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Title: The Tribune.
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Publication Date: 10/26/2007
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The Tribune





Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT Pandemoni-
um erupted outside the Gar-
net'Levarity Justice Centre
following the murder arraign-
mernts of two young men at
Freeport Magistrate's Court
or Thursday afternoon.
An angry mob gathered
outside the courthouse around
2.50pm, broke through police
barricades and attacked the
police vehicles carrying the
accused killers of a police
corporal and an Abaco fish-
Edwin Oral Bauld Jr, 24, of
Deadman's Reef, Wilfred
Gerard McPhee, 24, of Lewis
Yard, and Ghanise Campbell,
19, of Lewis Yard, were
brought in separate police
vehicles to the courthouse
around 2.30pm.
Barricades were erected
along the courthouse's back
parking, where a large crowd
had assembled to get a
glimpse of the three accused.
Police armed with shotguns
were stationed around the
courthouse to keep order.
Campbell, a petite young
woman who appeared to be
very timid, was brought out
first by several women offi-
cers. McPhee and Bauld, who
were both dressed-in linen
pant suits, followed shackled
at the feet.
Inside the courtroom, Act-
ing Deputy Magistrate Helen

Jones read a long list of
charges against the accused
men, who were not represent-
ed by counsel.
Bauld, the son of a police
officer, is a cousin of Corporal
Eddison Bain.
Bauld and McPhee, the son
SEE page 12

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Tribune Staff Reporter
dead, and two women in
critical condition in separate
traffic accidents in the past
few days.
Yesterday, a young man
who police estimate to be
about 25 years old was killed
opposite the popular Sky-
box bar on Marathon Road.
According to credible
police sources, the young
man, whose name is being
withheld until proper notifi-
cation can be given to his
family, died when his motor-
cycle collided with another
vehicle opposite the popu-
lar night spot around 3pm.
Also, The Tribune
received unconfirmed
reports that two women
were in critical condition
yesterday after being in an
accident on Wednesday
night in the Goodman's Bay
area. The women's black
Buick Century was badly
mangled and pushed some
distance off the main road
into the bushes. A baby,
who was on the back seat of
the car, also received some
damage to the head.
However, up to press time
late last night there was no
update on the condition of
either woman or of the

Tribune Freeport
wanted by police escaped
capture following a high-
speed chase and shoot-out
with police in Freeport on
Chief Supt Basil Rah-
ming, press liaison officer,
said the incident occurred
around 6.50pm when a
team of DEU officers were
on mobile patrol on Pio-
neers Way near Frobisher
Drive when they spotted a
man who is wanted in con-
nection with a recent drug
The suspect was driving
a white Ford Taurus and
was accompanied by three
male passengers.
DEU officers attempted
to stop the vehicle, but the
driver sped off.

Supt Rahming said that
officers pursued the vehi-
cle, which led them at high
speeds through several res-
idential neighborhoods
and major thoroughfares in
As officers began to close
in on the white car on
Wildcat Alley near Jack
Hayward High School, Mr
Rahming said a passenger
in the vehicle pointed a
handgun out of the window
and fired several shots at
the officers.
The officers returned fire
on the suspects, who
ditched their vehicle near
the park in the East Coral
Estates subdivision.
They then fled on foot
into the surrounding neigh-
bourhood and disappeared.
Supt Rahming said police
have impounded the Ford
Taurus and are continuing
their investigation into the

Claim that residents
from outside of
the constituency
voted in Pinewood
Tribune Staff Reporter
REGISTERED voters from
areas as far reaching as Fox Hill,
East Street, Garden Hills Num-
ber Two, Robinson Road,
Solider Road and Blue Hill
Road allegedly voted in the
Pinewood constituency during
the 2007 general elections, a pri-
vate investigator testified yes-
During his second day of tes-
timony in the election court case
over the embattled constituen-
cy, John Munroe, a private
investigator hired by defeated
PLP Allyson Maynard-Gibson
revealed his investigations relat-
ing to more than 30 registered
voters who were not legally eli-
gible to vote in the Pinewood
During his sworn testimony
before Senior Justice Anita
Allen and Justice Jon Isaacs Mr
Munroe recounted his investi-
gations where he uncovered
registered voters who had
allegedly cast ballots in the
Pinewood constituency despite
SEE page six

American investor
claims 'conspiracy'
after restaurant
is demolished
A WEALTHY American
investor claimed last night that
an evil "conspiracy" is under-
way to drive him and his family
off the island of Rum Cay.
David Cummings, 55, said his
restaurant and bar The
Green Flash was demolished
this week while he was off the
island by people determined to
make life difficult for him.
But Mr Cummings, who runs
a pollution control company in
upstate New York, said he will
return to Rum Cay and defeat
those who oppose his presence
"I don't intend to sit back and
take this," he told The Tribune
from his US home, "I will fight
this conspiracy to the nth
Mr Cummings' $1.4 million
restaurant was dismantled when
a gang -"from Nassau",
according to residents -
SEE page six




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Immigration policy 'must reflect country's priorities'

Chief Reporter
THE department of immi-
gration is committed to ensuring
that immigration policies reflect
the priorities of the Bahamian
n'cople and economy, State
Minister for Immigration, Sen-
ator Elma Campbell, told per-
sons attending a Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce lun-
cheon yesterday.
"What this means in real

terms is when we look at work
permits for foreign laboUr.
Intended to fill gaps we would
want to ensure that to do so
would be in the best interest of
our country and its people," Ms
Campbell said.
She said that if the business
community offers internships
and other opportunities like
school programmes so that chil-
dren with potential can be iden-
tified and "trapped" into areas
in which they are needed.
"I am really asking you to

make a contribution back to our
society and labour pool," the
senator said.
The department she said
wants the business community
to offer ideas and proposals of
the services they need from the
Department and they will be
taken into account as the
department creates a compre-
hensive immigration policy and
Ms Campbell said that the
chamber's proposition that
immigration is among the press-

ing problems the business com-
munity now faces is well taken.
"The Chamber is astute in
recognizing that immigration
impacts the wider community
a'nd the consequences has
impact on the way we live and
on the progress of our nation,"
she said.
She pointed out that current-
ly there are major develop-
ments now in progress or about
to begin in new Providence and
the Family islands that are tax-
ing the labour force.
"We know this from the
increased request for work per-
mits in areas such as construc-
tion, gardening, landscaping,
and the hotel industry," the
Minister of State said.
The department, Ms Camp-
bell said, will work diligently to
meet the needs of the business



While she said the depart-
ment is committed to granting
work permits for foreign per-
sons to be in the country until
Bahamians are able to access
such employment, the govern-
ment will not access work per-

mits for persons who enter the
country as visitors or illegally,
In recent times,/she said, the
department has had complaints
of Bahamians training expatri-
ates, but this is not a common

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named in
unsung heroes
national Bank has honoured the
three finalists in its Unsuing
HerQes piogramme.
Te b't nk held a lunch in
their honour on Wednesday at
the iiltpn British Colonial
FirStC ribbean's managing
director Sharon Brown con-
gratulated finalists, Sam
WilliAms, Ronald Campbell and
Agathia eckles, commending
them foj making a tangible dif-
ferenice in their communities by
assisting those in need of assis-
Usus ig Heroes is a regional
progoai e sponsored by First
Caribb an International Bank
which highlights outstanding
human tarians.
"Welare extremely proud of
our regional initiative, Unsung
Heroe, and take pleasure in
rec6giising our Bahamian
brothers and sisters who work
tirelessly in charitable fields
without requiring any compen-
sation or recognition," said
FirstCaribbean managing direc-
tor Sharon Brown. "Those peo-
ple are truly special to us and
this programme is centered on
.ing them their much
deserved flowers while they still
walk among us.
"As it stands now, there are
too many negatives in our soci-
ety and the world in general to
consider listing however, look-
ing into the lives of the people
we have selected heroes, has
taught us that there are still peo-
ple out there who are willing to
make a difference and bring
hope to what would otherwise
be a dismal situation."

South Andros
craft and

THE South Andros Handi-
craft and Manufacturers Asso-
ciation held its Craft and Cul-
ture Extravaganza on Friday at
the Craft Centre in Motion
Town, Long Bay Cays, South
The event was part of a week-
ong celebration of SAHMA's
five years in existence.
Under the theme, "Preserv-

ing the Past through Craft
and Culture," the extravagan-
za featured handicraft vendors
from various parts of Andros
who displayed their hand craft-
ed straw work items while
explaining to patrons how they
were made and the various
materials that were used.
Speaking at the extravaganza
was the Minister of State for
Culture Charles Maynard.
He urged participants to use
their creativity in craft as way of
preserving their culture, while
finding creative ways to capi-
talise on it economically.
He also spoke about the lev-
el of interest among Bahami-
ans in the things that are native
to them.
I think a lot more needs to
be done, but I'm happy that a
lot of Bahamians are getting
interested in some of the things
that are native to us, for exam-
ple the straw handbags . .
everywhere you go now, you
see ladies with these type of
bags. So I think the interest is
there, it's just a matter of us
putting more focus on the wider
aspects of it."


Pastor calls for more trade with

Haiti to decrease immigrant flow

REV CB Moss is calling for
increased trade ties with Haiti
as a method to decrease illegal
immigrant flows and bolster the
local economy.
"Attempting to develop sig-
nificant trade with Haiti not
only makes good economic
sense, but could have a positive
impact on the Bahamas'
decades old problem with illegal
migrants from Haiti," said Rev
Moss, who led a trade delega-
tion to Port-au-Price in Janu-
"Haiti is one of our nearest
neighbours, and in face of
impending regionalisation and
globalisation, to not explore
economic interaction is gravely
short-sighted," added Rev

' The trade team made "sig-
nificant progress" Rev Moss
continued, in identifying goods
and services that could be trad-
ed between the countries.
These items include: agricul-
ture and marine products,
financial services, tourism,
skills training and furniture
If work was available to these
migrants, Rev Moss maintained
that "many Haitians would
return to their homeland."
"While the Bahamas alone
will not generate the required
amount of economic activity in
Haiti to reverse the immigra-
tion flow," said Rev Moss, "we
in the Bahamas are most affect-
ed by the problem, therefore it
would be in our interest to lead

the way in pursuing a solution."
The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce recently led a trade
mission to Haiti with the similar
purpose of strengthening ties
between the two countries.
President of the Chamber of
Commerce Dionisio D'Aguilar,
after returning from the island,
in an interview with Tribune
Business urged Bahamians to
invest in Haiti, through joint
venture relationships with local
business people.
"It's time for us to take
advantage of the opportunities
out there. Haiti's got major
infrastructural problems. It's not
an easy place to do business in
now. But, its an emerging mar-
ket," he said, indicating that the
political environment was

beginning to stabalise on the
Odley Artis also told Tri-
bune Business earlier this
months that Bahamian builders
should exploit their expertise
with this country's stringent
building code, to win business
in Haiti.
"There are three million peo-
ple in Port-au-Prince. There is a
building code in force which is
never used," he said. "People
do what they want to do,
because there is no building
"Our building regulations are
tougher than Florida," contin-
ued Mr Artis. "We could take
advantage, go down there, show
them how to build and make
lots of money."

Woman blames husband's illness on Haitian slum

claims her husband has fallen
ill because of a waterborne
infection from a nearby Hait-
ian slum settlement.
Marie Thompson, who lives
near a shanty community in
Joe Farrington Road, is urg-
ing neighbours to undergo tests
in case they have become vic-
tims, too.
Mrs Thompson said her hus-
band, who had been feeling
unwell for some time, is now
being treated with antibiotics
to combat helicobactor pylori,
which is often transmitted oral-
ly by faecal matter in food or
Mrs Thompson told The Tri-
bune: "I know for a fact that he
didn't get this through food,
but I can't control the gallons
of human sewage absorbed

through our well as a result of
this slum.
"With all the rain and flood-
ing, I'm not surprised. I've had
to put extra chlorine in my
well, but I can't say that's
She added: "1 encourage
anyone living in this area near
the Haitian village to get tested
for this infection. It's done
through a simple blood test. If
you have shortness of breath,
pressure on your chest, burn-
ing, gas, nausea, go and get
When The Tribune contact-
ed the Director of Environ-
mental Health Melanie
McKenzie, she said that she
was unaware of this specific
-complaint. However, Ms
McKenzie stated that her
department will investigate the

Mrs Thompson has been
campaigning for years to force
government action against the
spreading Joe Farrington Road
"Now it is a matter of our
health, will the government
finally look after its citizens'?"
she asked.
Her comments followed sim-
ilar complaints about the two
Haitian slum communities in
Marsh Harbour, Abaco.
There, deputy chief coun-
cilor Yvonne Key expressed
fears of possible social unrest if
the problem was not tackled.
At Joe Farrington Road,
neighbours have previously
complained of unhygienic
waste disposal, claiming at one
point that Haitians were appar-
ently burning bodies on the


LAWYER "and social
activist Paul Moss is being sued
by "a poor, black woman" who
claims his chambers botched a
property title search.
Revermae Sherman Cleare
is demanding that he return his
$1,450 fee because, she claims,
his firm showed negligence in
failing to discover a defect in
the root of title.
A writ filed in the Supreme
Court alleges that real estate
work carried out on her behalf
was "botched and negligently
performed" by Mr Moss, trad-
ing as Chesters Chambers.
It seeks repayment of her
money, general and special
damages for inconvenience,
interest, costs and any other
relief the court finds just. e a a a
Ms Sherman Cleare, of Nas-
sau Village, told Mr Moss in a Mr'Moss's firm was engaged
letter: "I note your high profile in to conduct a title search for
constitutional and civil matters. property she was buying in
How do you feel treating me, a Coconut Grove.
poor, black woman, this way?" She is alleging that his cham-
Mr Moss told The Tribune bers failed to spot a defect in
that he is "absolutely" con- the root of title before prepar-
Stesting the claims raised in this ing mortgage documents.
suit by Ms Cleare. As a result, she was incon-
Ms Sherman Cleare claims venienced in that she consulted

architects, contractors and gov-
ernmental agencies in relation
to the building she hoped to
construct on a lot in the
Coconut Grove sub-division.
Ms Sherman Cleare says she
has rejected a $500 refund as
"an unconscionable and
patently ridiculous offer, to say
the least."

This claim about burnt bod-
ics, Ms McKenzie told The Tri-

bune, was investigated by her
department and no evidence
was found of such burning.

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Political back-biting won't fix crime

'[HE PLP claim that it was because of politics
that the FNM government, on coming to power,
abandoned the Christie-inspired Urban Renew-
al programme. Urban Renewal, said Mr
Christie, was a medium and long term approach
by his government, not only to stop crime, but to
minimise the fear of crime in people's homes.
Mi Christie first introduced it in his Farm Road
The PLP claimed that crime escalated when
the FNM interfered with Urban Renewal.
On September 12, Mr Christie urged the
Ingraham government to return uniformed
police officers to the school campus, claiming
that school violence was making newspaper
headlines because of the removal of these offi-
The Ingraham government denied that
Urban Renewal had been abandoned. Howev-
er, it had been redesigned to return police offi-
cers to the beat to fight community crime. They
were to be replaced on campus by properly
trained security officers.
In July Mr Christie said that the Ingraham
administration's focus appeared to be "on beef-
ing up the tools to catch the perpetrators of
crimes rather than on a sustained prevention
programme." He said that school policing was
only one element of Urban Renewal and com-
munity policing.
However, amidst the cries of a few teachers
who wanted the police back on campus, and.the
official'position of the teachers union, backed by
many members of the community, that police
officers had no place at the schdols, Mr Christie
appeared to do a mental flip-flop. Having called
for the immediate return of police officers to the
campuses on September 12, by September 23 -
11 days later he explained that having uni-
formed officers on the school campus was nev-
er intended by the PLP to be a long term solu-
tion. So why the fuss?
In the House of Assembly Monday, Prime
Minister Ingraham said that Opposition Leader
Christie had told Bahamians of the great impact
that Urban Renewal had had on crime.
"Up to the end of April," said Mr Ingraham,
"when Urban Renewal was in full swing there
were 30 murders in the first four months of the
year. Since that time, five months later, anoth-
er 30 murders have been committed. You can
draw your own conclusion."
As he spoke 60 murders had been committed
for the year. However, at that very moment
Freeport police were searching for one of their
own, a promising young corpora' who had dis-
appeared over the weekend. Late that night his
body was found, bound hand and foot, in a ditch
at the water's edge of the Grand Lucayan
Waterway. He had been murdered. Robbery.

