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Title: The Tribune.
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 12/18/2007
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* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net
BAHAMASAIR operated at
a net loss of more than $19 mil-
lion for the year ended June 30,
2006 and has had substantial
recurring losses as evidenced by
the accumulated deficit of
$397,989,377 at that date, a new-
ly released audited report said.
Going into its 2006-07 year (as
at June 30, 2006) the company's
current liabilities exceed its cur-







* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
THE future of the contain-
er port remains in limbo as
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham yesterday reiterated his
claim, which caused a stir.
shortly after the government
came to power in May, that
the FNM does not have a plan
to relocate the container port
and shipping facilities to
Clifton.
Mr Ingraham made this
statement during a vehement
back and forth between him-
self and opposition leader Per-
ry Christie over the status of
work carried out by the for-
mer government towards the
SEE page 11


rent assets by $70,567,710 and its
total liabilities exceeded its total
assets by $70,006,867.
Generally the rule of thumb is
that if current liabilities or total
liabilities exceed current or total
assets a company is in trouble.
This mean that even if
Bahamasair were to sell all of all
its property and equipment it
would not be able to meet its
debt.
The report, prepared by Price-
WaterhouseCoopers, said that
these factors raised significant
doubt as to whether the company
will be able to continue without
the continued financial support
of government.
In fact, the government has
agreed to provide financial sup-
port and assistance to the com-
pany to meet its obligations.
SEE page 11

FNM, PLP 'agree
81 votes should be
thrown out from
Pinewood results'
* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
THE FNM and PLP agree that
81 votes should be thrown out
from. the Pinewood election
results, according to FNM lead
attorney Michael Barnett.
Mr Barnett made this declara-
tion during his closing argument
yesterday at election court, where
he also laid out the view of his
side on the remainder of the 183
SEE page nine


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AG speaks on the benefit of the
Privy Council sitting in Bahamas


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
THE ultimate benefit of the
Privy Council sitting in the
Bahamas may prove to be the
ability of the Bahamians to see
that the Privy Council is not some
"mythical grouping in the sky"
but rather a board applying
Bahamian law to Bahamian legal
matters, Attorney General Claire
Hepburn said yesterday.
During her remarks at the cer-
emony marking the second con-
secutive visit to the Bahamas of
the Judicial Committee of the
London-based Privy Council, Mrs
Hepburn noted that the commit-
tee's second sitting was equally
as historic as the first. "Whereas
an occurrence marks an event as
unique, a recurrence establishes a
precedent," she said. Mrs Hep-
burn also noted that this second
consecutive sitting is also signifi-
cant for the fact that the commit-
tee will sit and hear a case ema-


nating from another Caribbean
jurisdiction the Cayman
Islands.
Welcoming the members of the
SEE page nine


A 31-YEAR-OLD Haitian
charged with the murder of a
local pastor and a number of
other serious offences was
arraigned in Magistrate's
Court yesterday.
Police have charged Charlie
Monestine of Excellence Gar-
dens with the murders of Rev.
Nabal Louis and Ilnopha Pas-
cal. Rev. Louis, a resident of
Unison Street off Bacardi
Road and pastor of Mountain
Top Bible Church of God on
Carmichael Road, was killed
in late February after armed
robbers entered his home
demanding cash.
Rev. Louis was reportedly
shot in the back. According
to court dockets Monestine,
being concerned with others
intentionally caused Rev.
Louis' death on Sunday, Feb-
ruary 25. Court dockets also
state that between 3.45 am
and 4.30 am on Sunday, Feb-
ruary 25, Monestine, being
concerned with others, broke
into the home of Rev Nabal
Louis. It is also alleged that
Monestine being concerned
with others robbed the pastor
SEE page nine


The PLP's 'Rapid
Response Committee'
distances itself
from member's
statements on Rigby
By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribjnemedia.net
THE PLP's "Rapid Response
Committee" has officially dis-
tanced itself from statements
made by its member Omar
Archer, who last week con-
demned party chairman Raynard
Rigby for allegedly calling on
Opposition leader Perry Christie
to resign.
Chairman of the RRC Senator
Jerome Fitzgerald in a press
release yesterday emphasised.that
Mr Archer is expressing his per-
sonal views and is not speaking on
behalf of the committee.
After.Mr Rigby last week
reportedly called for Mr Christie
to step down as party leader, Mr
Archer a new member of the
PLP and the RRC accused the
PLP chairman of being a "cow-
ard" and a "natural idiot."
The Tribune last Friday report-
ed that Mr Rigby during a PLP
SEE page 11

Govt plans to
pay laid off
Royal Oasis
staff 'before
Christmas'S

* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
GOVERNMENT plans to pay
the laid off workers of the Royal
Oasis Resort in Freeport "before
Christmas" while not requiring
any repayment of these funds
thus cancelling any previous
agreements made for repayment,
it was stated in the House of
Assembly yesterday.
This statement came during the
debate for a Bill for the Appro-
priation of further divers sums of
money for defraying the expens-
es of government where questions
surrounding the millions of dol-
lars worth of unpaid bills left by
the Harcourt Development Conm-
pany after the sale of the Royal
Oasis Resort in Freeport, Grand
Bahama were an issue of con-
tentious debate.
At the closure of the hotel,
Harcourt owed government some
$13 million for casino taxes and
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poaching fears

Fifteen Dominicans arrested


a By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
FOR the second time in less
than a week a group of foreign
fishermen have been arrested by
the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force on suspicion of poaching in
Bahamian waters, according to
the RBDF.
According to a RBDF press
release issued on Monday, 15
Dominican fishermen are
presently in custody after they
were arrested Sunday morning
in the southern Bahamas by the
crew of HMBS Inagua, under
the command of Senior Lt Berne
Wright. The captured vessel, an
82 ft Dominican registered fish-
ing boat, had a crew, of 15 who
are suspected of fishing4n the
Bahamas' Exclusive Fishery
Zone with a quantity of fishing
resources and apparatus on
board, the RBDF said.
HMBS Bahamas was dis-
patched to assist with the escort
of the captured vessel scheduled
to arrive in New Providence at 10
pm Monday.
Chief Petty Officer Ralph
McKinney told The Tribune dur-
ing an interview yesterday that
the winter months are a common
time for poachers encroaching
on Bahamian waters:
"This time of year we tend to
see an increase of (foreign) fish-
ermen in Bahamian waters. Of


course we have put a bulletin out
for (local) fishermen to contact
the RBDF whenever they sight
these'vessels. We have been very
'happy with the response we've
received thus far, giving us perti-
nent information and we've been
able to more quickly deal with
the matters referenced."
He expressed confidence that
if convicted the alleged poach-
ers would receive severe penal-
ties hopefully deterring similar
offenders. In November, Minis-
ter of Agriculture and Marine
Resources Larry Cartwright
called on local boaters to be on
the lookout for foreign poach-
ers. "The escalating activity of
foreign fishing vessels during the
time when Bahamian fishermen
are not being allowed to target
the Nassau Grouper is concern to
us all."
He made these statements
during the announcements of the
closing of the Nassau Grouper
season which is closed from
December 15 to February 28,
2008. In a joint effort with RBDF
officers and a local fisherman a
crew of 53 Dominican fishermen
were located in separate inci-
dents last week.
Shortly after 3 pm last Thurs-
day, an 86 ft fishing vessel was
intercepted in the Ragged Island
chain with reportedly a quantity
of "fisheries resources" on board.
Last Tuesday, local fishermen
caught two Dominicans after
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* By Xan-Xi Bethel
CHRISTMAS may be on the decline
elsewhere in the world but not in the
Bahamas.
According to reports, over the past
decade fewer and fewer people around the
world are celebrating Christmas.
However, information The Tribune has
gathered indicates that holiday cheer is
holding its own in Nassau.
Large retail businesses such as Robin
Hood and Kelly's say popular Christmas
gifts have been going just as quickly as in
previous years.
Christmas tree merchant Ken Perigord,
who has been in the business for the past 30
years, said the sale of Christmas trees is
actually on the rise.
He said he expects all his stock to be sold
by December 22.
This year, Mr Perigord said he brought in


three containers full of trees from Canada
and most of them are gone already.
In an effort to accelerate the sale of the
trees, Mr Perigord introduced a prize draw-
ing.
To be eligible, members of the public
had to buy a tree from the Ken Perigord
Christmas Tree Farm on Prince Charles
Drive on or before December 15.
The prizes include a laptop computer,
DVDs and Christmas turkeys.
The live drawing will be aired on Love
97FM.
Mr Perigord doesn't only sell his Christ-
mas trees every year he gives away many
of them to old persons' homes, children's
homes and charities.


Included in the list of tree give-aways are
34 trees which are donated to the Princess
Margaret Hospital.
This year, the Willimae Pratt School Cen-
tre for Girls and the Simpson Penn School
for Boys also received trees, as did a num-
ber of police stations.
Mr Perigord said that to him, keeping
the Christmas spirit alive is tantamount to
building a better Bahamas.
His Christmas trees come all the way
from at least three tree farms in Canada.
Buying the stock is an expensive venture
each year, but according to Mr Perigord, the '
demand for the trees has not waveredso "
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reEarth

backs move

to protect

grouper

stocks

THE environmental group
reEarth said it applauds and
fully supports the decision of
the Ministry of Agriculture
and Marine Resources to ban
grouper fishing from Decem-
ber 15 to February 28 of next
year.
"This important move will
go a long way in protecting
grouper stocks into the
future," said reEarth in a
statement.
However, the group also
suggested that the government
needs to revise the fisheries
budget so that fishermen who
are economically affected by
this policy can become war-
dens of the country's grouper
resources while the ban is in
place.

Fisheries budget
"That would be a win-win
situation for protection of the
resource and the fishermen,"
the statement said.
The group noted that the
budget for fisheries now
stands at $2.4 million.
"reEarth maintains that this
is grossly inadequate and that
the fisheries budget should be
more in the neighbourhood of
10 per cent of fisheries rev-
enue, around $8 to 9 million
annually, to properly allow the
department to function and
protect this vital resource."
It said that part of that fund-
ing must be directed to the
Royal Bahamas Defence
Force to be spent on increased
patrols in the fight against for-
eign poachers.
"Additionally, fines
imposed on fishermen and
wholesalers for selling grouper
should be extended to con-
sumers of grouper in the
closed season," reEarth said.
"The public must do their part
and respect the grouper sea-
son as ultimately is the con-
sumer who creates the
demand in the first place."

RMinider:
Turn off your
Christmas tree
lights at night
Officers from the Police
Fire Branch have warned the
public not to leave Christmas
tree lights on during the night.
They said this can be entic-
ing to burglars and it is also a
fire hazard.
The branch issued a series
of holiday fire safety tips yes-
terday, including:
eDo not overload electrical
outlets with Christmas lights
and other electrical cords.
*Do not overload extension
cords or run them under rugs.
*Replace any electrical cord
that is cracked or frayed..
*Install smoke detectors and
ensure that batteries are prop-
erly charged.
*Never leave food cooking
unattended for long periods
of time.
Keep cooking areas clear
of combustibles and wear
clothes with short, roll-up or
tight fitting sleeves when you
cook.
Turn pot handles inward
on the stove to avoid acciden-
tal spills which can cause seri-
ous burns.
Road safety
THE police have issued a
series of holiday road safety
tips.
These include:


*Remember to obey the
street signs and speed limit at
all times.
*Do not get behind the
wheel of a vehicle while under
the influence of drugs, alco-
hol or medication.
*Never leave keys in the
ignition or your engine run-
ning no matter how short the
distance or time away from
your vehicle.
*Always make sure that
your car doors are locked and
your valuables secured in the
trunk.


Police confirm handgun


discovered on lot near US


Ambassador's residence


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
Police patrols on Sanford Dri-
ve and in the general Prospect
Ridge area may have increased -
however this is not "specifically"
in response to the discovery of a
gun on an empty lot near the US
ambassador's residence, Acting
Commissioner of Police Regi-
nald Ferguson said yesterday.
Speaking with The Tribune,
Mr Ferguson confirmed that a
handgun had in fact been found
on an lot near the official resi-
dence of US Ambassador Ned
Siegel.
However, any additional
police patrols seen in that area
are part of the force's increased
presence on the streets through-
out the capital dinuring the holiday
season, Mr Ferguson explained,
"We've intensified our street
presence all over the island dur-
ing this time. Why anyone would
connect that to the ambassador's
residence I do not understand,"
he said.


... but increase in patrols in the
area is not linked to discovery

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Unconfirmed reports over the
weekend claimed that police
officers discovered a .45 calibre
handgun with six live rounds of
ammunition on a property close
to the US ambassador's resi-
dence on Sanford Drive.
It was further alleged that
police presence in that area had
been increased as a consequence
of that find.
Acting Commissioner Fergu-
son yesterday denied these
claims.
He explained that officers "on


one night last week" observed
several men "acting suspicious-
ly" on an uninhabited property
on Sanford Drive.
In a bushy area on that lot,
Mr Ferguson said, officers after-
. wards found a handgun.
The acting commissioner said
that people across New Provi-
dence will notice a more pro-
nounced police presence on the
streets as the holiday season pro-
gresses.
"I want a tranquil and peace-
ful Christmas," he said.


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
AS the result of a legal chal-
lenge, government has been
forced to move to amend its
legal framework to enable it to
continue providing assistance
to foreign countries prosecut-
ing criminal cases abroad, the
minister of state for legal affairs
said yesterday.
Speaking to introduce a bill
for an act to amend the Crimi-
nal Justice Act (International
Cooperation) Act, 2000 ini-
tially formulated to give the
government the legal authority
to provide "vital...assistance" in
the form of information and
other evidence relevant to cases
to other countries Minister
Desmond Bannister described
how a 2006 ruling ultimately
prevented the Bahamas
Supreme Court from facilitat-
ing the provision of such evi-
dence.
That ruling, which challenged
the procedure used under the
Act, was handed down in the
Irish supreme court, and sever-
al months ago affirmed in the
Bahamas supreme court.
Mr Bannister noted that the
majority of requests made
under the Criminal Justice Act
are for bank documents or oth-
er information held by banks in
this country, or other persons
and entities "acting in the
capacity of a financial and cor-
porate service provider."
He said that as the banking
industry is critical to this coun-
try's economy and these insti-
tutions have "long-recognised
the importance of bank confi-
dentiality", the disclosure of this
type of information has tradi-
tionally only been made possi-
ble by an order of the Supreme
Court which "triggers the
exception to our confidentiality
provisions."
"As a result of the recent
decision, the Supreme Court
cannot issue ex-parte orders to
compel financial institutions to
provide banking and other
financial information, or orders
to enable the Attorney General
to compel persons to attend
court for the taking of deposi-
tions," said Mr Bannister.
Therefore, the amendment
sought to the Bill, "seeks to
clarify the procedure" the
Bahamian courts can use to pro-
vide assistance to foreign juris-
dictions seeking information
and evidence for investigations
and prosecutions in those juris-
dictions, he said.
Such an amendment will
enable the Bahamas to "live up
to its commitment to...provide
the highest level of cooperation
in international criminal inves-
tigations."
The Criminal Justice Act was
passed in 2000 in response to
the "blacklisting" of the
Bahamas by the Financial
Action Task Force.
Mr Bannister disclosed that
since the Act was passed in
2000, the Attorney General has
dealt with 186 requests for assis-
tance.
There were 40 requests in
2005, 33 in 2003 and 34 in 2004.


