The Tribune.
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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 12/7/2007
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Former building

inspector at National

Insurance Board

seeking damages

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A FORMER building
inspector at the National
Insurance Board has filed a
lawsuit in the Supreme Court,
claiming slander against five
of his former colleagues.
Filed on November 6, Mr
Donald Noel Nouguez, the
plaintiff, has named Esther
Scanter of Pride Estates, San-
dra Cooper of Jubilee Gar-
dens, Vernese Brown of Solid-
er Road, Margaret Nwankwo
of Dundas Drive, and Kareem
Hanna of Coral heights
Boulevard in the action.
--"The plaintiff's-claim.is for
slander published by the
defendants to and in the pres-
ence of senior management,
other employees of the
National Insurance Board and
others on July 13, July 16, and
August 8, 2007," according to
the writ.

According to the document,
Mr Nouguez is seeking dam-
ages for libel contained in
speeches, and letters written
and published by the defen-
dants ,and circulated by the
defendants to other employ-
ees of NIB.
The writ seeks an injunction
to restrain the defendants,
"their servants and agents or
otherwise" from speaking,
publishing, or circulating any-
thing of a slanderous or
libelous nature concerning Mr
. The. writ also seeks costs,
and any further or alternate
relief that the court may deem
fit and proper under the cir-
cumstances of the case.
Mr Nouguez was formally
removed from the National
Insurance Board on Novem-
ber 2.

THE CARNIVAL is back in the Bahamas for the festive season with the ferris wheel dominating the skyline at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.
The fun got underway on Wednesday and it will run til after the new year.

PM warns over global warming

threat to small island states

whom he said he gave docu-
ments so that he could repre-
sent him, has, since March of
this year, refused to return
them when he sought new
Mr Bethel, owner of the
Flamingo bar/cafe which is
located on the eastern
perimeter of the British Colo-
nial Hilton, said Mr Smith
represented him in a disputeJ
that he has with the British
Colonial Development Com-
pany over rental issues, but is
now denying him the paper-
work which is crucial to his
continuing case.
Mr Bethel claims that Mr
Smith, who was defeated at
the polls in this year's general
election, will not return his
calls about the matter, and
has repeatedly hung up on
Mr Bethel reported Mr
Smith to the Bar Association
four months ago for his con-

Tribune Staff Reporter
IT IS not possible to over-
estimate the threat global
warming and environmental
degradation pose to the sur-
vival of small island states
such as the Bahamas, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham
said speaking at the
Caribbean-Central America
Action (CCAA) conference
in Miami on Wednesday.
Addressing the forum, Mr
Ingraham said "it is beyond
debate now that the
environment is under
The sustainability, the very
survival of small island states
in the Caribbean, he said, is
being directly affected by the
"serious deterioration to the
environment as a conse-
quence of global warming."
"Climate change has the
potential to undermine the
most vibrant, and for many,
the largest economic sector
in the region that is

"Tourism is for many of
the small island states the
primary economic activity on
which their hopes for,.

employment and foreign
earnings are pinned, and
tourism is hostage to the
SEE page 14

PM presented the CCAA Star of the Caribbean Award


PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Finance Hubert Ingraham', (second from
right) receives the Golden Star of the Caribbean 2007 award during the Ple-
nary Dinner at 31st Caribbean Basin Conference in Miami, Florida, on Wednes-
day, December 5, 2007. Pictured (from left) are Jose Perez Jones, Seaboard
Marine; Rick Murrell, Tropical Shipping; Prime Minister Ingraham; and Manuel
Rosales, Caribbean Central American Action.
MIAMI, Florida Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham was pre-
sented the Star of the Caribbean Award from the Caribbean
Central American Action at the 31st Miami Conference on the
Ca'ribbean Basin on December 5.

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Activist calls for more

disabled parking spaces

ONE of the biggest concerns of
Bahamians with disabilities is the
need for more disabled parking
"This we strongly call for as a
matter of national urgency, in light

of the ever increasing number of
Bahamians becoming disabled in
recent years," said activist Jerome
Thompson. "In addition, we make
a very loud cry for sensible and
effective laws to be put in place, sL

as to give the police the authority
to arrest'persons who park in dis-
abled-parking spaces who are not
authorised to do so."
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reserved parking spaces in ques-
tion are on private or public prop-
Mr Thompson said he was also
sad to note that some landlords in

the Bahamas "a country that says
that it is first world" still dis-
criminate against persons with dis-
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to rent their properties to this cat-
egory of Bahamians; not because
they could not pay the rent, but
simply because of the fact that they
are disabled.
"Also, in respect to the build-
ing code of the Bahamas, both gov-
ernment and privately owned
apartment complexes are still being
built without provisions for dis-
abled persons, particularly those
who are in wheelchairs," Mr
Thompson said.
"Sidewalks are still being built
without ramps ... the sidewalks
that have been in existence for
many years without ramps, the
government has not seen fit to cor-
rect those deficiencies."
Mr Thompson went on to note
that the now closed Cheshire
Home on Dolphin Drive was
designed and built to allow for
"independent living" for persons
with physical disabilities. The home
was closed by the former PLP gov-
ernment so the site could be used
for a childcare facility and the occu-
pants were all evicted. The child-
care centre never materialised.

The power of
The Tribune brings
Bear back home

TWO little girls got an early
Christmas present on Tuesday
when a goodSamaritan showed
up with Bear, their jack russell
terrier, after reading a missing
dog bulletin in that morning's Tri-
The little dog with the big
name disappeared through a hole
in a fence on Saturday, leaving
behind the two heartbroken girls.
Their mother, through the
columns of The Tribune, appealed
to the public for information
about Bear.
That afternoon, Kenneth New-
bold telephoned to say he had
Bear. The terrier had picked up a
potcake pal on his journey
through Sandilands Village when
Mr Newbold spotted him Satur-
day afternoon.
Mr Newbold bought Bear a
new collar and took excellent care
of him, the girls' mother, Cindi
Scavella, said.
Fortunately, Mr Newbold saw
Bear's picture in. the newspaper,
along with the story about the
plight of the little girls and their
mum's telephone numbers.
Bear was reunited with an
excited Amber, aged one, and
SJade, five, at their home Tuesday
A former Tribune reporter,
Mrs Scavella had a big thank you
for Mr Newbold and The Tribune.
'"The Tribune deserves a Bear
hug," a co-worker said.


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BAHAMAS REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATION: Christmas luncheon at Yacht Club
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eimini Symonette: We have made a major
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councillors dent in Investment Board backlog keeping fair

likely to By TANEKA THOMPSON Mr Symonette said that of l current
Tribune Staff Reporter these 64, items some needed with Invest-
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face tough lar value was not attributed to meHnt Board
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BIMINI councillors are
expected to face some tough
questions on Monday night
when the island's local gov-
ernment holds what locals
claim is its first meeting for
two and a half years.
Chief councillor Tasha Rolle
and her colleagues are likely
to confront a hostile audience
when the meeting convenes at
the public school, according to
Bimini sources.
Several important issues -
including the council's rela-
tionship with Bimini Bay
developer Gerardo Capo are
set for an airing.
One islander told The Tri-
bune: "It will be a very inter-
esting, and very lively, meet-
ing because there are so many
things Biminites want to have
sorted out."
Government officials from
Nassau are expected to be at
the meeting as observers.
Biminites have expressed
dismay at what they allege is
local government's failure to
call a meeting in more than
two years.
Some say the councillors
fear intense public probing of
several key issues, especially
the alleged influence of Mr
Capo on local government
An Alice Town source said:
"There is supposed to be at
least one meeting per year.
People have formed the
impression that the council is
afraid to face the voters."
Biminites have expressed
concern over many years about
Mr Capo's Bimini Bay resort
development, which they claim
has destroyed a large part of
the island's landscape and
marine environment.

) Two men
:araigned on

armed robbery

TWO men were arraigned
in Magistrate's Court yester-
day on armed robbery charges.
Allan Knowles, 19, of Bel-
lot Road, and Oneal Knowles,
24, of Sunset Park, appeared
before Magistrate Janet
Bullard in Court Five, Bank
According to court dockets,
it is alleged that on Monday,
December 3, while armed with
a screwdriver, the accused
robbed Lavardo Thompson of
$70 cash.
It is further alleged that on
the same day, while armed
with a stick, the two men
robbed Johnny Santil of a
Playstation CD valued at $80.
The two men were not
required to enter pleas to the
charges and were remanded to
Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill.
The matter has been
adjourned to March 4, 2008.

Advisory for
commercial I
fishing licence

T HE Department of Marine
Resources has issued a public
announcement to all persons
seeking a commercial fishing
licence for 2008.
The statement said all
licence candidates must pro-
vide the following:
Proof of ownership of
commercial fishing vessel
A copy of the Port
Authority's registration of the
A copy of a valid business
The statement said all docu-
ments should be forwarded to
the Department of Marine
Resources in New Providence
(telephone 393-1777, fax 393-
0238) or the local Department
of Marine Resources office on
each island.


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S i:

eLI-tlImenous Daciog aL tllne
country's Investment Board
which accumulated prior to the
FNM taking office, Deputy
Prime Minister Brent Symon-
ette said yesterday.
"We have made a major dent
in the backlog and are keeping
fairly current with Investment
Board approvals," the minister
noted yesterday during a speech
at the Bahamas Real Estate
Association's (BREA) annual
Christmas luncheon at the
Yacht Club.
Mr Symonette highlighted a
number of issues that he said
the Ingraham administration
has addressed during its seven
months in office one of which
was the abolition of the Min-
istry of Financial Services and
Investments (MFSI).
"One of the first steps we did
in trying to streamline this
whole issue was to transfer the
responsibility (for approving
applications) from the Ministry
of Financial Services to the
Office of the Prime Minister
and the establishment of the
Director of Investments."
Mr Symonette noted that pri-
or to the change, he toured the
MFSI offices at the Goodman's
Bay Corporate Centre and was
surprised at the vast number of
files on each desk awaiting
attention. This, he said, is what
held up the entire approval
He said that some pending
applications he reviewed sim-
ply needed to have an applica-
tion fee receipt written before
they could move forward..
After a series of meetings of
the Investment Board (of which
Mr Symonette is a member), it
was decided that the chairman
of the Investment Board, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham, be
assigned the responsibility of
approving applications for land
acquisition permits that are part
of an approved subdivision.
' These approvals can be made

without reference to a general
meeting, he explained,
Previously this was the
responsibility of the secretariat
of the board, Mr Symonette
"These applications are
referred to internally as the
'short agenda' and are circulat-
ed to members of the board on
a regular basis without the
necessity of actually meeting,"
he explained.
The last "non-meeting" in
November contained 37 agenda
items for developments such as
Winding Bay, Bimini Bay.
Emerald Bay, the residences at
Atlantis, Cat Cay and Treasure
Cay, the minister noted.

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The total dollar value
approved on that "short agen-
da" was $40.5 million in regis-
tration certificates, $25.3 mil-
lion of that representing land
sales in New Providence.
The applications not consid-
ered on last month's short agen-
da were forwarded to the "long
agenda" requiring board mem-
bers to physically meet.
There have been 12 of these
meetings in the last seven
months, Mr Symornette said.
On the "long agenda" meet-
ing held last week, there were
64 items amounting to $96.25
million: $2.5 million of which
represented New Providence
land sales.

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me now daeunct ministry were
transferred to various areas
throughout the civil service and
all MFSI operations were trans-
ferred to the Office of the Prime
Minister under the leadership
of the Director of Investments
David Davis, Mr Symonette

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*DPM hails the abolition

of Ministry of Financial

Services and Investments


The Tribune Limited
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publishdr/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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Sensible decision on junkanoo coverage

ON THURSDAY government arrived
at a commonsense decision journalists
will not have to pay to do their job. Unfor-
tunately when everyone else has the option
of staying in-bed on a chilly Boxing Day or
New Year's morning, reporters have no
choice but to role out and cover both
junkanoo events.
In the past few days we caught snatches
of a radio programme on junkanoo. A
woman from the content of the little
bit we heard, we assume she had some-
thing to do with a ministry involved with
the parades was asked what would -be
the reaction if the newspapers refused to
cover the annual cultural event. She
laughed it off as something that would nev-
er happen.
She shouldn't be so sure of that. It is
something that has been seriously dis-
It is an option that has been left open
should the occasion arise to use it.
Years ago, someone who is still very
active in junkanoo, said that junkanoo
groups were seriously considering charging
newspapers for publishing photographs of
them as they "rushed" and at any time
afterwards if any of the photos were used to
illustrate an article on junkanoo.
That would be the day, we told him. It
would be the day that The Tribune would.
refuse to publish.any of their photographs.
Other than listing the winners and report-
ing their constant squabbling over "cheat-
ing" judges- a sideshow that junkanoo
participants are expert at junkanoo
would just be dropped from our pages.
Few people realise what a brutal assign-
ment the coverage of junkanoo is. After a
busy year, it is not easy to end the year
and start the new year lugging heavy cam-
era equipment up and down an over-
crowded parade route for several hours.
But this is what our cameramen have to do.
It's a part of their job.
When it was first announced that the
media companies would have to pay for
their reporters and cameramen to cover
the event, the reason given was that this
decision was an attempt "to reduce the
number of persons on the parade route."
The fact that the parade route is over-
crowded is the fault of the Ministry itself,



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which seems to issue tickets, not just to
bona fide journalists, but on a buddy sys-
Our staff constantly complain that they
can hardly do their job for persons who
call themselves "press", but who hardly
know how to operate a camera, and cer-
tainly would not know how to write the
first paragraph of any report, who persist in
getting in the way.
They see people clogging the parade
route, proudly wearing press jackets, who
they never see at any other assignment
throughout the year.
If the working press sent two staff mem-
bers reporter and photographer- from
each organisation, there would be no more
than eight persons on the route. The only
other press would be ZNS.
What would have probably happened if
the Ministry of Youth had persisted in its
plan to charge the press, would have been
that most of the working press would have
boycotted the event.
However, the route would have
remained congested with those, who, mas-
querading behind a press badge and a cam-
era, would pay the fees to roam up and
down the parade route getting in the way.
Only those who issue these badges can
control who is allowed on this route.
They know the members of the work-
ing press.
It is within their power to decide how far
they are willing to bend the rules to clutter
the parade ground with non-press.
In its announcement on Thursday gov-
ernment made it clear that it had no inten-
tion of charging accreditation fees for the
coverage of junkanoo or any other public
event at any time in the future.
"The government," it said, "will not
approve of charging accreditation fees for
working members of the media covering
the upcoming junkanoo parades."
It said government was "aware that
there are outstanding issues relating to the
protection of intellectual property and the
use of such property for private commercial
. purposes 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 pub-
lic events."