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was believed to be the motive. Three persons
were charged yesterday, one of them his cousin,
the son of a police officer.
It is wrong, for .the sake of politics, to try to
make the public believe that crime has just got
out of hand since May 2. Crime was climbing
before that and it is continuing to climb. Only
tough measures will break the trend.
Murder and violent crime have been a part of
the human story from the day Cain spilled the
blood of his brother Abel.
However, violent crime took on a new life in
the Bahamas and started its climb during the
Pindling era when drug smuggling entered the
Bahamas, and Bahamians flourished from a
narco-economy. Crime has been growing ever
since. One only has to go through Tribune files
to read the predictions for the future as a result
of the unexpected drug plague predictions
that we are now living through.
Not only does government, the police and
the community have to work together to catch
the criminals and put programmes in place to
head youth in another direction, but the spot-
light has to be turned on the judicial system.
As a police officer said recently: "We are very
discouraged. No sooner do we bring them in
than the courts let them out."
No community can afford to have 114 per-
sons. accused of murder roaming its neighour-
hoods. No one will hire them, and so, without a
job, it is obvious what they are going to do.
The suggestion is that government appoint
more Supreme Court justices and start with the
cases of those now on the streets. Call them all
in, hold them behind bars, and go through their
cases methodically until they have all had justice.
Then turn to those who are now in HM Prison,
Fox Hill, on remand.
Get the petty criminals out of the cells and
into positions to work off their debt to society,
to make room in maximum security for those
who have legitimately earned a place there.
As the police acknowledge crime is up, but
most of it is being committed by those who are
out on remand for other serious offences.
If this curse is not dealt with urgently -
without all of this political back-biting and fin-
ger-pointing we are going to have to face
vigilante justice, where people will feel justi-
fied in taking the law into their own hands. -
This has to be prevented. For their own safe-
ty, Bahamians have to trust their police force
and cooperate with them. And if you don't want
to be identified, information can always be left
on the Crime Tipster line 502-9991/2 and
no one will ever know who you are. However,
you can be satisfied that you have done your
small part in making the Bahamas a safer place
for you, your family and your friends.

The 'boorish



prime minister

EDITOR, The Tribune.
THANK you, editor, once
again. I suspect that you are not
surprised that ordinary citizens
would find it necessary to weigh
in on the sensational transpira-
tion that took place during the
last sitting of Parliament.
I could appreciate the PM's
irritation with the 'fact that no
member of the legal fraternity
endorsed this bill, an amend-
ment to the Juries Act that pro-
vides for a reduction in jury size.
Both the bench and the bar
have not publicly endorsed this
bill. The president of the Bar
Association thought the bill was
a waste of time and decried the
government's unwillingness to
address the salient and sub-
stantive issues facing the judi-
ciary. Parliamentarians
expressed their disappointment
that after such a long summer
break, a bill was brought to Par-
liament that was woefully lack-
ing in substance. The least the
FNM could have done was to
consult with these stakeholders
and secure their support before
bringing this bill to parliament.
This was further exacerbated
by the PLP's refusal to support

the bill. To add insult to injury
there was a 18 (FNM) to 17
(PLP) split in the House dur-
ing the summation period. 1
suppose that the PM was clear-
ly uncomfortable with this com-
position and decided that the
voting margin was too close for
comfort so he interrupted
Desmond Bannister so that he
could defer further discussion
on the bill until October 31;
more consultation was the rea-
son given.
I deduce that PM Ingraham
was embarrassed about having
to defer this bill and sought to
distract the nation from his
minor legislative defeat which
did bruise his enormous ego.
He quickly turned the tables on
Christie and placed the focus
on what he perceived were the
failures of the PLP. We are
quite familiar with the "shame
on you" tirade.
Never mind that the period
1992-2002 was arguably the
most violent period in an inde-
pendent Bahamas and the FNM

Those supposed

to be watching are

not doing their job
EDITOR, The Tribune.
POSSIBLY we do need CCTV cameras to ensure and find out
which government official from the police officer through cus-
toms officer to the security officer on Prince George Wharf
who are not doing their job but come off it why on Bay Street?
When last did you see a Royal Bahamas Police Officer on Bay
CCTV systems do not come cheap expensive to install and
you need 24/7 people to operate the system.
Can the Commissioner of Police make public the statistics of
crime on Bay Street during daylight hours and I will give him the
latitude to include all side streets back to Shirley Street and from
The British Colonial to Victoria Avenue.
Why do we see so many visitors on scooters without safety hel-
mets which is the law? Why do we see flat bed trucks driving
through the City without their cargo secured with ropes and the
sand, waste garbage trucks covered with a tarp?
You want to know why? Because who is supposed to be
watching is no longer doing their job.
Sorry, Mr Comito of the Nassau Downtown Promotion Devel-
opment Board which struggles to be creative and responsive to
what really is happening on Bay Street.
After 10 + years of talk meetings after meetings- they
don't have it right and I guess will never.
October 22, 2007.

was paralysed to do anything
Never mind that back in the
year 2001, the McWeeney com-
mission recommended salary
increases of 45 per cent and 35
per cent respectively for the
Chief Justice and all other Jus-
tices and PM Ingraham rejected
this recommendation; he gave
them 20 per cent over a three
year period.
PM Ingraham conveniently
forgot that the FNM left a huge
judicial mess behind in 2002.
The disappearance of files from
the AG's office occurred fre-
quently and capital cases took
extraordinarily long periods of
time to come to trial and his
government was paralysed to
do anything about it.
The frustration of the PM is
part of leadership in a democ-
racy; he has to be able to sell
his programmes and policies
and persuade the opposition
and stakeholders to support
them. He cannot force anybody
to support him. His behaviour
proves once again that PM
Ingraham is not a democrat. He
is a dictator struggling in a
democracy and to date has not
made the requisite adjustment.
Paul Adderley was right about
His tirade in the House also
proves that the FNM relies
heavily on propaganda and PR
instead of good governance. At
the end of the day it is the hope
of the FNM that the public dis-
cussion will centre on what the
PLP did or did not do, not the
ineffectiveness of his adminis-
tration or the apparent lack of
political will to systematically
execute the recommendations
of the bench in improving the
administration of justice.
That debacle in the House
was a classic case of "mass dis-
traction" of the Bahamian peo-
ple. Suffice it to say, I am yet to
see a country advance and
develop from a steady diet of
propaganda and spin, but I have
seen national development as a
product of sound, well thought
out, and properly executed pub-
lic policies.
In today's Bahamas, the
Bahamian people are over-fed
and under-nourished. They are
saturated with PR gimmickry,
propaganda, and political spin,
but they are starving for good
governance and visionary lead-
ership, a staple that seems to
be in short supply under this
FNM administration. A word
to the wise is sufficient.
October 25, 2007.



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UWI lecturers
to share in
the prestige

of Nobel
Peace Prize
THREE Lecturers of
the University of West
Indies who have con-
tributed to the Inter-
governmental Panel on
Climate Change will
now share in the pres-
tige of the Nobel Peace
Following the release
of its Fourth Assess-
ment Report, the IPCC
was awarded the 2007
Nobel Peace Prize for
its efforts to build up
and disseminate greater
knowledge about man-
made climate change,
and to lay the founda-
tions for the measures
that are needed to
counteract such
The IPCC was estab-
lished in 1988 by the
World Meteorological
Organisation (WMO)
and the United Nations
Environmental Pro-
gramme (UNEP) to
assess scientific, techni-
cal and socio-economic
information relevant for
the understanding of
climate change,
its potential impacts
and options for
adaptation and mitiga-
It is a made up of
three working groups
and a task force on
greenhouse gas invento-
The IPCC, which has
completed three full
assessment reports, pre-
sented its fourth assess-
ment report (also
referred to as AR4),
titled Climate
Change 2007, to the
Royal Geographical
Society in September
The UWI Lecturers,
who have been recog-
nised for their contribu-
tions to working groups
of AR4, are: Dr Antho-
ny Chen, a retired
Jamaican professor in
physics at UWI Mona
Campus, Jamaica; Dr '
Leonard Nurse, a Bar-
badian lecturer in
coastal management at
UWI Cave Hill Campus,
Barbados; and Dr John
Agard, a Trinidadian
and senior lecturer in
life sciences at UWI St
Augustine Campus,
Trinidad, and chairman
of the Environmental
Management Authority

Man contests his death

sentence and conviction

Tribune Staff Reporter
convicted of the daytime slaying of a
mother and the attempted murder of
her daughter, was in the Court of
Appeal yesterday contesting his sen-
tence and conviction.
Brennen was initially sentenced to
death in November 2005 for the murder
of Ruthmae Pinder, which took place
on October 29, 2004.
She was shot and killed at a bus stop
on Farrington Road,.while standing
with two of her daughters Calvonya
Grant and Amy Pinder.'
Ms Pinder was shot twice that day,
one bullet puncturing her lung and the
other her left side.
Ms Grant, her daughter, was also shot

Baha Mar

Tribune Staff Reporter
EATING healthily and exer-
cising could increase a person's
chance of progressing up the
career ladder. Minister of Health
Hubert Ntinms told Cable Beach
hotel workers yesterday
Speaking at a health fair. part
of a week of health-oriented
events organised by Cable Beach
resorts under the theme 'Good
health is everyone's business".
Dr Minnis said that those who
ha'e to take more sick leave
may indirectly create an 'obsta-
cle to (their) progression" as
their employers will notice their
regular absences and favour oth-
er colleagues for promotion.
"The healthier you are, you
participate more," he said.
According to the health min-
ister, 65 to 67 per cent of
Bahamians are currently defined
as obese. Hypertension and dia-
betes are exacerbated by this
condition, said the minister, and
at a later stage, strokes, heart
failure and renal failure which
can cost the state "millions" to
treat can become more likely
amongst obese persons.
However, Dr Minnis noted
that cost is a "prohibitive fac-
tor" for many when making
decisions as to what to eat or
whether to exercise, as vegeta-
bles and fruit are more costly
than other more fattening items
and gyms can cost a lot to join.
It is this reason, he said, that
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham has "made a commitment"
to "look at those particular
foods and discuss with out farm-
ers how we can reduce the cost"
of eating healthily.

during the incident. Brennen was sen-
tenced to 25 years for this attempted
In his first appearance before the
Court of Appeal, Brennen stood before
Justices Lorris Ganpatsingh and
Emmanuel Osadebay dressed in a blue
shit and blue pants, after being led into
the court in shackles, and under heavy
police guard.
When asked by Justice Ganpatsingh
if he had an attorney, Brennen asked, "I
wonder if the court could assist me with
a legal counsel?" Justice Ganpatsingh
agreed to the request, informing Bren-
nen that the court would assist him.
After Justice Ganpatsingh asked
what Brennen was specifically appeal-
ing, Olivia Pratt-Nixon, representing
the Office of the Attorney General,
told the court that her office was
appealing the sentence, While Brennen

Additionally, noting that the
Ministry of Health now has an
in-house gym for its staff mem-
bers, Dr Minnis said that the
government encourages .employ-
ers to offer such services for
their employees.
"The prime minister said we
would look at reducing the
expenditure for these gym facil-
ities," he said.
Dr Minnis said the he is con-
cerned about the effect that fast
food restaurants have on the
health of the populace.
"In California, Schwarzeneg-
ger (the state's governor) insti-
tuted a law which prohibits fast
food restaurants within certain
areas," he said.
"We also cannot stifle the
progress of these businesses, but
we would encourage them to
move away from using 'bad'

D orslection of

was appealing both the sentence and
the conviction.
The appeal was unable to proceed
yesterday as the court was not proper-
ly constituted, with only two justices
sitting. The third justice, Hartman Lon-
gley, was "unavoidably absent" Justice
Ganpatsingh said.
The case was also unable to proceed,
as the court did not have the necessary
paperwork regarding the appeal.
"In any event, we do not have the
record for this matter. We have to get
the record of the proceeding before the
Supreme Court," Justice Ganpatsingh
said. "That has to be prepared."
The case was adjourned to January
"Hopefully by then, we can have the
record of the proceedings of the trial,
and also the sentencing," Justice Gan-
patsingh said.

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after restaurant

is destroyed

FROM page one

arrived during the night with a
bulldozer and other equipment.
The Green Flash had been
closed for nearly a year
because Mr Cummings said
both his water and power sup-
plies had been cut off as part
of an ongoing campaign
against him.
"I know who the culprits
are," he added, "but they will
leave Rum Cay before I do."
The Green Flash was locat-
ed at Sumner Point Marina,
which is the subject of a deal
between the Little family of
Rum Cay and Montana Hold-
ings, which is building a large
hotel-condo project on the
island. Montana's purchase of
the marina is expected to be
completed on October 31.
Certain issues surrounding
the restaurant are now the
subject of litigation. But Mr
Cummings said a conspiracy
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He has reported the matter
to both the Attorney Gener-
al's Office and Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham in the
hope that action will be taken
against the culprits.
He said police at San Sal-
vador had so far refused to
intervene because they said it
was a civil matter.
However, Mr Cummings
said this week's events, which
have left islanders stunned,
were only the latest in a string
of incidents directed towards
him, his family and friends.
In July this year, Mr Cum-
mings' wife, Deborah, was left
distraught after her $340,000
guesthouse on Rum Cay was
destroyed by fire. Mr Cum-
mings called in outside inves-
tigators who said it was arson.
Also, two homes Mr Cum-
mings was building for
Bahamian employees living on
the island were damaged by
fire all part of the continu-
ing campaign against him, he
Now, he added, threats are
being made to wreck his dock
and his $2 million 57-foot
yacht. "Needless to say, I am a
little bit upset," he added,
"Nobody has done anything
so far to stop this going on."
Mr Cummings, who has had
a home on Rum Cay since the
early 1990s, claimed his
employees had been threat-
ened, while three other US
citizens on the island had been
told to sell up or have their
homes destroyed.
"I have been on Rum Cay
since 1993, while these other
Americans have been there
since the late 1990s. The idea
is to get me out of there, but
they are sadly mistaken if they
think I'm going.
"The people who did this
are insane and motivated by
greed. Rum Cay is a beauti-
ful island that the Bahamian
government doesn't care
"This community is barely
surviving. I went there with
the intention of employing
everybody. Now things have
turned around and it's utter
chaos down there. But the
police, officials and others do
Mr Cummings said Rum
Cay's ordinary residents were
"lovely, hard-working people
who would do anything for
you." But certain factions
were intent on causing prob-
"I intend to fight this out in
the courts. I intend to rebuild
the restaurant and build a
small plaza there. Also,
there's a church that needs
refurbishing and some homes
that need roof repairs and the
"I am not going to give up
on it. I I have my time, blood
and sweat invested in the
place. These people are not
going to stop me."
Mr Cummings was among
those who campaigned for an
improve d airport on the
island. Locals now blame
those improvements, and
Rum Cay's increased accessi-
bility, for the bad feeling now
building up among investors
They are particularly upset
that foreigners have been
lured into a rash of real estate
scams and say "greed" is
behind the island's troubles.
"This is not like Rum Cay
anymore," one resident told
The Tribune after this week's
demolition, "We don't believe
in being bad to each other
down here.
"I don't know how people
can be so evil."


