The Tribune.
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00084249/03043
 Material Information
Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 11/21/2007
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
 Record Information
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: oclc - 09994850
oclc - 9994850
System ID: UF00084249:03043

Full Text


A".m 1~PC


i~c~1""BREEZY .


Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe~tribune media.net
THE Ministry of Works
under the FNM administra-
tion will be "very mindful of
large commercial projects
taking place in old estab-
lished neighbours," said
chairman of the Town Plan-
ning committee yesterday.
Lestid gTtuornciueet was
thi weeknby rido nts at
Bay Street.
They are concerned that
their historic residential com-
munity is going to be nega-
tively impacted by what they
describe as tan overs z d
s opping enlote big ss l

oper to make adjustments.
The residents complain
that five weeks after they
met with the Ministry of
SEE page 10

Tribune Staff Reporter
A POSSIBLE: "gay connec-
tion" between the murders of Dr
Thaddeus McDonald and Harl
Taylor is one of the avenues
being explored by police in their
investigation, a source close to
the force told The Tribune yes-
Police yesterday continued to
be reserved in issuing details
about the two brutal murders
and could only reveal that eight
people seven Dominicans, one
Bahamian are currently being
held for questioning in connec-
tion with the death of Mr Taylor,
Police have no-one in custody
for the murder of Dr McDonald.
However, a source close to the
police claimed that, in addition
to the possible angle of a bur-

Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO or three voters cards may have been prepared anld circulated by
the Parliamentary Registration department for a woman who claimed
y res a toie, w t iaenhBr dros as 1320 Guinep Street, testified
yesterday in election court, presenting a voter's card for the Bamboo
Town constituency, where she claimed she voted. However, there was no
stamp on the card Ms Williamson presented the court from election offi-
cials verifying a cast vote.
Under questioning from PLP lead counsel Philip 'Brave' Davis, it was
SEE page 10

NUTSe teStifies she found two 'white
tablets' on day of Daniel Smith's death
Tribune Staff Reporter
fiAtR SERED nurse tes -

Smith the day of her son's death.
Testimony in day two of the ;
inquest into the death of Daniel
Smith by other witnesses on Tues-
SEIE page 10

~.~lams~m~~n~tl, ~ .

YOU CallB BlOW11
Away ~y umHcane

Or you can rest easy knowing
that you have excellent insurance
coverage no matter which
w'ay the w\ind blowvs.

Nobody does it better.

(BAHAMhAs) L~IM n:D. INSUlrALN( C .BROlCrHS & AGE:1rrs'

PRICE -750

glary gone wrong, authorlrties
were looking into aI pote~ntuil
"gay connection" between thc
two victims and the twro crlme~s.
In the case of the popular Inte-
rior and handball Jesene-r Halrl
Taylor, Chief Supt Glen Malelrr.
head of CDU, told Ther Trrthune
that of the eight peolerF In cus-
tody, one of the sete~n Donulnt-
cans is a woman, alll others
including the Bahamianll:. aTre
Mr Miller addcrJ th.ul poince
are not yet at a stage wh~re they!
are able to charge an! of Ith~ee
persons with a ca mle
The CDU chiel turther restecr-
ated that it is still uniclar if the
two murders are conlnecte,~ but~
maintained that lue lo theL prov-.
imity of the mur der -ec n es .Ind
SEE page 10

da After six days of present-
ing evidence to a grand jury
the prosecution in the case of
USA vs Samuel Knowles rest-
ed and so did the defence, but
only after two of their wit-
nesses failed to show up fol-
lowing an hour and a half
recess. '
'One of the witnesses could
SEE page 10

Tribune Staff Reporter
unable to listen to ZNS's popu-
lar "Inspiration" station on the
radio for an estimated eight to
12 weeks following serious van-
dalism and theft at the state-
owned broadcasting corpora-
tion's south Beach transmitting
tower, said an executive yester-
mantil ech tm atshthe equp
"if"Je foated at14AMe ew I
sion channel 40 on cable,
according to executive vice-
president of operations Carlton
Smith. It will go off air on that
channel when parliamentary
sesdSin r hben hoadast ta
Ittepe to ro 9n ar rn st
day at around am t at engi-
neers reahised that the station's
signal had been lost. Reaching
the transmission tower in Har-
SEE page 10

200 8




10 mP0PeS?



Police investigations

continue into killings of
Dr Thaddeus McDonald

and Harl Taylor

Ninety: prosecution
and defence rest

Muhtiple po eerds cards may hsaone V nd lsm puts

SBy BRENT DEAN I Station off the air

Inspiredbiy the sun...
now introducing


r: ? ii X.

,I ---

....se ".f.'t.".','g 83t- Por-old

neighbour in Florida; he denies It


IN EASTERN Europe during World War II, young Aron
Bielski and his three older brothers mounted what was, by
most accounts, the biggest armed rescue of Jews by Jews dur-
ing the Holocaust, according to Associated Press.
The Bielski brothers were acclaimed as heroes, and their
exploits were chronicled in books, a documentary and a Hol.
lywood movie coming out next year.
But now, the sole surviving Bielski brother, 80 and known
as Aron Bell, has been arrested on charges of swindling a
93-year-old woman, a Catholic survivor of the Holocaust.
Bell and his wife, Henryka, 58, are accused of tricking the old
*woman into giving them control of more than $250,000 in
various bank accounts.
According to police, the couple allegedly then convinced the
woman they were taking her on a vacation to her native
-.Poland, and instead put her in a nursing home there, returned
to Palm Beach and spent her money, nearly every penny-
The charges against the couple carry up to 90 years in
Bell's attorney has strongly denied the allegations and
alleged the old woman was going senile.

Ia ~


BaCked by a 3-year/60,000 mile factory warranty*

EXECIU TI VE~~. Auo l"l Shr'z tin" "'"''"

M , e-Sat $pro- 12noon
M~-I~~S'-r emotlorqgbetelaet be E
ALI THOR fSE~LO'OVOTA DEA~Lej Parmrrand servingua'ranteed
Available in Grand Bahama at Quality Auto Sales (Freeport)*~Queens Hwy, 352-6122*Abaco Motor Mall, Don MacKay Blvd, 367-2916



HIS designer handbags
were coveted by wealthy
women, but Harl Taylor was a
controversial figure, too.
A number of celebrities,
including Oprah Winfrey, Elle
McPherson, Vanessa Wilhiams
and Barbara Walters, own a
h Tndagw mnad eB abhamn
desi ner.
His ch ssical, personalised
bags were made from sisal
straw, hand-woven and fin-
ished with carved mahogany
decorations which demanded
prices from $255 to $1,000.
Mr Taylor also designed one-
of-a-kind straw hats.
No doubt these handbags,
following his tragic death, ivill
become collectors' items or
family heirlooms passed from
mother to daughter and pos-
sibly granddaughter.
Not only was he a Cacillue
Awards recipient for his
impeccable retail sense, but
Mr Taylor used his uncanny
business acumen to help raise
funds for charity.
In the summer of 2006 Harl
Taylor Bag Company
announced his support for
the "Pink-Out for the Cure"
cancer initiative.
For this initiative he pro-
duced limited edition bags
and donated 100 per cent of
the profits to the Cancer Soci-
ety of the Bahamas.
In 2002, like many fashion
prodigies before him, Mr Tay-
lor challenged conventional
sensibilities with his "Harl
Taylor or nothing at all" ad
The provocative full-page
advertisement featured a
nude male model holding a
Harl Taylor bag over his pri-
vate area with the words: "It's

a Harl Taylor Bag...or nothing
at all."
It brought strong criticism
from readers and official con-
demnation by the Bahamas
Christian Council, who
branded the campaign
However, the campaign
worked and the sexy ad led
to a total sell-out of stock at
his Mountbatten House work-
Soon afterwards, the young
Bahamian entrepreneur land-
ed himself a prestigious client:
The Queen of England.
It wasn't the last time he
found himself at the centre of
From 2004-2005, Mr Taylor
found himself in court for

allegedly causing harm and
damage to American Kath-
leen Dwyer, a chient who was
in dispute over an unfulfilled
Ms Dwyer claimed that she
was attacked by Mr Taylor,
who caused "soft tissue
injuries, with a bruise to the
right lower leg".
She also claimed that Tay-
lor wrecked her PDA and
sunglasses, together worth
The accusations arose from
an alleged altercation
between Taylor and Mrs
Dwyer at his office in Mount-
batten House. In May, 2005,
he was acquitted of all
Mrs Dwyer, who lived at

CELEBRITIES such as Oprah
Winfrey (top) and Elle McPher-
son (above) own a handbag
made by Harl Taylor

Caves Point, also sued Tay-
lor in the civil courts for
alleged breach of contract,
claiming he had taken a
$100,000 deposit for furniture
he never provided.
This litigation was never
The fiery and flamboyant
artisan, whose handiworks
were coveted by the rich and
famous, was found murdered
at the very workshop that was
for many the centre of class,
sophistication and prestige for
New Providence.

Tribune Staff
tinue to come to grips with
the country's high murder
rate, police yesterday inves-
tigated two new cases a
shooting which left a Chi-
nese man in hospital fight-
ing for his life and the

drowning of an American
tourist just off of the shore
of New Providence.
The vacation of an elder-
ly couple from Columbus,
Ohio. took a tragic turn on
Monday afternoon, when
the 64-year-old husband
drowned shortly after
According to police
reports. the man and his
wife were part of a diving

expedition in the vriaters
just off New Providence.
Police said the man went
missing during the dive and
his lifeless body was dis-
covered floating nearby
shortly afterwards.
Further details about the
death were not available at
press time last night and
Thle Tributne was unable to
obtain more specific infor-
mation about the location
of the incident.
Police were yesterday
also investigating the shoot-
ing and armed robbery at
Mike's Chinese Restaurant
on Bernard Road and
Grant Street in Fox Hill.
Press liaison officer
Assistant Superintendent
Walter Evans told Th~e Tri-
burne that a man wearing a
camouflage jacket and
armed with a chrome hand-
gun entered the restaurant
at around 11pm on Mon-
Mr Evans said the man
robbed the establishment
of an undetermined amount
of money and afterwards
shot the restaurant's 40-
year-old chef in the chest.
He said that it is unclear
at this point whether or not
the single shot was fired
The robber then fled the
scene, driving off in an
employee's green Ford
" ,"ordinto wtnesses,
he was seen travelling west
on Bernard Road.
The Chinese chef is "in
serious condition" in hos-
pital. Mr Evans said.

Features for 1.8 litre model include: automatic
transmission, air conditioning, power windows, locks &
mirrors, immobiliser and remote keyless entry, alloy
wheels, dual airbags, leather upholstery and CD changer,

Features for 1.6 litre model include:
automatic transmission, air conditioning,
power windows, locks &~ mirrors,
immobiliser and CD player.

Designer Harl Taylor's life

Of Success and cont rovers

hin ese man

fig ts or 11 e

a ter s ooting

"There is talk of a gay escort service
Ffo Older professional men, with youths
and young men aged between 15 and 25
being offered for their services."

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements mn the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.




FRIENDS and associates are

dsine Hdarl hT ymru sncaof
emic Dr Thaddeus McDonald
ai' @Hn d t andhthatea gay se

kil 3emic and other sources
last night spoke of the alleged
hideous mutilation of both men.
and said the deaths were the
result of a gay relationship gone
sour, or a business deal gone
As police kept a tight official
remn on information about the
two killings yesterday, unoffi-
cial police sources spoke of an
investigation centred on
Dominicans with an alleged
sex-for-sale business right at the
heart of the mystery-
"What we have here is not a
homicide but a homo-cidre," a
Tribune source revealed. "What
I hope now is that there is not a
cover-up because of Taylor's
high-level connections. and
because of known gay networks
within the police force itself."
Another source, who knew
Dr McDonald wetll. said: "The~re
is talk of a gay escort service for
older professional men. with
youths and young men aged
between 15 and 25 being offered
for their services.
"My theory is that the killings
are connected, but that business
rather than sex could be the real
issue. I feel that someone
reneged on a deal and that this
"as payback time.
Police inquiries are expetcted

man of rape


A Nicaraguan mlan was acqluit-
ted of rape charges in the
Supreme Court on Monday.
The jury found Ruel Ellis
Ltcwo nt guilty by count
old Florida State U~niversity stu-
Ellis had been accused of rap-
ing the young woman in the
Bahamas while onboard the Sov-
eM ign of tse Sas cruis shi inh'

lawyer Dorsey McPhee.
The trial took place before Jus-
tice Cheryl Albury.

Smiles' claims he

c81501 g6118aiP Iri81

branded baseless
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -
Federal prosecutors said there is
"no basis in reality" for Wesley
Snipes' claims he cannot get a
fair trial on tax evasion charges
because of racial prejudice in
the area
Snipes' attorney last week
called Ocala, where the Janu-
ary trial is set, "a hotbed of (Ku
Klux Klan) activity"' in court fil-
ings. His attorney alleged pros-
ecutors chose it to get the best
chance at an all-white jury.
"Defendant Snipes' motion
hurls scurrilous and baseless
accusations at the prosecution
and citizenry of Ocala," U.S.
Attorney Robert O'Neill wrote
a Monday filing, "in an over-
wrought attempt to have this
case dismissed or transferred to
another venue."
An October 2006 federal
indictment charges Snipes with
fraudulently claiming refunds
totaling almost $12 million in
1996 and 1997 for income taxes
already paid. The 415-year-old
star of the "Blade" trilogy and
other films also was charged
with failure to file returns front
1999 through 2004.
Snipes' motion sought to
have the case dismissed or
moved to New York.
pThe aH oged dnonduc hap-.
The case could be handled in
either Orlando or Ocala, locat-
ed about 80 miles north of
Orlando, but prosecutors said
Ocala is appropriate because
more of Snipes' crimes hap-
pened mn that district.

year senior psychology lectur-
er, as a long-time divorcee who
had shown little or no interest in
women for 20) or 30 years.
-He was very pleasant, but he
did not matke any real waves at
the College of the Bahamas,
where he worked. He was well-
liked and very workmanlike but
he was non-controversial.
"'He was very straightforward
and pleasant, but it seemed he
lived in two separate worlds,
one at COB, the other centred
on his business in Queen Street,
where he ran a guest-house and
an African imports business.
"I gather that this business is
part of the police investigation,
They will be looking at what
went on there in the dark
It w~as at his Queen Street
homne that Dr McDonald was
found dead, having apparently
been bludgeoned "beyond
recognition" with a clothing
Two days later, on Sunday
morning. T~aylor. 37. was found
stabbed to death at his home,
Mountbatten House. in West
Hill Street. where he ran his
handbag business.

to centre on the alleged gay
lifestyles of both Mr Taylor and
Dr McDonald, and the busi-
nesses they ran one the mak-
ing and retailing of designer
handbags, the other based on
importation of African clothing
and artefacts.
A source close to the inquiry
said: "Foreigners are under sus-
picion and being questioned,
mainly Dominicans."
However, other sources spoke
of a gay relationship between
Mr Tavior and Dr McDonald,
and the possible fury of a third
jealous party.
"It is understood that a birth-
day~ party was held earlier this
month at which there wans a
scene. w~hen a man who is said
to have left his wife and family
to be w'ithl Harl became angry
over an incident involving a
birthday cake.
-'It is said that Thaddcus
offered Hadl the first piece of
cake. triggering off an angry
scene, w~ith a third man becom-
ing extremelyv abusive. After-
wards. I gather there were
unpleasant exchanges."
Academic sources spoke of
Dr MIcDonald,. 50, a $60).000(-a-

New Arrivals



Keeping you
irz sole!

I ~shores." Mr
; "C I hMoss said ves-
terda\ while
.0. speaking at a
$~ press confer-
ee~ Icnce on Rwv-
son Square.
M~r M~oss
also suggested
that the all
B a h amri an s
pause for a moment of silence
to bring attention to the murder
victims and give recognition to
their families,
With the rise in violent crimes,
and particularly murders, Mr
Moss said it is now time for all
leaders political, religious, and
community to focus more
attention on the problem.
"We believe that this is the
time for leadership, when we
must demonstrate in every
aspect of this country, that we
will not, that we cannot continue
to have these kinds of killings
and maimnings we see," he said.
Mr Moss particularly called on
Il church leaders to become
"Church leaders right now
should call for a time of prayer
across this archipelago," he said.
Mr Moss said he would like
to see at least one hour where
the entire Bahamnas comes to a

standstill to pray. The social
activist said that this would also
be a good time for the Ministry
of Education to institute conflict
resolution courses. not only in
high schools but also in primary
schools and pre-schools.
In addition to this, he said.
classes should stop in all public
schools for a short time to give
absolute focus to the problem
of violence and how, to learn to
become "our brother's keeper."
Mr Moss further suggested
that the Bahamas should main-
tain Daylight Saving Time dur-
ing the winter months to allow
people to leave work and arrive
home during daylight hours.
"Some people would say that
(the time change) is an advan-
tage for us because we're in the
samne timeline as New York, but
this is the Bahamas. we're not
living in New York.
The fact is we have a record
number of murders in this coun-
try and we must be seen to doigg
something about this." he said.

Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH the official murder
count now at almost 70) for the
year, a call has gone out for
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham to return from his trip to
Uganda and address nation,
The high number of con-
firmed murders which includes
the high-profile slaying of
designer Harl Taylor and COB
educator Dr Thaddeus McDon-
ald yesterday prompted social
activist Paul Moss to call on both
the prime minister and Minister
of National Security Tommy
Turnquest to return immediate-
ly from the 2007 Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting
(CHOGM) in Kampala, Ugan-
<"This is so grave that our
prime minister and minister of
national security ought to come
back to.this country.
"The prime minister needs to
address this nation to tell them
to exercise restraint and calm.
"This is serious, when we have
people being killed and a lot of
notable people being killed in
such a public way, to the extent
that we may be driving away the
very tourists that come to our

Established in 1956 by an old Bahamian family
Parliament Street (near Bay St.) Tel: 322-8393 or 328-7157
*Fax: 326-9953
Crystal Court at Atlantis, Paradise Island Tel: 363-4161/2 i
Harbour Green Shops at Lyford Cay
(next to Lyford Cay Real Estate) Tel: 362-5235

MURDERS: Harl Taylor, Dr Tlhaddeus McDonald

n rzef *I C

Jury acquits E 1 1

Nicaragluan G ysxrn


may be k/


Ingraham urged to address nation

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

LEON E. H. DUIPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914


Putblisher/Editor l 91 9-1 972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986
Advertising Manager (242) 502-2352
Circulation Department (242) 502-2387
Nassau Fax:- (242) 328-2398
Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242)-352-6608
Freeportfax: (242) 352-9348

-Reli ious leaders' unity improves peace prospects

Specializing in all catering:
Office Party, F'amily Function, Weddings/Funeral etc.
Thanksgiving specials also available starting at
$10.00 for 100 people or more

chefboys 8batelnet.bs/neshial131 @myway.com
Taste the cook of the master chef, you won't be

1 4.8 Cube


now call on property own-
ers in our sub-division to
acquaint themselves with
the sub-division's ordi-
nances and observe all of
them like no living in
un furnished houses or
shacks built on your prop-
erty and no hanging out
clothes to dry, exposed to
the public, on your prop-
erty, etc.
I appeal to the new
developers to provide play-
ground and park facilities
where the kids can play



For the best deal in town on
pre-owned cars, with warranty!


'98 H-YUNDAI ELA\NTRA Best offer
Very low mileage, very clean
'06 HYUNDAI ELANTRA Very clean

Oi~ Q LI 0

EDITOR, The Tribune.
PERHAPS, I have been
the individual most critical
of the developers of
Bahamia Sub-Division in
recent years for their lack
of attention paid to the
upgrade and maintenance
of this "premier upper class
housing community".
I was so disgusted with
`them for not adhering to
our complaints and their
insensitivity toward our
concerns, a couple of years
ago, that I inmtiated the for-
mation of a group to spear-
head an owners association
to try and legally wrestle
the oversight of the sub-
division from them, but we
failed in our efforts as Mr
Fred Smith, who headed
their legal team, made sure
we didn't succeed by insist-
ing that we had to show
that we had the support of
60 per cent of the proper-
ty owners.
This, we understood, was
a prerequisite, in law, for
forming any home owners
usmihwa scnoraened wioh Mis
advice -
AWe couldn't form an
Associaio n. of course e,
because we didn't know
who the owners were or
how to contact them.
Bahamia Service Co, on
ad vice of counsellIam
sure, refused to give us the
names and addresses and
in the end we had to aban-
don our efforts, reluctantly.
That was then and this is
now; the hurricanes swept
away the former develop-
ers with all their bad atti-
tudes and replaced them
with a group which, appar-
ently, has a clear vision and
a stcofmhigh sandards for
the ne w de velopers to
know that we, the property
owners in B ahamia, se e
what they are doing; we
like what they are doing
and we commend them for
a job well done to date. I

and ride their bikes and
give us back our Bahami-
an Beach Club which I am
told the former owners
may have acquired and
sold illegally. Home own-
ers and residents need a
place where we can gather
and get to know our neigh-
bours. I am told that
Bahamian Beach Club and
the grounds it was built on,
were provided, originally,
for that purpose; please
give it back to us.
Grand Bahama,
November 12, 2007.


DAYTON, Ohio As our country pre-
pares to host the Israelis and Palestmnians in
Annaapolis llt ttiusuyear fokreteir n te round
consider what historically helps ensure that
the leaders find a solution, and then secure it.
If there is ever to be peace in Jerusalem,
then the politicians must include and encour-
age the religious leaders of the three Abra-
hamic faiths in the Holy Land to take paral-
lel steps.
Longstanding political crises need local
spiritual leadership to prepare the way for
the necessary political sacrifices. Jawaharlal
Nehru could not have led India's indepen-
dence without Mahatma Gandhi. Bishop
Desmond Tutu gave spiritual leadership
alongside the political leadership of Nelson
Mandela to end apartheid.
And Lyndon Johnson would never have
been able to pass, let alone sustain, a civil
rights act for the United States without the
spiritual leadership, sacrifice and authority
oHisato has sown tat he conflict in Israel
and Palestine cannot be solved by political
decisions alone. For 40 years there have been
accords, treaties and resolutions that have
not secured peace for Israel or political free-
dom for the Palestinians.
I went to Sinai when Israel gave it back to
Egypt, and I've been watching the problems
increase there ever since. Politicians may rep-
resent the will of the people, but religions
represent their heart. Noticeably absent from
the White House lawn during the signing of
the Oslo Accords was any religious presence
to bless that famous handshake between the
leaders of Israel and the Palestimians.
This spiritual absence likely created a vac-
uum into which rehigious extremists from
both sides were able to sweep in and destroy
the handshake's promise.
An enduring political solution in the Holy
Leandwl require teapdar iipaion and o-
tianity and Islam, impossible as that may
se ankfully, leadership toward that goal is
actually transpiring in the Holy Land. For
the past year, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick
and I have travelled to the Holy Land to
meet with an emerging group of the top reli-
gious leaders. Those leaders have begun
meeting together through the help of the

Norwegian Church. .
They are now going public with their mes-
saTelis month, in Washington, we hosted the
two chief rabbis of Israel, the patriarchs of
Jerusalem, the top Islamic religious leaders of
the Palestinian Authority, and many of their
colleagues. Here these 15 men met for three
days to share with American religious and
political leaders their commitment to peace in
the Holy Land and the steps they are taking
to prepare the way for their political leaders.
This Council of Religious Leaders is com-
mitted to religious freedom, access to holy
sites, anti-defamation, promoting education
for religious tolerance and the creation of a
"hot line" to diffuse religious tension that
might lead to violence. They are also com~
mitted to consider a reasonable solution for
Jerusalem. They do not seek to create the
political solutions themselves, only the envi-
ronment in which those solutions can be
found and then secured.

ity ough t e teevdah a paeoffn t
the current administrations in Israel and
Palestmne, and to the Quartet (the United
States, France, Russia and the United
Nations), which has worked as a group on
some Mideast issues.
Religion1 has so often been misused histor-
ically to justify war. Yet now the religious
leaders of Israel and Palestine stand togeth-
er to offer themselves and their religious
authority as partners for peace.
Never before in the history of Jerusalem
have the leaders of these institutions come
together in this way. As one member of the
delegation noted, "This is both pathetic and
amazing; pathetic that it has not happened
sooner, and amazing that it is happening
This newly found unity ought to be
embraced, supported and strengthened for
cntcepenta to ease te bbutrhdeene eof p tic
Hoomy Laond if anything significant is going to
(This article was written by former Con-
gressman Tony Hall. Working with the
blessing of Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice, Mr Hall has helped convene a coali-
tion of leading Jewish, Christian and Muts-
lim leaders to work for peace in the Middle
East Cox News Service).


5 0

.0 0


Bpea t

110W 81111&

Sub-DS * *

EDITOR, The Tribune.
wl eneverreo mgltth aty al rpeing s t ad te ledner sopfat
country can hear the voice of one youth who is frustrated by their
actos Iread and listened to the news over the past few days, I
must say, as a 22-year-old Bahamian male, I am deeply saddened
with he caracter of onr lders. Tr i a bclg o cor c sd
the list goes on, and our leaders are wasting time in our parliament,
argui overethpetstm hnn and women who come and knock on my
door and tell me to vote, so that I may be heard, and they act in this
manner once power is given to them?
I ask, why do I vote?
Is this the system that is running our country?
Why do you abuse the system of freedom, to the peril of the
Bahamian people? Why leaders, do I ask? Yes, you do have the
legal right, but is it necessary to waste time over foolish things
which can be settled at a later time? Where are your priorities? Do
you even know what that word means? Look it up, please!
What example are you setting for meuihdfrh eop
The Bahamian people should not bepuihdfrteesol
vendet s. ofe ourl pwotunesnge? When will grown men lead our
country? When will we have mature men sitting on both sides of the
po es, or country suffers because of you? The road that we
are on as a people, you placed us, all of you, FNM and PLP. Where
are you taking us? What mess am I going to have to clean up
behle rosu Ion vicetat yo t to vote i yu fa our, say
to you, that I cast a vote of no confidence in all of you, you have all
let me down perpetually, I see no progress under any of your lead-
orhp bny t ps tdk.Ise n e a n tno p rpse oo vote for any
history so that we as a people can move forward finally. I hope that
some day before your glory days of power end, that you may see.
what true leadership is.
= "eber l6, 2007.

Proud to see

Devard Darling's

breakout game

EDITOR, The Tribune.
AS A fan of American football, I was extremely proud to see
a sonl of the soil, Devard Darling have a breakout game this past
Hearing his name mentioned in the post game highlights
made me: feel so proud to be a Bahamian. It's been a long time
coming for Devard who has seen the first three years of his
young career in the NFL plagued by injuries.
On Sunday Devard had the best offence performance of the
Baltimore Ravens team, a feat which should be applauded. I am
certain that his performance this past Sunday has caught the eyes
of his coaches who should opt to feature him more prominent-
ly in the offence as it is my belief that he could be the best wide
receiver on the team if given the opportunity.
Like my grandmother used to say, "Nothing in this life comes
easy "
It certainly hasn't been an easy road for Devard, but judging
by his performance this past Sunday, his future in the NFL
certainly looks brighter.
Keep up the good work Devard!
NOvember. 2007.

1 I~l~iJ--

t.; 11---- .

I pt

1 8 Cub3e

$ 7 20.0 0

2 1 Cube

$ 96 2 0 0

- I~rT~~ll~r~

"Th CORCTrn is raised doubly

minianistration in its six

IlOnthsiS BOhMCC have done

Hltte ifan elge t elp get
this CCOnOHmy gOing agsIO"

PLP MP Fred Mitchell




administration has done little
during its six months in office
to help jump-start the
Freeport economy, PLP MP
Fred Mitchell said yesterday.
"The PLP has already
isued augcnoea nsat uentn

state of the economy. The
concern is raised doubly here
in Freeport where it appears
that the FNM administration
in its six months in office
have done little if anytlung
to help get this economy
gomng again-
"Whatever you have seen
of late whether from Asso-
ciated Grocers, the payment
of the fund to the former
workers of Royal Oasis, the
conclusion of the Harcourt
deal were all matters sltart-
ed on the PLP's watch and
for which the country
ought to put on the PLP's
n It is now time for the
FNM to do something to
help this economy, he said.
Mr Mitchell, the MP for
Fox Hill, was speaking at a
press conference at the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party head-'
quarters mn Freeport.
He stressed that the pro-
posed Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) and a


Cricket coach's
fi al 0--menil to

at inquest
into his death
a KINGSTON, Jamaica

CRICKET aoa~ch' Bob

depressed" following his
team's ouster from the World
Cup but he was looking for-
ward to going home, accord-
ing to an e-mail released
Monday that may have been
his final words before his sur-
prise death, according to
Associated Press.
A olc ^.oQ::'iclhe ad he
into the death of Woolmer,
who was found sprawled on
the bathroom floor of his
Kingston hotel room on the
morning of March 18, a day
after his Pakistan team was
upset by Ireland.
Sent hours before his body
was found, the message was
to his wife, Gill, in Cape
Town, South Africa.
"'Hi, darling, feeling a little
depressed currently as you
might imagine," the note
Woolmer,'who was a high-
ly regarded player in Eng-
land, then went on to critique
the performance of his team
in the World Cup, which was
being held in the Caribbean.
"Our batting performance
was abysmal and my worse
werars ereurdetaelstehd,plhe
wrote.~~~~~ "Icudtl h ly
ers were for some reason not
able to fire themselves up."
The coach said he was
relieved that at least he would
not have to travel to Guyana
for the next round in the tour-
nament and looked forward
to seeing his family back
home in South Africa.
"'I hope your day was bet-
ter but I doubt it as you were I
probably watching! Not much I
more to add I am afraid but lI
still love you lots," he wrote.
Woolmer's death set off a
globe-spanning criminal
investigation after a Jamaican
gv rnamnth crdone or -

Jamaican police called off
their probe irl'3une after three
foreign pathologists conclud-
ed the 58-year-old coach died
from natural causes, most :
likely heart disease.

Antigua: Official
CallS 10P IP08h

WayS to boost
during Internet

gaming battle
a ST. JOHN'S, Antigua
ANTIGUA and Barbuda's
governor general said the tiny
Caribbean nation must finds
ways to invigorate its fragile
economy while it remains locked
in a long-running trade battle
with the United States over
Internet gambling, according to
Associated Press.
Governor General Dame
Louise Lake-Tack, during a
Monday address to a sitting of
Parliament's upper and lower
houses, said the Caribbean
nation's government has to

erig mor r en whl t e
U.S. Internet gaming ban con-
The government should
launch "innovative incentive
schemes" to develop local busi-
nesses and lure outside compa-
nies, said Lake-Tack, who rep-
resents the queen mn the former :
British colony and performs
mostly ceremonial functions like
convening and dismissing the
Antigua accuses the U.S. of
crippling its gaming industry by
effectively banning Americans
from placing online bets with
gambling operators in the
Caribbean nation.
bTrheed.S eCrngrebs as yenad
credit card companies from pro-
cessing payments made to online
and offshore gambling opera-
tors, denying the international

gaming industry access to a
lucrative U.S. market.
Antigua, which has promoted
online gambling to ease its
dependency ont unim df edda
Organization and is seeking to
impose US$3.4 billion in trade
sanctions against the U.S.

