the court.
He told Senior Justice Anita
Allen and Justice Jon Issacs that
the petitioner claimed there was
"non-compliance" with the par-
ticulars in the Parliamentary
Elections Act, which affected
the results of the election.
He contended that nowhere

no one, I challenge any lawyer or legislator, to
prove to me, or show me, which law allows gay
activities to be promoted in public," he said.
Mr Duncombe added that, in his opinion, it
seemed as if the Christian Council had "missed
the boat" on the gay issue. In fact, he said, per-
haps it is because they have their own "homo-
sexual issues" that they are struggling with -
thus their lack of a public consensus on the
"It appears that some churches share different
views on the homosexual issue. I'm not too sure
this means that the anti-gay committee that was
formed is still functioning, or whether it has
been disassembled until they answer the ques-
tion specifically in the eradication of this legis-
lation," he said.
However, Pastor of Grace Community
Church Lyall Bethel, a member of the anti-gay
agenda committee, confirmed that the commit-
tee would be making a response.
However, as he had not yet read Ms
Walkine's letter himself, Pastor Bethel said that
he was not in a position to comment at length on
her comments.
"But what I would say is that I need to read
the article and find out what the Ministry of
Tourism is apologising for if the article itself
* doesn't explain that," he said.

in the petition was there a case
made against the Parliamentary
Commissioner or any election
official, which is necessary to
sustain a claim of non-compli-
He accused the petitioner of
"unilaterally" amending her
"predjudiced" petition.
However, Senior Justice
Allen informed him that the
petitoner was only required to
present the names of the vot-
ers no less than seven days
before the hearing, which the
petitioner complied with, and
that the respondent was not
legally entitled to the list before
that time period.
Before a packed courtroom,
Gail Lockhart-Charles, part of
Mrs Maynard-Gibson's legal
team, concluded her submis-
sions while arguing that counsel'
for Mr Woodside "failed to
establish that (Mrs Maynard-
Gibson's) petition was defec-
She cited articles in the Par-
liamentary Elections Act which
state that a petitioner has no
less than seven days before the
beginning of a trial to submit a
list of names of the persons who
have "wrongly voted".
She claimed that entire list of

names adhered strictly to rule
14.1 of the Parliamentary Elec-
tions Act.
"What the respondent seeks
to do is create confusion...(and)
in that confusion he hopes to
get a strike out...he wants to dis-
tract the court from the (Par-
liamentary Elections Act)," Ms
Lockhart-Charles argued.
She stressed that it was evi-
dent "droves" of people who
did not meet the legal residen-
tial requirements to vote in the
Pinewood constituency during
the May 2 general election did
indeed vote. This subsequently
affected the outcome of the
election and provides a "clear
indication" of the weight of the
This was just a further exam-
ple that the petition by the com-
plainant was sustainable, she
said, and asked the court not to,
strike out the petition.
Senator Maynard-Gibson,
former MP for the Pinewood
constituency, was defeated by
Byran Woodside in the May 2
general election by 64 votes.
In her original election court
petition, Senator Maynard-Gib-
son claimed that at least 266
persons who were not eligible to
vote in the Pinewood con-
stituency cast votes which in
turn affected the outcome of
the election.




Wife of late PLP

Senator still in

hospital after

'serious stroke'
wife of late Progressive
Liberal Party Senator
Austin Grant Jr remains
in hospital following a
"serious stroke" she suf-
fered at her West End
home more than two
weeks ago.
Ann Grant, 78, was
admitted to hospital on
Sunday, September 31, a
day after attending the
Grand Bahama Red
Cross Society Ball where
she was one of several
persons honoured for
unselfish service to the
organisation. Mrs Grant,
a PLP stalwart councillor
and member of the par-
ty's West End and Bimini
Association, was said to
be in serious condition.
According to her son,
businessman Robert
Grant, his mother was
surrounded by immediate
family members when
He said she had suf-
fered an additional stroke
after the first, and was
barely able to speak.
But he did not disclose
any further details of his
mother's illness, saying
only that "we are all hop-
ing and praying for the
"I accompanied her to
the Red Cross Ball that
Saturday night and we
danced together," said
Mr Grant.
"It all happened so
suddenly, we were cele-
brating her achievements
one day, and were at her
hospital bed the next."
On Sunday, Mr Grant
expressed optimism that
his mother will pull
through the present cri-
"Family members and
friend h ave been attend-
ing to her spiritual and
mental needs each
evening ever since she
was taken to hospital for.
medical treatment," he
said. "I saw her on Satur-
day and Sunday
Mrs Grant is'also a
member of St Mary Mag-
dalene Anglican Church
at West End, where she
operated the Star Hotel
along with her late hus-
band for many years.
"She loved living and
also loved being involved
in community projects
and civic organizations,"
said Mr Grant. "The
entire family is so used to
having her near us. She is
so kind-hearted."
She loved her country
and community, and gave
much of her time to the
PLP as well as the Grand
Bahama Red Cross Soci-
ety, he said.
"Mother was always
good and kind to us,"
said her daughter Joy
Grant on Sunday.
"We have been keep-
ing vigil at her bedside*
every visiting hour at the
hospital. When she was
able to speak to us, she
advised us to ensure that
all the family attend
church on a regular basis.
"I am praying for her
and hoping for the best,"
she said.

Opening of Reading



CARL BETHEL, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, offi-
cially opened a two-day Reading Milestone Workshop at Super Clubs
Breezes, Cable Beach, on Wednesday. The Special Education Unit, in
conjunction with the Centre for Deaf Children of Ministry of Education,
Youth Sports and Culture, are sponsoring the workshop.


CHRISTIAN HEILD from the School for the Blind did a
GUESTS, PRESENTERS, participants and students from the Centre for the Deaf at the official opening of a two-day Reading music selection and played the piano at two-day
Milestones Workshop at SuperClubs Breezes, Cable Beach. Reading Milestones Workshop at SuperClubs Breezes,
Cable Beach, on Wednesday.

'Ra"or" eanM t

assmbl atClaidg-Prmar

CLARIDGE PRIMARY School held a special literacy assembly "Read More Learn More", at its school 2
campus on Thursday. Pictured above are students saying the pledge.


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Cat Island's role in

African Diaspora leaves

delegates awestruck

CAT ISLAND, Bahamas -
Cat Island won the hearts of
delegates of the African Dias-
pora Heritage Trail confer-
ence with its array of artifacts
showcasing the movement of
African slaves throughout the
From the Bourn plantation
system, to the great houses of
Loyalist slave owners, to the
Hermitage atop Como Hill,
to entertainment by the tra-
ditional Gospel Rushers, they
were left in awe of Cat
Island's role in the Diaspora.
A team of journalists, pub-
lishers, scholars and co\ern-
ment officials were led by the
Ministry of Tourism's ADHT
Bahamas Host Committee
chairperson Angela Cleare.

