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The Tribune
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Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau tribune
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Nassau, Bahamas
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Tribune
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2008
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Daily, except Sunday
daily
normalized irregular
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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Bahamas

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Senior High School

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

A VIOLENT altercation at
C C Sweeting Senior High
School on Monday morning

- left a.17-year-old male student .

dead and two male students in
police.custody.----

The bold attack took place
on the school’s compound
while two police officers were
at the campus to deal with an
unrelated matter, The Tribune
learned.

According to reports, at
approximately 11.55 am —
shortly after the school’s mid-
morning break — the 12th
grade student was returning to

class from the school’s “tuck ,

shop” when he was reportedly
approached by two male stu-

dents. An argument followed

resulting in the victim being
stabbed in the chest with a
knife, reports indicate.

EMS personnel responded
to the scene, however, the 17-
year-old was pronounced dead
shortly after arriving at the hos-
pital. Although police have not
yet released his identity, fami-
ly members have identified the
deceased as Rico Farrington,
17, of Milton Street who was
just two months shy of his 18th
birthday.

After news broke of this lat-
est bout of school violence,
many concerned citizens
resumed the call for the return
_ of uniformed police officers to

public schools.
Yesterday, school officials
and police maintained that the

‘presence of police officers can-

not reverse the criminal mind-
set and lack of conflict.resolu-
tion skills that are at the root of
the country’s crime problem.
“There (were) two officers

on the campus dealing with -

another matter but often times
even with the best of plans
these (are) matters that you
basically cannot police. One
incident is too many but the
fact remains that (since Sep-
tember) we’ve been on top of
things at this institution,”
Howard Newbold, north-west-
ern district superintendent of
schools said at a press confer-
ence following the incident. He
said there was “no indication at
this time” that the stabbing was
gang related.

Chief Superintendant Hulan
Hanna told the media that sim-
ply returning police back. to
school’s will not change the
mind of a student intent on
committing a violent act.

“There’s nothing to (deter) a
student from tossing an offen-
sive weapon over a fence,
bringing something onto the
school compound after the
school has been dismissed for
the day.

“There are any number of
variables that (are) present and
so the issue here in my opinion

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aunt ofthe C C Sweeting student who was murdered yesterday.

BEST commission refuses to provide

Delivery firm is
facing legal action
after alleged loss

of court documents

A NASSAU parcel delivery
firm is to face legal action after
allegedly losing a package of
valuable court documents.

United Parcel Service, better
known as UPS, is being sued by
justice campaigners Greg and
Tanya Cash, who claim papers
destined for the Privy Council in
London went astray.

The couple are suing UPS,
Pinder’s Customs Brokerage,
and Richard Ratcliffe, a Pin-
der’s representative who is man-

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

THE BEST commission has
refused to provide a copy of its
report about the Albany project
in the face of allegations that it
was “buried” when it was found
to include recommendations
against the developer’s proposal
to “cut through” Adelaide beach
to create a canal.

The excavation of a canal
through Adelaide beach to ser-
vice the development’s inland
marina is a major feature of the
project.

Yesterday, Minister of Works
Earl Deveaux said that advice he

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for three charged
in connection
with toddler's
speedboat death

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

AN APRIL trial date has
been set for three Bahamian
men charged in the death of a
British toddler killed by a
speedboat on Paradise Island,
the BBC has reported.

Boat driver James Bain and
boat owners Clifford Nottage
and Evangeless Williamson are
charged with manslaughter
through negligence.

Two-year-old Paul Gallagher
from Orpington, south-east
London, died from head injuries
when a speedboat ran up onto
the beach outside Atlantis
where he was playing in 2002.

The trial date was announced
to the British press yesterday
by the Foreign Office, the BBC
reported.

Andrea, Paul’s mother, con-

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City Market
assures public
after girl falls

in septic pit

near store

FOLLOWING the accident of
a young girl, who fell into an open
septic pit near the City Market
South Beach store, the compa-
ny’s operators yesterday assured
the public that all necessary
repairs have been completed to
prevent a similar incident from
happening in the future.

According to reports, the girl
was playing in the area close to
the shopping centre on East
Street South last Wednesday
when she suddenly fell into an
open cesspit.

Her mother was outraged that
a septic pit had been left open in
such a heavily populated area and
said she was concerned that her
daughter may have been exposed
to dangerous bacteria.

She told local media that she
made certain to wash her daugh-
ter with disinfectants.

In a press statement yesterday,
City Market assured the public
that it has “taken all necessary
steps to ensure that the condition
that led to an unfortunate inci-

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PLANS are afoot to decen-
tralise Defence Force opera-
tions from New Providence and
station marines throughout the
Bahamas.

Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest said this
should enhance the force’s abil-
ity to deal with border security
issues.

“We know that it is virtually
impossible to patrol the bor-
ders of our vast archipelago
from a central hub in the capi-
tal,” Mr Turnquest said. “The
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
is therefore proceeding with the
initiative to decentralise from
its headquarters in New Provi-
dence to bases in the southern,
central and northern
Bahamas,” he said.

“In other.words, we will meet
challenges and threats to our
national security where they
exist throughout the archipel-
ago.”

Mr Turnquest told all mem-
bers of the force can “expect
to go to sea” and must be pre-
pared to do so.

He said they must expect
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to bases in the southern, central
and northern Bahamas as part
of the new strategy.

He.said officers and marines
must also expect, periodically,
that they will be called upon to
take part in operational training
exercises; to build expertise and
experience within the force
and to prepare the force to
respond in case of a national
emergency.

Mr Turnqust said this is one
of several “decisive steps” the
government is taking to
strengthen the seagoing and air-
borne capacity of the force to
combat the increasing illegal
drug, gun arid immigrant smug-
gling, as well as transnational
crime.

Addressing the graduation
ceremony for Marine Entry 44,
Royal Bahamas Defence Force,
Mr Turnquest said the
Bahamas must be seen as cred-
ible and decisive in its efforts to
protect the country’s national
borders from criminals at a
time when transnational crime,
including organised crime, is on
the increase.

New measures will include
the provision of additional
seagoing and air assets to the
force in a “phased-in manner”,
as well as the expansion of base
operations outside of New
Providence.

He said the base expansion
will allow the national security
officials to “meet the challenges
and threats to our national
security where they exist
throughout the archipelago.”

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sive in Our initiatives to protect
Our national borders,” Mr
Turnquest told the new
marines.

“You share the responsibility

to guard our marine resources .

and to protect them against
poachers.

“You share the responsibility
to protect the sovereignty and
the territorial integrity of our
the Bahamas, including the pro-

Call for protection:

A LEADING pastor wants
the government to set up an

agency to clamp down on ja
unscrupulous lawyers, devel- |

opers and building contrac-
tors.

Bishop Simeon Hall wants
to prevent “unsuspecting”
people from being exploited
when they try to buy a home
of their own.

His appeal has gone out to |

Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Kenneth
Russell, who has been asked
to find a way of protecting
home-buyers from losing their
“hard earned” dollars.
Bishop Hall, senior pastor
of New Covenant Baptist
Church, says in his letter to
the minister: “It seems to me
that your ministry’s mandate
of providing housing for the



tection of our territorial water:
and airspace.

“You also share responsibil-
ity for protecting our country.
from transnational crime,’
including drug trafficking and
other illegal trafficking activi-
ties such as arms trafficking and,
against illegal immigrants and
migrant smuggling. This is an;
awesome task,” Mr Turaquestr
added. )

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Bahamian people should also include the protection of per-- :
sons who wish to own a home from losing their hard-earned,

dollars.”

He cited the case of Mr Sharron Davis, who claimed to:
have bought land off Cowpen Road and was still “out in the> )

cold” to the tune of $60,000.

Bishop Hall has sent copies of cheques to Mr Russell made *
payable to a Nassau law firm.

“I draw no conclusion from this, but simply make the point

that this young couple (whose wedding ceremony I performed ,

a few years ago) are without their life’s savings.”

Bishop Hall said it was difficult for him to ascertain where
truth and fiction lay “but an established office in the Ministry -
of Housing should be able to assess the facts and address
these kinds of problems so that naive young Bahamians could

achieve their dreams.”

The pastor has offered to discuss the matter with Mr Rus-

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008, PAGE 3



© In brief

Govt backs
controversial
Defence Force
fitness policy

THE government stands
behind the controversial fitness
policy introduced by the new
Defence Force commander.

Speaking at a graduation cer-
emony for marines, Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest said that all mem-
bers of the force must expect to
have high standards of physical
fitness demanded of them.

“We are in accord with the
commander (Commodore Clif-
ford Scavella) in stressing that
physical fitness goes hand-in-
hand with strict discipline,
ethics, integrity and efficiency
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of an efficient Royal Bahamas
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This comes after a number
of marines complained to the
press that they felt Com-
modore Scavella’s new manda-
tory fitness regime was unnec-
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However, several members
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an acceptable level of discipline
to the organisation.

Mr Turnquest challenged the
graduating marines to be assets
to the force, their families and
the country, and to continue to
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“In this day and time when
so many of our Bahamian
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of violence and crime, be care-
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lest you find yourselves in
adverse situations,” he said.

“When you act, do so with
integrity, do not mind the opin-
ions others have of you, or suc-
cumb to pressures of any kind.
If you fail te act with dignity
and integ «vy, you could well
cause serious concerns to be
raised about the performance
and integrity of the entire

force,” iit Turnquest added. -

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
~“}.1bune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A $50,000
boat sank in waters off West
End on early Saturday morn-
ing after the vessel struck a
rock at sea. .

Chief Supt Basil Rahming,
press liaison officer, reported
that the two Americans on
board were able to safely get
into a dinghy before the vessel
went underwater.

According to reports, Mr
Clint Kapp, 49, of Southwood,
Missouri, was piloting his yacht
named, “Sea Escape” at about
3am on Saturday when the
incident occurred.

Mr Rahming said Mr Kapp
was travelling from Ft Laud-
erdale, Florida, to West End.
He was accompanied by a
friend, Clifford Seicher, of Port
St Lucie, Florida.

Mr Kapp told police that as
he got about five miles off the
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and crashed into a rock at sea,
resulting in significant damage
to the vessel.

Supt Rahming said Mr
Kapp and his passenger were
able to launch their dinghy
before the yacht quickly took
on water and sank. ;

The vessel is valued at
$50,000 and was purchased by
Mr Kapp just five weeks ago.

Neither man sustained any
injuries during the ordeal.

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Stabbing sparks calls for
return of police to schools

IN THE wake of the tragic
stabbing of a 17-year-old CC
Sweeting student yesterday, a
number of concerned citizens
called on the government to
immediately return police offi-
cers to schools.

However, police and school
officials strongly maintained
that violence on campus is‘a
reflection of social ills, and can-
not be prevented by police.

Omar Archer, who is vying
for the PLP chairmanship at the
party’s upcoming convention,
said that he felt that the inci-
dent could have been avoided.

“It is important to be pro-
active in our approach and had
the minister (Carl Bethel)
employed pro-active measures

’ such as having police officers in

the schools I think this could

But officers, school officials say
violence is reflection of social ills

have been avoided,” he told
The Tribune yesterday.

“I think the real problem lies
with poor parenting also.
Maybe not in this case, but we
find that many children in our
country had kids when they
were 14 and what we see is the
residual effect of that. I think
it’s only going to get worse if
the problem isn’t addressed”.

At a press conference follow-
ing the stabbing, Chief Super-
intendent Hulan Hanna said

that a student intent on com-
mitting an offence will find a
means to smuggle a weapon
onto school premises.

“There’s nothing to deter a
student from tossing an offen-
sive weapon over a fence, bring-
ing something onto the school
compound after school has been
dismissed for the day.

“There are any number of
variables, and so the issue here
in my opinion is that someone
had the temerity to bring a knife

Christie hoping to settle

Malcolm Adderley matter
‘one way gr the other’

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

FORMER prime minister
Perry Christie said he hopes
to shortly settle the matter of
Elizabeth MP Malcolm
Adderley’s political position
“one way or the other.”

Speaking as a guest on the
IslandFM show “Parliament
Street” on Sunday, Mr
Christie remained vague in
discussing the implications of
Mr Adderley holding the
Gaming Board chairmanship
under the FNM government,
but said that his party will
soon be able to “honestly and
appropriately address this
issue.”

Mr Adderley, whose politi-
cal allegiance has been the
subject of speculation for
some time now, caused raised
eyebrows again last month
when he was reappointed as
Gaming Board chairman for
the next two years.

The MP also caused talk
when he absented himself
from parliament when the



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Mr Christie on Sunday said
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would hold an executive posi-
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tration.

The situation, he conceded,
“does raise obviously some
very serious questions.”

However, Mr Christie

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added that in this case, he is
fortunate to know of the
“goodness and sincerity” of
Mr Adderley.

The PLP leader did not go
into any further details about
the matter and would not say
if he has directly confronted
the Elizabeth MP about it.

Mr Christie would only say
that this a “very sensitive and

‘important time” and that out

of respect to his parliamen-
tary colleagues, which include
Malcolm Adderley, he will
address the matter more
directly in the proper format.

According to PLP sources,
Mr Adderley is allegedly dis-
gruntled with his party and Mr
Christie because he was not
given a Cabinet post during
the last administration.

FNM sources have told The
Tribune that it would wise for
the governing party to court
the Elizabeth MP and entice
him to “cross the aisle.”

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onto the school campus and had
the courage to use the knife.
That speaks to a more funda-
mental question than mere
police security on the schools,”
he said, adding that a change in
mindset is necessary to reverse
upward crime trends.

In a state: ent released yes-
terday, the Worker’s Party
urged the government to return
plainclothes and unformed offi-
cers to the nation’s public
schools. The party also called
for former prime minister Perry
Christie to direct the Urban
Renewal Programme, which
was relaunched yesterday.

“The Workers Party is pained
and obliged to call on the FNM
government to stop its brazen
and characteristic stubbornness
and admit that its decision to
remove the police from the
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attended by stake holders, com-
munity leaders, all political par-
ties and special interests groups
to discuss the nerve bending
crime problem, our high toler-
ance and predilection to mur-
der, and solutions,” the release
stated.

Yesterday a violent dispute
at C C Sweeting Senior High
School left 17-year-old Rico
Farrington of Milton Street
dead and two male students in
police custody for questioning.

According to reports, shortly
before noon, the 12th grade stu-
dent was returning to class from
the school’s ‘tuck shop’ when
he was approached by some
persons.

An altercation reportedly
ensued resulting in Farrington
being stabbed to the chest with
a knife.

According to reports, two
police officers were on the

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LAST WEEK Prime Minister Ingraham,
although guaranteeing delivery on his
promised Freedom of Information Act, said
that a cultural shift within the civil service
would have to take place before such an Act
could become law.

A “mindset change” must take place in the
public sector allowing civil servants to be
more forthcoming with public information
before this can be done, he said.

When asked at the first of his promised
“quarterly conversations” with the press,
about the introduction of a Freedom of Infor-
mation Act, which would allow the media
and general pubic to freely accéss public doc-
uments and information, the prime minister
said:

“Laws don’t make people do what they’re
not naturally inclined to do.”

We agree with this, but it is unfair to blame
civil servants who have been so terrorised
by politicians over the years — even to the
point of fearing for their jobs, and in many
cases losing them — to expect them now to
start giving out information. They need guid-
ance. They need an assurance that frankness
with the press will not jeopardise their posi-
tions. A Freedom of Information Act would

relieve them of this fear, and go a long way in...

prying lose information that should be in the
public domain.

The Tribune is being bombardedéby calls ~

from upset citizens in the Cable Beach area
who are angry because they are being kept in
the dark about a road diversion that will com-
pletely disrupt their lives when it gets under-
way. Others, particularly Bahamians who for
many lifetimes have regarded Adelaide beach
as their private picnic area, now fear they
might not only lose part of the beach for the
creation of a private marina, but what is left
will be denuded by erosion. There are many
examples of this around the island.

These people are fearful of the unknown.
They are asking legitimate questions and
they are entitled to legitimate answers.

Opposition leader Perry Christie, whose
government negotiated these developments
might be happy that the Ingraham adminis-
tration has finally signed-off on the supple-
mental heads of agreement that he was deal-
ing with before he was voted out of office, but

has he given any thought to the right of

Bahamians to know what is going on?
Yesterday our news staff ran into a situa-

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in the cross-fire.

Our concerned callers have heard many
rumours, which our reporters are trying to
check out. One concerned the BEST Com-
mission, which refused to provide a copy of its
report about the Albany project.

Our reporter was told that initially when
the developers proposed a marina, cutting a
canal across Adelaide Beach, BEST recom-
mended against it, but said that if the Christie
government were to grant the necessary exca-
vation for the canal then the investors should
put up a $5 million bond. We were told that

permission has been given for the dredging, ‘

but the bond now required is only $1 mil-
lion. True or false? This is what our reporter
was trying to discover. (See story page 1).

The person our reporter was told to con-
tact at BEST said she could not comment.
Asked why, she said “job security laws” pre-
vented it. How can anyone deny the people
who pay their salaries, the right to know what
government is doing in their name?

A Freedom of Information Act is needed
sooner, not later.

We recall a letter written to The Tribune by
former National Trust president Pericles
Maillis in 1999 when he was fighting against
the Clifton Cay development. He pleaded
with government to safeguard beach areas
for the public, pointing out how quickly they
were being lost. In the context of Clifton he
said that “there is a rush by the proponents of
it and in government circles to get the matter
approved without the people of New Provi-
dence knowing the real truth about what else
is coming and what else is already approved.”

Today history is repeating itself. Knowing
how much Mr Maillis treasures the environ-
ment and the protection of nature, maybe
he can tell us what cutting through this beach
will mean to the island, but especially to the
people who live in the area, including those
city folk who for generations have spent many
carefree hours enjoying Adelaide beach. We
ask this question of Mr Maillis because he is
an Adelaide resident who has cherished his
plot of land.

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recognition

EDITOR, The Tribune.

My name is Peggy Williams,
mother of Shenell Mott, a 15-
year-old 10th grader of the R
M Bailey Senior who was one
of the students locked in the
school gym.

I read your editorial today
(30th January, 2008), and
took offence to most of what
you said.

You don’t have a clue
about most parents in the
Bahamas.

You only know the bad
because that is what your
paper reports.

There are more parents
involved in the children's lives
that aint.

This is why I took my com-
plaint public, I refused to let
my daughter be generalized
and I will not be generalized.

Those who are in places of
authority have a responsibili-
ty to operate in the confines
of the law.

While I do support getting
our children in line with the

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rules and guidelines, it is my
position that those who set
the rules and guidelsines for
the students, also have rules
and guidelines to govern their
actions, if not given by the
Ministry ‘of Education, there
are laws that govern all of us
citizens of the Bahamas.

Most of the uniforms were
purchased from one place
whose apparent focus is on
waist size instead of different
length sizes.

The majority of those stu-
dents were not acting in rebel-
lion, but are victims of cir-
cumstances.

While you are in a position
to cast blame and point fin-
gers, please use your place to
give a balanced report.

This country is not full of
criminals, there are hard-
working, law-abiding parents,
who fight traffic everyday to
ensure that their children are

to school on time and safely
home afterwards.

Why don’t you recognize
these efforts?

I have forwarded for your

‘veiwing the place where the

students of R M Bailey Senior
were locked up (chain and
padlock).

These were not criminals,
in most cases they were chil-
dren of hardworking parents
who bought uniforms in Sep-
tember believing they were
doing good by their children.

But because the shirt
stopped by the knees the chil-
dren spend
months of disruptions.

My daughter is an honour
roll student, gpa 3.30 focus
and mannerly.

I won’t have a protrait oth-
erwise.

PEGGY WILLIAMS
Proud Parent.

January 30, 2008

Fighting the establishment is noble -
but who in government do you sue?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE concept of fighting the
establishment for change has
always been a noble one at
best.

The latest attempt by Mr
Nairn and Moss last week on
radio to suggest that persons
should sue the government
was one such noble idea.

Discounting Mr Moss’s
political affiliation and what-
ever agenda Mr Nairn has, it is
my belief that both men mean

well to suggest that the gov-

ernment, through a law suit,
should be held accountable
for its actions regarding court
cases.

However, the reality is who
do you sue — the Attorney
General’s office; the legisla-










tive branch or the judicial
branch?

These are all areas that
make up the government of
the Bahamas and as such
share some portion of the
blame for the state of the
court system today.

Further, to sue, one will
need to use the aforemen-
tioned systems in order to pur-
sue the objective of holding
the government accountable
and as each of us know the
system is in such a state that
any proposed legal action will
end up in a sea of quandary
and delays that will make it
near impossible to see the
light of day — you will only be
throwing good money after
bad, my friend.

I put it to Mr Moss that the
best solution you can give at
this juncture is to advise your
colleagues in the bar associa-
tion to stop constipating the
system with all the legal wran-
gling and to start acting in the
spirit of the law!

It is a well known fact that
your establishment is an “ol’
boys club” where seniority
and name affiliation are the

Dame Sawyer had it right
when she said that we must
stop pointing fingers when it
comes to the issue of crime,
however I would like to go a
step further and suggest that
that each branch of govern-
ment, as well as the bar asso-
ciation, need to take a deep
and honest look at the way in
which they contribute to the
delay of justice in this country. .
It is only then will we start to
see meaningful change in how
justice is being delivered.

ERIC STRACHAN
Nassau,
February, 2008.

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Man,49,
accused of
possessing
marijuana
worth nearly
$62,000

A 49-year-old Andros man
accused of being found in pos-
session of nearly $62,000 worth
of marijuana over the weekend
was remanded to Her Majesty’s
prison yesterday after appearing
in Magistrate’s Court. .

Herman Capron of Mastic
Point appeared before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel at court
_ eight in Bank Lane, charged

with possession of marijuana
with the intent to supply.

According to court dockets, it
was alleged that Capron was
found in possession of the drugs
on Saturday, February 9 while
at Mastic Point.

Capron, who is being repre-
sented by attorney Langton
Hilton, pleaded not guilty to the
drug charge.

He was remanded to Her
Majesty’ Prison and his case has
been adjourned to February 18,
when a trial date will be set.

e TWO men accused of being
- found in possession of 10 and a
half pounds of marijuana were
arraigned in Magistrate’s Court

_ yesterday.

Kevin Woodside, 28, of Wil-
son Street and Adrian Beckles,
32, of Hay Street were
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel, charged with
possession of marijuana with
the intent to supply.

According to court dockets, it

is alleged that the accused were .

found in possession of the drugs
on Friday, February 8.

