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The Tribune

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Title:
The Tribune
Uniform Title:
Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau tribune
Place of Publication:
Nassau, Bahamas
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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Bahamas

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

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Christie ‘best leader for PLP’

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._ BS By PAULG
TURNQUEST
and KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporters
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net;
kherig@tribunemedia.net

THE PLP yesterday con-
cluded “unanimously” that
Perry Christie is the best
leader for the organisation
and the country.

The statement was made by
Dr Bernard Nottage, the
PLP’s leader of. opposition
business in the House of
Assembly.

The PLP parliamentary
group was convened in a spe-
cial pre-convention conclave
at Sandals Resort. The meet-
ing was hosted by Mr Christie.

Dr Nottage said the. PLP
members discussed a number
of issues during the conclave,
including a review of election
2007, the upcoming 50th annu-
al party convention and the
way forward for the PLP.

“All colleagues expressed
their views frankly and believe
that the Progressive Liberal
Party continues to be the best
hope for the Bahamian Deo;
ple.

“We are unanimous in the
view that the leadership of the
PLP also continues to be the
best for the Bahamas,” Dr
Nottage said in a press release.

While the statement did not
go into further detail in regard
to the deputy leadership, Mr
Christie on the Island FM

radio talk show Parliament '

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Perry Christie

that he and deputy leader
Cynthia Pratt will remain

leader and deputy leader fol-:

lowing the party’s convention.

Recently, Mrs Pratt’s role
has been called into question
following her admission that
she would not be seeking to
run in the 2012 general elec-
tion.

In addition to this, Mrs Prat-
t’s current bout with tendonitis
to her left hip has put a ques-
tion mark over her ability to
ba sie in a leadership role.

ith the party’s convention
less than a fortnight away,
political commentators had
warned that Mr Christie may,
in fact, face a challenge to his

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Rigby won't publicly endorse
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@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net



cies for the chairmanship.

Others, such as former Mount
Moriah MP Keod Smith, have
also indicated that they may run
for the post during the PLP’s
convention - February 20-23 -

OUTGOING PLP chairman
Raynard Rigby yesterday

declared that he will not be pub-
licly endorsing any of the party
members vying for the position
he is about to vacate.

So far three persons — Engler-
ston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin,
PLP newcomer Omar Archer
and Elcott Coleby — have offi-
cially announced their candida-

at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort.

However, speaking as a guest
on the More94 radio talk show
The Last Word yesterday, Mr
Rigby said the situation is too
“fluid” at the moment to say

SEE page 13



PM promises
a functional
Grand Bahama
Port Authority

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

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham has stressed that,
while he is concerned about
the “dysfunctional, bickering
and litigious” Grand Bahama
Port Authority, he promised
Grand Bahamians that a func-

tional Port Authority willbe

returned in short order.

Speaking at Grand
Bahama’s Chamber of Com-
merce installation.dinner over
the weekend, Mr Ingraham
said he knows that Grand
Bahamians are concerned
about the Port.

He assured those present
that he was equally concerned,
and so was his government
and all of the island’s
MPs.

While the Port Authority is

SEE page 13

Rigby: some want
to discuss new
leader possibility
at PLP convention

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

SOME PLP members
believe the party’s upcoming
convention should be used to
examine the possibility of select-
ing a new leader, outgoing PLP
chairman Raynard Rigby said
yesterday.

Speaking as a guest on the
More94 radio talk show The
Last Word, Mr Rigby said that
while the leadership question
could be looked at during the
February 20-23 convention, his
party traditionally holds special
and separate leadership con-
ventions.

“Some people are of the view
that it makes political sense to
determine leadership (now),”
he said

Mr Rigby’s statements came
as the PLP yesterday stated that
the party’s parliamentary group,
in special pre-convention con-
clave, “unanimously” agreed

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OVER the past few decades
there have been numerous
charges of abuse of the public
trust by many public officials
and the private sector.

No group or political party
has escaped the accusations.
While I have little doubt that
there have been abuses of the
public trust, I am also of little
doubt that there have been
false accusations and whispers
which have had no foundation
in fact.

I am sure that all well think-
ing Bahamians would agree that
it is in all our interests to

increase the public’s confidence ,

in the integrity of the public sec-
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good thing if this increase in
trust could be institutionalized
and not so much dependent on
the character of those in posi-
tions of authority.

This column has a simple sug-
gestion which would contribute
to our achieving this objective. I
recommend that a Government
web site be established.

Then all government and
government owned company
contracts and purchase orders
above a certain value would be
posted on this site.

The site could also list the
remuneration of public officials.
This would result in keeping the
public’s affairs in the public
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unlicensed firearm —

A 21-YEAR-OLD man :
of Westeria Drive, Gam-
bier Loop, was arrested
after he was allegedly
discovered with an unli-
censed firearm early
Sunday morning at the
International Bazaar,
Freeport.

According to reports,
police attached to the
Eastern Division, acting.
on information received,
went to the Bazaar
around 1.50am and
apprehended a ycung
man near a nightclub.

During a search, offi-
cers retrieved a black
.9mm semi-automatic i
pistol with five live .9mm :
bullets. :

The man is expected to :
be arraigned in Freeport }
Magistrate’s Court
today.

Two assisting police
in connection with

suspected wire theft

TWO male residents of }
Bootle Bay are assisting :
police with investiga-
tions into a suspected
copper wire theft.

Supt Rahming said
police received a call
from a concerned resi-
dent around 2.35pm on
Saturday who reported a
bush fire at the rear of
trailer homes in Bootle
Bay, West End. :

When officers from the }
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they discovered two men
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trailer park burning cop-
per wires. :

The men — aged 25 and :
26 years - were unable to }
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sess the copper wires.
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taken into custody. :

The copper wires were :
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investigations are con-
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threatening to wage
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the United States, i
according to Associated
Press. :

Chavez says he will cut
off oil sales to the U.S. if
Exxon Mobil Corpora-
tion wins court judg-
ments to seize billions of
dollars in Venezuelan
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Exxon Mobil has gone
after the assets of the
Venezuelan state oil
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British and Dutch courts
as it challenges the
nationalization of a
multibillion dollar oil
project by Chavez's gov-
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A British court has
issued an injunction
‘'freezing'’ as much as 12
billion dollars in assets.

Chavez has repeatedly

threatened to cut off oil

shipments to the United
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 3

questions newspaper

coverage towards the PLP

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

FORMER PLP MP for Bain
and Grant’s Town Bradley
Roberts questioned the cover-
age of local newspapers towards
the PLP while a guest on a local
talk show yesterday.

Referring to coverage of PLP
MPs in the House of Assembly
and beyond, Mr Roberts
affirmed that he could not force
any newspaper to cover the par-
ty.
“J have seen and watched
Frank Smith deliver power
addresses to the House of
Assembly. I have watched
Shane Gibson do the same. |
have watched V Alfred Gray
do the same. I have watched,
you know who has been
extremely good, the Member of
Parliament for Fort Charlotte
(Alfred Sears).

“But for some reason or the
other, the newspapers don’t car-
ry nothing that brother Sears
say,” Mr Roberts exclaimed.

To this, Steve McKinney, a
co-host of the radio talk show
Parliament Street, asked Mr
Roberts what the PLP was
going to do.

“I tell you, we do not control
the newspapers. What you want
us to do, buy a newspaper? You
ask me what we must do about
it, and in due course we will be
making an announcement.

“But my God, PLP support-
ers do patronise the businesses
that advertise in the newspa-
pers. It is unfair to carry one
side of the equation. That is not
good for democracy.

“TI hope that you gentlemen
would support me in that effort
and call upon the newspapers

‘to be fair in their reporting,”

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NASA pulled Hans Schlegel off
the spacewalk to help install the
European lab, Columbus, at the
international space station, and
delayed the work until Monday,
one day later than planned.

Schlegel, 56, a physicist and for-
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PAGE 4, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008 THE TRIBUNE



EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited Mir, Ingraham
does not wish |

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) TD. Dail»

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972

Contributing Editor 1972-199]

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

‘Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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The courts are in shambles

LAST WEEK, during his first meet the
press conference, Prime Minister Ingraham
said that cases were piling up for the attention
of a coroner, but there had been “no move-
ment” on any of these matters.

In fact there are now 157 matters awaiting
a hearing by a non-existent coroner’s court.
Six of the deaths to be investigated involve
police officers.

At the end of 2006 the coroner’s court
was dissolved because of complaints that the
high-profile case of Daniel Smith, son of play-
girl Anna Nicole Smith, had jumped the
queue for a hearing over Bahamians who
had unsuccessfully waited for years for an
inquest into the deaths of their family or
friends.

At the time — September 2006 — Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall said the coroner’s
court would be disbanded and the system
would revert to what was in place in 1993
when all magistrates automatically served as
coroners.

“The cases will be shared up between all
the magistrates,” said Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at the time. He hoped that the back-
log in inquest hearings could be alleviated
with 13 magistrates in New Providence,
instead of a single coroner hearing all cases.

What they seemed to forget was that they
were returning to a system that had already
been tried and had failed.

Apparently, they did not inquire as to why
it had been necessary to dedicate a single
magistrate to inquests when the Act provid-
ed that the work could be shared by all of
them.

In 1993, barely in office six months of his
first term, Prime Minister Ingraham discov-
ered that the coroner’s court under the Pin-
dling administration had not sat for 13 years.
By then 80 matters were pending.

To deal with the situation the Coroner’s
Act was amended. All inquiries were to be
opened to the public.

However, the coroner was to have the dis-
cretion to hold private hearings, such as mat-
ters which involved public safety and defence,
morality and minors. Also the group from
which juries were to be selected was to be
expanded, and could now included civil ser-
vants.

Mr Ingraham said that when he was a part
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. in the coroner’s court process “literally select-

ed” and “totally handpicked the jury.” He
found the way jurors were selected, offen-
sive and unacceptable.

He was strongly against the practice of
secret inquests.

“This,” he said at the time, “is one of the
areas which has caused a blight on democra-
cy and the administration of justice in our
land.”

He appointed the late Winston Saunders a
full time coroner to deal with the 80 cases.

We know Mr Saunders worked diligently
at this because he kept our reporters busy.

By 2005 The Tribune reported that the
Coroner’s Court was unable to catch up on
the backlog of cases because there were few
magistrate’s willing to take on the role of
coroner,

It seems strange that: magistrates are
allowed to select their work, but apparently
that is the situation in our courts today.

The following year the coroner’s court was
dissolved and the cases were back among a
group that were reluctant to handle them.
No wonder Mr Ingraham — now nine
months into his third term — finds 157
inquests pending.

When we first started reporting for The
Tribune back in the fifties, coroner’s inquests
were held almost before the body could go
cold. In those days inquests were held in a
small building in the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital compound, and the dead body, laid out
in the next room, was viewed by the jury and
reporters. The only delay in this procedure
was by a quirky English magistrate, who lived
in a small seaside house on the Eastern Road,
and on occasion — usually inquest days —
would sail his small boat to the Deveaux
Street dock, tie it up and trot up the hospital's
hill to preside as coroner.

One day, Cyril Stevenson, reporting for
The Guardian, and ourselves, for The Tri-
bune, sat a whole afternoon on the stairs of
the small court awaiting the arrival of the
magistrate who was becalmed in the harbour.
Other than that, inquests, which were few
and far between in those days, were dealt
with quickly — in time for the funeral.

Today, the courts are in shambles. It’s
going to take effort by all involved to bring
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the truth

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN A world which instantly
knows about any serious event
in the most isolated corner of
it, I find it totally incredible
and unacceptable that the
most simple question to our
elected government cannot be
rationally or instantly discov-
ered and confirmed.

Our Prime Minister and his
ministers do not wish us to
know the truth or the facts.

Politicians like to hold onto
everything restricting access
to where a policy is heading,
what is a policy and actually
what government is process-
ing but this action simply
entraps them, government, in
suspicion of adding and abet-
ting and corrupting the
process which is supposed to
be on top of the table, open,
and transparent and void of
corruption or illegal incen-
tives.

It seems even the greatest
advocate for freedom, none
other than Rt Hon Hubert
Ingraham, cannot reconcile his
political mantra to let loose
the freedom to know what is
going on in governance of The
Bahamas and the Constitu-
tional right to ask questions.

A once a quarter almost
pontifical appearance with the
local press corps is laughable
and simply insults every
Bahamian — well I, the Prime
Minister, will control what the
people know or can ask so I
can manipulate my public
relations.

Why did you appoint the
seasoned journalist Sir Arthur
Foulkes as Director General
of BIS?

Ministers have to be






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accountable and accountable
if necessary daily and not
every four-months as and
when it suits the minister.

If you can’t see what this
policy does then the Prime
Minister does not read The
Tribune which prides itself on
exposing confidential reports
and proposals having been
drawn into the lobbying
process of an applicant for
government approval.

We saw this yet again with
the story about the attempts of
the London based Fleming
Family Group and the Estate
of Edward St George — if we
needed any further muddying
of that environment.

This is not positive as it begs
all questions of proprietary of
a “confidential report”, a
“confidential application” or a
conclusion — the press should
not position itself in this fash-
ion, especially if the circula-
tion of the report was exclu-
sively to government. In my
view there is a complicity to
stealing in that case.

A further example was the
leaking of the report concern-
ing the Southwest New Port
by the Dutch Consultants —
there is only one source who
probably gave or provided the
report to The Tribune.

Yes some will say that is
part of the constitutional
rights of the press, but as I
have suggested there is also
proprietary confidentiality and
ownership.

The FNM Manifesto 1992
page: 54 proposes freedom of
information - 16 years later
the same person who doctri-
nally proposed this is stalling
to implement our sovereign
right to information and
knowledge of the proceedings
of government.

Why? What has govern-
ment to hide?

Are they scared of upset-
ting those who prey on for-
eign investors for kick-backs?

Mr Prime Minister — if you
believe what you said last
weekend on this that even if
we implemented this today we
will be unable to exercise this
in a practical form then you
have no idea or respect to the
qualification of our Perma-
nent Secretaries.

In fact you are degrading
and insulting them.

Control - control and more
control is a cancer amongst
politicians, especially when
certain of them say they have
nothing to hide so open up the
access, cause openness to the
form of Government that we
profess to have or please shut
up because therefore we are
no different from Zimbabwe
or any other country where
Freedom of the Press and the
upholding of our constitu-
tional rights are non-existent
or restricted.

The Nazis, the Facists,
Lenin and Marx tried to
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Man charged
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break-ins

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net_
A 43-YEAR-OLD Abaco

man was charged in the Marsh

Harbour Magistrate's Court in

connection with a spree of

church break-ins on that island.
Floyd Alexander Sawyer of

Dundas Town appeared before

Magistrate Crawford McGee

and pleaded guilty to 14 counts

of church break-ins and steal-
ings.

Sawyer pleaded guilty to
break-ins at Aldergate

Methodist Church (three

counts) Kingdom Hall of Jeho-

vah Witnesses, Abaco Youth

Ministries, Grace Baptist

Church, Strong 1ower Commu-

nity Church, Change Ministry,

St Andrew’s Methodist Church

(two counts), Marsh Harbour

Gospel Chapel and Latter Rain

Ministries (three counts).
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ed Sawyer to Sandilands Reha-

bilitation Centre for psychiatric
evaluation, after which he will
be brought back to court on

February 21 for sentencing.

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A COMMUNITY group
wants to make sure the nearly
700 black victims piled into an
unmarked, mass grave after the
hurricane of [928 are remem-
bered, according to Associated
Press.

As the 80th anniversary of
the stor n approaches this Sep-
© mber, the Storm of °28 Memo-
rial Coalition wants to honor
the 674 black men, women and
child.en buried at the site near
downtown West Palm Beach by
turning it into a commemora-
tive meditation garden.

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ten because of the life they
lived,” the group’s leader,
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PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-

ham firmly believes that “better

times” are ahead for Grand Bahama,

His forecast came during the
Chamber of Commerce’s annual
installation dinner in Freeport over
the weekend.

Mr Ingraham said he was deeply
conscious that over the last five
years, times had not been good for
residents of the island.

“T know and understand your anx-
iety, your deep anxiety. I firmly
believe that better times are com-
ing for Freeport and for Grand
Bahama.

“T promised you when I first came
to office in 1992 that good things
would happen for Grand Bahama,
and they did.

“T won't rehash the successes of
the 1990s. You know them well. Life
was good for you then. As it was, it
will be again. We are working on
matters that will translate into new
economic opportunities for Grand
Bahama.

“We will complete them and sce
them come to fruition before we
begin to count them as ‘done deals’.

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“I won’t rehash the successes of the
1990s. You know them well. Life was
good for you then. As it was, it will be
again. We are working on matters that
will translate into new economic
opportunities for Grand Bahama.”



Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

ham assured those present that the
government is optimistic about
Grand Bahama’s medium-term and
long-term future.

“Better times are coming indeed.
I might note that, notwithstanding
the slowing US economy resulting
from the high and increasing cost of
fuel, the sub-prime meltdown, the
related collapse of the US housing
market, and the weakening of the
US dollar and hence the Bahamian
dollar, interest continues to grow in
Grand Bahama by investors.

“[tis fair and itis accurate for me
to say the future of this city and the
island of Grand Bahama seems
brighter now than it has been for
quite some time.

“And [ reiterate my government’s





firm and unbending commitment to
support and promote the growth and
expansion of Grand Bahama’s econ-
omy in all its component sectors.
“Increased employment and

Our recent history amply demon-
strated the inherent risks in counting
one’s eggs before they hatch,” he
said.

Notwithstanding this, Mr Ingra-

Man gun-butted and
robbed in his home

Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net



FREEPORT — A man was gun-butted and robbed of cash by armed
intruders who broke into his home in Freeport early Sunday morning.

Police said Clayton Griffin, of Weddell Avenue, was awakened around
3.50am to the sound of glass breaking when saw a man pointing a gun in his
face.

Griffin told police the gunman began beating him in the head with the gun
while two other men searched his clothing. They stole $1,500 cash from the
pants pocket, along with several items from his house.

The culprits then fled the scene in his purple Dodge Caravan, licence 30122.

Central Detective Unit officers are investigating the incident.

Chief Supt Basil Rahming, press liaison officer, said police are also inves-
tigating another armed robbery incident, which occurred on Saturday evening.

Mr Rahming said two Philippine nationals were forced into a vehicle by
three armed men who robbed them of cash totalling $800.

Bernard Panganiban, 23, and his co-worker, Marlon Olla, 27, both of
Kings Court Condominiums in Lucaya, reported that around 9pm, while on
East Sunrise Highway near Les Fountain Plaza, three men armed with knives
forced them into a red car.

The men drove to a dark isolated area where they robbed each of them of
$400 cash, and left them.

Supt Rahming said police have two young men in custody who are assist-
ing them with their investigation. Officers have also impounded the vehicle
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sent themselves in Grand Bahama. I
take this opportunity to encourage
all, but especially our young people,
to seek out and take advantage of
opportunities for training and for
employment.

“And I counsel the private sector
not to cling to the apron strings of
protectionism even after success has
been demonstrated in your ability
and capacity to play and win in com-
petition with much bigger persons.

“Tt is for us, and very particularly
for those of you engaged in business
and commerce, to turn set-backs into
opportunities,” he said.

The prime minister added that
opportunities abound for Bahami-
ans to become more involved in pro-
viding goods and services to the
tourism sector, to become owners
of attractions and activities offered to
visitors, and to become producers
and suppliers of goods and services
to both hotels and visitors.

Also, he said, there are additional
opportunities for Bahamians to
become purveyors of services to the
industrial sector in Grand Bahama.

“It is my expectation that as
Grand Bahamians and all of you
who have come to live here seek out
these opportunities, be they employ-
ment or business, international com-
panies operating here will respond
by giving fair and equal access to
such Bahamians to those opportu-
nities.

