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Title: The Tribune.
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Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 11/14/2007
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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007


PM says parliamentary

salary he was accused

of accepting now being

paid to PLP leader


By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net
THE perks Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham was accused
of "greedily accepting" as a for-
mer prime minister are now
being enjoyed by former Prime
Minister Perry Christie, Mr
Ingraham pointed out during
his contribution to the govern-
ment's resolution of confidence
in the Speaker.
"I find it not only interesting
S but amusing that the parlia-
mentary salary I was accused of
accepting as a retired prime
minister was, in fact, paid in
respect of my predecessor in


office, indeed paid by them. It
was appropriate and correct for
my predecessor to receive such
payments but not me.
"We in the government are
not surprised that there is no
opposition to these payments
from those opposite; they
believe, and believe firmly, that
they are entitled," Mr Ingraham
said.
The prime minister said he
found their resolution of no
confidence in the Speaker hyp-
ocritical when in government
the PLP used to berate and
ridicule the Member for North
SEE page nine


* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
ptumquest@tribunemedia.net
THE absence of Elizabeth MP
Malcolm Adderley during yester-
day's critical vote of no confidence
in the Speaker of the House has
raised eyebrows among many in the
top tier of the PLP.
While expressing growing frus-
tration in hushed tones, PLP insiders
confirm that opposition leader Per-
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Pinewood elect
court parties una
to reach consent
N By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
THE parties in the Pine
election court challenge
unable to reach consensus
terday on an agreement p
ward by the PLP, which
acknowledge the voters wl
the right to vote in the
stituency on May 2, and
that did not, leaving debate
for the remainder in quest
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Monday when attorney F
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controversial Stephen's Close
sub-division was yesterday alleged
to have sought a meeting with
disgruntled investors who accuse
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ations to them.
SOmar Archer, spokesman for
the families involved of which
there are over 10 said that the
developer was attempting to meet
with the investors, and a meeting
was tentatively scheduled to take
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Union of Public
Officers demands
reinstatement of
NIB employee
THE Union of Public Officers
(UPO) is demanding the imme-
diate reinstatement of a National
S Insurance Board employee, after
an investigation has allegedly
proven the staff member inno-
cent of all accusations levelled at
t her earlier this year.
The union yesterday com-
plained that one of its members,
S who was falsely accused of an
"impropriety", still has not been
reinstated even after an investi-
1 gation cleared the employee of
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ion. a participant claimed that living
sed on within the programme for any
Philip length of time under the present
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* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
BAHAMIAN realtors and
advertisers are enraged over the
activities of some American busi-
nessmen who they say are "taking
the bread" out of Bahamians'
mouths.
As reported by The Tribune
previously, Department of Immi-
gration officials are investigating
the activities of an American
advertiser called Todd Walker,
vice-president of The Real Estate
Book, and his colleagues."
According to reports, repre-
sentatives of the publication have
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PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007


LOCAL NEWS


Police end probe




into death of man




killed by officer


Commissioner Farquharson to rule

on what action if any to take


N By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

The police investigation into
the death of an Andros man
shot by a police officer on Sep-
tember 3 is now complete and
in the hands of the commis-
sioner, it emerged yesterday.
Commissioner Paul Far-
quharson now has the responsi-
bility of making a determina-
tion on what action, if any,
should be taken against the offi-
cer involved.
Yesterday, Chief Supt Glen
Miller, based at the Central
Detective Unit, said that the
family of the deceased Ken-
neth "Kenny" Russel, a Conch
S Sound resident in his mid-20s -
had been made aware of the
progress.
According to the victim's
uncle, Bill Pratt, Kenny's sister
was in Nassau on Monday to
meet with the commissioner,
however he could not say what
the substance of this meeting
may have been at that stage.
Whilst stressing that he would
not wish to speculate what Mr
SFarquharson's recommenda-
tions in relation to the case
Should be, Chief Supt Miller not-
ed that there are several
options.
These include recommending
charges be brought against the
officer, recommending a coro-
ner's inquest, recommending
that the use of force was justi-
fied, or forwarding the file to
the Attorney General for her
to deliberate over.
The victim, Kenneth "Ken-
ny" ;Russell, was killed in the'
early hours of Sunday morning,
September 2 outside the Club


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Cabana in Lowe Sound,
Andros, after a night out with
friends. He was shot in the
upper left chest by'a police offi-
cer and died at the scene.
In the wake of the shooting,
Chief Superintendent Hulan
Hanna reported that officers
from the Fresh Creek station,
along with some from the Cen-
tral Detective Unit's security
department, were sent in to
back up police already in the
area to ensure that there was
no "uprising" by locals.
However, while admitting
that they and other locals were
in a state of shock and anger,
family members complained
that such statements had mis-
represented the general atmos-
phere in the aftermath of the
shooting.
The victim's relatives later
met with Mr Farquharson and
were informed that an investi-
gation into'the incident would
be carried out "very transpar-
Sently and professionall"
; The officer involved was put
on administrative leave,
"according to the usual


process. The Tribune
informed by Mi Farquhars
Days after. Bill Pratt, I
ny's uncle, said that the fa
felt that they have "pr
strong case".
In his opinion, "the p>
department at the time. d
have no reason for any for
He added: "We feel th
the people give a full acc
of what they've seen or h
there shouldn't be any diff
ties." ..
In this vein. Mr Pratt said
terday that the taruly had I
concerned about alleged rer
that some witnessess had I
hampered in their ettorts tO
evidence to Andros police
It was hot clear if this was
result of a deliberate atte
to bias the process, or th
to an order from police h
quarters that Nassau offi
would undertake to inter
the witnesses.
. Nassau-based officers
later sent to the island to
the evidence of those per
so as to avoid any "confli
interest", said Mr Pratt.


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* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A BAHAMIAN woman is
calling for justice for her elder-
ly mother, an alleged victim of
a traffic accident two years ago,
claiming the motorist involved
has not provided any financial
help since the incident.
Roselin Lloyd, of Malcolm
Park, told The Tribune that her
75-year-old mother Rosalee
Lloyd was "knocked down" by
a motorist while walking beside
the road in Okra Hill in
November, 2005.
As a result, her mother was
diagnosed with Complex
Regional Pain Syndrome, sig-
nificantly reducing her ability
to perform everyday activities
and diminishing her quality of
life, Ms Lloyd said.
According to a medical
report dated September 20,
2007, issued by Dr May Hest-
mo, Rosalee was reportedly
admitted to the Accident and
Emergency Department of


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death situation after road

accident, claims woman


Princess Margaret Hospital
complaining of pain to her arm
and abdomen.
Subsequent X-rays and clini-
cal examinations revealed
superficial blunt chest and
abdominal trauma and a frac-
ture to her right forearm, the
report said.
Rosalee Lloyd alleged that,
since the accident, the party
responsible had verbally agreed
to offer financial assistance to
her mother, but had since
reneged. While she has con-
tacted a lawyer, she does not
have the money to pay attor-
ney fees.
"Every time I see (my
lawyer) he looks like he wants
money. I wish a lawyer with a
heart would help us, instead of


taking the little money I have."
Also, because of her low-pay-
ing government job, she is not
eligible for assistance from the
Department of Social Services.
"(Social Services) say I (can't
get assistance) because I work
for government, they say both
of them get pension (and) oth-
er people is worse off than us.
'"This time when the bank
take they money I leave with
about $93 (a month) and even
with their pension I could hard-
ly buy food," Ms Lloyd said in
an interview with The Tribune
yesterday.
She said that she and her
family are in a "life and death
situation" and are living on a
39-foot boat docked in the east-
ern area.


Legal case unresolved after


almost 10 years claim

Tearful woman, 46, pleads for


"I really can
take no more.
To ask someone
for 25 cents I
have to rehearse
that. Everyone
looking at me
like a joneser."


'speedy resolution' to matter


* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A 46-year-old woman is
pleading for attention to be paid
to her legal matter which she
says has been languishing in the
courts for almost 10 years.
Ms Beryl Grant, in obvious
distress, made no effort to wipe
away tears as they streamed
down her face while sharing her


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feelings with 77e Tribune yes-
terday.
According to Ms Grant's
spokesman Omar Archer, Ms
Grant has been unable to work
since 1)tLi, since an altercation
with an officer from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).
and has survived off of stipends
from the National Insurance
Board and the Department of
Social Services.
Mr Archer said that Ms
Grant is seeking damages in the
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars as a result of that alterca-
tion. which allegedly left her
with a broken arm.
Mr Archer used this oppor-
tunity to again call for an inde-
pendent oversight committee to
investigate with matters of
police brutality and corruption.
"I feel like I am at my lowest
stage." Ms Grant said yester-
day clutching her two-year-old
daughter Garinique.
"I really can't take no more.
To ask someone for 25 cents -1
have to rehearse that.
"Everyone looking at me like
I'm a joneser.
"The money I had, I had to
use for doctors and lawyers."
Ms Grant said that her case
was last heard in September
2005 and she has now had to
resort to borrowing money to
keep the matter alive.
Currently, Ms Grant is tak-
ing a number of medications,
including morphine, for her
pain.
"A speedy resolution" to her
now almost 10-year-old case -
Ms Grant said this is all that she
is asking for.


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0 In brief

Dispute
resolution to
take place in
Supreme Court

A DISPUTE resolution
between Ann Rosen
Berco and OPAC
Bahamas Limited is set to
take place tomorrow
before Chief Justice Sir
Burton Hall.
The resolution confer-
ence is expected to begin
at 10.30am in the
Supreme Court.
The attorneys for the
plaintiff, Mrs Berco, are
Lockhart and Munroe.
Representing the defen-
dant is Harry B Sands
Lobosky Chambers.

Man is

reported

missing

By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT A 45-
year-old Grand Bahama
man who has not been
seen since Saturday has
been reported missing to
police.
Kenneth Glen Light-
bourne, a resident of South
Bahamia, was reported
missing around 5.55pm on
Monday by concerned
family members.
Assistant Superinten-
dent of Police Loretta
Mackey, assistant press
liaison officer, reported
that Mr Lightbourne was
last seen by his wife at
11am on Saturday at his
home.
He is described as being
five feet, seven inches tall,
and of slim built.
SSupt Mackey asked any-
one with information
about Mr Lightbourne to
contact the police at 911,
350-3013-16 or 350-3107/8.


Ministry denies

claims that reggae

group was allowed

to visit schools

THE Ministry of Edu-
cation, Youth, Sports and
Culture denied claims
reported in the local
media that a reggae group
was given permission to
visit Nassau high schools
on Friday.
The reports said that as
a result of this visit,
female students later-
gathered outside the
Hilton hotel.
Principal of H O Nash
Senior High School
Franklyn Lightbourne,
and Principal of L W
Young Senior High
School Telford Mullings
have confirmed that no
reggae artists visited their
campuses on Friday, the
ministry said in a state-
ment.


PM claims PLP intends to delay proceedings


in Houses of Parliament as often as they can


SBy RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net
THE PLP has adopted a strate-
gy of "obstruction and disruption"
and intends to delay the proceed-
ings of both Houses of Parliament
as often as they can, Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham said.
He was speaking on Monday
night, when the government
moved a resolution following the
opposition's motion of
no confidence in Alvin Smith,
Speaker of the House of Assem-
bly.
Mr Ingraham said that the PLP's
"blatant disrespect for the chair",
loud shouting and prolonged and
sustained pounding on the table
during the previous session of the
House, was all part of a carefully
orchestrated strategy. ,
The debate on the conduct of
the speaker and on the comments


"It Is clear that they have decided,
in my view, to harass the duly
elected government of the day and
to frustrate the advancement of the
people's business."

Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham


made by Prime Minister Ingraham
in the House on October 22 raged
on all day Monday.
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 Ingraham used the
word "wutless" did not offend
House rule 30 (16) because the
word referred to a group not an
individual. It was therefore not


Ingraham claims some of

PLP's staunchest supporters

are now disgusted with them


* By RUPERT MIISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net
EVEN some of the PLP's staunchest supporters
are now disgusted with them, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said during his contribution to the gov-
ernment's resolution of confidence in the speaker.
He said that while the opposition party's recent
actions have gained them some "cheap emotional
satisfaction", this will get them nowhere except
"deeper and deeper into the hole they are digging for
themselves".
He said when the former governing party finally
comes to accept its fate at the polls, it may be
too late to save what used to be a great political
party.
The prime minister said that in their five years in
office, PLP members demonstrated that they had
learned nothing from their previous "mistakes, mis-
deeds and their rejection at the polls".
"They have proven that they are incapable of
learning lessons from their past. They started to dig
themselves into a hole and the more they were
warned about what they were doing wrong, the
more they went on digging. One would have thought
that a defeat after only one term in office would
have opened their eyes. But no; with all their mis-


deeds and scandals staring them in the face, they still
pretend that they were a good government.
"With all their mismanagement, bad decisions
and secret deals now coming to light, they seek to
create diversions so the people will look the other
way. They still pretend that everybody is wrong and
they are right, and maybe one or two of them actu-
ally believe that. So they keep on digging that hole,"
he said.
Mr Ingraham said the PLPs behaviour since the
election may indulge "their childish anger and sense
of frustration" but it gains them no points with the
electorate.
He said that the politics of "peevishness and tru-
culence" in which the PLP have indulged since the
election might appeal only to the "fanatical fringe"
of their support in the country.
"But that fringe is growing ever smaller, and they
are making a big mistake if they believe that that is
where the vast majority of the Bahamian people
are in this day and age. So let them keep on digging
that hole. We on this side of the House will not be
deterred.
"We will get on with the people's agenda. We
will carry out the mandate given to us by the people
- in spite of the politics of obstruction and hate and
disdain being practiced by the other side," Mr Ingra-
ham said.


