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Dame Joan Sawyer hits
out at 'finger pointing'
over violent crime rise
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
BLAMING the increase in
violent crime in the country on
the judicial system is "stupidi-
ty", Court of Appeal president
Dame Joan Sawyer said yester-
day during an appeal hearing.
Dealing with the case of
Frederick Francis who was
convicted of killing two Austri-
an tourists in Bimini in 2005 -
Dame Joan sharply criticised
the Bahamian attitude of
"pointing fingers" and blaming
easy targets, such as the courts,
for serious and complex social
The Court of Appeal presi-
dent yesterday took the oppor-
tunity to particularly hit out at
Bahamians who are blaming the
judicial system for the high
number of criminals walking the
SEE page eight
subdue armed robber
EMPLOYEES of a John Chea Number Two foodstore
attacked and subdued an armed robber who entered the store
on Wednesday evening.
According to police, two masked men, one of them armed
with a hand gun, had entered the store, located on Wulff Road,
shortly before 6pm.
They approached a cashier and demanded cash but when
other employees became aware of the criminals they attacked
the gunman, ultimately keeping him under control until police
arrived to make the arrest.
The weapon was a black .9mm handgun with four live rounds
of ammunition, according to assistant Police Superintendent
SEE page eight
31, was arraigned in
charged with the mur-
der of Theophilus
Gray was escorted
under heavy police
guard to his hearing
in front of Magistrate
Carolita Bethel, as
more than twenty
people stood at Bank
Lane to watch.
who stood outside the
court urged Gray to
"hold his head up" as
they were "praying"
for him, while also
accused that "God
When in court,
read the charges to
On November 6th
SEE page eight
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Claim that man
'in jail' reported
to have voted
* By PAUL G
Tribune Staff Reporters
A MAN who is "in jail" is
reported to have voted in the
Pinewood constituency, as tes-
timony in Election Court con-
According to 45-year-old
Patrice Cleare, an assistant in
the PLP Pinewood con-
stituency office, her investiga-
tions into persons who voted
in the constituency deter-
mined that one individual,
Patrick Armbrister, was
alleged to have been incarcer-
Ms Cleare, who began her
testimony yesterday hi front
of Senior Justice Anita Allen
and Justice Jon Isaacs, said
that she was hired by former
Pinewood MP Allyson May-
nard-Gibson to find persons
who did not live in the con-
stituency, but voted in the
May 2nd general elections.
Ms Cleare's testimony
began yesterday with her
informing the court that she,
with a team of others combed
the Pinewood area and dis-
SEE page eight
Blow to Dwight and Keva Major's
battle against extradition to US
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
DWIGHT and Keva
Major's battle against extradi-
tion to the United States
received a major blow yester-
day as the Privy Council in
London denied the couple's
request to have their case
The ruling on the Majors'
final appeal on their habeas
corpus application now clears
the way for Bahamian author-
ities to extradite the couple to
Director of Public Prosecu-
tions confirmed for members
of the press yesterday that the
Judicial Commission of the
Privy Council dismissed the
Majors' petition for special
leave to appeal to the highest
"(The Law Lords) did not
consider that the issues raised
were sufficient to give them
special leave to appeal. This
was their final appeal on their
habeas corpus application
which was a challenge to com-
mittal for them to be surren-
dered to the United States,"
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TROPICAL STORM NOEL: The aftennath
Ingraham: Noel flood victims have
the government's full support
I empathisee' with farmers, says Prime Minister
ed by the
storm that we
ment are sen-
sitive to your
FARMERS and fishermen
who were severely impacted by
Tropical Storm Noel have the
government's full support,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
Speaking at .the opening of
yesterday's Agribusiness Expo,
Mr Ingraham said that he
empathises with farmers for the
losses they sustained as a result
of the "terrible flooding" asso-
ciated with the storm.
"Some farmers have lost not
only their crops, but also their
livestock and supplies; and of
course they continue to lose
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income. Mr Ingraham noted
that in the central Bahamas,
particularly in Long Island and
in Exuma, the fishing sector has
also suffered "significant loss at
a critical period of the year" -
just before the start of the
"I assure those impacted by
the storm that we in the gov-
ernment are sensitive to your
difficulties; we will do our part
to help you to restore your-
selves to your pre-Noel condi-
tion," the prime minister said.
Mr Ingraham said he was
impressed with the quality of
the products offered at the expo
and looks forward to a day, "in
the not too distant future",
when (Je products will become
more widely available, both
locally and internationally.
"Clearly our producers and
manufacturers can (and many
do) compete in all markets, par-
ticularly in aspects of price and
quality," Mr Ingraham said.
He told those gathered that
the government is committed
ages between the agricultural
and the tourism and retail sec-
tors in the Bahamas
Facilitating the expansion
of inter-island freight service to
accommodate produce and crop
trade between islands
Promoting the expansion of
modern and environmentally-
friendly agricultural practices
Promoting the expansion of
Causing the development
of modern, efficient food pro-
Promoting and supporting
the establishment of farmers
Supporting the develop-
mept of co-operatives
Establishing a farmers cred-
The prime minister said that
some 270,000 acres of arable
land form a "natural resource
base" for the further develop-
ment of agriculture.
"We must ensure that the
future of this sector is bright-
"Toward this end, we need
to know which products can be
grown in sufficient quantities
for domestic use and export.
"Although we know that
there are some 480 registered
farmers in the country, it is
believed that there are far more
farmers, who perhaps have min-
imal holdings and do not access
the benefits that accrue with
"This further complicates our
measurement of the contribu-
tion of agriculture to our nation-
al economy," he noted.
... while PM claims agriculture and fisheries
have still to fully realise their potential
AGRICULTURE and fish-
eries in the Bahamas have not
achieved their full potential
according to Prime Minister
"We have long recognized the
potential in both agriculture and
fisheries to create a substantial
link between our domestic
economy and our principal eco-
nomic activity, tourism," he said
at the opening of the first
Bahamas Agricultural, Marine
Resources and Agribusiness
Mr Ingraham said this "vital
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the level of domestic savings
and create a more sustainable,
job-creating economic activity.
"To this we may now add the
potential for improving the
quality of our health as we
become more conscious of the
health risks associated with
mass production and highly
processed methods by which we
now satisfy our agricultural
needs. It is altogether a poten-
tial which has been too tong left
undeveloped," Mr Ingraham
He said that for a variety of
reasons, successive governments
have been interested in pro-
moting and encouraging devel-
opment in the agricultural and
These reasons, he said,
a desire to ensure food
security and safety
a determination to raise
standards of living in all of the
a need to create employ-
ment in agricultural and marine
sciences for unskilled farm
hands as well as for the univer-
sity trained and other Bahami-
a desire to encourage Fam-
ily Island migration
a desire to create viable and
sustainable diversification of the
Bahamian national economy
"Over the years. we have
invested heavily in professional
and skills training, and have
sought to improve the level and
standard of technology avail-
able to farmers in particular,
with a view to enhancing food
production, processing, mar-
keting and sale of Bahamian
produce not always with the
successes for which we had
aimed. In many respects we
have not received value for
monies spent," Mr Ingraham
He noted that the Bahamas
continues to import far too
much of its food, and that agri-
cultural and marine products
make up far too small a per-
centage of the country's exports.
"This position will not
change, believe without first-
ly, a general recognition that
agriculture can play a vital role
in our national economic well-
being particularly as a means
of combatting poverty and pro-
moting sustainable develop-
ment in our Family Islands; and
secondly, in the development
of a consensus for specific and
structured investment pro-
grammes for the further devel-
opment of these sectors of our
economy," Mr Ingraham said.
"From what I see here today,
there ought to be no doubt that
the .agribusiness sector can
become a more significant con-
tributor to our country's devel-
opment," he told those gath-
ered at the expo.
"I believe that increased and
improved food production, pro-
cessing, marketing and sales can
help us realise a vision of pros-
perity, food security, and hence
"From what I
see here today
there ought to
be no doubt
tor to our
"I trust that this exhibition
will help to build the relation-
ships required for each produc-
er to improve his product and
thereby the state of agriculture,
fisheries and food processing
industries in the Bahamas."
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 3
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Man charged with
By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
RAY Davis Jr, 18, was
charged with manslaughter yes-
terday in Magistrate's Court at
Davis, a resident of Anthrium
Avenue, was escorted to court
by officers of the Central Detec-
tive Unit (CDU) under heavy
guard at 2.45pm, where Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel read the
charge to him.
By means of unlawful harm,
Davis is accused of intentional-
ly causing the death of Stephano
Stewart sometime between
November 3rd and 4th. The
accused was not required to
enter a plea, and Magistrate
Bethel explained to him that a
preliminary inquiry would be
necessary to determine if there
is sufficient evidence to establish
a prima facie case against him.
If the court deems tlat there
is enough evidence, Magistrate
Bethel continued, th. matter
would be heard in the Supreme
Bail was denieJ to the
accused who was not required
to enter a plea yesterday.
Davis was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison uatil Novem-
ber 13 by Magistrate Bethel, at
which time his preliminary
inquiry will comnence. Davis
is represented ly lawyer Ian
for sla8 i police
By DENISE MAYCOCK
FREEPORT The military
funeral 'or slain Grand
Bahama police corporal 2683
Eddison Bain will be held this
morning at Community at.
Heart Tabernacle on Coral
Bain'i colleagues and senior
police officials, including for-
mer ACP of Grand Bahama
EUisonare expected to attend
the service, which wjll be held
Corpral Bain, 28, was found
murdered near the Grand
Lucaymin Waterway on Octo-
Two young men Edwin
Oral Bauld Jr, 24, and Wilfred
Geraid McPhee, 24 have
been charged with Bain's mur-
der, which was the ninth homi-
cide for the year on Grand
Court of Appeal president hits out over
inexplicable differences' in sentencing
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE country's justice system
is being brought into disrepute
by the "inexplicable differences"
in the sentencing of serious crim-
inals, Court of Appeal president
Dame Joan Sawyer said yester-
Dame Joan made this state-
ment while hearing the case of
24-year-old Frederick Francis,
who was convicted of killing Aus-
trian tourists Barbara Frelin von
Perfall, 32, and Bernard von
Bolzano, 35, in Bimini two years
Francis had received bail for a
previous rape just nine days
before the double murder was
committed. He has since then also
been tried and sentenced for the
The Court of Appeal's presi-
dent yesterday expressed aston-
ishment over the fact that Francis
had only been given a sentence of
life in prison for the double mur-
der as opposed to the death sen-
Dame Joan Sawyer says
administration of justice
being brought into disrepute
She indicated that stiffer penal-
ties were given to many others
who committed serious crimes
under various extenuating cir-
cumstances not present in this
In February of this year,
Supreme Court Justice Stephen
Isaacs sentenced Francis to three
life sentences for the double mur-
der of the Austrians and a 14-
year prison sentence for the rape
of Ms Frelin Von Perfall.
Prior to the sentencing, Justice
Isaacs heard arguments from both
sides why Francis should receive
either the death penalty or life
In his ruling on the sentence,
the judge sided with Francis'
lawyer Carlson Shurland, who
had argued in favour of giving his
Police operation causes dip
in crime in Carmichael area
* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NEIGHBOURHOOD watch scheme in conjunc-
tion with greater police visibility has caused a significant
dip in criminal activity in the traditionally "high crime"
Carmichael area in recent months, according to Supt
Stephen Dean of the southeastern division.
He was reporting on the success of a joint operation
carried out by his division and the nearby Carmichael
division on Wednesday night.
The initiative saw officers flood the streets in the
Baillou Hill Road and Soldier Road area making arrests
and issuing traffic citations. Supt Dean said that newly-
focused efforts in terms of gathering and acting on
intelligence in the local community are paying off for
"(The two divisions) are really now taking a proactive
approach. We've been meeting with residents over
recent months who have been giving a lot of suggestions
about how we can enhance our crime fighting strate-
gies," said Supt Dean.
"We have seen crime take a dive in the Carmichael
area, particularly house break-ins," he said. "This was a
high crime area; I've seen tremendous improvement.
measured by our statistics."
On Wednesday evening, officers cited 50 persons
for traffic violations, including some for driving unin-
sured, unlicensed or behaving illegally on the increas-
ingly popular "trail bikes" rugged-looking motorcycles
on which young men are sometime seen engaging in so-
called "popping", lifting the front wheel of the bike off
the ground and driving aloAg on only the back wheel.
They also made a drug arrest and detained a for-
eign person who had allegedly overstayed his visa.
The operation lasted for two hours, from 5pm until
client life in prison because the
accused possibly had diminished
responsibility during the crime.
Yesterday, director of public
prosecutions Bernard Turner, on
behalf of the Attorney General,
argued before the Court of
Appeal that Justice Isaacs erred
in his sentencing, and due to the
nature of the crimes should have
sentenced Francis to death.
Wayne Munroe, appearing on
behalf of the appellant Francis,
in turn argued that Justice Isaacs
handed out the life sentence
because he accepted that there
was evidence which indicated
potential mitigating circum-
SEE page 8
7pm, and stoppages were made on the basis of "gener-
al profiling" informed by intelligence gathered from
within the community, said Supt Dean.
Such exercises will be continuing in the area, he said,
adding that his division and that of Supt Stephen Adder-
ley in Carmichael are "pacesetters" in this method of
"We hope that it will be duplicated right across," he
Supt Dean said that the force is taking advantage of
local residents' knowledge as the "eyes and ears" of the
community, and by successfully acting on that data has
been able to instil greater trust and foster greater co-
operation between locals and the police.
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Speaker Alvin Smith acted correctly
THE OPPOSITION'S performance in the
House of Assembly on Monday was not only
disgraceful "wutless" if you will-- but out of
character for Opposition leader Perry Christie.
Mr Christie looked quite uncomfortable as the
centrepiece of such a riotous drama, especially
with all of his pious talk of law and ordei and
abiding by the-rules.
At last the House has a strict schoolmaster in
Speaker Alvin Smith who is prepared to ignore
their antics and proceed with the people's busi-
ness with, or without them. They no longer
have a speaker who can be pushed around,
bamboozled and squeezed in and out of shape
like a piece of putty in their hands.
If they keep up their tactics obviously an
undisguised attempt to obstruct the forward
movement of the people's business - they will
soon be shouting, screaming, threatening, and
pounding desks from centre stage into irrele-
vance as an opposition party.
Their obnoxious behaviour was orchestrated
because, they claimed, Speaker Smith did not
give Mr Christie a chance to respond to what Mr
Christie felt were "unparliamentary" words
used against him and his former government
by Prime Minister Ingraham during the latter's
speech in the House on October 22 on the
amendment to the Juries Bill.
This is not true. The Speaker tried to deter-
mine if Mr Christie's complaint was that his
privilege had been breached. If so, the matter
would have been dealt with immediately. How-
ever, Mr Christie seemed more intent on read-
ing the prepared statement he had in his hand.