“In this regard I wish to emphasise
and remind that I have directed all
government-sponsored funding pro-
grammes, namely: The Bahamas
Development Bank loans; BAIC
facilities; the Venture Capital Fund;
the government-guarantee loan
schemes; and the investment incen-
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Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s
Annual Installation Dinner.

their support on programmes that
principally help Bahamian business-
es take advantage of opportunities to
create linkages between tourism and
the local economy.

“You must secure opportunities
by rediscovering your advantages
and exploiting them wisely and by



Bahama

confronting weaknesses and short-
comings and addressing them quick-
ly. That essentially is how we ensure
our competitive position in efficien-
cy and productivity,” he said.

However, Mr Ingraham stressed
that in the country’s encouragement
of development in Grand Bahama, it
was not unmindful of the need to
pay close attention to environmental
and economical sustainability of
development.

“The considerable damage to the
water resources of this island over
many years through the construc-
tion of unlined canals, the unmoni-
tored dumping of industrial waste,
and the unmonitored spillage and
run-off associated with oil refining
and storage, have all played their
role in heightening environmental
sensibilities and in crafting environ-
mental legislation and regulations
for the entire Bahamas.

“And so, as we encourage more
development in Grand Bahama, we
must also remain mindful of the
need to pay the closest attention to
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THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

is set to implement Foreign Ser-
vice Orders, a career path tapered
to the specialised needs of foreign
service officers at the country’s
overseas missions.

’ The document, which is before

Cabinet for approval, is expected:

to take effect shortly, said Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette.

The move toward a career path
for Foreign Service officers is part
of the overall internal reorganisa-
tion of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs.

It also includes a systematic
review of the diplomatic and con-
sular offices to determine if staffing
and funding levels are appropri-
ate to allow the officers to perform
effectively and efficiently.

“We are looking at internal reor-
ganisation of the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs so that when we bring
in the Foreign Service Orders, the
head office reflects what we want
to happen,” Mr Symonette said.

He added: “We want to make
sure they have a career path that is
not restrictive to who the minis-
ter, permanent secretary or head of
the mission, is.”

Under the Foreign Service
Orders, officers would be governed
differently from the General
Orders Regulations of the Public
Service.

Mr Symonette said it would take
into consideration the various
overseas posts, specifically those
deemed “hardship areas.”

Implementation of the Foreign
Service Orders would also take the
ministry another step further in
realising its goals, including the
implementation of the E-Passport
system and the relocation of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs from
East Hill Street to the Goodman’s
Bay Corporate Centre, West Bay
Street.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
maintains nine overseas offices —
four in the United States (the
Embassy in Washington, the Con-
sulates General in Miami and New
York, and the Mission to the Unit-
ed Nations), the High Commis-
sions in London, United Kingdom
and Ottawa, Canada; and
Embassies in Haiti, China and
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C A Smith was appointed
ambassador to the United States
and the Organisation of American
States (OAS); former Commis-
sioner of Police Paul Farquharson
as High Commissioner to the Unit-
ed Kingdom; Mike Smith, High
Commissioner to Canada; Carlton
Wright, Ambassador tg Cuba; and
Sandra Carey, acting Consul Gen-
eral in Miami.

Diplomatic posts in New York,

China and Miami are to be filled -

shortly.

“The Miami office is a very busy
office where passports and visas
are processed.

“We are looking at upgrading
that with a number of changes,”
Mr Symonette said.

Former Ambassador to the
United States, Joshua Sears, now
serves at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs as a special adviser to the
minister.

“He brings with him a great
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Another goal completed by the
ministry is the relocation of head-
quarters from East Hill Street to
the Goodman’s Bay Corporate
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former headquarters will undergo
extensive renovation and upgrade
and is expected to become the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Cere-
monial and Protocol Building.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Legal Affairs Division, Drugs,
Crime and Maritime Affairs Sec-
tion; Technical Assistance and
Economic Affairs Division; Con-
sular Division and the Passport
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FRANK SINATRA live
in Atlantic City, though his
usual slick and smoochy self,
didn’t lure me back a second
time, especially as he had
done a homicide job on Send
In The Clowns.

Nor did Gladys Knight in
Las Vegas, Ann Murray in
New York or Glen Camp-
bell in, of all places, Milton
Keynes. And Diana Ross -
well, she was, you know,
okay...but hardly supreme.
- Superstars are all very well,
but once is generally
enough, I find.

Excellent pros every one
of them, of course, but it
takes more than excellence
to lure this old curmudgeon
away from a good book to
see the same show twice.

It must, therefore, go
down as something of an
obsession - some would say
an addiction - for me to go
back a fourth time to see the
same stage act, and make a
mental note to book a place
for visit number five into the
bargain.

Who’s the attraction? A
pair of unbelievably gifted
brothers called The Edwards
Twins, whose show Celebri-
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have seen nothing to match
them in half a century of
theatre-going. Unique is an
overused word, but this pair
are. There can be no other
act quite so accomplished in
their field as The Edwards
Twins. ;

Anthony and Eddie
Edwards, with no lip-synch-
ing, no electronic trickery,
and nothing to fall back on
but their incredible talent,

can replicate flawlessly the .

voices and mannerisms of
well over 100 singers of both
genders.

When I first saw them in
Nassau two years ago, I was
dragged along, heels scrap-
ing the sidewalk, by a couple
of friends who said it would
be better than a night in
front of the telly. When I left
the Rainforest Theatre after
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seen one of the most riveting
stage performances in the
world.

On Saturday, after seeing
them for the fourth time, my
wife and I were left to mar-
vel yet again. “The smile



“Anthony and
Eddie Edwards,
with no |
lip-synching,
no electronic
trickery, and
nothing to fall
back on but
their incredible
talent, can
replicate
flawlessly the
voices and.
mannerisms of
well over 100
singers of both
genders.”



never left my face,” she said.
How the heck do they do it?
To see Eddie Edwards as
Barbra Streisand, and to
hear him hit every single
high note of all her best
numbers, is to witness mim-
ickry of the highest order.
But it’s his breathtaking
impersonation of Cher that
takes the show to its higher
slopes. This is the most hilar-
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you will ever see, capped off

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with a throwback rendition
of I’ve Got You Babe with
his brother as Cher’s mop-
headed erstwhile partner,
Sonny.

Then, just when you
thought Eddie. might have
eclipsed his twin for sheer
quality overall, Anthony
emerges as himself to rattle
off 20 of the most sensation-
al impersonations imagin-
able to propel the show to
its peak.

From Roy Orbison to Ray
Charles, from Elvis Presley
to Johnny Mathis, he recap-
tured them with note-perfect
aplomb.

I thought he might have
over-reached himself with
the finale - Luciano Pavarot-

ti with Puccini’s Nessun Dor--

ma, with that volcanic vocal
eruption at the end, the kind
of crescendo to make most
singers weep.

But Anthony Edwards
aced it, just at the point
when you thought he might
blow it big-time. Okay, there
wasn’t quite the resonance
you would expect from one
of the greatest tenors of all.
But he was certainly near
enough for an audience

alreadly pop-eyed with

admiration. ;
Do yourself a favour. Go
and see The Edwards Twins.
As an extra treat, you’re
likely to catch a glimpse of
me - now officially classified
as a groupie - sitting on the
front row transfixed by the
talent and professionalism
of a showbiz phenomenon.

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‘race isa reality of US _

FROM previous page

Apartheid in measuring who
is “black” and who is “white”.

So, Obama has become an
“African-American” because
his father is an African from
Kenya, but he is not a “Euro-
pean-American” because his
mother is white from Ameri-
ca.

The latter fact is discounted
altogether in this adoption of a
myopic and profoundly racial-
ist system that makes a per-
son “black”, if he has a jot of
African blood. The world has
fallen prey to the dogma of
white-racial purity established
by minority white regimes that
ruled parts of Africa on the
basis of their self-declared
racial superiority.

A product of mixed races
myself, I have always found it
impossible to denounce peo-
ple-on the basis of race or to
be prejudiced against them
because of the colour of their
skin. For by doing so, | would
put into that collective of
denunciation and prejudice,
members of my own family.

Obama clearly feels the
same. He writes of his early
childhood growing up with his
mother’s parents in the US:

“That my father looked noth- -

ing like the people around
me—that he was black as
pitch, my mother white as
milk—barely registered in my
mind.”

In this regard, Barack Oba-
ma is no different from me,
or, I suspect, many other
mixed race people. I further
suspect that, like many of us of
mixed race, he is colour blind.
And when he speaks out
against injustice meted out to
black people in the United
States, he does so not because
he favours black people over
white, but because he favours
right over wrong.

For instance, he says:
“Those who worked on civil
rights in the past realized that
to achieve racial equality was

-not simply good for African-
Americans, but it was good
for America as a whole... We
live in a society that remains
separated in terms of life
opportunities for African-
Americans, for Latinos, and
the rest of the nation. And it is
absolutely critical for us to rec-
ognize that there are going to
be responsibilities on the part
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other groups to take personal
responsibility to rise up out of
the problems that we face. But
there has also got to be a
social responsibility, there has
to be a sense of mutual
responsibility, and there's got
to be political will in the White
House to make that happen”.

Those words were spoken
not frem a prepared text but
in a spontaneous response to a
question during an interview.

Based on the views that he
has expressed so strongly up
and down the US in his cam-
paign to win the Democratic
Party’s nomination for the
Presidency, if he were to
become President and his per-
spective triumphed over the
many other contrary views
that would be presented to
him by Washington bureau-
crats, the world would be a
safer place, and so too would
be the US.

Last July writing in the
journal, Foreign Affairs, Oba-
ma called for an outward

looking US foreign policy and -

the renewal of American mil-
itary, diplomatic, and moral
leadership in the world, say-
ing: “We can neither retreat
from the world nor try to bul-
ly it into submission.” And,
he called on Americans to
“lead the world, by deed and
by example.”

Closer to home, his posi-
tion on Cuba — the one
Caribbean country to which
US policy makers pay serious
attention — he has stated his
willingness to begin bilateral
talks with the government in
Havana, “to normalize rela-
tions and ease the embargo
that has governed relations
between our countries for the
last five decades.”

This position contrasts with
his contenders, including
Hilary Clinton who has stated
categorically that she favours
maintaining the economic
embargo against Cuba.

But despite the fact that I
would like Obama to be the
next occupant of the White
House, I will stick-out my
neck and say it won't happen.
And, in the process of his
defeat, Hilary Clinton will also
be a casualty and the Repub-
lican candidate — most likely
John McCain — will be elected
President.

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has dealt with Hispanics
would be well aware that
black people in their societies
are still at the bottom of the
totem pole.

One study in the US by
Paula McClain, a political sci-
entist at Duke University in
North Carolina, showed that
“Latinos tend to identify more
with whites than blacks”.
According to reports, the
entrance poll of Nevada cau-
cus-goers, 64 per cent of His-
panic voters favoured Clinton
to just 25 per cent for Obama.

This obsession with race
remains a reality of the US.
In this context, when it comes
to it — even if Obama does tri-
umph over Clinton — for the
Democratic nomination, the
knee-jerk reaction of America
will be “no black in the White
House”. The Republican
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ENNIGAN’S,
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public for the first time today.

On Saturday night, Marathon
MP, Works and Transport Min-
ister Earl Deveaux, attended a
special opening ceremony for
the Bennigan’s Grill and Tav-
ern, located across from Galle-
ria Cinemas at the Mall at
Marathon.

The restaurant, which is
Bahamian-owned and operat-
ed, is a part of a well-known
franchise that has become a
world-wide player in casual din-
ing, boasting 49 operations in
24 countries.

The Bennigan’s restaurant in
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separate areas, the “grill” which
seats 92 people and the “tav-
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Bennigan’s Bahamas’ menu
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wiches and desserts and the
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conch burgers, peas and rice,
and macaroni and cheese.
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director of the Marathon loca-
tion restaurant, said his compa-
ny is proud to bring this fran-
chise into the Bahamas, “to
complement our Bahamian hos-
pitality.”
“We feel that the high stan-
dards of this operation will
reflect excellence in customer

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Christie ‘best
leader for PLP’

FROM page one

leadership.

Shortly after the party’s loss at the
polls on May 2, 2007, sources within
the PLP began to point the finger of
blame at Mr Christie for the party los-
ing the government, citing his “weak”
leadership and inability to discipline
colleagues who had brought shame and
scandal on the PLP.

However, in his bid to silence these
“would-be” challengers, Mr Christie
warned many of his colleagues at a del-
egates meeting last month that he
would not be moved from his role as
leader unless it was done in a “respect-
ful, constitutionally organised way”.

“That happens in a democracy. We
must allow for the fact that people have
a right to question, that people have a
right to disagree. But we must not
allow the right to question and the right
to disagree to go to the root of our
party where it begins,” Mr Christie said
at the time. :

FROM page one

which of the candidates will actually stand for election at the con-

vention.

“People will recognise that, although they have a desire to run,
at the end of the day the support that they have within the party is
so small that it makes no good political sense for them to run,” he

said.

Mr Rigby said it would be imprudent for him to endorse any of

the candidates at this time.

“I’ve decided I will not get into a public endorsement of any of
the candidates. I think that would be irresponsible,” he noted.
Mr Rigby said now is the time for all candidates to do some

groundwork.

“The candidates need to go out there and talk to the delegates
and they need to talk about what their vision is for the building of

the organisation,” he said.

Whoever is elected as the new chairman, Mr Rigby said, will have
to work towards getting parliamentarians to understand that there
must be stronger relations with individual party branches and

communities.

“We have to be a lot more active on the ground, essentially we

have to redefine our message,” he said.

The chairman will have to help craft the party’s message to

reach out to the new Bahamas, he said.

Mr Rigby said that, although he is not offering himself for re-elec-
tion, he is by no means retiring from politics and is considering run-

ning as a candidate in the 2012 election.

The outgoing chairman has also decided not to continue chairing

the PLP’s convention committee.

Raynard Rigby: some want
to discuss new leader
possibility at PLP convention

Rigby won't publicly endorse
any chairmanship candidates

FROM page one

a critical player in the growth and
development of the island, Mr
Ingraham said that the Port needs to
be united, focused and functional in
order to play its role effectively.
“It has been said before — some

men see things as they are and ask -

why. I see things as they might be
and ask, why not?

“We have approached the Port
Authority wrangling and receiver-
ship from the point of view that no-
one can or should expect the
Bahamas, which legislated and
granted so much to a private com-
pany, to sit idle as a bystander indef-

FROM page one

that Perry Christie remains the
best choice of the PLP and the
country.

In his interview with radio
host Jeff Lloyd yesterday, Mr
Rigby said that within the next
few months and years leading
up to the next general election
the leadership question must be
addressed. f

However, he said he is sure
that all PLPs agree that any
decision on the party leadership
would have to be done “in ways
that are respectful to the years
of service and commitment
shown by Mr Christie.”

Considering how much work
had to be done to rebuild the
party and reshape its message,
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the leadership question is set-

tled, the better.

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important for the PLP to
achieve a real “sense of unity
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also like to see a party where
members can openly discuss
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walking in their areas and
really connecting with con-
stituents.

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be surrendering the natural
majority to the other party,” he

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complete work on a settlement
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day to the themes that have ral-
lied supporters, repeating a
comparison of which he is fond:
“You cannot steal my cow, and
I catch you red-handed, and
then expect me to share the
milk because the cow is mine.”

More than 1,000 people have
been killed and 300,000 forced
from their homes since the elec-
tion, which Kenyan and foretgn
observers say was rigged. The
fighting has pitted members of
Nenya’s rival ethnic groups
against one another, gutted the
economy and left the country’s
reputation as a budding democ-
racy and a top tourist destina-
tion in tatters.

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Kenya in January, far short of
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Saturday’s funeral for legis-
lator David Kimutai Too was
the first mass public gathering
since the government lifted a
ban on rallies imposed after the
election. Nearly all of Kenya’s
major opposition attended.

The opposition and interna-
tional community had for weeks
been urging the government to
lift the ban, which had been
enforced by police using live
bullets, tear gas and water can-
nons. Scores of people were
killed.

In lifting the ban Friday,
Internal Security Minister
George Saitoti urged legislators
and others to hold meetings “to
promote peace and national
reconciliation” and not to use
rallies as “avenues to incite vio-
lence.”

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ciliatory in statements at Too’s
funeral. Police say he was killed
in a crime of passion, but the
opposition insists he was assas-
sinated.

“The blood of David Too

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must run to the door of those
who stole the election,” said
Anyang Nyongo, secretary-gen-
eral of Odinga’s Orange Demo-
cratic Movement.

“We are not going backward. —
We only want Raila to lead this

‘nation,” said Najib Balala,
another leading opposition.
politician.

On Friday, about 5,000 peo-
ple fled a makeshift camp in the
western town of Kericho, fear-
ing there would be violence at
the funeral .in Chepkioyo only.
10 miles away.

Those fears were not realized,
but the mood of the crowd was
deeply anti-government.

“I believe he was assassinated
by the government to paralyze
the opposition and make it
weak,” said Alfred Kipkoech,
a 31-year-old shop owner.

Authorities say the traffic
policeman who killed Too acted
because he believed the law-
maker was involved with his
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. INTERNATIONAL NEWS

‘leader calls on president to step down

Was the country’s success an illusion?

@ TIGONI, Kenya

More than a century ago,
European colonists carved up
Africa, jamming together peo-
ple who spoke different lan-
guages, danced to different
music and worshipped differ-
ent gods within the same bor-
ders, according to Associated
Press.
Kenya was one of the few
new nations that flourished.
But now, the once stable and
© prosperous country seems as
flawed and fragile a creation
as many other African states.

= Weeks of bloodshed have
=seen ethnic gangs exact
& © revenge on rivals and people
& * divide themselves along tribal
= = lines.

The spark was an election
‘which the opposition says the
°° president stole, and which for-
0 eign and domestic observers

‘agree was deeply flawed. For-
\la ‘mer U.N. chief Kofi Annan
_ ° says he hopes to have mediat-

“ed a settlement by early this

;,week. But even if the politi-

_cians agree, the wounds will
“(1 " not heal easily.

_», Appeals to tribe have long
trumped ideology in Kenyan

|» politics, and ethnic strife has

zi been common around election

s time since the country made

eits first democratic strides in
the 1990s.

-O- But no previous violence

“ has been so sustained or fero-
~ cious. More than 1,000 peo-

ple have been killed and

300, 000 forced from their

home since the Dec. 27 vote.

~ The economy has been gut-
“ted, and many wonder
,, Whether the world’s view of
x the Kenya of bountiful game
;; parks, shimmering beaches,
_. thriving capital and busy port

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« “there won’t be a cataclysm,
ett that doesn’t seem likely,” said
5° Gladwell Otieno of the Africa
~’ Center for‘Open Governance
in Nairobi, the capital.
Instead, she and others see
~ Kenya’s long-simmering prob-
-. lems — crime, poverty, cor-
“ - bereft of politicians able to
= tackle them.
- “Increasing balkanization,
people seeking out the com-
és pany of their own, entrenched
. vigilante groups, entrenched
_ gangs,” Otieno continued.
~ “We hope it doesn’t go that
~ way, but we don’t know.”
In this village outside Nairo-
_ bi, a postcard-perfect land-
* scape of hills, tea plantations
. and flat-topped acacia trees,
an increasingly fractious and
_ faltering Kenya is comes into
= view.
- Packed into the grounds of
"a dilapidated police station are
» more than 4,000 people.
. They’re camped out in tents,
» waiting in line for baked
. beans, doing laundry in a pit
» by the latrines.
And on the edge of the



i camp, they’re waiting for bus-

es.
» “Tm going to my home-
~ land,” said Helen Odhiambo,
© a30-year-old mother of three.
_ Like most people at the
_ camp, Odhiambo is of the Luo
' tribe, whose ancestral lands
are in western Kenya, on the
shores of Lake Victoria. Three
generations ago her family
moved to the central high-
lands, the territory of the
Kikuyu, the largest and most
dominant of Kenya’s 42 tribes.

