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MBy ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff R porter

SENIOR police convened an emergency meeting yester-
day afternoon in light of this week's violence, resulting in the
creation of an "incident room" and a shifting of manpower to
allow for more patrols in high crime areas. .
This information was revealed yesterday at police head-
quarters by police press liaison officer Walter Evans.
SEE page SIX


Painats


WBy ALISON. LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A PEACEFUL morning in
the heart ~of idyllic old Nassau
was shattered yesterday morn-
ing when police discovered the
body of Harl Taylor. fashion
designer and nephew of Oppo-
sition leader Perry Christie, who
had been stabbed at his homie
on West Hill Street. Mr Taylor
was the second high profile
murder victim in three days.
Yesterday as with the mur-
der of College of the Bahamas
professor Dr Thaddeus McDon-
akl less than a quarter of a mile
i away in his home on Queen
Street on Friday assistant
commissioner in charge of
crime Ellison Greenslade was
unwilling to respond to many
of the questions put to him by
the press about the details of


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the attack or the murder scene,
saying that to do so would
"compronuse" investigations.
Police would only say that Mr
Taylor received bodily
injuries" and was found in the
"upstairs section" of his Mount:-
batten H~ouse residence. How-
SEE: page six


one and is just waiting for word from the
police.
It has be'en over a week now since Ken-
neth Lightbourne, 45, of South Bahamia,
disape arelst seen leaving work at Port
Lucaya on November 10 around 11.45pm.
His Mitsubishi Eclipse car was found, in the
parking lot at RND cinema. ~
In the meantime, police are also.investi-
gating the murder of 32-year-old Freeport
businessman Gifford Martin Jr, who was
found shot dead on Friday at Extreme Auto
and Supplies on Yellow Pine Road.
Assistant Supt Loretta Mackey, press
officer, said officers from the plain clothes


WBy DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock~tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT The family of Kenneth
Lightbourne is still awaiting word from
police as to the positive identity of the
db composed body found in bushes in
Lucaya last week.
Up until Saturday, police had not yet
determined the identification of the body
discovered last Thursday off Caravel Road.
According to a relative of Mr Light-
bourne, the family feels strongly that the
body could be that of their missing joved


ABy RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick~tribunemedia.net
TH3E PLP expressed "grave
concerns" over government's
"unwillingness" to recognize its
error and accept responsibility
for the failure of its economic
policies to date and the harm
its "'ill-advised" decisions have
caused to the Bahamian econo-
my and the lives of thousands of
Bahamians.
The Opposition insists that
while government conceded
that the economic growth rate


hlad declined, its denial that its
policies, decision-making
processes, and procedures had
anything to do with the current
economic decline are mislead-
ing.
"This demonstrated lack of
leadership is incredible as the
government is the legal
guardian and driver of market
efficiency," the PLP said.
However, Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing has said
that this claim by the opposition is
"'baseless".
The minister of state said that
foreign investment inflow for the


first half of 2007 increased by
$72.6 million or 26 per cent com-
pared to the same period of the
previous year.
According to Central Bank sta-
tistics, foreign direct investment
inflows to the Bahamas in the first
six months of the last year totalled
$276.1 million compared to $351.7
million this year.
Mr Laing said that clearly then,
there is no decline in foreign
investment inflows that have con-
tributed to any economic slow
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Christie nephew

stabbed at home


Itity of body
and uniform sections have combined their
resources in an effort to bring closure to
these two 1Btest homicides the ninth and

10tAt thset e lae10 bomyfnd during the
afternoon of Thursday, November 15, has
not been positively identified," she said on
Saturday.
"The residents of Grand Bahama have
supported the Police Department over the
past years and again we are appealing to
them for their support in bringing closure to
these two matters. We (the Police) can be
contacted at 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911."


Family awaits positive iden


PLP: Govt in deniiall over economic ills


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that produced generic drugs. Puetto Rico -long a global hub of island offers better incentives and:
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eret; aUccess to ithe U.S. markiet.
Over the past 18 months, five
major drug manufacturing plants
have either closed or announced
plans to do so, eliminating 3,000
relatively high paying jobs. The
closures are a largely a result of
higher energy costs, changing tax
rules and industry consolidation.
Industry experts predict Puerto


etac d production methods.
The island's pharmaceutical
industry, which still produces 13
of the 20 best-selling drugs in the~
United States, gained dominance
in the 1970s with the help of U.S.
incentives. It accounts for a quar-:
ter of the island's gross domestic
product, with US$36.5 billion iti'
annual exports.


ThenI, Glaxo3rmithIlne PLC said
last month it would shut its plant
in this central Puerto Rican city,
according to Associated Press.
Many people in Cidra now fear
their hillside city, which has
depended on pharmaceutical
manufacturing for more than 30
years, is terminally ill.
Cidra, a city of about 50,000, is


PLP LUEADE Perry Christie speaks to the press yesterday outside of the Graycliff. Allyson Maynard-
Gibson looks onl in the background.



Per r Christie




speaks out on



murder rate


SBy ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribu nemedia. net
BAHAMIANS' "entire
way of life could be signifi-
cantly damaged" should the
country gain a reputation
abroad for being a violent
country, said opposition leader
Perry Christie yesterday.
Mr Christie issued a short,
but heartfelt few words to the
press about the murder rate,
on the steps of Graycliff
restaurant yesterday, an hour
after he and other relatives of
designer Hiarl Taylor were
called to the scene upon hear-
ing that Mr Taylor, his
nephew, had been brutally
mude ed
mMr Taylor, who lived in
Mountbatten House on West


Hill Street, was found that
mormang with multiple stab
wounds in his body.
Of his 37-year-old nephew's
death, Mr Christie said: "This
is another very, very tragic
example of the need for us to
get our country back under
control."

Understand
Flanked by a family friend
yn MrTilr, Sena orC Ay
said that the Bahamas "can-
not afford not to try to under-
stand what is happening" in
terms of rising crime.
He said that "immediate
action" must be taken by
every Bahamian to "come to
grips with this madness that is


taking place and prevent it
happening."
"We have to examine very
carefully what is happening
with a view to trying to learn
lessons...to ensure that all of us
can walk about our country
feeling safe, secure," he
said.
Mr Christie said that he is
not just talking about advanc-
ing policing, but also "from
the point of view of what's
going on in our heads in the
country, so we'll be able to
come to grips with it."
"It is more than apprehend-
ing someone whose commit-
ted a crime," he added.
"We need to as a country
come to. understand it and
ehen to engei hwthna er
take place."


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"'There is an across
the board lack of
discipline displayed
by those who should
be enforc~g b -
parents, guardians,
Teachers, political and
rellgtOUS leaders, and
law CDfotCCIRCnt
repteSCntatiVCS,
and it is quite evident
in OUr Childr~eBP


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atre at GBI Recording &r Tele-
vision Studios on Queens High-
way, the audience viewed tele-
vision clips of Sir Lynden Pin-
dling and Dr Emmett Weir
endorsing national youth service,
as well as an opposing interview
by Grand Bahama Human
Rights activist Joseph Darville,
i ho s o tpop ie c Ho

Time Come For National Youth
Service," by debaters Jameka
Farrington and Lance Darville
,of Grand Bahama Catholic
High.
plMr Pesn b lisev s that dso -
~esan ea 1t who must set an
"There is an across the board
lack of discipline displayed by
those who should be enforeng
it parents, guardians, teachers,
political and religious leaders,
and law enforcement represen-
tatives, and it is quite evident in
~our children," he said,
"Proverbs 22:6 says, 'Train up
a child in the way he should go
and when he is old, he will not
~depart from it.' We believe that


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POLICE are searching
for a man who brutally
attacked and beat a
female security officer at
the Government Complex
Building in Freeport early
Saturday morning.

toTRhaenwoMemeoal k si-
tal, where doctors
described her injuries as
"serious .
Asst. Supt Loretta
Mackey said police
received a report of griev-
ous harm around 5am on
Saturday.
Officers went to the .
Accident and Emergency
Section of the hospital,
where they interviewed
the injured woman. -
The woman, a 49-year-
old resident of Redwood
Lane, told officers that
she was on duty at the
Government Complex
Building at 4.34am, where
she is employed as a secu-
rity officer, when she was
attacked and beaten with
an instrument by a man

wts Ma o aid Police
inquiries are continuing
mnto this matter by officers
from the Central Detec-
tive Unit.

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SST. GEORGE'S,
Grenada !

GR\ENADA'S top labor
official has disputed accusa-
tions that the southern
.Caribbean island's govern-
ment improperly issued
work permits to Chinese
workers for private sector
projects, according to Asso- |
ciated Press.
Labor Minister Claris
Charles said Chinese labor-
ers have only been autho-
rized to work on state pro-
jects, including a Beijing-
financed cricket stadium
completed earlier this year,
since Grenada switched
diplomatic allegiance from
Taiwan to China in 2005.
"I have to give approval
for all work permits since I
became minister for labor,
so I know what is going
on," Charles said Saturday.
"'We have no Chinese
(workers) in the private
construction sector; those
that are here are for state
jobs."
Trade unions have
claimed that lower-paid
Chinese workers are taking
work away from small local
contractors and depriving
some unemployed Grenadi-
ans from getting jobs at pri-
vate sector construction
sites. They have not provid-
ed specifics.
China has successfully
Persuaded most Caribbean
governments to recognize
the mainland and drop
diplomatic relations with
Taiwan, which Beijing con-
siders a renegade province-
The Asian rivals have both
campaigned aggressively to
win the allegiance of small
Caribbean nations.

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from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps


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good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award. .
If so, call us on 322-1986
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SBy DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Businessman
Frank Penn is calling for the
immed ate implemr ct tooni tl
discipline in young people and
to give them a sense of purpose."
"I believe that the time has
come for its implementation,"
said Mr Penn during an address
Friday evening following a spe-
cial screening of the Bahamian
documentary on National Youth
Service at the Simpson C Penn
Theatre.
He believes that Dr Myles
Munroe or someone of his cali-
bre would be the ideal person to
act as a ledd consultant and
adviser in development of
national youth service.

Leader

"Dr Myles Munroe is an emi-
nently qualified world leader and
organizer. We need someone of
his leal be as a leead coo sultata

t es abl s ent o ma aamia
.National Youth Service," he said.
Mr Penn said that many social
problems in the country today
are the result of a lack of disci-
"Tionahe cam ranthucontin-
ne t saae ein nth con anod
ple continues to climb at Fox Hill
Prison, which has a current pop-
ulation of 1,400.
According to the 2006 World
Prison Population List published
by the Centre for Prison Studies
~at the University of London, the
Bahamas has the fourth highest
incarceration rate in the
Caribbean, and the 11th of 204
countries and territories inl the
world.


the most effective way to train
is by example," he said.
Mr Penn also believes that
promiscuity is a big problem and
contributes to unwanted teenage
pregnancies, and the growing
problem of HIV/AIDS azul sex-
ually transmitted diseases in the

tr ig t etet our Bahas ,o
have to acknowledge that we
have a promiscuity problem...in
our land...especially where
young men are concerned," he
said.
hiMr Pennecontmnues to pomote

ship peos tinse lesecianly hse
who work with our youth to not
only talk abstinence, but also to
have walked it and are still walk-
ing their talk," he said.
Although Mr Penn was disap-
pointed with the turnout to Fri-
day's screening, he was satisfied
with the feedback and reaction
from those who attended.
Persons interested in a copy
of the screening may get one at
GBI Recording Studios.


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NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VER~BA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Putblisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, KH., O B.LE.,DKM M.LC.S.G.,


Pulblisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Jazy and too greedy to lift a
fmnger to help ourselves. We
seem to think that someone
else will fix it! Well, they
won't only we as individu-
als can stop this
craziness. Each one of us cre-
ates tons of trash every year
and where is it all going? It
doesn't just vanish like magic
when the garbage truck takes
it away! It's going into-land
fills and who knows where
e~lse. The whole island is lit-
tered with trash! We cannot
blame the government for all
of the trash littering our
beaches and streets.
On a daily basis I see peo-
ple throwing garbage out of
their cars, or bags full of trash
on the side of the roads. It's a
national disgrace and every-
one is responsible either by
turning a blind eye or bemng a
culprit. There is literally
garbage everywhere.
Recently, a friend visited
me for the first time in over 20
years. She was shocked at the
condition of Nassau and com-
pared t to a su. Although
the Nassau she remembered


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this lEt~eL beae I amd
angry and sad about the con-
dition of our beautiful
Bahamas.
I live at Delaporte and
every day I walk along the
beach. There is not a day that
passes when I don't pick up a
couple of bags of trash that
have been-washed up on the
beach overnight. However,
since the storm I am over-
whelmed at the amount of
garbage along the shore-
line. The seaweed is full of
pieces of broken plastic, sty-
rofoam, bottles, drink cans
and fishing line you name
it, you'll find it on the
beach. Gone are the days
when one can search for shells
on the sea shore. Now there's
nothing to collect but trash,
and tons of it!
I can remember the days
when there was no such thing
as plastic and styrofoam. How,
did we manage back
then? Just fine to my recol-
lection! Something has to be
done about the wholesale use
of all the plastic and styrofoam
containers. There must be oth-
er alternatives. We are
destroying our country and
the planet because we are too


was lacking in modern ameni-
ties, it held a certain charm
an wsn qiedi fenent fro
encountered on this visit. She
remembered Cable Beach as a
beautiful long sandy beach but
was disappointed to find that
it was now replaced with the
Crystal Palace and erosion,
warnings of Lion Fish and
dirty garbage strewn on the
sea floor.
What is to become of us?
Please tell me we can turn this
around as I grow more dis-
mayed every day. When will
we realise that we have so
much potential here to utilise
our natural God-given
resources? Abundant rain -
more than we would like at
times! How many of us have
rainwater tanks or gutters to
catch the rain and store it in
rainwater tanks? Sunshine 365
dayrs of the year yet hardly
any of us are utili ing solar
energy! We have the wind
almost every day coming from
the ocean -this could be har-
nessed.
I just cannot believe how
much nature has given us
compared to other countries
and yet it's all being wasted. I
feel that in the f ture our
beaches, clear waters and
year-round sunshine will be
Sthe resources that are covet-
Sed by the world outside of The
Bahamas and we will have
wasted it all.
In other countries the gov-
ernment encourages the devel-
optlent of these eco-friendlyi
sources of en~eigy by;~`'
giving incentives 'and tax
breaks. Here, it costs an arm
and a leg to import any kind
of energy saving apparatus.
Shouldn't innovative products
that help conserve energ and
help the envio n tbe dut
fee? When are wie going to
invest in recycling?
We shouldn't just sit by and
rely on the government.
Everyone should make it
their duty to pick up some
garbage each day, and others
should stop throwing garbage
out of cars, or dumping it on
the streets. It's time we all put
our heads to ether to save
The Bahamas. We can do this
together Now!

LESLEY DARBY
Nassau,
November 12, 2007


ernen10 tHousR uttl lurTsoua gtoo seo e- a
deputy to the governor general in the absence
from the country of Governor General Arthur
Hanna and his wife.
During the no-confid ence-in-the-Speaker
debate in the House of Assembly last week, an
annoyed Dr Bernard Nottage took a side swipe
at Sir Arthur, because, in an interview on ZNS
a few days earlier, Sir Arthur had had the temer-
ity Bahi toaksi tthe oou e, D ottage
appeared unclear about the position Sir Arthur
holds and seemed to suggest that Sir Arthur, as
a civil servant, was out of line for having had
anything to say on the isdue.
Therefore, now is as good a time as any to
clarify Sir Arthur's position.
"D~on't try to hide behind inane explana-
tions no matter who offers them, even Directors
of BIS, a public officer, who is also a Deputy to
the Governor General," said Dr Nottage when
Speaker Smith had ruled that the word "wuth-
less" when used in the context in which it was
used by Prime Minister Ingraham -- against a
group on a particular matter and not a person -
was not unparliamentary. Dr Nottage was refer-
ring to Sir Arthur who has acted in the past as
deputy to the governor general and now holds
the post of Director General of Bahamas Infor-
mation Services (BIS)-
In this comment, Dr Nottage suggests that Sir
Arthur is a civil servant, bound by civil~ service
rules. This he is not. '''
Nor is he a Deputy Governor General as
some persons insist.
For some reason there are persons, who
should know better, who persist in representing
to the public that the post of Deputy Governor
General is a constitutional position.IZt is not.
Article 34 of the Constitution provides for
someone to be appointed to act as Deputy to the
Governor General during the latter's short
absences from the country. *
Whoever is appointed deputy for these pe~ri-
ods has to be sworn in on each occasion and is
not required to resign any substantive post he or
she' might hold, nor give up his or her profession
or occupation.
The Prime Minister has designated that Sir
Arthur act on these occasions. In the past oth-
er high profile political figures, such as former
attorney gneroalPaeul Add~e le~y and Lady dMar
have acted from time to time.
Persons acting as deputy to the Governor
General do not receive a salary, but do receive
an honorarium of about $44 a day when they
act.
Sir Arthur is now on a three-year contract


whg v em~n ad Dbye tr Geneda of B. A
conducf of senior civil servants with regard to
political pronouncements.
In fact, this department, which is really a
government news agency, does not even come
under the Civil Service Establishment. Its offi-
cers are appointed by the Minister responsible,
mn this case the Prime Minister.
It was established in 1974 by Sir Lynden Pin-
(fling by a oflplarliamentt wthino eilse 1 2 (
Department shall not be public offices for the
purposes of the Constitution."
It will be recalled that during the Christie
administration Steve McKinney, who was under
contract with BIS, had a talk show on ZNS dur-
ing this year's general election and was rabidly
anti-Hubert Ingraham and the FNM. Despite
this, Mr Ingraham retained his services at BIS,
and Sir Arthur as BIS Director General kept
him mn his post. Sir Arthur is obviously satisfied
that he is performing his functions satisfactori-
As fo~r the mi~sinformation about Sir Arthur's
salary, Sir Arthur is getting far less than a vast.
ly less qualified person who was on contract
with BIS under the PLP and who, it is reported,
spent more time doing work for the PLP as a
party than for the government.
Sir Arthur, a weekly columnist, has written:
Extensively in The Tribune about the rules and~
conventions of our system, and in all the public
obies he has held he has served with distinction
and has stayed well within those conventions.
In fact although he was not required to do
so, he dropped his column in this newspaper
for one week while he was only deputizing for
the governor general.
He has stopped writing his column altogeth-
er since he has been appointed Director General
at BIS, not because he was bound to, but
because he chose to. He didn't even want a
suggestion of conflict of interest.
The comments that Sir Arthur made in the
ZNS interview, ~of which Dr Nottage com-
plained, in no way violated any convention.
MPs like Dr Nottage should be glad to have
Sir Arthur and other senior statesmen provide
historical and parliamentary context for what is
happening today-
If they would pay attention they would not
Si mart s live t ruh this period of polit-
ical change, covered it as a reporter, became a
part of it 49 a cabinet minister, walked out on it
in 1970 as one of the Dissident Eight when the
political vision was betrayed, and did not go
back to benefit from the very generous pen-
sions and benefits that some others now enjoy.


