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The Tribune

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Title:
The Tribune
Uniform Title:
Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau tribune
Place of Publication:
Nassau, Bahamas
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Tribune
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Copyright Date:
2008
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Daily, except Sunday
daily
normalized irregular
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Bahamas

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Ninth grader attacked
outside of DW
Davis Junior High

& By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

A 14-YEAR-OLD DW
Davis Junior High student was
stabbed in the chest outside of
his school yesterday morning,
sustaining injuries close to his
heart and lungs.

Ninth grader Absalom Stur-
rup was rushed to hospital by
ambulance after he was alleged-
ly attacked by a fellow student
on his way to school.

Absalom’s 23-year-old sister,
Terena Saunders, told The Tri-
bune yesterday afternoon that
the knife fortunately missed
injuring any vital organs.

Ms Saunders said her brother
was in stable condition, but
being kept overnight at Princess
Margaret Hospital to undergo
more X-rays today.

Yesterday’s incident is the
second attack by a student on
another within a week.

On Tuesday, a Stephen Dillet
primary school student attacked
and injured another with a
screw driver. The students were
only nine and 10 years old.

According to reports, yester-
day’s attack happened at
around 9.20am as Absalom was
walking from Montrose Avenue
onto Wilton Street, close to DW
Davis Junior High, when he was
allegedly attacked by an eighth
grade student.

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, DW Davis principal
Abraham Stubbs said he had
heard reports that yesterday’s
altercation was a continuation
of a fight between Absalom and
the same eighth grade student

SEE page eight

Teens are injured in
motorcycle accident

TWO ieenagers were injured, one seriously, when the motor-
cycle they were riding collided with a police vehicle.

The two young men were reportedly driving on Carmichael
Road at around 8pm on Wednesday when they collided with an
unmarked police car, a Ford Explorer.

Both juveniles were thrown from the motorcycle. The pas-
senger was trapped underneath the machine.

The trapped teenager suffered serious injuries in the crash. He
is listed in critical condition at the hospital. The driver of the
motorcycle was also taken to Princess Margaret Hospital, but is

in stable condition.

Press liaison officer Asst Supt Walter Evans yesterday could
not say if speeding was a factor in this accident.

Further investigations will reveal the cause and the responsible
party in the crash, Mr Evans said.











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@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

ALONG time vendor at the
Queen’s Staircase is demanding
that the government schedule
more regular cleaning of the
historic site that is visited by
thousands of tourists annually.

Mrs Merle Rolle, who has
been around the area for the
last 34 years, and has had her
own stall for the last 18 years,
said that currently this is the
“worst” the site has been kept.

“Only one guy they have,
like on Wednesdays, and that’s
been probably now for maybe
about a year,” she said. “Only
Wednesday’s he comes on.
Otherwise, every other day it’s








left in a dirty mess. Garbage is
all over the place.”

Mrs Rolle showed The Tri-
bune the small thatch broom
she uses to clean up the area

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for Tourism and Aviation Branville McCartney and his wife Lisa her
Bahamian-made candles at the Lynden Pindling International Airport.
Six new retail stores and kiosks were officially opened at the airport yes-
terday. e SEE PAGE THREE

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Catholic university
president in the
Bahamas for

celebration of 150

year association

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

THE PRESIDENT of St’
John’s University, one of the:
leading Catholic universities in:
the United States, is in the:
Bahamas to celebrate 150 years:
association with the Bahamas’

and to determine the future of
that association. The celebrations
have been planned by the
Bahamian chapter of the school’s
alumni association.

Brother Dietrich Reinhart, St
John’s president, said yesterday
at a news conference at Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort that some
650 Bahamian men have attend-
ed the all male Catholic liberal
arts institution since its incep-
tion. As for the College, said

SEE page eight

Criminal record
bans father of three
from working at
Prince George Dock

@ By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A FATHER of three was
disappointed with the Port
Department for banning him
from working at Prince George
Dock because he has a crimi-
nal record.

Rodnel Polydor, 21, the
father of a three-year-old, and
one-year-old twins, said he had
already paid his debt to society.

Mr Polydor, who was sen-
tenced to three months in Her
Majesty’s Prison for passing
counterfeit money — though
he maintains he did not know
that the bills were fake — actu-
ally ended up spending six
months behind bars as he had
to spend three months in
prison awaiting trial.

Yesterday, in an interview
with The Tribune, Mr Polydor
said the Port Department is
requesting employees who
work on any of the water taxis
to submit a police record, and
a valid passport.

Although he had been work-

SEE page eight

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Johnny’ Bennett reaches the 200 pint mark

Concern over
rise in number
of young HIV
positive athletes

Increase in new cases
also seen in police

PRESSURE to have sex
while away on sporting trips
may be contributing to the rise
in the number of young
Bahamian athletes testing posi-
tive for the HIV virus.

’ An increase in new cases has

been noted not just in athletes,
but also in police, Defence
Force and prison officers.

According to the govern-
ment, the rise, though small, is
causing concern for the AIDS
Secretariat, which has stepped
up initiatives to target young
adults.

“A number of young persons
who have become HIV infected
have talked to us candidly that
once they go on trips to play
sports that they are exposed to
pressure,” said managing direc-
tor of the HIV/AIDS Centre
RosaMae Bain.

She said the issue is some-
thing her team intends to speak
to coaches about, “in terms of
the chaperones”. ,

“This is very disturbing. A
parent actually spoke to us and
said his son admitted to him,
once he became HIV infected,
he knew exactly how it hap-
pened. The free life, the happy
life and not having the skill to
protect themselves.”

Mrs Bain revealed that the
increase in HIV cases had led to
an acceleration of preventative
efforts, particularly in schools,
churches, youth groups and the
hotel industry, which employs
a large number of young adults.

According to Mrs Bain, the
increase is something officials
want to watch closely.

“We are just hoping it is not a



_ “We are just
hoping it is
not a trend
that will keep

going up.”



RosaMae Bain

trend that will keep going up,”
she said.

Mrs Bain said that a work-
shop for out-of-school youths

_ is being planned and should be

held within the next three
months. This workshop will tar-
get those involved in athletics.
‘“We feel this is a group we
need to get the message to,” she
said. “The workshop will be put
on and funded by the Trinidad
and Tobago-based Population
Services International.

“This group has done work
with us before with our uni-
formed officers, both the police,
Defence Force and prison offi-
cers. We have been in contact
with them and they are pre-
pared to fund this venture along
the United States Embassy.”

Mrs Bain stressed that the
bulk of new cases are in ado-
lescents and young adults, and
said that the Secretariat is trying
to get the message out to young
adult males.

mByMATTMAURA

John Bennett considers him-
self one of the luckiest men
alive for being able to give back
to Bahamian society for the last
50 years since his arrival in the
country.

However the hundreds of
persons he has helped to live
longer, more fulfilling lives dur-
ing that period, think it’s the
other way around. °

Mr Bennett, or “Johnny” as
he is affectionately known to
employees and administrators
of the Blood Bank at the
Princess Margaret Hospital,
donated his 200th pint of blood
this week.

Minister of Health and Social
Development Dr Hubert Min-
nis said, “If you were to calcu-
late the number of lives he has
saved over the years and the
number of individuals he has
allowed to undergo surgical pro-
cedures because of his dona-
tions, it is countless, and so his
contribution to society has been
priceless.

“We would hope that a lot
more individuals would become
like Mr Bennett and donate
blood because these donations
save lots of lives.”

Philanthropic

A humble man, Mr Bennett
said donating blood allows him
to fulfill his philanthropic
impulses.

“There are many people out
there who contribute wonder-
fully to the community by giving
back some of their money, but I
don’t have any of that to give,
and so I give one of the best
things in life I can and that’s
blood,” he said.

“It doesn’t cost me anything.
It does not cost the people who
benefit from receiving the blood
anything. It’s a bond together
in life and I don’t think you can
beat that. There are so many
ways people can give back to
society. I give back by donat-
ing my blood.”

Mr Bennett's gift of giving
began back in 1956 while sta-
tioned in Jamaica with the
Worcestershire Regiment from
England when a fellow soldier
and friend was seriously injured
in an accident.

His friend required blood to
save his life and the medical
officer made a direct transfer
of blood from Mr Bennett’s arm

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to the arm of his injured friend.
Two years later he arrived in
the Bahamas, still attached to
the Worcestershire Regiment
and served here for two years.
During this period, he met
and married the former Martha
Pinder of Spanish Wells,
Eleuthera and decided to make
the Bahamas his home.
Hospital records show that
Johnny first began donating
blood to the Blood Bank in
1959 (49 years ago) and has
been doing so every eight weeks
since.
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MINISTER OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT Dr. Hubert Minn
blood donor John ‘Johnny’ Bennet

Kris Ingraham/BIS



Bank officials say, is of the Uni-
versal Blood Group, making Mr
Bennett a true “giver of life.”

Contributions

Officials point out that a pint
of blood can be separated into
three main parts of which a
patient may need only one, not-
ing that Johnny has consistent-
ly given “the gift of life’ to
numerous patients over the past
49 years.

Dr Minnis said Mr Bennett’s
contributions (along with these
of the other individual and

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group voluntary Blood Donors)
are vital to the care of patients
at the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital, particularly at a time when
injuries sustained as a result of
violent crimes and car crashes
have been on the increase.

Dr Minnis said Mr Bennett,
unknowingly, has also benefited
from his donations as he has
replaced his total body blood
volume eight times.

“And so every few months
he is a new man; he has new
blood; new cells,” Dr Minnis
said. Mr Bennett said a love of
life has been the driving force
behind his donations over the
years.

In addition to donating blood
every eight weeks, Mr Bennett
has annually sponsored two
Blood Drives in Spanish Wells
which have collected more than
20 pints of blood.

The blood drives, which are
funded by Mr Bennett, were
launched in 1999.

“If you carry the Blood Bank
to the Family Islands, you will
get more persons to donate
blood than if you want the Fam-
ily Islanders to come to New.
Providence to donate blood
(because) people are not going
to travel like that,” Mr Bennett
said.






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THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008, PAGE 3



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NEW ERA AT AIRPORT

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

kherig@tribunemedia.net

SIX new retail stores and
kiosks were officially opened
yesterday at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport.

The US departure lounge

now offers to Bahamian and
international travellers products
and services by Bahama Sol,
Hard Rock Café, Harley David-
son, My Ocean, Tortuga Rum
Cakes and Uniquely Bahami-
an.
Although these kiosks are
only a temporary solution until
a new US terminal is built in
the next two years, the retail
outlets mark the beginning of
a new era at the airport.

John Spinks, vice-president
of commercial operations for
the Nassau Airport Develop-
ment (NAD) Company, said
the opening of the kiosks is an
early start to bringing the air-
port in line with other similar
world class airports in terms of
added value for passengers and
an enhanced customer experi-
ence.

Speaking at the opening cer-
emony yesterday morning,
Tourism and Aviation Minister
of State Branville McCartney
said that the event is significant
because it broadens the
Bahamian entrepreneurial base,
“while augmenting the variety
and. diversity of quality local
products offered consumers
passing through this facility.”

Of the six new stores, four —
Bahama Sol, May Ocean, Tor-
tuga Rum Cakes and Uniquely
Bahamian -— offer only locally
made products, which range
from candles and soap to rum
cakes and jewellery.

The Hard Rock and Harley
Davidson kiosks offer more
general merchandise.

Minister McCartney said that
he is keenly aware of the need
for everyone to actively pro-
mote the integration of authen-
tic Bahamian products into the
mainstream of our lifestyles and

© In brief

Police search
for Rayfield
Longley over
allegations of
arson, burglary

THE police have issued an
all points bulletin to alert the
public of their search for Ray-
field Longley.

Mr Longley lives on Prince
Street, Nassau Village and is
described as being 5’9” in
height and weighing 150 Ibs,

He is said to be of dark -

brown complexion, unshaven
and missing both front teeth.

Mr Longley is wanted by
the Southeastern Detective
Unit in connection with alle-
gations of arson and burglary.

Police say he is considered
armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information
on his whereabouts is asked
to call police at 919 or 911, the
South Beach Police Station at
392-4333/4/9, CDU at 502-
9991 or Crime Stoppers:
328-8477

Parenting skills
workshop to he
held on Tuesdays

THE Catholic archdiocese |

is sponsoring an eight-week
parenting skills workshop to
be held at Emmaus Centre,
Nassau, on Tuesdays starting
on January. 29 (7.30-9.30pm)
The video and discussion
programme teaches parents
how to create happy families.
Facilitator Vincent Ferguson
is also available to meet with
adolescents whose
parents/guardians are in the
programme.

Parents, teachers and other

interested parties can contact
the Archdiocesan Family Life
Office at 328-4310/2 for infor-
mation.

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applaud these pioneers —
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Harley Davidson, My Ocean,
Tortuga Rum Cakes and
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their contribution to the econo-
my by reducing imports and sec-
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what they are looking for —
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SIR LYNDEN PINDLING INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is becoming a shoppers’ paradise with Bahamian

of an experience that could
have been achieved in no other
place,” he said.

Mr McCartney explained that
revenues generated by the
rental of new retail spaces will
provide the Nassau Airport
Development Company (NAD)
with funds which will assist with
the operation and redevelop-
ment of the airport. Mr Spinks
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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

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Mr Christie has it all wrong

IN ACCEPTING Kennedy MP Kenyatta
Gibson’s official resignation from the PLP —
made in the House yesterday at its first meeting
alter the Christmas recess — Opposition Leader
Perry Christie said he intends to deal with Mr
Gibson’s defection in the best interest of his
party,

He plans to treat it as an internal matter
and will say no more publicly until he has dealt
with it within his party. In the meantime, how-
ever, Mr Christie is determined to call for Mr
Gibson’s resignation as an MP, and demand a
bye-clection.

We really don’t understand what Mr Christie
means when he says he intends to deal with the
Keunedy MP’s resignation as an internal matter.
In fact the cause of the upset has already flown
the coop. He has removed himself and the
“internal matter” from Mr Christie’s jurisdic-
tion, and has left no carcass over which to hold
a post mortem.

It seems that the best interest of the party
would be for Mr Christie to wish Mr Gibson
well, and get back to the business of mending
the many broken fences within the PLP.
Perched on these fences we see several vultures
ready to pounce.

Mr Christie will be hard pressed to make
his demand for Mr Gibson’s resignation stick.
Why, he can’t even look to the Westminster
system to provide him with a precedent. That
ancient system has a history of political floor
walkers. For example, the late Sir Winston
C rc eas most.incorrigible and. delightful of
theth a was-electedsto the House of.Com-
mons as a Tory in 1900. Four years later, he
crossed the floor and nestled in the bosom of the
Liberal Party, where he remained for another 20
years. During this time he had some very
uncomplimentary things to say about the Tories
and its leaders.

“Tam what I have always been — a Tory
Democrat,” he once said. “Force of circum-
stances has compelled me to serve with anoth-
er party.”

In 1924 he crossed the floor again, returning
to the Tories and uttering one of his many
famous lines: “Anyone can rat, but it takes a cer-
lain ingenuity to re-rat.”

Mr Christie told the House that the Kennedy
seat belongs to the PLP. “The people of
Kennedy did not intend for that seat to be rep-
resented by an Independent. They meant for
that seat to be represented by the PLP.”

No political party owns any constituency in
this country. The constituency is owned by the
people. This is now a matter between Mr Gib-
son and his constituents. Mr Christie and his
party, if they believe in democracy, are pre-

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“The faintest knock of faith

will open heaven’s door”

sumptuous to think otherwise.

Mr Christie either has a bad memory or lacks
an analytical mind. He fails to see the relation-
ship of similar incidents.

In 1984, when then prime minister Sir Lyn-
den Pindling got wind of his and Mr Ingraham’s
plan to resign from cabinet over the handling of
the commission of inquiry report into drug
smuggling, he beat them to the draw and fired
them. They were then denied a party nomina-
tion to contest the 1987 election. The two men
decided to offer as Independents, and with the
FNM agreeing not to oppose them, they won
handily as Independents — the first indepen-
dents to do so under party government in the
Bahamas.

If we follow Mr Christie’s present argument
against Mr Gibson, when the Christie con-
stituents in 1987 elected him as an independent
he had no right to change his political affiliation
without a bye-election. But there was no bye-
election.

In 1990 when Sir Lynden offered Mr Christie
a seat in his cabinet, Mr Christie was only too
happy to return to his PLP roots.

He was quickly sworn back into the PLP cab-
inet, a true blue PLP after a short six-year
absence. Still no call for a bye-election.

At the time a critic — obviously one of those
who had elected him as an Independent and
felt betrayed — accused Mr Christie of being
like a “dog returning to his vomit.” Mr Christie,
overcome by emotion at being back in the seat
of power, sent a message at a PLP rally to his
critic: “Take this word back from me. For the
love, for the emotional support that these peo-
ple gave me, I will swim in the vomit.”

It took ingenuity for Sir Winston to “re-rat.”
But Mr Christie was prepared to use good old
Bahamian breast strokes to swim back “in the
vomit.”

A vile thought, but no matter how vile, can’t
he see the incongruity now of demanding a bye-
election in the case of Mr Gibson’s defection?

Mr Christie at the time of his election did not
believe that his seat belonged to either an inde-
pendent or the FNM. He felt no disloyalty in
leaving his constituents who chose him as an
independent to return as a PLP.

Why should he now take Mr Gibson on a
guilt trip? Can’t he see that the two cases are so
similar that they are almost on “all fours.” Can’t
he see that his present demands, not only lack
precedent, but also lack logic?

As we have said earlier, we think Mr Christie
would be better advised to watch his own back

as he prepares to go into convention in a few -

weeks time. Mr Gibson can take care of himself.





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TO suggest, as I’ve heard Per- ~

ry Christie do, as I’ve heard a
ZNS reporter do on the news
last evening, that “wutless” and
worthless are one and the same
word, is as ridiculous as to sug-
gest that biggety and bigoted
are synonyms. As well, it is to
show no respect for what is a
separate, a different language,
germination.

Wutless and biggety exist in a
context apart from what seems
to be words with equivalent
meanings in our English vocab-
ulary. This is far from accurate
and far from scholarship.

We rely upon academia and
what has been established and
recorded, and we get it wrong,
as has been done here.

A man takes a wrong turn to
get to town and in turn estab-
lishes a new city. Such as this
has happened with these two
and many other words in ours
and other Creole vocabularies.

It seems intelligent to convert
wutless to worthless. Worthless
though was not what my father
meant when he used this word.
He, like many other unlettered
people, in the absence of book
learning, in the absence of edu-
cation, which for a time in our
history, was not allowed, instead
of abiding in ignorance, estab-
lished a new body of knowl-
edge.

We, who have since had the
privilege of education, either
look down upon or dismiss what
must amount to a long time of
collective creativity.

Even in the dark, things grow.
It was not dark necessarily,
though, it was another light,
another view. Was what is stud-
ied in school, what is read in
books not human invention?
Was it not once in embryo/an
embryo? So too is what was
going on orally among our
ancestors, extricated from the
soils of — and from their fami-
lies in Africa.

Language you see is an
instrument or a tool of survival
and a human phenomenon. To
suggest that our uneducated
ancestors were out in the
wilderness doing nothing, is a
grave insult, and a worse insult
when we ourselves, are insulting
our own people and our own
past.

To be shut out of. the big
house and out of academy, does
not result in who is shut out
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Those human beings, in
response, and inspired by the
need to survive, are going to
invent other human things. Lan-
guage is one.of them. It is from
such a place and from such a
time in our arduous journey to
now, that wutless and biggety
have come.

Silly me, in the past, have
tried to make such.words go
back into the English language.
Educated now, everything had
to be neat and neatly fitted into
English syntax and sentences.
These words though have come
from a different experience —
along a different track as it
were, and they cannot fit even if
forced.

We image that such words
are entirely horny, as an older
cousin imagined a billy goat’s
horns were. He had a saw in his
hand. What resulted was one of
the most painful experiences of
my entire life. He commenced
cutting, only to discover that
the horn he was cutting through,
where he was cutting, was also
filled with veins and with blood.
When the blood came, I
screamed and he stopped
abruptly.

Similarly, wutless and biggety
and many other such words in
Bahamian Creole vocabulary,
have veins and blood in them.
They are, in other words, liv-
ing. They are full of our past,
our history.

To suggest that wutless is
worthless is lazy, but is in addi-
tion, something-far worse than
lazy. This easy flipping over as it
were, might be akin to the vio-
lence my cousin visited upon
our billy goat, with its long
horns. It might be somehow
central to why, today, there is
violence, and so much of it, in
our country, in its capital espe-
cially. | am going to stop short
of telling you what wutless and
what biggety mean. I'll say
though that our very own lan-
guage needs its very own dic-
tionaries. Shilling and another
scholar have produced one
which I missed the opportunity
to buy.

Patty Glinton-Meicholas, who
confesses that she loves words
so much that she reads the dic-
tionary, is too well aware that
our words are missing from
Oxford and Webster.

I tell you, there is a great gap
between wutless and worthless,
between biggety and bigoted.
Perry Christy and that ZNS
reporter, last evening, suggested
that these differences I mention
here, are as near as the two
sides of a fish or a pancake. You
merely have to turn them over.
They suggest that biggety and
bigoted are the same pancake,
the same fish. Appreciating how
great this gap is, Glinton-Mei-
cholas, for herself and us and
for the world, has written
Talkin’ Bahamian. Though
laced with humour, this book is
very serious business. This book
is an attempt to bridge that gap
between wutless and worthless.

She provides definitions for
our indigenous vocabulary and
expressions. She provides us
with what can become stan-

dardise spelling for our words
and expressions.

Let me pause here and search
it for wutless. Alas, it is not to
be found and I haven’t Shilling’s
Bahamian dictionary handy to
refer to.

Our brilliant scholar, theolo-*
gian and pastor, Archdeacon
Thompson, may. he rest in
peace, reprimanded me with
this very word. He’d use it in
the pulpit too to drive his mes-
sage home.

This was his label for men
sowing oats wherever, siring
children out of wedlock. “Yur
wutless!” he’d say. The import
and meaning of this was far
from the same as ‘You are

worthless! a

Wutless does not mean
worthless. Dutty does not mean
dirty. Dut does not mean dirt.
These areas in the gaps between
these words is where Patti Glin-
ton, Marion Bethel, Nicolette
Bethel, Patrick Rahming,
Robert Johnson, Christan
Campbell, Lynn Sweeting, Ian
Strachan, myself, Michael Pin-
tard and other writers of our
Bahamas and the Caribbean,
like Braithwaite, Goodison,
Walcott and Morris, live and
work.

This mistake on the part of
Perry Christy, and this ZNS
reporter, is such a very strong
case for the need and a place
for the Bahamian writer.

Our society seems to imag-
ine that it can take us or leave
us — seems to imagine that our
work is superfluous. I tell you,
and.believe me when I say, we
are here to avert bloodshed. We
are the engineers, here to build
the bridges between dirt and
dut, between biggety and big-
oted, between wutless and
worthless — between two cul-
tures clashing, between two
worlds at war.

Where the angst in our soci-
ety springs from, too many with
the reins of state in their fists, it
seems, are unaware. I taught
English in Ministry of Educa-
tion high school, from 1978 to
1989 but not until several years
after, did I realise my folly.
Wuiless is instead worthless and
biggety is instead bigoted is how
and is what I taught.

It was my place, I thought, to
teach my students to get it night.
I realised later, with a shudder,
that it was I who was all along,
getting it wrong. I always won-
dered why, constantly, I
encountered resistance.

Is this why the average is D
— because we are attempting
to force students to swallow a
lie? ‘

Is this why, the male student,
more inclined to revolt, is large-
ly missing from our institutions
of higher learning or missing
even before high school is over?

The gap between wutless and
worthless, has to be addressed,
examined, in our attempts to
arrest anti-social behaviour, dai-
ly growing more and more
extreme. The politician might .
not have all the answers after
all. The time might just be right, |
might just be ripe, might just be
opportune, to look to our writ-
ers, to our artists to upright a
situation, a nation upside-down.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008, PAGE 5





© In brief

Father Burton: we |
need officers who
will go the last
mile of the way

FATHER Chester Bur-
ton, declaring that drugs
are destroying the people,
told Cat Islanders that
police were their protec-
tors and must have back-
bone and morals.

“We need officers who
will go the last mile of the
way,” he said during his
sermon at the force’s
annual church service at St
Andrew’s Anglican
Church in Arthur’s Town.

The island’s police,
headed by Inspector Philip
Rolle, performed street
drill for the cheering
crowd before the service
began.

Then Inspector Rolle
told islanders that he is
instituting a number of
educational programmes,
including a cadet pro-
gramme, in his fight
against crime.

Officer Cyril Walkes
received an award for
being the most outstand-
ing officer of 2007.

Father Burton was
assisted by retired priest
Father Edward ‘Rex’ Sey-
mour. Music was provided
by police reservists and
Arthur’s Town School
Band.

m@ By ALISON LOWE |
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A GROUP of environ-
mentally conscious. Bahami-
ans saved a large loggerhead
turtle from meeting a violent
end when they raised $800 to
buy the animal from a Nas-
sau fisherman over the week-
end.

Unfortunately, officials at
Atlantis who attempted to
rehabilitate the turtle, con-
firmed that despite their best
efforts, she died the next day.

One of those who helped
raise the money is calling on
the government to put the
creatures — that do not reach
sexual maturity until the age
35 — to be put on a protected
list.

