The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 11/5/2007
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Store employee

shoots shop breaker

was foiled when a would-be thief
was shot in the head and killed'
early yesterday morning in the
Blue Hill Road area.
According to a statement
released by Assistant Superin-
tendent Walter Evans, shortly
before 1 o'clock Sunday morn-
ing, an employee of Buy-4-Less
on Blue Hill Road south sur-
prised a shop breaker. The male
culprit had reportedly broken into
the discount store and was
descending from 1ih store's attic
when an employee bumped into
The quick thinking employee
produced and discharged a
firearm, according to the police
report, hitting the culprit in the
head. The man, whose identity
was not released by authorities
up to press time, reportedly died
at the scene.

As police investigations are in
the preliminary stages, Assistant
Superintendent Evans declined
to comment as to whether charges
would be filed against the
employee, or if the act would be
considered a justifiable homicide.
One of the store's managers,
who was not at the store at the
time of the shooting, told The Tri-
bune that this was not the first
time Buy-4-Less had been bro-
ken into by thieves. According to
her, the store's alarm system went
off shortly after the culprit
forcibly entered, alerting author-"
ities of the break-in.
In addition to this latest shoot-
ing death, police reported several
other armed robberies over the
weekend in New Providence. At
approximately lam on Saturday,
a 22-year-old male resident of St
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13 taken to hospital after crash

evening traffic accident in the
Seven Hills area on Saturday sent
13 people to the Rand Memorial
Hospital, suffering from various
At about 6.50 pm Saturday Mr
Erick Stefanutti, 34, of Sunken
Treasure Drive, Xanadu Beach,
was driving his silver 2003 Toyota
Rav 4 Jeep No. 30408, south on
San Salvador Drive. He had three
passengers with him.
At the same time, Mr Ralph
Reckley, 38, of Avocado Close,
Pioneers Loop, was driving his
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white 1999 Ford F150 truck No.
5123, north on the same road.
Eight passengers were in his
As Mr Reckley neared a hill
on that road, he pulled out and
overtook another northbound
vehicle, but before he could
return to the left lane, he collided
head-on with Mr Stefanutti's jeep.
Both vehicles were demolished
as a result of the forceful impact
and passengers from the truck
were thrown into nearby bushes.
The police, EMS personnel
and fire fighters were sent to the
scene, where the "jaws-of-life"
had to be used to extricate Mr
Stefanutti from his mangled jeep.
All 13 persons were taken to
the trauma section at the Rand
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held on Saturday for Permanent Secretary
Helen Ebong, at Christ Church Cathedral.
Mrs Ebong, 53, was a career public ser-
vant who died last week after a short battle
with cancer.
Prime Minister Ingraham, who attended
the service with other members of the cab-

Man dies of gun

shot Wound
AT.10 PM on Saturday a man was taken to
hospital for treatment of a shot gun wound to
the chest.
He was detained, but later died of his
injuries at about 4 am on Sunday. Police said
that the circumstances surrounding the inci-
dent are unclear, however an "intensive inves-
tigation" is underway to determine the iden-
tity of the victim and motive behind the shoot-
On Saturday around 2 am, while on patrol
of East Street and Ross Comer, officers from
the Mobile Division saw a green coloured
vehicle speeding.
They gave chase, heading south on East
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inet and senior pubhc otficialk, referred to
Mis Ebong aLs "a skilled and accomplished
public officer" while offering condolences
to her family at the service.
"I want to use this occasion publicly to
recognize and acknowledge the good work
that Helen performed for the government
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Tribune Staff Reporter
GOVERNMENT'S Red Land Acres sub-
division in Exuma is still under water and
local schools on the island might remain
closed today, as residents are still battling
with flood waters from Tropical Storm Noel.,
Island Administrator Ivan Ferguson
spoke to The Tribune yesterday evening
from the subdivision, where crews from the
Ministry of Works were using two pumps to
alleviate the severe flooding. The water had
risen to such heights that it flowed through
SEE page 12

Homes, roads
and vehicles still
under water in
Long Island
, Tribune Staff Reporter
not yet fully subsided in parts
of Long Island leaving homes,
roads and vehicles still under
water, after as much as 12 feet
of water settled in some parts
of the island.
Significant flooding still
remains in the community's of
Gray's and Millers, according
to MP for Long Island Larry
Cartwright. Mr Cartwright told
The Tribune yesterday from
Long Island, that at the time,
high trucks and large buses
were still the only vehicles that
can manoeuvre through the
waters in these two communi-
Homes in the Hamilton,
Scrub Hill, Grays, Millers and
Burnt Ground areas were also
SEE page 12

Cat Island water
supply contaminated
Tribune Staff Reporters
BOTTLED water is being distributed
throughout Cat Island as the extensive
flooding on the island has contaminated
the water supply, and cut off several south-
ern communities.
After four days of continuous rainfall
from Tropical Storm Noel, flooding in the
Old Bight settlement was reportedly waist
high, and low lying areas of Devil's Point,
Hawk's Nest and McQueens were -cut off
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Christie: PM was out of control in the House

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE PLP leader was con-
cerned that the prime minister
would give himself a "heart
attack" last week in the House of
Assembly during the debate on
the Juries Act.
"He was clearly out of control
in what he was saying," Perry
Christie said yesterday on Jones
and Company's Love 97 radio.
Mr Christie's remarks refer to
widely disseminated statements
angrily made in the House of
Assembly by Prime Minister

Ingraham in which-Mr Ingraham
told Mr Christie that he was a
"failure", and berated him for the
state of the judicial system, which
has left more than 200 individuals
accused of murder, rape and
armed robbery out on bail await-
ing trial.
Mr Christie said that the
actions of the prime minister were
a part of an effort to "diminish"
him in the event an election is
called and he is leader of the PLP.
"I think it is an unfair charac-
terisation; I think he is dead
wrong and as we move in to the
House of Assembly proceedings.
I will endeavour to show that,"

he said.
Mr Christie added that Mr
Ingraham makes these attempts
to "belittle" him because the
prime minister knows he is a "for-
midable threat to him."
"I say this knowing him per-
sonally, and knowing what he
really thinks and how he thinks,"
said Mr Christie. "He knows that
I am not a failure. He knows sit-
ting in the position that I sat in
these last five years, how very
successful I have been."
Last week, the opposition held
a press conference demanding an
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aftermath of Tropical Storm
Noel, Humanitarian Opera-
tions distributed 1,820 pounds
of much needed drinking
water to the residents of Cat
Island over the weekend.
Last week NEMA repre-
sentatives contacted the
Dahamian branch of the
international disaster relief
organization informing them
that Cat Island's water plant
was severely flooded and
inoperable since Wednesday,
Christine Carey, HOPE's
relationship manager told
The Tribune during an inter-
view at HOPE's headquar-
ters on Saturday.
After hearing the island's
main water line had been
contaminated since October
and that many residents of
the southern end of the island
were unable to leave their
homes to purchase food and
water due to impassable
flooded roads, HOPE offi-
cials decided to join the relief
On Saturday Ms Carey,
along with The Tribune, left
HOPE's base at Million Air
en route to Cat Island with
552 bottles of water donated
by Nautilus.' Charles King,
administrator for Cat Island,
expressed his gratitude for
the drinking water. He said
the water would be distrib-
uted first to the elderly and
other persons in dire need of
water who were not able to
leave their homes to purchase
According to Mr King,
HOPE was the first non-gov-
ernment agency to respond
with relief aid for the flood
victims. Reportedly, after
touring the island on Friday

Much needed

drinking water

is distributed

to residents

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham made a sizable bottled
water donation purchased
from a privately owned water
depot in New Bight that was
distributed over the week-
On a guided tour led by
councilman Nathaniel Gilbert
through the most flooded
area Devil's Point, HOPE
distributed bottled water
throughout the settlement of
approximately 60 residents.
Mr Gilbert said there was
"no easy access to water" for
residents of Devil's Point.
"Homeowners (normally)
would go to the (government)
depot that was flooded and
pump (drinking) water into a
barrel." When The Tribune
visited Cat Island on Satur-
day, the government water
depot was submerged under
three feet of water. Accord-
ing to locals, the two other
privately owned water depots
in New Bight was miles away.
Margarita Rolle, 83, of
Devil's Point told The Tri-
bune she was grateful for the
water donations:
"It wasn't easy but we sur-
vived (the storm). Right now
we blocked off from getting
to the store (to purchase food
and water) the water was
too deep."

Over the course of three
hours, Ms Carey, accompa-
nied by Mr Gilbert, met with
HOPE's disaster manage-
ment centre located at the
Million Air base in New
Providence. HOPE began
operations in 2001. The
Bahamas sector of the orga-
nization is spearheaded by
Darren Adler, chief of
Caribbean operations. HOPE
has extended relief efforts
after Hurricanes Jean,
Frances, and Wilma the rep-
resentative said.
"We are very grateful to
Nautilus for donating the
water. (HOPE's) main goal
and end goal is that every-
body has access to food and
"To save lives, sustain life,
and deliver aid that's the mot-
to we function under," Ms
Carey explained. "This is a
very rewarding thing to do
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0 In brief

Climate change
one of history's
'greatest security
CLIMATE change could
be one of the greatest
national security challenges
ever faced by U.S. policy
makers, according to a new
joint study by two U.S. think
tanks, according to Associat-
ed Press.
The report, to be released
Monday, raises the threat of
dramatic population migra-
tions, wars over water and
resources, and a realignment
of power among nations.
During the last two
decades, climate scientists
have underestimated how
quickly the Earth is chang-
ing perhaps to avoid being
branded as "alarmists," the
study said. But policy plan-
ners should count on cli-
mate-induced instability in
critical parts of the world
within 30 years.
The report was compiled
by a panel of security and
climate specialists, spon-
sored by the Center for
Strategic and International
Studies and the Center for a
New American Security.
The Associated Press
received an advance copy.
Climate change is likely to
breed new conflicts, but it
already is magnifying exist-
. ing problems, from the
decertification of Darfur and
competition for water in the
Middle East to the disrup-
tive monsoons in Asia which
increase the pressure for
land, the report said.
It examined three scenar-
ios, ranging from the conse-
quences of an expected tem-
perature increase of 2.5
degrees Fahrenheit by 2040,
to the catastrophic implica-
tions of a 10-degree rise by
the end of the century.
At the very least, the
report said, the U.S. can
expect more population
migrations, both internally
and from across its borders;
a proliferation of diseases;
greater conflict in weak
states, especially in Africa
where climates will change
most drastically; and a
restructuring in global power
in line with the accessibility
of natural resources.
Left unchecked, "the col-
lapse and chaos associated
with extreme climate change
futures would destabilize vir-
tually every aspect of mod-
em life," said the report,
comparing the potential out-
come with the Cold War
doomsday scenarios of a
nuclear holocaust.
"Climate change has the
potential to be one of the
greatest national security
challenges that this or any
other generation of policy
makers is likely to con-
front," said the report.
Among its contributors
were former CIA director
James Woolsey, Nobel lau-
reate Thomas Schelling,
National Academy of Sci-
ences President Ralph
Cicerone, President Bill
Clinton's former chief of
staff John Podesta and for-
mer Vice President Al
Gore's security adviser Leon
The report listed 10 impli-
cations of climate change
that policy makers should
consider, including rising
tensions between rich and
poor nations, the backlash
resulting from massive
migrations, health problems
partly caused by water short-
ages and crop failures, and
concerns over nuclear prolif-
eration as nations increas-
ingly rely on nuclear energy.
The global balance of
power will shift unpre-
S dictably as trade patterns
change, it said. China's
importance in the climate
equation will grow as it
increases emissions of green-
house gases, and Russia's
influence will increase along-
side its exports of natural
gas, the report said.
Attention began to focus
earlier this year on the

strategic consequences of cli-
mate change.
But the latest report, more
than 100 pages long, is
among the most detailed
analyses published so far on
security aspects.

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Govt assistance for

flood victims 'yet

to be determined'

Tribune Staff Reporter

assessing the extent of the dam-
age on the family islands in the
aftermath of Tropical Storm
Noel, however, what, if any,
financial assistance the govern-
ment will provide for the flood
victims has yet to be determined,
the Minister of State for Finance ',
said yesterday.
, During a telephone interview
with The Tribune yesterday, Mr
Zhirvago Laing declined to spec-
ulate on a possible dollar
amount for government assis-
tance to those who suffered loss-
es as Noel ripped through the
country's chain of islands last

"I'm in Freeport (and) we've had no discus-
sions on this at the moment that I'm aware of.
That doesn't suggest that the Prime Minister
and others may not have," he said.
"We are not without some history in having
to deal with these matters, there's always con-
tingency orders that the government can do.
There is a relief programme (in place). But
those always have to be developed in the con-
text of what the assessment suggests are the
needs of the persons on the ground."
Minister Laing added that as early as today,
there would be more discussions on what fur-
ther assistance government can give those
islands severely affected by the tropical storm.
On Friday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, with Minister of Works Earl Deveaux
toured Exuma, Long Island, and Cat Island
- the islands most affected by the deadliest

stoi m of the 2007 Atlantic hur-
.f ricane season. In his comments
to reporters during the three-
island tour, Mr. Ingraham said,
"We will give consideration to
the extent to which the govern-
ment needs to provide some
assistance to persons affected
... negatively by the flooding. What
1A form that will take I can't say
now, but we will certainly give
consideration to it."
The prime minister also noted
that Public Works employees
would be dispatched to the
islands to pump out standing
flood water and make main
roads accessible again.
In CatIsland, flood waters
were reportedly "waist-high" in
the Old Bight settlement. Resi-
dents in Devil's Point were

Three in custody as

police investigate

copper wire theft

Grand Bahama men are in
police custody assisting offi-
cers with their investigation
into the theft of a large quan-
tity of copper wire at West
Sometime around 9 am on
Friday, an employee of the
Old Bahama Bay Resort,
notified the police at the
West End Station that the
telephone service to that
resort had been disconnect-
ed. He said that he had
noticed, while travelling in
the vicinity of the Govern-
ment Clinic, that a long sec-.
tion of Batelco's fibre optic
overhead cable wire had
been cut and was missing.
Later, Mr Michael Laing,
a senior manager at Batel-
co, confirmed to the police

that sometime between
8.30pm on Thursday and
7.50am on Friday, a culprit
or culprits had cut and stolen
approximately 2,655 feet of
copper wire, valued at
$2,832.50, which was elevat-
ed on three wooden
utility poles, west of the Clin-
Officers from the West
End Division started an
investigation and later sepa-
rately arrested and took into
custody three West End
male residents, ages 21, 22
and 24.
A quantity of burnt cop-
per wire was later recovered
in the Hanna Hill, Eight Mile
Rock area and seized for evi-
dence, said Chief Supt. Basil
Rahming, press liaison offi-

"trapped" because of a two-and-a-half mile
stretch of flooding on Deanwood that was
approximately four feetdeep, leaving the area
virtually impassable.
The island's only government owned water
depot was left submerged under three feet of
water meaning residents would have to travel
through flood water to New Bight to purchase
water from private water depots.
Additionally, the island's main water line
had been contaminated from October 11 after
three days of continuous rain that had yet to
dry before Noel hit.
Residents of Long Island were subject to a
reported 15 inches of rain. The island's airport
and many homes remained underwater over
the weekend. According to Exuma adminis-
trator Ivan Ferguson, six of the island's nine
schools were "extensively impacted" by flood-

Christie: it's difficult for me

to say PLP were beaten 'fairly'

Tribune Staff Reporter

THE PLP leader has said
that it is difficult for him to
state that his party was beaten
"fairly" in the last general
"It's difficult for me to say
at this stage beaten fairly,"
Perry Christie said. Mr
Christie made his comment
as a guest of Jones and Com-
pany on radio Love 97 yester-
"We were beaten in the
constitutional sense of the
word and I accepted that, and
advised the prime minister of
that as soon as I was able to
do so, during the course of
that evening," he said.
In addition to reflecting on
his thoughts on the PLP's
defeat, the PLP leader reiter-
ated yesterday that not only
is he confident of his leader-
ship, but also of the support
of his parliamentary col-
leagues, the .national general
council and of PLP support-
ers generally.
"And my feelings about my
leadership have been greatly
encouraged as I move about
the country by people who
have asked me to hold the
course, to stay steady," he
Referring to this year's cam-

paign, the PLP leader lament-
ed the role that money played
in the process.
Wendal Jones. host ot the
talk-show, pressed Mr Cluis tie
on this point, asking w\hv as
leader of the country for five
years, he did not implement
campaign finance reforms, but
is only. now criticising the elec-
tion financing process after his
"At the same time. I must
admit that in my five years.
we were so pushed in our gov-
ernance, that it was a very
important issue I think that
was overlooked," he said,
adding that as the government
focuses on issues like invest-
ments, other important issues
may be overlooked.
The former prime minister
emphasized that in his 30
years in politics he has never
seen money play a role in an
election as it did in the May
2007 election.