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him to ask his principals to emphasise anti-litter mn all their schools.
This emphasis is to do not just with the school grounds, but any-
where these students might go on this green fragile planet. Schools
must help to drill into students how to dispose of litter responsibly.
Students from at least three schools, Uriah McPhee, C I Gibson
and LW Young, go to and from school along my street, Kemp
Road. Most of them, on the way home especially, are eating or
drinking something. They let the packages, papers, cartoons, cans
drop as they empty them as they walk. Many adults in our area,
unfortunately, show no more responsibility. They are equally nasty.
Tell these children to try out other words in their vocabularies,
Encourage them to expand their vocabularies. Along my street in
the afternoons, I hear students of every age, in uniforms, cussing the
filthiest words to the top of their lungs. These words they hurl, are
as filthy as t~he litter they drop, and bring down our communities,
their schools and themselves.
Let them know that they are being observed. We'd prefer. to
admire them mn their fmne uniforms rather than needmng to be

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of geh-mining


WGEORGETOWN,
Guyana

EIGGN mnste FnOS nday
accused Venezuelan troops
of entering his country's
,waters to blow up gold-
mining dredges on a river
near the frontier, according
to Associated Press.
The minister, Rudy
Insanally, said military
investigation showed the
boats destroyed in Thurs-
day's raid were clearly in
Guyanese territory and he
said Georgetown has not
received a sufficient expla-

dept edipmo~mai efforts

ciae nPrssth ds eno j -
tification for the Venezue-
lan soldiers' action on the
Cuyuni River. e
The Guyanese military ~
said 36 Venezuelan sol-
diers used helicopters and
C-4 explosives to destroy
the two gold-muning river
dredges. They were not in
operation and no one was
aboard.
Venezuela's ambas-
sador, Dario Morandy,
Said Friday that his coun-
i try's soldiers were remov-
mng aouabt 200 families who
were mining illegally inside
Venezuelan territory. The
ambassador accused them
of polluting the river with `
mercury and said
Venezuela was protecting
its natural resources. He
said noforce wasused in
the operation and denied
the tro ps had anything to
do with destroying the
dredges.- .
VenezrieE'rmilitary
Speriodically stag~es opera-
tions to flush rmmers from .
its territory.


ans can use their existing pass-
ports until they expire.
Talks about an e-passport
started in 1994 and, on December
22, 2006, the Government
entered into a contract with
Indusa Global, a Greenville,
South Carolina-based IT devel-
opment and consulting firm to
'spearhead the project.
The contract calls for an e-
passport issuance system,
machine readable Visa system,
E-identification issuance work

dnent rusdece re oner rrn
control management system.
In addition to these systems, a
supporting Key Management
System (KMS) for the genera.
tion and management of digital
security keys for protecting and
accessing the data stored in the
passports and cards, was
launched on Friday, November
9The KMS is used to add secu-
rity to The Bahamas passport
chips and smart cards and forms
the basis of authenticating that
the e-passport and e-IDs are a
fact issued by The Bahamas Gov-
~ernment.
The project is an integrated
~one with the Ministry of Nation-
al Security Department of
Immigration and the Data Pro-
cessing Unit of the Ministry of
Finance.
The implementation of the e-
passport system will continue in
four phases; Phases I and II
through June, 2008. Applications
would be received mn Freeport,
the Family Islands and the
Bahamas Overseas Missions.
:Howrever, empassports would only
be produced fn New Providence,
at an affordable cost.
If a United States Visa in the
expired passport extends beyond


GOVERNMENT is set to offi-
cially launch Machine Readable
Passports (MRP) or e-passports
by December 5 a move to com-
bat illegal immigration and other
security threats to this country,
Deputy Prime Minister and Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette announced.
And, by April 2010, all
Bahamian passport holders are
required to have such a high-tech
document, as mandated by the
International Civil Aviation
Orgnzto slCrAmO of ehicn
Affairs explained the process and
displayed the varied features of
the e-passport to the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce during a
briefing on Thursday November
15 at the' British Colonial Hilton
The e-passport will contain
biometric features, such as fin-
gerprints, facial features and oth-
er data, using advanced comput-
erized recognition techniques.
These would be imprinted oh a
silicone chip embedded in the
passport document.
There are approximately
255,000 Bahamian passport hold-
ers. All passport holders will be
required to obtain'a National
Insurance number a key com-
ponent in the security features.
Passport holders would collect
the new passport through finger-
print identification. Children
under age 14 would not be fin-
gerprinted.
"The e-passport will be a
secured document. We need to
ensure that our passports are
resistant to fraudulent use,
including the use of lost or stolen
passportss" Mr. Sylbone'tte said :
.~ The project is set' to cost.an .
estimated $12 million, with the
`implementation of Phases I and
II by early to mid-2008. Bahami-


DEPUTY PRIME Minister and

repnd t~eo oF e toA irrm eb"2
nesspersons as Sheila Carey, per-
manent SOCretary Minlstry Of Fof-
eign Affairs, and Dionisio
D'Aguilar, left, Bahamas Chamber
of Commerce president, look on,
during a meeting on the launch of
the e-passport at the Hilton hotel
on Thursday, November 15.
2010, Bahamians were urged to
secure both documents; stapling
them together would be prohib-
ited to allow for uninterrupted
reading of the e-passport when
travelling.
"The e-passport project is of
significant national and interna-
tional importance and will lead to
the enhancement of the security
of oiur state and the easing of the
passage of our citizens
throughout the world," Mr.
Symonette told the Chamber of
Commerce.
A slide presentation of the
process was conducted by Jill
Ram, chief operating officer and
vice president of product devel-
opment of Indusa.
Similar meetings were held
with senior Government officials;
personnel inavarious government
departments had those directly
involved in aviation, security and
border control.


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only admit that his presence on
the scene was part of his per-
sonal effort to ascertain this.
"What I will tell you is that I
haive come to both scenes to
have a personal look precisely
for the reasons you jaist asked so
thijt I might satisfy myself as to
whether these are connected or
'separate and apart."
He added later: "Suffice to
say every crime scene tells us a
story, .a 'distinct story."
.The' police crime chief
refused to state whether there
was any sign of forced entry into
the house, or any missing items

On Fida, abdsr na Dm a
sid thatother were rnohseuch

home, raising the spectre of the
possibility that Dr McDonald
may have been killed by some-
one who he knew well enough


accompanied by Mr C'hristie
and his wife, Bernadette. They
were escorted into the Gr~aycliff
restaurants opposite Mr Taylor's
home at Mountbatten House to
meet with police, and were lat-
er joined by Mrs Allyson May-
nard Gibson and several other
friends and relatives.
At around 12.30pm the fami-
ly sent Archdeacon Ranfurly
Broivn out to speak with! the
press and confirm the identity of
the murder victim as being Mr
'Taylor.
Father Brown said he had
known Mr Taylor "very well"
dsc iing iom as n "uie op r

tive". He said that the family is
"strong so far.
Mr Christie then spoke
briefly with the~ media, stating
that the loss of Mr Taylor, who
he "grew up", was '*another
very, very tragic example of the
need for us to get our country
back under control."
-Asked what advice he would
give to the public in light of
these most recent murders, Mr
Greenslade said that people
should try to always maintain E.


safe environment for them-
selves. However, Mr
ir-eenslade denied that persons
living in the vicinity of the mur-
der scenes in particular should
have cause to be fearful.
"Not apart from the ordinary
you should secure your house
properly before you go to bed
and you should certainly be
aware of your surroundings at
all times," he said.
This statement appeared to
be contradicted later when
assistant superintendent Wal-
ter Evans said that police con-
vened an emergency meeting
hha afe o,o wic a ong
er to allow for extra police
patrols in the West Hill Street
area and around.
An anonymous individual
contacted The Tribune during
the afternoon to announce that
a candlelit vigil for Mr Taylor
and Dr McDonald will be held
on Thursday at 6pm. The vigil is
also intended to draw attention
to the escalating murder rate.
According to police, Mr Tay-
lor is the 68th murder victim for
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police would again not confirm
the information, sources claim
that Mr Taylor was thought to
have been dead for between 18
to 36 hours, which would place
the time of his murder even
more closely to that of his near-
neighbour.
Mr Greenslade said that the
investigations into these mat-
ters are "progressing very, very
well. "
He did not say that there are


any particular suspects at this
time, but added: "'We are
putting all of our resources into
the investigation with a view to
moving forward quickly."
Mr Taylor was well known
for his line of designer hand
bags, called the Harl Taylor
Bag, which were seen on the
arms of many of Nassau's best
dressed women.
Arriving at West Hill Street
at around 11.15am was his
mother, Beverley Taylor-


injuries on Mermaid Boulevard. There was
a pool of blood around his head.
He was taken to hospital where he died at
7am, about four hours after being found.
Pohece are treating the matter as a "suspi-
cious death" at this time, and have not stat-
ed whether his injuries were gunshot
wounds.
An autopsy and police investigation will
now be carried out.
Also on Saturday morning, at around
2am a man from the Bain Town area was
shot when'a fight broke out in Eneas Street,
off Poinciana Drive.
The gunshot hit him in the right side of
his body. He was taken to hospital, where
he is now listed mn critical condition,
Early Sunday morning, also at about 2am,
another man -said to beabout 23 years of
age was the victim of random gunfire in
Pinewood Gardens.
The man was said to be walking on But-
tonwood Avenue when he heard shots ring
out. He fled the area, but realized that he
had been hit by a bullet. He was assisted by
a re'siiderit of the area .to get to hospital,
where his condition is now described as
serious, but not life threatening.
Asst Supt Evans said that police are tak-


ing action to try to reduce the fear of crime
iri the country in the week of increased vio-
lence.
"Right now we believe that within the
Bahamas a number of persons are very
fearful because of what they see happening.
Police would like to reassure the public that
we would have done a number of things,"
said Mr Evans, adding: "Moreso for those
people who reside in the general vicinity
of West Hill Street."
Mountbatten House on West Hill Street
was the scene of the country's latest murder,
that of Mr Taylor, whose body was discov-
ered on Sunday.
"Tlhe commissioner of police (yesterday)
has ordered that an emergency initiative
be put in place whereby there'll be addi-
tional patrols in that area," said Mr Evans.
Extra patrols also will be introduced in
other "high crime"' areas said the officer,
although he would not state which areas
have been identified as such.
Mr Evans said that if people find them-
serves '"in a position ivherdtheiy'~feel
unsafe".. fSZ eianple, if ti;~y'eiev~ie they
are being followed, they~ sh~ttld call the
police or go to their nearest police station.


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FROM page one

ever unconfirmed reports were
that the 37 year old was found.
with multiple stabs wounds
about the body, having been the
victim of a vicious attack.
Like that of Dr McDonald,
who, according to his brother,
Madison, had been "beaten
beyond recognition" with a
clothing iron, the designer's
body was mn his bed, sources
said. .
Police arrived at the scene
around 9am after "receiving


Thue dd dno reveal whdohad
vided this information.
Asked yesterday whether the
murders are thought to be con-
nected, Mr Greenslade would


'Incident room' set up in wake of violence


FROM paeone

Aside from the high profile killings of
Dr Thaddeus McDonald and designer Harl
Taylor, whose bodies were discovered in
their homes on Friday and Sunday respec-
tively, three other individuals were victims
of suspected serious violence one dying
from his injuries since Friday.
Meanwhile, over the course of 24 hours
from Thursday to Friday the nation had
already recorded four murders, two in
Grand Bahama and two in New Providence.
The new incident room at the Central
Detective Unit is designed to make it easi-
er for members of the public to provide
information relating to any of these, or oth-
er, attacks.
"'Anyone with information is asked to
call the incident room at 502-9991, 502.
9938, or (the general police number) 919,"
said Asst. Supt. Evans.
He added: "Police are especially con-
cerned over the kinds of incidents we would
have seen taking place. We believe that
these crimes can be prevented once we have
full community involvement."
During the early hours of Saturday morn-
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BALL FOR A CAUSE: On Saturday
evening Colinalmperial'sl 4th annu-
al Red Ribbon Ball raised $50,000
to assist the AIDS Foundation with
the purchase of a home for
orphaned children living with HIV.
Pictured above at the ball and pre-
sentation are (1-r) Michael Barnett,
~R.Q r a,~aLe~l ~ ~ ZMrs. Nicole Henderson-Smith, co-
chairperson, Red Ribbon Ball Com-
J; mittee, Dr. Hubert Minnis, Minister
of Health, Mrs. Hubert Minnis, Mrs.
SCamille Barnett, president of The
e ..; AIDS. Foundation of The Bahamas,
Montgomery Braithwaite, president,
i`Z Colinalmperial, Insurance Compa-
z~it ny Ltd., Mrs. Emanuel Alexiou, Mr
Emanuel Alexiou, Director, Colina
Holdings Bahamas Ltd., Mrs. Anne
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this year's Red Ribbon Ball was and or
the largest ball organised by of Col
Colinalmperial Insurance Com- include
pany Ltd. According to Nicole Smith,
Henderson-Smith, Co-Chair- da Ki
man of The Red Ribbon Ball Rama
Committee the ball met its tar- Hanch
get of raising $50,000 to assist Shane
the AIDS Foundation of The Carol
Bahamas with the purchase of a Chris
home for orphaned children liv- Laver
ing with HIV. der an
"We definitely met our tar- Colj
get and we have enough money Montg
to start again next year. mende
"Next year will be our 15th mittee
year and so we intend to do it and re
bigger and better. We're hoping al's co
to do a weekend instead of just of HI'
a one night event so we can tar- tance
get an even wider audience, HIV al
including those who may not "Bei
like balls," Mrs. Henderson- we're i
Smith said. and it's
She thanked all the organisa- lem th;
tions, sponsors and patrons who felt we
attended the ball, especially tion to
Kerzner International, which "We
earlier this month donated we're g
$25,000 to the AIDS Founda- sor it f
N tion and have sponsored the Mr. Br
( ball for the past seven years. The (
,""Kerzner.has been an excel- bon Ba
lent partner and they have giv- Kerzne
en selflessly of their time, tal- can Ai


Ribbon Ball was a glamorous
and elegant affair that drew
hundreds of Bahamians in their
finest attire. Basking in tasteful
and creative d~cor by Sun-
bound, patrons danced to the
sounds of The Royal Bahamas
Police Force Band, Tino
Richardson and Company,
Count Bernladino, Ronnie But-
ler 'and the Falcons. Some
patrons won fabulous prizes,
including exquisite jewellery by
David Yurman, an original Harl
Taylor bag, and trips to exotic
destinations donated by Amer- *
ican Airlines/American.
Every guest also received a
perfume set from John Bull's
Givenchy and a gift from Burns
House Groups' Johnny Walkt-
er. Camille Barnett, president
of The AIDS Foundation, said
she was very upbeat about this
year's ball and the realization
of the children's home.
"We're in the final stages of
purchasing the home and we've
had some inquiries from orga-
nizations and entities that want
to help us to pay that mortgage
so we can do it faster.
"I know certainly that we will
Sbe able to make our first pay-
ment as a result of this ball,"
Mrs. Barnett said.
This year's Red Ribbon Ball


x months in the planning
rganised by a committee
linalmperial employees,
ring. Nicole Henderson-
, Sandra Smith, Richen-
ng, Talia Wildgoose,
Irca Smith, Tashfi
tell, Sonja Gibson, Barry
Saunders, Shanrese Bain,
Bowleg, Lisa Codella,
Gibson, Elton Kemp,
ne Minnis, George Pin-
d Mario Smith.
inalmperial President
:omery Braithwaite com-
:d the Red Ribbon Com-
for an outstanding job
:affirmed Colinalmperi-
immitment to the cause
V prevention and assis-
to persons affected by
nd AIDS.
ng an insurance company
n the healthcare business
;such a devastating prob-
at it's an area where we
could make a contribu-
society at large.
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;oing to continue to spon-
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BAHAMIAN WINNER Distinguished Toastmaster Damien Miller is shown here after winning the
speech evaluation contest recently held in Lake Mary Florida. Mr Miller won over 10 other contes-
tants from throughout District 47 which encompasses The Bahamas and Florida. Mr Miller is shown
here with the second and third place winners of the contest. To the far left is Toastmasters' Interna-
tional Director, DTM Margaret Wan and to the far right is District 47 Governor, DTM Wanda Brown.




