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Publication Date: 10/30/2007
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Volume: 103 No. 281 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2007 PRICE 750

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PLP government built

homes in area allegedly

considered unsuitable

for construction

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE department of housing
under [he former PLP govern-
ment buill close to 30 homes in an
area which was allegedly consid-
ered unsuitable for construction
and now some of the homes are
"sinking "
This re\cIlation comes after a
mother contacted The Tribune to
complain that she has been
advised by a housing official that
she should make a request to
move out of her low-cost govern-
ment home in Adelaide because
the floor is dropping away from
the walls which themselves are
cracking. She was told that it
might be unsafe to continue to

live in her home.
Her next door neighbours had
previously been forced to tem-
porarily evacuate their home so
repairs could be carried out after
a crater opened up immediately
outside and massive structural
faults appeared that you could
"put your hand into," she said.
The homeowner, who declined
to be identified, said she first
noticed that the floor of her house
was "moving" in 2006, two years
after she moved in, when she was
in the process of laying down a
new carpet and it appeared to
"slip underneath" the wall, indi-
cating a gap between the base of
the wall and the floor.
SEE page 11

Daniel Smith death

inquest resumes today
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE long-awaited and eagerly anticipated inquest in to the death of
Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son, Daniel, resumes today with a new
jury and a new magistrate.
After a six-month break and much legal wrangling, the inquest is
expected to start this morning with the swearing-in of a new seven-
member jury.
The original all-female jury was dismissed from the case last month
after Supreme Court Justice John Lyons ordered Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez off the inquest in July for speaking about the case with
the US media.
Magistrate William Campbell was appointed in his place.
Justice Lyons, in his ruling in July, suggested that the jury for the
inquest be selected from as wide a representative base as possible.
He noted that the main issue was that there must be a fair hearing
SEE page 12

THE DRIVER of this truck had a lucky escape after the steering wheel came off in his hands causing him
to lose control and hit a utility pole. The accident happened on Cowpen Road yesterday morning.

Prison supt says
he deserves a
new contract
Tribune Staff Reporter
of Her Majesty's Prison thinks
he deserves a new contract to
continue on in his post, but the
government has confirmed that
it has not yet made a decision
on his future.
"Really, I have no idea, no
one has said anything to me,
yea or nay," said Elliston Rah-
ming yesterday in a Prison
Recognition Week supple-
ment, when asked about his
future. "What I can say is that
I embrace Minister Tommy
Turnquest's vision, understand
his mission and share his pas-
sion for the management of
Her Majesty's Prison."
"The Minister has been most
supportive of me; we have
developed a high regard for
each other and I feel that my
performance as Superinten-
dent warrants my being given
the opportunity to carry on,"
he continued. "Using any stan-
SEE page 11

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T C) R N1 TR.A C K E R

Noel set to hit Bahamas
with heavy wind and rain
Tribune Staff Reporter
WHILE local and international weather forecasters do not expect
Tropical Storm Noel to develop into a hurricane, parts of the Bahamas will
experience the maximum effects of heavy winds and rains during its pas-
sage over the next few days.
A tropical storm warning has already been issued for the central and
southeastern Bahamas with approximately 15 inches of fairly heavy rain-
fall expected over the those areas within the next two days.
In view of this, the national flag carrier Bahamasair has cancelled all
flights to the family islands until further notice, managing director Hen-
ry Woods told The Tribune.
Forecasters say the storm is highly disorganised, minimising the pos-
SEE page 11

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Chief Reporter
A JAMAICAN national may
have voted in the Pinewood Con-
stituency during the 2007 election,
according to information gathered
by Private Investigator John Munroe
who testified before Senior Justice
Anita Allen and Justice Jon Isaacs in
election court yesterday.
This comes as some persons
whose names were called in court
can expect to be subpoenaed as ear-
ly as this week to appear before the
The court heard that Mr Munroe,
who was hired by former Pinewood
MP Allyson Maynard-Gibson, went
looking for Sherlene Munroe, on
August 14 at an unnamed street that
the residents of the area called "Tal-
bot Street".
While on "Talbot Street" Mr
Munroe said that he spoke to a
woman by the name of Estella
SEE page 11

Growth of economy
has slowed down
in comparison
to last year
Tribune Staff Reporter
Bahamas' economy slowed down
compared to last year and govern-
ment's spending outweighed its rev-
enue intake up until May, 2007, the
Central Bank of the Bahamas said
in its quarterly economic review.
The review, which includes pre-
liminary data for the second quarter
of 2007, states that the Bahamian
economy expanded at a more mod-
erate pace compared to the same
period in 2006 "based largely on
weakened tourism output and
reduced growth in consumer
demand and tempered foreign
investment inflows."
Based on the preliminary fiscal
data for the eleven months of the
2lti.V 2 'i"' fiscal year, up until May
2007, the report reads, governmen-
t's overall deficit widened as its
expenditure growth outweighed
gains in revenue.
Government's budgetary opera-
tions for those months indicated a
SEE page 11

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Ingraham reaffirms commitment

to strengthening local government

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE 11th Annual Local
Government Conference and
the Wyndham Nassau Resort
was officially opened yesterday
by Prime Minister Hubert
With over 220 delegates in
attendance, the conference is
scheduled to take place through
to October 31, and is already
being touted as the largest local
government conference to date
in the Bahamas.
Among many of the high-
lights of yesterday's proceed-
ings was the assurance from Mr
Ingrabam that local government
will be introduced in New Prov-
idence before the end of his
government's first term in
"I have long been party to
the school that professes that
government is best that is
nearest the people; that those
who live in a community and
face the day-to-day needs and
challenges of the population
have a special perspective on
matters that impact that com-
"I hold this view notwith-
standing anecdotal information
which suggests that in some
communities local differences
result in what are sometimes


unfair and biased decisions.
You will all be aware that Man-
ifesto '07 restated the Free
National Movement's commit-
ment to the strengthening of
local government in our Fami-
ly Islands and, further, to its
introduction in New Provi-
"I want to assure you that we
aim to achieve both during this
term in office," he said.
Mr Ingraham also com-
mented on the fact that local
government has been ham-
pered to some degree in recent
times by the "non-acceptance"

of the principle that Family
Island communities ought to
make local community deci-
Sustained efforts, he said,
were undertaken to wrest
authority and influence from
elected residents in Family
Island districts and townships.


"Some of you, some of you
in here today, acquiesced, sup-
ported, went along with, the
centralisation forces with little

or no objection over the past
five years. I want to impress
upon you that it is important
that you, as elected represen-
tatives from your communities,
firstly accept that you have
been freed and discharged
from central government con-
trol over many facets of com-
munity life; and secondly, that
you ought to protect your
autonomy, not surrender it to
"Of course, the best means
of protecting your autonomy
from the central government
- and by that I mean ministers

and public officials is to
prove yourselves to be compe-
tent, fair, financially prudent,
responsive and effective in
providing essential services to
and for your communities," he
Mr Ingraham added that local
government and democracy are
all about working for the com-
mon good.
"It is not about deciding who
you like or who you don't like,"
he said. "And it ought not to
be about which political party
you support. All local govern-
ment members, and in some

islands and cays district coun-
cils, are elected by voters in
their towns or districts. All are
expected to co-operate for the
common good of your commu-
"Decisions of town commit-
tees and district councils are to
be taken by majority vote in
accordance with established,
published public sector rules;
once taken, decisions of the
majority are to be implement-


However, the prime minis-
ter assured the delegates that
in no way was he suggesting
that local government officials
ought to regard the central
government as an adversary,
as it is the central government
that allocates the funding
required to carry out their
"I will make sure all of you
know exactly what you get,
and how much money is pro-
vided for each district. You
make sure you collect what
belongs to you. This practice,
of taking money for yourselves
and spending it on other pur-
poses, I assure you, ended on
May 2nd. And it will not
return so long as I am who I
am," he said.

PM warns that improper use of public funds will

not be tolerated under 'new rules of the game'


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Tribune Staff Reporter
ernment took another bashing
yesterday as Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham warned more
than 200 delegates at the 11th
annual Local Government Con-
ference that the public purse is
not the piggy bank of local offi-
cials, administrators or govern-
ment ministers.
Prime Minister Ingraham told
the packed conference room at
the Wyndham Nassau Resort
that the "rules of the game"
have changed, and in the future
serious consequences will fol-
low any infractions that are dis-
"No minister of the govern-
ment can cause you to do what
is illegal. If someone gives you
an illegal order and you carry it
out, you are just as. guilty as
them. You know right from
wrong. You were taught that
when you were babies. So
don't give me the excuse that
someone told you to do it," he
Mr Ingraham also warned
delegates that they could not
approach him with a "plea of
ignorance" as to the rules.
Such paltry excuses, he said,
will not be a "sufficient
defence" against blatant infrac-
tions of the law.
"When in doubt, ask either
your ministry, the Treasury or
the Ministry of Finance. Oth-
erwise you take responsibility

for your actions, and conse-
quences will follow," he said.
Prime Minister Ingraham also
highlighted in his opening state-
ment public expenditure under
the Ministry of Local Govern-
"There are clear rules for the
expenditure of public funds by -{
which all of us in local and cen-
tral government are bound.
Family Island administrators
and Local Government officials
must account for all public
expenditure and act in accor-
dance with the rules that govern
expenditure of government
funds at all times.
"On Thursday morning I will
meet with all administrators
including the treasury and the
Ministry of Finance to make
sure that they understand
before they leave this island,
what the new rules of the game
are," the prime minister said to
thunderous applause.
Mr Ingraham concluded that
in the future there will be "seri-
ous consequences for breeches
of the rules".
"On the subject of employ-
ment by local government, I
want to remind those of you
from districts where some jobs
may have been given for social
or political reasons, that you
must be mindful that all who
receive a payment of money
from the public purse must pro-
vide a service a service to the
"If you choose to hire some-
one, make sure they work for
what they receive," he said.

Government to check on

progress of developments

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham assured local govern-
ment delegates that his admin-
istration will routinely request
input on development proposals
for their respective Family
"That doesn't mean that
some developer can, as has hap-
pened in the Berry Islands
recently, go and tell the local
government people what their
view is and have them send me
a letter telling me what the oth-
er man tell them and seeing if
they can get me to change my
mind without asking me what
the facts are first," Mr Ingra-
ham said.
Opening the 11th annual'
Local Government conference
at the Wyndham Nassau resort
yesterday, Mr Ingraham told
the local government officials
attending that decisions on the
development of their respec-
tive Family Islands will not be
taken without due considera-
tion of the views and opinions
of the residents most likely to
be affected by the develop-
"The government, which I am

honoured to lead, has under-
taken routinely to request input
on development proposals from
local government bodies. We
began this practice when we
were last in office and we pro-
pose now to expand on what
we believe was a good practice.
"This does not'necessarily
mean that all proposals sup-
ported by a community will
receive central government
approval or, conversely, that all
projects meeting with opposi-
tion from local government will
be refused.
"What this does.mean is that
decisions on the development
of our Family Islands will not
be taken without due consider-
ation of the views and opinions
of residents most likely to be
affected by the development.
"And in this regard I want to
stress that the views of commu-
nities will be most effective
when they can be seen to have
been deliberated and decided
upon on the basis of benefit to
the greater community and not
the likes or dislikes of a single
individual or small group of
individuals," he said.


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Angry staff asking the

tia to PM to intervene at NIB
identify body neaNI

Tribune Staff Reporter
RELATIVES of a man
found murdered in east
Jamaica have been in contact
with the Jamaican consulate
and are expected to travel to
that country shortly to for-
mally identify the body, it
was confirmed yesterday.
A woman who believes
herself to be the sister of the
murder victim who
Jamaican police, said was
identified previously by
acquaintances only as
"Beswick" called the
Bahamian honorary consul,
Keva Hylton, on Sunday
night about the matter.
She said that she believed
the dead man is her brother
Biswick Musgrove, Mrs Hyl-
ton told The Tribune yester-
Ms Hylton then contacted
Jamaican police, and is now
awaiting confirmation of
when Mr Musgrove's autopsy
will be carried out in order
that a relative can travel to
Jamaica to identify him.
before this occurs.
The dead man's body was
found shot in the head, the
left side of the chest, and the
back on Friday morning at
around 4am in the Lysson
District of the St Thomas
area in east Jamaica, consta-
ble Andre Robinson con-
firmed yesterday.
Also seized at the scene
were 500 pounds of marijua-
Yesterday, two individuals
were said to be being ques-
tioned in connection with the
incident but no one had yet
been formally charged.

Man in court in
connection with
armed robbery
" A 20-YEAR-OLD man' 6f
Flamingo" Gardens' was"
arraigned in Magistrate's Court
yesterday in connection with
the alleged robbery of two indi-
viduals of a total of $2,065
worth of phone cards.
It is alleged that on October
19, Turan Taylor, while armed
with a handgun, robbed San-
dra Rolle of 87 phone cards
valued at $1,065.
The prosecution further
alleged that on October 24,
Taylor, again while armed with
a handgun, robbed Anthony
Curry of 40 phone cards val-
ued at $1,000 as well as $250
Taylor, who was arraigned
before Magistrate Susan
Sylvester at court 11 in Nassau
Street, was not required to
enter a plea to the charges.
He was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison. The case was
adjourned to February 29,

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Tribune Staff Reporter
DISCONTENT is still brew-
ing at the National Insurance
Board and angry employees
are now asking Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham to personal-
ly intervene on their behalf.
Following last month's walk-
out at NIB headquarters on
Baillou Hill Road, disgruntled
employees told The Tribune
yesterday that frustration
among the workers continues
to grow as further allegations
of victimisation have cropped
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday Minister of Housing
and National Insurance Ken-
neth Russell said that the work-
ers were promised that "NIB
will be a much better place" in
future and that this is the goal
he and ministry are steadily
working towards.
"We are continually moving
in that direction," he said.

In July of this year, Mr Rus-
sell held an open meeting with
the staff and management of
NIB in an effort- to ease ten-
sions between the two parties.
According to employees
present at that meeting, Mr
Russell heard "hundreds" of
complaints, including multiple
allegations of sexual harass-
ment, victimisation and intimi-
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, one NIB work-
er claimed that every employee
that made a complaint at the
meeting is now being vic-
timised in one way or other for
speaking out.
"They have a long list of sus-

EMPLOYEES AT the National
Insurance Board are asking Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
(above) to intervene there.

pensions management is plan-
ning on handing out. They are
digging up everything and try-
ing to punish people for mis-
takes they made a long time
ago. They didn't punish those
people then, why are they
doing it now after the meet-
ing," the worker said.
The employee, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said
that the situation has only
worsened since the meeting
with Mr Russell in July and
that is why NIB workers now
want Prime Minister Ingraham
to get personally involved.
"We are pleading with the
prime minister .to help us, we
want peace and justice at NIB.
We want the people to know
under which circumstances we


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If changes are not soon made
to the situation at NIB, the
worker said, staff will
walk off their jobs in protest
The employee further
claimed that a general meeting
of NIB members on October
24, including chairman Patrick
Ward, the staff was informed
that large sums of money are
missing from the board's
President of the Union of
Public Officers Jerome Swan,
however, said yesterday that
although he is in constant con-
tact with the NIB workers he is
not aware of any further plans
for industrial action.

At last month's walk-out at
NIB headquarters, staff mem-
bers demanded that govern-
ment address their grievances,
which include several claims of
sexual harassment and alleged
termination of two workers
who spoke out at the July
Mr Russell said yesterday
that his ministry is currently
looking into all claims of vic-
The minister said that NIB
management has already been
instructed to reinstate employ-
ees who were apparently vic-
timised and as result tetminat-
"Hopefully, in the not too
distant future we will be able to
effect some sort of resolution
to all the problems they (the
workers) presented to us," he
Mr Russell said last month
that his ministry is investigating
the situations at NIB offices in
Nassau, Freeport, Exuma,
Abaco and Eleuthera.
NIB management did not
return The Tribune's.calls yes-

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Tighter laws against bribery needed

ALTHOUGH there is a law against bribery
in the Bahamas with punishment on the statute
books for both the briber and the person
bribed over the years bribery, "deals", kick-.
backs, under-the-table facilitations, or what-
ever you want to call it, has thrived in the
Certain positions seem to have special perks
attached. Services in many areas can only be
hastened if many palms are greased.
We recall a certain cocktail party that we
attended in the sixties, shortly after the PLP
became the government. Many well known
foreign investors were present. As one would
expect when there is a dramatic change in gov-
ernment, outsiders doing business never know
what to expect. Very often they expect the
worst. We don't know what rumours were
going around about the new government, but
these investors were very concerned as to how
business would be conducted in the future.
The question of palm greasing came up. One
well known gentleman turned to another
equally well known gentleman bbth now
dead and asked what he would do if he had
to pay a bribe to obtain a permit essential to
the continuation of his business. The other
coolly replied that he would pay it and record
it as a "business expense."
We recall foreigners coming to our office
and complaining about grasping, greedy
Bahamian hands always in the way whenever
they wanted some permit or other. We gath-
ered from some of them that they considered
pay-offs so much a recognized part of doing
business in the Bahamas that when some of
them made a proposal, they made it clear that
a reward would follow at the end of an effi-
ciently concluded agreement.
However, one day a foreign "innocent"
took this way of doing business into the wrong
office. He and his bribery entered the office of
a Bahamian who, no matter what we think of
him and his politics, could not be bribed. We
don't remember the details of the case. How-
ever, we do remember a very frightened for-
eigner sitting in the dock, charged with
attempting to bribe a very insulted Paul
Adderley. We think that Mr Adderley might
have been the attorney general at the time.
This case should have shaken some
investors. Whether it made a difference in
their future transactions with Bahamians we
don't know.
Today many Bahamians still expect certain
little "perks." Because of their position, they
expect to be treated in a special way. We
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conduct of parliamentarians and consider how
to curb those who consider, for example, that
they and their family should have free enter-
tainment in public places, and have hotel rules
and other public rules bent to accommodate
them. Somehow he has got to get across to
some of them that these "perks" were not built
into their job description when they were elect-
ed and only causes embarrassment to persons
who feel obliged to accommodate them.
This had become such a worldwide prob-
lem that the United States introduced the For-
eign Corrupt Practices Act several years ago.
It deals harshly with any of its citizens making
questionable or illegal payments in a foreign
country. Fines of $50 million in 2004 were
increased to nearly $700 million last year with
promises of many harsher penalties to follow.
In a pamphlet preparedto inform lay per-
sons of the. US law on corrupt practices, it says
that "as a result of SEC investigations in the
mid-1970's, over 400 US companies admitted
making questionable or illegal payments in
excess of $300 million to foreign government
officials, politicians, and political parties. The
abuses ran the gamut from bribery of high for-
eign officials to secure some type of favourable
action by a foreign government to so-called
facilitating payments that allegedly were made
to ensure that government functionaries dis-
charged certain ministerial or clerical duties."
It said that Congress "enacted the Foreign
Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to bring a halt
to the bribery of foreign officials and to restore
public confidence in the integrity of the Amer-
ican business-system."
As a result of FCPA several US firms that
had paid bribes to foreign officials were subject
to criminal and civil prosecutions, resulting in
"large fines and suspension and debarment
from federal procurement contracting, and
their employees and officers have gone to jail."
To avoid such consequences many US firms
have implemented detailed compliance pro-
grammes to prevent and to "detect any
improper payments by employees and agents."
Because American companies were oper-
ating at a disadvantage with companies of oth-
er foreign countries, which routinely paid
bribes and, in some countries, were permit-
ted to deduct the cost of the bribes as business
expenses on their taxes, that the OECD has
now similar legislation to. the FCPA. In 1997,
almost 10 years later, the US and 33 other
countries signed the OECD Convention on
Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials
in International Business Transactions.
It is hoped that ,our laws can be brought
up to this standard.

Island of

Junka Noo:

a parable

EDITOR, The Tribune. ment transferals plagued the sy
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AS A former career educa- spent on subject officers, supe
tor, grandfather, and "freedom intendents and administrator.
fighter" extraordinaire; I am The Ministry of Food Pr
concerned for the safe transi- duction, had many foreign an
tion of our society. loved sheep tongue souse and indigenous consultants review
Please indulge me as I share often bleated like sheep as too the factories and the perfo
this brief parable. many young people descended mance of the system. All re
Once upon a time there lived into chaos and crime. commendations were routine
a fine stout people on a lush The church community dom- shelved.
tropical island called Junka Noo inated by strong charismatic pas- The old diet has left the ch
Island. As time progressed they tors, and traditionalists religious dren not only malnourished
stopped farming and fishing. leaders, built their own food fac- also left them constipated i
They desired to keep their stories and nourished their parish with diarrhea and food poiso
island home "clean, green, and for a handsome fee. Children ing.
pristine." Although plagued by attending church run food fac- The people of Junka Noo Is
poor performance in certain sec- stories did better than the chil- seem to place their hopes in ti
tors of their national life, they dren who matriculated in public winner of the Junka Noo or ge
advertised the island as a vaca- food factories. eral elections every five years.
tion paradise and millions came The "gubment" continued to Revival of Rake and scrape ai
annually to its shores. build new food factories but no Regatta and good athletic pe
No one could deny the nat- one wanted to work on a farm. formance by a few elite pe
ural charm and beauty of the The "gubment" guaranteed loan former and Reggae o
tropical isle, it held unique scholarships and increased food radio was'all that the peop
splendor, on land and sea. Junka workers salaries assuring oppor- needed.
Noo Island was saturated with tunities for those who would dis- On the economic front tl
the unproductivity caused by cipline themselves with a people worked for the "gu
alcoholism, illegal drugs, and a healthy diet and lifestyle. All ment" and private enterprise
high spiraling crime wave. Gen- was not lost. Each year millions as the eat fast food from Chi
erally the people were a whole- of dollars were allotted as public and jerk from Jamaica.
some, fun loving, peaceful, loans to tertiary education at Chicken in the bag is st
bunch. food factories or universities flourishing so too is roti and pe
The Afro-centric majority and at home and abroad. ti. Fish fry an accidental of fo
the cosmopolitan minority sur- After completing many years booze and music village is dyi
vived the temptations to polarise of attendance at local food fac- to have the flee market form.
into ethnic tribal warfare despite stories a'few youngsters would ly the straw market join the
the cultural diversity in the com- go fishing and a few went to from crowded downtown.
munity. work on Beach Street. Others As a retired food service pr
At the end of every year the worked in hotels and business fessional I suggested that t
nutritionist, physicians, business houses. menu be changed and the ch
community, teachers, parents, Sadly too many others sold dren be fed a more wholesor
and politicians, seemed at a loss numbers, guns, drugs, and lived diet at home, at school, and
because millions of tax paying off the fat of the land in Wolf church.
dollars were being spent on food Hill Prison. Failure at the doorsteps of t
production and meals and chef It seemed that there was no family, the church, and t]
salaries. Yet an alarming rate of end in sight. Too many students "gubment" as well as the st
malnutrition prevailed among of the food factories could not dents, the food factory instill
the school age students who pass exams. Too many were tion and including the negati
attended the public feeding fac- functionally illiterate with poor newspapers could be averted
stories. .- i manners and low morals., with a menu change. ...,
Indeed millions were spent on To make matters worse an For instance parents of t
development of the culinary arts invisible armada of illegal aliens Creole children could speak
curriculum and the Ministry of who themselves were illiterate read riothing but the simp
Home Economics. and spoke a "pidgin or Creole franca phone, and formal te
Yet too many children language" crept into the island are written in standard Briti
remained malnourished socially, for thirty years from the voodoo English.
emotionally, physically, and aca- capital of the world Hay Tee. Additionally I suggest th
demically. They multiplied like hamsters sound portions of discipliD
At the end of every five year and sent their children to the removal of the police from t
period the citizens elected a food factories, for tree food. factories; so that intrinsic mo
democratic government and Who helped these poor children vation, decent family life, a
changed the head chef. The with home work? the development of more voc
head chef then appointed new Certainly their parents could tional schools, Christian virtue
chef supervisors with law not. The home work is written and less Junka Noo would sa
degrees; to oversee the entire in English. the day..
food industry. Yet the children Most of thd food workers, Finally the CSME plot wa:
on a large scale remained mal- administrators, teachers, princi- disaster plan to replace t
nourished shiftless and too Jun- pals, were females. Male edu- nationals in the work place w
ka Nooized. cators were only tolerated since more pseudo intellectuals a
From September to June the they could provide no milk, artificial answers instead
culture was washed in Junka mothering, motivation or bril- changing the menu, and t
Nooism and schools got no rest. liance unless they were gay food processing workers.
A goat skin drum became more males. More changes of executi
important than a "sheep skin" Yet too many children were cooks, waiters, food handle
diploma. In fact the people malnourished and academical- and computer software is ne

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victim still
not identified
by police
POLICE say they still do not
know the identity of the man
whose body was found early
Saturday morning in a car with
a gunshot wound to the back of
the head.
Police press liaison officer
Superintendent Walter Evans
told the Tribune yesterday that
the man, who is the country's
62nd murder victim, has still not
yet been identified.
The body was discovered at
the rear of Maria's Food Store
off Tonique Williams Darling
Highway, near the Family
Guardian office.
He was slumped over the
steering wheel of a white Nis-
san, license plate number
The victim is described as
being around six feet tall, of
slim built, with a low haircut.
At the time of his death, the
man was wearing a jersey, jeans
and a pair of Timberland shoes.

