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The Tribune

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

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newspaper ( sobekcm )
newspaper ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
Bahamas

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Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.

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Ingraham makes
announcement after

criticising service of

communications giant

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

THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company will be pri-
vatized before the end of this
year, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham announced yesterday.

While addressing a crowd of
tourism officials at the National
Tourism Week celebrations at
the Wyndham Nassau Resort
yesterday, Mr Ingraham devi-
ated from his prepared text to
make this announcement after
already highlighting the poor
service of the communications
giant.

In his presentation on the
state of tourism in the Bahamas,
Mr Ingraham explained that vis-
itors complain that the coun-
try’s communications services
are “expensive and unreliable”.

“T assure all and sundry that
Batelco will be privatized this

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@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

Trio charged with thefts
from credit card centre

year, 2008,” the Prime Minister
said.

Currently, the Bahamas is the
only remaining country in the
Caribbean region to be bur-
dened with no cellular compe-
tition.

In fact, BTC is becoming
ever-more reliant on this cellu-
lar monopoly to maintain prof-
itability, according to its 2006
annual report which revealed
that this segment generated 65
per cent, or $212.784 million, of
its total $327.36 million revenue
for that year.

The 2006 cellular revenues
represented a 17 per cent
increase upon the previous year,
or growth of $30.8 million.

BTC president and chief
executive, Leon Williams, indi-
cated the importance of its cel-
lular monopoly to the state-

SEE page eight



THREE persons, including a minor, were arraigned Thursday in
Magistrate’s Court on stealing charges amounting to more than
$40,000 from the Royal Bank of Canada’s credit card centre.

Troy Conrad Cargill, 19, of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates, and
Demetria Rolle were charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to
commit stealing, stealing by reason of employment, and stealing

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LET’S SHAKE ON IT: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Phaiinan and CEO of Baha Mar Resorts Ltd
Sarkis Izmirlian shake hands after signing a supplemental agreement for the $2.6 billion investment pro-
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Govt signs deal with Baha Mar for
Cable Beach investment project

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



GOVERNMENT has signed
a supplemental Heads of Agree-
ment with Baha Mar, and its
joint venture partner Harrah's
for the $2.6 billion investment
project on Cable Beach. This
comes some 33 months after the
initial agreement was signed for

the project during the Christie
administration.

The signing ceremony took
place yesterday afternoon at the
Cabinet Office on Bay Street,
with Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham overseeing the his-
toric moment, along with nine
other members of his cabinet.

“We just signed a supple-
mental agreement with Baha
Mar with respect to their

increased investment — with

respect to their development on
Cable Beach,” said Mr Ingra-
ham in a brief statement. “And
the agreement will be made
public. We will table it in the
House of Assembly at an early
date. And there will be a debate
because some of the transfers

SEE page eight

Americans to pay Our tourism product

more for passports

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

needs a boost — PM

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



IN yet another change to the rules relating to
travel outside the US for Americans, the US
Embassy announced that its citizens will now

‘have to pay more for new passports and

renewals.

In a release issued yesterday, the US embassy

said that the new fee schedule

the cost of a new adult passport rise from $97 to

SEE page 11



PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham warned mem-
> bers of the tourism industry yesterday that the
Bahamas’ tourism product is not what it should be
given the fact that the country has been a touristic
destination for over half a century.

Noting that tourism is not only the engine, but
the lifeline of the Bahamian economy, Mr Ingra-
ham said that while we as a country should treat it as
such, too often this is not the case.

SEE page 11

Well-known
Nassau doctor
dies in UK at
age of 89

Dr. Paul Poad



DR PAUL POAD, who
practised medicine in Nassau
for just under 50 years, died at
his home in England on
Wednesday at the age of 89.

Dr Poad was born in the
Manse of Ebenezer Methodist
Church, Shirley Street, Nassau,
on November 26, 1918. His
father was the late Rev Frank E

«Poad, a much-loved minister,

and his mother was the late Mrs
Olive G Poad (nee Higgs) of
Harbour Island.

A younger brother, Joseph
Basil Poad, was born in Har-
bour Island in 1922.

Rev Poad worked in India
from 1924 to 1945 and Dr Poad
and his brother Basil attended
Woodstock School in the —
foothills of the Himalayas,

SEE page 11

Police officers
await decision
on whether to

upgrade charges

A DECISION has yet to be
made whether or not to
upgrade the charges against two
police officers accused of the
June 2007 beating of Desmond
Key.

Corporal Donavon Gardiner
and Constable Tavares Bowleg
stood before Magistrate Susan
Sylvester in court 11 on Nassau
Street yesterday, where it was
thought that Gardiner’s s charge
of grievous harm and Bowleg's s
charge of abetment to grievous
harm might have been upgrad-
ed to murder and abetment to

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ads, or air platnts, to HSB President Sarah Lobosky (far right). They'll

be selling again at the HSB plant sale.

Plant enthusiasts get

PLANT enthusiasts can make
their love grow with living
Valentines at the Horticultural
Society of the Bahamas annual
plant sale.

The cvent will take place
tomorrow (10am to 2pm) at the
Bahanias National Trust's head-
quarters, The Retreat, Village
Road, opposite Queen’s. Col-



lege. Water plants, roses and
orchids will be for sale.

. Former HSB president Eric
Butler, co-chairman of the pop-
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KEITH PARKER comes and goes with a truck load of plants each year
at the HSB plant sale, which will take place tomorrow at the Bahamas

National Trust headquarters.

Plants range in price from less
than a dollar to more than $100,
depending on size and rarity.
HSB members grow the plants
and label them for sale with 15
per cent of the sale price going
to the HSB. Orchids from
Flamingo Nurseries are a pop-
ular feature each year.

Of special interest are hun-
dreds of dramatic bromeliads,
tiny tillandsias or ‘airplants’ to
gigantic hybrids with a five-foot
long leaf.

Members often donate bare
root plants to the sale for land-
scaping. No plants will be sold

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ready for annual sale

before 10am on Saturday, said
Mr Butler.

Founded by the late Mrs Sara
Bardelmeier in 1984, the HSB
conducts field trips and partici-
pates in horticultural shows.

Helping beautify the nation
is one of the society’s goals. As
a result, unusual plants and
sound advice on growing them
are featured at the society’s
popular sale. each year.

The HSB now includes more
than 100 members, including all
the garden clubs, top horticul-
turalists, and family island grow-
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THE TRIBUNE

Teacher raps
the critics of
disciplinary
measures

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







An R M Bailey teacher has described criticism by parents of the
school’s disciplinary initiative as “pathetic”.

The teacher defended the measures as entirely necessary if students are
to learn and go on to become productive members of society.

English teacher Jessie Dowlatt-Moxey said that the 80 strong staff at the
school will not be swayed by negative comments from some parents and
are resolved to continue with the principal’s disciplinary programme.
“We are calling on all heads of churches, parents and the entire commu-
nity to assist in the correct discipline of our young people. We are not going
to allow anyone to cause us to bend or lower our standards,” she said.

In her strongly-worded statement, Ms Dowlatt-Moxey said: “We were
of the opinion that it is a known fact that our youth is out of hand and des-
perately needs to be taught to respect authority and walk the line. Instead
of being greeted by praises .. . regrettably there are factions of this soci-
ety who do not support this initiative. And then we wonder why the
crime rate is escalating daily,” she said.

The educator responded to comments made by a mother in the Nassau
Guardian about the teachers involved in the disciplinary initiative. The
mother suggested that the teachers may be attention-seeking or “lacking
something”, however Ms Dowlatt-Moxey said such comments will only
“lead to further disrespect of authority by students and a collapse of
what we are trying to build.”

In Mid-January, the mother complained that her daughter was placed
“behind cage-like doors” in the R M Bailey gymnasium after her skirt was
deemed to be too short.

She stated that the disciplinary actions taken by the school in relation
to her daughter, who has a 3.30 grade point average, and other students,
were overzealous, unwarranted and encouraged “a rebellious spirit” in the
children. She called on Minister of Education Carl Bethel to assist her in
having her daughter transferred.

Calling for parents to “step up to the plate”, Ms Dowlatt-Moxey com-
mended the school’s principal, Julian Anderson, as a “man of discipline and
vision”. “If parents cannot see that what we are standing for is the right
thing then may God help you all,” she said.

The teacher said that parents must realise that conformity “will not mag-
ically asc¢nd” on students once they leave school and are required to enter
the workforce. “It has to be a gradual growth” starting in school, she
said. A school that lacks orderliness will cause students to become “unmo-
tivated and distressed”, creating an environment that lends itself to under-
achievement, she asserted.*

Ms Dowlatt-Moxey lamented the fact that teachers are forced to take
on “multi roles” as a result of the “home conditions and other dire cir-
cumstances that face our students” — only to be abused for doing so.

She added that misbehaviour among pupils is the leading cause of
teacher resignations. The educator said parents contribute to school dis-
ciplinary issues by allowing children to have iPods, expensive jewellery and
the latest “fashions and hairdos” meanwhile failing to ensure they have the
necessary materials for classes.

She said: “It is parents who do not come to collect their children’s °
reports on time and so allow their poor children to be locked up in the dirty,
burnt down gym. It is parents who do not attend PTA meetings to find out
how their children are doing.” ‘




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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, PAGE 3



© In brief

COB: We are
committed to
partnership
with labour
leaders

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

THE College of the Bahamas
has responded to union com-
plaints, saying that it is committed
to “working in full partnership”
with its labour leaders to “build
the University of the Bahamas.”

In a release issued yesterday,
the College’s Office of Commu-
nications stated that it looks for-
ward to “resolving differences”
raised by the Union of Tertiary
Educators of the Bahamas “at the
table rather than in the press.”

UTEB alleged yesterday that
College management’s efforts to
ensure the institution attains uni-
versity status were causing the
college to overlook the needs of
its staff and faculty.

It accused college management
of “creatively interpreting” their
May, 2006 industrial agreement
and failing to negotiate “in good
faith” over disputed issues.

The union stated that there was
a prolonged lack of promotional
exercises at the college, and
expressed further consternation
over recent suggestions made by
the COB Council that College
President Janyne Hodder would
have some oversight of the pro-
motions process.

However, the college said yes-
terday that it has “proposed a
promotional exercise for faculty
(that is) consistent with common
practice in universities.”

It further claimed to “partici-
pate willingly in trade dispute res-
olution in those cases where its
interpretation of the collective
agreement differs from that of
the union.”

Additionally, while UTEB
asserted that research at the col-
lege “lacks direction and pur-
pose” and its faculty members
have been subject to “adverse
working conditions and uncer-
tainty about their career path”,
the college said that its Strategic
Plan “outlines in detail the direc-
tion for research” at the institu-
tion.

“Increasing research perfor-
mance is a key building block to
creating the University of the
Bahamas,” said the college, not-
ing that faculty research perfor-
mance must be raised and
research focus must be “on areas
of national need.”

UTEB alleged that college fac-
ulty have been “let go without
just cause,” while Bahamians
qualified to masters level are
being “denied employment as the
search for faculty with PhDs out-
weighs the national imperative
and fulfills the need for PhD quo-
tas.”

The union further contended
that despite this drive for better
qualified persons, there is a “lack
of support and assistance,” to
doctoral candidates.

The college admitted yester-
day that increasing the number
of staff members who are edu-
cated to the doctoral level is a
priority goal.

However, it stated that “no
member of the UTEB bargain-
ing unit has been dismissed by
the college” and added that it
provides paid study leave to
Bahamian faculty to pursue mas-
ter’s and doctoral degrees.

“This year alone, the college
has invested $698,364 in paid
study leave for these faculty.

“The college also recruits fac-
ulty, Bahamian and non-Bahami-
an, with doctoral degrees,” said
the college.

It expressed a belief that “all
matters requiring negotiation”
will be resolved.

Police launch
prohe after
Skeleton found

Detectives from Grand
Bahama and Abaco have started
an intense investigation on Aba-
co, following the discovery on
Monday of human skeletal
remains.

A resident of Spring City,
reported to officers at the Marsh
Harbour Police Station, that while
walking his dog along a track road
in that settlement, the dog ven-
tured into the bushes and began
running around in circles and
whining.

He said that he went to see
what had excited the dog when
he saw what appeared to be
human skeletal remains lying on
the ground.

Officers, accompanied by the
resident doctor, went to the loca-
tion where they saw the remains,
which appeared to have been in
that location for a considerable
period of time. The doctor con-
firmed they were human remains.

After processing the scene,
officers had the remains taken to
the morgue in Marsh Harbour.

An intensive investigation is
now underway as a result of this
discovery.

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Police quiz ‘several people’ over
four murders in New Providence

questioned in connection with those mat-
ters.”

The incidents include the murder of
Marvin Seymour, shot in his Joan’s
Heights home on January 22; the double
murder of Jenny Thurston and Lynden
Pratt, who were found dead ina.
Pinewood Gardens home on January 26,
and the murder of Damien Bastian, who
was shot at a house party in Yellow
Elder Gardens.

Last week, five murders were record-
ed, four of them occurring within a 20-
hour span.

m@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net



POLICE are questioning several peo-
ple in connection with four of the five
murders which occurred in New Provi-
dence last week but have yet to make an
arrest, Asst Supt Walter Evans said yes-
terday.

Mr Evans said he could not confirm if
investigators believe the incidents are
related, adding: “These persons are being

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January 23, 2008

Dear My Fellow Brothers and Sisters of the Bahamas,

This letter to the public is to address concerns, questions about actions displayed by
ZNS staff when refusing to have my radio ads played on their radio station. The
fundamental principle of Freedom of Speech and Expression is being challenged by the
government radio station of the Bahamas in the year 2008. My fellow Brothers and
Sisters of the Bahamas, my belief and understanding of Freedom of Speech and
Expression in a démocratic country like the Bahamas, Freedom of Speech and
Expression is the most protected, guarded, sacred foundation of democracy in a
Democratic country that ensures democracy is being demonstrated and expressed in a
democratic country when allowing Freedom of Speech and Expression in the public
newspaper, radio and tv media that was demonstrated during the 1960's when Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X was allowed to speak in public, in the
newspapers, radio and tv to share, convictions, views, and vision for equality of black
African Americans in America. History has shown that South Africa did not allow
freedom of speech and expression for black South Africans in the public, newspaper,
radio and tv. It was the reason why it took a long time for Aparthied ‘to finally end in
South Africa in the 1990's.

My radio ad was played on Island FM on January 3rd, 4th and 16th of 2008; but was
refused to be aired on ZNS; first in October 2007 and January 2008. | contacted
Minister K. Forbes of the F. N. M. government of my displeasure and surprise of ZNS
not playing my radio ad. Democracy and Freedom of Speech is deeply connected
together. You cannot have one without the other. This is the greatest test and assurance
of democracy in a democratic country like the Bahamas. | am truly shocked and
surprised of ZNS's actions, does the F. N. M. government believe in Freedom of Speech
in a democratic country? My radio ad is to educate and inform the Bahamian people of
the policies at the Hotel Pension Management fund as an-advocate for change and
being the people’s champion for justice against injustice. | will be taking legal advice
and consultation with my lawyer to decide what action, if necessary, to take concerning
this matter with ZNS in challenging my Freedom of Speech and Expression when
refusing to play my radio ad in the Bahamas.






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On January 22, police were called to
the home of Seymour, 39, after three
gunmen kicked down the front door of
his wooden house before shooting him
multiple times.

His four children witnessed the shoot-
ing. Seymour died at the scene.

Four days later, the two-year-old
granddaughter of Jenny Thurston, 43,
found Thurston and Lynden Oscar Pratt,
26, dead in a bedroom at Thurston’s
Pinewood Gardens home.

Neighbours said they saw the two-
year-old wandering the streets. The child

reportedly told them that the two vic-
tims were covered in red liquid.

That same day, Damien Bastian, 28,
was shot at a house party on Melbourne
Street, Yellow Elder Gardens, in front of
a number of witnesses.

Peter Andrew Collie was also killed on
January 26. He was shot in the head out-
side a club parking lot on Elizabeth
Avenue. Police are trying to discover
the whereabouts of Kelly Mitchell of
Apple Street, as he is wanted for ques-
tioning in connection with that murder,
Mr Evans said.







GOOD LUCK: Retired Comptroller of Customs John Rolle
speaks with the Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on
Wenesday night at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort on
West Bay Street. Mr. Rolle served as Comptroller of Cus-
toms from February 1993 until his retirement on January
18, 2008.

Photos: Felipé Major/Trubune Staff






Hunt for two bandits

POLICE are on the lookout for two bandits who held down
and robbed a 42-year-old woman in front of her Nassau Street
home in broad daylight.

Police reports indicate that around 2pm on Wednesday,
the woman was arriving at her home in Nassau Village when
she was accosted by two men who robbed her of a handbag
containing a large sum of cash.

The robbers escaped the scene in a green Kia Jeep, police
said.

This matter is under active investigation.















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THE TRIBUNE



EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR



The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A. LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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

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The Tribune can’t manage the headlines

RECENTLY Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-

ham bemoaned the fact that the local press —
especially this newspaper — puts too much
emphasis on crime. He complained that almost
every day The Tribune’s headlines record a
crime.
Unfortunately this will continue as long as
crime remains an almost daily occurrence and
the major concern of residents of this country.
Mr Ingraham is not the only person who thinks
this way. But he must remember that a news-
paper reports the daily news, it does not make
it. And as long as crime is the number one event
on most days, it will remain the number one
headline.

As our news editor Paco Nunez rightly said
on January 25 in response to Mr Ingraham’s
comments: “Ultimately, it must be recognised
that the only responsible way for a society to
alter newspaper headlines is to deal with the
issues highlighted in those headlines.”

Mr Ingraham says that crime is not as terri-
ble as The Tribune makes it out to be. This,
we presume, is because most of these crimes
are being committed by a handful of persons
with criminal records who are settling old scores.
In other words to look at it coldly, many of
them are criminals killing criminals and saving
the police and the courts much time and the
country much expense.

This might be true, but the boldness of these
hoodlums — firing illegal guns at random dur-
ing daylight hours on our busy main street —
not only terrifies a community, but threatens its
very livelihood.
| The other danger is that — as was the case of
19-year-old student DeAngelo Cargill who was
buried a few weeks ago — an innocent
bystander can be the victim of a bullet intended
for someone else. Young Cargill was standing
with a group of students at the corner of Fred-
erick and Bay Streets waiting for a bus when he
was fatally struck in a drive-by shooting.

And so no matter how long a man’s criminal
record might be, and although his bullet might
be intended for someone equally as criminal
as himself, it’s always the innocent bystander
who gets in the way, and is mowed down. There-
fore, regardless of how far on the back page
we might bury a crime story, innocents like
Cargill will continue to be among the victims.

Many of these persons responsible for these
crimes are criminals out on bail awaiting trial for
new crimes. They should not, and should never
have been on our streets.

The public blames the courts for releasing
them, the courts blame the executive for not
providing the facilities and staff to make early
trials possible, and many point an accusing fin-
ger at the Privy Council and our constitution for

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setting time limits on how long an accused can
be held in prison awaiting trial.

The public does not care who is responsible.
They want criminals off their streets so that
they can sleep in peace at night. If the courts
need more space, then it’s up to government to
provide that space. If the judges need more
staff, then more competent staff has to be
employed. But the fingerpointing has to stop,
and action has to be taken on both sides to
bring order to society.

There was a time in this country when there
was no bail for anyone charged with murder.
However, times have changed, circumstances
have changed and pressures on the courts have
changed. To comply with the law that guaran-

tees a speedy trial to an offender even those ,

accused of murder are now walking the streets.

At first they were held on remand awaiting
trial for at least five years. Then it was two
years, and now they are no sooner in jail than
they are out. The public is alarmed. And, of
course, Bahamians are looking accusingly at
the courts and liberal-minded lawyers, because
the only way an accused can be released is if
those who have the authority open the prison
doors.

On Monday a Freeport grou, known as
Families for Justice, publicly expressed concern
that four men charged with murder were out on
bail. The spokesman said it was felt that these
persons should have been denied bail.

They were also alarmed at the reasons given
for their release. According to a report received
from the Attorney General one of the men was
released on bail within four months because of
an ear infection. The second was released short-
ly after complaining that he had asthma attacks.
The Attorney General’s office gave no reason
for the early release of the other two accused.
No wonder Bahamians are scandalised. And
no wonder they are blaming a too liberal court
system.

Mr Ingraham claimed in his statement that
the reporting of crime by the press had led to
hotels deciding not to carry local newspapers.

This is not entirely true. Sundry stores in
most of the hotels, including Atlantis, sell The
Tribune. However, the hotels do not permit
local newspapers to be delivered to guest rooms.
This is not a recent decision. This started in the
seventies when drug smuggling made the head-
lines.

And so as long as newspapers continue their
job of covering the news — highlighting the
most important events — and crime remains on
the streets, it will also remain in the headlines.
That, unfortunately, is the nature of a newspa-
per — a mirror of the community.



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PASTOR EARLE FRANCIS J.P.,0.D.
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Phones: 323-6452 » 393-5798
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Uncaring FNM

govt is taking

benefits from
the poor

EDITOR, The Tribune.

SEE below sections of the
Tariff Act, extracted from the
fourth schedule, part “B” sec-
tion 14, sub-sections one
through four, which was enact-
ed into law, by the PLP gov-
ernment on Ist January, 2003.
This gave taxicab, livery car,
tour car and bus franchise own-
ers, “Customs Duty Exemp-
tions” on, both new and used,
vehicles purchased and import-
ed for use, exclusively, in the
hospitality industry.

Franchise holders were at lib-
erty to procure their units,
either from foreign sources or
from local automobile dealer-
ships here in the Bahamas.

It is also interesting to note
that this law permitted persons
in these groupings to purchase
used vehicles from individuals
and have the customs duty
refunded, based on the value,
assessed by Bahamas Customs,
prevailing at the time of pur-
chase.

The law, as it reads verbatim,
follows: -

Sub-section (1) “Any new
motor vehicle imported
between Ist January, 2003 and
Ist January, 2008 for use by the
holder of a taxicab or livery car
license.

Sub-section (2) any new
motor vehicle imported
between Ist January, 2003 and
Ist January, 2008-for use by the
holder of Omnibus.or.Tour-car
franchise, ans

Subésection (3) where any
new motor vehicle is purchased
in the Bahamas for use as a
taxicab, omnibus, livery car, or
tour car, the customs duties
paid on the said motor vehicle




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shall be refunded by the comp-
troller of customs, except that in
respect of a used motor vehi-
cle purchased in the Bahamas,
the duty to be refunded is the
duty applicable to the value of
the vehicle as levied by the
comptroller of customs at the
time of the purchase.

Sub-section (4) where any
new motor vehicle is imported
into or purchased in the
Bahamas for use as a taxicab,
omnibus, livery car, or tour car
as specified in subsections (1),
(2), and (3) and the said motor
vehicle is used for any purpose
other than that of a taxicab, or
livery car license or for use in an
omnibus or tour car franchise,
the customs duties which would
have been payable shall forth-
with therefore become payable
and the customs duties which
were refunded shall be payable:
unquote.

It is disheartening, to say the

least, that after five years of,
(Public Service Drivers), enjoy-
ing this benefit under the PLP
government, the FNM govern-
ment has now taken it away
from them.

This is the second benefit tak-

~en away,-by-the-FNM-govern>
ment from.poor Bahamians.:so
far this month and it has me
wondering, what’s next?

I saw a newspaper headline
on Saturday past, where Laing,
I suppose, was trying to defend
his FNM government's decision
to cancel those “duty” and




“stamp tax” exemptions. ‘These
exemptions affected, essential-
ly, poor Bahamians buying
homes for the first time and
public service drivers wishing
to upgrade their vehicles. These
groupings enjoyed these
exemptions under five years of
PLP governance, but now this
uncaring FNM government has
taken them away.

I don’t believe you can
defend that, Laing, no, sir, there
is no defence for what you and
Ingraham have done to poor
Bahamians. Tell us what tax
exemptions are you taking
away from the rich Bay Street
boys? Brent Symonnette, the
Moskos, the Kellys, the
Pritchards; what, tell us what?

January 2008, will always be
remembered, by poor Bahami-
ans, like a bad nightmare;
“stamp tax free” for first time
home buyers gone; “duty free”
cars for taxicabs, omnibuses,
livery and tour cars gone, and
no National Health Care for
Bahamians.

The FNM say having Nation-
al Health Care is too expensive;
the PLP say not having Nation-
al Health Care is too expensive.

Herein lies the clear differ-
ence between a concerned and
caring PLP government and an
unconcerned and uncaring
FNM (Bay Street) government.
1 hate to be the one to remind
you that. I told you so; but f.teld
you so. anes

Those are my views.

t:{ PEt TR

retdisgd

hy

FORRESTER J CARROLL
JP

Freeport,

Grand Bahama,

January 28, 2008.

Save us from these bureaucrats

EDITOR, The Tribune.

Why is that employers, be
they public or private sector in
our Bahamaland, will put the
most educationally-challenged
employee as the first line deal-
ing with the customer?

A case in point: this after-
noon I| took a letter into the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Ltd, signed by both
myself and my wife — we each

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Looking for somewhere to sit
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request to you?”

Now this concept was totally
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“..0on this occasion | think we
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Now, what on earth was that
about?

Of course, I have to be fair
to the junior employee and state
that there are some seriously
prize idiots in senior manage-
ment as well, | am quite confi-
dent that the young lady | am
maligning above did not think
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is what she is told to ask for and
any deviation from the pre-
pared script is probably grounds
for firing!

Someone, anyone, please
save us from these moronic
bureaucrats.

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Minister: There have been no
Urban Renewal terminations

mw By CLUNIS DEVANEY



MINISTER of Housing and Nation-
al Insurance Kenneth Russell said in
parliament yesterday that despite alle-
gations, there have been.no termina-
tions from the Urban Renewal pro-
gramme.

Refuting a claim made during yes-
terday’s morning sitting of the House
by West End and Bimini MP Obie
Wilchcombe, that 40 persons on Grand
Bahama were terminated from the pro-
gramme, Minister Russell told parlia-
mentarians that there have been no
terminations from the programme in
Grand Bahama or anywhere else in
the country.

He pointed out that persons who
worked in Urban Renewal had come

Kenneth Russell refutes claim by Obie Wilchcombe that 40
people on Grand Bahama were terminated from programme

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from the Department of Social Ser-
vices.

“Based on the study that we did in
the reorganisation of Urban Renewal
those persons are to go back to Social
Services and be redeployed by Social
Services,” Mr Russell said.

He indicated that some of the per-
sons will still be working on and carry-
ing out case aid work for Urban
Renewal, while some will be working
in other programmes for Social Ser-

vices.

Others, he noted, will be placed else-
where in the Ministry of Health and
Social Development and other min-
istries that need assistance.

“That is what the plan is because
the ministry responsible for Urban
Renewal needed to be able to put
together its own programme and have
persons who are responsible to us
working to push those programmes,”
Minister Russell said.

He emphasised that there is only
one person working for Urban Renew-
al under the Ministry of Housing in
Grand Bahama, and confirmed that
the individual iis still working for
Urban Renewal and doing what they
have been doing before.

“We will make a much broader
statement when we kick-off the new
Urban Renewal thrust and programme
here in New Providence in two weeks,”
Minister Russell said.