Damien Miller




is all talk at


speech
DISTINGUISHED Toast- 220,000 me
master (DTM) Damien Miller clubs in 90
was recently declared cham- ing The Bah
pion of Toastmasters District District 47
47's speech evaluation contest Bahamas a
held in Lake Mary Florida, .350 clubs, it
beating 10 other contestants. masters' dis
As a toastmaster for just Question
over five years, Mr Miller has thinks set hi
represented The Bahamas on other conte
several occasions at the dis- said that hi
trict level. made a diff~
He won the district's Inter- "By positi
national Speech Contest in tiques along
2003 and in 2005 he made a ical examl
clean sweep. again winning the improve, I \
International Speech Contest lish a conn
along with the Table Topics speaker ane
r,, Contest. .....~. --.,.iP also -incol
A member of four Etoasti h. umodr in
masters clubs, Mr Miller says well,"he sa
he hopes to one day become During 1
the World Champion of Public Miller also
Speaking. Humorous
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organization that teaches pub- three.
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stants, Mr Miller
s evaluation style
erence. -
vely providing cri-
Swith giving phys-
ples on how to
was able to estab-
iection with the
d the audience. I
rpo~rate~d` some
the;ev~aluation as:
id. '
the contest. Mr
competed mn the
Speech Contest,
:place in the top
pressing dis ap -
in the loss, the
er said, "It is a
r all of us that even
who may be good


at some things, can suffer
defeat at times."
"I will never quit on the pur-
suit of my goal, even if I have
to accept defeat at times. I
expect everyone else to have
the same mentality with
everything that they do," he
added.
Bahamas Division I Gover-
nor, DTM George Taylor
expressed how proud fellow
toastmasters are of Mr Miller's
success.
"He has done The Bahamas
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MINISTER OF WORKS and Transport Earl Deveaux makes a point during Friday night's town meeting in
central Andros.



Work to be done on 54



miles of road, in And~ros


an eight-lane highway," said Mr
Deveaux. "It is better while you have
the land and own it now to reserve it
now, than to buy it a hundred years
from now."
Repairs of the seawall in Lowe
Sound and the public dock in Fresh
Creek, he said, are part of a Eluro-
pean Union-funded package that is
being worked on.
Government buildings were
inspected, he said, "and we are work-
ing methodically to repair therm in
the same way we did the schools this
summer."
A number of the issues impact-
ing central and north Andros affect
sea walls as a result of flooding and
drainage, he noted,
Severe flooding left by tropical
storm Noel exposed the vulnerabili-
ty of islands that were affected, he
said. Andros remains poorly drained.
"One of thebig problems we face
in many parts of New Providence,
Abaco and Eleuthera," he said, "is a
direct consequence of where we
have built and how we have built.
"'The construction of homes and
sea walls is something I want to
encothage local government officials
to be infinitely more conscientious
about, particularly in Andros."
The biggest resource of this island,
he said, is its contribution to the
marine life of the Great Bahama
Bank and the western Atlantic
Ocean.
"Because of the creeks, the man-
groves, the fresh water and the large
expansive land...this island is
responsible for the bounty of lob-
ster, mutton fish, grouper, coach,
sponge and all things that we terea-
sure.
"When we build on wetlands and
we interrupt the flow of creeks, we
disturb this huge contribution.
"There are ways to do it that allow
you to live in harmony with nature
and there are ways to do it that com-
pletely disturb and interrupt the
course of nature. We want to work
together with you on it."


He urged home builders in coastal
communities to take note of where
the high water mark is.
"You should mark it and make it
your business not to build a foun-
dation lower than that otherwise you
would be like Coconut Grove,
Pinewood and Coral Harbour (all
in New Providence).
"When tide comes in you will
have water on your floor and when
tide goes you will have a dry tloor.
You either build a higher founda-
tion or you build to allow the water
to go under," said Mr Deveaux.
As the government presently does
not have all the funding to build all
the seawalls necessary, he encour-
aged the use of gabions with conch
shells.
"If you have gabions, the water
can flow through and baby fish and
crabs can hide in them and when
you decide to build your sea wall
they will be part of the structure that
will be there for you.
"If you are going to fill my island
up with quarry and destroy my man-
groves, I am not your friend," said
Mr Deveaux, "because what makes
you famous, and wealthy is what
comes from the sea and the land."


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And, badly needed repairs of
community roads in Conch Sound,
Staffordl Creek, Staniard Creek and
Blanket Sound in northern Andros,
a seawall and other public works
have been contracted out, he told a
town meeting here Friday night.
He also urged Androsians to
guard against excessive flooding in
low-lying communities by utilizing
culverts to allow the free flow of
water rather than filling in creeks
and mangroves.
The three hour session also heard
from Senior Administrator Joseph
Ferguson, District Superintendent
of Education Harcourt Davis, the
officer in charge of Andros Police
Superintendent Nelson Burrows,
Chief Councilor Clyde Duncomibe,
community physician Dr Akos
Tatar, and Cathy Martin of the
Department of Labour.
Earlier, accompanied by Deputy
:,; Director of Works George Hutchen-
son and Local Government officials,
Mr Deveaux inspected community
roads, sea walls, bridges and public
buildings .
He told the town meeting the
works he outlined are intended to
take the next three years.
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they~will last for 25 years.
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secure road so that when the devel-
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HONOUREES:
Pictured are the
honourees for the
evening. Seated,
from left, are Emi-
ly Osadebay,
Anna Turnquest-
Cooper, Anna
Hall, Mary John-
son, Joy Horton-
Tucker, and
Celeste Lockhart.
Standing, from
left, are Castella
Bowleg, Earnes-
tine Douglas,
Dorcena Nixon,
Nathalee Smith-
Bonimy,
Ampusam
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Dorothy Miller,
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LaRoda.


RECOGNITION: Bob Van Bergen, VP & GM at Old Bahama Bay at Ginn sur
Mer (centre) accepts the "Club of the Year" Award on Behalf of the Orlan-
do chapter of Skil International.

General Manager at Old

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ORLANDO, Fla The Orlando chapter of Skil International,
a professional organisation with the mission of promoting global
tourism, has won "Club of the Year".
The award was given at Skil International's annual congress in
Antalya, Turkey last Monday. Skil International is a professional
organisation comprised of tourism leaders from around the world
and has approximately 22,000 members in 500 clubs throughout 90
nations. The Orlando Chapter of Skal has more than 170 members
and is the second largest club in the United States.
"This award is a tribute to all of the efforts and hard work over
an extended period from the previous leadership of SkM1 Orlando,"
said current Orlando chapter president Bob Van Bergen. Van
Bergen, who has been a member of SkMl International for 25 years,
is an executive with Ginn Resorts, serving as Vice President and
General Manager at Old Bahama Bay at Ginn sur Mer in West
End, Grand Bahama
Headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos,
Spain, SkMl is the only international group uniting all branches of
the travel and tourism industry. Its members are tourism industry
executives who meet at local, national, regional and international
levels to discuss and pursiie topics of common illterest in the
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MINISTRY of Tourism officials made a presentation to Captain Willassen on board the ship. Pictured, from left,
are Inspector Wendell Smith of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Senior Director at the Ministry of Tourism Jer-
Itzan Outten, Captain Terje Willassen and Manager of Visitor Relations (iPort of Entry) at the Ministry of Tourism
Debbie Hyler.


officials in Freeport were on
hand for the arrival and pre-
sented a plague to the NCL.
NCL is expected to bring
some 38,0h0a0mpaset er oto
term and will call on Grand
Bahama again on December 27,
and on January 3.
The Sea Dreams II, a 110-
passenger mega yacht for high-
end cruise passengers, arrived
on Thursday from Fort Laud-
erdale, Florida.
Grand Bahama was the first
of several stops in the Bahamas
which included Nassau,
Eleuthera and Exuma.
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sible destination before deter-
mination is made as to whether
regular tours will commence in
2 ptain Terje Willassen said
the ship caters to an upscale
market of clients who expect a
high quality and intimate Stailing
experience.
He said that they have
received positive feedback from
guests and expect to call again
at Grand Bahama sometime
early next year.
Tourism officials hope that
the visit was a succe~s and' r`
would translate into more calls
from Sea Dreams II.


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of Pakistan: does it matter?


US President George W Bush
and Britain's then Prime Min-
ister Tony Blair.after the 9/11
events as an ally to fight al-
Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
To help cover Musharraf
in re pecassiliy, there was
nudgmng and wmnkmg to allow
his government back into
Commonwealth councils.
Over the last three years
conditions within Pakistan
deteriorated.
Those conditions reached
a new low this year when
Musharraf had the Chief Jus-
tice removed from office on
allegations of corruption and
was forced to see hint rein-
stated until he dismissed
him and put him under house
arrest in early November
under his state of emer-
gency.
If further signals were
needed to show that Mushar-



cl firoIr the
US President,
MUShaffaf haS
ssig that he
WOuld Step)
dowin as anny ~
chief by the end
Of NO ebe
and begin a new
p~fS eta
(gygg gg a
dMan"

raf would brook no opposi-
tion, the former Prime Minis-
ter Nawaz Sharif was forcibly
flown to Saudi Arabia when
he returned -from exile fol-
lowing a Supreme Court rul-
ing that he had the mnalienable
right to enter and live in Pak-
istan.
On the basis of these dete-
riorating conditions alone,
CMAG should have suspend-
ed the Pakistan government
when it met in New York m
September this year.
It didn't. No doubt there
were members of the current
nine governments that make
up CMAG who were mmndful
of the close relations that
Musharraf's regime enjoyed
with the George W Bush
administration in Washington.
They would have been con-
scious too that suspending
Pakistan from the councils of
the Commonwealth would do
little to hurt Musharraf if no
real sanctions were imposed
-against him by the countries
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Britain.
Before the November 12th
meeting,' the CMAG Chair-
man, the Maltese foreign min-
ister Michael Frendo, indicat-
ed that the Commonwealth's
credibility was now at stake
over Musharraf and he want-
ed CMAG to do what' was
right. The ultimatum to
Musharraf was the result.
But, it is more to the US
than the Commonwealth that
the Pakistani President paid
attention.
In response to calls from
the US President, Musharraf
has said that he would step
down as army chief by the end
of November and begin a new
presidential term as a civilian.
This depends on a ruling by
justices of the Supreme Court
saying that he is legitimately
President following elections
earlier this year.
He will get that ruling. He
made sure of it on November
3rd, when he purged the
Supreme Court of the Chief
Justice and others because he
feared that they would rule
that's meculdnot ha run fo
Chief of the Army.
Haymng appointed his own
people to the Court, he might
just as well have written the
sctipt or thift dcsitonrai
would apply sanctions against
19usharraf's government even
mn the face of Pakistan's sus-
pension from the councils of
the Commonwealth. Lon-
don's links to Washington in
the so-called 'war on terror'
would remain a primary con-
cern.
So, with its meaningful
bilateral relations and support
still in place with the US,
Britamn and other developed
countries, General Musharraf
may not give a damn about
the Commonwealth.*
Suspension is inconvenient
but hardly threatening to his
survival.
His greater worry must be
whether or not the US and its
allies have decided to dump
him mn favour of one of his
army colleagues who may be
willing to see a civilian gov-
ernment stalled with the
veneer of democracy while the
Generals continue to pull the
strings of power.
But, even if suspension
from the Commonwealth does
little harm to Musharraf,
CMAG has done the right
thing and salvaged some cred-
ibility for the group as its lead-
ers meet to discuss conditions
that pose threats to the global
community.

Responses to:
ronaldsanders29@hotmail.com


ii By SIR RONALD
SANDERS

(The writer is a business
executive and former
Caribbean diplomat).
IT LOOKS as if Pakistan
will again be suspended from
the councils of the Common-
wealth, a group of 53 coun-
tries made up of Britain and
many of its former colonies,
including 11 from the
Caribbean.
President Perez Musharraf
has made it clear that he is
ignoring an ultimatum given
to him by the Commonwealth
Ministerial Action Group
(CMAG), a body set up in
1995 by Commonwealth
Heads of Government to
police and enforce rules that


the Commonwealth imposed
upon itself for membership.
The CMAG statement
issued on November 12th was
unequivocal. Either President
Musharraf meets its demands
or "at its next meeting on 22
Noveinber if, after review of
progress, Pakistan has failed
.to implement these necessary
measures, it will suspend Pak-
istan from the Councils of the
Commonwealth".
CMAG set out five mea-
sures: Musharraf to give up


being Chief of the army;
repeal of the state of emer-
gency he has imposed and
restoration of the constitution
and the independence of the
judiciary; release of detainees,
including politicians, lawyers,
journalists and the Chief Jus-
tice; lifting curbs on the media;
and creating conditions to
hold parliamentary elections.
On the day after the
CMAG ultimatum, the.Pak-
istan Foreign ~Office said'
"Pakistan will follow its own


r. a mammon
SSIR Rosiald Sanders


roadmap to transition to
democracy as outlined by the
President, and decisions on
issues of vital importance will
be taken in accordance with
our national interests and
requirements, not in obser-
vanc of anymartif really set
Come November 22nd,
sheonul teb Pa itdgoveanmeneb
,ComAG ethoa it iso spended
monwealth. '
arm u mtipat en fkitshat
government will be making no
plans to send a delegation to a
wealth Heads of Government
which is to be held in Uganda
from 23rd to 25th November,
Of course, the Pakistan
government shouldn't have
been part of the Common-
wealth councils since 1999
when it was suspended after
General Musharraf first seized
power mna coup.
But, it was allowed to
return to the Commonwealth
fold in 2004 even- though, in
fact, nothing had really
changed. Musharraf was then,
as he is now, both President
and Chief of the Army.
Then, as now, key opposi-
tion political players were
denied the right to campaign
against him. Some opposition
figures, such as Benazir Bhut-
to, were exiled and threatened
with imprisonment on a wide
range' of charges, and others
like the popular former Pak-
istan cricket captain, Imran
Khan, were denied the right
to ca pin
Wmat hd changed in 2004
had little to do with adherence
to the Commonwealth princi-
ples; it had much more to do
with Musharraf tying-up with


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THE TRIBUNE


FROM page one US economy, much like a pre-
May 2nd Bahamas. This sul-
downthatmigh hav occrred den turn of events over the last
this year compared to last year. tour months poin toe tahemis-
T'he government has alsti mngmn f h aain
pointed out that the economic eooyb hsicmeet
dowtun o te prfrmace FNM government and they
dofnuno the US ecnomy as fced naust accept responsibility for it
ofthe Baams eooyhsafc and take immediate corrective
Mr Laing, referred to the lat- nation," theopsto said ta h .
est International Monetary Te party isai tha the USf to
Fund (IMF) report from the eooyi owreoftdy
Article IV Mission to the than it was on May 2nd, and
Bahamas in support of his Mr. Lamngthrough his own bud-
Sclaim. get cominunication on page 8
While the report confirms a and 9 accepted that he saw
Decline in growth of the US nothing mn the US economy that
economy, the Opposition said would affect our growth or the
that the lagging decline of the government's budget.
Bahaian conoy isdue The record shows that dur-
mainly to the adverse effects on ing the last quarter the US
our tourism industry which has economy grew and ours shrank.
not been the case for the past Mr Lamng has now back tracked
four ears.on his earlier assertion and he
"The record shows that and the FNM government owe
tourism expenditure in 2007 th'e Bahamian people a plausi-
remamns strong just as it was in ble explanation. In addition to
2004 at $1.9 billion, in 2005 at consistently strong tourism
$2.025, and 2006 at $1.9 billion; expenditure, the PLP govern-
this is due to sustained room ment facilitated sustained capi-
rate," te paty sid.tal inflows in record numbers
The PLP also said that while that expanded the construction
growth in the US economy industry, created significant
declined fr-om 3.9 per cent in employment opportunities, and
200 to2. pe cet n 207 stimulated consumerism to
growth in the Bahamian econo rcr lvl.
mysedily icesd fro 1.3 Foreign Direct Investment
nir cet to .c per ent during .FDI) amounted to $706 mil-
this ame priod.liou rn 2006 alone and over $350
"'This was the result of prop- million during the first half of
=::ng ec nomicpa oigand the 07 Thi goenmnt' n
fiscal and monetary policies. caused a levellmng off in FDI, a
The rguenttheefoe bing slow down in the construction
advanced by the FNM is inher- industry, and a critical credit
ently disingenuous as they seek crunch as pressure on the mon-
to intentionally mislead the ey supply has caused a spike m
Bahamian public and deflect the cost of capital mn addition
from the failures of their poli- to pressure to raise the prime
cisad th sbeun afl rate," the PLP said.
efct its d iion aen havnefn The opposition said that the
on te Bhaman eonoy," slow down in the Bahamian
the opposition said.~ economy from 4.5 per cent to
The PLP said average rate of 3 per cent amounts to some
growth as projected by the IMF $100 million bemng taken out of
for Latin America and the circulation in the Bahamian
Caribbean for 2007 is 5 per cent. economy.
At 3 per cent we are lagging far It said that the FNM govern-
behind our neighbours and giv- ment's failure to follow through
en our growth rate on May 2nd, with the Albany, Bahamar,
at te vry easttheBahmas South Ocean and Ritz-Carlton
would have been within the projects is the principal reason
regional average. Thanks to the frti cnmcdcn.
FNM, we are at the bottom of "'Further. the government s
the region being trailed only by decision to, change the terms
Jamaica., :and conditions of these legally


the United States blit will not 'ai-cept fulliespbnsibiity for- tlis
suffer any ill, effects ~from the cnirnadmk h ee-


scary correctlions forthwith," the
PLP- said.
Desp'ite comments made by thle
PLP1 aleadr that the Bahamnian
econlomy is experiencing a down-
turn. Mr: L~amg saidl that the econo-
my in fa~ct continues on "a robust
thlree per cent growth patlh", with
the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) predicting that an increase
of thlat rate to 4 per cent by next
~year is "quite likely".
Speaking to the media at PLP
headquarters opposition leader Fer-
ry Christie accused Mr Laing of dis-
missing the fact that the downturn in
the economy is in any way related to
the poor decision-making of the
FN\M government.
The PLP leader criticised Mr
Laing for attempting to shift respon-
sibility and blame to the apparent
softening of the US economy.
Referring to a recent report by ~the
Central Bank of the Bahamas,
which stated that the US GDP
experienced a significant increase
of 3.9 per cent during the third quar-
ter of 2007, Mr Christie concluded
that the American economy can-
not be blamed for the slow down
of' the Bahamian economy.
Countering this statement, Mr
Laing pointed out that because
quarterly economic growth is not
measured in the Bahamas, it cannot
yet be known to what extent thle
country's economy has slowed
down mn the frust and second quarter
of 2007 if indeed it has.

ec n i crowt en ts lonty
we don't have the statistical instru-
ments to do that,
"No one knows what the
Bahamian economy is doing in the
second quarter and third quarter
('of 2007) as it, relates to what is hap-
peming in the US economy in the
second and third quarter," he said.
On the issue of unemploy-
ment, Mr Laing has advanced
the argument that because the
Department of Statistics has not
released any employment~sta-
tistics smnce November of 2006,
there is no evidence or support
~to the claim that unemployment
is on the rise.
To this argument the PLP
said that there is a reduction in'
economic output of 1.5 per cent
and the removal of $100 million
from circulation mn the Bahami-
an economy is sufficient evi-
dence that unemployment is on


dlers on misrepresentation of his
office as Minister and breech of


public trust. The FNM is a vic-
timn of its morbid fascination
with the PLP that fuels its polit-
ical lust to discredit. changee.dis-
mantle, an~d in some cases,
destroy anything done by the
PLP.
"In so doing they are destroy-
ing the Bahamas because the


work of the PLP was noble and
was done on behalf of and for
the sustained growth and devel-
opment of the Bahamian people
in a spirit of love, nationalism,
and good faith. The FNM must
be exorcised of this demon
called the 'Samson Syndrome'
that possesses them.. The


essence and focus of gover-
nance is people empowerment
through building on the suc-
cesses of previous administra-
tionds and as such the PLP sim-
ply calls on the~ FNM to dis-
pense with this madness and
govern according to its democ-
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In addition, the Ministry has
entered into discussions with
COB to conduct a Community
Health Nursing Diploma Pro-
gramme hopefully by mid-2008.
"These are all efforts that
my Ministry has undertaken to
empower nurses and enable
them to deal with the unex-
pected," he said.
Prescola Rolle, Nurses Asso-
ciation president, invited both
registered and trained clinical
nurses, who are not yet mem-
bers, to seriously consider
becoming, not only financial,
but active members of the Asso-
ciation.
"We need your assistance to
continue our efforts to strength-
en us. Indeed, the motto of the
NACB is that 'in unity there is
strength'," she said.
Some of the topics tackled
during the conference are the
role of the nurse in preparing
the community for the unex-
pected, nurses prepared to deal
with the unexpected in the
acute care environment, natur-
al disasters: a private perspec-
tive, the psychological impact
of the unexpected and Hurri-
canes Jean and Francis, the
lived experiences.


