The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 11/23/2007
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Foul play is

SUSpected in
security oraicer's

STribune Freeport
dmaycock@tribunemedia. net
FREEPORT Foul play is
suspected mn the disappearance
of a 64-year-old security officer
stationed at the Eight Mile
Rock High School, where blood
was discovered at the scene of
an apparent break-in there on
Thursday morning.
Grand Bahama Police are
seeking the public's assistance in
locating security officer Vincent
Pedican, who reported for duty
at the school on Wednesday
evening for his midnight to 8am
Although there was no trace
of Mr Pedican or his vehicle at
the school campus around 7am
Thursday when another securi-
syos icer aa djed toll rlee a 0,
and blood were discovered mn
.SIEE page nine

Two student in
hospital, one in
CUStody after
ar reported
Stabbing incident
Tribune Staff Reporter
related" stabbing incident left
two C I Gibson high school
students in hospital yesterday
and one in police custody, Thle
Tribune has learned.
Amidst the reports follow-
ing the news of this latest
episode of school violence,
school officials maintain the
campus was not in a "state of
chaos" and that classes
resumed as normal after the
students involved in the alter-
cation were isolated.
According to the school's
principal Elamne Williams, the
incident occurred around
11.15 am at the end of morn-
ing recess.
While details were liot con-
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AN ALLEGED contract
killer. who was notorious in the
East Street area, was gunned
down yesterday in broad daylight
with a "'high calibre" firearm.
As New Providence yesterday
prepared to hold a special can-
dlelight vigil in response to the
High murder rate, police recorded
homicide number 69 after two
) men were shot in Bain and
Grants Town.
Samuel McKenzie, 35, who was
out on bail for murder, was rid-
died with bullets as he was stand-
ing with another man on Wilson
Street, off Hay Street, shortly
after 9am yesterday.
Speaking at the crime scene
yesterday morning, Chief Supt
Hulan Hanna told the media that
binh sten had beendshot several

At the crime scene police
marked the spots where close to
30 bullet shells fell to the ground.
Both men were taken to
Princess Margaret Hospital
(PMH) by a private vehicle.
McKenzie, better known as
"LMooshae", was pronounced
dead shortly after arriving at the
emergency room. Doctors were
able to save the other man's life
and he was in stable condition at
press time last night.
As a result of the nature of the
events surrounding the patient,
the hospital increased its security
measures yesterday.
PMH officials yesterday
assured the public that there is
currently a strong police presence
at the hospital.
Mr Hanna confirmed that
McKenzie is "known to police"
for previous offences.
SEE page three

ered mn Rawson Square
yesterday for a candlelight
vigil to pray for the heal-
ing of the "wounded
souls" of the nation and
to state with courage and
determination that we are
"One Bahamas."
Psychiatrist Dr David
Allen, who spoke yester-
day, said that the gather"
ing emphasises the fact
that the nation stands in
solidarity with the victims
of "our fallen brothers and
sisters especially their chil-
"We come not to blame
or point the finger. We
come to say we are sorry.
We confess that we have
not done enough to dispel
the darkness, anger and
fear from our hearts mak-
ing it difficult for the light

FORMER Minister of
Works Bradley Roberts has
called for an end to the suf-
fering being experienced by
victims of a botched housing
development in the Cow Pen
Road area.
The former law firm of
Labour and Maritime Affairs
Minister Dion Foulkes repre-
sented two of the purchasers
in the Stephen's Close trans-
action in 2005 and Mr
Roberts, with PLP chairman-
ship candidate Omar Archer,
called on Mr Foulkes to resign
from his post over the matter.

However, Mr Foulkes,
whose former firm was hired
to oversee the mortgage trans-
actions of two of the prospect.
tive home buyers, emphatical-
ly denied any wrongdoing by
the firm.
At a press conference yes-
terday, Mr Roberts claimed
that the "unapproved" subdi-
vision known as Stephen's
Close was' "doomed from the
"This project was started in
2004 and was doomed from
SEE page nine

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Alleged hitman riddled

With bullets, another

man taken to hospital

PLP Chairman won't offer

himself for re-election
Tribune Staff Reporter
PLP Chairman Raynard Rig-
by officially announced yester-
day his intention not to offer
himself for re-election as party
chairmand' a't the PLP's conven-
tion in February 2008.
future pln in pltc M inog
by has made it known that he
SEE pae 11

Former mIRIISter Speaks out over
botched housing development






About 40 teachers, students 'exposed' to infection

School tuberculosis alert

Tribune Staff Reporter
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BEAT OUR fgM ABOUT 40 teachers andstu.
PRICES NOT dents at C C Sweeting Senior
EVEN IN INNASSAll High School have "tested posi.
MIAMil tive for exposure to tuberculo-
sis" after a 10th grade student
at the school was diagnosed




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INSIDERS expressed fears yesterday that
the~ Harl Taylor and Dr Thaddeus McDonald
murder inquiries would "go cold" because of
the men's high-level gay connections.
They said it was important that the culprits
be brought to justice quickly if charges of
"selective justice" were not to arise again.
Up to press time last night, there had been no
change mn the status of the investigations into
Polic" "'ekeilel questioning a group of eight
chefs and waiters in connection with the muir-
der of Taylor.
The seven Dominicans and one Bahamian
wo:::dot a edin d repto st eMonb
N: oin: habee cae inomustoyi con-
A source close to the late Dr McDonald said
yesterday: "This case should be pretty easy to
solve. It is a small community and Queen
Stre'4' whereeTaddceus wes kiled. Itiseu daen
In fact, the US Embassy's role in police
inquiries has been raised repeatedly by associ-
ates of the dead academic, who is said to have
entertained many young men at his guest house
"The Americans must know who was~ coming
and going," said a source, "If they didn't, then
they have a real security issue."
The US Embassy was closed for the Thanks-
giving Day holiday yesterday and no one could
be contacted for comment.
Dr McDonald, 59, a faculty dean at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, was found battered to
death in his home on Friday.
Handbag designer Harl. Taylor, 37, was found
stabbed to death at his Mountbatten House
home in West Hill Street on Sunday morning.
Police are pursuing at least two lines of


inquiry that they were both murdered by a
jealous third party who resented their closeness,
or that they were involved in a "business deal
gone wrong" which prompted savage revenge.
Mr Taylor, who ran his handbag and interior
design business from Mountbatten House, was
a prominent figure in "high end" gay circles.
One insider told The Tribune: "Harl and he
were, it seemed, having a relationship. How-
ever, I still believe these killings were about
money, not sex. For some season, this was pay-
back time."
He added: "From the time it happened, I
said if they are gomng to crack this thing, they
will do so quickly. However, my fear is that it
will become a cold case. To bring charges
against a gay lover, or even a gay hitman, could
possibly compromise a lot of other people."

with the potentially fatal illness
last week, education officials
confirmed yesterday.
While a positive reading of
exposure to the disease does
not mean the person actually
has TB, it is an indicator that a
person had sustained exposure
to an infected individual.
The disease can only be
spread to persons who have had
at least eight hours of sustained
contact with an infected per-
son, health officials said.
According to a press release
issued by the Ministry of Edu-
cation yesterday, on November
16 and 19, teachers, auxiliary
staff, 10th grade students, and
::,he lebn mennns wr
illness through the Mantoux
skin test.
Test results revealed 24 staff
members and 12 students had
been exposed to the potential-
ly deadly illness.
Those who tested positive for
TB exposure were referred to
the Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal for x-rays.
Following the results of the x-
rays, health officials will deter-
mine what further steps are to
be taken.
SA 10th grade student was
reportedly diagnosed with the
illness last week, prompting
Ministry of Education and
Health officials to screen those
who may have come into close,
sustained contact with the stu-
dent. Relatives of the student
have been screened for the dis-
ease as well.
The student is currently in
the hospital undergoing treat-
ment for TB.
Last week,lstudents were
issued school letters informing
parents and guardians of the

Tuberculosis is a com-
mon, infectious and poten-
tially deadly bacterial
infection caused by the
germ mycobacterium
tuberculosis. It commonly
attacks the infected per-
son's Inngs, but can dam-
.age the neryons system
and other organs of the
TB spreads by air when
Person infected with TB
ofethe lun ks cgS -
toms of the illness include:
*a cough lasting three
weeks or longer
significant weight loss
coughing up of
night sweats
Persons with weak
immune systems are more
susceptible to TB infec-

situation. While teachers and
parents have expressed mount-
ing concerns over the possibili-
ty of a TB outbreak, Ministry of
Health and Education officials
assured the public they are tak-
ing all the necessary measures
to ensure the protection of all
students and staff at C C Sweet-
ing Senior High School.
A special assembly is sched-
uled for Monday, November 27
at the school to educate par-
entS and students about the ill-

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Tribune Staff Reporter

THE PLP is expected to con-
clude its case in the Pinewood
election court challenge next
Wednesday, as additional wit-
nesses took the stand yesterday
acknowledging they were not
ordinary residents of Pinewood,
while a woman was forced to
give details about her relation-
ship with a married man to
determine where she lived.
Philip "Brave" Davis, PLP
lead counsel, informed the court
of his plans to wrap up Allyson
Maynard-Gibson's case at the
beginning of the morning ses-
sion yesterday, before ques-
tioning seven witnesses.
Rodcliffe McPhee, who now
lives off Farrington Road, and is
on the PLP's list of contested
voters, told the court that he
formerly resided in Pinewood
south of Jacaranda Street, and
east of Thatch Palm Avenue,
w~h~en he reit s dl tOctober
moved to th~e Farrington Road
area in June 2006.

His admission through testi~
mony that he was not an ordi-
nary resident of Pinew~ood for at
least six months prior to the
election came as another wit-
ness, Leslie Jones also on the
e-'slit- gve d encrion o
nium Avenue that too is out-

sid wistneuss ls gave tes-
timony aot livin ir r lt le
their actual address was in
Asa Moss Jr, who has lived
in the area of Foster Street and


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THE Princess Margaret Hospital
initiated "enhanced security mea-
sures" after admitting two persons
who were shot yesterday morning
in what police described as a drive-
by "ganigland-style" shooting.
Two men were taken to the
Princess Margaret Hospital with
gunshot wounds.
Samuel McKenzie, 35, who was
mn critical condition on arrival at
the hospital, was out on bail on a
murder charge.
McKenzie, an alleged hitman,
who was notorious in the East
Street area, died shortly after
arrival at the hospital. McKenzie is
alleged to have been involved mn
the shooting death of Nurse Joan
Lunn in 2001.


The second patient admitted
with McKenzie was taken to the
operating theatre. His identity was
still being withheld last night, blit
he was said to be in stable condi-
The Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal's tightened security measures
recalled the ones put in place after
the senseless killing of Nurse
Nurse Lunn was shot dead by a
hit-man in his attempt to
kill one of Nurse Lunn's patients.
Princess Margaret Hospital man-
agement yesterday promised the
public that it will continue to have
a strong police presence at the hos-
"'(We want to) assure our clients
"m and their relatives that we will con-
Stinue to work with the Royal
g Bahamas Police Force to ensure
-8the utmost safety and s ~curity,"
Sthe hospital said.
Two marked police vehicles and
,, one armed officer were stationed
"at the hospital's Accident and
2 Emergency entrance yesterday.

Boyd Road since June 22 this
year, was formerly a resident of
Guinep Street, Pinewood.
Mr Moss told the court that
he did visit his then girlfriend,
now wife, at her Boyd Road
residence, where he did stay at
-However, Mr Davis suggest-
ed that he lived there for three
years, rather than Pinewood.
"No," Mr Moss replied. After
further questioning, Mr Moss
said he did keep clothes in Boyd
Road, but maintained that he
did not live there during that
Berkley Kerr, who has lived
in Cowpen Road for the past
few weeks, testified that before
moving to Cowpen, he lived
between residences in
Pinewood and Yellow Elder.
When he left his mother's
Pinewood residence three years
ago, Mr Kerr said, he put some
of his larger items in the storage
area at the back of this house,
while leaving some clothes in a
ladroom that his brother took

When at Pinewood, which
Mr Kerr asserted was his resi-
dence at that time, he said he
stayed in the room with his
Cheryl Williams, who now
resides in Augusta Street where
she rts, told the cut she f r
smerl nived on Sapcodil1a Boule
vard with her family before
moving into this residence with
Nelson Brennan, who is mar-
ried and currently in divorce

She said that she initially met
Mr Brennan in 2000 at the air-
port where both were
eMs Wiams testified that she
lived with her family in
Pinewood until December 200)6,
when she moved in with Mr
Brennan. Mr Davis read from
the BEC records for the Augus-
ta Street residence, which is in
her name along with the lease,
questioning whether Ms
Williamns resided there from
October 2002 with Mr Brennan
when the account was activated.
Ms Williams maintained that

she did not, and said the
account was placed in her name
rather than his. as he was going
through legal separation. Under
cross-examination by FNM lead
counsel. Michael Biarnett. Ms
Williams also said that due to a
previous problem with an earli-
er pregnancy. she decided to
live with her mother and family
during the period before she

moved in with Mr Brennan.
who is the father of her child.
Under re-examination by Mr
Davis, Ms Williams said that
issues emerged in their rela-
tionship regarding Mr Bren-
nan's separation and divorce as
early as 2001, though the rela-
tionship wlas open.
Election court resumes on
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PMH enhances security after

admitting shooting victims



FROM page one

According to members of the East
Street community, McKenzie was a
'killer for hire" and an individual
feared by many.
Police reported yesterday that
McKenzie and his companion were
standing on the side of the road on
Wilson Street when a green Kia
Sportage SUV pulled up and the occu-
pant of the vehicle fired a barrage of
shots at the two men.
Arriving at the scene of the murder
of her son, Veronica McKenzie, who
operates a hot dog stand on Bay
Street, screamed out for justice.
"I want justice, I don't care who it is,
they better get it right and they better
fix it now before the day is out. I will
not rest until I get this solved today,"
she shouted out mn gnief.
Mrs McKenzie claimed that the
home of her son's girlfriend was
recently "shot up" and that police
failed to respond in that case.
She claimed that police failed to
come to her son's rescue when he
needed help.
"'But they come now, after they
done (shoot) my son seven times," she
An hour after the shooting, at
10.07am, police received reports that a
green Kia Sportage SUV had been set
on fire on Malcolm Lane, off South
Street only a few streets away from
the site of the murder.
Officers noted that they saw the col-
umn of smoke from the blaze while
they were working the crime scene on
Wilson Street.
Speaking with the press at the scene
on Malcolm Lane, Assistant Supt Wal-
ter Evans said that an emergency fire
services crew found the vehicle "fully
engulfed in flames."
An eye-witness claimed he saw a
man wearing a white shirt throw a
"pipe bomb" at the SUV and then run
The fire completely destroyed the
vehicle, but through specks of paint on
the right fender police were able to
determine that the burnt-out KIA
Sportage was originally green m
Police were also able to determine
that the vehicle had a 87777 license
plate number.
"There may be a connection with
the shooting, we're not sure, but we're
investigating that. Arson is suspected,"
Mr Evans said.