Woodside pleaded not guilty
to the charge and although
Beckles initially pleaded guilty,
Magistrate Bethel did not
accept his plea as equivocal as
he denied ever intending to sell
the drugs.

Both men were remanded to
Her Majesty’s Prison and their
case has been adjourned to Feb-

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LOCAL NEWS

‘Urban Renewal Initiative was not started by Perry Christie’

@ by Xan-Xi Bethel

THE status of former prime minister
Perry Christie as the originator of the
Urban Renewal Programme was chal-
lenged yesterday.

Over the weekend, Mr Christie blasted
the FNM’s decision to officially re-launch
the programme, saying that the changes
which have been made are “a bloody dis-
grace.”

However at a press conference yester-
day, Brensil Rolle, Parliamentary Secre-
tary in the Ministry of Housing, said: “The
Urban Renewal initiative was not started
by Perry Christie. That programme began
in the 1970s under the Pindling ddminis-
tration.”

Mr Rolle went on to claim that another
phase of the programme was brought into
play under the first Ingraham administra-
tion, with the introduction of a community

policing initiative. He says that Mr Christie
only built onto the foundation that was
laid many years before his time as prime
minister and is now trying to take credit for
something that he did not start.

In response to Christie’s claims that the
Urban Renewal initiative had stopped
when the FNM came to power last year,
Mr Rolle said Mr Christie “needs to get his
facts straight”.

He said that the Urban Renewal Pro-
gramme never stopped, and outlined vari-
ous continuing projects over the past eight
months.

The re-launch is just an introduction of
an Urban Renewal Programme that has
been “re-vamped and restructured,” he
said.

Mr Rolle explained that the Urban
Renewal: Liveable Neighbourhoods Pro-
gramme is now under the strict adminis-
tration of the Ministry of Housing with a

hierarchy designed for efficiency and max-
imum results. He Rolle cited city clean-
up, youth programmes, community semi-
nars and monthly police walkabouts as
some of the main initiatives under the new
structure of the programme.

Previously, the programme was headed
by the police. This time, the police are not
heading Urban Renewal but are still an
integral part of the “new thrust”, he said.

Mr Rolle also explained that the ulti-
mate goal is to implement a programme
that can be eventually taken over by the
community rather than being headed by
the government.

The programme is being launched full
force in New Providence and Grand
Bahama. Permanent Secretary of the Min-
istry of Housing Camille Johnson said that
they plan to start small and eventually
begin full-fledged Urban Renewal pro-
grammes on each of the Family Islands.

“Urban Renewal is a safety net for peo-
ple who would otherwise fall through the
cracks,” she said.

She stressed that the programme is about
changing the mindset and attitudes of peo-
ple. “We cannot be successful if the com-
munities themselves don’t buy in.”

The present administration believes that
the old set-up of the programme did not
look at the “whole man”.

“We are trying to include every aspect of
the lives of our people.” said Kenneth Rus-
sell, Minister of Housing. “It will be tested
in the Englerston Community with the pro- .
gramme being duplicated in each of the
other Urban Renewal jurisdictions.”

He said that the four main objectives of
the new programme are to increase safety,
wealth, independence, and create a sense of
responsibility. “We are implementing a
value system to replace the culture of vio-
lence.”

Bahamians told: Stop protecting criminals

BAHAMIANS have been told
they must take a stand against
crime by making a conscious deci-
sion to stop knowingly protect-
ing drug dealers, thieves, rapists
and murderers.

Executive vice president of the
Bahamas National Youth Council
Sacha Armbrister said Bahami-
ans are placing the blame for
crime on everybody from the gov-
ernment to the police, when it is
actually a community problem
and many persons knowingly pro-
tect those committing the very
same crimes they decry.

She delivered a powerful and
emotional welcome address at the
first National Youth Anti-Crime
and Non-Violence Forum host-
ed by the Conference of Youth
Leaders (COYL) in conjunction
with the Ministry of National
Security.

Ms Armbrister said the forum,
which was attended by hundreds
of young Bahamians represent-
ing every island in the Bahamas,
signified that the youth of the
nation are committed to helping
make the Bahamas a safer place.

“Today is not a day to be taken
lightly,” Ms Armbrister said.
“This is a day the leaders of our

~country put their pens down,

close their mouths, remove the
blindfolds and open their ears to
hear and seriously acknowledge
not the cry, but the strong, deter-
mined voices of the young
Bahamians being affected by
crime.

“You are the voices of those

who cannot be heard. Let this
country hear you roar. Today is

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strategies and systems you trust
can decrease crime, strengthen
relationships between law
enforcement and the communi-
ty, and send a clear message that
we will not allow criminals to dic-
tate how we live our lives.

“The policies you propose in
this room will change history and
more importantly, save lives.

“T implore you, do not hold
your tongue, engage in the con-
versations, be passionate and pro-
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said. ’

She said finding solutions to
crime became an especially per-
sonal matter for her after her
uncle was murdered in Grand

‘Bahama in 2007.

Ms Armbrister said the forum
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sons from across the Bahamas on
how they view crime and crimi-
nality. “What it is going to do is to
help decrease crime and save lives
in.the future and so it’s a major
step and we want to thank the
Ministry of National Security for
supporting this event,” Ms Arm-
brister added.

Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest said he was
excited by the number of young
persons who attended the forum.

“Excellent turn-out, excellent
cross-section of students from the
public and private school systems
and we have gotten good partici-
pation from the Family Island
schools and the schools in Grand
Bahama,” Mr Turnquest said.

“The forum afforded officials
at the Ministry of National Secu-
rity to get to the source of young
people telling us their views on
the crime situation in our country
and to assist us in formulating
recommendations for solutions
and I think that is absolutely
important.

“T think it was an excellent
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reticence that they are not being
taken seriously, but I think that
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VOOR iet
Canada donate

$10,750 to

Ranfurly Home

THE Ranfurly Home for
Children benefited from the
generosity of a large group of
Canadian visitors — who handed
the administrators a cheque for
$10,750.

Royal LePage, Canada’s first
residential real estate compa-
ny, was responsible for the gift.

The company brought 160
real ‘estate agents to the

Bahamas as members of its’

National Chairman’s Club.
The club represents agents in
the top one per cent of sales
across Canada, and the $10,750
- came from their voluntary con-
tributions.

The donation is Royal LeP-
age’s second annual philan-
thropic effort as part of the
National Chairman’s Club
retreat.

A year earlier, the group
came to the aid of a women’s
shelter in San Juan, Puerto
Rico.

In addition to the cheque, the
Ranfurly Home children were
also treated to a special dinner,
an evening of socialising and a
trove of toys and other gifts.

“In a short period of time and
with little knowledge of this
cause, you donated monies,
shopped for gifts and came
tonight to share your time,”
Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper
told agents.

Although the donations were
genuine gestures, they also
made good business sense, he
said. .
“Companies that support
causes for the long haul win the
hearts of customers,” he said.
“In fact, 80 per cent of adults
prefer companies that commit
to specific causes for a long peri-
od of time, rather than those
who opt for multiple, short-peri-
od causes. Eighty-four per cent
of consumers indicate that their

:

impression of corporations who :
have a charitable arm is better ;

than those who do not.

“Seventy-nine per cent indi-
cate that, all things being equal, :
they would be more likely to :
select a product or service from :
a business supporting a good :
cause than those who do not,” :

he said.

There were similar trends for }
company brands and product :
prices. According to Mr Soper, :
66 per cent of consumers would }
switch brands to support a cause ;
and 54 per cent would pay a
higher price for a product or ;
service that supported a cause :

they cared about.

Violetta Gardiner, director
of the Ranfurly Homes, accept- ;
ed the gifts on behalf of the 38 :

children now living there.

The organisation has been a :
safe haven for orphaned, :
abused, neglected or abandoned :
children since 1956, Ms Gar }

diner explained.

“What we try to do here is :
provide a home for them, not :
just a shelter,” she said. “What :
you are seeing here are children i
that are shining through, despite :

their circumstances.”

James Malcolm, director of
groups for Ministry of Tourism, :
added the thanks of the gov- :

ernment.

He pointed out that a record- :
high 100,000 visitors came to :
the Bahamas from Canada last
year. He said Canadian trav- :
ellers are special to Bahamians :
and that the Royal LePage :

group is a remarkable group.

“We have hundreds of cor-
porate groups each year but :
very few of them make this kind :

of contribution,” he said.

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New DVD puts
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in the frame

Third in a series of
‘Off Air TV’ releases

A NEW DVD has been
released that celebrates
Bahamian poetry and high-
lights the works of two well
known poets.

The production is the third
in a series of “Off Air TV”
DVDs launched in April by
Frank Penn to draw atten-
tion to a number of Bahami-
an issues.

The Bahamian Poetry
DVD features original works
by Etienne L Farquharson of
Grand Bahama and Sly
Roker of Nassau.

Mr Farquharson’s poetry
covers topics as controver-
sial as the financial blacklist-
ing of the Bahamas, while Mr
Roker’s more lighthearted
segment sees him waxing
lyrical about adultery and
materialism versus oneness
with God.

There are a total of five
segments in each of the three
DVDs. Mr Penn said that he
plans to produce nine more
DVDs, one every three
months.

According to Mr Penn,
the first DVD, a study of the
proposals for the creation of
a National Youth Service,
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He said the research cov-
ered the period from 1954 to
a proposed bill on the issue
in 1988 and much of what
transpired after. It asks the
question “has the time come
for a National Youth Ser-
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His latest DVD again
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expanding upon the fact that
Captain Simpson C Penn,
after whom the nation’s cor-
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named, was a vocal advocate
for National Youth Service.

This latest installment
includes rare footage of a
banquet held in Captain Pen-
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the Boys Brigade is discusses
at length.

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the late Prime Minister Sir
Lynden Pindling’s speech at
the 1988 PLP convention, at
which he again raised the
idea of National Youth Ser-
vice, and charts the successful
opposition to the idea led by
the Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association. This sec-
tion includes fascinating
interviews with some of those
involved as well as contem-
poraneous news photos and
stories.

Another feature of the new

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DVD is a section devoted to
the developments that led up
to the Happy Hour Experi-
ence Week — an effort to
focus on the detrimental
effects of promiscuity — held
in 1999,

This came as a result of the
growth in popularity of two
initiatives: WYDPJ (Would
Your Decision Please Jesus?)

and the IPPUAA (Introduc- -

tion and Participation in sex-
ual activity, leads to Promis-
cuity, Unwanted pregnancy,
Abortions and AIDS).

The DVD also includes a
section looking back at the
naming the national softball
stadium after Churchill
Tenor Knowles.

Mr Penn said that anyone
who wants more information
about the series can email:
gbirecording@hotmail.com.

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French astronaut Leopold
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was stuck inside the whole time.
He was supposed to float out-
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7 LOCAL NEWS ! esha

Jacquelyn Murray hailed a ‘woman of principle and integrity’

@ By Clunis Devane



A STATE recognised funeral service was held yesterday at Christ
Church Cathedral for permanent secretary and secretary to the gov-
ernor general, the late Mrs Jacquelyn Murray.

Mrs Murray, whose career in the public service spanned 41 years,
died at Doctors Hospital on February 2 after a short battle with cancer.
She was 62. Governor General Arthur Hanna and Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham were accompanied by Cabinet ministers, members
of parliament and senior public officers at the service.

In his sermon, Canon Basil Tynes declared that that, “Jackie was will-
ing to stand up for principle; she was a woman of principle, a woman
of integrity.”

The Rector of St Barnabas Anglican Parish expressed his belief
that integrity “is something we are losing in this country and we must
wake up as a people where our ‘yes’ means ‘yes’ and our ‘no’ means
‘no’. “So many of us are willing to play the popularity game. We go
along with the flow. We don’t want to say this or that because it might
hurt certain people’s feelings,” the priest said. “But those who kriew
Jackie, knew quite well that she was brave and bold.”

He warned that the apathetic attitude “that is slowly beginning to kill
us in this country” must be ended. “Jackie was never mediocre when
it came to her work. She put out her best and she did her best at
every turn and step along the way. Would to God that every civil ser-
vant in this country put out their best foot in all circumstances because
there are other people who rely upon your witness and your work.”

The governor general, in his tribute, briefly traced the career of
Mrs Murray, which began in January 1967 as a private secretary in the
Ministry of Home Affairs, which he headed.

She died serving as secretary to the governor general, again under Mr
Hanna. Mrs Murray’s survivors include her husband, Frederick; daugh-
ters, LaVette Johnson and YaElI Walcott; her son Krishna Murray
and three grandchildren. She was buried in Woodlawn Gardens on Sol-
dier Road.

NURSING pioneer and trail-
blazer Mary Johnson has official-
ly retired-from frontline nursing —
leaving behind a legacy that will
be difficult to surpass.

Ms Johnson entered the nurs-
ing profession as a trainee in 1960
at the age of 17, at a time when
the face of nursing in the
Bahamas was predominantly
British.

After almost 48 years, Ms



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OUTGOING director of nursing Mary

Johnson has been credited with
changing the landscape of nursing
in the Bahamas by promoting
excellence in service, standards,
education and training.

She-was honoured at a retire-
ment banquet by the Ministry of
Health and Social Development
on Saturday at the British Colo-
nial Hilton. Described as quiet,
unassuming and caring, Ms John-
son recorded a number of firsts
during her career.

She retired as director of nurs-
ing in the. Ministry of Health, a
position she held for 14 years.

Ms Johnson was the first nurse
to complete the Registered Nurse
Programme in three years, after
all every candidate she entered
the programme with had dropped
out; was the first of two Bahami-

Johnson is all smiles after accept-
ing a gift from Mrs Elizabeth Keju,
undersecretary of human resources
at the Ministry of Health.

an nurses deployed as clinical
teachers at the Princess Margaret
Hospital’s School of Nursing in
1968, and was the first Bahamian
female nurse to obtain post-basic
certification in psychiatric nurs-
ing in 1969,

She was granted a Fellowship
by the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO) to attend
the Advanced Nursing Education
Programme at the University of
the West Indies in 1972/3, which
led to her’ becoming the first
Bahamian psychiatric tutor.

A staunch proponent of edu-
cation, Ms Johnson achieved

FAMILY members, friends and colleagues bid their final farewell to



Jacquelyn Murray, who died of cancer at the age of 62.



POLICE officers accompany the coffin of Jacquelyn Murray into Christ
Church Cathedral yesterday morning.

Mary Johnson retires from frontline nursing

sional qualifications including a
degree in education from the Uni-
versity of Miami, and a bachelor
of science degree in nursing and a
masters in rehabilitation and
counselling from the University
of South Florida.

“Ms Johnson is truly a nursing
legend and as the Minister of
Health and Social Development,
I thank her for her years of com-
mitted and faithful service to the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas,”
said Dr Hubert Minnis.

“She has served well and has
served with distinction and her
successor will indeed have big
shoes to fill.”

Admired throughout the nurs-
ing profession and the educa-
tional system for her commitment
to education and training, Ms
Johnson has played a “significant
role” in the development of many
of the programmes that young
nursing students have access to.

She has also helped a number
of nurses to take advantage of
training opportunities locally and
abroad. During her tenure as
director of nursing, the Nursing
Cadet Programme was launched
to recruit candidates for, direct
entry into the nursing programme

at the College of the Bahamas.

In 2001, the Future Nurses of
the Bahamas programme was
launched to target students from
grades five to nine.

Ms Johnson was also instru-
mental in increasing the stipend
for nursing students from $125 to
$475 which brought it on par with
that of teaching students.

She also played a significant
role in advocating for increases
in salaries and benefits for nur. ‘s

“This tender-hearted lady has a
soft spot for the poor and down-
trodden and does not think twice
about using her personal funds
to assist others,” Dr Minnis said.

He said Ms Johnson “never lost
the common touch” despite all of
her accomplishments.

Dr Minnis said Ms Johnson’s
influence and contributions to the
nursing profession and the Min-
istry of Health are “very much
evident” in the many policies and
systems she helped to put in
place. “The Ministry of Health
and Social Development, the
healthcare system, the nursing
profession and indeed the entire
Bahamas, have been truly

enriched by the service of this

nursing icon,” he said.



GOVERNOR-general Arthur Hanna and his wife Beryl Hanna arrive at
the Christ Church Cathedral for the state recognised funeral of per-
manent secretary Jacquelyn Murray. Ms Murray, who died at the age
of 62, also served as secretary to the governor-general.

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FORMER prime minister Perry Christie speaks to some of mourners
at the funeral service for permanent secretary Jacquelyn Murray at
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THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



BEST commission refuses to provide
copy of the Albany project report

FROM page one

has received indicates that there is
no application from the develop-
er to “cut through” the beach cur-
rently pending before govern-
ment.

However, he admitted that -

government understands it is

“just a matter of time” before

an application is put in by the.

developer, and all indications
are that once certain stipula-
tions put forward by BEST
(Bahamas Environment Science
and Technology commission)
relating to the protection of the
environment are met, permis-
sion will be granted for the

canal.

“They cannot have the mari-
na without cutting through the
beach,” said Dr Deveaux. “It
would be wrong to imply that
we do not intend to grant an
approval.”

Asked whether he could con-
firm or deny the information
received by The Tribune relat-

Delivery firm is facing
legal action alter alleged
loss of court documents

FROM page one

ager of courier services.

The couple have also named the police and
the Attorney General among defendants,
‘claiming the investigation into the lost pack-
age was mishandled.

The couple’s claim for general, punitive,
exemplary, compensatory and vindicative
damages against UPS, Pinder’s and Mr Rat-
cliffe is the latest salvo in their five-year fight
for justice against the Baptist education
authorities in Nassau.

The 19-pound package, which they claim
was lost by UPS, contained 120 documents
destined for Mary McDonald, registrar of the
Privy Council’s judicial committee in Downing
Street, London SW1. These were to form the
foundation of the couple’s appeal relating to
several issues in the Bahamas Supreme Court
and Court of Appeal involving the Baptists.

When the loss was first reported last year,
UPS, Pinder’s and Mr Ratcliffe claimed the
package had been properly delivered in Lon-
don and that they had fulfilled all their oblig-
ations.

But Mr and Mrs Cash claim they have suf-

—

fered massive inconvenience, financial hard-
ship and loss because of UPS’s alleged failure
to meet terms of their contract.

In their writ, filed in the Supreme Court

_ yesterday, Mr and Mrs Cash allege that Mr

Ratcliffe caused Mr Cash “great fear” by
pointing his hand in his face while threatening
to have him thrown out of his office.

They also claim that UPS made “false and
misleading” statements about the parcel’s
whereabouts, and said it was delivered to an
address other than the one agreed to.

The police and Attorney General’s Office
are being sued for alleged breach of trust and
confidence, negligence, dishonesty and vio-
lation of the couple’s constitutional rights.

Mr and Mrs Cash have been battling the
Baptists for justice since Mr Cash was fired as
coach from Jordan Prince William High
School in 2002.

They have claimed repeatedly over several
years that the Baptists and the courts have
conspired against them, denying them justice.

Apart from alleging unfair dismissal, the
couple have claimed damages for alleged

idefamation and breach of constitutional

rights.

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ing to the the BEST report, Dr
Deveaux said he was unaware
of its contents as the environ-
mental aspect of the project
would not fall within his port-
folio.

A source has alleged that the
report recommended that a $5
million bond should be put up
by the developer if the canal
were allowed to go ahead.

Efforts by The Tribune to
ascertain the contents of the
BEST report were frustrated
yesterday. A commission
employee — who had been
identified as the correct person
to direct the query to — said
that she would be unable to
comment on the claims.

Asked why, Zanda Boneby
said that “job secrecy laws” pre-
vented her from doing so. When
The Tribune referred to com-
ments recently made by Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham that
public servants need to “be
more open and forthcoming in
dealing with the press”, Ms
Boneby laughed.

The Tribune.went on to
request a copy of the recom-
mendations that were allegedly
put forward. Ms Boneby said
that she would have to “ask
(her) superior”, and stated that
person would call back later.
When The Tribune in turn
asked to be provided the name
of the boss in question, the
employee simply said: “No.” Up
to press time yesterday The Tri-
bune did not-receive a phone
call from BEST.

Dr Deveaux said that he
believes that the developer will
be required to produce an envi-
ronmental management plan
“to accomodate the sustain-
ability of the beach and miti-
gate any erosion that
should arise” before a permit
is granted for the Albany
canal.

However, if the BEST com-

mission’s initial recommenda-
tions were that no canal should
be excavated, then such require-
ments would already be a climb-

. down in terms of environmental

protection, and furthermore,
with the government already
seemingly committed to facili-
tating the developer’s vision for
the project, the significance of
such a plan — funded by the
developer — is called into ques-

* tion.

Dr Deveaux said yesterday
that he could “say without fear
of contradiction that given the
public’s concern and the gov-
ernment’s concern about the
damage a canal might do that
every conceivable effort will be
made to ensure that the beach
(is preserved).”

Adding that there are “many
options that are available to
ensure that this cut and any
damage it might do are min-
imised”, the.works minister
mentioned that in other similar
situations, “sizeable bonds”
have been required by the gov-
ernment from the developer.
This is usually done in order
that funds are available in the
case that corrective measures
need to be taken.should dam-
age occur.

The Heads of Agreement
signed by the government with
the Albany developer includes a
clause which states that a one
million dollar bond will be pro-
vided for the canal. Asked yes-
terday whether this aspect of
the agreement was under
review, Dr Deveaux said that
“to the best of (his) knowledge”
the bond has not been
increased.

He added however that
Christopher Anand, managing
partner at Albany, had “indi-
cated a commitment to increase
Albany’s input into whatever
mitigration was necessary” in
light of the canal.

~ Court date set for three

charged in connection with
toddler’s speedboat death

FROM page one

firmed to the news organisation yesterday that she and her husband
are scheduled to fly out to give evidence in court in Nassau. The tri-

al will begin on April 14.

The BBC report said that the announcement followed a “five
year campaign by the child’s family to bring the case to court.”

Paul’s mother said: "We're relieved in one way, but also appre-
hensive. We want justice to be served, but it's a lot to go through
again. We feel as if our lives have been put on hold."

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Murder

FROM page one

is that someone had the
temerity to (allegedly) bring
a knife onto the school cam-
pus and had the courage to
use the knife. That speaks
to a more fundamental
question than mere police
security on the schools.

“The time has come in
this country where people
(need to) take responsibili-
ty for their actions. We can-
not baby-sit (anyone) in this
country”.