Saving educational programme


is re-launched in Freeport


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Heritage Edu-
cation Funds International LLC,
which is based in Canada, has re-
launched a saving educational
programme in Freeport for par-
ents wishing to save money for
their children's college education.
As the cost of higher educa-
tion continues to rise, many
Bahamian parents are unable, or
must struggle to send their chil-
dren off to college or university.
Heritage has been helping par-
ents save money for their chil-
dren's future for the past 40 years
in Canada, and for the past
decade and a half in the Bahamas.
Jason Maguire, Chairman of
Heritage Education Funds Inter-
national, was in Freeport on
Monday to announce the re-
launch of the programme.
Veteran insurance executive
Philip Franks has signed the con-
tract with Heritage as the official
representative for the distribu-
tion of the product in Grand
Bahama and Bimini.
Parents with children up to 13
years old can apply in Freeport by
contacting Mr Franks, who is an


executive at Trinity Insurance.
Mr Maguire said Heritage has
paid out more than $40 million
over the years to help parents
send their children on to higher
education.
He also noted that the pro-
gramme has paid out $6.2 million
to parents in the Bahamas.
"We have helped to make a
difference in the lives of families
arid children, the community, and
in general, the lives of the country
itself," he said.
Mr Maguire said that repre-
sentatives in Freeport, such as Mr
Franks, will go out and meet with
parents and tell them about how
the plan works. He said parents
will have to determine what they
are comfortable paying into the
plan every month.
"The understanding is that this
is a long term saving plan. If you
start early, save often, and stay
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their children's future," he
said. -
According to its website
www.heritageresp.com, Heritage
Education Funds International
offers advantages no other schol-
arship plan, life insurance pro-
gramme, bank, mutual fund pro-
gramme, or financial planning
programme, can offer".
The child may be awarded
scholarships to attend a recog-
nised post-secondary institution
anywhere in the world.
Scholarships are not awarded
based on exceptional grades. Stu-
dents only need to maintain pass-
ing grades at any recognized uni-
versity, community college, reli-
gious college, and technical insti-
tute.
All students will have the
opportunity to pursue their own
interests based on their own abil-
ities and choice, Heritage says.


unparliamentary in the context in
which it was used.
"It is clear that they have decid-
ed, in my view, to harass the duly
elected government of the day and
to frustrate the advancement of
the people's business," Mr Ingra-
ham said.
FNM defeated PLP 21 to 17 on
the no confidence motion, they
passed the amendment to the
motion in support of House Speak-
er Alvin Smith at 11.30pm.
Notably absent from the PLP
side was Elizabeth MP Malcolm
Adderley who has failed to debunk
rumours that he has disassociated
himself from his PLP colleges.
Clerks of the House checked the
whole the building to make sure no
one missed the vote.
Mr Smith walked in to cheers,
applauding and rapping on the
table by the FNM, he immediately
resumed the usual business, and
the House was adjourned until
Wednesday, November 14.
During his contribution, Mr
Ingraham asserted that the PLP's
vote of no confidence in the Speak-


er had little to do with their con-
cern that the privilege of any of
the opposition members had been
breached.
Nor, in his estimation, did their
motion have anything to do with
the use of unparliamentary lan-
guage, preserving the dignity of
this House or about the validity of
any ruling made by the Speaker.
"It is about a deliberate strategy
adopted by members opposite ever
since the last election when the
people of the Bahamas removed
them from office -. a strategy to
obstruct, to denigrate, to frustrate
and to derail. It is about their arro-
gant attitude of entitlement as the
natural and only party to govern
the Bahamas.
"It is about their inability to
accept their defeat and the verdict
rendered by the people at the polls.
And it is about their immature
unwillingness, indeed their refusal
to accept their fate; to come to
terms with their new status and
station in political and social life
in the Bahamas and to move on,"
the prime minister said.
He said that it is clear that the
opposition has decided to do all in
its power to keep the country on
edge and to foment discontent.
Mr Ingraham said that while it is
true that the Bahamian and other
parliaments sometimes get carried
away in the heat of debate, he felt
what the opposition did last week
was a "deliberate and disgraceful
performance and one which will
never be forgotten by those who
watched it in this.place or on tele-
vision".


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THE PLP still don't get it. They don't under-
stand that although the Bahamian people don't
want their legislators making hurried decisions
without reasonable consultation, they do want
them to know when it is time to stop talking
and start acting.
Even after the disgraceful fiasco in the
House in the past three sittings and the passing
of the controversial controversial for the
PLP that is amendment to the Juries Act,
Dr Nottage bemoaned the fact that the act
had been passed without wider consultation.
The passing of the amendment had been post-
poned earlier to accommodate Dr Nottage's
request. November 5 was the date set for Dr
Nottage to produce more information to justi-
fy the Bill either being rejected or delayed.
Dr Nottage said the PLP wanted more time
for public education, consultation, and evalu-
ation. In the meantime, he recommended that
the Bill be left either in the committee stage or
sent to a House select committee. After five
years of talk and little to show for it, the last
thing most Bahamians wanted to hear was
more talk and no action from their govern-
ment. With crime escalating, and hardened
criminals out on bail because the courts are
overburdened, they want to see forward
motion.
However, when November 5 came around,
Opposition Leader Perry Christie, wanted the
people's business suspended while the House
dealt with his and his colleagues' injured feel-
ings. The Speaker agreed to hear him, but
asked that he wait the short time that it would
take the MP for Carmichael to complete his
contribution. Mr Christie dug his heels in. His
matter should take precedence, he declared.
Although, in their various speeches Oppo-
sition members said they expected equal treat-
ment for all members, there.were those who,
while espousing the equality rule, felt that
some rules should be bent for Mr Christie -
after all he was one of the "father's of the
House" and had been in that place for 30 years.
However, if they sincerely wanted equal treat-
ment, then one would have expected Mr
Christie to have set the tone and led by exam-
ple.
But no, the decision as to whether "wutless"
was an unparliamentary word had to be settled
immediately.
The Speaker thought otherwise, ruled that
the House should proceed with business and
that Mr Christie should wait his turn.
As government members continued to put
the amendment through its paces, the Oppo-
sition stood and pounded their desks.
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was passed, the House was adjourned and a
shocked Opposition was left in the uproar of
desk pounding. Dr Nottage had lost his chance
to make his recommendations and a full day
was set aside to debate "wutless" "worthless",
"shameful" and whether such an "unfair"
Speaker was worthy to remain in the chair. In
the end it proved to be an utterly "wutless"
exercise with Speaker Alvin Smith even more
securely anchored in the chair with the Speak-
er's mace in its cradle before him.
The fact is that the jury system has been
debated from time to time over many years.
On July 1, 1966 41 years ago writing in
this column under the heading... "What ...
And How?" the late Sir Etienne Dupuch, pub-
lisher/editor of this newspaper wrote:
"For some time now there has been a feeling
among people in the community that the jury
system is breaking down.
"It is felt and there may be some truth in
the suspicion that politics has crept into the
courts through the men who normally serve
on the common jury. People who should serve
on the jury are so busy that they try to dodge
this great responsibility.
"It has been suggested that the jury system
should be abolished but this is impossible. I do
not see anything to replace it. But there is
room for modification of the system."
He then goes on to discuss the corruption
.and contamination of jurors, how the system
has not kept up with the better educated crim-
inal who has now proved that crime does pay.
He had just returned from Germany where
he discovered that a judge sits with a jury dur-
ing its deliberations. From what he had heard,
he thought that "a judge in the group would
tend to have a sobering influence on the men."
In those days women did not serve on the jury.
We have already had 41 years of talk.
We now have a reduced number of jurors
from 12 td 9 in all but capital cases, which
should cut down on the time it takes to get a
case started. Others have tried it, particularly
in the Caribbean, and found it successful. Why
not the Bahamas? No one suggests that this
will solve crime, but at least it is a beginning.
At least we are now out of the committee room
with a small instrument that might help remove
many criminals from the streets.
(In this column on Monday, November 12, in
reference to an incident in the House in 2003
when Mr Christie, as prime minister, dismissed
certain persons as "cockroaches", we observed
that Speaker Sir Clifford Darling had not ruled
the word out of order. We apologise to Speak-
er Darling, the reference should have been to
Speaker Oswald Ingraham).


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Opposition Leader when
faced with similar circum-
stances.
For five years the PLP
Government had mercilessly
accused him of "double dip-
ping" even though they
knew their accusations were
untrue.
In fact, in an effort to lend
some modicum of credence
to their double dipping con-
tention, the PLP Govern-
ment had sought to surrepti-
tiously and underhandedly
sneak payments into the
PM's bank account which he
both promptly returned and
put an immediate stop to.
Double dipping connotes
taking twice though entitled
to take only once. To appro-
priate beyond one's entitled
share.
Stealing, if you will.
Most individuals would
have withered under such a
dysphoric attack.
Hubert Ingraham neither
withered nor recoiled in the


face of the tendentious and
relentless attack but merely
sought to defend his integri-
ty, with facts, and in states-
manlike fashion. No cry
baby sour lime.
Yet the PLP continued
with their accusations know-
ing them to be false, ham-
mering on the table if you
will.
The era when hammering
on the table sufficed has
long past.
This is no time for churlish
behaviour.
This is not the time for cry
baby sour lime.
If there are facts to be
argued, the PLP should
argue the facts.
If there are legal argu-
ments to be made, they
should advance the argu-
ments.
Otherwise, they should
just serve in the role of Her
Majesty's Loyal Opposition
and get on with the people's
business.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
BACK when I was a child
youngsters routinely occi
pied themselves with game
such as "hop scotch", "rin
play", "marbles" and "spin
ning tops".
Children also delighted i
repeating classical nurser
rhymes such as "Humpt
Dumpty sat on the wall" an
"Mary, Mary quite con
trary".
A number of rhymes wit
somewhat of a local flai
such as "cry baby sour lime
and "penny worth o
sausage" were also throw
in the mix.
I'm not quite sure why bu
the behaviour of "He
Majesty's Loyal Opposition
subsequent to the 2007 Gen
eral Elections routinely cause
es the words "cry baby sou
lime" to come to mind.
These words have res
onated even more loudly fol
lowing the Opposition'
quite delayed "formal
response to use of the wor
"wutless" by Prime Ministe
Hubert Ingraham to describe
the opposition's crime fight
ing performance.
The Prime Minister point
ed to the 100 plus murde
accused presently on bail a
evidence of such wutless
ness.
The Opposition's behav
iour has been reminiscent o
advice given to young jurist
regarding case presentation
ie argue the law when a case
has legal merits: argue the
facts when a case has factua
merits: hammer on the table
when a case has neither lega
nor factual merits.
The Opposition ham
mered on the table.
Wutless, the Bahamian
version of worthless thoughl
with a strong emphasis
means lacking value.
Perhaps the former Prime
Minister considers the huge
number of persons who have
been given bail because of
lack of prosecution of their
cases in a timely fashion as
being indicative of out-
standing, stellar performance
by his government.
If he does he should say
so.
I have also reminisced on
how puerile the behaviour
of the Opposition has been
when compared to the
behaviour of the former


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n EDITOR, The Tribune.
h
) I COME from a strong PLP family and a member of a con-
struction family.
e We have been instrumental in the PLP success in 2002 and
Worked feverishly to help win in South Eleuthera. We feel
liked someone has rubbed pepper in our eyes. We were
f fooled.
r The contractors on Eleuthera are livid. The usually calm
S and peaceful people may have been taken advantage of. They
believe that they have being exploited.
Eleutherans, from Governor's Harbour, Palmetto Point,
Tarpum Bay and Savannah Sound are complaining as to who
or how could anyone who pretended to have Bahamians'
interest at heart, give the authorisation to bring in prefabri-
cated homes into Governor's Harbour that literally do not
need a contractor. This is wicked.
The prefab homes are presently sitting on the dock on
Cupid's Cay and have been there for a while. No one seems
to know who ordered them, but they must have been ordered
many months ago which means that the PLP must be upfront
and explain who authorised the homes, what arrangements
were made and what concessions were given.
SThe PLP must explain how the contractors in Eleuthera
would benefit from prefab homes being shipped to any island
in the Bahamas.
There are reasons to believe that some under the table
dealings may have happened.
The frustration that was expressed on Cupid's Cay by well
known contractors must be taken serious. The deceit and
deception surrounding the homes only proves that Bahami-
ans first was only a clich6.
The homes came fully furnished with kitchen and bath-
room cabinets already installed, bathroom fixtures already
installed and stacked with mattresses and other furnishers.
These findings beg several questions. Since the cabinet work
has already been done, how the cabinet builders in Eleuthera
would benefit?
Since the bathroom has already been installed, how the
Bahamian plumbers would feed their families. Since the
homes are already constructed, how would the masons and
carpenters benefit?
I stand to be corrected but is there a moratorium on the
importation of mattresses? How would the Bahamian manu-
facturers make any money if all of these things are stacked up
to the ceiling in the prefab homes? Who authorised the
exemption for these things to happen? Who gave the permis-
sion to circumvent the tariff on mattresses? Someone must
have a sensible explanation for this.
This is a clear plan to destroy the construction business in
Eleuthera. Which island is next?
The PLP must now explain who has/is benefiting from this
act.
The beautiful people of Eleuthera should be told who
shafted them on the altar of greed. These good people of
Eleuthera, who would literally give you their heart, do not
deserve this kind of "backstabbing".
From the pattern of how the PLP negotiated business with
other investors, how they gave away the Bahamas, it would
not be too far fetched to conclude that the previous govern-
ment had started to give away Eleuthera too. The PLP modus
operandi seems to be to give away everything, and, in my
opinion, especially if a big time PLP is reaping the spoils.
Shameless PLP could care less who complains, just as long
as they get "all for me baby".
S R KNOWLES
Governor's Harbour.
November, 2007.


MICHAEL R MOSS
Freeport,
Bahamas,
November 8, 2007.


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Students

present

stamps to

Minister

of State
MINISTER of State for
Youth and Sports Byran
Woodside was presented
with a set of Governor-
General's Youth Award
20th Anniversary Com-
memorative stamps by
students who took part in
the award scheme.
The stamps highlight
each area of the award:
* Service -15
* Skills 25
* Physical recreation 50
* Adventurous journey -
55s
* GGYA Logo 700
Making the presenta-
:ion were Alan Pinto,
Government High School
3GYA unit leader; Glen-
*oy Forbes, GGYA silver
participant and Denise
Mortimer, GGYA nation-
il executive director.
The Governor-Gener-
il's Youth Award is
described as an exciting
elf-development pro-
;ramme available to all
young people worldwide,
equipping them with life
kills to make a differ-
nce to themselves, their
communities and the
vorld".
To date more than five
nillibn young people
rom over 100 countries
iave been motivated to
undertake a variety of
voluntary and challenging
activities.
Forty-four units are
located throughout the
3ahamas catering to
,000 participants.
Since 1987 more than
,000 young Bahamians,
ges 14 to 25, have partic-
)ated in the GGYA.