Historian Eris Moncur was
their guide.
"The delegates are
extremely excited about Cat
Island and feel that this is
really the cultural capital of
the Bahamas," said Mrs
Cleare. "We have a lot to

Cultural anthropologist Dr
Sheila Walker of Washington,
DC, author of books on the
African Diaspora, was partic-
ularly pleased by the perfor-
mance of the Gospel Rush-
"I am very aware of how
important the culture of Cat
Island and the Bahamas is for
us to tell the story of the
African Diaspora to the

world," she said. "This is.yet
another link in the chain that
links us together, links us to
our African ancestors, and
links us to each other in the
"It is so important for us to
see 'us' in other places and in
other cultural manifestations
because we cannot help but
see the similarities," she said.
The sixth largest island in
the Bahamas, Cat Island has
been known by at least two'
other names Guanahani and
San Salvador, noted Mr Mon-
Home to the highest natur-
al elevation in the Bahamas
(206 feet), it was site of one of
the more prosperous Loyal-
ist colonies of the Out Islands,
which gained their %wealth
from numerous cotton plan-
tations established during the

late 1700s.
Vine-covered, semi-ruined
mansions and stone walls,
crumbling remnants of slave
villages and artifacts in
Arawak caves all paint an
exciting picture of Cat Island's
When the cotton failed, the
plantation owners moved on.
But descendants of the origi-
nal African settlers remained
in the towns of their ances-
Much of the Bahamas*
indigenou, music., folklore
and myth can he traced to Cat
II is the birthplace of Acad-
emy Award wining actor Sir
Sidney Poilier recording
artists Tony 'The Obeah Man'
McKavy, Phil Stubbs, and the
Lassie Doh Singers, and is
known for the traditional rake
and scrape music and
quadrille dance.

-For u., in Cat Island, this is
a long ,waited trip." said Mr
Moncur. "'We have main-
tained our heritage; we have
maintained that connection
with our Atrican past and our
African motherland.
"So, to have people finally
come around to see how we
have kept the traditions and
how we have kept the her-
ital'e wei are onl\ loo hdppy

to welcome them. We are the
keepers of the African her-
itage in the Bahamas. Many
persons from the othet islands
have conveniently or other-
wise turned their backs on
that part of their past.
"It's a pity to ever do that.


You have to know who you
are and where you came
from. In Cat Island we have
kept it all together. When the
rest of the Bahamas is ready
to discover their past who
they are that road would
lead through Cat Island."

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of doing business

'totally transformed'

WTO accession and rules-based trading systems likely to impose

major reforms on Bahamas in intellectual property rights,

competition, anti-dumping and almost every economic sphere

Tribune Business Editor

latory framework that
governs the conduct of
business in the Bahamas
today will likely be trans-
formed beyond all recognition if this
nation proceeds to full membership in
the World Trade Organisation (WTO),
The Tribune can reveal, with few
Bahamian companies, business execu-
tives and the general public aware of
the scale of reform.
Sections of the latest 2005 draft
Memorandum on the Foreign Trade
Regime, which have been seen by The
Tribune, detail the numerous laws that
will either have to be introduced, abol-
ished or amended during negotiations
on the Bahamas' full accession to

WTO membership, the extent and
pace of reform likely depending on the
skills of this nation's as-yet unan-
nounced negotiating team.
For example, to comply with the
WTO's Trade Related Intellectual
Property Rights (TRIPS) regime and
bring "the legal regime and enforce-
ment" into line with the organisation's
standards, the Memorandum on For-
eign Trade regime says the Bahamas is
preparing draft legislation "in the area
of trademarks, industrial property,

patents, layout designs for integrated-
circuits, geographical indications and
trade secrets".
Among the intellectual property
rights areas where the Bahamas is
deemed deficient, according to the
Memorandum, is in providing phono-
gram producers with the "right to pro-
hibit unauthorised reproduction", with
this nation not in compliance with Arti-
cle 14 (2) of the. TRIPS Agreement.
Nor does the Bahamas currently
"provide statutory protection for undis-

closed information" as required by
TRIPS Article 39, or "provide protec-
tion against acts of unfair competition"
as required by Articles in the Paris
Convention for the Protection of
Industrial Property.
The Memorandum further reveals:
"The Bahamas does not have a legal
framework governing protection of lay-
out designs for integrated circuits.

SEE page 3


Businesses warned

over 'perfect scam'

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN companies
have been warned about a
fraudulent scam .involving sup-
posed wire transfers and
bounced cheques that could
potentially cost them six-figure
sums, The Tribune being told
yesterday that at least one such
episode had been passed on to
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force for investigation.
Bahamian real estate firms
and car dealerships are among
those that have been targeted
by the scam, this newspaper was
told, which involves an overseas
'investor' likely using a false
name purporting via e-mail to
purchase property and a motor
vehicle for a 'daughter' suppos-
edly going to college in the
When the purchase is agreed,
the investor then says he will
send a wire transfer to the rele-
vant company's bank account.
Yet the amount sent is much
higher than the value of the
goods or property involved in
the transaction.
The investor then contacts
the Bahamian company, telling

Suspected fraud could
cost Bahamian firms
sixs-figure sums,
involving over-priced
wire transfers and
cheques from non-
existent banks

them to keep the amount owed
for the purchase, and asks them
to remit the excess balance to
him via wire transfer.
Yet in the case shown yester-
day to The Tribune, rather than
send a wire transfer, the
investor sent a cheque. The
cheque, worth $178,300 for a
car valued at $22,080, bears the
name of a non-existent bank,
meaning that it wis "no good"
and bounced. I
Had the company involved
not been alive to this, it would
have remitted $156,000 of its
own money to the investor and
been none the wiser, falling vic-

SEE page 4

Strike vote ruling

not 'major concern'

for employers

Tribune Business Editor
A SUPREME Court ruling
that government ministers can-
not block strike votes because
the dispute in question has been
referred to the Industrial Tri-
bunal is not "a major concern"
for employers because union
members still cannot act on that
Responding to the Septem-
ber 27, 2007, ruling by Supreme
Court Justice Peter Maynard in
a case involving Grand Bahama
Power Company employees,
Brian Nutt, the Bahamas
Employers Confederation's
(BECon) president, said the
verdict showed government
ministers were "not above the
"There are provisions for
strike votes to be taken, and
once those provisions have been
met, the Department of Labour
is obligated to conduct a strike
vote," Mr Nutt added.
In his decision, Justice May-
nard ruled that the referral of a
trade dispute to the Industrial
Tribunal by the minister of
labour does not operate as a
stay of a poll under section
20(3) of the Industrial Relations

The ruling came in relation
to the case where former min-
ister of labour 'and immigration,
Vincent Peeti, decided not to
conduct a 2005 strike vote for
Grand Bahama Power Compa-
ny workers represented by the
Commonwealth Electrical
Workers Union (CEWU) on
the grounds that two of the
three disputes filed by the work-
ers had been referred to the
industrial tribunal, and the third
deferred until further notice.
Mr Nutt said of the ruling: "I
don't see it as a major concern
for employers. The ruling is
basically saying that the minister
does not have the authority to
withhold a strike vote if all the
criteria have been met.
"And that a strike vote, if all
the criteria have been met, must
be done with the assistance of
the Department of Labour. But
as long as the matter is before
the Industrial Tribunal, they
cannot act on that vote."
He added: "The interesting
thing is that though a strike vote
can be taken, they are not
allowed to strike when the mat-