House members

following leader

instead of using

their brains

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I BELIEVE that the major
issue in our country is crime
and I also know that the one
major problem in the House
of Parliament is that the mem-
bers are inexperienced. They
are following the leader
instead of using their brains.
Can you imagine that with all
the controversy, name calling,
mud slinging and amendments
of the Bail Act was nothing
more than wasted time
because it was summed up in
three minutes? Sir Burton
Hall must have truly embar-
rassed PLP and FNM with his
press release. They should
have got Sir Burton's input
before giving their output thus
the country would have saved
time, energy and money. Not
one of them thought of where
the extra Judges would use to
hear the cases whether we had
one or 20 Judges. Shame on
them. Maybe we need to let
Sir Burton run the country,
give the House and the Senate
building to hear the cases and
put those lawyers who are tak-
ing up space in the House and
Senate on the Bench and sit
back and see what happens
since they think that all it
takes is extra Judges.
. I must congratulate former
Deputy Prime Minister/
Deputy Leader.the Hon Cyn-
thia Pratt and the former Min-
ister of Tourism the Hon Obie
Wilchcombe for their contri-
butions. Mrs Pratt said that
the worst thing that the gov-
ernment did was the disman-
tlement of the Urban Renew-
al programme. Last year on a
visit to the US I was very
impressed with the group of
children that was travelling to
Atlanta to perform. It was also
heart warming to see this
group of young people
because they proved that the
programme was working.
Their parents did not have to
worry about them after school
because they were too busy
practising to qualify for the
Musical Performance in
Atlanta, gaining not only their
community, but the country's
respect and admiration.
Many years ago when
Desiree Darville's murder was
being discussed, I openly said
that in my opinion Bahami-
ans are not saints but they do
not get involved in certain
types of crimes and that kind
of murder was one that they

would stay away from. When
the murderer was caught sure
enough he was a foreigner.
Fifteen years from now we
would see the class of crimi-
nals change; they would be
more sophisticated and edu-
cated. A lot of Bahamian men
and women are travelling to
Santa Domingo and Cuba for
their spouses but what is the
background of some of these
people? They end up with
brown skinned children but
the "genes" of their ancestors
will carry on to the third and
fourth generation. History
shows what comes down from
their grand and great grand-
parents will continue. There
was a one day forum in Grand
Bahama on Immigration dur-
ing the early 1990s. I attended
this forum and my contribu-

tion was that we have for-
eigners in our country, that
were here legally and illegally
who had children and grand-
children born here and that
we should take some kind of
action then or situations will
arise that would come back to
haunt us. Well, it's back.
Check the election court case
Haitians, Jamaicans and even
a bold Turks Island woman
bragging that she came "back
to vote them out". Those
appearing on Jeff Lloyd's talk
show admitting they voted,
was not a Bahamian or in the
possession of a Bahamian
Passport should have been
arrested the minute they came
of the show. But as usual, once
again The Bahamas is the
laughing stock of the
Caribbean and the World.
November 29, 2007.


Ms Minna Israel
EDITOR, The Tribune
WE NOTE with interest that Ms. Minna Israel, currently
the Managing Director of Scotiabank Bahamas Limited, is
nearing the end of her tour of duty here in The Bahamas. I
would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Israel
for her outstanding service during her three years here in The
Bahamas. There are many Bahamians who feel as I do that
she was an excellent Managing Director and that she will be
greatly missed.
However, I hope that Scotiabank will now follow the com-
mendable lead taken by other commercial banks in this coun-
try and choose a Bahamian for the leadership post soon to be
vacated by Ms. Israel. Like Nat Beneby at the Royal Bank of
Canada, Sharon Brown at First Caribbean International
Bank and Paul McWeeney at our own Bank of The Bahamas,
Bahamian bankers have demonstrated their ability and vision
as heads of major, multinational banking institutions. More-
over, they are clearly the beneficiaries of farsighted succes-
sion planning at those banks, insuring that exemplary
Bahamians will always be included in the highest levels of
I acknowledge that a Bahamian once headed Scotiabank
for sixteen years, and trust that that bank will now demon-
strate that it has the vision and foresight to ensure that Ms.
Israel is succeeded by a Bahamian.
The past several decades have seen Bahamian professionals
paving the way for other well educated and highly trained
Bahamians to take their rightful places as leaders in all kinds
of corporate structures here. Their task is not only to distin-
guish themselves in their jobs, but to prepare the way for oth-
er Bahamians to succeed them.
I, along with many other Bahamian professionals, look for-
ward to seeing Scotiabank demonstrate their solidarity with
The Bahamas and the Bahamian banking community by
naming a qualified Bahamian to the position of Managing
December 2, 2007.

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Fax: 326-4488/394-4819

Maintenance Staff

Highly motivated, qualified applicants must:

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

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

Do what tastes right.

Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Offshore Island

Invite application for the position of:



* Strong Architectural engineering background
* Applicant will be responsible for the deploying
and supporting a wide range of refurbishing staff
* Must display good interpersonal and
organizational skills ability to work as part of a
larger corporate team is essential.
* Must be prepared to travel to offshore properties
and work weekends when required.

Qualifications a Bachelors Degree in one of the
Engineering technology disciplines five years
supervisory experience in construction with
emphasis on assessing finishes and refurbishing
works. Command basic computer skills
Microsoft Word Excel and project scheduling

Send resume to:

Director of Human Resources
P.O. Box CB-13005
E-mail CMajor(asrb.sandals.comin

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Esfakis had no 'drugs of abuse' in

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Tribune Staff Reporter
TH-IF former director of the
police forensic science labo-
ratory yesterday told the
coroner's court that burns
patient Christopher Esfakis,
who died in hospital in 2002,
had no "drugs of abuse" pre-
sent in his system at that
Continuing testimony in
the inquest into Mr Esfakis'
death. Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police James Carey
- now in charge of the south-
ern Bahamas told the court
that he was fulfilling a "rou-
tine request" by carrying out
a toxicological analysis of
samples of Mr Esfakis' blood
and stomach contents on

Ex-director of police forensic

lab continues his testimony

May 26, 2002. The request
was made by forensic pathol-
ogist Dr Govinda Raju, who
carried out the autopsy on
Mr Esfakis' body after he
died in Doctors Hospital on
April 22, 2002. 6
Asked about the purpose
of the tests, Asst Commis-
sioner Carey said that it was
"to see if there were any
common drugs of abuse pre-
He went on to say that "no
such thing was detected."
Mr Carey said that there
had been Laudanosine and
Midazolam present in the

deceased's sample. He said
that Midazolam is a benzo-
diazepine drug "used to
relieve anxiety before surgery
or in a hospital setting."
Asked by an attorney for
Doctors Hospital whether he
had tested Mr Esfakis' stom-
ach contents also, Mr Carey
said he had, and alcohol was
found in his stomach.
However, he said he would
question the "significance"
of this finding as research
carried out by his laboratory
had revealed that, in fact, fer-
mentation can occur in the
stomach after death.

The court has previously
heard how Mr Esfakis was
admitted to Doctors Hospital
on April 20 to be treated for
25 per cent burns he sus-
tained when his shirt caught
fire at a party on April 19.
He died three days later in
the hospital.
On Wednesday a US-based
burns expert told the court
that he attributed Mr Esfakis'
death to the failure of med-
ical staff to check if he had
sustained an inhalation
The inquest is being held
in court seven before Magis-
trate William Campbell.
Yesterday it was adjourned
until February 5.


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Unionised Nassau Beach staff will be

'redeployed' by January closure claim

Tribune Staff Reporter
ALL unionised workers at
the Nassau Beach Hotel will
be employed at other proper-
ties by the time the historic
resort closes its doors in Jan-
uary, the president of the
Bahamas Hotel and Allied
Workers Union said yester-
"Half of the remaining
employees will be redeployed
this week," said Roy Cole-
brooke, adding that by closure
on January 6, all will be "tak-
en care of."
He said that work has been
secured for these employees
at the Wvndham resort and
the Sheraton, thanks to a joint
effort between the union and
Baha Mar management..
Mr Colebrooke said that the
redeployment is evidence of
why it is "important that
workers understand the


importance of joining, a
"Someone has to look out
for the workers' interests," he
said pointing to the news
that 65 persons employed at
Cafe Johnny Canoe will be
out of a job when the proper-
ty closes. He said this is an
example of how non-

unionised workers can lose
out. If they were in a union
they would have been taken
care of," claimed Mr Cole-
The Nassau Beach Hotel is
set to be demolished following
its closure to make way for
Baha Mar's transformation of
the Cable Beach strip.
It was initially scheduled for
demolition in June, 2006, but
this was later pushed back.
In July, 2007, Robert Sands,
Baha Mar's senior vice-presi-
dent, explained the resched-
uling as being partly a conse-
quence of the current tourism
climate, with the Bahamas in
desperate need of more hotel
At that time, Mr Sands
anticipated that refurbishment
of the Wyndham and Shera-
ton properties would allow for
more rooms to be brought on
stream this month, going some
way towards making up for
the shortfall.



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from suitably qualified fuel
supply companies for the
provision of its fuel
requirements for the next
three years.

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

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

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SHOWN above is Arthur Peet, chairman of the Emergency Hostel receiving a gift from Burns House brand
representative for Kalik, Michelle Lewis. The donation came from the proceeds of the very successful launch
of the 2007 Kalik Calendar at Compass Point-on November 16.

Annual event for retired police officers association

Tribune Staff Reporter
- tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE retired police officers association will be
holding its annual general meeting and social for
members tonight at the Royal Bahamas Police Force
,Vot rig ,-pI ,headquarters on East Street.
S De ev.r th, .... ni :-ll The meeting starts at 7pm at the cafeteria
. r ov u, ..iNir ur. yo.. of the RBPF compound and is open to all
,'x uJs ':,-,1 :ti .,-i i r .,^:,.- members of the association at no cost, consultant to
GL Or the association Cardinal Hutchinson told The Tri-
vot f lhlle at brine.
S.... Opening remarks will be given by the president
Errington Rahming andthe association's treasurer


Arthur Yearwood will present the annual financial
The special guest speaker for the meeting will be
Acting Commissioner Reginald Ferguson and the
event will be moderated by Reverend Patrick Levar-
Views, suggestions and recommendations for the
advancement of the association are welcome during
the general meeting, Mr Hutchinson added.
In addition to the upcoming meeting and social.
the association plans to hold a number of island-wid.
bus tours for its retired police officers.
Last week four members, Sidney Sturrup, Irvin
Taylor, Alfred Williams and Ormond Briggs toured
a few police stations as well as Paradise Island.


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The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas)
Heart Foundation is accepting nomi-
nations for the Lady Sassoon Golden
Heart Award. The Golden Heart
Award n ill be presented at the 44th
annual Heart Ball on February 16,
The award was initialed by the foun-

tions invited for Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award

dation to applaud and give recogni-
tion to individuals who have selflessly
given of themselves to promote human
welfare and dignity, thus making life
better for their fellow man. Organisers
said nominations for the award should
be accompanied by reasons for sub-
mission and must be sent in writing to

the Golden Heart Award Committee,
P 0 Box N-8189 Nassau, Bahamas, or
delivered to EVES Cable Beach, Nas-
sau, which is the office of the Sir Victor
Sassoon (Bahamas) Heart Foundation.
The deadline for submission is Jan-
uary 21, 2008.
The annual Heart Ball will be held in

the Crown Ball Room on Paradise
Island. The ball is the major fundrais-
er for the Heart Foundation and the
proceeds help to underwrite medical
costs for children with heart disease.
Mrs Frances Ledee, a retired pro-
fessional social worker, planner and
administrator was presented with the

Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Awaid
last February for being a person with
a "true golden heart".
"Mrs Ledee sees beyond what is noi-
mally expected of someone to provide
the love and support for many oi lihe
aged in our community," said R 1
Barnes, chairman of the foundation.


Boy, 17, among

group of men

arraigned on

armed robbery,

weapon charges

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy was among a group of men
arraigned in Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on a number
f armed robbery and weapon possession charges.
. The juvenile from John Street along with Ronald Charles,
21, .of Rupert Dean Lane; Denero Lewis, 26, of John Street;
Alexander Lewis, 26, of John Street and Jeffrey Rolle, 42
also of John Street were arraigned before Magistrate Carolita
It is alleged that the 17-year-old, along with Charles,
-obbed Tamara Rolle of jewellery worth $950 while armed
with a handgun on Saturday October 1.
It is also alleged that the juvenile, while armed with hand-
gun on Saturday October 1, robbed Kevin Knowles of $20
cash and on Saturday, December 1 attempted to rob
Nathaniel Pinder.
Court dockets also allege that the 17-year-old and Denero
Lewis, while armed with a handgun on October 1, robbed
Preston McCoy of a Rolex watch and a cellular phone
together valued at $3,000.
Court dockets further claim that on the same day, they
robbed Barry Woodside of a $200 cellular phone as well as
$700 in cash.
It is also alleged that on October 1 while armed with a
handgun, the 17-year-old and Ronald Charles robbed Ken-
ay Kemp of a gold chain and an engagement ring worth
The accused were not required to plead to the armed rob-
bery charges. The prosecution said it intends to proceed
with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment. All of these matters
nave been adjourned to January 21, 2008.
The juvenile, along with Denero Lewis, Alexander Lewis,
and Jeffrey Rolle, have all been charged with possession
3f an unlicensed firearm.
It is alleged that on Saturday, December 1, they were
found in possession of a black Smith and Wesson revolver.
The accused all pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Alexander Lewis and Jeffrey Rolle are expected to return
to court on Friday for a bail hearing in connection with the
firearm possession charge.
The 17-year-old also pleaded guilty to possession of two
grams of marijuana which he was found in possession of on
Saturday December 1.
He was ordered to attend the Detox Unit at the Sandilands
Rehabilitation Centre for two weeks. All of the accused
have been remanded to Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill.