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So far in 2007, the requests have
totalled 24.
Contributing to the bill, Fox
Hill MP Fred Mitchell, noted
that there are persons who hold
the opinion that the legislation
as presently drafted is too intru-
sive of individual privacy. He
noted that there is "always a
balance to be struck" between
preserving a person's confiden-
tiality or being open to provid-
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The surreal state of Belgium


BRUSSELS Belgium's favourite Surreal-
ist son, Ren6 Magritte, is famous for his paint-
ing of an apple on which he wrote: "This is not
an apple." He did the same for a pipe. Today he
might aptly produce a rendering of his native
land and inscribe on it: "This is not a coun-
try."
It looks like a prosperous one, with its lace
and chocolate stores, and beautiful Bruges, and
its glassy sprawl of European Union institu-
tions, and its very own tennis champion, Justine
Henin. But for more than a half-year Belgium
has been unable to form a government because
its 10.4 million citizens can't decide what the
state is for.
In their grumpy way, Belgians a majority
Dutch-speaking, many French-speaking and a
few German-speaking have been posing a
delicate question: Does postmodern Europe,
where even tiny states feel secure, really need
a medium-small nation cobbled together in
1830 whose various communities dislike one
another?
Moreover, does a country whose economy is
largely run by European central bankers in
control of the euro really need a government?
Gerrit Six, a teacher, suggested Belgian obso-
lescence when he put the country, complete
with its busy king and ballooning debt, up for
sale on eBay. It drew bids of close to $15 mil-
lion. That was on day 100 of the political crisis.
Belgium is now close to day 200. Italian politics
suddenly look stable.
Little Belgium has become too conflicted to
rule. It has three regions, three language com-
munities that are not congruent with the
regions, a smattering of local parliaments, a
mainly French-speaking capital (Brussels)
lodged in Dutch-speaking Flanders, a strong
current of Flemish nationalism and an uneasy
history.
Forming a government against this backdrop
of federalism run amok has proved beyond the
powers of good King Albert and an outgoing
prime minister, Guy Verhofstadt, who has rede-
fined "outgoing" by staying. Magritte would
have painted him and noted: this is not a
departing leader. Surrealism is having a Belgian
field day.
In the French-language daily Le Soir, Olivi-
er Mouton opined last week that "On every
front, we shoot, detest and accuse each oth-
er." Yet the streets have been quiet since the
elections back on June 10. The hour of hyper-
bole has sounded.
Behind it lurks the fact that Flanders wants
its day. Dutch-speakers, long underdogs in a
country without a Flemish university until 1922,


are tired of subsidizing their now poorer
French-speaking cousins. A successful anti-
immigrant and separatist party, Vlaams Belang
(Flemish Interest), is the odious expression of
a wider desire to go it alone.
Flemish demands for greater deceptraliza-
tion and control (most recently over French-
speaking schools in the Brussels periphery)
have raised distrust to a poisonous level. "I am
pretty sure Belgium will split eventually," Car-
oline Sagesser, a political scientist, told me.
If it holds together, it will be because Brus-
sels, with 10 per cent of the population and 20
per cent of gross domestic product, is too mixed
to unravel. Like Baghdad, like Sarajevo, the
capital is improbable but unyielding glue.
Unlike them, it has avoided bloodshed. It also
houses a modern marvel, the E.U. and
there's the nub.
The 27-nation Union has banished war from
the Continent and marginalized danger. Bel-
gium fissures even as E.U. leaders sign the
Treaty of Lisbon that will ultimately yield an
E.U. president who can run things for up to
five years (and so become identifiable), a for-
eign minister and a workable decision-making
process. E.U. security makes Belgian instabil-
ity harmless.
"The best position today is to be a small
country within a large economic entity and
trading area," Alex Salmond, Scotland's first
. .-minister told me. "That's why we want an inde-
"pendent Scotland within the E.U."
: Flanders? Scotland? Brussels as Singapore-
like city state? Wallonia? Kosovo? The map of
Europe is not fixed. But I suspect its overall sta-
bility is.
As for a Belgian government, it would be
nice to have one, but not essential. There's no
Belgian franc to go wobbly. There's no mone-
tary policy to set. There's scarcely a country to
govern, given how far European integration
on the one hand and national devolution on the
other have gone.
This is the 21st-century world the United
States will face: a mysterious Europe with a
more identifiable phone number living its post-
modern version of paradise as its nation states
get less meaningful or dissolve; and a rising
Russia and China hurtling the other way,
toward 19th-century-style nationalism, mili-
tarism and assertiveness.
Such dissonance will require American flex-
ibility and imagination, enough to understand
that the essence of the Belgian crisis is: This is
not a crisis.
(This article was written by Roger Cohen of
the New York Times News Service c2007).


Violent crime




rate: who is




responsible?


EDITOR, The Tribune.
WHO is responsible for the ris-
ing violent crime rate in the
Bahamas?
Specifically, who is responsible
for the increasing violent crimes
that have resulted in record
breaking murders? Who is
responsible for the miscreants,
the gunslingers, or the violent
man/woman in our societies? I
have been listening to the
Bahamian radio talk shows online
and reading the online newspa-
pers and have observed that too
many citizens are caught up in
mudslinging, name calling, and
blaming external agents the
government/politiciari, the police,
the church, media, drug dealers,
etc. Very few comments have
addressed the endemic nature of
our culture or the complexity of
social problems.
The complex social problem of
rising violent crime is produced
by growing levels of economic
inequality, a weak educational
system, collapsed family struc-
tures, individual psychosis, and a
host of other societal maladies.
However, the increase in violence
is now routinely treated as a mat-
ter for the politician, police, the
courts and the prisons. As a soci-
ety, we all carry the weight of
societal and individual aberrant
behaviour. As such a compre-
hensive analysis of the recent
increase in violent crimes in the
Bahamas should produce multi-
ple factors for the 74 (plus) mur-
ders and other violent crimes this
year.
The recent crime wave is not
unique to this country, nor is it
the first time that we have had
70 or more murders in one cal-
endar year. We have had crime
commissions that have examined
the problem and so have other
societies. I am sure the newly
appointed crime commission will
find some if not all of the con-
tributing factors outlined in pre-
vious reports are still very much
.prevalent. Although, the new
commission may find some new
factors these I suspect will not
really be new but the context of
our societies today may lend new
interpretations to the current sit-
uations.
Another interesting aspect of
our society that plays a pivotal
role in this new crime debate but
which I have heard very little
comment on is the psychosis and
neurosis of the Bahamian peo-
ple.
Timothy McCartney wrote a
book in the 1971 called "Neu-
roses in the Sun" which provides
some understanding of the socio-
logical and psychological health of
the Bahamian people. In this
book Dr McCartney stressed the
need for us to become aware of
ourselves in terms of our "histor-
ical, cultural and sociological
background, but even more vital
that we learn to accept ourselves
for what we are." He was address-


ing the complexity of race in the
Bahamian people but his dictate
also applies to the complexity of
crime. If he were to update this
book today he could easily write a
three volume treatise on this sub-
ject. With regard to our mental
health, one of the major areas
that I see as very troubling in this
country is the lack of skills we
have as a people to resolve con-
flict. I believe this is endemic to
our cultural history and should
be addressed in any commission
on crime and any discussion on
the spike in the number of vio-
lent crimes. I was particularly
moved and reflected on this
aspect of the problem when I
read recently the story about the
brother who is accused of killing
his brother (for food)!
Our problem solving skills in
interpersonal relationships are
extremely weak if not non exis-
tent. Our day-to-day interactions
are fraught with abusive language
and violent behaviour. So many
of us do not know how to talk to
and with each other in everyday
encounters and this becomes
more complicated when dealing
with emotional issues. Many of
us have a difficult time deliver-
ing a difficult message to others. If
not handled right, delivering that
message is like throwing a hand
grenade. Based on a cursory (dis-
tant) analysis of the recent spike
in violent crime and reflecting on
my years living in the Bahamas, I
think we are conditioned to
throwing hand grenades at each
other instead of finding peaceful
ways to resolve interpersonal con-
flict.
Who is responsible for teaching
conflict resolution skills in our
society? Everyone is responsible.
It should start in the homes but
this is not happening. As a result
other societal institutions and
organizations will have to take on
this responsibility. Schools,
churches, police, civic organiza-
tions, and the workplace should
collaborate in this area to effect
changes in the way we resolve
conflict.
Other recommendations are
also crucial, as noted earlier there
is no one solution and any
approach to find solutions should
be multifaceted. For those who
say our legal system needs to be
modernised and brought in line
with our current and future needs,
I agree. Archaic laws should be
removed or updated to apply to
our modem conditions; the court
system needs a major decon-
struction and reconstruction to
eliminate backlog, ineptitude,
waste-overall it is a system that is
fraught with too many problems
that may have added to the prob-
lem of controlling crime; and our


penal system needs an extensive
review to assess what is working
and what is not working-prison
reform, relocation, rehabilitation,
and issues of social justice offer
alternatives to the current state
of affairs.
And then there is the problem
of drugs. The 1980s drug melee
left a hole in our societies that is
so large it will take generations to
fill. The drug trade/trafficking and
drug use and abuse has wreaked,
and continues to wreak havoc on
the social fabric of this country.
Its contribution to violence con-
tinues to be recorded in the daily
news columns and reports, the
police logs and mortuaries. An
individual makes a choice to be a
drug dealer or use drugs and
should be held accountable for
the consequences of his/her
actions. Other substances alco-
hol also play a role in the
increasing violence in our soci-
eties.
Thumping the Bible or calling
for the death penalty will not
resolve the issue of increased vio-
lent crime or any other societal
problem. The claim is made
repeatedly that we are a Christian
nation but there is nothing Christ-
like in a lot of our behaviour
towards one another. If we were
Christians we would love and not
fear or hate which leads to vio-
lence and death. Is the death
penalty a deterrent to violent
crime? I do not believe it is in
our society. In strict religious soci-
eties this may work because the
cultural conditioning is there, it
is not in the Bahamas. Call it the
absence of the fear factor and a
lack of respect and value for
human life.. With or without the
death penalty individuals in our
society will kill, maim and harm
each other.
For those who believe in the
Christian faith, I find it fascinating
that the two simplest instruc-
tions/guidelines/laws of Christ are
the hardest for us to do. The two
are: love God and love your
neighbour as yourself. If we fol-
lowed these two dictates we
would have better interpersonal
relationships and a better country.
But herein lies our greatest failure
as human beings. Another dic-
tate in the New Testament is "to
communicate" (Hebrew 13:16).
As a communication professor, I
am fascinated by our human com-
munication problems, which per-
haps is the greatest factor in our
current challenges with crime,
sexually transmitted diseases, and
a host of other problems. Effec-
tive communication is the lynch
pin in conflict resolution, culti-
vating effective communication
skills in our homes and society
will reduce the growing number
of violent crimes.
JULIETTE STORR, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania,
State University,
December 14, 2007.


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Teenage driver
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traffic accident
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT A teenage
driver was airlifted to New
Providence over the weekend
after sustaining serious
injuries in a traffic accident
on Bimini.
Javon Saunders Jr, 16, of
South Bimini, was driving a
1998 Nissan Maxima around
4.20pm on Saturday, Decem-
ber 15 near the Bimini Sands
Resort when the accident
took place.
Mr Saunders and his three
passengers were taken to a
local clinic, where they were
seen by a doctor.
The passengers were treat-
ed for minor injuries and dis-
charged.
Mr Saunders, whose
injuries were more serious,
was airlifted to Nassau for fur-
ther medical treatment.
Bimini Police are investi-
gating the accident.
* GB MAN ARRESTED
GRAND Bahama police
arrested a man in connection
with an attempted break-in at
a woman's apartment in
Freeport early Sunday morn-
ing.
According to police reports,
ust after 5am a resident of
Carissa Street contacted the
Police Control Room to
report that someone had
attempted to break into her
apartment.
Police responded to the call
and after questioning persons
n the area of Tamarind Street
and Limewood Lane, discov-
ered an assortment of items
along with a large quantity
suspected marijuana in a
backpack.
A man was taken into cus-
tody in connection with the
ind and the attempted break-
n.
He is currently assisting
the police with their investi-
gation. ..


THE price of passports is set to
rise significantly, it was
announced yesterday.
According to the government,
changes have been made to the
passport fee schedule in an effort
to recover some of the costs of
the new e-Passport system.
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent
Symonette said in the House of
Assembly yesterday that his min-
istry consulted with the Ministry
of Finance about how to offset
the costs associated with the
implementation and maintenance
of the state-of-the arts system.
He said that as a result of their
findings, Cabinet agreed to
"a modest increase" in passport
fees.


According to Mr Symonette,
the changes are as follows:
Children's passports will
increase from $15 to $25
Frequent traveller's passports
will increase from $60 to $100
Regular passports will
increase from $30 to $50
Temporary passports will
increase from $10 to $35
Certificates of identity will
increase from $20 to $25.
Mr Symonette said the new
fees are "reasonable" when com-
pared to other countries, where
they range from $40 to $180.
He said the e-Passport system
will be implemented in phases
throughout the Family Islands
and the Bahamas' overseas mis-
sions.


I. .






LAW LORDS from the Privy Council of Great Britain are in Nassau this week sitting at
Claughton House where they will hear and determine four appeals and consider application for
permission to appeal. Pictured above (1-r): The Rt. Hon. Lord Hope of Craighead, Presiding Law
Lord (second from left): The Rt. Hon. Lord Rodger of Earlsferry; The Rt. Hon. Lord Walker of
Gesthingthorpe: The Rt. Hon. Lord Mance: The Rt. Hon. Sir Christopher Rose: and The Hon. Jus-
tice Dame Joan Sawyer, President of the Bahamas Court of Appeal, flanked by members of the
Royal Bahamas Police Force.


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"During the phased imple-
mentation period," he said, "we
will continue to issue the old pass-
ports at these locations until the
new system becomes available.
"When fully implemented in
mid-2008, it is anticipated that
there will be a total of 19 pass-
port stations, where persons will
be able to apply for and collect
their passports.
"We would wish the public to
know that persons should contin-
ue to travel using their old pass-
ports until either their passport
expires or they are duly notified
otherwise, whichever comes first,"
he said.
Mr Symonette reminded the
House that the International Civ-
il Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
has mandated that all member
countries must be issuing machine
readable passports by 2010. He
stressed that with e-Passport ini-
tiative, the Bahamas will be
ICAO compliant.
As part of the implementation
of the system, the Passport Rules
were amended, Mr Symonette
said. He noted that the new rules
will provide for:
(1') The inclusion of "biometric
data and features" meaning:
Digitised finger prints
Machine-readable facial fea-
tures
Machine-readable biograph-
ical data including signatures
(2) Photographs that comply
with the ICAO standards
(3) A revised passport fee
schedule
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December 2006 the former gov-
ernment signed a $12.7 million
contract with Indusa Global a
Greenville, South Carolina-based
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Ohio State University business students visit COB


DR LINDA DAVIS, College of The
Bahamas Vice President Research, Gradu-
ate Programmes and International Relations,
welcomed a group of Business Honours stu-
dents from Ohio State University to the Col-
lege when they paid a courtesy call as a part of
their community service trip to the Bahamas.
Twenty-four senior business students in
Fisher College of Business at Ohio State lni-
versity, spent two days volunteering in local
elementary schools sharing information about
financial planning and budgeting with local
Bahamians as a part of the Junior Achieve-
ment curriculum. It is part of the strategy at


Ohio State University to involve primary
school children in the business of Junior
Achievement and the visitors wanted to
encourage Bahamian junior school children to
discover the benefits of becoming part of the
programme.
While at the College of the Bahamas, the
visitors enjoyed learning more about the Col-
lege community and \\_I e encouraged to pro-
mote The Bahamas as an educational desti-
nation for study abroad and exchange oppor-
tunities between Ohio Stale and The College
of The Bahamas.
During her remarks to the Ohio State siu


dents, Dr. Davis noted the progress the Col-
lege is making towards becoming a university
and highlighted the School of Business as a
good environment for various academic
opportunities. She invited the students to
explore the environment for research at both
the Gerace Research Centre in San Salvador
and the Bahamas Environmental Research
Centre in Andros. Dr. Davis also stressed
the college's commitment to offering afford-
able education for Bahamians while reiter-
ating the institution's willingness to support
Bahamian students studying abroad and wel-
coming students to study in the Bahamas.


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT It could cost
the government between
$90,000 and $100,000 to
install surveillance devices at
five public high schools in the
northern region, according to
a security official at the Min-
istry of Education in
Freeport.
Stephen Plakaris, deputy
director of school security,
said that he has submitted an
official quote to the govern-
ment for surveillance cameras
at the three public high
schools on Grand Bahama
and the two high schools on
Abaco.
This comes after a break-
in at the Eight Mile Rock
High School in November, in
which a security officer was
murdered.
The death of 64-year-old
Vincent Pedican highlighted
the need for fencing and sur-
veillance at government high
schools on the island.