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

LEON E. II. DUPUCII, 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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Reason for Urban Renewal's problems

POLITICIANS seem to think that it is
their party that holds the key to the solution
of crime. There are those who believe that
smaller sized juries will contribute to short-
ening the judicial process so that accused
persons can have earlier trials and, if found,
guilty, be secured behind prison bars sooner.
However, former attorney general Alfred
Sears believes that the system of justice will
only be speeded up if a judicial complex is
constructed. This is a complex for which his
government in 2005 had approved plans and
selected a contractor, but failed to start con-
struction. Mr Sears also wants the 2002 legal
aid commission report released. This is a
report that his government had for three
years. but also failed to release. He now
maintains that its non-release is one of the
components hampering the judicial process.
However, when it comes to former prime
minister Perry Christie, he is unwavering in
his belief that Urban Renewal is still the solu-
tion to crime.
Mr Christie is convinced that such pro-
grammes as Urban Renewal, school polic-
ing. and tourism policing are examples of
very effective crime fighting programmes
implemented under his watch, but which, he
claims, have since been threatened or undone
by the Ingraham Government.
The Urban Renewal programme looks
impressive on paper and sounds exciting as
expounded by Mr Christie. But on the ground
the concept, as announced to the public, was
never fully realized. It is for this reason that
it is no\W being remoulded in practical terms
hvy the Ingraham government.
When announcing his Urban Renewal pro-
gramme. Mr Christie emphasised the need
for the full cooperation of all government.
agencies. -"Urban Renewal requires numerous
branches of government for its-suecesS-,"'he
said. But early in the pr'grafhdreit bvi-
oLIN th:1t somehow Mr Christie's plans had
one awr. The first indicatiorrappeared in
September 2002 four months after the
Christie government came to power when
he testily announced that he would not be
held hostage in his urban renewal plans by a
system that did not respond efficiently.
Recently we have been asking questions as
to why Mr Christie's programme did not
make the overall dent on crime that was
expected. What went wrong with Urban
Renewal, and why was it necessary for the
Ingraham government to redirect its focus?
The answers we got were interesting. It is
the firm belief of many that Mr Christie erred
when he put Urban Renewal under police
leadership. Many of the problems in the com-
munity were social problems, better handled
by social services.
"Many of the government agencies didn't
like the idea of the police being in charge,"
we were told. "And so they paid no attention
to the prime minister's directives. There were
occasions when the police would go to certain
government agencies for help and be bluntly
told by a Permanent Secretary that he had no

intention of sending a team down there. The
bad blood was never cleared."
It was also claimed that the police were
working in various areas for two or three
years without ever knowing what their goal
was. It was also said that although an urban
renewal committee was appointed, it never
functioned. "If the police had been taken
out, nothing would have ever happened. It
was the police who came up with the ideas,"
we were told. 0
In the end the building of homes, cleaning
of inner city properties, removal of aban-
doned buildings, distributing food in police
cars to the indigent and taking senior citi-
zens on tours, were all done by police officers.
These should have been the functions of
Social Services, Environmental Health and
Ministry of Works, but were taken over by a
police force whose attention had been divert-
ed from crime. The police were assured of the
support of these government ministries, but,
it is claimed, they never got ,that full sup-
The police were running Christmas par-
ties for PLP politicians, distributing Christ-
mas gifts at the parties and even making
door-to-door deliveries of Christmas pack-
ages in constituencies in which the urban
renewal programme was in full swing. And
when it was time to distribute back-to-school
supplies for youngsters returning to school, it
was again the police who were handing out
the notebooks, pencils and other basic school
It was said that the police had lost their
focus as officers of the law, committed to
keeping order in the community and arresting
those threatening the safety of citizens.
In the view of several officers, urban
renewal was a political expedient rather than
a criminal deterrent: It was pointed out that
-"--tnNew"Provilence PLP candidates won only
in areas where urban renewal was fully
S"It was nothing to do with crime preven-
tion!" we were assured.
No wonder then that senior police offi-
cers cheered when new minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest announced that
in future the police would do the work that
policemen were trained to do.
This is not to say that there were not some
officers who enjoyed working in the urban
renewal programme, but, the majority of offi-
cers believe that the place of a police officer
is in community policing, not social services.
"The neighbourhood police strategy will
work," said one officer, "because we are now
focused. We are going after crime, making
arrests and creating confidence among the
communities that our presence and our police
work will give them safer communities."
Mr Turnquest made it clear that the urban
renewal programme would not be aban-
doned, but that the police would now deal
with community policing while other aspects
of the programme would be "dealt with else-




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THANKS again for
allowing me space in your
newspaper. The Bahamian
people pride themselves as
a Christian nation but it
appears that in reading
about Christianity the peo-
ple of New Providence
seems to have missed the
portion that says cleanliness
is next to Godliness.
I notice the amount and
the cost of the equipment
that the Ministry of Health
just ordered for the clean
up programme in New
Providence. Dr. Minnis,
Minister of Health no doubt
will do a good
job in Health, but he will
do well in cleaning up the
Dr. Minnis comes from
the tidiest area of Andros;
that is the settlements from
Calabash Bay to Stafford
As a boy the cleanest set-
tlements, and in my opin-
ion, in the whole of The
Bahamas was Stanyard
Creek which was known as
the "Garden of Eden".
Minister Dr. Earle
Deveaux, Minister Byron
Woodside and Minister
Desmond Bannister are all
from the same tidy area.
Each Saturday morning
when 1 was a boy, the
women of Stanyard Creek
would not only clean but
polish their yards.
So, cleanliness should be
n the people's genes who
come from this area. In
South Beach the greatest
problem is derelict cars.
If the Minister would
make examples out of those
who leave their yards and
the side of the road filled
with garbage and old'cars,
then the Government
would not have to spend so
much of the tax payer's
money on special clean up
They should also make
food vendors, especially the
99 cents breakfast vendors
who do not have sanitary
facilities to put the required
ones in place.
There are too many dis-
eases arising from poor gen-
eral hygiene.
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October 29, 2007.

Why is there

still overcrowding

at our school?

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I THANK you for allowing me to express myself in
your great paper.
It is with profound interest that I address this letter to
you. I am a concerned-parent of a Grade 3 student attend-
ing the Harbour Island All Age School.
The class has almost 50 students. The parents of stu-
dents in this class have-sent a letter (signatures of parents
included) to the Minister of Education and to date all we
have received is a note from the principal stating that the
District Education Officer has informed the District
Superintendent that a teacher will be sent in short order,
and this has been almost a month ago.
The parents of Grade 3 Harbour Island would be most
appreciative if the Minister would kindly treat this mat-
ter as urgent and send a teacher for our children.
Would he want his child to be taught in a crammed
class and uncomfortable?
The sad thing is that there is a class available but there
is no teacher to put in the classroom with the children. I
feel that the situation is a serious one; especially given the
factthat this is their G.L.A.T. exam year and they need
a teacher that can give each child one-on-one attention.
Why should our children be the least in this country
when it comes to receiving a proper education.
The Ministry of Education received an extremely large
sum of funds in the last budget so why is it that there is
still overcrowding and a lack of teachers for our Family
Island school?
I assume that Family Islands do not deserve the. same
level of education as Nassau and Freeport according to
how we are treated.
The G.L.A.T. exams are fastly approaching and we are
pleading to the Minister of Education to please treat
this matter as urgent and send us a Primary School
teacher for grade 3.
Harbour Island,
All-Age School,
October 18, 2007.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.
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difficult to ban the '"gay
lifestyle". It is an inconvenient
fact that gays are the product
of sexual relations between
two heterosexuals this sug-
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sexual relations between

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no "gay lifestyle".

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Kurdish rebels
release eight
Turkish soldiers
ahead of key
diplomatic talks
* ISTANBUL, Turkey

KL IRDISH rebels released
eight Turkish soldiers Sunday
o6n the eve of a meeting
between the Turkish prime
minister and President Bush
aimed at averting a cross-
border offensive against
guerrilla bases in northern
Iraq, according to Associated
The soldiers' plight had
featured daily in Turkish
newspapers, and their release
removed a key source of
domestic pressure on Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo-
gan to send troops into
neighboring Iraq.
But Turkey was unlikely to
ease demands for tough
action against the rebel Kur-
distan Workers' Party,
known as the PKK, which is
believed to have several
mountain hideouts along the
Iraq-Turkey border.
Turkey wants Washington
to take specific measures to
stop the group from using the
ungoverned border region as
a staging area for attacks in
its decades-long war for
political autonomy for
Turkey's Kurdish minority.
The PKK has killed more
than 40 Turks in cross-border
raids in the past month.
Turkey has ruled out talks
with the PKK, and has dis-
missed past overtures by the
rebels as attempts only to
improve their image or to
undercut the Turkish military
and political pressure.
"I cannot see any kind of
link between the release of
the soldiers and the eradica-
tion of PKK in northern
Iraq" that Turkey is pressing
for, said Yalim Eralp, a for-
mer Turkish diplomat. "Nei-
ther will anyone in the state
Even as news of the
release spread, skirmishes
between the two sides contin-
ued. with a village guard
employed by the government
and two Kurdish rebels killed
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Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre seeks

to dispel the stigma of mental illness

Bahamas Information

for church leaders, members and
workers, health-a-thon, fair and a
Junkanoo parade are among the
many activities planned for Sandi-
lands Month, which will be cele-
brated during the month of
Officials at Sandilands Reha-
bilitation Centre (SRC) say the
activities should help to dispel the
stigma attached to mental illness in
The Bahamas by promoting inter-
action between patients and mem-
bers of the public.
The Health-a-thon and Fair will
honour the achievements of two of
the country's statesmen, Sir
Arthur Foulkes and Sir Clifford
Darling, who will serve as patrons
with their wives, Lady Joan
Foulkes and Lady Ingrid Darling.
The Sir Clifford and Lady
Ingrid Darling/Sandilands Fair will
be held on November 10 at the
Sandilands Fair Grounds, Fox Hill
The Sir Arthur and Lady Joan
Foulkes Health-a-Thon will be
held a week later, on Saturday,
November 17 beginning at 6.30am
and will be open to walkers,
cyclists and wheelchair competi-
The race for walkers will begin
at the SRC Compound turning
south onto Fox Hill Road, east to
Yamacraw Road, west onto Prince
Charles Drive and south onto Fox
Hill Road and ending at the SRC.
The cyclists will begin at the
SRC Compound, turn north onto
Fox Hill Road to the Fox Hill
round-a-bout, continue north on
Fox Hill Road before turning east
onto the Eastern Road. west onto
Yamacraw Road and north onto
Fox Hill Road, ending at'the SRC
The wheelchair race will begin
at the SRC Compound, turning
south onto Fox Hill Road, north
into Colony Village, west to Prince
Charles Drive and south onto Fox
Hill Road, ending at the SRC
Mrs. Betsy Duvalier, Public
Relations Manager, says the Dar-
ling/Sandilands Fair will provide
mental health professionals with
-ir6 boportunity to promote inter-
action between patients and mem-
bers of the public, in addition to

removing the stigma attached to
mental illness.
"While persons outside of the
mental health arena take such
gatherings for granted, the mental
health professionals consider this
an assessment tool for the psychi-
atric team," Mrs. Duvalier said.
"The fair is a grand opportuni-
ty to observe patients interact with
strangers, develop socialization
skills and cope with the crowds.
The stigma about mental illness
has caused persons to shun the
Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre
even under normal circumstances.
It was therefore necessary to
devise a method by which persons
would not feel pressured into vis-
iting the Centre," Mrs. Duvalier
The Psychiatric Symposium will
be held Wednesday, November
14, at the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Conference Centre, East
Street and will focus on the
church's role in the "sustained
rehabilitation of the mentally chal-
It is designed to equip pastors
and church workers with the skills
to successfully intervene prior to
the development of a crisis due to
the presence of mental illness and
to encourage church members to
accept and not reject individuals
who may become mentally ill.
The symposium will also
encourage church members and
workers to explore their own bias-
es, prejudices and fears about
mental illness that can render
them ineffective in assisting others
who may be mentally ill.
"Statistics show that 40 per cent
of the people who experience
mental illness first contact their
clergy," Mrs. Duvalier said. "Most
often, they encounter little, if any,
help or guidance. The church has
to therefore train its people on
how to respond to mental illness
and that is what we hope to
accomplish at this symposium. .
"The church should consider
learning about mental health and
illness because tlie Gospel has a
great contribution to make in the
area of ministering to those with
personal and emotional concerns
and mental illnesses." Mrs. Duva-
lier added.
Religious leaders, she said,
should consider organizing mental
health "Action Teams" in order
to assist members of their congre-
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writers and

studios hold

last-ditch talks


HOLLYWOOD writers and
studio representatives began last-
ditch negotiations Sunday in an
effort to prevent a strike, the writ-
ers union said, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
A federal mediator called the
meeting between the Writers
Guild of America and the
Alliance of Motion Picture and
Television producers at an undis-
closed location.
The writers' contract expired
Oct. 31, and they plan to strike
at 12:01 a.m. Monday if a deal
cannot be reached. The first pick-
et lines would be seen at New
York's Rockefeller Center, fol-
lowed by picket lines at various
locations in Los Angeles, the
guild said.
The writers want more money
from the sale of DVDs and a
share of revenue generated by
the sale of TV shows and films
over the Internet. The studios say
the demands are unreasonable
and would hamper attempts to
experiment with new media.
The last time writers went on
strike was in 1988. The walkout
lasted 22 weeks and cost the
industry about $500 million.
WGA board members voted
unanimously Friday to begin the
strike unless studios offered a
more lucrative deal. The two sides
have been meeting since July.
"The studios made it clear that
they would rather shut down this
town than reach a fair and rea-
sonable deal," Patric Verrone,
president of the western chapter
of the guild, said at a news con-
J. Nicholas Counter, chief
negotiator for producers, called
the writers' strike "precipitous
and irresponsible" in a prepared
Producers believe progress can
be made on other issues but "it
makes absolutely no sense to
increase the burden of this addi-
tional compensation" involving
DVDs and the Internet, he said.
The first casualty of the strike
would be late-night talk shows,
which are dependent on current
events to fuel monologues and
other entertainment.
"The Tonight Show" on NBC
will go into reruns starting Mon-
day if last-ditch negotiations fail
and a strike begins, according to a
network official who spoke on
condition of anonymity because
the person was not authorized to
comment publicly.
Comedy Central has said "The
Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
and "The Colbert Report" would
likely go into repeats as well.
Daytime TV, including live talk
shows such as "The View" and
soap operas, which typically tape
about a week's worth of shows in
advance, would be next to feel
the impact.
The strike would not immedi-
ately affect production of movies
or prime-time TV programs.
Most studios have stockpiled
dozens of movie scripts, and TV
shows have enough scripts or
completed shows in hand to last
until early next year.

Funeral service is

DEPUTY PRIME Minister Brent Symonette along with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham attended the funeral services for Permanent Secretary Helen Ebong on Saturday at the
Christ Church Cathedral

SSomali pirates leave two hijacked ships off Horn of Africa

* NAIROBI, Kenya

SOMALI pirates left two boats

they had hijacked in the waters off
the Horn of Africa, and the newly
liberated vessels and their crew

of 24 were under U.S. Navy
escort on Sunday, the American
military said, according to Associ-
ated Press.
A U.S. Navy ship and helicopter
were guiding the Tanzanian-
flagged boats Mavuno 1 and 2 fur-
ther out to sea, where naval per-
sonnel will later board the vessels
and treat crew members, said
Cmdr. Lydia Robertson of the U.S.
Fifth Fleet in Bahrain. The Navy is
in radio contact with pirates aboard
three other ships in the region,
encouraging them also to leave
those ships and sail back to Soma-
lia, she told The Associated Press.
"We're very happy with this
development and hope it happens
with the other ships off the coast,"
Robertson said. "We're very happy
for the crew and their families."
Robertson said the pirates
boarded skiffs after they left the
hijacked ships, and headed back to
Somalia. No shots were fired dur-
ing the incident, she said. She gave
no more details.
The U.S. has now intervened
four times in one week to help
ships hijacked by Somali pirates.
Sailors boarded a North Korean
ship to give medical assistance to
crew members who overpowered
their hijackers, and a Naval vessel
fired on pirate skiffs tied to a
Japanese-owned ship.
Robertson said that ship was still
under control of pirates, although
the U.S. Navy was still working to
free that ship from pirates. There
were no details on the other two
seized ships. Hijackings in the vast
stretch of water frequently go unre-
In South Korea, the Foreign
Ministry said 24 sailors onboard
the two Korean-owned ships seized
May 15 off Somalia were safe.

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and people of The Bahamas
during 29 years of exemplary
service," said Mr Ingraham.
"Her life work is an example
for others to emulate."
Mrs Ebong joined the public
service in 1978, and was a per-
manent secretary in the min-
istries of trade and industry and
Mrs Ebong was married to
Cyril Ebong, a senior project
manager at the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation (BEC) and
had three children: Ima, Arit
and Aniebo Ebong.

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Last chance for better agreement

between Caribbean and Europe

(The writer is a business
consultant and former
Caribbean diplomat)

I am more privileged
than over 99 per cent of
the people of the Caribbean
Community and Common
Market (CARICOM). I have
seen and read a copy of the
draft Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) between
the Cariforum States and the
European Union (EU) which
is not a secret document but
has, nonetheless, notbeen
made public.
Alarm bells about the real
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Caribbean countries started
ringing in my head months
ago when I learned that there
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in the agreement. It was clear sures remain, in the words of
that the EU Commissioners Shakespeare, "a consumma-
had a completely different tion devoutly to be wished".
view from the Caribbean The reported demands by
ministers about the scope of the EU for the Caribbean to
the development commit- severely reduce tariffs on
ment and the firmness of lan- imported European goods,
guage to tie it down in the despite the crucial impor-
text. The language appeared tance of tariffs to the govern-
to reflect vague promises ment revenues of countries
rather than implementable such as Antigua and Barbuda,
pledges. St Kitts-Nevis and Grenada,
Having read the draft were also worrying.
EPA, I can now confirm that There also seemed to be
in much of the document, the little interest in the capacity
development dimension is of small companies in
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European companies whose
similar products would be
able to enter Caribbean mar-
kets at a lower price than
before. Equally, the effect
-on employment as a conse-
quence of the shrinkage, if
not the collapse, of such
Caribbean companies
appeared to be brushed aside.
The Caribbean, we were
told, must learn not only to
live without preferential
access to the EU market, but
their businesses must become
competitive in their own
domestic jurisdictions against
larger and richer European
And, all of this is to hap-
pen overnight even though
European companies were
given protection from exter-
nal competition by their gov-
ernments for decades. It was
that protection that allowed
them to grow and develop the
international reach they now
enjoy. As their products enter
Caribbean markets creating
dislocation and unemploy-
ment, they will increase
employment in their home
I It appears that a huge dou-
ble standard is at play here
and what is 'sauce for the
goose is not sauce for the gan-
Lest 'it be said that I am
preaching protectionism with
my head in the sand about
the reality of the world's
political economy, I would
remind that the fortunes of
Europe's rich were made on
the plantations and other
resources of Caribbean states.
Those states owe a duty of
development to the
Caribbean that was not ful-

filled by preferential access
to their markets for the nar-
row range of products such
as sugar and bananas upon
which they made the
Caribbean dependent.
And while I do not sup-
port. governments propping
up inefficient companies, at
the same time I recognize that
even the most efficient of
Caribbean companies, except
in the service industries such
as banking, would be hard
pressed to compete with the
much larger and richer com-
panies of Europe. It is not so
much a matter of giving
Caribbean companies pro-
tection as it is a matter of giv-
ing dwarfs space and time to
develop sufficiently to with-
stand the onslaught of giants.
Note should be taken that
in the service industries, such
as banking and, for that mat-
ter Internet gaming, where
small Caribbean countries
have proved beyond doubt
that, with the aid of modern
technology, they have the
capacity to compete success-
fully in the global market,
industrialized countries have
been in the vanguard of initi-
ating measures to strangle
That was precisely what the
OECD's "harmful tax com-
petition initiative" was about,
and so too were elements of
the Financial Action Task
Force's (FATF) anti-money
laundering criteria which, to
this day, are ignored with
impunity in many OECD
countries while they are used
to penalise developing states.
Incidentally, the FATF cri-
teria is listed as one of the
"international standards" that
the EU wants the Caribbean
to accept in addition to agree-
ing to "exchange informa-
tion" in "illegal financing
activity" which is not defined.
This section was in square
brackets in the draft EPA I
saw, so at least, for now, it is
not yet agreed.
In previous commentaries
on the subject of the EPA
negotiations, I have raised the
issue that "competition" and
"government procurement"
have been introduced into the
EPA by the EU even though
these two matters were hotly
resisted in the wider trade
negotiations under the World
Trade Organisation (WTO).
Caribbean countries were

among those in the WTO
who resisted any right being
given to companies in indus-
trialised countries competing
with firms in developing
countries for government
contracts including construc-
tion. Yet, in the draft EPA
that is being negotiated
Caribbean countries have
conceded to the EU this prin-
ciple that they stoutly resisted
in the WTO.
If other developing coun-
tries now accused: the
Caribbean of disloyalty in
their concession of this vital
point, they would not be
without some justification. In
time, Caribbean companies
that have to.face the offen-
sive of large European com-
panies might similarly feel
that their interests were over-
Then there is the question
of additional development
assistance. Reports had led
me to believe that additional
EU funding, while not earth
shattering, would be forth-
coming, but the draft EPA
makes no such commitment.
The absence of a commit-
ment suggests that any addi-
tionality will only come from
bilateral programmes of EU
member states. Yet, a recent
conversation with one EU
minister indicated that such
bilateral assistance, if forth-
coming at all, would be minis-
It has been stated publicly
that the Caribbean and the
EU will have their "final"
round of negotiations on the
EPA in the first week of
But, there is to be a meet-
ing between EU ministers
and ministers of the African,
Caribbean and Pacific group
of countries in Brussels from
7 to 9 November.
That meeting provides a
chance perhaps the last
chance to get the ACP
countries to coalesce, and to
work out a way in which
these six separate negotia-
tions in which they have been
involved with the EU could
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AT LEAST ten homes in The Bluff, North Eleuthera, have suf-
fered significant water damage as result of the flooding from Trop-
ical Storm Noel.
Alvin Smith, MP for the area, told The Tribune last
night that along with these homes, some 30 others just
narrowly missed serious flooding, as the water levels rose to their
"If the rain had continued for another maybe half and hour or an
hour, you would have had at least 30 more houses that probably
would have had water inside of them," he said.
The rains, he continued, were particularly heavy in North
Eleuthera from noon to 6pm last Thursday, leaving the roads in
The Bluff virtually impassible.
Mr Smith said that the Ministry of Works has a team on the
ground in North Eleuthera, and that there are now also concerns
about mosquito infestation as a result of all the stagnant water still
on the ground; while, he added that cesspit overflows are also a
problem in several North Eleuthera communities because of the
Mr Smith said that he has already conveyed these concerns to the
minister of health directly, and he has been assured that a team
from this ministry will be on the island early this week to assist res-