Still‘ shocked by her
younger brother’s murder,
Shevaughn Woodside told
The Tribune no one
deserved to die the way he
did.

“He wasn’t no saint, he
had his (problems) like a lil’
boy growing up in the ghet-
to but (his death) still wasn’t
called for,” she said at C C
Sweeting’s campus yester-
day.

She said she saw two stab
wounds on her brother’s
body at the hospital, one to
the neck area and another
to the chest, and believes he
may have suffered addi-
tional wounds.

The victim’s family has
also questioned where the
school’s security guards
were when the stabbing
occurred.

Following the incident,
the student population of

i approximately 1,000 were
' detained in their classrooms
in an attempt to negate any
further violence. When The
Tribune arrived at the cam-
pus on College Avenue
shortly after 1 pm, students
were being released in what
administration officials
termed a “phased dis-
missal.” ;

Rico Farrington was one
of 25 students involved in a
work placement programme
that allowed him to take
part in off-campus employ-
ment.

Principal ‘Delores Ingra-
ham, wife of Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham, had
planned a celebratory lunch

: for the deceased and the
i other students involved in
the programme scheduled
for Monday afternoon
before the murder occurred.

A special assembly will be
held: today in his memory
and classes are expected to
resume as normal.

Police are being assisted
in their investigation by two
students who are believed
to be brothers.

Farrington’s death brings
the murder toll to 11 for the

City Market
assures public

FROM page one

dent last week near our South

Beach store has been reme-

died. -

“As always, safety is our
top priority and while it was
not within our control, we took
immediate action upon learn-
ing of the accident to ensure
that the landlord acted quickly
and appropriately and we are
pleased to report that he has.”

The company said that
according to shopping centre
landlord, Stanley Bethell, a
delivery truck damaged the
cover of the soak-away near
the City Market store last
Wednesday.

Mr Bethell, who owns
Bethell’s Trucking as well as
the shopping centre, said he
contacted the company which
sent an insurance adjuster to
the site.

Rather than wait for the
approval of the quote to begin
repair, he ordered work to
start on Thursday as he was
concerned about the soak-
away being left uncovered.

It was that day while work-

men were making those

: repairs that the accident

‘ occurred, City Market said in
its statement.

“He (the workman) went
to get more materials and
before they left they covered it
all around with pallets,” Mr.
Bethell said.

“T believe the children were
out there playing around. They
would have had to climb over
all those pallets. Whatever
happened, City Meat had
nothing to do with it.”

Repairs were completed by
Friday morning, he said.

“We are grateful that there
were no serious injuries in this
case. Bahamas Supermarkets
Limited remains committed to
} the highest standards of safety
and excellence,” the company
said in its statement.



THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008, PAGE 9



Bahamians celebrate 34-year partnership with the College of Saint Benedict

A FAMILY







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COLLEGE HEADS MEET — College of the Bahamas President Janyne M. Hodder met with Maryann Baen-

ninger, President of the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, to discuss the implementation of study abroad
and exchange agreements between the two schools. From COB (I to r) are Valdez Russell, International Rela-
tions Liaison; Dr Linda Davis, Vice-President Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations:
President Janyne M Hodder; Maryann Baenninger, President College of St Benedict; Kolleen Kellom,
Associate Vice President College of Saint Benedict; Stuart Lang, Vice President College of Saint Benedict.

HE year .1973.was, significant for the
people of the Bahamas and for the Col-
lege of Saint Benedict in rural Saint
Joseph, Minnesota: Kya ow gs

Bahamians celebrated becoming an independent

nation. Saint Ben's began its relationship with the
people of the Bahamas to serve elementary teachers
who were seeking a four-year bachelor's degree.

While 2,000 miles and extreme weather changes
separated the islands from campus, one woman led
in pulling them together: Telzena Coakley.

' A native of New.Providence island, Telzena was
sent to Saint Ben's at the encouragement of the
Benedictine nuns here. In 1962, she was graduated
with a double major in mathematics and history
and went on to earn two Master's degrees from
Columbia University in New York City: one in
economic geography and the second in African
Studies in the School of International Affairs.
When she was appointed to the Bahamas Min-

Ee = istry of Educa-
tion in 1973,
Telzena had
one thing on
her mind:
teacher train-
ing



“The teach-
ers and some of
the administra-
tors didn't have
degrees,”
Telzena said in
a 1989 newspa-
per interview.
“They hadn't

MORE THAN 160 alumnae and
family members gathered January
15 to reminisce and celebrate the
pioneering educational partnership

between the Bahamas and College done much

of Saint Benedict. Among them studying since

were (I-r) Anishka Adderley, Mrs. they had

Judith Adderley and Hiltina Adder- matriculated

ley Scott, '01 graduate, who wel- t : ae ugh
school.

comed guests to the Hilton. Mrs
Judith Adderley is the registrar in
the Bahamas for students entering
St John’s and St Ben’s.

She set out
to change that.

In collabora-
tion with a local
Catholic educa-
tor, the late Sister Maedene Russell, OSB, Telzena
developed the idea for her alma mater to start a
teacher training programme in Nassau.

pilot 6-week summer programme quick-

ly expanded to weekly classes. By the
mid-1980s, Benedictine University College (or the
Bahamas Campus of the College of Saint Benedict
and its educational partner Saint John's University,
as it was called) offered all the majors and degrees
that Saint Ben's. and Saint John's offered in Min-
nesota. In the 1990s, most students were majoring in
management and accounting, while the balance was
distributed over education, art, communications,
computer science, and economics.

More than 2,800 Bahamian students attended
Saint Ben's and Saint John's in Minnesota or the
Benedictine University College in the Bahamas
since 1974, and 2,200 of them were women.





7, Tress

ALUMNAE Emily Osadebey, Allyson Mycklewhyte,
and Jacqueline Mycklewhyte enjoying the reception.

Telzena saw her three sisters, a handful of cousins
and nieces, and children of friends graduate from
Saint Ben's and Saint John's.

Although the Benedictine University College

» campus closed in 20Q0,with;the gagansion of.2- and

4-year programmes on the island, the traditional
trek north continues. One of Telzena's grandnieces,
Trevare Sherman, is among the 37 Bahamian stu-
dents currently studying in Minnesota.

Last June, half-a-dozén alumnae went back to
Saint Ben's to visit friends and celebrate their class
reunion. They invited the president of Saint Ben's,
Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger, to visit Nassau to explore
future educational opportunities and revitalize the
partnership between the Bahamas and the college.

Dr. Baenninger came to Nassau last month to
meet Saint Ben's alumnae and parents of current stu-
dents. She met with President Janyne Hodder and
Dr. Linda Davis of the College of the Bahamas to
explore opportunities for. potential collaboration
and visited the sisters of St. Martin's Monastery,
Msgr. Preston Moss, and many others. Telzena
Coakley also took her on a tour of St. Francis Xavier
Cathedral.

n January 15, 2008, Dr. Baenninger spoke

at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau to
a large gathering oi over 170 enthusiastic alumnae,
friends and prospective students. The strong con-
nections are clear. “We are excited to build and
strengthen our Bahamian alumnae family,” she said.
“The soul of this society is alive with tradition, cul-
ture, and opportunity. I look forward to passing
that along for generations to come.”

- The evening reception was organized by Ms.
Judith Adderley and her daughter, Hiltina Adderley
Scott; a 2001 Saint Ben's graduate who assists
prospective students during their college selection
process to learn more about Saint Ben's and Saint
John's.

In attendance were a number of prospective stu-
dents and their parents interested in attending the
two schools, as well as many of the sisters from St.
Martin's Monastery, including Sr. Mary Benedict
Pratt, prioress, and scores of alumnae and their
spouses.

Musical entertainment was provided by vocalist
Pamela Woods, a Saint Ben's graduate who regularly
performs in Nassau at the Hilton. Photographs were
taken by Anishka Adderley, sister of Hiltina. The
organizing committee and inspiration for the event
came from Natasha Austin, Deborah Garland,
Allyson Mycklewhyte, Jacqueline Mycklewhyte,
and Emily Osadebey.

During the evening, Telzena Coakley was hon-
oured for her dedication to furthering educational
opportunities for the islands. To a warm round of
applause, she was thanked for her vision in helping
to define, guide and strengthen the relationship of
Saint Ben's and Saint John's with the community of
alums, parents and friends here.

Telzena still sees the partnership with Saint Ben's
and Saint John's as a gift.

“T call it our independence gift,” Telzena says.
“They couldn't give a better gift - to help the high-
er education of our people.”

PHOTOS: Anishka Adderley





PRESIDENT BAENNINGER visits with guests at the
January 15 reception at the British Colonial Hilton.



TELZENA COAKLEY gives MaryAnn Baenninger, president of the College of Saint
Benedict, a tour of the old and new Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Anishka Adderley



SAINT BEN'S alumna Pamela Woods, vocalist and entertainer, convers-
es with alumna Camille Bullard between musical numbers.



SR. MARY BENEDICT PRATT, OSB introduced Président Baenninger to Msgr. Preston’
Moss at The Hermitage, the residence of Archbishop. Patrick Pinder. Here they admire
the ocean view from the Hermitage’s northern veranda.






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UN chief calls for action on climate change

Two-day debate

begins with plea
from Ban Ki-moon

@ UNITED NATIONS

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged nations to
join the private companies, civic groups and individuals this year in
sustaining “the unprecedented momentum” to fight global warm-
ing, acc ording to the Associated Press.

“If 2007 was the year when climate change rose to the top of the
global agenda, 2008 is the time we must take concerted action.” Ban
said at the start of a two-day U.N. General Assembly debate to gen-
erate support for a new treaty by 2009 to fight global warming.

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim invited U.N. member
states, government officials and business and civic leaders to the
United Nations to follow up Deceniber’s international climate
conference on the Indonesian resort island o Bali. There, delegates
from nearly 190 nations
agreed to adopt a blue-
print to control global
warming gases before the
end of next year. |

“The conference deliv-
ered what it set out to
do,” Ban said. “Now the
real work begins, The
challenge is huge. We
have less than two years
to craft an agreement on
action that measures up
to what the science tells
us.”

In key reports last year,
a U.N. network of climate
and other scientists
warned of severe conse-
quences — from rising

ACTRESS Daryl Hannah leaves a news
; hte conference where she shared.the table
seas, droughts, severe ith Virgin Group CEO Sir Richard Bran-

weather, species extinc-
tion and other effects —
without sharp cutbacks in
emissions of the industri-
al, transportation and
agricultural gases blamed for global warming. To avoid the worst,
the Nobel Prize- -winning U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Cli-
mate Change said greenhouse. gas emissions should be reduced by
25 percent to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 — and by at leas'
half by 2050.

“This is just as important as stopping nuclear proliferation. This
is just as important as stopping terrorism,” New York City Mayor

son, foreground, as the pair spoke about
what they plan to do to stem climate
change at the United Nations.

‘Michael Bloomberg said Monday in the keynote address.

The new agreement would replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol,
which requires 36 industrial nations to radically reduce emissions
by 2012, when it expires. The United States is the only major
industrial country that did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

A new agreement needs to be adopted by the end of 2009 to
ensure, a smooth transition to a new post-Kyoto regime. Before
then, Ban said, the international community must map;emission lim-
itation commitments; mobilize the financing needed and techno-
logical innovation; and agree on “essential action to adapt to the
impacts of climate change.”

He called on governments, organizations, and individ'als »und
the world to “help sustain the unprecedented momentum that
propelled the climate change agenda forward so dramatically last
year.

“Developed countries need to take a clear lead, but success is pos-
sible only if all countries act,” Ban said. “The more ambitious the
commitments by developed countries, the more actions we can
expect from developing countries.”

Kerim said new technologies, renewable energies and more
research are essential to solve the problem.

“What is needed is ... a global alliance for action, shared by
individuals, the media, lawmakers, business leaders, governments,
regional organizations and ultimately the global community embod-
ied in the U.N ” Kerim said. “Only then will we have a chance to
tackle this enoi. us challenge to our way of life.”

Bloomberg sa: the world’s cities can help lead the way toward
reducing the greenhouse gases blamed for warming the planet.
He also called on-the United States to set “real‘and binding” targets
to reduce emissions, instead of the current U.S. strategy thai 'arge-
ly relies on voluntary approaches and spending for resea and

technology.







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Tribune Business Editor

THE bidder
seeking to
acquire a 49 per
cent stake in the
Bahamas
Telecommunica-
tions Company’s
(BTC) through
its privatisation
has just 15 days J
left on its exclu-
sivity period,
after which the ;
Government is set to open the
process up to other bidders.

Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, clarified what
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham mean earlier this month
by saying the Government was
committed to another 15 days of
talks with Bluewater Commu-
nications Holdings, explaining
yesterday that the bidder had



“a balance of 15 days left on its
exclusivity”.
“It’s not when it runs out,”

“Mr Laing said of the exclusivity

period. “There’s a period of
exclusivity left, and that’s 15
days from when the discussions
start again. There’s 15 days
more left in the exclusivity peri-
od.”

The minister explained that
the clock started running down
on the exclusivity period when
Bluewater first opened negoti-
ations with the Government on
privatising BTC.

It continued to tick down as
talks continued, but stopped
when talks with the Govern-
ment stopped. They stopped
pre-Christmas and have yet to
start again in 2008.

Confirming that a 15-day bal-
ance was left on Bluewater’s

SEE page 7B

$300m tourism food
import bill leaves the
farming sector ‘stagnant’

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

AGRICULTURE’S contri-
bution to the Bahamian econo-
my has remained stagnant at 2
per cent of gross domestic-prod-
uct, the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank’s ( IDB) country
representative said yesterday,
despite the tourism sector
_ spending $300 million per

annum on food and beverage
imports.

Speaking as the Bahamas
Agricultural Producers Associ-
ation (BAPA) and the IDB
launched a new $120,00 initia-
tive which, over the next 18
months, aims to assist Bahami-
an farmers in develop sound
business policies to tap into the
tourism sector, Oscar Spencer
said that industry’s food and
drink imports were expected to
grow in line with room inven-
tory expansion.

The clear implication is that
foreign importers are supplying
a need that should be filled by
Bahamian farmers and produc-
ers.

Mr Spencer said this was
something the initiative aimed
to change. He explained that
the $120,00 cost will be jointly
_paid for by the IDB’s Multi-Lat-
eral Investment Fund, which is
contributing $84,000, and

IDB executives say
industry must ‘suck

at the breast of tourism’
to survive and prosper

BAPA, which is to provide the
remaining $36,000.

Mr Spencer said one of the
major challenges impacting
Bahamian farmers and produc-
ers was their inability to secure
funding from Bahamas-based
commercial banks. The pro-
gramme sought to address that
as well, he added. i

I G Stubbs, BAPA’s preési-
dent, said the initiative’s suc-
cess was vital if Bahamian agri-
culture was to regroup and take
its position as the third pillar of
the Bahamian economy.

He added that the Bahamas
had several sub-climates where
a variety of produce can be
grown, and said he would like to
see the programme reinvented
and reorganised so that it can be
a permanent economic engine.

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ahamian contractors are
recommending that the Bill
seeking to regulate and
licence the industry include
provisions for arbitration to
resolve disputes, and for the major con-

‘Prime’ category, the Bahamian Contrac-
tors AsSociation’s (BCA) president said
yesterday.

Stephen Wrinkle, head of Wrinkle
Development, said the BCA “had every
intention” of submitting all comments and
feedback received on the Draft Contrac-
tors Bill to Earl Deveaux, minister of
works and transport, by the end of Feb-
ruary 2008. é

“We we're hoping to get the Bill to Par-
liament before these projects started,” Mr
Wrinkle told The Tribune, “but it looks
like Baha Mar is approved and Albany
is approved, so we’re now hoping to get it
before Parliament before the summer
recess.”

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Industry recommending ‘Prime’ contractor category
created, with qualified contractors able to do suitable
residential and commercial properties

presented to the Attorney General’s
Office and Ministry of Works once the
industry consultation process was com-
pleted, to see whether all - or any - could
be included in a revised draft of the Bill
before it went to Cabinet and Parliament.

“One of the main concerns we were
trying to get in there was for arbitration,
so that disputes between clients and con-
tractors could go to arbitration before

going to court. That would expedite that a

little bit,’ Mr Wrinkle said, not to mention
possibly reducing the costs and time
expended by both sides.

He added that another suggested
amendment, some six to seven of which
had come from individual contractors,
and another four to five from the BCA,
was for the “very big contractors to have
a category called ‘Prime’.

Mr Wrinkle said there were only six to

Bahamian companies are ‘prim

seven such construction firms in the
Bahamas, the likes of Cavalier Construc-
tion, Osprey Developers, CGT Construc-
tion, and Sunco.

This proposed change, the BCA presi-
dent added, would “kind of segregate
them from the pack, with the criteria for
inclusion in the ‘Prime’ category relating
to whether they had 100 or more employ-
ees.

The existing draft Bill provides for the
licensing of different contractors according
to the size of a construction project they
are able to do, based on past performance.

The Bill provides for Building Con-

’ tractor Level One, Level Two and Level
Three, effectively small, medium and large
construction companies, but Mr Wrinkle

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tions are “prime
candidates” for

sion via the fran-
chise business
model, the
Chamber of
Commerce’s
executive director said yester-
day, pointing out that this held
“real possibility” for the Family
Islands and wider Caribbean.
Philip Simon, speaking on the
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Chamber is partnering with the

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Development Bank (BDB),
said the event would also focus
on how Bahamian companies
and businessmen could use the
franchise model to expand their
own businesses.

Many Bahamians entrepre-
neurs have been extremely suc-
cessful in becoming franchisees
for major US brands and com-
panies, but Mr Simon said
Superwash, Bamboo Shack and
Pricebusters were all examples
of companies that “have all the
elements of, and potential, to
become franchises”.

“Prime candidates are those
with multiple locations around
the Bahamas already,” the

Chamber executive director
said...... “It doesn’t just have to
be food - it can be across.the
board in goods and services. If
you have a model that is work-
ing for you, you can franchise
that model.”

Inquiries have already been
made. Superwash’s president,
Dionisio D’ Aguilar, who is also
the Chamber’s president, pre-
viously recalled that he was
approached on the Chamber’s
recent trade mission to Haiti by
someone who wanted to
become a potential Superwash
tranchisee there.

Valarea Swain-Miller, the
BDB’s senior assistant manager

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week-over-week, to close at
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Freeport Concrete Company
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the first quarter to November
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$74,000 compared to net loss of
$159,000 in the 2006 compara-
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indicated that total sales rev-
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million were down by 8.7 per
cent quarter-over-quarter, due
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about $124,000 or 10.8 per cent
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CHL $3.14 $- 0 -0.32%
CIB $14.00 $-0.60 5,350 -4.11%
CWCB $4.64 $-0.07 0 -8.02%
DHS $2.45: $- 17,700 4.26%
FAM $7.50 $0.05 1,000 4.17%
FBB $2.60 $-0.05 1,000 -1.89%
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HOTELS in the Bahamas are experiencing
projected room occupancy levels as the winter
season enters its final weeks, ahead of Spring
Break and the Easter holiday weekend.

Arthuritia Butler, general manager at Com-
fort Suites on Paradise Island, told Tribune Busi-
ness that the hotel is “so far on target with its pro-
jections for the next few months”.

Ms Butler said that for the rest of February,
Comfort Suites is looking at occupancy levels

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THE British Colonial Hilton hotel reported a current
occupancy level of 65 per cent for this month

Entrepreneurs ‘deficient

. reported a current occupancy level of 65 per cent

in putting pieces together’

Ms Swain-Miller added that entrepre-
neurs needed to exploit the BDB’s ability to
finance their technology, equipment and
machinery needs more.

Andrew Stanford, BDB’s assistant man-
ager in its business advisory services unit,
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“Financial assistance is available. What we
try to do is concentrate on machinery, equip-
ment and so forth. In some instances we
assist with the initial inventory, but going
forward we're looking at every aspect of
financing.”

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Tribune Business Editor

MANY budding Bahamian entrepreneurs
are “deficient in trying to bring the pieces
together” when they attempt to realise their
business dream, a Bahamas Development
Bank (BDB) official said yesterday.

Valarea Swain-Miller, senior assistant
manager for the BDB’s business advisory
services unit, speaking as the BDB unveiled
its partnership with the US Embassy and
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce in bring-

Arbitration clause for Contractor Bill sought

FROM page 1B

said some contractors had
argued that it was necessary to
“make some adjustments
between residential and com-
mercial”.

The rationale for this, he
added, was that contractors
capable of constructing a Level
One residential property should
also be perfectly capable of
building a Level One commer-
cial building.

Mr Wrinkle said the BCA
and wider construction indus-
try had been hoping to submit
their feedback to Dr Deveaux
by the end of January, but had

ing the Bahamas Business Franchise Con-
ference and Expo to Nassau, said the fran-
chise show offered Bahamian entrepreneurs
an ideal opportunity to glimpse the “whole
package” of how a business worked.

She explained: “Many people are defi-
cient in various aspects of business. They
have an idea and want to establish a busi-
ness, but in bringing the pieces together
“So, here they have an
opportunity to look at the whole package -
the franchise package. We encourage every-
one to take advantage of this opportunity.”

they are deficient.

extended this deadline. The
BCA was also hoping to hold
at least one Town Meeting and
use radio talk shows as another,
final, method of getting its point
across and obtaining feedback.

“We have every intention of

handing everything over to him
[Dr Deveaux] this month,” Mr
Wrinkle said. “He’s very recep-
tive, checking on it, and wants it
to go forward.”

With the Bahamas Technical
and Vocational Institute

(BTVI) running the courses
training Bahamians in a variety
of construction trades, Mr
Wrinkle added that it made -
sense for the institution to
“administer the testing” to qual-
ify these persons

“and. be:

responsible for standards” in
the industry.

“One of the most important
aspects of the Bill is that it’s
going to offer consumers pro-
tection against unscrupulous
contractors and shoddy work-

. manship,” Mr Wrinkle said.

Once the Bill was passed into
law, he explained that it would
provide ‘an avenue of recourse”
for consumers that currently did
not exist. With all Bahamas-
based contractors having to be
licensed, the industry and Con-
tractors Board that will be
formed by the legislation will
“have the ability to track com-
plaints”.

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Hotels are also being plagued by some of the
highest operating costs in the Caribbean and the
ever-rising electricity prices.

near 80 per cent. For the month of March, she
said occupancy levels look to be around the high
90 per cents.