He never answered the question about privilege,
but rather complained about Mr Ingraham's
If this were so then Mr Christie should have
complained as soon as Mr Ingraham made his
"unparliamentary" remarks in the House on
October 22. After the shouting match between
them ended and tempers cooled that day. Mr
Ingraham resumed his speech and slowly and
deliberately repeated what he had said earlier.
Again Mr Christie should have objected. But
again, Mr Christie did nothing. In fact he had
completely missed the opportunity to lodge a
complaint at the first available opportunity.
Two days after the October 22 heated
exchange, Mr Ingraham and Mr Christie met
privately when they spent 45 minutes discussing
a number of things, including the Juries Act. Mr
Ingraham said that at no time during that meet-
ing did he get the impression that the Opposi-
tion leader was "personally offended" by any
remarks made in the House.
So obviously, Monday's show was just that --
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a show to obstruct the proceedings of the
The Opposition was denied nothing. They
were not treated unfairly. They were asked to let
the member for Carmichael, who was on the
floor, wind up the debate, and then Mr Christie
would be given an opportunity to address the
Oh, no that was much too reasonable. They
forgot that they had lost the election. They for-
got that they were no longer in the driver's seat.
Forgetting their place in the Assembly, they
insisted on being heard immediately they
were prepared to accommodate no one.
The Speaker rightly demonstrated on Mon-
day that he was not put in the chair to play
childish tricks. As long as he was in the chair, the
debate would proceed and no further time
would be wasted.
Mr Speaker Smith was not being unfair to
anyone, rather Opposition leader Christie and
his colleagues were being petulant and unrea-
sonable. Their intent, could not be disguised.
Mr Christie also objected to Mr Ingraham's
use of the word "wutless." Mr Christie claimed
that Mr Ingraham used the word clearly to
Mr Ingraham had told the House: "I submit,
Mr Speaker, that we will clean up the mess, we
will increase efficiency and the effectiveness of
the system. We will cause the courts to have
what they require to do their job and at the
end of our term in office we will say, God will-
ing, very proudly we did far better than those
worthless crew who were in charge before. And
I say worthless ("wutless") in the sense of say-
ing that they are not worth very much in terms
of what they did to the judicial system in the
"Quite apart from it being untrue," retorted
Mr Christie, "these are personal attacks. They
are offensive and they offend the rules."
Speaker Smith ruled that these words did
not offend House rule 30(16) as they were abu-
sive to no individual member of parliament.
According to rule 30(16) "A member shall
not use offensive, abusive or insulting words
about either House of Parliament or any mem-
It would be interesting to know how the
public would rate a government that watched
crime statistics for persons out on bail for mur-
der, rape and armed robbery climb rapidly -
from five in 2001, six in 2002, five in 2003,47 in
2004, 39 in 2005, 107 in 2006 and more than
200 in 2007 and did nothing about it.
Would such a government be considered
worthless or "wutless"?
The cost of
EDITOR, The Tribune.
IF OUR employers were to
advise how much inventory
or merchandise is lost to
employee and consumer theft,
I honestly suggest the public
would be shocked.
Is $300 million a low figure?
I really doubt it because of
facts substantiated in the mar-
ket from the food store sector
very clearly indicate that that
Why do our people think
they can help themselves with
a divine right seemingly to
merchandise without paying,
but when they have taken a
very short air trip to Florida
they will not dare tief?
There is no doubt that our
retail costs, direct the cost of
living of The Bahamas, is
inflated by at least 18-22 per
cent simply because of
employee and customer theft
and the cost to prosecute.
. From time to time the ques-
tion as to the possible posi-
tive use of the polygraph test
has been raised and I suggest
under controlled provisions
supported by Statute Law and
solely carried out by the
police under certain circum-
stances polygraph testing
should be allowed as much as
fingerprinting and other tests
such as DNA are allowed.
Certainly I do not accept
that a polygraph should be
required for pre-employment
- the employer has the right
to ask for a police criminal
record and that should cer-
tainly suffice, however when
an employee is suspected to
be stealing through their
employment subject .to cer-
tain requirements the employ-
er should be able to require
the police to carry out a poly-
graph on that employee or
I certainly suggest that a
polygraph will be of great
assistance to the police and
would most certainly give
them at least some advantage
over the restrictive 24 hours
for holding a suspect and
would totally eliminate the
allegations of police beating
or physical inducement and
there is enough scientific
proof that polygraph tests, ful-
filled by trained persons are
valid and accepted by courts
around the world.
If through this system we
could reduce a part of the
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whopping 300 plus million
dollars a year employee and
consumer theft and lower our
living costs, I say why are we
waiting? If the 300 million
dollars is accurate, that is over
$937.00 per resident, man and
There is an horrific amount
of employee theft through
various methods the simple
misuse of the employer's facil-'
ities, copying or fax machines,
telephones, etc, that would
economically improve the
business or cost of delivery of
services from a government
We have to do something,
because the rising costs of
food every time we visit the
stores is unexplainable
firstly and very questionable
There is no reason why
Nassau's food prices are more
than 100 per cent of the retail
prices of Florida.
DESIREE MORRIS (Mrs)
EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE approach of Tropical Storm Noel to the City of Nassau
in the island of New Providence in The Bahamas on the morn-
ing of November 1, 2007 seemingly was very unusual and what
occurred was as follows:-
The wind had been blowing about 20 to 25 miles pe: hour from
the east when it shifted to the southeast. At about 11.30 am it
became calm and there was an overcast sky with very little rain
and extremely warm. I thought it was the centre and expected
strong winds would occur say 40 to 50 miles per hour once it had
passed, but this did not happen. Finally the sky began to hard-
en and clear somewhat in the south and west and the wind
came back from the east and southeast about 20 mph.
The centre was extremely close to us according to the advisory
at 2.00 pm latitude 25.00 north and longitude 77.4 west(we are
lat. 25.00 north and long. 77.5 west).
I did telephone a friend at Spanish Wells during tle calm
and informed him of the condition and he said it was towing
there about 20 to 25 mph from the east.
He telephoned me about two hours later and saidit was
blowing about 50 to 60 mph and heavy rainfall. Subsequently on
the evening of November 1, 2007, I called him and was inbrmed
that the aforesaid lasted two hours and they had about 14.00
inches of rain. We had 6.13 inches of rain in Blair Estates where
This was an unusual storm, but thank God Nassau onl3 expe-.
rienced winds of approximately 30 to 40 mph and we got off very
lightly with very little damage.
DAVID N. KEMP
November 2, 2007.
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TROPICAL STORM NOEL
Government 'proactively investigating'
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for Long Island Rodrick
Bowe said residents
appreciate that Minister
of State for Works and
Neymour and his
delegation came to their
He said the gesture
showed that the govern-
ment is concerned about
the welfare of the people.
"That's the kind of min-
ister we want," Mr Bowe
S"We wantone who is
about the people's busi-
pness, who is a people's
Water and Sewerage
representative on Long
Island Silas added: "It
'shows us that the govern-
ment is concerned about
the island and it makes us
feel like we are impor-
Cat Island's water needs, says Minister
DEVIL'S POINT, CAT ISLAND: Minister of State for Public Utilities Phenton Neymour (right) listens to assistant general manager of the Water and Sewerage Corporation Robert Deal
(centre) near Devil's Point, Cat Island, on November 7. Also pictured is Cat Island administrator Charles King. Pictured right, the delegation view first-hand the flooding.
NEW BIGHT, Cht Island The government is
"proactively investigating and addressing" the water
needs of Cat Island residents in wake of flooding caused
by Tropical Storm Noel, Minister of State for Public
Utilities Phenton Neymour said.
"We decided that we were going to make this trip to
put together an action plan to address these problems
so that the residents themselves can have adequate
supplies of water, particularly during adverse weather,"
said Mr Neymour.
He led a delegation to Cat Island and Long Island.
Undersecretary at the Ministry of Public Works and
Transport Calvin Balfour, assistant general manager at
the Water and Sewerage Department Robert Deal and
consultant Dr Richard Cant made up the delegation.
They inspected areas affected by the storm and
observed flooded roads in the south of the island.
A reported four feet of flood water filled the well
*Neymour leads delegation
to see flood-affected areas
fields between New Bight and Deans, which were flood-
ed during the delegation's visit.
"One of the problems on Cat Island, not unknown to
us, is that whenever there are heavy rains the well
fields, it floods, and we have to rely on bottled water
being supply to Cat Island," Mr Neymour said.
"We have identified in Cat Island that more needs to
be done," he noted.
"Cat Island is limited by the fact that it only has four
reasonable areas for the supply of potable water."
In an effort to alleviate the situation, Mr Neymour
said they are examining the possibility of making use of
land that escaped the flooding.
"What we have identified is an area near the well field
where we plan to install some storage tanks because
during hurricane season, during the adverse weather, it
is important that we build up an inventory (of potable
water) before the storms hit," Mr Neymour said.
"We were successful in doing that in New Provi-
dence and other islands; but not yet in Cat Island."
Mr Neymour said the second phase of their action
plan will include looking into the establishment of a well
field. in northern Cat Island.
He pointed out that this would assist the efficiency of
the Water and Sewerage Corporation.
"We just brought in a new tanker truck to Cat Island
which is used to transport water," he added.
"It (a possible northern well field) would mean less
travel time for the truck and therefore, it would mean
the supply of more water to the residents."
China dismisses reports of Olympics Bibles ban as 'rumours'
China has rebuked reports
that it would ban foreign ath-
letes from bringing Bibles to the
Olympic village during the Bei-
jing Olympic Games next year,,
dismissing them as "sheer
Earlier this week, Bahamians
were urged to boycott the
games in the wake of claims
that the Bible was listed among
"forbidden" objects in the ath-
"We have taken note of the
reports and checked with the
"The ,facts prove that the
reports are sheer rumours,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman
Liu Jianchao told a press con-
"The Chinese government
has never ever issued such a
rule, nor any such statement,"
"China's religious affairs
authorities and the Beijing
.Olympic organising committee
have not and could not issue
a rule banning the Bible in the
China has always respected
and protected the religious free-
dom of foreigners living in Chi-
na in line with laws and regula-
tions, he said.
According to the Provisions
on the Administration of Reli-
gious Activities of Aliens With-
in the Territory of the People's
Republic of China, foreigners
are allowed to bring in religious
publications, audio-video mate-
rials or other objects for per-
sonal use, Liu said.
"We are suspicious of the ulti-
mate motivations of those who
spread such rumours. They
should be responsible, and not
do things that are not benefi-
cial for themselves and under-
mine mutual understanding
between China and the.world,".
On Tuesday, Peter T Carey,
manager of BAIC's business
services department, called for
the Bahamas to stand up for its
Christian principles by with-
drawing from the Games.
"I am not a fundamentalist
Christian, but I think this is
something that goes against the
rights of people," Mr Carey told
The Tribune after hearing the
"I am calling for the Bahamas
to boycott the Olympics.
"As a small nation, we should
exercise our Christian princi-
ples and stand firm for our
The Games, due to open in
August next year, are expected
to one of the best Olympics
The Bahamas, with several
star athletes, including the phe-
nomenal high-jumper Donald
Thomas, is expected to feature
prominently on track and field.
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With the Bahamas so far recording 63 homicides this year, and criminals realising
cases can become snagged in the courts, isn't it time for an overhaul of the justice system?
Our judicial system is a mess
* By ADRIAN GIBSON
T HE Bahamas'
judicial system is
an archaic mess
that has been
neglected to the point that
case backlogs have led to
vicious criminals roaming our
streets and salivating at the
chance to prey, yet again, on
another ill-fated victim.
Crime is ravaging our society,
as the criminal element is
wreaking havoc at nearly
every corner of our small
Criminals are daily terrorizing
our frightened society, leaving
Bahamians to live as prisoners
in their own homes, caged
behind burglar bars and dead-
locks. In fact, Bahamians are
so fearful for their safety that
even landlords advertising in
the classified are including
security bars in their market-
"As the Yuletide.season
approaches, the criminal ele-
ment will undoubtedly be out
in force. Since armed rob-
beries and other offences are
expected to increase, Bahami-
ans must be vigilant and wary
of their surroundings."
ing approach to entice poten-
The criminal justice system
has been mismanaged and
neglected, for far too long, by
Frankly, it is refreshing that
the newly elected government
has kicked off their gover-
nance by choosing to fashion
and implement policies that
encourage the overhaul of our
sluggish, molasses-like justice
At present, the Bahamas has
staggeringly recorded 63
homicides for the year. Even
more, the Bahamas holds the
ignominious designation as
having the highest per capital
murder rate in this region -
higher than Jamaica! Alarm-
ingly, the Bahamas is also
among the world's top 10 in
reported rapes per capital!
This is a travesty and we could
only imagine the actual num-
ber of rapes that are not
reported and therefore not
added to the national statis-
In recent times, lawlessness
has become the order of
the day as criminals realize
that with the right attorney,
their cases would be stifled in
our higgledy-piggledy court
system and that they could be
granted bail to roam, without
restraint, in a matter of hours
Our judicial system is in a
state of crisis. It is unaccept-
able that cases are incessantly
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and armed robberies, are out
on bail. I was awestruck to dis-
cover that of this number, 114
persons were charged with
murder. Police statistics com-
piled from 2001 to September
this year has revealed., a signifi-
cant increase in the number of
persons that have been grant-
ed bail. In 2001, five people
were on bail for murder, rape
and armed robbery; six per-
sons were on bail in 2002; five
in 2003; 47 in 2004; 39 in 2005;
107 in 2006 and more than 200
in 20Q7. Well blow me down!
From these statistics, is there
any wonder why crime has
Just this week, a 15-year-old
high school student was shot
dead as he attempted to bur-
glarize a food store. Sadly, the
idea of a teenager creeping
through an attic to commit a
robbery is indicative of the
* ominous state of our society,
as even children are corrupted
into now thinking that crime
Thus far, persons on bail have
been accused of committing 22
of this year's murders, numer-
ous armed robberies and vari-
ous other crimes.
Suspected criminals must be
speedily bought to trial, and if
convicted, promptly removed
from our streets because many
persons on bail are hardened,
career criminals who are
intent on being societal men-
Three days ago, I spoke to a
Twenty years ago, he served
time at Her Majesty's Prison
for a drug offenceand.,has .
since become a successful ,
In addressing the surge in vio-
lent crime in our society, he
referred to our courts as a
"disgraceful theatre where
only the connected get jus-
He also said that these days,
many youngsters would not
have a problem doing a stint
or two at Her Majesty's prison
because "they now see it as a
hotel, where they don't have
to pay rent, they eat three
meals a day and there is no
This interviewee also said:
"It is tragic that bail is given
to suspected murderers while
innocent families suffer the
heart wrenching blow of see-
ing the person that may have
killed their loved one out
practically scot-free." I could-
n't agree more!
