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Title: The Tribune.
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Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 11/13/2007
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NOVEMBER 13, 2007

House Speaker set

to survive motion

of no confidence

THE no confidence motion in
the Speaker of the House of
Assembly Alvin Smith was expect-
ed to be defeated in parliament last
night, as the supporters of the
Speaker the government .side -
had the majority in the House.
Members of the PLP Opposition
in the House of Assembly yester-
day brought a motion of no confi-
dence and called for the Speaker
of the- Hiise to resigi froi hii
However, Seabreeze MP Carl
Bethel countered this motion by
proposing an amendment to the
resolution in support of the Speak-
er. It stated that Speaker Smith
since his election has "restored the
honour, dignity and respect due to
the high office of Speaker of this
Honourable House."
Mr Bethel's amendment was
expected to pass.
The debate on the conduct of
the Speaker and on the comments
made by Prime Minister Ingraham
in the House on October 22 raged

Tribune Staff Reporter
MINISTER of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing yesterday evening hit
back at PLP leader Perry Christie for his
comments on the alleged slow down of
the Bahamian economy, stating that the
former prime minister's remarks display
SEE page eight

on all day yesterday and still had
not come to a close by The Tri-
bune's late press time of 9.30 last
Last week, the Opposition
vowed to bring the motion of no
confidence to the House after Mr
Smith ruled in favour of the gov-
ernment, saying that the context in
which Mr Tngraham used the word
."wutless" (worthless) did not
offend House RulU'30 (16), bcausdLL
the word referred to a group, not an
individual. It was, therefore, not
unparliamentary in the context in
which it was used.
Leading the no confidence
motion in the Speaker yesterday,
Dr Bernard Nottage, leader of
Opposition business in the House,
said that the most disturbing fac-
tor leading up to this point is the
Speaker's "unwavering, blind and
almost child-like support" of the
Member of North Abaco, Prime
SEE page eight

Chief Reporter
A comprehensive road repair
and repaving programme will need
to be undertaken in Central and
South Eleuthera, along sections of
the major roadways in Exuma, Cat
Island and Long Island as well as
along a number of other roadways
where standing water has deterio-
rated road surfaces impeding traV-
el as in San Salvador and Acklins,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
said yesterday during a communi-
cation in the House where he gave
an update on recovery efforts after

Tropical Storm Noel. The prime
minister said that relief assistance
from the Government will be guid-
ed by the final damage and loss
assessment reports of the Depart-
ments of Public Works, Agricul-
ture and Marine Resoqrces, Envi-
ronmental Health and Social Ser-
Mr Ingraham said that-all such
reports cannot be finalized until
,officers are able to move freely
"about the islands.
"We fully expect that damage
assessment will be revised for all
affected islands as more complete
information becomes available,"
he said.

Court orders seizure of
Dwight Major assets
MAGISTRATE Carolita Bethel yesterday
ordered the confiscation of nearly $3 million in
traced assets, cash, expenditures and income
seized from Dwight Major prior to March 2001.
Magistrate Bethel also sentenced Major to
five years in prison which is to take effect from
October 11, 2003. Major could also have to serve
an additional four years in prison if he fails to pay
the sum.
In her ruling on the proceeds of crime case
yesterday, which has been going on for some
SEE page eight


The Prime Minister said that
public corporations have placed
teams in the field to assess dafnage
and to institute repairs to their
facilities during and immediately
following the passage of the storm.
Now, with few exceptions, all
public utility services electricity,
telephone and water having been
interrupted for varying lengths of
time on a number of islands,
notably Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera,
Long Island and Acklins, have
been restored throughout the
SEE page eight

Alleged rape victim,
20, called to testify
A 20-year-old woman, who claims she was raped
onboard a cruise ship in the Bahamas earlier this
year, was called to testify in the Supreme Court
Ruel Ellis Lockwood, a 28-year-old Nicaraguan
who is represented by lawyer Dorsey McPhee,
appeared before Justice Cheryl Albury yesterday for
the start of his trial.
Lockwood is accused of raping the 20-year-old
Florida State University student while she was
asleep onboard the Sovereign of the Seas on March
SEE page eight

Election court:

lead counsel

of the PLP in

offer to FNM
Tribune Staff Reporter
LEAD Counsel for the PLP in
the Pinewood election court chal-
lenge, Philip 'Brave' Davis, yes-
terday made an offer to the FNM
to agree on which voters in ques-
tion were outside of the con-
stituency, and which fall within,
leaving debate only for those vot-
ers whose status is not agreed
upon ............ .. ....
Mr Davis told the court that
he was authorised by his client,
Allyson Maynard-Gibson, to
make the offer which, he argued,
is intended to speed up the trial.
The PLP lead counsel said that
his client is prepared to under-
take such an agreement in regard
to the FNM's list of voters in
Of this list of 41 persons, Mr
Davis said that there would prob-
ably be only seven names that
would require proof. He then sug-
gested that both the first and sec-
ond respondents Byron Wood-
side and Herbert Brown in the
case should undertake the same
SEE page eight

Bank notes

reveal debt

by family

ALMOST $1 million is owed to
the Bahamas Development Bank
from family members of the bank's
key management personnel, the
BDB's financial statement revealed
Tabled in the House of Assembly
by Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, the notes on the bank's finan-
cial statements stated, pertaining in
particular to this matter, that at year
end there are two loans due totalling
The document reads: "These
loans have fixed terms of repay-
ment and bear interest at rates at
8.50 per cent, and 10.50 per cent.
Both loans were fully secured.
Additionally, one of the loans,
$115,174 was classified as non-per-
Loans to key management per-
sonnel of the BDB totalled
$193,468. The loans bear an interest
at a rate of 5.50 per cent, are secured
and have fixed terms of repayment.

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Tropical storm flooding

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Chief Reporter
THERE were 249 homes
damaged by flooding caused by
Tropical Storm Noel, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham told
parliarientarians during a com-
munication to the House of
Mr Ingraham said that 106
residences were damaged by
flood water in Long Island, the
greatest number being in Dead-
man's Cay, Hamilton and
In Exuma, 43 houses sus-
tained flood damage; the great-
est damage appears to have
been sustained in Steventon,
Moss Town and Bahamas
Sound Ocean Edition West.
Eleuthera residents were sim-
ilarly hard hit by flood waters,
particularly in the soutl where
82 houses sustained water dam-
age. Of that number, 25 Were
located in Wemyss Bight, 24 in
T'arpum Bay and 17 in Palmet-
to Point. Some 24 homes were
flooded in other parts of Central
Eleuthera and another five in
North Eleuthera.
In San. Salvador eight houses
were flooded in United Estates
and Cockburn Town; six were
flooded in a number of settle-
ments in Cat Island, and four
residences were flooded in Port
Nelson, Rum Cay.
Tropical Storm Noel brought
widespread rain to most islands
of the southeast and central
Bahamas starting on October
29, and lasting for three days.
. "This was not a hurricane but
it was a deadly tropical storm,
the second most deadly during
the 2007 hurricane season. We.
can be satisfied that plans and
programs in place to prepare
for and respond to disasters are
working well," Mr Ingraham
Long Island, Exuma,
Eleuthera and Cat Island were
most seriously impacted by the
A number of other islands
including Acklins, Rum Cay,
Long Cay and San Salvador

were impacted by the storm
though not seriously, experi-
encing mostly localised flood-
ing, particularly in low lying
areas, and some interruption of
public utility services.
Flooding in the islands of the -
central Bahamas, the result of
heavy rainfall early in O6tober,
was exacerbated by the passage
of Noel, in particular in Long
Island, Exuma, Cat Island and
Mr Ingraham said that sub-
stantial and costly damages to
'residential and business prop-
erties and to crops, livestock
and fishing gear were sustained
on Long Island, Cat Island,
Eleuthera and Exuma as a
result of the exceptionally heavy
rainfall associated with Noel.
He said while the vast major-
ity of public infrastructure -
government administrative
buildings, schools, clinics, air
and sea ports, docks and sea
walls withstood the storm
well, heavy flooding is exacting
a heavy toll on residents partic-
ularly in Exuma, Long Island
and Eleuthera.
Some victims of the flood,
particularly in Long Island and
Exuma, have been traumatised
Oy the experience, the prime
minister said, and psychologists
and social workers have been

deployed to provide counselling
to assist them in dealing with
the storm's aftermath. .
Mr Ingraham said that one of
the greatest needs is for the
draining of standing water along
major roadways connecting
communities in Exuma,
Long Island, Cat Island and
He added that flood watet
continues to impede normal
ground transportation, the usu-
al delivery of food, water and
other supplies to settlements on
some Family Islands, notably
Acklins, Cat Island, Exuma aid!
Long Island.
Similarly, flooding along main
roadways and around
some government-operat4d
health clinics and schools is pre-
venting ready access by resi-
The prime minister pointed
out that flood water is slowly
beginning to recede naturally
in some areas.
"The Departments of Public
Works and Local Government
are co-ordinatihg the pumping
out of the most seriously
impacted areas with .varying
degrees of success determined
largely by the availability and
access to suitable run-off catch-
ments areas," Mr Ingraham

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PMH management denies

allegations against staff

0 In brief

Wyclef Jean visits
to promote youth
funded by his
Yele Haiti charity
WYCLEF Jean has
announced the creation
of several youth-based
programs funded by his
Yele Haiti chaLrty,
according to Ass'bciated
"If you want to
change a country,
unfortunately, you're
not going to be able to
help 8/million people at
one tipne," the 35-year-
old sithger told
'But if you can get
one or two or three and
start to make that
change, that will make
the difference."
Jean, who was born in
Haiti, arrived Saturday
in Port-au-Prince.
It was his first visit
since being named a
roving ambassador for
the Caribbean nation in
Yele Haiti will pro-
vide computer labs,
classrooms and counsel-
ing for jailed child gang
members, help local
women's groups sell
food in theseaside slum
of Cite Soleil, and
establish a youth schol-
arship and soccer pro-
gram, Jean said.
.Jean, who wore a
,vhite linen jacket with
Haiti's shield embroi-
dered in sparkling
stones, spoke to
reporters mostly in Cre-

consistent with nodular/vesic-
ular lesions seen in infants with
scabies," said Mrs Adderley.
She added that all of the der-
matologists attached to the
skin clinic were in agreement
with the scabies diagnosis.
The mother's opinion on the
matter was informed by advice
given to her by a private doctor
unassociated with the hospital
who told her that without a

' doubt her son was suffering
from an allergic reaction to the
MMR booster.
Her distrust was enhanced
by the fact that none of4the
other people living in her
house with her son were, when
tested, found to be suffering
from scabies, she claimed.
Her son's condition has
caused him to suffer consider-
ably, disrupting his, and by

extension, her sleep, for
Yesterday, Mrs Adderley
noted that the boy was given
the treatment for scabies, and
contrary to the mother's asser-
tion that the medications pre-
scribed were not available from
the PMH pharmacy, claimed
that only one of the drugs -
Advantin Milk was not on
the hospital's formulatory.
"Assistance was given to the
family to purchase the drug
from Lowe's Pharmacy," she
"By September 14,2007, the
skin lesions were resolving.
The patient as given an

appointment to return on Sep-
tember 21," Mrs Adderley
Mrs Adderley said that the
hospital's medical staff are
committed to resolving the
child's health issues.
"Our team of dermatologists
have been working and will
continue to work with the fam-
ily to ensure proper treatment
to the infant and the entire
family to subside all symptoms
of scabies," she said.
According to the adminis-
trator, scabies is caused by "the
human itoh mite, sarcoptes sca-
biei, usually spread by skin to
skin contact, characterized by
generalised itching."
It can be passed among peo-
ple sleeping together, or to
children through hugh hugging
adults, or interacting with
infected children in nurseries
or day care facilities, she