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Pine-wood case next wYeek


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within a reasonable time. However, lan-
guishing in prison for five years is not a "rea-
sonable time". It is denying an accused, who
.might be innocent, his constitutional rights.
A-s Sir- B~urton says the true "victim" might be
an accused who is inl fact innocent of the
cha~rge. And so, rather than denying these
persons" their rights, the courts are releasing
them intor the community. As a result the
community is bemng held hostage by some of
them. and the exhausted police find that in
many~ instances they are chasing the same
In the House of Assembly on October 17
National Security Minister Tommy Turn-
qluest told the House that of the 1,359 prison
population some 587 are there on remand. He
said tha~t 189 are now out on bail for armed
r~obbery. and more than 114 for murder. In
2006l 35 per cent were on bail at the time
they\ committed their 'second offence, and
netweenrl January and September this year
4' per cent, or 22 murder suspects, were on
b~ail at the time of a subsequent offence. Up
to September this year 39 persons were out
on bail for rape and more than 189 for armed
Andl so what happens to these accused?
Are they expected to take to the streets, find
. ariob and go straight?! To believe this is to live
Un a~ fool s paradise. These persons will never
Find a job. And so, without family or friends,
and no work how are they to hive? You
guessed it, they prey on the community.
While hard working Bahamians are out earn-
ing an honest living these jobless, hungry
I'eoplle are perched ready to snatch the first
,lloppon tunity to plulde~r your possessions and
cenI 1InJUre you.
So what is to be done?
It is suggested that more judges be hired
and a court be devoted exclusively to criminal
ma~tters. Sir Burton says that this is not prac-
tic~al. So what is? The matter is urgent, we
cannot wait until the community has been
edlucated to accept that the only way to
ensure security is to convince all Bahamians
that it's important to obey the law, even in
small matters.
Nor can we sit back and. tell Bahamians
that they have brought this all on themselves,
while the killing, maiming and robbmng con-
tinues. Nothing is impossible. The so-called
impossible now has to be turned into the pos-
*To be continued Monday.

knows this and takes delight in
visiting her throughout the day
almost everyday to partake of her
sumptuous Bahamian cooking.
the lady ad wmba ohme shh is
I would surely be one of the
greatest women on earth. She is
the manifestation of Christiani-
ty, beauty, grace, elegance and
poise, ~knowledge, loyalty, kind-
ness and love. She has shown me
the meaning of true and uncon-
ditional love. She bestows untar-
nished grace and generosity to
her loved ones and those around
her in her own special, often mis-
understood way. She loves with-
out thinking and without asking
in return. She is indeed a woman
of truth and sincerity, giving
advice and honest opinions when
astktion Ialsafo ita without a
doubt, she is the ideal example
of independence never expectant
of a favour in return and fully
capable of taking care of herself
in every aspect. She is a matri-
arch who perpetually mentors
and cares for her loved ones as
well as everyone else with whom
she may encounter. She is a quin-
tessential woman of wisdom, with
every utterance from her lips wise
thoughts and fundamental values
are verbalized. Most of all, she is
a woman of God, who holds firm
to her faith which is engrained in
every part of her being and
esse t from God, and a few
other important people, she ranks
aththe top od t lst of person
inspiratio Se iassp res m e to
the remarkable person and
woman that I know I will one day
become. She is the earthly source
of encouragement that stimulates
me to persevere when I feel like
giving up. Thoughts of her efforts
in my development has caused
me to realize that her (along with
others) investment of time love
and money in me must not and
will not go in vain. Her existence
encourages me to be a better per-
son in all aspects of my personal-
ity and development. She is my
earth angel that God has loaned
i tm~nensdth reei anc is-calpreesd
for more strong role models in
our society to make their pres-
ence felt. Our country requires
niore sound adults like my grand-
mother to raise and supervise our
children with love, good values,
morals and discipline now more
than ever with violence on the
rise in our schools and with the
murder count in our country soar-
ing. It is imperative that we instil
these traits in our children, in
"'des fr u t haveu d r ducti
anld older folks alike need some-
one to look up to. Don't let our
values die with those who grew
up Meneration befnorte uswol o
know what a wonderful woman
Sylvia N. Roberts is, I want to
shout it from the rooftops. I want
this country to know that God
has blessed the world with her
presence and that I am so sin-


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houses try next in outside
It seems there is a national
competition between the two
soft beverage companies to
see who can litter the
Bahamas the most and the
Everywhere today you see
either banners or bottle
shaped images of the beverage
companies products which
fade very quickly and really
look ugly
Coming from the Airport
yesterday just passing Go
Slow Bend on West Bay
Street and on the perimeter
wall of the first house on the
waterside there is a large ban-
ner for the Americas Cup Sail-
ing Boat tourist attraction -
surely Physical Planning did
not approve that?
Outside most of the food
stores in recent weeks large
banners advertising the in
store promotion of their bev-
erage products usually the
sign is tied provisionally, nor-
mally not straight and really
adding to the ugliness which
we seem to enjoy.
Editor, there are provisions
under Town Planning that all *
outside advertising materials
require Physical Planning
Board approval -I believe
Michael Major is the Director,
but obviously these business
houses simply erect the signs
knowing that they will stay up
for weeks before something
"might be done".
Although Physical Planning
Board advised all the political
candidates that their election
signs must be taken down
there are still not just one or
two in very visible locations -
Ss omone h d to e blnnddt e
C B Moss at the light on Blue
Hill and Dillet Street....It is
time these were removed.
It seems in our eyes ugliness
is close to godhiness when it is
the total opposite.
I am so annoyed with the
beverage companies that I and
my family will not purchase
their products as they mn my
op inama hey notslaw abiding
tive message to our young
:= eber 13, 2007.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
not have landed on the moon or
may not have become the first
female Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas,
but she has made outstanding
achievements to not only her fam-
ily, Iu hoethe omhmuhnaty as we l
hard to take care of herself and
her family. She gave her five chil-
dren the best school education
that she could afford and instilled
in them crucial values that strong
families and communities are

buStinc I was a year and ten
months, my grandmother took
me in and helped my mother to
raise me as if I were her own. I
remember growing up and people
would ask her: "Well Mrs;
Rodb ts, is tis yaurnias chl
"Do you think I am that fool!,,
Nonetheless, it was as if I were
her last because I lived with her
all my life. While growing up, she
made it her duty to raise me the
best way she knew how, by instill-
ing in me strong Christian and
moral values. She made sure that
I learned to respect others, elders
and peers alike. I can still remem-
ber our walks to school together
and her and me picking penmies
up along the way to put in our
piggy bank. She would diligently
assist me with my homework until
the wee hours of the morning and
she would always make herself
kno n to my teaches and ma e
me in line and spoil me with
treats. My aunts and uncles
always secretly regarded me as
spoiled, but in comparison to my
peers and their parents by dis-
tinction; she appeared strict.
In my developing years, my
perception of my grandmother
transformed from pecuhiar mis-
conception to love and' admira-
tion. As I matured, I realized the
importimce of and came to be
grateful for the way that she
raised me and values she lived by
and the standards she fought to
uphold. My grandmother is a
woman tof strength ad co ra
anyone. She is statuesque and dig-
nified and her presence alone
demands respect. Initially she
may seem a bit intimidating with
her no-nonsense disposition, but
anyone who has come to know
and appreciate her can rightfully
testify that she has a warm heart
and a sincere soul.
She often enjoys expressing
her motherly nature with food.
You can be sure that if you visit
her, she is either preparing a deli-
cious meal or has the food on the
stove waiting to be served. Her
direct family, myself mecluded,

ting. ai "dlisconned~cl betweenC'I theC ~llluiC~ial Sy'S-
temn aind broad;I sc icons of thc Iconunuitii \"
gare an evl clle n 1;1k1 3t the~ ( humbel~cr ~f

powers andcl role 01 Ihe junIheiar. .
Withi encriitsm mountllling;l ny:\; sInst comiS
in the face of escalatring crim nl Bu Irton,~11 not
only dctaiile th pim 1 I\ I 1 Jti nni esI;~ .Ioder I

not to "dlo justice" I,but to dco justice accord~-
ing to law\. He conlcludedJ in filinig the1 b~lame
squa'rely w here it belongs~. "In suinn," he said,
..while courts might imiposet punishment upon
conviction fchieved~ after dule process. no
court oi;I1\ any i mother ;intoagnci w\ill curtail
olbjectionablc beI claloul in which las go Ile

He re~iterated~ hii; beclief that1 thei~ policl can
do precious bi~i~ll `1o potent crime an t he
absence of a1 br(,~~ oadcommunnllll consensus~11 of
b~ehad outi wh ichi it \IunplyI \\d not to~ ~r~.lerat.

overr the venrsi. I hierec is nor c~ure or tolai's

wya doton t obes\ it
'i the \{ antiic.libe; I (1\cr. we; cannot~, sit
on our hands. co~mpinlin ofl ourii handltic; ps,
and do not lung.
A caller toi a1 talk sho 'rt1 Wednesday morn-
ing likenecd thec poliCe to al veis houndI~ chas~ing
hound turns airround onl (InI lind~ I
has releasedl the rabbit~. I hei Ia ., uk
over ag~ainl.: ilnal 11l\1( I11 11,t11 ho nd)1uin te
same rab~il.
Often the poulice feel thatl Ihei are that

the peski Ilobbitr is 1Ihe co~uII. Paul~ce say that

support thici c.lalim l

walking thle stclees I hec are~ there because
the courts d~o notlii ; t( he1 faciilitie to, Iry
their cases. Andit ro; a judcge 14 dutcy bo~unc to
administer justice acco~rding to thec law. UnIrder
the constitutionl ;1n ;Icused~~ personl is not o~nly
presumedcc inncr ent.. but1 ha;~; 111 nght ao f ir
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Sandals resorts
SCOOp hat-trick
at British Travel
Awards 2007
T'HEi ritish T'ravel
Awards~ held this month
saw~ Snadals Reso~rts hon-
oured a'~s the favlourite all
inclusive resort of con-
Sandals was also named
best all inclusive resort as
voted by the travel indus-
try, and the company with
tienfavourite travel adver-

ment to continuously mod-
ernising and -improvmng our
product and our determi-
nation to settle for nothing
less than number one."
said Gordon "Butch"
Stewart. chairman of San-
dals Resorts. "These
acknowlledgments arrive at
a special time in Sandals'
history as we enter our
new 'luxury-included'
epoch. We look forward to
remaining at the top of the
travel world for many
years to come.
Known for leadership in
Caribbean travel, Sandals
has once again raised the
bar among distinctive
resort destinations with
the introduction of the
Luxury Included Holiday
and a collection of luxury
suites in Jamaica, Antigua,
St Lucia and the Bahamas.
The new luxury experi-
ence at Sandals reportedly
features unprecedented
services and amenities
including private plunge
pools and jacuzzis, exclu-
sive dining options, and
celebrated partnerships
with celebrity des gners
The British Travel
Awards recognizes more
than 100 of th~e best com- I
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Scriptures text: Esther 4:5-16

A FA'THER-OF-T'HRIE last nlight
no'Pwaled for his missing wife to return
home, claiming his children were cry-
ing themselves to sleep over her dis-
Beach attendant Paul Rolle, 49, said
his 38-year-old wife Evamae Kemp-
Rolle left home for work two months
ago and had not been seen or heard
from since then.
He told The Tribunte: "I love my
"I want her back. The children are

missing her. They cry themselves to
sleep at night."
Mrs Rolle, who worked as a room
attendant at Atlantis, was last seen in
September when she left home for
Paradise Island.
"From that day forth we have not
seen her," said Mr Rolle from his
home in The Grove. "The children are
missing her desperately."
Asked if she might have left with
another man, Mr Rolle said: "It's
always a possibility. But I'm convinced

she is still right here on New Provi-
He said she had never left home like
this before.
"My kids are between four and eight
years old and they are upset.
"We want her to contact us to say
where she is."
Mr Rolle said police had been
He has also placed an advertisement
seeking the public's help in finding

RUM CAY Montana
Holdings Limited, developers
of the Rum Cay Resort and
Marina and platinum spon-
sors for the fifth Oil Baron's
Ball in Dubai, have
announced the winner of their
million dollar treasure hunt.
Karen Sinclair, a resident
of Dubai, was randomly
picked as the winner of the
grand prize an oceanfront
home site valued at $1.25 mil-
The luxurious Bahamian
beach front home site is easi-
ly accessible via air and land,
the company said.
"I am still in a complete
state of shock, this is really a
dream come true," said an
exhilarated Karen Sinclair.
"My husband has been in the
oil industry for 30 y~ears. and
this time we feel we've truly
struck gold."
Each guest at the ball was
given a brochure containing
a number and web address.
The web address was activat-
ed immediately after the ball
ended and participants
entered this number on the
website within the seven day
time period.
The Oil Baron's Ball Dubai
took place on Friday. Novem-
ber 9 on the lawns of the Emi-

rates Golf Club, Dubai.
Considered Dubai's pre-
mier corporate social event
for executives of the oil and
gas industry, the Oil Baron's
Ball features the crowning of
the Middle East Oil Baron
2007 and raises money for the
ball's official charity, the
Make A Wish Foundation.
"'We are pleased to
announce that Ms Sinclair is
the winner of our million dol-
lar treasure hunt. The Oil
Baron's Ball stimulated great
interest in our magnificent
island of Rum Cay and we
look forward to the day that
Ms Sinclair can relay its
exquisite beauty and
ambiance to others," said
MHL CEO John Mittens.
Rum Cay Resort Marina is
an 897-acre luxury residential
resort marina, which accord-
ing to the company is being
developed "as the premier
destination for the free-spirit-
ed, adventure traveller seek-
ing: an authentic Bahamian
'out island' experience with
unparalleled natural elegance
and superb amenities".
There are plans for a new,
modern airport with on-site
Customs services as well as a
full-service mega-yacht mari-


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SPOst Office marks Christmas with special issue

Ban ani an pr oauc ts win

the stamp of approval
JUST days before the
Nation's largest handicraft
and souvenir show, the Post T sa b te i au
Office Department issued "T e ta pb it lfi ab au
special Christmas postage .iu hn oviw n .Ia
stamps featuring authentical- iu fH g(Ove ,a dI m
ri ly Boaha ia eFfdiuc asls pr quitee Sure the sale will go well
sened the rns Hs toMinister with this issue. It is something
and the creators of the prod- that is completely original and
ucts featured on the stamps. a
The presentation launched Something authentically
a chain of highly-anticipated
events in the handicraft and Bahamnian."
souvenir industry.
r Ti industry's next signiri-
cant event will he the 13th
annual Authentically
Bahanmian Christmas Craft Assistant Postmaster Leslie Cartwright
Show, which is organised by
Ministry of Tourism in con-
junction with Bahamas Hotel significant advancement that
Association (BHA). has been made for Bahamian
Mr Grant pointed out the products and the annual
h i importance of constantly sup- show that displays them.
porting Bahamian creations. The focus on "When we first started, we
d '..l'The Minlistry of Tourism Bahamian handi- didn't een have ornaments,"
I and Aviation thr-ough its var- crafts will culminate sh ad
ious departments always literwino hNow, aterlo3d yars, look
sei/ces the opportunity to new Caclque Award Ms Rolle said that Ms
assist in the promotion of
things Bahamian,"' he said. winner for Handi- Rose and Ms Laing take part
"I am told that this year craft on February 1 in the show every Christmas.
represents the 13th annual when the Cadique They will display the items
Aulthentically BahamianAwrsoou b on the postage stamps from
Chiltma Crft sowandNovember 30 to December
that divis onl .1 eaded by Ms rmolaeah h ~tetcl
Mvr Grant commended Ms fields. Show is held at Wyndham
111Rowna oll.''touismreate I ahaianChrstms Cam
Rolle and artisans Miralee Nassau Resort.
Rose and Cathy Laing, -Leslie Cartwright, assistant
whose shell and straw orna- postmaster, said individuals
Illents have been pho- Hponeouthtig- such as Ms Rose and Ms
tographedl for the special quality Baham~ian products Lighl omk h
"sue1 of ChrSI ilsma stamps. will now be seen around the Christmas stamp programme
Trhe work of Ms Rose, the world when the stamps are: a success every year.
_700(5 winner of the Cacique put into use. "The stamp by itself is a
Award for Handicraft, was "We sincerely hope that as beautiful thing to view, and I
se~lected for the 1.5 cent, 25 we move forward, more am quite sure the sale will go
cent. 50) cent. 65 cent and 80 opportunity will be presented well with this issue," he said.
Abbott cent stamps, to the promotion of things "'It is something that is com-
Diahmecs Camo Ms Laing'S WOrk will be on Bahamian, not only locally pletely original and some-
the 70 cents stamp. but certainly international- thing authentically Bahami-
Mr Grant also commend- ly." he said. an. So we are really excited
ans~J ed the Post Office Depart- Ms Rolle. general manager about this issue and we are
ment on the selection of of the Authentically Bal ami- looking forward to the pub-
authentically Bahamidn craft an Department in the Min- lice's participation in purchas-
co, n~ iems for this year's Christ- istry of Tourism, said the ing these souvenir items this
mas issue, stamps are a testament to the year.