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from the rest of the island.
A two mile stretch of the
Dean's Highway connecting
the island was under two to
five feet of water, with large
buses and trailers the only vehi-
cles able to move through the
The island's sole govern-
ment-operated water depot still
remains submerged under
about three feet of water,
putting it "out of commission"
for at least another week, the
island's police chief, Inspector
Philip Rolle, told The Tribune
"The waterline was contami-
nated from (early October) dur-
ing the 'Back to the Island Fes-
tival' ... around that time we
got three days of rain also and
that's why it's so bad down
there now because it hadn't
dried up as yet," Insp Rolle
However, as promised by
Prime Minister Ingraham on his
assessment trip to the island on
Friday with Public Works Min-
ister Earl Deveaux, drinking
water has been distributed to
residents, who have been told
by local health officials to boil
local supplies before consump-
Schools are scheduled to
open today, however over the
weekend many residents of
Devil's Point were unsure if
school buses would be able to
manoeuvre through the flood-
ing. Nathaniel Rolle, whose
home was left submerged under
a foot and a half of water on
Saturday, doubts that his chil-
dren will return to school for at

Cat Island water supply
least another week and a half. assist in mitigating the damage,
Yesterday afternoon, Inspec- Charles King, administrator for
tor Rolle said a worker had Cat Island, told The Tribune.
been dispatched to pump the On Thursday the runway at
flood waters blocking Devil's New Bight International Air-
Point's main road in an effort to port was under nearly three feet
make it easier for the school of water making it "virtually,
bus to pass through, impossible" for planes to land,
During the peak of the storm, Cat Island Administrator
in which some 26 residents had Charles King said over the
to be evacuated to shelters, a weekend. The airport resumed
large trailer had to be sent to Operations Friday morning.
the Zonicle Hill area to rescue However, when the plane The
the police, as their vehicle was Tribune was in landed on Sat-
under water. urday, the runway and tarmac
During a tour of the "most were still under about a foot of
submerged point" of Cat Island water.
on Saturday, with local council- However, pumping had
man for the settlement already started to move the
Nathaniel Gilbert, The Tribune water to another low lying area
spoke with many Devil's Point which would take it to the
residents who said they felt ocean. According to Insp Rolle,
"trapped" by the extensive "almost three quarters of the
flooding of the main road lead- tarmac" was cleared of water
ing from the settlement. up to press time yesterday.
The Tribune rode with Mr
Gilbert in his truck, one of the
few vehicles on the island able
to get through the two-and-a-
half mile stretch of three-foot
high water flooding Dean's
Stretch. After 20 minutes of
creeping through the murky
water, the tour headed west
towards the settlements of Dev-
il's Point and McQueens. Water
levels at approximately five feet
deep seeped into the cab of the
truck as Mr Gilbert drove
through the quarter mile stretch
of flooding.
Local government officials
are very involved with the relief
efforts in the aftermath of Trop-
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who brought the house down; ,
it was Larry Cleare and Thei
'Brilanders and the Eleuthera,
All-stars Junkanooers whoe
won the hearts of patrons.
"We love Jensen Beach andy
they love us," said Cleare .
"Everybody is having a good.
time in an atmosphere of,
peace and love."
He released 'Brilanders''
new album 'Getting by on sun-
shine' which featured new.
material and their two hits'
'Party in the backyard' and,
'Harbour Island'.
"It was quite a challenge!
after the storm, Noel, decided',
to intervene but we made iti
and it has been great," said;,
Glenda Johnson of the Min-
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Miller, Norma Wilkinson and
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tation, Florida Tourist Office.'
Jensen Beach has been the
official "sister" city of Grego- I
ry Town for twenty years. A
continent from Jensen Beach
also participates in the Grego-
ry Town Pineapple Festival,,
the first weekend in June.
Eleuthera has experienced
many benefits as a result oA
the relationship with Jensen,
"This is a relationship that,
not only fostered a lasting,
friendship between our two'
communities," said Ms John-J
son, "but it is also one that.
opened the door to economic
benefits for all."
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at the Jensen festival allow.i
artisans and food vendors t |
showcase their products. Du ,
ing one event, a Gregor.
Town straw vendor supplies
a Jensen Beach business witli
many pieces of her work. Also;
an artist won commission world
from several residents here. *,
After the devastating hurri-,
cane Andrew, a contingent"
from Jensen Beach brought"
plane-loads of relief supplies
for Eleuthera. -,
In 1881, John Laurence'
Jensen, an immigrant from,
Denmark, set up a pineapple"
plantation which became
known as the town of Jensen.
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Town. "The hospitality of the
people of Jensen Beach, the
way they have accepted us
Eleutherans, is out of this
world. We feel at home here.
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islands of the Bahamas."
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Deputy Chief Councilor Larry
Minnis and council member
Aretha Rolle of James Cistern.
"They really appreciate our
culture. The park came to a
standstill when our Junkanoo -,
group performed," continued
Chief Councilor Johnson. "It
tells us that we have something
unique and that we have to
continue to build on that. Our
Junkanoo culture is going
"It's heartwarming that
Gregory Town has a sister city
in Jensen Beach.
"You can really see the love'
between them here. We can,
even see each other in each,
others' faces. The Bahamian
trend is definitely here in
"At the Gregory Town fes-'
tival, we will be right there
welcoming Jensen Beach to
Eleuthera and extending to
them the same courtesy that
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FROM page one

still under water yesterday,
with significant damage to
appliances, floor tiles, carpets
an1d turnuiture, while sheet-rock
has reportedlyy been "dis-
so \d" in several homes.
*h Cartwright said that the
Nati,'nal Emergency Man-
e',ciment Agency (NEMA)
;11t psuplies down to the
ad on Saturday, and water
,rnd non-perishable items are
iein, distributed to residents
in n..'d.
"'NEMA has been very,
very active." said Mr
Cartl\right, who added that

additional supplies from
groups in Nassau arrived on
Sunday and are also being dis-
There is still significant
water in the streets of Scrub
Hill and Hamiltons, where
sports utility vehicles and
trucks are the only vehicles
that can drive through the
water. The roads from north-
ern Long Island communities,
such as Burnt Ground, which
connects the district with the
rest of the island, are still cut
off by water, Mr Cartwright
Prime Minister Ingraham
and Works Minister Earl
Deveaux visited the island on

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Friday making a limited tour
of the largely impassible roads
in Stella Maris, while also tak-
ing an aerial tour of southern
Long Island.
The immediate aftermath of
the storm left the Stella Maris
airport under water, with tele-
phone services off, and resi-
dents using boats to get
around in the four to six feet
of water settled on the roads.
"Yesterday afternoon, the
water came in it was so high
it had to come from the hill,"
said an emotional Wellington
Taylor, local council repre-
sentative who was using a
small boat to ferry residents
through the flooded streets of
Stella Maris.
Mr Taylor said that some
residents who tried to ride
through the flooded streets on
bicycles, ended up drifting
across the waters, using their
bicycles as floats.
"I started about this morn-
ing, but actually I was going
from Monday and I hardly
had any sleep at all," Mr Tay-
lor said of his efforts to ferry
residents back and forth
through the streets, adding
that the residents in the north
were virtually cut off from the
rest of the island.
"We want to let the people
know in the north, that we
really are concerned about
them," said Mr Taylor shed-
ding tears in front of Mr Ingra-
ham and the media.
Mr Cartwright said yester-
day that BTC informed him
that 90 per cent of the phones
were working on the island,
and that the island's power has
been largely restored.
Mr Deveaux told The Tri-
bune yesterday that learns
from his ministry are current-
ly on the ground in Long
Island doing an assessment.
He said he was expecting
reports yesterday and today
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The teams sent, Mr Deveaux
said, are assessing the roads,
docks, clinics, schools and gov-
ernment buildings, while elec-
trical inspectors will go to indi-
vidual homes once all of the
water has subsided, to ensure
that they are safe for repow-
The government is also

FROM page one

Vincent Road was reportedly
leaving a function in that area
when he was approached by two
"short" men.
While the victim was walking
towards his vehicle, one of the
men pulled out a handgun and
shot him in his abdomen. The
assailants fled the scene in the
victim's gold coloured Chevy
Impala. The victim is currently in
hospital where he is listed in seri-


working with the US Agency
for International Development
which has offered pumps for
the waterlogged island. Cur-
rently, Mr Deveaux said, -five
ministry pumps are in use in
Pinewood Gardens, and US
pumps may be in use in the
affected central islands in a day
or so.

'Thief shot
ous condition.
On Saturday at around 9.30
pm, a woman was near an East
Street church when she was held
up by a gunman. The assailant
robbed her of an undetermined
amount of cash and fled the scene
in the victim's silver coloured
Mercedes Benz, license number
77087. Police are currently inves-
tigating these crimes.

Man dies of gun shot wound
FROM page one
Street and ending in the area of Lucky Heart Corner, police said. A
search of the vehicle revealed a 12 gauge shotgun with two live rounds
of ammunition.
A 25-year-old Okra Hill resident was arrested and is presently in
police custody.
AN AMERICAN lawyer became the country's latest traffic fatal-
ity over the weekend.
According to a police report issued by Assistant Supt Walter Evans,
45-year-old Eric Glatter of Florida died after losing control of his
rented scooter. Reportedly Glatter, with a female companion, was
travelling east on the Eastern Road when he lost control of the scoot-
er and hit a wall on the northern side of the road.
The tourists, who had arrived by cruiseship, were taken to the hos-
pital where Glatter died a short time -later. His female companion,
whose identity has not been released, is still in hospital.

FROM page one

Memorial Hospital, where they
received emergency medical
Because of the extent of his
injuries, Mr Reckley was rushed
into surgery, while Mr Ste-
fanutti. whose injuries were also
very serious, was later airlifted
to Jackson Memorial Hospital
in Miami, Fla.
The majority of the injured

13 injured
passengers, whose ages range
from six to 29 years were
detained in hospital with seri-
ous injuries.
Motorists using the public
roads are urged to drive with
care and attention at all times
and with reasonable consider-
ation for other persons using
the roads, Chief Supt. Basil
Rahming said.

Christie: PM was out of control

FROM page one
apology from the prime minister regarding his treatment of Mr Christie
in the House.
To this Mr Ingraham responded:
"It is Mr Christie and his colleagues who owe the Bahamian public
an apology, not I, Mr Christie, for the mess in which they left the
judicial system of the Bahamas insofar as the prosecution of serious
crimes, such as rape and armed robbery, is concerned. The facts on this
score speak for themselves," he said.
Police statistics from 2001 to the September of this year reveal that
.those on bail for rape armed robbery and murder significantly increased
during this period. In 2001, five people were on bail for these crimes,
six people in 2002 and five in 2003. However, in 2004, 47 were on
bail, 39 in 2005 and some 107 in 2006.

Floods on

FROM page one

the windows of homes in the
area, and left several cars
completely submerged.
Mr Ferguson said that
work crews had recently
cleared a trench that had
been "closed-up" over the
years, through which the set-
tled water was now being
directed to the southern part
of the community away from
the homes.
"So hopefully by tomor-
row, if the pump continues,
the water will recede," said
Mr Ferguson. "But we ate
having some challenges on
the Queen's Highway. There
are still pockets of water
which makes it almost
impassible for the' smaller'
vehicles. Large vehicles can
pass by,.but I wouldn't
advise persons to use that
road today and possibly
When The Tribune visited
late Friday night, the areas
of Ocean Addition west and
Grog Pond were heavily
flooded with some apart-
ments nearly submerged,
and cars floating into build-
At that time in Grog
-Pond, the yellow truck of
Kevin Milford, who
drowned after accidentally
stepping into a pond,
remained stalled on a back
road near the radio station
where he worked and died
during the storm.
While addressing the
media after a tour of the
island, having seen the area
where Mr Milford had died,
Prime Minister Ingraham
expressed his sympathy to
the family of the deceased.
Mr Ingraham also told the
media that the flooding from
the storm illustrated a prob-
lem in the Bahamas with
indiscriminate construction
of homes in low-lying areas,
and the filling in of wet-
lands. His comments came
after he had already pledged
changes to the Town Plan-
ning Act, which would
potentially end, or regulate
these practices.
The entrance to the Mt
Thompson settlement was
also impassible Friday night
by vehicle, with flood waters
rising above the windows of
the local school.
"Mt Thompson school is
still under water," Mr Fer-
guson told The Tribune last
night, three days after the
storm had left the Bahamas.
With discussions still
underway as to whether
there will be school on the
island today, Mr Ferguson
also told The Tribune that
the flooding has also slowed
commercial activity signifi-
cantly on the island, as many
employees have been unable
to get to work.

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Saturday as the death toll from
Tropical Storm Noel rose to 143
across the Caribbean, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Heavy rains continued to
pound Haiti, leaving U.N. and
Haitian officials temporarily
stranded as they toured Haiti's
flooded southern peninsula.
Noel, which was lashing the
northeastern United States with
high winds and rough surf Sat-
urday, is the deadliest storm of
the 2007 Atlantic hurricane sea-
son, with the greatest devasta-
tion on the waterlogged island
of Hispaniola, shared by the
Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Desperation set in at shelters
in the volatile Port-au-Prince
slum of Cite Soleil, with people
at one schoolhouse complain-
ing on Saturday that U.N.
guards abandoned the site
overnight, allowing for a group
of machete-wielding men to
enter and threaten to rape
young women.
Roseline Pierre, a 46-year-old
mother with four children, said
they had not received any food
since Friday afternoon, and that
shelter officials locked them out
of classrooms Friday night, forc-
ing everyone to sleep in the
"What they're doing to them
is terrible," said Laine Pierre
Raymond, an official with the
Ministry of Interior who toured
the shelter on Saturday and crit-
icized authorities for their inac-
Maj. Gen. Carlos Alberto
Dos Santos Cruz. Brazilian
commander of the U.N. force,
also visited the shelter and
denied guards had left their post
overnight. He said responsibili-
ty for the nearly 10,000 evac-
uees rests with Haitian author-
But the Haitian government,
still struggling to rebuild after
years of turmoil, has been
almost entirely dependent on
overtaxed international aid
groups and U.N. peacekeepers
to cope with the disaster.
In the southwestern town of
Les Cayes, residents demand-
ed government compensation
for cows, goats and even TV
sets they lost in the flood.
"It rained for two days with-
out stopping," said 44-year-old
farmer Marcel Delswain. "We

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lost our land. We lost our food.
We feel abandoned."
Agricultural fields have
turned into lakes as water cas-
caded down eroded mountains,
pumping plumes of sediment
into the Caribbean Sea.
Rains let up in the neighbor-
ing Dominican Republic, how-
ever, allowing flights carrying
urgently needed relief supplies.
An estimated 67,000 Domini-
cans were left homeless.
Tropical Storm Noel killed at
least 57 people in Haiti and the
Dominican Republic has con-
firmed 84 deaths from the
storm. Noel killed at least one
person each in Jamaica and the
Bahamas, and prompted the
evacuation of 30,000 people in
Cuba, where 60 percent of
roads and highways were dam-
aged or flooded.
Cuban Vice President Carlos
Lage toured flooded areas on
Saturday and said he discussed
the storm's impact with the
island's ailing leader Fidel Cas-
tro. "Comrade Fidel has been
kept abreast of all the dam-
ages," Lage said on state TV.