Nuns plan fundraising drive

to restore historic monastery


THE Sisters of St Martin Monastery are seeking to raise $513,000
to renovate the original convent building, which is considered to be
oe of Nassau's important historical sites.
The building, which can be seen from Nassau Street, was con-
structed in the 1930s and has since fallen into disrepair and is no
I(ciger in use.
The 11 Benedictine nuns now living at the convent said that
they are eager to restore the old building as "a legacy for future gen-
erations of Bahamian women desirous of dedicating their lives to
God as religious."
Prioress Sister Mary Benedict Pratt told The Tribune that a
group of concerned women and men have come together to form
a development council to plan fundraising strategies for the project.
Among the fundraising efforts is the "adopt a sister" programme,
through which persons wishing to help are invited to make a finan-
cial contribution to the nuns.
Plans for 2008 include a "celebration in song" on January 25 at
Loyola Hall. Music will be provided by local choirs and soloists.
Tickets for this function will be priced at $20 for adults and $5 for
children under 12.
A history of the Sisters of St Martin Monastery is currently
being written and copies will be on sale at the concert and there-
In addition, an elaborate gala banquet is being planned as a
fundraiser for May 31.
Once the building has been renovated and restored, it will serve
as a retreat centre, as well as a space to house the archives of the
The building will also be used as a "formation house" for the
training of young women desirous of pursuing their religious voca-
tion as Benedictine Sisters.
In 1994, the 70-year-old community of St Martin Monastery
became an independent "daughter monastery" of St Benedict's
Monastery in Minnesota which can trace its roots to the 1857
arrival of six sisters from the St Walburg Abbey in Eichstaett,
Geriunty, ii monastery for women founded in 1035.




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BTC should be privatized immediately

:i!)hamli a@hliotmail.com

| HI Bahamas
JLc Telecommunications
Company is one of the
ihaiminas' worst service
op idlkrs and should be imme-
< itely privatized in its entirety.
Presently, Batelco appears to
he ;n entity that is intent on
maintaining a cruel monopoly
v. while seemingly fleecing the
general public with poor, over-
Sriced services.
V C"s obstruction of compe-


tition is disingenuous to con-
sumers who are held to ransom
by bureaucracy and the patent
protectionism shown to this
government corporation.
In recent times, BTC has
spent millions on promotional
exercises but has consistently
failed to deliver efficient ser-
vices, particularly as it relates
to their "halfway" operational,

defective GSM network. Just
this week, like many other
GSM customers, I was pre-
vented from sending text mes-
sages due to system glitches.
Furthermore, even though my
text messages never arrived at
the intended recipient, BTC
proceeded to charge me.
How is it that cellular phone
services in Jamaica are much

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cheaper and efficient? Could
the reason be that the threat of
consumers leaving one compa-
ny for its competition keeps all
service providers on the cutting
edge of technology? And, why
is BTC seeking so fervently to
thwart competition?
Since the late 1980s, the gov-
ernment has sought to priva-
tize BTC, with the expectation
of better quality services and
that private sector management
practices would be adopted.
Led by the Deutsche Bank, a
group of consultants attempt-
ed to guide BTC's privatization
process from as early as 1988 -
when I was four! Initially, it was
suggested that the labour force
at the corporation be reduced in
restructuring exercises.
E eventually, more than
700 employees were
let go, many with hefty sever-
ance packages. However, due
to political cronyism, BTC is
again overstaffed and that fact
may discourage potential suitors
from purchasing an interest in
the corporation.
The original consultants had
also recommended that BTC's
sale be initiated through a bid-
ding process, but this has hard-
ly yielded any eager purchasers.
During that era, the Public Util-
ities Commission was also
established to regulate the
telecommunications industry


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although it appears to have
been a hindrance to BTC's pri-
vatization and moreover, to
The quality of service pro-
vided by Batelco is simply unac-
In changing its approach to
service, BTC must first teach
its customer representatives to
appreciate and value their cus-
tomers, how to be courteous
and polite and, even more satir-
ical, to answer consumers
phone calls.
For years now, the govern-
ment has attempted to sell 49
per cent of the company to a
strategic partner, while retaining
a controlling (51 per cent) equi-
ty interest.
This approach has seemingly
failed as the government's best
option now appears to be to sell
this telecom dinosaur lock,
stock and barrel and truly pri-
There is an urgent need for a
more modern, liberalized
telecommunications sector.
BTC should no longer be
allowed to maintain an unjust
monopoly over the country's
telecommunications network
and services.
In the 21st century, it is archa-
ic for BTC to continue to own
and control the telephone net-
work (landlines) and monopo-
lize cellular services.
Immediately, after the inter-
net service was liberalized,
hordes of internet users
switched to Cable Bahamas,
Coralwave, which offered sub-
scribers faster, less expensive
BTC again lost throngs of
customers when fixed voice ser-
vices came on stream, as many
phone users chose Indigo's
cheaper rates compared to the
national corporation's exorbi-
tant charges.
Eventually, BTC was forced
to reduce its overseas rates (per
minute) to compete with Indigo
- a Bahamian .company oper-
ating fixed voice services since
2004 that has rapidly gained
market share.
The widespread launch of
residential service by Indigo will
foster competition and better
quality product to customers.
Although Batelco has initi-
ated an internet phone service
called the Vibe which offers
packages for customers to make
free calls to the Family Islands
or internationally many cus-
tomers have migrated to other
voice over internet providers
such as Vonage, Cable
Bahamas, Indigo and Skype.
Competition n the cellular
'mobile telephony market is
being demanded as it will lead
to improved services, reduced
tariffs and costs to the con-
The telecoms laws must be
changed to allow for deregula-
tion of the telecommunications

and substance, who relentlessly
pursues the truth in her quest
for justice. In the face of much
adversity, Mrs Carron has been
at the fore in the fight to protect
the democratic rights of
Eileen Carron has come to
beknown as the little lady who
uses a pen as her sword and
who seems to use words like
nuclear bombs. She has become
a thorn in the sides of unscrupu-
lous public figures, and her
name continues to send shivers
down the backs of straying
When a political website
doubted my existence, its
writers claimed that I must be a
nom-de-plume for Mrs Carron.
For me, that asstunption was a
backhanded compliment,
because it meant that my writ-
ing skills were outstanding and
that I, like Mrs Carron, had
pricked someone's conscience.
The Tribune's publisher is a
' true champion of the people
and a nation builder, who has
done more for the Bahamas in
one day of her 50 year journal-
istic career than some politi-
cians have done in their life-
I congratulate you. Mrs Car-
ron, on your 50 years at the van-
guard of the fight for social jus-
tice and the downtrodden!

mail to:





Pajama and Book Drive

Bilney Lane Children's Home

& PMH Children's Ward

Give the gift of comfort and knowledge: new PJs and book
Ages: 6 12
Location: Town Centre Mall

12:00 pm 4:00pmr
Saturday 8th December 2007
Saturday 15th December 2007
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"In the 21st
century, it is
archaic for
BTC to contin-
ue to own and
control the
telephone net-
work (land-
lines) and
cellular ser-

market. Unless the telecom-
munications market is liberal-
ized, the Bahamas risks its
standing in the offshore finance
industry and in the booming e-
commerce market, as BTC has
become notorious for dropped
calls and flawed internet con-
Further liberalization will
benefit Bahamian consumers
and businesses by introducing
more competition, which in turn
should lower prices, enhance
service quality and provide
more choice.

Eileen Carron
a giant!
Eileen Carron, the Bahamas'
very own "iron lady", has been
a mentor, adviser and friend to
me. In 2005,1 I met Mrs Carron
as a 20-year-old cub reporter
when she came into The Tri-
bune's offices, walked to my
cubicle and praised me for a
story I had written and contin-
ued to hotly pursue. I was elat-
Since leaving The Tribune's
newsroom, I've retained a col-
umn and built a relationship
with Mrs Carron and, in our
almost weekly conversations,
have been exposed to a side of
this journalist extraordinaire
that apparently escapes her
L ast summer, before I
travelled to Europe,
Mrs Carron advised me as to
what to expect, discussed the
Schengen visa and so on. When
I returned, as I began to tell her
about my trip, while laughing
she jokingly asked: "How was
the red light district (Amster-
dam)? I heard you called and
was very excited about being
I have come to know Mrs
Carron as a woman of principle









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Before we can answer the widow, Solomon
and Louisa run toward us, chasing the puppy.
Sandy scrambles up the porch steps, and Solomon
and Louisa squeal as they try to catch him. "Calm
down," the widow says, but she smiles and beck-
ons them over. Solomon and Louisa bounce on
their tiptoes beside her, panting for breath. Their
cheeks are pink, and Louisa even has some flesh
on her bones. They never looked this well, even
with Mama and Papa's care. Is it right to make
them leave?
The widow puts one hand on Louisa's shoulder,
the other on Solomon's. "I was just asking your
brother and sister if the four of you could stay
here for good. Would you like that?"
Louisa's face lights up like sunshine sparkling
on water. "Can we?" she asks, but then her
shoulders slump. "Would we be bound out?"
The widow shakes her head. "Of course not.
You'd be just like my own children."
Solomon wiggles away from the widow. He
wraps one arm around my leg, his thumb in his
mouth. "I want Mama," he whispers.
I feel myself leaning one way, then the other,
like prairie grass in a changing wind. Mama
might tell us to stay here. She'd say it was better
for us to be fed well and to have some book
learning. But Papa would never stand for us to
live where they keep slaves. And he told us to go
home to Grandma, no matter what.
I glance at Moses. He holds his head high. I
notice a dark line of hair above his lip. His eyes
are steady on mine, and I know what we have to
"Thank you for your kindness, ma'am," I tell
the widow, "but we must keep traveling to our
Moses clears his throat. "We promised our
father, on his deathbed-" His voice breaks, then
deepens, until he almost sounds like Papa. "We
swore on the Bible that we'd go home," he says.
The Widow Hopkins stands. She's almost as
tall as Moses, and her eyes flash. Louisa shies like
a colt and skitters over next to us. I stroke
Solomon's curls to calm the shaking inside me.
"You children are foolish and ungrateful," the

widow says. "'Moses's foot may never heal if you
keep traveling, and the roads are dangerous.
Think how sick you were when we found you.
And what about the little ones? Shouldn't they
have a good home?"
Now she's making me mad. My face and neck
feel hot. "They will have a good home," I tell her,
although we don't even know if Grandma is still
alive. "And we'll give everything back." I bend
over to unlace my boots.
Louisa starts to cry. "Can't I keep my new
The widow puts out her hand. "Don't be so
proud, Jesse. Keep your gifts. They're useless to
me." She stalks out of the room.
"Whew." Moses lets out his breath with a sigh.
"We sure made her angry."
"I don't care." I look up into his dark eyes, so
much like Papa's. "You could have left us here
and gone west. Did you think of that?"
He looks a little ashamed. "Only for a minute.
We're still a family, Jess." He reaches out his
arms and pulls us all into a tight circle. "Even
without Mama and Papa."
The next morning we're headed out again.
Louisa and Solomon settle in the wagonbed with
Sandy. The wagon is loaded with jugs of fresh
water and enough cornmeal, beans, and pork
rind to last us another week.
But the Widow Hopkins won't come out to

see us off. Only Emmy is there to say goodbye. I
whisper in her ear. "I'll come back for you, when
I'm grown."
She crosses her arms over her chest. "Then I
hope your grandma gives you a passel of money,"
she says. "Or else you'd better show up on some-
thing faster than your pokey mule."
"I'll be riding a horse faster than Moses's
Pearl," I say. We're both dreaming, but I can't
help it. I wave to her until the widow's brick
house disappears beyond the crest of the hill.
"Someday I'll buy Emmy's freedom," 1 tell
I expect him to scoff at me, but instead he
nods. "I'll help you if I can," he says. "I still feel
bad we couldn't bring George with us." We lean
close together, our shoulders almost touching,
for a long time.
We follow the Licking River down to the Blue
Lick. The mule's tongue rubs back and forth
over the salt. Animal tracks-deer, fox, and
bear--cover the lick. We follow the buffalo trace
over the mountains. The trail is steep, so some-
times Louisa and I walk beside the wagon. The air
is cooler up high, and the tight hills and shadowy
hollows remind me we're almost home.
Emmy's uncle gave us good directions, and as
we come closer to the Big Sandy River, we stop
worrying about getting bound out. We tell
strangers our grandma is right down the road,

and no one bothers us.
One hot afternoon we come over the top of a
ridge. The birds are still, and the leaves of the
sycamore trees hang heavy. Down below, a pale
brown rivef-the color of oir puppy-twists
through a narrow valley. We climb down from
the wagon and stand there, looking...
Finally Solomon whispers, "Is that it?" When
Moses nods, Solomon whoops. "Look, Sandy!
Your very own river.' Sandy howls like a real
coondog. Louisa laughs and tugs at his ears.
I smile, but Moses bites his lower lip. I can
guess what he's thinking: What if we've come all
this way-and Grandma isn't there to welcome
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proved why they are the
Catholic Diocesan Primary
Schools basketball champions.
Playing against their rivals
St. Cecilia's Strikers, the Sparks
held on for a close 29-27 victo-
ry on day one of the 23rd
Father Marcian Peters Invita-
tional Basketball.Tournament.
Yesterday's clash of the
titans at the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium was one in which
both teams fought hard against
each other in a bid to avoid
falling in the losing bracket of
the double elimination format.
I "We thought we were going
to play their C'team. I think he
(St. Thomas More's coach Nko-
mo Ferguson), had it set up that
way," said St. Cecilia's coach
Leo Delaney in meeting the
Sparks' A team and not their
second or third string team.
"When the game was able to
get started, it was too late for
me to change my team. They
caught us offguArd. We just
wasn't prep tliem. NASSAU CHRiSTIAN Academy's Briandon Smith contr6olls the fast break
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he wasn't sure whili feam had five and Pedro Dean con- games, the Temple Christian
to play, so he wanted to be safe tribute three. Suns outshone Mt. Carmel Cay-
and let the A team play. Theron Taylor canned a aliers 27-13.
"It came down to a close fin- game high 19 points in the loss. "The game was pretty good.
ish because we got lackadaisical Daniel Johnson added six. Our boys played an uptempo
in the last few minutes of the Another Catholic Diocesan game and they got their first
game when we made some key school, St. Francis/Joseph game jitters out the way," said
turnovers," Ferguson stressed. Shockers jumped out to an 8-0 Suns' coach Keno Demeritte.
As for the rest of the tour- lead and they surged to a com- "We have a small team this
nament, Ferguson said with fortable 25-12 win. year, but I'm hoping that their
three teams entered, he was Coach Valerie Demeritte momentum will be able to pro-
looking forward to at least two said she was quite pleased with pel them into the champi-
of them making the final with the effort. onship."
the A team hopefully winning it "They actually played ball Dylan Peete came up with a
all. today," she stressed. "I was a game high 10, while Denzel
Having fallen in the losing little concerned in the second Whylly had six and Denzel
bracket, Delafiey said they half because we were not play- Whylly added five.
would now have to pill up their ing defence at one point. But For the Cavaliers, Deniro
socks and try to win their next we got it back together." Kemp scored three.
game. Ahkeem Neilly scored a And Galilee blasted the Nas-
Talented point guard Yorick game high 12 points, Michael sau Christian Academy Cru-
Sands provided an up tempo Knowles had six and Dario saders 16-7.
offence for St. Thomas, lead- Butler four in the win. Alvin Morrison and Alvin
ing the way with 10 points. DeQuan Miller scored nine Josey scored six and four points
Sebastian Gray added six, Dae- in the loss. respectively for Galilee. Dar-
jour Adderley' chipped in with In two other primary schools rold Collie had four in the loss.

