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Publication Date: 12/5/2007
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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2007


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Man in court in

connection with

Samuel 'Mooshae'

McKenzie murder


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
BANK LANE came to a
standstill late yesterday afternoon
as armed police officers brought
Stephen Stubbs to court to be for-
mally arraigned on charges in
connection with the shooting
death of Samuel 'Mooshae'
McKenzie.
Stubbs, who had been wanted
by police for questioning in con-
nection with McKenzie's murder,
reportedly turned himself in to
police- on Monday.
McKenzie, 35, who was out on
bail for murder, was gunned
down in broad daylight on
November 22 on Wilson Street,
off Hay Street, according to
reports.
Police have charged Stubbs, 32,
of Ridgeland Park West, with
McKenzie's murder, conspiring
with others to attempt to murder
McKenzie, as well as attempting


to murder hnd conspiring to
attempt to murder Keith Wood-
side. Woodside was also wounded
during the shooting.
Stubbs, who was not required
to plead to the charges, is repre-
sented by attorneys Tamara Tay-
lor, Devard Francis and Murrio
Ducille.
Following his arraignment in
Court Eight, Bank Lane, yester-
day, Stubbs protested to Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel that he had
just come from an ID parade, but
was "never picked out."
"I turned myself into police
and they frame these charges
against me," he told the magis-
trate.
The prosecutor, Inspector
Ercell Dorsette, said the prose-
cution intends to proceed by a
Voluntary Bill of Indictment in
the matter. The case has been
SEE page 11


Police constable in
court on drug charges
A POLICE constable was arraigned in Magistrate's Court yes-
terday on drug possession charges.
According to court dockets, Jason Dion King, 21, of Dignity
Gardens, was found in possession.of a quantity of marijuana on
Sunday, December 2, and Monday, December 3.
According to the prosecution, King was found in posses-
sion of a total of 22 grams of marijuana.
King, who was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at Court One, Bank Lane, pleaded not guilty to both
charges and was granted $1,000 bail. The case was adjourned to
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that Christopher
Esfakis was given
an 'incorrect'
amount of fluid
I By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A MEDICAL doctor yester-
day testified in the coroner's
court that two days before his
death in Doctors Hospital
Christopher Esfakis was put on
a fluid intake regime by medical
staff that far exceeded the nor-
mal recommended amount for a
person in his condition.
Dr Adrienne Garner, who
testified that she qualified as a
doctor in the UK in 1970, told
jurors she was asked by the
deceased's sister, Leandra
Esfakis, in January, 2003, to go
through the notes recorded by
medical staff and create a "pic-
ture of what had happened to
Mr Esfakis during his time at
Doctors Hospital."
Previous testimony had
revealed that 42-year-old Mr
Esfakis died in the hospital on
April 22, 2002, three days after
he was admitted to be treated
for burnsE
SEE page 11


Couple ask for criminal investigation

into lost valuable legal documents


A NASSAU couple whose
package of valuable legal docu-
ments "got lost" on its way to
London have now asked police
to open a criminal investigation,
saying they suspect it never left
the Bahamas.
Greg and Tanya Cash are
now convinced that an attempt
has been made to sabotage their
Privy Council case against the
Baptist education authorities.
They have turned the matter
over to police after claiming
that UPS had given at least four
different versions of where the
package went in London.
And they are considering civ-
il action in the courts to secure
damages for the lost package
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wristband, claimed in election
court yesterday that he lived in
Pinewood. He admitted he was
drunk when, after a traffic acci-
dent, he told police he lived in
the Joe Farrington Road area
during the same period.
Insley Mitchell took the wit-
ness stand in election court at the
end of the morning session, wear-
ing a red FNM wristband to
which PLP lawyer Philip 'Brave'
Davis objected. Mr Mitchell
removed the wrist band with
Senior Justice Anita Allen stating
that he should have known better
than to have worn it.
Mr Mitchell told the court that
he was a resident of 534 Saffron
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o In brief

Turnquest:
Govt ready to
move on
naming nuclear
test ban treaty
authority
THE government will move
as expeditiously as possible to
prepare legislation and name a
national authority on the
Comprehensive Nuclear Test
Ban Treaty, Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest said.
His comments, delivered at
the closing ceremonies of the
Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty (CTBT) Organisation's
regional workshop in Nassau,
follow the ratification of the
treaty by the Bahamas last
week.
Mr Turnquest also
addressed the "continuing
serious concern" of CARI-
COM member states with the
transit of nuclear and haz-
ardous waste through the
"ecologically fragile water of
our region and our repeated
urging for the cessation of this
potentially devastating activi-
ty."
He said the CTBT has
resulted in member states
"acting on their conviction"
that nuclear testing should be
prohibited in every area of the
world. He said this is a critical
step towards nuclear disarma-
ment.
"It is evident that the
CTBT's objectives are con-
sidered to be serious global
business from the 177 states
that have signed it and the 140
that have ratified," Mr Turn-
quest said. "The Bahamas,
having deposited its Instru-
ment of Ratification of the
CTBT with the secretary-gen-
eral of the United Nations
during the course of this work-
shop, I am pleased to say, can
now be counted among the
states parties."


Telemedicine Pilot Project goes onstream


Health boost

for residents

of Family
Islands


* By MATT MAURA

The launch of the Telemedi-
cine Pilot Project at the Princess
Margaret Hospital will allow
health officials to provide the
same kind of "quality health-
care" persons in New Provi-
dence receive to residents of the
Family Islands, Minister of
Health D Hubert Minnis said.
Dr Minnis said the technolo-
gy will allow as many Family
Islanders as possible, after a full
assessment of their illnesses or
injuries, to remain in their com-
munities and receive treatment
and care among family mem-
bers and friends.
He said the Telemedicine
Project, which was established
between the Accident and
Emergency Department at the
PMH and the Marsh Harbor
Primary Care Clinic in Abaco, is
an example of the government's
"futuristic thinking" in the area
of healthcare and other aspects
of governance.
He said it will be expanded
in future into other areas of
healthcare including intensive
care unit management and
treatment.
Monday's launch met the
minister's stated implementa-
tion deadline of December.
"The fact that we are a very
large archipelago presents cer-
tain challenges where it makes it
somewhat difficult to establish
medical facilities and institu-
tions in all of the various Fami-
ly Islands and, at the same time,
have the adequate personnel to
deal with those patients and
deliver quality and equal care
to all, be it here in Nassau or
as far as Inagua," Dr Minnis
said.
"The establishment of the
Telemedicine Project will allow
us to extend the same medical
care to the remote islands that
the persons in Nassau receive.
What telemedicine does is that
it allows the emergency room


to be extended to the Family
Islands.
"What this means is that
those patients who are in the
Family Islands, be it Abaco or
other islands, will be able to be
examined by our emergency
room team here in New Provi-
dence in 'real time' and assessed
properly before a determina-
tion is made as to whether any
further treatment is necessary.
"I am sure that the persons
in the Family Islands begin-
ning with Abaco who will ben-
efit from this initiative, will be
very happy to know that they
will be attended to by our senior
physicians here in Nassau, in
addition to the physicians on
the ground, and will have the
further assurance that they are
not alone (because) their Big
Brother here at the Princess
Margaret Hospital will be
watching them also," Dr Minnis
added.
The Telemedicine Pilot Pro-
ject makes use of the latest fibre
optic technology to connect
physicians at the Accident and
Emergency Department of
PMH or any other consultant


as required, with a physician in
the Marsh Harbour Primary
Care Clinic.
It will also facilitate consul-
tation on any clinical condition,
including urgent and emergency
cases, the government says.
After assessing the patients
using this service, medical per-
sonnel will be able to determine
whether those individuals need
to be transported to New Prov-
idence for treatment and care,
or whether they will be able to
remain in their respective Fam-
ily Islands, he said.
Medical experts say, depend-
ing on the treatment needed,
that it is "preferable for the
patient" and to an extent their
caregivers, to have their cases
managed at home or in a famil-
iar environment that includes
family and friends.
Dr Minnis said the Telemed-
icine Pilot Programme will also
allow health officials to save
hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars which can be used in other
areas of the healthcare, educa-
tional or social sector "depend-
ing on the needs of our citi-
zens."


"It is very difficult and almost
impossible for us to establish
an Emergency Room or Hos-
pital setting in every island.
That is cost prohibitive," Dr
Minnis said.
"And therefore with
advanced technology, rather
than attempting to establish a
Princess Margaret Hospital or a
tertiary institution in every
island, we can solidify our
resources and essentially take
the Princess Margaret Hospital
and all of our specialist care to
the most remote Family Islands
so we will all have equal care,"
he said.
"That is extremely futuristic,
(but) that is what this govern-
ment is all about. It is not just
about today, but it is about
tomorrow, and tomorrow we
will be able to expand that so
that not only will we be taking
the emergency room to the
Family Islands, but we will be
able to expand the service so
that we will be in a position to
also take the intensive care unit
and other facilities to the Fam-
ily Islands."


"What this
means is that
those patients
who are in the
Family
Islands, be it
Abaco or oth-
er islands, will
be able to be
examined by
our emer-
gency room
team here in
New Provi-
dence."

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 3


THE TRIBUNE


LOCAL NEWS


In brief


,Handgun found

at home in

Englerston

community
On Monday a concerned cit-
izen called police to a home in
the Englerston community
where they discovered a
firearm.
.." The officers confiscated a .45
handgun which contained two
live rounds of ammunition.
No arrests have been, but
police say investigations are
continuing.

Armed robbers

target driver
Sometime after 10pm on
Monday the 34-year-old male
driver of a blue 2000 Chrysler
Town and Country, who was
accompanied by a 24-year-old
male passenger, were in the
area of Esso Service Station
near Bargain City on
Carmichael Road when two
men armed with shotguns
approached them.
The gunmen robbed the dri-
ver of the vehicle arid the pas-
senger of a small amount of
cash.
The robbers took the vehicle
and sped off travelling west on
Carmichael Road.
"This matter is actively
being investigated," a police
spokesperson said.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Chavez opposition

given new energy
CARACAS, Venezuela
THE surprising defeat of a
referendum this weekend to
accelerate President Hugo
Chavez's socialist-inspired rev-
olution has given new energy
to his long-suffering opposition,
according to Associated Press.
But just how long that
momentum lasts will depend on
whether his opponents can keep
within their ranks the Venezue-
.* lans who defected from Chavez
S' to vote no on the proposals.
! For nine years, a combina-
tion of populist politics and ris-
ing oil prices have propelled
Chavez's socialist program for
Venezuela with an almost inex-
orable momentum. On Sunday
his country put on the brakes.
Those results have at once
given the opposition a sudden
boost and demonstrated the
resilience of Venezuela's insti-
tutions. They also showed that
many of Chavez's once-stalwart
backers have grown frustrated
with the rising prices and food
shortages that have become
symptomatic of his revolution,
despite his promises to the poor.
Interviews in the barrios
where Chavez's support has run
strong indicated that many of
those no votes were as much an
expression of frustration with
government mismanagement as
a warning to Chavez that he had
finally overreached in proposing
constitutional changes that
would have ended term limits
for the president and greatly
centralized bis power.
The rejection of his proposals


Fear of

providing

information

to people

wanted for

questioning

N By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Police will not reveal any fur-
ther details about the status of
the investigation into the mur-
ders of Harl Taylor and Thad-
deus McDonald for fear of pro-
viding too much information
to persons they are still seeking
to bring in for questioning in
connection with the deaths,
The Tribune has learned.
When questioned about the
investigations yesterday, Chief
Supt Hulan Hanna said that
police are "mindful not to say
anything at this stage" with
respect to details of the cases,
as there are "still persons out
there that we need to see that
we have not seen persons that
are material to this investiga-
tion."
"For us to say anything that
is lacking in prudence may
wisen people up to where the


investigation is," he said. How-
ever, while stating that police
are "extremely cautious" about
releasing information for this
reason, Chief Supt Hanna said
that the investigations are "pro-
gressing well" and officers
"should be able to say some-
thing sooner rather than later"
about the matters.
The Tribune had hoped to
ascertain whether police have
made progress in terms of cer-
tain key pieces of information.
Police have yet to reveal a
timeline of events as it relates
to the two men's deaths,
although Asst Commissioner
Ellison Greenslade admitted
he had personally attended the
scenes of both to "see for him-
self" whether it is likely that
they are connected.
When his body was discov-
ered early Sunday morning just
over two weeks ago, police
refused to say how long they
believed 37-year-old Mr Tay-


lor had been dead for, and they
continue to refuse to do so,
despite the fact that autopsies
on both men's bodies are com-
plete.
Such information would
reveal whether he in fact died
shortly before he was discov-
ered, or closer to the time
when 59-year-old Dr McDon-
ald, whose body was discov-
ered the previous Friday, was
killed.
The Tribune had also sought
to ask whether analysis has
revealed there to be finger-
prints belonging to the same
individual at both scenes, pos-
sibly indicating the victims died
at the hands of the same per-
son.
The outcome of an analysis
of the two men's phone records
also remains under wraps, leav-
ing the question of whether
they were in contact with the
same person or persons unan-
swered.


Disabled asked to register with govt


EVERYONE living with a
disability in the Bahamas has
been asked to register with the
government.
The drive, being co-ordinated
by the Disability Affairs Divi-
sion, is expected to lead to the
development of a national reg-
istry of persons living with dis-
abilities.
The government is "fully
committed" to enacting legisla-
tion that will acknowledge the
rights of disabled persons, Min-
ister of State for Social Devel-
opment Loretta Butler-Turner
said yesterday.
Mrs Butler-Turner said such
legislation will assure persons
living with disabilities of gov-
ernment's commitment to equal
access and full participation for
every citizen of the country,
regardless of their circum-
stances.
She said it is impossible, how-
ever, to provide the necessary
programmes and services in an
"effective and efficient manner"
without having the proper sta-
tistical data.
Mrs Butler-Turner said that
this is the reasoning behind the
registration drive.
The provision of "sound, sta-
tistical data" on the needs and
conditions of disabled persons,
Mrs Butler-Turner said, will
provide the government with a


full picture of the needs of this
demographic.
She encouraged persons liv-
ing with disabilities to openly
participate in the registration
drive.
"The statistical information
obtained from this important
exercise will not only provide
the kind of information that is
of vital importance in guiding
the government in developing
and implementing effective poli-
cies, services and empowerment
programmes, but it will also
assist non-governmental agen-
cies in fulfilling their organisa-
tion's vision," Mrs Butler-Turn-
er said.
"Equalisation of opportuni-
ties can only be accomplished
by establishing the necessary
framework for legislative poli-
cies that will legally protect the
rights and dignity of persons
with disabilities.
"As the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas forges ahead to
establish its place both region-
ally and internationally, it is
extremely important that the
dignity and basic human rights
of all of its citizens, including
persons with disabilities, are not
only provided for but protect-
ed," she added.
Mrs Butler-Turner sad that
once the proposed legislation is
enacted, it will amount to "one


of the most important pieces of
legislation affecting the lives of
individuals within the commu-
nity of persons living with dis-
abilities."
"It is important because it will
not only provide the structural
tools necessary to bring about a
shift in cultural attitudes
towards persons living with dis-
abilities, but it will remove the
unfair discrimination and mar-
ginalisation practices that have
for far too long been used to
exclude persons with disabili-
ties from their constitutional
rights," Mrs Butler-Turner said.
"As we are all aware, legisla-
tion can correct most of the
inequalities and injustices that
mar the daily lives of persons
living with disabilities. Howev-
er, we must be cognisant of the
fact that no matter how pre-
cisely drafted the legislation
becomes, one of the greatest
barriers that persons living with
disabilities will ever face is the
negative attitude perpetuated
upon them by society.