Shortage
No one has replaced Mr
Pedican on the midnight to
8am shift at the Eight Mile
Rock High School due to a
shortage of officers, according
to Mr Plakaris.
"We are still awaiting a
replacement for Mr Pedican,
and with another two up for
retirement we expect to expe-
rience further shortage in
manpower," he said.
Mr Plakaris, a senior officer
in the police reserves, said
that although manpower is
needed, surveillance devices
are crucial.


"The cost for surveillance
is estimated between $18,000
and $20,000 per school,
depending on the layout.
And, we have already sent in
a quote to the government
that is being processed," he
said.
Mr Plakaris said that they
are also looking for addition-
al security officers.
He said that three officers -
two stationary and one float-
ing are stationed at
the high schools during the
day.
Mr Pedican, who was
employed as a security guard
for 15 years in the public
school system, disappeared
during his shift on
November 22, following an
apparent break-in at the
school.
His shoes and hand-held
radio were found near some
blood stains in the Adminis-
tration Building.
His vehicle was discovered
by police abandoned in the
Hawksbill area.
So far, no one has been
arrested in connection with
his murder, which was the
11th homicide for the year on
Grand Bahama.
Mr Plakaris said that new
security officers are required
to receive four to six weeks
training before starting on the
job.
He explained that they are
snrt to New Providence to
complete a training course at
the Police College.
Mr Plakaris said he hopes
that starting in January, offi-
cers will be trained at the
Freeport Police Training Col-
lege.
There are 40 school secu-,
rity officers employed at gov-
ernment schools on Grand
Bahama.


Precious and T-easured Memories
of
Rev. Sylvia Eloise Butler-Miller
Dearly Departed December 18, 2004









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"It has been three year since the Lord put His arms
Around you and took you home to rest;
His garden is very beautiful because you are there.
We know that to be absent ftom this body is to be
Present with the Lord."

Sadly missed but fobndlv remembered by your
children:
Andrea Miller-Curling and Donna Miller,
Collas Miller-Pinder, Rev. Dr. Jackson
Miller, JP and Sylvia Miller-Knowles;
grandchildren Christy and Crystal Pinder,
Ashley and Shaquille Knowles; one sister:
Mrs. Rosemarie Burke and a host of other
relatives and fiends.


We'llalways love you!


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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2007, PAGE 7,


*LOAL NEWS


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- go green and use


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GO GREEN: Heather Peterson (left) and Tamsin Cates of the Inner Wheel
Club of East Nassau show off the Go Green Bahamas reusable grocery
bags.
* By ATHENA DAMIANOS
BAHAMIAN shoppers are 'going green' thanks to a handful
of hardworking women from the Inner Wheel Club of East Nassau.
Concerned about the environmental fall-out from plastic grocery
bags that may take up to 1,000 years to break down, Heather
Peterson, a sales associate at Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty,
and Tamsin Cates, a lawyer at Lennox Paton, led the effort to
import 5,000 reusable bags for sale in the Bahamas.
"Our executive committee this year felt very strongly about
doing more hands-on community service. Many of us are passion-
ate about environmental issues and the bags are an easy way to help
with a serious environmental problem," Peterson, vice-president of
the non-profit club, said.
The first shipment arrived Wednesday at Coldwell Banker
Lightbourn Realty on East Shirley Street, the collection depot for
the bags.
Public response has been overwhelming with about 2,000 bags
pre-sold by word of mouth.
The attractive 'Go Green Bahamas' bags are on sale for $5 each
- $20 for five and any funds left over after expenses will be donat-
ed to one of the charities Inner Wheel of East Nassau supports.
Among others, these include the All Saints Aids Camp, Bilney
Lane Children's Home, The Cancer Caring Centre, Our Fathers
men's group and the club is sponsoring a COB student.
"We were pleasantly surprised to learn how many Bahamians
want to go green. We feel that this has become a worldwide effort
that we can no longer ignore. Many of the public assume that
going green is expensive or a luxury, but there are inexpensive ways
that the average Bahamian can go green," said Cates, the club's sec-
retary.
The bags are durable and washable, and are designed specifically
for transporting groceries. The dimensions are 13x8x15, similar
to the size of a brown paper grocery bag.
Each bag has a lifetime of about a year for a large family that
does heavy shopping. A smaller
family may shop less often and
"TOUriStS and their bags will last about two
years.
CXpats are Inner Wheel of East Nassau
Shocked by _also created a website -
sd www.gogreenbahamas.com to
the amount of help educate people on environ-
mental issues. It contains infor-
nlitteron our mation on the negative effects
litt of plastic bags as well as tips on
streets and how to "go green" within your
home and at the grocery store.
lack of Bag orders may be placed on
the site.
recyVCling on "The Bahamas produces
about 400 tons of waste per day,"
our island ...." Cates said.
She said with our tiny island
depending on tourism, it's imper-
Heather Peterson ative to keep it clean and main-
tain the natural beauty.
Peterson and Cates are following the lead set by a growing
number of countries and states that have placed a tax on restricted
or banned plastic bags.
The ever-present bags don't biodegrade, clog recycling machines,
clutter landfills, catch in trees and can injure or poison marine
life. Hundreds of thousands of whales, dolphins, sea turtles and oth-
er marine mammals die every year after eating discarded plastic
bags they mistake for food.
Inner Wheel of East Nassau would like 'going green' to become
a part of daily Bahamian lives.
"Tourists and expats are shocked by the amount of litter on our
streets and the lack of recycling on our island this is a major
problem that needs to be addressed immediately before it's too
late," Peterson said.
She felt the authorities need to put more legislation in place to
deal with environmental problems and to enforce the law.
Also, there should be public hearings and transparency on envi-
ronmental issues, she added.
"It's horrifying to see how many people throw trash out of their
car windows and dump large loads of trash and used vehicles on
vacant land throughout our islands," she said.
"There's limited space on a 21 by 7-mile island where this trash
can go, so we need to keep it in our landfills. It only takes a small
effort to get the trash where it needs to go and also to limit the
amount of trash we all consume. By using recyclable grocery bags,
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FREEPORT A family was
held up and robbed in their
Eight Mile Rock home by an
armed intruder early Saturday
morning.
Assistant Superintendent
Loretta Mackey said the police
received a call about a burglary
and armed robbery taking
place at Bartlett Hill around
2.30am.
When officers arrived at the
scene, one of the victims' said
that a man gained entry to her
house through a northern door
and held her family hostage
with a knife.
The culprit robbed them of
cash and fled the scene, the
victim said.
Ms Mackey said police are
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crime is traditionally prevalent.
Ms Mackey said all families
should make sure their homes
are securely locked before
going to bed each night.
She added that businessper-
sons should always have at
least two clerks working at
night and should vary their
banking routine, carrying cash
in different ways and. not mak-
ing deposit bags too obvious.
She added that businessper-
sons should vary the times and
routes they use to go to the
bank and make deposits as
often as possible.
Ms Mackey also warned the
public to be on the lookout for


suspicious persons outside
businesses, especially in parked
cars.
She also warned business
employees to:
Be alert for "customers"
who seem to be loitering or
glancing around the store
while appearing to shop or
browse through a magazine.
Call the police if they see
someone who is acting suspi-
ciously inside or outside the
store.
Make sure two persons are
on hand at opening and closing
times.
Check the office, back
rooms and rest rooms to make
sure no one is hiding inside.
Keep side and back doors


locked after 5pm and have the
employees use the main
entrance as often as possible.
Practice good cash control,
keep a minimum amount in
cash registers and make regu-
lar drops in the safe.
Avoid keeping large bills
under the cash drawer. Those
who do not have a safe should
put the cash in a secure place
until it is deposited al the
bank.
Keep the front door and
windows clear of signs and
posters to allow good two-wav
visibility. Employees can see


suspicious persons outside and
passers-by and the police can
see inside.

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E' 1 .of community rela-
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S Feast, Basil
.. McOuay: executive
chef Bisaillon


THE culinary team at Cable Beach Resorts
pur their talents to great use in preparing a hol-
iday feast for the Salvation Army's Christmas
lunch.
Executive chef Fred Bisaillon explained that
his team enjoyed being able to spread some
holiday cheer with the Salvation Army.
"This marked only the beginning of many


traditional Christmas meals to be served up
this holiday season at the \\ ndham Nassau
Resort and Crystal Palace Casino," said Cable
Beach Resorts in a statement. "The resort has
recently re-opened its newly renov ated buffet
restaurant, SeaSide, with an enhanced menu
offering of exotic new dishes all made fresh
with a local flair."


Welcome to SeaSide


THE former Seaside Buffet, a
favourite dining spot for many,
has been transformed into "Sea-
Side" a buffet with a fresh
new look, feel and taste.
Just seven weeks ago, the
Wyndham Nassau Resort and
Crystal Palace Casino's anchor
restaurant was completely gut-
ted, all the previous furniture
and equipment demolished and
all the floors and walls stripped.
Under the leadership of Baha
Mar's vice president of facili-
ties, Tommy Jones, the SeaSide
renovations team worked
around the clock with local con-
tractors to ensure that project
deadlines were met and the
completely revamped restau-
rant could re-open in time for
the holiday season. According
to Baha Mar, the transforma-
tion took "tremendous effort".
"I am very satisfied with the
outcome of this project," Mr
Jones said. "Most valuably, it
reinforced the strength of the
team of project managers, archi-
tects and designers that we have
assembled. This is but one
example of many more success-
es to come."
Derick Gilbert headed up the
project management team
which oversaw all aspects of the
construction and supervised the
sub-contractors who worked on
the project.
Mr Gilbert said that while the
transformation of SeaSide was a
challenging project, with the
support of fellow project man-
agers Rodney and Alphonso


Former Seaside
Buffet given a
fresh look, feel
and taste

Bowe, the team was able to exe-
cute the plans on time.
He said a large proportion of
the materials that went into the
project was acquired locally and
several local subcontractors par-
ticipated in the project.
"As contractors in the
Bahamas ready themselves for
an industry boom vith much
impending local development,
Baha Mar Resorts continues to
work with local contractors in
their phase of renovating and
revamping their existing prop-
erties," said the company in a
statement.
"The SeaSide project was no
exception and involved several
local businesses including. Car-
pet World, Supreme Executive
Plumbing and Williams Electri-
cal. All of the painting and wall
covering was also outsourced
to Roosevelt Bain, local drywall
and finishing contractor."
With a bright, refreshing
ambiance, the all new SeaSide
will seat around 275 for break-
fast, lunch and dinner.
Lowree Cartwright, interior
designer at Baha Mar, has cre-
ated a completely new design
concept for the restaurant which


is aimed at enhancing the dining
experience.
Baha Mar said diners will be
"blown away" as they walk
through the front doors: "In
complete unison with the revi-
talised new concept for SeaSide,
a large water-themed mural
adorns the entrance." Ms
Cartwright noted that the piece
is a custom mural by Bahamian
artist Tommy Goodwin, created
especially for SeaSide.
The chairs in the restaurant
were all locally refurbished and
covered by Lulin Enterprises in
vibrant hues of red, yellow and
blue.
Baha Mar said the buffet has
also been redesigned to allow
for better flow through the four
buffet stations.
"In addition to the revamped
hot and cold lines, an amazing
live station has been added to
provide fresh cook-to-order
delights to diners throughout
all three day parts," the com-
pany said.
. Executive chef Fred Bisail-
Ion is enthusiastic about reopen-
ing, explaining that the kitchen
facilities were also upgraded
with a complement of brand
new equipment.
"This is a great time to be
here. The new SeaSide will offer
a wide range of exotic new dish-
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Charged with murder


FROM page one


of $800 cash and a gold chain.
' Court dockets also state that
on Tuesday, July 17, Monestine
being concerned with others
intentionally caused the death of
llnopha Pascal. Pascal was report-
edly shot in the groin in the area
of Cowpen Road and Faith
Avenue. Pascal reportedly died
in hospital. Monestine has also
been charged with the attempt-
ed murder of Remilite Alcindor
and Lifrancoeur Estimable who
were injured in the incident.
Court dockets also state that
on Thursday, December 13, Mon-
estine was found in possession of


a Winchester 12 gauge shotgun.
Court dockets also state that on
the same day Monestine was
found in possession of a smooth
bore shotgun.
Among the armed robbery
charges against Monestine it is
alleged that he, being concerned
with others and armed with a
shotgun, on Tuesday, December
4, robbed Oldrick Russell of a
Chrysler van valued at $5,000 and
$30 cash.
Monestine, who was not rep-
resented by counsel, was not
required to plead to any of the
charges against him. He was
remanded to Her Majesty's
Prison and his case was adjourned
to January 22 in Court 6.


FNM, PLP 'agree'

FROM page one
names on the combined list of challenged voters by both the PLP and
FNM.
The parties agree that a further 37 votes on the combined list should
be counted, Mr Barnett said. And on the first respondent's list MP
Byran Woodside the FNM attorney told the court that on the evi-
dence, 16 votes should be counted.
The remaining 49 votes, Mr Barnett said, are in dispute between the
parties, and he used most of the day arguing that the Petitioner -
Allyson Maynard-Gibson did not prove her case against these indi-
viduals.
PLP lead attorney Philip 'Brave' Davis told the court that he will
have to review the names and figures Mr Barnett submitted, before con-
firming his position on the agreement, during his closing arguments.
Mr Barnett also emphasized yesterday that ordinary residence is the
issue the court has to consider in this action, rather than claims of
improper registration or non-citizenship, which have been argued by
the PLP side. in order to qualify as an ordinary resident of a con-
stituency, voters have to have resided there at least six months before
the election.
Several voters told the court during the proceedings, that they
resided in multiple residences in the period in question before the
election. In defence of the votes of these people, Mr Barnett argued that
the election court in the MICAL case in 2003 has already established
that individuals can be ordinary residents in two places.
Mr Barnett used the examples of Lionel Rolle and Milton Hanna,
who he said were deemed ordinary residents of both New Providence
and the MICAL constituency, in that last election court.
If this court goes against this principle established in that case, Mr
Barnett argued, the administration of justice would be drawn into
disrepute. Justice Jon Isaacs intervened on this assertion, raising the
point that the Privy Council has reversed itself on decisions. Senior Jus-
tice Anita Allen also raised the question that if this court finds a deci-
sion to be incorrect, should it then be bound to perpetuate an error.
Mr Barnett did not deny that the court has to evaluate each case
based on the evidence presented before it. However, he said that this
court should be loath to depart from what he described as sound law
on the issue issue of ordinary residence.
Mr Barnett also argued that the errors by the parliamentary regis-
tration department after the report of the boundaries commission,
led to the improper registration of many voters. Additionally, the
inability of many voters and staff of this department to identify direc-
tions on maps, and the fact that many streets in Pinewood are unnamed,
are further reasons for the registration mix-up.
Mr Barnett also laid out six standards he thinks the court should use
to evaluate the evidence presented during the case.
Where there has been no evidence, the burden has not been met
to exclude a vote.
If a voter admits they reside out of the constituency, the court
should accept the admission.
When the only evidence against a voter is a hearsay witness, pro-.
viding hearsay testimony, that evidence is inadmissible.
When a voter, or someone they know, gives testimony that the vot-
er resided in the constituency during the prescribed period, and there
is no evidence to the contrary, the vote should be counted.
a When a voter gives testimony that they resided in the constituen-
cy during the prescribed period, the burden is not met that they did not
unless the credibility of the voter is in question, and the testimony of
others to the contrary is deemed credible.
When the only evidence that the voter is not in the constituency is
by canvassers or private investigators who claim they could not find
them, that evidence is insufficient to meet the burden.
,,It was hoped that yesterday's, session would end this case which
began on October 15th. However, Mr Barnett ended the day, declar-
ing that he has nine names left to address. He is expected to wrap-up
his final submission this morning.
The case is now expected to close tomorrow.



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MRS
KATHLEEN
DELORIS
MINNIS, 86


of Gibbs Lane and
formerly of Inagua will
1 be held on Thursday,
4 ... l December 20th, 2007,
2p.m. at Assembly Hall
of Jehovah's Witnesses, Edmond Street off Dolphin
Drive. Brother Carlton Wilkinson will officiate.
Interment will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier
Road.