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Impoverished Haiti, howev-
er, is particularly vulnerable to
flooding because people have
cut down most of the country's
trees to make charcoal, leaving
the hillsides barren and unable
to absorb heavy rain.
Before Noel hit, at least 37
people had died in floods last
month during a deluge that
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2007 on track

to be deadliest

of the war for

US, despite

recent drops

in deaths
WITH just under, two
months left in the year, 2007 is
on course to be the deadliest
year on record for American
forces in Iraq, despite a recent
sharp drop in U.S. deaths,
according to Associated Press.
At least 847 American mil-
itary personnel have died in
Iraq so far this year the
second-highest annual toll
since the war began in March
2003. according to Associated
Press figures.
In 2004, the bloodiest year
of the war for the U.S. so far,
850 American troops died.
Most were killed in large, con-
ventional battles like the cam-

Sunni militants in November,
and U.S. clashes with Shiite
militiamen in the sect's holy
city of Najaf in August.
But the American military
in Iraq has increased its expo-
sure this year, reaching
165,000 troops the highest
levels yet. Moreover, the mil-
itary's decision to send sol-
diers out of large bases and
into Iraqi communities means
more troops have seen more
"contact with enemy forces"
than ever before, said Maj.
Winfield Danielson, a U.S.
military spokesman in Bagh-
S- dad.
"It's due to the troop surge,
", which allowed us to go into
areas that were previously
safe havens for insurgents,"
Danielson said. "Having more
soldiers, and having them out
S- in the communities, certainly
S.' contributes to our casualties."
Last spring, U.S. platoons
took up positions often in
abandoned houses or in mud-
dy, half-collapsed police sta-
tions in the heart of neigh-
borhoods across Baghdad and
nearby communities. The
move was part of President
Bush's new strategy to drive
al-Qaida from the capital.
'-'. The idea was to fight the
S "three-block war" in the
words of the Pentagon coun-
terinsurgency manual written
in part by America's com-
mander in Iraq, Gen. David
SPetraeus by embedding
U.S. forces inside Iraqi com-
munities in order to win the
trust and, crucially, the aid of
It was the first time many
residents had seen U.S. troops
up close, rather than whizzing
.' by in armored convoys en
route to huge bases that house
thousands of troops. And it
was the first time many U.S.
troops went to bed each night
,, outside those fortresses, to the
sounds of Iraqi life: gunfire,
the roar of helicopters over-
. head and an occasional explo-
The move has Worked, U.S.
',', officials say. Increasingly, the
sounds of Baghdad include
children playing in the streets.
"It's allowed Iraqi civilians
to get-more comfortable with
U.S. forces increasing the
number of tips we get from
Iraqi citizens," Danielson said.
"That leads us to insurgent
leaders and cells, and cleaning
those up has led to a decline
in violence over the past cou-
ple months."
Stationing U.S. troops in
*" communities, where they have
... reduced the level of Iraqi-on-
-.- Iraqi violence, also appears
to have helped win the trust
of the leaders of Shiite and
Sunni communities. And that
has helped the U.S. persuade
. those leaders to join the fight
.' against radical groups, espe-
-, cially al-Qaida in Iraq.
... The U.S. troop increase
also put pressure on anti-
S American Shiite cleric Muq-
tada al-Sadr, who called a for-
*. mal cease-fire in August.
That, it appears, has slashed
'". the number of mutilated bod-
*'--- ies discovered on the banks
-'- of the Tigris River and other
dump sites each day, the
S apparent victims of sectarian
At least 1,023 Iraqi civil-
S ians died in September, but
in October, that figure was
just 875.

On average, 56 Iraqis -
civilians and security forces
have died each day in 2007.
. Twenty were killed or found
dead on Sunday, including an
aide to the finance minister,
who was ambushed in Bagh-
dad. Twelve of the deaths
were in volatile Diyala
province, including an Iraqi
soldier, a policeman and an
8-year-old child, all killed sep-
But the same strategy that
U.S. military officials say has
reduced violence so sharply
i recent months is what
made 2007 so deadly for
Arrerican forces.

THE SARCOPHAGUS of King Tut is placed back in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. The mummy of the 19-year-old
pharaoh, whose life and death has captivated people for nearly a century, was placed in a climate-controlled glass box in the tomb, with only the face and feet showing under the
linen covering.

Egypt unveils King Tt's face to public,

85 years after the discovery of tomb

* LUXOR, Egypt

KING TUT'S buck-
toothed face was unveiled
Sunday for the first time in
public more than 3,000
years after the youngest
and most famous pharaoh
to rule ancient Egypt was
shrouded in linen and
buried in his golden under-
ground tomb, according to
Associated Press.
Archeologists carefully
lifted the fragile mummy
out of a quartz sarcopha-
gus decorated with stone-
carved protective goddess-
es, momentarily pulling
aside a beige covering to
reveal a leathery black
The linen was then
replaced over Tut's narrow
body so only his face and
tiny feet were exposed, and
the 19-year-old king, whose
life and death has captivat-
ed people for nearly a cen-
tury, was moved to a sim-
ple glass climate-controlled
case to keep it from turn-
ing to dust.
"I can say for the first
time that the mummy is
safe and the mummy is well
preserved, and at the same
time, all the tourists who
will enter this tomb will be
able to see the face of
Tutankhamun for the first
time," Egypt's antiquities
chief Zahi Hawass said
from inside the hot and
sticky tomb.
"The face of the golden
boy is amazing. It has mag-
ic and it has mystery," he
Hawass said scientists
began restoring the badly
damaged mummy more
than two years ago. Much
of the body is broken into
18 pieces damage sus-
tained when British archae-
ologist Howard Carter first
discovered it 85 years ago,
took it from its tomb and
tried to pull off the famous
golden mask, Hawass said.-
But experts fear a more
recent phenomenon -
mass tourism is further
deteriorating Tut's mum-
my. Thousands of tourists
visit the underground
chamber every month, and
Hawass said within 50
years the mummy could
dissolve into dust.
"The humidity and heat
caused by ... people enter-
ing the tomb and their
breathing will change the
mummy to a powder. The
only good thing (left) in
this mummy is the face. We

EGYPT'S ANTIQUITIES chief Dr. Zahi Hawass speaks to the media over the linen-wrapped mummy of King
Tut in his underground tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. The
mummy of the 19-year-old pharaoh, whose life and death has captivated people for nearly a century, was
placed in a climate-controlled glass box in the tomb, with only the face and feet showing under the linen cov-

need to preserve the face,"
said Hawass, who wore his
signature Indiana Jones-
style tan hat.
The mystery surrounding
King Tutankhamun who
ruled during the 18th
dynasty and ascended to
the throne at age 8 and
his glittering gold tomb has
entranced ancient Egypt
fans since Carter first dis-
covered the hidden tomb,
revealing a trove of fabu-
lous gold and precious
stone treasures and pro-
pelling the once-forgotten
pharaoh into global star-
He wasn't Egypt's most

powerful or important
king, but his staggering
treasures, rumors of a mys-
terious curse that plagued
Carter and his team --
debunked by experts long
ago and several books
and TV documentaries
dedicated to Tut have
added to his intrigue.
Archeologists in recent
years have tried to resolve
lingering questions over
how he died and his pre-
cise royal lineage. In 2005,
scientists removed Tut's
mummy from his tomb and
placed it into a portable
CT scanner for 15 minutes
to obtain a three-dimen-

sional image. The scans
were the first done on an
Egyptian mummy.
The results ruled out that
Tut was violently murdered
- but stopped short of
definitively concluding how
he died around 1323 B.C.
Experts, including Hawass,
suggested that days before
dying, Tut badly broke his
left thigh, an apparent acci-
dent that may have result-
ed in a fatal infection.
The CT scan also provid-
ed the most revealing
insight yet into Tut's life.
He was well-fed and
healthy, but slight, stand-
ing 5 feet, 6 inches tall at

the time of his death. The
scan also showed he had
the overbite characteristic
of other kings from his
family, large incisor teeth
and his lower teeth were
slightly misaligned.
The unveiling of Tut's
mummy comes amid a
resurgence in the frenzy
over the boy king. A high-
ly publicized museum
exhibit traveling the globe
drew more than 4 million
people during its initial
four-city American-leg of
the tour.
The exhibit will open
Nov. 15 in London and lat-
er will make a three-city
encore tour in the U.S.
beginning with the Dallas
Museum of Art.
The Egyptian tourism
industry is hoping to capi-
talize on that interest and
draw tourists to Luxor to
see something they could-
n't in traveling exhibit -
the mummy itself.
The number of tourists
who visit Tut's tomb is
expected to double to 700 a
day now that the mummy
will be on display indefi-
nitely, said Mostafa Waz-
ery, who heads the Valley
of the Kings for Egypt's
Supreme Council of Antiq-
uities. Most of Egypt's oth-
er identified mummies are
on display in museums in
Luxor and Cairo.
But not every tourist was
eager to find out that Tut's
mummy was being moved
to a modern, see-through
"I really think he should
be left alone in quiet, in
peace," said British tourist
Bob Philpotts after view-
ing Tut's tomb before the
mummy was moved on
Sunday. "This is his rest-
ing place, and he should be
left (there)."
Hawass said experts will
begin another project to
determine the pharaoh's
precise royal lineage. It is
unclear if he is the son or a
half brother of Akhenaten,
the "heretic" pharaoh who
introduced a revolutionary
form of monotheism to
ancient Egypt and was the
son of Amenhotep III.
Sunday's unveiling
ensured the boy pharaoh
would remain eternal, said
"I can assure you that
putting this mummy in this
case, this showcase, can
make the golden boy live
forever." he said.




Robin Hood's


home forest

needs massive

rescue plan

ROBIN HOOD might have
a hard time hiding out in the
Sherwood Forest of today,
according to Associated Press.
The forest once covered about
100,000 acres, a big chunk of pre-
sent-day Nottinghamshire Coun-
ty. Today its core is about 450
acres, with patches spread out
through the rest of the county.
Experts say urgent action is
needed to regenerate the forest
and save the rare and endan-
gered ancient oaks at its heart.
Some 15 organizations have
joined forces to draw up a rescue
plan, hoping to win a $100 mil-
lion grant through a TV compe-
tition in December.
"If you ask someone to think
of something typically English
or British, they think of the Sher-
wood Forest and Robin Hood,"
said Austin Brady, the regional
director of the East Midlands
Conservancy Forestry Commis-
"They are part of our nation-
al identity ... but the Sherwood'
forest is a real place and the real
forest needs help too."
The forest is beloved for its
connection to Robin Hood, the
legendary 13th century bandit
,who supposedly hid there from
his nemesis, the Sheriff of Not-
tingham, in between stealing
from the rich and giving to the
One of Sherwood's oldest and
most celebrated trees is Major
Oak near Edwinstowe, the town
where legend has Robin marry-
ing Maid Marion. Historians
believe it and other Sherwood
oaks could have been saplings
back in Robin's time.
Park rangers say the collec-
tion of ancient oaks is one of the
greatest in Europe. But they see.
an increase in the trees' rate of
Over the centuries, the forest
was carved up for farms, mines,
towns and logging. Sherwood
timber built medieval ships and
c v'iEipari of London's St. Paul's

Israel's lead negotiator acknoN

problems with talks with Pales


AT THE outset of Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice's
latest diplomatic mission to the
Mideast, Israel's top negotiator
on Sunday acknowledged
problems trying to frame a
blueprint for a peace deal with
the Palestinians, according to
Associated Press.
The two sides are at odds
over whether a plan should
spell out ways to resc, issues
that have derailed p: .e talks
in the past. Those mainly are
final borders between Israel
and a future Palestinian state,
sovereignty over disputed
Jerusalem and a solution for
Palestinians who became
refugees after Israel's creation
in 1948.
Israeli and Palestinian teams
have been meeting in hopes
of reaching the outlines of an
agreement, which they hope
to present at a U.S.-hosted
Mideast conference expected
this year.
The Palestinians are push-
ing for a detailed agreement.
Israel wants a more vague doc-
ument that would give it flexi-
bility. The Palestinians also
want a deadline for establish-
ing a state, even though earli-
er deadlines have been set and
"There is no tension in the
meetings, there is a good
atmosphere, in fact, but yes,
there are problems," Foreign
Minister Tzipi Livni said
before meeting with Rice. The
chief U.S. diplomat is trying
to narrow gaps ahead 'of the
peace conference.
Livni, Israel's lead 'iegotia-
tor, did not elaborate. But her
acknowledgment of problems
was a departure from Israel's
past refusals to publicly dis-
cuss disputes with the Pales-
tinians as they try to cobble
together the joint platform.
The Palestinians, by con-
trast, openly have discussed
Their dissatisfaction with



U.S. SECRETARY of State Condoleezza Rice, left, Middle East Quartet envoy and former British prime minis-
ter Tony Blair, center, and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, right, pose for the media prior to speaking at
the Saban Forum in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007.

Israel's desire for vagueness
.and its objection to drafting a
timeline for an accord.
The Palestinians' chief nego-
tiator, Ahmed Qureia, said the
two sides have yet to begin dis-
cussing the main issues. "We
are still in the beginning and
time is short," he said.
Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an aide
to Palestinian President Mah-
moud Abbas, urged the Bush
administration to pressure
Israel "to make a real launch
of real negotiations that would
la tihe ground toi real peace.-

An outline for a peace deal
is supposed to be the center-
piece of the international con-
ference that President Bush
hopes will include major Arab
states, including some that dc
not recognize Israel. The ini-
tial, outline agreement would
provide a springboard for full-
fledged negotiations on pro-
ducing a Palestinian state.
Rice said little about her
agenda for two days of closed-
door sessions with Israeli and
Palestinian leaders, although
she had said beforehand that

she did not expect to produce
a written version of the out-
line on this trip.
Israel and the Palestinians
have not announced progress
on drafting a blueprint since
Rice last visited the area three
weeks ago. Her current trip is
her eighth this year.
The fact that no date for the
conference has been set
reflects the broad divide.
The meeting, which Bush
announced over the summer.
is expected to take place in
late November or December



in Annapolis, Md.
Israel and the United States
are bargaining only with
Abbas' moderate government
in the West Bank, freezing out
Islamic Hamas militants who
seized control of the Gaza,
Strip in June.
"There is a willingness to do
this, even though the situation
on the ground, especially in
Gaza Strip, is complicated,".
Livni said.
The seaside strip is the
smaller of two Palestinian ter-
ritories that together would
make up an eventual Palestin-
ian state. But the U.S. and
Israeli focus now is on mak-
ing the West Bank a working
model of what that state could -
look like.
"They're working on some
knotty issues," Rice told
reporters Saturday on her way
to Israel. "I want to help make
sure they're working in a
straight line ahead."
She was also meeting Sun-
day with Prime Minister Ehud .
Olmert and Defense Minister *
Ehud Barak, and with former
British Prime Minister Tony
Blair. Blair is now an interna-
tional envoy working to
improve Palestinian govern-
ment institutions.
On Monday she has meet-
ings scheduled with Abbas, '-
Palestinian Prime Minister
Salam Fayyad and Qureia.
On Saturday, Fayyad told
The Associated Press that
Palestinians will not regard
U.S.-led Middle East peace
efforts as credible unless a
deadline is set for a deal.
Israel has rejected a time-
line, and the U.S. has been -
cool to the idea.
Fayyad said he was not issu-
ing an ultimatum, but warned
the situation on the ground is
not static. With continued
Israeli settlement expansion in
the West Bank, prospects for a -
two-state solution were get-
ting dimmer every day, he

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898,000 more

Afghan children

alive each year

because of

, improved health

. care, govt says

KABUL, Afghanistan

SIX years after the Tal-
iban's ouster, medical care
in Afghanistan has improved
such that nearly 90,000 chil-
dren- who would have died
before age 5 in 2001 will sur-
vive this year, Afghan Presi-
dent Hamid Karzai said Sun-
. Saddled for years with one
. of the world's worst records
'-'-" on child health, Afghanistan
has seen access to health
care rise dramatically since
the U.S.-led invasion.
-- '. Thousands of health clinics

country, and the Afghan
I*. government and aid agencies
have trained tens of thou-
sands of doctors, vaccinators
and health volunteers who
now reach into some of the
country's most remote areas.
Access to health care for
Afghans has jumped from 8
percent of the population in
the 1990s to close to 85 per-
cent today, thanks in large
part to efforts by USAID,
the World Bank and the
". European Commission.
The under-5 child mortal-
- -" ity rate in Afghanistan has
declined from an estimated
257 deaths per 1,000 live
births in 2001 to about 191
per 1,000 in 2006, a 25-per-
cent drop, the Ministry of
Public Health said, relying
S on a new study from Johns
Hopkins University.
"This is certainly very pos-
itive news," said the U.N.
spokesman in Afghanistan,
Adrian Edwards. "To come
S" from such low life expectan-
cy to see this improvement
does appear to be an indica-
tion that the work on the
'- health sector here is begin-
ning to pay off."
President Hamid Karzai,
surrounded by smiling
Afghan children at a news
conference in Kabul,
thanked aid organizations
and health workers for their
work. He said 89,000 chil-
S.' dren will be saved each year
because of the improved
health care.
Still, Afghanistan faces
severe problems. Even with
the improvements, almost
one in five Afghan children
will die before age 5, trans-
lating into 250,000 childhood
*.,'. deaths a year, mostly from
malnutrition, diarrhea,
tuberculosis and malaria,
said Health Minister
Mohammad Amin Fatimi.
Childhood immunizations
have risen dramatically, but
Afghan infants make up the
bulk of the country's high
child mortality rate, said
Tariq Ihsan of Save the Chil-
"Many newborns are
dying because they don't
have access to immediate
health care. I think that's a
real challenge for
Afghanistan. They need to
ask, 'Are we saving enough
newborns?"' Ihsan said.
'. e o Still, deaths of Afghan
'. children who don't reach
S their first birthday have
. dropped from 165 per 1,000
'" in 2001 to 129 per 1,000
today, a drop of some 22 per-
cent, Edwards said.
,'.;... Afghanistan's child mor-
,. tality rate, from birth to age
'- 5, has been among the
world's worst. Before recent
S. improvements, only Sierra
Leone, with 283 child deaths
per 1,000 live births, Angola
-: with 260 and Niger at 259
-\ ,ranked below Afghanistan's
S- -- 257, UNICEF said in a 2006
-.- report.
By comparison, the United
States has eight under-5 child
deaths per 1,000 births. Sin-
gapore and Iceland, with
S three childhood deaths per
1,000, topped the rankings.
USAID has spent $309
S million since 2002 to
S improve health services in 13

'. '.' of Afghanistan's northern
provinces, said Julie Fossler,
a spokeswoman for USAID.
More than 670 clinics have
been constructed and 10,000
health care workers trained
there, and more than 7 mil-
lion children have been vac-
cinated for polio, according
to USAID information.
The UNICEF report not-
ed that, like Afghanistan,
most of the countries with
the worst child mortality
rates have suffered from
armed conflict.

PAKISTAN'S POLITICAL activists look from a police van after they have been arrested in Multan, Pakistan on Sunday, Nov 4, 2007. Police wielding assault rifles rounded up hun-
dreds of opposition leaders and activists Sunday after Pakistan's military ruler suspended the constitution, ousted the top judge and deployed troops to fight what he called rising
Islamic extremism.