JACK VICTOR

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Our society has lost all shame


IN THIS column vestleia\ w\\e concluded
that a dysfunctional social\ produces ;i dys-
functional people.
And so, in the words of John Donne. "never"
send to know for whom tihe bell lols: it (lls flor
thee."
It is now time to stop the blame ganI and get
together as a community to find out li\ \\ e can
contain our present violent society and stiarl
building for a more peaceful [tlure.
Over the years from ai soie l\ of friendly
unsophisticated people man\in have become
materialistic. greedy, and immoral. -For solme of
them- in the famous x\ words of ote our less
famous, former politicians the attitude is:
"Don't mind how I make mn nonee. \\ whether I
earn it or tief it."
And the incredible attitude displayed by a
student as quoted from his letter in the
House of Assembly by Education Minister ('arl
Bethel on Monday who contlacled a school
loan, but now feels no obligation lo pay hi.s
legal debt because it was a loan from o\ ern-
ment. Is this the type business poison this coun-
try is producing for the Ifultu e'
And how can \Ce teconcile 'slat'stics that
show this tiny country\ with a nuidei rIate si\
times higher per capital than thai of Ne\\ xYork
with a population of 8.2 million'
The problem is that \\e ha e strayed from the
basics. In primitive societies. \\xlheie Ilieie are no
written laws. time honoured custom holds t he
community in check.
In his history of civilisation Will Dinant indi-
cates where we have gone x\ionle Sa.s lith inll
the volume on "Our Oriental 1 lei ilage":
"Underneath all the phenomena of society\ is
the great terra firna ol custom, that betdrock of
time-hallowed modes of thought and action
which provides a society with ;omce measure of
steadiness and order through all absence.
changes, and interruptions of la\v. ( ustom gi ces
the same stability to the group itha heredity
and instinct give to the species. and habit to
the individual. It is the rouline that keeps meni
sane; for if there were no grcoo es along \\ which
thought and action might mioe \\ilth uncoin-
scious ease, the mind would be perpetually hes-
itant, and would soon take relfuice in lunacIy. A\
law of economy works in instinct and habit, in
custom and convention: the mnos convenient
to repeated stimuli or ti additional situations is
automatic response. Thought and in noat ionu
are disturbances of regularity, and are tolerated
only for indispensable rendaplal ions. or
promised gold.
"When to this natural basis of custom a super-
natural sanction is added Mb religion, and the
ways of one's ancestors are also the will ol the
gods, then custom becomes sit longer than law
and subtracts substantially from primitive frec-


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dom. To violate law is to win the admiration of
half the populace, who secretly envy anyone
who can outwit this ancient enemy; to violate
custom is to incur almost universal hostility.
For custom rises out of the people whereas law
is forced upon them from above; law is usually
a decree of the master, but custom is the natural
selection of those modes of action that have
been found most convenient in the experience
of the group."
Today's society has lost its way. What was
shunned in the past because of social ostracism,
doesn't even warrant a raised eyebrow today.
We recall the days when under our Births
and Deaths column the daily routine of a cub
reporter was to call the hospital to get a list of
births in the private ward for that day. This
popular column continued for years without a
problem.
Then one day the daily report contained the
name of Mrs So-and-So, wife of Mr So-and-
So- both well know Bahamians who had
just given birth to a baby boy. The only problem
was that Mrs So-and-So was hot pregnant and
had given birth to no one, although the child
carried the father's name. Readers can imagine
the scandal, and the disruption in that home.
Needless to say that was the last time The Tri-
bune called the hospital to get a birth report.
That was almost 50 years ago times were
quickly changing.
To have a child out of wedlock was such a
social no-no in those days that families went to
great lengths to hide the shame. Girls, who
couldn't conceal theirsecret, were turned out of
the family home, and shunned by their friends.
The punishment was harsh.
We recall our shock when writing the obitu-
ary a few years ago of an upstanding, socially
respected spinster, who lived quietly with her
equally straight-laced spinster sister. When not
at her job, she buried herself in charitable work
for her church.
Her obituary, however, revealed that she had
had a daughter out of wedlock as a young
woman, and was not only survived by this
daughter, but also by grandchildren. This was
her life's secret. The child was kept in the States
where her unwed mother visited her every year.
Today there is no shame.
As one doctor commented, the maternity
ward of Princess Margaret is like a factory
churning out society's future problems babies
being born of babies who have just reached
puberty. This is the Bahamas' problem. This is
its scandal. The focus now has to be in the home
and the proper rearing of these babies being
born of teenage mothers often of married
men out for a fling.
This is a society that has lost all shame ... all
pride.


Too many subverting




gifts of liberation


EDITOR, The Tribune.
SOMEONE needs to tell our
people or if no one else will,
should I say, let me tell my fellow
Bahamians that, we have been
freed, liberated, emancipated from
slavery in 1834 and again in 1973
from colonization, not to do unto
others as we had been done to but
to do unto others as we'd be done
to.
Too many among us though
have thoroughly subverted the
gifts of liberation. There is a para-
ble of Christ, interestingly enough,
which speaks to this specifically
or almost. A servant pleads to his
master to spare him, to be lenient.
He was deeply indebted to his
master and could not readily pay.
His understanding master capitu-
lated and permitted him all the
time he needed. Straight way we
are told, freshly forgiven, he went
off and encountered or probably
went looking for a fellow who
owed him a small sum and
demanded payment forthwith. He
most likely had his cutlass or his
shotgun. He might even have had
an unlicensed revolver. Though
just pardoned, he permitted the
worst rogue in him to come out.
It pains me deeply to see how
so many of us have responded to
emancipation. It should never
have been necessary in the first
place, I know, but we belong to
our history as much as our history
belongs to us. Our reaction to 1834
and to Independence 139 years
later, disappoint me extremely.
Slavery was a long thing a
long time, and colonization added
to it, following it, makes it a much
longer time still. These affected
generations and our responses as
well, are spread over generations.
What is a similar reflection of
our nature though, and observ-
able by everyone, are our respons-
es to being liberated, as it were,
from childhood to being teenager
and again graduating into adult-
hood.
Similarly disappointing are our
responses to empowerment along
these courses of development
within individual life what we
imagine we are free to do what
we choose to do or choose not to
do once we are considered adult
- once we graduate from school.
What does liberation mean,
personally or politically, is what I
wish to focus on. For too many it is
a matter of now having the might.
I have the stick now. I have the
club and I'm gonna use it well.
For me, these junctures, these
joints like knees and elbows in
time, are times, are places to stop
and to renegotiate direction rene-
gotiate power and the ethics
attached to having it; ethics which
might have been missing previ-
ously when that power was in oth-
er hands; when the shoe was on
another foot or the boot, with
which we were most likely kicked.
But let us go back to 1834. Let
us go back to 1973. What do these
dates mean and 'what have they
meant for us?
No it does not mean that it is
my turn to be master and merciless
now and who can do or say any-
thing to me or say anything about
it. I am in charge now and any
backtalk will result in a fist in the


face. No this is not what freedom is
nor is it what freedom means.
Why though is this not being
pointed out, why are these wrong
notions not being summarily dis-
couraged in the family, in the
school, in the church, by our law
enforcement agencies and by Gov-
ernment in The Bahamas?
Why are so many being
allowed to get away without learn-
ing that this is a wrong notion, that
it is self-destructive for nation as
well as individual?
What are we putting our free
hands to? What are we picking up
with these hands? What are we
putting down or throwing down?
Are we throwing lines out? Are
we planting seeds? Are we using
such opportunities to explore and
to deepen what it means to be
human?
It is not helpful to want to take
on the white man's ways or to
walk in the white man's shoes and
especially not when these ways
with which we negotiated until we
were emancipated until we
were liberated were among the
lowest possible human notions and
ways.
Coming to power has to be, to
become, a setter of examples, even
when that power involves or is
about becoming an adult. Is
becoming adult forever going to
mean drinking, smoking, cussing
an&carrying on irresponsibly? Is it
all about and only about baccha-
nal?
When is it going to mean deep-
ening human nature in each of us?
When is it going to mean seeing
how much fasting and sacrifice we
can endure? When is it going to
involve plummeting to the depth
of selflessness'?
Why are the issues of libera-
tion and power too often selfishly
expressed? Why is it usually all
about and always about self? Why
is it so very seldom about others
- about kindness, about courtesy
- about reaching out to assist
brother, sister?
The more empowered and the
wealthier we in The Bahamas
become, the harsher we seem to
become the more discourteous
- less and less prepared to step
aside.
We no longer have to get off
the sidewalk like Mahatma Gand-
hi in South Africa, because white
officers or anyone white was
approaching. but many have cho-
sen to imagine liberation from
such a situation to mean, not hav-
ing to and not going to step aside
or make room at anytime or for
anyone.
What has resulted therefore, is
a situation just as bad, or possibly
worse than the one we, Douglas,
Gandhi, Mandela, Malcolm, King,
Pindling. Fawkes and others, strug-
gled for us to overcome. The foot
that used to kick us, liberated,
empowered, we can, with com-
passion, out of love, choose to
wash.
Too often though, our inter-
pretation of liberation is to live
with contempt for all feet and to,
on the sly or deliberately, walk
upon a foot whenever the chance
arose. I, and many others, too
often feel, or are literally walked
on by others, liberated like us, lib-
erated when we were.
There are those among us, far
too many among us, who have
thoroughly misinterpreted what
liberation and empowerment are
about. You have not been freed to
do to us and with us, with
whomever you meet or abide with,
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you please.
What you can be with power,
and cannot be when you haven't
any or when you have too little, is
merciful and loving. When we are
owners, as many of us are now,
unlike our situations in slavery or
when poor, we could share, give
gifts; we could be accommodat-
ing.
The more we own as a people
though, the more selfish we
become and selfish not just with
material possessions but with what
is God-given space and time.
We want to have it all: all the
space, all the time. We want to
hog these up the road, the
peace, the quiet, the air, with no
care at all about leaving unsullied
- about reverence for what is the
property of or for others to par-
take of be it ground or air or
water.
Look how we litter. Look at
the noises we make constantly .
without a care or thought of the
rights or peace of mind of others
- with whatever merciless equip-
ment or gadget we acquire, think- .
ing it is our right to be selfish in
and with society which must with
many others be shared.
Look at the fires we light. We
fill the air, the neighboring hous-
es, the neighbours' lungs and their
clothes on the line, with smoke.
Not long ago I was told a story
of a group of boys, visiting South
Andros, one of whom climbed
down into a lady's well and took a
bath.
She was alerted and showed up
with her cutlass. She had been
working in her field. This is the
lack of reverence among us and
for each other, of which I speak.
Why is it that here on Kemp
Road, there seems to be so little
reverence for this neighbourhood,
I know not. What I know is that
there is so little, there is too little
gentleness, so much harshness.
Everyone nearly, passing
through, visiting as well as those
residing among us, seem con-
stantly to conspire to make our
street and our lives, among the
most wretched among our 700
islands.
The noises, the speeding traffic,
are all so brutal and so deliberate.
The smallest children passing,
cussing; pedestrians, school chil-
dren passing, littering, all seem so,
"Oh, we are free now, we can
pitch whatever wherever! We can
misuse environment or each other '
as harshly, as insensitively as we
wish!"
What thought of real power,
the power required to be gentle
and generous, accommodating,
polite? What of the power of the
father of the prodigal son, to for-
give, to kill the fatted calf, to pro-
vide robe and ring?
When are we, as a nation, going i
to be sufficiently grown up, spiri- "
tually, to realize that power is
expressed in our ability to benefit
and to rescue others, and has very
little to do with bludgeoning others
as is so often done literally too
often done by cars going by with
their music pumping, pounding,
with no one at home, at church, in
school, in Government or anyone
who enforces the law, to say to
them that this is anti-social as well
as against the law.
This, they must be told is a mis-
use of newly acquired affluence
and freedom, fought and died for
by those who must be uncomfort-
able in their graves to see what
they died to see bestowed upon
us, abused as well as used to abuse
who we should with our power
protect, love and respect.

OBEDIAH MICHAEL
SMITH
Nassau,
December, 2007


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for Abaco
ABACO is basking in the
benefits of two nights of prime-
time exposure on the popular
American channel TV pro-
gramme. Little People, Big
World.
Dwarf couple Matt and Amy
Roloff spent several days with
their family sailing between the
cays, drawing attention to the
many delights of the Abacos.
This week, the programme
was seen by millions of channel
subscribers across the States,
with Hope Town on Elbow
Cay being one of the key
attractions highlighted.
"It was a tremendous boost
for the island," an Abaco resi-
dent told The Tribune. "They
showed off all the things that
make the island a great draw
for tourists and second-home
owners. To pay for something
like that would cost millions."
Abaco is looking forward to
another bumper Christmas,
with all 1,200 rental homes
expected to be full for the hol-
iday season.

Residents' anger
over alleged
destruction of
agricultural sites
RESIDENTS of Abaco are
angry over the alleged destruc-
tion of archaeological sites by
developers near Hole-in- the-
Wall in the south of the island.
- Antiquities and Monuments
officials have been told of their
concerns, according to locals,
and they hope for government
action.
It is claimed that old ruins
and a sisal milll have been flat-
tened to make way for road-
ways.
"Locals are upset but unfor-
tunately not as upset as they
should be." said an islander.

