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Title: The Tribune.
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Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 12/24/2007
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* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
POLICE were forced to
smuggle one of their officers
out of Bimini after residents
stormed and burned the police
barracks in search of the junior
officer who had allegedly "exe-
cuted" a local resident.
Last night, Acting Commis-
sioner of Police Reginald Fer-
guson confirmed that officers
were successful in extracting
Corporal Darling (who's first
name is being withheld) from


the island before residents were
able to get their hands on him.
Initial reports suggest that
Darling, who was with another
officer, might have been drink-
ing when he attempted to arrest
43-year-old Ashcal Dion Rolle
at the Bimini Breeze nightclub
on Friday night. Reportedly the
two officers were in search of
Mr Rolle for a traffic violation.
It was alleged that he had
parked his jet-ski in the road
sometime in the past.
According to eyewitnesses,
SEE page 12


N By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
ptumquest@tribunemedia.net


PRIME Minister Huber Ingraham [
yesterday assured the country that
law and order has been returned to
the quaint island of Bnmim.
Initially expressing disappointment
that residents had taken the law into
their own hands, Mr Ingraham said that he was "deeply troubled" that
violence had broken the peace and calm of the Bimini community.
SEE page 12
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PM reflects
ron crime in
Christmas
message
-By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net
"'.PRIME Minister Hubert
.: Ingraham in his Christmas
message yesterday reflected
on the many losses experi-
S .enced by Bahamians in 2007
:. as well as on the impact crime
has had on the populace, and
urged people to remember the
less fortunate during this hol-
.iday season.
In his message to the nation,
the prime minister also
emphasised the need to pray
and work toward achieving
greater levels of tolerance and
understanding among
Bahamians.
"In that way we may, next
year, enjoy reduced levels of
crime and far less violence in
our communities, particular-
ly in New Providence, home
to our capital and to the
majority of our citizens," he
said.
E .Mr Ingraham, wishing all
Bahamians blessed and peace-
ful Christmas on behalf his
J'. wife and family, and the gov-
RESIDENTS OF the island descended upon the police compound and started to destroy the buildings
(in background) and vehicles. SEE page 13

Police say woman's body is year's 77th murder
0 By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net


THE partially clad body of
a woman found in the
Yamacraw area yesterday is
being considered by police to
be the country's 77th murder
victim of the year.
Police received a telephone
tip shortly after noon yester-
day and officers investigating
the scene at 12.15pm discov-
ered the body of woman close
to the Seagull Court apart-
ment complex in Elizabeth
Estates- just one block away
of the area's Budget Meat
Market.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Chief Supt Hulan
Hanna said that the woman
was wearing blue jeans at the
time of her death and that
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SCARBOROUGH,
TOBAGO December
20 The Tobago House
of Assembly announced
the opening of the Scar-
borough Jetty in Tobago.
The $17 million (TT)
Scarborough Jetty expan-
sion project will facilitate
larger cruise ships and
encourage more cruise
lines to include Tobago
on their itinerary. The
Jetty can now accommo-
date cruise ships up to
the voyager class' that
holds up to 3,114 passen-
gers and measures 320
meters long by nine and a
half meters in depth.
"Tobago is now a plat-
inum member of the
Florida Caribbean Cruise
Association. The Scar-
borough Jetty will give
the island every chance
to grow and prosper with-
in the cruise industry as
the lines continue to
expand their fleet and
seek new and unique des-
tinations," said Neil Wil-
son; Tobago House of
Assembly Tourism Secre-
tary.
Tobago is an ideal eco
adventure destination
offering cruisers an array
of activities from the
moment they step ashore.
For the adventure seek-
ing travellers, answer
nature's beckoning call
and explore the Main
Forest Ridge Rainforest,
named the World's Lead-
ing Ecotourism Destina-
tion by The World Travel
Awards four consecutive
years in a row. It is the
oldest rainforest preserve
in the western hemi-
sphere and ,hme to an
incredibly diverse biolog-
ical eco-system. Bird
lovers can migrate to Lit-
tle Tobago Island, a 250-
acre offshore wildlife
sanctuary where one can
observe the Red Billed
Tropic, Brown Booby
and a myriad of hum-
mingbirds in their natural
habitat. Hikers can trek
to Argyle Waterfalls fea-
turing nature trails shel-
tered by tall trees and
bamboo groves and a
three-tiered waterfall.
Cruisers laying over in
Tobago can dive into the
deep on scuba and
snorkel excursions.
From the experienced
to the novice, divers can
venture beneath the crys-
tal waters of Tobago's
coast in Speyside, Pigeon
Point or Englishman's
Bay to catch glimpses of
barracudas, dolphins,
whale sharks, parrotfish
and queen.
Tobago boasts the
world's largest brain
coral and is also one of
the few locations in the
world where divers can
regularly swim with man-
ta ray.
For the beach bum,
bask in the warmth of the
Caribbean heat and tan
sunny side up at the pris-
tine Pigeon Point
Beachin Tobago. "This
unspoiled white sand
beach is a picturesque
backdrop for tourists. No
need to buy postcards
here. Just point and snap
for pictures and memo-
ries that will last a life-
time," said a press
release.
Tobago, located in the
southeastern region of
the Caribbean, provides
an ideal location for wed-
dings and honeymoons,,
scuba diving, and golf as
well as unadulterated fun
in the sun. With its care-
ful approach to tourism,
Tobago offers one of the
last unspoiled Caribbean
destinations. Sister island
to Trinidad, Tobago is
the quintessential
Caribbean island with
secluded beaches, quaint
villages, charming hotels
and private villas.


devastated

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killing

* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net


THE death of Dion Rolle,
a fisherman, has devastated
the tiny close-knit communi- A
ty of Bimini, where residents
are still very upset over the M
"senseless killing" of a father
and grandfather at a popular
local restaurant and bar.
As retribution for the
killing, Bimini residents set
fire to the police residence .
and a police boat, punctured
the tyres on the fire engine
and rendered it completely
immobile, and caused exten-
sive damage to three police ACCORDING TO a Bimini resident
vehicles stationed on that Bimini Breeze Restaurant and Bar
island.
None of the officers, how-
ever, was hurt during the dis- approached by two officers
turbance. who told him they were going
A large number of law to arrest him.
enforcement officers from When he questioned offi-
Grand Bahama and New cers as to why they were
Providence were immediate- going to arrest him, the wit-
ly flown to Bimini on Satur- ness said Rolle went inside
day as reinforcement to keep the club where the officers
law and order, and to con- attempted to handcuff
duct investigations into the him.
shooting death. Rolle fell to the ground
Acting Commissioner of and while attempting to get
Police Reginald Ferguson up from the floor, he was
was also on the island on shot in the head. William H.
Sunday. Assistant Superin- Butler, also known as 'Yama
tendent'of 'Pdl1ee rt tw ', wr of the Bimi-
Mackey, assistant hAresii- -.~ e aurani id
son officer for the northern Bar, said RolkWas a regug
Bahamas, said on Sunday
that investigations into the
shooting are still in the ini-
tial stages.
She reported that a 42-
year-old man of South Bimi-
ni who was shot by police
around 12.15 am on Saturday ...1' i
died of his injuries around -
3.15am. ......
According to Bimini resi-
dent Vincent Ellis, the shoot- .S.. ,
ing occurred at the Bimini ..,
Breeze Restaurant and Bar~ ". ..' "
in Alice Town in North Bimi-
ni. He said Rolle was shot in
the head inside the club and .. ... .......
died at the scene.
He said Mr Rolle's family
and the entire community of ;;"'"''
Bimini are distraught and
want answers. ,Il c
"This was a senseless 1
shooting of a man of this
community and we are not T AN 1
taking this well at all because
Dion was a very nice person. I ; "
He was never one for getting
into the trouble," he said.
According to residents,
there have been complaints 1
of constant police harassment'
of young men on the island. ....;....
According to eyewitness today Sports.......
reports, Mr Rolle was stand- lth ...
ing outside the club at the '\ : ".".. .
time when he was ,


called the police and she told
me that it was the police that
had shot Dion," he said.
When he arrived at the
club, Mr Butler said Dion
was lying on the floor dead
with the officer still holding
the gun in his hand.
"He (the officer) appeared
to be going out of his head
and he was crying and say-
ing he didn't shoot anybody,"
Mr Butler recalled.
Mr Butler said residents
were very upset over the
shooting and rioted against
the police.
"This is the first time that
anything like this has ever
happened in Bimini," he said.
A group of officers will
remain on the island until
investigations into the shoot-
ing have been completed.


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"He was a very nice guy
and was always helpful we
just don't understand why
this tragedy happened," he
said.
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ness the shooting, said he
had left the restaurant short-
ly before the shooting
occurred.
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utes later there was a knock
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NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-


Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama



Pass these thoughts along please


IN THE past few weeks a round-robin e-mail
has been circulating in Nassau. It has a message
that should have a wider readership, especially at
this time when instead of practising brotherly
love, we are allowing our hatreds, prejudices,
selfishness, intolerance and dogmatic beliefs to
destroy this once happy-go-lucky, almost crime
free little country.
The following, entitled, "My confession", was
written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS
Sunday Morning Commentary.
Ben Stein is an American writer, commenta-
tor, lawyer, and politician, who writes a regular
column for the Sunday New York Times Busi-
ness Secion and for Yahoo Finance.
In his confession, this many talented man
says that although he is a Jew, he respects the
opinions, beliefs and traditions of others. He is so
well anchored in his own beliefs that he does
not feel threatened by the beliefs of others. He
accepts that there is enough space on this planet
to accommodate all persons as long as in exer-
cising what they perceive as their rights they do
not trample the rights of others.
Today the peoples of this world are bending so
far backwards to be "politically correct" to
accommodate others that they now stand for
nothing.
Says Stein:
"I am a Jew, and every single one of my ances-
tors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even
a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up,
bejewelled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel
threatened. I don't feel discriminated against.
That's what they are: Christmas trees.
"It doesn't bother me a bit when people say,
'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are
slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghet-
to. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all
brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time
;jr(ear. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a
manger scene on display at a key intersection
near my beach house in Malibu.
"If people want a creche, it's just as fine with
me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
"I don't like getting pushed around for being
a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting
pushed around for being Christians. I think peo-
ple who believe in God are sick and tired of get-
ting pushed around, period. I have no idea where
the concept came from that America is an explic-
itly atheist country. I can't find it in the Consti-
tution and I don't like it being shoved down my
throat.
"Or maybe I can put it another way: where did
the idea come from that we should worship Nick
and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship
God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign
that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us
who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came
from and where the America we knew went to.
"In light of the many jokes we send to one
another for a laugh, this is a little different: This
is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's
intended to get you thinking.
"Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed
on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her
'How could God let something like this hap-


pen?' (regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Gra-
ham gave an extremely profound and insightful
response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply sad-
dened by this, just as we are, but for years we've
been telling God to get out of our schools, to get
out of our government and to get out of our
lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe
He has calmly backed out. How can we expect
God to give us His blessing and His protection if
we demand He leave us alone?'
"In light of recent events...terrorist attacks,
school shootings, etc. I think it started when
Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered,
her body found recently) complained she didn't
want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.
Then someone said you better not read the Bible
in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou
shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as your-
self. And we said OK.
"Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't
spank our children when they misbehave because
their little personalities would be warped and
we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's
son committed suicide). We said an expert should
know what he's talking about. And we said OK.
"Now we're asking ourselves why our children
have no conscience, why they don't know right
from wrong,' and why it doesn't bother them to
kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
"Probably, if we think about it long and hard
enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a
great deal to do with 'we reap what we sow.'
"Funny how simple it is for people to trash
God and then wonder why the world's going to
hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers
say, but question what the Bible says. Funny
how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and
they spread like wildfire but when you start send-
ing messages regarding the Lord, people think
twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude,
v lgar-and obscene articles pass freely through
Oyjberspace, but public discussion of God is sup-
pressed in the school and workplace.
"Are you laughing?
"Funny how when you forward this message,
you will not send it to many on your address list
because you're not sure what they believe, or
what they will think of you for sending it.
"Funny how we can be more worried about
what other people think of us than what God
thinks of us.
"Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not
then just discard it... no one will know you did.
But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit
back and complain about what bad shape the
world is in."
In the next few days we shall be singing Christ-
mas carols and honouring a God-child who was
born in Bethlehem to give mankind a second
chance at salvation. It would be a good time to
take Ben Stein's words to heart and instead of
talking about Christianity and beating an unre-
pentant breast, we tried daily to live our Christ-
ian beliefs.
And while you, our readers, ponder these
thoughts, from here at The Tribune we wish
each one of you a very blessed, happy and peace-
ful Christmas.