Pakistani activists arrested; elections

could be delayed for up to one year

* ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
POLICE and soldiers embold-
eaed by state of emergency pow-
ers swept up hundreds of activists
and opposition members on Sun-
day, dragged away protesters
shouting "Shame on you!", and
turned government buildings into
barbed-wire compounds, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Gen. Pervez Musharraf's gov-
ernment said parliamentary elec-
tions could be delayed up to a
year as it tries to stamp out a
growing Islamic militant threat
- effectively linking two of the
greatest concerns of Pakistan's
biggest international donors: the
United States and Britain.
Increasingly concerned about
the unfolding crisis, Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice said
Washington was reviewing bil-
lions of dollars in aid to its close
terrorism-fighting ally. Britain is
also examining its assistance.
"Some of the aid that goes to
Pakistan is directly related to the
counterterrorism mission," Rice
told reporters traveling with her.
"We just have to review the situ-
But, she said, she did not
expect the U.S. '"to ignore or set
aside our concerns about terror-
Scores of paramilitary troops
blocked access to the Supreme
Court and parliament. Streets in
the capital appeared largely calm,
with only a handful of demon-
strations. But one, attended by
40 people at the Marriott Hotel,
was broken up by baton-wield-
ing police.
"Shame on you! Go Musharraf
go!" the protesters shouted as
officers dragged some out of the
crowd and forced them to the
ground. Eight were taken away in
a van.
Others were apathetic. Stand-
ing at on a dusty street cornci in
Islamabad, Togul Khan, 38, said
he didn't care about the emer-
gency declaration.
"For us, life stays the same,
even when politicians throw Pak-
istan into the sky, spin it around
and watch as it crashes back
down to earth." the day laborer
said as he waited for work.
In an address to the nation late
Saturday, Musharraf said the
growth of a militant Islamic
movement and a court systein
that hindered his powers forced
him to declare a state ol emer-
gency, despite the urging oaf
Western allies against ;ilthiori-
tarian measures.
Less than 24 hours after the
order was issued, militants in the
Afghan border freed 211 cap-
tured Pakistani soldiers in
exchange for the army's decision
to free 28 insurgents, including
some allegedly connected to sui-
cide attacks, officials said.
Though they gave no explana-
tion for the decision, it appeared
to fly in the face of Musharraf's

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POLICE OFFICERS arrest political workers in Lahowe, Pakistan on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007. Authorities rounded up opposition leaders Sunday after
Gen. Peivez Musharraf suspended Pakistan's consitittion, declaiing rising Islamic extremism forced him to take emergency measures that includ-
ed replacing the nation's chief judge and blacking out the independent media tnat refused to support him.

claims that emergency rule was
needed to make sure terrorists
- dozens of whom he says have
been freed by Pakistani courils
-- slay oft the streets.
Critics say Musharral. a 1999
coup leader who had promised
to give up his army post and
become a civilian president this
year, imposed eeIl-rgeicy uile in
a last-ditch attempt to cling to
His leadership is threatened by
the Islamic militant miovcmentl
that has spread Ihom hordci
regions to Ihe capital; the ii nc
gence ol Ipolitical lival lanll 1o
mer prime minister, Benazir
Bhutto, and an increasingly defi-
ant Supreme C(ourt, which wasv
expected to rule soon on the
validity of his recent presidential
election win. Hearings scheduled
for next week were postponed
Attorney General Malik

Mohammed Oavyvum denic
claims bv lhulto aiid other', ii.
MusharIatl had imposed mIn ri .
law --direct u irk bIy aI ar iu
under the gii ;ii
li rioted tlie.' iiine minor ci
was still in place and that th<. k'ig.
islatuire would complete its Iterm
next week.
.Crucial parliaincitary election:,
had been scheduled tor Inuary'V,
btml Prime Ministl ,;lihaukat Aziz
.:i.L th0' polls could he delayed
!j to I a i';ir.
;Si C ,S :,l I., rd T 'H i'l l i rLK,
sti es \ i.) id n tlc a'i s lto rL
as it is necessary."
In Islamaband, phone service
lhat.-wa: cut Siaturda evening
appeared to ha1ve been restored
by Suind\ morning, btll tclce'i-
sion new\vs networks other than
staite-controlled Pakistan TV
relmaiiii'd oiffl h airii.
AZ\i/ said upI I)o oIlt1 people

were detained nationwide in 24
Among them were Javed
IHlashmi, the acting president of
the party of former Prime Minis-
Ito Nawaz Sharif; cricket star-
turned politician, Imran Khan;
Asma Jehangir, chairman of the
independent Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan; and
I lamid Gul, former chief of the
main intelligence agency and a
critic of Musharraf.
Around 200 police with assault
rifles and sticks stormed the
rights commission's office in the
eastern city of Lahore, breaking
up a meeting and arresting about
50 members, said Mehbood
Ahmed Khan, legal officer for
the activists.
"They dragged us out, includ-
ing the women," he said from the
police station. "It's inhuman,
undemocratic and a violation of
human rights to enter a room and

arrest people gathering peace-
fully there."
Bhutto, who narrowly escaped
assassination in an Oct. 18 sui-
cide bombing that killed 145 oth-
ers, scoffed at claims that
Musharraf imposed the emer-
gency measures to fight Islamic
militants even though Muslim
insurgents were widely blamed
for the attempt on her life.
"Many people in Pakistan
believe that it has nothing to do
with stopping terrorism, and it
has everything to do with stop-
ping a court verdict that was com-
ing against him," she told the
weekend edition of ABC News'
"Good Morning America."
Musharraf replaced the chief
justice, Iftikhar Mohammed
Chaudhry, who had emerged as
the main check on the his power.
Aitzaz Ahsan, a lawyer who rep-
resented the judge, also was

Interpol weighs '

putting Iranians on

most-wanted list for
'94 Argentina bombing '

'94 Argentina bombing .... 2"

IRAN'S top diplomat says
the U.S. and Israel are pressur-
ing Interpol to put five Irani-
ans and one Lebanese on its
most wanted list next week for
the 1994 bombing of a Jewish
community center that killed 85
people, according to Associat-
ed Press.
But the lead prosecutor in
Argentina's worst terror attack
says the case is not political.
Prosecutors say they have
enough evidence for Interpol's
186-member general assembly
to approve "red notices" for the
six suspects during a meeting
that opens Monday in Mar-
rakech, Morocco.
There have been no convic-
tions 13 years after an explo-
sives-laden van leveled the sev-
en-story Jewish community cen-
ter in Buenos Aires.
Argentine prosecutors allege
Iranian officials orchestrated
the bombing and entrusted the
Lebanon-based militant group
Hezbollah to carry it out.
Mohsen Baharvand, Iran's
top diplomat in Argentina,
insisted the Iranians were not
involved in the attack and
accused the United States and
Israel of using the case as a
political weapon against Iran.
"They try to bother Iran for
many reasons," Baharvand told
The Associated Press "They try
to politicize the technical orga-
nizations in every corner of the
world against Iran."
A red notice means a suspect
is wanted for possible extradi-
tion. While it does not force
countries to arrest or extradite
suspects, people with red-notice
status appear on Interpol's
equivalent of a most-wanted list.

The case poses, one of the
toughest challenges for the
international police liaison
group based in Lyon, France,
which mostly deals with routine
police' requests.
In Marrakech, Interpol is
expected to outline arguments
from both Argentina and Iran.
If a simple majority decides in
Argentina's favor, the notices
will be issued. Iran has asked
that the issue be delayed until
next year, a request expected
to be voted on first.
"Iran has been permanently
trying to politicize this," Argen-
tine prosecutor Alberto Nisman
said before flying to Marrakech.
"We are going to Morocco with
our truth and we are going to
explain why these persons are
being sought, as simple as that."
The July 18, 1994 attack
struck hard at Argentina's
200,000-member Jewish com-
munity, Latin America's largest.
It came just two years after a
bombing that shattered Israel's
embassy in Buenos Aires,
killing 29.
Many here remain indignant
that no one has been convicted
for the community center blast.
Several Argentine suspects -
civilians and former police offi-
cers accused of providing sup-
port to the bombers were
cleared in a trial three years
Victims' relatives have com-
plained for years that the inves-
tigation was bungled. Amid
allegations he paid a key wit-
ness, the investigating judge on
the case was removed and later
Now Argentine officials and
Jewish community leaders hope
Interpol can give a boost to- the
country's beleaguered justice

"Today the world is preoccu-
pied by terrorism," said Aldo
Donzis, president of the Dele-
gation of Israeli-Argentine
Associations. "'There are ever-
fewer countries who do not live
without worry for (terrorists')
Iran's constitution does not
allow citizens to be extradited in
cases like the bombing, Bahar-
vand said.
Instead, Iranian officials have
proposed that Argentina agree
to legal and judicial coopera-
tion that would let Tehran share
information on the case.
Argentina has turned down
the proposal.
Among the suspects wanted
by Argentina are former Iran-
ian intelligence chief Ali Fal-
lahian, former leader of the elite
Revolutionary Guards Mohsen
Rezaei, and Hezbollah militant
Imad Moughnieh, one of the
world's most sought-after ter-
ror suspects.
Moughnieh is wanted for his
alleged role in the kidnapping of
Westerners in Lebanon in the
1980s, and suicide attacks on
the U.S. Embassy and a Marine
base in Lebanon that killed
more than 260 Americans.
His whereabouts are
Interpol denied Argentina's
request for red notices for for-
mer Iranian President Hashe-
mi Rafsanjani, as well as the
country's former foreign min-
ister and ambassador to Buenos
"They should come and testi-
fy here if they say they are inno-
cent," said Adriana Resfield,
whose 35-year-old sister was
killed in the bombing. "So far
they have refused to come and
that raises even more suspi-

FIREFIGHTERS AND rescue workers search through the rubble of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community cen-
ter in this July 18, 1994, file photo after a car bomb rocked the building, killing 85 people. Iran's top diplo-
mat in Argentina says the United States and Israel are pressuring Interpol to put his countrymen on the inter-
national police agency's "most wanted" list for the bombing.

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Europeans released in

Chad, return with French

president after detention'

in kidnapping.case
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SEVEN Europeans among 17
detained for over a week in an
alleged attempt to kidnap 103
.' African children were released
on Sunday and left the country
with French President Nicolas
Sarkozy, according to Associat-
ed Press.
S'"It was the second time since
*:.raking office in May that the
.-French leader has intervened in
a major international legal dis-
.' pute.
"-'-The Europeans among
them nine French citizens -
'.were arrested Oct. 25 when a
S.charity calling itself Zoe's Ark
was stopped from flying the
4 children to Europe. The group
.s-4id the children were from
-Sudan's Darfur region and that
.it'intended to place them with
h* 2hst families.

Sarkozy,met with Chad's
*.leader, Idriss Deby, trading
'.back slaps and cheek kisses,
-before leaving Chad on his offi-
- cial jet with three French jour-
S-ralists and four flight attendants
r-" -iron Spain.
-'--."'They are free. It's over. It's
'he end," said Jean-Bernard
-. adare, a lawyer for the group.
' 'Deby said he-acted in his own
volition: "There is no pressure
on Chad. nor on President
s 'Deby."
Later Sunday, French televi-
sion channel M-6 aired a docu-,
mentary raising further suspi-
G "ions about how the charity
.group operated, made mostly
-.ith footage shot by one of the
"journalists who flew home with
The footage, shot by camera-
'-,---'.Eian Marc Garmirian of the
-Paris-based Capa Presse agency,
-hows one charity, worker hap-,
-hazardly screening children
S brought by tribal elders to the
group's center in eastern Chad.

Speaking through translators,
she demands neither details nor
even the most basic dociumen-
tation or verification.
Asked if she could be mis-'
taken on even the most basic
facts like whether the indi-;
vidual children were Chadian.
or Sudanese or whether they
were indeed orphans she
readily acknowledges she could
be wrong.
In other scenes, the charity
workers wrap the children's
heads and limbs in gauzy ban-
dages, dousing some of them
with iodine to make them look,
in the words of one worker, like
"war casualties."
The footage comes to an
abrupt end when Chadian
authorities nab the charity
Zoe's Ark maintains its inten-
tions were purely humanitari-
an and that it had conducted
investigations over several
weeks to determine the children
it was taking were orphans.
However, France's Foreign
Ministry and others have cast
doubt on the group's claims that
the children were orphans from
Sudan's western Darfur region,
where fighting since 2003 has
forced thousands to flee to
Chad and led directly or indi-
rectly to the deaths of more
than 200,000 people.
Aid workers who interviewed
the children said Thursday most
of them had been living with
adults they considered their
parents and came from villages
on the Chadian-Sudanese bor-
der region.
A report in Le Parisien daily
Sunday quoted men who iden-
tified themselves as the fathers
of several of the children as say-
ing the charity workers offered
to educate their children.
They "talked about a new
school that had. been built... ..
and (said) our children could
be educated there,'" said a man
quoted by the paper who was
identified only as Adberahim.

He said three of his children
were among those taken by the
Those detained in the case
include the charity workers, the
journalists and the crew of the
plane the group planned to use
to take the children to France.
The crew included Spaniards
and a Belgian pilot.
In Brussels on Sunday, Bel-
gian Foreign Minister Karel De
Gucht said he would send a top
diplomat to Chad to learn
more about the Belgian pilot's

A turning point in the case
appeared to come on Thursday,
when Deby said on state televi-
sion that he hoped the journal-
ists and members of the flight
crew would be freed soon -
distinguishing between them
and the charity workers.
On Saturday, the head of
Zoe's Ark, Eric-Breteau, told
judicial officials in Chad that
the journalists and the Spanish
flight crew had nothing to do
with the group's activities.
Earlier this week, Sarkozy
had harsh words for Breteau's
group, saying its workers
"were wrong to do what they
The episode comes at a sen-
sitive time in Chad's relations
with Europe. The European
Union is planning to deploy a
peacekeeping force in Chad and
Central African Republic com-
posed largely of French soldiers.
The 3,000-strong force is to help
refugees along the two nations'
borders with Darfur.
In July, Sarkozy's then-wife,
Cecilia, helped broker the
release of five Bulgarian nurses
and a Palestinian doctor held
for more than eight years in
Libya, where they were, accused
of deliberately infecting hun-
dreds of children with the AIDS

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seven Europeans were freed, SUnday, Nov. 4, 2007 in tfie'Cidian calta'l,N'Djamena. Chad freed seven
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according to Assocaited Press.
The Finance Ministry had no
immediate comment about the
attack on Qutaiba Badir al-Din
Mohammed, a Sunni adviser to
Iraq's finance minister.

Violence claimed the lives of 10
Iraqis in Diyala, the troubled
province northeast of Baghdad.
Police said the victims included an
Iraqi soldier, a policeman and an 8-
year-old child, all killed separately.
The soldier died when gunmen
attacked his patrol in Khalis, a most-
ly Shiite town 50 miles north of the
capital, police said. Three other sol-
diers were wounded in the attack,
they said.
The child died after seven mor-
Star rounds landed on a residential

area in the same town at sunrise,
police said. A woman was also'.
wounded by the barrage. And th ,
policeman was killed in a drive-by
shooting in nearby Muqdadiyah, 60(
miles north of Baghdad. police said
Meanwhile, police said clashe,'. '.'
broke out in Buhriz. a suburb of '
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Polymers '20% expansion'

on hold if no EPA treaty

Tribune Business Editor

tional has warned
it will "put on
hold" plans to
expand the capac-
ity of its Freeport-based plant
by 20 per cent if the Bahamas
does not sign the Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA
with the European Union
(EU), saying it "does not make
sense" at a time when it stands
to lose 8-10 per cent of sales.
Greg Ebelhar, the poly-

* Company says impact 'felt all round' in Freeport by the trucking
companies, MSC, Container Port if 8-10 per cent UK sales are lost
* But signs of government policy shift at 11th hour, as minister
denies reports Bahamas said it will 'not sign' EPA

styrene products manufactur-
er's chief operating officer, said
the company's position had not
changed since Tribune Busi-
ness first revealed on August
29 that it would suffer a 15 per
cent sales reduction if it lost

'No reason to believe'

fiscal targets not met

Tribune Business
THE Government has "no
reason to believe" its 2007-
2008 fiscal and Budgetary tar-
gets'will not be achieved, the
minister of state for finance
told The Tribune, adding that
it did not "anticipate anything
significant" in terms of rev-
enue losses from Tropical

SEE page 7

EPA offers crucial

for Brussels meet

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas must submit
its Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) offers on
market access and services by
the time trade ministers meet
in Brussels next week to agree
the treaty's final wording, the
private sector's leading adviser
saying this nation still had an
opportunity to participate "very
late in the day".
Hank Ferguson, who is advis-
ing the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and its globaliza-
tion/trade liberalization com-
mittee on the EPA, told The

Bahamas can still
enter at 11th hour

Tribune from Jamaica: "The
challenge for the Bahamas
going forward is to get both the
market access and services
offers completed by the time
they get to Brussels. They still
have an opportunity to partici-
pate very late in the day. We're
still at the table and going to
the meeting in Brussels.
"While the Bahamas is very

SEE page 6

duty-free access to EU mar-
kets if the Bahamas did not
sign on to the EPA.
Yet this may still be avert-
ed, with the Government deny-
ing reports that its representa-
tives told last week's EPA
negotiations meeting in
Jamaica that the Bahamas
would not be signing the agree-
ment. There have also been
signs of a subtle policy shift,
and that this nation might be
preparing market access and
services offers on the EPA at
the 11th hour.
With negotiations between
the Caribbean and the EU
becoming ever-more intense as
talks on the EPA enter their
final phase before the Decem-
ber 31, 2007, deadline, Mr
Ebelhar said that if the
Bahamas failed to sign on the
corresponding drop in Poly-
mers International's sales was
"going to hurt all the way
round" in the Freeport econo-
Speaking to the direct
impact on the company if the
Bahamas did not sign the EPA,
Mr Ebelhar added: "The only
thing this does do, is that up
until this came up, we had
looked at an expansion. That is

probably going to be put on
"If I'm going to lose this
business, and not knowing
what is going to happen with
the rest, the work done on
putting in a budget for this
expansion will probably be
Mr Ebelhar added that Poly-
mers International's proposed
expansion involved "purchas-
ing another reactor and down-
stream equipment, and a 20 per
cent increase in capacity".
But he added: "It doesn't
make any sense to increase
business when you're going to
lose business."
Mr Ebelhar said the Most
Favoured Nation (MFN) tar-
iffs that would be imposed on
Polymers International's EU
exports if the Bahamas did not
sign the EPA would likely be
around 6 per cent, although the
company was still assessing
Such an increase in the cost
of its products would likely
induce its UK-based customer,
the Dart Corporation, to
source material from competi-