Three deny
FREEPORT Three Abaco
men appeared in Marsh Har-
bour Magistrate's Court yester-
day in connection with posses-
sion of dangerous drugs
Tacuma Balfour, 25, Eddison
Adderley, 27, and Anthion
Albury, 28 all from Dundas
Town appeared before Mag-
istrate Crawford McKee.
They pleaded not guilty to
charges of being in possession of
a quantity of dangerous drugs
with the intent to supply.
It is alleged that on October
27, the men were found in pos-
session of a quantity of com-
pressed marijuana at Marsh
Harbour, Abaco.
Magistrate McKee adjourned
the matter to January 31, 2008.
The men were remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill
until that date.

appeal before
CHIEF Inspector Stephen
Turnquest of the Bahamas
Humane Society is asking all
pet owners to be responsible
throughout the Halloween and
Guy Fawkes celebrations.
"A few simple guidelines will
help us all protect animals while
we are enjoying these fun activ-
ities," he said.
The BHS has released the fol-
lowing 10 guidelines to protect-
ing animals:
1. Keep artificial spider's web
and similar decorations away
from cats and dogs as these are
a choking hazard. Swallowing
these materials may result in
pain, the need for surgery or
2. Keep animals away from
lighted candles and bonfires.
3. Disturb prepared bonfires
before lighting to give lizards
and other small animals the
chance to escape before light-
4. Do not feed your dogs
chocolate even though they
appear to enjoy eating it, as
cocoa is poisonous to dogs.
5. Never allow any animal to
be near fireworks. Unlit, all fire-
works are poisonous, if chewed,
and after lit they are extremely
6. Keep pets indoors if fire-
works are going off in your
neighbourhood. Animals are
scared by them. If your cat or
dog becomes nervous when
bangs and flashes occur, ask
your veterinarian about pro-
viding tranquilisers in advance.
7. Never throw fireworks.
8. Report any stupidity or
abuse involving fireworks to the
police immediately. If animals
are involved report it, also, to
the Bahamas Humane Society.
9. Do not be tempted to dress
animals up in Halloween cos-
tumes as this may result in over-

heating and distress.
10. Remember, abusing ani-
mals with fireworks is a criminal
"Please remember, responsi-
ble animal ownership is good
animal ownership," Mr Turn-
quest said. "The Bahamas
Humane Society wishes every
person, and every animal, an
enjoyable Halloween and Guy
Fawkes Night."
To report cruelty, or ask for
further advice, members of the
public should contact the BHS
at: b humane@hotmail.com, or
call 323 5138.

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Mud demol

Tribune Staff Reporter
WHILE Haitians in Marsh
Harbour should be made to
comply with regulations,
when they fail to the Abaco
community must be careful
that their actions do not con-
stitute "vigilante justice", a
local lawyer warned.
Nassau-based Haitian attor-
ney Elizier Regnier was
responding to the recent
demolition exercise in Marsh
Harbour in the Haitian-pop-
ulated "Mud" settlement,
which by Thursday of last
week had caused around 40
homes to be destroyed.
- The demolition action, said
to be directed at any new shan-
ty homes, was initiated by local
government after a public meet-
ing was called to air grievances
over the expanding "Mud" and
"Pigeon Pea" settlements.
Abaco councillors cited
hazardous and unsanitary
conditions and a lack of com-.
pliance with building and
police codes, along with a
general consensus among the
community that there had
been "all talk and no action"
as far as central government
was concerned with regard to
locals' complaints about the

settlements' effect on Marsh
Harbour as a whole.
Mr Regnier, a regular visi-
tor to the Haitian settlements
over the years, agreed that
Haitians had been "going
overboard" in expanding the,
communities and that the
problem is now "stifling" the
orderly development of
Marsh Harbour.
While Mr Regnier said the
demolition initiative "seemed
a bit heavy handed", he
admitted that getting those
living in the settlement -
many of whom are in the
country legally to conform
with government regulations
has proved difficult.
However, the attorney
claimed that considered in
terms of the "historical con-
text", the action could be
deemed to "border on a
human rights violation."
Furthermore, he suggested
that Haitians are among those
who by means of their
labour may have con-
tributed much to Marsh Har-
bour's development.
He warned that the local
community must be careful
"not to castigate these peo-
ple beyond the violations of
the regulations."
"I can understand them agi-
tating against building code

Immigration denies involveme:

MINISTER of State for
Immigration Elma Campbell
yesterday confirmed that her
department had nothing to do
with the demolition exercises
at a Haitian settlement in
Asked whether she was
aware of what proportion of
those living in the settlements
are in the Bahamas illegally,
she said: "I couldn't tell you
that I wouldn't know who in
fact was living in that area. I
can say that all applications
that we receive from Abaco

we deal with and all persons
whom we know to be illegal
we deal with."
She added that her depart-
ment is "always following up
on illegal immigrants (we) do
what we have to do with regards
to apprehension exercises."
The Mud and Pigeon Pea
settlements are the subject of a
soon-to-be-released docu-
met4gry made by. the
Bahamas Human Rights Net-
work, whi.Qh received a
$20,000 donation towards the
production of that film from

homes in The Mud settlement
in Abaco have now been
demolished as part of an island
slum control campaign.
Seventeen more Haitian
homes in the Marsh Harbour
community have been ear-
marked for clearance in a local
government initiative aimed at
limiting immigrant numbers.
. Ministry of Works employ-
ees moved in two weeks ago
to take down unoccupied
shanties on the site, which
Bahamians living nearby
describe as a health and fire
The homes were being pre-
pared for new immigrants
arriving in Abaco illegally.
"They had been built since the
fire in The Mud two years
ago," said a source.
Haitians living in the settle-
ment have been told why the
demolitions are taking place,
and many have expressed sup-
port for the plan.
"Many immigrants who
have been here for a long time

don't like more Haitians com-
ing in because they feel it
dilutes the labour pool," said
the source.
"They have told local offi-
cials that they welcome more
control and raised no objec-
Administrator Cephas
Cooper has spearheaded the
clearance campaign with the
full co-operation of the police,
defence force, immigration
department, social services
and the Ministry of Works.
The Mud and its neigh-
bouring shanty settlement,
Pigeon Pea, have been a prob-
lem for Marsh Harbour for
many years.
Locals claim lack of toilet
facilities, running water and
proper drainage make the two
sites potential health hazards.
They also say sagging power
lines and congested housing
create a major fire problem, a
view borne out by the fact that
two major fires have occurred
in the settlements in the last
five years.

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ainst Turnquest outlines future
improvements at prison

Tribune Staff Reporter
ae bdean@tribunemedia.net
NATIONAL Security Minis-
1 i i ter Tommy Turnquest has
pointed to the construction of a
$1.2 million Prison Staff Com-
plex and the resolution of lin-
gering human resource issues,
as initiatives to further improve
violations, but they should be Her Majesty's Prison.
careful of... vigilante justice," Mr Turnquest visited the Fox ,
he said, adding that what must Hill prison yesterday, joining
be "avoided at all costs" is staff for breakfast, as a part of
agitating the Haitian commu- commemoration events for
nity to the point that they feel Prison Recognition week.
they must "retaliate." The foundation has already
The attorney suggested that been laid on the new staff resi-
more efforts could be made dence expected to be completed -
to educate the Haitian popu- late in 2008, which will be two
lation about building codes stories and contain 40 studio
and other regulations. units. The old accommodation
Locals have also pointed to was demolished earlier this
the dangers the sites pose as month, after staff vacated at the According to the prison, the
fire hazards, with two major end of September. system permits for the separa-
fires in recent years. Mr Turnquest explained that tion of liquid and solid waste,
Mr Regnier said that one government is responsible for allowing the solids to convert
way to mitigate the issue purchasing the materials for the into a form of compost. The
would be for government to structure, but in agnove that solids reportedly become dry
make "stable and reasonable" will lessen cost, prison labour and odour free, and up to four
provisions for Haitians living will be used in the construction inmates can use a waste bag for
in the area, many of whom phase, under the supervision of a month before it needs to be
were born in this country, for prison overseers. According to replaced.
example by means of a low- the prison, this will lead to In addressing human resource
cost housing subdivision. $600,000 in savings, concerns at the institution, Mr
"Given the large amount of "The plans are simple, but Turnquest told prison staff that
land in Marsh Harbour, I elaborate," said Mr Turnquest the government "must never
believe a compromise can be of the project, which is continu- ever" get into a situation again,
reached." he said. ing at the Yamacraw-side of the where additional personnel are
However, Abaco deputy compound. taken on "without the requisite
chief councillor Yvonne Key While addressing the media, approvals and requisite qualifi-
has pointed out previously Mr Turnquest acknowledged cations that are required."
:hat such a subdivision was that there are still infrastruc- He added that persons who
built for this purpose in Cen- tural challenges at the prison; meet qualifications for hire
:ral Pines. She claims howev- however, he said that the faith- should not be disadvantaged by
er that Haitians moved into based block initiative, and the being lumped in with others
:he homes only to retain their ongoing education and training who do not meet these require-
old houses to collect rent from initiatives, should also be con- ments.
newly-arriving immigrants. sidered when analyzing the state Some prison officers in the
of the facility, last squad who were taken on,
nt in exercise Addressing one of the most did not meet the minimum
lt i1 e cse vexing problems at the prison, qualifications. Consequently,
Superintendent Dr Elliston the whole squad was not prop-
the US Ambassador's Fund Rahming explained yesterday erly reassessed and reassigned,
For Refugees in August. that the use of slop buckets, Mr Turnquest explained.
BHRN said at the time which has existed for 50 years, "If 36 met it and 14 didn't,
that it was estimated that may soon come to an end. deal with the 36 first, while you
around 5,000 persons lived "We are now bringing in a deal with the 14. You cannot
between the two settlements, consultant before Christmas out hold some persons, who have
Accepting the donation of Canada. They have perfected done everything they are sup-
from the US Embassy, the the waterless toilets for facili- posed to, hostage because
organisation said that it ties such as ours," he said, someone else did not do what
hopes the documentary will emphasising that if the system they are supposed to do," said
"stimulate a national con- can work here in the Bahamas, Mr Turnquest, adding that his
versation on the plight o- ....itwiillb'e "a'tremendous step "go'vheirn'ht is 'ctt irtly
stateless Haitian migrants. ofpr di ; c addressingng these concerns.
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M By Eric Rose
Educators attending the
teachers' workshop for the
"Lest We Forget: The Triumph
Over Slavery" school travelling
exhibition said it will be a valu-
able tool in helping their stu-
dents understand the impact of
the transatlantic slave trade on
their lives.
"I feel that the exhibition is
an excellent opportunity for stu-
dents to learn about the slav-
ery movement in the Bahamas
and the Americas," D W Davis
Junior High School social sci-
ence teacher Raquel Hall said
after attending the workshop.
"The exhibition enhances the
learning experience of the stu-
dents, as it provides a story -
with graphics of the slave
movement from the capture of
the slaves to emancipation. It
also brings out empathy, which
is a high behavioral objective
of social studies, by creating an
awareness of the suffering and
triumphs of our ancestors."
The New York Public
Library's Schomburg Centre for
Research in Black Culture, in
conjunction with the United
Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organisation's
Slave Route Project created the
travelling version of the exhi-
bition, to mark the UN Gener-
al Assembly's resolution pro-

claiming 2004 the International
Year to Commemorate the
Struggle against Slavery and its
This year marks the 200tlh
anniversary of the abolition of
the transatlantic slave trade
The National Museum of the
Bahamas and the Ministry of
Education, Youth Sports and
Culture helped to bring the
exhibition to the Bahamas.
Educators attending the
workshop listened to presenta-
tions by chairman of the Antiq-
uities, Monuments and Muse-
ums Corporation (AMMC) Dr
Davidson Hepburn, senior edu-
cation officer for social studies
at the Ministry of Education
Sharon Poitier, chief curator of
the National Museum of the
Bahamas Kim Outten-Stubbs
and AMMC education officer
Andrea Major.
L W Young Junior High
School teacher Tracy Strachan
pointed out that because the
exhibition will be held in vari-
ous school, many students will
be able to see it.
"Remember, when you have
a school like ours with about
1,300 students; teachers would
be able to carry everyone to see
such an exhibition," she said.
"Since it comes to the schools it
would be beneficial for all to
see, including the teachers.
"I think that it could help

ORGANISERS, PRESENTERS and educators pose for a group
photograph during the teachers' workshop travelling exhibition "Lest
We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery"

them have a deeper apprecia-
tion for their culture and their
heritage," Strachan said.
Assata Kokayi, who is purs-
ing her master's degree in his-
tory at the University of the
West Indies (Jamaica), said the
travelling exhibition does a
good job in highlighting the
resistance to slavery.
"I think that a lot of the time
the emphasis is on the aboli-

tionists and what they did, but
on the flip side there is lesser
time spent on the enslaved per-
sons and what they did to resist
slavery," she said. "If this exhi-
bition can throw a new light on
the subject of slavery, in terms
of the resistance movement,
then it would be effective."
Social Studies teacher at the
H 0 Nash Junior High School
Richard Deal said he believes

EDUCATORS LISTENED to a number of presentations

that students can learn a lot
from the exhibition, pointing
out that the use of graphics and
pictures will attract those who
see it to read the text.
"The pictures are basically
showing what they are reading,
so they can see elements of it in
action," he said.
Mr Deal added that the stu-
dents would gravitate towards
such an exhibition, provided

that they understand what made
aspects of the transatlantic slave
trade "authentically Bahami-
"I think that if the students
understand where they came
from, they would have an
appreciation- for the future and
where they are going, so they
could understand that 'Yes, in
the Bahamas we had slavery',"
he said.

Torchbearers help out Grand Bahama elderly

With care packages in hand,
members of the Grand Bahama
FNM Torchbearers Association
launched their "Brother's Keep-
er" initiative on Saturday, deliv-

ering the packages to elderly
residents of west and east
Grand Bahama.
The community-based ini-
tiative, aimed at bringing love

and assistance to elderly resi-
dents throughout Grand
Bahama. was launched in west-
ern and eastern settlements
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Grand Bahama Torchbearers
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said, "The Grand Bahama
Torchbearers Association is
pleased to begin the first phase
of our Brother's Keeper initia-
tive, handing out care packages
to the elderly residents of West
End, Freetown, Bevans Town
and High Rock.
"As a youth political organ-
isation we understand that we

have a social and civic obliga-
tion to give back to our com-
munity and assist those in
"We came up with the idea
of the Brother's Keeper initia-
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be our brother's keeper."
The Brother's Keeper ini-
tiative is made possible
through the support of the
Free National Movement and
private sponsors, the Torch-
bearers said.
The acting president
extended gratitude to private
sponsors, attorney Fred Smith
and businessmen Burton
Miller and Jeff Butler who
aided in the launch of the ini-

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minister Cornelius A Smith has
been officially named the
Bahamas Ambassador to Wash-
ington, DC.
Governor General Arthur
Hanna presented him with his
Letters of Credence yesterday
during a ceremony at Govern-
ment House.
Mr Smith leaves the country
on Tuesday.
The governor general offered
his "heartiest congrats" to Mr
Smith, noting that he deserved
such an appointment for his
contribution to the country.
Supported by his family and

close friends, Mr Smith thanked
the Bahamas government for
the honour.
"I am deeply honoured to
accept the Letters of Credence
appointing me as the represen-,
tative of the government and
people of the Bahamas to the
United States of America," said
Mr Smith, who replaces Joshua
Sears in the post.
He pledged to "faithfully"
promote and pursue the inter-
ests of the Bahamas and of the
Bahamian people.
"Successive governments of
the Bahamas have maintained a
special, good neighbour policy

with the United States of
America and I pledge to not
only maintain but to deepen
and to strengthen this long-
standing relationship," Mr
Smith said.
He also thanked Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham and Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette for the confidence
they have shown in him.
Cornelius Alvin Smith, the
son of the late Sylvanues and
Susan Smith, was born at
North Long Island on April 7,
Mr Smith first entered front
line politics in the early 70s and

is a founding member of the
Free National Movement.
He was elected as an oppo-
sition member of Parliament
for the Marco City constituen-
cy in 1982. In 1987, the con-
stituency name was changed
to Pineridge. Mr Smith was re-
elected to serve this con-
stituency for a four consecu-
tive five-year terms from 1982
to 2002.
Mr Smith served in the Cabi-
net of the first FNM govern-
ment as minister of education,
public safety and immigration,
tourism, transport and local

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Rum Cay dispute at new heights

A BITTER dispute that is
ripping apart the tiny island of
Rum Cay reached a new pitch
yesterday when a US investor
said the only "acceptable" solu-
tion was the forcible removal
of his rivals.
Businessman David Cum-
mings said he was pursuing a
strategy through the courts
which, he hoped, would result in
the deportation of Bobby Little
and his family.
Describing them as "stupid
little people from Florida", Mr
Cummings said: "I am deter-
mined to get them out of there."
But Mr Little, whose family
has owned land on Rum Cay
since 1967, told The Tribune: "I
am going nowhere. I have grown
up here and I intend to stay."
And he added: "By putting
out a rope long enough, Cum-
mings will choke himself."
Mr Cummings, 55, who runs a
pollution control company from
New York state, is furious over
the demolition of his Green
Flash restaurant on Rum Cay
last week the latest in a series
of incidents which he blames on
his feud with the Littles.
The wooden building, situat-
ed at the Sumner Point Mari-
na, was apparently removed in
preparation for the sale of the
marina to Montana Marine Ser-
vices, a company linked to
Montana Holdings, which is
behind a major development
scheme on the island.
Mr Cummings claimed the
demolition, plus a fire at his

ANOTHER prominent Rum
Cay investor has joined in a
vicious argument dividing the
island, denying that locals had
anything to do with last week's
demolition of The Green Flash
Atlanta-based businessman
Billy Davis, a former state sen-
ator who owns land on Rum
Cay, is also backing the restau-
rant's alleged owner, David
Cummings, in his claim that his
wife's guesthouse was torched
by arsonists earlier this year.
And he has stated categori-
cally in a weblog about last
week's demolition incident that
outsiders were flown in to
wreck the restaurant. "I know
the locals and they were not,
involved," he said.
Mr Davis, a Vietnam war vet-
eran, alleged that the demoli-
tion and guesthouse fire were
among several disturbing inci-
dents in recent months that
have turned one of the
Bahamas' most peaceful out-
posts into a hotbed of hostility
and rancour.
He claimed a dumptruck

Owner of destroyed restaurant seeks to have rival deported

wife's guesthouse on the island
in July, are all part of a "con-
spiracy" to force him off Rum
Cay. He said Montana boss
John Mittens had, against his
advice, become involved with
the Little family, and was now
ensnared in the conflict.
"Somehow, Bobby and Mit-
tens have got hooked up togeth-
er. I warned Mittens not to get
involved in this stuff because it
was going to get ugly. Now he is
right in the thick of it."
Last week, Mr Mittens -
whose company is behind a
$700 million marina, hotel and
condo development on Rum
Cay said he wished to dis-
tance himself from the dispute.
He said he had offered Mr
Cummings money to overcome
his grievances, but claimed the
American would hear none of
it, saying he would only be sat-
isfied when the Little family
were driven off Rum Cay.
Yesterday, Mr Cummings
reiterated that point, and raised
the temperature by accusing
Montana of ruining the island
and its way of life.
"I think Montana is going to
destroy the island," he told The
Tribune, alleging that the devel-
opment had already had a neg-
ative impact on the environ-
ment and wildlife.
He said Rum Cay had
already been "fractured" by the

development and the presence
of the Littles. But he hoped that
peace would eventually be
"After all, that's what we
went there for," he said, "For
the peace and quiet."
Mr Cummings, who says he
has had a second home on Rum
Cay since the mid-1990s, dis-
missed Mr Mittens' claim that
the Green Flash restaurant was a
dilapidated shack, claiming the
building was only four years old.
He said it had been closed for a
year because the water and pow-
er supplies had been cut off. But it
had been used for Rum Cay Day,
and it was always his intention to
keep running it as a business.
The question of "who owns
what?" at Sumner Point, and
specifically the status of the
restaurant, is now the subject
of litigation. Meanwhile, the Lit-
tle family is on track to com-
plete the sale to Montana once
the government has given cer-
tain approvals.
Mr Little said: "We have been
developing here for 15 years.
Now we are selling to Montana
and my intention is just to retire
here and enjoy life. We have our
dogs and cats and our intention
is not to get involved in busi-
aess, but just enjoy ourselves."
He thought Mr Cummings'
comments were just "digging
himself in deeper", adding: "He

has done tyrant things to our
family. My dad is 77 and my
mum is 71 and they have been
badly affected by this guy."
Bad feeling at the once
peaceful and harmonious Rum
Cay has been growing since the
airport improvement project
was completed a few years ago.