Odhiambo has never lived
in the homeland of which she
speaks.

“My grandmother said we
had a small homestead for the
whole family.” That was
decades ago.

But “I cannot stay here,”
she said, telling the story of
the night three weeks ago
when Kikuyus, from President
Mwai Kibaki’s ethnic group,
went hunting for Luos, the
tribe of opposition leader
Raila Odinga, who says the
election was stolen from him.
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house. My children grabbed
things. We left much behind,”
Odhiambo said. She had
heard that some of her neigh-
bors were killed, but didn’t
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Cross worker who was helping
at the Luo camp.

“But that was joking. If peo-
ple cannot live, work, stay in
any place in this country, than
is this a country? We are fin-
ished,” he said.

It would take a lot more to
get to that point — no one’s
even whispering about seces-
sion.

“Kenya is too important a
country to allow to fail,” U.S.
Ambassador Michael Ran-
neberger said in an interview.

The East African country is
a key ally in the war on terror
and a hub for the U.N. and
scores of aid groups working

in the region. Nearly all its
neighbors rely on the deep-
water port in Mombasa and
the country’s extensive, if
worn-down, road network —
in fact, at one point last
month, Kenyan turmoil tem-
porarily drove up Ugandan -
gas prices by about 200 per-
cent.

For now, everyone is look-
ing to Annan, who said Fri-
day the two sides were “mak-
ing progress.”

But there’s growing doubt
that Kibaki, under whose rule
the Kikuyu grew more domi-|
nant and corruption worse, or:
Odinga, who has made a
career out of appealing to trib-.
al loyalties, can bring Kenyans
together. “If the real, funda-.
mental issues behind this vio- -.
lence aren’t solved, there will
be a massive backlash against
the Kikuyu,” said Caroline
Elkins, an associate professor
of African studies at Harvard
University.

She already worries about
the next election, in 2012, say-
ing: “They’ve got to sort this
out now.”

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UN says refugees flee Darfur for Chad

lm GENEVA

Up to 12,000 refugees fled
Sudan’s Darfur region to neigh-
boring Chad over the weekend
following air strikes by the
Sudanese military and thou-
sands more may be coming, the
U.N. refugee agency said Sun-
day, according to Associated
Press. ;

The agency was bringing
emergency assistance to the
Chad border where the Darfur
refugees were giving detailed
descriptions of air attacks Fri-
day on three West Darfur
towns.

The refugees are “destitute
and terrified,” said Helene
Caux, spokeswoman for the
U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees headquartered in
Geneva. “They told of their vil-
lages being looted and burned,
and encircled by militia.” Most
of the new refugees in Chad are
men and they told the U.N. that
thousands of women and chil-
dren are on their way, Caux
added.

U.N. officials say the wors-
ening situation in Darfur has
been exacerbated by a recent
rebel attack on the capital of
neighboring Chad.

Chad has accused Sudan’s
President Omar al-Bashir of
backing those rebels in a bid to

Exodus follows air strikes by Sudan military

prevent deployment of a Euro-
pean peacekeeping force in the
Chad-Sudan border region
where some 400,000 refugees
are living.

Sudan’s Arab-dominated
government has been accused
of unleashing more attacks by
its allied janjaweed militias,
which are accused of commit-
ting the worst atrocities against
Darfur’s ethnic African com-
munities. At least 200,000 peo-
ple have been killed and 2.5 mil-
lion displaced since the violence
began five years ago.

On Friday, Sudanese heli-
copter gunships and fixed-wing
aircraft bombed the towns of
Sirba, Sileia and Abu Suruj
while striking at rebel forces,
which have been trying to con-
solidate their positions in West
Darfur.

Several U.N. resolutions ban
military flights over the region,
but the Sudanese military has
regularly ignored them.

The Sudanese army said its
attacks forced rebels to retreat
into neighboring Chad, a
provocative accusation at a time
of escalating tension between
the two countries.

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reporting that their villages
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tion similar to those provided
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President Hugo Chavez yesterday threatened to cut off oil
sales to the United States if Exxon Mobil Corp. wins court
judgments to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets,
according to the Associated Press.

“Tf you end up freezing (Venezuelan assets) and it harms us,
we’re going to harm you,” Chavez said.

“Do you know how? We aren’t going to send oil to the Unit-
ed States. Take note, Mr. Bush, Mr. Danger.”

Exxon Mobil has gone after the assets of state oil company
Petroleos de Venezuela SA in U.S., British and Dutch courts as
it challenges the nationalization of a multibillion dollar oil pro- |
ject by Chavez’s government. oe

A British court has issued an injunction “freezing” as much as
$12 billion in assets.

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tinue and you will see that we won’t sent one drop of oil tothe - ae
empire of thé United States,” Chavez said during his weekly [|
radio and television programme, “Hello, President.”

“The outlaws of Exxon Mobil will never again rob us,” Chavez
said, accusing the Irving, Texas-based oil company of acting in .
concert with Washington. :

Chavez has repeatedly threatened to cut off oil shipments to
the United States, which is Venezuela’s No. 1 client, if Wash-
ington tries to oust him.

Chavez’s warnings yesterday appeared to extend that threat
to attempts by oil companies to challenge his government’s
nationalization drive in courts internationally.

“If the economic war continues against Venezuela, the price
of oil is going to reach $200 (a barrel) and Venezuela will join
the economic war,” Chavez said.

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* Firm on ‘seven-year growth trend’, with sales last year only down 1/3 of one per cent or $40,000
** Company executive urges Bahamian firms who can to invest to help the economy:

_ @ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

major Freeport
wholesaler/retailer
told The Tribune it
has “expansion plans
underway” for 2008
after enjoying a “seven-year growth
trend”, as it urged other firms that

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uncertainty over the economy and
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intended to enable prospective cus-
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Firm claims ‘tortuous interference’

range, with the showroom designed as
a drive-through facility.

Kelly’s (Freeport) consists of four
separate buildings. Building materials
are in three of them, sharing one
building with the company’s store.
The final building is the store ware-

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THESE PRICES ARE INTENDED TO BE USED

dispute ‘turn good to bad’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) ownership
battle will not be allowed “to
turn good into bad”, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
at the weekend, pledging that
“jt ain’t long now” before the

- infighting is resolved.

Addressing the. Grand
. Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce’s installation banquet,
Mr Ingraham acknowledged
that a stable, functional GBPA
~ Was critical to Freeport’s long-
term economic growth and
development, and the city’s
emergence from a troubled
five years.
“We have approached the
Port Authority wrangling and
receivership from the point of
view that no one can or should
expect the Bahamas, which
legislated and granted so much
to a private company, to sit idle
as a bystander indefinitely,
_ while the economy of our sec-
ond city deteriorates, unem-
- ployment escalates and busi-
ness failures increase,” Mr
Ingraham said.
“The Port Authority was
‘granted a one-of-a-kind deal
by the Bahamas to cause
Freeport to develop. It is not
likely that there will ever be
another entity in the Bahamas
that will have the power and
‘authority that was granted to
the Grand Bahama Port
. Authority. It did a lot of good

PM Hubert eee

while it had that power.

“It can’t, and won’t, be per-
mitted, though, to turn that
good into bad.”

The Prime Minister
acknowledged the obvious,
referring to Freeport’s quasi-
governmental, governance and
regulatory authority as the
“dysfunctional, bickering and
litigious Port Authority”.

He hinted, though, that the
ownership battle between the
Hayward family and late
Edward St George’s estate
over the former’s claim to 75
per cent ownership in the
GBPA might be resolved
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Tribune Business Editor

A BAHAMIAN company
has accused a former partner
of “tortuous interference” in
negotiations between itself and
the $700 million Rum Cay
Resort Marina’s developer
over a key 293-acre parcel of
land on that island, a move that
has sparked a flurry of law-
suits.

Island Premier Resorts has
filed a court action in the 11th
Judicial Circuit for Dade

_ County, Florida, against for-

mer partner and shareholder
Joel Williams, alleging that he
had previously initiated a law-
suit in its name against the
$700 million Rum Cay Resort
Marina developer, Montana

el Nassau

Bahamas firm launches legal action
against former partner over Rum Cay land,
which is claimed by three different parties

Holdings, without having any
authority to do so.

The lawsuit allegedly initi-
ated by Williams, which was
filed by Miami attorney Patri-
cia Cassells, made a number
of serious accusations against
Montana Holdings. The devel-
Oper was named as a defen-
dant, along with its principal,
John Mittens, and former chief
operating officer Thor Ibsen.

The allegations against Mon-
tana Holdings and its princi-
pals have all been vehemently
denied, and they are alleging
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 3B



Hotels to consult

over EPA's impact

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Hotel Associ-
ation (BHA) is moving to con-
sult its allied members over the
Economic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA) with the European
Union (EU), to see if there are
any industries or sectors this
nation should exclude from its
provisions.

Frank Comito, the BHA’s
executive vice-president, told
The Tribune that the EPA could
have an impact for “tourism-
related services”, and that his
organisation would move to
obtain feedback from all com-
panies either in, or involved
with, the sector.

This, he added, would ensure
the BHA’s allied members were
“better informed and can dis-
cuss the cause and effect of this”
This, in turn, would allow the
BHA to “see if there are any
compelling reasons why we
should recommend exclusions
for these sectors”.

“We'll go through an exercise
to get some consultation and
feedback,” Mr Comito added.

Chamber of Commerce offi-
cials held a meeting with the
BHA’s executive committee on
Friday to discuss the EPA, The
Tribune understands.

Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, told The Tri-
bune previously that the Gov-
ernment was likely to begin con-
sultations with the private sector
this month on the crafting of a
Bahamian services offer for the
EPA. —

Led by tourism and financial
services, services and invest-

‘ments are the most critical area

for the Bahamian economy
when it comes to the EPA, and
this nation has until June 2008 to
complete its offer.

As The Tribune revealed on
Friday, if this nation signs on to
the Caribbean region’s services
offer, the Bahamas will have to
liberalise 75 per cent of its ser-
vices industry — both immedi-

Move to see whether reservations need
to be made on tourism-related services



ately, and in a series of phased
liberalizations over periods of
five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

While the Bahamian hotel
industry has always been open to
international ownership and
competition, some of the indus-
tries that provide support ser-
vices and products to the sector
are restricted to Bahamian own-
ership only under the National
Investment Policy.

According to the CARICOM
Regional Negotiating Machin-
ery (CRNM), which negotiated
the EPA with CARIFORUM,
among the industries that most
Caribbean nations agreed to lib-
eralise - and open up to compe-
tition from EU firms - are those
most vital to the Bahamas.

They include tourism, mar-
itime services (inter-island ship-
ping in the Bahamas has recent-
ly been opened up anyway via
Clipper Group’s minority
Bahamas Ferries stake and the
Mediterranean Shipping Com-
pany agreement), business ser-
vices such as accounting, engi-
neering and architecture, com-
puter services and research and
development.

“A glimpse of the adjustments

and reforms that the Bahamian
economy will have to undertake
if this country signs on to the
EPA is gained by reading this
country’s 2003 National Trade
Capacity Building Strategy. Few,
if any, of the noted reforms and
changes have been implemented
since.

For starters, the document
found that “the Bahamas does
not have a rules of origin
regime”, something that will be
required under the EPA. The
Tribune understands that under
the CARIFORUM agreement
with the EU, to qualify as a
product made in the CARIFO-
RUM region, some 65 per cent
of the raw materials from which
a good is made must originate
from the region if they are to
enjoy the duty-free market
access to the EU.

The.2003 strategy report not-
ed that the Bahamas would need
to strengthen the Customs
Department and its infrastruc-
ture to implement a rules of ori-
gin regime. “The Bahamas must
modernize its Customs infra-
structure,” the report said. “This
will include institutional reform
and training of personnel.”

When it came to services, the
paper said research was required
to “determine the appropriate
schedule for liberalization and
the opportunities that exist for
Bahamian businesses”.

Reforms were also required
to investment policy and gov-
ernment procurement, the
National Trade Capacity Build-
ing Strategy recommending that
for the latter, institutional and
technical capacity be strength-
ened; performance benchmark-
ing and international best prac-
tices be used; and modern elec-
tronic systems be used when
awarding and determining gov-
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On February 1, 2008, the U.S. Department of State instituted a new fee

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new Passport Card a low cost, limited use (land and sea only) alternative to the
Passport Book designed for those living along the border. In addition, the age for
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child will increase from 14 to 16 years old.

Fees are being adjusted to cover the cost the providing efficient and secure
passport services including infrastructure, technology and staff. The Passport
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Firm claims ‘tortuous interference’

FROM page 1

warded to Montana Holdings’
Nassau-based attorney, Luther
McDonald of Alexiou,
Knowles & Co.

The Squire, Sanders &
Dempsey letter alleged that
Ms Cassells had not been
authorised by Mr Abele or
Island Premier Resorts to file
the action, adding that only Mr

Abele could authorise such a
move under the company’s
constitution.

It added that the situation
had been “irreparably com-
pounded” because of Island
Premier Resorts’ “business
dealings and commercial rela-
tionship with Montana Hold-
ings”.

The Squire, Sanders &
Dempsey letter demanded that
Ms Cassells notify Mr McDon-

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ald in writing that Island Pre-
mier Resorts did not intend to
prosecute the alleged ‘action’
against Montana Holdings, Mr
Mittens and Mr Ibsen.

“The unilateral communica-
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‘draft’ pleading directly and
expressly gives rise to tortuous
interference with the negotia-
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Mr Abele on Island Premier
Resorts’ behalf and Montana
Holdings,” Squire, Sanders &
Dempsey wrote.

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extent to which they may have
been adversely compromised
by this unilateral action is yet
to be determined. We shall,
however, undertake every
effort to mitigate such dam-
ages.

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you provide Mr McDonald
and Alexiou, Knowles & Co
with correspondence that
Island Premier Resorts does
not seek to prosecute any exist-
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“Your communication to
these entities should empha-
sise that Island Premier
Resorts seeks to work with
them towards arrangements
that shall maximise the inter-
ests of all Seles while mini-
mizing risks..

Despite

Despite a further communi-
cation to Ms Cassells on
November 27, 2007, no such
communication was forthcom-
ing, causing Island Premier
Resorts to file suit against
Williams in Miami on Decem-
ber 5, 2007.

The Tribune revealed pre-
viously that both Montana
Holdings and Island Premier
Resorts believe they have an
option on a 293-acre land par-
cel on Rum Cay known as the
‘Tattnall Tract’. This land lies
adjacent to the western bound-
ary of Montana Holdings’
existing $700 million project,
and includes prime undevel-
oped beachfront land in the
Cotton Field area, near
Munroe Beach.

The estate of Trevor
Dorsett, a former Rum Cay
resident, is presently attempt-
ing to acquire the land via a
petition under the Quieting
Titles Act, but rather than
engage in a legal battle over
it, Montana Holdings and
Island Premier Resorts had
been attempting to reach a
partnership agreement where
they could work together.

The estate’s executrix, Mavis
Charlton, has been leading the
move, but their Quieting Titles
Act petition has been chal-
lenged by adverse claims from
both Island Premier Resorts
and Newport Harbour Ltd, a
company owned by former US
Senator Billy Wayne Davis.
Those challenges were filed on
May 31, 2007, and May 7, 2007,
respectively.

Bryan Glinton, an attorney
and partner with Bahamian
law firm, Glinton, Sweeting
and O’Brien, who is repre-
senting Island Premier Resorts,

alleged that his clients had

inspected the Tattnall Tract
“since 2001 and have found no
evidence in that time that the
property was ever farmed as
alleged [by the estate].

“In addition, aerial pho-
tographs taken of the property
repeatedly at intervals over
many years show no evidence
that the property has ever been
farmed or occupied as alleged
by the [estate].

“In the circumstances,
[Island Premier Resorts]
denies the claims of occupa-

tion and control made by the .

[estate], and denies that the
[estate] or any other person
has any legitimate claim to
ownership of the subject prop-
erty, or any claim superior to
that of the adverse claimant.”

Mr Glinton alleged that
S&W Consultants, a Bahamian
company controlled by
Williams, had acquired the
Tattnall Tract from two admin-
istrators of the late Effie
Knowles estate, Merrill and
Raymond McDonald, on

December 18, 2001. That land.

was then conveyed to Island
Premier Resorts on October
2, 2004.

Mr Davis and Newport Har-
bour, though, are also keen to
obtain good title to that land
for their purported Rum Cay
Club, Marina and Spa project.
They have linked up with up
with Fred Bernstein, a US real
estate developer, for the 2,250-
acre project that has yet to
obtain any government
approvals.

The Tribune has seen docu-
ments showing that Mr Davis
and Newport Harbour have
already experienced one rejec-
tion from the Investments
Board, on May 17, 2007,
regarding their Rum Cay
plans. This was because the

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NOTICE

MONTRES INT'L HOLDINGS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 21st day of
December 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,

P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



land involved is in legal dis-
pute or the subject of Quiet-
ing Titles actions, and because
Newport Harbour had yet to
obtain International Persons
Landholding approval for any
of the property it already
claimed to own.

In its December 5, 2007, law-
suit, Island Premier Resorts
alleged that its sole business
was “the acquisition and man-
agement of real property”.

It further claimed: “At all
times material and relevant to
this action, Williams held him-
self out to have particular
expertise concerning real
estate title issues in the.
Bahamas. Williams made this
representation for the purpose
of attracting investors from
Miami, Florida, for various real
estate projects, including devel-
opment projects in Rum Cay,
the Bahamas. He knew at the
time that the representations
were made that they were
false.

“Williams is the president of
S&W Consultants, a Bahamian
corporation. S&W was created
to facilitate Williams’ alleged
ownership of various proper-
ties, including a parcel of land
in Rum Cay known as the Tat-
tnall Tract.”

The Island Premier lawsuit
recounted how the company
was incorporated in the
Bahamas on July 14, 2003, its
two incorporators being
Devaughn Dames and Karen
Sands. Williams and Dames
were allegedly elected as the
company’s sole directors, with
Williams as: president and
Sands as secretary.

Then, a July 2, 2004, share-
holders agreement for Island
Premier Resorts saw its shares
divided equally between two
firms called ARG Holdings
and Island Premier Estates. As
a result, S&W transferred its
alleged Tattnall Tract title to
Island Premier Resorts, with
Abele appointed the latter’s
president and Williams as vice-
president.

The lawsuit alleged that
Williams represented that he
had “good and marketable
title” to the Tattnall Tract to
cause the agreement to be
signed, producing an abstract
of title prepared by Miami
attorney H. Benjamin Sands.

However, Island Premier
Resorts alleged that Williams
had “deleted key deeds”
between 1981 and 1987 to pro-
duce the ‘good title’, and
claimed that despite receiving
a $10,000 per month salary
since December 2006 — to aid
his efforts in obtaining good
title to the Tattnall Tract and
other Bahamas land parcels —
Williams had used this “to pur-
sue other ventures”.

“Williams secretly met with
parties in the Bahamas that

claim title to the Tattnall Tract

and secretly met with poten-
tial business partners of Island
Premier Resorts,” the lawsuit
further alleged. .

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 5B



NIB contribution
change is urged

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
. Tribune Business Editor

THE National Insurance
Board (NIB) has been urged
to stop basing monthly contri-
bution calculations on the num-
ber of Mondays in a month, as
this currently causes compa-
nies to reconfigure their pay-
roll systems if they pay workers

. bi-weekly.

The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, in the report it sub-
mitted to Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham on Vexing
Business Issues when dealing
with the public sector, said that
both employer and employee
portions of the NIB contribu-
tion were currently calculated
based on the number of Mon-
days in a month, multiplied by
the required contribution rate,
and then multiplied by the
weekly salary.