SEE page 4


'on board' with

Bay Street plans

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government has sent a
letter to the Nassau Tourism
Development Board's (NTDB)
chairman indicating that it is.
"on board with most of the rec-
ommendations" made to revi-
talise downtown Nassau in the
short-term, The Tribune has
been told, including the creation
of a Business Improvement Dis-
trict (BID) and Nassau Port
Authority to manage Bay
Charles Klonaris, the NTD-
B's chairman, said he had
received a letter from Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham,
"and it looks like they're on
board with most of the recom-
While he and the NTDB now
had to respond and meet to
"detail how we go forward", Mr
Klonaris said: "I think in terms
of the Authority, the BID, he's
all for that. They have no prob-
lem with that. They felt that's a
positive approach to solving a
lot of the issues of the city.
"It was a very general letter.
It didn't go into depth in terms
of how it's [going to be done],
but he's said: 'Yes, my govern-
ment is for the Authority, and
also believes in local govern-
ment'. He felt th'e Joint Task
Force and the BID was an
excellent way to solve the prob-
lems of the city."
Mr Klonaris added: "We real-
ly have to sit down and discuss

PM's letter agrees on
BID and Authority to
manage downtown

in some detail the way to solve
the traffic issues. But in terms of
the main issues, the Authority
and the BID, they indicated
they are on board."
The NTDB chair said Tropi-
cal Storm Noel had negatively
impacted Bay Street and down-
town businesses with loss of rev-
enue, adding that he felt the
city's "closure" had been over-
The NTDB and private sector
had urged in their White Paper
recommendations that the Gov-
ernment create "an umbrella
organisation" to manage and
develop downtown Nassau,
such as a Nassau Port Authori-
ty and a BID, and establish eco-
nomic enterprise zones to revi-
talise dilapidated parts of Bay
Such economic enterprise
zones would include the areas
east of the Bay Street/East
Street junction, plus Woodes
Rogers Wharf, with investment
incentives such as real prop-
erty tax and business licence fee
exemptions designed to fos-
ter economic growth and activ-

SEE page 9

Making the Bahamas

'venture capital hub'

Tribune Business Editor
MAKING the Bahamas a
"venture capital hub" is the
ambition for the general partner
of the only such fund operating
from these shores, in addition to
assisting Bahamian companies
with financing for their business
Dr Wolfgang Reichenberger
told a business survival seminar
organised by Mark Turnquest's
Small Business Resource Cen-
tre that Inventages Venture
Capital Investments, which
operates with a staff of six from
a Cable Beach office, was "cur-
rently the only venture capital

fund here".
He added: "What we want to
do is for the Bahamas to
become a venture capital hub."
In doing so, Inventages also
wanted to "foster start-up and
venture capital funding for
Bahamian companies", with
funds coming from both ven-
ture capital and 'business angel'
"We don't do much business
in the Bahamas. We have no
businesses here in the
Bahamas," Dr Reichenberger
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SEE page 7

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's 'negative impact'

hurt Morton Salt

Tribune Business Editor
MORTON Salt's managing
director told The Tribune there
has "definitely been a negative
impact" on the company's busi-
ness from the rainfall produced
by Tropical Storm Noel last
week, although the firm would
not be able to quantify this until
it measured the impact on the
salt cake and salt already in its

Glen Bannister said: "We had
a lot of rain just like all the oth-
er islands, and it negatively
affected us. We're back to work
and everyone's working, but
we're going to have to assess
the impact of the rain...
"There's definitely a negative
impact, no question about that."
Prior to the storm, Mr Ban-
nister expressed fears that
Noel's rainfall could further

exacerbate the company's prob-
lems, which have resulted from
Inagua receiving a much higher
rainfall than average year-to-

Heavy year-to-date rainfall,
with Inagua receiving 11 inches
of rain in August and Septem-
ber alone compared to the 10-
inch average for the Septem-

ber-December rainy season, has
melted the salt in Morton Salt's
pans and left the company look-
ing at a harvest that is expected
to be 500,000 tonnes. That is
some 40 per cent of the normal
1.2 million tonnes per year pro-
duction average.
With the rain melting the salt
cake and salt in the pans, Mr
Bannister said Morton Salt was
likely to run out of salt to har-
vest by the end of November

2007. With Noel's additional
rains, he expressed fears that
the downtime for workers as a
result of there being no salt to
harvest could be lengthened
beyond original estimates of the
2008 first quarter.
This, he explained, would
force the company to either lay-
off workers temporarily or
reduce the work week.
The Tribune previously
reported that as a result of the
five to six inches 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.
When it came to the prospect
of a reduced work week or tem-
porary lay-offs, Mr Bannister
previously said Morton Salt
would have to meet with the

Bahamas Industrial, Manufac-
turing and Allied Workers
union, which represents about
85 of its 104 non-managerial
staff or line workers.
He pointed out that while the
company had wanted to include
terms relating to a reduced
work week in the recently-con-
cluded industrial agreement, the
union had successfully resisted
"We will be discussing all the
options with them [the union] to
see what we can come up with,"
Mr Bannister 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
managerial staff, making its
total workforce complement

Storm hits the

fish supplies

Tribune Business
SEAFOOD supplies are
rapidly depleting at major dis-
tributors as Bahamian fisher-
men await calm waters to head
out to sea after Tropical Storm
Noel swept through the country.
It was predicted that the sea-
water will not be clear enough
for fishermen to fish and inspect
their traps for at least another,
A salesperson at Tropic
Seafood said the fishermen's
inability to go out has had a
tremendous impact on their
"It has impacted us because
we are a processing facility, and
without a fresh supply we have
nothing to work with, so our
stock is very low at the
moment,"the salesperson said.
The employee said Bahamian
fishermen told her that because
the water is still so murky, they
do not think that they will be
able to go out until at least

tomorrow (Tuesday).
The Department of Fisheries
and Marine Resources is still
assessing the extent of damage
to the Bahamian fishing indus-
try in the aftermath of the
storm, which claimed the life
one Bahamian and left severe
flooding in much of the country.
Edision Deleveaux, deliuty
director at the Department of
Marine Resources, said they
were in the process of attempt-
ing to contact their officials
throughout the Family islands
to see just what if any dam-
age had been done to fishing
vessels or traps.
"Right now, we have not had
any reports about damage, but
* we are still in the process of
talking to everyone. As far as
New Providence is concerned,
the only thing that we have
heard that has impacted local
fishermen is the fact that
because of the weather, they
have not been able to actually
go out for a few days. We are
still contacting the Family
Islands," he told Tribune Busi-


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Land supply, costs may impede

low-lying Town Plan Act reforms

Tribune Business Editor
THE scarcity of land in the
Bahamas, and its generally low-lying
nature, may defeat the Government's
plans to prevent the construction of
homes and businesses in areas prone to
flooding, builders and other industry
professionals have told The Tribune.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, in
the wake of last week's flooding caused
by Tropical Storm Noel, said the Gov-
ernment was considering amendments
to the Town Planning Act to prevent
homes and businesses from being build
in areas that were prone to flooding,
but several sources have questioned
how this would be achieved given the
practical obstacles in the way.
One source familiar with the situa-
tion, who requested anonymity, said it

was estimated that about 4,000 acres of
land remained in New Providence for
development for residential and com-
mercial use.
Given that lot sizes were traditionally
about ? of an acre, and many Bahami-
ans were against living in high rise or
condominium complexes, this left
space for about 16,000 homes on an
island where the population has been
forecast to rise by at least 100,000 in the
coming decades from 200,000 to
"It's a noble gesture, but I don't
know if it can work," the source said,
suggesting that the Government opt
instead to decentralize the Bahamian
population from Nassau by properly
planning the Family Islands with the
setting aside of green spaces and wet-
Asking that his organisation be able

to participate in any consultation exer-
cise on reforms to the Town' Planning
Act, Stephen Wrinkle, the Bahamian
Contractors Association's (BCA) pres-
ident, also questioned how practical
Mr Ingraham's suggestion was and
whether it was workable in reality.
"One of the problems is the shortage
of land in general," Mr Wrinkle said.
"Often, the low-lying land is the afford-
able land Bahamians can afford to pur-
chase. The average purchaser is now
aware of drainage problems, and buys
it on cost.
"Most of the areas that are vacant or
sparsely populated are now concen-
trated and built up, so the water has no
place to go."
The BCA president added, though,

that even if the Government did not
amend the Town Planning Act, it
should at least ensure there were
"checks and balances" in the system
when it came to development in low-
lying areas through the building permit
Pointing out that much of the
Bahamas was only 12 inches above sea
level at high tide, often times when
water was pumped out or drained from
low-lying areas it was only recycled by
the sea.
"There is no immediate or easy solu-
tion," Mr Wrinkle said. "I think it's
commendable that the Government is
looking at the situation, but the prob-
lem is it can't offer any ready solution.
"You have to raise the land and pro-
vide a drainage system. Our drainage is
a real problem, aswells get backed up
and everything leads to the sea. That's

our only drainage. It needs careful
analysis and careful review."
The BCA president pointed out that
it costs "substantial sums of money to
bring a site up to grade level", saying
this often went into the tens of thou-
sands of dollars, With the average cost
per acre in New Providence now stand-
ing at between $200,000 to $300,000,
and average lots costing $70-$80,000,
"the average Bahamian does not have
the kind of resources" to pay to raise
the land.
"In virtually every case where a
home is constructed, you have to build
the ground up from floor level," Mr
Wrinkle said. "When a person pays
$80,000 for a lot, that takes all their
resources. That's a hell of a lot of mon-
ey, and after purchasing, if they have to
crash in another $10-$15,000 to raise up
the land, it gets very difficult."

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THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Union (BFSU) is seeking
to exploit the $2.2 billion
Caribbean merger between Roy-
al Bank of Canada and the Roy-
al Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
(RBTT) to recruit new members
from the former, in much the
same way it did when Barclays
and CIBC merged to form First-
Caribbean International Bank.
Theresa Mortimer, the BFSU
president, said that "while we
recognize that globalisation is
happening every day we
encourage the workers of the
sector to become cognizant of
their rights and the need .to unite
to ensure those rights, privileges
and benefits are preserved."
She said the union represents
all workers in the financial sector
of the Bahamas.
"Today, we say to the employ-
ees of RBC, come together, join
the BFSU and have your voice
heard as the unionised territo-
ries in the Caribbean are mobi-
lizing to entrench in talks with
the bank as they entreat on this
acquisition with RBTT. Secure
your rights speak with one
voice," Ms Mortimer said.
She added that throughout the
region, employees in the finan-
cial sector rely on unions as a
way to ensure that they are rep-
resented when big business pacts
are made.
The $2.2 billion deal will ulti-
mately see the two companies
combine their Caribbean retail
banking operations. The acqui-
sition is expected to close in nine
months time, in mid 2008, creat-
ing a retail bank operation that
covers 18 Caribbean territories,
with some 130 branches and
$13.7 billion in assets serving 1.6
million clients.
It will have 6,900 employees.
Royal Bank's current region-
al head office is in the Bahamas
with some 705 staff -50 per cent
of the bank's current Caribbean
wide workforce of 1400 based
The bank's Bahamian opera-
tions generated in 2006 more
than $30.5 million in salaries and
benefits, and purchased $10.874
million worth of goods and ser-
vices from Bahamas based sup-
RBTT has some 5,400
employees mostly based in
Trinidad and Tobago, and with
plans to move the combined
PIBTT-Royal Bank retail bank
operations headquarters there
once the acquisition was con-
summated, there had been fears
that Royal Bank would switch


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its regional headquarters from
the Bahamas and there could
be job loses here. At the time
of the announcement, Ross
McDonald, RBC's head of
banking for the Caribbean
region dispelled that notion, say-
ing there were no plans to move
the regional headquarters from
the Bahamas.
"I do not anticipate job redun-
dancies in the Bahamas. It will
continue to be an important

regional centre. There will prob-
ably be more jobs than less," he
He described the deal as a "
marriage made in heaven", as
there were relatively few geo-
graphical overlaps between the
two companies operations and
branch networks.
On Friday, he declined to
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IN-THE MATTER-OF ALL THAT piece, parcel,
or tract of land containing 9.033 acres being a
portion of Crown Grant A-337 granted to Simon
Whitehead and situate approximately 2400 feet
West of Millars Road and 822 feet South of
Adelaide Road in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence one of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas

IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, Chapter

DARLING under The Quieting Titles Act, 1959


WILLIAM ROSCOE DARLING, the Petitioner claims to be
the owner in fee simple in possession of the said piece
parcel or lot of land and had made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, to have
the said piece parcel or lot 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.

.Copies- of the Petition and Plan showing the position
boundaries shape marks and dimensions of said piece
parcel or lot of land filed in this matter may be inspected
during normal working office hours at the following places;

1. The Registry of The Supreme Court, Ansbacher House,
East Street, Nassau Bahamas

2. The Chambers of Clarita V. Lockhart & Co. 90 Shirley
Street, Corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue in
the City of Nassau, The Bahamas, attorneys for the

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower
or a right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not
recognized in the Petition shall within Thirty (30) days after
the appearance of Notice herein filed in the Registry of the
Supreme Court in the City of Nassau aforesaid and serve
on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of his, her
or its claim in the prescribed form verified by the Affidavit
to be filed

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of
his, her or its claim on or
before the said Thirty (30) days herein will operate as a bar
to such claim.

Attorney for the Petitioner
Chambers .
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Nassau, Bahmas

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Polymers '20% expansion' on hold if no EPA treaty

FROM page 1
tors who would be relatively
cheaper and did not face the
imposition of MFN tariffs.
If that happened, Polymers
International's annual sales
were likely to fall be between 8-
10 per cent, Mr Ebelhar said.
"With that in mind, it's going
to hurt all the around. It will
mean 10 per cent less shipping
business for the trucking com-
panies that move our products
in Freeport, and there will be
less for Mediterranean Shipping
Company to ship," Mr Ebelhar
"It's a snowball effect; basic
economic theory. We're not
operating in an economic vacu-
um, and our hands are tied. The
future here is in their [the Gov-
ernment's] hands, and right now
it doesn't look too good.
"We'll just have to see what
the fallout is when the end of
the year comes around. I've
been in talks with our customer

to let them know what I've been
trying to do about this, but basi-
cally our hands are tied."
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs
briefing note submitted to the
former PLP Cabinet said that
apart from the direct impact on
Polymers International, which
employs 88 persons and 10-20
contractors, loss of its EU duty
free market access might also
impact Freeport Container Port
and the Grand Bahama Power
Company, the latter of which
generates 10 per cent of its rev-
enues from Polymers.
Apart from Polymers Inter-
national, the other major export
industries that would be nega-
tively impacted if the Bahamas
did not sign on to the EPA
would be the seafoods/fishing
industry, which sends $60 mil-
lion in exports per annum to
the EU, and Bacardi's rum
exports. Although Bacardi is
closing its Bahamas-based oper-
ations by 2009, it still has "hun-
dreds of thousands of gallons

of rum products" that it can still
export to the EU throughout
The Government has been at
pains to deny reports that one
of its representatives at last
week's Jamaica negotiations on
the EPA, Gary Russell from the
Ministry of Finance's Compli-
ance Commission,.-told the
meeting the Bahamas was "not"
going to sign the EPA.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, told The Tri-
bune: "He absolutely never said
it. It was never said by any rep-
resentative of the Government
of the Bahamas. It's absolutely
not the case. That's not the posi-
tion of the Government of the
He added that the Govern-
ments position was that it was
still involved in the EPA nego-
tiations to determine whether
it would be in this nation's best
interests to sign, based on the
outcome, at "the appropriate

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As Mr Ebelhar said, it "does-
n't come as a surprise" if the
Bahamas said it was not going
to sign the EPA, given the pol-
icy as previously articulated by
Mr Laing via Tribune Business.
However, inquiries by The
Tribune indicated that neither
Mr Russell nor the other
Bahamian representative at the
Jamaica meeting, Hugh Chase,
deputy director of economic
planning at the Ministry of
Finance, made any statements
to the effect that the Bahamas
was "not" signing the EPA.
What this newspaper under-
stands to have happened is that
during the technical negotiat-
ing committee (TNC) meeting
on services, all Caribbean
nations were asked whether
they had submitted offers. It is.
thought that the Bahamas
acknowledged that it did not
currently have an offer ready
to submit.
That prompted the meeting
chair, Ramesh Chaitoo, to state
that the Caribbean should write
its services offer in such a way
as to ensure that the Bahamas

and Haiti would be able to join
the EPA at a later date with-
out any additional concessions
extracted from them.
It thus appears that the
Bahamas' acknowledgement
that it did not have a services
offer ready may have been con-
fused with 'not signing' the
agreement altogether a subtle,
but significant, difference.
.The final texts on market
access, services and the whole
EPA agreement are due to be
finalised this week, and then
presented next week to a meet-
ing in Brussels that will feature
the trade ministers from the 77
African,. Pacific and Caribbean
(ACP) countries, and the EU.
Once they are in agreement, the
EPA agreement will be taken
home to receive Cabinet/Par-
liamentary approval.
The Tribune understands that
Mr Laing is likely to go to the
Brussels meeting, a sign that the
Bahamas is still in the game,
although very late in the day
and much remaining to be done
if this nation is to craft market
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nomic and social needs.
Further signs of a subtle shift
in government policy, sources
have told The Tribune, are that
the Bahamas has contacted Bar-
bados for consultation on the
EPA. The Canadian consultant
hired to work on the Bahamas'
accession to the World Trade
Organisation (WTO), Mark
Sills, is also thought to be work-
ing on something related to the
Up. until now, Mr Laing had
told The Tribune that WTO
accession and developing an all-
encompassing trade policy to
handle all eventualities were the
trade priorities, not the EPA.
While the Government would
do what it could to protect
impacted exporters, he had indi-
cated that developing the trade
policy might take eight to 12
months, and the Government
was prepared to miss the
December 31, 2007, EPA dead-
Among the Government's
concerns over the EPA's wider
implications are the fact that it
could contain hidden provisions
exposing the Bahamian finan-
cial services industry to tax
information exchange, although
this has been discounted by the
CRNM, which said CARICOM
countries had successfully resist-
ed its inclusion in the EPA.
Mr Laing listed other con-
cerns as intellectual property
rights and competition policy.
To comply with WTO rules, the
EPA has to be a two-way sys-
tem of trade preferences involv-
ing reciprocity, where the con-
cessions offered to Bahamian
exporters by the EU have to be
given in kind to EU imports
coming into this nation.
Other areas that are likely to
be impacted by the EPA are
government procurement, the
investment approvals process
and the National Investment
Policy that restricts certain areas
of the economy to Bahamian
ownership only and, potentially,
Immigration policy and the
movement of workers.
However, Mr Laing said the'
"overriding" concern was the
fiscal impact, and the effect, on
the Bahamian tax system, if the
Bahamas allowed in EU
imports duty-free to this nation.
This, he indicated, had poten-
tially wider ramifications down
the line if the Bahamas had to
negotiate a replacement for the
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) with the US.