This year, I was involved in a
traffic accident. Although the
police seemingly botched the
investigation and were duped
by the persons that struck me,
I have tried my utmost to
track down these individuals. I
am aware that while suing.
these persons would be my
only recourse at recouping my
money, I will have to wait for
a court date and, even with
the court ruling in my favour,
I am not guaranteed repay-
The price of justice in this
country is high, prolonged and
simply Third World!
As the Yuletide season
approaches, the crim-
inal element will undoubtedly
be out in full force. Since
armed robberies and other
offences are expected to
increase, Bahamians must be
vigilant and wary of their sur-
An effective judicial system is
also essential to our economy
as investors pursuing business
ventures here must be confi-
dent that the justice system is
To curb crime, the socializa-
tion of the nation's youth must
become a priority, the illegal
immigration crisis must be
confronted and curtailed, legal
status must be granted to
immigrants (and their off-
spring) that qualify, our edu-
cational system must &ie
improved an there must be
more opportunities for mean-
In order to fix the nation's
defunct judicial system and in
turn alleviate the log jam it
faces, more judges local or
foreign must be appointed to.
the bench, better court rooms
must be constructed and com-
petent court staff (eg clerks,
stenographers) must be hired.
If the judicial process is not
expedited, our country will
become an anarchic state -
sailing up a creek to absolute
chaos, without a paddle!
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0 In brief
PM vows to
Patrick Manning was
sworn in Wednesday for a
new term leading Trinidad
and Tobago, ushering in a
government he said would
bridge racial divides and
diversify the Caribbean
country's thriving oil- and
according to Associated
Manning, who brought
his black-dominated Peo-
ple's National Movement
back to power in Monday
elections, took the oath of
office before an audience
of supporters, politicians,
and diplomats in a central
Steel drums pulsed and
choirs sang spirituals.
The 61-year-old Man-
ning, who is black,
pledged to bring unity to
the country, where the 1.3
million inhabitants remain
deeply divided in politics.
Those of African descent
largely cheered Manning's
win while many of East
Indian origin backed the
main opposition party.
"The rivalries of the
election campaign have
been intense, but the fam-
ily of Trinidad and Toba-
go remains intact. We
have to put aside our divi-
sions," Manning told the
crowd of mostly black
supporters wearing crim-
son flowers that are the
symbol of the ruling party.
The prime minister's
term runs five years,
although Manning was
first appointed to the post
in 2001, then won elec-
tions in 2002. He took the
oath in the city square
instead of the traditional
government office setting,
a move he said indicated
his aim of bringing the
government closer to the
Manning, a trained
geologist, vowed to spur
manufacturing and other
non-energy ventures to
further diversify the coun-
try's strong economy.
Trinidad and Tobago
relies on vast oil and nat-
ural gas deposits for 25
percent of its gross
domestic product. The
two-island nation is the
leading supplier of liquid
natural gas to the United
bullets at Halian
S TV-radio stalon,
GUNMEN fired automat-
ic weapons on a TV and
radio station in Haiti's capi-
tal, injuring a street vendor,
police said Wednesday,
according to Associated
Radio-Tele Ginen's Port-
au-Prince building was rid-
dled with bullets as journal-
ists delivered a newscast ear-
ly Tuesday evening, Haitian
police spokesman Frantz
Rounds ricocheted off a
jeep belonging to the station
and hit a nearby street ven-
dor, station owner Jean
Lucien Borges said. The ven-
dor was being treated at a
No one was injured inside
the station, which kept
broadcasting throughout the
attack. "We thought it was
just regular shooting,"
The private station, which
beams a broad array of tele-
vision and radio coverage
across the festive Caribbean
country, is not aligned with
any political party. No arrests
have been made.
COLLEGE OF BAHAMAS ANNUAL CAREER AND JOB FAIR
Hundreds of job-
get career advice
HIGH school and college stu-
dents from throughout New
Providence flocked to the Col-
lege of the Bahamas' annual
Career and Job Fair this year.
Taking advantage of the
opportunity, the hundreds of
young people attending the
event took time out to get
career advice from professionals
in fields such as banking,
accounting, medicine and envi-
They also heard lectures from
various professionals on topics
such as excellence in customer
service, appearance on the job,
attitude and character building.
The COB Careers and Job
Fair is an annual event and
opportunity for employers to
conduct first line interviews with
potential employees and an
opportunity for students to
explore employment options.
The Career and Job Fair,
held on Wednesday, not only
catered to school and current
COB students, but also to grad-
uates who are seeking employ-
ment or a career change.
Students were encouraged to
bring well-prepared copies of
their resumes as a means of net-
working with employers.
The Careers and Placement
Office of the College of the
pleased to see
Bahamas was responsible for
organising and planning the
event and deemed it a thorough
Norma Turnquest, co-ordi-
nator for the event said, "We
were pleased to see how so
many students took advantage
of the opportunity. We also
thank the many businesses and
companies who came out to
speak to the young people."
Presenters at the event were
Dave Burrows, Dwight Bur-
rows, Tymeka Griffin, Anne
Lightbourn, lonie Diggiss,
Philip Gray. Tim Hauber, Mar-
ilyn Zonicle, Philip Simon,
Sonya Arthur and Linda Rus-
Senior manager of Scotia Ser-
vice for Scotiabank Dwight
Burrows said, "I think this is a
super idea and I commend
COB for having planned this."
"Events like this add to the
young people's overall prepa-
ration and it is good when they
can sit and listen to the advice
and recommendations of
mature professionals," he
Companies that participat-
ed in the Career and Job Fair 07
Bahamas First General
Caribbean Bottling Com-
D C Technology
The Department of Labour
Ernst & Young
First Caribbean Bank
Heaven Sent Pharmacy
Lucayan Tropical Produce
Royal Bank of Canada
National Museum of the
Water and Sewage Corpo-.
WILLIE MAE PRATT CENTRE FOR GIRLS
THE Willie Mae Pratt Centre
for Girls celebrated its Reha-
bilitation of Offenders Week
yesterday with a tour of its facil-
ity on Fox Hill Road.
The rehabilitative centre for
troubled girls was established
in 1961 and occupies 11.5 acres
of land in the eastern district of
On this property sits a main
building which houses five dor-
mitories, each capable of
accommodating eight residents
Adjacent to the main building
is a smaller one which houses
the kitchen, dining room, and
a laundry room. This structure
is currently being refurbished
and has recently been renovat-
.The new refurbished build-
ing will also house a doctor's
office, a dormitory for those
waiting medical clearance, and a
The Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls and the Simpson Penn's School for boys facil-
ities was recently ungraded for the comfort and safety of the residents.
dormitory for new admissions. where sewing, computer stud-
In addition to this, two dor- ies, and cosmetology will be
mitories will house those requir- taught. A library and a recre-
ing a more secure environment ation room are also available
that the cottages currently in for those housed at the facility.
place. Two cottages at the northern
Also, a "quiet room" will be end of the compound will house
available for those requiring residents who are students of
"time out". the co-educational unit, and for
Three additional rooms will residents in the pre-release pro-
be used for vocational study .gramme.
ONWARD ONE LOVE SOLDIERS!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 7
The One Love Soldiers Junkanoo group delighted delegates during the
opening ceremony of the Bahamas Dental Association Scientific Confer-
Minister pledges dental
health for all Bahamians
Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis promised to make dental
health available to Bahamians throughout the country.
He was speaking at the Bahamas Dental Association's 2007
Scientific Conference, which opened at the British Colonial Hilton
on Wednesday night under the theme: "Modern dentistry: merging
an old science with emerging technology".
Dr Minnis lauded the dental profession's initiative in keeping
abreast of new procedures, diagnostic equipment and modern
This, he said, has strengthened the industry's ability to offer
quality oral health services..
Dr Minnis encouraged the country's dentists to continue suc-
cessfully integrating fundamental practices with prevailing tech-
nology, and to become proficient in its use to the advantage of
He also encouraged private practitioners to join as strategic
partners with the government in an effort to reduce oral health dis-
eases in adults and children.
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PAGE 8. FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 9, 2007
FROM page one
Claim that man 'in jail' reported
to have voted in Pinewood
McKenzie is charged
with, by means of unlaw-
ful harm, intentionally
causing the death of Mr
deceased was stabbed to
death in front of his res-
idence on the corner of
East and Fowler Streets,
opposite Lucky Food-
store No 3, last Tuesday.
His body was found on
his neighbour's porch to
which he staggered
before his death.
Magistrate Bethel told
the accused that the mat-
ter could not be tried in
Magistrate's Court, but
Rather in Supreme Court.
A preliminary inquiry
- will be held to determine
if there is enough evi-
dence for the case to
proceed, the magistrate
said. If it is determined
. that there is enough evi-
dence to proceed, Mag-
istrate Bethel told Gray,
the matter would
advance to supreme
* court: and if not, she
continued, he would be
Bail was denied to
Gray who was represent-
ed by Ian Cargill. Magis-
trate Bethel remanded
the accused to Fox Hill
Prison until November
15 at which time his pre-
liminary inquiry will be
held at Court 11 on Nas-
Blow to Dwight
and Keva Major
extradition to US
"TROM page one
Mr Turner said.
The public prosecutions
,director explained that
Although a warrant for the
'Majors' .surrender to the
:US was signed last year, the
,Supreme Court also put a
:stay in place pending the
outcome of the case at the
SPrivy Council level.
: However, once the stay
is lifted, steps can be tak-
t en to extradite the couple.
Mr Turner indicated that
othe Majors still have other
matters before the Magis-
,trate's Courts which need
'to be resolved, but said the
:extradition would move
forward in due course.
; The couple is wanted by
:the US government to face
;drug charges relating to an
involving hundreds of
pounds of cocaine and mar-
They have appeared in
local courts on several occa-
sions over the past several
years while fighting the
SFROM page one
The gunman's accom-
policee managed to flee on
foot before officers
Police now have a 33-
year-old man in custody
for questioning in connec-
tion with the incident.
SThree hours later on the
S-same evening, a 25-year-
old woman reported her
car stolen after she had left
t running with a juvenile
; The incident is reported
;. to have taken place after
the woman left her car to
visit someone on Prince
SThe girl left in the run-
ing car a green 2000
oyota Corolla was
forced out of the vehicle
py a gunman who then
pped away from the scene.
FROM page one
covered in most cases that persons
were either not at home, at work or
off the island.
Some homes, she said, were sim-
ply vacant at the time. Also, she said,
after the 266 names of persons who
reportedly were not entitled to vote
in the constituency was printed in the
local dailies, many were not "too will-
ing" to come forward and give infor-
Ms Cleare said that in her search
on July 25th for one alleged voter,
Patrick Armbrister, she met a man
who identified himself as Keith
Major. Mr Major, she said, informed
her that the Patrick Armbrister that
he knows who lives in that area, "was
Searching the register, Ms Cleare
said that she found another Patrick
Armbrister, the father of the first
Armbrister, who lived on North
Brazilita Street. Mr Armbrister
senior, said that his son lived with his
mother on North Sequoia Street, Ms
Additionally, the court heard that a
Nikeya Deandra Cleare, whom the
witness reports she knows personally,
had not lived in the constituency for
at least two years.
Ms Cleare told the court that
Nikeya is married to her nephew, but
the pair have been separated for
more than two years. Nikeya, who
reportedly gave the address of her
parent's home on the voter's registry,
now lives in Misty Gardens, and has
been there now for more than a year,
Ms Cleare said.
Ms Cleare also told the court of
instances where she met and spoke
with voters who allegedly live out-
side of the Pinewood constituency
Dame Joan Sawyer
hits out at
violent crime rise
FROM page one
"(Apparently) the increase in
crime is due to the break down
of the judicial system. Our judi-
cial system apparently bears
these people's children, houses
them, raises them, educates
them and then sends them out
to do crime, that's the stupidity
of what they're saying," she
Dame Joan said that it is time
for people to stop blaming the
judicial system and take respon-
sibility for their children and
how they turn out.
"Parents have to be account-
able for how they bring up their
c* " .They brgy iem into
theworld, they,are responsible
B-- -- -
for how they behave, they are
responsible until the children
are able to take responsibility
for themselves," she said.
The Court of Appeal presi-
dent said she and her colleagues
only come into the picture when
an individual commits a crime,
and not before then.
"We can't go out and be the
police and be the lawyer and
prosecutors and everything else,
we are judges," she said.
"I refuse to be charged with
the responsibility of other peo-
ple's children, I have enough of
problems within my own life, I
deal with the crime when it
comes before me nothing
more, nothing less."
Up to September 2007, there
-were over 114 people out on
bail, who were charged with
murder, Minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest told
parliament two weeks ago.
With statistics like these,
members of the government
and the public have been calling
for an improvement of the
country's judicial system in
order to speed up the process of
As a first step in the direc-
tion of updating the judicial sys-
tem, government last month
introduced an amendment to
the Juries Act, which seeks to
reduce the number of jurors
from 12 to nine in all criminal
matters in the Supreme Court
except in capital offences.
boundaries, but voted in the con-
Ms Cleare said she saw and spoke
with Adrian Miller on August 27th
-at a residence north of Sapodilla Blvd
and west of Baygeranium Ave. Mr
Miller acknowledged his identity and
address, according to Ms Cleare.
And, she told the court that he lives
within the Bamboo Town con-
stituency, rather than Pinewood.
Yesterday's testimony by Ms
Cleare covered more than 20 voters.
The case has been adjourned to Mon-
day at 10am when she is expected to
continue her testimony.
Court of Appeal
president hits out
FROM page three
The possible mitigating cir-
cumstances which the judge
recognized, Mr Munroe said,
included the fact that Francis
had previously been diagnosed
with a conduct disorder. This
diagnosis was made four years
before the double murder
when Francis was 17 years old.
Mr Munroe said that Justice
Isaacs made the decision that
during the sentencing stage the
prosecution had failed to dis-
prove that Francis possibly had
diminished responsibility in this
Dame Joan, however, point-
ed out that this was impossible
for the prosecution to disprove
as there was no evidence on
record that Francis did indeed
have diminished responsibili-
Dame Joan said that the psy-
chiatrist who testified during
the murder trial determined
that Francis is fond of general
knowledge, can recall a lot of
basic facts about his country,
can name all the present and
past prime ministers and dis-
played average calculating
skills. She said that the psychi-
atrist also determined that
Francis' thoughts were "free
flowing and logical" and that
he understood the nature of his
convictions and the possible
Dame Joan further said that
using Francis' long history of
criminal acts as mitigating fac-
tors in order to give him a
more lenient punishment is
sending the wrong message to
"(It is saying). it is okay to
do it when you have a bad
record for breaking the law and
you will get treated better than
the persons who had no previ-
ous record for breaking the
law, who had no previous expe-
rience of prison.
"That cannot be right. That
is not making the sentence fit
the crime, that is not any of the
things that the Privy Council
said in Trono Davis and'For-
rester Bowe,'" she said.