SEE page 3

Brokers apply for foreign funds'

United States dollar allocations

Tribune Business Editor
THE two major Bahamian
broker/dealers have both
applied this quarter to receive
the maximum $3.125 million
allocation for investment funds
they are creating to give
investors access to foreign
investment instruments, The
Tribune was told yesterday, a
move aimed at filling a "glar-
ing hole" caused by lack of
diversification in this nation's
capital markets.
Both CFAL (the former Col-
ina Financial Advisors) and
Fidelity Merchant Bank &
Trust have applied to the Cen-
tral Bank of the Bahamas for
their respective allocations of.
US dollars, as both seek to pro-
vide Bahamian investors with

* CFAL, Fidelity seeking maximum $3.125m allocation for
funds that will invest overseas, with launches 'soon'
* Development to fill 'glaring hole' in Bahamian capital
markets diversification

additional investment options
and access to global markets,
exploiting the last round of
exchange control liberalisation.
Michael Anderson, Fidelity
Merchant Bank & Trust's pres-
ident, said his institution was
preparing to "soon" launch the
Fidelity Bahamas International
Investment Fund, the fund and
its structure having been
approved by the Securities
Commission of the Bahamas.
He described fund's structure
as a 'fund of funds', with the

Fidelity Bahamas International
Investment Fund acting as an
"umbrella fund" and a number
of sub-funds, each targeting a
particular market or investment
instrument, underneath it.
Mr Anderson said: "The
international investment fund
has been approved by the Secu-
rities Commission. There's one
umbrella fund that has multi-
ple sub-funds to it. It will be

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customers but also
employees? Before we
say 'yes', the following should.
be considered.
1. Type of profession
2. Location
3. Hours of operation
4. Cash accessibility and
These four factors, in my
opinion, will determine how
this question is answered. In
today's society we are seeing a
change in attitude, and thus
tactics. The change in attitude
is seen in where crime events
are occurring from the school
to hospitals and the churches.
These once-sacred institutions

are seeing increased crime,
ranging from minor theft to
So can we safely say, then,'
that your .career choice will
determine the level of violence
you will have to deal with on a
daily basis?
This is a complex question,
because there are other con-
tributing factors. Even today's
professionals are now divid-
ed into specialist roles. For
example, a doctor who oper-
ates a private practice will be
more susceptible to fraud and
armed robbery than one who
works in a healthcare facility.
To elaborate on this point,
let us consider the owner of a
cell phone retail store, as
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the criminal mind? Both spe-
cialise in electronic products,
but their delivery differs.
Also, let's look at how rev-
enue is collected. The whole-
saler, we believe, 'should' have
more money than the retailer.
But in what form is this money
kept? This is a problem that
the criminal must consider, as
he is quite aware that the
wholesaler's proceeds might
be tied up in the form of
cheques, credit card payments
and money transfers.
So, upon consideration, even
though more funds are avail-
able at the wholesaler's loca-
tion, it may be more worth-
while for the criminal to make
his/her robbery attempt at the
retailer's location. The retailer,
too, will have cheques and
credit card sales, but it is fair to
say that more 'cash' is per-
ceived and likely to be avail-
able. Also, access to the offices
where the wholesaler handles
funds may be difficult, where-
as the retailer's cash register
in some instances can be seen
from the street.
On the flip side of this exam-
ple is the criminal who prefers
using fraudulent documents.
The attraction or perceived
opportunity is that there are

so many forms and documents
being handled by the whole-
sale operation, that he/she may
be able to receive the cell
phones with the presentation
of fraudulent checks or pur-
chase orders. Both examples
present the question of what
actions are necessary on behalf
of the perpetrator to be suc-
Considering that the crimi-
nal's actions at the retailer will
be more direct, and person to
person, how does he/she con-
vince the business owner to
hand over the cash?
A gun, a note or even taking
some other person, such as a
wife or child, hostage are all
ways that can be used to per-
suade the business owner to
hand over the cash. Whereas
the thief who goes about
his/her activity using fraud
does not necessarily have to
resort to such hostile behav-
iour. Does this mean retail
stores are more at risk from
crime than large wholesale out-
lets and suppliers? The num-
bers suggest that retail stores
are more susceptible to violent
crimes, not necessarily less

We must not forget location,
as any marketing guru will tell
you the customer has to be
able to access 'easily' your
product and services. But any
security consultant will also tell
you that a business located on
a major crossroads or inter-
section is more susceptible to
crime because of the same rea-
sons. Everyone entering your
store is not a customer. Some
have criminal' intentions. So
questions about target hard-
ening should come to mind,
such as: 'How do I make my
business' less attractive to
would-be robbers, yet not turn
it into a fortress that likewise
scares off my customers?'
Time, too, plays a role in this
equation, as we have only thus
far considered type of business
and location. What of opera-
tional hours? We are finding
that most retailers 'must' oper-
ate into the evening, as most
Bahamians work a basic 9am-
5pm day. Thus to be more
accessible we must now stay
open until maybe 7pm or 8pm.
You will note that a main
drive to determining vulnera-
bility is access to the target and
access to assets required. At
this point, access is not 'entry
and exit', but also movement
'in and around' the business.
For example, access to a bank
is easy, but movement in and
around that office may be
restricted and limited. But how
does access relate to safety in
the workplace? When we con-
sider these five elements of
crime, from the perspective of
access then this hopefully
becomes a bit clearer

1. Motivation This can be
seen as lack of access to certain
living conditions, which the
perpetrators may not enjoy.
2. Opportunity This relates
back to perceived easy access
to varying assets.
3. Ability on the part of the
perpetrator Access to
resources, be they tools or
knowledge. A plan of action.
4. A reasonable expectation
of escape How will their
access/exiting of the scene be
5. A low probability of
detection and apprehension.
From an individual stand-
point, what exactly is your role
in the company? Do you hold
all the keys and safe combina-
tions, or are you the filing
clerk? Your function will
determine if you are a target
that the criminal should be
going after. Also, how accessi-
ble are you? For example, you
may be the filing clerk with lit-
tle or no access to valuables,
but you are easy to reach.
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from Bahamas

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Tribune Business Reporter
GUESTS in Bahamian hotels will benefit from modern elec-
tronic locking systems and safes in their rooms thanks to a part-
nership between Bahamian company, Palladium Management
Group, and VingCard Safe Elsafe.
Hamid Bhatti, president of Palladium Management Group
explained, said the tie-up would provide guests wigth greater
ease in entering rooms, and greater security by providing keyless
safes through Signature Radio Frequency Identification or
He added that the locks, similar to those used on cruise ships,
can open room doors simply by touching the electronic sensor
on the key pad, and not by having to insert cards into a key slide.
"It is really a much more convenient lock, because a lot of
times, persons are not sure which way to slide their cards. With
our keys, they have V choice of key whether they use a card, key-
fob, wristband or nearfield communications enabled cell phone
to get into their rooms. We are offering the latest RIFD tech-
nology with the most flexible platform for future applications,"
Mr Bhatti explained.
In addition to being more convenient for guests, the new
keys decrease the wear and tear on the locks. Mr Bhatti
explained that this was because traditional key cards were
often exposed to water, salt or sand, which is then pushed into
the slot and contaminates the lock.
In resorts with rooms that open outside, the slots are often
exposed to the elements, which leads to further decay.
His wife, Nicole Fair Bhatti, added that the locks are envi-
ronmentally friendly as well because they have a feature that
enables them, if left in the room, to turn the lights and electrical
appliances on and off depending on whether the room is occu-
The company also provides Elsafe, the hospitality industry's
answer for safes.
"What is unique about these safes is their connection to an
internal power source. We have discovered that guests often
leave their digital cameras or laptops out to recharge, which of
course increases instances of theft. With an internal power out-
let you can recharge a device within the safe," Mr Bhatti said.
Currently, Sandals and Breezes in New Providence, Valen-
tine's in Harbour Island, and Pineapple Fields in Eleuthera use
VingCard products.