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Tribune Staff Reporter
Princess Margaret Hospital has
denied allegations that staff
failed to properly respond to
an alleged allergic reaction suf-
fered by an infant.
Last week, mother Donnalee
Miller claimed her son suffered
from a severe and very itchy
skin outbreak only a day after
he received an MMR vaccina-
tion in mid-August.
Believing that due to the
timing of the attack it was a
consequence of the booster,
the mother returned him days
after to the Baillou Hill Road
Clinic where he received the
jab but was told by staff that his
condition had "nothing to do
with the immunisation."
Subsequent examinations by
staff at PMH, returned the con-
clusion that her son was suf-
fering from either scabies or
infected eczema, she told The
However, the mother
remained sceptical and last
week called on the minister of
health to step in.
Yesterday hospital adminis-
trator Coralie Adderley reit-
erated the hospital's position
that the child is suffering from
the infectious disease known
as scabies and said she wished
to "assure the public" that the
matter had been investigated.
"Our reports indicate that
the child was seen on Wednes-
day, August 22, 2007 in the
skin clinic at the hospital with a
one week history of an itchy
skin rash
"The skin lesions were all



( Tuesday
27th November, 2007

'Ninety' set to appear

in court tomorrow
- Despite delays caused by
unsatisfactory lawyers, questions
concerning admissible evidence,
and mail marked "return to
sender"', Samuel "Ninety"
Knowles is scheduled to appear
tomorrow for his first jury trial in
a US courtroom.
Knowles has spent over a year
in Federal lockup in South Flori-
da. He has challenged the- Unit-
ed States' jurisdiction in one of
his cases, and won temporary
reprieve. And he encountered a
hard time finding satisfaction
with his court appointed attor- -e t'0w
Now the ends of justice are picking up pace in a case where
prosecutors and myriad public defenders came out of the starting
gate without momentum.
Since his extradition in 2006 Knowles protested his handover to
US authorities. He and his attorneys argued early on that the
Federal Government had no right to try him on criminal case 1091
because he was extradited only on criminal case 0425.
Knowles appeared at several unsuccessful arraignment hear-
ings between September and November of 2006. Some tfie 'in
November he FedealProsecutors Office was forced to abandon
their pursuit of case 1091 due to the ambiguity surrounding the
Public defenders, however, were not successful in dismissing
case 0425.
casKnowles and his attorney's argued that his extradition on charges
stemming from case 0425 was illegal because he had an outstand-
ing writ of habeas corpus in Bahamian courts.
Knowles and his attorneys then filed for dismissal of the case on
those grounds.
Federal court judge James Cohn, though, relying heavily on the

to buy time and in the process likely cause the court to become a
laughing stock...is to manipulate the court in such a way as to be an
abuse of the process."
The Bahamas Supreme Court found that Knowles' outstanding
writ had "less chance of success than the proverbial snowball in
Knowles' new public defender Jacob Rose will now argue his case
before a jury of his peers. Should he be found guilty, Knowles
could spend the rest of his life in a US prison.


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Mitchell wrong
AS THE debate on the no confidence motion
continued in the House of Assembly late into
the night the events of the past seemed to hang
heavily over the lower chamber. We could
almost hear the wise voice of the late Sir Etienne
Dupuch, who in bygone years warned the first
PLP government that when it craftily conspired
to dig a grave for its foes, it would be wise to dig
one for itself.
In the past, during the Pindling.era, many
precedents established by the PLP to defeat its
opponents have now returned to haunt its suc-
cessors. In the House yesterday, the "new"
PLP, ignorant of its past, cried foul.
It was a "perverse act", complained Fox Hill
MP Fred Mitchell, when Minister Carl Bethel
turned the tables on the Opposition and amend-
ed the PLP's "no confidence" motion in Speak-
er Smith to one of "confidence." It was "per-
verse", said Mr Mitchell, to change the Oppo-
sition's negative position of "no confidence"
into the positive of full confidence. It was, he
said, turning a wrong into a right. But he con-
soled himself that "the truth will out." He said
that since Independence the parliament had
been busy establishing its own precedents.
It certainly has been, and, when Mr Mitchell
was only a boy of 17, it had established the very
precedent of which he now complains. The PLP
didn't think it was perverse then to turn a neg-
ative into a positive. In fact, the "crew" thought
they were rather clever fellows, especially A D
Hanna, now governor general, who with a
stroke of a pen had the bright idea to turn a neg-
ative into a positive.
The year was 1970 and the late Randol
Fawkes (later Sir Randol) had moved a no con-
fidence motion in Lynden Pindling only three
years after Mr Pindling, as he then was, had
led the country into majority rule. It was Mr
Fawkes' vote that had won the government for
the PLP. Mr Fawkes was fond of reminding Sir
Lynden who the kingmaker was as he fought to
keep the Pindling feet to the fire.
Sir Randol had 10 articles of accusations
against Sir Lynden, all to do with the breach of
his own code of ethics. It didn't take long for the
rot to set in the new government the bitter
fruits of which this generation is now tasting.
In brief Sir Randol accused the Prime Min-
ister of not only breaking his own code of ethics,
but of conflict of interest and condoning the
actions of one of his ministers, whom he accused
of corruption.
The Prime Minister, he said, had been untrue
to his own declared code of ethics, which he
had "scarcely enunciated" before it was revealed
that "he himself, through the law firm of Pin-
dling and Nottage, had contravened its provi-

on 'perverse act'
It was a critical debate and the vote of every
member counted. As crowds gathered around
the parliament building, even the sick rose and
struggled up the stairs to cast their votes. Two
opposition members flew in from London to
vote. The Pindling government was badly splin-
tered. Eight members eventually the Dissi-
dent Eight, who went on to become the Free-
PLP and then the FNM openly declared that
they had no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Two of Sir Lynden's cohorts who didn't want to
show their hand, stayed away one attending
the morning session, but absenting himself after
the luncheon break. In the wee hours of the
morning after an 11-hour debate, Sir Lynden
slipped through on a slim margin of four votes
of confidence, including his own.
And so, Mr Mitchell, the perversion of which
you complained yesterday was established in
November 1970 before you were politically
Apparently, Sir Arthur Foulkes, who is now
Director General of Bahamas Information Ser-
vices (BIS), gave his version of the 1970 events
Sir Arthur was one of the Dissident Eight.
He was rewarded with a shot across the bow by
Dr Bernard Nottage in the House yesterday.
Said Dr Nottage: "Don't try to hide behind
inane explanations no matter who offers them,
even Directors of BIS a public officer, who is
also a deputy governor to the Governor-Gen-
eral. And while he is enjoying the meat, women
like Enid Falconer and Vandell Bethel and
Melissa Murphy have been sent home from a
$10,000 per year or $200 per week job cleaning
up the streets trying to feed their children."
Dr*Nottage knows the rules about referring
to persons outside of the House, who are in no
position to defend their reputation, but when it
suits his purpose, he apparently feels justified in
breaking the rules.
We know he is aware of this rule because in
the House on July 1, 1996 he complained that
the member for Holy Cross had referred to
"someone who is not a member of this House."
He pointed out to the Speaker that this was
wrong and advised him: "You ought not to
allow it and you ought to ask the member to
cease and desist."
In the course of this exchange another mem-
ber made a comment to Dr Nottage, who
replied: "Mr Speaker, when 'jackasses' use that
kind of words, that kind of expression in the par-
liament, it is obviously wrong." Although the
Speaker told Dr Nottage that she saw no "jack-
asses" in the chamber, she did not ask him to
withdraw his obscenity.
After a day of politics, we hope when MPs
next meet they will be ready to do the people's


session in


EDITOR, The Tribune.
of the House Assembly ended
up in a clash between the
FNM members and PLP
members two weeks ago.
During this chaotic session,
opposition leader Perry
Christie made claims and
complaints that were strongly
against Prime Minister Ingra-
ham's speech in the House of
Assembly, which he and his
colleagues felt were "unpar-
liamentary" words. used
against him and his col-
leagues. During Prime Minis-
ter Ingraham's speech in the
House, Mr Ingraham firmly
told former Prime minister
that he was a "failure" dur-
ing his time in government
and he described the former
government members as
However, the Speaker, Mr
Alvin Smith did not find any
words used by Prime Minis-
ter Ingraham as being unpar-
liamentary, despite what com-
plaints Mr Christie made.
In my point of view, I think
that the PLP are too 'picky'
and needs to be stronger. I
think they just want to com-
plain about every little thing

to draw the public's attention
to them and to make them
feel that they are in the right
and to show them the unruly
behaviour of the FNM gov-
ernment. The PLP needs to
stop picking up every li'l
stone they come across and
focus on the bigger ones.
They need to focus on trying
to help better this country
and not making it worse with
such undisciplined behaviour
they displayed.
In my opinion, I can say by
what I saw on television that
the PLP behaviour was
unparliamentary because they
presented intense, unneces-
sary arguments with FNM
members. It was so intense
that a MP of the PLP chal-
lenged a FNM MP saying, "If
you is man come over here!"
Sounds like a threat doesn't
it? How can people like these
be even trusted to be given
this country back in their
hands again with that kind of
speech? They need to stay out
as being the Government if

Rumours about BEC
EDITOR, The Tribune.
RUMOURS that BEC will lose 10 million dollars have been
floated about and I believe that probably is accurate.
Firstly the Treasury benefits with a substantial tax revenue
windfall when the price of diesel as well as the price of Bunker
C increases as the Duty and Stamp Tax paid for these products
are...diesel 24 cents per US gallon plus 27.5 per cent plus seven
per cent Stamp Tax...Bunker C is 85 cents per US gallon plus
27.5 per cent plus seven per cent Stamp Tax.
The Public Treasury Revenue is therefore making a sub-
stantial windfall in additional and unbudgeted Tax Revenue,'
Customs Duty, which is added to the basic cost per unit BEC
The Minister of Finance proposes a budget and creates esti-
mates to meet that budget's goals. On a basic a product as
electricity which affects us all from the small private house
owner-renter to the commercial sector. Why can't the Min-
istry of Finance have a flexible duty scale which would reduce
if the price of oil increases?
I find it offensive that the public is being required to pay
over and above the budget estimates of revenue, simply because
the price of oil has increased globally.
The same will go for Bahamasair which relies on aviation fuel,
but in case there is only a seven per cent stamp tax the fuel
is duty free.
The Ministry of Finance should examine this immediately and
alter the obvious revenue gouging.
October 31, 2007,

that's the case and not the
FNM. In essence to this, it has
become an awareness that the
PLP cannot accept the fact
that they lost the 2007 Gen-
eral election until up to now
they are fighting to win anoth-
er seat in Pinewood, what
they suppose should have
been given to them instead of
FNM member Bryan Wood-
side (Minister of State for
Youth, and Sports)
They need to know that life
is not always about winning
all the time. Sometimes you
win sometimes you lose and
they did lose.
November 9, 2007.

