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Publication Date: 12/14/2007
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BAHAMAS EDITION


SVolume: 104 No.21 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2007


R i b: 'Christie sho ul resin'


PLP chairman reportedly

calls for party leader to

'do the right thing'


m By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
PLP chairman Raynard Rigby
called on party leader Perry
Christie last night to '"do the right
thing" and resign from his post
as atonement for the party's loss
in the May 2 general election, The
Tribune has learned.
Sources within the party allege
that Mr Rigby dropped this
bombshell at the PLP's council
meeting late last night.
Reportedly Mr Rigby said that
leaders of a party are "expected"
to offer their resignations after
such a loss at the polls and make
the necessary "leadership adjust-
ments."
A source present at last night's
meeting said that Mr Rigby used
this as the reason for his recent
announcement that he would not
be offering again for the post of


party chairman at the February
convention.
The back-handed swipe at Mr
SEE page 10


Christie is PLP's 'best

chance' of election win
E By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
IF A GENERAL election were to
be called next year, the Progressive Lib-
eral Party's "best chance" to win back
the government stands with its current
leader, Perry Christie, sources Claim.
In a sample of several current and
former parliamentarians, senators, and
political observers, it was claimed that
Mr Christie stands as the only candi-
date able to unite the party and, more
SEE page 10


A DRUMMER from St Thomas More Primary School keeps the beat last night as the Junior Junkanoo
Parade makes its way down Bay Street.


Call for feuding partners in GB
Port Authority to settle differences


THE publisher of TAe Punch
Ivan Johnson and Punch Pub-
lications are suing two of his
sisters in an attempt to take
ownership of the land left to him
and them by their late father
Basil Johnson, which is said to
be valued at $1.1 million.
According to a claim filed in
the Supreme Court by Ivan
Johnson and Punch Publications
- plaintiff in the action they
are attempting to become the
"proprietary beneficial interest"
in the one third of an acre prop-
erty The Punch is located on in
the Oakes Field area.
The property was left by Basil
Johnson in equal shares to his
children Ivan, Felicity, Janet and
Jill.
However, Ivan and Punch
Publications have only named
Felicity and Janet Johnson as
defendants.
Felicity was a secretary to
Ivan and Punch Publications
until 1997, the document said.
SEE page 10


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Freeport Con-
tainer Port CEO Chris Gray
strongly urged the two feuding
partners in the Grand Bahama
Port Authority to quickly resolve
and settle their differences for the
sake of the future development
and success of Freeport. *
"All I can say to the parties con-
cerned who are in fact our part-


ners is this: The dispute which has
already gone on for over a year
now is distasteful, disruptive and
destructive," he said to applause
from the audience.
Mr Gray's hard-hitting com-
ments were directed at Sir Jack
Hayward and Lady Henrietta St
George, who were both present
at the ground-breaking ceremony
for the $250 million Phase V con-
tainer port expansion project on
SEE page 10


Hundreds flock to Sir

Durward Knowles film
* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
HUNDREDS of friends and family members filled the Atlantis
Theatre Wednesday night to see the premiere of the documentary
"Chartered Course", based on the life of legendary sailor and philan-
thropist Sir Durward Knowles.
"It's a story that you should never give up. Everybody has a chance
in life, regardless of upbringing rich, poor or in between," Sir Durward
SEE page 10


Report: legal framework
should be adapted
to .ensure openness in
public service hiring
By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE Bahamas should adapt its
legal framework if it is to make it
harder for corruption to creep
into the process by which public
servants are hired and to ensure
that "openness, efficiency and
equity" prevails, according to a
new report.
The government system for hir-
ing public servants has come
under scrutiny in a report
released last week by a committee
of experts who were charged with
evaluating the degree to which
the Bahamian legal-institutional
framework corresponds with, and
promotes, the purposes of the
Inter-American Convention
Against Corruption.
The Bahamas ratified this con-
vention in March, 2000.
The report, entitled the "Mech-
anism for Follow Up On the
Implementation of the Inter-
American Convention Against
SEE page 10

Two arraigned
in connection
with demolition
of restaurant
A VICIOUS dispute which has
divided the tiny island of Rum
Cay in recent months took a new
twist this week when two men
were arraigned in connection with
the demotion of The Green
Flash restaurant, The Tribune has
learned.
The demolition of the $1.4 mil-
lion restaurant at Sumner Point,
which was owned by businessman
David Cummings, 55, has been
at the centre of a bitter dispute
between Mr Cummings and the
Little family on Rum Cay.
On Monday, Bobby Little Jr
and Harold Briggs were arraigned
on charges of causing damage to
The Green Flash restaurant
between October 21 and Octo-
ber 22, abetting in the offence,
conspiring to cause damage to the
restaurant and, in the case of Mr
Little alone, failing to prevent a
.felony. Both have pleaded not
guilty to all counts.
These recent charges add yet
another twist to the ongoing spat.
The case is being prosecuted
privately and is being heard
before Magistrate Renee Mckay
at Court Six, Bank Lane. The
men were each granted bail and
the case has been adjourned to
SEE page 10


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Saturday December 15th 2007
Mail Hours 0am 10pm
2.CCpro Santa Arrives @ Centre Court
(picture taking with Santa)
3CGOpm Bahamas Harvest Church Choir
4 '.r,. Bahamagician
5:00 pm Soloist Live Christmas Music.

Wednesday December 19th 2007
Malil Hours Oiam 10pm
6:0- pm 3:00 pm
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Mail Hours 10am 10pm
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Mail Hours 10am 11pm
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Mail Hour' 10am 11pmr
2 :0pm Santa Arrives @ Centre Court
(picture taking with Santa)
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400pm Bahamagician
5-0 pn soloist Live Christmias Music.

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COLOUR OF CHRISTMAS:
Christmas has come to Nassau,
with merchants decking out
their stores in festive colours
and filling their front windows
with plenty of potential gifts
designed to attract passers-by.'
Traders expect a big boost in
sales as the holiday approach-
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Just 11 days
to go and
traders are

fully stocked
* By TAMARA FERGUSON
WITH Christmas less than
two weeks away, grocery mer-
chants say they are prepared
and fully stocked to meet the
needs of consumers.
Merchants said that, although
their stores are not so busy dur-
ing the first weeks of Decem-
ber, they expect a significant
increase in sales as the holiday
approaches.
One food-chain manager told
The Tribune that, although
shopping on weekdays has been
slow over the last few months,
he had noticed an increase in
customers on weekdays as the
holiday approaches.
"Bahamians appear to be
shopping more than they did
last year, and much earlier,
probably to avoid the long lines
during the Christmas rush," he
said.
Another foodstore manager
said although most stores usu-
ally experienced high increases
in sales during the holidays, he
believed that many Bahamians
are being careful with the way
in which they spend this year.
He added that, due to the
state of the Bahamian econo-
my, and the fact that many
Bahamians are still unem-
ployed, some people are only
shopping for the basics, such as
bread-basket items.
However, he also noted that
there is an increase in the sale of
ham and turkey.

Be vigilant,
shoppers
warned
POLICE are urging
shoppers to be vigilant in
the run-up to Christmas.
They advise people to
shop earLy t9 avoid large
crowds, and avoid carry-
ing large sums in hand-
bags.
Separate cash into
small amounts and
use credit cards when
possible.
They,.also urge shop-
pers not to leave gifts and
other packages
visible in vehicles. Pur-
chased items should be
covered or placed in the
back trunk.
When approaching
parked vehicles, shop-
pers should have keys
readily available to
enter without delay.

IN BRIEF
Police alerted
after rifle found
SOMETIME after 2pm on
Wednesday, a concerned citi-
zen found a brown rifle in a
yard in southern New Provi-
dence.
Police were immediately noti-
fied and took possession of the
weapon.
Flying Squad
finds shotgun
ACTING on a tip on Thurs-
day around 2am, Flying Squad
officers executed a search war-
rant at a home off Carmichael
Road West and found an unli-
censed black 12 gauge shotgun.
A 42-year-old man was arrest-
ed.


Share
your
news
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from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.


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o In brief

Internet group:

US troops

mocked Castro

and defended

prison camp
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico
US military personnel at
Guantanamo Bay called Fidel
Castro a transsexual and
defended the prison for terror-
ism suspects in anonymous Web
postings, an Internet group that
publishes government docu-
ments said yesterday, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.
The group, Wikileaks,
tracked Web activity by service
members with Guantanamo e-
mail addresses and also found
they deleted prisoner identifi-
cation numbers from three
detainee profiles on Wikipedia,
the popular online encyclope-
dia that allows anyone to
change articles.
Julian Assange, who led the
research effort, said the post-
ings amount to propaganda and
deception.
"This is the American gov-
ernment speaking to the Amer-
ican people and to the world
through Wikipedia, not identi-
fying itself and often speaking
about itself in the third person,"
Assange said in a telephone
interview from Paris.
Army Lt. Col. Ed Bush, a
Guantanamo spokesman, said
there is no official attempt to
alter information posted else-
where but said the military
seeks to correct what it believes
is incorrect or outdated infor-
mation about the prison.
Bush declined to answer
questions about the Castro post-
ing.
Assange said that in January
2006, som rone at Guantanamo
wrote in a Wikipedia profile of
the Cuban president: "Fidel
Castro is an admitted transexu-
al," the unknown writer said,
misspelling the word "transsex-
ual."

Jovtsays

Venezuela will

let mediator

solve dispute
GEORGETOWN, Guyana

Guyana and Venezuela
agreed to let a mediator inves-
tigate the destruction of two
Guyanese gold-mining dredges,
following an explosion that
renewed border tensions last
month, a Guyanese official said
on Wednesday.
Guyanese Foreign Minister
Rudy Insanally said a mediator
would be nominated to the
U.N. for consideration, but gave
no further details. Venezuelan
officials could not be reached
for comment.
Georgetown claimed that 36
Venezuelan soldiers used heli-
copters and powerful explosives
last month to blow up two unoc-
cupied dredges on the Cuyuni
River in western Guyana,
where the neighboring nations
have had a long-running dispute
over mineral-, gas- and oil-rich
lands.

Six Guyanese

arrested for

possible piracy

PARAMARIBO, Suriname

Authorities said on Wednes-
day they have arrested six peo-
S ple for armed robberies at sea -
one week after neighboring
Guyana urged Suriname to
crack down on pirates who
launch attacks from its territory,
according to the Associated
Press.
Three armed suspects were
captured off Suriname's coast
last week, and questioning led
to three more arrests over the
weekend, police from the South
American country said in a
statement. All six suspects are
Guyanese, the statement said.


Police declined to give details
about the alleged crimes.
Guyana's foreign ministry last
week complained that armed
pirates based in Suriname have
stolen fish, nets and vessels from
Guyanese fishermen nearly a
dozen times this year.

F .OR 3 IN IL ?T ERIC

Fertlzr F 'giie
PetCoto


THE international delivery
firm, UPS, is now convinced it
did everything right in trans-
porting a parcel of valuable legal
documents from Nassau to the
Privy Council in London.
After a thorough investiga-
tion, the firm says it did every-
thing asked of it when the pack-
age was taken to a formally des-
ignated holding facility in
Howard Place SW1.
Caribbean divisional manager
Mike Rodriguez told The Tri-
bune last night that the package
was delivered on November 19
to a designated point where it
had to go through security
screening.
"We have now turned all our
information over to the British
government and we trust this
package will be found within the
Privy Council premises.
"We followed the instructions
properly and used highly sophis-
ticated tracking methods in
ensuring it reached its destina-
tion. The British government is
now investigating and we are
giving them every co-operation.
We have gone beyond what we
feel is our job but we will con-
tinue to help with the investiga-
tion.
"UPS is a company with 100
years of service behind it and
we take these things very seri-
ously."
The package was sent to Lon-
don by Nassau couple Greg and
Tanya Cash in what they hope
will be the final leg of their five-
year legal battle with the Baptist
education authorities.
They claim the documents
were "lost" and say they now
want compensation from UPS.
Mr and Mrs Cash say UPS
should follow the example of
the British firm Parcelforce -
which recently lost a $40,000 gui-
tar signed by various pop stars -
and agree to full financial
redress.
UPS tracking information
showed that Mr and Mrs Cash's
documents vital to their appeal
to the Privy Council were
handed to someone called
"George" at a Downing Street
address last month.
But the package, which sup-


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posedly left Nassau on Novem-
ber 15, has reportedly still not
reached the Privy Council judi-
cial committee's office, to which
it was addressed.
Mr and Mrs Cash have
reported the loss to Nassau
police, claiming they feel the
box could have been sabotaged
by Baptist sympathisers.
But police have now told
them that there is no criminal
case to investigate.

Entrusted
"We are going to press this to
the fullest extent," Mr Cash told
The Tribune yesterday. "It is
almost a month now since this
package was left in UPS's hands.
We will push hard for full com-
pensation."
In Britain, the delivery firm
Parcelforce has agreed to pay a
reported $30,000 to charity cam-
paigner David Allen after it lost
his signed guitar, which was due
to be sold for charity this month.
Mr Allen had spent a year
carrying the guitar around the
country to have it signed by top
pop names like Eric Clapton,
Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits,
Bill Wyman and others.
Then it was entrusted to
Parcelforce, who promptly lost
it. Despite four weeks scanning
closed circuit footage and
searching their depots, the firm
could not locate it.
Finally, the company offered
Mr Allen 15,000 ($30,000) as


compensation for losing the
white Fender Stratocruiser, leav-
ing the charity worker to start
his project all over again.
Mr Cash said yesterday that
UPS should follow Parcelforce's
example and accept its role in
the parcel's loss.
Meanwhile, the couple are
having to prepare new docu-
ments including affidavits and
judgments for a Privy Council
hearing. "It will cost us a lot of
money, and take up a lot of
time, but we are determined to
see this case through to the
end," said Mrs Cash.
The couple have been fighting
for justice since Mr Cash
claimed he was "wrongfully dis-
missed" as coach by Jordan
Prince William High School in
2002.
They have alleged defamation
and breach of constitutional
rights against the Baptists, claim-
ing their efforts to get justice
through the Bahamian courts
have been hampered by church
sympathisers.
Turning to the Privy Council
was their final hope. "That's
why the loss of this parcel is such
a major blow," added Mrs Cash.
Mr Rodriguez said in view of
his company's investigation, and
its confirmation that the pack-
age was delivered correctly, the
couple's claims had been
unfounded.
"We did exactly as instructed
and stand by what we did," he
added.


Nassau grouper: No
^^harvesWting between
^^^^December 15 and'^
^^^ FebruaBfTry 28 ^^


THE Department of Fisheries has announced closure of har-
vesting of the Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) between
December 15 and February 28, 2008.
During this period it will be illegal to take, land, process, sell
or offer for sale any fish commonly known as "Nassau
grouper".
The Nassau grouper is distinguished from other groupers by
its black band or saddle near its tail.
From December 15 to February 28, 2008, no-one can land
any fish commonly known as "grouper" unless its head, tail
and skin are intact.
Anyone found violating these provisions are subject to
arrest and prosecution. On conviction, they face one year's
imprisonment with a fine of $3,000 or both.
Any fishing vessel used in committing the offence is subject
to forfeiture.





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$31 rise in cost of travelling to US


THE cost of being able to
travel to the US is set to rise -
by $31 it was announced yes-
terday.
The fee for applying for a US.
non-immigrant visa will increase
so the US Embassy can cover
the cost of certain enhance-
ments made to the non-immi-
grant visa application process,
the embassy announced yester-
day. The price tag attached to
such a visa will go from the cur-
rent cost of $100 to $131,
according to the embassy.
"Applicants who paid the pri-
or $100 application fee before
January 1 (2008) will be


processed only if they are sched-
uled and appear for a visa inter-
view before January 31.
"Applicants who paid the pri-
or $100 application fee and
appear for visa interviews after
January 31, 2008, must pay the
difference $31 before they
will be interviewed," the
embassy said.
"This increase applies both
to non-immigrant visas issued
on machine-readable foils in
passports and to border crossing
cards issued to certain appli-
cants in Mexico."
Explaining the cost increase,
the statement said that up until


this point the $100 Machine-
Readable Visa fee had fallen
short of the actual cost of pro-
cessing non-immigrant visas,
which included "new security-
related costs, new information
technology systems, and infla-
tion."
"The Department has been
absorbing the additional cost,"
said the embassy.
Since the embassy will now
begin collecting 10 fingerprints
from each visa applicant with
an additional cost being levied
by the FBI to review those fin-
gerprints they are no longer
"allowed" to absorb this cost.


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UPS: Don't blame




us for 'loss' of




legal documents


But couple vow to push for compensation


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A sample of what's wrong in this nation


"Graffiti: 'a youth driven art'" was the head-
line over an article published in The Tribune's
Arts section on Wednesday. We looked at the
headline and then at the graffiti-covered walls of
the newly painted Tribune building, and almost
had a fit.
Has this vandalism now been turned into an
art form and were frustrated business owners
being asked to put up with this nonsense in the
name of art?
The article was about the "graffiti style"
design painted on a section of the wall sur-
rounding the National Art Gallery on West Hill
Street. Of course, it is a matter of taste as to
whether this mural is appropriate or even attrac-
tive in front of such .a stately building. Other
than to say that this is not our taste in art, this is
not the subject that we want to discuss.
What we are concerned about is what sound-
ed almost like a plea for the public to understand
,these-"disfranchised (youth) seeking voice and
visibility."
In fairness, the article did emphasise that this
so-called "talent" should not be used to deface
private property.
"Though," said thenational gallery director,
"it (graffiti) can be destructive in terms of the
defacement of private property, there is also
something very poignant in these desires that*
people should be aware of, not afraid of."'
We find nothing "poignant" in this vandalism.
We see only a body of youth growing up with
respect for nothing not for themselves, not for
others, nor for the property of others. And we
see a society smiling indulgently on their mis-
demeanours and making excuses for their anti-
social behaviour. This is the essence of what is
wrong in this country today.
The gallery spokesman said that "the gallery
is simply trying to recognize these desires and
channel this energy and talent in a positive direc-
tion."
We commend the gallery director for such a
lofty goal, but we suggest that she should hunt
down this latest vandal and try to turn him into
a legitimate "artist" before we find him. We can
assure the public that if we discover who this
budding artist is, he will be quickly turned over
to the police.
The gallery director explained that "young
people have responded to this type of image-
. making partly to be defiant and to be seen, and
to literally make a mark in the world, but also
because the images are expressive, generate
strong visual impact, retain a bit of mystique,
involve risk and help them to claim space."
We can assure our-destructive "artist"-that if-
it is space he is looking for, if found on Tribune
property again with his evil markers, he will be


guaranteed his space in a penal institution.
The gallery invited artist Allan Wallace to
head a youth workshop that produced the murals
on the gallery walls.
In an interview with The Tribune, Wallace
admits to having been a part of a gang when
young. Although he denies participating in the
gang's more nefarious activities, he admits being
their "resident artist" to whom they looked to
tag their name across town. We don't know
quite how to interpret this. We presume that
he too left his signature on other people's build-
ings possibly even at The Tribune. However,
he goes on to say that he abandoned that lifestyle
some time ago when he experienced a "spiritu-
al conversion."
Maybe pastors should work harder in the field
to find the lost sheep and try to get more of
these "spiritual conversions.
In 1988-89 this town was plagued by graffiti
artists. One in particular, "Smiley Culture",
would take long bus rides the length and breadth
of this island to advertise his aliases on every
blanklwall he could find.
No sooner had we painted The Tribune that
year than during the night Smiley attached his
infamous signature to his ugly graffiti. The next
day a staff member again painted it off. The
next morning the graffiti was back again. This
went on for several days until we caught Smiley
red-handed. We handed him and his markers
over to the police. He was taken to juvenile
court where he received a mild warning.
Although he had been before this same magis-
trate five times before, each time he got off with
a warning, which by now he must have found a
great joke, because the very next day after his
court appearance he was back at The Tribune
with his markers.
Eight months later the police were asking
the public to help them bring these "graffiti
gangsters" to justice. We had already delivered
up the leader of the pack, but the magistrate,
obviously oblivious to the problems of the com-
munity in which she lived, dismissed him.
That is why, despite what the Chief Justice
has said, we believe the courts in their sentenc-
ing are as guilty as anyone else in the break-
down of law and order in this country.
And now the graffiti gangsters are at it again.
We thought that Shirley Street was the sole can-
vas of the latest one, but we see his signature on
buildings on Wulff and Soldier Roads he is
starting to travel further afield.
The Tribune is now going to have to spend
more than $4,000 to have his destruction paint-
-- ed off its walls. If he.returns, the.police-will b.e
called. And, we can assure the public, he will not
be treated as an artist.