PLP's issue is that the FNM
does not seem to be engaged
with the proposed deal, and
does not seem to be taking
the process seriously.
He noted that the govern-
ment missed one of the
meetings at the political ley-
el, and there was "a dearth of
information" released about
whether or not they had
actually attended other
meetings at either the politi-
cal or the technical level.
"Now that they are at the
table we think it is fine if
government agrees to get it
postponed once the
Bahamas' position is pro-
"If they can do a goods
only deal as they said yester-
day, that's fine too once the
Bahamas position is protect-
ed. But, we need them to be
at the table, we don't need
them to be away from the
"I would urge the business
community here in Freeport
to continue to hold the gov-
ernment's feet to the fire on
thiss" he said.
Mr Mitchell also empha-
sised that continued duty
free trade with Europe will
ensure the ongoing competi-
tive-ness of the Bahamas as

trade deal between Europe
and the African Caribbean
Pacific states (ACP) will help
to the enhance Freeport as
a centre for trade in the
Bahamas, as well as ensure
the Bahamas' competitive-
ness as a country.
Mr Mitchell said that the
operations of Polymers
International in Freeport
could be "jeopardised" if the
Bahamas fails to sign on to
the EPA with the European
"Anything that makes this
plant less profitable or less
likely to succeed jeopardis-
es the continuance of that
business in Grand Bahama.
There are 88 people
employed at Polymers and
we would not want to do
anything to jeopardise that
plant," said Mr Mitchell.
Mr Mitchell said that the

major sector in the economy
that could be adversely
affected if crawfish is no
longer able to enter the
European market duty free,"
he said.
"So we are seriously con-
cerned about it because at
this time it being said that
the market for Bahamian
crawfish has gone soft in the
US which would be our alter-
native market."
The former cabinet minis-
ter said that the waiver
granted by the World Trade
Organisation which allows
continuance of one way pref-
erence entry into the Euro-
pean markets is unlikely to
be renewed.
He also said that the Euro-
pean Union has indicated
that it will not seek an exten-
sion of the deal.

a country.
According to the PLP MP,
the Bahamas exported $60
million worth of crawfish
duty free into European
markets last year.
He said Bahamian craw-
fish would be subject to duty
once the Contonou Agree-
ment between the ACP
group of countries and the
European Union expires on
the December 31.
If this happens, Mr
Mitchell said Bahamian
crawfish would no longer be
competitive and the coun-
try's economy would be
adversely affected.
"When you consider from
estimates we heard, the fish-
ing industry employs some
20,000 people.
"That is the size of the
public service and-that is a


2 SL Comm~on
Rall Diesel,

During the Ford Model Year Clearance you can experience the
best deals of the year. Don't miss the truly amazing opportunity
to get behind the wheel of the most stylish vehicles on the road.
Available at


Mitchell: FNM has done little to

m-Start Fr ee port economy

Edca*r *ie chcls

p)121 0fo tile BRIhamas
DR GERTRUDE TINKER-SACHS, a veteran Bahamian
educator who serves as an associate professor at Georgia State
University, said a strategic literacy plan for the Bahamas "must
be a shared vision, and must come from who we are as a peo-
ple ".
She was speaking to delegates attending a literacy stake-
holders meeting organised by the Ministry of Education, Youth.
Sports and Culture and the Organisation of American States
Dr Tinker-Sachs encouraged educators not to look outside of
the Bahamas for a strategic literacy plan, since other coun-
tries' best practices may n~ot be the best for the Bahamas.
She recommended that there be town meetings throughout
the length and breadth of the Bahamas to achieve a shared-
vision, and a document that is meaningful and addresses the con-
cerns of all stakeholders.
She cautioned against "top down" documents, which, like
most decisions that originate from a management only point-of-
view, never achieve their intended purpose.
The. visiting professor said the plan should not only reflect the
experiences of middle-class Bahamians, but include persons at
every level regardless of their socio-economic cultural back-
In defining literacy, Dr Tinker-Sachs said that we must adopt
as a broad definition as possible to include all forms of literacy,
and move away from seeing literacy as just simply reading,
writing, counting.
She said that a broader definition of literacy encompasses
reading, writing, speaking, listening, visualising and visually
representing things and ideas.


Dr Tinker-Sachs was the keynote speaker at the Ministry of
Education, Youth, Sports and Culture/ OAS sponsored meet-
ing entitled "In-service training for public school teachers in key
strategies for improving literacy in schools", which will initial-
ly train 150 professionals in workshops as master trainers.
These master trainers will later be responsible for ensuring
that around 4,000 educators in the public education system
acquire training in key literacy strategies. The organizers say they
expect that this initiative will greatly assist public school students
in improving their literacy skills.
Dr Tinker-Sachs is a well known name in Bahamian acade-
mics, who served as the host o~f the television show, "It's Aca-
demic", and has taught at both secondary and primary levels.
She has taught pre-service and in-service teachers of English
at the graduate and undergraduate levels for 12 years at the
Hong Kong Institute of Education (formerly the institute of Lan-
guage in Education) and the City University of Hong Kong.
She earned her doctorate degree in education at Ontario
Institute for Studies at the University of Toronto, Canada.
Dr Tinker-Sachs said one important component of the plan
must be allowing teachers, time to develop their creativity.
She stated that teachers who are exposed to other cultures and
travel abroad are able to bring new perspectives into the class-
Other factors that Dr Tinker-Sachs identified as necessary for
a blueprint on literacy were a parity between technical and
academic education; inclusion of the large immigrant population;
the need for more and better libraries; and a curriculum that is
less rigid and which aligns it self with the needs of' today's soci-
In addressing the issues of' libraries, Dr Tinker-Sachs, who
hails from Bain Town, shared her experience as a young girl
walking to the library and always selecting the "falttest book with
a certain smell" to read.
She said that on a recent visit to the same library, she saw that
the books are still the same, adding that the way libraries are
treated today is one of the biggest crimes against the Bahami-
an people.


THOMPSON BOULEVARD TEL.: 356-7100 FAX: 328-6094

EMAIL: friendlymotors~hotmail.com WEBSITE: friendlymotorsbahamas.comsmrcoe


Laing calls for

COnCiSe plan

to fi ht crime II~

in financial ~~l:~~:

Sef V1CeS

"Do not fall
pretty to illicit
activities. Our
.financial insti-
tutions deserve
better. Our
deserve better.
our regions
deserve better.

ter. "

Zhivargo Laing

'make the best use of my mon-
ey?" he said. Unfortunately'
Mr Laing said, both positives
and negatives have been creat-
ed out of this situation in that
while banks and other financial
institutions have been estab~-
lished on honorable principles,
criminals recognized a means
through which they could
advance their illicit activities.
"Regrettably, there are per-
sons who have no reservations
engaging in financial crimes -
two of which are the financing
of terrorism and money laun-
dering," Mr Laing said.
Challenging them not to fall
victims to the would-be money
launderer, he said, "I call on
each of you do to your part to
slay the giant of financial crime,
or at least keep it out of your
financial institution."'
He also advised that not only
should compliance officers
know the meaning of acronyms
of financial institutions, they
must be aware of what is
required of each entity, as well
as their respective institutions.
"The Forty Recommenda-
tions, the nine Special Recom-
mendations put forward by the
international regulatory system,
are daunting. So it behooves
each of you to equip yourselves
to the extent possible for the
existing challenges and those
that lie ahead," Mr Laing said.


Ap petizers
Old Fashion Pumpkin Soup
Waldorf Salad
Green Salad

Roast Tom Turkey
Walnut Dressing & Cranberry Sauce
Baked Sugar Cured Ham
Sweet Potatoes/ Garden Vegetables

Freshly Baked Apple Pse
Home-Made Pumpkin Pie
Ice Cream
Coffe or Tea

Glass of Wine or Apple Cider
Free Parking Available
Price: $47.OO per person plus 15% gratuity.
Advance purchase price: $42.50 per person plus 15% gratuity by
10 yrs and under half price
Thursday, November 22nd 2007 @ Spmr
Featuring soothing Music By Frankle Victory
SFor Reservations Telephone 242-363-2400
(We will also be serving
our a la carte menu)




DIRECTOR of Agriculture Simeon Pinder speaks during a roundtable discussion at the BAIC business empowerment lecture series. Also pictured from
right, are Basil Miller of the Ministry of Agriculture; I G Stubbs, president, Bahamas Agricultural Producers Association; BAIC assistant general man-
ager Arnold Dorsett.

Lectures on business empowerment

to continue on Thursday at College

TWO professors and a business consul-
tant will share the podliumi as BAIC's lec-
ture series on business empowerment con-
tinues on T'hursday.
The lectures will take place at 7pm at the
College of the Bahamas' Tourism Train-
ing Centre.
Assistant professors in C'OB's School of
Business Michael Rolle and Dudrick
Edwards. along with Gilen Ferguson of
Comprehensive Consulting Services will
speak on marke~ting and e-commerrce.
"The information gleanecd from the series
has been very beneficial to those partici-
pating," said Lester Stuart, senior business
services officer at Bahamas Agricultural

and Industrial Corporation (BAIC).
"This is all part of our mandate to pro-
mote, encourage and facilitate business
development in the Bahamas."
Held in conjunction with the College of
the Bahamas, the sessions are open to the
public and are free of charge. They contin-
ue weekly through Ndvember 29.
"'The purpose of these seminars is to pro-
vide potential, budding and existing entre-
preneurs and business persons with a broad
exposure to proven successful business
strategies, best practices, and real life busi-
ness experience,"' said Mr Stuart.
Topics discussed include:
Business planning and forecasting
Developing and executing a business

Business finance and venture capital
Customer service
The organizers said the presenters are all
proven business persons and college pro-
"BAIC is aware of the role small busi-
nesses play in the economy, especially as it
relates to job creation." said Mr Stuart.
"BAIC is also mindful that properly oper-
ated small business enterprises can provide
at a high level, needed goods and services to
the Bahamian economy.
"We therefore, encourage present: and
potential entrepreneurs, business persons
and the general public to take full advan-
tage of this informative and timely lecture

to terms with grief


MINISTER of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing urged
regional compliance officers to
devise a concise plan of action
in fighting criminal activities
within the financial services sec-
He was addressing the fourth
annual Caribbean Regional
Compliance Association Con-
frence (R A,t mraie i
Association of Compliance
Officers and at the British Colo-
nial Hilton on Monday.
The financial professionals
met to discuss ways to improve
the financial services sector in
their respective countries, and
address global challenges.
"Do not fall prey to illicit
activities. Our financial institu-
tions deserve better. Our coun-
tries deserve better. Our regions
deserve better. Our world
deserves better," Mr Laing said.
He noted that business trans-
actions have come a long way
from exchanging goods for
goods and goods for services.
Now, exchanges are done with
an agreed monetary instrument.
"Persons who came into pos-
session of this new valuable
item here now faced with dif-
ferent challenges. One of the
many challenges was how to

.4 go

PRESIDENT of the College of The Bahamas Janyne Hodder speaks at a
General Assembly on slain faculty member Dr Thaddeus McDonald, on
November 19, 2007. Dr McDonald was an Associate Professor and Dean
of the Faculty of Social and Educational Studies. The institution's Coun-
selling Services also set up special hours for those who may need assis-
tance in their time of grief.

Paradise IslandE
C7;lubi Land' or

Thcanksgyivings Dinner


A dienu~

I -

Th~e Scr2iging~p rio

;~ PresentS

~;3 NightS Of Miracle CruSade ;

Wyndham Crystal Palace

Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Friday, November 23, 2007

7:30 p.m. Nightly

Speake rs include:

~Bi S O p Apostle Leon Wallace

The Hait ia n Co mmun ity

Bi Shop E. Randy Fraser


'- '




ACTIING Minister of
National Security Senator
Elma Campbell told a crime
symposium on Monday that
neighbourhood community
policing is making headway in
the fight against crime and fear
of crime.
"Respect for the rights of
victims and basic services to
victims of crime are firmly on
the agenda, supported by the
newly established Roy~al
Bahamas Police Force Victims
Support Unit," said Senator
Campbell, who is also the Min-
ister of State for Immigration
in the Mini'stry of National
The police detection rates,
particularly for murder, are
very high, standing at 68 per
cent in New Providence, 75 per
cent in Grand Bahama; and 100
per cent in the Family Islands,
she said.
The senator was addressing
the Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's Third Annual Preven-
tion Seminar at the Royal
Bahamas Police Force Confer-
ence Centre on East St ree t.
The one-day event was held
under the theme: "Overcom-
ing aned lelventilng cimeo al
stakeholders, including the
Chamber of Commerce, for
further support, now that we
are in the im lementation
phase of the outcome of the
National Assembly on Crime "
she said '
The information, business
and personal security seminar
is a co-ordinated effort
between the chamber, the
police force and Crime Stop-
pers Bahamas. The event drew
persons from all sectors of the
business community who

man pct voef cim pree eon
tl Pe must, as individuals
communities and country
reclaim hope, love, unity,
togetherness and godliness. key '
concepts in our national

past three and a half decades
points to a break down in the
traditional values and institu-
trons on which the country was
"Advancement in communi-
cations, in particular, has
brought untold benefits.
Regrettably, it has also beamed
violence and deviant behaviour
into our homes on a daily
basis," the senator said, adding
that too many young people
emulate deviant behaviour
shown on TV.
"There is, I believe, a gen-
eral understanding that if we
want to solve our crime prob-
lem, we must seek to improve
the condition and lives of all
our people," she added.

anthem. ifwe' are to break this
cycle of crime and criminality.
and particularly violent crime
in our Bahamas," Senator
Campbell said.
-We recognise a1 partnership
that appreciate~s tiat the timle

the timec for p~ositive and~ decci-
Sile :LCtionl Is heLre.
Inaction. she said. w\ill not
address the u~nacceptably! high
crime rate in thle Bahamuns.nor
redluce the long list of crimes
with which the police force
contends on a daly basis -
from murder to vehiclee theft.
rape. burglar). fraud and cor-

or res erse our veryv disturbing

crime trends. particularly our
murder rate, cited not only
here in the Bahamas, but at the
regional and global level as
well.'" the senator said.
"Inaiction will not address
thle reality that,( should crime
andi criminallity, anId pariiCuI-
lurl\ violent crrime. conti nuei at
such ulnaccepttable rates,
investors andi tourists alike wail
he driven away, seriously
impacting developments~ in our
service-based economy,"', she
Uindoubtedly there are diver-
getnt viewpoinlts on what to do
about crime and criminality in
the Bahamas, the se~nator not-
"A case in point is the ongo-

ing debate on the imposition
of the death penalty and,
specifically, whether in light of
the upward spiralling of the
crime of murder, it should or
should not be imposed," she
said. "Such matters and others
including bail and remand -
mulst be\ followed in accordance
with the law, and in the con-
text of ongoing initiatives to
address challenges to the crim-
inal justice system."
The senator emphasised,
however, that there is more
that unites Bahamians in con-
fronting crime and criminality
than separates them.
She noted that there is broad
agreement that the rise in
crime in the country over the

r. .e

THE Bshaimjs Intcrnallcnonl (

thatl D.II1 Hannah will racl"
the Itesaval s presulglous Caleer ~
Achievement Tribute Award.
BIFF founder and executive
director Leslie Vandlerpool
made the announcement. 2:
BIFF's Career Achievement -'
Tribute, sponsored by wealth
management company Lombard i
Odier Darier Hentsch, honors
an actor or actress whose work -
has had a major impact and has
advanced the frontiers of cine-
matic artistry around the world.
Last year's award went to
Academy Award winner Nicolas ~


Choose from 3. Gre3at Tasting fFrun ; :
1. *Cl'

Distributed by Lowe's Wholesale Soldier Road 393-7111 Fax: 393-0440


Cuba's rullug

Council of State

ca... .........