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between the patient and t
health and social systems wit
in the' society, in many cou
tries," Dr. Minnis said at t
31st annual conference of t
Nurses Association of' TI
Commonwealth of 'T
Bahamas at the Royal Baham
Pohice Force Centre, Frida
November 16.
He added, "Whatever situ
tion you encounter, be it in
healthcare facility or a homr
you intervene, sometimes
great personal sacrifice."
Dr Minnis said nurses ha
to empower themselves in tl
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NURSES from across the country attended th~e 31st Annual Conference of
the Nurses Association of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas at the Roy.
al Bahamas Police Force Conference Centre on Friday.


la- taking advantage of all avail-
a able resources to upgrade them-
'e, selves.
at "Clients of today," he said,
"'come to us armed with knowl-
v'e edge about their conditions,
h treatment and healthcare man-
b: agement. You therefore must
he more knowledgeable, in
order to answer those ques-
tions."
Dr Minnis quoted the Journal
of Nursing Care Quality, say-
ing, "Patients have also placed
high value on the nurse's laiowl-
edge, clinical skills, availability
and ability to provide a physi-
cally and emotionally healing
environment.
He explained that the role of
nurses: is constantly expanding
as technology advances.
"Today,. nurses are not the only
traditional bedside clinician, but
the role has expanded to
include education, research,
administer nation, law and practi-
tioner just to name a few."'
D~r M~inlnis said government
has responded to these

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ever~l changing~il demand.
H-e p'inlted out that the gov-
c rnment is currently sponsor-
ing 163 nursing students in the
Registeretd Nursing Programmee
at T'he C'ollege of The Bahamas.
My Ministry has underwrit-
tns sie not o fulst iltion for
'" Additionally, we provide a
stipend of $475 monthly for
cach student who carries a full
sodi of 119 credits or more at
The Minister said 46 clinical
nurses have just completed
training and are now deployed


throughout the public health
care system.
Dr Minnis explained that
over the last two years, the min-
istry has sponsored a midwifery
programme for 21 registered
nurses at COB.
The Ministry has conducted a
Psychiatric Nursing Programme
for registered nurses and is in
the process of completing
another psychiatric nursing pro
gramme for 21 registered nurs-
es in December 2007.


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the 31st annual conference of the Nurses Association officially open at the
Royal Bahamas Police Force Conference Centre on Friday.


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GOVERNMENT and Banca del Gottardo's senior officials
po e during the company's 50th anniversary celebration recep-
tron, Fri~day might at Sandals Royal Bahamian resort.
Pictured, from left, are Minister of State for Finance Zhivar-
go Laing, Ambassador of Switzerland to the Bahamas Werner
Baumann, Acting Prime- Minister and M~inister of Foreign
Affairs Brent Symonette, Chief Executive Officer of Banca
del Gottardo Rolf Aeberli, Head of Branch' a.i. for Banca del
Gottardo Fabrizio Tuletta and Minister of State for Legal
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IRANIAN President Mahmoud
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OPEC's members have expressed
interest in converting their cash
reserves into a currency other than
the depreciating U.S. dollar, which
he called a "wo~rthless piece of
paper."
His comments at the end of a
rare summit of OPEC heads of
state exposed fissures within the
12-member cartel especially
after U.S. ally Saudi Arabia was
reluctant to mention concerns
about the falling dollar in the sum-
mit's final declaration, according to
Associated Press,
The hardline Iranian leader's
comments also highlighted the
growing challenge that Saudi Ara-
bia, the world's largest oil pro-
ducer, faces from Iran and its ally
Venezuela within the Organiza-
tion of Petroleum Exporting
Countries,
"They get our oil and give us a
worthless piece of paper,"
Ahmadinejad told reporters after
the close of the summlit in the Sau-
di capital of Riyadhl. He blamed
U.S. President George W. Bush's
policies for the decline of the dol-
lar and its negative effect on other
countries,
"All participating leaders
showed an interest in changing
their hard currency reserves to a
Ahmabdenejahd aid. "Sm s "
producing countries should desig-
nate a single hard currency aside
from the U.S. dollar ... to form the

bal s I rice i S. dollars on
,the world market, and the curren-
cy's depreciation has concerned
oil producers because it has con-
tributed to rising crude prices and
has eroded the value of their dol-
lar reserves,
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah
had tried to direct the focus of the
summit toward the question of the


effect of the oil industry on the
environment, but he continuously
faced challenges from Ahmadine-
jad and Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez.
Iran and Venezuela have pro-
posed trading oil in a basket of
currencies to replace the historic
link to the dollar, but they had not
been able to generate support
from enough fellow OPEC mem-
bers many of whom, including
Saudi Arabia, are statinch U.S.
allies.
Both Iran and Venezuela have
antagonistic relationships with the
U.S., suggesting their proposals
may have a political motivation as
well. While Tehran has been in a
standoff with Washington over its
nuclear program,1left-wing Chavez
is a bitter antagonist of Bush.--
During Chavez's opening
address to the summit on Satur-
day, the Venezuelan leader said
OPEC should "assert itself as an
active political agent." But Abdul-
lah appeared to distance himself
from Chavez's comments, saying
OPEC always acted moderately
and wisely.
A day earlier, Saudi Arabia
opposed a move by Iran on Friday
to have OPEC meliude concerns
over the falling dollar included in
the summit's closing statement
after the weekend meeting. Saudi
Arabia's foreign minister even
warned that even talking publicly
a out tt crendyus decline could
But by Sunday, it appeared that
Saudi Arabia had compromised.
Though the final declaration deliv-
metiou ccr oe t wa
dollar, the organization directed
its finance ministers to study the
issue.
OPEC will "study ways and
means of enhancing financial
cooperation among OPEC ...
including proposals by some of the
heads of state and governments
in their statements to the summit,"
OPEC Secretary General Abdal-
la Salem el-Badri said, reading the
starea s oil minister went a step
further and said OPEC will form a

the possibility of a currency basket.
"We have agreed to set up a
committee consisting of oil and
finance ministers from OPEC
countries to study the impact of
the dollar on oil prices," Gholam
Hussein Nozari told Dow Jones
Newswires.
Iraqi Oil Minister Hussein al-
Shahristani said the committee
would "submit to OPEC its rec-
ommendation on a basket of cur-
rencies that OPEC members will
deal with." He did not give a time-
line for the recommendation.
The meeting in Riyadh, with
heads of states and delegates from
12 of the world's biggest oil-pro-
ducing nations, was the third full
OPEC summit since the organi-
zation was created in 1960.
The run-up to the meeting was
dominated by speculation over
whether OPEC would raise pro-
duction following recent oil price
increases that have approached
$100. But cartel officials have
resisted pressure to increase oil
production and said they will hold
off any decision until the group
meets next month in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates.
They have also cast doubt on
the effect any output hike would
have on oil prices, saying the
recent rise has been driven by the
falling dollar and financial specu-
lation by investment funds rather
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for the conference, at which
world leaders will begin dis-
cussing a global climate change
treaty to succeed the 1997 Kyoto
Protocol.
That treaty, which expires in
2012, required industrial nations
to reduce greenhouse gases and a
smooth transition to a new treaty
is needed to avoid upsetting the
fledgling carbon markets.
"This report will have~an
incredible political impact," Yvo
de Boer, the U.N.'s top climate
change official, told The Associ-
ated Press. "It's a signal that
politicians cannot afford to
ignore."
The United States opted out
of K~yoto in 2001, arguing that
thie science was unproven and
that the burden of mandatory
emission cuts was unfair since it
excluded fast-growing China and
India.
Chief U.S. delegate Sharon
Hays said doubts have been dis-
pelled. "What's changed since
2001 is the scientific certainty that
this is happening," she said in a
conference call late Friday. She
did not indicate that Washington
would abandon its policy of vol-
untary emission cuts.
Chmna and India have said any
measures impinging on their
development and efforts to lift
their people from poverty were
unacceptable -- a point likely to
be heeded at the Bali talks.
The report offered dozens of
measures for avoiding the worst
catastrophes if taken together -
at a cost of less than 0.12 percent
of the global economy annually
until 2050. They ranged from
switching to nuclear and gas-fired
power stations, developing hybrid
cars, using more efficient electri-
cal appliances and managing
cropland to store more carbon.
Ban said a new agreement
should provide funding to help
poor countries develop clean
maen cor ton anad gietohe
the technology to help them-
selves,
He said he witnessed the dev-
astation of cliate change in dis-
appearing glaciers of Antarctica,
the deforested Amazon and
under the ozone hole in Chile.
"These scenes are as frighten-
ing as a science fiction movie,"
said Ban. "But they are even
more terrifying because they are
real."


MI VALENCIA, Spain
GLOBAL warming is
"unequivocal" and carbon diox-
ide already in the atmosphere
commits the world to an eventu-
al rise in sea levels of up to 4.6
feet, the world's top climate
experts warned Saturday in their
;most authoritative report to date,
according to Associated Press.
"Only urgent, global action will
do," said U.N. Secretary-Gener-
al Ban Ki-moon, calling on the
United States and China the
world's two biggest polluters -
to do more to slow global climate
change.
S"I look forward to seeing the
U.S. and China playing a more
constructive role," Ban told
reporters. "Both countries can
lead in their own way."
Ban, however, advised against
assigning blame.
Climate change imperils "the
most precious treasures of our
planet," he said, and the effects
are "so severe and so sweeping
that onlyr urgent global actioil will
do. We are all in this together.
Wie must work together."
According to the U.N. panel
of scientists, whose latest report is
a synthesis of three previous
ones, enough carbon dioxide
already has built up that it imper-
ils islands, coastlines and a fifth to
two-thirds of the world's species.
As early as 2020, 75 million to
250 million people in Africa will
suffer water shortages, residents
of Asia's large cities will be at
great risk of river and coastal
flooding, according to the report.
Europeans can expect exten-
sive species loss, and North
Americans will experience longer
and hotter heat waves and
greater competition for water,
says the report from the U.N.
Intergovernmental Panel on Cli-
mate Change, which shared the
Nobel Prize with Al Gore this
yehe panel portrays the Earth
hurtling toward a warmer climate
at a quickening pace and warns
of inevitable human suffering. It
says emissions of carbon, mainly
from fossil fuels, must stabilize
by 2015 and go down after that.
In the best-case scenario, tem-
peratures will keep rising from
carbon already in the atmos-
phere, the report said. Even if
factories were shut down today
and cars taken off the roads, the


average sea level will gradually
rise over the next 1,000 years to
reach as high as 4.6 feet above
that in the preindustrial period,
or about 1850.
"We have already committed
the world to sea level rise," the
panel's chairman, Rajendra
Pachauri, said. But if the Green-
land ice sheet mnelts, the scien-
-tists said, they could not predict
by how many feet the seas will
rise, drowning coastal cities,
Climate change is here, they
said, as witnessed by 'melting
snow and glaciers, higher aver.
age temperatures and rising~sea
levels. If unchecked, global
warming will spread hunger and
disease, put further stress on
water resources, cause fiercer
storms and more frequent
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70 percent of plant and animal
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eo avi ng vh wostb cts r-
phes and various possible out-
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"The world's scientists have
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voice," Ban said, looking ahead
to an important climate confer-
ence in Bali, Indonesia, next
month. "I expect the world's pol-
icy makers to do the same."
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Minister Harry Simmons


Music ians:
*Revaughn Simmons
*Godfrey Newry *George Swann
*James Ferguson *Derek Forbes

- -Sopranos:
*Rolean Smith *Delecia Williams
*Jacqueline Adderley
*Palarie Johnson
*Brenetta Rolle *Marilyn Johnson
*Antionette Saunders
*Ettemese Hall *Patricia Major
*Dezerine Schroeter
*Loita Johnson
*Patricia Whitfield
Bridgette Morley
*Linda Evans *Dianne Adderley


*Helena Whymms
Princess Farrington
*Shantell Spence *Ruth Gibson
*Bonwith Ferguson
*Ingretta Carey
,*Richelle Dupera
*Carmetta Watkins
*Bethshan Jules *Leslie Taylor
*Nikita Brown
Colette Machaliwa
*Sharlean Sturrup *Nadia Young
*Natasha Gilbert

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*Mildred Miller *Chantel Davis
*Donahue Arnett *Xaviera Todd
*Clint Williams


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HALL, HOLIDAY INN, PARADISE ISLAND (1988).


Unique, youthful blend
of vibrant harmonies
That invites excitement
is the signature of Th~e LaMora
Park Adult Choir. Established
over 30 years ago, under the
dynamic directorship of
Pauline Norris, and the late
Bishop Alpheus Williams, the
choir has expanded its horizons
to minister to the world
Hailing from Battle Creek '
Michigan (home of Kellogg's
Corporation), the group's far-
reaching ministry has impacted
many venues, including New
York, Detroit, Philadelphia,


Bahamas, and Chicago, to
name a few.
Energetic, effervescent, and
exciting ;best describes The
LaMora Park Adult Choir, who
effectualizes its Mission, to
satisfy the basic needs of each
choir member through
Worship, Fellowship,
Encouragement and Outreach.
The Choir's debut album,
recorded live in Toronto,
"Wait on the Lord", soared to
number four (4) on the
Billboard Charts, remaining
for over thirty (30) weeks, an
accomplishment realized by


gospel fusion blend, the
Choir's miliistry encompasses
the entire gospel genre from
traditional and contemporary.
Front the opening chords to
the final Amen, prepare for The
LaMora Park Adult Choir to
titillate your appetite, and cap-
ture you with the fresh, vibrant
and polished, anointed sound.


very few debut Gospel artists.
With members dispersed
among the mid-west and the
east coast, currently supporting
their own local Ministries, the
Lo.,Mora Parki Choir, still re-
unite for special occasions.
Incorporating that deep-rooted-
spiritual cohesiveness, while
maintaining a unique Top-level


Join the Bahamas Public Officlers Choir as they '
worship with special guests Sunday, Nov. 25th 2007 at,
the Church of God of Prophecy, Meadow St. during
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THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES AND CULTURES INSTITUTE THE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS
EVENTS CALENDER 2007-2008 BY I. MOSS
DATE EVENT LECTURERS/PARTICIPANTS VENUE
December 6th THE HOLOCAUST -a movie presentation Presentation by Mr. Absil -holocaust survivor Munntings Room2
Thrdyand lecture 7 PM
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February 19 FRENLCH ~i~~FILM ASTERI Presentation on Roman~ history background by Munnings Room 2
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SBARGUNA, Bangladesh


THE death toll from
Bangladesh's most devas-
tating storm in a decade
climbed to at least 2,300 on
Sunday~ and relief officials

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reach more isolated areas,
according to Associated
Press.
Teams from internation-
al aid organizations worked
with armyt oops n a mas-

help from around the world.
Rescue workers cleared


roads of fallen trees and
twisted roofs to reach
remote villages, but tents,
rice, water and other relief
items were slow to arrive.
Hungry survivors, thou-
sands of whom were left
homeless, scrambled for
food
ci"e death tol toeas ofi
coastal regions cut off by
the storm, said Selina
Shahid of the Ministry of
Food and Disaster Manage-
ment.
District officials compile
the figures, which are far
from precise, based on
reports from police, public
hospitals, military officials,
relief workers and aid agen-
cies, said Mohammad
Golam Mostafa of the Dis-
aster Mana:eme:tMinit'"d
Crescent Society, the Islam-
ic equivalent of the Red
Cross, said that it believed
the toll could hit 10,000
once rescuers reach islands
off the coast: of the low-
lying river delta nation.
choh "oa Abdir Rd ,
the estimate came from the
assessments of thousands of
volunteerstatking part-in-ttre
rescue operations across the
battered region.
"We have seen more bod-
ies floating in the sea,"
Zakir Hossain, a fisherman
from the country's south-
west said, after reaching
shore with two decompos-
ing bodies he and other fish-
ermen had found.