The island's new-found acces-
sibility attracted land specula-
tors who have allegedly been
selling off .tracts of land amid
ongoing title disputes.
Mr Little was himself the vic-
tim of a suspected arson attack
when his new $300,000 plane
was set ablaze at Rum Cay air-

stolen from his property was
used to block the channel
between Mr Cummings' house
and the sea in an attempt to
wreck his boat.
"Lives could have been lost,"
said Mr Davis. "The newest
rumour is that more buildings
are to be destroyed as well as
the Cummings dock."
He also claimed that a bull-
dozer belonging to himself and
an associate was taken from his
property and used for last
week's demolition.
"I know the parties that were
involved and it was not the
locals," said Mr Davis. He
alleged that "after the demoli-
tion, those involved had a
drunken party."
Next day, he claimed, "the
whole bunch" flew off the
island. "That's right, they were
not Rum Cayans," said Mr
Davis. They were outsiders
"brought to this wonderful
island to destroy a business that
has employed Bahamians."
Mr Davis' intervention has
added yet more fuel to a dis-
pute which islanders admit is

splitting the once harmonious
Now bloggers have joined the
melee, with one dismissing Mr
Davis's claims as "pure BS" in
an Internet tirade.* Use with
first Rum Cay story
"It would be extremely naive
for anyone to believe that Rum
Cayans were not involved in
violence against a foreigner on
Rum Cay," said the message.
The blogger named
"Truthseeker" claimed it was
"so typically Bahamian" to crit-
icise, harass and even attack for-
"If you've been around the
Bahamas as long as you say you
have, then you should know that.
To deny it shows you don't know
a thing about the Bahamas."
The blogger likened recent
incidents on Rum Cay to the
persecution of the Robertson
family on Cat Island some years
Then, an American couple
who ran a club on Cat Island
were driven out by locals who
set the premises ablaze after
allegedly beating them up.

port in 2004.
Yesterday, he told The Tri-
bune that he had also been the
victim of a murder attempt,
when he was allegedly "hunted
down" one night by people who
wanted to kill him.
Locals whose families have
lived on the island for genera-
tions have expressed disquiet
over growing tensions. "Greed
is'ruining this place," one resi
dent commented.

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We all need to respect our environment

* By Jana Rajnohova

STOP Trashing Our
Treasures! Save Some
Fish For Children! Keep Bimi-
ni Clean! These are some smart
signs located in various places
on the Bimini Islands. The first
two signs can be found on the
opposite side of Bimini Cus-
toms in Alice Town, and the
last one is almost everywhere.
It's very good to have the
signs with such important con-
tent regarding conservation,
but the question is: Do people
respect them? Do they really
work here?
In the past I spent a period of
time on these islands, and I was
also there the whole past sum-
mer, so I think it's safe to say
that those signs are more or
less for decoration, or they just
want to say to visitors and
tourists that Bimini is a good
example of environmental
Don't misunderstand me,
that it's only my own opinion.
However, I am sure that many
other people would agree with
me or even make the same
comment. Why? Before I get
into the details, I would like to
point out that everything that I
have written is not fictitious.
This information comes from
my own experiences gained
during my stay on these islands.

S top Trashing Our
k Treasures!" The
big poster signed by Bimini
Bay Marina and Casino is one
which is a little bit ironic to be
located in Bimini Islands. I
don't understand how it is pos-
sible that Bimini Bay, which is
producing a lot of trash due to
construction of the project in
North Island, can present itself
as an environmentally aware
development. Stop Trashing?
What do they mean by it?
About two months ago while
working in North Sound, I was
really surprised to see big float-
ing pieces of Styrofoam drifting
up and down from Bimini Bay
to the Mangrove Wetlands.
I tried to pick up as many
Styrofoam pieces as possible,

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but I would have certainly
needed more volunteers will-
ing to help, because I wasn't
able to clean the whole North
Sound Lagoon just by myself.
There was too much trash of
sizes too big to pick up from
the boat. I still have it before
my eyes, because it is unbe--
I found a big plastic bag, five
feet (two metres) long, full of
this white "travelling" trash,
but I managed to get it aboard
with the help of my friend. On
other days, I noticed some tiny

After the
are gone,
many species
of fish, which
depend on the
habitat, will

fish lying without movement
on the Styrofoam, and more
plastic bags afid Styrofoam
were stuck among mangrove
I could see it there every sin-
gle day, and if I went there now,
I would easily find more items
in the water. Let me tell you
how this trash threatens the sur-
rounding environment. The
plastic particles and pellets that
make up Styrofoam are the real
danger to the marine environ-
ment. These small pieces are
often mistaken as authentic
food by green turtles, of which
many are found in the North
Sound, as well as by fish and
sea birds. They realistically
resemble fish eggs. Further,
when ingested, they clog the
intestines, resulting in the starv-
ing of the turtle, bird, or fish.
However, the cycle is not
broken there, because, after
the victim decomposes, the pel-
lets float free to start the cycle

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again. It is estimated that the
life of "plastic eggs" is about
400 years. Despite the fact that
only five per cent of plastic
pieces from surface waters are
pellets, they comprise about 70
per cent of food eaten by
seabirds. I would like to know
what the Marine Plastic Pollu-
tion Research and Control Act,
which makes it illegal to dis-
pose of plastic pollutants into
the ocean, would say on "trash-
ing" in the North Sound.

N ow I would like to
introduce the party
responsible for this dangerous
trash. It's the same one who is
signed under the beautiful
poster "Stop Trashing Our
Treasures" Bimini Bay
Resort. I think no-one is sur-
I can assure you that all the
Styrofoam floating in the North
Sound comes directly from
Bimini Bay Development. Why
am I so sure? Because I did my
own investigation there and I
also spotted the same bags of
Styrofoam exactly in the area
of construction. I can offer to
anyone my photos as the proof.
Trashing from the site of
Bimini Bay Project doesn't end
only in North Sound. Besides
totally polluted beaches, at the
end of Bimini Bay you can also
see amount of garbage which
includes everything from con-
struction: palm trees, iron
pipes, buckets, plastic and steel
items, bags of various fertilisers
and many more kinds of
That rubbish, together with
dead mangroves and pine trees,
is being burned every day. You
can recognize it by the plume
of black smoke. I was really
horrified and sad as I stood
close to that disgusting place,
which was previously a beauti-

ful, healthy Mangrove area.
In some parts of this
destroyed area are young man-
grove roots trying to grow
back, but their chance for sur-
vival is/zero. Upland develop-
ment and pollution slowly
smother and poison mangrove
habitats and all of the species
that depend upon them for sur-
vival. However, there are still
mangroves which can avoid
future "death" and be saved
from this unfair destruction, if
phase II and III of Bimini Bay
Project are stopped, and the
Marine Protected Area is

Save Some Fish For Chil-
dren! It's really a nice
poster signed by Bimini Big-
Game Resort which teaches
people to preserve fish
resources for the next genera-
tions. This is the wish of all of
us who are aware of the impor-
tance of fishery for the island.
Probably Bimini Bay Resort
has a different opinion on this
issue, because its project is the
biggest threat for the future
existence of fishery in Bimini.
Extensive destruction of man-
grove habitats in the North
Sound has alreadyraised con-
cerns for the island's fishing
industry. Along with the
destruction of mangrove
swamps, fish are losing their
nurseries, essential for their
growth in the early period of
their life.
After the mangroves are
gone, many species of fish,
which depend on the mangrove
habitat, will disappear. The
dredging of channels and other
construction along the shore cre-
ates a kind of pollution which
juvenile fish cannot survive.
Fishing in Bimini could
become a memory, and people
would know the good old times
of fishing just from pictures or
the stories oflocals, who would
lose the jobs on which their life

Keep Bimini Clean! -
This is my favourite
sign, which accompanies me on
my every step with the simple
message to keep our environ-
ment clean, but the effect is
very weak. It's sad that espe-
cially where signs are placed
there is the most trash! For
example, Yacht Channel!
There used to be a big poster in
the corner of the channel. Now
it's down because of a storm.
Obviously It was useless,
because the channel and sur-
rounding area is totally pollut-
ed and disgusting. On the shore
along this channel is a quan-
tum of old garbage. No-one has
the interest to pick it up. What
a sad presentation of Beauti-
ful Bimini Island!
'The people who fly to Bimi-
ni, and go from South Bimini
to North Island by ferry, first
smell the dead fish and see the
garbage and the water polluted
with oil, gasoline and sewage.
It's not a very nice welcoming
for visitors! Another polluted
area is the ocean-side shore of
North Island. I am sorry to say
this, since I really do like
Biminites, but it seems that
they don't care about the their
homes' back yards. They were
full of trash, which I could view
while walking along the North
Although the beaches them-
selves are beautiful and clean,
that pollution is destroying the
impression of beauty. I would
recommend to Biminites that
they take responsibility to keep
their island clean, since they
are playing an important role in
the protection of the environ-
ment. However, this responsi-
bility belongs also to all peo-
ple who visit Bimini. Trash is a
real danger, which will be haz-
ardous to the fragile environ-
ment of Bimini in the near
future. Especially while the
presence of Bimini Bay Resort
is also producing large amounts
of garbage and sewage, this
problem escalates in all seri-
May I ask that you be more
conservative regarding the
issue of garbage in your coun-
try. Try to keep your homes
clean, and teach everyone else
to, do the same, so that your
children can admire Mother
' Nature in her full glory.


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Search for boats and persons

is abandoned after four days

Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER four days of exten-
sive search and rescue efforts
Iby the Bahamas Air and Sea
iRescue Association, Defence
Force officers and Bahamas
.Ferries employees proved fruit-
less, the official search for two
missing boaters has been called
Chris Lloyd, a BASRA rep-

resentative told The Tribune
yesterday ihat the search for 70-
year-old Jerome Brown, of
Bamboo Town, and 52-year-old
Perry Jervais Bain, of Nassau
Street, was suspended on after
the bodies of the two men did
not turn up.
After a "stretched" effort
involving eight boats and the
US Coast Guard, authorities
were only able to locate debris
from the 15 foot speedboat
south of Spruce Cay on Athol

Island. The bodies of the expe-
rienced fishermen have yet to
be found.
Based on .this information
and the direction of the current,
the bodies of the missing
boaters would have floated to
that general area if the men
were wearing life jackets, Mr
Lloyd added.
"The best that we were hop-
ing for . is that (the bodies)
would drift into Montagu Bay,
and that may still happen."

The men were believed to be
on board the Lady Hermia
which was involved in a colli-
sion with Bahamas Ferries' Bo
Hengy on October 21 as the fer-
. ry, the larger of the two vessels,
was approaching the Nassau
Harbour point.
The smaller vessel did not
register on the Bo Hengy's
radar or in the line of sight of
crew members it was reported.
An initial search of the area
by Bahamas Ferries officials

and authorities revealed noth-
ing. During the second day of
the search, the vessel was found
partially submerged in the area
of Athol Island and was towed
to the Defence Force holding
Even though authorities
know roughly where the colli-
sion occurred, it wasn't until 20
hours later that the two boaters
were reported missing, which
led to rescuers having to search
a very large area.

While the men are presumed
dead their relatives are hoping
that their bodies will be found.
"We're just trusting and
believing in God and asking him
to strengthen us at this time,"
Vashti Brown, the spokesper-
son for the Brown family said
during a brief telephone inter-
view yesterday. She added that
family and friends were still
continuing unofficial search
efforts for her father and Mr

Ocean Club Estates appoints

company for concierge duty

Platinum Pineapple LId has
been selected to manage the on-
site concierge and absentee
home management services for
Ocean Club Estates provid-
ing complimentary and person-
alised a la carte services for over
100 estate homes and 88 condo
"Ocean Club Estates rede-
fines the image of what you
should expect from a members-
only residence club," explained
Michelle Albury-Spurlock, pres-
ident and co-founder of Plat-
inum Pineapple Ltd.
"Crucially, they provide the
type of personalised luxury and
service that we would demand
and expect for our own private
clients. We are delighted to join
Kerzner International in provid-
ing Ocean Club Estates' mem-

bers with the five-star services
they are accustomed to, and are
looking forward to developing
our Jies more closely."
"Our role is to simplify our
clients' lives so they can focus
on higher priority items,"
explained Sarah Munro, vice-
president and co-founder of
Platinum Pineapple.
"We offer a comprehensive
range of services for full-time
residents and seasonal residents
alike...everything from handling
daily chores like dry cleaning,
ordering floral arrangements
and grocery shopping to one-
off services such as turn-key
installations and utility hook-
ups. Our services are limited
only by the imagination and
needs of our clients."
Ed Fields, general manager

of Ocean Club Estates Home-
owners' Association, added:
"Providing genuine hospitality
and personal attention to detail,
the full service on-site concierge
will create a five-star living
experience for the home and
condo owners of Ocean Club
Estates. The dedicated
concierge staff is ready to pam-
per our members and customise
their living experience with a
suite of complimentary and a la
carte services. As a significant
service for our seasonal own-
ers, Platinum Pineapple will
provide customised absentee
home management and key
holding services. In addition we
are also pleased that we are able
to offer this service through a
company owned and operated
by local entrepreneurs."

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OCEAN CLUB Estates Homeowners' Association general manager Ed Fields, sitting at centre, along with
Michelle Albury-Spurlock, president and co-founder of Platinum Pineapple are pictured at the official
contract signing which will allow Platinum Pineapple to manage the on-site concierge and absentee home
management services for the luxurious Ocean Club Estates, which comprises over 100 estate homes and
88 condo units. Also pictured standing at left is Natasha Nixon, concierge,.Platinum Pineapple and Sarah
Munro, vice-president and co-founder of Platinum Pineapple.

Essay competition opened

In honour of Dr Eric
Williams, the first prime minis-
ter of Trinidad and Tobago, the
Eric Williams Memorial Col-
lection and the Jamaica Bicen-
tenary Committee have
announced the inauguration of
the 'School Bags' essay compe-
All essays must encompass
Eric Williams' seminal work
and discuss the topics of capi-
talism, slavery and the relevance
they have to today's student.
The contest is offered to all
final year sixth form students
in the former and current
British-colonised Caribbean
countries, including 'the
The contest will be held
through December 15, 2007 and
winners will be announced on
March 1, 2008.
First prize winners will
receive a four-day trip for two
to Trinidad and Tobago with
airfare, hotel accommodations,
two meals daily, a tour of the
Eric Williams Memorial Col-
lection and University of the
West Indies campus plus a
$1,000 educational voucher.
In addition, the winner will
make courtesy calls on the pres-
ident of Trinidad and Tobago
and the Speaker of the House
of Representatives, take a tour
of Parliament, and be awarded
a set of Eric Williams' books
and a framed certificate.
The winning essay also will
be published. Second prize win-
ner will receive a Laptop com-
puter, third prize winner a $500
educational voucher and the
winning school will receive a
trophy as well as a set of the
Encyclopedia of African-Amer-
ican Culture and History. In the
event of a Trinidad and Tobago
winner, a trip to Jamaica will
be substituted.
Dr Eric Williams, noted
scholar/historian, authored the

classic Capitalism and Slavery
which is widely considered to

have "defined the study of
Caribbean History."

Achievers club visits Governor General

Members of the Fantastic Achievers Club of Highbury Park Church of Christ called on Governor General
Arthur Hanna on Friday at Government House. From left: Lourie Smith, Dorothy Malcolm, Vera Farrington,
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Island of New Providence


Given Under


Chapter 233

WHEREAS by Declaration of Intended Acquisition dated 23rd day of June

A.D., 2007 and published in the Extraordinary Gazette dated 31st day of August

A.D., 2007, the Minister responsible for Public Works, the Promoter, declared

that the said land described in the Schedule hereto was required for a public

purpose, namely, construction or improvement of public roads and for uses

related thereto.

AND WHEREAS the Minister responsible for Acquisition and Disposition

of Lands, is of the opinion that possession of the said land should be obtained

before payment is made to the rightful claimants thereto.

NOW THEREFORE it is hereby declared that the said land has been

appropriated by the Minister responsible for Acquisition and Disposition of

Lands for the purpose mentioned in the said Declaration of Intended

Acquisition with effect from the date hereof.

Dated this 17th Day of October, AD., 2007

Hubert A. Ingraham
Minister Responsible for
The Acquisition and Disposition of Lands



Corridor 13

All those certain lots pieces or parcels of land being Transportation Corridor
No. 13 Prince Charles Drive and shown on a plan by Mott MacDonald Drawing
No. 51735/HWY/WININPI13/RL4 on record in MP Files 5028 Vol. X in the
Department of Lands & Surveys situate on the Northern and Southern sides of
Prince Charles Drive Southeastwardly of the City of Nassau in the Island of
New Providence in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Abutting and
Bounding as described below:

Lands on the Northern side of Prince Charles Drive:

Portion of lands C35 College Gardens containing by admeasurement 3,723
square feet or thereabouts.

Portion of lands C6 College Gardens containing by admeasurement 3,153
square feet or thereabouts.

Portion of Allotment 3 New Life Christian Centre containing by admeasurement
6,396 and 778 square feet respectively.

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dard benchmark, security,
orderliness, caring, opportu-
nities, the prison is better
today for staff and inmates
when compared to three,:
years ago."
Dr Rahming's current con-
tract expires in January.
National Security Minister
Tommy Turnquest said yes-
terday that no decision had
been made on this issue. He
was asked the question by
the media at a Staff Break-
fast at the Prison.
"The,government hasn't
made a determination on
that as yet. And once we do,
we'll' make the proper
announcements," he said,
adding that progress at the
prison recently has been
"quite good."
In the prison supplement,
Dr Rahming said that "there
is no .objective reason" for
his contract not to be
Noting that he believes
government is serious about
prison reform, Dr Rahming
"If the .idea is reform and'
transformation, not mere
maintenance and contain-
ment, I respectfully submit
that no one that I can think
of is better suited at this time
in broad experience, expo-
sure, contacts and influence,
education, outlook and tem-
Last year, the prison
reported a 10 per cent reduc-
tion in recidivism, which may
work in Dr Rahming's favour
when government makes its
decision on his future in the
next few months.
When asked yesterday
about his accomplishments,
Dr Rahming told the media
that he regards the formal
classification programme for
inmates as one of the most
significant changes during his
three-year term.
"I think that has been a
tremendous success. Once
inmates are properly classi-
fied, that takes care of a lot
of problems down the road
in terms of sentence plan-
ning; in terms of escape rates;
in terms of fights and upris-
ings; all of those kinds of
things are impacted if you
properly cs nates

Dr Rahming added that
under his watch, the prison
has also doubled its offerings
in technical and vocational
courses and expanded the
extra-mural out of facility -
work programme.
The superintendent said he
is also pleased with the pre-
release programme, which
prepares inmates through
anger management courses,
employability training and
family reunification.
In an effort to reduce
recidivism, under Dr Rah-
ming's watch, changes have
been made to how repeat
small time offenders are
Previously they were
placed. in one of the outer
facilities at the prison, which
allowed them to work on the
compound and have easier
sentences. However, Dr Rah-
ming explained that the deci-
sion was made to place these
individuals in Maximum
Security instead.
"We determined that if
you are a multiple recidivist,
although you come here for a
minor offence, you spend
your time in Maximum Secu-
rity. And we have noticed a
decided downturn in their
rate of recidivism," he said.

sibility of it developing into a hurri-
t cane. However, reports indicate Noel
has left at least a dozen dead in its
wake after passing through the
Dominican Republic on Monday.
Acuweather international fore-
caster Josh Newhard, spoke to The
Tribune exclusively yesterday.
He said the "struggling" storm is
still highly disorganised and its winds
are expected to remain around 45
miles per hour with possible higher
gusts of 60 miles per hour.
"The worst conditions (for the
Bahamas) itself will start probably
late (Tuesday) through Thursday.
(The Bahamas) should see some
squalls with winds gusting over 30-40
miles per hour."
"Since its remains very disorga-
nized we really don't expect it to
make it to hurricane status."
The storm was travelling along
the northern coast of Haiti up to
press time yesterday and was expect-
ed to head towards the northwest
Bahamas at 15 miles per hour with
maximum sustained winds of 45

Sinking home

FROM page one

A contractor confirmed the
problem. Now, she claims, the
floor is around two inches below
the level where it used to be.
Last week, said the mother, a
.housing official inspected the
house and informed her that
before any buildings were con-
structed on the site numerous
"craters" had to be filled in, but it
appeared that "they did not do a
good job" and now there are
known to be several home owners
experiencing structural problems.
A separate source has alleged
that assessments made at the pro-
posed home site before construc-
tion started concluded that it
was unsafe for homes to bp built
on the area, however, construc-
tion went ahead.
"The guy from housing said I
should contact a lawyer and let
them write me a letter to housing
requesting that I move out of the
area," she said.
Yesterday, Housing Minister
Kenneth Russell said he was not
aware of the mother's particular
situation, but had visited a house
in the area that had "similar prob-
He added that he had no
knowledge of the claim that the
area was built on despite being
considered unsuitable. He said he
would investigate the claim.
The mother said an inspector
came to her home last week with
a contract;,.Q ,t assess tbtj;dim,

have to return with another two
contractors next week before he
could say what would be done
about the problem.
Mr Russell told The Tribune
that the department is continu-
ing in its efforts to repair homes,
including those in the area in
question, but while some have
been repaired the department is
still challenged with "working out
all the logistics to do that so it
can be done smoothly."
The mother said that while she
is attached to her home and likes
the area, she would rather move
out permanently than have to
continually deal with ongoing
structural problems, which could
represent a hazard for her and
her child.
Her claims can be added to a
litany of complaints about the
quality of construction of some
homes built under the former
PLP administration, which have
caused the FNM government to
budget a significant amount for
repairs of such buildings.
Last week, a source with
knowledge of the police investi-
gation into allegations of corrup-
tion at the Ministry of Housing,
said that the investigation was
continuing, with "more people
confident that they can come for-
ward" to give information to

Basil Dean reported. The centre of
the circulation was expected to hit
the island of Inagua yesterday, he
"In terms of a timeline we expect
it to remain over the southeastern
Bahamas through Monday and late
Tuesday (Noel) should be making
its way towards the more central
On Wednesday the islands in the
central Bahamas should experience
the maximum effect of heavy rains
and associated winds. By late
Wednesday through early Thursday
some islands in the northwest
Bahamas may experience the direct

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According to local forecasters
only one of the models they are
presently tracking indicates that
(Noel) will develop into a hurricane.
On Monday Bahamasair's flights
to Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins
and Long Island were suspended
until further notice. Officials at
Bahamasair will monitor the storm
and confer with local forecasters to
determine whether or not the Tues-
day evening flight to George Town,
Exuma, will continue on schedule,
Mr Woods said.
Bahamians are also warned
against travelling to Haiti until fur-
ther notice.