Lame politics

at its worst
EDITOR, The Tribune.
THIS recent posture by the
Progressive Liberal Party is lame
politics at its, worst. It confirms
what Mr Ingraham has always
said about them they are dri-
ven by style, not substance.
On page five of Manifesto '07,
under the caption "Law Reform",
the Free National Movement
pledged to the Bahamian people
that they would "...Amend the
Juries Act to allow for smaller
juries in non-capital cases". True
to form, the FNM is in the
process of implementing their
promises to the people.
The PLP held no press confer-
ence to advance their position
that juries should consist of
twelve persons in non-capital cas-
es, yet they held no less than two
press conferences to lament that
Mr Ingraham hurLMr Christie's &
feelings. Now the PLP is postur-
ing to waste the time-of the Par-
liament by moving a resolution
of no-confidence in the Speaker
for the purpose of obstructing the
agenda of the government. An
agenda, I might add, that was
approved by the people on May
Now it seems to me that if the
PLP were serious about repre-
senting the minority view, they
would have engaged the govern-
ment in meaningful debate on the
bill that was before them in Par-
liament. They opposed the bill on
the ground of "insufficient icon-
It is clear to me which party is
driven by style and which one is
driven by substance.
November, 2007,



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BDA revisits
position on
licensing of
foreign dentists
THE Bahamas Dental Asso-
ciation has revisited its position
on the licencing of foreign den-
tists for practice in the Bahamas.
"While we must protect the
interests of our members, the
BDA is cognizant of the fact
that those interests must never
supersede the interests of the
Bahamian people," said associ-
ation president Dr Andre
Rollins. "We are morally, ethi-
cally and professionally duty-
bound to promote the oral
health interests and overall wel-
fare of the Bahamian people."
He said the association has
therefore adopted and advanced
the position to the Dental Coun-
cil that licenses to foreigners
should be granted in locales
where the sufficient availabili-
ty of full-time dental services
does not exist, or where the
ratio of dentists in the commu-
nity is less than 1:4,000.
"The BDA is committed to
supporting fair and progressive
policies that do not seek to
undermine the practice of den-
tistry in the Bahamas," Dr
Rollins said.

FBI: Hole deliberately
driled itI pipe at
nuclear reactor
AN FBI investigation has
found that someone deliber-
ately drilled a hole into a pipe
that is part of a nuclear reac-
tor's cooling system at the
Turkey Point power plant,
according to Associated Press.
The defect was discovered
in March 2006 during a routine
inspection. Officials said they
don't plan to file charges
because they don't have
enough evidence to prove
criminal intent.
"No one is being charged
unless more evidence becomes
available," said FBI spokes-
woman Judy Orihuela.
An out-of-state contractor
worker hired to do routine
maintenance is suspected of
- drilling the 1/8-inch hole, Ori-
huela added, describing the .
incident as an act of vandal--,'i
ism. More than 700 utility
workers were interviewed as
part of the investigation.
The public's heath and safe-
ty were not at risk, the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission said,
so the act was not deemed to
be sabotage.
A Florida Power & Light
spokeswoman declined to com-
ment on the investigation. The
company had offered a
$100,000 reward for informa-
tion about the culprit.


'Carbon neutral' resort is.

,planned for the Bahamas

* By ALISON LOWE ta 1 on the world as a whole, said environment" and a "loss of
Tribune Staff Reporter those behind the project. everything Bahamian" by
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THE WORLD'S "finest sus-
tainable and carbon neutral exot-
ic island resort" is set to be built
on a 35-acre island 10 minutes
away from Harbour Island, it was
claimed yesterday.
According to the marketers
behind the proposed 'Star Island',
the entire project set to include
private homes, resort resitlences
and luxury amenities such as a
spa, tennis courts and a "no-fuel"
marina will be "off the grid"
and "100 per cent energy self-suf-
Developers claim that the
resort will be the first time many
of the "green" technologies now
available will have been brought
together in one luxury experience.
"Resorts are harnessing natur-
al energy sources, building with
sustainable materials, recycling,
decorating with eco-furniture and
serving organic foods, but these
advancements have never been
brought together in one place
before. Star Island plans to do
just that and, in the process,
become a showcase for the latest
and most innovative technologies,
materials and practices," said

'energy self-sufficient'

David Sklar, architect, CEO
and driving force behind the pro-
The resort will not only use
existing technologies, but provide
a space in which to "test and
demonstrate emerging tech-
niques," emphasised Mr Sklar,
adding: "We want to be a magnet
for ideas. We want to show what's
Developers claim that from its
construction to its operation, all
of Star Island's activities will be
fully sustainable.
Power will come from alterna-
tive energy sources, such as solar,
microhydro, wind power and
buildings will be designed to meet
LEED (Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design) cer-
tification standards.
According to the United States
Green Building Council, the
LEED Green Building Rating
System is a "nationally-accepted
benchmark for the design, con-

struction and operation of high-
performance green buildings."
To this end, edifices will
encompass green materials like
cold-formed steel (CFS), which
has the same strength as regular
steel but is made out of primarily
recycled material.
Visitors and residents will be
served organic foods and drinks
and their beds will made with
recyclable bamboo sheets. Every-
day water needs will be met by a
rain-harvesting system and under-
ground tanks while drinking
water will be produced via
reverse osmosis systems.
The island will have on-site
recycling systems, undertake off-
site community projects, and will
"convert most of the island's non-
recyclable waste to energy, fuel
and fertilizer" all part of the
developer's professed commit-
ment to preserving the surround-
ing environment and mitigating
the negative impact of tourism

'09, its mix of high-luxury and
high-sustainability will be the talk
of the travel industry and the
inspiration for 'green' resorts
worldwide," claim the develop-
This announcement comes as
the Bahamian Out Islands were
assessed as suffering in part from
"exploitation of their natural

Geographic Traveler last week.
These comments about the
islands appeared in a survey by
the magazine intended to rank
islands according to the degree
,to which their tourism develop-
ments have been either sustain-
able, or "'overkill" to the detri-
ment of the local population and


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A farewell to last remaining

Sister of Charity in Bahamas

THE Catholic Archdiocese bade farewell to the last remaining
Sister of Charity in the Bahamas, Sister Joan Anderson during a
luncheon at Graycliff Restaurant on Friday, November 9. She
departs the country on Wednesday, November 14 after 42 years of
service to the Catholic faith and wider Bahamas.
The Sisters of Charity were the pioneer missionaries of Catholi-
cism in the country. Pictured from left are Sister David Mary;
Alice Russo, sister of Sister Joan Anderson; Minister of National
Security Tommy Turnquest; former Minister of Social Services
Melanie Griffin; Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Nassau; Sister Joan; Loretta Butler-Turner, Minister
of State for Social Development; and Barbara Burrows, Permanent
Secretary, Ministry of Health and Social Development.


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from $3,000 to $7,000 will be
awarded on the basis of fulfill-
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toward cultural' values, stimu-
lating economic and social activ-
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supporting artistic excellence,
and contributing toward youth
and community development.
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of innovative projects, preserve
and recover traditions and con-
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statement. "The projects are
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educational scope, effective use
of resources, ability to mobilise
additional financial resources
and the long-term impact on the
The IDB may finance up to
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effectiveness of micro-invest-
ments in community-based cul-
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creation and capacity building
since 1996.
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This year, from the Bahamas,
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DENTISTRY is still not
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Scientific Conference at the
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last week.
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health," he said. He told the
conference that their profession
is only as strong as the associa-
tion, "and the strength of our
representation on those bodies
responsible for governing den-
tistry and the public health care
He said that during his
tenure, the BDA has actively
sought to increase its represen-
tation and influence in matters
pertaining tb publiclhealth pol-
Some of dtir'efforis have
included discussions with the
Ministry of Health to include
dentists in decisions ,relative to
the hiring of dental officers in
the public health system.
"It is unacceptable for such
decisions to be made without
the involvement of dentists, and
in the absence of proper con-
sultation with the Bahamas
Dental Association," Dr Rollins
He also noted that the BDA
was an active member of the
Coalition on Healthcare
Reform, and contributed asso-
ciation funds to the coalition,
to raise public awareness about
the "numerous concerns"relat-
ed to the PLP's National Health
Insurance plan.
He said the BDA worked to
encourage the former govern-
ment to review their plan to

ensure that it could be imple-
mented in a sustainable way,
"providing the services it
promised, without causing
severe financial distress to the
Bahamian people".
"Prior to our involvement
with the coalition, Drs Sidney
Sweeting, Joyous Pickstock,
Ricardo Crawford, Derwin
Munroe and myself, helped to
craft a comprehensive BDA
Position Paper, on: NHI, to
include the \oice bt the dental
c6mffimunity in the' discussion
about the future of our public
health system. Although NHI
was being touted as compre-
hensive, dentistry was eliminat-
ed as part of its benefits pack-
age," he noted.
"Sadly and ironically, in
March of this year, at the very
same time we were lobbying
our own government to include
essential oral health services in
their proposed national health
plan. a 12-year-old boy named
Deamonte Driver, was the focus
.of a public health tragedy in
He explained that Deamonte
died due to a brain abscess that
was traced back to a decayed
molar tooth.
Before his death, his mother
had difficulty accessing dental
treatment for her children in
the public health system.

"As Deamonte waited, the
dental infection grew and
spread via his venous circula-
tion to the base of his brain.
After falling ill with a severe
headache, Deamonte was hos-
pitalised. Some six weeks, two
brain surgeries, and $250,000
worth of hospital bills later,
Deamonte needlessly lost his
life," Dr Rollins said.
He quoted a Washington Post
Saticle about the case, in which
it was noted that dental care
"is an often-overlooked concern
in the debate over universal
health coverage".
Dr Rolling also noted that
under the former FNM admin-
istration, then Minister of
Health Dr Ronnie Knowles
increased the pay of public den-
tal officers.
"Some argue that there has
not been an associated increase
in output in the public dental
clinics to justify this increase in
"As private practitioners, we
all know that our employees are
paid to be effective in their jobs.
If they are not, they are let go,"
he said.
"As public dental officers are
being paid for their services, it is
only fair that government dis-
miss any dentists who cheat the
public or the public purse."


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Scienis A champion of women
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change report inow"n....

THE U.N.'s top climate
official warned policymakers
and scientists trying to ham-
mer out a landmark report on
climate change that ignoring
the urgency of global warm-
ing would be "criminally irre-
sponsible", according to Asso-
ciated Press
Yvo de Boer's comments
came at the opening of a
weeklong conference that will
complete a concise guide on
the state of global warming
and what can be done to stop
the Earth from overheating. It
is the fourth and last report
issued this year by the Inter-
governmental Panel on Cli-
mate Change, co-winner of
this year's Nobel Peace prize.
Environmentalists and
authors of the report expect-
ed tense discussions on what
to include and leave out of
the document, which is a syn-
thesis of thousands of scien-
tific papers. A summary of
about 25 pages will be nego-
tiated line-by-line this week,
then adopted by consensus.
Rajendra Pachauri, chair-
man of the Nobel Prize-win-
ning panel, said scientists
were determined to "adhere
to standards of quality" in the
report. It was indirect barb at
the government representa-
tives, who have been accused
by environmentalists of
watering down and excluding
vital information from the
summaries of earlier reports
to fit their domestic agendas.
The document to be issued
Saturday sums up the scien-
tific consensus on how rapid-
ly the Earth is warming and
the effects already observed;
the impact it could have for
billions of people; and what
steps can be taken to keep the
planet's temperature from ris-
ing to disastrous levels. '
The IPCC already has
established that the climate
has begun to change because
of the greenhouse gages emit-
ted by humans, said de Boer,
director of the U.N. Frame-
work Convention on Climate
Everyone will feel its
effects, but global warming
will hit the poorest countries
hardest and will "threaten the
very survival" of some peo-,
ple, he said.
"Failing to recognize the
urgency of this message and
act on it would be nothing less
that criminally irresponsible"
and a direct attack on the
world's poorest people, De
Boer said.
The report will provide the
factual underpinning for a
crucial meeting next month
in Bali, Indonesia.
That conference will begin
exploring a new global strat-
egy to curb greenhouse gas
emissions after the 2012 expi-
ration of the first phase of the
Kyoto Protocol, the landmark
agreement that assigned bind-
ing reduction targets to 36
According to an early draft
obtained by The Associated
Press, the report will be the
first to include a brief chapter
on "robust findings and key
uncertainties," in which the
authors pick out what they
believe are the most relevant
certainties and doubts about
climate change.
There was no guarantee the
chapter would be accepted,
however. One of the report's
40 co-authors, Bert Metz, said
in an interview last week that
he expected the section on
uncertainties to be an issue
of contention.
Among the uncertainties
cited in the early draft: the
lack of data from key areas
of the world, conflicting stud-
ies on the effects of cloud cov-
er and carbon soaked up by
oceans, and projections on
how planners in developing
countries will factor climate
change into their decisions.
The IPCC has already been
criticized for the selectivity
and language of the policy
summaries, which have been
softened on several points
because of objections by
countries including the Unit-
ed States, China and some big
oil-producing nations such as
Saudi Arabia.