In the cases of Davis and
Bowe, Privy Council last year
ruled the mandatory death sen-
tence in the Bahamas is uncon-
The Justices of Appeal yes-
terday adjourned the Francis
case and will give a ruling at a
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SBrazil an alternative energy model for US, Crist says
PICTURED (L-R) are: former Links national president Gladys Vaughn, Links safe house chairperson and past
chapter president Sharon Wilson, southern area director Mary Currie, former southern area director Margaret
Johnpon, president of the Nassau Chapter, Veronica Duncanson, and protocol chair Patrice McDonald.
Links branches out
to celebrate retiring
of safe house loan
* SAO PAULO, Brazil
BRAZIL'S extensive produc-
(ion of (ethanol shows the United
States that it can also ramp up
use ol the alternative fuel and
reduce its dependence on for-
eign oil, Florida Gov. Charlie
Crist said Thursday according
to AsAociated IPress.
Crist said his five-day trade
mission to Brazil left him
impressed by how ethanol dis-
tilled at vast sugarcane planta-
tions is available at virtually all
gas stations and is used by most
drivers in the country of nearly
190 million people.
"When you see it in person
and it's everywhere, it warms my
heart to see that we -can get
there. I know we can do it in
Florida and throughout Ameri-
ca," Crist said in a telephone
interview from Rio de Janeiro
as he wrapped up a five-day
trade mission to Latin America's
Crist, who is headed to
Argentina and Chile, said he sees
increased use of ethanol in fuel-
hungry Florida and the United
States as a national security issue
because of some oil exporters'
political hostility toward the U.S.
The Florida governor also said
Brazil has demonstrated that it
could become the world's undis-
puted ethanol superpower.
is now open!
LINKS southern area direc-
tor Mary Currie planted a
Poincianna Tree to commem-
orate the retiring of a loan for
the construction for the organ-
isation's millionn safe house
for women in crisis.
She was assisted by past
national president Gladys
Vaughn and past southern
area director, Margaret John-
The safe house, the first of
its kind in the Bahamas, pro-
vides shelter for two cate-
gories of women those who
are in immediate crisis and
who may or may not be
accompanied by children; and
those who are required by the
age to leave institutions of
child care but who in need of
long term shelter.
For the first group, the
length of the programme is six
months. For the second, the
safe house provides a sup-
portive environment in which
they can work towards becom-
ing productive citizens. The
maximum length of stay is two
"The philosophy behind the
safe house is one of empow-
erment, and its purpose goes
beyond basic housing needs,"
said the organizers in a state-
"It responds to two cate-
gories of females in Bahamian
society and provides for the
first time in the Bahamas an
organised and sustained holis-
tic programme that addresses
the needs of these persons."
The safe house was official-
ly opened on October 17, 2003
by the former prime minister
Perry Christie and over the
past four years; with the assis-
tance of public and private cit-
izens, the Nassau Chapter of
the Links Inc has able to suc-
cessfully complete the facili-
ty, and retire the bank loan
associated with it.
As the named corporate
sponsor, British American
Financial has contributed
$100,000 to the effort.
The tree planting ceremo-
ny included remarks by Links
president Veronica Duncan-
son, president of British
American Financial Chester
Cooper, safe house board
member Dr Sandra Dean Pat-
terson and Links southern
area director Mary Currie.
Archbishop Drexel Gomez
offered prayers for the organ-
isation and its work, and Pas-
tor Jason Graham prayed for
the safe house and its occu-
Sharon Wilson, chairman of
the safe house, gave the vote
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PAGF 10 FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 9. 2007
"Tetched in the Head"
June 25-26, 1828. Outside of Shawneetown,
THE STORY SO FAR: Headed for Ken-
tucky, the Damron children pay for a room in a
boardinghouse. But when Jesse finds a coffin in
the parlor, she wonders if it's safe to stay.
"Who died?" I ask. My voice squeaks like a
George laughs. "Nobody. Mr. Cottland built
it for himself. He's crazy; tetchedd in the head,'
as my mama says. Keeps that whisky jug in case
he gets thirsty on the way to heaven."
"Whew," I say. "That is crazy." I wipe my
hands on my dress. This place is even spookier
than I thought.
I don't tell the others what I've seen, but I'm
testy all through dinner. I can't get Moses alone:
he's too busy eating second portions of roast
pork and turnips. And when Mr. Cottland sug-
gests we all have a bath, Moses agrees before I
can protest. "Saturday is bath night at our house,
too," he adds. "Right, Jess?"
Our house. Moses talks as if Mama and Papa
were still alive! Is he pretending we're not
orphans? I keep an eye on that closed parlor
door while we help George and Mr. Cottland
draw and heat the water.
Louisa and I have the first bath in the tin tub.
When my sister strips off her clothes, her ribs
look as bumpy as Mama's old washboard. She
smells like curdled milk. We haven't had a bath
since we left Illinois.
"Don't stare at me!" she complains.
"I'm not. Turn around and I'll scrub your
back." For a minute I'm furious with Mama for
leaving me. Mama would know how to make our
sack of cornmeal last, how to cook soups and
stews to help the little ones grow right. I'm not
even twelve! How will I feed everyone?
When I climb into the tub, wearing nothing but
Papa's ring on its leather strap, it's Louisa's turn
to stare. "You have bumps on your chest," she
"Go away," I snap.
Her eyes fill. "I want Mama," she says.
"So do I." I pull her into a slippery hug.
I bathe and dry off as fast as I can. My dress
feels shabby when I button it, and my feet still
look dirty. I try to comb the snarls from Louisa's
hair, but she yelps like the puppy. "You don't do
it right!" she wails.
I give up. I'll never be able to do things the
way Mama did.
Moses and Solomon bathe next. When it's
Mr. Cottland's turn, I hurry everyone out to the
barn. "We're leaving," I tell them.
"But it's dark," Louisa whines. "I want to
Moses pulls me aside. "What are you talking
about? We paid good money to stay."
"Listen." I keep my voice low so the little
ones won't hear me. "Mr. Cottland keeps an
empty coffin,in his parlor. What if he puts one of
us in there?"
Moses moves so fast, you'd think another pan-
ther was after us. In a few minutes we've bun-
dled Louisa and Solomon into the wagon, set
the mule in her traces, and saddled Pearl. "Why
are we leaving?" Solomon whispers.
"Hush," I tell him. "Do you want to be bound
out, like George?"
Moses and I walk the animals slowly across the
yard. Every squeak of the wheels makes my
heart thump. As Moses opens the gate, we hear
footsteps in the yard. I freeze, but it's George.
He pops out of the shadows, a bundle under his
arm. "Take me with you," he begs.
"We can't," I whisper.
Solomon tugs my arm. "Why not? George is
"Of course he is." I lean close to George.
"We're headed for Kentucky," I tell him.
"A slave state?" George drops his bundle on
the ground. "I thought y'all were better than
that." He melts back into the dark without say-
I want to explain, but Moses grabs my arm.
"Get in," he says. "He might tell the old man."
I climb into the wagon and turn Sadie toward
the rising moon. George's words make my
cheeks burn, but what else can we do'? We
promised Papa we'd find our way home.
It's not so easy. The next night, long after
we've crossed the Ohio River into Kentucky,
Moses discovers the money is missing from his
left boot. Even worse, I've left Papa's letter on
Mr. Cottland's puncheon floor.
"How could you?" Moses shouts. "That letter
was the most important thing Papa gave us!"
"What about the money!" I cry. "How could
you leave your boots where crazy Mr. Cottland
could find them?"
"What was I supposed to do?" Moses's voice
breaks. "Take them into the tub with me?" We
both laugh, even though it's not funny. Moses
sighs. "At least he only robbed one boot-and 1
.have some money in my pocket." He jingles his
coins. "We were both spooked by that coffin."
"I sure was. Thank goodness Mr. Cottland
didn't chase after us."
Moses counts out the rest of our money.
"Twenty-nine dollars-plus two Spanish piasters.
We have to make it last. I'll try to shoot more
"We could always sell the silver stock on
Moses shakes his head. "No yet. Papa would
never forgive us. We'll just have to be extra care-
ful. And no more staying with strangers, espe-
cially without the letter."
I wave my hand around the dark clearing.
"No one will bother us here." Giant oaks tower
over us, and the woods are full of spooky sounds:
branches snapping, coyotes yipping, and an owl
Moses grips the rifle. "I don't like this place."
He leans close to me. "I'm scared, Jesse. What
if we never make it to Grandma's?"
Now it's my turn to pretend I'm brave. "Don't
talk that way! Of course we will." But I'm just
as worried as he is. I remember what Moses
said: We haven't heard from Grandma in
months. What if she's gone, too?
(Continued on Tuesday)
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Baker's Bay Club opponents
seek new 'stop work' order
were yesterday encouraged
to contract their senior staff as
a way to retain them, a for-
mer PLP Senator saying dif-
ficulties experienced in retain-
ing experienced accountants
were creating a tremendous
need for more Bahamians in
Philip Galanis, managing
partner of Galanis and Co,
told a seminar at the
Bahamas Institute of Char-
tered Accountants (BICA)
week that Bahamian account-
ing firms often found it hard
to keep their more qualified
staff because they are aggres-
sively recruited by companies
for posts such as chief finan-
cial officer and financial con-
This staff turnover rate, Mr
Galanis suggested, had
prompted many firms to indi-
cate an unwillingness to invest
in extensive training of their
employees, since they were
leaving as soon as a better
offer came along.
He said this was often why
some Bahamian accounting
firms sought to employ expa-
triates, as their terms of
employment were more
defined. They were eligible
for employment over a spe-
cific timeframe, during which
it was very difficult for them
to move.to another compa-
ny, and were earning a spe-
Therefore, Mr Galanis sug-
gested that if accounting firms
were to enter into contractu-
al agreements with their
senior Bahamian staff, it
might mitigate some of the
"There are a plethora of
opportunities not being filled
by Bahamians," he added.
Mr Galanis said that most
audit clients dislike frequent
turnovers of accounting staff
that they may have built rela-
SEE page 4B
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
OPPONENTS of the $175
million Baker's Bay Golf &
Ocean Club development have
filed a summons seeking a court
injunction to prevent the devel-
opers from continuing work on
the project until their second
judicial review application is
heard, marking the latest salvo
in a long-running legal battle
that shows no sign of ending.
Fred Smith, a partner in Cal-
lender's & Co and attorney for
the Save Guana Cay Reef Asso-
ciation, confirmed yesterday to
The Tribune that the Associa-
tion had filed the injunction
Guana Cay Association's attorney
threatens third judicial review
proceeding against Hope Town
District council over permits
given Discovery Land Company
application with the Supreme
Court in a bid to prevent Dis-
covery Land Company and its
subsidiaries from proceeding
with their work.
The injunction application
asks the Supreme Court to
* Chamber president says his
business's propane costs have
almost doubled since New Year, with
Superwash spending $130,000 on gas
and $60,000 on BEC per month
* Warns cost of living and demand for
wage rises set to increase, with hotels
warily watching effect on air fares
* ByNEIL HARTNELL .
Tribune Business Editor
PRICES and the cost of living in the Bahamas.
will have to increase as a result of spiralling glob-
al oil and energy costs, the Bahamas Chamber or
Commerce's president warned yesterday, as the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation's (BEC) fuel
surcharge moves through the $0.13 per kilowatt
With BEC's basic rate set at $0.17 per kilowatt
hour, the fuel surcharge is moving slowly but
inevitably towards matching that mark, raising
production costs for many Bahamian businesses to
levels where they have no choice but to pass at
least a fraction of those costs on to consumers if
they are to remain profitable.
With the price per barrel of crude oil, as mea-
sured by the NYMEX and Brent indexes, closing
make an order to prevent
Passerine at Abaco, Passerine
at Abaco Holdings, Baker's Bay
Ltd, Baker's Bay HOA Ltd,
Baker's Bay Marina Ltd and
Baker's Bay Foundation Ltd
"from.proceeding with or con-
yesterday at $96.37 and $93.24 respectively, just
shy of the psychologically-important $100 thresh-
old, Chamber president Dionisio D'Aguilar
warned that BEC's higher electricity costs a
SEE page 9B
tinuing to undertake the works
contemplated by the permits
and approvals purportedly
The application asks for the
restraining order to be made on
the grounds that the develop-
ers had not obtained "the nec-
essary'permits and approvals"
from the correct government
The Association's application
also seeks a court order to pre-
vent the Discovery Land Com-
pany affiliates from working on
the Treasury and Crown Land
that forms part of the develop-
ment site, and wants a further
order.to prevent the Govern-
ment, its departments and agen-
cies from issuing or renewing
permits and approvals to the
The crux of the second appli-
cation for judicial review is that
the permits and approvals
granted to Discovery Land
Company for the Baker's Bay
project were not issued through
the correct government agen-
cies and processes.
The Association is seeking
the court orders to prevent any
more work being carried out on
Guana Cay until the second
judicial review application is
heard on its substantive merits.
Mr Smith told The Tribune:
"We have filed an application
for an interlocutory injunction
SEE page 4B
COB chief wants funding
based on student numbers
Eyes tuition fee increase
By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
THE College of he Bahamas (COB) needs to move from a flat
government grant model to an admission grant model based on stu-
dent enrollment numbers, its president said yesterday, as this
would ensure its finances keeps pace with admissions and it can
develop programmes in the sciences fields.
Janyne Hodder said she had asked the Government to consider
changing the way it supports COB to ensure the institution can
effectively address the needs of students.
She said that as COB moves towards university status, and as the
Bahamas develops, it wasessential the college could offer relevant
and diverse degrees that adequately meet the economy's needs.
"When you have a flat grant system, then what happens is that
you are diverting your tertiary funds to the social sciences, with pro-
grames such as law and history, which are the cheapest to run." Mrs
"But what happens then is that you do not grow the technical pro-
grammes, such as chemistry engineering or science-based, which are
SEE page 4B
Act changes and
for bank audits
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas is proposing to amend
the Banks and Trust Compa-
nies Regulation Act 2000 to
"bring it into line" with inter-
national standards when it
comes to external auditors and
their examinations of its bank
and trust company licensees,
with a new set of regulations
Apart from amending the
existing Act, the Central Bank
is also seeking consultation on
the Banks and Trust Compa-
nies (Auditors) (Facts and Mat-
ters of Material Significance)
Regulations 2007, as it moves
to establish a regulatory frame-
work for auditors of its bank
and trust company licensees
that is "in line with compara-
ble provisions that have been
in place in many countries
around the world for some
The Act amendments include
what is described in some quar-
ters as a 'whistleblower protec-
tion' clause, protecting the
external auditors Bahamian
accountants from liability if
they disclose information on
Bahamas-based banks and trust
companies that they audit to the
Aiming to enhance co-opera-
tion between the Central
Bank's banking supervisors and
external auditors, the amend-
ments to the existing Act will
"expand" auditor access to a
banking licensee's books and
accounts. As proposed, it will
also give the external auditors
the right to receive information
and explanations from the audit
client as it considers necessary
to perform its function.