Government plans to create craft
market at Prince George Wharf

GOVERNMENT plans to
create an Authentically
Bahamian craft market at the
Prince George Dock.

The market will offer
Bahamian-made souvenirs to
“discerning” visitors, Minister
of Public Works and Transport
Earl Deveaux said.

“Our conclusion is we will
restore the Prince George
warehouse,” he said. “The
plans are well advanced. We
should have all the mechani-
cal and electrical drawings
completed, I was told, by the
31st of January so we can go to
tender.

“We will restore that build-
ing. Make it something similar
to the Festival Place — proper
bathrooms, a mezzanine floor,
wide aisles and something we
could all be proud of. But it
will only be available for
authentically Bahamian
goods.”

At the same time, govern-
ment plans to address the
appearance and structural
strength of the tent that
presently houses the Straw
Market, Mr Deveaux said. He
said the government will make
the tent “more habitable.”

He pointed out that the gov-
ernment is not likely to force
vendors to move out of the
tent, no matter what they are
selling.

*» “People who understand ,

that tourists want value and
they want quality will know
that what we are doing is for
their best interest,” he said.
“And they will produce good
products and offer them to

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“Our vision is quite broad
and big. We see downtown
as coming from Blake Road
in the west to Fox Hill Road
in the east. And we see the

waterfront as part of the
ambiance we need to create

to restore the city centre.’

— Minister Earl Deveaux

people who are discerning and
demanding of better quality.
And those who want to sell
fake goods, we’ll let the police
take care of them.”

Mr Deveaux provided a
glimpse of government’s over-
all plan for the development
of downtown Nassau.

The concept calls for the
addition of lights, signs, lamp
posts and other practical fea-
tures as well as improvements
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The design will aim to recre-

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“Our vision is quite broad
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downtown as coming from
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see the waterfront as part of
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Minister Deveaux said that
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What will it take for the government to
YOUR SAY

m@ By ATHENA DAMIANOS

hat will it take for
the government to
deal with the violent

crime problem that is rocking
our island and the many social
disorders feeding it?

The murder of a teenage stu-
dent on Bay Street — the heart
of our dying ‘tourist mecca’ —
just two days into the New Year
was bad enough.

But the shooting death of
four people over a 20-hour peri-
od at the weekend, bringing to
nine the total number of mur-
ders in the Bahamas so far this
year, surely has to galvanise the
authorities into action.

The lame excuse that the
majority of murders involve
people who know each other,
or are themselves criminals, will
no longer suffice.

The year 2007 ended with the
tragic shooting death of Police
Constable Ramos Williams,
who was gunned down during a
routine police patrol on the out-
skirts of town.

And then, just days into the
start of the New Year, the first
murder was recorded Saturday
when a man was shot in east-
ern New Providence.

The killing came amid ongo-
ing concerns about violent
crimes in the country with 79
murders reported in 2007 and
five unclassified.

Both political parties went
into the 2007 general election
without a plan to combat the
spiralling trend in violence in
what was to become a record
year of murder, like ostriches
burying their heads in the sand.



Upon election, the ruling par-
ty took the same lazy, unimagi-
native and predictable approach
of its predecessor and appoint-
ed a committee to look into a
problem more than 30 years in
the making.

Meanwhile, the majority of
recommendations of other
hard-working committees
appointed to do the same over
the years have been left to lan-
guish on a shelf to collect dust.

The truth is that on the ques-
tion of dealing with crime, our
governments have either been
inept, don’t care or simply lack
the political will to get the job
done.

We elected a new govern-
ment to move our country for-
ward, not to make excuses.

It is inconceivable that the
police are unable to get a han-
dle on crime on an island 21
miles long by seven wide.

If major cities such as Boston
and New York got a grip on
their vicious crime problems,
there’s no reason why tiny Nas-
sau can’t do the same.

BROKEN WINDOWS

Both cities employed the
Broken Windows (zero toler-
ance) programme, which
embraces the concept that stop-
ping major crimes starts with
stopping small ones — an idea
that has influenced policing



strategies in Boston and else-
where since the 1980s.

The concept grew around the
then-unfashionable idea that a
patrolman's primary responsi-
bility was to keep order in a
community rather than just
respond to serious crimes after
the fact.

Since then, many cities in the
US and Britain have success-
fully adopted community-based
policing and, by being stationed
within their communities, the
police are able to integrate and
gather vital intelligence. '

In the inner cities of Nassau,
in particular, keeping order is
vital in communities where the
family unit has broken down,
and children of children are left
to fend for themselves while sin-
gle parents are often absent — at
work, prostituting or in an alco-
holic/drug haze.

In the underworld of Nassau
where criminals thrive, child
abuse, incest, alcoholism and
drug abuse are rife, without a
strong symbol of authority the
cycle continues unchecked into
another generation.

It’s all well and good for goy-
ernment ministers and judges
to point their fingers at parents.

But let’s face it. We’re past
that point. In too many cases,
the rot has set in with the par-
ents. The parents are incapable
of raising their children prop-

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ABANDONED HOMES such as this one in the St James Road area provided a shelter for criminals until police
were stationed in the Urban Renewal Centre. The police were pulled from the centre and no longer have a per-
manent base in the crime infested community.

erly. Who, then, do we turn to?

The law enforcement agen-
cies face the same dilemma. The
Church...well, let’s not talk
about the Church. The head-
lines about sexual abuse are
sickening. The materialism is
sickening. The lack of financial
accountability is sickening. The
public complacency is baffling.

Obviously, there are hard-
working and caring clergymen
in the country, but they appear
to be an endangered species.

There has been an almost
complete breakdown of every-
thing decent citizens once stood
for. To a very large extent, our
parents, teachers, clergy and
politicians are incapable of lift-
ing us out of the hell hole we
are now in because they don’t
know any better. They are sim-
ply mirrors of society. We are
locked in a terrible cycle.

The crime crisis is generations
in the making and the problem
is complex and has spun out of
control, among other things,
because of the many social ills
and poor examples of leader-
ship in the Church and in polit-
ical circles, and the inability to
enforce laws.

Corruption is endemic.

In the Bahamas, Nassau in
particular, we allow small
crimes to flourish — littering,
running red traffic lights, riding
motorbikes without crash hel-
mets, unlicensed roadside vend-
ing, loitering, soliciting, foul lan-
guage...

URBAN RENEWAL
The PLP was an inept gov-

ernment, no question about it.

However, credit should be
given where credit is due and
its award-winning Urban
Renewal Programme was a step
in the right direction. I believe
the former police commission,
Paul Farquharson, was actually
responsible for the mechanics
of the programme.

When the FNM came to pow-
er, it did not understand Urban
Renewal and quickly disman-
tled the policing aspect of it.
The FNM, I'm told, thought
hundreds of police had been

‘taken off the street” and
assigned to urban renewal cen-
tres.

In fact, only about 33 special-
ly selected policemen and
women were attached to Urban
Renewal Centres.

By being based in the com-
munities late into the night, the
police got to know the residents.
They’ learned that many ‘of the
people were upset at what-their

communities had become. The |

police and residents forged a
bond.

Together, the Urban Renew-
al police and citizens in low
income areas formed a “Night
Watch.” Along with the police,
these determined citizens
walked the streets at night and
took back what was once theirs
trom the criminals.

The Royal Bahamas Police
Force received a number of
awards for its work in Urban
Renewal.

After the FNM was elected
last year, the police were
ordered to vacate the Urban

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Renewal centres and the pro-
paganda against them started.
One professional close to the
FNM bigwigs told me the police
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Renewal police friend, and that
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from the most heart-wrenching
situations. Their parents may
be criminals, drug addicts, alco-
holics or rapists. In one home I
visited, a teenager was mourn-
ing the loss of her baby —

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: The: children were *adbority
nurtured by the police, they
were the eyes and ears of the
police, an intelligence gather-
ing nucleus. Together with the
Department of Social Services,
the police did a first-class job
in building a bridge between the
underworld and the authorities.

The police now enter the
communities as outsiders —
they are no longer stationed
inside the communities. The
weight of the law is gone. The
cycle continues.

Were bad apples associated
with Urban Renewal? It’s pos-
sible.

The police force, the church
and parliament have certainly
had their share of bad apples.

I don’t see anyone disman-
tling parliament, or the police
force or giving up on God.

Since the authorities seem to
have such a hard time coming
up with solutions to the crime
problem, I’m going to make a
number of suggestions.

AFTER SCHOOL

CENTRES

Establish after school centres
where children can receive
proper care, instruction, home-
work supervision and healthy
recreation.

\ Many parents are working
shifts in hotels and restaurants
and are not home to supervise
their children. Others are out
pimping, doing drug deals or
whatever.

After school centres in the
Urban Renewal buildings, with
at least two policemen stationed
within, will provide a whole-
some, SAFE environment for
our children. Who knows, per-
haps the children one day will
teach the parents.

MAKE PARENTS

ACCOUNTABLE

Parents who do not take
responsibility for the well-being
of their children should be
charged in court and, if found
guilty, sentenced to community
service. Minors who break the
law should also be made to do
community service.

This would involve devoting a
specified amount of time to the
development of the communi-
ties in which they live. It could
mean picking up litter, painting
community centres, helping out
in organised recreation under
the supervision of trained social
workers and so on.

And who knows, perhaps
theyll develop community
pride and something will grow.

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deal with the violent crime problem?

FROM page 6

BOOT CAMPS AND

SUMMER CAMPS

Follow the YEAST model
and ask Jeff Lloyd to help.
Establish summer camps in the
islands for children under prop-
er supervision. Let the children
discover the magic of fishing,
crabbing and marine life.
(Teach them how to swim,
first!) These children have
nothing to do in the summer.
This is especially important in
the long summer months.

JUNIOR SAILING

PROGRAMME

There is a fantastic junior
sailing programme that has
been developed by a handful
of volunteers and embraces
children from all walks of life.
The Nassau Yacht Club volun-
teered the use of its facilities
for one year to help the pro-
gramme get off the ground. The
government was supposed to
provide premises for a Nation-
al Sailing School. That was
three years ago.

Please give these young
sailors a chance to develop their
skills. Many of these students
come from poor families and,
besides becoming good sailors,
they have learned to compete
in a disciplined environment
where rules must be obeyed.
They are charming and social
young people.

ENFORCE THE LAWS

Our police force is unable to
enforce the law on a consistent
basis. This is beyond dispute.
It’s why so many people run
red traffic lights, freely use the
national word (‘F’ and I don’t
mean ‘fish’). It’s why so many
people illegally possess hand-
guns, pilfer, ride without crash
helmets, park illegally and so
on. It’s why vendors feel free
to set up stalls anywhere with-
out business licences and health
certificates.

Under one Broken Windows
programme, the officer in
charge of each precinct (cell)

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panel of senior police every
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cesses and failures of his dis-
trict.

They were held ACCOUNT-
ABLE and this had a huge
impact upon police work and
the communities in which they
were stationed.

NON-BAHAMIAN

POLICE

And this is where non-
Bahamian police come in. The
panel should be comprised only
of non-Bahamian police and
the Bahamian commissioner to
avoid any friend or family con-
flicts. The non-Bahamians
should be recruited only for
short periods so they don’t form
the same relationships that
make it impossible for too
many policemen to do their
duty.

I suspect many people don’t
agree with the idea of non-
Bahamian police because of
racial hang-ups. So bring in
qualified, black police. Some of
our force’s finest were black
West Indians.

CHOKE THE SUPPLY

OF GUNS

Why is it that so many illegal
guns are available on this tiny
island? Who’s paying off who?
Come on, for goodness sake,
get a grip.

JUDICIARY AND

THE POLICE

Equip both with the facilities
and tools they need, and pay
them a proper wage: The police
are putting their lives on the
line to protect the citizens.

And for goodness sake, build
a court for major crime cases
at the jail and get the busloads
of foul-mouthed prisoners off
Bay Street.

Women reporting for jury
duty really shouldn’t have to
listen to how prisoners want to
(you know, the national word)
them.

This will also help with the
traffic nightmare of the prison
buses speeding (breaking the
law?) through the traffic or, in
most cases, when the traffic’s
gridlocked, of trying to bull-
doze motorists off the road.
Jurors, too, need parking
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from the courts, these buses are
a menace and this type of
action should not be tolerated.

PRISON

REHABILITATION

Remember, prisoners will be
released back into society one
day and must be rehabilitated.
The prison once had an incred-
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responsible for committing a
lot of the crime. Well, if they’re
unable to integrate into soci-
ety, what do you expect?

We have lost one generation
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inability of the authorities over
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Govt signs deal with Baha Mar for BTC to be privatised in
Cable Beach investment project

FROM page one

require parliamentary approval.”

He continued: “We will give the Baha Mar and
Harrah's and Starwood the maximum coopera-
tion from the government's point of view, and as
will our agencies — all of the public utility com-
panies.

“This project calls for an accelerated construc-
tion schedule.

“And we will do our utmost to accommodate
them as speedily and as efficiently as is humanly
possible.”

No questions were taken at the signing by the
prime minister or the Baha Mar and Harrah’s
team, which was led by Sarkis Izmirlian, chairman
and CEO of Baha Mar.

However, Mr Ingraham said he will hold a
news conference on Sunday.

Despite the signing yesterday, the full details of
this agreement do not yet appear to have been ful-
ly completed, based on a written statement
released at the news conference by Baha Mar.

Baha Mar and Caesars Bahamas Investment
Corporation, a subsidiary of Harrah’s “are now
proceeding to finalize documents for completion
of the joint venture, following which construc-
tion of the project will immediately commence,”
said the statement.

“Completion remains subject to conditions,
including (i) completion of definitive agreements,
(ii) conveyance or other transfer to the joint ven-
ture of rights to certain parcels of real property,
and (iii) parliamentary action.”

The initial heads of agreement between Baha
Mar and the Bahamas government was signed
in April 2005, for the then $1.2 billion project.
Since the initial deal, the developers expressed an
interest to more than double the value of their
investment.

Additional concessions were requested by the
developers which led to extended negotiations
between them and the Christie government,
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officials from Baha Mar and Harrah’s expressed
their continuing commitment to the deal.

“We are pleased that the way is clear to move
forward on this project as we finalize project doc-
umentation and proceed with initial development
activity,” said Don Robinson, president, Baha
Mar Resorts Ltd.

“We look forward to working with the
Bahamas government and its people, along with
our partner Harrah’s, to bring Nassau and the
region a resort product the likes of which has
never been done before, and will undoubtedly
bring new opportunities, employment and tourism
growth to Nassau and the Bahamas.”

Charles Atwood, vice chairman of the board of
Harrah’s Entertainment, also expressed his com-
pany’s commitment to work with the government
in providing a world-class destination for cus-
tomers.

“Caesars Resort Hotel at Baha Mar is an
important component of our global growth strat-
egy, and it will also be a driver of an expanded
tourism market for the Bahamas,” he said.

The $2.6 billion project will offer nearly 3,000
rooms at completion. Harrah’s will operate a
Caesars Resort Hotel with more than 1000 guest
rooms and a 100,000-square foot casino, which
will be the largest in the Caribbean.

In separate management agreements between
the joint venture — Baha Mar and Harrah’s — and
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, there
will be a collection of four of Starwood’s hotel
brands: W Baha Mar, St Regis Baha Mar, West-
in Baha Mar and the already opened Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort.

Mr Ingraham also said yesterday that the nec-
essary resolutions related to the Cable Beach
project may be presented to the House as soon as
next Wednesday. |

Two other deals, he did not mention by name,
may be presented to the House at the same time,
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FROM page one

owned carrier by noting that
cellular subscribers increased
by 27.8 per cent during the 12
months to December 31, 2006,
growing from 227,771 in 2005
to 291,154.

While BTC continues to
enjoy the fruits from its
monopoly status, with cellu-
lar the most attractive seg-
ment to potential privatiza-
tion buyers such as Bluewa-
ter Communications Holdings,
it is not certain whether
Bahamian consumers are
obtaining the same benefits.

Recently, BTC had to issue
a notice to consumers after a
power surge disrupted pre-

paid cellular service through- :

out New Providence for more
than eight hours.

During that time, customers
experienced difficulties in dial-
ing and receiving calls, and
sending and receiving text
messages. Many irate cus-
tomers expressed their disgust
and outrage over the incident



and called for the privatiza-
tion of the company in the
hope that it would bring at
least better service.

In 2003, Blue Telecommu-
nications dropped their exclu-
sive bid in the privatization of
BTC with the government and

the Tenders Commission for
49 per cent of the company.

In July of 2005, the then
PLP government revealed that
it was in talks with a “potential
buyer” for BTC.

At the time, Minister of
State for Finance James Smith
said that if the government
was impressed with the initial
offer, then they would enter
into “detailed negotiations.”

The govérnment at the time
was thought to have missed a
golden opportunity to priva-
tize the fledgling telecommu-
nications giant when it reject-
ed the offers from the pre-
ferred bidder, BahamaTel, the
combination of Citigroup and
JP Morgan’s private equity
groups, and runner-up Blue
Telecommunications.

Over the years, legal com-
petition from IndiGo Net-
works, plus illegal rivals call-
back and voice over internet
protocol (VoIP) have steadily
eroded BTC’s long distance
revenues.

Trio charged with thefts
from credit card centre

FROM page one

from the RBC Credit Card
Centre on East Hill Street.

The minor, a 14-year-old
male, was charged with multiple
counts of conspiracy to commit
stealing and stealing from the
RBC credit card centre.

The three defendants pleaded
not guilty to the charges and
told the court they wanted the
matters heard in Magistrate’s
rather than the Supreme Court.

The court heard that on
December 14, 2007 while being
concerned together, Cargill and
Rolle allegedly stole by reason
of employment two RBC cred-
it cards bearing the name
Christopher Mortimer.

It is also alleged that on
December 15 and December 17,
2007 the three defendants stole
$10,000 and $3,500 from the
RBC credit card centre respec-
tively.

It is alleged that on Novem-
ber 28, 2007 Cargill and the



minor stole $1,000 from RBC.

The two males allegedly stole
$9,100 from the RBC credit
card centre on East Hill Street
on December 4, 2007 and
$12,000 on December 20, 2007.
On January 16, 2008 it is alleged
that the two stole $5,000 from
RBC,

On November 11, 2007,
Cargill allegedly stole a RBC
credit card bearing the name
Steven Mackey, court dockets
stated. Cargill and the minor
face another count of conspira-
cy to commit stealing on
November 11, 2007. On that
same day it is alleged that they
stole $1,000 from the credit card
centre.

Court dockets state that
between December 4, 2007 to
January 16, 2008 being con-
cerned together, and with
another, Cargill and the minor
did agree to commit an offence,
namely stealing.

Between December | and
December 14, 2007 it is alleged
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2008 while being concerned
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Cargill is accused of stealing
by reason of employment more
than four credit cards from
RBC’s credit card centre
between November 30, 2007 to
January 16, 2008.

Bail was set for Cargill in the
amount of $45,000 with two
sureties, while the minor
received $22,500 in bail with
one or two sureties.

By his conditions of bail,
Cargill must report to the South
Beach police station every
Tuesday and Saturday before 6
pm while the minor must report
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as PRIME Minister Hubert
dngraham has called for a return
to bi-partisan support for the
, country’s financial services sec-
Yor,
A}! He said this is needed so that
Jffhe sector can be confident of a
[wommitment to the formulation
io consistent and transparent
‘tegulations and policies regard-
fess of the political party in
gifilice.

Speaking in parliament on
“Wednesday, Mr Ingraham
“Wrapped up the debate on pro-
“Wosed amendments to the Cen-
-%#al Bank of the Bahamas and

othe Banks and Trust Compa-
bnies Acts, which focus on the
yregulation of money transmis-
sgion business (MT B) services
like the Money Gram and
_ Western Union.
Pointing out that the amend-
nents will frustrate efforts to
pene money through MTB
IQervices, Mr Ingraham added
\that they also seek to bring the
©Bahamas into compliance with
the Financial Action Task
Force’s (FATF) Special Rec-
ommendation VI on alternative
remittances.

The FATF recommendation
states that, “Each country
should take measures to ensure
that persons or legal entities,
including agents, that provide
a service for the transmission
of money or value, including

bfransmission through an infor-
mal money or value transfer
béystem or network, should be
-ticensed or registered and sub-
niect to all FATF recommenda-
gions that apply to banks and
pon- -bank financial institutions.’
‘The recommendation goes
on to state that each country
8$hould ensure that persons or
Seal entities that carry out this
fRervice illegally are subject to
sadministrative, civil or criminal
osanctions.
“There was a time,” the
sprime minister noted, “when
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changes and initiatives because
both political parties deter-
mined that the financial services
sector was a sector that was in
the interest of the Bahamas.

“A divide took place after the
year 2000 and we are still fol-
lowing along that path,” he said.
“Hopefully the time will come
when there will be bi-partisan
support for legislative and poli-
cy initiatives related to the
financial services sector because
it is very important for the sec-
tor to have certainty that irre-
spective of which political party
is in office, there is a commit-
ment to the sector; to regulate it
and have policies that are con-
sistent and are known and that
are not easily changed.”

Mr Ingraham’s call for bi-par-
tisan co-operation foreshad-
owed his responses to questions
and criticisms brought by the
opposition during debate.

The prime minister refuted
claims that insufficient consul-
tation took place prior-to the
Bills being brought to parlia-
ment, pointing out that the Bills
— driven by the Central Bank
of the Bahamas — were drafted
months before his government
assumed office and that the
bank released its public consul-
tation paper on a proposal for it
to assume responsibility for the

regulation and supervision of

stand-alone MTBs on February
27, 2007.

“This document was pub-
lished on the Bank’s website,
as is customary, and the dead-
line for receiving comments was
set at 30 March, 2007,” Mr
Ingraham said.

“AIL stakeholders were
advised via mass e- mail of the
release of the paper.

The consultation paper, he
pointed out, also outlined the
rationale for making the pro-
posals and invited the public
and industry stakeholders to
comment on the issues outlined

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PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham wraps up the debate in parliament on Bills to Amend the Central Bank of the Bahamas Act and the Banks and

Trust Companies Act on Wednesday

in the consultation paper and
the draft bills and regulations
annexed to the paper.
“Subsequent to receiving
these comments, the bank invit-
ed all the industry stakeholders
to a meeting on 5 July, 2007.

is not paid on homes built and
sold by the government, Mr
Ingraham went on to table sta-
tistics on the number of resi-
dential construction permits
issued between 1993 and 2006.

“The numbers here are

Bahamian economy, employ-
ment levels and incomes which
people were earning notwith-
standing in the latter years from
2003 onward, that the govern-
ment of the Bahamas acceler-
ated its housing programme and

houses,” Mr
explained.

“In the years preceding that
when people were building their
own homes because they were
working and had the income,
the numbers are roughly the

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built hundreds and hundreds of | same,” he noted.

During this meeting, the bank reflective of the growth of the
presented participants with a
summary document containing
all the comments it had received
along with the bank’s reason-
ing as to why it accepted some
comments and not others. The
bank then finalised its proposals
and submitted them for the gov-
ernment’s consideration.”
During the debate, opposi-
tion’s MP for St Thomas More
Frank Smith cited the need for
economic stimulation, and crit-
icised the government’s deci-
sion not to renew the stamp tax
exemption for first time buyers
of homes worth under $250,000.
Pointing out that stamp tax

COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION

EUGENE DUPUCH LAW SCHOOL
P.O. Box SS 6394 Nassau
The Bahamas

ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE POST OF
TUTOR, LEGAL AID CLINIC
EUGENE DUPUCH LAW SCHOOL

The Council of Legal Education invites applications from attorneys-at-law for the post of Tutor at the
Legal Aid Clinic, Eugene Dupuch Law, The Bahamas.

The successful applicant will be expected to assume duties on Monday, August 4, 2008. The position is,
a full-time one and no outside employment may be undertaken without the prior approval of the
Council of Legal Education. The appointment will be on contract for three (3) years in the first instance
and is renewable.

THE PERSON:

Applicants must be attorneys-at-law with at least five (5) years practical, professional experience in both
criminal law practice and civil law practice particularly in litigious work, personal injury cases, family
law, law of conveyancing and real property applications and applications in respect of the estates of
deceased persons. Applicants are expected to have experience in information and communications tech-

nology.

Qualifications and/or experience in various aspects of educational pedagogy including quality assurance,
teaching and learning methodologies and assessment and evaluation techniques would be an asset.

THE POSITION:
‘The duties and responsibilities of the post include:
* Performing the duties of full-time attorney-at-law in the Legal Aid Clinic. This includes represent-
ing clients in Court
* Supervising, instructing and teaching students in the practical aspects of
their training
* Participating in a regular assessment of relevant areas of the established curriculum with a view to
the continued development of content and advancement in teaching methodology
* Participating in activities to facilitate the training programmes of the Law Schools of the Council
of Legal Education
* Assisting the Director of the Legal Aid Clinic and performing any other duties as
assigned by the Principal.

BENEFITS INCLUDE:
A Housing Allowance
A Duty Allowance
A Study and Travel Grant
A Book Grant
Membership in a Contributory Pension Scheme
Membership in a Group Health Plan

Where appropriate up to five (5) full economy class passages and baggage allowances will be paid on
appointment and on normal termination of appointment.

Six (6) copies of a letter of application and letters of recommendation accompanied by curriculum vitae
and supporting documents, and the names and addresses of three (3) referees should be sent not later

than February 15 2008 to:

THE PRINCIPAL
EUGENE DUPUCH LAW SCHOOL
P.O. BOX SS 6394
NASSAU
THE BAHAMAS

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Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, PAGE 11



Doctor dies in UK Passport prices

|FROM page one

arley inspired him with a lasting love and knowledge of poetry.
Denied admission to the Royal Navy due to an elbow injury
aying rugby, Dr Poad found that qualifying as a doctor would pro-
de an alternative route into the senior service.

| After training at University College Hospital, London, in the ear-
ly years of World War Two he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer
Reserve as a surgeon lieutenant and served in HMS Forrester and
HMS Renown, including action on North Cape convoys.

| His brother Basil served as a bomber pilot with the Royal Air
Force, and was killed in action in Italy, where he is buried in Pad-
ua War Cemetery. His name is recorded on the Cenotaph in Nas-
sau, where Dr Poad’s son, Richard, also a pilot, lays a wreath in his

emory every Remembrance Sunday. In 1947 Dr Poad returned
with his wife Dr Kate Poad to make his home in Lakeview Avenue,
Nassau. Although unable to fulfil his dream of running a ‘floating
clinic’ in the Family Islands, he would regularly accompany the late
oy Solomon, MP for San Salvador, to that island to conduct
edical clinics. There are many Nassauvians whom he helped to
bring into the world, and he became a widely respected physician
and general surgeon. He had offices on East Bay Street, and later
in Collins Avenue, Lyford Cay:and Cable Beach and served the
assau community for just under half a century. He was involved
in the early days of Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA)
ahd served on the committee of the Bahamas Historical Society. He
fas a keen member of the Royal Nassau Sailing Club, helping to
introduce the Snipe class to the club. Until 1972 he was a regular
crew member for races in the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit,
including the Miami-Nassau and St Petersburg — Havana races.

| His greatest yachting triumph was in 1968. Aged 49 he was the
mqcond youngest crew member of the Bahamian yacht ‘Indigo’,

thich won the prestigious Transatlantic Race from Bermuda to
Germany.