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value and beauty, says

Caribbean academic

Dr Carolyn Cooper, director
of the Institute of Caribbean
Studies at the University of the
West Indies Mona Campus and
the guest lecturer at the second
annual Anatol Rodgers Memor-
ial Lecture, has been at the fore-
front of the black empowerment
movement for almost 30 years.
A student at UWI at the time
when Walter Rodney, a lecturer
at the university, was banned
from entering the country
because of his involvement in
black power and with the
Jamaican Rastafarians, the 17-
year-61d Carolyn immediately
joined the demonstrations of sup-
port for Rodney.
She shared the belief that
black people should not allow
themselves to be defined by oth-
er people and the black power
movement stirred within her an
instinctive refusal to be judged
by criteria that are irrelevant to
her heritage.
She entered the university in
September with permed and
straightened hair but by Christ-
mas had gone natural with a low
afro, a style she still wears today,
and was wearing her signature
kaftans in bright colours.
Her interest in the African
Diaspora she prefers 'scatter-
ing' had taken root.
Ever since, she has champi-
oned the importance, value and
vibrancy of both Pan-African cul-
ture and women, having been
campus co-ordinator of Wom-
en's Studies for two years and
the leader of the Reggae Studies
Project in 1992.
"I spent a long time looking
at issues of female empowerment
on our UWI campus," she says,
"but the administration is still
predominantly male.
"We had an acting campus
principal who was female but was
clearly an aberration as they have
reverted to a male principal
In Cooper's view, UWI is def-
initely not ready for a female
principal or vice-chancellor.
She looks ahead with interest
to the US presidential race in the
light of Hilary Clinton's and
Barak Obama's run for the lead-
ership of the Democratic Party.


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"I will support Barak every
time," she affirms. "For me, gen-
der politics takes second place
to racial politics."
Dr Cooper is a fervent believ-
er in linking the intellectual and
scholarly with the popular and
finds much that is literary in
modem musical lyrics.
Her grounding in literature has
led her to appreciate the words
of both reggae and dancehall
artistes; indeed, her latest publi-
cation is entitled Sound Clash:
Jamaican Dancehall Culture at
Large (New York: Palgrave
Macmillan, 2004). At the memo-
rial lecture, "No matter Where
You Come From: Pan-Africanist
Consciousness in Caribbean Pop-
ular Culture", she interspersed
her remarks with a number of
songs whose lyrics reflect an
appreciation of Africa as either
homeland or root of Caribbean
heritage. "I believe popular cul-
ture is seen as non-intellectual,"
explains Dr Cooper, "but songs
by Peter Tosh, Burning Spear
and Bob Andy, among many
others, raise a whole range of
"As we think about our iden-
tity as African in the Diaspora,
these lyrics show a sophisticated
intelligence reflecting upon our
history. I want to demonstrate
the intellectual content within
the popular and I see the lyrics of
songwriters as literature."
Last year she taught a course
called Reggae Poetry and she
had a difficult time deciding who
not to include.
At present she is working on a
book about Buju Banton who
she calls "d profound lyricist".
She doesn't see her research
into dancehall as necessarily a
defence of the much maligned
genre, rather "It is an attempt to
give a cultural rationale as to why
some of the performers write the
songs they do and a desire to
have the lyrics interpreted
metaphorically and not literal-
ly," she explains.
"I know this is difficult when
we know the society is so violent
and there is easy access to guns,
but we must recognize the per-
formers' ability to use

Although she is delighted with
the global exposure reggae music
has received, she laments what
she calls the sanitisation of the
"Reggae was regarded in the
same way as dancehall when it
first started," she says, "and Bob
Marley produced plenty of vio-
lent lyrics just listen to some
of his early recordings. In 20
years we'll be saying, '0 for the
good old days of Bounty Killer!'"
Clearly a radical thinker and
activist, Cooper wants nothing
more than for black people to
recognize their own beauty and
value. She is depressed by the
number of black women who try
to lighten their skin by bleaching
but calls it a rational act.
"Black images can still be very
negative," she states, "so black
girls don't see themselves as
beautiful. Bleaching is an attempt
to claim visibility."
Her brother, Kingsley Cooper,
is the co-founder of Pulse Mod-
eling Agency in Kingston and
she is delighted with the way he
has promoted black women who
have become stellar models on a
global scale. Her desire to see
women empowered and to
reduce the exploitation they face
has not prevented her from using
her own beauty as a way to
spread her message.
Recently she appeared in a cal-
endar that featured women of
over 50 in simulated naked pos-
es and Dr Cooper said she was
delighted with the complimen-
tary comments she received on
the calendar's publication.
She also angered some of her
colleagues in the women's move-
ment when she said at a confer-
ence on gender studies, "The
only thing worse for a woman
than being a sex object is not
being a sex object!"
Dr Cooper said she views the
College of the Bahamas' move to
becoming a university as a very
positive one, but hopes that the
necessary upgrading of faculty,
facilities and programmes will
take place.
She feels there will be little
point in becoming a university if
things remain the same. Dr
Cooper also said she hopes there

will be a full slate of graduate about college/university faculty
programmes developed and that providing intellectual leadership
she looks forward to hearing fort the nation.

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Road repair

FROM page one
Mr Ingraham said that except
for the flooded areas of Simms,
Long Island, and Cat Island,
city water quality was not
In Cat Island, Long Island
and South Eleuthera where
water plants remain inundated,
water supplies are off. While
the water supply in North
Eleuthera was restored to full
capacity on November 6, work
continues on the new generator
at the Naval Base Water Plant
which is not yet fully opera-
tional. /
The prime minister said that
the various reports submitted
by assessment teams together
with reports on damage and
losses sustained by businesses
and private residences is
informing the decision by the
government as to the level of
assistance that will be made
available to victims of the
Mr Ingraham said that, as
usual, primary focus will be
placed on the uninsured and the
indigent, particularly the elder-
ly. He said businesses suffering
extensive and uninsured dam-
age are likely to become eligi-
ble for government assistance
in restoring these enterprises.
"I wish to reassure all living'
in affected communities that
Government-led and coordinat-
ed recovery programmes will
continue to be available to
them as they move to restore
their residences and their busi-
nesses," Mr Ingraham said.
With the exception of dam-
age to the public clinic at
Forbes Hill, Exuma, Mr Ingra-
ham said no serious damage
was sustained to any of the
structures of the Government's
network of community health
clinics though some suffered
light flooding and others devel-
oped roof leaks.
He said in south Cat Island,
Forbes Hill, Exuma, Wemyss
Bight and Palemtto Point,
Eleuthera, and Salina Point,
Acklins, the greatest difficulty
was caused by the inability of
patients to get to the clinics
because of flooded roadways
and or yards.
"Farmers and fishermen in
Eleuthera, Long Island, Exuma
and Cat Island sustained sub-
stantial losses as a result of the
tropical storm also. Some farm-
ers suffered complete loss of
crops and are unlikely to be
able to replant or to repair or
replace buildings, equipment
and breeding stock because of
lost income.
"It is to be recognized, how-
ever, that not all damage sus-
tained by farmers in recent
times was the result of Tropical
Storm Noel. Heavy rains dur-
ing September and October,
culminating in Tropical Storm
Noel, caused significant set-
backs to farmers because of
field losses," Mr Ingraham said.
The prime minister said that
he wished to assure all residents
of impacted communities that
assessment teams will remain in
the field as long as necessary.
"Flooded areas will remain
under observation and will be
revisited from time to time as
the water recedes and improved
conditions permit more com-
plete and final damage assess-
ments to be conducted," Mr
Ingraham said.

Dwight Major

FROM page one

three years, Magistrate Bethel
noted that the Crown had made
out a "compelling case" and had
proved beyond a reasonable
doubt that moneys and assets
Major obtained between March
1995 and March 2001 were the
proceeds of drug trafficking. Pros-
ecutors had claimed that during
. that period Major was not gain-
fully employed.
In his defence, Major had
asserted, however, that the mon-
eys and assets were obtained
through his construction compa-
nies. Major claimed that he was a
contractor and fisherman.
Magistrate Bethel noted that
the court could make no order in
relation to moneys and assets
obtained prior to 2001.
After the ruling, one of Major's
attorney's, Michael Kemp, sub-
mitted that his client had already
served the maximum term of

Mr Kemp also stated that his
client would appeal the ruling and
order. Major's wife Keva Major
also has a similar case pending
before Magistrate Linda Virgill.
The Majors are wanted by the
US government to face drug
charges relating to an interna-
tional conspiracy involving hun-
dreds of pounds of cocaine and
Last week the Privy Council in
London denied the couple's
request to have their extradition
case appealed. The ruling on the
Majors' final appeal on their
habeas corpus application now
clears the way for Bahamian
authorities to extradite the couple
to the US.

FROM page one
"great ignorance" of the way the
country's economy works.
In a press conference held yes-
terday evening in the House of
Assembly's Committee room, Mr
Laing also said that Mr Christie's
argument that the economy slow
down is the result of the FNM's
decision to review major.investment
projects which were approved by
the PLP is "baseless."
The minister of state stated that
foreign investment inflow for the
first half of 2007 increased by $72.6
million or 26 per cent compared to
the same period of the previous
"According to Central Bank sta-
tistics, foreign direct investment
inflows to the Bahamas in the first
six months of the last year totalled
$276.1 million compared to $351.7
million this year.
"Clearly then, it cannot be a
decline in foreign investment
inflows that has contributed to any
economic slow down that might
have occurred this year compared to
last year," he said. --
Despite comments made by the
PLP leader that the Bahamian
economy is experiencing a down-
turn, Mr Laing said that the econo-
my in fact continues on "a robust
three per cent growth path", with
the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) predicting that an increase'
of that rate to 4 per cent by next
year is "quite likely."

FROM page one
exercise regarding the petition-
er's list. This list is comprised of
Mr Davis added that if this is
agreed to, there would be a saving
of time, cost and there also would
be added convenience to those
who have been subpoenaed to
The offer was first made by Mr
* Davis in the morning session. At
this time, there was agreement
that the FNM Lead Counsel
Michael Barnett and the repre-
sentative for Mr Brown return-
ing officer for the Pinewood con-
stituency would advise the court
of their positions on the offer at
the end of the afternoon session.
However, Mr Barnett told the
court yesterday afternoon that he
would have to seek the advice of
his client.before commenting on
the offer. Senior Justice Anita
Allen agreed to allow Mr Bar-
nett this time, and he and the sec-
ond respondent are scheduled to
address the issue this morning.
The majority of the time in
recent weeks has been occupied
through the testimony of a PLP
investigator, surveyor and caim-
paign worker, who gave the court
accounts of those voters they
There was also some contro-
versy yesterday as Mr Barnett

Speaking to the media at PLP
headquarters on Sunday, Mr
Christie accused Mr Laing of dis-
missing the fact that the downturn in
the economy is in any way related to
the poor decision-making of the
FNM government.
The PLP leader criticised Mr
Laing for attempting to shift respon-
sibility and blame to the apparent
softening of the US economy.
Referring to a recent report by the
Central Bank of the Bahamas,
which stated that the US GDP
experienced a significant increase
of 3.9 per cent during the third quar-
ter of 2007, Mr Christie concluded
that the American economy can-
not be blamed for the slow down
of the Bahamian economy.
Countering this statement, Mr
Laing yesterday pointed out that.
because quarterly economic growth
is not measured in the Bahamas, it
cannot yet be known to what extent
the country's economy has slowed
down in the first and second quarter
of 2007 if indeed it has.
"We do not measure quarterly
economic growth in 'this country,
we don't have the statistical instru-
ments to do that.
"No one knows what the
Bahamian economy is doing in the
second quarter and third quarter
(of 2007) as it relates to what is hap-
pening in the US economy ih the
second and third quarter," he said.