Strike vote ruling

Bank to open newly-

expanded premises

Tribune Business Reporter
E FG Bank and Trust (Bahamas)
Ltd yesterday said it plans to
officially open its newly-expand-
ed premises on Tuesday, Octo-
ber 23,. at the British Colonial Hilton.
Bank officials said EFG had grown to
more than 35 employees in the Bahamas by
mid-2007, having obtained a banking and
broker/dealer licence from the Central
Bank of the Bahamas in February 2006,
enabling it to serve Bahamian private bank-
ing clients acquired from Banco Sabadell in
Steve Mackey, the bank's chief execu-
tive, explained that to facilitate the growth

BUSINESS, from 1

Patent protection for layout
designs is not specifically pro-
vided under the Industrial Prop-
erty Act. The Government is
considering draft legislation to
provide for the protection of
layout designs of integrated cir-
cuits and for related matters."
That is just intellectual prop-
erty rights in the Bahamas, and
the need to bring their regula-
tory regime into compliance
with the WTO's standards.
The Memorandum notes that
the Bahamas does not have any
policies, bodies or laws to deal
with regimes such as Rules of
Origin, Anti-Dumping, Coun-
tervailing Duties, and Safe-
Nor does it have any formal
antitrust/anti-monopoly and
competition laws or regulations,
much less a body to oversee
this, as most Caribbean nations
have. In the UK, for instance,
there is the Office of Fair Trad-
ing and Monopolies and Merg-
ers Commission, which togeth-
er deal with antitrust issues,
predatory pricing, price fixing,
and collusion by groups of com-
panies acting as a cartel to fix
prices and rig other aspects of
their market.
All this will have to be dealt

this created, the bank relocated to its new
offices earlier this year in the British Colo-
nial Hilton's Centre of Commerce Building
at 1 Bay Street.
"I am looking forward to the official
opening of our new premises. It is a clear
reflection of our commitment to building a
strong and sustainable business in the
Bahamas. As a business we have a lot going
for us. We are making good headway and
our appeal to experienced private banking
practitioners is evidenced by the hires, we
have made over the past year," Mr Mackey
He added that EFG felt the Bahamas
was not just an administrative hub, but a
well-rounded operation with wealth advice
and structuring pivotal to its offering.

with when it comes to WTO
membership, and the Bahamas
also has the small question of
what to do with reforming its
taxation system, as the current
customs and import duty sys-
tem will be viewed as a barrier
to change.
While the Bahamas may be
able to reserve its position in
some areas, and in others phase
in changes over periods of time
ranging from five to 20 years,
there is little doubt that the
breadth of change that will be
imposed on this nation by the
WTO and other rules-based
trading systems such as the
Economic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA) and the Caribbean
Basin Initiative (CBI) is poten-
tially vast.
John Delaney, the Trade
Commission's chairman, said
the group's "most significant
task must be education within
the Trade Commission as well
as the outside", as most
Bahamian businesses and the
general public have paid little
attention to trade-related mat-
ters. Yet they will affect every-
body, from adults in Lyford Cay
to children in Bain and Grant's
"We are sufficiently con-
cerned to ensure there is a
broad understanding of trade
arrangements in the wider com-

munity, because they will affect
the way people live," Mr
Delaney said.
Many believe that rules-based
.trading systems will impact the
Bahamas whether it stays out-
side or not. The main principles
governing these systems are rec-
iprocity, Most Favoured Nation
(MFN) and national treatment.
The first term means that if
certain preferential trade terms
and benefits are offered to the
Bahamas and firms doing busi-
ness from this nation, it must
offer the same in return to for-
eign nations and their firms.
MFN means that the Bahamas
cannot discriminate between
nations, and has to offer to all
the trade benefits it has provid-
ed to one country, while nation-
al treatment means that the
Bahamas has to treat foreign
companies and nationals doing
business here equally with
Bahamian firms and citizens.
Among the legislation and
policies affected by National
Treatment, according to the
Memorandum, are the stipula-
tions that foreign investors
make a minimum investment of
$250,000 and that companies
raising capital in the Bahamas
must be locally registered and
conform with the Exchange
Control Regulations.
The National Investment Pol-

"We are here for the long term, and I
am confident that our full range of services,
entrepreneurial approach, and pure private
banking strategy will prove compelling to
many experienced professionals and
clients," he said.
Mr Mackey added that the business was
developing according to plan, and as at mid-
2007 had 12 client relationship officers
(CROS). Among its wealth management
offering were trusts, foundations and com-
pany administration on a multi-jurisdic-
tional basis.
EFG is a global private banking group,
offering private banking and asset man-
agement services. Its private banking busi-
nesses currently operate in 44 locations in 30
countries, with over 1,600 employees.

icy, which reserves certain areas
of the economy for Bahamian
ownership only, such as real
estate, media, wholesale and
retail firms, security services,
construction companies and
building suppliers, will also
come under pressure despite
the exceptions made in the past.
On MFN, regulations likely
to attract WTO scrutiny are
likely to be that in accounting,
legal and veterinary services,
professionals with qualifications
from the US, UK and Canada
are given preference over those
with qualifications from other
countries, while foreign fisher-
men need licences to fish for
commercial purposes.
The subsidies provided to the
likes of Bahamasair and the
inter-island mailboat services
will also come under scrutiny,
according to the Memorandum,
while the import permit system
that regulates the amount of
chicken and other foods com-
ing into the Bahamas will be
seen as a trade barrier.
The government procure-
ment system, according to the
Memorandum, will also have to
become more transparent -
especially on contract tender-
ing and bidding and a method
for companies to challenge gov-
ernment contract awards imple-