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expected to
ie charged
n connection
Nith drugs
elizure

FREEPORT A male
-sident of Eight Mile
ock is expected to be
larged today at Freeport
[agistrate's Court in con-
ection with the seizure of
quantity of illegal drugs
: Hepburn Town.
According to reports,
EU officers executed a
,arch warrant on a home
Hepburn Town at 2pm
n Monday.
During a search of the
)use, police allegedly dis-
)vered three pounds of
)caine and two and a half
:unds of a substance they
spected was marijuana.
A 24-year-old man was
rested and taken into
lice in connection with
e find.
Police are continuing
eir investigation into the
matter.


week by disgruntled staff
members that the institu-
tion lacks proper structure
and suffers from a declin-
ing student body.
A well informed source
at BTVI spoke with The
Tribune yesterday and con-
tended that the claims


made in an article pub-
lished last Saturday were
"untrue" and "half-
baked".
The source provided a
copy of BTVI's enrollment
list for 2007 which listed
1,237 students as being
enrolled at the institution


BAHAMAS Democrat-
ic Movement leader Cas-
sius Stuart has hit out at
what he called the "intol-
erable behavior" that has
been displayed by members
of parliament over the
years. '
He also criticised the
actions of MPs from both f
parties in recent sittings of
the House of Assembly,
calling them "a clear indi-
cation" that they are not fit
to sit in parliament.
"The members of the
governing party, as well as
the opposition have dis-
graced our parliament as
well as our country by their
shameful and disorderly
conduct over the years,"
Mr Stuart said in a state-
ment issued yesterday.
He added that from the
first sitting -of Parliament
in May 2007, "no bills or resolutions of a sig-
nificant value have been debated in the House".
"This current sitting of parliament is an
absolute waste of time and resources," he said.
Mr Stuart said the current parliament, which
he described as a "rump sitting" should be dis-
solved, because its a waste of tax payers' mon-
ey.
"Our country is on the brink of national
chaos; our educational system has failed, our


FREEPORT Police Com-
missioner Paul Farquharson
called on officers in Grand
Bahama to support his succes-
sor and to continue to be united
in the fight against crime.
Mr Farquharson, who will
retire next year, was in Grand
Bahama as part of a hand-over
tour to announce his official
retirement from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and to
introduce Deputy Commission-
er Reginald Ferguson as his suc-
cessor.
Mr Farquharson met with
Senator Kay Smith, parliamen-
tary secretary in the Prime Min-
ister's Office in Freeport, Sir
Albert Miller, CEO of Grand
Bahama Port Authority, and
other officials.

Leave
Commissioner Farquharson
will demit office on January 18,
2008. Deputy Commissioner
Reginald Ferguson will serve as
acting commissioner from
November 21 when Mr Far-
quharson goes on pre-retire-
ment leave, and until a com-
mission is appointed.
Both men are expected to
travel to Abaco and then on to
other islands.
"I am pleased to come before
you once again as your com-
missioner to announce my
retirement after over 40 years of
service. Two months from now
S.shall lay down my responsi-
bilities as commissioner of
police and the authority as com-
missioner will be vested in my
successor, Deputy Commis-
sioner Reginald Ferguson," he
said.
Mr Farquharson said being
commissionerr was not always
an easy task.
"I've had some good times
and I have had some challeng-
ng times throughout my career.
But I always endeavored to
embody our motto: courage,
integrity, and loyalty," he said.


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crime dilemma has escalat-
ed beyond control, our
social and moral fabric have
been torn, our family struc-
ture has been destroyed and
our economy is in a mone-
tary quicksand, with no
clear plans or a rebound
any time soon," Mr Stuart
said. -
"In the midst of these
crucial and vexing problems
facing our country today,
the only thing our members
of parliament find them-
selves doing is bickering
Sand quarreling over insignif-
icant matters."
The statement is one of
the first public utterances
from Mr Stuart since the
general election of May
2007, when despite high
hopes, his party failed to
secure a single seat.
Mr Stuart had expressed
disappointment at the results, and said the par-
ty would have to take a close look at what
might have gone wrong.
Since that time, former Bahamas Democrat-
ic Movement secretary general and candidate
Omar Archer has begun making waves join-
ing the opposition Progressive Liberal Party
and announcing that he will run for party chair-
man, as well as launching a series of public
attacks on the government over various issues.


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POLICE COMMISSIONER
Paul Farquharson
"These three words rever-
ently dictate what you want to
be, what you can be, and what
you will be.
"They are your rallying points
which build courage when
courage seems to fail, regain
faith when there seems to be
little cause for faith, and create
hope when hope becomes far-
fetched."
Mr Farquharson noted that
the RBPF is responsible for
policing the entire country and
urged officers to continue to
work together in their fight
against crime.
"1 want to encourage you to
be brave as you face the crimi-
nal element, and fair in the
administration of your duties,"
he said.
Mr Farquharson also thanked
Sir' Albert Miller, a former
police commissioner, for his
support and advice over the
years.
Sir Albert commended
Commissioner Farquharson for
a job well done and pledged his
continued assistance to the
RBPF.

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According to the source,
over the last twb weeks,
representatives from the
Public Service Union,
SBahamas Union of Teach-
ers, and a BTVI human
resources official, among
others met with teachers
individually at the tertiary
institution to hear concerns
and grievances.
"The teachers met with a
high-powered group of
people.
"(They) didn't have the
interview in a vacuum with
human resources, that
there speaks volumes.
"The teachers have their
concerns, some of them
being legitimate, but
efforts are being made to
rectify the situation."
The source added that
while one teacher and five
janitresses staged a demon-
stration on campus three
weeks ago, this was not a
complete representation of
staff morale and classes
were not disrupted during
the process.
"To say that there was a
demonstration that dis-
rupted classes was untrue.
We had one teacher (in the
protest) and a substitute
was provided for his class."
Last week, angry staff
members told The Tribune
that employee morale was


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met with a
high-powered
group of
people. (They)
didn't have
the interview
in a vacuum
with human
resources, that
there speaks
volumes."


dangerously low due to the
acts of a human resources
official, who they called .
to be removed from the
post.
They also alleged that a
hostile climate existed
between teachers and
BTVI administration.
There were also asser-
tions that administration
failed to carry out annual
assessments that would
lead to salary increases and
that the institution's enroll-
ment had decreased from
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The Bahamas International Film


Festival programme announced


S FESTIVAL FOUNDER and executive
director Leslie Vanderpool announced the
final programme details for the fourth edi-
tion of the Bahamas International Film Fcs-
2 tival yesterday.
This year, the Festival will showcase 83
films from 26 different countries, including
54 features of which several are world or
international premieres and nearly all
Bahamian premieres.
The four competition categories at BIFF
are:
Spirit of Freedom: Dramatic
Spirit of Freedom: Documentary
New Vision
Short Film
BIFF 2007 will take place from Thurs-
day December 6 through Thursday, Decem-
ber 13.
Because of the enormous growth and
support in its first three years, the festival
has been extended to a full seven days,
beginning this year.
It was also announced that the festival's
opening night film is ThinkFilm's acclaimed
action/drama Battle in Seattle starring Acad-
emy Award winner Charlize Theron,
Woody Harrelson, Ray Liotta, Michelle


ThinkFilm's Battle in Seattle

will open the 2007 event


SRodriguez, Joshua Jackson and Andre Ben-
jamin.
An audience favourite, the film is written
and directed by Stuart Townsend and pro-
duced by Townsend along with Mary Aloe,
Maxime R6millard and Kirk Shaw.
In the film, activists arrive in Seattle,
Washington come together to protest a
meeting of the World Trade Organisation.
Riots and chaos ensue as demonstrators
successfully stop the WTO meetings.
The festival's closing night film is Juno -
the acclaimed coming-of-age comedy drama
from Fox Searchlight Pictures, directed by
Jason Reitman and starring Michael Cera,
Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bate-
man, Allison Janney, Rainn Wilson and J K
Simmons.
Academy Award winner Sir Sean Con-
nery will again be lending his full support at


BIFF, attending as the festival's patron.
Connery will be on hand to present BIF-
F's Career Achievement Tribute Award on
Saturday, December 8.
Organisers said the full BIFF programme
is now available in print or online at
www.bintlfilmfest.com. Booking for the fes-
tival 2007 is now open.
The Bahamas International Film Festival
is a non-profit organisation committed to
providing the Bahamian community and
international festival goers with a diverse
presentation of films from the Bahamas
and around the world.
In addition to showcasing films that might
not otherwise be released theatrically,
organizers say BIFF provides unique cul-
tural experiences, educational programmes,
and forums for exploring the past, present
and future of cinema.


CHARLIZE THERON stars in Battle in Seattle which will open
the festival.


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mission ,aild II_, C>'ois nll
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tions to the county led the
team to the American Film
Market last week in Los
Angeles.
The AFM is a world-class
film industry trade show
established by the Indepen-
dent Film and Television
Alliance (IFTA) the trade
association of independent
distributors and producers of
motion picture and televi-
sion programming world-
wide.
It represents more than
180 companies from 22 coun-
tries.
Collectively. IFTA mem-
bers produce more than 400
independent films and
countless hours of television
programming each year.
It also generates more
than $4 billion in distribution
revenues annually.


PICTURED (from left) at this year's AFM are Eureka Glinton of the Bahamas Film Commission's Los Angeles office,
Bahamian super model Janine Fox and Bahamas Film Commissioner Craig Woods.


Scotiabank purchases new mop-making

machine for Adult Blind Workshop


SCOTIABANK yesterday
S!announced the donation of a mop-
making machine to the Adult
Blind Workshop.
This is one of several donations
that the bank is making across the
country to charities and other
organizations that are in need.
"I am pleased to donate this
equipment to the Blind Centre,"
said Debra Wood. senior manager
for marketing and public relations.
"As a consumer. I choose to pur-
chase the mops made by this out-
standing group of visually-impaired
persons. We have had the oppor-
tunity to see the tremendous work
that they do and we are happy to
show our support by passing this
machine on to them to help them
become more self-sustaining."
The Bahamas Division of the
Salvation Army runs the Adult
Blind Workshop.
Desmond Brown, one of the
staff demonstrated how the
machine will be used.
Delisa Armbrister, the admin-
istrator's assistant of the Bahamas


PICTURED L TO R, are: Ms Armbrister; Mrs Wood; Juanita Hepburn, pro-
gramme and field co-ordinator for the School for the Blind and Adult Cen-
tre; Mr Brown and Darron Bowe, scotiabank's manager for the East Bay
Street Branch.


Divisional Headquarters of the Sal-
vation Army, accepted the gift, and
said, "On behalf of Major Lester
Ferguson. the divisional comman-
der for the Salvation Army, I


express heartfelt thanks and appre-
ciation to Scotiabank. This
machine will help the six members
at the workshop augment their
mop production."


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Officials:

English bird

flu outbreak

is deadly

H5N1 virus
* LONDON

AN OUTBREAK of
bird flu in eastern Eng-
land is the deadly H5N1
strain of the disease,
the government said
Tuesday, according to
Associated Press.
The return of the dis-
ease in Britain, which
had its first mass out-
break of the strain ear-
lier this year, is yet
another blow to farmers
already struggling after
herds were hit this year
'by foot-and-mouth dis-
ease and bluetongue.
Acting chief veteri-
narian Chief Veterinary
Officer Fred Landeg
said the source of the
outbreak had not yet
been identified. He said
it was closely related to
the strains found in the
Czech Republic and
Germany over the sum-
mer.
Officials said earlier
that about 5,000 free-
range turkeys, 1,000
ducks and 500 geese on
the affected farm were
being culled.

Trade

If the bird flu spreads,
it could devastate the
hugely profitable
Christmas trade in
poultry.
A two-mile protection
zone and a six-mile, sur-
veillance zone were cre-
ated around the infect-
ed farm, and further
restrictions were
imposed throughout
Suffolk and much of the
neighboring county of
Norfolk.
The alarm was raised
Sunday, after a rise in
death rates among the
birds, which are owned
by poultry producer
Gressingham Foods,
based in Woodbridge.
Suffolk.
Landeg said Britain
had successfully eradi-
cated an outbreak of
H5N1 in Suffolk earlier
this year, which led to
the culling of 160,000
turkeys.
"With respect to this
outbreak there is still
some uncertainty, We
are at a very early stage
of the investigation, and
no two outbreaks of
disease are ever the
same," he said.
Britain's first case of
H5N1 was in a swan in
Scotland in 2006. In
April 2006, chickens on
a farm near Dereham
Common, Norfolk, test-
ed positive for the H7
subtype of the virus.

Tracks

"The more we look
for H5, the more we
will find," said Juan
Lubroth, head of infec-
tious diseases, animal
services, at the United
Nations' Food and
Agriculture Organiza-
tion, which tracks the
disease in birds.
H5N1 has previously
been found elsewhere
in France, Switzerland,
and Germany. Human
cases have been record-
ed in Turkey and Azer-
baijan.
Bird flu has killed or
prompted the culling of
millions of birds world-
wide since late 2003,
when it first began rav-
aging Asian poultry
stocks.
It has killed at least


206 people worldwide
since 2003.
Experts believe most
victims were probably
infected through direct
contact with sick
birds.
Bird flu remains diffi-
cult for humans to
catch.
However, experts fear
it could mutate into a
form that spreads easily
among people, poten-
tially sparking a flu
pandemic.


BDA to push for a ban of


high sugar foods in schools


THE Bahamas Dental Asso-
ciation plans to push for the
banning of high sugar foods in
and around schools.
BDA president Dr Andre
Rollins said this is one of four
initiatives the association plans
to lobby the government on.
"Firstly, we must encourage
both the Ministries of Health
and Education to prohibit the
sale of foods high in sugar, on
or just outside our school cam-
puses. Foods such as candies,
baggies, cups and tarts are car-
iogenic, and have very little if
any nutritive value," he told
members.
"Dental decay affects chil-
dren's ability to thrive due to
dental pain, and also results in
untold numbers of missed
school days. Equally alarming
is the number of children in
our country with malocclusions
caused by dental shifting and
crowding, secondary to the loss
of primary and permanent
teeth.
He said the preponderance
of sugar in our children's diets
is not only worrisome because
of its relation to dental disease
and loss, "but also because it is


"Dental decay affects
children's ability to thrive
due to dental pain, and also
results in untold numbers
of missed school days."


a primary factor in the short-
ened attention spans that affect
children's ability to function
and learn in the classroom set-
ting.
"A policy must be imple-
mented and enforced to pro-
tect the health of our nation's
children."

Education

Dr Rollins said that second-
ly, the dental community must
lobby to increase the Ministry
of Health's budgetary alloca-
tion for oral health education
and services.
He said that far too many
Bahamians do not fully com-


Nassau Garden


Club visits Harrold


and Wilson Pond


National Park

THE Nassau Garden Club visited Harrold and Wilson Ponds
National Park earlier this month. Members of the club were intro-
duced to the national park. which was created in 2002 and has
been he BNT's highest priority fo-i a;; passt threee years
Lyon Gape. deputy executive director of the Trust told the
group: "This park is a haven for bird me and that is what first
attracAed members of the BN f to promote the area as a national
park, and in 2002 it was designated an important Bird Area using
criteiia developed by Birdiifc laternaiional.
"However, the BNT values Harrold and Wilson Ponds not only
for the birds but also for the opportunities it affords to teach the
general public about the value of wetlands and to provide an
opportunity for New Providence residents to experience nature."
Club members were introduced to the BNT's conceptual plan of
boardwalks and trails for the park which will cost an estimated 1.3
million in total. Two initial boardwalks and viewing platforms
have been completed: one at the entrance to Island Gas and the sec-
ond, which was opened in August. at Pride Estates.
Two BNT wardens accompanied the ladies on their trip new-
ly appointed warden Apollo Butler and Randolph Burrows.
Mr Burrows gave on-site explanations of how the boardwalks
were built and also explained the process used to evict a squatter
from park land in September of this year.
He also gave an overview of the training in invasive species
removal that they are receiving as a result of an NMBCA grant
funded through the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The removal exercises at Harrold and Wilson Ponds have a par-
ticular emphasis on Brazilian Pepper and Casuarina.
"We were very impressed with the work that the BNT has done
at Harrold ana Wilson Ponds. As a club we are particularly inter-
ested in the methods they are using to remove Casuarinaand
Brazilian Pepper from areas in the park," said club president Car-
leton Robertson.
Vice president Dawn Davies said, "We hope to be able to support
the BNT's work in the removal of invasive species and in replant-
ing the areas where they have been removed with native vegeta-
tion."

