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Police find PLP MP 'in

birthday suit' with woman

in church car park


POLICE sources have con-
firmed that PLP MP for MICAL
V Alfred Gray was found by
officers in the back seat of a car
with an unknown woman, in the
parking lot of a Methodist
Church in Yamacraw.
According to sources, the
alleged incident was discovered
on November 20 at 10pm. Calls
for Mr Gray to confirm or deny
these reports were unsuccessful
as Mr Gray left Nassau with his
family yesterday for a vacation.
Reportedly officers were on
"routine patrol" in the area
when they noticed two cars
parked in the parking lot of the
Methodist church. However,
upon inspection, officers discov-
ered that the MP and a "female
companion" who sources con-
firm was not Mr Gray's wife -


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Kerzner unveils The Reef tower


were found in the backseat of
one of the vehicles.
Mr Gray, it is alleged, was
SEE page 16


Senator calls for return
of capital punishment
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
SENATOR Frederick McAlpine yesterday said that in order
to instil fear in criminals, the country needs to "fix the laws" and
get on with the executions.
This call for the return of capital punishment, Reverend
McAlpine said, is merely his opinion. He said that as long as cap-
ital punishment is on the books, "it is the law of the land" and
as such should be adhered to.
SEE page 16


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bon for the official opening of The Reef. See pages eight and nine for more photos.


* By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
KERZNER International
unveiled the conclusion of its
phase three $1 billion develop-
ment with the opening of its
newest tower, The Reef, yes-
terday at the Atlantis Resort,
Paradise Island.
Touted as the "first of its
kind" at The Atlantis Resort,
the new 497-key tower will olk rr
guests a residential experience
with the "beach as a backyard"
while maintaining conservation
and protection of the world's
oceans. *
At the ribbon-cutting cere-
mony Wednesday morning, Sol
Kerzner, Chairman of Kerzner
International, said that since


1994 the resort has experienced
significant growth from 1,100
keys when the first phase
opened to some 4,000 keys
operating presently.
He credited the Bahamas'


resources, natural and human
as one of the cornerstones of
the resort's unparalleled suc-
cess.
SEE page 17


Churches 'prosperity message' criticised
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
CHURCHES in the Bahamas were yesterday accused of going
too far in preaching the message of prosperity, as church leaders
were castigated for focusing more on the trappings of wealth than
on the spiritual well-being of the people.
Senator Rev Frederick McAlpine in making his contribution to
Juries Amendment Act in the Upper Chamber yesterday said that
churches should not be just about "big buildings, padded pews,
SEE page 17


Final redundancy
payments for
Royal Oasis
workers today
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT Former Roy-
al Oasis employees are being
paid their final payments in
redundancy money today at the
Hilton Outten Convention Cen-
tre in Freeport.
Government received
approval in the House of
Assembly for $4 million to pay
the former employees who were
laid off in 2004 after the resort
closed following extensive hur-
ricane damage.
Ceva Seymour, a former
employee and spokesman for
her colleagues, said the workers
are very happy to be receiving
the balance of their money in
time for Christmas.
She said that their hopes of
getting their monies before
Christmas have been fulfilled
by the FNM government.
In the past three years, for-
mer workers have endured
financial hardship. Some have
been forced to leave Freeport in
search of employment in New
SEE page 17

Election court
process 'has
strengthened
democracy'
* By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net
THE democracy of the
Bahamas has been strengthened
by the election court process.
said Philip "Brave" Davis, as
the PLP rested its case yester-
day before Senior Justice Anita
Allen and Justice Jon Isaacs.
It was expected that the
Pinewood election court chal-
lenge would end yesterday with
the justices taking the matter
into deliberations before a final
ruling. However, FNM lead
lawyer Michael Barnett is now
scheduled to argue several
points of law raised by Mr
Davis in his final argument, on
December 27th.
Mr Davis ended the session
yesterday declaring that the
case of the Petitioner Allvson
Maynard-Gibson ends where
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THE TRIBUNE


The Bahamas at 'sink or


swim' point with tourism


DIRECTOR GENERAL of Tourism Ms Vernice Walkine is pictured speaking with Sandals Royal
Bahamian's assistant spa manager, Aketa Smith, after a training session at the resort.


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THE current state of tourism is
such that the Bahamas is at a point
"where we will either sink or swim",
a senior industry official warned.
Director General of Tourism Ver-
nice Walkine told managers and
supervisors at Sandals Resort that
there are more millionaires in Amer-
ica than ever before and they have
standards which are much higher
than those of visitors in the past.
Ms Walkine noted that the
Bahamian people are the country's
biggest asset and its biggest liabil-
ity.
"You have the power to make or
break the visitor's vacation experi-
ence," she told those gathered for a
seminar.
"If we don't deliver good cus-
tomer service we will lose our cus-
tomers."
"Tourism is the number one
growth industry in the world. More
and more destinations are actively
entering the tourism market as they
realise that tourism can help them
achieve their social goals," the direc-
tor general noted.

Industries
Ms Walkine explained that over
the last few years, many industries
which developing countries were
depending on began to fail, so these
countries have aggressively
embraced tourism.
"Thirty-two countries are mem-
bers of the Caribbean Tourism
Organisation. Countries like China,
Japan and Dubai are embracing
tourism and building infrastructure
as they expect a large volume of
tourists."
She added that Las Vegas spends
more than $140 million on advertis-
ing a year and Mexico spent $100
million in an attempt to rebound
after its 2005 hurricane damages.
Ms Walkine told told the employees
that they should be mindful of the
following:
There is more competition than
ever before and it continues to grow
Customers who have disposable


incomes have options and don't have
to come here
ThM public's money has to be
used to convince visitors to choose
the Bahamas
Ms Walkine said there are many
solutions to the problems facing the
country, among them the rebranding
and repositioning of the tourism
product.
"We have to celebrate our people,
our culture,our music, our food and
our heritage.
"We have to tap into new mar-
kets and out-smart, out-think and
out-shine the competition. We have
to out perform them."
She noted that in addition to being
expensive, the American housing
market is in a slump, leaving cus-
tomers with smaller disposal


incomes, and many Americans still
do not have a passport. "No one
anticipated the big affect it would
have had on our business."
Ms Walkine noted that confer-
ence and incentive trips are still "big
business", adding that "Canadians,
Europeans and the English are
embracing the Bahamas .with the
increase of the Canadian dollar, the
pound and euro."
"Out of all the hotels in Nassau
and Paradise Island, Sandals has the
highest rating and fewest com-
plaints," remarked Ms Walkine.
"Visitors enjoy the Sandals experi-
ence."
This year, Sandals was voted
Canada's Favourite hotel chain com-
ing out ahead of every other hotel
chain in the world.


0 By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
THE process of carrying out "hun-
dreds" of small repairs jobs at gov-
ernment houses built under the for-
mer administration is moving along
at a slow pace, officials said yester-
day.
Minister of Housing and National
Insurance Kenneth Russell told The
Tribune in an interview that while
some homes have been repaired, the
process is not moving as expeditious-
ly as he would like.
He speculated that his ministry
would be able to move forward with
the remaining repairs once the evalu-
ations and estimates of the total num- n n s
ber of homes needing repairs are com-
pleted.
"It's not going the way I would like for it to go. At this time we
have repaired a number of homes (but) we are still in the process of
evaluations and the estimates of quantity of work that needs to be
done.
"Hopefully by the end of next month all that will be completed and
we will know exactly what we're up against and how we're going to
finish off everything," Mr Russell said.
The FNM government has lashed out at its predecessor over the
widespread complaints of shoddy housing work, and has claimed that
there was no approved contingency funding left for repairs.
In response, former PLP minister responsible for housing Shane
Gibson spoke out last week, attempting to dispel the claims made by
government officials.
He told The Tribune that his government employed a retention
fund which represents around five per cent of each mortgage -
which can be used to finance repairs if the government acts quickly.
The retention fund is only valid for six months after the date of
construction of each home.
Yesterday, Minister Russell confirmed that this option does exist,
adding that the government has also allocated $1.5 million in the
2007/2008 budget for repairs.
"The retention is used to make good on any complaints the home-
owner has to tie contractor after construction. In a lot of cases the
retention has been paid to the contractor so we're working with
both those (homeowners) that still have the retention in the contract,
those where the contractor is prepared to go in and do repairs, and
also the money that was set aside in the (2007/2008) budget to do
repairs.
"In that case if the retention is still there we will still use the
retention to do thile repairs."
Wherever funds are retained in a contract for repairs, if the orig-
inal contractor does not want to do the work or has attempted to
repair the problems on a number of occasions but was not success-
ful, then a new contractor will be brought in to do the job, the min-
ister said.
Last week, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Housing
Brensil Rolle told parliament that hundreds of homes built under the
former government needed "urgent repairs."
"Over the last few weeks, the Ministry of Housing and National
Insurance has engaged in a process of seeking to repair the homes of
hundreds of Bahamians. Homes that the former government has
touted to the public as making Bahamians comfortable, yet in just
one subdivision approximately 87 per cent of the homes that were
constructed need to be repaired." he said in the House of Assembly
on December 10.
Complaints of "shoddy workmanship" and poor construction on
the multitude of homes built during the PLP's five year term have
plagued the ministry of late.
The ministry has also been at the centre of a number corruption
allegations resulting in an ongoing police investigation.


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felony counts

to indictment

PROSECUTORS have
added four new felony counts
to an existing indictment that
accuses two men of killing
four people aboard a fishing
charter boat on the way to
Bimini.
Kirby Logan Archer, 36,
and Guillermo Zarabozo, 20,
were already charged with
murder, robbery and kidnap-
ping.
n They could be sentenced to
death if convicted of the first-
degree murder charges.
Prosecutors have added sev-
eral violations of maritime
law, including seizing a ship
and causing death with a
firearm, Assistant US Attor-
ney Karen Gilbert said at a
brief status hearing on Thurs-
day.
Archer and Zarabozo are
accused of killing Capt Jake
Branam, 27; his wife, Kelley,
30; his half-brother Scott
Gamble, 36; and crewman
Samuel Kairy, 27.
Their bodies have not been
recovered. The defendants
have pleaded not guilty.
A trial date has not yet been
set, with US District Judge
Paul Huck saying on Thurs-
day that he will wait until the
US Justice Department
decides whether to seek the
death penalty. Gilbert said
that process 'could take up to
four months.
Archer and Zarabozo paid
$4,000 on September 22 to
hire the 47-foot "Joe Cool"
for what the boat's operators
were told was a trip to Bimini.
The two men contend the
boat was set upon by Cuban
pirates after leaving Miami
and that those unknown men
fatally shot the four people
and had their bodies thrown
overboard.
After the "Joe Cool" was
reported missing, the Coast
Guard located the boat adrift
and out of fuel far south of its
course to Bimini.
Archer and Zarabozo were
found a few miles away in the
boat's life raft, along with their
luggage. Both are being held
without bond.


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MEN OF BAHAMIAN DESCENT BELIEVED TO BE PART OF GANG



'Smash and grab' robbers plague Florida


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
A GANG of thieves includ-
ing some men believed to be of
Bahamian or Haitian descent -
are keeping Florida law
enforcement agents busy this
Christmas season, perpetrating
"smash and grab" store rob-
beries across the state.
The robbers travel together
in style, using high-end rental
cars Mercedes, BMWs, Infini-
tis and Chryslers and to date,
are thought to have been
responsible for the theft of hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars
worth of goods, including jew-
ellery, watches, computers and
cell phones, The St Petersburg
Times has reported.
In one heist, six thieves
reportedly travelled in three
cars: a white 500 or 700 series
BMW, a white Chrysler 300 and
a black sports car.
In all the incidents, the
licence plates are covered with
duct tape.
Police came to the conclusion
that one group may be respon-
sible for the string of burglaries,
beginning in August, after notic-
ing similarities in the style in
which the thefts were carried
out.
Striking closed stores early in
the morning, St Petersburg
police said that one of the rob-


bers there are always between
four and six in total will break
through the front door with an
axe, another smashes the glass
display cases, while two or three
others grab as much jewellery as
they can and stuff it into bags.
Outside, getaway cars are wait-
ing.
"Once inside, they're in and
out in under two minutes," St
Petersburg police Sgt Gary
Dukeman, told The St Peters-
burg Times. The men are said to
take efforts to hide their identi-
ties by "covering (themselves)
from head to toe."

Distinct
Their distinct style of oper-
ating has caused the police to
dub them the "the Smash and
Grab .Burglary Ring."
Sgt Dukeman said that at one
point the group was hitting
three to 12 stores a month.
The Florida Department of
Law Enforcement is now co-
ordinating with local police
departments in their campaign
to put a stop to the criminals'
activities.
"Right now, we're just trying
to put a net over the whole
thing . It's tough," said Sgt
Dukeman. The senior officer
told The Tribune yesterday that
police believe they have identi-
fied some of the individuals


involved and are currently in
the process of seeking arrest
warrants for those men.
He said that previous arrests
in one of the incidents, and oth-
er intelligence led police to
determine that some within the
group may be of Bahamian or
Haitian descent.
The thieves are suspected of
targeting at least three jewellery
stores in St Petersburg, one in
Clearwater, one in Hernando
County and attempting to break
into another in Pasco County.
Other stores in Florida, and
some in Alabama and Georgia,
have also been burglarised.
On Sunday, six burglars took
about $50,000 in jewellery from
the David Reynolds Jewelry
Store in St Petersburg. Taken
together, the total price tag on
gold, silver and platinum jew-
ellery stolen in three St Peters-
burg incidents comes to
$204,000.
In the December 13 Clear-
water robbery, store owner
Mary Ann Huck reported that
thieves took about $6,800 worth
of stainless steel bracelets, gold
belly rings, sterling silver jew-
ellery and gold earrings.
Marvin Shavilan, owner of
Bond Diamonds in St Peters-
burg, whose store was bur-
glarised on December 9, called
the thieves "brazen."
"They're good at what they
do," he said.


EXTRAMURAL WORK PROGRAMMES


Inmates reportedly barred from

attending church on Sundays


* By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net
Prisoners on the prison's
extramural work programme
are upset that they are no
longer allowed to attend church
on Sunday, an inmate has
claimed.
In a phone interview with The
Tribune, the inmate suggested
that the move to stop the men
attending church goes against
the spirit of promoting the
men's successful rehabilitation.
"All of us have never caused
a problem. There were only 12
of us for quite some time and
we were doing great," he said.
The source claims the change
came about after a number of
new inmates were placed on the
church scheme at the request
of the government appointed
Advisory Committee on the
Prerogative of Mercy.
He claims that the move to
deny the men the opportunity
to go to church is retrogressive,
and seems to have been taken
unilaterally by one of the offi-
cers in charge of the pro-
gramme, which allows inmates
to work outside the prison dur-
ing the week.
The source, who has been on
the programme for over five
years, requested that Minister
of National Security Tommy
Turnquest meet with the men
"so he can really know what's
going on."
The individual suggested that
the action to stop he and others
attending church goes against


"All of us have never caused a
problem. There were only 12
of us for quite some time and
we were doing great."


statements previously made by
Mr Turnquest in relation to the
rehabilitation of prisoners.
"If they keep chipping away
at it like this, then it means
Tommy Turnquest saying one
thing and they are doing the
contrary. I feel that the minister
is really out there trying to help
prisoners, I feel he is really try-
ing," he said.
Yesterday however, Mr Turn-
quest said that he did not
believe that meeting with the
men would be "appropriate."
"We recogonise that persons
on those schemes are incarcer-


ated. These (intra and extra-
mural work) programmes are-
used as mechanisms to facili-
tate their reintegration and- .-
rehabilitation into society (but)
those persons are still paying a
debt to society."
In relation to the inmate's
complaint that they are no
longer able to do something
that they were before that is,
attend church Mr Turnquest
said: "The extraniural work
scheme allows inmates to work
Monday to Friday., that's all that
it does. I can't speak to any-
thing other than that."
He said that while he has pre-
viously spoken on the need for
greater efforts towards rehabil-
itation of prisoners, his com-
ments were not "necessarily
meant in that context".
However, Mr Turnquest did
state that efforts have been
made to ensure that "more
true" reports on the rehabilita-
tive progress of inmates on the
programme can be made avail-
able to the Advisory Committee
on the Prerogative of Mercy,
the government appointed com-
mittee with responsibility for
granting amnesties, pardons and
commutations of sentences.


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What was that all about?


BALI, Indonesia As readers of this column
know, I have a rule that there is a simple way to
test whether any Arab-Israeli peace deal is real
or not: If you need a Middle East expert to
explain it to you, it's not real. I now have the
same rule about global climate agreements: If
you need an environmental expert to explain it
to you, it's not real.
I needed 10 experts to explain to me the Bali
climate agreement and I was there! I'm still
not quite sure what it adds up to. I'm not
opposed to forging a regime with 190 countries
for reducing carbon emissions, but my gut tells
me that both the North and South Poles will
melt before we get it to work.
There is a better way. Just make America
the model of how a country can grow prosper-
ous, secure, innovative and healthy by becoming
the most clean, energy-efficient nation in the
world and let everyone follow us.
Unfortunately, the Bush team has not been
able to lead on this. issue for two reasons.
First, its credibility is shot, even though if you
add up all the clean energy, biofuel and other
programmes the administration has initiated
over the past two years, plus the half-a-loaf
energy bill spearheaded by the Democrats that
the president is scheduled to sign today, they're
not a zero anymore.
There was a revealing encounter here Thurs-
day between the U.S. negotiating team 4and4
environmentalists that was worthy of pay-per-
view. The American team was giving its.big
briefing. The room was packed with activists
from around the world. They came loaded to
carve up the Americans, who, it was just
assumed, had to be stupid because they repre-.
sented the Bush administration.
And then something unexpected happened.
For 90 minutes, Andy Karsner, who runs the
Department of Energy's renewable energy pro-
grammes, James Connaughton, who heads
White House climate policy, and their col-
leagues put on a PowerPoint performance that
was riveting in its understanding of the climate
problem and the technologies needed to solve it.
Their mastery of the subject was so impressive
that it left this room full of global activists emo-
tionally confused: On the one hand, it was obvi-
ous that these U.S. officials really knew their
stuff, yet on the other, I'd bet not a single per-
son there believed they reflected the true Bush
policy.
As if reading the minds of everyone there,
Malini Mehra, the chief executive of the Centre
for Social Markets, an Indian activist group,
took the microphone and, in so many words,
asked the Bush aides: Who are you and what


planet did you come from? It could not possibly
be from planet Bush.
"Anyone who has been listening to the news
on climate change knows that there has been
one message from this administration that
any serious action on climate change threatens
the U.S. economy and our way of life," Mehra
said to me later.
So to now hear these American technocrats
"present what was a thoughtful analysis that
made sense, flies in the face of what we have
come to know about this administration," she
added.
A lot of this is the price America is paying for
the gratuitous way President Bush trashed the
Kyoto treaty in 2001, without presenting any
alternative for six years. Message to world: "Get
lost. We only care about ourselves."
So now, when both Bush and Congress have
moved a little, few people believe even that is
for real. As Irwandi Yusuf, the governor of
Indonesia's Aceh province, bluntly said to me:
"We don't believe the Americans in this admin-
istration."
The other reason we can't be a model is that
whatever the U.S. is now doing to address the
global warming challenge, it is not transforma-
tional. It is an incremental approach to a scale
problem that can only be solved by triggering
massive innovation in clean power. And without
S-a price signal a carbon tax or cap-and-trade
system to make it profitable to invest enor-
mous sums, long term, in new clean technolo-
gies, it will not happen at scale.
The Bush team loves new technologies, but
not the price signals needed to initiate them. By
the way, finance or energy ministers who deal
with price signals weren't even at the Bali con-
vention, which was dominated by environmen-
tal regulators.
"This is a problem of economic transforma-
tion, not environmental regulation,' said Glenn
Prickett, senior vice president at Conservation
International. "The transformation needed will
require far more than just passing one law or
signing one treaty. It will require the same lev-
el of focus and initiative that the Bush admin-
istration is devoting to the war on terror. No
political leader in the U.S. is approaching this
issue yet with anywhere near the seriousness
required."
So I still don't know what Bali was about,
but I do know that it was incremental, not trans-
formational and incrementalism, when it
comes to clean energy, is just a hobby.
(This article was written by
Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times
News Service c. 2007).


