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


PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham announced that
while he was in London this
week he held talks with one
' of the parties interested in
purchasing the interests of the
shareholders of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, cur-
rently in receivership.
Mr Ingraham said he spoke
with this party which he did
not to name with respect to
the purchase, and their devel-
opment plans if they are suc-
cessful.
"We are hopeful that the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty's dispute, which has result-


ed in them going into receiver-
ship will be resolved soon and
that one of the two major
interested parties will pur-
chase them and return
Freeport to the path of eco-
nomic development and
growth that is so badly needed
in that city," he said.
Investor confidence has
been on tie decline in Grand
Bahamas since the legal bat-
tles have dragged on at the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty for the past two years.
The Port Authority's share-
holders, who include the fam-
ily of the late co-chairman
Edward St George, and Sir
Jack Hayward, have been
SEE page 11


Minimum wage for public servants
to be raised to '$10,700 per year'
N By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net


FREEPORT Bahamas Public Ser-
vice Union president John Pinder
announced in Freeport that Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham has agreed to
raise the minimum wage for public ser-
vants to $10,700 per year.
"That should also affect the mini;
mum wage of workers in the entire
country," said Mr Pinder who spoke
in Grand Bahama on Thursday at the
SEE page 11


THE BODY of designer Harl Taylor in repose in an elaborate setting at Sweeting's Colonial Mortuary and Cre-
matorium on Baillou Road yesterday. Mr Taylor was found murdered in his Mountbatten House residence on West
Hill Street on November 18. He was 37. Final rites will be held on Saturday at St Agnes Anglican Church on Bail-
lou Hill Road.

Junkanoo media charge revoked


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribuneniedla.net
IN what the press is calling a
triumph for the industry, the
ministry of education, youth,
sports and culture has revoked
its decision to charge media
organizations to cover this
year's Junkanoo events.
Yesterday, minister of state
for culture Charles Maynard
released a statement that said
that "upon a review of the con-
cerns expressed" by the news
media, published across the
three dailies yesterday, "there


will be no charge or fee payable
for the accreditation of journal-
ists to provide news coverage
of any of the National Junkanoo
parades in the Bahamas."
"In fact, there will be no new
charges or fees for any aspect of
the parades," said the state-
ment, signed by Mr Maynard.
This follows an interview only
the day before in which Mr
Maynard claimed that the
unprecedented fees were nec-
essary to defray the costs of
administrating a new and
improved accreditation process,
with the stated aim of ensuring
the parade route does not


US Ambassador Ned Siegel said the
fact that drug accused Samuel "90"
Knowles' case was considered a mistrial in
the Florida Courts proves that Knowles
will have a fair trial when the case is
retried in January 2008.
"As being here and becoming familiar
with the processes, I know that any indi-
vidual that is extradited will receive a fair
trial. And I do believe in the fairness in the
judicial system.
"Obviously as we all have read, the jury
SEE page 11


become overcrowded with
media.
"It is not a tax, it only covers
the costs, it doesn't make a prof-
it for government," he said.
On Wednesday, reporters
from The Tribune, The Nassau
Guardian and the Bahama
Journal gathered comments
from across the industry in
which shock and dismay were
expressed at the announcement
that the ministry wished to
charge $50 for accreditation for
photographers and videogra-
SEE page 11


Election court is shown
homes outside Pinewood
* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
Jethro Daxson showed-the election court yes-
terday his residence, which is outside the
Pinewood constituency, on a court map, and
through his identification, also revealed that his
neighbour, who had just testified before him, and
her daughter, also lived outside the constituency.
Mr Daxson a voter in question told the
court under questioning by PLP lawyer Philip
"Brave" Davis, that he lives on Buttonwood
Avenue, Saffron Street. After further questions by
Mr Davis, Mr Daxson said that he lives in Nassau
SEE page 11


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Dominicans

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violations
SEVEN Dominicans who
were initially taken in for ques-
tioning by police after the mur-
der of Designer Harl Taylor -
before being released and trans-
ferred to the Detention Centre
- pleaded guilty yesterday to
working in the Bahamas with-
out work permits. They were
each fined $1,000.
Juan Brito, 36, Felix Martinez
Contreras, 32, Valentina
Valdez, 43, Jose Coronado, 23,
Francisco Martinez, 38, Carlos
Linares, 26, and Ruben Linares,
24, made their pleas at Magis-
trate Court 9 in front of Magis-
trate William Campbell, before
being released into the custody
of Immigration officials. The
Dominicans were handed over
to the Department of Immigra-
tion after being released from
questioning by police into Mr
Taylor's death.
Troy McNeil was also
arraigned yesterday on related
charges. According to court
dockets, McNeil was charged
with employing the Dominicans
on November 17th as restau-
rant workers at Mountbatten
House without work permits.
SEE page 12

Farquharson to
become new
London High
Commissioner
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham has announced that
he will be appointing former
Commissioner of Police Paul
Farquharson to be the new
High Commissioner in Lon-
don beginning early next year.
Speaking to reporters short-
ly after arriving from the Com-
monwealth Heads of Govern-
ment meeting in Uganda, Mr
Ingraham said Mr Farqharson
will be replacing current High
Commissioner Basil O'Brien,
who has held the post since
1999.
"He (Mr O'Brien) will be

SEE page 12








PAGE 2, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2007


THE TRIBUNE


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Thrnquest and Christie


clash in the House


* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
NATIONAL Security Minis-
ter Tommy Turnquest clashed in
the House of Assembly yester-
day over the stewardship of the
police force under the PLP, with
Mr Turnquest at one point telling
Opposition Leader Perry
Christie to "sit down", and Mr
Christie challenging the govern-
ment to a full debate on the
force.
The argument between the
two men came after Mr Turn-
quest again accused Mr Christie
of the "greatest politicisation of
the police force that has ever
happened."
To this Mr Christie responded:
"I believe the member of par-
liament for Mt Moriah, Mr
Speaker, is an irresponsible


member when he speaks of the
police force the way he does."
Mr Christie said that he made
every effort as prime minister to
reassure himself, before any deci-
sions were put into effect, that
these decisions were made by
Commissioner Paul Farquhar-
son.
The opposition leader then
challenged the government to
the debate on the force from the
time B K Bonamy was commis-
sioner, to determine who moved
whom.
Mr Christie also charged that
since the FNM became the gov-
ernment, there are police offi-
cers who know the law and are
respected as seasoned crime
fighters who "are sitting down
doing nothing."
' At this time, the opposition
leader was animated in defense
of his actions in government to
which Mr Turnquest told the
House that he is "not afraid" of
Mr Christie.
"He could shout, he could
rant, he could rave as much as
he wants.
"I am tired of it, Mr Speak-
er," Mr Turnquest said. "He gets
up here he pontificates, but he
is the worst offender."
The minister added that as he
goes through the files, and puts
together the pieces from under
the PLP's government, he rec-


ognizes what Mr Christie did.
However, the argument esca-
lated when Mr Christie took par-
ticular offence to an assertion by
Mr Turnquest that he only began
to speak out on crime issues
when his house was shot at.
This led the opposition leader
to rise to his feet charging that
those statements were unfair, and
he said that the House has heard
him over the years speaking out
on issues of crime.
"That is wrong and the mem-
ber ought to be ashamed of him-
self for saying that," Mr Christie
said.
"1 am not ashamed of myself
for saying that," Mr Turnquest
responded, before telling Mr
Christie to "sit down."
Mr Christie then referred to
Mr Turnquest as a "Johnny-
come-lately" member, which led
Mr Tuinquest initially to demand
an apology from the opposition
leader. Mr Turnquest later took
back this request, in an effort to
continue his presentation on the
spending bills that were being
debated.
Mr Turnquest also emphasized
during his contribution that
Commissioner Farquharson sub-
mitted his resignation of his own
accord, contrary to charges by
the opposition that he was forced
out by the Ingraham govern-
ment.


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Rotary announces

partnership that

will contrllute

$200m to effort

to eradicate polio
ROTARY International
has announced a partner-
ship with the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation
that will contribute $200
million to the effort to
eradicate polio.
The Rotary Foundation
received a $100 million
Gates Foundation chal-
lenge grant, which Rotary
will raise funds to match
dollar for dollar over the
next three years.
Richard McCombe, gov-
ernor of Rotary District
7020, which includes the
Bahamas and much of the
Caribbean, praised the
move.

Organisation

He said the fact that a
renowned organisation
like the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation is will-
ing to enter into such a
partnership is testament to
the to Rotary's global
efforts in the fight against
disease.
Mr McCombe noted that
Bahamian Rotary clubs
have donated hundreds of
thousands of dollars to
combat a number of seri-
ous illnesses over the
years.
Rotary International has
said it will spend the initial
$100 million within one
year in direct support of
immunisation activities.
An article on the part-
nership appearing on the
Rotary International web-
site quotes Bill Gates as
saying: "The extraordinary
dedication of Rotary mem-
bers has played a critical
role in bringing polio to
the brink of eradication.
Eradicating polio will be
one of the most significant
public health accomplish-
ments in history, and we
are committed to helping
reach that goal."

Grant
According to the article,
the grant is one of the
largest of its kind ever giv-
en by the Gates Founda-
tion and the largest ever
received by Rotary in its
102-year history.
Rotary has made polio
eradication its top priority
since 1985 and has con-
tributed $633 million to
this effort.
"Rotarians worldwide
have worked very hard
over the years to reach this
point, and it is rewarding
to see our approach vali-
dated in such a significant
way by the Bill and Melin-
da Gates Foundation,"
said Dr Robert Scott, chair
of the Rotary Foundation
Trustees.
"We hope that this
shared commitment of
Rotary and the Gates
Foundation will challenge
other donors, including
foundations, governments,
and non-governmental
organizations, to step up
and make sure we have the
resources needed to rid
the world of polio once
and for all."


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Woman

targeting

shoppers in

'gas' scam
A WOMAN villain is tar-
geting shoppers outside a
Nassau mall by telling them
sob stories to scam "gas"
money out of them.
The heavy-set woman picks
mainly on other women,
telling them she is afraid to
ask a man for help, then takes
off with the cash in a self-dri-
ve car.
Shoppers were warned yes-
terdav to beware of the scam
artist, who uses dramatisedd
tears" to force gullible
women into parting with their
money.
"Be careful about a lady
(black heavy-set) who asks
for help with her car," a
reader told The Tribune yes-
terday
"She approached me in
Kelly's parking lot at the Mall
at Marathon and my mother
in the Wulff Road area.
"She puts on a sad story,
mainly targeting women, say-
ing that her car is almost out
of gas or something of that
nature.
"Then she asks you to fol-
low her home, knowing you
will refuse, and she will
accept the money to purchase
gas.
"I actually fell for it the
first time it happened, about
eight or nine months ago, but
on the second one (last week)
I remembered and confront-
ed her, not allowing her to
take advantage of the inno-
cent again."
Even so, the women imme-
diately approached someone
else, and took off in a self-dri-
ve car driven by another per-
son.
"It's amazing that our own
people are doing this to us,"
said the reader. "I informed
secu' :v in the mall. but let's
help each other and the
police to fight crime by not
enabling this kind of thing to
happen."
Police press liaison officer
Inspector Walter Evans could
Jt be reached for comment
i. on the matter up to press
r -time.


Dr Nottage believes



there is 'a crisis




in the Bahamas'


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
THE current climate in the
country could lead to social desta-
bilisation, Dr Bernard Nottage
warned parliament yesterday.
Addressing the high murder
count which shot up to 73 after
a double murder on Wednesday -
the Bain and Grants Town MP
called on all Bahamians to get
involved, issuing a "call to arms"
to every citizen.
Government members raised
concerns over Dr Nottage's word-
ing, saying that at a time when
there are too many firearms on
the streets, a different expression
should be used.
Dr Nottage, however, reiterat-
ed his request to every segment of
the population. He said he
believes there is a crisis in the
Bahamas.
In light of the almost record
number of homicides, the MP
said that he is concerned about
"the absence of leadership at this
time."
Dr Nottage said he is especial-
ly concerned about what he con-
siders to be the "dismantling" of
the police force.
"Four assistant commissioners
have been sidelined with nothing
to do and two officers, who I have
been told are in line for the lead-
ership of the force, are being sent
away for a year while the com-
missioner has been eliminated
from the force and when staff
morale, I am told, is at its low-
est. This is a formula for social
destabilisation."
Dr Nottage was referring to the
retirement of Commissioner Paul
Farquharson and the plan to send
Senior Asst Commissioner Elli-
son Greenslade and Asst Com-
missioner Marvin Dames to
Canada for special training.
"This country at the moment
needs a sound voice, it needs
direction and guidance. It needs a
.call to arms of every single citizen
of our country." he said.