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What it IS they are dobg abut
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Burgundian Dinner

to celebrate the

release of new wine
MORE than 70) patroxis enjoyed the special Burgundian
Dinner- at Sun und?, Restaurant, held to celebrate the world-
wide release of the 2007 Georges Dubocuf Beaujolais Nou-
The wine is dlistributed in the Bahamas by Bristol Wines
and Spirits.
Sun and ?, chef and owner Ronnie Dykere joined Bristol
wine director Rusty Scates, in organising and creating the
evenings special menu and wine tasting.
plea dRone as hther os t. Ira knewn rd i"We were e y
?:""auoas menu ahd g ttngB aepl sogee rfor he st ac
thing different to the usual dining out experience."
Wine expert Rusty Scates commented, "This year's Beau
jolais Nouveau from Georges Duboeuf`, is a very drinkable
'fun' wine, a step up from the 2005 and 2006 Nouveau wines,
which were both a little disappointing.
"'The: food and the wine were an excellent combination and
all of the patrons I spoke with, thoroughly enjoyed the
evening," he said.
Guests had a delightful choice of' dishes to try:
Cassolette D'Escargots an Fleurie
Escargots simmered in led beau~jolais wine.
La Caille Rotie Au Beaujolais et Champignons en nid de
Salade Trevise Rouge, Roquette. Arugula
Roasted quail with mushrooms necstled in field greens
glazed with a beaujolais sauce.
Magret De Canard Rotis Au Vinaigre De Miel
Roast duck breast with a honey vm~egar sauce.
Saumnon on Dorade Local Grille a la cram D'Estragon
et Asperges
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ragon cream sauce.
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Fr-ed Mitchell is claiming that
the "destabilisation" of the
Ioa c < ma
and e

the Urban Renewal Prc.ject by
the FNM government has con-
tributed to the rise in crime..
Mr Mitchell satid the PLP is
concerned that the go~vern-
ment has no clear direction or
plan to deal with the crime sit-
uation in the Badmillas.vte

aboull n noli what is Lheir
leg lla n sr ha i *ldc~ir. social agen-
1. .nJl i1 is simIn notL

(I1 iLl. "~ he saLid
nil l itchell, who
wasI < > Bo(1ln.m I o Tuesday
\.11 li1.1 IIe PLP rsttan

I', ~l..an no llicalwil

(lu\)) llhe :Ind I can tell you
:11 I hll' lre sedc concerns
aboi~ut thi\ iusue. We think
thati itorstlnecessary
Irthere bl he
a pu lic

and we are now dealing with
old history in the House. So
there is nothing reply tot
advance the whole issue of
what is happening in te area
of crime,' he said.
When the PLP was in office,
Mr Mitchell said it put in place
specific proposals to deal with
crime, and re-organised the
Royal Bahamas Police Force.
The re-organisation which
took place just before the gen-
eral election, aimed to brmng a
new perspective and fresh
expertise and training to help
reduce the crime, he claimed.
Mr Mitchell claims that the
force was destabilised by the
reversal of many of these
changes when the FNM came
to office.

mnent at the highest loyclin the
country, especially when the
country is panicked about the
situation r~elatedl to crime," he
"We have hea~rd from the
po'lice, but the people of the
country want to hear from
their apolitical leaders about
thle stateu of crime in this coun-
M/P Mitchell said the FNM
has not revealed anly short
term or long term plans to deal
with the issue.
"We were told when the
H-ourc adjour-ned at surnmer
time tha3t when it came back
from recess in September, the
plan would be revealed. No
plan was revealed then and
there iu no legislative agenda

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these trips were joyrides that
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-Crime a national crisis


I seig\ ottermrlcmasadgn naet appears that more than a handful of Bahamians have
The murderous, sadistic state of affairs presently afflicting the
Bahamas is nothing short of nightmarish. If the current crime
wave continues unabatedly, our nation is on the brink of out-
night anarchy!
The vicious spate of brutal crimes plaguing our society is a
manifestation of more complex social ills--for e.g., absentee
fathers/parents, poor socialization, low academic achievement,
too much exposure to violence and poor conflict resolution skills.
When children spend hour after hour killing each other in violent
video games and listening to music that encourages violence, it
seems that they assume that they can take the same approach in
reality. In our schools, I have heard daily conversations by students
that centre around who among them can fight, which of them can
beat therother and who won a recent brawl. It is high time that par-
ents are also held responsible for the actions of their children.
Staggeringly, one in every 232 Bahamians, primarily young
men, are in prison. For the most part, it appears that Bahamians
have lost all value for life. Further, urider no conditions should dan-
geerous offenders be granted bail.
Crime is out of control, but yet our MPs spent a week blowing
hot air and wasting time fighting over semantics. Even more, as thee
crime rate soars, the Christian Council is conveniently quiet or
barely talking, with no action. It appears that many churches are
doing nothing, but collecting funds! Last night's prayer vigil,
which was orchestrated by Dr David Allen, was an indication
that crime has finally grabbed the attention of civic leaders.
Two and a hall weeks ago, I spoke to a friend wlho expressed his
grievances about a recent concert held at the Queen Elizabeth
Sports centre. Much commotion had been made about the arrival
of JamaicanI singei Jah Cure: (Siccature Alcock) w~ho was recent-
ly released from statesville (July 28) after serving an eight-year sen-
tence for rape, robbery and gun possession.
My friend--a popular motivational speaker and gospel artist--
said that what was worse was seeing thant in the midst of the crime
crisis our nation now faces, national corporations such as BTC and
the Br~oadcasting Cor~porationl of the Baharmas saw~ fit to proudly\
sponsor a concert headlined by a convicted enmmial. AccordJing to
him, a gospel concert (FamFest). that featured Bahamian
gospel/motivational aIrtists and encouraged family' unity, wans
repeatedly snubbed by BTC and several other corporations we
the promoter sought their sponsorship. In the end. the promoters
of FamFest footed aln exorbitant bill. particularly since the concert
was free of charge. It was quite disappointing to hear~ that our
national companies would choose to support a venue headlined by
al convicted r~apist instead of positive-minded, young Bahamians.
Undoubtedly, the US embassy is extreme~ly appre~hensive aIbout
the level o violent crimes and could soion issue a travell dv:isory
o~n the Bahnamas. Once an advisory is issued, our already\ w'aning
to~urist nlumbers would diminish evenl morec.
I aml a proponen"t of capital punishment. 1 I am rerta1:in that the
death pena'lty and the cat-a-nine tails, if utili7ed. wour\ld serve as an
e~ver-prcsent dete~rrent in the muinds ofC oCffenders.5 Capital punish-
mecnt is cited inl law, and therel~fotr :l`. aftr convicted murderer has
lost alll aIlppeals and b~eenl sentenced~r to~ death11, h~is eecution should
heI for~thwith.
A~s a23-yearll-ol d yorung~ man~, I am perclsonally appealing to my
PeerS to stop) ther vol'llence withl thre hope1 that they would read
today's paper or be (~11ct'k of,\ my ptition. T~he future of our country
aInd our economy! is 1HI 4(tak' n\S moreI. thanll e'verI bColre, crime has
wea~ke:ned the seeinil Inhne~~~ of o~ur na;tion and~ manyv Bahamians are
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..Bahamas Agriculture
Industrial Corporation is mil-
lions of dollars in debt after
being abused by the "new"
PLP during its single term in
According to a recent
report to parliament by Agri-
culture anld Marine Resources
Minister Larry Cartwright'
audited accounts of BAIC's
financial position show that
the corporation was in debt
by $1.6 million (2003) and
$8i12,586 (2004).
While farmers, fishermen
and industrialists on the Fam-
ti Islandsweeitn tC their livelihoods, it appears
that some of the principals at
BAIC were gallivanting, fer-
vently spending public funds
on extravagant dinners and
opulent trips. Prior to the then
minister stepping in to correct
a seemingly piggish state of
affairs, BAIC appeared to
have become the personal
piggy-bank of certain govern-
ment officials. Public funds,
in my estimation, appeared to
have been frivolously spent
on gratuitous professional
fees that also included speech
writing and so-called "special
project services."
"Travel and entertainment
gexpnis icurhed costs r Ida
tions, transportation and
meals from travel within and
outside of the Bahamas," Mr
Cartwright said.
Mr Cartwright stall d that
approximately $52,0 0 was
spent on trade and investment
missions to China. yet there
is no evidence of any remark-
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in 2002 to $232,000 in 2003?,
Although there was a mora-
torium on public sector hir-
ing during much of the PLP's
governance, cronyism seems
to have reigned supreme at
BAIC, as 22 new employ-
ees/contractual staff were
employed in 2003, thereby
causing the corporation to be
overstatfed. This subsequent-
ly led to an increasing month-
ly payroll which spiked at an
astounding $140,000!

ex ressedCartcwrn tat t esro
was very little movement in
the collection of micro-loans.
Further illustrating the topsy-
turvy, do-nothing atmosphere
at the micro-loan facility, the
minister said that it was out
"There were significant
breaches as far as documen-
tation and overall administra-
tion of the tro ramme were
concerned," Mr Cartwright
a Ihve auditedtreports of th
2003/2004 gives the impres-
.sion that Bahamian taxpayers
were grossly abused. Instead
of encouraging ustainable

purse was apparently used to
pay for swanky trips, gourmet
dishes and questionable hir-
ing practices! Between 2003
and 2004, the fishermen-and
farmers,' for whour~the corpo-'
ration was established, seem
to have been woefully
neglected instead of being giv-
en much desired assistance.

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oo ...n Refreshments, Test Drives, Special Prices &d More

rooms in the school s Adminis-
tration Buil in eetie :
scenes of crime officials wce;e
at the school conducting inves-
tigations when students and
teachers arrived for class at
School Principal Sheryl
Campbell said school was dis-
`missed around 8.30)am due to
the circumstances.
Assistant Superintendent of
Police Loretta Mackey. report
ed that police located Mr Pedi-
can's van licensed number 431
sometime Thursday morning in
the Hawkshill area.
Mr Pedican, a resident of No
3 Samoa Drive, Royal Bahamia
Estates, had been employed as
a school security guard for 15
years in the public school sys-
tem. He was also employed full
time with Wide World For-
warding for many years.
Supt Mackey said he was last
seen by a family member at
midnight on Wednesday
November. 21. when he left h~is
residence for work at Eight
Mile Rock High School.
Ms Mackey said he was dis-
covered missing around 6.50am
when a security officer arrived
for duty at the school to relieve
him, but could not locate him.
According to Stephen
Plakaris. deputy director ~f
school security with the Min.
istry of Education, Mr Pedican
was stationed at Eight Mile
Rock High on the midnight to
8am shift.

He reported that security
records indicate that he had
reported for duty at 11.53pm
,n Wednesday.MRr Plakaris said
Jlue to manpower shortages
only one officer is stationed at
the schools in the evening
hours. .
Principal Campbell said she
received a call at home around
7am on T'hursday from a secu-
rity officer who reported that
there had been a break-in in the
guidance counsellor's office sit-
uated in the Administration
The officer, she said,
informed her that it appeared
that the culprit/culprits had
gained access through the back
Jtoor and then gained access to
the office.
"H!e also said that blood was
on the floor in the guidance
counsellor's room. and that Mr
Pedican's bhoes were on the
floor, and that his walky-talky
radio was in the senior haead-
master's room," said Mrs
'Campbell. .
Mrs Campbell said that Mr
Pedican was a very dedicated
and professional officer.
"'He doesn't leave the school
until anl administrator arrives at
8am. And, when I arrived this
morning I ivas unable to gain
access to the staff room, but I
saw his bedding still there and

his shoes were still there, so we
are just trusting arnd praying
that he is alive.
"I know he is not well
becanuse some blood on the
floor has given us some indica-
tion thiit something has hap-
pened," she said.
M~rs Campbell said school
shoulld resume as normal on Fri-
Investigators left with several
bags of evidence and wrapped
up their investigations at the
school around 11.50)am.
School security officers and
Mr Pedican's colleagues at the
Widle World Forwarding were
not taking the news well. "We
are in a state of shock over this
unfortunate news and are pray-
ing for him," said a colleague
at Wide World Forwarding.
Sulpt Mackey said Mr Pedi-
can is described ats ci'?"' (1:1 of1
slimn buit anid meliumr Drown
complexion. He is ho;ld and has
a black and grey beard.
Persons are aIsked call 350-
3107/8. 152-9774/5 or 911 with
any information in relation to
the matter.
Police are also continuing
.investigatlions inilo the murders
of Kenn~eth L~ightbourne 45, and
businessman Giifford Martin Jr.
32, who were Grand Bahama's
ninth and 10th homicides for
the year.

the actual installation of such infrastructure. Nei-
ther of these steps was ever taken and final
approval was never granted.
"'Yet the sale of lots did take place and the
construction of houses began, even though no
requests for permits were submitted for such
buildings and therefore no permits were ever
granted by the ministry.
"Upon the discovery of the illegal construc-
tion by the building control division of the Min-
istry of Works, a stop order was issued by the
Ministry of Works on November 21, 2005," he
Mr Roberts said that to date, the families that
invested in the housing scheme have yet to receive
their home or a refund of their money.
"Ilt is clear that the land is useless to the parties
concerned and immediate action is required to
bring long overdue relief and full reimbursement
and damages to all the families caught up in this
disgraceful saga. he :said.



FROM page one

Foul play suspected in security

Officer's disappearance

Feare millster speaks out over batchell housing developments

FROM page one
the start as the developer failed to comply with
the Private Roads and Subdivision Act, failed to
apply for Building Permits by the submission of
plans by approved qualified architects/assistants
in compliance with the Ministry of Works build-
ing control regulations," he said.
Mr Roberts acknowledged, as Mr Foulkes pre-
viously asserted, that a letter from the Town
Planning Committee of the Ministry of Works
did grant approval in principle for a subdivision
which was to be known as Stephen s Close in
September 2005.
Mr Foulkes told The Tribune earlier this month
that it was on the basis of this letter that the
developers were able to proceed.
However, Mr Roberts claimed: "As is the
norm, the approval in principle was made subject
to certain conditions, including the installation
of jnfastructure or posting ~of a bond to.ensure



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Where's Solomon?