Congratulations




on your fifty




remarkable years


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I WOULD be grateful if
you would grant me space
in your paper for this mes-
sage.
I would like to congratu-
late you most sincerely on
your 50 remarkable years at
The Tribune. I regret that
my travels interfered with
getting this message into the
special supplement which
honoured your achieve-
ment.
I have known you since
school days at St. Francis
Xavier's Academy, now
Xavier's Lower School.
Your entire family were stu-
dents there, as was my fam-
ily, but I remember you as
one of those perfect stu-
dents who was always held
up as an example to the rest
of us. I don't remember
your uniform ever being
untidy, nor a hair out of
place. I can't say the same
for your sister Joan, and me.
We would come in after
recess, soiled and messy,
having participated in a
game of "rounders" with
the older girls, and having
been "bruised" many times
by Barbara Hanna.
We attended St. Francis
Church as a family, as did


you. Those were the days of
Father Brendan and Father
Leonard, later to be Bish-
op Leonard. Then we were
all off to school away from
home, and when we saw you
next it was at your wedding,
a memorable event in more
ways than one.
Over the years you have
taken on several roles; as
wife, mother, editor and
businesswoman. You also
found time to be a loving
and caring daughter, and to
keep a watchful eye on all
your brothers and sisters.
It is your role as editor of
The Tribune, however, for
which you are best known, a
role at which you have
excelled. Your unrelenting
determination to bring the
news to the Bahamian pub-
lic has not won you unani-
mous support in this com-
munity, but popularity has
never interested you, nor is
it a sign of personal success.
Your job, as you saw it, was
to tell us the news, the way
it happened, without fear of
reprisal or disfavour.


This you have done with
full commitment, missing -
over the years many of
the events and celebrations
enjoyed by others, so that
the paper would be ready
for the press and on time
each day.
You have tackled the
many challenges that have
come your way with sheer
determination.
When called upon by a
reader to follow up a story
or pursue a new lead, my
experience has been that
you have always done so
with spirited enthusiasm. I
can attest to this!
It was fitting that your
family and staff should pre-
pare such a splendid tribute
to your achievements and
surprise you with it. I am
sure it gave you much plea-
sure and joy.
You are a remarkable
woman, and both you and
your dear Tribune are
respected at home and
abroad. Congratulations,
and may you continue in
good health and full
strength for many years to
come.
LYNN HOLOWESKO
Nassau,
December 14, 2007


EDITOR, The Tribune.
UNAUTHORISED
putting up of banners, signs
etc, seems to be totally out of
control these days.
The latest it seems every
telephone pole has a
junkanoo image advertising
The Marina Junkanoo
Christmas wrapping paper.
Did Physical Planning
Director, Michael Major give
these people approval?
The soda beverage compa-
nies continue unabated to
put up signs everywhere and
have tried to seemingly get
around regulations by pro-
viding community events a


plastic banner on which the
event advertises their event
with the background of the
Soda Company's name.
Bay Street, especially near
First Caribbean Internation-
al Bank, you see those ugly
signs which adds to the dilap-
idating state of disrepair of
the once regal Bay Street
whilst the Nassau Promotion
Board is unable to keep this
in order and have the street
light poles freshly painted
and where we once had
those old style lamp poles
replaced.
It seems we simply do not
care anymore about our
appearance.


If we are not watching be
assured others who bring the
tourists who pay the bills are.
To the obvious we have a
lot of atheist business owners
who want us all to forget the
real reason for this season
other than the commerciali-
sation of the birth of Christ
and the celebration of Christ-
mas on December 25th.
You certainly will not get a
dime from me this Christ-
mas!
Why do we copy every-
thing ugly from America?
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Nassau,
December 9, 2007.


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2007, PAGE 5


THE TRIBUNE


* In brief

Appeal being
heard against
condo scheme
at ferry dock
AN appeal was being heard
in Abaco last night against a
condominium project at the
ferry dock in Marsh Harbour.
Locals protested at the size
of the building and its prox-
imity to the waterfront.
They are also claiming that
work has continued on site in
defiance of a local government
instruction to halt operations
pending the appeal.
The Crossing Waterfront
Condominium was said by
locals to be too close to the
island's northern shoreline.
"There is resentment here
that a decision in favour of the
development is going to be
taken by councillors from
Dundas Town and Murphy
Town, not Marsh Harbour,"
said a local source.

Archaeologist
called in to

examine ruins
in south Abaco

AN archaeologist is being,
called in by the government
to examine ruins in south
Abaco which are under threat
from a resort development.
The ruins at Barque Bay
and Lantern Head are of inde-
terminate origin, though one is
believed to be an old French
settlement, and the other a
former whaling station.
The ruins are said by locals
to be under threat from a golf
course project near Hole-in-
the-Wall.
The developer has been
asked to stop work near the
ruins until a full appraisal of
their worth has been, carried
out.
Ten days ago, representa-
tives of the BEST Commis-
sion, the Bahamas National
Trust and the government's
antiquities department visit-
ed the sites.
Locals had expressed con-
cern that roads being laid for
the new resort were posing a
threat to the ruins.

Conference of
the Methodist
Church sends
festive greeting

THE Bahamas Conference
of the Methodist Church
issued a Christmas message to
the public yesterday.
Conference president Mrs
Kenris Carey, along with vice
president Rev Dr Laverne
Lockhart, general secretary
Dr Reg Eldon, treasurer Vin-
cent Knowles, all members of
staff, ministers and pastors
said they wish "for you and
yours a blessed, peaceful and
safe Christmas Season".
"It is our prayer that you
will take time to reflect on the
many blessings of this year.
We pray also that you will
remember the less fortunate,
those men, women and young
people in prison and the many
people who work as enforcers
of the law in our country.
"We pray for the governor
general and his family; the
prime minister and the gov-
ernment, the leader of the
opposition and the opposition
and all those persons who
work in the helping profes-
sions each week, day after day
to help make our country safe
and progressive: the police,
the defence force, doctors,


nurses, social workers, teach-
ers, health care workers and
persons involved in child
care," the message said.
"We pray for all those peo-
ple involved in the world of
tourism; we pray that attitudes
will soften and that each per-
son will come to realise the
important part that they play
in helping with the sustaining
of the economy of our coun-
try.
"Let's open our arms wide
this Christmas and say boldly
and enthusiastically: 'God
Bless us every one'."


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Age of sex consent under fire


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
rmissick@tribunemedia.net
THE current age of sexual
consent is antagonisingg to the
home", according to Senator
Rev Frederick McAlpine.
If 16-year-olds are free to
decide whether or not to have
sex, why not allow them to help
decide who governs the coun-
try, he asked yesterday during
his contribution to the debate
on proposed amendments to the
Juries Act.
"You want parents to run
their home, keep their children
in check, prevent promiscuity
so that we can have a less
promiscuous society; but yet
previous governments passed a
law that says a 16-year-old child
is at a consensual age to have
sex, a law that I feel only
encourages many old men to
prey on 16 and 17-year-olds girls
and some homosexuals to break
our young boys into an alterna-
tive lifestyle," Rev McAlpine
said.


Law is encouraging many

old men to prey on girls of

16 and 17, claims Senator


The senator said that future
administrations should not
encourage this "parents-versus-
government" situation by sup-
porting such laws.
"You're not permitted to vote
until you're 18, you should not
be condoned or encouraged to
have sex by any institution at a
minor age especially in a world
where sexually transmitted dis-
eases and AIDS are virtually
the order of the day," he said.
Rev McAlpine said govern-
ments should not seek to pass
legislation that makes it difficult
for parents to fulfil their
parental duties.
"In other words what I'm say-
ing is: parents have an obliga-
tion, both to God and man, not
to abdicate their parental duties


to the state; but in the same
breath, governments should not
make it confrontational for par-
ents to do just that. Govern-
ments should expect us, as par-
ents, to control and run our
home, and discipline our chil-
dren; rightfully so.
"However, at the same time
governments have passed laws
causing a child to call the police
on a parent, and then the police
calls Social Service for the par-
ent who has been lovingly feed-
ing the child, clothing the child
and educating the child.
"The child knowing this law
threatens the parent. Then the
government tells parents it's the
Child Protection Act. What
about the act that protects the
parents'?" the senator asked.


Million Air airport changing


its name to Odyssey Aviation


MILLION AIR airport has
announced that it is changing
its name to Odyssey Aviation.
"The re-branding is part of
the evolution of this progres-
sive company's vision, aimed at
continuing to give clients the
best possible personalised ser-
vice," said a statement from the
operators.
The facility, located south of
the Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional Airport, is the first of
what is reportedly expected to
be a small group of new
Odyssey Aviation locations, ser-
vicing primarily the private and
corporate aviation market.
"Odyssey Aviation owner-
ship, management, and support
teams will remain the same, as
will the company's grounding
in and dedication to
quality customer ser-
vice," said the state-
ment.
It said the change
allows "a new free-
dom" to deliver
improvements in service and
facilities in a timely manner,
more flexibility and an oppor-
tunity to express more regional
pride, "showing off our unique
qualities as a Bahamian owned
and operated facility".
With this development, the
company said it will adopt a
new corporate identity system,
including new branding and sig-
nage, a new websitW and logos.
The facility first opened its
doors in 1996, at that time
named Nassau Jet Centre.
Less than a year later, it was
invited to join the Million Air
chain, which it remained a part
of for a decade.
"Open 24 hours a day, the
facility is truly an oasis in travel,
committed to unparalleled cus-


He said that if the Bahamas
had more principle-oriented
homes, the country would have
less crime.
"If we have less crime, fewer
of our men would be in prison.
The less criminal activity we
have as a country, the less jurors
would have to sit to hear cases.
In the modern Bahamas today,
where most parents want their
minor .children to be their
friends as opposed to them
being parents, these are some
of the major root-causes for the
escalation of crime in our
nation," he said.
"There can be no two-ways
about it; when the home is
weak, communities are weak;
the nation is only as weak as the
home. Strong homes produce
disciplined inhabitants. Hence,
we are at this juncture as it
relates to civil society and crime.
We are reaping what we have
sown; and everybody who is
somebody is now scratching
their head trying to figure out
how we got here," the senator
said.


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REBRANDING: Air passengers will now be taking off from
Odyssey Aviation whose logo is pictured left.
tomer service, a
refreshing change
from the common frustrations
most travellers are now unfor-
tunately used to," the statement
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It noted that the facility has
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Coast Guard helicopters.
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Public are asked to support


'Stop the Violence'


concert


THE Young Bahamian Music
Society is asking the public to
support its free "Stop the Vio-
lence" concert, which will be
held on Awarak Cay on Satur-
day.
Minister of State for Youth
and Sports Byran Woodside said
the ministry fully supports the
society, as well as the event.
"We are appealing to the gen-
-era'-public to come out and
show some love. It comes at a
time where we are at a stage in
this country where violence is
of concern," he said.
Mr Woodside said at a press
conference that he believes the
event will allow young people
to send out positive messages.
"That is the most important
part of this programme which
excites me the fact that this is
going to be a stage for young
people to get opportunities to
enhance their talents and to be
discovered," he said.
Also in attendance at the
press conference were Dwight
Jones, director of the Young
Bahamians Music Society and
three artists that will be featured
at the concert: Lakeisha Fergu-
son (Ke Ke Baby), Brian Evans
(B Evans) and Andre Johnson.

Contest
Mr Jones said the free con-
cert will involve an "open mic"
session early in the afternoon,
then a positive rap song writing
contest in which young people
who have already submitted
songs will let the audience
decide the winner.
Later in the evening, young
Bahamian recording artists will
perform their songs which have
been aired on the radio or
recorded and, finally, there will
be "the rest of the best," where
people involved in the Young
Bahamian Music Society who
have already recorded and
released an album will perform.
"What we really would like
to do with this project is to bring
focus on the fact that we think
young people can communicate
positively to their peers in ways
other sectors of the community
may not be able to," Mr Jones
said.
"The Young Bahamian Music
Society feels we are a good pro-
gramme to provide the commu-
nity with what we like to call
'high profile youth role models'.


"These young people are here
to represent that, and let it be
known they really want to do
something in terms of curbing
some of the violence that is
going on in the Bahamian com-
munity today."
The Young Bahamian Music
Society runs a studio on the cor-
ner of Meadow and Augusta
Street, which young Bahamians
can use free of charge.
"Without a programme like
this, the young people could not
afford the $65 to $75 an hour it
takes to record music, which
ends up being if you want to
do it properly around 30
hours, which turns into thou-
sands of dollars," Mr Jones not-
ed.
"In our last three years, we
have provided over a quarter of
a million dollars in recording
time in production assistance to
young Bahamians."
Mr Jones asked for corporate
help, as the society has only
received financial support from
three or four businesses.
"We think it is important that
people in the corporate com-
munity understand that music
is something young people can
relate to," he said.
"It has a calming effect for
young people and, at the same
time, it is a universal method of
getting positive messages
across."


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Around you and took you home to rest;
His garden is very beautifid because You are there.
We know that to be absent from this body is to be
Present with the Lord."

Sadlv missed but jbondly remembered by your
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Collas Miller-Pinder, Rev. Dr. Jackson
Miller, JP and Sylvia Miller-Knowles;
grandchildren Christy and Crystal Pinder,
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THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2007, PAGE 7


LOCAL NEWS


Convicted murderer described


as 'deceptive and mani


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
CONVICTED murderer lan
Hutchinson was described yesterday
as being "deceptive and manipula-
tive" by a probation officer who also
revealed in court that the convict
has a violent past.
Hutchinson was convicted on Sep-
tember 19 of the brutal murder of
softball star Jackie Moxey, 44. Pros-
ecutors claimed that Hutchinson on
October 25, 2005, lured his late girl-
friend from her job at Bahamas
Information Services (BIS), took her
on a drive that ended in the Clifton
Pier area where he gave her a brutal
beating which resulted in her death.
Jealousy was the motive for the
killing, according to prosecutors who
noted that Hutchinson was obsessed
with Moxey and incensed over alle-
gations of her infidelity. The Crown
is seeking to have Hutchinson
receive the death penalty on the
murder conviction.
Matrena Carey, a probation offi-


cer with the Department of Wellare
Services Probation Unit, told the
court during Hutchinson's sentencing
hearing yesterday that I lutchlinson
has difficulty managing his anger aMnd
appears capable of conImitting nIur-
der.
Sunmmarising a probation report,
Ms Carey told the court yesterday
that Hutchinson's ex-wife described
him as physically abusive and was
not surprised that he had been
charged with murder. According to
Ms Carey an ex-girlfriend of
Hutchinson's also described him as
being deceptive. Ms Carey told the
court that Hutchinson and ,Jackie
Moxey appeared to have a volatile
relationship that was not approved of
bv family memlibers on either side.
Ms Carey told the court that despite
the fact that Hutchinson had served
time in prison for nianslatighlei, he
did not show any signs of rehabilita-
lion. Ms C(arev told the court that
Hutchinson portrays himself as being
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During questioning by Deputy
Director of Public Prosecutions
('heryl Grant-Bethel, Ms Carey
revealed that before Hutchinson's
incarceration for the manslaughter of
a girlfriend he had also been charged
with the attempted murder of his ex-
wife. Ms Carey told the court that
she was told by Hutchinson that his
ex-wife had withdrawn the attempt-
ed murder charge.

Trial
According to Ms Carey, Hutchin-
son claimed that it was an accident.
lHowever. Ms Carey told the court
that I lutchinson's ex-wife denied
ever withdrawing the charges. Ms
Carev also revealed that during
Stlutclitinson 's marriage and even up
to lie time hlie was in a relationship
wilh lackie Moxey, he was involved
witll his present fiancee. Hutchin-
son also told Carey that he did not
lel tliat he had received a fair trial


for Moxey's murder.
During cross-examination by -
Hutchinson's attorney Murrio
Ducille, Ms Carey admitted that she
had not put to Hutchinson the alle-
gations that were made against him.
Mr Ducille also questioned Ms
Carey as to what evidence in her
report had she based the finding that
Moxey and Hutchinson had a
volatile relationship. Ms Carey told
the court that she had based her find-
ing on what a sister of Hutchinson
and a daughter of Moxey had told
her. When asked to define volatile,
Ms Carey said that she took it to
mean easily changeable. Mr Ducille
then asked whether or not volatile
meant explosive. Ms Carey admit-
ted that that was a part of the mean-
ing of the word, then went on to
admit that there was nothing in her
report to suggest that the relation-
ship of Moxey and Hutchinson was
explosive.
Mr Ducille then asked whether
she had investigated whether or not


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upcoming junkanoo parades.
Groups receiving Junkanoo monies during the presentation
were: the Saxons, Valley Boys. Roots, Music Makers, One Family,
Prodigal Sons, Conquerors for Christ, Z-Bandits and the Original
Fox Hill Congos.
"This is an annual exercise for FirstCaribbean, which is very
mindful of the high costs associated with each group's production
for the various parades," said the bank in a statement.
Shown above are: Mark Bastian, treasurer, Roots Junkanoo
Group, Boxing Day champions: Thecla Grant, managing direc-
tor's office, FirstCaribbean; Darren Bastian, chairman, One Fam-
ily Junkanoo group and Teresa Williams, managing director's
office, FirstCaribbean.


his client had pleaded guilty to
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sentencing hearing has been
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INAGUA is hoping to
become a regular port of call
for small cruise ships after this
week's successful visit by a 55-
passenger vessel on its way to
Cuba.
The MV Le Levant, which
had set off from Martinique
on a Caribbean crui,.c, was
welcomed to the island on
TIuesday by a Junkilntoo group
and a; special reception party.
Its 'high end" passengers
were then taken oni a tour of
tgut a s salt operations and
Ilamingo sanctuary, and treat-
ed to live band entertainment
on tl beIach.
The ciuise operators were
reportedly so pleased with the
call that they intend to include
Inagua on future itineraries.
Capt Stephen Fawkes, the
cruise agent, said: "The pas-
sengers had a good time, spent
a lot of money on the island
and said they wanted to come
back again.
"Locals here were so excit-
ed about it that they hope the
cruises will now come in on a.
weekly basis."
The ship's visit was the first
cruise call in five years for
Inagua, whose economy relies
heavily on salt production.
Captain Fawkvs said he
ho1)ed the c( uisec would help
dil erstfy the island s econo-
nm\ and create new business
t,1po1 Iunlities tor islanders,
"We ha\bL built a little dock
at Noil h-Wesi Point so that
ships Lan come alongside,"
said ( captain I-awkes.
This will bring much-need-
ed funds into the island and
\\ill start a new trend in
liagua
'hi. island s "mayoi chief
c ,uncillor Ronald Lee Roker


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GREETINGS: A Junkanoo group and special reception party welcome
the MV Le Levant, which set off from Martinique and visited Inagua en
route for Cuba.