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FROM page one

living outside the legal boundaries.
Mr Munroe also revealed discrepancies between the address-
es listed on the counter foils of 32 voter's cards, that did not coin-
cide with the actual location of these voter's homes.
Throughout the afternoon segment of his testimony, Mr
Munroe revealed that on July 4 he began investigating the res-
idence of Jennifer Ann Davis, a registered voter listed as num-
ber 31 on Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson's list of particulars.
He testified that he went into the area of Step Street, Johnson
Road where he met Sean Demeritte who told him that the vot-
er in question was a relative who lived in the area.
On September 25 at 3.15 pm, after a series of follow-up vis-
its, Mr Demeritte who "was standing in the street" and showed
him the house where Ms Davis reportedly lived with his sister on
Step Street, off Adderley Street in Fox Hill.
He said he did not speak with Ms Davis but was satisfied by
the information gleaned from Mr Demeritte that she was a
resident of Fox Hill, not Pinewood.
Philip Brave Davis, lead counsel for the PLP, directed Mr
Munroe to page 168 of the voter's card counter foils. Mr Munroe
read the address written on Ms Davis' counter foil which stated
she lived at #1844 south of SourSop Street, west of Bay Gera-
nium Avenue.
This address, which was in the Pinewood boundaries, con-
flicted with Ms Davis' actual address on Step Street.
Mr Munroe also affirmed investigations into registered voter
Steven Martin Dean. On September 9 at 12.15 pm while through
Johnson Road, Fox Hill he spoke with Christopher Rolle. Mr
Rolle told the investigator that he was a resident of Fox Hill for
20 years and he knew the voter in question as a resident of the
area for three years.
Mr Davis asked the private investigator to read the address
listed on the voter's counterfoil. Mr Munroe read the address as
north of Naples Street, east of Thatchpalm Avenue, west of Bay
Geranium Avenue an area that lies in the Pinewood bound-
When asked by lead counsel for the PLP if he visited the area
to determine whether Steven Martin Dean lived there, Mr
Munroe replied in the affirmative adding, "I thoroughly checked
Naples Street. No one through there knows him."
During his testimony yesterday morning, Mr Munroe told the
court that on July 25 he went in search of the residence of reg-
istered voter Sandra Lewis, listed as number 74 on the second
respondent's list of particulars.
At 2 pm he said he travelled to an "unnamed road" resi-
dents of the area call St Luke Avenue. He found the residence
of Mrs Lewis on the northern side of the unnamed road and sub-
sequently spoke with her and her husband Christopher Lewis.
According to the investigator, Mr Lewis explained he and his
wife lived in the area for five years and he was "concerned" that
she voted in the Pinewood constituency while he voted in the
Sea Breeze constituency. When prompted by Mr Davis, the
witness identified Ms Lewis from her voter's card photo as the
person he spoke with.
Mr Munroe also testified that while Mrs Lewis' counter foil
listed her address as west of Buttonwood Avenue, north of
Chestnut Street, and south of Collier Street, he located her
residence on the northern side of St Luke's Avenue.
In May, Minister of State for Youth and Sports Byran Wood-
side won the Pinewood seat by 64 votes. In her list of particulars,
Senator Maynard-Gibson, listed as the second respondent cit-
ed 159 persons who voted illegally in the constituency.
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Shuttle, station
hook up in orbit;
NASA probing
whether ice
damaged shuttle
during launch
space shuttle Discovery and
the international space sta-
tion joined forces Thursday,
linking their ships and kicking
off the biggest construction
job ever attempted by a single
team in orbit, according to
Associated Press.
Digital pictures taken of
Discovery as it closed in for
the docking were hurriedly
beamed down so NASA
could determine if a small
patch of ice did any damage
when it shook loose from fuel
tank plumbing and hit the
The ice which almost
held up the launch struck
the fuel-feedline hatch on the
bottom of Discovery when
the engines ignited Tuesday.
Flight director Rick LaBrode
said NASA was not second-
guessing its decision to press
ahead with the launch, noting
that controllers suspected the
ice would fall off, just as it
did, and cause no trouble.
History was made with the
215-mile-high linkup: It was
the first time two female com-
manders met in space.
Retired Air Force Col.
Pamela Melroy steered Dis-
covery in for the docking and
was the first to enter the
space station. She was
embraced by Peggy Whitson,
the station's skipper.
Laughter and shouts of
"How you doing?" filled the
space station as the seven
shuttle astronauts floated in
one after the other and greet-
ed the three station occu-
"Hey watch out now, don't
be messing up my walls,"
joked station resident Clay-
ton Anderson.
A half-hour later, Ander-
son relinquished his space
station position to Daniel
Tani, who will spend the next
two months there. "I have to
send out my 'I have moved',
card," Tani radioed to Mis-
sion Control.
"He's behind already one
month in rent," said Ander-
son, who moved into the
space station in June. Discov-
ery will bring him home.
The first of a record-tying
five spacewalks is set for Fri-
Astronauts Scott Parazyns-
ki and Douglas Wheelock will
be outside as a bus-sized com-
partment named Harmony is
unloaded from Discovery's
payload bay and attached to
the space station by the sta-
tion's robot arm.
Harmony, which was made
in Italy, will serve as the
docking port for the Euro-
pean and Japanese laborato-
ries that will be delivered on
the next three shuttle flights.
The two spacewalkers will
remove an antenna from the
station and pack it aboard
Discovery for the ride back,
and prepare a space station
girder for relocation later in
the flight.
Melroy, 46, earned praise
from Mission Control for her
precise parking at the space
station. She is only the second
woman to command a shuttle.
Right before the docking,
Melroy guided Discovery
through a 360-degree backflip
so the station crew could pho-
tograph the entire shuttle.
The pictures will help
NASA ascertain whether Dis-
covery's belly sustained any
launch damage from ice or
insulating foam from the fuel
tWhitson, 47, a biochemist,
is the first woman to com-
mand a space station.

'Active investigation underway' over

accusations against Oswald Brown

Tribune Staff Reporter
ASSISTANT Commission-
er of Police in charge of
crime Ellison Greenslade
stated yesterday that there is
an active investigation under-
way in an effort to determine
who was behind vilifying
accusations made online
against Freeport News man-
aging editor Oswald Brown.
On Wednesday, Mr Brown
had said that despite numer-

Assistant Commissioner of

Police says he will speak with

Freeport News managing editor

ous messages left for Mr
Greenslade 'since he made a
report to the crime chief
regarding certain libellous
claims made about him in an
anonymous but widely-circu-
lated email, Mr Greenslade

had not returned his calls
seeking clarification on the
status of the investigation.
Yesterday, confirming that
he did "action" the informa-
tion provided by Mr Brown -
which included the email

The Cabinet Office names

2007 employee of year

THE 2007 employee of the
year in the Cabinet Office is
Raquel Rubyann Stubbs. t
Ms Stubbs, a senior clerk in
the office, began her work in
1994 as an office secretary with
the Hospital Doctors Associa-
tion. Shortly afterwards, she
worked as a manager at the
Southside Medical Clinic, where
she remained until 2000.
Said the Cabinet Office in a
statement: "Having a strong
desire to make a more meaning-
ful contributionto her country,
Ms Stubbs joined the Public Ser-
vice as temporary clerical work-
er at the Department of Envi-
ronmental Health Services in
January, 2001.
She was appointed to the Cab-
inet Office as a clerk in Septem-
ber 2002, and was posted to the registry section.
In 2004, she was re-assigned to the accounts section, where she
performs a wide range of clerical duties, while also assisting as
front desk receptionist."
Ms Stubbs is a graduate of C C Sweeting Senior High School and
the Bahamas Hotel Training College. She has an associates degree
in hospitality management and is a Certified Professional Manag-
er (CM).
Ms Stubbs is also enrolled at Nova Southwestern University as a
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address from which the con-
tent was sent in September,
Mr Greenslade said that he
would speak with Mr Brown
"The investigation is pro-
gressing," he said.

Queried as to how
equipped the police force is
to deal with complaints of
this nature, he suggested that
while it is a relatively "new"
type of crime, the RBPF has
in fact "set up a unit which
deals exclusively with com-
plaints such as the one he's
He added that co-opera-
tion from "international part-
ners" also aids the police
force in their efforts in this
The assistant commissioner

said that he can "certainly
understand" Mr Brown and
other citizens' frustrations
over allegations made online.
On Wednesday Mr Brown
said that should the police be
able to determine who the
author of the scurrilous email
was, he would "not hesitate
to sue for libel ... to the full
extent of the law."

Yesterday The Tribune
printed that the allegations
made against Mr Brown,
which he described in an edi-
torial on the matter as alleg-
ing him to be a "a liar, thief
and a murderer", also
appeared on the website
This information was incor-
rect. Those allegations
appeared only in the afore-
mentioned email.

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ON October 30, the
Bahamas will be
asked to vote in the UN on
whether the United States' ille-
gitimate embargo on Cuba
should persist. Unquestion-
ably, the Bahamas should
again support the resolution
calling for an end to the cruel
economic, commercial and
financial embargo against
According to Cuba's Ambas-
sador to the Bahamas, Jose Luis
Ponce, the 50-year US block-
ade against Cuba has led to
mammoth losses in excess of
$89 billion.
The ambassador further stat-
ed: "This figure does not
include the direct damage
caused to the economic and
social objectives of the country
by sabotage and terrorist acts
encouraged, organised and
financed from within the United
"Neither does it include the
cost of items that could not be
produced in Cuba nor the dam-
age derived from the onerous
credit terms imposed on Cuba."
The illegal embargo against
Cuba violates international law
ana the sovereignty of that
nation. Since 2000, the Bush
administration has strengthened
sanctions against Cuba by deny-
ing the transfer of certain sums
of money to the country and by
imposing undemocratic travel
restrictions on travelling Amer-
According to the Bush
administration, recent policies
enforced against the Cuban
government were put in place to
ensure a peaceful transition to

Policies such as that adopted
by the Bush administration, are
not only undemocratic but also
impair Cuba's fledgling tourism
The United States' continu-
ance of a hard-nosed and unrea-
sonable blockade against Cuba
has placed a stranglehold on the
Cuban economy and had severe
implications for the Cuban peo-

How is it that
for 15 years the
US has not
heeded resolutions
that have been
supported by the
foremost world
body, but yet
expects other
countries that
it moves
against to do so?

Between 2006 and 2007,
damages in the Cuban food sec-
tor exceeded $258 million, while
its transport, cultural sector and
health services lost $208.8 mil-
lion, $20.3 million and $30 mil-
lion, respectively.
For the 16th consecutive
year, the member states of the
UN will be asked to vote on a
resolution proposing to abolish



the embargo. Last year, 183
countries out of 191 voted
against the US embargo, yet the
wishes of the international com-
munity were disregarded.

How is it that for 15
years the US has not
heeded resolutions that have
been overwhelmingly supported
by the foremost world body, but
vet expects other countries that
it moves resolutions against to
do so? What kind of example
is Big Brother setting'?
The unlawful blockade has
negatively impacted all aspects
of Cuban life, from education
to public health to transport
to culture to food! So, why
would the US persist with an
undemocratic embargo that
continues to separate and dev-
astate families and hurt a
According to a recent
Cuban government report,
Cuban citizens living abroad
have been forced to close their
bank accounts, or risk having
them cancelled, at banks taken
over by or affiliated with
American banks. This is utter-
ly wrong!
The Cuban medical profes-
sion has gravely experienced
repercussions of US's cruel
embargo. Sanctions have
stopped Cubans from travel-
ling to academic and medical

conferences that they had been
invited to by American med-
ical professionals, and the
same has occurred to Ameri-
cans that have been invited to
Medical equipment and
pharmaceuticals, along with
medical components, only avail-
able in the US are simply not
obtainable, to the detriment of
the Cuban public's health and
the economy.
What is the point of persist-
ing with a condemned embargo
that is destroying the very fabric
of Cuban society and hurting
the very people that the US
claims it wants to help? Last
year, I asked the former US
Ambassador to the Bahamas,
John Rood, this question, sup-
porting it by pointing out that
medicine, food aid, etc were all
being restricted. He suggested
that Cuba can attain medicine
from Europe, but I queried him
as to whether he thought such a
stance would be fair, especially
considering the costliness of
these long journeys, the fact that
America has state-of-the-art
medicines and medical instru-
ments, and so on.

N eedless to say, I was
not pleased with the
ambassador's response because
the blockade has undoubtedly
denied the Cuban people access

to their nearest and cheapest
market for food and medicines,
causing Cuba to turn to other,
more distant, countries for these
needs at greater expense, or to
go without.
In 2006, no Cuban band was
allowed to perform in the US
and even Cuban artists were
prohibited from attending the

The US has a
plethora of trade
agreements with
China although
there are
concerns about
human rights
intimidation of
the press,
violence against
peaceful protest
and the existence
of a totalitarian

Grammy awards for which they
were nominated and invited.
Cuba has even been denied
access to US-based interna-
tional financial institutions such
as the International Develop-
ment Bank and the World
It is sad that while US Presi-
dent George Bush finds it
acceptable to hold the hands of
Saudi Arabian dictator King

Abdullah, he maintains a dou-
ble standard with Cuba. Isn't
Saudi Arabia a place where
most of the oil wealth goes into
the coffers of the royal family, a
place where women can hardly
go anywhere without a male
And, what about China? The
US has a plethora of trade
agreements with China
although there are concerns
about human rights violations,
intimidation of the press, vio-
lence against peaceful protest
and the existence of a totalitar-
ian government.

C hina, in recent times,
has become the US's
biggest trading partner. So, if
the US can establish such a
dependent, far-reaching rela-
tionship with communist Chi-
na, why can't they lift the
embargo against Cuba and
attempt to do the same? Or, is
this all about Cuban-American
Again 183 countries, or
more, will vote against the US
embargo, but it is doubtful that
the US will heed the recom-
mendations of these UN mem-
ber states! This stance is sim-
ply unjust and two-faced!
After 50 years, the embargo
has not led to regime change
and has been nothing but a cru-
el sham that has failed. The
Bahamas must cast its vote in
support of the resolution, in an
effort to assist the world in
influencing the US to end its
flagrant violation of the rights of
the Cuban people via an illegal
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RECENTLY there has
been an increase in
violent crimes in New Provi-
dence. The murder count for
2007 has already surpassed last
year's murder count of 60, but
more overwhelmingly more
and more youth are commit-
ting these types of crimes.
According to statistics pro-
vided by The Nassau Guardian,
in 2005, young people between
the ages of 15 and 20 make up
30 per cent of the prison popu-
lation. Why is this so and are
there enough programmes to
cater to these persons?
Lori-Ann Edwards, 16,
Head Girl of C.V. Bethel
Senior High School, Auther-
ine Turnquest ,Youth Direc-
tor, and the Director of the
Anglican Diocese of The
Bahamas and the Turks and
Caicos Islands, and Rev
Enrique McCartney, seek to
provide answers to this ques-
Mrs. Autherine Turnquest,
Director of Youth, believes
that it starts in the home. Mrs.
Turnquest said, "Parents are
the ones who instil behaviours
and set rules for their child,
thus, the child emulates what
he is exposed to at home, and
also what he may be exposed
to in the community, and
amongst his peers. Children
need a disciplined and struc-
tured environment, which these
days is uncommon because
some parents are either chil-
dren themselves or do not have
the time to discipline their chil-

Mrs. Turnquest said
that the government
is working with community
organizations such as YEAST,
Programme SURE, and PACE
to help combat the problem of
violent and deviant behaviour.
In addition to providing
finances, the Ministry of Youth
has introduced a mentoring
programme targeting at risk
male adolescents from ages 12
to 19. Parenting classes are
also provided for parents of at
risk youth, to help develop
their parenting skills.
"Youth participate in vio-
lent acts due to a lack of under-
standing of their choices," was
the opinion of Youth Director
of the Anglican Diocese of The
Bahamas and the Turks and
Caicos Islands, the Rev
Enrique McCartney. He said
that many young people are
unsure of who they are and
their place in the world and do
not seem to understand their


LORI ANN Edwards interviewing Rev Enrique McCartney, Anglican
Diocesan youth officer.

value and how much God val-
ues them. He also said that
because of this uncertainty and
lack of understanding, they do
not even hesitate to devalue
their own life and/or someone
Rev McCartney said that
the Anglican Church has many
programmes in place to posi-
tively impact young people. For
example, Media Explosion is a
programme put in place by the
Anglican Church which aims
to engage young persons in the
media. He also mentioned that
they have events such as
"Prayer Experience", Track
and Field Classic, Basketball
tournaments; Mission trips,
Christian Youth Movement
seminars, and Talent shows.
The Diocese also offers
employment for young persons.