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ter is before the Industrial Tri-
"The only ramification is one
of seeing how strong the mem-
bers of the bargaining unit feel
about a matter that is in dis-
pute. Do they feel strongly
enough to want to go on strike?
It's a measure of how aggrieved
the employees are about that
particular situation."
In his judgement, Justice
Maynard outlined the various
steps that must be taken and
the options at a minister's dis-
posal once a trade dispute is
reported to him, as well as the
conditions that must be satis-
fied before a strike vote can
take place.
"It appears to me that the
employees may express their
view on whether or not they
wish to strike and once the oth-
er requirements are fulfilled -
and they appear to have been
fulfilled in this case the ballot
shall be taken under the super-
vision of an officer of the min-
ister of labour and immigra-
tion," the judgement said.
"Unless that ballot is so taken
and certified by the officer to
be properly taken, a determi-
nation upon a .strike action
would not have been made

under the section."
Justice Maynard noted-that
under Section 77 of the act, it is
an offence for any worker to
actually go on strike or for a
union or labour leader to call a
strike while a matter is before
the tribunal.
However, the judge said he
does not accept that taking a
poll to see whether workers are
willing to strike is a contraven-
tion of this rule.
The CEWU had called for a
judicial review of the minister's
September 2005 decision on the
basis of the Industrial Relations
(Amendment) Act, 1996 and
section 20(3) of the Industrial
Relations Act. The minister.of
labour and immigration and the
attorney general were the
respondents in the case.
The union had claimed that in
refusing to supervise or desig-
nate an officer to supervise a
secret ballot poll, the minister
exceeded his jurisdiction, acted
beyond his powers and failed
to give proper effect to the pro-
visions of Section 20(3) of.the
Industrial Relations Act.
In a notice of motion filed in
March 2006, the union argued
that the referral of a trade dis-
pute to the Industrial Tribunal
does not operate as a stay of
strike vote application under
the Industrial Relations Act.

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United States dollar allocations

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like a family of international funds."
The structure, Mr Anderson added,
would allow Fidelity to match investor
needs and risk appetites better by tar-
geting specific markets, industries and
niches likely to achieve their investing
Sub-funds, he explained, could target
different countries and regions, such
as Europe, Asia and the emerging mar-
kets, or specific investment instruments
such as equities and fixed income
Adding that he was aware that both
CFAL and Fidelity had applied to the
Central Bank for their respective US
dollar allocations, Mr Anderson said of
the Fidelity Bahamas International
Investment Fund's launch: "It will be
soon. We're going tb be applying to
the Central Bank for the allocation
this quarter."
Both CFAL and Fidelity are
attempting to exploit the Govern-
ment/Central Bank's decision last year
to relax exchange control restrictions,
particularly the move that allows

Bahamian institutional and retail
investors to invest in equities listed on
a recognized exchange via a Bahamian
dollar investment vehicle.
Mr Anderson said of the benefits
the Fidelity Bahamas International
Investment Fund would provide: "Pri-
marily, it's diversification outside the
Bahamas into international securities
and outside the US dollar. [It gives
investors] the ability to hedge against
the depreciation of the US dollar by
investing in the securities of other
countries, where you will get the ben-
efit of exchange rate gains.
"It also allows diversification out-
side of a narrow range of Bahamian-
based securities into a range of securi-
ties that is not available locally. It
allows us to meet the needs of investors
better, by diversifying outside the coun-
try into different geographic areas and
different sectors."
With the sub-fund structure, Mr
Anderson said the Fidelity Bahamas
International Investment Fund would
be able to "go after something directly
suited" to the needs of Bahamian
investor groups, such as pension funds,

insurance companies and high-net
worth individuals.
"From our point of view as invest-
ment managers, our job is to find nich-
es out there to meet investor require-
ments," Mr Anderson said. "What we
are able to do with the sub-funds is
almost create niches where there is a
reasonable demand for it."
The 'umbrella structure' of the
Fidelity Bahamas International Invest-
ment Fund would also reduce
investors' access costs and fees com-
pared to those that would be incurred
if the sub-funds were a standalone
structure, Mr Anderson said, enabling
costs to be shared and economics of
scale created.
Once the CFAL and Fidelity funds
are approved by the Securities Com-
mission, the next step is for them to
apply to be listed and registered on
the Bahamas International Securities
Exchange (BISX).
Keith Davies, BISX's chief execu-
tive, said the registering and listing of
the funds with the exchange was a
"prerequisite" of the exchange control
liberalisation programme, as it had to

be complied with for the funds to
receive their allocation of US dollars.
Mr Davies told The Tribune yester-
day: "One of the glaring holes in our
market is diversification. We have com-
panies and securities that people are
very interested in, but there is an
inability for them to spread money
around as much as they want.
"With these funds, it provides the
additional element of diversification,
which is the hallmark of a healthy mar-
ket. It's a positive thing."
Mr Davies said growth -in the
Bahamian capital markets would not
come through a "big bang", but occur
naturally and organically, coming "step
by step".
"It's going to come naturally, organ-
ically, through the creation of prod-
ucts and services to meet client needs
and objectives," Mr Davies said.
"When these investment funds make
it to the market, it's because of the
natural progression and development
of the market. It's something that we
foresee taking place over the coming
weeks, months and years."
Only funds sponsored and promoted

by registered broker/dealer members
of BISX can apply for the US dollar
allocations from the Central Bank.
.The Central Bank, though, has
imposed restrictions on the amount of
US dollars that will be made available
to Bahamian broker/dealers for this
purpose, with the amount released not
to exceed $25 million per annum or 5
per cent of the previous year-end exter-
nal reserve balance.
This means that a maximum of only
$6.25 million will be released every
quarter. But because there are two
broker/dealers currently working on
such opportunities Fidelity and CFAL
- these US$ allocations will have to be
split evenly, meaning each can only
get a maximum of $3.125 million per
Bahamian investors will be purchas-
ing a Bahamian dollar security or inter-
est in a pooled basket of investment
securities denominated in a foreign
currency by investing in the two com-
panies' funds.
The investors avoid having to pay
the 12.5 per cent investment currency
market premium.

Businesses warned over 'perfect scam"

FROM page 1

tim to a simple but cunning
The scam attempts to exploit
time lags between the cheque
being received by the bank and
deposited into the company's
account, and when the bank and
company discover it is no good.
By that time, the perpetrator
could have got clean away with
the company's money if it was

wire transferred back to him.
One executive whose busi-
ness was targeted by the scam
told The Tribune yesterday:
"We have to be extremely care-
ful. We have got to make sure
the money is actually wired, and
have to follow through. A
cheque can take up to six to sev-
en weeks to clear. ,
"We informed our bank not
to accept the wire transferor
any other payment from this
gentleman. He sent a cheque
via DHL. They held it, and I
understand they have turned it
over to the police."

The Tribune was shown a
copy of the cheque, bearing the
name Simmons First National
Bank. Yet, according to the
business executive: 'The bank
doesn't exist. If you log into the
Internet something comes up
with a similar name, which is
what these guys do, call it some-
thing similar to a legitimate
He added: "If we were silly
enough to send him the mon-
ey, we could have been out of
pocket by $150,000. That's no
small chunk of change.
"If he's hit five or just two

people here in the Bahamas for
100,000 each, most people
don't make that in a year. It's
pretty scary stuff. These guys
just don't sleep at night."
A copy of the first e-mail sent
by the alleged perpetrator to a
Bahamian car dealership on
September 5, 2007. described
himself as a British national liv-
ing in a Middle Eastern country.
It read: "My daughter got a
scholarship to school there in
the Bahamas, so she needs a
car. Please get back to me with
the last asking price of the

"I will effect the funds via
wire transfer as soon as we
reach on a very good price. She
will pick up the car from you
when she arrives in the
Bahamas. Kindly get back to
me ASAP. Awaiting your
urgent response."
After many e-mails back and
forth, the car dealership became
suspicious on September 7,
when it received an e-mail say-
ing the girl was coming to the
Bahamas to "attend a computer
class in Abaco".
The dealership responded:
"We do not have a college here.