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Senior Sports Reporter

WHO would have thought that the
Bahamas would have its own profes-
sional basketball team with a Bahami-
an Owner/Chief Executive Officer and
Coach and players?
Well, the Bahama Pro Show, headed
by former basketball executive Ricardo
Smith and coached by James Price of
the Real Deal Shockers, made their
debut in the American Basketball
Association over the weekend.
Bahaina Pro Show, featuring four
Bahamian players, pulled off a 109-89
decision over the Georgia Gwizzlies
on Friday before they lost 123-113 to
the same team on Saturday.
"It's a good experience, but it's
always a way to open the doors for oth-
er Bahamians because some of the tal-
ent I see over there, Bahamians have
better talent," Price reflected. "We
could match laem player for player."
Price's lin jip includes Carvin Cum-
mings, Kevi~ toakley, Steven 'Stretch'
Culmer and Clayton 'Smiley' Miller,
who is now residing in Grand Bahama.
The others are Americans, who reside
either in Miami or Jacksonville,
Bahama Pro Show is currently based
on Miami where they will play their
first home game on Saturday at 7:30
p.m. against the Orlando Aces and
again on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the
Southwest Community Center on SW
58th Avenue and 66th Street.
On Sunday, December 16, they will
host the Georgia Gwizzlies at 3:30 p.m.
and on Friday, December 21, they host
the Orlando Aces again at 3:30 p.m.

After that, Bahama Pro Show will
take a break for Christmas, but return
to close out the year on the road as
they play the Orlando Aces on Friday
and Saturday, December 28-29 at 7:15
p.m. both nights.
Price said while they are delighted
to be making history, they have their
financial challenge in meeting their

financial obligations to practise and
play in the United States.
"Everybody tries to keep in shape,
but we practise as a unit on game day,"
Price pointed out.
For Price, to be coaching the team,
he said he knew what it took to get to
the top, having done that when he came
into the New Providence Basketball

"If this team can play together, we
can go far," he projected.
"Man-to-man, we feel we have a
team that can overcome any obstacle
that come our way."
When he opened the door for trials,
Price said there were many Bahamian
players who came out, but only four

stood the test and survived the final
"If they don't want to be a part of it,
there's nothing we can do," he insisted.
"We can't force them to be a part of
something that they are not interested
Price said he was thrilled to witness
the performances of all four Bahamians
during their first two games. He said he
knew that the players had the ability to
play in the league and they proved it.
Miller, the prolific scorer who previ-
ously played in the NPBA with the
Commonwealth Bank Giants, led the
attack for Bahama Pro Show so far.
"After winning our first game, I
thought we would have won our second
game too," Price noted. "In our second
game, we were down by 17 in the third
quarter and we brought it within three
"Right there, it was the turning point,
but we just got some calls that didn't go
our way."
Price said they hoped to bounce back
and take their double header this week-
While he's the man running the show
on the sidelines, Price said it would not
have been possible without the efforts
of Smith, the owner/CEO.
"When he went to Indianapolis to
put in the team, that was a giant step,"
Price stated. "From what I gathered
after one trip, he had the hardest task in
the world because it was very expen-
"But you have to give him credit for
stepping out. That's why I hope some
other people will step out with him so
that we can make this a success."
Bahama Pro Show still have more
than 20 games to play. All games will be
played over the weekend.

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ARK Knowles is back
M or another year with
his Celebrity Tennis Invitational
at the Atlantis on Paradise Island.
The invitational is a welcome
treat for local tennis enthusiasts as
it took the place of the once popu-
lar Bahamas Open that used to be
staged on Paradise Island before
Atlantis was built.
Many locals looked forward to
the week-long spectacular event
that brought together some of the
top international stars in fierce
Knowles' Invitational is not a
competitive one, but more a relax-
ing mood where the players get to
display their unique styles a little
more without the pressure of hav-
ing to compete for a lofty prize.
The prize here is that they get to
put on a display and at the same
time help Knowles raise some
funds to assist the local charities.
This year's event should be even
more interesting with the dream
doubles team American twin
brothers Bob and Mike Bryan
coming to town.
What makes it interesting is
the fact that the dynamic duo
A will get the opportunity to
showcase their skills on one
side of the court against
o |Knowles and rising young
star Ryan Sweeting.
Sweeting was considered
to be the heir replacement
for Knowles on the
Bahamian international
scene as he helped to push the
Bahamas back into the Ameri-
c .in Zone One Davis Cup tie. And
sv ith Knowles making a pledge to
come back next year and play for
the Davis Cup team that has
110 ed from Zone III to II, it
would have been extra special if
S\ ceting could have been called
upon as well.
All things considered, Bahami-
.mn will get to see Knowles and
S\ meeting match up against the
Sw meeting, as you recalled, won
the US Open junior championship
title two years ago before he relin-
quished his Bahamian citizenship
to become a full-fledge American.
The Knowles and Sweeting
combo won't be as entertaining as
it would have been if it was
Knowles and Canadian Daniel
But as you may recall, Nestor
abandoned their 11-year partner-
ship after they won their third
Grand Slam title at the French

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Open in Roland Garros in August.
The duo did come back togeth-
er to complete their obligation to
play in the year-ending World
Doubles Cup in Shanghai, China
last month where they won the title
for the first time as well.
But wouldn't it have been sweet
treat to have Knowles and Nestor
matched on the court right here
against the Bryans, whom they
have had some intense battles with
over the past few years to deter-
mine who was the best in the
As fate would have it, their com-
mitment to continue playing
together didn't stretch this far.
Nevertheless, rm convinced that
the Knowles and Sweeting com-
bo will put on a good show. After
all, it's just an exhibition, so I don't
think the Bryans will be out to
completely wipe them off the court.
I I think it's good for the Bahami-
an public to get a good chance to
see the tennis legends in action.
So expect that there will be
standing room only when the invi-
tational get underway tomorrow
at 4 p.m.

L ET me one of the first to
ongratulate Ricardo
Smith for the formation of the




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Bahama Pro Show in fhe Am
can Basketball Association.
When it seemed as if all do
were shut down in the Bahan
for Smith to launch his profess
al league, he never gave up
dream to become a Chief Exe
tive Officer of a pro team.
His persistence led him to 1
ABA where he was also to int
duce a team, coached by Jan
Price and featuring a could
Bahamians like Clayton 'Smil
Miller, who now resides in Gra
The Bahama Pro Show mad,
debut over the weekend splitting
double header with a team out
For Smith, the dream became
reality on Friday When his Baha
Pro Shbw won their inaugu
game. They lost the second on
But that didn't matter. Sm
can now boost of being a real
of a real pro team.


T was another shocking
to the sports and indeed t
softball fraternity when the ne
came down that veteran soft*
player Anthony Stuart pass
away while on a shopping trip
Florida last Wednesday.
Stuart wasn't one of those pl
ers who made the headlines, but
was one that you just loved to h
on your team because of his tr
display of sportsmanship.
I had the opportunity to cos
against him when he played
Calvary Bible in the Baptistpo
He was a class act to watch as
enjoyed playing the game..
On behalf of The TribuneSpo
Department and the Baptist Spt
1"fb idl, I wish to extend our co
dolences to his family, his manager
Pat Knowles and team-mates at;
Calvary Bible, who relinquished-
their championship title on Satur-
day when they got eliminated from
the playoffs.
It was a dismal season for Cal-|
vary Bible this year and part of the
reason was they didn't have their|
inspirator playing first base for
May his soul rest in peace.


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awards banquet

'ior Sports Reporter
II ill b, the Bahamas
i in, of Athletic Asso-
,mons' Athletes of the Year
;- .the eighth annual awards
tt is held on Friday,
.'r 281?
_.,uent Mike Sands was
;ight-lipped about the nomi-
nations, only saying that they
: narrowed the selection
t he top four in all cat-

.. s banquet, which
b, t.:;ck at the Royal
..a.n Hotel, will be held
i lie auspices of BAAA's
.,il .t Alpheus 'Hawk'
Sn afnd his wife, Dawn.
'(III, VWhO came on
Sthic public relations
rlmm 1977-1985, fol-
n the heels of Dr.
i ard Nottage and pro-
... Iesmnond Bannister,
Ssirinmental in the
'" i A f the year-ending
S s president from

..Itml)teAd to make a dif-
aid I think on reflec-
S' ,:cut ive team would
0i ,'v did that and
,aiivson pointed out.
i r s leadership, the
,, won its first Olympic
medal through Frank Ruther-
ford, the men's triple jump
ii dalist in Barcelona,

Spain in 2002. Finlayson, who
went on to become the first
Bahamian to be elected as a
member of the International
Amateur Athletic Federation's
executive board in 1999, said
he and his wife are delighted
that they are going to be the
honorees this year.
He thanked Sands and his
executives for honoring him at
the highlight of the BAAA's
calendar year.
Sands, who took over the
reins of the BAAA from Ban-
nister, said the banquet is a
time to recognize the achieve-
ments of all of their athletes
during the various interna-
tional teams as they crown
both the Junior and Senior
Male and Female Athletes of
the Year.
"We will also recognize the
sponsors for the past year and
we will have a Lifetime
Achievement award for Mr.
Keith Parker, a long-time
coach as well as Mr. Ronald
Cartwright, who is also a long-
time coach," Sands disclosed.
"So the committee thought it
was appropriate to recognition
all of the persons behind the
scene, who helped to make this
one of the most successful
years for track and field in the
However, Sands declined to
announce the list of nominees.
He did point out that the sta-
tistics have been completed by

TOP TABLE: The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations announced plans for their year-ending awards banquet. From left to right are com-
mittee member Doris Wood, sponsor Harrison Petty, president Mike Sands, patron Alpheus 'Hawk' Finlayson and committee member Carrie Young.

the BAAA and they will be
submitted to an individual
committee, who will decide on
the eventual winners.
Sands said he's pleased to
be at the helm of the associa-
tion at this particular time and
he credited their success to the
performances of Ihc athletes.
Harrison Petty, the propri-
etor of the Colony ('lub, which
over the vears has hbeen one of
the BAAA's major sponsors.
said ironically it was in 1998
under Finlayson that they were

approached to become
involved in the BAAA's.
Petty said they are pleased
that Finlayson is getting his
just reward this year.
He said the BAAA has cer-
tainly grown from strength to
strength with many athletes
excelling on the international
scene, either in college or on
the professional circuit.
"I'm just very happy that the
Petty Group of Companies will
continue to be a part of it,"
Petty proclaimed.

Doris Wood, one of the
committee members, is urging
all athletes and any other per-
sons interested to purchase
their tickets from the BAAA's
office at the Colony Club.
And Carrie Young, a mem-
ber of the Bahamas Associa-
tion of Certied Officers, who is
also on the committee, said
they want to invite all former
athletes to come forth and
show their support to their
great organization.

"We will also
recognize the
sponsors for the
past year and we
will have a Life-
time Achieve-
ment for Mr. Kei-
th Parker."


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FROM page one

duIct and claims he was told
thati ithe Association had in
lurn askLd Mr Smith to return
Iht dHcuments, and would
bring him before the ethics
coreminclie if he did not.
Acco ding to Mr Bethel, Mr
Smilh still has not returned the
Mr Bethel says he paid Mr
Smith %.u00 in legal fees dur-

Keod Smil

ing the time he was actin
him as owner of the Cu
themed bar/cafe.
Contacted about the m
Bar Association presi
Wayne Munroe told The
bune that any "discipli
matter" would be one
which the Association's e
committee would have au
ity. That committee's c


-[ man, lawyer Carol Lashley,
Lith said that it was the commit-
tee's policy not to reveal
g for whether a member is under
iban- investigation.
Attempts over a period of
latter weeks by The Tribune to con-
dent tact Mr Smith at his law office
STri- about the allegations were
nary unsuccessful, and numerous
over messages were not returned.
thiss Finally reaching Mr Smith on
thor- his cell phone for comment on
hair- the allegations yesterday, he
would only say that he had "no
Meanwhile, Mr Bethel said
that his rental dispute with the
British Colonial Development
Company (BCDC), the land-
lord of the space from which
he currently operates his busi-
ness, is continuing.
Mr Bethel claims that the
company has been overcharg-
ing him by around 300 square
feet for the last six years, and,
for the last 18 months, has
accused him of missing rental
payments. Mr Bethel claims he
has "solid documentary evi-
dence" to prove his case -
although some of this is now
in the hands of Mr Smith.
He alleges that BCDC are
stalling on resolving the matter,
and refuse to accept data pro-
vided by surveyors and accoun-
Failure to reach a satisfacto-
ry conclusion over the rental
concerns, to which he claims
he is now owed around
$160,000, is causing his busi-
ness to suffer, he said.
Yesterday, Jurg Gassmann
of the BCDC said he was
"aware of (Mr Bethel's) claims
* and allegations" relating to his
, rent, but, he said, the dispute
-has been "overplayed" by Mr
Dm Bethel.
He claimed that the issue
centred around "different
N. interpretations of the agree-
A ment" between the landlord
and the business owner.
He suggested that while
there are certain standards and
agreed interpretations of
agreements, "what (Mr Bethel)
says is, well if I take a yard
stick and I measure inside my
property, this is what I come
up with but that's not how
it's done." Mr Gassmann said
that the company has "really
done what it could" to resolve .
the situation, but "it's one step
forward and three steps back."

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PM warns over global warming

threat to small island states

FROM page one
environment," Mr Ingraham

The Prime Minister said
threats to the environment
include hurricanes, droughts,
floods, landslides, earth-
quakes and tropical storms.