She is survived by her four children, Andrea Archer,
Esther Deryckere, Eddie Minnis and Jessica Minnis;
adopted children, Rose Britana and family and Dr.
Susan Jalandoni; one sister, Bell Archer and family;
one daughter-in-law, Sherry Minnis; one son-in-
law, Ronnie Deryckere; eight grandchildren, Kevin
and Tara Archer, Gina Carey, Richard and Jacqueline
Deryckere, Nicole Minnis-Ferguson, Roshanne
Minnis-Eyma and Ward Minns; grand daughter-in-
law, Yatriz Archer; two grand sons-in-law, Ritchie
Eyma and B. Michael Carey; three great
grandchildren, Cassandra and Sky Deryckere and
Mia Carey: numerous nieces, nephews and a host
of other relatives and friends.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, Nassau Street on Wednesday from
10am to 6pm and on Thursday from 10am to 12noon
and at the Hall from 12:30pm to service time.


LOCAL NEWS


_ _~_


Government plans to pay laid off

Royal Oasis staff 'before Christmas'
However, Opposition
FROM page one Leader Perry Christie disputed
these assertions claiming his
were indebted to the union for government made some fun-
$3.1 million in pension funds, damental decisions in an effort
the prime minister said. He to jump-start Grand Bahama's
also claimed that the former economy.
government had many oppor- "We agreed that we had to
tunities to collect these funds pay the employee's (redun-
and apparently "chose not to." dancy payments) when they
The prime minister also lost their jobs. My government
questioned why the former agreed on the basis that we
government did not put the would be reimbursed, that
company into liquidation to National Insurance would be
recoup money owed. paid, and that any money we
"Had they done so, what we put in for those (redundancy)
are doing today would be allowances would in fact be
unnecessary, had they done so repaid. Harcourt agreed to
the $4 million which they had pay up to $6 million for that
previously paid to workers purpose without admitting lia-
from the public purse would ability.
not have been paid because in "As I understand it, my gov-
the liquidation process those ernment paid just over $4 mil-
sums would have had priori- lion, leaving near $2 million
ty. Had they done so, they (remaining)."
would have not have been in Six million of that amount
the position where they would was to be paid by the Lehman
have been required to under- Brothers, Mr Christie said.
take a very expensive costly Government expects to get
set of cash payments, to the this $6 million from Valentine
purchaser to the tune of many Grimes, the Lehman Brothers
millions of dollars." attorney, plus interest there-
The prime minister told Par- fore negating the need for this
lament that the former gov- money to be paid back, the
ernment agreed to pay $4 mil- prime minister explained.
lion a year, beginning next Mr Ingraham said his gov-
year on a matched basis with ernment would pay the bal-
Harcourt for nine years to a ance that was promised of $1.4
total of $32 million. Along million, pay the difference to
with many other incentives ensure that no worker is paid
towards the purchase of the below the minimum wage of
resort the former government $150 per week, and pay the
agreed to a cash injection of 131 laid off persons who
more than $80 million for a never received severance pay-
property. ment.


FROM page one

committee to the Bahamas, the
Attorney General said that "the
ultimate benefit from these sit-
tings in the Bahamas beyond the
repatriation of the judicial
process to our shores, beyond
the convenience to the litigants
in these matters may well prove
to be the ability of the Bahamian
people to see the Judicial Com-
mittee of Her Majesty's Privy
Council, the final appellate court
of The Commonwealth of the
Bahamans, to see that it is not
some mythical grouping in the
sky, but a board comprised
of men and women
applying Bahamian law to legal
matters."
The Judicial Committee of the
Privy Council, which will sit in
Nassau this week is comprised
of Lord Hope of Craighead,
Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, Lord
Gestingthorpe, Lord Mance and
Sir Christopher Rose. The Privy
Council sat in the Bahamas for
the first time in its more than
170-year history last year. The
Privy Council customarily sits in
Downing Street, London.
Lord Hope of Craighead not-
ing that this week's sitting is sig-
nificant said during his remarks
yesterday that the Judicial Com-
mittee's sitting was not only
because the constitution of the
Bahamas recognizes the Privy
Council as the final court of
appeal, but was also because
they had been invited. Lord
Hope of Craighead said that it is


not the intention of the Pi ivv
Council to force itself ) on an
independent nation such ais (he
Bahamas, but to offer a sevcice
to the Bahamas which is still
judged to be valuable.
Former Governor Gencral
Sir Orville Turnquest, on behalf
of the Inner Bar, and attorney
Wayne Munroe, President of
The Bahamas Bar Association,
also welcomed the Judicial ('om-
mittee of the Privy Council to
the Bahamas.
Yesterday the committee
heard the appeal of murder con-
vict Quincy Todd, who was con-
victed on February 23, 1998 of
murdering a young Hlaitian
woman. He was sentenced to
death. It is reported that lie
picked up Venette Bellizaire
from a bus stop in downtown
Freeport on August 25, 1994 in a
grey Nissan Sunny. However
Bellizaire was never seen aliec
again.
On September 21, 1994,Todd
was interviewed by ithe police,
and eventually directed them to
an area where skeletal remaiiins,
clothing, a watch and otlier Ije\
ellery were found.
Today the committee will
hear the appeal of James F
Walker v Susan Lundhcrg. On
Wednesday the committee will
hear the appeal of Donald
Knight v the Attorney General
of the Cayman islands and on
Thursday it will hear the appeal
of The Bahamas Teleconmunti-
cations Company Limited v Pub-
lie Utilities Commission and Sys-
tems Resource Group.








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KEMP'S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED
22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas



VICTORIA MARIE LOUIS, 98

of Nassau, The
Bahamas who died
at her home on
Saturday, 15
December, 2007,
will be held at
Sacred Heart Roman
Catholic Church,
Shirley Street,
Nassau on Thursday,
20th December,
2007 at 2pm.

Father Mel Taylor and Father Thomas Brislinwill
officiate.

Mrs Louis is predeceased by her husband, John H.
Louis Sr, and is survived by her daughter, Sylvia
Malone; son, Dr John H Louis and daughter-in-law,
Marie Louis and son Fred Louis; grandson, Dr John
V Louis and grand daughter-in-law Michelle;
granddaughter, Dianna Butsavage and grand son-
in-law, Carey Butsavage; granddaughter, Laurie'
Louis; brother, George Moses; sister, Selma Watson;
great grandsons, Christopher and Brandon
Butsavage, John-Vincent Louis; great
granddaughters, Virginia and Ava Rose Louis,
numerous nieces, nephews and many friends, special
thanks to Father Mel Taylor, Dr Ian Kelly, Dr Bimal
Francis, Dr Kevin Moss, Dr Theodore Turnquest,
Dr Duvaughn Curling and care givers, Dorothy
Collie, Etta Hayden, Priscilla Williams, Monique
Hutchinson, Jessie Rolle, Beverley Laroda and
Perlene Williams.

Friends may pay their respects at Kemp's Funeral
Home Limited on Wednesday, 19th December,
2007 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

Instead of flowers the family request that donations
be sent to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church,
P.O. Box SS-5913, Nassau, The Bahamas or to a
charity of your choice.







FRESW NASSAU
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Marine Seaman
OMAR
SYLVESTER
SMITH, 19

of Cowpen Road, will
be held on Thursday,
December 20th, 2007
at 10:30 a.m. at
Golden Gates
Assembly Church, Carmichael Road.
Officiating will be Rev. Prince 0. Bodie, assisted
by Other Ministers. Interment will follow in
the Lakeview Memorial Gardens, John F.
Kennedy Drive.

Left to cherish his fond memories are, His
Mothers: Vandetta and Florence, Father:
Gregory, Adopted Fathers: Jeffrey & Robert,
Sisters: Kim, Vanetta, Vanessa, Angie and
Brooke, Brothers: Greg Jr., Bronson, Shawn
And William, Grandmothers: Freda &
Rosanna, Grandfather: Richard, Uncles:
Clayton, Timothy, Robin, Theadore, Norman,
Junior, Pastor George & Gerald & Lorenzo,
Aunts: Valencia, Lavern, Tanya, Diane,
Michelle, Eleanor, Louise and Maddie,
Numerous Nieces And Nephews Including:
Ulecia, Kevin, Demier, Paige, Paigdra, Abiegail,
Alex, Romone and Valecia, Numerous Cousins


Including: Retired Commodore Leon & Family,
Vashtique Demeritte, Andrew, Bryant Theadore,
Timothy and Thornique, Shanell, Valecia,
Clairvonne, Tamika, Tiana, Natasha, Ricardo,
Dwayne, Lorenzo, Tavan, Joshua, Jeffrey,
James, Charmaine, Vera.

Viewing will be held at the Restview Memorial
& Crematorium on Robinson and Soldier Road
on Wednesday from 10am until 5pm and then
again at the church on Thursday from 8:30am
until service time.


It's a women's world


- at


least at Our Lucaya Resort!

Female trio reach top management posts


FREEPORT Three Bahamian women
have been promoted to top management
positions at the Westin and Sheraton at Our
Lucaya Resort, Grand Bahama.
Donna Christie-Ferguson has been
appointed director of finance, Jacqueline
Carroll is the new director of operations,
and Veronica Clarke is the new resort man-
ager.
Earnestine Moxyz, public relations offi-
cial, said the appointments are very signifi-
cant, especially at a time when women's
leadership roles are becoming more preva-
lent.
She noted that all of the women are vet-
eran hotel professionals with more thin two
decades of experience in the hospitality
industry. Our Lucaya Resort is owned by the
Hutchison Whampoa Group of Hong Kong.
It comprises two resorts Westin and Sher-
aton Resorts which have a total of 1,218
rooms.
Ms Christie-Ferguson will be responsi-
ble for all financial operational matters for
the resort as well as oversee day-to-day man-
agement of the finance department inclu-
sive of purchasing and receiving and infor-
mation technology departments. She will
report directly to the company's corporate
office in Hong Kong.
A seasoned hotelier and accounting pro-
fessional, Ms Christie-Ferguson is a certi-
fied Six Sigma practitioner who has been in
the industry for 28 years. Before her cur-
rent promotion and since joining the Resort
in 1997, she served as financial controller.


Donna Christie-
Ferguson


Previous to that she spent 13 ye
and Sea Estate, where she work
ous accounting capacities, include
receivable and payable clerk, p
and director of finance.
Jacqueline Carroll will resur
abilities as director of operation
December 17. The 30-year ve
stranger to the industry.
With a wealth of knowledge
relations, quality service and h
tions, she is the former sales an
office manager for Ginn Sur Mer
manager of Sunspress Resort
Island.
Ms Carroll also served as resid
of the Royal Oasis Resort and
front office manager of Tower
before that.
"We are excited about M
appointment at the Resort as
employee relations and team bu
coupled with her practical busin
relative to hotel operations lend
marriage in the way forward for


said Jon Markoulis, president, Hutchison
Lucaya Limited.
Ms Carroll, who is experienced in brand-
ed facilities and large, diverse hotel opera-
tions, will oversee the day-to-day manage-
ment of the Westin Resort. She also will be
responsible for the Resort's SPG/VIP,
concierge, front desk, reservations, PBX,
Jacqueline housekeeping, laundry, activities and enter-
Carroll tainment, bell service and transportation
departments.
ars with Sun Veronica Clarke, veteran hotelier and
ed in numer- highly-respected industry professional, has
ling accounts been promoted as resort manager for the
pay mistress 1,218-room Westin-and Sheraton Resorts.
She brings a wealth of knowledge and
ne responsi- expertise to the industry, having spent more
ns effective than three decades working in various senior
veteran is no level capacities including director of sales
and marketing for both the Holiday Inn and
in customer Xanadu Beach Hotel and assistant general
hotel opera- manager of the 175-room Sun and Sea
d marketing Estates. Ms Moxyz said that Ms Clarke's
r and general appointment is historic and significant for
on Paradise the Bahamas' number one industry as most
operational level positions in the hotel sector
ent manager are customarily held by men and expatri-
Casino and ates.
at Bahamia "We are confident that her knowledge
and expertise in the industry will propel our
Is Carroll's organisation forward and her appointment
her strong speaks volumes for the high calibre of service
building skills she has given over the past 35 years, and
hess acumen also marks a milestone achievement for both
for a perfect the Resort and the industry at large," said Mr
the resort," Markoulis.


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LOA NW


FROM page one


relocation of the downtown con-
tainer port and other efforts
towards Nassau's revitalisation.
He denied that action taken
by the former government
towaids the relocation of the port
amounted to a "plan" being left in
place, as opposition spokesper-
son for transport Glenys Hanna
Martin had suggested during her
contribution.
Mr Ingraham said: "We met no
plan in place for the port to be
relocated to Clifton. We are
aware of a study undertaken to
determine the feasibility of locat-
ing the port at Clifton. The final
report of that study came in in
the past two weeks or so to my
office, but we met no plan in
place.
"Secondly, not only did we not
meet any plan in place, the gov-
ernment does not have a plan to
locate the port to Clifton," he
stated. In May, Mr Ingraham ruf-
fled feathers when he said that
the much-touted plan for the relo-
cation of the container port to
southwestern New Providence
was an idea that was "gone with
the former government." How-
ever, he later stated at a Chamber
of Commerce gala ball that he
believed the port's relocation was
critical to bringing the transfor-
mation of downtown Nassau "to
fruition." Until yesterday, there
had been no further public pro-
nouncements on the matter by
the prime minister.
Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette had previously con-
firmed to The Tribune on Novem-
ber 25 that Dutch consultants
Ecorys-Liviense's report on the
feasibility of relocating the port to
a location between the Com-
monwealth Brewery and the BEC
plant at Clifton Pier had arrived
in the Prime Minister's office a
week before, making it in fact
closer to four weeks since the
report on the feasibility of that
location has been available to
government.
Yesterday, Mr Christie said he
had expected to hear Mr Ingra-
ham reporting to parliament on
the contents of this final report.
Mr Ingraham's statement could
appear to suggest either that Eco-
rys found the transfer of the port
to the southwestern location
unfeasible, or that he might dis-
regard the report's findings,
should they be in favour of the
Clifton site. Ecorys signed a
$350,000 contract with the for-
mer government in January to
create a business plan for the pro-
posed move of the downtown
shipping facilities to southwest-
erniew Providence.


Government still has no plan


to relocate the
Nassau tourism and develop-
ment board (NTDB) chairman
Charles Klonaris has previously
described the relocation of those
facilities as one of three "pillars"
key to the successful redevelop-
ment of downtown Nassau.
Both Mr Christie and Ms Han-
na Martin repeated the sugges-
tion that the FNM may have a
problem with the relocation
because it conflicts with the inter-
ests of those who financially sup-
port the FNM.
"They have a difficulty, I
believe, because the big money
interests that support them do not
want to move," he said.
Further criticising governmen-
,t's handling of the container port
issue, Mr Christie and Ms Hanna


container port
Martin said that Dcputy Prime
Minister Brent Synionette must
not have any involvement, as he
has done thus far, in the matter.
Ms Hanna Martin said: "The
member for St Anne's who
reportedly has a financial interest
in one of the container ports sit-
uated on Bay Street should
refrain from any further involve-
ment...in these meetings on behalf
of the government because of the
clear perception of conflict of
interest," said Ms Hanna Martin.
"Whether it is NHI or the Port,
the MP for Montagu, his job
would be to stop it from happen-
ing," said Mr Christie. Mr Symon-
ette's family acts as landlord to
some shipping companies, includ-
ing Pioneer shipping.


Bahamasair losses
FROM page one

The report said that based on government's commitment, manage-
ment believed the going concern basis to be appropriate.
However, the auditors said that if the going concern basis is not
appropriate, adjustment may be necessary in the carrying amounts
and/or classification of assets liabilities, income and expenses in these
financial statements.
Also the report said that the company failed to pay certain contri-
butions under the National insurance Act and consequently may be
liable for the fines and penalties as prescribed in the Act.
Contributions were not paid from October 1990 through to October
1997, but were accrued for that period.
"The full amount of the delinquent contributions and the assessed
interest penalty totalling $6,528,126 (2005 $6,09,800) is included in
accounts payable and accrued expenses on the balance sheet," the
report said.