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EDITOR, The Tribune.
SIR, I am sure I am not alone
in experiencing growing alarm
about the state of the country and
the lack of any obvious initiative
being taken by the government
of the day to stop the accelerating
decline. Now is the time, in my
view, to put politics aside and
take bold steps on many different
fronts.
It must be clear that there are
many chickens coming home to
roost now or in the very near
future. The US economy on
which we depend so heavily is
inevitably feeling the effects of
paying for wars in two foreign
countries while the sub-prime
mortgage crisis shows signs of
worsening and only adds insult
to injury.
Meanwhile, we in The
Bahamas have allowed our
tourism product to slip so badly
that cruise operators have begun,
at the request of passengers, to
omit the country from their itin-
eraries and, for the first time in
many years, a growing number of
empty shop spaces can be seen
along the most formerly desirable
sections of Bay Street. A walk
along Bay Street is a depressing
experience indeed. Crime figures
continue to spiral, little or nothing
is being done to improve the air-
port, traffic seems destined to
soon grind to a complete halt and
an unsightly wasteland remains
in the place where, six years ago,
the straw market burnt down.
We had five years of drift
under the previous government,
and I can fully understand the
present government's insistence
on investigating the rush of con-
tracts which were entered into
and initiatives taken by the pre-
vious government just prior to
the election.
HIo-vever, these are matters
which could be properly dealt
with by a committee appointed
for the purpose and vested with
appropriate investigative powers
(a Commission of Inquiry if nec-
essary).
Instead. sessions of Parliament
have wrongly been allowed to
degenerate into useless slanging
matches while the country's econ-
omy, infrastructure and very soci-
ety-cry out for Urgent attention.
If Mr Ingraham and his gov-
ernment would like to leave their
mark on Bahamian history, it is
time to cast aside all thoughts of
the next election and take dra-
matic steps to stimulate the econ-
omy and claw our country back
from the edge of the precipice on
which it seems to be teetering.
The following matters should
be treated as emergencies.
1) Bay Street and the cruise
ship port both need an urgent
facelift. If the government has no
plan to move the container port
away from Bay Street, it should


make one as soon as possible and
get on with executing it. Part of
the reason Bay Street looks so
shabby is that the facades of the
buildings are all grimy with soot
from exhaust fumes. More impor-
tantly, eighteen wheel tractor
trailers simply have no business
rumbling along the main tourist
shopping area. Bay Street is by
turns dirty, smelly and shabby-
looking, and sometimes all three.
2) The airport must be
revamped and upgraded imme-
diately. The last time I travelled,
there was no water in the bath-
rooms of the departure lounge
area, a highly embarrassing (and
malodorous) situation. The "Cafe
in The Clouds" is simply dreadful.
The arrivals area is even worse,
with its broken conveyor belts
and random piles of unclaimed
luggage. There is no reason to fall
into the trap of building some
"modern" edifice of steel-and-
glass. We are an island nation sell-
ing an island lifestyle and, while
safety, security and efficiency
need to be the prime considera-
tions in renovating the exiting
facilities or creating new ones,
our airport should reflect our
geography and our culture so far
as possible.
3) Plans should be finalised and
construction should begin on a
new Straw Market as soon as
humanly possible. The same com-
ments apply to the design of the
market as made in reference to
the airport. Every attempt should
be made to create a memorable
landmark with character and
charm, something that will appear
on Bahamian postcards. Rules for
the maintenance and cleanliness
of each individual vendor site
should be strictly enforced in the
future.
3. While I was no fan of the
previous government's "anchor
project" policy, those developers
with whom binding agreements
were made should have their pro-
jects green-lighted as soon as pos-
sible. Mr D'Aguilar of the Chanm-
ber of Commerce made a similar
'recommendation some weeks ago
and I wholeheartedly endorse his
comments. Let's get some money
moving around. Future develop-
ment proposals, however, should
be subjected to more stringent
scrutiny than was previously the
case, but'the process of such
scrutiny must nonetheless be
speeded up.
4) There should be a prompt
move to a "community" model
of policing the country. Research
has shown again and again that
crime must be attacked at its
roots. Chasing the murderers and


the drug dealers is not working.
The police should be concentrat-
ing on forging relationships in the
community and trying to create a
sense of order and calm therein.
Once the law-abiding members
of the community feel that they
and the police are in charge, the
murderers and drug dealers will
find themselves without support
or influence and they will fade
away.
The Police should be properly
funded and supported in these
efforts. The opposition have-com-
plained bitterly of the disman-
tling of theirUrban Renewal pro-
gramme and they appear to have
a point.
That programme was a step in
the right direction, albeit a some-
what half-hearted one. Something
similar but better should be put in
its place. In addition to the mat-
ters discussed above, urgent
attention should also be paid to
removing the rusting hulk at the
eastern end of Arawak Cay, and
to strict enforcement of existing
traffic laws, particularly those
which make it illegal for vehicles
to emit obvious clouds of pollu-
tion.
Buses are unfortunately among
the worst and most numerous
offenders, but the laws go unen-
forced and our streets are taking
on the feel of a filthy, chaotic
free-for-all.
How will all of this be paid for
. you ask? Well, if the only answer
is through borrowing, then my
view is so be it.
Bonds issued to Bahamian
investors on BISX should be the
first source of funding.
There is plenty of capital in this
country sitting idle and I think
Bahamian government paper
must still be a safe investment.
It should be kept in mind that
the recommendations above are
not simply for expenditure, they
are for investment in our coun-
try's future.
If done properly, the result of
such investment should be growth
in our economy and increased
revenue.
I have not mentioned the mis-
erable state of our education sys-
tem, because the primary focus
of this letter is the need for a
series of urgent "kick in the
pants" measures for the econo-
my. However, it should not be
doubted that the failing educa-
tion system is at the root of many
of the problems we are now expe-
riencing and that it is perhaps the
biggest and meanest chicken of
all those that are coming home
to roost. It too, requires bold and
creative thinking now and in the
future and genuine leadership
over the long term if it is to be
rescued.
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0 In brief

Man jailed for
possessing
firearm and
ammunition
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT A Freeport
man was sentenced to one
year in prison after pleading
guilty in Freeport Magistrate's
Court on Thursday to posses-
sion of a firearm and ammu-
nition.
Sentenial Rahming, 20, of
Coral Gardens, was charged
before Magistrate Helen
Jones for possession of an
unlicensed .357 firearm and
16 live rounds of ammunition
at Freeport, Grand Bahama
on December 19.
According to police reports,
at noon on December 19, a
team of officers from the'Drug
Enforcement Unit were on
routine patrol in the area of
Emerald Drive, Coral Gar-
dens, when they spotted a
young dark man on the side
of the street acting in a suspi-
cious manner.
The officers stopped their
vehicle and the young man ran
into nearby bushes. Officers
gave chase and caught the sus-
pect a short distance away. He
was struggling with an object
in his pants leg as he ran.
Rahming was searched and
a Chrome .357 revolver with a
black handle and six live
rounds of .357 Hallow Point
ammunition were taken from
his pants.
He was arrested and taken
into police custody.
Rahming pleaded guilty and
was convicted of both charges
and sentenced to one year on
each count, which will run
concurrently.
Ralph Reckley 38, of Pio-
neers Loop was arraigned in
Court Three before Magis-
trate Helen Jones on the
charge of "killing in the course
of dangerous driving."
Reckley is accused of killing
Erick Stefanutti, 34, who died
on November 3, as a result of
a traffic accident on San Sal-
vador Drive, commonly
known as "the seven hills."
He pleaded not guilty to the
charge and was granted $5,000
bail with two sureties. The
matter was adjourned to Feb-
ruary 13.

Immigration
officials take
Jamaicans
into custody
By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net
FREEPORT About 12
Jamaicans were taken into
custody by Immigration offi-
cials on Friday morning after
police discovered the group
of illegal immigrants in the
Eight Mile Rock area on
Thursday evening.
According to Elkena Bain,
officer in charge of enforce-
ment at the Immigration
Department in Freeport,
immigration officials received
information that a man was
planning to smuggle some
immigrants by boat from
West End to Bimini on
Thursday evening.
Mr Bain said that police
officials at West End were
notified and asked to assist
them in their investigations.
"The police there checked
the area but came up with
nothing, so we passed the
information on to Eight Mile
Rock Police, who later spot-
ted a van and discovered 12
Jamaicans inside," he said.
Mr Bain said 11 men and
one woman were arrested
and taken into custody at the


Eight Mile Rock Police Sta-
tion.
The group was handed over
to immigrations officials
around 9.30am on Friday and
taken to the Immigration
Department in Freeport for
processing.
Mr Bain said that they have
not yet determined whether
the group will be charged or
deported, or flown to New
Providence for detainment at
the Carmichael Detention
Centre for repatriation.


Telemedicine programme gets I
* By MATT MAURA even know where I was and I just passed
Bahamas Information services out, but today I can move about. I can
shower and feed myself and I am ready to
THE Telemedicine Pilot Programme, go home. Telemedicine has been a blessing
launched just over two weeks ago between for me," Mr Bartlett added.
the Accident and Emergency Department Thanks to the programme, which links
of the Princess Margaret Hospital and the the clinic in Marsh Harbour with specialists
Marsh Harbour Clinic in Abaco, is already at the A&E Department in New Provi-
paying huge dividends for healthcare offi- dence, Mr Bartlett was able to avert a
cials and residents of The Bahamas. stroke or even worse.
And 63-year-old Charles Bartlett of He said he doesn't remember much
Marsh Harbour, Abaco, says he is a living about what happened, just that his blood
and willing testimony to that fact. pressure skyrocketed as a result of his not
"I am just happy to be alive and well," being able to afford to purchase medication
Mr Bartlett said on Wednesday, Decem- for his ailments.
ber 19, just four days after walking into the "I have always said that poor people
Marsh Harbour Clinic with an accelerated should have access to medication because
blood pressure and sugar count and facing it's not all the time you can afford to pay for
a stroke. it because sometimes you don't always have
"When I went to the Clinic, I did not the money," Mr Bartlett said. "I had to pay


Junkanoo parade



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CELEBRATING Africa and theft, crimes against innocent Las Vegas' hi,
the abolition of slavery as well children, recklessness on our the original
as turning the spotlight on the street, encroachment on our founded the
country's crime problem and the national boundaries." with the mod
need for peace will all be part Through the figures of Angli- performer Ce
of the themes for this year's Box- can Archbishop Drexel Gomez,
ing Day Junkanoo parade. Catholic Archbishop Patrick
The Shell Saxons Super Stars Pinder and President of the
will come out during the Box- Christian Council John Humes,
ing Day Parade named in hon- One Family will seek to depict
our of Brian "Boldie" Gibson Christian unity in the Bahamas.
with the theme "From Africa to Special tribute also will be
Bay Street A magnificent cel- paid to the Royal Bahamas
ebration of Emancipation 1807- Police Force, the group said.
2007." On a lighter note, the Valley
The group will highlight "the Boys this Boxing Day will be
elegance, royalty and nobility" of celebrating the Bahamas' Food
forefathers of Bahamians the and Cultural Festival.
kings and queens and warriors of The Valley Boys announced
Africa. The Saxon's leader Per- it is their intention to bring "a
cy "Vola" Francis will lead the taste of the world" to Bay Street.
show time section and depict the The group will showcase food
splendor of Pharoah Ramses. and beverages, music and dance,
The Prodigal Sons are expect- folklore and theatre of a few of
ed to come on to Bay Street with the over 50 countries represent-
a similar theme. ed at the annual Food and Cul-
Under the theme "Come cel- tural Festival.
ebrate Africa", the group will The Roots group has this year
depict the "Great kings of the chosen the "Signs of the Zodiac
Motherland." The awesome wonders of
The Prodigal Sons said that Greek astrology" as its theme.
they will take the audience on a The Roots dancers and musi-
journey through the continent cians will present all Zodiac signs
of Africa, celebrating the peo- from Aries to Pisces, as well as
pie, the wildlife, music and dance each of the natural elements of
of the African people. earth, wind, fire and water.
Focusing on the rising crime "We will take you on an
levels in the Bahamas, the One adventure to the universe", the
Family and Community Organ- group promises.
isation has adopted "Crime Under the theme of "Viva Las
Enough and Enough" has its Vegag", the New South Ocean
theme for the Boxing Day Resort Music Makers will make
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During this year's parade, the Boxing Day.
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my light bill to keep that and pay other
bills so I couldn't get my medication.
"I could have been dead," Mr Bartlett
continued, "but Telemedicine helped me. I
can testify to that. The doctors treated me
very well. The nurses have taken good care
of me, and I thank God for the fact that I
am here today. I can truly thank God for
sparing my life and being.able to live on to
'testify that this programme is a good one. I
hope many others will be able to benefit
from it the way I have been able to benefit
from it."
Minister of Health and Social Develop-
ment Dr Hubert A Minnis said Mr Bartlett
arrived at the Marsh Harbour Clinic on
Saturday, December 15, in a confused and
disoriented state, with slurred speech and as
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Telemedicine Programme. They deter-
mined that he was about to suffer a stroke
and were able to, in conjunction with offi-
cials at the Marsh Harbour Clinic, stabilise
his blood pressure and sugar levels.
Mr Bartlett was subsequently transferred
to Nassau by Air Ambulatory Services and
onto the Princess Margaret Hospital, where
he received further care and treatment.
"This shows that Telemedicine works
and that if we did not have the system in
place Mr Bartlett could have possibly died
or would have definitely suffered a stroke
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Union (EU) countries is now a
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Negotiators initialled it on
December 16th and Ministers
will sign it early in the New
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been extracted from them by
the Caribbean negotiators was
done by very hard graft
indeed.
The EU was negotiating at
the Caribbean table, but the
eyes of their Commissioners
were on Africa. They wanted
no precedent set in an agree-
ment with the Caribbean that
would affect the access they
want to the resources of
Africa.
It was good for the EU,
therefore, that they settled
their first comprehensive
agreement with the Caribbean.