Election court
raised an objection to not having
received all notes surrounding the
hearsay testimony of Patrice
Cleare, who continued on the wit-
ness stand.
Mr Barnett said that he did not
receive some notes he was
promised at the end of last week's
session until 8 o'clock Sunday
night, when they were delivered
to his home. Mr Barnett argued
that it is not fair if the witness
continues to testify and his side
does not have these notes.
Mr Davis responded and told
the court that the FNM do have
all notes for the witness. Some,
he said, may be co-signed under
the name of the Investigator John
Munroe and may not be in order.
Senior Justice Allen advised
both sides to consult on the issue
to ensure that Mr Barnett has the
necessary notes to which both
counsel agreed.
Patrice Cleare, an assistant in
the PLP Pinewood constituency
office, yesterday covered more
than 25 voters she investigated,
who, the PLP argues, were not
entitled to vote in the Pinewood
constituency in the last election.
Ms Cleare is expected to con-
tinue her testimony today at

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FROM page one

7 this year. The victim was visiting
the Bahamas with a group of
Detective Corporal 2193 Marvin
Cargill of the Scenes of Crime Unit
testified that on March 8 around
1.40 am he and another officer went
to the Sovereign of the Seas cruise
ship at Prince George Wharf.
There Cargill claimed he was giv-
en additional information and, as a
result, went aboard the ship to cab-
in No 7508 and photographed the
scene of the alleged incident.
Officer Cargill told the court that
a bed sheet was also collected from
the scene, Cargill told the court that
he had the pictures developed and
made several albums that he took
to court yesterday. The photos and
the negatives were submitted into
The -victim told the court that
she arrived in the Bahamas with'
five girl friends onboard the Sover-
eign of the Seas on March 7. The
woman testified that after the ship
had docked that afternoon she and
her friends went to the Straw Mar-
ket then returned to the cruise shop
to drop off the items.

FROM page one

Minister Hubert Ingraham.
Seabreeze MP Carl Bethel in turn, however, yes-
terday proposed an amendment to the no confidence
motion brought against the Speaker of the House of
Assembly, so that the resolution reads as the follow-
"The Member of Parliament for North Eleuthera
the Honourable Alvin Smith has, since his election as
Speaker of this Honourable House on the May 23,
2007, restored the honour, dignity and respect due to
the high Office of Speaker of this Honourable House."
"And whereas the Honourable Mr Speaker in the
conduct of the business of this Honourable House
over the past five months has consistently displayed
fairness, judicious deliberation, even-handedness and
a firm determination to uphold the highest standards
of conduct and decorum on the part of each Hon-
ourable Member of this House without regard as to
which side of the House the Member supports," Mr
Bethel said.
Giving a statement to parliament yesterday morn-
ing, House Speaker Mr Smith said that the rules of
parliament do not support the actions taken by the
Opposition during the November 5 sitting of the
While the Deputy Speaker, Pineridge MP Kwasi
Thompson, oversaw proceedings, Mr Smith said the
events which occurred during the last sitting of the
House "have raised several issues of procedure, as
well as the conduct of members in this Honourable
During that session of parliament, which has been
described as "riotous", opposition members pounded
on the table for several minutes while the govern-
ment passed its amendments to the Juries Act.
Yesterday, several members from the government
side indicated that the Opposition was wasting the
people's time by bringing the no confidence motion.
MP for Golden Isles Charles Maynard went so' f.a],t

PLP motion

as to suggest that the Opposition members only
brought the motion to the House because they have so
far been denied the opportunity to take a confidence
vote within their own party.
He suggested to the Opposition to first "go home
and clean house" in their own party before returning
to the House and continuing with the people's busi-
On the Opposition side, however, Dr Nottage said
that it is now time to raise the bar and elevate parlia-
ment's expectations of the Speaker, "and any member
who has the honour and respect of his or her col-
leagues to warrant elevation to the job, especially by
unanimous election must be prepared to rise to the
"They should know and abide by the rules which
they are required to administer. The Speaker can no
longer be a party loyalist. Such Speakers must, of
course, resign from their parties and maintain that
posture even after they retire from active politics.
We the members and the political parties who have
the honour to sit here must also be prepared to give
the office the independence it needs to enhance objec-
tivity and disinterest," the leader of Opposition busi-
ness said.
Noting how polarised society is, and with the bal-
ance of the House so evenly split, Dr Nottage said that
the position of the Speaker should be above intimi-
dation of both the government and the opposition.
"As difficult as that sounds to accomplish in our cul-
ture, some Bahamian politicians, notably some of
those who are former Governors General have been
able to obtain the public appearance of political neu-
trality after they left office.
"A Speaker who cannot live up to those criteria
does not deserve to be Speaker. It is not good enough
for a Speaker to allow the government or any member
thereof to intimidate the Speaker," he said.






Road to City Dump after Premix



Alleged rape victim

She told the court after that she
and her friends went to Signor
Frogs for drinks. Around 6pm she
joined her friends for dinner
onboard the cruise ship. After din-
ner she went back to her room with
three of her friends and went to
During questioning by lead pros-
ecutor Calvin Seymour, the woman
told the court that Ruel the
accused was the room keeper
and she would see him in the hall-
ways. She had first met him when
she and her friends boarded the
The woman was then asked to
identify the accused and pointed to
Lockwood in the prisoner's dock.
The 20-year-old went on to tes-
tify of how she woke up to find the
accused on top of her having inter-
course with her. She told the court
that she pushed him off and the
accused zipped up his trousers, and
crouched in a corner next to the
bed. She told the court that she was
The woman said her friend was
asleep beside her and, although she

tried to rouse her, she couldn't.
The said she put on her bikini
bottom as she found herself naked
from the waist down although she
had gone to bed wearing a short
pair of jeans.
She told the court that she went
to the room next door where her
friends were and called upon them
but the accused followed her and
told her that they were asleep and
were not going to wake up.
The woman said she ran back to
her room, shut the door and locked
it. She told her friend, who had
awakened, what had happened.
She also said she called security
and later went to the police and to
Princess Margaret Hospital where
she was examined by doctors.
Attorney Dorsey McPhee, dur-
ing cross-examination, said his
instructions were that the sex was
During cross-examination, the
complainant admitted that she had
had a few drinks at Signor Frogs,
and had got intoxicated.
She denied, however, that she
liked the accused from their initial
meeting. She also denied ever
telling the accused that she wanted
him to come to Nassau to hang out.



Chavez: No example for the Caribbean

(The writer is a business
executive and former
Caribbean diplomat).

the Venezuelan
President, is a recent friend
of Caribbean countries and
a number of Latin Ameri
can nations. He has urged
them to join his government
in "a sea of resistance"
'against the United State
and its President George V
Bush whom he calls "the
So far, he has not suc
ceeded in persuading
Caribbean countries to joil
him in this campaign.
These countries recognise
that for years their bread
has been buttered by the
US, and, while they may fee
that the butter was noi
enough and they may vehe
mently disagree with US
policies on Iraq and the mid.
die-east, many of them see
no reason to side witt
Chavez against Bush.
The carrot that Chavez
has used to try to lure
Caribbean countries into his
sphere of influence is a
deferred payment scheme
for some of the oil which
Venezuelan state-owned oil
company, PDVSA, supplies
to them under an agreement
called Petro Caribe.
Not every Caribbean
country signed up to Petro
Caribe; some rejected it on
the basis that not only would
the arrangement increase
their national debt, it would
also give Chavez undue
influence over their policies.
Chavez has also actively
tried to induce them to join
his "Bolivarian Alternative
for the Americas" as a sub-
stitute to the US-proposed
Free Trade Area of the
Americas. Some joined, the
majority didn't.
Underpinning all of
Chavez's policies is what he


calls his "Bolivarian Social-
ist Revolution" a concept
that is difficult to define, but
which seems to be a mixture
of increasing state owner-
ship, seizing private proper-
ty, reducing foreign invest-
ment, curbing press free-
dom, restricting dissent and
forcibly redistributing
The Venezuelan Presi-
dent can pursue these poli-
cies because, 'for the time
being, his country has great
oil wealth and he has accu-
mulated to himself the pow-
er to decide how that wealth
should be used.

The power of money has
also allowed Chavez to show
off himself by calling many
other people by uncharita-
ble names. For instance, he
used a colourful Spanish
word in referring to the Sec-
retary-General of the
Organisation of American
States Jose Miguel Insulza.
Insulza's sin was to be criti-
cal of Chavez's closure of a
privately owned television
station that opposed his
Chavez's policies have
never been an example for
Caribbean countries to fol-
low. His most recent acts

"Underpinning all of Chavez's
policies Is what he calls his
"Bolivarian Socialist Revolution"
- a concept that is difficult to
define, but which seems to be a
mixture of increasing state
ownership, seizing private
property, reducing foreign
investment, curbing press
freedom, restricting dissent and
forcibly redistributing wealth."

In the case of the name
calling in which he has
indulged particularly of
President Bush whom he has
also called a 'donkey' he
has gotten away with it only
because the US needs
Venezuelan oil at the pre-
sent time and the US gov-
ernment has been preoccu-
pied over the last five years
wii the6lquagmire offraq

give greater strength to that
statement if such strength
were needed.
The Venezuelan Presi-
dent is forcing the rewriting
of the country's constitution
to suit himself.
Under the 69 changes to
the constitution passed in
the legislature on Novem-
ber 2nd by Chavez's sup-
ponrlers. iermri limits on his
4 1' . "

* SIR Ronald Sanders

Presidency will disappear
and he can continue to offer
himself for election as long
as he lives.
The proposals would also
give Chavez full authority
over Venezuela's central
bank robbing it of any sem-
blance of independence; pri-
vately-owned property can
be expropriated without
court approval; and the
authorities would be given
sweeping powers if a nation-
al emergency is declared,
including detention without
charges and controls on the
news media.
These are proposals to
which every Caribbean
country should look
askance, and which they
should condemn. They are
the thin edge of the wedge,
and they lay the way open
not only to authoritarian
rule in Venezuela but also
to eventual instability of the
Without doubt, authori-
tarianism in Venezuela will
eventually face resistance.
And, if that resistance is met
with oppression, calamity
will be the consequence.
Already, a grim story is
Chavez's constitutional
changes have to be
approved by voters in a
December 2nd referendum.
And, some of these .voters
-:a,ve -already showg their
disagreement.- The changes '
have been condemned by
Venezuela's opposition par-
,ties, human rights groups
and the Roman Catholic
.Large numbers of stu-
dents also marched through-
out the country protesting
the violation of civil liber-
ties which the constitutional
changes portend.
Chavez's answer to the
demonstrations was to call
the students "clowns" and
more sinisterly to deploy
soldiers using tear gas, plas-

tic bullets and water cannon
to disperse them.
This showed beyond any
doubt that while Chavez is
willing to use any forum that
affords him free speech to
denigrate anyone with
whom he disagrees, he is
equally ready to crush all
within his own country who
disagree with him.
"Traitor" is the word
Chavez used to describe his
former defence minister and
one-time ally, Raul Isaias
Baduel, who denounced the
plan to rewrite the constitu-
The measure of the
importance of this denunci-
ation by Baduel is that he is
the man who led the force
that returned Chavez to
ipder'in2002 following a
shortlivedl coup which, it
was widely believed, the US
government supported.
In response to the stu-
dents march, Chavez him-
i self led a counter demon-
stration of thousands of his
This demonstration
encountered no resistance
from soldiers or any law
enforcement agency. And,
as reports indicate, it is dif-
ficult to measure the extent
of his support when some
public employees say they
feel they have to attend ral-

lies or risk losing their jobs.
Informed reports from
Venezuela suggest that
"only a fraction of Venezue-
lan voters understand the
changes to the constitution".
Chavez has presented it as a
means of deepening his
socialist revolution and
helping the poor.
Included in the changes is
an initiative to reduce the
working day to only six
It may very well be that
come December 2nd it is the
six-hour work day for which
most voters will cast their
ballot, and the constitution-
al amendments will be
adopted. In that case,
Venezuela will have
dropped still'firther down
the slippery slope to an ero-
sion of democracy, human
rights and civil liberties.
Whether these develop-
ments will be contained
within Venezuela or help to
encourage the spread of
Chavez's ambitions in the
Hemisphere is left to be
seen. In any event, they run
counter to the democratic
traditions and values of the,
Caribbean, and Caribbean
countries would be right to
show their displeasure.