FROM page one

council meeting asked for Mr
Christie to resign as atonement
for the May 2 loss at the polls.
In response, Mr Archer
demanded that Mr Rigby pub-
licly apologise to the party leader.
Yesterday, RRC chairman Sen-
ator Fitzgerald said that Mr
Archer's comments should be
considered to be "no more than
his personal views (which do not)
necessarily reflect the view of the
committee."
"While Mr Archer is free to
express his personal views on any
matter he considers of national
importance, he is not authorised
to make public statements on
behalf of the Rapid Response
Committee," he said.
Senator Fitzgerald further said
that it should not be considered
part of the RRC's mandate to
publicly attack a fellow PLP "and
more particularly an officer in our


'Rapid Response'

past structure."
Mr Archer, who recently
announced his bid to chair the
party, last week said that in his
opinion Mr Rigby announced his
resignation as the current PLP
chairman "because he was sim-
ply too arrogant, he was simply
ineffective, and he was void of
creative ideas to further the Par-
ty's mandate."
The would-be chairman, who
joined the PLP after the leaving
the Bahamas Democratic Move-
ment (BDM), further claimed
that Mr Rigby "no longer has the
support of those who voted for
him five years ago."
"He has now sworn his alle-
giance to the 'smile in your face,
Judas-kiss, cut-throat faction' of
the PLP. Mr Rigby could have
very well ruined what was left of
his career," Mr Archer said.


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Environmental activists block main

entrance of EU building as ministers

prepare to discuss fish quotas


* BRUSSELS, Belgium
ENVIRONMENTAL activists blocked the
entrance to the main European Union build-
ing Monday with a 10-foot-high wall to protest
the bloc's refusal to protect threatened stocks,
according to Associated Press.
"Shut down until the stocks recover,"
activists demanded, chaining themselves to
the 60-foot-long wall that wrapped around
the building entrance.
The protest kept some EU bureaucrats
from getting to work. Police removed the
activists and the wall by midmorning.
The stunt comes as EU ministers prepare
for talks Tuesday on next year's fishing quo-
tas.
Many fish stocks in European waters are
dwindling to critically low levels but
activists say fishermen are allowed to contin-
ue catching fish well beyond scientific advice.


"Every year, the ministers decide on the
fishing stocks and how many can be caught
and show their incompetence," said Green-
peace biologist Ires Menn. "That is why we
are closing off the building."
EU's fisheries chief Joe Borg admitted
that "most stocks remain overfished" in
Europe.
But along Europe's Atlantic and Baltic
coasts, fishermen are complaining that years
of stringent quotas have brought them to the
brink of bankruptcy.
In France, fishermen have gone on strike to
protest rising fuel costs that have cut further
into their profit margins.
The prospects for the recovery of fish stocks
were dim but there was some hope for cod.
After years of decline, the ICES scientific
agency announced that it would no longer
recommend a full ban on fishing cod in the
North Sea.


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veteran dissident


* HAVANA
CUBAN officials called a
veteran human rights activist
a "mercenary" for the United
States on Monday, accusing
him of exaggerating the num-
ber of political prisoners held
on the island to make money
and destabilize the communist
system, according to Associat-
ed Press.
In a denunciation spanning 1
1/2 pages in the Communist
Party daily Granma, Editor
Lazaro Barredo wrote that
Elizardo Sanchez, head of the
Cuban Commission on Human
Rights and National Reconcil-
iation, "knows perfectly who
he is: A mercenary who car-
ries out the orders of the
empire and a fat cat who
enjoys putting the safety of
Cubans in danger.'
Communist officials typical-
ly describe the United States
as an "empire" that treats
smaller countries as if they
were its colonies.
Sanchez, in turn, called the
article ''a coarse and lie-filled
personal attack by Comman-
der in Chief Fidel Castro" in a
statement sent by fax to inter-
national news media. "As on
.other occasions, I could not
exercise -my right to respond
since all newspapers, maga-
zines and radio and television
stations are property of the
government of Cuba."
Communist officials have
singled out Sanchez in the past.
Barredo, a parliament mem-
ber, co-wrote a 2003 book pub-
lished by the official press that
accused Sanchez of providing
information about other
activists to state security offi-
cials while publicly acting as a
top government critic.
Sanchez at that time
acknowledged meeting numer-
ous times with security officials
in an effort to influence treat-
ment of political prisoners, but
insisted he never collaborated


ELIZARDO SANCHEZ, head of the
Human Rights and National Recol
with. them.
On Monday, Barredo
accused Sanchez, a 63-year-old
former professor of Marxism,
of receiving money from
Washington to stir up opposi-
tion. "His source of financial
wealth continues to be reports
on prisoners which are based
on a budget that the more pris-
oners he reports, the more
money he receives," Barredo
wrote.
Sanchez's organization has
reported a steady decline in
political prisoners held in
Cuba. Like most other opposi-
tion activists, he denies taking
U.S. government money.
The attack comes several
weeks before the commission
is expected to release its year-
end report on political prison-
ers documents used regular-
ly by groups such as Human
Rights Watch and Amnesty
International.
The commission's report for
the first half of the year count-
ed 246 prisoners of conscience,
down from nearly 500 a decade
ago.
While the commission oper-


Cuban Commission on
nciliation
ates independently of the gov-
ernment and without its
approval, it has been largely
tolerated in recent years,
though Sanchez has been
imprisoned a total of 8 1/2
years for political crimes,
including a six-year stretch for
"enemy propaganda."
The criticism of Sanchez
came a day after state televi-
sion canceled a popular vari-
ety show hosted by Carlos
Otero and branded him a trai-
tor for seeking U.S. asylum.
During the Sunday night
time slot of Otero's program,
which featured music, humor
and interviews with celebrities,
a commentator read a state-
ment saying it would never be
seen again because Otero had
engaged in "traitorous behav-
ior" and "abandoned his view-
ers."
Otero, 49, traveled to Cana-
da to produce year-end televi-
sion programming as he did
last year. But this year his wife
and two children traveled with
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Bahamas 'needs to regain




cruise tourism credibility'


* By NBL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
Per capital spending
by cruise passengers
visiting the Bahamas
declined by 12 per
cent over the decade to 2005, a
report produced for the Min-
istry of Tourism reveals, with
this nation's "most pressing"


* Nation suffers 12 per cent per capital passenger
spending decline over 10-year period, report reveals
* Nassau has lowest 'come ashore' rate in
Caribbean, as rivals go in opposite direction
* Bahamas must show its 'serious', with private islands taking
in $5 2-$ 100m in revenues that could go to Nassau, Freeport


St Georges seek order


forcing Sir Jack to sell


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE late Edward St
George's estate has filed a
claim seeking a Supreme Court
order to compel Sir Jack Hay-
ward and his family trusts to
sell their 50 per cent Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) stake to them. alleg-
ing that he wishes to leave and
has already set his price at $100
million.
The estate is applying for
this order under Section 280
of the Companies Act 1992, on
the grounds that their interests
in the GBPA and its Port
Group Ltd affiliate have been
"oppressed" and "unfairly
prejudiced" by Sir Jack and
ousted GBPA chairman,


0 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian taxpayer
pumped $28.548 million into
Bahamasair during its 2006
financial year to keep the low-
flying carrier in the air, but this
was to no avail as it again
recorded a $19.919 million loss
- a 2.8 per cent increase upon
the previous year.
The financial statements for
the year to June 30, 2006,
revealed that Bahamasair's
accumulated deficit its total
"substantial recurring losses"
since it was incorporated some
34 years ago in February 1973
- stood at just under $400 mil-
lion, having hit $397.989 mil-
lion at year-end.
This represents, at best, a
very poor return for the Gov-


Hannes Babak.
In its Points of Claim, the St
George estate alleged that Sir
Jack and his family trust,
Seashells Investments, had
"indicated that they wish to
sell the Hayward interest in
Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC)", the hold-
ing company for the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd, through
the agreement in principle to
sell to Fleming Family & Part-
ners.
Arguing that the St George
estate was entitled, under the
Companies Act, to seek a
Supreme Court order com-
pelling Sir Jack to sell his stake
to them, and not vice versa.

See ORDER, pg 4


* Low-flying carrier's
losses increase to
just under $20m
* 'Recurring
substantial losses'
inflicted on '
Bahamians and
their government
now almost $400m

ernment, Bahamasair's 100 per
cent shareholder and, by exten-
sion, the taxpayer, who has

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challenge cited as "regaining
our credibility as a destination
that is serious about cruise
tourism".
The report, by Jeffrey Beck-
les of RAJ Management Ser-
vices, a copy of which has been
obtained by The Tribune,
revealed that Nassau had the
lowest 'come ashore' rate for
cruise passengers out of all
Caribbean ports, just 35-40 per
cent leaving their vessels to
experience Nassau ahd


Freeport. This compared to a
regional average of about 70-
90 per cent.
While per capital cruise pas-
senger spending in the
Bahamas had stood at $91 in
1992, this had progressively
decreased to $83 in 1995 and
further, to $74, in 2005.
"The average spend at the
end of 2005 was $73.5, a
decrease of more than 12 per
cent from the 1995 level," the
report said.


. "The comparisons between
the 1995 spend average and
the 2005 averages speak vol-
umes to the level of urgency
with which the Bahamas must
now respond. One could easily
draw from this that the
Bahamas has-been on a steady
decline over the last 10 years,
and the economy is not a
major benefactor of such rapid
growth in this sector.
"While the total numbers of
visitors to the Bahamas con-


tinues to grow, visitor spending
continues to prove challenging
for the destination, and
appears to be heading in the
opposite direction.
"When compared to our
regional competitors, and the
increase in the number of visi-
tors, this trend must be
reversed."
In contrast to the Bahamas,

See CRUISE, pg 5


Taxpayer underwrites Royal Oasis


purchase to tune of 'almost $80m'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamian taxpayer
and the Government are effec-
tively paying almost $80 mil-
lion towards Harcourt Devel-
opment Company's Royal
Oasis acquisition, Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham argued
yesterday, claiming this had
resulted from the former PLP
administration initially botch-
ing the purchase.
Harcourt's $33 million acqui-
sition of the Royal Oasis,
which closed last month after
being unveiled just before the
May 2, 2007, general election,


PM questions why former administration
did not use Lehman's Bahamas investments,
asset sales, as leverage to ensure debts paid


was effectively the same deal
offered two. years earlier
before the Irish property
developer which already has
extensive interests in Freeport
through the Bahamia subdivi-
sion and Suffolk Court was
sidelined in favour of a rival
bidder.
That group, World Invest-
ments Holdings, lost the $1
million deposit it paid to


Lehman Brothers, the de facto
Royal Oasis owner, after it was
unable to raise the financing
for its bid and attract world-
class hotel and casino opera-
tors to partner with it.
Yet the former governmen-
t's promotion of the World
Investments bid effectively cost

See OASIS, pg 8


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* By Royal Fidelity Capital
Markets

IT was an active week in
the Bahamian stock market,
with 96,145 shares changing
hands. Twelve of the 19 pub-
licly traded companies trad-
ed, with six advancing, five
remaining unchanged and
one declining in price.
Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHS) led the vol-


ume, with 24,700 shares being
traded, accounting for 26 per
cent of the week's total vol-
ume. The share price of DHS
increased by $0.02 to close
the week out at $2.28.
Other actively traded
stocks during the week were
Benchmark (Bahamas)
(BBL) and Commonwealth
Bank (CBL), which traded
22,500 and 21,300 shares
respectively. BBL's share
price was unchanged, but
CBL's share price continued
its upward climb, increasing
by $0.28 to close at a new
52-week high of $8.20.
The big decline for the
week was Freeport Oil Hold-
ings Company (FCL), which


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New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay Tel: 365-4144

Hope Town Great Abaco Island Tel: 366-0296

Man-O-War Cay, Great Abaco Island Tel: 365-6098

Sandyport, Nassau, New Providence Tel: 327-8361

Marathon Mall, Nassau, New Providence Tel: 393-4386

Palmdale, Nassau, New Providence Tel: 322-1231

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was down by $0.37 to close
the week at $5.59.
The FINDEX continued its
upward climb this week,
increasing by 4.97 points or
0.5 per cent week-over-week
to close at 937.80.Year-to-
date, the FINDEX is up 26.37
per cent..

COMPANY NEWS
Doctors Hospital Health
Systems (DHS) released its
third quarter results last
week, reporting net income
of $3.2 million for the nine
months ended October 31,
2007.
In comparison with the
2006 third quarter, net
income increased by $822,000


or 34 per cent while income
from continuing operations
of $3.7 million was up by
$756,000 or 25 per cent. The
increase in net income is due
to higher patient service rev-
enues, which were up by $2.1
million for the nine months,
while total expenses were up
by $1.6 million due to higher
salaries/benefits (up by
$931,000) and medical sup-
plies and services costs (up by
$584,000).
On a quarterly basis, net
income was $747,000 com-
pared to $429,000 in 2006, an
increase of $318,000 or 74 per
cent. Management attributes
the positive results primarily
to the competitive advantage
of offering high quality
patient care, as well as
improved receivables collec-
tions during the year.
At October 31, 2007, DHS
total assets and liabilities
were
$31.7 million and $12 mil-
lion, respectively. Total
assets increased by $2.7 mil-
lion due to higher cash and
cash equivalents, up by $3.8
million, being held for
upcoming capital expendi-
tures. Total liabilities
declined slightly by $388,000
from year-end January 31,
2007.


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our valued customers for your

business and support throughout this

year. Join us for refreshments at all of

our branches, all day Wednesday

December 19th and 'Thursday

December 20th.


We at FirstCaribbean wish you

and yours the very best for the

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The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 937.80 YTD 26.37%


BISX CLOSING
SYMBQL PRICE


AML
BAB
BBL
BOB
BPF
BSL
BWL
CAB
CBL
CHL
CIB
CWCB
DHS
FAM
FCC
FCL
FIN
ICD
JSJ
PRE


$1.59
$2.65
$0.85
$9.60
$11.65
$14.60
$3.66
$12.00
$8.20
$3.15
$14.60
$6.12
$2.28
$6.95
$0.73
$5.59
$12.80
$7.25
$11.00
$10.00


CHANGE VOLUME


$0.04
$-
$-
$0.05
$-
$-
$-
$-
$0.28
$-
$-
$0.11
$0.02
$0.10
$-
$-0.37
$0.05
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$-
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17,045
1,000
22,500
1,300
500
0
0
2,000
21,300
0
150
0
24,700
1,000
0
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1,600
0
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YTD PRICE
CHANGE
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112.00%
11.84%
19.55%
3.10%
0.00%
109.14%
20.00%
96.64%
65.79%
3.18%
16.79%
-8.80%
20.03%
32..73%
78.17%
6.49%
1.40%
27.91%
0.00%


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DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:

BAB has declared ordinary dividends of $0.02 per share,
payable on. December 21, 2007, to all shareholders of record
date December 17, 2007.

BBL has declared a special dividend of $0.02 per share,
with $0.01 being payable on December 31, 2007, and $0.01
being payable on March 31, 2007, to all shareholders of record
date December 21, 2007.

CBL has declared dividends of $0.04 per share, payable on
December 31, 2007, to all shareholders of record date Decem-
ber 14, 2007.

FAM has declared ordinary dividends of $0.04 per share,
payable on December 21, 2007, to all shareholders of record
date December 17, 2007.

FIN has declared ordinary dividendsof $0.13 per share and
special dividends of $0.05 per share, payable on December 18,
2007, to all shareholders of record date December 11, 2007.

ICD has declared dividends of $0.10 per share, payable on
December 14, 2007, to all shareholders of record date Decem-
ber 3, 2007.



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stumbling block


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
UNLESS the Criminal Jus-
tice (International Co-Opera-
tion) Act is amended, the
Supreme CQurt will be unable
to issue Orders compelling
Bahamas-based financial insti-
tutions to provide financial-
related information to assist
requests for assistance from for-
eign judicial authorities, a gov-
ernment minister said yester-
day.
Desmond Bannister, minis-
ter of state for legal affairs, told
the House of Assembly that the
Bill to amend the Act was
intended to clarify, through
statute legislation, the proce-
dure used for assisting foreign
jurisdictions seeking evidence
and information relating to cas-
es in their own country.
The amendment had become
necessary, Mr Bannister said,
because the Supreme Court had
ruled in favour of a legal chal-
lenge to the Attorney Gener-
al's Office executing letters of
request made to the Bahamas
by foreign countries.
The challenge was based on a
verdict delivered by the Irish
Supreme Court in July 2005,
which determined that the inter-
national co-operation provisions
in that country's law were
administrative, not judicial.
This took away the main
method used by the Irish gov-
ernment to secure evidence for
use in criminal matters by for-
eign courts, and the Bahamas
Supreme Court accepted the
Irish court's analysis in deliver-
ing a similar verdict.
Mr Bannister said: "It is now
important for us to amend the
law to provide a procedure
which enables the Bahamas to
continue to live up to its com-
mitment to provide the highest
levels of co-operation in inter-
national criminal investiga-
tions........