Keith Bishop sent The Tri-
bune numerous photos of the
female turtle, which he said
he was “horrified” to discov-
er laid upside down, suffer-
ing in the sun on the Mon-
tagu Ramp on Sunday.

Dehydrated

He condemned the treat-
ment of the turtle, claiming
that when she was rescued
she was severely dehydrated.

“T was further dismayed to
see that this mature female
was being offered for sale and
was about to be slaughtered!”
said Mr Bishop.

With the assistance of some
concerned friends, Mr Bishop
raised the $800 sale price for
the turtle.

The animal was to be reha-
bilitated after staff at
Atlantis’ marine rescue cen-

tre agreed to transport and
care for her until she can be
reléased into the wild, he said.

However, yesterday after-
noon Michelle Liu, vice pres-
ident of Marine Aquarium
Operations issued a state-
ment saying that the turtle
was “in very poor condition”
when received and died the
following day.

According to Mr Bishop,

Man gets

two years for
stealing copper
Wire from
service tower

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FREEPORT - A
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tenced to serve two
years in prison on
Thursday after pleading
guilty in Magistrate’s
Court to stealing a

hits out at PM

THE Progressive Young Liberals are accusing Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham of attempting to take credit for the accomplish-
ments of the PLP.

The youth arm of the opposition PLP said in a statement yes-
quantity copper terday that in his national address last week, Mr Ingraham outlined
wire from a service tow- ©: anumber of initiatives and accomplishments for w hich he claims the
er. i FNM government is responsible during their first eight months in

Jonathan Russell, a office.
32-year-old resident of ' “This outline included, among other things, accomplishments such
Fawcett Lane, appeared as the upgrade to the airport, the implementation of machine-
in court one before readable passports and the on-time opening of schools for the
Magistrate Debbie Fer- new year,” the statement said.
guson. “It is a known fact that many of the aforementioned accom-

He pled guilty to plishments and programmes were actually the workings of the
stealing copper wire Progressive Liberal Party under the Christie administration.”
the property of ZNS 3 The statement said that a glance at the party’s Action Agenda,
Radio: trom 4he service which is available at www.myplp.com, will confirm this fact.

3 ; It said the new machine-readable passport programne was an
tower on East Settler's accomplishment researched and developed by the former Minister
Way on January 13. of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, and that Deputy Prime Minister

Magistrate Ferguson Brent Symonette’s contribution was simple — “to appear in a pho-
sentenced Russell to tograph”.
two years at Her “It was the Christie Administration’s then parliamentary secre-
Majesty’s Prison, Fox tary Ron Pinder who oversaw the acquisition of the new garbage
Hill. collection trucks to enhance an already burdened but functioning

She also fined him garbage collection programme. With (new minister of health) Dr
$5,000. Failure to pay Minnis in office, the collection of garbage has been inconsistent and
will result in a year in some cases, absolutely deplorable despite having additional
being added to his sen- equipment to do the job. How is it that under the PLP, more was
tence.

?” the group asked.
The magistrate also

done with less?
It added that Minister of Education Carl Bethel “went to great
ordered that the
copper wire be returned

lengths” to conceal the many problems that linger in public schools,
which the group said should have been made public and fixed pri-
to ZNS 3 Radio
Station.



or to the opening of the school year.

“At a number of schools throughout the country, teachers were
forced to walk off the job, prompting a reaction from the Bahamas
Union of Teachers. Again, the FNM was saying one thing while the
facts showed another story.”

The statement noted that work remains incomplete on schools
such as the C W Sawyer Primary School, the All Age School in
Acklins and the Bartlett Hill Primary School in Grand Bahama.



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ins in the South
Bahamia.area.

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both 14, are presently in
police custody and
assisting officers with
the investigation into
the incidents, which all
occurred on January 16.

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was witnessed by “a number
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environment.”

He speculated that the rea-
son why the turtle had been
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he was grateful to his friends
and Atlantis for ensuring the
turtle was saved, and he
hopes that “she will survive
and make it back to the beach
to breed.”
According to Ardastra
Gardens and Zoo, the log-
gerhead turtle — which, at
maturity, can reach 92cm in
length and weigh up to 250
Ibs — is listed as a “threatened
species” in this country.

Population

The Office of Protected
Resources, which falls under
the US government’s Nation- .
al Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, states that
the loggerhead’s population
is in decline in the numerous
countries, including the
Bahamas.

The website says that
“direct harvest” of logger-
heads in this country, in addi-
tion to other countries such
as Cuba and Mexico,
constitutes a “a serious and
continuing threat to
loggerhead (population)
recovery.”

Meanwhile, it claims that
the primary threat to the
species — which has a range
in the Atlantic extending
from Newfoundland to
Argentina — remains “inci-
dental capture in fishing gear,
primarily in longlines and gill-
nets, but also in trawls, traps
and pots, and dredges.”

Due to the “highly migra-
tory nature” of the creature,
conservation efforts in some
areas can be “jeopardised by
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Democracy is impossible without a free press, but secrecy pervades the Bahamas

The case for a Freedom of Information Act

The basis of our government's
being the opinion of the people,
the very first object should be to
keep that right, and were it left for
me to decide whether we should
dhave a government without news-
Papers or newspapers without a
government, I should not hesitate
a moment to prefer the latter.

hese ‘are the words
of Thomas Jeffer-
son, the third US
president, who was
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nity. -
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taining the highest standards of
transparency and accountability,
and eliminating much of the
secrecy currently shrouding our
government ministries/depart-
ments.

Sensitive

In 2007, the introduction of a
FOI Bill was promised by the
FNM government in the Speech
from the Throne following their
electoral victory. The government
promised to strengthen and deep-
en our democracy by making
information available to the
media, disclosing all agreements

with foreign investors, regularly -

reporting to the public on the
state of the country and uphold-
ing a code of ethics for ministers

and MPs.

Freecom of Information
Acts give citizens the
legal right to information held by
the government, and creates a
mechanism by which this infor-
mation can be received. However,
sometimes. there are exceptions
to the publishing of certain “sen-
sitive” national security informa-
tion.

The US created a FOA in
1966 that applies to all federal
agencies. Agencies are required
to comply with public solicita-
tions for information, and are
subject to penalties for doing oth-
erwise.

The UK followed in 2000 with
an Act that gives citizens the right
to ask for, and be given, intor-
mation held by a public authority.

A FOI Acct is long overdue, as
politicians and other public offi-
cials have incessantly sought to
create a totalitarian society by
manipulating the press, setting up
sleuths to attack the media and/or
trying to suppress information via
propaganda tools such as ZNS.
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legislation must also be passed to
ensure ZNS’s independence from
political influence and that
reporters adhere to the motto of
“swearing to the dogmas of no
master” (The Tribune’s motto).
Sadly, because of political flat-
tery and exploitation, several
ZNS reporters/managers (both
past and present) have lost all
credibility that, as reporters
know, can only be gained in cen-
timeters, but easily lost in kilo-
meters.

After leaving ZNS for private
radio, embattled former talk
show host Darold Miller publicly
expressed his excitement about
being “free.” '

“Yes, | have to admit,” said Mr
Miller, “ZNS tied my hands a lit-
tle bit after the PLP came to pow-
er, but I’m free now.”

In 2006, both PLP Chairman
Raynard Rigby and Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell had public spats
with the media when they made
comments that were interpreted
as an attempt to muzzle a free
press.

Last year, Philip Davis (PLP
MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and
San Salvador) threatened the
freedom of the Bahamian media
when he suggested in the House
of Assembly that punitive action
should be taken against “biased”
media outlets by withholding gov-
ernment advertising.

Even though it is not the place
of the executive to determine
who is. or is not fair and balanced
in the free press, Mr Davis went
on to say that a “commission”
could possibly be set up to deter-
mine the fairness of the media
outlet before government adver-
tising is done. Mr Davis also
accused “the paper” (presumably
The Tribune) of fabricating a
housing scandat.

In late 2006, former Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom told the
Nassau Guardian that The Tri-
bune would not be allowed to vis-
it his office to pick up copies of
the names of the individuals who
had been awarded a contract to
build a government house under
the Progressive Liberal Party’s
administration. Mr Wisdom’s
remarks came in response to a
letter, sent by The Tribune to the
Ministry, which had inquired
about the development of subdi-
visions, specifically the names of
contractors and the number

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iuok office.

‘Misquoted’

Mr Wisdom also contended
that he could not allow any
reporter to see the files held in
his office, claiming that they
might contain conclusions made
by the Cabinet. However,
although the newspaper had only
asked for information about the

_ expenditure of public funds, every

conceivable ruse was employed

by Mr Wisdom and his ministry ©

to block the disclosure of this
information.

Se time ago, Melanie
Roach (Director of Public
Works) snootily declared in a let-
ter to the Freeport News that she
was “instituting a personal policy
for the print media,” where all
reporters would be required to
submit their questions with their
newspaper letterhead and fax or
hand-deliver it to her office. She
claimed that she had arrived at
this conclusion because she was
misquoted in The Tribune. Ms
Roach’s behaviour is a prime
example of why a FOI Act is nec-
essary, as she pettily decided to
write her letter because The Tri-
bune wrote a story saying, that
she had “declined to comment on
the issue yesterday, claiming that
The Tribune has misquoted her in
the past.”

Was Ms Roach advocating
that information be funneled
between herself and reporters?
Who does Ms Roach think she is
and from which cloud does she
look down on the journalistic fra-
ternity? How can Ms Roach, who
serves the people, be “instituting
a personal policy” on their time?

Undoubtedly, an FOI Act
would advance democracy, force
government officials to speak
candidly and further the creation
of an informed citizenry. ‘This Act
would make the of release public
documents, such as the housing
contracts, obligatory under law.
All ministers and government
officials (our servants) will have
to speak to inquiring and more
empowered journalists.

The first draft of the landmark
FOI Act has been received by
Attorney General Claire Hep-
burn.

Last year, Mrs Hepburn, while
speaking at the Chamber of Com-

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announced that she had received
and was perusing the initial draft
of the Act, which was to be sub-
sequently evaluated by the Cabi-
net and circulated for public con-
sultation before being presented
to the House of Assembly.

Although the AG noted that
she had expected the potential
legislation to be presented to the
House before the end of last year
that did not occur. The govern-
ment must hastily get on with
passing this important legislation!

The government must also
move to repeal the Official
Secrets Act (OSA), passed under
colonial rule in 1911, which
makes it an offence for civil ser-
vants to divulge information
gleaned during their employment,
even after they may have retired
or resigned. Unless repealed, an
OSA co-existing alongside a FOI
Act would be paradoxical as cer-
tain officials will still be tasked
with seeking the go-ahead from
their superiors to speak a diluted
truth

A well-informed media can

avoid calamity through informa-
tion. We must never apologize
for attempting to report on infor-
mation that the public deserves to
know. The media is the watch-
dog that helps citizens to find
ways of approaching and/or ques-
tioning the government. Freedom
of information must be seen as
an essential aspect in moving our
country forward.

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Vegas opportunity —

for students

TWELFTH GRADE stu-
dents wishing to test their public
speaking skills and win the
chance to fly to Las Vegas to take
part in a contest where they could
win an educational scholarship
of $10,000 — listen up.

The Improved Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks of the
World — a predominantly black
fraternal organisation whose pri-
mary objective is “to assist with
the education of our youth” — is
getting ready to hold then s3rd
annual local oratorical contest
this April.

Teachers are being called on to
encourage “all interested, cligt-
ble, young men and women trom
your school to apply.”

“This is a great opportunity
for a young person to meet other
people and to share then Know!
edge and ideas.” said the organi-
sation.

According to the release issued
by the Education Department of
the Bahamas State Association
of Elks, any student tnterested
in entering the competition must
submit an application by March
15th and prepare an original
speech of no more than 10 min
utes in length, which they must
memorise.

The speech content “may cov-
er, but (should not be) limited
to, historical or contemporary
issues concerning the Bahamas
or Black America” and the com:
petitor must show evidence of
having researched thei subject
matter.

The winner of the Bahamas
local contest — which takes place
on Sunday April 6 al the British
Colonial Hilton ~ will receive a
$2,500 educational scholarship
for their efforts, and the oppor-
tunity to fly to Las Vegas to take
part in the international leg of
the lodge-sponsored competition.

If victorious at the Las Vegas
leg of the competition, the
Bahamian student will win a fur
ther $7,500 in scholarship funds
bringing their total educational
scholarship to $10,000

According to [BPO rules, the
winner of the Bahamian compe
tition must go on to take part in
the international event. which
runs from August 2 to 9, 2008.

The proceeds of the local leg
will be put towards funding the
trip to Las Vegas for the local
winner, according to lodge.

Applications can be obtained
by calling 322-8261 or emailing
bahamaselks@hotmuail.com.


















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

FREEPORT Bishop
Simeon Hall has called for
tougher penalties against drug
dealers and gun smugglers,

He stressed that the prolif.
eration of illegal drugs and
guns is fuelling the “national
crime dilemma’ in the
Bahamas.

Bishop Hall serves as chair-
man of the National Advisory
Council on Crime.

“If someone brings in 10,000
guns I call it treason; if some-
one does anything that should
cause destabiliation in the
country it should be consid:
ered as an act of treason” he
said.

Bishop Hall met with pas-
tors, community leaders and
police officers in Grand
Bahama on Tuesday to dis-
cuss the council's mission and
to get suggestions and recom-
mendations on the fight
against crime.

The availability of gums in
Bahamian society was one of
the major concerns raised at
the meeting, held at the Pre-
cious Acres building om the
Queen’s Highway.

A local pastor said it
appears that members of pub-
lic have easy access to guns
and know where to go to get
them.

He added that it seems the
police are unable to find and
shut down these operations.

“We have to show the erim
nally minded in our society
that we are serious about

crime. and perpetrators must.

know that if caught they will
face serious penalties — we
have to send a message,” said
the pastor.

Rev Sobig Kemp said that
the breakdown of the family
unit is the main cause of crime
in the country.

He believes that parents





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“If someone brings in 10,000
guns I call it treason; if someone
does anything that should cause
destabiliation in the country it
should be considered as an act

of treason.”



should be held accountable
for any criminal acts commit:
ted by their children.

He has also recommended
the implementation of a victim
compensation law, unde)
which crimiaals would be
responsible tor paying dam-
ages to victims or the family of
victims.

Bishop Hall said that the
Bahamas is presently reaping
“the harvest of neglect,
avarice, greed and corrup-
tion.”

“T remind each of you that
this national nightmare of
crime and mayhem which we
now face did not happen
overnight and it will not be
solved overnight,” he said.

Bishop Hall noted that sta-
tistics Show that most crime
committed mn the country 1s
related to drugs and guns.

He said parents must be
aware of what their children
are doing or involved in.

“T want to make an appeal
to every mother and father, if
you son or daughter is deineg
drugs: has a gui i vous ton

and you ate awa i theial
criminal acli fikd at pas-
tor or anvone \ can titist

and seek to rescue your chil-
dren before they go to jail or
are gunned down in the
street.” he said

“Lois not ime for pomung
fingers. Every Bahamian must
take some degree of blame for
what is How occurring in the
country Fyeryone is called to

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NEVILLE
CHAMBERLAIN
NEELY, 51

affectionately called
"Snail"

formerly of the Bluff
‘Eleuthera , and a resident
of Wulff Road will be held
on Saturday 2:00 p.m. at
All Saints Anglican Church

| Joan's Heights South Beach. Rev. Father Sebastian
| Campbell D.D. assisted by Rev. Father Carlton Turner

will officiate. Interment will follow in the Old Trail
Cemetery Abundant Life Road.

| Cherished memory are held by, his loving wife,

Sandra Neely; 3 daughters, Felicia and Angela Neely

| and Indera; 2 sons, Ronald and Derrick; 3 sisters,

Nurse Annis Neely, Daisy Cartwright and Lillian
Johnson; 4 brothers, Limon, Whyon, Renald and
John Neely; 4 aunts, Rowena Hudson, Frances and
Meryl Johnson and Frances Wilson; 1 uncle, Limon
Neely; nieces and nephews including, Rochelle,
Kino, Jermaine, Latoya, and Scott Neely, Bishops

Victor and Moses Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Tamara

Hamilton and Carla Nottage; 1 daughter-in-
law,Clementina Hamilton; 1 son-in-law, Allen
Serapats; 8 sisters-in-law, Kayla, Christine, Renae,
Gwendolyn Neely, Rev. Angela Rolle, Regina Kelly,

' Donna Hamilton and Rachael Cleare; 2 brothers-

in-law, Olander Cartwright and Nekita Hamilton;
other relatives and friends include, Rosetta Hudson,
Majorie Pedican, Lucille Munnings, Alfred and
Christopher Neely, Lynden Johnson, Staff of Global
United and the entire communities of the Bluff
Eleuthera and Wulff Road.

Relatives and friends may view the remains at THE
CHAPEL OF MEMORIES COMMONWEALTH
FUNERAL HOME INDEPENDENCE DRIVE
on Friday from 11:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday from
10:30 to 12:30 p.m. and at the Church from 1:00
p.m. to service time.











Queen’s Staircase

FROM page one

in the mornings before tourists
arrive, which cannot clean the
entire site.

“Tourists are always coming
down you know, snapping their
pictures, and I hear them talk-
ing about how dirty the place is,”
said Mrs Rolle, who said she has
already made reports to the
department of environmental
health, but each time she calls,
she is told that they will look into
it.

Cleaning staff was formally
stationed at the Queen’s Stair-
case, said Mrs Rolle, but for
about a year this has not been
the case and a private company
only comes weekly.

“They need to station some-
body through here for the clean-
liness of the area,” emphasized
Mrs Rolle.

There is also a bathroom at
the location, explained Mrs
Rolle, which is not always
staffed. Visitors, consequently,
are often unable to use the facil-
ity.

When The Tribune contacted
the Acting Director of Environ-
mental Health Winston Sweeting
about the issue, he said that his
department has an employee
regularly stationed at the
Queen’s Staircase.

The individual is responsible
for maintaining the bathroom
facilities, along with sweeping up
the lower area of the staircase,
said Mr Sweeting. The sweep-
ing, he continued, is supposed to
occur daily.

The workers that service the
area weekly are sent by the

FROM page one

Brother Reinhart, helping to cre-
ate people with character is one
of its main objectives.

“For us it has always been
about formation of character
and critical thinking abilities.
And with our students living
together in a tightly knit com-
munity, they can return to their
own communities — their own
countries — and make a differ-
ence and build community
where they are living,” said
Brother Reinhart.

Useph and Saadi Baker were
the first Bahamians to attend
the Minnesota-based university
in the 1920’s, followed by the
late Tribune publisher, Sir Eti-

Mrs Merle Rolle

Antiquities and Monuments
department, explained Mr
Sweeting. This department along
with environmental health have
dual responsibility for keeping
the area clean.

Since The Tribune brought the

matter to the attention of his
department, Mr Sweeting said
that he has instructed the super-
visor responsible to further inves- |
tigate the complaint.

Political Activist Omar Archer
has also called on government
to invest more into the forgot-
ten historic site, to make it more
appealing to the thousands who
visit.

Successive governments, he
said, have ignored the “forgot-
ten” part of our tourism prod-
uct.

“Someone needs to maintain
the area,” added Mr Archer,
who suggested that government
allow artists to make carvings
into the stone walls, which would
bring additional value to the
product.



FROM page one

ing on the Discoverer Three
for over two years, Mr Poly-
dor said his previous convic-
tion will now cost him his cur-
rent job, and deny him being
able to feed his young family.

“T’ve been working there for
the past two years now, and
they want to just take that
away. How am I to survive? J
have three children to feed.

Student stabbed

FROM page one

from the previous day.

_ Absalom’s sister said she is very disappointed with how the|
school handled the situation, and criticised the DW Davis admin->

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I’ve paid my debt to society,
so how much longer am I to
be punished?” Mr Polydor
asked.

“JT just want a fair chance,
because it’s easy to pick up a
gun or sell drugs. I really want
to do things right,” he added.

Calls to the Port Depart-
ment for a list of the new pro-
tocols, and comment on the
matter, were not returned up
to press time last night.

istration for not sending a teacher with the ambulance carrying her

: . brother to hospital.

“They only sent a minor with

the ambulance, not a teacher, not
~ a guidance counsellor. What if my brother had died on the way to /Â¥

the hospital, they wouldn’t have even known. I think this shows how
little they really care about their students,” she said.

However, Principal Stubbs said that when Absalom’s famil
was contacted about the attack, the boy’s mother told the school if
send her son in the ambulance and she would meet him at thé

hospital. He also said that because the attack did not happen on
school premises, it was technically not the responsibility of a
teacher or a guidance counsellor to accompany the ambulance. g

Mr Stubbs said that Abraham is not known for fighting at DW



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Davis, but added that the boy’s mother last year requested the”
school’s assistance in sending Absalom to the Youth Empowerment

and Skills Training Institute (YEAST) in Andros.

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Mr Stubbs, however, said it would not have been fair to recom
mend Absalom for YEAST, as he did not show the same rebellious.
behaviour at school which he reportedly displayed at home.

The DW Davis campus, Mr Stubbs said, is generally considered;
to be one of the safest among government schools.

Catholic university president
in the Bahamas for celebration
of 150 year association

was awarded an honorary LL.D.
Eugene Dupuch, QC, a
renowned attorney, legislator
and brother of Sir Etienne, also
attended St John’s. Eugene
received a teaching and English
degree at the school, and also
proudly wrote the St John’s
football song. The Bahamas’ law
school is named after him.
Among other prominent
Bahamians who attended the
university were former cabinet
minister Pierre Dupuch; Lou

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formerly of Orange Creek, Cat Island, will be held on Saturday,
January 19th, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Andrew's Presbyterian
Kirk, Princess Street. Officiating will be Rev. David Searle.
Cremation follows.







She is survived by three daughters, Teresa, Kaylene and Tawanda
Armbrister; two sons, Tyrone and Meko Wallace; mother, Merlene
Burrows-Stubbs; father, Leroy Glass; five brothers, Jeffrey, Wilbert,
Cpl 2376 Stubbs, Herschel and Cardinal Stubbs: five sisters,
Carolyn, Mary, Kennymae, Delcena and Kizzy Stubbs; two
grandchildren, Teliah and Karan Glass; sixteen nephews, Allan,
Jeremy, Keto, Donavon and Devon Stubbs, Jarleel Coleby,
Jenonne, Kirkwood Jr., Rodney, Leroy, Shaquille and Desronne
Newbold, William, Samuel Jr., Marvin Jr., and Marion; eight nieces,
Nurse Jennifer, Ashkell, Edwarda, Jefferia, Regire, Tamika, Cyleste
-and Tanay; one son-in-law, Patrick Armbrister; two sisters-in-law,
Sharon and Tanya Stubbs; two grandaunts, Loretta Butler and
Diana Lightbourne; one aunt, Naomi Burrows; one granduncle,
| Thomas Lightbourne; grandnephew, Albrino Munroe; other rela-
tives and friends including, Nurse Michelle Caine, Annabella
| Stubbs, Nurse Monique Hutchinson, Emily Newbold, Portia, Susan
| and Oliarme Newbold, Able Seaman Elnora, Clementina Nixon,
Sheena Burrows, Shawn Burrows, Frank and Revis Rolle, Allan
Stuart and family, Olivia Bowles and Family, Evelyn Burrows and
family, Cora Ann Burrows, Beautiny King, Rev. Zephaniah
Newbold, Hawkins Hill Community and the Staff of Princess
Margaret Hospital.























Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Newbold
Brothers Chapel, Palmetto Avenue and Acklins Street, off Market
and East Streets, on Friday from

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until
service time.






Adderley, the late president of
St Augustinie’s College; Ed
Fields, senior vice president at
Kerzner International; Prince
Wallace, businessman; Rev
Monsignor Preston Moss, and

enne Dupuch, who in 1966
received an honorary D.Litt. -
degree from his alma mater. Atygt
the same ceremony US Vice
President Hubert Humphrey

NASSAU
Robinson and Soldier Roads, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
P.O. Box CB-12072
Telephone: (242) 394-8043 / (242) 394-8047
Pagers: 340-8043 / 340-4424 / 340-8034 « Fax: (242) 340-8034

FREEPORT
11-A East Coral Road, P.O. Box F-42312
Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 373-1471 Fax: (242) 373-3005
Page 340-8043

CURTIS
SMITH, 62

of Flamingo Gardens and
Formerly of George Town,
Exuma will be held on
Sunday January 20th, 2008 at
11:00am., At Good News
Seventh Day Adventist
Church, Flamingo Gardens.
Officiating will be Pastor
Hugh A. Roach, Assisted by Rev. Alfred Brown. Interment
will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

She is survived by her 7 Children: Deanka Edwards, Bridgette
Wilson, Rolando Greene, Antonio Greene, Dornica Gilette,
Shandol Moss, and Lakesha Higgins; (Adopted Sons) Peter
Scavella and Warren Cox, John Nixon; 3 Sisters, Renee Smith,
Judith Smith and Yvonne Sturrup-Wallace; 2 Brothers Gary
and Ken Smith; 18 Grandchildren, Jamal Stubbs, Philip M.
Cooper li, Charisse Greene, Trinere Lynes, Jameka Taylor,
Wayden Wilson, Dominique Bain, Rolando Wilson, Antonio
Greene Jr., Kyshanti Beckford, Cameron Greene, Kishna Curtis,
Barnique Gray, Isaiah Greene, Jacob Greene, Anthony Greene,
Michael Gillette Jr., Keshawn Minnis; 3 Great Grandchildren
Taylan Greene, Caleb Greene, Ashanti Stubbs; Stepmother,
Delores Smith; 3 Aunts, Effie Smith Sawyer, Lucille Smith-
Bain and Rosalie Smith-Dillett; | Uncle, Ambrose Smith; 3
Daughters-In-Law, Latayna Greene, Kathy Greene and Tasneem
Moss; 3 Sons-In-Law, Mark Wilson and Michael Gillette;
Numerous Cousins Including The Children of Effie Smith-
Sawyer, Lucille Smith-Bain and Rosalie Smith-Dillette; Special
Friends Berlie Major, Eleanor Stubbs, Rosie Strapp and Robert
Bain; Family In Christ, Pastor Hugh A. Roach and Good News
Seventh-Day Adventist Church; Other Family and Friends,
Fritz Spence of Pennsylvania, Harvey Taylor of Fayetteville,
Arkansas, John Nixon, Marilyn Meeres, Jennifer Mangra &
Family, Nena Fawks, Ingrid Kerr & Family, Tracey Godet &
Family, Kerzner International Corporate Office, Robinhood
Family, Bank of The Bahamas, SAC Class of 1978, K.F.C.
Family, Bahamian Chicken, Atlantis Reef, Castaway Restaurant,
Pizza Hut, University of Arkansas Athletic Department, Keshe
Roach , Cheryl Ferguson, Mr. & Mrs. Cooper & Family, Clarise
Williams, Ricardo Stubbs, Marie & Dwayne Murray, Evelyn
Rodgers & Christopher Thompson, Cleomi & Kim Collimore
and others too numerous to mention.