“We are also closely monitoring April,” she

added. According to Frank Comito, executive vice-
Ms Butler said the figures were similar to 2006 president of the Bahamas Hotel Association
comparatives. (BHA), full room nights are the only way for

Another hotel, the British Colonial Hilton Bahamian hotels to combat spiralling costs.
Neko Grant, the minister of tourism, also
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lier this year to convince tourists in the northern
US to escape the snowy weather for a Bahamian

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one of our own entrepreneurs
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here, and is the brainchild of a
Bahamian son or daughter.

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The Family Islands would be
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Freeport via the franchise mod-
el. They could seek franchisees
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with product and use of their
recognised brand and logo.

Ms Swain-Miller said she
wanted Bahamian entrepre-
neurs from the Family Islands,
as well as Nassau and Grand
Bahama, to attend the upcom-
ing Expo because their were
potential opportunities for them
to become franchisees of exist-
ing Bahamian companies.

Mr Simon, meanwhile, added
that franchising, as a business
model, had enjoyed a greater
success rate than other, more
traditional start-up forms.

This is especially true in the
Bahamas, given the prolifera-
tion of franchises, especially in
the food industry with the likes
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These companies employ hun-
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«Franchises are also present in
the shipping and business ser-
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shops such as Midas, fitness cen-
tres such as Curves, all the way
through to hotels and salons.

The reason why franchising
appears to have become popu-
lar and successful in equal mea-
sure among Bahamian busi-
nessmen is that they can adopt a
business template that has been
proven to work elsewhere, often
in countless countries around
the world.

In addition, the brand and its
product/service is likely to be
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NEW SUMMIT LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the O8th February, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Mr. Michael Low
of c/o 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore 039393.

Dated this 12th day of February, A.D. 2008

Mr. Michael Low
Liquidator

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dards.

Yet in return, the Bahamian
franchisee also received help
with staff training, the equip-
ment for the business, potential
help with other start-up costs
and “carry through for the dura-
tion of the franchise”. All this
helps to minimise the Bahamian
entrepreneur’s entry risk of get-
ting into business, another rea-
son why franchises are so attrac-
tive in this country.

Mr Simon attributed the fran-
chise model’s success to the fact
that it was “a proven model
throughout the world”, with the
success of Bahamian franchis-

_ es - especially those in the food

business - driven by the “prox-
imity” of this nation to their US
home market, the “pioneer of
the franchise model”, where
most dominate.

The US brands and compa-
nies set to attend the upcoming
Expo, scheduled for February
25-26, 2008, at the British Colo-
nial Hilton, include Salad Cre-
ations, a healthy-eating restau-
rant chain; Pretzelmaker; Shoe-
box New York, the retailer for
women’s luxury footwear, hand-
bags and accessories; Billboard
Connection, a ‘home-based’
franchise focused on the out-
door advertising industry; Sig-
narama, the world’s largest sign
franchise, with 900 locations in
50 countries; Planet Beach Con-



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12.70 1.25 Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.60 0.00 0.058 0.040 44.8 1.549
12.70 10.00 Cable Bahamas 12.70 12.70 0.00 1.030 0.240 12.3 1.899
3.15 2.00 Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.Q31 0.040 101.3 1.279
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NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that: -

(a) Sparko Limited is in dissolution:

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 3rd day of January, A.D., 2008 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that: -

(a) Zalowat Corporation Ltd. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 3rd day of January, A.D., 2008 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

C.B. Strategy Ltd.
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tempo SPA, a global beauty and -
wellness chain; Office1 Station-
ary Franchise; Juiceblendz
International; and Maggie
Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery.

“There are opportunities for
every single one of these fran-
chises to be purchased and
invested in by Bahamian entre-
preneurs,” Mr Simon added.
“But we’re not painting a pic-
ture that it’s going to be smooth
sailing, as every business
requires work. Franchises can
also be expensive, but at the
same time they can also be def- -
initely worth the investment.”

The Expo scored a notable
success at its inaugural event,
providing the platform from
which Bahamian company Sun-
Tee, headed by Scott Farring-
ton, won the EmbroidMe fran-
chise.

The Bahamas-based Expo is
being held prior to the Interna-
tional Franchise Show, which is
due to take place in Washington
in March, the idea being that
Bahamian entrepreneurs inter-
ested in further exploring fran-
chise opportunities will also
attend that show.

Ms Swain-Miller added:
“There’s a lot of knowledge to
be gained from this, for entre-
preneurs trying to feel their way
and decide what is the best
model to use for establishing
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3.0008 2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.999402*** 19.97%
1.3789 1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.378862*
3.7969 3.0569 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund 3.7969** 27.72% 27.72
11.9333 11.3545 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 11.9333** 5.53% 5.53
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00**
100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Equity Fund 100.00**
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008, PAGE 5B



BFSB targets
future leaders
for industry

THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) launched
its Bahamians in Leadership
and Entrepreneurship (BLE)
seminar series on Thursday,

January 31, at the British Colo-

nial Hilton.

The event profiles Bahami-
ans who have achieved success
in financial and professional ser-
vices, whether in a leading posi-
tion or as entrepreneurs.

The presentations by these
executives aim to create an

environment where industry
professionals are inspired to
pursue higher levels af excel-
lence, and where present lead-
ers mentor future ones.

The first event in the series
was sponsored by BFSB mem-
ber firm Bahamas First Hold-
ings, and held at the British
Colonial Hilton hotel.

Presenters were Judith
Whitehead, managing partner
of Graham, Thompson & Com-
pany; Raymond Winder, man-

aging partner, Deloitte &
Touche; and Patrick Ward,
group president and chief exec-
utive, Bahamas First Holdings.

They spoke on the topics:,

Trends in the Industry; Skill
Gaps and How to Close Them
and Leadership Characteristics
and Abilities: What Really Mat-
ters, respectively. More than 70
representatives from banks,
trust and insurance companies,
and legal and accounting firms
attended the seminar.

SHOWN (I-r): Patrick Ward, group
president and chief executive,
Bahamas First Holdings; Judith
Whitehead, managing partner, Gra-
ham, Thompson & Co; Wendy
Warren, chief executive and exec-
utive director, Bahamas Financial
Services Board; and Raymond
Winder, m,anaging partner, Deloitte
& Touche.

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registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
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An established Bahamian branch office, licensed as a Security
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Join Citibank, N.A.
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world.

Major areas of responsibility:

- Manage all aspects of an office of approximately five
persons engaged in the investment management of Cayman
based funds of hedge funds and the risk management of
hedge fund managed accounts
Liaise with the Board of Directors of each fund and report
to them at regular meetings
Supervise a secondary trading platform buying and selling
hedge fund investments from investors globally
Supervise a proprietary book of investments in hedge
funds.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to our Regional Treasury team, the position is
responsible for developing and implementing strategies for
managing _local/foreign currency liability products. Key
responsibilities include marketing and quoting rates for corporate
foreign exchange contracts, money market instruments and
derivative products and projecting liquidity and rate trends. The
role is also focused on risk management through monitoring
liquidity and foreign exposure, ensuring compliance with legal,
regulatory, and internal policy requirements, and, managing ratios
and reserves. Additional responsibilities include overseeing all
related financial, regulatory and management performance
reporting, and, supervising and training support staff.

We invite outstanding
individuals, wanting to build a
career in Corporate Banking, to
be part of our dynamic global
team. You will interact with
colleagues from around the
Caribbean region and across the
organization globally, providing
treasury management to our
local team. In addition to a great
career, we offer a competitive
salary and benefits package.

The successful candidate will have at least the following
experience and knowledge:

- Excellent theoretical and practical experience of hedge
fund and other alternative investment strategies, their
financing, structure, benefits and risks
Knowledge of US and European on-shore regulation and
compliance issues affecting hedge funds
Professional qualification or University degree in finance
or accounting, or a CFA or equivalent qualification
At least five year’s experience in securities investing and
good knowledge of product structuring

KNOWLEDGE/ SKILLS REQUIRED

Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree in Economics,
Accounting or Finance, and, a minimum of 5 years Treasury
experience with a major commercial and/or investment bank; a
Chartered Accountant or CFA designation preferred. Excellent
marketing/sales, analytical, communication, and interpersonal
skills, combined with a results orientation and an ability to build
relationships, will round out the ideal candidate. Some travel is
required.

The successful candidate will also have proven leadership
skills over a number of years in the hedge fund industry,
be self-motivated, have a process- driven approach to problem
solving and have advanced communication and presentation
skills in English and in German as well (preferred). The
position will require flexible, non-standard working hours
and regular communication and interaction. with the European
home office.

Interested candidates should
forward a copy of their resume
by February 22, 2008 to: Human
Resources, P.O. Box N-1576,
Nassau, Bahamas OR _ Fax:
(242) 302-8779 OR Email:

janice.gibson@citi.com

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experience and knowledge, together with a performance-
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international Conference, Art Exhibition
& Culture Extravaganza

Abolition of the
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Telling the Story

— Art Exhibition
15th-23rd February, 2008 from 6-9pm
Popopstudios: Centre For The Visual Arts/Gallery
Dunmore Avenue, Chippingham

The exhibition will open on Friday, 15th February, 2008 at 6.30pm in the evening at
Popopstudios.

For more information contact:

Joann Behagg
email: jbehagg@cob.edu.bs
Telephone: 302 4560

John Cox
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Telephone: 302-4485 |

A CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA

Featuring
Michael Pintard and a host of local talent including Pat Rahming, Freddie
Munnings Jr, the National Youth Choir, the Prodigal Sons, Anku & the
Thought Catchers, The College of The Bahamas Concert Choir, Men of
Means and others.

Special highlight
Fashion show of authentic West African Designs

When:
Wednesday, 20th February, 2008
Where:
ans Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts
Site See is Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $20 (adults) $5 (children/students)
Tickets are on sale at Chapter One Bookstore and The Dundas Box Office
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Proceeds to aid the establishment of a chair in African Studies.

For more information, please contact the School of Social Sciences
at (242) 397-2606 or 7.

International Conference

- 21st-23rd February, 2008
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Come learn about and celebrate a part of Bahamian and world history that has profoundly
influenced Africa, Europe and the Americas. Register today.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Joseph E. Harris, Howard University Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus,
an expert on Africa and Director of the South African Research and Archival Project. At
the conference his topic center around: “Global slave trade and the emergence of
communities of African descent around the world”.

Dr. Rosanne Adderley, Professor of History at Tulane University and author. Her
presentation will focus on “Freed Africans in The Bahamas”.

Mr. William Godfrey Davis Esq., Attorney at Law and Transformative Mediator, his topic
will be “Reparations for the peoples of the Maafa”.

Mr. Kojo Yankah, President of the Africa Institute of Journalism & Communications,
educator and author, he will speak on the topic: “Reconciliation for the Peoples of the
Maafa”.

FEES

Three day conference, including conference material, coffee breaks, all sessions, receptions,
art exhibition, tour of Clifton and a cultural extravaganza

$450 per person —

$150 per student

$750 per group of 10

Day rate including conference material and coffee breaks
$150 per person
$75 per student

$350 per group of 10

For additional information, contact the School of Social Sciences,
Telephone 397-2606/7

Jessica Minnis, Assoc. Professor,
School of Social Sciences

The College of The Bahamas

P O Box N4912

E-mail: abolitionconf@cob.edu.bs
Nassau, Bahamas

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12,'2008, PAGE 7B



BTC bidder has 15 days
left on its exclusivity

FROM page 1B

exclusivity period, Mr Laing replied:
“No, not yet,” when asked whether
the Government had restarted talks
with Bluewater. 45 4
_ It is unclear whether the 15 days
means ‘15 working days’, which would
give Bluewater another three weeks
in its efforts to reach an agreement
with the Government on BTC’s pri-
vatisation, or ‘15 days total, including
non-working days’, which would give it
just over two weeks.

Whichever it is, given that 15 days
are left, the Government is cutting it
fine if it is to meet the Prime Minister’s
objective of reaching a conclusion with

Bluewater - one way or another - by
the end of February 2008.

And, if it drops Bluewater, the Gov-
ernment will also have to move swiftly
if it is to select another potential buyer
and conclude talks with them success-
fully if it is to meet Mr Ingraham’s
year-end deadline for privatising BTC.

When asked whether the Govern-
ment would solicit other offers and
bids for BTC when Bluewater’s exclu-
sivity expired, Mr Laing replied: “I
believe so.”

All this appears to confirm feedback
reaching The Tribune that the FNM
government is cool towards the Blue-
water offer, that group having negoti-
ated a deal in principle to acquire BTC
with the former Christie PLP adminis-
tration shortly before the election.

It is thought that the Ingraham gov-

ernment would prefer to open up the:

process to rival bidders, and see
whether it can realise a better offer for
a 49 per cent BTC stake, rather than
follow the ‘one-horse’ process adopted
by the Christie government, which
focused solely on Bluewater.

Mr Laing would not be drawn on
whether this was the Government’s
position yesterday, merely saying: “I
can’t support that that is the view of the
Government.”

Still, the Ingraham administration’s
public position and comments are like-
ly to be ‘music to the ears’ of other
potential bidders for BTC, such as
Cable & Wireless and the Irish-owned
cellular company, Digicel.

It is understood that another poten-

tial bidder might be BISX-listed Cable
Bahamas, which has been keen to
break into fixed-line and cellular voice
telephony, and is said by some to have
been prepared to beat whatever sum
Bluewater offered.

Bluewater had been prepared to
offer a total of $260 million for BTC.
Some $225 million was to have been
paid upfront, another $30 million after
the fifth year post-privatisation, when
Bluewater’s cellular monopoly would
expire, and $5 million in the sixth year.

While the purchase price looked a
good one, with Bluewater’s agreement

’ that it would not look to reduce staffing

levels at 1,200-strong BTC just what a
politician would want, many expressed
concern over whether liberalisation -
and better customer services, choice

and lower prices - would be held up
by extending the cellular monopoly.

Meanwhile, Mr Laing said he saw
no reason why the reason bout of
union unrest at BTC would impact the
privatisation talks.

The Tribune understands that both
the Government and the BTC Board
feel the union agreements won by the
Bahamas Communications and Public
Officers Union (BCPOU) for its mem-
bers are too fat, and the company sim-
ply cannot afford them going forward.

It is understood that the BTC Board
has the Government’s full support, and
at this stage both are resolute and show
no sign of backing down in the face of.
union demands. With the union also
refusing to give way, a major industri-
al battle looks set to take place.

$300m tourism food import bill leaves the farming sector ‘stagnant’

FROM page 1B

The sector was now lagging
behind and needs a stimulus, he
said. One of-the areas to be
addressed will be the develop-
ment of clusters, which will help
farmers on the same island net-

work together.

“This is an outstanding
‘opportunity for farmers to share
experiences and strategise,” Dr
Alvarez said.

The goal of the project is over
an 18 month timeframe to help
BAPA’s membership create
and main’ .-* viable linkages

between their operations and
the market opportunities gen-
erated by the tourism sector.
The purpose of the project is
to equip participating farmers
and BAPA with the technical
and institutional capacity to
compete with imported agricul-
tural products on the basis of

quality and price.

Bahamian farmers will be giv-
en skills to incorporate market
intelligence, risk management,

industry orders, which would
otherwise be beyond the capac-

ity of individuals.

The IDB project aims to

tutions.

The breakdown of the IDB’s
$120,00 funding is as follows: |
Some $34,600 on farm manage-

improved agronomic practices
and quality assurance systems

‘into their farm management

operations.

They will also be able to use
economies of sale and consoli-
date their production activities
to meet large scale tourism

develop an organisational
framework that will facilitate
the adoption of co-ordinated
approaches to common chal-
lenges and opportunities, and
strengthen their collaboration
between Bahamian agriculture
and international support insti-

ment systems, $24,000 on
farmer training and skill devel-
opment, $30,000 for cluster
development, $23,000 towards
institutional strengthening of
BAPA, $5,000 on administra-
tion costs, and $3,000 for an
audit.

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tthompson@tribunemedia.net

A VIOLENT altercation at
C C Sweeting Senior High
School on Monday morning

- left a.17-year-old male student .

dead and two male students in
police.custody.----

The bold attack took place
on the school’s compound
while two police officers were
at the campus to deal with an
unrelated matter, The Tribune
learned.

According to reports, at
approximately 11.55 am —
shortly after the school’s mid-
morning break — the 12th
grade student was returning to

class from the school’s “tuck ,

shop” when he was reportedly
approached by two male stu-

dents. An argument followed

resulting in the victim being
stabbed in the chest with a
knife, reports indicate.

EMS personnel responded
to the scene, however, the 17-
year-old was pronounced dead
shortly after arriving at the hos-
pital. Although police have not
yet released his identity, fami-
ly members have identified the
deceased as Rico Farrington,
17, of Milton Street who was
just two months shy of his 18th
birthday.

After news broke of this lat-
est bout of school violence,
many concerned citizens
resumed the call for the return
_ of uniformed police officers to

public schools.
Yesterday, school officials
and police maintained that the

‘presence of police officers can-

not reverse the criminal mind-
set and lack of conflict.resolu-
tion skills that are at the root of
the country’s crime problem.
“There (were) two officers

on the campus dealing with -

another matter but often times
even with the best of plans
these (are) matters that you
basically cannot police. One
incident is too many but the
fact remains that (since Sep-
tember) we’ve been on top of
things at this institution,”
Howard Newbold, north-west-
ern district superintendent of
schools said at a press confer-
ence following the incident. He
said there was “no indication at
this time” that the stabbing was
gang related.

Chief Superintendant Hulan
Hanna told the media that sim-
ply returning police back. to
school’s will not change the
mind of a student intent on
committing a violent act.

“There’s nothing to (deter) a
student from tossing an offen-
sive weapon over a fence,
bringing something onto the
school compound after the
school has been dismissed for
the day.

“There are any number of
variables that (are) present and
so the issue here in my opinion

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BEST commission refuses to provide

Delivery firm is
facing legal action
after alleged loss

of court documents

A NASSAU parcel delivery
firm is to face legal action after
allegedly losing a package of
valuable court documents.

United Parcel Service, better
known as UPS, is being sued by
justice campaigners Greg and
Tanya Cash, who claim papers
destined for the Privy Council in
London went astray.

The couple are suing UPS,
Pinder’s Customs Brokerage,
and Richard Ratcliffe, a Pin-
der’s representative who is man-

SEE page eight

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

THE BEST commission has
refused to provide a copy of its
report about the Albany project
in the face of allegations that it
was “buried” when it was found
to include recommendations
against the developer’s proposal
to “cut through” Adelaide beach
to create a canal.

The excavation of a canal
through Adelaide beach to ser-
vice the development’s inland
marina is a major feature of the
project.

Yesterday, Minister of Works
Earl Deveaux said that advice he

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with toddler's
speedboat death

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

AN APRIL trial date has
been set for three Bahamian
men charged in the death of a
British toddler killed by a
speedboat on Paradise Island,
the BBC has reported.

Boat driver James Bain and
boat owners Clifford Nottage
and Evangeless Williamson are
charged with manslaughter
through negligence.

Two-year-old Paul Gallagher
from Orpington, south-east
London, died from head injuries
when a speedboat ran up onto
the beach outside Atlantis
where he was playing in 2002.

The trial date was announced
to the British press yesterday
by the Foreign Office, the BBC
reported.

Andrea, Paul’s mother, con-

SEE page eight

City Market
assures public
after girl falls

in septic pit

near store

FOLLOWING the accident of
a young girl, who fell into an open
septic pit near the City Market
South Beach store, the compa-
ny’s operators yesterday assured
the public that all necessary
repairs have been completed to
prevent a similar incident from
happening in the future.

According to reports, the girl
was playing in the area close to
the shopping centre on East
Street South last Wednesday
when she suddenly fell into an
open cesspit.

Her mother was outraged that
a septic pit had been left open in
such a heavily populated area and
said she was concerned that her
daughter may have been exposed
to dangerous bacteria.

She told local media that she
made certain to wash her daugh-
ter with disinfectants.

In a press statement yesterday,
City Market assured the public
that it has “taken all necessary
steps to ensure that the condition
that led to an unfortunate inci-

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station marines throughout the
Bahamas.

Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest said this
should enhance the force’s abil-
ity to deal with border security
issues.

“We know that it is virtually
impossible to patrol the bor-
ders of our vast archipelago
from a central hub in the capi-
tal,” Mr Turnquest said. “The
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
is therefore proceeding with the
initiative to decentralise from
its headquarters in New Provi-
dence to bases in the southern,
central and northern
Bahamas,” he said.

“In other.words, we will meet
challenges and threats to our
national security where they
exist throughout the archipel-
ago.”

Mr Turnquest told all mem-
bers of the force can “expect
to go to sea” and must be pre-
pared to do so.

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to bases in the southern, central
and northern Bahamas as part
of the new strategy.

He.said officers and marines
must also expect, periodically,
that they will be called upon to
take part in operational training
exercises; to build expertise and
experience within the force
and to prepare the force to
respond in case of a national
emergency.

Mr Turnqust said this is one
of several “decisive steps” the
government is taking to
strengthen the seagoing and air-
borne capacity of the force to
combat the increasing illegal
drug, gun arid immigrant smug-
gling, as well as transnational
crime.

Addressing the graduation
ceremony for Marine Entry 44,
Royal Bahamas Defence Force,
Mr Turnquest said the
Bahamas must be seen as cred-
ible and decisive in its efforts to
protect the country’s national
borders from criminals at a
time when transnational crime,
including organised crime, is on
the increase.

New measures will include
the provision of additional
seagoing and air assets to the
force in a “phased-in manner”,
as well as the expansion of base
operations outside of New
Providence.

He said the base expansion
will allow the national security
officials to “meet the challenges
and threats to our national
security where they exist
throughout the archipelago.”

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Our national borders,” Mr
Turnquest told the new
marines.

“You share the responsibility

to guard our marine resources .

and to protect them against
poachers.

“You share the responsibility
to protect the sovereignty and
the territorial integrity of our
the Bahamas, including the pro-

Call for protection:

A LEADING pastor wants
the government to set up an

agency to clamp down on ja
unscrupulous lawyers, devel- |

opers and building contrac-
tors.

Bishop Simeon Hall wants
to prevent “unsuspecting”
people from being exploited
when they try to buy a home
of their own.

His appeal has gone out to |

Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Kenneth
Russell, who has been asked
to find a way of protecting
home-buyers from losing their
“hard earned” dollars.
Bishop Hall, senior pastor
of New Covenant Baptist
Church, says in his letter to
the minister: “It seems to me
that your ministry’s mandate
of providing housing for the



tection of our territorial water:
and airspace.