I believe that education is
a major part of adoles-
cence, not only from an occu-
pational perspective, but from
a personal development per-
spective as well. At school indi-
viduals learn skills that are
applicable to life. Also, in my
experience, persons involved
in these acts of violence are
often persons who lack interest

in academics. This is so because
when there is a lack of educa-
tion, it leaves a void that must
be filled with something else,
whether it is positive or nega-
Evidently, there are many
programmes in place to assist
in decreasing the number of
young persons involved in vio-
lent acts, but many of them are
not being used.
Bahamians, we cannot sit by
and watch crime and violence
swallow up our nation's future.
Should we let this problem
fester when we have pro-
grammes in place that can
ensure a brighter future? Of
course not! Thus, we need to
publicize these programmes
and at the same time empha-
size their importance.
(This article was written by
16-vyear- old, Lori Ann
Edwards, Head Girl, C.V.
Bethel Senior High School, as
part of the National Youth
Month Youth In Business Pro-
fessional Day, October 24. Lori
Ann aspires to become a Public
Relations Specialist/Broadcast
Journalist. She spent the Busi-
ness Professional Day at Laura
Jane Marketing & Consultants

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Ban on baggy pants finds support

on the streets of New Providence



not only young
men should be
held accountable
for indecent
but young
women as well.
He believes
that it would
help a younger
which has
become so
to get back to
their Bahamian

WEARING BAGGY pants, a style linked to hip-hop culture, has been legally banned in a town in Louisiana.
Some Bahamians say that it is time a similar ban was enacted in this country to boost young men's
self-esteem. Others say it is an attack on civil liberties.

BAHAMIANS yesterday
called for a legal ban on baggy
pants, claiming the hip-hop style
favoured by many young men is
"nasty and lewd".
They say teens and twenties
who let their pants sag "some-
where south of their boxers"
should pull them up or pay a
An 6x-policeman told The
Tribune: "It's time something
was done about these young
men who wear their pants
below the hip, showing off their
"These loose, baggy pants are
nasty, man. And you see them
all over Nassau."
The town of Mansfield,
Louisiana, was first to ban bag-
gy pants. A law there says "pull
'em up or pay a fine" of $150.
Now other communities are fol-
lowing suit.
Atlanta councillor C T Mar-
tin called for a ban on baggy
pants and exposed bra straps.
He ,took strong exception to
what he called "half dressing",
also deploring women who
show their thongs.

Now the move to ban low-
slung pants has moved from
Louisiana, across Georgia and
into Florida, with the town of
Delcambre, LA, imposing $500
fines or jail terms of up to six
months for offenders.
"We used to wear long hair,
but I don't think our trends
were ever as bad as sagging,"
said Mayor Carol Broussard.
Critics of the hip-hop style
say baggy pants are becoming
an epidemic across the country,
breaching indecency laws.
Opponents of the new law
say it is an example of "racial
profiling' aimed at denying
basic freedoms.
But Makeda Johnson, an
Atlanta mother of a 14-year-old
girl, welcomed the ban, saying
sagging pants are based on jail-
house behaviour.
Yesterday, The Tribune went
on to Bay Street to test public
One Bahamian told.The Tri-
bune that this style is just a hip-
hop fashion that has been
around for many years. "It
should not be made law not to
wear it this way," he said
Alfred Walkes, who dis-
agreed, said there should be a

law in the Bahamas against
wearing pants in this way
because too many young men
lack self-esteem.
"We (Bahamians) have
become too accustomed to what
is being done in the US. The
government must do whatever
it takes to deal with this slack-
ness shown by our young men. I
say fine them and if they do it
again, fine them $1,000," Mr
Walkes said.
He also expressed concern
about the way in which young
Bahamian women carry them-
selves and expose their bodies.
He said there must be a law that
applies to both men and
One member of the public
thought making the dress code
law may be a good idea, but
doubted the government would
consider it.
"There are so many other
issues and laws that the gov-
ernment needs to address right
now, I doubt that this will be a
major issue," he said.
As for a female's point of
view, one woman said: "We
Bahamians must consider why
we want this law to be put into
She said it must not be
because the US is doing it, but
rather because of what we think
needs to be done in our own
Although she considered the
style 'silly', she didn't feel that
a person should be fined for
wearing his pants below his
"But some men wear their
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Prime Minister
Hon. Hubert A.

WHEREAS, The Bahamas Agriculture and Industrial Corporation will host
its 10th Annual Bahamas Arts Festival under the theme "CELEBRATING

AND WHEREAS, the festival's mission is to bring together artisans and
artists throughout The Bahamas to create a "craft village", which would
display indigenous Bahamian-made products, souvenirs and gifts as well
as Bahamian dishes;

AND WHEREAS, the festival would stimulate and encourage the creation,
expansion and promotion of small and medium size businesses, thereby
facilitating employment as well as inculcate an entrepreneurial spirit
among Bahamians;

AND WHEREAS, the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation
would celebrate with a week of activities reflecting on the achievements
and developments made throughout the years of the handicraft and sou-
venir industry throughout the nation;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Hubert A. Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas, do hereby proclaim the week of October 21st
- October 27th, 2007 "National Craft Week".

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set
my hand and Seal the 23rd day of October, 2007.

Hubert A. Inrh

SPEAKING AT the Department of Environmental Health Services
compound on Baillou Road, undersecretary in the Ministry of Health
Michael Turner gives a status report on the arrival of new industrial
equipment to be used in the New Providence Zoning Initiative

Environmental Health Services
officials rolled out a partial ship-
ment of industrial lawnmowers
and other equipment that will be
used as part of the newly intro-
duced New Providence Zoning
Initiative Programme.
Undersecretary in the Min-
istry of Health and Social Devel-
opment Michael Turner said the
purchase of the equipment is
part of the Ministry's plan to
bring more structure, efficiency
and accountability to the man-
agement of the island's health
and environmental priorities.
Mr Turner said the purchase
of the new equipment, along
with that of 10 additional
garbage trucks that have been
ordered to beef up garbage col-
lection efforts, will help to go a
long way in the effort to clean
up New Providence.
The second installment of the
shipment is expected shortly.
Health and Environment offi-
cials have spent $2 million for
the purchase of the equipment
which will used to maintain
verges, parks and other public
"When the current Minister
of Health and Social Develop-
ment (Dr Hubert Minnis) came
into office, he found that there
was a lack of equipment avail-
able and so he decided that he
would seek the approval of his
Cabinet colleagues to provide
the necessary funding so that
we would be able to get the
equipment and all of the other
resources that are necessary to
perform the job at a high level,"
Mr Turner explained.

FAMILY Island artists are
set to be the highlight of this
year's Bahamas National Trust
Wine and Art Festival.
According to Lynn Gape,
deputy executive director of the
Trust, the inclusion of many
artists from the Family Islands
will make the festival "espe-
cially exciting" this year.
"The BNT truly enjoys
organising an event that show-
cases such wonderful Bahamian
talent. We are very excited to
have Wendy Cartwright from
Exuma, Kimberly Sturrup
Roberts from Abaco, and
Nicole Angelica from Grand
Bahama," she said.
"Nikita Sheil Rolle and John
Thompson will also be exhibit-
ing and their work that is soon
to be featured in a new book
on the flora and fauna of Exu-
The BNT will open their
gates at noon on Saturday,
October 27 for the annual Wine
and Art Festival sponsored by
Bristol Wines and Spirits.
"This is our 17th Wine and
Art Festival and we are
extremely grateful to Bristol
Wines and Spirits for their sup-
port of Trust and its work" said
Eric Carey, BNT executive
This annual festival features
Bristol Wines and Spirits new
wines for the season as selected
by wine director Rusty Scates.

"We look forward each vear to
providing this opportunity for
the public to taste and learn
about wines. It has also become
an event where new young
artists have an opportunity to
introduce the public to their
Annual favorites will also
be participating and patrons
will have a chance to visit with
Thierry Lamare, Jonathon
Bethell, Livingston Pratt,
Toby Lunn, John Paul and
Donald Rusell. Photography
has become an important part
of the exhibition and Sabrina
Lightbourn, Roland Rose,

Tim Higgs, Derek Roderick
and Sherri Lynn, Nemechek
will be showing new and
exciting images, organizers
A new addition to the event
is special members only silent
auction tonight from 6.30pm to
8.30pm. "We enjoy providing
special events for our members
who support the National Park
system on an annual basis. We
have encouraged our member-
ship to bring their friends to
participate in the silent auction
and to become members them-
selves that evening," said Mrs
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NEW CLEANING equipment arrives in New Providence. The remainder
of the $2 million investment is set to arrive soon.


Bahamian artists display their

talent at BNT's annual festival





Grand Bahamas 'envy of region'

in growth of maritime industry

Tribune Freeport Reporter

Bahama is playing a significant
role in the growth and expan-
sion of the Bahamas maritime
industry, according to a Grand
Bahama MP.
"Today, Grand Bahama
stands as the envy of the
region," Pineridge MP Kwasi
Thompson said during the offi-
cial opening of Port Week on
Grand Bahama on Wednesday.
Mr Thompson said the range
of maritime facilities on Grand
Bahama includes one of the
world's largest man made deep
water harbours, the largest con-
tainer transshipment port, and a
ship repair facility that has one
of the largest floating docks in
the Western Hemisphere.
Under theme, 'Celebrating
the renaissance of Grand
Bahama island through the port

industry', the Port Department
is hosting a week of activities
in recognition of Port Week. A
one-day cruise tourism work-
shop was held at the Lucayan
Cruise Facility for participants.
Mr Thompson spoke on
behalf of Dion Foulkes, Minis-
ter of State for Labour and
Maritime Industry, who was
unable to attend.
He noted that the transfor-
mation of Grand Bahama which
began more than 50 years ago
with the development of
Freeport Harbour (now known
as Lucayan Harbour) has paved
the way for international trade
and shipping.
Mr Thompson said its loca-
tion offers a strategic advantage
which provides an almost per-
fect placement for vessels on
the north-south route between
the Caribbean and South
America, and east-west routes
between the Gulf of Mexico,
US East Coast and.Europe,.

offering easy access to the inter-
national shipping lanes.
"The successful management
and expansion of Freeport Har-
bour attracted international
investors to explore additional
opportunities on this island,"
he added.
In 1995, Hutchison Port
Holdings and the Grand
Bahama Port Authority entered
into joint venture to create the
Freeport Container Port.
The facility, which is capable
of handling 1.8 million 20-foot
containers per year, is one of
the world's largest and fastest
growing container shipment
Mr Thompson described the
container port as an "economic
jewel" in the crown of Freeport
"The achievements of the
harbour and container port
have brought additional success
in the areas of ship
.. repair for vessels of all sizes,"

KWASI THOMPSON officially opens I
Wednesday morning

he said.
He noted that the Grand
Bahama Shipyard is another
major development in the mar-
itime industry.



Port Week on Grand Bahama on

The shipyard opened in 2000.
In consists of two floating dry
docks one of which can handle
vessels up to 30,000 tons and
two fully serviced wet berths.

Mr Thompson said the ship-
yard is poised for additional
expansion to satisfy the demand
for construction of large inter-
national vessels for future mar-
itime operations.
In addition to the new port
facilities, Mr Thompson also
mentioned that BORCO and'
South Riding Point Holding Ltd
are two of the oldest and largest
oil storage and transshipping
facilities in the northern
He said that the government
has remained an integral part-
net and policy maker to ensure
that the national maritime
industry grows and expands to
the benefit of Bahamians and
investors, alike.
Mr Thompson said the gov-
ernment is committed to mov-
ing the maritime industry for-
ward by providing progressive
policies, partnering with the pri-
vate sector, and rejuvenating
the economy of Grand Bahama.

Bahamians urged to continue support for UN principles

* By Lindsay Thompson
THE simultaneous hoisting
of'the Bahamian and United
Nations flags in a ceremony
observing United Nations Day
signalled the country's contin-
ued belief in the principles of
the 62-year-old organisation
according to Tommy Turnquest.
Mr Turnquest, Acting Minis-
ter of Foreign Affairs and Min-
ister of National Security and
Immigration, called on Bahami-
ans to uphold the principles of
the UN in areas of democracy,
the rule of law and peace.
"Let us together help to raise
consciousness of the critical work
that the United Nations do on
behalf of the world's people,"
Mr Turnquest said in an address
at the 13th Annual UN Flag
Raising Ceremony at the Min-
istry of Foreign Affairs East Hill
Street office on Wednesday.
"Let us encourage our young
people to mobilise in support
of the United Nations. Let us
give our support to national and
international initiatives to
ensure that the United Nations
remain relevant, is effective, and
is capable of fulfilling the prin-
ciples of the Charter," contin-
ued Mr Turnquest.
On October 24, 1945, the
United Stations was formally
established when 51 countries
signed the Charter at San Fran-
cisco in the aftermath of World
War II. Now, 192 countries are
members of the UN.
In 1971 the United Nations
General Assembly adopted a
resolution recommending that a
day be observed as a public hol-
iday by member states. Tradi-
tionally, however, most observe
it by holding meetings, discus-
sions, ceremonies and exhibits.
The Bahamas has been a
member of the UN for 34 years,
following its gaining indepen-
dence on July 10, 1973 from
Great Britain.
According to Mr Turnquest,
the UN is the world's premier

ACTING MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest speaks at the Flag Raising Ceremony in
commemoration of United Nation's Day at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs on Wednesday

multilateral organisation because
of its adherence to the principle
of equality of all nations.
"We know this from the full
range of global issues inscribed
on the agenda of the United
Nations. From development to
peace and security, from health
to globalisation and trade liber-
alisation, from terrorism to
weapons of mass destruction,
from passport issues to stamps,
virtually all areas of human
endeavours are addressed by the
United Nations system," he said.
"The Bahamas has used the
UN forum to bring to the fore-
front issues of importance to
the country, as well as do its
part in working co-operatively
with others, including the com-
munity of non-governmental
organizations to resolve prob-
lems of international nature,"
Mr Turnquest noted.
SHe pointed to the address by
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Brent Symonette at the 62nd
UN General Assembly, at
which he noted the UN's dili-
gent work to consolidate gains
made by Haiti, so as td put that
island nation on a firm path to
sustainable development.
Mr Turnquest emphasised

how important a stable Haiti is to
the Bahamas' national interests.
"The Minister of Foreign
Affairs also informed the UN
of critical issues facing the
Bahamas in the areas of financ-



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THE ROYAL Bahamas Defence Force honor guard parade with the