Politics of


se


aration


must stop


EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE One Bahamas initia-
tive needs the support of all
Bahamians. There are some
who do not see the need for it
and continue to offer argu-
ments and points of view that
promote a "politics of separa-
tion" among the different eth-
nic groups in this nation, many
of these voices are political
animals who think that their
survival demands this particu-
lar perspective.
I find it strange that many of
these voices do not choose
black persons as business part-
ners.
One of the historical mis-
takes we have made as a peo-
ple is that we have allowed
our history to be rewritten by
those who promote this poli-
tics of separation.
I will admit that we (afro-
Bahamians) need to exercise.
more of the responsibility and
work ethic that we were
known for in the years that
led up to 1973, but even now
we cannot allow what we are
as a people to be prostituted
by short-sighted individuals.
We have a lot to answer for.
Whatever we may have
thought of the persons who
ran the Bahamas prior to
1967,-we will never be able to.
fault them for the systems that
they established and left in
place.
We may have a negative


opinion about them, but a lot
of the leaders in this modem
Bahamas got their founda-
tions in that era.
The training for industry,
even though it was "English-
based" was more than ade-
quate preparation, for those
who were academically
inclined.
One of the problems I saw
was that those who benefited
from the system, closed the
door behind so that they did
not allow persons of the same
skin colour or any other
colour for that matter to get
what they got.
You had to be of a particu-
lar political persuasion to be
helped, and it did not matter
how qualified you were; the
tragedy of that era was that a
lot of persons were promoted
to a place beyond their com-
petence and because of this,
they had no choice as to
where their support went
regardless of the facts.
Have you looked at the
really old buildings in this
country?
Especially the school build-
ings..
Do you notice any cracks in
the walls? We were the
builders of those walls; but
when we moved up, it seems


that we forgot what got us to
where we are.
I am a black person, but, I
have never allowed myself to
be defined by ethnicity.
My ethnicity is a value that
allows me to check my history
and make the sensible, neces-
sary choices that equip me to
function as a sanctioned being,
but it has never been used as
an excuse to step on anyone
or misconstrue the facts to
bring about a negative emo-
tional responses.
It is easy, it is almost conve-
nient for us to promote a cer-
tain view, because "we are in
charge", but this is the
Bahamas.
This is the birth place of the
New World, and we need to
check ourselves as we pro-
mote whatever personal mis-
guided, political agendas we
have especially in a place that
is very dependent on differ-
ent ethnic groups coming from
numerous places on this earth.
We would like our visitors
to see that we are all that we
are "cracked up" to be and
that the million dollar ads we
televise all over the world are
reflective of who we really are,
Bahamians.

S-EDWARD
HUTCHESON
Nassau,
December 11, 2007.


EDITOR, The Tribune.

I AM rather surprised that
Minister of State, Tourism,
Hon Branville McCartney
would make such ill-informed
comments concerning gaming.
If he believes that the law
which disallows any citizen or
resident of The Bahamas to
gamble in a casino will stop
one of the new rich residents
he simply has not consulted
with those who know Kerzn-
er International and Baha
Mar.
As an attorney the minister
should know that The Consti-
tution, Article 26, stops casino
gambling of resident-citizens


as well as having a lottery.
I am 100 per cent sure that
the FNM Government will not
hold a Referendum to change
this article as certainly Mr
Ingraham is very much aware
of what the electorate can do
when you hold a Referendum
- he probably still'feels the
pain of the spanking the FNM
got in 2001 Referendum.
No government is going
against the illegal operations
of numbers simply because of
the obvious elections need
funding. Got it?
Whilst commenting on lot-
teries and numbers if the
public realized just how they
are being taken advantage of


by numbers man they would
never play them.
In a legitimate lottery 50 per
cent of the gross sales of lot-
tery tickets are assigned to
prizes I doubt it 5 per cent of
the sales of numbers go the
prize pay-out.
I recall anyway the promise
of Mr Ingraham at an FNM
rally in Abaco when he said
and promised that by the next
election 2002 we will know
whether the people want or
don't want a lottery? I am still
waiting.

JIM HANNA
Nassau,
November 30, 2007.


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be limited to two hours
EDITOR, The Tribune.

WHEN I drive to work at 7.30am I notice most of the park-
ing spaces on Bay Street are already taken up by Bay Street
vendors and their employees.
Bay Street. parking should have a two hour parking limit in
the form of meters to help pay for the maintenance of the
area, and so that we all may have an opportunity to enjoy the
main street of our town.
General improvement could also be achieved by having a
bus and taxi rank off Bay Street congestion caused by these
vehicles is constantly discussed but never addressed. Please
Government Just do It!

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APPLETON
Nassau,
December, 2007.


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You can overcome your problems,




Ingraham tells Grand Bahama


Prime Minister voices optimism over future during ground-breaking ceremony


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE government believes Grand
Bahama can overcome its many prob-
lems in short order.
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
expressed optimism over the island's
future when he attended a ground-
breaking ceremony yesterday.
Speaking at the ceremony for the
recent phased development of
Hutchinson Port Holdings container
transshipment port at Freeport Har-
bour, Mr Ingraham said the city need-
ed all the hope and expectations it
could get to transform itself into a
leading sector.
While lending his support to the
container port initiative, the prime
minister expressed his belief that the


company is a "serious entity that will
deliver" for the island's struggling
economy.
"We look forward to Freeport's
economy taking off. We have a num-
ber of challenges (but) we seek to
overcome those challenges in the
shortest possible time.
"I shall say very little while these
challenges remain outstanding because
I think we will be more effective from
behind the scenes."
In late November, ex-PLP Minis-
ter of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell
chastised the FNM for allegedly doing
"little" to jump-start Freeport's econ-
omy since coming to office in May,
2007.
"The concern is raised doubly here
in Freeport where it appears that the
FNM administration in its (then) six
months in office has done little, if any-


* thing, to help get this economy going
again," he said last month.
He said the proposed Economic
Partnership Agreement (EPA) and a
deal between Europe and the African
Caribbean Pacific states (ACP) were
all viable avenues to revitalise Freeport
as a trade centre.
Hutchinson Port Holdings has been
in The Bahamas for 13 years and is a
leading world investor, developer and
operator of container ports with inter-
ests in 23 countries.
The Freeport Container Transship-
ment Port Facility occupies some 164
acres of land and employs some 864
persons, including full-time and part-
time employees.
Its harbour in Freeport is one of the
largest man-made harbours in the
world and one of the deepest harbours
in the region.


"We look
forward to
Freeport's
economy taking
off. we have a
number of
challenges, but we
seek to overcome
those challenges
in the shortest
possible time."


Hubert Ingraham


LUCAYA, Grand Bahama -
Minister of Tourism and Avia-
tion Neko Grant told Grand
Bahamians that while there are
billions of dollars in commit-
ment out there, it means very
little if they cannot convert on
the multi-millions in invest-
ments that are currently under-
performing.
Mr Grant, who is also MP for
Lucaya, was taking part in the
Grand Bahama Island Encul-
turation Launch at the Westin
at Our Lucaya Resort.
At the event, a joint effort
between the Ministry of
Tourism and the Grand
Bahama Island Promotion
Board, Grand Bahamians got a
preview of how, together, they
will invite the world to come
and "Live A Grand Life on
Grand Bahama.Y' -
It was described as the most
comprehensive marketing effort
ever for Grand Bahama and
was the result of over a year's
worth of research, strategic
planning and creative develop-
ment.
Mr Grant told the large gath-
ering of tourism stakeholders
that he has a strong belief that
Grand Bahama Island is only
in the very early stages of its
tourism development and one
that "with the execution we are
capable of delivering, will be
transformed into one of the
region's most successful tourism
destinations."
He said the foundation upon
which they are able to build the
new Grand Bahama was in their
individual and collective belief
in what it can be, coupled with
their collective commitment to
simply make it happen.


"The journey towards the
transformation from failure to
success, from cries for financial
support to self-sustainability,
from a mindset of insecurity to
one of self-confidence, begins
with a shared belief, dream or
vision by all stakeholders in
what Grand Bahama Island's
life-form or what marketers
refer to as 'brand' should be,
coupled with crafting a plan
together that will make that
dream a reality," he said.
Mr Grant said the first vital
step had been taken and he told
Grand Bahamians that as they
launch towards the future all
would buy into the new pro-
gramme.
The minister also pointed out
that it had become customary,
in recent times, for politicians to
come forward and talk about
what they are doing or have
done for you.
Tales of hope
"In Grand Bahama we have.
become accustomed, in recent
years, to behaving like disabled
patients in some hospital, await-
ing words from our political
doctors who sell us hopes of
recovery that seem almost mag-
ical, expecting you to believe it.
"Those tales of hopes have
been framed in pseudo-
announcements of billions of
dollars of new developments
that will bring 'X' amount of
jobs, which will then bring that
healing that you have been
waiting for, for so long.
"Colleagues, I am not about
coming before you today to sing
that same tune. Yes there are
billions in commitments out


there but that means very little
if we cannot convert on the
multi-millions in investments
that are currently under-per-
forming here, on our Grand
Bahama Island," he said. He
told Grand Bahamians that they
have to "get up off their backs
and take charge of their future"
and do the things within their
power to transform the desti-
nation's reputation or brand to
resemble that which they dream
and believe in.
Mr Grant pointed out that
critical to the development of
their long term National
Tourism Strategy is the need
for a framework, which guides
the development of sustainable
tourism economies in each
island over the long term.
This process, according to the
minister, had to be grounded in
the story, folklore or way of life
under-girding each island, which
differentiates one island from
the other.
"It is the intention of my min-
istry to ensure that the devel-
opment of our various islands
reflects the brand or image
associated with that island, and
in fact drives that brand in how
it is fashioned as well as how it
ultimately operates.
"I am pleased to say that your
Grand Bahama Island is the
first island in which we have in
a combined public and private
sector effort to set such a course
in motion," he stated.


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LOCALNEWS I


Olga downgraded to a tropical depression


TROPICAL storm Olga has
downgraded to a tropical
depression, according to reports
from the Bahamas office of
meteorology.
At 2.43am on Thursday, Olga
was located at latitude 18.9N
and longitude 77.6W and was
moving westward at a speed of
13mph along the southern coast
of Cuba.
Olga has a very broad area
of cloudiness with embedded
showers that is affecting the
entire southern Bahamas.


Parts of, the north-west
Bahamas, including New Prov-
idence, is also expected to be
affected by the huge bands of
cloudiness associated with the
storm. Wind speed of the sys-
tem yesterday was estimated at
between 15 and 25 knots and is
expected to be down to 15-20
knots today.
Rain and cloudiness will con-
tinue to affect the Bahamas into
this evening. The system is
expected to continue moving
westward and end up in the


Yucatan by mid-Friday, accord-
ing to Accuwcather forecasters.
Two weeks after the end of
the 2007 storm season Olga
came as a surprise. Olga is the
10th storm in recorded storm
history from 1851 to occur out-
side of the storm season.
. It has reportedly killed at
least 19 in flash flooding and
mudslides in Puerto Rico and
Hispaniola.
Most of those killed were in
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was the northern city of Santia-
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This is where 15 were killed in
flooding and a mudslide.
On Tuesday, tropical storm
warnings and watches were
issued for parts of Haiti, the
Dominican Republic, the Turks
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News of tropical storm warn-
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John Bull

launches

seasonal

shopping on

Bay Street
JOHN Bull has officially
launched the holiday shopping
season on Bay Street with fun
and festivities for all.
Bay Street was abuzz with
sights and sounds of Christmas
courtesy of John Bull. The
day-long event featured live
entertainment at the storefront
by popular Bahamian groups
like The Wesley Bell Ringers
and Shabback, wonderful per-
formances by The Life Chil-
dren's Choir and the liitle
Yodephy Dancers and the
grand finale a spectacular pre-
sentation by the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force Band
that brought Bay Street to a
standstill.
The excitement continued
in-store as well with face-paint-


badly affected by tropical storm
Noel in late October.
Those islands are still strug-
gling to recover from damage
caused by severe flooding and
water contamination. Cat
Island, Long Island and Exuma
were the most severely affected
by Noel.
Mentioned in The Tribune
yesterday was a list of measures
taken by the Ministry of
Finance to help alleviate prob-
lems posed by hurricanes. The
ministry issued a declaration of
"' ffl


ing, arts and crafts, popcorn
and home-made gingerbread
men for the children and deli-
cious, fresh-brewed Starbucks
coffee for the kids at heart.
The store is decked out in
traditional as well as non-tra-
ditional d6cor to reflect this


exigency which allows qualified
persons to be able to import
certain items duty-free. This was
put into effect as of November
15, 2007, and runs until March
31, 2008. Items include build-
ing materials, electrical fixtures,
plumbing materials, fishery
equipment, motor vehicles and
fencing material.
Applications are available to
eligible persons and will be ver-
ified by island administrators
who will then forward them to
relevant agencies for approval.


*o -- -- --- v>--- .-. --<1
BUZZ OF EXCITEMENT: The sights
and sounds of Christmas have
come to Bay Street with popular
Bahamiam groups maintaining a
festive atmosphere for tourists and
locals alike. Stores have also been
decked out in festive colours to put
shoppers in the right mood for the
time of year.
year's theme, "A Tribute to
the Nations", incorporating
globes and flags from around
the world. Branville McCart-
ney, Minister of State for
Tourism and Aviation, offi-
cially declared the holiday
shopping season open.


Con artist strikes again outside the Mall at Marathon


A WOMAN con artist who
has been targeting shoppers
outside the Mall at Marathon
has struck again this time at a
Chinese foodstore on East
Street South.
The black, heavy-set woman
pretends her, car is out of gas,
scams money from shoppers,
then takes off in a self-drive car.
A warning was issued earlier
this month after several women
shoppers were targeted.


Last night, a reader told The
Tribune that she, too, had fallen
victim to the woman, who
approached her outside the
foodstore.
The reader said: "Please
report this woman and get her
off the streets before someone
hurts her badly for being
crooked.
"When you don't call the
police and make criminals
accountable under the law, the


murder rate will keep getting
-higher and higher in this coun-
try."
The woman is said to target
women in particular, shedding
tears in her plea for money and
claiming she is too afraid to
approach nien.
Then she jumps into a self-
drive car with someone else at
the wheel. "It's amazing that
our own people are doing this
to us," said a reader.


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VOld Bahama Bay



bids farewell



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After seven years of service,
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Interestingly, Russell started
his career in the hospitality indus-
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former Grand Bahama Hotel,
which was located on the same
property where Old Bahama Bay
sits today.
His career continued at the for-
mer Jack Tar Village where he
became a short order cook and
then chef de parties. In 1989, Chef
Russell travelled abroad to hone
his culinary skills, working as an
executive chef in St Kitts.
Russell returned to Grand
Bahama to work at The Lucavan
Beach Hotel and then in 2000 he


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years in the tourism industry. Pictured from left are: Old Bahama
Bay's assistant food and beverage director, Ericka Hield; executive
chef Ezra Russell; and vice-president of human resources, Donald
Glass.


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his career had begun, which was
then Old Bahama Bay Resort and
Yacht Harbour, now Old
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As family, colleagues and
friends gathered to recognize
Chef Russell's dedicated service,
accolades, gifts and well-wishes
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spoken, gentle giant of a man".
Donald Glass, vice-president
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him as "god-fearing, generous,
considerate, knowledgeable arn a
family man."
"The honour has been ours bto
know you and to have worked
with you," said Glass. "All of u
here at Old Bahama Bay love an(
respect you because that is whai
you've shown to us," he added.
A teary-eyed Chef Russell
thanked all for their heartfelt
expressions. "This is wonderful, it
couldn't be any better, everything
was top-notch," he said of the
reception held in his honour.
"Old Bahama Bay will always
remain in my heart because this is
the property where I started and
where my career now ends," Chef
Russell explained.
Ginn Resorts is developing
Ginn sur Mer, a 2,000-acre resort
community adjacent to Old
Bahama Bay that will contain
more than 4,400 condominium
and hotel units, nearly 2,000 sin-
gle family residential home sites,
signature golf courses designed
by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold
Palmer, clubhouses, two large
marinas, a private airport, a
Monte Carlo-style casino, water
and swim pavilions, a beach club
and a spa. The $4.9 billion Ginn
sur Mer development-Wil serve as
Ginn Resorts flagship Caribbean
development.

More associates

of anti-Casto

militant plead guilty

for not testifying
EL PASO, Texas
THREE MORE associates of
anti-Castro Cuban militant Luis
Posada Carriles have pleaded
guilty to charges of refusing to tes-
tify before a federal grand jury,
the U.S. Attorney's Office said
Thursday, according to. Associat-
ed Press.
Ruben Lopez-Castro, 69, and
Jose Pujol, 78, pleaded guilty Tues-
day to obstruction of justice for
refusing to testify. Ernesto Abreu
pleaded guilty to the same charge
Dec. 3. Two other men, Osvaldo
Mitat. 65, and 66-year-old Santiago
Alvarez, also pleaded guilty last
month for refusing to testify.
All five are scheduled to be sen-
tenced next year. They face up to
10 years in prison and a $250,000
fine. Prosecutors said the men were
granted immunity to testify before
the grand jury last year but still
refused.
Posada. 79, was accused of lying
to investigators in a bid to become
a naturalized U.S. citizen. Prose-
cutors argued about how he
sneaked into the United States
from Mexico and other facts.
Posada, a former CIA operative
and U.S. Army officer, has claimed
that hlie was brought across the bor-
der in South Texas by a smuggler.
But prosecutors argued that he
really arrived in Florida on a boat
from Mexico.
The case was dismissed earlier
this year after U.S. District Judge
Kathleen Cardone ruled that the
government engaged in trickery
and made several mistakes while
trying to build its criminal case.
Posada remains free, living in
Florida, but faces a deportation
order. An immigration judge in El
Paso hlias ruled that he should be
deported, but that he cannot be
sent to Cuba. where he was born,
or Venezuela. where he is a natu-
ralized citizen.
The governments of both coun-
tries want him handed over to face
chalgt.'.;nki ah: plotted the deadi)
1970 bombing of a Cuban jetliner
while in Caracas.
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While in port. about 20 vol-
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,assisted at the Bahamas Scout
bAssociation's recreational site
min Adelaide Village.
( The volunteers removed
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.?and the obstacle course route
b The 30-acre camp site prop-
berty of the Scout Association
0was donated by the Bahamas
government in 1926.
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landd to give Scouts access to
?natural habitat and nature
trails where they can partici-
pate in hiking, obstacle
course training and camping.
Commander Newman
Evans, commanding officer
on the USS Boone, said vol-
unteers from both ships weie
pleased to lend support to the
I.'Scout Association.
1 He said many of the volun-
teers were former Scouts who
realized the importance of
young boys having an outlet
to engage in positive recre-
ational activities in the com-
1'munity.
2 Chief Commissioner of the
b
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LOALNW


FROM page one

Ivan and Punch Publications
claim to have spent $512,946 on the
five phases of development on the
property between 1995 and 2002.
The plaintiffs also claim to have
paid for annual insurance on the
property every year since 1997,
along with interest to the bank on
loans and other facilities to finance
the works and insurance, amounting
to $1,685,583.
If a declaration is not made-that
Mr Johnson and Punch Publications
have proprietary beneficial interest
in the property, they are asking the
court to declare the extent of their
interest in the property.
Additionally, Ivan and Punch
Publications are seeking to have the
right to occupy the property until
the estate his sisters repay the
money Ivan and Punch Publications
invested into the business, plus
interest.
This may be a claim on his sisters
that exceeds $1.7 million.
The ownership of Punch Publi-
cations is cited as residing with Ivan
as majority shareholder and anoth-
er minority partner, at the genesis of
the company." --
However, in the late 1990s it
states that two further partners
invested, and acquired shares, so
that Ivan held 58 per cent of share
capital, and the other shareholders
42 per cent. The other owners are
not named in the claim.
The property was initially bought
by Basil Johnson in 1956, the docu-
ment reveals. He built a two-storey
commercial building on the site in
1968, with Warboys House being
the eastern building.
In August, 1989, Ivan returned


FROM page one

Thursday.