- formally welcomed the ship
and went aboard to meet the
captain and crew.
Commissioner Preston Cun-
ningham, chief immigration
officer Bradley McDonald and
chief customs officer Craig
Major were also on hand for
the visit.
Captain Fawkes said: "I am
working closely with Mr
Michael Hall of Global United
in Nassau and Ms Sheila Cox
and Mr Carlos Stuart of the
Ministry of Tourism.
"We are interested in devel-
oping ari industry around
small 'high end' cruise ships,
rather than big Carnival-style
vessels.
"They made a commitment
that they would be coming


back and I am now trying to
negotiate with other cruise
lines.
"Inagua has a lot to offer.
It has the biggest flock of
flamingoes in the western
world, the greatest diversity
of birds in the Bahamas and a
major salt production plant.
"We also have lots of par-
rots in Mathew Town and
some fantastic beaches.
"Inagua is becoming a big
birding destination, especially
as Costa Rica and other bird-
ing destinations are becoming
over-travelled.
"There is plenty to see
here,"
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Abaco fossil find hailed


as a 'treasure trove'


THE prestigious National Geo-
graphic magazine is hailing a fossil
find in Abaco as a "treasure trove"
containing probably the first known
human being in the region.
The find at Sawmill Sink, an
underwater cave in a remote part
of Abaco, also unearthed skeletons
of crocodiles, tortoises and other
locally extinct creatures, including
lizards, snakes, bats and birds. Some
species were previously not known
to have lived in the West Indies area.
A report by National Geographic
News, website of the famous maga-
zine, describes the cave as a unique
'blue hole' where fresh water over-
lays salt water, creating conditions
conducive to fossil preservation.
A local source said: "We are very
excited that National Geographic
has featured this find. The presence
of salt water has enabled the bones
to be preserved so well for so long."
Sawmill Sink lies in rocky pine
forest in the interior of Abaco and
was once a dry cave that filled with
water when ancient sea levels rose.
Salty, oxygen-free water keeps
bacteria and fungi from decompos-
ing organic remains. Layers of sedi-
ment often protect artefacts.
Nancy Albury, project co-ordi-


nator and scientist with the Nation-
al Museum of the Bahamas, is quot-
ed as saying far more was going on
in the ancient Bahamas than was
formerly thought.
But the most intriguing finds, she
said, were plant fossils, which indi-
cated the leaves, flowers, fruits and
seeds found alongside animal
remains. These enabled scientists to
build up a picture of the ancient
environment, with bracken fern indi-
cating a possible fire-swept land-
scape of open grasslands.
"There are some really incredi-
ble plants coming out," Ms Albury
was quoted as saying. "Some of
them still have chlorophyl pigment.
When they are brought to the sur-
face, they are still green."
Thomas Iliffe, an American cave
expert from Texas, described
Sawmill Sink as a unique site, with
more preserved fossils than any-
where else in the world.
Stephanie Schwabe, director of
the non-profit Rob Palmer Blue
Holes Foundation in Charleston,
South Carolina, said other blue
holes in the Bahamas could yield
yet more riches.
"We have thousands of different
cave systems all over the Bahamas


and the majority of them haven't
even been explored yet," she said.
When the find was first revealed
some time ago, scientists said it was
the first indication that crocodiles
ever lived on Abaco.
Though Christopher Columbus
apparently recorded in his journal
that he and his crew ate wild croco-
dile as they passed through the
Bahamas in 1492, the reptile has not
been known to exist on the islands
in living memory. The Abaco find is
also being hailed on the Livescience
website, which credits expert diver
Brian Kakuk with the original dis-
covery, which included 25 species
of birds and a raptor known as a
caracara.
The bones were between 1,000
and 4,200 years old and have already
led experts to conclude that land-
roaming crocodiles lived on Abaco
until humans arrived.
David Steadman, a University of
Florida expert, said normally acquat-
ic crocodiles became terrestrial
predators because there was no
fresh water in the Bahamas.
He believes newly-arrived
humans would have killed tortoises
for food and the crocodiles for pro-
tection of their own children.


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Haitian president leaves for Cuba

to attend oil summit, check health


* PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
PRESIDENT Renc Preval
said Tuesday that Venezuela
has promised US$57 million in
aid to Haiti, which will be used
for airport improvements,
energy development and other
projects, according to Associ-
ate'd Press.
Preval, 64, spoke to
reporters at Port-au-Prince's
airport before traveling to
Cuba to attend a regional oil
conference and undergo rou-
tine medical tests on his
prostate.
Cuban doctors have been
treating the two-time Haitian
president since he was diag-
nosed with prostate cancer in


2001, a problem which he has
since reported is under con-
trol.
"Last time the vital signs
were good. I hope they're
going to be good this time,"
Preval said.
Several Caribbean leaders
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Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez about Petrocaribe,
Venezuela's oil financing pro-
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Preval said Haiti has extend-
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without providing details of
the arrangement.


Governor General pays




tribute to Defence Force


* By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net
GOVERNOR General
Arthur Hanna paid tribute
to the many accomplish-
ments of the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force during a spe-
cial assembly at the Coral
Harbour base.
As the representative of
the Queen of England and
the commander-in-chief of
the RBDF, the governor
general praised the nation's
first line of defence for grow-
ing into a "multi-missioned
maritime organisation with
the operational capability to
respond to a variety of
threats".


"I reminisce about your
colourful history with mixed
emotion. On one hand you
have continually outdone
yourselves in marked service
to our country and have
made us proud on so many
occasions," he said on Mon-
day.
"Events that come to mind
immediately include your
stellar performance in the
1993 to 1996 United Nations
mission in Haiti where you
received the most amount of
international medals per
capital than any other coun-
try represented."
The RBDF's ability to
overcome many challenges
and establish port security,
harbour patrol and ship rid-
ers duties, as well as the


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national youth programme the region, he has no doubt
YEAST, are especially note- the government "remains
worthy accomplishments, the ever alert to procuring
governor general added. emerging necessary new
"Conversely, you have had technologies and equipment
to share in many occasions that will make your
of pain, sorrow and disap- efforts more efficient and
pointments. The Flamingo effective."
incident of May 10,.1980 still
lingers as one event in the
life of a newly independent
Bahamas and a newly
formed Defence Force that
galvanised Bahanmians of
all backgrounds and .
emboldened our
resolve," he said.
While making a poach-
ing arrest in May of
that year, the HMBS
Flamingo was sunk
near the Ragged Island
chain by Cuban MIG
fighter planes. Four
marines were killed.
The governor general
told the crowd of offi- .
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Baha Mar gives
sponsorship
money to the
Valley Boys
junkanoo group
BAHA MAR is sponsoring
the legendary Valley Boys for
yet another junkanoo parade
season this year to the tune
of $50,000.
The company, which is
proposing a $2.6 billion devel-
opment project to bring about
the transformation of Cable
Beach, said the donation is part
of its ongoing effort to promote
Bahamian culture.
At the group's weekly Sun-
day night practice, Robert
"Sandy" Sands, Baha Mar's
senior vice president of govern-
ment and external affairs along
with the new community rela-
tions director, Leah Davis, pre-
sented the group with a cheque.
A spokesperson for the Val-
ley Boys said the group is elated
about the sponsorship money
and is also thrilled about its
ongoing relationship with Baha
Mar Resorts.
Shown in the photo from left
are: Vaughn Godet, group mar-
shal and banner committee
member; Leah Davis, Robert
"Sandy" Sands, Ashwood
"Lord Ash" Ferguson, lead
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LOCAL NEWS I


FROM page one
reportedly in his "birthday suit" when the officers
approached the car.
Mr Gray was issued a harsh warning for his
,actions, a police source said.
According to a political source, it is claimed
that Mr Gray, who is married, lives no more than
five or six blocks away from where the incident is
alleged to have occurred.
In addition to being a Member of Parliament,
Mr Gray is a deacon at St John's Annex Baptist
Church on Wulff Road.
Recently, Mr Gray's name has been touted as
a possible candidate for the chairmanship of the


MP caught in back seat romp
Progressive Liberal Party at its National Con-
vention in February.
However, he has yet to make an official stance
on whether or not he will run for the chairman-
ship of the party.
The Tribune has attempted to gain an official
statement from members of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force. However, these efforts were unsuc-
cessful.
Calls to the PLP's chairman Raynard Rigby
for comment were also unsuccessful up to press
time.


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December 23rd, 2007 January 6th, 2008
6:00 p.m. Sunday December 23rd, 2007
"Come To Bethlehem To See The King"
A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
By The Men and Boys Choir

The Eve of The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Monday December 24th, 2007
10:30 p.m. "Sounds of Christmas"
A Christmas Eve Concert
Presented by:
Christ Church Cathedral Chorale & Youth Choir


11:45 p.m. Christmas Eve Sung Eucharist
Christmas Day
Tuesday December 25th, 2007
7:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Sung Eucharist
Monday December 31st, 2007
The 'Eve of the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus
New Year's Eve
11:00 p.m.
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Senator calls




for return




of capital




punishment


FROM page one

Rev McAlpine noted the
recent ruling of the Privy
Council that objected to
the mandatory sentencing
of death in murder trials.
He accepted that such a
ruling should not be auto-
matic, but should be at the
discretion of the judges.
"Every murder case may
not warrant the carrying
out of capital punishment,
but there are some cases
where the act of murder is
so gruesome, cruel, inhu-
mane and unconscionable,
that there can be no other
retribution for the victim's
family and the state but the
penalty of death," Rev
McAlpine informed the
Senate.
"I'm also bringing it to
the attention of my fellow
Bahamians," he said, "that
since the ruling of the Privy
Council, Justices have pro-
nounced death sentences.
Surely, we're not seeking
to make a mockery of the
Judiciary by placing per-
sons in jail, pronouncing
death sentences and not
seeking to carry them out?
This is a place where we
amend laws and make laws
with reverence to the judi-
ciary and crime.
"Madame President,
since we bring laws and
amend laws here with con-


cern to crime and the judi-
ciary, the Bahamian people
are telling us no more talk
from our side or the other
side. Fix the laws and get
on with the executions. Put
the fear into the criminals
and take the fear out of the
citizens."
Reverend McAlpine
added that his support of
the Amendments to the
Juries Act is but a step in
the right direction to fix
"that which has been bro-
ken in our country for a
very long time."
"I am deeply embar-
rassed by those opposite
who refuse to support this
Bill when we're up against
things in the judiciary such
as: a man shoots a woman
and kills her; shoots the
mother of his children;
spends less than 10 years in
prison; who by the way as
far as I'm concerned should
not have even been consid-
ered for parole at such an
early stage of his sentence
after being incarcerated for
those crimes. Only for this
same man to be let out and
to kill another female in
less than five years from
the time he was paroled.
And now he has returned
to Her Majesty's Prison.
And we're publicly debat-
ing capital punishment?
"Madame President, we
would not want to even
know the politics behind all


of that, which resulted in
the death of another
female. This happened and
not on our watch. Those
opposite are responsible for
over 100 persons who have
committed the crime of
murder to be out on bail,
because they, through the
Office of the Attorney
General, failed to see to it
that these persons were put
to trial within the reason-
able time frame. That's
unacceptable.
"We heard the saying,
'justice delayed is justice
denied'. Members opposite
sit, stand and talk about
what they think we should
do to improve the judiciary.
They say this amendment
isn't doing anything to
improve the judiciary.
These are the same people
who had five years to do
what they're telling us we
must do in seven months.
Yet they refused to do it
themselves when the
opportunity presented
itself," he said.
Rev McAlpine said that
the judiciary has had its
share of problems, but
while the PLP was in office
from 2002 to 2007, they did
more to worsen the system
than help it.
"Never were these days
seen under the Pindling or
Ingraham Government.
That's just the indisputable
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Election court process 'has


strengthened democracy'


FROM page one

it began, which is attempting to
dispel concerns in the commu-
nity that the election court pro-
ceedings initiated by his client
were to quell hurt feelings.
The Bahamian democracy, he
said, requires that the will of
the community be determined.
And it is for this reason, he con-
tinued, that the proceedings
were initiated by the Petitioner.
When asked for the record
by Senior Justice Anita Allen
if he thinks scrutiny of the votes
is necessary. Mr Davis declared
that there is "no doubt" that
scrutiny will have to occur. The
only question, he said, is how
many votes are in question.
Scrutiny, or a recount, is nec-


essary when the number of
votes to be removed exceeds
the margin of victory in the
election. In this case, Byran
Woodside won the seat by 64
votes.
The parties have already
agreed that 85 votes should be
discounted from the joint list of
183 voters presented by both
the PLP and FNM. If the jus-
tices accept that 85 votes should
be removed, or increase the
number, a recount will occur.
Based on the evidence, the
PLP and FNM have agreed that
along with the 85 votes that
should be removed,'56 should
remain, with the other 42 votes
remaining in dispute.
Mr Davis also argued yester-
day that he thinks the number
of votes to be discounted should


Churches 'prosperity message' criticised

VROM page one *

utamless windows, air-condition, drapes, fancy cars and entertain-
ment."
.here are 52 Sundays in a year and far too many preachers are
pi caching this prosperity message 50 Sundays out of the year. The
two Sundays many of them may change the message is Easter and
Christmas," he said.
Rev McAlpine urged the churches "for the sake of the nation" to
begin to articulate and orate the message of "repentance, forgive-
ness, healing, gentleness, meekness, the ten commandments and lov-
ing thy neighbour."
"For the sake of our country I speak to the bishops, apostles,
archdeacons, fathers, reverend doctors, pastors, evangelists and tele-
evangelists. We must get up from these throne-like pulpits, with our
crystal-drinking glasses, Armani suits and alligator shoes, and once
again consider the poor in this country," he said.
The senator said that there are some persons from his "spiritu-
al fraternity" who want Bahamians to believe that the church is cur-
rently in "its greatest hour."
"Yet, crime remains at an all time high, despite the many revivals,
retreats, national and international conferences being held in the
country," he said.
If the people of the Bahamas want to fight crime and lessen the
burden on the judiciary, he-said, then everybody from the parlia-
ment to the church has got to go back to basic values.
"In order for us to redevelop and strengthen the morale fiber of
our society we're going to have to return to basics. That's what I'm
pleading with the home and government to do, but the church, like-
wise the home and government, has its role to play in taking us back
to basics," he said.
Rev McAlpine was giving his contribution on the Bill which
seeks to decrease the number of Supreme Court jurors selected in
a non-capital case from 12 to nine.
The Act, which was introduced to parliament last month, is
aimed at. expediting the judicial process by impanelling.a smaller
jury.


The Reef unveiled


FROM page one

Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, who attended the cere-
mony, remarked that the rede-
velopment of Paradise Island,
which started in 1994, has
exceeded initial expectations.
Kerzner International's
resorts on Paradise Island rivals
and surpasses many legendary
tourism resorts around the
world, providing a standard to
be emulated around the coun-
try, he told those attending the
ceremony.
"In addition to creating new
and increased employment and
business opportunities, Kerzner
International is also proving a
different kind of investment
opportunity for enterprising
Bahamians."
Prime Minister Ingraham not-
ed one extraordinary Bahamian
entrepreneur, Clay Sweeting, a
Spanish Wells fisherman, who
has become the proud owner of
a unit at The Reef.
The Reef's contemporary-
style design offers water views
from all rooms and private bal-
conies overlooking the ocean.
The 22-story tower consists of
307 studio units, 188 one-bed-
room units and two penthouses.
Each custom designed room
features a kitchen/kitchen area
with an energy saving dish-
washer, living area stocked with
linens and tableware creating
an home-like atmosphere with a
"beach-side experience."
The Reef's one-bedroom
suites feature an en suite energy
efficient washer and dryer and
the resort provides complimen-
tary laundry facilities for all stu-
dio accommodations as well.
In addition to en suite ameni-
ties, The Reef will offer guests
unique snorkeling and in-water
interaction programmes.
Rates range from $340 per
night for a studio terrace accom-
modation to $1,750 for a deluxe
bedroom suite.
Through a partnership with
Kerzner Marine Foundation
(KMF), the Reel will be the
"main driver and debut of an
important new concept in con-
sumer travel called Blue
Tourism." Sandra Eneas, senior
director of public relations at
Ker/ner International said in a
press release issued Wednes-
day.
Blue Tourism will offer guests
the opportunity to interact and
support the ocean through a


combination of ocean-based
experiences and conservation
programmes.
The first initiative of Blue
Tourism, The Blue Project at
The Reef, will offer the fund-
ing to create coral reef conser-
vation efforts around New
Providence and Paradise Island
along with supporting the mon-
itoring of these sites, Mrs Eneas
said.
Some 8,600 Bahamians are
permanent employees of resort
properties at Kerzner with
approximately 320 of them
employed at The Reef. Approx-
imately 250 Bahamians are
employed on a part-time basis
for special events.


increase by the number votes
the sides argued over (42). This
would mean that the PLP side
hopes a total of 127 votes will be
removed from the ballot box.
Mr Davis spent almost two
days closing his case, emphasiz-
ing that the primary issue the
court has to consider is whether
or not the votes in question
were lawful. Mr Barnett has
repeatedly reminded the court
that the Petitioner's case is only
based on ordinary residence. To
this argument, the PLP lead
attorney said yesterday that in
an investigation into ordinary
residence, the court should not
discount other evidence that
emerged.