Unless Criminal Justice (International
Co-Operation) Act amended, Bahamas
not in compliance with international
obligations as no court unable to compel
bank account document provision


"As a result of the recent
decision, the Supreme Court
cannot issues ex-parte Orders
to compel financial institutions
to provide banking or other
financial information, or Orders
to enable the Attorney General
to compel persons to attend
court for the taking of deposi-
tions."
Among the requests for assis-
tance had been a submission
from the UK authorities for
help in dealing with a 200 mil-
lion fraud. When a request for
judicial assistance is made to
the Bahamas, usually involving
cases such as money launder-
ing, fraud, drug trafficking,
embezzlement and corruption,
Mr Bannister said the Attorney
General's Office made an ex-
parte application a hearing
where only one side was pre-
sent for a Supreme Court
order. Once made, those par-
ties that were subject to it could
then apply to the courts to have
it set aside.
While the challenge to this
procedure under the Criminal
Justice (International Co-Oper-
ation Act) was before the
Supreme Court, Mr Bannister
said the Attorney General's
Office continued to provide
documents to requesting juris-
dictions; made applications to
restrain the movement of funds
based in the Bahamas; and
directed countries to the Finan-
cial Intelligence Unit (FIU) for
information.
"These efforts, though helpful
to a requesting jurisdiction at


the investigative stage, are not
adequate for trial purposes in
most jurisdictions, and there-
fore requests for assistance for
document production and wit-
ness interviews remain out-
standing," Mr Bannister
warned. "The result is that the
Attorney General's Office can-
not meet the Bahamas' inter-
national obligation to assist
countries, who are seeking assis-
tance in the investigation and
prosecution of criminal matters
within their jurisdictions."
Since the Criminal Justice
(International Co-Operation)
Act was passed in 2000, as part
of the legislative package to
remove the Bahamas from the
Financial Action Task Force
(FATF) 'blacklist', Mr Bannis-
ter said some 186 requests for
assistance had been submitted -
an average of between 20-30
per year.
The minister said the majori-
ty of requests for assistance
involved the production of bank
account documents and other
financial information held by
banks, or financial and corpo-
rate services providers.
The Bahamas, unlike the
likes of the UK and Bermuda,
had embodied bank confiden-
tiality in statute, while they had
based theirs on contract, priva-
cy and common law.
As a result, a Supreme Court
Order was required to "trigger
the exception to our confiden-
tiality provisions in the Banks
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policies and within established procedures. This person will also assign,
direct and appraise Human Resources personnel.

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proven abilities in the Human Resources field with a minimum of 5 years
experience. Superior written and spoken communication skills, including
sincere and effective listening skills, are critical. A high degree of
organizational skills is essential. The candidate should possess a bachelor's
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The Information Technology Manager will maintain and manage all
information technology equipment and assets including file servers, network
infrastructure, software applications, and telephony systems. This person
must keep abreast of current technologies and prepare appropriate project
plans for infrastructure changes. This person will support staff and
administrative personnel IT needs.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelor of Computer
Science or equivalent and a minimum of 5 years experience providing
network systems support. Technical certifications in Microsoft Windows
a plus. Applicants who additionally have experience in Microsoft SQL
server, Crystal Reports, and Platinum BatchMaster software preferred. This
position requires on-call availability 24/7, 12 months a year. This person
must also be able to work additional hours including weekends and must
possess travel documents for outside the Bahamas. If you have excellent
communication and organizational skills and are looking to work in a team
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Baha Mar, a 500-acre, mixed-use destination resort complex represents the
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owns and operates the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino,
the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort and the historic Nassau Beach Hotel.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino seeks to hire a professional
individual for the following position:

INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGER

Top contenders for this position must possess the following

Performs all Server Hardware and Server Software related
maintenance, including patches, upgrades, configuration and operating
systems.
Administers all onsite and offsite backup. E-Vault and E-mail disaster
recovery.
Assists in telecommunications system tuning, configuration, upgrades,
performances, disaster, recovery, and usage statistics.
Develops tools and procedures for daily operational support and
trouble shooting of LAN/WAN facilities.
Supports development activities that require specialized system
programming relating to the Server, LAN/WAN and
Telecommunications environment.
Performs Server and LAN/WAN management services including
creation/modification of user profiles and account management.
Administers and monitors the procedures used to create, modify and
manage client accounts.
Maintains the Server and LAN/WAN systems documentation to
optimize operating efficiency.
Insures strict adherence to all Information Technology policies and
procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS
10 years experience in the Information Technology Industry .
Must have a High Schools Diploma and IT related courses of at least
two (2) years.
Cisco CCIE and MS MCSE preferred or equivalent hands on
experience.
Exposure to ISO 9000.
Expert in WAN/LAN Security including VPN's and Firewalls.


We offer an excellent benefits package and competitive compensation. For
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ORDER, from 1


the estate alleged: "Since he
[Sir Jack] wishes to leave the
companies, the estate should
properly be given the oppor-
tunity to buy his shares in
accordance with their agree-
ment and reasonable expecta-
tions under the quasi-partner-
ship.
"'The plaintiffs seek an order
that the Hayward shares be


sold to the estate at a value of
$100 million.
Basis
"They do so on the basis that
this is the valuation which
Seashells and Sir Jack Hay-
ward have placed upon their
interest in Port Group Ltd and
the GBPA in seeking to and/or


entering an agreement for the
sale of that interest to the
Fleming Group. Alternative-
ly, the plaintiffs seek an order
that the Hayward shares be
sold to the estate at a valua-
tion to be determined."
The St George estate alleged
Sir Jack was refusing to sell his
GBPA and Port Group Ltd
shares to them, instead wanti-


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THE PRICE CONTROL ACT, 1971
CHAPTER 339
THE PRICE CONTROL (GASOLINE DIESEL OIL)
(AMENDMENT) ( ) REGULATIONS, 21
The public is advised that prices as shown in the Schedule for LEAD FREE GASOLINE sold by Sia O Limited
will become effective on Tuesday December 18, 207.
SCHEDULE
MAXIMUM WOL SAL[ SELLING PRICE MAXIMUM RETAIL
PER UlS GALLON SELUNG PRICE PER
U.S. GALLON
PLACE ARTICLE MAXIMUM MAXIMUM
SUPPLIER'PRICE DISTRIUTORS'
$ PRICE
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iNEWPROVIDENCE I INCLUDING SEA FREIG HT
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PART C
GRANDBAHAMA INCL U1DING SEA FREIG H T
(NOT FREEPORT)
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PART D
ABACO,ANDROS NOT INCLUDING SEA FREI G H T
& ELEUTHERA .
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ALLOTHER NOT INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT
FAMILY ISLANDS
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ng to sell to the Flemings, who
were described as "a stranger"
that the estate knew little
about.
It alleged that if Fleming
purchased Sir Jack's shares,
the estate would be forced into
"partnership with an unknown
(and hostile) party.......... If
the estate is to have a new
partner, it would like to be
involved in selecting who they
are and seek out legitimate and
bond fide investors".
Estate
The estate further claimed
that any sale by Sir Jack could


breach undertakings with
investors that there would be
no change in ownership at the
GBPA, while the interest of
the Government and staff
might also be harmed.
The St George estate further
alleged that Fleming did not
contact them prior to their pur-
chase of Sir Jack's stake, and
accused the company of having
"power of attorney" for Sir
Jack, directing his legal pro-
ceedings on his behalf.
"The Fleming group are par-
ticipating in the direction of
that legal team," the St George
estate alleged.
"The Fleming group are


GItGA


closely associated with the
Hayward family and Mr
Babak. The Fleming group
has, despite repeated requests,
refused to disclose to the plain-
tiffs or the court the nature of
their arrangements with the
Haywards and/or Mr Babak.
Plaintiffs
"The plaintiffs are afraid,
and justifiably afraid, that if
there is a sale to the Fleming
group, one or more members
of the Hayward family and/or
Mr Babak will continue to be
involved in and have an inter-
est in, the companies."


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Bahamas 'needs to regain




cruise tourism credibility'


FROM page 1

average spend per capital cruise
passenger had been trending
positively between 1995-2005.
For example, St Thomas had
seen per capital spending grow
from $209 in 1992 to $255 in
1995, and $305 in 2005 the
growth between the latter two
being some 22 per cent.
San Juan saw per capital
spending grow from $120 in
1992, to $158 in 1995 and $173
in 2005, the increase between
1995 and 2005 being some 32
per cent. Barbados and Ocho
Rios saw 5 per cent and 3 per
cent per capital spending
increases between 1995-2005
respectively.
"Most of the mentioned
countries have lower annual
arrivals than the Bahamas.
However, the growth rates
over the last 15 years, 1990-
2005, have been on a steady
increase, and they are yielding
their visitors at a much better
rate than the Bahamas," the
report said.


"Here in Nassau, additional
consideration should be given
to the fact that almost 100 per
cent of the monies spent by
cruise visitors are spent in the
downtown locale, with few dol-
lars trickling to the Over-the-
Hill business sector.
While total cruise passenger
arrivals to the Bahamas had
increased from 1,543,495 in
1995 to 3,335,110 in 2005, a 50
per cent increase, the report
said there had been a "signifi-
cant decrease in customer
spending", with this nation
effectively earning diminishing
returns from the cruise indus-
try.
"In effect, the net value of
each cruise visitor to the
Bahamas has continued to
decrease over the years despite
the growth in numbers," the
report to the Ministry of
Tourism revealed.
"Thus the cry by local busi-
nesses that the spin-off from
cruise passengers is not nearly
as profitable as promoted in
some circles.


"When compared to Barba-
dos and St Thomas, who are
yielding higher spend levels on
half of the total visitor arrivals,
the Bahamas should be
prompted to take a closer look
at these models with a view of
improving its standing.
"In short, the continuous
counting of heads landing in
the Bahamas serves only a sta-
tistical goal, and does not allow
for a true interpretation or def-
inition of the value of our visi-
tors from an economic stand-
point."
When it came to cruise pas-
senger arrivals, the report said
that the number going to pri-
vate islands projected to hit
45 per cent of cruise arrivals
to the Bahamas in 2006 had
increased from 17 per cent in
1989'to 34 per cent in 2005.
"Almost half the projected
cruise arrivals will never set
foot on either Nassau or Grand
Bahama, or at best will see one
of these ports as a secondary
port, thereby lessening the
desire to spend in the local


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economy," the report said.
"Some estimates have put
an annual revenue intake for
these private islands at
between $52 million and $100
million per year."


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dIffI (YLLG OF- THE BAH.


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Visit our website at www.cob.edu.bs


EDUCATING & TRAINING BAHAMIANS


I Ne tdn dieet&Rgstain-Srn eetr20


Dates and Times

New Student Orientation
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Venue: Band Shell


Advisement, Registration
& Bill Payment
Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
9:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m


Friday,
9:00


January 4th, 2008
a.m. 7:00 p.m.


THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS
CULINARY & HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE


INDUSTRY TRAINING DEPARTMENT

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES SPRING SEMESTER 012008 (SESSION 02)

SESSION A
COURSE TUITION LAB
SEC CODE BEGINS DURATION DAYS TIME & FEES FEE RM
Bahamian COOK 6:00 -
Cuisine 1 806 Feb. 07 6 weeks Thursday 9:00pm $225.00 $150.00 MK
Gourmet COOK 6:00-
Cooking I 1 823 Feb. 4 6 weeks Monday 9:00pm $200.00 $180.00 MK
Gourmet COOK 6:00-
Cooking II 1 824 Feb. 4 6 weeks Monday 9:00pm $225.00 $240.00 MK
Cake & Pastry COOK 6:00-
Making 1 813 Feb. 5 5 weeks Tues/Thurs. 9:00pm $225.00 $75.00 LK
Cake & Pastry COOK 6:00 -
Making II 1 814 Feb. 5 5 weeks Tues/Thurs. 9:00pm $250.00 $75.00 PK
COOK 6:00 -
Bread Making 1 810 Feb. 7 6 weeks Thursday 9:00pm $200.00 $90.00 LK
Cake COOK 6:00 -
Decorating I 1 817 Feb. 4 5 weeks Mon/Ved. 9:00pm $225.00 $100.00 LK
Cake COOK 6:00 -
Decorating II 1 818 Feb. 4 5 weeks Mon/Wed. 9:00pm $225.00 $150.00 PK
Deadline for applications, January 25,2008 at 4:00 p.m.


SESSION R


TUITION
COURSE SEC CODE BEGINS DURATION DAYS TIME & FEES LAB FEE RM
Bahamian COOK 6:00 -
Cuisine 1 806 Mar. 27 6 weeks Thursday 9:00pm $225.00 $150.00 MK
Gourmet COOK- 6:00-
Cooking I 1 823 Mar. 24 6 weeks Monday 9:00pm $200.00 $180.00 MK
Gourmet COOK 6:00-
Cooking II 1 824 Mar. 24 6 weeks Monday 9:00pm $225.00 $240.00 MK
Cake & Pastry COOK 6:00 -
Making I 1 813 Mar. 25 5 weeks Tues/Thurs. 9:00pm $225.00 $75.00 LK
Cake & Pastry COOK 6:00'-
Making II 1 814 Mar. 25 5 weeks Tues/Thurs. 9:00pm $250.00 $75.00 PK
COOK 6:00 -
Bread Making 1 810 Mar. 27 6 weeks Thursday 9:00pm $200.00 $90.00 LK
Cake COOK 6:00 -
Decorating I 1 817 Mar. 24 5 weeks MonNVed. 9:00pm $225.00 $100.00 LK
Cake COOK 6:00 -
Decorating II 1 818 Mar. 24 5 weeks Mon/Wed. 9:00pm $225.00 $150.00 PK


Deadline for applications, February 28, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.


For further Information or to pick up an application please contact hel Industry Training department of the Culinary &

All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time).
CHMI reserves the right to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule anid Course Materials.

THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES AND CULTURES INS TITLITE THE COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY OF THE BAHAMAS
EVENTS CALENDER 2007-2008 BY 1. MOSS
DATE EVENT LECTURERS / PARTICIPANTS VENUE
January 9 Wed CHINESE EVENING Lecture by Professor Xu Xianwen Munnings Room 2, 7PM
January 19 DRUMFEST A drum summit regrouping Video of Montreal TAM TAM JAM by I. Moss Band shell
Saturday members from all the Junkanoo teams Junkanoo practioneers are cordially invited 2 PM
January 30 JUNKANOO ART- designing and pasting Presentation and demonstration by Henry Moss Jr.; Munnings Room 2
Wednesday costumes WORKSHOP slide show by I. Moss 6-8
February 7 PANEL DISCUSSION: Tourism and Panel members from Tourism, Immigration, COB Munnings Room 2 or BTC
Thursday Languages and private tourism businesses Lecture Hall? 7 PM
February 19 FRENCH FILM ASTERIX Presentalion on Roman history background by Munnings Room 2
Tuesday Professor Stephen 13. Aranha 7 Pm
March 14 FRENCH FOLK SONG EVENING Slide show by 1. Moss, F. Leger on guitar, J. Munnings Room 2
Friday Mercus on vocals and other musical friends 7 PM
March 21 Fri VICTOR HUGO Beyond LES MIZ Lecture and slide show by I. Moss Munnings Room 2
April 10 HAITIAN FILM Slide presentation: I eger, SCCA Munnings Room 2
April 16 AN EVENING OF BAHAMIAN NM SIC( Slide show on liahamian Musicians and New Performance Center?
Friday Guests: The DICEY-DO SINGERS Entertainers by 1. Moss
May 6 MAIFEST Slide Shosw by l.Moss; participation olfGernman Munnings Room 2
Tuesday speakers in Nassau & 1 ('I students
May 23 CLASSICAL MUSIC EVENING Piano solos by I.Moss: Cello / piano duels by II. Munnings Rooml 2
Friday P'eloquin & l.Moss; guests Bah.Concerl Orch.?
NOTE: Other evenings of foreign films are planned in addition to the above events. The dates will be added as they become fixed.
Dites tire subject to change.