Ivan Johnson
from London to Nassau to set up
the paper. At the time, the plaintiff
claims that Warboys House was
semni-derelict, and his father sug-
gested that he use the location for
the new venture.
"Thus, by an oral agreement
made between Basil and Ivan on
behalf of the plaintiff, Basil agreed
that the plaintiff could refurbish the
top floor of Warboys House (2,400
sq ft) and then occupy it for the
production and publication of
Punch," says the claim.
Ivan is said to have occupied the
property from November, 1989.
His father reportedly took a
"keen interest" in The Punch, visit-
ing the property "twice weekly" to
deliver mail, inspect the property,
and to talk to Ivan about the busi-
ness.
The document further claims that
in February, 1991, his father as land-
lord to the plaintiff executed a lease
on the second floor of Warboys
House. The lease was for five years
from December 1, 1989, at a cost
of $800 per month, with a deferral
in consideration of the tenant's
$47,000 renovation of the property.
No rent was paid.
The filing further claims that the
father endorsed the 1994 expansion
of The Punch, which was expected
to cost $750,000.
"Basil agreed with and endorsed
Ivan's plan. Basil assured and rep-
resented to Ivan (on behalf of the
plaintiff) that the property would
be the plaintiff's permanent home
and place of business, which it
would never have to leave," said
the document.
Despite these claims, however,


FelT di


Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, who was.the
guest speaker, was unexpectedly short in his address,
which lasted for about only five minutes.
"Freeport needs all the hope and expectation that
it can have and I believe that Hutchison is a serious
entity that can deliver and would not be like all of
these other sites in Freeport with ground-breaking
ceremonies and nothing happening.
"I want to say to Sir Jack and Lady Henrietta, the
officers of the Port, and Hutchison that...I share my
support and the government's support of this project.
"We look forward to the Freeport economy taking
off as we have a lot of challenges and we seek to
overcome those challenges in the shortest possible
time. I shall say very little while these challenges
remain outstanding because I think we will be more
effective while we are behind the scenes," said Mr
Ingraham.
Hutchison, which are 50 per cent joint venture
partners with the Port Authority in the container
port, has made an offer to acquire the shares in IDC
Ltd Cayman, the parent company of Port Group Ltd
and the Grand Bahama Port Authority Ltd.
Lady Henrietta and Sir Jack, the principal share-


Mr Johnson acknowledged in the
filing that the land was left to him
and his sisters Felicity, Janet and
Jill but he argues that this act was
contrary to the representation made
to him by his father.
"By his will, apart from a few
legacies, Basil left his estate to his
four children, Felicity, Ivan, Janet
and Jill in equal shares. He left the
property to them in equal shares as
tenants in common," the affidavit
said.
"In doing so, Basil was acting
unconscionably and in breach of
the assurances and contrary to the
representations which he had made
to Ivan on behalf of the plaintiff."
The document also reveals that in
2002 Ivan previously refused Janet,
his sister, office space on the prop-
erty for a company she owns. The
document states that "he informed
her that the property was for the
exclusive use of the plaintiff." It
adds that "Basil orally confirmed
these statements."
After persuasion, the affidavit
said that Ivan and Punch Publica-
tions agreed to rent out a small
unused office space on the proper-
ty to Janet on a temporary basis.
She paid $400 a month for the
space.
It is further claimed that she tried
to get more space, but was refused
by "Ivan and Basil" and moved out
after two years.
Ivan Johnson and Punch Publi-
cations are represented by E P
Toothe and Associates in the action.
Felicity and Janet are represented
by Cedric Parkh.
The case is before Justice John
Lyons and is set for trial early next
year. The defendants have report-
edly filed a counterclaim to this
action.


holders in the GBPA, are involved in a bitter legal
dispute that has somewhat impeded investment and
economic growth in Freeport.
Mr Gray noted that, although Hutchison is inter-
ested in acquiring shares in the Port Authority, it
has no burning desire to run it.
"We happen to believe that as in many other coun-
tries the functions of the Port Authority should fall
under local government.
"We do, however, believe that a suitable and
acceptable structure can be achieved which will sat-
isfy the government, the licensees and the community
of Freeport and Grand Bahama.
"We would be fully prepared to work with the
government and all interested parties in achieving
this. Certainly, there should be no cross shareholding
between such a body and private investments.
"We would also like to see more Bahamian own-
ership and participation in the affairs of Grand
Bahama. We have no wish to dominate and create a
'one company town', as suggested in the press, in
fact quite the opposite. We would like to see an
increase in inward investment by as many players as
possible, whether large or small."


FROM page one


Two arraigned

FROM page one

January 17, The Tribune has learned. It is understood that police are
seeking two other men in connection with the incident.
The demolition of the restaurant, and a fire in July this year that
destroyed a $340,000 guesthouse, also belonging to Mr Cummings, are
among several disturbing incidents that have stunned Rum Cay resi-


dents.


ng carter: ery Christie 'best chance'


FROM page one

importantly, mount a formidable opposition to
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.
While some Christie supporters actively blame
him for the loss of the May 2 general election,
others hold fast to the opinion that he is the
only candidate who can go "toe to toe" with
Mr Ingraham on a political platform.
Currently, the PLP has only two would-be
leadership contenders in Bain and Grants Town
MP Dr Bernard Nottage, and the MP for West
End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe.
While some commentators yesterday pre-
ferred to remain anonymous, former PLP sena-
tor Philip Galanis went on record stating that
Mr Christie "despite all of his shortcomings"
is still the best option for the PLP at this point.


FROM page one

Corruption" outlines eight areas,_
after a review of Bahamian law,
in which the legal framework
could be strengthened to rule out
the possibility of an abuse of the
hiring system.
It claims that the current legal
framework as it relates to hiring is
"open to abuse" for numerous
reasons, primarily because it lacks
definition in certain areas.
One of the committee's pro-
posals is that the Bahamas ought
to "establish control mechanisms,
or strengthen existing ones, so
that the (Public, Judicial and
Legal) Service Commissions have
the competence to investigate
appointment processes that are
believed to have beed improper."
If an appointment is then found


"The people understand that the economy is
coming to a screeching halt. The people recog-
nise that there is a major problem with the vot-
er register, but they would return the PLP to
power because that is the better alternative." Mr
Galanis said.
The former senator added that if an early
election were to be called, he feared that the
party would not do as well with Dr Nottage or
Mr Wilchcombe at the helm.
However, he maintained that this did not
mean in any way that either man was not a
"good candidate", only that. in his opinion. Mr
Christie was more capable of "uniting" the PLP.
Mr Galanis said if Mr Christie were unable to
lead the party for any reason, the only person
that he saw able to mount an effective opposi-
tion against Mr Ingraham would be Dr Not-
tage.


Report

to have not been made for the
correct reasons under law, the
appointment can be revoked, "or
corrective measures taken," sug-
gested the committee.
The report went on to outline
several other aspects of the legal
framework that the committee
believes should receive attention
if the Bahamas is to
conform more fully with the pur-
poses of the anti-corruption con-
vention.
One of these is the process by
which a new post can be created
within the public service.
While there is one process for.
non-urgent posts, the committee
observed that "in the cases of
urgency, the head of a depart-


ment must make the request
through the Department of Pub-
lic Service. which then sends the
request to the Cabinet for its
approval."
The experts said that without a
definition of "urgent" this proce-
dural exception could be abused.
"The Bahamas should consider
providing in the regulations para-
meters that define 'urgent ." said
the experts.
In relation to hiring of public
officers by the public service com-
mission and the judicial service
commission, the report states that
"the legislation does not make it
explicitly clear that selection into
the public service is based on
merit" and that to "assure the
openness, equity and efficiency
of the government hiring system"
this should be rectified.


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New Year's Eve
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told The Tribune of the message
he would like young Bahamians
to take from his story.
The documentary was created
by Bahamian filmmaker Kareem
Mortimer and took two years to
produce. Mr Mortimer told The
Tribune that the film was chal-
lenging at first, but Sir Durward
and his wife took him in, and he
now considers them as "an exten-
sion of his family."
The film spans the life of the
"Sea Wolf" covering his rise to
international, stardom in sailing,
also touching on race relations in
the Bahamas, and his many char-
itable ventures over the years.
Sir Durward made the historic
gesture of apologizing for the
years of racial oppression of
blacks by whites in the Bahamas,
while in Grand Bahama at a One
Bahamas event earlier this
month.
"Boys and.girls, you are living in
a great country. I was brought up
when white people were in charge
of these lands and they treated
the black people very badly," Sir
Durward said at the event..


Sir Durward
"I'm here to apologize on our
behalf. Today, we're living in a
great society. We've (beaten) all
the trials and temptations and
now we're here as one Bahamas,"
he said.
At the film premiere Sir Dur-
ward echoed this theme of racial
unity.
"The main thing in my life now is'
unity in this country, and the chil-
dren are the answer to it," he said,
emphasizing that the country is
fortunate that children are "not
prejudiced" with blacks and
whites increasingly interacting'
with each other.
His wife, Lady Holly Knowles,
told The Tribune that she was
"happy" and "proud" to see the
life of Sir Durward and herself
on the big screen. "We've had a
great life, you know. We've both
done what we wanted to do."
In 1956, Sir Durward, with the
late Sloane Farrington, won a
bronze medal at the Melbourne,
Australia Olympics. Eight years
later in 1964, he and the late Cecil
Cooke won the first gold medal
for the Bahamas at the Tokyo


Olympics. These are jusl ia few of'
the dozens of international
medals and trophies Sir Durward
received during his sailing career.
Prime Minister Ingralhan and
Deputy Prime Minisler Symon-
ette both attended lhe premiere
with other members of cabinet


Raynard Rigby


FROM page one

Christie -- who Mr Rigby has
gently criticised before did not
go unnoticed the source added.
Mr Christie has been blamed
in the past and called upon before
to take responsibility for the elec-
tion defeat and ofiler his resigna-
tion.
However, it is understood that
Mr Christie is seeking to use the
idea that the FNM will call an
early election as an excuse lor
him to remain as party leader
when the PLP holds its conven-
tion next year.
The source claimed that Mr
Rigby went so far as to say that
while his decision was not an easy
one for him to make, the time
was right to show a level of matu-
rity that is "all too lacking" in the
PLP.
Calls for Mr Rigby last night
to confirm thdse reports were
unsuccessful. However, the well
placed source said that Mr Rigby
even spoke of how "difficult deci-
sions" about which candidates to
run were not made by Mr.
Christie.


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P 1F A E E 4 0H I


WCV


continues


oost


for religious tourism


special hliOday hours

CORPORATE CENTRE, BAHAMAHEALTH, FINANCIAL SERVICES
& NASSAU SALES OFFICES


Friday, December 14
Monday, December 17


Closed at 11:30am
Normal business hours resume


ALL OFFICES IN ELEUTHERA, ABACO & FREEPORT


Friday, December 14
Monday, December 17


Closed
Normal business hours resume


CHRISTMAS BUSINESS HOURS FOR ENTIRE COMPANY


Friday, December 21
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
December 24, 25 and 26
Thursday, December 27
Friday, December 28
Monday, December 31
and Tuesday, January 1
Wednesday, January 2


& BEiUTHERA


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Closed
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INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED

CORPORATE CENTRE: EAST BAY STREET, NASSAU P.O. BOX SS 6232


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT World Class
Vacation Bahamas (WCV)
continues to boost the reli-
gious tourism sector on Grand
Bahama, unveiling plans for
another major religious event
on the island in early 2008.
A new vacation annual
event dubbed 'The Invitation
2 Love Bahamas 2008' is
scheduled to take place in
Freeport during the Valentine
weekend of February 14-17.
It will feature world
renowned gospel and R and
B singers Chante Moore and
Kenny Lattimore and other
celebrities, including Peabo
Bryson and comedian Tom-
my Davidson.

Events
Bishop Noel Jones, a pas-
toral leader and teacher, has
also partnered with Moore
and Lattimore and WCV to
present a weekend of events
that will include a dinner and
show on Valentine Day, spe-
cial seminars on marriages and
relationships, a concert and a
bridal show.
Moore and Lattimore were
in Freeport last week to pro-
mote the event, which is
"devoted to love and lovers -
from a spiritual perspective."
According to a press release
issued by Favor Internation-
al, an events strategy, market-
ing and promotion firm based
in Dallas Texas, WCV devel-
oped the event to showcase
Freeport's phenomenal
amenities for vacations, des-
tinations, weddings and
leisure tourism.
The Ministry of Tourism
recognizes that there is a big
potential in religious tourism
and has designated a special
division devoted to it.
Last year, WCV hosted its
first major event with well
known religious leader and
motivational speaker Jamal
Byrant in Freeport. Thou-
sands of his followers travelled


to Freeport to attend the
event at the Westin at Our
Lucaya Resort.
Andre Robinson, a repre-
sentative of Favor Interna-
tional, said the company had
partnered with WCV
Bahamas and World Class
Kingdom Resorts and Club at
Waters Edge, to produce and
promote the event.
The Valentine event will
also be held at the Westin at
Our Lucaya Resort, starting.
on Thursday, February 14,
with a dinner and show on
Valentine's Day evening in
the resort's ballroom.
Bishop Jones will conduct
a special session on the
evening of Friday, February
15, preceded by a salt
covenant ceremony.
The Invitation 2 Love
Again Seminar will be con-
ducted by Chante Moore and
Kenny Lattimore, along with
Pastors Charles and Andrea
Humphrey, who present a spe-
cial seminar on bringing pas-
sion, conimitment and
romance back into marriages
and relationships.
Invitation 2 Love will hold a
concert on February 16, fea-
turing Moore and Lattimore
with special guest Peabo
Bryson and show host come-
dian and TV star Tommy
Davidson.
The weekend will climax on
Sunday, February 17, with an
extravagant Grand Bahama
International Bridal show, fea-
turing spectacular bridal and
wedding wear fashions from
around the globe, as well as a
showcase of wedding products
and services.
World Class Kingdom
Resorts and Clubs at Water's
Edge, along with World Class
Vacations Bahamas, is based
in Grand Bahama.
It has a combination of over
40 years experience in the
vacation and hospitality indus-
try. Both companies pride
themselves on meeting and
exceeding the travel needs and
expectation of their clients.
One of their goals is to make
Grand Bahama the haven for
religious tourism.


Time is precious
so if you need to shop for home appliances
and electronics you may as well make it
a one stop shop kind of thing.

Here at Master Technicians now on Village Road
next to Best Buy Furniture we carry
the very best in home appliances and electronics
in a wide variety of top brand names.
We can outfit your entire kitchen, keep you tuned
into the latest electronic technologies,
control your home temperature and
provide you with cutting edge laundry solutions.
Our prices are affordable and our
payment options are flexible.

Plus, our team of courteous professionals
get as excited about your needs and wants as you do.
Why? Because we're Master Technicians
and we've been serving you for over 40 years!


Give us a call at (242) 393-5310


or visit us at our showroom


on Village


WINNER OF the Suite Dream bed Delora Moncur of Scotia Bank pos-
es with corporate sales manager Audra Riley.


The Hilton hosts

its annual Holiday

Appreciation Party
IT WAS an exciting and grand evening as thte British Colonial
Hilton hosted its local corporate clientele to its annual end-of-
year Holiday Appreciation Party.
The event, hosted in the Palm Court Lounge, had a cross-sec-
tion of corporate clients taking part in a lively evening complete
with great food, entertainment and Hilton signature gifts.
Corporate sales manager Audra Riley thanked clients for
their commitment to the British Colonial over the past year and
their confidence in the hotel team to facilitate first-class meet-
ings and events.
Highlighted was the refurbishment of the hotel rooms and
meeting spaces planned for 2008 that will continue to ensure
superb quality of product and service to clients.
Also revealed was the winner of the "Hilton Suite Dream
Bed" promotion.
Announced at the summer "Club Liaison" event, the corpo
rate booker with the highest amount of room nights booked
between September 1 and November 30, 2007, would receive a
. complete Hilton Suite Dream Bed, courtesy of the British
Colonial Hilton.
The bed would be an exact replica of the brand new bedding
placed in all Hilton guestrooms earlier this year.
, The winner, Delora Moncur of Scotia Bank, was the excited
winner and receives her king-size bed, delivered and set just in
time for the Christmas holiday.