All of the schools here only go
to 11th grade. There are only
colleges in Nassau and
Further suspicions .were
raised when no details were
provided about the name of the
college, the daughter's name
and full date of birth, and insur-
ance company she was using.
"Looks like the perfect scam
to me," the business executive
Despite claiming that a wire
transfer had been sent, the
'daughter' has not arrived yet
in the Bahamas to claim the car.

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REDUCING the Bahamas' $500
million per year expenditure on food
imports by just 20 per cent would rad-
ically impact the Bahamas' overall
economy and agricultural strength, a
tourism director said Monday.
Earlston McPhee, director of Sus-
tainable Development in the Ministry
of Tourism, said the Bahamas is losing
an extremely high percentage of its
tourism earnings through import pur-
chases. The retained earnings derived
from reduced food imports alone
would automatically result in greater
employment in the agricultural field, he
"If only we can capture about $100
million of that, one fifth of that in local
production, what can it mean for jobs
for Bahamians?" he asked the partici-
pants in a small and medium hotels
workshop on agriculture and tourism

"What can it mean for economic
activity? Studies have indicated that
roughly 90 cents of every dollar that is
spent in the economy by our visitors go
right back out for import needs. That
is ridiculous. We are actually utilizing
our environmental resources, utilizing
our human resources really to support
another economy."
The Bahamas has about 240,000
acres of land that can easily be con-
verted into agricultural land, Mr
McPhee told the participants in the
Sustainable Tourism Entrepreneurial
Management and Marketing
(STEMM) workshop at the British
Colonial Hilton. He also pointed out
that tourism has provided farmers with
great demand for agricultural produce
since approximately 5 million visitors
join the Bahamas' 300,000 residents as
possible consumers.
Mr McPhee believed Bahamians

were not maximisng the opportunities
presented by tourism, particularly since
a Commonwealth Secretariat project
had revealed since the 1980s that the
Bahamas is able. to produce exotic
fruits that can compete in quality with
the world's best suppliers.
Frank Comito, executive vice presi-
dent of the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion, pointed out that Bahamian hotels
are eager to purchase high-quality
Bahamian products. 'This was demon-
strated in the findings of a recent
Caribbean Hotel Association survey
that included Bahamian hotels, he said.
"One hundred percent of the
Bahamian hotels that participated in
the survey expressed a desire to use
locally produced goods and services,
up from 79 percent who indicated that
in the region," he said.
Mr. Comito reiterated the
BHA philosophy that Bahamian hotels

will purchase goods and services local-
ly as long as it makes economic sense
to do so. He said the quality of goods,
availability, packaging, reliability, logis-
tics, shipping patterns and price are all
factors in determining whether hotels
will be able to purchase local goods.
Irwin G Stubbs, president of
the Bahamas Agricultural Producers
Association (BAPA), viewed stronger
linkages between Bahamian farmers
and tourism enterprises as important to
reducing food imports. He said the
Bahamas should also be focused on
becoming "reasonably self-sufficient"
in agriculture.
A crisis would quickly devel-
op in the Bahamas if food imports were
not allowed into the country for any
reason, Mr. Stubbs said.
"Within three weeks the country
would have fallen apart because we
have not developed the capability nor

the desire nor the wish to be reason-
ably sufficient in producing stuff for
ourselves," he said.
Mr. Stubbs said it is ironic that Fam-
ily Islands were more self sufficient a
half century ago. At that time, he said,
people knew that they had to grow
things for themselves since they could
not expect supply shipments from Nas-
sau for several weeks between voy-
STEMM is a collaborative initiative
of The Bahamas Hotel Association,
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism,
The Bahamas Antiquities, Museums
and Monuments Corporation and the
Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable
Tourism with support funding from
the Inter American Development
The STEMM workshop is being held
at the British Colonial Hilton between
October 15 and 17.

US industrial output weak for second month

AP Economics Writer
United States industrial output
turned in another weak read-
ing in September as the short
strike at General Motors con-
tributed to a big drop in auto
The Federal Reserve said
that industrial output edged up
0.1 percent in September fol-
lowing no change at all in
August. The August reading
had been reported a month ago
as a stronger 0.2 percent gain.
The concern is that the deep
slump in housing and a severe
credit crunch will trigger fur-
ther cutbacks in industrial pro-
duction as businesses grow cau-
tious about the future.

Delivering his latest assess-
ment on the economic
prospects, Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke said
Monday night the deepening
slump in housing will be a "sig-
nificant drag" on the economy
into next year and it will take
time for financial markets to
fully recover from the credit cri-
sis that erupted in August.
Many analysts believe the
Fed, which cut a key interest
rate for the first time in four
years at its September meeting,
will follow up with further rate
cuts to make sure the economic
troubles don't push the coun-
try into a recession.
The Fed report showed that
output of autos and auto parts
fell by 3.3 percent in Septem-
ber following a 1.6 percent drop
in August. Part of the Septem-

ber weakness was blamed on
the brief two-day strike at Gen-
eral Motors.
All of manufacturing posted a
small 0.1 percent increase in
September after a sharp 0.4 per-
cent drop in August. That
weakness followed solid gains
of 0.6 percent in June and 0.8
percent in July.
The nation's utilities saw out-
put decline by 0.1 percent in
September after a 4.6 percent
surge in August that had reflect-
ed a heat wave that hit much of
the country.
Output in mining, a category
that includes oil well produc-
tion, edged up 0.2 percent in
September, a rebound follow-
ing a 0.6 percent drop in
Analysts believe that U.S.
factories will be under pressure

in the months ahead, reflecting
waning demand for domestic-
made cars and weakness in such
housing related industries as
building materials.
Global Insight, a private fore-
casting firm, said it expected
manufacturing output in the
July-September quarter will
post a strong gain of 4.2 per-
cent, thanks to the good
momentum at the beginning of
the quarter, but it forecast that
manufacturing growth would
slow to just 1.2 percent in the
current quarter and fall below 1
percent in the first three months
of next year.
With the tiny increase in out-
put in September, the nation's
factories, mines and utilities
operated at 82.1 percent of
capacity, unchanged from