Yet the Chamber report not-
ed: “There are months when
there are five Mondays and
there are months when there
are four Mondays.

“However, if a business pays
its staff bi-weekly, there are
months when the company is
paying for four weeks (two bi-
weekly cheques) but there are
five Mondays, and the compa-
ny is then forced to reconfigure
its payroll for the purposes of
calculating National Insurance
contributions for that month.

“This is a nuisance really,
and requires time, effort and
ultimately money to reconfig-
ure the company’s payroll to
comply with the NIB filing reg-
ulations.”

To address the situation, the
Chamber report recommend-
ed: “The NIB should allow
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THE TRIBUNE



Legal Notice

NOTICE

MAMATANA VALLEY INC.

st: Pipe

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution ofp MAMATANA VALLEY INC.

has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

FROM page 1B
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

house. Between them, Mr
Lowe said they covered a total
of about 115,000 square feet.
He added, though, that Kel-
ly’s (Freeport) had the ability
to expand its building materials
section from 36,000 square feet
to 70,000 square feet, and was
looking to do so over a two-
year timeframe. This might
mean constructing another
building, but Mr Lowe said the
firm had the ability to do so.
“We have the potential to
move building materials into
their own building,” he said.
“It means building a building,
but we have the land to do it.”

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

NOTICE

— IN THE ESTATE OF PERCIVAL
PERCY GERALD ARCHER a.k.a.
PERCY GERALD ARCHER a.k.a.
PERCY ARCHER a.k.a. PERCIVAL

ARCHER late of the Settlement of
Dundas Town on the Island of Abaco
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth

‘of The Bahamas, deceased






(Freeport) in 2008 was logisti-
cal, Mr Lowe explained, with
the firm keeping one eye on
developments in Florida relat-
ed to the possible repeal of the
state’s 6.5 per cent export sales
tax exemption.

Company

While the company did not
source much product directly
from Florida suppliers, there
was uncertainty over whether
an export sales tax would be
imposed on goods purchased
from vendors in other US
states, but shipped through
Florida. As a result, Kelly’s
(Freeport) was looking around
for vendor options.

“The outlook for us is basi-
cally good,” Mr Lowe said of
2008. “It’s all to do with effi-
ciency and logistics, making
sure we’re fully equipped to
deal with whatever the econo-
my produces. It’s going to be a
leaner year, but that doesn’t
mean our sales should suffer.”

Kelly’s (Freeport) had
attained several National










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Another focus for Kelly’s.

Hardware Retail Association
benchmarks in the past few
years, Mr Lowe said, such as
sales and staff numbers per
square foot, salaries as a per-
centage of gross benefits, and
gross return margins on inven-
tory. The company, though,
believes it has the potential to
do even better.

Years

“We have in the past years
achieved National Hardware
Retail Association benchmarks
on performance, and we’re
working on tightening this up,”
Mr Lowe said. ““We’ve proven
that it can be done in the
Bahamas by Bahamians as well
as in the US, so with a tighten-
ing up we will get an even bet-
ter performance, which is very
doable.

‘““We’re just sharpening it up.
I think it’s going to be a tight
year, but those who can do
well in this economy should.
It’s not time to withdraw,
because it could cause an
implosion. Businesses need to
carry it, not run away from it.
A lot of stores are facing hard-
ship with drops in revenues,
but it is possible to adjust with-
out shooting yourself in the
foot.

“I think it’s a plus or minus
year. Things could turn up as
well as down. Overall, it’s
going to be a tight year, but
those who can expand should
do it. Put some faith in it.”

With Grand Bahama’s still-
sluggish economy continuing
its recovery from the aftermath
of the 2004 hurricane season,
and the continuing ownership
battle at the GBPA acting as a
deterrent to both international
and Bahamian investment in

Freeport and the wider island,

a number of wholesale and
retail businesses are under-
stood to have reported poor
2007 and Christmas season
showings.

Kelly’s (Freeport), though,
has withstood the turbulence

better than most, indicating .

again that when the ‘going gets
tough, the tough get going’. In
a business sense, tough eco-
nomic climates separate the
‘wheat from the chaff’, with
the best-run businesses the
only one to perform well.

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now”, but preliminary accounts
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31, 2008, were that Kelly’s
(Freeport) saw its gross sales
for the year decline by just 1/3
of 1 per cent, or some $40,000,
compared to prior year com-
paratives.

He described this as a “drop
in the bucket” for a company
that, based on these figures,
enjoys annual gross sales of
around $12 million. Kelly’s
(Freeport), which sells hard-
ware, housewares, building
materials, toys and home fur-
nishings, was able to “deal”
with a flat 2008 if it material-
ized, and with 2007 having
been better than 2006, the

-company was “still on a growth

trend for the past seven years”.
Capability

Mr Lowe, though, said the
willingness and capability of
companies like his to invest in
Freeport’s future, and expand
and grow, showed just why it
was becoming ever-more
urgent to resolve the GBPA
ownership dispute.

“The bottom line is that this

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Major wholesaler
unveils expansion —

is why we need to sort out the
GBPA,” Mr Lowe said. “I
believe in Freeport, and
believe in this island’s infra-
structure value to the econo-
my, not just here but the whole
of the Bahamas.

Afford

“I think Freeport can afford
to be bullish, notwithstanding

. the Port Authority fiasco, the

US recession, the US housing
market and all the rest of it.
We are poised to reap the
cream of the crop through the
second home market, our
infrastructure and proximity to
the US.”

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 7B



PM: We will not
let Port dispute
‘turn good to bad’

FROM page 1B

the private wealth manage-
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cialist, has offered both sides
$100 million in an attempt to
buy them out and acquire 100
per cent of the GBPA. A rival
$125 million offer has also
been submitted to the Hay-
ward family by Hutchison
Whampoa, a defensive move
as it seeks to protect its collec-
tion of assets on Grand
Bahama — an investment of
more than $1 million in equity
capital — from the dispute.
Promising that Grand
Bahama’s economy and busi-
nesses could look forward top
a brighter future, Mr Ingraham
took a veiled swipe at the for-
mer Christie administration,

saying his government would
only count investment projects
when they were completed.

He implied that the FNM
administration’s approach
would be different from the
former government’s empha-
sis on Heads of Agreements
signings and holding-up these
promissory notes, adding:
“Our recent history amply
demonstrated the inherent
risks in counting ones eggs
before they hatch.”

The Prime Minister told his
Chamber audience: “I am
deeply conscious of the fact
that over the last five years,

times have not been good for.

you here in Grand Bahama. I
know and understand your
anxiety; your deep anxiety.

“T firmly believe that better

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GROUP ELEVEN ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on February 8, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by

the Registrar General.

(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace

West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 11th day of. March, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such

debts are proved.

February 11, 2008

LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY




and Residential Projec
positions:

mechanical.
sanitary utilities.

contracting firms.

in the industry.



¢ Effective coordination for installation of under
various components of the development.
Coordinate activities with other contractors and suppliers.

Monitor schedule with General Superintendent and Project Scheduler.
Coordinate inspections.

Supervise contractors and their performance.
Participate in weekly construction meetings.
Prepare daily construction reports.

Maintain jobsite safety.

Qualifications and Experience:

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited

INVITATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Project Superintendent of Site Infrastructure

This position will oversee the construction efforts of the underground _
infrastructure systems for Royal Island. These systems include: electrical,
plumbing, communications, gas distribution, water, and

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited. the developers of the Royal Island Resort
, just off North Eleuthera wish to fill the following

| Responsibilities & duties include the following:

The individual must have a minimum of fifteen (15) years of trade
experience in the underground infrastructure occupations. Candidate
must have experience in working with design consultants, architects. and
engineers in the industry. Applicant must demonstrate strong leadership
and excellent communication skills.

Project Manager - Residential Development

This position will oversee the design. development and construction
efforts related to the Residential Build-out of Royal Island. The successful
candidate will manage both the schedule an
this project and coordinate the design and construction consulting and

Qualifications and Experience:
The individual must have a minimum of fifteen years of senior
management experience In the design. construction and development
on long term residential construction projects. This candidate must have
experience in working with design consultants, architects, and engineers

Applicant must demonstrate strong leadership skills and possess a
Masters Degree in Construction Engineering or similar.

The successful candidates will be required to reside at Eleuthera.
Interested persons should submit their resumes with cover letter to:
Fax to: (954) 745-4399
Email to:aileen.miller@royalislandbahamas.com

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for their interest.
however only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

ground utilities within the

budget associated with

times are coming for Freeport
and for Grand Bahama.”

Adding that investor inter-
est in. Grand Bahama
remained strong, Mr Ingraham
said: “We are working on mat-
ters that will translate into new
economic opportunities for
Grand Bahama......

It is fair and it is accurate
for me to say the future of this
city and the island of Grand
Bahama seems brighter now
than it has been for quite some
time. Increased employment
and career opportunities will
soon present themselves in
Grand Bahama...... We are
nearing the finish line on our
journey to restore and resusci-
tate Freeport’s economy
notwithstanding the dark cloud
which now envelops this city.”

Urging Bahamian businesses
not to “cling” to outdated pro-
tectionist policies, Mr Ingra-
ham said increased attention
would be paid to growth that
was both economically and
environmentally sustainable.

He added: “The consider-
able damage to the water
resources of this island over
many years through the con-
struction of unlined canals, the
unmonitored dumping of
industrial waste, and the
unmonitored spillage and run-
off associated with oil refining
and storage, have all played
their role in heightening envi-

_ ronmental sensibilities and in

crafting environmental legisla-
tion and regulations for the
entire Bahamas.

“And so, as we encourage
more development in Grand
Bahama, We must also remain
mindful of the need to pay the
closest attention to our envi-
ronmental integrity, and to the

sustainability of economic:





























High Potential Income eerste o)
Properties (approx.2 acres each) located
on both sides of the only road

Ai Cert tcc Ca cee tks eae
Freeport (on the boundary), $500,000
each or $950,000 for both.

_ Contact Tel: 357-8840 or 427-0205

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF BERTRAM
EARDLEY MILLS a.k.a.
BERTRAM MILLS late of and
domiciled at Dundas Town, Abaco,
The Bahamas, deceased



development.

“The level of environmental
oversight nowadays is, I
believe, unparalleled; I expect
it to remain so and, indeed, to
grow.”

In response, Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent, attorney Gregory Moss,
said the organisation would
seek to develop a better under-
standing of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement. He said the
Chamber intended to have an
open relationship with the
Government and the Grand
Bahama Port Authority.

The Grand Bahama Cham-
ber of Commerce’s Board of
Directors is:

Gregory Moss - president

Greg Langstaff - first vice-
president

Angela Gibson, second vice-
president

Linda Gibson - secretary

K. Peter Turnquest — trea-
surer

Kevera Turnquest — senior
director

Carmel Forbes-Churchill -
senior director

Larry Albury - senior direc-
tor

Denise Adderley - director






NOTICE is hereby given that all person
having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 18th February, 2008 after which
date the Executor will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
he shall then have had notice AND all persons
indebted to the above Estate are asked to
settle such debts on or before 18th February,
2008.











V. M. LIGHTBOURN & CO.






Rochelle Knowles - director Attorneys for the Executor
Leigh Termath - director P.O. Box AB-20365
Joyann McIntosh - director Bay Street, Marsh Harbour
John Swain - director :

Linda Turnquest - director Abaco, The Bahamas



Esmond Weekes - director

BAHA MAR

NASB MAS rg

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd. seeks to hire a
Project/Construction Manager

The Project/Construction Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, supervising
and coordinating the work of consultants, contractors and sub-trades as required
for various projects. They must ensure that the projects meet design, budget,
schedule and quality requirements.

- The successful applicant will be responsible for:

e Ensuring the trade contractors are carrying out their work in accordance with
the Contract, including approved method statements and other approved
documents relating to Health & Safety, environmental issues and quality.
Facilitating the work of the contractors, so far as possible, by ensuring the
necessary logistic arrangements are set up and operating
Interfacing between contractors
Recording the progress of work and valuation
Carrying out inspections with the contractor to verify that work is in accordance
with the approved standards. Escort other parties, (Local Authority, Consultants,
Clients etc) as requested, to participate in inspections.

Conducting or participating in site meetings as requested, and provide written
records.

Creating and executing project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet
changing needs and requirement.

Identifying resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities
Managing day-to-day operational aspects of a project and scope

Minimizing exposure to risk

Managing project budget

Analyzing project cost

Qualifications include:

Extensive knowledge of the general construction industry and the sub trades
Extensive knowledge of construction legal issues including contracts, liens,
labor standards, retainage and other related topics

Ability to perform project management duties for construction projects up to
$150,000,000 effectively and efficiently including but not limited to Budgeting,
Scheduling, QA, Submittals, etc

Ability to identify, troubleshoot and resolve problems on projects before they
become major issues.

Ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time while maintaining attention
to detail

Ability to work in stressful situations

Ability to juggle departmental resources to meet deadlines

Ability to read and interpret financial reports

Ability to consistently prepare accurate cost estimates

Ability to successfully negotiate with owner's, architects, engineers,
subcontractors and suppliers

Ensure Design and Budget is compatible.

Development of assigned Bid Packages

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Mitigates team conflict and communication problems

Motivates team to work together in the most efficient manner

Please forward your curriculum vitae with salary requirements via e-mail to the

Human Resources Manager at hr@bahamar.com
or fax to (242) 677-9100 no later than February 21, 2008.

All responses will be held in the strictest confidence.





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NOTICE

ALBANY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation) —

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-3229, Nassau, Bahamas on or

before the 10" March 2008. In default thereof they will be

excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the

Liquidator

Dated the 8" day of February 2008.

Shareece E. Scott
Liquidator

NOTICE

ALBANY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Extraordinary General
Meeting of the Shareholders of ALBANY INVESTMENTS
LIMITED is hereby called to be held at the Registered Office
of the Company, Deltee Bank & Trust Limited, Lyford Cay, New
Providence Bahamas, on the 14" day of March, 2008 at 9:00 am.

The object and purpose of the said meeting is to have laid before
the Shareholders of the Company the accounts of the Liquidator,
Shareece E. Scott, showing the manner in which the winding up
of the Company has been conducted, the property of the Company
distributed and the debts and obligations of the Company
discharged, and also to hear any explanation that may be given by
said Liquidator.

Dated the 8" day of February 2008.

Shareece E. Scott
Liquidator



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ONE Bahamas-based hotel
is encouraging staff to use the
stairs rather than take the lift,
as major business consumers

vations wherever they can in
the wake of spiralling Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC)
surcharges, which have
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over-year.

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Securit Previous Close Toda’

Abaco Markets 1.72
Bahamas Property Fund . 11.80
Bank of Bahemas 9.61
Benchmark 0.90
Bahamas Waste 3.66
Fidelity Bank 2.60
Cable Bahamas 12.70
Colina Holdings 3.14
Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.82
Consolidated Water BDRs 4.60
Doctor's Hospital 2.44
Famguard 7.50
Finco i 13.00
FirstCaribbean 14.00
Focol (S) 5.12
Freeport Concrete 0.77
ICD Utilities ' 7.25
J.S. Johnson 12.50

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of electricity look to enhance
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NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MARCO FRANCOIS of 1250
2ND STREET, APT#201, SARASOTA, FLA 34236, UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA, is applying to the Minister resposible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
accitizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that YUNER PETITFOR of 1250
2ND STREET, APT#201, SARASOTA, FLA 34236, UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA, 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 reaistrstion/ naturalizat 1 should not be granted,
should send a Wi:iieii and signed staiement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Ministry of Finance

Central Bank of The Bahamas
Or

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NOTICE

THE BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES REGULATION ACT, 2000

Notice is hereby given that the Govenor,
pursuant to Section 18 (1)(a)(ii) of The Banks and
Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000 has revoked by
Order dated 28th January, 2008 the unrestricted
branch banking license granted on 28th day of August,
1995, to Banco Boavista S.A. (now known as Banco
Boavista Interatlantico S.A.), on the grounds that the
company has ceased to carry on branch banking
business.

Signed: Wendy Craigg
Governor
The Central Bank of The Bahamas





























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of internal measures as a way
of reducing electricity bills.
These include encouraging
employees. to take the stairs
rather than use elevators,
ensuring there are no water
leaks or running water, that
office equipment is only turned
on when needed, and not left
on at the end of the day; and
educating staff on the impor-
tance of such measures.

Such measures are increas-
ingly important, given that
Bahamian hotels have some of
the highest operating costs in
the region and are desperate
to find any measures to reduce
costs.

Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association’s (BHA)
executive vice-president, said
the best way for Bahamian
resorts to counter skyrocket-
ing electricity bills was with full

room nights.

Last week, BEC released its
surcharges for 2007 and the
first two months of 2009.
BEC’s fuel surcharge was
$0.164 for February 2008, a
major increase over the
$0.098638 rate charged in Feb-
ruary 2007, which was compa-
rable to the previous year’s
$0.097073 surcharge.

For January, BEC’s fuel sur-
charge stood at $0.14945 cents,
a 50.7 per cent increase over
the previous year’s $0.09914.

The fuel surcharge increases
are a direct product of the
spike in global oil prices, which
earlier this year touched $100
per barrel, and indicate that
BEC bought its fuel for Janu-
ary and February at the market
peak. It is possible that
March’s surcharge may be
even higher.

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Abaco, is looking to fill the
following positions in its Development Department. This is an

eight (8) year project.

Project Manager - Construction

¢ Minimum 10 years experience in construction management
¢ Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
* Proficient in creating and monitoring of construction

schedules

e Assist with development of forecasting and working

budgets -

¢ Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
¢ Keen understanding of maintaining aggressive schedules

within planned budgets

¢ Needs good communication, logistical and organizational

skill

¢ Will work closely with larger GC on high-end product
Assistant Project Manager/Site Superintendent

¢ Minimum 5 years of construction site management

experience

¢ Good working knowledge of timber and masonry

construction methods

¢ Working knowledge of construction materials
* Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
¢ Proficient in fielding and resolving daily on-site queries

from contractors

¢ Proficient in performing material take-offs

¢ Proficient in creating construction schedules

* Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel

¢ Needs good communication, logistical and organizational

skills

Quantity Surveyor/Estimator

¢ Minimum 5 years experience as a QS/Construction

Estimator

* Proficient in reading and understanding of construction

plans

* Proficient in material take-offs and creating Bills of

Quantities

¢ Proficient in developing forecasting and working budgets
¢ Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
¢ Need good communication and organizational skills

Project Scheduler

¢ Minimum 5 years experience as a Project Scheduler

¢ Proficient in reading and understanding of construction
plans

° Proficient with Sure-Track scheduler program

¢ Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel

* Need good communication and organizational skills

Procurement Officer

¢ Minimum 5 years experience as a Procurement Officer




























Symbol _ Bid $ reins pi rie errr * Detailed understanding of freight and shipping logistics
Bahamas Supermarkets ; 14.60 15.60 16.00 . : 1 } ;
Capsbesn Crossing (Pre) 600 655 6.00 * Proficient with ordering and tracking of construction
a NO Holdings Sood a 0.35. O49 materials
IEE Sines OMS THO- COUNT SOCUTUOS —— ‘ “ale
ABDAB 41.00 ag00 at OO. * Good working knowledge of construction materials
oe ise oe hon ¢ Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Le oe BIS Listed Mutual Rude ° Need good communication and organizational skills
Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months
1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.291985*"
2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.999402"** 19.97% Warehouse Clerk _
1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.378862"
3.0569 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 3.7969** 27.72% 27.72% : . .
11.3545 Fidelity Prime income Fund 11.9333"* 5.53% 5.53% J ¢ Good understanding of construction materials
100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00** 1
100.0000 GFAL Global Equity Fund 100.00** ¢ Good understanding of warehouse procedures
1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00** ¢ Proficient with Microsoft Excel
10 000 Fidelity Intérnational Investment Fund 10.50**** oa oe eee fe tees fit. 4.3 7
ey Cee ee FINDEX: CLOSE 929.18 7YTO +2:40% / 2007 34.47% AS
JARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS. YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing prico Resume should be sent to Nick Sims.
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity :
Sent - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity * 4 February 2008 Development Department,
revious Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price - Last traded ‘er-the-counter price ** . 91 December 2007
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume Wookly Vol. - radia vouiine of the ah Week “et Tanlea don The Abaco Club on Winding Bay,
Change - Change in closin rice from day to da EPS $ - Acc 28 's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mth sees. 2 Janual 2 —
Daily Vol. - Number of tia chore padedliodegs NAV - Net eset vaine pe meee 7h eeaenecoe P.O. Box AB 20571, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M - Not Meaningful
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 montt ings FINDEX - The Fidolity Bahamas Stock Indox. January 1, 1994 = 100
ice MeeGnIERE Caetano OP Re Tr eh) te ek or e-mail to construction@theabacoclub.com
for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
70 TRADE CALL: CRAL 242-602-7010 ( FIDELITY 242-366-7764 / FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION CALL (242) 494-2603





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Tribune Staff Reporters
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net;
kherig@tribunemedia.net

THE PLP yesterday con-
cluded “unanimously” that
Perry Christie is the best
leader for the organisation
and the country.