"I call on the prime minister,
the minister of national security, I
call upon the Cabinet of the
Bahamas to inspire the people in
this country to work together, [to]
inspire the youth of the country to
deal with this matter in a positive
way," he said.
Speaking to the bill for supple-
mentary appropriation more
directly, Dr Nottage said that in
his opinion the entire exercise is a
"witch hunt".
During contributions to the bill
in the House of Assembly last
week, members on the govern-
ment side addressed instances of
what they considered to be mis-
management of funds under the
former PLP government.
Dr Nottage yesterday said that
the purpose of bringing this bill to
parliament was to create scan-
dal about the former government
- despite the fact that the FNM
know that "the economy was
well-managed by the Christie
administration."
"They want the Bahamian peo-
ple to believe that all of us are
corrupt, that all of our hands are
in the cookie jar," he said.
However, the MP warned that
once it is ingrained in the pub-
lic's mind that some politicians


DONALD Pratt, 28, also
know as "Sharky", and Jason
Darville, 27, were the two
men killed in the double
murder Wednesday night on
St Vincent Road, off Baillou
Hill Road.
Just after 6pm, three hood-
ed men pulled up behind the
two who had just pulled into
the.driveway of Pratt's home.
One of the assailants report-
edly got out of his car, firing
multiple shots at both men.
Pratt died on his front
door step, while Darville
staggered down the street
before collapsing. He was
taken by ambulance to
Princess Margaret Hospital
where he died about an hour
later.
It is understood that one
-or possibly both- of the
men was an associate of the
deceased contract killer
Samuel "Mouche" McKen-
zie, who sources claim was
responsible for the murders
of more than 10 people.
McKenzie was killed when
men opened fire on him with
a machine gun on Hay Street
last week.
One source told The Tri-
bune that more killings
should be expected as waves
of homicides and counter
retaliation stem from a war
between "Mouche's" group
and another from Ridgeland
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Country can't make more scandals


A LETTER, signed by "concerned members
of the sailing community" and published in The
Tribune on November 22, questioned what it
called government's questionable hiring prac-
tices.
"Following the return of the Free National
Movement," said the letter, "government hand-
ed out letters of termination left right and cen-
tre to persons hired as Consultants throughout
the Public Service and government ministries."
The reason given was that this was an
attempt to eliminate a large and unnecessary
burden on the Public Treasury.
The letter said that at first the "members of
the sailing community" thought the action harsh
until they realized the exorbitant honorariums
being paid by the Treasury for this "advice." We
have learned that some of these advisers seldom
showed up to give their precious "advice."
The reason for the publication of the letter
was because of rumours that these same con-
sultants were being rehired by government.
"We learnt that this was especially the case in
the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and
Culture. and the Department of the Public Ser-
vice,'" said the letter.
'-If true," the letter concluded. "it would be
difficult for the government to substantiate its
earlier position of terminating such contracts,
and the explanation given that such terminations
represented the government's position that it
wanted to curb excessive and unnecessary,.
spending."
It would be impossible for government to
explain away such hypocrisy, if true. We believe
that this letter was written for publication to
warn Mr Ingraham of what is either happening,
- or being'plarmedto happen within his-govern- -
ment.
We are told that some of these consultants,
who come into a department "throwing their
weight" around, cause more confusion than
they give advice. Staff, we are told, in some of
these cases don't know who they are to take
instructions from the consultant or their head
of department.
In view of the disgraceful performance of
BAIC, which is yet to be explained, we would
be surprised if the FNM would be following
this route.
If gbvemment indeed needs consultants there
are many qualified citizens who would willing-
ly share their expertise as a contribution to their
country.
The Bahamas Agriculture Industrial Corpo-
ration (BAIC) was established by parliament in


1981 "to promote, encourage and facilitate busi-
ness development throughout the Bahamas."
Instead of Iollowing its mandate, it ran up exor-
bitant charges against the Public Treasury for
professional fees that included legal services,
consultants, speech writer, promotions, and
travel and entertainment loads of travel and
entertainment that worked out to just a little
under the professional fees.
The Act calls for an annual audit and finan-
cial report. We are now at the end of November,
2007, and the audited reports for the years 2003
and 2004 were only laid on the table of the
House two weeks ago.
The report shows that in one year the items
under professional fees, which included the
salaries of three consultants, increased by 152
per cent from $93,000 in 2002 to $243,000 in
2003.
As for travel and entertainment, that
increased by 279 per cent from $61,285 in
2002 to $232,000 in 2003. This is obscene, par-
ticularly in view of the fact that BAIC is a non-
earner for government. This means that this
lavish spending was being underwritten direct-
lyv by the Bahamian taxpayer.
Of that travel/entertainment figure, $52.000
was directly related to the trade and invest-
ment'escapade to China.
And how did that benefit the Bahamas? All
we remember from it was the spin-off in the,
Korean fishing boats scandal, for which a satis-
factory explanation is yet to be given.
It ended with the resignation of the BAIC
chairman after an affidavit, sworn by the chair-
man's cousin. described how he got "swing big
time" by his cousin, the chairman, and a BAIC
consultant..who was described by. the chairman
as his "adviser." The chairman told his cousin
that his "adviser" had to go with him or he
wouldn't go by himself. Apparently this time the
trip was to Cuba in connection with the boat
deal. It would seem that not only was the cousin
beiig swung big time, but so was the public.
In presenting theaudited accounts -to-the-
House, Agriculture and Marine Resources Min-
ister Larry Cartwright said that the corpora-
tion was so in debt that it could not continue to
exist without increased government assistance or
radical changes. Our recommendation would
be to shut it down.
We hope the rehiring of dismissed consul-
tants is just a rumour. However, to make certain,
Prime Minister Ingraham should investigate
the matter himself. The country cannot absorb
any more financial scandals.


Judicial





problems and





-resolutions


EDITOR, The Tribune.

Over the past 6 8 weeks
we have heard much about
the Judiciary and its prob-
lems. As an observer who
thankfully does not have
court problems, I notice
many things which help to
create backlogs which appear
to be easily rectified.
In the Family Islands, I do
not know who is responsible
for the Agenda's of Circuit
Magistrates, but what is hap-
pening is absolutely wrong.
Anyone who has been
around court cases knows
roughly the amount of time
needed to settle a case.
However on any given
court day the agenda will
include 3 to 6 cases where a
defendant is represented by
counsel and as a result of this
cases get adjourned to anoth-
er date because there are
only so many hours in a work
day that magistrates work.
The result of this many
times is that innocent people
are forced to pay lawyers fees
and travel expenses, which
could have been avoided if
someone took the time to
think realistically.
Also when this happens,
instead of a case being com-
pleted and done with we cre-
ate a backlog.


I have also heard of Mag-
istrates, who if someone
wants to plead guilty, for
whatever reason, they will
not accept a guilty plea. I
stand to be corrected, but I
believe an individual has a
Constitutional right to plead
guilty if they so choose,
unless that individual can be
determined to be of
"unsound mind".
We must always ensure
that justice is done fairly.
However until Magistrates
and Judges stand firm and
deal with matters in a timely
manner we will have the
problem of criminals being
given bail.
Lawyers do not help the
situation by asking for
adjournment after adjourn-
ment in the hope that files
will get lost or evidence will
get lost, or that witnesses will
eventually die or become
frustrated to the point where
they do not show up and then
they ask for the matter to be
thrown out of court.
The prosecution, the police
and lawyers need to be made
to understand that court time
is valuable and if they come


to court not prepared to
resolve a matter, they them-
selves (whichever side it may
be) will be penalized for
neglect.
Individuals in their pro-
fessions must learn to respect
other people's rights.
There is no excuse a
lawyer can give for not being
ready when they come to
court because their fees in
most cases are exorbitant to
begin with.
There are also many times
when a court date is set, and
two days before it is can-
celled, but no one has the
decency to inform the peo-
ple who are summoned to
appear, so they have the
expense of travelling to wher-
ever it might be, only to be
told "There is no court today
come back another time."
This has to be wrong in any
democratic society, you can-
not treat people in this man-
ner and not expect repercus-
sions which are created by
frustration. I certainly hope
the powers that be will look
into these matters and try to
make some positive changes
for the betterment of all con-
cerned.

CONCERNED
BAHAMIAN
Eleuthera,
November 27, 2007


Town planning rules abuse


EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE irrationality of town
planning is becoming so evi-
dent even to the blind that 1
really wonder if town planning
has any concept of the impact
of its approvals?
S-In New Providence where
clearly the motor vehicle rules
it is incredible to .see the abuse
of town planning regulations
for the providing of safe park-
ing outside of any commercial
-shop development.
Clearly residential zoned
areas are overnight becoming
commercial with no reference,
no transparency or no notice
to the public, least of all the
property owners who had
hoped that their little piece of
the rock would stay like when
they originally purchased it.
but the big guy wanting to cre-
ate a shop somehow obtains a
permit and the slide starts, but


there is no consideration for
vehicle parking or the views
of those who would wish to
keep the area residential -
why?
We saw it on Marathon
Road and, yes. even on con-
gested Prince Charles which
is supposed to get a third lane
being squeezed in somehow
already once residences have
been converted to commercial
and \ou know soon from the
Soldier Road light to Fox Hill
light will be the same and a
total nightmare for the driving
public with reversing vehicles.
coming across the principal
driving lane, but does town
planning care?
Why is there seemingly no
town planning control?
1 was shocked recently when
I saw that historic building on
the east side of the top of
Cumberland Hill having a
brand new blue asphalt shingle
roof put on it when did the


regulations change for within
the historic city limits of Nas-
sau and where is the special
town planning board for the
city of Nassau?
The National Arts Gallery
- is it horrible graffiti or is it
someone's joke by having
someone paint in the panels
of the external boundary wall
facing the historic site of St
Francis Cathedral? This has to
be someone's joke..
As the majority of cities
around the globe protect their
historic and heritage we are
proud to-do the opposite and
deliberately abuse it and then
wonder why the tourists who
are coming and who are inter-
ested think so badly of us and
how we do not guard our her-
itage nor have any pride in
what remains?

K MINNIS
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November 24, 2007.


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I AM still to see a proposed
plan for the Cable Beach
Road diversion even though
1 have heard the contract has
been awarded!
The last Government was
criticized for its secrecy and
the FNM had promised to
make all transparent, but is
this the case?
The Cable Beach Diversion
will affect virtually every vehi-
cle owner on this island, and
yet we arc not privy to how
our lives will be changed?
/As a Bahamian I would like
to have a say in myn country
and how my Queen's Crownt


Land is being used! I think
even Her Highness would
protest half her lake being
drained to be used as a car
park!
Ah. you did not hear that
plan yet did you?
We need to have the town
meeting that was promised
BEFORE these contracts are
finalized. I plan to invite the
Queen!

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Bahamian
soprano
releases CD
CONSIDERED a national
'treasure, renowned Bahamian
soprano JoAnn Callender is set
to warm the hearts of Bahamian
listeners with the release of her
SChristmas CD, entitled Christ-
* mas Joy. The CD is expected to
hit stores on Saturday, December
8. This new release features
Angels From the Realms of Glo-
ry in a rake 'n' scrape style and
Silent Night in a jazz style with a
'"JoAnn twist".
The musicians featured on this
SCD are some of the Bahamas'
best:
Lee Callender- pianist (and
.vocal coach)
Adrian D'Aguillar- double
bass
Neil Symonette drums
Sharmond Smith saxo-
phone
Colyn McDonald pro-
grammer (Angels from the
Realms of Glory).
The CD is produced and engi-
neered by Oswald 'Ozzie' Bowe,
with Lee and JoAnn as execu-
tive producers.
Lee and JoAnn said they hope
that the CD helps to make some-
one's Christmas more joyful.

Dutch woman
missing from
cruise ship
'committed
suicide'


SA DUTCH woman who
went missing from a cruise
to the Bahamas committed
suicide, according to Flori-
da authorities.
The Discovery Sun
Cruise ship was returning
from a three-day cruise to
Sthe Bahamas when one of
its passengers, 49-year-old
Monique Teresia van der
Steenstraeten, disappeared
shortly after 9.30pm on
Sunday, US Coast Guard
officials reported.
Her body washed ashore
at John U Lloyd Beach
State Park in Broward
SCounty and was found by
a park ranger on Monday
morning.
A search of the Discov-
ery Sun by officers from
Broward Sheriff's Office
turned up a suicide note.
Ms van der Steen-
straeten's boyfriend
reported her missing as the
cruise ship was entering
Port Everglades on Sun-
day night.
The boyfriend said she
Left their cabin to go on
Sdeck for a cigarette break.
The medical examiner
who conducted the autop-
sy yesterday ruled Ms
Steenstraeten's death a
suicide.

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in guuwiiiigior ioc
g9A


ic" and pointed out that
despite the advancements of
the internet and the prolifera-
tion of gaming on-line, the
Bahamas lacks substantive
laws to regulate internet gam-
bling.
The minister said that there
must be a discussion with
industry stakeholders and the
Bahamian populace "to deter-
mine where we as a people
wish to take this industry.
Should we continue with out-
dated legislation? Or should
we bring casino gaming in the
Bahamas into the 21 century?"
"Should we for instance con-
tinue to ban foreigners who
qualify for permanent resi-
dency permits without the
right to work because they
purchased a home or condo-
minium of a certain price, from


~o~as


gaming because they are
regarded as ordinarily resident
in the Bahamas?
"These are people who have
sufficient funds to afford to
purchase upscale properties in
the Bahamas and elsewhere


and who reside here without
need of employment as they
derive their income from off
shore. There are an estimated
10,000 persons holding per-
manent residence status in the
Bahamas," he noted.


MINISTER of State for
Tourism Bran McCartney has
raised the question of locals
and residents being allowed to
gamble in the Bahamas.
He said that while change
in the area of gambling regu-
lations has been blocked by
the local religious lobby, other
jurisdictions in the region are
becoming increasingly pro-
gressive.
"For instance, the Turks and
Caicos Islands currently allow
residents who make a mini-
mum of $75,000 annually to
play. Additionally they allow a
number of local bars to have
one or two legal slot
machines," Mr McCartney
said.
He added that destinations
in our region with tourism
economies such as Puerto Rico
and Curacao have taken a dif-
ferent approach to the ques-
tion of allowing residents to
gamble: they have "local
nights" when residents are
allowed to play.
"Whenever the question of
the expansion of gaming
comes up in the Bahamas, as it
does from time to time, deci-
sive action is effectively fore-
stalled by a strong lobby from
the religious community," Mr
McCartney noted.
"The question of the intro-
duction of a national lottery
appears to have been stillborn.
"However as an industry if
gaming does not move for-
ward the only other choice is
to stagnate and die," he said.
Mr McCartney was speak-
ing at a gaming industry semi-
nar held yesterday, under the
theme, "Promoting standards
and integrity in gaming."
He said the seminar was
timely, as it provides "an
opportunity for those of us
involved in the industry to
examine where we are in gam-
ing and to begin the dialogue
necessary to propel the indus-
try fully into the next centu-
ry".
Mr McCartney also said that
he believes the time has come
to formulate "more progres-
sive policies" for promoting
gambling in the Bahamas and
to review and update the rele-
vant laws in order to keep
abreast of technological
changes in the industry.
He noted that the Bahamas
has made no substantive
changes to its gambling laws
since the formation of the
Gaming Board 1977.
"In the early 1970s the
largest jackpot was 150 coins
on the quarter slot machine
which was worth about $37.50.
Today you can win millions of
dollars on the slots. Clearly,
new legislation is needed to
keep abreast of ever changing
automation and new technol-
ogy in gaming."
Mr McCartney called the
country's gaming laws "archa-


THE Bahamas must be sure of the integri-
ty of those it employs to work at the Gaming
Board, Tourism Minister of State Bran
McCartney said.
"Gaming in the Bahamas continues to play
a key role in the development of our number
one industry. Our reputation as a well regu-
lated gaming jurisdiction must therefore con-
tinue to be preserved to protect tourism from
potential negative fallout," he said.
He noted that gross revenues from casino
ambling in the United States in 2006 totalled
32.42 billion.
"In 11 states some 540 commercial casi-
nos directly employed 366.197 people who
earned a total of $13.3 billion in salaries
including benefits and tips. These casinos
contributed $5.2 billion in direct taxes to state


and local US governments."
Mr McCartney said such high numbers
suggests Americans have a positive view of
gambling a fact that should be welcomed as
"good news" to a close neighbour with a
gaming industry like the Bahamas.

Market
He added that there is a growing market
for local casino operators in places like Exu-
ma, New Providence and Abaco that is not
currently being taking advantage of, and that
the prospect of Harrah's Entertainment com-
ing in as the new casino operator of the Cable
Beach Baha Mar resort, coupled with the
reopening of the Royal Oasis Resort and


Casino in Grand Bahama provides an
excellent opportunity to address the chal-
lenges faced by legalised gambling in the
Bahamas.
"Ensuring the integrity of casino gaming is
an essential responsibility of the board. We
must therefore not compromise on issues
relating to this question inclusive of our
choice of persons appointed to serve or
employed by the board."
Speaking at a seminar held at SuperClubs
Breezes yesterday, he told industry stake-
holders: "As we move ahead your role in
lobbying the government with respect to the
development of-the industry will become
increasingly critical to the continued preser-
vation of a well regulated and more progres-
sive gaming jurisdiction."


