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Title: The Tribune.
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GOODNESS I'm lovn' It.


Volume: 104 No.12





December 6-13

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and NATARIO McKenzie
Tribune Staff Reporters
A MAN was shot dead in the
early hours of yesterday during
a gun fight at a New Providence
The victim, 28-year-old Dave
Smith, described by police as a
"rasta-type man", was shot in the
chest after he attacked employees
of the Johnson Lounge nightclub
on Carmichael Road.
According to police reports,
Smith was attempting to gain
entrance to the club at around
lam yesterday.

When he was denied entry by
the club's employees, he report-
edly pulled out a firearm and
started firing shots.
A security guard at the
entrance of the Johnson Lounge
in turn produced a shot gun and
returned fire.
Mr Smith was hit in his chest
and fled the club.
He then stumbled into an area
of bushes across the road from
the Johnson Lounge where he
collapsed and died.
He was found there a short
time afterwards.
Emergency medical personnel
SEE page six

THE former administra-
ton was accused of a lapse
in judgment when it appar-
ently extended more than
$170 million outside of the
nation's budget during the
2006/2007 fiscal year.
During a heated morning
session in the House of
Assembly for the supple-
mentary appropriations bill
yesterday, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham provid-
ed Parliament with a list of
public departments that
exceeded the monetary lim-
it established by Parliament
in the 2006/2007 fiscal year.
The prime minister not-
ed that $78 million had been
granted by Parliament for
the Department of Public
Service in the previous fiscal,
year and the former gov-
ernment increased that fig-
ure to $88 million; the
Department of Legal
Affairs was allocated $10.7
million, which was increased
to $13.2 million; the Office
of the Prime Minister, $22.9
million increased to $23.7
million; Ministry of Finance,
$33.8 million increased to
$41.1 million; College of the
Bahamas, $19.9 million
SEE page six

Lawsuit is

reportedly in

works in NIB

Tribune Staff Reporter
A LAWSUIT is reportedly in
the works for attorney Dr Prince
Bonamy and a manager at FIN-
CO as the controversy over the
apparent shake up at the National
Insurance Board continues.
Yesterday, Ambrose Gibson vis-
ited The Tribune to object to what
he claimed was the demonization
of his fiancee, Patricia Simmons.
He promised that as soon as an
explanation is given as to why his
fiancee was sent home on suspen-
sion for 21 days, he will be filing a
lawsuit against the relevant per-
sons who provided information to
NIB's audit department.
Ms Simmons is the woman in
SEE page six



Call for a

'revamp' of


Freeport HQ
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLITICAL tribalism and
"familiar" relationships between
employees are causing major prob-
lems at the Freeport headquarters
of the Ministry of Education, Youth,
Sports and Culture, it was alleged
yesterday, as a call went out for a
"revamp" of the institution.
Furthermore, according to sev-
eral employees at the office, sys-
tematic wastage of public money
and a lack of accountability is rife,
bolstered by close personal affilia-
Yesterday, Minister of Education
Carl Bethel initially said he was
unaware of such claims. However,
he later admitted that human
SEE page six


Harl Taylor's
body discovered
by young off-duty
police officer
A YOUNG off-duty police officer
was the person who discovered Harl
Taylor's body at Mountbatten
House during a visit to the residence.
The Tribune has confirmed.
Mr Taylor was found on Sunday,
November 19th, after being stabbed
several times about the body. Police
reported that they arrived on the
scene at about 9am after "receiving
information." However, the source
of this information was not disclosed
at the time.
The Tribune recently received
confirmation from a source indicate,
ing that the young off-duty ...Ir
alerted authorities.
Chief Supt Glenn Milleir con-
firmed that it was in fact the officer
who had discovered the body. Mr
Miller said "that is not clear at this
point" whether he was a friend of
Mr Taylor's.
"He told us about the body, so he
assisted us at this point. But at this
point, there is no evidence nothing
to suggest that he is a suspect,"
said Mr Miller. "Of course this mat-
ter is not closed. It is pretty much
active, and anybody at any time can
become a suspect in this.*'
Currently, Mr Miller said that
there are no suspects in custody.
SEE page six

Election court
debate over need
for parliamentary
officials to testify
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE PLP did not complete its
election court case yesterday as
expected, with a debate emerging
at the close of the session as to
the need for officials from the par-
liamentary registration department
to testify in the wake of claims of
Parliamentary Registrar Errol
'Bethel and several returning offi-
cers from his office were present at
court throughout the day, but were
not called to the witness stand.
FNM lead counsel Michael Bar-
nctt initially questioned the neces-
sity of the testimony of these offi-
cials when the PLP election court
petition pertains to the ordinary
residence of Pinewood voters for
at least six months before the elec-
However, Philip "Brave' Davis
SEE page six

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Heartbroken girls seek

the return of pet dog
TWO little girls are heartbroken over the disap-
pearance of their pet dog, Bear, from their home in the
Sandilands Village area on Saturday.
And their parents have begged anyone with infor-
mation on the brown and white Jack Russell Terrier to
contact them at 393-8630 weekdays during regular
working hours, or at 364-7218 after 6pm or on the
The girls, ages one and a half and five years, are very
upset and miss Bear terribly, their mother said.
She said it's possible the dog is in the Sandilands Vil-
lage, Yamacraw or Prince Charles area.
"Please, if you have any information on this dog, call
"We will collect him no questions asked! Please
have a heart and help us geet back," the moth-
er pleaded.

Harl Taylor sit-up

style viewing 'is

likely to catch on9

DESIGNER Harl Taylor
looks like becoming a trend-set-
ter in death, just as he was in
Mortician Ted Sweeting, who
decided to "think outside the
box" for last week's controver-
sial sit-up style viewing on the
eve of Mr Taylor's funeral, said
the idea is likely to catch on in
"People were very pleased
with it," said Mr Sweeting, who
has been an undertaker for 40
years. "This kind of presenta-
tion helps mourners to come to
terms with their grief much bet-
ter. Even the children find it
easier to deal with. It was as
though Harl himself was join-
ing in his own wake."
At first, readers were filled
with revulsion when a picture
of the dead Mr Taylor appeared
on The Tribune's front page.

But Mr Sweeting says the "sit
up" trend, which requires spe-
cial embalming techniques,
looks certain to become part of
Nassau's way of life or death,
to be absolutely accurate.
"There are many settings for
this kind of thing," he told The
Tribune yesterday, "We can
have boardroom scenes, or
Rolls Royces even politicians
sitting in the House of Assem-
bly with their legs crossed.
"I feel very good about it
because it has never been done
here in the Bahamas before. I
made history.
"Now it's arousing so much
interest that the man who
taught me this business is asking
me to go over to Miami to
show him how it's done."
More than 3,000 Bahamians
trekked through Mr Sweeting's
funeral home in Blue Hill Road

on Friday after The Tribune's
front-page picture appeared.
Many went prepared to be
shocked. But some found Mr
Taylor's unusual pose sitting
in his suit and turtle-necked
sweater behind a table sur-
rounded by his signature hand-
bags oddly reassuring.
Mr Sweeting said: "This kind
of thing is commonplace among
Afro-Americans in the north-
ern cities of the United States.
"It means people don't grieve
so much because they are not
seeing their loved one lying
down in a casket.
"Also, children are able to
come to terms with it much bet-
ter. We have to get away from
the casket idea. It doesn't cost
any more to do it this way, and
I think it will definitely catch
Mr Sweeting said he suggest-
ed the idea to Harl Taylor's
mother, Beverly, because of the
deceased's trend-setting
"I had been waiting for some
time to try it, but Harl was just
the person because he was so
different, a trend-setter in his
own right.

"In my opinion, this was a
stylish way for him to go out.
Everywhere you go they are still
talking about it. You have to
dare to be different."
Mr Sweeting is now suggest-
ing that sportsmen be displayed
in their football or baseball gear
and that politicians, even for-
mer prime ministers, be taken
out of their caskets and put on
view in their natural setting, the
houses of parliament.
"I can sit a politician up in
the House of Assembly with his
legs crossed.
"Bahamians are now show-
ing an interest in doing things a
different way."
Harl Taylor's viewing was not
the first of Mr Sweeting's ideas
to cause controversy.
A few years ago, he displayed
the late senator and trade union
leader Cadwell Armbrister on a
catafalque in church after cof-
fin-makers failed to meet their
Mourners were amazed to see
Mr Armbrister stretched out in
his Sunday best right next to
the altar at Christ the King
For Harl Taylor, however, he
went one step further, showing
what one visitor described as
"morbid creativity" in featur-
ing the late designer sitting up in
a floral setting, with his Cacique
Award standing alongside.
Mr Taylor was found mur-
dered at his Mountbatten
House home in West Hill Street
two weeks ago with multiple
stab wounds.
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Pair arraigned on attempted murder charges

TWO men were arraigned in Magis-
trate's Court yesterday on triple attempt-
ed murder charges.
Court dockets allege that Raymond
Bradley Sands, 29, and Tommy Ricardo
Sands, 26, both of Golden Isle Road, on
Friday, November 30. attempted to omur-

der three people.It is alleged that on
November 30 the two men attempted to
murder Philano Williams, Patrick
Delancey and Fred Ramsey.
The two men, who were arraigned
before Magistrate Guillimena Archer at
court 10 in Nassau Street, were not

required to enter a plea to the charges.
They were remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison and will return to court on
Wednesday for a bail hearing.
The case has been adjourned to Feb-
ruary 25, 2008.


Grand Bahama reeling

from three road deaths


TRAFFIC officials on
Grand Bahama are once
again urging motorists to dri-
ve with extreme caution as
the island recorded three traf-
fic fatalities in as many days.
. Assistant Superintendent
of Police Clarence Reckley,
officer in charge of the Traffic
Division in Grand Bahama,
spoke with the Tribune about
the matter yesterday.
According to ASP Reckley,
Grand Bahama's ninth traf-
fic fatality occurred on Pinta
Avenue in area of Rum Cay
Drive around 4.40am on Sat-
urday, December 1.
ASP Reckley said that
Donwell Basden, 53, of Santa
Maria Drive lost control of

Motorists urged to drive

with extreme caution

his taxi, a silver 2003 Mit-
subishi 3000 bus, ran off the
road and crashed into a large
The front of the vehicle
was severely damaged and
Basden sustained multiple
severe injuries.
He was transported to the
Rand Memorial Hospital
where he died of his injuries.
Then, sometime around
6.25pm on Sunday, another
traffic accident occurred at
the intersection of Pioneers
Way and Newton Crescent
involving a blue 2001 Polo

Classic registered to Holiday
Auto, driven by Alice
McGregor, 42, of Coral Gar-
dens and a black and red 2005
Yamaha motorcycle, driven
by Kevin Henfield of Abaco
Drive, Hawksbill.
Both vehicles were exten-
sively damaged during the
Henfield sustained multi-
ple injuries and was trans-
ported to the Rand Memori-
al Hospital where he died at
The third traffic fatality
came as a result of an acci-

dent that occurred around
1.30am on Monday.
According to ASP Reckley,
the accident took place on
Queens Highway and
Bahama Beach in the west-
ern district of Grand Bahama.
It involved a gray 1997 Buick
Park Avenue driven by Juvin
Sawyer, 21, of Woodes
Rogers Drive.
The car crashed into bush-
es and overturned several
The vehicle was extensive-
ly damaged and the passen-
gers, Jermaine Major, 28,
Eugene McPhee, 21, and Jean
Anderson, 32, all sustained
They were taken to the
Rand Memorial Hospital
where Jermaine Major died
as a result of his injuries.