JIuly 2-9, 1828. Along the south bank of the
Ohrio River, Kentucky.
liears the Smiths talk about keeping Louisa and
Solomqn, she decides to trick them with a copy of
Papa's letter.
After a long time, Mr. Smith clears his throat
and frowns. "Don't look like a man's hand," he
:'Papa dictated it to me. He couldn't read or
wr-ite."' I point to the wax. "That's his seal."
Mr. Smith shoves the diary toward his wife.
"You puzzle it out." Mrs. Smith reads the way
Louisa does, mouthing the words. "Read so I
can hear," Mr. Smith says.
Mrs. Smith reads out loud. When she's fin-
ished, tears roll down her cheeks. "'My daddy was
a Mason," she says. "He took a vow to help wid-
ows and orphans." She looks at Mr. Smith.
"Their papa asks the Masons to give his children
safe passage. We have to let them go."
I want to dance a jig, but instead I keep a sugary
smile pasted on my face. "Thank you for your
kindness, ma'am." I pomnt to the gun, propped
beside their pallet. "iDo you like our grandpa's
Kentucky rifle? Th'e government gave it to him
for bravery.
SMr. Smith's cheeks turn as red as his hair. "I
was fixing to clean it for you," he says. "It's a
beauty. Your grandpa must have been a good
Even though my heart is beating like partridge
wings, I thank him sweetly.
Later that morning we leave with our bellies fall
of porridge, the rifle clean aud polished, and a
new wheel spoke. Moses is too lame to ride Pearl,
so be sits beside me mn the wagon while his mare
trots behind. The minute we turn onto the trail,
Moses and I howl with laughter. Louisa and
Solomon scramble forward.
"What's so funny?" Louisa asks.
"Your sister really fooled those people," Moses
salys, nearly chokmng. He explains how l faked a
cop'y of Papa's letter.
Louisa squeezes between us on the seat. "Did
theuy want to steal us?"
S"Yes. But Jesse was too smart for them."
My cheeks feel warm. I'm not used to hearing
praise from Moses.
"But they seemed nice. Mrs. Smith sang to me,
like Mama." Louisa buries her head on my shoul-
dler. "I didn't mean to tell that we're orphans,"

she says.
I pat her knee. "I know. Just be careful nlext
A week later we're creeping along a ridge road
to escape the valley mud. It's been raining for two
days. We're all cranky, especially Moses. We've
pulled quilts aroupd our heads to keep off the
rain and mosquitoes. Our cornmeal is w~et. and
our salt pork is nearly gone.
Suddenly Sad~ie's ears go flat against hier head.
Pearl shies, and we hear a noise like a tornatdo- -
but there's no wind. As the wagon inches forward
the sound becomes a roar. My stomach clenches.
"What is it?" Louisa cries.
We pull up on the edge of a bluff. The noise
comes from a foaming chute in the muddy Ohio
River. Solomon screeches as if hre's been stung,
jumps from the wagon, and runs to the edge of the
bluff. "Look! A boat on fire!" We hurry after
him. A huge boat, with two smoking chimnneys,
steams down the river toward a kaneling abocve
the rapids. "What is it?" Solomon~ asks.
"A steamboat." Moses's eyes are as big ~s
Solomon's. "'Papa told me aboutl theml. TIhe fire
runs the boat."
"Can we ride it?'" Solomo~n a~sks.
Moses shakes his head. "We need our money to
buy food in Louaisville."
Solomon starts to cry, and the rain fa;llls hlardel,
as if the sky is crying, too. I take a deep brecath. "If
we sold Pearl, we'd have enough mnonecy to t-avel
by boat awhile--and to buy more forod." I know

it's mean, but I keep talking. "Traveling in the rain
is miserable--and you can't even ride Pearl now."
Moses's mouth is set straight, like he's caught
Sadie's stubbornness. "Pearl's my mare, my jew-
el. I raised her. And I won't be lame forever."
I wonder. His ankle is still swollen, as if he
stepped into a hornet's nest. "Pearl eats more than
the mule,"' I say. "And there's no grass in the
woods. What if we never get home?" .
"D~on't say that," Louisa pleads.
Just then, smoke puffs from the two chimneys
and the boat eases into the landing. Solomon
pats Moses on the shoulder. "The boat's turning
upstreaml. Please can we ride it?"
To my surprise. Moses pulls himself up tall.
"All right," he says. "A boat is faster than a poky
mule. Maybe someone getting off that steamer
needs a good horse." I touch his arm and try to
thalnk him, but Moses brushes me off. I guess he
doesn't want my sympathy.
In aI few hours we've sold Pearl to a man head-
ed west. Mose~s kisses the white patch on Pearl's
nose anld turns his back as the manl leads her
aIway. Helr sharp whinnies make my eyes sting,
a~nd Moses's chin trembles as he tucks some mon-
ey' inlto my handlC. "Buy four tickets to Cincin-
nati," he says.
Moses Stuldies our rough map while the crew
loads ba;rrels and crates. "'We're leaving Papa's
route," he sa~ys. "How will we find the Licking

"Don't worry," I say. "Someone on the boat

will tell us." The crowd pushes us toward the
gangway. Sparks rain from the steamer's chim-
neys. Solomon bounces with excitement.
Moses ties his bandana over Sadie's eyes, but
she balks and prances as we pull her through the
crowd onto the ship. A whistle sounds so loud I
clap my hands over my ears. When I uncover
them, Louisa is tugging on my skirt. "Jesse," she
yells, "the puppy's gone!"'
"'He's not with you?"
She shakes her head, biting her lip. The whistle
shrieks a gain and Louisa wails, "Where's
I rush to the railing and shove through the
crowd as the steamer chugs away from the shore.
."Solomon!" I scream.
The only answer is the boat's piercing whistle.
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Text copyright @ 2007 Liza Ke~tchumn
Illustrations copyright @ 2-007 C. B. Mordan
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FIROM page one
of hope and freedom to shine through," he said.
Dr Allen said that the gathering was an affir-
mation that love is stronger than death and
"many waters cannot quench it."
"But like Dostoyevsky we realize that, 'love in
action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared
with love in dreams'. We come to reclaim the
freedom to love openly and enjoy the privileges
of our chosen relationships.
"We come to reclaim the safety of our homes
where our children can grow up in an atmos-

phere of love and follow their dreams. We come
to take back the night and reclaim the beauty
and splendour of the Bahamaland left to us by
our ancestors.
"Ladies and gentlemen, with heavy hearts
and burdened spirits, we gather here tonight to
mourn the loss of so many of our brothers and
sisters who have succumbed to the cruel ray-
ages of murder and violent crimes.
"Overwhelmed by the ongoing human atroc-
ities, we lament in the words of William Butler
Yeats: 'Thiings fall apart, the centre cannot
hold'," Dr Allen said.

(at the school). It appears to
be gang related but we're not
sure. This gang thing seems to
be gaining new strength, but
we are encouraging (students)
not to mimic what is evident in
the wider society."
Ms Williams indicated that
possible gang rivalry started
outside of the school's cam-
pus may have been the imlpe-
tus for the incident. In spite
of this recent spurt of violence
at the Marathon Estates camn-
pus, she contended that a vio-
lence "preventative pro-
gramme" introduced to the
school last year is having pos-
itive and evident effects.
"(The incident) did not
escalate to the level that it
could have in the past. I feel

very proud of my students and
teachers who worked hard to
control the situation it was-
n't a chaotic situation."
The programme is geared
to teach students about being
responsible for their own
actions, however the principal
noted that no matter how
effective it was it could
not reach every at risk stu-
Assistant Superintendent
Walter Evans, press liaison
officer, in a telephone inter-
view confirmed with The Tri-
bune that "a stabbing inci-
dent" occurred on the school's
campus but the medical con-
dition of the two students who
were injured was not known
up to press time.

FROM page one

cMuv auspttodpresse t~ime M
during a telephone interview
yesterday that three male stu-
dents between the ages of 14
to l6 were involved.
Reportedly a male student
accosted two other students'
stabbing one in his "side" and
the other in his upper arm
before security staff on cam-
pus were able to catch the
juvemile, Ms Williams said.
Qmick thinking security staff
apprehended the assailant and
the weapon used during the
stabbing as he tried to flee the
"Well there was a stabbing

"I have formed many lasting friendships with
so many party supporters and Bahamians across
our country.
"It was truly a wonderful experience, and I
am ever grateful to have been afforded the
opportunity to play a role in the building of
my party and our country.
"I look forward to continuing to serve my
country so as to ensure that we build a Bahamas
based~ on the principles of fairness, peace and
equal opportunity for all," his statement read.
Currently, PLP MP for Englerston Glenys
Hanna-Martin, Paulette Zonicle, and PLP new-
comer Omar Archer are the only three per-
sZnt to officially announce their intention to
vie for the post of chairman.

Prayers for 'wounded

souls' at candlelight vigil

1%o students are in

stbb 4 g g idn

PLP chairman won't offer

himself for r e-election

FROM page one
was pondering the possibility of offering himself
in the last general election. Whether he will do
so in next general election. is yet to be seen,
Yesterday marked the fifth year of his elec-
tion to the post of National Chairrman of the
PLP, and as Mr Rigby said, his decision not to
offer agamn for the post only canie after "care-
ful" thought and consideratioil.' i
SIn a short statement from his office, Mr R~ig^
by said it was "a great privilege" to have served
,as the National Chairman fof the past five years,
t -allojwing him the opportunity to wi~ork tireless-
ly to build a stronger PLP'



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h1~t: erei absolutely nou discrimi-
nation in the delivery of med-
ical care throughout the
Bahamas," said Dr Minnis.
He was accompanied by
South Andros MP Picewell
Forbes, consultant Dr Baldwin
Carey, health undersecretary
Michael Turner, community
physician Dr Swamy Atluri,
administrator Neil Campbell,
chief councillors Zebedee Rolle
and Brian Moxey, deputy direc-
tor of Environmental Health
Services Thomasina Wilson,
project engineer Henry Moxey
and medical staff.
Dr Minnis also met with
Health and Environmental Ser-
vices' South Andros staff and
local government officials.
."From what I heard from the
minister, I am, very optimistic,"
said Mr Forbes. "There has
been much concern over the
past years about repairs to our
clinics. I am very hopeful that
we can look forward to some
results in South Andros very
The modern and spacious
Miriam Greene Chmnc was con-
structed several years ago in the
Johnson Bay area in the Deep
However, it had to be aban-
doned because the roof leaks.
The ceiling has now collapsed,
and the floor is bemng eroded
due to flooding,
The clinic has since been
moved to comfortable rental
facilities in The Bluff where
many other government offices
are located.
Nursing officer Andrea Lin-
den of the Department of Public
Health reported that there has
been an almost 100 per cent
increase in the number of
patients seen since then,
"What that shows is accessi-
bility and once more patients

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in South Andros clinics which had to be abandoned, like this new incubator. Pictured from left are community
physician Dr Swamy Atiuri, nursing officer Andrea Linden, and South Andros MP Picewell Forbes.

Andlros clinics

to be improved

WBy Gladstone Thurston

Residents of the South
Andros community can look
forward to improved health care
facilities, Minister of Health and r
the Environment Dr Hubert I~
Minnis, said. I wer"~~
Following a tour of public.
clinics in Mangrove Cay and the
Deep South on Wednesday, Dr -f-
Minnis promised to address ,
"Lserious"~ concerns "in a very .co
rapid manner." 9 ..4,' .E
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UNUSED: Dr Hubert Minnis (right) and consultant Dr Baldwin Carey
foi~nd a great deal of unused material during their tour of South Andros
clinics on Wednesday.

Deep South Chief Councillor
Zebedee Rolle said he was
"'very impressed with the con-
cern that Dr Minnis has shown
about to healthcare throughout
South Andros."
Constant flooding and a fire
three years ago closed Man-
grove Cay's main clinic at
For a while the clinic was relo-
cated to a church centre while a
nurses' residence was being ren-
ovated to accommodate it.
However, the nurses' resi-
dence is situated on a steep
incline which makes it difficult
for patients to access. It has no
wheelchair ramp.
"Whatever the problems with
the clinic, the people would like
to see them resolved," said
Councillor Moxey. "We need
our clinic repaired.
"iI feel comfortable, though,
that Minister M~innis is going to
deliver. I see him a inan of
Mangrove Cay is also getting
a new and modern public
garbage disposal system.
"I can say with confidence
that you have an excellent dump
site that is being developed with
modern technology," said Dr
'Once everything goes as
planned then you would not
have any problems in the future
as we have had mn the past in
Nassau with dump fires."

UNDER Secretary In the Minisry
of Health and the Environment
Michael Turner has his say during
a meeting in South Andros.
are coming out,"' said Dr Minnis.
"That it itself is prevention.
Dr Minmis said relocating the
Miriam Greene Clinic to The
Bluff "is worth looking at.
"'One has to look at making
the clinic more accessible," he
said, "and once it is more acces-
sible to the community, what
you would find is that just like
how your volume had increased
by 100 per cent, your hospitali-
sation would decrease by 100
per cent. And that's basically
what you want to do.
"It is our job to keep you
away from hospitals, and clin-
ies and prevention does that "
Dr Minnis said he was "more
than shocked" at the amount of
medical equipment left unused l
in the closed clinic.


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B AH A MAR'S $2.4
billion Cable Beach rede-
velopment is "very, very
close" to getting all thle
Gnodvernmen tia poato
fi 1 hpoxexaed wih ptr

Hlighly-placed sources
told The Tribune yester-
day that Baha Mar was
hoping to obtain all the
necessary documents and
permits before Christ-
mas, a schedule that the
Albany developers are
also understood to be
wor king to, the latter
seeking to re-start con-
struction in the New
In Baha Mar's case,
initial bids on the con-
erat ao Sthre toudengdof
in on December 1, 2007,
with the developers
anticipating that they will
"imminently" receive the
final approvals necessary
from the Government
a nd the Office of the
Prime Minister.
Ba ha Mar ha been
seeking to negotiate a
su elemental Heads of
Agreement with the
Government to account
for the fact that the cost
of its proposed project
has increased from '$1
billion to $2.4 billion.
The April 6, 2005, Heads
of Agree me nt signed
between Baha Mar and
the Christie government
was for a $1 billion pro-
According to that
Heads of Agree me nt,
be fore the Wiest Ba y
Street road re-routing
was to take place, Baha
Miar had to show the
Government it had con-

SEE page 7B

Tribune Business Editor

TH[E Bahamian economy is likely to grow in 2008 by a "lot
less" than the 4 per cent forecast by the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) and the Government, a leading banking executive
told The Tribune yesterday, due to the impact the US 'sub-
prime' mortgage crisis and ~global credit crunch would have on
tourism and foreign direct investment projects;-- - -- --
Anwer Sunderji, chairman and chief executive of Fidelity Bank
& Trust International, said Bahamians were "not connecting
the dots" linking the implications of a US economic downturn to
the Bahamian economy's performance, with consumer and bank-
ing confidence having taken a big knock from events outside
this nation.
Mr Sunderji explained that the Bahamian economy was depen-
dent on two major factors: US tourists, who accounted for
between.85-90 per cent of visitors to this nation, and US-based
financial institutions, which lent to and financed Bahamas-based
mixed-use resort developments that were heavily dependent on
real estate sales/land speculation.
Some 70 per cent of US economic growth had been driven by
the consumer and his/her willingness to spend, Mr Sunderji
pointed out. In turn, this spending was dependent on the con-
sumer's ability to borrow, something which mn recent years had

SEE page 5B

unponted di etcy funn Flone a

D'Aguilar said that even it was
as low as $1 billion, a 6.5 per
cent sales tax imposed on that
I'i"'desw ulpdo esel th ecos hof
Bah"asby soome $65a nilion

'uhate s i ealt .to be a severe
Dividing that figure by
300,000, the estimated size of
the Bahamian population, and
this nation's import bill will rise
by more than $200 per person -
every man, woman and child if
Flonida does away with the sales
tax- exemption.
Ryan Pinder, a Bahamian,
who ssa tax specialist and attor-
ney and partner mn the Florida-
based law firm, Becker & Poli-
SEE page 6B

aT~r b~ue Bu~sness E~ditor

THE Chamber of Commerce
will seek the newly-appointed
S tAm assa ors oh I in tr
repeal i 6.5 per centesaleo ""

tostthe Bahanias, iseprsi lnt
he was "very concerned"' about
the n native in 1latonary a\n
cos of mig implicaaro h s

also Su erwash's resident, said
the likelihood that Florida's T'ax
and~ Budget Reform Commis-
sion would place eliminating tle
export sales tax exemption on
the ballot presented to Florida
voters in November 2008 would
be "one of the items" raised by
the Chamber when it met w~ith
US Ambassador, Ned Siegel.