‘In 1996 Dr Poad retired and moved, unhappily, to Florida. With-
in a short time he made his home in England, where he lived con-
téntedly close to his sons and their families in Maidenhead and
Cookham, towns on the banks of the River Thames.

| He is survived by his sons, Richard and Bill, grandchildren,
Clare, Sara, Jonathan and Georgina, and great-grandchildren
Alice, Lucy and Sebastian. He is also survived by a daughter Ann
from a second marriage. A memorial service to Dr Poad will be held
in Nassau at a future date. In accordance with his last wishes, his
ashes will be scattered in the turquoise waters of the Bahamas.
Tributes and memories may be sent to the family c/o Richard

Pp

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-Poad, P O Box 4845, Nassau.

| Donations in memory of Dr Poad may be â„¢2de to Bahamas Air
Sea Rescue, PO Box SS-6247.





COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION

NORMAN MANLEY LAW SCHOOL
P.O. Box 231, Mona Campus, Kingston 7
Jamaica W.I.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE POST OF

FROM page one

take effect on Friday. News of
the passport price hitting the
psychologically-significant $100
mark comes at a bad time for
the Bahamas, with tourism offi-
cials already concerned that an
ane economy will diminish
our biggest tourist market’s
inclination towards travelling
abroad for their vacations.

It was only last year that US
citizens were forced to come to
terms with the passport require-
ment for travel to the Bahamas
at all, with travellers previously
able to re-enter their homeland
after a trip to our shores with
only a government-issued iden-
tification card, such as a driver’s
licence.

That new stipulation — part
of the Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative — prompted
the Ministry of Tourism to offer
to pay for some visitors’ new
passports, as well as engaging
in a partnership with CVS phar-
macies in the US to offer a dis-
count on passport photos and
Bahamas hotel rooms, as part of
a promotional exercise aimed
at ensuring that tourist numbers
did not suffer too greatly.

However, a massive backlo
of applications to the U
Department of State for travel
documents had already dis-
rupted the travel plans of many
Americans. The hold-up later

caused the US government to
“soften” the requirement, orig-
inally set to come into effect on
January 23, until October 1 —
allowing those who could prove
they had an application pending
the opportunity to travel as
normal.

However, despite. these
efforts by the ministry and a $12
million marketing campaign
launched in December 2006,
visitor numbers. still fell
throughout much of 2007.
Meanwhile, this year has been
characterised by ominous state-
ments from officials within the
government and private sector
about the state of the Bahamian
tourism sector and its future
performance,

The cost of children’s pass-
ports will also increasing on Fri-
day, from $82: to $85 for chil-
dren younger than 16 years.
Renewals, now $67, will go on
to cost $75.

Another significant change in
the process for children’s appli-
cations will also come into effect
as both parents will now be
required to appear in person
when applying for a passport
for a child under 16; Previously,
this was the case only for those
attempting to get a passport for
children under 14 years.

Police officers

FROM page one

murder, respectively, following
the death of Key on January 19.
The matter has been adjourned to
April 10 to give Gardiner an
opportunity to obtain new coun-
sel. Yesterday, attorney Murrio
Ducille withdrew himself from
representing Gardiner because
his legal assistant is related to

Key, he told The Tribune. Attor-
ney Willie Moss represented
Bowleg. Key, 28, a father of six
died around two weeks ago after
lying in a coma for months.



Tourism needs a boost, says PM
FROM page one

“Too often we behave as if the travelling public has no choice but
to spend their weather vacations here in the Bahamahas. Of course,
this is not so,” he said. Mr Ingraham outlined that tourism and trav-
el are the most rapidly expanding industries globally notwith-
standing security concerns and periodic economic downturns in the
economies of major markets such as the Americas, Europe and
Asia.

Over the past decade, Mr Ingraham said, other competitive
vacation destinations have come to full maturity in the central
and eastern Caribbean. While these destinations are seeking a
slice of the regional tourism pie warned that while world wide
tourism increased by seven per cent, the Caribbean tourism pie only
grew by one per cent. More disturbingly, he said, of that increase,
Cuba and the Dominican Republic attracted some 60 per cent.

“New vacation destinations, further afield in the Middle East and
Asia, have also not been without impact upon our tourism sector.

“Ladies and gentlemen, our task is not rocket science; in many
instances, it is simple common sense. Our destination must be a
clean place - something we are not, we must be friendly, and we
must be a safe environment, and you can speak to that. We must be
efficient, we must be cost effective, we must be interesting and we
must be diverse,” he said.

Prime Minister Ingraham added that when the tourism wheel
works, the country does “very well” economically.

However when tourism falters, the consequences can be “very
serious”, Mr Ingraham said.

“Most of you will agree that our tourism product is not what it
ought to be today, given our involvement in the industry for more
than half a century. I believe you would also agree that Bahamians
have not invested in the sector to the extent that they might,
whether in the ownership of small resorts, restaurants or. other
leisure-time and or entertainment facilities, or in the provision of
goods and services,” he said. ;

Mr Ingraham said that during the mid 1990s some fledgling
Bahamian businesses improved and increased locally produced
goods and services for the tourism sector. This raised hopes, he said
and expectations for the creation of meaningful linkages between
tourism and agriculture, fisheries, food processing and light man-
ufacturing. “Indeed, we sought to foster and encourage such devel-
opment by including specific provisions in Heads of Agreements
beginning in 1992. The reality remains, however, that the linkages
are still tenuous. The potential for measurable increase in local val-

ue-added in the tourism sector has not been realized; tourism
remains a predominantly foreign-owned business. Of course, the

slow-down in the tourism sector, beginning in 2006, and continuing
through last year, 2007 did not have a single origin.”

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The Council of Legal Education invites applications from attorneys-at-law for the post of Tutor at the
Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica.. Applicants would be expected to demonstrate competence in at
jleast two (2) of the following areas:



| Civil Practice and Procedure

| Advocacy

| Legal Drafting and Interpretation
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[The successful applicant will be expected to assume duties on Monday, August 4 2008. The position is
'a full-time one and no outside employment may be undertaken without the prior approval of the
‘Council of Legal Education. The appointment will be on contract for three (3) years in the first instance
jand is renewable.

THE PERSON:

‘Applicants must be attorneys-at-law with at least five (5) years practical, professional experience.
| Applicants should indicate their professional interest and area(s) of expertise.

‘Knowledge of the laws of the Commonwealth Caribbean is essential. Applicants are expected to have
‘experience in information and communications technology. Qualifications and/or experience in various
aspects of educational pedagogy including quality assurance, teaching and learning methodologies and
assessment and evaluation techniques would be an asset. |

'THE POSITION:

‘The duties and responsibilities of the post include: ‘

* Teaching and conducting tutorials in such courses as may be assigned by the Principal

* Functioning as part of a team in the delivery of an integrated teaching programme

* Participating in a regular assessment of relevant areas of the established curriculum with a view to
the continued development of content and advancement in teaching methodology

* Participating in activities to facilitate the training programmes of the Law Schools of the Council
of Legal Education

* Enhancing the teaching profile of the institution through research and publication on aspects of
Caribbean Law and practice

* Assisting in the Legal Aid Clinic

* Such other duties as may be assigned

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(BENEFITS INCLUDE:

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Where appropriate up to five (5) full economy class passages and baggage allowances will be paid on
appointment and on normal termination of appointment.

‘Six (6) copies of a letter of application and letters of recommendation, accompanied by curriculum vitae
and supporting documents, and the names and addresses of three (3) referees should be sent not later
than February 15 2008 to:

THE PRINCIPAL
NORMAN MANLEY LAW SCHOOL
P.O. Box 231,
| Mona Campus
Kingston 7,
_ Jamaica W.I.



Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.




For a copy of the advertisement and/or further particulars, please refer to www.clecaribbean.com

Information relating to salary and allowances may be directed to the
Registrar, Norman Manley Law School at 1-876-927-1235.





The Council of Legal Education invites applications from attorneys-at-law for the post of Tutor at the
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ROCK SOUND, Eleuthera
— The legendary blue hole
here, once the centerpiece of
delight of this community is
being restored — thanks to
southern Eleutherans, their
friends and the Ministry of
Tourism.

Reputed to have healing

powers, the waters of the 300
foot wide limestone structure
has become polluted over the
years by illicit dumping and run-
off during heavy rainfall.

Divers from Stuart Cove’s
Dive Bahamas in New Provi-
dence and the Island School at
Cape Eleuthera were on hand
this week to assist in removing
truck loads of rubbish in and
around the hole.

They were joined by central
government departments, local
government representatives,
community organisations, stu-
dents and residents who per-

formed a facelift on what has °

been described as “a national
treasure.”

Dedicated to “the freedom
loving people of South
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The blue hole remains a
must-see for visitors.

Expecting to be thrown tid-
bits, schools of tame grey snap-
pers rush to the surface when-
ever anyone comes along.

Although Cove’s divers esti-
mated the bottom to be at 150
feet, Eleutherans swear that the





blue hole has no bottom and
connects directly to the ocean
via underground ducts — hence
the appearance of groupers, tur-
tles and other ocean species at
times.

A community committee
headed by former softball star
Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Horton plans
to have a walkway constructed
around the blue hole, regula-
tions for its use drawn up,
kiosks provided for vendors and
park wardens posted.

“This is the first step towards
a bigger development,” said Mr
Horton. “Eventually, we want
to build a pavilion and have live
entertainment.”

The committee discussed its
vision with residents, hotel
operators, business persons,
tour operators and others.

“Everybody we spoke to gave
it all positive talk,” he said.
“The community is high on it. I
see the enthusiasm. We have
some people who are involved
in such a big way, this initiative
will not die.”

There has been debate about
closing Ocean Hole to swim-
ming. :

“JT think it’s important (to |
allow swimming),” said Mr
Horton. “Tourists and residents
enjoy boasting that they swam
in Ocean Hole. At one point, I
am told, people use to drink this
water for medicinal purposes.

Stuart Cove, a veteran diver,
said 55-gallon drums contain--
ing oil were found at the bottom
ofthe blue hole. Pe

“My understanding is tha
this blue hole was crystal clear
from top to the. bottom,” said
Mr Cove. “Now, the top 10 to
20 feet is very murky with layers
of oil like stratus clouds, and
when you get below that, it is.
crystal clear again.”

He suggested consultation
with the scientists to determine
the impact of pumping off the
polluted surface, thereby return-
ing clarity to the water.





$20m deal for key resort destination

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
‘+ Tribune Business Editor

ewly-indepen-

dent MP Keny-
atta Gibson is
the attorney for
an investor
group seeking to acquire an
Abaco island, which has been
long-renowned as the first boat-
ing stop in the Bahamas for the
Florida yachting set, in a deal

‘thought ‘to be worth $20 mil-
lion.
» Sources close to the situation

told The Tribune yesterday that

Kenyatta Gibson representing potential purchaser of Walker’s Cay in the Abacos

the investors, who are thought
to be from the US, had signed a
sales agreement to purchase
Walker’s Cay, the northernmost
island in the Abacos chain,
which features a resort and
marina complex.

The Tribune was told that to
close the purchase, the investors
were waiting on the necessary
permits and approvals from the
Government. As international

Tourist firms ‘outside’
hotels to gain extra
investment incentives

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business

Reporter

THE Government is planning

by July 2008 to extend certain

investment incentives to devel-
opers of tourism-relatéd prod-
ucts who do not operate “with-
in the confines” of a traditional

' resort property, the Prime Min-

ister said yesterday.

_ Hubert Ingraham told per-
sons attending the National
Tourism Week Conference that
this initiative was likely to start
in July, and was designed to
facilitate developments vital to
tourism.

“We will put in place incen-’

tive legislation to facilitate the
grant of concessions’ to devel-
opers and operators of tourist-
related businesses, including
restaurants, shops and enter-
tainment establishments which
are not located within the con-
fines of a traditional hotel,” the
Prime Minister said.

_ “This means that develop-
ment concessions will become
available to Bahamians owners
and developers of retail outlets,
restaurants and entertainment
facilities catering to tourists
both within and outside of tra-
ditional hotels.”

The Prime Minister said it
was not right, for example, for a
store such as John Bull to pay
customs/import duty on the
materials needed to outfit its
store in Atlantis, while the same
resort did not have to pay such
duties on items needed for its
hotel property.

“Such concessions,” the
Prime Minister added, be useful
in convincing Bay Street mer-
chants to better maintain their
premises, to undertake period-
ic and regular maintenance, and
to upgrade their properties.
| Mr Ingraham vowed that his
government was determined to
do a better job at exploiting the
potential for linkages between
the agricultural, fisheries and
light manufacturing sectors with
tourism. This would present

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PRIME MINISTER INGRAHAM

speaks at the National Tourism .

Week Conference

varied opportunities for
Bahamian entrepreneurship, he
explained.

“T take this opportunity to
reiterate that I have directed all
government-sponsored funding
programmes, namely the
Bahamas Development Bank
loans, BAIC facilities, the Ven-
ture Capital funds, the Govern-
ment-guaranteed loan schemes,
and the investment incentive
programmes, administrated
under laws such as the Indus-
tries Encouragement Act, to
focus the bulk of their support
on programmes that principally
seek to help Bahamian busi-
nesses take advantage of such
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said.

Mr Ingraham confirmed that
the Government intended to
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In addition, approval from
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the Bahamas on exchange con-
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When contacted by The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Gibson, the
MP for Kennedy, confirmed he
was acting for the potential pur-
chaser of Walker’s Cay, but said
he could not say any more with-
out the permission of his client.

“I do represent them, but I
need to get the permission of
my client to discuss that at all,”
he told The Tribune.

“I do represent a party that
intends to purchase Walker’s

Cay.”

The websites for Bahamian
realtors ERA Dupuch Realty
and Damianos Realty both con-
firmed that Walker’s Cay was
‘under contract’, meaning that a
sales agreement had been
signed and deal in principle
agreed. All that remains now is
for the purchase to be closed.

Both websites said the sell-
ers, the Abplanalp family from
New York, who invented the
use of precision valves in
aerosol cans, via their Precision
Valve Corporation.

Prior to his taking office, the
Abplanalp family was repre-
sented by Prime Minister Ingra-
ham and his law firm.

A US-based resort developer,
Cay Clubs & Resorts, saw its
attempt to purchase Walker’s
Cay - first announced in early
2006 - fall through last year. It is

’ understood that a key factor in

the deal’s collapse was the like-
ly costs of the environmental
clean-up work required on the
island, which was devastated by
Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne

and has effectively been closed

ever since. All the buildings
were left in various stages of
disrepair.

Walker’s Cay has the strate-
gic advantage of being the
northernmost island in the
Bahamas, thus making it the
first stop-off for US boaters and
yachtsmen as they move down
the Abacos chain - already a
well-known destination for this
market.

The island has a world-
famous reputation among
boaters and sportsfishermen,
with television programmes pre-
viously featuring activities such .

as shark feeding on the island.

Some 80 per cent of the world’s
game fishing records were held
by boats who had come from
the 100-acre Walker’s Cay. °

The 71-room Walker’s Cay
Hotel & Marina, which has 62
guest rooms, three villas, and
the three-bedroom Harbour
House was heavily damaged in
the 2004 hurricanes.

Apart from the 2,800 foot
airstrip, Walker’s Cay houses
the Conch Pearl and Lobster
Trap restaurants, two bars, the
Treasure Chest gift shop, the
Sea Below Dive Shop, freshwa-
ter and saltwater swimming
pools, tennis courts and a 75-
slip marina.

The hotel is 50 feet above sea
level, and the island provides
access to both shallow water
and deep water fishing, with
boaters in deep water within
minutes of leaving.

Baha Mar deal ‘a huge shot of confidence’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CONCLUDING the supple-
mental Heads of Agreement for
Baha Mar’s $2.6 billion Cable
Beach project sends “a huge
shot of confidence back into the
economy for 2008”, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce’s president said yester-
day, “at a time when other sec-
tors are flat or showing no

growth”.
Dionisig D’Aguilar, who is
also Supergfash’s president, said

the timing Sf yesterday’s agree-
ment was “very, very critical”
for employment and the
Bahamian given the current
state of the global economy,
which was being buffeted by the
US housing market slowdown,
banking system liquidity crunch,
and rising energy costs.

“Obviously it [Baha Mar’s
project] will take a little time
to get up and running, but it’s
exciting that this deal is finally
done,” Mr D’Aguilar told The
Tribune.

“As the Deputy Prime Min-

ister said, a new city will rise up
at Cable Beach. I think he’s
right.

“Most importantly, it will pro-
vide sustainable jobs for a large
number of Bahamians, both
during the construction phase
and after the construction
phase. I’m sure the construc-
tion industry will be excited,
and all the companies that feed
off such a large project will be
as well.”

Mr D’Aguilar added: “It
sends a huge shot of confidence
back into the economy for 2008.
We've got Cable Beach going,
we've got Baha Mar going, and
Bahamian companies will feel
confident about being positive-
ly impacted by these projects.

“I think it bodes well for the
next couple of years for many
sectors of the Bahamian econo-
my. This is the icing on the cake.

“The construction industry is
in very much of a lull, and then
to have this going on at a time
when other sectors of the econ-
omy are going to be flat or
showing no growth is critical.”

The Chamber president

added that his only concern was
that, with the supplemental
Heads of Agreement now
signed, government depart-
ments that needed to give addi-
tional permits and approvals to
Baha Mar did not prove to “be
a stumbling block” and delay
this process.

Mr D’ Aguilar said it was crit-
ical to “keep the deal and the
project moving, and the mon-
ey flowing”.

He added: “I’m sure this will

be a difficult project to execute ~

because there are so many
things to be moved - the roads,
the Prime Minister’s Office, the
banks.”

Yet with Harrah’s Entertain-
ment’s Caesar’s Entertainment
brand, and Starwood’s St Regis,
“W’, Westin and Sheraton
brands, Mr D’ Aguilar said the
Cable Beach development’s
‘Grade A’ names would give
the Bahamas “certain bragging
rights”.

“Cable Beach needs to be
rejuvenated; it needs more hotel
rooms,” he added. When Baha
Mar is completed, it will fea-

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including the Caesars hotel with

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Government in cruise port talks with Carnival

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government is in talks
with Carnival Cruise Lines to
revive the proposed new cruise
port for Grand Bahama, some-
thing effectively confirmed yes-
terday by minister of tourism
Neko Grant, who said the
Bahamas must “act now” to
reverse its declining tourism
industry trends.

The Tribune understands that
Carnival, the world’s largest
cruise line, is again engaged in
talks with the Government
about establishing a purpose-
built cruise port in
Williamstown area of Grand

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Bahama.
Mr Grant yesterday con-
firmed that the Government

was “in discussions to cause a,

new cruise port to be built in
Grand Bahama”, although he
did not go into specifics or
reveal the nature of the pro-
posal.

However, sources close to the
talks have confirmed to The
Tribune that Carnival is the
interested party.

It is understood that the pro-
posed cruise port is somewhat
different to the idea that was
floated at a meeting of Port
Group Ltd, the holding compa-
ny for the Grand Bahama Port
Authority’s (GBPA) produc-

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tive assets, back on August 1,
2006.

The plan then was for Port
Group Ltd to partner with Car-
nival in the new cruise port’s
construction and equity, with
the former providing the land
as its financial contribution, and
Carnival the cash financing.

The meeting minutes read:
“With respect to the cruise ship
terminal, the proposed location
is in the Britannia area, and
land to be used for the project is
worth $30 million.

“Therefore, Mr Babak [the
ousted GBPA chairman] pro-
posed that Port Group Ltd put
the land into a company as its
contribution to capital. He feels
from his discussion with Giora
Israel that Carnival will match
the contribution in cash, and
that together with a bank loan,
that would provide sufficient
capital to construct the port.
This would be contingent upon

Carnival giving guarantee of
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usage and the Government
agreeing to forego its passen-
ger tax.”

Currently, the Government
levies a $15 per head tax per
cruise passenger that arrives in

the Bahamas, but some $7.50
or 50 per cent of this total is
rebated to the cruise lines if
they meet minimum targets for
the number of passengers
brought to this nation.

Meanwhile, Mr Grant told
yesterday’s National Tourism
Week conference opening cer-
emony that the Bahamian
tourism industry, and $713 mil-
lion in annual wages it paid to
Bahamian workers, was threat-
ened by a combination of ris-
ing crime, increasing energy

- prices, greater competition, and
the global economy’s weakness.

Advocating that the Bahami-
an tourism industry’s sustain-
ability depended on the service
and experience quality provided
by this nation’s people, Mr
Grant said the sector needed to
“break out of the box” to main-
tain its competitiveness.

He added that the Bahami-
an tourism product was “dete-
riorating”, a major cause for
concern given that the industry
was chiefly responsible for this
nation’s relatively affluent living
standards.

Mr Grant said that the Unit-
ed Nations’ UN) World

Tourism Organisation, via its
2004 Tourism Satellite Account-
ing (TSA), had calculated that
the $713 million paid out by the
tourism industry to Bahamians
accounted for 28 per cent of this
country’s total wages.

In addition, the TSA had esti-
mated that tourism accounted
for, both directly, induced and
indirectly, some 63 per cent or
$1.58 billion in wages annually.
It also provided 101,016 jobs,
or 64 per cent of total employ-
ment.

Yet the “negative growth”
experienced in tourism arrivals
over the past two years showed
the Bahamian tourism industry
faced “serious challenges”, Mr

. Grant said.

These included rising air tick-
et and travel costs, resulting
partly from higher fuel bills; ris-
ing crime levels; the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative’s
(WHTI) lingering impact; and
the threat posed when Cuba
opened up to US visitors.

“IT happen to believe that
Bahamians are the key to suc-
cess in tourism. Sun, sand and
sea abound around the globe.

Where it doesn’t exist, coun-'

tries are creating new islands to
attract visitors. Our competi-
tion is watching and copying
what we do. What they cannot
easily duplicate is the warmth
and hospitality of our people,”
Mr Grant said.

Returning to a theme he out-
lined shortly after taking office,
the minister said Bahamians
needed to see tourism and its
benefits “move Over-the-Hill”.
He added that community
tourism initiatives had been

and would be unveiled on Aba-
co next week.

“The long-term success.and
sustainability of tourism for our
country will rely heavily on our
ability to shape our tourism
products in a way that they dif-
fer from island to island,” Mr
Grant added.

“They must also. be fully

embraced by the residents of
each island, and attractive and
appealing to specific customer
groupings. We have already
begun the process of ‘branding’
each island destination. Our
plans are to marshal the appro-
priate teams through my Min-
istry to achieve this for every
major island over the next three
years. We recently completed
Grand Bahama Island and are
commencing Eleuthera, Bimi-
ni and Exuma this year.”
The global credit crunch, Mr
Grant said, had seen financial
institutions impose the require-
ment that developers of tradi-
tional resorts provide at least
35 per cent equity financing
from their own resources.

These tough capital condi-
tions, the minister said, had
“brought such projects to a near
halt in the present credit envi-
ronment worldwide, and espe-
cially among US investors and
developers”.

“On the other hand, we are
seeing continued growth in
demand for timeshare products,
especially in the high-end, while
other forms of vacation owner-
ship have slowed given the
depressed residential real estate
market in the US that drove the

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, PAGE 3B



Re PRE ee
Customs persisting on bonded goods
olicies despite court verdicts

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) licensees are entitled
to bring in goods duty free and
sell them bonded regardless of
whether these products remain
in the Port area, a leading
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce executive said.

Businessman Greg Langstaff,
president of Grand Bahama
Brewing Company, said the
Customs Department contin-
ues to keep - and attempt to
implement - a number of
unlawful policies in relation to
the sale of bonded goods in
Freeport, despite the Supreme
Court upholding the rights of
licensees.

Addressing at Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-

merce luncheon on licensee
rights in relation to over-the-
counter bonded goods sales, Mr
Langstaff said:

“Customs has imposed a
number of policies over the
years that conflict with the
terms of the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement and statute law. We
as licensees need to understand
where our rights are so that
when our rights are infringed
we can respond to it.”

In January 2006, Bahamas
‘Customs proposed implement-
ing a policy that would have
prevented GBPA licensees
from selling over-the-counter
bonded goods to other licensees
for use in their own business
without first obtaining a stamp
of approval from Customs.

The Grand Bahama Cham-
ber of Commerce and many
GBPA licensees expressed
strong concerns about the pol-
icy, which it was felt would have

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NOTICE

BLUE MANAGEMENT LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with section 137 of the

created new layers of bureau-
cracy and red tape for business
owners who had enjoyed the
ease of making bonded pur-
chases via bonded purchase
forms.

It was felt that Customs did
not have the right or authority
to impose its views on what was
needed for licensees’ business-
es, or whether goods imported
could be determined as intend-
ed for personal use at the point
of entry.

Mr Langstaff, who is the
Chamber’s first vice-president,
said collective rulings in the
Supreme Court with respect to

the Hawksbill Creek Agree-

ment had refaffirmed the rights
of licensees to determine what
goods were required to carry
on their business, and import
them conditionally duty free.

“We [licensees] are entitled
to bring in anything we want
for the conduct of our busi-
ness,” Mr Langstaff said.

“It does not matter whether
these supplies stay in the Port
area or go out. And it does not
matter what happens after-
wards - it is of no concern to
the Comptroller of Customs or
the Port Authority.”

Mr Langstaff said duty free
goods that a licensee can import
at their discretion to conduct
business ranged from fish fod-
der and diesel engines for boats,
to their choice of vehicle - rang-

He added that the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement further
allowed a licensee to.construct
and furnish ‘a duty-free house
and sell it to whoever they
chose without attracting duty,
as upheld by the Supreme
Court.

The rulings, Mr Langstaff
said, also allowed GBPA
licensees to import bonded
goods and display them for sale
in retail stores, with the under-
standing that duty would be
remitted on goods that were
not sold bonded to a licensee.

Mr Langstaff pointed out
that many issues have been
resolved by Supreme Court
judgements, but some policies
that existed before the court
cases were still in place still
after it was determined they are
not within the terms of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.

While the court rulings were
specific to the licensees, “rea-
sonable legitimate expectation”
dictates that these rulings have
far greater and broader impact
for all licensees, Mr Langstaff
said.

“In every case, these rulings
have been brought about when
a licensee (or their employee)
has felt that their rights have

been eroded or ignored, and ~

has resorted to the court sys-
tem for a determination,” he
added. .

“T have not found an action

launched to defend the terms
of the Hawksbill Creek Agree-
ment for itself, or its licensees,
for the Government to appeal a
decision against them.”

Mr Langstaff said the rulings

reaffirmed the Port Authority’s
obligation to protect the rights
of licensees, and upheld the
rights of licensees to. conduct
business under the terms of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT

(No.45 of 2000)

RAMBLAS TRADING LIMITED

In Voluntary liquidation

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
RAMBLAS TRADING LIMITED is in Dissolution.”

The date if commencement of dissolution is the 10th day of Janu-

ary, 2008.

MRS. GILLIAN ALBERT
c/o Go Trust S.A.
Rue des Pierres-du-Niton 17
1207 Geneva, Switzerland
Liquidator



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dissolution.