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Tribune Business Editor

THE Gov-
ernment is
looking to,
S- adopt a policy
of requiring
contractors to
lodge perfor-
mance bonds
for all public
works con-
tracts worth
more than $1
.million, The
Tribune was told yesterday, and
S implement a rotation system to
ensure no contractor gains a
"monopoly" on such work.
Speaking to this newspaper
after a weekend seminar on the
tendering and bid process for
government construction con-
tracts, Stephen Wrinkle, the
Bahamian Contractors Associ-
ation's (BCA) president, said
the Government had also
released the draft Contractors
Bill for industry consultation,
and was seeking feedback by
January 1, 2008.
Praising Earl Deveaux, min-
ister of works, utilities and
transport, and the Ministry of
Works for organising a com-
prehensive seminar that was
attended by 400 contractors,

* Ministry plans rotation
bidding to prevent
'monopoly' on public
works contracts
* BCA president hopes
Contractors Bill will
start legislation process
in 2008 first quarter

including 75 from the Family
Islands, Mr Wrinkle said the
BCA was hoping the Bill would
begin its passage through the
legislative process during the
2008 first quarter.
"If we can get this in by the
first quarter of next year, we
can start to move this thing for-
ward," Mr Wrinkle said.
He added that the BCA
would host another meeting on
the Bill for its members in
December, before all stake-
holders the BCA, Ministry of
Works and Attorney General's
Office reconvened in Janu-
ary to discuss feedback on the
Bill and "hammer out all the
final changes".

SEE page 6

Auditor-General qualifies

S2005 Treasury finances

Tribune Business

THE Auditor-Gneral was
unable to sign-off on the Gov-
ernment and Treasury accounts
for 2005 fiscal year as "a true
and fair view of the state of
affairs" due to unreconciled
inactive bank accounts and the
absence of timely reporting.
Terrace Bastian said at the
beginning of the report that
after examining the financial
statements: "I now report that
due to a lack of timeliness of
.. reconciliation and the inclusion
of un-reconciled inactive bank
accounts, I cannot attest to the
completeness and fairness of
cash and bank balances, invest-
ments and recievables."
He added that because of the
". "material effect this had on the
-' '. Government's accounts: "I am
unable to certify that the final
accounts of the Government of
the Bahamas presents a true
and fair view of the state of
affairs for the year ended June
30, 2005."
Ruth Millar, the Financial
.. Secretary tgo the Treasury, said
in an attachment to the

accounts that the Ministry of
Finance was in the process of
"modernising the Treasury" to
eliminate any deficiencies in the
accounts reconciliation process
and enable the auditor-general
to provide an unqualified opin-
ion on the Government
Among the improvements
was the appointment of external
auditors to pinpoint reconcilia-
tion "deficiencies" and how
these could be corrected.
Mrs E. C, Cartwright, the
Treasurer, said the Treasury
had improved the direct map-
ping of deposits from Royal
Bank of Canada, the Govern-
ment's bank, which has in turn
had improved the timeliness of
deposit reconciliation within the
ministries and departments.
However, she said the Fami-
ly Islands remained a "chal-
This area of cash receipting
was still being worked on, and a
review was done with the assis-
tance of a private accounting
Yet the posting of yet anoth-
er qualified audit opinion by the
auditor-general again highlights
questions of accountability and
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M By NEIL HARTNELL 'Upside' still seen in many equities based on p/e ratios, although
Tribune Business Editor
T--------- Bo concerns over US and Bahamian economies moving into 2008
MP^-- 1O01 r +-r f -A i 1

ost IS -listeci StOCKS and
other Bahamian public com-
panies have delivered dou-
ble digit returns for investors
for the year to November 8, 2007, their per-
formance exceeding or matching indexes
such as the Dow Jones, Standard & Poor's
and Nasdaq, with one broker telling The
Tribune that more "upside" exists in
Bahamian equities
Michael Anderson, president of Fidelity
Merchant Bank & Trust, said the returns
delivered by most Bahamian equities over
the past 10 months had been driven by earn-
ings performance, as the price/earnings
ratios for many stock had yet to recover to
the levels they enjoyed prior to the Sep-
tember 11, 2001, terror attacks.
"We're still quite a bit off the highs we
had for price/earnings ratios in those days.
A lot of them have never recovered from
where they fell to in the low days," Mr
Anderson told The Tribune.
"If those price/earnings ratios are indica-
tive of what stocks could be valued at, we've
still got some upside in those equities, even
if their earnings don't grow.
"We still believe there's upside in a num-

ber of shares in the market in terms of
where we think the price/earnings ratio
should be, and what people should be pay-
ing for these stocks compared to their cur-
rent trading price."
Kenwood Kerr, chief executive of Provi-
dence Advisors, said that up to September
2007 the BISX Share Index was up 14 per
cent, largely driven by its heavy financial
services weighting, with bank earnings and
share prices benefiting from economic
However, he warned that if expectations
of poor US economic performance in the
2007 fourth quarter were fulfilled, and this
became a trend, the negative impact on the
Bahamian economy could in turn depress
the banking industry's performance and act
as a drag on the equities market.
According to data provided to The Tri-
bune by Fidelity Capital Markets, the best
Bahamian public company performers for
the first 10 months of 2007, in terms of year-
to-date total returns provided to investors,
are Abaco Markets, Bahamas Waste and
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas).

Abaco Markets, the retail group, which is
just starting to return to consistent prof-
itability after several years of heavy losses,
has seen its share price more than double
through a $0.98 increase to $1.59 in the year
to November 8, 2007. This has delivered a
160.66 per cent paper profit return to share-
Through a combination of a 113.71 per
cent share price appreciation, from $1.75
per share at December 31, 2006, to $3.74 at
November 8, 2007, and 2.41 per cent divi-
dend yield, Bahamas Waste produced
116.12 per cent in total returns.
And Fidelity Ban k (Bahamas) generated
a 110.33 per cent return, based largely again
on its share price more than doubling from
$1.25 per share at year-start to $2.61 at
November 8, 2007.
The financial sector's performance is very
important to BISX, with FirstCaribbean
International Bank (Bahamas) accounting
for an estimated 40 per cent of the

SEE page 8

Consolidated: We saved $2.5m for Corporation

Tribune Business Editor

the BISX-listed operator of the
Blue Hills reverse osmosis
plant, yesterday said it had
saved the Water & Sewerage
Corporation $2.5 million per
year through reducing water
losses from its New Providence
water distribution system. It
added that plans for another
reverse osmosis plant at Win-
ton were unlikely to proceed.
In a conference call with Wall
Street analysts to discuss the
company's 2007 third quarter
results, Rick McTaggart, Con-
solidated Water's chief execu-
tive, said it hoped the Water &
Sewerage Corporation would
"sign off soon" on its submis-
sion that it had achieved the
non-revenue water reduction
target at March 1, 2007.

Company says Winton reverse osmosis plant unlikely to proceed

The Corporation is review-
ing the company's assessment
and submissions on the non-rev-
enue water issue, which was one
component of the bid that won
it the contract to build, own and
operate the Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant.
Mr McTaggart said he would
be arriving in the Bahamas lat-
er this week for meetings on the
non-revenue water issue, some-
thing confirmed by Water &
Sewerage Corporation general
manager Godfrey Sherman,
who said discussions would be
held on Thursday and Friday.
Mr McTaggart told analysts:
"The cost of producing this non-
revenue water in the third quar-
ter continued to depress our
profit margins, and we're hope-
ful our customer will sign off

on it [the reduction target]
He added that Consolidated
Water's work in reducing non-
revenue water losses from the
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion's distribution by one mil-
lion gallons per day, or 438 mil-
lion gallons per year, would
save $2.5 million per year for
the Corporation.
"I'm going to be over there
later this week, and have meet-
ings," Mr McTaggart said in ref-
erence to the Bahamas opera-
tion and the non-revenue water
"We're anxious to get this
resolved, and 1 think the Gov-
ernment is going to be keen to
resolve it as quickly as possible.
It's a big number for them, and
they will want to take some

time to go through it."
Consolidated Water has
invoiced the Water & Sewer-
age Corporation for some
$618,000, claiming that this is
the amount it should be reim-
bursed for having supplied the
latter with 1.2 million gallons
of free water per day for the
past seven months.
That was the penalty amount
Consolidated Water had to pay
every day the non-revenue
water reduction target was not .
met, but the BISX-listed firm
is saying it met all obligations by
March 1, 2007.
Now the Water & Sewerage
Corporation will have to review
the company's submissions, and

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of urgency. If projects are sub-
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opportunities for additional
employment and strengthened
domestic demand simply will
not materialize, as the gover-
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Today, I will focus on two sig-
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investment and, by extension,
risk factors to the Bahamian
These are the US economy
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Last Thursday, while testify-
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Reserve chairman Ben
Bernanke warned that higher
inflation and weaker economic
growth-could be in store, and
that the US central bank was
keeping a close eye on the sub-
prime mortgage crisis and
recent spike in oil prices.
He also expressed the view
that the Fed expected growth
to slow "noticeably" in the
fourth quarter, but downplayed
fears of a recession, saying the
central bank expects the econ-
omy to grow next year, albeit
at a more moderate pace than
in recent quarters.
While the US economy is not
in crisis mode we, in the
Bahamas, must closely monitor
the four major risk factors that
are confronting the US econo-
my all at the same time. These
are falling house prices, lack of
confidence in the creditworthi-
ness of borrowers, the weak dol-
lar and high oil prices. While
we clearly, have no control over
these external factors, their out-
come will certainly determine
our economic future.
In summary, a sluggish US
economy will -obviously have
ramifications for capital forma-
tion, the availability of bank
credit and investor confi-
dence... all key ingredients in
the success of our 'pipeline pro-

Oil price
Federal Reserve chairman
Ben Bernanke in his testimony
expressed concern that the rise
in energy prices oil is now
trading at about $96 a barrel -
could lead to both higher infla-
tion and weaker levels of eco-
nomic growth. He cautioned
that "sharp increases in crude
oil prices have put renewed
upward pressure on inflation,
and may impose further
restraint on economic activity".
At the local level, I am seeing
the effect of higher oil prices in
my BEC bill every month. I and
many other Bahamians are
experiencing 'sticker shock' as a
result of recent increases. I sur-
veyed several small business
owners last week, and some of
them are complaining that their -
average monthly bill has almost
doubled in the past several
months, while sales have
remained sluggish.
The worst is yet to come, as I
maintain that $96 per barrel oil
is not fully 'priced-in' to our
economy. Gasoline is currently
at $4.30 per gallon, but we could
goi to $5-$6 per gallon if oil sta-
bilises at current levels and the
US experiences severe weath-
er conditions this winter sea-
Higher oil prices not only
affect our utility bills, it also
affects all aspects of trans-
portation. For example, it also
means higher airfares for trav-
ellers. As the price of crude ris-
es, jet fuel prices also increase.
Last week, American Airlines -
the US's biggest carrier, raised
the price of US round-trip tick-
ets by $20, and other major air-
lines followed suit. American
said it increased fares in an
attempt to offset losses from ris-
ing crude oil and jet fuel prices.
Similar action can reasonably
be expected from the entire
transportation sector shipping,
rail and ground transportation.
While we are unable to influ-