The cost of shipping goods to
the Bahamas is going to
mncerset becasedo tht as ra

shipped to the Bahamas
through Florida."
"I'm very concerned. 6.5 per
cent is a significant amount.,,
According to the Department
of Statistics, in 2005, the last
year for which complete trade
data is available, the Bahamas
imported some $2.155 billion

M/r D'Aguilar said he hoped
that Mr Siegel, himself a Flonida
tbusi essman, wsouliddb able to

to assist the Bahamas in efforts
to protect the sales tax exemp-
If Florida removes the 6.5 per
cent sales tax exemption on
products shipped directly to this
nation, Mr D'Aguilar said: "It's
definitely going to add to the
cost of living. It's a no-brainer.

worth of goods from Florida,
some 84 per cent of its total
$2.567 billion import bill.
The total amount of goods

Tribune Business Reporter
NONE OF the offers for the acquisition of private
land to accommodate the road clnt li +.0 for the
$1.3 billion Albany Golf & Bealch Resort have been
accepted, The Tribune was tokil yesterday.~ although .
the final details are still being completed,. with the
project close to getting a final 'go-aheatd'.
David Davis, director of investments in the Office
of the Prime Minister, told T~ribune Business yecs-
-terday that while offers hadt been mladet to the
landowners whose property is being compulsorily
acquired for the road diversio~n. to date none had
been fully accepted.
"We are very close to dotting all the 'i's' and
crossing all the 't's' in a sale.'` he said yesterday.
Mr Davis explained that theL way the process usu-
ally works is that the Governmnent may request any-
where from one. to four appraisals, and then th~e
offer is made to the homeowners based on those pro-
"However, I cannot say howv many were done in
this case," he said. The Tribune1L understands that out
of the three appraisals requested. two have been
completed and submitted to tle: Government. which
has acknowledged to the Albany developers it owns
the land.
Mr Davis pointed out that along with the issue of
property acquisitions for the road re-routing, the
other issue the Prime Minister'sOffice is working on

is the completion of the Hotels Encouragement Act
agreement for Albany.
"Despite what you may have heard regarding the
Government stalling, I canl tell you that they [the
developers] would have had to negotiate an agree-
ment with whatever government was in ofhece," he
"I do not know if they have all the permits and
everything. But we are confident that we are
very close to completing those two aspects of the
The $1.3 billion Albany project, i\'hich was nego-
tiated and signed by the previous PLP administra-
tion, encompasses some 560 acres and includes a
re routing of the South West Bay Street road, creat-
ing a private and exclusive community. Partners in
the deal are the Tavistock Group and golfers Tiger
Woods and Ermie Els,
The property is to include 450-600 residences; a
small hotel; an18 hole championship golf course; a
marina, berthing yachts up to 240 feet; an equesti-
an centre: and a beach club.
The realignment of the road and its junction is by
far the most controversial aspect of the develop-
ment. which the developers say is one of the most
crucial parts of the design.
At a recent government-sponsored town meeting
on both the Albany and South Ocean developments,
the most contentious issue was the road diversion,
with many people questioning why the project could
not proceed without it.

Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean
With those three councillors
not wanting to deal with appli-
cations by the developer, A\ri-
zona-based Discovery Lalnd
Company, until they received
government assurances, the
Hope Town District Council
had been split three:three, with
Mr Sweetmng usmng his casting
vote to move the permits f'or_
Yet this 'casting vote' power
is only available when there is
a tie, and when one councillor
was absent in August, the
three:two majority held by
those councillors seeking the
assurances meant a slewn of
Baker's Bay approvals were
delayed for one month.
Yet the ministry's letter,
received on November 20, 20)07,
from its permanent secretary,
Harrison Thompson, said that
under Section 14 (1) of the
Local Government Act 1996,
each district council apart from
those specified possessed the
same functions as those
assigned to the Town Plannling
Committee under the T'own
Planning Act's provisions.
In addition, it said Subsection
1(b) of the Local Government
Act 1996 gave district councils
the power of the Building C'on-
trol Officer to issue and grartt
permits under the Buildling
Regulations Act.
SMr Thompson wrote: "Tlhe
above authority gives the couln-
cil the night to issue buikhniig
permits for all projects in their

SEE page eight

Tribune Business Editor

T`HE Government has urged
the Hope Town District Coun-
cil to keep reviewing permit
applications submitted by the
Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean
Club and approve them only on
"merit", despite the threat of
legal action hanging over the
A letter from the Ministry of
Lands and Local Government,
which was sent to Cephas
Cooper, administrator of the
central Abaco district, and
Hope Town District Council's
chief councillor, Jeremy Sweet-
ing, urged the council to con-
tinue reviewing and assessing
allI planning and approval appli-
caltions submitted by the Guana
Cay-basedl Baker's Bay project.
Mr Sweeting yesterday told
T`he Tribune that the Govern-
ment's letter backed the posi-
tion he had been advocating
from the start, and could "clear
a lot of things up".
In particular, he indicated
that it might address the con-
cerns held by three of the Hope
Town District's seven council-
lors, who had wanted written
central government confirma-
tion that they can still deal with
the developers' submissions
amid the threat of litigation -
and possible liability by the
Save Guana Cay Reef Associ-
ation a~nd its attorney, Callen-
ders &Y Co partner Fred Smith
TIhis had split the council
right down the middle, and
"slowed down" the processing
of permit and ap royal appli-
cations for the $175 million


FRID)AY, N OVIEMBI R1 23 200()7

Chamber 'very concerned'

about 6.5% goods cost rise

* 'MOmentum' builds in Florida for repeal
Of 6.5% sales tax exemption on goods

exported to Bahamas
*! Chamber president to raise issue with US
Ambassador, as threatens to spark inflation,

price riSes and increased cost of living

'Very close' on Albany

111CCnilVCS road diversion

Council told: Still

approve Baker's Bay

permits on 'merit' only

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focus on and finish a specific
Peter Drucker, in The Efec-
tive Executive, wrote that to
do your job you need large
chunks of uninterrupted times,
as dribs and drabs of time -
even if they add up to the
same time are not the same.
There are several reasons for
Research shows that once
you get interrupted, it
becomes harder for you to get
back on track, as it can take
up to 25 minutes to refocus.
This is because our brains
work a bit like an old-fash-
ioned printing machine.
Every time you focus on a dif-
ferent task, you have to set up
the machine, all over again,
which takes time.
Research also shows that
interruptions can wreak havoc
with our short-term memory.
After an interruption, 40 per
cent of the time we go off in
another direction. How often
do you stop and think: "What
was I just doing? Getting dis-

tracted can be detrimental to
your efficiency and produc-
According to Glenn W~ilson,
a psychiatrist at Kings Col-
lege, London, constant inter-
ruptions also make you dumb-
er. He showed that a person's
IQ dropped up to 10 per cent
during interruptions. It is
amazing to think that any
device which allows you to be
contacted at any time could
make you dumber, and could
limit your earning potential.
The trouble is that we are
addicted to these devices.
Constant interruptions lead
to multi-tasking, where we try
to juggle many different balls
at one time. Multi-tasking, in
itself ,is not a bad thing, but
the habit of not concentrating
and flitting from one thing to
another leads to disconnec-
tion, not connection. Think of
this type of activity as junk
So how can we help our-
selves overcome our attention
deficit? Here are some tips to

help you cope:
Stop interrupting yourself
by reading e-mails, surfing,
instant messaging and chat-
ting on the phone. Fifty-five
per cent of office workers
open e-mails as soon as they
arrive. Turn your e-mail off
while you are working and
deal with it no more than
three times a day. Set your
Instant Messaging on Do Not
Disturb when you are work-

Do one thing at a time,
and do it well without inter-
ruptions. Set 30-minute
chunks of uninterruptible
time. When you have finished
each 30 minutes, take a break
and put that work aside for
the next chunk or later.

Prepare a list of key things
you need to achieve today,
and block out time for each
of them.

Have a countdown timer
when you do online research,
so that you limit your time to
these activities. Make a chart
and keep track of the time you
spend each day doing non-
productive tasks, such as e-
mailing, tinkering with new
technology, surfing, and
watching TV.

Only review information
that you need now and don't
waste your time assessing
things that you might need for
later, as it will probably be out
of date when you need it. Step
back and ask yourself whether
the information in front of you
is useful. Just stop researching
for one week and see if that

When you are travelling,
turn off your pagers, cell
phones and laptops so that
you can spend more time
thinking. Someone once said
that no problem can withstand
the onslaught of continuous
.,* Resist buyirng technology
with too many Teagttires.; Ydu
w ~ill yfibbably never use dtiein
all and you wilthave to spend
precious time reading the
manual. The more technology
we introduce in our lives, the
more training we need to do.

Remember, more infor-
mation is not necessarily
advantageous. Knowing too
much can hurt. The mass of
information in the hands of
the US security services did
not prevent Pearl Iliarbour or
the September 11 attacks.
Malcolm Gladwell, in his book
Blink, shows that more infor-
miation does not necessarily
improve your decision-mak-
ing capabilities.
Attention deficit is a grow-
ing concern in our 'junk food'
information-addicted society.
While businesses fail for many
reasons, poor management
decisions contribute to most
business failures. Avoid mak-
ing poor decisions by getting
control over your time and
productivity. Take some steps
today before your ADD
becomes incurable. You will
only have yourself to blame.

NB: This column is avail-
able as an eBook at
www.antiprene urship.com
Mark draws on 20 years of
top level business, marketing
arid communications experi-
ence in London and the
Bahamas. He is chief operat-
ing officer of www.ezpze-
mail.com, currently lives in
Nassau, and can be contacted

markalexpalIme r~mac.com

O YOU suffer from
D Attention Deficit
Disorder? This might be a
rather frivolous question to
ask someone in business. Yet
more and more research indi-
Scates that our attention span
has lessened due to the con-
stant interruptions that are
now part of business life.
Attention deficit could kill
your business. And with over
500,000 small businesses clos-
ing every year in the US, the
chances of this happening are
Internet marketer Rich
Schefren talks about the
demise of the information age,
and that it is now the atten-
tion age that is upon us. Get-
ting our attention is now the
most prized activity for mar-
keters today. It is also the
most prized activity for our
family, friends and co-work-
ers. Since the advent of e-
mail, instant messaging and
text messaging, we are
plugged into our communica-

tion networks from the time
we wake to the time we go to
The chief symptom of our
attention deficit is interrup-
tions. Every day we face a bar-
rage of interruptions from our
cell phones, pdas, pagers,
landhines, instant messaging,
work computers, home com-
puters, laptops, blogs, rss, e-
mails, the Internet and tex-
ting. The frequency of inter-
ruptions has increased through
our lifetime. The average
office worker is now inter-

rupted for nearly two hours
every day. This is a stagger-
ing statistic. With 29 per cent
of our day broken up, it is no
wonder that our productivity
has suffered, and our life
reduced to a series of inter-
rupted interruptions!
How often have you been
interrupted by friends, famil-
ly,, co-workers and partners
when you were trying to con-
centrate on something? With
an mnterruption occurring on
average every 11 minutes, we
have less and less time to

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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
enion- t sa ut

Receive and submit for processing applications for Home Insurance Iproperly] and other insurance plahs
Liaise with sub-agents on all application issues
Maintenance of database
*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 Ceritifcates of Insurance
*Handing Internal and Externdclient queries
Supervise Administrative support for ali general issues

Core Competencies-'
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*Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to resolve problems with sense of urgency
Demonstrate akeen eye for details
Ability to work under pressure
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to maintcun a harmonious rdlatonship with co-workers
Ability to maintain confidentiality
*Reliable, dependable and leible team- aver

Required Qualifications:
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3+ years experience in similar position
*Excellent computer skillsand proficiency in Excel required
Relevant Generd insurance designations [or pets thereof| a plus

Salary comments urate with current salary sedes, skills and experience. Attractive benefit package including Life, Health and

Submit Resume to Human Resources Administrator, P.O. Box N-4815, Nassau
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Metropolitan Bank

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Semior Accountant
An Asian based banking group ("Metrobank") is currently recruiting for a Senior
Accountant. This person will be one of a small team working for the Metrobank
subsidiary in Nassau. The Bank has a full banking license in the Bahamas and is
expanding it Nassau based operations.

The qualified applicant should have the following Qualifications:

A college degree (or equivalent) from a recognized four year program in
accounting or business related topics or qualification as a Chartered Accountant
/ Certified Public Accountant or other similar qualification.
Have 3- 5 years of prior work experience in the areas of banking and or
An advanced understanding of accounting and accounting applications (CPA
preferred but not reqquired)
Strong analytical skills
Possess a good understanding of investments and securities
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
An advanced understanding of Excel &B Word applications
Fluency in Tagalog (written and verbal) is not a requirement but is a "plus"
for this post.

This position will encompass the Duties:

Handle all aspects of the accounting matters of the Bank as they pertain to
the record keeping of the Nassau based operations.
Prepare the monthly financial statements of the Bank and report on these to
Senior Management
Assist with the day to day operations of the Bank
Be the Bank's contact person for Head Office Treasury and other Head Office
points of contact as it relates to accounting matters
Assist with ensuring that the Bank is in compliance with the requirements of
the Central Bank of The Bahamas
Assist with coordinating monthly management meetings with officers of the
Draft procedural documents as considered necessary
Prepare an annual budget forecast for the Bank and monitor actual versus
budget results

Coordinate the external audit of the Bank
Assist with coordinating inspections of the Bank by the Central Bank of The
Bahamas and other regulators as required

Thris Company offers a competitive compensation package and salary will be
consummate to experience of the applicant.

Qualified and interested candidates should submit their resume: with salary history to Metropolitan
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BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Baharmas, an established international
private bank, with its headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland, is presently accepting
applications for


Applicants for the position of Head Risk Mianagement must have banking or
financial degree and at least 10 years of experience in the 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 service excellence


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related to the position
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Interested persons with such qualifications should submit their resume/curriculum
vitae to :-

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

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Only applicants having the above attributes will be contacted.



continue to do so, apply a
policy upon them that was
not based on any lawful
authority, but would be a
serious hindrance to their
The Chamber report,
though, acknowledged that
"Customs must be provid-
ed with the necessary tools
to protect the revenue of
the country", and had a
duty to investigate fraud,
although they were pre-
vented by Justice Stanley
Moore's 2002 Supreme
Court judgment from con-
ducting audits of GBPA
The report acknowledged
that fraud could be commit-
ted in respect to over-the-
counter bonded goods sales,
particularly with GBPA
licensees purchasing goods
ine rth fbro randa te
or re-selling them outside
Freeport uses not permit-
ted under the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement, and
under which they become
regarded as 'consumables
where import/customs duty
must be paid.
Fraud might also occur,
the Chamber found, when a
customer who was not a
valid signing authority pro-
duced a purchase order
from a GBPA licensee.
Ovrs- h untee tbhoensda
of bonded items, which are
imported into FreePort free
from import and customs
duties, by a GBPA licensee
and then sold~duty-free to
another licensee, provided
the goods are for use in
their business and do not go
outside Freeport.