CUBA announced Tues-
dany it has set Jan. 20 for
national elections that are
part of the process of deter-
mining whether ailing leader
Fidel Castro continues as
diated Press.
'The ruling, signed by inter-
im leader Raul Castro and
read on state television, set
the date for elections to
provincial and national
assemblies voting that is
held every five years.
r There was no explicit men-
tion of Fidel Castro, but the
81- ear-old leader of the
Cuban Revolution must be
re-elected to the national par-
liament before he could
repeat as president of the
Council of State to remain in
full power.
Raul, 76, is the council's
first vice president
The January elections
come almost 18 months after
the elder Castro stepped
aside on July 31, 2006,
because of emergency intesti-
nal surgery, provisionally ced.
ing his functions to his broth-
er and a team of other top
He has not been seen in
public since, appearing only
in official photographs and
videos and regularly writing
essays with mostly interna-
tional themes.
The parliament, known in
Cuba as the National Assem-
bly, elects a new council
every five years, several
weeks after deputies are
elected. It was not announced
when the new National
Assembly would meet for the
first time to renew the t op
council members.
Cuba's constitution calls
for the council's first vice
president, currently Raul
Castro, to fill the presidential
slot when vacated. Fidel'
Cuba's unchallenged leader
sincel1959, held the council
presidency since its l976 cre-
Phil Peters, a Cuba analyst
with the pro-democracy Lex-
inson h nk tsnk au si s
vote would be "'an election
with real suspense."
"iIf (Fidel) doesn't put his
name on the ballot he is
effectively resigning," Peters
However, even if Castro
rehinquishes the presidency,
he could still play akey role
mn the nation's leadership in
his current position as Com-
munist Party general secre-
tary arguably a more polit-
ically powerful job -or in a
new emeritus position.
Vicki Huddleston, Ameri-
ca's top diplomat in Cuba
from 1999-2001, said it
seemed likely Raul Castro
would be Cuba's next Council
of State pre ident.leiaie
"ey f people imgn
that Fidel will return to pow-
er in an active position," said
Cuba recently held the first
round of its election process,
with more than 8.1 million
voters 95 percent of those
registered casting ballots
in late October to elect more
than 12,000 delegates to 169
municipal assemblies across
the island.
Those assemblies are now
choosing candidates for
provincial and national
assembly seats.
Anyone 16 or older can
vote in Cuba and casting a
ballot is not mandatory.
Membership in the Commu-
nist Party the only legal
political party on the island
also is not required.
Small dissident groups -
which are tolerated but dis-
missed by Cuba's government
as mercenaries of the United
States boycotted the
municipal elections.
Detractors of Cuba's elec-
toral process complain the
country's president is not
directly elected by citizens

and say voters feel heavy
pressure to support pro-gov-
ernment candidates.
"TIhe current Electoral
Law, marked by a totalitarian
character, does not guarantee
the elemental right of citizens
to freely elect people who
represent programs or pro-
posals that differ from those
of the only party that has gov-
erned for more than four
decades," dissident Vladimiro
Roca wrote earlier this week
in a declaration from the
opposition coalition Todos


Neig hbourhood community pohicing is

'making headway in fight against crime'

-- r
\ t

1-' a 75 4 1

Simpson saga is aHl about money
llThen somerthing went terri--
bly wcrong. anrd I kniow wvhat
happenedrrt, butr i canl't tell your
exactrly howc.. Thes wh'ole frontl o~f OG
meI( wa~s covecred inl blood, buct it
dlidnr't c'ompulte~. ..Any! mroment

inl my! own~r bedt. -- OJ Sim~psonl,


"The original Simpson trial

may have been the most-
wvatched event in television

history, but it signified noth-

ing. And Simpson's life since
the trial proves it. His pathetic
and bizarre confessiono" will

end up as his true legacy."

ed. "I made every change he
asked for, and he signed off on
it. It's his book...Judge for your-
self. "
In Simpson's account he is
the loving father and long-suf-
fering husband, while Nicole
was nothing more than a bi-
polar bitch on wheels whose
drug use and sex life eventually
spun out of control. This is
despite the fact that police had
been called to the Simpson
house at least nine times over
the years to sort out domestic
arguments in which he was the
As one reviewer put it, the
book's "hypothetical" scenario
allows Simpson to have it both
ways to put himself at the
crime scene with motive and
opportunity, yet dissociate him-
self from the actualbmurders, as-
if ~theyr somehow- committed
themselves while he happened
to be there holding a knife.
Ironically, Simpson starred in
the crime news again in Sep-
tember when he was implicated
in an armed robbery at a Las
Vegas hotel trying to retrieve
allegedly stolen memorabilia
that belonged to him from a
guest's room.
Last month, two of his com-
panions in that escapade plead-
ed guilty and accepted a plea
deal to testify against him. And
it was announced a week ago
thav Simp on and t~wo oh
counts, including robbery,
assault with a deadly weapon,
conspiracy, kidnapping and bur-

son sagaha neng enesned tombpe
about law and order or justice
or race relations. It's all about
money and voyeurs being
served up a special brand of
entertainment. The original
Simpson trial may have been
the most-watched event in tele-
vision history, but it signified
nothing. And Simpson's life
since the trial proves it. His
pathetic and bizarre "con~fes-
sion" will end up as his true
What do you think? Send com-
ments to larry@tribunemedia~net, mail
tor` larry~tribunemedia.net. Or visit

Old Fashion Pumpkin Soup
Waldorf Salad
Green Salad

ROast Tom Turkey
Walnut Dressing & Cranberry Sauce
Baked Sugar Cured Ham
Sweet Potatoes/ Garden Vegetables

Freshly Baked Apple Pie
Hoilme-Mnade Pumpkin Pie
Ice Cream
C=offe or Tea

Glass of Wine or Apple Cider
Free Parking Available

Price: $47.00 per person plus 15% gratuity.
Advance purchase price: $42.50 per person plus 15% gratuity by
10 yrs and under half price

Thursday, November 22nd 2007 @ 5pm a
Featuring soothing Music By Frankie Victory

SFor Reservations Telephone 242-363-2400
(W~e will also be serving
OUr 8 IS Carte ImenU)



The Tribune wants to hear

ma:ing esit shaei
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause. campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so. call us on 322- 1986
and share your story.

Large Shipment of Used Cars


New Shipments

Arriving Monthly

For Easy Financing .

On Premises

Check Our Prices

Before buying

Bahamas Bus & Truck

IC I :



one of the most bizarre
books that has ever been
Former football star O J
Simss. ws ka 1 uithe dad zel
Nicole, and her friend Ron
Goldman, with a knife. The case
w~as watched by millions around
the world, and it polarised racial
emotions in the US like no oth-
er before or since something
that has puzzled blacks and
whites equally, given Simpson's
willing identification with white
The following comments are
"For many, Simpson's not-
guilty verdict was perceived as a
victory that far too few blacks
accused of crimes particular
ly those with smaller bank
accounts and less fame than
Sim~pson were given the
opportunity to have." Black-
[In] the trial, everything is
about race. Black people deal
with race everyday. Whites who
said it's not a trial about race
speak that way because they
haven't been on the receiving
end of injustices at the hands
of a white person Marc
Watts, a black reporter.
(Cochran, Simpson's lead
lawyer) suggests that racism
ought to be the most important
thing that anyone of us ought
to listen to in this court ... and
set his murdering client free." -
Fred Goldman, father of one of
the victims
And at a barbershop in Los
Angeles 10 years after the trial,
the PBS investigative show
Frontline, determined that none

of the black customers believed
that Simpson was innocent. Blt
they did agree that the police
behaved as expected: "They
framed a guilty man that's
all it was," said the barber.
A year after the aquittal, a
civil trial was launched b~y
the Goldman and Brown fami-
lies charging Simpson with caus-
ing wrongful death. In early
1997 Simpson was unanimously
found guilty and the jury award-
ed the two grieving families $19
million in damages.
'The civil jury took six days to
make a decision after a four-
month trial. That compared to
the five hours it took the crimi.-
nal court jury to decide on a
verdict after over nine months
of testimony a year or two ear-
But Simpson said he was
broke aside from a $25,000 a
month pension that the court
couldn't touch. And then he
moved to Florida where the law
protects his assets from being
seized to pay damages. "They
can't touch my earnings here.
And it will be a cold day in hell
, before I pay a penny,". he was

quoted as saying recently.
According to news
reports, being found liable for
the deaths of two people and
making millions aren't mutual-
ly exclusive in the US. Simpson
made nearly $400,000 from his
NFL pensions every year from
2003 to 2005, for a total of $1.2
million, and even earned
$50,000 from "appearances,"
according to tax returns.
he bizarre book we
referred to earlier was
another attempt to earn money.
It is actually Simpson's confes-
sion hypothetically speaking
that is. And it is made even
more bizarre by the fact that it
was published by the Goldman
family. Released only two
months ago the book has soared
to the top of Amazon's best-
seller list. It's called, Ifl Did it:
Conlfessionrs of the Killer.
In his introduction. Fred
Goldman explains his motives
for continuing to hound Simp-
son: "It is about taking from
him, it's about making him feel
the impact of what he did. It's
about hitting him where it hurts

- his pockets, his livelihood...It
is not about revenge, and we
are not going, to apoplogise for
wanting him to feel a tenth of
what we feel every day....Sadly
we have been unsuccessful -
until now."
The whole idea of the book
was to cash in on Simpson's val-
ue as a celebrity "murderer" (or
wrongful death causer). When
Harper Collins paid Simpson
upwards of $1 million as an
advance, the Goldman family
launched a massive campaign
to stop publication.
They complained that Simp-
son's income and assets were
protected from the civil judg-
ment they won. "He has estab-
lished companies in the names
of his children to serve as 'pass-
throughs' for his own gain. He
has completely taken advantage
of the system and manipulates it
to avoid paying...He is virtually
All that negative publicity
led the publisher to pull the
book. And the Goldmans eve~n-
tually won the rights to If I Did
It after a bankruptcy court ruled
that the Simpson family com-
pany that owned the book was
"a sham formed to perpetuate a
fra ud .
TIhe Goldmans then deccid-
ed to publish the 60,0100-word
manuscript themselves. with
part proceeds going to the new-

ly formed Ron Goldman Foun-
dation for Justice, a victims
rights group. "There is no
doubt in our minds that this
book was originally written so
that (Simpson) could finally tell
his side of what happened,"
Goldman says,in his introduc-
tion. "For us the hardest part
of reading this book was hear-
ing him talk about that
night....nothing prepares you for
hearing it straight from his

ar per Collins, the
Original publisher,
had hired a former journalist
named Pablo Fenjves to inter-
vie~w Simpson and ghost write
an account of what might have
happened on the night of the
murders: "I was being given an
opportunity to sit in a room
with Simpson. and listen to his
confession, or an ersatz version
of his confession." Fenjves said.
After days listening to Simp-
son's story, Fenjvles had a draft
readyv forl revriew in a few weeks.
Simpson signed off on the man-
Suscript and the interview tapes
were~t turned over to him ney-
or to be seen again. But once
the Goldmans won the rights to
publication Simpson declared
that the bookl w'as a fiction cre-
ated byl the ghostwriter.
"O J read the book, his book,
several times." Fenjves respond-

Pa radis e Is land

HuE ,4 t o

\'isit ourwcebsite at ww.cob.edu.bs ,is ';d



Applications areL invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:
The Lalw Library atf The College requires a highly motivated, tactful, people-friendly,
innlovative," deta~il-or~ie1ted person to provide paraprofessional, administrative and basic
preference assistance. Cllientele will include students and faculty of the LL.B Programme,
as we~ll as members of the legal- profession and the general public.

The successful candidate will perform all dutiess with ~ilinimBl supervision, assisting with
thle o Ierseeing of the: day-today activities and progr-ammes of the Branch in the absence
of` the Branch head, so good judgment and proferssionalism is essential. In addition,
he/she will direct the activities of library assistants and part-timers and will assist with
their training and appraisal. Regular written reports are required.
Under the direction of the Unit Supervisor, the position performs a variety of paraprofessional
duties with minimal supervision. These include supervision of library assistantss,
preparation of written and oral re:ports/'correspondence. planning and organizing job
a~cti\vitis. which demonstrates skills such as decision-making, good judgment and
knowledge of library and college polletes and procedures. Further, overseeing the
maintenance of collections, participation in the development of policies, services and
progranunes, and overseeing the day-to-day activ-ities and programmes of the Unit mn the
absence of the Unit Head are to be undertaken. 'The position works closely with all Units
to ensure thle delivery of a high standard of servlice to patrons.
1. Pioxides evening and Saturday reference services.
2. Di;.etS the activities of Library Assistanrs, and assists in their appraisal.
3. ssists in the Unit's budget pre~paintion.
4. Assists w ith the updating of policies and procedlures manuals.
5. Responds to reference questions receiived from patrons by telephone and inl person.
6. Supervises part-time. evening and weekend staff.
Ensurles the enfltorcemernt of library policies anld procedures.
X. Assists with storage and access to all library resources, e.g. books, microfilm.
CD-ROMh databases, microfiche and related equipment.
.C'onlducts research in support of the Unit' s work.
10). Assists with the 'ondLuct of research and the comupilation of bibliographies.
1 1. Aissumnes responsibility ftor deposit of tilnds collected in th~e unlit.
12. Issues library passes.
1.Orgamle~s work schedules for library clearance.
14i. Handles Inte~r-L~ibrary loan requests.
15. Assists with the delivery of Bibliographic Instructional programmes.
16. Provides group~ and individual tours of the unit'library.
18. Assists patron,~s with the use of comlputers and other related electronic servrices
ava ;ilable.
10. Assists in thle development of` projects for the mlakinlg of the library and its resources.
7(0. Con~lduICts training for Libr~ary Assistants o~n operational procedures.
'l. Attends library meetings.
22. Serves on Clollege wide commnittees
23. Pllrticipate[Ls in library projects
24. UnI afts Ilettrs. reports, proposals as reqyuestel.
25. ReCLonunendICs reCSOUrceCs for acuiisition1s
l.AnIY other dutie\s which m~ay be assigned~.
QUALIF;I:A'TIONS: Normlally a Bac~helor's De~gree~c or the equivalent in relevant area,
ORi for a technical/vocational or craft area. satisfa~ctor~ y c~omple~tion of a recognized or
aLcLP;lcptuale pogr~ammelL of training at the craft Ilevel. AND) hav~e at least ten (10) years of'
experience working in thle craft area, OR hav;e a tr~ainedJ Tecacherl' s Certificate with
specialization in the relevant cratt area, PLUS at least six (6) years of teaching experience
in the area.
SALARY SCALE: SPS-5 $24,580 x $700 - $35,780
Interecsted candidates should submit a letter ot` interest along with a completed application
f~olrm and an up-to-date resume to the address below by December 6, 2007:
The Director
Human Resources Department
The College of The Bahamlas
Oakes Fildd
P.O. Box N-49)12
Nassau, Bahamas
Or to hrapply~)cob.edu.bs
Please note that applications are available on The College's website: www.cob.edu.bs


ARCHIE NAIRN, Peiiinnanen Secretary, Bahamais Minlctry of Tourismi
an'd Aviationl addresisind those gatheredd for the iompetition

New junior minister

of tourism selected

I"-L f t~a. 011.110 hlill-Ir\ lI
T OI lI alb. 1 41.110 11 1
S IC cll iid a ~ I 'L UItutIJ IIUl'liniiT

wchich helld rpuch co~nlPclilllan
lIInuts l
Tlhe rt. ults 01I thL coniptLu-
(10)1) JC00 Ill the w. L.Clll l of

Pci lllcl As h|Unitf 1111111 1 0
Thl llhl\lli 'PAl lijlle s.Fhiled

Nairn gave encouraging words
to the high school students who

part~icipateL In th<. irmlpelllion,
wrhiil th! ~rfu~Lte illel speakil-
c\. ~Thr ncll general~non -

hir Na~irn Irold the tudeLnts
that In ~rde r ilu Jo, ta I or and
be beller than belonre.it j ceni-
lial la~ Ilear Irvm ouLr histo~riL ,
Ifo[TI O)~ICfS cpa i t\plnch- id
thc\ *Iuci~csu or lI~Ilures

lo-f~C uc ith thy Inue thait
pLagueL us alnd insist that we2
those: issues in earnest." Mr
Nairn said.