F 3Ia LAWN6SE RVICE
Ir eIiFnide,

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"...the Turks and Caicos Islands
currently allow residents who
make a minimum of $75,000
annually to play. Additionally
they allow a number of local
bars to have one or two legal
slot machines."

Bran McCartney


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US Ambassador Siegel hails


drug-fighting partnership


* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT US Ambas-
sador to the Bahamas Ned
Siegel said OPBAT is a "criti-
cal" and important partnership
in the fight against illegal drugs
in the Bahamas.
Operation Bahamas, Turks
and Caicos (OPBAT) is a joint
anti-drug and human traffick-
ing operation between US and
Bahamian law enforcement
officials which has been in
place for a number of years.
"I am glad to report that the
status on OPBAT is such that
we haven't missed a beat, and
that replacement DEA heli-
copters have been delivered
and fully operational," he said
in Grand Bahama on Wednes-
day.
Mr Siegel was making his
first official visit to Freeport
and met with members of the
media at Grand Bahama Inter-
national Airport (GBIA).
He stated that OPBAT con-
tinues to interdict drugs on a


"We know that
OPBAT is critical
- it is one of the
true partner-
ships that we
have that really
works."

Ned Siegel

weekly basis, and assists in
helping Bahamian authorities
with the illegal immigration
issue.
"We know that OPBAT is
critical it is one of the true
partnerships that we have that
really works," he said.
The US has also launched
its Megaports Initiative Pro-
gramme in Grand Bahama,
which allows for container
security screening at the
Freeport Container Port.
Since the implementation of
the CSI programme, several


large drug seizures have been
made as a result of a container
x-ray detection device operat-
ed by US Customs and Border
Patrol officials.
Mr Siegel said that US and
Bahamian authorities contin-
ue to work well together in the
detection and seizure of ille-
gal drugs.
The ambassador, who said
he was very impressed with the
operations at GBIA, added
that US and Bahmian authori-
ties will also continue to work
together on security at the
Lynden Pindling International
Airport in New Providence.
When asked if he was con-
cerned about crime in the
Bahamas, Mr Siegel said: "We
are always working at the
embassy to share with Ameri-
can tourists to be smart and
careful.
"But, we have no concerns
in that sense. Obviously, what
is happening is of concern to
everybody. but the attention
will be paid to it and obvious-
ly tourism is important and we
support that," he said.


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0 In brief

Tens of thousands
of Venezuelans
protest Chavez's
referendum
* CARACAS, Venezuela
TENS of thousands of people
flooded the streets of the capital
Thursday to oppose a referen-
dum that would eliminate term
limits for President Hugo Chavez
and help him establish a socialist
state in Venezuela. according to
Associated Press.
Blowing whistles. waving plac-
ards and shouting "Not like
this!" the marchers carried
Venezuelan flags and dressed in
blue the chosen color of the
opposition as they streamed
along Bolivar Avenue.
"This is a movement by those
of us who oppose a change to
this country's way of life, because
what (the referendum) aims to
do is impose totalitarianism,"
said fonner lawmaker Elias Mat-
ta. "There can't be a communist
Venezuela, and that's why our
society is reacting this way."
The rally marked the close of
the opposition's campaign
against the proposed constitu-
tional changes, which will be sub-
mitted to a vote Sunday. Chavez
plans to lead rallies in favor of
the reforms Fridav.Venezuelans
will vote on 69 proposed changes
to nation's 1999 constitution that
would, among other things, elim-
inate presidential term limits, cre-
ate forms of communal property
and give greater power to the
presidency.


Minister of Health


proposes


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net
DUE to inadequate inven-
tory control, some clinics are
receiving medication two to
three weeks late resulting in
patients having to do without,
Health Minister Hubert Min-
nis said yesterday during his
contribution to the bill for sup-
plementary appropriation.
This, the minister said, has
precipitated the need to insti-
tute a "proper implemented
drug plan".
This drug plan, Dr Minnis
said, will decrease medical
cost and at the same time
increase accessibility.
He said that there must be
inventory control between the
Bahamas National Drug
Agency and each hospital
ward. The agency and the clin-
ics, he said, must know the
exact volume of drugs
received.
"This would reduce wastage
and endure that minimum
inventory levels are main-


Bid to decrease medical cost

and increase accessibility


trained throughout, especially
in clinics and the Family
Islands," the minister said.
A drug plan, he said, could
result in proper pharmaceuti-
cal legislation and possibly
amendments to the Health
Facilities Act.
"Imagine a diabetic or
hypertensive not taking medi-
ation for two to three weeks.
Both these illnesses may sub-
sequently became uncon-
trolled, resulting in catastro-
phe in the case of diabetes,
coma and possibly death," Dr
Minnis said.
The bill debated in the
House yesterday seeks sup-
plementary funding for the
budget in the amount of
$17,067,998.
Of that amount, $6 million
is for the Public Hospitals
Authority (PHA), $450.935


for the Department of Health
and $103,336 for the Ministry
of Health.
More than $170 million has
been allocated to the PHA in
the budget, showing, accord-
ing to Dr Minnis, that health is
a great priority for the FNM
government.
"Diabetes affects approxi-
mately 10 per cent while
hypertension 33 per cent of
those surveyed within an adult
study group here in the
Bahamas," Dr Minnis said.
He said that an unhealthy
population affects financial
development and can greatly
impact the nation's GDP.
In fact, Dr Minnis said. if
the health care system is as
successful as it should be then
the need for hospitals should
decrease.
"If we fail'then, we will need


many more hospitals and bed
space. The buzz word is pre-
vention, delivery of medicine,
timely and functional," he
said.
If the health care system
fails to provide sufficient med-
ication in a timely fashion, he
said. then the system will have
failed the Bahamian people.


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THE government has
announced road closure plans
in connection with the paving
works at Independence Round-
about.
"Independence Roundabout
Closed" signs will be placed at
the following junctions today
and tomorrow:
Tonique Williams Darling
Highway/Yellow Elder Way
SBaillou Hill Road/ Robin-
son Road
Palm Tree Avenue/East
Street
Lincoln Boulevard/ Robin-
son Road
Soldier Road/Baillou Hill
Road
Independence/Robinson
Road/Prince Charles Drive
East bound traffic travelling
on the Tonique Williams Dar-
ling Highway will be diverted
south to Baillou Hill Road, east
to Soldier Road, north to
Abundant Life Road, or east
onto the East-West Highway.
Southbound traffic on East
Street will be diverted east to
Robinson Road, west to the
Independence Drive, south to
Abundant Life Road, or west
to Soldier Road.
Northbound traffic on East
Street will be diverted west to
Soldier Road, north to Baillou
Hill Road, or east to Robinson
Road.
West bound traffic on Inde-
pendence Drive will be divert-
ed south to Abundant Life
Road, west to Soldier Road, or
north to Baillou Hill Road.


SBahamas Post Office


Department offering


services online
MINISTER of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing announced
that Post Office Department services are now online.
He said individuals can now track the status of their registered
and EMS mail over the internet.
"This introduces new levels of transparency and accountability
into the government's postal delivery service," Mr Laing said.
He said it also means instantaneous feedback which should alle-
viate the frustrations that often result when trying to track packages.
Mr Laing said the Bahamas Postal Service is one of the few
government agencies that directly competes with the private sector,
as a number of private entities also provide courier services.
He said that as a result, it is necessary for'the government's
postal service to keep pace, in order to provide its customers with
comparable and competitive products and services.
"This is especially so since no other courier entity has the.reach,
coverage and national mandate that the Bahamas Postal Service
has."
The project is a collaboration between the Ministry of Finance,
the Ministry of Lands and Local Government and the Post Office
Department.
Mr Laing explained that the post office website and online track-
ing system provides information about the Postal Department's ser-
vices and products, and provides a means for tracking parcels and
letters sent by EMS (Express Mail Service) and Registered Mail.
He said users can simply go to: www.bahamas.gov.bs\postalser-
vice to track the mail or package.
He encouraged the public to take advantage of the service and to
-provide the Post Office Department with comments and feed-
back.
He also noted that the public can look forward to the other
government online services by the end of 2008, including a "client
centric" citizens, residents and business web portal.
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* By MATT MAURA

MAKING positive choices
about sex and sexuality, partic-
ularly among adolescents and
young adults, will help to reduce
the spread of HIV/AIDS in the
Bahamas. Minister of State for
Social Development Loretta
Butler-Turner said on Tuesday.


Butler-Turner hails abstinence as 'answer to long life'


Addressing the annual World
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held at St Andrew's School, Mrs
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ple "have to take responsibility
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being identified.
Mrs Butler-Turner encour-
aged students to abstain from
having pre-marital sex, adding
that abstinence is "indeed the


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tional turmoil that can come
about from early initiation and
unsafe sexual behaviour at too
young an age," Mrs Butler-
Turner said.
"Wait until you are mature
enough to handle all of the risks
and responsibilities that come
with being sexually active.
"Wait until you are in a com-
mitted, monogamous relation-
ship because that is one of the
strategies to lower the risk of
contracting HIV/AIDS," she
added.
Mrs Butler-Turner said the
theme for World AIDS Day
2007: "Take the Lead Stop
AIDS: Keep the Promise" is an
important message for every-
one around the world, especial-
ly those living in small island
nations like the Bahamas.
"We all have serious deci-
sions to make about how to live
healthy and fulfilling lives and
even at your tender age, you
have to make those crucial deci-
sions as well," Mrs Butler-Turn-
er told the students, who were
from both public and private
secondary schools.
"We have all been young
before and we all know what
the challenges are, but believe
you me, when we make deci-
sions and choices, it is the con-
sequences that we must live
with. So please, be wise, absti-
nence is indeed the answer to
having a safe and long life. In
other words, wait until you are
married to have sex," Mrs But-
ler-Turner said.
Hosted by the Ministry of
Health and Social Development
and the National HIV/AIDS
Programme in collaboration
with the Ministry of Education,
the World AIDS Day School
Assembly afforded health offi-
cials with a further opportunity
to spread their message of absti-
nence and taking responsibili-
ty for the choices made in rela-
tion to sex and sexuality.
"With the amount of sexual
activity, teen pregnancies and
sexually transmitted diseases
that we see among our young
people, I think we are actually
breaking ground and getting the
message out into some of the
government schools. But cer-


"We must
protect our
future. If we
lose our lives
to things that
are pre-
ventable, then
of course our
cause will be
lost."


Loretta Butler-Turner

tainly in the private schools sec-
tor, you find that the kids are
being taught at the appropri-
ate age about sex education
and making wise choices," Mrs
Butler-Turner said.
"When you look at the
increase in the number of HIV
infection cases, it is among our
teenagers and so to get the mes-
sage out to them is the most
important thing we can do
today on this World AIDS
Day."
Mrs Butler-Turner said if
Bahamians at all levels are
going to be sexually active, then
they need to be aware that it is
not "non-macho or non-lady-
like" to protect themselves.
"We must protect our future.
If we lose our lives to things
that are preventable, then of
course our cause will be lost,"
she said.
Mrs Butler-Turner said it is
incumbent upon individuals
who remain monogamous to
also ensure that their partner is
doing likewise.
"The reality is that we may
be committed to a relationship
and our partner may not, and
so in fact you are sleeping with
all of the partners your partner
may have slept with.
"It is important that we must
be very, very committed and
devoted to our relationships
with one person," Mrs. Butler-
Turner added.


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offenders


* By ADRIAN GIBSON
ajbahama@hotmail.com

REDATORS are daily
roaming the streets,
lurking in dark rooms and even
living as socialites in suburban
neighborhoods, while salivat-
ing and waiting to prey on
women and/or young boys and
girls.
Rape, incest and child
molestation are societal ills that
are rife in the Bahamas. Statisti-
cally, the Bahamas is currently
rated among the world's top 10
countries of reported rape.
It appears that many Bahami-
ans perceive the discussion of
certain topics to be taboo, as is
the case with incest, sexual
molestation and the rate of sex-
ual violence afflicting our soci-
ety.
Sex attacks on minors can, and
often do, have long-lasting psy-
chological effects. Coping with a
sexual assault is nerve-racking
and traumatic for adults, and so
there's no question that children
are psychosomatically distressed
and mentally wounded for life
when they become victims of
sodomy or rape. Studies have
shown that children who were
molested become emotionally
unstable adults, whose marriages
and relationships usually fail due
to issues such as mistrust and
unresolved emotional baggage.
In the school system, sexually
abused children usually have
behavioral issues, as many with-
draw and become anti-social,
seek attention in the licentious
places, are promiscuous, exhibit
little interest in school work, and
so on.
Sex offenders are sickos who
can hardly be reformed and
cured of their penchant for ter-
rorizing women and children to
fulfil their sadistic desires. Unfor-
tunately though, after serving a
prison term, sex offenders are
allowed to again reintegrate into
our unsuspecting society. In the


Bahamas, there is no way to dis-
co~'.f r if your neighhour, co-
worker or pastor is a sex oifend-
er!
In the United States, the
Department of Justice-in joint
efforts with state ag;icies.--
coordinates and maintains a sex
offender registry ma is avail;
able to the public. Throughout
the states, internet users arc able


to use the registry's website to
submit queries to obtain infor-
mation about sex beasts. Visi-
tors to the site can search for
names, zip codes, country, city
or town of residence of persons
who have been convicted of a
sex crime. However, the data
provided may be limited to what
each individual state may pro-
vide.
In the Bahamas, the possibili-
ty of a citizen being able to
research a sexual offender in
their neighbourhood or around
their children's schools can only
come to fruition if a local sex
offenders registry is established.
A Sex Offender Registration
Act that requires ail convicted
sexual predators to be docu-
mented before they are released


from prison must be tabled in
the Houe f Assemblyu A ccm.-
prehensive sex offendcr data-
base must include the lawbreak-
er's name, all aliases used, date
of birth, sex. race, height, weight.
eye colour, driver's lice~nce num,
ber. home address' andor
expected ptnce o'fi 'aticil:, pho-
tograns. siud a set of fingerprints,
and lniv internet screen names.