CCAA Star of the Caribbean Award

FROM page one
According to the CCAA, the Star of the Caribbean Award is
given in recognition of "distinguished service and committed
efforts to improve the economic well being of the people of the
Caribbean Basin."
The CCAA added that Prime Minister Ingraham has consis-
tently called for honest, open, transparent and accountable
government and his terms in government have been marked by
deliberate reductions in the size of government and-the pro-
motion of private sector led economic development, both local
and international.
He and his go emrninent were credited with the revitalisation
of The Bahamas economy since 1992, most particularly in its
tourism and financial services sectors.
Past recipients of the Star of the Caribbean Award include
President Ricardo Maduro of Honduras, Prime Minister Patrick
Manning of Trinidad & Tobago, Prime Minister Owen Arthur
of Barbados, President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican
Republic, US Senator Robert Graham, as well as other influ-
ential Presidents, Prime Ministers, and private sector leaders of
the region, the CCAA said.
CCAA is a non-governmental organisation that promotes
private sector-led economic development in the Caribbean
Basin. Its Miami Conference remains the only forum that focus-
es specific attention on the smaller economies of the Caribbean
and Central America.

"And their occurrence has
increased both in frequency
and magnitude in recent
years," he said.
Mr Ingraham said it is
clear, that urgent action is
required to increase partici-
pation levels at internation-
al negotiations..to exactly
determine what climate
change means for small
developing states "whose
ecological fragility makes
them critically vulnerable to
the threat."
The prime minister said
that it is also critical to get
the level of sensitivity con-
cerning the serious issue of
climate change to the point
of a consensus for action.
It is also crucial "to bring
greater focus to the consid-
eration of the human and
economic aspects of climate
change and to secure sup-
port for natural disaster
management in the smaller
countries in the region," Mr

Ingraham said.
At the same time that the
CCAA conference was tak-
ing place in Miami, a high
level meeting of the United
Nations on climate change
got underway in Balij
The _UN-in its 2007/2008
Human Development
Report said that small-island
developing states like the
Bahamas are on the front
line of climate change. I
The UN reported that if
sea levels increase by one
metre.(3.2 ft), about 11 per
cent of the land area in the
Bahamas would be perma'
nently submerged.
An one-inch increase in
sea levels, would lead to
over one-third of the
Caribbean's beaches being
The UN described the cli-
mate change as the defining
human development of- this

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Tribune Business'
THE Government has yet
to decide whether it will
extend the stamp tax exemp-
tion for first-time home buy-
ers, whose property's
appraisal value is $250,000
or less, beyond the year-end.
date at which it is due to
expire. Deputy Prime Min-
ister Brent Symonette told
a Bahamas Real Estate
Association (BREA): lun-
cheon yesterday.
The stamp tax exemption,
introduced by the former
Christie administration to
alleviate the tax burden fac-
ing young Bahamian first-
time property and real estate
buyers, and stimulate eco-
nomic activity in the hous-
ing and mortgage markets,
expires on Decemfer'31,
Mr Symonette said the
Government had made no
decision, and taken no
action, when asked by
BREA members whether it
was considering increasing
the $500,000 real estate pur-
chase threshold for ebonom-
ic permanent residency.
He told Tribune Business
that he knew the permanent
residency threshold was of
some concern to realtors,
and said it was something
the Government would be
looking into as part of its
efforts to streamline the
entire im eItment appro als
The Government will also
be examining the issue of the
stamp tax exemption for
first-time home.buyers that
expires at the end of 2007,
although Mr Symonette said
he could not say whether it
would be renewed or
"We are looking into it,
but perhaps Minister Laing
would be a better person to
ask," he added.
It was estimated, though,
that some $157 million in
unpaid stamp tax remains
owing to the Government.
Meanwhile, Mr Symon-
ette said the Government
believed it had made "a dra-
matic impact" on the back-
log of applications before
the Investments Boatd, and
the time taken to process
these applications, after tak-
ing office on May 2, 2007.
He explained that the
SEE page 4B|



MON B bsI* es S r Ibu -ed .ne

Third judicial action

against Baker's Bay

Tribune Business' Editor
OPPONENTS of the $175
million Baker's Bay Golf &
Ocean Club have filed their
third Judicial Review applica-
" fidfnii bid to halt the project,
this time seeking court orders to
quash all permits and approvals
issued by the Hope Town Dis-
trict Council and prevent them
from issuing or renewing any
Fred Smith, a partner in Cal-
lender's & Co and attorney for
the Save Guana Cay Reef
Association, yesterday said the
latest action was "challenging
the 13 building permits that
were just approved on Decem-
ber 3,2007, by the Hope Town
District Council.
"We seek to have those per-
mits quashed. We will be seek-

ing an injunction immediately
to stop construction of those 13
In its judicial review applica-
tion, the Association alleged
that it understood "that eight

building permit applications for
the developers were approved
at the December 3,2007, meet-
ing by the Council.
"The council members that
approved the building permit
applications stated that if the
Association had a petition
signed by 90 per cent of the reg-
istered voters at Guana Cay,
they would not approve the
applications but otherwise they
The judicial review applica-
tion's filing comes just days
before Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham is due to make a vis-
it tomorrow to his north Abaco
constituency, where he will
meet with members of the
Hope Town District Council to
discuss the Baker's Bay project.
He will also tour the Baker's
Bay construction site with the
councillors. It is understood that

members of the Save Guana
Cay Reef Association may also
be on hand to 'welcome' the
Prime Minister, setting the stage
for the 'irresistible force' that
is Mr Ingraham to meet the
'immovable object' seemingly
- that are the project's oppo-
nents and Mr Smith.
He yesterday said that the
third judicial review application
was about "fairness, the right
to be heard and the participa-
tion of the community".
Alleging that the Association
and its members had been
excluded from participating in
the planning process and having
their concerns heard when Bak-
er's Bay's permits came up for
approval, Mr Smith said: "The
.developers will have to be
applying for permits for many
years, and the Local Govern-
ment Act requires the local

council to give approval. We
will fight for our rights to the
-bitter end.
"We have made several
requests of the district council to
give us an opportunity to have
notice of the building permits,
so that our views can be con-
"We have been kicked out
of the meetings, not given ade-
quate warning, not been given
copies of the applications, not
seen a copy of the master devel-
opment plan, and do not have a
copy of the Environmental
Impact Assessment or Envi-
ronmental Management Plan.
"Just as we have been
ignored by central government,
we have been excluded by local
government. This is not accept-
able. It is against natural jus-
tice, due process and it is not

Project's developers reiterate
'harassment' accusations against
opponents over third Judicial Review
Tribune Business Editor
THE Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club developers yester-
day accused the $175 million project's opponents of "harass-
ment" following the filing of a third Judicial Review application
challenging permits issued to the development, while Hope
Town's chief councillor said the council would not be "intimi-
dated" by the Save Guana Cay Reef Association.
Dr Livingstone Marshall, Baker's Bay's vice-president of
environmental and community affairs, responding the third
Judicial Review application filed against the development, this
time against the Hope Town District Council, told The Tribune:
"This is definitely harassment. This is going beyond any reason.
"All we are trying to do is build a great project, in accordance
with the laws of the Bahamas, and bring employment to the
SEE page 7B

Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMAS First Holdings, the parent com-
pany of general insurer Bahamas First, yesterday
said it was on target to enjoy the "best year
we've ever had from a bottom line perspec-
tive", net income for the first nine months of
2007 standing at "just a shade under $8 mil-
In a conference call to discuss the sale of a 20
per cent stake in Bahamas First Holdings to a
Canadian insurer, Ian Fair and Patrick Ward,
the Bahamian firm"s chairman and president
and chief executive respectively, said the deal
with The Economical Insurance Group would
give it the extra capital and resources to enable
it to expand outside the Bahamas into the
Mr Ward said Bahamas First Holdings's finan-
cial performance for 2007 was "trending to be
the best year we've ever had from a bottom
line perspective".
"At the end of the third quarter, our bottom
line profit for the first nine months was just a

Lawsuit to have
'no impact' on

Hilton project
Tribune Business Editor
THE British Colonial
. Hilton's majority shareholder
yesterday said the lawsuit filed
over a proposed resort/marina
development on land adjacent
to the downtown Nassau
resort "won't have an impact"
on its efforts to move that pro-
ject forward with another
Dr Jurg Gassmann, a non-
executive director of Aduri-
on Capital Management, said
of the lawsuit filed by Island
Global Yachting (IGY): "It
won't have an impact on our
ability to move forward with
another partner. One way or
another, the development is
going to happen."
He pointed out that the
IGY lawsuit, which was filed
in New York the jurisdiction
chosen as the venue for any
arbitration and legal action
related to the project did not
affect the existing British
Colonial Hilton resort or the
land it sat on.
SEE page 5B

* Insurer's net income for first nine
months 'just a shade under $8m'
* Company says sale of 20% stake
to Canadian insurer will give it
capital, resources to target
Caribbean expansion
* Deal described as 'win-win' for
shareholder value, with EGM
approval 'unanimous'
* Property premiums likely to
decrease in Bahamas in 2008
shade under $8 million," he added.
Mr Fair said Bahamas First Holdings was
likely to this year pay $0.07 in total dividends per
share to shareholders, compared to $0.04 per
share in 2006.
He added that A.M. Best, the international
insurance credit rating agency, had confirmed
Bahamas First's A(-) financial strength and cap-
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EU response awaited to

'goods-only' EPA offer

Tribune Business
THE Bahamas is still await-
ing a response from the Euro-
pean Union (EU) to its
goods-only offer on the Eco-
nomic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA), the minister of
state for finance, Zhivargo
Laing, saying yesterday that
this was the best the country
can give at this time.
Mr Laing was speaking at a
trade seminar luncheon host-'
ed by the Bahamas Financial
Services Board (BFSB). The
minister stressed that while
the EPA has been under
negotiation from 2002, no
region participating in the

Minister says this the 'best' Bahamas can currently

offer, with government not wanting to sign any

more tax exchange deals despite pressure

negotiations was ready to
meet the December 31, 2007,
deadline set some five years
ago for its conclusion.
which seemed most likely to,
be in a position to sign on to
the EPA by the deadline, is
,now unlikely to make the
deadline, notwithstanding last
minute efforts to do so," Mr
Laing said.

which is the grouping to
which the Bahamas belongs,
seeks to sign a comprehen-
sive agreement by the dead-
line, the Bahamas has offered
to the European Union to
sign a limited 'goods only'
agreement and is now await-
ing the EU's response to the
"A goods-only offer is Con-

isistent with overtures made
by the EU to countries seek-
iing to meet the WTO dead-
line of December 31, and is
.the best offer vwe can make
at this time to preserve the
access that our companies,
such as the fisheries exporters
and Polymers International,
have to the EU market, on
favourable terms."
Mr Laing added that any


services-based negotiations
with the EU will have to
come later, and are likely to
take place within the broader
context of the Bahamas'
international trade policy,
which when developed within
the next six to 12 months will
ensure this nation is able to.
deliberate and comprehen-
sively negotiate any and all
trade agreements.
Mr. Laing said this policy
would include all trade appli-
cations from the WTO
application (which the gov-
ernment is actively pursuing)
to the now-stalled Free Trade
Area of the Americs
"Such a comprehensive'
policy developed by an esta-
lished, professionally staffed,
academic-research supported
International Trade Unit
within the Ministry of
Finance will ensure thatall
implications of such agree-
ments for our financial ser-
vices sector are clearly
defined and addressed," .he
added. r
Mr Laing also addressed
the possibility of the country
signing additional Tax Inf0b-
- mation Exchange Agree-
ments (TIEAs) with other
countries. He said that while
there have been "numerous
requests from nations across
the globe", the Government
is not inclined to sign any
agreements unless it has full
input from the private sector.
"Certainly, for our part,
any agreements entered into
with other countries must
meet the basic requirement
of advancing the growth and
development of our econo-
my, with clearly defined
gains. There must be open
and frank dialogue with
industry on this issue because
it is not going away and deter-
minations will ultimately have
to be made." Mr Laing said.

Wheat, corn prices
rise on Chicago
Board of Trade
while soybeans,.
and oats end lower
Associated Press ...
FUTURES for grains andl'
beans finished in a mixed
range Thursday on the .
Chicago Board of Trade.
Wheat for March delivery
rose 6.5 cents to $8.915 a
bushel; March corn rose 0.75
cent to $4.1,2 a bushel; March
oats shed 0.25 cent to $2.79 a
bushel; January soybeans fell
0.75 cent to $10.9875 a
Beef and pork futures rose
on the Chicago Mercantile
February live cattle rose
0.22 cent to 96.17 cents a
pound; January feeder cattle
rose 0.1 cent to $1.0635 a
pound; February lean hogs
gained 0.1 cent to 61.2 cents
a pound; February pork bel-
lies added 0.08 cent to 90.25
cents a pound.


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Bahamas oil bill equal


1/3 of goods


THE Bahamas' 2007 oil
import bill may equal "one
third" of this nation's total
merchandise imports for this
year, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham said, requiring
Bahamians to be more energy
efficient and explore alterna-
tive energies.
Addressing the CCAA
Conference in Miami on
Wednesday, the Prime Minis-
ter illustrated how rising glob-
al oil prices had impacted the
cost of living in the Bahamas.
He explained that while the
Bahamas' oil import bill in
2001 totalled $273 million or
15 per cent of total merchan-
dise imports, by 2006 this had
increased by 159 per cent to
$706 million or 27 per cent of
total merchandise imports,
showing why this nation and
the wider Caribbean needed
"a serious energy policy".
Mr Ingrah'am said: "Just five
years ago in 2001, domestic oil
consumption in my country
amounted to some $273 mil-
lion or 15 per cent of total
merchandise imports of $1.856
billion. Last year, 2006, it
accounted for $706 million, or
27 per cent of total imports of
$2.621 billion.
"A reversal of this trend
seems unlikely, and by the end
of this year, the cost of domes-
tic consumption of oil may
well be at or close to one-third
of total merchandise imports.
This seems to be a level where
alternative sources of energy
make sense, and where it is
sound economic judgment to
revisit the energy efficiency of

our lifestyles generally."
Mr Ingraham added that the
"phenomenal increase in ener-
gy costs" had "aggravated"
the widening trade imbalances
being experienced by the
Bahamas and other Caribbean
nations, as these increased as
their economies and tourism
industries grew.