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He was declared dead at El
Paso's Eastwood Hospital. His
death, which involved a pain
killer and alcohol, was ruled
accidental or a suicide. Many
believed it was murder.
The inventor left no suicide
note but he did leave his
Patent Number 4,177,779 -
the last gift of a young man
who died before his time.
After reopening the Tom
Ogle story I found Jack Tal-
bert of Manhattan, Kansas,
who had been photographed
and interviewed by the Topeka
Capital Journal. He said his
father had worked on a gas
vaporising unit and taken him
for drives when he was five
years old.
Talbert, 39, a contract elec-
tronics designer for Boeing
Aircraft, has been driving
around Kansas demonstrating
that his big 1981 Oldsmobile
Delta 88, with his home-made
vaporised fuel injector, was
getting 75 miles per gallon of
He told me: "My father
worked since the 1960s trying
to make a carburettor unknow-
ingly similar to Tom Ogle's
and finally stopped working on
it when he died."
Thirty years ago Tom Ogle
welcomed publicity and rou-
tinely turned down offers of
millions. Today, Jack Talbert
seeks publicity to attract
He laughs, saying: "If an oil
company came to me and
offered money to walk away
from my vapour invention I
would be ecstatic. It would
mean that someone was recog-
msmg the importaiice of what r V
have'here . ,, "
But Jack Talbert has some- .



IN 1978, Tom Ogle (shown) created a device replacing the carburettor
that allowed his 4,000 pound car to travel 100 miles on one gallon of
gasoline. (42 kilometres on one litre).

thing Tom Ogle never had a
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Motors. Fred White, the
retired plant manager of the
giant General Motors plant in
Fairfax, Kansas.
Mr White, a GM employee
for 41 years, says: "I can vouch
for Jack Talbert. I've seen his
invention working. He really
has something."
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FROM page 1

late to the table., they still have
:n opportunity to participate
just before the IDecember 31
deadline........ By the meet-
ing in Brussels. the Bahamas
needs to be able to walk in with
both offers. They can make
minimalist offers. If there is any
1irea or sector they have con-
cerns about. put it in a 20-year
basket for phased liberalization.
"The offers are a must. Every
country has an offer, and they
are creating language in the
agreement to reflect those
Contrary to previous asser-
tions by Fred Mitchell, the for-
mer minister of foreign affairs.
the Bahamian delegation in
Jamaica was told by the CAR1-
COM Regional Negotiating
Machinery (CRNM) that no
such offer had been received.
It is understood that while
Leonard Archer, the Ambas-
sador to CARICOM, had sub-

mitted something under the
previous administration, it was
not complete.
The Brussels meeting, to
which minister of state for
finance, Zhivargo Laing, is
understood to be travelling, is a
crucial meeting with the
December 31, 2007, deadline
for the EPA to be signed fast
approaching. If that agreement
is not signed, the fisheries indus-
try, Polymers International and
Bacardi's rum exports are fear-
ful they will lose their prefer-
ential duty-free market access
to the EU, costing them mar-
ket share, revenues and profits
as their products become
uncompetitive on price.
The final text for the EPA
agreement is due to be finalised
this week, following last week's
series of meetings in Jamaica,
at which Caribbean countries
submitted offers in various eco-
nomic areas such as market
access, and then negotiated with
the EU over the agreement's

The Bahamas was represent-
ed at the meeting by Ministry of
Finance officials Ilugh C(hase
and Gary Russell, but as the
Bahamas has not yet submitted
any offers over the IEPA, they
did not plarlicipate in the nego-
tiations, instead holding a
watching and information-gath-
eiing brief.
Pointing out that many other
Caribbean states had submitted
EPA offers a year ago, with the
Bahamas now having two to
three weeks to "get it togeth-
er", Mr Ferguson said that sub-
mitting market access and ser-
vices offers post-Brussels would
be irrelevant, as the EPA agree-
ment would have already been
To have an influence on the
final EPA agreement, and
achieve an agreement that
reflected its economic and social
needs, the Bahamas needed to
have its offers ready in time for
"We're here, but we're on the
periphery," Mr Ferguson told

The Tribune. "We're not active-
ly involved; we're not negotiat-
ing and participating in the way
we need to do. We should be
actively participating in, shaping
and writing the agreement.
"Right now it's already late,
and much of the text is com-
pleted. The services text from
CARIFORUM is now com-
The EPA contemplates open-
ing up 65 per cent of services
areas and 85 per cent of mar-
kets in Caribbean nations, giv-
ing the Bahamas plenty of
opportunity to reserve its posi-
tion and protect certain areas,
or otherwise open them up in
phased liberalization over a cer-
tain period of time.
Compared to many nations
in the Organisation of Eastern
Caribbean States (OECS) and
the likes of Barbados and
Trinidad, Mr Ferguson said the
Bahamas had a relatively open
economy already, and needed
to ensure these aspects of its
economic and trade regimes
were codified in the final EPA
A major concern for the Gov-
ernment has been that if it

signed on to the EPA it could
expose the Bahamian financial
services industry to Europe's
demands for tax information
exchange, but Mr Ferguson said
the industry was "totally out"
of the negotiations and there
would be no adverse conse-
quences for the Bahamas if it
did sign on.
"People are saying this is the
Wrong context in which to dis-
cuss financial services," Mr Fer-
guson said. "They are telling
the Europeans we can discuss
this in the WTO context of
"It used to be on the table,
but the language is out. Finan-
cial services is of no major con-
cern. There is no language relat-
ed to tax information exchange,
no language related to new reg-
ulations. There is nothing that
can affect the financial sector."
Ironically, the Bahamas
financial services sector could
.be exposed if this nation misses
the December 31, 2007, dead-
line but decides it wants to sign
the EPA at a later date. As it
would then be on its own, rather
than as part of the CARIFO-
RUM bloc, the Europeans


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might be able to impose some
onerous accession terms.
Mr Ferguson added that late
membership after December 31
could lose duty-free market
access for Bacardi, Polymers
and the fisheries industry for an
. extended period of time, putting
more than $66 million in export
earnings at risk because once a
market is lost it is very difficult,
if hot impossible, to win it back
as this nation's experience with
captive insurance has shown.
The Chamber adviser said
that any accession process could
take three to six months from
the time the Bahamas decided
to sign the. EPA, putting
exporters at a further disadvan-
Mr Ferguson said the
Bahamas investment incentives .
regime, under legislation such
as the Hotels Encouragement
Act, was also more generous
than in many other Caribbean
countries, the main issue for this
nation being transparency.
He explained: "It's in terms
of the rules of who gets what
and how they go about getting
it. It's almost discretionary and
you don't have an exact process.
If you got to the National Eco-
nomic Council and they say
'no', you have no way of finding
out why and have no option of
going back to them or ques-
tioning their decision."
Signing on to the EPA, Mr
Ferguson said, would also give
the Bahamas an advantage
when negotiating its accession
to full membership in the World
Trade Organisation (WTO), as
this nation would not be
required to provide any mote
trade benefits to other nations
than it had to the EU via the
"As far as international
agreements go, there's nothing
more flexible than this, and we
have to realise that we can't
always sit on the fence," Mr
Ferguson said. "We're here to
try and support the Chamber's
members and assist the Gov-
ernment in making the best pos-
sible decision for the Bahamas.
"There's a lot of cause for
concern for the private sector."
The EU, as part of the EPA,
is offering assistance to
Caribbean countries in areas
such as competition policy and
government procurement, and
apart from providing trade
capacity support, is also mulling
whether to compensate nations
for loss of revenue in certain
areas as a result of trade liber-
The EU also remains the
Bahamas sole source of
grant/development funding for
infrastructure projects, espe-
cially in the Family Islands.


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'No reason to believe'

fiscal targets not met

FROM page 1

Storm Noel.
Zhivargo Laing said in rela-
tion to the storm: "It's a little
early, and assessments have to
be made, but we don't antici-
pate anything significant given
that the major economic cen-
tres New Providence, Grand
Bahama and Abaco were not
disrupted in any significant
S way."
Other factors mitigating
against any short-term revenue
loss from last week, Mr Laing
added, were that the storm
came through during a relative-
ly quiet period in the tourism
season, minimizing any nega-
tive impact on taxes obtained
from that sector.
The minister said there was
also not too much disruption in
the two-way economic and ship-
ping flow between south Florida
and the Bahamas, again mini-

mizing the impact on revenues
earned from imports customs
duties and Stamp Taxes.
"At the moment, we don't
think there's any great cause for
concern in tern in terms of [Noel]," the
minister said. "But we still have
to do our assessment."
Assessing the public finances
for the first four months of the
2007-2008 fiscal year, Mr Laing
said: "Overall, when you look at
revenues in relation to last year,
it's kind of an 'up and down'
scenario. Sometimes it's ahead,
sometimes it's behind.
"Up to a few days ago we
were ahead, then we fell behind.
But it's nothing dramatic in
relation to last year."
On the recurrent revenue
front, the Government is seek-
ing to generate $1.49 billion in
fiscal 2007-2008, holding expen-
diture to just $1.465 million and
thus producing a recurrent Bud-
get surplus of almost $25 mil-
Mr Laing said the Govern-

ment was slightly behind on its
Budget fiscal forecasts, possi-
bly by around $10 million the
last time he assessed the situa-
tion, although he did not have
exact figures in front of him.
Yet revenues were ahead of
forecasts, Mr Laing added,
pointing out that areas behind
Budget projections were room
taxes and associated tourism
taxes, due to the industry's rel-
ative sluggishness, while in some
areas revenue due had not been
collected or posted.
"So you have to net all that
off," Mr Laing said. "Expendi-
ture is moving right on target, so
there are no surprises there.
"Overall, even though it is
early in the fiscal period, we
have no reason to believe our
targets will not be met
"We watch with great vigi-
lance what is happening on both
sides of the ledger, as it is a
dynamic situation globally. Yet
so far, so good. There's no cause
for concern on our part."

Making the Bahamas

'venture capital hub'

FROM page 1
which it opened in 2004, Inven-
tages also has offices in Geneva
and Auckland. Founded in


1999, it has more than one bil-
lion Euros in assets under man-
agement, and financed by "top-
tier" pharmaceutical and food




Ntie..nia, hereby: given that liqui-dation; of the
above 'c~Ahpany commenced on the 31 day of.
October, 2007, Credit Suisse Trust
Limited of Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley &
Charlotte Streets, PO.Box N-3023, Nassau, The
Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of the

Credit Suisse Trust Limited

Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
22nd day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
22nd day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


companies, it invests in the
health, nutrition and wellness
Among the companies it
finances are Accera, which is
developing a product to com-
bat Alzheimer's disease; the
Leading organic tea manufac-
turer in the US, Honest Tea,
and a manufacturer of yoghurt
without milk for the 20 per cent
of people who are lactose intol-
Dr Reichenberger said ven-
ture capitalists typically invest-
ed in firms where they could
outlay between $1-2 million and
$15-$20 million, but typically 40
per cent of those companies
they invested in went bankrupt.


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P.O. Bag 321, Tunapuna

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Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
18th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
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Legal Notice



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Notice is hereby given that the above-named
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18th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Pricing Information As Of: A L'"
Friday, 2 November 200.7 F A

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.66 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.59 1.59 0.00 0.094 0.000 16.9 0.001
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.7 3.45%
9.55 7.80 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 3.74 3.74 0.00 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 Collna Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
16.56 11.99 Commonwealth Bank 16.56 16.56 0.00 1.190 0.680 13.0 4.11%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.63 6.38 -0.25 0.112 0.050 55.9 0.80%
2.70 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 1, 4.47%
14.75 13.85 FirstCarlbbean 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%
8.16 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%
1000 10 1'0 Premier Real Estate 10 00 10 00 000 1 167 0 600 86 6 00'
: : :'; . Fidety The-Countr ScuridtIs
52ik-Hi 52AEL'..A S mrc.ol B, $ AsK S$ cLasI P..'..oB eek. '.ol EPS D.. .s PE Yeld
14 60 14 25 Banamas Supe'rmarkels 14 tC 15 60 1E C'0 1 160 1 125 13.4 7.71.'
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
'- ..... .... ,-. : .;- r*.fo, *.m...m':po rif t t -lr- -CciuntrSecurlw
41 u0 d1 no ABDAB 41 00 43(0 41 00 -' 2 750 9.U 6.70':
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.50 14.00 1.234 1.485 13.9 10.50%
:55 5 40 RND HcdaIngs C0 ,. 0 4z 0 r15 .'*' 0 0 CO' N 1. ':" o
.-.' ." .. .:."., EISX Lited M utd Funds .'
52.K-Hi .52.kLOAs Furd Name NA '. 1TD : Last 12 .oDr.n, 'r. $ V.eld '.
1 3615 1 3128 Conna r.lone, .lMarket FunD 1 361452"
3.3829 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.3829***
2.9215 2.4687 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.921539***
1.2741 1.1970 Colina Bond Fund 1.274052***
11.6581 11.2596 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.7653***
'.' ....'" ... .1. ", ". .;".. a :,.,',"9,H;',.J.,.1::, . ,9 /YTD 17;1Q% I/ 200 34.47%
6 ,; L X .-. . 11 ,.. : l ..j.:, .:..j r.l .R. f-l- T TEI. S ELL'. I .1 .T.:.,I' ',15 o. 5 ... 7 ..-. -r..o,
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 $ Soelling price of Colina and fidelity 26 October 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted prioe for dally volume Lest Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 Jun. 2007
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dilly 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 mthsa ** 31 July 2007
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
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New Student Orientation
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Band Shell

Advisement, Registration
& Bill Payment
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008,
9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m

Friday, January 4th, 2008
9:00 a. m. 7:00 p. m.

Please bring the following documents with
you to Advisement (required for Step 2):

1. Your acceptance letter
2. A copy of your past BGCSE results

The College of The Bahamas

School of English Studies

2nd Annual Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture 2007

November 8, 2007 at 7:00pm

Enjoy a brilliant,
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a renowned Caribbean
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British Colonial Hilton, No. 1 Bay Street
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Tickets available for a donation of $50

Contact the Alumni Relations & Development Office
Tel 1242]302-4359

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Performances: Annual Christmas Concert on December 8
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September 14 GERMAN FILM Slide show by Dr. Irene Moss, Director, ILCI Munnings Room 2
Friday ______________________________________6:30 PM
September 28 CHINESE FILM Presented by Professor Xian Xianwen Munnings Room 2
Friday _..
October 26 SPANISH FILM Presentation: Foreign Lang. Dept.: Assistant Munnings Rom 2
Friday Professor Guadalupe del Hierro Higueras
October 6 OKTOBERFEST Organized by I, Moss with all relevant COB Band Shell
Saturday Departments: Communications. Security, etc. 6 11
November 8 FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING Slide show by I. Moss, F. Leger on guitar. J. Munnings Room 2
Thursday Mereus on vocals and other musical friends 7 PM
November 14 THE HOLOCAUST a movie presentation Mr. Absil holocaust survivor UWI .Dining Room
Wednesday and lecture 7 PM
December 4 JUNKANOO ART- designing and pasting Presentation and demonstration by Henry Moss Jr.; Munnings Room 2
Tuesday costumes WORKSHOP slide show by l1.Moss 6-8
December 13 MERRY MULTI-CULTURAL Organization & musical direction: 1. Moss Munnings Room 2
Thursday CHRISTMAS ILCL Foreign Lang. Dept. members and COB 7 PM
January 9 Wed CHINESE NEW YEAR Presentation by Professor Xu Xianwen Munnings Room 2, 7PM
January 19 DRUMFEST A drum summit regrouping Video of Montreal TAM TAM JAM by 1. Moss Band shell
Saturday members from all the Junkanoo teams Director: TBA 2 P4M
February 7 PANEL DISCUSSION: Tourism and Panel members from Tourism, Immigration, COB Munnings Room 2 or BTC
Thursday Languages and private tourism businesses Lecture Hall? 7 PM
February 19 FRENCH FILM ASTERIX Presentation on Roman history background by Munnings Room 2
Tuesday Professor Stephen B. Aranha 7 Pm
March 1-15 IRISH PUB NITE- to be announced With Montreal Band SWIFT YEARS UW1 Dining Room
March 21 Fri VICTOR HUGO- Beyond LES MIZ Lecture and slide show by 1. Moss Munnings Room 2
April 10 HAITIAN FILM Slide presentation: Assistant Professor Frenand Munnings Room 2
tLeger. Foreign Languages Department
April 16 AN EVENING OF BAHAMIAN MUSIC Slide show on Bahamian Musicians and TBA
Friday Guests: The DICEY-DO SINGERS Entertainers by 1. Moss
May 6 MAIFEST Slide Show by l.Moss; participation of German- Munnings Room 2
Tuesday .speakers in Nassau & ILCI students
May 23 CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENING Piano solos by l.Moss; Cello / piano duets by 11. Munnings Room 2
Friday Pe. Ploquin & l.Moss; guests TBA
Dates are subject to change.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The College of The Bahamas
Counselling and Health Services

is coming your way
Employers, bright young students and other interested persons have the opportunity
to meet for mutual benefit.
Individual Booths Available for Organization Displays
Benefits to employers/organizations:
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> Signage on all print advertisements

Ms. Norma Turnquest, Advisory Committee Executive Secretary
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at Tel: 242-302-4445
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The College of The Bahamas

It's been 30 years since you graduated from The College
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first graduates!