TROICA

EXERIATR


on Crime


GOVERNMENT has
appointed a National Advisory
Council on Crime to encour-
age country-wide public dia-
logue on strategies for a more
peaceful and stable Bahamas.
The council will provide
input for national policies and
programmes, particularly in the
areft of crime prevention and
criminal justice, Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest said.
The establishment of the
NACC was foremost among
the recommendations made by
the National Assembly on
Crime, convened by the Min-
istry of National Security in
September.
Under the theme, "Back to
Basics: A National Approach
to Fighting Crime," the Nation-
al Assembly brought together
major stakeholders for an
exchange of views, information
and ideas on the grave crime
problem in the Bahamas, and
how it ought to be addressed.
National Assembly partici-
pants included members of the
clergy, the judiciary, law
enforcement agencies, policy
makers, members of the busi-
ness community, senior public
officers, community activists
and the media.
Stakeholders were unani-
mous in their view that crime is
a critical national problem,
requiring a critical national
response. Collective action and
the development of crime-fight-
ing strategies based on the val-
ues, ideals and traditions of the
Bahamas was agreed as the
best way forward.
The assembly recommend-
ed that all Bahamians should
work together for the peace-
ful, safe and secure country that
everyone wants, and to halt and
reverse current trends in crime,
criminality and the fear of
crime.
The National Advisory


Bid to encourage

country-wide dialogue


Council on Crime is charged
with providing direction for the
implementation of the recom-
mendations of the National
Assembly, sustaining the public
dialogue country-wide on
strategies for a more peaceful
and stable Bahamas, providing
input for national policies and
programmes, particularly in the
area of crime prevention and
criminal justice, and working
together with the government
and stakeholders to bring for-
ward new and practical pro-
posals and approaches for
halting and reversing current


crime trends.
The Ministry of National
Security will provide secretari-
at services for the NACC.
The National Advisory
Council on Crime is comprised
of 11 persons from a broad
cross-section .of Bahamian soci-
ety.
The members of the council
are:
Bishop Simeon Hall, senior
pastor, New Covenant Baptist
Church
Arlene Nash-Ferguson,
director of Educulture


TODAY the Bahamas National Youth
Council is holding a forum for students
wishing to study in the United States.
The BNYC will partner with the Unit-
ed States Embassy to inform students of
the procedures and processes they must
follow before leaving the country to pur-
sue a tertiary education.
BNYC's chairman of international
affairs Tanya McFall said the forum,
which will be held at the Ministry of Edu-
cation, Youth, Sports and Culture on
Thompson Boulevard, will feature speak-
ers who will focus on different areas of
concern for persons wishing to study in
the US.
Ms McFall said Consul General of the
US Embassy Virginia Ramadan, senior
manager of public relations and legal
affairs at the Bank of the Bahamas Tame-
ka Forbes, representatives from the Gov-
ernment Scholarship/Loans Department
and representatives of few private schol-
arship foundations will be in attendance.


Vicente Roberts, director
of Campus Life, College of the
Bahamas
Felix Stubbs, managing
director, IBM (Bahamas) Ltd
Carlos Reid, director,
Operation Redemption/Youth
Against Violence
Rev Dr Ivan Butler, senior
pastor, Kemp Road Ministries
Frank Comito, executive
director, Bahamas Hotels
Association
Anastarcia Huyler, presi-
dent of the College of the
Bahamas Union of Students
Dr Michael Neville, con-
sultant psychiatrist at Sandi-
lands Rehabilitation Centre
Maria Scott, representative
of victims and families of vic-
tims
Chief Superintendent
Hulan Hanna, representing the
Royal Bahamas Police Force


Ms Ramadan said she will explain how
to look for a college or institution in
America.
She added that she would clarify the
rules and regulations for getting a stu-
dent visa, appropriate practices for stu-
dents, the rights and liabilities of foreign
students in the United States, and other
issues that may arise in the question and
answer period.
Ms Ramadan said, "I think it is a won-
derful idea that the BNYC is promoting
such a forum.

Education
"We in the US believe that an interna-
tfional education exchange enriches com-
munities, nations and most particularly
the students and scholars who choose to
leave their home country and go study in
a foreign environment.
"We believe it not only enriches those


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students, but it also enriches the students
who they come into contact with in the
states."
She added that the United States is in
favour of promoting international
exchanges and that the process of getting
a student visa, which can appear intimi-
dating, is actually not that difficult.
Other topics to be discussed include
security issues, how to get scholarships
and loans, money management and job
searching while at university.
BNYC executive president Tyson
McKenzie said the council represents
young people between the ages of 15 and
30.
Mr McKenzie pointed out that it
encompasses 20 youth organizations,
including the Key Club, the Governor
General's Youth Awards, Junior Achieve-
ment and some religious organizations.
It also acts as an intermediary body
between the government and the young
people, he said.


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tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE former minister of edu-
cation criticised government's
budget for the 2007/2008 fiscal
year, citing what he called gross
under-funding of the public
educational sector, Bahamasair
and the Broadcasting Corporpa-
tion of the Bahamas.
During Monday's session of
the House of Assembly, MP
Alfred Sears argued that among
other oversights, the FNM
administration grossly under-
budgeted public school repairs
in 2007.
Mr Sears explained that the
allocation for supplementary
expenditure is limited to unfore-
seen needs for which no provi-
sion had been made in the bud-
get.
These standards must be kept
in mind as parliament looks at
what has happened so far in the
six months of the Ingraham
administration, Mr Sears
said.
"In the current budget the
(prime minister) budgeted less
than $6 million for the repair
of schools for the fiscal period
2007/2008. He ought to have
known that the repair of schools
in 2007 would have required at
least $20 million. He knew
that."
This statement brought Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham to
his feet. He argued that the


point Mr Sears was trying to
make was "nonsense."
The prime minister explained
that while the government has
great flexibility in moving funds
within the scope of the budget
limit to areas as needed, there is
no flexibility in exceeding bud-
getary limits unless the govern-
ment first brings the matter to
parliament for debate.


custody dispute
* MIAMI
A CUBAN girl at the center of an international
custody dispute will be given to her biological father.
under a settlement approved by a judge Tuesday.
according to Associated Press.
The settlement was reached last week. Under its
terms, Cuban farmer Rafael lzquierdo and his 5-
year-old daughter are to remain in the United States
until 2010, during which time her foster parents will
have regular visits with her.
"I think it's the right thing to do. I know it wasn't
easy," Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Jeri B.
Cohen said during the hearing. "What you've agreed
to is in the best interest of (the child).
"I hope things can settle down and you can raise
your daughter," Cohen told Izquierdo.
The foster parents, former sports agent Joe Cubas
and his wife Maria, cared for the girl and her half
brother after their mother became suicidal when
she emigrated from Cuba to the United States in
2005. The Cubases, who live in Coral Gables, have
since adopted the girl's brother and wanted to do the
same with her.
But unlike the boy's father, Izquierdo didn't agree
to give up custody of his child.
The agreement satisfied the main goals of the
parties in involved, lawyers for both sides said.
Izquierdo got custody of his daughter, while the
Cubases were assured that the girl Would not suffer
from an abrupt transition.
Cohen had ruled in September that Izquierdo is a
fit parent and did not abandon his daughter when


The argument Mr Sears put
forth about the expenditure of
$6 million for education school
repairs is meaningless unless the
government exceeds the total
financial limit set aside in the
budget, the prime minister said.
Mr Sears, member of parlia-
ment for Fort Charlotte, also
accused the prime minister of
"boldly violating" two consti-
tutional standards by not allo-
cating enough money for these
sectors if it was foreseeable that
more funds would be needed.
Mr Sears continued, "The
constitution says that in craft-
ing the budget, the minister of
finance should budget for those
foreseeable recurrent expendi-
tures.
"That is what the constitution
requires, so if you're a big man,
and you're a bold man why
should you now
openly violate the constitu-
tion?"
The prime minister knew that
in 2006 and 2005 the former
administration spent close to
$27 and $17 million on school
repairs, respectively, Mr Sears
said.
He also charged that the
prime minister admitted that
the $8 million allocated for the
Broadcast Corporation and $11
million for Bahamasair was not
enough.
The Speaker instructed Mr
Sears to withdraw his state-
ments until he could produce a
copy of the Hansard to prove
his argument.


over Cuban girl
her mother brought her to the United States. But she
had delayed hearings on whether the girl would suf-
fer emotional damage if removed from her foster
family and returned to Cuba.
Before adjourning Tuesday, Cohen asked Izquier-
do if he would allow the girl's mother, Elena Perez,
to visit her. Izquierdo said he wouldn't feel com-
fortable with doing that at this time: the judge
agreed.
"I'm happy to hear you say that," Cohen said,
adding that a visit now would be "destabilizing" for
the girl. But she acknowledged that as the girl's sole
custodian. Izquierdo would be making these deci-
sions from now on.
Perez, who attended most of the custody pro-
ceedings, was not in court Tuesday.
After the hearing, Joe Cubas walked over to
lzquierdo and the two men hugged.
Cubas said his family felt blessed to help the girl
and her brother, who were "in desperate need."
through difficult times.
"How can I have lost out if we've helped two
children?" Cubas said.
For his part, Izquierdo said he was "very con-
tent" with the agreement, if not the protracted court
proceedings that preceded it.
"I thought it was going to be something very
quick ... There was no need for such a delay," once
his paternity was proven, Izquierdo said in Spanish.
As for the 30 month wait until he can return to
Cuba with his daughter, Izquierdo said: "There's
many things that you have to suffer through in order
to achieve what you want, but life is that way."


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" who strove incessantly tor a rest-
dent priest and an established
Catholic Church in Nassau, laid in
the cornerstone for St Francis
Xavier Church on a small lot on
West Street hilltop.
The first Mass for the parish, in
the newly completed little church,
was offered by father AJ Rvan
of the Archdiocese of New York
in November, 1886.
Rev Michael A Corrigan,
Archbishop of New York, dedi-
cated the St Francis Xavier
church.
In April 1891. the Archdiocese
of New York bought the proper-
ty, around 1.2 acres south of the
church, that was being rented by
the Sisters for the parish school.
-This purchase extended the
church property to Delancy
Street.
In February 1891, Father
Chrysostom Schreiner OSB of St
John's Abbeyv. Minnesota arrived
in Nassau from New York City.
This former vice-president of
St John's University agreed to
assist the Archbishop of New
York by residing and working at
the mission church in the
Bahamas.
The Archbishop appointed him
Vicar Forane in the Bahamas and
pastor of St Francis Xavier
Church.


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RIGHT: A special ecumencial service is
held at St Francis Xavier Cathedral on
December 8, 1973
Chief speaker was the chairman ol
the Methodist District, the Rev Edwin
Taylor Shown above the lectern is Bish-
op William Johnson of the Church 01
God Other members of the various
denominations, from left
Fr Joseph Perna (Catholic),. Deacon
Lawrence Bethel (Catholic), Fr Elias
Achatz (Catholic) Rev Edwin Taylor
(Methodist), Bishop Michael Eldon
(Anglican), Bishop Leonard Haggarny
(Catholicl. Bishop Donald Knowles
(Anglican) and the Rev RE Cooper IBap-
tilStl

In ihb summer of 1N93. Fr
Chrysostom moved into Dun-
more House, which he renamed
the priory. 7
This former colonial governor's
residence, and later a military
hospital for the British West
Indies regiment in Nassau, sits on d
land adjoining the northern
boundary of the hilltop lot on .
which the St Francis Xavier
Church was built. .
The priory became the head-
quarters for all the Benedictine
monks in the Bahamas and also
St Francis Xavier Church rectory.
By 1960 the total number of
Catholics in the Bahamas had
reached 20,000 around 19 per
cent of the entire population of
the then British colony.
Pope John XXIII agreed with
his advisors that there were suffi- HU
cient strong signs and potential ser
for continued progress and fur- St
their development of the Church Pt
in the Bahamas. Pal
Therefore, on July 5, 1960 the bel
Holy See designated the Vicariate F
Apostolic of the Bahamas as the Mo
Diocese of Nassau. Cu
The Vicar Apostolic of the
Bahamas, Paul Leonard Haggar-
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INDREDS OF Roman Catholics in June, 1976, attended a special
vice to celebrate the opening of the Fourth Diocesan Assembly at
Francis Xavier Cathedral. Here Lord Bishop of the Bahamas, Rev
ul Leonard Haggarty (centre) receives gifts from church mem-
rs while other clergymen observe.
Pictured from left are: Fr Theophilus Brown, Monsignor Preston
iss, Fr Elias Achatz. Rev Edwin Taylor. Behind are Deacon Wilfred
Imer and Fr Joseph Perna.


Maintenance Staff

Highly motivated, qualified applicants must:


Be able to work with little supervision
Be willing to work weekends & flexible hours




Competitive Salary & Great Benefits
Interested persons should e-mail resume to
humanresources@aetosbahamas.oom or
hand deliver to the Head Office on Harold Road.
Deadline for application is December 10th, 2007.
No phone calls please. Do what tastes right:


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BAHAMIANS are invited to
attend two upcoming fundraisers
for the 70th anniversary of St Mar-
tin's Convent on Nassau Street.
The nuns of St Martin Convent,
which celebrated its 70th anniver-
sary in a special Mass at St
Joseph's Parish on October 3, are
seeking to raise funds to help ren-
ovate the original convent build-
ing.
Speaking with The Tribune yes-
terday, Prioress Sister Mary Bene-
dict explained that the convent
was first established in 1937, but
that the physical building is actu-
ally much older.
The prioress said that the build-
ing was first used to house St
Joseph's School.
The school, she said, moved in
1934 and the building was turned
into a convent three ears later.
At that time, Sister Mary Bene-
dict said, three young women


NEWLY ELECTED regional superior Sister Mary Benedict Pratt in 1974
received the blessing of a group of Sisters through laying of their
hands on her while they sang. From left to right are: Sister Theresa
Lodermeier; Sister Marie Catherine Johnson; Sister Mary Patricia Rus-
sell; regional superior Sister Mary Benedict Pratt; Sister Mary Reuter;
Sub-Prioress at St Benedict's Convent, St Joseph's Minnesota, and
Sister Norita Lanners.


entered the convent.
Today there are 11 nuns at the
convent; at its most populated it
boasted 35 to 40 nuns.
The first of the fundraisers,
which will take place on January
25 at the Loyola Hall on Glad-
stone Road, will be a "celebration
in song".
Sister Mary Benedict said that
all church choirs and several
soloists will be invited to perform.
The second fundraiser, which
will be a gala banquet, is sched-
uled to take place on May 31.
However, th6 venue is yet to be
selected.
The money raised during these
events will be used to renovate
the original convent building,
which will then be used as a
retreat, an archive for the convent
and as a home for young women
who are contemplating a religious
life.


ST MARTIN'S Covent, home of the Benedictine Nuns in the Bahamas,
opened in 1937. It is located on the hill top property in the native quar-
ter of the city.


St Martin's Convent


to host fundraisers


for 70th anniversary


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 7


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IT'S DECISION TIME FOR GOVERNMENT OVER PLANS FOR A NEW FREIGHT PORT




Have we reached the end game with




Nassau redevelopment proposals?