Have a blessed Christmas Season


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Argentina
ARGENTINA'S new presi-
dent reacted angrily Thursday to
U.S. charges that a suitcase fall of
Venezuelan cash seized by cus-,
toms was intended to finance her
campaign, calling it an example
of "garbage in international poli-
tics", according to Associated
* Press
President Cristina Fernandez
also suggested that anyone who
might think a female president is
more easily influenced is wrong.
The disclosure came Wednes-
day in a Miami court hearing for
a criminal complaint against four
men arrested and charged with
being illegal Venezuelan agents
who attempted a cover-up.
U.S. prosecutors said a suitcase
filled with nearly $800,000 was a
campaign contribution to Fer-
nandez, who was inaugurated this
week as Argentina's first popu-
larly elected female president.
They said recorded conversations
of those involved indicate the
scheme reached to the highest
levels of the Venezuelan govern-
ment.
Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez's government called it a
"fabricated scandal."
Fernandez said she remains
undeterred in her quest to deepen
"relations with all Latin Ameri-
can nations and also. friendship
with ... Venezuela."
"This president may be a
woman but she's not going to
allow herself to be pressured,"
said Fernandez, alluding to the
scandal. She called it an example
of "garbage in international poli-
tics."
She also took a jab at U.S. offi-
cials, complaining that ".iore
than friendly nations, they Want
countries ... subordinated" to,
them.
In Washington, the State
Department declined to comment
on the specifics of the case, but
said it had been aware of the
investigation and renewed U.S.
concerns about alleged attempts
by the Chavez government to
meddle in other Latin American
countries,


"We have talked about their
interference in the affairs of oth-
er countries. They have tried to
insert themselves into various
elections throughout the 'region
and in several cases it has back-
fired," spokesman Sean McCor-
mack told reporters; citing the
specific example of Peru.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister
Nicolas Maduro called the
charges "a desperate effort by the
United States government using
... the judicial branch'for a politi-
cal, psychological, media war
against the progressive govern-
ments of the continent."
In Buenos Aires, Argentine
Justice Minister Anibal Fernan-
dez called the charges punishment
for the government's good rela-
tions with Chavez.
He noted that Fernandez has
promised even stronger trade and
energy ties with Venezuela than
her husband, former President
Nestor Kirchner. "What is hap-
pening is stupidity, and in the cur-
rent framework, I think it is a
reprisal that arises from the Unit-
ed Sates' attitude toward
Venezuela," he told government
news agency Telam.
* The allegations of campaign
funding sent clandestinely from
Caracas to Buenos Aires will give
new ammunition to Chavez's crit-
ics who accuse him of meddling in
other Latin American countries


and rising oil money to bolster
alliances.
The revelations will als6 put
Cristina Fernandez on the defen-
sive just.days after she was sworn
in.
The complaint said "neither the
true source nor the intended
recipient of those cash funds had
been disclosed."
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Thomas Mulvihill said in court,
however, that the FBI recorded a
conversation in which one of
those arrested said the Fernan-
dez campaign was the intended
recipient of the money, which was
seized by Argentine customs
authorities in August.
Charged with. failing to register
with the U.S. as agents of a for-
eign power were Venezuelans
Moises Roman Majonica, 36;
Franklin Duran, 40; and Carlos
Kauffmann, 35; and Uruguayan
citizen Rodolfo Wanseele, 40. All
were arrested Tuesday night and
will remain in custody pending a
bail hearing Monday.
If convicted, they face up to 10
years in federal prison and
$250,000 in fines.
The Venezuelan-American
man who carried the suitcase,
Guido Alejandro Antonini Wil-
son, was not charged. Argentina
asked the U.S.in August to extra-
dite him on fraud charges, but the
new case suggests the Miami busi-
nessman has gone from suspect
to key witness.
Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assis-
tant U.S. Attorney General for
National Security, said the com-
plaint "outlines an alleged plot
by agents of the Venezuelan gov-
ernment to manipulate an Amer-
ican citizen in Miami in an effort
to keep the lid on a burgeoning
international scandal."
Prosecutors said in court that
evidence against the men includes
FBI recordings of conversations
between some of them and senior
officials in Venezuela's office.of
the vice president, intelligence
service and justice ministry.
In repeated conversations with
Antonini, the four allegedly
sought to keep secret the
Venezuelan source of the mon-
ey.


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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor

THE Grand Bahama
Port Authority (GBPA)
and Attorney General's
Office yesterday suc-
ceeded in blocking, at
least for the moment,
the attempt by GBPA
licensees and property
owners to remove the
organisation's receivers
and appoint a public
trustee.
Robert Adams, of
Graham, Thompson &
Co, representing the
GBPA, and Loren
Klein, of the Attorney
General's Office, both
filed summonses at a.
hearing before Supreme
Court Justice Neville
Adderley challenging
the Freeport Property
Owners & Licensees
Association's locus stan-
di, or ability to sue.
Justice Adderley set
January 8, 2008, as the
date to hear those two
summonses on prelimi-
nary issues as to whether
the Association's appli-
cation should be struck-
out, as many of the
Bahamas' top legal
heavyweights sat in his
chambers.
Maurice Glinton and
co-counsel Paul Moss
represented the Associa-
tion; Fred Smith, Harvey
Tynes, QC, and Damien
Gomez sat in the late
Edward St George's
estate's corner; Brian
Simms, head of litigation
for Lennox Paton,
looked after the inter-
ests of GBPA receivers
Clifford and Myles Cul-
mer; Alfred Sears repre-
sented Fiduciary Man-
agement Services;
Cheryl Bastian, of
Dupuch & Turnquest,
was there for Interconti-
nental Diversified Cor-
poration (IDC); and
Roy Sweeting, of Glin-
ton, Sweeting &
O'Brien, represented Sir
Jack Hayward and
Hannes Babak. Mr
Adams and Mr Klein
were also present.
Justice Adderley is
understood to have
acknowledged their
arguments that they
were not given notice or
served with any process
relating to the latest
submission filed by Mr
Glinton on the Associa-
tion's behalf, and ruled
that other interested
parties should be heard.
The Association had
filed two separate sum-
mons, the first seeking
court declarations and
answers to a number of
developments that had
happened in Freeport
and the GBPA over the
years, including whether
the latter's sale of stakes
in its productive assets
had taken place in
accordance with the
Hawksbill Creek Agree-
ment's stipulations.
The second summons
was an application for a
public trustee to be
appointed to run the
GBPA and its Port
Group Ltd affiliate if
the current receivers
were removed.
Yet Mr Glinton is
understood to have filed
a new submission focus-
ing on the removal of
the receivership, some-
thing that was said to
have taken the other
parties and their attor-


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operating from the Bahamas


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

AN "INSOLVENT" insur-
ance company re-domiciled to
the Bahamas to keep its assets
away from liquidators and
creditors, a lawsuit filed in a
US bankruptcy court has
alleged, with the company said
to be carrying on insurance
business from Freeport with-
out a valid insurance licence
from the Registrar of Insur-
ance.
The case involving Condor
Insurance, which was origi-
nally domiciled in Nevis, rais-
es major questions about the
level of supervision conducted
by Bahamian financial services
regulators, especially the Reg-
istrar's office, and why the
company was allowed to re-
domicile in the Bahamas as
Condor Guaranty when it had
major question marks hang-
ing over it.
Condor Insurance also has
links to the Bahamas Film
Studios, which are in the
process of being sold to
Bahamas FilmInvest Interna-


* Lawsuit alleges assets transferred to Freeport

based firm to avoid liquidators, creditors

* Insurer's assets linked to Bahamas Film Studios


tional, the group put together
and headed by Bahamian
banker, Owen Bethel, head of
the Nassau-based Montaque
Group.
The lawsuit, filed by Con-
dor Insurance's liquidators in
the US Bankruptcy Court fpr
the southern district of Mis-
sissippi, names among the
assets "wrongfully transferred
to Condor Guaranty", the
Bahamian company, some 18
million shares in Ashby Cor-
poration.
Ashby was the ultimate
Bermuda-domiciled parent for
the Bahamas Film Studios.
Also named as a Condor
Insurance asset, and which the
liquidators want returned
from Condor Guaranty, is a
$650,000 note receivable from
Gold Rock Creek and Stock-


ton, Fuller & Co.
Gold Rock Creek was the
immediate holding company
for the Bahamas Film Studios,
while Stockton, Fuller & Co is
the investment banking firm
of Ross Fuller, Ashby's prin-
cipal, who is selling the
Bahamas Film Studios to Mr
Bethel.
Condor Insurance's liquida-
tors, who filed the action
against Condor Guaranty, said
the former transferred its
assets to the Bahamian com-


pany to put them "beyond-the
reach of Condor Insurance's
creditors".
Alleging that Condor Guar-
anty was "created in Novem-
ber 2006 for this very pur-
pose", the liquidators, Richard
Fogerty and William Tacon,
claimed that the asset trans-
fer took place while Condor
Insurance was facing a wind-
ing-up petition in the Eastern
Caribbean Supreme Court.
SEE page 6B


' Inaeqat tansaeny


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
There is "inadequate trans-
parency" in the processes for
tendering for government
works and supply contracts, a
review of the Bahamas'
progress in implementing the
Inter-American Convention on
Corruption has concluded, the
report recommending that this
nation strengthen its legisla-
tion and publish pre-bidding
terms and conditions.
The review, conducted by
the Organisation of American
States (OAS) MESICIC com-
mittee, said no statutes or leg-
islation governed the bidding
on government contracts or the
procedures relating to tender
processes.
While the Bahamas had, in
its replies to a questionnaire,
said that while "tenders are
invited to bid for government
contract's either by way of
public invitation or select ten-
der process, the legislation is
silent on this matter.
"As a consequence, the leg-
islation is also silent on the


proper procedures to be fol-
lowed in carrying out these
tender processes. In addition,
there is no legislative provision
regarding factors to be taken
into account when a tender
process undertaken is either a
public invitation or selective.
"Therefore, it is difficult to
ascertain whether the rules in
place for these procurement
processes are transparent and
objective."
While tenders for contracts
relating to the supply of goods
and services to the Govern-
ment, and for infrastructure
and construction contracts,
were said to be published by
the Bahamas, along with dead-
lines and details on how the
bids were to be submitted,
there was no legislation gov-
erning this.
No laws detailed which
media were to be chosen for
advertising, how tender
processes were opened and ini-
tiated, participation conditions,
and how bids were to be sub-
mitted and the deadline.
SEE page 7B


EPA offer

'essentially

complete by

next week'

Bahamas pursues
twin track bilateral
and CARIFORUM
approach

M By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas is pursuing a
'twin-track' approach to the
Economic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA) talks with the
European Union (EU), the
minister of state for finance said
yesterday, and is prepared to
enter direct bilateral talks on
its 'goods-only' offer if other
Caribbean nations insist on con-
cluding a "comprehensive"
agreement that includes ser-
vices.
Zhivargo Laing said the Gov-
ernment hoped to gave its
'goods only' offer "essentially
complete by next week", and
had already communicated to
the EU's European Commis-
sion (the body's civil service and
executive arm) that the
Bahamas, at this stage, was only
willing to sign a market access
EPA governing the trade in
physical goods with Europe.
The minister explained that
the Bahamas would not be able
to submit a services offer to the
EU before the December 31,
2007, deadline for the EPA to
be concluded, something that
made it necessary to instead


SEE page 5B


Shipping container
throughput to hit
1.275m by 2008
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

Hutchison Port Holdings'
Phase V expansion of the
Freeport Container Port will
create 300 jobs and involve a
$2509 million investment,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham said yesterday.
Speaking at the Phase V
groundbreaking, Mr Ingraham
said the Container Port was
forecast by 2008 to handle
about 1.275 million shipping
containers, a huge expansion
upon the 116,000 containers
it handled during 1997, its first
year of operation.
The Prime Minister said: "I
am advised that in 2002 the
Mediterranean Shipping Com-
pany (MSC), the second
largest shipping company in
the world, made Freeport
their regional hub for the
Americas and the Caribbean.
"Today, Freeport Container
Port is MSC's third largest hub
port by volume after Antwerp
and Singapore.
"The Phase V expansion
project of the Port is, I am
told, in direct response to the
continuing increase in global
trade, and to the correspond-
ing increase in growth in
MSC's volume of shipping
business in the region."
Recalling how Hutchison
Port Holdings, a division of
Hong Kong conglomerate
Hutchison Whampoa, was
first attracted to Freeport and
the'Bahamas in 1994, Mr
Ingraham said it had come a


long way from the 110 staff
originally employed at the
opening of Phase I in April
1997.
SEE page 5B


FAMILY GUARDIAN
INSURANCE COMPANY LIMITED


Growth to create 300


Container Port jobs


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THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 3B


Cable in $14m


ou


over


capital projects
Ap p i


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
CABLE Bahamas said it had
spent $14 million on capital pro-
jects to enhance its telecommu-
nications infrastructure during
the first three quarters of 2007,
as its business generated dou-
ble-digit revenue growth in all
three core segments during the
three months to September 30,
2007.
In his third quarter message
to shareholders, Brendan Pad-
dick, Cable Bahamas chairman,
wrote: "During the third quar-
ter, we continued our focus on
designing, constructing, main-
taining and operating the
required infrastructure to sup-
port our suite of broadband ser-
vices.
"The objectives of 2007 capi-
tal projects are to sustain and
improve the stability and per-
formance of the network,
increase both subscriber count
and revenue, and enhance over-
all service delivery.
"As the network continues to
grow and age, the maintenance
of the plant infrastructure,
quality of construction and
superior network performance
will be key elements to contin-
ued subscriber acquisition ands
long-term retention.
"The key to meeting these
objectives centres on the con-
tinued enhancement of the
existing plant infrastructure, sta-
tus monitoring, maintenance
practices and procedures, and
overall network performance.
Consequently, some $14 million
in capital projects and expen-
ditures have been issued to
date."
On its cotCcable television


CORE STRENGTH.


Third quarter message

to shareholders


business, Cable Bahamas saw
revenues grow by 16 per cent
during the first three quarters
in 2007 compared to the same
period in 2006.
The company's Oceans Digi-
tal premium service saw 4,700
set top boxes sold, a 13 per cent
increase that took it to 4,000
customers. The latter figure rep-
resented a 14 per cent increase
for the 2007 third quarter.

Channel
Mr Paddick said Cable
Bahamas had added HTN, a
channel primarily focused on
Haitian issues, to its channel
line-up in New Providence,
Grand Bahama, Abaco and
Eleuthera, and an August chan-
nel realignment and upgrade in
eight Family Islands boosted
the company's cable offering
and programme variety.
Meanwhile, Cable Bahamas
said its Coralwave Internet sub-
scriber base had expanded to
38,000, meeting the targets set
for it in 2007. Compared to the
2006 third quarter, residential
subscriber numbers increased
by 14 per cent, while residen-
tial revenues grew by 12 per
cent.
"Our week-over-week new
subscriber installs continue to
be strong," Mr Paddick wrote.


"Within the product lines them-
selves, we continue to see a
steady demand for our unlimit-
ed tiers of service, especially
Coralwave Lite and Coralwave
Groove, as our current cus-
tomers continue to upgrade
from our metered services.
Looking ahead to the future,
we are planning to add more
creativity to our 2008 plans in
order to continue to grow and
retain new subscribers."
Mr Paddick said the
Caribbean Crossings data seg-
ment had generated "impres-
sive revenue growth" compared
to the 2006 third quarter, with
"strong sales" to telecoms car-
riers and the Bahamian busi-
ness community.
Third party circuit sales were
also strong, with Caribbean
Crossings generating a 37.5 per
cent growth in third quarter
data revenue to $4.4 million,
compared to $3.2 million the
year before.
Monthly recurring revenues
reached $1.64 million, com-
pared to $1.07 million at the end
of September 2006, a rise of 53
per cent or $0.57 million.
Mr Paddick said Cable
Bahamas had stayed true to its
dividend policy, paying out $3.6
million or 23 per cent
of net income to shareholders
in the first nine months of
2007.


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The closed season gives Nassau grouper a chance to
reproduce. The more fish that successfully spawn, the
more fish there will be for us to catch and eat later.


Nassau Grouper are already commercially extinct in
much of the Caribbean. We must act NOW to ensure
a plentiful supply of this fish in The Bahamas for
future generations.


Nassau grouper are
because they group


especially vulnerable
together or 'aggregate


to overfishing
' in order to


reproduce. Because grouper gather at predictable places in the
winter months, they are an easy target for fishermen. Catching
the fish at this time threatens the survival of the species and
the livelihood of the people who depend on them.


Please support our Bahamian fishermen and enjoy other fish
during the closed season.


For more information, contact BREEF
at www.breef.org
Tel:(242) 327-9000
or
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Tel:(242) 393-1777


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Here's how YOU can help:

Do not catch, buy or sell Nassau grouper
during the closed season. Violators will be
subject to prosecution. fines, boat confiscation
and jail time.

Do not eat Nassau grouper during the closed
season. Boil fish is excellent with red snapper.

Support the establishment of National Parks
and No-take Marine Reserves. These.reserves
are replenishment zones for our important
marine species. They must include the habitats
required for all stages of the Nassau grouper's
life cycle: mangrove creeks. shallow reefs, deep
reefs and spawning aggregation sites.


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 3B


I BUSINESS


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prepare for relocation


* By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

AT LEAST one of the ten-
ants in the Hurricane Hole
Shopping Plaza has determined
where they will relocate when
Kerzner International takes
over the property some time in
the next few weeks.
According to Marie Wright,
an employee at Liquid Desert,
the store will relocate to West


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Bay Street, and shift its employ-
ees to that location. The com-
pany also has another location
on Bay Street.
The Tribune also spoke with
several other tenants News
Cafe, Destinations, First
Caribbean and Leather N'
Things. However, either man-
agers were not available for
comment or the employees
were not aware of what the
company's plans were.
Kerzner International is look-
ing to turn the complex into a
second Marina Village. It would
include some 200-300 units of
timeshare, and retail space,
which would include six food
and beverage outlets and a
completely redone renovated
Hurricane Hole Marina that
will be able to take larger
yachts.
Kerzner International is plan-
ning to re-develop the Hurri-


cane Hole Plaza in partnership
with New York-based Island
Global Yachting
Kerzner International
acquired the Hurricane Hole
Marina, the nearby condomini-
ums and 11 acres of surrounding
land for $23 million in June
2005, giving it control of all the
main waterborne access points
to Paradise Island.
The marina was purchased
from Driftwood and its finan-
cial backer, Lehman Brothers'
private equity arm.
Earlier this year, several mer-
chants had expressed concerns
to Tribune Business over
whether they would fit in with
Kerzner International's plans
for the location, and whether
the Atlantis and One & Only
Ocean Club owner would make
it uneconomic for them to
remain in the plaza by increas-
ing rental rates.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that HAZEL BURKE of
MONTGOMERY AVE., P.O. BOX CR-54957, 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.



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* By IANAUSTEN
c.2007 New York Times
News Service
OTTAWA Overriding the
safety concerns of its regulator,
the Canadian government is
rushing through legislation to
reopen a nuclear reactor that
produces most of the world's
supply of a medically important
diagnostic isotope.
Hospitals worldwide have
canceled or delayed thousands
of nuclear medicine tests used
to diagnose a wide array of ill-
nesses because of the prolonged
shutdown of the reactor in Chalk
River, Ontario, near Ottawa.
Atomic Energy of Canada,
the government company that
owns the reactor, closed it .for
regular maintenance on Nov. 18.
But inspectors from Canada's
nuclear regulatory agency sub-
sequently discovered that the
50-year-old reactor still lacked:
systems that Atomic Energy was
ordered to install to prevent a
potentially dangerous reactor
failure after a natural disaster
like an earthquake.
The legislation, which was
pushed through the House of
Commons late Tuesday night,
will suspend the Canadian
Nuclear Safety Commission's'"
oversight of the reactor for 120
days and allow Atomic Energy'
to restart it immediately. The
bill was approved by Canada's
unelected Senate on Wednes-.
day night.
"There will be no nuclear
accident," Prime Minister.
Stephen Harper told the House
of Commons on Tuesday. "On
the contrary, what we do know is
that the continuing actions of
the Liberal-appointed Nuclear
Safety Commission will jeopar-
dize the health and safety and
lives of tens of thousands of
Canadians."


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POLICE DEPARTMENT


Re: Traffic Press Release Notice
Annual Beat Retreat
Sunday, 16 December 2007

INFORMATION:

The Royal Bahamas Police Force Band will stage a "Beat Retreat"
on Bay Street between Charlotte Street and East Street on Sunday,
16 December 2007, commencing at 4:00pm.

ROAD CLOSURE:

From 2:00pm until after the Beat Retreat, the following streets will
be closed to vehicular traffic:

(a) Bay Street between Charlotte Street and East Street;
(b) Parliament Street Between Woodes Rodgers Walk and
Shirley Street;
(c) East Street between Bay Street and Shirley Street;
(d) East Street between Bay Street and Shirley Street

TRAFFIC DIVERSION:

From 2:00pm vehicular traffic traveling east along Bay Street will be
diverted north along Charlotte Street to Woodes Rodgers Walk, east
to East Street, south on East Street to Bay Street and east onto Bay
Street.

Vehicular traffic traveling north on East Street will be diverted west
onto Shirley Street.