Customs has seen over-
the-counter bonded goods
sales as depriving the Gov.
ernment of. much-needed
revenue, while the GBPA
licensees have viewed the
Department's "arbitrary"
attempts to interfere with
the practice and impose
conditions on them as an
unreasonable intrusion into
and interference with their
The Chamber report said:
"Customs has voiced some
concern with respect to the
practice of 'over-the-
counter sale of bonded
goods', as they view it as a
possible source of revenue

"Both the licensees and
Customs are frustrated that
terceh i no a cstnedsrdbwit
managed, and Customs has
made some arbitrary deci-
*in with respect to those
"A standardised, accept-
able mechanism must be
established for the manage-
ment and reporting of 'over-
the-counter sale of bonded
goods' that does not subju-
8.ate the rights of the
licensees of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority,
while still protecting the
1 gtimathe revenue collect
the Bahamas.
"This mechanism must be
the same for all vendors and
must be derived from with-
in the laws of the Bahamas
.and the terms of the
Hawksbi~ll Creek Agree-

I I:m~lalr~ ,

Tribune Business
THE Customs Depart-
ment has "seriously hn-
dered" Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA)
licensees who have imple-
mented new, 'lawful' meth-
ods of selling 'over-the-
counter bonded goods' in
Freeport, a paper submitted
by the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce has
The document, containing
recommendations for
resolving concerns on the
'over-the-counter bonded
goods sales' that are held by
both Customs and GBPA
licensees, said retailers and
wholesalers who had partic-
ipated in the Chamber's sur-
wan to be ietft d fr
fear that it would draw
undue attention from Cus-

The report said: "It was a
recurring theme, among
many, but not all, that the
vendors did not want to be
identified in this report as
they feared that being iden-
tified would precipitate
them being investigated
their imports delayed, or
tl rb bus ness sfnterfered
"They were also unwilling
to be the 'first' to imple-
ment a new, lawful, method
of dealing with 'over-the-
counter-bonded sales, as
,they~ were concerned that
Customs would, as they
have done in the past and

Customs 'seriously

hinder ed' lawful

bonded practices

~CFA Society of The Bahamas U

Tribune Business Reporter
THE Central Bank of the Bahamas is
seeking comments on a draft regulation
that would allow foreign financial institu-
tions to use this country as a base of oper-
ations in the event of a disaster in their
home country.
This provision would fall under a new set
of proposed regulations, the Banks and
Trust Companies (Temporary Business
2C0ntinuity Operations) Regulations

To avail itself of the exemption, the for-
eign bank or trust company would have to
enter into an agreement with a Bahamas
licensed bank or trust company, where the
equipment is to be used during the period
of exemption and the company must be reg-
istered with the Central Bank.
Further the institution would have to
provide a list of the names, addresses and
occupations of the persons) who will be
working on behalf of the foreign institu-
The proposed regulations would also
mandate that the duration of the exemp-
tion does not exceed a period of 30 days,
where the person's home regulator is unable
to continue to exercise regulatory control,

Location: LuciaRO's Of Chicago
Cagliari Room

Presentation: Larry R. Gibson, CFA
Vice President-Pensions
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Cost: Members $25.00
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Larry R Gibson, a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder, is Vice President -
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is a malijol Shaleholder of' Security &: General Insurance Company in The Bahamas.

He Is le\ tera;n exec~uile w within The Bahamas' financial services sector, having held
senior execcuule positions In both international and domestic organizations.

hir. Gibson has served on numerous public and private sector boards throughout his
career and currently serves as a Director of Commonwealth Bank Limited; Chainnan
of the Finance Conmmittee of St. Andrew's School; and a member of the Anglican
Church Diocesan Finance Committee

He is a leglarls speuke~r on tinancial and economic matters and authors the weekly
column Hnunciainr rsighl' in local newspaper.

lr. Larry R. G ibson. C'FA, is a founding member of the CFA Society of The
Bahamas. formerly named Bahamas Society of Financial Analysts.

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General Meeting

please arrive promptly!

or 60 days after the occurrence of the dis-
ruptive event.
A major component of the regulations
would be allowing foreign nationals to
arrive in the Bahamas to work on behalf
of the foreign financial institution without
first possessing a valid work permit.
This will, of course, have serious impli-
cations relating to immigration laws and,
in particular, the requirement for obtaining
work permits.

The Central Bank added that all immi-
gration laws would apply to persons arriving
here under exempted status, including a
letter of request from the employer, a police
certificate covering five years, a valid pass-
port and two recent passport size photos.
In the case of an unplanned event the
results in the operation of banking or trust
business from the Bahamas, the require-
ment for a person who will be conducting
exempt activities on behalf of an exempt
person to obtain a work permit prior to
their arrival in the Bahamas may be waived.
However such persons will bearequired
to apply for a work permit within the time
prescribed by immigration officials.
Comments on the draft regulations should
be forwarded to the Policy Unit, Bank
Supervision Department by January 11,

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NOTICE is hereby iven that CHEFILISE JEAN of APPLE
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister resposible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registrationinaturalization
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 23RD day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



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

Lecmqn Was~t? aggganettof styles and

For more information please contact Miss

Cordell Frazier at Gibson & Company at

323-1234 or Mr. Jack Davis a the Supreme

Court at 356-9101.

IBank of The Bahamas


Legal Notice



(a) AMERIC. ING. CORPORATION in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the Inter~national Business Companies Act 2,000.
the 21st Novecmber, 2007 w~hen the Articles of
Dissolution wecre submitted to and r-egistered by the
Registrar GeCrnerlal.
(c) Tlhe ~iquidator- of the said c~ompalny is Verduro
Associated L~td. I Psea Estate, Road Town. Tor~tola,

Datedithis Brdday\of November.A;.D 2007

Verdero Associated Ltd.
.- Liquidator .

Notice To Shareholders

The Board of Directors of

ICD Utilities Limited is pleased

to advise that a dividend of

10 cent per share

has been declared to all Shareholders

of record as at 3rd December, 2007

and payable on 14th December, 2007

giveS 00tiC6 10 the public of the resi nation of Mr.
Co0meliUS A. Smith as President and Director of
the Company effective 30th October, 2007.

Dated this 21st day of November A. D., 2007.


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

Interested applicants are asked to send their

Qao hty Srveyeor
P.o. Box N-3o27
.Nassau, Bahamas

accordance with Section 64

of the Securities Industry Act,

1999 that Mr. Azeal McFall

resigned from bank of The
Bahamas Limited effective

September 21, 2007

caRe etar

Legal Notice



(a) MAYA COM. INC. is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 21st November, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tor-tola,

Dated this 23rd day of November, A.D. 2007

Verduro Associated Ltd.


impacted by the sub-prime prob-
lems, which have resulted in
homes being foreclosed and
house prices decreasing sub-
stantially. Banks have been
tightening up on lending as they
recalibrate risk.
"The ability of consumers to
borrow has been impacted, so
their ability to spend has been
impacted, too."
With US consumers feeling
less wealthy, Mr Sunderji said
many were likely to cut back on
disposable income, and among
items impacted were likely to be
vacation and travel plans.
As a result, the Bahamian
tourism industry was likely to
feel the effects "some time in
the coming year" through
reduced visitor arrivals and low-
er per capital spending, as visi-

tor traffic was set to "drop off".
This, Mr Sunderji said, would
affect occupancies, revenue per
available room (RevPAR) and
profits for a major private sector
employer, the Bahamian hotel
industry, leading to lower wages
for employees in the sector.
This, in turn, was likely to man-
ifest itself in a reduced velocity
of circulation for income circu-
lating within the Bahamian
Mr Sunderji contrasted the
Bahamas' reliance on US
tourists with the Dominican
Republic's visitor base, which
was split 55/45 in favour of Euro-
pean tourists compared to
"We need a balance along
those lines," he suggested, as
the increased purchasing power
enjoyed by Canadians and Euro-
peans as a result of the US dol-
lar's decline, making vacations
in the Bahamas relatively cheap-
er for them. To do so, though,
the Bahamas needed to enhance
airlift from Europe and Cana-

"We live in a global economy,
and need to be aware that the
US$ has devalued very sharply
against the Canadian$, the UK
and the euro. It means the
Bahamian$ has devalued against
those clirrencies," Mr Sunderji
He added that further infla-
tionary pressures were likely to
result from the fact that the oil
producing countries were look-
ing at increasing the price of oil,
and moving away from using the
US$ as a common denominat-
ing currency.
"We will see inflation creeping
in, simply because we will be
able to buy less for our dollar, "
Mr Sunderji said. "We need to
be far more aware of what is
going on in the global market-
place than we actually are. We
think we are insulated far more
than we are. We are not."
On the foreign direct invest-
ment side, Mjr Sunderji said pro-
posed Bahamas-based develop-
ments might be impacted
' because banks are recalibrat-
ing risk, and might not lend in

areas where it is difficult to get a
return. The sub-prime problems
will impact the US consumer
and the US banks, and the lat-
ter's ability to fund projects in
this nation".
He cautioned that the
Caribbean was "littered with
failures" then it came to resort
developments, pointing as an
example to the Four Seasons
Emerald Bay resort, which was
in receivership.
With global financial institu-
tions cautious on lending full
stop. and' increasing interest
rates and the cost of capital on
projects they were backing, Mr
Sunderji indicated Bahamas-
based foreign direct investment
projects might find it difficult to
attract capital amid the current
credit crunch.
And apart from the develop-
ers themselves, the credit crunch
is also likely to impact financ-
ing for potential buyers of real
estate at these projects. With
such developments heavily
reliant on cash flow from such
sales to drive project build-out,

that is another major headache
for Bahamas-based developers.
"I see the domestic economy
following [the US], and I think
the 4 per cent GDP growth fore-
cast [for 2008] is a tad opti-
mistiC," Mr Sulnderji said.
"I'm hopeful that we will not
have a very bad year, but cer-
tainly it will not be as robust as it
has been in the past couple of
"I don't think growth will be
in the 4 per cent range; it will
be a lot less, and depend on
whether one or two of the major
investment projects out there go
through. There is some uncer-
tainty associated with that."
He added: "I'm sure the Gov-
ernment is working vigorously
to ensure one or two of the large
projects come through, and buoy
the economy.
"Albany and Baha Mar are
said to be imminent. Both of
these will cushion the economy,
clearly, because they will
create jobs and foreign
direct investment will come

given in


E conomy likely to gr ow

'lot less' than 4% forecast

FROM page one

started to increasingly hinge on
real estate values.
In the US, house prices had
increased for the best part of a
decade since 1997, raising the
value of what for most con-
sumers is their number one
asset. Many had become aggres-
sive in borrowing against the
increasing equity value of their
homes, over and above mort-
gage costs and what they had
paid for their properties.
"US consumers have in effect
been able to use it [their homes]
as an ATM with collateral, and
banks have been happy to lend
because prices have been going
up," Mr Sunderji said.
"'Now, the ability of the US
consumer to borrow has been


is hereby

,tir P C%

Legal Notice -

unO l tdhe plo ision o h nte aioal Buess
C'om anies Ac~t 2000O

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 20th November, 2007 when its the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registr~ar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lynden
or ocean centrt. Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street,
Nassau, B~ahamas, as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 24st day of Novemberr 2007

H & J Corporate Services Ltd.

Registered Agent
for the above-named Company

.LegalNoti e

NOtice .

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Creditors having debts or claims againts the above-named Com-
pany are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned
at Oceanl Centre, Mlontagu 1 oreshore, East Bay Street, PO0. Box
N-324r7, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the 6th
day of December, 2007. In default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any' distribution made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 21st day of November 2007


I 1

NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality,and Citizenship, for registration/natu ralization
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 23RD day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Miniister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, -P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
$ctikdon 138 (4)' of the' IntreljblationaBusiness Companies.
Act, (No. 45 ~of 2000), CENS CORPORATION LTD. is in
is the Liquidator and can be contacted at 52St. Nol7,
Bella Vista, Panama City. Republic of Panama. All
persons having claims against the above-named com-
pany are required to send their names, addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the
29th day of November, 2007.

FML Group of Companies Ltd.
is seeking to employ a


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

Interested persons may fax their resumes
to 394-2193.

The following practices located at #36 Collins
Avenue, Nassau, will be closed permanently on 22
February, 20083, at the latest:


Patients who wish to obtain recor-ds are asked to
mail a written request, containing clear patient ID
information etc., to Box N-8322, Nassau. Following
that, specific arrangements may then be made by
telephone at 325-4754, 322-4940. Regretfully, no
further letters can be written.

UBS (Bahamas) Limited is seeking a suitably
qualified individual to join their growing and
dynamic team as a:

Facility Specialist

This position is open to candidates with a
minimum o ears ex erience and
certification in electrical, plumbing & air-
condition repair & maintenance.

Main responsibilities to include:

* Traditional tasks of building management;
* Oversee all preventative maintenance
* Carry out technical interventions;
* Oversee maintenance service providers;
* Oversee churn projects, documentation and
accountinDg--.. ----- .

of logistics services. - ---

In addition, candidates must have experience
in report writing with basic working knowledge
of Microsoft Word and Excel. The ideal candidate
must be able to utilize knowledge &( experience
to solve routine problems and reply to chient
requests. ,

Interested persons meeting the above criteria
should apply in writing, enclosing a full resume
with cover letter, on or before November 30,
2007 to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N 7757,
Nassau, Bahamas

Great Guana Gay, Abaco
The Baham ~

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

Executive Chef .

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a growing and
dynamic organization and must be aself-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, showe~albakersbayclub.c~omt or
by fax at 242-367-0804.

"Becoming fileEmployer ofho Icn The Bahamat"


traies, was hot button
item" in the US currently.
Tightening the tax collection
system thus had imphications
for nations such as the
"It's a hugely significant
item that the Bahamas,
Bahamian professionals, and
the Government should be
keeping an eye on or have
someone keeping an eye on
for them," Mr Pinder said.
Meanwhile, Mr D'Agudlar
said companies likely to be
most affected if the sales tax
exemption was repealed were
those "who don't have the
know how or sophistication to
buy from another state", such
as Baham'ian small business-
es and 'mom and pop' stores.
His counterpart mn Grand
Bahama, Christopher Lowe,
the Chamber president there,
said building materials costs
in the Bahamas would be
especially impacted if the sales
tax exemption was repealed.

The key, he said, would be
for the Chamber and Bahami-
an companies to provide data
showing the negative eco-
nomic impact for Florida com-
panies if, given the consider-
able trade and links with this
nation, they switched to pur-
chasing from other US
Mr Pinder said imposition
of the 6.5 per cent sales tax
exemption would result in an
"increase in the cost of goods,
and because margins are so
slim on retail, some compa-
nies will go out of business.
It will act as inflationary pres-
sures, if companies pass the
cost of goods on to the con-
He added that while
Bahamian companies could

seek out new suppliers and
trading partners in other US
states and countries, this
would cost them "time and
"Whatever happens, it will
definitely result in higher costs
to the business entities in the
Bahamas, and to the general
public and the consumer.
There would be inflationary
pressures. Fuel and food are
going up, and this develop-
(nent would result in another
one," Mr Pinder said.
"As the Bahamas tries to
move from a tourism and
financial services economy to
more of a trading economy,
and its large retail establish-
ments develop and grow, any-
thing with an international tax
aspect coming out of the US is
worth keeping an eye on, both
at a federal and state level."
Mr Pinder said collecting
due tax revenues and protect-
ing the tax base, amid the
pressure of international trade

individual sales tax exemp-
tions to be reinstated if they
are approved by 60 per cent of
both houses in the Florida
state legislature.
Mr Pinder said it would be
"worthwhile" for the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce or the
major retailers/wh~olesalers in
this nation to hire a US-based
attorney or representative to
give them a voice in the
sales tax exemption delibera-
He pointed out that there
was a clear opportunity to
influence the discussions, as
the Florida Commission and
its committee were worried
about the economic impact
the sales tax exemption's
removal would have on the
state's export industries.

lot, due to be decided by
Spring 2008.
Mr Pinder said: "The com-
mittee voted unanimously to
put it [removing all sales tax
exemptions] in.
"It definitely ha~s a lot of
momentum behind it, and
with $12 million in sales tax
exemptions, they see a lot of
money in increasing the tax
base "
The proposed amendment
to the Florida constitution, as
it stands now, would "repeal
sales tax exemptions deter-
mined not to advance or serve
a public purpose", although
areas where the imposition of
such a tax would be seen as
politically unpopular such as
food and electricity have
been spared.
However, the text allows for


Tenders are invited for the Supply of Drugs and
Related Items for the Public Hospitals
Authority and the Ministry of Health,
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Tender Document, which includes instruction to
the Tenderers along with other relevant information,
can be collected from the Bahamas National Drug
A agency, IMarket & McPherson Streets, Monday
through Friday 9a.m. Sp.m.

A Tender must be submitted in duplicated in a
sealed envelope or package identified as "Tender
for the Supply of Drug and Related Items" and
addressed to:

Managing Director
Public Hospitals Authority
1st Floor, Manx Corporate Centr~e/Dockendale House
West Bay Street
P.O.Box N-8200
Nassau, The Bahamas

All Tenders must be received at the above address
on a before 5p~m. Friday, December 21st, 2007. A
copy of a valid business license and Nation-
allnsurance Certificate must accompany all

The Public Hospitals Authority reserves the right to
reject any or all Tender(s).