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Insurers desert coastline

Globe Staff
c. 2007 The Boston

THE hurricane anxiety of
home insurance companies is
starting to spread beyond Cape
Cod and southeastern Massa-
chusetts. creeping northward
along the coast to Boston and
the North Shore.
The level of angst is nothing
like it is on the Cape, where
many insurers have either
pulled out or sharply restricted
their underwriting in coastal
areas, forcing more than 40,000
homeowners to scramble for
But some insurers are now
retrenching along the entire
Massachusetts coast, even in
areas that are not considered
likely targets for a hurricane's
full brunt.
Maxine Tassinari Teixeira is
one of the latest victims. She

can't see the ocean from her
East Boston home, but her
insurer decided it didn't want
to provide coverage within
three miles of the coast, so it
wouldn't renew her policy.
"I'm furious," Teixeira said.
"There is a street, a cemetery,
and a whole airport between
me and the water."
Her insurer, Preferred
Mutual Insurance Co. of New
Berlin, N.Y., said it is scruti-
nizing its coastal exposure
because its cost of reinsurance
- the coverage insurers buy to
protect themselves in case of a
catastrophic event has sky-
rocketed. "To our knowledge,
all companies are assessing'
their coastal exposure and are
taking the appropriate under-
writing measures to meet their
individual business needs," said
Christopher H. Harris, director
of marketing and field man-
agement at Preferred Mutual.
Conventional wisdom holds

that a major hurricane
approaching New England
would come from the south
and slam into the coasts of
Connecticut, Rhode Island,
and southeastern Massachu-
setts. The Cape and Islands
would be particularly vulnera-
A hurricane could steamroll
across the Cape toward Boston
and the North Shore or head
inland, but industry officials
say in that case the storm
would likely lose much of its
power and probably cause less
damage. Because of the Cape's
perceived vulnerability, many
insurers have retreated there,
and homeowners have been
left with no other choice for
coverage than the Massachu-
setts Fair Plan, the state's
insurer of last resort. The Fair
Plan, which is operated as an
independent insurance com-
pany but regulated by the
state, now insures more than

40 per cent of the homes on
the Cape.
A widespread shift to the
Fair Plan has not occurred in
coastal areas of' Boston and the
North Shore. Insurance agents
say some homeowners in Mar-
blehead, Swampscott, and
Boston have been told by
insurance carriers that their
policies were not being
renewed, but the agents say
most of those policies have
been placed with other carriers
with less restrictive underwrit-
ing criteria.
After Preferred Mutual told
her it would not renew her pol-
icy, Teikeira found other car-
riers were willing to sell her
coverage, some at lower rates
than Preferred Mutual. She
said she is leaning toward a
policy with Liberty Mutual
Insurance Co. of Boston.
Frank O'Brien, vice presi-
dent and regional manager of
the Property Casualty Insur-

ers Association of America,
said companies are adjusting
their portfolios along the coast
from Boston to New Hamp-
shire to minimize their coastal
risk, but they are not moving in
While Preferred Mutual is
not renewing policies within
three miles of the coast, a
spokesman for Liberty Mutual
said his firm continues to write
policies all over Massachusetts.
He declined further comment.
A spokesman for Arbella
Mutual Insurance said the
Quincy company is not accept-
ing new business within two
miles of the coast on the Cape
and within a mile of the coast
off the Cape. Arbella imposes
a two per cent wind deductible,
meaning the policyholder is
responsible for the first two
per cent of any property dam-
age caused by wind within two
miles of the coast everywhere.
Premier Insurance of
Worcester, which services the
Massachusetts home insurance
policies of its corporate par-
ent, Travelers Indemnity Co.
of Hartford, takes a slightly
different approach. According
to Susan Scott, senior vice
president and general counsel
for Premier, Travelers is not
accepting new business and not
renewing existing policies with-
in one mile of the coast on the
Cape and within three-tenths
of a mile on the North Shore.
On the Cape, Travelers
applies a five per cent hurri-
cane deductible, which means
the homeowner is responsible

for the first five per cent of any
property damage caused by a
In Suffolk, Norfolk, and
Middlesex counties, the
deductible is two per cent with-
in two miles of the coast. On
the North Shore, a two per
cent deductible applies
between three-tenths of a mile
and two miles from the coast.
Tim LaRovere, owner of the
LaRovere Insurance Agency
in Everett and chairman of the
Massachusetts Association of
Insurance Agents, said home-
owners aren't being stranded
in Boston and on the North
Shore. "The reinsurers tell the
companies that if they with-
draw from the coast their pre-
miums will be a lot less," said
Jack Golembeski, president
of the Fair Plan, said his busi-
ness in Boston and the North
Shore hasn't increased signifi-
cantly. "In most urban areas,
we see business leaving" the
Fair Plan, he said.
Coastal home insurance is
under scrutiny on Beacon Hill.
A legislative commission is
investigating why so many
companies have retreated from
the coastal home insurance
market, and Attorney General
Martha Coakley last week
called for massive reductions
in the Fair Plan's rates.The
Fair Plan is seeking a 13.8 per
cent increase in its average
statewide rate and a 25 per
cent increase on the Cape, the
Islands, and much of Plymouth

NOTICE is hereby given that JONATHAS BELONY of
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 10TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that CHRISTOPHER NEIL GUY of
PINEDALE #69, 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 10TH day of OCTOBER,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that JOSEPH ST. CYR of
GEORGE TOWN, EXUMA, 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 10TH day of OCTOBER,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that FOMRARME PIERRE of
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 17TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that NIXO ULYSSE of
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 17TH day of OCTOBER,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Pricing Information As Of: C F A L"
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,9.11.44/ CHO 00.00 /%CHG 00.0 / YTD 235.24 / YTD % 14.03
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Security Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.66 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.59 1.59 0.00 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 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.048 0.020 17.7 2.35%
3.74 1.60 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 6.38 6.38 0.00 0.112 0.050 57.1 0.78%
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 12.75 12.75 0.00 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 0.590 10.1 5.87%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
s5, -.H, .'- .L,.A Sy.rrtb:l Bid $ ASk S. Last PnI:e Weekly diol EPS t.I D.v $ PE Iel.]
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) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.234 1.485 13.9 10.50%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45. 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
5,-'P H. iwk.Lo, Fund Narrme NA V' TD',. LasI 12 ,onlr,. Di. ., ', e .
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***
11.6581 11.2129 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.7653***
FINbEX: CLO6E 867.01 / YTD 16.83% / 2006 34.47%
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19Dec 02= 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV KEY
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in lest 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 28 September 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 June 2007
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily 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
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful;
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 / FIDELITY 242-356-7764 / FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION CALL (242) 394-2503