Jamaican national

FROM page one
Ambrose who said that she knew Ms Munroe to be a Jamaican national who
had been living in the area for about a year.
Mr Munroe said that he visited an apartment complex where Ms Ambrose
said that Ms Munroe lived with Aneka Sweeting.
Ms Sweeting's vote is also being contested by Mrs Maynard-Gibson's
team. Both women, according to Mr Munroe, were not at home at that
The private investigator said that after a later visit on September 18 and a
discussion with a neighbour he found out that both women had moved.
The counterfoil places the address of the two women at Apartment num-
ber 1, Sequoia Street, East of Buttonwood Avenue. Mr Munroe said when he
went to the area he did not find that the two women lived there.
The court also heard that some of the names read had their residence traced
to areas of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates, east of Acacia Street. Acacia Street
is one of the streets that serves as a boundary for the Pinewood Constituen-
cy. Lead attorney for the team of the former Pinewood MP, Philip Davis, sub-
mitted that it would be safe to assert that all persons residing east of Acacia
Street resided outside the Pinewood constituency.
The Justices also heard the case of Leslie Jones, who according to Mr
Munroe resided, not in the Pinewood constituency, but at a home in Blue Hill
Road north.
Mr Munroe testified that on July 18 he went to Rodgers Comer off Blue
Hill Road and spoke to an elderly lady by the name of Rebecca Moss who said
she knew Leslie Jones all of his life and knew him to be living in the area all
his life.
The private investigator testified that Rodgers Comer is located in Blue Hill
Road north on the west side of the street before arriving at St Agnes Angli-
can Church, if one were to be travelling north.
On the counterfoil, however, the court heard that Mr Jones' address was
listed as North Sapodilla Boulevard, west of Willow Tree Avenue in
Mr Munroe said that when he went to investigate in that area no one had
heard of Mr Jones.
Election court continues today at 10 am.

FROM page one

wider,,,w in the overall deficit to
$104.4i, union from r$88.7 million in
the comparable period of the pre-
vious year, the Central Bank said.
Revenue collections also only
advanced to $131.7 million follow-
ing a $168.3 million rise in the com-
parable pciiod of the 2t005/2(006 fis-
cal year.
The Central Bank cites the
decline in visitor numbers as a sig-
nrficant factor in the decreasing
growth of the economy up until
.'.TM 2007. i 10
"Indications arc that tourism per-
formance for the second quarter
was adversely impacted by devel-

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE Bahamian government
upgraded the tropical storm
watch for the central Bahamas to
a tropical storm warning, and
issued a tropical storm watch for
north-western Bahamas, the
National Oceanic and Atmos-
pheric Administration (NOAA)
said yesterday.
This means that as of 5pm that
day a tropical storm warning was
in effect for central and south-
eastern Bahamas.
A tropical storm warning
means that tropical storm condi-
tions are expected from Noel
within the warning area within
the next 24 hours.
If its general motion remains
the same the centre of Noel is
expected to move between cen-
tral Bahamas and the northern
coast of Cuba between yesterday
evening and today.
The advisory which provided
this information was released by
the NOAA at 5pm.

The advisory said that a tropi-
cal storm watch may be expected
for the Northwestern Bahamas
by that evening.
It stated that Noel may bring
total rainfall accumulations of five
to ten inches with "possible max-
imum amounts" of 15 inches in
central and south-eastern
At the time of the advisory, the
centre of Noel was located near
latitude 20.9 north, longitude 74.2
west or about 50 miles, or 80 km,
north of the eastern tip of Cuba
and about 215 miles or 340 km
south-southeast of great Exuma
island in the central Bahamas.
It was moving toward the
north-west at around 15mph, or
24km/h, and this general motion
was expected to continue
throughout the next 24 hours.
Education officials said yester-
day afternoon that they are con-
sidering closing schools in the
areas that are to be most affected.
At press time last night, The
Tribune was receiving reports that
Inagua was already beginning to
feel the effects of the storm.

opments relating to the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative
The report states that total
arrivals dropped by 12.1 per cent
to 1.15 million visitors, with both
air and sea visitors having declined
by 8.8 per cent and 13.8 per cent
The Central Bank, however,
notes that the tourism industry ben-
efitted from a 6.6 per cent increase.
il hotel' rooii r6venes' to $18.'6'W'
million, as a 12.6 per cent hike in
average room rates was able to off-
set the 5.3 per cent decrease in the
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Lyford Cay Foundation appointments

New board members

and managing director

are announced A M

TION has announced three new
appointments to its board of
directors, effective immediately.
They are president Stuart Ray,
vice president Frank Crothers and
Suzy Robinson, chairperson of
the gifts and grants committee.
The foundation also announced
the promotion of Maureen
French from administrator to
managing director.
The new appointees, along with
other notable business and civic
leaders who serve on the board,
will be instrumental in determin-
ing the future direction of the
country's largest private educa-
tional and philanthropic organi-
sation, said foundation chairman
Manuel Cutillas.
He explained that the board is
currently engaged in an intensive
strategic planning process, to cul-
minate in an all-day brainstorm-
ing session in November, with the
aim of fine-tuning the
foundation's long-term policies.
"As our organisation contin-
ues to grow, we are looking at
our operation five and 10 years
from now to determine how we
may want to adapt in terms of
structure, concept and tactics,"
he said. "Stuart, Frank and Suzy
each bring extremely valuable
skills and experience to our team,
and I know they will be key to
the success of this effort."

A longtime resident of the
Bahamas, Mr Ray joined the
foundation's board in 2001 and
has served as its vice president
since 2004. He is also a member
of the foundation's investment
committee and its College of the
Bahamas library fund raising
Mr Ray is a partner of Sonen-
shine Partners LLC, a New York-
based investment bank, and a
- founding partner of Urban Amer-
ican Partners LLC, a New Jer-.
sey-based real estate firm.
Previously, he was a managing
director and partner at Bankers
Trust Company, a partner at
Wolfensohn & Company, and a
policy director in the US Depart-
ment of Energy.
Mr Ray has also seived.as a
director of a number of private
companies, most recently at Mil-
licom International Cellular, a
publicly traded, Luxembourg-
based telecommunications
He has extensive civic, educa-
tional and charitable affiliations,
including service to'the Associa-
tion of the Metropolitan Opera,
the Byrd Hoffman Watermill
Foundation, and the Professional
Children's School, all in New
Mr Ray received AB and
MBA degrees from Harvard Uni-
versity. He is a Chartered Finan-
cial Analyst (CFA), and a mem-
ber of the CFA Institute and the
New York Society of Security

He and his wife, Robin, reside
in Old Fort Bay.
Frank Crothers joined the
Lyford Cay Foundation board in
He is chairman and CEO of
Island Corporate Holdings Ltd,
a private, Bahamas-based invest-
ment company with diverse inter-
ests throughout the Caribbean,
North America, Australia and
South Africa.
He is vice-chairman of
Caribbean Utilities Company,
Abaco Markets and Indigo Net-
works Ltd (Bahamas), as well as a
director of Franklin Templeton
Resources, Nuinsco Resources
Ltd, CIC Energy Corp and Fideli-
ty Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd.
Mr Crothers has been active in
local community affairs for many
years. He is the recipient of the
Chairman's Lifetime Award from
Junior Achievement Bahamas, a
founding member of the Young
Presidents Organisation
(Bahamas), and a director of the
Governor-General's Youth
Awards programme and the Sal-
vation Army.
Mr Crothers studied at the
University of Valencia in Spain,
the University of Miami and the
London School of Economics.
He lives with his family at
Lyford Cay.
Suzy Robinson was employed
by the Walt Disney Company in
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, for
27 years before moving to Hong
Kong and then the Bahamas.
At Disney, she managed teams
responsible for recruitment, train-
ing, diversity, guest satisfaction
measurement and community
outreach, including volunteer pro-
grammes and charitable giving.
Ms Robinson relocated to the
Bahamas early last year with her
husband, Don, a 34-year Disney
veteran who is now president of
Baha Mar Resorts Ltd.
She is a committee member of
TimeWorks, the volunteer arm
of the Lyford Cay Foundation,
and also volunteers at the Salva-
tion Army's School for the
"All of us on the gifts and
grants committee are thrilled and
confident that Suzy will lead our
"work to new heights and that we
will all benefit from her enthusi-
asm, experience and profession-
alism," said Alessandra
Holowesko, retiring chairperson
of the committee.
' Ms Robinson holds a bache-
lor's degree in business adminis-
tration from Virginia Common-
wealth University in Richmond,
Ms French began her involve-
ment with the Lyford Cay Foun-
dation in 1993, when she became
a personal assistant to its former
chairman, Harry C Moore. Four
years later, she was hired as the

foundation's administrator.
"I often say that Maureen is
the soul of our o'IL..i',ii i- n and
I don't know what we would do
without her," said Mr Cutillas.
"She has been responsible in
great part for the growth of the
Foundation, especially in terms
of its internal organisation and
level of professionalism in all of
our programmes.
Her promotion is a well-
deserved one and we look for-
ward to her continuing to do the
excellent job she has always done,
along with our director of educa-
tional programmes and alumni
affairs, Monique Hinsey, and our
administrative assistant, Arline
Ms French, who has held a
number of administrative
positions in Nassau and Canada,
is a graduate of Queen's
She has an associate of arts
degree in applied arts equine
studies from the Humber College
of Applied Arts and Technology
in Ontario, Canada, where she
worked for an equine veterinary
practice and the Ontario Jockey
She returned to her native Nas-
sau in 1990 after seven years of
extensive travel throughout the

Still the head of the

Daniel Smith inquest

FROM page one
and that responsibility ultimately lies with the presiding coroner.
Speaking yesterday with The Tribune, lawyer Wayne Munroe, who
is representing Howard K Stem, said that he expects that the scheduling
of court dates and witness appearances will be first on the agenda
during today's proceedings..
After dealing with the scheduling issues, he said, he expects Coroner
Campbell to deal with the challenge of empanelling an impartial jury.
Mr Munroe said that some of the problems the Coroner's Court
experienced with thl international media during the first round of
the inquest will continue as some US networks seem to still not under-
stand the rules of Bahamian law.
Chief Magistrate Gomez told The Tribune in an earlier interview that
because the Daniel Smith case is holding up all other inquests, the court
will try to get the matter over with as quickly as possible.
Daniel died on September 10, 2006, while visiting his mother at
Doctors Hospital three days after she gave birth to the now one-year-
old Dannielynh.
Forensic pathologist Dr Cyril Wecht, who was hired to perform an
independent autopsy on Daniel's body, said that the 20-year-old had
died from a lethal combination of Zoloft, Lexapro and Methadone.
The list of witnesses scheduled "to testify at the inquest stands at
around 35 and includes Mr Stem, Ms Smith's former lawyer and part-
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verge of collapse'

Tribune Business Editor
"needsaa shot


projects start to bear fruit, an
Grand Bahama
Port Authority
to survive" in
the short-term
until the many attorney and
projects start to bear fruit, an
attorney and GBPA licensee
told The Tribune yesterday.
Fred Smith, an attorney and
partner in Callender's & Co,
said persons were "leaving
Freeport every day" in search
of work in Nassau, the Family
Islands and US as the island's
economy remained in the
depressed state it fell into fol-
lowing the 2004 hurricane sea-
son and Royal Oasis closure.
To stimulate Freeport's
economy and provide short-
term jobs for those unem-
ployed, Mr Smith said the
GBPA needed to become
"more proactive on investment
and development", and invest
in infrastructure upgrades and
maintenance across the city.
He also urged the GBPA

* Licensee calls on Port
Authority and government
to give city 'a shot in the
arm' and stimulate jobs
* Residents 'desperate
for employment' in
economy that has
'reached its lowest ebb'
waiting for investment
projects to kick-in

and its Port Group Ltd, in con-
junction with their partner in
the Grand Bahama Interna-
tional Airport Company,
Hutchison Whampoa, to invest
in the construction of a new
domestic terminal for the air-
On the Government side,
Mr Smith said the administra-
tion in Nassau "needs to let
the Port Authority get on with
running the business of
Freeport, and not vet every
licence application".
He suggested that it also
stopping seeing Freeport as a
source of valuable tax revenue,

SEE page 6

Storm 'the very last

- thing Morton wants'

Tribune Business Editor
TROPICAL Storm Noel is
"the very last thing" Morton
Salt (Bahamas) needs, its man-
aging director told The Tribune
yesterday, as the heavy rain-
fall could lengthen the pro-
jected downtime facing its staff
beyond the already-projected
2008 first quarter.
Glen Bannister said that
with the centre of Tropical
Storm Noel set to pass over
Inagua some time today, Mor-
ton Salt and the entire island
were expecting to experience a
"significant amount of rain-
fall", further exacerbating the
situation already facing the
company and its workforce.
Mr Bannister said of Tropi-
cal Storm Noel: "It's going to
make matters even worse than
they're already, and perhaps
even lengthen the down time
from the persistent rainfall. It's
going to make the situation far
worse than what it was."
Morton Salt accounts for
about 60 per cent of Inagua's
workforce, the island being
almost totally reliant on the
company to stimulate eco-
nomic activity and bring in
essential supplies.

Inagua's main employer
and economic engine warns
expected rainfall could
increase downtime for
workforce beyond Q1 2008

Heavy year-to-date rainfall,
with Inagua receiving 11 inch-
es of rain in August and Sep-
tember alone compared to the
10-inch average for the Sep-
tember-December rainy sea-
son, has melted the salt in Mor-
ton Salt's pans and left the
company looking at a harvest
that is expected to be 500,000
tonnes. That is so e 40 per
cent of the normal 1.2 million
tonnes per year production
As a result, Mr Bannister
had previously told The Tri-
bune that Morton Salt was
likely to run out of salt to har-
vest by end-November 2007,
raising the spectre that it would
have to either temporarily lay-
off workers or reduce their
work week.
The excessive rainfall and its
impact on the salt cake and

SEE page 7

$4.5m pension debt bars

Royal Oasis acquisition

* Hotel industry funds have judgments/liens preventing

buyer from possessing.resort until debt paid

* Situation likely to be minor stumbling block, but funds

yet to hear from Harcourt, Lehman or government

Tribune Business Editor
Some $4.5-$4.7 mil-
lion owed to the
two Bahamian
hotel industry pen-
sion funds remains
a potential stumbling block to
closing the Royal Oasis resort's
sale, The Tribune was told yes-
terday, because until that debt
is settled there is a court-judg-
ment/lien over the hotel prop-
Sources familiar with the sit-
uation said the two pension
funds the Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Industries Pension Fund
and the Bahamas Hotel Indus-
try Management Pension Fund
- had yet to receive any com-

munications, verbal or written,
from any of the parties
involved in the Royal Oasis
transaction or the Government
as to how the debts would be
"They've got all their ducks
in a row and want their mon-
ey," a source told The Tribune.
"They most certainly must [set-
tle], but they [the pension
funds] have heard diddly squat
from anybody."
The judgments secured by
the two pension funds effec-
tively prohibit the prospective
Royal Oasis purchaser, Har-
court Development Company,
from taking possession of the
resort properties even if they
close the $33 million purchase
with Lehman Brothers private

equity arm until the out-
standing debts have been set-
The judgments require that
all outstanding contributions
to the two pension funds,
which provide retirement ben-
efits for all hotel industry
employees, plus interest and
costs, be paid to them.
Given the time that has
elapsed between when the
judgments were rendered and
served, and now, the original
$4.1 million principal or out-
standing contributions has
increased to between $4.5 to
$4.7 million due to interest and
Sources told The Tribune
that the owed pension contri-
butions were vital to both

funds, because even though
they may not have been paid
on behalf of Royal Oasis
employees, the trustees for
both pension funds had taken
the decision to pay benefits to
those eligible for them even
though the hotel had been
closed from September 2004
to the present.
The Bahamas Hotel Indus-
try Management Pension Fund
initially secured judgments
totalling $1.826 million against
the five Royal Oasis compa-
nies that existed when Drift-
wood (Freeport) closed the
resort owing more than $22
million in total debts.

SEE page 10

Three aircraft models eyed by Bahamasair

Tribune Business Reporter
BAHAMASAIR is still considering
three aircraft model options as fleet
replacements, its managing director told
The Tribune yesterday, saying the airline
did not operate the same model Dash 8
plan as the Scandinavian airline SAS,
which has withdrawn the plane from ser-
vice indefinitely.
SAS has cancelled more than 150 flights
since Sunday as a result of landing gear
concerns, but speaking with Tribune Busi-
ness yesterday, Henry Woods quickly
pointed out that the Scandinavian airline
operates Dash -8 400s, while Bahama-
sair's fleet is Dash-8 300s.
"We are very aware of the fact of what
has happened with Scandinavian Air, but

it is two cdfferent types of planes and we
are not experiencing those concerns," Mr
Woods explained.
Mr Woods said Bahamasair was still
examining at least three aircraft options
for possible fleet replacements, including
the SAAB 340, which was heavily
opposed by.Bahamasair employees last
At that time, a group of Bahamasair
employees wrote to the Government
protesting against a proposed plan to
replace the current fleet with 12 SAAB
340s. Their objections were that the air-
craft were at least 12 years old, and the

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planes were only 30 seaters, compared to
the current 50 seaters that Bahamasair
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340 model would not enable the Govern-
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or making the airline a more competitive
"As for the functionally and costs asso-
ciated with a change of fleet, there would
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EARLIER this month, the
Central Bank released'its
Monthly Economic and Finan-
cial Developments for August
2007, which said: "Preliminary
data suggests that the domestic
economy continued to expand
but at a more subdued pace in
August, in comparison to,the
previous year, based on a lev-
elling off in foreign investment
activities, softened tourism
flows and a slower pace of
growth in consumer demand.
Amid these conditions, both
bank liquidity and external
reserves contracted."
That one paragraph contains
a lot of information that means
little to the average man on
the street. In summary, the
Bahamian economy is slowing
down and this should always
be a cause of concern. I will
attempt to dissect the para-
graph above into more under-

standable components.


Economic analysts constant-
ly try to get a pulse on the
economy's direction. They talk
to workers, business owners,
politicians and executives in as
many fields as possible to get a
sense of where the economy is
and where it is headed. (This is
typically done through polls,
surveys and direct conversa-
tions). The analyst would then
try to synthesise this informa-
tion with the most current eco-
nomic data available for the
Bahamas, along with current
trends for the US and global

Levelling off in foreign
investment activities

Although we constantly hear,


about various projects, we
need them to commence in a
meaningful way if the economy
is to continue on its forecasted
growth path. To a large degree,
Baha Mar, Albany and the
Ritz-Carlton on Rose Island
are built into previously
announced economic projec-
Therefore, it stands to rea-
son that any delay in the imple-
mentation of such projects will
cause a downward revision in
our rosy economic outlook.
You can't have it both ways.
That is, economic growth
based on investment projects

that are not happening.
I have indicated in this col-
umn repeatedly that Bahamiahi
investment capital is not large
enough, nor is it coordinated
enough, to meaningfully move
the national economy at this
time. Our economic model
depends on a continuous flow
of foreign direct investment to,
keep it going. Therefore, prin-
ciples of transparency and'
accountability must be'
enshrined in our economic and
political systems if we are to
continue to attract 'top-notch'
international investors.

Softened tourism flows

Tourism accounts for more
than 40% of the Bahamas'
Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) annually (GDP is a
measure of the size of the
economy and is defined as the

market alue of all final goods
and services produced within a
count ). I1he Bahamas GDP
is estimated to be about $6 bil-
lion. Therefore, in dollar terms,
tourism h.s an anriuil value to
the B,,hamian economy of
some $2.5 -$3 billion per %ear
The Central Bank believes
that tourism performance is
being adversely impacted by
developments relating to the
Western Hemisphere Travel
Initiative, % which requires U.S.
citizens to have passports to
re-enter the lUnted States. The
net result of this is tha te are
seeing weakness in both air
and sea arrivals 1\\hile the
overall impact of the \l eakncss
in tourism arrivals has been
somewhat offset by higher
average room rates, there is a
limit to how much an already
expenses destination can raise
'room laes further.

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Slower pace of growth
in consumer demand

Bahamians are peculiar crea-
tures when it comes to con-
sumer spending. As a general-
isation, we never bother to sep-
arate 'needs' from 'wants', and
as long as we can obtain cred-
it we shop like there is no
tomorrow. What the reduction
in the pace of growth in con-
sumer demand tells me is that
fewer Bahamians are qualify-
ing for additional credit, and
disposable income is under
There could be more
Bahamians out there catching
'economic hell' than we might
realise and this, potentially,
does not bode well for the
upcoming Christmas retail sea-

Bank Liquidity and
Foreign Reserves

Liquidity within the banking
system is a measure of a bank's
ability to fund loans and com-
mitments to their customers.
From time to time, consumers
might be told their loan has
been approved but they may
have to wait a while before
funds are actually advanced.
This occurs mostly when liq-
uidity is 'tight'.
In order to fund loans, banks
must attract long-term deposits
or add additional capital. In
order to attract deposits, banks
must compete by offering
more attractive interest rates.
If interest rates rise then this
will affect the cost of existing
loans and mortgages, thus fur-
ther straining disposable
The Bahamas' foreign
reserves currently stand at
around US$460 million. About
two years ago our foreign
reserves stood at over $800
million. While there has been a
significant reduction over the
past two years, we are not at a
crisis position by any stretch
of one's imagination. However,
it is something we must moni-
tor closely.
Foreign reserves are neces-
sary to purchase all the goods
and services that we import. If
we do not have foreign, cur a
rency reserves, w.e cannot
finance imports. If we cannot
finance imports, the country
shuts down. Around $460 mil-
lion represents about six to
right weeks worth of imports.
In an ideal world, the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF)
suggests the Bahamas needs
three to six months' worth of
Another near-term concern
for the Bahamian economy is
the fact that oil is currently
trading close to $90 plus per
barrel. This translates directly
into higher costs higher gas
prices, higher electricity costs
and higher costs for manufac-
tured goods. Many Bahamians
fundamentally believe that
'true' inflation is already much
higher that the published 2.5
per cent rate.
One critical factor in the
decision-making process of the
policymakers should be the
absorption capacity of the
economy to handle several
mega projects all at once. This
raises immediate issues regard-
ing the importation of work-
ers (we have already experi-
enced several cycles with Fil-
ipinos, Mexicans and Indians
being imported en masse)
and/or 'the impact on overall
labour costs. The real question
is: "Should we 'phase-in' these
mega projects, or do we let
them run concurrently with
imported labour, and find our-
selves with an unemployed
workforce two years later?"
In conclusion, while the
economy is indeed slowing, its
downward path is not irre-
versible. The meaningful com-
mencement of one major
investment project could put
the economy right back on its
projected growth path.

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance

and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.