and it is, therefore, impossible
for anyone but the negotiators
to fully understand it.
We do know two things.
First, these were extremely dif-
ficult negotiations with EU
playing hard ball throughout.
And, second, our negotiators
were Caribbean patriots who
would have fought for the best
deal they could get.
Whatever gloss the EU
Commissioners put on it, their
threat of the imposition of
Generalised System of Prefer-
ences (GSP) standards on
Caribbean exports into
Europe, if the EPA was not
signed, sufficiently frightened
some government representa-
tives and special interest
groups such as rum producers
who desperately wanted to
protect their exports.
In other words, the EU
were determined to get their
way, and however well
Caribbean negotiators fought
with them, the EU were
supremely conscious that the
ultimate power was in their
hands the Caribbean needs
the EU market more than the
EU needs the Caribbean.
All the talk of development
assistance to compensate for
the disruption to Caribbean
economies in vital areas of
production is cheerful talk, but
the proof of that pudding is in
the eating. And, the pudding
to be shared amongst all 78
African, Caribbean and Pacif-
ic (ACP) countries is not very
large.
So, we should be clear: The
EU has done the Caribbean
no favours, and whatever has


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they will say, also have access
to the EU market.
But, the bottom line is that
the EU companies with their
far greater resources will


exploit the Caribbean market.
There are few Caribbean com-
panies, at the present time,
that have the means to com-
pete with European compa-
nies in their own Caribbean
markets.
A further worry to
Caribbean countries is that in
seven years time, Caribbean
governments will have to elim-
inate "Other Duties and
Charges" which are a major
source of government revenue
at their ports.
- ---These-border-duties and
charges on imports will have to
be replaced by internal taxes.
This could mean increases in
income tax, government sales
taxes and the introduction of
new tax measures. The bur-
den of government revenue
will shift directly to the
Caribbean people.
The bottom line of all this is
that, for better or worse, there
is now an EPA between the
Caribbean and the EU and it


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has to be implemented.
The Caribbean has various
periods of time to adjust to the
enormous changes that this
agreement will bring. And, no
time should be wasted in fully
understanding all the implica-
tions of the EPA and taking
action to prepare for them.
The private sector organi-
sations and trade union groups
that remained supine while the
negotiations were going on,
cannot complain when the
realities of the EPA start to
take effect. Many of them
failed to ask for a place at the
negotiating table. Even worse,
they did not insist on setting
up working parties to con-
stantly engage in a dialogue
with governments and the
negotiators on the various
aspects of the agreement. They
are now stopped from objec-
tion by their own lack of
action.
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demand the very early publi-
cation of the agreement, and
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immediate creation of region-
al and national working par-
ties of governments, private
sector organizations and trade
unions to analyse it, under-
stand it, explain it to the wider
public, and prepare for the
changes.
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devise regional and national
plans to take advantage of the
access to the EU market that
has been achieved. While it
will be difficult, enterprising
entrepreneurs in the region
could broaden the scope of
their businesses. There should
be a regional effort to do so,
backed by risk capital from
indigenous banks and govern-
ments for companies with
viable business plans.
The negotiations were
shrouded in secrecy but maybe
that was allowed because
organizations in the Caribbean
did not insist on public discus-
sion and public involvement.
Now that the deal is done.
all should be revealed and col-
lective preparation to meet the
challenges thrown down by the
EU should begin without
delay.
(As I finished writing this
commentary, I received the
text of the EPA it is 404 pages
without the annexes. It
requires time for sensible
analysis. I will return to it next
week after I have digested it).
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Now it can be waived as a
standard to all others.
In very broad terms, we
know a few other things.
The EU will be able now
to compete with local compa-
nies and get national treatment
in bidding for government con-
tracts in the Caribbean.
80 per cent of imports
from the EU will enter
Caribbean markets at lower
duties than they now pay. In
some cases, there will be no
duty at all.
EU service companies in.
tourism, banking, etc, will also
have access to Caribbean mar-
kets to compete with local
compares.
Of course, the EU would
argue that these are recipro-
cal arrangements and 15
CARIFORUM countries will
have duty free and quota free
access to the EU markets for
all goods except sugar and rice
"for which there will be a short
transitional arrangement".
Caribbean service companies,


"The EU was negotiating at
the Caribbean table, but the
eyes of their Commissioners
were on Africa. They wanted
no precedent set in an
agreement with the-Caribbean
that would affect the access
they want to the resources
of Africa."


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GRAND DAY STYLE INNS OF COURT DINNER Law Lords of The
Judicial Committee of The Privy Council of Great Britain dined at
Sandals with the governor general and prime minister on Thursday
evening. Pictured, from left, are: Lord Walker of Gesthingtorpe;
Lord Rodger of Earlsferry;Lord Hope of Craighead, Presiding Law
Lord; Governor General Arthur Hanna; Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham; Dolores ingraham; Lord Mance and Sir Christopher Rose.


Prile minister reaffirms

govt's commitment to

judicial independence


PR IME Minister Hubert
Ingr:iham reaffirmed gov-
ernment's commitment to
maiAtain judicial indepen-
dence in the Bahamas.
qe was speaking at a din-
Sner on Thursday night held
Sbf the Bahamas judicature
ar.i. att,.,ded by Law Lords
ft'om the Judicial Committee
of the Privy Council of Great
iritaii.
/ Mr Ingraham noted that
J the judicial system of the
( Bahamas is based on the
English tradition, a fact
which he credited for the sta-
bi..y and prosperity of the
country over the years.
The prime minister
acknowledged that the insti-
tutions of the state are now
being held up to examination
and criticism because of the
rise in violent crime but said
the government intends to
meet these challenges with-
in the parameters of the Con-
stitution and will not "pass
the buck".
He also said the govern-
ment is as committed to
maintaining judicial inde-
pendence, which is an impor-
tant principle of the Bahami-
an Constitution.
"One of the responsibili-
ties of the legislative and
executive branches is to pro-
vide adequate resources to
the judicial branch so that it
is able to function effectively
and independently. We also
intend to meet that commit-
ment. Beyond that, ve will
continue to protect judicial
independence in the
Bahamas because we believe
that it is the right thing to do,
and it is what the Bahamian
people would want us to do,"
Mr Ingraham said.
Also addressing the dinner,
leader of the opposition Per-
ry Christie said he remains
convinced of the continued
relevance and importance of
the Privy Council to the
Bahamas' judicial system, the
rule of law, and the develop-
ment of Bahamian jurispru-
dence.
Mr Christie said concerns
about the congestion and
inefficiency of the judicial
system be should be vigor-
ously addressed, warning that
the result of failure to deliver
justice in a timely manner
will be vigilantism and the
disintegration of civilization
itself.
A "Occasions such as this
remind us how supremely
important it is for all of us to
strengthen our commitment
to our judicial institutions
and how equally important it
is for us to redouble our
efforts to bring greater effi-
ciency to the delivery of judi-
cial services in our country,"
Mr Christie said.
Speaking on behalf of the


five Law Lords who spent the
week in Nassau for the sec-
ond sitting of the Privy Coun-
cil in this country, Lord
David Hope of Craighead
thanked the government, the
Court of Appeal, the Judica-
ture and people of the
Bahamas for their hospitality.
He explained that the roots
of the Judicial Committee of
the Privy Council date back
to the times of the Saxons
but said it is still premature
to write the obituary of the
Council.
Although the days of the
empire are gone, Lord Hope
said he believes that inde-
pendent Commonwealth
states choose to remain with
the Council because it pro-
vides a quality product and
service that is free of charge,
that it provides an extra lay-
er of guarantee of integrity,
(particularly for a global
financial centre) and has the
capacity to adapt to new con-
ditions and grasp new oppor-
tunities.
"I offer my congratulations
to Mr Christie, the then
prime minister, for the vision
which he had to see that it
would be possible for us to
come together in a public
demonstration of our com-
mitment to each other; that is
the Bahamas' commitment to
the service we provide and
our commitment to the
Bahamas in providing that
service. And I congratulate
you, too, prime minister
because you have so gener-
ously adopted that idea this
year and continue with your
predecessor to breathe new
life into this institution,"
Lord Hope said.
He added that the Judicial
Committee of the Privy
Council will return as often
as they are invited to the
Bahamas.


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IT WAS a child's fantasy of
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tantly gifts. Last week Sandals
hosted a Christmas party for "
its team members' children
and the children at All Saints
Camp. More than 70 children
spent the day enjoying games
such as the three-legged races,
musical chairs, egg and spoon
races, a movie, board games,
hoopla table and cracking a
candy and toy stuffed pifiata.
Public Relations Manager,
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as every child wanted their
apple to be more creative than
that of the other children," Ms
Mackey said. Before the chil-
dren left gifts were distributed
to each of them.
"Christmas is a special time
for children and they love
receiving and opening gifts, so
we were able to add some-
thing special to their Christ-
mas trees at home. All 14 chil- / .
dren from All Saints received
presents and gift bags with
snacks, toys, treats and books.
Gift bags were sent for the
babies and younger children
Swho were unable to attend the
party. Following the party, 20
additional gifts were donated
to underprivileged children. '
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Essay and Speech Competition received their awards and certificates at the BFSB offices at the Goodman's
Bay Corporate Centre Friday, December 21, 2007. Pictured seated, from left, are Tyrone Neely from Rotary
Sunrise Club; Evan Dean, President, Bahamas Business Solutions Limited; Zoe Powell, Senior Education
Officer, Ministry of Education; Wendy C. Warren, BFSB CEO and Executive Director and Dexter Fernander,
Compliance Officer, Ministry of Finance. Standing, from left, are Gary Deal LaRoda, Nicolette Fox, Cerio
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speech competition


By LLONELLA GILBERT
Bahamas Information
Services
TWO students from St.
Augustine's College and Doris
johnson Sr. High School,
respectively, won the
Bahamas Financial Service's
Board (BFSB) and Ministry
S of Education's Essay and
Speech Competition, spon-
S scored as part of 2007 Careers
Fest.
Cerio Rolle, a Grade 12 stu-
dent from St. Augustine's,
won the essay part of the com-
petition, while Valentino Rah-
ming, a Grade 12 student from
Doris Johnson Sr. High, took
the Speech competition prize.
Each student received a lap-
top computer, printer and dig-
ital camera at the awards cer-
emony, held at the BFSB
offices in the Goodman's Bay
Corporate Centre Friday,
December 21, 2007.
Other finalists in the essay
competition were as follows:
Brittany Stuart, a Grade 12
student from Doris Johnson;
Michael Rodgers, a Grade 11
student from St. Andrew's
School and Gary Deal LaRo-
da a Grade 11 student from


St. Anne's College.
The other finalists in the
speech competition were
Samuel Wilkinson, a Grade
11 student at St. Andrew's
School, and Nicolette Fox a
Grade 12 student.
BFSB CEO and Executive
Director Wendy C. Warren
said the essay and speech
competition is sponsored as
part of BFSB's annual school
outreach programme and the
Careers Fest Outreach.
Ms Warren said the BFSB
introduced its school outreach
programme back in 2001 to
profile the important role
human resource development
plays in the maintenance and
growth of the Financial Ser-
vices Sector.
"With the support of the
guidance counsellors and the
business and English teachers
in the secondary schools, the
essay/speech competition por-
tion of this outreach is intend-
ed to help promote a more
comprehensive knowledge of
the sector, while at the same
time encouraging good
research and writing skills,"
she added.
The competition is also
sponsored by the Ministry of


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Rolle had initially resisted
arrest, but after a struggle, offi-
cers were able to clamp hand-
cuffs on him in the corner of
the nightclub which is owned
by the popular boxer William
"Y'ama Bahama" Butler.
It is reported that Mr Rolle
was shot after he was cuffed
and lying on the ground.
The bullet is reported to
have exited through Mr Rolle's
eyesocket.
Blood was still splattered on
the floor and the wall of the
nightclub when a Tribune
reporter visited the scene yes-
terday.