Cafe Johnny owners consider legal

action against Baha Mar developers

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE owners of Caf6 Johnny Canoe are
Exploring the possibility of taking legal
action against the Baha Mar developers
S-'after it was discovered that the popular
restaurant will have no place at any of the
Cable Beach Resorts as long as the rede-
velopment of the strip is underway.
Caf6 Johnny restaurant will close its
doors on January 27 as the Nassau Beach
Hotel prepares to shut down as part of the
$2.4 billion redevelopment of the Cable
Beach area.
So far no alternative site for the restau-
rant has been identified and all 65 employ-
ees are expected to be given severance
packages and to be let go by early next
Speaking yesterday with The Tribune,
Harry Pikramenos who owns Caf6 John-
ny Canoe together with his brother Mike -
said that he is "totally disgusted" with the
manner in which Baha Mar is forcing the
closure of the restaurant after 15 years.
Robert Sands, senior vice president for
administration and external affairs of Baha
Mar, said yesterday that it was established
early on during negotiations with the Caf6
Johnny Canoe owners that there was no
location within the Cable Beach Resorts
which could serve as an interim site for the

"After 15 years of
successful business
this is how we are
bieng treated by
these people. It's

Harry Pikramenos

restaurant. Mr Sands said that the devel-
opment group has been in constant com-
munication with all of the hotels' conces-
sionaires over the past 18 months and has
updated them on Baha Mar's plans on a
monthly basis.
He explained that Baha Mar has provid-
ed more than adequate notice of the
impending closure of the Nassau Beach
Hotel to all its tenants, including Caf6 John-
ny Canoe.
However, Mr Pikramenos said that no
such monthly communication took place,
and that up until two days before the clo-
sure announcement was made, he was told

that the restaurant might be allowed to stay
open until possibly April or May of next
Mr Pikramenos also said he had been
assured by the developers that they were
looking into providing Cafe Johnny Canoe
with an interim site while the Cable Beach
resorts are being redeveloped.
"'We were actually looking at other sites,
but stopped because we were assured a
place on Cable Beach," he said.
The Cafe6 Johnny Canoe co-owner said
that he and his brother currently hold a
lease for the property which is good until
October of 2008 a lease, which he said,
they were urged by the Baha Mar develop-
ers to sign.
"After 15 years of successful business,
this is how we are being treated by these
people. It's unbelievable," Mr Pikramenos
Mr Sands said yesterday that when the
redevelopment of the Nassau Beach prop-
erty is completed in about three and a half
to four years, Cafe Johnny Canoe, along
with any other "truly professional and
authentically Bahamian" food and bever-
ages service are welcome to reapply for a
site within the Cable Beach Resorts.
The Nassau Beach Hotel has stopped
taking bookings beyond January 3, 2008
and the hotel is expected to close on Janu-
ary 6, 2008.

Music and heritage festival to

be held on December 7 and 8
THE Adelaide Village Youth Association has announced that
the village's second annual Music and Heritage Festival will be held
on December 7 and 8 in honour of the late Ernest "Lasidoh" Stubbs.
The festival began with an official opening ceremony at the Yah-
weh Youth Centre in Adelaide Gardens on Sunday.
Highlights of the two-day festival include a "Youth Explosion" ral-
ly scheduled for Friday between the hours of 5pm and midnight.
The theme of the rally will be: "We need more love! More peace!
More unity!"
The association said the performers for the rally will include, but will
not be limited to Christian Massive, Landlord, Mr Lynx, DJ Coun-
sellor and the Kingdom Dub Crew, Prophet Lawrence Rolle, Shaback
and Harmonious Praise.
On Saturday between noon and midnight, the festival will feature
the following top Bahamian recording and performing artists: Ron-
nie Butler, Sparkles, Elon Moxey, Geno D, Funky D, the Lasidoh
Boys, Ira Storr and the Spank Band.
DVD celebrates Bahamian poetry
A NEW DVD has been released that celebrates Bahamian poet-
ry and highlights the works of two well known poets.
The production is the third in a series of "Off Air TV" DVDs
launched in April by Frank Penn to draw attention to a number of
Bahamian issues.
The Bahamian Poetry DVD features original works by Etienne
L Farquharson of Grand Bahama and Sly Roker of Nassau. There
are a total of five segments in each of the three DVDs. Mr Penn said
that he plans to produce nine more DVDs, one every three months.
According to Mr Penn, the first DVD, a study of proposals for
the creation of a National Youth Service, "was inspired by recent
events involving the embarrassing and rude behaviour of some of
our school children and the confused and seemingly helpless
response by many in authority, including parents."
He said the research covered the period from 1954 to a proposed
bill on the issue in 1988 and much of what transpired after. It asks
the question "has the time come for a National Youth Service?"
He said that anyone who wants more information about the
series can email: gbirecording@hotmail.com.


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Grievous harm allegation

FREEPORT Theo Bowe Kelly was in Freeport Magis-
trate's Court last week in connection with a grievous harm
Kelly, who appeared before Magistrate Helen Jones, plead-
ed not guilty to the charge of causing grievous harm to secu-
rity officer Regina Hamilton Kelly at the Government Build-
ing Complex on November 17.
Bail was denied and he was remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison, Fox Hill until February 18, 2008 for trial.

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON IE. 11. DUPUCtl, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Society to blame for its own corruption

WHILE POLITICIANS seek ways to con-
trol crime by legislation, and the police by try-
ing to bring offenders to justice, the rest of the
community wonders why so many young
Bahamians have lost their moral compass.
As each group points accusing fingers at the
other, they must all share the blame. In short
what we suffer today is the result of our own
compromised society.
"Persons who commit criminal offences,"
said Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall in a talk to the
Chamber of Commerce, "'are the products of
families and the communities which form them.
As you drive the streets of New Providence
during the morning and afternoon 'school run',
observe how many children from kinder-
garten up through when they themselves reach
an age to wreak their own havoc on the roads
- are being taught the lesson by their own
driving parents that rules do not matter. As
you visit the supermarkets observe how many
children are taught to steal by their parents
'grazing' in the produce or snack section and not
paying the cashier. When you next present
yourself at a port of entry, notice the number of
returning residents, children in tow, teaching
their children how to be deceitful in declaring
their foreign purchases to the customs officer."
Referring to the contamination throughout
the civil service, he said that "despite training
and orientation programmes that we have in
place, the system is infected by a culture com-
mon throughout the civil service of which the
support staff of the Judiciary is a part.
"It is a culture," he said, "'which sees nothing
inherently objectionable about accepting gifts
from members of the public with whom they
deal. One might be tempted to assert that this
ought not to be considered a problem because
we live in a free market economy where, as
consumers of a wide range of services from
shop assistants to restaurant servers, we are
permitted (in some cases expected) to show
our appreciation for good service in some tan-
gible manner beyond a 'thank you.' Why is the
clerk at the business licensing bureau who is
extraordinarily courteous and helpful any dif-
ferent from the shop assistant in the leather
store who gives similar service? Of course, the
short answer is that, in the former case, the
business licensing clerk is paid a salary for her
work even if no applicants come in for the
week while the shop assistant probably works
on commission and, in any event is required to
encourage customers for her employer's busi-
Sir Burton said that the hazard is that "for
the person on the public payroll, a favour or a
gift as innocuous as lunch money creates a rela-
tionship which places the donor at an advantage
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entitled to apply for that particular state-pro-
vided service. The most disadvantaged then
are the citizen taxpayers who cannot afford to
grant such favours and, when a practice of
accepting such favours becomes established,
the 'market force' of supply and demand pro-
duce the result that the greater the means of the
applicant for state services to confer favours, the
greater access to such services he procures to
the disadvantage of others in the society.
"That this culture seems endemic across the
civil service is disturbing," said Sir Burton.
"When the agency involved is one responsible
for regulatory matters, say, health and safety it
becomes menacing. When the civil servants
who follow this pattern are on the staff of the
Judiciary it becomes corrosive."
Society is to blame for corrupting the civil
service. We remember the days when it was
more than one dare do to give a gift even at
Christmas time to a police officer. "Thank
you" was the most that any civil servant could
expect for his/her service. But gradually the
corrosion set in.
We shall never forget more than 50 years
ago, a brash, smart aleck young businessman
who boasted that "every man has his price." He
certainly was not above paying that price to
get whatever he wanted from the various gov-
ernment agencies.
In the seventies it became a major problem
for The Tribune when staff had to be disci-
plined for taking a "gift", which was no more
than a bribe to get a story in the paper. Many
years ago a staff member lost her job when she
was the only one of several reporters who
refused to return the "bribe" money to the
donor. From time to time we have had difficulty
explaining to well meaning persons that it
demeans the honour of our profession to accept
We recall several years ago when we worked
very hard to get an old widow her son's insur-
ance after he had been accidentally killed while
on the job at one of government's utility com-
panies. Her son was her sole support.
One day she came to our office. She had
been paid her son's pension and his accident
insurance. She was clutching a brown paper
bag, which she pushed across our desk. This was
our "share", she explained for all the hours we
had put into her case.
She couldn't understand when we explained
that what we did was our duty for which we
were never paid.
She was incredulous. She said this was the
first time she had asked, but did not have to pay
for a favour. She left our office, tears streaming
down her cheeks, calling God's blessing on The

Why we need a




EDITOR, The Tribune.
THE nation, through the
accelerated rate of single par-
enthood, is birthing a potential
crop of future (violent) crimi-
nals. One generation (40 years)
ago, Bahamians lived in an essen-
tially crime free, tranquil
Bahamas; but today we live in a
magnitude war zone. How did
we get here?
For one thing, we have aban-
doned the Bible's advice on how
children should be reared and
we have deserted the old "land-
marks" passed on down to us by
our forebears. I know young
Bahamians will now say "we are
tired of hearing these old wives
tales," but these tales must be
told again and again until the
message sinks in we who are 40
years old and over remember
well the value of having been
born and raised in homes where
there was "a mother and father";
where father was a role model
for his sons and mother a role
model for her daughters: where
fathers made sure that there was
a roof over our heads and food
on our tables: where, what father
said was "gospel" and where no
child dare challenge him.
We remember the times of
having little, and hardly ever
remember a time when we had
more than enough. Those were
the days on the family islands
when there was no electricity; no
piped running water in the house;
no closets full of shoes and
clothes, as a matter of fact there
were no closets. No beds to sleep
in and no sheets and blankets to
cover with: those were the times
when coconut sacks and robin
hood flour bags were cherished
commodities; when children had
strict order in their lives school;
chores and church when "train
up a child in the way he should
go" had real meaning; when
"children obey your parents" was
never an option and when, "if
you spare the rod, you will spoil
your child" was taken very seri-
ously by both mom and dad. 1
am reminiscing about the times
when even if an unmarried, old
adult woman had a child out of
wedlock, she would become an
outcast; not only viewed as such
by her family, but also by the
entire community.
In today's Bahamas, in con-
trast, we have a totally different
picture and I am fully convinced
that these changes, for the worse

in my view, account for the very
high degree of lawlessness that
permeates our entire country.
There is no more shame attached
to unmarried girls having babies;
as a matter of fact it seems quite
the opposite, if one girl has a
child and her friend doesn't, it's
like having a competition to see
who can have the first baby and
the rest follows. The conse-
quences are never a considera-
tion. "Fourteen years old, still in
school, don't really know who
the father is or how the child will
be cared for," means very little.
My parents are not necessari-
ly unique, but they are indeed a
good example and a good testi-
mony to the high standard of
morality of the times, I spoke of
They were married when dad
was 20 years old and my mother
was 13 years old. They remained
married and together, now, for
70 years. They raised 13 children
and all my 64 years I have never,
even, heard my dad speak harsh-
ly to my mom. He is now going
on 90 years of age and mom is a
very young 83, they both seem to
be in fairly good health and very
happy with each other. I salute

and thank them both for the way
they raised us.
I submit that the evidence is
indisputable that children born
and raised in homes where there
is a father and a mother; where
high moral standards are prac-
tised; where they are provided
and well cared for grow up to
be good citizens. Conversely,
where this atmosphere does not
exist, children seem to grow up
with "chips" on their shoulders
and become problematic in our
society; they, quite frankly, turn
out to become criminals. It is my
view, hence, that this accounts
very vividly for the violent soci-
ety in which we live.
The cure? Go back to the old
"landmarks" and start over from
scratch. We don't need any more
studies to be done. Our focus,
now, should be on implement-
ing a comprehensive, compulso-
ry, parenting programme for all
single parents and pregnant
women in the country. This in
an effort to minimize the number
of children falling through the
cracks and to try and save them
from an almost certain life of
The logistics can be worked
"out if we have the will to make
these "tough love" decisions.
November 22,2007.