NO PARKING:

From 2:00pm until after the Beat Retreat, no vehicles will be permitted
to park on the following streets:


* Bay Street between East Street and Charlotte Street
* Parliament Street between Woodes Rodgers Walk
and Shirley Street
* Bank Lane between Bay Street and Shirley Street
* East Street between Shirley Street and Bay Street'


- Both Sides

- Both Sides
- Both Sides
- Both Sides


Reginald Ferguson
Acting Commissioner Police


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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


EPA offer 'essentially


complete by next week'


FROM page one

negotiate the 'goods-only' offer
that was presently being
reviewed by the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce and
other private sector organisa-
tions.
Meeting that deadline is vital
to preserving the duty-free
access to EU markets currently
enjoyed by Polymers Interna-
tional, Bacardi and the Bahami-
an fisheries industry. Without
this, their products will attract
import tariffs, be higher-prices
and become uncompetitive,
leading ultimately .to the loss of
market share, revenues, profits
and Bahamian jobs.
While the Bahamas had com-
municated its willingness to
agree a 'goods only' EPA with
the EU, the offer had not been
dispatched yet, Mr Laing told
The Tribune.
He added that the Govern-
ment was hoping its offer could
be incorporated with CARl-
FORUM's, the organisation
representing Caribbean nations
and the Dominican Republic in
the negotiations with Brussels.
Yet it needed to keep the
'twin track' option of bilateral
talks between the Bahamas and
the EU open if CARIFORUM
pursued and felt likely that it
would conclude a more com-
prehensive EPA, incorporating
services and investments, by
December 31, 20o7.
The Bahamas was "chal-
lenged to make a services offer
before the deadline", Mr Laing
said, which was why it was seek-
ing to make a 'goods-only' offer
and wanted to attach "a kind
of rider" to its position, Mr
Laing said.
He indicated that "when we
are in a position to do so, early
in the New Year", the Bahamas
was hoping that its services and
investments offer would be
incorporated with, CARIFO-
RUM's own services package.


Mr Laing added: "We are
seeking to communicate with
CARIFORUM to determine
exactly where they are in the
process. They are still very
much challenged to meet the
EU's standards in respect to the
EPA.
"Clearly, even CARIFO-
RUM is having difficulties con-
cluding a comprehensive offer,
and we will certainly not be able
to produce a services offer by
year-end. We may have to part
ways, because we can only con-
ceive of supplying a goods-only
offer."
Observers, though, are likely
to question whether the EU
would have any interest in
doing a separate, bilateral deal
solely with the Bahamas, given
the relatively small size of this
nation's market and trade in
goods w ih it. The EU wants to
do one, all-encompassing deal
with the Caribbean states to
avoid the costly, time-consum-
ing exercise of negotiating a
web of bilateral deals with
numerous countries.
The Tribune revealed yester-
day that there were concerns in
the private sector that the
Bahamas offer does not cover
enough trade sectors and goods.
Under the EPA, market
access or 'goods-only' offers are
designed to cover 85 per cent
of the goods trade between the
EU and the 77 members of the
African, Pacific and Caribbean
(ACP) negotiating group, with
nations such as the Bahamas
allowed to exclude or 'reserve' a
maximum 15 per cent of their
industrial sectors from the
agreement's provisions.
With the Bahamas falling far
short of the 85 per cent thresh-
old, and way over the 15 per
cent exemption threshold, there
are fears that the EU might
reject its offer, given that the
latter must ensure any EPA that
it signs is compliant with World
Trade Organisation (WTO)
rules ..


Growth to create



300 Container



Port jobs

FROM page one

Employment levels "more than doubled" after the Phase II
and Phase III expansions, the Prime Minister said, with Phase
IV adding a further 100 jobs.
"Today, the Freeport Container Transshipment Port Facility
occupies some 164 acres of land and employs some 864 persons,
including full-time and part-time employees," Mr Ingraham
said.
"The Freeport transshipment port facility offers the world's
most important shipping lines a 24-hour facility, complete with
a state-of-the-art port computer systems, operational exper-
tise and professional management, together with state-of-the-art
,security and full surveillance."


i


It is also understood that the
Bahamas 'goods-only' offer, as
submitted to the EU, offers
minimal tariff liberalisation in
a bid to protect this nation's
import duties regime, with
many goods categories some
68 per cent either excluded or
placed in the 'basket' of goods
were import duties will either
be reduced or phased-out over a
25-year period.
Yet half the Bahamas' trade
in goods is said to be confined


to just 16 out of more than 5,000
tariff items.
Mr Laing, though, said the
document circulated to the
Chamber of Commerce "repre-
sents the first stab at a compre-
hensive offer. That is really a
revenue neutral offer to begin
with. That offer now has to be
worked backwards from what
the EU says has to happen".
The minister said the
Bahamas would meet with the
EU "face-to-face" before year-


end to discuss its 'goods-only'
offer, and if it did not receive a
reply to its original correspon-
dence, the Government would
"contact them in the next cou-
ple of days and hold a meeting
with them, even if we have to fly
a team to Brussels.
"We're going after this thing
so that we will know with cer-
tainty what our position is at
the end of the year. We're doing
all we can. That's about as much
as the angel can ask of us."


Mr Laing criticised the mar-
ket access offer submitted by
the previous PLP government,
adding: "The thing done by the
previous administration was
entirely inadequate from a
product coverage and liberali-
sation schedule. It wouldn't
have passed muster at all.
"That offer, from my point
of view, was not a serious offer
at all. It did not take account
of many things that needed to
be accounted for."


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MAINTENANCE TEAM LEADER


Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. operates several Reverse Osmosis
Plants within the Bahamas. As a market leader, the Company enjoys a
reputation of providing a wholesome quality product, whilst maintaining a
strong commitment to its customers, its employees and the community at
large.

The Company currently has a vacancy for the position of Maintenance
Team Leader. The successful candidate will report directly to the General
Manager. The Maintenance Team Leader's role is to provide positive
leadership and demonstrative first person management by leading the
maintenance personnel in achieving the company's goals with respect to the
planned maintenance of equipment, both preventive and predictive, training
of maintenance personnel and cost management.

The prospective candidate must possess the following skills:

Strong Mechanical & Electrical Engineering skills.
Have demonstrative history of developing computer
based preventive and predictive maintenance
management systems.
Strong PC skills, including working knowledge and
proficiency with Microsoft Office and Maintenance
Management software.
Ability to review weekly/monthly productivity
performance indicators of equipment & personnel,
monitor and control and report on the same.
Ensure that maintenance planning tools are utilized
properly & efficiently and are achieving the company's
goals.
Strong Cost Management skills.
Must have proven history of good interpersonal skills.
Must be prepared to work long hours, weekends and
travel to other business centers of the company.

Interested persons can forward their resumes to the following
address on or before December 14, 2007:

The General Manager
Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd.
P 0 Box CR 54030
Nassau, Bahamas


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judgments had been award-
ed against the company,
the lawsuit alleged, adding
that a US court order had
prevented Condor Guaran-
ty from. further transferring
Condor Insurance's assets.
The latter was supposed
to have $313 million in
assets, according to its 2C '5
balance sheet, and upon
questioning by the liquida-
tors, the lawsuit alleged
that Harvey Milam, Con-
dor Insurance's president,
said "virtually all of Con-
dor Insurance's assets and
business" had been moved
to the Bahamian company.
"Condor Guaranty also
purported to assume the
contingent liabilities, con-
sisting of certain insurance
policies previously issued
by Condor Insurance.
However, plaintiffs believe
that Condor Guaranty did
not pay fair value for assets
it received from Condor
Insurance," the lawsuit
alleged.
Mr Milam was also Con-
dor Guaranty's president,


while other officers and
directors were also com-
mon to Condor Insurance.
Condor Guaranty was
alleged to have been incor-
porated in the Bahamas as
an International Business
Company (IBC) on
November 8, 2007, operat-
ing in the reinsurance busi-
ness and offering financial
guarantees and surety
bonds.
Its registered address is
15 Lillian Court, Lucaya,
Freeport, Grand Bahama.
That address is shared by
the Kevin Russell & Co
law firm, which is likely to
have incorporated Condor
Guaranty. There is noth-
ing, though, to suggest that
the law firm, its officers,
directors, partners and
staff, have done anything
wrong in relation to Con-
dor Guaranty.
Alleging that Condor
Guaranty was acting as a
constructive trustee of
Condor Insurance's assets,
and that it "acted dishon-
estly" in the asset transfer,


the lawsuit claimed:
"Despite being organised
under Bahamian law, Con-
dor Guaranty does not
appear to be a registered
insurance company in the
Bahamas.......
"Condor Guaranty is cur-
rently operating as an
insurer from the Bahamas.
The insurance business is
a highly regulated industry,
and there are stringent
requirements for the con-
duct of this business and
for the required asset base
for insurers.
"In order to engage in
business as an insurance
company, which is incor-
porated in the Bahamas, it
appears that Condor Guar-
anty should be registered
with the Registrar of Insur-
ance of the Bahamas, but
it is not."
Condor Guaranty, the
liquidators alleged, did not
appear on the Registrar's
list of companies licensed
to operate from the
Bahamas.


Established Insurance Agency invites suitably qualified individuals to apply for the
Temporary Position ofAccounting Clerk
Essential Duties
1. Preparation of monthly Bank reconciliations, Insurance Company Account Summaries
2. Preparation of Monthly Journal Entries
3. Customer Statement/Notice processing
4. Cheque/Payment Preparation
5. Maintenance of General Ledger Sub ledger schedules
(Fixed Assets, Misc Receivables, Accounts Payables)
6. Assisting in the preparation of Month-end Financial Reports
,. Liasingwith external Auditors
8. Verification of Daily Cash Deposits
Misc. accounting assignments
Education And/Or Experience
Minimum ofan Associates Degree in Accounting with at least 3 years prior experience.
'All applications should be emailed (by Wednesday, December 19, 2007) to:
Attention of the Chief Financial Officer at
Finance20o74@yahoo.com




Financial Controller
Our client, a Government Ministry, is seeking applications for the position of
Financial Controller.

Job Objective:
To provide leadership and coordination of the financial planning and budget
management functions and to ensure the Ministry's accounting procedures conform
to the Financial Administration and Audit Act of 1973. The position reports to the
Permanent Secretary.

Primary Duties:
Direct and coordinate the Ministry's financial planning and budget management
functions.
Recommend procedures for measuring the financial and operating performance
of divisions and departments.
Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget.
Oversee daily operations of the finance department.
Manage the preparation of monthly ministry expenditure reports, financial
outlooks and forecasts.
Prepare financial analysis for contract negotiations and product investment
decisions.
Work with department managers and corporate staff on business plans for the
ministry.
Establish and implement short and long range departmental goals, objectives,
policies and operating procedures.
Design, establish and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to
effectively accomplish the department's goals and objectives.
Oversee financial management of foreign operations.
Represent the ministry externally to government agencies, funding agencies
and the general public.

Requirements & Personal Attributes:
Candidates must meet the following criteria:

Knowledge of finance, accounting, budget, and cost control principles.
Knowledge of the Financial Administration and Accounting Act of 1973.
Knowledge of US federal and state financial regulations where applicable.
Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and
projections. Working knowledge of short and long term budgeting and forecasting,
project budgets, and other financial analysis.
Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Ability
to motivate teams to produce quality material within tight timeframes and
simultaneously manage several projects. Ability to facilitate and participate
in group meetings.
Bachelors Degree in Finance and/or Accounting. Professional accounting
designation; ACCA, CA or CPA desirable. Minimum of five years experience
in senior-level finance or accounting position.
Bahamian citizen.

The position offers an attractive salary with a benefits package, reflecting the
successful applicant's experience and qualifications.

Qualified individuals should submit complete resumes including references before
January 15, 2008 to:
Mark E. Munnings
Partner
P.O. Box N 7120,
Nassau, Bahamas


Email: mmunnings@deloitte.com.bs


Deloitte.


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FROM page one

"Prior to the formation
of Condor Guaranty, and
continuing up until the
time of the transfer, Con-
dor Insurance was facing
multiple large judgments
and was not able to pay its
debts as they came due,"
the lawsuit alleged.
"Condor Insurance and
*Condor Guaranty have
common directors and offi-
cers, the same business and
the same assets. The only
attribute not transferred to
the phoenix company, Con-
dor Guaranty, was Condor
Insurance's staggering list
of debts."
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'Inadequate





transparency' on





govt contracts


FROM page one

As a result, the OAS commit-
tee concluded "that provisions
are inadequate in ensuring trans-
parency".
It added: "In order to increase
the transparency of procurement
processes, the Committee sug-
gests that The Bahamas study
the possibility of,. when appro-
priate, publishing pre-bidding
terms and conditions so that
interested parties can find out
about them and submit com-
ments thereon."
The report backs-up concerns
expressed by many Bahamian
contractors and other businesses,
who have longed argued that the
government procurement
process lacks transparency and
accountability, with multiple
contracts going to just one or a
small number of firms, often for
political reasons, and others
being left out in the cold for no
good reason.
Indeed, the OAS committee's
report said the Government
needed to create a centralised
contractors database exactly
the same suggestion made by the
Bahamian Contractors Associ-
ation (BCA) and the Crown
Agents' Ministry of Works audit.
This, the report said, should
be "compulsory" for all govern-


Chairman insists

FCC will vote on

controversial media
By MARILYN GEEWAX
Cox News Service
WASHINGTON -- Brush-
ing aside objections, the
nation's chief communications
regulator told the Senate on
Thursday he will push forward
with a vote to ease media-
ownership rules.
Federal Communications
Commission chairman Kevin
Martin said he will conduct a
vote Tuesday, even though
the five-member commission
remains bitterly divided and
key members of Congress
want a postponement.
Striving for compromise
now is pointless because the
issue is "too politically divi-
sive," Martin told the Senate
Commerce Committee.
He wants the commission
to change a rule so that media
companies could own both a
newspaper and TV station in
the nation's 20 biggest mar-
kets. Waivers for smaller mar-
kets would be considered on a
case-by-case basis.
Since the 1970s, the FCC
has been trying to encourag-
ing competition and diversity
by barring companies from
owning both a newspaper and
a television or radio station in
the same market.
Martin says looser restric-
tions would help financially
struggling newspapers survive.
He is counting on his two fel-
low Republican commission-
ers to support him. The com-
mission's two Democrats,
Michael Copps and Jonathan
Adelstein, are expected to
vote against him.
The two Democrats said in
a statement Wednesday that
-an FCC vote next week would
be a "huge mistake." They
accused Martin of "callous dis-
regard" for public input on
the rules, which they
described as a "mish-mash of
half-baked ideas."
The FCC should not be
doing anything that might
accelerate media concentra-
tion, given the current "sad
and embarrassing state of
minority and female owner-
ship," Copps told the Senate
hearing. "This is just plain
nuts."
Consumer advocates also
want the FCC to allow more
time -to review public com-
ments and examine the poten-
tial consequences of greater
ownership concentration.
Martin argues that the exist-
ing ownership rule makes no
sense at a time when newspa-
pers are cutting local reporting
staffs to survive. Some com-
munities already have cross-
ownership of media, but only
because those arrangements
predate the ban or have won
waivers from it.


ment departments, as it would
"foster principles of openness,
equity and efficiency".
Currently, under the Finan-
cial Administration and Audit
Act, the Minister of Finance can
set regulations for the procedure
to be followed when tenders for
government procurement
contracts, such as construction,
goods and services are
issued.
Udder the financial regula-
tions, the Government Tenders
Board is made up of the Finan-
cial Secretary to the Treasury
(Ruth Millar) who serves as
chairman ; the permanent sec-
retary at the Ministry of Works;
the permanent secretary at the
Ministry of Health; and another
civil servant who functions as
secretary.
The Tenders Board makes
recommendations on the award
of government contracts valued
at between $50,000 and $250,000,
but contracts in excess of the lat-
ter figure have to go before the
Cabinet.
"The Committee notes that
the legislation in place provides
that the Board make recom-
mendations to the Minister of
Finance regarding contracts in
excess of $50,000 but less than
$250,000," the report read.
The committee believes that
the threshold of $50,000 leaves
too much discretion for a poten-
tially significant amount of mon-
ey without the need to use a ten-
dering process that is transparent
and not arbitrary and subjective.
Therefore, to preserve impar-
tiality, transparency and equali-
ty of opportunity, the Commit-
tee believes the Bahamas should
consider reevaluating this thresh-
old amount."
The award of government
contracts, the OAS committee
report said, can only be chal-
lenged by application to the
Supreme Court for a judicial
review.
"With respect to mechanisms
for challenges or appeals to the
bid process, there is no mecha-
nism in place. The Committee
considers that there is a need for
a specific mechanism allowing
for complaints and dispute reso-
lution at the administrative level,
as well as a written procedure
as to how government entities
should receive and respond to
challenges or complaints," the
report said.
The MESICIC committee
suggested that the Bahamas


amend its legislation to enable a
private sector representative to
sit on the Tenders Board, "in
order to encourage more trans-
parency and objectivity
in the public procurement
process".
It also suggested expanding
the Tenders Board's scope and
membership to include "all
essential branches and organs of


the state".
The MESICIC committee
also urged the Bahamas to
include in legislation the crite-
ria used to evaluate bids, and
place in statute the requirement
for ministries to obtain expert
analysis on the cost of provid-
ing goods and services when
there was only one bidder for
the contract.


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NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
CHROME HOLDINGS LIMITED is in dissolution. Mrs. Al-
rena Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted at Winterbo-
tham Place, Marlborough & Queen Streets, 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 11th of January, 2008.







LEGAL NOTICE

STOKE TRADING LTD

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act, (No.45 of 2000), STOKE TRADING LTD is in
dissolution. Bernard Hess is the Liquidator and can be
contacted at NWT Management S.A., 16 rue de la Pelis-
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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
ESSEX SERVICES LIMITED is in dissolution. Mrs. Alrena
Moxey is the Liquidator and can be contacted at Winterbotham
Place, Marlborough & Queen Streets, Nassau, Balhanas. All
persons having claims against the above-named company are
required to send their names, addresses and particullars of their
debts or claims to the Liquidator before 11th of January, 2008.




1I0UtATOM


Consolidated Water (Bahamas)
Ltd.


Invites application for he ti : rn of;


WELDER/MECHANICAL TECHNICIAN

Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. operates several Reverse Osmosis
Plants within the Bahamas. As a market leader, the Company enjoys a
reputation of providing a wholesome quality product whilst maintaining a
strong commitment to its customers, its employees and the community at
large.

The Company currently has a vacancy fcr the position of
Welder/Mechanical Technician, The successful candidate will report
direct to the Maintenance Team Leader. The Aeder't/e:.,:ai
Technician shall be responsible for preventive and predictive maintenance
and repairs of Reverse Osmosis Plant Mechanical and Building Systems.
Additionally duties shall include asi. jng with other maintenance duties of
the operations.

The prospective candidate must possess the -ollo,.ng ,'Is

Shall be a Certified Welder for welding associated with
stainless steel and alloy steel high pressure vessels and
high pressure pipe systems.
Shall be capable of welding utilizing Tig and Mig Welding
Machines.
Shall be responsible for performing plant mechanical
.repairs of Reverse Qsmoss. Plant Systems.
Sha lt be responsiblefortep!s. ji Plant.and I .. . ;
structures.
Shall have a working knowledge and proficiency with
Microsoft Office and Maintenance Management
software.
Ability to prepare eeilym,;nth!y reports of work
performed.
Must have proven history ofr. iiipers :nal .ki:
Must be prepared to work long hours, weekends and
travel to other Ous'rCeS ,.nters ,:, t, r ,.m,r,

Interested persons can forward their resumes to the following
address on or before December 14,2007:

-he General Manager
Consolidated er (6ahaa.r Ltd.
P 0 Box CR 54030
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Corporation takes over




island's water supplies


The construction of the new
7,000 gallons per day reverse
osmosis plant is almost com-
pleted, and together with the
takeover of the wellfields and
distribution system by WSC,
it is expected to supply 50
homes and public buildings.
"We are hoping the system
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end of the year," said Robert
Deal, the WSC's assistant gen-
eral manager, Family Island


NOTICE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No 46 of 2000)
HIGHWOOD INVESTMENTS LIMITED
IBC NO. 47,648B
In Voluntary Liquidation
NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131
(2) of the International Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000,
Highwood Investments Limited is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against the HIGHWOOD INVEST-.
MENTS LIMITED is required on or before the 31st day of
December. 2007 to send their name, address and particulars of
the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or in default
thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such claim is approved.