"The import-content of
tourism spending is such that
the opportunity must exist for
expansion of the domestic
productive capacity of many
of these economies without

adversely impacting the com-
petitiveness of the jurisdic-
tion," Mr Ingraham said.
"This needs to be given care-
ful consideration.
"Reduction of the import
content of tourism can of itself
be a major economic policy
objective of the region."
Mr Ingraham said the
Bahamas was involved in
aggregate trade amounting to
$7.6 billion in 2006, a sum that
was 20 per cent larger than
this nation's gross domestic
product (GDP) for that year.
Total GDP for 2006
amounted to $6.1 billion, with
the Bahamas' import bill for
goods and services standing at
$4.5 billion or 70 per cent of
GDP. Exports of goods and
services by the Bahamas stood
at $3.1 billion, some 50 per
cent of GDP.
However, Mr Ingraham said
the Bahamas could not just
remain content with past suc-
cesses, adding: "For some
time, our failure to increase
local value added in our pri-
mary economic activities has
meant that we have not max-
imised benefits from our ear-
lier successes for local busi-
nesses and for Bahamians.
"Only last year, a review of
regional tourism destinations
revealed that the Bahamas
was amongst the countries
with the highest leakage of
tourism revenues."

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Stuart Travel Services Limited
Northern Transport Limited
Skate World Limited
Special Venture Associates Limited
Deep Blue Energy (Bahamas) Limited formerly
Nashumi International Limited

TAKE NOTICE that all persons having claims
against the Estate and or any of the Companies listed above.
as creditors, must, before close of business on Friday the
28th day of December, 2007, send to the Joint Receiver and
Manager at the address shown below, by letter, facsimile or
electronically, full particulars of the amount and nature of
their claim together with invoices, or any other documents
evidencing the same and contact information of the creditor.
Failure to submit a claim by the 28kt December, 2007 may
result in a loss of rights with respect to such a claim. The
Joint Receiver and Manager reserve the right to accept oi
reject any claim. The Joint Receiver and Manager reserve
the right to require further evidence in support of any claim
before accepting a claim. Creditors submitting claims
with sufficient and proper evidence thereof before the 28'
December, 2007 will be advised in writing of whether
their claim is accepted. Acceptance of claims by the Joint
Receiver and Manager does not impose any liability on the
Joint Receiver and Manager to pay such claim. Claims which
are accepted in writing by the Joint Receiver and Manager
will be considered for payment depending upon the priorityof
such claim and the availability of funds to meet such claim.

Dated this 5th day of December A.D., 2007

Kevin D. Seymour
Joint Receiver and Manager
Regent Centre East
P.O. Box F-42682
Freeport Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 352-8471
Facsimile: (242) 352-4810
E-Mail: kevin.d.seymour@bs.pwc.com

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No decision on first-time buyer

Stamp exemption's extension

FROM page one

Board had decided that its
chairman, the Prime Minister,
would be granted authority,
subject to the normal due dili-
gence procedures carried out
by the Board's Secretariat, to
approve applicants for permits
relating to land acquisitions in
'Approved Subdivisions'.
Such applications were now
referred to as 'the short agen-
da', and Mr Symonette said
the reform meant that Invest-
ments Board members did
not all have to meet in one

place to vet and approve
these, instead the applications
being circulated to them.
The latest November meet-
ing on 'short agenda' applica-
tions considered some 37, Mr
Symonette said, for projects
such as Winding Bay, Bimini
Bay, Emerald Bay, the Resi-
dences at Atlantis, Cat Cay
and Treasure Cay.
The total dollar value of
applications approved at this
meeting, Mr Symonette said,
was $40.5 million, some $25.3
million of that being related
to New Providence land sales.

The Pilot House
Management Company Ltd.

is offering by virtue of liens against the hereafter
described condominium units and power of sale
vested in the Condominium Association pursuant to
the provisions contained in the Conveyancing and
Law of property (Condominium) Act 1965.

Two Bedroom/Two Bath


Unit#201 Two Bedroom/Two Bath

One Bedroom/One Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
Two Bedroom/Two Bath
One Bedroom/One Bath
One Bedroom/One Bath


All offers should be in writing and tendered in
sealed envelopes by Monday December 24th, 2007
to the Pilot House Condominium Association
P.O. Box SS-19934, Nassau, Bahamas

These sales are subject to a reserved price, and the
right is reserved to reject any or all offers.

LEADING TRUST COMPANY is seeking a candidate for the
position of Trust Officer
Responsibilities include:
* Liaising with senior management in the provision of
information/execution of transactions and problem
* Managing all associated risks and escalating as appropriate
* Preparing periodic administrative reviews of trusts and
* Liaising with Compliance/Business Risk Management,
external auditors and regulators as required to ensure
adherence to all internal policies/procedures and regulatory
* Ongoing updating and maintenance of trust administration
system as it relates to account management
* Projects as assigned from time to time.

* Bachelors degree in law, business administration,
accounting or related field
* Minimum 3-5 years experience in trust and company
administration or related experience
* Strong oral and written communication skills
* STEP qualification is desirable
* Sound knowledge of fundamental trust and company laws
and related administrative practice
* Basic knowledge of banking and investment products and
their application in overall management and administration
of wealth
* Basic understanding and working knowledge of
accounting concepts and their applications
* Ability to identify potential risk issues and solutions and
to communicate these effectively to senior management
* Excellent time management, organization and
administrative skills
* Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
* Strong PC skills; knowledge of 4Series an asset
* Strong interpersonal skills and excellent team player


Interested Bahamian candidates should forward a copy of
their resume to:
Human Resources
P.O.Box N-10697
Nassau, Bahamas or
Fax:(242) 325-0911 or
E-mail:sm ith@experta.bs

Meanwhile, Mr Symonette
said the Investments Board
had held 12 meetings to-date
since the FNM came to office
to deal with applications, such
as real estate purchases, that
were niot on the 'short agen-
At the last such meeting,
some 64 items with a dollar
value of $96.25 million were
placed before it, some $2.5
million of that relating to New
And the National Econom-
ic Council (NEC), which held
its 11th meeting under the
Ingraham administration in
November, at that meeting
dealt with projects on Grand
Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and
New Providence involving
some 5,400 acres of land.

Meanwhile, Mr Symonette
said that from January 1,
2008, new forms and support-
ing documents for a Certifi-
cate of Registration and appli-
cations for permits under the
International Persons Land-
holding Act will be put into
The deputy prime minister
said-properties valued at
under $10,000 will not require
due diligence, but a $250 fee
will now be required for a
Certificate of Registration
and $500 fee for a permit once
the application is approved.
The application fee will be
abolished, Mr Symonette said,
adding: "By so doing, we
hope to dramatically impact
the timeframe from the date
of application to the date of


Kingsway Academy




The Entrance


will be held at the school on

Bernard Road

on Thursday,

January 12,2008 from 8:00 a.m. -
1:30 p.m. for students wishing to
enter grades seven through ten.

Deadline for applications will be
Thursday,January 10.Aplications
can be collected at the Business
Office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information please
call telephone numbers
324-8811: 324-3409: or 324-6269

consideration by removing the
fee from the front end, and
redefining the documents
required on application."
The application process
would be linked to the Real
Property Tax department to
ensure real property
taxes were paid, and con-
veyances carried the correct
Mr Symonette added that
the first phase of the $1.3 bil-
lion Albany Golf & Beach
Resort, involving the subdi-
vision, had been approved, as
well as the marina basin and
civil design for the roads. The
Ministry of Works was also
reviewing the design for new
roads in relation to the $2.4

billion Baha Mar project at
Cable Beach.
Kerzner International was
also due to redevelop the area
around the Hurricane Hole
Marina in 2008, featuring a
revamped marina, town hous-
es and restaurants worth "sev-
eral hundred million dollars".
The Government, Mr
Symonette said, was due to
revise the Town Planning Act,
Private Roads and Subdivi-
sion Act, and the Conserva-
tion and Protection of Physi-
cal Landscape Act, and was
set to appoint a new Ambas-
sador for the Environment
and seven BEST Commission
officers with responsibility for
the Family Islands.

NOTICE is hereby given that VILANES FLEURISTIN of
WULFF ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 7TH day of December, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Bahamas International Business Companies Act
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 131 of the
Bahamas International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
WELLER MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution. PANA- *
the Liquidator and can be contacted at Marlborough & Queen Street,
P.O. Box N-10429, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their names
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator
before 20th December, 2007.


Legal Notice
(a) MAUDE INVESTMENTS LIMITED is in dissolution under the
provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on December 5, 2007
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by
the Registrar General.
(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace
West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the.17th day of January, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars.of their debts-or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
debts are proved.
December 6, 2007

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Mon Fri

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December 17th to21st Open 9am to 6pm
Mon Fri

December 22nd Open 10am to 6pm

December 24th Open 9am to 7pm
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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 Central 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
Nassau, Bahamas





Lawsuit to have 'no

impact' on Hilton project

FROM page one

The Tribune understands
that Adurion and the Cana-
dian Commercial Workers
Industry Pension Plan
(CCWIPP), its partner in the
resort's holding company, the
British Colonial Develop-
ment Company, have made
some progress in identifying
an alternative partner.
This newspaper was told
that the resort and its own-
ers 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 Colo-
nial Hilton, which is being
valued at between $20-$30
On its website, Adurion
said that in relation to the
British Colonial Hilton it
would "develop the adjacent
land into a luxury mega-
yachts marina resort, includ-
ing condo and retail space".
Meanwhile, Dr Gassmann
said Adurion and the British
Colonial Development Com-
pany were proceeding with
their refurbishment and ren-
ovation plans for the existing
hotel, a programme set to
enhance all 291 rooms.
The pair are also looking
to boost the management and
profitability of the British
Colonial Hilton's Centre of
Commerce at No.1 Bay
Dr Gassmann said of the
renovations: "It's progressing
in an orderly way. There will
be a certain sequence to the
renovations, with the rooms
being renovated first.
"We're very close to get-
ting it finalised, and the inten-
tion is to start it next year.
We're on track with that.
"The refurbishment will.be
done by the end of next year.
Some things will have to be
done in 2009, and that 'will
take us into the development
next door."
Adurion made a more-
than $30 million investment
commitment to revitalise the
hotel, including a $15 mil-
lion refurbishment pro-
gramme, after taking control
of the British Colonial
Development Company
from its Canadian pension
fund partner in March 2007.
The Tribune revealed yes-
terday that IGY had initiated
legal action in New York
against the British Colonial
Development Company and
its two major shareholders
after its attempts to bring the
project to fruition collapsed
amid acrimony and finger-
pointing by both sides.
Also named as defendants
in the lawsuit are understood
to be Adurion's parent com-

pany 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 Resort.
Sources close to the situa-
tion said the defendants vig-
orously denied the allega-
tions in IGY's lawsuit, which
would be defended, and they
were preparing to file a
IGY's chairman and chief
executive, Andrew Farkas,
previously told The Tribune
that the project ran into
trouble after Adurion
allegedly tried to alter the
terms of the original deal
after it bought into the
British-Colonial Develop-
ment Company.
He said then: "Right now,
it's in limbo because Aduri-
on and the pension fund who
own the property, and have
a joint venture deal with
IGY, decided they wanted
to change the deal."....
"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 pen-

sion fund decided to take on
a new partner...."
Adurion became con-
cerned when IGY left it late
to supply it with financial
projections and details on a
project that would be hap-
pening next door to its latest
multi-million dollar invest-
ment, as it needed to know
what potential impact there
might be.
In addition, Adurion was
also said to have been
uncomfortable with the price
IGY was paying under the
original contract to acquire
the land it needed from the
British Colonial Develop-
ment Company, and wanted
to increase it something
Mr Farkas had previously
Adurion is also said to
have wanted to play a more
active role in the marina
project, participating as a co-
investor in the project
Talks were ongoing for
almost three years, The Tri-
bune understands, and the
initial contract allowed both
sides to walk away from the
deal if it was not concluded
within two years an option
that Adurion, CCWIPP and
the Hilton ultimately exer-
cised. Effectively, the deal

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

Notice is hereby given of the loss of Bahamas Governmet
Registered Stock Certificate as follows:

Stock Rate
2024-2026 0.28125%APR


Date Amount
05/04/2025 $3.000.00

I intend to request The Registrar to issue a replacement
certificate If this certificate is found, please write to P.O.Box
N1881, Nassau, Bahamas. (DF88)


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took too long to consum-
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 numer-
ous meetings and conference
calls between IGY and Adu-
rion executives, they were
not able to agree terms on a
new deal.