Viewing will be held at The lrenic Suite Restview Memorial
Mortuary And Crematorium, Robinson & Soldier Road on
Saturday January 19, 2008 from 10:00 am to 6:00 p.m and
on Sunday from 9:30am until service time at the church.



psychiatrist, Dr Timothy
McCartney.

“Our mission statement is to
renew the fabric of community
from one generation to the next.
So we are always trying to think
of what the next generation
needs and passing on tradition
and culture, allowing young peo-
ple to make their own way in
the world,” said Brother Rein-
hart.

Scholarships are set aside
especially for Bahamian stu-
dents to attend St John’s. When
the monks realized’that there
were not enough men to staff
St AuguStine’s priory, said
Brother Reinhart, property was
sold by the church to create an
endowment for education.

This has created direct finan-
cial support for St Augustine’s
College, and also funding for
Bahamians who want to attend
St John’s or the College of St
Benedict, its female counterpart.
Additionally, St John’s director
of international student recruit-
ment comes to the Bahamas
twice a year, to recruit more
Bahamians to the university,
said Brother Reinhart.

Some 1,917 undergraduates

In Loving Memory of

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He Only Takes The Best

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would not let that be. So He put his arms around
them and whispered “Come with Me”.



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fade away. Although we loved them deeply, We
could not make them stay.

A golden heart stopping beating, hard working
hands put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove
to us, He only takes the best.

“Gone but not forgotten”

Missed by: His loving wife Linda, three
daughters Donna, Melinda and Dawn;
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FIFTH ANNUAL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Familiar songs and artists are still the people’ Ss favourites

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Familiar faces and voices have landed
finalist spots in the fifth annual People’s
Choice Awards.

The award scheme was created by the
Ministry of ‘Tourism to recognise and
encourage the “invaluable contributions”
that musical artists have made to culture
and tourism. Based on a list of most
played and most requested songs trom
radio stations around the country, the
public votes for their favourite song that
has been released in the past year.

The artist and songwriter that receive
the most votes are awarded the prize at
the Cacique Awards ceremony.

Music sensations Avvy and KB and the
Sting are once again among the three
finalists in the secular music category.
Both entertainers have won the coveted
competition in previous years. The song
“Ghost Move” won the award for 2006



US PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING TO PARENTS

Over-the-counter cough
medicines could endanger
children aged under two

@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Parents should not adminis-
ter over-the-counter cough
and cold medicines to children
under the age of two, as doing
so could lead to serious and
potentially life-threatening
side-effects.

According to a release
issued by the US governmen-
t’s Food and Drug Adminis-
tration yesterday, a broad
spectrum of side effects can
result from the consumption
of over-the-counter (OTC)
cough and cold products by
children in this age category.

“They include death, con-
vulsions, rapid heart rates, and
decreased levels of conscious-
ness,” said the statement.

This latest Public Health
Advisory takes the FDA’s
concern over such medicines
to a new level, following on
from a statement issued by the
administration in October
claiming that they should not
be given to children under six.

The agency continues to
investigate the effects of OTC
medicines in children in the
two year to 11 year age cate-
gory and intends to issue an
advisory relating to the safety
of the medicine for these chil-
dren in the near future, fol-
lowing a review of data.

Pending the outcome of this
review, the FDA recommends
that any parent that chooses to
administer OTC products to
children in that age range
should:

e follow the dosing instruc-
tions on the label

e understand that such
drugs do not cure or shorten
the duration of the common
cold

¢ only use measuring spoons
or cups that come with the
medicine or those made espe-



“Prescribing
these medi-
cines is not
worth the
associated
risks.”



Dr. Delon Brennen

cially for measuring medicines
OTC cough and cold prod-
ucts include decongestants,
expectorants, antihistamines,
and cough suppressants.
"Where parents and chil-
dren will particularly get into
trouble is that because (very
young children) don't respond

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at the Lith Annual Cacique Awards for
Avvy, whose full name is Wendell Avionce
Mortimer.

KB collected the award along with co-
writer Samuel Heastie for the song, “Civ-
il Servant,” at the 10th Annual Cacique
Award. This year, his team enters the
finals with the shame-themed, “Toters.”

Funky D makes his first appearance as
a People’s Choice finalist. The stirring
medley, “Smokey’s Tribute” captured the
emotions of voters. The veteran performer
recorded the song in memory of the late
great Bahamian singer, Smokey 007.

In the gospel category, one finalist is
also making a repeat appearance. April
Cartwright made the finalist list for the
second consecutive year.

Also in the category’s finals are the
Apostolic Mass Choir and one of the
Bahamas’ most enduring gospel reggae

as quickly, there's a tempta-
tion to give more medicine,"
said Dr Davis Persse, Hous-.
ton's public health officer.
"Then you get into the range
where you get the side effects,
and there have been some
tragic consequences for that,”
he told Houston-based
Click2Houston.com news.

Following the FDA’s Octo-
ber advisory, Dr Delon Bren-
nen, Consultant in paediatric
emergency medicine at
Princess Margaret Hospital
said that a review of available
health care literature and peer
position statements by doctors
in the Bahamas pointed to the
conclusion that there did not
appear to be any distinguish-
able health benefits from the
use of these medicines in the
Bahamian paediatric popula-
tion. “Prescribing these med-
icines is not worth the associ-
ated risks,” he said.







and junkanoo groups — Christian Massive:
Traditionally, Hinalisls perform their
songs at the Cacique Awards ceremony

and the winner is named near the end of

the evening. The 12th Annual Cacique
Awards will be held on February | at 8pm
in the Rainforest Theatre at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort.

Finalists

e The Water — Avvy
e Smokey’s Tribute ~ Funky D
® Toters ~ KB and the Sting

Gospel Category

¢ I Like Gospel — Christian Massive
e Never Stop Praising the Lord = —
Apostolic Mass Choir
e On the Rock — April Cartwright

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008, PAGE 11

SEVENTH ANNUAL MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL: Ocean Club, Paradise Island

Stars swing into action

TOP celebrities from the
worlds of sports and enter-
tainment have come together
once again for four days of
competitive golf and exclusive
events at the seventh annual
Michael Jordan Celebrity Invi-
tational at the Ocean Club
Golf Course on Paradise
Island.

The event kicked off on
Wednesday and will benefit
several causes, including the
James R Jordan Foundation,
the Butch Kerzner Memorial
Fund and Ronald McDonald
Houses of North Carolina, as
well as charities chosen by the
tournament’s top competitors.

Since the MJCI began in
2000, more than $3.7 million
has'been raised for charity and
it has become one of celebrity
golf’s most popular events.

The Paradise Island
Tourism Development Asso-
ciation (PITDA) has signed
on as this year’s presenting
sponsor. Other major spon-
sors include Jordan
Brand/Nike.

Participants in this year’s
tournament include sports
stars Brandi Chastain, Julius
Erving, Derek Jeter, Mario
Lemieux, John Smoltz, Mike
Piazza and John McEnroe as
well as entertainment person-
alities Dave Annable, Angie
Everhart, Stephen Baldwin,
Don Cheadle, Cuba Gooding,
Jr and Stone Phillips among
others.

“The Paradise Island
Tourism Development Asso-
ciation and its member prop-
erties on Paradise Island are
thrilled to be the presenting
sponsor of this prestigious
event and are honored to be
supporting such charitable
causes,” said William
Naughton, chairman, of the
association.

“All year long, I look for-
ward to hosting my friends at
the Océan Club Gelf Course,”
said Michael Jordan.

“There’s no place I'd rather
be in January than in the
Bahamas, on Paradise Island,
raising money for some very
worthy causes.”

The tournament is com-
prised of the two-day MJCI

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Four-day event will benefit charities



“There’s no
place Pd
rather be in
January than
in the
Bahamas, on
Paradise
Island, raising
money for



some very
worthy

causes.” *
Michael Jordan

Celebrity-Amateur Competi-
tion presented by ICON Inter-
national, which pairs one
celebrity with three amateur
participants drawn from event
sponsors and representatives
of Bahamian corporate and
local communities.

The last two days of the
event feature 36 holes of
celebrity-only play, with

‘celebrity teams competing

against one another in a two-
person scramble format.

“Tournament guests will be
treated to a host of festive par-
ties and activities at
One&Only Ocean Club’s sis-
ter property, Atlantis, Par-
adise Island resort, during the
four days of competition,” said
the organisers in a statement,
“with entertainment from
Nick Cannon, Ashanti, The
Pussycat Dolls, The O’Jays
and DJ AM.

Evening activities will
include the MJCI welcome
reception presented by Jor-
dan Brand and MJCI After
Dark at Aura, the new 7,000
square foot nightclub recently
unveiled at Atlantis.

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BAHAMIAN business :
owners and senior manage- :
ment personnel were yester-
day urged to “figure out :
strategies” for letting employ- :
ees and the wider public :
know they did not have access :
to, or carry, large amounts of :
cash, in order to protect :
themselves from being tar- :
geted by armed robbers and :

kidnappers.

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last weekend by a major }
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Chamber of Commerce’s : ,
president, described the :
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE $320 million Four Sea-
sons Emerald Bay Resort’s
receivers yesterday told The
Tribune they were “in the clos-
ing stages” of finding a buyer
for the troubled resort, and
would know the outcome in
about a month’s time.

Russell Downs, a UK-based
partner in the Pricewater-
houseCoopers (PwC) account-
ing firm, who with Bahamian
PwC partner Wayne Aranha
is acting as the Exuma prop-
erty’s receiver, said: “We’ve
entered, I think, the final
stages. We’re moving forward
with a number of bidders, and
hopefully will close out a sale
before too much longer.

“I do think we’re in the clos-
ing stages. We’ll know where
we are in the next four weeks,
I imagine.”

Receivers for $320m
property ‘will know where
we are in four weeks’

Any sale of the troubled
resort will be welcome news
for the island of Exuma and

its economy, as the Four Sea- -

sons Emerald Bay Resort acts
as its anchor property.

While the Four Seasons-
managed hotel component has
continued to operate, The Tri-
bune has been told that real
estate sales at Emerald Bay,
so vital to the resort complex’s
future, both in terms of prof-
itability, cash flow and financ-
ing infrastructure, have come
to a virtual standstill.

No buyers are willing to
commit given the uncertainty

over the Four Seasons Emer-

ald Bay Resort’s future and its

ownership going forward.
Information reaching The

Tribune suggested that the °

PwC receivers conducted an
auction of the resort on
November 27, 2007, but Mr
Downs denied this.

He added: “We invited peo-
ple to submit their interest, and
dealt with a number of bids as
a result.” He said he was
unable to identify any bidders,
or who might be the front-run-
ner, due to confidentiality
agreements.

Mr Downs, though,

licensees

‘no

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

GRAND BAHAMA Port
Authority (GBPA) licensees
yesterday said they were “not
giving up” in their fight to
appoint a public trustee for the
GBPA, despite losing at the
first hurdle in their court bat-
tle.

Supreme Court Justice
Neville Adderley ruled that the
Freeport Property Owners and
Licensees Association had no
ability to bring its legal action
against the GBPA, Prime Min-
ister and Attorney General,
because it had applied to be
formed as a limited liability
company without the use of the
word ‘limited’ in its title.

This, Justice Adderley found,

meant that the Association
could only be incorporated once
the minister responsible, in this
case the attorney-general, grant-
ed its licence. No such licence
had been granted to the Asso-
ciation, meaning that it was not
incorporated, and thus had no
ability to bring the case or sue.

Christopher Lowe, the ex-
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce president who is one
of the driving forces behind the
Association’s action, said that
the interlocutory issue raised by
attorneys acting for the GBPA
and the Government over
whether it had the ability to
bring the case, showed there
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' Association says it expected ‘obstacles’ to

be placed in path-of action to appoint
GBPA public trustee, as judge rules against
ability to bring case in current form

the issues it had raised to be
heard.

He indicated that the three
defendants were raising objec-
tions and points of law as a way
to ‘bog down’ the Association’s
case and have it thrown out,
thus preventing it from getting
to full trial.

Mr Lowe told The Tribune:
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thrown in our way. It’s quite
common, where anyone is pur-
suing any action against the
Attorney General’s Office, for
this sort of thing to happen.

“There are many parties
interested in keeping the status
quo in Freeport, but the truth
will out.

“We should be back in court

SEE page four

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acknowledged that the global
banking system’s
liquidity/credit crunch, which
has made it difficult for both

investors and borrowers to.

access debt financing - both at
all and at the right price - had
impacted the Four Seasons
Emerald Bay Resort’s sale.
“Inevitably, it’s narrowing
and disqualifying some of the
bidders,” he added. “But those

with liquidity are still in the’

running.”

Mr Downs said there were
a number of factors the
receivers had to consider in
selecting a buyer, “but
inevitably we’ve got to get the
best possible price in the cir-
cumstances”.

He added that “everyone i is
hoping it can be concluded as
quickly as possible, me includ-

SEE page five

Road mae en may be
sealed by ho reir

* Government in talks
with lowest bidder on
$90m New Providence
Road Improvement
contract, and hoping
work to start in 60 days
from conclusion °

*US, Argentinian,
Caribbean and Israeli
firms submit bids

* Project costs to rise
to over $130m from
original $52m, with
further $20-$30m
needed for extra works

@ By NEIL HARTNELL.
Tribune Business Editor

THE New Providence
Road Improvement Project’s
(NPRIP) total costs are likely
to reach $131 million, com-
pared to the originally bud-
geted $52 million, The Tri-
bune has been told, with the
Government hoping to con-
clude contract talks with the
lowest bidder this month and
begin work within 60 days.

Dr Earl Deveaux, minister
of works and transport, said
four companies had submit-
ted bids in the region of $90
million for the Inter-Ameri-

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the project - the Charles W
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tax reform on back burner

Infrastructure nee

@ By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter -
and NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas’ urgent infra-
structure and financial regula-
tory needs are the major fac-
tors why the Government has
placed tax reform on the back
burner, the minister of state
for finance telling The Tribune
that social spending needs
meant it was unwise to disrupt
government finances.

Zhivargo Laing confirmed
to the House of Assembly ear-
lier this week that the Gov-
ernment was not looking at
the introduction of a Value
Added Tax (VAT) or a
domestic consumption tax in

_the short-term to replace this
nation’s import/customs duties
regime, despite encourage-
ment from the International

Monetary Fund (IMF) to do
so.

Mr Laing, in tabling the
IMF’s Article IV report, said:
“(IMF] directors welcome the
Government’s plans to stream-
line import duty and tax con-
cessions; and encourage the
Government to. consider the
progressive introduction of a
value added tax or domestic
consumption tax to replace
trade taxes. The introduction
of VAT or a domestic tax is
not under active consideration
by the Government.”

Explaining why the Gov-

ernment had decided upon this _

course of action, despite the
tax reform pressures. the
Bahamas was facing from
international trade agreements
and arrangements such as the
World Trade Organisation

(WTO) and Caribbean Basin.
Initiative’s (CBI) reforms, Mr ,

Laing said the FNM. adminis-

tration had numerous. tereEr

bibastise to: sideal apiihe
“Primarily, in the existing
scheme of things, we consider
our éxisting tax structure to be
one that has served our needs
and served us well over fine,"
Mr Laing said. ;



He explained that refed

ing the Bahamian tax struc-

ture, and replacing the existing

customs duty/stamp tax reliant

system, “brings with it many, .

many considerations”, not
least educating the Bahamian

public and ‘businesses on how ;
' it would operate.

“With all that we have to
think ‘about and do in this

country today, that is one thing °

that is not being given.any

focus at this time by our-:
.. improve the collection of real

selves,” Mr Laing added...
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many things in relation to

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health splein to give thought:
to a process that would require

-such enormous. ‘adjustment in
the Government’ s finances.

’ “There are too many [criti-

cal’. things going on for us to

give serious consideration to

.

that. It’s not: something) that

preoccupies tis.
vin urging the’ “progressive

introduction”: of a VAT or

domestic consumption tax, the

- IMF backed the Government's

plans.to. simplify the current
import/stamp duty regime, and
improve efficiency in tax

administration through tech- ,

nology, tighter customs con-
trols ‘and enhanced follow-up
‘on tax arrears.

There were: also plans to

estate-based taxes and update
the tax base. _

The IMF said: “The author:
ities have no near-term plans
for major tax policy changes,
although they noted that they
may eventually need to adopt
a consumption tax or VAT to
reduce dependence on import
tariffs, depending on negotia-

agreements.

Although the proposal was
in its “preliminary stage” and
still being assessed, Mr Laing
said such an Act would still

‘allow the Government to col-

lect revenues on imports by
‘placing them‘in an excise
“regime, removing the duties
collected from the definition
-of ‘tariff? under a trade regime
such as the World Trade
Organisation’s (WTO).

“An Excise Tax Act will

take those items regarded as

‘dutiable items in a trade
-Tegime and, by putting them
in an excise tax regime, this
will remove them from a
sphere where they are treated
like standard barriers to
trade,” he said.

The minister indicated that
the introduction of an Excise
‘Tax Act would allow the
‘Bahamas to protect a substan-

“tial portion of its import duties,

tions of regional and.interna-

tional trade agreements.

“The Bahamas has the high-
est average customs tariff rate
among Fund members, and
the authorities are aware of
the potential efficiency gains

«from adopting a VAT.

“However with a high
import content of consump-
tion, the authorities see-the
advantages of a VAT over
import tariffs as relatively
small and they are not con-
vinced: that these, would out-
weigh the cost and disruptions

at this: Galeton sucha far:

Teaching, Move.” ii 3

“9Mr Laing earlier this year
said the Government was
looking to’ introduce an Excise



‘Tax, Act® to" “protect its

import revenues from being
targeted as tariff barriers

by various international trade,

which are currently the largest
revenue earner for the Gov-
ernment.

In the 2007-2008 fiscal year,
customs duties imposed on

imports are expected to gen-"

erate some $605.769 million of

the Government’s $4.356 bil-
lion total revenues, or 44.7 per
cent.

The Government is also pro-
jecting that it will earn some
$199.751 million from.stamp
duties imposed on imports in
fiscal 2007-2008, meaning that
total import-related taxes will
equal some $805.52 million —
59.4 per cent of total public
revenues.

Yet tariff barriers, such as
imports and, customs duties,
are under threat from the likes

of the World Trade Organisa-

tion (WTO), the body that sets
and administers the rules for
global trading regimes, and
‘ which the Bahamas is seeking

full membership in. .

«import and customs duties
are seen as protectionist bar-



riers to trade, and the WTO
and its member states are
seeking their abolition. The
Bahamas has already indicated
it will make concessions in this
area, giving up $10-$14 million
in taxes on imports European
Union (EU) in return for pre-
serving duty-free market
access to the EU for its
exporters.

The major pressure on the
Bahamian tax regime, though,
will come when this nation has

to negotiate a replacement for -

the Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) with the US, as this
arrangement is also under
pressure from the WTO
because it is a one-way system
of trade preferences.

To preserve duty-free access
to the US for its exporters, the
Bahamas is likely to have to
reciprocate by removing all
import and tariff barriers on
goods coming into the US.
This will present a major
headache for government rev-
enues, as 85-90 per cent of all
imports coming into the
Bahamas originate from that
country.

As a result, many observers
had argued that the Bahamas
would have to address tax
reform as a matter of urgency,
and examine the feasibility of
adopting a sales or value-
added (VAT) tax to replace
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drive a second home market

But at the moment,

BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

BAHAMIAN realtors are
courting the European mar-
ket in hopes that strong per-
formance of the Euro and
UKE against the US$ may

from that part of the world.

Speaking with Tribune
Business yesterday, Charles
Christie, of CA Christie Real
Estate, said Bahamians were
attempting to move in the
direction of increasing the
European demand for real
estate in this nation.

he has not seen a major
increase in sales from that
region.

“T think the fact that the
Euro is now so strong is cer-
tainly giving us an edge, and I
think that all of the realtors
are looking at how we can
attract more investment from

Tourism to

engage business

community

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

THE Ministry of Tourism will hold a
special Business Marketplace as part of
its National Tourism Week activities, as it
seeks to engage that portion of the com-
munity.

Janet Johnson, of the Ministry of
Tourism, told Tribune Business that this is
perhaps ‘the first initiative the Ministry is
having where there can be specific inter-
action between the parties, something
crucial considering the significant impact
that tourism has on the nation’s business
community.

“We really are inviting the business
community to come out and give us their
input as to what we can all do to improve
tourism,” she said.

The marketplace will be held on Thurs-
day, January 31, and will be moderated
by the deputy director-general at the Min-

istry of Tourism, David Johnson, and the
executive director of the Chamber of
Commerce, Philip Simon.

The panellistd will be drawn from the
Government and various other captains
of industry, she explained.

Prior to the panel discussion, there will
also be a special luncheon presentation
by Peter Yesawich of the Y Partnership.
Mr Yesawich will speak on emerging
lifestyles and travel implications for mar-
keting the Bahamas,

Another event that the ministry is asking
the business community to attend is the
Going Public town meeting, which will be
held on the Tom Grant Park at Yellow
Elder Gardens.

Again, Ms Johnson said that this ses-
sion will include various ministers who
will discuss how tourism affects the entire
Bahamas.

There will also be a career fair to intro-

‘duce students to tourism related careers.



that side of the world,” Mr
Christie said.

He added that while the US
was still struggling with the
subprime mortgage crisis, and
the implications for the US
economy, which may impact
the Bahamas, he is still opti-
mistic that this nation will be
able to ride out the storm.

“I don’t that we will be
affected by the mortgage cri-
sis,” Mr Christie said.

The realtor added that the
Bahamas had a renowned
reputation among persons
who wanted to invest, and
said that those.persons with
the funds available for a sec-
ond home were unlikely to
be affected by the sub-prime
fall-out.

Mr Christie said the
Bahamas does not have any
problems with attracing

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“The thing that we have to
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He added that the
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Further, Mr Christie said
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FROM page one

on Monday to appeal his decision, and will be refiling for incor-
poration with the limited in our name.”

Mr Lowe added: “We’re not giving up. We expect these bum
and lumps. They do not want us in court. They do nat want us to abe
heard.

_ “But we will be heard.”

Justice Adderley recalled in his ruling how Robert Adams, of
Graham, Thompson & Co, acting for the GBPA, and Loren Klein
of the Attorney General’s Office, had both filed summonses on
December 10, 2007, challenging the Association’s ability to bring the
legal action.

Both Mr Adams and Mr Klein argued that the Association was
“not a legal entity because no certificate of incorporation has been
issued” under section 16 of the Companies Act 1992, but its attor-
ney, Maurice Glinton, argued that it was incorporated on Novem-
ber 30, 2006.

That was the date its Memorandum of Association was lodged
with the Registrar-General, and Mr Glinton argued that the ques-
tion of whether a company was incorporated was a question of law,
the Certificate of Incorporation only being evidence of incorpora-
tion. The absence of such a certificate was not. fatal to its case, Mr
Glinton alleged.

Mr Adderley, though, agreed with the arguments of Mr Adams
and Mr Klein that when a non-profit company, such as the Asso-
ciation, was incorporated under Section 14 of the Act, obtaining a
licence from the minister was a pre-condition for achieving this.
Without this, they successfully argued the company was not incor-
porated.

“It would have been different had the promoters brought a rep-
resentative action in the name of individual licensees, or if, as it
appears, they wished to limit their liability to first incorporate the

plaintiff association with the word ‘limited’ in its name,” Justice

Adderley ruled.

The Association had initially filed two separate summons, the first
seeking court declarations and answers to a number of develop-
ments that had happened in Freeport and the GBPA over the
years, including whether the latter’s sale of stakes in its productive
assets had taken place in accordance with the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement’s stipulations.

The second summons was an application for a public trustee to.

be appointed to run the GBPA and its Port Group Ltd affiliate if
the current receivers were removed.