Bahamian and United Nations flags

ing for development, interna-
tionil co-opetation ill tanx at-
teis, global health and partijcu-
larlv the continuing problem of
HIV/AIDS and challenging
cross-border problems, includ-

ing illicit drug and small arms
trafficking and migrant smug-
glin-.'" Mi TuuiiijU ,I added..
He noted that Mr Svmonette
also drew the UIN's attention to
the fact that the organisation is

halfway through the target dates
set for the implementation of
the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs).
"If the MDGs are faithfully
implemented, the world can
expect to hear less frequently
sad stories of poverty, hunger,
retarded development and nat-
ural and man-made disasters
and other serious global prob-
lems," Mr Turnquest said.
He suggested that the key to
addressing the myriad of chal-
lenges the UN faces is to give
full expression to the principles
and purposes of the Charter.
and to close the gap between
what states say they are going to
do and what they do.
"I do not want to give the
impression that the United
Nations is a panacea for the
world's problems," Mr Turnquest
said. "The fact is that these are
turb~dent-ad challenging ti-mes
for the United Nations as press-
ing global problems persist and
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and fisherman

FROM page one
of an immigration officer,
were both charged with the
murder of Corporal 2683
Eddison Bain.
It is alleged that between
October 20 and October 22
at Freeport, Grand Bahama,
the men intentionally caused
the death of Corporal Bain,
who disappeared on October
Bauld, McPhee and Camp-
bell were charged with being
concerned together on the
same date of robbing Corpo-
ral Bain of his Honda Accord,
one Commonwealth Bank
ATM card, and $4,015 cash,
together valued at $8,515.
They were not required to
enter a plea to the charges
and the matter was adjourned
to January 21, 2008.
The three were also
charged wifh possession of
dangerous drugs Indian
Hemp on October 20.
Ihey all pleaded not guilty to
the charge.
McPhee and Bauld were
also charged with the murder
of Abaco fisherman Alexan-
der "Alex" Davis.
It is alleged that sometime
between August 26 and
August 27, at Freeport, Grand
Bahama, the accused being
concerned together inten-
tionally caused the death of
Davis' body was found
floating in Bell Channel near
his 65 ft fishing boat, the mv
"Sweet Dreams" on August
A close relative of Davis,
who flew in from Abaco for

the arraignment, wept quietly
as the charge was read in
Bauld and McPhee were
then further charged with sev-
eral armed robberies that
occurred between August and
October on Grand Bahama.-
It is alleged that the men
being concerned together,
while armed with an offensive
weapon, a cutlass, robbed the
Victoria Inn Hotel of $150
It is alleged that on October
17, the men being concerned
together and armed with a
shotgun, robbed the Victoria
Inn Hotel again of $240 cash.
It is also alleged that the
men robbed the Bell Channel
Inn of $120 cash on October
17 while armed with a shot-
The pair was also charged
with the attempted armed
robbery of the Island Palm

Resort on Explorers Way on
October 1.
McPhee was alone charged
with being found in posses-
sion of a quantity of danger-
ous drugs marijuana on
October 22.
Bauld was charged with
assaulting Ghanise Campbell
on September 9, at Lewis
Bauld was also charged
with stealing a battery and a
stereo system from car
#27629, the property of Dwan
Culmer at the same time, date
and place.
He was also charged with
causing $500 worth of dam-
age to the vehicle.
The three defendants were
denied bail and remanded to
Fox Hill Prison until January
22 next year.
Lawyer Paul Wallace Whit-
field appeared on behalf of
Miss Campbell.

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China, focuses on the plight of the
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Diabetic Association and Cancer Society

get $30,000 from Atlantic Medical walk

ATLANTIC Medical Insur-
ance presented the Cancer Soci-
ety of the Bahamas and the
Bahamas Diabetic Association
with donations amounting to
over $30,000.
This represented the pro-
ceeds from the company's annu-
al Fun Walk.
The cheques were presented
by executive vice president and
general manager of AMI, Lyn-
da Gibson, to Orinthia Nesbeth,
board member of the Cancer
Society of the Bahamas, and
Bradley Cooper, president of
the Bahamas Diabetics Associ-
Alana Ingraham, account

executive at AMI said the dona-
tions were a part of the compa-
ny's continued effort to be an
excellent corporate citizen. She
explained that every April AMI
hosts the annual Fun Walk and
the proceeds from the event go
to the cancer and diabetic soci-
"We enjoy being an inter-
mediary between .the people
and these societies, and
although we host the event, the
monies go directly to them.
The money really comes from
the people of the Bahamas,"
she said.
Emily Glass, also a board
member of the Cancer Society,

expressed thanks to AMI for its
consistent support.
Atlantic Medical, she said,
has been very kind over the
years. "We have always been
recipients of much appreciated
donations as cancer continues
to be the leading cause of death
in the Bahamas.
"The donations will go a long
way and will be very instru-
mental in funding major
expenses for various centres we
manage," Ms Glass said.
The recently opened Cancer
Caring Centre, she said, will be
benefitting greatly from the
This centre, Ms Glass

explained, is essentially a home-
away-from-home for cancer
patients who are in New Provi-
dence or who come to New
Providence from any of the
Family Islands to get treatment.
The donation will go a long
towards its upkeep.


Mr Cooper also expressed
gratitude to AMI for its sup-
port over the years.
"For the past three years we
have partnered with Atlantic
Medical Insurance, and we have
been receiving donations from

them that aid us in a very
important way as the funds pro-
vide us with testing machines
and take care of printing
expenses for public awareness
purposes," he said. "The monies
help the association to make
donations to other organizations
committed to educating the
society about diabetes, and also
assist in paying for the associa-
tion to attend conferences
around the world, and by exten-
sion staying up to date with new
developments in treatment for
the disease."
The Fun Walk is the brain
child of AMI. Over the past
four years, AMI has donated

more $130,000 to the Cancer
Society and the Diabetes Asso
This is in part a result of the
increased participation of
Bahamians and other residents
of the Bahamas. The Fun Walk
has moved from 175 partici-
pants when it started nine.years
ago to 2,300 this year.
"We are living in very tight
knit communities, and what
affects one diabetes or cancer
patient affects us all. I would to
encourage other companies to
become good corporate citizens
by making donations to these
very worthy causes," Ms Ingi a-
ham said.

Oakes Field Primary students celebrate success

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OAKES FIELD Primary School held a special Assembly honouring the
school's overachievers on Wednesday. BTC president and CEO of BTC,
Leon Williams spoke at the event.

ing, we have seen this school
has out shown all of the schools
and of course they have set the
standard," he said. "Oakes Field
is tops in every single catego-
Mr Newbold credited the dis-
tinction to the fact that the stu-
dents see excellence in their
teachers and they have parents
who are actually supporting the
school and its administrators -
like cheerleaders on the side-

By Bahamas Information
THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Corporation joined
with proud family members,
teachers and administrative staff
to honour high achieving stu-
dents at the Oakes Field Pri-
mary School.
Of the 645 students attend-
ing the primary school, 329 of
them are either on the princi-
pal's list or on the honour roll.
They received trophies donat-
ed by BTC for all their hard
Offering his congratulations
to the students, north-western
district superintendent Howard
Newbold said Oakes Field Pri-
mary "is not basically subscrib-
ing to the standard, it is instead
setting the standard".
"When we examine in the
Ministry of Education the per-
formances of our students dur-
ing the grade level assessment
tests for 2007, we would have
seen in the areas of math, prob-
lem solving, writing compre-
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FORMER COMMISSIONER of police BK Bonamy looks at a old photo of the first female police officers at the
police headquarters at the official book launch on Wednesday

THE Royal Bahamas Police
Force has provided the public
with many examples of "hon-
esty, integrity and teamwork"
over its 167 year history, Min-
ister of National Security Tom-
my Turnquest said.
Speaking on Wednesday, at
the launch of a new book on
the force, Mr Turnquest com-
mended Commissioner of
Police Paul Farquharson, the
authors and the men and
women of the RBPF for pro-
ducing "a comprehensive
book" which chronicles both
the history of the force and
the history of the country.
"As a young child, I
remember police officers
walking the beat, in patrol
cars and on bicycles and
motorcycles which were an
integral part of our society
and our country socially, eco-
nomically and culturally," Mr
Turnquest said.
"Police officers did not fin-
ish work when others left
work at what we then called
the police barracks and now
Police Headquarters. They

COMMISSIONER OF police Paul Farquharson sign a new book for
Tommy Turnquest yesterday at the official book launch.

took law and order with them
on their journey home,
through their streets, into
their neighborhoods and into
their homes.
"It was their pride'in the
police force, their commitment
and their dedication, their

courage and their determina-
tion never to compromise.
Such was the spirit ofthe Roy-
al Bahamas Police For.e:
He said the men and women
of tee' .tiodernffdd n-
tinue to make major contribu-
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,., ..., PAGE 15



ce to society praised at launch

on the shoulders of the men
and women who went before
He acknowledged that the
challenges "our contemporary
force" confronts today, how-
ever, are very different to
those faced by their predeces-
"So much more is at stake
today as crime and criminality
continue to plague our
Bahamas. We still have in our
reach, however, a dynamic,
disciplined and effective police
force," Mr Tumquest said.


Mr Turnquest said the
book, "The Story of the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force" -
which was recently complet-
ed after more than two and
one-half years of rigorous
research, 260 interviews and
the examination of more than
300 books and other docu-
ments is "an impressive
piece of work."
"It clearly shows that as
Bahamians we can put into
writing important aspects of
our national life," he said. "1
urge libraries, schools, colleges
and Bahamians from all walks
of life to purchase this book
so as to be able to appreciate
and celebrate the contribution
of the Royal Bahamas Police

MINISTER OF Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Carl Bethel, along with Commisionor of Police Paul
Farquharson and Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, share a lighter moment at the launch

Force to the growth and devel-
opment of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas."
Co-authored by Sgt
Chaswell Hanna and Detec-
tive Constables Altida Khal-
fani and Kemuel Knowles, the

book is a "comprehensive and
compelling" historical exami-
nation of the force and takes
readers on an in-depth jour-
ney of law enforcement and
peacekeeping, beginning in the
era of the Arawak and

Lucayan Indians, through the
Eleutheran Adventurers, Lord
Proprietors, Royal Governors
and Slavery and Apprentice-
ship. Reserve Corporal Loren-
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Bahamas US exports

up 35% in two years

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN duty-free
exports to the US under the
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) increased by 34.9 per
cent over two years to reach
$125.056 million in 2006, with
these trade preferences "'CL n-
tial to maintaining the com-
petitiveness of the Bahamian
goods in the US market'".
A report on the Caribbean
Basin Economic Recovery Act
(CBERA), from which the
CBI stems, by the US Interna-
tional Trade Commission,
found that Bahamian-pro-
duced exports entering the US
duty or tariff free had risen
from $92.705 million in 2004
to over $125 million, an
increase of more than a third in
two years.
Bahamian duty-free exports
that earned CBI preferences
in 2005 totalled $111.345 mil-
lion, a 20 per cent rise upon
2004, and the increase between
2005 and 2006 was some 12.3
per cent.
This shows that Bahamian
exports enjoying CBI prefer-
ences, mainly seafoods such as

* Bahamian exporters increasingly reliant on
duty-free preferences treaty in danger of being
* Benefits 'essential to maintaining the
competitiveness of the Bahamian goods in the US
market' given high-cost operating environment

lobster/crawfish and Polymers
International's "0',1\ ,li tiih.
products, are bc.coninu,_
increasingly reliant on the one-
way preferences provided by
this trade agreement a trade
agreement that is under threat
from the same World Trade
Organisation (WTO) rules that
have forced the Bahamas to:
start talks on an Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA)
with the European Union
The importance of the CBI
to Bahamian exporters who
have the US as their prime
market was underscored by the

section in the Commission's
report, released earlier this
month, contributed by the US
Embassy in Nassau.
The duty free preferences
are critical to defraying the
high costs of doing business in
the Bahamas, and other prob-
lems such as relatively low pro-
Without these, Bahamian
exporters and manufacturers
would become uncompetitive
and lose market share, ulti-
mately fi'rcinm, them out of the
Bahamas with the subsequent
loss of jobs and foreign
.\Chin',.I a inines,

The report found: "Accord-
ing to the US embassy,
exporters in the Bahamas stat-
ed that CBERA preferences
are essential to maintaining the
competitiveness of the
Bahamian goods in the U.S.
market given the relatively
high costs of industrial pro-
duction in the Bahamas."
And it added: "Imports
under CBERA from the
Bahamas have increased from
$92.7 million in 2004, to $111.3
million in 2005, to $125 million
in 2006.
SEE page 7B

Port licensee

and asset sale

details sought

from Summons

Tribune Business Editor
THE Freeport Licensees and
Property Owners Association
has filed a summons seeking a
Supreme Court order that the
Prime Minister, Attorney Gen-
eral and Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) reveal
whether they have documents
that include an alphabetical
GBPA licencee list and delib-
erations on splitting off the
GBPA's productive assets.
The summons, filed on
behalf of the Association by
attorney Maurice Glinton on
October 14, 2007, is seeking a
Supreme Court order that the
.GBPA and Bahamian govern-
ment ministers supply within
21 days or "shorter period" an
affidavit stating whether they
have, or at any time had, spe-
cific documents in their pos-
And if any of the requested
documents was in their posses-
sion, but is not now, the sum-
mons wants the three defen-
dants to state when they parted

with them and what became of
Among the documents about
which information is sought is
"a current list of the names, in
alphabetical order, of persons
holding licenses granted by the
Port Authority in writing".
The Association also wants
information on GBPA Board
meeting minutes, "when the
voting status of the Govern-
ment's shares would have fig-
ured in the deliberations and
decisions" to divest the GBPA's
productive, profit-making
assets, such as Lucaya Service
Company (Lusco), the Grand
Bahama Service Company,
Grand Bahama Power Compa-
ny, Grand Bahama Develop-
ment Company (Devco) and
Freeport Harbour Company.
These Board meetings, the
Association is alleging, took
decisions "resulting in the trans-
fer of their ownership and con-
trol to entities not accorded
recognition" under the Hawks-
bill Creek Agreement.
SEE page 7B

'Four-week work

permit processing'

Online contractors

database planned

Tribune Business Editor
THE Immigration Depart-
ment is attempting to process
all work permits within four
weeks of receiving properly
completed applications, the
minister of state responsible
yesterday admitting she was
"still a bit overwhelmed" by the
volume of applications which
sometimes reached 500 per
Addressing a Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce lun-
cheon, Elma Campbell said the
Immigration Department had
made "great inroads" into the
work permit application back-
log, acknowledging that the
failure to process these in a
timely fashion deprived
Bahamian businesses of vital
skilled workers and could place
a company's survival "in jeop-
"I myself am still a little over-
whelmed by the amount of
applications we receive on a
weekly basis," Ms Campbell
said. "Sometimes we receive
500 per week, both new appli-
cations and renewals."
She added that by the time
she returned from a short vaca-
tion in mid-August 2007, the
3,000 work permit applications
that had been pending when she

Tribune Business Editor
A LANDSCAPER yesterday
said his company gets hardly
any job applications from
Bahamians because "they feel
the work is beneath them", forc-
ing the firm to rely heavily on
imported labour as those
'domestic workers they do
attract are often "delinquents".
Stephen Bellot, of Roots
Landscape & Maintenance,
addressing the minister of state
for immigration during a
Bahamas Chamber of Coin-
merce luncheon, said: "We do
not get applications from
Bahamians, period.
"They will not enter into this.
line of work. They feel it is
beneath them. Those that do
apply are the delinquents of
society, and they spend more

* Minister 'a bit overwhelmed' by 500
work permit applications per week
* Indicates many work permit/expat
labour complaints frivolous
* NIB payment evidence must
accompany permit renewals, with
Immigration Board meeting weekly

left had been "for the most
part" processed.
SEE page 4B

generates $29.5m
in '06, making it
third biggest
government earner

time in the courts and in prison
than on the job."
Mr Bellot was speaking about
his frustration over problems in
obtaining work permits for
expatriate gardeners and land-
scapers, without whom his com-
pany would not be able to func-
SEE page 5B

Tribune Business Reporter
enth Annual Bahamas Home
and Builders Show are in the
process of completing a'n
online directory of qualified
builders and contractors, they
told The Tribune yesterday,
creating a facility that would
also provide a forum for the
public to discuss their concerns
and get feedback.