International Conference
and Art Exhibition

Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic
Slave Trade: Telling the Story
February 21-23, 2008
Naessau, The 1ahamae

Art Exhibition
February 15-23, 2008

Guidelines for Artists
The Conference on the Abolition of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade:
Telling The Story, invites all artists to submit up to three (3) artworks
executed in any medium for showing at the conference February
21-23, 2008.
The exhibition will open on Friday, 15 February, 2008 at 6.30 in
the evening at the Performing Arts Centre at The College of the
Bahamas Oakes Field Campus.
All artwork should be sent or brought to the Pro Gallery which is
located in the S Block at The College of the Bahamas Oakes Field
Campus one (1) week prior to the opening of the exhibition. Please
address all artworks to Mrs. Joann Behagg or Mr. John Cox.
All artists should give an indication of how they would wish their
3D pieces to be displayed. Photographic images would assist us in
determining your display needs.
Foreign artists are welcome. However, all related costs will be the
responsibility of the artists (packing, shipping, and customs duty,
etc.) to and from The Bahamas.
The Conference Committee will select the works to be exhibited
and all decisions are final.
Contacts:


Joann Behagg
email: jbehagg@cob.edu.bs ,-
Telephone: 302 4560


John Cox
-jeox@cob.edui.bs
Telephone: 302-4481


5


The College of The Bahamas
Presents an
International Conference

Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic
Slave Trade:

Telling the Story

February 21-23, 2008
Nassau, The Bahamas


I,


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Come learn about and celebrate a part of Bahamian
and world history that has profoundly influenced
Africa, Europe and the Americas. Register today.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Joseph E. Harris, Howard University
Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, an
expert on Africa and Director of the South African
Research and Archival Project. At the conference
his topic center around: "Global slave trade and
the emergence of communities of African descent
around the world".

Dr. Rosanne Adderley, Professor of History at
Tulane University and author. Her presentation will
focus on "Freed Africans in The Bahamas".

Mr. William Godfrey Davis Esq., Attorney at Law
and Transformative Mediator, his topic will be
"Reparations for the peoples of the Maafa".

Mr. Kojo Yankah, President of the Africa Institute
of Journalism & Communications, educator and
author, he will speak on the topic: "Reconciliation
for the Peoples of the Maafa".

For additional information contact the School
of Social Sciences, Telephone 397-2606/7
Jessica Minnis, Assoc. Professor,
School of Social Sciences
The College of The Bahamas
PO Box N4912
E-mail: abolitionconf@cob.edu.bs
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 397-2608


Please bring the following documents witi
you to Advisement (required for Step 2)

1. Your acceptance letter
2. A copy of your past BGCSE result


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FROM page 1

funded the airline's losses to
the tune of $318.73 million
over a 33-year period.
What other uses that money
could have been put to, such as
hospitals, schools, clinics, roads
and other infrastructure, can
easily be imagined.
Again, the taxpayer was
heavily lent on during 2006 to
keep Bahamasair flying,
although the $28.548 million
in public funds that was
pumped in was slightly less
than the $29.799 million
required in fiscal year 2005.
These funds, Bahamasair's
financial statements revealed,
were used for "financing its


operating losses and the ser-
vicing of long-term debt".
The statements again includ-
ed the by-now routine state-
ment from auditors Pricewa-
terhouseCoopers (Bahamas)
that there was "significant
doubt as to whether the com-
pany will be able to continue as
a going concern without the.
continued financial support of
government. The Government
has agreed to provide such
financial support and assis-
tance to the company to mrnee
its obligations and continue as
a going concern".
For fiscal year 2000,
Bahamasair showed someI
improvement on the'revenue
side, experiencing a 4.5 per


STi bn

R eal s-at


cent growth largely on the
back of a 3.8 per cent rise in
passenger revenues to $70.534
million. This compared to
$67.941 million the previous
year.
However, expenses again
increased by 6 per cent to
$94.814 million, compared to
$89.382 million the year-
before. The major contributor,
accounting for the .cotire
increase, was the almost. $6
million rise in aircraft fuel costs
a 39 per cent increase to
$21.386 million, compared to
$15.385 million in fiscal 2005.
The balance sheet picture is
also depressing. Bahamasair-s
total current assets of $17.949
million are dw\,arfed by current
liabilities of $88.517 million a
difference of more than $70
million meaning that the air,
line is insolvent without tax-
payer support.
'Ihe vast majority of those
current liabilities, though, are
some $70.762 million in
accounts payable and accrued
expenses. Some $55.793 mil-,
lion of.that. or 78.8 per cent, is
owed to government depart-
ments, agencies and ministries.
If that was written-off, it
would make Bahamasair much
more attractive to potential
purchasers in any privatization
exercise.
The parlous state of the air-
line's finances, though, was
highlighted by the fact that it
expc-:t; the Government to
cover a $1.2 million sum
awarded against Bahamasair
in ro i-t case.
S.4.121 miC-
lion were again exceeded by
more than $701 million by
Bahamasair's $104.128 million
in total liabilities. However,
the airline had made progress
in narrowing this deficit from
the more than $78 million that
existed at the end of fiscal vear
. 2005.


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PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2007


THE TRIBUNE


Taxpayer underwrites Royal Oasis





purchase to tune of 'almost $80m'


two years, and Mr Ingraham
told the House of Assembly


Legal Notice

NOTICE


LA THUMBEY LIMITED
(In Voluntairy 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


TREMENDOUS OCEAN S.A.
(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


HYBRIDNATION LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
5th day of December 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.







ARGOSA CORP. INC.'
(Liquidator)


that Harcourt was able to
extract much more stringent
terms and conditions from the
Christie administration in 2007
because of the runaround it
had been given in 2005.
Mr Ingraham said Harcourt,
alleging that its first attempt
to. purchase the Royal Oasis
had been "interfered with" and
"undermined", extracted from
the then-government a pledge
that it would contribute $4 mil-
lion per year over a nine-year
period for what is euphemisti-
cally termed 'marketing sup-
port' for the Royal Oasis.
Essentially, this committed
the Government to matching a
$4 million contribution by Har-
court over a nine-year period,
something that would cost the
taxpayer $36 million in total.
In addition, Mr Ingraham
said the former government
had granted Harcourt and
Lehman Brothers relief from
the 10 per cent stamp tax
payable on property assets that
are sold, reducing this from
$3.3 million to just $100,000 a


$3.2 million gain for the com-
panies at the Treasury's
expense.
Then, as the former admin-
istration did with Isle of Capri,
the Royal Oasis buyer was also
given a 7.5 per cent casino tax
rate for 15 years, plus a
$200,000 fee.
On the first $20 million of
casino win, Mr Ingraham said
casino operators should pay
$4.2 million, but the Harcourt
deal meant the company would
be paying $1.75 million in tax
on that initial gaming win sum.
Multiplied by 15 for those
15 years, this meant, the Prime
Minister said, that the $2.5 mil-
lion in gaming win tax given
up every year would translate
into $37.5 million relinquished
by the Treasury.
When this was totalled up,
the Government and Treasury
were giving up almost $77 mil-
lion in taxes and subsidies over
a 15-year period to effectively
help finance Harcourt's Royal
Oasis purchase.
The Prime Minister was


Legal Notice

NOTICE


MUSCAT VENTURES HOLDINGS 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


WISDOM PAGODA GROUP

INVESTMENTS LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


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





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Pricing Information As Of: C A
Monday, 17 December 2007 F
5ZA -H. Leurl Pre Close To.a> Close._Change.Dan. V.-I EPS I. .PE Yiel
52 H .H, 2K.L,-6 Scuri Pre.los Ctose Toays Close Chango Dai 'Jo, EPS P'E Yiel
. .... .. 04 0 .. r |l


1 66 -, z 4 bacao M.1arkefs
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund
9.60 8.03 Bank of Bahamas
0.85 0.70 Benchmark
3.74 1.75 Bahamas Waste
2.70 1.22 Fidelity Bank
12.05 9.99 Cable Bahamas
3.15 1.90 Colina Holdings
8.26 4.17 Commonwealth Bank (S1)
7.22 4.74 Consolidated Water BDRs
2.60 2.20 Doctor's Hospital
6.95 5.70 Famguard
12.80 12.02 Finco
14.75 14.15 FirstCaribbean
6.10 5.18 Focol (S)
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete
8.00 7.10 ICD Utilities
11.00 8.60 J. S. Johnson
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate
52wk.HI 52. kK.Lt S.ri,olI


0 157 000 10 1 0 00%
1.502 0.400 7.8 3.43%
0.733 0.260 13.1 2.71%
0.188 0.020 4.5 2.30%
0.275 0.090 13.3 2.48%
0.058 0.040 46.6 1.48%
1.030 0.240 11.7 1.09%
0.031 0.040 101.6 1.27%
0.426 0.260 19.4 3.16%
0.129 0.050 47.4 0.82%
0.316 0.020 7.2 0.88%
0.713 0.240 9.7 3.4S%
0.829 0.570 15.4 4.46%
0.934 0.470 15.5 3.24%
0.359 0.140 15.6 2.60%
-0.415 0.000 N/M 0.00%
0.411 0.300 17.6 4.14%
0.991 0.590 11.1 6.36%
1.167 0.600 8.6 6.00%
E P- I D .i S. ViiP4


14 r60 14 5 Banarr.as Superrr.arKers 14 60 15 60 16 00 11.160 1.15 13.4 8.12%
8.00 6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 6.00 6.25 6.00 0.000 0.480 NM 7.80%
0 54 020 RND Holdings 0 35 'j 020 0 2.0 03 0 u N/M .0%
;"-"*." .. . ..'.'.' ":' ; '" "."-.: '.';: L'.';te<>l^ 0^ ^T"*.CO unW AtSl flr .. . ..., ,,-' .. .._, ,, -' I ,,-- ,;, o g. Q %
41 C' J1 00 a 100 41'B 41 00 ". 4100 440 2 75 90
14.60 14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.60 15.60 14.00 1.160 1.125 13.4 7.71%
0.55 0.40 RND Holdings 0.45 0.55 0.45 -0.030 0.000 N/M 0.00%
'- ." .... ... ;, .ti a'.-. t a Mtia r .; ,,. , ..s . f-,
52WK--i 52WK-LOW Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield % ...
1.3663 1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.366332"
3.5388 2.9728 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 3.5388***
2.9902 2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.990218*
1.2827 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.282687"
11.8192 11.3075 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.8192"**
aS,.. e .. ." .. '".. ,-" .c ,c .c .. .. '. ..-r. Ear i .o t,. .L l a ..r : .. I ... ., n .., .r. , ..,,. . ..-. .l
52wk-Hi Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colino and fidelity 30 N4ovmber 2007
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price 30 June 2007
Today's Close Cuirent day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol Trading volume of the prior week **" 31 October 2007
ChChang- Changc In losingf piico fram day to Jay EPS $ A company's reported earnings per hareo for the nlst 12 mths **. 31 July 2007
DOlly Vof Number of'total share, traded tod.,y NAV Not Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Mounlngful ,
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 Itonth earnings FINIDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 100
(S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007
S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Dale 7/11/2007


speaking in the House of
Assembly yesterday on an
appropriations Bill to permit
the Government to borrow $8
million, some $4 million of
which would be Harcourt's
'marketing support', the
remainder being used to pay
the outstanding severance pay
owed to former Royal Oasis
employees.

Funds

Mr Ingraham hinted,
though, that Harcourt would
not receive its funds until it
provided the Government with
a complete development plan
for the Royal Oasis. It cur-
rently plans to invest $150 mil-
lion, and provide 1,000 jobs for
Bahamians during both the
construction and full-time
operational phase.
The Prime Minister, though,
questioned why the former
government did not take a
harder line with Lehman
Brothers's private equity arm,
which became the Royal Oasis
owner by virtue of the mort-
gage and debenture it held on
the property when their owner,
Driftwood (Freeport), default-
ed on its $26:2 million liabilities
and abandoned the property
in September 2004 after Hur-
ricanes Frances and Jeanne.
Lehman Brothers had
invested $90 million in the
Royal Oasis, and Mr Ingraham
pointed out that the PLP
administration had the oppor-
tunity to exert pressure on


Lehman Brothers to honour
the resort's debts and pay gov-
ernment and private sector
creditors.
Lehman Brothers is an
investor/shareholder in the
Rose Island Ritz-Carlton
resort project, and received
government approval from the
Christie administration to sell
off its Nassau Palm, on West
Bay Street, and Sunspree Hol-
iday Inn property on Paradise
Island to the lead investor,
behind the Rose Island devel-
opment.
These, together with the sale
of Hurricane Hole Marina, an
asset again owed by the same
Driftwood/Lehman Brothers
combination, presented oppor-
tunities for the Government to
exert pressure and influence
over the Royal Oasis situation, ,
Mr Ingraham said, but the for-
mer administration chose not
to do so.
He added that there was evi-
dence in government files that
Lehman Brothers was linking,
the Royal Oasis to its other
interests in the Bahamas, and
the then-government did not"
want to confront a major glob-
al and Wall Street bank that
had other investments in this
nation.
As a result, the chances of
the Government recovering
the $13.2 million in casino tax-
es owed by the Royal Oasis,
plus creditors such as the hotel
pension funds and hotel union
recovering their money, were
"slim to nil".
I1


Legal Notice

NOTICE


W'S LEAGUE 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., PO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.







ARGOSA CORP INC.
(Liquidator)




Legal Notice

NOTICE


GIMEL CORR
(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

PHINE HOLDINGS LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) PHINE HOLDINGS LIMITED is in voluntary
dissolution under the provision of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 17th December, 2007 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Limited, Rue de Lausane 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 18th day of December, A.D. 2007



Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator


FROM page 1


1 59 1 59 C Ou
11.65 11.65 0.00
9.60 9.60 0.00
0.85 0.85 0.00 500
3.66 3.66 0.00
2.65 2.70 0.05 1,400
12.00 12.05 0.05 1.111
3.15 3.15 0.00 1,354
8.20 8.26 0.06 3.000
6.11 5.76 -0.35
2.28 2.28 0.00
6.95 6.95 0.00
12.80 12.80 0.00
14.60 14.50 -0.10 1,000
5.59 5.59 0.00
0.73 0.73 0.00
7.25 7.25 0.00
11.00 11.00 0.00
10.00 10.00 0.00
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TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2007, PAGE 9B


THE TRIBUNE


HG Christie's



Eleuthera



office will be



the exclusive



agent for the



Sky Beach


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
HG Christie's Eleuthera
office will be the exclusive
agent for the Sky Beach Club
development on that island.
According to Rhonda
Waton, an agent in HG
Christie's Eleuthera office, res-
idential sales are progressing
quite well for the Sky Beach
Club development. Construc-
tion is still ongoing.
"Sales of Sky Beach Club
are progressing, as we move to
complete the Bistro, pool area,
bungalows and the first four
homes. Sky Beach Club is
making incredible strides in
construction," she said.
The site plan will include a
clubhouse, oceanfront pool,
Bistro bar and grill, and vari-
ous one, two, and three-bed-
room floor plans designed by
David Sklar, a US architect.
Mr Sklar has designed a num-
ber of federal buildings
throughout the United States.
The first facilities scheduled
tqbe completed are the beach-
S1. i


front Bistro Bar and four
homes. These are expected,
barring delay, to be completed
by the first quarter of 2008, Ms
Waton explained.
The project calls for 40 home
sites- 15 villas and 25 homes.
Ms Waton explained that
many persons have a desire to
fulfill their taste in architec-
ture amenities, style, comfort
and service, while taking full
advantage through conte-
morary design. "They want to
enjoy a property designed for,
and showcasing, the therapeu-
tic views of our Azure and
crystalline ocean waters, and
our pink sand beaches that
stretch for miles," she said.
She added that the property
stands out because of "the
awe-inspiring, unobstructed
views that are emphasised with
the architecture of each
home".
Sky Beach Club will stand
on 22 acres overlooking the
Atlantic and Bight of
Eleuthera. It wil be an exclu-
sive five-star community, with
24 hour concierge service. It
will also include 25 hours of
private jet time.