Companies _— Act that the Port Authority has

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ANNOUNCEMENT

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 30th January
2008. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Build-
ing 2 Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of BLUE
MANAGEMENT LTD. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their address and par-
ticulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 2nd March 20080.

LENNOX PATON COUNSEL and
ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW
effective January 1, 2008 is pleased
to'welcome as a Partner

BKG 410.03
ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE BAHAMAS
GOVERNMENT TREASURY BILLS

Mr. Arthur Seligman

B$47,369,000.00 — of

received by _ the

tenders for 91-Day
Bills banking

manager, The Central Bank of The Bahamas, Frederick Street,

Sealed
Treasury will be

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NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT

Mr. Seligman will be working with |
the Firm’s Private Client Group
and will lead the Trusts and Estates
Department.

Nassau up to 12:00 p.m on Tuesday, February 5, 2008.
Successful tenderers, who will be advised should take up
their bills against payment on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

These bills will be in minimum multiples of B$100.00.

(No.45 of 2000)

Tenders are to be on special forms obtainable from. the

Central Bank of The Bahamas or Commercial Banks.

POLYGON WORLDWIDE LIMITED
Tn Voluntary Hquidalion Fort Nassau Centre, Marlborough Street
P.O. Box N-4875, Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: (242)502-5000 ~ Fax: (242)328-0566

Tenders must state the net price percent (in multiples of one
The Central Bank of

the Bahamas reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
POLYGON WORLDWIDE LIMITED is in Dissolution.”

cent) and should be marked “Tender”.

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CREDIT SUISSE
Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications for a

I.T. SPECIALIST (Senior Globus System
Developer)
Credit Suisse Private Banking is one of the world’s premier private banks.
It is setting new standards that go beyond traditional banking services.
Our dedicated and highly qualified staff provides our clientele with
comprehensive solutions in individual investment counseling and professional
portfolio management. Our total commitment is always to our clients and we
focus without compromise on their financial well-being and their personal values.

MINISTRY OF LANDS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
THE PRICE CONTROL ACT, 1971
CHAPTER 339
THE PRICE CONTROL (GASOLINE & DIESEL OIL)
(AMENDMENT) () REGULATIONS, 2002

The public is advised that prices as shown in the Schedule for LEAD FREE GASOLINE and
DIESEL OIL sold by CHEVRON BAHAMAS LIMITED will become effective on Friday February 1,
2008. .

GASOLINE SCHEDULE

MAXIMUM WHOLESALE SELLING PRICE | MAXIMUM RETAIL
PER U.S. GALLON SELLING PRICE PER

U.S, GALLON

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

Qualifications:
At least Five (5) years experience in installation, configuration
and troubleshooting in a banking environment
Superior knowledge of GLOBUS/T24 Banking Application in
both support and development roles
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent
Knowledge of AIX 5.1 — 5.8, UNIVERSE/JBASE, PL/SQL
Experience in working with Globus/T24 related migration or
implementation projects.

ARTICLE MAXIMUM
SUPPLIERS’ PRICE
$

MAXIMUM
DISTRIBUTORS’
PRICE
$

PARTA
NEW PROVIDENCE INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT
Personal Qualities:
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Good technical and problem solving skills and experience
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and willingness to work flexible hours as
overtime
Previous experience of working in a production support role in maintaining

Globus/T24 system is a plus.

Other Duties:
Answer Helpdesk requests (provide support & troubleshoot)
Provide UNIVERSE & GLOBUS training to IT Staff
Ensure compliance to IT guidelines / directives
Ensure that “Business Contingency Planning” requirements are followed
Other duties & projects assigned by the Manager of Department

TEXACO BAHAMAS LTD, | LEAD FREE (95) 4.07 451
DIESEL OIL 3.95 4.14

PART C
GRAND BAHAMA INCLUDING SEA

(NOT FREEP.)

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- Health and Life Insurance
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ALL OTHER FAMILY NOT
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INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT

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DIESEL OIL

Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL,
DISTRICT 7020

Is pleased to offera CAREER OPPORTUNITY to a qualified candidate
In the position of:

CIVIL ENGINEER

Candidate must possess the following minimum qualifications and experience
and perform the essential functions of the job-including but not limited to:

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with a minimum of Five
(5) years’ experience in civil and marine engineering.

APPLICANTS WANTED
FOR GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE
TO ARIZONA, USA

RESPONSIBILITIES:

e Supervision of All Civil Engineering projects including: Phase V
development, Phase 1 repairs, establishment of additional Stacking Area,
construction of an Amenities Building, preparation for additional Reefer
Capacity and all property maintenance an repairs for Freeport Container
Port.

e Supervision of repairs to quay walls; entrance and breakwaters,
consultation on new Cruise Facility, Bahama Rock Mining Program and

Group Study Exchange is a Rotary Foundation sponsored program, the
purpose of which is to promote international understanding and goodwill
through person-to-person contact. The GSE teams are made up of 5 persons,
the leader of which is an experienced Rotarian.

District 7020, which includes The Bahamas, is pairing with Rotary 5490
District in Arizona, which includes Phoenix, London Bridge and The Grand

all property maintenance and repairs for Freeport Harbour Company.

a
Construction of a new Fuel Farm, construction of an extension to the
Domestic terminal and all property maintenance and repairs for Grand
Bahama Airport Company

Eighteen months on the job training will be provided before assuming full -
responsibility for the position.

Candidates are required to forward Resume to:

The Human Resource Director
Freeport Container Port Limited
P.O.Box F-42465
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Bahamas
or send email to: Ads@fcp.com.bs



Canyon for a four-week visit during May & June (specific dates to be
determined). While abroad, team members have the opportunity to meet
their counterparts in their respective vocations, tour various businesses and
attractions and give presentations to Rotary Clubs and others about their
home country and sponsoring Rotary District.

The Rotary Foundation provides round trip airfare and local Rotarians in
the host District (i.e. Arizona) provide lodging, meals and transportation.
Team members pay for personal and incidental expenses only. All other
costs are covered by Rotary.

Individuals interested in applying for the four team member spaces should
be employed full time for at least two years in a recognized business or
profession and between the ages of 25 and 40 years. Applicants must be
citizens of The Bahamas and make themselves available for personal
interviews. Applications must be submitted by February 5 through one of
the Nassau Rotary Clubs or by contacting one of the following committee
members, who can also provide additional information:

Murray Forde Tel/fax: 393-1892 e-mail: forde@batelnet.bs
Patrick Rollins Tel: 325-9663 e-mail: pdrollins@batelnet.bs
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, PAGE 5B



Bahamas ‘tops’ with Americans for island holiday close to home

m@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter



THE Bahamas scored a 40
per cent rating in a recent unaid-
ed tourism study of an island
destination less than five hours
away that American tourists
would like to visit, it was
revealed yesterday.

Peter Yesawich, of the Y
Partnership, a company that
tracks American tourism trends,
said that the Bahamas was top

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in the unaided study, which
means the subjects were not
given any names of countries.
They were asked what island
destination they would be most
likely - or like- to visit that was
within five hours of their homes.
Mr Yesawich was the guest
speaker at the National Tourism
Week Conference luncheon
held yesterday at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort, where he spoke
on the topic Emerging Lifestyles
Travel Trade: Implications for
Marketing the Bahamas.
The survey results, he said,

provided great leverage for the
Bahamas to use in itrs advertis-
ing campaigns.

Mr Yesawich said that if the
Bahamas was to captilise on this
recognition, it must pay atten-
tion to the emerging tourism
trends. He said that this includes
personalisation of the vacation
experience, where the guest is
eager to have a custom-designed
vacation that reflects their inter-
ests, desires and price points,
environmentally conscious
retreats, family trips and conve-
nience.



While the Bahamas was targeting European

surge in such developments three years ago,” Mr
Grant said.

“The islands of the Bahamas led our region in
attracting real estate driven projects offering
vacation ownership, especially second homes pur-
chases in mixed use developments.”

When it came to stopover arrivals, Mr Grant
said the Bahamas had to balance available hotel
room inventory with the number of available
seats on airlines coming into the destination -
something that was being impacted by tradition-

and Canadian Bytes on stopover arrival

tor aoribers fon oe areas would not be
enough to offset a “double digit slippage” from
the US.

“It should be recognised that almost two out of

every three visitors to the Bahamas arrive by
cruise vessel. They stay less than 12 hours and
spend less than $70, whereas air stopover visi-
tors, with approximately one-third of the total
arrivals, ice over 90 per cent of our tourism

Mr Yesawich said the
Bahamas needed to “play up”
its advertising where there was
non-stop airlift, and work to
attract more direct flights from
other cites. Other markets such
as Europe and Canada, where

their currencies were strong
against the dollar, also needed
to be targeted. He added that
his company has found that
many tourists would prefer not
to have to make the layover in a
Florida airport, and want to fly

right into a destination.

While there was always focus
on attracting persons to return
to a destination, Mr Yesawich
said many travellers want to
experience something new the
Bahamas must provide that.

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all human resources activities for our subsidiary, companies in the
Bahamas.

We offer exceptional pay and benefits. at
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Minimum 3 years relevant experience in at least one of the
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organization skills

Strong interpersonal skills and service-oriented’ approach

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1,000 rooms and a 100,000
square foot casino.

It will cover 1,000 acres, and
the St Regis, ‘W’, Westin hotels

will all have the words ‘Baha
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identities.

Baha Mar has been seeking
to negotiate a supplemental
Heads of Agreement with the



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Government to account for the
fact that the cost of its pro-
posed project has increased
from $1 billion to $2.6 billion.
The April 6, 2005, Heads of
Agreement signed between
Baha Mar and the Christie
government was for a $1 bil-
lion project.

According to that Heads of
Agreement, before the West
Bay Street road re-routing was
to take place, Baha Mar had
to show the Government it had
contributed $400 million in
equity to the development,
largely from its principal
investors, Dikran and Sarkis

* Tzmirlian.

Baha Mar first sought a sup-
plemental Heads of Agree-
ment with the Christie admin-
istration, as it was crucial to
cementing its relationship with
Harrah’s, the Caesar’s Enter-
tainment parent, which would
take a 43 per cent equity stake
in the project (Baha Mar has
57 per cent), and Starwood.

It was announced last night
that Baha Mar JV Holding and
Caesars Bahamas Investment
Corporation were now work-
ing to finalise documents for
the 57/43 joint venture, with
construction set to start imme-
diately this was finished. Sev-
eral Parliamentary resolutions
also need to be passed before
the agreement is consummat-
ed.

Among the paperwork being
finalised were conveyances and
transfers to the joint venture
of rights to certain property
parcels.

No supplemental agreement
was concluded before the May
2 general election, with many
feeling that the Christie admin-
istration declined to sign the
agreement before then for fear
of the political fallout if the
amount of investment incen-
tives the developers were seek-
ing became known.

Baha Mar, though, has
always stuck to the position

that there was an agreed for-
mula with the Government to
increase the level of investment
incentives in proportion to the
size of the investment, which
has grown from an initial $1
billion to $2.4 billion.

Since then, the Ingraham
government’s position has
been that Baha Mar must start
fulfilling its obligations under
the first Heads of Agreement
before any new deal and extra
investment incentives are con-
sidered.

Baha Mar has almost com-
pleted its $150 million upgrade
to the existing Cable Beach
Resorts, and believes it has ful-
filled all its obligations. The
Nassau Beach Hotel. has
already been closed for demo-
lition, and Sbarro’s and Cafe
Johnny Canoe have moved
out.

In addition, Baha Mar has
already put out to tender the
contract for re-routing West
Bay Street, the first and possi-
bly the most crucial infrastruc-
ture work that Baha Mar and
the Government will under-
take in relation to the project,
as it will divert the existing
route away from its current
location - in the middle of the
proposed resort campus - and
around the outside.

Alongside that project is the
construction of the Commer-
cial Village, which will house
the relocated Scotiabank,
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) and
Commonwealth Bank branch-
es, plus the police station,
Bahamas Development Bank
and Gaming Board headquar-
ters, and the Government
offices 'in the Cecil-Wallace
Whitfield Building.

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INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, MARCO ANTONIO
COOPER of Louise Lane, RO. Box N-10283, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to MARCIAN
ANDREW COOPER JR. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such

NOTICE is hereby given that JACQUELINE METELLUS
of POLIMIS STREET, GT-2574, 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 1ST day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

ANDREA L. JACKSON and
ALTERMEASE LIGHTBOURNE,
kindly contact the office of
GRAHAM THOMPSON & CO.
(242-322-4130) for Attorney S.
Smith at your earliest opportunity.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby aver that EVELYN GENE of MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of. JANUARY
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Legal Notice
NOTICE





EOLOS S.A.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:





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



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDRE-ROSE DUROSA
PAUL of TREA E CAY, ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be

ranted, should send a written and signed statement of:
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of
JANUARY 2008 to the Minister pesponeiile for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 30th 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.

s
Dated this 1st day of February, A.D: 2008

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator



“NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FRITZNELL EDMOND
of P.O. Box AB-20493, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should



Legal Notice
NOTICE

BOSMA LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of

Opportunity inside the classroom.
Opportunity outside the classroom.
Opportunity in life.

FEBRUARY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality

(a) BOSMA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 30th January, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

Please join us for an admissions presentation:

NOTICE is hereby given that KATHRYN WEATHERFORD
of P.O. Box 22916, MAN-O-WAR CAY, MARSH HARBOUR,
ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of
FEBRUARY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Monday, February 4, 2008 at 6:00pm
British Colonial Hilton

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R.S.V.P. Rosamund Roberts at (242) 394-1665 | (c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse

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Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this Ist day of February, A.D. 2008

A tour-year high school for students aged 13-18

located in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada Credit Suisse Trust Limited

Liquidator

905-885-3209 admissions@tes.on.ca www.tcs.on.ca

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX JEAN JOSEPH of EAST
ATLANTIC & AMBERJACK CARAVEL BEACH, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, 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 25TH day of January,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Pricing Information As Of:
30 Ja
TE RERRhhnw)
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\\ SS ANN
a!

0.00%
3.39%
2.69%
3.53%
2.46%
1.51%
1.90%
1.27%
3.29%)
1.04%
0.87%
3.76%
4.38%
3.22%
2.72%

Securit y Change

Abaco Markets 1.70 1.71 0.01

Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00

Bank of Bahamas 9.68 9.68 0.00

Benchmark 0,85 0.85 0.00

Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00

Fidelity Bank 2.65 2.65 0.00

Cable Bahamas 12.61 12.61 0.00 711
* Colifa Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00

Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.97 7.90 -0.07

Consolidated Water BDRs 5.00 4.82 -0.18

Doctor's Hospital 2.30 2.30 0.00

Famguard 7.45 7A5 0.00

Finco 13.01 13.01 0.00

FirstCaribbean 14.60 14.60 0.00

Focol (S) 5.14 5.14 0.00

Freeport Concrete 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.00%

ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 4.14%

J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 i : 5.08%
__ Premier Real Estate 10.00 0.00 :

120,000

2,000

BETTER INVESTMENTS LTD.
(Company number 42,055B)

An International Business Company

Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
: RND Holdings

(In Voluntary Liquidation)
I, Roger Palma, Liquidator of BETTER INVESTMENTS LTD.
hereby certify that the winding up and dissolution of BETTER
INVESTMENTS LTD. has been coMpleted in accordance with the
Articles of Dissolution and that BETTER INVESTMENTS LTD.
has been dissolved.

Dated this 4th day of January, 2008

41.00 ABDAB
14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
0.40 RND Holdings * é
EE -BISX Listed Mutual Run
NA V YTD% Las
1.376507"
3.7969**
3.00076**
1.291985**
11.8192*** rae
FINDEX: CLOSE 946.22 /YTID-0.61% (2007 84.47%
MARKET TERMS YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity ‘
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity *- 18 January 2008
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price ** 31 December 2007
Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week *** . 31 October 2007
EPS $ - A company’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

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

52wk-Low

3.0569
2.4723
1.2037

11.3545

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily 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 montns

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

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

(S14 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

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1 Early form of team contest (5)
6 — The power with which some perhaps (6)
ptarmigans gain height (5) 3 Something to say about a bad egg (6)
9 Hardly the thing to do when wildly 4 That’s right, the old South (3)
praised (7) 5 Wooden prize, of a sort? (5)
10 — Gotf dubs for a leading player (5) 6 — Having half a mind to bet can be an

Tl Because less than earnest? (5)
12 Upsets jars? (5)
13 Being worldly, I'm a news
broadcaster (4,3}
15 Musical excerpt accurately
: reproduced (3)
17 Cold dice? (4)
18 Artistic item of
4 entertainment? (6)
‘19. Fishy edition of Keats (5)
20 Longs for what Charlie wildly
praises (6)
‘ 22 Room available from a

error (7)

7 Aviewer’s girl? (4)

8 Being caught in the confusion, | see,
can be flustering (6) \

12 One-eyed sailors? (5)

13 She joins Hazel in being
astringent (5)

14 Atowncar in the U.S. (5)

15 Sites suitably managed for pig
farming? (5) ‘

16 Young companion for the Italian
deputy-head (5)

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cancellation (4) business (5) 1. Vital organ ‘I
24 Athenian female? (3) 19 Old Steven gets excited on the 4th of iw ch (5
2 Quietly let be happy (7) July (7) 10 Astute (5)
26 Suitable storey for a flat (5) 21 Bang in the news? (6) 4 : Lelge ar (5)
27 Canned beef, it seems, can be 22 Stick out forthe cheapest part that’s BL ack (7) (5)
poisonous! (5) tasty (6) , cue 8) .
28 Critical or grave, perhaps, 23 Their being squashed can make you 18 Biblical Hoel
he wears a crown (5) solemn (6) 19. Senior member (5)
29 Be a supporter for 25 Cheap fruit at a penny a time! (5) a rena!
crime? (5-2) 26 The girl’s literally a liar! (4) ‘ _% Hill 3)
30 Saintly fellow gone adrift? (5) 28 Though not very clever, he can hold 25 Subdue (7)
21 Gosh, the way they can honk! (5) his drink (3) ' - ache doctor (5)
28 Sailing ship (5)
29 Umpire (7
30 Avarice (5

31 Wheel covers (5)

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 3, Trust 8, Sewer 10, Count 11, Tic 12, Raced 13,
Retired 15, Nacre 18, Bin 19, Styles 21, Repents 22, Tail 23,
Gala 24, Hangmen 26, Animal 29, Gun 31, Widen 32,
Bedevil 34, Adder 35, Rid 36, Scull 37, Camel
38, Sense
DOWN: 1, Meter 2, Decibel 4, Read 5, Scents 6, Today 7,
Snare 9, Wit 12, Renewal 14, Rip 16, Clean 17, Essay 19,
Stagger 20, Straw 21, Rigid 23, General 24, Handle
25, Mud 27, Niece 28, Meals 30, Rider 32, Bets
33, Vim

Yesterday's cryptic solutions

ACROSS: 3, S-pace 8, Pilot 10, Have-n 11, Tea 12, Habit 13,
Whatnot 15, 5-U-gar 18, Ma-p 19, Re-pose 21, General 22,
Lie-n 23, C-l-ue 24, Dub-IOUs 26, Cartel 29, Dab 31, Try on
2, A-lrig-ht 34, N-inn-Y 35, Cue 36, Tun-is 37, Al-ter 38,
Cello

DOWN: 1, Pit-h-y 2, (water)Boatmen 4, P-eat 5, C-h-isel 6,
Eat up 7, D-egas 9, Lea 12, Hop-eful 14, Nan 16, Goals 17,
Reve-(19, Rap-idly 20, Elect 21, G-err-y 23, Cu-bicle 24,
Den-l-se 25, Oar 27, Argus 28, Tonic 30, C-heer 32, Anil
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1@ — Pass 2NT Pass
3” Pass 4v Pass
5¢ Pass 69%

Very few plays are overlooked
more often by declarer than the one
featured here. Six hearts can be made
if hamdind cesrectly, but it’s very
easy t po astray and finish dowa
one.

A superficial glance might lead
one to conclude that, in addition to a
sure trump loser, South also has a
potential spade loser that can be
averted only if a finesse against East

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HOW many words of four letters
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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.

TODAY'S TARGET

Good 25; very good 38; excellent
AQ (or more). Solution tomorrow.























DOWN
2 Rubs out (6)

3 Off (6)

4 — Attempt (3)

5 Metal fastener (5)
6 Aquatic bird (7)

7 Verbal (4)

8 infrequently (6)
12 Aviator (5)

13 Old coin (5)

14 Thighbone (5)

15 Tailed star (5)

16 = Number (5)
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Relative (6)

Group of songs (6)
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The Disappearing Trick

TARGET

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, PAGE 7B






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finesse is entirely unnecessary.
Twelve tricks can be made by normal
play without risking the loss of a
spade trick. Observe that in the
actual deal, the slam would fail if
declarer relied on the spade finesse to
get him home.

South’s best method of play is to:
start by cashing dummy’s A-K of.
clubs and discarding a spade. A cli)
can then be ruffed with the king, fol-

lowed by a low trump to dummy’s ~

seven. Let’s assume East wins with

the ace (his play doesn’t really mat- _

ter) and returns a spade.

Seuth puts up the ace and leadd
the trump nine to the jack. He then|
tuffs dummy’s last club with his last!
trump, the ten.

A diamond to the king allows!
declarer to cash dummy’s Q8 off
Sg ne Sica Riad of apaies.

’s threc ming cards are the;
A-Q-J of diamonds, and the slam i
easily made. The potential spa
loser thus tums out to be a mirage.

The play utilised here is what is
known as a dummy reversal. Instead.
of declarer trumping his losers in|
dummy, which is what happens in’
most cases, South reverses the usual
procedure and trumps. dummy’s los-
exs — here, the J-4 of clubs — in his
ewn hand. In effect, dummy
becomes declarer, and South plays
fis cards..as- though he.is.actually ~
seated on the other side of the table.

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YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION

sending and
receiving words

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Viktor Korchnoi v Irina Krush,
Gibtelecom Masters 2007.
Gibraltar's open has become a
must for international experts.
There's a huge £50,000 prize

fund, the Caleta Hotel venue has

the best cuisine on the Rock,
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FRIDAY,
FEB 1

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18
All you want to do is go home this
week, Aquarius, but a host of social
obligations prevent you from doing
so. Try to enjoy yourself anyway.
PISCES — Feb 19/March 20
This is a good time for networking,
Pisces. Get out there and meet peo-
ple. It’s a big world out there, and
you never know who’s looking for
you, too,
ARIES — March 21/April 20
Although you may have your. suspi-
cions, it would be wise not to voice
them. Old friends stop by to say hello,
and bring a new business Opportunity.
TAURUS - April 21/May 21
Everyone knows you’re a hard
worker, Taurus. You have nothing to

- prove this week. Take some time to

kick back and relax with friends or

_ family later in the week; you cer-

tainly deserve it.

' GEMINI - May 22/June 21

You’ve always known what you
want, Gemini. Others may try to stop
you this week, but don’t let them.
The world is fyll of opportunities this
week — just pick one and go for it
with all of your might.

CANCER - June 22/July 22
Don’t be scared, Cancer. Risk is a
good thing, and this week is 4 good
time for you take some. Opportu-
nities abound if you look.

LEO - July 23/August 23
Others will notice, and appreciate
your courage this week, so you'll
finally get the chance to show off
your leadership chops. Do so judi-
ciously, avojd showing off.

VIRGO -— Aug 24/Sept 22
There will be a lot of going on
around you this week. Try not to let it
distract you from your main objec-
tives. It’s only gossip, anyway.
LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

It’s one thing to have negative
thoughts, but it’s quite another to let
everyone know what they are. Such
negativity can only harm you in the
end. Think positively.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
Be patient just a while longer,
Scorpio. After Wednesday, others
will be more interested in hearing
your ideas. Don’t take this as an
insult, they’ve just been busy. You’ll
get your tum in the spotlight.
SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dec 21
Have fun this week, Sagittarius.
Cutting loose will lead to some
important romantic, and perhaps
even business opportunities.
Carpe diem!

CAPRICORN -— Dec 22/Jan 20
The holidays are approaching,
Capricorn, but something’s been on
your mind that’s causing you to
dread the upcoming get-together.
Call your relatives and talk it out.

2007 had elite grandmasters led
by England number one Michael
Adams, top women GMs, and
the legendary Korchnoi, now 76,
who defected from the Soviet
Union then twice challenged for
the world title. The veteran's
penultimate round pairing with
America’s number-two woman
ended in farce when Korchnoi
(White, to play) panicked at



Krush’s Rxd2 threat and went 1
Rf2? Why was this a blunder, and
what should White play instead?

LEONARD BARDEN

x

Te

Chess solution 8356: 1 RI2? Qxe4! torcea
resignation. If 2 Nxe4 Qdl+ 3 Rfl Qxfl mate. Instead 1
RI8+! Kg7 (Rxf8 2BdS wins the queen) 2 Rxd8 Nxd8 3
Qxc7+ NET 4 Qxb7 puts White two pawns up.

Mensa quiz: 10. ‘

One possible word ladder solution is: DEER, deed,
seed, s'. « std, skid, SKIN. :





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Ingraham makes
announcement after

criticising service of

communications giant

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

THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company will be pri-
vatized before the end of this
year, Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham announced yesterday.

While addressing a crowd of
tourism officials at the National
Tourism Week celebrations at
the Wyndham Nassau Resort
yesterday, Mr Ingraham devi-
ated from his prepared text to
make this announcement after
already highlighting the poor
service of the communications
giant.

In his presentation on the
state of tourism in the Bahamas,
Mr Ingraham explained that vis-
itors complain that the coun-
try’s communications services
are “expensive and unreliable”.

“T assure all and sundry that
Batelco will be privatized this

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@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

Trio charged with thefts
from credit card centre

year, 2008,” the Prime Minister
said.

Currently, the Bahamas is the
only remaining country in the
Caribbean region to be bur-
dened with no cellular compe-
tition.

In fact, BTC is becoming
ever-more reliant on this cellu-
lar monopoly to maintain prof-
itability, according to its 2006
annual report which revealed
that this segment generated 65
per cent, or $212.784 million, of
its total $327.36 million revenue
for that year.

The 2006 cellular revenues
represented a 17 per cent
increase upon the previous year,
or growth of $30.8 million.

BTC president and chief
executive, Leon Williams, indi-
cated the importance of its cel-
lular monopoly to the state-

SEE page eight



THREE persons, including a minor, were arraigned Thursday in
Magistrate’s Court on stealing charges amounting to more than
$40,000 from the Royal Bank of Canada’s credit card centre.

Troy Conrad Cargill, 19, of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates, and
Demetria Rolle were charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to
commit stealing, stealing by reason of employment, and stealing

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“BAHAMAS EDITION

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008



LET’S SHAKE ON IT: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Phaiinan and CEO of Baha Mar Resorts Ltd
Sarkis Izmirlian shake hands after signing a supplemental agreement for the $2.6 billion investment pro-
ject.





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Govt signs deal with Baha Mar for
Cable Beach investment project

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



GOVERNMENT has signed
a supplemental Heads of Agree-
ment with Baha Mar, and its
joint venture partner Harrah's
for the $2.6 billion investment
project on Cable Beach. This
comes some 33 months after the
initial agreement was signed for

the project during the Christie
administration.