No to child labour. Yes

to a better education

EDITOR, The Tribune.
ONE of the local TV Stations News aired the question of the use
of child labour and seriously owing to many reasons over and
above the moral and ethical reasons child labour should not be per-
mitted, period.
The average child will leave school at 16 years our Labour laws
should not permit any person under 16-years to work for pay-
ment, be it minimum wage or for tips or commission.
Example foodstore packing girls and boys. I was very supportive
of the changes to the law which established that no child under 14
years could work in this capacity. However, I re-examine this and
firmly support that this must be increased to 16 years and on con-
dition the person is out of school.
The average grade levels are so low our children do not need this
distraction of rushing off after school to the food stores where
they provide the food stores with what is essentially free labour. The
children need to concentrate on education.
Last week I was in the US and visited Wal-Mart, the largest
retailer in the world; their cashiers packed the grocery and other
merchandise I purchased very efficiently, why can't ours?
The current law stops a child working after 8pm however many
mums and guardians leave their children in the stores much after
8pm as they are busy with their private life my eyes don't lie. I see
the packing girls and boys working after 8pm and, of course, on Sun-
days, when the full-time employees are paid double time the chil-
dren only collect what the customers give them although they will
work till 5pm at absolutely no cost to the food store!
Hoping Minister Dion Foulkes will immediately put in place
this proposal which will further ensure that our children have a bet-
ter chance at education rather than worrying about some material
thing the root cause I suspect to all these conflict murders.
November 22, 2007.
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Demonstration at Grand Bahama Power

Tribune Freeport
dmaycock@tribu nemedia.net
FREEPORT- The 3Balamas
Industrial Engineers. Managers.
and Supervisory Union and the
Commonwealth Electrical
Workers Union carried out its
seventh demonstration on Fri-
day at the Grand Bahama Pow-
er Company.
BIEMSU president Pedro
Edwards and CEWU president

Keith Knowles said both unions
will continue to press oi in sol-
idarity for a bui)y-out settlement
for workers at the Power Com--
"We are not pleased with tlhe
way negotiations are being
dragged out by management -
we should have been completed
by now," said Mr Edwards.
'he company and the union
were brought back to the table
after several weeks of demon-
strations to work out their
issues. A new labour contract

and a buy-out settlement are
two of the main issues to be set-
tled between the parties.
CEWU and BIEMSU repre-
sent more than 100 workers.
The unions resumed demon-
strations last week after union
officials felt that no significant
progress was being made during
the re-negotiation process with
management for the past three
Mr Edwards claims that man-
agement is now carrying out
redundancies to pressure the

union into signing an industrial
"We canrot sign agreements
that are incomplete the com-
pany wasted a whole lot of
time...not dealing with the rel-
evant issues that are on the
table," he said.
He noted that job security is
another issue of concern among
workers who have mortgages
and children to support.
"We were informed by the
chief operating officer that there
would be no lay-offs under the

new owners (Marubeni). How-
ever, we understand that a
female employee who has been
working at the company for
many years is expected to be
made redundant today (on Fri-
"This is why we are seeking
the buy-out settlement because
it gives the employee the option
of whether they want to work
for this new employer or not,"
he said.
Mr Edwards said that they
will continue to take industrial

action until their issues are dealt
"I think that the demonstra-
tions are effective, but there are
other forms of industrial action
that we can take.
"We have not yet decided to
strike, but we are looking at
other things and we do not
intend to be quiet this Christ-
mas holiday. If we have to, we
will take this thing to Nas-
sau...to the Cabinet Office.
Until then, we will continue to
demonstrate," he said.


Take advantage of security companies

or Police Staff Association for deposits

THE police have released a series of safe-
ty tips for shoppers and business owners as
the holiday season approaches.
It was noted that business operators can
take .advantage of security companies or
the Police Staff Association to assist with
making deposits day or night for a small
Only government departments will be
assisted through 911 at no charge, said a
statement from the police force.
The Royal Bahamas Police Force's busi-
ness safety tips for Christmas 2007 include:
Always have at least two clerks working
at night
Vary your banking routine, carrying
the cash in different ways, do not make the
deposit bag too obvious
Vary the times and routes that you use
to go to the bank
Make deposits as often as possible
Watch for suspicious persons outside
your business, especially in parked cars
Be alert for "customers" who are loi-
tering or glancing around the store while
appearing to shop or browse through a mag-
If you see someone who is acting sus-
picious inside or outside the store, call the
police immediately and have it checked out
Two persons should always be on hand
at opening and closing times
Be sure to check the office, back rooms
and rest rooms to make sure no one is hid-
ing inside the business
Keep side and back doors locked after
5pm arrd have employees use the main
entrance where possible

IS S W' ad S I *O P Ri

"Be aware of your
surroundings and
the people around

Practice good cash control and keep a
minimum amount in your cash registers.
Make regular drops in the safe
Don't keep large bills under the cash
drawer. If you don't have a safe put the
cash in a secure place until you make your
deposit at the bank
Keep your front door and windows
clear of signs and posters to allow good
two-way visibility: employees can see sus-
picious persons outside and passers-by and
the police can see inside
Meanwhile, the force told shoppers that
they should:
Plan Christmas shopping in advance to
avoid last minute shopping, which causes
stress and forces you to rush. Rushing caus-
es accidents.
Do not overload yourself with too many
heavy bags. This makes you an easy target
for criminals. If possible shop during the
day with a friend.
When shopping, carry your handbag
under the arm or close to the body. Keep

your wallet in your front pocket or jacket.
Avoid carrying large sums of money
around with you.
Do not count money in public
Where possible use a credit card
Always travel with a friend at night
When shopping at night park in an area
that is well lit
Bahamians were also told to ensure that
their home is properly secured by installing
good locks on windows and doors, and that
sliding doors should be secured at all times
The police said persons should always
check to see who is knocking before the
door is opened
When planning parties at home, people
were advised to restrict the movement of
guests, particularly strangers, by locking
bedroom and office doors
The police also advised that displaying
Christmas gifts where they can be seen by
passers by will attract criminals to your
The public was warned to always travel in
the company of others and use busy well-lit
streets when going out at night.
"Be aware of your surroundings and the
people around you," said the police state-
"If you plan to travel this holiday sea-
son, inform a trusted friend and a neighbour
of the date and time you will be leaving
and returning:.Have them watch your prop-

MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest presents a gift to nine-
year-old Benel Jean, during the Royal Bahamas Police Force 7th annual car-
ol service and tree-lighting ceremony, on November 29 at Police Head-
quarters on East Street. The gift put a bright smile on the face of the young-

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Beware of fire

THE Royal Bahamas Police Force has released a series of fire
safety tips for the holiday season.
In a statement issued yesterday, the police said members of the
public should:
Ensure Christmas tree lights are not left on during the night for
the entire holiday season. This can be enticing to burglars and it is
also a fire hazard
Do not overload electrical outlets with Christmas lights and oth-
er electrical cords
Do not overload extension cords or run.them under rug
Replace any electrical cord that is cracked or frayed
Install smoke detectors and ensure that batteries are properly
c Never leave food cooking unattended for long periods of time
Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles and wear clothes
with-short, roll-up or tight fitting
sleeves when you cook 1I
Turn pot handles inward on
the stove to avoid accidental spills
which can cause serious burns

... and drivers slow down!

The police force's 2007 Christmas driving tips are:
Speed kills. Remember to obey the street signs and speed lim-
it at all times
Do not get behind the wheel of a vehicle while under the influ-
ence of drugs, alcohol or medication
Never leave keys in the ignition or your engine running no mat-
ter how short the distance or time away from your vehicle
Always make sure that your car doors are locked and your valu-
ables secured in the trunk
Taxi drivers should report to their dispatcher the exact location
where a passenger is being picked up and their destination
If in any doubt as to a passenger's real intention, taxi drivers
have a right to refuse to carry them
Be alert when approaching pedestrian crossings. Come to a com-
plete stop at least 30 feet away from crossings.
Do not pick up hitchhikers

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CNOIIg niWiSICH 8MOW O FROM name one

. .II.v-l .IIUInu UV
officer brutally

assaulted her takes

case to Supreme Court
A WOMAN who has repeat-
edly been calling for discipli-
nary action to be taken against
a police officer who she claims
brutally assaulted her more
than two ears ago, has taken
her case to the Supreme Court.
Odell Newton, of Rupert
Dean Lane, claims that after
two years she has been left frus-
trated in her efforts to seek jus-
tice for what she claims was a
brutal assault.
In a writ filed on November
19, Newton claims that she is
seeking damages and compen-
sation for assault and battery,
malicious prosecution and false
Sterlin Knowles, the police
officer in question, is listed as
the first defendant and the
Attorney General is listed as
second defendant in the mat-
According to Newton's state-
ment of claim, she was "vio-
lently slapped" by the first
defendant officer Knowles -
falsely arrested and charged
with obstruction, a charge which
was summarily dismissed for
want of prosecution evidence.
According to the statement
of claim, as a result of the first
defendant's action, Newton suf-
fered severe head injury and
had to obtain medical attention.
Newton is being represented by
attorney Gregory Hilton.

Dr Rudy King is

officially indicted by

Federal Grand Jury
DR RUDY King has officially
been indicted by a Federal Grand
Jury for filing a false claim with
the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) for $2.7 million.
According to United States
attorney Scott Schools, King -
who also goes by the name of
Klever Rosales presented a
claim to the IRS for a tax refund
totalling $2.7 million.
King was arrested in Los
Angles on November 16 and
appeared in court the same day.
The minimum statutory penal-
ty if found guilty of such an
offence is five years in prison and
a $250,000 fine.

Call for a'revamI' Harl Taylor FROM page one PLP govt


resources personnel had recently
travelled from Nassau to the second
city because of issues with "inter-
personal rivalries" between gov-
ernmnent workers.
"People need to separate per-
sonality fIroin principle," said MN
Bethel. I however, he expressed dis-
satisfaction with the fact that per-
sons had chosen to go to tlie press
with their claims about issues with-
in thle in'.islr\ rather than dealing
Silh tlhim through "official chaln-
Several persons employed atIthe
ministry who wished to remain
anonymous for fear of victimisa-
tion yesterday told The Tribune
that there are serious "irregulari-
ties" that must be dealt with.
One longtime worker encour-
aged central government to send a
high ranking official to hold a meet-
ing with employees. "The minister
needs to close down the office for
several hours and let people voice
their concerns because people are
not happy in there anymore."
He claimed that some concerns
* have in fact been raised with the
prime minister, and other senior
ministry officials but have yet to be

FROM page one

question who the Minister of Housing and National Insurance Kenne
Russell claims was being unfairly persecuted by management at NI
Minister Russell used Ms Simmons as an example of why the dir
tor Lennox McCartney and other management level personnel nei:
ed to be replaced.
Chairman of NIB Patrick Ward said that the move of Mr McCartn
was "a first step towards implementing the changes that we tlink a
going to be necessary for the future."
"This is one of a series of changes that are going to be made fron
management perspective,",he said.
Last week, Minister Russell said that after NIB did their investor
tion into complaints made against Ms Sininons, they found that t
senior clerk had done "nothing wrong". But despite this, lie said, N
continued to keep Ms Simmons on suspension.
Mr Russell cited a power of attorney document supplied to his mi
istry and a withdrawal of the original complaint as justification that I
Simmons should be "reinstated and outstanding benefits paid."
Speaking on behalf of his fiance, Mr Gibson denied any wrongd
ing, despite the findings of an internal audit that he alleges we
trumped up as a part of a witch hunt by management.
Mr Gibson also claimed responsibility for the backdating of a po'
er of attorney affidavit by attorney Dr Bonamvy who works out of t]
office of former Minister of Financial Investments Vincent Peet.
In fact, Mr Gibson expressed some annoyance with Dr Bonam
for divulging the backdating of the affidavit "without contacting i:
Mr Gibson also took issue with his cousin, Dazelle Pearson, filing
complaint against Ms Simmons, and questioned what gave her tl
"authorization" to make such a complaint.
"This is a well orchestrated witch hunt," Mr Gibson claimed.
"After the first suspension was done, they failed to notify Ms Sii
mons as to why she was suspended, what he (McCartney) was lookil
for in this investigation and when she would return to work." Mr Gi
son said.
Mr Gibson added that Ms Simmons has subsequently been movie
from her previous department where she would \ rify twice a year th
pensioners were alive or not "for no reason."