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

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

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age categories: 10 13 years and 14-16 years for a first
and second place winner in each category.
2. Write q essay answering the following subject:
"What does the Four-Way Test mean to me." Explain
your understanding of the 4-Way Test as it relates to
your life, experiences, and/or society in general.
Your essay must include the four principles.
3. The body of the essay must not exceed 1,000 words.
Adults may assist the child in filng 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
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Friday 6:30 PM
September 28 CHINESE FILM Presented by Professor Xian Xianwen Munnings Room 2
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October 6 OKTOBERFEST Organized by 1. Moss with all relevant COB Band Shell
Saturday Departments: Communications. Security. etc. 6- 11
November 8 FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING Slide show by 1. Moss, F. Leger on guitar, J. Munnings Room 2
Thursday Mereus on vocals and other musical friends 7 PM
November 14 THE HOLOCAUST a movie presentation Mr. Absil holocaust survivor UWI Dining Room
Wednesday and lecture 7 PM
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FROM page 1

decide whether the non-revenue
water target was met on March
1, 2007, at a later date or not at
Mr Sherman indicated that
the non-revenue water issue
was one of several matters the
Corporation wanted to discuss
with Consolidated Water, which
is effectively its strategic partner
through the Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant, having secured
a 20-year contract to supply the
Government-owned entity with
five million gallons of water per
He told The Tribune that the
non-revenue water reduction
target, and whether Consoli-
dated Water had met it, was still
under discussion and had not
been resolved.
"They're closer to being com-
plete than ever before, and I'm
positive it will be resolved short-
ly," Mr Sherman said.
The non-revenue water
reduction target is one of three
components of the Blue Hills
contract, the others being a
hydro tower and the supply of
five million gallons per day.:
It is understood that while
some parties see the Blue Hills
contract as one package, others
may view it as three separate
components, and Consolidated
Water and the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation are involved
in discussions on a number of
Meanwhile, Mr McTaggart
said Consolidated Water
expected its Bahamas-based
operations to be "more prof-
itable in 2008", acknowledging
that "resolving these technical
and operational issues in the
Bahamas has been difficult".
The company's profit and
operating margins had also
been impacted through "incre-
mental costs" incurred in resolv-
ing problems related to mem-
brane fouling at its Blue Hills
and Windsor plants.
To resolve these issues, Mr
McTaggart said Consolidated
Water "will be embarking on
three separate engineering pro-

He added, though, that while
the company had submitted a
bid to build/own/operate anoth-
er New Providence-based
reverse osmosis plant at Win-
ton, which was put out to tender .
by the previous government,
that project was unlikely to pro-
"We now believe the Gov-
ernment of the Bahamas is con-
sidering other options, including
expanding existing desalination
plants or looking at other site
options," Mr McTaggart said. -
"The Government is reviewing
its options, and the Winton bid
is not going to proceed."
The Government, he added,
was still relying on the barging
of several million gallons of
water per day from Andros to
help meet New Providence's
water needs.
The barging operation,
though, was disrupted for one
week as a result of Tropical
Storm Noel, Mr McTaggart
said, while the Blue Hills plant -
and its reverse osmosis water
supply were unaffected.
The Consolidated Water
chief executive said that "hope-
fully this scored us some brown-
ie points with the Government
and alerted them to the unreli-
ability of the barging".
David Sasnett, Consolidated
Water's chief financial officer,
said "most" of the $290,000 or 6
per cent increase in the firm's
bulk water revenues had come
from the Blue Hills plant.
He added that the company's
margins would improve through
lowering costs associated with
resolving membrane fouling and -
the reimbursement of the non-
revenue water revenues by the .
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
Mr Sasnett, though, said the
company was unlikely to again
achieve the 28 per cent margins
that it had achieved on its bulk -."
operations in the 2006 second
quarter, saying these had been ".
boosted by the deployment of
high-margin container units in
the Bahamas that have now
been switched to Cayman.

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Great Guana Cay, Abaco
The Bahamas

You are invited to apply for the following position currently available.

[ Executive Chef

Key Responsibilities
/ Establish culinary standard
/ Create menus and recipes for high-end and casual dining to include
international and Bahamian cuisine
I Maintain food safety standard
I Recruit and train culinary team
I Manage and develop culinary team
/ Control food cost
/ Determine market list and vendors
Design special events
V Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts or related subject; professional
I Minimum ten (10) years experience at a five-star club, resort or restaurant
with at least three (3) years international or off-shore experience.
V Must be innovative, demonstrate strong leadership and culinary skills,
must be able to train others and execute ideas and standards.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a growing and
dynamic organization and must be a self-starter, team player, work at the highest
standards of performance, and meet deadlines.
If you are progressive and prepared to advance your career, submit your resume
to the attention of the Director of HR & Training, sbowefabakersbayclub.com or
by fax at 242-367-0804.

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Government eyes performance bonds for $ 1m contracts

FROM page 1

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Positions available at Bimini Sands Resort & Marina:
Sushi Chef
Diesel/Gasoline Mechapic

A competitive salary and benefit package will be offered to the
successful candidates. If you are interested in being part of a
dynamic, growing company, please email, mail or fax
Resume to:

Human Resources Manager
Bimini Sands Resort & Marina
PO Box 24020
South Bimini
Tel: 242-347-3500
Fax: 242-347-3501

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited


Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited, the developers of the
Royal Island Resort and Residential Project, just off North
Eleuthera wish to fill the following position:


Successful applicant will be responsible for the following:
Daily cash transactions
Accounts Payables
Wages, national insurance & timesheets
Cheques Tranactions
Cheque Reconciliations
Staff records
Meeting Minutes
Log Sheets
Departmental or Specific Task summeries
Undated and backed up Computer Files
Up-to-date filing
General office cleanliness

Qualifications and Experience:

The idel candidate should have:
At least 5 years experience in a similar capacity.
Sound computer skills (experience with Word, Excel
computer networking, email programs essential).
A background in Legal, Accounting, Property
Development or Hospitality fields a plus.
Accounting and Human Resources experience.
Strong interpersonal and Organizational skills.

The successful candidate will be required to reside at

Interested persons should submit their resumes with cover
letter to:

Harcourt Management Services Ltd.
P.O.Box N 1991
Nassau Bahamas
Fax to: (242) 356-4125
Or Email to: info@gomezcorp.com

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for
their interest, however only those candidates under consid-
eration will be contacted.

struction industry consultation
before making its way to Cabi-
net and then, finally, to Parlia-
Mr Wrinkle said "no major
objections" to the initial draft
Bill surfaced at the weekend
seminar, and as a result he did
"not anticipate too many
changes" to it.
The BCA and Ministry of
Works were also planning to
hold a series of Town Meetings
in Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exu-
ma and Eleuthera to inform
contractors about the proposed
The BCA president said the
Government's proposed policy
for performance bonds to be
lodged by contractors on public
works projects would comple-
ment the Bill's intention to
licence all Bahamas-based con-
tractors in the work categories
ECONOMY, from 1
ence the outlook for the US
economy or the price of oil in
global markets, we can secure
the medium-term stability of
our domestic economy by the
commencement of a major
investment project. Bahamian
GDP is currently around $6.3
billion, and the start of a $1 bil-
lion project equates to 16 per
cent of GDP. Our economy is
still small enough that one
major project can still have a
profound impact on our overall

and contract size they were
qualified for.
"Earl Deveaux is saying the
Government intends to adopt
a policy of requiring perfor-
mance bonds on all contracts
worth more than $1 million.
That's what they'd like to see,"
Mr Wrinkle said.
"That goes hand-in-hand with
the licensing. When you have
your licence and are qualified
for $x value of work, you'll be
able to qualify for a perfor-
mance bond. When they do
activate the licensing, it will give
clients confidence in the level
of competency of the contrac-
Contractors attending the
seminar also voiced general
approval for the Government's
proposal to rotate the bidding
on public works construction

economic outlook.
However, notwithstanding
my desire for the commence-
ment of one of these projects, I
wish to state categorically that
these views should not be con-
fused with an endorsement of
'blanket concessions' that are
not in the best interest of the
Bahamian public. Until next
Post Script
I wish to congratulate the
Athletic Department at St

Mr Wrinkle explained that
this would mean that if a con-
tractor won a government con-
tract in the category they were
licensed and qualified for, when
another public works contract
of similar size came up, that par-
ticular contractor would be
'rotated out' of the bidding pool
to give other competent com-
panies a chance.
Mr Wrinkle said the Ministry
of Works wanted to institute
this so that "no one person gets
a monopoly on the bids. It was
"The big thing coming from
all Bahamian contractors was a
fair and equitable opportunity
to bid on some of this govern-
ment work. They were very
receptive to the rotation sys-
"Once everyone is on a level
playing field when they get their

Andrew's School for having all
four of its softball teams -
Senior Boys, Senior Girls,
Junior Boys and Junior Girls -
reach the finals of the BAISS
Softball Championships, which
are continuing this week. This is
a remarkable achievement for
the St Andrew's community,
and we wish the teams' good
luck. The attainment of acade-
mic and athletic success is most
gratifying indeed, and the ath-
letic staff under the leadership
of athletic director, Peter Wil-
son, and the 'student-athletes'
deserve commendation.

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a

licence, they [the Government]
will be hard pressed not to
spread the work, and if there's a
problem it will be sent to the
Contractors Board for review."
There were concerns, though,
that while the Ministry of
Works would maintain a data-
base of. licensed, competent
contractors in the areas where
they would be licensed under
the Bill, there was no indication
that other government depart-
ments and agencies, such as the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC) and Bahamas
Telecommunications Company
(BTC), would do the same.
There were also concerns
over whether the Government
would maintain a comprehen-
sive contractors database, or
whether all departments and
agencies would each maintain
their own lists.

Chartered Financial Analyst, is
vice-president pensions, Colo-
nial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-

NOTICE is hereby given that BENER LOUIS PIERRE OF
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the .13TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that DALFIN ICYLIN
MAJOR of Constitution Dr., NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister. responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 6th day of November, 2007 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that MR. CHANDLER of 2465 FT.
LAUDERDALE 33303, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 13th day of November, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


In the Estate of LEROY NIBUD
DELANCY late of Soldier Road in the
Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Retired Taxi driver, Deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claims or demands against the
above-named Estate are requested to send the
same duly certified in writing to the
undersigned on or before Friday the 7th day
of December, A.D. 2007 after which the
Executrices will proceed to distribute the assets
of the deceased among the person entitled
thereto having regard only to the claims of
which the undersigned shall then have had

AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to
make full settlement on or before the date
hereinbefore mentioned.

308 East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-8181
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Executrices

Position Available:



Job Description:
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.