The Central Bank said the
Banks and Trust Companies
Regulation Act 2000 amend-
ments will also "impose obliga-
tions" on auditors or former
auditors to notify the Inspector
of Banks and Trust Companies
if they plan to resign before
their term as auditor expires, or
not seek reappointment.
Other amendments include
notifying the regulator if they
plan "to include a modification
on the licensee's financial state-
ment", and if the auditor uncov-
ers an issue during an audit that
"is of material significance" to
the Inspector of Banks and
Trust Companies performing
The amendments propose a
$25,000 fine for auditors who
fail to comply with the require-
ment for communicating with
the Inspector of Banks and
The Banks and Trust Com-
panies (Auditors) (Facts and
Matters of Material Signifi-
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Affiliate marketing is where
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product for sale, and an affil-
iate, who'has a website or
newsletter through which they
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own list of customers in
exchange for a commission.
So, effectively what hap-
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the customer, not the prod-
uct. He sends the customer,
through either a link or a ban-
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the vendor's site, or to the
vendors merchant's product
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this customer will buy the
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the product, the affiliate gets a
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There are many products
that are sold this way from
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to insurance. I recently went
on a website that promoted
child Internet safety, and on
the homepage they had a ban-
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moting. When I clicked on the
banner I was taken to the sec-
tion in amazon.com where I
could buy the book. Had I
bought the book, the website
owner would have gotten a
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classic example of an affiliate
The advantages of affiliate
The affiliate can poten-
tially earn a high income 24/7
The affiliate can choose
whatever product they wish
to represent, ideally one that
is relevant to their website
content and appeals to their
The affiliate can learn a
lot from vendors, who often
tell them their secret online
marketing techniques to help
promote their product. The
vendor will get more traffic
from the visitors that come
from the affiliates, and that
helps the vendor's search
There are two ways the
affiliate gets paid. He can
either be paid by the Pay Per
Lead (PPL) method, where
the affiliate gets paid a com-
mission for every lead that it
sends to the vendor's website,
or by the Pay Per Conversion
(PPC) method, where the
affiliate gets paid a commis-
sion for every referral that
buys the vendor's product. It
is normally more rewarding
to be paid in the PPC method,
as the potential for earning
revenue is higher.
Many vendors offer one or
two-tier affiliate programmes.
If the vendor has a one-tier
programme, you only get paid
for your own referrals that
convert to a sale. In a two-tier
system, you can also sign up
other affiliates to promote the
same product, and when they
* send traffic to the vendor's
site and it converts into a sale,
you get a percentage of that
commission as well.
is where there
is a business
a vendor who has a
product for sale, and
an affiliate, who
has a website or
which they promote
that product to their
own list of customers
in exchange for a
You need to also consider
the sales tracking system at
the heart of affiliate pro-
grammes. This is whMltracks
the sale and ensures your
commission is paid. There are
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tion.com or www.ClickX-
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the network an annual com-
mission, and a percentage
commission for every prod-
uct sold. Affiliate networks
have a good reputation for
being fair and making sure
affiliates get paid.
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'cookies' on the visitor's com-
puter to identify them. So,
when the affiliate sends a vis-
itor and they don't purchase
at first, but come back later
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Both tracking systems use
affiliate codes. When the affil-
iate signs up to a vendor's
programme, he downloads his
unique affiliate code and
imbeds them into his links and
banners that drive the visitor
to the vendor's site. This
allows the vendor to link the
visitor to the affiliate, and
makes sure the affiliate gets
paid in the event of a pur-
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The first step is to Decide
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visitors. The more relevant it
is, the more likely it will gen-
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uct, so you don't sell some-
thing of low quality.
The second step is to Check
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have found the right product
to promote, sign up to a ven-
dor's affiliate programme and
get your affiliate code.
The third step is to Promote
the Vendor's Product. You
can do this in several ways.
You can insert the vendor's
banners and text links (with
your tracking code) into your
e-mail mailings that you make
to your customers, advising
them of this special offer. You
can insert the banner or text
links into newsletters, or put
them on your website pages
- anywhere where your visi-
tors or subscribers can see
them. The other way of pro-
moting the vendor's products
is by advertising them in
search engines such as Yahoo
and Google, with the hope
that when people see your ad,
they will click on it and order
Remember, with affiliate
marketing, if you don't pro-
mote the product and don't
drive traffic to the vendor's
site, you won't get an income.
Your hard work, persistence
and determination is what it
will take to become success-
Whether you become a
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through affiliates, or become
an affiliate to promote a ven-
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the rnistake of missing this
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your own website. So, in order
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that you spend sufficient time
on this area, as it will pay
large dividends for your
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looking for applicants for the below positions:
Bachelor Degree or higher in the field of Civil
3-5 years experience in Civil Engineering and
Construction related fields.
Registered with the Bahamas Professional Engineers'
Experience in the design of Subdivisions, Roads,
Airports, Drainage and Water & Sewerage Systems.
Ability to use engineering software such as Auto
* Proficient in implementing site quality assurance
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* Hardworking and able to handle a number of projects
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 3B
Bahamas must exploit
270k arable acres
THE Bahamas must exploit
its 270,000 acres of arable land
to build an agriculture industry,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said yesterday, adding that
while there were 480 registered
farmers in this nation, many
more were not and failing to
access the benefits of this sta-
Speaking at the opening of
the first Bahamas Agricultural,
Marine Resources and Agribusi-
ness Exposition, Mr Ingraham
said the Government was com-
mitted to establishing a Farmers
Credit Programme, and sup-
porting linkages between agri-
culture and tourism.
He said: "Some 270,000 acres
of arable land form a natural
resource base for the further
development of agriculture. We
must ensure that the future of
this sector is brightened.
"The Bahamas continues to
import far too much of its food.
And agricultural and marine
products form far too small a
percentage of our exports.
"This position will not change,
I believe, without firstly, a gen-
COB shortlists Dean
of Business applicants
By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
THE College of the Bahamas (COB) is down to a "short short"
list of applicants for the new Dean of Business post, a position
where the incumbent will be charged with setting a new course for
the institution over the next two years.
COB's president, Janyne Hodder, said the college was in the final
rounds of interviewing potential candidates after a long process.
She added that COB's plans include the start of Master Degree
programmes in Accounting and Management, both likely to start
next year. The Dean's Advisory Council is also expected to be in
place by next year.
Further, Mrs Hodder said COB was in the final stages of nego-
tiating financing for two major infrastructural projects, a $20 mil-
lion furnishing and creation of a library, and an $8 million campus
S enhancement on Grand Bahama.
She said the drawings are completed, and the contractors ready
to move forward.
As COB moves towards university status, Mrs Hodder said it was
looking at ensuring there was excellence in everything they do.
Over the next 10 years, COB hopes to double the current enroll-
ment of about 10,000 students.
Dr Hodder said COB was currently on a drive to redesign their
registration process, so it was scientifically accurate.
She explained that the college had hired a consultant to look at
the registration process.
It was discovered that the problem was not the inability to han-
dle the registration of long lines of students, but rather that there
was no scientific data in place to ensure there were adequate
course offerings to meet demand
Once this was completed, Mrs Hodder said, the process should
be able to go more smoothly.
COB was also completing an extensive inventory of all of their
buildings, something which had never been done before.
In an effort to retain more students for the entire Bachelor
degree programme, Dr Hodder said COB may request the Union
of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas (UTEB) COB'S faculty
union to consider accommodating more students in core classes so
that it was financially feasible to offer small high level courses at the
eral recognition that agriculture
can play a vital role in our
national economic wellbeing -
particularly as a means of com-
bating poverty, and promoting
sustainable development in our
Family Islands and secondly, in
the development of a consen-
sus for specific and structured
investment programmes for the
further development of these
sectors of our economy."
He added: "I am certain that
few of you will disagree with the
assertion that agriculture and
fisheries have not achieved full
potential in our country.
"We have long recognized the
potential in both agriculture and
fisheries to create a substantial
link between our domestic econ-
omy and our principal econom-
ic activity, tourism. This vital
link has the potential to raise
our level of domestic savings, to
improve our balance of pay-
ments and to create a more sus-
tainable, job-creating economic
"Over the years, we have
invested heavily in professional
and skills training, and have
sought to improve the level and
standard of technology available
to farmers in particular, with a
view to enhancing food produc-
tion, processing, marketing and
sale of Bahamian produce not
always with the successes for
which we had aimed. In many
respects we have not received
value for monies spent.
"For a variety of reasons suc-
cessive Governments have been
interested in promoting and
encouraging development in the
agricultural and fisheries sec-
tors: a desire to ensure food
security for the nation, a need to
ensure food safety; a determi-
nation to raise standards of liv-
ing in all of our islands; a need
to create employment in agri-
cultural and marine sciences for
unskilled farm hands as well as
for university trained and other
Bahamians; a means of discour-
aging Family Island migration
to the capital thereby ensuring
the economic viability of Fami-
ly Island communities, and final-
ly, providing for the viable
and sustainable diversification
of the Bahamian national econ-
Join the Leading Environmental Conservation
Organization in The Bahamas
The Bahamas National Trust invites qualified and interested persons to
apply for the following positions:
Director of Development
The Bahamas National Trust needs an individual who will manage donor relations
and a multifaceted fundraising strategy aimed at engaging a broad range of corpo-
rate, foundation and individual donors and prospects.
The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and coordinates
the BNT's fundraising, membership programmes, and strategic development
activities to achieve sustainable financial goals for the organization. Further, the
individual will develop and manage a major donor programme and annual giving
programme for the Trust. The Individual will be charged with the creation of a
"strong Development Team and coordinating training for its staff.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. To develop and implement the BNT's fundraising strategy targeting
individuals, Foundations, other NGO's and the corporate sector.
2. To design and implement a Major Donor Development Programme. Lead the
process of donor identification, prospect research, and personal cultivation,
appropriate requests for support, thanking and recognition.
3. Prepare and manage budgets for fundraising programmes.
> At least a Bachelors Degree with five years work experience, ideally in the fund-
> Strong background in project management and programme administration.
> Warm interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and involve people at
> Experience in the financial sector client relationships and an understanding of
funds and foundations an asset.
> Exceptional writing and interpersonal communications skills.
> Demonstrated ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, meet deadlines
and pay attention to details.
> Good computer literacy including word processing, databases, presentations and
spreadsheets. Working knowledge of Sage fundraising software a plus.
> Willingness to work long hours to meet firm deadlines.
> Willingness to travel throughout The Bahamas and abroad.
Abaco Park Warden
The national parks in Abaco face threats from invasive species. In particular-the
nesting parrots in the Abaco National Park suffer greatly from increasing numbers
of feral cats and expanding raccoons populations. It is vitally important that the
BNT has a presence on this island to ensure we fulfill the mandate and meet the
objectives of the Trust.
Provide day to day and long term management and administration of all of the
Abaco Parks and act as a liaison with partners and the general public of Abaco in
all facets of park work.
1. Serve as-the Liaison between the Abaco Parks and the BNT headquarters in
Nassau. Will be responsible for overall supervision and oversight of all activi-
ties that occur in the district.
2. Develop in collaboration with the Director of Parks applicable policies, proce-
dures, systems, and proposals to further the goals of the Abaco Parks and the
Bahamas National Trust.
3. Plan and execute activities in the approved General Management Plans,
Strategic Plans, and operating plans to achieve the goals of the Abaco Parks
4. Supervise park staff members and volunteers engaging in conservation and
maintenance activities ensuring that biodiversity in the park are not negatively
impacted by the work.
5. Lead the development and implementation of community outreach programmes,
education and public relations initiatives to promote the goals of the BNT.
6. Enforce rules and regulations of Abaco National parks laws and policies of the
Bahamas as they relate to the safety of individuals in the national parks of Abaco.
7. Assist with other tasks as assigned by the Director of Parks and Science
> Bachelor's degree; or a minimum of seven years related experience and/or train-
ing in Environmental Conservation; or equivalent combination of education.
> Computer literate (Word Processing, Spreadsheet and PowerPoint)
> Familiarity with conservation issues in general and as it directly relates to Abaco
> Pleasant personality
> Willing to work under demanding conditions
Marine Park Project Coordinator
It is vitally important that the marine resources of New Providence are maintained
in a healthy balance for future generations. This project will heighten the aware-
ness of marine users about sustainable use of marine resources.
This job will be focused on the creation of a marine park and implementing a dive
tag program aimed at raising awareness within the dive community with regards to
sustainable use of the marine park; responsibilities for identification and outreach to
existing and potential resource user groups and other community members
1. Develop and implement Dive Tag program to promote and encourage users of
the Marine Park.
2. Coordinate and effectively administer all activities for the South West Marine Park
3. Serve as a conduit for communication between BNT, stakeholder groups and
community members with environmental concerns or ideas for the area.
4. Write press releases and other documentation for distribution to internal and
5. Speak publicly about BNT's environmental / sustainable initiatives.
6. Compile news and event announcements into bi-weekly report to be submitted
to direct supervisor
7. Perform administrative tasks and any other tasks that support the overall con-
servation goals and work plan for the Bahamas National Trust
> Bachelor's degree; a minimum five years related experience and/or training
in Environmental Conservation; or equivalent combination of education and
> Strong interpersonal and communications skills.
> Willingness to carry-out organizational mission with little day-to-day supervision
> Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office.
> A strategic thinker with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment
and strong operational focus.
> Ability to produce clear written documentation for reporting
> Ability to speak persuasively and confidently to large and diverse audiences.
Interested persons qualified in any of the above positions should provide a cover
letter, resume and three references by November 16, 20Q7 to:
Human Resources Manager
Bahamas National Trust
P.O. Box N-4105
or E-mail: email@example.com
A Leading Global Distributor is Seeking a
A client of Ronald Atkinson & Co. is a leading distributor of electronic accessory
products and they are seeking an exceptional person to serve as a Logistic
Specialist in their Nassau office. This key role will drive the international
logistics of their products through strong collaboration with purchasing,
contract manufacturers, and customers. Experience managing worldwide
product distribution is critical for success.
Receive product orders from internal and external international
Create purchase orders
Maintain records of goods on order and requested shipping dates
Monitor and check status of orders with suppliers to confirm on schedule
Monitor shipping notices to eliminate delays, report problems or delays
Maintain cordial relations with suppliers and customers to ensure
cooperation when unexpected events require rush delivery of orders or
Prepare and ensure accuracy on all documents associated with
purchasing, expediting and international shipping
Ensure accuracy on invoicing with accounting
Communicate as appropriate with local Manager, Purchasing / Supply
Chain Manager, and customers in a professional manner
A Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
Three to Five years of purchasing and logistics experience
Knowledge of international purchasing process
Knowledge of international shipping documentation and related
Knowledge of customs compliance
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Strong analytical skills
An advanced understanding of Excel & Word applications
An understanding of accounting and accounting applications
Fluency in Mandarin (written and verbal) is not a requirement but is a
"plus" for this post.
This Company offers a competitive compensation package and salary will be
consummate to experience of the applicant.