Squatting in a muddy field
with his wife, 45-year-'old
farmer Asad Ali said their
their 5-year-old daughter,
the couple's only child, had
been fatally crushed
beneath their toppled
thatched hut in Barguna,
one of the hardest-hit dis-
tricts.
He said a helicopter had
dropped packages of food
. but he had received little
assistance. Mobs swarm
below the helicopters every
time one is spotted.
"I've been here waiting
for hours for something to
eat," he said. "What I've got
so far are a few cookies. Not
enough."
Government officials
defended the relief efforts
and expressed confidence
that authorities are up to
the task.
"We have enough food
and water," said Shahidul
Islam, the top official in
Bagerhat, a battered district
close to Barguna. "We are
going to overcome the prob-

Secretary Aiyub Bhuiyan
met Sunday with represen-
tatives from the United
Nations and international
aid groups to discuss the
emergency response.
"We have briefed them
about what we need imme-
diately," Bhuiyan told
reporters,
The government said it
has allocated $5.2 million in
emergency aid for rebuild-
ing houses. Many foreign
governments and interna-
tional groups have pledged
to help, including the Unit-
ed States, which offered
$2.1 million and the United
Nations, which promised $7
million.
A U.S. military medical
team is already in
Bangladesh and two Navy


ships the USS Essexv and
USS Kearsarge each car-
rying at least 20 hehicopters
and tons of supplies, will be
made available if the
Bangladesh government
requests them, Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice
said.
of h dGe nan0 gvrnmen
pean Union with $2.2 mil-
lion and the British govern-
ment with $5 million.
France' pledged $730,000 in
aid, while the Philippines
announced it would send a
medical team.
The Rome-based World
Food Program was rushing
in food, and the Bangladesh
Red Crescent Society was
sending thousands of work-
ers to stricken areas.

BlCSSing

Pope Benedict XVI called
for "every possible effort to
help our brothers who have
been so sorely tested" dur-
ing his traditional Sunday
blesan voamuteheesV ta.d
onto ferries and trudged
down sludge-filled roads to
return home for the first
time since the storm h'it
Thursday.
"I have had no news of
my family~since Wednesday,
as the mobile phones are
down," said Golam Rasul,
who was traveling to see his
mother and brother in
Bagerhat district.
Many survivors returned
to find their bamboo-and-
straw ~huts flattened, their
roofs missing, their crops
ruined.
"We tied the corners of
.Our tin roof to coconut trees
with ropes, so it wouldn't
fly away but our kitchen
was destroyed and many
trees around fell," said
Shafiqul Islam, who works
at a roadside gas station
near Madaridpur, another
hard-hit coastal district.
Thanks to an ef fective
early warning system, at
least 1.5 million coastal vil-
lagers fled to shelters' before
the storm. But Islain and his
family chose to stay at
home.
"We didn't think it would
be so bad, but when the
wind roared over us, it was
very scary. We huddled
together under the bed," he
said.
Sidr's 150-mph winds
smashed tens of thousands
of homes in southwestern
Bangladesh and ruined
thousands of acres of crops.
Every year, storms batter
Bangladesh, a country of
150 million, often killing
large numbers of people.

leveled 80 villages in northi-
ern Bangladesh in 1996,
killing 621 people.
Only two people were
killed in Bangladesh by the
2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
was spawned off Indonesia's
Sumatra island by a magni-
tude-9 earthquake, hitting
a dozen countries and
killing at least 216,858,
according to government
and aid agency figures con-
sidered the most reliable in
each country.
Hurricane Katrina. the
most destructive natural dlis--
aster in U.S. history, killed
1,600 people across the Gulf
Coast, destroyed or severe-
ly damaged more than
200,000 homes and made
more than 800,000 people
homeless overnight.


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day, Nov. 18, 2007. Rescuers fought their way through blocked roads as thousands of cyclone survivors
awaited relief aid Sunday amid their wrecked homes and flooded fields, while the storm's death toll
reached at least i,861 .


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grim-faced officials emerged' to
announce the names of the wor-k-
ers found dead, the relatives
broke into sobs and cries, some
fainted., :
Natalia Piskun, a middle-aged
woman, who waited for news on
her husband believed trapped
inside the mine, said she would
never forgive the mine's direc-
tor, if her husband' was found
'killed,
"If, God forbid, hte is lost, I
promise I will, ifl manage, I wll C
bite this.fat beast on his leg I
promise, I swear to you," Piskun,
her face distorted by anger and
pain, told. AP Television News.
It wras the deadliest mine acci-
dent in Ukraine since an: ecplo-
sion at the Barakova mine mn the
eastrnm 1.uhansk region killed 81
miners in Mlarch 2000.
Prime Minister Viktor
Yanukovych, a native of the min-
ing region. visited the site about


450 miles southeast of Kiev,
pledging to help victims' fami-
lies,
Yanukovych said a safety
watchdog had reported that mn-
ers were working, in accordance
with norms. "T2his accident has
proven once agamn that a human
is powerless before the nature,"
he said.
Experts say Ukraine's mines
are dangerous largely because
they are so deep, typically run-
ning more than 3,280 feet under-
ground. In comparison, most
European coal beds lie at a depth
of 1,640 to 1,970 feet.
Methane is a natural byproduct
of mining, and its concentration
increases with depth. More than
75 percent of Ukraine's some 200
coal mmnes are classified as dan-
gerous due to high methane con-
centratxons.
Mines must be ventilated to
prevent exEplosions, but some rely


on outdated ventilation equip-
ment, officials said. Safety viola-
tions and negligence add to the
problem.
Last year, a blast at the mine
killed 13 workers. In 2002, an
exEplosion killed 20 and 54 died in
a similar explosion in 2001. In
May 1999, 50 mmners were killed
in a methane and coal dust blast
there.
Since the 1991 Soviet collapse,
more than 4,700 miners in
Ukraine have been killed.
For every 1 million tons of coal
brought to the surface in
Ukraine, three miners lose their
lives, according to official data.
Despite the dangers, there is
growing appetite for Ukramne's
rich coal reserves, particularly
amid rising natural gas prices.
The government has called for
production to be mecreased by
a third to 80 million tons this
year.


ADONETSK:, Ukraine

A METHANE blast ripped
through a coal mine in eastern
Ukraine early Sunday, killing at
least 63 miners in the ex-Soviet
nation's worst mining accident in
years, emergency officials said,
according to Associated Press.
More than 360 miners were ,
rescued but 37 others remained
trapped inside the mine -- one of
Ukraine's largest and deepest _
with a raging fire hampering
efforts to save them, officials said.
The explosion occurred around
3 a.m. more than 3,300 feet deep
inside the Zasyadko mine in the
regional.capital Donetsk, the
heart of the country's coal mining
industry, the Emergency Situa-
tions Ministry said
Authorities evacuated 367
miners. Twenty-eight were hos-
pitalized, the ministry said.
Vitally Kvitkovsky, a miner in


safety in a.country with some of
the world's most dangerous
mines. -
President Viktor Yushchenko
blamed his Cabinet for not doing
enough to re form coal mining
and ordered an official panel to
investigate the accident and bring
those responsible to account.
Local authorities declared
three days of mourning for the
dead miners.
Dozens of teary-eyed relatives
gathered at the mine's head-
quarters mn Donetsk waitmng for
news on their loved ones. As


his thirties, was among those
evacuated. He said he had to
walk over the bodies of his dead
colleagues in order to climb to
the surface,
"The temperature increased
sharply and there was so much
dust that I couldn't see anything,"
Kvitkovsky said in footage broad-
cast on Ukraine's Channel 5 tele-
vision. "So I was moving by touch
over dead bodies along the rail
track."
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he Bahamas could again
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international insurance
jurisdiction if it "plays
Tits cards right" and
exploits Bermuda's high operating
cost environment to its advantage, a
leading insurance broker said.
Guilden Gilbert, of Andeaus Insur-
ance, a Bermuda national who is mar-
ried to a Bahamian, told The Tribune
he had previously informed the Reg-
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Freeport would be an ideal location
for major international insurers, br~o-
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SBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
NEW Hope Holdings, the company that acquired the Port
Lucaya Marina last June, has been involved in negotiations to pur-
chase the Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club, The Tribune can
reveal. While there has been no breakthrough yet, it is understood
prospects for a deal are not completely dead.
New Hope and its owner, Danish investor Preben Olsen, are
understood to view the Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club's
acquisition as the final piece of the jigsaw that is their plans for
the Bell Channel area in Freeport.
Apart from Port Lucaya Marina, New Hope and Mr Olsen also
last year broke ground on a $60
Million condo-hotel called the
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AN INNOCENT MAN STiANDS


In 1.998, Business~ entrepreneur H-.
GARLAND EVANS was investigated for
alleged "wire fraud of faxing inaccurate
financial statements". The FBI
investigated these charges 'and found
.the Government could not charge Mr.
Evans with the wire fraud of financial
statement. The final ACTUAL charge
presented against Evans on' June 4th
2002 was "receiving a letter dated 3uly
3rd, 1997 via facsimile from his supplier,
MM of PDI, regarding the status of lagar's
account receivable". The term "lulling"
(Lulling meaning making someone "feel"
safe when they are not) was put forth
to the District Court of Dade County and
Evans was summarily charged, one day
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Freeport's US proximity, land mass and low construction costs
make it ideal alternative for major international insurers
Government 'moving aggressively' on External Insurance Bill


looking to leave Bermuda or establish
subsidiaries elsewhere to manage the
costs they were faced with in that
jurisdiction.
Describing Bermuda as "a very
expensive place to do business", Mr
Gilbert said average home prices on
that island were now in excess of $1.5
million, while the average yearly


salary/income was close to $50,000.
Strippmng out the millions earned
by top executives, Mr Gilbert said he
estimated the average salary paid to
employees in Bermuda's insurance
industry was around $70,000 per
annum. Costs such as these, plus con-
cerns the insurance sector had about
the new Bermuda government's six-


year term limits on work permits,
were causing a number of major
mnsurance players such as ACE: -
to cast their eyes around and look for
alternative jurisdictions.
"From what I've been seeing, a lot
of companies are moving their back
office operations out of Bermuda to
save costs," Mr Gilbert said. "Com-


panies are still looking to physically
grow, but they can't grow because of
size limitations.
"When I spoke to the Registrar's
Office about this, I said at the time
.that Freeport would be the ideal loca-

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WITH four producers cur-
rently looking at the Bahamas
as a potential filming location,
this nation needs to better
"harness" its poteritial for the
TV and movie industries by
formalising an incentive regime
for such productions, the
potential Bahamas Film Stu-
dios buyer told The Tribune,
Owen Bethel, president ,of
the Nassau-based financial ser-
vices provider, the Mlonraqize
Group, said: "We are certainly


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incentive regime] has certainly
been put forward, but I'm not
sure whisre it rests with the
new government."
In~an address to film work-
shop in September, Branville
McCartney, minister of state
for tourism and aviation,
acknowledged that the Gov-
ernment needed to increase
the level of investment incen-
tives offered to film and TV

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MBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business h
Editor
Go vern -
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pared to sign
a goods-orily
E co n omi c
Partnership
Agreement
(EPA) with


the European Union (EU)
by the December 31, 2007,
deadline, the private sector
was told, move that could
preserve duty-free market
access to the EU for the
fisheries industry and Poly-
mers International.
Zhivargo Laing, minister

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who are interested in the
Bahamas in one way or anoth-
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filming. I think that out fte
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[using] the Filni Studios.
"It just conveys what we've
been saying; the Bahamas has
a lot to offer if we would jtist
harness it."
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to be "harnessed", Mr Bethel
identified "solidifying or for-


malising the incentives pro-
gramme" as key.
Under the former Christie
administration, an informal
incentive programme provid-
ed film and TV productions
that shot in the Bahamas with
a 17 per cent rebate on all their
spending in the Bahamas. In
return, these productions were
required to hire a minimum of
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IT was another active week
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COMPANY NEWS


FOR the 2007 third quar-
ter, BBL; posted net\ income
of $1.1 nrilhion, representing
an increase of $691,000 or
163 per cent over the same
quarter last year.
Earnings per share
increased by $0.14 to total
$0.23 per share. It should be
noted that $841,000 in unre-
alised gains from the invest-
ments portfolio made up a
huge portion of BBL's net
income.
Investment income was
$319,000, up $136,000 or 75
per cent, while fees and com-
missions increased by $13,000
or 7.97 pet cent to total
$180,000I. Income from oper-
ations was $258,000 versus
$141,000 for the equivalent
period last year. .
'total assets grew by $5.9
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*BWL has declared dividends of $0.09 per share, payable
on November 23, 2007, to all shareholders of record date
SNovember 14, 20017.
CBL has declared an extraordinary dividend of $0.06
per share, payable on November 30, 2007, to all sharehold-
Sers of record date November 23, 2007.

*DHS has announced an extraordinary general meeting
Sfor November 28, 2007, in the DHS Conference Room at
5.30 pm.


30, 2007.
The most notable increase
came from customer
advances, which increased by
$7.1 million to total $10 mil-
lion, compared to only $2.9
million in the 2006 third
quarter.
BBL's share price
remained unchanged at $0.85
to close the week.

RND Holdings (RND) -
FOR the quarter ending
May 31, 2007, RND posted
net income of $9,700, com-
pared to a loss of $64,000 in
the same period last year.
Total revenues grew by


$70,900 or 18.32 per cent to
total $458,200, while direct
costs increased by $12,200 or
15.31 per cent to total
$92,200. Gross profit stood at
$366,000 versus $307,000
year-over-year.
Operating expenses
declined by $9,500 or 3.36 per
cent to total $272,000, while
income from. operations was
$93,300 compared to
$25,1000 for the correspond-
ing period last year.
Total assets as at May 31,
2007, were $11.9 million,
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Through all of the investigation and allegation, Evans kept hi public persona intact,
focusing On the 9 O~th Of his manyribusinesses, downplayring or ignoring the false
allegations and unprotven fathetshat were charged against him. He played a key role in
the Families' successfful bus~in~sses, operated by his children, Tiffani Evans, President
Of Prime Baharnas :w~hic continues tFo' flourish and newly developed successful
Venture, NautilUS. Waterfuin by his son, Jason iEva~nt, President. Throughout all of
the decades of business, The Evans family continues to be a successfully operated
Bahamian orgarl~tizator. IPs testimony is dfemonstrated through their commitment
to e8Ch' Other anid thie~ir continued growth within the business co~mm un ity.

INDICTMENT r :

On June 4th, 2002 he was chargedl with "Lulling" on 3: coubtki February ist,
2003 a trial was ent-ered on,.a discovery basis chly. (A discovery trial allows the
Defendant to cros~s-examine the. proslCution's' witness(es) only, it does not allow
the Defense to give ev3idenrce, sd~it bt.~iidence, present witnesses) or testify). .On
February 3rd, 2003 the; verdicti was returned. gulty, however the 3udge 'did not
make a decision on whether or .not to l'et~ the charges stand as stated, to change
the Jury verdict or `dismriss the. cis~e. the Judge on this c ase allowed .i. Ga rland
Evans to return to The. Bahamas anhd permittedl himi to travel standi the world,
conducting his business arid' personally commitments. ~Evans wqsw released on
bond, with his own integristy,:I which is h~ighlyl unheard oa~.f ~in Fderali based. cases.
This act was a testimrith o0~.f~fit'h by ..he Ju11dg4~le: n~i tiiehflf: of Mr. E~vans' character
and integrity. On August 210, 12004,~ 18 Mnonths 16te~r the .udge dismfissed 2. of
these 3 counts only one "Lulling" charQ ~ge ws Or fall!Y presented due. to the
response of the fax: document by the company's;: comptroller. If thbre was no
response to this fax. document, thris count would havi4 disbben d~ismiissed .

TRIAL

Evans' commitment to clear his name was demonrstrat d by meeting the guidelinese
requested by the Judge during the entire trial~ and: C htinues to thiS dgatel During
the tfr'a~l, "the 3iijude did caution the. owers~i of the Co~mphrig :( 6~c1) alegig the
charges that their testimony could bie use at~ a another rdate On Insurance Fraud
charges and/or Perjury ~there afe ~also two: kJeyims that the discovery trial did not
address which relate tb. (if the failure of the prosecutor to call a key witness to give
evidence which 'may have cleared Mr. Evans of culpability and,-~ it is :alleged that
the company may have sought to 'obtain insurance coverage a at ~becoming awa re
of 3agar's financial troubles :whiC~ch ma??oo~t; havce aItdis! sclsd to the insurers.

VERDICT

After the verdict' was:` hranded o on februaryI 3rd .2003,1 : .Evans
immediately filed ..an. :appeal~ to ` ::the : A~ppeillate Cout On Nowe-mber
16, 2006 the Appellate Cou9rit. denied) h:te appeal anid a motion was
filed by Evans to the Supreme Corutt~~ ofAppealS: in Washington, DC.
April 20th, 2007 .the key~ knrtress 'thati wasvlj rit called by th-e P~rosecution to testify
during the initial ~trial, signed a'`n Affidavit and presented evidence
that exonerates Mrl. Eans, thisresented Evan's the opportunity t~o
file a motion for a n~ew trial ending) the decision of the Alppellate Courts.
The new evidene could o:;;n~ly be presented :i~:ti; 6new trial.
.On October '29, 200?~i:~~~' sife preme court of Appeals ii.: Washington,
DC decided gagathtt heail the Appeal, at which time, Eva~hs was told
that he hlad until the 'iblt Noverrib6r, 2007: to surrender :to Maxwell AFB
in .Mont$Qmery, Alabama to start serving tfhi?: :Senteach.; Foll~wing the
announcement, on October 29th, 20907: the Moctis~ ~fdr New Trial was filed
al'.'u ndrcredtfU government :h-nili~; De~cember. 7tth, :200.t to respond.