Riot on Bimini after


alleged execution


Following the shooting,
another eyewitness reports
that a third officer returned to
the scene and told the bar-'
tender to "get a hot towel" and
wrap up Mr Rolle's head and
apply pressure to the wound.
This was done, and Mr Rolle
was placed on a piece of board,
hoisted on top of a jeep and
driven to the local clinic.
Unfortunately, three hours lat-


er he was pronounced dead.
At about 9am on Saturday,
after the reports of the inci-
dent had already spread like .
wildfire through the island, the -..
entire population of the island '
descended upon the police
compound and started to
destroy the buildings and vehi-
cles.
Residents firebombed the
barracks destroying everything
inside, and set afire two boats
that were sitting in the com-
pound. They then turned their /
anger on the police station and t
started throwing bottles that from getl
they had filled with gasoline station.
and ignited on the station's Police
roof.
roof son confit
While surveying the build- cers at o
ing yesterday, one officer charge at
counted a total of 23 fire marks charge a
that these make-shift bombs crowd
had created on the roof. remove
Also, along the exterior, air- clinic.
conditioned units, and actual A tot.
security bars of the station had police o
either been kicked, or pushed Boicmn o
in during the riot that officers 22 Defen
say lasted for hours. Coral
Rocks, bottles, bricks, and HMBS Il
conch shells were all hurled at Minist
the building and riot officers
reportedly stood guard as best ty Tome
firmed


FROM page one

"In what can only be termed uncharacteris-
tic behaviour, a small number of citizens deter-
mined to take the law into their own hands in
response to police action with which they dis-
agreed. This is never acceptable.
"I express my sorrow that once again at
Christmas time the good people of Bimini
have had their lives disrupted by tragedy. My
prayers are with all who have been affected by
the events of Friday evening and throughout
the day Saturday. I extend sympathy and con-
dolences to the family of the deceased Aschal
Rolle.
"I want also to assure the nation that law
and order and proper authority have been
restored in Bimini. Officers of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force have been deployed in ade-
quate strength to ensure that calm and peace
prevails," he said.
The Prime Minister commended members
of the Police Force for their valour and disci-
pline amid the volatile and dangerous rioting
that occurred over the weekend. He qltel


ld to block the crowds
ting any closer to the
Commissioner Fergu-
irmed that these offi-
one point had to dis-
n "explosive" compo-
the air to dispel the
when they had to
Mr Rolle's body from
al of 71 additional
officers were sent to
n Saturday, along with
ce Force officers from
Harbour onboard
nagua.
er of National Securi-
my Turnquest con-
that the 200 foot


HMBS Bahamas was also
placed on alert should the need
arise for additional men to be
sent.
At one point on Saturday,
the entire island of Bimini was
shut down, with the airport
and the dock being closed off
by residents.
At this hour, police have
refused to disclose the where-
abouts of Corporal Darling.
However, they have confirmed
that currently he is not under
arrest.
Minister Turnquest said that
beginning first thing this morn-
ing Corporal Darling will be
placed on "administrative
leave" as they investigate this


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He said that whatever
actions need to be taken, be
they criminal or otherwise, the
public can be assured that the
law will be carried out.
Also at this hour, the mihis-
ter advised that the police will
be looking at placing chargesD
against persons who vandal-:i
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The minister also commend-,i
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Force for quelling the mob,
which Commissioner Ferguson
agreed has gone a long way to I
bringing the island back to
some semblance of "normal-.
cy".
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to be an "especially challenging" year.
"We have experienced more deaths as a
result of criminal activity than ever before in
our history." the Prime Minister said. "Some of 1
these killings have been the result of purely i
criminal activity, but far too many were caused,
by the inability of individuals to resolve con-
flicts without resorting to violence.
"It is extremely important that citizens live _
by and observe the laws and the rules of soci-.
ety. In this regard it is imperative that citizens.
respect law enforcement officers who are '
charged with maintaining law and order.
"At the same time it is imperative that law
enforcement officers respect the citizens they,
serve and never abuse their authority in deal-
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Where there is any question of abuse, our)
recourse must always be th- law. A thorough
investigation of the disturbance, and of all the
events leading up to it, is underway.
"The Commissioner of Police has personal-
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PM: law and order restored
upon all law-abiding citizens to cooperate with
the police "so that a full and thorough inves-
tigation of all the circumstances can be expe-
ditiously concluded."
"I also express thanks and appreciation to
the Family Island Administrator and to the
leaders of the Bimini community, both civic
and religious, who responded quickly to the
request of the police to assist in restoring calm
to the community.
"Sadly, much government-owned property
was damaged or destroyed during the distur-
bance. As the public has been made aware
from police reports, the police residence for
single officers was destroyed and eight offi-
cers lost all their belongings.
"Additionally, windows at the police sta-
tion were smashed, two police vehicles and a
police jeep were destroyed by fire, another
vehicle had its windshield smashed and two
police boats were set on fire. The damage to
property will amount to many thousands of
dollars." he said.
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FROM page one
those jeans were pulled down around her
thighs.
The body also showed signs of physical
trauma to the neck area.
"There was some scarring around her
throat," Mr Hanna said.
He added that some sort of material was
also found around the victim's neck.
The body, Mr Hanna said, appeared to have
been disturbed by animals.
At this time the cause of death is still
unclear, he said. It is also yet unknown if the
woman was the victim of a sexual assault.
Further investigations and an autopsy


are expected to yield answers on both
accounts.
Mr Hanna said that the police are now in
the process of identifying the woman and are
searching through all missing persons reports
to find a possible match.
The victim is estimated to have been in her
late 20s to early 30s, or "even older" at the
time of her death, Mr Hanna said.
At the beginning of the year, police esti-
mated that the country could see a murder toll
of 80 in 2007. There is one more week left in
this year.
At 77, the Bahamas' murder rate has now
surpassed by three the all-time highest murder
count in the year 2000 when 74 cases were
recorded.


FROM page one
ernment, said that his admin-
istration is especially pained
that many families in Grand
Bahama continue to suffer the
impact of a weakened econo-
my on that island.
"We trust that action taken
by the parliament during its
last sitting this year will ease
some of that suffering dur-
ing this season. We expect
that effective public and pri-
vate sector cooperation and
partnership will facilitate the
resuscitation and expansion
of that island's economy in
the New Year providing an
increase in jobs and business
opportunities," he said.
On behalf of the govern-
ment, the prime minister also
expressed sympathy to all
t ae persons who suffered
losses this year as a result of
flooding rainfall, especially
/during October and early
November.
"We are especially mind-
ful of affected residents in
Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exu-
ma and Long Island where
the damage was greatest," he
said.
Addressing the problem of
crime during the year, Mr
Ingraham said that 2007
"extracted a terrible toll on
our communities."
"An unacceptably high
incidence of violence -


including domestic violence
and murder continues to
blight too many of our neigh-
bourhoods; and too many
traffic fatalities have once
again plagued our streets,"
he said.
However, in the midst of
the country's many problems
and challenges, Mr Ingraham
said, Bahamians are remind-
ed to be grateful for what
they have.
"Around the world many
communities continue to be
torn by civil strife and eth-
nic warfare, political unrest
and economic uncertainty.
Others are challenged by the
fallout from diseases, com-
municable and non-commu-
nicable, that threaten to
destroy the economic and
social potential of far too
many.
"We must remember all
these in our prayers at
Christmas and remember to
give thanks to God for His
many blessings," he said.
Mr Ingraham yesterday
also took the opportunity to
recognize and thank the
many corporate and individ-
ual donors who respond to
tragedies by contributing
time, manpower and money
to assist those impacted by
disaster.
The year 2007, the prime
minister said, brought many
changes including a change


in government.
"I especially wish to
extend special thanks to all
those in the public and gov-
ernment service for their
continued good service," he
said.
Prime Minister Ingraham
acknowledged all those who
will work during the holiday
season so that others may
enjoy the season: Members
of the Police and Defence
Force, of the Fire Brigade
and the Prison Service, as
well as the police reservists;
the uniformed service the
staff of Customs and Immi-
gration and Civil Aviation;
doctors, nurses, and health
care workers, "who labour
to improve the well-being of
people throughout our land."
"We also acknowledge
social service workers and
their assistants for their
important work in our com-
munities. To teachers, teach-
ers' aides and support staff
of all government, church
and privately operated
schools, I voice the thanks
and appreciation of the Gov-
ernment and people of the
Bahamas.
"On behalf of the Govern-
ment, my family and myself,
I am pleased to wish you a
blessed, peaceful and safe
Christmas, and the joy tlat
only Christ can bring," he
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Christmas


reflection


* BY DAVID F. ALLEN, M.D.
I TS Christmas! A-nd
once aain in our mea-
ger way, wetr r to cap-
ture Ic lii hol\ vision of
hluivecn kissing earth:
lo\ c collqiiie-ing fear and peace
overcoming despair. Condi-
tioned bl\ a repetition compul-
sion. we sing carols, attend
church, give gifts and listen to
the Christnmas story. Our hearts
are enmeshed in the stress of
busyness, the chains of con-
sumnerism and the seduction of
self-absorption, strangling the
vision. As T.S. Elliot asks,
"Where is the reality we've lost
in the experience?"
Here are a few thoughts to
prepare our hearts to remem-
her that Christmas is all about
the Son from heaven who shines


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upon us as we sit in darkness
and the shadow-of death, to lead
us in the way of peace.
Be Silent.
When told by the Angel
Gabriel that he would have a
child in his old age, Zachariah
was overwhelmed by his intel-
lectual and physical limitations,
so he asked the universal ques-
tion (i.e. our question): How
can these things be? How can I
know for sure?
The angel's answer was sim-
ple: "Be silent!"
Silence is the missing piece


of our modern existence. It was
here before us and will continue
after we are gone. Silence gives
birth to stillness. "Be still and
know that I am God" (Ps.
46:10). Silence is the language
and the atmosphere of God.
"Let all the earth be silent.
The Lord is in his holy temple."
Experiencing silence is a dis-
cipline. External silence gives
birth to interior silence, which
opens up space where God sits
at the inward table with us.
"Thou prepares a table before
me in the presence of my ene-


miles" (Ps. 23). Stillness is the
awareness and consciousness in
which the mystery of our life
unfolds. Stillness is the unified
field of consciousness beyond
our own body, ego, feelings,
words and thoughts. Stillness,
beyond ego, opens us to the
Spirit of God which moves over
the chaos of our life to bring
peace (Gen. 1:1).
Stillness is the silence in
which Elijah experienced the
presence of God when life was
too much for him. God was not
in the wind, the earthquake or
the fire, but in the stillness.
Stillness makes space for God
in our lives. There was no space
in the inn and the Christ child
passed by. Mary, a peasant girl,
had space for God and the
Christ child came.
At this yuletide season, let
us practise silence to open to


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"Silence is the missing piece
of our modern existence. It
was here before us and will
continue after we are gone.
Silence gives birth to stillness."


the stillness beyond our fears,
busy-ness, fantasies, dreams and
hopes. Like Mary, let us make
space for the stillness of God's
presence. Stillness is the point
where horizontal time
(Chronos) meets the fullness of
time (Kairos): the still point is
the present. Remember the
presence is always in the pre-
sent. "Behold now is the accept-
ed time."
Let us kneel in worship,
expressing "My heart waits in
stillness for you, and you alone,
O God" (Ps. 62:1).
The Lord is with you.
The angel Gabriel comforts
the heart of Mary by telling her,
"The Lord is with you." Christ-
mas simply means, "The Lord
is with us." But sadly at this
time of year, as Henri Nouwen
said, "the noise in our head is so
loud we cannot hear the singing
of angels." Let us move in
silence and obedience to listen
afresh to the voice of love:
Emmanuel, God is with us. The
Latin root for "listening" "audi-
ens" is the same as "obedience".
Conversely, the Latin root for
"deafness" "absurdis" is the
same for despair. True listening
can only occur in an atmosphere
of stillness.
"O Lord, let me listen to you
in the stillness of silence so that
my heart will be catapulted to
live in obedience to the aware-
ness of God's love."
Listening means moving
beyond form to experience the
space of the unified field of con-
sciousness, in which we all exist.
For in Him we move and have
our being. Let us abide in Him,
for without Him we can do
nothing.
"He that dwells in the secret
place of the most High abides
in the shadow of the Almighty"
(Ps. 91:1).
Be not afraid.
After the angel tells Mary
that the Lord is with her, he
commands her, "Be not afraid."
This is the eternal message of
love. God is love, and perfect
love casts out fear. Essentially
there are only two major feel-
ings in life, fear (death) and love
(life). Freud characterized all
life as the continuing struggle
between life (love/Eros) and
death (fear/Thanatos). '
Fear is the distillation of our
hurt experiences, throughout
life, especially childhood trau-
ma. Pulsating at its own fre-
quency, our hurt trail attracts
like a magnet other hurt experi-
ences to replenish itself. In our
brain the flow is from thought to
feeling to behaviour. Because