Nikita Curtis, president of
the show, said that given the
huge amount of construction
taking place in the Bahamas,
and the increased number of
complaints about shoddy
workmanship and persons
being scammed by unscrupu-
lous contractors, there was a
need to have such information
readily available.
"It is very important at this
stage of our country's devel-
opment that people have a

good idea of what should be
happening, so that they do not
find themselves in a bad situa-
tion," Mr Curtis said.
"We want to have a website
where Bahamians can go and
see a list of reliable contrac-
tors, as well as having a forum
where people can discuss their
business ventures and prob-
lems, and perhaps get some
SEE page 8B

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The second step is to Assess
Pricing. Pricing is an impor-
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most bidding. And don't wor-
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most of the bidding takes place
in the last few minutes and low
prices are quickly bid up.'
Second, decide your reserve
price. Once a bid exceeds it,
the purchaser will be notified.
Explain your pricing in your
descriptions. "Normally $40,
but we have set the reserve
price at below half price."
Finally, set the 'Buy Now' but-
tons, which trigger a sale when
a bid reaches it.
The third step is to Take
Photographs. Photographs are
essential, and the more the
better. Use a high quality dig-
ital camera, or failing that use
good stock photography,
which you can download from
the product website. Take
good quality pictures from dif-
ferent angles and try to take
close-up pictures of special fea-
tures. For an extra listing price
you can show your pictures as
thumbnails and have them
auto sequenced.

T he fourth step is to
Compose Your Title.
Just like advertising, the title is
an important element of the
sales process because it con-
tains the keywords that buy-
ers are searching for. You are
limited in the amount of char-
acters you can use, so choose
your words carefully. Make
sure you include the manufac-
turer's name, model number,
date and condition. "Brand
New Panerai 1950 watch in
perfect condition," would

probably be sufficient, but
check titles of similar listings
for ideas, too.
The fifth step is to Compose
Descriptions. Your descrip-
tions should be clear, concise,
detailed and honest. Let peo-
ple know the smallest details.
Tell them how much usage a
used product has had and if it
comes with a box or not. Point
out any flaws, as these could
come to haunt you later. Link
to a website if this will provide
more information. Remember
you are here to sell, so make
your copy compelling, so that
people are tempted. Make
sure you stress benefits as well
as features.
The sixth step is to Check
your Grammar and Spelling.
Mistakes could cause your
purchasers to be put off unless,
of course, they can't spell
either. Don't take the chance.
The seventh step is to Build
Trust. Have a returns policy
for your products, as a "no
returns" policy or difficulty
returning faulty items is a
potential deterrent to many

Here are some tips to
make your eBay
experience all the more
Always list a photo in your
eBay auction, even if it's a stock
picture from the Internet.
Avoid headings such as
@@@@ LOOK HERE !!!!! as
these are more than likely to
put off potential customers.
Don't send out your prod-
uct until you have received
payment for obvious reasons.
You won't have any leverage

to get your product back.
Download one of the
many eBooks about eBay,
such as CoolEbayTools by
Marsha Collier and Plat-
inumPowerSeller by Mike
Enos, which teach you how to
become successful eBay pow-
er sellers.
Don't blow a gasket if
your payment comes in late.
Although eBay states that pay-
ment should be made within
seven days, expect delays to
happen, particularly if money
is being wired or sent through
the postal system. Be patient
and expect the unexpected.
Once your auction is
closed for your product, be
courteous and send an e-mail
after you have dispatched the
product. Explain how you sent
it, say you hope they enjoy it
and that you would appreci-
ate positive feedback, as you
plan to do the same for them.
Selling on eBay can be a fun
as well as lucrative enterprise
for you. However, don't jump
in headfirst. Take the time to
review the steps and tips
described above before you
start selling your first product.
Get this area right and it could
be good for your wealth
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and communications experi-
ence in London and the
Bahamas. He is chief operat-
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the child

labour laws

Tribune Business Reporter
THE Department of Labour is
examining the law regarding the
employment of child workers to
assess whether any amendments
or changes are necessary, given
that the Schedule in the Employ-
ment Act that governed their
employment has expired.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, a senior source at the
Department, who preferred not
to be named in the absence of
the labour minister, Dion
Foulkes, and director of labour,
Harcourt Brown, said: "They
are seriously contemplating how
they will proceed and the Gov-
ernment is actively looking at
and working on the Act."
The issue of child employ-
ment came to the fore earlier
this week at the Ministry of
Labour's Tri For labour con-
ference, when concerns where
raised over the legality of
employing child workers in any
category, such as packing boys
and girls, as well as giftwrap-
pers and newspaper vendors.
The First Schedule in the
Employment Act that permit-
ted children and young people
to be employed expired on Jan-
uary 1, 2007, and has not been
extended or renewed. accord-
ing to the Bahamas Employers
Confederation's (BECon) pres-
ident Brian Nutt.
Mr Nutt told The Tribune
that the First Schedule to the
Act came into force on Janu-
ary 1, 2002. It was amended in
2003 to allow for children to be
employed in any film approved
by the minister responsible, an
accommodation made for the
movie Into The Blue that was
shot in the Bahamas.
However, Mr Nutt said the
schedule began with the words
"for a period of five years from
the coming into operation of
this Act".
With that five years now
passed, and the First Schedule
neither amended to remove the
time limit nor extended, Mr
Nutt pointed out that it was now
void, making it technically illegal
for any Bahamian business to
employ child workers in any cat-
egory of work. This means that
the food stores should not be
employing children as grocery
packers, for instance.
Mr Nutt told The Tribune: "My
feeling on the matter is that the
First Schedule expired as of Janu-
ary 1 this year, which means we've
been operating for 10 months with
it being illegal to employ a child in
an y category of work."
The ministry source yesterday,
however, said that while the
Government was reviewing the
way forward, it was unlikely ihat
any employer using child work-
ers in accordance with the First
Schedule would be penalised.

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Port solution needed 'to

avert economic crisis'

families involved in the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) ownership dispute
must find an amicable solu-
tion "to avert a deepening cri-
sis in the local economy", a
leading businessman and
political activist said.
"While Lady Henrietta St
George's family and Sir Jack
Hayward continue their legal
row in the Supreme Court of
the Bahamas, the economy of
Freeport continues to fall
apart," president and chief
executive of Pinnacle Invest-
ment Company, Michael P
Edwards, said.
In an interview at the com-
pany's new corporate head-

quarters at Mable House, on
West Sunrise Highway and
Grand Bahamian Way, Mr
Edwards pointed out that
Grand Bahama was going
through "one of the most
harsh economic times in 30
"No foreign investor would
want to invest in Grand
Bahama as long as both par-
ties concerned continue their
legal row over ownership of
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority," he added.
"I am deeply concerned
about the economic future of
Grand Bahama," said Mr
Edwards, who also is contem-
plating investment in his
native Mayaguana.
"As long as the main play-
ers in the Grand Bahama Port.

Authority continue to fight
among themselves, the econo-
my of this island will continue
towards collapsing."
"All parties involved in the
legal dispute over ownership
of the Grand Bahama Port.
Authority must find an amica-
ble solution to avert a deepen-
ing crisis in the local econo-
Many Freeport and Grand
Bahama businesses have not yet
recovered from damage
wrought by two hurricanes in
September 2004, and one in
October 2005, Mr Edwards
He said fighting among the
key players inside the GBPA
has further exacerbated the
Mr Edwards listed Interna-

tional Distributors' property at
Queen's Highway, which offi-
cially opens today, and the $15
million Grand Bahamian Brew-
ing Company, also at Queen's
Highway, as the only two major
investments Freeport has seen
in five years.
"As long as Royal Oasis
remains closed," he added, "the
International Bazaar and the
once thriving Goombay Park
will remain dead."
The family of the late Grand
Bahama Port Authority co-
chairman Edward St George,
and his business partner, Sir
Jack Hayward, are locked in a
bitter court battle to determine
ownership of the company.
Meanwhile, Mr Edwards said
his company has considerable
investments in real estate devel-

opments in Freeport.
Mr Edwards, who also ran as
an Independent Candidate in
Marco City during the May 2,
2007, general elections, called
upon the Government "to find
a creative way of bringing relief
to people here".
He said Pinnacle Investment
was the parent company of
Island Chain Development and
Flamingo Point Development.
The company is presently
developing 168 residential
homes at Gardens at Sunrise
and Estate at Sunrise, in addi
tion to 20 acres of commercial
According to Mr Edwards,
construction of homes in Estate
at Sunrise has just started, while
homes at Gardens at Sunrise
are 80 per cent completed.

Chamber chief backs Guana Cay project

Tribune Business Reporter
THE Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce's president,
Dionisio D'Aguilar, has lent
his support to the $175 mil-
lion Baker's Bay Golf &
Ocean Club resort develop-
ment, which has been at the
centre of a bitter legal battle
between the developers the
Save Guana Cay Reef Asso-
"No one can dispute that
they [developers Discovery
Land Company] have done
all the necessary research, and
I feel comfortable that they
all have addressed all the con-
cerns. I have said that I sup-
port such projects such as
Baha Mar and Albany, and
that it is time to get these pro-
jects up and running," Mr
D'Aguilar said.
Delays caused by legal
injunctions obtained by the
Save Guana Cay Reef Asso-
ciation in the development of
Baker's Bay had only delayed
providing jobs for Bahamians
and the collection of govern-
ment tax revenue, one of the
developers said.
Steve Adelson, a partner in
Arizona-based Discovery
Land Company, said they
were moving full ahead fast
with the project to compen-
sate for the 10-month delay
experienced when the Asso-
ciation was able to obtain an
injunction to stop develop-
ment while awaiting a ruling
on its judicial review.
Mr Adelson said it was hard
to put a figure on whether the

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company lost real estate sales
as a result of the legal com-
plications, but added that the
delay postponed the employ-
ment of Bahamians and the
collection of needed tax rev-
enue to the government.
He said that while his com-
pany did not share the tactics
used by the Association, it
certainly understand their
environmental concerns.
"We are still trying to figure
out who the Save Guana Cay
Association actually is
because the only persons that
we see are Fred Smith and
Troy Albury," Mr Adelson
He said the developers had
maintained the highest envi-
ronmental protection and
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FROM page
Pledging that the Immigra-
tion Board was now meeting
every week on New Providence,
and twice a month on Grand
Bahama, to deal with approvals
for work permit applications,
Ms Campbell said: "Approvals
that were considered last week,
some of those had been resub-
mitted as recently as mid-Sep-
tember, and a few had only
come in early October. Some
of those went as far back as

"I can say without fear of
contradiction that we have
made great inroads and are well
on our way to processing appli-
cations in a timely fashion, pro-
vided," Ms Campbell said, that
the forms are completed prop-
erly and all necessary informa-
tion supplied.
"It used to take eight to nine
months, and I'm happy to say
we're moving away from that."
She added that all work per-
mit renewal applications needed

to come with evidence that
National Insurance Board
(NIB) contributions for the
applicant in question had been
paid in full.
"Quite a few of these
[renewals] have been deferred,
and it's got to the point where if
there's no NIB payments,
they're not even on the agen-
da," Ms Campbell said.
She urged Bahamian employ-
ers to get work permit renewals
in six weeks before they were
due, adding that if any applica-
tions "become urgent, we will
process them out of line, as it
were. We will let them jump the
The Immigration Department
was now looking at renewing
work permits for a longer peri-
od of time, Ms Campbell said,
with some renewals dispatched
recently being for three year
The Department, though was
"not minded to grant open-end-
ed work permits", preferring
that Bahamas-based companies
identify Bahamian to under-
study expatriate professionals,
so there could be a transfer of
skills and knowledge and the
Bahamian take over when the
work permit expired.
"If you are granted a work
permit, and it is on condition
that you train a Bahamian, we

will be asking you and the iden-
tified person for a report on the
way as to training is progress-
ing," Ms Campbell said.
She added that the Depart-
ment of Immigration had
received several complaints
about Bahamians being
required to train expatriates,
something that it "frowned" on
and would investigate.
Yet Ms Campbell indicated
that most complaints made to
the Department on such issues
were of a frivolous nature, say-
ing it took these mostly "with a
pinch of salt".
While Ms Campbell said the
right things, the view of several
employers attending the lun-
cheon was that they would wait
to see whether the rhetoric was
matched by reality, and if the
current administration was able
to reform and restructure the
Immigration Department to
make it more efficient.
One said the minister made
no mention about how the
Immigration Department would
deal with short-term, temporary
work permits for the likes of
skilled technicians that were
needed to repair vital machin-
Another added that while the
minister acknowledged the need
for skilled, professional expa-
triate labour, as the Bahamian

economy's growth was out-
stripping the capacity of the
Bahamian workforce from both
a skills and numbers perspec-
tive, the Government still
seemed too reactive to the lob-
by suggesting that Bahamian
jobs were being given away to
foreigners through the issuance
of too many work permits.
With numerous foreign direct
investment projects under con-
struction or on the drawing
board, coupled with the defi-
ciencies of the Bahamian edu-
cation system in turning our
graduates that were "function-
ally illiterate" in maths and
English, employers are unable
to find enough productive
workers especially at a mid-
dle management level for the
smooth running of their firms.
Many felt the Immigration
Department was still too open
to arbitrary influences that
could slow down or block work
permit applications, and others
complained that they still could
not get through to the Depart-
ment on the telephone.
Acknowledging that immi-
gration was "among the most
pressing issues" facing the busi-
ness community, Ms Campbell
said: "The Government fully
understands that our country
has a small and limited labour

"We accept that we have a
limited labour pool, and our
economy, our country, can't
grow without imported labour.
We accept that. That's a given."
Major foreign direct invest-
ment projects had sparked an
increase in work permit appli-
cations for construction, gar-
deners, landscapers, the hotel
industry and banking, Ms
Campbell said.
She added: "I'd like to reas-
sure you the Department of
Immigration will continue to
work diligently to address the
needs of the business commu-
nity, whether Bahamian or for-
"We understand that if
labour is not readily available, it
will put your operations and
activities on hold..... and your
business might be put in jeop-
Ms Campbell urged that "all
avenues" be exhausted in
attempting to recruit Bahami-
ans, advertising posts in the
local and international press,
and going through the Depart-
ment of Labour's Employment
Exchange, before work permit
applications were made.
When suitably qualified
Bahamians were either unavail-
able or unwilling to take a post,
then a work permit would be