Yet it then filed a new submission focusing on the removal of the
receivership, and its replacement with a public trustee.

Legal Notice
NOTICE

LA THUMBEY LIMITED .

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of LA THUMBEY. LIMITED has .
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-:
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice
NOTICE

DIGOL SECURITIES LTD. °
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the Intemational Business Companies Act,
2000, DIGOL SECURITIES LTD. is in
dissolution as of January 15, 2008. . ‘

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated as 35A
Regent Street, PO. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the
Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

Legal Notice
NOTICE

BONETE INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of BONETE INC. 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)



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THE TRIBUNE

JOHN S. GEORGE &
Company has named Carlos
D. Sands as its chief operat-
ing officer, an executive who
brings more than 10 years of
industry experience to the
company.

Mr Sands will focus on the

strategic, tactical, short and
long-term operations of John
S. George. His responsibilities
will include the development,
design, operation and
improvement of the internal
systems that create and deliv-
er the firm’s products/services.

“Not only are we changing
our infrastructure but also our
internal structure, and we feel
that Mr Sands will be a vital
component in the growth,
development and success of
the company. By adding the
best to the John S. George

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Emerald Bay

stages’

of buyer

closing
search

team we can prepare to meet
and exceed all of our cus-
tomers needs and overcome
any challenges with insight,
experience and professional-
ism” said Andrew Wilson,
John S. George & Co’s chief
executive.

Mr Sands served at Abaco
Markets in operations and
inventory management, while
playing a major role in the
redevelopment and restruc-
turing of the logistical opera-
tions group.

He is also a member of the
American Production &
Inventory Control Society
(APICS).

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008, PAGE 58 :

ME A
John S George unveils | ga,

chief operating officer

MINISTRY OF LANDS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

FROM page one is the London branch of a __ and $4 million. THE PRICE CONTROL ACT, 1971
Japanese financial conglomer- Other investment projects CHAPTER 339
ed”. ate called Sumitomo Mitsui. It attracted to the Emerald Bay THE PRICE CONTROL (GASOLINE & DIESEL OIL)

“Obviously, it’s an impor-
tant asset, both to Exuma and
the whole Bahamas, and the
quicker the sale can happen,
the quicker the benefits from
what happens next can be
delivered,” Mr Downs said.

The Four Seasons Emerald
Bay Resort’s main creditor
appointed receivers for the
$320 million property’s holding
company, Emerald Bay Resort
Holdings (EBR), last June in a
bid to sell the Exuma devel-
opment, after it defaulted on
its repayments in April 2007.

Judy Hurlock, the
owner/broker at Exuma-based
Dillycrab Realty, told The Tri-
bune that real estate sales at

Four Seasons Emerald Bay -

Resort had bottomed out as a
result of the receivership and
uncertainty over who the like-
ly buyer is.

“Naturally, any sales at
Emerald Bay will go on hold
pending the outcome,” she
said.. {“Emerald bay needs
money.”

Among the projects that
need completing, Ms Hurlock
said, were the $8 million
reconfiguration of the resort’s
23-acre marina, to prevent
waves from knocking boats
moored there against the piers.

Extra infrastructure and util-
ity connections were also
required to be put in to unlock
the real estate potential of the
land around the Four Seasons
Emerald Bay Resort’s golf
course, she added, saying:
“The current owners just don’t
have that money.”

The PwC receivers previ-
ously thought they had a buy-
er in the shape of New York-
based Fortress Investment
Group LLC, which met with
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, but ultimately that deal
fell through and the search
recommenced.

Tribune Business revealed
as far back as 2005, and regu-
larly throughout 2006, that the
EBR investor group was
attempting to either sell the
resort or attract additional
investors and capital, with the
project failing to generate a
profit.

The receivers’ appointment
is understood to have come
after the latest attempt to sell
the Four Seasons Emerald
Bay Resort to a Minnesota-
based company fell through
within the past two weeks, the
latest in a series of potential
deals to seemingly bite the
dust.

Sources last year told The

acts through a nominee called
Flint Securities.

The resort has acted as Exu-
ma’s main economic engine,
attracting additional foreign
direct investment to the island.
It employs almost 500 staff,
and features 183 rooms and
suites, an 18-hole Greg Nor-
man Golf Course, two restau-
rants, three pools, spa, six
meeting rooms and 450-per-
son capacity ballroom. Lots
are priced between $900,000

vicinity include the resort’s
Pinnacle Entertainment-man-
aged $5 million casino, the
$110 million Grand Isle Villas
development, plus the 80/50
fractional ownership compo-
nent.

A shopping complex has
also opened at Emerald Bay,
the anchor retailer being the
Emerald Isle supermarket.
The complex also includes
businesses such as Scotiabank
and Mail Boxes Etc.

MINISTRY OF LANDS &
LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Price Control Act (1971)
(Chapter 339)
The Price Control (General) (Amendment)
Regulations, 2008

NOTICE

The publice is hereby advised that effective
Friday, January 18th 2008, The Honorable Minister of
Lands & Local Government has approved prices for
the following breadbasket commodities:

1) Butter
2) . Cheese

3) Cooking oil
4) Evaporated Milk

5) Flour

6) Margarine

7) Rice

HARRION THOMPSON
PERMANENT SECRETARY



(AMENDMENT) : REGULATIONS, 2002



~GN633.

The public is advised that prices as shown inthe Schedule for LEAD FREE: GASOLINE sold by
FREEPORT OIL COMPANY LIMITED and DIESEL OIL sold by TEXACO BAHAMAS LIMITED
will become effective on Fridsy January 18, 2008 and LEAD FREE GASOLINE sold by TEXACO
BAHAMAS LIMITED will become effective on Monday January 21, 2008.

GASOLINE SCHEDULE

MAXIMUM WHOLESALE SELLING PRICE
PER U.S. GALLON

INCLUDING EA

JINCLUDING SEA
MO AQOEE Oe.

NOT INCLUDING

NOT INCLUDING

FREIGHT.

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ESSO Standard Oil, S.A., Ltd. is looking for Talented Candidates
for the following position: |

OPERATIONS ENGINEER

ROLE:

Achieve success and flawless execution in Terminal/Fleet Operations through managing operations personnel on
a day to day basis. Responsible for pmduct receipt, storage and distribution and all operations rebted to them. «.
Ensure terminal/Reet activities are caried out safely and in accordance with Esso's standards and. ‘goverment -
regulations at an acceptable cost and at an extranndniary service level.

Tribune that EBR Holdings
-had been negotiating to sell
the 500-acre property, which
charges a $375 per night room
rate, to Petters Group World-
wide, and had halted work on
Phase Two of the resort’s build
6ut in the hope that the deal
would go through. It didn’t.

The Tribune previously
revealed that a sale to Gold-
man Sachs’ real estate private
equity arm and another pri-
vate equity fund, Rockpoint,
fell through last year.

This newspaper also learnt
that the Philadelphia-based
Adler Group, the financial
backer and supplier of seed
capital for Ginn Clubs &
Resorts’ $4.9 billion Ginn sur
mer project in Grand Bahama,
was approached to see if it was
interested in acquiring Emer-
ald Bay. The offer was under-
stood to have been declined.

Although the receivership
announcement did not identi-
fy the main creditor, The Tri-
bune has been informed that it

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NECESSARY SKILLS:

Bachelor degree in Engineering (Industrial, Electrical or Mechanical) or Related Fietts
~3- 4 Years of experience in areas of study .

~Great Interpersonal Effectiveness & Communication Skits

+ Cognitive/T echnical Business Knowledge: Anajtical Thinking, Innovation, Judgement
~Has Commitment to High Standards

~Resut Orented, Committed, with Drive & Perseverance

~ Exercises Influence: Demonstrates Self Confidence and Personal Impact
~Demonstrates Leadership

If you fulfill the position’s requirements, please send your resume by email to: recrultmentbahamas@yahoo.com





PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



Businessmen urged: Send message
that you don’t have cash access _

Legal Notice

Notice

ENI INTERNATIONAL BANK LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an Extraordinary
General Meeting of the Shareholders of the above-named Com-
pany duly convened and held on the Nineteenth day of December,
2007 the following resolutions were passed:

RESOLVED that the volugtary winding up of the Company due
to the termination of the operating activites since June 30, 2007.
RESOLVED that the appointment of MR. LYNDEN

MAYCOCK as liquidator.
Dated the 16th day of January, 2008.
ENI INTERNATIONAL BANK LIMITED

Registered Office
For the above-named Company

Legal Notice



FROM page one

business, the Superwash laun-
dromat chain, and that staff
knew he did not have access to,
or carry, large amounts of cash.

“I send that message
throughout my company, that
I don’t have access to large
amounts of cash, and don’t
carry large amounts of cash.”
_ Mr D’Aguilar said he sus-
pected that an “inside job”
had targeted 70-year-old
Franklin Nesbitt, a director at
General Brokers and Agents
Ltd on Collins Avenue, who
was accosted in his Love Beach
home, tied-up and kidnapped.

His attackers forcibly took
him to his workplace and
demanded that he open the
company safe, something both
he and they were unable to do.

A number of Bahamian busi-
nessmen and owners have pri-
vately expressed fears to Tri-
bune Business in the past that

the greatest threat to their
security, and that of their busi-
ness, is the one posed by a

‘rogue employee - rather than

totals strangers or outsiders.

That rogue current or for-
mer employee, by tipping off
and planning with friends and
relatives who have access to
muscle and firearms, is seen as
providing the greatest danger
to businessowners’ personal
security. .

Mr D’ Aguilar said: “It’s
frightening, and the worst thing
is to be targeted by someone
who doesn’t know how you
operate. You’ve got to take the
necessary steps to ensure the
message gets out, and ensure
you're not a target.”

Armed robbers, especially if
they are high on drugs or alco-
hol, if they do not know that a
business carries minimal cash,
or more likely to become frus-
trated and take this out by fir-
ing shots at anyone in the
immediate vicinity.

NOTICE

NOTICE

PRESCO INVESTMENTS LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) PRESCO INVESTMENTS LIMITED is in
voluntary dissolution under.the provisions
of Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 16th January, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd. of Pasea Estate, Road Town,
Tortola, British, Virgin Islands

Dated this 18th day of January, A.D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

CABO BLANCO LIMITED

| NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) CABO BLANCO LIMITED ts in
voluntary dissolution under the provisions
of Section. 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 16th January, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd. of Pasea Estate, Road Town,
Tortola, British, Virgin Islands

Dated this 18th day of January, A.D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator



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Pricing Information As Of:

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Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol (S)
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
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6.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)

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Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
Colina MSI Preferred Fund
Colina Bond Fund

Fidelity Prime Income Fund

1.376507*
3.7969"*
3.00076**
1.291985**
11.8192***

NOTICE is hereby given that ROSANDRA JOSEPH OF
JAMES CISTERN, P.O. BOX 25802, ELEUTHERA,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and

itizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of
January, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that WILSON CIMEUS of SAMSON
STREET, NASSAU VILLAGE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister resposible 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 9TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

MYLEN LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MYLEN LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 16th January, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 18th day of January, A.D. 2008

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

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Yield
0.000 10.7
0.400 7.9
0.260 15.7
0.030 4.5
0.090 12.7
0.040 45.7
0.240 12.1
0.040 101.3
0.260 19.6
0.052 44.5
0.020 7.3
0.280 10.4
0.570 15.7
0.470 16.0
0.140 14.4
0.000 45.3
0.300 17.6
0.590 10.4
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price NAV KEY.

. “It seems now that business-
men and owners have to figure
out strategies to let people
know they ‘do not have access
to the company’s cash or carry
cash, or otherwise you make
yourself a target,” the Cham-
ber president added.

Pointing to the fact that Mr
Nesbitt’s home was invaded at
10am on a Sunday morning, Mr
D’ Aguilar added: “It’s a night-
mare, to put it mildly.”

Also commenting on this
week’s stabbing of a man on
Bay Street, in the heart of the
tourist area just a week after.a
school student was shot and
killed near the same spot, Mr
D’ Aguilar urged the Govern-
ment and police to beef up the
police presence in’ downtown
Nassau. .

Adding that the Bahamian .

tourism industry had to be pro-
tected. at all costs, Mr

D’ Aguilar said: “My personal -

belief is that once again there is
this gentral perception,
whether by our government or
police, that when a crime hap-
pens on Bay Street there’s no
adjustment.” He described the
attitude as being one of: “Let’s
hope and pray it doesn’t hap-
pen again.”

The Chamber president said
the police needed to decide
what were the key areas on
New Providence that needed
to be “flooded” with officers,
arguing that Bay Street, which
was where some 70 per cent of

visitors to the Bahamas - cruise
ship passengers - shopped, fit-
ted this criteria.

“On the busiest street in the
Bahamas, you have to make a
decision that you’re going to
operate a little differently than
on other streets,” Mr
D’ Aguilar said.

“Bay Street is where the
tourists shop, and you hardly
see any police there. We need
to flood that street with police
to ensure that, from 10am to
5pm, the hours they get off the
boat, Bay Street is secure.”

The Government, police and
private sector also had to com-
mit to cleaning Bay Street up,
ridding it of drug.pushers and
dealers, unlicensed vendors
selling counterfeit, unsafe
products, and drunks and
vagrants.

Mr D’Aguilar said the
Bahamas had been “bloody
lucky” that the shooting and
subsequent death of a CR
Walker student on Bay Street
had received no media-cover-
age, and this nation had to
ensure such an incident did not
happen again.

Tourists would not be intim-
idated at the sight of police
officers armed with revolvers,
Mr D’Aguilar said, adding:
“We’ve got to send a message:
no, no, no, it can’t happen on
Bay Street. We’ve got to pro-
tect our tourism industry. We
can’t take the risk of people
getting injured on Bay Street.”




NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that GUERDA DUROSEAU LOUIDOR
of SOLDIER ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister resposible 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 January, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

WANTED

Experienced waiters and waitresses and bus
boy. Apply in person with resume:



BTR El or Matec Ure Uig
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Nassau. Tel 328-6606

Formal job training will be
given to suitable candidates

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that LOUISDIN ST. LUC of BACARDI

ROAD, P.O. BOX CB-13330, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying

to the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and.
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written

and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from

the 11TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister responsible

for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

Bahamas. ,



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that GUYANNE SEMEUS of SAMSON
STREET, NASSAU VILLAGE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister resposible 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 9TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Established Bahamian Company in
Construction, Service and Retail

Is looking to hire an energetic and ambitous _
Bahamian person as

MANAGER

Salary plus incentive scheme.

Als ssible share hase 1
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks 80 poss! D c s lal . puc 1aSe option
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for dally volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV § - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask § - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS § - A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Valuo

N/M - Nat Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

*~ 11 January 2008
**~ 31 December 2007
*** ~ 31 October 2007

Replies in writing with Resume to
“MANAGER”. P.O. Box CB-11541





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fashion — giving himself two
chances instead of one — declarer
would have gone down only if both
minor suits were divided unevenly.

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forms ending in “s”, no words with initial capitals

and no words with a hyphen or apostrophe :
permitted. The first word of a phrase is permitted
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Don’t shy away when.a challenge is
presented to you, Gemini. Now’s your
chance to prove to others that you have
what it takes to get the job done. A lit-
ue help from friends could be a benefit.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

A work opportunity arises on
Friday, Cancer. Don’t check out
early just because the weekend has
arrived. Put in a few extra hours to
finish a project.

‘LEO — Jul 23/Aug 23

A getaway is just what you nee
Leo. Pack light and head out on your
own for a much-needed rest. If oth-
ers look at you strangely, just smile
and continue with your plans.

VIRGO — Aung 24/Sep 22

A surprise is in store for midweek,
Virgo. It has romance written all
over it. This could be the opportu-
nity you’ve been waiting for. Use it
to your advantage.

| LIBRA - Sep 23/Oct 23
Misunderstandings at work put you
in the hot seat, Libra: Cool down
flaring tempers with some well-
crafted words. Expect opposition to
your apologies.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
You can’t fit another thing into
your week, Scorpio, so why try?

[-crveriepuzzie PUZZLE ied Slack off after Wednesday — you
deserve and need some time to
| f on yourself for a change.
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aad (7) mixed bars (6) : ei et ed | have, Sagittarius, It really is too
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A proposed $500 million resort
development for Norman’s Cay in the
Exumas could be close to becoming a
reality, if this photograph is anything
to judge developménts by.

The Setai Group’s co-founder met
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on

oe January 13, 2008, at the

ice of the Prime Minister, together
with his Bahaniian partners.
* Pictured from L to R in.Peter Ram-
Say’s photo are Bahamian attorneys’
Martin Solomon and R James Cole;
Prime Minister Ingraham and the
Setai Group’s Jonathan Breene..» » .:
The New York/Miam-based: Setai_
Group had partnered with the ultra
high-end, luxury resort chain Aman
Resorts for the $500 million Aman-
caya Resort projéct on Norman’s Cay,

-which has been projected by an-eco-. °

nomic impact study’ as creating 580

“i permanent jobs for Bahamians over a .

20-year period:
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Save Pha Abily g ans RAAT WEAA SARC ORU

The time has come to take the field once again.
2 Toemerge from the shadows and make countries proud.

Whe will'summon the strength? ..

‘Turn fear into motivation? Recognize their destiny?

The time has apie to take the Hal once again.
To defy the taws of physics. To'put'onan incredible show.
_ Who will make, the ayes of millions wide?

Putte upset? Makethe impossible cometiack?

’ + PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, JANUARY 18; 2008

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over $500m proje

ject was signed with the first Ingra-
ham administration in 2002, but the
developers then spent a frustrating
five years under the former Christie

-government trying to pang the project

to fruition.

No progress was made, and there
were suspicions that the project was
stymied by political considerations,
given that the Bahamian partners -
Messrs Solomon and Kelly, plus finan-
cial.executives Gregory Cleare and

« Mark Holowesko - who were due to

sell their Norman’s Cay landholdings

., to form part of Amancaya, are regard-
. ed as major FNM supporters.

There were also concerns about
how the Norman’s Cay development

-would work alongside a similar resort

project being put together on nearby
Wax Cay by Bahamian real estate
developer Lester Smith, cousin of for-

‘mer Hotél Corporation chairman and

former PLP MP George Smith.
The 2005 economic impact assess-

ETS

ment for the Setai Group project had
projected that the Amancaya would
further strengthen the Bahamas’ posi-

tion as a high quality destination for |
top-end tourists, and attract further |

investment into this nation.

Then, the project would have 1

included a 40-room Aman Resort,

110-slip marina, 82 deluxe villas and
20 golf course villas, and injected $330 |

million into Bahamian gross domestic

product (GDP) over a 20-year period, -

along with $77 million in construction
phase taxes. ’
By 2024, Amancaya was projected

to inject $36 million annually into |

Bahamian GDP, with construction
generating an average employment
of 867 over a nine-year period. Some

583 full-time employees would work

at the project.

The developers either declined to
comment, or could not be contacted, |
when reached by The Tribune yester- }

day.





The time has came to take the field once again.
To welcome new teams, new countries, new fans.

Who wili hear the call of victory?

Tena Ben ah eveat adv ko

The cries of defeat? The salutes of respect?

The time has come to take the field once again,
for night has fatlen.
And when night falls, cricket rises.

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ColinaImperial Insur-
ance Company has named
Michele Fields to the posi-
tion of vice-president,
group and corporate
administration, effective
January 1, 2008.

Mrs. Fields’ new post,
which took effect from
January 1, 2008, followed
her 2005 appointment as
chief risk officer for Coli-
nalmperial, the Bahamian
life and health insurer.

‘In her new capacity as
vice-president, group and
corporate administration,
Mrs Fields will be respon-
sible for setting long-term
strategic objectives in ali.
matters related to health
insurance, and will contin-
ue.in her capacity as corpo-
tate secretary to the Board
of Directors of Colina ;
Holdings Bahamas. That
company is the BISX-listed
holding vehicle for Coli-
nalmperial Insurance
Company.

“ColinaImperial counts
itself fortunate to have the
benefit of the insight and
expertise that has always
been a hallmark of Mrs
Fields’ service to this com-
pany,” said Mr Braith-
waite.

“It is with great pleasure
that we make this

‘announcement, and look

forward to having Michele

_ make her mark in yet

another area within Coli-

' nalmperial.”

Mrs Fields, who qualified

. as a chartered accountant

in 1982, has been a mem-
ber of the executive team
at ColinaImperial and its

‘ legacy companies for over

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Ninth grader attacked
outside of DW
Davis Junior High

& By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

A 14-YEAR-OLD DW
Davis Junior High student was
stabbed in the chest outside of
his school yesterday morning,
sustaining injuries close to his
heart and lungs.

Ninth grader Absalom Stur-
rup was rushed to hospital by
ambulance after he was alleged-
ly attacked by a fellow student
on his way to school.

Absalom’s 23-year-old sister,
Terena Saunders, told The Tri-
bune yesterday afternoon that
the knife fortunately missed
injuring any vital organs.

Ms Saunders said her brother
was in stable condition, but
being kept overnight at Princess
Margaret Hospital to undergo
more X-rays today.

Yesterday’s incident is the
second attack by a student on
another within a week.

On Tuesday, a Stephen Dillet
primary school student attacked
and injured another with a
screw driver. The students were
only nine and 10 years old.

According to reports, yester-
day’s attack happened at
around 9.20am as Absalom was
walking from Montrose Avenue
onto Wilton Street, close to DW
Davis Junior High, when he was
allegedly attacked by an eighth
grade student.

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, DW Davis principal
Abraham Stubbs said he had
heard reports that yesterday’s
altercation was a continuation
of a fight between Absalom and
the same eighth grade student

SEE page eight

Teens are injured in
motorcycle accident

TWO ieenagers were injured, one seriously, when the motor-
cycle they were riding collided with a police vehicle.

The two young men were reportedly driving on Carmichael
Road at around 8pm on Wednesday when they collided with an
unmarked police car, a Ford Explorer.

Both juveniles were thrown from the motorcycle. The pas-
senger was trapped underneath the machine.

The trapped teenager suffered serious injuries in the crash. He
is listed in critical condition at the hospital. The driver of the
motorcycle was also taken to Princess Margaret Hospital, but is

in stable condition.

Press liaison officer Asst Supt Walter Evans yesterday could
not say if speeding was a factor in this accident.

Further investigations will reveal the cause and the responsible
party in the crash, Mr Evans said.











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regular cleaning of
Queen’s Staircase

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

ALONG time vendor at the
Queen’s Staircase is demanding
that the government schedule
more regular cleaning of the
historic site that is visited by
thousands of tourists annually.

Mrs Merle Rolle, who has
been around the area for the
last 34 years, and has had her
own stall for the last 18 years,
said that currently this is the
“worst” the site has been kept.

“Only one guy they have,
like on Wednesdays, and that’s
been probably now for maybe
about a year,” she said. “Only
Wednesday’s he comes on.
Otherwise, every other day it’s








left in a dirty mess. Garbage is
all over the place.”

Mrs Rolle showed The Tri-
bune the small thatch broom
she uses to clean up the area

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Catholic university
president in the
Bahamas for

celebration of 150

year association

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

THE PRESIDENT of St’
John’s University, one of the:
leading Catholic universities in:
the United States, is in the:
Bahamas to celebrate 150 years:
association with the Bahamas’

and to determine the future of
that association. The celebrations
have been planned by the
Bahamian chapter of the school’s
alumni association.

Brother Dietrich Reinhart, St
John’s president, said yesterday
at a news conference at Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort that some
650 Bahamian men have attend-
ed the all male Catholic liberal
arts institution since its incep-
tion. As for the College, said

SEE page eight

Criminal record
bans father of three
from working at
Prince George Dock

@ By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

A FATHER of three was
disappointed with the Port
Department for banning him
from working at Prince George
Dock because he has a crimi-
nal record.

Rodnel Polydor, 21, the
father of a three-year-old, and
one-year-old twins, said he had
already paid his debt to society.

Mr Polydor, who was sen-
tenced to three months in Her
Majesty’s Prison for passing
counterfeit money — though
he maintains he did not know
that the bills were fake — actu-
ally ended up spending six
months behind bars as he had
to spend three months in
prison awaiting trial.

Yesterday, in an interview
with The Tribune, Mr Polydor
said the Port Department is
requesting employees who
work on any of the water taxis
to submit a police record, and
a valid passport.

Although he had been work-

SEE page eight

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Johnny’ Bennett reaches the 200 pint mark

Concern over
rise in number
of young HIV
positive athletes

Increase in new cases
also seen in police

PRESSURE to have sex
while away on sporting trips
may be contributing to the rise
in the number of young
Bahamian athletes testing posi-
tive for the HIV virus.

’ An increase in new cases has

been noted not just in athletes,
but also in police, Defence
Force and prison officers.

According to the govern-
ment, the rise, though small, is
causing concern for the AIDS
Secretariat, which has stepped
up initiatives to target young
adults.

“A number of young persons
who have become HIV infected
have talked to us candidly that
once they go on trips to play
sports that they are exposed to
pressure,” said managing direc-
tor of the HIV/AIDS Centre
RosaMae Bain.

She said the issue is some-
thing her team intends to speak
to coaches about, “in terms of
the chaperones”. ,

“This is very disturbing. A
parent actually spoke to us and
said his son admitted to him,
once he became HIV infected,
he knew exactly how it hap-
pened. The free life, the happy
life and not having the skill to
protect themselves.”