The signing ceremony took
place yesterday afternoon at the
Cabinet Office on Bay Street,
with Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham overseeing the his-
toric moment, along with nine
other members of his cabinet.

“We just signed a supple-
mental agreement with Baha
Mar with respect to their

increased investment — with

respect to their development on
Cable Beach,” said Mr Ingra-
ham in a brief statement. “And
the agreement will be made
public. We will table it in the
House of Assembly at an early
date. And there will be a debate
because some of the transfers

SEE page eight

Americans to pay Our tourism product

more for passports

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

needs a boost — PM

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



IN yet another change to the rules relating to
travel outside the US for Americans, the US
Embassy announced that its citizens will now

‘have to pay more for new passports and

renewals.

In a release issued yesterday, the US embassy

said that the new fee schedule

the cost of a new adult passport rise from $97 to

SEE page 11



PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham warned mem-
> bers of the tourism industry yesterday that the
Bahamas’ tourism product is not what it should be
given the fact that the country has been a touristic
destination for over half a century.

Noting that tourism is not only the engine, but
the lifeline of the Bahamian economy, Mr Ingra-
ham said that while we as a country should treat it as
such, too often this is not the case.

SEE page 11

Well-known
Nassau doctor
dies in UK at
age of 89

Dr. Paul Poad



DR PAUL POAD, who
practised medicine in Nassau
for just under 50 years, died at
his home in England on
Wednesday at the age of 89.

Dr Poad was born in the
Manse of Ebenezer Methodist
Church, Shirley Street, Nassau,
on November 26, 1918. His
father was the late Rev Frank E

«Poad, a much-loved minister,

and his mother was the late Mrs
Olive G Poad (nee Higgs) of
Harbour Island.

A younger brother, Joseph
Basil Poad, was born in Har-
bour Island in 1922.

Rev Poad worked in India
from 1924 to 1945 and Dr Poad
and his brother Basil attended
Woodstock School in the —
foothills of the Himalayas,

SEE page 11

Police officers
await decision
on whether to

upgrade charges

A DECISION has yet to be
made whether or not to
upgrade the charges against two
police officers accused of the
June 2007 beating of Desmond
Key.

Corporal Donavon Gardiner
and Constable Tavares Bowleg
stood before Magistrate Susan
Sylvester in court 11 on Nassau
Street yesterday, where it was
thought that Gardiner’s s charge
of grievous harm and Bowleg's s
charge of abetment to grievous
harm might have been upgrad-
ed to murder and abetment to

SEE page 11




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ads, or air platnts, to HSB President Sarah Lobosky (far right). They'll

be selling again at the HSB plant sale.

Plant enthusiasts get

PLANT enthusiasts can make
their love grow with living
Valentines at the Horticultural
Society of the Bahamas annual
plant sale.

The cvent will take place
tomorrow (10am to 2pm) at the
Bahanias National Trust's head-
quarters, The Retreat, Village
Road, opposite Queen’s. Col-



lege. Water plants, roses and
orchids will be for sale.

. Former HSB president Eric
Butler, co-chairman of the pop-
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KEITH PARKER comes and goes with a truck load of plants each year
at the HSB plant sale, which will take place tomorrow at the Bahamas

National Trust headquarters.

Plants range in price from less
than a dollar to more than $100,
depending on size and rarity.
HSB members grow the plants
and label them for sale with 15
per cent of the sale price going
to the HSB. Orchids from
Flamingo Nurseries are a pop-
ular feature each year.

Of special interest are hun-
dreds of dramatic bromeliads,
tiny tillandsias or ‘airplants’ to
gigantic hybrids with a five-foot
long leaf.

Members often donate bare
root plants to the sale for land-
scaping. No plants will be sold

BENS
SSS

ready for annual sale

before 10am on Saturday, said
Mr Butler.

Founded by the late Mrs Sara
Bardelmeier in 1984, the HSB
conducts field trips and partici-
pates in horticultural shows.

Helping beautify the nation
is one of the society’s goals. As
a result, unusual plants and
sound advice on growing them
are featured at the society’s
popular sale. each year.

The HSB now includes more
than 100 members, including all
the garden clubs, top horticul-
turalists, and family island grow-
ers.



THE TRIBUNE

Teacher raps
the critics of
disciplinary
measures

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







An R M Bailey teacher has described criticism by parents of the
school’s disciplinary initiative as “pathetic”.

The teacher defended the measures as entirely necessary if students are
to learn and go on to become productive members of society.

English teacher Jessie Dowlatt-Moxey said that the 80 strong staff at the
school will not be swayed by negative comments from some parents and
are resolved to continue with the principal’s disciplinary programme.
“We are calling on all heads of churches, parents and the entire commu-
nity to assist in the correct discipline of our young people. We are not going
to allow anyone to cause us to bend or lower our standards,” she said.

In her strongly-worded statement, Ms Dowlatt-Moxey said: “We were
of the opinion that it is a known fact that our youth is out of hand and des-
perately needs to be taught to respect authority and walk the line. Instead
of being greeted by praises .. . regrettably there are factions of this soci-
ety who do not support this initiative. And then we wonder why the
crime rate is escalating daily,” she said.

The educator responded to comments made by a mother in the Nassau
Guardian about the teachers involved in the disciplinary initiative. The
mother suggested that the teachers may be attention-seeking or “lacking
something”, however Ms Dowlatt-Moxey said such comments will only
“lead to further disrespect of authority by students and a collapse of
what we are trying to build.”

In Mid-January, the mother complained that her daughter was placed
“behind cage-like doors” in the R M Bailey gymnasium after her skirt was
deemed to be too short.

She stated that the disciplinary actions taken by the school in relation
to her daughter, who has a 3.30 grade point average, and other students,
were overzealous, unwarranted and encouraged “a rebellious spirit” in the
children. She called on Minister of Education Carl Bethel to assist her in
having her daughter transferred.

Calling for parents to “step up to the plate”, Ms Dowlatt-Moxey com-
mended the school’s principal, Julian Anderson, as a “man of discipline and
vision”. “If parents cannot see that what we are standing for is the right
thing then may God help you all,” she said.

The teacher said that parents must realise that conformity “will not mag-
ically asc¢nd” on students once they leave school and are required to enter
the workforce. “It has to be a gradual growth” starting in school, she
said. A school that lacks orderliness will cause students to become “unmo-
tivated and distressed”, creating an environment that lends itself to under-
achievement, she asserted.*

Ms Dowlatt-Moxey lamented the fact that teachers are forced to take
on “multi roles” as a result of the “home conditions and other dire cir-
cumstances that face our students” — only to be abused for doing so.

She added that misbehaviour among pupils is the leading cause of
teacher resignations. The educator said parents contribute to school dis-
ciplinary issues by allowing children to have iPods, expensive jewellery and
the latest “fashions and hairdos” meanwhile failing to ensure they have the
necessary materials for classes.

She said: “It is parents who do not come to collect their children’s °
reports on time and so allow their poor children to be locked up in the dirty,
burnt down gym. It is parents who do not attend PTA meetings to find out
how their children are doing.” ‘




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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, PAGE 3



© In brief

COB: We are
committed to
partnership
with labour
leaders

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

THE College of the Bahamas
has responded to union com-
plaints, saying that it is committed
to “working in full partnership”
with its labour leaders to “build
the University of the Bahamas.”

In a release issued yesterday,
the College’s Office of Commu-
nications stated that it looks for-
ward to “resolving differences”
raised by the Union of Tertiary
Educators of the Bahamas “at the
table rather than in the press.”

UTEB alleged yesterday that
College management’s efforts to
ensure the institution attains uni-
versity status were causing the
college to overlook the needs of
its staff and faculty.

It accused college management
of “creatively interpreting” their
May, 2006 industrial agreement
and failing to negotiate “in good
faith” over disputed issues.

The union stated that there was
a prolonged lack of promotional
exercises at the college, and
expressed further consternation
over recent suggestions made by
the COB Council that College
President Janyne Hodder would
have some oversight of the pro-
motions process.

However, the college said yes-
terday that it has “proposed a
promotional exercise for faculty
(that is) consistent with common
practice in universities.”

It further claimed to “partici-
pate willingly in trade dispute res-
olution in those cases where its
interpretation of the collective
agreement differs from that of
the union.”

Additionally, while UTEB
asserted that research at the col-
lege “lacks direction and pur-
pose” and its faculty members
have been subject to “adverse
working conditions and uncer-
tainty about their career path”,
the college said that its Strategic
Plan “outlines in detail the direc-
tion for research” at the institu-
tion.

“Increasing research perfor-
mance is a key building block to
creating the University of the
Bahamas,” said the college, not-
ing that faculty research perfor-
mance must be raised and
research focus must be “on areas
of national need.”

UTEB alleged that college fac-
ulty have been “let go without
just cause,” while Bahamians
qualified to masters level are
being “denied employment as the
search for faculty with PhDs out-
weighs the national imperative
and fulfills the need for PhD quo-
tas.”

The union further contended
that despite this drive for better
qualified persons, there is a “lack
of support and assistance,” to
doctoral candidates.

The college admitted yester-
day that increasing the number
of staff members who are edu-
cated to the doctoral level is a
priority goal.

However, it stated that “no
member of the UTEB bargain-
ing unit has been dismissed by
the college” and added that it
provides paid study leave to
Bahamian faculty to pursue mas-
ter’s and doctoral degrees.

“This year alone, the college
has invested $698,364 in paid
study leave for these faculty.

“The college also recruits fac-
ulty, Bahamian and non-Bahami-
an, with doctoral degrees,” said
the college.

It expressed a belief that “all
matters requiring negotiation”
will be resolved.

Police launch
prohe after
Skeleton found

Detectives from Grand
Bahama and Abaco have started
an intense investigation on Aba-
co, following the discovery on
Monday of human skeletal
remains.

A resident of Spring City,
reported to officers at the Marsh
Harbour Police Station, that while
walking his dog along a track road
in that settlement, the dog ven-
tured into the bushes and began
running around in circles and
whining.

He said that he went to see
what had excited the dog when
he saw what appeared to be
human skeletal remains lying on
the ground.

Officers, accompanied by the
resident doctor, went to the loca-
tion where they saw the remains,
which appeared to have been in
that location for a considerable
period of time. The doctor con-
firmed they were human remains.

After processing the scene,
officers had the remains taken to
the morgue in Marsh Harbour.

An intensive investigation is
now underway as a result of this
discovery.

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Police quiz ‘several people’ over
four murders in New Providence

questioned in connection with those mat-
ters.”

The incidents include the murder of
Marvin Seymour, shot in his Joan’s
Heights home on January 22; the double
murder of Jenny Thurston and Lynden
Pratt, who were found dead ina.
Pinewood Gardens home on January 26,
and the murder of Damien Bastian, who
was shot at a house party in Yellow
Elder Gardens.

Last week, five murders were record-
ed, four of them occurring within a 20-
hour span.

m@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net



POLICE are questioning several peo-
ple in connection with four of the five
murders which occurred in New Provi-
dence last week but have yet to make an
arrest, Asst Supt Walter Evans said yes-
terday.

Mr Evans said he could not confirm if
investigators believe the incidents are
related, adding: “These persons are being

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RETIRED: Former Comptroller of Customs John Rolle with a model sloop.



January 23, 2008

Dear My Fellow Brothers and Sisters of the Bahamas,

This letter to the public is to address concerns, questions about actions displayed by
ZNS staff when refusing to have my radio ads played on their radio station. The
fundamental principle of Freedom of Speech and Expression is being challenged by the
government radio station of the Bahamas in the year 2008. My fellow Brothers and
Sisters of the Bahamas, my belief and understanding of Freedom of Speech and
Expression in a démocratic country like the Bahamas, Freedom of Speech and
Expression is the most protected, guarded, sacred foundation of democracy in a
Democratic country that ensures democracy is being demonstrated and expressed in a
democratic country when allowing Freedom of Speech and Expression in the public
newspaper, radio and tv media that was demonstrated during the 1960's when Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X was allowed to speak in public, in the
newspapers, radio and tv to share, convictions, views, and vision for equality of black
African Americans in America. History has shown that South Africa did not allow
freedom of speech and expression for black South Africans in the public, newspaper,
radio and tv. It was the reason why it took a long time for Aparthied ‘to finally end in
South Africa in the 1990's.

My radio ad was played on Island FM on January 3rd, 4th and 16th of 2008; but was
refused to be aired on ZNS; first in October 2007 and January 2008. | contacted
Minister K. Forbes of the F. N. M. government of my displeasure and surprise of ZNS
not playing my radio ad. Democracy and Freedom of Speech is deeply connected
together. You cannot have one without the other. This is the greatest test and assurance
of democracy in a democratic country like the Bahamas. | am truly shocked and
surprised of ZNS's actions, does the F. N. M. government believe in Freedom of Speech
in a democratic country? My radio ad is to educate and inform the Bahamian people of
the policies at the Hotel Pension Management fund as an-advocate for change and
being the people’s champion for justice against injustice. | will be taking legal advice
and consultation with my lawyer to decide what action, if necessary, to take concerning
this matter with ZNS in challenging my Freedom of Speech and Expression when
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On January 22, police were called to
the home of Seymour, 39, after three
gunmen kicked down the front door of
his wooden house before shooting him
multiple times.

His four children witnessed the shoot-
ing. Seymour died at the scene.

Four days later, the two-year-old
granddaughter of Jenny Thurston, 43,
found Thurston and Lynden Oscar Pratt,
26, dead in a bedroom at Thurston’s
Pinewood Gardens home.

Neighbours said they saw the two-
year-old wandering the streets. The child

reportedly told them that the two vic-
tims were covered in red liquid.

That same day, Damien Bastian, 28,
was shot at a house party on Melbourne
Street, Yellow Elder Gardens, in front of
a number of witnesses.

Peter Andrew Collie was also killed on
January 26. He was shot in the head out-
side a club parking lot on Elizabeth
Avenue. Police are trying to discover
the whereabouts of Kelly Mitchell of
Apple Street, as he is wanted for ques-
tioning in connection with that murder,
Mr Evans said.







GOOD LUCK: Retired Comptroller of Customs John Rolle
speaks with the Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham on
Wenesday night at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort on
West Bay Street. Mr. Rolle served as Comptroller of Cus-
toms from February 1993 until his retirement on January
18, 2008.

Photos: Felipé Major/Trubune Staff






Hunt for two bandits

POLICE are on the lookout for two bandits who held down
and robbed a 42-year-old woman in front of her Nassau Street
home in broad daylight.

Police reports indicate that around 2pm on Wednesday,
the woman was arriving at her home in Nassau Village when
she was accosted by two men who robbed her of a handbag
containing a large sum of cash.

The robbers escaped the scene in a green Kia Jeep, police
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THE TRIBUNE



EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR



The Tribune Limited

NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A. LL.B.

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
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The Tribune can’t manage the headlines

RECENTLY Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-

ham bemoaned the fact that the local press —
especially this newspaper — puts too much
emphasis on crime. He complained that almost
every day The Tribune’s headlines record a
crime.
Unfortunately this will continue as long as
crime remains an almost daily occurrence and
the major concern of residents of this country.
Mr Ingraham is not the only person who thinks
this way. But he must remember that a news-
paper reports the daily news, it does not make
it. And as long as crime is the number one event
on most days, it will remain the number one
headline.

As our news editor Paco Nunez rightly said
on January 25 in response to Mr Ingraham’s
comments: “Ultimately, it must be recognised
that the only responsible way for a society to
alter newspaper headlines is to deal with the
issues highlighted in those headlines.”

Mr Ingraham says that crime is not as terri-
ble as The Tribune makes it out to be. This,
we presume, is because most of these crimes
are being committed by a handful of persons
with criminal records who are settling old scores.
In other words to look at it coldly, many of
them are criminals killing criminals and saving
the police and the courts much time and the
country much expense.

This might be true, but the boldness of these
hoodlums — firing illegal guns at random dur-
ing daylight hours on our busy main street —
not only terrifies a community, but threatens its
very livelihood.
| The other danger is that — as was the case of
19-year-old student DeAngelo Cargill who was
buried a few weeks ago — an innocent
bystander can be the victim of a bullet intended
for someone else. Young Cargill was standing
with a group of students at the corner of Fred-
erick and Bay Streets waiting for a bus when he
was fatally struck in a drive-by shooting.

And so no matter how long a man’s criminal
record might be, and although his bullet might
be intended for someone equally as criminal
as himself, it’s always the innocent bystander
who gets in the way, and is mowed down. There-
fore, regardless of how far on the back page
we might bury a crime story, innocents like
Cargill will continue to be among the victims.

Many of these persons responsible for these
crimes are criminals out on bail awaiting trial for
new crimes. They should not, and should never
have been on our streets.

The public blames the courts for releasing
them, the courts blame the executive for not
providing the facilities and staff to make early
trials possible, and many point an accusing fin-
ger at the Privy Council and our constitution for

sO nM Rea Mina iam

“God is not called to qualify,
He qualifies the called.” |

SUNDAY SERVICES

setting time limits on how long an accused can
be held in prison awaiting trial.

The public does not care who is responsible.
They want criminals off their streets so that
they can sleep in peace at night. If the courts
need more space, then it’s up to government to
provide that space. If the judges need more
staff, then more competent staff has to be
employed. But the fingerpointing has to stop,
and action has to be taken on both sides to
bring order to society.

There was a time in this country when there
was no bail for anyone charged with murder.
However, times have changed, circumstances
have changed and pressures on the courts have
changed. To comply with the law that guaran-

tees a speedy trial to an offender even those ,

accused of murder are now walking the streets.

At first they were held on remand awaiting
trial for at least five years. Then it was two
years, and now they are no sooner in jail than
they are out. The public is alarmed. And, of
course, Bahamians are looking accusingly at
the courts and liberal-minded lawyers, because
the only way an accused can be released is if
those who have the authority open the prison
doors.

On Monday a Freeport grou, known as
Families for Justice, publicly expressed concern
that four men charged with murder were out on
bail. The spokesman said it was felt that these
persons should have been denied bail.

They were also alarmed at the reasons given
for their release. According to a report received
from the Attorney General one of the men was
released on bail within four months because of
an ear infection. The second was released short-
ly after complaining that he had asthma attacks.
The Attorney General’s office gave no reason
for the early release of the other two accused.
No wonder Bahamians are scandalised. And
no wonder they are blaming a too liberal court
system.

Mr Ingraham claimed in his statement that
the reporting of crime by the press had led to
hotels deciding not to carry local newspapers.

This is not entirely true. Sundry stores in
most of the hotels, including Atlantis, sell The
Tribune. However, the hotels do not permit
local newspapers to be delivered to guest rooms.
This is not a recent decision. This started in the
seventies when drug smuggling made the head-
lines.

And so as long as newspapers continue their
job of covering the news — highlighting the
most important events — and crime remains on
the streets, it will also remain in the headlines.
That, unfortunately, is the nature of a newspa-
per — a mirror of the community.



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PASTOR EARLE FRANCIS J.P.,0.D.
Marriage Officer, Counsellor, intercessor
Phones: 323-6452 » 393-5798
Fax: 326-4488/394-4819

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benefits from
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

SEE below sections of the
Tariff Act, extracted from the
fourth schedule, part “B” sec-
tion 14, sub-sections one
through four, which was enact-
ed into law, by the PLP gov-
ernment on Ist January, 2003.
This gave taxicab, livery car,
tour car and bus franchise own-
ers, “Customs Duty Exemp-
tions” on, both new and used,
vehicles purchased and import-
ed for use, exclusively, in the
hospitality industry.

Franchise holders were at lib-
erty to procure their units,
either from foreign sources or
from local automobile dealer-
ships here in the Bahamas.

It is also interesting to note
that this law permitted persons
in these groupings to purchase
used vehicles from individuals
and have the customs duty
refunded, based on the value,
assessed by Bahamas Customs,
prevailing at the time of pur-
chase.

The law, as it reads verbatim,
follows: -

Sub-section (1) “Any new
motor vehicle imported
between Ist January, 2003 and
Ist January, 2008 for use by the
holder of a taxicab or livery car
license.

Sub-section (2) any new
motor vehicle imported
between Ist January, 2003 and
Ist January, 2008-for use by the
holder of Omnibus.or.Tour-car
franchise, ans

Subésection (3) where any
new motor vehicle is purchased
in the Bahamas for use as a
taxicab, omnibus, livery car, or
tour car, the customs duties
paid on the said motor vehicle




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shall be refunded by the comp-
troller of customs, except that in
respect of a used motor vehi-
cle purchased in the Bahamas,
the duty to be refunded is the
duty applicable to the value of
the vehicle as levied by the
comptroller of customs at the
time of the purchase.

Sub-section (4) where any
new motor vehicle is imported
into or purchased in the
Bahamas for use as a taxicab,
omnibus, livery car, or tour car
as specified in subsections (1),
(2), and (3) and the said motor
vehicle is used for any purpose
other than that of a taxicab, or
livery car license or for use in an
omnibus or tour car franchise,
the customs duties which would
have been payable shall forth-
with therefore become payable
and the customs duties which
were refunded shall be payable:
unquote.

It is disheartening, to say the

least, that after five years of,
(Public Service Drivers), enjoy-
ing this benefit under the PLP
government, the FNM govern-
ment has now taken it away
from them.

This is the second benefit tak-

~en away,-by-the-FNM-govern>
ment from.poor Bahamians.:so
far this month and it has me
wondering, what’s next?

I saw a newspaper headline
on Saturday past, where Laing,
I suppose, was trying to defend
his FNM government's decision
to cancel those “duty” and




“stamp tax” exemptions. ‘These
exemptions affected, essential-
ly, poor Bahamians buying
homes for the first time and
public service drivers wishing
to upgrade their vehicles. These
groupings enjoyed these
exemptions under five years of
PLP governance, but now this
uncaring FNM government has
taken them away.

I don’t believe you can
defend that, Laing, no, sir, there
is no defence for what you and
Ingraham have done to poor
Bahamians. Tell us what tax
exemptions are you taking
away from the rich Bay Street
boys? Brent Symonnette, the
Moskos, the Kellys, the
Pritchards; what, tell us what?

January 2008, will always be
remembered, by poor Bahami-
ans, like a bad nightmare;
“stamp tax free” for first time
home buyers gone; “duty free”
cars for taxicabs, omnibuses,
livery and tour cars gone, and
no National Health Care for
Bahamians.

The FNM say having Nation-
al Health Care is too expensive;
the PLP say not having Nation-
al Health Care is too expensive.

Herein lies the clear differ-
ence between a concerned and
caring PLP government and an
unconcerned and uncaring
FNM (Bay Street) government.
1 hate to be the one to remind
you that. I told you so; but f.teld
you so. anes

Those are my views.

t:{ PEt TR

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hy

FORRESTER J CARROLL
JP

Freeport,

Grand Bahama,

January 28, 2008.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

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they public or private sector in
our Bahamaland, will put the
most educationally-challenged
employee as the first line deal-
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A case in point: this after-
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myself and my wife — we each

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Minister: There have been no
Urban Renewal terminations

mw By CLUNIS DEVANEY



MINISTER of Housing and Nation-
al Insurance Kenneth Russell said in
parliament yesterday that despite alle-
gations, there have been.no termina-
tions from the Urban Renewal pro-
gramme.

Refuting a claim made during yes-
terday’s morning sitting of the House
by West End and Bimini MP Obie
Wilchcombe, that 40 persons on Grand
Bahama were terminated from the pro-
gramme, Minister Russell told parlia-
mentarians that there have been no
terminations from the programme in
Grand Bahama or anywhere else in
the country.

He pointed out that persons who
worked in Urban Renewal had come

Kenneth Russell refutes claim by Obie Wilchcombe that 40
people on Grand Bahama were terminated from programme

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from the Department of Social Ser-
vices.

“Based on the study that we did in
the reorganisation of Urban Renewal
those persons are to go back to Social
Services and be redeployed by Social
Services,” Mr Russell said.

He indicated that some of the per-
sons will still be working on and carry-
ing out case aid work for Urban
Renewal, while some will be working
in other programmes for Social Ser-

vices.

Others, he noted, will be placed else-
where in the Ministry of Health and
Social Development and other min-
istries that need assistance.

“That is what the plan is because
the ministry responsible for Urban
Renewal needed to be able to put
together its own programme and have
persons who are responsible to us
working to push those programmes,”
Minister Russell said.

He emphasised that there is only
one person working for Urban Renew-
al under the Ministry of Housing in
Grand Bahama, and confirmed that
the individual iis still working for
Urban Renewal and doing what they
have been doing before.

“We will make a much broader
statement when we kick-off the new
Urban Renewal thrust and programme
here in New Providence in two weeks,”
Minister Russell said.

Government plans to create craft
market at Prince George Wharf

GOVERNMENT plans to
create an Authentically
Bahamian craft market at the
Prince George Dock.

The market will offer
Bahamian-made souvenirs to
“discerning” visitors, Minister
of Public Works and Transport
Earl Deveaux said.

“Our conclusion is we will
restore the Prince George
warehouse,” he said. “The
plans are well advanced. We
should have all the mechani-
cal and electrical drawings
completed, I was told, by the
31st of January so we can go to
tender.

“We will restore that build-
ing. Make it something similar
to the Festival Place — proper
bathrooms, a mezzanine floor,
wide aisles and something we
could all be proud of. But it
will only be available for
authentically Bahamian
goods.”

At the same time, govern-
ment plans to address the
appearance and structural
strength of the tent that
presently houses the Straw
Market, Mr Deveaux said. He
said the government will make
the tent “more habitable.”

He pointed out that the gov-
ernment is not likely to force
vendors to move out of the
tent, no matter what they are
selling.

*» “People who understand ,

that tourists want value and
they want quality will know
that what we are doing is for
their best interest,” he said.
“And they will produce good
products and offer them to

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and big. We see downtown
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Mr Deveaux provided a
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The concept calls for the
addition of lights, signs, lamp
posts and other practical fea-
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The design will aim to recre-

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“Our vision is quite broad
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downtown as coming from
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see the waterfront as part of
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Minister Deveaux said that
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What will it take for the government to
YOUR SAY

m@ By ATHENA DAMIANOS

hat will it take for
the government to
deal with the violent

crime problem that is rocking
our island and the many social
disorders feeding it?

The murder of a teenage stu-
dent on Bay Street — the heart
of our dying ‘tourist mecca’ —
just two days into the New Year
was bad enough.

But the shooting death of
four people over a 20-hour peri-
od at the weekend, bringing to
nine the total number of mur-
ders in the Bahamas so far this
year, surely has to galvanise the
authorities into action.

The lame excuse that the
majority of murders involve
people who know each other,
or are themselves criminals, will
no longer suffice.

The year 2007 ended with the
tragic shooting death of Police
Constable Ramos Williams,
who was gunned down during a
routine police patrol on the out-
skirts of town.

And then, just days into the
start of the New Year, the first
murder was recorded Saturday
when a man was shot in east-
ern New Providence.

The killing came amid ongo-
ing concerns about violent
crimes in the country with 79
murders reported in 2007 and
five unclassified.

Both political parties went
into the 2007 general election
without a plan to combat the
spiralling trend in violence in
what was to become a record
year of murder, like ostriches
burying their heads in the sand.