__' -.. \_ _


prehend the importance of
good oral health and preven-
tive dental treatment, as can
be seen by the "unacceptably
high" rates of dental and peri-
odontal disease.
He called on Minister of
Health Dr Hubert Minnis to
commit resources to a public
health education campaign
designed to promote and
increase in oral health aware-
ness.
"I also call upon you to
ensure that those public den-
tal clinics which currently lack
the equipment, tools and mate-
rials needed to provide these
services are permitted to
receive them.
"We cannot increase access


to treatment without the nec-
essary resources."
The third issue the associa-
tion must promote, he said, is
the establishment of a "mod-
ern national oral health policy
that clearly defines and imple-
ments initiatives that will pro-
duce measured declines in the
levels of dental and periodontal
disease and edentulousness in
our population."
Dr Rollins said this effort
requires focused, committed
and passionate leadership.

Awareness

"Colleagues, there is much
work to be done to increase
awareness about the severe and
sometimes pernicious out-
comes of oral health neglect.
Until poor dental health is
measured in terms of its impact
on systemic health, we will con-
tinue to be marginalised within
the medical community," he
said.
Dr Rollins pointed out that
current studies are looking at
the links between poor oral
health, particularly periodon-


tal disease, and the incidence of
cardiovascular disease, respi-
ratory disease, cancer, prema-
ture and low birth-weight
infants, and more severe type-
two diabetes.
He said the fourth and final
initiative that dentists must
push for is the appointment of
a chief dental officer and rep-
resentation on the board of the
Public Hospitals Authority.
He noted that throughout
the world there are presently
194 chief dental officers in 158
countries but the Bahamas;
despite having one of the 30
highest per capital gross nation-
al products in the world, is not
among these.
"This is a disparaging anom-
aly. The BDA must aggres-
sively oppose any policy that
marginalises dentistry as the
bastard child of medicine. It is
not realistic for us to expect a
physician to be as passionate
about advancing oral health in
our country as much as a den-
tist would be, but the time has
come for dentistry to be given
equal footing in the hierarchy
of the public health care sys-
tem," Dr Rollins said.


BNT WARDEN Randolph Burrows explains the procedure used to evict the squatter from Harrold and
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Kingdom of Swaziland


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THE Kingdom of Swaziland
is seeking to enter into a mem- 1
orandum of understanding and
co-operation with the Bahamas
in tourism and other areas of
mutual interests as both coun-
tries foster greater diplomatic
ties.
On Monday, Bahamas Gov-
ernor-General Arthur Hanna
accepted from Chief Sen-
zangkhona Phesheya Dlamini,
letters of commission signed
by King Mswati III, accrediting
the chief as high commissioner
to the Bahamas.
"You have with insight and ...
pragmatism touched on the
fragility and threats, yet oppor- CHIEF SENZANGAKHONA Phesheya Dlamini, centre, High Commissione
tunities of today's world. land walks with Andrew McKinney, chief of protocol, into Governme
"The challenge is to under-
stand and sift the best from the
international environment for
national benefit and survival,"
the governor-general said to
the new high commissioner.
"We 'concur with your -
approach and look forward to
the desired results for the
mutual benefit of both our
countries. We are, moreover,
confident that your status,
training and exposure will go a
long way to ensuring the antic-
ipated results," the governor-
general added.
High Commissioner Dlamini
underscored the importance of
relations between the Bahamas
and Swaziland, stating that in
the complex world of technol- THE Governor General Arthur Hanna, left, presents Chief Dlamini with
ogy, never before has such his letters of commission.
interdependency been .
amplified.. '-
"Consequently, the int-rt
tional community is called
upon to address a conundrum .
of issues from terrorism to clh -
mate change.
"The forums at which we so
fruitfully interact have given -
us hope for the future," he u
said.
"The onus in on us to use .
the opportunities at our dis-
posal to put the wrongs right in
our world.
"Our two countries have col- GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna, centre, chats with Chief Dlamini, left,
laborated in many positive ini- and Sheila Carey, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
tiatives at this level."
The High Commissioner interaction at the Common- pala, Uganda at the end of the
said the Kingdom of Swaziland wealth Heads of Government month.
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opportunity to develop strate-
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including education, technol-
ogy and science.
"The Kingdom of Swaziland
will seek to participate fully to
share experiences and tap in
new information and advances
from her international part-
ners, notably the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas," he
said.
"The Kingdom of Swaziland
is also looking expanding its
tourism sector.
"It is in this framework and
many others that we are look-
ing at a close collaboration
with the Bahamas."
The Kingdom of Swaziland,
located in southeast Africa, is
known for its mineral
resources, manufacture of
clothing and light consumer
goods.
High Cbmmissioner Dlamini
is an attorney, who has also
studied leadership, diplomacy
and international relations,
specialising in global, political
and economic issues in the
United Kingdom and the Unit-
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BREAST Cancer does not have to be a death sentence accord-
ing to two survivors of the disease, who shared their experi-
ences with the women at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort
and Offshore Island.
Sandra Ferguson and Andrea Sweeting, vice president and
president of Sister Sister respectively, conducted a breast cancer
awareness seminar as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Mrs Sweeting said good family support was very important
when faced with the prognosis of breast cancer.
"The moral support of loved
ones can make all the differ-
"Choose a ence. It is a time when you need
"Choosea positive people around you."
healthier She added that stress should be
e a er avoided and an emphasis should
lifestyle that be placed on being happy,
"because life is what you make
includes regu- it"
S Mrs Ferguson, who is also a
lar exercise, nurse, encouraged the women
to have an annual physical, a
eating low fat breast examination and a pap.
smear.
meals and lots "Choose a healthier lifestyle
that includes regular exercise,
of leafy veg- eating low fat meals and lots of
als leafy vegetables."
tabless" She acknowledged that while
Sshe was vegetarian she never-
theless got breast cancer, but
said it is important that a healthy regime be followed as far as
possible.
Mrs Ferguson further added that not only older women get
breast cancer; there have been cases in teenagers as well.
"Remember that pain is not a symptom of breast cancer. When
there is pain and discharge from the breast, the cancer has
spread. It is important that you talk to your doctor, nurse and
family members," she said, adding that often, women are too
secretive.
Mrs Sweeting told the men in the audience that while they,
should be supportive to their wives, they too should have annu-
al physical. "Last year a man died from breast cancer. It is not
a women's disease and self examination is the best early detec-
tion."
The ladies discussed various treatment options and said that
persons who discover a lump no matter how small should see a
doctor immediately.
Mrs Ferguson told the
women that before they pur-
chase Christmas gifts this year "Last year a
they should get a complete
physical examination. man died
Seminar attendee, Gail Rah- fr m br
ming said the session was not i breast
only very informative, but it cr. It
opened her eyes to how vigi- .cance. It
lant she had to be concerning not a women's
her health.
"When Ms Ferguson passed disease and
the photos around showing her
hair loss and skin condition, I self examina-
saw what people endured when
inflicted with breast cancer. I tiOn is the best
am definitely more alert and
having had only one mammo- early detec-
gram previously, I have
resigned myself that it is a year- tion."
ly necessity."
The Sister Sister Organisa-
tion is a local support group that aids women going through the
process of understanding and accepting breast cancer and its
treatment.
The group also provides emotional, physical and financial
support.
Sister Sister has 150 members and has been in existence since
2000. There are number of doctors and nurses who are affiliated
with Sister Sister.


THE AUDIENCE listens to advice on breast cancer from survivors.They
learned the disease does not have to be death sentence.


Countries seek
co-operation,
understanding
in tourism
* By LINDSAY
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THE TIBUN WEDESDAY NOVMBER14,C207,NAGES


Witness

FROM page one
:than a year is appealing to
-authorities to be allowed to
'leave the Bahamas to start a new
life.
The witness in a murder case
, whose identity cannot be dis-
tlosed for security reasons told
T'he Tribune that in his opinion
,the programme as it exits now in
*the Bahamas is inadequate and
'imposes impossible living con-
kditions on participants.
The witness in this case was
'expected to testify in a murder
.irial last year. However, due to
*legal technicalities, the case was
"postponed until next year.
.The witness entered into the
.protection programme together
'with his family after he was shot
,at five times last year.
.Despite living in a safe house
.where security cameras are
installed and police officers stop
by twice daily, the witness said
he fears that as long he remains
in the Bahamas his life will
always be in danger.
Speaking with The Tribune,
'Assistant Commissioner Chris
McCoy, who has responsibility
for the witness protection pro-
gramme, said he was aware of
the witness's fears and that his
concerns are being addressed.
Mr McCoy, however, empha-
sised that the witness is com-
pletely safe and that there is no
threat against his life.
The assistant commissioner
conceded that the witness pro-
tection programme is very new
to the Bahamas and is still evolv-
ing.
The major challenge for the
programme at this stage, he said,
is securing sufficient funding.
The participating witness who
contacted The Tribune explained
that, since entering the pro-
gramme, he has been unable to
go out to work to support his
wife and seven children.
Although his marriage has
failed due to the strain of living
within the programme, and his
wife and children no longer
reside at the safe house, the wit-
ness said he still has financial
obligations towards them that
he needs to fulfil.
"This past year has been very
difficult for me. I'm used to
working and taking care of my
family, so it's been very hard for
me," he said.
The witness said he has fami-
ly members outside of the
Bahamas who are willing to take
him in. He is now appealing to
the authorities to give him
enough money to start a new life
somewhere else.
Abroad, he said, he could
work and once again provide for
his family.
The witness said that in his
opinion the Bahamas is too
small to successfully operate a
protection programme within
the country.


FROM page one

all charges.
In a meeting held by NIB's
executive management yesterday,
employees were reportedly told
that all allegations against the sus-
pended union member have
proven to be untrue, the UPO
said.
Even with these allegations
now reportedly off the table, the
union said it is still trying to
understand why its members were
"harassed, humiliated and pun-
ished'. by the NIB management.
The staff member in this case
was initially suspended for 10
working days without pay effec-
tive from October 24.
The union yesterday claimed
that although an investigation into
the case was reportedly conclud-
ed on October 25, the employee
was suspended for an additional
14 days at half pay on November
6.
However, in the second sus-


pension order from November 6,
NIB management stated that the
investigation had not yet been
concluded.
Last month staff staged a walk-
out at NIB headquarters,
demanding that government
address their grievances, which
include several claims of sexual
harassment and alleged termina-
tions of two workers who spoke
out at meeting with Minister of
Housing and National Insurance
Kenneth Russell.
In July this year, Minister Rus-
sell held an open meeting with
staff and management of NIB in
an effort to ease tensions between
the two parties.
The minister told The Tribune
in an earlier interview that the
workers were promised that "NIB
will be a much better place" in
future and that this is the goal he
and ministry are steadily work-
ing towards.
"We are continually moving in
that direction," he said.


Developer alleged to have sought mI ting

FROM page one

place at the law office of Desmond Edwards and Co yesterday.
Up to press time, The Tribune could not confirm if the meeting
went ahead, however.
Families had claimed that since the stoppage of work on the
Stephen's.Close development due to the developer's failure to procure
the necessary approvals from the Ministry of Works prior to pro-
ceeding with construction, the developer had become uncontactable.
In the meantime the families' homes stood in a partial state of com-
pletion, and suffered serious vandalism.
Attorney Mr Edwards and Minister of Labour and Maritime Affairs
Dion Foulkes, in his former capacity as a lawyer, had been accused by
Mr Archer and the families involved of wrongdoing in their capacities
as lawyers for them, as they allegedly failed to point out to the bank or
the investors that the developer did not have final approvals from
the government or any of the necessary infrastructure in place to go
ahead with the sub-division before causing them to secure loans to
invest in the properties.
Mr Edwards was further accused of a conflict of interest in having act-
ed both on behalf of the investors who were seeking to procure loans
and for the realtor. However, he strongly denied that such an arrange-
ment was improper.
"Everybody knew that," he said, "there was no difficulty in that as
long as everyone knew."
Mr Foulkes, expressing his sympathy for the families involved last
week, denied that his former law firm had acted wrongfully, claiming
that he had done all that was required of him and was "totally blame-
less" in the matter.
He produced a letter from the Department of Physical Planning prov-
ing that the development did have "approval in principle" and that it
was "on the basis of that letter that the developers were able to pro-
ceed."
Mr Edwards stated that loans being approved on such a basis was an
"everyday" occurrence.
However, a bank source alleged that had the bank known that the
development did not have actual approval, loans would not have been
granted to the families involved as there was not sufficient security.
Yesterday, The Tribune spoke with former works minister Bradley
Roberts, who confined that he has taken an active interest in the mat-
ter since meeting with some of the families involved last week.
Those families are now in serious financial straits, after making
thousands of dollars of payments towards their loans for homes that
they are still unable to occupy after the Ministry of Works belatedly
stepped in and shut down construction in November, 2005, when it was
determined that the developer had gone ahead without approval.
The families continued to make payments on their loans until First
Caribbean Bank allowed them to stop doing so in mid-2006. Howev-
er, all still have the loans in their names most of over $100,000 and
could be required to resume payments when given only 28 days notice.