“You also share responsibil-
ity for protecting our country.
from transnational crime,’
including drug trafficking and
other illegal trafficking activi-
ties such as arms trafficking and,
against illegal immigrants and
migrant smuggling. This is an;
awesome task,” Mr Turaquestr
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Bahamian people should also include the protection of per-- :
sons who wish to own a home from losing their hard-earned,

dollars.”

He cited the case of Mr Sharron Davis, who claimed to:
have bought land off Cowpen Road and was still “out in the> )

cold” to the tune of $60,000.

Bishop Hall has sent copies of cheques to Mr Russell made *
payable to a Nassau law firm.

“I draw no conclusion from this, but simply make the point

that this young couple (whose wedding ceremony I performed ,

a few years ago) are without their life’s savings.”

Bishop Hall said it was difficult for him to ascertain where
truth and fiction lay “but an established office in the Ministry -
of Housing should be able to assess the facts and address
these kinds of problems so that naive young Bahamians could

achieve their dreams.”

The pastor has offered to discuss the matter with Mr Rus-

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Govt backs
controversial
Defence Force
fitness policy

THE government stands
behind the controversial fitness
policy introduced by the new
Defence Force commander.

Speaking at a graduation cer-
emony for marines, Minister of
National Security Tommy
Turnquest said that all mem-
bers of the force must expect to
have high standards of physical
fitness demanded of them.

“We are in accord with the
commander (Commodore Clif-
ford Scavella) in stressing that
physical fitness goes hand-in-
hand with strict discipline,
ethics, integrity and efficiency
and are all important hallmarks

of an efficient Royal Bahamas
Defence Force,” he said.

This comes after a number
of marines complained to the
press that they felt Com-
modore Scavella’s new manda-
tory fitness regime was unnec-
essarily strict.

However, several members
of the public and some Defence
Force officers have praised the
commander for reintroducing
an acceptable level of discipline
to the organisation.

Mr Turnquest challenged the
graduating marines to be assets
to the force, their families and
the country, and to continue to
set the “highest standards.”

“In this day and time when
so many of our Bahamian
young men are turning to a life
of violence and crime, be care-
ful of the company you keep,
lest you find yourselves in
adverse situations,” he said.

“When you act, do so with
integrity, do not mind the opin-
ions others have of you, or suc-
cumb to pressures of any kind.
If you fail te act with dignity
and integ «vy, you could well
cause serious concerns to be
raised about the performance
and integrity of the entire

force,” iit Turnquest added. -

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
~“}.1bune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - A $50,000
boat sank in waters off West
End on early Saturday morn-
ing after the vessel struck a
rock at sea. .

Chief Supt Basil Rahming,
press liaison officer, reported
that the two Americans on
board were able to safely get
into a dinghy before the vessel
went underwater.

According to reports, Mr
Clint Kapp, 49, of Southwood,
Missouri, was piloting his yacht
named, “Sea Escape” at about
3am on Saturday when the
incident occurred.

Mr Rahming said Mr Kapp
was travelling from Ft Laud-
erdale, Florida, to West End.
He was accompanied by a
friend, Clifford Seicher, of Port
St Lucie, Florida.

Mr Kapp told police that as
he got about five miles off the
Old Bahama Bay inlet, he
somehow ventured off course
and crashed into a rock at sea,
resulting in significant damage
to the vessel.

Supt Rahming said Mr
Kapp and his passenger were
able to launch their dinghy
before the yacht quickly took
on water and sank. ;

The vessel is valued at
$50,000 and was purchased by
Mr Kapp just five weeks ago.

Neither man sustained any
injuries during the ordeal.

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Stabbing sparks calls for
return of police to schools

IN THE wake of the tragic
stabbing of a 17-year-old CC
Sweeting student yesterday, a
number of concerned citizens
called on the government to
immediately return police offi-
cers to schools.

However, police and school
officials strongly maintained
that violence on campus is‘a
reflection of social ills, and can-
not be prevented by police.

Omar Archer, who is vying
for the PLP chairmanship at the
party’s upcoming convention,
said that he felt that the inci-
dent could have been avoided.

“It is important to be pro-
active in our approach and had
the minister (Carl Bethel)
employed pro-active measures

’ such as having police officers in

the schools I think this could

But officers, school officials say
violence is reflection of social ills

have been avoided,” he told
The Tribune yesterday.

“I think the real problem lies
with poor parenting also.
Maybe not in this case, but we
find that many children in our
country had kids when they
were 14 and what we see is the
residual effect of that. I think
it’s only going to get worse if
the problem isn’t addressed”.

At a press conference follow-
ing the stabbing, Chief Super-
intendent Hulan Hanna said

that a student intent on com-
mitting an offence will find a
means to smuggle a weapon
onto school premises.

“There’s nothing to deter a
student from tossing an offen-
sive weapon over a fence, bring-
ing something onto the school
compound after school has been
dismissed for the day.

“There are any number of
variables, and so the issue here
in my opinion is that someone
had the temerity to bring a knife

Christie hoping to settle

Malcolm Adderley matter
‘one way gr the other’

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

FORMER prime minister
Perry Christie said he hopes
to shortly settle the matter of
Elizabeth MP Malcolm
Adderley’s political position
“one way or the other.”

Speaking as a guest on the
IslandFM show “Parliament
Street” on Sunday, Mr
Christie remained vague in
discussing the implications of
Mr Adderley holding the
Gaming Board chairmanship
under the FNM government,
but said that his party will
soon be able to “honestly and
appropriately address this
issue.”

Mr Adderley, whose politi-
cal allegiance has been the
subject of speculation for
some time now, caused raised
eyebrows again last month
when he was reappointed as
Gaming Board chairman for
the next two years.

The MP also caused talk
when he absented himself
from parliament when the



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Mr Christie on Sunday said
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the Bahamian public to under-
stand why a PLP member
would hold an executive posi-
tion under an FNM adminis-
tration.

The situation, he conceded,
“does raise obviously some
very serious questions.”

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added that in this case, he is
fortunate to know of the
“goodness and sincerity” of
Mr Adderley.

The PLP leader did not go
into any further details about
the matter and would not say
if he has directly confronted
the Elizabeth MP about it.

Mr Christie would only say
that this a “very sensitive and

‘important time” and that out

of respect to his parliamen-
tary colleagues, which include
Malcolm Adderley, he will
address the matter more
directly in the proper format.

According to PLP sources,
Mr Adderley is allegedly dis-
gruntled with his party and Mr
Christie because he was not
given a Cabinet post during
the last administration.

FNM sources have told The
Tribune that it would wise for
the governing party to court
the Elizabeth MP and entice
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That speaks to a more funda-
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he said, adding that a change in
mindset is necessary to reverse
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terday, the Worker’s Party
urged the government to return
plainclothes and unformed offi-
cers to the nation’s public
schools. The party also called
for former prime minister Perry
Christie to direct the Urban
Renewal Programme, which
was relaunched yesterday.

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LAST WEEK Prime Minister Ingraham,
although guaranteeing delivery on his
promised Freedom of Information Act, said
that a cultural shift within the civil service
would have to take place before such an Act
could become law.

A “mindset change” must take place in the
public sector allowing civil servants to be
more forthcoming with public information
before this can be done, he said.

When asked at the first of his promised
“quarterly conversations” with the press,
about the introduction of a Freedom of Infor-
mation Act, which would allow the media
and general pubic to freely accéss public doc-
uments and information, the prime minister
said:

“Laws don’t make people do what they’re
not naturally inclined to do.”

We agree with this, but it is unfair to blame
civil servants who have been so terrorised
by politicians over the years — even to the
point of fearing for their jobs, and in many
cases losing them — to expect them now to
start giving out information. They need guid-
ance. They need an assurance that frankness
with the press will not jeopardise their posi-
tions. A Freedom of Information Act would

relieve them of this fear, and go a long way in...

prying lose information that should be in the
public domain.

The Tribune is being bombardedéby calls ~

from upset citizens in the Cable Beach area
who are angry because they are being kept in
the dark about a road diversion that will com-
pletely disrupt their lives when it gets under-
way. Others, particularly Bahamians who for
many lifetimes have regarded Adelaide beach
as their private picnic area, now fear they
might not only lose part of the beach for the
creation of a private marina, but what is left
will be denuded by erosion. There are many
examples of this around the island.

These people are fearful of the unknown.
They are asking legitimate questions and
they are entitled to legitimate answers.

Opposition leader Perry Christie, whose
government negotiated these developments
might be happy that the Ingraham adminis-
tration has finally signed-off on the supple-
mental heads of agreement that he was deal-
ing with before he was voted out of office, but

has he given any thought to the right of

Bahamians to know what is going on?
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in the cross-fire.

Our concerned callers have heard many
rumours, which our reporters are trying to
check out. One concerned the BEST Com-
mission, which refused to provide a copy of its
report about the Albany project.

Our reporter was told that initially when
the developers proposed a marina, cutting a
canal across Adelaide Beach, BEST recom-
mended against it, but said that if the Christie
government were to grant the necessary exca-
vation for the canal then the investors should
put up a $5 million bond. We were told that

permission has been given for the dredging, ‘

but the bond now required is only $1 mil-
lion. True or false? This is what our reporter
was trying to discover. (See story page 1).

The person our reporter was told to con-
tact at BEST said she could not comment.
Asked why, she said “job security laws” pre-
vented it. How can anyone deny the people
who pay their salaries, the right to know what
government is doing in their name?

A Freedom of Information Act is needed
sooner, not later.

We recall a letter written to The Tribune by
former National Trust president Pericles
Maillis in 1999 when he was fighting against
the Clifton Cay development. He pleaded
with government to safeguard beach areas
for the public, pointing out how quickly they
were being lost. In the context of Clifton he
said that “there is a rush by the proponents of
it and in government circles to get the matter
approved without the people of New Provi-
dence knowing the real truth about what else
is coming and what else is already approved.”

Today history is repeating itself. Knowing
how much Mr Maillis treasures the environ-
ment and the protection of nature, maybe
he can tell us what cutting through this beach
will mean to the island, but especially to the
people who live in the area, including those
city folk who for generations have spent many
carefree hours enjoying Adelaide beach. We
ask this question of Mr Maillis because he is
an Adelaide resident who has cherished his
plot of land.

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hardworking
parents deserve
recognition

EDITOR, The Tribune.

My name is Peggy Williams,
mother of Shenell Mott, a 15-
year-old 10th grader of the R
M Bailey Senior who was one
of the students locked in the
school gym.

I read your editorial today
(30th January, 2008), and
took offence to most of what
you said.

You don’t have a clue
about most parents in the
Bahamas.

You only know the bad
because that is what your
paper reports.

There are more parents
involved in the children's lives
that aint.

This is why I took my com-
plaint public, I refused to let
my daughter be generalized
and I will not be generalized.

Those who are in places of
authority have a responsibili-
ty to operate in the confines
of the law.

While I do support getting
our children in line with the

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rules and guidelines, it is my
position that those who set
the rules and guidelsines for
the students, also have rules
and guidelines to govern their
actions, if not given by the
Ministry ‘of Education, there
are laws that govern all of us
citizens of the Bahamas.

Most of the uniforms were
purchased from one place
whose apparent focus is on
waist size instead of different
length sizes.

The majority of those stu-
dents were not acting in rebel-
lion, but are victims of cir-
cumstances.

While you are in a position
to cast blame and point fin-
gers, please use your place to
give a balanced report.

This country is not full of
criminals, there are hard-
working, law-abiding parents,
who fight traffic everyday to
ensure that their children are

to school on time and safely
home afterwards.

Why don’t you recognize
these efforts?

I have forwarded for your

‘veiwing the place where the

students of R M Bailey Senior
were locked up (chain and
padlock).

These were not criminals,
in most cases they were chil-
dren of hardworking parents
who bought uniforms in Sep-
tember believing they were
doing good by their children.

But because the shirt
stopped by the knees the chil-
dren spend
months of disruptions.

My daughter is an honour
roll student, gpa 3.30 focus
and mannerly.

I won’t have a protrait oth-
erwise.

PEGGY WILLIAMS
Proud Parent.

January 30, 2008

Fighting the establishment is noble -
but who in government do you sue?

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE concept of fighting the
establishment for change has
always been a noble one at
best.

The latest attempt by Mr
Nairn and Moss last week on
radio to suggest that persons
should sue the government
was one such noble idea.

Discounting Mr Moss’s
political affiliation and what-
ever agenda Mr Nairn has, it is
my belief that both men mean

well to suggest that the gov-

ernment, through a law suit,
should be held accountable
for its actions regarding court
cases.

However, the reality is who
do you sue — the Attorney
General’s office; the legisla-










tive branch or the judicial
branch?

These are all areas that
make up the government of
the Bahamas and as such
share some portion of the
blame for the state of the
court system today.

Further, to sue, one will
need to use the aforemen-
tioned systems in order to pur-
sue the objective of holding
the government accountable
and as each of us know the
system is in such a state that
any proposed legal action will
end up in a sea of quandary
and delays that will make it
near impossible to see the
light of day — you will only be
throwing good money after
bad, my friend.

I put it to Mr Moss that the
best solution you can give at
this juncture is to advise your
colleagues in the bar associa-
tion to stop constipating the
system with all the legal wran-
gling and to start acting in the
spirit of the law!

It is a well known fact that
your establishment is an “ol’
boys club” where seniority
and name affiliation are the

Dame Sawyer had it right
when she said that we must
stop pointing fingers when it
comes to the issue of crime,
however I would like to go a
step further and suggest that
that each branch of govern-
ment, as well as the bar asso-
ciation, need to take a deep
and honest look at the way in
which they contribute to the
delay of justice in this country. .
It is only then will we start to
see meaningful change in how
justice is being delivered.

ERIC STRACHAN
Nassau,
February, 2008.

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A 49-year-old Andros man
accused of being found in pos-
session of nearly $62,000 worth
of marijuana over the weekend
was remanded to Her Majesty’s
prison yesterday after appearing
in Magistrate’s Court. .

Herman Capron of Mastic
Point appeared before Magis-
trate Carolita Bethel at court
_ eight in Bank Lane, charged

with possession of marijuana
with the intent to supply.

According to court dockets, it
was alleged that Capron was
found in possession of the drugs
on Saturday, February 9 while
at Mastic Point.

Capron, who is being repre-
sented by attorney Langton
Hilton, pleaded not guilty to the
drug charge.

He was remanded to Her
Majesty’ Prison and his case has
been adjourned to February 18,
when a trial date will be set.

e TWO men accused of being
- found in possession of 10 and a
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arraigned in Magistrate’s Court

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Kevin Woodside, 28, of Wil-
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Carolita Bethel, charged with
possession of marijuana with
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is alleged that the accused were .

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the drugs.

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Her Majesty’s Prison and their
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LOCAL NEWS

‘Urban Renewal Initiative was not started by Perry Christie’

@ by Xan-Xi Bethel

THE status of former prime minister
Perry Christie as the originator of the
Urban Renewal Programme was chal-
lenged yesterday.

Over the weekend, Mr Christie blasted
the FNM’s decision to officially re-launch
the programme, saying that the changes
which have been made are “a bloody dis-
grace.”

However at a press conference yester-
day, Brensil Rolle, Parliamentary Secre-
tary in the Ministry of Housing, said: “The
Urban Renewal initiative was not started
by Perry Christie. That programme began
in the 1970s under the Pindling ddminis-
tration.”

Mr Rolle went on to claim that another
phase of the programme was brought into
play under the first Ingraham administra-
tion, with the introduction of a community

policing initiative. He says that Mr Christie
only built onto the foundation that was
laid many years before his time as prime
minister and is now trying to take credit for
something that he did not start.

In response to Christie’s claims that the
Urban Renewal initiative had stopped
when the FNM came to power last year,
Mr Rolle said Mr Christie “needs to get his
facts straight”.

He said that the Urban Renewal Pro-
gramme never stopped, and outlined vari-
ous continuing projects over the past eight
months.

The re-launch is just an introduction of
an Urban Renewal Programme that has
been “re-vamped and restructured,” he
said.

Mr Rolle explained that the Urban
Renewal: Liveable Neighbourhoods Pro-
gramme is now under the strict adminis-
tration of the Ministry of Housing with a

hierarchy designed for efficiency and max-
imum results. He Rolle cited city clean-
up, youth programmes, community semi-
nars and monthly police walkabouts as
some of the main initiatives under the new
structure of the programme.

Previously, the programme was headed
by the police. This time, the police are not
heading Urban Renewal but are still an
integral part of the “new thrust”, he said.

Mr Rolle also explained that the ulti-
mate goal is to implement a programme
that can be eventually taken over by the
community rather than being headed by
the government.

The programme is being launched full
force in New Providence and Grand
Bahama. Permanent Secretary of the Min-
istry of Housing Camille Johnson said that
they plan to start small and eventually
begin full-fledged Urban Renewal pro-
grammes on each of the Family Islands.

“Urban Renewal is a safety net for peo-
ple who would otherwise fall through the
cracks,” she said.

She stressed that the programme is about
changing the mindset and attitudes of peo-
ple. “We cannot be successful if the com-
munities themselves don’t buy in.”

The present administration believes that
the old set-up of the programme did not
look at the “whole man”.

“We are trying to include every aspect of
the lives of our people.” said Kenneth Rus-
sell, Minister of Housing. “It will be tested
in the Englerston Community with the pro- .
gramme being duplicated in each of the
other Urban Renewal jurisdictions.”

He said that the four main objectives of
the new programme are to increase safety,
wealth, independence, and create a sense of
responsibility. “We are implementing a
value system to replace the culture of vio-
lence.”

Bahamians told: Stop protecting criminals

BAHAMIANS have been told
they must take a stand against
crime by making a conscious deci-
sion to stop knowingly protect-
ing drug dealers, thieves, rapists
and murderers.

Executive vice president of the
Bahamas National Youth Council
Sacha Armbrister said Bahami-
ans are placing the blame for
crime on everybody from the gov-
ernment to the police, when it is
actually a community problem
and many persons knowingly pro-
tect those committing the very
same crimes they decry.

She delivered a powerful and
emotional welcome address at the
first National Youth Anti-Crime
and Non-Violence Forum host-
ed by the Conference of Youth
Leaders (COYL) in conjunction
with the Ministry of National
Security.

Ms Armbrister said the forum,
which was attended by hundreds
of young Bahamians represent-
ing every island in the Bahamas,
signified that the youth of the
nation are committed to helping
make the Bahamas a safer place.

“Today is not a day to be taken
lightly,” Ms Armbrister said.
“This is a day the leaders of our

~country put their pens down,

close their mouths, remove the
blindfolds and open their ears to
hear and seriously acknowledge
not the cry, but the strong, deter-
mined voices of the young
Bahamians being affected by
crime.

“You are the voices of those

who cannot be heard. Let this
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your opportunity to express the
strategies and systems you trust
can decrease crime, strengthen
relationships between law
enforcement and the communi-
ty, and send a clear message that
we will not allow criminals to dic-
tate how we live our lives.

“The policies you propose in
this room will change history and
more importantly, save lives.

“T implore you, do not hold
your tongue, engage in the con-
versations, be passionate and pro-
pose your ideas,” Ms Armbrister
said. ’

She said finding solutions to
crime became an especially per-
sonal matter for her after her
uncle was murdered in Grand

‘Bahama in 2007.

Ms Armbrister said the forum
was an important “first step” in
getting the opinions of young per-











sons from across the Bahamas on
how they view crime and crimi-
nality. “What it is going to do is to
help decrease crime and save lives
in.the future and so it’s a major
step and we want to thank the
Ministry of National Security for
supporting this event,” Ms Arm-
brister added.

Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest said he was
excited by the number of young
persons who attended the forum.

“Excellent turn-out, excellent
cross-section of students from the
public and private school systems
and we have gotten good partici-
pation from the Family Island
schools and the schools in Grand
Bahama,” Mr Turnquest said.

“The forum afforded officials
at the Ministry of National Secu-
rity to get to the source of young
people telling us their views on
the crime situation in our country
and to assist us in formulating
recommendations for solutions
and I think that is absolutely
important.

“T think it was an excellent
start, we just have to continue it.
I think that there is still also some
reticence that they are not being
taken seriously, but I think that
the presence of senior police offi-
cers and mine, as Minister, hope-

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that we are serious about them.
“They have taken the time and
placed themselves on the line to
say that ‘we are going to get
involved’ and so we now have to

show — by deliberate action — that
we are taking them seriously and
I think that’s beginning to hap-
pen and it’s really just going to
be a trust factor between both of
us,” Mr Turnquest added.






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VOOR iet
Canada donate

$10,750 to

Ranfurly Home

THE Ranfurly Home for
Children benefited from the
generosity of a large group of
Canadian visitors — who handed
the administrators a cheque for
$10,750.

Royal LePage, Canada’s first
residential real estate compa-
ny, was responsible for the gift.

The company brought 160
real ‘estate agents to the

Bahamas as members of its’

National Chairman’s Club.
The club represents agents in
the top one per cent of sales
across Canada, and the $10,750
- came from their voluntary con-
tributions.

The donation is Royal LeP-
age’s second annual philan-
thropic effort as part of the
National Chairman’s Club
retreat.

A year earlier, the group
came to the aid of a women’s
shelter in San Juan, Puerto
Rico.

In addition to the cheque, the
Ranfurly Home children were
also treated to a special dinner,
an evening of socialising and a
trove of toys and other gifts.

“In a short period of time and
with little knowledge of this
cause, you donated monies,
shopped for gifts and came
tonight to share your time,”
Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper
told agents.

Although the donations were
genuine gestures, they also
made good business sense, he
said. .
“Companies that support
causes for the long haul win the
hearts of customers,” he said.
“In fact, 80 per cent of adults
prefer companies that commit
to specific causes for a long peri-
od of time, rather than those
who opt for multiple, short-peri-
od causes. Eighty-four per cent
of consumers indicate that their

:

impression of corporations who :
have a charitable arm is better ;

than those who do not.

“Seventy-nine per cent indi-
cate that, all things being equal, :
they would be more likely to :
select a product or service from :
a business supporting a good :
cause than those who do not,” :

he said.

There were similar trends for }
company brands and product :
prices. According to Mr Soper, :
66 per cent of consumers would }
switch brands to support a cause ;
and 54 per cent would pay a
higher price for a product or ;
service that supported a cause :

they cared about.

Violetta Gardiner, director
of the Ranfurly Homes, accept- ;
ed the gifts on behalf of the 38 :

children now living there.