The statement was made by
Dr Bernard Nottage, the
PLP’s leader of. opposition
business in the House of
Assembly.

The PLP parliamentary
group was convened in a spe-
cial pre-convention conclave
at Sandals Resort. The meet-
ing was hosted by Mr Christie.

Dr Nottage said the. PLP
members discussed a number
of issues during the conclave,
including a review of election
2007, the upcoming 50th annu-
al party convention and the
way forward for the PLP.

“All colleagues expressed
their views frankly and believe
that the Progressive Liberal
Party continues to be the best
hope for the Bahamian Deo;
ple.

“We are unanimous in the
view that the leadership of the
PLP also continues to be the
best for the Bahamas,” Dr
Nottage said in a press release.

While the statement did not
go into further detail in regard
to the deputy leadership, Mr
Christie on the Island FM

radio talk show Parliament '

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Perry Christie

that he and deputy leader
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leader and deputy leader fol-:

lowing the party’s convention.

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has been called into question
following her admission that
she would not be seeking to
run in the 2012 general elec-
tion.

In addition to this, Mrs Prat-
t’s current bout with tendonitis
to her left hip has put a ques-
tion mark over her ability to
ba sie in a leadership role.

ith the party’s convention
less than a fortnight away,
political commentators had
warned that Mr Christie may,
in fact, face a challenge to his

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cies for the chairmanship.

Others, such as former Mount
Moriah MP Keod Smith, have
also indicated that they may run
for the post during the PLP’s
convention - February 20-23 -

OUTGOING PLP chairman
Raynard Rigby yesterday

declared that he will not be pub-
licly endorsing any of the party
members vying for the position
he is about to vacate.

So far three persons — Engler-
ston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin,
PLP newcomer Omar Archer
and Elcott Coleby — have offi-
cially announced their candida-

at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort.

However, speaking as a guest
on the More94 radio talk show
The Last Word yesterday, Mr
Rigby said the situation is too
“fluid” at the moment to say

SEE page 13



PM promises
a functional
Grand Bahama
Port Authority

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

PRIME Minister Hubert
Ingraham has stressed that,
while he is concerned about
the “dysfunctional, bickering
and litigious” Grand Bahama
Port Authority, he promised
Grand Bahamians that a func-

tional Port Authority willbe

returned in short order.

Speaking at Grand
Bahama’s Chamber of Com-
merce installation.dinner over
the weekend, Mr Ingraham
said he knows that Grand
Bahamians are concerned
about the Port.

He assured those present
that he was equally concerned,
and so was his government
and all of the island’s
MPs.

While the Port Authority is

SEE page 13

Rigby: some want
to discuss new
leader possibility
at PLP convention

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

SOME PLP members
believe the party’s upcoming
convention should be used to
examine the possibility of select-
ing a new leader, outgoing PLP
chairman Raynard Rigby said
yesterday.

Speaking as a guest on the
More94 radio talk show The
Last Word, Mr Rigby said that
while the leadership question
could be looked at during the
February 20-23 convention, his
party traditionally holds special
and separate leadership con-
ventions.

“Some people are of the view
that it makes political sense to
determine leadership (now),”
he said

Mr Rigby’s statements came
as the PLP yesterday stated that
the party’s parliamentary group,
in special pre-convention con-
clave, “unanimously” agreed

SEE page 13





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OVER the past few decades
there have been numerous
charges of abuse of the public
trust by many public officials
and the private sector.

No group or political party
has escaped the accusations.
While I have little doubt that
there have been abuses of the
public trust, I am also of little
doubt that there have been
false accusations and whispers
which have had no foundation
in fact.

I am sure that all well think-
ing Bahamians would agree that
it is in all our interests to

increase the public’s confidence ,

in the integrity of the public sec-
tor. It would no doubt be a



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good thing if this increase in
trust could be institutionalized
and not so much dependent on
the character of those in posi-
tions of authority.

This column has a simple sug-
gestion which would contribute
to our achieving this objective. I
recommend that a Government
web site be established.

Then all government and
government owned company
contracts and purchase orders
above a certain value would be
posted on this site.

The site could also list the
remuneration of public officials.
This would result in keeping the
public’s affairs in the public
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A 21-YEAR-OLD man :
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bier Loop, was arrested
after he was allegedly
discovered with an unli-
censed firearm early
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International Bazaar,
Freeport.

According to reports,
police attached to the
Eastern Division, acting.
on information received,
went to the Bazaar
around 1.50am and
apprehended a ycung
man near a nightclub.

During a search, offi-
cers retrieved a black
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pistol with five live .9mm :
bullets. :

The man is expected to :
be arraigned in Freeport }
Magistrate’s Court
today.

Two assisting police
in connection with

suspected wire theft

TWO male residents of }
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police with investiga-
tions into a suspected
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Supt Rahming said
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BS CARACAS,
Venezuela

VENEZUELAN Pres-
ident Hugo Chavez is
threatening to wage
“economic war"' with
the United States, i
according to Associated
Press. :

Chavez says he will cut
off oil sales to the U.S. if
Exxon Mobil Corpora-
tion wins court judg-
ments to seize billions of
dollars in Venezuelan
assets.

Exxon Mobil has gone
after the assets of the
Venezuelan state oil
company in U.S.,

British and Dutch courts
as it challenges the
nationalization of a
multibillion dollar oil
project by Chavez's gov-
ernment.

A British court has
issued an injunction
‘'freezing'’ as much as 12
billion dollars in assets.

Chavez has repeatedly

threatened to cut off oil

shipments to the United
States, which is
Venezuela's Number-1
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companies to challenge
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 3

questions newspaper

coverage towards the PLP

Atlantis’ sick astronaut weil

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

FORMER PLP MP for Bain
and Grant’s Town Bradley
Roberts questioned the cover-
age of local newspapers towards
the PLP while a guest on a local
talk show yesterday.

Referring to coverage of PLP
MPs in the House of Assembly
and beyond, Mr Roberts
affirmed that he could not force
any newspaper to cover the par-
ty.
“J have seen and watched
Frank Smith deliver power
addresses to the House of
Assembly. I have watched
Shane Gibson do the same. |
have watched V Alfred Gray
do the same. I have watched,
you know who has been
extremely good, the Member of
Parliament for Fort Charlotte
(Alfred Sears).

“But for some reason or the
other, the newspapers don’t car-
ry nothing that brother Sears
say,” Mr Roberts exclaimed.

To this, Steve McKinney, a
co-host of the radio talk show
Parliament Street, asked Mr
Roberts what the PLP was
going to do.

“I tell you, we do not control
the newspapers. What you want
us to do, buy a newspaper? You
ask me what we must do about
it, and in due course we will be
making an announcement.

“But my God, PLP support-
ers do patronise the businesses
that advertise in the newspa-
pers. It is unfair to carry one
side of the equation. That is not
good for democracy.

“TI hope that you gentlemen
would support me in that effort
and call upon the newspapers

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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Tribune Limited Mir, Ingraham
does not wish |

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) TD. Dail»

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972

Contributing Editor 1972-199]

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

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The courts are in shambles

LAST WEEK, during his first meet the
press conference, Prime Minister Ingraham
said that cases were piling up for the attention
of a coroner, but there had been “no move-
ment” on any of these matters.

In fact there are now 157 matters awaiting
a hearing by a non-existent coroner’s court.
Six of the deaths to be investigated involve
police officers.

At the end of 2006 the coroner’s court
was dissolved because of complaints that the
high-profile case of Daniel Smith, son of play-
girl Anna Nicole Smith, had jumped the
queue for a hearing over Bahamians who
had unsuccessfully waited for years for an
inquest into the deaths of their family or
friends.

At the time — September 2006 — Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall said the coroner’s
court would be disbanded and the system
would revert to what was in place in 1993
when all magistrates automatically served as
coroners.

“The cases will be shared up between all
the magistrates,” said Chief Magistrate Roger
Gomez at the time. He hoped that the back-
log in inquest hearings could be alleviated
with 13 magistrates in New Providence,
instead of a single coroner hearing all cases.

What they seemed to forget was that they
were returning to a system that had already
been tried and had failed.

Apparently, they did not inquire as to why
it had been necessary to dedicate a single
magistrate to inquests when the Act provid-
ed that the work could be shared by all of
them.

In 1993, barely in office six months of his
first term, Prime Minister Ingraham discov-
ered that the coroner’s court under the Pin-
dling administration had not sat for 13 years.
By then 80 matters were pending.

To deal with the situation the Coroner’s
Act was amended. All inquiries were to be
opened to the public.

However, the coroner was to have the dis-
cretion to hold private hearings, such as mat-
ters which involved public safety and defence,
morality and minors. Also the group from
which juries were to be selected was to be
expanded, and could now included civil ser-
vants.

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. in the coroner’s court process “literally select-

ed” and “totally handpicked the jury.” He
found the way jurors were selected, offen-
sive and unacceptable.

He was strongly against the practice of
secret inquests.

“This,” he said at the time, “is one of the
areas which has caused a blight on democra-
cy and the administration of justice in our
land.”

He appointed the late Winston Saunders a
full time coroner to deal with the 80 cases.

We know Mr Saunders worked diligently
at this because he kept our reporters busy.

By 2005 The Tribune reported that the
Coroner’s Court was unable to catch up on
the backlog of cases because there were few
magistrate’s willing to take on the role of
coroner,

It seems strange that: magistrates are
allowed to select their work, but apparently
that is the situation in our courts today.

The following year the coroner’s court was
dissolved and the cases were back among a
group that were reluctant to handle them.
No wonder Mr Ingraham — now nine
months into his third term — finds 157
inquests pending.

When we first started reporting for The
Tribune back in the fifties, coroner’s inquests
were held almost before the body could go
cold. In those days inquests were held in a
small building in the Princess Margaret Hos-
pital compound, and the dead body, laid out
in the next room, was viewed by the jury and
reporters. The only delay in this procedure
was by a quirky English magistrate, who lived
in a small seaside house on the Eastern Road,
and on occasion — usually inquest days —
would sail his small boat to the Deveaux
Street dock, tie it up and trot up the hospital's
hill to preside as coroner.

One day, Cyril Stevenson, reporting for
The Guardian, and ourselves, for The Tri-
bune, sat a whole afternoon on the stairs of
the small court awaiting the arrival of the
magistrate who was becalmed in the harbour.
Other than that, inquests, which were few
and far between in those days, were dealt
with quickly — in time for the funeral.

Today, the courts are in shambles. It’s
going to take effort by all involved to bring
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EDITOR, The Tribune.

IN A world which instantly
knows about any serious event
in the most isolated corner of
it, I find it totally incredible
and unacceptable that the
most simple question to our
elected government cannot be
rationally or instantly discov-
ered and confirmed.

Our Prime Minister and his
ministers do not wish us to
know the truth or the facts.

Politicians like to hold onto
everything restricting access
to where a policy is heading,
what is a policy and actually
what government is process-
ing but this action simply
entraps them, government, in
suspicion of adding and abet-
ting and corrupting the
process which is supposed to
be on top of the table, open,
and transparent and void of
corruption or illegal incen-
tives.

It seems even the greatest
advocate for freedom, none
other than Rt Hon Hubert
Ingraham, cannot reconcile his
political mantra to let loose
the freedom to know what is
going on in governance of The
Bahamas and the Constitu-
tional right to ask questions.

A once a quarter almost
pontifical appearance with the
local press corps is laughable
and simply insults every
Bahamian — well I, the Prime
Minister, will control what the
people know or can ask so I
can manipulate my public
relations.

Why did you appoint the
seasoned journalist Sir Arthur
Foulkes as Director General
of BIS?

Ministers have to be






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accountable and accountable
if necessary daily and not
every four-months as and
when it suits the minister.

If you can’t see what this
policy does then the Prime
Minister does not read The
Tribune which prides itself on
exposing confidential reports
and proposals having been
drawn into the lobbying
process of an applicant for
government approval.

We saw this yet again with
the story about the attempts of
the London based Fleming
Family Group and the Estate
of Edward St George — if we
needed any further muddying
of that environment.

This is not positive as it begs
all questions of proprietary of
a “confidential report”, a
“confidential application” or a
conclusion — the press should
not position itself in this fash-
ion, especially if the circula-
tion of the report was exclu-
sively to government. In my
view there is a complicity to
stealing in that case.

A further example was the
leaking of the report concern-
ing the Southwest New Port
by the Dutch Consultants —
there is only one source who
probably gave or provided the
report to The Tribune.

Yes some will say that is
part of the constitutional
rights of the press, but as I
have suggested there is also
proprietary confidentiality and
ownership.

The FNM Manifesto 1992
page: 54 proposes freedom of
information - 16 years later
the same person who doctri-
nally proposed this is stalling
to implement our sovereign
right to information and
knowledge of the proceedings
of government.

Why? What has govern-
ment to hide?

Are they scared of upset-
ting those who prey on for-
eign investors for kick-backs?

Mr Prime Minister — if you
believe what you said last
weekend on this that even if
we implemented this today we
will be unable to exercise this
in a practical form then you
have no idea or respect to the
qualification of our Perma-
nent Secretaries.

In fact you are degrading
and insulting them.

Control - control and more
control is a cancer amongst
politicians, especially when
certain of them say they have
nothing to hide so open up the
access, cause openness to the
form of Government that we
profess to have or please shut
up because therefore we are
no different from Zimbabwe
or any other country where
Freedom of the Press and the
upholding of our constitu-
tional rights are non-existent
or restricted.

The Nazis, the Facists,
Lenin and Marx tried to
restrain freedom just look
what happened to them, Ger-
many, Italy, Spain and the
Soviet Union — is that what
you wish — Mr Ingraham?

W THOMPSON
Nassau,
February 8, 2008.

Simple solution to fight crime

EDITOR, The Tribune.

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culture and with young punks
who place no value on life
whatsoever and do not want
rehabilitation.

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@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net_
A 43-YEAR-OLD Abaco

man was charged in the Marsh

Harbour Magistrate's Court in

connection with a spree of

church break-ins on that island.
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Dundas Town appeared before

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A COMMUNITY group
wants to make sure the nearly
700 black victims piled into an
unmarked, mass grave after the
hurricane of [928 are remem-
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the 674 black men, women and
child.en buried at the site near
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Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net
PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-

ham firmly believes that “better

times” are ahead for Grand Bahama,

His forecast came during the
Chamber of Commerce’s annual
installation dinner in Freeport over
the weekend.

Mr Ingraham said he was deeply
conscious that over the last five
years, times had not been good for
residents of the island.

“T know and understand your anx-
iety, your deep anxiety. I firmly
believe that better times are com-
ing for Freeport and for Grand
Bahama.

“T promised you when I first came
to office in 1992 that good things
would happen for Grand Bahama,
and they did.

“T won't rehash the successes of
the 1990s. You know them well. Life
was good for you then. As it was, it
will be again. We are working on
matters that will translate into new
economic opportunities for Grand
Bahama.

“We will complete them and sce
them come to fruition before we
begin to count them as ‘done deals’.

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“I won’t rehash the successes of the
1990s. You know them well. Life was
good for you then. As it was, it will be
again. We are working on matters that
will translate into new economic
opportunities for Grand Bahama.”



Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham

ham assured those present that the
government is optimistic about
Grand Bahama’s medium-term and
long-term future.

“Better times are coming indeed.
I might note that, notwithstanding
the slowing US economy resulting
from the high and increasing cost of
fuel, the sub-prime meltdown, the
related collapse of the US housing
market, and the weakening of the
US dollar and hence the Bahamian
dollar, interest continues to grow in
Grand Bahama by investors.

“[tis fair and itis accurate for me
to say the future of this city and the
island of Grand Bahama seems
brighter now than it has been for
quite some time.

“And [ reiterate my government’s





firm and unbending commitment to
support and promote the growth and
expansion of Grand Bahama’s econ-
omy in all its component sectors.
“Increased employment and

Our recent history amply demon-
strated the inherent risks in counting
one’s eggs before they hatch,” he
said.

Notwithstanding this, Mr Ingra-

Man gun-butted and
robbed in his home

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FREEPORT — A man was gun-butted and robbed of cash by armed
intruders who broke into his home in Freeport early Sunday morning.

Police said Clayton Griffin, of Weddell Avenue, was awakened around
3.50am to the sound of glass breaking when saw a man pointing a gun in his
face.

Griffin told police the gunman began beating him in the head with the gun
while two other men searched his clothing. They stole $1,500 cash from the
pants pocket, along with several items from his house.

The culprits then fled the scene in his purple Dodge Caravan, licence 30122.

Central Detective Unit officers are investigating the incident.

Chief Supt Basil Rahming, press liaison officer, said police are also inves-
tigating another armed robbery incident, which occurred on Saturday evening.

Mr Rahming said two Philippine nationals were forced into a vehicle by
three armed men who robbed them of cash totalling $800.

Bernard Panganiban, 23, and his co-worker, Marlon Olla, 27, both of
Kings Court Condominiums in Lucaya, reported that around 9pm, while on
East Sunrise Highway near Les Fountain Plaza, three men armed with knives
forced them into a red car.

The men drove to a dark isolated area where they robbed each of them of
$400 cash, and left them.

Supt Rahming said police have two young men in custody who are assist-
ing them with their investigation. Officers have also impounded the vehicle
believed to have been involved in the incident.





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career opportunities will soon pre-
sent themselves in Grand Bahama. I
take this opportunity to encourage
all, but especially our young people,
to seek out and take advantage of
opportunities for training and for
employment.

“And I counsel the private sector
not to cling to the apron strings of
protectionism even after success has
been demonstrated in your ability
and capacity to play and win in com-
petition with much bigger persons.

“Tt is for us, and very particularly
for those of you engaged in business
and commerce, to turn set-backs into
opportunities,” he said.

The prime minister added that
opportunities abound for Bahami-
ans to become more involved in pro-
viding goods and services to the
tourism sector, to become owners
of attractions and activities offered to
visitors, and to become producers
and suppliers of goods and services
to both hotels and visitors.

Also, he said, there are additional
opportunities for Bahamians to
become purveyors of services to the
industrial sector in Grand Bahama.

“It is my expectation that as
Grand Bahamians and all of you
who have come to live here seek out
these opportunities, be they employ-
ment or business, international com-
panies operating here will respond
by giving fair and equal access to
such Bahamians to those opportu-
nities.