The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-

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EPA negotiation

Tribune Business Editor
TWO Bahamian private sec-
tor representatives have flown
to Jamaica to attend the latest
series of meetings and negoti-
ations on the Economic Part-
nership Agreement (EPA)
with the European Union
(EU), as efforts intensify to
conclude and agreement by the
December 31, 2007, deadline.
Hank Ferguson, the Cham-
ber of Commerce's and private
sector adviser on free trade
issues such as the EPA, and
Khaalis Rolle, the Chamber's
first vice-president, are both in
Kingston to attend a series of
EPA-related meetings and
conferences that will last from
yesterday until November 6.
The first series of meetings
will involve CARIFORUM's
Technical Working Group,
featuring representatives from
all the Caribbean nations nego-
tiating the EPA with the EU.
That will be followed by
meetings between EU and
Caribbean negotiators as they
attempt to thrash out the final
terms of the EPA agreement,
and the final two days will be
taken up by meetings between
the EU Trade Commissioner,
Peter Mandelson, and heads
of state from the Caribbean
and regional trade ministers.
Dr Richard Bernal, head of
the CARICOM Regional
Negotiating Machinery
(CRNM), which is negotiating
the EPA on the Bahamas' and
the Caribbean's behalf, said
that while achieving an agree-
ment by the agreed timetable
was "a serious challenge", but

"failure is not an option". This is graphically illustrated
In his latest update on the by the erosion of the EU sugar
talks, he added: "Resolving the and banana regimes at the
outstanding issues in time is behest of developing country
not only desirable but attain- members of the WTO. There-
able. Furthermore, the fore, achieving the EPA is fun-
prospect of completing the damental to CARIFORUM
negotiations is enhanced by the interests of repositioning these
current political will on both economies in a new global con-
sides to achieve an EPA of text."
mutual interest. Dr Bernal said: "If an EPA
"The EPA negotiations pre- is not in place by January 1,
sent opportunity to craft a, 2008, the CARIFORUM
trade arrangement with an countries would have to con-
important historical trading duct trade on the basis of the
partner, complemented and EU's General System of Pref-
supported by development erences (GSP) regime, which is
cooperation to assist in meet- less advantageous because its
ing the costs of adjustment, product coverage does not
implementation and interna- include several important
tional competitiveness. CARIFORUM exports and
"The political circumstances some other exports would
that allowed the preferential incur tariffs.
arrangements, which were the "Completing the negotia-
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Minimum 7 years experience with progressive responsibility
Strong knowledge of the financial services sector
Experience working in a matrix environment (a plus)
Communication analysis and planning
Events management and coordination

General Requirements/Responsibilities:

Build relationships and coordinate communications and
events at the corporate level with customers, staff, industry
associations and other key stakeholders.
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facilitate development of marketing plans and promotions.
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Applicants are requested to submit their resume with a
cover letter via email by November 2nu, 2007 to:

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




P A AnE TI IF.nUAYV nTOBER 30. 2007

From the earliest days of the
organization, Rotarians were
concerned with promoting high
ethical standards in their
professional lives. One of the
world's most widely printed and
quoted statements of business
ethics is The Four-Way Test,
which was created in 1932 by
Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. This
24-word Test has been
translated into more than a
hundred languages and
published in thousands of ways.
It asks the following four

The Four-Way Test
"Of the things we think,
say or do
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all
3. Will it build goodwill
and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to
all concerned?"

1. Children ages 10-16 may enter. Judging will be in two
age categories: 10 13 years and 14-16 years for a first
and second place winner in each category.
2. Write a essay answering the following subject:
"What does the Four-Way Test mean to me." Explain
your understanding of the 4-Way Test as it relates to
your life, experiences, and/or society in general."
Your essay must include the four principles.
3. The body of the essay must not exceed 1,000 words.
Adults may assist the child in filling out the entry form,
but not in writing the letter.
4. Limit one essay per child. All entries must be received by
the Rotary Club of East Nassau before Nov 30, 2007.
5. Only essays accompanied by original entry forms clipped
from the newspaper will be accepted. Photocopy, fax,
carbon or other copies will not be accepted.
6. One winner will be chosen from each age category. The
decision of the judges is final.
7. Winner must agree to a photo presentation which will
be published in the newspaper.
8. Mail essay and completed newspaper clipping to
The Four-Way Test Essay Competition,
Attn: Michele Rassin, The Rotary Club of East Nassau,
,(O. Box SS-6320, Nassau, Bahamas

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'harmful tax' project STEPs

(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
(No.45 of 2000), STOKE TRADING LIMITED is in
dissolution. Bernard Hess is the Liquidator and can be con-
tacted at NWT Management S.A., 16 rue de la Pelisserie,
1211 Geneva 3, Switzerland. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their
names addresses and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Liquidator before 22nd day of November, 2007.

Legal Notice


Pursuant to the provisions of Section 138 (8) of The
International Business Companies Act 2000, of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, notice is hereby
FUND, INC. has been dissolved and struck off the
Register as of 13th August, 2007.

Attorneys for the above-named Company

Monique Cartwright-Winder
& \ '.

SHOWN (1-r) are John Lawrence (Chairman STEP Caribbean Region),
Tanya Hanna (STEP Bahamas Deputy Chairperson), Rowena Bethel,(Legal
Advisor, Ministry of Finance & Executive Commissioner for Compli-
ance Commission) and Mark Richford (STEP Bahamas Director)

ROWENA Bethel, the
Ministry of Finance's legal
adviser and Compliance Com-
mission executive commis-
sioner, addressed the Society
of Trust and Estate Practiton-
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on the Organisation for Eco-
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willingness to discuss entering
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Dated this 29'h day of October, 2007

Legal Notice
Pride of Hamburg Navigation Limited
(a) Pride of Hamburg Navigatipn Limited is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 24th October, 2007 when its the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lynden
Maycock of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas, as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 24th day of October 2007.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
Registered Agent
for the above-named Company

Legal Notice


Pride of Hamburg Navigation Limited
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims againts the above-named Com-
pany are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned at
Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, P.O. Box N-
3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the 12th
day of November, 2007. In default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 26th day of October 2007


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IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot,
of land being by admeasurement 18,155 square feet
situate approximately 163 feet South of the main Public
Road in the Settlement of Port Howe, Cat Island,
Bahamas, and being more particularly bounded on
the South by the Sea and running thereon Seventy
eight and sixty nine hundredths (78.69) feet, on the
East by land now or formerly the property of Wurdell
Sweeting and running thereon Two Hundred and Two
and six hundredths (202.06) feet on the North by land
now or formerly the property of Mildred Pinder and
running thereon Seventy-eight and five hundredths
(78.05) feet and on the West by land now or formerly
the property of Mariam Storr and running thereon Two
Hundred and eight and six hundredths (208:06) feet. ,
Smith's Bay, Cat Island another Island of the aforesaid
Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
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The Quieting Titles Act 1959
The Petition of CARL. PINDER of the Settlement of
Smith's Bay in the Island of Cat Island, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in
respect of;- ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
being by admeasurement 18,155 square feet situate
approximately 163 feet South of the main Public Road
In the Settlement of Port Howe, Cat Island, Bahamas
and being more particularly bounded on the South by
the Sea and running thereon Seventy eight and sixty
nine hundredths (78.69) feet, on the East by land now or
formerly the property of Wurdell Sweeting and running
thereon Two Hundred and Two and six hundredths
(202.06) feet on-the North by land now or formerly
the property of Mildred Pinder and running thereon
Seventy-eight and five hundredths (78.05) feet and on
the west by land now or formerly the property of Mariam
Storr and running thereon Two Hundred and eight
and eight hundredths (208.08) feet which said piece
parcel or tract of land has such shape, size, dimension,
boundaries and positions as are shown on the plan a
copy of which is filed in this action herein and colored
Pink thereon. CARL PINDER claims to be the owner of
the fee simple estate in possession of the tract of land
hereinbefore described free from encumbrances. AND
the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have his title
to the said tract of land investigated and the nature and
extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the provisions of the said Act. NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that any person having Dower or a Right to
Dower or Adverse claim or a claim not recognized in
the Petition shall on or before the 30th day of November
A.D.,2007 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the
Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his claim
in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed
therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve
a statement of his claim on or before the 30th day of
NovemberA.D., 2007 will operate as a bar to such claim.
Copies of the Filed Plan may be inspected at:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court
2. The Chambers of S.A. HARRIS-SMITH SR. &.CO.,
Attorneys for the Petitioner, Mackey & Rosedale
Streets, Deal's Plaza, Suite No.8, P.O..Box N-4255,
Nassau, N.P. Bahamas.
3. The Office of the Commissioner/Administrator at
New Bight, Cat Island, Bahamas.
Dated the 18th day of September A.D., 2007


Freeport 'on the verge of collapse'

FROM page 1

and relax the "xenophobic"
Immigration controls.
"Freeport needs a shot in the
arm from the Port Authority
and the Government right now
to survive," Mr Smith said.
"People are leaving from
Freeport every day and head-
ing to Nassau, the US and the
Family Islands. Frankly,
Freeport is on the verge of col-
"I believe the Freeport econ-
omy has probably reached its
lowest ebb. Although there are
many plans for development,
very few are seeing the light
of day and they are still on the
drawing boards."
Mr Smith added: "People
can only live on hope for so
long. Restaurants are closing,
taxi drivers have just one or
two fares per day, and retail
stores have little merchandise
on their shelves. Generally,
people are struggling desper-

ately to survive
"It is incredible that a place
with wonderful infrastructure,
tax concessions and huge
investment already from the
likes of Hutchison Whampoa,
Onyx and others is flounder-
"Thankfully, Hutchison is
going ahead with Phase V of
the Container Port and
upgrades to the harbour and
the airport. This is the time
when Hutchison, as well as the
Port Authority, should be
investing equally in building a
new airport terminal. People
in Grand Bahama and
Freeport need employment.
They are desperate for it."
Mr Smith added that the
Government, Port Authority
and other major investors in
Freeport needed., to stabilize
the city "until it gets back on its
He pointed out that

NOTICE is hereby given that JULIENNE JOSEPH of
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 23RD day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Probate Side

ROSELYN BARRY also known as
ROSE MARY BARRY, late of The
Settlement of The Bluff, Eleuthera,
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that'All persgts'having
any claim or demand against the above Estate are
required to send the same duly certified in writing to
the undersigned on or before the 14th November, 2007
after which date the Executors will proceed to
distribute the assets having regard only to the claims
of which they shall then have had notice.

Attorney for the Executors
Suite No. 6, Grosvenor Close
Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas

Julius Bar
Julius Baer Group, the leading dedicated Wealth
Manager is seeking candidates for the'position of.


Managing business relations with more than 30 External Asset
Managers, mainly based in Europe
Advisory of the Bank's products
Coordinating with the Head Office for marketing (travels and
Presentations involved)
Managing the team of assistants
Managing any projects for the External Asset Manager business
Very strong knowledge of structured products
Ability to work in team environment
Understanding of the clientele base
Excellent French spoken and written is mandatory

Minimum 5-10 years experience in Private Banking in a similar
A Bachelor's degree in Economics, Business Administration or
The ability to speak a third language would be an asset

Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume by
November 9th, 2007 to the attention of:



Personal & Confidential
Human Resources Manager
Ocean Centre, Montague Foreshore,
East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-4890
Nassau, Bahamas

Personal & Confidential
Human Resources Manager
Ocean Centre, Montague Foreshore
P.O. Box N-4890
Nassau, Bahamas

Freeport's medium to long-
term future looked healthier,
given last Friday's opening of
International Distributors of
Grand Bahama's $8 million
warehouse and distribution
facility, with the $15 million
Bahamian Brewery Beverage
Company due to commence
operations before year-end.
"There are good things hap-
pening," Mr Smith said. "I am
optimistic about the many pro-
jects on the drawing board -
Ginn, Morgan Stanley, the
Raven Group; Harcourt and
many smaller condo projects -
but these are still on the draw-
ing board.
"This is the time for the Port
to put money into the commu-
nity and the economy, into
infrastructure repairs, mainte-
nance and' development, just
to give people jobs.
"This is the time for the
Government to heavily
emphasise tourism to Freeport,
investment in Freeport, and to
subsidize actual economic
development activity, such as

building new schools, repair-
ing a lot of the roads and
putting in anti-beach erosion
sea walls in places like High
Mr Smith described the Port
Authority ownership dispute
between the Hayward and St
George families as "unfortu-
nate", as it was having a "neg-
ative effect" on the Freeport
economy and the island's abil-
ity to attract investment.
He added that the Port
Authority needed to do more
to promote Freeport, and
while the Grand Bahama Pro-
motions Board was "trying" to
stimulate tourism, it was "only
limping along".
The impending closure of
Harcourt Development Com-
pany's $33 million purchase of
the Royal Oasis from Lehman
Brothers' private equity arm
was likely to stimulate the con-
struction industry, Mr Smith
added, "but the 1200 people
[the resort] employed ivill have
to wait a long time before they
are employed again".

NOTICE is hereby given that RONALD JOSEPH of
FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as citizen ofThe Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of
OCTOBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, KEITH
RIVERS of Nassau, Bahamas intend to change
my name to KEITH LEON RIVERS. If there
are any objections to this change of name by
Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days
after the date ofpublication of this notice.

The Public is hereby advised that I, JANA JOSEPH
of Nassau, Bahamas intend to change my name to
JANA SIMON. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-
742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days
after the date of publication of this notice.

The Public is hereby advised that I, MICHAEL
ENRIQUE RAHMING of Carmichael Road, Nassau,
Bahamas intend to change my name to MICHAEL
ENRIQUE FORBES. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)-days after the
date of publication of this notice.

The Public is hereby advised that I, LEVAR ADDERLEY
of Nassau, Bahamas intend to change my name to
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)
days after the date of publication of this notice.


NOTICE is hereby given that DALFIN ICYLIN OF
Major Constitution Dr., NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 30th day of October, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that LIONEL GEDEUS of
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 23RD day of OCTOBER,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

S.A. Harris-Smith Sr. & CO.
Mackey & Rosedale Streets
P.O. Box N-4255
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner



Storm 'the very last thing Morton wants'

FROM page 1

harvest then meant that no salt might
be grown until March 2008 lay-offs
or reduced work weeks for four
That, though, was before Tropical
Storm Noel.
Mr Bannister said yesterday: "We
expect we would get a significant
amount of rain from this, and still run
out of salt at the end of next month.
"What this [Noel] means is that it
will be a longer time for us to recover.
The earliest would be the first quarter
some time next year. This rain was
the last thing we needed."

Noel's exact impact on Morton
Salt's business, Mr Bannister said,
would depend on the amount of rain
that fell and how much salt in the
company's pans melted.
The Tribune previously reported
that as a result of the five to six inch-
es of rain that fell in August, instead
of seeing a one-inch salt growth,
which would have translated into
300,000 tonnes for harvesting, growth
was only 1/5 of an inch.
Only 60,000 tonnes was grown and
harvested in August, a shortfall of
240,000 tonnes. Given the Inagua
economy's dependence on Morton
Salt for employment and spin-off jobs
and entrepreneurial opportunities,
Noel's impact on the island could
potentially be far-reaching.

"Everyone is pretty apprehensive
and concerned for the future," Mr
Bannister said yesterday. "We plan
to sit down with staff and manage-
ment and discuss the way forward
from here.


"Once we get a chance to assess
the new rainfall, we will meet with
the staff and management to chart
the way forward."
When it came to the prospect of a
reduced work week or temporary lay-
offs, Mr Bannister said Morton Salt
would have to meet with the Bahamas
Industrial, Manufacturing and Allied
Workers union, which represents
about 85 of its 104 non-managerial

staff or line workers.
He pointed out that while the com-
pany had wanted to include terms
relating to a reduced work week in
the recently-concluded industrial
agreement, the union had successful-
ly resisted this.
"We will be discussing all the
options with them [the union] to see
what we can come up with," Mr Ban-
nister said.
"From a company point of view,
we do not want to see people leave
the island and going elsewhere. We
want to sustain the economy here,
and just hope the union will work
along with us."
Morton Salt also employs 26 man-
agerial staff, making its total work-
force complement 130-strong.

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The Abaco Club on Winding Bay

(A Ritz-Carlton managed property)

is accepting applicationsfor thefollowi

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 ancillary
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
e 5-7 years accounting experience in real estate, hospitality
or related field
e 3-5 years management experience
* Excellent presentation skills

Overall responsibilities:
As a member of Ritz Carlton Club (RCC) Joint Venture Abaco
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 Genetal 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.

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 all 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 Responsibility:
Candidate is responsible for managing all aspect of Formal Dining
Restaurant Functions, in accordance with Ritz-Carlton 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/College 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 all 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 line.
* 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 calculations.

ng positions:

* 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
managers and 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
equipment .
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
(ARitz-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 all resumes or applications is
Friday, November 16th.
Sorry, no telephone calls accepted for these positions.


Fop the sloples

hehind the news,

P e a d Insigfit

on Monday$


The Board of Directors
FamGuard Corporation Limited
is pleased to advise that
the third quarterly dividend
for 2007
of 6 cents per share
has been declared to be paid on
November 13,2007
to Shareholders of record as at
November 6,2007

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Pricing Information As Of: *A l|
;0-e1v "y-D %: 14.36
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today s Close Cnange Daily Vo! EPS $ D i P.'E Yield
1.66 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.59 1.59 0.00 0.094 0.000 16.9 0.00%
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.7 3.45%
9.55 7.68 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.048 0.020 17.7 2.35%
3.74 1.65 Bahamas Waste 3.70 3.74 0.04 4.000 0.275 0.060 13.6 1.60%
2.62 1.20 Fidelity Bank 2.61 2.61 0.00 0.051 0.040 51.2 1.53%
11.05 9.81 Cable Bahamas 11.00 11.00 0.00 1.030 0.240 10.7 2.17%
3.15 1.83 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
16.56 11.91 Commonwealth Bank 16.55 16.56 0.01 3,000 1.190 0.680 13.0 4.11%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.37 6.76 0.39 0.112 0.050 61.4 0.73%
2.76 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.25 2.25 0.00 0.284 0.020 7.9 0.89%
6.50 5.54 Famguard 6.50 6.50 0.00 0.804 0.240 8.1 3.69%
12.80 11.75 Finco 12.75 12.75 0.00 0.768 0.570 16.6 4.47%
14.75 13.85 FirstCaribbean 14.65 14.65 0.00 0.934 0.470 15.7 3.21%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 6.09 6.09 0.00 0.364 0.133 16.7 2.18%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.70 0.70 0.00 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.49 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76%
10.05 8.52 J. S. Johnson 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.991 0.590 10.1 5.87%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Pnce Weekly /Vol EPS $ Dy $ P'E Yield
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
S8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7 80%
0.54 0 20 RND Holdings 0 35 0 40 0 20 .0 030 0 000 N M 0 00' %
41 00 41 00 ABDAB 41004300 00 41 00 450 2 750 90 670'..
1460 14 00 Bahamas Supermarkels 1460 15 50 14 00 1 234 1485 139 10 50%
0 55 0 40 RND Holdings 045 0 55 045 .0 0"0 0 0n 0 NafN..1 0 '00.
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD'% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield .,
1 3607 1 3098 Colina Money Market Fund 1 360655"
3 3829 2 9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3 3829"."
2.9215 2.4687 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.921539**
1.2741 1.1970 Colina Bond Fund 1.274052-"
1T.6581 11.2129 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.7663**
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1.000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV KEY
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 19 October 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 June 2007
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week *" 30 September 2007
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths "" 31 July 2007
ally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV S Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
S) 44-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007




AS OF JUNE 30, 2007
(Expressed in United States dollars)



Cash and cash equivalents (Note 5)
Accounts receivable net (Note 6)
Prepaid expenses and other assets (Note 7 and 14)
Secured loans (Note 8)
Investments (Note 9)
Total current assets

$ 5,466,574


Security deposits
Fixed assets (Note 10)
Deferred tax assets (Note 15)
Total non-current assets


$ 4,205,430


$14,126,163 $11,746,945

Call accounts (Note 11)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (Notes 12 and 14)
Dividends payable
Advances from clients (Note 13)
Fees received in advance (Note 13)
Total current liabilities

Share capital:
2,500,000 shares of $1 each
Revaluation of investments
Retained earnings
Total equity


$ 4,147,958


$ 3,078,286


$14,126,163 $11,746,945

See notes-to consolidated balance sheet.

This consolidated balance sheet was approved by the Board of Directors on September 17, 2007 and
is signed on its behalf by:




JUNE 30, 2007
(Expressed in United States dollars)

1. GENERAL ... .,.... '- .

The Winterbotham Tjst Company Limited,(tiOe -'Oompany)!Was incorporated and. licensed in
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in 1994 under the Bank & Trust Companies' Regulation
Act of 1965, and is a 75% subsidiary of Winterbotham Holdings Limited. In December 1996
the Company was granted a license to carry on unrestricted banking and trust business,
activities which, today, are subject to the terms and conditions of the Bank & Trust companies
Regulation Act, 2000. The Company is regulated by the Central Bank of The Bahamas. The
Company is also a licensed fund administrator and securities broker/dealer, activities that are
regulated by Securities Commission of The Bahamas.

This consolidated balance sheet includes the accounts of the Company and its subsidiaries,
which are hereinafter collectively referred to as "the Group".

As of June 30, 2007, tie Company's holdings in subsidiaries are as follows:

Name of subsidiary

The Winterbotham
Trust Company
(Uruguay) S.A.

Shiffel Corp. S.A

Properties Limited

Haplar Holdings

Delacroix Limited

Delaroche Limited

Place of
and operation

Principal activity

Uruguay 100% Provides administrative services
to parent company on internal
matters (such as certain
accounting functions) and also
with respect to client servicing
(with particular focus on clients
in Latin America due to
geographical proximity and

Uruguay 100% Administrative services to the
parent company on internal
matters (such as certain
accounting functions) and also
with respect to client servicing
(with particular focus on clients
in Latin America due to
geographical proximity and
language). This company
operates from a free trade zone
which has certain tax
advantages for the
administration of companies
domiciled outside of Uruguay.


100% Holds real-estate in Nassau.

Bahamas 100% Holds real-estate in Uruguay.

Bahamas 100% Acts as nominee of The
Winterbotham Trust Company
Limited in its capacity as trustee
and/or custodian.

Bahamas 100% Acts as nominee of The
Winterbotham Trust Company
Limited in its capacity as trustee
and/or custodian.

Delaroche Limited and Delacroix Limited are duly license ana regulated by the Central Bank
of The Bahamas as Nominee Trust Companies. These companies, acting individually or
together, are nominees for The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited in its capacity as trustee
and/or custodian. Winterbotham Fiduciaria S.A. Administradora de Fondos de Inversi6n is
duly licensed and regulated by the Central Bank of Uruguay as a professional Trust Company
and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Winterbotham Trust Company (Uruguay) S.A.

The registered office of the Company is Winterbotham Place, Marlborough and Queen Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas.

The average number of employees for the year is 64 (2006: 50).