T may be that the end
game to two decades of
fruitless efforts to rede-
velop the city of Nas-
sau is at hand. Then again, it
may be that the process will
continue until the island's econ-
omy and infrastructure finally
collapse under their own
weight.
A plan to build a new freight
-port for the island has now been
,received from the Dutch con-
sortium, Ecorys/Lievense. Eco-
rys focuses on research and pol-
icy advice to solve big develop-
ment problems. Lievense is an
engineering firm that specialis-
es in port and reclamation pro-
jects around the world.
' They were hired last year to
assess the financial and techni-
cal feasibility of moving Nas-
sau's cargo facilities to the
southwest tip of New Provi-
dence.
Their study was completed in
September and a final report
was submitted to the govern-
ment last week.
Half of the $450,000 cost of
the study was paid by the gov-
ernment and half by the private
sector.
And Nassau Tourism Devel-
opment Board officials are
expected to make an oral pre-
sentation to cabinet on the
report's main points within the
next several days.
The 154-page report pro-
vides an outline of the Bahami-
an shipping industry for the first
time, and concludes that the
existing Bay Street terminals
will be unable to handle pro-
jected ship calls and cargo vol-


umes over the next 30 years no
matter how they are reconfig-
ured.
More importantly, keeping
the port where it is will frus-
trate efforts to revitalise the city
of Nassau, lead to further soft-
ening of cruise tourism, and
contribute to ever-increasing
traffic congestion in the capital.
Meanwhile, the proposed
Clifton location can not only
accommodate future growth,
but is both economically and
technically feasible, the report
says.
Cargo and passenger han-
dling operations currently take
place at several locations on
New Providence.
But most are concentrated in
the town's historic natural har-
bour at Potter's Cay, along
Bay Street, at Prince George
Wharf and on Arawak Cay.
The cruise port handles 900
ships a year, bringing about 1.9
million passengers. General car-
go is offloaded at four privately-
owned terminals east of the
cruise port operated by the
Betty K Line, Pioneer Shipping,
Tropical Shipping and Seaboard
Marine.
Tropical which has a 46 per
cent share of the market and
MSC (Mediterranean Shipping
Company) also unload contain-


ers at the Arawak Cay termi-
nal, which is operated by
Arawak Stevedoring Ltd. This
terminal, which can take deep-
er draft ships, has a third of the
cargo market. MSC lands con-
tainers at Freeport and feeds
freight to Na'ssau via a local
operator.
New car imports are handled
at Prince George dock. About
6.800 vehicles were imported
this way in 2006, with another
2,500 used cars and trucks
imported as deck cargo.
S mall volumes of general
cargo are also handled
at Potters Cay, and Out Island
settlements have containers
shipped directly from Florida
or transhipped from Nassau.
Inter-island passenger ferries
are based at Potters Cay, and
there is a small informal trade
with Haiti via sailing vessels that
anchor off Arawak Cay.
Dry bulk cargoes for con-
struction materials (like cement.
steel and aggregates) are han-
dled by Mosko's on Arawak
Cav and bv Bahamas Cement
at Clifton Pier.
Some incidental flows aie
also received near ongoing pro-
ject sites, such as Atlantis cur-
rently.
Potable water is shipped from


gTOUGHISIT


"It is a giant step, but in the
view of many, business as usu-
al is not an option. It's time to

get off the pot."


Andros to reservoirs at Arawak
Cay, but this is being phased
out as the Water & Sewerage
Corporation switches to
reverse-osmosis production on
New Providence.
Oil imports are handled by
several companies at Clifton
Pier and totalled 4.2 million bar-
rels (mostly gasoline, kerosene
and diesel fuel) in 2006 at a cost
of some $705 million.
Fuel is transported by 50,000
ton tankers making about 38
calls a year.
And some 38,000 tons of
LPG are imported each year on
smaller vessels.
Nassau's container terminals
handled 73,000 TEU (twenty-
foot equivalent units a mea-
sure of containerized cargo
capacity) in 2006 for a volume
of 670,000 tons and an average
of 1.6 ship calls per day.
Non-containerised cargo
totalled another 127,000 tons -
mostly handled by the Betty K
Line. Ninety per cent of con-
tainer imports are from the
United States.
"Since the investment in a
seaport has a clear long-term
perspective, it was important
for the traffic forecast to be car-
ried out in depth," the report
says.
"Ecorys/Lievense developed
a database for container han-
dling from 1995 to 2006 and
combined information from ter-
minal operators, government
agencies and stakeholders in the
tourism industry."
This analysis, together with
data from international sources,
formed the backbone of the
report.


Other aspects that were con-
sidered in depth included port
design, economic feasibility,
financial modeling and man-
agement options.

Economic factors

The Bahamian economy is
expected to double over the
next 30 years, which is the life-
time of the proposed port for
the purpose of the Ecorys study.
The population of New Provi-
dence will also rise to well over
300,000, and per capital income
should reach $28,669 by 2035.
Meanwhile, the government
is forecasting some $11 billion in
foreign investment flows
through 2020, a large portion
of which will be spent on New
Providence in developments
like Albany and Baha Mar.
All this indicates that con-
tainer throughput will rise to
almost 200,000 TEU by 2025
and to 243,000 TEU by 2035 -
more than triple current levels.
Container ship size is also
expected to increase.

The report estimates
that cement imports
will grow from 90,000 tons
today to 174,000 tons over next
20 years. Car imports will
increase to almost 20,000 units a
year by 2035, with ship calls ris-
ing from 40 to over 100. Fuel
imports are projected to rise
from 563,000 tons in 2005 to
846,000 tons in 2035, and similar
growth is expected for cooking
gas imports.
And the Prince George
Wharf is already straining to
handle current levels of cruise
tourism. The Caribbean has a
46 per cent share of the world-
wide cruise business, and our
share of the Caribbean market
is now 35 per cent. But growth
has stopped because of the con-
dition of the city and lack of
capacity at the cruise port. Not
all liners can be accommodated
in peak periods, and increasing
ship size requires costly harbour
modifications. ,
If the cargo port is relocated
and historic Nassau is redevel-
oped, cruise tourism can expand
with 2148 ship calls a year pro-
jected in 2035 compared to 1162
today, and passenger numbers
rising from 1.87 to 5.2 million
in the same period. Come
ashore rates and visitor spend-
ing will also improve (these are
currently well below average
compared to other destina-
tions).
The bottom line is that, even
at current levels, freight traffic is
disrupting the capital and the
container terminals are occu-
pying valuable seafront areas.
This not only discourages cruise
tourism but restricts options for
the town's redevelopment and
makes life difficult for every-
one.
And change will have to
come at some point because the
existing port facilities cannot
handle the projected growth in
freight volumes.
Earlier assessments of half a
dozen sites around the island -
from Arawak Cay to Coral Har-
bour narrowed the relocation
choice down to an area between
the brewery and the power
plant at Clifton.
According to the consultants,
the Mosko dry bulk terminal
should move from Arawak Cay
to the new port along with all
five general cargo operations in
Nassau Harbour and the car
carriers.
Most mailb6at operations
should remain at Potter's Cay,
but inter-island container traffic
should also move to the new
port.

Port design

The proposed Clifton port
will consist of a new oil terminal
platform at a safe distance from
other facilities and two new
10,000 ton silos for Mosko and
Bahamas Cement.
General infrastructure will
include an operations centre,
Customs office, fire station, gate
house, workshop and ware-
houses, as well as an optional


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heliport for rescue operations.
. Options considered by the
consultants included a fully
inland port created by excavat-
ing a channel and basins, and a
coastal port created by reclaim-
ing the sea bed.
The recommended solution
was for a mix of the two, with
an all-weather approach, a
breakwater-protected turning
basin and inland berths.
The cost is estimated at about
$235 million.
Afterreviewing the project's
feasibility over a 30-year life
span (2015-2044, assuming sev-
en years of construction begin-
ning in 2009), the consultants
concluded that the benefits far
outweighed the negatives.
They include better cargo
handling, lower shipping costs,
no reinvestment in existing facil-
ities, savings on inland trans-
port, traffic alleviation, revital-
isation of cruise tourism, and
increases in land values.
The project would be paid for
over time by port charges and
cost savings, producing a 14 to
20 per cent return on equity
with 90 per cent assurance.
Shippers have long been
divided over the wisdom of
moving the port, and one of
their most telling arguments was
the theory that such a huge
investment would only raise
costs. But the Ecorys report dis-
misses that criticism: "Over the
whole period, the project gen-
erates a net socioeconomic ben-
efit of approximately, $50 per.
TEU when compared with han-
dling the containers at the cur-
rent locations.
Even if the container growth
is only half of our main fore-
cast, the project still shows a
sound 12.1 per cent rate of
return."
The financial model envi-
sions that the port will be
owned by a specially created
public-private partnership,
which will act as a landlord and
be responsible for construction,
general facilities and mainte-
nance. Both the government
and private investors will
become shareholders in this
entity, providing 20 per cent
equity financing with the bal-
ance funded by bank loans.
Eventually, the project will
be refinanced by a long-term
bond issue.
Private port operators will
pay a land lease fee to the land-
lord, as well as landing fees,
pierage and harbour dues in line
with current charges.
The landlord will create a
port authority which will out-
source most operations to pri-
vate contractors. Shipping com-
panies will run their own oper-
ations and charge their cus-
tomers accordingly. This model
is closest to the existing market
situation.
"It is in the public interest
to safeguard a stable and reli-
able port system that the island
needs for its existence," Ecorys
says. "The island is too small to
allow for more than one effi-
ciently operating port area and
the management model should
reflect modern standards."
So the logic goes like this: as
the economy grows, cargo vol-
umes will increase leading to
ship delays, draft restrictions
and storage issues if the port
stays where it is.
This will raise prices for both
terminal handling and sea
freight. And the lack of space
downtown is already forcing
shippers to consider moving
storage facilities to inland dis-
tribution centres.
It is now up to the Ingraham
government (which has sent
mixed signals on this issue ever
since it was elected in May) to
decide on the way forward in
concert with the private sector
(whose feelings are also mixed).
It is a giant step, but in the view
of many, business as usual is not
an option. It's time to get off
the pot.

What do you think? Send
comments to larry@tribuneme-
dia.net
Or visit www.bahamapun-
dit.com pundit.comn/>


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SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION ACT

Opposition should welcome debate of bills, says Laing


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribuneniedia.net
IF CONVINCED that they did
not err when approving more than
$170 million in contingency war.
rants outside of the budget for the
2006/2007 fiscal yeal, the former
ad-inistiatioin should welcome the
debate on the 15 bills in the Sup-
plementary Appropriation Act,
according to the minister of state
for finance.
Speaking in the House of
Assembly on Monday morning,
Minister Zhivargo Laing said:
"Those who suggest that Jhey are
proud of what they did, those who
suggest they did nothing improper,
those who suggest that what they
did was in the interests of the peo-
ple of the Bahamas ought to have
welcomed this process."
Mr Laing made this statement
as he seconded the Bill for an Act
to Provide for Further Diverse
Sums of Money For and Toward
Defraying the Expenses of the
Government Commencing July 1,
2006. ending June 30. 2007


Included in the $170 million in
contingency warrants approved by
the lornier adnunistration was
$11.1 imilhlio for Operation Sec-
ond t_ hancc Mi Lamg said.
He questioned the motives
behind this iniiative, which he said
grew in intensity shortly before the
2007 general elections
"When this was approved it was
indicated that the recruitment was
to begin forthwith right away," he
noted.
Mr Laing explained that the ini-
tiative provided for the appoint-
ment of 200 general service work-
ers over a span of three years who
did not meet the minimum entry
level requirements of the public
service.
These persons were to be iecruit-
ed immediately upon the approval
of the contingency warrant to
undergo two years of class work.
earning them the equivalent of five
BJCs.
Ihese persons would ultimately
qualify to become permanent and
pensionable employees, he said -
however the $1.19 million really
represented only half of the total


funding requirement for these
workers. Mr Laing also respond-
ed to claims that members of the
opposition see the debate as a vehi-
cle for the government to tr\ anra
shame the PLP.
"It seems to me rather peculiar
that there would be suggestions by
some that this exercise that we are
now engaged in this constitu-
tional, lawful exercise is an effort
to embarrass them."
He later added, "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 government in bringing to
this parliament those supplemen-
tary appropriation bills that will
provide sanction for the substantial
contingency warrants that were
approved by the former adminis-
tration."
As part of the $170 million for
contingency warrants, the former
administration approved:
$4.578,133 for pensions to be
paid to officials
$5 million to pay BI C for


arrears in communication charge
for ministries and departments
$223,261 to participate in a pro-
inotional magazine
$1.8 million for the Catastro-
phe Risk Insurance facility
$458,000 for a catastrophe risk
insurance premium
$132,182 for publication of
notices, advertisements, and broad-
cast time
$598,780 to Bahamasair for
payment of debts
$539, 414 to Bahamasair Hold-
ings
$8.8 million for special emer-
gency funding for Bahamasair
$1.988 million to facilitate pay-
ment of salary adjustments and
arn ears for contractual obligations
to Bahamasair
$8 million to the Water and
Sewage Corporation for payment
for supplies from the Consolidated
Water Company
$5 million to the Broadcast
Corporation of the Bahamas to
upgrade facilities
$5.16 million to clean up an oil
spill in western New Providence ;


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PAGE 10. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2007


LOCAL NEWS


Pinder's FuneraflHome
"Sence Beyond Measure'
PALMDALE AVENUE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
PHONE: 393-1351 CELL: 357-3617
RANNIE PINDER President




SFrederica



who passed away at
Doctors Hospital on
November 30th,
2007, will be held at
Calvary Bible
Church Collins
Avenue on
Thursday December
6th, 2007 at 3:00pm. Pastor Fredrick Arnett
assisted by Pastor Roland Bryan officiating.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband,
Bradley Sawyer; one son, Robert Sawyer;
parents, Raymond and Flora Claridge; the
Sawyer, Claridge and Damianos families, Dr.
Deborah Raine and countless other relatives
and friends. Our grateful thanks to Dr. George
Blumenschein and his team at M.D. Anderson,
Huston Texas for giving Frederica almost seven
years of an almost normal life, we also wish to
sincerely thank Dr. Theodore Turnquest, Dr.
DuVaughn Curling, Dr. Kevin Moss and Dr.
Ramphal for valiantly trying to help her and to
keep her in comfort. We also thank her cousin
Dr. Todd Pinder and his wife Melissa, who were
with her from beginning to end. Thank you also
to her home care nurse Diane Benson and the
third floor nurses of Doctors Hospital for their
tender loving care. Immeasurable gratitude is
also c ed to her lifelong best friend and constant
companion Beth Pritchard, who was at her side
through thick and thin.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the
Cancer Society of the Bahamas P.O. Box SS-
6539.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by
Pinders Funeral Home Palmdale Ave., Palmdale.