SENTENCINGO.'...`.

A maximum sentefac~ing of 1.8 'months ytaj- haBe downvi ~t6 bei seFrved.; 'l~d:11 months, at
an Air Force Base and 4 in home confinemient, assumingi a haw trials rit ot granted.
This AFB has no bars, fences or locks and bil lninates live ini barrack~s, like the military
perSonnel and have a~ccepis tofor further educadtion a~t college and recreaitiohAl activities.
At a .new trial'~ the IeVid~ene contaire th n .ian: Affidlavi :b y a new
WitnOSS WJil I~Seak t:10 establisi ;that evidence. wasi concealed that
the owners of the comp~any my had.4committed irusrance fraud.
RELEASE

H. Garland .Evans will continue to: puts e..ve ery thans to haveB the riiewi evidence
presented to the corurth to dleak his rathe entirely. ~After( 9 years Bf 16gal battle,
and a pending sentence to, Sedrve, w:vith, evidence ;at -.and toe clri'.ar is na~me, he
continues to hold the ut~most integrity in the' butinecss cormnmuity and will not stop
until his name is cleared. from this charge. His innocence will be provedr and his
atto rney and the 3~dde hold8 lealocumentation to this facit, irs they anxiously
await a new triall' Evabs ~is supported by his family, friends and legal counsel
who await the news from the; US Goveirdmeit ifif n'ew trial cijn be~ obtained
and if granted a request for immediate release during trial will be requested.
H. Ga riand Evans would lke~t.athank all ot his suppietsis; clients, customers, associates,
stafflemployees and friends for their kindness and sbupport throughout and during
this long process. He ~i~shes the verr best to everyone during his short absence


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LONGER HOURS FROM
DEC 1 7TH DEC 24TH

DO YOU LOVE CHILDREN? ARE YOU
MATURE AND RELIABLE?

THE MALL AT MARATHON
NEEDS YOU,

APPLY IN PERSON AT
THE MALL OFFICE







A leading global, research-based pharmaceutical company
seeks qualified persons for the following position:
Medical Sales Representative

amaediecatl brad wihnn th nunothcr c munity in
TIhe Bahamas.
Skills &r Educational Requirements:
SBachelor's degree in medical science, allied health, or
business management
SEffective communication and presentation abilities
SProficiency in time management, planning and organizing
SComputer literate
SSelf-motivated team player .
SPreviois experience in pharmaceutical detailing would be
an asset

Candidates should possess a reliable motor vehicle, be willing
to travel to the family islands, to the U.S., and other foreign
countries.

Please send resumbs by December 7th to:
Medical Rep
Lowe's WholesaleNDrug Agencies
Nassau, Bahamas
or FAX: 393-0440
We thank all applicants for their interest, however;
only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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I


THE TRIBUNE


Reactio~n from potential
inves~tos, Mr Bethel sai~d, had ~
been "Yery posiitive ip terms
of the novelty and the innova-
tion behind" 'the Diversity
Entertaininent Fund,
"Where they are awaiting is
to icee wh#i are !the ftedhtinal
persons wjie are putting on~to
the decision-miaking commit-
tee; the investment cominittee,' :


and the Oomrtiitte~e 6fdiretors
to atiake tuire thay' have a com-
fort with the wholry process," :
'Mr Bethel said. :
He added: "One of the areas
that we will be targeting are a
number of hedgefunds who
have tried to move mnto this
space,;' iniv~sting ill films. A
nuinbet rof them have been
burnt wriiittit.' '


"What we are proposing to
do, dertainly with the exper-
thse that is bemng brought to the
table, is to look at or promote
the fund as a conduit for hedge
iiunds who, are interested mn the
industry. They will be able top
Better direct their investment
through that vehicle, and the
financial expertise mn the indus-
~ltry is certainly there."


vate placement. The latter
move will enable it to target a
select group of film industry
investors.
Mr Bethel said: "We've
decided to shift it to a private
placement in terms of a cor-
porate structure and target it to
a select number of stakehold-
ers. Rather than a public offer-
ing from a public mutual fund,
it will be more select and pri-
vate.
"It's launch is again for the
first quarter of the New Year,
t iden vaieng atp ecde ri
to or atthe Cannes Film Festi-
var Bethel said the Diversity
Entertainment Fund would
aim to start with $10 million
in seed capital, and he added of.
Bahamian filmmakers and pro-
ducers: "They will be encour-
aged to apply and be consid-
ered."
The fund's chief target is to
mnvest in independent film pro-
ductions by black and other
ethnic filmmakers that pro-
mote positive images.
"There's no restrictions on
the genre of film types that win


be looked at. Those that can
show the likelihood of a good
return on investment, and
where the 'green light' com-
mittee decides it's worthwhile
to support" will be backed
financially, Mr Bethel said.
He has already beehi pro-
moting the mutual fund in
cities that include Los Angeles,
Chicago and New Yo~rk.


SBy NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A Bahamian
financial ser-
vices executive
is hoping a
mutual fund
for investing in
.the film indus-
try will have
$10 million in
seed capital
when it
launches in the
e00w aisquar
ing Bahamian
fIm p oducers among those it
Owen Bethel, president of
the Nassau-based financial ser-
vices provider, the Montaque
Group, said the Diversity
Entertainment Fund, which he
is facilitating, had.originally
Been targeted for a 2007 fourth
quarter launch.
It had since been held back
to capture the potential expo-
sure opportunities afforded by
events such as the Cannes Film
Festival, and its structure had
been switched to that of a pri-


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IN THIE MAT"TER OF SUISSE SECURITY BANK & TRUST LIMITED

(IN LIQUIDATION)
,AND

IN THE MATTrER OF THE BANKS & TRUST COMPANIES
REGULATIONS ACT, 2000
IN THE MATTER OF THE COMPANIES ACT 1992



NOTICE TO CREDITORS


The creditors of the abovle-named Company are required, on or before 31st
Januaryp 20083 to send their names and addresses and particular of their
debts of. claims, and the names and~ addresses of their attorneys (if any) to
Mr. Raymond L. Winder, the Official Liquidator of the said company at
2nd Terrace West, Centrevi,11e, P.O. Box N 7120, Nassau, Bahamas. The
creditors may be required by notice in writing from the said Official Liq^
uidator, by their Attorney or personally, to come in and prove their said
debts or claims at the office of the Official Liquidator sit such time as shall
be specified in such' notice. If in default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts are proved.



Raymond L. Winder
Official Liquidator


Legal Notice


CO TI E



Notice is hereby given that the winding up and
dissolution of CRESTFAIR LIMITED has been
completed in accordance with the Articles of Dis-
solution and that the Company has been struck
from the Register of Companies on the 28th day of
~August, 2007.



Robert H. Kelly
Charles G. J. King
Joint Liquidators





Legal Notice


CO I ETN



Notice is hereby given that the winding up and
dissolution of BROADGATE LIMITED has
been completed in accordance with the Articles of
Dissolution and that the Company has been struck
from the Register of Companies on the 2,5th day of
September, 2007.



Ro~bert H. Kelly'
Charles Gr. J. King
Joint Liquidators


anYIClsmrla*ll*UR*)LktWIYI~IYI*bll~6ilks


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CHURCH STAFF POSITION FOR YOUTH WORKER
Methodist Church is seeking to empyloy a vibrant Christian1 to work with ats children,
teens and young adults.


Applicants should:
t Be personable, creative, mature: and passionate about young people.
t Possess excellent communication skills,
t Be Familiar with youth cultures and trends.

Res onsibilities include:
t Implementation and oversight of all Youth Ministry programmers.
t Planling anld leading Youth Services and events.
tf Leading young persons to Christ and creating life-time disciples.
t fluilding relationships between youth, congregation and the wider com~munity

Criteria for Employment
t A minimum of a Bachelor's D~egree from a r~cognizedi university confirmed by a certi-
fledl copy of certificate.
t Names and contacts of at least two professional references mu~st be submitted.
-F Willingness to support Church's programmes.
t Successful applicants will be expected to make a commitmntrl to wor~k mn hal-lrmon
with Christian princiiples an~d to support the emphasis of T~he a una;1;S `conten~r :1o: of
the Methodist Ch:lur~ch of which the church is a part.

Pkl:ise send Resume together with a covering: lettr,
a scuementl:r l of philosophy andi a r~ccnt photoglraph r<>

The Trust Secretary
Ebenezer Methodist Cl urc~h
P.O. Box SS 6145
Nalssau, Balhamlas

O)r faX mo (2421) 393-8135, or e-mail to bcmc~'bathamsnltsr ceb s

Catndidates short listed will be contacted by telephone, fax or e-mail for an interview.:

Shirley Street, Nassaul Bahamnas


I


THE TRIBUNE


AP GE 4B MONDAY NOVEMBER 07


tariat" to serve the Trade
Commission, the body of rep-
resentatives named to repre-
sent the private sector on trade
matters. This would not hap-
pen for another three to six
months, though.
Signing on to the EPA by
the December 31, 2007, dead-
line will preserve duty-free
market access to the EU for
some $60 million in annual
fisheries exports from the
Bahamas, plus about 8-15 per
cent of Polymers Interriation-
al's annual sales. It would also
safeguard the final year of Bac-
ardi's rum exports, the compa-
ny having decided to leave this
nation in January 2009.
With the EU not seeking a
waiver to allow the one-.way


Cotonou pr-eferences regime
to continue, if the Bahamas
failed to sign the EPA by the;
December 31, 200)7, deadline, it
would expose its export mndus-
tries to the EU's Most
Favoured Nation (MFN) tar-
iffs.
These would increase the
price of Bahamian crawfish
and other seafoods, plus Poly-
mers' polystyrene products and
Bacardi's rum, making them
uncompetitive against rivals.
This, in turn, would cost
Bahamian companies market
share, revenues and profits.
In addition, because the
Bahamas is classified as a
'developed country', unlike
Haiti and many African and
Pacific nations in the 77-strong
African, Caribbean and Pacif-
ic (ACP) group negotiating the
EPA, it will be unable to
access the EU's General Sys-
tem of Preferences (GSP) a'
more beneficial tariff regime.
Although excluding services
from the EPA is the best
option for the Bahamas as far
as the Government is con-
cerned, over CARIFORUM
countries have been pressing
for its inclusion. It is unclear
whether by excluding it the
Bahamas might be missing out:
on opportunities, such as
fs intaos senc~h aiatt rn
and accountants.
And while market access
may be the least problematic
for the Bahamas, it is the areas
causing most consternation in
talks between the EU and
CARIFORUM. This is
because the EU wants the pace
of tariff liberalization to pro-
ceed more rapidly, while CAR-
IFORUM wants sugar exports
included in the EPA. The EU,
t hugh twa stsh iua tendteh
Sugar Protocol.
Still, the Government deci-
sion to sign the EPA albeit a
goods-only agreement rep-
resents something of a policy
shift ien taMerd tan shao:
a priority and the Government
was prepared to Te~ft he
D'ecember 31 deadline~ slide as
it focused on the WTO and
CBI replacement.


that the Government has
approved the creation of an
International Trade Unit with-
in the Ministry of Finance to
handle all trade matters facing
the Bahamas.
These do not just include the
EPA, but also involve~acces-
sion to full membership ii1 the
World Trade Organisation
(WTO) and replacing the
Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) and CaribCan one-way
trade preferences regimes that
the Caribbean enjoys with the
US and Canada, respectively,
with something that is WTO
compliant.
Mr Laing is also understood
to have indicated that there
would be an opportunity to
create an "independent secre-


cated that Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham was deliver-
ing the same message to the
Caribbean Heads of Govern-
ment conference.
"We will sign an EPA to
protect goods, and the EPA
will only be about goods," a
source told The Tribune. "For
the moment, Polymers Inter-
national and the' fisheries
group should feel assured that
the Government is going to
sign something."
The source said the message
delivered by Mr Laing at the
meeting was:~ "We are pre-
pared to sign a goods-only
agreement by December 31.
We are making efforts to get a


services offer in by then, just in
case it becomes necessary."
The Bahamas will be attend-
ing this week's meeting on the
EPA in Jamaica, and sources
told The Tribune it would be
crucial for this nation to take a
market access offer with it.
Only once this nation presents
a formal offer for inclusion in
the wider CARIFORUM offer
will it be able to participate in
the negotiations fully, crafting
a final EPA agreement to fit
the needs of th6 Bahamas and
its economy.
Speed in conclusion of its
offers is therefore essential,
and the source said that at the
meeting Mr Laing revealed


FROIM pae 1

of state for finance, who has
responsibility for trade issues
and the EPA'/, communicated
that' to, the Bahamas C'hamber
o~f C'ommerce and other pri-
v~ate: sector` representatives dur-
ing a .3pm br~iefing at the Min-
istry of Finance on Fridayr.
Confirming Tr~libune Busi-
ness's exclusive story on Fri-
day, which' revealed that the
Bahamas was looking to sign a
goods-only EPA and deal sole-
ly with market access issues,
something the EU was said to
be amenable to, Mr Laing was
said by sources to have indi-


Government: We will sign goods-only EPA


m~m~rrr,~~l~r, e:IL E anoriii .: I


Friday, December 7, 2007 at 6:00pm
Teachers & Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union
Head Office, East Street & Independence Drive.

(1) To announce the results of the examination of proxies;
declare a quorum present and proceed to business;


TIMIE & DATE:


PLACE:


ITEMS OF BUSINESS:


.,;(2) To receive and approve the: Minutes of the last Annual
General Meeting held on December 8, 2006.

:~ (3) To receive and consider the Chairman's report;

(4) To receive and approve the financial statements and
the reports of the Directors and Auditors thereon;

(5) To elect Directors for the ensuing year and fix their
remuneration;

S(6) To approve the appointment of Deloitte &r Touche as
the Auditor of the Company, and authorise the Directors
to fix their remuneration; and :

(7) To transact such other business as may properly comet
before the meeting and any adjournment thereof.
Holders of 400,000 shares of record at the close of business
on October 25, 2007 are entitled to vote at the meeting.


RECORD DATE:


FINANCIAL, STIAT'EMENTS: The Company's audited financial statements are inchidled
in the Company's 2006 annual report, which is enclosed
as part of the proxy soliciting material.


The Company will cause the accompanying materials to
delivered on November 8, 2007 to the last registered
address.

It is important that your shares be represented and voted
at the meeting. You can vote your shares by appearing in
person or by completing and returning the proxy form
enclosed. You can revoke a proxy at any time prior to its
exercise at the meeting by following the instructions in
the accompanying proxy statement.

By order of the Board of Directors:
Mrs Cheryl Bowe-Moss
Secretary


MAILING D)ATIE:
be

PROXY VOTING:







October 9, 2007


TEACHERS REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS LIMITED


NOTICE OF ANJ1NUAPL
MEETING TO SHAREHOLDERS








I


MTrib~u e BH sins Editor
THE Government has been
*urged to consider fast-tracking
applications for machine read-
abls pa sorts tyBahaniian
quently, the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce's president
expressing hope that these doc-
.uments would enable this
nation to be placed on the
European Umion's (EU) visa
waiver list.
Dionisio D'Aguilar,
re hn et eda een asopnotrhe
that was giveri to the private
netrls ,wlk u PBrrent
Minister and Minister of For-
eign Affairs, said the minister
had replied that the Govern-
ment would 'look into' fast
tracking applications by busi-
nessmen who traveled fre-
quently when the issue was
raised.
Mr D'Aguilar said: "I hope
that, at least, Bahamians who
have frequent traveller pass-
srcedn ww could ebgooda f
the Government to fast-track
busin ss paeo~ple w travel fre-
qunl an ast hmi
making their travel plans.
They're the ones that most
need it.
; I"T think it would put them
m good standing with the ~busi-
ness community to react to this
request, particularly for those
who travel to Europe and
throughout the United States.
It will speed up the way they
travel, and I think the Gov,,
ernment should consider that."
SAll Bahamians need to pos-
sess machine-readable pass-
ports by October 2010 for this
nation to be in compliance
with International Civil Avia-
tion Organisation (ICAO)
rules.
There are currently some


BAHAMAR
NASSAU, BAHAMAS


LEGAL CAREER

OPPORTUIY


Baha MsareDevelho ent Cmpdany Ltd.



Commercial Attorney
to join its dynamic legal team.

The successful applicant must:

Have a minimum of 6 years experience in commercial
and corporate practice mn The Bahamas.

Have the ability to draft and review documentation
18 COnnection with complex commercial, real estate
and other transactions.

Be fairiliar with US and other international commercial
transactions .

Have the ability to work under pressure.. :

POSSeSS exceptional communication and negotiating
Skills.

Successful candidate will report to Baha Miar's Generail
COUllSel and work with other members of Baha Mar's legal
team.

Please forward curriculum vitae with salary requirements
Via e-mail to tgodet@tradeinvest.com or
fRX to (242) 702-2018 no later than December, 1 2007.

All responses will be held in the strictest confidence.


CHURCH STAFF POSITION FOR ADMINISTRATOR
The Business Administrator is responsible to the Church, supervised by thle P'astor for
administering t~he business affairs of the Chuxrch.

Functions:- 1. Establish and operate a financial record keeping and operating good
bookkeeping procedures.
2. Prepare financial report for Finnncial & Budgiet Comlmittee and
Church Treasurer.
3. Purchasing Agenlt, processing P'urchase Orders.
4, Maintain records on Church Staff. Establish and maintain records of
Church properties and facilities.
5. Assist P'roperlty Board with Architect C:onutactors and others in build-
ing, remodeling and equipping church buildings.
6i. Administer Church adopt: policies and procedures conlcerninlg the use
of all Chrurch properties andi facil~itics.
7. Work with the Prdperrty and Congregational Boardis in preparing an
Annual Budget of maintenance and equipment needs,
8. Supervise woc~rker s in the maintenance andi repair of all physical proper-
ties. Establish and implement cleaning, painting, renovating schedules
including the grave yard and parking lots.
9. Sulperviset the operat-ion of food services'
10.Supervise assigned offlice personnel.
i 1.P'erformm other duties as assjgnled by P'astor.