The organisation has been a :
safe haven for orphaned, :
abused, neglected or abandoned :
children since 1956, Ms Gar }

diner explained.

“What we try to do here is :
provide a home for them, not :
just a shelter,” she said. “What :
you are seeing here are children i
that are shining through, despite :

their circumstances.”

James Malcolm, director of
groups for Ministry of Tourism, :
added the thanks of the gov- :

ernment.

He pointed out that a record- :
high 100,000 visitors came to :
the Bahamas from Canada last
year. He said Canadian trav- :
ellers are special to Bahamians :
and that the Royal LePage :

group is a remarkable group.

“We have hundreds of cor-
porate groups each year but :
very few of them make this kind :

of contribution,” he said.

«Tha Reyal ige, National
fétreat con- :

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Chairman’s

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New DVD puts
Bahamian poetry
in the frame

Third in a series of
‘Off Air TV’ releases

A NEW DVD has been
released that celebrates
Bahamian poetry and high-
lights the works of two well
known poets.

The production is the third
in a series of “Off Air TV”
DVDs launched in April by
Frank Penn to draw atten-
tion to a number of Bahami-
an issues.

The Bahamian Poetry
DVD features original works
by Etienne L Farquharson of
Grand Bahama and Sly
Roker of Nassau.

Mr Farquharson’s poetry
covers topics as controver-
sial as the financial blacklist-
ing of the Bahamas, while Mr
Roker’s more lighthearted
segment sees him waxing
lyrical about adultery and
materialism versus oneness
with God.

There are a total of five
segments in each of the three
DVDs. Mr Penn said that he
plans to produce nine more
DVDs, one every three
months.

According to Mr Penn,
the first DVD, a study of the
proposals for the creation of
a National Youth Service,
“was. inspired by recent
events involving the embar-
rassing and rude behaviour
of some of our school chil-
dren and the confused and
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by many in authority, includ-
ing parents.”

He said the research cov-
ered the period from 1954 to
a proposed bill on the issue
in 1988 and much of what
transpired after. It asks the
question “has the time come
for a National Youth Ser-
vice?”

His latest DVD again
touches on this issue,
expanding upon the fact that
Captain Simpson C Penn,
after whom the nation’s cor-
rections centre for boys is
named, was a vocal advocate
for National Youth Service.

This latest installment
includes rare footage of a
banquet held in Captain Pen-
n’s honour, at which the lega-
cy of his Nassau Company of
the Boys Brigade is discusses
at length.

It also includes footage of
the late Prime Minister Sir
Lynden Pindling’s speech at
the 1988 PLP convention, at
which he again raised the
idea of National Youth Ser-
vice, and charts the successful
opposition to the idea led by
the Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association. This sec-
tion includes fascinating
interviews with some of those
involved as well as contem-
poraneous news photos and
stories.

Another feature of the new

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DVD is a section devoted to
the developments that led up
to the Happy Hour Experi-
ence Week — an effort to
focus on the detrimental
effects of promiscuity — held
in 1999,

This came as a result of the
growth in popularity of two
initiatives: WYDPJ (Would
Your Decision Please Jesus?)

and the IPPUAA (Introduc- -

tion and Participation in sex-
ual activity, leads to Promis-
cuity, Unwanted pregnancy,
Abortions and AIDS).

The DVD also includes a
section looking back at the
naming the national softball
stadium after Churchill
Tenor Knowles.

Mr Penn said that anyone
who wants more information
about the series can email:
gbirecording@hotmail.com.

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EUROPE’S shiny new $2 bil-
lion science lab, Columbus, was
anchored to the international:
space station on Monday by a
team of astronauts laboring
inside and out, according to
Associated Press.

French astronaut Leopold
Eyharts announced its arrival.
“Beautiful work,” replied Mis-
sion Control.

It was an exhausting daylong
affair that took more time than
expected.

The grand finale — the actu-
al attachment of the 23-foot, 14-
ton lab that was ferried up by
Atlantis — took place at the end
of an extra-long spacewalk by
Rex Walheim and Stanley Love.
The astronauts shouted and
cheered when the lab reached’
its destination. Germany’s recov-
ering astronaut, Hans Schlegel,
was stuck inside the whole time.
He was supposed to float out-
side with Walheim to help with
Columbus’ hookup, but got sick
following last week’s liftoff and
| was replaced by Love.

The last-minute switch in crew
prompted NASA to delay
Columbus’ installation by a day
and lengthen Atlantis’ space sta-
tion visit. U.S. and European
space officials have refused to
divulge the illness.

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ended up doing all the outside
work, it was still a momentous
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7 LOCAL NEWS ! esha

Jacquelyn Murray hailed a ‘woman of principle and integrity’

@ By Clunis Devane



A STATE recognised funeral service was held yesterday at Christ
Church Cathedral for permanent secretary and secretary to the gov-
ernor general, the late Mrs Jacquelyn Murray.

Mrs Murray, whose career in the public service spanned 41 years,
died at Doctors Hospital on February 2 after a short battle with cancer.
She was 62. Governor General Arthur Hanna and Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham were accompanied by Cabinet ministers, members
of parliament and senior public officers at the service.

In his sermon, Canon Basil Tynes declared that that, “Jackie was will-
ing to stand up for principle; she was a woman of principle, a woman
of integrity.”

The Rector of St Barnabas Anglican Parish expressed his belief
that integrity “is something we are losing in this country and we must
wake up as a people where our ‘yes’ means ‘yes’ and our ‘no’ means
‘no’. “So many of us are willing to play the popularity game. We go
along with the flow. We don’t want to say this or that because it might
hurt certain people’s feelings,” the priest said. “But those who kriew
Jackie, knew quite well that she was brave and bold.”

He warned that the apathetic attitude “that is slowly beginning to kill
us in this country” must be ended. “Jackie was never mediocre when
it came to her work. She put out her best and she did her best at
every turn and step along the way. Would to God that every civil ser-
vant in this country put out their best foot in all circumstances because
there are other people who rely upon your witness and your work.”

The governor general, in his tribute, briefly traced the career of
Mrs Murray, which began in January 1967 as a private secretary in the
Ministry of Home Affairs, which he headed.

She died serving as secretary to the governor general, again under Mr
Hanna. Mrs Murray’s survivors include her husband, Frederick; daugh-
ters, LaVette Johnson and YaElI Walcott; her son Krishna Murray
and three grandchildren. She was buried in Woodlawn Gardens on Sol-
dier Road.

NURSING pioneer and trail-
blazer Mary Johnson has official-
ly retired-from frontline nursing —
leaving behind a legacy that will
be difficult to surpass.

Ms Johnson entered the nurs-
ing profession as a trainee in 1960
at the age of 17, at a time when
the face of nursing in the
Bahamas was predominantly
British.

After almost 48 years, Ms



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OUTGOING director of nursing Mary

Johnson has been credited with
changing the landscape of nursing
in the Bahamas by promoting
excellence in service, standards,
education and training.

She-was honoured at a retire-
ment banquet by the Ministry of
Health and Social Development
on Saturday at the British Colo-
nial Hilton. Described as quiet,
unassuming and caring, Ms John-
son recorded a number of firsts
during her career.

She retired as director of nurs-
ing in the. Ministry of Health, a
position she held for 14 years.

Ms Johnson was the first nurse
to complete the Registered Nurse
Programme in three years, after
all every candidate she entered
the programme with had dropped
out; was the first of two Bahami-

Johnson is all smiles after accept-
ing a gift from Mrs Elizabeth Keju,
undersecretary of human resources
at the Ministry of Health.

an nurses deployed as clinical
teachers at the Princess Margaret
Hospital’s School of Nursing in
1968, and was the first Bahamian
female nurse to obtain post-basic
certification in psychiatric nurs-
ing in 1969,

She was granted a Fellowship
by the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO) to attend
the Advanced Nursing Education
Programme at the University of
the West Indies in 1972/3, which
led to her’ becoming the first
Bahamian psychiatric tutor.

A staunch proponent of edu-
cation, Ms Johnson achieved

FAMILY members, friends and colleagues bid their final farewell to



Jacquelyn Murray, who died of cancer at the age of 62.



POLICE officers accompany the coffin of Jacquelyn Murray into Christ
Church Cathedral yesterday morning.

Mary Johnson retires from frontline nursing

sional qualifications including a
degree in education from the Uni-
versity of Miami, and a bachelor
of science degree in nursing and a
masters in rehabilitation and
counselling from the University
of South Florida.

“Ms Johnson is truly a nursing
legend and as the Minister of
Health and Social Development,
I thank her for her years of com-
mitted and faithful service to the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas,”
said Dr Hubert Minnis.

“She has served well and has
served with distinction and her
successor will indeed have big
shoes to fill.”

Admired throughout the nurs-
ing profession and the educa-
tional system for her commitment
to education and training, Ms
Johnson has played a “significant
role” in the development of many
of the programmes that young
nursing students have access to.

She has also helped a number
of nurses to take advantage of
training opportunities locally and
abroad. During her tenure as
director of nursing, the Nursing
Cadet Programme was launched
to recruit candidates for, direct
entry into the nursing programme

at the College of the Bahamas.

In 2001, the Future Nurses of
the Bahamas programme was
launched to target students from
grades five to nine.

Ms Johnson was also instru-
mental in increasing the stipend
for nursing students from $125 to
$475 which brought it on par with
that of teaching students.

She also played a significant
role in advocating for increases
in salaries and benefits for nur. ‘s

“This tender-hearted lady has a
soft spot for the poor and down-
trodden and does not think twice
about using her personal funds
to assist others,” Dr Minnis said.

He said Ms Johnson “never lost
the common touch” despite all of
her accomplishments.

Dr Minnis said Ms Johnson’s
influence and contributions to the
nursing profession and the Min-
istry of Health are “very much
evident” in the many policies and
systems she helped to put in
place. “The Ministry of Health
and Social Development, the
healthcare system, the nursing
profession and indeed the entire
Bahamas, have been truly

enriched by the service of this

nursing icon,” he said.



GOVERNOR-general Arthur Hanna and his wife Beryl Hanna arrive at
the Christ Church Cathedral for the state recognised funeral of per-
manent secretary Jacquelyn Murray. Ms Murray, who died at the age
of 62, also served as secretary to the governor-general.

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FORMER prime minister Perry Christie speaks to some of mourners
at the funeral service for permanent secretary Jacquelyn Murray at
‘Christ Church Cathedral.

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THE TRIBUNE



LOCAL NEWS



BEST commission refuses to provide
copy of the Albany project report

FROM page one

has received indicates that there is
no application from the develop-
er to “cut through” the beach cur-
rently pending before govern-
ment.

However, he admitted that -

government understands it is

“just a matter of time” before

an application is put in by the.

developer, and all indications
are that once certain stipula-
tions put forward by BEST
(Bahamas Environment Science
and Technology commission)
relating to the protection of the
environment are met, permis-
sion will be granted for the

canal.

“They cannot have the mari-
na without cutting through the
beach,” said Dr Deveaux. “It
would be wrong to imply that
we do not intend to grant an
approval.”

Asked whether he could con-
firm or deny the information
received by The Tribune relat-

Delivery firm is facing
legal action alter alleged
loss of court documents

FROM page one

ager of courier services.

The couple have also named the police and
the Attorney General among defendants,
‘claiming the investigation into the lost pack-
age was mishandled.

The couple’s claim for general, punitive,
exemplary, compensatory and vindicative
damages against UPS, Pinder’s and Mr Rat-
cliffe is the latest salvo in their five-year fight
for justice against the Baptist education
authorities in Nassau.

The 19-pound package, which they claim
was lost by UPS, contained 120 documents
destined for Mary McDonald, registrar of the
Privy Council’s judicial committee in Downing
Street, London SW1. These were to form the
foundation of the couple’s appeal relating to
several issues in the Bahamas Supreme Court
and Court of Appeal involving the Baptists.

When the loss was first reported last year,
UPS, Pinder’s and Mr Ratcliffe claimed the
package had been properly delivered in Lon-
don and that they had fulfilled all their oblig-
ations.

But Mr and Mrs Cash claim they have suf-

—

fered massive inconvenience, financial hard-
ship and loss because of UPS’s alleged failure
to meet terms of their contract.

In their writ, filed in the Supreme Court

_ yesterday, Mr and Mrs Cash allege that Mr

Ratcliffe caused Mr Cash “great fear” by
pointing his hand in his face while threatening
to have him thrown out of his office.

They also claim that UPS made “false and
misleading” statements about the parcel’s
whereabouts, and said it was delivered to an
address other than the one agreed to.

The police and Attorney General’s Office
are being sued for alleged breach of trust and
confidence, negligence, dishonesty and vio-
lation of the couple’s constitutional rights.

Mr and Mrs Cash have been battling the
Baptists for justice since Mr Cash was fired as
coach from Jordan Prince William High
School in 2002.

They have claimed repeatedly over several
years that the Baptists and the courts have
conspired against them, denying them justice.

Apart from alleging unfair dismissal, the
couple have claimed damages for alleged

idefamation and breach of constitutional

rights.

_ TENDER NO. 652/08

: Tender for the Provision of:

A Fire Detection and Fire Alarm
System at Station ‘A’ of the
Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s
Clifton Pier Power Station

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) invites
proposals from suitably qualified Companies for the
installation of a Fire Detection / Fire Alarm System
at Station ‘A’ of its Clifton Pier Power Station.

| Bid packages may be collected from Mrs.
-Delmeta Seymour, Administration Office, Blue Hill
& Tucker Roads. —

Proposals are to be delivered to the BEC Executive
Offices on or before 22nd February 2008 and

addressed to:

Kevin Basden
General Manager
Executive Offices

Bahamas Electricity Corporation —

P O Box N-7509
Nassau, Bahamas

BEC reserves the right to accept or reject any

or all proposals

For all inquiries regarding this tender,
contact Mr. Brent Williamson at
bewilliamson@bahamaselectricity.com

Site visit 8th February 2008 — 10:00 am
BEC Clifton Pier Power Station



ing to the the BEST report, Dr
Deveaux said he was unaware
of its contents as the environ-
mental aspect of the project
would not fall within his port-
folio.

A source has alleged that the
report recommended that a $5
million bond should be put up
by the developer if the canal
were allowed to go ahead.

Efforts by The Tribune to
ascertain the contents of the
BEST report were frustrated
yesterday. A commission
employee — who had been
identified as the correct person
to direct the query to — said
that she would be unable to
comment on the claims.

Asked why, Zanda Boneby
said that “job secrecy laws” pre-
vented her from doing so. When
The Tribune referred to com-
ments recently made by Prime
Minister Hubert Ingraham that
public servants need to “be
more open and forthcoming in
dealing with the press”, Ms
Boneby laughed.

The Tribune.went on to
request a copy of the recom-
mendations that were allegedly
put forward. Ms Boneby said
that she would have to “ask
(her) superior”, and stated that
person would call back later.
When The Tribune in turn
asked to be provided the name
of the boss in question, the
employee simply said: “No.” Up
to press time yesterday The Tri-
bune did not-receive a phone
call from BEST.

Dr Deveaux said that he
believes that the developer will
be required to produce an envi-
ronmental management plan
“to accomodate the sustain-
ability of the beach and miti-
gate any erosion that
should arise” before a permit
is granted for the Albany
canal.

However, if the BEST com-

mission’s initial recommenda-
tions were that no canal should
be excavated, then such require-
ments would already be a climb-

. down in terms of environmental

protection, and furthermore,
with the government already
seemingly committed to facili-
tating the developer’s vision for
the project, the significance of
such a plan — funded by the
developer — is called into ques-

* tion.

Dr Deveaux said yesterday
that he could “say without fear
of contradiction that given the
public’s concern and the gov-
ernment’s concern about the
damage a canal might do that
every conceivable effort will be
made to ensure that the beach
(is preserved).”

Adding that there are “many
options that are available to
ensure that this cut and any
damage it might do are min-
imised”, the.works minister
mentioned that in other similar
situations, “sizeable bonds”
have been required by the gov-
ernment from the developer.
This is usually done in order
that funds are available in the
case that corrective measures
need to be taken.should dam-
age occur.

The Heads of Agreement
signed by the government with
the Albany developer includes a
clause which states that a one
million dollar bond will be pro-
vided for the canal. Asked yes-
terday whether this aspect of
the agreement was under
review, Dr Deveaux said that
“to the best of (his) knowledge”
the bond has not been
increased.

He added however that
Christopher Anand, managing
partner at Albany, had “indi-
cated a commitment to increase
Albany’s input into whatever
mitigration was necessary” in
light of the canal.

~ Court date set for three

charged in connection with
toddler’s speedboat death

FROM page one

firmed to the news organisation yesterday that she and her husband
are scheduled to fly out to give evidence in court in Nassau. The tri-

al will begin on April 14.

The BBC report said that the announcement followed a “five
year campaign by the child’s family to bring the case to court.”

Paul’s mother said: "We're relieved in one way, but also appre-
hensive. We want justice to be served, but it's a lot to go through
again. We feel as if our lives have been put on hold."

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Murder

FROM page one

is that someone had the
temerity to (allegedly) bring
a knife onto the school cam-
pus and had the courage to
use the knife. That speaks
to a more fundamental
question than mere police
security on the schools.

“The time has come in
this country where people
(need to) take responsibili-
ty for their actions. We can-
not baby-sit (anyone) in this
country”.

Still‘ shocked by her
younger brother’s murder,
Shevaughn Woodside told
The Tribune no one
deserved to die the way he
did.

“He wasn’t no saint, he
had his (problems) like a lil’
boy growing up in the ghet-
to but (his death) still wasn’t
called for,” she said at C C
Sweeting’s campus yester-
day.

She said she saw two stab
wounds on her brother’s
body at the hospital, one to
the neck area and another
to the chest, and believes he
may have suffered addi-
tional wounds.

The victim’s family has
also questioned where the
school’s security guards
were when the stabbing
occurred.

Following the incident,
the student population of

i approximately 1,000 were
' detained in their classrooms
in an attempt to negate any
further violence. When The
Tribune arrived at the cam-
pus on College Avenue
shortly after 1 pm, students
were being released in what
administration officials
termed a “phased dis-
missal.” ;

Rico Farrington was one
of 25 students involved in a
work placement programme
that allowed him to take
part in off-campus employ-
ment.

Principal ‘Delores Ingra-
ham, wife of Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham, had
planned a celebratory lunch

: for the deceased and the
i other students involved in
the programme scheduled
for Monday afternoon
before the murder occurred.

A special assembly will be
held: today in his memory
and classes are expected to
resume as normal.

Police are being assisted
in their investigation by two
students who are believed
to be brothers.

Farrington’s death brings
the murder toll to 11 for the

City Market
assures public

FROM page one

dent last week near our South

Beach store has been reme-

died. -

“As always, safety is our
top priority and while it was
not within our control, we took
immediate action upon learn-
ing of the accident to ensure
that the landlord acted quickly
and appropriately and we are
pleased to report that he has.”

The company said that
according to shopping centre
landlord, Stanley Bethell, a
delivery truck damaged the
cover of the soak-away near
the City Market store last
Wednesday.

Mr Bethell, who owns
Bethell’s Trucking as well as
the shopping centre, said he
contacted the company which
sent an insurance adjuster to
the site.

Rather than wait for the
approval of the quote to begin
repair, he ordered work to
start on Thursday as he was
concerned about the soak-
away being left uncovered.

It was that day while work-

men were making those

: repairs that the accident

‘ occurred, City Market said in
its statement.

“He (the workman) went
to get more materials and
before they left they covered it
all around with pallets,” Mr.
Bethell said.

“T believe the children were
out there playing around. They
would have had to climb over
all those pallets. Whatever
happened, City Meat had
nothing to do with it.”

Repairs were completed by
Friday morning, he said.

“We are grateful that there
were no serious injuries in this
case. Bahamas Supermarkets
Limited remains committed to
} the highest standards of safety
and excellence,” the company
said in its statement.
THE TRIBUNE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2008, PAGE 9



Bahamians celebrate 34-year partnership with the College of Saint Benedict

A FAMILY







S

COLLEGE HEADS MEET — College of the Bahamas President Janyne M. Hodder met with Maryann Baen-

ninger, President of the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota, to discuss the implementation of study abroad
and exchange agreements between the two schools. From COB (I to r) are Valdez Russell, International Rela-
tions Liaison; Dr Linda Davis, Vice-President Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations:
President Janyne M Hodder; Maryann Baenninger, President College of St Benedict; Kolleen Kellom,
Associate Vice President College of Saint Benedict; Stuart Lang, Vice President College of Saint Benedict.

HE year .1973.was, significant for the
people of the Bahamas and for the Col-
lege of Saint Benedict in rural Saint
Joseph, Minnesota: Kya ow gs

Bahamians celebrated becoming an independent

nation. Saint Ben's began its relationship with the
people of the Bahamas to serve elementary teachers
who were seeking a four-year bachelor's degree.

While 2,000 miles and extreme weather changes
separated the islands from campus, one woman led
in pulling them together: Telzena Coakley.

' A native of New.Providence island, Telzena was
sent to Saint Ben's at the encouragement of the
Benedictine nuns here. In 1962, she was graduated
with a double major in mathematics and history
and went on to earn two Master's degrees from
Columbia University in New York City: one in
economic geography and the second in African
Studies in the School of International Affairs.
When she was appointed to the Bahamas Min-

Ee = istry of Educa-
tion in 1973,
Telzena had
one thing on
her mind:
teacher train-
ing



“The teach-
ers and some of
the administra-
tors didn't have
degrees,”
Telzena said in
a 1989 newspa-
per interview.
“They hadn't

MORE THAN 160 alumnae and
family members gathered January
15 to reminisce and celebrate the
pioneering educational partnership

between the Bahamas and College done much

of Saint Benedict. Among them studying since

were (I-r) Anishka Adderley, Mrs. they had

Judith Adderley and Hiltina Adder- matriculated

ley Scott, '01 graduate, who wel- t : ae ugh
school.

comed guests to the Hilton. Mrs
Judith Adderley is the registrar in
the Bahamas for students entering
St John’s and St Ben’s.

She set out
to change that.

In collabora-
tion with a local
Catholic educa-
tor, the late Sister Maedene Russell, OSB, Telzena
developed the idea for her alma mater to start a
teacher training programme in Nassau.

pilot 6-week summer programme quick-

ly expanded to weekly classes. By the
mid-1980s, Benedictine University College (or the
Bahamas Campus of the College of Saint Benedict
and its educational partner Saint John's University,
as it was called) offered all the majors and degrees
that Saint Ben's. and Saint John's offered in Min-
nesota. In the 1990s, most students were majoring in
management and accounting, while the balance was
distributed over education, art, communications,
computer science, and economics.