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FREEPORT
11-A East Coral Road, P.O. Box F-42312
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Tel: (2421373-1471 Fax:(242)373-3005
Page 34-8043


NASSAU
Robinson and Soldier Roads, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
P.O. BoCB-12072
Telephone (24 394-043/(242) 394-8047
Pagers 340-80431340-44241340-8034* Fax (242 340-8034


Chief Petty Officer
Anthony Anstron
Morris, 53
of Iguana and Lake Lane off
Carmichael Road, will be hid
on Thursday, December 6 ,
2007 at 10:00 a. m. at the Parish
Church of the Most Holy
Trinity, Stapledon Gardens.
Officiating will be the Rev. Fr.
Dwight M. Bowe, Canon John
Clarke and Rev. Prince Bodie,
Chaplain of the R. B. D. F.
Interment will follow in
Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F. Kennedy Drive.
He is survived by his Wife: Beverly Morris, Daughter: Bianca
Morris, Grand Daughter: Jade, Sisters: Marina McKenzie, Hestine
Morris and Eloise Bannister, Brothers: Ahab, Elder Joseph, Bishop
Henry and Leon Morris, Aunts: Leta Forbes, Lillian Williams,
Rosenell Sealy, Barbara Morris, Ironica and Muriel Baker, Uncles:
Garnet F. Morris and David Baker, Mother-in-law: Ezrena Forbes,
Sisters-in-law: Geneva, Leona, Yvonne, and Mary Morris, Elaine,
Elsie, and Caroline Forbes, Dr. Patrice Johnson, Karen Forbes-
Baeyens, Delareast Bartlett, Norma Davis, Gloria Rolle, and Alice
Stuart, Brothers-in-law: Bradley McKenzie, John Bannister,
Locksley, Benjamin, Lynden and Oswald Forbes, Delbon Johnson,
Kennie Bartlett, Guido Baeyens, Rudolph Davis and Livingston
Stuart, Nieces: Nurse Brunhilda Lightbourne, Vanessa, Jennifer,
Jessica and Lorraine McKenzie, Helena Thompson, Indira Smith,
Sandy Russell, Kim, Reba, Aneka and Lyndera Forbes, Anika
Edwards, Joyal Morris, Jarine Bain, Annalee Roker, Sarah, Margo,
and Dedre Bannister, Elanor, Rolle, Cutell, Rachael, and Natasha
Davis, Chanel Stuart, Chrintine Cleare, and Margo, Nephews:
Kiffer, Gunther, Joel, Raymond, Marcus, Levon, Eldridge, Alonzo,
Titus, Henry, Kevin, Salario, Deon, Jamaine, Darin, Phillip, Desmond,
and Renaldo Morris, Burton McKenzie, Recardo and Jamal Williams,
John, Steve and Clayton Bannister, Orville, Dr. Winston, Noel,
Timothy, Kendall, Dustin, Locksley Jr., Lanardo, Lavardo, Ramond,
Dehavalain, Theron, Christopher, Lathario and Dejanu Forbes, Kent
and Kamaal Bartlett, DeVaughn Johnson, Neko Stuart, Patrick Davis,
Shawn Seymour, Tyrone, Perry and Marvin, other Relatives
including: Andrew, Carol, Tonice, Philip and Shem Morris, Rowena,
Samuel, Veronica, Ruth, Jessica, Monique, Sharlene, Jacquilyn,
Rudolph, Walter, Maxroy, and Edmeston Jr., Livingston, Patsy,
Eunice, Barbara, Nelson, Letamae, Rodrick, Alexander, Eldridge,
Craven, Leo, Cheryl, Wayde and Shirley Forbes, Christina Forbes
(of the R. B. D. F.), Claudelle, Zipporah, Gabriel, Lillian, Kenneth
and Ricky Sealy, Rodnell Smith, Yvonne Sands, Keith, Rudolph,
David, Etherine, Caroline, Anuscha, Edward, Barbara, Carol, Nischa
and Patricia Baker, Evelena Johnson, Michael Flowers, Violet
Duncombe, Vanrea Hanna, and Verline Bullard, Special Friends:
Mr. and Mrs. Pratt, Mr. and Mrs. Barry, Ashley, Dean, Collie, Treg,
Blue, Hamilton, Nurse Vestra Forbes, Wellington Rolle, the Port
Dept. and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, and the Community
of South Andros.
Viewing will be held in the "Serenity Suite" at Restview Memorial
Mortuary & Crematorium Ltd., Robinson and Soldier Roads on
Wednesday from O1:qO a. m. until 5:00 p. m. and then again at
the church on Thursday from 8:30 a. m. until service time.


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MEMBERS of the One Family Junkanoo Group were elated when their sponsor, the Albany Developers Company, gave them a whopping $60,000
in sponsorship for this year's junkanoo parades. Albany, sponsor of One Family since last November, has stepped up its sponsorship money in
just a year. Last year One Family received $55,000. Albany presented the cheque to One Family at the start of the Joe Billy Festival last week. Shown
from left at the presentation are: Arlene Ferguson, One Family; Darren Bastian, chairman, One Family; Leonardo Simmons, finance committee, One
Family and Dr Tyrone McKenzie, Albany's project manager.



Symonette not 'as engaged as



he should be', says Mitchell


DEPUTY Prime Minister
Brent Symonette is not "as
engaged as he should be" with
his other responsibilities as the
country's foreign affairs boss,
according to Fred Mitchell.
Mr Mitchell, who held the
post of minister of foreign
affairs until the PLP was ousted
from office earlier this year said
his replacement "has had a
number of hiccups" since taking
over the job in May.
Speaking to reporters in
Freeport over the weekend, he
mentioned Mr Symonette's


speech at the United Nations
this year, which he said con-
tained "an error on every page
read".
Mr Mitchell said he also
recalled occasions when the
then opposition FNM tried to
suggest that there was some-
thing "crooked" about the new
electronic passport contract.
"Now you see him (Mr
Symonette) on the front page
announcing that the it will come
on December 5, as if he did it All
by himself.
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contract," said Mr Mitchell. He
claimed Mr Symonette is fol-
lowing the PLP's "blueprint" in
terms of foreign affairs. "When
he first came to office, he said
that he was not sure that they
would go ahead with the visa
abolition agreement that we
patiently concluded with the
European countries to abolish
the need for Schengen visas for
Bahamians to travel to Europe.
"He has now reversed him-
self on that because it simply is
the right thing for the Bahamas.
He has also reversed himself on
the need for an embassy in
Brussels to further concretise
relations with the European
Union," he said.
According to Mr Mitchell, it
is very important that relations
with the Caribbean be main-
tained. He believes that the rea-
sons given for the cancellation
of Carifesta X a regional cul-
tural event to be held in the
Bahamas next year were not
accurate.
"The rest of the region need-
ed to know that Carifesta could
have been done here in 2008,
and it was because of the pre-
sent government's own indeci-
siveness that it did not go
ahead," he said.
Mr Mitchell went on to say
he believes that there needs to
be a fuller articulation of the
country's vision for foreign
affairs which cannot simply
amount to being friends with
the United States.
The former minister said he
believes that the role of foreign
affairs minister is very impor-
tant because the minister has to
foster "good working relation-
ship with foreign affairs col-
leagues around the world ..
and ensure that there is a net-
work of contacts, diplomats and
non-diplomats, working for the
Bahamas around the world.
"It is when that call that
needs to be made for and on
behalf of Bahamian citizens that
people then see how important
it is for us to have a face around
the world," he said.
"I do not think that our oppo-
nents appreciate that or want
to see it.
"That is why you have all the
ignorant commentary about
travelling," Mr Mitchell said,
referring to the fact that he has
been criticised by opponents
who claim that during his five
years as minister of foreign
affairs, he spent as much as $1
million on visits to other coun-
tries.


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THE TRIBUNE


LOCAL NEWS


Couple ask for

investigation

FROM page one

and the time wasted in preparing their
case.
Mrs Cash told The Tribune yester-
day: "We have now filed a formal police
complaint because we feel very strong-
ly that the package probably never left
Nassau.
"Though UPS has published tracking
information on the Internet about the
supposed arrival of this package, the
.fact remains that it never reached the
Privy Council.
"We have now been told it was deliv-
ered to 10 Downing Street, the British
prime minister's residence; an address
in Francis Street; an unnamed 'secure
location' and was placed 'in the gov-
ernment's hands' four different expla-
nations.
"in spite of that, the Privy Council
insists it does not have the package and
that it can't'understand why it should
have been delivered to any address but
theirs."
Mrs Cash says the package was
addressed to the council's registrar, Ms
S" Mary McDonald, and that it was sup-
posed to be delivered at the judicial
committee's offices in Downing Street.
However, she maintains that UPS
claims it was handed to a man called
. "George" no second name given at a
government storage facility on Novem-
ber 19, four days after it was left in the
company's care.
"The Privy Council knows nothing
about this person George," said Mrs
Cash. "We are now wondering whether
a package other than ours arrived in
London while ours was kept here in
Nassau by someone working for UPS
and sympathetic to those we are taking
action against."
She said the matter was being made
worse by the local UPS agent's lack of
co-operation. "He is even refusing to
say which driver delivered the package
to Nassau airport," she said.
"It is an unbelievable situation which
has made my husband and I distraught.
There were nearly 200 documents,
** -.. including court transcripts and judg-
ments, in that box."
Mr and Mrs Cash have spent five
years trying to secure justice through
the Bahamas courts in their battle with
the Baptists over Mr Cash's dismissal as
a school coach in 2002.
They claim to have been thwarted
repeatedly by Baptist connections in
the court system, and finally turned to
the Privy Council "to get justice outside
our own country."
A-UPS-representative declined to
conmilfflton the matter.


Election Court witness 'drunk when he


said he lived in Joe Farrington Road area'


Doctor testifies



that Christopher



Esfakis was given



an 'incorrect'



amount of fluid


FROM page one

According to Dr Garner,
when Mr Esfakis was admit-
ted to the hospital at around
lam on Saturday the patient
was "alert and orientated".
At 2.50am he was taken to
the third floor and was said
to be in stable condition, not-
ed Dr Garner. At 10am he
had two intravenous fluid
lines put into his body. One
was a "maintenance regime"
of 125cc per. hour, and the
other a "burn deficit regime."
Dr Garner explained to
jurors that a burn deficit
regime would be implemented
for a burns victim in order to
replace fluid that is normally
lost through the burnt areas
of skin.
"You need to calculate how
much is lost and how much to
replace," she said. She noted
that there is an international-
ly accepted formula for deter-
mining how much fluid to
administer to individual burns
patients.
Dr Garner said that, accord-
ing to the formula, the least
amount of fluid Mr Esfakis
should have been adminis-
tered, considering his weight
. '. and 23 per cent burns, was
2.71 litres, and at most 5.7
litres. Hospital notes state that
it was determined that he
should be given 12 litres, she
pointed out.,
Dr Garner said she had
"tried to work out how" med-
ical personnel had reached the
conclusion that Mr Esfakis
should be given this "incor-
rect" amount of fluid.
She/noted that another way


in which medics can work out
how much fluid the patient
should be given is to monitor
fluid output. "You attempt to
reach a figure of between 30-
50cc per hour of urine," she
said.
According to Dr Garner,
medical notes indicated that
Mr Esfakis was "consistently
putting out six to ten times that
amount" around 419cc per
hour over a ten-hour period.
Dr Garner described how
Mr Esfakis' condition changed
between 2pm Sunday, when
he was last recorded as having
"no complaints", and Monday
evening when he died.
At 5pm on Sunday an X-ray
showed his left lung was
whitedd out", which Dr Gar-
ner said she believed would
have been due to it being
filled with fluid. A bron-
chioscopy was carried out at
6pm to see if he had suffered
an inhalation injury. "Ques-
tion is whether this should
have been done earlier," said
Dr Garner. Her testimony was
interrupted as Magistrate
William Campbell decided to
adjourn the inquest until the
following morning.
Also testifying at the
inquest was Dr Nelson Clark,
a physician specialising in psy-
chiatry.
He testified that he was
asked to evaluate Mr Esfakis'
mental state on Saturday,
April 20.
He said Mr Esfakis was, at
the time he saw him that after-
noon, "co-operative, alert and
able to answer questions
about what had happened."
According to Dr Clark, Mr
Esfakis admitted he was expe-


riencing some discomfort
because of his burns, admit-
ted he had lit himself on fire
on the night of Friday, April
19, due to distress at a previ-
ous day's events, admitted
that he had been intoxicated
at the time, and that he felt at
* a point "that he had wanted to
take his life."
However, according to the
doctor, Mr Esfakis said he no
longer wanted to take his life
at the time he met with Dr
Clark. They agreed to meet
again,at a later date to discuss
Mr Esfakis' "drinking and dis-
tress issues."
Nurse Maycock told the
court that she had been on
duty at Doctors Hospital on
SSunday, April 21, from 3pm
until 10pm. She said that when
she took over care- of Mr
Esfakis from the previous
attending nurse that after-
noon, he was in a "critical
condition."
She countersigned medical
notes that recorded that Mr
. Esfakis was unable to open
his eyes due to swelling. His
pain levels were unable to be
assessed, his oxygenation was
79 per cent, all his wounds
were covered, and he was gen-
erally swollen, she said.
Air ambulance staff from
Jackson Memorial IHospital,
who arrived in Nassau to take
Mr Esfakis to that hospital,
were informed of his "unsta-
ble" condition, said the nurse.
This is the fourth non-con-
secutive week of testimony in
the inquest into the death of
Mr Esfakis in court number
seven, overseen by Magistrate
Campbell.
Testimony continues today.


FROM page one

Street up until July or August this year, before he
moved to Kool Meadows, in the Joe Farrington Road
area with his girlfriend. He said he did not move in
with her in December 2006 or January 2007, when she
initially moved to the location, as they were not that
close at the time.
Mr Davis then produced for the court a police acci-
dent report from May 28th this year in which Mr
Mitchell told authorities he lived at Kool Meadows,
after Mr Mitchell affirmed several times that he did
not live there before July or August 2007.
Mr Mitchell acknowledged that he gave police this
information, but this was after drinking and driving,
before the crash he said. He was driving the car of his
girlfriend's mother at the time of the accident.
In an effort to clarify his remarks, Senior Justice
Allen asked Mr Mitchell if he was drunk and panicky
and gave erroneous information to police regarding his
address. Mr Mitchell acknowledged this.
Mr Davis then asked Mr Mitchell if he was drunk
during yesterday, to which he said "no".
The report also revealed that Mr Mitchell gave police
the phone number at the Kool Meadows location as
his contact, rather than a Pinewood phone number.
Mr Mitchell told the court that this was because his
Pigewood telephone was out of service for some time
during the period. However, he was unable to inform
the court how long it was out of service, after being
pressed by Mr Davis. Mr Mitchell also admitted that his
business contact number is also the phone number at
Kool Meadows, and it has been so since June or July
this year.
Questions also emerged regarding where Mr Mitchell
received a summons from police regarding the acci-
dent. Mr Mitchell said that he was called by authorities,
and went to the police to receive the document. How-
ever, Mr Davis challenged this suggesting that the sum-
mons was served to him "at home" at Kool Meadows.
Mr Mitchell rejected this suggestion.
More than 10 witnesses testified yesterday with FNM
lawyer Michael Barnett leading questioning on several
witnesses that were common names on the lists of both
the PLP and FNM.
Mr Davis was expected to conclude Mrs Maynard-
Gibson's case on Monday, with Mr Barnett beginning
the case of Pinewood MP Byron Woodside at this time.
However, it is now unclear when Mr Davis will wrap up.
Election court resumes at 10 o'clock this morning.



Shooting death charges

FROM page one

" adjourned to Monday, January 21, and by that time the
-;F prosecution is-expected to have submitted the necessary
Z documents in relation to the Voluntary Bill of Indictment.
'C Stubbs was remanded without bail to Her Majesty's Prison.
- Before he was escorted out of the courtroom, Stubbs told
u. Magistrate Bethel that he could not be cuffed from behind as
he hda bullet in his neqk which would be aggravated if he
was hand-cuffed iq that way,


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PAGE 2, WDNESAY, DCEMBR 5,2007AHE TIBUN


* In brief

Jamaica releases
tiny beetles to
combat invasive
pest that
destroys crops
* KINGSTON, Jamaica


THOUSANDS of lady-
bug beetles have been
released in Jamaica to
combat an island-hop-
ping insect that has
destroyed crops through-
out the region, authori-
ties said this week,
according to Associated
Press. 4
The tiny, spotted bee-
tle is a natural enemy of
the pink hibiscus mealy-
bug, a ravenous agricul-
tural pest which was first
detected in the
Caribbean country in
June, according to a gov-'
ernment statement.
The beetles, which
were released in recent
days, will join tiny para-
site wasps that authori-
ties distributed after the
infestation was discov-
ered in rural Portland
parish. The wasps lay lar-
vae inside mealybugs,
which feed on the pest
internally, causing it to
die.
Authorities said con-
trolled circulation of
ladybugs will help the
wasps kill mealybugs in
Jamaica's farming com-
munities.
The beetles and wasps
were supplied by
Trinidad and Tobago's
Ministry of Agriculture
and the U.S. Department
of Agriculture, the state-
ment said.
Mealybugs have
destroyed millions of
dollars in crops.and orna-
mental plants across the
Caribbean since they
were first reported in the
Western Hemisphere, in
Grenada in 1994. They
reached the U.S. Virgin
Islands in 1997, and
Puerto Rico a year later.


Baha Mar appoints director




of community relations


DURING October and November sales
and marketing associates from Harbor-
side Resort at Atlantis held two fundrais-
ers in aid, of the children at the Bilney
Lane Children's Home.
In October, the Harborside teams held
a four-week food stamp drive.
The food stamps, collected from various
local stores, will be used to assist the chil-
dren's home with purchasing much need-
ed supplies.
On Saturday November 3, the Harbor-
side teams also hosted a car wash to sup-
port the Bilney Lane Children's Home.
Complimentary food and drinks were


THE Baha Mar company
announced that it has appoint-
ed Leah Davis to head its
community relations efforts.
"Baha Mar's commitment
to Bahamians extends beyond
the vision of a revitalised
Cable .Beach to making sig-
nificant contributions to the
community at large," said the
company in a statement.
Ms Davis joined Baha Mar
in early November and will
spearhead its community out-
reach and social service initia-
tives.

Serious
"We are serious about exer-
cising our corporate social
responsibility to Bahamians
and the creation of this role
of director of community rela-
tions emphasises just that,"
said Robert "Sandy" Sands,
Baha Mar's senior vice presi-
dent in charge of government
and external affairs. "We are
very pleased with the appoint-
ment of Ms Davis and confi-


these areas, the company said.
Her job will include establish-
ing and maintaining relation-
ships with community, civic
and governmental agencies
and organizations to address
unmet community and envi-
ronmental needs.
Ms Davis entered the mar-
keting industry in the
Bahamas as a public relations
account executive.
Her portfolio includes mar-
keting for Abaco Markets,
Domino's Pizza, Solomon's
Super Centre and Cost Right.
Most recently, Ms Davis
directed the marketing and
public relations efforts for
Wendy's Bahamas, being
heard on almost every radio
station in New Providence
encouraging you to 'Do what
tastes right.'
She also makes regular TV
appearances as the host of
popular video magazine
\I'cek, ml Moves which airs on
Cable 12.
Ms Davis has been involved
in numerous benefit events to
aid local charities including


provided for customers. Contributions
were accepted and were also donated to
the home.
The teams raised more than $2400, half
of which was matched by Starwood Vaca-
tion Ownership, Inc, the company that
runs the resort.
"The event was indeed a success. It
would not have been possible without the
combined efforts of the teams," said
David Yarvi, project director at Harbor-
side Resort.
Mr Yarvi also mentioned that Harbor-
side plans additional activities to support
the home and looks forward to assisting


the Cancer Society of the
Bahamas and the Bahamas
Association for Social Health.
She holds a postgraduate
diploma in advertising, a
diploma of law and is an exter-
nal student with the Universi-
ty of London.

Excitement
Expressing excitement
about her new role, Ms Davis
said: "Baha Mar presents a
wonderful opportunity for the
Bahamas and I feel privileged
to be joining such a dynamic
organisation.
"I am committed to ensur-
ing that we continue to make a
significant impact in critical
areas affecting the Bahamian
society.
"Baha Mar will continue to
work with and invest in the
local community in a wide
range of programmes; we have
prioritised areas affecting chil-
dren and families, environ-
mental preservation and edu-
cation."


the workers and children with home main-
tenance, homework, outings, further
fundraising events and more.
Starwood Vacation Ownership is part of
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide,
Inc, one of the leading hotel and leisure
companies in the world with around 890
properties in more than 100 countries and
145,000 employees at its owned and man-
aged properties.
Starwood owns a number of well known
resort brands including: St Regis, The
Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Mdri-
dien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton,
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PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER.5, 2007


UN rights expert
says he will attend
Gitmo hearing
0 GENEVA
A U.N. rights expert said
Monday that he will attend a
legal hearing this week at the
U.S. detention camp in Guan-
tanamo Bay involving a ter-
rorism suspect held there since
2002, according to Associated
Press.
Martin Scheinin, the U.N.'s
independent investigator on
human rights in the fight
against terrorism, said his vis-
it is taking place at the invita-
tion of the U.S. government.
Scheinin has complained in
the past that he was denied
permission by the United
States to visit Guantanamo
and meet privately with pris-
oners as part of his work for
the Geneva-based U.N.
Human Rights Council.
In a statement Monday, he
welcomed an invitation to
observe a hearing involving
Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a for-
mer driver for al-Qaida leader-
Osama bin Laden, who has
been charged under the Mili-
tary Commissions Act with
conspiracy and providing
material support for terror-
ism. The hearing is scheduled
to begin Dec. 5, his statement
said.
Scheinin, a Finnish law pro-
fessor, said he would present
his observations to the next
session of the 47-member
U.N. Human Rights Council
on Dec. 12, along with a writ-
fe iieview of U.S. pr actices'in
the fight against terrorism.
In October, Scheinin issued
a. report on his trip to the
United States earlier this year
during which he called on
Washington to release all peo-
ple detained as "unlawful ene-
my combatants," close the
detention'center at Guan-
tanamo Bay, and abolish mil-
itary commissions.


,i


dent that she will meet the
objectives set for this role in
directing our continued
involvement in the communi-
ty."'
Ms Davis will identify key
areas of focus for Baha Mar's
community outreach and
social service efforts, planning
and co-ordinating activities in









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WEDNESDAY, DEEM BER 5 2007
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Broker eyes expansion





following Nassau switch


M By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
LOM Securities (Bahamas) has
S- moved its office from Freeport to
2. Nassau, its director telling The Tri-
bune yesterday the company plans
- '- -, "to expand our operations", espe-
-. _- cially on the asset management side,
and take on more stiff. .......
: Craig Lines said the company and
its three staff had relocated from
Freeport, where it had been based
.-. since 2000, to the British Colonial


Hilton's .Centre of Commerce at No.1
Bay Street on November 1, 2007.
He explained that accessibility and
convenience had driven LOM Secu-
rities (Bahamas) move to Nassau, as
visiting clients could stay at New
Providence's five-star hotels, while
there better and direct air links, such
as direct service between this island
and the Cayman Islands, where LOM
also has an operation.
Mr Lines said the move would pro-
vide LOM Securities (Bahamas),
which has some $250-$300 million in


client assets under management -
around 25 per cent of the entire
group's $1.2 billion in client assets -
with -clocr contact to our visitor
client base, who tend to stay at the
major hotels here.
"A lot of clients come to see us for
the tourist industry and stay for four
to five days, so there's a synergy rela-
tionship between them arriving and
tourism in Nassau, which all institu-
tions have.
"It's easier for us to get from here
to the Cayman office or the Bermuda


office," Mr Lines explained, pointing
to the direct air link between Nassau
and the Cayman Islands.
"A lot of the time, intermediaries
we have developed relationships with
here say that we need an office in
Nassau, so that they can introduce
clients to us."
Mr Lines added that LOM Securi-
ties (Bahamas) "will add more staff in
a bit", and said the institution's goals
were "to expand our operations, gain
new clients, expand our services and
bring a higher degree of service to


the Bahamas and Nassau that inter-
mediaries and clients have come to
expect.
"We always look at opportunities to
expand the asset management side,
and long-term would like to expand
the asset management side here.
"The focus for the long-term is
developing the LOM Securities
(Bahamas) brand, and bringing
awareness to our international clients

SEE page 6


Unions


want child

labour

'monitoring'

2- U By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
TRADE unions waht a
"monitoring" system imple-
S"*-'- mented to control the
S, employment of children
and prevent any employer
"abuses" before they will
agree to extending the
Schedule governing this
area in the Employment
Act, a prominent union,
leader told The Tribune.
".*'. Obie Ferguson, an attor-
S- ney and Trades Union
Congress (TUC) president,
said the trade union posi-
tion, as articulated through
the Joint Labour Move-
ment (JLM), was that the
employment of child work-
ers had to be monitored
and "managed", as their
education was most impor-
tant.
S Mr Ferguson said: "The
; difficulty we have with
child labour is that it must
be properly managed and
supervised to the extent
where it does not interfere.
with the child's school
-' -'. work.....
"We can't have a child
-. always on the road or in the
grocery store; it's not con-
ducive to producing a qual-
ity child at a time when
books are important.
,. "These things must be
managed. Our objective
principally is the control
that is necessary to ensure
it is not abused. That is of
"* most concern to us. There
must be a monitoring sys-
tem."
S Mr Ferguson said the
trade union movement's
focus "must" be on educat-
ing the future Bahamian
workforce, especially given
the increasing use of com-
plex technology in the
workplace.
"We want to present the
position that young people
spend most of their time, if
not all their time, in the

SEE page 6


SRoyal Bank completes 50% Fidelity purchase


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
FIDELITY Merchant Bank
& Trust and its financial prod-
ucts will today be rebranded
'Royal Fidelity', with Royal
Bank of Canada yesterday
announcing it had received all
necessary Bahamian regulato-
ry approvals to close its acqui-
sition of a 50 per cent stake in
Fidelity's merchant banking
arm.
Michael Anderson, Royal
Fidelity's president, said the
application for the name
change was filed yesterday, the
'Royal Fidelity' name having
been registered already with
the Registrar of Companies,
and "with effect from tomor-
row [today], we should be
called Royal Fidelity".
Fidelity Merchant Bank's
products are now also being
rebranded with the 'Royal
Fidelity' name, including its
recently-launched Fidelity
Bahamas International Invest-
ment Fund and the index-
linked sub-funds, or TIGRS.
Royal Fidelity will start with
$1 billion in client assets under
management and administra-
tion, 27 employees and 3,000
clients.


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* Tanya McCartney named new managing director of FINCO
* Royal Fidelity name change and product re-branding set for today
* Tie-up to create merchant bank with $1 bn in client assets under management
and administration, 27 employees and 3,000 clients in Bahamas and Barbados


"I'm excited and relieved
that we've managed to get past
that hurdle," Mr Anderson
told The Tribune yesterday of
the rtegul.ilory approvals for
the multi-million dollar deal.
"It's been a long time com-
ing, and I'm pleased to reach
the start of this new phase of
our business. It's another string
to our bow."
He added that Fidelity.
which will continue to hold the
remaining 50 per cent stake in
Royal Fidelity, was "planning
things with Royal to see how
we move the business forward
in the Bahamas and Barbados.
"We're really looking for-
ward to the new relationship,
and maximising what we can
out of our new business."
The strategy behind the
Royal Fidelity tie-up is to mar-
ry Fidelity's Bahamian and
Caribbean expertise, and the
products -it has developed to
serve regional needs here and
in the Cayman Islands, with


suffers loss A

of $897,000

But Isle of Capri's red ink
much less than previous )
year's $1.115m


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
ISLE of Capri's Grand
Bahama-based casino still
remains in the 'red' despite the
deal worked out with the for-
mer PLP government to keep
it in the Bahamas, incurring a
net $897,000 operating loss for
the quarter ended on October
28, 2007.
The Isle-Our Lucaya casino
enjoyed a slight revenue
increase for the second quarter
of its 2008 fiscal year, as they
grew by 11.1 per cent to $2.897
million from $2.591 million in
the year-before period.
For the first half, though. Isle
of Capri's Grand Bahama casi-
no actually experienced an
overall revenue decline, as they
dropped 10.8 per cent from
$7.521 million in the 2007 first
half to $6.709 million this time
around.
For the fiscal 2008 first half,
the Isle-Opr Lucaya incurred a
$956,000 net operating loss, a
significant reduction on the
previous year's $3.798 million
loss, indicating that the opera-
tion has at least beguh to stem
the bleeding.
For the second quarter, the
net operating loss was also
much reduced, standing at
$897,000 compared to $1.115
million in the fiscal 2007 com-
parative period.


(/


Royal Bank's large pan-
Caribbean asset base and inter-
national capital markets exper-
tise to give the merchant bank
a stronger regional footprint.
Royal Bank has some
25t 11. it clients currently in the
Caribbean region, some
100,000 of whom are based in
the Bahamas, while Fidelity
has 15,000 clients of its own.
Royal Fidelity now has the
potential to leverage off Royal
Bank's asset base, client base
and sheer scale,by selling its
products and services to those
clients. And that client base is
set to expand considerably
with Royal Bank's acquisition
of Royal Bank of Trinidad &
Tobago (RBTT), plus its move
into the Turks & Caicos
Islands.
Mr Anderson said yesterday:
"Fidelity was primarily a
Bahamian-based business, and
now we've ended up with a
Barbados-based business. It
allows us to leverage off the


RBC capital base and expertise
in international capital mar-
kets.
"They can bring new prod-
ucts and services to us, and
help us place Caribbean deals
that are too large for local mar-
kets."
He explained that Royal
Bank's involvement in financ-
ing airports, ports and other
infrastructure could now, be
used by Royal Fidelity in the
Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Royal Fidelity will have 27
staff between the Bahamas and
the Barbados, the entity inher-
iting Royal Bank's investment
management and trust busi-
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high net worth clients through
its corporate finance and advi-
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management, pension and
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Ways to prevent armed robbery


IN my series on How Not to
Become a Victim of Crime, a
prevention plan is discussed in
detail. However, I received
request for actual pointers and
recommendations on exactly
what should one do.
The following recommenda-
tions are not guarantees, as
every business, home and per-
sons may need to modify the
list provided to accommodate
their various environments.
We shall first look at the
armed robbery response. This
serious crime has even beeA
given its own special team of
investigators by the Royal
Bahamas Police Force. The
police have targeted it as a key
crime for intervention, but
have found it difficult to deal
with effectively, as recent cas-
es have shown. Despite the sig-
nificance of armed robbery in
the criminal justice system,
there remains a large gap in
knowledge and understanding
of the subject. What are some
of the motivating factors for
the robber?
Armed robbery is seen as a
fast and direct way of getting
money.
The robber may need
money for drugs, or to pay
debts.
In the case of some young
offenders the "thrill" of the
incident and the feeling of
power are enough to make
them re-offend. It may soon
become a 'lifestyle' or a 'pro-
fession'.
Case files have shown that
the majority of armed rob-
beries are not thoroughly
planned. However, the profes-
sional armed robber will some-
times go to great lengths in the


preparation and planning of
the armed robbery, and will
case the premises extensively
before the event.
Studies have shown the
involvement of both drugs and
alcohol to be significant in inci-
dents of armed robbery.
In the case of the drug
addict who desperately needs
to finance the next 'hit', the
decision to stage an armed
hold-up is potentially lethal.
The armed robbery will prob-
ably not be well-planned and
there is no guarantee that the
individual is rational.
Violence might increase
when there is more than one
offender. In these instances
you are at a much heightened
risk.