During the year, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the International
Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC) have issued the following standards
and interpretations with an effective date after the date of this balance sheet:

International Accounting Standards (IAS) and
International Financial Reportine Standards (IFRS)

IFRS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures

IAS 1 Amendment Presentation of Financial Statements:
Capital Disclosures

Effective date

Periods beginning on or
after January 1, 2007

Periods beginning on or
after January i, 2007

The directors do not anticipate that the adoption of these standards and interpretations will
have a material impact on the consolidated balance sheet in the period of initial application.
Upon adoption of IFRS 7, the Group will disclose additional information about its financial
instruments, their significance and the nature and extent of risks to which they give rise. More
specifically, the Group will be required to disclose the fair value of its financial instruments
and its risk exposure in greater detail.


a. Basis of preparation The consolidated balance sheet has been prepared in accordance
with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and their interpretations'
adopted by the International Accounting Standard Board (IASB) and include the
Company and its subsidiaries in which it directly or indirectly, has a controlling interest
through ownership interests or agreements. The consolidated balance sheet has been
prepared under the historical cost convention, and modified by any revaluation of assets
and liabilities at fair value through the statement of changes in equity according to the
policies for the relevant areas.

The preparation of the balance sheet in conformity with IFRS requires the use of certain
critical accounting estimates. It also requires management to exercise its judgment in
the process of applying the Group's accounting policies. The areas involving a higher
degree of judgment Or complexity, or areas where assumptions and estimates are
significant to the consolidated balance sheet are disclosed separately.

The accounting policies set out below have been applied consistently by Group entities.

b. Basis of consolidation

i. Subsidiaries subsidiaries are entities controlled by the Company. Control exists
when the Company has the power, directly or indirectly, to govern financial and
operating policies of an entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities. In
assessing control, the potential voting rights that presently are exercisable or
convertible are taken into account. The balance sheet of the subsidiaries is
included in the financial statements from the date that control commences until the
date that control ceases.

ii. Transactions eliminated on consolidation intra-group balances are eliminated in
preparing the consolidated balance sheet.

iii. Fiduciary assets assets held in trust and in custody on behalf of customers, and,
assets and liabilities under fiduciary agreements are not included in the
consolidated balance sheet.

c. Cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash on hand, margin
accounts with brokers and short term deposits.

d. Accounts receivable Accounts receivable are stated at cost less impairment losses (see
note 3h).

e. Loans receivable Loans originated by the Group include loans where money is
provided directly to the borrower and are recognized when cash is advanced to the
borrower. They are initially recorded at cost, which is fair value of cash originated by
the Group, including any, transaction costs, and are subsequently measuiog amortized
sn M sing the effective fterist rate method.

f. Investments Investments are recognized on a trade date basis and are classified as
available for sale investments. Investments are initially measured at cost and are
subsequently remeasured at fair value based on quoted prices. Fair values for unlisted
securities are estimated using market values of the underlying securities or appropriate
valuation methods. Where fair value of unlisted investments cannot be estimated, they
are carried at cost.

g. Fixed assets Fixed assets are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and
impairment losses. Depreciation is being provided by the straight-line method at the
following rates:

Housing property
Office building improvements
Office equipment
Office furniture and fittings

6.67% to 25%
33% to 50%
20% to 50%

h. Impairment Fixed assets, accounts receivable, loan receivable and investments are
reviewed at each consolidated balance sheet date to determine whether there is objective
evidence of impairment. If any such indication exists, the asset's recoverable amount is

Fixed assets

An impairment loss is recognized whenever the carrying amount of the asset or its cash-
generating unit exceeds its recoverable amount.

The recoverable amount of assets is the greater of their net selling price and value in use.
In assessing value in use, the estimated future cash flows are discounted to their present
value using a discount rate that reflects current market assessment of the time value of
money and the risks specific to the asset. For an asset that does not generate cash flows
largely independent of those from other assets, the recoverable amount is determined for
the cash generating unit to which the asset belongs.

An impairment loss is only reversed to the extent that the asset's carrying amount does
not exceed the carrying amount that would have been determined if no impairment loss
had been recognized.

Accounts receivable

The Group's policy is to fully provide for all balances outstanding for more than 120
days. In addition to the specific provisions for impaired receivables, an additional
general provision is created for potential losses not specifically identified but which
experience indicates may be present in receivables. Therefore, additionally a generic
provision equal to 5% of the remaining receivable balance is created.

Loans receivable

An impaired loan refers to a loan where there is no longer reasonable assurance of timely
collection of the full amount of principal and interest due to deterioration in the credit
quality of the counterpart. A loan is impaired if the estimated recoverable amount of an
asset is less than its carrying amount shown in the books of the Group. Impairment is
measured and a provision for credit losses is established for the difference between the
carrying amount and its estimated recoverable value.

i Foreign currency translation The Group's functional currency is United States
Dollars. In preparing the consolidated balance sheet of the Group, transactions in
currencies other than United States Dollars are recorded at the rates of exchange
prevailing on the date of the transaction. At each consolidated balance sheet date,
monetary items denominated in foreign currencies are translated at the rates prevailing
on the balance sheet date. Non-monetary items carried at fair value that are denominated
in foreign currencies are translated at the rates prevailing on the date when the fair value
was determined. Non-monetary items that are measured in terms of historical cost in a
foreign currency are not re-translated.

j. Provisions A provision is recognized in the consolidated balance sheet when the Group
has a present and legal obligation as a result of a past event and it is probable that an
outflow of economic benefits will be required to settle the obligation.







k. Classification Assets are classified as current when intended for sale in the normal
operating cycle, or held primarily for the purpose of being traded, or expected to be
realized within twelve months, or classfied as cash or equivalents. All other assets are
classified as non-current. Liabilities are classified as current when expected to be settled
in the normal operating cycle, or held primarily for the purpose of being traded, or due to
be settled within twelvemonths, or there are no unconditional rights to defer settlement
for at least twelve months. All other liabilities are classified as non-current.


Certain amounts included in or affecting the Group's consolidated balance sheet and related
disclosure must be estimated, requiring the Group to make assumptions with respect to values
or conditions which cannot be known with certainty at the time the balance sheet are prepared.
A "critical accounting estimate" is one which is both important to the portrayal of the Group's
financial condition and results and requires management's most difficult, subjective or
complex judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters
that are inherently uncertain. The Group evaluates such estimates on an ongoing basis, based
upon historical results and experience, consultation with experts, trends and other methods
considered reasonable in the particular circumstances, as well as the forecasts as to how these
might change in the future.

a. Impairment The Group has made significant investments in fixed assets, loans
receivable and investments. These assets and investments are tested for impairment
when circumstances indicate there may be a potential impairment. Factors considered
important which could trigger an'impairment review include the following: significant
fall in market values; significant underperformance relative to historical or projected
future operating results; significant changes in the use of the assets or the strategy for the
overall business, including assets that are decided to be phased out or replaced and assets
that are damaged or taken out of use, significant negative industry or economic trends;
and significant cost overruns in the development of assets.

Estimating recoverable amounts of alssti li tit in part be based on management
evaluations, including estimates of future performance, revenue generating capacity of
the assets, assumptions of the future market conditions and the success in marketing of
new products and services. Changes in circumstances and in management's evaluations
and assumptions may give rise to impairment losses in the relevant periods.

b. Depreciation and amortization Depreciation and amortization is based on management
estimates of the future useful life of fixed assets. Estimates may change due to
technological developments, competition, changes in market conditions and other factors
and may result in changes in the estimated useful life and in the amortization or
depreciation charges. The Group reviews the future useful life of fixed assets
periodically taking into consideration the factors mentioned above and all other
important factors. Estimated useful life for similar type of assets may vary between
different entities in the Group due to local factors as growth rate, maturity of the market,
'history and expectations for replacements or transfer of assets, climate etc. In case of
significant changes in the estimated useful lives, depreciation and amortization charges
are adjusted prospectively.

c. Legal proceedings, claims and regulatory discussions The Group is subject to various
legal proceedings, claims and regulatory discussions, the outcomes of which are subject
to significant uncertainty. The Group evaluates, among other factors, the degree of
probability of an unfavorable outcome aend the ability to make a reasonable estimate of
the amount of loss. Unanticipated events or changes in these factors may require the
Group to increase or decrease the amount the Group has accrued for any matter or accrue
for a matter that has nbt been previously accrued because it was not considered probable
or a reasonable estimate could not be made.


Cash and cash equivalents comprise the following:



Average Average
Balance Rate Balance Rate

Cash on hand
S--'ShSrt ierm deposits
Overnight placements
Call accounts
Shares in investment funds:
AIM s/t Invest. Co. Global US (Insi
Dreyfus Universal Liquidity Fund
Bank of America Global Liquidity
Citi Institutional Liquid Reserves, I

$ 22,060

t'l) 14,192

$ 5.t66.574

$ 15,916
3.25% 3,770,329





Accounts receivable
Allowance for doubtful accounts:
Balance, beginning of period
Provision for the period
Write back of provision
Balance, end of period
Accounts receivable, net





$ 673,347 299,580



$ 591,207 $ 201,146


Prepaid expenses and other assets are comprised of the following:


Shelf companies available for sale
Advances to suppliers
Winterbotham Group accounts
. Third party accounts
. Deferred expenses
Loans to staff

$ 7,828

$ 10,357


$ 716,495 $ 451,315


These are specific loans fully guaranteed by cash collateral held on account. It is not part of
the Company's regular activity to grant loans, but it may do so on a case by case basis,
requiring full cash collateral in every case. As of June 30, 2007 there were two loans

Loan # I
Loan # 2

2007 2006
$ 540,000 $ 600,000
694,000 694,000

$1,234,000 $1,294,000


Investments, available for sale, at fair value are as follows:

Other investments
Securities and shares
The Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX)



3.60% 3.60%
Libor 90d + 3% Libor 90d + 3%


$ 610,466


$ 371,300

$ 888,039 $ 660,527

$ 416,031 $ 390,025
752,750 652,282

$ 1,168,781
$ 2,056,820

$ 1,042,307

$ 1,702,834


Fixed assets consist of the following:

Housing property
Office building improvements
Office equipment
Office furniture and fittings

Housing property
Office building improvements
Office equipment
Office furniture and fittings

2007 Net Movement
2006 Net Movement

Beginning Ending
Balance Additions Disposals Balance

$1,032,966 $ $ $1,032,966
1,293,982 151,343 1,445,325
1,107,928 1,107,928
288,494 123,946 73,157 339,283
272,019 48,650 320,669
783,009 142,676 3,517 922,168
477,785 31,755 4,733 504,807
$5,256,183 $ 498,370 $ 81,407 $5,673,146

Beginning Ending
Balance Depreciation Disposals Balance

$ 71,630

$ 27,437

$ $ 99,067
4,144 326,425
37,569 178,875
274 236,483
4,860 711,146
43 312,668

$1567.013 $ 344,541 $ 46,890 $1,864,664
$3,689,170 $ 153,829 $ 34,517 $3,808,482

$2,672,740 $ 1,017,707 $ 1,277 $3,689,170


Call accounts represent the total on-balance sheet amounts held by clients in the Company's
Call Accounts. Funds in excess of $ 10,000 in such accounts are placed out on a fiduciary
basis for the account and risk of the account holderss. The balance in these consolidated
financial statements represents the first $ 10,000 held in each account plus the total balance
held in the accounts that secure the loans indicated in Note 8.



Accounts payable
Provision for staff benefits and training expenses
Provisions other
Commissions payable
Taxes payable (advance)
Winterbotham Group accounts
Social security

$ 234,144


$ 194,710

$ 1,137,827 $ 1,060,275


Advances from clients include credit balances corresponding to clients who have made
advance payments on account. Fees received in advance includes the portion of annual client
fees which have been.collected..inothe yea 4nded June '30, 2007; arid itate to periods
subsequent to the balance sheet date.


Related parties include officers, directors, shareholders and other companies with common
ownership. Where these related parties have the authority and responsibility for directing and
controlling the authorities of other companies (established to participate in the Company's
business activities) these entities are also regarded as related parties in this consolidated
balance sheet. Entities administered by the Company on behalf of customers where the
Company also provides directors are not considered related parties.

Balances with related parties:


Prepaid expenses and other assets
Loans to key management personnel

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities



$ 201,525 $ 32,153

$ 143,453 $ 30,756
$ 29,128 $ 180,712

Companies subject to Corporate Income Tax are The Winterbotham Trust Company (Uruguay)
S.A and its subsidiary Winterbotham Fiduciaria S.A. Administradora de Fondos de Inversion.

Deferred tax assets and liabilities

The deferred tax stated correspond to differences between book and tax values of fixed assets
originated mainly by differences of valuation and depreciation criteria.

The deferred tax is the tax expected to be paid or recovered based on the differences existing
between the book value of an asset or liability, and their tax value.

Assets for deferred tax as at June 30, 2007, rise from applying the tax rate in force at that
moment (30%) on the temporary taxable differences of US$ 131,493, which correspond
mainly to the different valuation criteria and fixed assets depreciation criteria.

Assets for deferred tax are recognized as long as the Company will probably have fiscal
earnings against which to use the deductible temporary differences. Liabilities for deferred tax
are normally recognized for all the temporary taxable differences.

Assets and liabilities for deferred tax are offset when related to income taxes levied by the
same tax authority and the Company seeks to liquidate its assets and liabilities current tax on a
net basis.

As of June 30, 2007 deferred tax assets and liabilities are attributable to the following:



2007 2006 2007


Temporary differences arising from differences in
fixed assets valuation and depreciation criteria $20,946 $12,715 $
Temporary differences associated with

investments in subsidiaries
Temporary differences for unused tax losses

13,398 21,749
12,751 5,068

$47,095 $39,532 $ $


At June 30, 2007, The Winterbotham Merchant Bank, a division of The Winterbothamn Trust
Company Limited had entered into fiduciary agreements for an aggregate amount of
$645,625,960 (2006: $449,057,259). The clients bear all risk and responsibility for activities
carried out by the Company on their behalf under these contracts. The depositors agree to
indemnify and hold harmless the Winterbotham Trust Company Limited, its directors,
employees, agents and representatives against all liability, losses or damages arising out of or
in connection with the fiduciary agreement. The major portion of the fiduciary transactions
comprises funds received by The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited from corporate or
individual depositors which are subsequently lent to corporate or individual borrowers or
deposited with banks in time deposit accounts.




I -


DArF ifnn TI IFnDAY nr'.TOBRFR 30 2007

The Company in the normal course of business, uses various types of financial instruments.
Information on financial risks and fair value of these financial instruments is set out below.
a. Interest rate risk The Company is exposed to interest rate risk on deposits and call
accounts. The Company manages this risk by retaining a level of assets and liabilities
with similar principal values, interest rates and maturity dates.
b. Credit risk The Company is exposed to credit risk in respect of losses that would have
to be recognized if counterparties fail to perform as contracted.
The Company's exposure to credit risk is primarily in respect of accounts receivable,
bank balances, deposits, secured loans and prepaid expenses and other assets. As at the
balance sheet date, the Company's maximum exposure to credit risk is equal to the
carrying amount of the above assets disclosed in the consolidated balance sheet. The
loans are adequately secured by pledges of assets managed by the Company on behalf of
the borrowers.
c. Foreign exchange risk is the risk of loss resulting from foreign currency translation.
Currency risk is managed by matching liabilities with assets within the same currency
whenever possible.
d. Fair value of financial assets and liabilities The fair value is the amount for which an
asset could be exchanged, or a liability settled, between knowledgeable, willing parties
in an arm's length transaction. Underlying the definition of fair value is the
presumption that the Company is a going concern without any intention or need to
liquidate, curtail materially the scale of its operations or undertake a transaction on
adverse terms.
In the opinion of management, the estimated fair value of financial assets and financial
liabilities (accounts receivable, investments available for sale, bank balances, secured
loans, prepaid expenses and other assets, accounts payable and accrued liabilities and
call accounts) at the balance sheet date were not materially different from their carrying
value due to their short term nature.

Certain prior year's figures have been reclassified to conform with the current year's
presentation. In the prior year, investment in precious metals was included in cash and cash

Deloitte & Touche
Chartered Accountants
and Management Consultants
2nd Terrace, Centreville
P.O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: + 1 (242) 302-4800
Fax: +1 (242) 322-3101

To the Shareholders and Directors of
The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited:
We have audited the above consolidated balance sheet of The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited
(the "Company") as at June 30, 2007. This consolidated balance sheet is the responsibility of the
Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this consolidated balance
sheet based on our audit.
We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing. Those Standards
require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the
consolidated balance sheet is free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test
basis, evidence supporting the amounts ang disclosures in the consolidated balance sheet. An audit
also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates madq by
management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated balance sheet. We
believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the consolidated balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial
position of the Company as at June 30, 2007, in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Without qualifying our opinion, we emphasize that the consolidated balance sheet does not comprise
a complete set of consolidated financial statements in accordance with International Financial
Reporting Standards. Information on results of operations, cash flows and changes in equity is
necessary to obtain a complete understanding of the financial position, performance and changes in
financial position of the Company.

September 17,2007



Pre-construction sales event

November 3r, 2007 12noon-3p.m.

Smooth finished walls
Raised panel doors
Hardwood floors
Ceiling Fans
Central A/C

gawra Amenta#is
Solid wood cabinets
Granite countertops
Porcelain Tiles
Kohler plumbing fixtures
Stackable washer & dryer

$4.5m pension

debt bars

Royal Oasis


FROM page 1

The five companies were
Caribbean Utility Company,
Sunrise Property Ltd, which
traded as Crowne Plaza at
Royal Oasis, DVI Country
Club, trading as Vacation Club
at Bahamia, Holiday Inn Sun-
spree at Bahamia, and
Bahamia Casino Ltd.
When Driftwood (Freeport)
and the Royal Oasis failed to
pay the sums ordered by the
judgments, the pension funds
served writs on them via the
Provost Marshall of Freeport's
Supreme Court, even pho-
tographing the sign that was
attached to the building
announcing the seizure of
goods and property to make
good the debts.
The liens.mean the judg-
ments have to be settled before
Harcourt Developments can
take possession of the Royal
Oasis once the deal with
Lehman Brothers is complet-
ed. Thus the pension fund
judgment means there are

what are likely to. be 'stum-
bling blocks' along the road to
concluding a transaction.
The hotel pension funds are
represented by Caryl Lashley,
of Dupuch & Turnquest, and
Don Saunders, the former
FNM Golden Gates candidate,
of Halsbury Chambers.
The previous government
was asked to ensure the Royal
Oasis sale and its approval was
made subject to the debt to the
pension funds being settled.
Yet it is understood that the
pension funds were not overly
impressed when Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham revealed
at the weekend that he did not
know what arrangements had
been made for settling the debt
owed to them by the Royal
The Prime Minister
acknowledged that the Gov-
ernment was writing-off the
$13 million in casino taxes
owed to it by the Royal Oasis,
plus $750,000 in immigration
fees and funds owed to a vari-
ety of other government

The Government, though, is
preparing to complete pay-
ments of severance monies
owed to the former 1200 Roy-
al Oasis employees. Some $6.2
million had already been paid
out by the previous PLP gov-
Other private sector credi-
tors left behind by Driftwood
(Freeport) include Bahamian-
owned businesses on Grand
Bahama and Grand Bahama
Power Company.
Upon completing its pur-
chase, which is expected to
happen imminently, Harcourt
is planning to re-open the bulk
of a totally transformed Royal
Oasis by early 2009, after
investing some $200 million.
The hotel and casino, which
will be operated, managed and
branded by Foxwoods Devel-
opment Company, will open
in January 2009 after being
doubled in size. Another tow-
er will be added to bring the
resort's hotel room inventory
to 650-700 rooms.

Three aircraft models eyed by Bahamasair

FROM page 1

which is very time consuming and would include
pilots, flight attendants, engineers, mechanics,
front line personnel, linesman, porters, cleaners
and also ramp and gate attendants," they
American Eagle introduced the SAAB340 to
the Bahamian market about 10 years ago, the
employees saying it was to "little success", as it
was unable to move an efficient amount of pas-
sengers or baggage.
Mr Woods said yesterday that no decisions
had been taken on a replacement aircraft mod-
According to international media reports,
Scandinavian Airlines the joint flag carrier of
Sweden, Denmark and Norway -has experi-
enced three crash landings in less than two
months involving the twin-engined Dash-8 400
commuter plane made by Bombardier of Cana-

Lush landscaping
Private balcony/Patio
Keyless entry
Swimming Pool
Club House

S Scotiabank will be on site to provide financing to all qualified individuals.

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Location; Top of Blue Hill Road, west of family Guardian Insurance Company.
For more information contact Margaret Rarmsingh at 457-1486 or margaretramsingh@yahoo.com

A Development by Jones Construction Company Ltd.


"We are very concerned about this most
recent Dash-8 Q400 accident, and the possible
relation with other accidents involving the same
plane," Daniel Hoeltgen, a spokesman for the
European Aviation Safety Agency, said.
The board of Scandinavian Airlines
announced on Sunday that the carrier would
permanently discontinue use of its 27-jet fleet of
Q400 planes after a flight from Bergen, Norway,
with 44 people on board crash-landed in Copen-
hagen on Saturday after its main landing gear
failed to extend.
No one was seriously injured in the incident,
which followed two previous instances in Sep-
tember where the airline's Q400's skidded off
runways in Denmark and Lithuania due to a
landing gear failure.
The incidents are similar to what happened in
April of this year when the landing gear of a
Bahamasair jet collapsed upon touchdown at
Governor's Harbour airport, causing the plane
to skid along the runway on its undercarriage.
None of the estimated 30 passengers were
seriously injured.

Harborside Resort at Atlantis is currently seeking for seasoned talent with successful and
proven timeshare experience at high leadership level, demonstrated track record In the
industry managing multimillion dollar projects and ready to take their career to new heights.
This person Is responsible for assisting the Project Director in planning, directing, and
providing necessary leadership to deal with the short term and long term business objectives
of Harborside Resort at Atlantis Resort Villas. In addition this position is responsible for
providing guidance, direction, and accountability in producing the expected performance at
Harborside Resort atAtlantis Resort Villas, while constantly striving to maintain a positive
work environment for all employees.
Our candidate should possess:
* Proven successful track record of directing Sales and Marketing teams in timeshare
branded Organizations.
* A minimum of proven 5 years recent vacation ownership experience at a Director level,
gained through Increasingly responsible management positions within sales. Starwood
Vacation ownership experience is a plus.
* Strong leadership and excellent communication skills written and verbal. Must be able to
prepare comprehensive reports, presentations and represent ideas clearly and concisely
at different levels of the Organization.
* Strong listening and organizational skills.
* Superior interpersonal abilities to get along with diverse personalities in a multicultural
work environment; tactful, mature and flexible.
* College degree preferred.
Key competencies Include: positive disposition, operational decision making, developing
organization talent/staff development, motivational fit (location, culture, job and company),
work standards, openness to differences, customer service orientation, building business
partnerships, thriving on ambiguity, managing multiple priorities, patience, strategic thinking
and execution, organizational awareness, technical/professional knowledge.