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PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007
Baker's Bay Club opponents
seek new 'stop work' order
FROM page one
and discovery. Now that
Freeport has a sitting judge, we
are very keen to have the inter-
locutory injunction application
heard and to move on with our
He described the second
judicial review as "a very sim-
ple one", namely whether the
permits and approvals given to
Discovery Land Company, as
alleged by its own attorneys in
discovery made to the Court
of Appeal as part of another
judicial review case initiated
by the Association, were given
to them by government agen-
cies who had the "lawful
authority" to do so.
"It is a matter for the court
to decide whether these per-
mits were given to the devel-
opers by the lawful authority.
It is a matter that can be heard
very quickly," Mr Smith
"Whichever side loses can
appeal, and we're confident
the second case can proceed
very quickly. The Save Guana
Cay Reef Association's posi-
tion is that we are very keen to
hear the second case. We note
that the developers are work-
ing 24/7 to dredge the marina
in an effort to create the per-
ception that [the development]
is a fait accompli and there is
nothing to litigate."
Meanwhile, Mr Smith said
the Association was still await-
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) TAXIDEVO LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 6th November, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Michael Low
of co I Raffles Link #05-02, Singapore 039393
Dated this 07th day of November, A.D. 2007
The Chambers of
CEDRIC L. PARKER & CO.
Counsel & Attorneys-at-law
is now located at
#9 Rusty Bethel Drive
(3rd Terrace East)
All telephone numbers remain the same.
ing the Court of Appeal ver-
dict on the merits of its first
application for a judicial
review of the Baker's Bay pro-
He also threatened that the
Association would launch a
third judicial review applica-
tion relating to the Guana Cay
project, this time involving per-
mits and approvals granted to
the developers by the Hope
Town District Council.
"We understand the District
Council has recently approved
several applications for con-
struction despite our objec-
tions, and we're preparing a
third Gifana Cay case for judi-
cial review to quash the deci-
sions on those specific per-
mits," Mr Smith said.
"The district council said
they were obliged to give those
permits because the develop-
ment had been approved by
the central government in Nas-
sau. We consider it be a com-
plete abdication of their statu-
tory authority, and that mat-
ter will shortly be before the
The injunction application
for a 'stop work' order is also
asking the Supreme Court to
order that the Government
and Discovery Land Compa-
ny defendants provide copies
of all documents submitted by
the developers in relation to
licence, permit, grant, exemp-
tion and approval applications.-
The Association is also seek-
ing a court order requiring the
defendants to provide copies
of all permits, licences and
approvals given to the devel-
opers, and all documents relat-
ed to the decision-making and
consultation process for these
Act changes and new regulations Accounting firms
FROM page one
chance) Regulations 2007 set out the facts and issues defined as
being "of material significance" to the Inspector of Bank and
Trust Companies in carrying out his/her duties, and which an
external auditor may uncover during an audit.
These issues include:
Material misstatements in a bank and trust company
licensee's financial statements
Concerns about a Central Bank licensee's ability to contin-
ue as "a going concern"
Material weaknesses or significant deficiencies in a licensee's
Major concerns about the integrity of a licensee's senior
A licensee's failure to comply with prudential standards,
statutory requirements, terms and conditions of its licence, and
correct major deficiencies
Any other issues that may "materially prejudice the interests
of depositors, creditors or other clients of the licensee".
urged to contract
FROM page one
He added that compensation
was also a major factor in staff
retainment. The expected salary
for entry level professionals in
the Bahamian accounting pro-
fession was $25,000-$28,000.
Mr Galanis said that most
firms expect their staff mem-
bers to pass their certification
exams within two years or three
attempts, while these workers
expect firms to provide train-
ing opportunities and competi-
COB chief wants funding
based on student numbers
FROM page one
much more expensive to offer.
We need to convince the pub-
lic that funding in science is
the key to prosperity."
Otherwise, Mrs Hodder said
this nation will have the prob-
lem of qualified Bahamians
not returning home because
those employment areas are
not developed. An admission-
based grant system would
recognize the needs of students
based on the programmes they
are entering, she explained.
Dr Hodder said COB is now
looking at ways to determine
the actual cost of offering a
degree in each programme/
study area, which would help it
to effectively plan the best use
She added said that while
this may not be popular with
students, they will be making
the case against low tuition
fees, as it is a form of regres-
sive taxation that benefits
those from both low and high
income backgrounds, but
decreases the level of quality
courses and studies that can be
Mrs Hodder said COB want-
ed to increase tuition fees,
while putting in place a robust
financial aid programme to
assist those students who need-
In addition, Dr Hodder said
COB was working hard to get
the Government to provide
more funding to students who
attend college in the Bahamas,
rather than invest in higher
scholarships for those who
She said COB was working
to increase opportunities in a
number of vital professions,
such as engineering and allied
health industries such as phar-
macology. COB is also look-
ing at creating an agro-busi-
ness degree, she said.
Mrs Hodder said a straight
agriculture degree would be a
hard-sell among new students,
but a combination of business
and agriculture courses may be
Mrs Hodder was speaking
on the closing day of the
'Bahamas Institute of Char-
tered Accountants (BICA)
week of events.
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* Junior Sous Chef, line and pastry cook
with high-end cuisine experience.
* Wait/bar staff. Previous experience in high-end
dining establishments a must.
* Dining Room Supervisor/ Wine Steward with
previous high-end restaurant experience
* Extensive knowledge of Asian cuisine and
wines a definite asset.
Fax resumes to 328-8381 or e-mail to
In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 138 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, GEOSERVICES
INTERCONTINENTAL HOLDING INC. is in
dissolution as of November 6, 2007.
Philippe Bayet of 8 Chaussee de la Muette, 75116
Paris, France is the Liquidator.
..a / -
Pricing Information As Of: O FA .
Thursday, 8 November 200 7 C F A Lm
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1 ;9eiS-(^CH3NiM ltt
1I 6, :, 541 A'aco .larlsK-I6 1 59 1 59 0 00 0 094 0 000 169 0 '00 :
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.7 3.45%
9.55 7.86 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 10,500 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%
11.20 9.81 Cable Bahamas 11.20 11.18 -0.02 1,200 1.030 0.240 10.9 2.15%
3.15 1.83 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 8,041 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
5.52 4.03 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 5.52 5.52 0.00 1.190 0.680 13.0 4.11%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.14 6.55 0.41 0.112 0.050 54.9 0.81%
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 0.00 810 0.804 0.240 8.1 3.69%
12.80 12.00 Finco 12.79 12.79 0.00 10,935 0.768 0.570 16.7 4.46%
14.75 13.85 FirstCaribbean 14.65 14.65 0.00 0.934 0.470 15.7 3.21%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 6.03 6.03 0.00 0.359 0.133 16.8 2.24%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.70 0.70 0.00 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.09 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76%
10.05 8.52 J. S. Johnson 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.991 0.590 10.1 5.87%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
.....t .'~~nw i'sliii ,s .l'. ,, i, o- -.'.a .
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 1.160 1.185 13.4 8.12%
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%
S, ,* II *'*BL6 41 00 4300 4100 4450 2 750 90 6 70.
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.166 1.125 13.4 7.71%
0 55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0 030 0 000 N/M 0 00%
L.-.. -1 -. L._... Fur,..j Name NA V YTD Last 12 Months Div S Yield a
1 r.1-:,., r.lari,. l Fu..rd 1 362272-
3.3829 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.3829***
2.9382 2.4829 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.938214***
1.2741 1.1970 Colina Bond Fund 1.274052"*"
11.8192 11.2596 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.8192"**
rlA /\LL b il ii" INUI=A l uoc U2 = 1,.000 0 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV KEY
52wk-Hi I l.ghest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 wooks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity - 2 Novembla 2007
P-ivi,,s Clrose -P'revious day's welghled price for daily volume Last Price Last traded ovea-the-counter price 30 Juno 2007
l Iadny's lo-e CuIrenot day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week "* -31 October 2007
ChanrJo Chi.,goe iin closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths 31 July 2007
D ,ly Vol Nunib.. r of t olft shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends peor share paid In the lest 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 a 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 81812007
(Sl) 3-for-1 Slock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 2A, 140-70O _.
Responsible for the management of all
maintenance activities in Nassau ensuring
all preventative maintenance and heavy
equipment repairs are conducted as per com-
pany standards. Conducts on-site audits and
evaluations of port equipment, coordinates
repair activities and preventative procedures.
High school diploma or equivalent. Trade
or Technical certificate in Heavy Equipment
Five years experience in heavy equip-
ment maintenance with at least two years
in management of equipment maintenance.
Container Terminals offers a highly competi-
tive package of benefits. Salary is commen-
surate with qualifications and experience.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 5B
Ministry of Public Works & Transport
"Information For Effective
Private-Public Sector Interaction"
Saturday, 10th November, 2007
8:30 am-3:00 pm
Police Conference Centre, East Street North
This informative seminar is for all local contractors
and will address these important topics:
The Contractors Bill
The Construction Process
Participants in panel discussions include staff from the
Dept. of Public Works
Dept. of Physical Planning
Office of the Attorney General
Dept. of Immigration
and representatives from
The Construction Industry
The Banking Industry
The Insurance Industry
(Includes Ministry's Contractors' Manual, draft Contractors Bill and lunch.)
(Registration Fee waived for Family Island based contractors.)
Payable at the Accounts Section, 3rd Floor, Min. of Public Works & Transport Bldg., JFK Drive.
Registration Forms available at the Ministry's Info Desk or online at www.bahamas.gov.bs.
Completed Registration Forms to be returned to the Office of the Director of Public Works.
For further information contact the Director's Office at
Tel.: 1-242-302-9528 or 322-4830-9 Fax: 326-7907
PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007
From the earliest days of the
organization, Rotarians were
concerned with promoting high
ethical standards in their
professional lives. One of the
world's most widely printed and
quoted statements of business
ethics is The Four-Way Test,
which was created in 1932 by
Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. This
24-word Test has been
translated into more than a
hundred languages and
published in thousands of ways.
It asks the following four
The Four-Way Test
"Of the things we think,
say or do
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all
3. Will it build goodwill
and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to
1. Children ages 10-16 may enter. Judging will be in two
age categories: 10 13 years and 14-16 years for a first
and second place winner in each category.
2. Write a essay answerig the following subject:
"What does the Four-Way Test mean to me." Explain
your understanding of the 4-Way Test as it relates to
your life, experiences, and/or society in general."
Your essay must include the four principles.
3. The body of the essay must not exceed 1,000 words.
Adults may assist the child in filling out the entry form.
but not in writing the letter.
4. Limit one essay per child. All entries must be received by
the Rotary Club of East Nassau before Nov 30, 2007.
5. Only essays accompanied by original entry forms clipped
from the newspaper will be accepted. Photocopy, fax,
carbon or other copies will not be accepted.
6. One winner will be chosen from each age category. The
decision of the judges Is final.
7. Winner must agree to a photo presentation which will
be published in the newspaper.
8. Mail essay and completed newspaper clipping to
The Four-Way Test Essay Competition,
Attn: Michele Rassin, The Rotary Club of East Nassau,
P.O. Box SS-6320, Nassau, Bahamas
xf'0 0 /f/4 0-
OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM
Child's Namee:_ _.
P.O. Box:____ -
Telephone contact: (H)
All entries become property of the Rotary Club of East Nassau and can be used
and reproduced for anv purpose without compensation.
Rotary Club of
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 7B
HEATH BANK & TRUST LIMITED
(Formerly Barrington Bank International Limited)
AS OF JUNE 30,2007
(E ika In United States .doas)
Cash and cash equivalents (Note 5)
Investments (Note 6)
Loans, net (Notes 7 and 11)
Accrued interest on investments
Prepaid and other assets (Note 8)
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Collateral deposits (Notes 9 and 11)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities (Note 10)
Share capital (Note 12)
General reserve (Note 7)
S 24,843,956 S 2.351.044
20,417,883 17,79 360
S 24.43,956 S 28,351.04
SeeO note to balance sheet.
-The balance sheet was approved by the Board of Directors on October 17,2007 and as signed on its
NOTES TO BALANCE SHEET
(Epwsed In United States dollars)
Heath Bank & Trust Limited formerlyy Banington Bank International Limited) (the "Bank")
was incorporated on December 21, 1999, under the laws of The Commonwealth of The
Bahamas. The Bank is licensed under the Banks and Thst Companies Regulations Act, 2000
to cany on banking and trust business. The parent company is Oimel Holdings Limited. The
registered office is located at Cumberland House, 27 Cumberland Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
2. ADOPTION OF NEW INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARDS
(IFRSs) AND' INTERNATIONAL ACCOUNTING STANDARDS (lASs)
During the year, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Internmtiaml
Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRC) have issued the following standards
and interpretations which are relevant to the Bank's operations with an effective date after th
date of this balanced sheet
ntehnaim l Ac ti Standards flAS/IFRSs) Ei
IFIS 7 Financial Instruments: Disclosures
IAS I Amendment Presentation of Financial Statements:
Annual periods beginning on
or after January 1, 2007
Annual period begiig on
or after January 1,2007
The directors do not anticipate that the adoption of these standards and interpretations will
have a material impact on the balance sheet in the period of initial lapplation. Upoadoptioon
of IFRS 7, the Bank will disclose additional nation about its financial intents, their
significance and the nature and extent'of risks to which they give rise. More specifically, the
Bank will be required to disclose the fair value of its financial instruments and its risk
exposure in greater detail. There will be no effect on reported income or net assets.
3. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
The balance sheet has been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting
Standards as promulgated by the IASB and the interpretations issued by the IFRIC of the
IASB. This balance sheet is prepared under the historical cost convention, as modified by the
revaluation of certain financial assets and liabilities that are required to be reneasured at
estimated fair value. The preparation of the balance sheet in conformity with International
Financial Reporting Standards requires management to make estimates and assumptions that
affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and
liabilities at the date of the balance sheet. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
The following is a summary of the significant accounting policies. These policies have been
consistently applied to the years presented, unless otherwise stated.
a. Cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents comprise cash in hand, demand
deposits with banks and other short term highly liquid investments that are readily
convertible to a known amount of cash and are subject to an insignificant risk of changes
b. Loans Loans originated by the Bank include loans where money is provided directly to
the borrower and are recognized when cash is advanced to the borrower. They are
initially recorded at cost, which is fair value of cash originated by the Bank, including
any transaction costs. All loans pay interest only until the maturity date, when the
principal is repaid.
c. Investments Investments are recognized on a trade date basis and are classified as fair
value through profit or loss. Investments are initially measured at cost and are
subsequently remeasured at fair value based on quoted bid prices.
d. Provisions Provisions are recognized when the Bank has a present obligation as a
result of a past event, and it is probable that the Bank will be required to settle that
obligation. Provisions are measured at management's best estimate of the expenditure
required to settle the obligation at the balance sheet date, and are discounted to present
value when the effect is material.
e. Translation of foreign currencies The Bank's functional currency is United States
Dollar. At each balance sheet date, monetary items denominated in foreign currencies
are retranslated at the rates prevailing on the balance sheet date. Non-monetary items
carried at fair value that are denominated in foreign currencies are retranslated at the
rates prevailing on the date when the fair value was determined. Non-monetary items
that are measured in terms of historical cost in a foreign currency are not retranslated.
f. Assets under management Assets under management which are held in a fiduciary
capacity for clients are excluded from the balance sheet, other than those assets and
liabilities which relate to banking services provided by the Bank to these clients.
g. Fir .*ffmw ul ins&wments All of the Bank's financial instruments are carried
at fir value or contracted amounts which approximate fair value. Financial instruments
recorded at contracted amounts consist of cash, prepaid and other assets, accounts
payable and accrued liabilities. The value of these instruments approximates fair value,
as the instruments have short-term maturities, variable interest rates and are not
materially affected by changes in interest rates.
b. MRlhrdaf Mn Related parties include officers and directors who are related through
having authority and responsibility for directing and controlling the activities of the
Bank and companies related through common directors and/or shareholders.