Union of Public Officers


FROM page one

son was prepared to undertake the exercise, and
suggested that the FNM and second respondent
Herbert Brown returning officer for the con-
stituency consider the same regarding the peti-
tioner's list. This, Mr Davis said, would
speed up proceedings.
Michael Barnettl, lead counsel for
the FNM, responded yesterday in a
written submission, declaring that the
allowance of such a process was in the
discretion of the court. However, he
raised questions concerning the dis-
enfranchisement of voters by the mere
agreement of the parties while also
maintaining that proof should be
required before such disallowances
occur.
"The issue is whether it is permissi-
ble in this case for the petitioner and
the first respondent," argued Mr Bar-
nett, "to agree the fact that certain
voters were not ordinarily resident in the con-
stituency during the relevant period, thus obviat-
ing the need to establish that fact with respect to
these persons by other credible admissible evi-
dence."
He accepted that the court had the discretion
under section 81 of the Evidence Act to allow
consensus on the issue. This section states that no
fact need be proved in any civil proceeding which
the parties or their agents agree to admit at the
hearing.
Notwithstanding a potential agreement disal-
lowing votes, Mr Barnett further argued on this
issue: "There is a cogent argument that the court
should in the exercise of its discretion, require
that fact to be prove otherwise than by the agree-
ment between the parties." He said that the court
should require "credible evidence" to make the
determination on disallowances, as the court
should take into consideration that the petitioner
and first respondent "may be wrong in their infor-
mation."
Mr Barnett acknowledged that there were "a
number of persons" on Mrs Maynard-Gibson's
list his side agrees were not ordinary residents in


FURNI E




Nassau Grand Bahama World Wide Web


Businessmen Christie 'receiving perks'


approached a number of high-
end realtors in New Provi-
dence, offering advertisement
space in print as well as online.
Tribune sources contend
that, while soliciting business
in the Bahamas, the business-
men in question discourage
realtors from advertising in
local dailies while simultane-
ously erecting display bins out-
side local eateries and estab-
lishments containing their real
estate publication.
Yesterday, Minister of*
Labour Dion Foulkes told The
Tribune that Mr Walker had
been operating in the country
without a valid permit or a
Bahamian business licence.
Attempts were made to con-
tact Todd Walker by phone
and e-mail but these were
unsuccessful up to press time.
"He's taking bread out of the
mouths of locals who advertise
in real estate (but) this is more
than a real estate issue. This is
one of those annoying things
that happens in the Bahamas,"
Michael Lightbourn of the
Bahamas Real Estate Associa-
tion (BREA) said yesterday.
He said BREA had plans to
discuss the problem of Mr
Walker's activities at its next
general meeting.
Earlier in the year, BREA
sent out a notice to members
alerting them not to advertise
with the publication because it
was unclear whether its sales-
persons were acting within
Bahamian law.
BREA hoped to rally its
members in an effort to drive
Mr Walker and his represen-
tatives out of the country, a
BREA board member said.
In spite of this, several
Bahamians have reportedly
entered into contracts, believ-
ing the solicitors of The Real
EstalHi ook possessed proper
work permits.
One local realtor said: "This
type of ilii', is happening with
greater hfrquency in various
sectors, including advertising,
real estate and in the building
trades, and the government
really needs to draw attention
to the detrimental impact it has
on local business. "


FROM page one

Eleuthera (Alvin Smith) when he had the difficult job of leading the
opposition.
"In my view members opposite are in a state of shock because
they now find that they cannot intimidate and bend this gentleman
to their will. Let me remind them, too, how it was when I could
hardly open my mouth in this place, how they would heckle and hurl
abuse and insults at me.
"There were two of them in particular who were obviously
assigned to make it difficult for me to speak. I refer, of course, to
the former Member for Mount Moriah (Keod Smith) and the
Member for Holy Cross (Sidney Stubbs). I wouldn't speak of the
abuse, the distortions and outright lies told on and about me by the
former Member for Bain and Grant's Town (Bradley Roberts)," Mr
Ingraham said.
.The prime minister said Mr Christie "who claims to be so con-
cerned about the rights of members and the dignity of this place"
- made no effort to rebuke or restrain them.
"May I remind members and the Bahamian people how badly
they behaved in this place in their quest for office. Some of them
lied about me in broad daylight. They indulged in the worst kind of
character assassination ever seen in this place. And their leader nei-
ther rebuked nor restrained them. In my view, he choreographed
the whole affair," Mr Ingraham said.


FROM page one

ry Christie will not outright chal-
lenge Mr Adderley on his actions
or political affiliation for fear of
him "walking across the floor".
In doing so Mr Adderley would
officially join the FNM and essen-
tially quash all chances of the PLP
regaining the government through
their election petition.
Yesterday, snickering could be
heard in the House of Assembly
when the names were read aloud
and the votes tallied after the
riotous debate as the answer of
"absent" rang clear for the Eliza-
beth constituency.
Mr Adderley, who ran and won
for the PLP in the May 2 general
election, has had his party alle-
giance questioned since then.
This was primarily because Mr
Adderley opted to remain as chair-
man of the Bahamas Gaming
Commission despite alleged pres-
sure from his party colleagues to
vacate the post.
Also, Mr Adderley has been
rumoured to have felt "snubbed"
by the former Christie administra-
tion in the handing out of ministe-
rial positions as he failed to receive
any substantial posting during the
past five years when the PLP was
in office.


MP Adderley
A sitting member of parliament
of the PLP spoke with The Tri-
bune yesterday on condition of
anonymity to voice his/her disap-
pointment in Mr Adderley's noted
absence yesterday.
"Malcolm's away at the time,
and absolutely it was very conve-
nient.
"Malcolm is not enthused with
the leadership of the PLP, simple
as that.
"He does not support Perry
Christie.
"And right now he's in the best
position in the world because the
PLP can't say nothing' much to him.
"If Christie touches him or ques-
tions him in the wrong way, he
could simply pick up and walk the
floor. And think about it, what
does he have to lose?" the source
asked.


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Election court
the constituency during the "relevant period."
He said his side would not offer any evidence to
suggest the contrary, and they would not chal-
lenge admissible evidence to the effect that they
were not in the constituency.
Mr Barnett said this was also the
case for the PLP regarding the FNM's
list of names in question.
When Senior Justice Anita Allen
raised the number 36 in relation to
the number both sides may agree on,
that were not ordinary residents, Mr
Barnett said that it is more than that.
Dawn Lewis, counsel representing
Mr Brown, argued that voters should
be heard before being disenfranchised.
She said the court's role is not to be
completely adversarial, but also to
investigate in such matters.
Ms Lewis acknowledged that no
party wants drawn out proceedings,
but the greater interest was that voters be heard.
The disallowance of voters without their input,
she told the court, can subvert the democratic
process and do violence to the voter who has no
voice.
After hearing the arguments, Senior Justice
Allen said the agreement was between the parties,
and as there was not consensus, the proceedings
would continue as they had been.
"It's your call," Senior Justice Allen said, declar-
ing that however long it takes is however long it
will take.
Patrice Cleare, assistant in the Pinewood con-
stituency office, concluded her evidence-in-chief
yesterday after the debate, regarding another nine
voters she claimed were not ordinary residents of
the Pinewood constituency.
Mr Barnett's cross-examination followed, as
he asked questions about 21 of the voters referred
to by Ms Cleare before the proceedings adjourned.
The first voters to testify will-take the witness
stand this morning. Ms Cleare will be called back
to the witness stand for the continuation of her
cross-examination tomorrow morning.


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High winds

halt cleanup

of Russian

oil spill
* PORT KAVKAZ, Russia


FIERCE winds yesterday
hampered crews struggling to
clean up in the wake of a killer
storm that sank at least 11 ships
and split an oil tanker in two,
spilling tons of petroleum in the
waters near this southern Ruis-
sia seaport, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Officials called the breakup of
the tanker an environmental dis-
aster for the region and warned
that the 560,000 gallons of spilled
fuel oil, which has killed an esti-
mated 30,000 birds, could cause
long-lasting damage to marine
life.
Leading Russian environmen-
talists, meanwhile, said the oil
spill was triggered by years of
official negligence that allowed
oil transport ships to use outdat-
ed and inadequate equipment.
"It's a long-expected disaster,"
environmentalist Sergei Gol-
S ubchikov told journalists in
Moscow yesterday. "We could
lose the Black Sea if we go on
this way.
Russia has a lot riding on the
health of the Black Sea: Presi-
dent Vladimir Putin has pledged
to spend $12 billion on develop-
ing the port of Sochi as the site of
the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Eleven ships sank or ran
aground in Sunday's gale, includ-
ing the tanker that spilled the
fuel and a freighter that carry-
ing sulfur, officials said. Thebod-
ies of three crew members from
the freighter have been found,
and crews were searching for five
missing crewmen, said Sergei
Kozhemyaka, a spokesman for
the Emergency Situations Min-
istry.
High winds have prevented
salvage teams from launching an
effort to sweep the oil off the
water's surface, officials said,
allowing patches of the slick
residue to drift to the seabed,
there it could linger for years.
Yelena Vavila, an expert with
ie regional environmental middii
itoring agency, warned about
"increased concentration of oil
in the water for at least five
years."
The storm battered vessels ply-
ing the waters of.the narrow
Kerch Strait, connecting the Sea
of Azov with the Black Sea. Rus-
sia ships almost 25 percent of its
oil exports via the Black Sea. The
most important task now is to
build a dam to prevent the slick
from floating into the Sea of
Azov, said Oleg Mitvol, deputy
head of the Russian state envi-
ronmental safety watchdog
Rosprirodnadzor. "We have a
real chance to save the ecosystem
of the Sea of Azov," he said.


Recognition it's the best




way to engage your staff


CONGRATULATIONS: Atlantis' Amanda Felts, vice president of guest tivi-
ties, is pictured at left being presented with the prestigious Debbie Reinone
Service Award by Debbie Regnone, for her commitment and excellence in ser-
e hto te ciV Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RC )


INTERNATIONALLY
acclaimed motivational speaker
Chester Elton addressed scores
of individuals attending the 27th
annual Resort and Commercial
Recreation Association's
national conference.
The conference focused on
Mr Elton's leadership tech-
niques, known as: "The Carrot
Principle: how the best man-
agers use recognition to engage


their people, retain talent a b
accelerate performance." }
The conference, which was
held at Atlantis from Novem-
ber 4 to 7, is the first of its kiZd
to be held outside of the United
States.
The RCRA is a non-profit
organisation designed to further
the resort and commercial
recreation industries by provid-
ing appropriate services to


NETWORKING: Pictured from left to right is Lisa Linden, newly appointed Resort and Commercial Recreation
Association (RCRA) president and director of.guest activitie g Fe.eMcKinney, director of human.
resourcesirainipg and developmental -i&bl8Beach fie jester Elton; Amanda Felts,
Atlantis' we i~ident of guest activities and John C nior vice president and general manager of the
Cove Atlantis.


PHOTOS: Joshua Yentis/Blue Wave Imaging


recreational and hospitality pro-
fessionals, educators and stu-
dents.
It also aims to increase the
profitability of commercial
enterprises which focus on
recreation.
Mr Elton, told the group,
comprised of visiting RCRA
delegates as well as employees
from both Atlantis and the
Cable Beach Resorts, that peo-
ple may forget what you say or
did for them, but they never for-
get the way you make them feel.
He stated that a major focus
in business involves, "finding
and engaging the best people."
He encouraged the group to
keep their employees
"pumped".
The guest speaker said that
managers have to work on more
than just paying their employees
well. He pointed out that
employees wish t6 be recog-
nised and celebrated, to affiliate
themselves with winning peo-
ple and with the company's mis-
sion and vision.
''As leaders, I want you to
take away this one concept.
Recognition is the most power-
ful way that you can as a leader
communicate what you value
most in your employee," Mr
Elton said.


He reinforced his principle of
"reward and recognition" by
engaging members of the audi-
ence with questions.
Individuals answering the
questions correctly were
rewarded with carrots as well
as copies of his books.
Local attendee Renee McK-
inney, director of human
resources and training and
development for the Cable
Beach Resorts said, "There
were 45 managers from our var-
ious departments including the
casino and all of the various
departments represented here
this evening. I think-they thor-
oughly enjoyed it. I actually use
the Carrot Book in all of my
training, so actually being able
to now see that particular writer
here tonight, that was really
exceptional for all of us."
Heidi Jewett travelled all the
way from New York for this
year's conference.
Ms Jewett, a longstanding
member of the RCRA, said,
"You get a lot more with a little
bit of sugar or a carrot than you
do with whacking people with a
stick. So he was great, absolute-
ly great."
Members of the RCRA hail
from key commercial recreation
circles including theme parks,


hotel/convention centers, con-
cessionaires, travel/tourism
resorts, private industries, camp-
grounds, health clubs, cruise
ships and universities.
A total of 180 participants
attended this year's conference.
They explored a number of top-
ics, including: teambuilding,
recipes for staging successful
events, spa management 101,
recreation super stars open
forum, implementing the Carrot
Culture, tween activities and a
special job fair information ses-
sion.
Atlantis' vice president of
guest activities Amanda Felts
was presented with the presti-
gious Debbie Regnone Service
Award for her commitment and
excellence in service t6 the
RtRA and its members.
A major highlight was the
conference's banquet and silent
auction, at which the new
RCRA board of directors were
present.
Atlantis' Lisa Linden, direc-
tor of guest activities, was
inducted as the association's
new president.
"It is just a huge honour and
privilege to be in this position
and to guide the association into
the next phase of our exis-
tence," she said.


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ATTENTIVE: Pictured are local Bahamians listening in on Chester Elton during his presentation. Mr Elton
told delegates about his leadership technique.


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Darling Sandilands Fair on Saturday, November 10, prior to the official opening ceremonies.
From Left: Veta Brown, chairperson of the Public Hospitals Authority; Catherine Weech; Sir
Clifford Darling; Lady Darling; Rev Elkin Symonette and Mrs Symonette.


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Breast Cancer Awareness


British American Independence Drive Commonwealth Bank


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Council divisions hit




Baker's Bay approvals


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Divisions that have split the
seven-strong Hope Town
District Council down
the middle "have slowed
down" the processing of
permit and approval applications for the
175 million Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean
Club, The Tribune was told yesterday.
Three councillors want written central
government confirmation that they can
still deal with the developers' submis-
sions amid the threat of litigation and
possible liability by the Save Guana
Cay Reef Association and its attorney,
Callenders & Co partner Fred Smith,
who have named the Hope Town Dis-
trict Council as the eighth defendant in
the second judicial review action
launched in the Supreme Court in a bid
to halt the project.
There are some 14 permit applications
S by Baker's Bay pending for the next
Hope Town District Council meeting on
November 29,2007, and there remains a
possibility that the split council could
serve to delay their approval.
Jeremy Sweeting, the Hope Town Dis-
trict Council's chief councillor, said he
and three other council members had
taken the position that unless they were


told otherwise by
central government,
or received a court
order telling them to
stop, the council
should continue to
review permit appli-
cations submitted by
Baker's Bay, which
is being developed
by Arizona-based
Discovery Land
Company.
Until either of
those events happened, Mr Sweeting said
he and those three councillors believed
they should uphold the responsibilities
and obligations they took on when
appointed as councillors, and continue
to deal with Baker's Bay's permit appli-
cations as mandated by the Local Gov-
ernment Act.
Provided there were no "major dis-
crepancies" with any of the applications,
and they had been vetted and passed pre-
viously by central government agencies
such as the Department of Environmen-
tal Health Services and Ministry of
Works, Mr Sweeting said he saw no prob-
lem in approving them, although the
Hope Town District Council was not act-
ing as a mere 'rubber stamp'.
However, he added that the three


remaining councillors Fred Sweeting
and Rory Russell from Man-O-War Cay,
and Fred Laing from Great Guana Cay -
had taken the position that until they
received written confirmation from cen-
tral government that Baker's Bay had
full clearance to proceed, and there was
no risk of liability to them or the council
from the Save Guana Cay Reef Associa-
tion's litigation, they did not want to deal
with the developers' applications.
Jeremy Sweeting yesterday charged
that some of the trio were "playing poli-
tics" with the Baker's Bay project, and
were unhappy that the previous PLP
administration had approved it.
He added: "At a time when the econ-
omy is showing signs of slowing, it is
unfortunate that three councillors are
playing games with the development.
People have to do the right thing.
"There are 200 persons employed by
this development, so it affects a lot of
citizens 200 families. The economy of
late has shown signs of slowing and reces-
sion. I hope that's not the case, and I
hope we don't delay any progress as far
as this development is concerned, as we
want to keep it moving in the right direc-
tion."