Further, upon release, sex
offenders should be tracked.
Because many criminals often
commit crimes repeatedly, fit-
ting suspected and convicted
predators with ankle bracelets
would serve as a mental deter-
rent when they have the slightest
inclination to sexually assault
someone.
Sex beasts should be prohibit-
ed from living within 1,000 feet
of schools da> care centres.
churches, parks and play-
grounds.
Teenage girls. I've noticed, are
easily beguiled by fancy cars and
money so much so that adoles-
cent girls from age 13. and in
some cases younger, are dating
much older adult males. These
%Niti-r-iin"*iually use tlis ~


minors for sexual highs, in some
instances, impregnating them
and/or ending their chances of
a healthy life by giving them
AIDS or another sexually trans-
mitted disease. Even more,
adults who were sexually molest-
ed during childhood usually
experience difficulties with con-
ceiNing in adulthood.
Any sex between a minor
under age 16 and an adult (18
and over) is a criminal offence,
whether it is consensual or not!
The government must give con-
sideration to raising the existing
age of consent, that currently
stands at age 16.
In August, a grandfather was
charged with the attempted rape
of his seven-year-old grand-
daughter. And in an all too
familiar twist, this man was out
on bail for a "similar offence"
at the time that he is alleged to
have attacked his granddaugh-
ter.
I have heard of sordid, sick-
ening incidents where fathers
and step-fathers have had sexu-
al intercourse with their daugh-
ters. Several years ago, a
demented father allegedly had
impregnated his daughter.
Undoubtedly, an innocent child
will now suffer physical and
mental deformities in life, in
addition to being held in con-
tempt and shunned by some
family members and wider soci-
ety.
How can someone be so
repugnant and freakish to lay
with their daughter? How should
such a child refer to their father,
who is also their grandfather?
In November 2006, Parlia-
ment passed the Family and
Child Protection Bill. However,
that Bill is languishing on the
'd"iil of the iiifiister rbsponsible.


awaiting clearance before it can
be enacted into law. Clearance
should be granted forthwith!
In order to curb the abuse of
minors, parents must spend
more quality time with their chil-
dren, become aware of their chil-
dren's friends and invest time in
teaching their children the fun-
damental safety tips such as to
always be alert of their sur-
roundings and to pay attention
to detail, not to speak to


strangers, to know their contact
numbers/addresses, to avoid
secluded areas and to always
TELL if anyone touches tlhcm
inappropriately.
In addition to jail time. sex
offenders should be subjected to
lashes from the cat-o-nine tails. 11
is my belief that a portion of
their punishment should include
a whipping at the beginning of
their prison terms, midway and
at the end!


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CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Rescue


July 11-13, 1828. Near the Licking River, Ken-
tucky.

THE STORY SO FAR: Jesse and Louisa
come down with fever and ague, and the children
lose their way after they leave the steamboat.

'Jesse, help me. Please?" .ieagegs.
Moses wants my help? Even though I ache all
over, I sit up tall and look around. We're in the
middle of a village. "What can I do?"
He points to a sign swinging in the wind out-
side a long wooden building. "Can you read
that?"
"It says 'Broderick's Tavern.' Where are we?"
"I don't know." We stare at the tavern.
Lantern light glows in the windows. "Papa talked
about hills after the Blue Lick," Moses says, "but
it's flat here." He sighs. "I'll get directions. I just
hope no one asks about our folks." He picks up
his crutch and slides to the ground, then fixes his
worried eyes on me. "Watch the little ones until
I get back." He hobbles to the tavern and dis-
appears.
I sit on the wagon seat a long time, my teeth
chattering as I try to stay awake. "Jesse!"
Louisa's voice is like a kitten mewling. "I'm
thirsty!" I pour water from our jug. Her thin
hands shake as she holds .the cup, and she spills
on her dress. We cuddle under the quilt. Rough
laughter sounds from inside. Where's Moses?
Somehow I slip to the ground. I clutch the
wagon and walk around it until I realize I'm
walking in circles. I try to crawl toward the tav-
ern, but the ruts get higher and higher, until
they're like the hills Papa told us to cross.
"Moses! I found the mountains." No answer.
Next thing I know, it's dawn and I'm lying in a
ditch.. A wagon rumbles past and someone cries,
"Stop!" Strong arms scoop me up. I'm as light
as a taffeta skirt. Maybe an angel is taking me to
Mama and Papa.
But there's something I have to remember.
What is it? "Wait!" I cry. "Don't leave them."
Why is no one listening?
I dream Mama is singing to me, and wake up in
a four-poster bed, lying on feather pillows soft as
clouds. A husky voice sings, "Wade in the water
.. God's a-going to trouble the water." I turn
my head. I'm in a bright room with pink flowers
stenciled on the wall and lacy curtains blowing at
the windows. Beside me, on a small table, Papa's
ring sits on Mama's diary.
I turn the other way and find Louisa asleep,


her face as pale as the linen sheet that covers us.
"Louisa, we're in heaven. Mama is singing with
the angels."
"Ha! Ain't no heaven here." The singing
stops and a young girl, her skin as dusky brown
as the Ohio River, pops up at the end of the
.bed. "This is the Widow-Hopkins's place. She's
been taking care of y'all since my Uncle Roy
found you in the road."
I close my eyes. I'remember a kind, dark
face-but nothing more.
"I'll tell Widow Hopkins you're awake," the
girl says, heading for the door.
"Wait." 1 sit up quick. "My brother is in the
tavern." I try to stand, but my legs buckle like
twigs.
The girl rushes over, catching me before I hit
the rug. "Where you going?" she scolds. "You
can't walk yet. You nearly died of fever. You're
lucky the Widow Hopkins has that special med-
icine. Otherwise you and your sister be dead, for
sure."
"Moses never came back." I struggle to get
away, but her hands are strong, even though
she's small.
"Settle down," she scolds, as if she were my
older sister. "He's in the parlor with the doctor.
And didn't he feel foolish, conked out under a
tree! That brother of yours had some liquor in
the tavern."
"Moses was drinking? I'm glad my pa didn't
see that." I smile. "What's your name?"


"Emilia, but folks call me Emmy. I know
you're Jesse," she adds. "Your little brother
asks for you every second. Now get back in bed,
where you belong."
I do just what she says. Next time I wake up,
Louisa is gone and Moses stumps in on matching
crutches with a clean bandage on his foot. His
hair is trimmed, and his old shirt is clean and
patched. "Is that really you?" I ask.
"It's me, don't worry." He stands near the
open window. "Sorry I scared you at the tavern.
They gave me cider spiked with apple brandy. I
was sick as a dog." He blushes.
"That's all right." I sit up carefully. "What did
they do to your foot?"
"The doctor put a splint on it and brought me
these new crutches. He says some bones are
crushed. I need to rest it awhile-and I may
always have a limp." He looks away. "I won't be
much of a farmer now."
"If only I'd kept Sadie from bolting." Moses
doesn't answer. "They won't bind us out, will
they?" I ask.
"Hah!" Moses lets out a dry laugh. "They
don't need more servants here. Come see."
I slip out of bed and grip the bedpost to steady
myself. Moses pulls back the curtain to show me
a pasture sprinkled with white sheep. Two bay
horses canter across a paddock. "It's beauti-
ful," I say. "Can we stay forever?"
"Don't be foolish." He points in the other
direction. "Look."


I hold onto his shoulder. A jumble of rough
cabins surrounds a brick barn. Smoke trails
from their chimneys. Beyond the cabins, black
men and women bend over rows of cotton
blooming in dark soil.
"Slaves," I whisper. An icy chill slides down
Smy spine. "Emmy's a slave?"
Moses nods. "There are one hundred slaves
here, all serving the Widow Hopkins. You still
want to stay?"
"Of course not." My eyes burn, holding back
tears. "I didn't know. I'm glad we didn't bring
George with us."
Moses nods. "At least he'll be free when he's
grown. Papa always told me slavery was evil.
Jess, but I didn't understand. Not until now."
(Continued on Tuesday)
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Illustrations copyright 2007 C. B. Mordan
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2007, PAGE 11


L*OCANWI


Port Authority Election court shown residences outside Pinewood


FROM page one

S. engaged in a legal battle over
ownership.
Sir Jack has laid claim to 75
per cent of lhe Port Authori-
tv's shares. I lo\\Ce\er Senior
Justice Anita Allen rulad
recently that Sir Jack is only a
50 per cent owner and not a 75
per cent owner as he claimed.
Sir Jack has since filed an
appeal in the matter, as d
other Port affiliated compa-
nies, signalling that the battle
is far from over.


Junkanoo

FROM page one

phers to cover each of this
year's parades.
The ministry intended to
charge a further $300 if those
media representatives wanted
to enter the parade route,
potentially bringing the total
cost for some media houses to
provide co\ erage of what some
would term the nation's greatest
cultural event to over $3,000
should the organisation require
three passes and wish to cover
all three events.
Paco Nunez. Tribune nevs
editor said the decision was
"ridiculous" and likened the
proposal to asking media organ-
isations to "buy tickets to attend
parliament."
Wendell Jones, CEO of Jones
Communication Network, said
that the announcement was the
"most foolish" he had heard
from a government ministry in
his 35 years in journalism.
He said the minister, the per-
manent secretary "and all of
them ought to be condemned"
for such "small-mindedness."
The issue drew further ire
yesterday when a discrepancy
was revealed between the
responses of Mr Maynard and
Eddie Dames, Assistant Direc-
tor of Culture, as to what the
money collected would be used
for. While Mr Maynard had
stated it would "cover costs"
alone, Mr Dames was quoted
in the Bahamas Journal saying
the money would go towards
"the enhancement of the
junkanoo parades."
However, in light of the medi-
a's outcry this will now no
longer be an issue.
Tribune photographer Felpe
Major yesterday agreed that
there is a problem with photog-
raphers overcrowding the
parade route, but pointed out
that many who may be gettAg
in the way of those rushing, or
ticketholders, are unaffiliated
photographers.
"When you go out there you
- see all these people wearing
vests that say 'media' on the
back so people are thinking
that's The Tribune, that's the
Guardian...they should putall
those photographers that are
not with a certain newspaper'in
a particular area and not have
them roaming around," he said.
Taking unaffiliated photpg-
raphers out of the equation
there would be only four pho-
tographers with The Tri-
bune, the Guardian, t-he
Bahama Journal and BIS.--
and several other persons film-
ing, pointed out Mr Major.
The original release from the
ministry suggested that one of
the reasons for charging media
organizations to cover the event
was to "reduce the number of
persons on the parade route."
Mr Major said that to this end
; the ministry could reasonably
consider cutting down on the
number of unaffiliated persons
in some way to address this con-
cern.
There was good news for
j members of the public wishing
to attend junkanoo yesterday
as it was announced that "pur-
suant to the commitment made
in the 2007 'Trust Agenda'"
tickets for Junkanoo seats will
be priced at 2001 levels, ranging
from $10 to $50.


FROM page one

Village, before showing the
court the location of the resi-
dence.
Previous to this testimony,
Annamarie Missick the
neighbour who testified before
Mr Daxson, had difficulty


locating her residence on the
court map. Ms Missick
acknowledged that she and
her daughter who is also a
challenged voter lived in the
same residence.
Mr Daxson was one of the
final witnesses for the PLP,
whose case did not end yes-
terday. Several witnesses


'


remain for Mr Davis who is
now expected to rest Allyson
Maynard-Gibson's case on
Monday.
Among these witnesses will
be Parliamentary Registrar
Errol Bethel, who attended
court yesterday, but was
released until Monday.
Carrie Collins, director of
customer care at Cable
Bahamas, also testified during
the proceedings regarding the
records of her company,
requested by Mr Davis.
In the case of Nikeya
Cleare, Ms Collins said that
an account existed in her name
from August 2003 at Armbris-
ter Street in the Fox Hill
area which was then trans-
ferred to Misty Gardens in
November 2006.


After evaluating the names
of six persons on the PLP list,
FNM lawyer Michael Barnett
asked Ms Collins if there was
any requirement that cus-
tomers live at residences in
which service is given under
their names, to which she said
"no"
Kevin Basden also gave
brief testimony explaining the
BEC records he presented to
the court.
However, Mr Davis
reserved further questions for
the general manager of BEC,
pending the receipt of addi-
tional information from the
corporation.
Senior Justice Anita Allen
asked Mr Davis if it were pos-
sible for him to allow one of
his junior counsel to secure


the information. However, Mr
Davis told the court that this is
something he wished to do
personally.
There was controversy
between BEC and Mr Davis
more than a week ago when
the PLP attorney accused the
corporation of being unhelpful
in fulfilling a court subpoena
for information he had
requested.
With the information that
was provided, notes analyzing
who did or did not reside in
Pinewood, were present.
After Mr Basden was sum-
moned to court by Senior Jus-
tice Allen, all the documents
were provided.
Election court resumes on
Monday at 10am.


public servants to be


raised to $10,700'

FROM page one

Bahamas Public Services Union Office in Freeport. Mr Pin-
der said that the union is only awaiting financial approval by
government which will increase the current annual mini-
mum wage for civil servants from $10,200 to $10,700.
He said negotiations are also going well as it relates to the
lump sum payment for those workers at the end of the salary
scale who have received above average performance for two
consecutive years since 2005.
"We have put a mechanism in place where those persons
can receive a lump sum payment equivalent to their incre-
ment," he said.
SMr Pinder reported that the first draft of a Compensation
Study, which seeks to secure better salaries for workers, was
completed by a Canadian group and submitted on November
1 to the government for review by the Minister of Public
Service Zhivargo Laing.
Turning his attention specifically to Freeport, the union
president said workers at the Rand Memorial
Hospital are expected to receive their hazardous risk
allowance this month.
"I have been informed that the Public Hospital Authori-
ty in Nassau has already given instructions for payments to be
made to those persons in the
housekeeping and security departments at the hospital in
Freeport.
"The workers in Nassau have already been properly com-
pensated and we want to advise our members at the
Rand that they should being receiving back payment due to
them on their allowance this month," he said.
Mr Pinder also noted that the union plans to embark on a
housing project in Freeport to assist its members here in
becoming homeowners.
Negotiations are underway with the Grand Bahama Port
.Authority to lease 50 lots in the Heritage Subdivision
* for development, he said.
According to Mr Pinder, the union is presently seeking
funding with the assistance of an investor to put in
the necessary infrastructure for the housing project.
"We are hoping before December of next year to be in a
position to have sometime started as the Port has
given us a limited time in which they expect to have'the 50
Slots developed," he said.
Mr Pinder explained that although a number of members
can afford a home mortgage, they are unable to meet
the down payment and other closing costf-hat are intial-s
ly required.
"We would waiver those in such a way so that persons can
get in at a very low down payment and they will be
renting to own," he said.
He said the houses will range in price from $95,000 to
$135,000.