Upon election, the ruling par-
ty took the same lazy, unimagi-
native and predictable approach
of its predecessor and appoint-
ed a committee to look into a
problem more than 30 years in
the making.

Meanwhile, the majority of
recommendations of other
hard-working committees
appointed to do the same over
the years have been left to lan-
guish on a shelf to collect dust.

The truth is that on the ques-
tion of dealing with crime, our
governments have either been
inept, don’t care or simply lack
the political will to get the job
done.

We elected a new govern-
ment to move our country for-
ward, not to make excuses.

It is inconceivable that the
police are unable to get a han-
dle on crime on an island 21
miles long by seven wide.

If major cities such as Boston
and New York got a grip on
their vicious crime problems,
there’s no reason why tiny Nas-
sau can’t do the same.

BROKEN WINDOWS

Both cities employed the
Broken Windows (zero toler-
ance) programme, which
embraces the concept that stop-
ping major crimes starts with
stopping small ones — an idea
that has influenced policing



strategies in Boston and else-
where since the 1980s.

The concept grew around the
then-unfashionable idea that a
patrolman's primary responsi-
bility was to keep order in a
community rather than just
respond to serious crimes after
the fact.

Since then, many cities in the
US and Britain have success-
fully adopted community-based
policing and, by being stationed
within their communities, the
police are able to integrate and
gather vital intelligence. '

In the inner cities of Nassau,
in particular, keeping order is
vital in communities where the
family unit has broken down,
and children of children are left
to fend for themselves while sin-
gle parents are often absent — at
work, prostituting or in an alco-
holic/drug haze.

In the underworld of Nassau
where criminals thrive, child
abuse, incest, alcoholism and
drug abuse are rife, without a
strong symbol of authority the
cycle continues unchecked into
another generation.

It’s all well and good for goy-
ernment ministers and judges
to point their fingers at parents.

But let’s face it. We’re past
that point. In too many cases,
the rot has set in with the par-
ents. The parents are incapable
of raising their children prop-

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ABANDONED HOMES such as this one in the St James Road area provided a shelter for criminals until police
were stationed in the Urban Renewal Centre. The police were pulled from the centre and no longer have a per-
manent base in the crime infested community.

erly. Who, then, do we turn to?

The law enforcement agen-
cies face the same dilemma. The
Church...well, let’s not talk
about the Church. The head-
lines about sexual abuse are
sickening. The materialism is
sickening. The lack of financial
accountability is sickening. The
public complacency is baffling.

Obviously, there are hard-
working and caring clergymen
in the country, but they appear
to be an endangered species.

There has been an almost
complete breakdown of every-
thing decent citizens once stood
for. To a very large extent, our
parents, teachers, clergy and
politicians are incapable of lift-
ing us out of the hell hole we
are now in because they don’t
know any better. They are sim-
ply mirrors of society. We are
locked in a terrible cycle.

The crime crisis is generations
in the making and the problem
is complex and has spun out of
control, among other things,
because of the many social ills
and poor examples of leader-
ship in the Church and in polit-
ical circles, and the inability to
enforce laws.

Corruption is endemic.

In the Bahamas, Nassau in
particular, we allow small
crimes to flourish — littering,
running red traffic lights, riding
motorbikes without crash hel-
mets, unlicensed roadside vend-
ing, loitering, soliciting, foul lan-
guage...

URBAN RENEWAL
The PLP was an inept gov-

ernment, no question about it.

However, credit should be
given where credit is due and
its award-winning Urban
Renewal Programme was a step
in the right direction. I believe
the former police commission,
Paul Farquharson, was actually
responsible for the mechanics
of the programme.

When the FNM came to pow-
er, it did not understand Urban
Renewal and quickly disman-
tled the policing aspect of it.
The FNM, I'm told, thought
hundreds of police had been

‘taken off the street” and
assigned to urban renewal cen-
tres.

In fact, only about 33 special-
ly selected policemen and
women were attached to Urban
Renewal Centres.

By being based in the com-
munities late into the night, the
police got to know the residents.
They’ learned that many ‘of the
people were upset at what-their

communities had become. The |

police and residents forged a
bond.

Together, the Urban Renew-
al police and citizens in low
income areas formed a “Night
Watch.” Along with the police,
these determined citizens
walked the streets at night and
took back what was once theirs
trom the criminals.

The Royal Bahamas Police
Force received a number of
awards for its work in Urban
Renewal.

After the FNM was elected
last year, the police were
ordered to vacate the Urban

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Renewal centres and the pro-
paganda against them started.
One professional close to the
FNM bigwigs told me the police
handed out hams for politicians
at Christmas.

I put this to an Urban
Renewal police friend, and that
officer was incredulous.

Having worked with one of
the Urban Renewal pro-
grammes, I can attest to the fan-
tastic work the police did in
mentoring children who are
now roaming the Streets of the
Lost, their role models having
been pulled out of the commu-
nity centres.

Some of these children come
from the most heart-wrenching
situations. Their parents may
be criminals, drug addicts, alco-
holics or rapists. In one home I
visited, a teenager was mourn-
ing the loss of her baby —

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authorities, 9 '-° Y

: The: children were *adbority
nurtured by the police, they
were the eyes and ears of the
police, an intelligence gather-
ing nucleus. Together with the
Department of Social Services,
the police did a first-class job
in building a bridge between the
underworld and the authorities.

The police now enter the
communities as outsiders —
they are no longer stationed
inside the communities. The
weight of the law is gone. The
cycle continues.

Were bad apples associated
with Urban Renewal? It’s pos-
sible.

The police force, the church
and parliament have certainly
had their share of bad apples.

I don’t see anyone disman-
tling parliament, or the police
force or giving up on God.

Since the authorities seem to
have such a hard time coming
up with solutions to the crime
problem, I’m going to make a
number of suggestions.

AFTER SCHOOL

CENTRES

Establish after school centres
where children can receive
proper care, instruction, home-
work supervision and healthy
recreation.

\ Many parents are working
shifts in hotels and restaurants
and are not home to supervise
their children. Others are out
pimping, doing drug deals or
whatever.

After school centres in the
Urban Renewal buildings, with
at least two policemen stationed
within, will provide a whole-
some, SAFE environment for
our children. Who knows, per-
haps the children one day will
teach the parents.

MAKE PARENTS

ACCOUNTABLE

Parents who do not take
responsibility for the well-being
of their children should be
charged in court and, if found
guilty, sentenced to community
service. Minors who break the
law should also be made to do
community service.

This would involve devoting a
specified amount of time to the
development of the communi-
ties in which they live. It could
mean picking up litter, painting
community centres, helping out
in organised recreation under
the supervision of trained social
workers and so on.

And who knows, perhaps
theyll develop community
pride and something will grow.

SEE next page
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, PAGE 7.

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deal with the violent crime problem?

FROM page 6

BOOT CAMPS AND

SUMMER CAMPS

Follow the YEAST model
and ask Jeff Lloyd to help.
Establish summer camps in the
islands for children under prop-
er supervision. Let the children
discover the magic of fishing,
crabbing and marine life.
(Teach them how to swim,
first!) These children have
nothing to do in the summer.
This is especially important in
the long summer months.

JUNIOR SAILING

PROGRAMME

There is a fantastic junior
sailing programme that has
been developed by a handful
of volunteers and embraces
children from all walks of life.
The Nassau Yacht Club volun-
teered the use of its facilities
for one year to help the pro-
gramme get off the ground. The
government was supposed to
provide premises for a Nation-
al Sailing School. That was
three years ago.

Please give these young
sailors a chance to develop their
skills. Many of these students
come from poor families and,
besides becoming good sailors,
they have learned to compete
in a disciplined environment
where rules must be obeyed.
They are charming and social
young people.

ENFORCE THE LAWS

Our police force is unable to
enforce the law on a consistent
basis. This is beyond dispute.
It’s why so many people run
red traffic lights, freely use the
national word (‘F’ and I don’t
mean ‘fish’). It’s why so many
people illegally possess hand-
guns, pilfer, ride without crash
helmets, park illegally and so
on. It’s why vendors feel free
to set up stalls anywhere with-
out business licences and health
certificates.

Under one Broken Windows
programme, the officer in
charge of each precinct (cell)

. Was required to appear before a
panel of senior police every
~ week. 40,account for the suc-



ees
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cesses and failures of his dis-
trict.

They were held ACCOUNT-
ABLE and this had a huge
impact upon police work and
the communities in which they
were stationed.

NON-BAHAMIAN

POLICE

And this is where non-
Bahamian police come in. The
panel should be comprised only
of non-Bahamian police and
the Bahamian commissioner to
avoid any friend or family con-
flicts. The non-Bahamians
should be recruited only for
short periods so they don’t form
the same relationships that
make it impossible for too
many policemen to do their
duty.

I suspect many people don’t
agree with the idea of non-
Bahamian police because of
racial hang-ups. So bring in
qualified, black police. Some of
our force’s finest were black
West Indians.

CHOKE THE SUPPLY

OF GUNS

Why is it that so many illegal
guns are available on this tiny
island? Who’s paying off who?
Come on, for goodness sake,
get a grip.

JUDICIARY AND

THE POLICE

Equip both with the facilities
and tools they need, and pay
them a proper wage: The police
are putting their lives on the
line to protect the citizens.

And for goodness sake, build
a court for major crime cases
at the jail and get the busloads
of foul-mouthed prisoners off
Bay Street.

Women reporting for jury
duty really shouldn’t have to
listen to how prisoners want to
(you know, the national word)
them.

This will also help with the
traffic nightmare of the prison
buses speeding (breaking the
law?) through the traffic or, in
most cases, when the traffic’s
gridlocked, of trying to bull-
doze motorists off the road.
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responsible for committing a
lot of the crime. Well, if they’re
unable to integrate into soci-
ety, what do you expect?

We have lost one generation
and we are on the verge of los-
ing another. The reluctance or
inability of the authorities over
the years to deal with the crime
problem is mind-boggling.

Whether it’s through incom-
petence or simply not caring,

The Council of Legal Education invites applications from attorneys-at-law for the post of Tutor at the
Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad & Tobago. Applicants should demonstrate competence in at least

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‘The successful applicant will be expected to assume duties on Monday, August 4 2008. The position is
a full-time one and no outside employment may be undertaken without the prior approval of the
Council of Legal Education. The appointment will be on contract for three (3) years in the first instance

Applicants must be attorneys-at-law with at least five (5) years practical, professional experience.
Applicants should indicate their professional interest and area(s) of expertise.

Knowledge of the laws of the Commonwealth Caribbean is essential. Applicants are expected to have
experience in information and communications technology. Qualifications and/or experience in various
aspects of educational pedagogy including quality assurance, teaching and learning methodologies and

The duties and responsibilities of the post include:
* Teaching and conducting tutorials in such courses as may be assigned by the Principal
* Functioning as part of a team in the delivery of an integrated teaching programme
* Participating in a regular assessment of relevant areas of the established curriculum with a view to
the continued development of content and advancement in teaching methodology.
* Participating in activities to facilitate the training programmes of the Law Schools of the Council

* Enhancing the teaching profile of the institution through research’ and publication on aspects of

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MM.
Govt signs deal with Baha Mar for BTC to be privatised in
Cable Beach investment project

FROM page one

require parliamentary approval.”

He continued: “We will give the Baha Mar and
Harrah's and Starwood the maximum coopera-
tion from the government's point of view, and as
will our agencies — all of the public utility com-
panies.

“This project calls for an accelerated construc-
tion schedule.

“And we will do our utmost to accommodate
them as speedily and as efficiently as is humanly
possible.”

No questions were taken at the signing by the
prime minister or the Baha Mar and Harrah’s
team, which was led by Sarkis Izmirlian, chairman
and CEO of Baha Mar.

However, Mr Ingraham said he will hold a
news conference on Sunday.

Despite the signing yesterday, the full details of
this agreement do not yet appear to have been ful-
ly completed, based on a written statement
released at the news conference by Baha Mar.

Baha Mar and Caesars Bahamas Investment
Corporation, a subsidiary of Harrah’s “are now
proceeding to finalize documents for completion
of the joint venture, following which construc-
tion of the project will immediately commence,”
said the statement.

“Completion remains subject to conditions,
including (i) completion of definitive agreements,
(ii) conveyance or other transfer to the joint ven-
ture of rights to certain parcels of real property,
and (iii) parliamentary action.”

The initial heads of agreement between Baha
Mar and the Bahamas government was signed
in April 2005, for the then $1.2 billion project.
Since the initial deal, the developers expressed an
interest to more than double the value of their
investment.

Additional concessions were requested by the
developers which led to extended negotiations
between them and the Christie government,
which did not conclude before the PLP were vot-



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The successful applicant will be expected to assume duties on Monday, August 4 2008. The position is
a full-time one and no outside employment may be undertaken without the prior approval of the
Council of Legal Education. The appointment will be on contract for three (3) years in the first instance

Applicants must be attorneys-at-law with at least seven (7) years practical, professional experience.

Applicants should indicate their professional interest and area(s) of expertise.

Knowledge of the laws of the Commonwealth Caribbean is essential. Applicants are expected to have
experience in information and communications technology. Qualifications and/or experience in various
aspects of educational pedagogy including quality assurance, teaching and learning methodologies and
assessment and evaluation techniques would be an asset.

* Deputising for the Principal in his/her absence
* Teaching and conducting tutorials in such courses as may be assigned by the Principal

¢ Monitoring the performance and attendance of students
* Organising and monitoring the In-service Training programme for students in Year | and in the

¢ Administering the programme of court attendance for year I students
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Where appropriate up to five (5) full economy class passages and baggage allowances will be paid on
appointment and on normal termination of appointment.

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ed out of office.In a written statement yesterday,
officials from Baha Mar and Harrah’s expressed
their continuing commitment to the deal.

“We are pleased that the way is clear to move
forward on this project as we finalize project doc-
umentation and proceed with initial development
activity,” said Don Robinson, president, Baha
Mar Resorts Ltd.

“We look forward to working with the
Bahamas government and its people, along with
our partner Harrah’s, to bring Nassau and the
region a resort product the likes of which has
never been done before, and will undoubtedly
bring new opportunities, employment and tourism
growth to Nassau and the Bahamas.”

Charles Atwood, vice chairman of the board of
Harrah’s Entertainment, also expressed his com-
pany’s commitment to work with the government
in providing a world-class destination for cus-
tomers.

“Caesars Resort Hotel at Baha Mar is an
important component of our global growth strat-
egy, and it will also be a driver of an expanded
tourism market for the Bahamas,” he said.

The $2.6 billion project will offer nearly 3,000
rooms at completion. Harrah’s will operate a
Caesars Resort Hotel with more than 1000 guest
rooms and a 100,000-square foot casino, which
will be the largest in the Caribbean.

In separate management agreements between
the joint venture — Baha Mar and Harrah’s — and
Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, there
will be a collection of four of Starwood’s hotel
brands: W Baha Mar, St Regis Baha Mar, West-
in Baha Mar and the already opened Sheraton
Cable Beach Resort.

Mr Ingraham also said yesterday that the nec-
essary resolutions related to the Cable Beach
project may be presented to the House as soon as
next Wednesday. |

Two other deals, he did not mention by name,
may be presented to the House at the same time,
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2008, says Ingraham

FROM page one

owned carrier by noting that
cellular subscribers increased
by 27.8 per cent during the 12
months to December 31, 2006,
growing from 227,771 in 2005
to 291,154.

While BTC continues to
enjoy the fruits from its
monopoly status, with cellu-
lar the most attractive seg-
ment to potential privatiza-
tion buyers such as Bluewa-
ter Communications Holdings,
it is not certain whether
Bahamian consumers are
obtaining the same benefits.

Recently, BTC had to issue
a notice to consumers after a
power surge disrupted pre-

paid cellular service through- :

out New Providence for more
than eight hours.

During that time, customers
experienced difficulties in dial-
ing and receiving calls, and
sending and receiving text
messages. Many irate cus-
tomers expressed their disgust
and outrage over the incident



and called for the privatiza-
tion of the company in the
hope that it would bring at
least better service.

In 2003, Blue Telecommu-
nications dropped their exclu-
sive bid in the privatization of
BTC with the government and

the Tenders Commission for
49 per cent of the company.

In July of 2005, the then
PLP government revealed that
it was in talks with a “potential
buyer” for BTC.

At the time, Minister of
State for Finance James Smith
said that if the government
was impressed with the initial
offer, then they would enter
into “detailed negotiations.”

The govérnment at the time
was thought to have missed a
golden opportunity to priva-
tize the fledgling telecommu-
nications giant when it reject-
ed the offers from the pre-
ferred bidder, BahamaTel, the
combination of Citigroup and
JP Morgan’s private equity
groups, and runner-up Blue
Telecommunications.

Over the years, legal com-
petition from IndiGo Net-
works, plus illegal rivals call-
back and voice over internet
protocol (VoIP) have steadily
eroded BTC’s long distance
revenues.

Trio charged with thefts
from credit card centre

FROM page one

from the RBC Credit Card
Centre on East Hill Street.

The minor, a 14-year-old
male, was charged with multiple
counts of conspiracy to commit
stealing and stealing from the
RBC credit card centre.

The three defendants pleaded
not guilty to the charges and
told the court they wanted the
matters heard in Magistrate’s
rather than the Supreme Court.

The court heard that on
December 14, 2007 while being
concerned together, Cargill and
Rolle allegedly stole by reason
of employment two RBC cred-
it cards bearing the name
Christopher Mortimer.

It is also alleged that on
December 15 and December 17,
2007 the three defendants stole
$10,000 and $3,500 from the
RBC credit card centre respec-
tively.

It is alleged that on Novem-
ber 28, 2007 Cargill and the



minor stole $1,000 from RBC.

The two males allegedly stole
$9,100 from the RBC credit
card centre on East Hill Street
on December 4, 2007 and
$12,000 on December 20, 2007.
On January 16, 2008 it is alleged
that the two stole $5,000 from
RBC,

On November 11, 2007,
Cargill allegedly stole a RBC
credit card bearing the name
Steven Mackey, court dockets
stated. Cargill and the minor
face another count of conspira-
cy to commit stealing on
November 11, 2007. On that
same day it is alleged that they
stole $1,000 from the credit card
centre.

Court dockets state that
between December 4, 2007 to
January 16, 2008 being con-
cerned together, and with
another, Cargill and the minor
did agree to commit an offence,
namely stealing.

Between December | and
December 14, 2007 it is alleged
that the two stole $11,100 while

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Cargill and the 14-year-old
were also charged with conspir-
acy to commit stealing between
December 4 and January 16,
2008 while being concerned
with another.

Cargill is accused of stealing
by reason of employment more
than four credit cards from
RBC’s credit card centre
between November 30, 2007 to
January 16, 2008.

Bail was set for Cargill in the
amount of $45,000 with two
sureties, while the minor
received $22,500 in bail with
one or two sureties.

By his conditions of bail,
Cargill must report to the South
Beach police station every
Tuesday and Saturday before 6
pm while the minor must report
to the same station every Sat-
urday before 6 pm.

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as PRIME Minister Hubert
dngraham has called for a return
to bi-partisan support for the
, country’s financial services sec-
Yor,
A}! He said this is needed so that
Jffhe sector can be confident of a
[wommitment to the formulation
io consistent and transparent
‘tegulations and policies regard-
fess of the political party in
gifilice.

Speaking in parliament on
“Wednesday, Mr Ingraham
“Wrapped up the debate on pro-
“Wosed amendments to the Cen-
-%#al Bank of the Bahamas and

othe Banks and Trust Compa-
bnies Acts, which focus on the
yregulation of money transmis-
sgion business (MT B) services
like the Money Gram and
_ Western Union.
Pointing out that the amend-
nents will frustrate efforts to
pene money through MTB
IQervices, Mr Ingraham added
\that they also seek to bring the
©Bahamas into compliance with
the Financial Action Task
Force’s (FATF) Special Rec-
ommendation VI on alternative
remittances.

The FATF recommendation
states that, “Each country
should take measures to ensure
that persons or legal entities,
including agents, that provide
a service for the transmission
of money or value, including

bfransmission through an infor-
mal money or value transfer
béystem or network, should be
-ticensed or registered and sub-
niect to all FATF recommenda-
gions that apply to banks and
pon- -bank financial institutions.’
‘The recommendation goes
on to state that each country
8$hould ensure that persons or
Seal entities that carry out this
fRervice illegally are subject to
sadministrative, civil or criminal
osanctions.
“There was a time,” the
sprime minister noted, “when
the financial services sector
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changes and initiatives because
both political parties deter-
mined that the financial services
sector was a sector that was in
the interest of the Bahamas.

“A divide took place after the
year 2000 and we are still fol-
lowing along that path,” he said.
“Hopefully the time will come
when there will be bi-partisan
support for legislative and poli-
cy initiatives related to the
financial services sector because
it is very important for the sec-
tor to have certainty that irre-
spective of which political party
is in office, there is a commit-
ment to the sector; to regulate it
and have policies that are con-
sistent and are known and that
are not easily changed.”

Mr Ingraham’s call for bi-par-
tisan co-operation foreshad-
owed his responses to questions
and criticisms brought by the
opposition during debate.

The prime minister refuted
claims that insufficient consul-
tation took place prior-to the
Bills being brought to parlia-
ment, pointing out that the Bills
— driven by the Central Bank
of the Bahamas — were drafted
months before his government
assumed office and that the
bank released its public consul-
tation paper on a proposal for it
to assume responsibility for the

regulation and supervision of

stand-alone MTBs on February
27, 2007.

“This document was pub-
lished on the Bank’s website,
as is customary, and the dead-
line for receiving comments was
set at 30 March, 2007,” Mr
Ingraham said.

“AIL stakeholders were
advised via mass e- mail of the
release of the paper.

The consultation paper, he
pointed out, also outlined the
rationale for making the pro-
posals and invited the public
and industry stakeholders to
comment on the issues outlined

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PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham wraps up the debate in parliament on Bills to Amend the Central Bank of the Bahamas Act and the Banks and

Trust Companies Act on Wednesday

in the consultation paper and
the draft bills and regulations
annexed to the paper.
“Subsequent to receiving
these comments, the bank invit-
ed all the industry stakeholders
to a meeting on 5 July, 2007.

is not paid on homes built and
sold by the government, Mr
Ingraham went on to table sta-
tistics on the number of resi-
dential construction permits
issued between 1993 and 2006.

“The numbers here are

Bahamian economy, employ-
ment levels and incomes which
people were earning notwith-
standing in the latter years from
2003 onward, that the govern-
ment of the Bahamas acceler-
ated its housing programme and

houses,” Mr
explained.

“In the years preceding that
when people were building their
own homes because they were
working and had the income,
the numbers are roughly the

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built hundreds and hundreds of | same,” he noted.

During this meeting, the bank reflective of the growth of the
presented participants with a
summary document containing
all the comments it had received
along with the bank’s reason-
ing as to why it accepted some
comments and not others. The
bank then finalised its proposals
and submitted them for the gov-
ernment’s consideration.”
During the debate, opposi-
tion’s MP for St Thomas More
Frank Smith cited the need for
economic stimulation, and crit-
icised the government’s deci-
sion not to renew the stamp tax
exemption for first time buyers
of homes worth under $250,000.
Pointing out that stamp tax

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P.O. Box SS 6394 Nassau
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The successful applicant will be expected to assume duties on Monday, August 4, 2008. The position is,
a full-time one and no outside employment may be undertaken without the prior approval of the
Council of Legal Education. The appointment will be on contract for three (3) years in the first instance
and is renewable.

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their training
* Participating in a regular assessment of relevant areas of the established curriculum with a view to
the continued development of content and advancement in teaching methodology
* Participating in activities to facilitate the training programmes of the Law Schools of the Council
of Legal Education
* Assisting the Director of the Legal Aid Clinic and performing any other duties as
assigned by the Principal.

BENEFITS INCLUDE:
A Housing Allowance
A Duty Allowance
A Study and Travel Grant
A Book Grant
Membership in a Contributory Pension Scheme
Membership in a Group Health Plan

Where appropriate up to five (5) full economy class passages and baggage allowances will be paid on
appointment and on normal termination of appointment.

Six (6) copies of a letter of application and letters of recommendation accompanied by curriculum vitae
and supporting documents, and the names and addresses of three (3) referees should be sent not later

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, PAGE 11



Doctor dies in UK Passport prices

|FROM page one

arley inspired him with a lasting love and knowledge of poetry.
Denied admission to the Royal Navy due to an elbow injury
aying rugby, Dr Poad found that qualifying as a doctor would pro-
de an alternative route into the senior service.

| After training at University College Hospital, London, in the ear-
ly years of World War Two he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer
Reserve as a surgeon lieutenant and served in HMS Forrester and
HMS Renown, including action on North Cape convoys.

| His brother Basil served as a bomber pilot with the Royal Air
Force, and was killed in action in Italy, where he is buried in Pad-
ua War Cemetery. His name is recorded on the Cenotaph in Nas-
sau, where Dr Poad’s son, Richard, also a pilot, lays a wreath in his

emory every Remembrance Sunday. In 1947 Dr Poad returned
with his wife Dr Kate Poad to make his home in Lakeview Avenue,
Nassau. Although unable to fulfil his dream of running a ‘floating
clinic’ in the Family Islands, he would regularly accompany the late
oy Solomon, MP for San Salvador, to that island to conduct
edical clinics. There are many Nassauvians whom he helped to
bring into the world, and he became a widely respected physician
and general surgeon. He had offices on East Bay Street, and later
in Collins Avenue, Lyford Cay:and Cable Beach and served the
assau community for just under half a century. He was involved
in the early days of Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA)
ahd served on the committee of the Bahamas Historical Society. He
fas a keen member of the Royal Nassau Sailing Club, helping to
introduce the Snipe class to the club. Until 1972 he was a regular
crew member for races in the Southern Ocean Racing Circuit,
including the Miami-Nassau and St Petersburg — Havana races.

| His greatest yachting triumph was in 1968. Aged 49 he was the
mqcond youngest crew member of the Bahamian yacht ‘Indigo’,

thich won the prestigious Transatlantic Race from Bermuda to
Germany.

‘In 1996 Dr Poad retired and moved, unhappily, to Florida. With-
in a short time he made his home in England, where he lived con-
téntedly close to his sons and their families in Maidenhead and
Cookham, towns on the banks of the River Thames.

| He is survived by his sons, Richard and Bill, grandchildren,
Clare, Sara, Jonathan and Georgina, and great-grandchildren
Alice, Lucy and Sebastian. He is also survived by a daughter Ann
from a second marriage. A memorial service to Dr Poad will be held
in Nassau at a future date. In accordance with his last wishes, his
ashes will be scattered in the turquoise waters of the Bahamas.
Tributes and memories may be sent to the family c/o Richard

Pp

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-Poad, P O Box 4845, Nassau.

| Donations in memory of Dr Poad may be â„¢2de to Bahamas Air
Sea Rescue, PO Box SS-6247.





COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION

NORMAN MANLEY LAW SCHOOL
P.O. Box 231, Mona Campus, Kingston 7
Jamaica W.I.

ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE POST OF

FROM page one

take effect on Friday. News of
the passport price hitting the
psychologically-significant $100
mark comes at a bad time for
the Bahamas, with tourism offi-
cials already concerned that an
ane economy will diminish
our biggest tourist market’s
inclination towards travelling
abroad for their vacations.

It was only last year that US
citizens were forced to come to
terms with the passport require-
ment for travel to the Bahamas
at all, with travellers previously
able to re-enter their homeland
after a trip to our shores with
only a government-issued iden-
tification card, such as a driver’s
licence.

That new stipulation — part
of the Western Hemisphere
Travel Initiative — prompted
the Ministry of Tourism to offer
to pay for some visitors’ new
passports, as well as engaging
in a partnership with CVS phar-
macies in the US to offer a dis-
count on passport photos and
Bahamas hotel rooms, as part of
a promotional exercise aimed
at ensuring that tourist numbers
did not suffer too greatly.

However, a massive backlo
of applications to the U
Department of State for travel
documents had already dis-
rupted the travel plans of many
Americans. The hold-up later

caused the US government to
“soften” the requirement, orig-
inally set to come into effect on
January 23, until October 1 —
allowing those who could prove
they had an application pending
the opportunity to travel as
normal.

However, despite. these
efforts by the ministry and a $12
million marketing campaign
launched in December 2006,
visitor numbers. still fell
throughout much of 2007.
Meanwhile, this year has been
characterised by ominous state-
ments from officials within the
government and private sector
about the state of the Bahamian
tourism sector and its future
performance,

The cost of children’s pass-
ports will also increasing on Fri-
day, from $82: to $85 for chil-
dren younger than 16 years.
Renewals, now $67, will go on
to cost $75.

Another significant change in
the process for children’s appli-
cations will also come into effect
as both parents will now be
required to appear in person
when applying for a passport
for a child under 16; Previously,
this was the case only for those
attempting to get a passport for
children under 14 years.

Police officers

FROM page one

murder, respectively, following
the death of Key on January 19.
The matter has been adjourned to
April 10 to give Gardiner an
opportunity to obtain new coun-
sel. Yesterday, attorney Murrio
Ducille withdrew himself from
representing Gardiner because
his legal assistant is related to

Key, he told The Tribune. Attor-
ney Willie Moss represented
Bowleg. Key, 28, a father of six
died around two weeks ago after
lying in a coma for months.



Tourism needs a boost, says PM
FROM page one

“Too often we behave as if the travelling public has no choice but
to spend their weather vacations here in the Bahamahas. Of course,
this is not so,” he said. Mr Ingraham outlined that tourism and trav-
el are the most rapidly expanding industries globally notwith-
standing security concerns and periodic economic downturns in the
economies of major markets such as the Americas, Europe and
Asia.

Over the past decade, Mr Ingraham said, other competitive
vacation destinations have come to full maturity in the central
and eastern Caribbean. While these destinations are seeking a
slice of the regional tourism pie warned that while world wide
tourism increased by seven per cent, the Caribbean tourism pie only
grew by one per cent. More disturbingly, he said, of that increase,
Cuba and the Dominican Republic attracted some 60 per cent.

“New vacation destinations, further afield in the Middle East and
Asia, have also not been without impact upon our tourism sector.

“Ladies and gentlemen, our task is not rocket science; in many
instances, it is simple common sense. Our destination must be a
clean place - something we are not, we must be friendly, and we
must be a safe environment, and you can speak to that. We must be
efficient, we must be cost effective, we must be interesting and we
must be diverse,” he said.

Prime Minister Ingraham added that when the tourism wheel
works, the country does “very well” economically.

However when tourism falters, the consequences can be “very
serious”, Mr Ingraham said.

“Most of you will agree that our tourism product is not what it
ought to be today, given our involvement in the industry for more
than half a century. I believe you would also agree that Bahamians
have not invested in the sector to the extent that they might,
whether in the ownership of small resorts, restaurants or. other
leisure-time and or entertainment facilities, or in the provision of
goods and services,” he said. ;

Mr Ingraham said that during the mid 1990s some fledgling
Bahamian businesses improved and increased locally produced
goods and services for the tourism sector. This raised hopes, he said
and expectations for the creation of meaningful linkages between
tourism and agriculture, fisheries, food processing and light man-
ufacturing. “Indeed, we sought to foster and encourage such devel-
opment by including specific provisions in Heads of Agreements
beginning in 1992. The reality remains, however, that the linkages
are still tenuous. The potential for measurable increase in local val-

ue-added in the tourism sector has not been realized; tourism
remains a predominantly foreign-owned business. Of course, the

slow-down in the tourism sector, beginning in 2006, and continuing
through last year, 2007 did not have a single origin.”

COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION

HUGH WOODING LAW SCHOOL
PO. Box 323 Tunapuna_
Trinidad. WI






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HUGH WOODING LAW SCHOOL

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Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica.. Applicants would be expected to demonstrate competence in at
jleast two (2) of the following areas:



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* Teaching and conducting tutorials in such courses as may be assigned by the Principal

* Functioning as part of a team in the delivery of an integrated teaching programme

* Participating in a regular assessment of relevant areas of the established curriculum with a view to
the continued development of content and advancement in teaching methodology

* Participating in activities to facilitate the training programmes of the Law Schools of the Council
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* Assisting in the Legal Aid Clinic

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and supporting documents, and the names and addresses of three (3) referees should be sent not later
than February 15 2008 to:

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P.O. Box 231,
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Information relating to salary and allowances may be directed to the
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C/o HUGH WOODING LAW SCHOOL.
P.O. BOX 323
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ROCK SOUND, Eleuthera
— The legendary blue hole
here, once the centerpiece of
delight of this community is
being restored — thanks to
southern Eleutherans, their
friends and the Ministry of
Tourism.

Reputed to have healing

powers, the waters of the 300
foot wide limestone structure
has become polluted over the
years by illicit dumping and run-
off during heavy rainfall.

Divers from Stuart Cove’s
Dive Bahamas in New Provi-
dence and the Island School at
Cape Eleuthera were on hand
this week to assist in removing
truck loads of rubbish in and
around the hole.

They were joined by central
government departments, local
government representatives,
community organisations, stu-
dents and residents who per-

formed a facelift on what has °

been described as “a national
treasure.”

Dedicated to “the freedom
loving people of South
Eleuthera” the Rock Sound
Ocean Hole Park was opened



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late Sir Lynden Pindling on Jan-
uary 10, 1970.

The blue hole remains a
must-see for visitors.

Expecting to be thrown tid-
bits, schools of tame grey snap-
pers rush to the surface when-
ever anyone comes along.

Although Cove’s divers esti-
mated the bottom to be at 150
feet, Eleutherans swear that the





blue hole has no bottom and
connects directly to the ocean
via underground ducts — hence
the appearance of groupers, tur-
tles and other ocean species at
times.

A community committee
headed by former softball star
Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Horton plans
to have a walkway constructed
around the blue hole, regula-
tions for its use drawn up,
kiosks provided for vendors and
park wardens posted.

“This is the first step towards
a bigger development,” said Mr
Horton. “Eventually, we want
to build a pavilion and have live
entertainment.”

The committee discussed its
vision with residents, hotel
operators, business persons,
tour operators and others.

“Everybody we spoke to gave
it all positive talk,” he said.
“The community is high on it. I
see the enthusiasm. We have
some people who are involved
in such a big way, this initiative
will not die.”

There has been debate about
closing Ocean Hole to swim-
ming. :

“JT think it’s important (to |
allow swimming),” said Mr
Horton. “Tourists and residents
enjoy boasting that they swam
in Ocean Hole. At one point, I
am told, people use to drink this
water for medicinal purposes.

Stuart Cove, a veteran diver,
said 55-gallon drums contain--
ing oil were found at the bottom
ofthe blue hole. Pe

“My understanding is tha
this blue hole was crystal clear
from top to the. bottom,” said
Mr Cove. “Now, the top 10 to
20 feet is very murky with layers
of oil like stratus clouds, and
when you get below that, it is.
crystal clear again.”

He suggested consultation
with the scientists to determine
the impact of pumping off the
polluted surface, thereby return-
ing clarity to the water.


$20m deal for key resort destination

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
‘+ Tribune Business Editor

ewly-indepen-

dent MP Keny-
atta Gibson is
the attorney for
an investor
group seeking to acquire an
Abaco island, which has been
long-renowned as the first boat-
ing stop in the Bahamas for the
Florida yachting set, in a deal

‘thought ‘to be worth $20 mil-
lion.
» Sources close to the situation

told The Tribune yesterday that

Kenyatta Gibson representing potential purchaser of Walker’s Cay in the Abacos

the investors, who are thought
to be from the US, had signed a
sales agreement to purchase
Walker’s Cay, the northernmost
island in the Abacos chain,
which features a resort and
marina complex.

The Tribune was told that to
close the purchase, the investors
were waiting on the necessary
permits and approvals from the
Government. As international

Tourist firms ‘outside’
hotels to gain extra
investment incentives

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business

Reporter

THE Government is planning

by July 2008 to extend certain

investment incentives to devel-
opers of tourism-relatéd prod-
ucts who do not operate “with-
in the confines” of a traditional

' resort property, the Prime Min-

ister said yesterday.

_ Hubert Ingraham told per-
sons attending the National
Tourism Week Conference that
this initiative was likely to start
in July, and was designed to
facilitate developments vital to
tourism.

“We will put in place incen-’

tive legislation to facilitate the
grant of concessions’ to devel-
opers and operators of tourist-
related businesses, including
restaurants, shops and enter-
tainment establishments which
are not located within the con-
fines of a traditional hotel,” the
Prime Minister said.

_ “This means that develop-
ment concessions will become
available to Bahamians owners
and developers of retail outlets,
restaurants and entertainment
facilities catering to tourists
both within and outside of tra-
ditional hotels.”

The Prime Minister said it
was not right, for example, for a
store such as John Bull to pay
customs/import duty on the
materials needed to outfit its
store in Atlantis, while the same
resort did not have to pay such
duties on items needed for its
hotel property.

“Such concessions,” the
Prime Minister added, be useful
in convincing Bay Street mer-
chants to better maintain their
premises, to undertake period-
ic and regular maintenance, and
to upgrade their properties.
| Mr Ingraham vowed that his
government was determined to
do a better job at exploiting the
potential for linkages between
the agricultural, fisheries and
light manufacturing sectors with
tourism. This would present

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PRIME MINISTER INGRAHAM

speaks at the National Tourism .

Week Conference

varied opportunities for
Bahamian entrepreneurship, he
explained.

“T take this opportunity to
reiterate that I have directed all
government-sponsored funding
programmes, namely the
Bahamas Development Bank
loans, BAIC facilities, the Ven-
ture Capital funds, the Govern-
ment-guaranteed loan schemes,
and the investment incentive
programmes, administrated
under laws such as the Indus-
tries Encouragement Act, to
focus the bulk of their support
on programmes that principally
seek to help Bahamian busi-
nesses take advantage of such
linkages,” the Prime Minister
said.

Mr Ingraham confirmed that
the Government intended to
complete the privatisation of
the Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC) before
the end of 2008.

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comply with the International
Persons Landholding Act,
which means they will need to
obtain permits from the Invest-
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In addition, approval from
the National Economic Council
(NEC), which is really the Cab-
inet, and the Central Bank of
the Bahamas on exchange con-
trol will also be required.

When contacted by The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Gibson, the
MP for Kennedy, confirmed he
was acting for the potential pur-
chaser of Walker’s Cay, but said
he could not say any more with-
out the permission of his client.

“I do represent them, but I
need to get the permission of
my client to discuss that at all,”
he told The Tribune.

“I do represent a party that
intends to purchase Walker’s

Cay.”

The websites for Bahamian
realtors ERA Dupuch Realty
and Damianos Realty both con-
firmed that Walker’s Cay was
‘under contract’, meaning that a
sales agreement had been
signed and deal in principle
agreed. All that remains now is
for the purchase to be closed.

Both websites said the sell-
ers, the Abplanalp family from
New York, who invented the
use of precision valves in
aerosol cans, via their Precision
Valve Corporation.

Prior to his taking office, the
Abplanalp family was repre-
sented by Prime Minister Ingra-
ham and his law firm.

A US-based resort developer,
Cay Clubs & Resorts, saw its
attempt to purchase Walker’s
Cay - first announced in early
2006 - fall through last year. It is

’ understood that a key factor in

the deal’s collapse was the like-
ly costs of the environmental
clean-up work required on the
island, which was devastated by
Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne

and has effectively been closed

ever since. All the buildings
were left in various stages of
disrepair.

Walker’s Cay has the strate-
gic advantage of being the
northernmost island in the
Bahamas, thus making it the
first stop-off for US boaters and
yachtsmen as they move down
the Abacos chain - already a
well-known destination for this
market.

The island has a world-
famous reputation among
boaters and sportsfishermen,
with television programmes pre-
viously featuring activities such .

as shark feeding on the island.

Some 80 per cent of the world’s
game fishing records were held
by boats who had come from
the 100-acre Walker’s Cay. °

The 71-room Walker’s Cay
Hotel & Marina, which has 62
guest rooms, three villas, and
the three-bedroom Harbour
House was heavily damaged in
the 2004 hurricanes.

Apart from the 2,800 foot
airstrip, Walker’s Cay houses
the Conch Pearl and Lobster
Trap restaurants, two bars, the
Treasure Chest gift shop, the
Sea Below Dive Shop, freshwa-
ter and saltwater swimming
pools, tennis courts and a 75-
slip marina.

The hotel is 50 feet above sea
level, and the island provides
access to both shallow water
and deep water fishing, with
boaters in deep water within
minutes of leaving.

Baha Mar deal ‘a huge shot of confidence’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

CONCLUDING the supple-
mental Heads of Agreement for
Baha Mar’s $2.6 billion Cable
Beach project sends “a huge
shot of confidence back into the
economy for 2008”, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce’s president said yester-
day, “at a time when other sec-
tors are flat or showing no

growth”.
Dionisig D’Aguilar, who is
also Supergfash’s president, said

the timing Sf yesterday’s agree-
ment was “very, very critical”
for employment and the
Bahamian given the current
state of the global economy,
which was being buffeted by the
US housing market slowdown,
banking system liquidity crunch,
and rising energy costs.

“Obviously it [Baha Mar’s
project] will take a little time
to get up and running, but it’s
exciting that this deal is finally
done,” Mr D’Aguilar told The
Tribune.

“As the Deputy Prime Min-

ister said, a new city will rise up
at Cable Beach. I think he’s
right.

“Most importantly, it will pro-
vide sustainable jobs for a large
number of Bahamians, both
during the construction phase
and after the construction
phase. I’m sure the construc-
tion industry will be excited,
and all the companies that feed
off such a large project will be
as well.”

Mr D’Aguilar added: “It
sends a huge shot of confidence
back into the economy for 2008.
We've got Cable Beach going,
we've got Baha Mar going, and
Bahamian companies will feel
confident about being positive-
ly impacted by these projects.

“I think it bodes well for the
next couple of years for many
sectors of the Bahamian econo-
my. This is the icing on the cake.

“The construction industry is
in very much of a lull, and then
to have this going on at a time
when other sectors of the econ-
omy are going to be flat or
showing no growth is critical.”

The Chamber president

added that his only concern was
that, with the supplemental
Heads of Agreement now
signed, government depart-
ments that needed to give addi-
tional permits and approvals to
Baha Mar did not prove to “be
a stumbling block” and delay
this process.

Mr D’ Aguilar said it was crit-
ical to “keep the deal and the
project moving, and the mon-
ey flowing”.

He added: “I’m sure this will

be a difficult project to execute ~

because there are so many
things to be moved - the roads,
the Prime Minister’s Office, the
banks.”

Yet with Harrah’s Entertain-
ment’s Caesar’s Entertainment
brand, and Starwood’s St Regis,
“W’, Westin and Sheraton
brands, Mr D’ Aguilar said the
Cable Beach development’s
‘Grade A’ names would give
the Bahamas “certain bragging
rights”.

“Cable Beach needs to be
rejuvenated; it needs more hotel
rooms,” he added. When Baha
Mar is completed, it will fea-

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including the Caesars hotel with

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Government in cruise port talks with Carnival

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government is in talks
with Carnival Cruise Lines to
revive the proposed new cruise
port for Grand Bahama, some-
thing effectively confirmed yes-
terday by minister of tourism
Neko Grant, who said the
Bahamas must “act now” to
reverse its declining tourism
industry trends.

The Tribune understands that
Carnival, the world’s largest
cruise line, is again engaged in
talks with the Government
about establishing a purpose-
built cruise port in
Williamstown area of Grand

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Mr Grant yesterday con-
firmed that the Government

was “in discussions to cause a,

new cruise port to be built in
Grand Bahama”, although he
did not go into specifics or
reveal the nature of the pro-
posal.

However, sources close to the
talks have confirmed to The
Tribune that Carnival is the
interested party.

It is understood that the pro-
posed cruise port is somewhat
different to the idea that was
floated at a meeting of Port
Group Ltd, the holding compa-
ny for the Grand Bahama Port
Authority’s (GBPA) produc-

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2006.

The plan then was for Port
Group Ltd to partner with Car-
nival in the new cruise port’s
construction and equity, with
the former providing the land
as its financial contribution, and
Carnival the cash financing.

The meeting minutes read:
“With respect to the cruise ship
terminal, the proposed location
is in the Britannia area, and
land to be used for the project is
worth $30 million.

“Therefore, Mr Babak [the
ousted GBPA chairman] pro-
posed that Port Group Ltd put
the land into a company as its
contribution to capital. He feels
from his discussion with Giora
Israel that Carnival will match
the contribution in cash, and
that together with a bank loan,
that would provide sufficient
capital to construct the port.
This would be contingent upon

Carnival giving guarantee of
g

usage and the Government
agreeing to forego its passen-
ger tax.”

Currently, the Government
levies a $15 per head tax per
cruise passenger that arrives in

the Bahamas, but some $7.50
or 50 per cent of this total is
rebated to the cruise lines if
they meet minimum targets for
the number of passengers
brought to this nation.

Meanwhile, Mr Grant told
yesterday’s National Tourism
Week conference opening cer-
emony that the Bahamian
tourism industry, and $713 mil-
lion in annual wages it paid to
Bahamian workers, was threat-
ened by a combination of ris-
ing crime, increasing energy

- prices, greater competition, and
the global economy’s weakness.

Advocating that the Bahami-
an tourism industry’s sustain-
ability depended on the service
and experience quality provided
by this nation’s people, Mr
Grant said the sector needed to
“break out of the box” to main-
tain its competitiveness.

He added that the Bahami-
an tourism product was “dete-
riorating”, a major cause for
concern given that the industry
was chiefly responsible for this
nation’s relatively affluent living
standards.

Mr Grant said that the Unit-
ed Nations’ UN) World

Tourism Organisation, via its
2004 Tourism Satellite Account-
ing (TSA), had calculated that
the $713 million paid out by the
tourism industry to Bahamians
accounted for 28 per cent of this
country’s total wages.

In addition, the TSA had esti-
mated that tourism accounted
for, both directly, induced and
indirectly, some 63 per cent or
$1.58 billion in wages annually.
It also provided 101,016 jobs,
or 64 per cent of total employ-
ment.

Yet the “negative growth”
experienced in tourism arrivals
over the past two years showed
the Bahamian tourism industry
faced “serious challenges”, Mr

. Grant said.

These included rising air tick-
et and travel costs, resulting
partly from higher fuel bills; ris-
ing crime levels; the Western
Hemisphere Travel Initiative’s
(WHTI) lingering impact; and
the threat posed when Cuba
opened up to US visitors.

“IT happen to believe that
Bahamians are the key to suc-
cess in tourism. Sun, sand and
sea abound around the globe.

Where it doesn’t exist, coun-'

tries are creating new islands to
attract visitors. Our competi-
tion is watching and copying
what we do. What they cannot
easily duplicate is the warmth
and hospitality of our people,”
Mr Grant said.

Returning to a theme he out-
lined shortly after taking office,
the minister said Bahamians
needed to see tourism and its
benefits “move Over-the-Hill”.
He added that community
tourism initiatives had been

and would be unveiled on Aba-
co next week.

“The long-term success.and
sustainability of tourism for our
country will rely heavily on our
ability to shape our tourism
products in a way that they dif-
fer from island to island,” Mr
Grant added.

“They must also. be fully

embraced by the residents of
each island, and attractive and
appealing to specific customer
groupings. We have already
begun the process of ‘branding’
each island destination. Our
plans are to marshal the appro-
priate teams through my Min-
istry to achieve this for every
major island over the next three
years. We recently completed
Grand Bahama Island and are
commencing Eleuthera, Bimi-
ni and Exuma this year.”
The global credit crunch, Mr
Grant said, had seen financial
institutions impose the require-
ment that developers of tradi-
tional resorts provide at least
35 per cent equity financing
from their own resources.

These tough capital condi-
tions, the minister said, had
“brought such projects to a near
halt in the present credit envi-
ronment worldwide, and espe-
cially among US investors and
developers”.

“On the other hand, we are
seeing continued growth in
demand for timeshare products,
especially in the high-end, while
other forms of vacation owner-
ship have slowed given the
depressed residential real estate
market in the US that drove the

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Customs persisting on bonded goods
olicies despite court verdicts

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT — Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) licensees are entitled
to bring in goods duty free and
sell them bonded regardless of
whether these products remain
in the Port area, a leading
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce executive said.

Businessman Greg Langstaff,
president of Grand Bahama
Brewing Company, said the
Customs Department contin-
ues to keep - and attempt to
implement - a number of
unlawful policies in relation to
the sale of bonded goods in
Freeport, despite the Supreme
Court upholding the rights of
licensees.

Addressing at Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-

merce luncheon on licensee
rights in relation to over-the-
counter bonded goods sales, Mr
Langstaff said:

“Customs has imposed a
number of policies over the
years that conflict with the
terms of the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement and statute law. We
as licensees need to understand
where our rights are so that
when our rights are infringed
we can respond to it.”

In January 2006, Bahamas
‘Customs proposed implement-
ing a policy that would have
prevented GBPA licensees
from selling over-the-counter
bonded goods to other licensees
for use in their own business
without first obtaining a stamp
of approval from Customs.

The Grand Bahama Cham-
ber of Commerce and many
GBPA licensees expressed
strong concerns about the pol-
icy, which it was felt would have

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cracy and red tape for business
owners who had enjoyed the
ease of making bonded pur-
chases via bonded purchase
forms.

It was felt that Customs did
not have the right or authority
to impose its views on what was
needed for licensees’ business-
es, or whether goods imported
could be determined as intend-
ed for personal use at the point
of entry.

Mr Langstaff, who is the
Chamber’s first vice-president,
said collective rulings in the
Supreme Court with respect to

the Hawksbill Creek Agree-

ment had refaffirmed the rights
of licensees to determine what
goods were required to carry
on their business, and import
them conditionally duty free.

“We [licensees] are entitled
to bring in anything we want
for the conduct of our busi-
ness,” Mr Langstaff said.

“It does not matter whether
these supplies stay in the Port
area or go out. And it does not
matter what happens after-
wards - it is of no concern to
the Comptroller of Customs or
the Port Authority.”

Mr Langstaff said duty free
goods that a licensee can import
at their discretion to conduct
business ranged from fish fod-
der and diesel engines for boats,
to their choice of vehicle - rang-

He added that the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement further
allowed a licensee to.construct
and furnish ‘a duty-free house
and sell it to whoever they
chose without attracting duty,
as upheld by the Supreme
Court.

The rulings, Mr Langstaff
said, also allowed GBPA
licensees to import bonded
goods and display them for sale
in retail stores, with the under-
standing that duty would be
remitted on goods that were
not sold bonded to a licensee.

Mr Langstaff pointed out
that many issues have been
resolved by Supreme Court
judgements, but some policies
that existed before the court
cases were still in place still
after it was determined they are
not within the terms of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.

While the court rulings were
specific to the licensees, “rea-
sonable legitimate expectation”
dictates that these rulings have
far greater and broader impact
for all licensees, Mr Langstaff
said.

“In every case, these rulings
have been brought about when
a licensee (or their employee)
has felt that their rights have

been eroded or ignored, and ~

has resorted to the court sys-
tem for a determination,” he
added. .

“T have not found an action

launched to defend the terms
of the Hawksbill Creek Agree-
ment for itself, or its licensees,
for the Government to appeal a
decision against them.”

Mr Langstaff said the rulings

reaffirmed the Port Authority’s
obligation to protect the rights
of licensees, and upheld the
rights of licensees to. conduct
business under the terms of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT

(No.45 of 2000)

RAMBLAS TRADING LIMITED

In Voluntary liquidation

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
RAMBLAS TRADING LIMITED is in Dissolution.”

The date if commencement of dissolution is the 10th day of Janu-

ary, 2008.

MRS. GILLIAN ALBERT
c/o Go Trust S.A.
Rue des Pierres-du-Niton 17
1207 Geneva, Switzerland
Liquidator



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dissolution.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 30th January
2008. David Thain of Arner Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd., Build-
ing 2 Caves Village, RO. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of BLUE
MANAGEMENT LTD. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their address and par-
ticulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 2nd March 20080.

LENNOX PATON COUNSEL and
ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW
effective January 1, 2008 is pleased
to'welcome as a Partner

BKG 410.03
ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE BAHAMAS
GOVERNMENT TREASURY BILLS

Mr. Arthur Seligman

B$47,369,000.00 — of

received by _ the

tenders for 91-Day
Bills banking

manager, The Central Bank of The Bahamas, Frederick Street,

Sealed
Treasury will be

Legal Notice

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES
ACT

Mr. Seligman will be working with |
the Firm’s Private Client Group
and will lead the Trusts and Estates
Department.

Nassau up to 12:00 p.m on Tuesday, February 5, 2008.
Successful tenderers, who will be advised should take up
their bills against payment on Thursday, February 7, 2008.

These bills will be in minimum multiples of B$100.00.

(No.45 of 2000)

Tenders are to be on special forms obtainable from. the

Central Bank of The Bahamas or Commercial Banks.

POLYGON WORLDWIDE LIMITED
Tn Voluntary Hquidalion Fort Nassau Centre, Marlborough Street
P.O. Box N-4875, Nassau, Bahamas

Tel: (242)502-5000 ~ Fax: (242)328-0566

Tenders must state the net price percent (in multiples of one
The Central Bank of

the Bahamas reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.

“Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
POLYGON WORLDWIDE LIMITED is in Dissolution.”

cent) and should be marked “Tender”.

The date if commencement of dissolution is the 10th day of Janu-

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CREDIT SUISSE
Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications for a

I.T. SPECIALIST (Senior Globus System
Developer)
Credit Suisse Private Banking is one of the world’s premier private banks.
It is setting new standards that go beyond traditional banking services.
Our dedicated and highly qualified staff provides our clientele with
comprehensive solutions in individual investment counseling and professional
portfolio management. Our total commitment is always to our clients and we
focus without compromise on their financial well-being and their personal values.

MINISTRY OF LANDS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
THE PRICE CONTROL ACT, 1971
CHAPTER 339
THE PRICE CONTROL (GASOLINE & DIESEL OIL)
(AMENDMENT) () REGULATIONS, 2002

The public is advised that prices as shown in the Schedule for LEAD FREE GASOLINE and
DIESEL OIL sold by CHEVRON BAHAMAS LIMITED will become effective on Friday February 1,
2008. .