SEE page 6


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Port licencees


secure public


trustee hearing


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
GRAND Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) licensees
have secured a December 13,
2007, date for a Supreme
Court hearing on their sum-
mons to appoint a public
trustee for the GBPA and its
Port Group Ltd, a move that
would add a new twist to the
ongoing ownership battle if
successful.
Sources familiar with the sit-
uation yesterday told The Tri-
bune that the Freeport Prop-
erty Owners and Licensees
Association, which is being
represented by attorney Mau-
rice Glinton, had obtained
from the Chief Justice, Sir Bur-
ton Hall, that December 13
hearing date, which will be
before Justice K Neville
Adderley. The Association
applied for a court order to
appoint a public trustee for the
GBPA and Port Group as a
means to safeguard its private,
for-profit assets for the benefits
of licensees and the wider
Freeport community.
The move was intended to
ensure that everything at the


GBPA was preserved "in
place" until the Association's
first Originating Summons,
seeking declaratory relief and
answers to several issues sur-
rounding events at the GBPA,
was heard.
The public trustee and cus-
todian, if appointed, would
take control of the GBPA,
Port Group Ltd, ICD Utilities
and any other assets divested
by the former.
The Association, in its orig-
inal application, asked the
court to give the public trustee
powers to take possession of
the three entities' assets and
any income derived from them,
and investigate the acquisition
and ownership of shares in
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany by ICD Utilities, the
BISX-listed holding vehicle,
Seashells Investments, and
Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC).
The Association also wants
the court to order the public
trustee to investigate the "ser-
vices charges account and the
income generated therefrom,
and collected by the Port
Authority and/or its assigns
from the licensees".


Holding real estate prices Public transport costs set to rise

down 'will not happen' By CARA BRENNEN-. ..Ground transportation provider sees 15 per cent rise in fuel bill, while taxi
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S By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
HOLDING real estate and
property prices on New Provi-
dence down "is not going to
happen", a leading realtor told
The Tribune yesterday, due to
the increasing demand for
housing coupled with a limited
supply of land, which prompt-
ed hundreds to attend the open
house for the Coral Breeze
Estates development.
Mike Lightbourn, president
of Coldwell Banker Light-
bourn Realty, the exclusive
agents for the Coral Breezes
development, told The Tri-
bune that provided they were
priced correctly, "every time a
new subdivision comes on the
market, it will sale".
Some 10 deposits were
received during the first open
house for Coral Breezes on
November 3, despite it being
cancelled due to Tropical
Storm Noel, an indication of
pent-up demand among
Bahamians for middle-class
housing.


Huge demand for Coral
Breezes subdivision

At the end of the second
open day, Coldwell Banker
said only "a handful" of duplex
lots were left on the market,
and there were "multiple
names" on the reservations
lists for those properties,
meaning they will be sold to
whoever puts down a deposit
first.
Mr Lightbourn said Coral
Breezes was located half-a-
mile to the west of the main
Coral Harbour roundabout,
and its property values were
likely to increase as a.result of
the development's proximity
to the proposed $1.3 billion
Albany Golf & Beach and
$867 million South Ocean
development.
"Bahamians like to own
property. Not everyone can
afford it, unfortunately. I wish

SEE page 7


Tribune Business
Reporter
PUBLIC transportation operators yes-
terday told The Tribune that fare and
price rises were almost unavoidable due to
skyrocketing gas and oil prices, one firm
having seen its monthly gas bill rise by
more than 15 per cent.
Speaking with The Tribune, Travis
Fowler, reservations manager at ground
transportation provider Bahamas Expe-
rience, said the company was definitely
feeling the effects of rising fuel costs, as the
gas bills for their limousines and buses
had jumped from $13,000 per month to


inu on again pleads with government for far k


$15,000 a month.
"We are trying to streamline the com-
pany in a number of ways to prevent hav-
ing to raise costs," he said, but with such a
high monthly gas bill these increases may
be inevitable.
The Bahamas Taxi Cab Union is also
desperately waiting for the Government to
approve its request for an increase in its
fixed-fare rates, in light of escalating gas
prices, which are depressing taxi driver
profit margins.
"We have been in negotiations with
both the former administration and the


present government for over three years,
but nothing has happened yet," Leon Grif-
fin, the union's president, told The Tri-
bune.
He said that the union was only asking
for "a pittance" of an increase.
"It's nothing much, just enough to
reflect the cost of living, nothing for the
public to be alarmed with," Mr Griffin
said.
Taxi fares are currently fixed by gov-

SEE page 4


Where's yOur money?


San Sal developer


in $4m loan facility


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE company behind a pro-
posed resort development on
San Salvador has obtained a
$4 million loan facility from a
US publicly quoted company,
which earlier this year provid-
ed similar services to the devel-
Soper behind the $700 million
Rum Cay Resort Marina.
Integrated Data Corp, a
Delaware-based telecommu-
nications holding company,
which is listed on the Nasdaq
pink sheets, confirmed in its
> latest filing with the Securities
& Exchange Commission
(SEC) that it had entered into
the $4 million loan facility
agreement with Montana Land
Resources on July 30,2007.
Montana Land Resources is
said to be independent of
Montana Holdings, the Rum
Cay Resort Marina developer,
although John Mittens, the lat-
ter's principal, is also a major
shareholder in the San Sal-
vador project.


* US quoted firm gets
ability to take 20% stake
in Montana's Snow Bay
project, with loan secured
by $1m land deposit and
Rum Cay marina's equity
and cash flow

According to Integrated
Data Corp's SEC filing, the
loan facility, which already has
a balance plus interest of
$1.435 million, is secured oi
collateralised by Montana
Land Resources' $1 million
deposit for land at San Sal-
vador's Snow Bay Peninsula.
Further collateral is provided
by the equity, or share capital,
in another Montana Holdings
affiliate, Montana Marine Ser-
vices, which is operating Rum
Cay's Sumner Point Marina -
the controversial marina facil-


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Companies must be wary of surroundings


WHAT we are seeing in
our society of late is an
increase in criminality that
has all of us concerned.
While the experts may say
otherwise, their actions indi-
cate a situation and environ-
ment that raises questions
about whether they even
believe what they are saying.
This is not to jump on the
police, as they have enough
problems. The focus must be
on the corporate community,
which moves ahead regard-
less, as business must go on.
This being the case, increased
efforts are necessary for the
safe delivery of services to
customers. By this time, com-
pany heads should now have
strategies to deal with the
crime situation.


A word of caution here,
because we are approaching
the time of year when crime
usually increases. All of us in
the corporate arena have
become accustomed to it, but
Swe must not allow compla-
cency to override caution.
Especially considering the
reallocation of law enforce-
ment resources in the past 12
months.
Officers who would have
been doing regular front line
police duties are now
engaged in special assign-
ments that take them away
from this. Most recently, we
have also had a shift in
resources to assist in relief
efforts related to Tropical
Storm Noel. Of course, the
authorities will never let it be


Safe &
Secure

^^EBffiffE^.d


known that they are short on
manpower because of the
potential for panic, but you
do the math and watch the
streets for the number of
patrol cars not the ones
marked with 'Urban Renew-
al', just a good old blue patrol
car.
How does this impact
crime? Well, if you are not
monitoring I assure you the
criminal is, as the presence
and availability of the police
directly affects his profit mar-


gin.
What can the corporate
security manager do to
reduce the risks as they per-
tain to crime, security and
loss issues? I will present
some proven strategies that
will increase the potential for
a crime-free environment.

Awareness
Called 'Zanshin' by the
Japanese Samurai, this state
of being was developed to
reduce the potential of being
killed when least expected. It
was not a skill developed pri-
marily for war time, as during
this period you knew you had
to be alert. It was a technique
that was most beneficial dur-
ing peace time, when you
least expected danger or


when you were comfortable.
Often, the victim, be it the
person or the establishment,
is a result of not noticing sim-
ple tell-tale signs. No event
occurs in isolation, meaning
that one of the fundamental
theories of crime prevention
is to be aware of your sur-
roundings. The difficulty is in
recognizing these indicators
and having enough time to
counter them.
For example, many of us
have bought into the idea of
Closed Circuit Television
Cameras (CCTV), but this
tool seems to only have value
after the loss event has
occurred. With great pride,
the security manager or per-
son assigned to the security
function hands over to the
police a recording of the
crime. But if the camera sys-
tem was properly used, there
would have been mandatory
reviews of the daily record-
ings in an effort to observe
the movement of people in
and out of the crime area.
Especially important are
recordings of the area imme-
diately outside the potential
critical area the staging
area. This is where the crimi-
nal prepares him/herself for
the big event. They have
usually visited the area on
numerous occasions to gain
some type of comfort level
before engaging the target.
The security team, through
this method, now has a good
idea of the areas that are
prone or vulnerable to attack.
Pardon my jargon, but it is
difficult to separate these






-ehnthnes


strategies from the ones used
by any military protection
force.
SWhat if you do not have
the luxury of a CCTV system,
then what? Well, take the
pulse of the environment we
are living in by reading the
newspapers. Additionally, it
is not a bad idea to employ
the services, unofficially, of
the local bum who hangs
around your office area. You
can guarantee he will see
danger coming a mile away.
What about the janitress or
the mail room clerk? These
persons are regularly ignored
and not talked to, but they
listen and observe things that
we are too busy to appreci-
ate.
What we have fallen into is
the trap of being 'reactive'.
This has its merits, but
demands that we become vic-
tims. As a result, we have
become numb or desensitised
to the signs and indicators
around us. This is an unac-
ceptable conclusion, especial-
ly for those of us who want to
live and be profitable. By
increasing our state of alert-
ness and awareness, we can
prevent the loss event. By
doing this, we reduce the cost
of having to recover damages
and the halt in productivity
caused by crime.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative
Measures, a loss prevention
and asset protection training
and consulting company, spe-
cialising in policy and proce-
dure development, business
security reviews and audits,
and emergency and crisis
management.
Comments can be sent to
PO Box N-3154 Nassau,
Bahamas or, visit us at:
www.preventativemea-
sures.net or e-mail
gnewry@preventativemea-
sures.net


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 3B


Consumer credit growth





decline slows economy


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

A SUBSTANTIAL decline
in consumer credit growth,
which fell from an unsustain-
able 14 per cent rate in 2005
and 2006 to between 6-8 per
cent growth this year, has
caused a significant reduction
in consumer spending and
moderated the economy's
growth, the minister of state
for finance said.
Zhivargo Laing, responding
to claims by opposition leader
Perry Christie that the Gov-
ernment's policies were
responsible for slowing down
the Bahamian economy's-
growth, said the $97.16 million
overdraft left in place by the
former PLP administration,
coupled with a 2006-2007 fiscal
deficit of more than three per
cent and a devastated Grand
Bahamian economy, were
greater factors in any econom-
ic slowdown than the FNM's
review of investment projects.
He said that instead of blam-
ing the FNM for any econom-
ic downturn, there were a
number of things which Mr
Christie "could have said, but
didn't.
Mr Laing said the Govern-
ment's overdraft was $97.16
million in May 2007, some 9
per cent higher than what the
PLP met in place when they
came to office in 2002 a time
when they claimed the econo-
my was in worse condition
than when they left office.
He added that fiscal year
2006-2007 was likely to pro-
duce a deficit outturn of more
than 3 per cent, which is almost
twice the 1.6 per cent deficit
forecasted, a difference of
some $89 million.
Further, Mr Laing said the
Bahamas had been impacted


by a devastated Grand
Bahamian economy, with sub-
stantial unemployment cou-
pled with stagnant unemploy-
ment levels in most Family
Islands.
Mr Laing pointed out that
the Bahamian economy was
likely to enjoy robust 3 per
cent growth in 2007, as indi-
cated by the Central Bank of
the Bahamas governor, Wendy
Craigg.
"It has likely moderated
compared to last year, a fact
which even the IMF also sup-
ports. No alarmist statements


by those who seek political
gain by some pretence of
decline of the Bahamian econ-
omy will change that reality,"
Mr Laing said.
"We in this administration
continue to be vigilant in
observing both international
and national events that influ-
ence our economic prospects,
and will continue to do so in
order to ensure the best-inter-
ests of our people."
He added any economic
slowdown the Bahamas might
be experiencing could result
from several factors..


Mr Christie had claimed that
external reserves were low,
there had been a slowdown in
bank lending, and bank com-
mitment fees had increased,
further impacting the con-
struction industry and the
Bahamian economy's expan-
sion.
However, Mr Laing said that
the former prime minister's
remarks display "great igno-
rance" of the way the coun-
try's economy works.
He explained that a number
of the issues affecting it were
external, and something the
Bahamas has little control
over, such as US sub-prime
mortgage woes and oil prices,
which are currently reaching
almost $100 a barrel.
One area the Bahamas does
have some control over is
domestic credit expansion,
which the Central Bank is
monitoring.
"We can have some control
over domestic credit expan-
sion, and any time you have
domestic credit expanding at
a rate that is unsustainable, it is
in your interest to curb that
rate because what is happening
is that people are borrowing,"
Mr Laing said.
"When they borrow, they
spend and they are purchasing
items that are essentially
imported from aboard. To pur-
chase those items, they need
foreign currency such as Unit-
ed States dollars. When they
use those United States dol-
lars to make that purchase,
they are draining your
reserves.
"So unless you have those
reserve levels being replaced
at a rate greater than the
amount being used, than you
will have the kind of decline
in those reserves that end up at
levels that could threaten your
US-Bahamian dollar parity.
"And so it is always in the


Central Bank's interest to
watch what is happening in
relation to the domestic credit
expansion, and to see the
extent to.which it could be neg-
atively influencing your for-


eign reserve levels because the
two go hand-in-hand. So it may'.
by moral persuasion or some
other means they curb that by
reducing the banks' ability to
lend."