~~P~ .
(L TO R): Katanga Armbrister-Johnson, new junior minister of tourism and first place winner; Tarranl Lewis. second place winner; Precious Bethel,
third place winner,

ide~nt for finance in the Ca~ribbea~n Studeints
Association an~d to becomec a member ofC thi
external committee for student affairs of the
Golden Key Honours Society.
A member of Trans figuration Baptist
Church. K\halid's motto is that he can do, aill
things through Christ w~ho streng~thens. co~m-
forts, guides. protects and opens the doors to
the-umlimited possibilities,
He said of McC~ill: "It is a once is a life time
opportunity that has expandedd my~ mind, spir-
It and tested everyV tacet of my1 being only to
show that those who truly~ rely on God. can
succeed at w'hate~ver they: put their hearte int~.
with GodJ's he~lp -
Pursuing a bac~helor of science degree
through a major in physiology,. Khalid ~13alwas
tries to maintain a cunulaitive GPA above 3.9.
He is proudly following a family~ tradition in
attending McGill.
He follows in the footsteps of his Uncle~s,
Dr Patrick Roberts. inte~r~natio~nally\ aiclaim~d
pediatr~ician: thecologianl :ind phiinlanthropist
Osca-r Jrhnrson. Jr; Dr Daniel M D Jo~hnso~n: his
aunt Jose~e Johnson: cousin. La;ura Anne Joh~n
son and his mother. Cathleen H~assan. .
Currently attending McGill with Khalid is
his cousin, Ashleyv Johnon~.
There are manyv Bahlamianx anld
non-Babamiians living in the Bahamrnas.
whov have: traversed the hallowed halls of
McC~ill University ml Montreal. Quebec. C'an;-

YOUNG Bahamian Kalid Hassan has been
chosen by the prestigious Mc~lill University
as one of its "history makers" as part of an
ambitious fundraising programme. :
Campaign McGill seeks to raise funds to fur-
.. their progress in a number of areas, including:
wellness, prosperity, science and technology.
environmental sustainability and civil society.
In an effort to highlight the achievements
of university mn these areas, 18 "history makers"
have been selected this year from among the
student body and faculty.
Some of the other history makers hail from
Eastern Europe. the Middle East and Africa.
At 19 years old, Khalid has already tcc-om
polished what most young persons only dream
about Graduating from St John's College' in
2005 with eight As in the BGCSE examina-
tions, Khalid was recognized by the Ministry of
Education as the top, and only male student in
the Bahamas, to achieve this standard that
At home, Khalid participated in the pre-
gramme sponsored by the Gecntlemen s Club
under the direction of Dr Judsonl Eneas as we~ll
as that for top male students by Phi Beta K~ap-
In both of these programmes Khalid received
high recognition. Having entered McGill at
age 17, Khalid was quickly recognized by the
university as an exceptional student and young
He was invited to participate as the vice pres-


Young Bahamian

'making history

Mc Gill Univer si


I-- I ~T~1C~Z I


FROM page one
Works. on October lo, t~o air th
over the project, they have yet
response as tor whiat action m
despite allege~dly being a~ssulred t
so w'ithmn two weeks.
Homeo~twnerls elanll thle ralte of
onl the l'a~zal a~lppens to, havu~ ow
that timec, potelcntially mal~kin~ i
any adljustmecnts to the project t
Yesterdal~y. permanent scrletal
gs w~ho r~ceivdc rcsiden~s' inlitial
the mlatter said it was in the ha~n
evant agency: the town planning
C'ontactcd that afternoon. ~omn
nian MrI 'lurncluest said that;1 t
concerns are "very' importlant'
"I anticipacte thiat at the nex
meeting...there 11 be further lit
that," he said. adding: "(D~irec
Planning, MIicha~el Major) was
directives and things to check o
really where the matter is right
Mr Turn test pointedl out th;
oper has all of the necessary a
provided by the former- town pl
mittee under the previous gove
the new committee "'support th;
He continued, however: "Thecr
things that they have asked us
that we are looking into with th;
-- if we can get some concession
tion with these things I'd be pi
whatever we can. '
It is just this which residents cl;
mittee is taking too long over,
"Whatever corrective action
please look into it. We need to
security,"' said resident Angelita
terda ,
Costmunity members state t1
not in any way against "progress"
ly aware that the site is a prime
zone, but believe that the buildi

.FROM page one

not be reached by phone by
K~nowles' lawyers and the
other was indisposed in a
court in West Palm Seach.
Knowles himself waived his
right to become a witness in
his own defence.
Judge James Cohn asked
Kinowles to itand and raise
his right ha~nd and said: "~o
you understand that you halve
the right to become a witness
in this case?" to which
Knowles answered in a rcaspy
voice: "'Yes. sir."
Judge Cohn then expla~in~ed
to Knowles that the ju~ry
could not consider K~nowles
decision not to take the stand
when they deli eratte at the
en iti 'Y~"

low EiP9 want
tod~aive my right to testify."
The prosecution's eviden-
tiary part of the trial ended
with testimony from.Frank
Cartwright. who pleaded l
guilty to drug charges before
taking a plea agreement to
testify against Knowles.
Knowles' defence lawyer,
Jacob Rose. aIske J
Cartwright if hie expectedl to
receive favourable treatment
because of his testimony
against K~nowles and he
On July 24,. 2000, the Drug
Enforcement Agency seized
$2,563,260 from Cartwright.
Cartwright testified yester-
day that he had lied to agents
who questioned him about
dates that he worked with
Knowles and the amount of
money he had received and
said that Knowles had told
him to do so. .
Cartwright explained to t~he
court that he eventually
~decided to co-operate with

erll ConIIcrnI s
to receive a
ay bec taken l
hey w'ouldl

nin;~lte since
it hairder for
o bec mud ryv Colinl Hig-

dsl of' the rel-

miitte he rcsidcnt s
to the co-ni

t committee

tor of To;wn
given some
ut and that's
at the dlevel-
.pp''rovls. as
a~nning com
rnment, and
'e were some `
Sto adrelltss'
at developer
Is in connec-
leased to do

aim theL com1-

Sis needed:

SBethel yes-

hat they are
. and aIre ful-
ing~ is simply

too lairge a~nd liab~le to o~verwhelm the quaint

-'WeY ~just dlon'I walnt progress to come at
IMlc p~l se of dlystroyingl our homes and

SShe says t he weight well-kept hiomes some
ofl whiich~ ;in close to, 100 years old and have
l~ceen occupied~ b~y the samec families for gen-
cera;tions~ :are a~ p;"t of' Bahamian culture
;and history anld should be celebrated rather
than comir g underL' attack from over-zealous
new dcveloipmntu~s.
..Or-ieinally I didn't have theLse concerns,"
sa~id president Ang~elita Bethel, "but when we
p'hysically saw the structure it was like
'hey, wa~i a minute...there's no space for park-

She addled: "It appears to us that our 20-
foot access road is bemng incorporated into
th~is development. '
'I hey wanlt town planning to intervene and
cause thle deve-loper to ensure that parking
cloes n~ot ov\erflowv on to their narrow access
road, and tha~t generator, garbage and air-
co~nditioning units do not end up "under the
nloses' of residecnts due to insufficient space.
'lo, Ihis end, Ms Dugganl said'~ she would
like to see the ministry ensure that a border
wall is placed bettween the shopping centre
;Ind the dlead-end road that leads to their
Adcditionally, she anld other residents would
prefer if both the entrance to and exit from
the plaza a~re from East Bay Street, rather
than Lightbourn Lane.
Ilt's a lovely location, wonderfully quiet,
we have sometfung that you dont find any-
more in Nassau," said Ms Bethel.
"We have asked the ministry to look into
these matters be~caulse, in all1 honesty, it's not
somlething thait s really an acceptable situa-
tion." she acdded.

.FROM page one

revealed that of the two separate voter's cards existing under Ms Collie's name
the court had photocopies of, one contained a picture of her, and the other did
not, while one of the cards also placed her in the Pinewood constituency.
It was also unclear from the testimony if either of the photocopies of the two
cards matched the card Ms Williamson presented to the court, or if this was the
third such document in her name.
Ms Collie told the court that she only recalls registering once at the Elizabeth
Estates clinic after being called over by representatives of the parliamentary reg-
istration department. She also said under cross examination by Michael Barnett
that Bamboo Town was the only place she voted.
Questions also emerged during the testimony as to whether or not there are dif-
ferent signatures from different parliamentary registration officials, along with dif-
ferent registration dates, on the two photocopied voters cards.
Carolyn Williamson, a representative of the Registrar General, also took the
witness stand yesterday. She has supervision of the registry of births, deaths and
During questioning by Mr Davis, Ms Williamson referred to records of the birth
of Kendal Seraphin, a voter being challenged by the PLP, who is allegedly a Hait-
ian, based on the hearsay testimony of Private Investigator John Munroe.
Ms Williamson's testimony revealed that Betty Charles Joseph, who, too, is
reportedly Haitian, had two birth certificates issued for 'Kenol', each with the birth
date April 9, 1981.
On one certificate it was revealed that the boy is referred to as Kenol Charles,
born to Betty Charles; while on the other birth certificate, the boy is referred to
as Kenol Seraphin, born to Betty Charles and Michael Seraphin.
As Mr Davis further questioned Ms Williamson on the records surrounding the
challenged voter Kendal Seraphin, Senior Justice Anita Allen asked if it was nec-
essary to continue through the process of questioning as was being done by Mr
Davis, if the court already had a copy of the documents in question as evidence.
Mr Barnett agreed that the line of questioning was unnecessary with the evi-
dence having already been submitted, at which time Mr Davis ended his inquiry
with the witness.
Fourteen witnesses testified yesterday with Clinton Josey, a teacher, admitting
that he moved out of Pinewood in late February or early March mn 2006 to Hal-
ifax Street, Southern Heights which is in the Baillou and Cowpen Road area.
During Mr Munroe's testimony, he told the court that Mr Josey admitted to
him that he lived outside Pinewood, and that he went to parliamentary registry
officials to change his address, but was not permitted to do so.
This admission of non-residency in Pinewood six months prior to the election,
came as other voters such as Aneka Sweeting, pointed to areas outside the
boundary lines of the constituency on the court map during their testimony.
Court resumes this morning at 10am with a BEC representative expected to
take the witness stand.

no i ntify, was also standing

wen 607 ro 010 o ts An
Nicole's vital signs. At this point
all the occupants of the room
appeared to be sleeping, she
said, noting Anna Nicole and
Daniel were in the same bed,
with Daniel in one of Anna's

She testified that the "white-
haired" gentleman had left by
this time, and Howard K Stern
appeared to be sleeping on the
bed nearest the door. When
asked if anything appeared
"odd" to her about Daniel at
this time, she replied no, adding:
"He was in one (of Anna's) arms
and Itook vital signs (from) the

o ath t McTagat ta mid-
wife at Doctors Hos ital, testi-
fied that at about 8am on Sep-
tember 10 she saw Anna Nicole_
and Daniel asleep in the same
bed, while Howard Stern
appeared to be asleep in the oth-
er ct, near tdtthe dotor.D

a feared o'pale" with hisahneaed
" listed on the (bed's) rail."
At 9.38am she heard a
"buzzer"l go off, and went to
room 201 and found Anna
Nicole Smith in hystericsscream-
ing:'He's not breathing, he's not
breathing.' Ms McTaggart said
s then called in the "code
During her testimony, Ms
McTaggart frequently re-
checked her written statement
to police to clarify her testimony.
During the proceedings th~e
accuracy of witness testimony
was called into question by var-
ious counsel of the parties rep-
resented, who argued that wit-
nesses should have been more

lor ig ove thi sttmns
SVirgie Arthur, Anna Nicole's
estranged mother, and Howard
K Stern were present during the
testimony of the nine witnesses
called to the stand yesterday.
DThemi quest is adjourned until

day indicated that the bed was
previously occupied by Smith's
lawyer and companion, Howard
K Stern shortly before Daniel
Smi h. 2, \vas d os Iedo t f

monn f S pt be 10. 2006
nadn Cep, ma registered
nurse for 10 vcars at Doctors
Hospital, told the court that on
September 10. 2006, she was on
duty when a "code blue" was
called at aIbout 9.4~am.
A\ "code blue" is used to
denote a real or suspected
imnpending loss of life in a patient
\vho has stopped breathing or
"hose heart has stopped beat-

Ire said she responded to the
call onl the second floor of the
miater~nity~ ward at room 201, the
rllom of the lat'e'American
celebrity Anna Nicole Smith,
\\-ho had given birth to a baby
ichurrbe C' Ie tol the court
w\hen she arrived at the room it
w\as congested with medical staff.
In an attempt to make space in
the Icoom she, along with anoth-
Lr nurse, pulled the empty bed
that was nearest to the door out
of the room and into the corri-
don .
She said that after pulling thd

"1~,Hloiltte es"1, on biter
than th1e other" on top of the
bed sheets. Because the medical
staff wecre in the middle of a
code blue and attempting to
resuscitate Daniel Smith, she
kept the pills in her possession
until the code blue was called
off, she said.
dpon further que tioning, she
st til the ow e was called f a d
then approached Dr James
Inferenta the doctor in charge
of the code blue and told him
about the pills. He reportedly
instructed her to give the pills
to thle nurse supervisor on duty
that day. Patricia Laing. Nurse
Cnruy said this was "'common

Nurse Carey also testified that
she pu hm polsa "i a tissu an

During her testimony she was
unable to identify what kind of
pills she saw, but said she
recalled them having "numbers
on them" and possibly
lettering, but she could not be
nehden asked if anytohne wt
pills, Nus Cae ngid that th
Pthus ars dheer nurse wh heped er

mo m aes bwi hor rwhemhsh
found the pills
Patricia Lig, nurse at Doc-
tors Hospital, testified that she
accepted the unidentified pills
from Nurse Carey in a "plastic
bag" with the label 201 on it. She
told the court she pocketed the
pills and then turned them over

toreHoial lS mos the first
witness called to the stand yes-
terday, told the court he
responded to the "code blue' in
room 201 at about 9.41am on
September 10, 2006. There he
saw the body of Damiel Smith
"lifls wt no pDle S' sa
Suseun .y ,r Sim

response technicians arrived
about two minutes later.
Francis Woodside, nursing
assistant and patient care tech-
nician at Doctors Hospital, tes-
tified that she was onmnght duty
on September 9, 2006, from
11.30pm until 7.30am the next

She said that shortly after
11.30pm, she made roumds to
room 201, where she saw Anna
Nicole Smith sitting in the hos-
pital bed nearest the window'
her son Daniel sitting in a chair
near her bed, and baby Dan-
nielynn in a crib, while Howard
K Stern was located in the other

coe tadaendot r"white-
haired" man, whom she could


Historic community 'Multiple voters cards'


c83100 inSpector's

32510,000 corporate
SUPe'ty 1100

i, 10 Us I a lvie~r sattorney

n:,\ I lend a fcoumrt resering
;5 nent s rsrioight tor a rhral
IL > t he nuall t c nities
\:!l ,niduec iss in be rraingn
.I1l ,~cpine 1( N M istrabte Jde
.an i Soute iiclans For Loaud-
Jui~-le a II, h~v alam.

i l~l \ cle. aformler Gaming
luai~ .IIasinou inpecat or, had
:.IIs accse ofC ipimportint a
aJlione mpting. tnor distriut
!csci kl'.ilog rams to lft cocae-

he Il encein question s
c nel tod avetoenr ae

vese icted. Fowerud

.le~~ u\cs to~c life imprsonet; a
$4 md rlion foloineado a sein-
lL tencea oflive\ars to life under

rsupet ln co ise leas e. pr

TilR~lc~ TYd:?-FOUR Domini-

cuns were taken into custody
i;i lctrdl following ~h ad j int
cooperation with poffis ofr

(he Royl~ BaIIhcamas inPolicean
11 1ni~ltorce in wat ers
In conbicd" lr Evn sc~ra d

theq ort leaionwic took

placeRI ropd7am yoestra,
~intecepe a:cc~s 50-fo~ontDoini-
can vesseji'[ jl twot mO~ileseat of
InuguaDoal. 59 eno
Onbci~our;\ Jthdisesse were34

;11\ nicarlnr mae. \o had br n e
sc;;ioi. I)-I~on~l poudof

or sharks
.I rentllor the 7y are n olce
prIoiics dsed". r Evansaid/

Bayc ~li~k' 10dbgs wa

FivR OMhu pagse one i

SIher3! moornin. plc otn
!` he opesinc ts hat plossiiit
IOrnl Mcionld. 59 Do~ean of m
herl~~ 0 aculy of Soial and
ducan''.! is:ItetonalStdes, as

;~l~ i

* iiih~ll 1,17C < tin tlohig


dence' on; WestO Hlll Streeton

NiHety: prosecution

80il IefeHCO POSt

agents because they "knew
everything already" anyway.
Following C'artwright's tes-
timony. Mr Rose beseeched
Judge Cohn again to dismiss
Kinowles' case b~caluse there
was not enough evidence for
a juryl to find K~nowles guiltV
on charges that he conspired
to imnport cocaine into the
UTSA. nor that he ev'er had c
Mlr Rose conte~nds thalt c~-
operating witne~sses didl testi-
l thiat cocaine w\as be-ing
shippedl but ne~ver speccified
their dcso:nation. However- cr

this argument by Ic~counting
tesfriimny in which witness
cas didf sp~city~ that they we~re
selling co~cainer andl collectine
the pro~ceeds fo~r Ithe defen-
dalnt (Knlow~le~s).
According to~ testimlony-
cocarine wa;s beling shipped
from Coclombia to~ Jalmaica.
Ja~maica to, T~he Dah~amas and
then to the U1S. where some
o~f Knowles' cohortrs sold the
drugs and Irepatriated) the
fundis back to K\now\les.
Just becfore the se~ssiin
brokee for lunch the judge
seemed to become irritatcd
with the defence s lack of
preparation with regard to
their missing witnesses.
"'You knew the govern
ment would rest before
lunch," Judge Cohn told the
The defence restedl with-
out testimony from their last
The prosecution and
defence are set to prresent
their final arguments wihen
the court reconIvenes on

FROM page one NUTSe teStifieS

Vandalism puts ZNS

radio station off the air

FROM page one

told Pond to determine the problem, they found that the door to the
transmission but had been removed and much of the supporting
coils and equipment necessary for ZNS's 1240AM and 1540AM
transmissions were stolen or vandalised.
Aside from causing a total loss of the 1240am signal the incident
also affected the strength of the 1540AM signal. However, Mr
Smith advised that, despite running at 50 per cent capacity, the lat-
ter transmission will still be available tolisteners as per usual.
It is believed that those responsible carried out their illegal act in
the early hours of that morning. Police are now investigating the
The cost of the damage may reach into the "hundreds of thou-
sands" of dollars, suggested Mr Smith.
This the latest and most serious in a string of thefts and attacks
on ZNS property at the tower has highlighted the need for greater
security on the premises.
"We realise that there's an urgent need for us to upgrade secu-
rity, (to) put in proper surveillance systems," said Mr Smith.
Copper wiring has been stolen from the site on numerous prior
"Our AM transmission depends heavily on use of copper...we lost
a significant amount as result of theft," he said. Although police
investigated these incidents no arrests or charges were brought.
According to the executive, a decision will have to be made as to
whether the channel remains an AM one, or is upgraded to FM,
before it comes ba~ck on alir.
ZNS executives had been discussing for a couple of years whether
the AM signal would be replaced by an FM transmission and this
move may now be expedited in light of the destruction and removal
of the AM signal equipment, said Mr Smith.
The decision may he impacted by the fact that the company
which initially provided the AM equipment has now gone out of

' 'AGE 11

~ ,~ :ll\e .'-II., !
... ~; ''

' 0
a b*


*." ''r

A t.E

's~~ ~i~.~gc.
lu i'
.1 I 1.
~" ,U
wv .~he I.I~


e- a



I ~
1'.~'!1111.1 1 .1 '

t-, ~'~--Cd~ 1
~tflrY' 1CL II i."