Knowles retrial
FROM page one

was unable to reach a unani-
mous verdict. This case is sched-
uled as we all have read to be
retried sometime in January.
And the accused will again as
far as we all see, receive a fair
trial by his peers," he said.
Samuel Knowles was extra-
dited from the Bahamas after
US prosecutors indicted hin'on
allegations that he attempted
to import several thousand kilos
of cocaine into the United
States via by go-fast vessels
between 1995 and 1996.
According to the indictment,
Knowles intended to import
and possess cocaine with intent
to distribute the drugs.
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death at his Mounthatten premises until the Thursday
McNeil pleaded not guilty to House residence on Sunday, before the wedding, then
the charge of pro iding employ- November 18. moved to the Park Manor Hotel
ment to prohibited persons and The Dominicans were report- on Market Street. The police
was granted $2,500 bail. His tri- edly employed to cater a wed- had filed no charges against the
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coming home before the end
of this year, and I propose to
appoint retiring Commission-
er Paul Farquharson to
replace him," Mr Ingraham
said.
Initially, it had been report-
ed that the former commis-
sioner would be heading the
Bahamas' mission in Ottawa,
Canada, following his retire-
ment in January, 2008.
Mr Farquharson has spent
more than 40 years in the
police force, holding numer-
ous posts, and serving in all
of them with distinction.
To his colleagues he is well
liked and respected for his
leadership and resolve.
Acting Commissioner Regi-


nald Ferguson will head the
force until a successor is
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ber 21 when Mr Farquharson
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the force.
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always an easy task, but. he e
always tried to be the embod- ?
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In keeping with our company's motto and
mandate of "Keeping Grand Bahama's
Future Bright" the Grand Bahama Power
Company has taken the lead this year in
reinvesting in our company to benefit YOU,
our customers. During the last two years
Grand Bahama Power Company has invested
over $30 Million dollars in significant
improvements for the island.


Grand Bahama's future looks bright with new
investors, major developments planned for
both the West and East ends of the island and
expansions plans in the existing industrial
sector. Our focus will be on expanding our
network to accommodate this projected
growth.


will provide assistance in improving overall power
reliability while making sure Grand Bahama Power
Company implements best practices in its maintenance
programs.

.Marubeni wants to put in place the best infrastructure
possible. With TEPCO's assistance we can access the
best products at affordable prices.


downtime and lower maintenance costs.
Though the system does not cover 100% of our
system,, the company is confident that the Lightening
Avoidance system will effectively reduce the effects of
lightning strikes to the Grand Bahama Power Company,
dramatically.

During and immediately after the hurricanes one of'
our immediate needs was water of sufficient purity
to be used in' our plant. This water is used to produce
steam in our boilers and for cooling purposes on our
diesel generators. To remedy this, we have completed
construction a reverse osmosis plant. This $700,000
investment will produce 50,000 gallons of water daily
and will make us self sufficient for all of our water
requirements in the future.




Improved Re ia itity


System Average In utlon Duration Index
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On August 8, 2007 Marubeni Caribbean Power
Holdings Inc. completed the purchase of the controlling
interest in Grand Bahama Power Company. Marubeni
was founded in 1858, and the company has become
one of Japan's leading enterprises. Marubeni operates
in 74 countries, providing services in energy, power,
chemicals, metals and eight other industrial sectors.

Marubeni is very excited about the opportunities this
: ew investment brings as they see the growth potential
for Grand Bahama. They want to ensure that the
company is well positioned for the future.

To this end the company will be able to leverage its
knowledge and resources in the energy sector to
the advantage of Grand Bahama Power Company.
With extensive holdings and expertise in generation,
Marubeni will review the existing generating assets
and technologies presently in place with a view to
optimizing the efficiency of our plant.


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This expertise has immediately been utilized to
assist the Grand Bahama Power Company's overall
reliability and service to its customers. Marubeni has
a long standing relationship with TEPCO (Tokyo
Electrical Power Company) of Japan. This company


The company has invested substantial sums of money
in the Transmission and Distribution sector expanding
it transmission lines to the eastern end of the island,
performing upgrades of all of our substations and
hardening our system to withstand 150 mph winds as
well as a major equipment replacement program in five
densely populated subdivisions on the island.


Lgtig [ 4111 A~voidarnce


Grand Bahama Power Company has invested over
$1.2 Million dollars in this state of the art Lightening
Avoidance program, completing one of our 2007
goals,
Like most warm weathered countries our summer is the
peak season for lightning and 2007 has been one of the
most intense for summer storms and lightning strikes.
The Grand Bahama Power Company was therefore very
pleased that they had contracted Lightning Eliminators
& Consultants, Inc. (LEC, Inc. Boulder, CO, USA) to
provide lightning protection for its power generation
facility and substations serving the islands' 55,000
residents.
This avoidance system has been put in place to
prevent lightning from striking Grand Bahama Power
Company's critical assets. This should result in less


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this index over the last two years, coinciding with our
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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC)
yesterday said it was looking
to outsource functions and
services to Bahamian entre-
preneurs, and forge better
partnerships with its retail
vendors, after retailers again
complained that the state-
owned telecommunications


carrier was providing unfair,
predatory competition to
them.
Andrew Wilson, the retail
entrepreneur behind Quality
Business Centre (QBC), once
the largest phone card dealer
by volume until he exited the
business a month ago, said cell
phone retailers were unable
to compete with BTC's latest
cellular promotion.
In a three-day promotion


due to end today and which
has already run out of phones
- BTC is offering Bahamians
the chance to purchase a cell
phone for $49.99, and
bundling in with the offer a
free SIM card, which would
normally cost $15, and $5
worth of airtime minutes -
again for free.
Although other cell phone
retailers declined to comment
when contacted by The Tri-
bune, Mr Wilson said they had


to pay for the SIM cards and
minutes that BTC was offer-
ing for free, placing them at
a competitive disadvantage
because as wholesaler and
rival retailer the state-owned
carrier could offer the whole
package much cheaper.
"They constantly claim they
don't have any SIM cards for
the retail market," Mr Wilson
added. "In the meantime,
they're giving them away for
free in order to entice people


into buying their phones, and
we can't. It really puts the
independent retailer at an
unfair competitive disadvan-
tage.
"They're selling the phones
for less than cost, I have no
doubt about that. They are
buying and selling them for
less than they are purchasing
them for, and bundling it with

SEE page two


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor
WITH long-term personal
savings soon projected to
account for 66 per cent of
retirees' income, the fact
that Bahamians' "savings
rates are among the lowest
in the world" is storing up
major social and economic
instability for this country, a
leading financial executive
said yesterday.
Larry Gibson, Colonial
Pensions Services
(Bahamas) vice-president
for pensions, told a
Bahamas Society of Char-
tered Financial Analysts that
this nation's relatively low
home ownership rate and
low National Insurance
Board (NIB) pension pay-
ments, coupled with fact that
just one out of every four
Bahamians participated in a
private pension plan, were
storing up major problems
for Bahamian society as this
nation's population aged.
Global studies had shown
that the proportion of retiree
incomes derived from per-
sonal savings and incomes
would increase from the cur-
rent 36 per cent to around
66 per cent, Mr Gibson said.
At the same time, the
share of retiree income
derived from employer pen-
sion plans would fall from
20 per cent to 14 per cent,
SEE page five


FROM L TO R: Kenra Parris -Whitaker, attorney for Guana Cay; Jacy
Whitaker, attorney for Guana Cay; Troy Albury, president of Save Gua-
na Cay Reef Association; Aubrey Clark, plaintiff with Save Guana Cay
Reef Association; Fred Smith, attorney for Guana Cay


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
OPPONENTS of the $175
million Baker's Bay Golf &
Ocean Club development were
yesterday preparing to appeal
the Supreme Court's refusal to
issue an order forcing the devel-
opers to stop work on the pro-
ject until February 1, 2008, the
date when their injunction
application will be heard.
SFred Smith, attorney and
partner in Callender's & Co,
who is representing the Asso-
ciation, said Supreme Court
Justice Estelle Gray-Evans had
declined its application for a
"conservatory order" to halt
work at Baker's Bay, but had
given it permission to appeal
her verdict.
Mr Smith said the Associa-
tion planned to appeal the deci-


sion to the Court of Appeal "as
quickly as possible", having suc-
ceeded in its application for the
hearing on Baker's Bay's
attempt to strike out its second
judicial review action and its
own injunction application until
February 1.
"In the meantime. Save Gua-
na Cay applied for the conser-
vatory order to preserve the sta-
tus quo and stop all work until
February 1, which is the date
set to hear [the Government
and the developers] strike-out
application and the injunction
application," Mr Smith said.
"Save Guana Cay also invited
the developers to give an under-
taking not to proceed" with any
work, but they declined to do
so. The Judge also declined to
issue the "conservatory order".
SEE page seven


Merger set to double


enlarged bank's size


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
CREDIT AGRICOLE (Suisse) yesterday said
it planned to merge its Bahamian subsidiary's
operations with those of National Bank of Cana-
da (International) by the end of June 2008. cre-
ating an institution "more than double" in size
with 25 staff and over $1 billion in client assets
under administration, after it acquired the lat-
ter's entire share capital.
Ivanhoe Sands, managing director of Credit
Agricole (Suisse) Bahamas Ltd, said his parent
company's acquisition of Nassau-based National
Bank of Canada (International), which was signed
yesterday, was intended to close by January 3,
2008. That is the first working day next year.
He explained: "We have the closing on January
3. That is the first working day in the Bahamas,
Canada and Switzerland. We are targeting the
end of June for the final merger, and all the cur-
rent staff from both entities will be retained."
All of National Bank's 16 Bahamas-based staff.
and Credit Agricole (Suisse's) nine-strong work-
force, will be retained following the acquisition
and merger, with the latter set to relocate to the


* Credit Agricole acquires National
Bank of Canada's Bahamas operations
* Institution to have more than $1bn
in client assets, with all 25 staff
retained and based at Goodman's Bay

Canadian bank's headquarters at the Goodman's
Bay Corporate Centre.
Until that time, Mr Sands said the two institu-
tions will run "parallel systems", with the enlarged
entity "going to be more than double in size" to
Credit Agricole (Suisse) Bahamas current oper-
ation.
Explaining the rationale behind the purchase,
the price for which was not disclosed, Mr Sands
said: "We have an interest in expanding our activ-
ities in the Bahamas, and are very keen to expand
through the purchase of businesses. The synergies
on both sides were very good."
Both National Bank and Credit Agricole

SEE page four
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Baker's Bay's overall


monthly payroll $ 1m

Crown, Treasury leases signed

by Ingraham government


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE $175 million Baker's
Bay Golf & Ocean Club is
spending $600,000 per month
on wages, salaries and bene-
fits, one of its directors has
revealed, with a further
$400,000 in payroll pumped
into the Bahamian economy
through the 10-15 contractors
and sub-contractors hired for
the project.
An affidavit sworn by Joey
Arenson, a principal in the
Baker's Bay developer, Ari-
zona-based Discovery Land
Company, in support of their
application to strike out the
leave granted for the project's
opponents to bring a second
judicial review application,
said: "Over $200 million has
thus far been invested in the
project, and we are responsi-
ble for the employment of
approximately 300 Bahamians
as of week ending November
23.
"The project is spending
approximately $600,000 in
monthly wages, salaries and
benefits. On a monthly (aver-
age) basis, some 10-15 con-
tractors and sub-contractors
are involved in construction
and development activities at
Baker's Bay.
"These entities employ
approximately 150 Bahamians
with monthly payrolls of
approximately $400,000.


Numerous (approximately
100) local businesses in and
around the town of Marsh
Harbour provide materials
and services to the develop-
ment."
Attached to Mr Arenson's
affidavit were copies of the
two Treasury land leases and
three Crown land leases that
were signed between the
developers and the Govern-
ment for real estate many con-
sider vital to the project.
The leases were all con-
cluded under the Ingraham-
led FNM administration
between the dates of July 6
and August 9, 2007, this year,
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Fidelity trader

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AN ASSISTANT securities trader at
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BTC cell promotion



raises 'unfair



competition' fears


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services they are forcing other
vendors to pay for.
"They are throwing in free
SIM cards and free minutes,
and that is something we
retailers cannot do. We retail-
ers have to buy the minutes
and SIM cards from them."
As a result of the free SIM
card and minutes, which col-
lectively cost $20, Mr Wilson
said BTC was effectively sell-
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retailers could charge to main-
tain their profit margins.
Mr Wilson added: "BTC is
competing against small busi-
nesses in the retail market and
utilising their monopoly pow-
er, backed by the Treasury.
"It's really ridiculous what
they're doing, and there is
nothing anyone can do about
it because they are the only
cell phone company in town.
"It really speaks to the need
for the Government to pro-
ceed with privatising BTC, or


introduce competition into the
market."
In response, Marlon John-
son, BTC's vice-president of
sales, marketing and business
development, said the promo-
tion was designed in response
to market demand from a seg-
ment of the Bahamian popu-
lation that wanted to own a
cell phone, but found existing
prices cost prohibitive.
These people included
retirees, low income families
and children, he said.
Mr Johnson said: "One of
the things we are seeking to
do is formalise partnerships
with retailers. We are also
looking at ways to outsource
what we do to the indepen-
dent market."
BTC had already out-
sourced its phone card vend-
ing machines after a tender
process, Mr Johnson said, and
was in the early stages of
researching how it could cre-
ate third-party distribution
relationships with retailers for
its products and services, an
initiative set to gather pace in
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'Allow permanent


residents to gamble?'


Minister: the Bahamas must

decide whether to bring gaming

: laws 'into the 21st century'


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas must
decide whether to bring its
casino gaming industry "into
the 21st century", the minis-
ter responsible for the sec-
tor said yesterday, asking
openly whether this nation
should allow its estimated
10,000 permanent residents
to gamble in Bahamian casi-
nos.
Addressing the opening of
a one-day Gaming Board
seminar, Branville McCart-
S ney, minister of state for
tourism ahd aviation, said a
strong case could be made
that Bahamian gaming laws
were "archaic", and that they
needed to be updated and
accompanied by "progressive
policies".
Pointing out that the
Bahamas lacked legislation
to regulate Internet casinos
and gambling, despite "the
proliferation of gaming on-
S line", Mr McCartney pointed
to the "more progressive
approach" taken by other
Caribbean jurisdictions.
Citing the example of the
Turks & Caicos, Mr McCart-
ney said that country allowed
residents who earned $75,000
or more per annum to play in
the casinos, while bars had
one or two legal slot
machines.
Elsewhere, regional rivals
such as Puerto Rico and
Curacao had institutionalized
'local night' where residents
were allowed to gamble.
Yet Mr.McCartney said:
"Whenever the question of
the expansion of gaming
comes up in the Bahamas, as
Sit does from time to time,
S decisive action-is.effectively
forestalled by a strong lob-
by from the religious com-
munity.
"The question of the intro-
duction of a national lottery
appears to have been still-
born. However, as an indus-
try if gaming does not move
forward the only other
choice is to stagnate and
die."
The minister said a dia-
logue involving the Bahami-
an people and gaming indus-
try representatives was need-
ed to determine how this
nation took the sector for-
ward, what it wanted to gain
from the industry, and how it
should be modernised.