Penleigh Limited of Wickhamns Cay 1, P 0 Box 3085, Road Town,
Tortola. British Virgin Islands is the Liquidator of HIGHWOOD
INVESTMENTS LIMITED.

Dated this 6th day of November 2007





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and marine operations.
Dennis Garcia, general
manager at Grand Bahama
Utilities, added: "It's been
many years that we've strug-
gled up here, and we're happy
to see that government has
put in an RO plant and is
going to supply fresh water to
all the homes."
Currently, the water used
by Sweeting's Cay residents is
a groundwater piped system
that at 1,800 parts per million
(ppm) chlorides, is only used
by most residents for house-
hold purposes and not for
drinking. The only fresh water
available on' the island comes
from a tank installed by
Grand Bahama Utilities at the
Government dock.
Residents have expressed
frustrations with the quality
of the water supply, saying it
smelled foul and was hard.
"The water is very hard and
salty, and sometimes it has a
high odour. You only use it
because you have to," said
Alma Tate.
"The water has been hard
for a long time. It causes me
to change my fixtures three
times a year," William Feaster


added. Welma Gibson agreed,
saying that she is now on her
third bathtub. he water rusts
up everything. You should see
my kitchen sink."
"You can't drink it and you
know I have high blood pres-
sure," said Eurina Cooper.
In a walkabout on Sweet-
ing's Cay on Tuesday Mr Deal
and Keith Thompson, WSC
operations manager for Aba-
co, visited all residences on
Sweeting's Cay to inform res-
idents of the takeover. They
handed out application forms
and explained the necessary
procedures and fees to receive
a new meter and RO water
from the WSC.
According to Mr Deal,
there will be a transition peri-
od in which Grand Bahama
Utilities customers will
receive a final monthly bill
from Grand Bahama Utilities
before quarterly bilfs are
issued by the WSC. He urged
residents to turfi in their com-
pleted application forms and
the applicable fees before
December 31, and to settle
their accounts with Grand
Bahama Utilities in the New
Year.


Legal Notice



INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)


SUZANOPAR INVESTMENTS LTD.
In Voluntary liquidation

"Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
SUZANOPAR INVESTMENTS LTD. is in Dissolution."

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 31st day of
October, 2007


LUIS PINEYRUA PITTALUGA
Juncal 1305, 21st Floor,
Montevideo,
Republica Oriental del Uruguay
Liquidator


Legal Notice
NOTICE

WISCONSIN INVESTMENT LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) WISCONSIN INVESTMENT 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 7th December, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Michael Low
of c,o 1 Raffles Link #05-02, Singapore 039393

Dated this 14th day of December, A.D. 2007


Michael Low
Liquidator


TIll Water and Sewerage
Corporation (WSC) will take
over responsibility for water
provision on Sweeting's Cay
from Grand Bahama Utilities,
which has managed the
island's wellfields and distrib-
ution systern since 1995.
Sweetings Cay, a tiny fish-
ing community off Grand
Bahama. is to benefit from a
new reverse osmosis system
by early January.


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"We are really excited
that the Greater Omaha
Angus Beef executives]
appreciate the significance
of the Bahamian market and
the country's appetite for
high quality food," said Aza- i
leta Ishmael-Newry, ;
Bahamas Supermarkets mar-
keting director. "Since they "
were willing to go all out, we )
wanted to show them true
Bahamian hospitality while
saying thanks to ourcus-I
tomers for their loyalty
throughout the year.
So along with the car give-
away which Greater Omaha;
Angus Beef partnered with i
us for, we're continuing our I
month-long Cruise Into i
Christmas promotion with ,
another important partner, i
Asa H. Pritchard. By the ,
time we announce the win- I
ners of four more cruises for
two and the winner of the
car, we are going to have
some very. happy people
Sunday. And now when I
someone asks 'Where's the
beef?' everyone who will be
joining us in person on Sun-
day and those listening in on
radio for the two-hour
remote beginning at 9 am
will be able to answer 'at
City Market."'


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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that VILANES FLEUBISJIN 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.


Legal Notice
NOTICE

MARYFOUR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MARYFOUR INTERNATIONAL 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 11th December, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Blue Sea
Administration Ltd. of Pasea Estate, Road Town,
Tortola BVI

Dated this 14th day of December, A.D. 2007


Blue Seas Administration Ltd.
Liquidator


Legal Notice
NOTICE


FISCAL HOLDINGS


LIMITED


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) FAISAL HOLDINGS 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 11th December, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Michael Low
of c o 1 Raffles Link #05-02, Singapore 039393

Dated this 14th day of cemiber. A..D 2007


Michael Low
Liquidator


BAHAMAS Supermar-
kets will now offer the Oma-
ha Natural Angus Beef
brand in City Markets stores
in Grand Bahama and New
Providence.
To launch the new brand,
a five-member delegation,
including Nebraska's direc-
tor of commerce, Stan Gar-
bacz, and noted names in the
American meat packing
industry, will be on hand on
Sunday at City Market,
Cable Beach.
The event will also include
the giveaway of a 2008 Kia
Rio and the winners of a
City Markets cruise giveaway
will also be announced. Four
people will win cruise pack-
ages worth $2,000 each.
"City Markets has always
been known as the beef peo-
ple, and with the addition of
Omaha Natural Angus Beef,
we're re-affirming that posi-
tion as the undisputed leader
in quality meat," said chief
operating officer Stephen
Boyle.
Several Cabinet ministers
have been invited to the
event. Among those flying
in are Bob McErlean, presi-
dent and owner, Kansas
Packing; Henry Davis, pres-
ident and owner, Greater
Omaha Packing Co.; Jerry
Wiggs, sales director,
Greater Omaha Packing Co.;


Pricing Information As Of: C F A L'
Thursday, 13 December 200 7
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9.60 8.03 Bank of Bahamas 9.55 9.60 0.05 1,000 0.733 0.260 13.1 2.71%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.188 0.020 4.5 2.35%
3.74 1.72 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 9.99 Cable Bahamas 12.00 12.00 0.00 1.030 0.240 11.7 2.00%
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THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 9B


Goverors sy Brazil financial tax rejected,



,tem handing Silva political defeat

N SAO PAULO, Brazil social security benefits, the
Associated Press Finance Ministry said. Carnival Corp. orders two new
a ,n s.inSilva's administration
BRAZIL'S Senate on could try to cut spending A brand
Thursday refused to renew a from the 2008 budget to ships forA A Cruisesbrand
AW financial transaction tax that make up the CPMF shortfall,
fills the government's cof- or seek to have other taxes 0 MIAMI increasing the size of another
Sfers, handing President Luiz raised to reduce the deficit. Associated Press ordered AIDA vessel to 71,000
n ngPtons with.a passenger capacity of
Inacio Lula da Silva a major Jose Mucio, Silva's prima- CARNIVALI Ctn wid 174 m n it iq tpas n tha ..o


* TAMPA, Fla.
Associated Press
THEY came together
from four different states
and opposing political par-
ties, but the governors who
sat down for a discussion of
cleaner energy Thursday
agreed that policy and cul-
tural changes must begin at
the state level.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Paw-
lenty said he hopes that
states taking their own
action "will provide either
inspiration or shame or
both" to a federal govern-
ment that has been slow to
act on the issues of develop-
ing alternative energy
sources, reducing green-
house gases and promoting
conservation.
'.' "We believe states can
play an important role, as we
tend to be a little more nim-
;ble, a little smaller, a little
quicker on some of these
issues," he said.

Fuels
Pawlenty, chairman of the
National Governors Associ-
ation, joined Florida Gov.
Charlie Crist, Kansas Gov.
Kathleen Sebelius and Mon-
ana Gov. Brian Schweitzer
n Tampa for a summit on
Alternative fuels and cleaner
vehicles.-Pawlenty and Crist
are Republicans; Sebelius
and Schweitzer are Democ-
ats.
The governors said they
loped working together
across party lines also will
send a message to Congress
and to their constituents that
he issues are critically
important.
Many states have joined
regional compacts to reduce
emissions and greenhouse
gases. Some states have also
taken measures indepen-
dently and through lawsuits.
"Governors have an
opportunity in statehouses
cross the country to drive
a national conversation and,
frankly, to make some
national policy by the agree-
nents we forge with one
another Sebelius said.
Schweitzer said that the
J.S. must step up its devel-
pment of technology for
:leaner vehicles and new
forms of energy or risk being
eft behind as other coun-
ries beat us to it. He likened
t;to the space race and Pres-


ident John F. Kennedy's
1961 urgent challenge to put
a man on the moon by the
end of the decade.
"Today, we have the great-
est challenge in the history
of this country," Schweitzer
said. "Simply stated, the
opportunity is to create a
new energy system that is
clean and green that we are
able to export all over the
world."
Crist signed orders this
year that will require Florida
state agencies to conserve
energy and power companies
to use more renewable ener-
gy. He said governors need
to lead the way by "doing,
acting, leading, challenging."
"People want this and
they're demanding it," he
said. "It's the free market at
work. If we as Americans
don't do it, somebody else is
going to.,'"
Pawlenty said the steps
toward a cleaner environ-
ment will be different in each
state. Some alternative forms
of energy, such as wind pow-
er in Kansas, will be not be
as reliable in less-windy
places like Florida. A "silver
bullet" to fix all the prob-
lems doesn't exist, he said.
"The more realistic out-
look is that there will be a
number of thingsthat will
contribute to a cleaner and
better energy future," he
said. "And it will depend on
the local geography, the local
natural resources (and) the
local political culture. So dif-
ferent things will be applied
and used in different states."
Schweitzer said the
younger generation must be
persuaded that developing
alternative fuels, lessening
the reliance on foreign oil
and other green issues are
trendy enough to be part of
the pop culture.
"Frankly, politicians are
not cool," he said. "We need
the Y Generation to drive
this initiative."


political defeat that could
threaten his social programs
for the poor.
The vote held before dawn
after months of contentious
debate fell four votes shy of
the 60 percent majority
needed to extend the tax
until 2011, meaning Silva's
administration stands to lose
about $22 billion in revenue
per year.
The money is used to fund
programs ranging from
health care to the president's
famed anti-hunger program
aimed at lifting Brazilians
out of misery.
The government could try
again next year to renew the
tax, which is levied on every-
thing from checks to bank
transfers, but the measure
wouldn't go into effect until
three months after passage.
As a result of the vote, the
tax will be lifted on Dec. 31,
creating an immediate bud-
get shortfall.
The tax, known in Brazil
as the CPMF, was estab-
lished in 1993 as a temporary
measure to subsidize the
country's public health care
system. It charges a 0.38 per-
cent fee on all financial
transactions nationwide.
The tax extension had
already passed in Brazil's
lower house of Congress, but
senators who opposed the
bill argued that the CPMF
has elevated the nation's tax
burden as government
spending rose faster than
economic growth.
They also said the tax
hurts the poor and isn't
needed anymore because the
government's overall tax
receipts have increased
sharply as Brazil enjoys a
sustained economic boom.
The government spends
about 45 percent of CPMF
revenues on anti-poverty
efforts, 40 percent goes to
health care and about 15 per-
cent is used to help cover


ry liaison with Congress, said
the administration hasn't
decided yet how it will find
money to fund social pro-
grams and health care for the
needy but "must look for
new ways to make sure these
Brazilians aren't left out."

Strategy
Silva didn't immediately
comment on the defeat. But
Dilma Rousseff, Silva's chief
of staff, called an emergency
meeting of top ministers to
plot strategy on how to make
up the budget shortfall.
Silva launched his "Zero
Hunger" program in 2003
after taking office as Brazil's
first working-class president.
It distributes $379 million a
month to 45 million of
Brazil's 185 million citizens
so they can buy food, the
government says. The main
requirement is that families
pledge to keep their children
in school and get them vac-
cinations.
Analysts predicted Silva
would find a way to fund the
anti-poverty programs but
that plans next year to
increase public servants'
wages, give tax breaks for
industry and improve basic
sanitation nationwide could
be eliminated.
"The government's fiscal
adjustment will for the most
part be limited to halting
existing plans for additional
spending in 2008." said
Christopher Garman, head
of Latin America research
for the Eurasia Group con-
sulting firm.


L\j v. i V /. o1-, t rpu s aiau
Thursday it ordered two 2,174-
passenger cruise ships at a com-
bined cost of more than $1.1 bil-
lion for its AIDA Cruises brand,
which sails in the growing Euro-
pean market and caters to Ger-
man speakers.
The 71,000-ton ships will cost
$558 million and $565 million, and
will be built at Meyer Werft ship-
yard in Papenburg, Germany.
The ships are scheduled to enter
service in April 2011 and May
2012, respectively, Carnival said.
The company also said the
Meyer Werft shipyard will be


.j/,- T, lllalKngi a sist1e ti n l t o Le te
ships ordered Thursday. That ship
is set to debut in April 2010 at a
cost of $514 million. Carnival has
ordered six new ships for the
AIDA brand and its "club resol t'
concept in the past three years,
as European cruising has gained
popularity among both Europe
based travelers and U.S. tourism,
"With the interest in cruise
vacations among Europeans con-
tinuing to grow significantly, we
are committed to investing in our
European brands," said Micky
Arison, Carnival chairman and
chief executive.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that NATHALIE PAUL of ROBERT
STREET, P.O. BOX SS-2599, 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.









Urgently seeking Director Of Human Resources
5-10 years experience, salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications.


Write to: P.O. Box CB-12707
Nassau, Bahamas


NOTICE

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


NAD

Nassau Airport
Deve pment Company


Nassau Airport Development Company is requesting proposals
to supply the following services for the development of a 9,500
square feet office space at Lynden Pindling International Airport.


Qualified contractors must demonstrate the ability to provide:


Architectural, Electrical, Mechanical, and Structural
Drawings
Plumbing Specifications


A mandatory briefing has been arranged for 1:00pm on Tuesday,
December 18th, 2007. Contractors wishing to participate are
asked to notify NAD of their intention no later than 4:00pm on
Monday, Dec 17th at telephone number 702-1000.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2007, PAGE 9B


THE TRIBUNE


I









PAG..O. ,IA 1


China and US end three





days of ecomonic talks


8 XIANGHE, China

CHINA and the United
States ended three days of
intense economic talks on
Thursday with new accords
on food safety, energy and
environmental cooperation
but making what Treasury
Secretary Henry M. Paulson
Jr. conceded was only modest
progress in opening China's
financial markets.
Paulson, who led a team of
several Cabinet members,
proclaimed the talks a suc-
cess, though there was also
little sign that China was
ready to act more quickly on
crucial issues that have stirred
anger in Congress, particu-
larly on letting the value of
its currency rise against the
dollar, a step that would
make Chinese exports more
expensive.
Despite a number of con-
crete deals, American offi-
cials said they left the talks
with lingering concern that
China was increasingly using
arcane regulations to keep
out American products, from
cell phones to insurance to
motorcycles, and promote its
own domestic economic
"champions."


"The biggest issue we have
with China right now is eco-
nomic nationalism, the prob-
lem of its domestic industries
welcoming competition,"
Paulson said in an interview.
"In China, what you find is
that you've got an increas-
ingly powerful domestic
industry that is a strong lob-
by."

Expand
The biggest disappointment
by the American delegation
appeared to be the lack of
progress on financial services.
Though China pledged last
spring to expand the scope
for joint foreign and Chinese
securities companies into bro-
kerage and asset manage-
ment, it has yet to carry out
the pledge.
American officials said they
expected it to be carried out
soon. But China made no


Legal Notice

NOTICE

ISMENA CO. LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


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





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)




Consolidated Water (Bahamas)




:vites application for the position of:

CONTROLS/ELECTRICAL TECHNICIAN

Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. operates several Reverse Osmosis
Plants within the Bahamas, As a market leader, the Company enjoys a
reputation of providing a wholesome quality product, whilst maintaining a
strong commitment to its customers, its employees and the community at
large.

The Company currently has a vacancy for the position of Controls/Electrical
Technician. The successful candidate wil report directly to the Maintenance
Team Leader. The Controls/Electrical Technician shall be responsible for
preventive and predictive maintenance and repairs of Reverse Osmosis
Plant Control Systems and Single and Three Phase Equipment & Building
Systems. Additionally duties shall include assisting with other maintenance
duties of the operations.

The prospective candidate must possess the following skills:

Strong Single and Three Phase Electrical Repairs and
Maintenance skills with certification in the same.
Strong trouble shooting skills of Single, Three Phase
Electrical Systems, Variable Frequency Drives and
Reverse Osmosis Plant Equipment.
Must have demonstrated experience with Allen
Bradley/Rockwell Power Line Caniers/Motor Starters.
Must have a working knowledge of Schnider PLCs.
Must be familiar with navigating and trouble shooting
Paragon, Devicenet and Controlnet PLC Software.
Strong PC skills, including working knowledge and
proficiency with Microsoft Office and Maintenance
Managementsoftware.
Ability to prepare weekly/monthly reports of work
performed.
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Must be prepared to work long hours, weekends and,
travel to other business centers of the company.

Interested persons can forward their resumes to the following
address on or before December 14, 2007:

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PO Box CR 54030
Nassau, Bahamas


progress in lifting ceilings on
foreign investment in such
firms, only to study the mat-
ter next year, as sought by
Washington. There was a
deal, on the other hand, to
let foreign companies issue
stocks and bonds denominat-
ed in Chinese currency.
The lack of progress at the
talks riade it likely that China
would continue to be a hot
topic in American politics.
China's trade deficit with the
United States is expected to
soar to nearly $300 billion this
year, representing nearly half
the overall American trade
deficit and thus drawing crit-
icism of China from lawmak-
ers and presidential candi-
dates.
The new food safety accord
reached Thursday would
expand Chinese efforts to
ensure the safety of toys, pes-
ticides and other products. In
addition, there were agree-
ments to combat counterfeit
pharmaceuticals and better
regulate pharmaceutical
ingredients often used to
make counterfeit drugs.
There were also agree-


ments this week t
Chinese tourism i
ed States and to e
10-year effort to
on energy and th
ment.
But continuing
cerns were under
last-minute flap
Chinese suspe
release here of n
wood movies, ap
retaliation against
ed States' taking
court at the Wo
Organization ove
of piracy of mov
and software.
The Bush adm
argues that a lacd
to China by H
movies has encour
in the form of ill
duced DVDs rea
able throughout t
But Hollywood
many industries v
list of complaints
nese practices k<
foreign goods.
The mood of Cc
clearly on the mir
the American an
delegation, especial


the head of the Chinese team,
,rgyv vice Premier Wu Yi, had
opened the talks on Wednes-
day by warning that China
might retaliate if Congress
passes any of the punitive leg-
islation it is considering on
China.
On Thursday, apparently
to promote mindful of congressional atti-
n the Unit- tudes, and trying to draw a
mbark on a parallel with China's promo-
cooperate tion of its own industries,
ie environ- Paulson nonetheless said that
leaders on both sides "recog-
U.S. con- nize the need to fight eco-
scored by a nomic nationalism and pro-
when the tectionism in our two coun-
nded the tries."
iew Holly- "Nations cannot protect
parently in their way to prosperity," he
t the Unit- declared, in what aides said
g China to was a reference to the bills
>rld Trade being pushed by Democratic
-r the issue leaders, and indeed many
vies, music Republicans, that would
impose penalties on China if
inistration it does not change some of its
k of access economic policies.