Applicant needs to possess excellent verbal and wrirren commnunication and computer skills. Must
be a team player and willing to work fexible schedule.
Please send Resulme together with a( covering letter,
a statement of philosophy andt a recent p~hotographl ro:
The Trust Secretary
Ebenlczer Methodisr Chu~.rch
EO. Box SS 6145
Nassau, Babamas


Lchted next to Atlantis,
with 228 beautifully
appointed Junior Suites
and meeting facilities
to accommodate
up to 70 people.

Our uest hatve
full use of the
exclusive facilities of
the fbulous Aitlantis
justs teps away.

Irirroom amenities
include: king size or
twvo double beds,
sitting area
wivth~ sofa bed,
cable ty, refrigerator,
in-room safe:,
coffee maker, hair dryer,
complme~ntry
deluxe continental
breakfast erved dally,
pool with swim-up bar;
Crusoe's garden
restaurant serving
Breakfast and Ivnch,
Bamboo cocktail bar.
GOuest rooms and
interior public facilities
.are designated
non-smoking areas.

Ask about our local
corporate, group and
wedding rates.

Contact our
management team
for a site inspection.







lhRADISE ISLAND

1 aaieisland re
Paradise Island, Bahamas


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


Government urge :




Fast-tracke ass ort




applications by




regular business

trave11


)~ 1~1 NYI Y1~ I


250,000 passports issued, and
the Passport Office issues some
70,000 per year. -
This means it will need to
increase the number of pass-
ports it.issues every year if the
Baahdas ins tthon heetthat 20 0
ette did not reveal how much
the tmachin -readabite pa~sr
D'Aguilar said the minister
noted they would be cheaper
than US visas. He personally
estimated the cost would be
between $60-$80.

PaSSports
Mr D'Aguilar said machine-
readable passports would
make it "much more conve-
nientl' for Baham an bu ine s
ticularly in avoiding the liold-
ups that could be caused by
the current passport version at
airline check-in desks.
"For ~those who travel fre-
quently, it will definitely be a
time-saving and convenient


event, and will demonstrate to
other countries we have a tech-
nologically-sound travel doc-
ument," Mr D'Aguilar said.
"As they consider us for a
visa waiver from Europe, it will
eutus in good eteadl wthtthebut
approved by all the EU coun-
tr le Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce president said the
EU had previously been
demanding that the Bahamas
show willingness to enter into
tax information exchange
agreements (TIEAs) with its
member nations before this
nation was considered for visa
waiver status, but this condi-
tion now appeared to have
been dropped.
reure i f u bt I dhn' i
there will be some sort of
requirement to open up, com-
promise our banking laws. But
that was initially indicated as
an issue for us being on the
visa waiver list," Mr D'Aguilar
said.


EU dropsp' tax information

exchange as visa

WaiVer COndition












JOB OIPPORliTUNITY FO~R A

FINANCE IAL C ONTROLLER

An established Bahamian Company is seeking a Financial Controller.

Qualifications for the position are:
* Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in Accounting or applied finance
from an accredited and reputable university.
* Certified Public Account
* 3-5 year Audit experience
* Proficiency in Accounting Software such as QuickBooks or Peachtree
* Experience in preparing IFRS comphiant financial statements
* The individual will be responsible for directing the overall financial
plans and accounting practices of the organization.

IntertSted persons should send resumes to:
P.O. Box CB-12707
NRssau, BahamaS


.


5w-HI 52wk-Low Smo Bid $ Ask $ Last Price WekyVol. EPS 5 Div $ PIE Yield
14:0 : 14.25 BAhamyawSupermarkets : 14.6019 r i15.6aP P` s.: .dl.0B.Lit.l S.atl~ a s +160 4.l8 .tS 8.1
.06.00 & k' ~a,~~!ings (Pref) 6.00,~ 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM i i 7.8%
0.540.20 Ri 0.35 ; 0.40 c < 2 ;. 3 .0 IM 00%
1.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 ?43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 67%
14.6014.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
0.550.40 RND Hlig 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 NIM 00%
5wHI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
.381 1313 Coi. Money n .rked d .6 1 *
2.32 2.4829 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.938214**
1.1 2 11.2259 FiItrinma Incme Fund il`1 0--
BIXALL SNAR INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last12 month dividends divided by colosng pdlc. NA
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colin and Fidelity
52kLw- Lowest cslong price in last 52 weeks "s $3t' Slil~lniri )5Ha of Colina and fidelity a November 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price "-30June2007
TdysClose Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weelay Vol. Trading volume of the pdor week "* 31 October 2007
Chne- Change in losing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reportest emings per share for the last 12 mths "" 31 July 2007
Daily Vol. Number of otal shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
D IV Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing pdo~e divided by the oaat 12 month eamings FINDEX Te Fidelity BahamasStock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
S- 4-fo~r- Stock Split nthrcle Date 8/8/2007
81 -3-or-1 Stock Sit- Affective Date 7/11/2007
















Job Description:

A Family Island Resoit Marina seeks a GenerTal M~anage with a Strojng backgrround~ iz .ely,
real estate development, property management anti construction management services. The successful
candidate must have a solid track record of success and growth. The successful applicant should:

Create and execute project work plans as appropriate: to meet changing needs and requirements.
Identify .resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities.
Manage day-to-day operational aspects of the Marina Project
Effectively applies our methodology and enforces project standards.
Prepare for reviews and quality assurance procedures.
Project Account~ing
De~termine appropriated revenue recognition, ensures timely and accurate invoicing, and monitors
receivables for the Marina.
Forecast basic revenue models, P/L, and cost-to-completion projections and makes decisions
accordingly.

Requirements:

~ ; A tifianagement and/or hospitality-related college degree
r 10+ years of progressive experience in hospitality, operations and development
SAn entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to get the
job' done
Strong knowledge of construction management and cost control policies and procedures
Solid communication and interpersonal skills, ability to get along with people at all levels of the
organization

We offer an excellent compensation package with benefits.
For a confidential interview, please submit your resume to island_developmentl @yahoo.com.


r~LlsDlrrrr


PROVOST


MARSHALL SALE



An auction will be held on 28th Noveme-

ber, 2007 at 10:00 o' clock at thie Supreme

Court Building, Bank Lane, Nassau, The

Bahamas. On auction will be a number of

Locman Watches in a variety of styles and

COI0Urs.



For more information please contact Miss

Cordell Frazier at Gibson & Company at

323-1234 or Mr. Jack Davis a the Supreme

Court at 356-9101.


PAGE 6B, MONDAY,, NOVEMBERI 1'9, 2007


history of the island's regula-
tor, Jeremy Cox, who is a
Bermuda native.
"I see no reason why the
Bahamas could not establish
itself again as a competitive
domicile. I think the market is
big enough, whether it be
international insurance, remn-
surance or captive insurance,"

"Tir Id ms is in a very
good position. It has the land
mass, the cost of construction is
relatively low when compared
to Bermuda, the salary levels
are low when compared to
Bermuda, so the cost of oper-
ations is reduced in the
Bahamas. If the Bahamas does
it right, it could be extremely
successful."'
On captives, Mr Gilbert
described this sector as a
"chicken and egg" situation,
revealing that Mash had told
him years ago that they would
open an office in the Bahamas
if one captive was to domicile
itself here.

Prollote

"The Bahamas needs to pro-
mote itself," Mr Gilbert said.
"In my view, it could be as sim-
ple as the minister responsible
saying in the most widely-read
industry publication, Insurance
Business, that the Bahamas is
intending to offer itself again as
a captive domicile. If the mar-
ket doesn't know what the
Bahamas is planning, the busi-
ness won't conie to the
Bahamas.
"The potential is there for
the Bahamas, and there are
cra things that need to be
in place to make it happen."
The Bahamas already has an
advantage if it chooses to go
after the captive insurance
industry, especially if it targets
medium and small-sized cali-
tives, rathd'r than the larger
.ones:that Bermudrc~has cap-
tured. .Ae .
.. r, Captive feas in the Bahamas
are currently $2,500 per
*annum, much.lower than the
$7,000 charged in the Cayman
ISlands. A BFSB study in 2004
projected that~ if the Bahamas
could capture 600 captives, the
size of Cayman's industry,
some $1.5 million mn fees would
be generated for the Registrar
of Insurance's Office.
Annual spending on
Bahamian professional services
per captive were projected to' ~
be more than $20,000, and
banking and tourism would
benefit from captives having
to hold annual general meet-
ings (AiGMs) in this nation.
South Carolina has also''
shown the potential benefits
the B~ahamas- could earn from
captive insurance, having
increased the number of caps -
'tives domiciled there from two
,in 2000 to 85 in 2003, anid 114
in 2004. Some $4 miillion in rev-
enues were generated for the
State, with its captives holding
$61 million in cash and $66 mil-
lion in managed investments.
There are 4,000 captives
around the world, wiith more
than $250 billion in assets, gen-
erating collective premium vol-
ume of more than $50 billion
per annum.


for Ihim to have meetings and
-dinner with Fortune 1000 com-
pany clients three to four days
a week.
Thus attracting the major
global insurance players to
base themselves in the
Bahamas could also provide
spin-off benefits for the airline,
ground transportation and
moe idsttrisc Mr Gil et
Sand hotel rooms was cheaper
in this nation than in Bermuda.
He described as "limitless"
the opportunities foi the
Bahamas if it were to once
again target the global insur-
ance industry. All the major
operators wanted to employ
nationals from the countries in
which they were based, which
would provide countless
employment opportunities for
Bahamians in lucrative, pro-
fessionally satisfying posts.
"There's spin-offs for attor-
neys, accountants, and the
banks will benefit 'as well," Mr
Gilbert said. "It would solidify
the Bahamian economy,
because insurance is not a
volatile, passive vehicle.
"In insurance, you do not
have the hills and valleys that
you have in tourism. If the
Bahamas dculd attract this
business, you might also see an
improvement in the Moody's
and Standard & Poor's credit
ratings, because we have a sta-
ble economy."
Yet to make itself attractive
to international insurance powv-
erhouses, the Bahamas has
SOIRC SignifiC8Rt WOrk to do on
enhancing its infrastructure -
regulatory, physical and human

Apart from enhancing the
regulatOry capabilities of the
Registrar of Insurance, other
iSsues that the Bahamas has
long known and acknowledged
that it must do something
about but has yet to move
..on~r include~removing pbureau--
.=.Cg3F3 Mid;fxpd3tape; in the
apprOnals o~andri licensing
process.
POte11tia

Then there is the potential
ReW External Insurance Act,
long talked about, and a Bill
upon much work has been
done. Noted US attorney Joel
Karp, along with B ahamas-
based industry executives,
helped draft the Bill, but it has
yet (O begin its move along the
legislative pipeline.
Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, last week told
The Tribune that the Govern-
men~t was "moving aggressive-
ly to get it [the Actl} passed",
and had hired an external con-
sultant to finish work on the
Bill.
"There's still a fair amount
of work to be done in tidying
up the Bill to ensure it achieves
the end objectives ive want it
to achieve," Mr Laing said,
adding that the captive insur-
ance industry held tremendous
potential for the Bahamas.
Meanwhile, Mr Gilbert
pointed out that Bermuda's
insurers, reinsurers and bro-
kers gained a comfort level
from the international market
knowledge, involvemeritf and


tion [as an insurance base]
because of its proximity to the


US, availability of land on
Grand Baham~a, and lower


costs of construction.
"The Bahamas would be a
significantly lower cost juris-
diction for these companies,
aind if the Bahamas plays its
cards right, there's no reason
why this nation would not be
looked at as a serious option if
these companies are looking
to leave or set up subsidiary
companies in other jurisdic-

Themnes .

Themes such as exploiting
Bermuda's high operating cost
environment to this nation's
advantage were discussed by
Bahamian insurance industry
players at a recent Bahamas
Financial Services Board
(BFSB) ~seminar that hosted
key intermediaries from the
global financial services indus-
try, giving them an insight into
what this nation had to offer.
Mr Gilbert told The Tribune
that when he was working in
Bermudg for Marsh & McLen-
nan, the world's largest insur-
ance broker, it was cdmition


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Bank of Bahamas
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E-passp~ort transfer


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN PIERRE of
CARMICHEAL ROAD, P.O. BOX CR-54802, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 12th day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


The Chambers of


C ~Ounsel & Attorneys-at-law
is nowv located at

#9 Rusty Bethel Drive
1 (3rd Terrace East)
NHSsau, Bahamas

All telephone numbers remain the same.

K.Miles Parker
(Managing Partner) .



Vacan cy

Announcement

Blue Shark Golf Course is currently
accepting applications for the position of


EX EC UTIVE CHE FI
RESTAURANT MANAGER


Applicants should have a minimum of an
Associate degree in Management and a
Chef Certificate from an accredited Culinary
Institute locally in the Bahamas or in the
USA or Canada along with 3 years expeeri-
ence as a Chef and Manager.

Specific experience with an upscale restau-
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opment and design for American, Canadian
and European tourists, the highest intemna-
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purchasing and stocking of products and
supplies. Knowledge of golf course reS-
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must. Leadership and supervisory skills are
required.

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Estate and Developmenlt Comlpany). .We are current~ly?
looking for applicants for the belowz positions:

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Bachelor Degree or higher in the field of Civil
Engineering.
3-5 years experience in Civil Engineering and
Construction related fields.
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Board.
Experience in the design of Subdivisions, Roads,
Airports, Drainage and Water & Sewesrage Systems.
Abliy house engineering software such as Auto
Proficient in implementing site quality assurance
measures and overseeing site supervision.
Hardworking and able to handle a number of projects
simultaneously.

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3 5 years experience inl the Real Estate Industry.
*Licensed with the Bahamas Real Estate Association.
Motivated.

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potential employees should be capable of adapting to
this philosophy.
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is seeking to employ a


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Must be young, aggressive and energentic
with experience in marketing and public
relations.


Interested persons may fax their resumes
to 394-2193.


Experienced Quantity Surveylr with degree
in Building required. Duties. include bid
pricing, contract negotiation and planning,.
estimating and preparing bill of quantities.

Interested applicants are asked to send their
resume to
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cl The Tkribune
P.O. Box N-3027
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passports will be. Although he said
he was not at liberty to disclose the
price at this time, he did say thlat the
price "would be cheaper tha. che
US visa application".
He explained that it will be quite
an undertaking for the Passport
Office to issue the 200,000-250,000
passports that will be required, and
to try to streamline the process, they
will begin with those passports
which expire by 2008 year-end.
Then they will address the remain-
ing passports. I

Frequent
Mr Symonette said a special fre-
quent traveller passport with di4
pages will be issued to those persons
who travel frequently. One: of the
.requirements of the new system will
be that every single passport holder
will have to have: a valid National
Insurance Board (NIB) number,
even children whose passports will
only be valid for five years.
The new identification documents
will feature these five categories:


work permits, residents, permanent
resident, visas and spousal permits.
Rather than the current single page
documents, these documents will be
in book form similar to the current
passport book.
Mr Symonette explained that the
new system involves checks at all
steps of the process, which will vir-
tually eliminate the possibility of
forged documents.
Safety mechanisms are also in
place to prevent the system failing
entirely and not being able to read
the document.
It will also reduce much of the
actual paperwork associated with
the passports, and once every one
has received their initial e-passports,
it will be much easier process to
continue the renewal process.
Mr Symonette explained that the
one drawback will be that any cur-
rent visas to the US or other coun-
tries will not be able to be trans-
ferred to the new document without
going through the application
process over again.
Bahamians will also not be able to


staple two passports together, as; the
staple could damage the ability to
read the document.
Therefore, Mr Symonette said
persons will just have to be pre-
pared to carry the two documents or
pay the relevant fees,
Affairs
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
signed the $12.7 million contract
with Indusa LLC and its partners,
Malaysian global security solutions
provider IRIS Berhad, and British
security provider and papermaker,
De La Rue, at the end of last year.
The idea of the new passports is
to update the security features on
Bahamian identity documents and
bring them into compliance with the
standards mandated by the Interna-
tional Civil Aviation Organisation
(ICSAO) before May 2010.
The new machine readable pass-
ports will feature a "chip based bio-
metic authentication for finger-
prints, facial characteristics and sig-
nature capture".


SBy CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
THE transfer to machine read-
able or e-passports and e-identifica-
tion documents is expected to begin
by December 1, 2007, an `exercise
that will cost the Government $12.7
million.
Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of Foreign
Affairs, told a group of businessmen
that all the equipment and passport
books are in Nassau, and all the pre-
liminary testing has been done with
excellent results. He said it was vir-
tually impossible to counter the
security features inside the pass-
ports.
The passports will only be manu-
factured in Nassau for security con-
trol reasons, although they will be
mailed to Family Island residents to
prevent them having to travel to -
Nassau.
Mr Symonette said Cabinet has
determined what the cost of the new


MBy CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
A POTENTIAL merger
between Bahamas-based finan-
cial services providers may be
on the cards, after Banca Del
..Gottardo, the Swiss financial
,t institution that this weekend
celebrated 50 years in opera-
Ia tion, said a sale to BSI SA
LIugano was soon expected to `
be completed. .al
r;l:h A:~ia a gdala cocktail party'to
celebrate the occasion, the
bank's chief executive, Rolf
n0 Aeberli said it was a bitter-
51 sweet occasion in that while it
r was a celebration of a mile-
stone, it was also the end of an
era..
b "The bank will be better
Served under new ownership,"
he said.
SBanca Del Gottardo will fall
under the BSI umbrella when
athe sale is completed next year,
h but Mr Aberli said the institu-


tion will remain true to its core
values and retain a presence
in the Bahamas, having estab-
lished itself here in 1975.
The Swiss Ambassador to
the Bahamas, Werner Bau-
man, said Switzerland and the
Bahamas werw very similar in
that they both have economies
driven by tourism and fin~an-
cial services.
In both countries, financial
services account for about: 15
per cent of OGDP. In the years
: that Bknca!Del Gottardo has
mainitailled~ a presence here,
he said, it has done much in
the promotion of the Bahamas.
In congratulating the bank,
acting Prime Minister and M~in-
ister of Foreign Affairs, Brent
Symonette, noted that Banca
Del Gottardo was one of the
leading asset managers in the
world and one of the most
recognized .
"Yet notwithstanding its
size, it is small enough to meet
its clients individual needs," he
added.