'E .,i

ri~B: 1 e 5

C t-- .I

.r L r, W




eL~ 'I tlp,
",~~ "~~:... ..

3 C
r 1

Atflbr ,
.I ,

' +'









. ....







......, ~


`~:: ~~a

~ 1 4

~b' ti

Irff~~c3 ... *r

~F~-: ~s~



: 'Scene's of the

'Bahamas' make -.eL Ili .~.s

up Christmas -a

card selection e

THE Bahamnas Red Cross Society has featured "Scenes of the oLi..b r 41~1- f ia.
Bahamas" in it's Christmas card selection for 2007. 4F.
The~r Chism card ilutaeth itrsqebahscn n
the tranquility of "Domino Dock" from the painting by John Paul; A
the vibrant colours~and rhythm of "Junkanoo" from the painting by rlllk i"'"i~
.Rolf Harris, and the scenes of Nassau past in the hauntmngly mem-
orable "Over the H~ill" from thle painting by Eddie Minnis. ~
The cards are now available for purchase and early mailing at the agg,,,4~~W .ers~ .l
Red Cross Headquarter on John F Kennedy Drive in Nassau. na.4m

rlr ~

so. I


---.- ~ ~ ~J~

He ano



The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation
f In Cooperation with
The Bahamas Hotel Association
The 1th Anual


SS+ BOTHS, featrbsing:
Christmas ornaments and accessories
Exquisite handcrafted products and much more ...all locally produced!
Authentc~rr Fashijon S~how Junk8liano Rushout,
:.:Boar,1r Co:rnerr wlthS LiveS onrel DentrlTatlIonsI of Christmas Recipes
Win lots of prizes and enjoy a complimentary aggnogl

Bahamas iHotel Association Holiday
Silent Auction (Friday and Saturday Only)
Special Addition:
Kids' Corner, Story~-tellng, Opthie and the Website Wsk~ Rke scrapee Band,
Sunday DSsearts wifth Che~f Trcey
Fe eclay: NoFEmber 30! 2007 :: Samln to Sipmr
Bat1urdalyl, Deceber71C 1, 2007 :: 11am to 6pm
Sundayc!. Decemlber 2, 2007 :: 12pm to 6pm
Sponsors: F~irstCaribbean Bank; Royal Bank of anada; J.S. Johnson;
Bahamas Deavelopment Basnk; Purity Blakrery; D'Albenas Agencyi Ltd.;
Bacardi Company Ltd.; Ardastra Gardens; Scotiabank;
The Bahamnas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation

Comrce :;~7. rr a of .an auth~enticr experien ce!



WED)N E SDIAY, NO(V EM BER1 2 1, 200)()7


:~~i~i~~i~i~ras -lruaa~iranr~L~nl~~iYCII~YF3L~')~a~ ~l~7lmr~nr~*lu~I

Tel: (242) 356-7764

Tel: (242) 351-3010

r F.~r~yR
I~r r~ ~ a ;~r I E; [3? n

MTribunE Bus nes~sLEditor

M T ib~u e BHus TNs E~ditor

Court has
imposed an
or d er
Harajchi and
his wife from
selling their
Island rest-
dence and .
other Bahamas-based assets
until all depositor funds and
other assets from his now-
dfunct Suiss SecuritrnBank &
A notice placed on a website
for creditors of Hofschildt
Global Select, an investment
fund in liquidation that held
substantial deposits at Suisse
Security Bank &i Trust, said fur-
ther recoveries for those
investors depended on progress
in the liquidation of the
Bahamian bank.
Jeffrey Beneby, the Bahami-
an accountant who is the liq-
uidator of Hofschildt Global
Select, said in the posting: "The
only news that I have on the
liquidation is that the Bahamas
Supreme Court .denied the
request for a Creditors Com-
mittee and placed a restraining
order on Mrr Harajchi and his
wife from selling or disposing
of their home and other assets

greeortd is rfrm theidl"tsng
Bahmin onx o'sitrm benfole i
is already effectively operating
a sales tax through the over-
the-counter bonded goods system, the
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce's
president telling The Tribune yesterday
that the absence of a uniform system for
this practice had retarded his firm's sales by
30 per cent.
Christopher Lowe, who is operations
manager for Kelly's Freeport. said the solu-
tion to the tension between Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA) licensees and

Bahamas Customs over the over-the-
counter bonded goods sales lay in the 'dec-
laration of intent' as to what these goods
would be used for by the purchaser.
In a paper sent to the Grovernment on
recommendations for solving all issues relat-
ing to over-the-counter bonded goods sales,
the Grand Bahamna Chamber of Commerce
pointed out that the Hawkshill Creek
Agreement's clause two. subclause four,

was intended to allow GBPA licensees to~
declare that goods had been used in their
business and could be removed from their
bonded status.
The Chamber suggested that this clause
be built upon with each GBPA licensee
providing an invoice for every over-the-

SEE page 5

licensee, a signed invoice for
the purchase of bonded goods
by the licensee, and a monthly
report submitted by each ven-
dor f'or duty-paid sale of goods.
All< cf the other1 practices Uni I
between vendors. '
When it camee to the display
of bonded goods on retail
shelves, the Chamuber report
said Customs had in theory
arbitrarily imposed a condition
that bonded goods could not be
displayed in-store where they
could be seen by the general
Yet the report added: "After
interviewing the bulk of

resellers in the Port area, it was
discovered that many had some
of their 'bonded' inventory on
display with special deals
worked out with Customs, and
in almost every case, with each
deal differing from the next.
"The court decision [by Jus-
tice Isaacs in favour of the
Home Centre] found this 'dis-
play' rule was not based on law
and ordered that it be stopped
for the Hlome Centre Super-
"'Reasonable expectation'

Tribune Business Editor

MANY Freeport-based
wholesalers who sell bonded
goods to other Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA)
licensees have worked out "spe-
cial deals" with the Bahamas
Customs Department allowing
them to have bonded inventory
on retail display. with "each
deal diffe~ring from the next"
and showing the need for a uni-
form system and practices in
r-elation to over-the-counter
bounded goods sales in the Port

A paper submitted to the
Government by the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce on the way f'orwarld in
developing a legal system for
dealing with~ over-the-counter
bonded goods sales, found
through interviews with more
than 20 GBPA wholesale and
retail licensees, that there were
a number of ''widely differing
practices" on these sales.
The report found: "Some
similarities exist the request
for, anld approval of, an annual
letter from customs approving
the `oover-the-counter purchase
of bonded goods' for each

SEE pae4

Tribune Business Editor

is now looking at a 2008 first
quarter groundbreaking for its
one-acre commercial property
development on. Carmichael
Road, its president saying yes-
terday that the firm's domestic
investment portfolio was likely
to offset ainy downside with its
international equivalent during
the fourth quarter. i
Julian Brown told The Tri-
bune that Benchmark's real
estate development subsidiary,
Benchmark Properties
(Bahamas), hoped to start con-
struction work on the commer-
cial office complex, which will
be situated at the corner of
Carmichael and Fire Trail
Road, "before the end of the
next quarter".
BISX-listed Benchmark
(Bahamas) had previously
hoped to begin construction in
the 2007 third quarter, depend-
ing on the permitting process
with the Town Planning Com-
mittee and Department of Phys-
ical Planning, but Mr Brown
indicated the company had had
to adjust that schedule.
"'We hope to get it started by
the first quarter of next year,"
he said of the project, into
which Benchmark (Bahamas)
is putting some $900,000 of its
own equity.
The commercial property
development is also being
financed by a $2 million loan
from the Bank of the Bahamas
International, which will be the
project's anchor tenant with its
Carmichael Road branch.
On the hunt for other com-
mercial tenants, Mr Brown said:

"~We're working on a couple of
others as well. The prospects
look very good. TIhe feedback
we've got so far has been over-
whelming. When we break
ground and start to go, we will
probably have it full before it's
The 14,733 square foot site is
next to the Diplomat Centre
and right in the centre of the
Carmichael community, and Mr
Brown said Benchmark's ener-
gies were fully devoted to com-
pleting this project before it
looked at any more real estate
"We're going to get this one
done and get it on the way, then
concentrate on other ventures,"'
the Benchmark president said.
"It's [real estate] a hot area,
but we have to be careful not to
over-extend. This one's a big
project, and we have to get it
running and completed.
"We're always looking for
real estate opportunities, but at
the moment are going to focus
on Carmichael Road and get-
ting that done and finished
before getting more aggressive,
as we don't want to lose focus."
Mr Brown, though, cautioned
that fourth quarter earnings
from Benchmark's Alliance
Investment Management sub-
sidiary could be impacted by
the downturn in global equity
and credit markets, due to its
international investment port-
folio and those of its clients.
Alliance had enjoyed "a good
nine months", but just half-way
into the fourth quarter, Mr
Brown said it was difficult to
predict how the company would

SEE page 6

Fr eep or t 'ideal test

bed' on tax reform

Court blocks

Harajchi's PI

mansion sale

* Chamber president says his firm's sales 'retarded'

30 per cent by bureaucracy and. lack of over-the-
counter bonded goods uniform practice

BallamaS aSSetS

frOzen until Suisse

Security assets

in the Bahamas until all assets
of Suisse Security Bank &i Trust
have been recovered and
accounted for by the liquidator.
''The Harajchis are the own-
ers of Sulisse Security Bank &
Trust, where the deposits of
H~ofschildt Global Select were
held. Because of this, there is
nsothprgres ain the liqufidati
rity Bank &~ Trust is seeking to
recover monies from the Hara-
jchis before any monies can be
paid to creditors.
"I' cannot pay any monies to
the creditors of Hofschildt
Global Select until I receive
payments from the liquidator
of Suisse Security Bank & i
Trust, as those deposits at Suisse
Security Bank &r Trust are the
only assets owned bvHofschildt
Global Select."
The posting illustrates the
plight faced by Suisse Security
Bank & Trust's depositors and
creditors, many of whom have
not seen their funds for more
than six years since the

SEE page 7

'Special deals' with Customs on 'for display' bonded goods

Benchmark eyes 2008 Q1

start for property project

, -

"i ARyA B eN8N N-
TERRORISM is .a valid
threat to Caribbean countries
and financial institutions, as
the damage to their reputation
from such incidents could be
devastating, an international
expert warned yesterday.
Brian Ramsey, of Amalga-
mated Security Services, told
the fourth annual Caribbean
Regional Compliance Associ-
ation conference in Nassau
that this region has already wit.
nessed a number of incidents
that could be regarded as 'ter-
ror attacks', such as attempted
coups and episodes during the
recent Cricket World Cup that
prove it is not immune to the
threat of violence,
He said that if a company
was the target, action and word
reaches the international com-
munity, it would mean the end
of that business as their repu-
tation would be destroyed.
This was why it was so
important that companies have

I~ Ie ~ ses

Fsad~~ ~nJg~

's wa .

Expert: Terrorism

is a valid threat to

financial institutions

and the Caribbean



grow and expand, so do ter-
rorist groups, he added,
Mr Ramsey said companies
could be targeted simply
because of a perceived con-
nection to another target. For
example, a McDonalds restau-
rant or a Bank of America
branch could be' perceived as a
key US symbol. Companies
were increasingly sending their
employees on trips abroad,
exposing them to terror threats
as wel.
Mr Ramsey warned that ter-
rorism acts may not be limited
to physical attacks, but could
also affect computer lines and
Internet services, which could
have a devastating effect.
He said companies need to
ensure they have adequate
business continuity planning.
"We do this for hurricanes,
so in the same way we need to
ensure that it is done in the
event of a terrorism attack,"
Mr Ramsey said.
Companies also need to
ensure they give their employ-
ees the proper training and col-
liaborate with tis regionall
counterpartS. ;



The Tribune. The Business Sectio~n of~The
Tribune offers com prehensive aInd ins~ighttull
articles about the business commun~llity.
The Tribune is our newspaperr.'