GASOLINE SCHEDULE

MAXIMUM WHOLESALE SELLING PRICE | MAXIMUM RETAIL
PER U.S. GALLON SELLING PRICE PER

U.S, GALLON

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

Qualifications:
At least Five (5) years experience in installation, configuration
and troubleshooting in a banking environment
Superior knowledge of GLOBUS/T24 Banking Application in
both support and development roles
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent
Knowledge of AIX 5.1 — 5.8, UNIVERSE/JBASE, PL/SQL
Experience in working with Globus/T24 related migration or
implementation projects.

ARTICLE MAXIMUM
SUPPLIERS’ PRICE
$

MAXIMUM
DISTRIBUTORS’
PRICE
$

PARTA
NEW PROVIDENCE INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT
Personal Qualities:
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Good technical and problem solving skills and experience
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and willingness to work flexible hours as
overtime
Previous experience of working in a production support role in maintaining

Globus/T24 system is a plus.

Other Duties:
Answer Helpdesk requests (provide support & troubleshoot)
Provide UNIVERSE & GLOBUS training to IT Staff
Ensure compliance to IT guidelines / directives
Ensure that “Business Contingency Planning” requirements are followed
Other duties & projects assigned by the Manager of Department

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DIESEL OIL 3.95 4.14

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(NOT FREEP.)

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- Competitive salary and performance bonus .;
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- Health and Life Insurance
Ongoing internal and external career developmentttraining

program

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ALL OTHER FAMILY NOT
ISLAND

INCLUDING SEA FREIGHT

TEXACO BAHAMAS LTD. | LEAD FREE (95)
DIESEL OIL

Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL,
DISTRICT 7020

Is pleased to offera CAREER OPPORTUNITY to a qualified candidate
In the position of:

CIVIL ENGINEER

Candidate must possess the following minimum qualifications and experience
and perform the essential functions of the job-including but not limited to:

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with a minimum of Five
(5) years’ experience in civil and marine engineering.

APPLICANTS WANTED
FOR GROUP STUDY EXCHANGE
TO ARIZONA, USA

RESPONSIBILITIES:

e Supervision of All Civil Engineering projects including: Phase V
development, Phase 1 repairs, establishment of additional Stacking Area,
construction of an Amenities Building, preparation for additional Reefer
Capacity and all property maintenance an repairs for Freeport Container
Port.

e Supervision of repairs to quay walls; entrance and breakwaters,
consultation on new Cruise Facility, Bahama Rock Mining Program and

Group Study Exchange is a Rotary Foundation sponsored program, the
purpose of which is to promote international understanding and goodwill
through person-to-person contact. The GSE teams are made up of 5 persons,
the leader of which is an experienced Rotarian.

District 7020, which includes The Bahamas, is pairing with Rotary 5490
District in Arizona, which includes Phoenix, London Bridge and The Grand

all property maintenance and repairs for Freeport Harbour Company.

a
Construction of a new Fuel Farm, construction of an extension to the
Domestic terminal and all property maintenance and repairs for Grand
Bahama Airport Company

Eighteen months on the job training will be provided before assuming full -
responsibility for the position.

Candidates are required to forward Resume to:

The Human Resource Director
Freeport Container Port Limited
P.O.Box F-42465
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Bahamas
or send email to: Ads@fcp.com.bs



Canyon for a four-week visit during May & June (specific dates to be
determined). While abroad, team members have the opportunity to meet
their counterparts in their respective vocations, tour various businesses and
attractions and give presentations to Rotary Clubs and others about their
home country and sponsoring Rotary District.

The Rotary Foundation provides round trip airfare and local Rotarians in
the host District (i.e. Arizona) provide lodging, meals and transportation.
Team members pay for personal and incidental expenses only. All other
costs are covered by Rotary.

Individuals interested in applying for the four team member spaces should
be employed full time for at least two years in a recognized business or
profession and between the ages of 25 and 40 years. Applicants must be
citizens of The Bahamas and make themselves available for personal
interviews. Applications must be submitted by February 5 through one of
the Nassau Rotary Clubs or by contacting one of the following committee
members, who can also provide additional information:

Murray Forde Tel/fax: 393-1892 e-mail: forde@batelnet.bs
Patrick Rollins Tel: 325-9663 e-mail: pdrollins@batelnet.bs
Dr. Bridgette Rolle Tel: 424-3778 e-mail: bridgetterolle@yahoo.com


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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, PAGE 5B



Bahamas ‘tops’ with Americans for island holiday close to home

m@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter



THE Bahamas scored a 40
per cent rating in a recent unaid-
ed tourism study of an island
destination less than five hours
away that American tourists
would like to visit, it was
revealed yesterday.

Peter Yesawich, of the Y
Partnership, a company that
tracks American tourism trends,
said that the Bahamas was top

CARNIVAL, from 2B

in the unaided study, which
means the subjects were not
given any names of countries.
They were asked what island
destination they would be most
likely - or like- to visit that was
within five hours of their homes.
Mr Yesawich was the guest
speaker at the National Tourism
Week Conference luncheon
held yesterday at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort, where he spoke
on the topic Emerging Lifestyles
Travel Trade: Implications for
Marketing the Bahamas.
The survey results, he said,

provided great leverage for the
Bahamas to use in itrs advertis-
ing campaigns.

Mr Yesawich said that if the
Bahamas was to captilise on this
recognition, it must pay atten-
tion to the emerging tourism
trends. He said that this includes
personalisation of the vacation
experience, where the guest is
eager to have a custom-designed
vacation that reflects their inter-
ests, desires and price points,
environmentally conscious
retreats, family trips and conve-
nience.



While the Bahamas was targeting European

surge in such developments three years ago,” Mr
Grant said.

“The islands of the Bahamas led our region in
attracting real estate driven projects offering
vacation ownership, especially second homes pur-
chases in mixed use developments.”

When it came to stopover arrivals, Mr Grant
said the Bahamas had to balance available hotel
room inventory with the number of available
seats on airlines coming into the destination -
something that was being impacted by tradition-

and Canadian Bytes on stopover arrival

tor aoribers fon oe areas would not be
enough to offset a “double digit slippage” from
the US.

“It should be recognised that almost two out of

every three visitors to the Bahamas arrive by
cruise vessel. They stay less than 12 hours and
spend less than $70, whereas air stopover visi-
tors, with approximately one-third of the total
arrivals, ice over 90 per cent of our tourism

Mr Yesawich said the
Bahamas needed to “play up”
its advertising where there was
non-stop airlift, and work to
attract more direct flights from
other cites. Other markets such
as Europe and Canada, where

their currencies were strong
against the dollar, also needed
to be targeted. He added that
his company has found that
many tourists would prefer not
to have to make the layover in a
Florida airport, and want to fly

right into a destination.

While there was always focus
on attracting persons to return
to a destination, Mr Yesawich
said many travellers want to
experience something new the
Bahamas must provide that.

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HUMAN RESOURCES COORDINATOR

Atlantic Medical a subsidiary of Colonial Group International of
Companies (CGI) with headquarters in Bermuda, is seeking an HR
Coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating and implementing
all human resources activities for our subsidiary, companies in the
Bahamas.

We offer exceptional pay and benefits. at
Resumes should be forwarded on or before February 15°", 2008 to:
ourlucayajobs@starwoodhotels.com or
The Westin & Sheraton Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya reer
P.O. Box. F-42500
Freeport, Grand Bahama



VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:

OFFICER-IN-CHARGE .°....
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Core responsibilities:
CGIL, with offices in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin
Islands as well as the Bahamas, offers a complete range of premier
financial and insurance services and, over the past few years, has
‘ undertaken significant growth. This is an opportunity to be part of a
team members against bank procedures. rapidly growing innovative company, focusing on providing clients with
Ensures the balancing of half-yearly, quarterly, monthly, bi-monthly first class service and access to competitive products.
and weekly listings. . :
Carries out account management such as: processing inquires, Based in Nassau and reporting to the Executive Vice President for AMI
account updates, holds, and the auditing and filing dormant account and the HR Manager for CGI in Bermuda, duties will include, but not
files. be limited to, providing support, advice and guidance to support senior
Performs duties of Treasury Custodian by distributing and receiving management in the Bahamas in their responsibilities for effective people
cash shipments. management and will include technical and administrative duties in
Performs a variety of other related duties such as: conducting cash relation to recruitment, compensation, benefits, training, employee
counts, holding treasury combination, preparing branch reports, relations and administration.
taking loan applications, performing lock-up duties, and preparing
safety deposit box correspondence.

Oversees fully the operation of the branch on the island which
includes providing instructions for all staff.
Conducts monthly and weekly audits by reviewing the work of

Minimum requirements for this position are:

CIPD/PHR/SPHR certification or relevant Bachelors degree

Minimum 3 years relevant experience in at least one of the
functional areas of HR

Superior communication (verbal, written and presentation) and

organization skills

Strong interpersonal skills and service-oriented’ approach

Ability to work independently and multi-task

Proficiency in MS Office products to intermediate level

The ability to work extended hours which might include some
weekend work

Some travel may be required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Associates degree, or Institute of Financial Services Certificate,
and five (5) years of banking experience

~ In-depth knowledge of general bank policies, procedures and bank
services to appropriately direct and service customers.
Knowledge of specific governmental and banking laws, regarding
improper practices such as money laundering.
Knowledge of credit policies to process loan applications.
In-depth knowledge of customer services and the ability to
demonstrate duties to other persons in the branch.
Basic supervisory and management skills to counsel and direct
associates in performance and other matters.
Strong oral and written communication skills to interact with
customers and associates.

Compensation for the successful candidate will be attractive, linked to
performance and relevant to experience and qualifications. AMI offers
an attractive benefits package that includes comprehensive medical
insurance, contributory pension plan and life insurance.

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

If you have a keen commitment to quality results and want to contribute
your talents to a dynamic company, contact us about this opportunity.
Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence and should be

Interested persons should apply no later than February 15th, 2008 to: Sn ae

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DA#04604
P.O. Box N-3207

Closing Date for applications is February 5th, 2008
Nassau, Bahamas


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BAHA MAR, from 1

1,000 rooms and a 100,000
square foot casino.

It will cover 1,000 acres, and
the St Regis, ‘W’, Westin hotels

will all have the words ‘Baha
Mar’ placed after their brand
identities.

Baha Mar has been seeking
to negotiate a supplemental
Heads of Agreement with the



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RICHARD NIXON EVIE
of | MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
ranted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of
JANUARY 2008 to the Minister eeeoneee for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.














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Government to account for the
fact that the cost of its pro-
posed project has increased
from $1 billion to $2.6 billion.
The April 6, 2005, Heads of
Agreement signed between
Baha Mar and the Christie
government was for a $1 bil-
lion project.

According to that Heads of
Agreement, before the West
Bay Street road re-routing was
to take place, Baha Mar had
to show the Government it had
contributed $400 million in
equity to the development,
largely from its principal
investors, Dikran and Sarkis

* Tzmirlian.

Baha Mar first sought a sup-
plemental Heads of Agree-
ment with the Christie admin-
istration, as it was crucial to
cementing its relationship with
Harrah’s, the Caesar’s Enter-
tainment parent, which would
take a 43 per cent equity stake
in the project (Baha Mar has
57 per cent), and Starwood.

It was announced last night
that Baha Mar JV Holding and
Caesars Bahamas Investment
Corporation were now work-
ing to finalise documents for
the 57/43 joint venture, with
construction set to start imme-
diately this was finished. Sev-
eral Parliamentary resolutions
also need to be passed before
the agreement is consummat-
ed.

Among the paperwork being
finalised were conveyances and
transfers to the joint venture
of rights to certain property
parcels.

No supplemental agreement
was concluded before the May
2 general election, with many
feeling that the Christie admin-
istration declined to sign the
agreement before then for fear
of the political fallout if the
amount of investment incen-
tives the developers were seek-
ing became known.

Baha Mar, though, has
always stuck to the position

that there was an agreed for-
mula with the Government to
increase the level of investment
incentives in proportion to the
size of the investment, which
has grown from an initial $1
billion to $2.4 billion.

Since then, the Ingraham
government’s position has
been that Baha Mar must start
fulfilling its obligations under
the first Heads of Agreement
before any new deal and extra
investment incentives are con-
sidered.

Baha Mar has almost com-
pleted its $150 million upgrade
to the existing Cable Beach
Resorts, and believes it has ful-
filled all its obligations. The
Nassau Beach Hotel. has
already been closed for demo-
lition, and Sbarro’s and Cafe
Johnny Canoe have moved
out.

In addition, Baha Mar has
already put out to tender the
contract for re-routing West
Bay Street, the first and possi-
bly the most crucial infrastruc-
ture work that Baha Mar and
the Government will under-
take in relation to the project,
as it will divert the existing
route away from its current
location - in the middle of the
proposed resort campus - and
around the outside.

Alongside that project is the
construction of the Commer-
cial Village, which will house
the relocated Scotiabank,
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) and
Commonwealth Bank branch-
es, plus the police station,
Bahamas Development Bank
and Gaming Board headquar-
ters, and the Government
offices 'in the Cecil-Wallace
Whitfield Building.

NOTICE

$7,000 + Mon hly
¢ US Based company
¢ Vacation for less
¢ Work from home

e Executive

¢ Get pai

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weekly

We are looking for serious
Motivated, enthusiastic persons only

Call 394-3020



PUBLIC NOTICE

INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, MARCO ANTONIO
COOPER of Louise Lane, RO. Box N-10283, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to MARCIAN
ANDREW COOPER JR. If there are any objections to
this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such

NOTICE is hereby given that JACQUELINE METELLUS
of POLIMIS STREET, GT-2574, 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 1ST day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after the
date of publication of this notice.

ANDREA L. JACKSON and
ALTERMEASE LIGHTBOURNE,
kindly contact the office of
GRAHAM THOMPSON & CO.
(242-322-4130) for Attorney S.
Smith at your earliest opportunity.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby aver that EVELYN GENE of MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of. JANUARY
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Legal Notice
NOTICE





EOLOS S.A.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:





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



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDRE-ROSE DUROSA
PAUL of TREA E CAY, ABACO, BAHAMAS is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be

ranted, should send a written and signed statement of:
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of
JANUARY 2008 to the Minister pesponeiile for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 30th 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.

s
Dated this 1st day of February, A.D: 2008

Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator



“NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FRITZNELL EDMOND
of P.O. Box AB-20493, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should



Legal Notice
NOTICE

BOSMA LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of

Opportunity inside the classroom.
Opportunity outside the classroom.
Opportunity in life.

FEBRUARY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality

(a) BOSMA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

under the provisions of Section 137(4) of the
International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the 30th January, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the
Registrar General.

Please join us for an admissions presentation:

NOTICE is hereby given that KATHRYN WEATHERFORD
of P.O. Box 22916, MAN-O-WAR CAY, MARSH HARBOUR,
ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 1ST day of
FEBRUARY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Monday, February 4, 2008 at 6:00pm
British Colonial Hilton

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Trust Limited, Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, Geneva.

Dated this Ist day of February, A.D. 2008

A tour-year high school for students aged 13-18

located in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada Credit Suisse Trust Limited

Liquidator

905-885-3209 admissions@tes.on.ca www.tcs.on.ca

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX JEAN JOSEPH of EAST
ATLANTIC & AMBERJACK CARAVEL BEACH, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, 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 25TH day of January,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

Pricing Information As Of:
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0.00%
3.39%
2.69%
3.53%
2.46%
1.51%
1.90%
1.27%
3.29%)
1.04%
0.87%
3.76%
4.38%
3.22%
2.72%

Securit y Change

Abaco Markets 1.70 1.71 0.01

Bahamas Property Fund 11.80 11.80 0.00

Bank of Bahamas 9.68 9.68 0.00

Benchmark 0,85 0.85 0.00

Bahamas Waste 3.66 3.66 0.00

Fidelity Bank 2.65 2.65 0.00

Cable Bahamas 12.61 12.61 0.00 711
* Colifa Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00

Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.97 7.90 -0.07

Consolidated Water BDRs 5.00 4.82 -0.18

Doctor's Hospital 2.30 2.30 0.00

Famguard 7.45 7A5 0.00

Finco 13.01 13.01 0.00

FirstCaribbean 14.60 14.60 0.00

Focol (S) 5.14 5.14 0.00

Freeport Concrete 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.00%

ICD Utilities 7.25 7.25 0.00 4.14%

J. S. Johnson 12.00 12.00 0.00 i : 5.08%
__ Premier Real Estate 10.00 0.00 :

120,000

2,000

BETTER INVESTMENTS LTD.
(Company number 42,055B)

An International Business Company

Symbol
Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
: RND Holdings

(In Voluntary Liquidation)
I, Roger Palma, Liquidator of BETTER INVESTMENTS LTD.
hereby certify that the winding up and dissolution of BETTER
INVESTMENTS LTD. has been coMpleted in accordance with the
Articles of Dissolution and that BETTER INVESTMENTS LTD.
has been dissolved.

Dated this 4th day of January, 2008

41.00 ABDAB
14.00 Bahamas Supermarkets
0.40 RND Holdings * é
EE -BISX Listed Mutual Run
NA V YTD% Las
1.376507"
3.7969**
3.00076**
1.291985**
11.8192*** rae
FINDEX: CLOSE 946.22 /YTID-0.61% (2007 84.47%
MARKET TERMS YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity ‘
Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity *- 18 January 2008
Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price ** 31 December 2007
Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week *** . 31 October 2007
EPS $ - A company’s reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value
N/M - Not Meaningful
FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

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

52wk-Low

3.0569
2.4723
1.2037

11.3545

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks

52wk-Low - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily 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 montns

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

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

(S14 3-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

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1 Early form of team contest (5)
6 — The power with which some perhaps (6)
ptarmigans gain height (5) 3 Something to say about a bad egg (6)
9 Hardly the thing to do when wildly 4 That’s right, the old South (3)
praised (7) 5 Wooden prize, of a sort? (5)
10 — Gotf dubs for a leading player (5) 6 — Having half a mind to bet can be an

Tl Because less than earnest? (5)
12 Upsets jars? (5)
13 Being worldly, I'm a news
broadcaster (4,3}
15 Musical excerpt accurately
: reproduced (3)
17 Cold dice? (4)
18 Artistic item of
4 entertainment? (6)
‘19. Fishy edition of Keats (5)
20 Longs for what Charlie wildly
praises (6)
‘ 22 Room available from a

error (7)

7 Aviewer’s girl? (4)

8 Being caught in the confusion, | see,
can be flustering (6) \

12 One-eyed sailors? (5)

13 She joins Hazel in being
astringent (5)

14 Atowncar in the U.S. (5)

15 Sites suitably managed for pig
farming? (5) ‘

16 Young companion for the Italian
deputy-head (5)

18 To play for time can be just a little


















: ACROSS
cancellation (4) business (5) 1. Vital organ ‘I
24 Athenian female? (3) 19 Old Steven gets excited on the 4th of iw ch (5
2 Quietly let be happy (7) July (7) 10 Astute (5)
26 Suitable storey for a flat (5) 21 Bang in the news? (6) 4 : Lelge ar (5)
27 Canned beef, it seems, can be 22 Stick out forthe cheapest part that’s BL ack (7) (5)
poisonous! (5) tasty (6) , cue 8) .
28 Critical or grave, perhaps, 23 Their being squashed can make you 18 Biblical Hoel
he wears a crown (5) solemn (6) 19. Senior member (5)
29 Be a supporter for 25 Cheap fruit at a penny a time! (5) a rena!
crime? (5-2) 26 The girl’s literally a liar! (4) ‘ _% Hill 3)
30 Saintly fellow gone adrift? (5) 28 Though not very clever, he can hold 25 Subdue (7)
21 Gosh, the way they can honk! (5) his drink (3) ' - ache doctor (5)
28 Sailing ship (5)
29 Umpire (7
30 Avarice (5

31 Wheel covers (5)

Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 3, Trust 8, Sewer 10, Count 11, Tic 12, Raced 13,
Retired 15, Nacre 18, Bin 19, Styles 21, Repents 22, Tail 23,
Gala 24, Hangmen 26, Animal 29, Gun 31, Widen 32,
Bedevil 34, Adder 35, Rid 36, Scull 37, Camel
38, Sense
DOWN: 1, Meter 2, Decibel 4, Read 5, Scents 6, Today 7,
Snare 9, Wit 12, Renewal 14, Rip 16, Clean 17, Essay 19,
Stagger 20, Straw 21, Rigid 23, General 24, Handle
25, Mud 27, Niece 28, Meals 30, Rider 32, Bets
33, Vim

Yesterday's cryptic solutions

ACROSS: 3, S-pace 8, Pilot 10, Have-n 11, Tea 12, Habit 13,
Whatnot 15, 5-U-gar 18, Ma-p 19, Re-pose 21, General 22,
Lie-n 23, C-l-ue 24, Dub-IOUs 26, Cartel 29, Dab 31, Try on
2, A-lrig-ht 34, N-inn-Y 35, Cue 36, Tun-is 37, Al-ter 38,
Cello

DOWN: 1, Pit-h-y 2, (water)Boatmen 4, P-eat 5, C-h-isel 6,
Eat up 7, D-egas 9, Lea 12, Hop-eful 14, Nan 16, Goals 17,
Reve-(19, Rap-idly 20, Elect 21, G-err-y 23, Cu-bicle 24,
Den-l-se 25, Oar 27, Argus 28, Tonic 30, C-heer 32, Anil
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OF THE FUN TAIKEN OUT OF HIM!”

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The bidding:
South _ West North East
1@ — Pass 2NT Pass
3” Pass 4v Pass
5¢ Pass 69%

Very few plays are overlooked
more often by declarer than the one
featured here. Six hearts can be made
if hamdind cesrectly, but it’s very
easy t po astray and finish dowa
one.

A superficial glance might lead
one to conclude that, in addition to a
sure trump loser, South also has a
potential spade loser that can be
averted only if a finesse against East

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HOW many words of four letters
or more can you 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.

TODAY'S TARGET

Good 25; very good 38; excellent
AQ (or more). Solution tomorrow.























DOWN
2 Rubs out (6)

3 Off (6)

4 — Attempt (3)

5 Metal fastener (5)
6 Aquatic bird (7)

7 Verbal (4)

8 infrequently (6)
12 Aviator (5)

13 Old coin (5)

14 Thighbone (5)

15 Tailed star (5)

16 = Number (5)
18

19

21

22

23

25

26

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Antidote (5)
Relegated (7)
Relative (6)

Group of songs (6)
Rest (6)

Sovereign (5)
Knowledge (4) .
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The Disappearing Trick

TARGET

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, PAGE 7B






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finesse is entirely unnecessary.
Twelve tricks can be made by normal
play without risking the loss of a
spade trick. Observe that in the
actual deal, the slam would fail if
declarer relied on the spade finesse to
get him home.

South’s best method of play is to:
start by cashing dummy’s A-K of.
clubs and discarding a spade. A cli)
can then be ruffed with the king, fol-

lowed by a low trump to dummy’s ~

seven. Let’s assume East wins with

the ace (his play doesn’t really mat- _

ter) and returns a spade.

Seuth puts up the ace and leadd
the trump nine to the jack. He then|
tuffs dummy’s last club with his last!
trump, the ten.

A diamond to the king allows!
declarer to cash dummy’s Q8 off
Sg ne Sica Riad of apaies.

’s threc ming cards are the;
A-Q-J of diamonds, and the slam i
easily made. The potential spa
loser thus tums out to be a mirage.

The play utilised here is what is
known as a dummy reversal. Instead.
of declarer trumping his losers in|
dummy, which is what happens in’
most cases, South reverses the usual
procedure and trumps. dummy’s los-
exs — here, the J-4 of clubs — in his
ewn hand. In effect, dummy
becomes declarer, and South plays
fis cards..as- though he.is.actually ~
seated on the other side of the table.

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YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION

sending and
receiving words

and music by
electric waves



Viktor Korchnoi v Irina Krush,
Gibtelecom Masters 2007.
Gibraltar's open has become a
must for international experts.
There's a huge £50,000 prize

fund, the Caleta Hotel venue has

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FRIDAY,
FEB 1

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18
All you want to do is go home this
week, Aquarius, but a host of social
obligations prevent you from doing
so. Try to enjoy yourself anyway.
PISCES — Feb 19/March 20
This is a good time for networking,
Pisces. Get out there and meet peo-
ple. It’s a big world out there, and
you never know who’s looking for
you, too,
ARIES — March 21/April 20
Although you may have your. suspi-
cions, it would be wise not to voice
them. Old friends stop by to say hello,
and bring a new business Opportunity.
TAURUS - April 21/May 21
Everyone knows you’re a hard
worker, Taurus. You have nothing to

- prove this week. Take some time to

kick back and relax with friends or

_ family later in the week; you cer-

tainly deserve it.

' GEMINI - May 22/June 21

You’ve always known what you
want, Gemini. Others may try to stop
you this week, but don’t let them.
The world is fyll of opportunities this
week — just pick one and go for it
with all of your might.

CANCER - June 22/July 22
Don’t be scared, Cancer. Risk is a
good thing, and this week is 4 good
time for you take some. Opportu-
nities abound if you look.

LEO - July 23/August 23
Others will notice, and appreciate
your courage this week, so you'll
finally get the chance to show off
your leadership chops. Do so judi-
ciously, avojd showing off.

VIRGO -— Aug 24/Sept 22
There will be a lot of going on
around you this week. Try not to let it
distract you from your main objec-
tives. It’s only gossip, anyway.
LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

It’s one thing to have negative
thoughts, but it’s quite another to let
everyone know what they are. Such
negativity can only harm you in the
end. Think positively.

SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
Be patient just a while longer,
Scorpio. After Wednesday, others
will be more interested in hearing
your ideas. Don’t take this as an
insult, they’ve just been busy. You’ll
get your tum in the spotlight.
SAGITTARIUS — Nov 23/Dec 21
Have fun this week, Sagittarius.
Cutting loose will lead to some
important romantic, and perhaps
even business opportunities.
Carpe diem!

CAPRICORN -— Dec 22/Jan 20
The holidays are approaching,
Capricorn, but something’s been on
your mind that’s causing you to
dread the upcoming get-together.
Call your relatives and talk it out.

2007 had elite grandmasters led
by England number one Michael
Adams, top women GMs, and
the legendary Korchnoi, now 76,
who defected from the Soviet
Union then twice challenged for
the world title. The veteran's
penultimate round pairing with
America’s number-two woman
ended in farce when Korchnoi
(White, to play) panicked at



Krush’s Rxd2 threat and went 1
Rf2? Why was this a blunder, and
what should White play instead?

LEONARD BARDEN

x

Te

Chess solution 8356: 1 RI2? Qxe4! torcea
resignation. If 2 Nxe4 Qdl+ 3 Rfl Qxfl mate. Instead 1
RI8+! Kg7 (Rxf8 2BdS wins the queen) 2 Rxd8 Nxd8 3
Qxc7+ NET 4 Qxb7 puts White two pawns up.

Mensa quiz: 10. ‘

One possible word ladder solution is: DEER, deed,
seed, s'. « std, skid, SKIN. :


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