Permits

"Should we, for instance,
continue to ban foreigners
who qualify for permanent
residency permits without
the right to work because
they purchased a home or
condominium of a certain
price from gaming because
they are regarded as ordi-
narily resident in The
Bahamas?" Mr McCartney
asked.
"These are people who
have sufficient funds to
S afford to purchase upscale
Properties in the Bahamas
and elsewhere, and who
reside here without need of
employment, as they derive
their income from offshore.
There are an estimated
10,000 persons holding Per-
manent Residence status in
the Bahamas.
"This is a growing market
for local casino operators in
places like Exuma, New
Providence and Abaco that
we are not taking advantage
of in the Bahamas."
Casino gambling has long
been a lucrative revenue
source for the Bahamas, with
casino taxes forecast to reach
$28.5 million in the 2007-
2008 fiscal year, a $1.5 mil-
lion increase on the previous
year's estimate of $27 mil-
lion.
For 2004-2005 and 2005-
2006, casino tax revenues
were forecast to have been
$25.175 million and $11.084
million respectively, years
that were impacted by the
Royal Oasis closure.
Mr McCartney said yester-
day the Royal Oasis re-open-
ing and potential takeover of


Baha Mar's Cable Beach
casino operations by Har-
rah's Entertainment provid-
ed an opportunity to reform
the Bahamian gaming indus-
try.
Competition, he added,
was increasing, with 48 US
states now offering legalised
gambling, in addition to a
host of Caribbean states.
And, ironically, most gam-
ing regulators in the
Caribbean were trained at
the Gaming Board's office in
Nassau.

Laws

Mr McCartney said no
major changes had been
made to the Bahamas' gam-
ing laws since 1977, when the
Hotel Corporation of
the Bahamas was created to
take control of all casino
licences.
He added: "The time has
come, in my view, to formu-
late more progressive poli-
cies for the promotion of
gaming in the Bahamas, and
to review and update our
gaming laws in order to keep
abreast of technological
changes in the industry.
"In the early 1970s the
largest jackpot was 150 coins
bn the quarter slot machine,
which was worth about
$37.50.
"Today you can win mil-
lions of dollars on the
slots.
"Clearly, new legislation is
needed to keep abreast of
ever changing automation
and new technology in gam-
ing."


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* Coordinating all fundraising activities
* Act as liaison officer between the National Society and the
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* Promote partnerships with other national NGOs
* Build the volunteer capacity of the National Society
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operation since 1979, would be
better served through selling it
to a larger entity focused on the
sector.
"We decided during the
course of the year that maybe
the best thing was to divest and
sell it to a larger group with
bases in various centres," Mr
Laflamme said.
"We've a very large bank, but
when you have just one offshore
unit, the income generated was
not enough to justify the pres-
ence.
"All the employees, who are
mostly Bahamian, will benefit
from the transaction. Many of
them have been with us for a
long time, and are very hard-
working.
"It's really a win-win situa-
tion for us and Credit Agricole
as well."
Mr Laflamme added that sev-
eral approaches were received,
but the offer from Credit Agri-
cole the third largest financial
services group in Europe, and
the largest in France proved
the best.
He said: "This decision result-
ed from an ongoing reassess-


ment of the bank's business
objectives in some of its mar-
kets. We are proud to have con-
cluded this agreement with
Credit Agricole (Suisse) SA, a
firm known in Switzerland and
around the world for its private
banking expertise.
"We firmly believe that
Credit Agricole's, commitment
to quality service, reflected,
among other things, in its deci-
sion to maintain thie current
staff, will guarantee that clients
continue to receive the kind of
service they have been
promised."
"This acquisition fits perfect-
ly with the global strategy we
have been pursuing over the last
number of years to develop our
private banking business," said
Christophe Gancel of Cr6dit
Agricole (Suisse) SA.
"It also adds to and enhances
our product and service line and.
enables us to meet our clients'- .
needs directly. The transaction
strengthens our presence in the
Bahamas, which is a major base -
for our private banking opera-
tions and a place where we have
been active since 2001."


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Must be between 18 and 25 years

Have a minimum of five (5) BJC's including Maths, English Language and General
Science with grades of "C"-or better or

Any other equivalent technical certification or relevant training diploma

Persons recruited from the Family Islands should be a resident of that island. Once
the formal training has been completed, Apprentices will return to their respective
island.

Application forms can be collected from the Bahamas Electricity Corporation's
Head Office located at Blue Hill and Tucker Roads, Nassau, Bahamas. Family
Island applicants can also collect application forms from the local B. E. C offices.
Applications should be returned duly completed with all of the supporting
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Nassau, Bahamas on or before: Friday. December 14. 2007.


FROM page one

(Suisse) Bahamas are focused
on private banking, trusts and
private wealth management,
with Mr Sands adding that both
sides had products that they
could offer to benefit the other.
While the acquisition and
merger are awaiting all
approvals from the Government
and Central Bank, Mr Sands
said: "We have kept them well
abreast of the situation, and
don't anticipate any delays
there. Both sides have kept
them very much in touch."
Meanwhile, Eric Laflamme,
National Bank of Canada
(International's) chairman, said
the Nassau-based subsidiary had
been its only international pri-
vate banking operation, and as
it had become a non-core focus,
the parent the sixth largest in
Canada had decided to dis-
pose of it.
With no plans to expand
international private wealth
management activities, Mr
Laflamme said the bank decid-
ed that both staff and customers'
of the unit, which has been in


THE TRIBUNE




Merger set to double



enlarged bank's size


I







FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2007, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


Retirement woes from savings



rate 'among lowest in the world'


FROM page one

while the public sector social
Security systems' share would
S fall from 44 per cent to 20 per
cent.
The Bahamas was not well-
placed to meet these trends and
challenges, Mr Gibson indicat-
ed, given that its main social
security system the National
Insurance Board (NIB) was
forecast to be effectively bank-
rupt by 2029, its $1.3 billion
reserve fund totally depleted
without reform.
He pointed out that the max-
imum monthly NIB pension
cheque of $270 was nowhere
near enough for most pension-
ers to maintain the same
lifestyle and living standards
they enjoyed while working.
Mr Gibson said those attend-
ing the Bahamas Society of
Chartered Financial Analysts
luncheon probably represent-
ed about 1 per cent of this
nation's population when it
came to retirement planning
and long-term savings.
He added that apart from the
low private pension plan par-
ticipation rate and savings rates,
Bahamians were also burdened
by debt accumulated to fund
their present lifestyle.
"The other thing is that in
the Bahamas we still have a rel-
atively low, ,ate of home own-
ership, so-many people will be
,renting in.retirement," Mr Gib-
son said. "If there's one piece of
advice I give, make sure you
don't rent in retirement. That's
not smart."
He added that pensions
needed to be made "a front
burner issue", so that the par-
ticipation rate for private pen-
sion plans was increased and
Bahamians understood they
had a responsibility to ade-
quately prepare themselves for
retirement.
Reiterating calls he and oth-
S ers had made for the Govern-
S ment to introduce legislation
making private pension plans
mandatory; Mr Gibson said
*.a :~


that while this would not be "a
cure all", it would encourage
greater long-term savings and
participation.
"I believe fundamentally
there should be a pensions reg-
ulator; at a minimum there
should be segregation of pen-
sion fund assets; at a minimum
there should be a system of
independent trustees; and at a
minimum there should be stan-
dards for service providers,"
Mr Gibson said of what he
would like to see incorporated
into mandatory pensions legis-
lation.
"I believe vesting periods
should be reduced significantly,
but there should be lock-in pro-
visions. They should be
portable, with pensions carried
from employer to employer."
Many public sector social
security systems, such as NIB's,
faced funding challenges, Mr
Gibson added. Those that were
not funded or underfunded cre-
ated problems in three ways:
providing smaller payments for
retirees; forcing current work-
ers to pay higher contribution


rates; and "your kids are going
to be taxed to the hilt to sup-
port these broken systems".
When it came to reforming
NIB, Mr Gibson questioned
whether the Bahamas had "the
political will to make deci-
sions", while civil society had
not developed to the point
where more than a few people
were engaged and thinking
about what to do with NIB in
the long-term.
Mr Gibson said NIB reforms
were likely to involve four basic
moves; a reduction in benefits
paid by the scheme; an increase
in the $400 per week insurable
wage ceiling upwards; an
increase in the contribution
rate; and an increase in the
number of mandatory contri-
butions required before per-
sons became eligible for NIB's
benefits from the current three
years to something like five-
seven years.
Anthony Ferguson, CFAL's
president, felt reforms to NIB
would have to be more drastic,
with contribution rates need-
ing to increase to 20-25 per cent


of Bahamian worker incomes
within the next 10-15 years.
In addition, Mr Gibson
pointed out that the defined
benefit schemes operated by
many government corporations
had "gaping holes" in their
funding or were underfunded.
The Government's pension
scheme was operated as a pay-
as-you-go system, where pen-
sions were paid out of tax con-
tributions. Yet with 70 per cent
of the Budget going on fixed
costs, Mr Gibson said the Gov-
ernment had no room to
increase the proportion allo-
cated to social security.


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NOTICE
REALTIME HOLDINGS, INC.
In Voluntary Liquidation

LIQUIDATOR'S STATEMENT
PURSUANT TO SECTION 137 (8) OF THE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT 2000


I, Eligio Rodriguez, Liquidator of Realtime Holdings, Inc.
hereby certify that the winding up and dissolution of Realtime
Holdings, Inc. has been Completed in accordance with Articles
of Dissolution.


Dated under my hand and the seal of the Compay this 27th
day of November, 2007.


Eligio Rodriguez
Liquidator


IKE PROCLAMATION
Hon. Brent Symonette

WHEREAS, there are many persons in our society with various kinds of
physical disabilities who are capable of making significant contributions to the
development of our economy and they participate in community activities in
meaningful ways;


AND WHEREAS, persons with disabilities deserve the same
opportunities as other members of society, notwithstanding that they might
require specialprovisions to assist them in reaching their potential as
productive citizens;


AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas National Council for Disability has been
instrumental in bringing together a number of non-governmental organizations
and persons with disabilities to advocate for the rights of disabled persons;


AND WHEREAS, these various organizations have contributed
significantly in assisting the plight of disabled persons;


AND WHEREAS, The Bahamas National Council for Disability, along
with several other organizations representing disabled persons, has organized a
week of educational and social activities under the theme "Enabling Full
Participation Through Effective Legislation" for the disabled in our
community;


NOW THEREFORE, I, T. Brent Symonette, Acting Prime Minister of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, do hereby proclaim the period beginning
Wednesday, 28th November, 2007, and ending Tuesday, 4th December, 2007, as
"Disability Awareness Week".
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I
have hereunto set my Hand
and Seal this 27th day of
November, 2007.




T. Brnt Symonette
ACTING PRIME MINISTER


BUSINESS


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FROM page one

something that may come
as a surprise to observers,
who will wonder why the
former Christie adminis-
tration did not close these
deals after it signed the


Heads of
Baker's Ba
One T
allows one
holding cot
py eight a
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paying a r
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Agreement for The other Treasury lease
y in March 2005. is for a six acre parcel of
reasurv lease land and 40 years in dura-
of Baker's Bay's tion, the annual rent being
mpanies to occu- $75,0o00 for the first 20
cres from Janu- years and subject to revi-
7, for six years, sion for the final 20 years.
ent of $100,000 On the Crown Land side,
one 15-acre parcel was
leased to Baker's Bay for
a three-year period from
January 1. 2007. for an


Legal Notice
NOTICE


THE PRIME MONAYU COMPANY LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, THE PRIME MONAYU COMPANY LTD.
is in dissolution as of November 28,2007'. "

International Liquidator Services Inc. Situated at 35A
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Liquidator.


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Contact
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P.O. Box N-3242
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 393 3772
E-mail: recruitment@butterfieldbank.bs
www.butterfieldbank.bs ,


annual rent of $187,500.
Another Crown Land
lease, to the holding com-


s overall


ayroll


pany for the Baker's Bay
marina, is for a 40-year
term and involves yearly
rental payments of $64,751.
The final Crown land
lease involves a 65-acre
parcel that will be leased
for 40-years in return for
an annual licence payment
of just $10. That fee
appears extraordinarily
low, but is likely to be
because this land will be
used by the Baker's Bay
Foundation for the nature


FML Group of Companies Ltd.
is seeking to employ an

Administrative Assistant
for it human resources department.


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excellent written and communication skills.
Human resources experience a plus.


Interested persons may fax their resumes
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preserve, which will be
accessible to the public.
In his affidavit, Mr Aren-
son said the Baker's Bay
developers had "complied
with all Bahamian laws and
regulations", with work
"well underway" on the
project's marina, golf
course, infrastructure, nine
out of 11 miles of roads,
utilities and community
facilities.
"No government agency
or public authority has sug-
gested that the developers
were carrying out any act
in breach of the laws of the
Bahamas. The developers
are duly authorised to
occupy the Crown Land
and the Treasury Land,"
Mr Arenson said.
They had also obtained
permits from the Govern-
ment and Hope Town Dis-
trict Council for a great
house; dry dock; reverse
osmosis plant and water
storage tank; wastewater
treatment plant; two town-
houses; five residential
houses; a restaurant,
retail/flats and boat house.
Applications had also
been submitted to the
Hope Town District Coun-
cil for seven boat houses
and two townhouses.
Mr Arenson said that
dredging and excavation of
the marina was expected to
be completed by February


$1m


2008, with the marina chan-
nel jetties and flushing
channel excavation com-
plete. Overall marina con-
struction was scheduled to
finish by November 2008.
Mr Arenson added that
the golf course plan' had
been altered to reduce
clearing by an extra 15
acres, with the first nine
holes now under construc-
tion.
The water well installa-
tion was complete, along
with the 890,000 gallons
water storage tank.
Responding to the judi-
cial review application by
the Save Guana Cay Reef
Association, which is chal-
lenging permits and
approvals issued to the
developers, their attorneys
Graham, Thompson & Co,
said: "Certainty as to the
validity of permits issued
by central and local gov-
ernment agencies to a real
estate development such as
Baker's Bay is essential.
Thus, as in the context of
the regulation of financial
markets, it is equally
important for an applicant
seeking to challenge a per-
mit granted in respect of a
real estate development to
act with the utmost promp-
titude.
"In this case, it is clear
the applicants have failed
to act promptly."


FILM NETWORK INC.
(Company number 124,999 B)



An International Business Company

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the voluntary winding-up and
dissolution of the Company commenced on the 27th day of November,
2007 and that Pine Limited of Devonshire House, Queen Street, P.O.
Box N-8176 Nassau, Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator.

Dated this 27th day of November, 2007


Pine Limited
Liquidator



NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)

BRISBANE REAL ESTATE INC.
IBC NO.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 (2)
(a) of the International Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000,
BRISBANE REAL ESTATE INC is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the BRISBANE REAL ESTATE
INC is required on or before the 17th day of December to send their
name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the liquidator
of the Company, or in default thereof they may be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such claim is approved.

Redcorn Consultants Limited, of 2nd Floor Ansbacher House,
Shirley and East Streets North, is the Liquidator of BRISBANE REAL
ESTATE INC.