Final redundancy payments


for Royal Oasis workers today


FROM page one

Providence and the Family
Islands. And those remaining
have managed to scrape by with
part time and odd jobs here and
there.
In addition to the 900 work-
ers who received partial pay-
ments in May 2005 under the
former PLP government, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham had
also indicated that an addition-
al 131 persons who did not
receive any money would also
be paid.
The government will begin
payout from 9am to 5pm today.
According to an advertise-
ment in newspapers, only for-


mner employees who have
received partial payments, no
payment, or were paid below
the minimum wage $150 per
week will receive remuneration
and should turn out at the
Hilton Outten Convention Cen-
tre off Settler's Way.
In May, 2005, workers whose
total payment package were
under $11,000 or less were paid
in full, and those entitled to
$11,000 or more were paid 50
per cent. But, some did not
receive any redundancy pay.
Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing said govern-
ment will not require workers,
as did the PLP government in
May 2005, to sign any docu-
ments or affidavits requiring


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them to repay government any
of their redunancy money.
He also said the FNM gov-
ernment will cancel the PLP
contract signed with former
Oasis workers in 2005, which
bound them to repay govern-
ment funds paid to them at that
time.
The resort property has been
sold to Harcourt Development
for $33 million. It is estimated
that 1,000 persons will be
employed during the construc-
tion, refurbishment, manage-
ment, and operation stages of
the resort.
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HAPPY READING: Pictured along with the children are (left to right): Bob Van Bergen, vice president and gen-
eral manager; Cardinal Woods, school principal; Darius Williams, author of 'The Rail & Locomotive History of
The Bahamas' and Donald Glass, vice president of human resources.


WEST END, Grand
Bahama As part of a read-
ing programme implement-
ed earlier this year by Old
Bahama Bay at Ginn sur
Mer, local author Darius
Williams read excerpts from
his newly published book
'The Rail & Locomotive His-
tory of The Bahamas' to chil-
dren grade six and under at
the nearby West End Prima-
ry School.
Captivated by being in the
presence of a real author, the
students listened attentively
as Mr Williams described
early childhood and his expo-
sure to a lumber mill and
locomotives while growing
up in the 1960s in Andros.
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ries about the rail in West
End's history, telling the chil-


dren how it was used during
the bootlegging era and also
in the construction of the for-
mer Butlin's Hotel which was
situated on the site now occu-
pied by Old Bahama Bay.
After reading passages
from his book, students took
part in a question-and-answer
session with the author.
"I was really surprised at
their level of interest and in-
depth questions," said Mr
Williams.
"My purpose in visiting the
school was to impart this
aspectof o ur history to all,
especially the children.
"Also, I was impressed by
Ginn Resort's efforts in insti-
tuting such a programme and
I wanted to support their
community involvement."
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embargo on Cuba more
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flights carry authorized pas-


sengers to and from the island.
Customs and Border Pro-
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percent of passengers landing
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the numerous resulting seizures
(mostly small amounts of
Cuban tobacco, alcohol, and
pharmaceuticals) occupy a
majority of the agency's inspec-
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"Cuba cases represent a much smaller
portion of (the Office of Foreign Asset
Control's workload than their numbers
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Miami's airport," the report
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Former Cuban TV host


lands job on Miami


Spanish-language station


* MIAMI
POPULAR TV host Carlos
Otero has landed a new gig on
the other side of the Florida
Straits days after his defection
from the island, according to
Associated Press.
Otero will soon appear on the
local Spanish-language cable
station WJAN America Te Ve,
according to the station's gen-
eral manager Omar Romay.
"He's been hired by the sta-
tion and will soon start work,"
Romay said but added that
details of Otero's responsibili-
ties were being worked out.
That means Otero will still
be visible to thousands of
Cubans, mostly in Havana, who
have managed to obtain con-
traband satellite dishes. Recent
immigrants say WJAN is popu-
lar among the those in Cuba
because the channel has hired
so many former Cuban TV per-
sonalities and gears its programs
toward Cuban news and humor.
Otero, 49, defected to the
U.S. along with his wife and two


Carlos Otero hired

days after defection


young children Monday, cross-
ing the border into New York
from Canada, where he had
been filming a program.
A message left for Otero at
the station was not immediate-
ly returned.
Asked whether the station
was involved in helping Otero
leave the island, Romay
responded: "Those are rumors."
"I have always had many con-
versations with many artists
who are outside of the U.S.,"
Romay added. "We hired him
when he arrived in Miami,"
Otero has generally been well
received since his arrival in Mia-
mi on Tuesday and drew large
Spanish-language audiences
when he recently made a guest


TV appearance here.
"There will always .be some
sectors (in the exile community)
that are against hiring people
who have worked for Cuban
television," Romay said, but he
added, "There are few people
today who left Cuba without
participating in some aspect of
the government."
The Cuban government has
labeled Otero a traitor. His
defection came the same day as
three leading members of the
National Ballet of Cuba arrived
in South Florida, after they also
crossed into the U.S. from
Canada. The three are set to
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* SEOUL, South Korea
FORMER Hyundai CEO
Lee Myung-bak claimed victo-
i \ Wednesday in South Korea's
presidential election, as voters
overlooked fraud allegations in
hopes he will revive the econo-
my. according to Associated
Press.
Lee's two main rivals both
conceded defeat after returns
and exit polls showed him win-
ning nearly double the votes of
his closest competitor.
"Today, the people gave me
absolute support. I'm well
aware of the people's wishes,"
said Lee, of the conservative
Grand National Party. "I will
serve the people in a very hum-
ble way. According to the peo-
ple's wishes, I will save the
nation's economy that faces a
crisis."
The National Election Com-
mission said Lee had 47.6 per-
cent of the vote and liberal
Chluing Dong-young was a dis-
tant second at 27.1 percent, with
73.6 percent of ballots count-
ed.
An exit poll sponsored by TV
stations KBS and MBC showed
Lee getting 50.3 percent of the
vote. The poll of 70,000 people
had a margin of error of plus
or minus 1 percentage point.
Lee, a former Seoul mayor
who turned 66 on election day,
has led the race for months. His
victory ends a decade of liberal
rule in the South, during which
the country embarked on
unprecedented reconciliation
with rival North Korea that has
led to restored trade and travel
across the heavily armed fron-
tier dividing the peninsula.
"I humbly accept the people's
choice." Chung told reporters
late Wednesday. "I hope (pres-
ident)-elect Lee Myung-bak will
do a good job for the country."
Candidate Lee Hoi-chang,
who was trailing in third with
15.7 percent of the vote, con-
gratulated Lee Myung-bak on
his win.
"I hope he would uphold the
people's yearning for a change
in government and correct what
the outgoing government has
done wrong in the past," he told
reporters.
The office of liberal Presi-
dent Roh Moo-hyun congrat-
ulated Lee.
"We respect the people's
choice shown in this election,"
presidential spokesman Cheon
Ho-seon said in a statement.
'Hundreds of supporters
watching results on a giant TV
in front of the Grand National



Pw-Pe


Two main rivals

concede defeat


Party's headquarters burst into
song Wednesday evening as
returns showed Lee winning.
Lee has pledged to take a
more critical view of Seoul's
engagement with North Korea
and seek closer U.S. ties. Efforts
to end North Korea's nuclear
weapons ambitions stand at a
critical juncture, with the com-
munist country set to disclose
all.its programs for eventual dis-
mantlement by a year-end
deadline.
Just days before the vote, the
parliament voted to authorize
an independent counsel inves-
tigation into Lee in" a stock
manipulation case where pros-
ecutors had already cleared him
of wrongdoing. The counsel is
to complete the probe before
the Feb. 25 inauguration, and
Lee has .said he would step
aside from the presidency if
found at fault.
"I want to thank the people
who have defended me from
numerous negative campaigns,"
Lee said after voting in Seoul.
"This time, we have to change
the government without fail. To
do so, all the people should take
part in the voting."
Analysts say the independent
counsel investigation will hound
Lee after the election as he
would be the country's first
president-elect to undergo a
criminal probe. By South Kore-
an law, a president-elect can be
prosecuted but receives immu-
nity from most criminal law-
suits after inauguration.
Unlike previous elections
dominated by issues like secu-
rity policy with rival North
Korea or relations with the
United States, this year voters
were focused on economic mat-
ters due to concern over sky-
high real estate prices, soaring
unemployment and a widening
gap between rich and poor.
Nicknamed "The Bulldozer"
for his can-do business acumen,
Lee's support has been bol-
stered due to dissatisfaction
over the five-year term of Roh,
who was constitutionally barred
from seeking re-election.
In 2002, Roh was elected
after pledging not to "kowtow"
to the U.S. while also continu-
ing the rapprochement with the
North fostered by his prede-
cessor and fellow liberal Kim


Dae-jung, who won a Nobel
Peace Prize for his "sunshine"
policy of engagement with
Pyongyang.
Lee has made the economy
central to his campaign, pledg-
ing to raise annual growth to 7
percent, double the country's
per capital income to $40,000
and lift South Korea to among
the world's top seven
economies known as his
"747" pledge.
Lee first gained prominence
as head of Hyundai's construc-
tion unit that symbolized South
Korea's meteoric economic rise
in the 1960-70s. As Seoul may-
or from 2002-2006, he made his
mark by opening up a long-
paved-over stream to create a
new landmark in the capital
that also earned him environ-
mental credibility.
Lee's march to the presiden-
cy hit a bump this week when a
video was released by his lib-
eral rivals showing him saying
in 2000 that he founded a firm
implicated in fraud. Although
he had acknowledged the same
in printed interviews, the video
put the words directly into his
mouth.
The case revolves around a
Korean-American former busi-
ness associate of Lee's who
faces charges for stock manip-
ulation, embezzlement and
forgery after his extradition
from the U.S., where he
allegedly fled with millions of
dollars.
Lee has said the taped com-
ments were taken out of con-
text and denied the allegations.


PRESIDENT-ELECT Lee Myung-bak of the conservative main opposition Grand National Party, left,
and his wife Kim Soon-ok wave their hands to supporters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday,
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miles, into northern Iraq in an overnight operation against Kurdish rebels till early Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2007,


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northern Iraq said Wednes-
Sday that their forces would
defend civilians if they were
caught up in any fighting
between Turkish troops and
Kurdish rebels from the out-
S flawed PKK in the area,
according to Associated
Press.
On Tuesday, Turkey sent
hundreds of troops across
the border into the frigid
mountains of northern Iraq,
claiming it inflicted heavy
losses on Turkish Kurd
rebels in the small-scale
incursion and in air strikes
two days earlier.
The offensive puts more
pressure on Washington to
mediate between Iraq and
Turkey. In a sign of increas-
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Commissioner for Refugees
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are a violation of Iraqi sov-
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have said they recognize the
threat posed by the PKK, or
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"We are not part of the
military dispute between
Turkey and the PKK," said
Jabar Yawar, a spokesman
for Kurdistan's Peshmerga
militia.
Yawar said that "if there
are any violations by Turkish
troops against any secure
civilian villages, the Pesh-
merga will do their job to
defend their citizens."
Tuesday's raid was the first
confirmed Turkish ground
operation targeting rebel
bases inside Iraq since the
U.S. invasion in 2003, though
about 1,200 Turkish military
monitors have operated in
northern Iraq since 1996 with
permission from local
authorities.
However, the incursion
was not a large-scale push
that some feared could
destabilize a relatively calm
part of Iraq and which is
adjacent to the nation's main
northern oil fields around
Kirkuk.
The rebels have battled for
autonomy in southeastern
Turkey for more than two
decades and use strongholds
in northern Iraq for cross-
border strikes. Turkey has
said it can no longer toler-
ate the attacks on its troops,
and in October Turkey's Par-
liament authorized the coun-
try's military to strike back
at the rebels inside Iraq.
In November, the Turkish
military reportedly massed
100,000 troops along the bor-
der. and there are fears that
a major Turkish offensive
could cause civilian casual-
ties and lead to conflict with
the Peshmerga.
Tuesday 1 y's opera ti on
involving about 300 soldiers
began about 3 a.m. and last-
ed 15 hours before the sol-
diers returned to Turkey.
Iraqi Kurd officials said.
"Today's Turkish military
operation was a limited one,
and the troops withdrew
from Iraqi territory." Yawar
said.
The Turkish nlilitary
issued a statement saving,


ground forces based close to
the border crossed into
northern Iraq after spotting
a group of rebels trying to
infiltrate into Turkey
overnight.
"A heavy blow was inflict-
ed on the group with the
land forces stationed in the
area." it said.
The incursion came after
Turkey launched airstrikes
by as many as 50 Turkish
fighter jets Sunday against
Kurdish rebel positions in
northern Iraq.
Iraqi officials said one
civilian was killed.
The military said it was not
able to give the number of
rebels who may have been
killed during the airstrikes,
but maintained that "many
facilities harboring the PKK
were hit."
It was unclear what role
the U.S. played, if any, in
Tuesday's ground operation.
U.S. military commanders
in Iraq didn't know Turkey
was sending warplanes to
bomb in northern Iraq on
Sunday until the planes had
already crossed the border,
said defense and diplomatic
officials, who were angered
about being left in the dark.
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viding Turkey with intelli-
gence to go after Kurdish
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commanders in Iraq knew
nothing about Sunday's
attack until it was already
under way.
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on the record.
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border during the 1990s,
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series of major air and
ground attacks against rebel
bases.
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1995 more than 35,000
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vivors to claw their way out of
the wreckage in total dark-
ness, according to Associated
Press.
The train, which derailed
at about 2 a.m., was loaded
with an estimated 900 pas-
sengers, many of them head-
ing home for the Islamic hol-
iday of Eid ul-Adha.
Dozens of soldiers and
police helped tend the injured
and carry them away to wait-
'ing ambulances, as hundreds
of people from the surround-
ing villages looked on. Army
engineers used two cranes
and cutting equipment to free
the last survivors.
Passenger Mohammed
Yusuf sat on a pink blanket
next to a pile of discarded
shoes and clothes, wailing in
grief at the death of his
younger brother.
He said his wife, two chil-
dren and another brother
were injured and taken to a
hospital but their conditions
were unknown. Yusuf, 26,
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impact and was crying out in
pain, but that he had been
unable to free his trapped leg.
"It's unbearable. Don't say
that he is dead," Yusuf plead-
ed as other relatives tried to
console him.

Rails
The train was speeding
from Karachi toward Lahore
when about 12 of its 16 car-
riages came off the rails near
Mehrabpur, about 250 miles
north of Karachi. It was
unclear what caused the acci-
dent.
Shahid Khan, a 25-year-old
who had been traveling to
Lahore with six of his rela-
tives, said he used the light
from his mobile phone to find
his way out.
"The train was going at full
speed. Then there was a sud-
den jerk and we felt the train
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was chaos everywhere," said
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of luggage he had salvaged
from a carriage lying on its
side in the field.
By midmorning, rescuers
had brought 56 bodies to
three nearby hospitals, said
Mumtaz Ali, an official from


the Edhi Foundation. Pak-
istan's largest privately run
emergency service.
C'ol. Abbas Malik. an army
doctor, said about 150 peo-
ple were injured.

Wagons
Mohammed Khalid, a rail-
way official who was traveling
in ,ine of the rear wagons that
stayed on the rails, said he
suspected a problem with the
tack possibly sabotage
caused the accident.
"My guess is that there was
some piece of rail was missing
and the engine jumped the


missing track and the follow-
ing wagon got stuck," he said.
After the crash, a section
of one of the rails had been
torn loose. The engine came
to a halt about a mile further
up the line.
Deadly accidents are a
regular occurrence on Pak-
istan's colonial-era railway
network.
A speeding train struck a
crowded bus at a railway
crossing near Lahore in Octo-
ber, killing 12 people and
injuring about 50 others.
About 130 people died in July
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planes and a ship to conduct
surveillance of Japanese whal-
ing ships off Antarctica in a bid
to build a potential legal case
against whaling for scientific
research, the government said
Wednesday, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
The planes and ship would
collect photographic and video
evidence that would be used to
decide if Australia will launch
legal action to try to stop
Japan's whaling program, For-
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said.
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protest with the Japanese gov-
ernment in the next few days
against Japan's plans to harvest
more than 1,000 whales, includ-
ing 50 humpbacks, in its largest-
ever scientific whale hunt.
"We are dealing here with the
slaughter of whales, not scien-
tific research," Smith told a
news conference. "That is our
start point and our end point."
An Airbus A-319 used by the
Australian government's scien-
tific division in Antarctica will
conduct surveillance flights over
the Japanese fleet, which is due
in its target area soon.
Australia will also send a ship
operated by its Customs service
to the area-to collect any evi-
dence that could be used in
international legal action
against Japan.
Smith said that the ship
would be stripped of its .50-cal-
iber machine guns before it is
deployed, emphasizing that its
role would be purely for sur-
veillance.
He said Australia was taking
advice on whether it could
launch legal action against
Japanese whaling in a range of
international forums, including
the International Court of Jus-
tice, the International Whaling
Commission and the Interna-
tional Tribunal for the Law of
the Sea.
Each year, Japan defies a ban
on killing whales in the South-
ern Ocean Whale Sanctuary -
a massive feeding ground in the
Antarctic Ocean that the Inter-
national Whaling Commission
has declared off-limits for com-
mercial whaling saying its
program is exempt because it is
for scientific purposes.
Critics call the Japanese pro-
gram a sham, noting the meat
turns up for sale for human con-
sumption.
Smith said the Customs ship,
the Oceanic Viking, would like-
ly depart Australia within days.
He said he did not expect the
tough new stance on whaling to
create diplomatic problems
between Japan and the new
government of Australian
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
who was elected in November.
Japan and Australia would con-
tinue to have good relations
despite "strong feelings on both
sides" on the whaling issue, he
said.
Smith declined to identify the
other nations involved in the
official protest, saying it was up
to them to identify themselves.
An official at the Japanese
Embassy in Canberra said there
would be no public statement
Wednesday.
A Japanese official in Tokyo
echoed Smith's statement on
keeping good relations.
"We will ... deal with the
problem calmly and try not to
damage the friendly ties
between Japan and Australia,"


said Chief Cabinet Secretary
Nobutaka Machimura accord-
ing to the Kyodo news agency.
But Japan said its research
whaling is permitted under
International Whaling Com-
mission rules and the whalers
will go ahead, with their plans.
"Australia is free to do what-
ever it wants, send planes or a
ship," said Ryotaro Suzuki,
director of the fisheries division
at Japan's Foreign Ministry.
"We have no immediate
plans to lodge a protest against
the Australian action, as long
as they don't use force to stop
the Japanese whaling fleet," he
said.
Australia's announcement
was an improvement on earlier
threats to send military planes
and warships, Suzuki added.
An independent panel of
Australia's leading internation-
al law experts concluded in May
that the Australian government
could take legal action to stop
Japan's whaling.
The so-called Sydney Legal
Panel concluded that Japan's
rapidly expanding scientific
whaling program breached the
U.N. Convention on the Law of
the Sea. the Antarctic Treaty
System, the Convention on
International Trade in Endan-
gered Species and the Interna-
tional Convention on the Reg-
ulation of Whaling.
Smith also said the new gov-
ernment would drop the previ-
ous government's objection to a
suit by the animal rights group
Humane Society International'
in the Federal Court against
Japanese whaling company
Kyodo Senpaku.
The previous government had
argued that the litigation over
slaughtered whales was contrary
to Australia's interests. The
Japanese have said they will
ignore any adverse court ruling.
Australia's announcement
came as anti-whaling protesters
pledging to put themselves
between Japanese harpoon guns
and their whale prey left New
Zealand to confront the
whalers.
The Greenpeace ship Esper-
anza left the port of Auckland
for Antarctic waters determined
to find the Japanese fleet and
."protect the whales, not attack
the whalers." the group's South-
ern Oceans whale campaigner
Karli Thomas said.
The U.S.-based Sea Shepherd
Conservation Society has sailed
to the Antarctic Ocean, vowing
to use whatever means neces-
sary to block Japan from har-
vesting whales.
"We'll be taking nonviolent
direct action to stop their hunt
... putting ourselves, our inflat-
able boats, in between the har-
poonists and the whales to stop
them getting a clear shot."
Thomas told The Associated
Press.