To mark the anniversary,
Banca Del Gottardo donated


$20,000 to the College of the
Bahamas endowment fund.


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Government urged to finalise film incentives


NO TICE

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

Further, Notice is hereby given that the said
GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR has no authority to
represent Woodlawn Gardens Limited or to transact anly
business wahtsoever for or on behalf of Woodlawn
Gardens Limited. Any person, business, vendor, trader,
supplier or their agents andior servants or otherwise
who hereafter transact any business whatever with
the said GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR using the name
W~oodlawn 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




COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/QUI/No.01274
Common Law and Equity Division

NO TICE

THE QUIETING TITLE ACT, 1959
(Chapter 393)

The Petition of Godfrey Turn quest of the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in
respect of:-

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or
lot of land containing by admeasurement (77.714)
acres situate at the southeastern end of the Deadman's
Cay Airport in the Settlement of Deadman's Cay,
Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas which piece parcel or lot of land has
such position shape marks boundaries and dimensions
as shown and described on Registered Plan 246 L. I.
AND ALSO ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
containing by admeasurement (11.073) acres situate
on the southern junction of Queen's Highway near
and adjoining Junky Landing Road also within the
Settlement of Deadman's Cay in the Island of Long
Island aforesaid which piece parcel or lot of land has
such posit-ion shape boundaries marks and dimensions
as shown and described on Registered Plan 260 L.I.

The Petitioner, Godfrey Turnquest claims to be the
owner of the fee simple estate in possession of the
piece parcels or lots of land hereinbefore described
and the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of the Quieting Title Act, 1959, to have his
title to the said land investigated and the nature and
extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the provision.of the said Act.

Copies of the filed Plans may be inspected during
normal office hours at:-

'(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
House, East Street North, Nassau, Bahamas
(b) The Office of the Island Administrator situate
at Clarence Town, Long Island, The Bahamas;
and
(c) The Chambers of Pyfrom, Wells & Co. No. 9
Dunmore Lane, Nassau, The Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons
having Dower or right to Dower or any Adverse
Claim not recognized in the Petition shall before the
22nd day of January 2008 file in the Registry of the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a Statement of Claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person or persons to file and serve
a Statement of Claim and the requisite documents on
or before the 2,2nd day of January 2008 will operate
as a bar of such claim.

Pyfrom, Wells & Co.
Attorney for the Petitioner
Chambers,
#9 Dunmore Lane
Nassau, Bahamas


Great Guana Cay, Abaco
The Bahamas

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Key Responsibilitis
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NOTICE


HSBC PURCHASING (ASIA) LIMITED

Notice is hereby given that HSBC (Asia) Limited
Company registered under The International
Business Companies Act, 2000 has been dissolved
and struck off the Register as of the 7th day of
November 2007.








NOTICE





ACAUA GLOBAL INVESTMENTS LTD.

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
COmpany commenced on the 15 day of November,
2007, Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Fi-
nancial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets, P.O.Box
N-3023, Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed
Liquidator of the Company.


Credit Suisse Tr-ust Limited
Liquidator


poSition
available

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* Provide primary and minor emergency medical
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*Administration of medication, oxygen,
intravenous fluids as indicated and outlined in the
clinical Protocol Manual
* Provide accurate and comprehensive medical
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* Must have at least three years experience post
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* have current BLS & ALS Certification
* Must be responsible, have good communication '
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the US, tropical climate and
scenery, and the availability of
a variety of waterborne s~et-
tings.
"If you look at the location
of the Bahamas compared to
other islands outside Los
Angeles and the US, the
Bahamas is ideally located, and
more directors are looking for
a natural environment to shoot
in as opposed to a studio envi-
ronment," Mr Bethel said.
Only one of the four pro-
ductions he was talking to
wanted to use the still-closed


Bahamas Pilm Studios at Gold
Rock Creek, Grand Bahama,
he added.
"There are three looking at
other locations outside the Stu-
dios, Eleathera and Nassau
specifically, to shoot those
films. Other locations wHill cer-
tainly benefit," Mr Bethel said,
if the Bahamas can bring theux
here.
While blockbusters such is
th~e Pirates of the Caribbean
II and III movies had injected
millions, into the.Bahamian
economy, and helped to revive
- at least temporarily a mor'-
bund Freeport economy, Mr
Bethel said the economic
impact and money multiplier
effect was likely to be greater
from TV productions that shot
multiple series in this nation.
Apart from the direct impact
from their spending and put-
chasing of Bsihamian-made
good, Mr sethel said movies
such as the Pirates of the
Caribbean and Casino Royale
generated liablicity for the
Bahamas that it ed'uld not pay


for by being filmed here..As a
.result, the potential spin-off
benefits for tourism by placing
the Bahamas on the worldwide
map were immense.
"The classic was Casino
Royale," Mr Bethel said. "The
Czech Republic certainly- !
gained an increase in tourism
given that it was one of the
locations for Casino Royale.
We can certainly piggyback on
that type of publicity. To pay
for it the publicity given to a
country once it is known that is
where 'X' production was done
- would be significant, if you
look at the exposure it' gets to
different audiences around the
world.
In addition, films and TV
productions shot in the
.Bahamas would not be impact-
ed by any union or industrial
unrest, Mr Bethel said, point-
ing to the strike by the Writers
Guild in the US.
The Bahamas Film Com-
mission previously revealed


that the Pirates of the
SCaribbean sequels pumped $43
million into the Grand
Bahama economy over 160
days of filming, some 10 per
cent of the $430 million it gen-
erated in US box office sales
alone.
Casino Royale, the James
Bond movie, spent $8.1 mil-
lion in the Bahamas through
45 days' filming, while After
the Sunset generated $8 mil-
lion and Three some $505,000.
Among other movie pro-
ductions said to have been eye-
ing the Bahamas were Free
Willie, Pirates of the
Caribbean IV, and Shadows of
the Foll, a production involymng
James Bond actor Daniel
Craig.
Meanwhile, Mr Bethel's
Montaque Group has been
contracted to act as payroll
agent for the Live with Regis
and Kelly TV show when it
films at The Cove, Atlantis, for.
a week.


toms and stamp duty exemp-
tions as movie industry incen-
tives.
Mr Bethel said that increas-
ingly film and TV producers
were looking for natural film-
ing locations, rather than con-
trived studio sets, which again
increased the Bahamas' attrac-
tiveness given its proximity to


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@coralwave.com by
November 31"', 2007.


FROM page 1

productions and formalize the
structure.
Adding that the Bahamas
Film Commission had been
constantly encouraging the
Government to do this, Mr
McCartney said the Munlstry
of Tourism wanted to use cus-


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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT No. 01153
r ,,mmonl Law and Equity Division
IN THE MATTER of ThNDQuieting Titles Act, 1959

IN TIHE MATT'1ER OF ALL, THAT' piece parcel or tr~ac~t of landl being
part of John Drudge Girant (D-52) comprising an area of Sixteen anld
Sixty-seven Hundredths (16.67) acres situate near the Settlemlent of Th]e
Bight on Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwhealt h of Thle
Bahamas and bounded on the NORTH partly by another portion of Iland
originally granted to John Drudge and running thereonl Nine~ Hundred
and One and Ninety-three Hundredths (90 1.93) Feet on thle EAST by
another portion of lanld granted originally to John D~rudge and running
thereon Seven Hundred and Eighty-Two and Sixty-two Hfundredths
(782.62) Feet on the SOUTH by another portion of Iland originally
granted to John Drudge and running thereon Eight Hrundred and Ninesty-
two and Sixty-three Hundredths (892.63) Feet and on the WEST by Thle
Queen's Highway and running thereon Eight Hundred and Se~venrty-one
and F~orty Hundredths (871.40) Feet.



NOTICE
THIE PETITION OF Delton Randolph Moree in respect of:-
"ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land being part of Johnl Drudge
Grant (D-52) comprising an area of Sixteen and Sixty-seven H-unldredths
(16.67) acres situate near the Settlement of The Bight on Long Islandt
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamlas and bounded
on the NORTH partly by another portion of land originally gr~anted to
ion Hnludge an runing tereon Nin HudES n t~l(e and Nillcy
granted originally to John Drudge and running thereonl Seven H-undtred
and Eighty-Two and Sixty-two Hundredths (782.62) Fect on the SOUTIH
by another portion of land originally granted to John Drudge and running
thereon Eight Hundred and Ninety-two and Sixty-three Hunldredthts,
(892.63) Feet and on the WEST by T'he Queen's Highlway andt runnling
theerteon Eigh-t Hlundredi anld Seventy-one and F~orty Hlundre~dts (871.40)
Delton Randolph Moree claims to be the owner of the uninlcumbered fee simple
estate in possession of the salid land and has made application to the Supremue
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 'Three (3) of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Celrtificate of Title to be
granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.
Copies of the Petition and the Plan of the said land maay be mispected during
normal office hours in the following places:
1. The Registry of the Supremle Court, East Street North in the City of Nassau,
Bahamas,; and
2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Buen Retiro Roadl, off Shirley
Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right to dower or an
Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the
expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these presents, file
in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement
of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of hris Claim on or
betoethei xpimation otbThirtyuc3) Idiay after the final publication of these\
LOCKHART & MU!NROE
Chambers
#35 Buen Retiro Road
Off Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas
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M By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter .
THE Government is review-
ing provisions for Family
Island Economic Development
Zones, two Customs Depart-
ment officers said at the week-
end, after businesses ~had
exploited the investment incen-
tives offered to stimulate eco-
nomic growth in these islands.
Bernadette Knowles, from
Customs' aided industry divi-
sioil, said provisions for the
Family Island Economic
Zones, which waived customs
*duties on building supplies sent
to qualifying islands, were .
presently bemng reviewed.
These zones were intended
to facilitate Family Island
development, but had to be
suspended by the Government
following abuse of the exemp-
tions.
Ms Knowles explained that
in one instance, one Family
Island company was selling
building supplies at a much
higher price than counterparts
in Nassau, and was able to
make substantially more prof-
it because of the higher mar-
gins resulting from the tax
exemption.
"So the concessions are
being reviewed, and we are not
sure if they will be granted in
the future," Ms Knowles said.
Anthony Cleare, a sedili'i


Customs officer, told a small
b usine ss survival semin at
organised by Mark A Turn-
quest & Associates, that the
department exists solely to aid
business in clearing their
goods, particularly in areas
where they might be eligible
for duty concessions under var-
ious encouragement acts, such
as the Hotel Encouragement
Act and the Industry Encour-
agement Act.
Meanwhile, the Bahamas
Entrepreneurial Venture Fund
- the Government-sponsored
venture capital fund has
granted 3;4 loans out of the
moie than 400 funding appli-
cations which werei received.
Edward Rolle, one of the
fund's administrators froin the
firm of Baker, Gomez and
Tilly, explained that the main
reason why so many applica-
tions were denied was the lack
of a cohesive plan or the fact
that the idea was for a b~usi-
ness in sectors where the mar-
ket was already saturated, such
as beauty salons or women's
apparel store.
The fund continues to seek
out innovative ideas, which will
also contribute to employment.
The approved projects are for~
a cross section of businesses
including pharmaceuticals.
bonefish lodge, furniture/ bath-
tub spakers, storage facilities, a
document destruction compa
ny and an Internet Servicet
Provider.


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BOX PMV-1
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P.O. Box N-3011
NaSSait.
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P.O. Box SS-5467
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 200;4~
. N THE SUPREME COURT ... .CLE/QUI/No,1120.
COMMON LAW and EQUITY DIVISION


IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece, parcel,
or tract of land containing 9.033 acres being a
portion of Crown Grant A-337 granted to Simon
Whitehead and situate approximately 2400 feet
West of Millars Road and 822 feet South of
Adelaide Road in the Western District of the Island
of New Providence one of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas

AND
IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, Chapter
393

AND
IN THE MATTER-ofthe Petition of WILLIAM ROSCOE
DARLING under The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

NOTICE

WILLIAM ROSCOE DARLING, the Petitioner claims to be
the owner in fee simple in possession of the said piece
parcel or lot of land and had made application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The.Bahamas
under Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959, to have
the said piece parcel or lot of land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act.

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

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

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

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

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



CLARITA V. LOCKHART & CO.
Attorney for the Petitioner
Chambers
90 Shirley Street & Elizabeth Ave.
Nassau, Bahmas


'New Hope' for resort?


Legal Notice

NOTICE


STARFR T~I HOLDjINGS LTD.


;~otice is herebygiven that in accordiance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 STARFRUIT HOLD-
INGS LTD, is in dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 15th November'
2007. David Thain of Arner Bank &t Trust (Baihamas) Ltd., Building
2 Caves Village, P.O. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of STARFRUIT
HOLDINGS LTD. All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their address and particulars of
their debts to the Liquidator before the 15th December 2007.


Legal Notice

NOTICE

DAMASCUS LIMITED

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 DAMASCUS
LIMITED is in dissolution.'

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 16th Novembei.
2007. David Thain of Amner Bank &t Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Building
2 Caves Village, P~O. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of DAMASCUS
LIMITED. All persons having claims against thie above-named com-
pany are required to send their address and particulars of their debts
to the Liquidator before the 16th December 2007.


Legal Notice

NOTICE


BLUE SPOT FUND LTD.

VOLUNTARILY LIQUIDATED

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 the Dissolution of BLUE
SPOTI FUND LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been stmck off the Register of
Companies.
The Date of the Completion of dissolution was the 13th November
2007.


Legal Notice

NOTICE


VCO INVESTMENT FUND LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 VCO INVESTMENT
FUND LTD. is in dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 13th November
2007. David Thain of Amer Bank &t Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Build-
ing 2 Caves Village, R:O. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of VCO
INVESTMEFNT FUND LTD. All persons having claims against the
above-named company ame required to send their address and particu-
lars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 13th December 2007.


Leaal Notice

NOTICE

PRISM RESOURCES INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
1 5th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legral Notice
_NOTICE

LANDSKHRONA LTD.

(In Voluntary LIQuidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
25th day of September 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., R.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


PAGE 10B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2007


Now, Ms Butler said it has
evolved to the point where, if
you worked in a CARICOM
country over the course of
your life, if your contribution
says that your benefits are paid
to~ you wherever you pay your
contributions, it will be treated .
as though you never moved.
What that means, she
explained, is that even if you
qualify for a social security
benefit in the Bahamas, you
can then still qualify for one


in Antigua, or Trinidad or Bar-
bados.
"If you cannot qualify for
one in Trinidad or Barbados,
you can still qualify for a par-
tial payment, and that is what
people are having difficulty
with," Ms Butler said.
"They are saying that if you
qualify in the Bahamas, there
is no need for us to pay you a
partial benefit, but the agree-
ment says that we have to and
that is where the problem lies."


MBy CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter -
REG IONAL National
Insurance Board (NIB) coun-
terparts will be in Nassau this
week to discuss whether NIB


or other social security pay-
ments should be transferred
via CARICOM countries
when Caribbean nationals
move to another state.
Pandora Butler, the Bahami-
an NIB's director of public
relations, explained at a busi-
ness seminar hosted by Mark


A Turnquest & Associates at
the weekend, that the issue of
allowing Caribbean nationals
who work in other CARICOM
countries to have their contri-
butions count on other islands
was very much at the fore.
This week, there will be a
ICARICOM meeting that deals
with the issue here in Nassau.
"The countries are still not in
agreement as to how this
should be applied. The initial
understanding of that agree-


ment was that if persons
worked for short periods of
time in CARICOM countries,
and were not in any ~of those
countries qualified for a pen-
sion, then all the CARICOM
countries where they worked
would put those contributions
together, so that the person
could get the benefit; that was
the mutual understanding," Ms
'Butler said.
However, that is no longer
the case, she explained.


The Tribune that one aspect of the poten-
tial deal involved Port Group Ltd buying
out its Vacation Break USA partner, then
selling 100 per cent of the Port Lucaya
Resort &r Yacht Club to New Hope Hold-
ings. .


It is' understood that a major factor
behind why no deal has been concluded is
that the resort's owners felt that New
Hope Holdings and Mr Olsen were
attempting to 'low ball' the purchase,
meaning that it was perceived they were
offering a price well below the true value
of Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club and
its assets. However, sources said the


prospective deal was not completely dead
ytRembert Albury, Port Lucya Resort
& Yacht Club's general manager, when
contacted by The Tribune about the dis-
cussions, replied: ''I'm not ~privy to that
information. You'll have to contact the
Port Group Ltd itself."
Mr Albury directed The Trib~une to
Graham Torode, head of the Grand
Bahama Development Company (Dev-
co). Mr Torode was said to be in meetings
late Friday, and despite The Tribune leav-
ing a detailed message on the nature of its
inquiry, the call was not returned before
press time.
Similarly, Mr Olsen could niot be con-
tacted for comment either.


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Club. The development, which will take
place on a 55-acre site at the Bell Channel,
just across from the golf course, will fea-
ture 62 suites' and 240 rooms. That project
will complement New Hope Holdings'
plans for the Port Lucaya Marina, as the
condo hotel's target market will be golfers
and mega yacht owners and their guests.
The Port Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club
'is jointly owned in a 50/50 arrangement
between Port Group Ltd, the Grand
Bahiama Port Authority (GBPA) affili-
ate, and Vacation Break USA.
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