Pricing Information As Of: F A /'*
Monday, 12 November 200 7

52Ak-iH, 52k2AKLoA Securli __ Previous Close Toaay's Close Cnange Dally Vol EPS $ Di $ P;E Yielad
1.66 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.59 1.59 0.00 0.094 0.000 16.9 0.00%
11.74 11.00 BahamNas 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 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 1,900 0.275 0.060 13.6 1.60%
2.62 1.21 Fidelity Bank 2.61 2.61 0.00 0.051 0.040 51.2 1.53%
11.20 9.81 Cable Bahamas 11.18 11.18 0.00 1.030 0.240 10.9 2.15%
3.15 1.83 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
5.52 4.03 Commonwealth Bank (Si) 5.52 5.52 0.00 0.426 0.227 13.0 4.11%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.32 6.24 -0.08 379 0.129 0.050 49.0 0.79%
2.70 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.25 2.26 0.01 1,000 0.284 0.020 8.0 0.88%
6.50 5.54 Famguard 6.50 6.50 0.00 0.804 0.240 8.1 3.69%
12.80 12.00 Finco 12.79 12.71 -0.08 2,000 0.768 0.570 16.5 4.48%
14.75 14,00 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 1,000 0.359 0.133 16.8 2.24%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.70 0.74 0.04 10,000 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.05 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%
"* ..** "* e-,EsaggTT rg? ,.. . .*. ;: ..
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%
.1 .C' 41I CC' BDB 41 00 4-'O0I 41 00 4450r 2 '50 9 0 7'
14.60. 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 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%
5.2 52.k-.... ** Fur.d Name NA YTD'- 5 Lastl 12 Mor.r.t D. id
1 362 3 J 3130 Cri','-a lJ.one, MarKel Furl 1 362212"
3.5388 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5388"**
2.9382 2.4829 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.938214***
1.2794 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.279370"**
11.8192 11.2596 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.8192***
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 =1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV KEY
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 2 November 2007
Previous CloPreviorevious day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 June 2007
Todays Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week *- 31 October 2007
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths .. 31 July 2007
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 818/2007
Sl) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007




NOVEMBER 13, 2007, PAGE 7B

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Ermine 25, Bid 28, Ended 30, Ditch 31, Tense 32, Fine 33, Buff

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21 Desert (6)
22 Smart (6)
23 Providing with
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25 Servants (5)
26 Gaming cubes
28 Also (3)

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1. You are declarer with the West
hand at Five Diamonds.
The bidding has been:
West North East South
1 + 2+4 3+ 44.
4 Pass 5 *
North leads the king of clubs.
How would you play the hand?
West East
*AKJ7 4QO10
V852 VK64
*QJ9863 *,A 10 752
S ,- +Q 8 3
2. You are declarer with the West
hand at Six Spades, and North leads
the queen of hearts, which you ruff.
When you next play the ace of
spades, North discards a low heart.
How would you continue?
West East
*AKQ1073 +54
IV- V K962
+AQ86 *K7
+Q 102 4+AKJ94

1. Ruff the club, lead the queen of
diamonds and finesse if North fol-
lows low. If the finesse succeeds, you
score 12 tricks by playing another
round of trumps and cashing four
spades, discarding two hearts from
If the diamond finesse fails, losipnA
S ,- tICq )l t l ell *

to the singleton king, you're still on
firm ground, since the only tricks
you can lose are a diamond and a
heart. (If North shows out on the
queen-of-diamonds lead, you put up
dummy's ace and run your spades to
assure 11 tricks.)
If you did not take the diamond
finesse, the contract would go down
if North turned up with the K-x of
trumps and a doubleton spade, and
South had the ace of hearts.
2. Cross to dummy with a club,
finesse the ten of spades, cash the K-
Q and run the clubs until South ruffs
with his last trump. That is the only
trick you will lose. Played this way,
you are certain of the slam, come
what may.
Even if South had no clubs and
ruffed the first club lead, you would
still prevail by later leading a dia-
mond to the king and taking the
marked trump finesse.
The trap to avoid is entering
dummy with a diamond at trick three
instead of a club. If South had
+ J9862 V Axxx xx + xx, you
would lose the slam by crossing to
dummy with a diamond first since
South could then prevent you from
ever discarding your fourth diamond
,,on a club. ...

HOW many words of four letters 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 at least
one nine-letter word. No plurals, or verb forms
ending in "s", no words with initial capitals and no
words with a hyphen or apostrophe permitted. The
first word of a phrase is permitted (e.g. inkiet in
inklet printer).
Good 20; very-good 30; excellent 39 (or more).
Solution Monday.

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* begin being bier binge brain briar brier brig
brine bring bringer earring erring gain gibe giber
grain grin hair HARBINGER haring hearing heir
hernia herring hinge hire neigh nigh rain rangier
rani raring rearing regain reign rein rine rineer


ARIES March 21/April 20
The more important it seems to get
something done quickly, the more
time you actually have to complete the
task. Take your time this week, Aries.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
All of the energy and enthusiasm in
the world won't make your dreams
come true any faster, Taurus. You
must have patience: good fortune
will come to you in its own time.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
Be understanding when dealing with
family this week, Gemini. Remember,
not everyone thinks and feels like
you. As a matter of fact, go out and
have fun with loved ones over- the
weekend. It will bring you closer. .
CANCER June 22/July 22
Take extra care when on the move
this week, Cancer. There's no need
to panic, just be sure to watch where
you put your feet. On Thursday, take
time to pamper yourself.
LEO July 23/August 23 '
Not everyone shares your noble
nature, Leo. It's an especially good
idea to watch your back this week; A
loved one tries to reconnect on
Saturday give him or her a chance. "
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
This is a pivotal week for you, Virgo. -"
It may mean the end of something or
an important opportunity just over the
horizon. Keep your eyes open!
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct23
Don't push yourself harder than you
have to this week, Libra. There will .
be time enough to accomplish your
goals in the weeks and months .
ahead. For now, concentrate on you.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Don't be so cocky this week, Scorpio.
There are some things you cannot do
on your own. Others are glad to help. -
you no strings attached. In the end,
you'll be happy you asked. A chance -
meeting leads to romance on Friday. -
SAGrITARIUS Nov 23/Dec 11
You've fooled around enough. It's tihne
for you to take life seriously at hope
and at work. There's a lot to be won or
lost this week. The final outcome-.
depends on the choices you make. -.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20.
Life is an adventure, Capricorn,' so
get out there and start living. If you
let your anxieties get the best of you
this week, you won't accomplish
much at all.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Someone you think of as a friend
will try to persuade you to make a
shady investment this week. Don't
feel guilty about being skeptical.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
This is a great time to reflect on how
far you've come over the past year,
Pisces. Don't worry if it isn't as far
as you might have hoped; there's
still time to make up for it. .

I CHES by-eonrdBade

Elena Akhilmovskaya v Ingna uant,
Soviet Union v Norway,
Thessalonika women's Olympiad
1988. The USSR team were
favourites for the gold medals,
though they faced serious
competition from Hungary's Polgar
sisters. All went well until four
rounds from the end, at which time
Akhilmovskaya was the best
individual scorer with 8.5/9. Then,
on the eve of the key USSR v USA
match, she eloped with the
American team captain John
Donaldson. Both quit the world
event and flew back to the US
where they became a happily
married couple. The Soviet team
were stunned, faltered in the
closing rounds, and had to accept
silver medals behind the Polgars.
Akhilmovskaya's team mates
denounced her action, but within a
few years several other top USSR
players had found their way to
America,as did the oldest Polgar.

a 1


a b c d c r h
So in chess terms, what happened in
Thessalonika had an impact
comparable to the end of the Berlin
Wall. In today's position
Akhimovskaya (White, to move) has
a useful initiative, and can already
win a pawn by the obvious 1 Qxe6+.
Her actual choice was stronger, and
induced Black to concede immediate
defeat. What was White's one-move

Less: 8483:1 Ua5 Resigns. If Qd7 2 Qxa7 when Qb8
mate is a crushing threat., I



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Constitutional challenge over 'securi

Tribune Business
THE attorney for a foreign
law firm yesterday argued
before the Court of Appeal that
it was unconstitutional and dis-
criminatory for Bahamian
courts to require litigants to pro-
vide security for costs simply
because they were not incorpo-
rated in this jurisdiction.
Brian Simms, head of litiga-
tion for Lennox Paton, was rep-
resenting the law firm Michael
Wilson & Partners before
Appeal Justices Dame Joan
Sawyer, Milton Ganpatsingh
and Hartman Longley, in a case
related to a dispute over shares
in an entity listed on the UK's
Alternative Investment Market
(AIM), which are registered in
the name of a Bahamian Inter-
national Business Company
Mr Simms argued that the

r costs

Attorney argues demand imposed on foreign company litigants
before Bahamian courts, not domestic ones, is unconstitutional

requirements of providing secu-
rity for costs a form of bond -
of the opposing party upfront
would not be asked of a
Bahamian company, and
claimed that the particular
request imposed upon his client
was only a manoevere to frus-
trate proceedings before the
courts in the UK.
The same requirements are
not demanded of Bahamian lit-
igants, he argued, meaning that
the demand imposed on foreign
participants in Bahamian legal
actions was unconstitutional and
The rationale behind
demanding security for costs
from foreign litigants is that it
acts as a kind of performance
bond, or guarantee, that the
other side's legal costs will
defrayed if the foreign party
flees the Bahamas.
Mr Simms yesterday main-
tained that his client, which he

described as a respected law
firm with $6 million in cash
flow, was unlikely not to be able
to meet costs, particularly since
not doing so would jeopardise
its position.
He claimed that the applica-
tion by the other party, a
Thomas Ian Sinclair, was "non-
sensical" and should never have
been brought, particularly
because he had a standing offer
on the table for $10,000 as the
highest amount of security for
costs which they would be will-
ing to offer.
Mr Simms alleged that to
even look at the assets of a for-
eign company was unconstitu-
tional, and to ask about the laws
of the country they were incor-
porated in was discriminatory
as well.
He indicated that the demand
of security for cost should not
be met by his client unless it
was shown the company was

unable to pay. As there was no
evidence of this, he said it was a
waste of the court's time.
Michael Scott, of Callenders
and Co, appearing for Mr Sin-
clair, argued that it was appro-
priate to ask for security for
costs given that the assets of the
company in question were not
based in the Bahamas.
Therefore, he alleged this
would make it difficult to
enforce the court's ruling should
it order the payment of costs.
Mr Scott alleged that there
were six legal actions outstand-
ing against Michael Wilson &
Partners, which has operations
in Kazakhstan and the British
Virgin Islands, and argued.that
in at least one case there was
difficulty in getting a settlement.
After hearing the arguments,
Dame Jloan Sawyer said the
Justices will consider the argu-
ments and give a judgement
answer as soon as they can.


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exchange's market capitalisa-
tion alone, supported by FIN-
CO, Bank of the Bahamas
International and Common-
wealth Bank.
All those stocks have deliv-
ered positive returns for
investors year-to-date, and dou-
ble-digit returners include
Benchmark (Ba.hanm.ia Cable
Bahamas, Colina H-lJin1.
(Bahamas), Commonwealth
Bank, Bank of the Bahamas
International, Consolidated
Water, FamGuard Corporation,
FOCOL, Freeport Concrete
and JS Johnson.
Mr Anderson said that given
the expectations that major
multi-billion dollar investment
projects such as Albany and
Baha Mar would ultimately go-
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tion industry and employment,
the Bahamian economy was
.,-.,in likely to grow by between
3-4 per cent in 2008.
He explained that foreign
direct investment would act as a
counterweight to any US eco-
nomic downturn caused by the
housing market decline and
'sub-prime' lending woes, and
would carry the Bahamian
economy, taking listed equities

with it.
Given that BISX was heavily
weighted to banks and financial
services, Mr Anderson said a
growing economy should fuel
demand for their services,
boosting earnings and share
price performance, and carry-
ing the exchange with them.
"There's still good buying
opportunities out there. The
market is full of good securi-
ties, but there's very little sup-
ply," Mr Anderson said.
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where sellers outnumber the
buyers. There's a lot of buyers
for certain securities, but very
few sellers.
"Most people at this stage
believe there's an upside to
their securities and are unwilling
to sell them, and buyers are not
pushing aggressively enough to --
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Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that .the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
23rd day of August 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


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