More than 2,800 Bahamian students attended
Saint Ben's and Saint John's in Minnesota or the
Benedictine University College in the Bahamas
since 1974, and 2,200 of them were women.





7, Tress

ALUMNAE Emily Osadebey, Allyson Mycklewhyte,
and Jacqueline Mycklewhyte enjoying the reception.

Telzena saw her three sisters, a handful of cousins
and nieces, and children of friends graduate from
Saint Ben's and Saint John's.

Although the Benedictine University College

» campus closed in 20Q0,with;the gagansion of.2- and

4-year programmes on the island, the traditional
trek north continues. One of Telzena's grandnieces,
Trevare Sherman, is among the 37 Bahamian stu-
dents currently studying in Minnesota.

Last June, half-a-dozén alumnae went back to
Saint Ben's to visit friends and celebrate their class
reunion. They invited the president of Saint Ben's,
Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger, to visit Nassau to explore
future educational opportunities and revitalize the
partnership between the Bahamas and the college.

Dr. Baenninger came to Nassau last month to
meet Saint Ben's alumnae and parents of current stu-
dents. She met with President Janyne Hodder and
Dr. Linda Davis of the College of the Bahamas to
explore opportunities for. potential collaboration
and visited the sisters of St. Martin's Monastery,
Msgr. Preston Moss, and many others. Telzena
Coakley also took her on a tour of St. Francis Xavier
Cathedral.

n January 15, 2008, Dr. Baenninger spoke

at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau to
a large gathering oi over 170 enthusiastic alumnae,
friends and prospective students. The strong con-
nections are clear. “We are excited to build and
strengthen our Bahamian alumnae family,” she said.
“The soul of this society is alive with tradition, cul-
ture, and opportunity. I look forward to passing
that along for generations to come.”

- The evening reception was organized by Ms.
Judith Adderley and her daughter, Hiltina Adderley
Scott; a 2001 Saint Ben's graduate who assists
prospective students during their college selection
process to learn more about Saint Ben's and Saint
John's.

In attendance were a number of prospective stu-
dents and their parents interested in attending the
two schools, as well as many of the sisters from St.
Martin's Monastery, including Sr. Mary Benedict
Pratt, prioress, and scores of alumnae and their
spouses.

Musical entertainment was provided by vocalist
Pamela Woods, a Saint Ben's graduate who regularly
performs in Nassau at the Hilton. Photographs were
taken by Anishka Adderley, sister of Hiltina. The
organizing committee and inspiration for the event
came from Natasha Austin, Deborah Garland,
Allyson Mycklewhyte, Jacqueline Mycklewhyte,
and Emily Osadebey.

During the evening, Telzena Coakley was hon-
oured for her dedication to furthering educational
opportunities for the islands. To a warm round of
applause, she was thanked for her vision in helping
to define, guide and strengthen the relationship of
Saint Ben's and Saint John's with the community of
alums, parents and friends here.

Telzena still sees the partnership with Saint Ben's
and Saint John's as a gift.

“T call it our independence gift,” Telzena says.
“They couldn't give a better gift - to help the high-
er education of our people.”

PHOTOS: Anishka Adderley





PRESIDENT BAENNINGER visits with guests at the
January 15 reception at the British Colonial Hilton.



TELZENA COAKLEY gives MaryAnn Baenninger, president of the College of Saint
Benedict, a tour of the old and new Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Anishka Adderley



SAINT BEN'S alumna Pamela Woods, vocalist and entertainer, convers-
es with alumna Camille Bullard between musical numbers.



SR. MARY BENEDICT PRATT, OSB introduced Président Baenninger to Msgr. Preston’
Moss at The Hermitage, the residence of Archbishop. Patrick Pinder. Here they admire
the ocean view from the Hermitage’s northern veranda.






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UN chief calls for action on climate change

Two-day debate

begins with plea
from Ban Ki-moon

@ UNITED NATIONS

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday urged nations to
join the private companies, civic groups and individuals this year in
sustaining “the unprecedented momentum” to fight global warm-
ing, acc ording to the Associated Press.

“If 2007 was the year when climate change rose to the top of the
global agenda, 2008 is the time we must take concerted action.” Ban
said at the start of a two-day U.N. General Assembly debate to gen-
erate support for a new treaty by 2009 to fight global warming.

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim invited U.N. member
states, government officials and business and civic leaders to the
United Nations to follow up Deceniber’s international climate
conference on the Indonesian resort island o Bali. There, delegates
from nearly 190 nations
agreed to adopt a blue-
print to control global
warming gases before the
end of next year. |

“The conference deliv-
ered what it set out to
do,” Ban said. “Now the
real work begins, The
challenge is huge. We
have less than two years
to craft an agreement on
action that measures up
to what the science tells
us.”

In key reports last year,
a U.N. network of climate
and other scientists
warned of severe conse-
quences — from rising

ACTRESS Daryl Hannah leaves a news
; hte conference where she shared.the table
seas, droughts, severe ith Virgin Group CEO Sir Richard Bran-

weather, species extinc-
tion and other effects —
without sharp cutbacks in
emissions of the industri-
al, transportation and
agricultural gases blamed for global warming. To avoid the worst,
the Nobel Prize- -winning U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Cli-
mate Change said greenhouse. gas emissions should be reduced by
25 percent to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 — and by at leas'
half by 2050.

“This is just as important as stopping nuclear proliferation. This
is just as important as stopping terrorism,” New York City Mayor

son, foreground, as the pair spoke about
what they plan to do to stem climate
change at the United Nations.

‘Michael Bloomberg said Monday in the keynote address.

The new agreement would replace the 1997 Kyoto Protocol,
which requires 36 industrial nations to radically reduce emissions
by 2012, when it expires. The United States is the only major
industrial country that did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol.

A new agreement needs to be adopted by the end of 2009 to
ensure, a smooth transition to a new post-Kyoto regime. Before
then, Ban said, the international community must map;emission lim-
itation commitments; mobilize the financing needed and techno-
logical innovation; and agree on “essential action to adapt to the
impacts of climate change.”

He called on governments, organizations, and individ'als »und
the world to “help sustain the unprecedented momentum that
propelled the climate change agenda forward so dramatically last
year.

“Developed countries need to take a clear lead, but success is pos-
sible only if all countries act,” Ban said. “The more ambitious the
commitments by developed countries, the more actions we can
expect from developing countries.”

Kerim said new technologies, renewable energies and more
research are essential to solve the problem.

“What is needed is ... a global alliance for action, shared by
individuals, the media, lawmakers, business leaders, governments,
regional organizations and ultimately the global community embod-
ied in the U.N ” Kerim said. “Only then will we have a chance to
tackle this enoi. us challenge to our way of life.”

Bloomberg sa: the world’s cities can help lead the way toward
reducing the greenhouse gases blamed for warming the planet.
He also called on-the United States to set “real‘and binding” targets
to reduce emissions, instead of the current U.S. strategy thai 'arge-
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THE bidder
seeking to
acquire a 49 per
cent stake in the
Bahamas
Telecommunica-
tions Company’s
(BTC) through
its privatisation
has just 15 days J
left on its exclu-
sivity period,
after which the ;
Government is set to open the
process up to other bidders.

Zhivargo Laing, minister of
state for finance, clarified what
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham mean earlier this month
by saying the Government was
committed to another 15 days of
talks with Bluewater Commu-
nications Holdings, explaining
yesterday that the bidder had



“a balance of 15 days left on its
exclusivity”.
“It’s not when it runs out,”

“Mr Laing said of the exclusivity

period. “There’s a period of
exclusivity left, and that’s 15
days from when the discussions
start again. There’s 15 days
more left in the exclusivity peri-
od.”

The minister explained that
the clock started running down
on the exclusivity period when
Bluewater first opened negoti-
ations with the Government on
privatising BTC.

It continued to tick down as
talks continued, but stopped
when talks with the Govern-
ment stopped. They stopped
pre-Christmas and have yet to
start again in 2008.

Confirming that a 15-day bal-
ance was left on Bluewater’s

SEE page 7B

$300m tourism food
import bill leaves the
farming sector ‘stagnant’

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business
Reporter

AGRICULTURE’S contri-
bution to the Bahamian econo-
my has remained stagnant at 2
per cent of gross domestic-prod-
uct, the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank’s ( IDB) country
representative said yesterday,
despite the tourism sector
_ spending $300 million per

annum on food and beverage
imports.

Speaking as the Bahamas
Agricultural Producers Associ-
ation (BAPA) and the IDB
launched a new $120,00 initia-
tive which, over the next 18
months, aims to assist Bahami-
an farmers in develop sound
business policies to tap into the
tourism sector, Oscar Spencer
said that industry’s food and
drink imports were expected to
grow in line with room inven-
tory expansion.

The clear implication is that
foreign importers are supplying
a need that should be filled by
Bahamian farmers and produc-
ers.

Mr Spencer said this was
something the initiative aimed
to change. He explained that
the $120,00 cost will be jointly
_paid for by the IDB’s Multi-Lat-
eral Investment Fund, which is
contributing $84,000, and

IDB executives say
industry must ‘suck

at the breast of tourism’
to survive and prosper

BAPA, which is to provide the
remaining $36,000.

Mr Spencer said one of the
major challenges impacting
Bahamian farmers and produc-
ers was their inability to secure
funding from Bahamas-based
commercial banks. The pro-
gramme sought to address that
as well, he added. i

I G Stubbs, BAPA’s preési-
dent, said the initiative’s suc-
cess was vital if Bahamian agri-
culture was to regroup and take
its position as the third pillar of
the Bahamian economy.

He added that the Bahamas
had several sub-climates where
a variety of produce can be
grown, and said he would like to
see the programme reinvented
and reorganised so that it can be
a permanent economic engine.

Dr Marikis Alvarez, a repre-
sentative from the Inter-Amer-
ican Institute on Agriculture
(IICA), said that to be success-

- ful the Bahamian agriculture

industry needs to “ suck at the
breast of tourism”.

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ahamian contractors are
recommending that the Bill
seeking to regulate and
licence the industry include
provisions for arbitration to
resolve disputes, and for the major con-

‘Prime’ category, the Bahamian Contrac-
tors AsSociation’s (BCA) president said
yesterday.

Stephen Wrinkle, head of Wrinkle
Development, said the BCA “had every
intention” of submitting all comments and
feedback received on the Draft Contrac-
tors Bill to Earl Deveaux, minister of
works and transport, by the end of Feb-
ruary 2008. é

“We we're hoping to get the Bill to Par-
liament before these projects started,” Mr
Wrinkle told The Tribune, “but it looks
like Baha Mar is approved and Albany
is approved, so we’re now hoping to get it
before Parliament before the summer
recess.”

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Industry recommending ‘Prime’ contractor category
created, with qualified contractors able to do suitable
residential and commercial properties

presented to the Attorney General’s
Office and Ministry of Works once the
industry consultation process was com-
pleted, to see whether all - or any - could
be included in a revised draft of the Bill
before it went to Cabinet and Parliament.

“One of the main concerns we were
trying to get in there was for arbitration,
so that disputes between clients and con-
tractors could go to arbitration before

going to court. That would expedite that a

little bit,’ Mr Wrinkle said, not to mention
possibly reducing the costs and time
expended by both sides.

He added that another suggested
amendment, some six to seven of which
had come from individual contractors,
and another four to five from the BCA,
was for the “very big contractors to have
a category called ‘Prime’.

Mr Wrinkle said there were only six to

Bahamian companies are ‘prim

seven such construction firms in the
Bahamas, the likes of Cavalier Construc-
tion, Osprey Developers, CGT Construc-
tion, and Sunco.

This proposed change, the BCA presi-
dent added, would “kind of segregate
them from the pack, with the criteria for
inclusion in the ‘Prime’ category relating
to whether they had 100 or more employ-
ees.

The existing draft Bill provides for the
licensing of different contractors according
to the size of a construction project they
are able to do, based on past performance.

The Bill provides for Building Con-

’ tractor Level One, Level Two and Level
Three, effectively small, medium and large
construction companies, but Mr Wrinkle

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BAHAMIAN
companies that
already have
multiple loca-
tions are “prime
candidates” for

sion via the fran-
chise business
model, the
Chamber of
Commerce’s
executive director said yester-
day, pointing out that this held
“real possibility” for the Family
Islands and wider Caribbean.
Philip Simon, speaking on the
upcoming Bahamas Business
Franchise Conference and

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Chamber is partnering with the

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Development Bank (BDB),
said the event would also focus
on how Bahamian companies
and businessmen could use the
franchise model to expand their
own businesses.

Many Bahamians entrepre-
neurs have been extremely suc-
cessful in becoming franchisees
for major US brands and com-
panies, but Mr Simon said
Superwash, Bamboo Shack and
Pricebusters were all examples
of companies that “have all the
elements of, and potential, to
become franchises”.

“Prime candidates are those
with multiple locations around
the Bahamas already,” the

Chamber executive director
said...... “It doesn’t just have to
be food - it can be across.the
board in goods and services. If
you have a model that is work-
ing for you, you can franchise
that model.”

Inquiries have already been
made. Superwash’s president,
Dionisio D’ Aguilar, who is also
the Chamber’s president, pre-
viously recalled that he was
approached on the Chamber’s
recent trade mission to Haiti by
someone who wanted to
become a potential Superwash
tranchisee there.

Valarea Swain-Miller, the
BDB’s senior assistant manager

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advancers, two decliners and
four issuers remaining
unchanged.

Volume leader for the week
was Doctors Hospital Health
System (DHS), with 17,700
shares changing hands, account-
ing for 46 per cent of total
shares traded. DHS closed the
week unchanged at $2.45.

Leading the rally was Cable
Bahamas (CAB), with its share
price increasing by $0.06 on a
volumé of 1,000 shares to close
the week out at a new 52-week
high of $12.70.

The loss leader for the week
was FirstCaribbean Interna-

tional Bank (CIB), which,

declined by $0.60 on a volume
of 5,350 shares, closing the week
out at a new 52-week low of
$14.

The FINDEX declined by
16.39 points or 1.7 per cent,
week-over-week, to close at
929,22. Year-to-date, the FIND-
EX is down by 2.39 per cent.

COMPANY NEWS

Freeport Concrete Company
(FCL) released its results for
the first quarter to November
30, 2007, reporting a net loss of
$74,000 compared to net loss of
$159,000 in the 2006 compara-
tive period.

The company's management
indicated that total sales rev-
enues for the quarter of $3.7
million were down by 8.7 per
cent quarter-over-quarter, due
to reduced sales in the concrete
division. This resulting from a
slow down in business in this
area,

FCL reported that gross prof-
it of $1 million declined by
about $124,000 or 10.8 per cent
from the 2007 first quarter.
Total expenses of $990,000 also
declined by 16 per cent, due to
lower payroll costs of $522,000,
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working capital.

Total liabilities of $5 million
also declined slightly by
$214,000 or 4.1 per cent from
the year-end amount.

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mutual funds as an investment
vehicle, this week we will focus
on the different types of mutu-
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Open-End versus

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BBL $0.90 $0.05 1,000 5.88%
BOB $9.61 ge 0 0.00%
BPF $11.80 $- 0 0.00%
BSL $14.60 $- 0 0.00%
BWL $3.66 $- 0 0.00%
CAB $12.70 $0.06 1,000 5.39%
| CBL $7.82 $- 200 -7.24%
CHL $3.14 $- 0 -0.32%
CIB $14.00 $-0.60 5,350 -4.11%
CWCB $4.64 $-0.07 0 -8.02%
DHS $2.45: $- 17,700 4.26%
FAM $7.50 $0.05 1,000 4.17%
FBB $2.60 $-0.05 1,000 -1.89%
FCC $0.77 $- 0 0.00%
FCL $5.12 $- 5,600 -1.16%
FIN $13.00 $- 400 0.39%
ICD $7.25 $- 0 0.00%
JSJ $12.50 $- 0 13.64%
PREâ„¢ $10.00 $- 0 0.00%
DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:

e BBL has declared a special dividend of $0.02 per share, with
$0.01 paid on December 31, 2007, and $0.01 being payable on
March 31, 2007, to all shareholders of record date December 21,
2007.

¢ CBL has declared a special‘ dividend of $0.06 per share,
payable on April 30, 2008, to all shareholders of record date
April 15, 2008.

e FCL has declared dividends of $0.03 per share, payable on
February 14, 2008, to all shareholders of record date January 31,

With a closed-end fund there
is a limited number of shares
offered, and after the initial
offering, no additional shares
are offered for sale. Investors
cannot redeem their shares until
the fund is liquidated. The orig-
inal shares offered by the fund
can, however, trade in a sec-
ondary market.

The price of a share ina
closed-end fund is determined
partially by the value of the
investments in the fund, and
partially by the premium (or
discount) placed on it by the
market, unlike the open-end
fund where the price is the net
assets of the fund divided by
the outstanding shares.

Another key difference
between the two type of funds is
liquidity, with the open-end
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@ By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL
Tribune Business Reporter



HOTELS in the Bahamas are experiencing
projected room occupancy levels as the winter
season enters its final weeks, ahead of Spring
Break and the Easter holiday weekend.

Arthuritia Butler, general manager at Com-
fort Suites on Paradise Island, told Tribune Busi-
ness that the hotel is “so far on target with its pro-
jections for the next few months”.

Ms Butler said that for the rest of February,
Comfort Suites is looking at occupancy levels

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THE British Colonial Hilton hotel reported a current
occupancy level of 65 per cent for this month

Entrepreneurs ‘deficient

. reported a current occupancy level of 65 per cent

in putting pieces together’

Ms Swain-Miller added that entrepre-
neurs needed to exploit the BDB’s ability to
finance their technology, equipment and
machinery needs more.

Andrew Stanford, BDB’s assistant man-
ager in its business advisory services unit,
added that in the context of franchises:
“Financial assistance is available. What we
try to do is concentrate on machinery, equip-
ment and so forth. In some instances we
assist with the initial inventory, but going
forward we're looking at every aspect of
financing.”

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

MANY budding Bahamian entrepreneurs
are “deficient in trying to bring the pieces
together” when they attempt to realise their
business dream, a Bahamas Development
Bank (BDB) official said yesterday.

Valarea Swain-Miller, senior assistant
manager for the BDB’s business advisory
services unit, speaking as the BDB unveiled
its partnership with the US Embassy and
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce in bring-

Arbitration clause for Contractor Bill sought

FROM page 1B

said some contractors had
argued that it was necessary to
“make some adjustments
between residential and com-
mercial”.

The rationale for this, he
added, was that contractors
capable of constructing a Level
One residential property should
also be perfectly capable of
building a Level One commer-
cial building.

Mr Wrinkle said the BCA
and wider construction indus-
try had been hoping to submit
their feedback to Dr Deveaux
by the end of January, but had

ing the Bahamas Business Franchise Con-
ference and Expo to Nassau, said the fran-
chise show offered Bahamian entrepreneurs
an ideal opportunity to glimpse the “whole
package” of how a business worked.

She explained: “Many people are defi-
cient in various aspects of business. They
have an idea and want to establish a busi-
ness, but in bringing the pieces together
“So, here they have an
opportunity to look at the whole package -
the franchise package. We encourage every-
one to take advantage of this opportunity.”

they are deficient.

extended this deadline. The
BCA was also hoping to hold
at least one Town Meeting and
use radio talk shows as another,
final, method of getting its point
across and obtaining feedback.

“We have every intention of

handing everything over to him
[Dr Deveaux] this month,” Mr
Wrinkle said. “He’s very recep-
tive, checking on it, and wants it
to go forward.”

With the Bahamas Technical
and Vocational Institute

(BTVI) running the courses
training Bahamians in a variety
of construction trades, Mr
Wrinkle added that it made -
sense for the institution to
“administer the testing” to qual-
ify these persons

“and. be:

responsible for standards” in
the industry.

“One of the most important
aspects of the Bill is that it’s
going to offer consumers pro-
tection against unscrupulous
contractors and shoddy work-

. manship,” Mr Wrinkle said.

Once the Bill was passed into
law, he explained that it would
provide ‘an avenue of recourse”
for consumers that currently did
not exist. With all Bahamas-
based contractors having to be
licensed, the industry and Con-
tractors Board that will be
formed by the legislation will
“have the ability to track com-
plaints”.

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posed in the Bill are the sus-



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Hotels are also being plagued by some of the
highest operating costs in the Caribbean and the
ever-rising electricity prices.

near 80 per cent. For the month of March, she
said occupancy levels look to be around the high
90 per cents.

“We are also closely monitoring April,” she

added. According to Frank Comito, executive vice-
Ms Butler said the figures were similar to 2006 president of the Bahamas Hotel Association
comparatives. (BHA), full room nights are the only way for

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US to escape the snowy weather for a Bahamian

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in the business advisory services
unit, said: “Most of us are famil-
iar with the recognised franchise |
brands, but it is our hope that
one of our own entrepreneurs
will see the value of establishing
a franchise that has its birth
here, and is the brainchild of a
Bahamian son or daughter.

“The franchise case is one
that has been tried, tested and
proven.” «

The Family Islands would be
the ideal testing ground for
Bahamian companies seeking
to expand from Nassau and
Freeport via the franchise mod-
el. They could seek franchisees
who know the different islands
and markets, supplying them
with product and use of their
recognised brand and logo.

Ms Swain-Miller said she
wanted Bahamian entrepre-
neurs from the Family Islands,
as well as Nassau and Grand
Bahama, to attend the upcom-
ing Expo because their were
potential opportunities for them
to become franchisees of exist-
ing Bahamian companies.

Mr Simon, meanwhile, added
that franchising, as a business
model, had enjoyed a greater
success rate than other, more
traditional start-up forms.

This is especially true in the
Bahamas, given the prolifera-
tion of franchises, especially in
the food industry with the likes
of Wendy’s, Burger King,
McDonald’s, Starbucks, Ken-
tucky Fried Chicken, Benni-
gan’s and countless others.
These companies employ hun-
dreds of Bahamians.

«Franchises are also present in
the shipping and business ser-
vices sectors, through the likes
of Mail Boxes Etc and the UPS
Store, embroidery products with
EmbroidME, vehicle repair
shops such as Midas, fitness cen-
tres such as Curves, all the way
through to hotels and salons.

The reason why franchising
appears to have become popu-
lar and successful in equal mea-
sure among Bahamian busi-
nessmen is that they can adopt a
business template that has been
proven to work elsewhere, often
in countless countries around
the world.