Property tax talks static, taxpayers

impatient as deadline nears

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may not, do to cut taxes.
"They cannot afford the
property tax," she said. "I don't
want to see words; I want to see
The House and Senate
remained at an impasse Thurs-
day over differing tax plans in
each chamber. A special session
on the issue is scheduled to end
Monday, one day before the
deadline for getting a proposal
on the Jan. 29 presidential pri-
mary ballot.
It's pretty static at this
point," said Senate Finance and
Tax Chairman Mike Haridopo-
los, R-Indialantic.
Lawmakers are not in Talla-
hassee and they don't plan to

return until Monday. They may
not come back at all if their lead-
ers cannot reach an agreement.
Rep. Dean Cannon, the
House's chief tax negotiator,
said "productive conversations"
were going on behind the scenes
and that he remained optimistic.
Cannon's message for Ver-
cillo and other impatient tax-
payers is that both chambers
have advanced good, thoughtful
policies plenty of action, not
just words.
"We're just not finished yet,.
said Cannon, R-Winter Park.
"That's a good thing. It's 'not a
bad thing."
The key differences are over
what method should be used to

provide tax relief to primary
homeowners and whether busi-
nesses, second homes and rental
properties should get an assess-
ment cap similar to one home-
owners already enjoy.
The Senate proposal would
double the current $25,000
exemption for primary homes,
or homesteads, valued at more
than $50,000, except for school
taxes. The House, instead, wants
to provide an exemption equal
to 40 percent of the median
home .value iii each coj4y -
also exempt from school taxes.
The House plan includes a 5
percent cap for non-homestead
properties. The Senate version
does not.
The biggest issue for Vercillo
and thousands of other home-
owners, though, is one on which
the House and Senate do agree.
Both plans include a "portabili-
ty" provision. It would allow
homesteaders to take at least
part of the benefits they get
from the existing Save Our
Homes Amendment with them
when they move within Florida.
Many homeowners say they
feel trapped because their taxes
would increase double or
more in some cases if they
sell and buy another home. Save
Our Homes limits annual assess-
ment increases to 3 percent.
While lawmakers are in agree-
ment, a constitutional cloud
could loom over portability.
It may violate equal protec-
tion and freedom of travel pro-
visions in the U.S. Constitution
because people moving to Flori-
da from outside the state would
not get portability benefits, said
University of Florida law pro-
fessor Michael Allan Wolf, an
expert in local government law.
The U.S. Supreme Court in
1992 upheld California's Propo-
sition 13, which placed a 2 per-
cent cap on assessment increases.
The challenge came from
Stephanie Nordlinger, who paid
five times more tax on a home
she recently purchased compared
to neighbors who bought earlier
and benefited from the cap.
The justices, though, dismissed
her right-to-travel claim because
she had moved within Califor-
nia, not from another state.
If a newcomer from out of
state should challenge Florida's
portability provision "the right
to travel comes into play," Wolf
He said another difference is
California successfully argued
that giving an extra benefit to
longtime homeowners helps pre-
serve neighborhoods because
people otherwise might move to
avoid paying high taxes.
Florida's justification for
portability is just the opposite
- to help people move, Wolf
Cannon, though, said "equal
and opposite arguments" could
be made to Wolf's scenario.
"We've had law professors look
at it and we've had our staff look
at it," Camnon said. "We are com-
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Associated Press Writer
Linda Vercillo doesn't particu-
larly care whether lawmakers
pass the House plan, the Senate
plan or some other plan, but
Thursday she said she just wants
them to do something about
property tax relief and soon.
Vercillo. 56. a retired federal
employee, has had her Coral
Springs home on the market for
14 months. She says potential
buhvels are staying away in part
because of uncertainty about
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Bahamians 'feel the

work is beneath them'

FROM page one
In response Ms Campbell,
who had earlier said the Immi-
gration Department was the
third largest revenue generat-
ing agency for the Government,
producing $29.5 million in 2006,
said the Department was aware
of the problems facing employ-
ers such as Mr Bellot in finding
competent, skilled local employ-
However, she added that the
problem was not one for the
Department of Immigration,
but instead spoke to deep-root-
ed issues in Bahamian society.
Replying to Mr Bellot, she
said: "I am not oblivious to the
problems you face. The fact you
cannot find gardeners is not an
Immigration problem, but we
are aware of it and making
every effort to accommodate
"As long as you can show
there is a need Bahamians
can't fill, we will give you your
permit. If you need a permit,

write to us, saying that you
have 'x' number of contracts,
and to enable you to do the
work, you need a workforce of
'x' number of people. So we
can expect 30 work permit
Ms Campbell, though, urged
Bahamian employers to "see
your vacant positions" to
Bahamians, and said that by tar-
geting potential workers while
they were still in school and
"impressing upon them the
importance of their job in build-
ing the country, it might make a
Yet she added that the
Department of Immigration
would move swiftly to enforce
the law, having found in the
past that workers who had
received permits for gardening
were instead working in a bar or
some other profession different
to what was on the permit.
"We as Bahamians have a
responsibility for the people we
bring in." Ms Campbell said,
adding that employers could

apply for joint work permits
where the labourer in question
worked fori both.
Urging employers not to
employ illegal immigrants, Ms
Campbell said: "We at the
Department of immigration
expect the business communi-
ty to deliver on its commitment
to train Bahamians."
In building capacity and
human capital in the Bahami-
an workforce, Ms Campbell
said this in turn would "build
investor confidence in the abil-
ity of Bahamians to get the job
She urged Bahamian compa-
nies to get involved in mentor-
ing and scholarship programmes
"aimed at preparing young
Bahamians to enter the labour
market ready to take up mean-
ingful employmentt.
These programmes, she sug-
gested, should start as early as
the 10th grade, with some stu-
dents working in companies for
several days a week during the
summer break.

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

Utilities: Electricity, Water and Telephone

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

Interested persons should submit'
offers in writing addressed to:

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

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

Lot #90-E comprising 16,521 sq.ft. and situated on the western side
of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft. northerly
of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,
North Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.

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

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management Managing Director's Office

P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
Offers should reach our office on or before November 16, 2007

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

For conditions of the sale and any other itformllion, /)aLr. a)ltad:
Credit Risk Management Managing Director's Office at:
356-1685 or 356-1608
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management Managing Director's Office,
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
Offers should reach our office on or before November 16, 2007



Lot #90-C comprising 21,430 sq.ft. and situated on the western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,
North Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place. .

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

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

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

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



Lot #90-G comprising 18,926 sq.ft. and situated on the western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower
Bogue, North Eleuthera, Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.

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

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

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

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


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

Infrastructures are in place.

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

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

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

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


Lot #90-H comprising 15,751 sq.ft. and situated on the western side of the
main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft. northerly of four-for-
nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue, North Eleuthera,Bahamas.

Infrastructures are in place.

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

Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:

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

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






A MLL' =-, s., 1"


1 Tricked out? (6)
7 Quite proper, but a fathead could
make it terrible (8)
8 Shop opened, in the past, just for one
kind of pudding (4)
10 Where varsity men regularly start a
row (6)
11 Divine spirits of the East, in new
slang? (6)
14 Part of a play current at the
West End (3)
16 Might such cards foretell that sailor
has to return? (5)
17 Eel wriggling out of the Birkenhead
river (4)
19 Cordage well known to old hands (5)
21 Walked at the front of the field? (5)
22 Sweet American, maybe, to chew the
rag with (5)
23 Become friendly with me and an
officer (4)
26 Possibly be Ill due to an offence (5)
28 In favour of reversing to the right (3)
29 Is out of business due to perfectionist
notions (6)
30 Work in our lab (6)
31 A line some cabs may form (4)
32 Acclaimed for having sharpened up
around the Central Court (8)
33 Non-vintage wine from Spain,
originally (6)

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 1, St.-ash 6, Kitty 9, Corsair 10, Pi-lo-t 11, Ni-F-ty
12, La-U-ds 13, P-ilch-er 15, Den 17, Las-h 18, Se-cur-e
19, Dried 20, Screen 22, Sag-E 24, Has 25, Even-te-r 26,
Ut-re 27, Ste-l-n 28, Bill-y 29, Federal 30, Fe-T-ed 31,
DOWN: 2, Trivia 3, Scotch 4, Hot 5, Oscar 6, Kind-red 7,
Iris 8, Tot-ter 12, L-eam 13, P-L-ush 14, Tsars 15, Du-cat
16, Never 18, Serve 19, Defined 21, C-astle 22, S-nails
23, Gel-led 25, Erred 26, Ufe 28, Baa

1 Link the French with a sudden
successful blow (6)
2 To fine leg? (6)
3 Essay about starting out in
the city (4)
4 Avoid a fellow getting side-tracked (7)
5 Later, open talks In Irrational fear (5)
6 Another explosion, curse 111 (5)
8 A shot at heartening constables (4)
9 In a bridge tournament,
maybe win (3)
12 Petrol for one sort of jet (3)
13 All upset about some boy-it's truel
15 Neighbour needing money for coal,
perhaps (5)
18 Angry little girt hiding In cover (5)
19 Somewhat outrageous practical
joke? (3)
20 By getting one note right on the
piano! (3)
21 Move to the right as you leave (4,3)
22 Could such an urchin be a
cabin boy? (3)
23 Phone the gang a wicked liel (6)
24 Greek god of generosity (4)
25 A bird you can talk to, practically? (6)
26 Though not heavy, it's a good thing to
shed (5)
27 Prohibits including even a scrap of
meat in a vegetable product (5)
28 Communicate sound facts, if only
approximately (3)
30 A number of advertisements for
young men (4)

You are East, defending against.
One Notrump played by South. The
bidding has been:
South West North East
1 6 Pass 1 Pass
I NT Pass Pass Pass
Your partner leads the two of dia-
monds, and South takes your queen
with the ace. What is declarer's most
likely distribution, and what is your
plan of defense?
VQ 109 8 3
*Q 105

Let's first try to work out South's
distribution. To begin with, you con-
sider the suit your partner led. Since
there is no reason to think West chose
an irregular lead, you assume the
deuce was his fourth-best diamond.
This means that South started with
precisely two diamonds.
Next let's turn to the suit declarer
bid clubs. He can't very well have
six of them, since he would almost

surely have rebid his clubs rather
than bid one notrump. It is therefore
reasonable to assue that South
started with four or five clubs in
addition to his two diamonds.
Now, taking the bidding one step
further, let's examine South's one-
notrump rebid, which denied four
spades as well as four-card heart sup-
port. Since South thus can't have
four cards in either major, his distri-
bution must be exactly 3-3-2-5.
The quality of declarer's suits is
also subject to partial analysis. He is
unlikely to have three hearts to the
king because he might have raised
North to two hearts with K-x-x and a
doubleton diamond. South is there-
fore likely to have a hand similar to
one of these two:
4AK7 +A92
IV654 V654
*A 10 *A10
4QJ 1092 +AJ952
So, though we're still only at trick
one, it seems probable that West will
shortly win a club trick and play
three rounds of diamonds, leaving
you on lead with the nine. At that
point, you plan to lead a low heart to
partner's king and win the next two
hearts with the A-J to put the contract
down one.










0 ai In
the main
ody of

SHOW many words of four letters
Lor more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain the
centre letter and there must be at
least one nine-letter word. No
Good 28; very good 42; excellent
a ,.______ ......._ _._._,_.__ 55 (or more). Solution tomorrow.

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Ashen 6, Right 9, Located 10, Carat 11, Plead
12, Paste 13, Ordeals 15, Den 17, Used 18, Allude 19,
Adobe 20, Errors 22, Cede 24, Ray 25, Prouder 26, Rivet
27, Fines 28, Gamut 29, Starlet 30, Agate 31,
DOWN: 2, Stairs 3, Bated 4, Not 5, Galas 6, Reptile 7, Idle
8, Heated 12, Plods 13, Outer 14, Decry 15, Duped 16,
Never 18, Abort 19, Artiste 21, Racing 22, Curate 23,
Deluge 25, Perry 26, Rest 28, Get

1 Initialed (6)
7 Dealer overseas (8)
8 Dash (4)
10 Cruel person (6)
11 Split (6)
14 Writing fluid (3)
16 Type of
saw (5)
17 Appointment (4)
19 Servant (5)
1'i Was concerned (5)
22 Disgusting (5)
23 Saucy (4)
26 Type of chair (5)
28 Type of disease (3)
.9 Score (6)
30 Drool (6)
31 Radiate (4)
32 Angelic (8)
33 Dozen (6)

I Pursued (6)
2 Salty (6)
3 Hollow (4)
4 Suggested
5 Blemish (5)
6 Naive (5)
8 Revise (4)
9 Enquire (3)
12 Animal doctor (3)
13 Benefactor (5)
15 European capital (5)
18 Awry (5)
19 Barrel (3)
20 Guided (3)
21 Mythical creature (7)
22 Adherent (3)
23 Courteous (6)
24 Way out (4)
25 Hypnotic state (6)
26 Orderly pile (5)
27 Postpone (5)
28 Woman's name (3)
30 Religious group (4)

6 6

W 0OF- dS

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OCT 26

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
Don't change your way of operating
to fit the needs of others, Aries. It
just isn't necessary this week. and
you may lose your personality along
the way if you do.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Start spending quality time with your
family or you will miss some of the
memorable times along the way. Put
work on hold for a while and concen-
trate on your personal life.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
There's no need to make lavish pur-
chases and put on. airs, Gemini.
People like you for who you are and
not what you own. Don't worry
about keeping up with the Joneses.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
There's no avoiding a blowout with
your spouse or romantic partner this
week, Cancer. You've done some-
thing that just can't be forgotten. It
could take a while for things to settle.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
Hold on tight, Leo, because this
week you're in for a wild ride. Just
when you thought your life was
getting boring, a few spicy events
will pop up to change your mind.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Revel in the good news you will
receive on Friday, Virgo. It could be a
pay increase at work, or maybe an old
fritaiu i' stopping by for a visit.
Whatever the case, enjoy it.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Stop living just in the present and
start focusing on your future, Libra.
Things may be working now, but
you can't always live by the seat of
your pants.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
A personal venture brings you feel-
ings of accomplishment and satisfac-
tion, Scorpio. It's just what you
needed to get back on track and
focused in a more positive direction.
Trouble seems to follow you this
week, Sagittarius, but you can turn
things around with the right attitude.
Keep smiling and suddenly you'll
find things will work out.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
You're being pulled in too many
directions, Capricorn, and you need
to tell some people you just can't han-
dle any more stuff. They'll under-
stand because you're a hard worker.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Domestic projects are at the fore-
front of the week, Aquarius. Even
though you're not in the mood to
tackle them, they cannot wait any
longer, so get started.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
It might be a good idea to watch what
you're eating, Pisces. Too much
indulgence has left you a bit soft
around the middle.

IC ES y -eo n Be. 6"

Richard Teichmann v hemncn
Wolf, Carlsbad 1907. They
nicknamed Teichmann "Richard
the Fifth" because he often took
fifth prize in grandmaster
tournaments. Actually, the
German looked more like a
pirate. In his mid-twenties he
combined chess with living in
London as a languages teacher,
but misfortune struck during
London 1899, played at St
Stephen's, Westminster.
Teichmann suffered vision
trouble and later went blind in
his right eye. He covered it with
a large patch and this, combined
with his beard, gave him a
buccaneering look. However, his
chess style was rather orthodox,
aiming at strategic play leading
to a slow attacking build-up.
Today's position is quite typical

T'a ( f g h
of a Teichmann finish, down to
queens and rooks but with the
black king in greater danger than
its white cuunteipart. How did
White (to play) force a rapid


Chess solution 8469:1 Rxf7+! Qxf7 2 Rd7+ Kxd7 3
Qxf7+ and 4 Qxr4 wins






Contract Bridge

By Steve Becker

Test Your Defensive Play



. J

F i ,.. -- 07, PAGE7B


Bahamas US exports

up 35% in two years

FROM page one
"More than 97 per cent of
these imports were of poly-
styrene. Foreign direct invest-
ment inflows into the Bahamas
increased from $274 million in
2004 to $360 million in 2005.
In response to the Com-
mission's biennial Caribbean
Basin investment survey, the
US embassy in Nassau identi-
fied one investment to expand
production of polystyrene prod-
ucts for export to the US. This
"operation reportedly uses inputs
from the US, US Virgin Islands,
iPuerto Rico, or other CBERA
Yet the CBERA and CBI's
long-term future is riddled with
uncertainty, and even its short-
term continuation is in doubt.
This is because the current
WTO waiver to allow their con-
tinuation has expired, and US
efforts to extend this until the
end of 2008 have yet to bear


fruit due to stiff opposition from
Paraguay at the WTOltlvel
The CBI will ultimately have
to be replaced because. it is a
one-way preference- regime,
which is outlawed by the-WTO.
In addition, it is considered dis-
criminatory because' it offers
the Bahamas andt other
Caribbean countries; tade ben-
efits that are not provided to
As a result, the CMB will!have
to be replaced by a) two-way
preference regime where the
Bahamas offers US exports to
this country duty-free access,
something with massive impli-
cations for this nation's cus-
toms-duty reliant taxtegime.
On the foreign direct invest-
ment front, such inflows. into
the Bahamas had mere than,
doubled from $153 million in
2002 to $360 million i6n 2005,
according to the US Trade
Commission's report.
Foreign direct investment


inflows for 2003 and 2004 were
$190 million and $274 million
Meanwhile, US exports to the
Bahamas almost doubled
between 2004 and 2006, rising
by 98.4 per cent from $1.121 bil-
lion to $2.225 billion.
The increase between 2005
and 2006 was 30.6 per cent, a
jump from $1.703 billion to
$2.225 billion.