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FREEPORT NASSAU
11-A East Coral Road, P.O. Box F-42312 Robinson and Soldier Roads,
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
Tel: (242) 373-1471 Fax: (242) 373-3005 P.O. Box CB-12072
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SMarine Sean

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, Lavem, 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.





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15th December, 2007 28th February, 2008

S"- The closed season gives Nassau grouper a chance to
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more fish there will be for us to catch and eat later.

Nassau Grouper are already commercially extinct in
your
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a plentiful supply of this fish in The Bahamas for
Future generations.



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Nassau grouper are especially vulnerable to overfishing during the closed season. Violators will be
because they group together or 'aggregate' in order to subject to prosecution, fines, boat confiscation
reproduce. Because grouper gather at predictable places in the and jail time.
winter months, they are an easy target for fishermen. Catching
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the livelihood of the people who depend on them.
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marine species. They must include the habitats
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FIDEL CASTRO says he
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being "of consequence" until
the end of his life. So it goes
with the ailing 81-year-old -
eager to see others keep up the
revolution but reluctant to let
go of power, according to
Associated Press.
The real question is not
whether Castro will retire, but
whether it will make much dif-
ference in Cuba.
The answer: probably not,
as long as he's alive.
Despite much excitement
this week over one ambiguous
sentence in a letter about glob-
al warming in which Castro
indicated he will not hold back
Cuba's younger leadership,
Castro already has settled into
a kind of reflective semiretire-
ment.
He hasn't appeared in public
in the 17 months since having
intestinal surgery and naming
his younger brother Raul, now
76, as Cuba's "provisional"
president.
But island life has hardly
changed under his brother, and
the elder Castro has retained a
vibrant role in Cuban politics,
penning several essays a week
and showing up sporadically
in official photographs and
prerecorded messages.
"The succession in power
from Fidel Castro to his broth-
er Raul appears to be a done
deal, but the evolution away
from Fidelismo will start only
upon the death of its name-
sake," wrote Peter DeShazo,
a former U.S. State Depart-
ment official who runs the
Americas program at the Cen-
ter for Strategic & Interna-
tional Studies in Washington.
"When that happens, Raul
Castro steps out.from behind
the shadow of his flamboyant
sibling and the beginning of a
transition process to a new
order in Cuba may com-
mence," DeShazo said in a
commentary released Tuesday.
After the Castro brothers,
few younger leaders stand out
despite the fact that Fidel has
made a priority of nurturing
fresh talent to carry on Cuba's
communist revolution.

Candidate

Vice President Carlos Lage,
56, is Cuba's de facto prime
minister and a strong possibil-
ity to be No. 2 if and when
Raul Castro permanently
assumes the presidency. For-
eign Minister Felipe Perez
Roque, 42, could be another
candidate for vice president or
play a key role in the political-
ly powerful Communist Party,
which Castro also now heads.
These younger leaders will
be vital in any future reconcil-
iatioti with the United States,
which is barred by the 1996
Helms-Burton law from nor-
malizing relations with Cuba
so long as either Castro broth-
er is involved in government.
The countries have no diplo-
matic relations, and Cuba
remains under a U.S. trade
embargo imposed 45 years
ago.
The elder Castro has raised
the possibility of formally retir-
ing from office before. He
declared in an Oct. 20, 2004,
speech that if he becomes too
sick to lead, he'll call the Com-
munist Party "and tell them I
don't feel I'm in condition ...
that please, someone take over
the command."
But despite his intestinal ill-
ness, Castro remains the head
of government as president of
Cuba's Council of State. And
he let a clear opportunity to
relinquish power pass this
month by announcing he'll run
again for the National Assem-
bly on Jan. 20.
Within weeks after that bal-
loting, the newly formed par-
liament is expected to select a
new Council of State and its
president, There has been no
official word about Castro's
intentions for this process.
Cuba's unchallenged leader
since 1959, he has held the
council presidency since its
1976 creation.
Questions about Castro's
immediate future bounced
between Miami, Washington
and New York after a Cuban
state television announcer read
Castro's comments about


Cuba's leadership.
"My elemental duty is not


to cling to positions, or even
less to obstruct the path of
younger people, but to share
experiences and ideas whose
modest worth comes from the
exceptional era in which I
lived," Castro wrote in the last
paragraph of a letter about cli-
mate change.
But in the next sentence,
Castro invoked the example of
renowned Brazilian architect
Oscar Niemeyer, who is still
working at 100, making clear
that no matter what title he
holds, he will always be busy.
"I think like Niemeyer, that
you have to be of consequence
up to the end," Castro wrote.
The statement was so vague
that Castro "left himself room
to do anything he wants," said
Phil Peters, of the pro-democ-
racy Lexington Institute, a
Washington area think tank.
"He is sort of hinting, teasing."


Castro already appears to
have assumed an advisory role
while Raul attends to daily
government matters, Peters
observed Tuesday in a tele-
conference of Cuba specialists
assembled by the Center for
Democracy in the Americas, a
Washington policy institute.

Relations

With no changes in U.S.-
Cuba relations expected during
the 2008 American presiden-
tial campaign, Castro could opt
to remain as council president
as long as President Bush is in
office, in an effort to avoid
appearing weak while
his nemesis talks tough on
Cuba.
Teleconference participant
Julia E. Sweig of the Council
on Foreign Relations in New


York noted it's impossible to
predict what Castro will ulti-
mately do, but said she U.S.
officials would be wise to "lay
the groundwork for engage-
ment" beforehand.
The post-Castro era can't
come soon enough for the
Bush administration, which
used Castro's essay as an
opportunity for more sharp
comments.
White House press secretary
Dana Perino said it is "hard to
make out what he is saying, or
what he means," but insisted
that democracy would "soon"
come to the island.
And State Department
spokesman Tom Casey
mocked the letter, saying: "Lis-
tening to Fidel talk about what
will happen after him is like
the old country song: 'How can
we miss you, if you never
leave?"'


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2007, PAGE 45


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,!, 1 I. !'llIrr a i$1 ." ,:,


SMore funds to list on




BISX 'before New Year'


By NEIL HARTNELL
S$4 .65 Tribune Business Editor
he Bahamas Inter-
national Securities
---....Exchange (BISX) is
$4.42 aiming to list "addi-
the New Year", its chief execu-
tive told The Tribune yester-
day, as the exchange unveiled
the listing of the 5.24 million
euros European Investments



Joint examination


initiative targets


January '08 start


Central Bank,
Commission review
'final draft' of deal to
co-ordinate licensee
on-site inspections

licensees of the Central Bank
are registrants with the Securi-
ties Commission to conduct
securities activities.
"We really don't want to have
a situation where two different
regulators are going into a joint-
ly-regulated entity at different
times to conduct on-site inspec-
tions."
Mr Deveaux added that the
proposed programme for joint
examinations was intended "to
smooth out the process and pro-
vide a way of reducing the level
of bureaucracy".
It is also likely to reduce the
costs faced by Bahamian banks
and trust companies in having
to deal with separate inspec-
tions by different regulators,
and the time and effort also
involved.

SEE page 4


By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Secu- -
rities Commis-
sion' s execu-
tive director
yesterday told
"The Tribune
that an agree-
ment with.the
Central Bank
of the
Bahamas to
conduct joint
on site examinations of finan-
cial institutions they both regu-
lated could "be put in place by
January I"F
Hillary Deveaux said the final
draft of the agreement on co-
ordtinating joint examinations
bv the two main financial ser-
vices regulators was "being
reviewed", the goals being to
streamline the examination
process, and eliminate bureau-
cracv and regulatory overlaps
from having two supervisors
conducting separate inspections.
"I'm hoping it can actually be
put in place by January 1, 2008,"
Mr Deveaux said of the joint
examination agreement.
"It's to deal with some of
what we call the regulatory
overlaps. The fact is, a lot of the


Exchange plans 'international platform' and new

trading/listings tier to be added in 2008, plus BEC

bond, as 5.24 million euro fund joins funds listings


Management Fund.
The listing of that fund, man-
aged by Europeeene de Ges-
tion Privee (Suisse), takes to 14
the number of investment funds
and sub-funds listed on BISX,
providing another boost to the
exchange as it gears up for what
was described as the launch of
its "international platform" in
2008.
Keith Davies, BISX's chief
executive, said that "if all goes
well" with the Bahamas-domi-
ciled European Investments
Management Fund's listing, its
investment manager would
"look to do more with BISX".
Indicating that further good
news was on the way, Mr
Davies said: "We're looking at
additional funds coming on
before the New Year."
Hinting that the outlook for
the Bahamas' only stock
exchange was increasingly pos-
itive going into 2008, Mr Davies
said: "We expect that there will
be a new feature added to the
primary trading side of BISX.
We expect there to be a new
feature added to our market to
facilitate the listing of new types
of securities."
Although Mr Davies declined
to specify the initiative he was
referring to, it is understood to
be the proposed secondary trad-
ing/listings market for BISX,
which was last waiting for
approval from the Securities
Commission.
That tier would list prefer-
ence share and bond issues, and
allow Bahamian companies who
did not want to go public and be
traded on BISX's main tier to at
least operate in a regulated
environment.
On the launch of the
exchange's international plat-
form, Mr Davies told The Tri-
bune: "We've made significant
advances in that arena, and
hope to be able to make disclo-
sures and announcements on


how far we've gotten and what
we've achieved soon. We're
very close in that regard."
Not wanting to go into detail,
on the international plans for
fear of alerting rival exchanges,
Mr Davies added that Scotia-
bank, the placement agent for
the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration's (BEC) $100 million
bond issue, had said they would
"come to me in January" to list
at least part of that commercial
paper debt.
"I was told January. All the
forms were completed. They've
done everything they need to
do," Mr Davies added.
Turning to the exchange's
future prospects, Mr Davies
told The Tribune: "This yeai
was about BISX expanding our
base in terms of operations, in
terms of listings, in terms of
people working directly for us.
"The consensus exists quietly
in the market that BISX mat-
ters, and that we have a role to
play, and there are companies
and stakeholders that want to
be more active participants in
the exchange and it's ongoing
success.
"This coming year, we will be
leveraging the quality and expe-
rience of persons in this mar-


ket. It's' been a long haul, but
it's coming along."
Mr Davies described the
exchange's investments funds
listings tier as something BISX
"intends to focus on more
aggressively", as it could play
"a significant role" in its future
development.
The key to its expansion,
though, was to encourage the
more than 700 investment funds
domiciled in the Bahamas and
their managers, administrators
and attorneys to list and regis-
ter on BISX. The exchange
could provide investors and the
funds with greater transparency
and price discovery in a regu-
lated environment.
""The listings facility as it
exists is as good as any other
listings facility in the legion with
respect to what we offer," Mr
Davies said. "The difference is
those that deliver and supply
these funds.
"One of the things that makes
a listings facility more robust is
the ability to attract funds
through their service providers.
The natural progression is for
those [Bahamian] funds to seek
a home on BISX."
The BISX chief executive
added that "the degree to which
we can speed up the listings of
new funds will attract more
funds to the exchange".
Simon Towliend, a partner
and head of KPMG Corporate
Finance, which sponsored the
European Investments Man-
agement Fund's BISX listing,
told The Tribune that with
Fidelity and CFAL's interna-
tional investment funds set to
soon list on BISX, "hopefully
there's a few more [funds] to
come".
He added that this would give
BISX's fund listings tier
"momentum" and boost the


SEE page 5


Fidelity's

internatiomis

fund 'fully

subscribed'

after raising

some $ 10m

By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
FIDELITY Bank and Trust
International yesterday said its
international investment fund,
the Fidelity Bahamas Interna-
tional Investment Fund TIGRS
I, was fully subscribed after $10
million was raised from
Bahamian investors, with the
fund set to be fully invested by
January 2,2008.
Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity's
chief executive, told The Tri-
bune that while the concept of
'principal protection' had tak-
en some explaining to investors,
the capital raising process
which closed on December 14 -
had gone well.
He said: "The offering was
fully subscribed and Fidelity
raised $10 million. We were
asked many questions on the
mechanics of the 'principal pro-
tected and 100 per cent of the
upside" investment feature.
"While such a concept is new
in the Bahamas, it is very com-
mon elsewhere in developed
markets with thousands of such
products listed in the US and
Canada. We were able to struc-
ture Fidelity TIGRS with the
assistance of RBC Capital Mar-
kets in Canada, who have many
such products available to their
Canadian clients."
Just over $2 million of
investor funds will be invested
in the TIGRS 1 sub-fund, as tlhis--
was the total quarterly US$ allo-
cation made available to Fideli-
ty for investment purposes by
the Central Bank of thhe
Bahamas.
The remaining almost-$8 mil-
lion will be held on fixed cer-
tificate of deposit (CD) with at
least two Bahamian commer-
cial banks, the interest earned
over a more than three-year
period serving to protect
investor principal, and prexvent-

SEE page 7


Nassau 'underperforming'

as cruise ship port of call


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
NEW PROVIDENCE is
"t''i. i p.. i. i llIrn '" as a cruise
port when it comes to revenue
generation and passenger sat-
isfaction, a report for the Min-
istry of Tourism revealed, with
this nation's "greatest chal-
lenges" including the poor state
of the physical infrastructure
that supports the sector.
The confidential report, com-
piled by .leffrey Beckles of RAJ
Management Services, a copy
of which has been obtained by.
The Tribune, said: "One of the
greatest challenges the
Bahamas laces in its inability to
maximize the growth of the
cruise industry is the state of
our physical plants that support
the cruise industry.
"The port facility is said to
be lacking in infrastructural
improx. ments and expansion,
little or no maintenance, and is
undersized and inadequate to
meet the growing demands of
largely cruise ships, passenger
and crew needs................"
Industry confidence in the
3ahamams, the export in the Min-
isty v1'of T'uris's possession
;aid. lha:d weakened due to tilhe
absence of any focus, vision and
strategy for llth cuiiise industry
and how to xplo)()it its many
oppirti unit ic.
Ws while the cruise industry
giants. such as carnival l and
Royval (aribbean, had formed
alliances with numerous
Caribbean destinations, the
report quoted one unnamed
.- i i. .1I cruise ', .l .. i as say-
ing: "'Thlie Bahamas is not one of
those destinations that can
boast of such a relationship,
.il, due to its reluctance to


Destination in danger
of becoming 'port of
convenience', with
infrastructure
maintenance among
'greatest challenges'

recognize the opportunities it
has. More can be done to per-
petuate continued growth of the
cruise industry, while ensuring
the mutual success of the desti-
nations."
.Among the challenges facing
the Bahamas when it came to its
cruise industry infrastructure
was the maintenance of its phys-
ical plant, the report citing bol-
lards, fenders and lighting as
examples of this, along with the
absence of support services,
traffic management and "effec-
tive ground transportation sys-
tems".
On support services, the RAJ
report cited the lack of com-
munications options tele-
phone, Internet and limited cell
phone connectivity for crew
and passengers, and the need
to expand the cellular phone
network.
The report described Arawak
Cay as an "eyesore" for visit-
ing cruise passengers, and high-
lighted the need to maintain
Nassau harbout and the water-
ways.
It also highlighted other
weaknesses that have since
come to light, including the fact
that Prince George's Wharf was


SEE page 6


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Tourism sector to benefit from 1,500 buyer boost


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
THE Bahamas will receive
a much-needed tourism boast
when it hosts more than 1,500
buyers and suppliers of tourism
products at Caribbean Mar-
ketplace 2008 next month.
Frank Comito, executive
vice president of the Bahamas
Hotel Association (BHA), said
the country's hosting of the
event comes at an ideal time,
considering that the industry
is rebounding from a less than
stellar year.
Tourism arrivals to the
Bahamas declined in the 2007
first half, and Mr Comito said


it was hoped that the industry
will be able to recapture and
ride the momentum of


Caribbean Marketplace 2008
when it is held from January
13-15, using the event to pro-
mote the Bahamas through
pre- and post-conference island
tours.
Marketplace is an intensive
two days of meetings between
buyers and sellers of tours,
hotels, travel agents, resorts
and other industry suppliers,
which allows them to discuss
existing contracts, develop new
packages and enter contracts
.for future business.
"We are pleased that the
event is happening in the
Bahamas, as it provides an
opportunity for us to have the
buyers and sellers of our mul-
tiple- island destinations expe-
rience first hand the variety


and diversity of the islands of
the Bahamas," Vernice
Walkine, director-general of
the Ministry of Tourism, said
yesterday.
Hosting the even provides
the country a singular oppor-
tunity to showcase many of our
resort properties ,along with
our touristic attractions, resort
amenities and cultural and her-
itage sites, to a group of people

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FROM page 1
Mr Deveaux indicated that
the proposed co-ordinatioln
between the Central Bank and
the Securities Commission
when it came to on-site licensee
inspections was another step
-towards the financial services
regulatory consolidation long
foreshadowed by the Govern-
ment, and demanded by the
industry.
The main decision to be tak-


that are required for the regu-
lator to operate effectively.
"We are budgeting for
increased personnel to assume
responsibilities for these assign-
ments. We're looking forward


to it. We're trying to put sys-
tems in place in the Commis-
sion to integrate all these regu-
latory responsibilities once they
are assigned to the Commis-
sion."