“In this regard I wish to emphasise
and remind that I have directed all
government-sponsored funding pro-
grammes, namely: The Bahamas
Development Bank loans; BAIC
facilities; the Venture Capital Fund;
the government-guarantee loan
schemes; and the investment incen-
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Finance Hubert Ingraham delivers
the keynote address at the Grand
Bahama Chamber of Commerce’s
Annual Installation Dinner.

their support on programmes that
principally help Bahamian business-
es take advantage of opportunities to
create linkages between tourism and
the local economy.

“You must secure opportunities
by rediscovering your advantages
and exploiting them wisely and by



Bahama

confronting weaknesses and short-
comings and addressing them quick-
ly. That essentially is how we ensure
our competitive position in efficien-
cy and productivity,” he said.

However, Mr Ingraham stressed
that in the country’s encouragement
of development in Grand Bahama, it
was not unmindful of the need to
pay close attention to environmental
and economical sustainability of
development.

“The considerable damage to the
water resources of this island over
many years through the construc-
tion of unlined canals, the unmoni-
tored dumping of industrial waste,
and the unmonitored spillage and
run-off associated with oil refining
and storage, have all played their
role in heightening environmental
sensibilities and in crafting environ-
mental legislation and regulations
for the entire Bahamas.

“And so, as we encourage more
development in Grand Bahama, we
must also remain mindful of the
need to pay the closest attention to
our environmental integrity and to
the sustainability of economic devel-
opment. The level of environmental
oversight nowadays is, I believe,
unparalleled. I expect it to remain so
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THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

is set to implement Foreign Ser-
vice Orders, a career path tapered
to the specialised needs of foreign
service officers at the country’s
overseas missions.

’ The document, which is before

Cabinet for approval, is expected:

to take effect shortly, said Deputy
Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette.

The move toward a career path
for Foreign Service officers is part
of the overall internal reorganisa-
tion of the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs.

It also includes a systematic
review of the diplomatic and con-
sular offices to determine if staffing
and funding levels are appropri-
ate to allow the officers to perform
effectively and efficiently.

“We are looking at internal reor-
ganisation of the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs so that when we bring
in the Foreign Service Orders, the
head office reflects what we want
to happen,” Mr Symonette said.

He added: “We want to make
sure they have a career path that is
not restrictive to who the minis-
ter, permanent secretary or head of
the mission, is.”

Under the Foreign Service
Orders, officers would be governed
differently from the General
Orders Regulations of the Public
Service.

Mr Symonette said it would take
into consideration the various
overseas posts, specifically those
deemed “hardship areas.”

Implementation of the Foreign
Service Orders would also take the
ministry another step further in
realising its goals, including the
implementation of the E-Passport
system and the relocation of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs from
East Hill Street to the Goodman’s
Bay Corporate Centre, West Bay
Street.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
maintains nine overseas offices —
four in the United States (the
Embassy in Washington, the Con-
sulates General in Miami and New
York, and the Mission to the Unit-
ed Nations), the High Commis-
sions in London, United Kingdom
and Ottawa, Canada; and
Embassies in Haiti, China and
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C A Smith was appointed
ambassador to the United States
and the Organisation of American
States (OAS); former Commis-
sioner of Police Paul Farquharson
as High Commissioner to the Unit-
ed Kingdom; Mike Smith, High
Commissioner to Canada; Carlton
Wright, Ambassador tg Cuba; and
Sandra Carey, acting Consul Gen-
eral in Miami.

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China and Miami are to be filled -

shortly.

“The Miami office is a very busy
office where passports and visas
are processed.

“We are looking at upgrading
that with a number of changes,”
Mr Symonette said.

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United States, Joshua Sears, now
serves at the Ministry of Foreign
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minister.

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Another goal completed by the
ministry is the relocation of head-
quarters from East Hill Street to
the Goodman’s Bay Corporate
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former headquarters will undergo
extensive renovation and upgrade
and is expected to become the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Cere-
monial and Protocol Building.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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Legal Affairs Division, Drugs,
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Economic Affairs Division; Con-
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FRANK SINATRA live
in Atlantic City, though his
usual slick and smoochy self,
didn’t lure me back a second
time, especially as he had
done a homicide job on Send
In The Clowns.

Nor did Gladys Knight in
Las Vegas, Ann Murray in
New York or Glen Camp-
bell in, of all places, Milton
Keynes. And Diana Ross -
well, she was, you know,
okay...but hardly supreme.
- Superstars are all very well,
but once is generally
enough, I find.

Excellent pros every one
of them, of course, but it
takes more than excellence
to lure this old curmudgeon
away from a good book to
see the same show twice.

It must, therefore, go
down as something of an
obsession - some would say
an addiction - for me to go
back a fourth time to see the
same stage act, and make a
mental note to book a place
for visit number five into the
bargain.

Who’s the attraction? A
pair of unbelievably gifted
brothers called The Edwards
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have seen nothing to match
them in half a century of
theatre-going. Unique is an
overused word, but this pair
are. There can be no other
act quite so accomplished in
their field as The Edwards
Twins. ;

Anthony and Eddie
Edwards, with no lip-synch-
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and nothing to fall back on
but their incredible talent,

can replicate flawlessly the .

voices and mannerisms of
well over 100 singers of both
genders.

When I first saw them in
Nassau two years ago, I was
dragged along, heels scrap-
ing the sidewalk, by a couple
of friends who said it would
be better than a night in
front of the telly. When I left
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seen one of the most riveting
stage performances in the
world.

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them for the fourth time, my
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no electronic
trickery, and
nothing to fall
back on but
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voices and.
mannerisms of
well over 100
singers of both
genders.”



never left my face,” she said.
How the heck do they do it?
To see Eddie Edwards as
Barbra Streisand, and to
hear him hit every single
high note of all her best
numbers, is to witness mim-
ickry of the highest order.
But it’s his breathtaking
impersonation of Cher that
takes the show to its higher
slopes. This is the most hilar-
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his brother as Cher’s mop-
headed erstwhile partner,
Sonny.

Then, just when you
thought Eddie. might have
eclipsed his twin for sheer
quality overall, Anthony
emerges as himself to rattle
off 20 of the most sensation-
al impersonations imagin-
able to propel the show to
its peak.

From Roy Orbison to Ray
Charles, from Elvis Presley
to Johnny Mathis, he recap-
tured them with note-perfect
aplomb.

I thought he might have
over-reached himself with
the finale - Luciano Pavarot-

ti with Puccini’s Nessun Dor--

ma, with that volcanic vocal
eruption at the end, the kind
of crescendo to make most
singers weep.

But Anthony Edwards
aced it, just at the point
when you thought he might
blow it big-time. Okay, there
wasn’t quite the resonance
you would expect from one
of the greatest tenors of all.
But he was certainly near
enough for an audience

alreadly pop-eyed with

admiration. ;
Do yourself a favour. Go
and see The Edwards Twins.
As an extra treat, you’re
likely to catch a glimpse of
me - now officially classified
as a groupie - sitting on the
front row transfixed by the
talent and professionalism
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FROM previous page

Apartheid in measuring who
is “black” and who is “white”.

So, Obama has become an
“African-American” because
his father is an African from
Kenya, but he is not a “Euro-
pean-American” because his
mother is white from Ameri-
ca.

The latter fact is discounted
altogether in this adoption of a
myopic and profoundly racial-
ist system that makes a per-
son “black”, if he has a jot of
African blood. The world has
fallen prey to the dogma of
white-racial purity established
by minority white regimes that
ruled parts of Africa on the
basis of their self-declared
racial superiority.

A product of mixed races
myself, I have always found it
impossible to denounce peo-
ple-on the basis of race or to
be prejudiced against them
because of the colour of their
skin. For by doing so, | would
put into that collective of
denunciation and prejudice,
members of my own family.

Obama clearly feels the
same. He writes of his early
childhood growing up with his
mother’s parents in the US:

“That my father looked noth- -

ing like the people around
me—that he was black as
pitch, my mother white as
milk—barely registered in my
mind.”

In this regard, Barack Oba-
ma is no different from me,
or, I suspect, many other
mixed race people. I further
suspect that, like many of us of
mixed race, he is colour blind.
And when he speaks out
against injustice meted out to
black people in the United
States, he does so not because
he favours black people over
white, but because he favours
right over wrong.

For instance, he says:
“Those who worked on civil
rights in the past realized that
to achieve racial equality was

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Americans, but it was good
for America as a whole... We
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separated in terms of life
opportunities for African-
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the rest of the nation. And it is
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other groups to take personal
responsibility to rise up out of
the problems that we face. But
there has also got to be a
social responsibility, there has
to be a sense of mutual
responsibility, and there's got
to be political will in the White
House to make that happen”.

Those words were spoken
not frem a prepared text but
in a spontaneous response to a
question during an interview.

Based on the views that he
has expressed so strongly up
and down the US in his cam-
paign to win the Democratic
Party’s nomination for the
Presidency, if he were to
become President and his per-
spective triumphed over the
many other contrary views
that would be presented to
him by Washington bureau-
crats, the world would be a
safer place, and so too would
be the US.

Last July writing in the
journal, Foreign Affairs, Oba-
ma called for an outward

looking US foreign policy and -

the renewal of American mil-
itary, diplomatic, and moral
leadership in the world, say-
ing: “We can neither retreat
from the world nor try to bul-
ly it into submission.” And,
he called on Americans to
“lead the world, by deed and
by example.”

Closer to home, his posi-
tion on Cuba — the one
Caribbean country to which
US policy makers pay serious
attention — he has stated his
willingness to begin bilateral
talks with the government in
Havana, “to normalize rela-
tions and ease the embargo
that has governed relations
between our countries for the
last five decades.”

This position contrasts with
his contenders, including
Hilary Clinton who has stated
categorically that she favours
maintaining the economic
embargo against Cuba.

But despite the fact that I
would like Obama to be the
next occupant of the White
House, I will stick-out my
neck and say it won't happen.
And, in the process of his
defeat, Hilary Clinton will also
be a casualty and the Repub-
lican candidate — most likely
John McCain — will be elected
President.

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“Latinos tend to identify more
with whites than blacks”.
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entrance poll of Nevada cau-
cus-goers, 64 per cent of His-
panic voters favoured Clinton
to just 25 per cent for Obama.

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remains a reality of the US.
In this context, when it comes
to it — even if Obama does tri-
umph over Clinton — for the
Democratic nomination, the
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Christie ‘best
leader for PLP’

FROM page one

leadership.

Shortly after the party’s loss at the
polls on May 2, 2007, sources within
the PLP began to point the finger of
blame at Mr Christie for the party los-
ing the government, citing his “weak”
leadership and inability to discipline
colleagues who had brought shame and
scandal on the PLP.

However, in his bid to silence these
“would-be” challengers, Mr Christie
warned many of his colleagues at a del-
egates meeting last month that he
would not be moved from his role as
leader unless it was done in a “respect-
ful, constitutionally organised way”.

“That happens in a democracy. We
must allow for the fact that people have
a right to question, that people have a
right to disagree. But we must not
allow the right to question and the right
to disagree to go to the root of our
party where it begins,” Mr Christie said
at the time. :

FROM page one

which of the candidates will actually stand for election at the con-

vention.

“People will recognise that, although they have a desire to run,
at the end of the day the support that they have within the party is
so small that it makes no good political sense for them to run,” he

said.

Mr Rigby said it would be imprudent for him to endorse any of

the candidates at this time.

“I’ve decided I will not get into a public endorsement of any of
the candidates. I think that would be irresponsible,” he noted.
Mr Rigby said now is the time for all candidates to do some

groundwork.

“The candidates need to go out there and talk to the delegates
and they need to talk about what their vision is for the building of

the organisation,” he said.

Whoever is elected as the new chairman, Mr Rigby said, will have
to work towards getting parliamentarians to understand that there
must be stronger relations with individual party branches and

communities.

“We have to be a lot more active on the ground, essentially we

have to redefine our message,” he said.

The chairman will have to help craft the party’s message to

reach out to the new Bahamas, he said.

Mr Rigby said that, although he is not offering himself for re-elec-
tion, he is by no means retiring from politics and is considering run-

ning as a candidate in the 2012 election.

The outgoing chairman has also decided not to continue chairing

the PLP’s convention committee.

Raynard Rigby: some want
to discuss new leader
possibility at PLP convention

Rigby won't publicly endorse
any chairmanship candidates

FROM page one

a critical player in the growth and
development of the island, Mr
Ingraham said that the Port needs to
be united, focused and functional in
order to play its role effectively.
“It has been said before — some

men see things as they are and ask -

why. I see things as they might be
and ask, why not?

“We have approached the Port
Authority wrangling and receiver-
ship from the point of view that no-
one can or should expect the
Bahamas, which legislated and
granted so much to a private com-
pany, to sit idle as a bystander indef-

FROM page one

that Perry Christie remains the
best choice of the PLP and the
country.

In his interview with radio
host Jeff Lloyd yesterday, Mr
Rigby said that within the next
few months and years leading
up to the next general election
the leadership question must be
addressed. f

However, he said he is sure
that all PLPs agree that any
decision on the party leadership
would have to be done “in ways
that are respectful to the years
of service and commitment
shown by Mr Christie.”

Considering how much work
had to be done to rebuild the
party and reshape its message,
Mr Rigby said that the sooner
the leadership question is set-

tled, the better.

The chairman said it is now
important for the PLP to
achieve a real “sense of unity
in thought.”

However, he said he would
also like to see a party where
members can openly discuss
their personal views and differ-
ences of opinion they may have
with the leader without being
branded as “anti-PLP.”

Addressing the PLP’s defeat
at the polls last year, Mr Rigby
said that many candidates, par-
ticularly the incumbents, failed
to do their homework by not
walking in their areas and
really connecting with con-
stituents.

“T believe that if the PLP
does not get it right that we will
be surrendering the natural
majority to the other party,” he

said.

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initely while the economy of our
second city deteriorates, unemploy-
ment escalates and business failures
increase.

“The Port Authority was granted
a one-of-a-kind deal by the
Bahamas to cause Freeport to devel-
op. It is not likely that there will
ever be another.entity in The
Bahamas that will have the power
and authority that was granted to
the Grand Bahama Port Authority.
It did a lot of good while it had that
power,” he said. °

Prime Minister Ingraham
promised, however, that the Port
Authority cannot, and will not be
permitted to turn all that good that
was accomplished into bad.

PM promises a functional
Grand Bahama Port Authority

“In the vacuum created by the
Port’s troubles, youll hear many
things from many people. Pay them
no mind. Be assured that your inter-
est, and primarily your interest, is
uppermost in my government’s
mind.

“Fach time I ask you to watch my
back, you did. Now I can assure you
I’m watching your back! I wish I
could tell you what I know, but now
is not the time.

“The government of the Bahamas
which I lead will cause to happen
in Grand Bahama those things
which you desire most. And not long
from now, very soon to bé exact,
you will hear and you will come to
know what I know. And when you



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do, I think you will be happy,” he
said.

Mr Ingraham said his government
is “nearing the finish line” on its
journey to restore and resuscitate
Freeport’s economy - notwith-
standing the dark cloud which now
envelops the country’s second major
city.

“A functional Port Authority is
an essential prerequisite to this hap-
pening — that will happen. It ain’t
long now before you come to sec
that. Hold on. Better is coming.

“Task you to stay strong and
embrace the opportunities which lic
ahead and assure yourselves that
what you have now will soon be no
more.”

Quite often a parent tells their children they are proud of them.
Very rarely do children say they are proud of their parents.

At this time the children would like to say

Proud Of You”

“Dad We Are So Very

With. Love

John, Bruce, Scott and Robyn.

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political party said a power-
sharing agreement was in the
works. Annan said he hoped to
complete work on a settlement
in the next few days.

But Odinga returned Satur-
day to the themes that have ral-
lied supporters, repeating a
comparison of which he is fond:
“You cannot steal my cow, and
I catch you red-handed, and
then expect me to share the
milk because the cow is mine.”

More than 1,000 people have
been killed and 300,000 forced
from their homes since the elec-
tion, which Kenyan and foretgn
observers say was rigged. The
fighting has pitted members of
Nenya’s rival ethnic groups
against one another, gutted the
economy and left the country’s
reputation as a budding democ-
racy and a top tourist destina-
tion in tatters.

Only 8,000 people visited
Kenya in January, far short of
the 100,000 officials had expect-
ed, Ong’onga Achieng, the
managing director of the Kenya
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in the port city of Mombasa.

Saturday’s funeral for legis-
lator David Kimutai Too was
the first mass public gathering
since the government lifted a
ban on rallies imposed after the
election. Nearly all of Kenya’s
major opposition attended.

The opposition and interna-
tional community had for weeks
been urging the government to
lift the ban, which had been
enforced by police using live
bullets, tear gas and water can-
nons. Scores of people were
killed.

In lifting the ban Friday,
Internal Security Minister
George Saitoti urged legislators
and others to hold meetings “to
promote peace and national
reconciliation” and not to use
rallies as “avenues to incite vio-
lence.”

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ciliatory in statements at Too’s
funeral. Police say he was killed
in a crime of passion, but the
opposition insists he was assas-
sinated.

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must run to the door of those
who stole the election,” said
Anyang Nyongo, secretary-gen-
eral of Odinga’s Orange Demo-
cratic Movement.

“We are not going backward. —
We only want Raila to lead this

‘nation,” said Najib Balala,
another leading opposition.
politician.

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ple fled a makeshift camp in the
western town of Kericho, fear-
ing there would be violence at
the funeral .in Chepkioyo only.
10 miles away.

Those fears were not realized,
but the mood of the crowd was
deeply anti-government.

“I believe he was assassinated
by the government to paralyze
the opposition and make it
weak,” said Alfred Kipkoech,
a 31-year-old shop owner.

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policeman who killed Too acted
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‘leader calls on president to step down

Was the country’s success an illusion?

@ TIGONI, Kenya

More than a century ago,
European colonists carved up
Africa, jamming together peo-
ple who spoke different lan-
guages, danced to different
music and worshipped differ-
ent gods within the same bor-
ders, according to Associated
Press.
Kenya was one of the few
new nations that flourished.
But now, the once stable and
© prosperous country seems as
flawed and fragile a creation
as many other African states.

= Weeks of bloodshed have
=seen ethnic gangs exact
& © revenge on rivals and people
& * divide themselves along tribal
= = lines.

The spark was an election
‘which the opposition says the
°° president stole, and which for-
0 eign and domestic observers

‘agree was deeply flawed. For-
\la ‘mer U.N. chief Kofi Annan
_ ° says he hopes to have mediat-

“ed a settlement by early this

;,week. But even if the politi-

_cians agree, the wounds will
“(1 " not heal easily.

_», Appeals to tribe have long
trumped ideology in Kenyan

|» politics, and ethnic strife has

zi been common around election

s time since the country made

eits first democratic strides in
the 1990s.

-O- But no previous violence

“ has been so sustained or fero-
~ cious. More than 1,000 peo-

ple have been killed and

300, 000 forced from their

home since the Dec. 27 vote.

~ The economy has been gut-
“ted, and many wonder
,, Whether the world’s view of
x the Kenya of bountiful game
;; parks, shimmering beaches,
_. thriving capital and busy port

was just an illusion.
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« “there won’t be a cataclysm,
ett that doesn’t seem likely,” said
5° Gladwell Otieno of the Africa
~’ Center for‘Open Governance
in Nairobi, the capital.
Instead, she and others see
~ Kenya’s long-simmering prob-
-. lems — crime, poverty, cor-
“ - bereft of politicians able to
= tackle them.
- “Increasing balkanization,
people seeking out the com-
és pany of their own, entrenched
. vigilante groups, entrenched
_ gangs,” Otieno continued.
~ “We hope it doesn’t go that
~ way, but we don’t know.”
In this village outside Nairo-
_ bi, a postcard-perfect land-
* scape of hills, tea plantations
. and flat-topped acacia trees,
an increasingly fractious and
_ faltering Kenya is comes into
= view.
- Packed into the grounds of
"a dilapidated police station are
» more than 4,000 people.
. They’re camped out in tents,
» waiting in line for baked
. beans, doing laundry in a pit
» by the latrines.
And on the edge of the



i camp, they’re waiting for bus-

es.
» “Tm going to my home-
~ land,” said Helen Odhiambo,
© a30-year-old mother of three.
_ Like most people at the
_ camp, Odhiambo is of the Luo
' tribe, whose ancestral lands
are in western Kenya, on the
shores of Lake Victoria. Three
generations ago her family
moved to the central high-
lands, the territory of the
Kikuyu, the largest and most
dominant of Kenya’s 42 tribes.