Legal Notice


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

TERCEL EQUITIES LTD.
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
TERCEL EQUITIES LTD. is in Dissolution."
The date of commencement of dissolution is the 29th day of

LUIS PINEYRUAPITTALUGA
Ruta 8, Km. 17.500
Zonamerica, Local 115A
CP 91.600
Republica Oriental del Uruguay
Liquidator



Legal Notice


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

RTV AGENCY LTD.
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
RTV AGENCY LTD. is in Dissolution."
The date of commencement of dissolution is the 6th day of
November, 2007

ALEXANDER STOROZHEV
Krylatskie Kholmy 47-49
Moscow, Russia
Liquidator


Legal Notice
NOTICE

BIRCH BAY LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) BIRCH BAY LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 27th November, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Michael Low
of c, o 1 Raffles Link #05-02, Singapore 039393

Dated this 29th day of November, A.D. 2007


Michael Low
Liquidator


Legal Notice
NOTICE

SEACREST LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GLVEN as follows:
(a) SEACREST LIMITED. is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 27th November, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Michael Low
of co 1 Raffles Link #05-02, Singapore 039393

Dated this 29th day of November, A.D. 2007


Michael Low
Liquidator



Carlstone Opportunities Fund Ltd.
(Company number 150,123 B)
An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000
the following notices are hereby given:-

1. That the voluntary winding-up and dissolution of the Company
commenced on the 27th day of November, 2007
2. That Vanessa Z. Coleby and Carla A.'T Roach both of Devonshire House,
Queen Street, P.O. Box N-8176 Nassau, Bahamas have been appointed
Liquidators
3. That all persons having any outstailding claims against the above-named
Company are required on or before the 10th day of December, 2007 to
send their names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to
the Liquidators of the Company or, in defaul thereofl. they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distributions made blefoe such debts are
proved.
Dated this 27th day of November. 2007
Vanessa Z. Colcby/Carla AT'. Roach
Liquidators


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2007, PAGE 7B


THE TRIBUNE


FROM page one


Meanwhile, Mr Smith said
the Hope Town District Coun-
cil had deferred 16 building per-
mit applications by Baker's Bay.
In their arguments to set
aside the leave previously grant-
ed to the Association, allowing
S" it to apply for a second judicial
review challenge to the project,
Baker's Bay's attorneys, Gra-
ham Thompson & Co,
described it as "another vexa-
tious attempt to derail" the pro-
ject.
Baker's Bay's developers,
Arizona-based Discovery Land
Company, are alleging that that
the judicial review application
should be dismissed because it
was made "more than six


Baker's Bay

opponents to appeal

'stop work' verdict


months" after the permits it is
attempting to challenge were
approved and granted to the
developers.
They are also alleging that
the judicial review application
was made :'more than three
months after the date" that the
Association "acknowledged
they had actual knowledge of
the grant of the permits".
It alleged that the application
for injunctive relief was "anoth-


er ill-founded attempt" to block
the project, arguing that nothing
had changed since the Court of
Appeal refused to grant injunc-
tive relief some six months ago
in relation to the first judicial
review.
"Moreover, the applicants are
not entitled to conduct a fishing
expedition for permits and
approvals granted by central
and local government agencies,"
Baker's Bay's attorneys argued.


GRAHAM THOMPSON & Co.


COUNSEL & ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW *NOTARIES PUBLIC


is pleased to announce that




Cheryl T.




Whyms

has been made a Partner in the Firm.


Nassau Chambers
Sassoon House
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue
P.O.Box N-272
Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 322-4130
Fax: (242) 328-1069


Freeport Chambers
The First Commercial Centre
3rd Floor, Suite 9
P.O.Box F-42451
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 351-7474
Fax: (242) 351-7752


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investment with the flexibility of a short term deposit.


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is seeking the services of:

Managing Director, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd.

With over 55,000 employees in over 50 countries, Scotiabank places great
importance on recognizing and rewarding strong performance. We offer room
for advancement, a stimulating work environment and the resources to help
you make the most of your career. Together, we continue to make Scotiabank
a great place to work.

POSITION SUMMARY:
Reporting to the Senior Vice-President Caribbean, as well as to a Board of
Directors, the Managing Director is directly responsible for the profitable
development and maintenance of the commercial and retail banking business
of an assigned group of branches/units, and the maximization of profits. To
do this, the incumbent researches the market and develops strategic objectives
and tactics, ensures the readiness of his or her people, and executes those
tactics.
The incumbent is also responsible for the quality of the retail and commercial
asset and liability portfolios, ensuring adequate controls and procedures are in
place to safeguard the Bank from loss. He or she is also responsible for
providing strong support for the growth of ancillary businesses such as Wealth
Management. The incumbent has responsibility for planning, organization,
and staffing in the assigned group of branches/units, and is the prime provider
of direction, coaching, advice and other support to the Unit Heads. The
incumbent relates closely with government officials and agencies and regulatory
bodies, and is the Bank's ambassador in The Bahamas.
Qualifications:
* MBA or work experience equivalent required
* Experience in a senior role within a large financial institution is an asset
* Proven experience managing people in particular, senior level direct reports.
* Excellent and proven negotiation and conflict resolution skills are essential.
* Ability to learn quickly, adapt to an ever changing environment and adapt to
ever changing priorities are essential.
OTHER INFORMATION:
* Frequent travel to the Family Islands & internationally.
* Spanish Language is a bonus in an organization that is expanding rapidly in
Spanish-speaking countries.
The Scotiabank Group is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes
applications from all interested parties. We thank you for your interest, however,
only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Qualified candidates only should submit application in writing, marked Private
and Confidential, by Friday, December 07, 2007 to: Sr. Manager, Human
Resources, Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd., Main Branch, P.O. Box N-7518,
Nassau, Bahamas .or e-mail: scotiabank.bs@scotiabank.com


I Bank of The Bahamas
INTERNATIONAL

GOVERNMENT GUARANTEED ADVANCED
EDUCATION LOAN SCHEME


In collaboration with The Education Guaranteed Fund Loan
program of the Ministry of Education, the Bank of the Bahamas
Limited is pleased that to advise that the cheque disbursement for ALL
Students in the Loan Program will take place at Holy Trinity Activity
Centre, Stapledon Gardens, beginning December 3rd to December
7th, 2007from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. as follows:

NEW AND RETURNING STUDENT


A-Clarke Monday, December 3, 2007
AClare G Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Cleare G Tuesday, December 4,,2007
H-McKin Wednesday, December 5, 2007
McPhee-R Thursday, December 6, 2007
S-Z Friday, December 7, 2007


TIME: 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
Place: Holy Trinity Activity Centre
Stapledon Gardens

Returning Students and/or Guarantors should be present and must bring
relevant identification (valid Passport and National Insurance Card).

New Students and Guarantors should be present and bring relevant
identification, (valid Passport, valid Marriage Certificate (where relevant),
National Insurance Card, Current job letter and copy of a utility bill).

All accounts must be current and all necessary documentation completed
before cheques are released.


NO DISBURSEMENT WILL BE MADE AT THE BANK
(Without a penalty)


BUINS


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

NOTICE

THE QUIETING TITLE ACT, 1959
(Chapter 393)

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

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

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

Copies of the filed'f s .may be inspected during
normal office hours at?.- S .

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

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

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


SNEW YORK
Associated Press
WALL STREET extended its
rally with modest gains in the
major indexes following two days
of sharp advances, despite eco-
nomic readings that painted a
mixed picture of the economy.
Though the indexes rose, declin-
ing issues narrowly outpaced
advancers on the New York Stock
Exchange.
On Tuesday and Wednesday,
the market posted its biggest two-
day rally in five years. Hopes have
been growing that financial com-
panies may be starting to recover
from the credit crisis and that the
Federal Reserve may lower inter-
est rates to calm the markets.
Wall Street's anticipation of a
rate cut followed comments from
a Fed official Wednesday. Fed
Chairman Ben Bernanke also
hinted in a speech Thursday
evening that another cut may be
needed to bolster the economy.
Oil prices spiked early Thurs-
day then fell back somewhat after
a fire at an Enbridge Energy
pipeline carrying crude from
Canada to the Midwest.
The oil price recovery gave
some strength to energy stocks.


Meanwhile, financial companies,
which had shown gains Wednes-
day, retreated as did retailers fol-
lowing a weak showing by Sears
Holdings Corp.
Aside from a reading on third-
quarter growth, economic news
didn't offer investors much rea-
son to cheer.
"The data's weak, and says to us
that the Fed needs to stay engaged
here," said Phil Orlando, chief
equity market strategist at Feder-
ated Investors.
The Dow Jones industrial aver-
age rose 22.28, or 0.17 percent, to
13,311.73. In the three sessions
since a pullback Monday, the Dow
has jumped 568.29, of 4.5 percent.
Broader stock indicators also
rose. The Standard & Poor's 500
index edged up 0.70, or 0.05 per-
cent, to 1,469.72, and the Nasdaq
composite index rose 5.22, or 0.20
percent, to 2,668.13.
Declining issues outnumbered
advancers by about 9 to 7 on the
New York Stock Exchange, where
consolidated volume came to 3.43
billion shares compared with 4.45
billion traded Wednesday.
For the week, the Dow is up
2.55 percent, while the S&P is up
2.01 percent and the and the Nas-
daq is up 2.75 percent. The pace of


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that" TAMARA GUILLAUME
of 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
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of
NOVEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that AIME LUGENS, MINNIE STREET,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 23RD day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
'and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that DANCINSAN BERCHANT OF
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 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, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, GORDON
FITZGERALD LIGHTBOURN of Nassau,Bahamas,
intend to change my name to G*O*X. If there are
any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.


the gains, however, has been fast
enough that a bit of profit-taking
wouldn't come as a surprise on
Wall Street.
The declines that preceded the
latest surge had been sharp as well,
however. By the end of the day
Monday, the market's major
indexes had fallen more than 10
percent from levels in mid-Octo-
ber meeting the technical defi-
nition of a correction.
Bond prices rose, with the yield
on the benchmark 10-year Trea-
sury note falling to 3.94 percent
from 4.05 percent late Wednes-
day. Bond prices and yields move
in opposite directions. The dollar
rose against other major curren-
cies, while gold prices fell.
Light, sweet crude for January
delivery rose 39 cents to settle at
$91.01 a barrel in choppy trading
on the New York Mercantile
Exchange. The rise in oil helped
energy companies. Exxon Mobil
Corp. rose 67 cents to $88.59,
while ConocoPhillips advanced
$1.10 to $78.82.
Among financial, Merrill
Lynch & Co. fell 38 cents to


$57.41, while Bank of America
Corp. fell 22 cents to $44.63.
Stocks' fluctuations followed the
mixed.economic readings.
The Commerce Department
reported that economic growth in
the third quarter was 4.9percent,
stronger than originally thought,
although analysts are anticipating
a slowdown in the fourth quarter.
U.S. home prices showed a
quarterly decline for the first time
in 13 years in the third quarter,
according to figures from the
Office of Federal Housing Enter-
prise Oversight, which reported a
0.4 percent drop nationwide for
the July-September period.
The economic reports came as
investors awaited clarity on the
Fed's direction on interest rates. In
his speech Thurscay before the
Chamber of Commerce in Char-
lotte, N.C., Bemanke said Fed pol-
icymakers will nee4 to be "excep-
tionally alert and flexible," con-
sidering that the odds have grown
that the country c6uld enter a
recession, and a sharp cutback in
consumer spending cofild send the
economy into a tailspin.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MARVIN GARY DARVILLE OF
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, PO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CHEFILISE JEAN of APPLE
STREET WEST OFF WULFF ROAD, P.O. BOX CR-54802,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister rsposible
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.




PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, Annacene Previl of
Bahama Beach, Deadmans Reef, Grand Bahama intend
to change my child's name from Anderson Romono Lewis
to Roland Romono Pinder. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write
such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box
F-43536, Grand Bahama, no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ELIZEA ALFRED of #144
FAUCETT LANE, P.O.Box F60410, FREEPORT, GRAND
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that RASHAN SEVERE OF SCOTT
STREET, BAIN TOWN, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 23RD day of NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENTTO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that I, CALSEY JAMES
McQUEEN of Freeport, Grand Bahama, intend to
change my name to KELSEY JAMES DORSETT If
there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to
the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date
of publication of this notice.


BISN .s
Prcing Information As Of: C F A L'"
Thursday, 29 November 200 7
m el4axLuarFdo e sT .JoEgsB inehjammestu pwO MORB DATA & m rNr-optMAtitN
Siisp A AZis 4. Pr,4. YI 33;:a I t YTowD % e.1o9
52wk-H. 52hk-Low. Securil y Pei.lous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol EPS S Di. $ P E Yield
1.66 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.59 1.59 0.00 0.094 0.000 16.9 0.00%
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.65 11.65 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.8 3.43%
9.55 7.88 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 2.200 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.188 0.020 4.5 2.35%
3.74 1.65 Bahamas Waste 3.74. 3.74 0.00 0.275 0.090 13.6 2.41%
2.62 1.22 Fidelity Bank 2.61 2.61 0.00 0.058 0.040 45.0 1.53%
12.00 9.81 Cable Bahamas 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.030 0.240 11.7 2.00%
3.15 1.88 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
7.15 4.10 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.95 7.15 0.20 5,000 0.426 0.260 16.8 3.64%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.59 6.25 -0.34 0.129 0.050 51.0 0.76%
2.70 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.26 2.26 0.00 0.284 0.020 8.0 0.88%
6.85 5.70 Famguard 6.70 6.85 0.15 8,000 0.713 0.240 9.6 3.50%
12.80 12.00 Finco 12.75 12.75 0.00 0.768 0.570 16.6 4.47%
14.75 14.14 FirstCaribbean 14.66 14.66 0.00 300 0.934 0.470 15.7 3.21%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 6.04 5.96 -0.08 1.500 0.359 0.133 16.6 2.27%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.74 0.74 0.00 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.00 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.200 17.6 2.76%
10.05 8.52 J. S. Johnson 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.991 0.590 10.1 5.87%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
S. '. .. Fla&lyilteFl tba cturn Setiutle
52w~u-H 52k*.Low Smbol Bid i.d Ar,. S Lal Pi,:6 Weei, \ i EPS 5. D0.. PE Yield
1460 14 25 Bahamas Supermaraelsts 14660 1 60 16l 1 00 1 50 5 14 6 12 .,
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
.... ;'.... ... : ; .. : .. .. ... . ur 3t -Tre i rt. -
4100 0 ABDAB 4100 .-1300 4 00 140 75'' .10 i: 70
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
......- ..;.. . ;"- ; .r:*: L*dwlMLlb=I Mu unds*,
52wk.Hi 52w ,.Low Fund Name NA V YTD-. Lasl 12 .1r.,oi DI. $ leIl .
1 3656 1 3149 Colina Money Market Fund 1 365584'
3.5388 2.9449 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5388"**
2.9382 2.4829 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.938214**
1.2794 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.279370"**
11.8192 11.2596 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.8192"*
5. : .12008 34OO .t A:%
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1000,00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 1 Novvonhor 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 Juno 2007
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week "' 31 October 2007
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths "" 31 July 2007
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Nel Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index, January 1. 1994 = 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
:S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Dato 7/1112007
is


Stocks extend rally



with moderate gains


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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2007, PAGE 9B


THE TRIBUNE
/


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


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


3>.