4. CRITICAL ACCOUNTING JUDGMENTS AND KEY SOURCES OF ESTIMATION
Certain amounts included in or affecting the Bank's balance sheet and related disclosure must
be estimated, requiring the Bank to make assumptions with respect to values or conditions
which cannot be known with certainty at the time the balance sheet is prepared. A "critical
accounting estimate" is one which is both important to the portrayal of the Bank's financial
condition and results and requires management's most difficult, subjective or complex
judgments, often as a result of the need to make estimates about the effect of matters that are
inherently uncertain. The Bank evaluates such estimates on an ongoing basis, based upon
historical results and experience, consultation with experts, trends and other methods
considered reasonable in the particular circumstances, as well as the forecasts as to how these
might change in the future.
a. Imparmient The Bank has made significant investments in loans receivable and
investments. These loans and investments are tested for impairment when
circumstances indicate there may be a potential impairment. Factors considered
important which could trigger an impairment review include the following: significant
fall in market values; significant underperformance relative to historical or projected
future operating results; significant changes in the use of the assets or the strategy for the
overall business, including assets that are decided to be phased out or replaced and
assets that are damaged or taken out of use, significant negative industry or economic
trends; and significant cost overnms in the development of assets.
Estimating recoverable amounts of assets must in part be based on management
evaluations, including estimates of future performance, revenue generating capacity of
the assets, assumptions of the future market conditions and the success in marketing of
new products and services. Changes in circumstances and in management's evaluations
and assumptions may give rise to impairment losses in the relevant periods.
b. Lqd pwcew dgs, cdaslu undl gallery disease ns The Bank may be subject to
various legal proceedings, claims and regulatory discussions, the outcomes of which are
subject to significant uncertainty. The Bank evaluates, among other factors, the degree
of probability of an unfavorable outcome and the ability to make a reasonable estimate
of the amount of loss. Unanticipated events or changes in these factors may require the
Baok to increase or decrease the amount the Bank has accrued for any matter or accrue
for a matter that has not been previously accrued because it was not considered
probable, or a reasonable estimate could not be made. However, no such legal
proceedings have been noted in the current year.
c. Vehelm e of invesaments The fair value of the unlisted investments has been estimated
using a valuation technique based on management's assumptions. Management believes
tbhe estimated fair values resulting from the valuation technique which are recorded in
the statement of assets and liabilities and the related changes in fair value are reasonable
and the most appropriate at the statement of assets and liabilities date. However, no
unlisted investments have been noted in the current year.
L. CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
Cash and cash equivalents consist of the following:
Cah on hand
'" 4 -and deposits
Investments comprise the following:
Bonds Original Market
Bond Issue Hed cot Value
USD Treasury note 01/31/08 300,000 S 298,230 S 299010
USD Treasury note 03/08/06
CAD Treasury note 10/08/06
CAD UK Sweden 12/01/08
USD FNMA 0% Strip coupon due 10/08/07
CAD Toyota Motor 12/30/08
CAD Euro Fima 01/30/09
$ 1,989,525 $ 2,038,256
7. LOANS, NET
The geographical distribution and utilization by economic sector are detailed as follows:
Less: allowance for loan losses
Less: allowance for loan losses
Analysis of loans by currency:
United States dollars (USD)
Canadian dollars (CAD)
Less: allowance for loan losses
$22 137,519 $24,479,536
PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007
Concentration of loans is as follows:
Interest Number of
rates accounts Amount
6.5%- 12% 3 $ 315,589
5%- 12% 7 14,768,426
6% 1 8,853,727
Interest Number of
rates accounts Amount
The following table summarizes certain information concerning non-accrual loans
Non-recognised interest on non-accrual loans
Interest collected on non-accrual loans
$ 1,800,223 $ 2,148,000
$ 334,382 $ 200,493
$ 485,243 $ 176,782
The non-accrual loans are fully provided for.
During the year, management allocated $221,419 from retained earnings to general reserve as
a' general provision to comply with The Central Bank of Bahamas Guidelines for the
Management of Credit.
8. PREPAID AND OTHER ASSETS
Prepaid and other assets are comprised of the following:
$ 14,050 $ 14,350
$ 17,900 $ 14,350
.. COLLATERAL DEPOSITS
LoW totaling $4,380,170 (2006: $10,466,441) are secured by cash collateral from customers'
deposits. These deposits are blocked as security against the loans.
Coaa deposits anmalysd by geographical anm, baed on the domicile of tho deposit am
.; Aa v ii.-. ,
$ 4,209,930 $ 4,883,974
i '. 2 -
10. ACCOUNTS PAYABLE AND ACCRUED LIABILITIES
Provision for staff benefits
Accounts payable other
Accounts payable clients
$ 25,000 $ 15,000
$ 32,382 $ 68,547
11. BALANCES WITH RELATED PARTIES
Related parties include all entities which are related through common directors and
shareholders. All balances and transactions with shareholders, directors and entities in which
either the Bank or its shareholders have effective control or exercise significant influence over
making financial and operating decisions are shown in this balance sheet and accompanying
notes as being with related parties.
$ 413,244 $ 572,545
12. SHARE CAPITAL
Authorised, issued and fully paid:
10,000,000 shares of $1.00 each
The above issued shares were fully paid for in cash.
13. FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS RISK POSITION
This section presents information about the Bank's exposure to and its management's control
of risks, in particular primary risks associated with its use of financial instruments.
Market risk is exposure to observable market variables such as interest rates, exchange
rates and equity markets.
Credit risk is the risk of loss resulting from client or counterpart default and arises on
credit exposure in all forms, including settlement risk.
*. Liquidity and funding risk is the risk that the Bank is unable to fund assets or meet
obligations at a reasonable price, or in extreme situation, at any price.
Fiduciary risk is the risk that the Bank's relationship with their clients is not properly
defined and exposes the Bank to financial liabilities for balance sheet holdings.
Market risk is the risk of loss arising from movements in observable market variables such as
interest rates and exchange rates. Market risk arises on financial instruments which are valued
at current market prices (mark-to-market basis) and those valued at cost plus accrued interest
a. Interest rote risk Interest rate risk represents exposures the Bank has to instruments
whose values vary with the level of interest rates. These instruments include, but are not
limited to, loans, debt securities and deposits. Interest rate risk is managed by matching
deposit liabilities with deposit assets.
b. Foreign exchange risk is the risk of loss resulting from foreign currency translation.
Currency risk is managed by matching deposit liabilities with deposit assets within the
same currency whenever possible.
Exposure in foreign currency:
Canadian$ Equivalent Canadian $ Equivalent
$ 8,849,179 $ 8,305,802 $12,828,210 $11,481,248
2,520,000 2,365,272 8,583,069 7,681,847
$ 6,329,179 $ 5,940,530 $ 4,245,141 $ 3,799,401
Less than $1,000,000
Greater than $5,000,000
Less: allowance for loan losses
Less than $1,000,000
Greater than $5,000,000
Less: allowance for loan losses
Without Within 3
Cash and cash equivalents
S-In vents -i I
Accrued interest on investments
Prepaid and other assets
Total at June 30, 2007
Accounts payable and
Total at June 30,2007
$ $2,384,133 $
$ 17,900 $2,389,527
1 and 5
$ 1,052,612 $21,383,917 $24,843,956
$ $ 550,645 $ 3,829,525 4,380,170
$ $ 32,382 $ 550,645 $ 3,843,046
S17,900 $2,357,145 $ 501,967 $17,540,871
15. FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
Fair value is the amount at which an asset could be exchanged or a liability settled between
knowledgeable, willing parties in an arm's length transaction. Market price is used to
determine fair value, where active markets exist, as it is the best evidence of the fair value of a
financial instrument. Market prices are not, however, available for a significant portion of the
financial assets and liabilities held by the Bank. Therefore, for financial instruments where no
market price is available, the fair values presented in the following table have been estimated
using present value or other estimation and valuation techniques based on market conditions
existing on the balance sheet date.
The values derived from applying these techniques are significantly affected by the underlying
assumptions made concerning both the amounts and timing of future cash flow.
The following methods and assumptions have been used:
a. The carrying amount of liquid assets and other assets maturing within twelve months is
assumed to approximate their fair value. This assumption is applied to liquid assets and
the short term elements of all other financial assets and financial liabilities.
b. The fair value of collateral deposits with no specific maturity is assumed to be the
amount payable on demand on the balance sheet date.
c. The fair value of fixed-rate loans and mortgages is estimated by comparing market
interest rates when the loans were granted with current market rates offered on similar
loans. Changes in credit quality of loans within the portfolio are not taken into account
in determining gross fair values, as the impact of credit risk is recognized separately by
deducting the amount of provision for credit losses from both book and fair values.
The fair value of each class of financial assets and liabilities is as follow'-s:
Cash and cash equivalents
Accrued Interest on
Accounts payable and
Carrying Fair Gain/ Carrying Fair Gain/
Value Value Lss Value Value Loss
$ 2,384,133 $
$24,843,956 $ -
$ 4,380,170 $ 4,380,170 $
$ 1,805,304 $ 1,805,304 $
$10,466,441 $10,466,441 $
$10,552 684 10552,6
Where applicable, interest accrued to date on financial instruments is included, for the
purpose of the above fair value disclosure, in the carrying value of the financial
Substantially, the Bank's commitments to extend credit are at variable rates.
Accordingly, the Bank has no significant exposure to fair value fltctuations resulting
from interest rate movements related to financial instrument '. '
Credit risk represents the loss which the Bank would suffer if a client or counterpart failed to
meet its contractual obligations. It is inherent in traditional banking products loans,
commitments to lend and other contingent liabilities. To ensure a consistent and unified
approach, with appropriate checks and balances, all loans are approved by the.Board of
The Bank restricts its credit exposure to both individual counterparties and counterpart
groups by credit limits. The size of the limit depends on the assessment of their financial
strength, particularly the sustainable free cash flow to service obligations, and on the economic
environment, industry position and qualitative factors such as management strength.
Exposures against limits are measured on a continuous basis and are subject to standard
The Bank's approach to liquidity management is to ensure, as far as possible, that it will
always have sufficient liquidity to meets its liabilities when due, without compromising its
ability to respond quickly to strategic market opportunities. The Banlk's approach is based on
framework incorporating the assessment of expected cash flows and the availability of high
grade collateral which could be used to secure additional funding if required. The liquidity
position is assessed and managed under a variety of scenarios. Scenarios encompass both
normal market conditions and stressed conditions. The impact on both trading and client
businesses is considered, taking account of potential collateral with which funds might be
raised, and a possibility that a customer might seek to withdraw funds or draw down unutilized
committed credit lines.
F Iuday risk
The Bank holds accounts for clients in a fiduciary capacity. The Bank mitigates this risk by*
obtaining legal advice in drafting Fiduciary Agreements, which are signed by all clients with
The Bank acts as a trustee. In this, if the Bank were to fail in its fiduciary duties, it could be
exposed to potential liabilities. The Bank mitigates this risk by obtaining the Trust
Instruments and other necessary documents to ensure that it performs its duties in accordance
with the Trust Instrument.
14. MATURITY OF ASSETS AND LIABILmES
The maturity profile of assets and liabilities as of June 30, 2007 have been determined based
on the remaining period at the balance sheet date to the contractual maturity dates as follows:
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Prices to rise due to
energy cost increase
The Bank also enters into commitments to extend credit in the form of credit lines which are
available to secure the liquidity needs of the customers, but not yet drawn upon by them, the
majority of which range in the maturity from one month to five years. Irrevocable undrawn
loan commitments to customers as at the balance sheet date amounted to $898,000 (2006:
17. ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT
Total assets under administration in fiduciary capacity is $21.11 million (2006: $19.012
18. COMPARATIVE FIGURES
Certain prior year's figures have been reclassified to conform with the current year's
presentation. On the balance sheet, the credit balance in other assets was moved to accounts
payable and accrued liabilities.
On the statement of income, where applicable some of the foreign exchange gain was
reallocated to unrealized gain on investments and realized gain on investments. In addition, on
the statement of cash flows the effect of foreign exchange rate change was allocated to cash
and cash equivalents.
Chrterea Ac unt*t
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2nd Terrac, Centr"vet
P.O. Box N-7120
Tel: + 1 (242) 302-400
Fax: +1 (242) 322-3101
INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT
To the Shareholders of
Heath Bank & Trust Limited (formerly Barrington Bank nltemational Limited):
We have audited the balance sheet of Heath Bank & Trust Limited (formerly Barrington Bank
International Limited) (the "Bank") as at June 30, 2007. This balance sheet is the responsibility of
the Bank's management Our responsibility is to express an opinion on this balance sheet based on
We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standads on Auditing. Those Standards
require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the balance
sheet is free of.material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence
supporting the amounts and disclosures in the balance sheet. An audit also includes asessing the
accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the
overall presentation of the balance sheet. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for
In our opinion, the balance sheet presents fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the
Bank as at June 30,2007, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
Without qualifying our opinion, we emphasize that the balance sheet does not comprise a complete
set of financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.
Information on results of operations, cash flows and changes in equity is necessary to obtain a
coaipldtbunderstanding of te financial position, performance and changes in financiaposition of
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derivative of global oil prices,
since the public corporation
purchases fuel for its turbines
from the global market would
have a "ripple effect" through-
out the Bahamian economy.
One likely impact, he
explained, from the inflation-
ary impact of higher electricity
costs, higher business costs and
higher consumer prices, was
that it would likely lead to
demands for increased wages
among Bahamian workers to
maintain living standards.
The increased operating cost
base would also further impair
the Bahamian economy's inter-
Mr D'Aguilar, president of
laundromat chain Superwash,
a big consumer of electricity
and propane gas, said he him-
self was looking at increasing
prices in the New Year
because there were not effi-
ciencies in his business to
absorb the additional energy
He explained: "I'm the sec-
ond largest consumer of
propane on this island to
Atlantis. Propane on the spot
market was $0.85 per gallon in
January, and is now $1.60 per
gallon in November.