For Immediate consideration please submit resumes online at
or e-mail your updated resume to
(Reference: DOS position Harborside Bahamas)

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Seminar to give updates on

US 'anti-tax haven'


UNITED States tax attorney
Steven L Cantor will be the featured
speaker at a private wealth seminar
hosted by the Higgs & Johnson law
firm early next month.
Mr Cantor, managing Partner of
Cantor & Webb, a Florida law firm
specialising in tax, estate planning and
property matters for high net worth
international clients, will address the
audience on the proposed Stop Tax
Haven Abuse Act (STHAA) intro-
duced by US Senators Carl Levin,
Norm Coleman and Barack Obama.
According to Mr Cantor, the pro-
posed STHAA, if enacted in its orig-
inally proposed form, would increase

disclosure of foreign accounts, trans-
actions and entities, and increase
penalties on certain transactions.
The key provisions would impose
harsher requirements on US taxpay-
ers conducting business in thirty-four
currently listed jurisdictions, including
the Bahamas.
The Act will require US financial
institutions to report certain activi-
ties to the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS); require the taxing of foreign
trust income used to buy real estate,
marketable securities, and personal
property for US persons; amend the
Internal Revenue Code to treat for-
eign trusts with current or future US

beneficiaries as grantor trusts; and
require that any US taxpayer with an
account in a so-called Secrecy Juris-
diction (even if less than $10,000) to
report the existence of such account
to the IRS.
"Needless to say, much of this pro-
posed legislation, especially those pro-
visions which characterise several
countries with which the United
States has tax treaties or tax infor-
mation exchange agreements in place
as Secrecy Jurisdictions, has met
opposition," said Mr Cantor.

"My presentation will explain the
current status of this proposed legis-
lation and its possible consequences
on international tax and estate plan-
ning and the offshore trust industry."
The seminar, this year themed
Refining the Recipe for Private Wealth
Management ,is a part of Higgs and
Johnson's Silver Platter Series.
"The seminar is designed to update"
and educate financial services pro-
fessionals on the growing number of
developments taking place in the
industry and the subsequent increase
in opportunities available to their high
net worth clients," says seminar chair-
person and Higgs & Johnson partner,

Heather Thompson.
"As an offshore centre, private
clientele and wealth management are
at the heart of what we do. That's
why in addition to Steve's global view
of the impact of US legislation on oui
business, we will also explore the
Bahamas' own developments and ini-
tiatives for wealth protection vehi-
cles, immigration, estate planning, tax
information and real estate develop-
Other speakers will include Minis-
ter of State for Immigration, Senator
Elma Campbell, with a keynote
update on immigration for profes-
sional financial service practitioners.

Oil futures surge to new record near $94

By JOHN WILEN weakening currency and made
AP Business Writer dollar-denominated oil futures
less expensive to people deal-
NEW YORK (AP) Oil ing in other currencies, said
futures surged to a new record David Moore, commodities
near $94 Monday, propelled strategist with the Common-
by the weak dollar and news wealth Bank of Australia in
that Mexico's state oil compa- Sydney.
ny had suspended a fifth of its Oil prices were also sup-
oil production due to stormy ported by news that Mexico's
weather. Petroleos Mexicanos, or
Crude futures rallied late in Pemex, was to temporarily halt
the session as the euro as much as 600,000 barrels of
rebounded against the dollar, daily crude production.
analysts said. The euro hit a "Mexico shut in production
record high against ,the dollar for a few days," which will like-
early Monday morning, then ly disrupt imports and cut
declined.only to rally back lat- domestic oil inventories, said
er in the day. Chip Hodge, energy portfolio
"The dollar seems to be the manager at John Hancock
force that's driving us now," Financial Securities in Boston.
said Phil Flynn. an analyst at The Mexican oil fields are
Alaron Trading Corp., in expected to return to service
Chicago. later this week.
The dollar's descent against Light, sweet crude for
other major currencies has December rose $1.67 to settle
drawn :investors to crude at a record $93.53 a barrel on
futures -. i hcdge'against thl the: Ne'w'Y'6rk Mercantile

Exchange after rising as high as
$93.80 earlier, a trading record.
Crude prices are closing in on
the inflation-adjusted highs hit
in early 1980. Depending on
the how the adjustment is cal-
culated, $38 a barrel then
would be worth $96 to $101 or
more today.
Oil prices have jumped 10
per cent since the Energy
Department on Wednesday
reported that oil supplies
dropped sharply during the
week ended October 19. That
news came amid rising political
tensions in the Mideast.
Prices on Monday were also
supported by fighting in
Turkey between armed forces
and Kurdish rebels, and the
US government's imposition
last week of harsh penalties
against Iran, the world's fourth
largest oil producer.
Other Nymex energy futures
were also higher. Gasoline for
November delivery rose 5.34

cents to settle at $2.3274 a gal-
lon, while November heating
oil rose 3.21 cents to settle at
$2.4646 a gallon.
November natural gas
futures, which expired at the
end of the Nymex session, rose
5.1 cents to settle at $7.269 per
1,000 cubic feet.
In London, December Brent
crude rose $1.63 to settle at
$90.32 a barrel on the ICE
Futures exchange.
At the pump, the national
average price of a gallon of gas
rose 0.7 cent overnight to
$2.856 a gallon, according to
AAA and the Oil Price Infor-
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Oil prices could get another
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"The central bank will in all
likelihood cut rates again, thus

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support to commodities in gen-
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ven by speculation, not mar-
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headlines out of Turkey, Iran
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tribute to this buying frenzy,
these analysts argue.
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said Fadel Gheit, an analyst at
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THE Bahamas Financial
Services Board (BFSB) held
its seventh annual Industry
Excellence Awards Banquet
at the Sandals Royal Bahami-
an on Saturday, October 27.
Announced at that time
were the winners in five cate-
gories. They are:
1. Executive of the Year:
Brian Moree, senior partner,
McKinney, Bancroft & Hugh-
2. Professional of the Year:
Barbara Ferguson, assistant
manager, account investiga-
tions and fraud, credit card
centre, Royal Bank of Cana-
3. Achiever of the Year:
Marvin Nairn, senior trust ser-
vice officer, Cititrust
4. Development & Promo-
tion Award: Commonwealth
5. FSI Student of the Year:
La'Nelle Deleveaux, now a
staff accountant at Ernst &
6. The BFSB also presented
the first-ever Lifetime
Achievement Award to T B
Donaldson for outstanding,
sustained contribution to the
growth and development of
the financial services industry.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, and Wendy
Warren, the BFSB's chief
executive and executive direc-
tor, presented the awards.
Mr Donaldson's award was
presented by Governor-Gen-
eral Arthur Hanna.


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Brace yousel."' It's difficult to say

how many will impact the Bahamas'

W" ith parts of the coun-
try still recovering
from the devastation
caused by past hurri-
canes of recent years, the islands of
the Bahamas, from Grand Bahama
and Abaco in the north to Mayagua-
na and Inagua in the south, are brac-
ing for what could be a tremendous
hurricane season.
Basil Dean, senior meteorologist
at the Bahamas Department of Mete-
orology, said the country is looking at
a very active season, with some 17
named storms expected to develop.
Out of that 17 some nine are expect-
ed to reach hurricane status, with five
expected to develop into major sys-
tems category three storms or
"It's difficult to say how many will
impact the Bahamas," Mr Dean said.
"The seasonal forecast for the
Atlantic basin the north Atlantic,
the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean
Sea these are the three major water
bodies that we are concerned with -
and to attempt to guess how many
storms, I cannot say, but the proba-
bility is very high."
He noted further that this coming
hurricane season has been forecast
to be an above average season for the
following reasons:
Apart from the sea surface tem-
peratures being positive, we also
expect a weak to moderate la Nina
to develop which favours the develop
of tropical cyclones.
It is forecast that weak trade
winds and vertical wind shears are
expected throughout the season, all of
which are positive indicators of an
active season and additionally. A pio-
neer in the science of forecasting hur-
ricanes, Dr William Gray, an Ameri-
can, has included what is called an
extended range statistical forecast
procedure to his seasonal forecast for-
His procedure takes into consider-


ation the last 40 years of global re-
analysis data, and with this 40 year
data he looks for years where atmos-
pheric conditions are similar to con-
ditions experienced during February
and March of this year.
The years where atmospheric con-
ditions are similar to that of the Feb-
ruary and March data of this year,
the average of tropical cyclone activ-
ity in those years are obtained and
used along with analog predictors to
compute the number of storms.
A major reason that the Bahamas
will always be impacted by hurricanes
is because the country sits to the west
of the Bermuda-Azores High, (a
group of islands off the West African
coast), a large subtropical semi-per-
manent centre of high atmospheric
pressure which is found near the
Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. In
years when the system is well formed
it extends westward toward Bermuda.
"When one takes into consideration
the cyclonic flow around this high,
the northward recurvature is always
either to the east of the Bahamas it

can occur over the Bahamas as well
as it can occur further west of the
Bahamas when this recurvature
takes place over the Bahamas during
an approaching storm it makes the
Bahamas extremely vulnerable for a
direct hit. This all depends on the
behaviour of the Bermuda Azores
High, so in a somewhat simplistic
sense where the recurvature is at the
time determines whether or not we
are likely to be hit by a tropical
storm," he said.
According to Mr Dean, meteorol-
ogy is an ongoing science and the
technology that drives it is always
being critiqued and improved, and
each year scientists around the region
continue to work on various comput-
er models with a view to improving
the forecast product.
"We have come quite a long way
over the years in terms of technology,
so much so that we are able to detect
weather systems, such as tropical
cyclones, from the time they devel-
op to the time they reach our forecast
area. This is done via geostationary
satellites which provides us with
round the clock surveillance.
"In addition to the geostationary
satellites which allow us to detect
these systems at a considerable dis-
tance away, reconnaissance aircraft
are deployed when these systems are
within flight range. These reconnais-
sance missions allow us, meteorolo-
gists, to obtain critical data through-
out the storm thus giving us a better
understanding of what is going on
within a particular storm. This all has
led to improved weather and hurri-
cane forecasting over the years," he
Another instrument that aids in
weather forecast is the Doppler Radar
Once a weather system or a tropical
cyclone reaches within radar range,
Mr Dean said, the modern day
Doppler radar enables meteorologists
to estimate the rate of rainfall and
allows them to warn of potential

flooding. Additionally, he noted, the
Doppler radar also provides meteo-
rologists with strong indications of
where tornadic activity is likely to
Mr Dean said further that comput-
er models have certainly been a bless-
ing to forecasters with regard to short,
medium, and long term forecasting.
These models, he said, which use
actual atmospheric data to simulate
atmospheric conditions, have, over
the years, improved to the point
where three day forecasts have
become the norm and seven day fore-
casts and beyond, although not as reli-
able, still give fairly good indications
as to what one may expect.
There are some of the things that
are still uncertain, Mr Dean noted,
such as how changing weather pat-
terns will affect hurricanes and rainfall
The global climate change scenarios
that have been developed suggest that
with increasing global temperatures

one can anticipate a rise in sea surface
- so for every degree in temperature
rise, one can expect a foot increase in
sea level, and should this scenario pan
out it will result in the loss of land at
the coast. And it is conceivable, Mr
Dean pointed out, that the Bahamas
is currently experiencing a loss of
Some scenarios have also devel-
oped in regard to global research and
global warming, particularly in the
Tropical cyclones rely on warm sea
surface temperatures, and looking at
increased temperatures, the thresh-
old temperature needed for cyclone
development would be achieved a lot
quicker and could lead to an increase
in tropical cyclone activity.
Mr Dean urged caution however,
saying that tropical cyclone develop-
ment does not rely solely on sea sur-
face temperatures, but rather a variety
of atmospheric and oceanic condi-

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Mario Newry, host and eec-
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ed by hurricanes or tropi-
cal storms between June
1 and November 30, the
greatest risk being in August, Sep-
tember and October.
For 2007. the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration is
reporting that the likelihood of
above-normal hurricane activity is
75 per cent. Weather forecasters are
expecting three to seventeen tropical
storms, with seven to ten of them
becoming hurricanes. This has
become more evident with the for-
mation of Tropical Storm Barry at
the beginning of hurricane season.
Upon being notified of this impor-
tant assessment. Mr Newry said that
he decided to produce a hurricane
preparedness documentary that

would encourage residents of the
Bahamas to think seriously about
preparations, if they have not already
In May, Mr Newry brought togeth-
er a panel of distinguished profes-
sionals to assist communities with
preparations leading to, or following
the hurricane season, or any calami-
tous event.
The panel was convened and inter-
viewed by Deputy Prime Minister
Brent Symonette, and the unified
effort from all connected agencies
was positively uplifting.
The preparedness panel included
Mr Symonette: Kevin Basden, gen-
eral manager of the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC); Leon
Williams, chief executive officer of
the Bahamas Telecommunications

Company (BTC); Godfrey Sherman,
general manager of the Water and
Sewerage Corporation; Carl F Smith,
under secretary at the Cabinet Office
and interim director of the National
Emergency Management Agency
(NEMA); Marina Glinton, the direc-
tor general of the Bahamas Red
Cross Society: Trevor Basden, senior
deputy director of the Department of
Meteorology; Arnold King, chief
meteorological officer of the Depart-
ment of Meteorology; Gayle Outten-
Moncur, administrative officer with
responsibility for training at NEMA;
Lieutenant Commander Herbert
Bain. Operations and Logistics offi-
cer of NEMA: Stephen Turnquest,
Shelter manager of the Bahamas
Humane Society; Azaleta Ishmael-
Newry. marketing director, Bahamas

Supermarkets Limited/Operators of
City Market Supermarkets; Peter
Goudie, director of Human
Resources, Bahamas Supermarkets
Limited/Operators of City Markets
Supermarkets, and Rodd Bethell,
City Market Cable Beach Store man-
The panel addressed the respon-
siveness of each agency and issues
that might impact their performance.
Each person gave points of interest in
an effort to better prepare the
Bahamas for a possible hurricane dis-
As host and executive producer of
the programme, Mr Newry said that
he wanted to produce the segment
to assist every individual that lives
in or visits the hurricane belt, and to
help educate and make them aware

of the phenomenon in all-of its facets
and consequences.
"My final thought to this impor-
tant topic is every year people who
live on islands and cays between the
West Coast of Africa and the United
States of America respond to a fact
of life hurricanes. They have blown
over this region and wreaked havoc
for hundreds of years.
"I encourage everyone to prepare
for a familiar walk as we take steps to
view the facts of life in the Bahamas;
steps toward hurricane preparedness.
"As we take these steps, we are
reminded through programmes like
this that the unified effort of each
agency would ensure that our- miti-
gation and prevention programmes
are robust. Let us continue to work
together to keep the Bahamas safe."


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MIAMI (AP) British gov-
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ing that the Atlantic hurricane sea-
son may not be as busy as their a
American counterparts expect.
It is most likely that 10 more
tropical storms will form from July
to November, the British fore- 7.
casters have said. An expected
cooling trend in Atlantic Ocean
surface waters favours fewer trop-
ical storms than in recent years, .
the British meteorologists said in .-
their first-ever hurricane season
forecast. .-
The British scientists did not '
predict a number of hurricanes
that would form or how many
would become strong, as Ameri-
can forecasters do. There is a 70
per cent chance that the number of
storms will be in the range of sev-
en to 13, according to the British.
Matt Huddleston at the UK's
Met Office, a weather tracking
agency within the British Ministry
of Defense, said its numbers are .
based on.a "brand new forecasting .
system" using a global climate
In May, US government fore-
casters predicted 13 to 17 tropical
storms in the season that runs from
June 1 to November 30. The
National Oceanic and Atmos-
pheric Administration scientists
said they expect seven to 10 tropi-
cal storms to become hurricanes
and three to five of them in the
strong category.
Colorado State University
researcher William Gray predicted
double-digit tropical storm num-
bers. Gray predicted 17 named
storms and nine hurricanes, five
of them intense.
The Atlantic season has already
had two named storms, Andrea
and Barry. The US government
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In the e\cnt of a hurri-
cane, the B:ahamas Red
Cross Society is among
the first respondents. helping
to find shelter for the home-
less, providing food and
water, and medical care. And
with such a great undertak-
ing, the more funds and more
hands on board continues to
be an essential component of
the organisation's success.
Marina Glinton. director of
the Bahamas Red Cross, said
that while the Red Cross is
currently operating far below
its $500,000 budget, they
have been actively training
members of the public to be
first responders the first
people on the ground who
will assess damages in their
respective islands and then
report to the Red Cross in

New Piovidence in the alter-
math of a hurricane.
Since last year "as a "pret-
tN quiet Near" in terms ot
hurricanes. Ms Glinton and
her staff took the opportuni-
t1 to identify% several islands
whichh hale been prone to
disaster. The\ then train indi-
viduals in those communities
in capacity assessment.
"\\e trained certain people
\%ho came forward, then
formed groups for training
\Ve provided them %ith dis-
aster supplies like boots.
raincoats, helmets, chain
saws, rakes, shovels, flash-
lights, gloves, and safety
vests," Ms Glinton said.
"We trained these persons
in first aid, CPR, shelter
management, disaster man-
agement, and in how to con-
duct damage assessments, so
that these people can tell us
what we need to bring before

k e come.
The training began in June
21 ih and ended in February
2007. %ith 187 persons pass-
ing out as full\ trained first
ic-sponders in the following
areas: Grand Bahama. Aba-
co. and the Adelaide and
Gambler communities in
Nei, Pro idence.
The Red Cross is hoping to
extend the same training in
other islands in Jul,. Howev-
er. that all depends on the
a\ailabilii\ of funds. NiMs
Glinton said.
"Well, funds coming in has
been very slow lately. The
only real income we get
comes from the ball and the
fair. And we're getting ready
to have our raffle, so hope-
fully that will bring in some
money," Ms Glinton said.
According to Ms Glinton,
the 2007 Red Cross Fair
raised $79,000, and this

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year's Red Cross Ball raised
$120,000. Membership fees,
which are due by December,
will probably bring in $40,000
- that is once all fees are

The raffle, she added, will
probably raise $40,000 as
But even when taken
together, the total is only half
of theq Red Cross' $500,000

operational budget for this
year. And that, Ms Glinton
said, does no include the cost
of responding effectively to a
national disaster, whose
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The Caribbean region from
the islands of the Bahamas,
South Florida, the islands
of the Caribbean, and the
countries surrounding the Caribbean
Basin are exposed annually to the
ravages of hurricanes, floods, and
storm surges. As such events can both
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property and/or a business.
In any discussion of the role, value,
and cost of catastrophe insurance in
the Bahamas, it must be understood
that while the Bahamas may not have
been affected by any storms last year,
over the past decade the region has
experienced a dramatic upsurge in
the level of physical destruction and
economic loss caused by hurricanes.
Each year these natural disasters
take a huge toll in deaths and injuries,
property damage, and economic loss,
however, an even greater tragedy is
the fact that much of the physical,
emotional, and financial impact of
this devastation and loss can be
reduced through preparedness,
including adequate insurance cover,
existing mitigation techniques, and
greater public awareness of them.
It must also be understood that
because of its small population the
volume of insured risks in the region
is small and the overall premium base
is minuscule in relation to the world
insurance markets.
Insurance premium income for the
whole of the Bahamas, the Caribbean
and Central America, has been
reported as being only one tenth of
one per cent of premiums payable
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claims for the region is about three
per cent of worldwide losses.
And because the region as a whole
produces only a small amount of pre-

mium income in relation to the large
loss potential, and because of the
inevitability of further hurricanes,
regional insurance companies must

purchase essential catastrophe pro-
tection from other international "rein-
surance" companies.
Such reinsurers do business on a
worldwide basis and view this region,
including Central America, Florida
and the Gulf Coast of the US, as a
very high-risk area. It can also be
argued that the past decade was the
worst ever for the region, in terms of
property damage and economic loss
resulting from hurricanes.
Losses have been enormous from
hurricanes such as Ivan, Wilma, Rita,
Katrina, Jeanne, Frances, and Floyd.
In 1999, Floyd caused some $6
billion in damage in the region, $175
million of that being insured losses
in the Bahamas.
In 2004, Frances and Jeanne
caused estimated total 'losses of $16
billion, with $348 million of insured
losses in the Bahamas.
2005 proved to be the most active
year ever with some 26 named storms,
the last occurring in January 2006.
Dennis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma
racked up estimated total losses of
$159 billion, $125 billion of this caused
by Katrina alone.
Katrina was the largest disaster to
hit the region and the effects of this
storm are still being felt by the insur-
ance industry as numerous law suits
have been filed in the United States
and the final cost to the industry is
still unknown. Rita missed us, but
Wilma caused $47 million of insured
losses in the Bahamas.
It is important to note that the fig-
ures given for the Bahamas are for
insured losses only, they do not
include uninsured losses, which were
probably higher than the losses cov-
ered by insurance.
As a result of the tremendous loss-
es in 2005, a number of insurance
companies withdrew from providing
catastrophe perils cover completely,
while others decided to reduce their
Reinsurers were no longer prepared

to grant reinsurance cover to insurers
in the region without increasing their
rates, and without putting strict limits
on the scope of cover available, either
geographically'or in terms of what to
cover. This lack of capacity and
increased costs for reinsurance led to
a hardening of the market generally,
and this in turn led to increases in
rates for the average policyholder.
What can be expected to happen
with insurance rates in the foresee-
able future? While the large losses in
2004 and 2005 did cause an increase in
rates in the Bahamas for 2006, prices
in 2007 remain generally steady. For
2007 experts are forecasting above
average hurricane activity, and while
a similar prediction last year was not
fulfilled it is hard to see them getting
it wrong for two years running.
Already there have been two named
storms in the Atlantic/Caribbean
region and increased activity in the
Pacific, with a significant storm,
Oman, the strongest experienced by
them since 1890.
These forecasts, combined with the
ever growing reports on global warm-
ing, and the effects on low lying coun-
tries such as the Bahamas, make it
very difficult to predict what the
future might hold for this region.
The region's potential for destruc-
tion from hurricanes and other nat-
ural hazards will remain. The
Bahamas and Caribbean's insurance
market will remain small with tremen-
dous catastrophe exposure, thus caus-
ing continued dependence on outside
To avoid a continuing rise and fall
of insurance rates, and stabilize the
market, property owners and insur-
ance companies will have to focus
their attention more on alternative
approaches to their risk management.
Along with government and other
community partners, they will have
to develop cost-effective mechanisms
to reduce the vulnerability of their
properties to damage caused by such
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breakers in the high wind
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hurricanes. And beyond this
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know that trees not only help
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ally that has so
much to offer?"

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gained as a result of having
not just trees, but properly
cared for trees on your prop-
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should we play a part in the
ruthless destruction of an
environmental ally that has
so much to offer?
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you? It just wouldn't make
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Flash Flood Warning
means a flash flood is
imminent. Take immedi-
ate action.

Tornadoes: Spawned
by hurricanes, tornadoes
sometimes produce
severe damage and casu-
alties. If a tornado is
reported in your area, a
warning will be issued.