tt2y t/o/is~ I~j M81~c~crsr/




~~~(Cre NSIC

"We do this for
hurricanes, so in
the same way we
need to ensure
that it is done in
the event of a
terrOrism attack."
-- Brian Ramsey

the appropriate precautionary
plans in place to deal with such
situations, Mr Ramsey said.
Even if the threat was not in
the Caribbean, he said it was
only natural that some compa-
nies wishing to expand would
move into an area where ter-
rorism was occurring. As a
result, the company could sim-
ply be in the wrong place at
the wrong time, and its
employees become innocent
victims or 'collateral damage'.
Just as companies seekir to

Bahamas offcial: Sharpen



Part-Time (3p.m. 6 p~m. Mon-F)
* At least 2 years experience,
* Professionally motivated
* Salary commensurate with experience

IFull-Time (7:30a.m.-3:30p.m.)
including Saturdays
* Well trained
* Board Certified or Eligible
FRX Resume to 328-4165

TO whom.it may- concern.

PleRSe be advised that 1,
Perry Smith,
effective 15th November 07.
NO longer represent and/or
COnduct business for
Three P.K. Security Ltd.

Thank you


Pride of Hamburg Navigation Limited

Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000- notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and struck off the Register pursuant
to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 14th day of November, 2007.

Pride of Hambuirg Navigation Limited








A brokers & agency company [an affiliate of a large established company] is looking for an Administrative
Supervisor. The ideal candidate must be detail-oriented and self-motivated with excellent organizational,
interpersonal and communication skills. The ability to work with limited supervision in a fast-paced progressive
environment is a must.

Receive and submit for processing applications for Home Insurance [property] and other insurance plans
L ase with s b-a et son all application issues

Liaise with Underwriters and Customer Service departments to ensure accurate application processing
Generate monthly reports on issued contracts
*Reconciliation of premiums
Prepare and issue completed quotes and Certificates of Insurance
Handling Intemal and Extemnal client queries
Supervise Administrative support for all general issues

Core Competencies.
Ability to work with limited supervision and leamn new skills quickly
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to resolve problems with a sense of urgency
Demonstrate a keen eye for details
Ability to work under pressure
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintain a harmonious relationship with co-workers
Ability to maintain confidentiality
.Reliable, dependable and fexible team-player

Bachelors Degree in Business Administration or related field or equivalent work experience.
3+ years experience in~a similar position
*Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Excel required
Relevant General insurance designations [or pats thereofJ a plus

Salary commensurate with current salary scales, skills and experience. Attractive benefit package including Life, Health and

Submit Resume to Human Resources Administrator, P. O. Box N-4815, Nassau
Bahamas, fax (242) 361-2525 or via emadl to dlprer(Eiveco


Registration: FREE

r I I t,~l~ H I(lr I I III rl



I ~


I \



I ~

Tribune Business
SMALL developing coun-
tries such as the Bahamas must
sharpen their negotiating skills
Sin economic, financial and
trade matters or they will be
swallowed up, the Mimistry of
Finance's legal adviser said
al "na Bete i Id ret on
ing the fourth annual
Caribbean Regional Compli-
ance' Association Conference
in Nassau that bodies such as
the O n saato fora Econ on\
ment (OECD) have tremen-
dous funding and manpower
to perform their functions,
something that is the biggest
challenge for Caribbean coun-
tries. '
::: Whether they like it or not,
Ms Bethel said that in some
cases might was stronger than
right, and smaller countries do
feel the effects of that. She
added that in many instances
"a well-placed squeeze" does
produce results, as history both
recent and distant will show.
However, Ms Bethel said
monitoring bodies such as tie
OECD and Financial Action
Task Force (FATF) needed
monitoring as well, because
when a scandal hits it is not
just the offshore financial cen-
tre who shares responsibility,

although in many cases they
are the ones who receive the
negative publicity.
Ms Bethel said that to
address some of these chal-
lenges, it would be a good idea
to have some of the country's
tertiaiy institutions prepare
research papers on how to
address the challenges pre-
sented by the likes of the
She added that it was inter-
estinlg that the FATF, which
had originally been formed as
a temporary organisation to
address particular issues for a
five\-year period, basically
keeps itself ahive by renewing
the terms of its existence.




Date: 27th November, 2007
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Bahamas Faith

Should 16 years be the age
Of consent
fof SeXUal intetCOUrSe?

Should homosexuality be
taught In SChools?

Do the above questions
contribute to sexual

eXploitation and sexual



Notice is hereby given that GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR

with or is any in any way connected with Woodlawn
Gardens Limited.

Further, Notice is hereby given that the said
GAIL BRIDGET TAYLOR, has no authority to
represent Woodlawn Gardens Limlited or to transact any
business wahtsoever for or on behalf of Woodlawn
Gardens L~mited. 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
Woodlawn Gardens Limited does so in breach of this
Notice and shall save harmless Woodlawn Gardens
Limited from and against all obligations, commite-
ments or liabilities or claims against Woodlawn Gardens
Limited ~whether absolute, contingent or accrued and
whether arising out of or. in any way connected to any
transaction by the said GAILl BRIDGET TAYLOR.

Nassau, Bahamas
November 9th, 2007



The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably
qualified individuals for the position of SENIOR MANAGER in our Legal &
Regulatory Department.

This position will report directly to the Vice Presid~ent. Legal, Regulatory and
Interconnection and will be respiiorsible for all regulatory and compliance matters retlative
to the Public Utilities Commission.


Responsible for addressing and coordinating activities related to all regulatory matters
with particular reference to legal maters within and on behalf of the Company. This
position requires significant interaction with the Public Utilities Commnission.

1. Coordinate with the Vice President of Legal and Regulatory on strategies relative
to the Company and its Regulatory requirements.

2. Ensure the Company's compliance with the legal and regulatory provisions of its
licenses issued by the PUC, the stipulations of the Sector Policy of the Government
of the Bahamas, the Telecommunications Act of 1999 and all other statutory
legislation related thereto.

3. Liaise with the PUC on all legal and regulatory matters relating to compliance
with regulations under the PUC license issued to BTC.

4. Liaise with other licensed telecommunications providers on legal matters regarding

5. Provide legal opinions on matters of a regulatory nature and peruse, critique. and
analyze all relevant documentation of a regulatory nature

6. Assist and advise on the reporting of matters to the Regulator involving fraudulent
activity on BTC's network by both licensed and unlicensed operators

7. Attend at and assist with any regulatory matter requiring reference to a court of
competent jurisdiction

8. Represent the Company on any matters of a regulatory nature involving the

9. Assist in the preparation of reports on the Company as; !!e! relate 1(o logorl I! elI
of regulatory as required by the Poe lc

10. Liaise and coordinate with relevant departments in the compilation of reports ori
regulatory matters

11. Inform, educate, and update all relevant Company employees on all regulatory

12. Provide periodic update reports and recommendations on changes in the r~egulatory
environment to the staff

13. Perform any other duties relevant to the support of the division as determinedl fr~om
time to time by the Vice President of Legal, Regulatory & Interconnection.


1. Master's Degree preferred.

2. LLB, Member of the Bahamas Bar Association, with five (5) years of practice at1
the Bar.

3. Prior experience in a regulatory environment would be an asset.

4. Exposure to the principles of telecommunications is a plus. Strong Ic~leadeship
skills are essential, organization, self-motivational a~nd commlunica~tio skills.

All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, #21 J ohn F. Kenned~y Drive.
no later than Wednesday November 28, 2007 and addrqssedI as f~ollows:



Experienced Quantity Surveyor with degree
in Building required. Duties include bid'
pricing, contract negotiation and planning,
estimnating and preparing bill of quantitieS.

Interested applicants are asked to send their
reSume to
Quantity Surveyor
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-.3027 ;?;1 -:.!\
NaSSau, BallamaS







FROM page 1

clearly dictates that all other
businesses in the Port asca
eex ecatntdot fle same pi-
vendors plan to begin importing
thei ent re nventhoer under
sale ,,
Over-the-counter bonded
goods sales involve the sale of
lbondretd itn msr ivich are
impot io Fepor fe
from import and customs duties'
by a GBPA hecensee and thlen
sol cutty- ree tiob a < thr
for use in their business and do ,
not go outside Freeport. ,
While the Hawksbill Crck
Agreement provides no legal
basis for the practice, Justice
Isaacs in a 2007 ruling mn favour
ofth~emHoues Centjla an iis
the GBPA licensees had a
"legitimate expectation" that
the practice would continue.
'Yet after a 2002 Supreme e

Court ruling by Justice Stanley
Moore prevented Customs from
auditing GBPA licensees, the
tenisioni between the Depart-
neien andc licensees grew.
Customs saw over-the-
counter bonded goods sales as
depriving the Government of
much-needed revenue, while
the GBPA licensees have
viewed the Department's "arbi-
trary" attempts to interfere with
Sthe practice anld impo~cse condi-
tionis on theml as anl unreason-
ablel intrusioni into andc in~terfer-
ence will their business.
Theli Chambel~ r rep~ort said:
"C'ustomls ha~s voiced salle con-
corn with respect to the p~rac-
tice of 'over-thec-counter salle of '
handedcc good~s', as thecy view it
as aI possiblel source of revenle
loss. Both the licensees and
Customs are frustrated that
there is noi set standard with
which the practice is being man-
aged. and Customs has made
somec arbitrary deccisions with
recspect to those goods.
..;\ standacbrdised,. acceptable
ulechallinis m~ust h~e estab~lished
for the mal~nagemnt and r~lc eport-

ing of 'over-the-counter sale of
bonded gooos' that does not
subjugate the rights of the
licensees of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority, while still pro-
tecting the legitimate revenue
collection of the Government
of the Bahamas.
"T~his mechanism must be the
same for all vendorS and must
be derived from within the laws
of' the Bahamas and the terms
of the Hawksbill Creek Agree-
Thle Chamber report warned
that GBPA licencees submit-
Linig monthly reports to Cus-
tomns on bonded goods sales -
when there was no legal
reqluirement for them to do so -
could be placing themselves at
risk of' liability.
The 2002 ruling by Justice
Moore found there was no law-
ful requirement for the manda-
tory monthly report of bonded
goods sales as demanded by
Customs, but the Department
was still requesting these and
some licensees were complying.
T'he Chamber report said:
"Other vendors produce a

'bonded sales report' and file it
each month in case Customs
requests information on bonded
sales some of the reports are
by customer, a~nd others are by
"These summary reports by
customer, which are not a
requirement by law, put the
vendor producing the report mn
a position of liability. Take, for
instance, the scenario, of a cler-
ical error on the part of the ven-
dor on the report, which is sub-
sequently used by Customs as
the grounds of an investigation
on a licensee, who has to hire
legal counsel and an account-
ing firm to defend itself mna
lengthy investigation.
"'All because of an error on a
summary report that was not a
requirement of law. Tort law
would determine who should
pay the costs of this, and I
would strongly suggest that it
would be unfair that the
licensee being investigated with-
out warrant should pay the
On over-the-counter bonded
goods sales, all GBPA licensees
have to request a .letter from
Customs granting them permis-
sion to forego for one year the
need to provide individual pur-
chase orders.
Licensees selling bonded
goods to fellow licensees, the
Chamber report said, have to
keep a copy of this letter from
the purchaser. Some kept copies
for five years, others for 12-14
months, the report found, with
this record keeping requirement
seemingly not based on the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement or
any lawful authority.
The Chamber document said
tohner~eu wsaoodno os stsonc
GBPA licensees requesting that
they accompany each bonded
goods purchase, others wanti-
ng them once a month or once a
year, and others not requesting
them at all.
All GBPA licensees are
required to sign a copy of each
bonded invoice; with most
invoices kept for between five
to seven years.

- -













S *Excellen4t opportunityljf~

!L.. YOu are united on~ly to

ifO tll po ten t10/
Flexible hzourls available

Excellen t commissioners

"r~~:-~anld benefits

* MUSt have a proven track record in sales

* Professional appearance a must

* Must have reliable transportation

* Ability to meet and adhere to strict deadlines

* Excellent written and communication skills.

Apply in writing to

Sales Representatives


C/O The Nassau Guardian

P.O. Box N-3011



'Special deals' with Customs

on for display y' bonded goods

I ranax~



An auction will be held on 28th Noveme-

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

Court Building, Bank Lane, Nassau, The

Bahamas. On auction will be a number of

Locman Watches in a variety of styles and


FOf more information please contact Miss

Cordell Frazier at Gibson & Company at

323-1234 or Mr. Jack Davis a the Supreme

COurt at 356-9101.

h'na ~ll'n~ i,:.rn I:n ra-::tr 13n (r i';dcn:i c: 3r;). 3:C. iOinT. I-i ~WI JrlBP17~10n. Sntl na~JMI ot elhnl: unJm.~J~u ~Jiith;Bl~m ;JaF~ih; i-,;i:rolilEd 8,':te Cim~.s;io?
ul T!:CEI ?I:!.e'-3~1IUiT -~v'ijl.(li ii( CCl('llidS ililJ 5:l:r\Cij i lil:~ r.ii.i:drii:JI:r, ~r-biJI. C~Oi~~l ~W33-iW1: TbiBpllC):e laciki. SCj-C7F-lbli;i; J:nid dr;ct;llo`;
Cd~~u!or b. m~.l ~ r ~;IC.:;UI:d! Ipr~ li,,il. d:13 d3, IDrJI di~ rrI




Career opportunity for an ambitious
career oriented individual

Claims Advisor

Role & Responsib~ilities:

Provide Customer service, advice and assistance to walk-
in customers and over the telephone
Deal with agencies and other insurance companies
Complete reports and input data
Assist with subrogation
Maintain Claims Bordereaux
Assist with on-scene accident investigations
Assistance with special projects


A.A. Degree in business or related subject
Experience useful but not essential
Onl the job training will be provided
Computer proficiency required
Strong customer service, communication and interpersonal
skills required

The Bahamas First Group is the largest property and casualty
insurance company in The Bahamas and has an A- (Excellent)
Rating from A. M. Best, reflecting the company's financial
stability and sound nisk management practices. Compensation
commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications.

Please apply before November 28th, 2007 to:

Group HR & Training Manager
Bahamas First Corporate Services
32 Collins Avenue
P.O. Box SS-6268
Nassau, Bahamas

or mail to: careers @ bahamasfirst.com



Baha Mar Development Comzpany Ltd.
seeks to hire a talented

COmmercial Attorney

to join its dynamic legal team.

The suc~cessfedr appylicant must:

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

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

Be familiar with US and other international commercial

Have the ability to work under pressure.

Possess exceptional communication and negotiating

Successful candidate will report to Baha Mar's General
Counsel and worlk with other members of Baha Mar's legal
team .

Please f~orward curriculum vitae with salary requirements
v ia e- ma il to tgodet @tradeinvest.com or
fax to (242) 702-2018 no later than December, 1 2007.

All responses wlill be held in the strictest confidncnce.



when imports arrived in
Freeport, their documents had
to be submitted to Customs,
which then sent them to its
entry-checking department,
which sent them on to be
approved or rejected by the
bonded department. They then
went back to entry-checking
before being returned to the
customs broker.
"It retards or holds back Kel-
ly's sales by 30 per cent," Mr
Lowe said.
He added that over-the-
counter bonded goods sales
were effectively a sales tax, and
said: "We are practising a sales
tax in Freeport, which meams
that we would be an ideal test
bed or case study for Bahamas
Customs and the Ministry of
Finance with respect to chang-
ing to a VAT or sales tax from
one that is import-based."
Mr Lowe pointed out that tax
reform was going to happen
whether the Bahamas liked it
or not, due to pressure from
international trade arrange-
ments, with the replacement for
the Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) with the US likely requir-

ing this nation to replace its cus-
toms/import duty-dependent
regime to ensure tariff free
access for its US-bound exports.
Explaining the need for
bonded goods sales, the Cham-
ber paper said of the recent
Supreme Court decision allow-
ing licensees to bring in inven-
tory entirely bonded: "Resellers
will be better able to compete
with their US counterparts as
they won't have had to prepay
duty on inventory whose aver-
age age range from about four
months to one year, so the price
to the end consumer could low-
Licensees will be able to
purchase all of their supplies
bonded locally, reducing their
cost of doing business and mak-
ing them more competitive, and

increasing the sales of the
On the over-the-counter
bonded goods sales practice
itself, the report added: "This
'practice of over-the-counter
sale of bonded goods' is a nec-
essary convenience to the day-
to-day operation of businesses
in the Port area, which reduces
the effort, time, and cost of
doing business and increases the
businesses efficiency and com-
"This practice has developed
and is the only way that some
businesses can survive, as each
licensee would have to have a
complete inventory of spare
parts and supplies, or it would
suffer large down times waiting
for replacement parts -- order,
shipping, and import of supplies

and also bear high cost of ship-
pmng individual items.
"It has allowed businesses to
carry on with more parallels to
their counterparts in the US,
those that purchase the neces-
sary day-to-day supplies neces-
sary for their business locally -
that allow the local office supply
store to stock paper and ink for
their office, the local automo-
tive parts store to stock parts
for their vehicles, the local
building supply store to stock
lumber and building materials
for the construction and out fit-
ting of their premises, the local
department store to stock clean-
ing supplies and fixtures, the
local electrical and plumbing
supply store to stock items for
the out fitting of their business."

sold duty-free to another
licensee, provided the goods are
for use in their business and do
not go outside Freeport.
Customs sees over-the-
counter bonded goods sales as
depriving the Government of
much-needed revenue, while
the GBPA licensees have
viewed the Department's "arbi-
trary" attempts to interfere with
the practice and impose condi-
tions on them as an unreason-
able intrusion into and interfer-
ence with their business.
Yet Mr Lowe said the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement
was clear as to what the Cus-
toms Department could and
could not do, and "it is the busi-
ness owner and operator who
declares the intent of use when
they attempt to bond some-
Declaring the intent of use
"solves the problem right
there". Mr Lowe said, adding
that a uniform system that was
understood by all was critical
to the future of business in
Freeport and over-the-counter
bonded goods sales.
Under the current system,

countecr bonded goods sale,
identifying them and displaying
their bondl numnber. They would
a~lso sienia declaraltionl that the
good,~s purc'ha~sedc wre for11 use
in their business. entitling them
to be pur`cha~sed w\ithoutl any
import". or customls dutIie`s being