Mrs Bain revealed that the
increase in HIV cases had led to
an acceleration of preventative
efforts, particularly in schools,
churches, youth groups and the
hotel industry, which employs
a large number of young adults.

According to Mrs Bain, the
increase is something officials
want to watch closely.

“We are just hoping it is not a



_ “We are just
hoping it is
not a trend
that will keep

going up.”



RosaMae Bain

trend that will keep going up,”
she said.

Mrs Bain said that a work-
shop for out-of-school youths

_ is being planned and should be

held within the next three
months. This workshop will tar-
get those involved in athletics.
‘“We feel this is a group we
need to get the message to,” she
said. “The workshop will be put
on and funded by the Trinidad
and Tobago-based Population
Services International.

“This group has done work
with us before with our uni-
formed officers, both the police,
Defence Force and prison offi-
cers. We have been in contact
with them and they are pre-
pared to fund this venture along
the United States Embassy.”

Mrs Bain stressed that the
bulk of new cases are in ado-
lescents and young adults, and
said that the Secretariat is trying
to get the message out to young
adult males.

mByMATTMAURA

John Bennett considers him-
self one of the luckiest men
alive for being able to give back
to Bahamian society for the last
50 years since his arrival in the
country.

However the hundreds of
persons he has helped to live
longer, more fulfilling lives dur-
ing that period, think it’s the
other way around. °

Mr Bennett, or “Johnny” as
he is affectionately known to
employees and administrators
of the Blood Bank at the
Princess Margaret Hospital,
donated his 200th pint of blood
this week.

Minister of Health and Social
Development Dr Hubert Min-
nis said, “If you were to calcu-
late the number of lives he has
saved over the years and the
number of individuals he has
allowed to undergo surgical pro-
cedures because of his dona-
tions, it is countless, and so his
contribution to society has been
priceless.

“We would hope that a lot
more individuals would become
like Mr Bennett and donate
blood because these donations
save lots of lives.”

Philanthropic

A humble man, Mr Bennett
said donating blood allows him
to fulfill his philanthropic
impulses.

“There are many people out
there who contribute wonder-
fully to the community by giving
back some of their money, but I
don’t have any of that to give,
and so I give one of the best
things in life I can and that’s
blood,” he said.

“It doesn’t cost me anything.
It does not cost the people who
benefit from receiving the blood
anything. It’s a bond together
in life and I don’t think you can
beat that. There are so many
ways people can give back to
society. I give back by donat-
ing my blood.”

Mr Bennett's gift of giving
began back in 1956 while sta-
tioned in Jamaica with the
Worcestershire Regiment from
England when a fellow soldier
and friend was seriously injured
in an accident.

His friend required blood to
save his life and the medical
officer made a direct transfer
of blood from Mr Bennett’s arm

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to the arm of his injured friend.
Two years later he arrived in
the Bahamas, still attached to
the Worcestershire Regiment
and served here for two years.
During this period, he met
and married the former Martha
Pinder of Spanish Wells,
Eleuthera and decided to make
the Bahamas his home.
Hospital records show that
Johnny first began donating
blood to the Blood Bank in
1959 (49 years ago) and has
been doing so every eight weeks
since.
His “O” blood type, Blood



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DR HUBERT MINNIS addresses the media on the need to pro-
mote voluntary blood donorship.

Injury claims equals money in the bank.

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MINISTER OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT Dr. Hubert Minn
blood donor John ‘Johnny’ Bennet

Kris Ingraham/BIS



Bank officials say, is of the Uni-
versal Blood Group, making Mr
Bennett a true “giver of life.”

Contributions

Officials point out that a pint
of blood can be separated into
three main parts of which a
patient may need only one, not-
ing that Johnny has consistent-
ly given “the gift of life’ to
numerous patients over the past
49 years.

Dr Minnis said Mr Bennett’s
contributions (along with these
of the other individual and

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group voluntary Blood Donors)
are vital to the care of patients
at the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital, particularly at a time when
injuries sustained as a result of
violent crimes and car crashes
have been on the increase.

Dr Minnis said Mr Bennett,
unknowingly, has also benefited
from his donations as he has
replaced his total body blood
volume eight times.

“And so every few months
he is a new man; he has new
blood; new cells,” Dr Minnis
said. Mr Bennett said a love of
life has been the driving force
behind his donations over the
years.

In addition to donating blood
every eight weeks, Mr Bennett
has annually sponsored two
Blood Drives in Spanish Wells
which have collected more than
20 pints of blood.

The blood drives, which are
funded by Mr Bennett, were
launched in 1999.

“If you carry the Blood Bank
to the Family Islands, you will
get more persons to donate
blood than if you want the Fam-
ily Islanders to come to New.
Providence to donate blood
(because) people are not going
to travel like that,” Mr Bennett
said.






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@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

kherig@tribunemedia.net

SIX new retail stores and
kiosks were officially opened
yesterday at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport.

The US departure lounge

now offers to Bahamian and
international travellers products
and services by Bahama Sol,
Hard Rock Café, Harley David-
son, My Ocean, Tortuga Rum
Cakes and Uniquely Bahami-
an.
Although these kiosks are
only a temporary solution until
a new US terminal is built in
the next two years, the retail
outlets mark the beginning of
a new era at the airport.

John Spinks, vice-president
of commercial operations for
the Nassau Airport Develop-
ment (NAD) Company, said
the opening of the kiosks is an
early start to bringing the air-
port in line with other similar
world class airports in terms of
added value for passengers and
an enhanced customer experi-
ence.

Speaking at the opening cer-
emony yesterday morning,
Tourism and Aviation Minister
of State Branville McCartney
said that the event is significant
because it broadens the
Bahamian entrepreneurial base,
“while augmenting the variety
and. diversity of quality local
products offered consumers
passing through this facility.”

Of the six new stores, four —
Bahama Sol, May Ocean, Tor-
tuga Rum Cakes and Uniquely
Bahamian -— offer only locally
made products, which range
from candles and soap to rum
cakes and jewellery.

The Hard Rock and Harley
Davidson kiosks offer more
general merchandise.

Minister McCartney said that
he is keenly aware of the need
for everyone to actively pro-
mote the integration of authen-
tic Bahamian products into the
mainstream of our lifestyles and

© In brief

Police search
for Rayfield
Longley over
allegations of
arson, burglary

THE police have issued an
all points bulletin to alert the
public of their search for Ray-
field Longley.

Mr Longley lives on Prince
Street, Nassau Village and is
described as being 5’9” in
height and weighing 150 Ibs,

He is said to be of dark -

brown complexion, unshaven
and missing both front teeth.

Mr Longley is wanted by
the Southeastern Detective
Unit in connection with alle-
gations of arson and burglary.

Police say he is considered
armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information
on his whereabouts is asked
to call police at 919 or 911, the
South Beach Police Station at
392-4333/4/9, CDU at 502-
9991 or Crime Stoppers:
328-8477

Parenting skills
workshop to he
held on Tuesdays

THE Catholic archdiocese |

is sponsoring an eight-week
parenting skills workshop to
be held at Emmaus Centre,
Nassau, on Tuesdays starting
on January. 29 (7.30-9.30pm)
The video and discussion
programme teaches parents
how to create happy families.
Facilitator Vincent Ferguson
is also available to meet with
adolescents whose
parents/guardians are in the
programme.

Parents, teachers and other

interested parties can contact
the Archdiocesan Family Life
Office at 328-4310/2 for infor-
mation.

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applaud these pioneers —
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of an experience that could
have been achieved in no other
place,” he said.

Mr McCartney explained that
revenues generated by the
rental of new retail spaces will
provide the Nassau Airport
Development Company (NAD)
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the operation and redevelop-
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Mr Christie has it all wrong

IN ACCEPTING Kennedy MP Kenyatta
Gibson’s official resignation from the PLP —
made in the House yesterday at its first meeting
alter the Christmas recess — Opposition Leader
Perry Christie said he intends to deal with Mr
Gibson’s defection in the best interest of his
party,

He plans to treat it as an internal matter
and will say no more publicly until he has dealt
with it within his party. In the meantime, how-
ever, Mr Christie is determined to call for Mr
Gibson’s resignation as an MP, and demand a
bye-clection.

We really don’t understand what Mr Christie
means when he says he intends to deal with the
Keunedy MP’s resignation as an internal matter.
In fact the cause of the upset has already flown
the coop. He has removed himself and the
“internal matter” from Mr Christie’s jurisdic-
tion, and has left no carcass over which to hold
a post mortem.

It seems that the best interest of the party
would be for Mr Christie to wish Mr Gibson
well, and get back to the business of mending
the many broken fences within the PLP.
Perched on these fences we see several vultures
ready to pounce.

Mr Christie will be hard pressed to make
his demand for Mr Gibson’s resignation stick.
Why, he can’t even look to the Westminster
system to provide him with a precedent. That
ancient system has a history of political floor
walkers. For example, the late Sir Winston
C rc eas most.incorrigible and. delightful of
theth a was-electedsto the House of.Com-
mons as a Tory in 1900. Four years later, he
crossed the floor and nestled in the bosom of the
Liberal Party, where he remained for another 20
years. During this time he had some very
uncomplimentary things to say about the Tories
and its leaders.

“Tam what I have always been — a Tory
Democrat,” he once said. “Force of circum-
stances has compelled me to serve with anoth-
er party.”

In 1924 he crossed the floor again, returning
to the Tories and uttering one of his many
famous lines: “Anyone can rat, but it takes a cer-
lain ingenuity to re-rat.”

Mr Christie told the House that the Kennedy
seat belongs to the PLP. “The people of
Kennedy did not intend for that seat to be rep-
resented by an Independent. They meant for
that seat to be represented by the PLP.”

No political party owns any constituency in
this country. The constituency is owned by the
people. This is now a matter between Mr Gib-
son and his constituents. Mr Christie and his
party, if they believe in democracy, are pre-

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“The faintest knock of faith

will open heaven’s door”

sumptuous to think otherwise.

Mr Christie either has a bad memory or lacks
an analytical mind. He fails to see the relation-
ship of similar incidents.

In 1984, when then prime minister Sir Lyn-
den Pindling got wind of his and Mr Ingraham’s
plan to resign from cabinet over the handling of
the commission of inquiry report into drug
smuggling, he beat them to the draw and fired
them. They were then denied a party nomina-
tion to contest the 1987 election. The two men
decided to offer as Independents, and with the
FNM agreeing not to oppose them, they won
handily as Independents — the first indepen-
dents to do so under party government in the
Bahamas.

If we follow Mr Christie’s present argument
against Mr Gibson, when the Christie con-
stituents in 1987 elected him as an independent
he had no right to change his political affiliation
without a bye-election. But there was no bye-
election.

In 1990 when Sir Lynden offered Mr Christie
a seat in his cabinet, Mr Christie was only too
happy to return to his PLP roots.

He was quickly sworn back into the PLP cab-
inet, a true blue PLP after a short six-year
absence. Still no call for a bye-election.

At the time a critic — obviously one of those
who had elected him as an Independent and
felt betrayed — accused Mr Christie of being
like a “dog returning to his vomit.” Mr Christie,
overcome by emotion at being back in the seat
of power, sent a message at a PLP rally to his
critic: “Take this word back from me. For the
love, for the emotional support that these peo-
ple gave me, I will swim in the vomit.”

It took ingenuity for Sir Winston to “re-rat.”
But Mr Christie was prepared to use good old
Bahamian breast strokes to swim back “in the
vomit.”

A vile thought, but no matter how vile, can’t
he see the incongruity now of demanding a bye-
election in the case of Mr Gibson’s defection?

Mr Christie at the time of his election did not
believe that his seat belonged to either an inde-
pendent or the FNM. He felt no disloyalty in
leaving his constituents who chose him as an
independent to return as a PLP.

Why should he now take Mr Gibson on a
guilt trip? Can’t he see that the two cases are so
similar that they are almost on “all fours.” Can’t
he see that his present demands, not only lack
precedent, but also lack logic?

As we have said earlier, we think Mr Christie
would be better advised to watch his own back

as he prepares to go into convention in a few -

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

TO suggest, as I’ve heard Per- ~

ry Christie do, as I’ve heard a
ZNS reporter do on the news
last evening, that “wutless” and
worthless are one and the same
word, is as ridiculous as to sug-
gest that biggety and bigoted
are synonyms. As well, it is to
show no respect for what is a
separate, a different language,
germination.

Wutless and biggety exist in a
context apart from what seems
to be words with equivalent
meanings in our English vocab-
ulary. This is far from accurate
and far from scholarship.

We rely upon academia and
what has been established and
recorded, and we get it wrong,
as has been done here.

A man takes a wrong turn to
get to town and in turn estab-
lishes a new city. Such as this
has happened with these two
and many other words in ours
and other Creole vocabularies.

It seems intelligent to convert
wutless to worthless. Worthless
though was not what my father
meant when he used this word.
He, like many other unlettered
people, in the absence of book
learning, in the absence of edu-
cation, which for a time in our
history, was not allowed, instead
of abiding in ignorance, estab-
lished a new body of knowl-
edge.

We, who have since had the
privilege of education, either
look down upon or dismiss what
must amount to a long time of
collective creativity.

Even in the dark, things grow.
It was not dark necessarily,
though, it was another light,
another view. Was what is stud-
ied in school, what is read in
books not human invention?
Was it not once in embryo/an
embryo? So too is what was
going on orally among our
ancestors, extricated from the
soils of — and from their fami-
lies in Africa.

Language you see is an
instrument or a tool of survival
and a human phenomenon. To
suggest that our uneducated
ancestors were out in the
wilderness doing nothing, is a
grave insult, and a worse insult
when we ourselves, are insulting
our own people and our own
past.

To be shut out of. the big
house and out of academy, does
not result in who is shut out
becoming animal. It is a human
being who has been excluded.



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Those human beings, in
response, and inspired by the
need to survive, are going to
invent other human things. Lan-
guage is one.of them. It is from
such a place and from such a
time in our arduous journey to
now, that wutless and biggety
have come.

Silly me, in the past, have
tried to make such.words go
back into the English language.
Educated now, everything had
to be neat and neatly fitted into
English syntax and sentences.
These words though have come
from a different experience —
along a different track as it
were, and they cannot fit even if
forced.

We image that such words
are entirely horny, as an older
cousin imagined a billy goat’s
horns were. He had a saw in his
hand. What resulted was one of
the most painful experiences of
my entire life. He commenced
cutting, only to discover that
the horn he was cutting through,
where he was cutting, was also
filled with veins and with blood.
When the blood came, I
screamed and he stopped
abruptly.

Similarly, wutless and biggety
and many other such words in
Bahamian Creole vocabulary,
have veins and blood in them.
They are, in other words, liv-
ing. They are full of our past,
our history.

To suggest that wutless is
worthless is lazy, but is in addi-
tion, something-far worse than
lazy. This easy flipping over as it
were, might be akin to the vio-
lence my cousin visited upon
our billy goat, with its long
horns. It might be somehow
central to why, today, there is
violence, and so much of it, in
our country, in its capital espe-
cially. | am going to stop short
of telling you what wutless and
what biggety mean. I'll say
though that our very own lan-
guage needs its very own dic-
tionaries. Shilling and another
scholar have produced one
which I missed the opportunity
to buy.

Patty Glinton-Meicholas, who
confesses that she loves words
so much that she reads the dic-
tionary, is too well aware that
our words are missing from
Oxford and Webster.

I tell you, there is a great gap
between wutless and worthless,
between biggety and bigoted.
Perry Christy and that ZNS
reporter, last evening, suggested
that these differences I mention
here, are as near as the two
sides of a fish or a pancake. You
merely have to turn them over.
They suggest that biggety and
bigoted are the same pancake,
the same fish. Appreciating how
great this gap is, Glinton-Mei-
cholas, for herself and us and
for the world, has written
Talkin’ Bahamian. Though
laced with humour, this book is
very serious business. This book
is an attempt to bridge that gap
between wutless and worthless.

She provides definitions for
our indigenous vocabulary and
expressions. She provides us
with what can become stan-

dardise spelling for our words
and expressions.

Let me pause here and search
it for wutless. Alas, it is not to
be found and I haven’t Shilling’s
Bahamian dictionary handy to
refer to.

Our brilliant scholar, theolo-*
gian and pastor, Archdeacon
Thompson, may. he rest in
peace, reprimanded me with
this very word. He’d use it in
the pulpit too to drive his mes-
sage home.

This was his label for men
sowing oats wherever, siring
children out of wedlock. “Yur
wutless!” he’d say. The import
and meaning of this was far
from the same as ‘You are

worthless! a

Wutless does not mean
worthless. Dutty does not mean
dirty. Dut does not mean dirt.
These areas in the gaps between
these words is where Patti Glin-
ton, Marion Bethel, Nicolette
Bethel, Patrick Rahming,
Robert Johnson, Christan
Campbell, Lynn Sweeting, Ian
Strachan, myself, Michael Pin-
tard and other writers of our
Bahamas and the Caribbean,
like Braithwaite, Goodison,
Walcott and Morris, live and
work.

This mistake on the part of
Perry Christy, and this ZNS
reporter, is such a very strong
case for the need and a place
for the Bahamian writer.

Our society seems to imag-
ine that it can take us or leave
us — seems to imagine that our
work is superfluous. I tell you,
and.believe me when I say, we
are here to avert bloodshed. We
are the engineers, here to build
the bridges between dirt and
dut, between biggety and big-
oted, between wutless and
worthless — between two cul-
tures clashing, between two
worlds at war.

Where the angst in our soci-
ety springs from, too many with
the reins of state in their fists, it
seems, are unaware. I taught
English in Ministry of Educa-
tion high school, from 1978 to
1989 but not until several years
after, did I realise my folly.
Wuiless is instead worthless and
biggety is instead bigoted is how
and is what I taught.

It was my place, I thought, to
teach my students to get it night.
I realised later, with a shudder,
that it was I who was all along,
getting it wrong. I always won-
dered why, constantly, I
encountered resistance.

Is this why the average is D
— because we are attempting
to force students to swallow a
lie? ‘

Is this why, the male student,
more inclined to revolt, is large-
ly missing from our institutions
of higher learning or missing
even before high school is over?

The gap between wutless and
worthless, has to be addressed,
examined, in our attempts to
arrest anti-social behaviour, dai-
ly growing more and more
extreme. The politician might .
not have all the answers after
all. The time might just be right, |
might just be ripe, might just be
opportune, to look to our writ-
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situation, a nation upside-down.

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© In brief

Father Burton: we |
need officers who
will go the last
mile of the way

FATHER Chester Bur-
ton, declaring that drugs
are destroying the people,
told Cat Islanders that
police were their protec-
tors and must have back-
bone and morals.

“We need officers who
will go the last mile of the
way,” he said during his
sermon at the force’s
annual church service at St
Andrew’s Anglican
Church in Arthur’s Town.

The island’s police,
headed by Inspector Philip
Rolle, performed street
drill for the cheering
crowd before the service
began.

Then Inspector Rolle
told islanders that he is
instituting a number of
educational programmes,
including a cadet pro-
gramme, in his fight
against crime.

Officer Cyril Walkes
received an award for
being the most outstand-
ing officer of 2007.

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m@ By ALISON LOWE |
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A GROUP of environ-
mentally conscious. Bahami-
ans saved a large loggerhead
turtle from meeting a violent
end when they raised $800 to
buy the animal from a Nas-
sau fisherman over the week-
end.

Unfortunately, officials at
Atlantis who attempted to
rehabilitate the turtle, con-
firmed that despite their best
efforts, she died the next day.

One of those who helped
raise the money is calling on
the government to put the
creatures — that do not reach
sexual maturity until the age
35 — to be put on a protected
list.

Keith Bishop sent The Tri-
bune numerous photos of the
female turtle, which he said
he was “horrified” to discov-
er laid upside down, suffer-
ing in the sun on the Mon-
tagu Ramp on Sunday.

Dehydrated

He condemned the treat-
ment of the turtle, claiming
that when she was rescued
she was severely dehydrated.

“T was further dismayed to
see that this mature female
was being offered for sale and
was about to be slaughtered!”
said Mr Bishop.

With the assistance of some
concerned friends, Mr Bishop
raised the $800 sale price for
the turtle.

The animal was to be reha-
bilitated after staff at
Atlantis’ marine rescue cen-

tre agreed to transport and
care for her until she can be
reléased into the wild, he said.

However, yesterday after-
noon Michelle Liu, vice pres-
ident of Marine Aquarium
Operations issued a state-
ment saying that the turtle
was “in very poor condition”
when received and died the
following day.

According to Mr Bishop,

Man gets

two years for
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Wire from
service tower

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FREEPORT - A
Freeport man was sen-
tenced to serve two
years in prison on
Thursday after pleading
guilty in Magistrate’s
Court to stealing a

hits out at PM

THE Progressive Young Liberals are accusing Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham of attempting to take credit for the accomplish-
ments of the PLP.

The youth arm of the opposition PLP said in a statement yes-
quantity copper terday that in his national address last week, Mr Ingraham outlined
wire from a service tow- ©: anumber of initiatives and accomplishments for w hich he claims the
er. i FNM government is responsible during their first eight months in

Jonathan Russell, a office.
32-year-old resident of ' “This outline included, among other things, accomplishments such
Fawcett Lane, appeared as the upgrade to the airport, the implementation of machine-
in court one before readable passports and the on-time opening of schools for the
Magistrate Debbie Fer- new year,” the statement said.
guson. “It is a known fact that many of the aforementioned accom-

He pled guilty to plishments and programmes were actually the workings of the
stealing copper wire Progressive Liberal Party under the Christie administration.”
the property of ZNS 3 The statement said that a glance at the party’s Action Agenda,
Radio: trom 4he service which is available at www.myplp.com, will confirm this fact.

3 ; It said the new machine-readable passport programne was an
tower on East Settler's accomplishment researched and developed by the former Minister
Way on January 13. of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell, and that Deputy Prime Minister

Magistrate Ferguson Brent Symonette’s contribution was simple — “to appear in a pho-
sentenced Russell to tograph”.
two years at Her “It was the Christie Administration’s then parliamentary secre-
Majesty’s Prison, Fox tary Ron Pinder who oversaw the acquisition of the new garbage
Hill. collection trucks to enhance an already burdened but functioning

She also fined him garbage collection programme. With (new minister of health) Dr
$5,000. Failure to pay Minnis in office, the collection of garbage has been inconsistent and
will result in a year in some cases, absolutely deplorable despite having additional
being added to his sen- equipment to do the job. How is it that under the PLP, more was
tence.

?” the group asked.
The magistrate also

done with less?
It added that Minister of Education Carl Bethel “went to great
ordered that the
copper wire be returned

lengths” to conceal the many problems that linger in public schools,
which the group said should have been made public and fixed pri-
to ZNS 3 Radio
Station.



or to the opening of the school year.

“At a number of schools throughout the country, teachers were
forced to walk off the job, prompting a reaction from the Bahamas
Union of Teachers. Again, the FNM was saying one thing while the
facts showed another story.”

The statement noted that work remains incomplete on schools
such as the C W Sawyer Primary School, the All Age School in
Acklins and the Bartlett Hill Primary School in Grand Bahama.



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the “unfortunate incident”
was witnessed by “a number
of tourists with harsh com-
ments about how we treat our
environment.”

He speculated that the rea-
son why the turtle had been
brought onto land on a Sun-
day was because there were
“no fisheries officers around
to ask questions.”

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people and these turtles must
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he was grateful to his friends
and Atlantis for ensuring the
turtle was saved, and he
hopes that “she will survive
and make it back to the beach
to breed.”
According to Ardastra
Gardens and Zoo, the log-
gerhead turtle — which, at
maturity, can reach 92cm in
length and weigh up to 250
Ibs — is listed as a “threatened
species” in this country.

Population

The Office of Protected
Resources, which falls under
the US government’s Nation- .
al Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, states that
the loggerhead’s population
is in decline in the numerous
countries, including the
Bahamas.

The website says that
“direct harvest” of logger-
heads in this country, in addi-
tion to other countries such
as Cuba and Mexico,
constitutes a “a serious and
continuing threat to
loggerhead (population)
recovery.”

Meanwhile, it claims that
the primary threat to the
species — which has a range
in the Atlantic extending
from Newfoundland to
Argentina — remains “inci-
dental capture in fishing gear,
primarily in longlines and gill-
nets, but also in trawls, traps
and pots, and dredges.”

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tory nature” of the creature,
conservation efforts in some
areas can be “jeopardised by
activities in another,” notes
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Democracy is impossible without a free press, but secrecy pervades the Bahamas

The case for a Freedom of Information Act

The basis of our government's
being the opinion of the people,
the very first object should be to
keep that right, and were it left for
me to decide whether we should
dhave a government without news-
Papers or newspapers without a
government, I should not hesitate
a moment to prefer the latter.

hese ‘are the words
of Thomas Jeffer-
son, the third US
president, who was
pitilessly assailed by the press,
yet he took his criticism with dig-
nity. -
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persistently ducked by their ser-
vants (politicians) and hood-
winked by certain corrupt politi-
cal figures whose transgressions
are veiled in secrecy.

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sage of a Freedom of Informa-
tion (FOI) Act is pivotal to main-
taining the highest standards of
transparency and accountability,
and eliminating much of the
secrecy currently shrouding our
government ministries/depart-
ments.