Odhiambo has never lived
in the homeland of which she
speaks.

“My grandmother said we
had a small homestead for the
whole family.” That was
decades ago.

But “I cannot stay here,”
she said, telling the story of
the night three weeks ago
when Kikuyus, from President
Mwai Kibaki’s ethnic group,
went hunting for Luos, the
tribe of opposition leader
Raila Odinga, who says the
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Odhiambo said. She had
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bors were killed, but didn’t
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she hoped, would come that
afternoon. She couldn’t say
exactly where she would go.
Western Kenya was as far as
she had thought it out.

_Up the road, back toward
Nairobi, the migration was
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Camped out next to a church
were Kikuyus driven out of
the west.

George Mbugua, 47,
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of 38 million. But it’s not just
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care about which staff are sent
to which jobs.

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people,” said Victor Gitonga,
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at the Luo camp.

“But that was joking. If peo-
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any place in this country, than
is this a country? We are fin-
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It would take a lot more to
get to that point — no one’s
even whispering about seces-
sion.

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country to allow to fail,” U.S.
Ambassador Michael Ran-
neberger said in an interview.

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a key ally in the war on terror
and a hub for the U.N. and
scores of aid groups working

in the region. Nearly all its
neighbors rely on the deep-
water port in Mombasa and
the country’s extensive, if
worn-down, road network —
in fact, at one point last
month, Kenyan turmoil tem-
porarily drove up Ugandan -
gas prices by about 200 per-
cent.

For now, everyone is look-
ing to Annan, who said Fri-
day the two sides were “mak-
ing progress.”

But there’s growing doubt
that Kibaki, under whose rule
the Kikuyu grew more domi-|
nant and corruption worse, or:
Odinga, who has made a
career out of appealing to trib-.
al loyalties, can bring Kenyans
together. “If the real, funda-.
mental issues behind this vio- -.
lence aren’t solved, there will
be a massive backlash against
the Kikuyu,” said Caroline
Elkins, an associate professor
of African studies at Harvard
University.

She already worries about
the next election, in 2012, say-
ing: “They’ve got to sort this
out now.”

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UN says refugees flee Darfur for Chad

lm GENEVA

Up to 12,000 refugees fled
Sudan’s Darfur region to neigh-
boring Chad over the weekend
following air strikes by the
Sudanese military and thou-
sands more may be coming, the
U.N. refugee agency said Sun-
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Exodus follows air strikes by Sudan military

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airport, Chad to Libya for medical treatment Tuesday Feb. 5, 2008. African
mediators are expected. Tuesday in this oil-rich capital from where tens of
thousands of people have fled as rebels renewed their most farceful
attempt yet to oust President Idriss Deby. The fighting in N’Djamena
threatened to further destabilize an already violent swath of Africa that is
home to hundreds of thousands of refugees and borders Sudan’s war-rav-

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President Hugo Chavez yesterday threatened to cut off oil
sales to the United States if Exxon Mobil Corp. wins court
judgments to seize billions of dollars in Venezuelan assets,
according to the Associated Press.

“Tf you end up freezing (Venezuelan assets) and it harms us,
we’re going to harm you,” Chavez said.

“Do you know how? We aren’t going to send oil to the Unit-
ed States. Take note, Mr. Bush, Mr. Danger.”

Exxon Mobil has gone after the assets of state oil company
Petroleos de Venezuela SA in U.S., British and Dutch courts as
it challenges the nationalization of a multibillion dollar oil pro- |
ject by Chavez’s government. oe

A British court has issued an injunction “freezing” as much as
$12 billion in assets.

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tinue and you will see that we won’t sent one drop of oil tothe - ae
empire of thé United States,” Chavez said during his weekly [|
radio and television programme, “Hello, President.”

“The outlaws of Exxon Mobil will never again rob us,” Chavez
said, accusing the Irving, Texas-based oil company of acting in .
concert with Washington. :

Chavez has repeatedly threatened to cut off oil shipments to
the United States, which is Venezuela’s No. 1 client, if Wash-
ington tries to oust him.

Chavez’s warnings yesterday appeared to extend that threat
to attempts by oil companies to challenge his government’s
nationalization drive in courts internationally.

“If the economic war continues against Venezuela, the price
of oil is going to reach $200 (a barrel) and Venezuela will join
the economic war,” Chavez said.

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major Freeport
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Firm claims ‘tortuous interference’

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dispute ‘turn good to bad’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) ownership
battle will not be allowed “to
turn good into bad”, Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham said
at the weekend, pledging that
“jt ain’t long now” before the

- infighting is resolved.

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. Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce’s installation banquet,
Mr Ingraham acknowledged
that a stable, functional GBPA
~ Was critical to Freeport’s long-
term economic growth and
development, and the city’s
emergence from a troubled
five years.
“We have approached the
Port Authority wrangling and
receivership from the point of
view that no one can or should
expect the Bahamas, which
legislated and granted so much
to a private company, to sit idle
as a bystander indefinitely,
_ while the economy of our sec-
ond city deteriorates, unem-
- ployment escalates and busi-
ness failures increase,” Mr
Ingraham said.
“The Port Authority was
‘granted a one-of-a-kind deal
by the Bahamas to cause
Freeport to develop. It is not
likely that there will ever be
another entity in the Bahamas
that will have the power and
‘authority that was granted to
the Grand Bahama Port
. Authority. It did a lot of good

PM Hubert eee

while it had that power.

“It can’t, and won’t, be per-
mitted, though, to turn that
good into bad.”

The Prime Minister
acknowledged the obvious,
referring to Freeport’s quasi-
governmental, governance and
regulatory authority as the
“dysfunctional, bickering and
litigious Port Authority”.

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ownership battle between the
Hayward family and late
Edward St George’s estate
over the former’s claim to 75
per cent ownership in the
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A BAHAMIAN company
has accused a former partner
of “tortuous interference” in
negotiations between itself and
the $700 million Rum Cay
Resort Marina’s developer
over a key 293-acre parcel of
land on that island, a move that
has sparked a flurry of law-
suits.

Island Premier Resorts has
filed a court action in the 11th
Judicial Circuit for Dade

_ County, Florida, against for-

mer partner and shareholder
Joel Williams, alleging that he
had previously initiated a law-
suit in its name against the
$700 million Rum Cay Resort
Marina developer, Montana

el Nassau

Bahamas firm launches legal action
against former partner over Rum Cay land,
which is claimed by three different parties

Holdings, without having any
authority to do so.

The lawsuit allegedly initi-
ated by Williams, which was
filed by Miami attorney Patri-
cia Cassells, made a number
of serious accusations against
Montana Holdings. The devel-
Oper was named as a defen-
dant, along with its principal,
John Mittens, and former chief
operating officer Thor Ibsen.

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tana Holdings and its princi-
pals have all been vehemently
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 3B



Hotels to consult

over EPA's impact

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas Hotel Associ-
ation (BHA) is moving to con-
sult its allied members over the
Economic Partnership Agree-
ment (EPA) with the European
Union (EU), to see if there are
any industries or sectors this
nation should exclude from its
provisions.

Frank Comito, the BHA’s
executive vice-president, told
The Tribune that the EPA could
have an impact for “tourism-
related services”, and that his
organisation would move to
obtain feedback from all com-
panies either in, or involved
with, the sector.

This, he added, would ensure
the BHA’s allied members were
“better informed and can dis-
cuss the cause and effect of this”
This, in turn, would allow the
BHA to “see if there are any
compelling reasons why we
should recommend exclusions
for these sectors”.

“We'll go through an exercise
to get some consultation and
feedback,” Mr Comito added.

Chamber of Commerce offi-
cials held a meeting with the
BHA’s executive committee on
Friday to discuss the EPA, The
Tribune understands.

Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, told The Tri-
bune previously that the Gov-
ernment was likely to begin con-
sultations with the private sector
this month on the crafting of a
Bahamian services offer for the
EPA. —

Led by tourism and financial
services, services and invest-

‘ments are the most critical area

for the Bahamian economy
when it comes to the EPA, and
this nation has until June 2008 to
complete its offer.

As The Tribune revealed on
Friday, if this nation signs on to
the Caribbean region’s services
offer, the Bahamas will have to
liberalise 75 per cent of its ser-
vices industry — both immedi-

Move to see whether reservations need
to be made on tourism-related services



ately, and in a series of phased
liberalizations over periods of
five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

While the Bahamian hotel
industry has always been open to
international ownership and
competition, some of the indus-
tries that provide support ser-
vices and products to the sector
are restricted to Bahamian own-
ership only under the National
Investment Policy.

According to the CARICOM
Regional Negotiating Machin-
ery (CRNM), which negotiated
the EPA with CARIFORUM,
among the industries that most
Caribbean nations agreed to lib-
eralise - and open up to compe-
tition from EU firms - are those
most vital to the Bahamas.

They include tourism, mar-
itime services (inter-island ship-
ping in the Bahamas has recent-
ly been opened up anyway via
Clipper Group’s minority
Bahamas Ferries stake and the
Mediterranean Shipping Com-
pany agreement), business ser-
vices such as accounting, engi-
neering and architecture, com-
puter services and research and
development.

“A glimpse of the adjustments

and reforms that the Bahamian
economy will have to undertake
if this country signs on to the
EPA is gained by reading this
country’s 2003 National Trade
Capacity Building Strategy. Few,
if any, of the noted reforms and
changes have been implemented
since.

For starters, the document
found that “the Bahamas does
not have a rules of origin
regime”, something that will be
required under the EPA. The
Tribune understands that under
the CARIFORUM agreement
with the EU, to qualify as a
product made in the CARIFO-
RUM region, some 65 per cent
of the raw materials from which
a good is made must originate
from the region if they are to
enjoy the duty-free market
access to the EU.

The.2003 strategy report not-
ed that the Bahamas would need
to strengthen the Customs
Department and its infrastruc-
ture to implement a rules of ori-
gin regime. “The Bahamas must
modernize its Customs infra-
structure,” the report said. “This
will include institutional reform
and training of personnel.”

When it came to services, the
paper said research was required
to “determine the appropriate
schedule for liberalization and
the opportunities that exist for
Bahamian businesses”.

Reforms were also required
to investment policy and gov-
ernment procurement, the
National Trade Capacity Build-
ing Strategy recommending that
for the latter, institutional and
technical capacity be strength-
ened; performance benchmark-
ing and international best prac-
tices be used; and modern elec-
tronic systems be used when
awarding and determining gov-
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On February 1, 2008, the U.S. Department of State instituted a new fee

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new Passport Card a low cost, limited use (land and sea only) alternative to the
Passport Book designed for those living along the border. In addition, the age for
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child will increase from 14 to 16 years old.

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THE TRIBUNE



Firm claims ‘tortuous interference’

FROM page 1

warded to Montana Holdings’
Nassau-based attorney, Luther
McDonald of Alexiou,
Knowles & Co.

The Squire, Sanders &
Dempsey letter alleged that
Ms Cassells had not been
authorised by Mr Abele or
Island Premier Resorts to file
the action, adding that only Mr

Abele could authorise such a
move under the company’s
constitution.

It added that the situation
had been “irreparably com-
pounded” because of Island
Premier Resorts’ “business
dealings and commercial rela-
tionship with Montana Hold-
ings”.

The Squire, Sanders &
Dempsey letter demanded that
Ms Cassells notify Mr McDon-

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ald in writing that Island Pre-
mier Resorts did not intend to
prosecute the alleged ‘action’
against Montana Holdings, Mr
Mittens and Mr Ibsen.

“The unilateral communica-
tion to Mr McDonald of the
subject epistle and incident
‘draft’ pleading directly and
expressly gives rise to tortuous
interference with the negotia-
tions now being had between
Mr Abele on Island Premier
Resorts’ behalf and Montana
Holdings,” Squire, Sanders &
Dempsey wrote.

“These negotiations are sen-
sitive and. promising. The
extent to which they may have
been adversely compromised
by this unilateral action is yet
to be determined. We shall,
however, undertake every
effort to mitigate such dam-
ages.

“In the interim, we ask that
you provide Mr McDonald
and Alexiou, Knowles & Co
with correspondence that
Island Premier Resorts does
not seek to prosecute any exist-
ing or prospective claims
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“Your communication to
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The Tribune revealed pre-
viously that both Montana
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Resorts believe they have an
option on a 293-acre land par-
cel on Rum Cay known as the
‘Tattnall Tract’. This land lies
adjacent to the western bound-
ary of Montana Holdings’
existing $700 million project,
and includes prime undevel-
oped beachfront land in the
Cotton Field area, near
Munroe Beach.

The estate of Trevor
Dorsett, a former Rum Cay
resident, is presently attempt-
ing to acquire the land via a
petition under the Quieting
Titles Act, but rather than
engage in a legal battle over
it, Montana Holdings and
Island Premier Resorts had
been attempting to reach a
partnership agreement where
they could work together.

The estate’s executrix, Mavis
Charlton, has been leading the
move, but their Quieting Titles
Act petition has been chal-
lenged by adverse claims from
both Island Premier Resorts
and Newport Harbour Ltd, a
company owned by former US
Senator Billy Wayne Davis.
Those challenges were filed on
May 31, 2007, and May 7, 2007,
respectively.

Bryan Glinton, an attorney
and partner with Bahamian
law firm, Glinton, Sweeting
and O’Brien, who is repre-
senting Island Premier Resorts,

alleged that his clients had

inspected the Tattnall Tract
“since 2001 and have found no
evidence in that time that the
property was ever farmed as
alleged [by the estate].

“In addition, aerial pho-
tographs taken of the property
repeatedly at intervals over
many years show no evidence
that the property has ever been
farmed or occupied as alleged
by the [estate].

“In the circumstances,
[Island Premier Resorts]
denies the claims of occupa-

tion and control made by the .

[estate], and denies that the
[estate] or any other person
has any legitimate claim to
ownership of the subject prop-
erty, or any claim superior to
that of the adverse claimant.”

Mr Glinton alleged that
S&W Consultants, a Bahamian
company controlled by
Williams, had acquired the
Tattnall Tract from two admin-
istrators of the late Effie
Knowles estate, Merrill and
Raymond McDonald, on

December 18, 2001. That land.

was then conveyed to Island
Premier Resorts on October
2, 2004.

Mr Davis and Newport Har-
bour, though, are also keen to
obtain good title to that land
for their purported Rum Cay
Club, Marina and Spa project.
They have linked up with up
with Fred Bernstein, a US real
estate developer, for the 2,250-
acre project that has yet to
obtain any government
approvals.

The Tribune has seen docu-
ments showing that Mr Davis
and Newport Harbour have
already experienced one rejec-
tion from the Investments
Board, on May 17, 2007,
regarding their Rum Cay
plans. This was because the

Legal Notice

NOTICE

MONTRES INT'L HOLDINGS LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 21st day of
December 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,

P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)



land involved is in legal dis-
pute or the subject of Quiet-
ing Titles actions, and because
Newport Harbour had yet to
obtain International Persons
Landholding approval for any
of the property it already
claimed to own.

In its December 5, 2007, law-
suit, Island Premier Resorts
alleged that its sole business
was “the acquisition and man-
agement of real property”.

It further claimed: “At all
times material and relevant to
this action, Williams held him-
self out to have particular
expertise concerning real
estate title issues in the.
Bahamas. Williams made this
representation for the purpose
of attracting investors from
Miami, Florida, for various real
estate projects, including devel-
opment projects in Rum Cay,
the Bahamas. He knew at the
time that the representations
were made that they were
false.

“Williams is the president of
S&W Consultants, a Bahamian
corporation. S&W was created
to facilitate Williams’ alleged
ownership of various proper-
ties, including a parcel of land
in Rum Cay known as the Tat-
tnall Tract.”

The Island Premier lawsuit
recounted how the company
was incorporated in the
Bahamas on July 14, 2003, its
two incorporators being
Devaughn Dames and Karen
Sands. Williams and Dames
were allegedly elected as the
company’s sole directors, with
Williams as: president and
Sands as secretary.

Then, a July 2, 2004, share-
holders agreement for Island
Premier Resorts saw its shares
divided equally between two
firms called ARG Holdings
and Island Premier Estates. As
a result, S&W transferred its
alleged Tattnall Tract title to
Island Premier Resorts, with
Abele appointed the latter’s
president and Williams as vice-
president.

The lawsuit alleged that
Williams represented that he
had “good and marketable
title” to the Tattnall Tract to
cause the agreement to be
signed, producing an abstract
of title prepared by Miami
attorney H. Benjamin Sands.

However, Island Premier
Resorts alleged that Williams
had “deleted key deeds”
between 1981 and 1987 to pro-
duce the ‘good title’, and
claimed that despite receiving
a $10,000 per month salary
since December 2006 — to aid
his efforts in obtaining good
title to the Tattnall Tract and
other Bahamas land parcels —
Williams had used this “to pur-
sue other ventures”.

“Williams secretly met with
parties in the Bahamas that

claim title to the Tattnall Tract

and secretly met with poten-
tial business partners of Island
Premier Resorts,” the lawsuit
further alleged. .

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Bahamas, the University f Leeds and BPP Law School where she
obtained an Associate of Arts Degree in History, a Bachelor of
Laws Degree (Hons.) and completed the Bar Vocational Course

respectively.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 5B



NIB contribution
change is urged

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
. Tribune Business Editor

THE National Insurance
Board (NIB) has been urged
to stop basing monthly contri-
bution calculations on the num-
ber of Mondays in a month, as
this currently causes compa-
nies to reconfigure their pay-
roll systems if they pay workers

. bi-weekly.

The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, in the report it sub-
mitted to Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham on Vexing
Business Issues when dealing
with the public sector, said that
both employer and employee
portions of the NIB contribu-
tion were currently calculated
based on the number of Mon-
days in a month, multiplied by
the required contribution rate,
and then multiplied by the
weekly salary.

Yet the Chamber report not-
ed: “There are months when
there are five Mondays and
there are months when there
are four Mondays.

“However, if a business pays
its staff bi-weekly, there are
months when the company is
paying for four weeks (two bi-
weekly cheques) but there are
five Mondays, and the compa-
ny is then forced to reconfigure
its payroll for the purposes of
calculating National Insurance
contributions for that month.

“This is a nuisance really,
and requires time, effort and
ultimately money to reconfig-
ure the company’s payroll to
comply with the NIB filing reg-
ulations.”

To address the situation, the
Chamber report recommend-
ed: “The NIB should allow
businesses to file their contri-
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Also, the Bahamas Electricity
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all electricity needs must be
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tricity from alternative energy
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Legal Notice

NOTICE

MAMATANA VALLEY INC.

st: Pipe

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution ofp MAMATANA VALLEY INC.

has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been

FROM page 1B
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the

house. Between them, Mr
Lowe said they covered a total
of about 115,000 square feet.
He added, though, that Kel-
ly’s (Freeport) had the ability
to expand its building materials
section from 36,000 square feet
to 70,000 square feet, and was
looking to do so over a two-
year timeframe. This might
mean constructing another
building, but Mr Lowe said the
firm had the ability to do so.
“We have the potential to
move building materials into
their own building,” he said.
“It means building a building,
but we have the land to do it.”