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Rules:
1. Children aes 10-16 may enter. Judging will be in two
age cateorie: 10 13 years and 14-16 years for a first
and second place winner in each category.
2. Wdtr aessay answering the following subject:
"What does the Foar-Way Test mean to me." Explain
your understand ofthe 4-Way Test as it relates to
your life, expences, and/or society in general.",
Your asay must include the four principles.
3. ThIe body of the essay must not exceed 1,000 words.
Adits may assist the child in fing onrt the entry fonm,
but not tn witng the letter.
4. limit one esay per child. All entries must be received by
the Rotary ChbofEast Nassau before Nov 30, 2007.
5. Only essays acompacid by original entry forms clipped
romthe newspaper will be accepted. Photocopy, fax,
carbon r other copies will not be accepted.
6. One winner will be chosen from each age category. The
decision of the judges Is final,
7. Winner must agree to aphoto presentation which will
be published in the newspaper.
8. Mai essay and completed newspaper clipping to
The Four-Way Test Essay Competition,
Attn: Michele Rssin, The Rotary Club of Bast Nassau,
P.O. Box SS-6320, Nassau, Bahamas

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OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM


Child's Name:


School:
Address:
P.O. Box:
Email Address:
Parent's Namr:
Parent's Signature:
Telephone contact: (H)


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All entries become prtietiy of the Rotary Club Bast a 8Naua and can be used
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8 Reasons for the steps taken hold it
back (7)
9 Silly fade-out to put the ad in (9)
13 Don't remove, though you have
permission to (5)
14 Hold the little (5)
15 Supposes, when one endures
without complaint (5,2)
16 Box for clothes (7)
17 The ball is caught: the foreigner
grabbed it (5)
18 Food index (5)
20 Carrying In the animal that will be
performing (5)
22 Woman involved in strange heartless
liaison (6)
23 Went though the motions of agreeing
with (6)
25 Going one better than is great (7)
27 Hesitated to greet, angry with (7)
30 Having caught In the act,
excoriates (6)
31 Sound an end to war for everyone (6)
32 Something wrong with the
fastening? (5)
35 The insect taps on the tree (5)
36 Thoroughly dependable, I won
acceptance for all round (5)
37 Handicap that does puzzle one? (7)
39 Trendy, highly-strung and having
deep feelings (7)
41 Taking the container, leave after the
game (5)
42 Hint the box, for instance, should be
returned (5)
43 Informing about the separation (9)
44 To be honest, a bad pilot will
skirt it (7)


DOWN
1 Mother having to, first and last,
provide food (6)
2 Gab-of this, that and the other (5,3)
3 Why the man in the street doesn't get
a look in? (3,8)
4 Stick around, mind boggling, for the
game (9)
5 It keeps a room dark and quiet, you
say (7)
6 What it is about swimming a dog
enjoys? (10)
7 Catches putting back the gun (4)
10 In walked the pupil one had
identifledl (6)
11 Soppy girl, nothing's upl (7)
12 An eschewer of drink to the last, be
there (6)
19 What was prescribed for the
exhausted gardener? (3,4)
21 I have only a.,ttle time in
quarantine (7)
24 Let it sink In, but we rescue the
survivors (4,2,5)
26 Helping when the ship's finding the
sea rough? (8,2)
28 For a while complain, but you work
your charm on (9)
29 Be keen to stop in for the gewgaw (7)
30 Not a human jaw (6)
32 Can't not, hammering the point into
and going on and on (8)
33 Said "Shut upl" and said it angrily (6)
34 Says it's a strain to stand up (7)
38 A solitary pupil, young and not
enjoying solitude (6)
40 They won't run offl (4)


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The bidding:
North East South West
Pass Pass 1 V Pass
2 NT Pass 34 Pass
4 4 Pass 4 NT Pass
5 Pass 7
Opening lead five of spades.
This deal occurred in a pairs tour-
nament. At most tables, the final con-
tract was six or seven hearts or
spades, but at several tables the slam
was bid in notrump. Both six hearts
and six notrump went down with
normal defense, due to the unlucky
4-1 heart division.
The optimum contract seven
spades was bid and made at only
one table. Declarer played the hand


very skillfully to bring the grand
slam home.
The deal points up the advantage
of choosing a suit contract rather
than notrump, and also illustrates the
advantage of choosing a 4-4 trump fit
over a 5-3 combination.
South won the trump lead in his
hand and wisely refrained from
drawing trumps, which would have
sunk the slam. Instead, he crossed to
the ace of clubs and ruffed a club. He
then led a trump to the ace and ruffed
another club.
These five plays ran Sduth out of
trumps but left dummy with two and
West with one. A diamond to
dummy's ace, followed by the nine
of spades, enabled South to discard
his diamond loser as West's last
trump was drawn.
South then cashed the A-K-Q of
hearts, ruffed a heart establishing
his last heart as a trick and took
the last two tricks with the king of
diamonds and seven of hearts.
Declarer's 13 tricks consisted of
the four natural trump tricks in the
North hand, two club ruffs in the
South hand, four heart tricks, the A-
K of diamonds and the ace of clubs.
By ruffing dummy's two club losers
early in the play, he wound up scor-
ing six trump tricks instead of the
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9 Type of dynamite (9)
13 Ceremonial acts (5)
14 Rummage (5)
15 Act of retaliation (7)
16 Cinema snack (7)
17 Vision (5)
18 Jewelled
headdress (5)
20 Evidence (5)
22 .Decorates (6)
23 Ludicrous (6)
25 Practical joke (3-4)
27 Bewails (7)
30 Scanty (6)
31 Cautioned (6)


32 Cults (5)
35 Snapshot(5)
36 Forbidden 5)
37 Large tent (7)
39 Swindle (7)
41 Tree sap (5)
42 Foolishly simple (5)
43 Disliked by many (9)
44 Small pools of
water (7)
DOWN
1 Main circus tent (3,3
2 Rocket's launch (5-3
3 Bird of prey (6,5)
4 Cleansing agent (9)
5 Quiver, throb (7)
6 Unavoidable (10)
7 Publin school (4)


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Come into flower (7)
Request forcibly (6)
Of water (7)
Herb type (7)
Wild confusion (11)
Coffee pot
with filter (10)
Vicious person (9)
Sanction (7)
Light motorcycles (6)
Romantic song (8)
Kebab spike (6)
Sports ground (7)
Unified (6)
Locate (4)


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CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

ACROSS: 4, Strlp-E 7, Foot-path 8, EP-ping 10, Emery 13, Seat 14, Reno 15, Sort
16, Bit 17, M-aim 19, Rail 21, Lap record 23, Mini 24, Done 26, Nod 27, Away 29,
Nail 32, Grey 33, Capri (-corn) q The eye 35, Dripping 36, Pretty
DOWN: 1, Off-er 2, (to the) Dozen 3, Spey 4, Sheer 5, R-apt 6, Pen-CIL 9, Patron
11, Meg 12, R-Oman 13, Some day 15, (dear) Sir 16, Bid 18, Apiary 20, Ar-Ena
21, LI-D 22, Coy 23, Mother 25, Air 28, We-edy 30, A-PR-il 31, Lingo 32, Gert
33, Cop-e


EASY SOLUTIONS

ACROSS: 4, Appeal 7, Rudeness 8, Planet 10, Slate 13, Dear 14, Sash 15, Cent
16, Asp 17, Eros 19, Hire 21, President 23, Lees 24, Rise 26, Wet 27, Then 29,
Rose 32, Mead 33, Straw 34, Rapids 35, Thriller 36, Bottle
DOWN: 1, Dross 2, Ideas 3, Once 4, Aspen 5, Pear 6, Averse 9, Lathes 11, Lap 12,
There 13, Desired 15, Cos 16, Art 18, Rested 20, Inert 21, Pet 22, Din 23,
Legato 25, USA 28, Haste 30, Orals 31, Ewers 32, Mist 33, Spin


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Magnus Carlsen v Bu Xiangzhi, Biel
2007. It was an interesting match-
up. Carlsen, 16, is Norway's
wonderboy who is widely tipped as
a future world champion and
whose level of performance at 16
has been equalled only by the two
all-time legends Bobby Fischer and
Garry Kasparov. Bu, 22, is the best
ever player from China where
ambitious officials believe he can
become a title contender.
Moreover, Bu arrived for the annual
Swiss grandmaster event at Biel
having just won the Canadian Open
at Quebec ahead of Nigel Short.
Canny Carlsen went for a small
edge and a marathon endgame,
possibly aiming to exploit Bu's
likelyjetlag after his transatlantic
flight. Sure enough, the Beijing GM
erred in a drawn position but still


FRIDAY,

NOV 30

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
You're feeling wildly eccentic and
could "'wow" everyone with your
antics, Aries. Cool down or you're
bound to alienate those who aren't as
crazy as you.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Some people dream of riches, but you
know better, Taurus. Riches will be a
healthy consequence of your consis-
tent hard work. Singles will meet a
Scorpio or Pisces this week.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
Your opinion deserves to be heard,
but only after you've gone over the
logic several times to make sure it is
sound, Gemini. This will be espe-
cially true at work.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
Luck comes out of networking,
Cancer, and you are the consummate
politician. Go shake some hands and
make new relationships. You never
know when you'll need a friend.
,LEO Jul 23/Aug 23 .
IRegarding that persistent problem,
make a commitment to finish your
project, whether or not you're enjoy-
ing it and regardless of how you feel
it is going. It's time to move'fdrward.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
You have a lot of pizzazz this week,
Virgo, partially because you're mak-
ing it up as you go along. You have a
new attitude and outlook on life.
tnjoy the good fortune.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Instead of bringing too much to the
romance table, let others take the
lead. Enjoy as events will unfold
more slowly, and the anticipation of
what will happen next
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
This week you're putting more
energy behind your choices,
Scorpio. Use the added boost to
tackle projects you've previously
cast aside.
SAGrITARIUS -Nov 23/ec 21
The thing you want most cannot
be bought with money,
Sagittarius. But you can buy the
tools to help you learn how to get
"it." It will be a wise investment.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
You've got a plugged-in feeling,
offering all of the energy in the world.
You can't imagine what is dragging
others down. Pitch in for others who
are straggling behind.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
You want the things that others don't
necessarily desire, Aquarius. It's
what makes you a leader and not a
follower. Continue to march to the.
beat of your own drum.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
'Affection grows where there are
shared goals, Pisces, so think about this
as you examine future relationships.
Security is your focus this week.


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hoped to halve out here as his rook
and bishop seem to contain Carlsen's
pawns. But the Norwegian had seen
further. One move, and Black
resigned. What was the winner, and
why did Black give up?
LEONARD BARREN


Chess:8501:1 f7 Resigns. If Rxe6 2 a7! and one of
the pawns must queen.


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Report: Seminoles

make billions but still

seek govt grants

* FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
Associated Press

THE Seminole Tribe of Florida
has touted publicly that the billions it
makes off gambling has helped it
become self-sufficient, but a news-
paper investigation shows that it is
still pulling in millions of dollars in
federal government grants while
claiming financial limitations.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
in a story published Thursday,
detailed numerous examples of the
tribe claiming financial constraints
when it sought federal help, like
when it asked for thousands of dol-
lars to pay for new officers, an air-
boat and computers for its police
department all of it needed
because its casinos were drawing big-
ger crowds.
The tribe also sent a $123,130 bill
to the Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency after members evacu-
ated to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casi-
no in Hollywood ahead of Hurri-
cane Frances in 2004. Records show -.-
the guests rang up charges for 150
rooms, plus movies, alcohol, valet
parking and expensive meals at the
hotel, which the tribe owns. After
rejecting initial claims, FEMA even-
tually paid $103,864.
In a five-year period ending in
2005. the tribe took in more than
$3.2 billion in revenues while col-
lecting $80 million in government
aid, according to the tribe's annual
audits. The tribe's almost 3,400
members each receive $120,000
annually from its enterprises.
Seminole Tribal Council member -
Max Osceola Jr. defended the grants, -
telling'the Sun-Sentinel that the tribe
is eligible like all other tribes
whether "you have a penny in your
pocket or a dollar in your pocket."
The Seminoles. like most tribes, .
also receive grants based on policies
and treaties established with the fed-
eral government for needs such as
health care and education and a
tribe's financial strength is not con-
sidered.
"The tribes are absolutely deter-
mined that funding for their pro-,
grams by the United States is not
based on their economic position
but is based on a treaty and statuto-
ry and trust responsibilities," said
George Skibine. a deputy assistant
secretary over Indian Affairs at the
U.S. Department of the Interior.
'I'm not going to argue with that. -
but they think there is this obliga-
tion."
And the Seminoles are not
unique. The Miccosukee Tribe of
Indians of Florida. which operates-
a resort and casino west of Miami.
spent $9.4 million in government aid
in 2005. In Connecticut. the Mashan-
tucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the
Mohegan Tribe combined spent $5.9
million in grants that year. as their
Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohe-
gan Sun hotel and casino took in an
estimated $2.3 billion, according to
the Indian Gaming Industry Report.
Tribes are required to report how"
their grants were spent to the feder-
al government. The Seminoles cre-
ated their own department in fiscal
year 2005 to oversee government
grants.
The Seminoles' government
reports show:
That the U.S. Department of
Justice gave the tribe $330.902 in
2005 after the.Seminole Police
Department reported a surge in calls
because of growing crowds at the
Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos in Hol-
lywood and Tampa. The grant paid
for two new officers. 112 laptops and
other computer equipment.
That in 2006. another Justice
.Department grant helped pay for a
$39.000 airboat for the Seminole
police. The tribe cited police "budget
restraints" in its grant application.
That the tribe's Water
Resources Management Depart-
ment received $20.000 from the
Environmental Protection Agency
in 2006 to mark high-water levels on
its reservations. "The tribe has been
working unsuccessfully to identify
resources to fund the development
of this baseline data." the May 12
application said. -
ITh.l during the same month,.
the tribe applied to the Department
of Justice and received $102,144 for
the airboat and four unmarked
police vehicles. plus radios and lap-
tops. The addition of fout child- and
elder-abuse inv\esti e i ,l "r- a'i. aus
ing a strain on the police budge2,"
the tribe said in its application.
--- That this year. when the tribe
completed a $965 million deal lo buy
the Hard Rock International chain
of hotels and cafes. it sought several
grants, including almost $200,000
for the establishment of tribal
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