Sensitive

In 2007, the introduction of a
FOI Bill was promised by the
FNM government in the Speech
from the Throne following their
electoral victory. The government
promised to strengthen and deep-
en our democracy by making
information available to the
media, disclosing all agreements

with foreign investors, regularly -

reporting to the public on the
state of the country and uphold-
ing a code of ethics for ministers

and MPs.

Freecom of Information
Acts give citizens the
legal right to information held by
the government, and creates a
mechanism by which this infor-
mation can be received. However,
sometimes. there are exceptions
to the publishing of certain “sen-
sitive” national security informa-
tion.

The US created a FOA in
1966 that applies to all federal
agencies. Agencies are required
to comply with public solicita-
tions for information, and are
subject to penalties for doing oth-
erwise.

The UK followed in 2000 with
an Act that gives citizens the right
to ask for, and be given, intor-
mation held by a public authority.

A FOI Acct is long overdue, as
politicians and other public offi-
cials have incessantly sought to
create a totalitarian society by
manipulating the press, setting up
sleuths to attack the media and/or
trying to suppress information via
propaganda tools such as ZNS.
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legislation must also be passed to
ensure ZNS’s independence from
political influence and that
reporters adhere to the motto of
“swearing to the dogmas of no
master” (The Tribune’s motto).
Sadly, because of political flat-
tery and exploitation, several
ZNS reporters/managers (both
past and present) have lost all
credibility that, as reporters
know, can only be gained in cen-
timeters, but easily lost in kilo-
meters.

After leaving ZNS for private
radio, embattled former talk
show host Darold Miller publicly
expressed his excitement about
being “free.” '

“Yes, | have to admit,” said Mr
Miller, “ZNS tied my hands a lit-
tle bit after the PLP came to pow-
er, but I’m free now.”

In 2006, both PLP Chairman
Raynard Rigby and Fox Hill MP
Fred Mitchell had public spats
with the media when they made
comments that were interpreted
as an attempt to muzzle a free
press.

Last year, Philip Davis (PLP
MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and
San Salvador) threatened the
freedom of the Bahamian media
when he suggested in the House
of Assembly that punitive action
should be taken against “biased”
media outlets by withholding gov-
ernment advertising.

Even though it is not the place
of the executive to determine
who is. or is not fair and balanced
in the free press, Mr Davis went
on to say that a “commission”
could possibly be set up to deter-
mine the fairness of the media
outlet before government adver-
tising is done. Mr Davis also
accused “the paper” (presumably
The Tribune) of fabricating a
housing scandat.

In late 2006, former Housing
Minister Neville Wisdom told the
Nassau Guardian that The Tri-
bune would not be allowed to vis-
it his office to pick up copies of
the names of the individuals who
had been awarded a contract to
build a government house under
the Progressive Liberal Party’s
administration. Mr Wisdom’s
remarks came in response to a
letter, sent by The Tribune to the
Ministry, which had inquired
about the development of subdi-
visions, specifically the names of
contractors and the number

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awarded to each since the PLP
iuok office.

‘Misquoted’

Mr Wisdom also contended
that he could not allow any
reporter to see the files held in
his office, claiming that they
might contain conclusions made
by the Cabinet. However,
although the newspaper had only
asked for information about the

_ expenditure of public funds, every

conceivable ruse was employed

by Mr Wisdom and his ministry ©

to block the disclosure of this
information.

Se time ago, Melanie
Roach (Director of Public
Works) snootily declared in a let-
ter to the Freeport News that she
was “instituting a personal policy
for the print media,” where all
reporters would be required to
submit their questions with their
newspaper letterhead and fax or
hand-deliver it to her office. She
claimed that she had arrived at
this conclusion because she was
misquoted in The Tribune. Ms
Roach’s behaviour is a prime
example of why a FOI Act is nec-
essary, as she pettily decided to
write her letter because The Tri-
bune wrote a story saying, that
she had “declined to comment on
the issue yesterday, claiming that
The Tribune has misquoted her in
the past.”

Was Ms Roach advocating
that information be funneled
between herself and reporters?
Who does Ms Roach think she is
and from which cloud does she
look down on the journalistic fra-
ternity? How can Ms Roach, who
serves the people, be “instituting
a personal policy” on their time?

Undoubtedly, an FOI Act
would advance democracy, force
government officials to speak
candidly and further the creation
of an informed citizenry. ‘This Act
would make the of release public
documents, such as the housing
contracts, obligatory under law.
All ministers and government
officials (our servants) will have
to speak to inquiring and more
empowered journalists.

The first draft of the landmark
FOI Act has been received by
Attorney General Claire Hep-
burn.

Last year, Mrs Hepburn, while
speaking at the Chamber of Com-

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announced that she had received
and was perusing the initial draft
of the Act, which was to be sub-
sequently evaluated by the Cabi-
net and circulated for public con-
sultation before being presented
to the House of Assembly.

Although the AG noted that
she had expected the potential
legislation to be presented to the
House before the end of last year
that did not occur. The govern-
ment must hastily get on with
passing this important legislation!

The government must also
move to repeal the Official
Secrets Act (OSA), passed under
colonial rule in 1911, which
makes it an offence for civil ser-
vants to divulge information
gleaned during their employment,
even after they may have retired
or resigned. Unless repealed, an
OSA co-existing alongside a FOI
Act would be paradoxical as cer-
tain officials will still be tasked
with seeking the go-ahead from
their superiors to speak a diluted
truth

A well-informed media can

avoid calamity through informa-
tion. We must never apologize
for attempting to report on infor-
mation that the public deserves to
know. The media is the watch-
dog that helps citizens to find
ways of approaching and/or ques-
tioning the government. Freedom
of information must be seen as
an essential aspect in moving our
country forward.

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speaking skills and win the
chance to fly to Las Vegas to take
part in a contest where they could
win an educational scholarship
of $10,000 — listen up.

The Improved Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks of the
World — a predominantly black
fraternal organisation whose pri-
mary objective is “to assist with
the education of our youth” — is
getting ready to hold then s3rd
annual local oratorical contest
this April.

Teachers are being called on to
encourage “all interested, cligt-
ble, young men and women trom
your school to apply.”

“This is a great opportunity
for a young person to meet other
people and to share then Know!
edge and ideas.” said the organi-
sation.

According to the release issued
by the Education Department of
the Bahamas State Association
of Elks, any student tnterested
in entering the competition must
submit an application by March
15th and prepare an original
speech of no more than 10 min
utes in length, which they must
memorise.

The speech content “may cov-
er, but (should not be) limited
to, historical or contemporary
issues concerning the Bahamas
or Black America” and the com:
petitor must show evidence of
having researched thei subject
matter.

The winner of the Bahamas
local contest — which takes place
on Sunday April 6 al the British
Colonial Hilton ~ will receive a
$2,500 educational scholarship
for their efforts, and the oppor-
tunity to fly to Las Vegas to take
part in the international leg of
the lodge-sponsored competition.

If victorious at the Las Vegas
leg of the competition, the
Bahamian student will win a fur
ther $7,500 in scholarship funds
bringing their total educational
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According to [BPO rules, the
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m@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT Bishop
Simeon Hall has called for
tougher penalties against drug
dealers and gun smugglers,

He stressed that the prolif.
eration of illegal drugs and
guns is fuelling the “national
crime dilemma’ in the
Bahamas.

Bishop Hall serves as chair-
man of the National Advisory
Council on Crime.

“If someone brings in 10,000
guns I call it treason; if some-
one does anything that should
cause destabiliation in the
country it should be consid:
ered as an act of treason” he
said.

Bishop Hall met with pas-
tors, community leaders and
police officers in Grand
Bahama on Tuesday to dis-
cuss the council's mission and
to get suggestions and recom-
mendations on the fight
against crime.

The availability of gums in
Bahamian society was one of
the major concerns raised at
the meeting, held at the Pre-
cious Acres building om the
Queen’s Highway.

A local pastor said it
appears that members of pub-
lic have easy access to guns
and know where to go to get
them.

He added that it seems the
police are unable to find and
shut down these operations.

“We have to show the erim
nally minded in our society
that we are serious about

crime. and perpetrators must.

know that if caught they will
face serious penalties — we
have to send a message,” said
the pastor.

Rev Sobig Kemp said that
the breakdown of the family
unit is the main cause of crime
in the country.

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“If someone brings in 10,000
guns I call it treason; if someone
does anything that should cause
destabiliation in the country it
should be considered as an act

of treason.”



should be held accountable
for any criminal acts commit:
ted by their children.

He has also recommended
the implementation of a victim
compensation law, unde)
which crimiaals would be
responsible tor paying dam-
ages to victims or the family of
victims.

Bishop Hall said that the
Bahamas is presently reaping
“the harvest of neglect,
avarice, greed and corrup-
tion.”

“T remind each of you that
this national nightmare of
crime and mayhem which we
now face did not happen
overnight and it will not be
solved overnight,” he said.

Bishop Hall noted that sta-
tistics Show that most crime
committed mn the country 1s
related to drugs and guns.

He said parents must be
aware of what their children
are doing or involved in.

“T want to make an appeal
to every mother and father, if
you son or daughter is deineg
drugs: has a gui i vous ton

and you ate awa i theial
criminal acli fikd at pas-
tor or anvone \ can titist

and seek to rescue your chil-
dren before they go to jail or
are gunned down in the
street.” he said

“Lois not ime for pomung
fingers. Every Bahamian must
take some degree of blame for
what is How occurring in the
country Fyeryone is called to

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| Joan's Heights South Beach. Rev. Father Sebastian
| Campbell D.D. assisted by Rev. Father Carlton Turner

will officiate. Interment will follow in the Old Trail
Cemetery Abundant Life Road.

| Cherished memory are held by, his loving wife,

Sandra Neely; 3 daughters, Felicia and Angela Neely

| and Indera; 2 sons, Ronald and Derrick; 3 sisters,

Nurse Annis Neely, Daisy Cartwright and Lillian
Johnson; 4 brothers, Limon, Whyon, Renald and
John Neely; 4 aunts, Rowena Hudson, Frances and
Meryl Johnson and Frances Wilson; 1 uncle, Limon
Neely; nieces and nephews including, Rochelle,
Kino, Jermaine, Latoya, and Scott Neely, Bishops

Victor and Moses Johnson, Aaron Johnson, Tamara

Hamilton and Carla Nottage; 1 daughter-in-
law,Clementina Hamilton; 1 son-in-law, Allen
Serapats; 8 sisters-in-law, Kayla, Christine, Renae,
Gwendolyn Neely, Rev. Angela Rolle, Regina Kelly,

' Donna Hamilton and Rachael Cleare; 2 brothers-

in-law, Olander Cartwright and Nekita Hamilton;
other relatives and friends include, Rosetta Hudson,
Majorie Pedican, Lucille Munnings, Alfred and
Christopher Neely, Lynden Johnson, Staff of Global
United and the entire communities of the Bluff
Eleuthera and Wulff Road.

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Queen’s Staircase

FROM page one

in the mornings before tourists
arrive, which cannot clean the
entire site.

“Tourists are always coming
down you know, snapping their
pictures, and I hear them talk-
ing about how dirty the place is,”
said Mrs Rolle, who said she has
already made reports to the
department of environmental
health, but each time she calls,
she is told that they will look into
it.

Cleaning staff was formally
stationed at the Queen’s Stair-
case, said Mrs Rolle, but for
about a year this has not been
the case and a private company
only comes weekly.

“They need to station some-
body through here for the clean-
liness of the area,” emphasized
Mrs Rolle.

There is also a bathroom at
the location, explained Mrs
Rolle, which is not always
staffed. Visitors, consequently,
are often unable to use the facil-
ity.

When The Tribune contacted
the Acting Director of Environ-
mental Health Winston Sweeting
about the issue, he said that his
department has an employee
regularly stationed at the
Queen’s Staircase.

The individual is responsible
for maintaining the bathroom
facilities, along with sweeping up
the lower area of the staircase,
said Mr Sweeting. The sweep-
ing, he continued, is supposed to
occur daily.

The workers that service the
area weekly are sent by the

FROM page one

Brother Reinhart, helping to cre-
ate people with character is one
of its main objectives.

“For us it has always been
about formation of character
and critical thinking abilities.
And with our students living
together in a tightly knit com-
munity, they can return to their
own communities — their own
countries — and make a differ-
ence and build community
where they are living,” said
Brother Reinhart.

Useph and Saadi Baker were
the first Bahamians to attend
the Minnesota-based university
in the 1920’s, followed by the
late Tribune publisher, Sir Eti-

Mrs Merle Rolle

Antiquities and Monuments
department, explained Mr
Sweeting. This department along
with environmental health have
dual responsibility for keeping
the area clean.

Since The Tribune brought the

matter to the attention of his
department, Mr Sweeting said
that he has instructed the super-
visor responsible to further inves- |
tigate the complaint.

Political Activist Omar Archer
has also called on government
to invest more into the forgot-
ten historic site, to make it more
appealing to the thousands who
visit.

Successive governments, he
said, have ignored the “forgot-
ten” part of our tourism prod-
uct.

“Someone needs to maintain
the area,” added Mr Archer,
who suggested that government
allow artists to make carvings
into the stone walls, which would
bring additional value to the
product.



FROM page one

ing on the Discoverer Three
for over two years, Mr Poly-
dor said his previous convic-
tion will now cost him his cur-
rent job, and deny him being
able to feed his young family.

“T’ve been working there for
the past two years now, and
they want to just take that
away. How am I to survive? J
have three children to feed.

Student stabbed

FROM page one

from the previous day.

_ Absalom’s sister said she is very disappointed with how the|
school handled the situation, and criticised the DW Davis admin->

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I’ve paid my debt to society,
so how much longer am I to
be punished?” Mr Polydor
asked.

“JT just want a fair chance,
because it’s easy to pick up a
gun or sell drugs. I really want
to do things right,” he added.

Calls to the Port Depart-
ment for a list of the new pro-
tocols, and comment on the
matter, were not returned up
to press time last night.

istration for not sending a teacher with the ambulance carrying her

: . brother to hospital.

“They only sent a minor with

the ambulance, not a teacher, not
~ a guidance counsellor. What if my brother had died on the way to /Â¥

the hospital, they wouldn’t have even known. I think this shows how
little they really care about their students,” she said.

However, Principal Stubbs said that when Absalom’s famil
was contacted about the attack, the boy’s mother told the school if
send her son in the ambulance and she would meet him at thé

hospital. He also said that because the attack did not happen on
school premises, it was technically not the responsibility of a
teacher or a guidance counsellor to accompany the ambulance. g

Mr Stubbs said that Abraham is not known for fighting at DW



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Davis, but added that the boy’s mother last year requested the”
school’s assistance in sending Absalom to the Youth Empowerment

and Skills Training Institute (YEAST) in Andros.

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Mr Stubbs, however, said it would not have been fair to recom
mend Absalom for YEAST, as he did not show the same rebellious.
behaviour at school which he reportedly displayed at home.

The DW Davis campus, Mr Stubbs said, is generally considered;
to be one of the safest among government schools.

Catholic university president
in the Bahamas for celebration
of 150 year association

was awarded an honorary LL.D.
Eugene Dupuch, QC, a
renowned attorney, legislator
and brother of Sir Etienne, also
attended St John’s. Eugene
received a teaching and English
degree at the school, and also
proudly wrote the St John’s
football song. The Bahamas’ law
school is named after him.
Among other prominent
Bahamians who attended the
university were former cabinet
minister Pierre Dupuch; Lou

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She is survived by three daughters, Teresa, Kaylene and Tawanda
Armbrister; two sons, Tyrone and Meko Wallace; mother, Merlene
Burrows-Stubbs; father, Leroy Glass; five brothers, Jeffrey, Wilbert,
Cpl 2376 Stubbs, Herschel and Cardinal Stubbs: five sisters,
Carolyn, Mary, Kennymae, Delcena and Kizzy Stubbs; two
grandchildren, Teliah and Karan Glass; sixteen nephews, Allan,
Jeremy, Keto, Donavon and Devon Stubbs, Jarleel Coleby,
Jenonne, Kirkwood Jr., Rodney, Leroy, Shaquille and Desronne
Newbold, William, Samuel Jr., Marvin Jr., and Marion; eight nieces,
Nurse Jennifer, Ashkell, Edwarda, Jefferia, Regire, Tamika, Cyleste
-and Tanay; one son-in-law, Patrick Armbrister; two sisters-in-law,
Sharon and Tanya Stubbs; two grandaunts, Loretta Butler and
Diana Lightbourne; one aunt, Naomi Burrows; one granduncle,
| Thomas Lightbourne; grandnephew, Albrino Munroe; other rela-
tives and friends including, Nurse Michelle Caine, Annabella
| Stubbs, Nurse Monique Hutchinson, Emily Newbold, Portia, Susan
| and Oliarme Newbold, Able Seaman Elnora, Clementina Nixon,
Sheena Burrows, Shawn Burrows, Frank and Revis Rolle, Allan
Stuart and family, Olivia Bowles and Family, Evelyn Burrows and
family, Cora Ann Burrows, Beautiny King, Rev. Zephaniah
Newbold, Hawkins Hill Community and the Staff of Princess
Margaret Hospital.























Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Newbold
Brothers Chapel, Palmetto Avenue and Acklins Street, off Market
and East Streets, on Friday from

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. until
service time.






Adderley, the late president of
St Augustinie’s College; Ed
Fields, senior vice president at
Kerzner International; Prince
Wallace, businessman; Rev
Monsignor Preston Moss, and

enne Dupuch, who in 1966
received an honorary D.Litt. -
degree from his alma mater. Atygt
the same ceremony US Vice
President Hubert Humphrey

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of Flamingo Gardens and
Formerly of George Town,
Exuma will be held on
Sunday January 20th, 2008 at
11:00am., At Good News
Seventh Day Adventist
Church, Flamingo Gardens.
Officiating will be Pastor
Hugh A. Roach, Assisted by Rev. Alfred Brown. Interment
will follow in Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.

She is survived by her 7 Children: Deanka Edwards, Bridgette
Wilson, Rolando Greene, Antonio Greene, Dornica Gilette,
Shandol Moss, and Lakesha Higgins; (Adopted Sons) Peter
Scavella and Warren Cox, John Nixon; 3 Sisters, Renee Smith,
Judith Smith and Yvonne Sturrup-Wallace; 2 Brothers Gary
and Ken Smith; 18 Grandchildren, Jamal Stubbs, Philip M.
Cooper li, Charisse Greene, Trinere Lynes, Jameka Taylor,
Wayden Wilson, Dominique Bain, Rolando Wilson, Antonio
Greene Jr., Kyshanti Beckford, Cameron Greene, Kishna Curtis,
Barnique Gray, Isaiah Greene, Jacob Greene, Anthony Greene,
Michael Gillette Jr., Keshawn Minnis; 3 Great Grandchildren
Taylan Greene, Caleb Greene, Ashanti Stubbs; Stepmother,
Delores Smith; 3 Aunts, Effie Smith Sawyer, Lucille Smith-
Bain and Rosalie Smith-Dillett; | Uncle, Ambrose Smith; 3
Daughters-In-Law, Latayna Greene, Kathy Greene and Tasneem
Moss; 3 Sons-In-Law, Mark Wilson and Michael Gillette;
Numerous Cousins Including The Children of Effie Smith-
Sawyer, Lucille Smith-Bain and Rosalie Smith-Dillette; Special
Friends Berlie Major, Eleanor Stubbs, Rosie Strapp and Robert
Bain; Family In Christ, Pastor Hugh A. Roach and Good News
Seventh-Day Adventist Church; Other Family and Friends,
Fritz Spence of Pennsylvania, Harvey Taylor of Fayetteville,
Arkansas, John Nixon, Marilyn Meeres, Jennifer Mangra &
Family, Nena Fawks, Ingrid Kerr & Family, Tracey Godet &
Family, Kerzner International Corporate Office, Robinhood
Family, Bank of The Bahamas, SAC Class of 1978, K.F.C.
Family, Bahamian Chicken, Atlantis Reef, Castaway Restaurant,
Pizza Hut, University of Arkansas Athletic Department, Keshe
Roach , Cheryl Ferguson, Mr. & Mrs. Cooper & Family, Clarise
Williams, Ricardo Stubbs, Marie & Dwayne Murray, Evelyn
Rodgers & Christopher Thompson, Cleomi & Kim Collimore
and others too numerous to mention.

Viewing will be held at The lrenic Suite Restview Memorial
Mortuary And Crematorium, Robinson & Soldier Road on
Saturday January 19, 2008 from 10:00 am to 6:00 p.m and
on Sunday from 9:30am until service time at the church.



psychiatrist, Dr Timothy
McCartney.

“Our mission statement is to
renew the fabric of community
from one generation to the next.
So we are always trying to think
of what the next generation
needs and passing on tradition
and culture, allowing young peo-
ple to make their own way in
the world,” said Brother Rein-
hart.

Scholarships are set aside
especially for Bahamian stu-
dents to attend St John’s. When
the monks realized’that there
were not enough men to staff
St AuguStine’s priory, said
Brother Reinhart, property was
sold by the church to create an
endowment for education.

This has created direct finan-
cial support for St Augustine’s
College, and also funding for
Bahamians who want to attend
St John’s or the College of St
Benedict, its female counterpart.
Additionally, St John’s director
of international student recruit-
ment comes to the Bahamas
twice a year, to recruit more
Bahamians to the university,
said Brother Reinhart.

Some 1,917 undergraduates

In Loving Memory of

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would not let that be. So He put his arms around
them and whispered “Come with Me”.



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fade away. Although we loved them deeply, We
could not make them stay.

A golden heart stopping beating, hard working
hands put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove
to us, He only takes the best.

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daughters Donna, Melinda and Dawn;
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FIFTH ANNUAL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Familiar songs and artists are still the people’ Ss favourites

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Familiar faces and voices have landed
finalist spots in the fifth annual People’s
Choice Awards.

The award scheme was created by the
Ministry of ‘Tourism to recognise and
encourage the “invaluable contributions”
that musical artists have made to culture
and tourism. Based on a list of most
played and most requested songs trom
radio stations around the country, the
public votes for their favourite song that
has been released in the past year.

The artist and songwriter that receive
the most votes are awarded the prize at
the Cacique Awards ceremony.

Music sensations Avvy and KB and the
Sting are once again among the three
finalists in the secular music category.
Both entertainers have won the coveted
competition in previous years. The song
“Ghost Move” won the award for 2006



US PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING TO PARENTS

Over-the-counter cough
medicines could endanger
children aged under two

@ By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

Parents should not adminis-
ter over-the-counter cough
and cold medicines to children
under the age of two, as doing
so could lead to serious and
potentially life-threatening
side-effects.

According to a release
issued by the US governmen-
t’s Food and Drug Adminis-
tration yesterday, a broad
spectrum of side effects can
result from the consumption
of over-the-counter (OTC)
cough and cold products by
children in this age category.

“They include death, con-
vulsions, rapid heart rates, and
decreased levels of conscious-
ness,” said the statement.

This latest Public Health
Advisory takes the FDA’s
concern over such medicines
to a new level, following on
from a statement issued by the
administration in October
claiming that they should not
be given to children under six.

The agency continues to
investigate the effects of OTC
medicines in children in the
two year to 11 year age cate-
gory and intends to issue an
advisory relating to the safety
of the medicine for these chil-
dren in the near future, fol-
lowing a review of data.

Pending the outcome of this
review, the FDA recommends
that any parent that chooses to
administer OTC products to
children in that age range
should:

e follow the dosing instruc-
tions on the label

e understand that such
drugs do not cure or shorten
the duration of the common
cold

¢ only use measuring spoons
or cups that come with the
medicine or those made espe-



“Prescribing
these medi-
cines is not
worth the
associated
risks.”



Dr. Delon Brennen

cially for measuring medicines
OTC cough and cold prod-
ucts include decongestants,
expectorants, antihistamines,
and cough suppressants.
"Where parents and chil-
dren will particularly get into
trouble is that because (very
young children) don't respond

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at the Lith Annual Cacique Awards for
Avvy, whose full name is Wendell Avionce
Mortimer.

KB collected the award along with co-
writer Samuel Heastie for the song, “Civ-
il Servant,” at the 10th Annual Cacique
Award. This year, his team enters the
finals with the shame-themed, “Toters.”

Funky D makes his first appearance as
a People’s Choice finalist. The stirring
medley, “Smokey’s Tribute” captured the
emotions of voters. The veteran performer
recorded the song in memory of the late
great Bahamian singer, Smokey 007.

In the gospel category, one finalist is
also making a repeat appearance. April
Cartwright made the finalist list for the
second consecutive year.

Also in the category’s finals are the
Apostolic Mass Choir and one of the
Bahamas’ most enduring gospel reggae

as quickly, there's a tempta-
tion to give more medicine,"
said Dr Davis Persse, Hous-.
ton's public health officer.
"Then you get into the range
where you get the side effects,
and there have been some
tragic consequences for that,”
he told Houston-based
Click2Houston.com news.

Following the FDA’s Octo-
ber advisory, Dr Delon Bren-
nen, Consultant in paediatric
emergency medicine at
Princess Margaret Hospital
said that a review of available
health care literature and peer
position statements by doctors
in the Bahamas pointed to the
conclusion that there did not
appear to be any distinguish-
able health benefits from the
use of these medicines in the
Bahamian paediatric popula-
tion. “Prescribing these med-
icines is not worth the associ-
ated risks,” he said.







and junkanoo groups — Christian Massive:
Traditionally, Hinalisls perform their
songs at the Cacique Awards ceremony

and the winner is named near the end of

the evening. The 12th Annual Cacique
Awards will be held on February | at 8pm
in the Rainforest Theatre at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort.