U U


KING'S
REAL ESTATE
King's Real Estate Company Limited is a Bahamian Real
Estate and Development Company. We are currently
looking for applicants for the below positions:

CIVIL ENGINEER
* Bachelor Degree or higher in the field of Civil
Engineering.
* 3-5 years experience in Civil Engineering and
Construction related fields.
* Registered with the Bahamas Professional Engineers'
Board.
* Experience in the design of Subdivisions, Roads,
Airports, Drainage and Water & Sewerage Systems.
* Ability to use engineering software such as Auto
CAD 2004.
* Proficient in implementing site quality assurance
measures and overseeing site supervision.
* Hardworking and able to handle a number of projects
simultaneously.

REAL ESTATE AGENT
* 3 5 years experience in the Real Estate Industry.
* Licensed with the Bahamas Real Estate Association.
* Motivated.

King's Real Estate is a team orientated company and
potential employees should be capable of adapting to
this philosophy.

All interested candidates should e-mail there resumes to:
kingsley@kingsrealty.com











PAGE B, WDNESDY, NVEMBE 14,2007UHEITIBUN


NOTICE

The Chambers of

CEDRIC L. PARKER & CO.
Counsel & Attorneys-at-law
is now located at

#9 Rusty Bethel Drive
(3rd Terrace East)
Nassau, Bahamas

All telephone numbers remain the same.

K.Miles Parker
(Managing Partner)




NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR
of Oakes Field, Nassau, Bahamas, is not employed by
Woodlawn Gardens Limited nor is sho associated
with or is any in any way connected with Woodlawn
Gardens Limited.

Further,. Notice is hereby given that the said
GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR has no authority to
represent Woodlawn Gardens Limited or to transact any
business wahtsoever for or on behalf of Woodlawn
Gardens Limited. Any person, business, vendor, trader,
supplier or their agents and/or servants or otherwise
who hereafter transact any business whatever with
the said GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR using the name
Woodlawn Gardens Limited does so in breach of this
Notice and shall save harmless Woodlawn Gardens
Limited from and against all obligations, commite-
ments or liabilities or claims against Woodlawn Gardens
Limited whether absolute, contingent or accrued and
whether arising out of or in any way connected to any
transaction by the said GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR.

SIGNED
WOODLAWN GARDENS LIMITED
Nassau, Bahamas
November 9th, 2007

____ *..^ .f .. s af-m m *


* By Fidelity Capital
Markets
IT was an active week in the
Bahamian stock market, with
93,426 shares changing hands.
Only eight out of the market's
19 listed stocks traded, of
which two advanced, one
declined and five remained
unchanged.
Volume leaders for the week
were Famguard Corporation
(FAM) and Finance Corpora-
tion of the Bahamas (FIN),
which saw 25,810 and 24,815
.shares being traded, respec-
tively.
FAM closed the week
unchanged, while FIN
advanced by $0.04 or 0.3 per
cent. Price leader for the
week was Cable Bahamas
(CAB), which increased by
$0.18 a share to close out at
$11.18. The FINDEX
increased by 1.39 points or 0.16
per cent, week-over-week, to
close at 870.83.
COMPANY NEWS
Commonwealth Bank


(CBL) traded at its new price
of $5.52 this week after the
three-for-one stock split price
took effect on BISX on
Wednesday, November 7,
2007.
INVESTMENT TIP
Most people want to have
some cash on hand for that
'rainy' day, but a certain
degree of liquidity can be
achieved without sacrificing
returns on your investments.
Traditional saving accounts
are not the best place to save
your money. The average
interest rates offered on these
savings accounts usually do not
keep up with the annual infla-
tion rate, so by putting your
money in such accounts you
are actually losing purchasing
power over time.
One should look into alter-
natives such as term deposits
or money market funds. The
key is to find something liquid
enough that offers an interest
rate that will let you compete
with or exceed the annual
inflation rate.


I I


The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 870.83 YTD 17.35%


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE


AML
BAB
BBL
BOB
BPF
BSL
BWL
CAB
CBL
CHL
CIB
CWCB
DHS
FAM
FCC
FCL
FIN
ICD
JSJ
PRE


$1.59
$2.61
$0.85
$9.55
$11.60
$14.60
$3.74
$11.18
$5.52
$3.15
$14.65
$6.33
$2.25
$6.50
$0.70
$6.03
$12.79
$7.25
$10.05
$10.00


CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
CHANGE.


$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$0.18
$-
$-
$-
$-0.06
$-
$-
$-
$-0.06
$0.04
$-
$-
$-


0
0
0
15,650
0
0
0
8,660
950
8,041
0
0
500
25,810
0
9,000
24,815
0
0
0


160.66%
108.80%
11.84%
18.93%
2.65%
0.00%
113.71%
10.00%
32.29%
65.79%
3.53%
20.80%
-10.00%
12.26%
27.27%
94.10%
6.07%
1.40%
16.86%
0.00%


DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:
FCL has declared dividends of $0.03 per share, payable on
November 13, 2007, to all shareholders of record date Octo-
ber 31, 2007. FCL has announced an extraordinary general
meeting for November 15, 2007.
FAM has declared dividends of $0.06 per share, payable
on November 13, 2007, to all shareholders of record date
November 6, 2007.
BWL has declared dividends of $0.09 per share,'payable
on November 23, 2007. to all shareholders of record date
November 14, 2007.
BSL has declared dividends of $0.30 per share, payable on
November 9,2007, to all shareholders of record date Novem-
ber 1, 2007.
DHS has announced an extraordinary general meeting for
November 28, 2007, in the DHS Conference Room at 5.30 pm.


Public


transport




costs set




to rise


FROM page 1


CONTAINER TERMINALS

LIMITED
Position Available:


HEAVY EQUIPMENT
MAINTENANCE MANAGER


,ob Description:
Responsible lor 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
e\'aluations of port equipllmelt,. coordinates
repair activities and prevelllnal\ e procedures.


Education:
High school diploma or
or Technical certificate in
Ma i ntelance.

Experience:
Five wears experience


equi talent. Trade
Hea\ \ Equtipmeint


ill hea\' equip-


illellt 111ainlienance \ith al least ti\o years
in management of eqtli'Nme ir mainitenlaince.

IConainer Terlin ls Olltci s i Ili.Imll\ ciIlompeti-
ti\e package of benefits. Salary is commuen-
surate with qualifications and experience.


ernment at $3 for the first
quarter mile, and 40 cents for
each additional quarter mile,
regardless of whether the taxi
is a regular sized cab, van or
stretch limo. In addition, there
are a number of fixed rate
zones. (Additional passengers
over two are $3 each).
According to the Ministry of
Consumer Affairs and Local
Government, motorists can
expect another hike in gaso-
line and diesel prices within
two weeks. However, it
remains unclear just how high
the increase might be.
Earlier this week, crude oil
for December delivery on the
New York Mercantile
Exchange fell 91 cents to
$95.46 a barrel.
Brent crude for December
slid 45 cents to $92.79 a barrel
on the ICE Futures Europe
exchange in London. Brent
reached the highest level it has
been since trading began in
1988, when it hit $95.19 a bar-
rel on Wednesday, November
7.
The most recent increase in
the Bahamas went into effect
on November 8, which saw an
increase of 21 cents a gallon
for gasoline at Esso stations.
and an actual decrease of one
cent for FOCOL in Grand
Bahama.
However, as that increase
was based on the "old" prices
of crude oil, an additional
increase is expected shortly,
possibly another 20-plus cents
on a price that wouldstill not
reflect today's current global
highs.




bein hene s
redInih

rn-I.day


International Markets

FOREX Rates
Weekly %Change

CAD$ 1.0611 -0.86
GBP 2.0906 0.08
EUR 1.4675 1.17

Commodities
Weekly %Change

Crude Oil $96.32 0.41
Gold $834.70 3.24

International Stock Market Indexes:
Weekly %Change

DJIA 13,042.74 -4.06,
S & P 500 1,453.70 -3.71
NASDAQ 2.627.94 -6.49
Nikkei 15,583.42 -5.65


THE TRIBUNE


FIDELITY MARKET WRAP


PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007


,









WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 5B


Grand Bahama facility expands



storage by some 1.5m barrels


SOUTH Riding Point, the Grand Bahama-
based bulk storage and terminal facilities, has
started construction on two additional tanks
that will add an extra 1.5 million barrels of
storage capacity when the project is completed
in the 2008 second quarter.


Its parent, World Point Terminals, reported
that for the first nine months of 2007, South
Riding Point's revenues increased by $4.845
million compared to 2006, reflecting the rate
increases put in place in the 2006 fourth quar-
ter and greater marine activity.


The company also has a 50 per cent interest
in a joint venture that operates a fleet of tug-
boats around Grand Bahama called Freepoint.
Freepoint's revenues increased by $528,000
for the first nine months compared to 2006.
This increase reflected an increase in ship


movements and rates at the Freeport Con-
tainer Port.
The facilities at South Riding Point store,
blend and transship petroleum and other liquid
products as an integral part of the wholesale
distribution system.


San Sal developer in $4m loan facility


FROM page 1

ity Mr Mittens and Montana
are in the process of closing
the purchase on from US ven-
dor Bobby Little.
Fhe loan facility agreement
also contains a clause allowing
Integrated Data Corp "at any
time" to convert the debt owed
to it into a 20 per cent stake
in Montana Land Resources.
It is unclear whether Mon-
tana Land Resources' purchase
of San Salvador's Snow bay
Peninsula, an area some 550
acres ii size. has been con-
cluded, although the deal had
yet to close at July 30, 2007.
this year.
What is clear from the SEC
documents is that Bahamian
land and assets, whose pur-
chase is yet to close, are being-
used as collateral to obtain
-debt financing from interna-
tional companies. Arrange-
ments such as those between
Montana Land Resources and
SIntegrated ')ata Corp would
-. also have to be approved by
the relevant government
. authorities. such as.the Cen-
:tral Bank of the Bahamas,
'-Investments Board and
National Economic Council
(NEC).
Integrated Data Corp's SEC
filing revealed: "On July 30,
2007 we enircd into an agree-


ment with Montana Land
Resources Ltd (an indepen-
dent company from MHL) to
provide Montana Land
Resources an ongoing loan
facility of up to US$4 million.
Equity
"This loan facility includes
an equity convertibility clause
and is secured by Montana
Land Resources' downpay-
ment for Snow Bay Peninsula
on the island of San Salvador
in the Bahamas, and by its
equity in Montana Marine Ser-
vices Ltd, operators of Sumner
Point Marina on the island of
Rum Cay in the Bahamas.
"The current loan balance
under this loan facility as of
November 1, 2007, including
interest, is approximately
$1.435 million."
A copy of Integrated Data
Corp's 'offer letter', outlining
the terms of the loan facility,
which was sent to a London
address for Mr Mittens and an
Angela Bravo, named as
"directors and co-owners" of
Montana Land Resources, was
attached to the SEC filing.
The letter, dated July 30,
2007, said the $4 million loan
would be used "in defraying
the general costs of Montana
Land Resources (MLR) land
and resort development inter-
ests in the Bahamas".


The loan facility is to ter-
minate one year after Montana
Land Resources started to
draw it down, a time when any
outstanding balance will
become repayable within 15
days.
Confirming the equity con-
version clause, the letter stated:
"At any time prior to the Ter-
mination Date, and at Inte-
grated Data Corp's sole dis-
cretion, Integrated Data Corp
shall have the right to convert,
on a pro rata basis and after
acquisition of free and clear
ownership to the land identi-
fied as Snow Bay Peninsula,
and any access now owned or
under agreement by Montana
Land Resources o Snow Bay
Peninsula on the island of San
Salvador in the Bahamas,
through Montana Land
Resources' wholly-owned sub-
sidiary, Columbus Island Ltd,
up to a 20 per cent equity inter-
est in Montana Land
Resources.
"Montana Land Resources
shall pledge the following as
security for any and all loans
through this loan facility:
The refundable US$1 mil-
lion cash deposit for Snow Bay
Peninsular now in escrow
The equity of Montana
Marine Services Ltd, operators
of Sumner Pout Marina on the
island of Rum Cav in the
Bahamas. and its positive cash


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loans to be utilised in Montana
Holdings' proposed develop-
ment of a semi-autonomous
Floor and Wall Tile Produc-
tion Facility.
"On July 30,2007, both par-
ties agreed to reduce the max-


flow."
The Tribune revealed earlier
this year how Integrated Data
Corp had taken a 20 per cent
stake in Montana Holdings for
$13 million, acquiring 1,120 of
its 5,600 outstanding shares, in
addition to providing the com-
pany with an unsecured $7 mil-
lion revolving credit facility.
The Rum Cay Resort Mari-
na had at that point been val-
ued at $65 million, with the
purchase price coming from
$3.88 million in cash; $6.12 mil-
lion via the sale of 3,060,000
Integrated Data Corp shares;
and $3 million via an unse-
cured loan from Mr Mittens,
Montana Holdings' chairman
and majority shareholder.
Integrated Data Corp repaid
$1 million to Mr Mittens on
April 3, 2007, leaving a $2.047
million balance as at Novem-
ber 1.
Filing
The SEC filing added: "We
also entered into an agreement
to provide Montana Holdings
an ongoing loan facility of up
to $6 million to be utilised in
defraying the general costs of
Montana Holdings' Rum Cay
development programme in
the Bahamas during the whole
of 2007.
"In addition, we agreed to
provide up to $1 million in


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loan facility from $7 million to
$5 million. The current loan
balance under this loan facility
as of November 1, 2007:
including interest, is approxi-
mately $4.030 million."


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THE TRIBUNE


Benchmark sees


$0.06 EPS growth


BENCHMARK (Bahamas) yesterday
reported a $0.06 earnings per share (EPS)
increase for the nine months ending Sep-
tember 30, 2007, compared to last year,
attributing the increased net income lof
$1.485 million to gains in its affiliates'
investment portfolios.
Benchmark said net earnings for the
nine months to Septembedr 30 totalled
$0.30 per share, and in the 2007 third quar-
ter net earnings were $1.115 million or
$0.23 per share.
For the nine months ending September
30, net assets for Benchmark stood at
$7.138 million, and book value was $1.44


per share, a change of 17 cents upon the
comparative period ending 2006.
Benchmark said its investment portfolio
for the year-to-date had contributed equal-
ly with Alliance to the group's net earning
performance.
Movement

Benchmark's net movement in unreal-
isied appreciation of investments was
$76,850, and Alliance net earnings were
$721,79. Further the company reported
that strong performance from the financial
sector of Benchmark's investment port-


folio contributed significantly to the over-
all performance during the period.
Alliance continued to earn strong com-
mission dollars from its business, fuelled by
its capital markets activities, and coupled
with the recovery of its investment port-
folio.
Julian Brown, Benchmark's president,
said: "Recovery in the performance of
Alliance's investment portfolio, coupled
with the continued strong performance of
Benchmark's investment portfolio during
the third quarter, helped Benchmark
report strong. net earnings for the quarter
and nine months period."