-;


Leaal Notice
NOTICE

FETTA LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
23rd day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE

RED ROSES VALLEY CORP.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
8th day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., RO.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas .





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


ACORING to6Rond 6Wao seodfm
let) anaen nHGC rsties Ee5h
ofcrsidntalsaesar pogesin q it
wel fo 6SyBac lb0 eeop et


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that HEERIA RAMLALL of
NICHOLLS TOWN, NORTH ANDROS, 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 11TH day of
DECEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice
NOTICE

ALIYA HEIGHTS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
14th day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice
NOTICE


GALLICO LTD.



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of GALLICO LTD. has been com-
pleted; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


Legal Notice
NOTICE

MAIN TECH MANAGEMENT LTD.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the
8th day of November 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., RP.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


NOTICE
BALESTRA SPECTRUM OFFSHORE FUND LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company is in
dissoluiton, commencing on the 14th day of December, 2007.
Articles of Dissolution have been duly registered by the Reg-
istrar. The Liqidator is Mr. M. Rudolph Smith, Jr. CPA, CISA,
P.O. Box CB-11723, Nassau, Bahamas.

All persons having Claims against the above-named Company
are required on or before the 20th day of December 2007 to
send their debts or claims to the Liquidator of the Company or,
in default thereof, they may be excluded from the benefit or any
distribution made before such debts are proved.

Dated this 14th day of December, 2007.

Mr. M. Rudolph Smith, Jr. CPA, CISA
Liquidator



Legal Notice
NOTICE

CLEAR BLUE SKY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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





ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)




MAINTENANCE/

HANDYMAN WANTED
A leading retail company has an immediate
opening for a Maintenance/Handy man

Basic Requirements

1. Should have a basic working
knowledge electrical, plumbing and
general carpentry repairs.

2. Must have a clean current Police Record
3. Must have own transportation

4. Must be a self-starter with drive and
determination

5. Must be able to work with minimum
supervision.

6. Previous experience not required but
would be an asset.

Persons meeting the above requirements should
submit their Resumes via fax to the address
below.

The positions offer career opportunities with
excellent salary and benefits package.

THE OPERATIONS MANAGER
Fax: 328-5902


-.f.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that HEERIA RAMLALL of
NICHOLLS TOWN, NORTH ANDROS, 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 18TH day of
DECEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship,. P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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BUSINESS


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PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2007


GN-625










SUPREME

COURT


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 1996/PRO/NPR/00050

Whereas GREGORY LAWRENCE BAKER, of the
Western District and STEPHEN LEON BAKER, of
the Southern District both of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration with the will annexed de
bonis non of the Real and Personal Estate of HERBERT
A. BAKER, late of, Southern District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


PROBATE DIVISION


2007/PRO/NPR/00607


IN THE ESTATE OF DORIS MA Y COOPER,
domiciled and late of Thousand Acres, Bradley Road,
Bournstream, Wooton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire,
United Kingdom, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof,application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by E. TERRY NORTH of the Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law,
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining
the Resealed Grant of Probate in the above estate granted
to CHRISTOPHER JOHN NORTHOVER, the
Executor of the Estate, by the District Probate Registry
at Bristol in the High Court of Justice on the 14th day
of August, 2001.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

2007/PRO/npr/00627

IN THE ESTATE OF MAUREEN ELIZABETH
ROBERTS (a.k.a.) MAUREEN ELIZABETH
YATES, late of Rowan House, Hall Road, Wenhaston,
Halesworth, Suffolk, England in the United Kindgom,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by WARREN SCOTT WARD of the
Western District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The
Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Probate
in the above estate granted to ROBERT ANTHONY
DOLMAN and JOHN MICHAEL DYSON, the
Executors of the Estate, by the High Court of Justice,
the District Probate Registry at Winchester, on the 23rd
day of October 2006.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

2007/PRO/npr/00628

IN THE ESTATE OF MYRTLE M. REIMER a.k.a.
MYRTLE REIMER, late of 238 Butte des Morts Dr.,
Menasha, Winnebago County in the State of Wisconsin
one of the States of the United States of America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by VANRIA M. LIGHTBOURN of ,
Marsh Harbour in the Island of Abaco, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-
Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
obtaining the Resealed Domiciliary Letters in the above
estate granted to CAROL J. REIMER, the Personal


Representative of the Estate, by the State of Wisconsin,
Circuit Court, Winnebao County, on the 26th day of
March 1984.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OFTHE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00629

Whereas PAULETTE MARIE MITCHELL-GREEN
of Golden Gates NO. 2 in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration with the will annexed of the Real and
Personal Estate of WILIAM RICHARD GREEN late
of Golden Gates No.2 in the Southern District of the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00630

Whereas LORNA ELOISE BETHUNE of Southern
Heights off Baillou Hill Road in the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of
the Real and Personal Estate of KAY VERONICA
BETHUNE late of Stapledon Gardens in the Western
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00631

Whereas GAYNELL DELORES BULLARD of No.
8 Cashier Road, Eastern Estates In the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
letters of administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of MICHAEL PETER BULLARD late of No. 8
Cashier Road, Eastern Estates in the Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00633

IN THE ESTATE OF FRIDOLIN STAHELI, late of
Fidazerstrasse 19C, CH-7019 Fidaz-Flims, in the Canton
of Graubunden, Switzerland, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by SARAH L. P. KING of Love
Beach in the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed
Grant of Probate in the above estate granted to RETO
DORA, the Executor of the Estate, by Trins District
Office, Casa Communala, on the 5th day of April 2005.

Nicoya Neilly


(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/npr/00634

Whereas JUDY MAE TAYLOR of White's Subdivision
in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Comtnonwealth of The Bahamas has made


application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
letters of administration of the Real and Personal Estate
of PERRY NEWTON TAYLOR late of White's
Subdivision in the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

2007/PRO/npr/00635

IN THE ESTATE OF LOUISE McCULLOUGH, late
of Clifton Bay Drive, Lyford Cay in the Western District
of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by ANTHONY NOMIKOS
KLONARIS and PAMELA LAVERN KLONARIS
both of the Western District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorneys-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorneys in The Bahamas for obtaining the Resealed
Letters Testamentary in the above estate granted to
FRANCIS C. ROONEY JR., the Executor of the
Estate, by the Surrogate's Court of the County of New
York, on the 30th day of
November 2007.

Nicoya Neilly
(for) Registrar


2007/PRO/NPR/00639


PROBATE DIVISION


IN THE ESTATE OF LESLIE HODGSON, late of
38, East Avenue Riverview Park, Althorne in the
Chelmsford District, of the County of Essex of the
United Kingdom, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in the
Probate Division by MELISSA L. SELVER of the
Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-
Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for
obtaining the Resealed Grant of Probate in the above
estate granted to AUDREY VERA HODGSON, the
Executrix of the Estate, by the High Court of Justice,
the District Probate Registry at Winchester on the 28th
day of November 1994.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00640

Whereas CAROLYN AZALEA BARTLETT, PAULA
LOUISE MITCHELL and ALBERTHA LOUISE
BARTLETT all of the City of Nassau in the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
WILLIAM AUGUSTUS WILLIAMS, late of
Watlings Island, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days
from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00641

Whereas CHERYL ROLLE of the Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate of
BETTY SAUNDERS, late of Flamingo Gardens,
Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days
from the date hereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar








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THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00642

Whereas CARL NAIRN, JR., of the Island of Andros, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the Real and Personal
Estate of CARL NAIRN, SR., late of Baillou Hill Estates, Southern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court
at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00644

Whereas LILLIAN CECELIA MILLER, of No. 9,Melrose Avenue, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate of EDWARD ERVIN MILLER,
late of South Beach Estates, Southern District, New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court
at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


PROBATE DIVISION


2007/PRO/NPR/00645


IN THE ESTATE OF JOHN FOSTER MORAN, SR., late of 9321 W. Outer
Drive, Detfrit, Michigan, one of the States of the United States of America,
d 'deceased. ,

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen days from the
date hereof, application will be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas in
the Probate Division by W. CHRISTOPHER GOUTHRO of the City of
Freeport in the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for obtaining the Resealed Grant of Letters of Authority for Personal
Representative in the above estate granted to JOHN F. MORAN, JR., and
RICHARD D. MORAN the Personal Representatives of the Estate, by the
Probate Court in the County of Wayne in the State of Michigan one of the States
of the United States of America on the 22nd day of August 2006.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00647

Whereas SAMANTHA MAE PRISCILLA WILLIAMS of the Western District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration of the Real and Personal Estate of MAE WILLIAMS nee
MCKINNEY, late of No. 52 Old Cedar Street, Yellow Elder Gardens, Western
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court
at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION

No. 2007/PRO/NPR/00648

Whereas ZILPHA JANET WILLIAMS of No. 8 Taylor Street, Nassau Village,
Eastern District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
letters of administration of the Real and Personal Estate of AMBROSE
ALEXANDER WILLIAMS, late of No.8 Taylor Street, Nassau Village, Eastern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard by the said Court
at the expiration of 14 days from the date hereof.

Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


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market access EPA


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas is "working
out" an agreement that will
allow it to "sign on" to CAR-
IFORUM's Economic Part-
nership Agreement (EPA)
with the European Union
(EU), but only to cover the
trade in physical goods
between this nation and
Europe, the minister of state
for finance said yesterday.
Zhivargo Laing told the
House of Assembly that this
position would preserve duty-
free market access to the EU
for the Bahamian fisheries
industry, Polymers Interna-
tional and other exporters to
Europe, without compromis-
ing or binding the services
sector, which accounts for
most of the Bahamas' eco-
nomic activity.
Instead, Mr Laing said it
would take six months for the
Bahamas to develop an EPA
offer on services and invest-
ments, as the Government
would need to consult the
private sector on this. When
completed, a services offer by
the Bahamas would be added
on to the CARIFORUM
agreement.
Mr Laing said: "Having
spoken to the lead negotiator
for the CARICOM Regional
Negotiating Machinery
(CRNM), Ambassador Dr
Richard Bernal, and having
spoken to the lead EU nego-
tiator in attendance in Barba-
dos, that the arrangement
being worked out is one that
will allow the Bahamas to
sign on to the CARIFO-
RUM-negotiated EPA.
"But in the initial instance
it will be only for the goods,


market access aspect."
He added that the
Bahamas would negotiate the
services, investments and
"other aspects" of the EPA
"in the next six months".
Mr Laing said one of the
factors holding the Bahamas
back from making a services
offer was that "no consulta-
tion has been done with the
private sector that would
enable us to sign on or make
a serious offer that they were
really comfortable with and
reflected their needs".
The EPA agreement is sup-
posed to be signed with the
EU by December 31, 2007,
and that deadline is now fast
approaching.- only two weeks
away.. It will replace the
Cot6o'ti Agreement, a one-


way trade preferences regime
that benefited the Bahamas
and the Caribbean in terms
of providing duty-free market
access to European states for
their exports.
Yet the Cotonou Agree-
ment runs against World
Trade Organisation (WTO)
rules, which call for reciproci-
ty or trade preferences that
flow to both parties in a trade
agreement, and the EU is not
going to seek a WTO waiver
for.that agreement's continu-
ation.
Therefore, and with the
Bahamas unable to access the
EU's General System of
Preferences (GSP) because it.
is classified as a developed
nation, this nation's exporters
to Europe chiefly the fish-
eries industry, Bacardi's rum
products (for one final year),
and Polymers International -
would likely lose their duty-
free market access to the EU
if the Bahamas did not sign
on to the EPA by December
31, 2007.
In the case of the Bahamas,
the "trade-off' to preserve
duty-free market access for
this nation's exporters was to
give up some $10-$14 million
in import and stkap duty rev-
enues earned from EU-origi-
nated imports per year.
This was seen as helping to
maintain the Bahamas'
favourable $20 million net
positive trade balance with
the EU, this nation having
exported $66 million worth of
products in 2004 and import-
ed just over $44 million.
Many EU imports are
allowed to enter the
Bahamas duty-free, given
that they are used in the
tourist industry.


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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..."
Adventure Learning
Centre press statement

night was a bless-
ing, it impacted
my life...
One year-old Romin Al-
Fajeen and his big six-year-
old brother, Shamar Chaka
St Rose, were on their best
behaviour on the night of
Saturday, December 8, doing
everything their parents told
them to do from homework
and cleaning up their room to
brushing teeth.
For what reason? (Gener-
ally, they are good, well-man-
nered boys) Well, they didn't
want to miss the Adventure
Learning Centre's first ever
two-night Christmas Extrava-
ganza, featuring a drive-
through Christmas lights dis-
play and progressive Christ-
mas story with live characters
and a natvity scene.
Learn
And. more importantly,
they were eager to learn that
their s 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 1
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.
the boys were given compli-


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PARENTS piled into the Queen's College auditorium on
Wednesday night to watch their little primary school darlings (see
photos) stage a Christmas Play.
Tile students girls were dressed in festive-coloured dresses or
skirt and blouse and boys in long, dark pants, white shirt and red
tie acted in short, fun-filled skits, sang lovely Christmas songs
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Christmas sweaters. They're like U Choose a clutch with a hint of holiday spirit, like something
dandelions. Most people hate in red or green.
'em (there's a reason most stores N Accessorize with holly or angel jewellery.
already slashed their Christmas 0 Don Christmas touches if they are tasteful like small
sweater prices in half), though prints so, if you cross your legs, a hint of pattern peeks out.
a select few crusade for the hol- U Wear a necktie in Christmas tones.
iday wear. U Wear a Christmas headband or fashion scarf.
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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 N Anything shaped like Frosty the Snowman, a Christmas
kids love it," says Jene Luciani, tree or a menorah.
fashion columnist and host of 0 Holiday earrings and a necklace and a bracelet.
the style segment on local tele- Three-dimensional socks. No pompoms, no twinkling
vision here. "Otherwise, they're lights, no bows.
just gaudy." A necktie that sings "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Rein-
So here are some do's and deer."
don't of adding touches of hol- U Santa hats (unless you're reading "'Twas the Night Before
iday spirit to your wardrobe. Christmas").
Keep in mind; subtlety is key 0 A thick, black glossy Santa belt.
the holiday infusion should add
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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-
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out.
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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.
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ences.
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DALE ROE and
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Cox News Service
AlUSTIN, 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."
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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 on
other consoles. Other recom-
mended games: "Call of Duty
4: Modem Warfare,". "Time Cri-
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including "God of War II,"
"Guitar Hero 111," 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 gainers
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."
-D.R.
For the Nintendo DS
The undisputed champ of


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-
nond/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
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the PSP was "Sid Meier's
Pirates," which was an OK game
for PC but a much better game
on the smaller platform.
Also recommended:
"Burnout: Dominator," "Metal
Gear Solid: Portable Ops,"
"Final Fantasy Tactics: The War
of the 1. ions," and "Ratchet &
Clank: Size 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
"BioShock" 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
;oice 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 play 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, if
not especially innovative "Gui-
tar Hero 111: 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. I
know I'm out on a limb with this
one, but 1 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 up: 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
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American-Statesman. E-
mail: ogallaga AT states-
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For 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,
tQey 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
and the 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
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Chapter and Verse," which
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and photos.
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unvarnished look at his life on
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up during an earthquake and ran
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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 memoir.
"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.
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"So 'ai', all ol" the music
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Slash book signing on Long
Isl.an Sales for his book have
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about I.ed Zeppelin: "No One
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Doors: and Motley Crue's "The
Dir t 'onfessions of the World's
Most Notorious Rock Band."
What seems new now is a
renewed push for autobiogra-
ph publishers say. They point
to the overall strong demand for
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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 21X),(XX) 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-
rad. "And if he can't remember,
what about Keith? Let's just
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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.
GIFIT 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
towel both items can be reused, she added.
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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 or 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
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about 90 per cent less energy, according to
Environment Canada. "What we find is cus-
tomners like them a lot because on the one
hand they waste a lot less electricity," said
Stephane Surprenant with Montreal-based
Acccs Decor which specializes in commercial
and residential light installations. "We would
like to think it's an environmental issue, but
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-
board. Maloney suggests using an automat-
ic timer.
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:
*Stay 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.
*Dust 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,(XX) 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
metal, glass or aluminum bottles instead.


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.
Chdistmas 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 unusthal 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 ab uit
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
underside. Grow it indoors, out of direct light.


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