Key Responsibilities

Establish culinary standard
Create menus anid recipes for high-end and casual dining to include
international and Bahamian cuisine
Maintain food safety standard
Recruit and train culinary team
Manage and develop culinary team
control food cost
Determine market list and vendors
Design special events


J Bachelor's degree in Culinary Arts or related subject; professional
J Minimum ten (10) years experience at a five-star club, resort or restaurant
with at least three (3) years intemational or off-shore experience.
/ Must be innovative, demonstrate strong leadership and culinary skills,
must be able to train others and execute ideas and standards.


FROM page one

akoff, told The Tribune that
'momentum" was increasing
-to repeal all sales tax exemp-
tions in Florida, the proposal
having gone before the Tax
and Budget Reform Commis-
sion's Finance and Tax
Reform Committee on
The committee's role is to
funnel proposals it considers
worthy up to the Commission
for consideration. With Flori-
da estimating that the sales
tax exemptions cost it $12 bil-
lion in tax revenues per year,
Mr Pinder said the draft
amendments discussed before
the committee were likely to
feature in some form or oth-
er in the Commission's final
proposals for the voter's bal-

FML Group of Companies Ltd.
is seeing to employ an

Administrative Assistant
fOr it human resources department.

Must be matured, energentic and possess
knowledge of word and excel. Must have
OXcellent written and communication skills.
Human resources experience a plus.

ItiereSted persons may fax their resumes
to 394-2193.

NeW retail business seeks male and female sales per-

SOnS for immediate employment. An attractive base

plus a weekly commission and uniform are provided.

Interested persons should contact Mr. Mcintosh by

telephoning 454-6380 to make an appointment for an

intefView. Applicants should bring the following docu-
ments to the interview:

a) Valid Passport

b) Police Certificate (Record)

c) National Insurance Card

d) Health Certificate

Wsit our websiteat www.cob.edu.bs rooCMmegra~dINwmcancellIS s



Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:
The Law Library of The College requires a highly motivated, tactful, people-friendly,
innovative, detail-oriented person to provide paraprofessional, administrative and basic
reference assistance. Clientele will include students and faculty of the LL.B Programme,
as tvell ,as mergers of the legal profession and the general public.
The successful candidate will perform all duties with minimal supervision, assisting with
the overseeing of the day-today activities and programmes of the Branch in the absence
of the Branch head, so good judgment and professionalism is essential. In addition,
helshe 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 reports/correspondence, planning and orgamizmg job
activities, which demonstrates skills such as decision-making, good judgment and~
knowledge of library and college policies and procedures. Further, overseeing the
maintenance of collections, participation in the development of policies, services and
programmes, and overseeing the day-to-day activities and programmes of the Unit in the
absence of the Unit Head are to be undertaken. The position works closely with all Units
to ensure the delivery of a high standard of service to patrons.
1. Provides evening and Saturday reference services.
2. Directs the activities of Library Assistants, and assists in their appraisal.
3. Assists in the Unit's budget preparation.
4. Assists with the updating of policies and procedures manuals.
5. Responds to reference questions received from patrons by telephone and in person.
6. Supervises part-time, evening and weekend staff.
7. Ensures the enforcement of library policies and procedures.
8. Assists with storage and access to all library resources, e.g. books, microfilm,
CD-ROM databases, microfiche and related equipment.
9. Conducts research in support of the Unit's work.
10. Assists with the conduct of research and the compilation of bibliographies.
11. Assumes responsibility for deposit of funds collected in the unit.
12. Issues library passes.
13. Organizes work schedules for library clearance.
14. Handles Inter-Library loan requests.
15. Assists with the delivery of Bibliographic Instructional programmes.
16. Provides group and individual tours of the unit/library.
18. Assists patrons with the use of computers and other related electronic services
19. Assists in the development of projects for the making of the library and its resources.
20. Conducts training for Library Assistants on operational procedures.
21. Attends library meetings.
22. Serves on College wide committees
2. crfs ltersr r Torts, Irpsals requested.
2. R~ecoomhnddustireesou ces fo aya u ionnsd.
QUALIFICATIONS: Normally a Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent in relevant area,
OR for a technical/vocational or craft area, satisfactory completion of a recognized or
acceptable programme of training at the craft level, AND have at least ten (10) years of
experience working mn the craft area, OR have a trained Teacher's Certificate with
specialization in the relevant craft area, PLUS at least six (6) years of teaching experience
mn the area.
SALARY SCALE: SPS-5 $24,580 x $700 $35,780
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest along with a completed application
form and an up-to-date resume to the address below by December 6, 2007:
The Director
.Human Resources Department
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field
P.O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas
Or to hrapply@cob.edu.bs
Please note that applications are available on The-College's website: www~cob.edu.bs




* 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
Box PM-1
C/O The Nassau Guardian
P.O. Box N-3011



FROM page one
tribute $400 million in
equity to the development
largely from its principal
mnvestrt, sD ran and Sris
It also I ad to prove it had
$1 billion in financing in
placeand tht coId h v
eaecn maande mre difficuatv -
not only by the increase to
$2.4 billion but by the
global debt and credit mar-
ket squeeze, which has
increased the cost of capi-
tal and made accessing it
more difficult.
The original Heads of
Agreement said that once
these conditions were satis-
fied, the Government and
Baha Mar would engage a
project manager, and
"mut laall igredI n te
ing firms, to handle the
West Bay re-routing, plus
construction of a corridor
cnnecrting the resort with

The construction work
would be staged in phases,
with the project manager
selecting the lowest quai-
fied bidder provided they
were able to obtain perfor-
mance bonds and the bids
were reasonable.
The total estimated cost
of the West Bay Street re-
routing and JFK connection
was estimated, at the time
the. Heads of Agreement
was signed, to be $90 mil-
lion. This did not include
the $1'6 million reverse
osmosis plant and sewerage
treatment plant that Baha
Mar would finance itself.
The Government was to
pay $45.3 million towards
the road works costs, almost
exactly what it received for
selling the then-Radisson
and associated lands to
Baha Mar. If the total cost
came to less than $70 mil-
lion, the Government and
Baha Mar would pay ~50 per
cent each.
Baha Mar first sought a
supplemental Heads of

Agreement with the
Christie administration, as
it was crucial to cementing
its relationship with Har-
rah's, the Caesar's Enter-
tainment parent, which
would take a 43 per cent
equity stake in the project,
and Starwood.
Yet no agreement was
concluded before the May
2 general election, and the
Ingraham government's
position has been that Baha
Mar must start fulfilling its
obligations under the first
Heads of Agreement before
any new deal and extra
investment incentives are
Yet talks between the
Government and Baha Mar
have continued, as they
have also with Albany's
developer, Park Ridge
Securities Corporation,
whose investors include
golfers Ernie Els and Tiger
Woods, plus the Tavistock
Group the worldwide
holding vehicle for invest-
ments by Lyford Cay bil-

lionaire Joe Lewis.
It is understood that
progress has been made in
the Albany negotiations,
with the developers agree-
ing to give up a multi-mil-
lion dollar package of
Hotels Encouragement Act
investment incentives cus-
toms duties, stamp duties
and real property tax
exemptions - on some 200
condominium units that
would have formed a con-

* Exrcellent opportunity ty

* YOi HO~ TC 1771ed onrly to

Flexible hours avlailarble
* Excellent co~lnmussion~s

arnd b~ene~fits

Baha Mar 've y, ver

close to ful goa

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Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

ot`tice is hereby given that the above-named
Impany is in dissolution, which commenced on the
5th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
.r.Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, BahamaS.


:ii'~ .Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section .

138 (8) of the International Businless Companies Act.

2000, the dissolution of BACLIFF VIEW LIMITED.

has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the



Legal Notice




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act

2000, the dissolution of ZOLE MANAGEMENT HOLD-

INGS LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-

tion has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register.



NOTICE is hereby given that JEFFREY TOUSSAINT
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 16TH day of
NOVEM ER 207 toteMin stern rsons iseafor Nat onalit

GEORGE TOWN, EXUMA, 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 23RD day of NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that LATOYA PLUMMER-
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 16th day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that RASHAN SEVERE OF SCOTT
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 23RD day of NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
feSponsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
NaSsau, Bahamas.


The Public is hereby advised that 1, ASJA SHAKARA
GREEN of Soldier Road, Bahamas, intend to change
my name to ASJA SHAKAR TIERAIN If there are any
Objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you
ma wrt uh ob sections to the Chief Pass ort Officer
P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas, no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, 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 g ranted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
frOmn the 23RD day of NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
reSj~onsible for Nationality; and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

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Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act

2000, the dissolution of BY'LAND INVESTMENTS

LTD. has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution

has been issued and the Company has therefore been

struck off the Register


Legal Notice



Notice is hereby gilven that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act

2000, the dissolution of DARGILE RIVER LTD. has

been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the



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for their consideration and
make a decision one way or
the other. Please advise this
office as soon as a decision is
Mr Sweeting told The Tri-
bune: "I've said this from day
one. It's basically echoing my
advice to the council, in that
until we get a court order or
such notice from the Govern-
ment telling us to stop, we
should continue to review
these plans [from Baker's
Bay] as if they were from any-
one else."
In relation to the concerns
held by the three councillors,
Fred Sweeting and Rory
Russell from Man-O-War
Cay, and Fred Laing from
Great Guana Cay, Mr Sweet-
ing said: "I think this will
clear a lot of things up. I feel
they may still try to find ways

signed it is the duty of the
local council to review all
applications that are present-
ed and make a determination
based on merit.
"I would therefore direct
you to invite the council to
consider the plans submitted

to oppose the project, but
we'll see."
He had previously accused
the trio of playing politics
over the Baker's Bay project,
an accusation that Mr Russell
had denied to The Tribune.
"We want to keep this mov-
ing forward for the benefit of
the economy of Abaco,
because it's a major player
in the economy," Mr Sweet-
ing said of Baker's Bay.
"T~here's still a very thin
margin [on the council]. It's
almost an even split, but
we've got just enough to keep
things going in the right direc-
Another 14 Baker's Bay
permit applications are up for
consideration at the Hope
Town District Council's next
meeting on Thursday,
November 29, 2007.

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helped a guy with cancer, paid
somle of his medical expenses
andi we've got a young guy in
Florida in rechab an~d t'he: Foun-
dation ~s py;i)ng for that l
hI.ImY they just donated.~ ljive
~omputers to the school, brand
new desks, everything.
"So they are willing to help
the community," Mrs Sands
In Marsh Harbour, a number
of Bahamian businesses also

supply products and services to
the Baker's Bay development.
One such business is the Har-
bour View Marina in Marsh
Harbour that supplies Baker's
Baly with fueli i rsoduicts.
~'We proviae them with fuel,
gasoline and diesel on a weekly
or daily basis depending on
their activity," says TIroy
Cornea, manager of the marina.
"'It certainly moves product
for us, which is very beneficial

and this has been going of for
five or six months novY since
we've haid their account.:-'
"As far as what they're doing
the scope seems to be in very
good taste. I understand the
company is an extremely rep-
utable company, so if we're
going to have development on
Guana Cay or in that area it
seems like these guys are the
ideal candidates to develop it,"
Mr. Cornea said.

AT A time when the US
economy is slowing down, and
revised IMF and Central Bank
estimates for the Bahamas GrDP
growth in 2007 are lower than
previously forecasted, the island
of Abac~o has one of the
strongest. economies in this
Some of the island's small
and large companies are expe-
riencing this economic prosper-
ity due, in part, to the presence
of one of the island's major
developer,Baker's Bay Golf and
Ocean Club on Great Guana
The developers of the $175
million resort have already
invested more than $200 mil-
lion in the Bahamas and pro-
vided employment for 140 per-
manent staff. An additional 150
persons are also employed in
construction work with Baker's
Bay's contractors and subcon-
Bahamas Hot Mix Company,
the contractor for earthworks
and road paying at Baker's Bay,
has been involved with the pro-
ject for one year. Ebrahim Sai-
di, general manager of Bahamas
Hot Mix. said the project has
provided continuous employ-
ment for 25 staff, the majority of
whom are Abaconians, work-
ing directly on-site. -


"It's kept us busy for the past
year and hopefully into next
year as well. The developers are
very professional. They have aH
their permits in place. Every-
thing we're doing is permitted
by the Ministry of Works, and
it's all been in compliance with
the rules and regulations. We
execute in accordance with
them. Baker's Bay has already
generated a large income for
the people of Abaco and as it
builds out it will provide con-
tinuous benefits and increased
income revenue to the Abacos,"
Mr Saidi said.
Also working on the project
is Bahamas Marine Construc-
tion, a subcontractor to Ameri- -

can Bridge, which is responsible
for a number of aspects of the
project, including building
revetments and breakwaters,
internal dredging and construc-
tion of the docks.
James Mosko, president of
Bahamas Marine Construction,
said his company has been
growing since working with
Kerzner, and is now able to do
jobs that would have previously
been done by companies out of
the US. He said it feels good to
step into another large project.
"They're high-end: T~hey're
doing everything right. They're
not skimping anywhere. We
have about 15 to 18 people up
there, and we'll be there for the
better part of a year-and-a-half.
We've still got three to four
months to finish the first phase,
and then wye start the docks,
which will take us another eight
months." Mr Mosko said.
He added that maintaining a
presence in Abaco means
spending money locally, and
expressed confidence that the
developers would see the pro-
ject through;
"In Marsh Harbour we've got
I don't know how many homes
and rooms rented. All our food
comes from the food store, we
travel on Abaco Air and
Bahamasair, any way we
can...we've seen a lot of pro-
jecss:h tha ree haf- d end g
and they go to hell in a hand
basket, but this isn't going to
happen with this project," Mr
Mosko said.
In August, construction
began on Baker's Bay's 33-acre
Marina Village, which consists
of high-end residential units,
town homes and some retail
stores. This work is being car-
ried out by Woslee Dominion,
another all Bahamian compa-
n .
Prior to. Baker's Bay, Woslee
Dominon completed the $7 mil-
lion dollar Mandara Spa Expan -
sion for Kerzner Internationa's
Phase III expansion, the $38 S
nulhion Harbourside Atlantis,
and a number of luxury high-

end homes at Ocean Club '
Estates. Ashley Glinton, presi-
dent and owner of Woslee
Dominion, says he expects the
work will last for about two-
and-a-half to three years, and
at its peak he will employ at
least: 200 construction workers
from Abaco, Nassau and other
Bahamian islands.
"I think it's a wonderful pro-
ject. It's a very exciting project.
I've been involved in other
developments and from what I
can tell and who I've communi-
cated with these guys are gen-
uine. They're sincere in what
they're going to do. They say
what they're going to do so far,
and as far as their com mitmecnt
to Abaco and the people and
the environment I harve seen
nothing less than what they say
they're going to do. I think it's a
model for other developments
in termls of` tlhe environment and
the way developments really
should be carried out," Mr Glin-
ton said,.


While the co pany relied on
B~ahamianl contractors for the
creation of the resort, a num-
her of smaller companies have
also benefited from Baker's Bay
related business.