Finalists

e The Water — Avvy
e Smokey’s Tribute ~ Funky D
® Toters ~ KB and the Sting

Gospel Category

¢ I Like Gospel — Christian Massive
e Never Stop Praising the Lord = —
Apostolic Mass Choir
e On the Rock — April Cartwright

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008, PAGE 11

SEVENTH ANNUAL MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL: Ocean Club, Paradise Island

Stars swing into action

TOP celebrities from the
worlds of sports and enter-
tainment have come together
once again for four days of
competitive golf and exclusive
events at the seventh annual
Michael Jordan Celebrity Invi-
tational at the Ocean Club
Golf Course on Paradise
Island.

The event kicked off on
Wednesday and will benefit
several causes, including the
James R Jordan Foundation,
the Butch Kerzner Memorial
Fund and Ronald McDonald
Houses of North Carolina, as
well as charities chosen by the
tournament’s top competitors.

Since the MJCI began in
2000, more than $3.7 million
has'been raised for charity and
it has become one of celebrity
golf’s most popular events.

The Paradise Island
Tourism Development Asso-
ciation (PITDA) has signed
on as this year’s presenting
sponsor. Other major spon-
sors include Jordan
Brand/Nike.

Participants in this year’s
tournament include sports
stars Brandi Chastain, Julius
Erving, Derek Jeter, Mario
Lemieux, John Smoltz, Mike
Piazza and John McEnroe as
well as entertainment person-
alities Dave Annable, Angie
Everhart, Stephen Baldwin,
Don Cheadle, Cuba Gooding,
Jr and Stone Phillips among
others.

“The Paradise Island
Tourism Development Asso-
ciation and its member prop-
erties on Paradise Island are
thrilled to be the presenting
sponsor of this prestigious
event and are honored to be
supporting such charitable
causes,” said William
Naughton, chairman, of the
association.

“All year long, I look for-
ward to hosting my friends at
the Océan Club Gelf Course,”
said Michael Jordan.

“There’s no place I'd rather
be in January than in the
Bahamas, on Paradise Island,
raising money for some very
worthy causes.”

The tournament is com-
prised of the two-day MJCI

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“There’s no
place Pd
rather be in
January than
in the
Bahamas, on
Paradise
Island, raising
money for



some very
worthy

causes.” *
Michael Jordan

Celebrity-Amateur Competi-
tion presented by ICON Inter-
national, which pairs one
celebrity with three amateur
participants drawn from event
sponsors and representatives
of Bahamian corporate and
local communities.

The last two days of the
event feature 36 holes of
celebrity-only play, with

‘celebrity teams competing

against one another in a two-
person scramble format.

“Tournament guests will be
treated to a host of festive par-
ties and activities at
One&Only Ocean Club’s sis-
ter property, Atlantis, Par-
adise Island resort, during the
four days of competition,” said
the organisers in a statement,
“with entertainment from
Nick Cannon, Ashanti, The
Pussycat Dolls, The O’Jays
and DJ AM.

Evening activities will
include the MJCI welcome
reception presented by Jor-
dan Brand and MJCI After
Dark at Aura, the new 7,000
square foot nightclub recently
unveiled at Atlantis.

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BAHAMIAN business :
owners and senior manage- :
ment personnel were yester-
day urged to “figure out :
strategies” for letting employ- :
ees and the wider public :
know they did not have access :
to, or carry, large amounts of :
cash, in order to protect :
themselves from being tar- :
geted by armed robbers and :

kidnappers.

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE $320 million Four Sea-
sons Emerald Bay Resort’s
receivers yesterday told The
Tribune they were “in the clos-
ing stages” of finding a buyer
for the troubled resort, and
would know the outcome in
about a month’s time.

Russell Downs, a UK-based
partner in the Pricewater-
houseCoopers (PwC) account-
ing firm, who with Bahamian
PwC partner Wayne Aranha
is acting as the Exuma prop-
erty’s receiver, said: “We’ve
entered, I think, the final
stages. We’re moving forward
with a number of bidders, and
hopefully will close out a sale
before too much longer.

“I do think we’re in the clos-
ing stages. We’ll know where
we are in the next four weeks,
I imagine.”

Receivers for $320m
property ‘will know where
we are in four weeks’

Any sale of the troubled
resort will be welcome news
for the island of Exuma and

its economy, as the Four Sea- -

sons Emerald Bay Resort acts
as its anchor property.

While the Four Seasons-
managed hotel component has
continued to operate, The Tri-
bune has been told that real
estate sales at Emerald Bay,
so vital to the resort complex’s
future, both in terms of prof-
itability, cash flow and financ-
ing infrastructure, have come
to a virtual standstill.

No buyers are willing to
commit given the uncertainty

over the Four Seasons Emer-

ald Bay Resort’s future and its

ownership going forward.
Information reaching The

Tribune suggested that the °

PwC receivers conducted an
auction of the resort on
November 27, 2007, but Mr
Downs denied this.

He added: “We invited peo-
ple to submit their interest, and
dealt with a number of bids as
a result.” He said he was
unable to identify any bidders,
or who might be the front-run-
ner, due to confidentiality
agreements.

Mr Downs, though,

licensees

‘no

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

GRAND BAHAMA Port
Authority (GBPA) licensees
yesterday said they were “not
giving up” in their fight to
appoint a public trustee for the
GBPA, despite losing at the
first hurdle in their court bat-
tle.

Supreme Court Justice
Neville Adderley ruled that the
Freeport Property Owners and
Licensees Association had no
ability to bring its legal action
against the GBPA, Prime Min-
ister and Attorney General,
because it had applied to be
formed as a limited liability
company without the use of the
word ‘limited’ in its title.

This, Justice Adderley found,

meant that the Association
could only be incorporated once
the minister responsible, in this
case the attorney-general, grant-
ed its licence. No such licence
had been granted to the Asso-
ciation, meaning that it was not
incorporated, and thus had no
ability to bring the case or sue.

Christopher Lowe, the ex-
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce president who is one
of the driving forces behind the
Association’s action, said that
the interlocutory issue raised by
attorneys acting for the GBPA
and the Government over
whether it had the ability to
bring the case, showed there
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' Association says it expected ‘obstacles’ to

be placed in path-of action to appoint
GBPA public trustee, as judge rules against
ability to bring case in current form

the issues it had raised to be
heard.

He indicated that the three
defendants were raising objec-
tions and points of law as a way
to ‘bog down’ the Association’s
case and have it thrown out,
thus preventing it from getting
to full trial.

Mr Lowe told The Tribune:
“Freeport licensees fully expect
to.have these sorts of obstacles



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thrown in our way. It’s quite
common, where anyone is pur-
suing any action against the
Attorney General’s Office, for
this sort of thing to happen.

“There are many parties
interested in keeping the status
quo in Freeport, but the truth
will out.

“We should be back in court

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acknowledged that the global
banking system’s
liquidity/credit crunch, which
has made it difficult for both

investors and borrowers to.

access debt financing - both at
all and at the right price - had
impacted the Four Seasons
Emerald Bay Resort’s sale.
“Inevitably, it’s narrowing
and disqualifying some of the
bidders,” he added. “But those

with liquidity are still in the’

running.”

Mr Downs said there were
a number of factors the
receivers had to consider in
selecting a buyer, “but
inevitably we’ve got to get the
best possible price in the cir-
cumstances”.

He added that “everyone i is
hoping it can be concluded as
quickly as possible, me includ-

SEE page five

Road mae en may be
sealed by ho reir

* Government in talks
with lowest bidder on
$90m New Providence
Road Improvement
contract, and hoping
work to start in 60 days
from conclusion °

*US, Argentinian,
Caribbean and Israeli
firms submit bids

* Project costs to rise
to over $130m from
original $52m, with
further $20-$30m
needed for extra works

@ By NEIL HARTNELL.
Tribune Business Editor

THE New Providence
Road Improvement Project’s
(NPRIP) total costs are likely
to reach $131 million, com-
pared to the originally bud-
geted $52 million, The Tri-
bune has been told, with the
Government hoping to con-
clude contract talks with the
lowest bidder this month and
begin work within 60 days.

Dr Earl Deveaux, minister
of works and transport, said
four companies had submit-
ted bids in the region of $90
million for the Inter-Ameri-

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Coupled with the $41 mil-
lion already spent on three
projects that had been part of
the project - the Charles W
Saunders Highway, Tonique
Williams-Darling Highway
and Blue Hills road round-
about and road widening -
the total cost of the IDB-fund-
ed project is likely to reach
around $131 million.

On top of that, Dr Deveaux

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tax reform on back burner

Infrastructure nee

@ By CARA
BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter -
and NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas’ urgent infra-
structure and financial regula-
tory needs are the major fac-
tors why the Government has
placed tax reform on the back
burner, the minister of state
for finance telling The Tribune
that social spending needs
meant it was unwise to disrupt
government finances.

Zhivargo Laing confirmed
to the House of Assembly ear-
lier this week that the Gov-
ernment was not looking at
the introduction of a Value
Added Tax (VAT) or a
domestic consumption tax in

_the short-term to replace this
nation’s import/customs duties
regime, despite encourage-
ment from the International

Monetary Fund (IMF) to do
so.

Mr Laing, in tabling the
IMF’s Article IV report, said:
“(IMF] directors welcome the
Government’s plans to stream-
line import duty and tax con-
cessions; and encourage the
Government to. consider the
progressive introduction of a
value added tax or domestic
consumption tax to replace
trade taxes. The introduction
of VAT or a domestic tax is
not under active consideration
by the Government.”

Explaining why the Gov-

ernment had decided upon this _

course of action, despite the
tax reform pressures. the
Bahamas was facing from
international trade agreements
and arrangements such as the
World Trade Organisation

(WTO) and Caribbean Basin.
Initiative’s (CBI) reforms, Mr ,

Laing said the FNM. adminis-

tration had numerous. tereEr

bibastise to: sideal apiihe
“Primarily, in the existing
scheme of things, we consider
our éxisting tax structure to be
one that has served our needs
and served us well over fine,"
Mr Laing said. ;



He explained that refed

ing the Bahamian tax struc-

ture, and replacing the existing

customs duty/stamp tax reliant

system, “brings with it many, .

many considerations”, not
least educating the Bahamian

public and ‘businesses on how ;
' it would operate.

“With all that we have to
think ‘about and do in this

country today, that is one thing °

that is not being given.any

focus at this time by our-:
.. improve the collection of real

selves,” Mr Laing added...
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many things in relation to

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financial services, we have

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health splein to give thought:
to a process that would require

-such enormous. ‘adjustment in
the Government’ s finances.

’ “There are too many [criti-

cal’. things going on for us to

give serious consideration to

.

that. It’s not: something) that

preoccupies tis.
vin urging the’ “progressive

introduction”: of a VAT or

domestic consumption tax, the

- IMF backed the Government's

plans.to. simplify the current
import/stamp duty regime, and
improve efficiency in tax

administration through tech- ,

nology, tighter customs con-
trols ‘and enhanced follow-up
‘on tax arrears.

There were: also plans to

estate-based taxes and update
the tax base. _

The IMF said: “The author:
ities have no near-term plans
for major tax policy changes,
although they noted that they
may eventually need to adopt
a consumption tax or VAT to
reduce dependence on import
tariffs, depending on negotia-

agreements.

Although the proposal was
in its “preliminary stage” and
still being assessed, Mr Laing
said such an Act would still

‘allow the Government to col-

lect revenues on imports by
‘placing them‘in an excise
“regime, removing the duties
collected from the definition
-of ‘tariff? under a trade regime
such as the World Trade
Organisation’s (WTO).

“An Excise Tax Act will

take those items regarded as

‘dutiable items in a trade
-Tegime and, by putting them
in an excise tax regime, this
will remove them from a
sphere where they are treated
like standard barriers to
trade,” he said.

The minister indicated that
the introduction of an Excise
‘Tax Act would allow the
‘Bahamas to protect a substan-

“tial portion of its import duties,

tions of regional and.interna-

tional trade agreements.

“The Bahamas has the high-
est average customs tariff rate
among Fund members, and
the authorities are aware of
the potential efficiency gains

«from adopting a VAT.

“However with a high
import content of consump-
tion, the authorities see-the
advantages of a VAT over
import tariffs as relatively
small and they are not con-
vinced: that these, would out-
weigh the cost and disruptions

at this: Galeton sucha far:

Teaching, Move.” ii 3

“9Mr Laing earlier this year
said the Government was
looking to’ introduce an Excise



‘Tax, Act® to" “protect its

import revenues from being
targeted as tariff barriers

by various international trade,

which are currently the largest
revenue earner for the Gov-
ernment.

In the 2007-2008 fiscal year,
customs duties imposed on

imports are expected to gen-"

erate some $605.769 million of

the Government’s $4.356 bil-
lion total revenues, or 44.7 per
cent.

The Government is also pro-
jecting that it will earn some
$199.751 million from.stamp
duties imposed on imports in
fiscal 2007-2008, meaning that
total import-related taxes will
equal some $805.52 million —
59.4 per cent of total public
revenues.

Yet tariff barriers, such as
imports and, customs duties,
are under threat from the likes

of the World Trade Organisa-

tion (WTO), the body that sets
and administers the rules for
global trading regimes, and
‘ which the Bahamas is seeking

full membership in. .

«import and customs duties
are seen as protectionist bar-



riers to trade, and the WTO
and its member states are
seeking their abolition. The
Bahamas has already indicated
it will make concessions in this
area, giving up $10-$14 million
in taxes on imports European
Union (EU) in return for pre-
serving duty-free market
access to the EU for its
exporters.

The major pressure on the
Bahamian tax regime, though,
will come when this nation has

to negotiate a replacement for -

the Caribbean Basin Initiative
(CBI) with the US, as this
arrangement is also under
pressure from the WTO
because it is a one-way system
of trade preferences.

To preserve duty-free access
to the US for its exporters, the
Bahamas is likely to have to
reciprocate by removing all
import and tariff barriers on
goods coming into the US.
This will present a major
headache for government rev-
enues, as 85-90 per cent of all
imports coming into the
Bahamas originate from that
country.

As a result, many observers
had argued that the Bahamas
would have to address tax
reform as a matter of urgency,
and examine the feasibility of
adopting a sales or value-
added (VAT) tax to replace
lost revenues.

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Realtors target Europe
to pick up buyer slack

lm By CARA

drive a second home market

But at the moment,

BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

BAHAMIAN realtors are
courting the European mar-
ket in hopes that strong per-
formance of the Euro and
UKE against the US$ may

from that part of the world.

Speaking with Tribune
Business yesterday, Charles
Christie, of CA Christie Real
Estate, said Bahamians were
attempting to move in the
direction of increasing the
European demand for real
estate in this nation.

he has not seen a major
increase in sales from that
region.

“T think the fact that the
Euro is now so strong is cer-
tainly giving us an edge, and I
think that all of the realtors
are looking at how we can
attract more investment from

Tourism to

engage business

community

@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter

THE Ministry of Tourism will hold a
special Business Marketplace as part of
its National Tourism Week activities, as it
seeks to engage that portion of the com-
munity.

Janet Johnson, of the Ministry of
Tourism, told Tribune Business that this is
perhaps ‘the first initiative the Ministry is
having where there can be specific inter-
action between the parties, something
crucial considering the significant impact
that tourism has on the nation’s business
community.

“We really are inviting the business
community to come out and give us their
input as to what we can all do to improve
tourism,” she said.

The marketplace will be held on Thurs-
day, January 31, and will be moderated
by the deputy director-general at the Min-

istry of Tourism, David Johnson, and the
executive director of the Chamber of
Commerce, Philip Simon.

The panellistd will be drawn from the
Government and various other captains
of industry, she explained.

Prior to the panel discussion, there will
also be a special luncheon presentation
by Peter Yesawich of the Y Partnership.
Mr Yesawich will speak on emerging
lifestyles and travel implications for mar-
keting the Bahamas,

Another event that the ministry is asking
the business community to attend is the
Going Public town meeting, which will be
held on the Tom Grant Park at Yellow
Elder Gardens.

Again, Ms Johnson said that this ses-
sion will include various ministers who
will discuss how tourism affects the entire
Bahamas.

There will also be a career fair to intro-

‘duce students to tourism related careers.



that side of the world,” Mr
Christie said.

He added that while the US
was still struggling with the
subprime mortgage crisis, and
the implications for the US
economy, which may impact
the Bahamas, he is still opti-
mistic that this nation will be
able to ride out the storm.

“I don’t that we will be
affected by the mortgage cri-
sis,” Mr Christie said.

The realtor added that the
Bahamas had a renowned
reputation among persons
who wanted to invest, and
said that those.persons with
the funds available for a sec-
ond home were unlikely to
be affected by the sub-prime
fall-out.

Mr Christie said the
Bahamas does not have any
problems with attracing

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investors, but the country has
to work on what it is able to
give to the investor.

“The thing that we have to
ensure is that we don’t drive
them away with the level of
crime in the country,” he said.

He added that the
Bahamas also had to ensure
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Further, Mr Christie said
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upgraded.

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things, than we may have
more investments come in
than we thought,” he said.

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FROM page one

indicated that another $20-$30
million in financing was

required to fund additional ©

roadworks outside the scope of
the IDB project, as the Gov-
ernment seeks to alleviate the
New Providence traffic conges-
tion that has impacted econom-
ic productivity, efficiency and
caused increased pollution and
car gasoline costs.

Dr Deveaux said four inter-
national companies had bid on
the New Providence Road

Road project

the Caribbean, the US and

Argentina.”

“We are in detailed discus-
sions with the y that had
the lowest bid,” Mr Deveaux
said. “They have a to dis-
cussigns, which take the form
of negotiations, because we are
essentially trying to clear all the
components of their bid pack-
age. Once that is clear, we will
seek permission [from the IDE]
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standing issues related to land

‘that had been acquired to make

way for road te-routings and
widenings.

, “It’s supposed to be conclud-

ed this month,” Dr Deveaux
said of the contract talks with
the lowest bidder, “and we hope
to go to work in 60 days from

the conclusion of discussions.”.

That would put the start date

‘around March 2008 if all goes to
.plan.

Dr Deveaux said the three
critical infrastructure Projects

‘the Government was giving top

priority to were the $400 mil-
lion upgrade to Lynden Pin-
as International Airport; the

ng of Nassau harbour so
that ce George’s Wharf can
accommodate the largest cate-
gory of cruise ships, the Free-

_ dom Class, by 2009; and the

New Providence Road
Improvement Project.

While the former two deal

‘with the Bahamas’ leading air

arid sea gateways, vital to the
tourism industry through the
first and last impressions they
leave in visitor minds on the
Bahamas’ experience, the lat-
ter will deal with an issue just as

: vital to the economy - roads and

traffic congestion.
The New Providence Road

Improvement Project will incor-

porate improvements to nine
roads and 10 road corridors,
some 19 segments in all. _

When asked whether New
Providence had reached ‘crisis
point’ on traffic congestion and
the amount of vehicles on the
island, Dr Deveaux replied:
“We're definitely there, and
capacity on the roads is dimin-
ishing daily.

“Things have only gotten
worse, particularly in terms of
New Providence’s roads, in
terms of cost, congestion.”

Dr Deveaux said the New
Providence Road Improvement
Project’s original: costs had been
pegged at $52 million when it
was begun under the first Ingra-
ham administration in'2000-

* 2001.

However,. the contractor
selected then, Associated
Asphalt from the UK, collapsed
after its UK parent company
went bankrupt. The project was
inherited by the PLP govern-
ment, but they were unable to
attract a competitive bidding
process where the bidders met
the IDB criteria.

As a result, the New Provi-
dence Road Improvement Pro-
ject was broken apart and split

into a series of smaller. works ~

carried out by Bahamian con-
tractors. The two projects com-

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
No. 45 OF 2000

RIVIERA INVEST S.A.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 of
The International Business Companies Act. No. 45 of 2000,
RIVIERA INVEST S.A. is in dissolution. The Date of com-
mencement. of dissolution was 10th day of January 2008.
Elizabeth A. Smith of Nassau, Bahamas is the Liquidator of

RIVIERA INVEST S.A.

Elizabeth A. Smith
LIQUIDATOR



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NOTICE

pleted under the Christie
administration’s watch being the
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Highway and Blue Hills road
roundabout.

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W Saunders Highway, these
three projects cost $41 million,
compared to the original budget
of $52 million.

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pension plan and profit-sharing scheme. : Seay will
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Ocean Centre, Montague Foreshore

East Bay Street

P.O. Box N-4890

Nassau, Bahamas

BELAVEST HOLDING INC.
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act,

2000, BELAVEST HOLDING INC. is in
dissolution as of January 15, 2008.

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated as 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the
pacpcalor,

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Port licensees

‘not giving up’
FROM page one

on Monday to appeal his decision, and will be refiling for incor-
poration with the limited in our name.”

Mr Lowe added: “We’re not giving up. We expect these bum
and lumps. They do not want us in court. They do nat want us to abe
heard.

_ “But we will be heard.”

Justice Adderley recalled in his ruling how Robert Adams, of
Graham, Thompson & Co, acting for the GBPA, and Loren Klein
of the Attorney General’s Office, had both filed summonses on
December 10, 2007, challenging the Association’s ability to bring the
legal action.

Both Mr Adams and Mr Klein argued that the Association was
“not a legal entity because no certificate of incorporation has been
issued” under section 16 of the Companies Act 1992, but its attor-
ney, Maurice Glinton, argued that it was incorporated on Novem-
ber 30, 2006.

That was the date its Memorandum of Association was lodged
with the Registrar-General, and Mr Glinton argued that the ques-
tion of whether a company was incorporated was a question of law,
the Certificate of Incorporation only being evidence of incorpora-
tion. The absence of such a certificate was not. fatal to its case, Mr
Glinton alleged.

Mr Adderley, though, agreed with the arguments of Mr Adams
and Mr Klein that when a non-profit company, such as the Asso-
ciation, was incorporated under Section 14 of the Act, obtaining a
licence from the minister was a pre-condition for achieving this.
Without this, they successfully argued the company was not incor-
porated.

“It would have been different had the promoters brought a rep-
resentative action in the name of individual licensees, or if, as it
appears, they wished to limit their liability to first incorporate the

plaintiff association with the word ‘limited’ in its name,” Justice

Adderley ruled.

The Association had initially filed two separate summons, the first
seeking court declarations and answers to a number of develop-
ments that had happened in Freeport and the GBPA over the
years, including whether the latter’s sale of stakes in its productive
assets had taken place in accordance with the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement’s stipulations.

The second summons was an application for a public trustee to.

be appointed to run the GBPA and its Port Group Ltd affiliate if
the current receivers were removed.

Yet it then filed a new submission focusing on the removal of the
receivership, and its replacement with a public trustee.

Legal Notice
NOTICE

LA THUMBEY LIMITED .

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section

138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of LA THUMBEY. LIMITED has .
been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been is-:
sued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

Legal Notice
NOTICE

DIGOL SECURITIES LTD. °
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the Intemational Business Companies Act,
2000, DIGOL SECURITIES LTD. is in
dissolution as of January 15, 2008. . ‘

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated as 35A
Regent Street, PO. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the
Liquidator.

LIQUIDATOR

Legal Notice
NOTICE

BONETE INC.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of BONETE INC. 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)



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JOHN S. GEORGE &
Company has named Carlos
D. Sands as its chief operat-
ing officer, an executive who
brings more than 10 years of
industry experience to the
company.

Mr Sands will focus on the

strategic, tactical, short and
long-term operations of John
S. George. His responsibilities
will include the development,
design, operation and
improvement of the internal
systems that create and deliv-
er the firm’s products/services.

“Not only are we changing
our infrastructure but also our
internal structure, and we feel
that Mr Sands will be a vital
component in the growth,
development and success of
the company. By adding the
best to the John S. George

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Emerald Bay

stages’

of buyer

closing
search

team we can prepare to meet
and exceed all of our cus-
tomers needs and overcome
any challenges with insight,
experience and professional-
ism” said Andrew Wilson,
John S. George & Co’s chief
executive.

Mr Sands served at Abaco
Markets in operations and
inventory management, while
playing a major role in the
redevelopment and restruc-
turing of the logistical opera-
tions group.

He is also a member of the
American Production &
Inventory Control Society
(APICS).

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008, PAGE 58 :

ME A
John S George unveils | ga,

chief operating officer

MINISTRY OF LANDS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

FROM page one is the London branch of a __ and $4 million. THE PRICE CONTROL ACT, 1971
Japanese financial conglomer- Other investment projects CHAPTER 339
ed”. ate called Sumitomo Mitsui. It attracted to the Emerald Bay THE PRICE CONTROL (GASOLINE & DIESEL OIL)

“Obviously, it’s an impor-
tant asset, both to Exuma and
the whole Bahamas, and the
quicker the sale can happen,
the quicker the benefits from
what happens next can be
delivered,” Mr Downs said.

The Four Seasons Emerald
Bay Resort’s main creditor
appointed receivers for the
$320 million property’s holding
company, Emerald Bay Resort
Holdings (EBR), last June in a
bid to sell the Exuma devel-
opment, after it defaulted on
its repayments in April 2007.

Judy Hurlock, the
owner/broker at Exuma-based
Dillycrab Realty, told The Tri-
bune that real estate sales at

Four Seasons Emerald Bay -

Resort had bottomed out as a
result of the receivership and
uncertainty over who the like-
ly buyer is.