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serves as the standard bearer of that vision. From a
company that believes the greatest risk is not striving
for greatness, it pushes glamour, athleticism and
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Five-star front-impact

FROM page one

Ile claimed that ihe ministry is
plagued by a significant proportion
of workers who are also relatives.
(living the example tf the son of a
senior worker at thlie ministry being
liredl into llie same leparlmcinit,
only loi tihe son to faillo live up to
his job reqtiiireilenls, which goes
tiunreprimlanidd,e he elhiimed. "We
have to hire people to help us do
his job while he does nothing," he
Government vehicles are also
regularly abused, with a messenger
sonimeimes unable to do his job
properly as the car is used by other
employees for whom it is not
intended. Additionally, two new
computers delivered to the office
in the last year can no longer be
located in the ministry building,
and appear to have been removed,
claimed the source.
"They are wasting government
money doing a bunch of foolish-
The Tribune was unable to con-
tact several officials at the ministry
for comment yesterday, including
director Cecil Thompson, Tamaris
Thompson, or Hesekiah Dean, as
they were said to be in meetings.

argued that lines of inquiry have nesses are calle
y emerged surrounding the depart- other inconven
Sent during the case, which have to testify
require the testimony of some of accepted that
'th these individuals. ll t
B. The court has previously heard ped to pu
ec- testimony that Jamaican Manani inquiry as in s
*d- Taylor was found with two vot- gationurr vot
ers cards by the department olf session of
information is
ey immigration, with one of these the court.
ire cards being turned over to now Senior Justic
Acting Deputy Commnissioner during the brie
la Christopher McCoy. ious allegation
During test imony from US os a g Mr
t, .regarding Mr
a- Investigator Steve Mallon. who court ill have
he interviewed Tavlor befoc hlie was on this issue fro
on this issue fro
IB deported, it was revealed to the limentary re
court that Taylor allegedly paid ment. Mr Beth
Taylor ment. Mr Beth
n- a man called 'Keith from Senior Justice
Ms Pinewood $1000 to secure a
voter's card. Some 14 witr
o- Taylor reportedly told Mr Mal- terday, with S
re Ion that he had received the card voter being cha
from the parliamentary rcgistra- giving confl
w- tion office on Farrington Road bout her resid
he without providing any\ identifica- niti ly Ms
tion, alter paying tile fee to 'Kei- she was fan
nv th'. Acknowledging that evidence Y'm'craw Be
Z7 IYanitacraNw DBea
lie has already been advanced on Mr asked quest
Taylor's citizenship status, Mr e PLPattut
Ba Barnett told thlie court that he does Ms P a to
Ms Bastian to
he not object to the officials from the Ms B t i o
lived at this loc
parliamnentary registration office
or at the Walin
being called regarding laylor. in Pinewood.
nin Pinewood. Mv
n- However. Mr Barnett suggested that she lived i
ng that this evidence be presented to August this e
b- the court after other or1 dinary wit-
ed FROM page one
the Minister of State for Finance charged yester-
During his contribution in the House of Assembly
Monday morning, the member of Parliament for
Marco City Zhivargo Laing explained: "They
approved a contingency warrant to expend almost $1
million for the promotional book which the (prime
minister) had alluded to which came out a little
under a month before elections.
"They indicated that almost $20 billion was in
the pipeline in the country having been approved by
themselves has now been tpped to $29 billion at
last count, that the country had come to almost full
employment, that notwithstanding all those won-
derful, marvelous, unprecedented facts in (the coun-
try) that at the late hour in their tenure they felt the
need to publish this book. presumably to promote
investment in the country."
The glossy publication entitled The Bahamas
2007 Special Report published by Caribbean Invest-
ment Profiles Limited in London spans 290 pages
and highlights prominent reasons to invest in the
Bahamas. Minister Laing questioned the opposi-
tion's motives behind this expenditure and other
approved contingency warrants amounting to over
$170 million during the 2006/2007 fiscal year.
He also criticised the publication as a "hail to the


Ilowever, lie added Ihal police niia
bring some individuals ill i quesiionii

Sources have pievinously olIl 'I i he'l'
bh ne that Ithere was ian upse at lal i hill
day pally attenldedl by btllh M I aylo
anid Dr '.l'hadldeus McDl )oialI days bhefo
the deaths ofl both imen. During ih
event, it was said that when Mr Taylo
was offered a piece of birthday cake b
the professor, a third party became
enraged. The guest list of this party, an
the wedding at Mountbatten House, ha
been said to include many members c
the gay community who do not war
their identities exposed by a public
inquiry into the deaths.
Questions have consequently arise
regarding the ability of police to index
pendently investigate the murders cor
sidering that such an investigation could
possibly identify some high profile, bu
closeted Fhomosexuals, believed to b
from the fields of finance, politics and th
police force.
When asked if there has been an
interference in the investigation thus fa
Mr Miller replied: "No, certainly not."

FROM page one

Laing claims
former chief" book that "page by page" glorified the
former prime minister.
However, he said, the government did not seek to
"embarrass" the opposition by detailing these appar-
ent over expenditures, but was simply adhering to
the law by analysing them publicly: "When we pre-
sented on this, we certainly did not charge (the
opposition) with any impropriety, we did not charge
them with any breaking of the law, but we simply are
doing what we are required to do as a lawful gov-
ernment in bringing to this Parliament those sup-
plemnentary appropriation bills that will provide
sanction for the substantial contingency warrants
that were approved by the former administration."
In his contribution Monday morning, Member of
Parliament for Fort Charlotte Alfred Sears argued
that it was "inappropriate" for the prime minister to
speculate about the political affiliation of the promi-
nent Bahamians profiled in the Bahamas 2007 Spe-
cial Report in the House of Assembly.
He said he was "offended" by statements made by
the prime minister during the last sitting of the
House when he first mentioned the publication -
and according to Minister Sears called into ques-
tion the political affiliation of religious leaders pro-
filed in the book.








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to $22.7 million;
it of Education, $174
reased to $180 mil-
ry of Education, $34
eased to $43 million;
blic Hospital Author-
million increased to
ion, among others.
ie minister explained
e the constitution
Parliament to estab-
mit and extent of
e by the government
icular Head" any
:nditure needed for a
section of the budget
provided for under
lal provision and is a
tal requirement of

ernment can exceed
by $20 million with-
eking Parliamentary
When there is an
n need for expendi-
sufficient provision
en made in the out-
et, the government
this $20 million lim-
arliament, the prime

n court
ed, so as not to fur-
nience those who
. Mr Barnett also
the court is com-
rsue courses of
ie case of the alle-
iding Taylor's pos-
ers cards, if such
presented before
e Anita Allen said
f debate that seri-
ns have emerged
Taylor, and the
to hear testimony.
m those in the par-
gistration depart-
el was released by
Allen until further
nesses testified yes-
andy Bastian a
llenged by the PLP
icting testimony
Bastian said that
niliar with 112
ach Estates, when
ion by Mr Davis.
ey was questioning
determine if she
cation in a duplex,
iut Street address
Is Bastian testified
in Pinewood until
ar, at which time,

NIB controversy

minister said. However this
must be submitted to Parlia-
ment for approval.

Man shot

FROM page one
arriving at the scene pro-
nounced Smith dead.
The victim was dressed in
burgundy coloured Timberland
shoes, a pair of light blue jeans,
and a white tee-shirt at the time
of his death.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Asst Supt Walter
Evans could not confirm if the
Johnson Lounge is a strip club,
but emphasised that police have
launched an "intensive" inves-
tigation into this incident.
Mr Evans said that police
now have to look at all the cir-
cumstances of the incident in
order to be able to classify this
latest shooting death.

she moved into one unit in her
Ms Bastian also said, however,
that the second unit in the duplex
was no( finished until she moved
in August, but others occupied it
before that time.
When pressed by Mr Davis, Ms
Bastian could not recall the names
of these people, nor when they
were there.
Ms Bastian later told the court
that she does not live in
Yamacraw, when it was revealed
that the BEC records Mr Davis
questioned her on, did not refer to
her. Mr Davis then asked why she
said she was familiar with the
Yamacraw address earlier, and
now claims that she does not live
there she said her duplex is in
Kool Acres.
Ms Bastian testified that she
only said she is familiar with
Yamacraw because she saw it on
the BEC records in front of her.
However, she had not seen the
BEC records at the time Mr Davis
asked her the question.
It was then emphasized by Mr
Davis that she had not seen the
records, when she gave her
answer. This point was also
emphasized by Senior Justice
Allen, before Mr Davis ended his
inquiry, reserving the right to
recall the witness at a later date.
Election court resumes today
at 10am.



Traffic congestion a 'vexing problem

IBigger and better roads are not the answers, says Minister

CRIME may be the pub-
lic's main concern at the
moment, but traffic conges-
tion is one of the most vex-
ing problems facing the coun-,
try according to Minister of
Transport Earl Deveaux.
Mr Deveaux said if a two-
lane highway is planned and
designed properly, it should
be able to accommodate 2000
vehicles per hour.
But, as he pointed out at
the third Annual National
Youth Road Safety Sympo-
sium on November 29, the
typical two-lane highway in
Nassau today cannot handle

700 vehicles per hour. "So we
are facing a problem of con-
gestion, poor design and a lot
of friction," Mr Deveaux said.
"Friction comes about
because of vehicle numbers,
vehicle types. location of busi-
nesses and poor or inadequate
The minister claimed that
adjustments could improve
traffic movement to the
extent that two lane roads
would be able to hold up to
1,300 vehicles per hour.
However, even in the best
case scenario, New Provi-
dence is not likely to achieve

the 2000 vehicle movement
per hour mark, he said.
"We cannot solve the traffic
problem in New Providence
with bigger and better roads.
We have already past that.
"We do not have the option
anymore of reducing traffic
fatalities by putting speed
bumps on the road. We are
already past that.
"Our biggest weapon is
public education and enforce-
ment," Mr Deveaux said.
THE FNM has said thal
road improvement is one of
the government's significant
long-term strategies.

Mr Deveaux said the gov-
ernment recognizes the seri-
ousness of the traffic dilem-
In 2000, the first FNM gov-
ernment completed a study
for the New Providence Road
Improvement Project. Prior
to that, as early as 1992, a
comprehensive study was
One of the strategies that
came out of the discussions
was a plan to improve junc-
tions, acquire more land for
roads and improve some of
the existing roads.
He noted that seven years

have passed and work has
been completed on Tonique
Darling Highway, the Milo
Butler Highway extension,
the Baillou Hill Road exten-
sion and C W Saunders High-
"Those are the only por-
tions of 19 corridors that have
been completed to date.
"The rest of them will take
another two and a half years
to complete if we get started
next month."
Mr Deveaux said that when
completed, the government
hopes the work will alleviate
some of the traffic congestion.

Photographer runs

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SEATTLE, Washington Bahamas Infor-
mation Services photographer Tim Aylen ran
the Seattle Marathon, raising $17,500 for the
fight against aneurysms the condition which
recently claimed his father's life.
The event took place on Sunday November
25 and sponsorship money went to support the
efforts of Aneurysm Outreach Inc, a non-prof-
it organisation based in Louisiana which is ded-
icated to mobilising people and resources to
eradicate the threat of aneurysms.
"I set myself a challenge earlier in the year to
run a marathon and raise money for charity

after my father's passing in 2006 from an
abdominal aortic aneurysm," Tim said. "I
began a training routine in July
running on a variety of terrain, such as the
Queen's Staircase, the Paridise Island bridges,
the beach and roads."
An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel
caused by disease or weakening of the vessel
wall. Aneurysms most commonly occur in
arteries at the base of the brain and in the main
artery out of the heart.
The bulge can burst and lead to death at any
time. Tim ran the 26.2 mile course in three
hours and 57 minutes. Family, friends, busi-
ness persons and others wishing to provide
support donated the funds.


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Cash Transfer Pilot Programme launched

Bahamas Red Cross teams

up to help Noel victims

THE Bahamas Red Cross
has collaborated with a num-
ber of agencies to launch a
Cash Transfer Pilot Pro-
gramme in aid of those worst
hit by Tropical Storm Noel.
In response to the storm,
the Red Cross distributed 450(
food parcels with hygiene
items and water to those
affected on Long Island, Cat
Island, and Exuma.
"These items provided wel-
come relief to those whose
homes were flooded and
whose access to services was
limited by road closures and
flooding," said the Red Cross
in a statement.
The Cash Transfer Pilot
Programme is an effort to
"meet the additional needs of
those most affected by Tropi-
cal Storm Noel" it said.
Taking part in the pro-
gramme along with the
Bahamas Red Cross are: the
International Federation of
the Red Cross and Red Cres-
cent Societies, the Pan-Ameni-

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"These items pro-
vided welcome
relief to those
whose homes
were flooded and
whose access was
limited to road clo-
sures and flood-

ican Disaster Response Unit
(PADRU) and the American
Red Cross.
"As part of the programme,
an assessment was performed
by the Bahamas Red Cross
Society of the damage to
household on Long Island.
Cat Island and Exuma Island
that were most affected by
flooding caused by Tropical
Storm Noel. The information
from the assessments was
applied to criteria to produce

a list of beneficiaries," the
statement said.
Cash transfers will be pro-
vided by the programme to
individuals and families with:
Severe damage to their
home due to the disaster
Significant losses due to
the disaster (items replaced
or reimbursed by other agen-
cies or individuals do not
Low household income
The Red Cross said this is
expected to include elderly
persons on a fixed income.
single parent families and
large families with limited
income. "The Cash Transfer
Pilot Programme is a one time
event for those affected by
Tropical Storm Noel.
"All distributions by the
Bahamas Red Cross Society
are an outright gift of the Red
Cross and the people of the
Bahamas and no compensa-
tion for distributions are nec-
essary or expected," the state-
ment said.