Council divisions hit Baker's Bay approvals


FROM page 1

Jeremy Sweeting said that as
chief councillor he could have


input into meetings, but could
not vote, unless the other six
councillors were evenly split.
His casting vote had fre-
quently been required in


recent months to push through
approved permit applications
by Baker's Bay, but he pointed
out that in August with one
council member away he
could not use his vote.
As a result, the three coun-
cillors opposed to dealing with
the Baker's Bay applications
until they received the go-
ahead from the central gov-
ernment had been in the
majority, and the developers'
applications were "delayed for
a month".
Jeremy Sweeting said the
Baker's Bay project had made
"a great impact" on the Abaco


economy, adding that the
developers were concerned to
"do things the right way".
Roy Russell, one of the
three councillors reluctant to
deal with the Baker's Bay
applications, told The Tribune
that politics had nothing to do
with his position, it being more
to do with avoiding court
action and being sued by the
Save Guana Cay Reef Associ-
ation.
"Some of the members want
to get something in writing
from the Ministry [of Local
Government] saying they are
not going to be liable if they


sign off on these plans," Mr
Russell said, referring to the
litigation and a letter sent by
the Association threatening to
sue them if they approved per-
mit applications.
"I'm one that wouldn't sign.
There's three of us. We've
asked the administration to get
us a letter from the Ministry
saying that everything the
developers have has been
approved, and we're free to
decide on the plans presented-
to us," Mr Russell added. "Let
us know we can proceed with-
out fear, accept our responsi-
bilities and then we will deal
with the plans. Get the focus
off us and put it where it
belongs
"We want to make sure
everything is on the up and up.
Whether we agree with the
project is not the issue. I want
to do my job without fear of
being sued and within the law.
"I would just take a letter
from someone in authority say-
ing we're free to act, the devel-
opers have gone through all


the channels, it's all approved,
and you can deal with the plans
before you."
Mr Russell and the other
two councillors, he added,
were seeking written guaran-
tees that the Baker's Bay pro-
ject had been fully approved.
Dr Livingstone Marshall,
Baker's Bay's vice-president
of environmental and commu-
nity affairs, told The Tribune
that the developers did not
believe the situation at the
Hope Town District Couricil-.
would unduly impact the pro-.-.
ject or approval of the required
permits.
However, the situation had
been raised with the Prime .
Minister and relevant govern.- -
ment ministries.
"There is no court order or.
anything preventing Baker's'
Bay from moving ahead under
our Heads of Agreement and
what we plan to do," Dr Mar-
shall said.
"We want to see the council
carry out their responsibilities
as mandated by law."


VACANCY






Applications are invited from suitably qualified
persons for appointment to the post of Assistant Sec-
retary II in the Audit Department of The Bahamas
Gaming Board.

Requiremnts for the position:-

* a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting,
* at least five(5) years of aduit experience,
* proficiency in Microsoft Office XP, with particular
emphasis on Excel and Access,
* good analytical skills,
* a knowledge of reconciliation, familiarity with the
Accounting and Interanl Controls Regulations,
* supervisory experience,
* ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
* a good communication, writing and leadership
skills.
* at least ten (10) years gaming experience would be
a plus.

Salary will commersurate with qualifications and
expereince.

Please submit resume and copies of all academic
certificates to Manager, Administration & Personnel,
Bahamas Gaming Board, PO. Box N-4565, Nassau,
Bahamas.

Deadline for submission should be no later than
Friday, November 23, 2007.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that CECILIA ST. LEO FORBES
OF BARTLETTE HILL, GENERAL DELIVERY, GRAND
BAHAMA, 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 7TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


Legal Notice
NOTICE

MONOPOLY INVESTMENTS LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MONOPOLY INVESTMENTS LIMITED is
in voluntary dissolution under the provisions
of Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 13th November, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Linited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 14th day of November, A.D. 2007


Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator




Legal Notice

NOTICE


CLOVERDALE CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
S12th day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.






ARGOSA CORP INC.
(Liquidator)


NOTICE
The following persons are asked to contact
CARIBBEAN WAREHOUSE &
STORAGE LTD.
in reference to items left in storage.


Carla Edwards
Jerome Nottage
Tieora Lavarity
Wilfred Kelly
Bahama Brides
Dahlia Turnquest


Contact our office by:
November 23rd, 2007

Tel. 325-7522


pricing Information As Of: C FA
Tuesday, 13 November 200 7
| ,. |PpBAH ;.COM ftOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
.. ..t400.32/ %CHG 00.02 YTD 240.85 / YTD % 14 37
52lK-HI 52wk-Low Securit Previous Close T-das s Clicse Cr.anqe Dall '. or EPS i DI. i P E N 81.:1
1 66 0 54 Abaco Markels 1 59 1 59 0 '' 0 C'0' i
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.60 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.7 3.45%
9.55 7.86 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.048 0.020 17.7 2.35%
3.74 1.65 Bahamas Waste 3.74 3.74 0.00 0.275 0.060 13.6 1.60%
2.62 1.21 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 Collna'Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
5.52 4.03 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 5.52 5.52 0.00 0.426 0.227 13.0 4.11%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.24 6.55 0.31 0.129 0.050 49.0 0.79%
2.70 .2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.26 2.26 0.00' 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 12.71 12.71 0.00 0.768 0.570 16.5 4.48%
14.75 14.00 FlrstCaribbean 14.65 14.65 0.00 0.934 0.470 15.7 3.21%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 6.03 6.03 0.00 0.359 0.133 16.8 2.24%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.74 0.74 0.00 -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%
2.i f rt) t y ibve-The-Counter Securities
52%K-HI 52 K-LOW gSyrr bol Bid t. NSK I Lasl P.i.:,-j ..e, .:. E- 1i C i FE 1.
14 60 14 25 Banamas Supermarkels 14 6 1 5 l6 0 l, I 1T i 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%
I^iM.M^ f hdn~ir lr~ ~- CunerSeourites
1.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00. 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
4.60 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%
-^a a ^B g ,' s7 .; LJX LitXted Mutual Funds
52wk-HI 52owk.Low Fund Name NA '. YTD LaI 1.2 .1.:..r,,r DI. i -'
1 3623 1 3130 Coina t.lonr.e arkel Funa 1 3rz2 72"
3.6388 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5388"**
2.9382 2.4829 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.938214***
1.2794 1.2037 Collna Bond Fund 1.279370***
11 8192 11 2596 Fidelirt Prlrre in.:oT.a Fun, 11 192l2'"
:*Xi,.^',.,..-'.:." "' = S 'CLICIS6E, 870.83 / YTp 17.365 1 2006 34.47%
BISX ALL SHARE INDE 19De .)2 I ,il'.* *MF. .`fAr'ET TTEF I -i _I'1 I r. ,," Y"* I '* I i *, I I , "EY
12wk-NI HIghest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidelity
62wk-Low Lowest losing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity 2 Novnmbor 2007
Previous Cl PrMnaous day. weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 June 2007
Today~ Close Curent days wMehted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week "" 31 Octuobe 2007
Change Change in closng price from day to day EPS S A company's reported earnings per share for the Insl 12 nlths ***- 31 July 2007
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV Divldend per share paid In the last 12 month. N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Clong price divided by the lst 12 month eamlngs IFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Indox. January 1, 1994 = 100
8) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
81)- 3-for-1 Stock Splt Effective Date 7/11/2007
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Androsia unveils online





shopping cart feature


ANDROSIA, the Bahamian
manufacturer of original batik
fabrics, has launched an on-
line shopping cart on the its
website, featuring a wide selec-
tion of its exclusive clothing
line and accessories.
Jeff Birch, Androsia's chief
executive, said in a statement:
"We're thrilled to be able to
make Androsia more accessi-
ble to all our customers, both
internationally and in the
Bahamas."


Any items ordered on the
shopping cart that are not in
stock, will be made to order,
which may take up to two
weeks to produce and a week
to reach Nassau. Orders
shipped to other Family
Islands may take a little
longer.
The Androsia shopping cart
encrypts all personal informa-
tion, and is only used for pur-
chase processing and account
maintenance. Personal infor-


nation is not transferred to a
third party for any reason.
"The shopping cart is one
way we are trying to be innov-
ative in the hopes of main-
taining our existence," Mr
Birch added, a reference to the
cheap Androsia imitations and
counterfeits appearing in the
Bahamian market.
Androsia now offers more
than 150 products and an array
of fabrics, available through
the online shopping cart and


at the company's factory outlet
store in Fresh Creek.
In Nassau, Androsia is fea-
tured at Commonwealth Fab-
rics and Seagrape, the gift shop
at Traveller's Rest. In Freeport
and the Family islands,
Androsia is carried in several
retail outlets.
Androsia was started by the
Birch family in 1973 as a cot-
tage industry to provide mean-
ingful jobs in Andros.
Today, the company


,o KL.


employs more than 20 people.
All the fabric designs and gar-
ments are the original cre-
ations of Androsia,


Authentic Bahamian-made
Androsia products have the
'Androsia' name on the
design.


Holding real estate prices



down 'will not happen'


FROM page 1


everyone could," Mr Light-
bourn added.
"The amount of vacant
property for sale is not that
great, so every time a new sub-
division comes on to the mar-
ket, if it's priced right, it will
sell. Bahamians like to buy real
estate, and price-wise, these
[Coral Breezes] are reasonably
priced."
Phase 1 of Coral Breeze
Estates features about 95 lots.
The starting price for $90,000
for single family lots has
already increased to $99,500,
while duplex lots started at
$95,000 and are now going for
$120,000.
Mr Lightbourn said Pahami-
an real estate purchasers "go
through hell" to find decent-
sized lots worth $100,000 or
less, adding that there were a
number of factors pushing up
real estate and property prices.
Land supply and demand
factors were driving prices,
alorg with the increased costs
facing developers when it came
to putting in infrastructure and
the utilities the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC), BahaInas Electrici-
ty Corporation (BEC), and
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion and Cable Bahamas plus
obtaining performance bonds
for the work.
Such performance bonds are
required before developers can
obtain the relevant approvals
and permits from the Town
Planning Committee, Depart-
ment of Physical Planning and
Ministry of Works to pro-
ceed.
Mr Lightbourn pointed out
that delays associated in co-
ordinating the approvals
process between government
ministries often cost develop-
ers, since "time is money".
He added: "To keep prices
down is not going to happen.
You've got to look at real
estate price trends over 10, 15


and 20 years," Mr Lightbourn
said.
S"In the 1970s, I sold lots at
Coral Harbour for $2,500.
There's a lot of factors pushing
the price of real estate up. I
don't think people appreciate
what the developers' costs are.
"Everything is going up in
price. The infrastructure costs
continue to go up; that's a fac-
tor as well. What the Govern-
ment does is that it tries to do
these package deals where they
offer people lots with the
homes thrown in, and the pres-
sure is on the builders o keep
prices down."
"We have a limited supply
of land on this tiny island. New
Providence has a density of
2,600 people per square mile,"
Mr Lightbourn explaiiied.
This compared to a density
of about 20 people per square
mile in Abaco, 15 people per
square mile in the Exumas,
and 50 people per square mile
in Eleuthera.
Algernon Allen, the former.
FNM housing minister who is a


director of Coral Dreams
Company, the developer, along
with his sister, former Bank of
the Bahamas managing direc-
tor Pauline Allen-Dean, spoke
about the land supply and
demand situation early in the
year.
He said there was less than
2,000 acres of 'immediately
marketable land' left in New
Providence, or about 9,000 plus
lots, excluding infrastructure.
Buyers were lured to the
Coral Breezes open house by
a $2,000 per lot discount offer.
"'Our early investors are
very, very happy with their
investment. Prices are expect-
ed to continue to increase as
the infrastructure is complet-
ed," said Carmen Massoni, a
"Coldwell Banker agent.
"I expect to have complet-
ed homes for re-sale in the
$600,000 bracket as the com-
munity is developed. We
already have plans for home
sales by independent contrac-
tors at a starting price of
$600,000."


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agecategonems 0-13yea and 14-16yarmfora firm
and second place winner In each category.
2. Wrte a eaay answering the following subject
"What dos the Pour-Way Tet mean to me." Explain
your undertadng of the 4-Way Tot as It relates to
your le, experiences, and/or society In general."
Your essaymust include the four principles.
3. The bodyoftheessaymustnotexceed 1,000words.
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the Rotary Cub ofBast Nassau before Nov 30,2007.
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Key Responsibilities

/ Establish culinary standard
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international and Bahamian cuisine
I Maintain food safety standard
/ Recruit and train culinary team
/ Manage and develop culinary team
/ Control food cost
I Determine market list and vendors
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Qualifications
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certifications
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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
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successful candidates. If you are interested in being part of a
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PO Box 24020
South Bimini
Bahamas
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COMMONWEALTH Bank
yesterday announced it would
increase the November extra-
ordinary dividend it paid to
shareholders by 50 per cent
year-over-year, paying $0.06
per share on its newly-split
stock.
The extraordinary dividend,
which comes on the heels of
the bank's three-for-one stock
split, will be paid on November
30, 2007, to shareholders of
record date November 23,
2007.
Commonwealth Bank's
move on the extraordinary div-
idend comes just' after it
reported a net income rise of
25 per cent for the nine months
to September 30, 2007. It is the
second extraordinary dividend
payment this year.
"Our performance in 2007
is outstanding by any measure,
and we are rewarding our loy-
al shareholders as a result,"
said Commonwealth Bank
chairman TB Donaldson.
"We believe we are well-
positioned to enjoy robust
returns through the end of this
fiscal year and into 2008."
With three months left to go
in fiscal 2007 when it
announced its September 30
figures, Commonwealth Bank
was already closing in on 2006
earnings. The bank's fiscal year
ends on December 31, 2.107.
"Payment of the extraordi-
nary dividend brings dividend
yield on shares to around 4.7
per cent, a very attractive
return," Mr Donaldson said.
"On top of this, we recorded
a capital appreciation through


the first nine months of the
year of over 30 per cent."
Commonwealth Bank was
trading at $5.52 this week after
the share split, a far cry from
what is now an equivalent $2
per share in the year 2000


when it went public.
"The success of the bank,"'
Mr Donaldson said, "rests
solidly on the support of our.
shareholders, the loyalty of our
customers and the dedication
and commitment of our staff."


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