Gol Cartuaand C t geDR nta
rents golf carts to Baker's Bay
on a monthly basis, and cottages
to the developers and their con-
tractors as needed. Guana Cay's
Orchard Bay Marina also ben-
efits from cottage rentals by
Baker's Bay.
limmy Albury, of Orchard
Bay Marina, says he: behieveS
the development will be good
for Guana Cay and Abaco as
long as it is "controlled and
doesn't grow too fast'.
"tDiscovery Land Company
has deep pockets and overall
they're a good company," Mr
Albury said.
Donna Sands, also noted that
the company has assisted the
community. "They formed the
Fig Tree Foundation and it's

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diamond, South disposed of one of
lus spade losers, but when the dxa-
monds failed to break 3-3, he had to
go down one.
However, declarer should have
made the contract. In effect, he
banked all his hopes on a 3-3 divi-
sion of the opposing diamonds and
made no provision for the possibility
that the diamonds might be divided
After winning the ace of spades,
South should have drawn only two
rounds of tmmps, retaining the king
in dmumy as a subsequent entry. He
could then cash the A-K of diamonds
and ruff a low diamond with a high
This would establish the Q-7 as
tricks. P heart to the king would then
put him in dummy to cash the two
d monds and discard both his spade
It is important to observe the
effect this line of play has on the
chances of making the contract In
nounal circumstances, a 3-3 break
occurs about 36 percent of the time,
while a 4-2 break is a 48 percent
probability. If declarer can develop
an approach that will succeed against
either a 3-3 or 4-2 division, he can
raise his chances to 84 percent.
In the given case, where East is
known to have started with only two
clubs and West with five, the chance
of a 3-3 break is even less likely, so
declarer has all the more reason to
seek a more viable approach.

South dealer.
East-West vulnerable.
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South West North E
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Opening lead king of clubs.

Most errors at the bridge table are
of a simple sort. It is not the difficult
hands that cause the loss of myriads
of points, b' -ther the far more fre-
quent run-c~.. --mill hands that are
responsible for such losses,
Take this hand, for example.
West led the king of clubs, East play-
ing the ten to begin a high-low. West
continued with the ace and another
club, and East ruffed to bring his side
to three tricks. East then shifted to a
spade, taken by South with the ace.
Declarer drew three rounds of
trumps and tested the diamond suit
by cashing the A-K-Q. On the third


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4 A chap possibly noted in
N. America (6)
7 Being desperate is no good (8)
8 Pictures a sainI with woes (8)
10 In the dark until explained (5)
13 Fat lad embracing a redhead (4)
14 Busy person's mid-afternoon
drink? (4)
15 Fruit worth 1 ome? (4)

H i tiona I ptans dam tion to
a seaman (4)
19 Calamity due to the wind? (4)
21 Put on show jus for fun? (5,4)
23 Interviewed the head of
state, even (4)
24 It grows in less than
three days (4)
26 Prelend, partly inplay (3)
27 An animal shot at? (4)
29 Utler in a semitone (4)
32 Source of electricity for a small
room? (4)
33 Cut a key for a flier (5)
34 This expedition is possibly including
some seafaring (6)
35 Gone like the truck one got rid of (8)
36 Boil these in a brew before
closing Ilme (6)

1 Plant you can make a brush
oulof (S)
2 The sort ofpieto order? (5)
3 Unexciting placebo live? (4)
4 Where one couki amass a
lot of tea (5)
5 A police department'schemical? (4)
6 Lackang heart, there could be such
a victory (6)
9 High-pitched song belter

11 Catch less than nine trout (3)
12 Being angry, one has to scold (5)
13 Would such politicians be along
time In preparing a bill? (7)
15 The village recidivist? (3)
16 Does his body lack a figure? (3)
18 A supporter apt to be wiry (6)
20 Left port with cargo (5)
21 A determined group of people? (3)
22 Favourite piano quarlet finale (3)
23 Trouble due to foolish capers (6)
25 A depressed area in the country (3)
28 Has she nothingto exist for (5)
30 Questionable strength? (5)
31 What Theodore of Edward could
bear to be called? (5)
32 Vehicle useful In back-tracking (4l)
33 The mistake of a gidl (4)

4 Royals at (6)
8 Perceptive1 (6)
10 Mud (5)
13 Quote (4)
14 Grain store (4)
15 Greek letter (4)
16Fvurite (3)
19 Close (4)
21Overze lous (9)
24 Pla ing cards (4)
2 6 Possessive
pronoun (3)
27 Fever (4l)
29 Paradise (4)
32 Celebrily (4)
33 Wind instrument (5)
34 Floor covering (6)
35 Revered (8)
36 Loves (6)

2 Mol()
3 Encourage (4)
4 Ch~aracteristic (5)
5 Ceremony (4)
6 Gossip (6)
9 Position (6)
11 Cover (3)
12 Tooth (5)
13 Mythical creature (7)
15 Snake (3)

t0Arist's lnd (5)
22 Frozen water (3)
23 Announcer (6)
25 Moist (3)
28 Portals (5)
30 Fool (5)
31 Poor (5)
32 Incitement (4)
33 Run away (4)

Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 1, D-rink-S 7, Pen-elope 8, Rlea 10, Mai-so-n 11,
Strive 14, Ron 16, Ho.-Ned 17, Lie-n 19, M-one-t. 21,
VIP-er 22, Dixie 23, Rest 26, Sugar 28, Y-EW 29, Team up
30, Dec.-ent 31, Use-R 32, B-ulter-ed 33, Swed-E-n
DOWN: 1. Disma-L 2, Nelson 3, Span 4, Heat-ifer 5,
Rob-1-n 6, SE-wed 8, Fire 9, Eon 12, Rot 13, Venus 15,
Hop it 18, Is-Sue 19, MIX 20, Nee 21, VI-ruses 22, Dam .
23, Recede 24, Ewer 25, Til-i-an 26, Stubs 27, Gar-th28,
Yes 30, Duds

Yesterday's easy solutions L-- l
ACROSS: 1, Cuspid 7, Athlelk: 8, Pear 10, Solace 11, Attire
14, Use 16, Taped 17, Sage 19, Ripen 21, Raven
22, Sepia 23, Pint 26, Talon 28, Bad 29, United 30,
Parole 31, Oral 32, Overacts 33, Treble
DOWN:1i, Crisis 2, Please 3, Dare 4, Flatten 5, Strip 6,
Ached 8, Plug 9, Ace 12, Tan 13, Resin 15, Civil
18, Asian 19, Rap 20, Pea 21, Renewal 22, Sot
23, Parade 24, Idol 25, Twelve 26, Tudor 27, Liver 28, Bar
30, Post


De -1a2(

The Better Way

NOV 23

ARIES March 21/April 20
It's time to curb the paranoia, Aries.
No one is plotting against you. Quit
worrying about what others think.
Follow your own path to happiness.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
You are able to make sense of situa-
tions that seem to make no sense at
all. More important, you can deal
with people who have allowed their
emotions to get the better of them.
GEMINI May 22/June 21
A setback at work is not as serious
as it might first appear, so don't let it
get you down. Cheer yourself up by
gomng out on Wednesday instead of
going straight home after work -
the festive lights will lift your spirits.
CANCER June 22/July 22
Keep telling yourself you are the
best and believe it, Cancer. Your
confidence may have started to slip,
but the truth is, there is a great
opportunity coming your way.
LEO July 23/August 23
The good times keep getting better,
and this week is no exception.
However, where joint money mat-
ters are concerned, you must not
take anything for granted.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Be as kind and forgiving as you can,
this week, even to those who have
been giving you a hard time lately.

LIBR _d St 235tcmt W
As independent as you may be, you
must make the effort to work with
others this week. Luck will come
your way through Bthers net-
working is the name bf the game.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
You'll be under the microscope for
most of this week, Scorpio, so you'll
want to make sure that everything
you do is "on the level." Sparks fly
when you run into a sexy stranger
late in the week. Have fun!
SAGIlTARIUS -Nov 23/Dec 21
The everyday things don't interest
you at all this week excitement
and adventure are what you crave.
Carpe diem! Don't tie yourself down
with the trivia of life.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
A new business opportunity will
come your way early in the week,
but think long and hard before you
sign anything. Will you be able to
commit the time and effort required?
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
There's potential for a new love to
blossom but make sure you're
ready to be serious. Don't play
games with anyone else's heart.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
You're not feeling as energetic as
nsalb ei iwe k, Picsc eThis could
been busy as of late and could cer-
tainly use the time off.


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WITH A growing stake in
automobiles and the research to
make them run cleaner and
cheaper, the South isn't taking
sides in the ethanol vs. hydrogen
fuel cells debate
The future of fuel dominated
the agenda at a meeting this
week that signaled a new auto-
motive power partnership

Future of fuel dominates agenda at meeting


this year pledged $15 million to
lure companies involved in
hydrogen fuel research to the
Shannon Baxter-Clemmons,
director of the South Carolinal
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell
Alliance, said the Center for
Hydrogen Research in Aiken
County, affiliated with the
Savannah River National Labo-
raory a finnced partly by

"They are excited about
hydrogen and fuel cells," Bax-
ter-Clemmons said. "There are
second and third graders telling
me what a fuel cell is."
In recent decades, Japanese.
German and Korean automak-
ers have built assembly plants
across the South and in stark
contrast to Detroit, employees
at those plants have not union-
ized. Nissan North America Inc.
last year moved its corporate
headquarters from California to
Tennessee, where it is fimishmng
construction on a building in
the Nashville suburb of
Clemson University President
James F. Barker said statistics
from the South Carolina
Department of Commerce show
that nearly one in six of the
state's manufacturing workers
is employed by an automotive
Peter Brown, associate pub-
lisher and editorial director of
Automotive News, told the
meeting that "'the American
South is a place on the way up
in the automotive world," and
fuel economy is the industry s
overriding issue.
Brown warned that the
South's appeal to automakers
could be temporary.
He said the region's ascent "'is
in large part due to the absence
of the UAW (United Auto
Workers)" and lower costs
could eventually take the jobs
to Mexico, China and India.

between South Carolina and the
Tennessee Valley Corridor, an
economic development initia-
tive for Tennessee, north Alaba-
ma, southern Kentucky, and
southwest Virginia.
Speaking alongside promot-
ers of hydrogen and fuel cell
research and a top BMW engi-

neer who described models .
already using some hydrogen
power, University of Tennessee
President John Petersen made
a pitch for plans to grow switch-
grass as a replacement for gaso-
No one booed. Although the
approaches to alternative fuels

differ, the theme of the Mon-
day meeting was working
together instead of competing;
The Tennessee Valley Cori-
dor automotive sessions were
hosted by the Clemson Univer-
sity International Center for
Automotive Research. The still
unfinished campus, in the same

region as a BMW Manufactur-
ing Co. plant at Greer, already
offers master's and doctorate
programs in automotive engi-
U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis, R-S.C.,
said he wants to see "plenty of
collaboration between the
Savannah River National Lab
and the Oak Ridge National
...the e desof Congu
olina detailed efforts to get fed-
eral dollars for the region's vary-
ing research interests mn the hunt
for alternatives to fossil fuels.
Petersen described the uni-
versity's role in developing a $40
million pilot plant for making
cellulosic ethanol grassohine
-- from switchgrass by the sum-
mer of 2009.
Proponents maintain the ven-
ture could eventually create
4,000 jobs in rural communities,
generate $100 million in new
farm revenue and help switch-
grass supplant corn as the best
and cheapest source for the
ethanol industry.
"Tennessee happens to be an
ideal chimate for switchgrass,
Petersen said.
A Joint Institute for Biologi-
cal Sciences at the Oak Ridge
National Laboratory that will
research new processes for pro-
cessing switchgrass is also
Tom Baloga, BMW of North
America's vice president of
engineering in the United
States, predicted that some bal-
ance between hydrogen and bat-
teries will replace gasoline.
"We think the answer is
hydrogen," Baloga said.
The technology combines
hydrogen with oxygen in the
vehicle's fuel-cell stack, and
energy from the reaction is con-
verted into electricity that pow-
ers the vehicle. The vehicle s
only emission is water.
South Carolina lawmakers

Boeing won more than l,000 orders in 2005,
as did Airbus.
But it was not until last year that Boeing
finally topped Airbus for the first time in six
years. And Airbus still had an excellent year,
winning 824 gross orders, its second-best year
ever. But the year was marked by serious
delays with its A380 jumbo jet and senior
management changes.
This year, Airbus has come back strong.
The A380 has entered service with Singapore
Airlines, and Airbus is winning orders and
praise for its A350, which will challenge Boe-
ing's 787.
Through October. Airbus had won orders
for 1,021 planes, but that figure will go up
substantially when orders are added from
this month's big Dubai air show.
With five weeks remaining in 2007, Boe-
ing's order total will grow, too, especially
when deals announced in Dubai are final-
ized. But Airbus won far more orders and
commitments at the show than Boeing.
Boeing and Airbus do not count commit-
ments in their order totals. They must first be
turned into firm orders.
At the air show, Dubai Aerospace Enter-
prise, a newcomer to the aircraft leasing busi-
ness, said it will order 70 A320s and 30 A350s
from Airbus, as well as 70 737s, five 747-9
freighters, 10 777-300ERs and 15 787s from
Boeing. Those orders are not yet firm.
And Qantas recently announced that it will
order about 100 more jets from Boeing and
Airbus. Those orders, of which about 60 per-
cent are for Airbus planes, could become
firm before the end of the year
Until 2007, the best order year for Airbus
was 2005. when it sold 1.111 planes. Its net
total for that year was 1,055.
That broke what was believed to be the

industry order record set by Boeing and
McDonnell Douglas in 1989.
After merging with McDonnell Douglas
in 1997, Boeing changed its historical order
charts to include planes sold by McDonnell
Douglas. By that measure, the companies
combined for 1.107 gross orders in 1989,
according to Boeing's historical order num
bers. But Boeing has said it was not really
sure how many planes it and McDonnell Dou-
glas sold in 1989, anld the number 1,107 might
have been based on bad information.
Regardless, Airbus will easily beat its 2005
order total this year. It won 163 firm orders at
the Dubai air show, along with another 132
commitments, many of which could be turned
into firm orders before the end of the year.
And the orders keep coming.
OceanAir, a Brazilian carrier that plans to
add domestic and international flights in Latin.
America, said Wednesday it has agreed to
buy seven A330-200 widebody planes from
Airbus, as well as 14 A319s and seven A320s.
Heading into 2007, neither Boeing nor Air-
bus expected to have the kind of year both
have enjoyed. But the current industry boom
-- the industry's best ever -- has not slowed. It
followed the industry's worst-ever downturn,
which tarted even before the Sept. 11 attacks
sent airlines. especially those in the United
States, into a financial tumble.
In recent interviews, top executives at Boe-
ing and Airbus have said they believe orders
could peak this year and drop sharply in 2008.
But they have said that before.
Still to be heard from in the current heated
order cycle are the legacy U.S. carriers that
held off buying large numbers of new jets to
replace old ones because they needed to first
recover financially. Delta. Continental, Amer-
ican and United all could place sizeable orders
in 2008 or 2009.

c.2007 Seattle Post-Intelligencer
SEATTLE For the third consecutive
year, The Boeing Co. has won orders for
more than 1,000 jetliners and has already
eclipsed its own sales record set list year,
when it beat rival Airbus for the first time
since 2000.
Boeing announced Wednesday that is has
won 1,057 gross orders, or 1,047 net, so far in
2007. -
That makes 2007 the best order year ever
for Boeing. Its previous high came last year
when it won 1,050 gross orders, or 1,044 net.
The net figure includes cancellations. The
gross total is the actual number of firm orders
won mna given year.
In the past week, Boeing added 72 new
orders, all but one from unidentified cus-
tomers. They were for 15 777s and 57 737s.
For the year, Boeing has won 584 gross
orders for its 737, and its order count for the
more profitable widebody jets is nearing 500.
But keeping the title of order king is likely
to be short-lived. The crown appears almost
certain to go back to Airbus at the end of
2007 because Airbus is having bfrecord year,
too -- an industry record.
Over the past three years, Boeing and Air-
bus have combined for well over 6,000 orders.
Backlogs are at record levels.
And the jetliner buying frenzy could con-
tinue into 2008, although both airplane m~ak-
ers are predicting a fall-off next year.
In 2004, with the airline industry still in a
tailspin from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Air-
bus and Boeing combined for only 638 orders.
It was even worse the previous year.
Then airlines, starting with those in Asia
and later Europe, went on a spending spree
the likes of which the industry has never seen


Boeing beats its own sales record