T T E WE O E 1





sector woes

AP Business Writer
MIAMI (AP) Why are
thousands of millionaires lining
up for the right to plunk down
as much as $459,000, plus
annual dues of up to $35,000,
just for a few weeks of access
to vacation homes?
The answers might be found
in the 6,000-square-foot villas
in Tuscany with infinity pools
overlooking the countryside,
the Miami Beach oceanfront
condos with balconies over-
looking the Atlantic and Intra-
coastal Waterway, and the pri-
vate chefs whipping up
gourmet dinners.
Exclusive Resorts, a venture
led by AOL co-founder Steve
Case, is the largest player in a
growing segment of the travel
industry that a few years ago
was essentially nonexistent!
the luxury destination club.
The clubs have not been
without problems: The first,
Tanner and Haley, filed for
bankruptcy last year, leaving
hundreds of members fighting
in bankruptcy court to try to
reclaim some portion of their
membership deposits.
Despite the recent tumult,
Denver-based Exclusive
Resorts has grown 50 per cent
in the last 12 months, from
2,000 to 3,000 members, said
company Chairman Donn
Davis, a longtime associate of
Case from their days at AOL.
The club has a waiting list of
more than 100.
"Our members are some of
the wealthiest, most discern-
ing consumers out there,'I
Davis said. "They've done
their homework on us" and
decided the investment is
worth it, he said.
It works like this: A mem-
ber pays an initiation fee of
several hundred thousand dol-
lars, plus annual dues in a
range of $15,000 to $35,000 a
In return, the member gets
access to the club's roster of
more than 300 properties in 34
destinations around the world.
At Exclusive Resorts, a
deposit of $239,000 plus annu-
al dues of $14,000 gets you 15
vacation days. A $459,000
deposit plus annual dues of
$35,000 gets you 45 days.
Members who quit the club are
refunded 80 percent of their

initiation fee.
Case's company operates
with a different business mod-
el than that of the defunct Tan-
ner and Haley. While Tanner
and Haley leased properties,
Exclusive Resorts owns the
majority of its homes, which it
says gives the company suffi-
cient assets to back members'
In addition, Exclusive
Resorts members never own a
piece of the properties, as they
would in the vacation time-
share model. Instead, they are
buying into what more closely
resembles a country club,
Davis said.
Jan de Roos, a tourism and
real estate professor at Cor-
nell ,University's School of
Hotel management, said the
comparison is valid.
"I like the business model,"
de Roos said. "You don't own
the real estate. You own the
right to use the company's real
estate. Trust is a huge piece of
how the business model works
... and I think people trust
Steve Case."
Davis said the club's biggest
challenge is managing peak
demand, particularly among its
ski properties. The sales team
is upfront about the club's lim-
"If you say 'I want to go to
Vail for Christmas every year,'
we tell you that's not how it
works," Davis said.
To pull demand away from
peak times, Exclusive Resorts
offers similar properties -
such as Deer Valley, Utah -
and works hard at offering
unique vacation opportunities
throughout the year. In the off-,
season, it offers popular fami-
ly cooking classes with per-
sonal chefs in Tuscany. The
dub also has a rotating menu
of "once-in-a-lifetime" options,
like members-only Mediter-'
ranean cruises or tours of Bud-
dhist monasteries in Bhutan.
The club is expanding its
offerings by establishing part-
nerships with five-star resorts,
in which Exclusive Resorts
builds its own luxury housing
next to a high-end resort hotel.
These arrangements give
members access to the resort's
spas and other amenities.
At Sea Island, Ga., Exclu-
sive Resorts is currently build-
ing 24 homes next to The
Cloister, a historic resort. On a

GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any
person who knows any reason why registraion/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed
statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 17TH
day of October, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Freeport, Bahamas.


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invites you to attend a
two-part lecture by


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recent trip, Davis looked over
blueprints for the location -
now just a dusty construction
site while discussing plans to
seamlessly blend the homes in
with the existing resort by
emulating the Spanish
Mediterranean architecture.
"Each home is going to look
like a little mini Cloister,"
Davis said.
Catherine Klein, a spokes-
woman for Sea Island Resorts,
said the partnership makes
sense because it brings in a
new set of wealthy travelers
who otherwise might never
have set foot on Sea Island.
"It's a way to bring in their
members and expose them to
The Cloister," she said.
Every Exclusive Resorts
home is outfitted with the
same home entertainment sys-
tems and the same remote con-
trol, so members always know
how it works. The homes'
architectural features are
tweaked to fit with local fla-
vor. And resort locations are
almost always four-bedroom
homes with open floor plans
to facilitate large family gath-
Dale Sorensen, 67, of Vero
Beach, Fla., joined the club
two years ago and said it is ide-
al for people who like to trav-
el with extended families and
travel to new places.
"Virtually all of the destina-
tions, except the ones in the
big cities, are four- and five-
bedroom homes, which makes
for a nice family vacation," said
Sorensen, who owns his own
real estate business and looked
closely at the club's financial.
statements before joining.
He said travel-at peak "times"
like Christmas can require
some advance planning, but
since he owns his own business
he has more flexibility in when
he travels.
The dues, he said, are a rel-
ative bargain compared to
what he had been spending on
vacation home rentals or mul-
tiple rooms at luxury hotels.
Jamie Cheng, editor of the
Helium Report, which pro-
vides research and analysis on
destination clubs and other
luxury products, said the bank-
ruptcy of industry player Tan-
ner and Haley does not appear
to have slowed the luxury trav-
el club business.
But he said consumers are
asking thorough questions and
doing research before choos-
ing a club.
"People are looking for the
clubs that are fiscally respon-
sible," he said.
Many of Tanner and Haley's
old customers are now mem-
bers of Ultimate Resort, the

second largest destination club,
said Ultimate Resort CEO Jim
Ultimate Resort, based in
Orlando, Florida, purchased
Tanner and Haley's real estate
portfolio in bankruptcy, and
allowed members to join Ulti-
mate Resort without paying a
membership deposit.
Tousignant said the majority
of former Tanner and Haley
customers are now dues-paying
Ultimate Resort members,
including many who have
upgraded their memberships.
Last month, Ultimate Resort
announced plans to merge with
another club, Private Escapes,
giving the combined entity
1,200 members.
Both Exclusive Resorts and
Ultimate Resorts say the
opportunities for growth are
tremendous. Three million
Americans are worth $5 mil-
lion or more, the target demo-
graphic for Exclusive Resorts.
And with 10 million Ameri-
cans worth more than $2 mil-
lion, Davis said he can envi-
sion a scaled-down version of
the club that would cater to
that demographic.
For now, Exclusive Resorts
focuses near the high end,
while Ultimate Resort offers
a variety of options. The aver-
age home in Exclusive Resorts'
portfolio is worth about $3 mil-
lion, compared to the $1 mil-
lion or $2 million homes that
might be offered by lower-end
"I really think this concept
will change the way we take
-vacations," said Davis.

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Executing various client instructions (wire
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loans, etc.)
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Printing of valuations and regular similar
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Interested candidates should forward a copy
of their resume by October 31st, 2007 to the
attention of:

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East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-4890
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18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00409

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

18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00494

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,

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

18TH OCTOBER, 2007


BASSETT, late of Woodgate Cottage, 30
Horton Road, Slapton, Leighton Buzzard,
Bedfordshire, England in the Uniited Kingdom,

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
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

18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00496

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
Real 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

18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00497

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

18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00498

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,

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

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,

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

18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00500

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
late of Ethel Street, Ridgeland Park East in the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,

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

18TH OCTOBER, 2007

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/OO503
KNOWLES of Peach Street in the 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
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

18TH OCTOBER, 2007


MOSS, late of Runtley Wood Farmhouse,
Sutton Green, Guildford, Surrey, England,

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
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
Executors of the Estate, by the High Court of
Justice, The District Probate Registry at
Winchester, England, on the 11th day of May

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar