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* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas yesterday
afternoon reached the record
number of 74 murders for the
year after a man was gunned
down in a drive-by shooting
in Grand Bahama.
With still more than three
weeks to go in 2007, the coun-
try's murder rate is now
poised to be the .highest in at
least the last decade and a
According to a study by
police, which examines mur-
ders that occurred between
1991 and 2003, in the year
Claim that Christie
using possibility of
general election to
maintain PLP control
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
2000, the homicide rate was
at its highest when it peaked
at 74 cases.
Ryan O'Neil-Wood, 35, was
reportedly sitting in his car on
Redwood Lane in Freeport
yesterday afternoon when
another vehicle pulled up
from which a passenger
opened the door and fired on
him. The driver then sped'off.
The victim was taken to
Rand Memorial Hospital but
was pronounced dead just
Speaking with The Tribune
last night, Chief Supt Emer-
SEE page 19
FORMER Prime Minister Perry ,
Christie is trying to use the belief that 4
the FNM will call an early election as
a reason to remain party leader until
the PLP holds its convention in Feb-
ruary, The Tribune was told.
Mr Christie, it was reported, has instructed his PLP colleagues to
"be ready for any eventuality" causing some MPs to even re-open
their constituency offices.
A sustained effort has been made to "reignite" the base sup-
PATRICE JOHNSON, Chief Clerk shows the new system to Minister
of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette along with Minister of State for
Immigration Elma Campbell; Attroney General Claire Hepburn; Min-
ister of Tourism and Aviation Neko Grant as Christine Ervine, Iris
Corp Business analyst looks on.
to failure of
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
A US expert in bum injuries
and their treatment yesterday
testified in the coroner's court
that he felt "chills" when he
reviewed the hospital records
outlining the treatment given
to a burns patient, who later
died, at Doctor's Hospital.
Addressing the court dur-
ing the fourth non-consecu-
tive week of testimony in the
inquest into the death of Doc-
tor's Hospital patient, 42-year-
old Christopher Esfakis, at
that facility in 2002, Dr Arnold
Luterman, medical director of
the University of South
Alabama's Regional Burn and
Wound Centre and a profes-
sor of surgery, said that in his
opinion Mr Esfakis' death at
the hospital was attributable
SEE page 16
personality Darold Miller
returned to court yesterday
for the start of his sexual
harassment trial, but the mat-
ter had to be adjourned.
Miller, with his lawyer
Willie Moss, appeared before
Magistrate Renee McKay at
Court Six, Parliament Street.
Miller is alleged to have sexu-
ally harassed a female employ-
ee at the GEMS News Media
Network between February 1
and March 31. Miller was
arraigned on the sexual
harassment charge on August
28. At that time he pleaded
not guilty to the charge and
was granted $5,000 bail with
one surety. Miller has opted
to have his case heard in the
Miller was suspended from
his job at the GEMS radip'
network in early April, after
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* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
unveiled the new e-Passport and
visa issuance system yesterday.
The machine readable passports
contain a data chip that stores facial
scans, fingerprints and digital sig-
The launch at the passport office
on Thompson Blvd was attended
by numerous diplomats and senior
civil servants, and is part of a $12.7
million upgrade to the national
passport and visa issuance systems.
Deputy Prime Minister and Min-
ister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette unveiled the six new
documents, along with Jo Ram,
chief operating officer and vice-
president ofproduct development
for Indusa Global, the lead com-
pany in the effort.
The new passport types include
diplomatic, official, regular, fre-
quent traveller and children's doc-
uments, with a sixth type serving
as a certificate of identity in the
form of a passport, without being
Ms Ram explained that passport
management system is fully auto-
mated and will allow the staff at
the passport office to keep a record
for each applicant, scan their appli-
cations, surrounding documents
and photographs, along with cap-
turing fingerprints and a digital sig-
nature in the system before pay-
"Once the applicant has been
fully enrolled, a three step approval
process is initiated by the system,
leading to passport production, chip
encoding, quality control and final-
ly issuance of the new e-Passport,"
said Ms Ram.
The security for the e-Passports
and e-IDs, Ms Ram explained, is
governed by the public key infra-
structure, and access to the chip is
protected by cryptographic keys.
Data can only be written after
successful authentication with these
keys, and three different 16-digit
keys are generated in order to
ensure that no one person, or even
one agency, holds the entire key,
It is expected to take two weeks
from the time of application, until
the passport is ready for pick-up,
according to Mr Symonette.
No fees for the new documents
have been announced by the gov-
ernment thus far. However, Mr
Symonette told the media yesterday
that he expects to table the rele-
vant regulations in the House of
Assembly next week, and it is envi-
MINISTER of Foriegn Affairs Brent Symonette shows how the new e-
Passport is going to look yesterday at the passport office on Thomp-
signed that regular passports will
Along with the e-Passports and a
machine readable visa system, the
contract with Indusa Global also
provides for an e-Identification
issuance system with smart cards
for holders of work permits, spousal
permits, homeowners residence
permits, permanent residence cards,
and a border control management
system. The e-Passport and
machine readable visa issuance sys-
tems are components associated
with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
the e-Identification issuance sys-
tem and border control manage-
ment systems are associated with
the Department of Immigration.
The remaining phases of imple-
mentation for these new systems
will commence in mid-January,
,2008 and continue to the end of
"During these two phases, we
will implement the e-Passport sys-
tem in the passport office, Grand
Bahama, administrators offices in
the Family Islands and in our over-
seas missions," said Mr Symonette.
"The implementation of the visa
issuance system in our consular divi-
sion in New Providence and our
overseas missions will also occur in
The government anticipates that
e-Passport and visa issuance sys-
tems will be fully operational by
mid-2008, Mr Symonette said dur-
ing his remarks, at which time offi-
cials are expected to be able to ful-
ly service the 170,000-plus passport
holders and 2,000 plus certificate
of identity holders. Currently, only
people with expired passports, or
those whose passports are lost or
stolen, will need to come in for new
passports. "We wish the public to
also know that you should continue
to travel using your current passport
until either it expires or such time as
you are duly notified otherwise -
whichever occurs first," Mr Symon-
As the system is not yet func-
tional in the Family Islands and
overseas missions, both the new
and current passports will be issued
in an effort to accommodate all cit-
izens, until sufficient facilities are
After full implementation of the
system, "persons will be able to
apply for, and be issued with an e-
Passport or certificate of identity
at 19 stations throughout the
Bahamas and at our overseas mis-
sions," said Mr Symonette.
"Foreign nationals will also be
able to apply for and be issued with
machine readable visas in New
Providence and at our overseas
missions," he added.
The International Civil Aviation
Organisation (ICAO), of which the
Bahamas is a member, has man-
dated that by 2010, all countries
must issue machine readable pass-
ports. With this new system, the
Bahamas has fulfilled the mandate
well ahead of schedule.
Mr Symonette also emphasised
yesterday that the public must
assume greater responsibility for
the care and security of their travel
documents, and should ensure
these items are in order well before
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007, PAGE 3
0 In brief
speak on roots
A LEADING authority on
African culture will be speak-
ing in Nassau tonight on the
"roots" of Junkanoo.
Robert Farris Thompson,
professor emeritus at Yale Uni-
versity, will appear at Big Tent
on Fowler Street to explore the
origins of the Bahamian festi-
Described as "a brilliant
thinker and a tireless
researcher", Professor Thomp-
son is known to break into song
and dance, and play drums,
during his lectures.
He has been credited with
changing the public perception
of African art and has organ-
ised several major exhibitions.
Professor Thompson has lec-
tured at Yale since 1961.
He has also served as cura-
tor at UCLA's museum of eth-
His Nassau lecture, called
The Three African Roots of
Junkanoo, is due to start at
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
FREEPORT A photo-
graphic exhibition of the accom-
plishments of Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell as minister of foreign
affairs in t(he former PLP gov-
ernment was opened in
Freeport over the weekend.
The exhibition, which was
held in the Sam Eric Hall at the
Church of the Ascension on Fri-
day evening, was attended by
PLP supporters, including for-
mer cabinet minister Dr Mar-
cus Bethel and Senator Pleasant
Former Prime Minister Perry
Christie was expected to offi-
cially open the exhibition, but
was unable to attend. His
remarks were delivered by Dr
Mr Christie said that Mr
Mitchell played a major role in
heightening the Bahamas' pro-
file in international affairs.
He said when he first viewed
the exhibition in Nassau (on
August 10) as part of the Eman-
cipation Day activities in Fox
Hill, he thought "it was instruc-
tive and brought back memo-
ries of the accomplishment of
the PLP government."
"With Fred as my right hand
in foreign affairs and foreign
trade, I was able to focus on our
economic future and our
domestic challenges with con-
fidence that the nation would
be well prepared and well
recognized when the presence
of the prime minister became
necessary overseas," he said.
"I hope that tonight's display
will be preserved for posterity
and more details added over
time as the need for confiden-
tiality and official secrecy per-
mits. It is vital information for
the country," he said.
Mr Mitchell said the purpose
of the photo exhibition is not
just to celebrate the work of the
PLP government in foreign
affairs over ihe past five years,
but also to bring together PLP
officials and supporters to cele-
brate what the PLP government
has accomplished, review the
past, and begin to mark out the
He told supporters: "Some
people will ask you as campaign
workers, 'what is the PLP
doing?' This is one of the things
that we have done. We are
reviewing and retooling,
because the government is ours
for the retaking. We have to
continue to demonstrate that
we can and will do it again," he
-L attackseJ*~ IIng1 rahmsoesedcam Is a isgraceful'
CLAIMS made by Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham in the House of Assem-
bly that the PLP overspent by $170 million
can only be described as a "disgraceful
attempt by this inept FNM government
to mislead the Bahamian people and shift
the focus away from its ruinous policy of
stop, review and cancel," the opposition
PLP said yesterday.
This policy by the FNM, the party said,
has brought an abrupt halt to the project-
ed growth of the Bahamian economy and
thereby taking $100 million out of the
On Monday Mr Ingraham accused the
PLP of a lapse in judgment when it appar-
ently extended more than $170 million
outside of the nation's budget during the
2006/2007 fiscal year.
S ed this, saying that
while they were in
were, "good stew-
ards" of the
my. "'The facts according to table ii of the
13udget communication for 2007-2008
b'ougl tht to parliament by none other than
the Prime Minister himself in May, 2007,
show that the recurrent estimated expen-
diture was $1.386 billion and the projected
expenditure was $1.360 billion which actu-
ally shows that on a net basis the PLP
underispent by $26 million on the recurrent
side and not the $101 million as the FNM
is falsely stating," the PLP said.
Further, the opposition claimed that
the budgeted capital expenditure for 2006-
2007 was $196 million and the projected
capital expenditure was $200 million, a net
overage of $4 million and not the $77.5
asserted by the FNM.
On the revenue side for 2006-2007 the
PLP estimated $1.347 billion and the pro-
jected revenue was $1.356 billion, what
the party said is an overage of $9 million.
"The PLP spent less than projected and
collected more than was forecast, therefore
supporting the view that based on the facts
the PLP were excellent 'stewards of the
Bahamian economy and now that the
FNM government realises that it is unable
to match up to the performance of the
Christie administration it has embarked
on an evil and sinister plan to discredit the
stellar management of me Bahamian econ-
omy by the PLP and in doing so are
attempting to mislead the Bahamian peo-
ple," the opposition said.
The PLP claimed that the FNM is jeal-
ous and envious of its record.
"The truth is the truth and the past the
past so we advise them to marshal all of
their energy and resources to restoring
confidence in the Bahamian economy,
addressing the pressing issues which affect
our social well-being such as crime, edu-
cation and a multitude of social ills facing
the country. Their .actions over the past
seven months have clearly demonstrated
that they have no meaningful agenda and
no vision for a Bahamas in the 21st centu-
ry," the opposition said.
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'"FHI E P1RfCHARD D.I' I ST N GIRODUUP
Bayparl Building on Parliament Street
Telephone: (242) 323-6145
Harbour Green Shops at Lyford Cay
Telephone: (242) 362-6527, Fax: (242) 326-9953
.maBox N-121, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
EXECUTIVE members of
the Bahamas Hotel Catering and
Allied Workers Union yesterday
said they supported their mem-
bers employed at the Lyford Cay
Club in their alleged calls for the
removal of the club's managing
director, Didier Picquot.
Union executives, including
president Roy Colebrooke, sec-
retary general Leo Douglas, and
two vice presidents, accused Mr
Picquot of hampering union
members in their legitimate
efforts to carry out union busi-
ness on behalf of their members,
of which they say there are
almost 200 at that site.
This comes just over a week
after union VP Kirk Wilson and
Mr Douglas were, they allege,
threatened with dogs and
removed from the gated com-
munity by security after they
attempted to enter the club to
attend a scheduled meeting with
Mary Deleveaux, a human
resources manager. Mr Douglas
said that the union is considering
whether to take legal action over
While not initially calling the
managing director's name, offi-
cers yesterday sought to lay the
blame for the episode, which
they described as "an embar-
rassment", and "numerous
labour issues at the club. at the
feet of Mr Picquot. They claim
that they did nothing to warrant
such a reaction.
Mr Colebrooke said: "It has
been an ongoing battle with the
Lyford Cay Club ever since Mr
Didier Picquot came into that
He continued: "We have a
responsibility to carry out the
wishes of the people to the best
of our ability and the wishes of
the people at the Lyford cay
property is that they can no
longer work with Picquot...that
Picquot fihust go."
They described the events of
Wednesday, November 27, as
akin to the "dark days when
some Bahamians were not
allowed certain privileges or were
discriminated against in certain
places and were not afforded
their rightful place as a Bahami-
The union president said that
"It has been
battle with the
since Mr. Didi-
came into that
numerous complaints have been
filed by employees to both for-
mer labour minister Shane Qib-
son and current minister Dion
Foulkes about their "bad treat-
ment" at the club, but to date
nothing had been done to
"They are not acknowledged,
but just dictated to." said Mr
He claimed that the club's
union members had said thev
would "march on Bay Street" if
they saw no resolution soon to
their concerns. "We are calling
on the relevant government
authorities to act quickly," said
Mr Colebrooke.Mr Douglas read
a letter that was sent from chair-
man of the Lyford Cay Property
Owners Association, Christopher
Hampton Davis, to Labour
Director Harcourt Brown, fol-
lowing the November incident
explaining why the union leaders
were stopped at the gate. In the
letter Mr Davis said that "fol-
lowing discussion with...Mr Didi-
er Picquot" he wished to point
out that the reason the men were
treated in such a way was
because there was a breach of
security when the officers failed
to identify themselves at the gate.
Mr Davis added that one of the
passengers was said to have
"averted his face to the right in a
Mr Wilson and Mr Douglas
denied this version of events,
claiming that they positively
identified themselves and gave
their union positions to security
before being granted access to
the property. They said they
were disturbed that this letter
was directed to Mr Brown and
that they have yet to receive an
A message left for Mr Picquot
was not returned up to press time
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Student loans not being repaid
IN THE House of Assembly on Monday no intention of even making an effort. She not
Education Minister Carl Bethel did not see only let herself down, but she let down the
how government could sustain its student loan good name of her father, who would have nev-
programme unless those who borrowed repaid er condoned such behaviour. Her attitude is
"The whole system," he said, "is bound to yet another example of the changing standards
become unsustainableifpersonswhohave bor- from generation to generation.
rowed money do not repay it on the terms that Mr Bethel was debating the Supplementary
they have agreed. The entire programme can Appropriations Bill in the House when the
only continue if it is put on a firm financial question of school loaps was raised. He
footing, and this can only occur if the borrowers explained that Bill No.1 referred to the sum
repay their loans." of $6,807,498, allocated to the Ministry of Edu-
He told the House that it was unfortunate cation, Science and Technology during the last
that far too many are unwilling to pay. Some financial year.
even believe that it is an infringement on their "This money," he said, "was added to the
rights that they should even be asked to repay. existing budgetary allocation of $2.5 million
Mr Bethel referred to one loan recipient to which made up the total sum of $9.3 million;
whom government recently had to send a and was used to settle defaulted Guaranteed
demand notice for repayment. This former stu- Educational Loans which were on the books of
dent wrote back to the Administrator accusing the Bank of The Bahamas and the Education
him of "making an inhumane demand." Loan Authority.
"The writer further stated that since the "The combined sums," he said, "were divid-
loan was a loan from the government she ed and paid, as follows: $3.381 million to the
'shouldn't have to repay it,'" an incredulous Bank of The Bahamas and $5.8 million to the
Mr Bethel told the House. Education Loan Authority."
"If the carefully chosen words in the type- He pointed out that the Guaranteed Edu-
written letter reflect the prevailing opinion," national Loan programme had many benefits,
said Mr Bethel, "then the Education Guaran- but also many problems.
teed Loan arrangement could never be sus- "On the positive side," he said, "3,179
tainable." Bahamians benefited and completed courses of
He urged all those Bahamians who had ben- study as of June 2007. Of this number, 68.3 per
efited from the loans "to remember the thou- cent were female and 31.7 per cent were male.
sands of other Bahamians who are also looking "Of the academic degrees obtained 66.3 per
to benefit from a programme which has given cent were Bachelor's degrees, and a further
opportunities to persons who would never oth- 9.8 per cent were Master's degrees."
erwise have had a chance to obtain a universi- On the down-side, however, he said, is the
ty degree." fact that "more than 1,552 loans are now in
He urged them "to fully honour their com- default to such an extent that the government's
mitments, or to enter into a regularized re-pay- guarantee was invoked a part of which
ment plan." involved such as the $6.8 million which is the
This is a shocking state of affairs. We have subject of Bill No. 1 and as I have said was
seen too many Bahamians make all sorts of paid to Bank of The Bahamas and the Educa-
pledges as to how they planned to repay loans. tion Loan Authority."
However, as soon as they have secured the However, he continued, "the entire frame-
needed money, a broad smile replaces their work of the Education Guaranteed Loan pro-
tears, and they leave full of gratitude. But as gramme proceeds on two critical presumptions:
soon as they close the door one instinctively (1) that people are empowered by education
knows which one of them is going to quickly and that their earning capacity increases and (2)
turn that loan into a gift. as earning power increases, people will be bet-
We shall never forget one person who holds ter able and willing to repay their education
a good government job, who even brought her loans."
elderly father to vouch for her reliability. She Instead, more than 1,552 students reneged on
got the loan on the basis of her father's sterling their loans leaving government, which had
reputation., stood guarantor, to pay off their debts totalling
Under embarrassing pressure from her $6.8 million. If this continues, then obviously,
father she made one small payment. After that this loan programme is in jeopardy because of
she refused to even receive telephone calls to the selfishness of those Bahamians, who despite
remind her of a loan that was made so easy their degrees, haven't got the common sense to
that it would have taken more than two years understand that when they borrow they have a
for her to have paid it off. She, obviously, had duty to pay back.
(The article to which Mr
Bethel refers was published
on the front page of Tues-
day's Tribune under the
heading: Call for a 'revamp'
of Ministry's Freeport HQ.
(Said the article in part:
("Political tribalism and
between employees are caus-
ing major problems at the
Freeport headquarters of the
Ministry of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture,
it was alleged yesterday, as a
call went out for a 'revamp'
of the institution.
to several employees at the
office, systematic wastage of
public money and a lack of
accountability is rife, bol-
stered by close personal affil-
("Yesterday, Minister of
Education Carl Bethel ini-
tially said he was unaware of
However, he later admit-
ted that human resources
personnel had recently trav-
elled from Nassau to the sec-
ond city because of issues
with "inter-personal rivalries'
between government work-
("People need to separate
personality from principle,"
said Mr Bethel. However, he
expressed dissatisfaction with
the fact that persons had cho-
sen to go to the press with
their claims about issues
within the ministry rather
than dealing with them
through 'official channels.'"
(The article continued).
EDITOR, The Tribune.
Further to our brief dis-
cussion please allow this to
serve as confirmation of the
fact that I never "admitted"
to knowing of the details of
the allegations set out in the,
article written by Ms. Alli-
son Lowe which appeared on
the front page of this morn-
In fact Ms. Lowe never
told me any details of the
allegations relating to the
Freeport Office of the Min-
istry of Education.
I merely told her that as
Minister I have received a
number of anonymous letters
making all sorts of personal
allegations against various
persons involved in the sys-
tem of education in the
In each case I have noted
the letters and referred them
on for investigation and a
I specifically informed Ms.
Lowe that we had previously
sent a team from our Human
Resources Section to
Freeport to amalgamate the
two offices I met in place,
since it seemed to me to be
inefficient to have two sepa-
rate offices performing over-
lapping functions, and sur-
mised that there might be
some dissatisfaction among
staff over the decisions made
by the Human Resources
professionals sent to ratio-
nalize the system in Freeport.
This was the context of my
remark about separating
"personality from principle".
Having read Ms. Lowe's
article I can positively assert
that the first time I was made
aware of those particular
allegations was when I read
the article this morning.
I did express dissatisfac-
tion over the fact that a num-
ber of persons seemed to pre-
fer making anonymous alle-
gations in Freeport rather
than to pursue redress
through official channels.
CARL W. BETHEL
Minister of Education
December 4, 2007.
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of the sales and marketing team and the long-term
goals of the organization.
Interested persons should possess:
Excellent communication skills, including
speaking, writing, editing and proofreading
V Thorough working knowledge of Microsoft
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q Good organizational skills and the ability to
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NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914
SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.
Contributing Editor 1972-1991
We need to take a practical
approach to a youth service
EDITOR, The Tribune.
HOPING we don't continue to go down the totally wrong
road as to the benefits, potential and otherwise, of youth
service it is certainly not as a military service but as a service
which will embrace in all of our young people responsible dis-
cipline of an upstanding law-abiding citizen.
The Swiss model which Attorney Paul Moss seems to pro-
pose is totally wrong and inappropriate for The Bahamas and
what is diagnosed and the correct medicine for us. The Swiss
model is a standing military force.
We need a practical approach for all young people from the
age of seven years through to 16 years (average school leav-
I have never understood why this youth service originally
proposed by Sir Lynden Pindling would cost so much as
essentially a programme should and must be co-ordinated
into the standing education system of our schools.
The young people would be taught civics Bahamian law
- discipline health understanding the use of money grow-
ing into adulthood with special emphasis on the correctness
for pregnancy and upbringing of children.
Surely it is practical to introduce this after the normal
school hours three times a week in all schools, private and
Government and irrespective of whether you are Bahamian
Editor this needs a decision and 100 per cent of Govern-
ment and us. We have talked the Queen's image off the coin
a long time ago and society now suffers daily from the cancer
that we have allowed to control the free, safe and unmo-
lested society pretending that "It is Better in The Bahamas".
Prime Minister, all politicians and civic leaders the 73 murders
of 2007 must have resolutely convinced you surely?
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THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007, PAGE 5
DEFENCE FORCE officials (above and below)
on a tour of inspection of the vessel.
MINISTER OF NATIONAL SECURITY Tommy Turnquest (foreground) is shown the ropes
aboard the Rudyard Lewis.
RBDF officials tour state-
of-the-art defence vessel
* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
SENIOR officials in the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force were treat-
ed to an inspection and tour of a
state-of-the-art defence vessel on its
way to Barbados earlier in the week.
Chief Petty Officer Ralph McK-
inney of the RBDF yesterday said
that the 140-foot Rudyard Lewis,
which was purchased by the Bar-
bados Coast Guard from a Euro-
pean manufacturer, was on its way
to that island when the vessel
docked ip Bahamian waters to refu-
RBDF officers took the opportu-
nity to tour the ship because region-
al marine defence forces use sim-
ilar equipment, he explained.
"The minister (of National Secu-
rity Tommy Turnquest) as well as
other senior officers in the defence
force were able to take an inspection
of brand new piece of equip-
ment and we saw how the vessel
handled, checked some of the
machinery and how they worked
and saw the launching of the small
"The engines (of the vessel) are ..
used here in RBDF vessels as well,
so some of our. engineering and
technical staff went out there and
got an opportunity up close to see
and inspect the overall performance
of the vessel."
The vessel is said to be very fast ."
for its size and to draw significantly
less water than similar craft.
RBDF officials plan to purchase a
vessel of the same caliber as the
Rudyard Lewis in the near future:
meanwhile they await the arrival of '/
two vessels from the United States,
Chief Petty Officer McKinney said /
"We presently have some marines '
in the Florida area training on these
two vessels. It is anticipated that we t
receive these two vessels before the
end of December."
The Commander of the Defence_______
Force, Commodore.Clifford Scav- STATE OF THE ART:
ella. was reportedly in Barbadios STATE OF THE ART:
when the vessel docked in Nassau. equipment.
The Rudyard Lewis is fitted with modern
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Improved consular protection in prospect
for Bahamas-bound European tourists
By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE thousands of European
tourists who travel to the
Bahamas each year can expect
improved consular protection
in future due to a new action
plan by European Union Com-
The EU Commission in Brus-
sels yesterday suggested that
citizens of the union should
have the right to demand con-
sular protection from embassies
other than their own written
into their passports.
A plan unveiled by the com-
mission proposes that EU citi-
zens travelling in countries out-
side the EU, where their own
nation is not represented by an
embassy or an consulate office,
should be able to turn to the
embassies of other EU states to
ask for help. Only three coun-
tries outside the EU the Unit-
ed States, Russia and China -
have embassies or consulate
offices for all 27 EU member
There are 18 countries in
which no member state is rep-
resented and 17 countries in
which only one member state
"This includes popular
tourism destinations for union
citizens, such as Bahamas, Bar-
bados and Maldives," the. EU
The commission suggested
that starting July 2009, this right,
which has been officially avail-
able to EU citizens since 1993,
should be written into the new
According to statistics,
between 30 and 50 million EU
citizens live outside Europe.
It is estimated that only
around nine per cent of the EU
citizens travelling outside of
Europe go to countries where
their member state does not
have consular or diplomatic rep-
resentation. This constitutes
some seven million EU citizens
According to a "Euro-
barometre" study published in
2006, only 23 per cent EU citi-
zens are aware that they can
turn to another member state
for help if their own country is
not represented in a third coun-
try they are visiting.
"The right to consular pro-
tection is a concrete expression
of Union citizenship. This
Action Plan marks the begin-
ning of a long-term strategy to
better inform citizens of their
rights and ensure that EU citi-
zens are protected world-wide,"
EU justice commissioner Fran-
co Frattini said.
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Government 'will not approve of charging
accreditation fees for working members'
of media covering junkanoo parades
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making junkanoo, the premier
cultural street festival in the
Bahamas, accessible to as
many Bahamians as possible
and that is why it was
announced recently that the
prices for seating tickets this
year have been reduced to the
levels charged for the 2001
parades. "The government is
aware that there are outstand-
ing issues relating to the pro-
tection of intellectual property
and the use of such property
for private commercial pur-
poses and for profit.
"These are issues that must
be addressed but they do not
impinge upon the right of the
media to provide fair coverage
of public events," the Cabinet
The quotes attributed to Dr
Bethel follow the governmen-
t's revocation of an imposition
of fees on all media wishing to
cover the parades.
When the fees were
announced last week, local edi-
tors expressed outrage and the
government reversed its posi-
tion the next day.
Paco Nunez, Tribune news
editor said the decision to
impose fees was "ridiculous"
and likened the proposal to
asking media organizations to
"buy tickets to attend parlia-
Wendell Jones, CEO of
Jones Communication Net-
work, said that the announce-
ment was the "most foolish"
thing he had heard from a gov-
ernment ministry in his 35
years in journalism.
He said the minister, the.per-
manent secretary "and all of
them ought to be condemned"
for uch "small-mindedness."
The Bahamas Electricity
Corporation Invlte)s Id
from suitably quallfil f
supply companies for the
provision of its fuel
requirements for the next
Interested Fuel Supply Conm-
panies may collect a copy of
the tender document from
the Corporation's Energy
Supply Division in the
Administrative Offices at
Blue Hill and Tucker Roads
between the hours of 9:00
and 5:00 pm .
The deadline for collection
of tenders is -
7th December 2007.
DESPITE media reports,
the government is not con-
templating levying accredita-
tion fees for coverage of
junkanoo or any other public
event at any time in the future,
the Cabinet Office announced
"As previously announced',
the government will not
approve of charging accredita-
tion fees for working members
of the media covering the
upcoming junkanoo parades,"
a press release said.
This follows a front page sto-
ry in another newspaper which
quoted Director of Culture Dr
Nicholette Bethel as saying
that the Ministry of Culture
may look into charging the
press for access to junkanoo at
some-time .in. the future.._
However the Cabinet office
said that it is committed to
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PAGE 6, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007
THE TIBUNETHURSAY, ECEMBRL6,C007,NAGES
US to assist CARICOM
countries in fight against
illegal arms trafficking
* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
intent .to assist
ing of small
arms and light
through the region.
According to international
reports, this agreement came
out of last March's meeting
between CARICOM foreign
ministers and US Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rige.
The US said substantial and
realistic measures will be imple-
mented to address illicit traf-
ficking in small arms and light
weapons in the Caribbean.
During an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs Brent Symon-
ette welcomed the US' assis-
tance and expressed confidence
that these new measures could
put a dent in crime.
"Any attempt at resolving the
illegal transfer of small arms
and weapons in the Caribbean
region is welcome. There's no
question that these guns are
-coming from outside the
Bahamas because obviously we
don't manufacture them.
"So it is of concern to not
only the police but to the wider
community as to where these
arms are coming from, how they
are getting into the Bahamas,
and any attempt by the United
States or other countries to help
strengthen our border controls
and (negate) the trans-shipment
of drugs or illegal arms is wel-
Representatives from the
United States and CARICOM
will meet with stakeholders in
the nation's security next week
to address illicit trafficking of
small arms in the region.
Mr Symonette said the semi-
nar, scheduled for December
11 and 12, will focus on com-
batting illicit trafficking of small
arms in Nassau.
"This will be a roundtable dis-
cussion which Minister (of
National Security) Tommy
Turnquest, the Minister of State
for Finance (Zhivargo) Laing
and others will attend to deal
with export controls, trade law
enforcement and customs issues
(and) the whole question of ille-
gal trafficking of arms."
Patterns of trafficking and
origins of illicit small arms are
some areas that will be dis-
cussed at the seminar, Dan 0'
Connor, Chief Political Officer
at the US Embassy in Nassau,
told The Tribune yesterday.
The Bahamas is on its way to
becoming a part of the United
Nation's Convention Against
Transnational Organised Crime,
Mr Symonette also said yester-
The convention deals with
ways to eliminate the illegal
movement of immigrants, the
illegal trafficking of women and
children as well as the manu-
facturing and transportation of
ADAM STEWART, CEO of Sandals Resorts, was the keynote speaker during 24th annual Leisure Travel Conference
in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
I P R N C G E R G P A Z B Y*T R E T o E L-3 6 1 9
and where il l
ON December 1 Adam Stew-
art, CEO of Sandals Resorts,
served as the designated
keynote speaker during the 24th
annual Leisure Travel Confer-
ence in Fort Lauderdale, Flori-
da, where he discussed the
importance of selling luxury to
more than 700 travel agents.
Mr Stewart explained that a
fickle economy might be
impacting budget travellers, but
that there are still countless
opportunities for agents to prof-
it within the ever-growing luxu-
ry travel market.
In the Caribbean, for
instance, Mr Stewart highlight-
ed the many upscale offerings
coming online across the region
as early as 2008, and the need
for agents to get out of the price
comparison shopping business,
and focus instead on the
Caribbean's profitable luxury
"There's no denying that lux-
ury is where the market is and
where it's going," Mr Stewart
said. "Now, more than ever, it is
crucial to move beyond selling
price to selling the experience.
With the number of high-end
condos, resorts and dedicated
private jet terminals popping
up across the region, the
Caribbean as an example is
becoming very profitable are-
na for luxury travel."
The Leisure Travel Confer-
ence honours the key leaders
of the travel industry and recog-
nises the contributions of the
most dynamic individuals in the
The conference was held at
the Broward County Conven-
tion Centre in Ft Lauderdale,
from November 29 through
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League: Jaquilia Newton
'07 scholarship recipient
THE Bahamas Co-operative League has announced that its
scholarship recipient for this year is Jaquilia Newton.
Ms Newton is a 2007 graduate of Bahamas Academy Sec-
ondary School and is presently registered in the bachelor of
business administration management programme at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas.
The Bahamas Co-operative League Limited is the apex
body for credit unions and producer-supplier co-operatives and
has been granting a scholarship each year for the past seven
"Our family of financial co-operatives is proud of all the stu-
dents that have benefited from our scholarship programme,"
said the league in a statement.
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As we continue efforts to improve our service to you,
we ask you to take note that our Electronic Banking
System will be temporarily unavailable during the time
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We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.
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GET THERE. TOGETHER.
Inspired by the sun...
SHOWN are Katie Gardiner (left), administrator of the Children Emergency Hostel and Linamae Bowe of ATEL.
The Adventurer Computer (centre) includes a computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse and voltage regulator.
Hostel reaps benefits
of 'The Adventurer'
A NEW computer system has
hit the Bahamas market and the
children from the Children's
Emergency Hostel are the first
to reap the benefits.
Advanced Technical Enter-
prises Limited (ATEL) has cre-
ated "The Adventurer" a ful-
ly-loaded computer system that
designers say features high qual-
ity components that ensure
"It features Maxtor formal-
Iv Seagate hard drives which
are known for superior perfor-
mance, along with Asus and
Intel technology," said a press
release. "The Adventurer can
be custom-built to fit individ-
ual needs and anyone from a
student to a teacher, and/or
businessperson, will appreciate
its user-friendliness and inge-
ATEL said its vision is for
everyone in the Bahamas to
have access to a computer. Tak-
ing a step in the direction of ful-
filling this mission, the company
donated an Adventurer com-
puter to the children at the
The system is being used sole-
ly by the children as an educa-
tional and recreational tool.
The hostel fosters 37 children
ranging in age from one to 12
years old and the computer was
a welcomed gift to the children
- especially those who can now
complete homework assign-
ments and school projects
before the holiday season
Administrator at the Chil-
dren's Emergency Hostel, Katie
Gardiner, said that the com-
puter is an early Christmas gift
from which the children have
already started to reap the ben-
She noted that the hostel is
in the process of creating a spe-
cial computer area for the chil-
dren so that they will no longer
have to use a section of the
administrative office. She
thanked ATEL's proprietor,
Ethric Bowe. for his kind dona-
Mr Bowe said he was happy
to donate the computer and
hopes to make other contribu-
tions that will benefit the chil-
He invited the public to learn
more about the "'moderately
priced, user-friendly computer"
and noted that it can be enjoyed
by anyone "from the young to
the young at heart."
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THE TIBUNETHURSAY, ECEMBR 6, 007, AGE
Disabled rights activists continue
their 'independent living' campaign
activists are continuing their
campaign for "independent
living" legislation to be
passed in the Bahamas.
In a statement issued yes-
terday, Jerome Thompson
noted that having a home to
call their own is the "uni-
versal dream" of able-bod-
ied persons in America as
well as in the Bahamas.
"It's no different for peo-
ple with disabilities".
"The community of per-
sons in the commonwealth
of the Bahamas with dis-
abilities deserve and
demand the right to inde-
Bid for legislation to
be passed in Bahamas
pendent living in the land of
our birth such as has been
accomplished by our broth-
ers and sisters in other
notably, the United States
of America and England,"
Mr Thompson said in a
statement issued yesterday.
He pointed to Good Shep-
herd's Supported Indepen-
dent Living facility in the
US, which he described as a
apartment complex with 18
housing units, which offers
accessible living arrange-
ments for low-income adults
with physical disabilities.
"This unique housing
complex is designed specifi-
cally for persons with severe
disabilities and is funded by
Good Shepherd, the US
Department of Housing and
Urban Development, and
Federal Home Loan Bank
of Pittsburgh," Mr Thomp-
He said this is what the
Centre for Independent Liv-
ing which he and his col-
leagues are working to
establish will be for per-
sons with disabilities in the
Mr Thompson said inde-
pendent living, as expressed
by the Independent Living
Movement worldwide, is
defined as "the means and
the right of persons with dis-
abilities to choose to live as
sufficiently and effectively
as they can, without unnec-
essary assistance from oth-
He said independent liv-
ing "does not mean that we
want to do everything by
ourselves, do not need any-
body or like to live in isola-
tion. It simply means that
we demand the same choic-
es and control in our every-
day lives that our non-dis-
abled brothers and sisters,
neighbors and friends take
Mr Thompson is one of
five disabled occupants of
Cheshire Home, who were
relocated by the former PLP
government and spent years
suffering in a series of inad-
equate housing situations as
He said the Independent
Living philosophy postulates
that people with disabilities
are the best experts on their
needs, "and therefore they
must take the initiative, indi-
vidually and collectively, in
designing and promoting
better solutions and must
organisee themselves for
"As citizens in democratic
societies, the Independent
Living Movement claims
that persons with disabili-
ties have the same right to
participation, to the same
range of options, degree of
freedom, control and
every day life and life pro-
jects that able-bodied citi-
zens take for granted,"
Mr Thompson's statement
He added that the
Bahamian building code is
not being applied as it ought
to be with respect- to the
construction of disabled-
friendly public infrastructure
such as sidewalks as well as
the design and construction
of buildings for public
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Prime Minister to receive 'Star
of the Caribbean' award in Miami
PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Finance Hubert Ingraham (right) greets Minister of Public Works and
Transport Earl Deveaux (left) after he arrived at the Lynden Pindling International Airport on Wednesday
December 5, to attend the 31st Miami Conference on the Caribbean Basin in Miami, Florida. Minister of
National Security Tommy Turnquest (centre) looks on. The*prime minister will give the keynote address
at the plenary dinner and will receive the "Star of the Caribbean" award.
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Annual Festival Noel set for Rand Nature Centre
THE Grand Bahama Branch
of The Bahamas National Trust
is vcry excited about the 13th
annual Festival Noel, which will
be held at the Rand Nature
Centre on December 7 begin-
ning at 7pm.
Bristol Wines & Spirits mae
back once again as one of the
major sponsors of this year's
event along with co- )onsors.
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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
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Deadline for application is December 10th, 2007.
No phone calls please.
Do what tastes right.'
Bull, (Ginn Sur Mer and
F'reeport Advertising and Pi hit
Bristol Wines & Spirits, wh(
have been a sponsor of L'esli
val Noel since ils inception, are
pullingg out all of the stops" as
they provide a wide selection
of wines from all over the
world, said the organizers in a
According to Robbie Butler
sales manager at Bristol Wines
& Spirits, the company will be
serving "white wines like sauvi
gnon blancs, crisp, dry and
refreshing pinot grigios that pro
duce a taste of honey, pear and
lemon; chardonnays and ries
Also served will be red wines
"like chiantis, which are simple
and elegant as well as cabernet
and merlots. The wines come
from countries all over the
world, like France, Soul h
Africa, Chile, Argentina, Italy
Spain, Australia.'New Zealand
and America." Mr Butler said.
01f course, no event is com-
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ATTENDEES at last year's Festival Noel are pictured trying some of the 20 wines showcased at the event. This
year, Bristol Wines & Spirits will feature 25 wines, champagnes and a Bacardi Mojito tent.
rum, and guests will also have
an opportunity to try several
To compliment the various
wines that will be served at Fes-
tival Noel, the annual Chef Noel
competition will return.
This year, many of the best
restaurants from all over the
island will vie for votes as they
compete in this year's (Chef
Last year's winner, The Har-
bour Room, will be returning
to defend their title. "We are
always excited and ready to sup-
port the Bahamas National
Trust and be a part wherever
food, wine and culinary art is
concerned," said Jeff Butler of
the Harbour Room.
The competition is reported-
ly already heating up, as restau-
rants such as "Sabor". Chef
Worly's newest restaurant at
Pelican Bay, are ready to show
exactly what it .i they bring to
The Ferry House will return
to the competition with their
new head Chef, Pascuel Bur-
The organising committee
said it is pleased that students
from the College of the
Bahamas' School of Hospitality.
under the direction of Chet
Maycock. are also attending
thanks to the etforis of Chef
Boulet and Luciano s.
SHOWN are the Sabor Chef and crew during a visit made to the Rand
Nature Centre as they prepare for Festival Noel 2007. Sabor will be one
of the seven restaurants competing in this year's Chef Noel Competition.
The winner of Chef Noel is decided by the attendees who vote for their
favourite restaurant on the night.
Thev also revealed that Joe
Ret will roasting a "sweet and
succulent pig" over an open
"To top off the great wine
and delicious food that every-
one can enjoy, sponsors John
Bull and Parfum de Paris have
donated some fabulous items
to this vear's silent auction,"
said the statement.
John Bull has donated his and
hers Movado watches, a
Dooney & Bourke tote bag.
David urmaii earrings,. an
Olympus digital,camera and
Dolan-Bullock cuff links.
Parfum de Paris donated a
large basket of perfume for the
silent auction and will promote
four new fragrance lines on the
All proceeds from the auc-
tion will benefit the Grand
Bahama branch of National
Trust fundraising efforts.
Organisers said tickets are on
sale at Bristol Wines & Spirits,
John Bull and The Rand Nature
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THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007, PAGE 11
Film blends Bahamian spirit with
modern wisdom and humour
WITH a dose of Bahamian
spirit, TV personality and psy-
chiatrist Dr David Allen will
bring to this year's Bahamas
International Film Festival a
delightful parable that touches
on the complexities of hearts
and lives in the modern world.
The short (15 minutes) live-
action, comedy-drama film fea-
tures a talking, cartoon-animat-
ed fish named "Pudgy," who
gets beached upon the real
Pudgy's amusing encounters
with various beach-goers reflect
our patterns of living or not
living fully in today's world.
Filmed by Bonnemaison, Inc
in Nassau and Paradise Island
with local crew members, the
film features Bahamian talent,
Dr David Allen, newcomer
Christa Palmer, and 11-year-old
screen actress Morganne
Bethel, who made her debut in
film playing the role of Emily in
John Stockwell's Into the Blue.
The film's theme song Aias
composed and performed by
Christian McCabe, a minister
at New Providence Community
Church (NPCC) in Nassau.
BIFF Screenings of
Pudgy: A Bahamian
Friday, December 7 -
3.45pm. Atlantis Theatre
8 noon British Colonial
Sunday. December 9
2pm British Colonial
An international supporting
cast from the US and Latin
America features 11-year-old
Moore as the voice of Pudgy.
The storv: Walking along a
beautiful Bahamian shoreline,
a man (Dr Allen) adds his
young granddaughter (Mor-
ganne Bethel) to the story he
tells her about a spunky little
fish named Pudgy.
Too cocky for his own good,
Pudgy gets beached upon the
real Bahamian shore and is
forced to endure humorous
encounters with passers-by from
the modern world as he des-
perately tries to get their atten-
tion, before being saved at the
brink of death.
From various locations, the
lively and spontaneous Dr
Allen delivers insightful solilo-
quies about Pudgy's calamity,
rousing us to listen to our hearts
to let our own Pudgy live.
A festive local parade and p
beach dance to the Pudgy
theme song bring more Bahamnti-
an spirit to the big screen. Beau-
tifully filmed in High Defini-
tion, the film is. made for gen-
Pmudgy: A Bahamian Parable
was crafted by an award-win-
ning team: filmmaker/journal-
ist Mari Bonnemaison as direc-
tor/producer: Emmy award-
Channel narrator Brooks T
Moore as director of photogra-
phy; and filmmaker/performing
artist Marisa Arbona-Ruiz as
The film is based on a story
written by Dr Allen, an inter-
nationally known psychiatrist
and author, and Bahamian tele-
vision and radio host.
"His metaphorical story-
telling exemplifies human dra-
ma and the call to recognize the
need to seek help with healing
our past and transforming our
lives," said a press release about
Dr Allen conceptualised the
parable after stumbling upon a
fish that had washed up onto
"I began to reflect on how,
at some point in our lives, we all
get 'beached'," he said. "We get
blindsided by our buried emo-
tions, lifestyles and the trap-
pings of our personalities, yet
we can receive help, and let our
Pudgy live. '
His goal is to help people live
up to their fullest potential.
"Meeting David was life-chang-
ing for me," says Mari Bon-
nemaison. "He is a brilliant, yet
down-to-earth doctor with that
ability to look right through
you. We all have that inner
child, our conscience that is call-
ing us. Having seen his story of
Pudgy touch so many people. I
jumped at the chance to work
with David on the film."
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with wisdom and humour to
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Dr David Allen is an inter-
nationally recognized expert on
addiction treatment and gives
seminars on interpersonal and
He trained in medicine at St
Andrew's University, Scotland,
and in psychiatry and public
health at Harvard University.
He taught psychiatry and reli-
gion at Yale and was clinical
professor in psychiatry at
Georgetown Medical School.
Dr Allen has pioneered
addiction treatment pro-
grammes in Washington, DC,
the Czech Republic, and the
Bahamas for which he received
the 1987 Bennett Common-
wealth Prize by the UK Royal
Society of Arts.
Voted one of the most out-
standing psychiatrists in Amer-
ica in 2002-2003, he was named
a Most Distinguished Fellow of
the American Psychiatric Asso-
DAV I D
LIFE'S A BEACH: Bahamian crew on the set of Pudgy: A Bahamian
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PAGE 2, THRSDAY DECEBER 6 2007THE TIBUN
A chance to cruise
PRIME Minister and
Minister of Finance
(right) greets Oscar
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of the Inter-Ameri-
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Office of the Prime
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Department of Youth & Sports
VACANCIES FOR SECURITY FIRMS TO PROVIDE
SECURITY SERVICESAT VARIOUS SPORTING FACILITIES.
Tenders bids are invited from suitable qualified security firms to pro-
vide security services at the following sporting facilities with effect
from January 1st, 2008.
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of Youth & Sports (502-0600 or 502-0613/22) for further informa-
tion and arrangement of site visits.n
SProPosal cost (Outline the fees, they will expect the Ministry
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communication system and uniformed guards.
Sealed tenders are to be submitted no later than 5:00pm, on Friday,
December 21st, 2007 and addressed to:
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
P.O. Box N-4891
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attention: Mr. Bruce Walker, Deputy Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
Customers cruising through
the aisles of City Market this
December could end up cruis-
ing the world on a cruise line
of their choice.
In a partnership promotion
with Asa H Pritchard, the 12
City Market Stores in Grand
Bahama and New Providence
will give away 24 cruises for
two, as a part of the leading
grocer's Cruise Into Christ-
The first of the 24 cruise
packages, worth $2,000 each,
will be drawn on Sunday,
December 9, at the City Mar-
ket in Harbour Bay from 9am
"We are very excited about
this promotion," said Azale-
ta Ishmael-Newry, marketing
director of Bahamas Super-
markets Limited, operators ot
City Market giving 'away'
cruises in major holiday
City Market Supermarkets.
"It's our way of saying thank
you to customers who contin-
ue to make us their number
"They've been so faithful
and supportive over the years
and we wanted to give them
the chance to enjoy a holiday
of their own."
The rules are simple cus-
tomers who purchase any
three of the popular 19 brands
included in the promotion can
enter to win.
The brands include: Heinz,
5 CUBE $318.00
5 CUBE $353.00
7 CUBE $445.00
9 CUBE $522.00
15 CUBE $650.00
25 CUBE $995.00
Crisco Oil, Mueller's, Hell-
mann's, Mahatma, Act II Pop-
corn, Robin Hood, Niagara,
Oh Henry. Wish Bone, Sar-
gento siiccd and deli cheeses,
Bounty, Bluebird, Charmin,
Pan) Cooking Sprays. Pringles,
Smu- c'r's I fershey's and Lib-
by'"; canned fruit and vegeta-
bles. Entry Forms must be
verified by a City Market
cashier, the company said.
The winners will be
announced on December 9,
10 and 24.
"Not only are we bringing
evxcitencntto the market-
place, we are changing some
employment policies where-
by we are allowing or associ-
ates who also shop with us the
opportunity to participate,
added Mrs Ishmael-Newry.
CusIomers who shop early
in December will be rewarded
with the opportunity of win-
ning a full half of the cruises,
as these will be given away by
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'ICTURED (L. TO R) ARE: John Westwood, director of International Development, ILEX; Dr Pandora Johnson,
,ice president for outreach College of the Bahamas; Lesley Graham, president ILEX; Glenda Mae Black-
'artwright; Dr Christina Nwosa, director of the Centre for Continuing Education and Extension Services (CEES).
Officials pleased with COB's
delivery of IMEX programmes
TWO senior executives from
ne Institute of Legal Execu-
ives visited Nassau to discuss
broadeningg and developing
ILEX is a British based
organisation that oversees edu-
-ational programmes for peo-
ple wishing to enter the law pro-
fession in many countries
around the world.
Mrs Lesley Graham. presi-
dint ILEX, and John West-
wood, director of international
development for ILEX, met
with College of the Bahamas
vice president for outreach, Dr
Pandora Johnson and the direc-
tor of the Centre for Continuing
Education and Extension Ser-
.ices (CEES), Dr Christina
At the meeting, Mr West-
wood expressed his apprecia-
tion of the way the College has
administered and delivered
ILEX programmes and his
desire to establish a clear path
rom those programmes to the
-.LB and other professional
"We have been in the
Brathamas foi six years,' stated
Mr Westwood, "and we have
oeen impressed by the rigour
',f the work done b:v the Col--
tege in presenting the para-legal
programmes. Now we want to
alk to the academic board of
the College about presenting
professional programmes so the
-*tudents will, in effect, become
lawyeis here in the Bahamas as
- result ot our programmes."
Dr Johnson added that the
College was hoping to offer its
own LLB programme in the
foreseeable future and Mrs
J3raham spoke enthusiastically
'R I MITFO
on the ILEX legal executive
courses, which provide an alter-
native yet thorough way
through part time study to enter
the legal profession for
those who don't follow the
usual university to law school
"in Britain at ithe momeniit. a
legal executive is a lawyer," she
explained, "but does not have
the status to appear before a
judge in court.
"But that is changing thanks
to the Legal Services Bill going
through parliament at the
This Bill will not only grant
legal executives permission to
appear in court on their client's
behalf but also see them eligible
to become members of the judi-
ciary and Mr Westwood sees
these reforms and expaiidcc
$ppoi.unitie:a a,, addcc seasonss
for ncouiragii'g i~tr :.;.a
Bahamians ti co)sid: iega
executive route to the profes-
"With improved marketabil-
ity," he asserted, "Bahamians
will be able to practice around
the world and their opportuni-
ties will increase tremendous-
Glenda Mae Black-
Cartwright, a secretary in the
Attorney General's Office,
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what she learnt.
She said she feels capable of
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Dr Nwosa innouncedi hat
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one will be La.w Office Man-
agement and the other the Law
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Both will have direct impli-
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the way the content of the
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contextualised to reflect the dif-
ferences between Bahamian
and British law.
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P/\GE 14, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007
NATIONAL YOUTH ROAD SAFETY SYMPOSIUM
One minute can change the
"I felt for the man who was
injvrwcd. I felt very saddened by
it ... oe day you can walk and
the next day you can't."
* By Nor'adila Hafeeza
M ORE than
public and private schools in
New Providence gathered at
Workers' House to attend the
third Annual National Youth
Road Safety Symposium.
The all-day event, sponsored
by Chevron Bahamas Limited
in collaboration with the Min-
istry of Works and Transport
and the Road Traffic Depart-
ment, was geared towards edu-
cating young people about the
importance of being safe on
This year's theme was
"embracing today's opportu-
nities for a safer tomorrow."
The keynote speaker was Min-
ister of Works and Transport
Dr Earl Deveaux, who spoke
to students about what they
can do to help combat the ris-
ing number of traffic fatalities,
and how they can improve
their own road safety aware-
Dr Deveaux told students that
better enforcement of the law,
cracking down on bad behav-
iour by motorists, and reducing
the number of vehicles on the
road are important in keeping
More than 100 ninth-
grade students spend
a day learning about
the importance of
safety on our roads
He emphasized that
the biggest weapon
the country has in the fight
against traffic fatalities is pub-
lic education, and applauded
the students for participating
in the one day forum.
"Your presence today is very
important. You can make a dif-
ference in some of the habits
that are stuck with us older
people. Many people do not
know how to use (things such
as) roundabouts. We need bet-
ter public education," said Dr
Amando Vegas, district
retail manager for Chevron
Bahamas Limited, said: "I
absolutely agree with Minister
Deveaux. I think the earlier we
start the better it will be."
"These students are going to
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"These students are going to
be the future drivers on the
road, the more they under-
stand about the importance of
following the rules and using
seatbelts, the better it is going
to be. If they get the good
behaviours from the start, they
will always follow the rules,"
Mr Vegas said.
Through a series of sober-
ing presentations, participants
were shown what can happen
when people do not drive care-
fully or intentionally break the
laws of the road by speeding
or not wearing seatbelts.
Ninth-graders grimaced as
they viewed graphic slides of
dead bodies covered in blood,
covered limbs, and collapsed
,kulls courtesy of Reserve
Assistant Superintendent of
Police, Richard Rahming, one
of the presenters in the sym-
posium. "'It -was gruesome,"
admits one student, "but it
showed us what happens to
people when they speed."
There was also an informa-
tive session which dealt with
the kinds of injuries that result
from traffic accidents, present-
ed by with Dr Delon Brennen.
The session that was most
effective was a one-on-one ses-
sion with a car crash survivor.
Daniel Bastian shared with
students how one minute can
change the rest of your life.
One night in 1978, Mr Bast-
ian was driving along the road,
when he veered his vehicle into
the bushes to avoid a head-on
collision with a car speeding in
the opposite direction. He was
left paralysed for the rest of his
To this day, police have nev-
er found the suspect involved
in the accident. "I felt for the
man who was injured," said
Sandiya Paul, a ninth-grader
from H O Nash Junior High. "I
felt very saddened by it one
day you can walk and the next'
day you can't".
The day ended with a work-
shop, where students, grouped
by their respective school, used
their creativity to pen catchy
mottos, bright posters, perform
raps and acted out skits to the
delight of both fellow students
and organizers. Surprise gifts,
and a raffle of a cell-phone
capped off the symposium.
"Educating the next genera-
tion about road safety is of
prime importance to the organ-
isers of the symposium", said
Mr Jack Thompson, Controller
Road Traffic Department and
one of the organizers of the
event. He stressed that in order
to seriously tackle accidents
and fatalities, focus must
placed on the future genera-
"When I was growing up,
they had a saying: bend the
tree while it's young. The soon-
er we can catch our young kids
and instill some things into
them the better. The root of it
is to really catch the younger
ones, said Mr Thompson.
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to the failure of hospital staff
to check whether he had an
Mr Esfakis was admitted
to Doctor's Hospital at
around lam on Saturday,
April 20, to be treated for
burns he had sustained after
his shirt caught afire during
a party that Friday evening.
He died in that facility on
Monday, April 22.
Yesterday, Dr Luterman
told the court that Mr
Esfakis "should have sur-
vived" the injuries for which
he was admitted, "or to put
it another way, if he was
going to die from this injury
it shouldn't have been in this
Dr Luterman testified that
he had been asked by one of
the patient's sisters, Julianna
in 2002 to review the hospi-
tal records detailing her
brother's treatment because
"she wanted to know more
about whether or not he
could have survived his
injury" if, for example, he
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court that upon reviewing
the medical records he saw
that Mr Esfakis was deemed
to have 25 per cent burns
when he was admitted to the
hospital. The deepest burns
were on his hands, and the
hair in his nose was noted as
"singed", he said.
He said that the treatment
given to Mr Esfakis in the
Emergency Room included
the application of a cool
compress to the burn areas,
and the initiation of intra-
Dr Luterman said that
while "in most-ER rooms in
the UK and US" medical
staff would check a burn's
patient's airway at an early
stage for "smoke breathed
in" there was "no record of
this having happened" in Mr
The professor said that
medical trainees are taught
"across the board" that
checking the airway is "crit-
"It goes 'A is for airway',
'B is for breathing' you
start with the airway." said
Dr Luterman. He said that
when a burns victim's airway
gets burnt "it will swell"=
eventually reaching the point
where it is "near to closing
He said that Mr Esfakis'
case was "an absolutely clas-
sic example" of why check-
ing for inhalation injuries in
burns patients is something
that is emphasizedd" to
those receiving medical
Dr Luterman then out-
lined the amount of fluid
that Mr Esfakis should have
been administered to
counter "burn shock" stat-
ing that given his weight and
condition he should have
been given six litres of fluid.
He said that medical staff
should then ensure that
patients "maintain adequate
He continued that in Mt
Esfakis' case he was in fact
"pouring out urine" at a rate
of around 500cc, when rec-
ommended output should
have been between 30 50cc.
"Litres (of fluid) were
being administered and its
as if no one's watching
(urine output)," he said, lat-
er adding that he had "never
been able to explain the
amount of fluid (Mr Esfakis)
Dr Luterman then out-
lined the type of equipment
that would normally be used
to check for a smoke inhala-
tion injury. "Most ER rooms
have one. When I first
looked at the records I won-
dered whether (Doctor's
Hospital) had one," he said.
However, he said that
when records later revealed
that a bronchioscopy was
performed on the patient on
Sunday, Dr Lutermann said
he realized that hospital staff
had had the necessary equip-
ment to perform this proce-
dure from the start.
He described the fact that
this was not done as "med-
The expert witness then
went on to say that he found
it "disconcerting" that hos-
pital notes showed that when
the nurse noted the patient
began feeling like his neck
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On Saturday, there will be a special presentation by interna-
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was constricted "like he's
choking, strangling" that
"different doctors" she
called by telephone were
He then noted that when a
doctor told the nurse to
"loosen the dressings" on Mr
Esfakis' neck in response to
these symptoms, that this
was "not the problem."
"I got kind of chills when I
was reading that," said Dr
"It's what we try to teach
our students all the way up,
it has to be avoided."
Hospital records then said
Mr Esfakis "reached the
point where the nurse
noticed he was turning
blue," said the witness.
He said that when medical
staff consequently per-
formed a tracheotomy on Mr
Esfakis to ease his breath-
ing this addede) another
insult to the third part of his
He further added that the
"enormous amount of fluid"
hospital records showed Mr
Esfakis was receiving would
have "aggravated any
swelling" already experi-
Dr Luterman told the
court that normally 25 per
cent burns on a male in his
40s "is not a lethal injury."
"It should not'have killed
him unless there were some
untoward complications," he
said. Asked later by magis-
trate William Campbell
whether Mr Esfakis was sub-
j6ct to any such complica-
tions, Dr Luterman said
He said-that these would
include, for example, if
weeks later he were to have
got an infection.
"It's very unusual to see
this in England or the US,"
Dr Luterman told the court,
adding: "To have that many
physicians come in contact
with the patient and for
there to be no evaluation of
He said that when the
nurse called doctors noting
that the patient was experi-
encing symptoms such as a
feeling of strangulation or
"anything to do with that,
he should have been
In the US medical staff are
"so paranoid about this kind
of problem (inhalation
injuries in burns patients)
that they do it (check for it),
and then have it done again.
That's how devastating a
problem it is and why you
do not miss it initially," said
He told the court that,
according to US guidelines,
Mr Esfakis' symptoms
should have caused medical
staff to send him for treat-
ment in a specialist burns
centre. "For him to have not
been transferred to a burns
centre. for me, was a failure
of the system." he said.
The inquest continues this
week in the coroner's court,
number seven. It is being
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Claim that Christie using
election possibility to
maintain control of PLP
FROM page one
porters and encourage the belief
that Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham is "uncomfortable"
with the slim margin he cur-
rently enjoys in the House of
A confidential source within
the PLP reports that Mr
Christie is using this "holding
tactic" to maintain control over
the PLP and block the advances
of PLP MPs Obie Wilchcombe
or Dr Bernard Nottage from
gaining the party reins.
On Tuesday night, Mr
Christie called an emergency
Parliamentary meeting, to dis-
cuss a "new plan" to try to raise
money for the party. The party's
finance committee, it was
reported, made an audio visual
presentation to the national
general council to launch this
However, it is claimed that
to an enlightened few, the tactic
is clear to create a false sense
of inevitability that would
secure the relevancy of Mr
Christie at the February con-
Even if the PLP won the
highly contested Pinewood con-
stituency, inside sources main-
tain that the party is still too
financially drained of money to
even attempt a run at a general
Man dies after
FROM page one
ick Seymour of Grand Bahama said that police are very con-
cerned about the nature of this latest murder.
"It was a drive-by shooting in broad daylight as we have
recently seen in Nassau, so we are concerned. We are pulling
out all the stops in our investigation," he said.
Chief Supt Seymour said this incident brings Grand
Bahama's murder count for the year to 13 a high number
for that island.
However, he pointed out that of those 13 murders, police
have so far been able to solve 10 cases.
"That is a very high percentage. Still, one murder is one too
many," he said.
Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer in Grand
Bahama, reported that several of Grand Bahama's recent
murders have circumstances in common.
Ms Mackey explained that many of the recent murders
have been either drug related or arose out of domestic dis-
putes and armed robberies.
This latest incident comes just as family, friends and col-
leagues gathered yesterday to pay tribute to the life of 64-
year-old Vincent Pedican Grand Bahama's 10th murder vic-
tim for the year.
-The memorial service was held at the auditorium of Eight
Rock's High School, where Mr Pedican worked the night
Ohift as a security officer.
Darold Miller trial
Ii trained his innocence through-
i FROM page one out his ordeal.
complaints of a sexual nature
y,'ere lodged against him.
Miller was consequently sus-
pended from his duties as
Chief Operating Officer at
GEMS as a result of police
investigations, but has main-
The trial was adjourned
yesterday as Magistrate McK-
ay noted that she had been
informed that the prosecutor,
who is dealing with the case, is
currently off the island on cir-
cuit. The trial was adjourned
to Friday, January 4, 2008.
Besides the lack of money, it
was also claimed that neither
the PLP, nor the FNM, would
seek to have another election
on the current voter registra-
tion list, which is riddled
with persons not entitled to
"Mr Christie is doing this
because he wants to hold the
party in a position of 'hold' so
no one would move him,"
added another source within the
"He wants them to think that
it's going to be a re-election so
you must not change the
Political pundits agree that it
would be 'extremely unlikely"
that Prime Minister Ingraham
would call an early election.
They cited a number of reasons,
mainly the escalating crime
numbers, the slowing down of
the Bahamian economy, and
the lack of a proper voters' reg-
"How could he do that? But
Mr Christie is selling this to his
people to get them excited that
there is going to be an election
so that no one would move him
as leader. That's what this is all
about," the source claimed.
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also plans to include the photographs and fingerprints of deported
di. iduals in the yet unveiled border protection system, which is
scheduled to begin in Nassau in January 2008, Mr Burrows added.
I ndusa Global, a software solutions provider from Greenville,
south Carolina, which has been working with the Immigration
department for the last five years to improve the department's data-
ase. is also assisting in the creation of the new border protection
'i Though the new ePassport and visa issuance system will bolster
securityy with providing travel and residence documents, Virginia
Ramadan, counsel general at the US embassy, also noted that the
ew machine readable passports will help Bahamians to be
processed at certain US border checkpoints.
"It's going to really facilitate Bahamian travel to the United
States. particularly through the ports of entry here in Nassau and
Freeport," said Ms Ramadan, as currently Bahamians are unable
io swipe their passports.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
;ymonette said at the launch of the changes:
"The Bahamas' ePassport, visa, e-Identification and border con-
trol initiative is of significant national and international impor-
tance. It will enhance the security of our State and it iS anticipated
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2007, where Rice called for more African countries to send peacekeepers to Somalia, where an Islamic insurgency has killed thousands of civilians
this year. Rice was in the Ethiopian capital to meet with African leaders after expressing growing unease about deteriorating security and faltering
peace deals in a number of countries on the continent. The United Nations has said Somalia is facing the worst ,iiii ii.ii.nii.- crisis in Africa.
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should send peacekeepers to
Somalia, where an Islamic insur-
gency has killed thousands of
civilians this year, Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice said
Wednesday, according to Associ-
Rice was in the Ethiopian cap-
ital, where the African Union is
headquartered, to meet with
African leaders after expressing
growing unease about deteriorat-
ing security and faltering peace
deals in a number of countries on
the continent. The tU'nited
Nations has said Somalia is facing
the worst 'humanitarian crisis in
Uganda has about 1,800 troops
in Somalia, officially as the van-
guard of a larger African Union
peacekeeping force, though so far
no other countries have sent rein-
forcements. Ethiopia, which sent
soldiers to Somalia late last year
to wipe out'Islamic militants, is
not part of the peacekeeping
force and hoping to withdraw.
"We do believe the Ethiopian
forces should not have to stay in
Somalia past a certain point, and
that will require peacekeeping
forces, very robust peacekeeping
force, and so that will be part of
my discussions here," Rice said.
Peacekeepers have tried to
pacify Somalia before, with trag-
ic results. More than a decade
ago, a massive U.N. relief opera-
tion was launched for thousands
of civilians left starving because of
fighting in Somalia. But 1993
attacks by Somali militiamen that
brought down two Black Hawk
helicopters and killed 18 U.S. ser-
vicemen were followed by the
withdrawal of U.S. troops and the
eventual end of the U.N. peace-
Rice, who is scheduled to meet
with Somalia's new prime minis-
ter during her trip, said she will
impress upon him the need be
inclusive in his administration.
"The Somali leadership is going
to have to really reach out to all
the elements that are not associ-
ated with terrorism," Rice said.
"It has to be broad and that's
really my message to the prime
minister. He has to find a way to
broaden his base of support."
Last year, a radical Islamiic
movement accused of links \i ;i
al-Qaida seized control of imn'!
of the southern part of Somailih..
prompting Ethiopia to invade in
December 2006 with Washing-
ton's tacit backing. The Islamic
movement was toppled, but its
supporters have waged an Iraq-
style insurgency. A Somali human
rights groups said over the week-
end that nearly 6.000 civilians
have been killed in the crosirie
US defense secretary says sece!-,
and stable Iraq is within reach
DEFENSE Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday he belies a
secure and stable Iraq is within reach, although there's beer' .,
uptick in violence in the north where al-Oaida is trying to re-c ,esili.h
a foothold, according to Associated Press.
Gates' comments came as a car bomb exploded in a largely t 1i
neighborhood of Baghdad, killing at least 14 people, poli i.
The explosion happened across the I'igris Rivci fromll te .i c('ii
Zone shortly before Gales' news conference w' illi Iral's dI 'llis
Acknowledging the precarious nature of any security gains in Il'e
country, Gates said that much work remains to lie done lto clni
Iraqi forces arc ready to lake o\er more military' duties Ifl'ii' I N
troops. Iraqis who have been fighting insurCgents on tlie local L. I, I
must be integrated into Iraqi security lores. for exampilelle. .11 :;
"I1 believe that a secure, stable Iraq is within reach.'" Gati-
However, he added, "We need to be patient."
Gates noted a decline in overall violence ii liraq during recent
noniths, which has led to a substantial increase iin tihe numlinl' ri
refugees returning home as w\cll as international ins\ stlimicl in lhir
country despite nearly five years of \ ar.
This, he said, has "'led to a growing sense of nlorinalc\ anld hliI,'
Still, Gates acknowledged incieasingr militant and teri il-rist ;.'\ i
tics in northern Iraq. a situation lie discussed ws ith I .. comnnina1i is
during his first visit to Mosul earlier \Wednesday. I Ic said hei .1,
pleased to learn that Iraqi troops were righting back.
"1 know the Iraqi people are more than up to the chillei .
Gates said. "... However, inimchl remains (o he done.'
Army Col. Tony Thlnlas, a brigade Commandei. told repo:'
traveling with Gates that he and other senior comanlders ill the I ihi
are looking for additional U.S. troops and also would like the ic ni
of 1,400 Iraqi troops sent to Blaghdad to pi ovide "more -ConCil:l ItI
cr" to help stabilize areas such as IDivala province, Mosul and ".llli I
ra to counter an uplick in \ioleiee. includinii, suicidk hb ini'',P'
Overall, there has been a stcady decline in \ ir e e' c ie ii ,,l -I :
recent months, including dips i1 roadlside bombs, or ler ailla '. :' I in'
both U.S. and Iraqi asuiallies.
The U.S. is pressing Iraqi leaders to take adv\antag of the ip ic li\ ',
security to make the politic:! efot ,s i'needei lto stabilize It'e 'I l!'-
While in Addis Ababa, Rice
also planned talks with Ethiopian
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, a
U.S. counterterrorism ally criti-
cized lor a crackdown on political
opponents and whose country
shares a tense border with arch-
"We don't need a use of force
here to deal with what is obvi-
ously a significant border prob-
lem," Rice told reporters aboard
her plane en route to Addis Ah;i-
ba, referring to a feared resump-
tion of the 1998-2000 Ethiopian-
Eritrean war that killed tens of
thousands of people.
The war ended with a peace
agreement but the border issue
remains unsettled as Ethiopia
never fully accepted the delin-
eation of an independent com-
mission that disbanded itself last
week after the neighbors were
unable to agree to mark the new
Rice is only the fourth secic-
tary of state to visit Ethiopia and
the first in a decade. Madeleine
Albright made a stop in Addi,
Ababa in 1997, according to the
State Department historian's
In her first meeting Wedini-
day, Rice met with leaders trom
Burundi. Rwanda, Ugand&a uid
Congo to discuss fighting in c ;st
ern Congo that threatens stlbi!i-
ty throughout their Great Lake,c
"We had a very thorough dis
cussion." Ugandan Presideil
Yoweri Museveni said later.
adding. "Part of the danger in
Africa is handling issues in :i
Rice said dealing with rebels
in eastern Congo is critical t., ,-, -
establishing normalcy in a repitn
that has been devastated I',
decades of war and genocide hati
have killed millions.
On Sudan. she said she w\ ould
tackle elements of the Darfur
conflict and the faltering peane
deal that ended Sudan's long-ir:
ning North-South civil w ar uIB
Sudanese President Omar a I-
Bashir's government skipped :
meeting with Rice, according to ;i
list of delegates released Ib
the U.S. Embassy in Addi ;!.:
Rice said she wants to focus on
overco ning logistical hurdles in
Dari.i to standing up a joint
S.N. frican Union peacek:ep-
inng l','\i- for the vast region v, hicih
!h1s i'1 ravs\ished by ycars ol con-
flicl. "We're just going to have to
remove these obstacles and geto!
on with it," Rice said.
As for the 2005 peace deal
between al-Bashir's governninci
and southern rebels, she said "it
time to refocus our efforts ther -."
"That is really an agreemiCp '
that we cannot afford to let
unravel," Rice said.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007, PAGE 21
Opposition leaders nearing agreement
on terms for joining Pakistan elections
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* ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
parties neared agreement
Wednesday on a list of
demands of President Per-
vez Musharraf in return for
calling off a boycott that
could spoil the legitimacy
of January parliamentary
elections, an official said,
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Court justices and leading
lawyers since Musharraf
introduced emergency rule
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representatives of former
prime ministers Benazir
Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif
and other smaller parties
are crucial to an opposition
push to challenge Mushar-
raf's political dominance.
Bhutto spent the day meet-
ing with foreign ambas-
sadors, including the U.S.,
British and Saudi envoys.
PAKISTANI FORMER Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, center, addresses
to a rally at Mansehra, Pakistan on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007.
"We have done most of
our job but still need more
time," Sen. Khursheed
Ahmed, who is on the
committee, said after the
talks finished for the night.
"The committee would def-
initely accomplish this task
Party leaders have
threatened to boycott the
vote unless their demands
are met. Their refusal to
participate in the election
would undercut the efforts
of Musharraf a key U.S.
ally in the war on terror-
ism to ease Pakistan
back toward democracy
after eight years of military
The parties are demand-
ing an end to emergency
rule and the release of for-
mer Supreme Court judges
who were fired amid indi-
cations that they were
preparing to invalidate
Musharraf's election in
October to a new presi-
Chaudhry Shujaat Hus-
sain, chairman of the rul-
ing Pakistan Muslim
League, dismissed the
opposition demands as
"In fact, the two alliances
have nothing to attract
people and are therefore
raising non-issues," he was
quoted as saying by the
state-run Associated Press
of Pakistan news agency.
Sharif, whose candidacy
has been rejected by elec-
tion officials, and Bhutto
are long-standing political
foes, but the two have been
drawn together since
returning from exile by the
common goal of con-
Their move to formulate
a joint set of conditions
raises the stakes for gov-
ernment, which they accuse
of planning to conduct a
Ahsan Iqbal, spokesman
for Sharif's Pakistan Mus-
lim League-N, said the
issues under consideration
included the restoration of
an independent judiciary
and the constitution, cre-
ation of a neutral caretaker
government and an inde-
pendent election commis-
sion, along with a deadline
for the government to
accept the demands.
"The present situation
demands that all democra-
tic forces work in unity and
collectively to save the
country from a major cata-
strophe, which will result
after rigged elections."
But another politician,
former cricket star Imran
Khan, insisted the united
opposition should stay
away from the ballot.
"You do not have elec-
tions when fundamental
rights are suspended."
Khan said on Dawn Tele-
"Never has any judiciary
been butchered as it has
been in Pakistan (and) by
taking part in elections we
would legitimize everything
Musharraf has done."
Since he declared emer-
gency rule, Musharraf has
filled the Supreme Court
with loyalists and jailed
hundreds of human rights
workers, civic activists and
Most have since been
released and Musharraf has
promised to lift the emer-
gency Dec. 16, about three
weeks ahead of the elec-
tions. But repression con-
The Human Rights Com-
mission of Pakistan urged
the public to mark Dec. 10
as a "black day" by dis-
playing black flags and
wearing black bands. It
called 2007 one of the
worst years for human
rights in the country's his-
tory and rejected Mushar-
raf's claims that he is
restoring democracy as "a
"The rights of ordinary
people have been violated
by the government with
impunity." the group said
ift a statement.
"Reports of torture,
threats, intimidation, and
arbitrary arrests run into
thousands. Incidents of
extrajudicial killings are
reported but never inves-
tigated. The situation has
now reached alarming pro-
portions. The media is
chained and free expres-
On Tuesday, two U.S.
human rights activists,
identified as Medea Ben-
jamin and Tighe Barry.
were arrested in the east-
ern city of Lahore after
holding protests and call-
ing for the release of
Aitzaz Ahsan. president of
the Supreme Court Bar
U.S. Embassy spokes-
woman Elizabeth Colton
said the two had been
turned over to 1U.S. con-
sular officials and were
expected to leave Pakistan
"in the next day or so."
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US pushes to
resume trials at
alleged driver for 1
Osama bin Laden
NAVAL BASE, Cuba
THE U.S. military will try
once again to prosecute men
held at this isolated tropical
outpost on Wednesday, as the
U.S. Supreme Court meets to
consider the broad rights of
Guantanamo prisoners, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
A military judge, presiding
over a makeshift courtroom at
a former airstrip under heavy
security, is scheduled to hold a
pretrial hearing for Salim j. ;
Ahmed Hamdan, a native of ',4
Yemen accused of being a
member of al-Qaida and a dri-
ver for Osama bin Laden.
The Supreme Court show-
down revolves around whether
Guantanamo prisoners can
challenge their detention in
U.S. civilian courts. At the
Navy base in Cuba, the hearing
is expected to focus on the
question of whether the Ameri-
can military tribunal system has A COM1
jurisdiction over Hamdan and Knut,
can proceed to trial more than day wi
three years after he was first
A legal challenge by Hamdan
prompted the Supreme Court I
last year to throw out the previ-
ous rules for military tribunals.
On Wednesday. Hamdan's
lawyers are expected to argue
he is not an unlawful enemy 4
combatant but, instead, a pris-
oner of war, and entitled under
the Geneva Conventions to a 0 BER
U.S. military court martial a
system that detainee advocates BE
say has higher legal standards BERKnut
than the commissions proposed mother
for Guantanamo prisoners. heartso
A top military legal official celebr
said the timing of the hearings Wedne
in Guantanamo and Washing- o en
ton is coincidental. He predict- zAssoci
ed that the Hamdan hearing is TheF
a signal the long-stalled trials th
will soon be on the fast-track. the Sto
"We are moving with intensi-
ty and I expect things to pick powder
up." Air Force Brig. Gen. polar b
Thomas Hartmann, the legal and a p
adviser to the commission sys- coaI by'
tem, told reporters at Guan- iven l
tanamo. given hi
The U.S. holds about 305 Lent Sc
prisoners on suspicion of terror- muncll
ism or links to al-Qaida and the fuit
Taliban at Guantanamo and uit vc
plans to prosecute at least 80, ith a t
including the alleged architect 00 p
of the Sept. 11 attacks. So far, 0 p
only three detainees have been a ste
formally charged and one, Aus- stream
tralian David Hicks, was con- as pov
victed in a plea bargain and and ve
sent home. interest
The military blames the indleres a
delays on the difficulty of qale a
preparing cases involving men the Plat
captured far away and held five
years or more and on a ers.
series of legal challenges, The
Hamdan is charged with con-
spiracy and providing material
support for terrorism.
In June, military judges
threw out the charges against
him and Canadian national
Omar Khadr, ruling the com-
missions lacked the authority to
prosecute them because they
had not been officially designat-
ed "unlawful enemy combat-
ant" as required by the Military
Commissions Act, which was
signed into law by President
Bush in October 2006 after the
Supreme Court's ruling in
The government appealed
and a newly established military
review court reinstated the
charges, ruling tribunal judges
at Guantanamo have the
authority to make the designa-
Critics of the tribunal system
believe that Hamdan would be
better off under a traditional
military court martial. Hina
Shamsi, a lawyer for the Ameri-
can Civil Liberties Union, said
the U.S. would not be able to
use evidence obtained through
coercion and would be more
restricted in the use of secret
evidence and proceedings.
"We .are stuck in a thicket
that was created by the Bush
approach to detention and trial
of terror suspects," said Shamsi,
who is observing the Guan-
tanamo proceedings against
Some of the secrecy was oh
display this week ahead of the
hearing. Prosecutors and
defense lawyers were prohibit-
ed from discussing details of the
expected testimony or divulging
the names of witnesses.
Hartmann, however, defend-
ed the tribunals, noting they
afford the accused such protec-
tions as the right to counsel and
"We are proud of the system
that we've set up.
"We think it's really unprece-
dented in the number of rights
that we are providing to these
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VBO of two photos showing, left, the Polar bear Knut, at his first public appearance on March 23, 2007, and right, his first birthday in the Berlin Zoo, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007.
Berlin's famous polar bear was born in the zoo on Dec. 5, 2006, was rejected by his mother but went on to win the hearts of millions across the globe, Knut celebrated, Wednes-
ith a cake and free zoo entry for children.
berlin Zoo's polar bear Knut
celebrates his first birthday
RLIN'S famous polar bear
who was rejected by his
r but went on to win the
of millions across the globe,
ated his first, birthday
sday with a cake and free
try for kids, according to
Berlin Zoo pulled out all
is to fete its star attraction,
s gone from a fluffy white
puff of a cub to a full-grown
ear with a cheeky curiosity
penchant for muddying his
rolling in the dirt.
s so dirty! They should have
im a bath." said 5-year-old
hmidt. wvho came with her
and a friend to watch Knut
his birthday treat of fresh
*getables and rice topped-
oy wooden candle.
zoo estimated that some
people had visited the birth-
ar by noon and a steady
were still heading toward
, despite the cool weather
Knut himself seemed more
ed in playing with his toy
nd licking the crumbs from
ter that bore his birthday
an the crowd of vwell-wish-
.00o said the Knut craze has
generated up to US$14 million over
the past year through ticket sales
that have more than doubled and
the licensing of Knut toys, books
and other trinkets.
Among fans Wednesday was
Sabine Haelter, wrapped in polar
cub-imprinted scarf, who had trav-
eled from central Germany to be at
the zoo for the event, and Berlin
native Marion Maetzeld a mem-
ber of the zoo who visits regularly.
"We wish him a huge polar bear
cake and, later a nice lady-bear as a
mate," said Maetzeld, snapping pic-
tures of Knut from her perch on a
Weighing just 810 grams (nearly
2 pounds) at birth, Knut has bulked
up to more than 110 kilograms (243
pounds), and in July had to be put
on a diet because of concerns that
treats like his favorite croissants -
were piling on the pounds.
That means he won't be allowed
a slice of a giant birthday cake
baked in his honor made from
300 eggs, 15 kilograms (33 pounds)
each of flour and sugar, as well as
10 kilograms (22 pounds) of marzi-
pan. Slices were sold to onlookers
and will go to the zoo's foundation.
Abandoned at birth, along with
his twin brother, who only survived
a couple of days. Knut first attract-
ed attention when Berlin's media
picked up the story of his main
caregiver camping out at the zoo
to give the cub his bottle every two
The story angered animal rights
activists, who tried to sue the zoo
for cruelty to animals by preventing
nature from taking its course when
the cub was rejected even if it
cost him his life.
By that time. Knut was a 3-
month-old white fur ball, with but-
ton eyes and his own fan club, who
had been photographed dozens of
times including for the cover of
Vanity Fair and attracted hun-
dreds of thousands to the zoo.
Now that he is grown. zoo offi-
cials say they do not have room to
keep Knut permanently and are
considering other offers from zoos
in Europe, with an eve to finding
him a mate.
Thomas Doerflein, who raised
Knut by hand, cuddling him and
playing with him in addition to
feeding him from a bottle, told Ger-
many's mass-circulation Bild on
Wednesday, he hoped the bear
would soon find a new home in
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ready to move
into Gaza, says
ISRAEL'S army\, has cont-
pleted plans for a larg,. often-
sive in the Gaza Strip and is
only waiting for government
approval, the military chief
said Wednesday, shortly after
two Palestinian militants were
killed by Israeli tank fire in
the coastal area, according to
Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi
said that until he receives the
go-ahead for a broad opera-
tion, Israel would continue
with its policy of airstrikes
and brief ground incursions
to halt Palestinian rocket
"If it is necessary, we are
prepared for the possibility of
action," Ashkenazi told Army
Radio. "Until then I think it is
our duty to exhaust all other
avenues and to operate every
day and night in order to pro-
Defense Minister Ehud
Barak has repeatedly said that
the time for a widespread
ground invasion of Gaza is
drawing closer. But on Tues-
day, he said now is not the
time for a broad operation,
which would likely result in
heavy casualties to israeli sol-
diers and Palestinian civilians
in Gaza's crowded urban
In Wednesday's violence,
Israeli tanks fired shells
toward a group of Hamas mil-
itants on the outskirts of the
town of Beit Lahiya in the
northern Gaza Strip after
dawn, Palestinian doctors and
residents said. Two of the
Palestinians were killed and
four wounded, one critically,
the doctors said.
The army confirmed the
strike, saying the militants
were preparing to fire mortar
shells toward southern Israel.
Israel's attack brings to
about 30 the number of mili-
tants in Gaza that Israel has
killed in the past 10 days.
Israel's army frequently
launches cross-border attacks
and airstrikes on Gaza mili-
tants, but it has been unable
to stop the rocket fire from
the Hamas-controlled territo-
Suicide bomber attacks Afghan
soldiers in bus; at least 13 killed
* <' :. Aiyridnistan
A St)JI'IDE hombiner rammed
his explosives-laden car into a
nminibus carrying Afghan soldiers
south of Kabul on Wednesday,
killing at least 13 people and
wounding 20 others, officials said,
according to Associated Prcss.
Meanwhile, Afghan forces
clashed with Taliban who had
blocked a main highway in the
south, killing 10 militants, an offi-
The Kabul blast happened on
the last day of Defense Secre-
tary Robert Gates' two-day visit
to Afghanistan, but it was not
immediately clear if he was still in
the country at the time. The Tal-
iban claimed responsibility for
The suicide bomber's car
struck a minibus full of soldiers in
the Chihulsutoon area south of
Kabul, said Aziz Ahnlad. an
Afghan army officer at the site of
Six soldiers and seven civilians
were killed in the attack, and se\ -
en other soldiers were wound-
ed, said Gen. Mohaniiinad Zahir
Azinti, a Defense Ministry
At least 13 civilians also were
wounded in the attack, said
Abdullah Fahim, a spokesman
for the Health Ministry. Foul
children were among those
killed, Fahim said.
Purported Taliban spokesman
Zabiullah Mujaheed claimed
responsibility for the blast in a
text message sent to'an Associ-
ated Press reporter in neighbor
ing Pakistan. Mujaheed identi
fied the bomber as Abdul Rahf
man, from eastern Khost
Thie mangled frame of tilhe
minibus lay on the side of the
road as the wounded were
whisked to hospitals.
The blast was third suicide
attack in the city in the last eight
days. It followed a similar attack
Tuesday against a NATO con
voy that wounded 22 civilians.
Mohammad Anun. who runs a
bakery near the blast site, said
AN AFGHAN National Army soldier stands guard near a damaged bus after a suicide bomber targeted the vehicle, south of Kabul Afghanistan on Wednes-
day, Dec, 5, 2007. The suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into the minibus carrying Afghan soldiers south of Kabul on Wednesday, killing
at least 13 people and wounding 20, officials and witnesses said.
two of his employees were
wounded by flying glass.
"Every day, this bus stops in
front of my bakery to take
employees of the Defense Min-
istry Amin said. "Suddenly
today, a ;ver\ strong explosion
hit the bus."
Mohainmmad Ashraf, 13, was
plV.ixvg inside a mosque when
the flying shrapnel and glass cut
through his flesh, said his father,
"'My other S-year-old son was
also wounded in the same
mosque." Akram said.
'1 here has been a series of
attacks in recent months on bus-
es can rvin g Afghan security
foIrceS as they commute to work
in the morning.
On Sept. 29, a suicide bomber
blew himself up inside an army
bus in Kabul, killing 28 soldiers
and two civilians. In June, anoth-
er bomb ripped through a bus
carrying police instructors in
Kabul, killing 35 people.
Militants have launched more
than 133 suicide attacks this year
- a record number. At least
6,200 people have died in insur-
gency-related violence in 2007,
also a record, according to an
Associated Press tally of figures
from Afghan and Western offi-
Suicide attacks frequently tar-
get international and Afghan
security forces, but most of the
casualties are civilian passers-by.
Separately, an Afghan army
patrol clashed with Taliban fight-
ers in southern Zabul province's
Shah Joy district on Wedhesday
after the militants set up a check-
point on the main highway link-
ing Kabul to the country's south.
said Abdul Raziq, a provincial
Afghan army commander.
Ten militants were killed, and
soldiers recovered 12 motorbikes
and weapons from alongside the
bodies, Raziq said.
In Helmand province, U.S.
led coalition troops killed sever
al Taliban militants during raids
on compounds in Garmser dis-
trict, the coalition said.
The troops "targeted an indi-
vidual believed to be associated
with weapons smuggling opera-
tions in the province," it said.
"While performing a search of
one of the compounds, coalition
forces kille SL vel ai armed mili-
tant',s tic puscd an imminent
Also in the south, an explo-
sion sthu.k i, patrol of NATO-
led troops on TIuesday, leaving
one soldier dead and two others
wounded, the alliance said.
The soldiers' wounds were not
life-thieatening. the statement
NATO did not disclose the
nationalitie of 'he dead and
wounded .soldiers or the exact
location of the attack.
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By Steve Becker
Keep Your Eye on the Ball
Neither side vulnerable.
+A 107 5
4 10 6543
V 109 87
East South West North
Pass 1 NT Pass 3 NT
Opening lead four of clubs.
A declarer occasionally becomes
so engrossed with trying to make the
maximum number of tricks in a par-
ticular suit that he loses sight of the
far more important goal of making.
For example, take this deal where
West leads a low club against three
notrump. Declarer plays low from
dummy, losing to the king, where-
upon East shifts to the ten of hearts.
k'U1 YA, frW IN JCOO'1 A- iO '0i- i 3g. I' HOW many words of four
letters or more can you make
oo _from the letters shown here?
SIn making a word, each letter
43 1may be used once only. Each
.-,-must contain the centre letter
I i and there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 15; very good 22;
.. -'-- excellent 29 (or more).
9 Immediately put one, folded, round
10' Somebody going through agonies,
sadly, when I abandon (9)
12 Collar some have back to front (4)
13 Learn I can, having got inside the
14 A girl, clumsy, mum, and on the big
15 And, whileathe duo performed out-
side, passed round (6,3)
17 Hit out the other: the one after (9)
18 They brief one on paints, for a start
19 Decree there should be a hole to
drain off from (6)
20 Two bands, a small and a large, slot-
ted into place (4)
23 Compared "Top of the Pops," but
was irritated by (9)
25 Realising it's the song I composed,
can't include (9)
26 Earlier but not early enough! (4)
27 The girl got a little tipsy on wine (u)
29 Talked of, in a month, retiring; bomb-
shell that! (7)
32 Barely shifting! (9)
34 Permission to proceed, as there's
room to manoeuvre (9)
35 Sticking into the gap roughly. Isn't
tailored for (7)
36 That's a laugh, twit! Back scrubber!
37 Having a drink, love; returned from
38 What holds one back when the oth-
ers aim to enter? (9)
39 He metes out but goes without him-
1 To make trouble for, puts back the
chit, folded inside (6,2)
2 Say nothing about the residue I
allowed to borrow (6,6)
3 Birds fight when there are scraps
4 Emphasise in the article sins are
very wrong (6)
5 .The turn having been given critical
acclaim, is exalted (8)
6 Playing and, for a change, beating
7 Having managed to catch the bus,
shut up (7)
8 Right at the bottom of the bag moth-
er's packing (10)
11 A girl who's gone astray (5)
16 Young one with a twin (6)
19 Having no match when it comes to
21 What the jockey called his first job?
22 Dram I ordered and I imbibed in
23 Is critical of how one demolishes
24 Using long words and being grandil-
25 Whip round he will swindle us in (3)
28 Control the speed of the glue setting
29 Vacancy for a mountaineer (8)
30 Are cabinetmakers put upon by
31 Embarking places for soldiers with
33 Supports when one is not working
34 Those that could be dispersed by
CRYPTIC SULU I IUi40
ACROSS: 4, Salmon 7, Pawnshop 8, Epping 10, Clods 13, Clip 14, Kane 15, Hal's
16, Sty 17, P-air 19, True 21, Companion(-way) 23, Note (Eton) 24, Volt 26, Mod
27, Lead 29, Olaf 32, Sign 33, Broke 34, Tar-tar 35, Electric 36, Cygnet
DOWN: 1, Speck 2, S-woo-N 3, As-k-s 4, Spell 5, La-pp 6, Ornate 9, Pistil 1,
Law 12, Dep-O-t 13, Car-a-van 15, Hip 16, Sun 18, Amel-l-a 20, Ro-tor 21, Cod
22, No-d 23, No.-tary 25, Yak (Kay) 28, Egret 30, Lo-l-re 31, Fence 32, Stun 33,
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
12; 13 14
It does not matter what South
does on this trick the damage is
already done. His ace of hearts is
forced out, and, sooner or later, when
South gets around to leading dia-
monds, East takes the ace and con-
tinues hearts to put the contract down
one. Declarer winds up losing a dia-
mond, a club and three hearts.
South can make the contract
very easily by taking the,ace of clubs
at trick one and establishing the dia-
monds. The most he can then lose
against any distribution of the cards
is the ace of diamonds and three
Going up with the ace of clubs at
trick one should not be a hard play to
make, since nine tricks are then cer-
tain. Nevertheless, many declarers
would automatically follow low
from dummy to the opening trick
without giving the matter much
The more cautious declarers
would not risk losing the contract in
order to try to gain an extra club trick
or two by following low from
dummy. Rather, they would recog-
nize that the contract was assured if
they put up the ace, and would pro-
C Calvin & Hobbes
By LINDA BLACK
ARIES March 21/April 20
Conceit can get you into trouble, Aries,
but you seem to ignore all warnings
this week. A co-worker gets defensive
as a result. Money matters seem bleak
reconcile bank accounts.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
A great opportunity arises on
Tuesday, but you may be too busy
to see it coming. It's best if you take
the day off to make the most of this
one-time deal. Libra is key.
GEMINI- May 22/June 21
You haven't been feeling your best,
Gemini, and this week probably will
be no better. Relax, lay low for a
while and try to recuperate. A special
friend drops by for a visit.
CANCER- June 22/July 22
It seems you've gotten yourself
into another work bind. You just
can't seem to find a place to work
that interests you, Cancer. Keep
looking; don't settle for just any-
thing. Aquarius helps out.
LEO July 23/August 23
Have you been feeling lonely, Leo? It
might be time to invite over some
friends to help beat the pre-winter
blues. Thursday seems a good day for
a late dinner. Romance could follow!
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Too many road trips have put wear
on your car, Virgo. You just made
the investment, so take it easy for
a while. Tuesday is a good day for
relaxation something you need.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
You've decided to jump in and
finally get that pesky task done
that's been haunting you. Good for
you! Wednesday is an uneventful
day, so sleep in and enjoy it.
SCORPIO -L Oct 24/Nov 22
A better mood keeps you lively this
week, Scorpio. When you're on a
roll no one can match your work
effort, so make sure the boss sees all
of your hard work.
SAGITrARIUS-Nov 23/Dec 21
It seems you've been pondering
starting a new business. Remember,
being self-employed has its benefits
but also several downfalls con-
sider them carefully. Capricorn is
the one to watch out for this week.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
A trip to the doctor has you mending some
of your wild ways, Capricorn. Now is not
the time for fun and games, but concenna-
tion on setting a course for your future.
Expect Friday to be very exciting.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
No plans for your birthday,
Aquarius? Why not think creatively
and coordinate a hiking trip with
friends. The countryside looks beauti-
ful snow-covered. Virgo will help.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Have you been waiting for some
good luck to come your way, Pisces?
Well, this week it just may arrive in
the form of an overdue check. Spend
the money wisely, but have fun.
515 16 17
823 24 25
26 27 28293
S So-. O 6 oB On
9 Team running event
10 Chatty (9)
12 Wooden shoe (4)
13 Bomb hole (6)
14 Perform surgery (7)
15 Usually (2,7)
17 Hypocritical (9)
18 Short growllh of beard
19 Main circus tent (3,3)
20 Atmosphere (4)
23 Slaying power (9)
25 Happen, occur (4,5)
26 Sea eagle (4)
27 Feeling of resentment
29 Pricklv olant (7)
32 Discolours (9)
34 Initial advantage (4,5)
35 Encounter unexpect-
36 Bursts out (6)
37 Public school (4)
38 Insipid (9)
39 Recklessly bold per-
1 Having great value
2 Without warning
3 Wedding (8)
4 Middle (6)
5 British money (8)
6 Thoroughbred horses
7 Greek restaurant (7)
8 Slow down (10)
11 Senseless (5)
16 Cinders (6)
19 Cricket extra (3)
21 Not much to look at
22 Cleaves (6)
23 Body of voters (10)
24 Foreign country (5,5)
25 Foot digit (3)
28 Scatter (8)
29 Renegades (8)
30 Ensnare, enmesh (8)
31 Trailblazer (7)
33 Encircles (5)
34 Pursues relentlessly
Viktor Korchnoi v Ilia Smirin,
Pivdenny Bank Cup, Odessa 2007.
The legendary Korchnoi survived
the wartime siege of Leningrad
with the aid of ration books from
dead relatives, fought his way to
the international top, defected from
the Soviet Union, then twice met
Anatoly Karpov for the world
crown. Now, at age 76, he still
competes in top tournaments,
fortified by a caviar-rich diet. Here
as White (to move) Korchnoi is a
pawn ahead, but many players
would prefer Black since the white
army is crammed awkwardly in the
south-east of the chessboard.
Certainly you would expect a long
struggle from such a position, but
Korchnoi had foreseen a clever
trick. Just one move, and Black had
to resign. What happened
ACROSS: 4, Thumbs 7, Innuendo 8, Trendy 10, Cache 13, Bees 14, Site 15, Temp
16, Let 17, Lean 19, Apes 21, Spare tyre 23, Pass 24, Fuse 26, Bog 27, Emit 29,
Sure 32. Flat 33, Aster 34, Repast 35, Cashmere 36. Stitch
DOWN; I, Discs 2, Enact 3, Here 4, Totem 5, Uses 6, Budges 9, Repays I1, Air 12,
Helps 13, Benefit 15, Tar 16, Lee 18, Easels 20, Press 21, Sag 22, Tut 23,
Potent 25, Ore 28, Match 30, Utter 31, Erred 32, Fast 33, Ache
1 i, i d f I C h
Chess: 8486: 1 Nl! Resigns. White threatens both 2
RxeS+ and 2 Nxd3. If l...Rxel 2 NxdI folks qiieei
an(d rook so wins at least ,i bislho,
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THE drenching rains and howl-
ing winds were gone but flood-
ing concerns persisted Wednes-
day, as anxious residents waited
for waters to recede so they could
see what was .left after this week's
fierce storm, according to Associ-
The storm, which killed at least
seven people as it battered the
Pacific Northwest before moving
on Tuesday, left behind flooded
homes, fallen trees and washed-
out roads, including the region's
largest highway. On Wednesday,
the storm continued pushing east,
dumping snow across the Mid-
Some were spending Wednes-
day looking for the lost. In the
Lewis County town of Winlock, a
dive team planned to search nor-
mally tiny Wallers Creek for
Richard Hiatt, 81, believed to
have been swept away when a
bank gave out from underneath
"It happened so quickly,"
daughter-in-law Sharon Hiatt said
Tuesday as searches continued.
"That's the only possibility, that
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he fell into the creek."
In many coastal areas, lights
were slowly coming back on
Wednesday morning, said
Aberdeen police Detective
George J. Kelly, a spokesman at
the Grays Harbor County emer-
gency command center.
Kelly couldn't provide exact
numbers, but said at least half of
downtown Aberdeen had elec-
tricity and Grays Harbor Com-
imunity Hospital no longer'had to
rely on emergency generators.
Tens of thousands were without
power in Oregon and Washington
state at the height of the storm.
National Guard troops were
summoned early Wednesday
morning to help evacuate a 20-
unit trailer park near Elma threat-
ened by the flooding Chehalis
River, Kelly said.
Floodwaters about 90 miles
west of Seattle were also
approaching U.S. Highway 12, a
principal link to the Puget Sound
area, Kelly said.
As the water started to rise out-
side their Lewis County home,
Terry Roberts moved his cars to
higher ground, shepherded his
wife and two children into their
RV and hit the road.
They didn't get far.
"We were on dry road and all
of a sudden, the water started
swirling around," Roberts said,
standing with his wife in a tem-
porary shelter in Chehalis after
being rescued by a Coast Guard
helicopter. "That's when we got
on the CB and called for help."
Roberts, 64, was among the
hundreds who fled their homes
after the storm.
Gov. Chris Gregoire, who
toured the ravaged region by heli-
copter Tuesday, touched down at
a high school shelter in Chehalis
and offered encouragement to the
roughly 40 people staying there.
She also ordered a plane to
deliver food and emergency sup-
plies to the high school in Po Ell,
about 25 miles to the west,
because the roads were blocked
"It's hard to comprehend 5- to
10-feet under until you see those
houses." Gregoire said.
The governor also flew to the
water's ed1e oin Intlelstate 5,
which has been tshut down since
Monday at Centralia because of
flooding. AI on, poinl Tuesday,
officials said a three-mile section
of the road was liunder as muLch
as 10 feet iof water Iinm tihe sturg-
ing ('hchalis River.
The interstate, which is the
main nlorth-lsouth route Ibetween
Portland, ()re.. and Scattle. was
expected to be closed at least
In TillmioLd, ()re,.. home to
large daii\s cttllc herds. the smell
of manure wVas pervasive as shop-
keepers downtown sho\ elcd out
At the Wilson River RV Park,
one vehicle w, as on ii.s side. and
others wcie in mud 6 inches to 8
SBen and Anianda Beal had
moved to a motel with their two
young children when police noti-
fied everyone there to e\ acuate.
.lust as they left the parking lot,
waves swelled ox. cr highway 101.
"'I thou,'ht wcr1 going to be
swept a\\a\.- said Amianda Beal.
"You could feel the water push-
ing the Blazer. The winds xere
blowing at 100 miles per hour.
"We just panicked," Ben Beal
With 1-5 closed, state officials
were recommending a lengthy
detour Inte state 90 across the
Cascade mountains and down
U.S. 97 through central Wash-
ington to the Oregon border a
route that roughly doubles the
three-hour trip from Seattle to
David Dye. Washington state's
deputy transportation secretary.
said workers were cleaning up
lots of debris "garbage, tires.
dead rats everywhere" -- while
they waited for the water to
On the edge ot downtown Cen-
tralia. waist-high water the color
of chocolate milk co\ ered streets
as police used small boats to get
to houses in flooded neighbor-
More than 300 people had to
be rescued in l.cwis unitv.
many being plucked off their
rooftops bx helicopter. Sheriff
Steve Mansfield said.
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Washington and Oregon
residents fight to save
their homes from muddy
waters after killer storm
N By CARA
SHOPPING plaza devel-
opments in Nassau are on
the increase, particularly in
the western and southern
districts, realtors confirmed
to Tribune Business yester-
day, due to population
growth and an influx of
entrepreneurs into the retail
Paul Ritchie, of Paul
Ritchie Real Estate, said one
"cannot help but notice the
amount of attractive com-
mercial. properties that have
been developed over the last
"There is," he said, "an
ongoing demand for retail
space, which is being fuelled
by more and more Bahami-
ans setting up shop to cater
to the retail market."
Mr Ritchie added that
areas such as East Shirley
Street and the northern end
of Kemp Road were under-
going a transformation, with
new and upgraded commer-
cial properties, especially
along the strip of Shirley
Street that runs from the
intersection of Kemp and
Fowler Streets down to the
Mackey Street junction.
He said there was fso6
phenomenal growth of shop
and retail space along
Carmichael Road, from Blue
Hill Road almost right down
to Bacardi Road.
Mr Ritchie said there will
probably be an accelerated
trend of commercial and res-
idential development in the
western area of New Provi-
dence, especially when indi-
vidual lot owners in gated
subdivisions such as West
Winds, Yuma and Indigo
start to develop their lots.
"All'things being equal, I
expect the existing trend of
growth in the housing and
commercial sectors to con-
SEE page 10
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007 N r N A T N A
Bahamas First sells 20%
stake to Canadian firm
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMAS First Holdings,
the parent of Bahamian gener-,
al insurer Bahamas First, is set
to sell a 20 per cent stake to a
major Canadian insurer, a move
likely to bolster its capital base
by just over $10 million.
The Tribune can reveal that
Bahamas First Holdings is due
to sell around seven million
ordinary shares to The Eco-
nomical Insurance Group,
which bills itself as "one of the
largest property and casualty
insurance companies in Cana-
da", giving that firm a 20 per
cent stake in the company.
. Insurance industry sources
told The Tribune that The Eco-
nomical Insurance Group was
set to buy-in to Bahamas First
Holdings at a price of $1.49 per
share, meaning that the total
price paid is likely to be around
Given that this is for a 20 per
cent stake, it would value
Bahamas First Holdings at
The Economical Insurance Group
to buy-in to Bahamian general
insurer, with sources saying seven
million share deal valued at $1.49
per share and worth $10.43m
around $52.15 million.
Details on the deal were
being announced to Bahamas
First shareholders at an Extra-
ordinary General Meeting
(EGM) yesterday evening as
The Tribune went to press.
When contacted yesterday by
The Tribune, lan Fair, Bahamas
First Holdings' chairman, said
of The Economical Insurance
Group deal: "We have an
Extraordinary General Meet-
ing with our shareholders this
evening. We will withhold com-
ment until we have communi-
cated with our shareholders."
The 'EGM, previously
revealed by The Tribune, was
called to seek shareholder
approval for Bahamas First
Holdings to amend its Memo-
randum of Association, allowing
it to increase its authorised
share capital from $5.35 million
to $5.4 million through the cre-
ation of another five. million
common shares with par value
of $0.01 per share.
Shareholders were also being
asked to approve amendments
to Bahamas First's Articles of
Association as a result of the
increase in share capital.
Hilton marina project
embroiled in lawsuit
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A LAWSUIT has been fi.d
against the British Colonial
Hilton's holding company and
the resort's two major share-
holders over the multi-million
dollar marina/resort develop-
ment that was supposed to be
constructed on land adjacent to
the resort, a move that could
impact plans to revitalise a key
part of downtown Nassau.
New York-based Island
Global Yachting (IGY) has ini-
tiated legal action in New York
against the British Colonial
Development Company, and its
two major shareholders, Adu-
non In% estment Management, a
'b'outi que Swiss/UK investment
house, and the Canadian Com-
mercial Workers Industry Pen-
sion Plan (CCWIPP), after its
attempts to bring the project to
fruition collapsed amid acrimo-
ny and fingerpointing by both
Also named as defendants in
the lawsuit are understood to
be Adurion's parent company
and Allen & Company, the
Florida-based firm that has
been acting as a broker for
CCWIPP in its efforts to sell its
Bahamas-based assets, namely
the British Colonial Hilton and
the South Ocean Golf & Beach
Sources close to the situation
SEE page 12
Bahamas First Holdings cur-
rently has an authorised share
capital of 35 million common
shares, but only 28,785,572 mil-
lion have been fully issued to
This means that the remain-
der are likely to be issued to
The Economical Insurance
Group, along with a small por-
tion of the five million shares
likely to have been created at
last night's EGM. Some 4.214
million shares will be left in the
Insurance industry sources
suggested that a substantial pro-
portion of the proceeds from
The Economical Insurance
Group's buy-in would be used
to repay a $6 million loan that
Bahamas First Holdings
obtained from Bank of Butter-
field in 2006.
That loan was used to bolster
Bahamas First's capital base,
after the international insurance
credit rating agency, A.M. Best,
had expressed concerns that the
company's premium growth was
outpacing its capital.
Still, Bahamas First's capital
base is likely to receive a wel-
come $4.43 million boost. Cap-
ital is critical for insurance com-
panies, as possessing more of it
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SEE page 10
* By NEIL HARTNELL
TRADE unions are "dia-
metrically opposed" to using
biometric fingerprints as a
means of recognizing
Bahamian employees when
they 'clock in and out' of
work, a labour leader told
The Tribune, due to uncer-
tainty over whether the data
collected could be used for
Obie Ferguson, attorney
and Trades Union Congress
(TUC) president, said: "We
are diametrically opposed to
fingerprinting because we
are not certain that the fin-
gerprint is for the purpose
they say it is for.
"With technology being
what it is today, that infor-
mation can be transmitted
all over the world in a mat-
ter of seconds.
"Technology can be made
to say what you want it to
say, and achieve what you
want it to achieve. We are
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TIF THRIR INF
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Court of Appeal has
ordered a foreign law firm and
its Bahamian attorneys to pay
$10,000 as security for costs,
not the $130,000 originally
required, in a case that raised
The court made the order in
relation to an interlocutor
issue where Brian Simms, head
of litigation at the Lennox
Paton law firm, argued that it
was unconstitutional and dis-
criminatory for Bahamian
courts to require litigants to
provide security for costs sim-
ply be-cause they were not
incorporated in this jurisdic-
Mr Simms was representing
the law firm Michael Wilson &
Partners, which has offices in
the British Virgin Islands and
Kazakhstan, in a case where the
substantive issues relate to the
other party, a Thomas Ian Sin-
clair, being given leave to serve
his client outside the jurisdic-
tion of the Bahamas.
In its verdict on the security
for costs issue, the Court of
Appeal noted that the sum of
$130,000 had originally been
It ruled: "We have consid-
ered the arguments on both
sides, and we have decided that
Mr Simms having accepted the
prin,_iple f security for costs
before the Registrar and, in
fact, having indicated to us that
he had offered to put $10.000 as
additional security, we think
$10,000 is adequate and rea-
"We )rder that additional
security in the sum of $10,000
be placed before the Registrar
by c:'h or bond, Mr Simms, by
December 31, 2007. as security
for costs of the appeal."
Mr Simms had argued that
the requirements of providing
security for costs a form of
bond of the opposing party
upfront would not be asked of a
Bahamian company, and
claimed that the particular
request imposed upon Michael
Wilson & Partners was only a
manoevere to frustrate pro-
ceedings before the courts in
The same requirements are
not demanded of Bahamian lit-
igants, he had argued, meaning
that the demand imposed on
foreign participants in Bahami-
an legal actions was unconsti-
tutional and discriminatory.
The rationale behind
demanding security for costs
from foreign litigants is that it
acts as a kind of performance
bond, or guarantee, that the
other side's legal costs will
defrayed if the foreign party
flees the Bahamas.
Mr Simms had alleged that
to even look at the assets of a
foreign company was unconsti-
tutional, and to ask about the
laws of the country they were
incorporated in was discrimi-
natory as well.
Michael Scott, of Callenders
and Co, appearing for Mr Sin-
clair, had argued that it was
appropriate to ask for security
for costs given that the assets of
the company in question were
not based in the Bahamas. He
said the key issue was whether
the litigant in question had any
assets in the Bahamas, not
whether it was incorporated
Mr Scott had alleged that
there were six legal actions out-
standing against Michael Wil-
son & Partners, and argued that
in at least one case there was
difficulty in getting a settle-
The case before the Court of
Appeal relates to a dispute over
shares in an entity listed on the
UJK's Alternative Investment
Market (AIM), which are reg-
istered in the name of a
Bahamian International Busi-
ness Company (IBC).
Michael Wilson & Partners
is alleging that it is the true
owner of these shares through a
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The British developers of the
proposed Port St. George
investment plan to use available
land in the Stella Maris area for
the construction of the project,
which will include an 18-hole
signature golf course and a
marina. Construction comple-
tion is scheduled for 2015.
Plans for the development
were outlined to Long Islanders
at a town meeting at the gov-
ernment high school in Simms,
on November 27, 2007.
The proposed developers also
announced plans for another
resort for the Stella Maris area
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together with Port St. George
will open opportunities for hun-
dreds of jobs, both during the
construction and post-construc-
More than 400 persons
attended, and many questions
were asked on issues such as
dredging, road elevation, antiq-
nities, solid waste and the recon-
figuration of the (Oueen's High-
lan Moorcroft, a director of
Port St George, said: "We are in
the planning stages. We hope
to get approval by next East-.
He told Long. Islanders that
the developers are hoping to
break ground by autumn 2008.
Keith Bishop, of Islands By
Design, said he had been
engaged to do the Environment
Impact Assessment (EIA), and
reported that he saw a number
of areas that needed redesign-
Sidney Collie, minister of
lands and local government,
assured Long Islanders that "no
significant investment" will
come to'these islands without
the Government coming direct-
ly to the people, "and as clearly
and as concisely as possible,
apprise the people of the pro-
He added that "before the
first soil is turned and the first
brick is laid, you would know
what is coming to your island
and whether you welcome such
Earl Deveaux, minister of
public works and transport, said
the airport at Stella Maris was
undergoing expansion, and
work would soon begin to com-
plete the terminal building and
meet International Civil Avia-
tion Organisation (ICAO) stan-
dards for international securi-
He said Long Island will
shortly have an improved Stella
Maris airport in the north to
accommodate the proposed
Mr Deveaux emphasised that
"it is not likely we will have
enough space in the north for a
7,000-foot runway, but we will
accommodate short-haul air-
craft. In the partnership that we
seek to develop in Long Island,
if you need a longer airport we
will invite you to Deadman's
The minister said the Gov-
ernment intends to complete
the dock in Long Island.
He added: "It is my duty to
tell you that we have selected a
spot in Long Island we feel
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PERFORMANCE BASED BONUS PAYMENTS, PENSION
BENEFITS AND MEDICAL COVERAGE.
Interested Bahamian candidates should forward a copy of
their resume to:
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Fax:(242) 325-0911 or
E-mail:smn ith @experta.bs
targets fall '08 ground-break
round dockage, the low main-
tenance of the sand movement
and deep water sheltered har-
bour. We are looking at the
area where BEC (the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation) cur-
rently is, so we have room for
"We will go to bids as soon as
the designs are completed on
Mr Deveaux told Long
Islanders that as a result of the
recent passage of Tropical
Storm Noel, "we have had to
re-prioritise our road infra-
He indicated that Long Island
was already high on the sched-
ule for sea walls construction,
repairs to the dock at Simms
and additional infrastructure
He said the Government now
has before it a list of Family
Island roads "so that we can
make some choices in the sense
that Cat Island, Long Island and
Exuma Itad exceptionally high
flooding and unexpected dam-
age to their roads. We had to
shift our priorities around so
that we could accommodate
repairs as a result of the flood-
Larry Cartwright, minister of
agriculture and marine
resources, who is the MP for
Long Island, said: "I believe
that Port St. George will be
something great for Long
Island. And, based on what I
have heard over the last few
weeks and the amount of excite-
ment this has generated, I
believe Long Islanders are now
ready to accept Port St.
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SI ,., The subject property
, ";^ con-sisting of 8,400
square feet is
developed with a
split leveled home
with 1925 square
feet of floor area on
4: the ground floor, a
porch area of 437
square feet and
Second floor area of
735 square feet. The
building is of sound construction and completed in its entirety. The
ground floor comprises 2 bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen, dining and
family room. The second floor comprises two bedrooms, one bath, living
and dining areas.
Directions to property: Heading East on Soldier, turn left onto first paved
road opposite Lowes Wholesale, 2nd to last house on the road with
chain linked fence.
SANDYPORT Appraisal: $300,000.00
All that lot of land having an area of 9,626 square feet, being lot number 40,
of the subdivision known as SandyPort, situate in the Western District of
New Providence. The property is irregular in shape, is on a level grade and
zoned as single family residential. An electrical connection outlet is located
near the property. The property is located on Sandy Port Drive just on the
bend before Governor's Cay on the Southern Side of the road.
No. 17 WESTRIDGE ESTATES
All that lot of land having an
t area of 30000 square feet,
being lot Number 17 of the
subdivision known as
Westridge Estates Addition.
Situate in the Western District
on the island of New
Located on the subject
S property is a newly
constructed single story
structure comprising 6,000
.,. 4 feet of living space with a
three Car Garage.
The building is 75% completed and comprises five bedrooms, four and a
half baths study, living/dining, -family room, kitchen, laundry and
Location: From SuperValue West Bay, take the road heading west into
Westridge, take the first corner on the Right, Westridge Drive. Subject
property will be about the seventh on the right hand side of the road.
FAIRWAY MANOR CONDOMINIUM Appraisal: $73,000.00
Apartment 402, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
Lot 4, Block GN, Edward Birch Curt, Bahamian North
GREENING GLADE SUBDIVISION Appraisal: $75,000.00
All that piece parcel and lot of land described as lot 7 block 21,
Albacore Drive, Victoria Place and Mid Chipman Road, Unit 2,
Greening Glade Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama. The lot
contains 20,580 sq. ft. and zoned as multi-family residential.
LOT No. 20, BLOCK 1, UNIT 3
FORTUNE POINT SUBDIVISION
All that lot of vacant land having an area of 12,650 sq. ft. being lot No.
20, Block 1 Unit 3 of the Subdivision known and designated as Fortune
Point Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Duplex property zoning with
a rectangle shape.
LINCOLN GREEN, CANEBY CLOSE Appraisal: $38,500.00
Unit 5, Block 17, Lot #48 Single family residence, Clearwater Close.
Located on fresh water canal. Approximately 17,404 sq. ft.
LOT No. 37 BLOCK 33
CHURCHILL COURT, BAHAMIA MARINA
& BAHAMIA 4 SUBDIVISION, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $337,000.00
All that lot of land having an area of 16,533 sq. ft. being lot No. 37
of the subdivision known and designated as Bahamia Marina and
Bahamia Section 4 Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Located
on this property is a structure comprising a 3 year old duplex
structure which covers approximately (3,058) square feet.
Apartment consisting of two 2-bedrooms, 2-bathroom with private
Jacuzzi in master bath, spacious living and dining room, full service
kitchen, a laundry and utility room, foyer/hallway with linen and
storage closet. The property is fully secured by six foot plastic
coated chain-link fence runs along the side and rear and adjoins the
painted 4 foot wall, with 5 foot pillars at front with electronic gate.
PORTION OF MURPHY TOWN CROWN
ALLOTMENT, MURPHY TOWN, ABACO.
S .- The property is 89 x 100 ft
and rectangular in shape.
The land is elevated
I approximately 15 ft above
road level and
Si i approximately 25 ft above
sea level. Located on this
property is a twenty-year-
i old three bedroom, two
bathroom, living, dining,
kitchen and laundry room house. The structure ,requires much
DUPLEX IN LOT 6625
BAHAMA SOUND No. 8, EA
Trapezium shaped lot 35
ft. above sea level
comprising 10,000 sq. ft.
Situated thereon is a 10-
year-old single storey
duplex, .2 bed, 1 bath,
area and porch.
(Building is in need of
EXUMA Appraisal: $673,075.00
CASTELRAG ESTATES, LOTS 129 & 130
EXUMA HARBOUR SUBDIVISION
The subject property is located
on Kingway Road and is
developed with an area of
20,000 square feet. Situated
thereon is a residence
comprised of 3,645 square feet
of living accommodations,
inclusive of 4 bedrooms, 2
baths, with laundry and utility
'. spaces and a two bedroom one
bath guest cottage of 600
square feet. The property is
fenced with white picket fencing and has a Gazebo at the highest portion
of the property.
PARCEL OF LAND, PALMETTO POINT
ELEUTHERA Appraisal: $112,105.00
All that piece, parcel or lot of land 2,743 feet East of the junction of the
Palmetto Point road and main Eleuthera Highway containing 2.45 acres.
This site encompasses a 28-year-old single storey concrete structure of
approximately 832 square feet of enclosed floor space inclusive of shop
space and rest room facilities.
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F S S L he-riun- .O
(Lot No. 62, Lower Bogue)
i tAll that piece parcel or lot of land and
improvements, in the settlement of Lower
Bogue, North Eleuthera, being No. 62,
... comprising of about 34,210 sq. ft., this site
4 .* encompasses a 12 year old single storney home
comprising of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front
.. ... .- room, dining, breakfast room, kitchen and
laundry room, with a total living area of
approximately 2,342.06. Property also includes a double car garage, and front entrance
with a total sq. ft. of approximately 655.75. This home is approximately 85% completed.
The property is well landscaped with crab grass, fiascos and some fruit trees.
Lot no. 21 all utilities available 10 year old single
story house, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom, living
room, dining area, family room, kitchen, study,
laundry and an entry porch.
Heading west along Soldier Road take main entrance to Kennedy Subdivision on the
left, then take the 1st corner on the left then 1st right, house is second on your right
This property is situated on the western side of Eleuthera Highway in the settlement of
Investment Opportunity Must
Sell Lot No. 217 Pinewood
___ All that lot of land having an area of 5,000 sq ft,
being Lot No. 217 of the Subdivision known as
Pinewood Gardens, the said subdivision situated
in the Southern District of New Providence
Bahamas. Located on this property is a structure
comprising of an approximately 20 yr old single
family residence consisting of 992 sq. ft of
enclosed living space with 3-bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living/dining rooms, kitchen, drive way and
walk way. The land is on a grade and level and appears to be sufficiently elevated to disallow
the possibility of flooding. The grounds are fairly kept and yard is open.
Traveling south on East Street to the junction of Soldier Road, make a left at the light then turn
right into Kennedy Subdivision, go all the way to T-junction, turn right then first left then right
again toward Mount Tabor Church building, after passing Mount Tabor take first left sapodillaa blvd),
the subject house is about 400 yards on the right painted yellow trimmed green, with green and
.. LOT NO. 1490
All that lot of land having
- an area of 6,000 sq. ft.
...: being lot no. 1490 of the
subdivision known and
designated as Golden Gates, the said subdivision situated in the southwestern district of New
Providence, bahamas. This property is comprised of a 25 yer old single family residence consisting
of approximately 2,480 sq. ft. of enclosed living space with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, living,
dining rooms and kitchen. The land is on a grade and level, however the site appears to be sufficiently
elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods of the year. The
grounds are fairly kept, ith improvements including driveway, walkway and low shrubs. Yard is
enclosed on one side wth a 5 foot chain linked fencing and a low cement block wall to the front.
Traveling west on Carmichael Road turn left then right onto the service road opposite Bahamas Faith
Ministries Complex, then first left again after passing clico and pre-school. The subject house is the
6th house left painted green trimmed white.
LOT NO. #7, BOILING
0 1 U Wi11 All that piece parcel or lot of land and
A improvements situated on the Island of
Eleuthera, North of Governor's Harbour,
comprising of Lot No. 7 in the Boiling
.e'__, .'- Hole Subdivision and comprising of
S.e- -''T ] approximately 10,000 sq. ft., this site
encompasses a 17 years old duplex with
each unit consisting of 2-bedrooms; 1
bathroom, frontroom, diningroom and kitchen with a gross floor area of approximately 1,474.20
sq. ft. and covered porch area of approximately 164.70 sq. ft. this duplex was built in
accordance with the plan and specification as approved, and at a standard that was acceptable
to the Ministry Of Public Works. This structure is in good condition. Each apartment could
be rented at $800.00 per month. The land is landscaped and planted with ficus trees, but
needs some manicuring.
Lot No. 130, St. Andrews
l All that lot of land having an area of 8,100
sq ft. being lot no. 130, of the subdivision
known and designated as st. andrews beach
estates, the said subdivision situated in the
-- eastern district of New Providence,
S.Babamas. located on the subject property
is a structure comprising of anapproximately
,gyr old duplex.
Traveling east on yamacraw hill road take the third corner right, with sign for st andrews
beach estates, then take first left, then first right, the subject property is the 2nd property
on the left side painted beige trimmed orange.
Lot No. 3 Yamacraw
S t All that lot of land having an area of 10,000 sq
ft, being lot no. 3 in Yamacraw Beach Estates,
in the said subdivision situated in the eastern
district of New Providence Bahamas. Located
on the subject property is a single-storey triplex
building comprising of 3 units with two 2-
bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living, dining, kitchen
apartments unit and one unit being used as a
barber and beauty salon, the land is on a grade
and level; however the site appears to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of
flooding during annual heavy rainy periods of the year.
Traveling south on Fox Hill Road, go pass Yamacraw Hill Road and Joe Farrington
Road. The subject property is located on the left hand side of Fox Hill road painted white
Lot No. 1056 Pinewood
All that lot of land having an area of 5,000
sq ft, being lot no. 1056 of the subdivision
known as Pinewood Gardens, the said
subdivision situated in the southern district
of New providence Bahamas. Located on
this property is a structure comprising of
an approximately 10yr old single family
residence consisting of approximately 1,205
sq. ft of enclosed living space with 3-
bedrooms with closets, 2-bathroom, linen closet, living, dining rooms, kitchen and
covered front porch. the land is slightly elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding.
the grounds are fairly kept.
Traveling south on East Street to Sapodilla Boulevard, turn right at thatch Palm Street,
turn left onto Rosewood Street, the subject property is the second on the right hand
side painted blue trimmed white.
Lot B, Marigold Farm Road Allotment 67
All that lot of vacant land having an area of 1,173 acres and being referred to as the plot. the property is lot No. B and is situated on Mariguld Farm Road in the area known as
Allotment 67, a subdivision situated in the south eastern district of New Providence Bahamas. This property is zoned multi family.
Traveling from Joe Farrington Road onto Marigold Farm Road heading south. The subject is th 2nd to last property on the left hand side of the' road near the pond.
Rainbow Subdivision Lot No. 3, Block 27
All that vacant lot of land having an area of approximately 14,052.59 sq. ft. being lot no. 3, block 27, section b, of Rainbow Subdivision with residential zoning. This property is bounded about
103.44 ft north by Queens Highway, and 137.02 ft. East and about 99.94, ft south of Rainbow Hill Circle. 139.91 ft West. All utilities and services available.
Appraisal: $37, 440.00
All that lot of land having an area of approximately 258,064 sq. ft. This property is yet to reach its highest and best use. It is ideally suited to single or multi-family development as is the nature of
surrounding properties within the community. The site may also serve well as a commercial site as the area remains un-zoned the property remains largely in its original state. It is covered with low
brush and broad leaf coppice vegetation intersperse with broad strands of mature Yellow Pine indigenous to the area. The property is well drained and represents no immediate flooding danger under
The subject property is vacant and is situated at the Southeastern entrance of the Community of Blackwood, Abaco. The property is undivided and comprises approximately 6 acres of a larger tract
NORTH ELEUTHERA HEIGHTS (ELEUTHERA)
Lot #20 approximately 11,200 sq. ft., and bounded on North by Early Settler Drive and South by Deal Investment Ltd., this is a single family zoning and 50 ft., above sea level. This site encompasses
a foundation with plumbing and roughing inplace and well compacked quarry fill. The concrete floor has not been poured as yet. The foundation is 2,511 sq. ft. Lot #20 situated 1.5 miles east wardly
of the Bluff Settlement. The said lot is vacant and a hill over looking the Atlantic Ocean.
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007, PAGE 7B
PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007
The Bahamian Credit Card
QUANTITY RIGHTS AND PRICES RESERVED
SPECIALS GOOD DEC. 6 DEC. 12, 2007
$ J 9
/ JERGENS \
12 oz., 6 pk.
I k i:
DOUBLE STAMPS EVERY SUNDAY.
S:lFim QUAITYISTAMPS AT BE,li,.TH .H.lE
REAKSTONI, 8 oz.
ALAXY SANDWICH, Sliced, 10 oz.
HEESE.....,.. ............... $1.49
FROSTY ACRE, 4 Ears
GREEN GIANT, Asst'd. Frozen, 16 oz.
JNNY DELSHT, 64 oz. PEPPERIDGE FARM ASST'D, 19 oz
ITRUSPUNCH.........$2.99 LAYER CAKES..............:..........$2.99
SCAP MAYER BAR-S BAR-S
SLICED MEAT JUMBO
MEAT OR CHICKEN
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FROM page one
not sure it is going to do what
they say it is."
Mr Ferguson told The Tri-
bune that a trade union had
recently questioned a major
Bahamian resort employer on
"when the light flashes, where
does the image of the hand
go? No one explained it with
certainty to us".
"On the job, we are not
comfortable with that," Mr
Ferguson said of biometric
through, are recommending
to the Government that the
Employment Act be amend-
ed to provide for biometric
fingerprint recognition of
employees, believing that
"thousands of dollars" per
week were being added on to
company payrolls through
time card and 'clocking in'
Currently, the Employment
Act 2001 outlaws the use of
fingerprints by all Bahamian
employers, apart from those
in the casino industry.
It stipulates: "No employer
shall, as a requirement for
employment or continued
employment, require any per- keep up with advances in
son to furnish a set of his fin- technology by allowing the
gerprints or take a lie detector use of fingerprints as a means
test." of recognition."
Brian Nutt, the Bahamas Yet the Joint Labour Move-
Employer's Confederation's ment's position on biometrics,
(BECon) president, told The which is being discussed at the
Tribune that the Bahamas bi-weekly TRIFOR meetings
needed to stay abreast of at the Department of Labour,
modern technology, meaning is: "The Joint Labour Move-
it had to recognize that bio- ment is of the view that the
metric fingerprints were Act should remain [as is]
becoming increasingly com- because any change will result
mon as an employee recogni- in employees being subjected
tion tool. to the rapid advances in tech-
In his presentation to the nology and exposed to new
TRIFOR conference, Mr Nutt areas to be victimised."
said: "Advances in technology Yet Bahamian companies
have given rise to biometrics incurred extra costs and
becoming widely used as a expenses in hiring timekeep-
means of recognition, includ- ers and security guards to
ing the use of fingerprints. In watch employees clock in and
fact, there are laptop comput- out, Mr Nutt said.
ers available today that for He added there was no dan-
security purposes utilise fin- ger of stored records of
gerprint biometrics to recog- employee fingerprints falling
nise persons who are into the wrong hands.
authorised to use the comput- Biometric machines did not
er. store images of worker fin-
"We do not advocate that gerprints, instead matching
fingerprints be used for iden- the shape of their hands, fin-
tification purposes. Instead gers, eye vessels and retinas
this section of the Act should to a mathematical algorithm,
acknowledge the need to rather than storing them.
CHAIR SLIP COVERS
SINGLE POTS & FRY PANS
LADY SANDRA COMFORTER SETS GLASSWARE SETS
MONDAY DECEMBER 3RD SATURDAY DECEMBER 8TH
LOCATED: HARBOUR BAY SHOPPING CENTER
PH: 393-4440 OR 393-4448
VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Lot #90-C comprising 21,430 sq.ft. and situated on the western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,
North Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Infrastructures are in place.
For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management Managing Director's
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
BED BATH & HOME
,. ttrWmas ,aoin "a' e
BUSINESS .1 1
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007, PAGE 9B
BAB H, E6 0T
Intent To Change Name By Deed Poll
The Public is hereby advised that I, Odessa Francis of Faith
Gardens, Nassau, Bahamas, mother of LaShan Chinikue
Deborah Francis also of Faith Gardens, Nassau, Bahamas
intend to change her name to LaShan Chinikue
Deborah Pratt. 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.
We are looking for a dedicated, hardworking cook to
join our kitchen team. Must have a positive attitude,
excellent customer service skills essential.
Experience in an industrial kitchen
Certificate in Culinary Arts a plus
Food-Handlers health certificate
Salary commensurate with experience
Please fax resume to: 302-4787
Bahamas First sells 10% stake
FROM page one
tional risk, and keep a greater
percentage of premium rev-
enues on their books rather
than cede this to reinsurers.
One industry source suggest-
ed that The Economical Insur-
ance Group was likely to obtain
two seats on Bahamas First
Holdings' Board of Directors,
which apart from Mr Fair also
currently features the compa-
ny's president and chief execu-
tive, Patrick Ward; Quentin
Chisnall; John Dunkley;
accountant Graham Garner;
attorney Judy Whitehead from
Insurance the tied carrier for
Insurance Management is left
as a general insurance carrier
that is 100 per cent Bahamian-
owned. RoyalStar Assurance is
25 per cent owned by Trinidad's
Nemwil; Security & General-is
majority-owned by the Bermu-
da-based Colonial Group; and
Insurance Company of the
Bahamas (ICB), the carrier
through which J. S. Johnson
places its general insurance
business, also has substantial
foreign ownership through its
The deal with The Economi-
cal Insurance Group is likely to
Graham, Thompson & Co, and
Some in the industry, though,
queried why Bahamas First
Holdings needed to find a for-
eign partner to inject capital and
take a substantial stake, and
why its Bahamian shareholders
had not put in extra funds.
There were also questions on
why the Bahamian sharehold-
ers would want to see their col-
lective stake diluted from 100
per cent to 80 per cent, although
the compensation is likely to be
the setting of a $1.49 per share
With this deal, only Summit
Apply now to become an
Assistant Director of Sales
Minimum five (5) years in real estate sales
Strong communication skills
Strong leadership and organizational skills
Minimum of 3 years in a management role
Ability to deal with high net worth clients
Qualified applicants are asked to
fr 'fntact Nadia Stubbs in the
HuIiL'sc i Lu 2UtL-.: Department- Ext b5d42
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, 2007
West Bay Street, opposite Well's Service Stations
DOORS OPEN FOR INSPECTION
8:30 A.M. 9:30 A.M.
9:30 A.M.- 12:30 P.M.
Office Furniture, household furniture, Computer
equipment and other Supplies
Construction and miscellaneous supplies
GENERAL PUBLIC IS INVITED
All sales are final. All items are sold in
"as is" condition and there will be no
Refunds or exchanges.
Eve Bahamas First access to the
(inadian company's products,
stvices, expertise and back
ofce systems, and give it better
pu-hasing power with suppli-
T'e Economical Insurance
Grop, between 1998 and 2004,
doubled in size from $700 mil-
lion t $1.9 billion in gross writ-
ten pTmium, its website pro-
jectintthat by 2010 it will see
this figure hit $2.5 billion.
A mtual, which means it is
ownediy policyholders, not
sharehcjers, The Economical
Insurant Group is headquar-
tered i Ontario, with 19
branchesand 900 independent
brokers ross Canada.
It has sine 2,000 employees,
and focus on property, com-
mercial ad auto insurance,
with more'ian one million pol-
FROM pge one
tinue," he adde.
Another reahr, who wished
not to be name told The Tri-
bune that while'ieir company
has not seen an hirease in retail
plaza developments, they have
seen an increase in persons
wishing to purchde apartment'
complexes and dblexes.
However they dded, that
some of their sale have been
fairly large properties that could
be used for comme-ial activity
"What we are seeing is per-
sons coming in andvanting to
purchase property tit they can
live in, and rent out portion to
assist with the mortgage. What
we do see sometimes 'that per-
sons are buying largetracts of
land, in multi -zond areaa,
without saying what thy want it
for," the realtor said,
She added that in sole cases,
they may then go to te Min-
istry of Works and get building
permits for retail zonig, but
that would occur after thinitial
real estate transaction wi.com-
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Market leading, highly successful Restaurant seeks
applications from qualified individuals for position of
Restaurant and Retail Manager.
Sales and performance driven expertise is required,
combined with strong customer service oriented back
ground and successful track record in man-management, is
an essential quality desired.
Salary is commensurate with experience and market
comparable. Further benefits and bonuses provide an
extremely attractive package to the right individual.
Interested persons may apply via email ONLY to:
SERVERS, HOSTS, LINE COOKS, CLEANERS,
RETAIL SALES ASSOCIATES
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Hard Rock Cafe is hiring people like you who live without
limits and appreciate good music and great food!
Apply in person to the host stand.
No Phone calls please.
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OAGE 10B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007
, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 2007, PAGE 11 B
, ,, ,m BU .,... SS
Is ou productivity
at four-year high
-3 v., -: fliN
AP ri,.oiito,." ,i'er
W .rk : pi oductivi. roared
.,)oiad ai ;h( fastest .'aice in four
"'' 'rs ih : lflll snue .vnlic wage
p, ss ..,r-' droppedd soarplv,
ICh ..'our LU pac,: mc~I
oi.r:c ', ednesdav that pmr.-
ducti u' the amount of output
pcrx houi oi work, was up at an
annual .. f 6.3 per cent in
iji thiru .ar'ici. ihe best sh w--v"
g sin, .c ,i upininer of 2003
...f idf: .gger t.- had oeenr
Meanwhik. -wage pressu:.,-'s
.iokved with unit labor cos':,-
mopping at a rate of two .-,.
"-nt in the Ahird quarter ;lie
ogest dech.-ci in four years.
The combination of stronger
Vpoductivity growth and fewer
A. .ge pressures should ease con-
. ns about inflation at the F 'd-
- al Reserve and help clear ;ihe
av tor another cut in interest
iates next week to guard against
thl threat the economy could
azablc into a recession.
ising wages are good fe.i
:.rkers. But if higher wages
are nol accompanied by strong
pv iductivity gains, they raise
acens -mong Fed policy-
y,.aKers about inflation.
'he 6.3 per cent increase in
p: .Uctivity :' ..g~:i'i'L :A.
u. ard revisioi. "' o an initial
e i-ate rn montih ago of a 4.9
po .oni increase c reflecting the
f :._at total output was
rZ '\- higher.
...ivesior hopes have been ris-
ing ..cent days that the Fed
wi! ';a mtr 'est rates for the
ti _.-d .ime since September
wL officials hold their last
m r;.Ling of the year next Tues-
Those hopes were bolstered
by .comments last week from
Fed Ih.i ..v., B'e-. Bernaake
and Vi.c .-lhainianr Donald
Kohn. Bd-im men noted that the
economy is likely to slow con-
side':ably in the current quarter
o-ide the impact of such prob-
lems as _:enewed turbulence in
While overall economic.
growth. as measured by the
gross domestic product, roared
ahead at a 4.9 per cent rate in
the thiid quarter, the fastest
pace in four years, GDP is
r-xpected to slow to a barely dis-
cernible 1.5 per cent or even
less in the current quarter.
Growth at suth a slow pace
would increase the risks that the
country could dip into a reces-:
sion, felled by the multiple
blows of a prolonged housing
slump, a severe credit crunch,
rising energy costs and falter-
ing consumer confidence.
The Bush administration,
seeking to limit the fallout from
the housing bust, has been prod-
ding the mortgage industry to
freeze rates on a portion of the
two million subprime mortgages
thai are due to reset to higher
rates over the next two years.
The rate freeze program,
which is expected to be
announced on Thursday, would
be offered to homeowners who
have been able to keep current
with their monthly payments at
the lower introductory rates but
are judged to be unable to meet
.the sharply higher payments
when the rates reset.
State Farm asks appe
$1 million punitive
* NEW ORLEANS
STATE Farm Fire and Casualty. aski .a
federal appeals court Wednesday to th. o, i,
million punitive damage award to a Miss, Aij,
couple who sued the insurer for refusing to -ovac;
Hurricane Katrina damage to the' ho'me a co, o4-
ing to Associated Press.
A three-judge panel from the 5tn ', ,.Si
Court of Appeals heard arguments fr T ,
both sides of the case, which was. the i; nsi aiiiong
hundreds of Katrina insurance lawsuks to b tried
by a jury in .Mississippi. The court didi t ini, i
Sately rle o. State Farm's appeal.
A 'the cado, asion of January's tria.. ,.
Judge L.T. Senter Jr. took part of tie case owr .A
jurors' hands and ruled that State Fa;n was liaric
foi $223,292 in wind damage to the Biloxi home of
Norman and Genevieve Broussard.
The jury subsequently awarded S1.5 million in
punitive damages to the Broussards, S;bu
later reduced that amount to $1 million. Bik uin-
ington, Ill.-based State Farm appealed the ji. y s
verdict and several of the judge's ruiiigs.
State Farm's experts concluded that KKa-l.
storm surge was responsible for most. i ;i
the damage to the Broussards' home. 'I :i ; .il'!
ny says its policies cove' damage tron a ha ri
cane's wind but not its rising water, iuui'.,li wa .
State Farm attoricy Clarke Holland said Scoac'
made "numerous errors" in evaluating evidc :, i
als court to throw out
Id t Katu inacase
lilt a., ti ,ild'i'l tlio n ,lh wcd jlilt s lo i\\c ,h
Kil iii KIaIIiit
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S , .,>aid.
.Scii. included State t'a iii c.tdJ ii ia "'r
vy igtl.nt way" by denying the Broussaiil S
't i.. dge also s- id the company deniiicd ]iJ,,
uti .r's" Katrinii claims based on a i ". ,
,V." proiLoal that is "at odo.s with other ci
:* I'is of tl iIlsurance contract."
,ltiic ^l"n claims Sente erred when hce i '
Ohn company had to prove that the B3ros;i itl
ao: didi .. sust.,in any wind damage or l' ha ii hali
iegati. waid and water damage to tihn iwc'd
.ionI s, the 5th tCircuit's chief judge, questi' !<' e!
Vliy Seiner didn't let a jury decide whelhei Kufti
t!o wNind ..i water was responsible for destiny o in
i. n' i-tids liirnie.
d\li ', il V I'ilkitiI had tol prove is that ms rI TII
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THE CALEDONIA FUND INVESTMENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 133 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000, that the captioned
Company is in dissolution. Dissolution commenced on Decem-
ber 4, 2007 when its Articles of Dissolution were registered
by the Registrar. The Liquidator is James B. Gomez of RTA
Consultants Ltd.', P.O. Box SS-6229, 4TH Floor Centerville
House. 2nd Terrace West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
Person having debts or claims against the Company are required
to send particulars to the Liquidator on or before December
23. 2007. In default thereof they will be excluded from the
benefit of .y distribution made befoi such debts are proved.
Dated December 6. 200(.
JAMES B. GOMEZ
k: 10 Wks or 10 Saturdays
Tues & Thurs from 6pm-8pm
Saturday from 9am-1 pm
OPERATION OF FOOD COURT ON THE PROPERTY OF
THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS
The Ministry -.f .ducatiox,. Youth Sports and Culture invites
interested peisons/vendors ; a.v p and submit proposals for the
Operation and Maintenance cf a a od Court on the Ground Floor in
the Mmnistry of Educatior Youth, Sports and Culture Building,
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
The applicant(s)/vendor should possess, good food preparation and
servi e skills, a valid Ministry of Health Food Handlers Certificate and
be prepared to submit: the following:
1. A proposal for the daily upeiation and management,of the
food couri inclusive of:'
Draft Menu Selection including a variety of healthy,
nutritious dishes which will encourage .good eating
habits and practices;
The foods/dishes offered should be well balanced
and include a variety of food groups, freshly
prepared aesthetically appealing;
The selected vendor will be expected to maintain a
'an, attractive and sanitary environment.
Food receptacles should be suitable and compatible with the foods
sold with appropriate temperature controls to prevent cross
contamination and the possibility of food poisoning.
Proposals should be submitted on or before 31st December, 2007 and
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
Nassau, The Bahamas
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said the defendants vigorously
denied the allegations in IGY's
lawsuit, which would be
defended, and they were
preparing to file a counter-
The lawsuit, which was ini-
tially filed in the State Court of
New York, was moved to the
Federal Court in New York
about one month ago following
efforts by the defendants'
attorneys. New York was cho-
sen as the jurisdiction where
any disputes over the mari-
na/resort project would be
arbitrated/litigated when the
parties signed the initial agree-
ment for the project.
It is unclear what impact
IGY's move to litigation will
have on efforts by the British
Colonial Development Com-
pany, Adurion and CCWIPP
to find a new partner to take
over the project, which was
part of the vision held by
Canadian Ron Kelly when he
acquired the British Colonial
Hilton in the late 1990s.
It is understood that IGY
has not yet attempted to attach
a lien to the land, and one
source close to the Hilton and
its owners said the lawsuit "will
not affect our ability to go for-
The Tribune was told that
the resort and its owners were
now talking to Camper &
Nicholson about taking on the
project and the five-to-six acre
site just to the west of the
British Colonial Hilton, which
is being valued at between $20-
IGY's decisiori to withdraw
from the project is also a set-
back to efforts to revitalize
downtown Nassau and West
Bay Street, a project that was
started by the previous admin-
istration administration and
seems likely to be taken on,- in
some form by the Ingraham
Vincent Peet, the former
minister of financial services
anid investments in the Christie
government, said yesterday of
the IGY project: "We thought
that any investment we had in
train was good for the coun-
try, so we'd like to see them
Acknowledging that he did
not have all the facts relating
to the IGY project's status, Mr
Peet said: "Once in litigation,
any Government would have
to await the outcome, and we'd
certainly like to see it
He added: "It was a very
progressive project, and would
have done a lot for the coun-
try. It was an integral part, a
critical part, of helping us
develop west of the.Hilton.
"It would have done a lot to
help bring life and business to
downtown..... It would have
been an expansion of the
Hilton project, and brought a
new sense of life and excite-
ment to downtown, both to
help employment and the
Mr Peet said: "Any- new gov-
ernment should move, as
we've said for quite a while,
on projects that were left in
train that could benefit the
Bahamian economy and peo-
ple. This government has not
done that, and the country has
Most of the negotiations on
the IGY project took place
when the Christie government
was in office, and a major fac-
tor in its failure may have been
that the parties took too long
to close the deal.
Talks were ongoing for
almost three years, The Tri-
bune understands, and the ini-
tial contract allowed both sides
to walk away from the deal if it
was not concluded Within two
years an option that Adurion,
CQ.WIPP,and tkerijJtpn ulti-
There is a time when all
deals are 'hot', but if the two
parties do not consummate the
transaction then, it often goes
cold. Despite numerous meet-
ings and conference calls
between IGY and Adurion
executives, they were not able
to agree'terms on a new deal.
The Tribune reported earli-
er this year how the Canadian
Commercial Workers Industry
Pension Plan (CCWIPP) sold a
majority stake in the British
Colonial Hilton's holding com-
pany to Adurion Investment
Management, a boutique
Swiss/UK investment house.
Adurion itself has made a
more-than $30 million invest-
meht commitment to revitalise
the hotel, including a $15 mil-
lion refurbishment pro-
gramme, after taking control
of the British Colonial Devel-
opment Company from its
Canadian pension fund part-
The IGY project had
'approval in principle' from the
Government before the Adu-
rion purchase was closed.
IGY's chairman and chief
executive, Andrew Farkas,
previously told The Tribune
that the project ran into trou-
ble after Adurion allegedly
tried to alter the terms of the
He said then: "Right now,
it's in limbo because Adurion
and the pension fund who own
the property, and have a joint
venture deal with IGY, decid-
ed they wanted to change the
"The Government had
approved everything, and our
deal with the pension fund was
fine. Everything was in great
shape, but then three weeks
later the pension fund decided
to take on a new partner...."
It was suggested that the
blame for the deal's collapse
should not be laid at either
party's door. There was a sug-,
gestion that Adurion be.pame
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concerned when IGY left it,
late to supply it with financial
projections and details on a
project that would be happen-
ing next door to its latest mul-
ti-million dollar investment, as
it needed to know what poten-
tial impact there might be.
In addition, Adurion was
also said to have been uncom-
fortable with the price IGY
was paying under the original
contract to acquire the land it
needed from the British Colo-
nial Development Company,
and wanted to increase it -
something Mr Farkas had pre-
Adurion is also said to have
wanted to play a more active
role in the marina project, par-
ticipating as a co-investor in
the project, while there were
concerns about IGY's initial
designs for the marina, with
docks and jetties encroaching
on to Crown Land and the
Hilton's beach area.
The former Government
was concerned that IGY's ini-
tial project design might limit
Bahamian access to the beach
at the Western Esplanade, and
block views of the harbour and
This was eventually resolved
after the Government agreed
to lease a portion of the seabed
to IGY, but the delay further
extended the negotiations.
An- economic impact study
predicted that the IGY project
would generate "very substan-
tial employment", creating 700
direct full-time jobs and anoth-
er 400 indirect permanent jobs
for Bahamians. The indirect
jobs would have been created
at suppliers of goods and ser-
vices to the development, and
through services provided to
The study also forecast that
the IGY development would
create 200-250 full-time jobs
during construction, and have
a total economic impact of
$222.8 million over a 20-year
IGY's proposed marina on
West Bay Street would have
had 72 slips, catering chiefly
to the larger yachts and ves-
sels, those of between
100-150 feet to 200 feet and
The development would
have featured a boutique hotel
of about 150-200 rooms, sev-
eral restaurants, retail and a
parking structure for over 300
Lot #90-B comprising 22,376 sq.ft. and situated on the
western side of the main eleuthera highway and
approximately 2,219 ft. northerly of four-for-nothing road
in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,
North Eleuthera Bahamas.
Infrastructures are in place.
For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management Managing Director,'s
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
VACANT COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Lot #90-G comprising 18,926 sq.ft. and situated on the western
side of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft.
northerly of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower
Bogue, North Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Infrastructures are in place.
For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management Managing Director's
Office P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
Lot #90-E comprising 16,521 sq.ft. and situated on the western side
of the main eleuthera highway and approximately 2,219 ft. northerly
of four-for-nothing road in the Settlement of Lower Bogue,
North Eleuthera, Bahamas.
Infrastructures are in place.
For conditions of the sale and any other information,
please contact: Credit Risk Management Collection Unit
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Manager, Credit Risk Management Managing Director's Office
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
roiled in lawsuit
PAGE 12B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2007
THE TIBUN THUSDAY DECEBER ,200USPAEESS
Flood damage costs
United States $4m daily
* By ANDREA JAMES
c.2007 Seattle Post-
SEATI'LE -- 'The storm that
hit Puget Sound on Monday is
having a devastating effect on
commerce after swamping
Interstate 5, the main artery that
connects Seattle to Portland,
and burying in mud several rail
connections north and south of
The impact and closures
could last for days and into the
weekend, according to Wash-
ington's Department of Trans-
Hundreds of trucks waited
Tuesday on either side of a 20-
mile stretch of 1-5, between
mileposts 68 and 89, while parts
of the highway sat under 10 feet
of water. The highway could be
closed until at least Thursday --
loger if the roads and bridges
ire found damaged after the
About 54,000 vehicles tra-
verse that portion of the high-
way daily, and 10,000 of those
are trucks. The 1-5 delays alone
are expected to cost businesses
$4 million a day, the Trans-
portation Department esti-
The effect on commuters
could be the least of the prob-
lems; road closures are making
it difficult to deliver emergency
supplies and groceries to the
flooded areas, said department
spokesman Stan Suchan.
The department also is con-
cerned about the effect on busi-
ness. "We know that a lot of
companies are using just-in-time
delivery so that they don't have,
a huge stock sitting in the back
of their store," he said. "They
rely on the trucks on the free-
way to keep them in business."
To compensate for the block-
age, Horizon Air has added
larger planes to four of its daily
flights between Seattle and'
Portland to handle more pas-
sengers. The airline said it has
seen increased demand for the
-shuttle flights it operates every
The.latest. 1-5 mess also
appears to be doing wonders
for Horizon's fly-abve'it-all-
thened marketing campaign,
the company reported.
The Burlington Northern
Santa Fe Railway was operating
at 60 percent capacity at midday
Tuesday. Railroad crews strug-
gled the day before, replacing
tracks, clearing mud, picking up
trees and filling in sinkholes as
A 50-foot section of the track
between Mukilteo and Everett
was washed away Monday, but
crews repaired it by midnight,
said Gus Melonas, spokesman
"We've had crews working
around the clock removing
debris," Melonas said.
Problems still exist in Cen-
tralia, where high water is
threatening more than two
miles of the mainline track, he
said. Crews waited Tuesday
afternoon for the water to sub-
side while some freight traffic
was rerouted inland.
"We're positioning trains and
preparing crews to begin oper-
ation on this line as soon as con-
ditions improve," he said.
Amtrak, which runs on the
BNSF line, canceled its Cas-
cades service and portions of its
Coast Starlight service, leaving
no passenger rail connection
between Seattle and Portland.
That cancellation was expected
to continue until at least 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Melonas said.
Mudslides also forced Sound
Transit to cancel its
Everett/Seattle service for Tues-
day and Wednesday.
Union Pacific, the second
major rail company operating
in the Puget Sound region, has
.17 trains waiting to travel on
the BNSF track that is out, a
spokeswoman said. That trans-
lates to at least 1,360 carloads of
goods including grain and ship-
With hundreds of trucks
backed up, the Transportation
Department has had to give cer-
tain goods priority. For exam-
ple, Suchan said, the depart-
ment is working with the Wash-
ington State Patrol and local
communities to get emergency
supplies to hospitals in greater
Seattle via alternative-routes.
U.S. 12 offers the shortest.
detour, but "we can't allow all
those trucks through or we'll
have gridlock," Suchan said.
Meanwhile, the recommend-
ed detour that sends trucks
through the Tri-Cities is "bru-
tal," Suchan said. It turns what
would normally be a 170-mile
trip into a 440-mile one. Other
detours route,trucks through
winding mountain roads, and if
bad weather rolls in, the truck-
ers could get stuck.
So, truckers are left doing the
one thing they can do: "They're
sitting here," said Shari Skin-
ner, a cashier at'Gee Cee's
Truck Stop near Toledo, at exit
57 on 1-5.
"We are packed," she said.
"They come in, they get coffee,
stand around, talk to each other,
get something to eat."
Truckers who've asked for
alternative routes were dis-
mayed to learn that there
weren't many, she said.
Lines of trucks also sat wait-
ing in the Chehalis area at Eagle
Truck Plaza, at exit 71 just south
of the flooding, said cashier
"There's lots of trucks out in
front of my store, all the way
from the freeway up," Mullis
said. "Nobody's getting through,
they've been sitting here since
Independent truck driver
Floyd Chase delivers building
materials and shipping contain-
ers between Seattle and Port-
land. He waited around at the
exit 71 stop on Tuesday.
"We tried to go through Jack-
son Highway to get through to
the other side of Centralia to
get to Seattle, but we couldn't
do it, so everybody's stranded
here," he said. Chase estimates
that he's losing $500 a day wait-
ing for the highways to reopen.
"I'm independent -- I'm
responsible for the whole thing,
the good and the bad," he said.
"It's a matter of just sitting and
waiting now, unless you want
to go 400 miles out of your way,
but at $3.5Q a gallon, it's not
going to pay off."
for you to control your
You are limited only to
Flexible hours available
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* 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
C/O The Nassau Guardian
P.O. Box N-3011
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PROPERTIES LISTED FOR SALE
Contact Account Officer listed below by using number code for each property.
tl][t][ES/AI AZt M I"NI'S OlIAllBIL INGS
(401) Lots#17 & #18 Crown Allot-
ments, Love Hill Settlement,
Andros. Containing a two sto-
rey residence. Appraised value
(806) Lots#1 & #2, Block 3 with a
parcel situated between Lot #1,
Block 3, containing a 4 bedroom
West Bay Street. Appraised value
(806) Lot#13, Block#4 of Coral
Waterways, Section One, Coral
Harbour, N.P. with two houses
and a swimming pool, #312 New
Providence bounded northwardly
by a canal or waterway of the said
Subdivision known as Flamingo
waterway and running 102.004 ft
eastwardly bylot #14 and 146.145
ft southwardly by a reservation for
a private road. Appraised value
(433) Lot#27 of Village Allotment
#14 in the Eastern District, con-
taining residence situated on
Denver Street off Parkgate Road
in the Ann's Town Constituency,
New Providence. Property size
2,500 sqft Building size 990 sq ft
Appraised value $50,000.
(304) Lot#2, Block#8, Steward
Rd, Coral Heights East Sub-
division situated in Western
District of New Providence -approx
size 8,800 sq ft with a split level
containing 2 bed, 2 bath, living,
dining & family rooms, kitchen
and utility room. Approx size of
building 2,658 sqft. Appraised
(902J Lot#14, Block#23 (125ft
x 80ft) situated Rainbow Bay,
Eleuthera containing a one
storey house with 2 bed,
1 bath, kitchen, living room and
2 linen closets. Appraised value
(902) Lot of land 94 x 94 x 150 x
150 on Queens Highway just south
of Palmetto Point with a two sto-
rey stone building containing two
apartments. Each unit has 3 bed,
2 1/2 bath, kitchen, living room
and 3 linen closets. Appraised
(100) Developed property
Pinder's, Long Island containing
a split level Mediterranean style
home with kitchen, living room,
dining room, master bed and
bath, two guest rooms, full and
half guest bathroom on lower
(601) Vacant lot# 1 Hamster Road
off Carmichael Road 5969 sqft.
Appraised value $54,000.
(565) Vacant lot #5 located Eleu-
thera Island Shores, Seaside Drive
Section B, Block #15, Eleuthera,
Bahamas. 9,691 sqft. Appraised
(902) 0.281 acre ofvacant land off
Queen's Highway in the settlement
of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera.
Appraised value $31,320.
(800) Vacant property located
Bahamia South. Block 16 lot 9A,
Freeport, Grand Bahama consist-
ing of 24,829.20sqft. Appraised value
(565) Vacant Lot #9 (11,406.65 sq.
ft.) situated in Mango Lane Sec-
tion "B" Block #15, Eleuthera Island
Shores on the Island of Eleuthera.
Appraised value $25,665.
(701) Undeveloped lot #149. Sea-
fan Lane, Lucayan Beach Subdivi-
sion. Grand Bahama, 18750 sqft.
Appraised Value: TBA
(800) Mrs. Monique Crawford
(802) Mr. Brian Knowles
(805) Mr. Jerome Pinder
(806) Mrs Lois Hollis
(807) Mr. Wayne Kendall
(808) Mrs. DaShann Clare-Paul
(201) Ms. NicolaWalker
(202) Mr. Frank Dean
(203) Mrs. Cedricka Clarke
NASSAU INT'L AIRPORT
(433) Mrs. Suzette Hall-Moss
(902) Mr. Brian Hanna
HARBOUR ISLAND BRANCH
(901) Ms. Velderine Laroda
level. Also garage and breezeway
- a gross area 4,212 sqft. Kitchen-
ette, master bedroom and bath
and front entry porch features the
upper level, gross area of 780 sqft.
Porches all around the concrete
structure which is 90% complete.
Appraised value $650,000.
(400) Prpperty situated in Cala-
bash Bay on the Island ofAndros.
75 ft x 150 ft and containing ther-
eon a small grocery store 480 sqft
and an incomplete 3 bed 2 bath
house 900 sqft. Appraised value
(702) Lot#20 with residential prop-
erty located Skyline Heights, N.E
Appraised value $280,000.
(400) Lot #14 situated in the set-
tlement of Love Hill on the Island
of Andros totaling 20,000 sqft.
Property contains a two storey
5 bed, 3 bath residence. Appraised
(902) Lot containing 3 bed, 2
bath residence situated in the
settlement of Governor's Har-
bour bounded northwardly by a
19ft road and running thereon
50ft eastwardly and running
thereon 100ft southwardly and
50 ft westwardly. Appraised value
(902) Lot (8,000 sqft) situated
Sand's Alley, North Palmetto
Point with incomplete triplex (con-
crete structure- belt course 2,529.6
sqft). Appraised value $49,414.
(105) Lot containing two storey
building. with 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath
residence, and 30 ftx 86 ft situated
Bailey Town, North Bimini.
Appraised value $235,000.
(203) Lot B situated on the
north side of Shell Fish Road,
being the third lot west of Fire
rail Road and east of Hamster
Road with a one half duplex
residential premises. Appraised
(701) Lot#16 in Block #16
in Section 3 of the Subdivi-
sion called and known as Sea
Breeze Estates situated in
the Eastern- District of New
Providence. Property con-
tains a 3 bed, 2 bath residence.
Appraised value TBA.
(701) Lot of land being #11
in Block#10 on a plan of
allotments laid out by Village
Estates Limited and filed in
(402) Lot 89, Block7Aberdeen Drive,
BahamiaWest Replat Subdivision,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, consist-
ing of 12,100 sqft. Appraised value
(902) Lot #46, Block #32, Baha-
mia. Section IX Freeport, Grand
Bahama 90 ft wide along Stratford
Way and 150 ft along Stratford Court.
Appraised value $26,000.
(723) Vacant lot # 20 comprising a
portion of the Murphy Town Crown
Allotment # 72 situated in Murphy
Town, Abaco Bahamas.
Appraised value $18,000.00
(724) Vacant lot # 67A of Section 2
of the said Subdivision known as
"Whale Point Estates" in the vicinity
of Bottom Harbour and extending
from Whale Point to Cotton Hole in
the Northern section of the Island
of Eleuthera. Appraised value
(724) Vacant lot # 595, Jacaranda
Street, Pinewood Gardens, New
Providence. Property size 5,000
(400) Mrs. RosaeBethel
NASSAU MAIN BRANCH
(701) Mrs. Stephanie Saunders
(702) Ms. Cherelle Martinbor-
(703) Mrs. RenaeWalkine
IFK DRIVE BRANCH
(401) Mr. James Strachan
(402) Mrs. Chandra Gilbert
(501) Mr. Keith Lloyd
(505) Ms. Patricia Russell
(466) Mrs. Winnifred Roberts
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO
(908) Mr. Antonio Eyma
(909) Mrs. Sylvia Poitier
(910) Mrs. Vanessa Scott
the Dept of Land & Surveys
as #142 N.E and situated in the
Eastern District of New Provi-
dence. Property contains 3 bed,
2 bath residence. Appraised
(565) Lot#1018 in Golden Gates
Estates #2 Sub situated in the
Southwestern District of the island
of New Providence containing a
single storey private residence
3 bed, 2 bath. Property approx
size 6,000 sq ft. Building approx
size 2,400 sq ft. Appraised value
(902) Lot of land containing res-
idence in North Palmetto Point
Eleuthera. Appraised value: TBA
(902) Lot of land containing a 2
storey 7 bed/2 bath single fam-
ily residence (2,234squarefeet)
located of Queens Highway in
Tarpum Bay Eleuthera. Appraised
(902) Lot#31 situated at the
intersection of Albert & Victoria
Streets in Hatchet Bay contain-
ing a 2 storey concrete building
with an incomplete 2bed 1 bath
apt and store downstairs. Prop-
erty approx 2250 sqft. Appraised
(902) Lot containing commer-
cial building housing a sports
bar, restaurant and a 2 storey
commercial building on Queens
Highway Tarpunm Bay Eleuthera.
(808) Lot # 3 Block 24 in the
Centreville Subdivision. Build-
ing #109/Eastern side of Collins
Avenue. Comprising commercial
2,800 sq.feet commercial building.
Appraised value $J82,000
(108) Single Family Lot #5 Block
#5 Unit #1 Devonshire.-Appraised
(902) Lot#17 Block 7 in section "A"
of Eleuthera Island Shores Subdi-
vision Northwest of Hatchet Bay
containing a 3 bed/2 bath house.
Appraised value $99,000.00
(601) Lot #17 located Village
Allotment with fourplex value
(901) Lot #32 containing 4 bedroom
2bath concrete structure located
Thriana Shores Harbour Island,
Eleuthera. Property size 80' x 120'
x 80' 120 feet. Appraised valued at
sqft. Appraised value $50,000.
(108) Single Family Lot #57 Blck7
# Chesapeake Subdivision (no util-
ities), Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Appraised value$ 18,000.
(108) Single Family Lot #5 Block
#21 Leicester County (no utilities),
Freeport, Grand Bahama. Appraised
(101) Tourist Commercial Canal
Lot #71 Silver Cove Subdivision,
Freeport Grand Bahama. Appraised
of Club Estates Subdivision located
North of Rock Sound Eleuthera com-
prising of 1.48 acres. Appraised value
(902) Vacant lot of land situated
in South Palmetto Point Eleuthera
Appraised value $38,000.00
(601) Lot located Fort Fincastle -
GRAY'S, LONG ISLAND
(100) Mrs Lucy Wells
LOAN COLLECTION CENTRE
(716) Mrs. Ingrid Simon
(717) Mrs. Nancy Swaby
(723) Ms. Deidre King
(724) Mrs. Faye Higgs
(725) Ms. Marguerite Johnson
(565) Mrs. Catherine Davis
(601) Mrs. Anastacia Knowles
BAY & VICTORIA BRANCH
(301) Ms. Thyra Johnson
(303) Mr. Desmond Mclntosh
(304) Mrs. Alicia Thompson
FREEPORT, MAIN BRANCH
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KROY INVESTMENTS INC.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) KROY INVESTMENTS INC. is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced
on the 4th December, 2007 when its the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
(c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Lynden
Maycock of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore,
East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas, as sole Liquidator.
Dated the 5th day of November 2007.
H & J Corporate Services Ltd.
for the above-named Company
Delinquent Properties (Vacant Lots)
lot # 19, Canaan Subdivision, Marshall Road
(proposed gated community with beach access)
New Providence, Bahamas
5,040 sq ft; Appraised Value $75,600
Lot # 14 Westridge North Subdivision
New Providence, Bahamas.
11,486 sq ft
Appraised Value = $207,000
Lot # 20 Canaan Subdivision, Marshall Road
(proposed gated community with beach access)
New Providence, Bahamas
5,061 sq ft; Appraised Value = $76,000
Submit bids in writing to:
P.O. Box N-4815
For further enquiries call: 461-1037
* By FOSTER KLUG
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -
Treasury Secretary Henry Paul-
son said Wednesday that Chi-
nese product safety will be a key
topic for U.S. officials at high-
level economic talks with China
Paulson said China's ability to
manage the safety of its goods
will be an important part of Bei-
jing's future growth and of its
trade relations with the U.S.
"American consumers need to
have confidence in the safety of
the products they purchase,
whether produced at home or
abroad," Paulson said in a speech
to the Asia Society, an educa-
Paulson and other Cabinet-
level officials are going to China
December 12-13 for the third
round of the so-called Strategic
Economic Dialogue. Paulson
launched the talks a .year ago,
KROY INVESTMENTS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Creditors having debts or claims againts the above-named Com-
pany are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned at
Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, PO. Box N-
3247, Nassau, Bahamas as sole Liquidator on or before the 20th
day of December, 2007. In default thereof they will be excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made by the Liquidator.
Dated the 5th day of December 2007
Temple Christian High School
Invites applications from qualified Christian teachers for
the following positions for the 2007-2008 School Year.
A. 0 Be a practicing born-again Christian who is willing to
subscribe to the Statement of Faith of Temple
B. 0 Have a Bachelor's Degree in Education or higher
from a recognized College or University in the area
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
E. 0 Applicants must have the ability to prepare students
for all examination to the BJCi BGCSE levels.
F 0 Be willing to participate in the high school's extra
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
Temple Christian High School
Deadline for application is December 7th, 2007
but so far they have produced
little results. Vice Premier Wu
Yi leads the Chinese side.
The U.S. has pushed China to
improve the safety of its exports
given a string of high-profile
recalls of various items from toys
Paulson, in his speech, warned
of misconceptions in the rela-
tionship "that are influencing the
rise of protectionism and eco-
nomic nationalism in both
nations." He said the high-level
talks are helping improve com-
munication between top officials,
which was often lacking before.
The talks, he said, "have
helped keep the U.S.-China eco-
nomic relationship on an even
keel and helped us manage diffi-
cult issues, even in times of ten-
sion. Because we have a frame-
work for senior-level dialogue,
we can and do pick up the
phone and we talk. We work
Besides Paulson, Commerce
Secretary Carlos Gutierrez,
Health and Human Services Sec-
retary Mike Leavitt, U.S. Trade
Representative Susan Schwab,
Acting Agriculture Secretary
Chuck Conner and Environ-
mental Protection Agency chief
.Stephen Johnson are to attend
Paulson is expected to contin-
ue to press China to move more
quickly to institute economic
reforms the Bush administration
believes are necessary to deal
with a huge trade gap between
the two nations. The U.S. deficit
with China hit an all-time high of
$233 billion last year and is on
track to surpass that this year.
Members of Congress .are
pushing the administration to act
more forcefully to get China to
halt what critics see as unfair
They contend China is manip-
ulating its currency to keep the
value low to boost Chinese
imports into the United States
while making U.S. goods more
expensive in China.
Julius Baer Group, the leading dedicated Wealth Management
is seeking candidates for the position of:
* Client retention and servicing of existing client, relationships with
focus on Italian speaking European Countries
(Italy and Switzerland).
* Acquisition of new clients.
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Personal & Confidential
Ocean Centre, Montague Foreshore
East Bay Street
Personal & Confidential
Pricing Information As Of:
Tuesa 4 Decemoer 200 7F
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Securit y Previous Close Today's Close Change DaIly Vol. EPS $ DIv $ P/E Yield
1.66 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.59 1.51 -0.08 11,370 0.157 0.000 9.6 0.00%
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.55 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 0.86 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 (SI) 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 6.70 Famguard 6.86 6.86 0.00 0.713 0.240 9.6 3.50%
12.80 12.00 Finco 12.75 12.75 0.00 0.829 0.57(0 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. Johhson 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%
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low 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%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.36 0.40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 N/M .. 0.00%
41.00 41.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 4.450 2.750 9.0 6.70%
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.48 0.55 0.46 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $ Yield %
1.3656 1.3149 Colina Money Market Fund 1.366584*
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 Colhna Bond Fund 1.279370-*"
11.8192 113075 Fldcl:tyPrime Income Fund 11.8192"*
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD lest 12 month dividends divided by closing pric NV KEY
62wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collne and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 16 November 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 June 2007
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week "" 31 October 2007
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths ". 31 July 2007
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX -The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
(81) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007
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.
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 Cenjral Education Authority
on Sands Road 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. 0. Box N-656
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Stocks soar as investors grow more optimistic
about economy, upcoming interest rate cut
* NEW YORK were added during the month
an increase that bodes well
WA1II. STREET rallied for consumer spending.
Wedncsda.y after new data The report raised hopes for
showed the overall economy is a strong November jobs
holding up. but that it's not report from the Labor Depart-
too strong to prevent the Fed- ment on Friday. Investors
eral Reserve from cutting were also encouraged
interest rates again. The Dow Wednesday after the depart-
Jones industrial average rose ment reported worker pro-
more than 180 points, accord- ductivity advanced by an
ing to Associated Press. annual rate of 6.3 percent: in
Stocks turned around fol- the summer, the fastest pace
lowing two sessions of losses in four years, while wage pres-
after a report showed hiring sures eased.
in the U.S. private sector "The best news for the mar-
expanded at a faster pace in ket is good news on the econ-
November. ADP Employer omy," said Jack Ablin, chief
Services said 189,000 jobs investment officer at Harris
M NEW YORK
PRECIOUS metals prices slipped Wednesday
after separate reports showing strong job growth
and worker productivity boosted the dollar, less-
ening the appeal of gold and silver as alternative
investments, according to Associated Press.
Industrial metals prices also slumped, while
energy and agricultural futures fluctuated in
Gold prices trembled around $800 an ounce,
doiin moderately from a day ago. Silver and plat-
inum prices also fell.
Two economic reports on Wednesday raised
investor confidence in the U.S. economy and dol-
lra. and pressured precious metals. ADP Employ-
er Services said 189,000 jobs were added last
month -- a sign the job market remains robust.
And the Labor Department said worker produc-
tivity increased by an annual rate of 6.3 percent in
the summer, the fastest growth in four years.
(old shed $5.30 to $802.30 an ounce on the
N.x' York Mercantile Exchange.
'i- reenback made headway against other
\\ ol i, encies.
Private Bank. "There might
be a general malaise among
homeowners these days, but
as long as more people are
getting paychecks then the
economy can withstand the
Still, there is enough uncer-
tainty in the economy in
particular the financial sector
that is still struggling from
months of credit problems -
that the market expects the
Fed to lower rates. Some
investors are betting the Fed6
But the dollar's gains could prove brief as the
Federal Reserve's interest rates meeting next
Tuesday approaches. The central bank is expect-
ed to lower its benchmark federal funds rate,
which stands at 4.50 percent, to stimulate slug-
gish economic growth.
Another bit of economic news on Wednesday
bolstered the case for a rate cut. The Institute for
Supply Management said the nation's service sec-
* tor grew iri November but the expansion was
slower than in October and fell short of analyst
"We have a mixed bag of economic news. ADP
is supportive of dollar, but in the end what counts
for the Fed is the stability of the financial markets
and those are deteriorating day by day," said Axel
Merk, president of the Merk Hard Currency Fund.
Other precious metals pulled back. Silver
futures lost 5.5 cents to $14.41 an ounce, while
platinum fell $3.80 to $1,468.50 an ounce on the
In currencies, the euro fell to $1.4663 from
$1.4766 late Tuesday, and the British pound
declined, as traders awaited Thursday's interest
rate decisions from the European Central Bank
will go beyond the generally
anticipated quarter percent-
age point cut, and lower rates
by a half point.
In midafternoon trading, the
Dow Jones industrial average
rose 183.39, or 1.38 percent,
Broader indexes also moved
higher. The Standard & Poor's
500 index added 20.26, or 1.39
percent, to 1,483.05, while the
Nasdaq composite index rose
47.59, or 1.82 percent, to
Bond prices fell. The yield
on the benchmark 10-year
Treasury note, which moves
opposite its price, rose to 3.91
and Bank of England. Both are expected to hold
Analysts are cautioning investors to expect
heightened volatility leading up to next.week's
Another key focus this week is the Labor
Department's November jobs report, due out Fri-
"The job market is one of the key pillars of
relative stability that has yet to buckle, so many
will be watching that day. especially since a steady
rise in initial claims data over the past few weeks
suggests that job creation could come in on the
weaker side," said MF Global analyst Edward
Meir, in a report.
Industrial metals prices dipped on the London
Metal Exchange. Copper, zinc. lead and tin prices
fell, while nickel prices edged higher.
N~'mex copper for March delivery rose 1.55
cents to $3.0355 a pound.
Oil prices rose after the Organization for Petro-
leum Exporting Countries decided not to increase
production quotas, and the Energy Information
Administration reported a surprising draw on
percent from 3.88 percent late
Tuesday. The dollar was
mixed against other major cur-
rencies, while gold prices fell.
The market is currently
pricing in that there will be a
rate cut next week, Ablin said.
Supporting the case for a cut is
that central banks globally
seem to be open to the idea, a
trend that would give the Fed
even more room to move.
The Bank of Canada cut
rates on Tuesday, while the
Bank of England and Euro-
pean Central Bank will make
rate decisions Thursday.
Investors also weighed a
report that showed factory
orders unexpectedly rose in
However, that data was
likely offset by a report from
the Institute for Supply Man-
agement showing growth in
the service sector cooled
somewhat in November.
Wednesday's advance was
fed by investors betting that
the Fed might be generous
and cut rates a half percentage
point, or, in market lingo, 50
"I do believe the market
wants 50, that the Fed needs
to do a lot more work, and
that a quarter is not going to
do it," said Greg Church, chief
investment officer of Church
Mildly higher oil prices also
contributed to the gains on
Wall Street. OPEC decided
Wednesday to keep output
ceilings steady for now, a
move that briefly propelled
crude prices above $90 a bar-
rel. Meanwhile, the govern-
ment reported that U.S. oil
supplies fell steeply last week
while gasoline stockpiles rose,
both by greater margins than
Light, sweet crude rose 22
cents to $88.54 a barrel on the
New York Mercantile
Fannie Mae shares fell 39
cents to $34.79 after it fol-
lowed rival mortgage finance
Freddie Mac in cutting its div-
idend and selling special stock
to raise capital. The govern-
ment-sponsored lender hopes
to cushion against mounting
losses from high-risk home
Comcast Corp. shares
plunged $2.26, or 10.9 percent,
to $18.47 after the cable oper-
ator said it won't generate as
much cash flow and revenue
for the year because of a
difficult economic environ-
Technology stocks broadly
advanced after Intel Corp.'s
stock was upgraded on expec-
tations the personal computer
market will be strong next
year. Shares added 94 cents,
or 3.6 percent, to $27.25.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies rose 11.38,
or 1.51 percent, to 763.44.
. Advancing issues led declin-
ers by a 4 to 1 basis on the
New York Stock Exchange,
where volume came to 768.1
Overseas, Japan's Nikkei
stock average closed up 0.83
percent, while Hong Kong's
Hang Seng index rose 1.61
percent. Britain's FTSE 100
closed up 2.83 percent, Ger-
many's DAX index rose 1.74
percent, and France's CAC-
40 increased 2.02 percent.
Fun Walk 2007;
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It is another example of how we can all pull together for a worthy cause and at the same time feel the benefit of simple, basic exercise and fresh air. Both
charities have offered warm thanks to all of our Fun Walkers for the immeasurable good that their efforts will bring about.
The Cancer Society of The Bahamas and The Bahamas Diabetic Association were each presented with donations of $18,000 by Mrs.
Lynda Gibson, EVP and General Manager of Atlantic Medical Insurance.
The Funwalk has emerged as a landmark event to demonstrate the commitment of Bahamians in offering their time and money in a huge community effort
to help those less fortunate.At the same time it allows us all to focus, on the importance of maintaining good health and the value that regular exercise and
a balanced diet has to play in achieving this.
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Precious, industrial metals prices retreat as
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