V Ca'! -d a .I-

Port licensee and asset sale details sought

FROM page one
This is a reference to the likes
of Hutchison Whampoa, Onyx
and Mirant (now Marubeni),
who acquired stakes usually
50 per cent in these assets that
once belonged to the GBPA.
The Association's summons
is also seeking information from
the defendants on whether they
have GBPA Board meeting
minutes and copies of docu-
ments that were before them
"when the shareholders'
appointment of Hannes Babak
under the Engagement Agree-
ment as a member of the Board
of directors and working chair-
man was the business for dis-
cussion and action".
This latest summons is the
third salvo in the Association's
legal battle, the first Originating
Summons seeking answers to
questions such as whether the


iinOfl IlnirpmaStion Asf Of'






sale of stakes in entities such as
Devco, the Freeport Container
Port, Grand Bahama Power and
the like had breached the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement by
not first obtaining the consent
of 80 per cent of GBPA
Since then, the Association
has also filed an application
with the Supreme Court for
the appointment of a public
trustee to safeguard the
GBPA's productive, for-profit
assets until the dispute
between the Hayward and St
George families over its own-
ership was settled.
In the meantime, the Associ-
ation has yet to be formally
recognized as a non-profit asso-
ciation by the Attorney Gener-
al's Office, despite applying to
be registered and incorporated
on, November 30,2006, submit-
ting its Memorandum and Arti-

cles of Association.
Meanwhile, the latest sum-
mons is seeking to find out
whether the GBPA and gov-
ernment defendants possess
notices of annual and extraor-
dinary meetings to the Treasur-
er of the Bahamas and other
GBPA shareholders between
1969 to the present.
Copies of the agreement
between Freeport's founder,
Wallace Groves, and his wife
Georgette, and the Govern-
ment, which gave the latter a
90-day option of first refusal if
they put their GBPA stake on
the market are also being
sought by the Association.
As is information on the exis-
tence of correspondence
between the GBPA principals
and the Government in the run
up to the 1968 amendment to
the Hawksbill Creek

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9:55 9.55
0.85 0.85
3.70 3.70
2.61' 2.61
11.00 11.00
3.1'5 3.15
1T&.5 16.55
6.63 6.72
2.25 2.25
6.32 6.50
12.75 12.75
1'4.65 T4.65
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01.70 0.70
7.25 7.25
10.05, 10.05

1,000 0.094
350 1.190
1,200 0.804
1,250 0.768
66 0.364
500 -0.415
100 0.991

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52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Svmbol' Bidw $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermakets 14.60 15,60 16.0 11.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
.00 6.00 Caribbean CtOslngs (Pr. &00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
'a1 0.20 E03g .40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 NIM l0.00%
10 41.00 ABSB 41.00l 43.00. 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
: T4.00 Ba am Supermreft 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.234 1.485 13,9 10.50%
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1.3829 2.9449 FIdlslty Bahamas G & II Fund' 3ea291 -
2.9215 2.4887 Collne MS Preferred Fundt 2.92539r"
1.2741T T.970 Coltna Bond Fund .274052-
T1'.658 1t.2129 Fidelity Prime Income Fundt 1.7853
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month diidends divided by closing price NAV KEY
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52Wk-LOw Lowst cloiog price in last 52 weets Ask S Selling price of Colina and fidelity 19 October 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted prce for daily volume Last Price Last traded oer-the-counter price 30 June 2007
Todia's Close Curent day's weighted price for detly volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week l 30 September 2007
Change Change in closing price fro day to day EPS S A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths -" 31 July 2007
Dally Vol: Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV S- Olvkends per share paid in the last 12 months Nt-r- Nor Meaningfil
WE Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 100 e
Sf- 4-f01r1 Stock Split Effectve Date 8/B/2007 U

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The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

(A Ritz-Carlton managed property)

Il l ~ is accepting


Overall Responsibilities:
. Provide finance and accounting leadership for a unique resort
property. Provide accounting & financial support for luxury,
mixed use membership resort operation. Ensure accurate and'
timely on-site financial management, reporting, forecasting and
budgeting of all on-site Ritz-Carlton business units and ancilffary
profit centers, including the Homeowner Associations. Safeguard
company assets and maintain a strong environment of financial
control. Heavy corporate reporting responsibilities to a joint
venture partnership Board of Directors.

Job/Education Qualifications

BS or BA in Accounting or Finance
CPA/MBA preferred
5-7 years accounting experience in real estate, hospitality
or related field
3-5 years management experience
Excellent presentation skills


Overall responsibilities:
As a member of Ritz Carlton Club (RCC) Joint VentureAbaco
On-site team, the Manager, Site Accounting is accountable for
the reporting and manages financial information related to Abaco
JV operations. The incumbent works under limited supervision
and partners with managers at all site and regional levels and
across all functions to identify problems, develop, and perform
accounting processes that produce period closing, reporting, and
analyses in compliance with company policies and Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles. The Manager coordinates the
financial accounting and assists the Director of Finance
(Operations) with budgeting, forecasting and reporting information
outcomes for the JV Abaco operations. The Manager completes,
small projects as required.


Overall responsibilities:
Assists the General Manager and is responsible in his/her absence
for all aspects of the Hotel's operations including Food & Beverage,
Rooms Division, Front Office, Recreation/Activities, Spa and
Catering/Conference Services etc., in accordance with hotel
standards. Job Requirements Must have 8 or more years of hotel
operations experience in a luxury full-service environment, with
at least 5 at executive level. Strong proven leadership abilities
and a vision for quality and excellence in hotel operations. Support
hotel executives in planning, developing, implementing and
evaluating the quality of products and services given to internal
and external customers.

applications for the follow


Overall responsibilities:
Dual responsibility for the leadership and management of all
functions of the Engineering and Housekeeping departments in
accordance with Ritz Carlton Club standards Direct aR engineering
operations for interior/exterior facilities including electrical, Loss
Prevention, refrigeration, plumbing, heating/cooling, structural,
painting, and carpentry, recycling, ground care and parking areas.
The Executive Housekeeping Managers report to this position so
as to control maintenance and capital upgrade costs to existing
guests and public areas and future units and facilities. Also will
liaise with Development and Construction partners so, as to'
maintain other engineering work necessary when turned over to
property management in an efficient condition to ensure the safety
and comfort of guests and employees. Must have 8+ years
management experience in hotel or building engineering


Overall Responsibiity:
Candidate is responsible for managing all aspect of Formal Dining
Restaurant Functions, in accordance with Ritz-Carfton Club or
similar luxury dining standards, Directs implements and maintains
a service and management philosophy, which serves as a guide
to respective staff. The most desired applicants will posses the
following qualifications: High school graduate/Cotlege Degree
preferred, 3 years experience as a Restaurant Manager/Supervisor
(preferably a 5 star restaurant), familiarity with Food & Beverage
Cost, some Culinary Training, certification of pervious training
in liquor, wine and food service, Computer Training and electronic
POS sales experience; ability to provide legible communications;
knowledge of various food service styles (i.e., French service,
butler style)


Overall Responsibility:
Plan, prep, set up and provide quality service in aB areas of food
production for menu items and specials in the designated outlets
in accordance with standards and plating guide specifications.
Direct, train and monitor performance of Line Cooks, Maintain
organization, cleanliness and sanitation of work areas and

Minimum 2 years experience as a Line Cook at a top rated resort
or restaurant.
Ability to work all stations on' fine.
Ability to perform job functions with attention to detail, speed
and accuracy.
*Ability to prioritize, organizes, delegate work and follow through.
*Ability to be a clear thinker, remain calm and resolve problems
using good judgment.
Ability to communicate in English with guests, co-workers and
management to their understanding.
Ability to compute basic mathematical calcutlations.


Certification of culinary training or apprenticeship.
Previous supervisory experience is preferable.
*Ability to communicate in a second language, preferably Spanish
or Creole.'
Sanitation certificate.


Overall responsibility:
Assists the Director of Golf in managing the overall daily golf
operation including golf shop, retail services, food and beverage
services and the driving range areas. Directs and works with
managerssand associates to ensure guest and associate satisfaction
while striving to maximize the financial performance of the
department. Supports and upholds the Ritz-Carlton Philosophy,
Gold Standards, and minimum standards of operation. The most
desired applicants will posses the following qualifications:

Retail merchandising skills
Knowledge of purchasing, inventory controls, supplies and
*Proficient at the game of golf
Instructional teaching skills
Knowledge of golf and grounds equipment and routine
maintenance needs
Understanding of Food and Beverage operations

WE are also immediately seeking the following entry level
service positions:

Bartenders (2), Room Attendants (2), Kitchen Stewards (3),
Laundry Workers (2), and Housemen (3) Cart Attendant (1)
and a Telephone Operator (1).

Application forms for the Club are available from the Labor
Departments in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco. If you
feel you qualify for any of the above, please send an e-mail or
fax copy of your resume and telephone contacts to:

The Director of Human Resources
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
(A Ritz-Carlton Managed Property)
p.O.Box AB20571, Marsh Harbour
Abaco; Bahamas
E-mail: humanresources@theabacoclub.com
Fax #: 242-367-0392

The deadline for receipt of al resumes or applications is
Friday, November 16th.
Sorry, no telephone calls accepted for these positions.

Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund'
Bank of Bahamas
Bahamas Waste
Fidallty Bank
Cable Bahamas
Collna' Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital'
FocoM (S r
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson



In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act, 2000, BRADENTON HOLDING INC. is, in
dissolution as of October 24, 2007.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at
35A Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize
is the Liquidator.


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Online contractors database planned

FROM page one
Mr Curtis added that the
show has for the first time
incorporated a series of semi-
nirs for this weekend, to fur-
lthr educate the public. Includ-
ed in the cost of admission, the

seminars include topics such as
building a home, real property
tax, insurance and money man-
"This year, we have 90
booths, and they represent a
cross section of companies,
from banks and insurance

companies to building supplies,
paint products, just a whole
cross-section of companies.
The show 'has grown so much
past our expectations when we
first came up with the idea
nine years ago," Mr Curtis

He said the Home and
Builder's show is a great arena
to give the Bahamas exposure
to an international market, as
a number of companies from
the US and Canada- such as
Home Depot often come
down to speak with Bahamians.

Every year the show attracts
hundreds of persons, and this
year Mr Curtis said they are
expecting between 4,000-4,500
persons over the Iwo-day period
this weekend.
The Home Builder's Show
is on Saturday, October 27,

from. 10-6 pm and Sunday,
October 28; 11 am 6pm, at
The Wyndam Crystal Palace
The cost for each day is $3,
with the net proceeds going
to the Bahamas National


UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the world's leading financial
institutions in the Caribbean. Our Business Area '.' -Diih
Management International looks after wealthy private clients by
providing them with comprehensive, value enhancing services. Our
client advisors combine strong personal relationships with the
resources that are available from across UBS, helping them provide
a full -. of wealth management services.
In order to strengthen our team in Nassau, we are looking to fill the
following position:
Client Advisor-
Financial Intermediaries (FIM)
In this rchoi l. ,gnir position you will be responsible for the
following tasks:
Interacting and negotiating with investment professionals in
Latin America & Europe
Proactively providing support and product solutions for your
clients, choosing and coordinating delivery from the entire range of
UBS W health !., i, r,. .-ri ,-, ,..
S-.. the most appropriate tools and processes to streamline
the interaction between UBS and the FIMs
Advisory of existing clients
Presentation and implementation of investment solutions
in Spanish and German

Minimum Requirements
Experienced in advising a client base (i.e. end .i...n '. or
Ability to quickly assess potential regulatory, legal or
compliance risks and offer solutions to it :r- them
BS/BA degree preferred; University or other recognized banking
or financial diploma accepted
Minimum 4 years experience in r' kn-ir,. financial services to
high net worth investors
Good :..ie.-..e of financial markets and capital market
products, fixed income/equity products, banking products, trust
structures, alternative investments
[ :. i..i communications, organizational and client skills
Must be able to read, write and speak fluently in English,
Spanish and German
Able to travel 2-3 times per year

Interested? Written applications should be sent to:
hrbalhamhias@.b.eom or UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7.757
Nassau, Bahamas

AU RO, BOX SS 6232

Featuring 56 fine 4
wines from Bristol
Wines & Spiits including:
Grgich Hill

Ch 'e :,, -v'" e- te
Moet & Chandon
Concha y l oro
Loa :> ,L ,[..: t ,

Graham Beck
_. ini .. a''.-. .,ented


12noon to 6pm

The Retreat,

, Village Road
Parking at Queen's College

Light lunches available
throughout the afternoon.

BNT Members: $15
General Public: $20
Children under 12. Free


Many of the wines featured will be on sale
October 27 November 3
at selected Bristol Wine & Spirits stores


family uardiancongratulates
the legend of the year!

Celebrating our Top Performers at the u nce
Industry Awards

Thne Insurance Inslilute of The Bahamas held its'first Insurance
Industry Awards Banquet on Friday, Septembjr28,2007.
.. At the even spei.Ji recognition was given those who made,
and continue o10 make significant contributions to the insurance
industry. Our chairman, Mr. Norbert Boistiere received
the prestigious Insurance Legend of the Year award.

Family Guardian is pleased to recognize and congratulate
Mr. Boisswre as one of the founders of Family Guardian..
He is truly an icon having made outstanding contributions,
not only to the success of Family Guardian Insurance Company,
but also to the Life and Health Insurance Industry in
The Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Mr. Norbert Boissiere
Legend of the Year




Marketing Manager


Undergraduate Degree in Marketing/Communication
Minimum 7 years experience with progressive responsibility
Strong knowledge of the financial serves sector' .
Experience working in a matrix environment (a plus)
Communication analysis and planning'
Events management and coordination "

neral Renuiremehts/Responsibilities:


* Build relationships and coordinate communications and
events at the corporate level with customers, staff, industry
associations and other key stakeholders.
* Liaise with responsible Line of Business (LoB) and
facilitate development of marketing plans and promotions.
* Maintain plans to fulfill the aims and objectives of the
FirstCaribbean Sponsorship & Community Relations
(SCR) Programme.
* Liaise with contracted agencies to provide logistics, support
for Public Relations and advertising activities.
* Facilitate in media and events selection and negotiations.
* Assist with the logistics required for: carrying out research
projects such as "Employee Voice", "Customer Voice",
focus groups, benchmarking surveys and market research
as required.
* Act as press liaison Officer.
* Co-ordinate on-the-ground campaign launches.

Applicants are requested to submit their' resume with a
cover letter via email by November 2na, 2007 to:

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamnas) Limited
thanks all applicants for their interest, however only those
under consideration will be contacted.
Vacancies are open to Bahamians only.

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