Class of'77

30th Anniversary

Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations &
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BIDs, which are common in
the US and Canada, are mainly
private sector-driven organisa-
tions developed to oversee
issues such as security and
cleanliness in major commer-
cial areas.
They are increasingly being
used as economic development
tools, and are financed through
a levy imposed on all business-
es within that area. The BID's
Board has the authority to
determine how the funds are
spent, meaning that in exchange
for paying the levy, private busi-
nesses have a say in how those
funds are used.
The White Paper presented
to the Government also recom-
mended the creation of a call-up
system for taxis, jitney depots
on the eastern, western and
southern ends of the downtown
Nassau area, and the introduc-
tion of parking meters to man-
age traffic and parking on Bay
Revitalising Nassau's city cen-
tre is crucial for thousands of
Bahamians' long-term jobs, as
well as ensuring Bahamian-
owned businesses benefit, thrive
and prosper on the revenues
spent by cruise visitors and
tourists at the major multi-mil-
lion dollar development pro-
jects expected to come on
Yet the cornerstone of Bay
Street's long-term revival
remains the removal of the con-
tainer and shipping facilities
from downtown Nassau, allevi-
ating the traffic congestion and
industrial feel of the area, to a
new purpose-built port facility
somewhere else on New Provi-
The Dutch consulting firm
Ecorys, which was hired to
assess the feasibility of a pro-
posed port in southwestern New
Providence, between Com-
monwealth Brewery and the
BEC plant at Clifton Pier, are
understood to have presented
a preliminary report to the Gov-
ernment and certain private sec-
tor officials on the plan. Their
final report and recommenda-
tions are expected imminently.
Yet the Government and
some of the shipping companies
are also eyeing proposals to
move the shipping facilities to
Arawak Cay, a number of those

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Government intends to do with
the plans submitted by the
urban planning consultants,.
EDAW, after consultation with
some 200 Bahamian profes-
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to 4,000 new jobs could be cre-
ated through the revitalisatioi
of harbourfront Nassau, the
project's master plan has prp-
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ture, the master plan recomh-
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Centre, Performing Arts Cen-
tre, Farmer's Market and Fish
Fry at Potter's Cay. The mas-
ter plan said it was critical for
private property owners in the
downtown area to see the Gov-
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Inventor found the secret to low-cost motoring

Copyright 2007
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F killing up atthegas pump
is an agonising experi-
ence. Fuel prices have
skyrocketed, gas emis-
sions contribute to global
,.,rminc. and with every gallon
pumped we put money into the pock-
ets of dictators and enemies.
World Media is warning us to Go
Green and advising how to start.
But people don't know these prob-
lems were solved 30 years ago by the
brilliant invention of a Texas high
school dropout.
Recently, I pulled out an article I
wrote about a young man and his
invention that should have solved the
oil problems we face today.
In 1978, Tom Ogle created a device
replacing the carburettor that allowed
his 4,000 pound car to travel 100 miles
on one gallon of gasoline. (42 kilo-
metres on one litre).
Tom Ogle should have gone on to
change history and become a house-
hold name. He was young, confident
and feared nothing. But he was wrong
- dead wrong.
Back in- 1978, I stood outside a
restaurant in El Paso, Texas, where
I'd just interviewed Tom Ogle, 21,
then considered one of America's
greatest inventors.
He was leaning against the 'Ogle-
mobile', a 250 horsepower, eight-
cylinder 1970 Ford Galaxie fitted with
Tom Ogle's black box 'filter'.
We'd just eaten hamburgers in his
favourite eating spot, El Paso'.s
Smuggler's Inn. Ogle, flush with mon-
ey and success, had left a $50 tip on
the $4.60 bill. Tom was being pur-
sued with offers of millions from oil
and car companies and could afford to
be generous.
. That's when I told him: "Tom, I
think you are one of the most impor-
tant people on earth right now."
Smoking a cigarette, flashing a $1,200
watch and a 3.5 carat diamond ring,
Toin replied confidently: "I hope so.
My invention will save the world."
"Are you afraid of oil companies
or the Arabs coming after you?" I
I"No. Not any more. I've had too
much publicity. If I'd kept my inven-
tion a secret I might be worrying. But
there's nothing to worry about any
But this would be the last time I'd
see Tom Ogle alive. In just three years
he would survive a shooting assassi-
nation attempt and then die mysteri-
oumsly Ih nic months later.
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In our interview. Tom said
the 100t) mpg returns he was
seeing on his big American car
vwas the tip of fuel efficiency.
Ogle felt that on the smaller,
lighter cars, then popular in
Europe, he could get nine
times as much.
That means in today's light-
weight automobiles we could
be getting up to 900 miles per
gallon or 380 kilometres per
litre. And even gas-guzzling
Humvees and giant SUVs Tom
never lived to see might be
more efficient than today's best
hybrid cars.
Ogle did away with the car-
burettor and fuel pump. replac-
ing them with a black box he
called a 'filler'. The super
mileage, he said, was due to
his pressimised. vaporised fuel
system that injected gasoline
fumes, nol liquid, directly into
the engine's firing chambers.
The modified car w as exten-
sively tested and engineers
found no evidence of fraud. In
one test ( )glc drove is Galax-
ie -- which, unmod.lfied, got
about 13 miles p-r gallon -
200 miles on two gallons of
The results were so aston-
ishing that the car was inspect-
ed for hidden fuel tanks. None
was found and the official 'pas-
sengers' reported they never
stopped to refuel.
Doubters became believers.
Scientists were convinced his
invention would soon reach

world markets and earn mil-
lTom Ogle was checked out
by corporate and college engi-
neers and also by the US gov-
ernment. They were astounded
to discover the invention actu-
ally worked.
At the time I had talked with
the late Senator (Gavlord Nel-
son (Dem. Wis.), a long time
contact of mine and a pioneer
for US fuel economy stan-
"The potential benefits are
too great for it to be ignored,"
said the Senator and asked the
US Department of Trans-
portation to make a thorough
investigation of Ogle's system.
Another big supporter of
.Ogle's invention was Profes-
sor Gerald Hawkins of Texas
A and M University. holder of
a doctorate in mechanical engi-
neering with a background in
gas dynamics and aerospace
"This is no hoax.' said Dr
Hawkins, "Ogle eliminated the
carburettor and achieved what
the gasoline internal combus-
tion engine was supposed to
do all along -- to operate off
fumes. I don't know why some-
body didn't tr\ this before."
But they did!
Tom Ogle was one of a num-
ber of inventors who vainly
tried to cut into the profits of
big business. After our inter-
view Tom introduced me to
Frank Read of Fort Worth,
Texas, who said that he per-
fected a system to improve gas
mileage but that fights with
auto manufacturers almost
broke him.
He said he underwent 11

court battles with oil compa-
nies trying to buy off his unit
with an agreement he never
build another. Although there
were many newspaper
accounts of him, Frank Read
disappeared over the years. I
have not been able to find him
Seventy years ago Canadian
Charles Nelson Pogue made
headlines when he drove a
1932 Ford V8 200 miles on a
single gallon of gas. He proved
his invention in a test for The
Ford Motor Car Company in
Winnipeg, Manitoba. When
news of his successful 'super-
carb' system broke, oil stock
prices fell and caused a finan-
cial scare.
Pogue's system used 'white'
gasoline that contained no
additives. But then oil compa-
nies added lead to fuel in an
attempt, they said, to reduce
knocking in engines. This not
only filled the air with toxins
until the 1980s when it was
stopped, but rendered Pogue's
invention useless and the
'Super Carb' soon vanished
along with Pogue himself.
Tom Ogle's invention has
vanished, too. But, 30 years lat-
er I can hear his voice on my
tape recorder promising a bet-
ter future.
While we ate, the inventor
revealed he discovered his fuel
.system by accident. "I was
messing around with a lawn-
mower when I accidentally
knocked a hole in its fuel tank.
I put a vacuum line running
from the tank straight into the

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carburettor inlet." The lawn mower
kept running.
"I just let it run and it kept running
and running but the fuel level stayed
the same. I got excited. The lawn-
n mower was running without a carbu-
tr rettor and getting tremendous effi-
S ciency."
The little engine got so hot Ogle
% used a fan to cool it and was amazed
when it ran four days on the fuel in
the mower's small tank.
H* He went from the lawn-mower to
the automobile, converting a car in
the same manner. Its engine started
immediately, but the gas tank col-
lapsed inwards. It took months of
reinforcing gas tanks before he solved
the vacuum problem.
But the car, without its carburet-
'. tor and fuel pump, still had no accel-
e-ation. It couldn't run faster than 20
*mnh. And the modified engine aver-
v cged only eight miles to the gallon,
and stalled after ten miles.
:, One day Ogle crawled under the
stalled car to examine its gas tank and
found "it was freezing cold, like an
S\ ice-cube. As I was sucking vapour
out, it was acting like a refrigerator
% with liquid on the bottom and fumes
on top."
,: When he warmed the gas tank with
heater coils, the miles per gallon sky-
rocketed to over 100 and Tom Ogle
never looked back again.
He believed his system was the
answer to the world's pollution prob-
lems and demonstrated virtually zero
pollutant emissions coming from his
engine exhaust.
Soon Tom Ogle was courted by oil
companies and financiers. Everyone
predicted he would become a billion-
But Ogle soon lost his confidence.
( He feared his invention would never
t get to market, that he might indeed be
; kidnapped by oil interests. But his
biggest problem, he said, was choos-
ing the right people to back him.
In 1977, he was contacted by C.
Frank Ramsey, an 'international
financier' who wanted to buy Tom's
patent and the marketing rights to
the Oglemebile.
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saw the invention. All kinds of people
were in town, J.C. Penny, Transamer-
ica, General Motors. Ford and others.
Shell Oil offered Tom $25 million.
Everybody was after him.
"But in almost every case they
wanted controlling interest in Tom's
patent. They wanted to stick Tom off
in a laboratory. Well. that would have
been the end of Tom Ogle and his
fuel system."
And it was. That is exactly what
happened. And it cost Tom Ogle his

Ramsey signed a contract which let
Ogle work on his device with financ-
ing from Ramsey, who would take
over the patent. distribution and
development rights of the Oglemrn-
With ,thousands flowing in, 'l om
Ogle quickly built a life of luxury and
But then Ramsev sold out to S:at-
tie's Adxance Fuel Systems Inc in1
June. 1978. Tom was nervous, bui all
seemed xwxell. He would continue
receiving $5.000 1 ai month :1an funds,

for research and development. He'd
also get six per cent royalties when
the device came to market. Advance
Fuel's own engineers would develop
the Oglemobile for marketing.
In April. 1979, Tom Ogle opened
the first of a planned 1.000 nation-
v, ide diagnostic car centres in which
lie would install his black box on cars.
But Ogle's first and only car centre
soon closed and his monthly cheques
stopp,-d. Ogle was told he'd get no
'\ allies because AFS was working
I. a device that got siiilahi results'
but wasn't his invention.: ",
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'got away'. Still, Tom survived.
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tesy. I think he should have
gotten more interested because
GM was grabbing at straws,
trying to change their structure
and everything else to get high
mileage cars."
White said that if GM had
taken Talbert's idea and gone
with it they could be on top
now. "Anybody can do this
vapour injector and probably
foreigners will. Chinese, Japan-
ese or anybody in Europe
could run with this. Gary is still
my friend... It's not Gary's
fault. It's the fault of General
Fred honestly explained the
reluctance of big business.
"Billions are being spent get-
ting hybrids ready. If someone
came up with an idea like that
(the vapour fuel injector) and
made it known then nobody
would buy new cars, until they
all get 100 miles per gallon. Big
business will not welcome such
an invention," admits Fred
White. "It would be bad busi-
ness to come out with such a
But what if big business
could reap the benefits with-
out facing the risks? The only
way to do that would be to
release Ogle tech in pieces.
Bit, by bit, we would see

"advances" that would keep
auto sales coming before the
full transition.
That may, indeed, be the
strategy of General Motors.
Two years after retired GM
executive Fred White showed
Talbert's fuel ignition system
to the head of General Motors,
the big auto company
announced on August 27, 2007,
that it will be releasing a new
technology that could cut fuel
consumption by up to 15 per
The "new" technology is
being called "homogeneous
charge compression ignition"
(HCCI) and it works by infus-
ing more air into the gasoline
to create a vapour, a process
similar to Ogle's vapour-based
super carburettor. GM says the
combustion process is the
"most awaited advanced comn-
bustion technology of the past
30 years."
"Past 30 years indeed,"
scoffed Jack Talbert. "That's
when Tom Ogle and my father
showed this vapour ignition
breakthrough. Today's auto-
motive industry is 30 years
behind where it should be."
It may be that Tom Ogle's
long wait is over. Perhaps
GM's limited release of a kind
of Ogle tech will be the begin-
ning of a world we desperately
want and Tom Ogle never
lived to see...

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wildlife pours back .
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THE HIPPOS had fled to
other islands in the White
Nile, driven away by one of
the few forces that can dis-
lodge a large herd of these
S.-. fierce beasts an even larger
.-.-. herd of elephants, according
.-- to Associated Press.:
And there they were: some
50 elephants, massive black
figures peacefully grazing on.
their newly reclaimed territo-
ry on the Nile island of
"To anyone who! thought
they'd disappeared forever,
it's like magic," said Lt. Col.
Charles Joseph, deputy war-
S" den of south Sudan's Nimule
national park near the border
with Uganda, barely contain-
ing his excitement as he wad-
ed knee-deep through reed-
filled water to approach the
""' herd-
Sudan's 224year north-south
civil war Africa's longest
- and bloodiest conflict, killed
some two niillion people. It
also drove ou t large numbers
,of animals.

Now after' two years of rel-
ative peace,! they're dramati-
cally back. Wildlife services
estimate 7,000 elephants have
returned, ajong with some
1,500 giraffes and about 500
oryx antelopes, both thought
to have left Sudan forever.
Lions, leopards and a wide
variety of gazelles, some of
them unique to Sudan, are
being spotted, too.
In a February aerial survey,
the U.S.-based Wildlife Con-
servation Society estimated
herds of antelope and gazelle,
numbered 13 million.
"It could well be the largest
S- mammal migration on Earth,"
- said Paul Elkan, the society's
south Sudan country director.
The reappearance of the
elephants isi one of the great-

est symbols of southern
Sudanese hopes for peace a
source of pride and national
identity for the ethnic African
southerners dreaming of inde-
pendence from the north.
But the elephants are
returning to a fragile region.
The 2005 peace deal between
the southerners, mostly Chris-
tians and animists, and the
Arab-dominated Khartoum
government in the north, is
tottering and if it collapses,
war could return.
But for now, all was peace-
ful at Opekoloe island. Ele-
phants cooled themselves
neck-deep in the marshby
waters, occasionally lifting
their trunks to catch the scent
of approaching park officials
and an Associated Press
reporter, the first internation-
al journalist to see the ele-
phants since their return.
A small group of fishermen
from the Madi tribe native to
this region had set up camp
on the island's edge. They said
the herd had returned to
Sudan about a year ago, cross-
ing from Uganda. "We're at
peace with them, and they
don't mind us," said Charles
Molini, the group's chief.
Wardens in Nimule park say
about 350 elephants have
arrived from Uganda. Earth's
largest land mammals, ele-
phants can live for decades
and migrate in herds through
vast territories.
The southerners' pride in
the majestic animals, and their
fabled memory, is clear. The
wardens insist that only the
area's native herds .have.
returned. They say there is no
threat of violence chasing the
elephants out of neighboring
Uganda or Kenya; they just
want to come home.
"If they're coming back, it's
because they know where
their homeland is," said Maj.
Gen. Alfred Akwoch, the
undersecretary of south
Sudan's Ministry of Environ-
ment, Wildlife Conservation

and Tourism.
Lone elephant elders were
first spotted exploring their
old territories, and, Akwoch
noted, "When they see the
region is at peace and that no
one shoots them, they bring
back their whole family."
The north-south war, which
is separate from the blood-
shed in Sudpn's western
region of Darfur, ended with a
peace agreement which gave
southerners a role in a nation-
al unity government, created
an autonomous southern gov-
ernment and promised a 2011
referendum on the South's

However, southerners
accuse Khartoum of violating
the peace deal and in a dra-
matic step the former
rebels of the Sudan People's
Liberation Movement quit the
government last month
to demand the pact's fulfill-
Pagan Amum, the SPLM's
secretary general, said the
south is tired of fighting and
will work to avert a new clash.
"We want this land to re-flour-
ish, and people to be able to
enjoy it at last," he said.
Southern officials are hop-
ing for tourism to help fund
their cash-strapped state. The
autonomous government
plans to open a safari lodge at
Nimule next year and hopes
to draw 1,000 tourists in the
first year.
Authorities then plan to
reopen a dozen national parks
or game reserves throughout
south Sudan, a vast, subtropi-
cal region nearly the size of
France whose human popula-
tion of 8 million is vastly out-
numbered by wild animals.
Not all animals were killed
or chased out by the war.
Large herds took refuge from
the battles and from poachers
in an impenetrable zone of

A HERD of elephants grazes at the Opekoloe Island in the White Nile river, southern Sudan, Friday,
Oct. 12, 2007.

swamps in south Sudan's
heartland known as the Sudd.
Col. Paul Adot, Nimule's
chief warden, vows to protect
the elephant herds from
poachers in the 400 square-
mile park. The 190 wardens
- many of them former
SPLM soldiers share 20
automatic rifles, one jeep and
two motorcycles.
Adot is staunchly Christian
and complains about decades
of efforts by Khartoum to
impose Arab and Islamic ways
on the south. He said he was
an SPLM officer and his
father was tortured to death
in the war.
Wildlife, he said, has been
his passion since childhood,
listening to village elders tell
stories of the animals.
"There was the elephant,
the hare, and nasty mister hye-
na," he chuckled. "We have
always lived side by side with
the animals."
Overlooking Nimule Park's
vast savannah, he pointed
toward the bend in the
river where the elephants
"We want to make sure
they stay," he said.


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fixing solar panel -

the shuttle Discovery and the
international space station
reveled Sunday in their suc-
cessful solar wing repair, and
prepared to close the hatches
between their linked space-
craft and part ways, accord-
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Crew members were trans-
ferring supplies and equip-
ment between Discovery and
the station Sunday morning
and then planned to some
enjoy time off.
They earned it after Satur-
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surgery on the wing as it
coursed with more than 100
volts of electricity. He did it
while perched at the end of a
90-foot robotic arm and
boom extension, farther from
the safety of the station than
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The repairs allowed the
crew to unfurl the wing to its
full 115-foot length, making it
possible for NASA to move
ahead with plans to expand
the station in the coming
"This one will go down as
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flight controllers told the
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"This one will go down as one
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execution by the entire team."

Flight controllers to crew

uments. "Words can not
express how proud you made
everyone with the execution
by the entire team."
The spacewalk -' the
fourth for Discovery's space
station visit wrapped up
station construction work for
-the seven shuttle astronauts.
The crews planned to close
the hatches on Sunday after-
noon, and the shuttle is set
to pull away Monday. Dis-
covery is scheduled to land
on Wednesday.
Astronaut Clayton Ander-
son, who has lived on the
space station since June, was
spending his last day there.
He thanked flight controllers,
other NASA workers and his
wife, Susan.
"Part of me is ready to go
and part of me wants to
stay," he said.
The space station's three
occupants have a lot of work
to do after Discovery leaves.

They need to move the
pressurized compartment
that was delivered and
installed by the Discovery
crew and conduct three
spacewalks before the
planned December launch of
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