It is important to understand
these points when formulating
prevention and response
strategies.

Armed Robbery Prevention

1. Cash Reduction Limit
the amount of cash held and
publicise it.
Research suggests that lim-
iting the amount of cash held
on the business premises and
publicising the fact will signifi-
cantly minimise the risk of
armed robbery.

2. Cash Handling
Small amounts of cash being
held at any one time will
reduce the attractiveness of a
target.
More frequent deposits to
banks or' secure holding units
will assist.
Money should be kept out
of sight.


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Cash should never be
counted in view.

Takings should never be
discussed in public.

Advertise the fact of mini-
mum cash holdings.

3. Don't Advertise
Your Profits
As a businessperson you
believe in advertising armed
robbers also look for adver-
tisements. Don't advertise to
the potential armed robber
that it will be profitable to rob
you. Never, ever, 'flash' a large
roll of dollar bills in public."

4. Cash Drop Box
with Time Delay Lock
This will help deter the
would-be robber. Signs should
be used to advertise this fact.

5. Cash Registers
It is desirable for cash regis-
ters to be located where they
are highly visible to passers-
by. This increases the possibil-
ity of identification of the rob-
ber. The more visible the bet-
ter, and this acts as a deter-
rent.

6. Avoid Routine
Where it is necessary for
staff to transport cash, do not
establish a routine. Staff should
not wear uniforms that identi-
fy the business, or that they
are security personnel, Ensure
that times and routines are var-
ied. Be mindful of the human
element of complacency in this
area.

7. Credit Facilities
Provision of credit facilities
should effectively reduce the
quantity of cash held. Elec-
tronic Funds Transfer at Point
of Sale (EFTPOS) system is


also an excellent way of reduc-
ing cash held on the premises.
Ask for information from your
bank.

8. Open environment
An open and uncluttered
environment that provides a
clear, well-lit view of the sales
area from outside is a deter-
rent to armed robbers, who
prefer to remain unobserved.

9. Rear access
Any'rear access should be
fully secured. Appropriate
locks should be employed. Illu-
minate backyards and lanes
leading to the premises. Cur-
tains, posters and advertising
material that obscures vision
should be used at a minimum.
These provide cover for any
would-be bandit.

10. Doors and Windows
All exterior doors should be
of solid construction with good
quality locks fitted. To guard
against forced entry, consider
fitting bars to windows.
Louvered windows are a
particularly weak point. If
counting money at night, this
should be done out of view and
the premises should be
secured.

11. Counters
Behind the counter is your
territory, and there should be
no opportunity for access by
the customer. Counters should
be designed to provide as
much distance between cus-
tomers and staff as practica-
ble. Deep counters with raised
floors behind the counter make
it difficult for offenders to
assault staff..

12. Surveillance cameras
Surveillance cameras may
not deter armed robbers, but
they will certainly contribute
to their arrest. If activated dur-
ing a hold-up, the resulting
photographs can greatly
increase the chances of appre-
hending the offender. It is
important that these cameras
are maintained and serviced


regularly.

13. Lighting
Lighting can be used to
advantage, making the target
highly visible and increasing
the chances of offender identi-
fication.

14. Mirrors
Mirrors can be useful in oth-
erwise obscured areas, allow-
ing staff to fully monitor floor
space. However, be careful
that mirrors do not allow
potential robbers to see your
cash area from the customer's
side of the counter.

15. Electronic sensors
Electronic sensors can alert
staff that customers are enter-
ing or leaving the premises.

16. Bullet resistant barriers
The handling of large sums
of money, such as payrolls,
may warrant the installation of
bullet-resistant barriers for
staff protection. There are var-
ious grading of bullet-resis-
tant barriers, and a risk assess-
ment can be conducted by
security consultants.

17. Exact money
Requiring the 'exact money'
in business transactions can
eliminate the need to keep
cash in tills, especially at night.
When large bills are used for
payment, a customer or rob-
ber is alerted to where the larg-
er amounts of cash are held,
as it must be accessed to supply
change. An offender may
deliberately purchase a small
item with large bills for this
purpose. It may be wise to
have a notice asking for exact
money.

18. Time-controlled vaults
These will also deter the
would-be robber, reducing
opportunity. Signs should be
used to advertise that these
facilities are on the premises.

19. Vigilance
Vigilance on the part of staff
is essential. Any suspicious


behaviour should be noted,
and reported to the police.
Keen observations by staff may
assist police in apprehending
the offenders before the
offence. Personal name tags
for staff should be used with
caution. This can place staff in
a vulnerable position after the
robbery, particularly if sur-"
names are used.

20. New Staff
When selecting new staff,
ascertain personal background
details, References should be
sought and consulted.

21. When staff leave
your employment
Ensure that any keys to
areas that departing staff have
had access to have been
accounted for. Where keys
cannot be located, change the
lock. Where staff members
leave under difficult or strange
circumstances, it may also be
worth considering changing
locks, combinations and even
cash handling procedures.

This list is by no means com-
prehensive, and in fact some
of you may already have sev-
eral of my recommendations
in place.
Next week we will look at
what are some suggested
responses during the actual
event. This is critical, because
the concern of the prevention
plan is cash retention. Howev-
er, during the robbery the most
important concern is the
preservation of life.

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
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Tourism Board





hopes for Budget





incentive boost


M By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
THE Nassau Tourism and
Development Board (NTDB)
is hopeful that investment
incentives to encourage devel-
., opment and revitalisation at
the eastern end of Bay Street
will be included in the 2008-
2009 Budget, helping facilitate
the much-needed improve-
., ment of the area.
"That is one of the impor-
S" tant recommendations that we
made to government. To
encourage investments in cer-
tain areas is critical to help
develop these areas," said
Charles Klonaris, the NTDB's
chairman.
He said the construction of
two new major retail outlets
will go far in drawing pedes-
trian traffic to the area east of
the East Street/Bay Street
junction, which he described
as a depressed economic zone.
Stores
The new stores are the Bac-
ardi concept store, which is set
to open in early 2008 on the
comer of Bay and East Street.
The specialty store will offer
both its products and brand
S- -. merchandising duty free in one
location. The second store is
the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company's (BTC) Cyber
World outlet located almost
.- directly across the street.
Mr Klonaris said: "It is vital
what this concept store will do
in terms of bringing tourists
and locals here, but it is also


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what is taking place behind the
scenes.
"BTC is opening their store
just here on the other side.
That will create a lot of pedes-
trian traffic because people will
be paying their bills there, pur-
chasing mobile phones, and
upstairs they will have their
executives there and they will
be employing, I understand,
up to 30 employees. There is
talk of the Moses Plaza being
redeveloped into a first-class
facility with marina, restau-
rants and retail."
Mr Klonaris said the area
needs improvement, and one
if the ways to do that is by sim-
ple enforcement of the law,
given that a number of trucks
were double-parked on the
northern side of Bay Street.
"It is illegal and the law
needs enforcing," Mr Klonaris
said.
"As you know, Bay Street
east of East Street is like a
highway, and it is difficult to
really enjoy when you have 16
wheelers, buses and trucks
traveling 30-40 miles an hour.
It is not conducive to retail-
ing."
Mr Klonaris said the NTDB
has requested that the Gov-
ernment install a stop light on
the corner of Elizabeth and
Bay Streets to slow down traf-
fic.
David Johnson, senior
deputy director at the Ministry
of Tourism, added that the
new flagship stores would
greatly enhance the tourism
product.
"One of our primary objec-
tives is to increase the monies
spent by visitors in the


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"We know that according to
the Ministry of Tourism's exit
survey last year stopover visi-
tors spent $120 million on
shopping, and $280 million on
meals and beverages," he
added.
Similarly, he said the


Bahamas has the least amount
of money spent by cruise pas-
sengers in the Caribbean, hov-
ering around $60 per head
compared to the $150 average
spent in other countries.
"We have three million pas-
sengers who land here on
cruises, so if we can improve
that spend by one t- shirt, one
hat per person, you can see the
difference," Mr Johnson said.


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* Promote Nassau as financial centre and JB Nassau as booking
centre for offshore clients.
REQUIRED SKILLS: I
* Excellent Italian verbal and written communication skill
* PC literate with strong Excel, Word, PowerPoint
(ability to learn new applications quickly)
* A commitment to service excellence
EXPERIENCE: I
* Minimum 10 years experience in Swiss Banking or related field
EDUCATION: I
* A Bachelor's degree with concentration in Economic, Business
Administration or equivalent:
FOREIGN LANGUAGES I
* Must speak English and Italian a third language would be an asset
We offer a very competitive and benefits package, a stimulating work
environment and the opportunity to make a significant contribution to
our business while expanding your career.
Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume
by December 28th, 2007 to the attention of.


By Hand
Personal & Confidential
Human Resources
Ocean Centre, Montague Foreshore
East Bay Street
PO.Box N-4890
Nassau, Bahamas


ByMail
Personal & Confidential
Human Resources
PO.Box N-4890
Nassau, Bahamas


Legal Notice
NOTICE

AQUAVITA MANAGEMENT LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given i'tI the above-named
Company. is in dissolution, which commenced on the
21st day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE

HUOLDSWORTH PLANES LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
28th day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE

WISE VISION INTERNATIONAL LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given, that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
22nd day of October 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Bank


Fide



FROM page 1


that while the two parties "had
most of what we need", they
were still awaiting final regu-
latory approval in Barbados.
He added: "The transaction
today gives us control of Bar-
bados subject to final regula-
tory approvals."
Ross McDonald, Royal
Bank's Caribbean regional
head, said the Royal Fidelity
tie-up was further evidence of
the bank's commitment to the


completes


purchase


Caribbean.
"What we are involved in
here is a nice business devel-
oped by locals, with local
expertise, and we will leverage
that international capability
across the region," he added.
With Royal Fidelity's
strength in the Bahamas and
Barbados, and RBTT's pres-
ence in Trinidad, Mr McDon-
ald described the two as "quite
complementary and together
give us a winning combina-
tion".
He added that Royal Bank's
move into the Turks & Caicos,


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that FRANCOIS INNOCENT
of MARSH HARBOUR, P.O. BOX AB-20291, ABACO,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 5TH day of
DECEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Legal Notice
NOTICE

EURIDICE ENTERPRISES INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
28th day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)




Legal Notice

NOTICE
Bayroc Estate Ltd.

(In voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 28th day November, 2007. Creditors having
debts or claims against the above-named Com-
pany are required to send particulars thereof to
the undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-10378, Nassau,
Bahamas, on or before 27th December, 2007. In
default thereof they will be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.

Alain Kunz
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE

CONNEMARA HOLDINGS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
28th day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


for which it had received the
licence to open a full service
branch in the New Year -
offering mortgages, consumer
loans, corporate and commer-
cial services last week, was
"the third leg" of the "couple
of billion dollars" Caribbean
expansion strategy.
"In banking size matters,
and we will have significant
size when we are complete,"
Mr McDonald said. "We need
critical mass going forward. All
of our customers are expand-
ing across the region, and we
need to be where they are."
Royal Fidelity plans to be a
'one-stop-shop' for medium
and large corporate finance
deals, providing clients with
corporate banking products *
such as bridge loans, project
finance and term loans, cou-
pled with wealth management


and fiduciary services.


Royal Bank of Canada last
night announced that former
FNM Senator, and ex-head of
the Bahamas Association of
Compliance Officers (BACO),
Tanya McCartney, is to
become FINCO's managing
director with effect from Jan-
uary 7, 2008, subject to regula-
tory approvals.
FINCO announced profits
of $6.917 million for the fourth
quarter ended on October 31,
2007, taking net income for the
full year to $22.11 million.
As a result, FINCO will pay
a $0.13 dividend per share to
shareholders of record date
December 11, 2007, on
December 18,2007. And those
shareholders will also receive a
special dividend of $0.05 per
share.


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


Legal Notice
NOTICE

PRINCIPESSA INVESTMENT LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
3rd day of December 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)







TEACHING VACANCY
Temple Christian High School
Shirley Street

Invites applications from qualified Christian teachers for
the following positions for the 2007-2008 School Year.



Applicants must:

A. 0 Be a practicing born-again Christian who is willing to
subscribe to the Statement of Faith of Temple
Christian School.
B. 0 Have a Bachelor's Degree in Education or higher
from a recognized College or University in the area
of specialization
C. 0 Have a valid Teacher's Certificate or Diploma
D. 0 Have at least two years teaching experience in
the relevant subject area with excellent
communication skills.
E. 0 Applicants must have the ability to prepare students
for all examination to the BJC, BGCSE levels.
F 0 Be willing to participate in the high school's extra
curricular programmes.

Application must be picked up at the High School
office on Shirley Street and be returned with a
full curriculum vitae, recent coloured photograph
and three references to:
Mr. Neil Hamilton
The Principal
Temple Christian High School
P.O.Box N-1566
Nassau, Bahamas
Deadline for application is December 7th, 2007


50 per cent


b -'


I IUSINESS








TH TRBUEUENEDADEEMES5207 PGE5


Bacardi


duty-free store


set to open in


early '08


SBy CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
BACARDI will early next
year opens its new signature
brand store on Bay Street,
becoming the first liquor com-
pany to offer both liquor and
merchandise in a concept store.
The store will be operated by
Bacardi's Nassau-based dis-
* . tributor, the Bristol Groups of
S'' Companies.
At a special pre-opening yes-
terday morning, Juan Bacardi,
Bristol Cellars' head, told Tri-
bune Business that the idea for
the store had been brewing for
some time, and the company
had just been waiting to secure
*a suitable location.


The new location on the cor-
ner of Bay Street and Esat
Street, at the site of the old,
Tower Jewellery store, was
seen as the ideal spot to assist
with the area's revitalisation.
"For years, I have shared
Bacardi's rum dream of being
an active participant in the
revitalisation of Nassau, and
in particular Bay Street. We've
very excited to lead the charge
of the revitalisation and rede-
velopment of the Bay Street
business and tourist district,"
Mr Bacardi said.
He added that the store was
an innovative concept, in that it
was the first time a liquor store
will offer both its products and
brand merchandising duty-free
in one location. -
Additionally, the Bacardi


store will offer interactive dig-
ital kiosks, where visitors can
learn about the brand, the
rum-making process and its
history.
It will also feature a variety
of high -end Bacardi branded
accessories, including hats,
shirts, gym bags, umbrellas,
towels and other items not
available for purchases in any
other independent retail store
in the world.
Andy Fowler, vice-president
of Bacardi and Company,
stressed that the impending
closure of the company's New
Providence-based production
facility in 2009 had no bearing
on the company's strong rela-
tionship with the Bahamas.
"The Bacardi brands have
been sold in the Bahamas for


almost 100,years. The closing
of our production facility in
Nassau has no impact on the
supply of our brands through-
out the Bahamas. The Bacardi
brands will all continue to be
sold here because Bahamians
love Bacardi rum and have
made it their favourite," he
said.
The themed retail outlet
totals 1,700 square feet, and
will be opened six days a week,
from 9am to 6 pm.
The complete two-storey,
3,300 square feet space, is cur-
rently operating as a Bristol
duty-free liquor store as it
undergoes its transformation
into the Bacardi store. *
The second floor of the
building will be redesigned in
2008.