of the imprinting of early child-
hood trauma, our hurt trail is
continually radiating vibrations
of hurt and fear. This painful
internal reality is often project-
ed upon external reality to cre-
ate negativity outside us.
When we quiet ourselves, lis-
tening to the stillness, we face
the painful voices of shame and
fear in our hearts. If we stop and
recognize the fear, for example
anger, jealousy, revenge, bitter-
ness, self-pity, etc., we can make
the perceptual shift to surren-
der to God's love. In so doing,
through the work of the Holy
Spirit, fear turns to love, making
us compassionate and open to
the love and beauty around us.
Conclusion
The triad of silence, recog-
nizing God's presence, and let-
ting go of fear is the call to sur-
render. From being controlled
by fear, we surrender to the
faith, hope and love of God.
The shepherds, were poor
marginalized peasants. In the
midst of their mundane work,
they heard the angel say, "Do
not be afraid; for behold, I bring
you good news of a great joy
which shall be for all the people
for today in the city of David,
there has been born for you a
Saviour, who is Christ the Lord"
(Lk. 2:10,11).
Emphasizing the transition
to this new reality, the heavenly
host sing:
"Glory to God in the highest.
And on earth peace amoiig
those on whom His favour
rests." Lk. 2:14.
True spirituality is not a sen-
timental mind trip, but is based
in action. Zachariah did as the
angel said, stipulating "His (the
baby's) name is John" (Lk.
1:63). The blessed virgin
received the angel's revelation in
humble submission: "Behold,
the bondslave of the Lord; be it
done to me according to your
word" (Lk 1:38). And the shep-
herds said to one another, "Let
us go straight to Bethlehem
then, and see this thing that has
happened which the Lord has
made known to us."
At this Christmas time, let us
make the inner journey to our
hearts, to recognize that in the
stillness and silence, the Lord is
with us, calling us to make the
perceptual shift from fear to
love. So that we can experience
in the words of Dante, "His will,
our peace."
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has come."
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Betancourt cut an elegant, forceful
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Nine years later, an ashen-faced,
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A video delivered by her kid-
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She has been a prisoner of the
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and this is the first proof that she is
alive to surface since a 2003 video.
Meanwhile, Betancourt has
become an international cause
celebre, with foreign leaders from
Nicolas Sarkozy of France to pres-
idents across Latin America plead-
ing for the release of the French-
Colombian dual national.
With Betancourt are 45 other
hostages whom the FARC wants
to trade for hundreds of its fighters
in Colombian jails. They include
soldiers, police officers, a former
senator and three Americans, civil-
ian Pentagon contract workers
whose plane crashed in 2003 dur-
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rilla territory thought to harbor
cocaine labs. She speaks not a
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video, but in a 12-page letter to
her mother that accompanied it
and was made public Nov. 30, she
gives voice to her frustration.
"Life here is no life, it's a dismal
waste of time," she writes. "Here
we are the living dead."
Having tried at least five times
to escape, Betancourt is often
chained by the neck to other
hostages, sometimes all night,
sometimes for 24-hour stretches,
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poli- sergeant who got away in
April after eight years in FARC
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INGRID Betancourt celebrates after
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"writes a lot, but one day when
she was sad she tore up a note-
book with her writings. She was
very nostalgic that day, had just
got over hepatitis," Pinchao said.
Pinchao says their first few days
together were testy.
"We fought a lot about our dif-
ferent ideological positions, but
after a few days we settled down."
She was always a fighter, espe-
cially against drug money infect-
ing Colombian politics.
At one congress of the Labor
Party, which she quit soon after,
Betancourt hectored fellow dele-
gates so caustically they shoved
er out of the room physically.
"They wanted to rip her to
pieces," said Eduardo Chavez, a
former senator and member of the
now defunct rebel group M-19.
"When I heard that speech, I
called her and I said, 'You have
my vote, what a show!"' He
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and adviser. Betancourt doesn't
preach much these days.
"I try to keep quiet," she wrote
to her mother. "I speak as little as
possible to avoid problems. The
presence of a woman in the middle
of so many prisoners who have
been held for eight, 10 years is a
problem."
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her letter how she enjoyed swim-
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out," she wrote. Ingrid Betancourt
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Paris, where their father was a
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court wrote her mother. "I have a
shelf for my things, which is to say
a backpack for clothing and the
Bible that is my only luxury."
On Christmas Day she turns 46.
"I despise Christmas," Betan-
court's mother said recently. Ever
since the kidnapping "there's no
Santa Claus, not even a single
ornament" in her house. Betan-
court graduated from the Institute
of Political Studies in Paris and
married a classmate, the French
diplomat Fabrice Delloye. They
have two children, Melanie and
Lorenzo. The couple separated
when Betancourt returned to
Colombia after the 1989 assassi-
nation of anti-corruption presi-
dential candidate Luis Carlos
Galan, a friend and political ally
of her mother.
Betancourt first ran for Con-
gress in 1994, distributing condoms
as symbols of protection from cor-
ruption. Death threats she did-
n't specify their origin prompt-
ed her to send her two children to
live with Delloye two years later.
The children would never again
live with her full time.
She railed against the private
right-wing militias known as "para-
militaries" and against the FARC.
"We want to believe that the
FARC continues to be concerned
with attaining greater justice in
Colombia. :But one can't fail to
recognize that some of its mem-
bers have pacts and backing from
drug traffickers," says the platform
of her 2002 presidential candidacy.
"The FARC must shun such peo-
ple and practices and ban acts
such as kidnapping."
Betancourt made a fateful, char-
acteristically headstrong decision
on the night of Feb. 22,2002. After
peace talks broke down, President
Andres Pastrana had ordered
troops into an area of southern
Colombia he'd ceded to the
FARC. Betancourt called Nestor
Leon Ramirez, the mayor of San
Vicente, the area's biggest town,
to say she was coming.
"I told her there were problems
getting here because of guerrilla
attacks but she was firm," Ramirez
told the AP. Betancourt and her
running mate, Clara Rojas, flew to
the state capital of Florencia, hired
a car and headed for San Vicente.
Then they disappeared.
The video and letter never men-
tion a possible prisoner exchange,
though hopes were raised after
President Hugo Chavez of
Venezuela became involved in
mediation efforts in August. In a
communique received by Cuba's
Prensa Latina news agency last
week, the FARC said it intended
to release Rojas, a son she bore in
captivity and a female congress-
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M By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

appoint an 'energy
czar' to fill the lead-
ership vacuum that
exists on adopting renewable
energy sources, a business own-
er told The Tribune, arguing
that last week's United States
move to legislate for ethanol-


* Nation must fill 'leadership vacuum' on adopting renewable energies and
exploiting global move for ethanol fuels
* Bahamas urged to establish ethanol-producing plant in Freeport to boost energy
security, foreign reserves, investment in other industries, development and jobs


run vehicles opens the way for
this nation to supply the prod-
uct.
Tony Joudi, president of con-


struction, development and pro-
ject management firm, FTC,
told The Tribune that the
Bahamas could initially start by


supplying corn-for-ethanol-pro-

See ENERGY, pg 10


Hutchison airport debenture debt in Port concern


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A MULTI-million dollar debenture
debt owed to Hutchison Whampoa over
the Grand Bahama Airport Company
and further potential liabilities are the
reasons why Sir Jack Hayward's family
trusts are arguing it is not prudent for the
Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA)
to declare a $12 million dividend, The
Tribune can reveal.
Informed sources inside the GBPA,
and others close to the situation, have
confirmed that the Port Authority and its
Port Group Ltd affiliate have enjoyed
a banner year with some $48 million in#
income building up in their coffers.
This income, it is understood, has
come largely from the proceeds of assets
sales and investment deals, some $26
million having come from Port Group
Ltd's 20 per cent stake in PharmaChem
Technologies, the Freeport-based drug
manufacturer. The stake, held by IDC
Investments, a Port Group Ltd affiliate,
was caught up in the deal that saw


$48m build-up in Grand Bahama Port Authority's coffers


Groupe Novasep, a French com-
pany, acquire PharmaChem.
Another chunk of the $48 mil-
lion income is thought to have
come from the land acquisition
that paved the way for Morgan
Stanley's Barbary Bay develop-
ment project.
Yet the Hayward family trusts
are opposing the decision by GBPA and
Port Group Ltd receivers, Clifford and
Myles Culmer, backed by a Supreme
Court order issued by Justice Anita
Allen, to declare a $12.1 million divi-
dend on the grounds that the companies
may need every dollar they can get to
cover potential legal actions and liabili-
ties.
Chief among these is a major debt
owed to Hutchison Whampoa over the
Grand Bahama International Airport, a
major source of friction between the
GBPA and its main partner. Hutchison
Whampoa is understood to have pumped


in a significant sum, around $35
million, to upgrade and repair the
airport, without any such funding
contribution made by the GBPA.
The Grand Bahama Airport
Company is owned 50/50 between
the GBPA and Hutchison Wham-
poa, and the latter is claiming that
its partner now owes it a substan-
tial debt to reimburse it for the invest-
ments made.
Although the strength of Hutchison's
legal claim is uncertain, the Hong Kong-
conglomerate is understood to be using
it as leverage to strengthen its position in
the ongoing battle over the GBPA's
ownership. It has itself made a rival $125
million offer to acquire the Hayward
trusts' stake in the GBPA, countering
the $100 million bid submitted by Flem-
ing Family & Partners.
Another potential liability that is also
thought to-be causing some concern is
the pay-off ousted GBPA and Pprt


Group Ltd chairman Hannes Babak
would receive, under the terms of his
contract, if he was unable to return to the
post.
"They're going to need every dollar,"
one source in the Hayward camp told
The Tribune of the GBPA.
The application to the Supreme Court
by the liquidators for approval of the
dividend payment was filed on Decem-
ber 18, 2007, and the Judge's order
approving it was made on December 19,
2007. The application, the source said,
"ignored the corporate structure" of the
GBPA, in particular the fact that IDC
was its owner.
IDC bad held a Board meeting on
December 19, 2007, The Tribune was
told, yet the first it and the Hayward
side heard of the approved $12.1 mil-
lion dividend payment was when it
received the court order via the fax
machine.
Brian Moree, senior partner at McK-

See HUTCHISON, pg 6i


$2-3.5m

* Restaurant owners decry
Baha Mar's $255,000 rent
savings as 'peanuts'
* Chance of new location 'not
very good at the moment'
* Former Cafe Kalk site at
SuperClubsBreezes, Dickey
Mo's fail to meet grade

8 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
CAFE Johnny Canoe would
have to spend between $2 mil-
lion-$3.5 million on fitting out a
new restaurant once it is forced
to leave its Nassau Beach Hotel
location at end-January,
prompting one of its co-owners
to describe the $255,000 in
rental savings from the last lease
negotiated with Baha Mar as
"peanuts".
Harry Pikramenos said the
$15,000 per month rental reduc-
tion that Cafe Johnny Canoe
agreed with the Cable Beach
Resorts owner for the period
September 2006-January 2008
would never come close to com-
pensating the restaurant for giv-
ing up a previous lease agree-
ment that ran until October
2008.
This, he added, had been
explained to Baha Mar by his
attorney, Campbell Cleare of
McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes,
as far back as August 2006, as
the $255,000 rental savings was

See CAFE, pg 2


BTC privatise talks to

restart in New Year

* By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter
NEGOTIATIONS over the Bahamas Telecommunications Com-
pany's (BTC) privatization are expected to move ahead early next
year, the minister of state for finance, Zhivargo Laing, said.
Mr Laing told The Tribune that while nothing substantial had
happened towards concluding the deal reached by the former
administration with Bluewater Communications Holdings in the
past few months, the Government and the bidder were likely to
resume negotiations in the beginning of 2008.
"We are reengaging the committee so that we can recommence
negotiations,"
Mr Laing said of the Government negotiators.
Bluewater, which is seeking to acquire a 49 per cent stake in BTC,
has been waiting to discuss the
sale with the FNM government. It
made a $260 million offer that See BTC, pg 6



Abaco Markets sells Dairy

Queen for $100,000


* By NEIL HARTNELL *
Tribune Business Editor
ABACO Markets, the BISX-
listed retail group, has sold its
Dairy Queen franchise to a
Bahamian-owned company for
$100,000, believing the deal was
good value and will give the
brand a better chance to grow.
Gavin Watchorn, Abaco
Markets president, told The Tri-
bune that while the group had
not been actively seeking a buy-
er for the Dairy Queen busi-
ness, the owners of Family Fun
Treats Ltd approached with an
offer that met its valuation and
was too good to refuse.
Declining to name the owners
of Family Fun Treats Ltd, citing


a confidentiality clause in the
sales agreement, Mr Watchorn
said Dairy Queen accounted for
a miniscule part of its opera-
tions, "maybe 1 per cent of total
turnover" per annum.
As a result, the 'franchise
stood a better chance to expand
under a more direct, hands-on
family business ownership struc-
ture, rather than as the smallest
part of a large public company
with much bigger brands.
"It was a good transaction for
us," Mr Watchorn said. "It's just
economies of scale. It's [Dairy
Queen] better suited in the
hands of a family-run operation

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PAGE 2B, MONDAY, DECEMBER 24,2007 THE TRIBUNE


Cafe Johnny Canoe relocation to cost from $2-3.5m \


FROM page 1

"not enough for even duty and
stamp tax for the equipment of
a new restaurant; [much] less,
an entirely, fully developed
restaurant with building,
improvements etc".
Mr Pikramenos explained to
The Tribune that as a result of
the new lease, which was exe-
cuted in August 2006, Caf6
Johnny Canoe's monthly rental
payment to Baha Mar was
reduced from $34,166 to
$19,000.
This was to compensate the
restaurant for agreeing to ter-


minate its previous lease and
leave the Nassau Beach before
October 2008, enabling Baha
Mar to proceed with its plans
for demolishing the hotel to
make way for the $2.4 billion
Cable Beach redevelopment.
Yet these savings will come
nowhere near to financing Caf6
Johnny Canoe's relocation, Mr
Pikramenos argued. Based on
the $1.9 million it cost himself
and his brother, Mike, to fit-out
the Outback Steakhouse when
they owned it, he estimated that
it would cost Cafe Johnny
Canoe between $2-$2.5 million
to refit an existing leased build-
ing to the required standard.