Always make sure
you have plenty of
tinned foods especially
vegetables in the house
just in case you are ,
unable to access food
stores for several days.
Food that can be eaten
hot or cold is always
preferable for obvious

Before a hurricane
strikes, have a good hot
bath or shower, which
will at least leave you
feeling clean for a time.
Loss of power or water
can mean that you have
to go without a proper
bath or shower for sev-
eral days.

Double check shut-
ters before winds get too
strong. A loose shutter
can be a menace during
the height of the storm.
Apart from the fact that
it will expose your win-
dow to damage, it might
also blow off and cause
damage elsewhere.

Forecasting has
grown more sophisticat-
ed over the years. New
satellites, more refined
computer programmes
and other advances are
helping scientists keep
on top of the storm pre-
diction game.

The number of Category 4 and 5
hurricanes worldwide has nearly dou-
bled over the past 35 years.

In 2005 Wilma became the most
intense hurricane on record, with sus-
tained winds of 175 mph. It showed
that there is the need for a higher cate-
gory to be added to the current scale.

The 2005 Hurricane Season includ-
ed three Category 5 hurricanes for the
first time on record in the Atlantic

The Aftermath
A slow-moving Category 4 or 5 Hur-
ricane can leave more than destruction
in its wake. If key infrastructure is
severely damaged or destroyed, life can
become difficult and definitely not suit-
able for children. If a facility is inca-
pacitated, the service it provides ceases.
The problem gets even worse if the
people skilled in repairing the facility
have been injured or decided to evac-
uate. This is common in the aftermath
of most major natural disasters.

Imagine life if the following elements
of key infrastructure became inopera-

IF the power generating plant was
severely damaged or destroyed, and
repairs were scheduled to take weeks to
complete, those with generators would
soon run out of fuel, especially if the

* SEA MEETS ROAD In this photograph by Franklyn G Ferguson, an ocean
surge leapt over the road at Saunders Beach in August, 2004, when Hurricane
Frances passed over the Caribbean

fuel dock was incapacitated. Life with-
out electricity is possible as long as
there is power nearby, but if no one
has power for an extended period of
time, life becomes difficult.

IF the fuel dock was inoperable or
destroyed it could cause fuel deliveries
to be depleted or cease altogether.
If the fuel supply is not restored
promptly, life would simply grind to a
halt, this in turn could affect the ability
to deliver or collect supplies, generate
electricity, and therefore supply water.

Something as simple as debris cover-
ing the runway could mean the airport
is unable to operate. If the cause was
due to something more permanent,
food, water and medical supplies may
be inadequate for weeks, even longer if
Florida is hit as well. The problem is
exacerbated if the required equipment
or manpower is unavailable. Equip-
ment could be destroyed, roads could
be blocked, and faced with a cata-
strophic event, the manpower may have

If a Category 4 or 5 Hurricane struck,
causing the damage detailed above and
rendering the docks inaccessable, life
would be almost impossible. People
would become isolated for weeks -
longer if Florida was hit or a large part
of the island's private fleet of boats was

Rebuilding spotty along hurricane-battered highway

Associated Press Writer

GULFPORT, Mississippi
(AP) Scott Oliver didn't
need government help to
rebuild his beachfront proper-
ty. Using his own money, he
built a concrete compound to
replace the wood-frame home
Hurricane Katrina smashed to
Oliver and his wife moved

out of a cramped trailer and
into the new storm-resistant
house just in time for the start
of the 2007 hurricane season.
"We didn't wait on any-
body. We just went ahead and
did it," said Oliver, 60, who
turned down a federal disaster
loan to avoid going into debt.
The Olivers are the first and
only residents of their Gulf-
port neighbourhood to
rebuild. Progress like theirs is
spotty along US 90. a coastal

highway that spans the length
of Katrina's destructive path,
from New Orleans to the
southeastern tip of Mississip-
pi's Gulf Coast.
In May 2006, a reporter for
The Associated Press traveled
along the highway to take
stock of rebuilding efforts nine
months after Katrina. At the
time, the landscape looked as
if the hurricane had just
struck, with piles of smelly
debris sitting untouched next
to shattered homes and top-
pled trees awaiting chain saws.
A year later, homeowners
with both the means and the
will to rebuild are forging
ahead on their own, gradually
repopulating neighborhoods
along US 90 where scores of
ruined homes remain virtually
untouched since the hurricane.
For some, self-reliance isn't
an option. Many are waiting
for government grants to
rebuild. Others don't qualify
for the aid. Some families are
fighting insurance companies
for refusing to cover damage
from Katrina's storm surge,
which inundated large swaths
of Mississippi's coastline.
From their new third-floor
bedroom, which is nearly 50
feet above the ground, the
Olivers have a clear view of
the slow recovery.
A few blocks east is the
Island View Casino, which
opened last September on the
site of a storm-damaged hotel.
To the west is a FEMA trailer
park. In between is a sea of
barren slabs and weed-choked
lots where houses once stood.
"I'm so shocked at how
slowly everything is coming
back," said Oliver's wife,
But other signs of recovery
abound on US 90, which runs
from Florida to Texas.
The highway is nearly whole
again. A bridge across Chef
Menteur Pass in eastern New
Orleans reopened last August.
A new bridge reconnecting
Bay St Louis and Pass Christ-
ian, Miss., opened May 17. A
third span, between Biloxi and
Ocean Springs, Miss., is
expected to open in Novem-
Mississippi beaches, closed
for months after the storm, are
now filled with sunbathers.
Many Biloxi casinos are busier
than ever, and condominiums
are popping up, too.
Near the new bridge is a
miniature castle that was
Denise Shute's vacation home
before Katrina. The Home-
stead, Fla,, resident and her
companion, Richard Loth,
bought the property nearly a
decade ago, intending to retire
there someday.
The anachronistic castle
remains a mud-encrusted
mess. Plywood boards cover
all the windows and doors.
The house doesn't have elec-
trical, water or sewer service.
Weeds choke the front lawn.
Looters keep breaking in.
"We're the forgotten ones
down on this end of the
beach," said Shute, a United

* CAPRICE Oliver and her husband Scott Oliver pose in front of
their new home made from concrete in Gulfport. The Olivers are
the first and only residents of their Gulfport neighbourhood to

rebuild after Hurricane Katrina.

Airlines flight attendant.
The couple is still hunting
for belongings scattered by the
hurricane. Katrina's storm
surge swept through the house
and deposited possessions in a
patch of woods about a quar-
ter of a mile north of their
* During a recent hike
through the woods, they sifted
through twisted piles of debris
and found their garage win-
dows, a string of Christmas
tree lights, Loth's golf shoes
and his old briefcase.
Loth, a Navy SEAL about
to embark on an overseas
assignment, also found the
remnants of a rattan dining
room set he bought during a
trip to the Philippines.
"Denise didn't like it, any-
way, so she's glad it's gone,"
he joked.
Before they start rebuilding,
the couple must decide
whether to accept a $150,000
federal grant earmarked for
preserving historical buildings.
But the money comes with
strings attached.
"If we use the grant money,
we're more restricted," Shute
said. "We might just take the
money out of our own pockets
and rebuild it as we can."
Dale Womack would love to
have that choice, but neither
appears to be an option for
the shrimper, who lives on a
storm-damaged boat he can't
afford to repair. The Shelley
Lynn, moored on the water-
front off US 90 in Louisiana's
St Tammany Parish, keeps
taking on water and flooding
his engines.
"I just have to pray to God
it doesn't sink on me," he said.
Womack owes $5,000 in
back taxes to the federal gov-
ernment, so the Small Busi-
ness Administration won't
give him a disaster loan. The
Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency cut him a check
for $800 after Katrina, but he
doesn't qualify for a much
larger homeowner grant
because he lives on a boat.
"Here I am, just begging
and dying for help, and they
won't," he said.
Womack's boat is tied up
next to Dwayne Shockley's

(AP Photo: Alex Brandon)

newly renovated home on a
vulnerable strip of land
between two lakes. Shockley's
flood and homeowner insur-
ance policies covered some of
the roughly $200,000 in dam-
age. He used his savings to
pay for the rest.
Shockley's house is in better
shape than ever, but he's still
feeling the pain from Katrina:
His annual insurance premium
has increased from about
$4,200 to $10,000.
"This insurance thing is just
outrageous, and there doesn't
appear to be any relief in
sight," he said.
Mere mention of the word
"insurance" is enough to ruin
a relaxing evening for Oliver
Lancaster, who sipped a beer
on the porch outside his gut-
ted home in Biloxi. Lancast-
er's insurer, Lexington Insur-
ance Co., blamed Katrina's
storm surge for his home's
destruction and refused to pay
most of his claim, saying his
policy did not cover flood
Lancaster has a reason for
believing wind, not water,
wrecked the 140-year-old
During the storm, he said,
all the clocks in his collection
froze at 7:50 am before
Katrina's storm surge could
have reached his home.
"I know (wind) knocked it
off the foundation. I don't
care what the insurance peo-
ple say. That's what hap-
pened," said the 77-year-old
retiree, who filed a lawsuit
against the insurer on May 24
in federal court.
A $150,000 federal grant has
helped Lancaster build a new
porch, replace walls and
doors, and install new
Sheetrock, but the grant only
pays for about half the neces-
sary repairs. He's drawing
from his savings for the rest.
A condo developer recently
offered him more than $1 mii
lion for the property, but Lar
caster turned him down. The
start of another hurricane se,
son makes him nervous, but.
he doesn't want to leave.
"I like living on the bead
he said. "I'm willing to tall
the risk."




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Western side of Inner Harbor
Navigational Canal is part of
the system that didn't fail dur-
ing Hurricane Katrina. The
canal, a five-mile waterway
that divides New Orleans in
half, has turned into the weak-
est spot in a levee system rid-
dled with problems, or as one
Army Corps of Engineers
commander calls it, the sys-
tem's "Achille's heel."

(AP Photo: Bill Haber)

Army engineers: New Orleans still at risk for

flooding despite post-Katrina improvements

Associated Press Writer

areas of this city, including sections
that are being rebuilt, remain at risk
from flooding despite more than $1
billion in work to fix and upgrade the
hurricane protection system, accord-
ing to a new Army Corps of Engi-
neers report.
The corps released risk assessments
on a block-by-block basis in the form
of maps showing the estimated threat
of flooding each year from hurricanes.
But the corps did not release much-
anticipated technical data accompa-
nying the risk assessment, leaving
many independent experts unable to
assess the accuracy of the agency's
assumptions on risk.
The mapping was based on exten-
sive modeling and statistical analysis.
For example, in a flood that has the
likelihood of occurring at least once in
r 100 years, many neighborhoods in

the central part of the city that were
inundated during Katrina are now
less likely to flood because of levee


By comparison, other areas like the
Lower 9th Ward, Gentilly and St
Bernard Parish have not benefited
greatly from levee work done since
Katrina hit on August 29, 2005 storm
and could see as much as eight feet of
However, nearly every part of the
city, except for a sliver along the Mis-
sissippi River where the French Quar-
ter sits, would flood under current
levee conditions in a flood that has
the likelihood of occurring once every
500 years. Katrina was a storm that
happens once every 400 years, accord-
ing to the corps.
"What we're doing here is show-
ing people what themagnitude of the
risk is," said Lt Gen Robert Van

Antwerp, the Corps' chief engineer.
"The whole purpose of providing
this information is so people can
make a personal decision" about the
risk they face, he said.
The analysis, while not providing
a complete picture of the region's pre-
sent and future vulnerability, will like-
ly be used in rebuilding plans and by
insurance companies assessing where
to invest and where not to.
"What insurers are all about is cat-
egorizing similar risk," said David
Rossmiller, a Portland, Oregon-based
lawyer who analyzes Katrina insur-
ance issues. But, he added, insurance
companies may not find much in the
new flood risk assessments to entice
them to start offering cheaper insur-
ance. "If anybody's hoping rates will
go down, I doubt this study will be a
big driving point, or an impetus to
drive the rates down a whole lot.
Overall, there's a huge problem with
the insurance market in New

Karen Durham-Aguilera, a corps
official overseeing levee work in New
Orleans, said insurance companies
have so far responded favourably to
the new data because it shows some
areas now face less risk. The new
maps were developed by testing a
variety of features, including levees
and topography, against 152 possible
future storms. The maps, which take a
snapshot of the risk on June 1 of this
year, will be updated as upgrades to
the system are made.


What the map fail to show, though,
is what kind of risk areas face once
the corps finishes work to protect the
city from a 100-year storm, which is
expected to be done by 2011.
Ed Link, an engineer with the Uni-
versity of Maryland who oversaw the
analysis, said he expects most areas of
the city will face much less chance of
flooding once that work is done.

The corps said this is the first time
an entire levee system's risk potential
has been assessed. The same model-
ing will be performed on other flood
defense systems around the nation in
the future, corps officials said.
J David Rogers, an engineer at the
University'of Missouri-Rolla involved
in a study of levee failures commis-
sioned by the National Science Foun-
dation, said a meaningful assessment
,of the corps' risk study is not possible
without the technical assumptions.
Instead of showing what risk each
part of the city has in a particular hur-
ricane, the corps study looks at the
probability of flooding in any given
year. "We're trying to get away from
the probability of storms because it
leads to a lot of confusion about the
probability of being flooding," Link
said. He said the maps were issued
without the technical data because
the information was deemed so criti-
cal that delaying the data was not jus-

Cox News Service

start of hurricane season was a storm shutter
salesman's dream: two named storms by the
time the starting bell had rung June 1.
Andrea and Barry, serious enough to make
people think about home protection but too
weak to do any real home damage unless
erosion chewed the beach right up to your
condo patio.
Since then: zip, zero, nada. A three-week
drought of storms.
So, what's it all mean? Put up the shutters
now or start drinking those gallon jugs of
water? And what does El Nino have to do
with it?
"Early season storms have little or nothing
to do with peak of season activity," said
Richard Knapp, a senior forecaster at the
National Hurricane Center in Miami.
"Often we've had one June storm and we've
had a strong peak season. And we've had
Junes without a storm when the peak of the
season hasn't been as strong," he said.
In 2003, the tropics had spawned two trop-
ical storms by the end of June, concluding
with two in December, for a total of 16 named
A year later, the first storm didn't form
until July 31, then the season exploded with
Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne striking
Florida within a 45-day period.
Fourteen of 2004's 15 storms were com-
pacted into 73 days from July 31 to October
11. The 16 storms of 2003 were nicely spread
over seven months. .
Only September had as many as four
"It can be a quiet season through July, then
all of a sudden, BOOM," Knapp said.
Truth be told, the early season storms are
often oddities, cyclonic anomalies with little
connection to the real storm season.
Subtropical Storm Andrea, which materi-
alized May 9, was the first May storm in 26
years, a hybrid born as an extra-tropical storm
off the south Georgia-north Florida coast that
briefly adopted warm-water storm character-
In its two-day life, June 1-2, Barry earned a
tropical storm tag by generating thunder-
storms near its center before sliding over land
north of Tampa.
"It's usual for June and July to be pretty
quiet," said Chris Landsea, a storm researcher
for the National Hurricane Center. "A large
majority of the storms come in August, Sep-
tember and October."
Seventy-seven per cent, to be exact, accord-
ing to National Hurricane Center records.

In 2000, 15 storms formed, all of them in the
Big 3 storm months.
Of 455 named storms since 1996, only 69
have swirled to life in June or July, an average
of less than two per year.
On the flip side, five storms had formed by
the end of July in 1997, two of them hurri-
canes, suggesting a busy year. But only three
more happened the rest of the year.
"You can't judge anything by what hap-
pens early. There's just no connection," said
semi-retired Florida State University hurri-
cane expert
James O'Brien, former state meteorologist.
Federal forecasters have predicted above
average storm activity this year, after El Nino
stunted last year's season at the end of Sep-
tember with nine named storms. El Nino is the
term given for warming waters off the Pacific
South American coast that results in winds
that shear forming storms in the Atlantic

The NOAA forecast is for 12 to 17 tropical
storms, seven to 10 of them hurricanes and
three to five storms of Category 3 or stronger.
While that's above average based on weather
records dating to 1851, it's in the normal range
for the past 12 years.
From 1995, the Atlantic storm basin has
averaged 14.7 tropical storms, 8.1 hurricanes
and 3.9 major hurricanes per year.
"We're still expecting an active season,"
said National Weather Service meteorologist
Dennis Fettgen. "We don't see signs of an El
Nino yet. At best we see neutral conditions
and, at worst, conditions for an active sea-
Despite the two early storms, this has been
a typical June, said the hurricane center's
A low pressure area of thunderstorms off
Florida's Atlantic coast has little chance of
developing because of the tell-tale "fairly sig-
nificant upper-level westerly winds that shear
off the tops of the thunderstorms," he said.
Strong westerlies are typical of June. That
pattern is likely to continue for weeks.
"The further out you try to forecast, the
more uncertain it is," Knapp said. "Let's just
wait to see what things look like at the end of
Whatever the mid-season outlook, fore-
casters always point to 1992, when Category 5
Hurricane Andrew ripped through Home-
stead in Miami-Dade County. Only seven
storms formed that year and one was sub-
"I know it's a cliche, but it's a cliche because
i"'s true," Knapp said. "It only takes one."

Hurricane Preparedness Grocery List

Get enough nonperishable foods now
for two weeks.Then set aside. Avoid
foods that are salty or dry or high In fat
or protein; they'll make you thirsty.
You'll have to purchase last minute
items that cannot be stored.

_Water: 2 quarts to 1 gallon per
person per day (purchase 2 week's
_Shelf-package juice and milk boxes
_Canned and powdered milk
_Beverages (powdered or canned,
fruit juices, Instant coffee, tea)
_Prepared foods (canned soups, beef,
spaghetti, tuna, chicken, ham,
corned beef, sausages, packaged
_Canned vegetables and fruits
_Dried fruits
Snacks (crackers, cookies, hard .
candy, nuts)
._Snack spreads (peanut butter,
cheese spreads, jelly)
_Sugar, salt, pepper
._Raw vegetables
-Supplement drinks
_Special dietary foods or bars

_Non-spill food and water containers
_Dry and canned pet food
_Pet medication
_Leash, harness and toys

_Colour books _Crayons
.Puzzles or games
_Stationery, envelopes and folders
_Pens and pencils

Manual can opener
_Bottle opener
Matches in a water tight container
Camp stove or other cooking
device and plenty of fuel (Use
canned fuel, not charcoal or gas)
Ice chests or coolers
-Paper plates, napkins
_Plastic cups, knives, forks, spoons
_Plastic storage bags (resealable)
Foil and Saran Wrap
Paper Towels (in water tight
Garbage bags and ties
-Kitchen gloves


_Disposable diapers
_.Diaper-rash ointment, petroleum
_Baby medicines (pain, cold,
_Medicine dropper
_Extra formula, baby food, juice


_Medicines (pain reliever,
anti-diarrhoea,antacid, vitamins, etc.)
_nsect repellent
First aid kits
Toilet Paper
Hair brush and comb
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
-Soap, liquid detergent
.Feminine hygiene products
Adult disposable garment
Household or chlorine bleach

_Small can or garbage can with tight lid
Plastic bags for liners
_Disinfectant or bleach

__Hand tools hammer, sciewdriveis
_Plastic sheeting
_Sturdy working gloves
_Duct tape
_Plastic storage containers
Hurricane Lamps
_Bbq Grills and supplies
-Garbage Bags different sizes
-Garbage Bins (water storage)

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Early season storm




10 hurricane myths & facts

TI IF walls of my house are made of
solid reinforced concrete, they're

A 74 mph wind (the minimum
w indspeed of a hurricane) has the
ability to drive a piece of 2x4 lumber
through a reinforced concrete wall
four inches thick. Imagine how dead-
lv, faster windspeeds and larger
objects can be. This is one reason why
vou should never venture outside
unless you have to.

YOU should close and board up
all doors and windows especially on
the storm side. During a hurricane
the doors and windows on the lee side
can be opened to release the pres-

NEVER open a door or window
during a hurricane. Every door and
window should be closed (and shut-
tered) for the duration of the storm.
The difference in pressure between
inside your house and outside during
the storm is insignificant because no
house is airtight. Hurricane winds are
very turbulent and an open door or
window can easily be torn from its

THE size of a hurricane is an indi-
cation of its strength.

THE extent of the cloud cover sur-
rounding a hurricane bears no rela-
tionship to its strength. Strength is
measured according to the maximum
sustained wind speed.

FRICTION over land kills a hurri-

DURING landfall, increased fric-
tion over land acts in a contradictory
manner. It both decreases sustained
wind speed and increases the intensi-
ty of the gusts felt at the surface.

wind event.

really a high

WIND accounts for about three per
cent of a hurricane's energy. Mois-
ture condensation and rainfall make
up most of the rest.
Hurricane-induced flood-related
deaths outnumber all the other hur-
ricane-related fatalities. Sea surges
causing severe flooding have meant
that some hurricane evacuees have
had to spend more than eight weeks
in emergency shelters.

THERE'S only a 50 mph differ-
ence between a 100 and a 150 mph
hurricane, so it's not worth panick-
ing about.

AS wind speed increases the force
exerted by the wind grows exponen-
tially. Each time the wind speed is
doubled, the force exerted multiplies
by four.
So if you triple the wind speed, the
force exerted multiplies by nine.
Therefore when compared to a 50
mph wind, a 100 mph wind has four
times the force and a 150 mph wind
has nine times the force.

LIGHT candles if the power goes

NEVER use gas or oil lanterns and
try not to use candles during a storm.
If you start a fire accidentally, emer-
gency responders may not be able to
attend. Use flash lights or battery-
powered lanterns where possible.
*S** * ** ****

WHEN a hurricane strikes it's only
the sea surge that causes flooding.

EVEN though sea surges are his-
torically the biggest killer, far more
people have died inland over the past.
three decades as a result of flooding
triggered by heavy rains associated


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* THE FORCE OF MOTHER NATURE A 74 mph wind (the minimum windspeed of a hurricane) has the ability
to drive a piece of 2x4 lumber through a reinforced concrete wall four inches thick. Imagine how deadly, faster wind-
speeds and larger objects can be. This is one reason why you should never venture outside unless you have to.

with hurricanes.

IF you live more than half-a-mile
inland you don't have to worry about
a sea surge, even if you live at sea

FEW locations are capable of fend-
ing off a 10 foot plus sea surge. Most

flood defenses are designed to keep
sea water out, so if the water pene-
trates the barrier, it has nowhere to
go. Canal systems and lakes offer no
protection as they tend to magnify
the effects of a sea surge.

THE weather looks okay even
though the media are saying that a
Category 4 hurricane will make land-

fall. When the weather starts to dete-
riorate that's the time to evacuate.

THIS can be one of the most dan-
gerous decisions you make. Storm
paths are unpredictable; waiting until
the last minute can leave you with no
place to go to escape a storm's fury.
The advice is to gather your posses-
sions, secure your home and leave as
quickly and safely as possible.


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