Business community


introduced to Sheraton


MANAGEMENT of the Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort recently hosted mem-
bers of corporate Bahamas to a special
reception to reacquaint them with the
newly-renovated resort.
Robert Sands, senior vice-president of
- government and external affairs at Baha
Mar Resorts, said the purpose of the
reception function, held at the Carib6 Cafe6
Landing, was to introduce the new Shera-
S- ton Cable Beach Resort to the corporate
*.-,-- community. .
Insurance companies,,Aopmmnr;ial- and


private banks, airlines and religious groups
were all invited to the event and given
tours of the property.
Event
Mr Sands said the event was held not
only to showcase the property, but to
introduce guests to the sales contacts and
individuals for the booking of corporate
business.
Hans Altenhoff, general manager of the
Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, said that as


of December 25, 500 rooms will be avail-
able for sale. "These rooms are already
sold out. Also, 700 rooms will be avail-
able by the end of the year," he said.
Mr Altenhoff attributed the favourable
response to the resort to both the new
facilities and the staff.
Senior sales mangaer, Myron Jones,
added that more than $80 million has been
invested in the renovation of the resort,
and it is one of the major projects under-
taken by the Baha Mar Development
Company.


U U


INDEPENDENT

SSALES.

PERSONS


NEEDED!


Excellent opportunity
for you to control your
income.
You are limited only to
your potential
Flexible hours available
Excellent commissions
and benefits





* Must have a proven track record in sales
* Professional appearance a must
* Must have reliable transportation
* Ability to meet and adhere to strict deadlines
* Excellent written and communication skills.


Apply in writing to
Sales Representatives
Box PM-1
C/O The Nassau Guardian
P.O. Box N-3011
Nassau


Bahamas


TEACHING
VACANCIES
The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified Teachers for positions
available at St. John's College, St. Anne's School
and Bishop Michael Eldon School in Freeport.
Primary
Computer/Primary
Spanish
English
Only qualified Teachers, with Bachelor of Master
Degrees from an accredited University or College
and Teaching Certificate need apply.
For further details and application form, please
contact the Anglican Central Education Authority
on Sands gRoad at telephone (242) 322-3015/6/7.
Letters of application and/or completed application
forms with copies of required documents must be
sent by Friday, December 14th, 2007 to the
Anglican Education Department addressed to:-
The Director of Education
Anglican Central Education Authority
P. O. Box N-656
Nassau, Bahamas


. ,'Li


: Bank of The Bahamas
INTERNATIONAL

GOVERNMENT GUARANTEED ADVANCED
EDUCATION LOAN SCHEME


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

NEW AND RETURNING STUDENT

A-Clarke Monday, December 3, 2007
Cleare G Tuesday, December 4, 2007

H-McKin Wednesday, December 5, 2007
McPhee-R Thursday, December 6, 2007
S-Z Friday, December 7, 2007


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

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

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

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


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


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2007, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


**-i* 1.1 '







PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2007


THE TRIBUNE


ment of children in business-
es, stating that they can be
hired by food stores as pack-
ing boys and girls, as gift
wrappers, peanut vendors
and newspaper vendors.
Yet the schedule began
with the words "for a period
of five years from the coming
into effect of this Act". Given
that five years have now
passed, the Bahamas
Employers Confederation
(BECon) has expressed con-
cern that since the First


Legal Notice


NOTICE


ACTS BAHAMAS INC.

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-7777, Nassau, Bahamas on or
before 18th December, A.D., 2007. In default thereof they will
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the
Liquidator.

Dated the 3rd day of December, A.D., 2007.

Dayrrl Butler
Liquidator.
29Retirement Road
Nassau, Bahamas




Legal Notice


NOTICE


TECHNICAL HOLDINGS LTD.

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
.undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-7777, Nassau, Bahamas on or
before 18th December, A.D., 2007. In default thereof they will
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the
Liquidator.

Dated the 3rd day of December, A.D., 2007.

Dayrrl Butler
Liquidator
29Ret'





Legal Notice


NOTICE


TECHNICAL HOLDINGS LTD.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) TECHNICAL HOLDINGS LTD. is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 30th
November, 2007, when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted
to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Dayrrl Butler of 29
Retirement Road, Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated the 3rd day of December, A.D., 2007.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.

Attorneys for the above-named Company


UNIONS, from 1

class and at home, not rush-
ing to the grocery store and
packing groceries," Mr Fer-
guson said.
"It has a serious effect on
the whole family and society,
so we are trying to avoid
that."
The First Schedule to the
Employment Act, which
came into effect on January
1, 2002. sets out the employ-


Schedule has neither been
amended to remove the time
limit, nor extended, meaning
it is void and now technically
illegal for any Bahamian
business to employ child
workers in any category.
Bahamian employers are
hoping the Government will
extend the Employment
Act's First Scheduleuntil
end-2008 to give them, the
Government and trade
unions time to develop a con-
sensus on whether it should
be continued or child labour
banned.
Brian Nutt, BECon's presi-
dent, said previously: ""We
are still discussing that. We're
hoping the Government will
extend that schedule to the


Legal Notice


NOTICE


ACTS BAHAMAS INC.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) ACTS BAHAAS INC. is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

S(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 30th
November, 2007, when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted
to and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Dayrrl Butler of 29
Retirement Road, Nassau, Bahamas.
Dated the 3rd day of December, A.D., 2007

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
Attorneys for the above-named Company




GIBSON, RIGBY & CO.

Counsel and Attorneys-at-Law Notaries Public
Notaries Public



NOTICE


Please be advised that our office
J-'.e closed on

Thured~a december 6th 2007
and

Friday, December 7th 2007.


We will re-open '
Monday, December 10th 2007
at our new location
(The former Gay Lord's Restaurant Site)


Ki-Malex House
Dowdeswell Street

Nassau, Bahamas




Tel: 393-6000 or 302-6100
Fax: 302-6106/302-6107


Pricing Information As Of: C FA L'
Tuesday. 4 December 200 7 C F L
-..- :iiSKx Lst- A h- b. AN.A.._40.M. F M,1W PAT% 9-i*^ ,. ,. ^
0i18' i'**lV stinJik ko(:^ 0 WAM. -7 3 t. si wbA0:I irwd
52.K.Hi 52wk.Lc,.a Secur- Previous Close Toda's Close Cr.ange Dail .'o EPS $ DI. S P'E Yield
1 6, u C- Aa.:c Markols 1 ,9 1 51 .0 086 1 70 0 107 000 9 0 0 001e
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 1,000 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.188 0.020 4.5 2.35%
3.74 1.65 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.275 0.090 13.3 2.46%
2.65 1.22 Fidelity Bank 2.61 2.65 0.04 2.100 0.058 0.040 45.7 1.51%
12.02 9.89 Cable Bahamas 12.00 12.02 0.02 2,100 1.030 0.240 11.7 2.00%
3.15 1.88 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
7.56 4.10 Commonwealth Bank (Sl) 7.42 7.56 0.14 6,730 0.426 0.260 17.7 3.44%
7.22 4.70 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.98 5.90 -0.08 0.129 0.050 45.2 0.86%
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 0.829 0.570 15.4 4.47%
14.75 14.14 FIrstCaribbean 14.60 14.60 0.00 0.934 0.470 15.6 3.22%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 5.96 5.96 0.00 5.485 0.359 0.140 16.6 2.35%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.74 0.73 -0.01 2,700 -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%
?l. Fidelty O -rTha-Counter SecurttMes .
52wk-Hi 52wkLow Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
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%
054 r20 RND Hoti.r.gs 0 35 C .r), 0 20 -: 0 030 0 000 N.M 0 004.
,. ", '... C&hlaiA Over-The-Counter Securifia ... .. *:'
41 00 .1l 00 ABDAB 41 00 4 00 41 00 L'450 750 90 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%
t'.- . ." *...'. .%'ISX Llate d Mutupil Funds .. -.. ..-' .', S
52.sK Hi 52.sk.LC.. Fud F.r.o Name NA .' YT, L,:Si. 1.- :.,.t',lr, tJr DiYield :
1 36i56 1 3144 Cc.rr.a .lone, e. Piarl.i Fur,.j 1 36i!581'4
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"**
FIN0ex: cLO$E'g9S.4 t ./ YTD 23.09% / 2006 34.4% ......
52wk-Hi Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colinn and Fidolily
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling prico of Collna and fidelity 1 November 2007
Previous Close Previous day's Weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 June 2007
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week "" 31 October 2007
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported eorrnlngs per share for the iList 12 mths .. 31 July 2007
Daily Vol Number of total hares traded today NAV Not Assot Value
DtV $ Dividendi pur 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 Bahaonna Stock Index January 1, 1994 = 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
S1) 3-f.or-1 Stock Spilt Effective Date 7/11/2007
T, TRADM : -L Naa- 4 FOc Moke ATAt7 4 IPoR M ,


Broker eyes expansion

following Nassau switch


end of 2008, in order for us to
come up with a position on
whether that schedule
remains intact and remains
part of the labour legislation,
if any modifications should
be made, or if in fact the
employment of children
should be banned."
With the First Schedule
having expired on January 1,
2007, child workers in the
categories it previously per-
mitted have technically been
illegally employed for some
11 months.
Mr Nutt had previously
said he felt a "blind eye" was
being turned to the First
Schedule's fate and what to
do with it extend it, amend
it, or scrap it.


FROM page 1

of what we can for them from
the Bahamas."
The securities broker/deal-
er, which has its headquarters
in Bermuda, essentially offers
two products through LOM
Securities (Bahamas).
These are asset manage-
ment, through its in-house
investment funds and by pro-
viding clients with access to
outside funds, and discre-
tionary accounts. The latter,
Mr Lines explained, was where
LOM Securities (Bahamas)
managed client assets under
mandates given to it by
trustees.
"We have a thriving niche
business on private client
placement, and the financing
of junior companies," he
added. "We've been in the
mining, commodities business
since 1992."
For LOM, Mr Lines
explained that the Bahamas
"provides clients with choice"
by offering "another stable
jurisdiction within which to
operate" alongside Cayman
and Bermuda. The Bahamas,
unlike those two, is also an
independent, sovereign nation.
He described LOM as
"being quite unique", saying it
was one of the "very few inde-
pendent brokerages" to offer a
full-service menu of trading,
custody, clearing and settle-
ment in-house, much of the
back-office work being done
in Bermuda.
The main challenge facing
the Bahamas and its financial
services industry going for-
ward, Mr Lines said, was one


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ABELJETHIA PIERRE of
MARIGOLD FARMS, 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 5TH day of December, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that GESNER VICTOR OF
SPANISH WELLS, ELEUTHERA, 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 5TH day of December,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that SHELLIE STAPELETON of
BISHOP ELDON DRIVE, PO. BOX N-8586, 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 28TH day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, MARCIAN
ELVIS BULLARD of the Misty Gardens, Nassau,
Bahamas intend to change my name to MARCIAN
CLARKE CURRY. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-
742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days
after the date of publication of this notice.


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CLAUDIA SOVILIEN of
MARKET STREET, P.O. BOX N-5589, 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 28TH day of November, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that SANDRA JEAN LOUIS of
MALCOLM ALLOTMENT, P.O. BOX SS-6360, 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 28TH day of
November, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


of perception and public rela- .
tions, as many on the outside -
still felt this nation and other
international financial centres
were poorly regulated, despite
having tougher Know Your
Customer (KYC) rules than
the US.
"I think there will always be
challenges ahead, but the over-
all picture is that the financial
services sector will continue to
.grow if handled properly," Mr'
Lines said.
"A lot of the challenges are -. -.
perception the perception of
bureaucracy. We are in a level .
playing field. We are based in
the Bahamas, and all the .
Caribbean islands collectively, -
their KYC rules are far more
stringent than they have in the
US and Canada, but the per-
ception is very different."
Jeremy Dyck, a certified
financial analyst (CFA) recent-
ly hired by LOM Securities
(Bahamas) as a financial advi-
sor, having worked previous-.'-'.'
ly for Royal Bank of Canada. .
and Scotiabank, confirmed that
the account-opening require-.'
ments in the Bahamas were far
more onerous than in Canada ,'
or the US.
"I think the Bahamas, if it's -
done right, will go from--
strength to strength," Mr Lines -
said.
"The Bahamas provides a
tax neutral platform with fis-
cal clarity for international
clients. By domiciling assets in
the Bahamas, it provides tax -
neutrality and fiscal clarity to
international wealth holdings.
"I sell that quite a bit to .
clients. Why don't you have -
your assets here and make -.
your holdings simpler?" -:


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Bahamas



First's Carib



acquisition



approved


A NEW management team
was yesterday unveiled for
.. Carib Insurance Agency,
which has become part of.the
Bahamas First group follow-
ing the granting of regulatory
approvals for the purchase
announced on June 26,2007.
The agency, which was
formed in 1965, will now be
headed by managing director
S- Richard Uriasz and assistant
general manager Jacqueline
Gardiner-Smith, having
become part of the Bahamas
First group with effect from
January 1, 2007.
Patrick Ward, Bahamas First
Holdings president and chief
executive, said in a statement:
S "We are delighted to have
Carib now part of the
. Bahamas First family.
"The agency has been one
of leaders in the insurance
industry for more than 40 years
. and has developed a strong
.' ... and loyal portfolio of business,
particularly in the commercial
area. I know that Richard and
Jackie will build on what Carib
achieved under Albert
Archer's leadership."
".'-'- Mr Uriasz joined Carib in
-' 1983 after spending 10 years
in the insurance business in the
UK with Sedgwick's Interna-
tional Brokers and Royal
S*. Insurance.
Ms Gardiner-Smith has been
"iii in insurance industry for
--more-than--20years, and is an


New Carib


management


team unveiled


executive board member of the
Insurance Institute of the
Bahamas.
Carib secured an agency
agreement with Bahamas First
General Insurance for all class-
es of insurance in March 2001.
Commonwealth General, the
insurance carrier through


which Carib placed much of its
general insurance business,
sold its portfolio to Bahamas
First in March 2005.
Following its formation in
1965, Carib has enjoyed a rep-
resentational relationship with
London-based Lloyd's brokers,
Coipei' & Gay-Company. *,


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Carib managing



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CARIB Insurance Agency's managing direc-
tor, Albert Archer, has retired after 34 years of
service.
Richard Uriasz, who has been appointed Mr
Archer's successor, said of him: "Your legacy
will be the family atmosphere you instilled at
Carib and your personal approach to doing
business.
"Albert was a true professional, a highly
skilled manager, and an honest, genuine and


God-fearing man who never gave up in any-
thing that he did. He set many goals for Carib
over the years and achieved or surpassed all of
them."
Mr. Archer joined the company in September
1973 after graduating with a BA from the Uni-
versity of Miami.
He was named managing director in 1983 fol-
lowing a stint at Lloyd's Brokers, Cooper Gay's
London office arid the College of Insurance.


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