To build a new Caf6 Johnny
Canoe from the ground up, he
argued, would cost between $3-
$3.5 million, leading Mr Picra-
menos to brand the $255,000 in
savings to his business over a
17-month period, which was
touted by Baha Mar, as
"peanuts".
Admitting that BaliaMar had
never guaranteed in writing that
it would find an alternative loca-
tion for Caf6 Johnny Canoe
within the Cable Beach Resoits
campus while the $2.4 billion
project was constructed, Mr
Pikramenos said he received
"lots of verbal" assurances that
the developer would try to do


so.
"Rent reduction was negoti-
ated and agreed upon with
assurances that Caf6 Johnny
Canoe would be given interim
and permanent locations, in
addition to the fact that
BahaMar was shifting 40% of
their hotel bookings from Nas-
sau Beach Hotel to the Wynd-
ham," Mr Pikramenos told The
Tribune.
Yet he added that the two
locations discussed between the
restaurant aiid Baha Mar -
Phil's Deli inside the Crystal
Palace casino, and a spot in the
Commercial Village where all
the banks and government
offices lining the Cable Beach
strip will be relocated to were
not suitable. The latter, in par-
ticular, Mr Pikramenos argued,
was too far removed from the
strip's main customer thor-
oughfare.
Now, with Caf6 Johnny
Canoe set to vacate the premis-
es it has occupied outside the
Nassau Beach Hotel for the past
15 years at end-January 2008,
and some 70 Bahamian employ-
ees uncertain about their future
employment, Mr Pikramenos
admitted the chances of finding
an alternative venue were "at
the moment, not very good".
He added: "It's a pretty tough
venue to try to emulate. It's
really difficult."
Caf6 Johnny Canoe had
looked at the former Cafe Kalik
restaurant site at SuperClubs
Breezes, Mr Pikramenos said,
but "couldn't come to an
arrangement there", with cus-
tomer parking and some other
issues acting as obstacles.
The restaurant had also
assessed the Dickey Mo's site
on West Bay Street, just to the
west of the Sheraton, but the
property would have to be
"totally reconfigured" to meet
its demands, a process incurring
substantial costs.'
"We've been here [dt the
Nassau Beach] for 15 years, and
paid $410,000 a year in rent. We
gave them $6 million in total
rent, and they have the audaci-
ty to treat me in this fashion "
Mr Pikramenos told Tht Tri-
bune.
"It hurts; it really hurts.
We've had to start letting peo-
ple go, affd some have also been
leaving because of the insecuri-
ty here. I can't sleep at night. I
signed off on that lease and
shouldn't have."
Mr Pikramenos argued that
he had been pressured by Baha
Mar into signing the new lease
at a time when his attorney was





behndth nws


off the island. He said the devel-
oper was urging him to sign
because it was involved in
important meetings in Las
Vegas, likely with casino and
hotel operating and equity part-
ner, Harrah's Entertainment,
and Cafe Johnny Canoe was the
only tenant yet to sign a revised
lease.
Correspondence between
Caf6 Johnny Canoe and Baha
Mar, copies of which have been
seen by The Tribune, appear to
suggest that Cafe Johnny
Canoe's owners, with the bene-
fit of hindsight, erred in signing
the lease, although Baha Mar
does seem to have been press-
ing for the restaurant's signa-
ture.
In a June 25, 2006, letter to
Baha Mar executive Steve Katz,
Mr Pikramenos described the
new lease as an "outrageous
document" that he would not
be signing.
"This is a lame attempt of try-
ing to make our current lease
null and void," he wrote. I am
amazed this would be dropped
off to me, out of the blue, on a
Friday afternoon when we have
been in discussions for a new
location."
Then, an August 4, 2006, e-
mail from Mr Pikramenos to his
attorney, Mr Ceare, details how
he had received an "urgent call"
about the new lease from
Robert Sands, Baha Mar's
senior vice-president of admin-
istration and external affairs,
because the developer's key
executives were in a meeting in
Las Vegas.
Mr Pikramenos wrote: "We
-are the only ones who have not
signed the new lease. They want
us to sign it right away, with the
possibility of a rent reduction
for this last year.
"I got a call from Rhonda
Bain[Baha Mar's vice-presi-
dent of legal affairs] saying we
need to sign it quickly. It does-
n't seem as if we have much of a
choice in the matter."
In an August 8, 2006, letter
to Ms Bain, Mr Pikramenos
asked for confirmation that
Cafe Johnny Canoe would
receive a new lease and interim
space during construction at
Cable Beach, noting that by
signing the new lease the restau-
rant had given up some 15
months on its previous agree-
ment something that would
lose revenue and "be extremely
costly for us".
In her August 15 reply, Ms
Bain confirmed the $15,000 rent
reduction, adding: "We advise
that we are prepared to work
with you to find, if possible, a
suitable future location for Cafe
Johnny Canoe within our pro-
ject.'
On September 1, 2006, Mr
Cleare wrote to Ms Bain on Mr
Pikramenos's behalf, saying his
client now felt that $15,000 per
month was "a very small price"


for exiting the previous lease
early.
He suggested a $25,000 per
month rent reduction, adding:
"I am constrained to emphasise
that this still does not equate to
the economic loss which would
be incurred by my client."
When contacted by The Tri- 3
bune, Mr Sands denied that Mr
Pikramenos had been forced"
or pressured by Baha Mar to
sign the new lease.
He added that Cafe Johnny '
Canoe had turned down the
Commercial Village location "4r
offered to it despite this being
the most realistic site, as the
Marina Village would not be '
constructed until 2011.
On the Phil's Deli location,
Mr Sands said Baha Mar and
Caf6 Johnny Canoe had held
discussions, but there were a ,'
number of stumbling blocks. -
This included the restaurant's 0',
desire to have a private fl
entrance, something Mr Sands a'11
said was not realistic in a casino, '
plus "who put down the capi- '
tal costs" for redeveloping the '-
existing deli.
Mr Sands told The Tribune
that the capital costs were l'
shown to be "phenomenally
expensive". Ultimately, he said
the discussions between the two
parties "died down", and Baha '
Mar thought Cafe Johnny '
Canoe had found an alternative
location until the situation blew
up in the media.
"The reality is that the Nas-
sau Beach was closing and going
to be imploded," Mr Sands said. n
"The Pikramenos family had a
lease until October 2008. We
negotiated to allow them to str-
render that period for a shorter
period, in return for substan-
tially reducing his rent.
"Those were terms that were
mutually agreed. He can't say
they were forced."
Mr Sands said that once Baha
Mar purchased the three Cable
Beach resort properties in April
2005, the developer automati-
cally extended all tenant leases
by a year, then placed them all
on a month-to-month basis in
the expectation that the Nassau -
Beach would close on January
5,2008.
"The only lease that caused a
problem for us beyond, that
expiry time was Cafe Johnny y
Canoe," Mr Sands said, point-
ing out that Baha Mar had lived
up to all its commitments, done
nothing wrong, and would invite
tenants to reapply for inclusion
in the expanded project when t
completed.
Yet arguing that he had 2
spend thousands of dollars on
architect's renderings for the i
revamped Phil's Deli, Mr Pikra- 1
menos said he had spoken to
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra- 1
ham on the situation, and also
written to Deputy Prime Minis-
ter Brent Symonette and
Tourism Minister Neko Grant.


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THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2007, PAGE 3B


Operator competition



critical for new port


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE management structure
for the proposed port in south-
western New Providence must
be overhauled from what cur-
rently exists to ensure it meets
modern standards, a consul-
tants' report has concluded, rec-
ommending that the various
operators that use it be allowed
to compete.
The report completed for the
Government and joint port task
force by Dutch consultants Eco-
rys-Lievense, which assessed the
economic, social and environ-
mental feasibility of the pro-
posed new port location
between BEC's Clifton Pier
power plant and Common-
wealth Brewery, recommended
that if the Bahamas went with
this location, the existing port
management structure be over-
hauled.
"The current port manage-
ment structure on New Provi-
dence is at best described as
scattered, and with a clearly ad
hoc character," the Ecorys
report found.
"Ownership of the land used
for port activities differs; we see
port operators that own their
land, port operators that rent


the land from private land own-
ers, and port operators that rent
the land from the Government.
"On New Providence, there is
no clear guiding organisation
when it comes to port develop-
ment decisions. Each private
operator acts on its own behalf,
and government just ensures
issues related to the function of
the harbour master nautical
safety, berth assignment nd
enforcement of international
and national regulation in the
Nassau port area."
Report
The Ecorys report added:
"For New Providence, it is in
the public interest to safeguard
a stable and reliable port sys-
tem for the loading/offloading
of goods that the island needs
for its existence.
"The island is too small to
allow for more than one effi-
ciently operating port area, and
the management model in this
area should reflect modern port
management standards in order
to safeguard this public func-
tion that the sea port offers to
the population, guests and visi-
tors of the island."
Ecorys described operations
from the existing commercial


shipping facilities on downtown
Bay Street as being "relatively
efficient" given the environment
they are based in. Yet the facil-
ities had "outgrown location
possibilities" and "negatively
interfere" with their surround-
ings.
For the proposed southwest-
ern New Providence port, Eco-
rys recommended that the port
opt for a structure where there
was free competition between
the various shippingicompanies
operators.
i ost closely
listing system,
but Me lanilord or port own-
er would need to have "trans-
parent procurement rules" to
create a 'level playing field' for
all companies.
The Ecorys report rejected
the other two options; that the
Government operate the new
port, or contract all cargo han-
dling out to one operator.
The latter option was rejected
because it would encourage a
monopoly, while on the notion
that the Government should
operate the port, Ecorys said:
"Clear disadvantages of this
model are relatively inflexible
operations, high inefficiencies
and chances for labour disrup-
tion."


Abaco Markets sells Dairy Queen


FROM page 1 Bay Shopping Centre and the
than ours. Town Centre Mall.
"We had someone who Mr Watchorn said Abaco
approached us, was interested, Markets had closed the Cable
and it was the right thing to do. Beach location due to "declin-
The new owners took over last ing volumes", leaving just eight
Friday [December 14, 2007]. or nine staff employed between
"It isn't something we the two sites.
planned to do. But we got an The $100,000 sales proceeds
offer and it was a good valua- will be used by Abaco Markets
tion. From an economies of to help repay its preference
scale point, it was the right thing share debt, being placed in the
to do." fund the company created for
airy Queen recently saw its that purpose.
niiBer ofutletsxeduced from ...:.Mr Watchorn added that
three toj st,tb,,.the rem 'n- airyiy Queen, as the master
ing ones located at, the Harbour, franchisorso, had already


approved the new owners as the
Bahamas' franchisee, saying
"there was no issue there.
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Managing Director
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Core Responsibilities:

* Provides support and maintenance of core applications and
database infrastructure.
* Assists with documentation and maintenance of technical
standards and operations.
* Troubleshoots system and application problems, including
issues and servers.
* Reviews and tests technologies for potential purchase by
researching computer industry information.
* Interfaces with all staff and IT vendors in carrying out duties.
* Performs application installations and configurations,
preventative maintenance and repairs.
* Executes, coordinates and assists in the implementation of
new technologies.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

* Advanced knowledge of Oracle 8 a must (SQL 2003 and
Microsoft Access a plus) to manage and Support Central
Database Systems.
* Advanced knowledge of AIX Unix 5.0 and various Windows
operating systems to provide help desk support and to
troubleshoot end-user and back office systems.
* Knowledge of networking, especially protocols in use by
company to troubleshoot and rectify the sources) of network
problems.
* Analytical and problem-solving skills to assess issues and
technical information, examine alternatives, and use judgment
to provide reasoned recommendations.
* Must be open to new technology and ability to problem solve
in support of the network and central database systems.
* Bachelor of Science degree in a computer-related field, industry
standard network certifications required, plus two (2) or more
years of proven network systems experience.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with
experience and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental
and vision) and life insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than December 31st,
2007 to:
DA #04445A
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
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PUBLIC NOTICE
Office of The Prime Minister

The Secretary to the Investments Board, Office of the
Prime Minister, today advised that Governor General
in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 13 of
the International Pecrsons Landholding Act, on
September 27th, 2007. signed the International Persons
Landholding Act (Amendment to Schedule) Order
2007.

The Order will come into eflfct Is! January 2008 and
revises the application forms The lne\\ Fee Schedule
under the Order is as follows:

Certificate of registration.. ........ ........ ..........$250.00
Perm it..................................................................... $500.00
Home Owner's Annual Resident Card................$250.00

The previous application fee of $250.00 is discontinued
and as of Ist January 2008.all fees will be payable to
and must be lodged with Public Treasury.

10th October, 2007


\ GRAHAM THOMPSON & CO.

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'To our \ ailued Clients please note o
SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS


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Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited
is presently considering applications for a

RECONCILIATION'S CLERK


The position is open to candidates with the following minimum
requirements:

Qualifications:

PC Literacy (MS Word, Access. Excel)
Associate's degree with concentration in Finance, Economics,
Accounting or Business Administration
Prior reconciliation experience would be an asset

Personal Qualities:
The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate
Excellent written and verbal communication
Excellent organizational skills
Self motivation in completing tasks
*The ability to quickly learn and understand' processes
Excellent analytical skills


Benefits provided include:
Competitive salary and benefits


ONLY PERSONS MEETING THE ABOVE CRITERIA NEED APPLY.


Applications should be submitted:

Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas
or via fax 356-81489



DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS
JANUARY 4'H" 2008.





CREDIT SUISSE


day period, with many saying
they have seen an increase in
revenues compared to last year.
Susan Glinton, a buyer for
Kelly's Home Centre, said sales
have been running at about the
same level as last year.
She added that with Christ-
mas falling on a Tuesday, she
expected there to be a big
weekend, as persons shopped
for last minute home supplies,
gifts and decorations.


Kathy Moultrie, operations
manager at Coin of the Realm,
also reported strong sales.
"It has been wonderful. It
has been busy all week and
sales are up from last year," she
said.
Clerk
Another sales clerk, who
asked not to be identified, said
her company had been


swamped by Christmas shop-
pers.
"Every time I try and take
lunch, another flood of people
come in.
"It has been crazy, but we
are definitely having a good
Christmas,"she said.
The news of a good Christ-
mas seasons will boost retail
merchants and employees, who
have suffered from a declining
tourism industry on Bay Street.


* By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter
BAHAMIAN retailers have
reported strong sales this holi--






INIGHT;


"Becoming the Employer of Choice in The Bahamasl"


The Partners and Staff of:

GIlNTON I SWEETING | O'BRIEtN

COUNSEL & ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW
are pleased to announce that










PATRICK EUGENE SMITH
has joined the firm with effect from 12 November 2007 in the capacity of Director of Finance &
Administration.
Mr. Smith is a qualified and experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA)'as well as a Certified
Internal Auditor (CIA) and will receive an MBA Degree in February 2008 from Nova Southeastern
University.
In addition to his early experience in the field of public accounting and auditing at (then) Price
Waterhouse, Mr. Smith has developed extensive managerial and leadership skills while employed
in executive positions at The National Insurance Board, Lennox Paton, and most recently as a
Partner of Grant Thornton (Bahamas) Accountants and Management Consultants.
Mr. Smith will be responsible for the Firm's overall financial and administrative management.
Glinton I Sweeting | O'Brien is a full service law firm that provides both legal and corporate
management services to a broad range of local and international clients. The Firm is confident
that the addition of Mr. Smith to its team will strengthen its overall ability to deliver efficient and
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GOLF 6. OCEAN CLUB
Great Guana Cay, Abaco
The Bahamas


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
You are invited to apply for the following position currently available.