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from a recognized University in the relevant subject area and a Post-graduate Certificate in
Education, or teacher certificate. The ability to teach Advanced Placement courses, a second
language or a second subject would be an asset. A certified copy of the relevant degree
and teacher certificate must accompany the application. The names and relevant contact
information of at least two professional references should also be listed. Applications from
unqualified persons and or incomplete applications will not be processed.
The persons offered an appointment will be expected to make a commitment to
work in harmony with Christian principles and to support the emphasis of the
Bahamas Conference of The Methodist Church of which the school is a part.
Queen's College was established in Nassau in 1890 by the Methodist Church and is member
of the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU)

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be sent to:

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Bahamas First eyeing

'best profit year ever'

FROM page one
italisation rating, and said The
Economical Insurance Group
deal was "a total win-win for
our shareholders. We see it as
a very substantial company to
have a strategic alliance with".
Confirming Tribune Busi-
ness's exclusive story on the
deal, the pair said the agree-
ment will see The Economical
Insurance Group acquire
about seven million ordinary
shares in Bahamas First Hold-
ings in a deal worth $10.75 mil-

lion, the Canadian company
paying a price between $1.49-
$1.50 per share to be a passive
shareholder a position it is
said to be happy with.
Mr Fair said the price being
paid by The Economical Insur-
ance Group was much higher
than recent trades in Bahamas
First's shares, which had been
closer to a $1 per share price.
As a result, the purchase rep-
resented an "increase in value
to our shareholders".
He added that the deal's
announcement at Wednesday
night's Extraordinary Gener-
al Meeting "EGM" had met
with "unanimous" approval
from Bahamas First Holdings
shareholders, more than 50 per
cent of whom attended in per-
Mr Ward said "all the
important details" on the deal
had been agreed between the
two companies, and it was now
pending final regulatory
approval from all the supervi-
sory bodies the Registrar of
Insurance, Central Bank of the
Bahamas, National Economic
Council (NEC) really the
Cabinet and the Securities
Bahamas First was "well on
the way" to obtaining all the
required approvals, and Mr
Fair added: "The aim is to
complete before the end of the
year. We're expecting to have
this completed, 100 per cent
done, and money in the bank

by December 31."
When asked why Bahamas
First had not sought additional
capital from its existing share-
holders, or tapped the capital
markets, Mr Ward said the
agreement with The Econom-
ical Insurance Group "was not
just about raising capital, but
positioning Bahamas First for
the future".
"If you're looking to expand
your business on a broader
base than Bahamas First has
at the moment, having a part-
ner like Economical gives us
an opportunity to think more
long-term than would have
ordinarily been the case," Mr
Ward said.
"There's a lot more
resources at our disposal than
if we would have had a less
well-capitalised partner.
"We've got one-third of the
market [based on premium
volume] as it is now, and I
don't think there is any rea-
sonable scope to increase that
share for a number of reasons.
Any growth or expansion of
the company has to be outside
these borders."
Mr Ward suggested that one
possible obstacle to Bahamas
First's future expansion in this
nation "might be the regulato-
ry scrutiny we would attract if
our market share increased
beyond what it is now".
Mr Fair added that Bahamas
First had been looking at
potential acquisition opportu-

nities, both inside and outside
the Bahamas, for the past five
years, but had yet to find any-
thing attractive.
He added that the alliance
with The Economical Insur-
ance Group would give
Bahamas First the ability to
expand beyond this nation and
"spread 3 risk" associated
with its business, as the Cana-
diar company understood the
Bahamian market and the
company's future potential.
"There is a finite amount of
business here," Mr Fair said.
"The alliance with Economi-
cal gives us the opportunity to
look elsewhere, and it
behooves us to do so.
"We have looked at a couple
of things outside the Bahamas,
but they've not really met our
criteria. We're going to con-
tinue to look."
The $10.75 million proceeds
from The Economical Insur-
ance Group buy-in, Mr Ward
and Mr Fair said, would be
used to re-pay a $6 million loan
that Bahamas First Holdings
last year obtained from But-
terfield Bank, with the remain-
der used to enhance the com-
pany's capital base.
The Bahamas First chairman
acknowledged that with the
increase in insurance premi-
ums, coupled with a rise in the
volume of business the com-
pany was doing, the company
was "coming up on the posi-
tion of not being able to write
more business without extra
However, Mr Ward added
that property premium rates
in the Bahamas were likely to
soften slightly in 2008, based
on initial discussions and con-
tacts with reinsurers.
He said: "I can safely say at
this point, on property busi-
ness there will be a reduction.
The extent to which the reduc-
tion manifests itself is uncer-
tain at this stage.
"There will be some
easing on property
premiums." ... ':

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



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


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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-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






We will not be

over Baker's Bay

FROM page one
He "Jded that the Associa-
tion ,.eemed to be targeting
anyone involved or connected
with the Baker's Bay project,
reiterating that the developers,
Arizona-based Discovery Land
C >mpany, had obtained all nec-
es ary permits and approvals
in 11 compliance with the
"la'v, rules and regulations".
"We've done what we were
supposed to have done, and
taken extra steps to make sure
ve're in full compliance with
, everything Dr Marshall said.
He added that all the permits
FIake's Bay had applied to the
I lope Town District Council
"3r to date had been for "tech-
nical items, not discretionary
items"; and said it was unfortu-
nc e that the council should be
ta geted when it was "trying to
cairy out its responsibilities to
the best of its ability".
In its Judiciel Review appli-
cation, the Save Guana Cay
Reef Association is seeking a
court order to "quash" all the
permits issued by the Hope
Town District Council to Bak-
er's Bay to date, and an inter-
locutory order to prevent it
from issuing or renewing any
more permits and approvals.
Jeremy Sweeting, Hope
Town's chief councillor,
responding to the Judicial
Review application, said yes-
terday: "We're not going to be
intimidated by the Association;
we're going to continue to car-
ry out our duties.
"This is a free country and
they have a right to voice their
opinion, but as far as a Judicial
Review application, that's
absurd. The council will not be
intimidated by this group."
Mr Sweeting said no one was
allowed to review and look at
someone's building plans apart
from the district council, which
put up notices on when it was
holding a planning meeting,
who was applying, what type of

structure it was for, and the
square footage covered, so per-
sons objecting could challenge
He added that until the coun-
cil received a court order or
notification from central gov-

ernment telling it to stop, it
would continue to treat Bak-
er's Bay's planning applications
"like we treat anyone else's"
and assess them on their merits.
Describing the Association
as "a small but vocal group",


A progressive organization seeks to hire an
Accounts Clerk. The successful candidate
will be responsible for recording various
business transactions and generating
monthly financial statements and reports for

Candidate must have at least an associate
degree in accounting with a minimum of five
(5) years experience or a bachelor degree
with a minimum of (3) years experience.
Knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Quick
Books would be an advantage.

Salary range: $16,200- $25,000 per Annum.

Qualified and interested applicants should
forward a copy of their curriculum vitae to:-

c/o The Tribune
DA Number 5405
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

All responses should be received by
December 18, 2007.





Excellent opportunity

for you to control /your
You are limited only to
-your potential
Flexible hours available

* Ability to meet and adhere to strict deadlines
* Excellent written and communication skills.

Apply in writing to

Sales Representatives

Box PM-1
C Professional app The Nassau Guardian
P.O. Box N-3011

Mr Sweeting said all Abaconi-
ans knew the Baker's Bay pro-
ject was "a done deal" and
were "ready to move on with
Over the past couple of
years, Mr Sweeting said the

Hope Town District Council
had dealt with an average of 15
planning applications per
meeting, excluding Baker's
But over the last two months,
the planning meetings had dealt

with "only two or three plans
other than Baker's Bay's".
"If at all possible, we want
to keep Baker's Bay on the
move to keep the economy
going forward," Mr Sweeting
said. "It's kind of slow."

GN 621

Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
Department of Youth & Sports

Tenders bids are invited from suitable qualified security firms to pro-
vide security services at the following sporting facilities with effect
from January 1 st, 2008.
Facilities Schedule for Security Services
Thomas A. Robinsmi & -Coie sports The security firm will provide:
Building One (1) 8 hours shift from 10:00 pm to
6:00 am daily Sunday to Saturday with
one (1) person per shift.
Betty Kelly Kenning National swim The Security Firm will provide:
Complex One (1) 8 hours shift from 12 midnight
to 8:00 am daily Sunday to Saturday
with one (1) po n per shift.
Sir KenJal lsaavs Gvmniasim The Security Firm will provide:
Two (2) duty shifts constituting sixteen
(16) hours daily Sunday through
Saturday. The shift will commence at
4:00 pm to midnight and from
midnight to 8:00 am daily Monday
through Sunday with one security
guard per shift.
South Beach Pou. The Security ,Firm will provide:
Two (2) Shours duty shifts from 4:00
pm to midnightband from midnight to
8:00 am daily Sunday through
Saturday with one security guard per
________________________ shift.

Blue Hills Sporting Complex
(Facility House, Welding Shop, Boxing
Centre and Lighted Softball Field)

The Security Firm will provide
Two (2) 8 hours shifts from 4:00 pm to
midnight and from midnight to 800
am daily Sunday through Saturday
with one security guard and dog per

Companies interested in providing the security services may contact
Mr. Bruce Walker Deputy, Permanent Secretary, at the Department
of Youth & Sports (502-0600 or 502-0613/22) for further informa-
tion and arrangement of site visits.

All tender bids include the following:

* Proposal cost (Outline the fees, they will expect the Ministry
of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture to pay the company per

* Copy of Business License

* National Insurance Board letter of good standing

* Employee and Public liability insurances

The successful companies will be expected to provide adequate
communication system and uniformed guards.

Sealed tenders are to be submitted no later than 5:00pm, on Friday,
December 2 1 st. 2007 and addressed to:

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
P.O. Box N-4891
Nassau, The Bahamas

Attention: Mir. Bruce Walker, Deputy Permanent Secretary
Tender for Security Service

The Permanent Secretary reserves the right to reject any and all

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture



fi acalsrvce eco

Legal Notice




Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of LAVENDER INVESTMENTS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.


Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of GRANATINA CORP. has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of GLADIOLA INVESTMENTS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.


Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of CKL COMPANY LIMITED has
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of BEATLE HOLDINGS LIMITED
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the


Legal Notice


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of DESSAU INVESTMENTS
LIMITED has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolu-
tion has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register.


Tribune Business

THE Ministry of Finance will
be aggressively marketing the
financial services industry to
international clients as part of
its effort to increase the coun-
try's presence within the global
Minister of state for finance,
Zhivargo Laing, told persons
attending a Bahamas Financial
Services Board luncheon yes-
terday that the Government
was committed to increasing
the Bahamas profile and pres-
ence within the global market.
"In this regard there will be
increased marketing of the
jurisdiction, and increased par-
ticipation and visibility by the
Government in conjunction
with the BSFB in strategic inter-
national events," Mr Laing said.
He also indicated that there
will be an increased commit-
ment to public-private part-
nership, as evidenced in the
funding increase given to the
BFSB from $250,000 to
$500,000, and the commitment
of $25,000 in training for the
Bahamas Association of Com-
pliance Officers (BACO) for
training in the upcoming fiscal

The ministry is also commit-
ted to establishing a compare .
hensive, internationally recog -
nised anti-money laundering
and counter terrorism financ-
ing (AML/CFT) regime.
"This effort is being led by,
the Financial Intelligence Unit
(FIU), and one we expect to be
complete within 12 months," ;
he said. ,,
Additionally, the minister ;,
said that there will be a refine-:-,
ment of immigration policies as
they relate to international
services such as financial ser-;
"Ultimately the policies will
seek to more clearly define the ,
parameters for the granting of v,
work permits in the sector, and ,,
provide some reasonable assur- :
ances for the receipt, review
and determination of work per- j3,
mit and permanent residency fi
applications," Mr Laing ,
explained, (a
Further, he said that there j,;
will be established standards rt
and benchmarks for document 81
tracking and processing within
the government agencies to ,;
ensure more timely delivery of ,
services to clients. These stan- f
dards will be established,,
through a process of collabora-'
tion between regulators that
will ensure the standards can ;
be met.


NOTICE is herebygiventhat ERICK PIERRE of MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is a lying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of DECEMBER
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that TAMARA GUILLAUME
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of
NOVEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, WILLY LA FRANCE
of the Island of New Providence, Golden Gates,
Nassau,Bahamas, intend to change my name to WILLY
DEE ALCINDOR. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that ELINE FLEURISTIN of
WULFF ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 7TH day of December, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O. Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that HAZEL BURKE of
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a- citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of
December, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that ELIZEA .I..FRED of #1.:'
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister r-. -unsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/natural: tion
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person vho
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 30TH day of
NOVEMBER, 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Pricing Information As Of: C F A L."
Thursday. 6 December 200 7
Esx~O e29 /YTD 367.42/YTD% 21 92
52wk-Hi 52wk-Lowv Securlt y Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.66 0.54 Abaco Markets 1.51 1.51 0.00 0.157 0.000 9.6 0.00%
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.65 11.65 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.8 3.43%
9.55 8.00 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.55 0.00 0.733 0.260 13.0 2.72%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 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 2.65 2.65 0.00 0.058 0.040 45.7 1.51%
12.02 9.90 Cable Bahamas 12.00 12.00 0.00 200 1.030 0.240 11.7 2.00%
3.15 1.88 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 305 0.208 0.080 15.1 2.54%
7.82 4.11 Commonwealth Bank (Si) 7.78 7.82 0.04 6,750 0.426 0.260 18.4 3.32%
7.22 4.74 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.99 5.98 -0.01 0.129 0.050 46.4 0.83%
2.60 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.26 2.26 0.00 0.284 0.020 8.0 0.88%
6.85 5.70 Famguard 6.85 6.85 0.00 0.713 0.240 9.6 3.50%
12.80 12.00 Finco 12.75 12.75 0.00 500 0.829 0.570- 15.4 4.47%
14.75 1 14.15 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 3.300 0.359 0.140 16.6 2.35%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.73 0.73 0.00 -0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.00 7.10 ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 0.411 0.300 17.6 4.14%
11.00 8.60 J. S. Johnson 10.05 11.00 0.95 2.000 0.991 0.590 11.1 5.36%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
E-C ter securities
.-.'i-.1. t .--...'.F LC.v S-,mbol Bid $ SAsp.b I L,5 Pra.:e %,.e.rC '..:.,I EF f D,. t, P.E Ycini
.1 1 ,,, I 25 Bahamas Superriarets 14 60 15 60 le it 1 160 1 t t13jb 1 .
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.20 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
41 I )0 41 00 ABDPB 41.00 4300 41 00 j J,,0 2 -50. 9 0 6 ''-.
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0 45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
7F.. '".- ,". .. .. to al Punds
5A.-.H-. 2k-1_.LO4,. Fund Name NA 'V VTD0- LasI 12 fMcrns D'I. i iend
I1 31 2' ,.17 Coir.,a Monae/ flarket Fu.r.a 1 366332"
3.5388 2.9728 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5388"*
2.9382 2.4829 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.938214***
1.2794 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.279370"**
11.8192 11.3075 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.8192"**

52wk-1-h Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidelity
52wk-low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 30 November 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 June 2007
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for 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 earnirrngs par share for the Inst 12 mths .'** 31 July 2007
Daily Vol Number of total shares traded today NAV Neot Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock lndex January 1, 1994 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
(S1) 3-tor-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007 & lNFOfMATIQN
'T'OTV'{'RA1 0 t~"." ,.PRATA &.IN _TIN ,AL,(Z1-It2I ,$.