The Bahamas Electricity
Corporation invites bids
from suitably qualified fuel
supply companies for the
provision of its fuel
requirements for the next
three years.

Interested Fuel Supply Com-
panies may collect a copy of
the tender document from
the Corporation's Energy
Supply Division in the
Administrative Offices at
Blue Hill and Tucker Roads
between the hours of 9:00
and 5:00 pm.

The deadline for collection
of tenders is
7th December 2007.






PLP expresses 'great regret' over
passing of Councillor Anne Grant

THI I E Progressive Liberal Party has expressed great
regret at the death of Stalwart Councillor Anne Grant.
widow of the late Senator Austin Grant Jr of West End,
(Grand Bahama.
Opposition leader Perry Christie said that he was "espe-
cially saddened by the passing of Mrs Grant, because in so
many respects it marks the end of an era in West End, a
community where the PLP has found faithful support over
many generations."
Mr Christie said that the party's support in the West
End community was "led in significant part by Senator
Austin Grant and his wife, Anne.
"1 wish to join all members and supporters of the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party in mourning her passing.
"The PLP will mark the passing of this stalwart council-
lor with all the due respect and honour.
"I send my condolences and those of my family and my
party, including the member of parliament fof West End
and Bimini, Obie Wilchcombe; Senator Pleasant Bridge-
water, stalwart councillors in Grand Bahama, and officers
and supporters, to the children and grandchildren of Mrs
Grant and to her extended family of West End."


Police detain 29 anti-government
activists in Cuba in under 2 weeks
HAVANA Cuban police have detained 29 anti-goveramnem
activists in less than two weeks and seven remain jailed, including
a man who called for the communist-run island to tolerate ince-
pendent universities, a human rights leader said Monday, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Independent education activist Rolando Rodriguez was arrest-
ed last week after announcing that 5,000 signatures had been col-
lected in support of autonomous universities in Cuba, said Elizar-
do Sanchez, head of the Havana-based Cuban Commission o.
Human Rights and National Reconciliation.
Sanchez. whose organization is not recognized but is tolerated by
Cuban authorities, said the arrests come as government critics
prepare to mark International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.
He said the detentions began Nov. 21, when five government crit
ics in Havana were detained by police without charges, then
released. The rest were picked up in following days during subse-
quent roundups.

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Grand Bahama Power Company

launches 24-hour call centre

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Pictured from left are Uominique Mack and Nickella Bethel (also right), cus-
iome :r ervicer representatives, who are part of the new Grand Bahama Power
24 houi call centre The women are trained to deal with all calls whether
emergency, bills or reconnections. The new central number is 352-8441 and it
operates seven days a week.


ONE of Grand Bahama
Power Company's major
goals this year was to imple-
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"We know that our cus-
tomers need to reach us at
all times of the day." said
Leroy Simmons, supervisor,
"we want to be available for
our customers all the time,
no matter whatthe situation,
good or bad."
Implementing a call cen-
tre was based on the compa-
ny's objective to improve
communications with their
55,000 customers. The
Grand Bahama Power Com-
pany made the decision in
late 2006 that they would
create a call centre to deal
with all power problems in
one central location with the
goal to have a person on the
line 24 hours a day, seven
days a week.
The Call Centre will now
handle all incoming calls to
the company, in one loca-
tion, at 352-8411, the num-

their training the customer
care staff underwent inten-
sive time in the billing
"We can appreciate that
our customers have ques-
tions or concerns about their
billings, we are here to go
over their invoices with
them. break down the dates
of bills and the charges,"
said Nickella Bethel, cus-
tomer service representative.
Staff at the call centre
work on eight-hour shifts
and work on a 24-hour, sev-
on days a week schedule,
including holidays.
"We set up this service for
working families, too. Some-
times during the day you just
can't get to the phone to call.
We want to make sure that
everyone knows they can
call us at 9am, 10pm or even
2am." said Mr Simmons.


ber. customers can call for
emergencies, complaints or
The. staff of five have
been on a six-week intensive
training course in every
department, from account-
ing to power generation to
power repairs. "When
speaking to customers we
have to know what we are
talking about, once we fin-
ished the course we had to
pass a written exam." said
Dominique Mack, customer
care representative.
"I feel this training was
excellent and gives me the
confidence I need to deal
with customers with a vari-
ety of questions."
The Call Centre operates
out of the company's Cedar
Street location and began
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serve up a treat for Christmas

Port Lucaya Marketplace

Christmas Concert announced

OWNERS, management and
staff of Port Lucaya Marketplace
have announced a Christmas
Concert for Saturday, Decem-
ber 8 at 7.30pm.
Under the theme "Christmas
Joy", the concert aims to pro-
vide an evening of family enter-
tainment to begin the holiday
Musical director Mr Kevin
Tomlinson has produced an
award-winning concert that rivals
the Rockefeller Centre Christ-
mas Concert of Stars.
The concert "Ode to Joy", an
evening of artistic expression,
will feature The Bishop Michael
Eldon Steel Drum Band, the Star
Light Quartet, Georgia Taylor
School of Dance, The St
George's High School, saxo-
phonist Mr Stuart Coakley of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force,
Bishop Michael Eldon School
Cultural Dancers, Walter Parker
Primary School Dance Troupe

and Drummners, The Kevin Tom-
linson Chorale, A Reindeer Step
Show by Eight Mile Rock High
School, Bishop Michael Eldon
High, St Paul Methodist College
and Jack Hayward High School,
A Dramatic Poem by Ms Kyra
Weech of the Sunland Baptist
Academy, The Eight Mile Rock
High School Band and Ava Bar-
rett and Sharad Taylor will sing
"I believe in Christmas" written
by Mr Kevin Tomlinson.
Santa Claus will also be pre-
Mrs Karen Bain is the event
co-ordinator assisted by Ms
Dionne Britton, and Messrs
Sherman Marche and Leviticus
Wright, all staff members of Port
Lucaya Marketplace Manage-
ment Company, Bourbon Street
Limited. '
The Marketplace will be open
later to accommodate shoppers.
Ample security controlled park-
ing will be available.

former student have teamed
up this holiday season to offer
fresh culinary delights to
Christmas shoppers.
Chef Ellie Saunders is
known for his duffs and
savory pastry creations. As a
veteran instructor at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, he
inspired former student
Samantha Green-Moree who
is the proud owner of "Some-
things Different Gifts", an
authentically Bahamian
gourmet cookie and treats
"I am excited for this
opportunity to offer our dis-
criminating Bahamian public
our wonderful fresh gourmet
cookies and jam packages,"
Mrs Moree said. "Until now
we have focused on the cor-
porate gift market but felt
ready to test the retail mar-
"We are very pleased that
Chef Ellie will offer our gifts
at his location in the Mall this

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from $17 to $65, said Mrs
Moree, who pointed out that
shoppers can also pick up a
dozen edible "Junkanoo Star"
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it the company's website at
she added.
For anyone who wants a
unique gift this year, Chef

Ellie has a suggestion. "Bring
your own platter or basket
and we will fill it according to
your preferences and budget.
Gift wrapping will be avail-
able for a small service fee
and the presentation will be
perfect as a gift to your staff,
family or clients. We have
take-away boxes and some
platters on hand. And all of
our usual treats including fruit
cakes and duff by the loaf will
be available starting this Sat-
Chef Ellie's is in the Mall
at Marathon. Normal hours
are from 10am to 8pm, how-
ever as both companies are
offering edible gift packages,
operation hours may be
extended closer to December
24. Mrs Moree said.
Chef Ellie added that any-
one who wants to guarantee
they will be able to buy a par-
ticular item should pre-order,
as there will only be limited
packages each day.

JOURNALIST John Marquis will
be signing copies of his new book at
Logos Bookstore, Harbour Bay Shop-
ping Centre, on Saturday, December
15 (11am).
The book Papa Doc: Portrait ofa a.
Haitian Tyrant retells the story of
the David Knox spy trial in Haiti in
1968, and traces the rise and fall of the
Duvalier dynasty.
Knox, the Bahamas government
information director, was tried by a
military court in Port-au-Prince and
sentenced to death for allegedly being
involved in an invasion launched from
The storyline has strong Bahamas
interest, as it also tracks the impact of I
Haitian immigration since the Duva-
liers' reign of terror in the 1960s. 1970s and 1980s, and tells the sto-
ry of Mitchell Werbell, the American mercenary caught up in the
Abaco secessionist movement in 1973 who was one of many anti-
Duvalier plotters.
Mr Marquis, who is The Tribune's managing editor, received
critical acclaim for his first book, Blood and Fire, The Duke of
Windsor and the Strange Murder of Sir Harry Oakes, when it was
launched two years ago.'

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GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna (shown in this file picture) officially launched the One Bahamas Foundation
-*. during a ceremony at Government House on Friday.

Bahamians urged

to live in harmony

Governor General launches

One Bahamas Foundation

BAHAMIANS were urged
to live in harmony as Governor
General Arthur Hanna official-
ly launched the One Bahamas
Foundation during a ceremony
at Government House on Fri-
The idea of such a movement
came to fruition in 1992, with
the launch of the'One Bahamas
Celebrations, an avenue to
mobilise Bahamians in love,
respect and unity across the
entire country.
The message was further
emphasised in the words of
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, Deputy Leader of the
Opposition Cynthia Pratt, and
directors of the One Bahamas
"The concept has been for-
malised ipto a foundation and I
congratulate you on the occa-
sion of its launching today," the
Governor General said.
He said the Bahamas had
been fortunate to have a proud
and noble history of peaceful
struggle for change and devel-
opment in its political and social
"Other countries have not
been so fortunate. All we have
to do is to look around the
world even now to see the
unrest, strife, even bloodshed,
which can accompany such
changes. Our good fortune was
not accidental. It was not magi-
cal," the Governor General
He explained that it hap-
pened because the leadership
and the people of the country
decided that that was the way to
do it, so that long-term stability

and peace would follow.
"This great legacy that has
been handed down to the pre-
sent and future generations of
Bahamians cannot be taken for
granted," the Governor Gener-
al said.
"It will take the same com-
mitment, the same passion and
sometimes sacrifices also to
make sure that the legacy is pre-
served and protected."
He noted that what is being
proposed about the One
Bahamas Foundation is indeed
a noble and worthy enterprise.
The Governor General said,
however, that it is important
that Bahamians not just talk
about One Bahamas, but take
continuous, concrete steps to
celebrate and promote unity.
"The Bahamian people are
indeed what the new world is
all about. We have come from
all over from Africa, from
Europe and from Asia," he said.
"We are of different races and
ethnic origins; we are of differ-
ent religious denominations and
political persuasions. But we
have all come together to build
a great little nation in these
wonderful islands that we so
proudly call home."
Hik Excellency congratulat-
ed founders of One Bahamas
for their foresight and dedica-
tion to the concept and he
wished them success in their
The One Bahamas message
was also highlighted in poetry
read by Algernon Allen, for-
mer Cabinet Minister, credited
for initiating the One Bahamas
concept; a musical selection by
St Anne's School choir; a ren-
dition of the One Bahamas song

by Master Osano Neely and
music by the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force Band.
Former Governor General
and Cabinet Minister Sir Orville
Turnquest is chairman of the
One Bahamas Foundation.