Inspector of Financial and Cor-
porate Services Providers all
merged together to form anoth-
er regulator.
On the proposed regulatory
co-operation with the Central
Bank, Mr Deveaux said: "I
think it's something the industry
will look very favourably on; I
can't see them objecting to
something like this.
"The idea is to get the Cen-
tral Bank and Securities Com-
mission inspection personnel in
jointly to examine licensees at
-the same time, and to commit to
a timeframe for that."
He added: "This will actually
assist in the [regulatory] con-
solidation process. One of the
major concerns was the over-
lap of responsibilities and dupli-
cation of effort [in inspecting)
these licensed entities.
"What we are doing is ensur-
ing a streamlining of these
processes, and looking at other
means of smoothing regulation
of jointly-regulated licensees."
The Central Bank, in its latest
quarterly letter to the heads of
Bahamas-based banks and trust
companies, said: "In an attempt
to better coordinate superviso-
ry efforts and minimize over-
laps in regulatory practices, we
are in the process of agreeing a
programme for the co-ordina-
tion of joint examinations of
licensees regulated by both the
Central Bank and the Securi-
ties Commission.........
"We are in active discussions
with the Securities Commission
on this programme, and hope
to implement it early in the
New Year."
It added that the initiative
was designed to co-ordinate
"the planning, timing and scope
of examinations"; the reporting
of inspection findings and rec-
ommendations; and any follow-
up and enforcement actions
required.
The Ministry of Finance.
meanwhile, will today formally
announce that the Securities
Commission will be appointed
as the Inspector of Financial
and Corporate Services
Providers with effect from Jan-
uary 1, 2008-. assuming the
responsibilities previously held
by the Registrar General's
Department.
Mr Deveaux said vesterda\
of the move: "This is going to be
a major challenge and oppor-
tunity for the Commission. The
Government has agreed in prin-
ciple to provide the resources


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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2007, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


Central Bank seeks


'reciprocal protocols'



on disaster recovery


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Central Bank of the
Bahamas is looking to establish
"reciprocal protocols" allowing
Bahamian banks and trust com-
panies to operate from foreign
jurisdictions, without going
through the normal licensing
procedures, when a natural dis-
aster such as a major hurricane


hits this nation.
In its latest update to senior
Bahamian banking officials, the
Central Bank said that once its
proposed regulations on Tem-
porary Business Continuity
Operations were in place, allow-
ing foreign banks and trust com-
panies to operate from the
Bahamas without first being
licensed in the event of a disas-
ter, it would share these regula-


LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
ATLANTIC FERTILIZER TRADING COMPANY LTD.,
is in dissolution. Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and may be
contacted at The Winterbotham Trust Company Limited,
Marlborough & Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All per-
sons having claims against the above-named company are
required to send their names, addresses and particulars of their
debts or claims to the Liquidator before 20th of December, 2007.





LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of 2000),
GENCON SERVICES LTD., is in dissolution. Alrena
Moxey is the Liquidator and may be contacted at The Win-
terbotham Trust Company Limited, Marlborough &
Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having
claims against the above-named company are required to
send their names, addresses and particulars of their debts
or claims to the Liquidator before 20th of December, 2007.



ALZS1AMOXEY






COOK

NEEDED FOR

KINGSWAY CAFETERIA

FOR JANUARY, 2008.

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

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

For further information please contact the
following:

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

Deadline for applications Friday, Decem-
ber28,2007


tions with other jurisdictions.
"Once the legislative frame-
work is in place, we intend to
share it with other jurisdictions,
with a view to establishing rec-
iprocal protocols for our
licensees," the Central Bank
said.
Under the proposed regula-
tions, a foreign bank or trust
company must enter into a writ-
ten agreement with a Central
Bank licensee while operating
in the Bahamas and be regis-
tered with the regulator.
Meanwhile, the Central Bank
acknowledged that it had
extended to deadline for super-
vising the nominee activities
provided by Bahamian bank
and trust company subsidiaries
and affiliates to March 31, 2008,
from December 31, 2007.
This was because of feedback
that this was "a significant
undertaking" for Bahamian
banks to achieve by the target


deadline.
The Central Bank added that
it was also reviewing concerns
related to its policies on the use
of International Business Com-
panies (IBCs) to provide nomi-
nee services. The regulator is
also due to issue proposals on
how the Bahamas could best
implement the Financial Action
Task Force's (FATF) recom-
mendations on wire transfers,
requiring the name, address and
account number of the sender
to accompany fund transfers
and related messages.
Proposed amendments to the
Banks and Trust Companies
Regulation Act regarding the
rights and duties of auditors of
Bahamian banks and trust com-
panies, the Central Bank added,
were designed to bring Bahami-
an law "in line with comparable
provisions that have been in
place in many other countries
for some time now".


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

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






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More funds to list


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New Year'


FROM page 1
exchange, adding: "The basic
framework is in place to begin
to grow the listings facility.
There's still some work to do
in building the network of
international players that
would be attracted to having a
listing in the Bahamas."
The European Investments
Management Fund listing was
aided by Lennox Paton as the
attorneys, and Butterfield
Fund Services (Bahamas) as
the administrator.
Mr Townend added: "BISX
is beginning to get some
strong traction in its fund list-


ings. We are pleased to have
sponsored another fund on
BISX, and the efficiency of
BISX in facilitating the appli-
cation was second to none.
The Directors of the Euro-
pean Investments Manage-
ment Fund added: "We are
extremely pleased to have list-
ed our fund on the BISX, and
we look forward to launching
and listing new funds in the
future. We highly appreciate
the synergy given in the
Bahamas by its high regula-
tory standards and the trans-
parency of the processes of
authorisation, regulation and
listing."


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Nassau 'underperforming' as cruise ship port of call


FROM page 1

too small to handle the largest
cruise ships, forcing the cruise
lines lo look at alei native ports
of call..
There was also insufficient
footage to handle the level of
denimand 1for berths at Prince
Gcorge's Wharf among the
cruise ships, and the turning
basin in Nassau Harhbotr lneed-


jr fi Ir,' i nt.-n i Ii.i.t 1^
( ^..^


ed more dredging.
The report concluded: "These
factors, along with others, con-
tribute to the port facility under-
performing in relation to overall
customer satisfaction and its
revenue generating capacity.
"Further, without the expan-
sion of the docking facilities and
supporting services, the port of
Nassau will continue to become
a port of convenience for the
cruise lines."


To improve its port opera-
tions, the Bahamas was urged to
consider creating a Port
Authority to move it "into the
21st century" and resolve this
nation's "port operational defi-
ciencies".
Report
Currently, the RAJ report
said port operations were ham-
pered by the involvement of too


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Queens Highway, P.O. Box F-42684
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Bahamas
Office: (242) 352-3506 Facsimile: (242) 352-2779


Polymers International Limited currently is accepting applications for the
following positions. Resumes can be mailed or dropped off at the main
office on Queens Highway.



Human Resources Manager

This person will be responsible for administering all aspects of Company
human resources and functions. This person will assume responsibility for
the effective performance of various human resource functions, including
recruiting, interviewing, hiring, payroll and for insuring corporation-wide
compliance with all related government regulations. This person will provide
recommendations to Senior Management in establishing overall human
resource objectives, policies and plans This person will ensure that Human
Resource activities are conducted in accordance with established Company
policies and within established procedures. This person will also assign,
direct and appraise Human Resources personnel.

This is not an entry-level position. The successful candidate will have
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
degree or higher in human resources or related field of study.



Information Technology Manager

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
environment developing technology, mail or drop off your resume.


many government agencies and
departments with competing
and overlapping responsibili-
ties, and poor communications.
To ensure a wider distribu-
tion of the cruise industry's ben-
efits, the report recommended
that a Junkanoo Museum be
established "away from the
downtown area" Over-the-Hill,
detailing the history of
Junkanoo.
"Once properly set-up and
managed, the museum can
become a sustainable, high
quality tour generating signifi-
cant revenues in a destination


starved for new tours and excur-
sions. In addition, it creates
direct and spin-off jobs, all con-
tributing directly to the econo-
my," the RAJ report said of the
Junkanoo Museum.
Jumbey
Recalling the Jumbey Village
Centre and Goombay Summer
Festivals of the 1970s, it added:
"The Bahamas has a rich, extra-
ordinary history that is not dis-
played for our visitors or. our
children to see. Unlike other
competing ports of call, we have


replaced the exposition of our
culture with an unhealthy infu-
sion of North American flavour,
resulting in an experience that is
not considered unique."
This had resulted in cruise
visitors having "a lesser expe-
rience in Nassau", whereas rival
destinations such as Mexico,
Panama, Barbados and St
Maarten had placed culture at
the top of their tourism product.
In doing so, they expanded
their economies by getting local
people involved in construction,
production and promotion of
heritage tours.


Security & General
INSURANCE





HOLI DAY NOTICE



Our ol ie \\ ill close

at ':30prn Ofl 1tlulay, December 20th

and will reopen on1

Friday, tlhe 21st DecImber at 9:00am.

We apologize for any inconvenience

ri s may cause.

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Sheraton
Cable Beach
The new 700 room Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, Nassau, The Bahamas is looking for

DIRECTOR OF FUN
The qualified candidate must function as a key leader of the hotel will be responsible to set the
programming and lead the execution of all guest leisure entertainment. The position is responsible
to drive additional revenues and profits for operating departments. This is an Executive Committee
level position.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Creation & Execution
Strategic Planning & Profit Generation
Lead the Fun Team
Metrics & Brand Compliance
Best Practice/Research & Development
Skills & Abilities
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
High level of energy and enthusiasm
Ability to be creative, resourceful, and innovative
Positive attitude
Showmanship and stage presence
Physical Demands
Work tasks will be performed both indoors and outdoors
Requires both weekday and weekend work shifts from as early as dawn
in the morning until late in the evening.
Qualification & Experience
Bachelor's Degree required or equivalent work experience
Minimum of 5 7 years of department head experience in Hotel, Resort,
Cruise, Entertainment or similar industry.
Licenses or Certificates
CPR and First-Aid Certification
Qualified applicants are invited to visit our website
At
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a K a 0 R T a

COyAtPl ?AW(ac C4iio

Baha Mar, a 500-acre, mixed-use destination resort complex represents the
single largest resort investment in the history of The Bahamas. Baha Mar
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 CC1E 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
full consideration, all interested applicants should forward a copy of their
resume' to the attention of Director of Human Resources at
jobs@cablebcachrcsorts.com or fax to (242) 677-4140.


PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2007


THE TRIBUNE







THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2007, PAGE 7B


THE TRIBUNE


Fidelity's international




fund 'fully subscribed'




after raising $1 Om


FROM page 1

ing investors from losing mon-
ev.
Mr Sunderji added: "There
was considerable interest in this
offering because it is the first
time Bahamians are being
offered the opportunity to
invest outside of the Bahamas
without paying a [12.5 per cent]
investment premium.
"In addition, Fidelity creat-
ed a unique investment prod-
uct that allowed Bahamians to
invest globally with the safety
of a CD as their principal was
protected. The principal pro-
tection was An important fea-
ture, as it allowed Bahamian
investors to manage their
investment risk while at the
same time benefiting from
diversification at a global level.
"We believe that as Bahami-
an investors get exposure to
global markets and obtain a lev-
el of comfort, they will be even
more receptive to such invest-
ment products in the future."
By structuring the Fidelity
Bahamas International Invest-
ment Fund as a 'fund of funds',
with numerous sub-funds, the
initial Central Bank approval
of the overall concept will make
it easier to launch sub-funds "in
a more efficient manner", Mr
Sunderji added.
"The Central Bank has com-
mitted to allocating certain
amounts of foreign exchange
on a quarterly basis, as part of
its exchange control liberalisa-
tion programme, and Fidelity
will be able to offer new invest-
ment vehicles in the form of sub
funds each time it receives an


allocation from the Central
Bank, with a minimum of addi-
tional expense," he said.
"We expect to launch anoth-
er international fund next quar-
ter, upon receipt of our quar-
terly allocation."
Central Bank restrictions
mean that the maximum
amount of US dollars made
available to the Bahamian bro-
ker/dealers for their interna-
tional investment funds in any
one year cannot exceed $25 mil-
lion or 5 per cent of the previ-
ous year-end balance on the
external reserves.
This means that a maximum
of $6.25 million will be released
every quarter for this purpose.
There are now three/broker
dealers able to access this,
rather than just CFAL and
Fidelity, meaning that the max-
imum quarterly allocation one
broker can obtain is $2.083 mil-
lion.
Mr Sunderji told The Tri-
bune: "We believe there is con-
siderable demand from individ-
ual and institutional Bahamian
investors for international
investment products.
"Because the Bahamian dol-
lar is pegged to the US dollar,
all Bahamian investors are auto-
matically 'long' on the US cur-
rency, which is viewed by most
economists as being fundamen-
tally weak, thanks to the chron-
ic fiscal and current account
deficits the US runs.
"Fidelity TIGRS allows
Bahamians to not only diversify
globally but also hedge against a
further devaluation of the US
dollar and by definition, the
Bahamian dollar as 75 per cent
of the TIGRS portfolio will be


in securities denominated in
currencies other than the US
dollar, such as the Euro, British
Pound, Australian Dollar,
Canadian Dollar and Japanese
Yen. Most of these currencies
have appreciated measurably
against the US dollar in recent
months.


"Bahamians will benefit from
exposure to large global
economies and stock markets
that are growing rapidly, cur-
rency hedge against continuing
deterioration in the US dollar,
lower investment risk and a lev-
el of awareness on how inter-
national markets work."


THE CLEARING BANKS ASSOCIATION
4 A i Announces



Christmas and New Years

Holidays Banking Hours




Monday, December 24,2007

9:30 1:00p.m.


Tuesday, December 25, 2007 Closed

Wednesday December 26, 2007 Closed


Regular Banking hours % ill resume on 7-
Thursday, December 27,2007 (9:30a.m. 3:00p.m.) t
Friday, December 28, 2007 (9:30a.m. 4:30p.m.)
Monday, December 31,2007 (9:30a.m.- 1:00p.m.)-'


Tuesday, January 1,2008 Closed



Regular Banking hours will resume on
Wednesday, January 2,2008


~,4'


Bank of The Bahamas Limited
Citibank, N.A.
Commonwealth Bank Limited
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited


FirstCaribben International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Royal Bank of Canada
Scotiabank (Bahamas) Limited.
, i.,


BU INES


a st
d d a


considering


The American Embassy is presently
applications for the following:


Senior Management Assistant


Serves as the Senior Assistant to the Management
Officer; ICASS Coordinator; Management
Technologies Coordinator and Administrative
Services/Support.

This position is open to candidates with the
following qualifications;
A University degree in administration,
finance business administration or
communication.
Five years of experience in general
administrative work.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:
Must demonstrate strong computer skills,
including facility with Microsoft office Suite,
data based programs and population of web
pages, and familiarity with other electronic
tools.
Must have experience with budgeting and
event planning
Must be able to work independently, display
good people skills and have strong tact and
diplomacy skills
Must be fluent in English, both spoken
and written, and be able to prepare clear and
concise briefing papers, letters, etc.

BENEFITS PROVIDED INCLUDE:
The successful candidate will be offered an excellent
compensation package including performance-based
incentives, medical and dental insurance, life insurance,
pension and opportunities for training development.
Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens
who are eligible for employment under Bahamian laws
and regulations.
Application forms are available from 8:00a.m. to
5:00p.m. Monday through Friday at the security area
of the American Embassy, Queen Street. Completed
applications should be returned to the Embassy
addressed to the Human Resources Office no later than
Friday, January 11, 2008.


GOVERNMENT NOTICE

OPERATION OF FOOD COURT ON THE PROPERTY OF
THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, SPORTS
AND CULTURE

The Ministry of Educatiofi, Youth,. Sports and Culture invites
interested persons/vendors to apply and submit proposals for the
Operation and Maintenance of a Food Court on the Ground Floor in
the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Building,
Thompson Boulevard.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

The applicant(s)/vendor should possess, good food preparation and
service skills, a valid Ministry of Health Food Handlers'Certificate and
be prepared to submit the following:

1. A proposal for the daily operation and management of the
food court inclusive of:

Draft Menu Selection including a variety of healthy,
nutritious dishes which will encourage good eating
habits and practices;
The foods/dishes offered should be well balanced
and include a variety of food groups, freshly
prepared aesthetically appealing;
The selected vendor will be expected to maintain a
clean, attractive and sanitary environment.

Food receptacles should be suitable and coinpatible with the foods
sold with appropriate temperature controls to prevent cross
contamination and the possibility of food poisoning.

Proposals should be submitted on or before 31,t December, 2007 and
addressed:

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture
Thompson Boulevard
Nassau, The Bahamas


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SANDYPORT Appraisal: $300,000.00
All that lot of land having an area of 9,626 square feet, being lot number 40,
of the subdivision known as SandyPort, situate in theWestern District of
New Providence. The property is Irregular in shape, is on a level grade and
zoned as single family residential. An electrical connection outlet is located
near the property. The property is located on Sandy Port Drive just on the
bend before Governor's Cay on the Southern Side of the road.


No. 17 WESTRIDGE ESTATLS


Appraisal: $930,000.00


All that lot of land having an
area of 30000 square feet,
being lot Number 17 of the
.-' subdivision known as
Westridge Estates Addition.
Situate in the Western District
B on the island of New
Providence.
Located on the subject
property is a newly
constructed single story
structure comprising 6,000
feet of living space with a
three Car Garage.
The building is 75% completed and comprises five bedrooms, four and a
half baths study, living/dining, family room, kitchen, laundry and
generator room.
Location: From SuperValue West Bay, take the road heading west into
Westridge, take the first corner on the Right, Westridge Drive. Subject
property will be about the seventh on the right hand side of the road.





FAIRWAY MANOR CONDOMINIUM Appraisal: $73,000.00


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Apartment 402, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms.
Lot 4, Block GN, Edward Birch Curt, Bahamian North


GREENING GLADE SUBDIVISION Appraisal: $75,000.00
AllM that piece parcel and lot of land described as lot 7 block 21,
Albacore Drive, Victoria Place and Mid Chipman Road, Unit 2,
Greening Glade Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama. The lot
contains 20,580 sq. ft. and zoned as multi-family residential.


LOT No. 20, BLOCK 1, UNIT 3
FORTUNE POINT SUBDIVISION


Appraisal: $38,000.00


All that lot of vacant land having an area of 12,650 sq. ft. being lot No.
20, Block 1 Unit 3 of the Subdivision known and designated as Fortune
Point Subdivision, Freeport, Grand 9ahama. Duplex property zoning with
a rectangle shape.


LINCOLN GREEN, CANEBY CLOSE Appraisal: $38,500.00
Unit 5, Block 17, Lot #48 Single family residence, Clearwater Close.
Located on fresh water canal. Approximately 17,404 sq. ft.

LOT No. 37 BLOCK 33
CHURCHILL COURT, BAHAMIA MARINA
& BAHAMIA 4 SUBDIVISION, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA Appraisal: $337,000.00






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All that lot of land having an area of 16,533 sq. ft. being lot No. 37
of the subdivision known and designated as Bahamia Marina and
Bahamia Section 4 Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Located
on this property is a structure comprising a 3 year old duplex
structure which covers approximately (3,058) square feet.
Apartment consisting of two 2-bedrooms, 2-bathroom with private
Jacuzzi in master bath, spacious living and dining room, full service
kitchen, a laundry and utility room, foyer/hallway with linen and
storage closet. The property is fully secured by six foot plastic
coated chain-link fence runs along the side and rear and adjoins the
painted 4 foot wall, with 5 foot pillars at front with electronic gate.