Eighteen-month target for

consolidating financial regulation

Tribune Business
THE Government is hop-
ing that it can consolidate
the financial services regu-..
latory regime into just one
or two regulators within 18
months, the minister of state
for finance, Zhivargo Laing
said yesterday.
Speaking to members of
the industry, Mr Laing said
he hoped substantial
progress on regulatory con-
solidation would be made by
the end of 2008.
"It is something that needs
to be done ASAP. We are
working aggressively and it
is something that I shall fol-
low with significant interest.
We hope to get it done as
quickly as possible," the
minister said.
Mr Laing explained that
currently all new clients of
the financial services sector
must report to, apply and
interact with five financial
services regulators, namely
the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, the Securities
Commission, the Inspector
of Financial and Corporate
Services Provider, Office of
the Register Insurance Com-
panies (ORIC) and the
Compliance Commission.
He explained that in many
instances each of these reg-
ulators has exacting

demands that represent a
duplication or replication of
requirements for clients.
Mr Laing said this was not
an ideal operating environ-
ment for clients, and
although the regulators have
established a Memorandum
of Understanding among
themselves to help them
cope with certain cross-sec-
tor issues, this was not suffi-
The minister said the FNM
administration has vowed to
move with "deliberate
haste" to amalgamate the
regulators in a phased fash-
ion. This could lead either
to the establishment of a sin-
gle 'super-regulator' or at
most two regulators for the
entire financial services sec-
"We have already engaged
an international consultant
to assist us with this endeav-
or, and agreed a special com-
mittee of public and private
sector experts to lead this
process," Mr Laing noted.
Further steps taken to
reduce the regulatory
process have been to trans-
fer the Inspectorate of
Financial and Corporate Ser-
vices Providers from the
Registrar General's Depart-
ment to the Securities
Exchange Commission,
something that will take
effect on January 1, 2008.
Additionally, the chair-
manship of both the Securi-

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NOTICE is hereby given that NATHALIE PAUL of ROBERT
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 7TH day of December, 2007
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)
Registration Number 35,974B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 132 (2) of the
International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000) MARINA
INVESTMENTS INC. is in Dissolution.
Any person having any claim against MARINA INVESTMENTS
INC. is required on or before the 2nd day of January, 2008 to
send their name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the
Liquidator of the company, or in default thereof they may have excluded
from the benefit of any distribution made before such claim
is approved.
GSO Corporate Services Ltd., of 303 Shirley Street, Nassau, The
Bahamas is the Liquidator of MARINA INVESTMENTS INC.

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GSOlCorpor tSviciul*A
U -~

HALF OF 2007

The Board of Directors Benchmark (Bahamas) Ltd.
declares a special dividend of two cents per share
based on the results of the company for
the Third Quarter 2007.

Payment of one cent will be made on 31st
December, 2007 and one cent on the 31st March,
2008 to shareholders of record
21st December, 2007.

ties Commission as well as
the Compliance Commis-
sion, two related regulatory
functions, will fall under the
leadership of Philip Stubbs,
retired managing partner of
Ernst and Young.
"I should note that while
the Registrar of Insurance
will be included in the con-
solidated regulatory regime,
we are paying particular
attention to its modernisa-
tion to the extent that we
will bring into effect the new
insurance legislation passed
in Parliament and the new
regulations, which are still
being finalised either before

or in conjunction with the
first phase of the consolida-
tion process," Mr Laing said.
"Therefore, we fully
expect to have a substantial-
ly upgraded insurance regu-
lator. I might note that our
efforts also include the
bringing, into force of new
external insurance legisla-
tion that will give us the
opportunity to make a seri-
ous effort to re-establish
ourselves in this significant
economic business."
He also vowed that there
would be improvements in
the functioning of the Reg-
istrar General's Department.

Legal Notice

(a) INGLESIDE LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 6th December, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd., Pasea Estate, Road Town, Tortola,
Dated this 7th day of December, A.D. 2007

Verduro Associated Ltd.



Pursuant to the Provisions of Section 138 (8) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 notice
is hereby given that the above-named Company has
been dissolved and.struck off the Register pursuant
to a Certificate of Dissolution issued by the Registrar
General on the 15th day of November, 2007.

Michael W. Taylor






Kingsway Academy is seeking the serivces
of a cook to prepare meals in the Cafeteria
as of January, 2008. Interested applicants
should collect applications from the Busi-
ness office on Bernard Road from 8:00 4:
00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Successful applicants must:
Be participating, committed born-again
Have a minimum of at least five (5)
years experience in food handling and
Have a valid Health Certificate
Have a genuine love for children and
young people, etc.

For further information please contact the

Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Telephone: 324-6269 or 324-6887

Deadline for applications Friday, Decem-
ber 28, 2007

* Applicants must possess the following qualifications:
* Associate degree in law or business.
* Must be conversant with all aspects of company
incorporation and administration, including
liquidation and redomiciliation of International
Business Companies
* Excellent written and oral communication skills.
* Computer literate, including a working knowledge
of Lynx 4 Series, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power
* At least two years work experience with a trust
company or law firm.

Please write to: Company Administrator
P.O. Box N-10697
Nassau, Bahamas
E-mail:sm ith @experta.bs



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:


It must suck not working here,
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.

Hard Rock Cafe'
Charlotte Street North,
Downtown Nassau *

Julius Bair

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.
* Promote Nassau as financial centre and JB Nassau as booking
centre for offshore clients.

* Excellent Italian verbal and written communication skill
* PC literate with strong Excel, Word, PowerPoint
(ability to learn new applications quickly)
* A commitment to service excellence

* Minimum 10 years experience in Swiss Banking or related field

* A Bachelor's degree with concentration in Economic, Business
Administration or equivalent.

* Must speak English and Italian a third language would be an asset
We offer a very competitive and benefits package, a stimulating work
environment and the opportunity to make a significant contribution to
our business while expanding your career

Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume
by December 28th, 2007 to the attention of.

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

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Personal & Confidential
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decorator (5)
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12 Magoetic people? (5)
13 Might he take care to organ-
ise a January riot? (7)
15 A lass crazy for a dance (5)
18 The little woman (3)
19 Bit of a nasty lesson in man-
ners (6)
21 Not a day to be wandering
on the beach (7)
22 Fearless nobleman (4)
23 Stained by a swirling eddy
24 Fred won, maybe, but didn't
look happy (7)
26 It looks a blooming small
reptile to usI (6)
29 The point on which to be
. sharp (3)
31 Escape with a sprained
ankle? (3,2)
32 Sub-editor move no higher
34 Giant tinned potato centre!
35 Seem sorry to be so bull-
headed (3)
36 Thq beast turned up for
lunch, initially (5)
37 Absolute an true distress
about trouble starting (5)
38 Triangular part of a model
tank (5)

.cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 9, T-her-eupon 10, Per-sonage 12, Trap (rev) 13, (Le)Arn--
ca(n) 14, Largl-sh 15, H-and-ed out 17, Success-n(the)r 18, Primers
19, O-dain 20, O-5-L-o 23, P(ops)-resented 25, C-ognis-an't 26, Late
27, Clare-t(lpsy) 29, C-hatt-eD 32, Streaking 34, Clearance 35, Pa-
stin-g 36, Loof-ah (rev) 37, O-pus (rev) 38, Res-traln-t 39, Dispenser
DOWN: 1, St-itch up 2, Remain s-l-tent 3, Spar-row-s 4, I-nss-t 5,
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Dressers 31, RA-plers 33, Rests 34, Cloud-s

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right? (4)
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around a line (6)
6 A try at composition (5)
7 Short cut from Battersea
Park (5)
9 As a container, it's been mis-
pronounced (3)
12 o they send their message
by mail? (7)
14 Do your best to qet direc-
tions from a sentry (3)
16 A surname for Dolly? (5)
17 Saying it, was Sadie less
than straightforward? (5)
19 No downs perhaps, but
there's still a mountain (7)
20 Fruity beauty (5)
21 Show tiredness as you ring
the doctor for an operation
23 Hates half dead cricket
matches (7)
24 It's no use spilling fuel out of
some tins (6)
25 Immediately won over (3)
27 Italian capitalist in a right
state! (5)
28 Quoted the wrong edict (5)
30 Rise up and stagger round
holding a bottle opener (5)
32 Keep going to sprinkle the
Ssalt (4) p
33 Almost torn up, being rub-
bish (3)

.,easy solutions
ACROS: 9, Relay race 10, Talkative 12, Clog 13, Crater 14, Operate
15, On average 17, Insincere 18, Stubble 19, Big top 20, Aura 23,
Endurance 25, Take place 26, Erne 27, Grudge 29, Thistle 32,
Tarnishes 34, Head start 35, Run Into 36, Erupts 37, Eton 38,
Tasteless 39, Daredevil.
DOWN: 1, Precious 2, All of a sudden 3, Marriage 4, Centre 5,
Sterling 6, Bloodstock 7, Taverna B, Decelerate 11, Inane 16,
Embers 19, Bye 21, Unattractive 22, Splits 23, Electorate 24,
North Korea 25, Toe 28, Disperse 29, Traitors 30, Entangle 31,
Pioneer 33, Rings 34, Hounds.

3 Perspire (5)
8 Mature (5)
W Motorbike (5)
11 Go on at (3)
12 Warehouse (5)
13 Tower (7)
15 Quick (5)
18 Twitch (3)
19 Salty (6)
21 Current (7)
22 Rotate (4)
23 Source (4)
24 Railing (7)
26 Tooth covering (6)
29 Obtain (3)
31 Equestrian (5)
32 Diet (7)
34 Entices (5)
35 Kernel (3)
36 Gossips (5)
37 Traitor (5)
38 Shabby (5)

Bidding Quiz

You are the dealer and open One
Diamond. Partner responds Three
Diamonds (forcing). What would
you bid now with each of the follow-
ing four hands?
1. 4 AQ6 V KJ44 KQ732 KJ
2. K8 84 A9863 AJ105
3. 4 J3 I K75 AJ92 4 KQ86
4. 4 AQ8 V 10 J86542 AK3

1. Four notrump. Partner will
normally have 13 to 15 points in high
cards and distribution, which puts
you in the vicinity of the 33 points
generally required to make 12 tricks.
A small slam is therefore virtually
certain, and even a grand slam is pos-
Blackwood is by far the best way
of estimating how many tricks you
can take. If partner shows two aces
by bidding five hearts, you quit at six
diamonds. If he shows three aces by
bidding five spades, you bid five
notrump, asking, for kings. If the
response to this is six diamonds,
showing one king, you bid seven.
2. Four diamonds. After partner's
forcing raise, the four-diamond bid
shows no extra values. If partner next
bids five diamonds, you pass.
But if partner evinces slam interest
by bidding four hearts or spades, you
will next bid five clubs. This cannot
be regarded as a particularly strong
bid, as you have already limited your

resources by bidding four diamonds.
Over five clubs, the rest is up to part-
3. Three notrump. This is not a
pleasant rebid, considering your
spade weakness, but it offers the best
chance for game, and that is the main
Five diamonds could be a better
contract, but there is no sensible way
of finding out. If you were to bid four
clubs, you would go past three
notrump. The 4-4-3-2 distribution
strongly suggests notrump despite
the danger in spades. If partner
passes three notrump, the odds
strongly favor making it
4. Four clubs. With your excellent
controls in the side suits, a slam is
possible despite your minimum high-
card values. Partner may have some-
thing like 4 72 AJM4 AK93
+ Q875, which would give you
roughly a 90 percent chance for six.
If partner's response to four clubs
is four diamonds, you are entitled to
make still another slam try by bid-
ding four spades. If partner then bids
five diamonds, declining both of
your invitations, you would have to
respect his wishes and throw in the
Note that Blackwood is not
employed here. Learning whether
partner has one or two aces does not
resolve the question of whether there
will be a good play for 12 tricks.

._.. edltion ao'1
HOW manywords of four wo
letters or more can you make e
from the letters shown here? .
may be used once only. Each
must contain the centre letter
and there must be at least one
nine-letter word. No plurals.
Good 17; very good 25; 5
excellent 34 (or more).
Solution tomorrow.

I Note value (5)
2 Large weight (7)
4 Sharpen (4)
5 Unprincipled (6)
6 Surm(5)
7 Sap (5)
9 Criticise (3)
12 In base ten (7)
14 Tear (3)
16 Aviator (5)
17 River-mouth (5)
19 Barbarians (7)
20 Navigate (5)
21 Step (5)
23 Entourage (7)
24 Scan (6)
25 Clothes fastening (3)
27 Recess (5)
28 Thaws (5)
30 Type of element (5)
32 Type of grass (4)
33 Slime (3)


ARIES March 21/April 2
Cooler weather has put you i
mood. You might want to sp
some time at home, Aries, ui
you're in better spirits. Post-sunn
blues are expected.
TAURUS April 21/May 2
Financial concerns leave you feel
nervous this week, Taurus. It's I
ter to pinch some pennies fo
while until you get back on cou
Seek help from Virgo.
GEMINI- May 22/June 21
A special friend from your p
comes back for a visit, Gemini
could lead to interesting things. K
your agenda open for Wednes<
when love is in your stars.
CANCER June 22/July 2
Keep your patience -with a far
member on Tuesday, Canc
This person is just feeling a li
stir crazy and really doesn't mi
all the the things he/she sa
Focus on a home project instead
LEO July 23/August 23
A distant family member isn't visit
as much as usual, Leo. Someth
could be wrong. Drop this person
line or give bim/her a call. It may i
ease your concerns.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Stop doing so much for others .
pamper yourself a littliEi"
week, Virgo. Go to :a pa,
gafition or just s1W pi;*k
work for a day.
LIBRA- Sept 23/Oct 23 -
You've been feeling very anxious
Libra, and it's partially because yot
are experiencing low self-esteec
You have to exert more confident
or it just will be an endless cycle.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
A close friend really needs your
on Thursday, Scorpio. Make su
your schedule is open so that you ca
lend a hand. Put work on hold fo
some quality time with your mate.
Have you been spending too mud
time at work, Sagittarius? It could b
because you are avoiding a situatia
at home. That's not like you. Fac
up to the situation. It's far better t
be honest with yourself.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 2
It may be time to consider a care
change, Capricom. You are far too ed
'cated and talented to settle for the w
you've been doing so far. Have so
confidence and go for your dream
AQUARIUS- Jan 21/Feb 18
Your confidence continues to ris
Aquarius. It could be because of du
good news at work. Consult with Le
for some good advice on how
.improve your financial future.
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Be the life of the party on Fridal
Pisces and you just may hook u
with a winning romance. Look t
Scorpio for some inspiration an
companionship and sparks will fly.

Ilia Smirin v Teimour Radjabov,
Plvdenny Bank Cup, Odessa 2007. In
this delicately poised position, It
seems at first glance as if any result i
is possible. Black (to move) is a rook 6 X
down, but in compensation he has
three extra pawns plus a nasty- ,
looking passer on the seventh. 4
Black's rook can eat another pawn
or two but White can also hope to -a I
sneak in a tactic like Bh4f6 and R9118
mate. Radjabov, 19, ranks in the
world top 20 grandmasters and the
Azeriteen found a clever two-move b c d fe g I
sequence to induce his Israeli
opponent's resignation. What

Chess: 8487:1...f5 2 Re5 eIQ+l and White resigned.
If 3 Rxel Rxf2 4 Reg1 Rxg2with a won pawn ending.
If 3 Bxel Rxg2 followed bya winning discovered



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