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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.



Legal Notice
NOTICE

GOLDEN BEATE RIVERS INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
20th day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)






1-EXECUTIVE CHEF


Tensions

The economic talks took
place at a time of tensions
over many issues, including
disagreements on Iran, Tai-
wan and the Dalai Lama, and
they reflected an unusual
attempt to bridge differences.
They took place first in Bei-
jing Tuesday and then
Wednesday and on Thursday
at a conference center in the
capital's outskirts.
The talks in Xianghe were
under the heading of a
"strategic economic dialogue"
set up a year ago by Paulson,
a former investment banker
with many years of experi-
ence doing business in Chi-
na, who has argued that
broad exchanges on long-
term issues could improve the
atmosphere for smaller deals.
Congress is growing impa-


New accords on food safety, ene

and environmental cooperation


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JADE MOUNT LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
7th day of December 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE

GINAILY INCORPORATED.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
7th day of December 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


tient over the results pro-
duced by Paulson's dialogue,
however, and so the secretary
was vehement in saying that
the accord on food safety
reached by several agencies
on both sides was facilitated
by the mechanism he had
championed after he took
office in 2006.
"Rather than recrimina-
tions and finger-pointing
when this issue arose, both,
our nations were quick to sit
down together and work the.
substance of the issues," Paul-i
son said, referring to the furor
touched off last spring by dis-
closures of tainted Chinese
pet food, processed foods,.
toothpaste, toys and other
products.
Another theme of the talks
had to do with American
efforts to convince the Chi-
nese that the legal challenges
mounted by the Bush admin-
istration in the last year were
not acts of aggression but a
normal recourse to legitimate
grievance procedures.
Both the commerce secre-
tary, Carlos T. Gutierrez, and
Susan C. Schwab, the U.S.
trade representative, sought
to convince the Chinese that
appealing to the WTO to
adjudicate disputes, or impos-
ing duties on Chinese goods
deemed to be dumped into
American markets, were not
acts of bad faith.
A senior official in the
room said that Wu, a veteran
economic negotiator, under-
stood that the United States
was more accustomed to liti-
gating disputes. But Schwab
and Gutierrez confessed they
were not sure they had entire-
ly convinced the Chinese side
that legal challenges were not
personal insults.
c.2007 New York Times
News Service


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person should as well be able to manage large
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Cold, silver cave as

the dollar stages a

rebound on central

bank liquidity
rescue plan
* NEW YORK
Associated Press
GOLD FUTURES fell
sharply Thursday in a
continuing market reac-
tion to the announce-
ment that the Federal
Reserve and other cen-
tral banks will take
major steps to ensure
year-end liquidity for
financial institutions.
"The market for the
dollar is rebounding on
all the actions that the
Fed has taken over the
past several days," said
Phil Flynn, senior mar-
ket analyst at Alaron
Trading Corp.
He added: "The stock
market is not impressed,
but the dollar is being
shored up, and that is
hurting gold. The dollar
market has anticipated
for some time that the
Fed would take these
actions. And people are
now buying the dollar on
the fact."
The Fed cut rates on
Tuesday. The next day,
it unveiled a plan to
cooperate with four oth-
er central banks to pump
money into the system
to avert a year-end mon-
ey squeeze, creating a
better climate for the
U.S. currency.
The dollar and gold in
recent months have had
a strong tendency to
trade in opposite direc-
tions. Investors often
purchase gold as a hedge
against inflation and
currency weakness, and
sell the precious metal
when the dollar
improves.
The U.S. dollar scored
gains against the yen
and euro in late trade.
Gold for February
delivery closed down
$14.80 at $804 an ounce
on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange.
The dollar rebound
sent other precious met-
als lower, too, with sil-
ver for March delivery
falling 58.8 cents to
$14.237 an ounce.
The front-month plat-
inum contract gave up
$8.20 to $1,471.60 an
ounce, and December
copper lost 7.65 cents to
$2.9395 a pound.
On Wall Street, the
Dow Jones industrial
average and Standard &
Poor's 500 index man-
aged to close higher
after an uneven session,
but the Nasdaq compos-
ite ended in negative
territory.
The 10-year Treasury
note's yield shot up to
4.19 percent from 4.09
percent late Wednesday.
Energy prices fell on
the Nymex, giving back
much of a sharp rise
seen the day before.
Light, sweet crude oil
futures for January
delivery closed down
$2.14 to $92.25 a barrel.
January gasoline futures
dropped 3.84 cents to
$2.3744 a gallon.
Agriculture futures
were mixed Thursday on
the Chicago Board of
Trade.
Wheat for March
delivery rose 13 cents to
settle at $9.535 a bushel;
March corn added 1.75
cents to $4.35 a bushel;
March oats fell 1 cent to
$2.9450 a bushel; Janu-
ary soybeans fell 5.5
cents to $11.46 a bushel.


Stocks trade mixed after





jump in wholesale prices


* NEW YORK
Associated Press
STOCKS finished mixed in
another volatile session Thurs-
day after a spike in wholesale
prices touched off inflation
concerns and partially over-
shadowed a strong increase in
retail sales last month.
Despite the uneven eco-
nomic news, a strong forecast
by Honeywell International
Inc. propped up the Dow
Jones industrial average.
Wall Street, which has this
week paid close attention to
steps by the Federal Reserve
to stoke greater movement in
moribund credit markets,
again looked to fresh eco-
nomic data for signals about
the health of the economy.
In one unwelcome develop-
ment, prices at the wholesale
level jumped 3.2 percent in
November their biggest
increase in 34 years after a
steep rise in wholesale gaso-
line prices. The news wasn't
all bad, however. The Com-
merce Department said retail
sales rose in November by the
largest amount in six months,
and a Labor Department
report showed a drop in new
claims filed by those seeking
jobless benefits.
The modest movement on
Wall Street came a day after
stocks rose, but finished well
off their highs, as investors
examined the Fed's agreement
with the European Central
Bank and the central banks of
England, Canada and Switzer-
land to combat what it
described as elevated pres-
sures in the credit markets.

Struggled
Scott Fullman, director of
investment strategy for I. A.
Englander & Co., said
investors struggled with the
day's economic readings as
well as the Fed's actions.
"It's definitely a mixed pic-
ture. People are still digesting
what came from the Fed. You
put this all together and it
gives you a healthy dose of
volatility," he said. "I really
don't think anybody is saying
'I'm very confident to get into
this market."'
According to preliminary
calculations, the Dow Jones
industrial average rose 44.06,
or 0.33 percent, to 13,517.96,
after being down more than
100 points earlier.
Broader stock indicators
were mixed. The Standard &
Poor's 500 index edged up
1.82, or 0.12 percent, to
1,488.41, while the Nasdaq
composite index declined 2.65,
or 0.10 percent, to 2,668.49.
Declining issues outnum-
bered advancers by more than
2 to 1 on the New York Stock
Exchange, where volume
came to 1.29 billion shares.
Bond prices fell. The yield
on the benchmark 10-year
Treasury note, which moves
opposite its price, jumped to
4.19 percent from 4.06 percent
late Wednesday. The dollar
was mixed against other major
currencies, while gold prices
fell.
Light, sweet crude for Jan-
uary delivery fell $2.14 to set-
tle at $92.25 a barrel on the
New York Mercantile
Exchange.
The mixed economic read-
ings came in a week already
made busy by the Fed's deci-
sion Tuesday to lower inter-
est rates for the third time this
year and its announcement a
day later of the liquidity plan.


Strong increase in


November retail sales


Investors since have been
debating the effectiveness of
the measures.
A slowdown in the housing
market remains a concern for
Wall Street, as do spiking
mortgage defaults that have
made banks hesitant to lend
to one another amid uncer-
tainty about who might be
holding bad debt. The Fed's
actions are aimed at easing the
logjam.
The producer price index,
which measures inflation at
the wholesale level, rose 3.2
percent in November, accord-
ing to the Labor Department.
But excluding the often
volatile food and energy sec-
tors, inflation rose by 0.4 per-
cent.
While the Fed generally
looks at inflation figures
excluding food and energy
costs, a sharp rise in overall
inflation could make it harder
for the central bank to
continue cutting interest
rates.
And retail sales jumped 1.2
percent in November, double
the increase economists had
expected. In October, the
increase had been a much
weaker 0.2 percent.
In corporate news, Honey-
well gained after forecasting
16 percent to 21 percent
growth in earnings per share
for 2008. Analysts polled by


Thomson Financial had been
expecting 17 percent growth.
Honeywell, one of the 30
stocks that comprise the Dow
industrials, rose $3.91, or 5
percent, to $60.65.
JetBlue Airways Corp.
jumped 90 cents, or 14.4 per-
cent to $7.15 after German
airline Deutsche Lufthansa
AG said it plans to pay $300
million for a 19 percent stake
in JetBlue.

Businesses
Dow Chemical Co. rose
$2.64, or 6.3 percent, to
$44.329 after agreeing to sell a
50 percent stake in five of its
global businesses to a Kuwaiti
company for about $9.5 bil-
lion to form a joint petro-
chemicals venture.
The Russell 2000 index of
smaller companies fell 2.25, or
0.29 percent, to 769.46.
Concerns about the effec-
tiveness of central banks'
plans to loosen the world's
credit markets weighed on
stock markets abroad.
Britain's FTSE 100 fell 2.98
percent, Germany's DAX
index lost 1.83 percent, and
France's CAC-40 fell 2.65 per-
cent.
In Asia. Japan's Nikkei
stock average lost 2.48 per-
cent on the day.


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Brilliant lights, radiant candles
and young carolers bring the
Adventure Learning Centre's
Christmas Extravaganza to life


By Tribune Staff Writer
"The purpose of this Christ-
mas Extravaganza is to share
the gospel in a unique and
impacting way. As a non-
profit organisation, we also
hope to raise money to run
the ministry..."
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Y es indeed, that
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my life...
One year-old Romin Al-
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behaviour on the night of
Saturday, December 8, doing
everything their parents told
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brushing teeth.
For what reason? (Gener-
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nered boys) Well, they didn't
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Learning Centre's first ever
two-night Christmas Extrava-
ganza, featuring a drive-
thro igh Cairistmas lights dis-
play and progressive Christ-
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and a nauvity scene.
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And, more importantly,
they were eager to learn that
'thei. is much more to Christ-
mas than giving and receiving
extravagant gifts and stuffing


ourselves with food it's sup-
posed to be a time for family
(or uniting families), giving
thanks, showing love and
sharing with others who are
less fortunate.
Piled
So we piled into the car
and started out on our adven-
ture. The boys' eyes glistened
with curiosity and joy as they
were pleasantly greeted by
singing, brilliant lights and
radiant candles which lit up
the night sky above the learn-
ing centre on Marshall Road.
Shamar and Romin stuck
their heads outside the win-
dow to get a better look at
what was happening at each
of the nine stations set up
along the way. The voices of
happy Christmas carolers
rang out at every stop.
"See, see see..." Romin
shouted.
The Christmas story
touched my heart as I
watched my boys glow with
love and hope.
It made me remember pri-
mary school, learning about
Mary and Joseph, the three
wise men and Jesus in a
manger.
It made me further realise
that one of the greatest gifts
in life is to be able to watch
your children walk a straight,
positive path and grow in
God's love.
At the end of the journey,
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Ai Lose Frosty the Snowman


* By KRISTI L. GUSTAFSON
Albany Times Union

ALBANY, New York -
Christmas sweaters. They're like
dandelions. Most people hate
'em (there's a reason most stores
already slashed their Christmas
sweater prices in half), though
a select few crusade for the hol-
iday wear.
Fashion experts, meanwhile,
say the dancing snowmen and
Santas that light up should be
relegated to decorating your
house, not your body.
"If you work in a nursery
school or a grammar school, the
kids love it," says Jene Luciani,
fashion columnist and host of
the style segment on local tele-
vision here. "Otherwise, they're
just gaudy."
So here are some do's and
don't of adding touches of hol-
iday spirit to your wardrobe.
Keep in mind, subtlety is key -
the holiday infusion should add
to your outfit, not be the high-
light.


Choose a clutch with a hint of holiday spirit, like something
in.red or green.
Accessorize with holly or angel jewellery.
Don Christmas touches if they are tasteful like small
prints so, if you cross your legs, a hint of pattern peeks out.
Wear a necktie in Christmas tones.
Wear a Christmas headband or fashion scarf.
Wear a belt with snowflakes or Christmas trees.




Anything shaped like Frosty the Snowman, a Christmas
tree or a menorah.
Holiday earrings and a necklace and a bracelet.
Three-dimensional socks. No pompoms, no twinkling
lights, no bows.
A necktie that sings "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein-
deer."
Santa hats (unless you're reading "'Twas the Night Before
Christmas").
A thick, black glossy Santa belt.
(E-mail: kgustafson(at)timesunion.com.)


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S By SUZANNE S. BROWN
The Denver Post


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Internet shopping is on the upswing for more
reasons than just that consumers want to save gas
and avoid crowds at the mall. Where else can you
find a gold-dipped leaf necklace whose purchase
means you'll end up with not only an object of
beauty but they'll also plant a tree too?
Discovering the Web site that has just the right
item for the person who isn't easily satisfied cuts out
a lot of the hassle inherent in the shopping process,
namely wading through piles of undesirable mer-
chandise before finding great goods.
Tracey Tee, the Denver-based co-founder with
Lynda Keeler of delight.com, says her site aims to
, be such a place. Tee, 31, who is the merchandise
buyer, operations chief and "content creator" of the
site, says she aims to offer merchandise that is
"beautifully designed and insanely useful." The
gold-leaf necklace was among her recent offerings.
The site features one item per day and gives an
incentive, such as free shipping or a discount. Mer-
chandise stays listed on the site until the item is sold
out.
Among the things Tee likes for the holidays are
such "green" items as Envirosax shopping bags,
which sell for $34.50 for a set of four; a cleaning set
from Boulder, Colo.-based Twist; stainless steel
- beverage bottles from Sigg, $19.75; and recycled-


glass jewelry from Drika B. Tee's tips on making
the Internet shopping experience successful include:
Subscribe to newsletters of favorite sites so
you'll be alerted to sales and specials, shipping
deals, family rates, etc.
Learn about the product before buying it:
Does the site offer dimensions, give a detailed
description, have a sharp photo and informative
text? Delight.com has paragraph-length descrip-
tions of items and includes comments from its team
of testers.
Find out if all items are in stock before you
buy them.
Be sure payment information is secure. When
you are ready to enter a credit-card number, the
page should have an "https" designation, meaning
it's a secure transaction. Also look for the
"VeriSign" logo on the page.
Know the site's shipping policies and rates.
Delight.com, for example, charges a flat rate of
$7.95 to a single address whether an order includes
one item or five.
Check return policies before making pur-
chases. If you're buying the item as a gift, make sure
you know the recipient's size and color prefer-
ences.
Keep in mind that shipping problems aren't
always the company's fault. As Tee says, "We pack
with a lot of love and care, but once it's shipped, it's
out of our hands:"


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Do you have a video gamer on


Looking for a video
gainer? You could easily
spring for either of the
two biggest games of the
season, the music-centric
"Guitar Hero III" or
"Rock Band" (hey,
what's that guitar-con-
troller-shaped object
under the tree this
year?). But if virtual
instruments aren't on
your loved one's wish
list, there are plenty of
other great games -from
sports to action to Super
Mario -for every major
game console.


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* By OMAR L. GALLAGA,
DALE ROE and
JOE STAFFORD
Cox News Service
AUSTIN, Texas -
For the Xbox 360
Console exclusives such as
"BioShock," "Halo 3" and
"Mass Effect" demonstrated
that the Xbox 360 is the video
game system to go to for mature
action and adventure games, and
the Xbox Live online gaming
service continues the best of its
kind. Xbox Live Arcade games
such as "Bomberman Live!" and
"Pinball FX" often proved just
as fun as the $60 retail games.
Add to that the exceptional
"Rock Band" and sports games
such as "Madden NFL 08" and
you've got a great holiday sea-
son.for the 360.
Other recommended games:
"Scene It: Lights, Camera,
Action," "FIFA 08,' "Forza
Motorsport 2," "Skate."
O.G.


For the PlayStation 3
After wowing players with the
graphical beauty of "Heavenly
Sword" and "Ratchet & Clank,"
it's clear Sony has a very pow-
erful game system on its hands.
The problem? Not enough of
those kinds of great games to
keep the PS3 ahead of the pack.
Sony had a few gems in its
online store such as "Stardust
HD" and "Blast Factor," but
most of the great games for the
system were readily available bn
other consoles. Other recom-
mended games: "Call of Duty
4: Modem Warfare," "Time Cri-
sis 4" (with Guncon 3 gun),
"Fight Night Round 3,"
"Warhawk."
O.G.
For the PlayStation 2
The aging PlayStation 2 held
its own as a big seller last holiday
season, and even though the
number of games for the $99
system started to dry up, there
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including "God of War 11,"
"Guitar Hero 11l," and "Puzzle
Quest: Challenge of the War-
lords." Other recommended
games: "SingStar Pop" and
"SingStar '80s," "Dragon Ball
Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3,"
"Buzz! The Mega Quiz."
O.G.
****


For the Wii
Game developers have yet to
truly capitalize on the potential
of the motion-sensitive con-
trollers and hard-core gamers
continue to complain about its
comparatively unimpressive
graphics capabilities, but that
hasn't stopped the Wii from
being nearly impossible to find
for the second holiday season in
a row. "Link's Crossbow Train-
ing," a target game bundled with
the new Wii Zapper (which fash-
ions the system's controllers into
a shooter) and the download-
able, ancient titles on the Vir-
tual Console only add to the
Wii's fun factor. Hmm ... maybe
those whiners are just jealous
because they can't find one.
Other recommended games:
"Metroid Prime 3: Corruption."
"Geometry Wars: Galaxies,"
"Super Paper Mario."
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hand-held gaming hosts titles
such as "The Legend of Zelda:
Phantom Hourglass" that, unlike
the Wii, exploit the system's
unique controls in inspired fash-
ion. "Hourglass" makes great
use of the DS' dual screens and
microphone, and all game ele-
ments, including Link's move-
ments, are controlled via stylus.
"Drawn to Life" lets you sketch
your own graphics, including the
game's hero (mine looked like
"Futurama's" Bender!). "Jam
Sessions," a guitar simulator,
turns your DS into a credible-
sounding, acoustic axe (kids will
prefer "Hannah Montana:
Music Jam," which features
more traditional gaming ele-
ments). Other recommended
games: "Diddy Kong Racing,"
"Mario Party DS," "Hotel Dusk:
Room 215," "Pokemon Dia-
mond/Pearl."
D.R.
For the PC
Despite the rise of the latest
generation of gaming platforms,
for some video games, the PC
is still hard to beat. The best
real-time-strategy games of the
year, the spectacular "World in
Conflict" and "Command and
Conquer: Tiberium Sun," both
groundbreaking and extremely
fun, are available on Xbox 360,
but for old-school fans of that


genre, you need a PC to play
them best. And other excellent
RTS releases for 2007 such as
the wonderful "Medieval II:
Total War Kingdoms" expan-
sion and "Company of Heroes:
Opposing Front" are made
exclusively for the PC. In mas-
sively multiplayer games, the big
kahuna remains "World of War-
craft," but, in a year during
which few of these monsters
were released, the Austin-pro-
duced "Tabula Rasa" is a won-
derful but (so far) underappre-
ciated newcomer. From the
same studio, NCsoft, is an excel-
lent update for its free-to-play
series, "Guild Wars: Eye of the
North."
Also recommended: For top-
notch visuals, souped-up PC
gaming rigs still beat consoles,
especially for games such as
"Crysis," "Call of Duty 4: Mod-
ern Warfare," "Gears of War,"
and "The Orange Box" collec-
tion.
-J.S.
For the PSP
The PlayStation Portable is a
cool gadget, with Internet con-
nectivity and the ability to play
movies in addition to games that
are remarkably cool visually. It
was re-introduced this year in a
slimmer, lighter design. The
biggest surprise of the year for
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the PSP was "Sid Meter's
Pirates," which was an OK game
for PC but a much better game
on the smaller platform.
Also ri om in mended:
"Burnout: Doininator," Metal
Gear Solid: Portable Ops,"
t'inal Fantasy Tactics: The War
of the I ions," and "Ratchet &
Clank wize Matters.
J.S.