In addition, the brand and its
product/service is likely to be
well-recognised by both
Bahamian and tourist con-
sumers alike, giving the fran-
chise a ready-made customer
base.

The Bahamian franchisee
must pay the franchisor, or mas-
ter holder of the brand, royalties
and franchise fees, and meet the
brand’s recognised global stan-

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that:-

(a) Santarbagno Ince. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 3rd day of January, A.D., 2008 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

East Bay St. East Bay St.
C.B. Strategy Ltd. C.B. Strategy Ltd.
LIQUIDATOR LIQUIDATOR

Legal Notice

NOTICE

NEW SUMMIT LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:

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

(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on
the O8th February, 2008 when the Articles of
Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the

Registrar General.

(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Mr. Michael Low
of c/o 1 Raffles Link #05-02 Singapore 039393.

Dated this 12th day of February, A.D. 2008

Mr. Michael Low
Liquidator

BIS ¢

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dards.

Yet in return, the Bahamian
franchisee also received help
with staff training, the equip-
ment for the business, potential
help with other start-up costs
and “carry through for the dura-
tion of the franchise”. All this
helps to minimise the Bahamian
entrepreneur’s entry risk of get-
ting into business, another rea-
son why franchises are so attrac-
tive in this country.

Mr Simon attributed the fran-
chise model’s success to the fact
that it was “a proven model
throughout the world”, with the
success of Bahamian franchis-

_ es - especially those in the food

business - driven by the “prox-
imity” of this nation to their US
home market, the “pioneer of
the franchise model”, where
most dominate.

The US brands and compa-
nies set to attend the upcoming
Expo, scheduled for February
25-26, 2008, at the British Colo-
nial Hilton, include Salad Cre-
ations, a healthy-eating restau-
rant chain; Pretzelmaker; Shoe-
box New York, the retailer for
women’s luxury footwear, hand-
bags and accessories; Billboard
Connection, a ‘home-based’
franchise focused on the out-
door advertising industry; Sig-
narama, the world’s largest sign
franchise, with 900 locations in
50 countries; Planet Beach Con-



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10.90 0.80 Benchmark 0.90 0.90 0.00 0.188 ~ 0.030 4.8 3.33%!
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12.70 1.25 Fidelity Bank 2.60 2.60 0.00 0.058 0.040 44.8 1.549
12.70 10.00 Cable Bahamas 12.70 12.70 0.00 1.030 0.240 12.3 1.899
3.15 2.00 Colina Holdings 3.14 3.14 0.00 0.Q31 0.040 101.3 1.279
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NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that: -

(a) Sparko Limited is in dissolution:

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 3rd day of January, A.D., 2008 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

NOTICE

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4) (a), (b)
and (c) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000, notice is hereby given that: -

(a) Zalowat Corporation Ltd. is in dissolution;

(b) The date of commencement of the dissolution
is the 3rd day of January, A.D., 2008 and

(c) the Liquidator is C.B. Strategy Ltd., of 308

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tempo SPA, a global beauty and -
wellness chain; Office1 Station-
ary Franchise; Juiceblendz
International; and Maggie
Moo’s Ice Cream and Treatery.

“There are opportunities for
every single one of these fran-
chises to be purchased and
invested in by Bahamian entre-
preneurs,” Mr Simon added.
“But we’re not painting a pic-
ture that it’s going to be smooth
sailing, as every business
requires work. Franchises can
also be expensive, but at the
same time they can also be def- -
initely worth the investment.”

The Expo scored a notable
success at its inaugural event,
providing the platform from
which Bahamian company Sun-
Tee, headed by Scott Farring-
ton, won the EmbroidMe fran-
chise.

The Bahamas-based Expo is
being held prior to the Interna-
tional Franchise Show, which is
due to take place in Washington
in March, the idea being that
Bahamian entrepreneurs inter-
ested in further exploring fran-
chise opportunities will also
attend that show.

Ms Swain-Miller added:
“There’s a lot of knowledge to
be gained from this, for entre-
preneurs trying to feel their way
and decide what is the best
model to use for establishing
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1.3789 1.2647 Colina Money Market Fund 1.378862*
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100.0000 100.0000 CFAL Global Bond Fund 100.00**
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BFSB targets
future leaders
for industry

THE Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) launched
its Bahamians in Leadership
and Entrepreneurship (BLE)
seminar series on Thursday,

January 31, at the British Colo-

nial Hilton.

The event profiles Bahami-
ans who have achieved success
in financial and professional ser-
vices, whether in a leading posi-
tion or as entrepreneurs.

The presentations by these
executives aim to create an

environment where industry
professionals are inspired to
pursue higher levels af excel-
lence, and where present lead-
ers mentor future ones.

The first event in the series
was sponsored by BFSB mem-
ber firm Bahamas First Hold-
ings, and held at the British
Colonial Hilton hotel.

Presenters were Judith
Whitehead, managing partner
of Graham, Thompson & Com-
pany; Raymond Winder, man-

aging partner, Deloitte &
Touche; and Patrick Ward,
group president and chief exec-
utive, Bahamas First Holdings.

They spoke on the topics:,

Trends in the Industry; Skill
Gaps and How to Close Them
and Leadership Characteristics
and Abilities: What Really Mat-
ters, respectively. More than 70
representatives from banks,
trust and insurance companies,
and legal and accounting firms
attended the seminar.

SHOWN (I-r): Patrick Ward, group
president and chief executive,
Bahamas First Holdings; Judith
Whitehead, managing partner, Gra-
ham, Thompson & Co; Wendy
Warren, chief executive and exec-
utive director, Bahamas Financial
Services Board; and Raymond
Winder, m,anaging partner, Deloitte
& Touche.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ACKEISHA TAYLOR of
GOLDEN GATES #2, #18 WINDWARD ISLES WAY, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister resposible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of

The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 12TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,






~> BEd. Primary Education SENS

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Nassau, Bahamas.

-> Certificate in Community Media

-> Certificate in Journalism

-> Certificate in E-Governance

-> Diploma in Gender Studies [RRSRSS

-> Certificate in Substance Abuse Prevention & Treatment

> BEd. Literacy Studies

> B.Ed Secondary Education AS
> B.Sc. Management Studies SO
-~> BSc, Accounting ESS : SS







HOW TO APPLY
Applications for admission can be made using the online services
via the website:



Online applications are invited for the period December 1, 2007 to
February 29, 2008. :

Confirmation Receipts and relevant accompanying documents

“ MUST be submitted to the UWi location nearest you immediately
after submitting your online application,

Additional information
information on matters related to fees, matriculation requirements
etc. may be obtained from the above website or from the UW! Sites

in yourcountry. 8" . ‘ :

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-> ASc, Paralegal Studies

~> A.Se. Public Sector Management



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that SYLVENA DUCENOR OF
BAILEY TOWN, P.O. BOX EE-15661, BIMINI, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister resposible for Nationality and
_ Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who: knows any reason why

Explanation of teaching modalities:

Fully online via the Invernet



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A bienct of ontine and other modalities

RCRA Traditional classroom setting

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Distance Education Centre (DEC) works with faculties of UWI located
on the three campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, as well as with other organizations, to
develop and deliver quality programmes by distance, to meet the learning needs of the people of the
Caribbean. There are DE centres located in all the English-speaking Caribbean countries that support UWI.

registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 12TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



Branch Chief Executive

Hedge Fund Investment Management

Le,

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Treasury Head

An established Bahamian branch office, licensed as a Security
Investment Advisor by the Securities Commission of The
Bahamas, with a head office in Europe is seeking applicants
for the position of branch Chief Executive.

Join Citibank, N.A.
Nassau, Bahamas, a
branch of Citi, the
largest financial
institution in the
world.

Major areas of responsibility:

- Manage all aspects of an office of approximately five
persons engaged in the investment management of Cayman
based funds of hedge funds and the risk management of
hedge fund managed accounts
Liaise with the Board of Directors of each fund and report
to them at regular meetings
Supervise a secondary trading platform buying and selling
hedge fund investments from investors globally
Supervise a proprietary book of investments in hedge
funds.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to our Regional Treasury team, the position is
responsible for developing and implementing strategies for
managing _local/foreign currency liability products. Key
responsibilities include marketing and quoting rates for corporate
foreign exchange contracts, money market instruments and
derivative products and projecting liquidity and rate trends. The
role is also focused on risk management through monitoring
liquidity and foreign exposure, ensuring compliance with legal,
regulatory, and internal policy requirements, and, managing ratios
and reserves. Additional responsibilities include overseeing all
related financial, regulatory and management performance
reporting, and, supervising and training support staff.

We invite outstanding
individuals, wanting to build a
career in Corporate Banking, to
be part of our dynamic global
team. You will interact with
colleagues from around the
Caribbean region and across the
organization globally, providing
treasury management to our
local team. In addition to a great
career, we offer a competitive
salary and benefits package.

The successful candidate will have at least the following
experience and knowledge:

- Excellent theoretical and practical experience of hedge
fund and other alternative investment strategies, their
financing, structure, benefits and risks
Knowledge of US and European on-shore regulation and
compliance issues affecting hedge funds
Professional qualification or University degree in finance
or accounting, or a CFA or equivalent qualification
At least five year’s experience in securities investing and
good knowledge of product structuring

KNOWLEDGE/ SKILLS REQUIRED

Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree in Economics,
Accounting or Finance, and, a minimum of 5 years Treasury
experience with a major commercial and/or investment bank; a
Chartered Accountant or CFA designation preferred. Excellent
marketing/sales, analytical, communication, and interpersonal
skills, combined with a results orientation and an ability to build
relationships, will round out the ideal candidate. Some travel is
required.

The successful candidate will also have proven leadership
skills over a number of years in the hedge fund industry,
be self-motivated, have a process- driven approach to problem
solving and have advanced communication and presentation
skills in English and in German as well (preferred). The
position will require flexible, non-standard working hours
and regular communication and interaction. with the European
home office.

Interested candidates should
forward a copy of their resume
by February 22, 2008 to: Human
Resources, P.O. Box N-1576,
Nassau, Bahamas OR _ Fax:
(242) 302-8779 OR Email:

janice.gibson@citi.com

Compensation package includes a salary commensurate with
experience and knowledge, together with a performance-
oriented bonus package. Individuals who meet the minimum
requirements described above are invited to forward their
resume to the attention of:

Challenge
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Chief Executive Applications
P.O. Box EE-17758
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ABOLITION CONFERENCE

international Conference, Art Exhibition
& Culture Extravaganza

Abolition of the
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: Telling the Story

— Art Exhibition
15th-23rd February, 2008 from 6-9pm
Popopstudios: Centre For The Visual Arts/Gallery
Dunmore Avenue, Chippingham

The exhibition will open on Friday, 15th February, 2008 at 6.30pm in the evening at
Popopstudios.

For more information contact:

Joann Behagg
email: jbehagg@cob.edu.bs
Telephone: 302 4560

John Cox
email: jcox@cob.edu.bs
Telephone: 302-4485 |

A CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA

Featuring
Michael Pintard and a host of local talent including Pat Rahming, Freddie
Munnings Jr, the National Youth Choir, the Prodigal Sons, Anku & the
Thought Catchers, The College of The Bahamas Concert Choir, Men of
Means and others.

Special highlight
Fashion show of authentic West African Designs

When:
Wednesday, 20th February, 2008
Where:
ans Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts
Site See is Time: 7:00 p.m.

Donation: $20 (adults) $5 (children/students)
Tickets are on sale at Chapter One Bookstore and The Dundas Box Office
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For more information, please contact the School of Social Sciences
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Come learn about and celebrate a part of Bahamian and world history that has profoundly
influenced Africa, Europe and the Americas. Register today.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Joseph E. Harris, Howard University Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus,
an expert on Africa and Director of the South African Research and Archival Project. At
the conference his topic center around: “Global slave trade and the emergence of
communities of African descent around the world”.

Dr. Rosanne Adderley, Professor of History at Tulane University and author. Her
presentation will focus on “Freed Africans in The Bahamas”.

Mr. William Godfrey Davis Esq., Attorney at Law and Transformative Mediator, his topic
will be “Reparations for the peoples of the Maafa”.

Mr. Kojo Yankah, President of the Africa Institute of Journalism & Communications,
educator and author, he will speak on the topic: “Reconciliation for the Peoples of the
Maafa”.

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Three day conference, including conference material, coffee breaks, all sessions, receptions,
art exhibition, tour of Clifton and a cultural extravaganza

$450 per person —

$150 per student

$750 per group of 10

Day rate including conference material and coffee breaks
$150 per person
$75 per student

$350 per group of 10

For additional information, contact the School of Social Sciences,
Telephone 397-2606/7

Jessica Minnis, Assoc. Professor,
School of Social Sciences

The College of The Bahamas

P O Box N4912

E-mail: abolitionconf@cob.edu.bs
Nassau, Bahamas

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12,'2008, PAGE 7B



BTC bidder has 15 days
left on its exclusivity

FROM page 1B

exclusivity period, Mr Laing replied:
“No, not yet,” when asked whether
the Government had restarted talks
with Bluewater. 45 4
_ It is unclear whether the 15 days
means ‘15 working days’, which would
give Bluewater another three weeks
in its efforts to reach an agreement
with the Government on BTC’s pri-
vatisation, or ‘15 days total, including
non-working days’, which would give it
just over two weeks.

Whichever it is, given that 15 days
are left, the Government is cutting it
fine if it is to meet the Prime Minister’s
objective of reaching a conclusion with

Bluewater - one way or another - by
the end of February 2008.

And, if it drops Bluewater, the Gov-
ernment will also have to move swiftly
if it is to select another potential buyer
and conclude talks with them success-
fully if it is to meet Mr Ingraham’s
year-end deadline for privatising BTC.

When asked whether the Govern-
ment would solicit other offers and
bids for BTC when Bluewater’s exclu-
sivity expired, Mr Laing replied: “I
believe so.”

All this appears to confirm feedback
reaching The Tribune that the FNM
government is cool towards the Blue-
water offer, that group having negoti-
ated a deal in principle to acquire BTC
with the former Christie PLP adminis-
tration shortly before the election.

It is thought that the Ingraham gov-

ernment would prefer to open up the:

process to rival bidders, and see
whether it can realise a better offer for
a 49 per cent BTC stake, rather than
follow the ‘one-horse’ process adopted
by the Christie government, which
focused solely on Bluewater.

Mr Laing would not be drawn on
whether this was the Government’s
position yesterday, merely saying: “I
can’t support that that is the view of the
Government.”

Still, the Ingraham administration’s
public position and comments are like-
ly to be ‘music to the ears’ of other
potential bidders for BTC, such as
Cable & Wireless and the Irish-owned
cellular company, Digicel.

It is understood that another poten-

tial bidder might be BISX-listed Cable
Bahamas, which has been keen to
break into fixed-line and cellular voice
telephony, and is said by some to have
been prepared to beat whatever sum
Bluewater offered.

Bluewater had been prepared to
offer a total of $260 million for BTC.
Some $225 million was to have been
paid upfront, another $30 million after
the fifth year post-privatisation, when
Bluewater’s cellular monopoly would
expire, and $5 million in the sixth year.

While the purchase price looked a
good one, with Bluewater’s agreement

’ that it would not look to reduce staffing

levels at 1,200-strong BTC just what a
politician would want, many expressed
concern over whether liberalisation -
and better customer services, choice

and lower prices - would be held up
by extending the cellular monopoly.

Meanwhile, Mr Laing said he saw
no reason why the reason bout of
union unrest at BTC would impact the
privatisation talks.

The Tribune understands that both
the Government and the BTC Board
feel the union agreements won by the
Bahamas Communications and Public
Officers Union (BCPOU) for its mem-
bers are too fat, and the company sim-
ply cannot afford them going forward.

It is understood that the BTC Board
has the Government’s full support, and
at this stage both are resolute and show
no sign of backing down in the face of.
union demands. With the union also
refusing to give way, a major industri-
al battle looks set to take place.

$300m tourism food import bill leaves the farming sector ‘stagnant’

FROM page 1B

The sector was now lagging
behind and needs a stimulus, he
said. One of-the areas to be
addressed will be the develop-
ment of clusters, which will help
farmers on the same island net-

work together.

“This is an outstanding
‘opportunity for farmers to share
experiences and strategise,” Dr
Alvarez said.

The goal of the project is over
an 18 month timeframe to help
BAPA’s membership create
and main’ .-* viable linkages

between their operations and
the market opportunities gen-
erated by the tourism sector.
The purpose of the project is
to equip participating farmers
and BAPA with the technical
and institutional capacity to
compete with imported agricul-
tural products on the basis of

quality and price.

Bahamian farmers will be giv-
en skills to incorporate market
intelligence, risk management,

industry orders, which would
otherwise be beyond the capac-

ity of individuals.

The IDB project aims to

tutions.

The breakdown of the IDB’s
$120,00 funding is as follows: |
Some $34,600 on farm manage-

improved agronomic practices
and quality assurance systems

‘into their farm management

operations.

They will also be able to use
economies of sale and consoli-
date their production activities
to meet large scale tourism

develop an organisational
framework that will facilitate
the adoption of co-ordinated
approaches to common chal-
lenges and opportunities, and
strengthen their collaboration
between Bahamian agriculture
and international support insti-

ment systems, $24,000 on
farmer training and skill devel-
opment, $30,000 for cluster
development, $23,000 towards
institutional strengthening of
BAPA, $5,000 on administra-
tion costs, and $3,000 for an
audit.

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BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister resposible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of

Associate Vice-President,
External Affairs
POSITION PROFILE

The Associate Vice-President, External Affairs, develops and fosters positive relations with The College
of The Bahamas' internal and external partners; enhancing the College's image and profile in the broader
community; and increasing the financial and material resources of The College of The Bahamas through
an integrated program of communications, fundraising and service to alumni and friends of The College
of The Bahamas. The Associate Vice-President provides recommendations on policy and action in the
management of issues and crises affecting the College, including media relations. The Associate Vice-
President provides oversight to The College/University's efforts to raise funds from private sources and
to engage its alumni in the life of the institution. He/she provides oversight and management for the
two offices within the area of External Affairs: Alumni Relations & Development and Public Affairs,
Marketing and Communications. Working collaboratively with all members of The College's community,
The Associate Vice-President, External Affairs will:

_ ° Serve as the College/University spokesperson on College/University-wide concerns at the request of
the President and provide counsel and advice on major public relations issues;
* Oversee the operations of the offices of Alumni Relations & Development and of Public Affairs, cK
Marketing and Communications; ~ ik
* Develop a public relations and marketing programme which supports and advances the strategic plans BAHAMAS :

of College/University's internal constituencies among its various external constituents.
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* Provide direction and counsel for the administration of The College/University's graphics and
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communications programme, and oversee an external communication programme to ensure that standards
of high quality are maintained;

* Develop and implement the campus's media relations for print and broadcast media at the local,
national and international levels; .
* Working with Deans, Chairs and other departmental heads, administration, assess departmental, school
The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas is seeking an
individual, with proven leadership skills, to fill the position of
General Manager, effective no later than April 1, 2008

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 5TH day of FEBRUARY, 2008"td thé Ministér’’
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and faculty public relations needs in support of institutional goals and develop and implement pragrams
accordingly to meet those needs;

* Develop and implement a strategic marketing programme for The College including areas such as
academic programmes, recruitment, research, internationalization, campaign, alumni relations;
° eee communication and media strategy in support of The College/University's development
efforts;

* Counsel The College/ University on issues management and media relations;
* Develop and oversee the actions of the institution's crisis management plan; _ Develop and implement
a program of internal communication for The College/University focused on building support for the
University transition agenda; :

* Oversee the major gift and campaign efforts for the External Affairs of The College's private funding
needs including the identification, cultivation and solicitation of major gift donors, and the management
of the staff of the Alumni Relations and Development Office, Council, senior team, administration,
volunteers and others who work with those donors.

The successful candidate will possess:

* A master's-degree in a relevant field and a minimum of five years of successful management and
leadership experience working and communicating with multiple publics. (While experience in an
institution of higher education is preferred, candidates from other fields who demonstrate successful
work experience will be considered).

* Excellent oral and written communication skills;

* Experience in dealing with broadcast and print media;

* Ability to serve as an institutional spokesperson on a variety of issues;

* Demonstrated ability to work successfully with multiple constituencies, both internal and external to
an organization;

* A thorough knowledge of principles and methods of planning and conducting a comprehensive public
relations programme, including the development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan;
* Previous supervisory experience, preferably in the area of public relations, public information,
communications or publications.

* Broad knowledge of the principles and practices of annual giving, special events, major gifts, major
gift fundraising (preferably in higher education).

+ Experience in engaging and motivating volunteers.

* Ability to direct the design of strategies for cultivation and solicitation of donor prospects,
* Ability to work effectively with Deans, Chairs, Directors and faculty as well as with volunteers to
achieve fundraising goals.

* Skill in devising, analyzing, implementing and evaluating overall College/University External Affairs
strategies :

The organization is set to undergo a major restructuring and
transformational process as it transitions from being a State
Broadcaster to being a Public Service Broadcaster.

Concomitant with the restructuring, the organization, is also
scheduled to implement major equipment upgrades as_ it
transforms to a computer-based, digital, non-linear form of news
gathering, editing, production, etc. from its present, mainly analog
format.

Candidates should, at minimum, posses a first degree in journalism,
broadcasting or other related field.

The ideal candidate should posses an MBA and have a proven, clearly
and comprehensively displayed leadership track record in senior a
management capacity for a minimum of seven (7) years.

In addition, progressive fundraising experience with supervisory duties preferably in higher education
will be an asset

To ensure consideration, application materials must be received by February 15, 2008. A complete
application packet consists of:

* An application letter od 8 ; ‘ ; ,

College of The Bahamas Application Horn Interested individuals should hand deliver letters of interest, together
. A detailed curriculum vitae with comprehensive resumes, marked “Strictly Confidential” and
° Copies of transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment) addressed to the attention of the Executive Chairman, to the

The names and contact information for three references ae =
Corporation’s Human Resource office, Harcourt “Rusty” Bethel

Please send information to: Drive, Nassau, Bahamas not later than February 14, 2008.

The Director
Human Resources Department
The College of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas

All applications received will be treated in the strictest confidence.

The Corporation intends to interview short listed applicants with a
view to selecting an appropriate candidate no later than the end of
February 2008.

Please visit The College’s website at www.cob.edu.bs for more information about The College and
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