Assistant Marketing Manager


Key Requirements
* A demonstrated track record of sales to high net worth clients
* Extensive experience maintaining strong long term customer
relationships with significant add-on/repeat business
* A strong existing network with high net worth clients in the U.S.A.,
Europe and The Bahamas
* Ability to develop and implement marketing campaigns to high net
worth clients
Qualifications
* Bachelor's degree in Sales, Marketing or related subject; professional
certifications
* Minimum five (5) years experience in high net worth real estate
promotions
* Must be proficient in C2C software, ACT, Power Point, Microsoft Word,
Excel and Asset Manager
* Must be innovative, demonstrate strong leadership and customer
relations skills
* Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills ,


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in a growing
and dynamic organization and must be a self-starter, team player, work
at the highest standards of performance, and meet deadlines.
If you are progressive and prepared to advance your career, submit
your resume to the attention of the Director of HR & Training,
hr@bakersbavclub.com or by fax at 242-367-0804.


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The American Embassy is presently considering
applications for the following:

Realty Assistant

Serves as the senior member of the GSO
Housing Office working interdependently in
administering and managing the complex
legalities and details of an interagency housing pool
that spans from New Providence to Grand Bahama

This position is open to candidates with the
following qualifications;

An Associate Degree in the area of Business
Administration, real estate or a related field.
Two years of experience in real estate
leasing/ contracting, property management
or related field required.
Must have a good working knowledge of
general office procedures, Microsoft Office
Suite and data base management.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Must have ability to meet deadlines in a
timely manner and work independently with
minimum supervision


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 ad-
dressed to the Human Resources Office no later than
Friday, January 11, 2008.







VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:

NETWORK OPERATIONS TECHNICIAN

Core Responsibilities:

Provides user support for the company's networked systems, by
investigating and performing resolutions to problems that are
reported.
Performs routine installations, preventative maintenance and
repairs to hardware, operating systems and application
installations.
Troubleshoots system and application problems, including issues
and servers.
Assists with documentation and maintenance of technical
standards and operations.
Assists with the implementation of new technologies and
information systems and the decommissioning and disposal of
old technologies.
Assist with the administration of the company's networked anti-
virus and data back-up systems by checking that these systems
are current and operate as scheduled.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Advanced knowledge various Windows operating systems to
provide help desk support and to troubleshoot end-user and back
office systems.
Sound knowledge of computer hardware to execute hardware
repairs and upgrades.
Basic knowledge of networking, especially protocols in use by
the company to troubleshoot and assist in rectifying network
issues.
Analytical and problem-solving skills to assess issues and
technical information, examine alternatives, and use judgment
to provide reasoned recommendations.
Must be open to new technology and ability to problem solve
in support of the network and central database systems.
Associates degree in a computer-related field, industry standard
network certifications required, plus two (2) or more years of
proven technical support and network systems experience.

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and
life insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later than December 31st 2007
to:
DA #04445B


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


* *


m


Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Bank overdraft B$ 1,648,086
Accounts payable, deposits
and accrued expenses o 3,109,321
Warranty provision 5,000
Current portion of long-term debt 183,857


Long-term debt


Shareholder' equity:
Share capital
Contributed surplus
Revaluation surplus
Accumulated deficit


4.946264
256,653


47,083
5,774,868
1,433,867
(5,300,121)


1,955,697


1,491,916
3,734,627
5,000
183,710


5,415,253
440,453


47,083
5,774,868
1,433,867
(5,378,908)


, ,1 87" .910


Commitments and contingencies
B$ 7.158,614 7,732,616

Freeport Concrete Company Umited
Statement of Operations
Year ended August 31, 2007. with corresponding figures for 2006
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)
2007 2006

Sales, net of discounts B$ 16,223.569 16,061,732
Cost of sales 11,207,385 12,984.405
Gross profit 5,016,184 3,077,327
Other income:
Other income 19,320 40,950
Gain on disposal of property,
plant and equipment 8,971 666
28.291 41,616
5,044.475 3,118,943
Selling, general and administration expenses:
Payroll related costs, including employee
benefits and commissions 2,359.924 2,090.021
Rent 540,317 634,782
Utilities, postage and delivery 418,237 279,096
Depreciation and amortization 296,850 329,011
Vehicle, maintenance and repairs 215,553 228,795
Other operating costs 181,552 202,878
Legal and professional 142,229 323,712
Bad debt expense 123,703 335,544
Computer and office supplies 111,216 138,531
Advertising, 105,843 66,942
Bank charges and exchange 105,673 115,823
Business insurance 73,678 73,238
Travel, trade shows and entertainment 38,202 33,349
Licence fees and permits 33.810 54,842
Donations 13,473 18,711
Security 12,575 34,490
4,772,835 4,959,765

Net income/(loss) from operations 271,640 (1,840,822)
Finance income and expenses:
Interest on long-term debt, due
to shareholder and finance charges 63,339 77,784
Interest expense on bank overdraft 134,761 76,344
Interest income on time deposits (5,247) (1,648)
192,853 152,480

Net Income/(loss) B 78,787 (1,993,302)


Basic eamlngs/(loss) per share
Diluted eamlng/(loss) per share


0.017
0.017


(0.423)
(0.423)


-1


Dear Shareholders,
We present our audited Balance Sheet and Income Statement for the year ended August 31, 2007.
For a full set of our audited financial statements please go onto our webski: www.fccbhamm.com
and click on "Investor Relations" and the "Financial Reports". You ca also request a copy by
mailing me at rsimpson@fccbdahlas.com.
We are delighted to report a profit of $ 78k for the 12 months. Although the profit may be small,
it is a significant turnaround from the $1.9 million loss we reported for the same period last year.
Sales revenues were similar to the previous year but you will ote that our gross profit increased
from $ 3.1 million to $ 5.0 million with our operating expenses decreasing fro $ 5.1 million to $
4.9 million.
The improvement in the company's financial performance has bee accomplished despite any addi-
tional financing being received from our bankers or from any other source. However the Home
Centre is still being challenged with the need for additional working capital in order to purchase
more inventory so that we can increase our sales revenues even more.
Also what needs to be realized is that the general economy in Grand Bahama has been stagnant
over the past couple of years, especially in the last 12 months, ad yet despite this we have main-
tained our sales revenues and managed to produce a met profit of $78k for the year, compared to a
net loss last year of $1.9 million.
We believe the various pending developments in Grand Bahama coming on line over the next year
will result in more jobs and translate into more local building of both homes and commercial proj-
ects. All of this will help in improving revenue prospects for our Company.
Increasing inventory levels and driving additional revenue is critical to the success of the business
at the Home Centre and this will be our primary focus this year.
The relocation of the Concrete Plant into our new facility inside the Bahama Rock site has been
challenging but it is well underway and should be completed by January 31, 2008. Operating from
this new location will save the Company $ 80k per annum in lease costs and there will be further
savings in trucking costs as all-of the material we need to make our concrete will be on site. This,
coupled with the various new developments and our Company securing some of the concrete busi-
ness for these projects, will translate into more profit being made in the Concrete division.
We must still continue to work hard and maintain the same focus this year as we did last year. Once
we do this, and the economy of Grand Bahama really does get better and better, then the future of
Freeport Concrete Company Ltd looks very good.
Thank you.
Ray Simpson
President and Chief Executive Officer
December 17, 2007

Freeport Concrete Company Umited
Balance Sheet
August 31, 2007, with corresponding figures for 2006
(Expressed In Bahamian dollars)
2007 2006

Assets
Current assets:
Cash on hand and at bank on demand B$ 230,726 198,471
Time deposits 57,837 63,274.
Accounts receivable, net 912,128 1,323,717
Due from former subsidiary 17,250
Inventories 2,022,807 2,488,843
Inventory of spare parts and supplies 72,251 121,187
Deposits and prepaid expenses 118,461 132,642
3,414,210 4,345,384
Property, plant and equipment 3,744,404 3,387,232
BS 7,158,614 7.732,616


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Hutchison airport debenture debt in Port concern


IN HOUSE
INVESTMENTS LTD


--- NOTICE TO SHAREHOLDERS-

The Board of directors of In House Investments Limited
has declared a quarterly dividend for Preferred Shares to
all shareholders of record at December 14, 2007 ,. follows:


Preferred Shares 7.25% per annum (payment quarterly).


The payment will be made December 31, 2007 through
Fidelity Share Registrars & Transfer Agents Limited in the
usual manner.


--


FROM page 1
inney, Bancroft & Hughes, rep-
resenting Seashells Investments,
the holding company for the
Hayward family trusts, and Sir
Orville Turnquest, acting for
Intercontinental Diversified
Corporation (IDC), the GBPA
and Port Group Ltd holding
company, are understood to
have filed court papers seeking
to block the dividend payment.
This move is likely to lead to
another clash between the Hay-
ward camp and the late Edward
St George's estate, who have
been feuding over the former's
claim to 75 per cent ownership
of the GBPA and its Port
Group Ltd affiliate. The estate
is opposing this, arguing that
the ownership structure was
always 50/50.
The St George estate is likely
to be keen to receive a dividend
payment, as this represents its
sole source of income, neces-


The American Embassy is presently considering
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.4n. 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.


given its impact on investor and
business confidence now that
the Royal Oasis purchase has
closed.
Apart from Morgan Stanley,
other projects on the drawing
board include the Raven Group
and DeVry University's med-
ical school, hinting that the
island has a bright economic
future.
The FNM government also
owes Freeport and Grand
Bahama big time, given that it
elected five FNM MPs to six of
the island's seats, a number that
proved the party's eventual win-
ning margin on May 2,2007. So


understandably the Prime Min-
istei wants to get Grand
Bahama's economy moving.
It is also understood that Fred
Smith, partner in Callender's &
Co and attorney for the St
George estate, met with Flem-
ing representatives in London
last week to discuss the latter's
offer to acquire their GBPA
stake for $100 million. He is
understood to have been. per-
suaded to make the trip by the
Prime Minister.
It is unclear whether the talks
produced any breakthrough,
although hopes were said not
to have been high.


sary to fund the family and the
many legal battles being waged
against the Haywards.
They are likely to view the
Hayward family trusts' opposi-
tion to any dividend payment
as an attempt to starve the
estate of dividend income, and
force it to the negotiating table,
rather than a prudent move to
conserve the GBPA's capital to
meet liabilities and Freeport's
economic development, as Sir
Jack has alleged.
The dividend dispute is
another reason why one of
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham's New Year's wishes,
namely for the GBPA dispute
to have been resolved, is unlike-
ly to be achieved.
The Prime Minister had
wanted to the two sides to settle
the dispute by December 31,
2007, viewing it as the main -
and only stumbling block to
reviving Freeport and Grand
Bahama's economic fortunes,


FROM page 1
had been agreed in principle
just before the former
Christie administration demit-
ted office.
Bluewater is still eager to
conclude the sale, .jccorflin'
to its attorney, Philip "Bra e'
Davis,
Bluewater had initially
been prepared to pay $225
million for a 49 per cent stake
in BTC, and had reached an
agreement with the Christie
administration where it would
pay $220 million upfront. a
further $35 million after a
five-year cellular monopoly
expired, and a final $5 million
in the sixth year a total of
$260 million.
The road to privatization
has been a long one, spanning
three governments and more
than 10 years at a cost of
more than $150 million dol-
lars.

Issue

The issue of the quest for
privatization was again
brought to the fore last week,
when BTC. the Public Utili-
ties Commission and Systems
Resource Group's (SRG)
IndiGo Networks appeared
before the Privy Council in
Nassau.


BTC is attempting to
appeal a Court of Appeal ver-
dict that struck out an action
it brought seeking a declara-
tion that it was the only
provider licensed to use Voice
o, er Lnternet Protocol (VoIP)
technology for voice telepho-
ny services.

Partner

However. Brian Moree,
senior partner at McKinney.
Bancroft & Hughes and
SRG's attorney, said BTC
wanted to extend its exclusiv-
ity period for Vo[P technolo-
gy until after the company's
long-awaited privatization had
been completed. He argued
that BTC felt that if it lost its
monopoly, the Government
would have to sell the 49 per
cent stake at a much lower
price.
However, BTC's attorney,
Dr Lloyd Barnett argued that
the PUC, in granting SRG's
licence, violated his client's
legal authorisation to be the
only telecoms carter in the
Bahamas authorised to use
VoIP in the provision of voice
telephony services. He
explained that the exclusivity
period had not yet expired
when the license was grant-
ed.,


NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that HEERIA RAMLALL of
NICHOLLS TOWN, NORTH ANDROS, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 18TH day of
DECEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality'
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION KUWAIT GAS LIMITED

Creditors having debts or claims against the
above-named Company are required to send
particulars thereof to the undersigned c/o P. O. Box
N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or before 16th
January, A. D. 2008. In default thereof they will
be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made by the Liquidator.