Games of the year

'BioShock" (Available for
PC and Xbox 360)
A game that has no multi-
player component and doesn't
revolutionize gaming shouldn't
be the game of the year. but
iioShock" won it for me any-
way because of its exceptional
polish and well-told, creepy sto-
ry. No other game transported
me this year the way
'BioShock" did. I loved the
mesmerizing undersea metrop-
olis of Rapture and didn't want
to leave. Great graphics, a nice
balance of weapons and stellar
voice acting didn't hurt either.
Runners up: The insanely fun
music/party game "Rock Band"
(for Xbox 360, PS2 and PS3)
and "The Orange Box," (for PC,
Xbox 360 and PS3) an excep-
tional value of five great Valve
Software games ("Portal,"
"Team Fortress 2," all the "Half-
Life 2" games) in one package.
Omar L. Gallaga
"Super Mario Galaxy" (Nin-
tendo Wii)
Linear in the most exhilarat-
ing sense of the word. Not since
the original, arcade "Super
Mario Brothers" has our hero
been so "point A to point B,
defeat boss."
But the worlds he navigates
here (and this time they actual-
ly are worlds, as Mario is flung
from galaxy to galaxy exploring
different planets) are beautiful-
ly rendered (take that. graphics
snobs!) and amazingly innova-
tive. Gravity here is not a tone,
but a natural force to be reck-
oned with as Mario treks around
spheroids and climbs through
capsule-shaped space stations
upside down, often walking off
the edge of a platform so he can


fall up to the next one. Nonex-
istent online pla) and weak mul-
tiplayer features cannot detract
from the sheer joy of shiny, pix-
elated newness.
It s no exaggeration to say
that "Super Mario Galaxy" has
literally turned Nintendo gaming
on its head
Runners up: The addictive, it
not especially innovative "Gui-
tai Hero Ill: Legends of Rock"
(also for Xbox 360, PS2 and
PS3): "Resident Evil 4: Wii Edi-
tion" and "MLB Power Pros."
Dale Roe
"Richard Garriott's Tabula
Rasa" (PC)
The biggest massively multi-
player game of the year and a
great game, despite its flaws. 1
know I'm out on a limb with this
one, but I think this visually
sumptuous and addictively fun
sci-fi world is being ignored
somewhat by the online media,
in part because it's a massively
multiplayer online roleplaying
game (MMO for short) and
requires a ton of time to review.
Especially for players who join
an online guild and use voice
chat, it offers some of the year's
best gaming. And to witness the
huge panoramic battles in the
game's ongoing war is simply
spectacular. For MMOers who
are so tired of "World of War-
craft" and waiting for the release
of "World of Conan," "Tabula
Rasa" offers months'of good
game.
Runners tip: Released just in
time for Christmas is "Crysis,"
the latest work from the Croat-
ian makers of "Far Cry."
No game to date has created a
more amazing alien environ-
ment or a more engaging first-
person shooter. Other stunning
games this year include
"BioShock" and "The Elder
Scrolls IV: Oblivion."
Joe Stafford


Omar L. Gallaga, Dale
Roe and Joe Stafford
write for the Austin
American-Statesman. E-
mail: ogallaga AT states-
man.com.


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Unusual flurry of rock books offers


"I think there are a cou-
ple of motivations: One,
they've lived their lives
and it's time to look back
on them the lived life is
worth examining."



Charlie Conrad


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* By MARK KENNEDY
NEW YORK

F or those rock 'n' roll
fans on your gift list
this holiday season,
there are plenty of
new offerings to keep their heads
bopping along happily into the
new year, according to the Asso-
ciated Press.
There are fresh sounds from
Eric Clapton, Sting, Genesis,
Ronnie Wood of the Rolling
Stones, Velvet Revolver guitarist
Slash and Motley Crue bassist
Nikki Sixx. There's just one
twist: None are on CD racks.
All are on bookshelves part
of an unusual flurry of autobi-
ographies out this winter by
aging rockers with some hair-
raising stories.
Clapton's self-titled autobiog-
raphy is already a hit, having sold
525,000 copies. Joining him on
best-seller lists is "Slash," "Ron-
nie" and Sixx's "The Heroin
Diaries."
Why would rockers those
near-mythical gods of sex, drugs
and general excess turn to that
most stodgy of storytelling
modes, the written word?
"I think there are a couple of
motivations: One, they've lived
their lives and it's time to look
back on them the lived life is
worth examining," says Broad-
way Books Executive Editor
Charlie Conrad, who worked on
Clapton's book.
"And also, from the stand-
point of the public, rock figures
are out there on the cutting edge
- the knife edge. They live life to
its extreme. And if they survived,
they have a good story to tell."
Those stories include tales of


Clapton, Sting, Genesis, Slash,

Ronnie Wood, and Nikki Sixx

are among those to feature on

bookshelves this winter


love, loss and friendship, but also
nasty bouts with venereal dis-
eases, scary strippers and moun-
tains of controlled substances.
Clapton, who pushed aside a
ghost writer in favour of pen-
ning his own book, discusses the
death of his son Conor, his vari-
ous addictions, and his love tri-
angle with Pattie Boyd and
George Harrison, a topic already
broached in Boyd's recent tell-all
"Wonderful Tonight."
Wood, who offers his own
night bedding Boyd, also delves
into his years freebasing cocaine
andthe time he had an armed
face-off with Keith Richards,
with both pointing guns at each
other.
The original lineup of Genesis
- including Peter Gabriel col-
laborated for the first time in
over 20 years for "Genesis:
Chapter and Verse," which
offers polite first-person account
and photos.
Sixx's diary is a tad darker an
unvarnished look at his life on
the road in 1987, when he strug-
gled with addictions and depres-
sion. There's the time he woke
up during an earthquake and ran
outside, naked and clutching a
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writes: "This morning I woke up
with my shotgun in bed with
me."
Not to be outdone, Slash, a
founding member of Guns N'
Roses who makes several wicked
cameos in Sixx's book, has his
own accounts of debauchery,
delivered in a straightforward,
often amusing way.
He tells of one night
being kicked out of a
Canadian hotel, drunk and
soaked in his own urine. But to
his surprise, he's not as frozen
as he feared: "That's a wonderful
side effect of leather pants: when
you pee yourself in them, they're
more forgiving than jeans," he
writes. Publishers say the warts-
and-all profiles that emerge from
these books are crucial for their
success. In an Internet-fed and
reality-TV soaked world, book
buyers already consider them-
selves insiders, and successful
authors can't just phone it in.
"I'm sure they're not telling
every single crevice of their dark-
est soul, but they are giving you
some real stuff. I think that's a
real difference," says Elizabeth
Beier, executive editor of St.
Martin's Press, which published


the Wood and Genesis books.
For the less squeamish reader,
there's always "Mosaic: Pieces
of My Life So Far" by Amy
Grant, which includes the
singer's lyrics, poetry and
vignettes all of a decidedly
uplifting variety.
And Sting has published a
book of his lyrics, complete with
his more highbrow observations.
Of the song "Synchronicity II,"
he writes: "I was trying to dra-
matize Jung's theory of mean-
ingful coincidence."
Publishers say the current crop
of rock tell-alls owes much to
the success of Bob Dylan's 2004
autobiography "Chronicles: Vol-
ume One," which sold 425,000
hardcover copies.
"The Dylan book coming out
and being so well received kind
of showed people, 'Your regular
recording and performing career
doesn't have to be over for you
to do your nmemoir.
"You don't have to wait until
the whole story is utterly com-
pleted and you're in your
dotage,"' says Beier.
"We're just starting to see the
first fruit of that and there are
some more coming.
"It's just a category that seems


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fans a behind-the-scenes intimacy


to be very interesting." B
arnes & Noble Inc. buyer Kim
Corradini is seeing better-than-
projected sales of rock books.
The chain plans special dis-
plays for Christmas and has
placed larger-than-usual orders.
"So far, all of the music
biographies, autobiographies and
memoirs are selling even better
than expected," she told The
Associated Press in an e-mail
interview. "Unlike two years
ago when all of the big releases
were on the Beatles, this year
we have a diverse selection of
books on very popular artists
from various musical eras."
Lisa Gallagher, publish-
er of William Morrow
and HarperEntertainment, says
she was impressed by the multi-
generational audience at a recent
Slash book signing on Long
Island. Sales for his book have
exceeded the 100,000-copy mark.
'At the signing, when you're
looking at the line, it is both peo-
ple who you could imagine
bought 'Appetite for Destruc-
tion' back in the day and it's also
younger people as well," she
says. "'1 think this is a very broad
audience."
Books mining the seamier side
of rock are nothing new, of
course. Recent notable titles
include Anthony Kiedis' "Scar
Tissue"; "Hammer of the Gods,'`
about Led Zeppelin; "No One
Here Gets Out Alive" on The
Doors; and Motley Crue's "The
Dirt: Confessions of the World's
Most Notorious Rock Band."
What seems new now is a
renewed push for autobiogra-
phy, publishers say. They point
to the overall strong demand for
memoirs as a reason more musi-


"Unlike two years ago when
all of the big releases were on
the Beatles, this year we have a
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cians are putting down their
instruments and picking up pens.
They also note a slip in overall
album sales.
"You have to wonder if
they're looking to books as a
kind of exciting medium as the
traditional record medium kind
of goes to hell," Conrad says.
"Maybe they're suddenly notic-
ing there's business to be done
and advances to be paid."
Sixx has taken that one step
further. His book came out the
same time his new band, Sixx:
A.M., released a sort of sound-
track to the memoir, with each
song tied to a book chapter.
Some 200,000 copies of the book
have been sold.
"The cross-promotion there
- just really worked well. We've
benefited from the success of the
CD and they've benefited from
the success of our book," says
Anthony Ziccardi, vice president
* and deputy publisher of Pocket
Books, which put out the Sixx
book. We're definitely talking
to a number of people about
doing something similar or just
telling their story for the first


time. I think there's definitely a
renewed interest in that."
Other rock books avail-
able this winter include
a biography on Gram Parsons
by David N. Meyer, and an
upcoming unauthorized bio of
Guns N' Roses front man Axl
Rose, by Mick Wall. The next
big rock autobiographies on the
horizon? One by Pete Town-
shend, and one by another
Rolling Stone Keith Richards,
who was reportedly paid more
than $7 million by Little, Brown
& Company for his drug-fueled
memories.
That may be a risky prospect.
Conrad recalls band mate Mick
Jagger also being under contract
to write his autobiography many
years ago, only for him to back
out.
"There's a great story about
how he was signed up for all this
money and then he just couldn't
remember anything," says Con-
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By Lauren La Rose,
THE CANADIAN PRESS_
TORONTO Forget the forecast and
those archetypal visions of winter white:
from decor to dinner, many preparing for
the holidays have thoughts of green on the
brain.
While the season often marks a period of
excess rather than eco-consciousness, experts
say celebrating the holidays complete with
tree trimming, gift giving and a prime-time
feast that is also eco-friendly is well within
reach. The following are some of their sug-
gestions on how to turn dreams of going
green into reality.
GIFT GIVING: Buy locally and/or hand-
made items. After years of selling her work
at craft fairs, Christi York decided to create
a designated event to sell stylish and sus-
tainable wares.
Heading into its second year, Vancouver's
Green Christmas Market will feature more
than a dozen vendors selling handcrafted
items made out of recycled or vintage mate-
rials. Fashion designers at the event will
showcase works that comprise eco-conscious
materials including bamboo and soy fabrics.
"I just wanted to provide people with a
totally guilt-free, no brainer shopping expe-
rience," said York, a freelance graphic
designer, whose works include reworked
vintage jewellery.
If you want to tackle making your own
gift, try crafting a calendar or recipe book,
said Coral Maloney, project co-ordinator of
the Living Green, Living Well initiative with
Resource Conservation Manitoba.
Provide experiences rather than more
"stuff." Stephen Hazell, executive director of
the Sierra Club of Canada, suggests pur-
chasing tickets to a hockey game or concert,
or gift certificates for a nice meal on the
town. "They're things that people really
appreciate and will use but might not do on
their own."
If those options are too expensive, search
for more cost-effective alternatives like
minor league hockey tickets, he said.
Try to ensure if you're going to buy gifts
that they will be put to good use, he added.
Another option is to give a gift of charity
like a donation to an organization impor-
tant to the recipient, said Maloney.
If cost is an issue, choose an organization
where you might like to volunteer your ser-
vices, she said. If you have a large family,
draw names out of a hat or pool together to
buy a gift to pare down the shopping list,
said Peter Blanchard, founder and co-ordi-
nator of the website www.planetfriendly.net.
WRAP IT UP: Most wrapping paper can't
be recycled since it's often blended with oth-
er materials like wax and metal, meaning it
will end up in a landfill, Maloney said.
Use gift bags or wrap the item in a tea
r towel both items can be reused, she added.
On its website, Resource Conservation
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paper bags with holiday themes and con-
verting old holiday cards into gift tags.
Hazell recommends newspaper to wrap
gifts use the colourful comic pages for the
kids.
TACKLING THE TREE: "Probably the
most eco-friendly option is to get a plant
like a Norfolk pine or a fig ot something
like that that you've got in your house year-
round and just use as your Christmas tree
when the season comes around," Hazell said.
Maloney also suggests decorating a living
indoor plant or tree, but for a non-tradi-
tional but fun twist, try to create a tree made
out of recycled or salvaged materials.
"If someone really does prefer a tradi-
tional Christmas tree they can buy one that's
locally farmed which is good for the local
economy and also cuts down on transporta-
tion," she said.
- "They can also be chipped after you're
finished with the tree and those chips can be
used as mulch in the yard or garden."
Those opting for a real tree should see if
they can find one that hasn't been sprayed
with pesticides or artificial colour, she added.
DECKING THE HALLS: Try decorating
your home with items that are all natural
and, in some cases, edible, like pinecones,
berries, branches, berries, fruit and cookies,
Maloney said. "In the end, a lot of that can
be composted when you're done with it,"
she said. "It has a natural loop that it is a lot
less harmful than something from a store."
Envirozine, Environment Canada's online
magazine, recommends reusing items rang-
ing from old toys, costume jewellery to scrap
materials like cardboard and bits of ribbon to
make decorative ornaments for the home
or tree, and using the front of old cards and
kids' art to decorate walls and doorways.
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Stephanc Surprenant with Montreal-based
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and residential light installations. "We would
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the real issue behind it we feel is it allows
them to put lights on a circuit that would be
probably otherwise overcharged."
Energy-efficient isn't free rein to go over-
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THE FEAST: The average meal served in
North America travels 2,400 kilometres to
reach our plates, but a lot of what we eat dur-
ing the holidays can be found locally, Mal-
oney said. Items that are free range, like
turkeys, and organically raised so that ani-
mals have had organic feed are often housed
in a more sustainable farm, she added.
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Environmental groups Forest Ethics and
Environmental Defence have teamed up to
offer their suggestions for going green for the
holidays. Among them:
eStay away from toxic toys and children's
jewellery that may contain lead. Lead can
harm the brain development of children,
leading to lower IQ, hyperactivity and devel-
opmental delays. Avoid inexpensive jewelry
that is a dull, grey-looking metal or seems too
heavy for its size. Brightly-coloured toys
(orange and red) may have lead paint, and
soft plastics may use lead as a stabilizer.
Check out Health Canada's list of recalled
products before deciding which toys to buy:
www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-
avis/index-e.html
*Avoid plastic trees. These are made from
fossil fuels that consume even more energy
when shipped from places like China.
eDust off the good china. If you're having
a party, avoid serving food and drink using
disposable plates and cups they will just
add to the growing mountain of waste in
landfills.
*Opt for recycled Christmas cards. Many
Christmas cards are now made from recycled
or FSC certified paper and if you buy them
from local artists you can reduce your carbon
footprint at the same time.
*Skip the plastic. Using reusable shop-
ping bags can reduce the approximately
65.000 tonnes of plastic that is thrown away
during the holidays in Canada. As well, look-
ing for toys that are handmade and local
will reduce the packaging they come in.
*Don't make the hangover any worse.
While a reusable water bottle comes in
handy after a Christmas party, avoid ones
that are hard. clear plastic. Those are made
with Bisphenol A, a chemical associated
with adverse health effects. Choose reusable
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LIVING INDOOR PLANTS given as holiday or hostess gifts
brighten up our rooms during a dark time of year, but making them live
longer than the month of December can.cause concern in the recipients.
Fortunately, there are plants that can last not only through the month,
but for decades.
Christmas cactus
The shining example is the Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera),
originally a native of the jungles of South America, and now at home
in many of our houses.
A long life isn't unusual for a Christmas cactus. My friend, Jutta
Rhinehart, has one that is more than 40 years old and is 4 feet across.
Rhinehart can spot it much smaller than it is today in old photos
of the family, when her now-grown children were young. The secret
to the plant's longevity lies in meeting its cultural needs. It lives in the
northwest comer of Rhinehart's living room, where it receives bright
but indirect light from lots of windows. From Mother's Day to mid-
September, Rhinehart gives the cactus a vacation it spends the
months just outside the French doors on a north-facing porch. Again,
no hot, direct sun, and it gets watered if it rains or, during the driest part
of summer, if Rhinehart happens to be passing by with a bucket of
water. She applies weak fertilizer applications once a month during its
blooming time, which can last several months on such a large plant.
Some gardeners make their fertilizer applications during the spring
growing season.
Christmas cactuses thrive on benign neglect the only reason
mine are still alive. Leaves that have lost their glossy appearance are
a sign that the plant needs attention.
Christmas cactuses can live in the same pot for years; they bloom
better when their roots are in tight quarters. When repotting, follow
the same rule as for other houseplants, and go up in pot size just slight-
ly no more than one inch. Although Rhinehart's cactus blooms gen-
erally during the Christmas season, its flower buds start showing up
weeks before and, at first, open a few at a time, until the big explosion
of bloom. All Schlumbergera are not the same. Many bloom at Hal-
loween or Thanksgiving, instead of Christmas, and they come in
varying shades of pink, salmon and red. There actually are different
hybrids of Schlumbergera species, but fortunately for us, they all fall
under the same cultural requirements.
Norfolk Island pine

Cute little pine trees become holiday gifts, too, and often are used
as Christmas trees. But one type the Norfolk Island pine isn't a pine
at all, and is not hardy outdoors here. Scientifically known as Araucaria
heterophylla, the Norfolk Island pine is a close relative of the monkey
puzzle tree. The pines have a soft texture and grow horizontal branch-
es that weep slightly. Norfolk Island pines grow up to 200 feet high in
their native habitat- an island east of Australia but don't worry about
cutting a hole in the roof here to accommodate it Indoors, a happy and
healthy specimen might reach 6 feet eventually. Grow Norfolk Island
pines in bright, indirect light.
Variegated ginger
Beyond these traditional holiday plants, you'll find more ideas by
visiting the houseplant section in any good nursery.
For example, the variegated ginger Stromanthe triostar can be
turned into living holiday decor by placing it in festive basket or by
adding a bright ribbon. Its white-striated leaves are rosy red on the
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