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rejects $100m

Fleming offer

under threat

Tribune Business Editor
-'- THE late
Edward St
estate has
rejected a
$100 million
offer from
Family &
Partners to
purchase its
stake in the Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA), its
. attorney yesterday questioning
why Sir Jack Hayward's family
trusts would accept the same
-. offer for their shares despite the
higher $125 million price
.. offered by Hutchison Wham-
Responding to yesterday's
Tribune Business article on the
bidds by Fleming and Hutchi-
son Whampoa, Fred Smith, a
partner in Callender's & Co,
said: "Fleming have offered to
purchase the estate's shares for
100 million, but we have
- -. repeatedly emphasised to them

Attorney questions why
Hayward family trusts
agreed sale in principle
for $ 100m, when
Hutchison Whampoa
bid $25 million higher

that we are not sellers."
Reiterating the estate's claim
to a 50 per cent stake in the
GBPA and its Port Group Ltd,
even though Justice Anita
Allen's ruling confirming this is
being challenged in the Court
of Appeal by gthe Hayward
family trusts, which allege they
own 75 per cent of the two com-
panies' holding vehicle, Inter-
continental Diversified Corpo-
ration (IDC).
Mr Smith said his clients
"remain dedicated to finding a
solution to the Port Authority
debacle", adding that they had

See FLEMING, pg 6

Bahamas urged

to 'embrace' global

accounting change

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas will have to "embrace" the changes happen-
ing to the accounting profession at a global level if it is to con-
tinue to prosper, the head of Baker Tilly International's glob-
al network telling The Tribune yesterday that doing so would
increase this nation's attractiveness as place to do business.
Geoff Barnes, Baker Tilly International's president and chief
executive, said more had been demanded of the accounting pro-
fession since the 2001 collapse of Enron and the rush to
enhanced regulation, global trends that would also ultimately
impact the Bahamas.
Pointing out that it was "uncommon around the world" for
the accounting profession to still be self-regulated, as it was in
the Bahamas through the Bahamas Institute of Chartered
Accountants (BICA), Mr Barnes said "sophisticated account-
ing institutes" were members of the International Federation of
-Accountants (IFAC).
BICA and the Bahamas are IFAC members, something that
is critical, as this is the institution leading the way on the har-
monisation of global guidelines for the auditing profession,
and the way it interacts with clients and people.
IFAC, Mr Barnes said, was developing guidelines on ethics
and codes of conduct, with members obliged to comply with
Describing BICA and the Bahamian markets as being "very
sophisticated" in their own right, Mr Barnes said he was con-
fident this nation "will be at the forefront of these changes
and will embrace them".
He added: "All such changes may increase the attractiveness
of coming to the Bahamas as a business entity. If you're going
to survive as a a country, you will have to embrace these
changes. You almost want to be
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More than $120
million in poten-
tial tourist spend-
ing in the
Bahamas could be negatively
impacted if the US goes through
with existing proposals on pas-
senger lists for private aircraft,
The Tribune was told yester-
day, with support services and
government revenues also hit.
Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association's (BHA)
executive vice-president, said
that Ministry of Tourism data
had shown that some 73,000
stopover visitors to the
Bahamas in 2006 had arrived
by private aircraft, a segment
of the tourism industry that was
rapidly expanding.
He added that although he
had not seen the documents,
the Bahamas Out Island Pro-
motions Board had told the
BHA that research done a few
years ago indicated that private
plane tourists spent 40 per cent
more than the average stopover
Given that stopover visitors
to the Bahamas spent $1200 per

Tribune Business Editor
whether a supplemental agree-
ment dealing with reduced work
a Lk-' I.l -offs should be signed
before or after the original
industrial agreement is regis-
tered are the main source of
division between Morton Salt
and the union representing
most of its line staff, The Tri-
bune was told yesterday.
Obie Ferguson, Trade Union

capital on average, this 40 per
cent increase translated into an
increased $480 spend per pri-
vate plane tourist, meaning that
their average per capital spend
was $1680 per head.
Multiplying this figure by the
number of 2006 private plane
visitors gives a total spending
figure of $122.64 million for this
tourist segment, showing just
how the Bahamas might be
impacted by the US Customs
and Border (BCP) proposals.
"One can make the extrapo-
lation, according to the infor-
mation provided to us in the
past, with these visitors spend-
ing 40 per cent more than regu-
lar stopovers and looking at the
numbers we had in 2006, that
it translates into a $120 million-
odd industry," Mr Comito said.
"It's a growth industry in
He added that the US rules
could also potentially impact
service providers to the private
aircraft industry, as these were
different from those supplying
the regular tourist sector.
A reduction in private flights
to the Bahamas would also
reduce government revenues by
reducing landing fees, depriv-

Congress (TUC) president and
the attorney representing the
Bahamas Industrial Manu-
facturers and Allied Workers
Union (BIMAWU), said the
union's main concern was to
have the original industrial
agreement that was signed on
July 11, 2007, registered with
the Industrial Tribunal, so that
it was in compliance with the
Industrial Relations Act.
Adding that this would "go a
long way to easing the tension"
between the two parties, Mr

ing the Bahamas of revenues
required to upgrade its Family
Island airports.
"It certainly will impact our
Family Islands, particularly the
Family Islands that are increas-
ingly relying on this type of vis-
itor arriving by this means," Mr
Comito said of the US proposal.
Among the islands most like-
ly to be affected are Abaco,
Eleuthera, Long Island and
Grand Bahama, growing sec-
ond home markets where own-
ers often flew in via their private
"These are high growth
tourism residential types of
activities, and anything that it
impacts it in this way is cause
for concern," Mr Comito added.
Washington is proposing that
all general aviation (private air-
craft) passenger manifests be
filed electronically with its secu-
rity agencies, chiefly Customs
and Border Protection (CBP),
and within 24 hours of depar-
ture or arrival from the US.
The BHA's November 15 let-
ter to the US authorities said
that while it understood the
rationale behind the regulations,
it was "deeply concerned about
the impact it would have on our

Ferguson argued that if the sup-
plemental agreement was nego-
tiated and signed before the
original one was registered, it
would be tantamount to the
company re-opening negotia-
Adding that the union had
agreed to a reduce three-day
work week for its members
between January 2008 and
March 2008, Mr Ferguson said:

See MORTON, pg 8

economy if implemented as pro-
The BHA added: "Tourism
is the economic lifeblood of the
Commonwealth of the
Bahamas, representing more
than half of our 700 island-
nation's economic activity.
Approximately 21 airports of
entry (AOE) cover an expanse
nearly the size of California,
providing the primary trans-
portation link for our more than
300,000 residents.
"In many of our less popu-
lated islands, tourism is by far
the economic mainstay. Last
year nearly five million tourists
visited the Bahamas, over 80
percent originating from the
United States.
"While the major airports of
the Bahamas have a reliable
communications support infra-
structure which can accommo-
date the timely electronic filing
requirements being proposed,
the requirements place undue
hardship on many of our AOE's
in our developing islands."
Among the recommendations
made by the BHA, in collabo-

See THREAT, pg 5


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Stocks decline after Fed policymakers

express concerns about the economy

AP Business Writer
Street tumbled Monday, led
by financial services stocks,
on concerns that the United
States economy's expansion
will erode amid troubles in
the mortgage industry.
The stock market's decline
follows a week in which the
Dow Jones industrial average
made its biggest weekly point
gain in more than four years,
rising nearly 391 points, or
3.01 per cent. But that
advance proved short-lived
after a pair of Federal
Reserve officials on Monday
expressed worry about the
subprime mortgage crisis and
its impact on banks and bro-
Fed Bank of Boston Presi-
dent Eric Rosengren said in a
speech that he was concerned
that home foreclosures might
worsen as overall economic
growth slows. Meanwhile,
San Francisco Fed President
Janet Yellen labeled growth
in the final three months of
the year as being "only very
meager" and warned that

housing problems could "spill
over" into consumer spend-
Investors have been look-
ing for a government-spon-
sored rescue of the mortgage
industry. Treasury Secretary
Henry Paulson said in a
speech that the White House
is moving closer to an agree-
ment to help thousands of
homeowners avoid mortgage
defaults by temporarily hold-
ing their interest rates steady.
Lincoln Anderson, chief
investment officer and chief
economist at LPL Financial
Services in Boston, said
investors are uncertain about
where stocks will head after
last week's gains and are
awaiting economic readings
such as the employment
report due Friday.
"I think what we've got is a
market that's trying to sort
out whether we're seeing a
big shift in the economic and
investment fundamentals
here or whether we're just
going to continue to slog
along," he said.
According to preliminary
calculations, the Dow Jones
industrial average fell 57.15,

DeIn o 531s P. .

or 0.43 per cent, to 13,314.57. were also lower. The Stan-
Broader stock indicators dard & Poor's 500 index

dropped 8.72, or 0.59 per
cent, to 1,472.42, and the
Nasdaq composite index fell
28.83, or 0.90 per cent,.to
Investors also considered a
report from the Institute for
Supply Management that
showed the pace of growth in
the manufacturing sector
slowed in November, though
not as quickly as had been
expected. The report was bet-
ter than analysts' expecta-
Bond prices rose on Mon-
day. The yield on the bench-
mark 10-year Treasury note,
which moves opposite its
price, fell to 3.87 per cent
from 3.94 per cent late Fri-
The dollar was mixed
against other major curren-
cies, while gold prices fell.
Light, sweet crude fell 99
cents to $89.70 per barrel on
the New York Mercantile
Exchange amid speculation
that OPEC may boost output
at its meeting this week even
after a sharp drop in prices
last week.
Investors are awaiting the
important November
employment report. That
could indicate the direction
of consumer spending, which
is seen as crucial to maintain-
ing economic growth.
In the meantime, Wall
Street will be looking for oth-
er signals about how the
economy will fare, including
the housing sector.
Paulson said the plan to
freeze some interest rates is

behn th ne s

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part of a "pragmatic
response" to reality as the
economy faces the worst
housing pullback in more
than 20 years.
Shares of Citigroup fell 24
cents to $33.06, while Bank of
America Corp. fell 66 cents
to $45.47.
In corporate news, Vivendi
SA said it plans to acquire a
controlling stake in Activi-
sion Inc. to combine it with
Vivendi Games and create a
rival to Electronic Arts Inc.
Activision and Vivendi val-
ued the combined company
at $18.9 billion. Activision
jumped $2.82, or 12.7 per
cent, to $24.97.
MetLife Inc., the insurance
and financial services compa-
ny. predicted its operating
profit will rise in the fourth
quarter and full year due to
strong results from its busi-
ness as well as "unusually
strong" investment results.
MetLife fell 81 cents to
Ford Motor Co. Chief
Executive Alan Mulally
promised the automaker
would meet the tougher fed-
eral fuel economy regulations
Congress wants to impose by
2020 without having to aban-
don any of its lower-mileage
truck or sport utility vehicle
lines. However, shares fell 28
cents, or 3.7 per cent, to
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies fell 7.88,
or 1.03 per cent, to 759.89.
Declining issues outpaced
advancers by a four to three
basis on the New York Stock
Exchange, where volume
came to 947.9 million shares.
Overseas, Japan's Nikkei
stock average rose 0.33 per
cent, while Hong Kong's
Hang Seng index rose 0.05
per cent. In afternoon trad-
ing, Britain's FTSE 100 fell
0.71 per cent, Germany's
DAX index fell 0.42 percent,
and France's CAC-40 fell
0.72 per cent.


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Tribune Business
S." Reporter
GROUND was broken on a
$200 million luxury develop-
ment private gated community
on West Bay Street yesterday,
just east of The Caves The
development will rise up to 85
feet and feature 90 high-end
William Williams, director
of Source Development
Group, the project developers,
said that as they planned the
development, they encoun-
tered cooperation that was
"nothing short of remark-
"As ,a team our mutual
interest is creating at
Seabridge Bahamas an out-
standing community, not just
S.- ." selling luxury homes, but cre-
ating a real community in the
true sense of the world," he
S Mr Williams said real estate
sales and marketing was being
led by HG Christie Ltd. The
architect was Neil Behagg and
Associates Co Ltd of Nassau,
and other local contracts
include Carleton Blair (CSB
Consultants), Brock Turner
(CVE Construction Value
Engineering Ltd), Lambert
Knowles ( Engineering and
Technical Services) and Keith
Bishop ( Islands by Design).
Interiors will be designed by
Bahamian company Roomers
Ltd, led by Leslie Callender
*- and Hazel Stirling.
Mr Williams said the project
would be completed in three
stages, with the first phase
expected to be completed
within 18 months. The
approved master plan calls for
a total of about 90 residences
on 10 acres. The residences
will be divided between town-
homes, condominiums and
According to Mr Williams,
phase one will consist of 28
three and four-bedroom town-
houses, extensive landscaping
and a vanishing edge pool
with water fall. Phase two will
include 25 condominiums and
five penthouses, with a fitness
centre, business centre, prop-
erty management office and
multiple pools.
Phase three will be a com-

bination of villas, condomini-
ums, penthouses and addition-
al pools. Each resident will
have full concierge service
from the onset of develop-
"Our project is not a large
one compared to some others
on the island, but it will have
significant and beneficial
impact on the north shore. In
conjunction with Chris Her-
rod's elegant project, Caves
Height, we will establish a
meaningful and positive land-
mark of quality and economic
stimulus to what is now our
neighbourhood," Mr Williams
Minister of Works, Earl
Deveaux, also attended yes-
terday's ground breaking. He
reminded Bahamians that the
persons likely to purchase in
the new development will be
wealthy, and will expect a cer-
tain level of professionalism
regardless of what service is
being offered.
He also promised the devel-
opers that the Ministry of
Works, not usually known
for speed", was seeking to be
more efficient. He also
promised that the Govern-
ment was working assiduously
to ensure that the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
was a port of entry which can

be a credit to all.
Mr Deveaux added that the
Government will work with a
private civil designer on a
major road renovation, which
will include all the area from
Blake Road east to Montague.
The other principals of the
Seabridge project are Roger
and Sue Mueller, and Bow-
man Garret. Mr Mueller has
built residential and commer-
cial projects worldwide,
including an 18 month renova-
tion of the Old Course Hotel
and Spa at St Andrews in
Scotland, and has been instru-
mental in projects ranging
from the Dochester Hotel in
London to the Pelican Resort
on St Maarten.
Mr Garret has practiced
construction law for, 30 years,
owned a construction compa-
ny and a construction manage-
ment company. In addition, he
has taught construction law at
Emory University in Atlanta
and his most recent project
was the completion of Martin
Luther King High, a $25 mil-
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BAHA Mar yesterday said it
provided more than adequate
notice of the impending January
2008 Nassau Beach Hotel clo-
sure to its tenants, including
Cafe Johnny Canoe, its senior
vice-president of administration
and external affairs told Tri-
bune Business yesterday.
Robert Sands said Baha
Mar's Cable Beach Resorts had
been in talks with all their ten-
ants for the past 18 months to
two years ,advising them of the
proposed demolition of the
Nassau Beach Hotel as part of
the $2.4 billion Cable Beach