Tlhe declaration on the bot-
tom of thle inlvoice would be
Prov'idedc by the ven~dor GBPA
licensee to Customls between
the end date of each month and
the 15th of the following month,
the Chamberl suggested.
T'he report said: "Thle vendor
couldd also produce a summary
o'oer-the-counter sale of bond-
ed goods' report by item, with a
similar declaration attached,
that would provide Customs
information on their total sales.
This would be reporting on
their own business and would
not put them in a position of
"This solution is within the
terms of the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement, providing a decla-
ration as to the use of the goods
and the mechanism to remove
the goods 'from bond'........ It
would also provide Customs the
ability to investigate fraud, as
they would have summary
reports of the 'bonded goods'
sold and a detailed account of
elvery 'over-the-counter-sale of
bonded gods 1 r ucine:
"'The Hawkshill Creek Agree-
;i[Tent rests on the declaration
by licensees that their intent is
to use goods under the provi-
sions of the agreement.
"This is the mechanism that
has been most misconstrued,
and the facility has almost been
.-abrogated by Bahamnas Customs
in so far as they try to deter-
nliine up front the things you
L'an and can't bond, which they
don't have the power to deter-
"The licensees derive this
rightt from the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement, not Customs. But
the Customs Management Act
still applies and is as valid in
Freeport as it is in the rest of
the country, allowing it to fraud-
ulent practices where they
believe and can prove it exists."
Over-the-counter bonded
goods sales involve the sale of
bonded items, which are
imported into Freeport free

At Nova SouthEasternl UnIvIersity S Fischt~er School, we inspire educators to inspire their students to
change the world. Becorne inspired by the school that has been shattering the barriers of traditional
learning for- more than 35 years. Earn your bachelor s. raster's, or doctoral degree in educationl
on-site in the Bahamlas.

Thursday, Novemlber 29. 2007 at 6:00 p.mn.
Nova Southeastern\ Unlve~rslty
c/o Bahamnas Baptist Communirrty College
8 Jean Street Gleniston Gardens NO

> Are you ready to cause an effect? 242-364-


OrrDU*Tou s Yn m EiRI

6766 > Fischter~Soot.nova.edu/Bahamas

FREEPORT, from page one

Benchmark e es


The Public is hereby advised that I, EDJAR ELlJAN
KNOWLES of Mangrove Bush, Long Island, Bahamas
intend to change my name to DEREK EDJAR
KNOWLES. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that ANGLADE MOMPREMIER
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 21st day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that TERRANCE L HIGGS OF
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 21ST day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that HARRY DAOUT OF #62
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 andesigned statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 21ST day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


NOT ICE i s hereby given that OLIVIA TONY of JEROM E AVE.,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
fo r N ati o nality and Citizenship, for regi strati on/n aturali zation
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 21st day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that JEFFREY CHARLES of
KMP nseROeAD sASSAU,NBt HA AS ns tpln htpo thoe
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
ffom the 21st day of November, 2007 to the Minister
feSponsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P O.Box N- 7147,
NaSsau, Bahamas.



Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
COmpany commenced on the 16th day of November\
,2007 and that Credit Suisse Trust Limited of
Bahamas F~inancial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets,
Nassau, The Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator
oi' (11 Company,

Business Area Wealth Management International, we
look after wealthy private clients by providing them
with comprehensive, value enhancing services. Our
client advisors combine strong personal relationships
with the resources that are available from across UBS,
help ce them provide a full range of wealth management

In order to strengthen our team in Nassau, we are
looking for a candidate in the following position:

EinzzeanDnsA k-

In this challenging position you will be responsible for:

Supervising a team of Client Advisors
Advising and servicing existing clients including
Acquisition of new clients
Proposing of investment solutions

We are searching for a personality with a minimum 5
years experience and a proven successful track reco rd
in Wealth 191anagement, specialized in the fields of
customer relations, investment advice and portfolio
management. Excellent sales and advisory skills as
well as solid knowledge of investment products are
key requirements. A proven track record in a
comparable position with a leading global financial
institution as well as fluency in French and German is
require d.

Interested? Written applications should be sent to:

hrbahamas~ubs.com or UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

Great Guana Cay, Abaco
The Bahamas

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


Key Responsibilities
J Establish culinary standard
/' Create menus and recipes for high-end and casual dining to include
international and Bahamian cuisine
J Maintainfood safetystandard
J Recruitand train culinary team
J Manage and develop culinary team
/ Control food cost
J Determine market list and vendors
J Design special events
J Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts or related subject; professional
/ Minimum ten (10) years experience at a five-star club, resort or restaurant
it hat least there (3) ears mnerationallo of-hir ed kri lls,
must be able to train others and execute ideas and standards.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a growing and
dynamic organization and must be a self-starter, team player, work at the highest
standards of performance, and meet deadlines'

If you are progressive and prepared to advance your career, submit your resume
to the attention of the Director of HR & Training, sbowe~dbakersbayclub.com or
by fax at 242-J67-0804.

"Becoming the Employer of Choice In The Bahamas!"

esndkf unati en Ase OO 7; OFA L'"
uesIavA20ovA%.COM0 F 7 904'D'A&IFRAIN
bded ji~ix I ph Gde.Cs I %cHo oo.so ; vro 272.1'1 / YTD % 16.23
52->. ses Jsrron ~ secorn, 'v' '`` preslou;cloS. ioaaws close etrnqna DJIIe...:,I FPS t. Dws=0 Ol P G9 1981 000'.
11 4 11.040 B o aras r erty Fund 11.60 11.60 0.0 .502 0.400 7.7 3.45%
9.55 7.88 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.7%
O.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.048 0.020 17.7 2.3%
374 1.65 Bahamas Waste 3.74 3.74 0.00 0.275 0.090 13.6 2.41%
262 1.21 Fidelity Bank 2.61 2.61 0.00 450 0.051 0.040 51.2 1.53
11.20 9.81 Cable Bahamas 11.18 11.18 0.00 1.030 0 240 10.9 2.15
315 1.85 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
612 4.10 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 6.01 6.12 0.11 3,300 0.426 0.227 14.4 3.70
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6 15 6.39 0.24 0.129' 0.050 47.6 0.81%
270 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.26 2.26 0.00 0.284 0.020 8.0 0.88
6.50 5.54 Famguard 6.50 6.50 0.00 0.804 0.240 8.1 3.69

1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.74 0.74 0.00 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00
8.05 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76
10.05 8.52 J. S. Johnson 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.991 0.590 10.1 5.87%
10 00- 1 r0 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00
5w-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS 5 Div $ P/E Viola
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16 OO 1.160 1.185 13.4 8.12
8.00 '6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6 OO 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%1
1- SJ iO 20RND HoldingS 0 35 .. JO 2 -0 030 O 000 N/M 0.00
41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 -1 15r0 2"O -s *
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125 13.41 7.71%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55` 0.415 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00
:e ?Sev nage tamn..s..oMutual run~s
;2rr*-1H. S2~kLnk.0 Fund Name Fud 13NA V1 VTD-C .vi' .1nh DIV $ Yiold % o
3.38 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & Fund 3.5388***
29382 2.4829 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.938214"**
1.2794 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.279370***
11.8192 11.2596 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.8192*'**

5J2wk-HI- Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid 5 Buying price of1 Colirna . 52wk-Lo w Lowest closing price In last 52 weels Ask $ Selling priceH of Colln n dlllc fIdlrliy 9Nolvemberll 2007
Previous Close -Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counrlter prlico 30 JunoI~ 2(00
Today's Close -Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Tradlng volumne of th~e pIrior wook : -3 Octoblur 20)07
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ - A company's reported earnilngs per share for the last1 12 mnths *** 3 1 July 2007
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Annet Value
DIV $ Dividende per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningflul
P/E Closing price diylded by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The FIlriallty 13:h.ulnds Stck lInIIIx JI~lrmatIV 1 land 1 II
()-4-fol-1 Stock Spili Effective Date 8/8/2007
r9) 3-for-1 stock Split EffectIve Date 7/~11/2007
.79-pgagg 'ffg4./ ("FOR MORE DATA &. INFORMATION CALL(4234-l0

Credit Sulsse Trust Limited



stock~split, something that
would have translated into a
$1.50 per share rise prior to.the
In addition, Commonwealth
Bank's $0.06 per share extraor-
dinary~ dividend would gener-
ate "more income for us".
"We're going to have' a good
fourth quarter, with the domes-
tic portfolio, and I'm more com-
fortable and confident that that
portfolio is going to hold up
more than the international
side," Mr Brown added,
"Everyone's got to be aware
of that. But our book value is
$1.44 per share, which means
we've added value to the over-
all company, as the book value
was $0.97 when we launched in
"Our share price has not
reflected it, but the growth in
the assets of the company has.
There's certainly a great dis-
parity between the trading price
of the company and the price
that would be achieved from

the break-up of the company
with virtually no debt."
Benchmark (Bahamas)
reported a $0.06 earnings per
share (EPS) increase for the
nine months ending September
30, 2007, compared to last year,
attributing the increased net
income of $1.485 million to
gains in its affiliates' investment
Benchmark said net earnings
for the nine months to Septem-
her 30 totalled $0.30 per share,
and in the 2007 third quarter
net earnings were $1.115 mil-
lion or $0.23 per share.
For the nine months ending
September 30, net assets for
Benchmark stood at $7.138 mil-
lion, and book value was $1.44
per share, a change of 17 cents
upon the comparative period
ending 2006.
Benchmark's net movement
in unrealized appreciation of
investments was $76,850, and
Alliance net earnings were

2007, and Fidelity's FINDEX
up 18.95 per cent year-to-date.
"The domestic portfolio has
been doing very well," the
Benchmark president added.
"We have a large percentage of
our investments in Common-
wealth Bank, a large percent-
age of our investments in
FOCOL, and sizeable invest-
ments in FirstCaribbean and
Cable Bahamas."
Commonwealth Bank, Mr
Brown said, had seen its share
price increase by $0.50 since it
completed its three-for-one


- -


start for

2008 Q1

pfOpert project

FROM page 1

do, as fluctuations in value in
the global markets were "more
dramatic than here".
However. Benchmark's
Bahamian investment portfolio
11ad been "performing along
with the market". This means
it has been doing well, with the
BISX All-Share Index up 13.92
per cent or 233.39 points for the
nine months to September 30,

.I .. ' II . . UI

MrS. CarOl D. MisieWICZ

is pleased to announce
the o emni of her law chambers


Suite No. 7 Grosvenor Close
Grosvenor Close and Shirley Street
P.O. Box SS-5467
Nassau, Bahamas

E-mail: carol.misiewicz@ gmail.com



........W .. F....... CO....... .OPRW O

The Mjinistry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture invites
interested persons/vendors to apply and submit proposals for the
O-eration and Maintenance of a Food Court on the Ground Floor in
the Ministry of Education, Youth, Spiorts and Culture Building,
Thompson Boulevar .d

The applicant(s)/vendor should possess, good food preparation and
service skills, a valid Ministry of Health Food Handlers Certificate an~d
be prepared to submit the following:

1. A proposal for the daily operation and management of the
food court inclusive of:

*Draft Menu Selection ;including a variety of healthy,
nutritious dishes whi~h will encourage good eating
habits and practices;
The foods/dishes offered should be well balanced
and include a variety of food groups, freshly
Prepared aesthetically appealing;
The selected vendor will be expected to maintain a
clean, attractive and sanitary environment.

Food receptacles should be suitable and compatible with the foods
sold with appropriate 'temperature controls to prevent cross
contamination and the possibility of food poisoning.

Proposals should be submitted on or before 31' December, 2007 and

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
Thompson Boulevard~
Nassau, The Bahamas
!r!- b m ys g ."l'"~~ won..w n..


~h.... ...I... --.. -- -- - -

colum )M~a
.a. ..-......... an.....,ase r... n..~..... mi.
lb r my many uni me



BSI Overseas. (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, an established international
private bank, with its headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland, is presently accepting
applications for


Applicants for the position of Head Risk Management must have banking or
financial degree and at least 10 years of experience in thie offshore banking sector,
fluency in Italian, French and knowledge of German, proven leadership and
management experience, ability to partner with team members, and have thorough
knowledge of local legislation, regulatory & statutory matters as well as international
banking practices.


Excellent organizational, communication and computer skills
Positive attitude and outlook
Problem-solving skills
Financial and analytical background
Ability to coach and have mentoring skills
Commitment to quality and set'vice excellence


Ability to partner with other managers for the development and implementation
of Risk Management strategies and practices
Supervision and monitoring of the credit exposure
-Supervision of credit department: review loan proposals/reports for risk, quality
and credit policy compliance
-Liaise and network at group level and with external professionals on matters
related to the position
-Responsibility for Central Filing, Credits, Compliance & Internal Controls
-Supervision of the outgoing reports to regulatory bodies and to group internal

Interested persons with such qualifications should submit their resume/curriculum
vitae to :--'

Human Resources Manager
BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited
Bayside Executive Park, W. Bay St. & Blake Road
P. O. Box N-7130
Nassau, Bahamas

Fax no. (242) 702 1253 or email: julie.benjammn@bsiob.com

Only applicants having the above attributes will be contacted.



sale of Mr Harajchi's Bahamas-
based assets could be the tool
required to force him to co-
operate with Mr Winder.
He had previously been try-
ing to sell his Paradise Island
property for $24.5 million alone
via an Internet website, a sum
that if realized would more than
compensate Suisse Security's
depositors and creditors.
It would thus appear that if
Mr Harajchi does not co-oper-
ate in returning Suisse Security's
assets, the liquidator could then
petition the Supreme Court to
seize his Bahamas assets -
chiefly the Paradise Island
home -and sell them to benefit
the receivership estate.

$22.317 million in assets belong-
ing to the bank.
Some $17.712 million of these
funds were held by two Inter-
national Business Companies
(IBCs), Suisse Security Hold-
ings and Suisse Security Invest-
ments, assets which were moved
out of this jurisdiction just after
Suisse Security's licence was
suspended but before Mr
Winder could take control of
Without the recovery of those
assets, Suisse Security is insol-
vent to the tune of $15.363 mil-
lion, according to the liquida-
tor's first report to the Supreme
The court order blocking the

FROM page 1

Bahamian bank's licence was
first suspended, then revoked,
by then-Central Bank governor
SJulian Francis.
Hofschildt Global Select is
understood to have placed all
its deposits in the 'one basket'
that was Suisse Security just
some six months before the
licence suspension, and the pro-
tracted liquidation of the bank
is likely have to damaged the
Bahamas' reputation as a first-
Sclass financial services centre-
The Supreme Court also
refused to permit the formation
of a Suisse Security creditors'
committee, which some of the
bank's creditors had wanted to
uinattor abs oitte baT suhe
(Bahamas) managing partner,
Raymwind iindaer, pviodng
A iMay 11, 2007, commumica-
tion from Mr Winder to Suisse
Security's depositors and credi-
av erevue thhyc edictou comi
-- mittee's appointment.
It said: "Mohammed Hara-
jchi, Derek Ryan [the bank's
and Mr Harajchi's attorney] and
;:~~Christopher Lunn [Suisse Secu-
rity's chief executive] have
applied to the court to be
Included as members of this
Committee. Their inclusion has
btleent eposeadnd tdheore ore'
inmg on 6 June, 2007, to deter-
mine whether or not they would
:-:be allowed to serve on the com-
Suisse Security's attempts to
overturn the licence revocation'
which went all the way to the
Privy Council, have further
delayed the liquidation and
prospects for the depositors and
credo tonst recower thei as etsj
Suisse Security liquidation ivill
bis fiit Mi"WPinder'to recover

Fax. 328-1388

Tel. 328-0396

1. amlden.. Us 0u mqy mar. ludgag will tan swo
Scag catpse: 10 13 yeemad 14-6 pa tr A

yJlbour Mo.apdes and/aodrb astyn genal."
Youwr ss must tooude theAmr ploolple
5. 'Thebody ctofte egear muost o o 1,000 werds.
s. o frl~rnYI~o rwn*rlahnwarml
cubon a odesr oolyees wA no~rt t actd
6. O0o r(....wln bo P..ar I..aa w y s .r.m R
decision fthe judges s Aal.
7. ws...r.....gmse tbo a phtao penagn hah wM
e. wM.11,...r Ann4 Gable Rran Rb otary Cub ofsut Nua a
P~.alkrss-mo4u...u arh...
The Tribune


I-ourt bloc s

mansion sale

I I-11YVr


Tribune Business
AS the United States and
others major jurisdictions crack
down on tax evasion, the
Bahamas and international
financial centres must ensure
their practices comply with

p L1 I J 1(
a a F

r ".

Tradlemairks of Thl~e Bank of Noval Scotia. bub In I 4-I I usedl under autlhorisation
anrd COn~trl.) of Trhe Banlk of Nova Sc~ot~ia

,.. --- - - - - w - - - -- -- _I V




international requirements, a
leading global tax attorney said
Speaking at a Caribbean
compliance officers conference
being held in the Bahamas this
week, Simon Beck, from the
Baker and McKenzie law firm

in the United States, said it will
no longer bc acceptable for
institutions to just be compliant
with the laws of its own juris-
Rather, he said they needed
to see if they were breaking
laws in other jurisdictions,
where legal action could well:
be taken against them.
"Bahamian law won't help
you if you get a US Supreme
Court subpoena,"' Mr Beck
In many cases, he said sim-
ple Know Your Customer
(KYC) checks will not be suf-
ficient, as countries take a
much more aggressive stance
against tax evasion and money
For example, Mr Beck said
that in some cases, it can be .
an offence to conduct any:
transactions on US soil. This
could include sending an e-
mail that goes through a US
Internet line or meeting for-
eign clients in a US city.
Companies needed to ensure
there was a level of trans-;
parency in all they did to pro-
tect themselves he said.
Mr Beck added that finan-
cial institutions and. jurisdic-:
tions needed to "'up their
game" in making themselves
more competitive.
This could, he said, include
evolving the industry and find-
ing new ways to change legis-
In the case of the Bahamas,
he said, some very exciting
things were happening such as
the Foundations Acts, and
"loads -of opportunities" in
purpose trusts and private trust
company legislation.


%c: c


Ba .amas must

Com Iy with the

glo al stan ar s


ursdsasy, Novembesr 22nd 2007