"The price has gone up by
almost 100 per cent on the spot
market, and you have to add
about $1 per gallon to the cost
of landing it here in New Prov-
As a result, Superwash's
propane costs had increased.
from $1.85 per gallon in Janu-
ary 2007 to $2.60 per gallon
Mr D'Aguilar said: "That is
a substantial increase in energy
costs. There's no doubt in my
mind that prices are going up
on January 1.
"On January 1, my prices are
Sgoingplp fan'tm fi J6eugh
efficiencies in my business to
offset such a huge increase in a
major cost component of my
business. It's a vexing issue for
He explained that Super-
wash's monthly propane bill
was about $130,000, and BEC's
electricity accounted for anoth-
er $60,000. Between the two,
they accounted for about 30
per cent almost one third -
of Superwash's cost base, and
if their prices increased to raise
that proportion to 40 per cent,
the company had no choice but
to increase its consumer prices.
On BEC's rising fuel sur-
charge and increased electrici-
ty prices, Mr D'Aguilar said:
"Unfortunately, it's going to
affect every business that uses
power, and every business is
going to struggle with the
problem of whether to increase
or not to increase their prices.
Is this a temporary bulge [in
oil prices], or something that is
going to sustain itself over the
"Prices are going to have to
go up, and it's going to have a
ripple effect through the econ-
omy and cause the demand for
wage increases to go up."
Mr D'Aguilar said heavy
consumers of electricity, such
as food stores, the hotels and
firms involved in manufactur-
ing would be impacted most,
saying BEC's rising prices
would "have a substantial
effect on them, no doubt about
it, and they will have to put up
their prices or increase their
With the Bahamas too small
to have any impact on the
global oil and fuel markets, Mr
D'Aguilar said businesses
should first focus on energy
efficiency and conservation,
then look at forms of alterna-
tive energy such as wind and
The Chamber president said:
"The Government should
encourage people to become
a lot more energy efficient, and
therefore eliminate customs
duties on all products related
to energy conservation.
"Solar and wind are the two
big ones we could take advan-
tage of. The Government
should encourage people to
utilise those two different
Mr D'Aguilar said that at
one point he had "looked seri-
ously" at solar power for
Superwash, but decided
against it, one reason being
that the business would have
required so many solar panels,
he would have needed more
real estate to make it work,
meaning it would not result ir.
cost savings and efficiencies.
There were also concerns
about whether the solar panels
would leak water, and could
be exposed to vandalism.
Mr D'Aguilar added that the
Government would also need
to clarify the Electricity Act
for users of alternative ener-
gy, since the current legisla-
tion prohibits consumers in
areas where BEC's power sup-
ply is available from generat-
ing their own electricity except
in the event of power outages.
This, he added, could
penalise alternative energy
Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association's executive
vice-president, said there were
"some jitters" in the industry
over the impact rising global
oil prices would have on the
airline industry and the price
of airlift effectively a major
cost of accessing Bahamian
tourism into this nation if the'.
airlines imposed fuel sur-
charges on ticket prices.
In addition, while the hotels
tried to absorb as much of
BEC's costs themselves, they
often had no choice but to pass
some on to the consumer.
Mr Comito said the hotel
industry had several years ago
presented a list of products to
the Government that it
recommended should be
exempt from customs duties,
as this would encourage
greater energy efficiency by
"reducing the pay back time"
from the likes of solar and
As a result, an "increasing
number of businesses and res-
idences" were importing solar
panels, due to the measures
subsequently put in place.
Queen .s ColIege
has an immediate vacancy for
A FEMALE TEACHER OF
(with the ability to teach swimming)
VACANCY AS OF JANUARY 3, 2008
A TEACHER OF MODERN LANGUAGES (FRENCH)
IN THE HIGH SCHOOL
Applicants for the above mentioned posts must have a minimum of a
Bachelor's degree from a recognized University in the relevant subject
area and a Post-graduate Certificate in Education, or teacher certificate.
In the case of the Modem Languages Teacher, the ability to teach Advanced
Placement courses, a second language or a second subject would be an
asset. A certified copy of the relevant degree and teacher certificate must
accompany the application. The names and relevant contact information
of at least two professional references should also be listed. Applications
from unqualified persons and or incomplete applications will not be
The persons offered an appointment will be expected to make a commitment ,
to work in harmony with Christian principles and to support the emphases
of the Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church of which the school
is a part.
Queen's College was established in Nassau in 1890 by the Methodist
Church and is a member of the International Association of Methodist
Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU)
The completed application together with a covering letter and a recent
photograph must be sent to:
P.O. Box N 7127
Or faxed to 242 393 3248 or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
MINISTRY OF LANDS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
THE PRICE CONTROL ACT, 1971
THE PRICE CONTROL (GASOLINE & DIESEL OIL)
(AMENDMENT) ( ) REGULATIONS,2002
The public is advised that prices as shown in the Schedule for LEAD FREE GASOLINE and
DIESEL OIL sold by ESSO STANDARD OIL S. A. LIMITED and FREEPORT OIL COMPANY
LTD. will become effective on Thursday, November 8,2007.
MAXIMUM WHOLESALE SELLING PRICE MAXIMUM RETAIL
PER U.S. GALLON SELLING PRICE PER
PLACE ARTICLE MAXIMUM MAXIMUM
SUPPLIERS' PRICE DISTRIBUTORS'
S PRICE S
NEW PROVIDENCE I N C L U DI N G SEA FRE I G H T
Esso Standard Oil S.A. LEAD FREE 4.07 4.07 4.51
Limited DIESEL OIL 3.76 3,76 3.95
FREEPORT I N C L U D I N G S E A F R E I G H T
FREEPORT OIL COMPANY LEAD FREE 3.92 3.92 4.36
LTD. DIESEL OIL 3.73 3,73 3.92
GRANDBAHAMA I N CLU D I NG S E A F R EI G H T
Esno Standard Oil SA. LEAD FREE 3.97 4.13 4.55
Limited DIESEL OIL 3.64 3.80 3.99
ABACO, ANDROS N O T INCLUDING SEA FREI G H T
E Stadard O SA. LEAD FREE 4.07 428 4,67
Limited DIESEL OIL 3,77 3.93 4.12
ALL OTHER FAMILY N O T INCLUDING SEA FRE I G H T
Em Stidard Oil S.A. LEAD FREE 4.08 4.30 4.70
Limited DIESELOIL 3.78 3.93 4.13
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007, PAGE 9B
PAGE 10B, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2007
WHAT WOULD YOU
LIKE FOR DESSERT
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6 LUtle store of hats, perhaps, a he
leisure centre ()
9 Akcrftranporting freitW? (7)
11 UpLeng the drink, cried (5)
12 ft bm angementforus,
15 OurimnKiKN i,
17 ShemsImm mmnUnlis(4)
18 Smoky cy? ()
20 FrenchalleninmoBm pootUy(6)
24 Abrzymien? (3)
25 Reor desgner?(7)
28 qyr ilMddhtwe
30 Doeuagptuumft im?(5)
wrong way (5)
AaM05 3, RIh 8, PI-4o 10, Ruler 11, Go.O 12, A-aron
13, Shorty 15, Pis 18, MA-p 19, Be-nign 21, M-a-GI
cal 22, Own 28, Fred 24, M-EN-tors 26, Grades 29, >oe
31, Hoted (hoI 32, Co.*4ud 34, Nnon 35, Mug 36,
L-o4.-IC 37, -N.G.-y Q 8, SOUL-S -
DOWN 1, MN t 2, Dooman4,Aay5, PR.pel 6,
H-Unan 7, Bebing 9, Leo 12, Aline 14,Tag 16, Wkns
17, ride (Deri) 19, B n 20,Tough 21, Medal 23,
Free-man 24, M.0-Co.2S, O.ih 27, Ro4or 28, Dnis
30, P-gg-y 32,Cool 33, Run
Neither side vulne
4 K J8
Opening lead ti
ture a race between
declarer for the
tricks. That is q
leader so often st
ing lead, thus g
declarer in the race
This advantage is
the fact that the
more high cards, b
have enough high
enough suit, the tei
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the success and fai
The battle is of
because of the tin
MEt AND IlID-MANEREw
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The Timing Factor
the declarer may have a choice of
rable. which of two suits to establish, and if
RTH he chooses the wrong one, he may
lose the race.
4 3 Today's hand features just such a
8 situation. South got a spade lead and
J 5 2 won East's king. with the ace. He
EAST played a club to the jack, and East,
4 K 754 took his ace and returned a spade.
V 7 5 The ten lost to the jack, and a spade
S9 5 2 continuation established West's suit.
*A 10 8 3 Declarer now could cash only
YTH eight tricks. When he later led a
10 heart. West grabbed the ace and
6 cashed two spades to defeat the con-
73 tract one trick.
SActually, the contract was a cer-
tainty from the outset with correct
South West play. South should have attacked
2 NT Pass hearts before he touched the clubs.
3 NT At trick two,, he should enter
three of spades. dummy with a diamond and lead a
acts generally fea- low heart toward his hand. If East
the defenders and has the ace, he cannot afford to play
establishment of it because that would give South his
why the opening ninth trick (three hearts, four dia-
arts with his long monds and two spades). East would
i therefore have to play low, allowing
having the open- declarer to win with the queen. South
get the jump on can then force out the ace of clubs to
to build up tricks, assure nine tricks.
usually offset by If West has the ace of hearts (the
declaring side has actual situation), the queen would
ut if the defenders lose, but West could not make a dam-
cards and a long- aging spade return since declarer's
mpo they gain will Q-10 would be in full command of
difference between the suit. Regardless of what West
lure of a contract. returned, South would have ample
ten touch-and-go time to tackle the clubs and make at
ming factor. Also, least four notrump.
HOW many words of four letters
S or more can you make from the
letters shown here? In making
a word, each letter may be used
once only. Each must contain the
centre letter and there must be
.. E w | at least one nine-letter word.
Good 21; very good 31; excellent
41 (or more). Solution tomorrow.
2 Rule a certain leas herff,US
3 Do wrong to poselly the rigt
4 Aslnt heo ptftheatre? (3)
5 Wht a mre doe when she i
6 Crn as can be, certainly
not sacred (7)
8 Intercede to getagarment (4,2)
German one (5)
13 Saucy old dva? (5)
14 Gd endessly, perhaps, for tth
15 Wl-wom idre? (5)
16 HN ilaikpoi w wMth adrumn(5)
1is P p ce* ( 5)
21 Plieam igapoMdMawul (6)
22 LahoulforagMl nmros
23 Bein amenable, 8gm I ining
out the dole (6)
25 Made, t seems, produced a remedy
roundthe medical centre (5)
26 ake a keeper of clean sheets (4)
28 Alow togohalf a miletotheendof
Yesterday's easy solutions
ACOSS: 3, Crave 8,Wager 10, Elder 11, Mar 12, Scarf
Absence 15, Minor 18, Too 19, Minute 21, Bitumen 22,
Epic 23, User 24, Testate 26, Killed 29, Ire 31, Ocean a
Toenal 34, Cumin 35, Sin 36, Under 37, Umlt 38,
DOWN: 1, Lambs 2, Heretic 4, Race 5, Vermn 6, Elfin7
Beret9, Gas 12, Scouted 14, Not 16, Nurse 17, Reams
Mention 20, Gedko 21, BUM 23, Utensil 24, Tenure 25,
Are 27, Ing 28, Lam 30, M1 m n32, Tkne
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1 18 -
m0-21 -- m3
10 Hlusa (5)
11 Grind (5)
12 Custom (5)
13 Subdu (7)
15 Consumed (3)
19 Ethical (5)
20 Perception (6)
22 Servant (4)
24 Lip (3)
25 Angy reply(7)
26 Pole (5)
27 Crazy (5)
13, 29 Snads(7)
30 Tag (S)
2, 31 Tennis score (5)
3 Emuphasis (6)
4 Exclamaion (3)
5 Continental (5)
12 Waingbid (5)
13 Tree (5)
14 Record (5)
15 Book ol mps (5)
16 Weeraway (5)
18 Heb (5)
23 Slanted leter (6)
25 Calls (5)
26 Quote (4)
28 Guided (3)
ARIES March 21/April 20
You may be feeling the urge to
splurge this week, Aries. In fact, you
could spend so much that you'll have
to look around for extra income,
which could be a blessing in disguise.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
You're affectionate and approach-
able, making this a good week for
affairs of the heart. However, not all
loves are true; you'll have to be a
little mpre discerning than usual.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
This is a festive time for you. Party
on, but don't doubt for a minute
that you'll have to pay for it down
the line. By the weekend, you'll
realize the need to find balance in
CANCER June 22/July 22
You're feeling quite the charmer
this week, and those around you
are noticing. This is one of the
best times of year for you, and
things will only get better by the
end of the week.
LEO July 23/August 23
You'll pay almost.any price to keep
the peace this week, Leo. In this
case, being a little too forgiving is
better than holding a hurtful grudge.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept22
This week, you'll Teel torn between
telling the truth and saying some-
thing nicer. It may be a good idea to
tell a little white lie to calm a love
one's fears, but just this once.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
It would appear that you're very
attached to something, and have a
terrible fear of losing it. The best
way to hold on to things you hold
dear is to handle them gently, Libra.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Past disappointments fade into the
background this week. Your confi-
dence may have suffered one or two
blows lately, but the tide has now
turned in your favor.
SAGfITARIUS- Nov 23/Dec 21
You've always been among the most
outgoing, Sagittarius, but it is impor-
tant that you take time for yourself
this week to resolve something that's
been on your mind. Don't worry,
your friends will understand.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
What exactly are you after,
Capricorn? This is the question on
your mind this week. Forget about the
power and the profit. Instead, strive
to make the world a better place.
AQUARIUS- Jan 21/Feb 18
Watch your back, but don't become
so paranoid that you miss all the
wonderful people who are trying to
get your attention. You have more
friends than enemies out there.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Most things will come easily to you
this week. Don't sweat the small
stuff. Because the waters are so calm,
you'll have plenty of time to expand
your understanding of life.
CHESS by LeonrdBarde
Xie Jun v Ketevan
world championship candidates,
Groningen 1997. Material is
level, but White's game looks
close to strategic defeat The c3
knight is attacked, while after 1
Nbl or 1 Ndl Black simply
captures Qxe4+ exchanging
queens with an extra pawn and
the superior position. China's
Xie Jun, who went on to win the
world title, found a subtle and
imaginative move in the
diagram which turned the tables
and led to rapid victory for
White. What happened?
a b c d e f g h
Chess solution 8480 1 Rh6! bxc3 2 Qh7+ K17 3
Rxf6+l when if Kxf6 4 Qg6 mate. The defence 3_Ke8
also fails to 4 Rxf8+ Kxf8 (Kd75 b3 wins a rook up) 5
Qh8+ Kf7 6 Rxg7+ Kf6 7 OQh6 mate.
I ...-T TRY TO BREAK
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