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Currently, unlike in the US
with the Public Company
Accounting Oversight Board
post-Sarbanes-Oxley, the
Bahamas does not have a regu-
lator with specific oversight for
the accounting profession,
although it does fall under the
Central Bank's and Securities
Commission's remit in certain
Discussions on allowing
accountants globally to practice
with proportionate liability, with
the amounts sought by lawsuits
linked to the value of audit
work and contracts, Mr Barnes
suggested, were relevant to the
Bahamas at a time when it was
discussing allowing its accoun-
tants to practice with limited
Proportional liability, where a
$5,000 audit contract did not
incur a $50 million lawsuit, was
"gathering a lot of momentum,
Mr Barnes added, with Europe
"way down the path" on the
proposal, although nothing had
been enacted yet.
The fear of attracting large
lawsuits should something go
wrong on an audit. Mr Barnes
said, was discouraging young
accountants from placing many
into their firms to become
junior partners, and also limit-
ing the choice of auditors that
companies had because audit
firms were shying away from

all reapply to return to Baha
He added that while some
tenants had asked to be given
until April 2008 to move, that
was not viable and those appli-
cations were denied, with all
due to be out by the end of Jan-
"When we are in a position to
determine where we are, then
we will accept applications," Mr
Sands said.
He explained that as of Janu-
ary 3, 2008, reservations stop,
and the Nassau Beach Hotel
will close on January 6. The
Baha Mar development is
expected to take three to four
Despite the "adequate
notice" Baha Mar feels that it

Currently, Bahamian public
accountants, under the Public
Accountants (Rules of Profes-
sional Conduct) Regulations
1993 are only permitted to prac-
tice as sole partnerships or sole
proprietorships without limited
Limited liability would insu-
late partners and/or sharehold-
ers in Bahamian public account-
ing firms from liability for their
company's general debts, and
from vicarious liability result-
ing from the deliberate, or neg-
ligent, misconduct of other
shareholders and employees.
It would not shield Bahamian
public accountants from all lia-
bility, as they would still be
exposed to their own deliber-
ate, or negligent, malpractice.
Mr Barnes added that Baker
Tilly's network of 138 member
firms in 104 countries the
Bahamian member is Gomez
Partners & Co was finding, in
common with other accounting
firms, that its growth was being
inhibited by "an inability to
attract youngsters into the pro-
In the UK and US, it was
now common for 70 per cent of
university graduates entering
the profession to be women, Mr
Barnes added, while there were
"fewer students in total coming
into accounting".
Despite the vital role it
played in capital markets for
investors, Mr Barnes said the
profession was not seen as 'sexy'
enough, especially post-Enron,
and there was a dearth of
entrants for CPA (certified
public accountant) courses at

has given its tenants, Harry and
Michael Pikramenos, the own-
ers of the Bahamian-themed
Cafe Johnny Canoe restaurant,
said yesterday they were "total-
ly disgusted" with the manner in
which Baha Mar is forcing the
closure of the restaurant, par-
ticulary because of the lack of a
suitable interim location.
They are now faced with hav-
ing to lay-off their 65 employees
in the New Year if a replace-
ment site is not found.
TheNassau Beach's closure
will enable the Cable Beach
Resorts campus to make way
for the footprint of a lot of the
major work for the $2.4 billion
redevelopment, particularly the
Caesar's Entertainment hotel
and casino and the W resort.

university, as opposed to
As a result, there were not
enough qualified accountants
entering and staying in the
profession and progressing up
the promotional ladder to junior
partner level, and ultimately, to
senior partner and managerial
This, in turn, was preventing
accounting firms from building
up infrastructure and servicing
clients properly.
These issues are again
impacting the Bahamas, too.
After matriculating in account-
ing and taking the US exam,
Bahamian accountants had to
spend two years working in the
industry to gain practical expe-
rience before gaining CPA sta-
With starting salaries in the
profession starting at around
$24-$25,000, many accounting
firms were finding their young
recruits were being snapped up
as chief financial officers and
financial controllers by banks
and other companies offering
substantially higher salaries.
To overcome this, Mr Barnes
suggested using a version of the
secondment programme start-
ed by Baker Tilly, where young
accountants were sent to work
elsewhere in the world at a
member firm for several
Out of the 100 who had been
in the programme last year, Mr
Barnes said some 92 were still
with Baker Tilly. And some 70
per cent of that 92 had been
promoted to the next grade lev-

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BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 2.019.23 / CHG 9 85 / %CHG 0.49 /YTO 343.04 IYTD % 20 47
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Cloei Tocga u Ci...-s. rar..ge. Dal, '.,:,l EPS i D.. P E ._la
1.66 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.59 1.59 0.00 0.157 0.000 10.1 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 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 200 0.188 0.020 4.5 2.35%
3.74 1.65 Bahamas Waste 3.74 3.66 -0.08 2,800 0.275 0.090 13.3 2.46%
2.62 1.22 Fidelity Bank 2.61 2.61 0.00 0.058 0.040 45.0 1.53%
12.00 9.89 Cable Bahamas 12.00 1.2.00 0.00 1.030 0.240 11.7 2.00%
3.15 1.88 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 500 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
7.42 4.10 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 7.22 7.42 0.20 8,950 0.426 0.260 17.4 3.50%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.09 5.98 -0.11 5.609 0.129 0.050 47.2 0.82%
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 6.85 6.85 0.00 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 14.60 14.60 0.00 300 0.934 0.470 15.6 3.22%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 5.96 5.96 0.00 0.359 0.140 16.6 2.35%
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 0.300 17.6 4.14%
10.05 8.60 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%
Fidelity Over-The-Couinler SecurlUes
52.'- MI .. -.LC,. S, .T.P :.I a ., I i l,, L.,t PiFr.: \.-i.Pl, .*.! EPS I D.. i" FP E 're l
14.60 14.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 16.00 1.160 1.185 13.4 8.12%
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%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securilles
41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
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%
BISX Lialed Mulfuyl Funds
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.3656 1.3149 Colina Money Market Fund 1.365584*
3.5388 2.9728 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 11.3075 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.8192"*"
FINDEX: CLOSE 913 58 t YID 23 1 I%,, 2006 34 47%
6--' L -- -*-E i rII:. :'. -. = I :..'..... .. .1- i i,,r 1 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV KIFY
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidlelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Soling price of Colina und fidelity 16 Novembut 2001
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 Oclobol 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 Not Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) 4- r-1 Stock Split Effective Dale 8/8/2007
(S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007
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$120m industry under threat



FROM page 1

ration with the Ministry of
Tourism and Aviation and the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, plus
the Out Islands Promotions
Board, were:
' ** To delay implementation
for two years until communica-
tions upgrades took place at the
19 Family Island airports
Extend the proposed 24-
hour filing time to two weeks
in advance of inbound and
return flights
Accept alternative means
for filing via fax and, "in spe-
cial circumstances", via tele-
The BHA added: "Our pri-

miary concerns with the pro-
posed rules are as follows:
Reliable and accessible
Internet service is not available
in nany ot our more remote
AOE's, where economies are
developing and infrastructLuire
in being developed and upgrad-
Private aircraft are the sup-
port base for the economic
livelihood for residents and
tourists on many of our devel-
oping islands.
All indications from private
aircraft operators point to a
considerable reduction in flights
and passengers to international
destinations like ours if the rules
are adopted as proposed.
The spending patterns of
visitors arriving by private air-
craft far exceeds that of other

Interested persons are asked to send their

visitors, thus any loss of rev-
enue w'ill be considerable.
Small hotels and tourism
support businesses will suffer
the greatest impact, with
reduced revenues affecting
employment, businesses and
government revenue collec-
The B 13A said: "It should be
further noted, that the
Bahamas' investments in
improving security, communi-
cations and facility.infrastruc-
ture throughout the archipel-
ago have accelerated in recent
years. This is a national priority.
Given the huge financial
demands on our small island-
nation, this is being paced at a
level in which the Government
can afford."



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Thursday, December 6, 2007

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Update on Financial Services Development
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Memorandum of



(Expressed in Bahamian $000) (unaudited)



October 31,

S 25,454


January 31,



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Shareholders' equity $ 9,128 7,606

(B$000) (unaudited)
3 months ended 3 months ended
October 31, 2007 October 31, 2006

Sales $ 21,752 19,323
Cost of sales (15,453) (13,741)
Gross profit 6,299 5,582
Selling, general and administration expenses (5,892) (5,901)
Other income 83 77
Net operating profit/(loss) 490 (242)
Interest expense (44) (168)
Dividends on preference shares (200) (200)
Net profit/(loss) from continuing operations 246 (610)
Net loss from discontinued operations (143)
Net profit/(loss) for the period $ 246 (753)

Income/(loss) per share $0.015 ($0.047)
(B$000) (unaudited)
9 months ended 9 months ended
October 31, 2007 October 31, 2006

Sales S 64,288 57,993
Cost of sales (45,160) (41,344)
Gross profit 19,128 16,649
Selling, general and administration expenses (17,565) (17,215)
Other income 282 162
Net operating profit/(loss) 1,845 (404)
Gain on disposal of investment (note 5) 150
Pre-opening costs (note 6) (112)
Interest expense (167) (467)
Dividends on preference shares (618) (601)
Net profit/(loss) from continuing operations 1,098 (1,472)
Net profit/(loss) from discontinued operations 35 (600)
Gain on disposal of subsidiary (note 2) 39
Restructuring charge 350 (1,500)
Net profit/(loss) for the period $ 1,522 (3,572)

Income/(loss) per share $0.096 ($0.225)

(B$000) (unaudited)
9 months ended 9 months ended
October 31, 2007 October 31, 2006

Cash flows from operations
Net profit/(loss) for period $ 1,522 (3,572)

Net cash provided by/(used in) operating activities 88 (87)

Net cash provided by investing activities 3,789 575

Net cash used in financing activities (4,760) (3,713)

Decrease in cash $ (883) (3,225)

Nine months ended October 31, 2007

On April 30, 2007, the Company completed the sale of Cost Right Turks and its
associated property for $2,700,000 plus $211,000 representing the value of net current
assets. $2.5m of the proceeds were received on closing and $200,000 will be payable
over 3 years. This note earns interest of 8.5% per annum.
On June 30, 2007, the Company made a redemption of $268,000 of the Class A
preference shares. This represents a partial payment on the redemption due on December
31, 2007.
On September 30, 2007, the Company made a redemption of $535,000 of the Class A
preference shares and a further redemption of $267,000 will be made on December 31,
On March 31, 2007, the Company completed the sale of its investment in BSL Holdings
Limited for $2,650,000. $2,500,000 of the proceeds was used to repay the bank debt
taken up to finance the investment.
Pre-opening costs represent costs incurred in the relocation of Cost Right Fweport froim
its former location on Milton Street to The Mall, which were not capital in nature.

Copies of a f]dl set of the unaudited financial statements can be obtained from Brendalee
Gibson, at Abaco Markets Corporate Offices at Town Centre Mall, Blue Hill Road. Nassau,
The Bahamas, tel. 1 242 325 21 22.