“Naturally, any sales at
Emerald Bay will go on hold
pending the outcome,” she
said.. {“Emerald bay needs
money.”

Among the projects that
need completing, Ms Hurlock
said, were the $8 million
reconfiguration of the resort’s
23-acre marina, to prevent
waves from knocking boats
moored there against the piers.

Extra infrastructure and util-
ity connections were also
required to be put in to unlock
the real estate potential of the
land around the Four Seasons
Emerald Bay Resort’s golf
course, she added, saying:
“The current owners just don’t
have that money.”

The PwC receivers previ-
ously thought they had a buy-
er in the shape of New York-
based Fortress Investment
Group LLC, which met with
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, but ultimately that deal
fell through and the search
recommenced.

Tribune Business revealed
as far back as 2005, and regu-
larly throughout 2006, that the
EBR investor group was
attempting to either sell the
resort or attract additional
investors and capital, with the
project failing to generate a
profit.

The receivers’ appointment
is understood to have come
after the latest attempt to sell
the Four Seasons Emerald
Bay Resort to a Minnesota-
based company fell through
within the past two weeks, the
latest in a series of potential
deals to seemingly bite the
dust.

Sources last year told The

acts through a nominee called
Flint Securities.

The resort has acted as Exu-
ma’s main economic engine,
attracting additional foreign
direct investment to the island.
It employs almost 500 staff,
and features 183 rooms and
suites, an 18-hole Greg Nor-
man Golf Course, two restau-
rants, three pools, spa, six
meeting rooms and 450-per-
son capacity ballroom. Lots
are priced between $900,000

vicinity include the resort’s
Pinnacle Entertainment-man-
aged $5 million casino, the
$110 million Grand Isle Villas
development, plus the 80/50
fractional ownership compo-
nent.

A shopping complex has
also opened at Emerald Bay,
the anchor retailer being the
Emerald Isle supermarket.
The complex also includes
businesses such as Scotiabank
and Mail Boxes Etc.

MINISTRY OF LANDS &
LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Price Control Act (1971)
(Chapter 339)
The Price Control (General) (Amendment)
Regulations, 2008

NOTICE

The publice is hereby advised that effective
Friday, January 18th 2008, The Honorable Minister of
Lands & Local Government has approved prices for
the following breadbasket commodities:

1) Butter
2) . Cheese

3) Cooking oil
4) Evaporated Milk

5) Flour

6) Margarine

7) Rice

HARRION THOMPSON
PERMANENT SECRETARY



(AMENDMENT) : REGULATIONS, 2002



~GN633.

The public is advised that prices as shown inthe Schedule for LEAD FREE: GASOLINE sold by
FREEPORT OIL COMPANY LIMITED and DIESEL OIL sold by TEXACO BAHAMAS LIMITED
will become effective on Fridsy January 18, 2008 and LEAD FREE GASOLINE sold by TEXACO
BAHAMAS LIMITED will become effective on Monday January 21, 2008.

GASOLINE SCHEDULE

MAXIMUM WHOLESALE SELLING PRICE
PER U.S. GALLON

INCLUDING EA

JINCLUDING SEA
MO AQOEE Oe.

NOT INCLUDING

NOT INCLUDING

FREIGHT.

FREIGAT



ESSO Standard Oil, S.A., Ltd. is looking for Talented Candidates
for the following position: |

OPERATIONS ENGINEER

ROLE:

Achieve success and flawless execution in Terminal/Fleet Operations through managing operations personnel on
a day to day basis. Responsible for pmduct receipt, storage and distribution and all operations rebted to them. «.
Ensure terminal/Reet activities are caried out safely and in accordance with Esso's standards and. ‘goverment -
regulations at an acceptable cost and at an extranndniary service level.

Tribune that EBR Holdings
-had been negotiating to sell
the 500-acre property, which
charges a $375 per night room
rate, to Petters Group World-
wide, and had halted work on
Phase Two of the resort’s build
6ut in the hope that the deal
would go through. It didn’t.

The Tribune previously
revealed that a sale to Gold-
man Sachs’ real estate private
equity arm and another pri-
vate equity fund, Rockpoint,
fell through last year.

This newspaper also learnt
that the Philadelphia-based
Adler Group, the financial
backer and supplier of seed
capital for Ginn Clubs &
Resorts’ $4.9 billion Ginn sur
mer project in Grand Bahama,
was approached to see if it was
interested in acquiring Emer-
ald Bay. The offer was under-
stood to have been declined.

Although the receivership
announcement did not identi-
fy the main creditor, The Tri-
bune has been informed that it

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NECESSARY SKILLS:

Bachelor degree in Engineering (Industrial, Electrical or Mechanical) or Related Fietts
~3- 4 Years of experience in areas of study .

~Great Interpersonal Effectiveness & Communication Skits

+ Cognitive/T echnical Business Knowledge: Anajtical Thinking, Innovation, Judgement
~Has Commitment to High Standards

~Resut Orented, Committed, with Drive & Perseverance

~ Exercises Influence: Demonstrates Self Confidence and Personal Impact
~Demonstrates Leadership

If you fulfill the position’s requirements, please send your resume by email to: recrultmentbahamas@yahoo.com


PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



Businessmen urged: Send message
that you don’t have cash access _

Legal Notice

Notice

ENI INTERNATIONAL BANK LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that at an Extraordinary
General Meeting of the Shareholders of the above-named Com-
pany duly convened and held on the Nineteenth day of December,
2007 the following resolutions were passed:

RESOLVED that the volugtary winding up of the Company due
to the termination of the operating activites since June 30, 2007.
RESOLVED that the appointment of MR. LYNDEN

MAYCOCK as liquidator.
Dated the 16th day of January, 2008.
ENI INTERNATIONAL BANK LIMITED

Registered Office
For the above-named Company

Legal Notice



FROM page one

business, the Superwash laun-
dromat chain, and that staff
knew he did not have access to,
or carry, large amounts of cash.

“I send that message
throughout my company, that
I don’t have access to large
amounts of cash, and don’t
carry large amounts of cash.”
_ Mr D’Aguilar said he sus-
pected that an “inside job”
had targeted 70-year-old
Franklin Nesbitt, a director at
General Brokers and Agents
Ltd on Collins Avenue, who
was accosted in his Love Beach
home, tied-up and kidnapped.

His attackers forcibly took
him to his workplace and
demanded that he open the
company safe, something both
he and they were unable to do.

A number of Bahamian busi-
nessmen and owners have pri-
vately expressed fears to Tri-
bune Business in the past that

the greatest threat to their
security, and that of their busi-
ness, is the one posed by a

‘rogue employee - rather than

totals strangers or outsiders.

That rogue current or for-
mer employee, by tipping off
and planning with friends and
relatives who have access to
muscle and firearms, is seen as
providing the greatest danger
to businessowners’ personal
security. .

Mr D’ Aguilar said: “It’s
frightening, and the worst thing
is to be targeted by someone
who doesn’t know how you
operate. You’ve got to take the
necessary steps to ensure the
message gets out, and ensure
you're not a target.”

Armed robbers, especially if
they are high on drugs or alco-
hol, if they do not know that a
business carries minimal cash,
or more likely to become frus-
trated and take this out by fir-
ing shots at anyone in the
immediate vicinity.

NOTICE

NOTICE

PRESCO INVESTMENTS LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) PRESCO INVESTMENTS LIMITED is in
voluntary dissolution under.the provisions
of Section 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 16th January, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd. of Pasea Estate, Road Town,
Tortola, British, Virgin Islands

Dated this 18th day of January, A.D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

CABO BLANCO LIMITED

| NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) CABO BLANCO LIMITED ts in
voluntary dissolution under the provisions
of Section. 137(4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 16th January, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro
Associated Ltd. of Pasea Estate, Road Town,
Tortola, British, Virgin Islands

Dated this 18th day of January, A.D. 2008

Verduro Associated Ltd.
Liquidator



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Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
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Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
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ICD Utilities
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NOTICE is hereby given that ROSANDRA JOSEPH OF
JAMES CISTERN, P.O. BOX 25802, ELEUTHERA,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and

itizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of
January, 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that WILSON CIMEUS of SAMSON
STREET, NASSAU VILLAGE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister resposible 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 9TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice

NOTICE

MYLEN LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) MYLEN LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
under the provisions of Section 137(4)
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 16th January, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse
Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this 18th day of January, A.D. 2008

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator

Dlibeane

CFA L"

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0.000 10.7
0.400 7.9
0.260 15.7
0.030 4.5
0.090 12.7
0.040 45.7
0.240 12.1
0.040 101.3
0.260 19.6
0.052 44.5
0.020 7.3
0.280 10.4
0.570 15.7
0.470 16.0
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price NAV KEY.

. “It seems now that business-
men and owners have to figure
out strategies to let people
know they ‘do not have access
to the company’s cash or carry
cash, or otherwise you make
yourself a target,” the Cham-
ber president added.

Pointing to the fact that Mr
Nesbitt’s home was invaded at
10am on a Sunday morning, Mr
D’ Aguilar added: “It’s a night-
mare, to put it mildly.”

Also commenting on this
week’s stabbing of a man on
Bay Street, in the heart of the
tourist area just a week after.a
school student was shot and
killed near the same spot, Mr
D’ Aguilar urged the Govern-
ment and police to beef up the
police presence in’ downtown
Nassau. .

Adding that the Bahamian .

tourism industry had to be pro-
tected. at all costs, Mr

D’ Aguilar said: “My personal -

belief is that once again there is
this gentral perception,
whether by our government or
police, that when a crime hap-
pens on Bay Street there’s no
adjustment.” He described the
attitude as being one of: “Let’s
hope and pray it doesn’t hap-
pen again.”

The Chamber president said
the police needed to decide
what were the key areas on
New Providence that needed
to be “flooded” with officers,
arguing that Bay Street, which
was where some 70 per cent of

visitors to the Bahamas - cruise
ship passengers - shopped, fit-
ted this criteria.

“On the busiest street in the
Bahamas, you have to make a
decision that you’re going to
operate a little differently than
on other streets,” Mr
D’ Aguilar said.

“Bay Street is where the
tourists shop, and you hardly
see any police there. We need
to flood that street with police
to ensure that, from 10am to
5pm, the hours they get off the
boat, Bay Street is secure.”

The Government, police and
private sector also had to com-
mit to cleaning Bay Street up,
ridding it of drug.pushers and
dealers, unlicensed vendors
selling counterfeit, unsafe
products, and drunks and
vagrants.

Mr D’Aguilar said the
Bahamas had been “bloody
lucky” that the shooting and
subsequent death of a CR
Walker student on Bay Street
had received no media-cover-
age, and this nation had to
ensure such an incident did not
happen again.

Tourists would not be intim-
idated at the sight of police
officers armed with revolvers,
Mr D’Aguilar said, adding:
“We’ve got to send a message:
no, no, no, it can’t happen on
Bay Street. We’ve got to pro-
tect our tourism industry. We
can’t take the risk of people
getting injured on Bay Street.”




NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that GUERDA DUROSEAU LOUIDOR
of SOLDIER ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister resposible 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 January, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

WANTED

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boy. Apply in person with resume:



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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that LOUISDIN ST. LUC of BACARDI

ROAD, P.O. BOX CB-13330, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying

to the Minister resposible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and.
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written

and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from

the 11TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister responsible

for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

Bahamas. ,



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that GUYANNE SEMEUS of SAMSON
STREET, NASSAU VILLAGE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister resposible 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 9TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Established Bahamian Company in
Construction, Service and Retail

Is looking to hire an energetic and ambitous _
Bahamian person as

MANAGER

Salary plus incentive scheme.

Als ssible share hase 1
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks 80 poss! D c s lal . puc 1aSe option
52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for dally volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Change in closing price from day to day

Daily Vol. - Number of total shares traded today

DIV § - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months

P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings

(S) - 4-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

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Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

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NAV - Net Asset Valuo

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FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

*~ 11 January 2008
**~ 31 December 2007
*** ~ 31 October 2007

Replies in writing with Resume to
“MANAGER”. P.O. Box CB-11541


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‘MIR. WILSON 1S JUST A BIG KID WITH ALL
OF THE FUN TAKEN’ sak OF Ha i :

Opening lead — five of hearts.
Many deals present declarer with
a choice of two different suits to
develop. Sometimes the suits appear
to be about equal to each other in

‘Choosing Which Suit to Establish



K of diamonds and learned that the
missing diamonds were 4-1 (or 5-0),
he could then abandon the suit and
turn his attention to clubs. Playing
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Neither side vulnerable. held, continued with a club to the
NORTH king, on which East discarded . low
#874 spade. West took the king with the ;
VA3 ace and returned a heart, es FRIDAY,
@AK7542 three heart tricks for the defense.
Q4 Since South could not come * nine JAN 1 8
WEST EAST tricks without conceding either a
a35 #Q10962 club or a diamond, he had to go} AQUARIUS — sai 21/Feb 18
¥Q10852 ¥3764 down one. A responsibility at home calls you
439 #Q108 In failing to make the contract, } away from work for a few days.
&A1093 &5 declarer did not recognize a subtle} Don’t let it worry you. Your super-
SOUTH but important difference between the } Visor will understand that this is
@AK3 two minor suits. Attacking clubs first] important business.
CHASE SQUIRRELS TRYING TO VK9 gave him no chance to recover if the] PISCES — Feb 19/Mar 20
ANYMORE , BITSY? SIMPLIFY 63 clubs tumed out to be divided 4-1.] Stop and smell the roses, Pisces,
. : 7 Ife #KI8762 The diamond suit, however, pre-| instead of just running from one
. The bidding: sented him with an opportunity to semen for ac 0 ee Enjoy the
South West North East test for a 3-2 division while retaining | scenery for a change.
1 Pas 14 Pass the cption to switch to clubs if the ARTES — Mar 21/Apr 20
2¢ Pass 3¢ Pass diamonds did not split 3-2. You're called into action at work,
3NT Thus, if declarer had cashed the A- | Aries. Prepare yourself mentally for a

challenging week ahead. There will be
no time to party or relax, as all eyes
will be on you.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21

Youare put to the test, Taurus, when

t case, advantage. a coworker is absent from work for a
ae cate Serie, In fhe actual deal, South would | few days: It will be your responsibil-
When the deal was played, South have continued with a third diamond } ity to cover for this person. Show
won the opening heart lead with the after cashing the A-K, thereby assur- higher-ups you can handle it.
king and, seeing very little difference ing nine tucks. By playing in this} GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21

in the trick-production possibilities

of the diamond and club suits,

elected to try to establish the clubs.
He therefore led a low club to the

fashion — giving himself two
chances instead of one — declarer
would have gone down only if both
minor suits were divided unevenly.

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make from the letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used once only, Each
must contain the centre letter and there must be
at least one nine-letter word. No plurals, or verb
forms ending in “s”, no words with initial capitals

and no words with a hyphen or apostrophe :
permitted. The first word of a phrase is permitted
(e.g. med in panies printer).

TODAY'S TAR

Good 19; very a 29; excellent 38 (or more).

Solution’ Monday.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION

acne alien ambiance amen amine

amnia anaemic anemia anil

anima animal: balance banal bane
bean blain cabin calamine canal
cane cinema clan clean elan
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main manacle mane mania

maniac manic manila mean
menial mien mince mine nail
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33 Fortified wine (6)
34 Melodious (7)
38 Surgical knife }
40 Blood vessel (

32, Lens 33, Flame 34, Desert 35, Elegance 36, Bunker



semi-final losers in the rapid world



Don’t shy away when.a challenge is
presented to you, Gemini. Now’s your
chance to prove to others that you have
what it takes to get the job done. A lit-
ue help from friends could be a benefit.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

A work opportunity arises on
Friday, Cancer. Don’t check out
early just because the weekend has
arrived. Put in a few extra hours to
finish a project.

‘LEO — Jul 23/Aug 23

A getaway is just what you nee
Leo. Pack light and head out on your
own for a much-needed rest. If oth-
ers look at you strangely, just smile
and continue with your plans.

VIRGO — Aung 24/Sep 22

A surprise is in store for midweek,
Virgo. It has romance written all
over it. This could be the opportu-
nity you’ve been waiting for. Use it
to your advantage.

| LIBRA - Sep 23/Oct 23
Misunderstandings at work put you
in the hot seat, Libra: Cool down
flaring tempers with some well-
crafted words. Expect opposition to
your apologies.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
You can’t fit another thing into
your week, Scorpio, so why try?

[-crveriepuzzie PUZZLE ied Slack off after Wednesday — you
deserve and need some time to
| f on yourself for a change.
ACROSS DOWN
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aad (7) mixed bars (6) : ei et ed | have, Sagittarius, It really is too
9 He's informed by word of mouth 2 How big the crown is? (4,4) good to be true, Trust others wisen
(3-6) 3 Savina fr 14 || : fe B they offer their opinions, because
13 When he begins piling it on, doing 4 ime eh fe they know what’s right. /
the same (5) 5 Asteak, etc., cooked outside anda ea | CAPRICORN -— Dec 22/Jan 20
14 Feel little (5) little cake (7) Peet | | ze You're ‘acting selfishly, Capricorn, —
5 aera = titi m 6 — Amisnomer! (6,4) a and making enemies in the process.
i -ooltheguiwhemonie: ‘7 Asou that’s not necessarily | on Remember, the world doesn’t
Electrifying Beauty” competition? French (4) | a rT ss] revolve around you, so give others
17 ee of the cloth (5) 10° Hot da protect me | some time to shine.
from beihg hurt (6) 5
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11 The, to us, grotesque antique - CHESS b Leonard Barden
(5) grotesq q vi
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the dog perform a trick (5) 12 _ Being given time to take om ays Fs
22 Grants nothing can get through the 3 sits 2 (6) | Ez mn . as
t :
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Bacrot, 4th rapid game, Mainz 2007.
25 Show having a drink with a man (7) make a catch (7) | , nh
77 Leaves out the Rin “sundry” (7) 24 Destroys when there’s a minor fight The Kazak and the Frenchman were



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“ pon d to play off
31 Captures the attempts to get the bal 26. “Long ago,” they read out, “arranged Sunshade (7) championship, and had to play
in (6) to” (3,4,3) ; : nL ayes a) } Amoniey (6) ‘for the bronze medal. They treated
32 The hour and the second ones? (5) 28 Arole in “The Letter” (9) pind Dr (5) underworld (8 the battle in a friendly spirit and
35 Don't keep the seat that’s lost its tp 29 Agood person, my dear, holds with 15 Make trivial 3 lesa a et could be seen exchanging jokes and
(5) integrity (7) objections (7) A Without dau t (9) sipping wine as they relaxed
36 a of we to leave in the 30 Calm and quiet, put the ‘ Ppand item (5) 5 Large tent (7) between games. Watchers believed
37 Think it’ i endl to have a picture ey a6) Lu ie oh sore (5) ; Counter (4) they might have settled for a 2-2
32 Blow! It’s going to reduce —_l 20 Of rabies ( } { 10 Men's hairdresser (6 result and a shared prize, and that
outside (7) our speed (4,4) 22 Group of relatives (6) s what happened when they
39 How Byron wrote, or just the N 23 ae wooded area (6) "Fruit (7) i ppe h
opposite (7) 33 Verbally supports non-vegetarian |. 25 Spartan n() , 7 2 sore é reached the final game with Bacrot
41 Contract with a snag (5) food (6) = 27 Paper handkerchiefs tj 19 Merctfal fs } 2-41 ahead. The ending looks drawn,
42 Anattempt to get one’s fair shareof 34 For awhile, push to the 3 . ee petonene 6 21 Pub doorman (7) since the obvious 1 Rb7 is met by which forced queening the pawn or
5 nn) os 24 Naval vessel (Il) =~ tel+ 2 Kg2 Rcl when White's rook =——_ winning Black's bishop. Can you spot
(5) w” 32 Sinks one's teeth into (5) 96 Hardun i 7ed g 9
_ 43° Felt again one had improved the 38 Game | play with sun image of (9) reflections? (6) i wi 36 Unify (5) : 28 i ev (td the past pawn against Black's king, rook and e
44 The retiring head admitted the cl 40 See as a plus for potential house ; a Malece stunt (7) i "bishop. But Kasim (White, to play)
off was a surprise (7) puyers (3) a F aul 3 Su ti found a more precise sequence LEONARD BARDEN
42 Male voice (5
43 Serve is) with 32 satel for

Chess: 8525: 1 Rd6+! If now Ke7 2 Ra6 Bb4 3 Na? ana
queens. So Black tried Kc8 2 Ra6 Bxc7 3 Ra8+ Bb8
(Kd7 4 Rxe8 Kxe8 5 Nxc7) 4 Nd6+ and 5 Nxe8 wins.

DOWN: 1, Drags 2, Clean 3, Stet 4, Repel 5, Peel 6, Second 9, Relate 11, Raw 12,
Feral 13, Repents 15, Tap 16, Air 18, Eraser 20, Medal 21, Can 22, Net 23, Gateau

25, Vim 28, Enter 30, Canny 31,

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A proposed $500 million resort
development for Norman’s Cay in the
Exumas could be close to becoming a
reality, if this photograph is anything
to judge developménts by.

The Setai Group’s co-founder met
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on

oe January 13, 2008, at the

ice of the Prime Minister, together
with his Bahaniian partners.
* Pictured from L to R in.Peter Ram-
Say’s photo are Bahamian attorneys’
Martin Solomon and R James Cole;
Prime Minister Ingraham and the
Setai Group’s Jonathan Breene..» » .:
The New York/Miam-based: Setai_
Group had partnered with the ultra
high-end, luxury resort chain Aman
Resorts for the $500 million Aman-
caya Resort projéct on Norman’s Cay,

-which has been projected by an-eco-. °

nomic impact study’ as creating 580

“i permanent jobs for Bahamians over a .

20-year period:
A ree of Agreement for phe pro-

x

ross OE See
Save Pha Abily g ans RAAT WEAA SARC ORU

The time has come to take the field once again.
2 Toemerge from the shadows and make countries proud.

Whe will'summon the strength? ..

‘Turn fear into motivation? Recognize their destiny?

The time has apie to take the Hal once again.
To defy the taws of physics. To'put'onan incredible show.
_ Who will make, the ayes of millions wide?

Putte upset? Makethe impossible cometiack?

’ + PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, JANUARY 18; 2008

pers mee

over $500m proje

ject was signed with the first Ingra-
ham administration in 2002, but the
developers then spent a frustrating
five years under the former Christie

-government trying to pang the project

to fruition.

No progress was made, and there
were suspicions that the project was
stymied by political considerations,
given that the Bahamian partners -
Messrs Solomon and Kelly, plus finan-
cial.executives Gregory Cleare and

« Mark Holowesko - who were due to

sell their Norman’s Cay landholdings

., to form part of Amancaya, are regard-
. ed as major FNM supporters.

There were also concerns about
how the Norman’s Cay development

-would work alongside a similar resort

project being put together on nearby
Wax Cay by Bahamian real estate
developer Lester Smith, cousin of for-

‘mer Hotél Corporation chairman and

former PLP MP George Smith.
The 2005 economic impact assess-

ETS

ment for the Setai Group project had
projected that the Amancaya would
further strengthen the Bahamas’ posi-

tion as a high quality destination for |
top-end tourists, and attract further |

investment into this nation.

Then, the project would have 1

included a 40-room Aman Resort,

110-slip marina, 82 deluxe villas and
20 golf course villas, and injected $330 |

million into Bahamian gross domestic

product (GDP) over a 20-year period, -

along with $77 million in construction
phase taxes. ’
By 2024, Amancaya was projected

to inject $36 million annually into |

Bahamian GDP, with construction
generating an average employment
of 867 over a nine-year period. Some

583 full-time employees would work

at the project.

The developers either declined to
comment, or could not be contacted, |
when reached by The Tribune yester- }

day.





The time has came to take the field once again.
To welcome new teams, new countries, new fans.

Who wili hear the call of victory?

Tena Ben ah eveat adv ko

The cries of defeat? The salutes of respect?

The time has come to take the field once again,
for night has fatlen.
And when night falls, cricket rises.

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THE TRIBUNE

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ColinaImperial Insur-
ance Company has named
Michele Fields to the posi-
tion of vice-president,
group and corporate
administration, effective
January 1, 2008.

Mrs. Fields’ new post,
which took effect from
January 1, 2008, followed
her 2005 appointment as
chief risk officer for Coli-
nalmperial, the Bahamian
life and health insurer.

‘In her new capacity as
vice-president, group and
corporate administration,
Mrs Fields will be respon-
sible for setting long-term
strategic objectives in ali.
matters related to health
insurance, and will contin-
ue.in her capacity as corpo-
tate secretary to the Board
of Directors of Colina ;
Holdings Bahamas. That
company is the BISX-listed
holding vehicle for Coli-
nalmperial Insurance
Company.

“ColinaImperial counts
itself fortunate to have the
benefit of the insight and
expertise that has always
been a hallmark of Mrs
Fields’ service to this com-
pany,” said Mr Braith-
waite.

“It is with great pleasure
that we make this

‘announcement, and look

forward to having Michele

_ make her mark in yet

another area within Coli-

' nalmperial.”

Mrs Fields, who qualified

. as a chartered accountant

in 1982, has been a mem-
ber of the executive team
at ColinaImperial and its

‘ legacy companies for over

12 years.

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