ABACO Appraisal: $108,000.00
PORTION OF MURPHY TOWN CROWN
ALLOTMENT, MURPHY TOWN, ABACO.


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attention.


EXUMA
DUPLEX IN LOT 6625
BAHAMA SOUND No.


The property is 89 x 100 ft
and rectangular in shape.
The land is elevated
approximately 15 ft above
road level and
approximately 25 ft above
sea level. Located on this
property is a twenty-year-
old three bedroom, two
bathroom, living, dining,


room house. Th


e structure


requires much


Appraisal: $170,000.00

8, EAST, EXUMA
*" Trapezium shaped lot 35
ft. above sea level
comprising 10,000 sq. ft.
Situated thereon is a 10-
Syear-old single storey
duplex, 2 bed, 1 bath,
kitchen, living/dining
area and porch.
... (Building is in need of
repairs).


EXUMA Appraisal: $673,075.00
CASTELRAG ESTATES, LOTS 129 & 130
EXUMA HARBOUR SUBDIVISION


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The subject property is located
on Kingway Road and is
developed with an area of
20,000 square feet. Situated


0 thereon is a residence
-IN comprised of 3,645 square feet
of living accommodations,
inclusive of 4 bedrooms, 2
baths, with laundry and utility
spaces and a two .bedroom one
bath guest cottage of 600
square feet. The property is


fenced with white picket fencing and has a Gazebo at the highest portion
of the property.


BAHAMA SOUND 10,
EXUMA


Appraisal: $20,000.00


All that piece, parcel or lots 12571 and 12572, Bahama Sound of Exuma
10, total area of 20,000 square feet. Bahama Sound is a sudivision
situate at the southwestern portion of the Forest Estate between the
settlements of Southside and Richmond Hill, Great Exuma, Bahamas.



PARCEL OF LAND, PALMETTO POINT
ELEUTHERA Appraisal: $112,105.00
All that piece, parcel or lot of land 2,743 feet East of the junction of the
Palmetto Point road and main Eleuthera Highway containing 2.45 acres.
This site encompasses a 28-year-old single storey concrete structure of
approximately 832 square feet of enclosed floor space inclusive of shop
space and rest room facilities.



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(Lot No. 62, Lower Bogue)
ELEUTHERA


ptAll that piece parcel or lot of land and
improvements, in the settlement of Lower
Bogue, North Eleuthera, being No. 62,
comprising of about 34,210 sq. ft., this site
.. : ..' _-.-. -. encompasses a 12 year old single storney home
...- ..' . comprising of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front
.i .. room, dining, breakfast room, kitchen and
laundry room, with a total living area of
approximately 2,342.06. Property also includes a double car garage, and front entrance
with a total sq. ft. of approximately 655.75. This home is approximately 85% completed.
The property is well landscaped with crab grass, fiascos and some fruit trees.
Appraisal: $235,638.00


KENNEDY SUBDIVISION
(NASSAU)

Lot no. 21 all utilities available 10 year old single
story house, 3 bedroom 2 bathroom, living
room, dining area, family room, kitchen, study,
laundry and an entry porch.

Appraisal: $188,406.00

Heading west along Soldier Road take main entrance to Kennedy Subdivision on the
left, then take the 1 st corner on the left then 1st right, house is second on your right
with garage.


This property is situated on the western side of Eleuthera Highway in the settlement of
Lower Bogue.


Investment Opportunity Must
Sell Lot No. 217 Pinewood
Gardens Subdivision

B RAll that lot of land having an area of 5,000 sq ft,
being Lot No. 217 of the Subdivision known as
Pinewood Gardens, the said subdivision situated
in the Southern District of New Providence
Bahamas. Located on this property is a structure
comprising of an approximately 20 yr old single
family residence consisting of 992 sq. ft of
enclosed living space with 3-bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living/dining rooms, kitchen, drive way and
walk way. The land is on a grade and level and appears to be sufficiently elevated to disallow
the possibility of flooding. The grounds are fairly kept and yard is open.

Appraisal: $127,988.00

Traveling south on East Street to the junction of Soldier Road, make a left at the light then turn
right into Kennedy Subdivision, go all the way to T-junction, turn right then first left then right
again toward Mount Tabor Church building, after passing Mount Tabor take first left sapodillaa blvd),
the subject house is about 400 yards on the right painted yellow trimmed green, with green and
white door.


LOT NO. 1490
.,_, ,GOLDEN
GATES
SECTION 2

All that lot of land having
being lot no. 1490 of the
-subdivision known and
designated as Golden Gates, the said subdivision situated in the southwestern district of New
Providence, bahamas. This property is comprised of a 25 yer old single family residence consisting
of approximately 2,480 sq. ft. of enclosed living space with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, living,
dining rooms and kitchen. The land is on a grade and level, however the site appears to be sufficiently
elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding during annual heavy rainy periods of the year. The
grounds are fairly kept, ith improvements including driveway, walkway and low shrubs. Yard is
enclosed on one side wth a 5 foot chain linked fencing and a low cement block wall to the front.
Appraisal: $162,400.00
Traveling west on Carmichael Road turn left then right onto the service road opposite Bahamas Faith
Ministries Complex, then first left again after passing clico and pre-school. The subject house is the
6th house left painted green trimmed white.


LOT NO. #7, BOILING
HOLE SUBDIVISION
SAll that piece parcel or lot of land and
improvements situated on the Island of
Eleuthera, North of Governor's Harbour,
m ii comprising of Lot No. 7 in the Boiling
Hole Subdivision and comprising of
approximately 10,000 sq. ft., this site
-" encompasses a 17 years old duplex with
each unit consisting of 2-bedrooms; 1
bathroom, frontroom, diningroom and kitchen with a gross floor area of approximately 1,474.20
sq. ft. and covered porch area of approximately 164.70 sq. ft. this duplex was built in
accordance with the plan and specification as approved, and at a standard that was acceptable
to the Ministry Of Public Works. This structure is in good condition. Each apartment could
be rented at $800.00 per month. The land is landscaped and planted with ficus trees, but
needs some manicuring.
APPRAISAL: $153,521.00


Lot No. 130, St. Andrews
.Beach Estates

All that lot of land having an area of 8,100
sq ft, being lot no. 130, of the subdivision
-j known and designated as st. andrews beach
estates, the said subdivision situated in the
,T. eastern district of New Providence,
Bahamas. located on the subject property
is a structure comprising of anapproximately
12yr old duplex.
Appraisal: $245,237.00
Traveling east on yamacraw hill road take the third corner right, with sign for st andrews
beach estates, then take first left, then first right, the subject property is the 2nd property
on the left side painted beige trimmed orange.


Lot No. 3 Yamacraw
Beach Estates
All that lot of land having an area of 10,000 sq
ft, being lot no. 3 in Yamacraw Beach Estates,
in the said subdivision situated in the eastern
district of New Providence Bahamas. Located
on the subject property is a single-storey triplex
building comprising of 3 units with two 2-
bedrooms, 1-bathroom, living, dining, kitchen
apartments unit and one unit being used as a
barber and beauty salon, the land is on a grade
and level; however the site appears to be sufficiently elevated to disallow the possibility of
flooding during annual heavy rainy periods of the year.

Appraisal: $313,016.00
Traveling south on Fox Hill Road, go pass Yamacraw Hill Road and Joe Farrington
Road. The subject property is located on the left hand side of Fox Hill road painted white
trimmed brown.


Lot No. 1056 Pinewood
Gardens Subdivision
All that lot of land having an area of 5,000
sq ft, being lot no. 1056 of the subdivision
known as Pinewood Gardens, the said,
subdivision situated in the southern district
of New providence Bahamas. Located on
this property is a structure comprising of
an approximately 10 yr old single family
residence consisting of approximately 1,205
sq. ft of enclosed living space with 3-
bedrooms with closets, 2-bathroom, linen closet, living, dining rooms, kitchen and
covered front porch. the land is slightly elevated to disallow the possibility of flooding.
the grounds are fairly kept.

Appraisal: $144,977.00
Traveling south on East Street to Sapodilla Boulevard, turn right at thatch Palm Street,
turn left onto Rosewood Street, the subject property is the second on the right hand
side painted blue trimmed white.


Lot B, Marigold Farm Road Allotment 67
All that lot of vacant land having an area of 1,173 acres and being referred to as the plot. the property is lot No. B and is situated on Marigold Farm Road in the area known as
Allotment 67, a subdivision situated in the south eastern district of New Providence Bahamas. This property is zoned multi family.
Appraisal: $146,000.00
Traveling from Joe Farrington Road onto Marigold Farm Road heading south. The subject is th 2nd to last property on the left hand side of the road near the pond.

Rainbow Subdivision Lot No. 3, Block 27
All that vacant lot of land having an area of approximately 14,052.59 sq. ft. being lot no. 3, block 27, section b, of Rainbow Subdivision with residential zoning. This property is bounded about
103.44 ft north by Queens Highway, and 137.02 ft. East and about 99.94, ft south of Rainbow Hill Circle. 139.91 ft West. All utilities and services available.
Appraisal: $37, 440.00
BLACKWOOD, ABACO
All that lot of land having an area of approximately 258,064 sq. ft. This property is yet to reach its highest and best use. It is ideally suited to single or multi-family development as is the nature of
surrounding properties within the community. The site may also serve well as a commercial site as the area remains un-zoned the property remains largely in its original state. It is covered with low
brush and broad leaf coppice vegetation intersperse with broad strands of mature Yellow Pine indigenous to the area. The property is well drained and represents no immediate flooding danger under
normal conditions.
APPRAISAL: $219,354.40
The subject property is vacant and is situated at the Southeastern entrance of the Community of Blackwood, Abaco. The property is undivided and comprises approximately, 6 acres of a larger tract

NORTH ELEUTHERA HEIGHTS (ELEUTHERA)
Lot #20 approximately 11,200 sq. ft., and bounded on North by Early Settler Drive and South by Deal Investment Ltd., this is a single family zoning and 50 ft., above sea level. This site encompasses
a foundation with plumbing and roughing inplace and well compacked quarry fill. The concrete floor has not been poured as yet. The foundation is 2,511 sq. ft. Lot #20 situated 1.5 miles east wardly
of the Bluff Settlement. The said lot is vacant and a hill over looking the Atlantic Ocean.
Appraisal: $41,275.00


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Tourism sector to benefit from 1,500 buyer boost


FROM page 3

who are responsible for a sig-


nificant amount of our annual
tourism bookings."
Among the companies rep-
resented will be online and tra-


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ditional distribution channels,
such as Expedia, Travelocity,
GoGo Worldwide Vacations,
Travel Impressions/American
Express Vacations, The Mark
Travel Group/ SpiritVacations,
US Airways Vacations.
"All of these companies gen-
erate multi-million dollars in
revenues to our islands, and
we all seek to continue to
increase their business to the
region," the director-general
said.
Ms Walkine noted that at


the Marketplace, Bahamian
hotels are typically represented
by the promotion boards: Nas-
sau, Paradise Island, Grand
Bahama Island, The Out
Islands, as well as the Paradise
Island Tourism Development
Association (PITDA).
The Bahamas' larger resorts
such as Atlantis, Westin and
Sheraton at Our Lucaya, Four
Seasons and the Cable Beach
Resorts are also usually pre-
sent.
The last time the Bahamas
hosted Caribbean Marketplace
in 2000. Ms Walkine said a lot
has changed.
"The rooms on Paradise
Island have almost doubled
since then, new management
at Lynden Pindling Inlerna-


tional Airport has seen the
start of renovations, and the
creation of the plans for
expansion, so our delegates
will have a lot to review," she
added
Prime Minister Ingraham
has been invited to be keynote
speaker at the official opening
ceremony on Sunday, January
13, at Atlantis. Mr Ingraham
is expected to share the Gov-
ernment's current tourism
investment policy with dele-
gates.
Additionally, the Bahamas
will host a "grand Bahamian
style" Caribbean Night recep-
tion for Caribbean Hotel Asso-
ciation (CHA) delegates on
Tuesday, January 15.
"We look forward to a suc-


cessful Marketplace, as
advance registrations are run-
ning at record levels compared
to previous years," Ms walkine
said.
Alec Sanguinetti, director-
general and chief executive of
the Caribbean Hotel Associa-
tion, noted that Marketplace
was the singular most impor-
tant tourism event in the
Caribbean. He said that few
destinations were able to
accommodate the large num-
ber of persons attending the
event.
"The newly expanded con-
vention centre at Atlantis is a
perfect location," he said. Dur-
ing the two-day event, more
than 12,000 appointments will
be scheduled.


"Becoming the Employer of Choice in The Bahamasl"


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Counsel and Attorneys-At-LawNotaries Public



Notice

Please be advised that our office hours for the
Christmas Season are as follow

Monday 24th December, 2007 Closed at 1p.m.
Tuesday 25th December, 2007 Closed
Wednesday 26th December, 2007 Closed
Thursday 27th December ,2007 Open 9a.m.-5p.m.
Friday 28th December, 2007 Open 9a.m.-5p.m.
Monday 31st December, 2007 Closed at 1p.m.
Tuesday 1st January, 2008 Closed 9a.m.-5p.m.
Wednesday 2nd January, 2008 Open 9a.m.-5p.m.

Our NewLocation
(The Former Gay Lord's Restaurant Site)

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Nassau, The Bahamas.


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* By CARA BRENNEN-
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Tribune Business
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Holiday Working Hours.


Open Friday, December 21, 7:30am to 4:30pm
Closed Monday, December 24, Christmas Eve.
Closed Tuedsday, December 25, Christmas Day
Closed Wednesday, December 26, Boxing Day
We will re-open on Thursday, December 27
Closed Monday, December 31, 2007
Closed Tuesday, January 1, New Year's Day
Re-open Wednesday, January 2, 2008



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"This is a form of tourism and
it hurts all sectors of the indus-
try," Alec Sanguinetti said.
The lack of airlift availability
means there are fewer seats,
higher fares and less people
travelling throughout the
Bahamas and the Caribbean,
the tourism executive added.
Additionally, the Caribbean
has been hurt by the focus on
emerging tourism markets such
as Dubai.
"There is one UK airline that
has 13 flights a day to Dubai
alone.
"Carriers in the UK are con-
centrating their efforts East, and
not on long haul destinations.
India, China, that is where our
competition is," Mr Sanguinet-
ti said.
He said this situation posed a
serious challenge for the entire
region, as the problem was not
particular to any specific coun-
try.
Vernice Walkine, the
Bahamas' tourism director-gen-
eral, added that while tourism
was growing worldwide, the
Caribbean's share as a region
was not.
Ms Walkine said there was a
need or Caribbean countries
to band together to improve
their competitive position in the
world.
Ms Walkine said this is so
important that the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation and the
Caribbean Hotel Association is
to form a new body intended
to reinvent and elevate the
Caribbean brand.
She added that the area of
primary concern continues to
be that of service ,as other
countries without the benefit of
the traditional 'sun, sand and
sea' attractions have been able
to recreate them.
The entire region has seen a
decline in arrivals, based on a
number of factors including the
impact of the Western Travel
Hemisphere Initiative (WHTI),
which took effect at the begin-
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briefed on the situation, because
the insurer's woes could force
the banks to take on billions in
losses they had insured against.
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The troubles at ACA could
also serve as the first real test
for credit default swaps, the
tradable insurance contracts
used by investors to protect, or
hedge, against default on bonds.
In June, the value of bonds
underlying credit default swaps
rose to $42.6 trillion, up from
just $6.4 trillion at the end of
2004, according to the Bank for
International Settlements.
"The hedge is only as good
as the counter party, or the oth-
er party, to the hedge," said
Joseph R. Mason, a finance pro-
fessor at Drexel University and
the Wharton School of the Uni-
versity of Pennsylvania. "This
is part and parcel of the finan-
cial innovation that has grown
very rapidly in recent years."
It is unclear how much capital
it would take to shore up ACA.
Another solution the banks are
discussing would relieve ACA
of having to post collateral
against its insurance contracts
if the company is downgraded.
Critics say either move would
be a temporary fix that would
not address rising defaults on
home loans backing collateral-
ized debt obligations insured by
the company.
ACA's problems may bring
further scrutiny to other bond
insurance firms that have expo-
sure to securities linked to home
loans made to people with
blemished, or subprime, credit.
Moody's Investors Service reaf-
firmed the ratings of several
financial guarantors on Mon-
day but said it might still down-
grade others; Fitch Ratings and
S&P are also reviewing ratings.
Investment banks, hedge
funds and insurance companies
often use credit default swaps
to bet on or against bonds with-
out trading the underlying secu-
rities. Warren E. Buffett and
other critics have described the
contracts as financial time
bombs, because they say that
traders often misprice risk of
default and do not set aside
enough reserves to cover claims.
They also note that investors
have become complacent about
the risks in recent years because
default rates fell to historically


trades."
Last weeLl, the New York
Stock Exchange J,'ssted ACA
Capital after its stock ,";'e had
collapsed and the company
declined to offer a plan to bring
itself back into compliance with
listing standards. The stock was
trading at about 40 cents over
the counter on Tuesday; it had
traded as high as $15 in the
summer.