Dated the 21st day of December, A.D., 2007.

M. Taboada
IQUIDATOR
16945 Northcase Drive
Houston, Texas 77060, U.S.A.




NOTICE

EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND
PRODUCTION KUWAIT GAS LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows

(a) EXXONMOBIL EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION KUWAIT
GAS LIMITED is in dissolution under the provisions of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said Company commenced on the
21st day of December, 2007 when its Articles of Dissolution
were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General.

(c) I'lTe Liquidator of the said Company is M. Taboada of 16945
Northchase Drive, Ilouston, Texas 77060, U.S.A..

Dated the 21st day of December, 2007.

HARRY B. SANDS, LOBOSKY
MANAGEMENT CO. LTD.
Attorneys for the above-named Company


Pricing Information As Of: c F A L"
Friday. 21 December 2007
BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES VISIT 4tl$
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX. CLOSE 2072.2CHG 1 0.06 /
-..> .-1. S2... Lo... ..,: rI F..... Iose T.aea,. Close Cnange Daily o01 EPS $ DIv i PIE Yield
1.,6 0.. AI.a.-I,:. I.-rk. 1 155 5 00 1.500 O 157 0000 99 000%
11.74 11.00 Bahamas Property Fund 11.65 11.65 0.00 1.502 0.400 7.8 3.43%
9.60 8.03 Bank of Bahamas 9.60 9.60 0.00 220 0.733 0.260 13.1 2.71%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.188 0.030 4.5 3.53%
3.74 1.75 Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00 0.289 0.090 12.7 2.46%
2.70 1.22 Fidelity Bank 265 2.65 0.00 0.058 0.040 45.7 1.51%
12.05 9.99 Cable Bahamas 1205 12,05 0.00 1.030 0.240 11.7 1.99%
3.15 1.90 Colina Holdings 3.15 3.15 0.00 0.031 0.040 101.6 1.27%
8.40 4.17 Commonwealth Bank (S1) 8.35 8.40 0.05 2,000 0.426 0.260 19.7 3.10%
7.22 4.74 Consolidated Water BDRs 6.11 6.47 0.36 403 0.129 0.050 47.3 0.82%
2.60 2.20 Doctor's Hospital 2.35 2.35 0.00 0.316 0.020 7.4 0.85%
7.10 5.70 Famguard 7.05 7.10 0.05 2,000 0.713 0.280 10.0 3.94%
12.95 12.02 Finco 12.90 12.95 0.05 1,000 0.829 0.570 16.6 4.40%
14.75 14.15 FirstCaribbean 14.50 14.60 0.10 2,500 0.914 0.470 16.0 3.22%
6.10 5.18 Focol (S) 5.59 5.59 0.00 250 0.359 0.140 15.6 2.50%
1.00 0.54 Freeport Concrete 0.74 0.74 0.00 0.017 0.000 43.5 0.00%
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children. 1 (CC)
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B WPLG (CC Christmas n (CC) Rock, David Schwimmer. Premiere. Animated. Zoo animals must leam to
survive in the wild. C (CC)

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A&E Under the Influ- experiences 30 years of history. (CC)
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N (00) Lou Dobbs Out in the Open Larry King Live (CC) Anderson Cooper 360 (CC)
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COM Keith the perfect ster" n (CC) fuses to perform Kelly. Two criminals disguise themselves as Santa and an elf. (CC)
husband. a transplant. \
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izers to find his mother a husband. (CC) granddaughter. (CC)
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LIFE Kids spread their spends Christ- Flight" C (CC) Bacic, Ken Pogue. A boy tries to set up his mother with Santa Claus.
wings. n mas Eve alone. (CC)
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battles an evil ruler and a sorceress. (CC)
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S WTVJ wood (N) (CC) each play 25-case games. (N) n (CC) Investigation of Benson's brother
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B WPLG Suns at Lakers Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom. A blacksmith and a pirate must rescue a kidnapped damsel. A (CC)

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themselves as Santa and an elf. (CC)
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ENERGY, from page 1


duction to the US market,
reducing this nation's $705 mil-
lion per annum oil import bill.
Reducing that would pre-
serve the Bahamas' foreign
exchange reserves, Mr Joudi
said, and free up additional cap-
ital and hard currency to invest
in other Bahamas-based indus-
tries and job creation. Among
the industries this capital could
support, he suggested, was a
Freeport-based factory to in the
long-term produce ethanol for
consumption in the Bahamas.
But the Bahamas has a long
way to go to take advantage of
the bill signed into US law last
week by President George W.
Bush, which calls for more fuel-
efficient vehicles in auto show-
rooms and wider use of ethanol.
Mr Joudi told The Tribune:
"We need leadership on the
subject of fuel efficiency and
the use of ethanol-blend


fuel...... Now that President
Bush has signed into law the
legislation that brings more
fuel-efficient vehicles into the
market, requiring a wider use of
ethanol. It could be a major
step to reducing global warm-
ing."
The legislation signed by Mr
Bush 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 36 billion gal-
lons a year by 2022.
Mr Joudi said the increased
US moves towards the use of
ethanol-blend fuels, amid a
global drive towards reducing
oil dependency and employing
'green' forms of energy, further
opened the window of oppor-
tunity for the Bahamas to
exploit the demand for corn-
for-ethanol-production an


LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE

WHATEVER LTD.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

a) The above Company is in voluntary dissolution under
the provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International
Business Companies Act, 2000.

b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on
the 21st day of December, 2007, when its Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Anthony B.
Dupuch of Kings Court, 3rd Floor, Bay Street, Nassau,
Bahamas.
Dated this 21st day of December, A.D. 2007.
Anthony B. Dupuch



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

CELO INVESMWETS LIMITED
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIESACT
(No.45 of

In Voluntary LiquidMa n i:tt '

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the
International Business, Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
CIELO INVESTMENTS LIMITED is in dissolution. Joneka
A. Wright is the Liquidator and can be contacted at Winterbotham
Place, Marlborough & Queens Streets, PO. Box N- 3026, Nassau,
Bahamas. All persons having claims against the above-named com-
pany are required to send their names, addresses and particulars of
their debt or claims to the Liquidator before 28th of December, 2007.










INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act, 2003, Interna-
tional Investment & Advisory Services Limited is in dissolution.


The date of commencement of dissolution was December 20, 2007.


Continental Liquidators Inc of 60 Market Square, PO. Box 1906,
Belize City, Belize is the Liquidator of Energy Investment Advisors
Limited.


idea he had previously floated.
He told The Tribune: "The
question now is: We have the
option of going in that direc-
tion, but who's going to step up
and address the issue, seeing
that we have the land resources,
the manpower, the exper-
tise........
"The Government should
appoint an 'Energy Czar' to fol-
low up on these major break-
throughs in energy savings and
global warming reductions. All
that we need now is the leader-
ship someone bright enough
to take the initiative and fol-
low-up, seeing the US, the most
powerful country on earth, has
established goals and a mission
to reduce carbon dioxide emis-
sions.
"We [in the Bahamas] are
dependent too much on oil.
What is going to happen if
there is a major war in the Mid-
dle East and we are not able to
afford oil at all."
Mr Joudi again urged the
Bahamian government to intro-
duce legislation requiring use
of a 10 per cent ethanol blend
for car gasoline, a ratio much
smaller than US requirements,
yet enough to "actually save
millions of dollars, as ethanol
is cheaper than oil.
"It's going to be affordable
and available," Mr Joudi said
of ethanol.
While the Bahamas would
initially have to import ethanol
and any derivative fuel blends
from the US, Mr Joudi said this
nation should at least become
involved by supplying the raw
materials, such as the corn or
sugar cane, to US processing
plants and factories.
"We see the US has taken
this major step. Let us supply
this, because they will need a
major supplier of corn or sugar
cane," Mr Joudi said. "At least
we should be one of the raw
material suppliers."
The FTC chief told The Tri-


bune earlier this year that pro-
ducing corn-for-ethanol pro-
duction could give the Bahamas
an export industry that gener-
ates more than $1/2
billion per year in foreign
exchange earnings, increase
entrepreneurship in the
Bahamas, expands foreign cur-
rency reserves, boosts the ship-
ping industry by giving it some-
thing to carry back to the US,
diversifies the Bahamian econ-
omy and encourages families
to move back to the Family
Islands, reducing overcrowding
and congestion on New Provi-
dence.

Exploit

He urged Bahamians and the
Government to exploit this
nation's proximity to the US,
climate and fertile land for
growing corn, adding that the
creation of a 'corn-for-ethanol'
industry would be assisted if
the Government could allocate
some 500,000 acres to it on
islands such as Andros, Aba-
co, Eleuthera and Long Island.
One acre could produce 149
bushels of corn, Mr Joudi said,
the average yield per acre in
the US, and the Bahamas' cli-
mate meant this nation had
"the potential to grow two
crops per year".
With corn ethanol prices cur-
rently pushing upwards to $4
per bushel, Mr Joudi said that
assuming this price and 149
bushels per acre, this would
generate $298 million in gross
export income from one crop
if it was exported to the US for
ethanol production.
Given that the Bahamas
would have the ability to pro-
duce two crops per year, this
gross export earnings would
double to $596 million per year,
Mr Joudi explained.
Breaking this down, Mr Jou-
di said that if 5,000 families
were each able to purchase or


Legal Notice
NOTICE


I.M TSAI LTD.




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




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE


KNIK POINT LTD.

--'-


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




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



Legal Notice

NOTICE


ORCHIDS AND ROSES INC.



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




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)


be granted 100 acres for pro-
ducing ethanol corn, assuming
the $4 per bushel price, 149
bushels per acre and two crops
per year, each family would
have the potential to earn
$119,200 in gross income per
year.
Yet Mr Joudi told The Tri-
bune at the weekend that the
Bahamas had the ability to take
its involvement in the growing
ethanol movement a step fur-
ther by becoming a producer,
pointing to the fact that an
ethanol plant was set up in
Freeport during the 1960s.
"Let's be the suppliers of the
raw materials first, which is
going to bring US$ back into
our country," Mr Joudi said. "If
we take it further, we could
have a factory in Freeport start-
ing to produce ethanol for local
use, so that we are not depen-
dent on foreign sources.
"Let us get some leadership,
get the thing going, income
coming into the Bahamas.
When we adopt that policy,
we're telling the world that the
Bahamas is eco-friendly."
He pointed to the fact that
the Bahamas' image as an eco-
logical, environmentally friend-
ly destination had already tak-
en a battering after the New
York Times picked up in the
fact that this nation had one of
the highest per capital carbon
dioxide emission rates in the
world.
The 2007/2008 United
Nations Human Development
report found that the Bahamas'
carbon dioxide emissions per
capital exceed those of many
industrialized countries such as
France, Sweden, Switzerland
and Portugal.
With 6.7 tonnes of C02
being produced per person, the
Bahamas outstrips even Hong
Kong in its emission rates per
capital. And the effects from the
global warming produced by
such emissions are likely to be
felt most, and earliest, by low-


lying small island developing
states such as the Bahamas. The
UN report found that a one-
metre rise in sea levels "would
permanently submerge" some
11 per cent of the existing land
in the Bahamas
Mr Joudi calculated that with
2,700 pounds per tonne,
Bahamians generated 16,740
pounds of carbon dioxide emis-
sions per person, per year. Mul-
tiplying this by 300,000, the size
of the Bahamas' population,
meant this nation was produc-
ing some 4.4 billion pounds of
carbon dioxide emissions per
year.
The FTC chief argued that
the Bahamas should move
immediately to enhance its
image as an environmentally-
friendly tourist destination, and
ultimately move long-term to
establish an ethanol-producing
plant in Freeport, as the fer-
mentation technology required
was relatively easy to access
and install.
"In terms of energy security,
we could be self-sufficient if we
had the ethanol plan with a vast
amount of production," Mr
Joudi said. "We are saving US$,
money that is now going out of
the country. We would become
self-sufficient, self-reliant on
our own ethanol. That money
could stay in the country and
generate more industries and
economic development."
The 2006 study submitted to
the former Christie administra-
tion by its Petroleum Usage
Review Committee showed
that the Bahamas last year
imported 65 million gallons of
unleaded gasoline and 50 mil-
lion gallons of diesel.
In 2006, the Bahamas spent
some $705.782 million in for-
eign currency on fuel-related
imports, some $157.929 million
being spent in the first quarter;
$194.738 million in the second
quarter; $209.271 million in the
third; and $143.844 million in
the final quarter.


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CEDRIC L. PA ER & CO.

Counsel & Attorneys-at-law
#9 Rusty Bethel Drive
Nassau, Bahamas
Will Be

CLOSED
For the Holidays
from Monday, the 24th December, 2007
re-opening on Thursday, 3rd January, 2008



Legal Notice
NOTICE


ALMOND PALACE LTD.




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


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)




NOTICE


OF

N.B.M. LTD.

Notice is hereby given that liquidation of the above
company commenced on the 20th day of December,
2007, Credit Suisse Trust Limited of Bahamas Fi-
nancial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets. Nassau,
The Bahamas has been appointed Liquidator of the
Company.


Continental Liquidators Inc.
Liquidator


INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Sec-
tion 138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,
2003, Energy Investment Advisors Limited is in dissolution.


The date of commencement of dissolution was December 20, 2007.


Continental Liquidators Inc of 60 Market Square, PO. Box 1906,
Belize City, Belize is the Liquidator of Energy Investment Advisors
Limited.


Continental Liquidators Inc.
Liquidator


Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator


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