The Job & Requirements

To manage all aspects of the daily operations on a
profitable basis. Must have firm understanding of
Produce Purchasing, Standard Operating Procedures
and Merchandising. Must have past success in
managing L/D. Possessing excellent communication
skills with proven ability to build teams. Knowledge
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FLEMING, from page 1

"repeatedly reached out" to the
Hayward side in an effort to
resolve the protracted legal dis-
pute out of court.
"We are open to having dis-
cussions with anyone to find a
solution," Mr Smith said. "We
have openly offered to develop
a plan to remove the receivers,
have equal representation [with
the Haywards] on the Board of
Directors, and have a tie-break-
er in the event of a dispute, so
that it does not appear to
investors that there is a distur-
bance in the home."
The St George estate was
"ready, willing and able" to
have discussions with groups
interested in investing in new
opportunities with Port Group
Ltd, and on diversifying the

GBPA's ownership base,
"But we are not about to sell
our shares," Mr Smith reiteral-
ed, pointing out that it was the
Haywards who allegedly want-
ed to leave Freeport after agree-
ing to sell their GBPA stake 'in
principle' to Fleming for $100
He added that the St George
family all had strong ties to the
Bahamas, with Caroline St
George a Bahamian citizen and
many of the other children per-
manent residents.
Mr Smith also indicated that
the Haywards' decision to
accept the Fleming offer,
despite the higher $125 million
bid by Hutchison Whampoa,
was continuing to fuel their sus-
picions that Sir Jack's son, Rick,



The Board of Directors of Finance
Corporation of Bahamas Limited
hereby notifies all of its Shareholders
that the Bank's actual net profit, based
on unaudited results for the fourth
quarter ended 31st October, 2007 was
6,917,075. As a result, a dividend of
thirteen cents (0.13 cents) per Ordinary
Share will be paid on 18th December,
2007 to all shareholders of record as at
11th December, 2007.

Please be further advised that as a

result of net income of
during fiscal 2007 and
financial position of the
special dividend of five
cents) per Ordinary Share
paid on 18th December,

shareholders of
11th December, 2007.

the sound
company, a
cents (0.05
will also be
2007 to all

record as at

The Bank's total asset were $712,402,488
for the quarter ended 31st Octob*jI007.


Dated 4th December, 2007

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Buteried an

and ousted GBPA chairman
Hannes Babak were involved
with the Fleming bid.
This has was vehemently
denied Geoffrey Richards, a
director of Fleming Family &
Partners, who told The Tribune
on September 12, 2007, that nei-
ther man was involved with the
Fleming acquisition, nor did
they have a financial stake in
the project.
Yet Mr Smith said yesterday:
"We are committed to the
future of Freeport, but we can-
not understand how the trustees
of Sir Jack's shares would per-
mit and enter into an agreement
with the Fleming Group, when
there is an offer on the table to
Sir Jack and his group by
Hutchison Whampoa for $125
million. Why sell for $25 mil-
lion less than offered by Hutchi-
son? It just doesn't make any
Court documents have
alleged that Fleming, the asset
management and private invest-
ment house, has reached an
agreement in principle to
acquire from Sir Jack Hay-
ward's family trusts for $100
million their in IDC, which
owns the GBPA and its Port

Group Ltd affiliate.
While Fleming may have
agreed a purchase in principle,
the trustees of the Hayward
family trusts said in court-filed
affidavits that the institution
had merely "expressed an inter-
est" in purchasing their GBPA
It has been suggested that the
St George estate is hoping that,
with Sir Jack having 'set his
price' through allegedly agree-
ing to Fleming's $100 million
offer, the Supreme Court will
order that he instead be com-
pelled to sell to them.
And the Hutchison Wham-
poa offer also faces some obsta-
cles. Having invested some $1
billion in equity into Freeport,
the company holds a 50 per cent
interest in the Grand Bahama
Development Company (Dev-
co), and Freeport Harbour
Company (the holding entity
for the Grand Bahama Inter-
national Airport Company and
the Sea/Air Business Centre.
It also has majority owner-
ship of the Freeport Container
Port, and owns 100 per cent the
Our Lucaya Resort and Silver
Point upscale condominium

Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
30th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice



(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
30th day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


Hutchison Whampoa's posi-
tion as the joint owner of
Freeport's productive assets
would make it seem like a nat-
ural purchaser of the GBPA. It
is also understood to be dan-
gling in front of the Govern-
ment the carrot that, if its bid
was successful, it would activate
Clause 4 (2) in the 1960 amend-
ment to the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement, which allows for
the GBPA's quasi-governmen-
tal, regulatory, licensing and
governance powers to be
devolved to an undefined 'Local
Authority', with backing from
80 per cent of GBPA licensees.
This would in effect leave
Hutchison with ownership of
Freeport's productive assets, but
divest itself of all regulatory
functions. However, it is unclear
how a 'devolved' GBPA would

function, who would run it, who
would sit on its Board, and how
it would be made financially
Apart from Freeport becom-
ing a 'one company' town if its
bid ultimately succeeded, anoth-
er issue if Hutchison Whampoa
was ultimately successful would
be the US reaction. Washing-
ton is already understood to be
extremely nervous over the
existing Chinese ownership and
presence on Grand Bahama.
Fleming has been far more
transparent with its plans for
the GBPA if it succeeds, Rod-
die Fleming, its principal
investor, telling The Tribune
that it would target financial
services, medical services and
the latter's links to education
and research as industries to
drive Freeport's future.


NOTICE is hereby given that ELOTES LEJUSTE of
SOLDIER RD., 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 27TH day of November, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ERNESTO GONGORA of
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 4TH day of
December, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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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 27TH day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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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 27TH day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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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 27TH day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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available at St. John's College, St. Anne's School
and Bishop Michael Eldon School in Freeport.


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Lennar sells land

states to

Morgan Stanley

AP Business Writer

MIAMI (AP) Lennar Cor-
poration has sold land in eight
states to Morgan Stanley Real
Estate at about 40 cents on the
dollar, giving the homebuilder a
$525 million influx in cash as it
continues to pare down inven-
tory in the face of the housing
While analysts noted the deal
would result in future charges
for the Miami-based builder,
investors were heartened by the
sale, sending Lennar's stock up
more than five per cent to
$16.74 Monday.
Lennar said late Friday it
formed a land investment ven-
ture with Morgan Stanley Real
Estate to acquire, develop, man-
age and sell residential real
estate, with Lennar selling prop-
erties valued at $1.3 billion to
the venture for $525 million.
The acquired properties
include about 11,000 homesites
in 32 communities nationally,
consisting of raw land and both
partially and fully developed
homesites in California, Col-
orado, Florida, Illinois, Mary-
land, Massachusetts, Nevada
and New Jersey.
As of September 30, the
acquired properties had a book
value of about $1.3 billion for
Lennar, one of the nation's
largest home builders. Lennar
has said it was working to con-
vert land and new home inven-
. tory into cash.
)-- The deal generates immedi-
ate cash for Lennar and is a
continuation of the company's

growing and ambitious strate-
gy of becoming a "near assetless
homebuilder" that builds homes
and controls land, but does not
own it, Wachovia Capital Mar-
kets analyst Carl Reichardt
wrote in a Monday report.
*"Such business models tend
to post higher returns on capital,
inventory turns and free cash
flow relative to peers," the
report said.
In the near term, however,
the bold strategy comes in "a
far second to market conditions
in housing that continue to with-
er," such as low margins, bloat-
ed inventories and falling prices,
he wrote.
Lennar will book a loss of
about $3.09 per share from the
land sale in the fourth quarter
and its net book inventory value
would decline about 20 per cent,
Reichardt wrote.
Wachovia lowered its fourth-
quarter earnings per share esti-
mate for Lennar to a loss of
$4.15, compared to its previous
estimates of a loss of $1.01.
Wachovia also adjusted its full-
year 2007 earnings per share
estimate from a loss of $5.37 to
a loss of $8.50.
JP Morgan research analyst
Michael Rehaut wrote that the
$775 million loss on the deal as
a "net negative" for Lennar and
the homebuilding industry
because it points to more
impairment charges on assets
such as land into 2008.
"We believe the loss on the
sale is a major negative, as it
shows charges are far from
over," Rehaut wrote.
In September, Lennar report-

ed its biggest quarterly loss in
the company's 53-year history,
as tough times in the national
housing market led to drops in
sales prices and home deliveries,
as well as heavy charges to write
down land values. Lennar has
cut its work force by 35 per cent
this year.
Lennar will hold a 20 per cent
ownership stake and 50 per cent
voting rights in the new ven-
ture, manage its operations and
receive fees for its services.
Lennar also signed option
agreements and rights of first
offer giving it the opportunity to
purchase certain finished home-
sites at current market values
from the investment venture.
Rehaut pointed to both the
options and the possibility of
receiving "disproportionate"
share of the venture's distribu-
tions should it surpass its finan-
cial targets as positives for
"The combined expertise and
resources provided by the
Lennar/Morgan Stanley team
will allow us to maximize the
value of this portfolio and pro-
vide a footprint to capitalize on
inefficiencies in today's resi-
dential real estate market," said
Stuart Miller, president and
chief executive of Lennar. "This
transaction provides us with
increased liquidity and flexibil-
ity at an opportune time."
Citigroup Global Markets
Realty Corp. acted as sole lead
arranger for the acquisition
financing to the investment ven-
ture. Morgan Stanley acted as
financial adviser to Morgan,
Stanley Real Estate. ... .

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"Right now, we can't sign a sup-
plemental agreement because
for all intents and purposes,
there is no industrial agreement.
"It only becomes an industri-
al agreement when it is regis- -.
tered by both parties. Then we.'. .
start negotiations on a supple-
mental agreement. Otherwise,
you're re-opening negotiations." .
On the work week reduction,' '.'.
Mr Ferguson added: "I don't. -
think the union is opposed to -
that. The union has taken the'
position that a three-day work
week reduction is reasonable,
and will go that route from Jan-
uary to March.
"It's practical to do so, and
it's in the best interests of the
union, the company and the
worker to do so. I am certain'. .
that if the company is reason-
able, the union will be reason-
able, because in this case the .-.-
union has agreed with the com- '. -.
pany without a supplemental *
agreement." .'
Glenn Bannister, Morton
Salt's managing director,
declined to comment when con-
tacted by The Tribune. .*
However, a source close to
the company confirmed that
Morton Salt had been in talks
with the union over the last two
weeks, and repeated an offer -.
made in negotiations over the "
July 11 agreement but never
taken up of a three-day work
week in lieu of lay-offs to cope
with the reduced salt harvest .
caused by excessive rainfall. .-- -
However, the company's
position is that the supplemen-
tal agreement must be signed
and negotiated before the July
11 agreement is filed with the
Industrial Tribunal, as it "has a
situation now that has to be
- dealtwith. It-can't wait"'. ---
The company, the source
said, wants "a supplemental
agreement attached to the exist-
ing agreement dealing with lay-
offs and redundancies".
Mr Ferguson previously said :::*.
the union objected to the "irrev-
ocable" nature of the supple-
mental agreement that Morton
Salt was seeking, as this meant
that the clause related to lay-
offs would be set in stone, and
could not be changed during
negotiations on future industri-
al agreements.
Yet the source said this was
not correct, and Morton Salt
was merely seeking something
in writing so that neither-party
could renege on or sue the oth-
er over.
The issue of lay-offs tempo-
rary or otherwise is a 'hot' one
at Morton Salt currently, given
that the unusually heavy rainfall
experienced by Inagua this year,
even prior to Tropical Storm
Noel, had melted the salt cake
in the company's pans and left it
looking at running out of salt
to harvest by the end of this
Morton Salt's 2007 produc- .
tion is likely to be just 500,000 -
tonnes, some 40 per cent of the '*
normal 1.2 million tonnes, "a
tremendous loss".
The Tribune previously
reported that as a result of the .'.
five to six inches of rain that fell '
in August, instead of seeing a
one-inch salt growth, which
would have translated into
300,000 tonnes for harvesting,
Morton Salt saw growth of only
1/5 of an inch.
Only 60,000 tonnes was
grown and harvested in August,
a shortfall of 240,000 tonnes.
Inagua's economy is heavily
dependent on Morton Salt,
which employs 60 per cent of
its workforce. *'
Morton Salt's line staff num- .
bers around 105, of which the '
union represents 85. The com-
pany also employs 26 manager- .
ial staff, making its total work- .'.
force complement 130-strong. ,-'-