low levels.
Turmoil at ACA Capital has
been evident for a few months.
In a filing last month the com-
pany said it wrote down the val-
ue of its swaps contracts by $1.7
billion and reported a negative
net worth of $883 million, about
$25 a share. Bear Stearns' mer-
chant banking affiliate owns 29
per cent of ACA Capital. The
company also insures munici-
pal bonds and manages collat-
eralized debt obligations, pools
of assets such as mortgages and
other loans.
S&P promptly put ACA
Financial's rating on watch for a
possible downgrade. If down-
graded, the company would
have to put up at least $1.7 bil-
lion in collateral against its swap
contracts valued as of Septem-
ber money the firm said it
did not have.
On December 6, Canadian
Imperial Bank of Commerce
said $3.5 billion of its subprime
holdings were insured by an
unidentified A-rated bond guar-
antor that was at risk of being
downgraded. Analysts conclud-
ed that ACA was the guarantor;
the bank said it would have to
write down $1.7 billion of its
mortgage holdings if the guar-
antor was downgraded.
None of ACA's other clients
have come forward but people
briefed on the situation said that
Merrill was one of the biggest
banks that have insurance con-
tracts with the troubled compa-
ny.
A spokeswoman for Merrill
declined to comment. A Bear
Steams spokesman said it was a
very small creditor and coun-
terparty to ACA. "As such, our
exposure is limited," he said.
Banks that insured securities
with ACA have another reason
to keep the company afloat if
it fails they may have to restate
earnings they have already
booked as a result of their deal-
ings with the company.
At the heart of many of the
insurance contracts issued by
the company is a popular trans-
action known as the negative
basis trade. For example, a bank
holding a bond that paid inter-
est at 0.50 percentage point over
the London inter-bank offered
rate would pay ACA 0.30 per-
centage point to insure it, pock-
eting the 0.20 point difference
for the life of the contract.
Accounting rules allow the
banks to book that entire
amount as income when the
contracts are written.
In a conference call last
month, executives at ACA
insisted that losses on insured
CDOs would be insignificant,
noting that only $33 million of
the bonds it had written pro-
tection on had been downgrad-
ed to below investment grade.
Calls to Alan S Roseman, its
chief executive, and to a com-
pany spokesman were not
returned on Tuesday.
Analysts note that about
$10.7 billion of the mortgage-
related CDOs the company has
insured contain lower-rated, or
mezzanine, securities that are
most vulnerable to losses from
falling home prices and rising
foreclosures. Many analysts
expect a large portion of the
CDOs with mezzanine debt to
be wiped out.
"Some of the ratings that
were being used don't reflect
the true credit quality of these
various securities," said Sean
Egan, a managing director at
Egan-Jones, an independent
credit-ratings firm.
Egan and other analysts also
note that ACA more than dou-
bled its credit default business
in the last 12 months; it had con-
tracts outstanding on $70 bil-
lion in bonds on September 30,
up from $30 billion a year ago.
The timely use of credit
default swaps this summer
helped large investment banks
like Goldman Sachs and
Lehman Bros. avoid huge loss-
es on mortgage securities as oth-
ers had billions in losses.
But Jim Keegan, a senior vice
president and portfolio manag-
er at American Century Invest-
ments, questions whether the
firms that sold protection will
be able to pay up when losses
materialize.
"It's a zero-sum game," he
said, noting that the gains at the
investment banks buying the
protection have to eventually
result in losses for the firms they
hedged with. "If you put trades
on that worked so well that you
bankrupt your counter party,
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Move to ethanol





fuel efficiency


* By H JOSEF HEBERT
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Bush signed into law
yesterday legislation that will
bring more fuel-efficient vehi-
cles into auto showrooms and
require wider use of ethanol,
calling it "a major step" toward
energy independence and eas-
ing global warming.
The legislation signed by
Bush at a ceremony at the
Energy Department requires
automakers to increase fuel
efficiency by 40 per cent to an
industry average 35 miles.per
gallon by 2020. It also ramps
up production of ethanol use
to `6 billion gallons a year by
I022.
Bush said the new require-
ments will help "address our
vulnerabilities and dependen-
cy" on foreign oil by reducing
demand for gasoline and diver-
sifying the nation's fuel sup-
ply.
"'We make a major step ...
toward reducing our depen-
dence on oil, fighting global
climate change, expanding the
production of renewable fuels
and giving future generations
... a nation that is stronger
cleaner and more secure," said
the president.
Bush was flanked by Demo-
crat and Republican members
of Congress who had ushered


the legislation through.
The House passed the ener-
gy bill Tuesday by a 314-100
vote after the Senate cleared it
last week following lengthy
negotiations and sometimes
testy confrontations. Bush had
vowed to veto the original leg-
islation passed by the House
because it included $21 billion
in taxes.
The tax provisions were
dropped to get the bill
approved.
Congress delivered the leg-
islation to the White House
late Tuesday in a gas-hybrid
sedan.
Bush noted that earlier this
year he had proposed a plan
to cut gasoline use by 20 per
cent over the next 10 years.
But the president has long
opposed arbitrary numerical
standards for vehicle fuel econ-
omy.

Legislation

The legislation increases the
federal standard automakers
must meet to an industry wide
35 mpg for passengers cars,
SUVs and small trucks. The
standard for cars today is 27.5
mpg and for trucks and SUVs
22.2 mpg.
It requires refineries to
increase the use of ethanol
from about six billion gallons a
year this year to 36 billion gal-


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for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
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registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
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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/
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from the 20TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
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on of the Islands in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas intend
to change my name to DARROW ARISTOTLE BULLARD. If
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lons by 2022 and mandates that
by then at least 21 billion gal-
lons are to come from feed-
stocks other than corn.
Bush praised that provision
which would spur the devel-
opment of ethanol from cellu-
losic feedstocks such as prairie
grass and wood chips.
"We understand the hog
growers are getting nervous.
The price of corn is up," said
the president.
Flanking Bush were Senate
Majority Harry Reid of Neva-
da and House Speaker Nancy
Pelosi of California as well as
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., a
longtime protector of the auto
industry. Dingell played a key
role in working out a compro-
mise on the vehicle fuel econ-
omy measure.
Democrats have hailed the
legislation as a turn to. a new
direction in US energy policy.
"I firmly believe this country
needs to have a comprehen-
sive energy strategy," said
Bush before signing the bill.
He referred to the need for
more nuclear energy and
domestic oil production -
issues that the new energy bill
ignores.
Instead, the bill focuses
largely on conservation, call-
ing for more energy efficiency
in "light bulbs to light trucks"
as Dingell observed during the
House debate on the legisla-
tion.
"This is a choice between
yesterday and tomorrow" on
energy policy, Pelosi said Tues-


day shortly before the House
passed the bill, sending it to
the White House.
The bill also calls for
improved energy efficiency of
appliances such-as refrigera-
tors, freezers and dishwashers,
and a 70 per cent increase in
the efficiency of light bulbs. It
also calls for energy efficiency
improvements in federal build-
ings and construction of com-
mercial buildings.

Standards

The new lighting standards
alone are projected to lower
consumers' annual electricity
bills by $13 billion in 2020,
remove the need for 60 mid-
size power plants and reduce
emissions of carbon dioxide,
the leading greenhouse gas, by
100 million tons a year, said
the advocacy group Alliance
to Save Energy.
Democrats said the fuel
economy requirements will
save motorists $700 to $1,000 a
year in fuel costs and reduce
oil demand by 1.1 million bar-
rels a day when the fuel-stingy
vehicles are widely on the
road.
The overall bill including
more ethanol use and various
efficiency requirements and
incentives, will cut United
States oil demand by four mil-
lion barrels a day by 2030,
more than twice the current
daily imports from the volatile
Persian Gulf, said the Democ-
rats.


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Contract Bridge

By Steve Becker


Rising to the Occasion


East dealer.
East-West vulnerable.
NORTH
454
VAQ3
+ A 109 6
+10964
WEST
*J92
IJ 1087
*743
+A 82


EAST
*Q 10763
YK64
*K52
+75


SOUTH
*AK8
V9 52
*QJ8
4KQJ3
The bidding:
East South West North
Pass 1 NT Pass 3 NT
Opening lead jack of hearts.

Assume you're in three notrump
and West leads the jack of hearts.
How would you play the hand?
It may be tempting to finesse the
queen of hearts, but this is demon-
strably the wrong play and in the
actual deal would prove fatal.
Instead, you should go up with the
ace. You should reason that if West
has the king of hearts and has led the
jack from a suit headed by the K-J-
10, dummy's queen will serve as a


second stopper later on. And if East
has the king, the queen is surely the
wrong play.
After rising with the ace, you
should then attack clubs, forcing out'
the ace. In the actual deal, West has
the ace, but he cannot harm you,
whatever he returns. If he shifts to a
spade, you win and take the diamond
finesse. East has the king, but, what-
ever he leads next, you have nine
tricks in the till.
If West returns a heart after tak-
ing the ace of clubs, you are on per-
fectly safe ground. If he plays the ten
of hearts, you cover it with the queen
to establish a second heart trick with
your nine; if he leads a lower heart
instead of the ten, you follow low
from dummy to accomplish the same
result.
For practical purposes, the con-
tract can be guaranteed by going up
with the ace of hearts at trick one.
You assume from the opening lead
that West has the ten of hearts, and
that he is also the one with the heart
-length. If these suppositions are cor-
rect, nothing can stop you from mak-
ing three notrump.
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once only. Each must contain
the centre letter and there must
be at least one nine-letter word.
No plurals.
TODAY'S TARGET
Good 17; very good 25; excellent
34 (or more). Solution tomorrow.


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ACROSS
1 They can be called essays (5)
6 Delay a seaman finishing in a hurri
(5)
9 Calculate how to keep fit (4,3)
10 Passed the new driver a hammer (5
11 Perhaps not the way to be a heavy-
weight (5)
12 You should twig the answer isn't
"broom" (5)
13 Their toughness may be just an act (7)
15 A mountain pass needn't be com-
pletely chilly (3)
17 Uniquely in concert (4)
18 Set off to flatter? (6)
19 Bread in a form often trimmed (5)
20 Implement to thrust to the lefi (6
22 Greek letter usable in Matabela (4)
24 In the army, it means 'attention" (3)
25 Could be a tiller, to be exact (7)
26 Possibly set in a German stone mug (5)
27 Like spicy cooking with canned ju;.e
and no ice (5)
28 Suggests there will be strikes
around November (5)
29 Sound joyously perhaps, though a
crooked grin is not allowed (7)
30 Can't climb stairs, but it can exter
minute! (5)
31 Sullen, low, and ultimately
unsteady (5)


Yesterday's cryptic solutions
ACROSS: 3, Pinch 8, He man 10, O0-urs 11, Mar 12, Local 13,
Pointer 15, Slice 18, 0-of 19, Style-d 21, Two-time 22, He-At
23, Gait 24, Custard 26, P-rol-it 29, Hi-E 31, Sat-a-N 32, Be-
rated 34, Me-ter 35, Tum 36, ro-tem 37, Elbow 38, Darts
DOWN 1, Lemon 2, B-arn owl 4, Ivor 5, Ch.-aste 6, Holly 7,
P-rice 9, Mai 12, Left out 14, T-00 16, Iliad 17, Edits 19,
Smoth-er 20, Chips 21, T-a-rot 23, G-reatl-y 24, Cinema 25,
Air 27, Ramon 28, Fa-me-d 30, De-Mon. 32, Bert 33, Tub


DOWN
2 It's lovely to be in port
out EastI (6)
3 Equals one plus twol (6)
4 A little man of note (3)
5 They're above struggling to get a
kiss out of an egghead (5)
6 Routed wrong around Acton Central
by an instructor? (7)
7 One name that means
very little (4)
8 Payment demanded by Romans,
maybe (6)
12 A chewy nut (5)
13 Hotel by the river? (5)
14 Man of many parts (5)
15 Cringe before an
aggressor? (5)
16 It's lawful, for instance, to go all out
for change (5)
18 It's grey, one thinks (5)
19 An old-fashioned
dropout (7)
21 Smoky city? (6)
22 Nominally coming before
Mussolini (6)
23 Tried to arrange dates after the end
of August (6)
25 Talk of the money in energy (5)
26 Positive agreement (4)
28 Inhuman sound? (3)


Yesterday's easy solutons
ACROSS: 3, Stood 8, Cacti 10, Revel 11, Tor 12, Treat 13,
Delight 15, Tents 18, Per 19, Forest 21, Deliver 22, Rues 23,
Tell 24, Settler 26, Edited 29, Her 31, Salad 32, Learned 34,
Paper 35, Ail 36, Asset 37, Filly 38, Ready
DOWN: 1, Later 2, Stripes 4, Tart 5, Orator 6, Deter 7, Beats
9, Col 12, Thrived 14, Gel 16, Never 17, Style 19, Feather 20,
Trees 21, Devil 23, Terrain 24, Sedate 25, Lea 27, Daisy 28.
Taper 30, Belly 32, Lend 33, Nil


AcROSS
I Iraqi port (S)
6 Coerdcion (S)
9 Nudged (7)
10 Addict (5)
11 Rest(S)
12 Pub game (5)
13 Invented (7)
15 Beverage (3)
17 Genuine (4)
18 Type of nut (6)
19 Musty (S)
20 Mental disorders (6)
22 Assistance (4)
24 Coach (3)
25 Floor show (7)
26 Wonderful (51
27 Warehouse (5)
28 Condition (5)
29 Bureaucracy (3,4)
30 Enquired (5)
31 Cross (5)


DOWN
2 Fascination (6)
3 Disclose (6)
4 Beer (3)
S Wanderer (5)
6 Productive (7)
7 Poems (4)
8 Cowandly (6)
12 Hollows (5)
U Morsel of bread (5)
1 Deserves (5)
15 Turret (5)
16 Skilful (5)
18 Church table (5)
19 Greeted (7)
21 Boring tools (6)
22 Hurry (6)
23 Character (6)
25 European coins (5)
26 Painful (4)
28 Resort (3)


( Calvin & Hobbes )


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THURSDAY,
DEC 20


ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
You have new courage for romantic
matters, and if single, you could build
up the gumption to ask that person
you've admired for a phone number.
Go for it!
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Plan celebrations for .the week so there
will be no lull in your activities, Taurus.
Sweethearts give you something to
look forward to by mid-week. It's a
good sign of other things to come.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
Leave plans loose so you have the
ability to change your mind at a
moment's notice, Gemini. Expect
paperwork to pile up at the office. It
will take some time to work through.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
You may be feeling a tad lonely, so
call up that ever-positive friend for a
pep talk. At work a team member
bows out of a project, and you step
in to see it through.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
Spend your afternoons making con-
tacts and communicating wishes at
work.. Encourage social engage-
ments, Leo, they will give you a
chance to showcase your personality
VIRGO Aug 24/Sep 22
A mystery loses its hold over you
early in the week, Virgo. You can't
solve it so it's time to move on. A
precarious situation could be on the
horizon, so watch out.
LIBRA Sep 23/Oct 23
Loving what you do is a key to
wealth. Dig deep to find out what
interests you and take that path this
week, Libra. Friends might want to
come along for the ride.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Testing your resolve is thq best way
to get stronger, Scorpio. If you think
you can't handle that project, try any-
way and you may be surprised at the
results.
SAGITIARIUS Nov 23/Dec 21
This week is all about playing
games, Sagittarius. While they
may be fun for. you, others may
get hurt in the exchange. Be care-
ful of others' feelings.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
You've been feeling manic, but it's
time to put yourself in a mellow mood.
Friends will gather if you calm down
and listen to them for a change. A
romance is in your future.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
You are in need of a positive change,
so speak up, Aquarius. Choose your
subject carefully and highlight your
ability as a free thinker. Work asso-
ciates will take notice.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
When your plan is met with opposi-
tion this week, Pisces, there's only
one way to win: turn up the heat. A
friendship will develop on Tuesday.


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Dart's Cayman bulls-eye shows way for Bahamas


FROM page 2

the ground-floor establish-
Iients,. a .d cantilevered bal-
conies for thIe uppeC floors.
Business tenants in the 177,000
square feet of dedicated office
space include Cayman Nation-
al Bank, the regional head-
quarters of accountants Ernst
& Young, and a Goldman


Sachs trust company. The nextA
step will be a row of restau-n
rants on "'The Crescent', lac-
ing a waterway across which
residential housing and a mari-
na will be constructed. A large
empty tract has been reserved
for a supermarket and other
commercial needs. All con-
struction starts 7.5 feet above
sea level to avoid the disas-
trous flooding inflicted by Hur-


ricanc Ivan in 'I'l I. There's
plenty of land left Ior an even-
tual golf course.
C(amana Bay is the creation
of l)art Realty, which retained
a consortium of local and inter-
national architects, town plan-
ners, landscape experts, inte-
rior designers, creators of light-
weight srtuctures, water-flow
experts, lighting specialists and
structural engineers. The orig-


inal dream came from mem-
bers of the Dart family, widely
travelled Americans who
became house-owning resi-
dents in the early 1990s and
were captivated by the islands'
potential.
They decided to upgrade
their new home by investing a
substantial chunk of the family
fortune, which derives from
the Dart Container Corpora-


tion, a billion-dollar privately
owned company that domi-
nates the mundane business of
manufacturing styrofoam cups
and containers, and owns the
related Polymers International
plant in Freeport.
Although no figures are offi-
cially released, and the fami-
ly's leader Ken Dart keeps a
low profile, it's probable that
over $400 million has already


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been sunk into the commer-
cial ventures of Camana Bay,
with much more to come. The
family's spokesmen emphasise
that while an eventual return
on investment is expected,
rapid profit is not the objec-
tive.
Perhaps the most striking
feature of Camana Bay is the
Cayman International School,
which opened in 2006 within
walking distance of the Town
Centre. A gleaming white
state-of-the-art facility of
57,000 square feet, set on a 13-
acre campus with athletic
fields, it is designed to educate
500 local students from nursery
through Grade 12. The Dart
family is said to have backed it
with a $50 million contribution
from family trusts naturally,
no financial return is envis-
aged.
It's a good question what
impact Camana Bay will have
on central George Town, suf-
fering from traffic jams, lack
of parking, and hordes of
cruise-ship passengers clogging
the main artery. Will there be a
wholesale shrinkage of real
estate values as business ten-
ants move to the elegant new
structures, as some have
already done? Assuredly, the
Cayman government had this
and other questions in mind
during the long negotiations to
approve the master plan and
grant the multiple permits
authorising the massive pro-
ject, and must have decided
that the overall benefit to the
economy outweighed any
shrinkage in the downtown
area.
The negotiations could not
have been easy. Here in Nas-
sau, we often have the impres-
sion that the public sector in
Cayman operates as smoothly
as the proverbial Swiss watch
compared to the bureaucracy
and red-tape of our own Gov-
ernment. But that's not the
view in Cayman itself, as seen
in a recent editorial by David
Legge, publisher-editor of the
glossy and wide-ranging mag-
azine, Grand Cayman.
He wrote: G o v e r n -
mental gridlock has become so
pervasive in Cayman that it has
become almost impossible to
get even the simplest thing
done in an efficient, timely
manner. Legislators have cre-
ated an unnavigable labyrinth
of bureaucratic corridors, and
no one, it seems, has a map."
In the same issue, an econo-
mist who served on the faculty
of the local college writes as
follows: "Cayman is not ta.x
free. The imposition of costs
through government policy
and bureaucratic constraints
on competitiveness is the 'Ca -
man Tax' . that discourages
improvement in the produc-
tivity of labour, stifles innova-
tion, and emboldens a cultural
attitude against becoming
more competitive in interna-
tional markets."
Even the Cayman educa-
tional scene parallels our own,
according to Mr Legge.
"Unless and until the Cayman
Islands commit to turning out
highly educated, highly moii-
vated Caymanian graduates,
the divide between imported
'expatriate labour' and an ill-
educated underclass of Cav-
manian youth will continue to
expand".
So it seems that our neigh-
bours in the Crown Colony to
the south can suffer as much
at the hands of the state as we
in the sovereign Common-
wealth of the Bahamas. The
Dart Group has been success
ful in overcoming bureaucrat
ic obstacles, perhaps because
of the very size of their pro
posal a project of unprece
dented scope and complexity
anywhere in the Caribbean --
and because of their remark
able contribution of a modern
school. One wonders w hal
response our Governennlt
would give to any similar for-
eign finn who wished to devote
their financial resources and
management expertise to the
essential task of redeveloping
downtown Nassau. Would it
be welcomed, or stalled with
a thousand objections?


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