Register.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

NOTICE

— IN THE ESTATE OF PERCIVAL
PERCY GERALD ARCHER a.k.a.
PERCY GERALD ARCHER a.k.a.
PERCY ARCHER a.k.a. PERCIVAL

ARCHER late of the Settlement of
Dundas Town on the Island of Abaco
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth

‘of The Bahamas, deceased






(Freeport) in 2008 was logisti-
cal, Mr Lowe explained, with
the firm keeping one eye on
developments in Florida relat-
ed to the possible repeal of the
state’s 6.5 per cent export sales
tax exemption.

Company

While the company did not
source much product directly
from Florida suppliers, there
was uncertainty over whether
an export sales tax would be
imposed on goods purchased
from vendors in other US
states, but shipped through
Florida. As a result, Kelly’s
(Freeport) was looking around
for vendor options.

“The outlook for us is basi-
cally good,” Mr Lowe said of
2008. “It’s all to do with effi-
ciency and logistics, making
sure we’re fully equipped to
deal with whatever the econo-
my produces. It’s going to be a
leaner year, but that doesn’t
mean our sales should suffer.”

Kelly’s (Freeport) had
attained several National










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Another focus for Kelly’s.

Hardware Retail Association
benchmarks in the past few
years, Mr Lowe said, such as
sales and staff numbers per
square foot, salaries as a per-
centage of gross benefits, and
gross return margins on inven-
tory. The company, though,
believes it has the potential to
do even better.

Years

“We have in the past years
achieved National Hardware
Retail Association benchmarks
on performance, and we’re
working on tightening this up,”
Mr Lowe said. ““We’ve proven
that it can be done in the
Bahamas by Bahamians as well
as in the US, so with a tighten-
ing up we will get an even bet-
ter performance, which is very
doable.

‘““We’re just sharpening it up.
I think it’s going to be a tight
year, but those who can do
well in this economy should.
It’s not time to withdraw,
because it could cause an
implosion. Businesses need to
carry it, not run away from it.
A lot of stores are facing hard-
ship with drops in revenues,
but it is possible to adjust with-
out shooting yourself in the
foot.

“I think it’s a plus or minus
year. Things could turn up as
well as down. Overall, it’s
going to be a tight year, but
those who can expand should
do it. Put some faith in it.”

With Grand Bahama’s still-
sluggish economy continuing
its recovery from the aftermath
of the 2004 hurricane season,
and the continuing ownership
battle at the GBPA acting as a
deterrent to both international
and Bahamian investment in

Freeport and the wider island,

a number of wholesale and
retail businesses are under-
stood to have reported poor
2007 and Christmas season
showings.

Kelly’s (Freeport), though,
has withstood the turbulence

better than most, indicating .

again that when the ‘going gets
tough, the tough get going’. In
a business sense, tough eco-
nomic climates separate the
‘wheat from the chaff’, with
the best-run businesses the
only one to perform well.

Mr Lowe said his company
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now”, but preliminary accounts
for the year ended on January
31, 2008, were that Kelly’s
(Freeport) saw its gross sales
for the year decline by just 1/3
of 1 per cent, or some $40,000,
compared to prior year com-
paratives.

He described this as a “drop
in the bucket” for a company
that, based on these figures,
enjoys annual gross sales of
around $12 million. Kelly’s
(Freeport), which sells hard-
ware, housewares, building
materials, toys and home fur-
nishings, was able to “deal”
with a flat 2008 if it material-
ized, and with 2007 having
been better than 2006, the

-company was “still on a growth

trend for the past seven years”.
Capability

Mr Lowe, though, said the
willingness and capability of
companies like his to invest in
Freeport’s future, and expand
and grow, showed just why it
was becoming ever-more
urgent to resolve the GBPA
ownership dispute.

“The bottom line is that this

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Journalist { Entrepreneur



Major wholesaler
unveils expansion —

is why we need to sort out the
GBPA,” Mr Lowe said. “I
believe in Freeport, and
believe in this island’s infra-
structure value to the econo-
my, not just here but the whole
of the Bahamas.

Afford

“I think Freeport can afford
to be bullish, notwithstanding

. the Port Authority fiasco, the

US recession, the US housing
market and all the rest of it.
We are poised to reap the
cream of the crop through the
second home market, our
infrastructure and proximity to
the US.”

Mr Lowe pointed out that
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THE TRIBUNE

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2008, PAGE 7B



PM: We will not
let Port dispute
‘turn good to bad’

FROM page 1B

the private wealth manage-
ment and private equity spe-
cialist, has offered both sides
$100 million in an attempt to
buy them out and acquire 100
per cent of the GBPA. A rival
$125 million offer has also
been submitted to the Hay-
ward family by Hutchison
Whampoa, a defensive move
as it seeks to protect its collec-
tion of assets on Grand
Bahama — an investment of
more than $1 million in equity
capital — from the dispute.
Promising that Grand
Bahama’s economy and busi-
nesses could look forward top
a brighter future, Mr Ingraham
took a veiled swipe at the for-
mer Christie administration,

saying his government would
only count investment projects
when they were completed.

He implied that the FNM
administration’s approach
would be different from the
former government’s empha-
sis on Heads of Agreements
signings and holding-up these
promissory notes, adding:
“Our recent history amply
demonstrated the inherent
risks in counting ones eggs
before they hatch.”

The Prime Minister told his
Chamber audience: “I am
deeply conscious of the fact
that over the last five years,

times have not been good for.

you here in Grand Bahama. I
know and understand your
anxiety; your deep anxiety.

“T firmly believe that better

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

(a) GROUP ELEVEN ASSET MANAGEMENT LTD. is in dissolution
under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of said Company commenced on February 8, 2008
when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered by

the Registrar General.

(c) The liquidator of the said company is Lakeisha Collie of 2nd Terrace

West, Centreville, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company are
required on or before the 11th day of. March, 2008 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such

debts are proved.

February 11, 2008

LAKEISHA COLLIE

LIQUIDATOR OF THE ABOVE-NAMED COMPANY




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INVITATION FOR EMPLOYMENT

Project Superintendent of Site Infrastructure

This position will oversee the construction efforts of the underground _
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plumbing, communications, gas distribution, water, and

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited. the developers of the Royal Island Resort
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Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for their interest.
however only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

ground utilities within the

budget associated with

times are coming for Freeport
and for Grand Bahama.”

Adding that investor inter-
est in. Grand Bahama
remained strong, Mr Ingraham
said: “We are working on mat-
ters that will translate into new
economic opportunities for
Grand Bahama......

It is fair and it is accurate
for me to say the future of this
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Grand Bahama...... We are
nearing the finish line on our
journey to restore and resusci-
tate Freeport’s economy
notwithstanding the dark cloud
which now envelops this city.”

Urging Bahamian businesses
not to “cling” to outdated pro-
tectionist policies, Mr Ingra-
ham said increased attention
would be paid to growth that
was both economically and
environmentally sustainable.

He added: “The consider-
able damage to the water
resources of this island over
many years through the con-
struction of unlined canals, the
unmonitored dumping of
industrial waste, and the
unmonitored spillage and run-
off associated with oil refining
and storage, have all played
their role in heightening envi-

_ ronmental sensibilities and in

crafting environmental legisla-
tion and regulations for the
entire Bahamas.

“And so, as we encourage
more development in Grand
Bahama, We must also remain
mindful of the need to pay the
closest attention to our envi-
ronmental integrity, and to the

sustainability of economic:





























High Potential Income eerste o)
Properties (approx.2 acres each) located
on both sides of the only road

Ai Cert tcc Ca cee tks eae
Freeport (on the boundary), $500,000
each or $950,000 for both.

_ Contact Tel: 357-8840 or 427-0205

NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF BERTRAM
EARDLEY MILLS a.k.a.
BERTRAM MILLS late of and
domiciled at Dundas Town, Abaco,
The Bahamas, deceased



development.

“The level of environmental
oversight nowadays is, I
believe, unparalleled; I expect
it to remain so and, indeed, to
grow.”

In response, Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce presi-
dent, attorney Gregory Moss,
said the organisation would
seek to develop a better under-
standing of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement. He said the
Chamber intended to have an
open relationship with the
Government and the Grand
Bahama Port Authority.

The Grand Bahama Cham-
ber of Commerce’s Board of
Directors is:

Gregory Moss - president

Greg Langstaff - first vice-
president

Angela Gibson, second vice-
president

Linda Gibson - secretary

K. Peter Turnquest — trea-
surer

Kevera Turnquest — senior
director

Carmel Forbes-Churchill -
senior director

Larry Albury - senior direc-
tor

Denise Adderley - director






NOTICE is hereby given that all person
having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above Estate should send same
duly certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before 18th February, 2008 after which
date the Executor will proceed to distribute
the assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of which
he shall then have had notice AND all persons
indebted to the above Estate are asked to
settle such debts on or before 18th February,
2008.











V. M. LIGHTBOURN & CO.






Rochelle Knowles - director Attorneys for the Executor
Leigh Termath - director P.O. Box AB-20365
Joyann McIntosh - director Bay Street, Marsh Harbour
John Swain - director :

Linda Turnquest - director Abaco, The Bahamas



Esmond Weekes - director

BAHA MAR

NASB MAS rg

CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd. seeks to hire a
Project/Construction Manager

The Project/Construction Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, supervising
and coordinating the work of consultants, contractors and sub-trades as required
for various projects. They must ensure that the projects meet design, budget,
schedule and quality requirements.

- The successful applicant will be responsible for:

e Ensuring the trade contractors are carrying out their work in accordance with
the Contract, including approved method statements and other approved
documents relating to Health & Safety, environmental issues and quality.
Facilitating the work of the contractors, so far as possible, by ensuring the
necessary logistic arrangements are set up and operating
Interfacing between contractors
Recording the progress of work and valuation
Carrying out inspections with the contractor to verify that work is in accordance
with the approved standards. Escort other parties, (Local Authority, Consultants,
Clients etc) as requested, to participate in inspections.

Conducting or participating in site meetings as requested, and provide written
records.

Creating and executing project work plans and revises as appropriate to meet
changing needs and requirement.

Identifying resources needed and assigns individual responsibilities
Managing day-to-day operational aspects of a project and scope

Minimizing exposure to risk

Managing project budget

Analyzing project cost

Qualifications include:

Extensive knowledge of the general construction industry and the sub trades
Extensive knowledge of construction legal issues including contracts, liens,
labor standards, retainage and other related topics

Ability to perform project management duties for construction projects up to
$150,000,000 effectively and efficiently including but not limited to Budgeting,
Scheduling, QA, Submittals, etc

Ability to identify, troubleshoot and resolve problems on projects before they
become major issues.

Ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time while maintaining attention
to detail

Ability to work in stressful situations

Ability to juggle departmental resources to meet deadlines

Ability to read and interpret financial reports

Ability to consistently prepare accurate cost estimates

Ability to successfully negotiate with owner's, architects, engineers,
subcontractors and suppliers

Ensure Design and Budget is compatible.

Development of assigned Bid Packages

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Mitigates team conflict and communication problems

Motivates team to work together in the most efficient manner

Please forward your curriculum vitae with salary requirements via e-mail to the

Human Resources Manager at hr@bahamar.com
or fax to (242) 677-9100 no later than February 21, 2008.

All responses will be held in the strictest confidence.


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NOTICE

ALBANY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation) —

Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned c/o P.O. Box N-3229, Nassau, Bahamas on or

before the 10" March 2008. In default thereof they will be

excluded from the benefit of any distribution made by the

Liquidator

Dated the 8" day of February 2008.

Shareece E. Scott
Liquidator

NOTICE

ALBANY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an Extraordinary General
Meeting of the Shareholders of ALBANY INVESTMENTS
LIMITED is hereby called to be held at the Registered Office
of the Company, Deltee Bank & Trust Limited, Lyford Cay, New
Providence Bahamas, on the 14" day of March, 2008 at 9:00 am.

The object and purpose of the said meeting is to have laid before
the Shareholders of the Company the accounts of the Liquidator,
Shareece E. Scott, showing the manner in which the winding up
of the Company has been conducted, the property of the Company
distributed and the debts and obligations of the Company
discharged, and also to hear any explanation that may be given by
said Liquidator.

Dated the 8" day of February 2008.

Shareece E. Scott
Liquidator



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Reducing electrici



costs a ‘breeze’ for
one Nassau resort

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

ONE Bahamas-based hotel
is encouraging staff to use the
stairs rather than take the lift,
as major business consumers

vations wherever they can in
the wake of spiralling Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC)
surcharges, which have
increased for February 2008 by
a staggering 67 per cent year-
over-year.

Donella Bethel, director of
sales at SuperClubs Breezes,



Sa

X LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES - VISIT WWW.B
_BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 2,012.44 /C



Securit Previous Close Toda’

Abaco Markets 1.72
Bahamas Property Fund . 11.80
Bank of Bahemas 9.61
Benchmark 0.90
Bahamas Waste 3.66
Fidelity Bank 2.60
Cable Bahamas 12.70
Colina Holdings 3.14
Commonwealth Bank (S1) 7.82
Consolidated Water BDRs 4.60
Doctor's Hospital 2.44
Famguard 7.50
Finco i 13.00
FirstCaribbean 14.00
Focol (S) 5.12
Freeport Concrete 0.77
ICD Utilities ' 7.25
J.S. Johnson 12.50

10.00

- Fidelity Over-The-Gounter Seatinitiag





told Tribune Business that the

of electricity look to enhance
resort has enforced a number

energy efficiency and conser-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MARCO FRANCOIS of 1250
2ND STREET, APT#201, SARASOTA, FLA 34236, UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA, is applying to the Minister resposible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
accitizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that YUNER PETITFOR of 1250
2ND STREET, APT#201, SARASOTA, FLA 34236, UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA, 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 reaistrstion/ naturalizat 1 should not be granted,
should send a Wi:iieii and signed staiement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Ministry of Finance

Central Bank of The Bahamas
Or

neRA

NOTICE

THE BANKS AND TRUST COMPANIES REGULATION ACT, 2000

Notice is hereby given that the Govenor,
pursuant to Section 18 (1)(a)(ii) of The Banks and
Trust Companies Regulation Act, 2000 has revoked by
Order dated 28th January, 2008 the unrestricted
branch banking license granted on 28th day of August,
1995, to Banco Boavista S.A. (now known as Banco
Boavista Interatlantico S.A.), on the grounds that the
company has ceased to carry on branch banking
business.

Signed: Wendy Craigg
Governor
The Central Bank of The Bahamas





























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9.61 0.00 0.612 0.260 15.7 2.71%
0.90 0.00 0.188 0.030 4.8 3.33%]
3.66 ~ 0.00 0.289 0.090 12.7 2.46%
2.60 0.00 0.058 0.040 44.8 1.54%

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of internal measures as a way
of reducing electricity bills.
These include encouraging
employees. to take the stairs
rather than use elevators,
ensuring there are no water
leaks or running water, that
office equipment is only turned
on when needed, and not left
on at the end of the day; and
educating staff on the impor-
tance of such measures.

Such measures are increas-
ingly important, given that
Bahamian hotels have some of
the highest operating costs in
the region and are desperate
to find any measures to reduce
costs.

Frank Comito, the Bahamas
Hotel Association’s (BHA)
executive vice-president, said
the best way for Bahamian
resorts to counter skyrocket-
ing electricity bills was with full

room nights.

Last week, BEC released its
surcharges for 2007 and the
first two months of 2009.
BEC’s fuel surcharge was
$0.164 for February 2008, a
major increase over the
$0.098638 rate charged in Feb-
ruary 2007, which was compa-
rable to the previous year’s
$0.097073 surcharge.

For January, BEC’s fuel sur-
charge stood at $0.14945 cents,
a 50.7 per cent increase over
the previous year’s $0.09914.

The fuel surcharge increases
are a direct product of the
spike in global oil prices, which
earlier this year touched $100
per barrel, and indicate that
BEC bought its fuel for Janu-
ary and February at the market
peak. It is possible that
March’s surcharge may be
even higher.

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, Abaco, is looking to fill the
following positions in its Development Department. This is an

eight (8) year project.

Project Manager - Construction

¢ Minimum 10 years experience in construction management
¢ Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
* Proficient in creating and monitoring of construction

schedules

e Assist with development of forecasting and working

budgets -

¢ Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
¢ Keen understanding of maintaining aggressive schedules

within planned budgets

¢ Needs good communication, logistical and organizational

skill

¢ Will work closely with larger GC on high-end product
Assistant Project Manager/Site Superintendent

¢ Minimum 5 years of construction site management

experience

¢ Good working knowledge of timber and masonry

construction methods

¢ Working knowledge of construction materials
* Proficient in reading and understanding construction plans
¢ Proficient in fielding and resolving daily on-site queries

from contractors

¢ Proficient in performing material take-offs

¢ Proficient in creating construction schedules

* Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel

¢ Needs good communication, logistical and organizational

skills

Quantity Surveyor/Estimator

¢ Minimum 5 years experience as a QS/Construction

Estimator

* Proficient in reading and understanding of construction

plans

* Proficient in material take-offs and creating Bills of

Quantities

¢ Proficient in developing forecasting and working budgets
¢ Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
¢ Need good communication and organizational skills

Project Scheduler

¢ Minimum 5 years experience as a Project Scheduler

¢ Proficient in reading and understanding of construction
plans

° Proficient with Sure-Track scheduler program

¢ Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel

* Need good communication and organizational skills

Procurement Officer

¢ Minimum 5 years experience as a Procurement Officer




























Symbol _ Bid $ reins pi rie errr * Detailed understanding of freight and shipping logistics
Bahamas Supermarkets ; 14.60 15.60 16.00 . : 1 } ;
Capsbesn Crossing (Pre) 600 655 6.00 * Proficient with ordering and tracking of construction
a NO Holdings Sood a 0.35. O49 materials
IEE Sines OMS THO- COUNT SOCUTUOS —— ‘ “ale
ABDAB 41.00 ag00 at OO. * Good working knowledge of construction materials
oe ise oe hon ¢ Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
Le oe BIS Listed Mutual Rude ° Need good communication and organizational skills
Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months
1.2037 Colina Bond Fund 1.291985*"
2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.999402"** 19.97% Warehouse Clerk _
1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.378862"
3.0569 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 3.7969** 27.72% 27.72% : . .
11.3545 Fidelity Prime income Fund 11.9333"* 5.53% 5.53% J ¢ Good understanding of construction materials
100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00** 1
100.0000 GFAL Global Equity Fund 100.00** ¢ Good understanding of warehouse procedures
1.0000 CFAL High Grade Bond Fund 1.00** ¢ Proficient with Microsoft Excel
10 000 Fidelity Intérnational Investment Fund 10.50**** oa oe eee fe tees fit. 4.3 7
ey Cee ee FINDEX: CLOSE 929.18 7YTO +2:40% / 2007 34.47% AS
JARE INDEX - 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS. YIELD - last 12 month dividends divided by closing prico Resume should be sent to Nick Sims.
52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity :
Sent - Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity * 4 February 2008 Development Department,
revious Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price - Last traded ‘er-the-counter price ** . 91 December 2007
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume Wookly Vol. - radia vouiine of the ah Week “et Tanlea don The Abaco Club on Winding Bay,
Change - Change in closin rice from day to da EPS $ - Acc 28 's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mth sees. 2 Janual 2 —
Daily Vol. - Number of tia chore padedliodegs NAV - Net eset vaine pe meee 7h eeaenecoe P.O. Box AB 20571, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
DIV $ - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M - Not Meaningful
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 montt ings FINDEX - The Fidolity Bahamas Stock Indox. January 1, 1994 = 100
ice MeeGnIERE Caetano OP Re Tr eh) te ek or e-mail to construction@theabacoclub.com
for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007
70 TRADE CALL: CRAL 242-602-7010 ( FIDELITY 242-366-7764 / FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION CALL (242) 494-2603


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